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October, 1890. June, 1891.. 


Editor and Manager. 


Published by the Fraternity. 



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Acorn and the Oak, The— J. E. Brown io6 

Alabama State Association — ^J. A. Elmore^ 28 

Alpha Province Convention — B. S. Orcutt ^ 97 

American College Fraternities— J. E. Brown 196 

Annual Commencement Ball and Banquet of Missouri Alpha — ^J. C. 

Tipton « 24 

Brother (Poem)— R. H. Callahan ^ loi 

Brotherhood (Poem)— Edward Fuller 277 

California Reception to President Harrison, A 393 

Chapter Fireside, The— J. E. Brown 193, 278 

Chapter Grand 384, 449 

College Annuals — ^J. E. Brown 6 

Convention Suggestions — W. B. Palmer 388 

Dedicatory Pqem 5 

Departments — 

Chapter Correspondence 40, 116, 216, 298, 401 

Editorial 31, III, 210, 289, 398 

Initiates 438 

Items of Interest 71, 178, 252, 450 

Official Communication 39 

Personals 6$, 172, 243. 349, 435 

Pot-Pourri 80, 187, 270, 362, 458 

Special Alumni Department 337 

Hellenes, Adelphoi (Poem) — C. H. Beckham 369 

Illustrations, (facing) — 

Fraternities at University of California 5 

From "Kaldron" Ii, 14 

Allegheny College Chapter Houses 12 

Fraternities at O. S. U ^ 22 

Representative Athletes, Lafayette College 16 

From «*Makio" ^ 18 

Williams College Views 97 

University of Vermont, Statue of Lafayette 193 

Benjamin Harrison 278 

J. C. S. Blackburn 285 

James C. George 285 

William F. Vilas, 293 

James B. Allen 293 

Samuel J. Flickinger^ 349 

University of Kansas Views No. 5 

Table of Contents — Continued. Page 

Is Life Worth Living (Poem)— R. H. Callahan 30 

Old Fraternity Records— W. B. Palmer .> 283 

Phi Delta Theta (Poem)— R. P. Wetmore^ 28 

President Harrison Banquet, The — ^J. E. Brown loi 

Suggestions Concerning Affiliations, — F. D. Swope^ 26 

University of Kansas, The— J. F. Craig ^ 372 

University of Vermont, The — J. E. Brown „ 206 

Washington University and Missouri Gamma — J. E. Brown 376 

Wear a Badge— R.T. McElroy 287 

" We Spike," "Are Spiked," W, A. Bastian ^ 104 

Zeta Province Convention — Wilmot C. Willits 380 


W. A. Bastian 204. 

C. H. Beckham ^ 369 

J. E. Brown 6, loi, 106, 193, 196, 206, 278, 376 

R. H.Callahan 30, 101 

J. F. Craig 37a 

J. A. Elmore 28 

Edward Fidler 277 

R. T. McElroy ; 287 

B. S. Orcutt 97 

W. B. Palmer. : 283, 388 

F. D. Swopc 26 

J. C. Tipton 24 

R. P. Wetmore 28 

Wilmot C. Willits 38a 


OCTOBER. 1890. 


The sun, ihey say, ne'er sets on English land 

In all his course, and 'tis an endless day 
That sweeps the circuit with its golden hand 

Over ihat empire, mighty in its sway. 
Vet, though the sun each eve may sink to rest 

On thee, our College, day by day, again 
Gilding thy turrets looking toward the west, 

Grander than England's empire seem'st thou, when 
Each flake of stone, each crevice that we see, 

breaches its own tale to us, whispers its memory. 
And though we feci our gratitude to thee 

Should be for learning's treasures thou did'st shower 
On us with reckless prodigality, 

Still would we put aside this precious dower ; 
Still dearer must those recollections be, 

Twined, like the ivies rooted 'neath thy tower, 
Around our hearts and guarded jealously. 

But now, before these well-loved scenes are past. 

And only silent memories remain,' 
Let one fond act, although it be the last. 

Forge one more fetter in the well-wrought chain 
That binds us to thee, cherishing mother. Here, 

Upon the threshold of our parting, we 
Grave in this book the story of each year 

We passed within thy walls, and unto thee 
We dedicate this ■' Record ; " may it be 

Worthy the reputation of thy name. 

Giving its mite t' increase thy glorious feme. 

— From the Ptttmylvania Record. 



One would be justified in offering a reward for that College 
Annual which is presented to the public without the printed 
boast of its editors that therein they expose to view a book whose 
inerit far exceeds that of its predec<*ssor. There would be lit- 
tle probability of the reward being claimed. The first page of 
an annual open to the editor is devoted to the usual raking of 
the production of the class ahead. The more excellent this sub- 
ject of criticism may have been, so does the editor wax more 
verbose. Drawing our own conclusions from these remarks to 
-which we have referred, we would withdraw our complimentary 
remarks concerning the annuals of last year, and state instead 
that they were but a mere conglomeration of mental and artistic 
trash, and that each and everyone retires abashed in the daz- 
zling brilliancy given forth by its respective successor as evolved 
in the course of the college year 1889-90. 

So much on the authority of the reviewed. The reviewer can 
express another opinion if he chooses. 

We have to acknowledge the courtesy of the following an- 
nuals, received for review : OuiaUnon^ Wabash ; Badger^ Wis- 
consin : BijoUy Ohio Wesleyan ; Palladium^ Michigan ; Mirage, 
De Pauw ; Gale, Knox ; Pandora, Georgia ; Corrullian, Cor- 
nell; Index, Wooster; Melange, Lafayette; Blue and Gold, Cal- 
ifornia; Pandora, Washington and Jeflferson; Comet, Vander- 
bilt ; Lombard, Lombard ; Kaldron, Allegheny ; Ariel, Vermont ; 
Microcosm, Dickinson; Makio, Ohio State; Record, Pennsylva- 
nia (University) ; Garnet, Union ; Oracle, Colby ; Ae^s, Dart- 
mouth; Hellenian, North Carolina; Gul, Williams; and Olio, 
Amherst. Truly a goodly array, and one representing nearly 
all sections. Two years ago we received one annual from a 
southern college — the Comet, from Vanderbilt. A year ago this 
was doubled by the addition of Mercer's Mercerian. This year 
we present three, the Mercerian failing us, but being replaced by 
those from the universities of Georgia and North Carolina. 
With such a collection as we have, there is a good opportunity 
to see how wit, humor, artistic ability et aL vary with latitude 
and longitude. Last year we referred to the superiority of those 
annuals whose editors were elected before or at the beginning of 
the college year for which they are issued. An examination of 
those for this year illustrates the same point Whether pub- 
lished under the auspices of the Junior class as a class, or under 
the direction of the fraternities of the college makes little or no 
difference. The excellence depends upon the perfection of or- 
ganization of the board from year to year, and the actual 
amount of time put in gathering and arranging the materials. 


Where there are constitution and by-laws which give a stated time 
for the election of the board, metliod of electing officers, inter- 
val of meetings &c. , the annual is more of a success. In some 
places there will be lack of finances forbidding the addition of 
expensive illustrations, but without these the book can be made 
attractive and bright if the editors give their best efforts to that 
end. On the whole the annual seems to have more of a hold on 
eastern than western colleges. Not because more money is 
spent there in getting it up, as the western annuals contain as 
expensive features as those from the east. But from the reason 
mentioned above, — its publication is made a matter of system; 
the editors are elected a year ahead, and don't put off the pre- 
paration of material until one or two months before it is to be 
issued; faculty and alumni contributions are solicited and 
secured ; and all literary selections are carefully revised and 
pruned before final insertion. There are, of course, exceptions, 
but they prove the rule. 

The illustrations run much in the same line as heretofore, 
photogravures, electro tints, or half-tone engravings being found 
in almost every one. Several new designs have been added to 
the list of fraternity steel plates, the principal among these be- 
ing the new ^J B plate by Lock wood, and the JT monogram by 
Dreka. The Oracle and Mirage instead of having chapter lists 
headed by the usual steel plates have inserted chapter groups 
along with the respective lists — a very neat idea, and one likely 
to be more generally used in the next year or two. The poor 
looking chapters may object, but. the Apollos are bound to 
carry the day. 

The Olio reproduces the title page of Vol. I, No. i, of that 
publication. It is newspaper style, dated October, '55, and shows 
the Corporation and Faculty lists; the officers of ^ B K, A d ^, 
V T and ^ K E come under the head of Junior Societies and 
their lists include only Seniors and Juniors. There is one Soph- 
omore Society, A S 0, and two Freshman, J K and 2 J. The 
college enrolls 344 students, of whom 103 are freshmen, against 
358, with 93 freshmen for the preceding year. The fraternity 
frontispiece is fine — a piece of grave-yard spiking. The Glee 
Club and Base Ball team are shown and a fine portrait of a fac- 
ulty member is the frontispiece. Another engraving gives a 
winter scene on the campus. In the base ball season the Am- 
herst team won five and lost four out of nine games played. 
Mechanically and artistically the OHo is finely gotten up. A 
number of original drawings . have been executed in half tone 
plates, making rich illustrations. 

The Gul comes from the same printer's hands as for the year 
before, and is much the same in general make-up. Bound in 
white paper board with gold lettering it is printed on extra heavy 


calendered paper, and withal is such a triumph of printer's art as 
to make rival publishers envious. The designs for illustrations 
have been executed by the N. Y. Engraving Co. and are com- 
mendable in all respects. Of the several pages devoted to prize 
statistics it might almost be said that they were devoted to ^ J ^ 
interests, as Massachusetts Alpha makes a showing unrivalled 
and unapproached by other Chapters. Two pages are given to 
small plates, ten in all, from camera snap shots about the campus 
and on Field Day. The Gul always has some fine verses, and 
this year's is no exception, but the chief hit of the book, outside 
of a '* Lectchah " is made in 





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The lines are adapted to various airs, as — ** McSorley's 
Twins," **When I was a Lad," '* Marching Thro' Georgia," 
''Rockaby Baby," <*Erminie," ** Lullaby," and "Listen toJMy 
Tale of Woe." 

These lines are from Agony L 

* 9ic )|c :|e 

•* When I was a Freshman I came here to school ; 

I was pure as a lovely white rose, 
Sure nobody here could take me for a fool, 

With me cane and me new suit of clothes. 
I went up and called on the Y. M. C. A., 

I did up North Adams quite brown, 
But the thing that took me was the big Faculty ; 

I was awed from me toes to me crown. 

One night the first term I went out for a walk, 

And I passed by the White House at nine. 
I stole to a window and turned white as chalk. 

As I listened to councils divine. 
Soc and our Peri were fighting like mad ! 

*Twas Sarcasm warring 'gainst Love. 
And Peri prevailed. O you bet I was glad, 

May he run a big college above. 

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This is from Agony IL 

" Library at White House, Faculty assembled for deliberation, 

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Mons. Cos ascends the throne and sings in bare of tone voice. 
Freshmen are sleeping so cosy and fine. 
The Seniors are' saying their evening prayer, 
The Juniors are grubbing, the Sophs on a spree ; 
Look out my dear friends, for I've business with thee. 

Rockaby Freshman, Rockaby Fop, 

Rockaby all, lookout for a drop. 

For I am I, Since Sum Ego, 

When I nod my head it has to be so. 
So Rockaby, Very High, you needn't fear. 
And Rockaby, little spy, you we ht)ld dear. 
Go over to Adams and spot all you can, 
And then come and tell ! You brave little man." 

The whole of the farce needs only to be read to be appreciated. 

In looking over the Melange you find it an interesting book, 
from the faces of Ben. Franklin and Geo. Washington which 
have beamed from its pages from time immemorial to the newest 
fad in ** Cremation of Calculus." At the same time it is hard 
to pick out the selections and say " herein lies the germ." The 
frontispiece shows the late Prof. J. G. Fox. Other plates show 
foot ball and base ball teams, and a third ** Representative 
Athletes of Lafayette College." 

This is fair 

" ! ! ! Tiger, Lafayette." 

"In olden lime one might espy 
A sculptor skilled, his chisel ply ; 
To shape his fancy he does tr>', 
(As all the little chips forth fly) 
A marble bust. 

But times have changed and now — oh, fie — 
Were one to look he might descry. 
As college youths to the table hie 
Where still the merry chips forth fly, 
A nother bust. 

It is true that after a resting spell of three seasons one should 
expect a good volume and in this respect the '90 Lombard meets 
expectations. It is one of the most excellent annuals of the year 
(as it should be with six Phis in charge of it), and contains most 
valuable features. There are electro tints of the college build- 
ing, President White of the University, the late Dr. Ryder, of 
Chicago, who left $50,000 to the Theological Department, 
members of the Faculty, four of the more prominent alumni of 
Lombard (among these Bro. E. H. Conger,) and lastly a tableaux 
group of the young ladies taking part in the annual Townsend 
(Declamatory) Contest. **The Lombard Family " is a complete 


list of the students of the College from its foundation to the pres- 
ent time, with biographical notes and addresses. The ** History " 
of J ^ (local) says, 

" Delta Theta retained its connection with Delta Tau Delta until the 
fall of 1885. It did not have its charter taken away, but became dis- 
satisfied for several reasons and withdrew. It did not desire to have 
the number of its members limited, and the fraternity wished to limit 
them. It became indignant also at the action of the Executive Council 
with reference to another chapter." 

To which we would add **So, there now, we didn't get 
whipped, because we ran." 

There is much that is good about the Palladium so that we pon- 
der long as to what we must say in order to do it justice in small 
space. We cannot reproduce its excellencies, but the reader can 
take our word that it is good. How otherwise could it be ? — 
over 2200 students, with their multifarious organizations and am- 
bitions — surely there is reason for a good annual. A steel por- 
trait of President Angell, and half-tone plates of Professors Stan- 
ley and Kelsey, each accompanied by exhaustive biographies 
form the usual matter allotted to the Faculty. ^ B K is given 
place in a historical sketch, ** Threshing old Straws" gives 
answers to the question '*What do you think of Fraternities," 
received from J. H. Choate, Phillips Brooks, Calvin S. Brice, 
Chas. Dudley Warner, J. Warren Keifer, Will Cumback, Henry 
Cabot Lodge and others. All characterize them as institutions 
with influence for good rather than otherwise. Tappan Oak is 
a famous institution at Ann Arbor, and under its spreading 
branches each Senior Class holds its closing exercises. The prize 
song of the Palladium this year is "Under the Tappan Oak," 
and is worthy of the distinction. The University still holds the 
lead in number of fraternities, there being sixteen general, five 
professional and four ladies fraternities organized in the Univer- 
sity, ^ A X being the last comer. 

The Bijou of Ohio Wesleyan, after ^s^ years hibernation ap- 
pears once more, and without doubt contains better features than 
any of its predecessors. There are cheap cuts of the new Mon- 
nett (Ladies') Hall, and the proposed Chapel, work on which is 
now progressing. There is a series of half tone plates, beginning 
with "the ''Faculty." 

The next shows the " Presidents of the O. W. U.,— E. Thom- 
son '45-60, Frederick Merrick '6o-'73, C. H. Payne '76-'88, J. . 
W. Bashford, since '89, and L. D. McCabe '73-76 and '88-'89, 
and the plate is followed by biographical sketches. Other plates 
show editors of the Bijoti^ Transcript^ Practical Student, Univer- 
sity nme, Senior nine, and Foot-ball eleven. Literary Societies 
flourish as the history of nine of these testify. There are a num- 



ber of roughly executed, but bright, cartoon cuts. There are 
no literary features aside from class and literary society his- 

Any one of a half dozen features about the ComeUian make it 
interesting. It is a pleasure to see each year the new cuts 
which preface the various class and social organizations of the 


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University. These are always bright, finely executed, and with- 
out exception eminently appropriate. The plate illustrations are 
as usual abundant. A fine photo-print and accurate sketch of 
Benj. I. Wheeler, Prof, of Greek. Another showing the Profs. 

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of the Mechanical and Engineering Faculty. Third of B. G. 
Smith, Associate Prof, of Rhetoric and Oratory ; lastly Edwin 
L. Nichols, Prof, of Physics, who stands near the head as a 
teacher in Physical Science in this country. Other plates are 
devoted to athletic and musical organizations. 

Among the miscellaneous prose and poetry selections, this 
from the ComelliarCs ** Yale Song " is worth reading : 


"Oh, we're the very pattern of an English University, 
We've the bon-ton ladies, and the blue-blood aristocracy ; 
We're very old, conservative, and have our own mythology. 
We love to meditate upon the length of our chronology. 
For, sir, there's nothing equal to a long and noble pedigree. 
And, ' don't you know,* we started with the dawn of the last 

In fact, in genealogy, in blood and aristocracy, 
We are the very pattern of an English University." 

If Cornell builds her library according to the plans as shown 
in the plate from photograph, given in the Comeliian^ it will sur- 
pass anything of the kind in America. 

We spoke of the department cuts and their unique designs, 
and so here mention a few : ** Fraternities " shows a swinging 
censer before the barred door of a stone archway, mystic vapors 
half obscuring the entrance. 

**In Memoriam " figures Alma Mater as a young woman, 
standing with downcast head, half enveloped by the pall which 
she holds in her outstretched hands. Those for the ** Bench and 
Board," ** Undine," and **Fruija" clubs are equally good, but 
too full of details to explain. 

The Aegis always shows its loyalty to Dartmouth in green ink, 
and is gotten up in a style that ought to be highly pleasing to 
Dartmouth students. Volume XXXIII has for a frontispiece a 
photogravure of Hon. Hiram Hitchcock of Hanover, N. H. to 
whom the college is indebted for the recent repairs which have 
made the old church a handsome and attractive building, and 
for the Hitchcock Memorial Hospital now being erected. Prof. 
E. R. Ruggles of the Scientific Department is likewise presented 
and from the accompanying biographical sketch we learn that 
he has done much toward making his department of work in 
Dartmouth so widely known. In the list of fraternities B 8 U 
appears in the Scientific Department replacing I J 11. The 
** Historical Sketch" of the college (faced by photogravures of 
the college buildings) tells how Eleazor Wheelock, Yale '33, 
founded ** Moor's Indian Charity School," Lebanon, Conn., 
which became famous in New England. Needing funds, agents 
were sent to England for aid, and through the influence of the 
Earl of Dartmouth ten thousand pounds were collected, the King 





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donating two hundred pounds. It was then determined to make 
a college of the school, but being in close proximity to Yale, it 
was determined to move it. It received its charter in 1769, and 
in 1770 was removed to Hanover, and out of respect to the Earl 
of Dartmouth, president of the Trustees it was named after him. 
The Aegis does not forget to give space to the Foot ball team 
which won the New England pennant, and to the delegates to 
Worcester who brought the college first place in the New En- 
gland Field Day events. 

The Comet that appeared in the Vanderbilt heavens for the 
year 1889-90 bears familiar marks that distinguish it as the gen- 
uine Vanderbilt article so that it would be recognizable without 
an astronomical label. The periodicity of the Comet is all right, 
but that ought to admit of a little more variability in the article 
itself. Its style is much the same as for last year. It opens 
with a cut and sketch of W, L. Dudley, professor of chemistry, 
an excellent teacher and one at the saipe time showing great in- 
terest in student and athletic affairs, he being president of both 
the Athletic and Tennis associations. He is a graduate of Uni- 
versity of Cincinnati, and a member of 2" X, There are the us- 
ual class, fraternity, society, and athletic lists. One of the best 
things in the book is '*The Crying Evil of Our University," 
being a satire on Faculty jurisdiction over students. It closes : 

•* Considering how foreign professors are to this planet, and seeing 
what bad examples they set the students, it is evident that it is a 
great mistake to suffer them to remain in our institution. If it is abso- 
lutely necessary to have instruction in our University, by all means 
give us human beings." 

The roughest thing is **YeSewanee" being a biblical paro- 
dy. There are a number of cartoon cuts, with good hits, and 
fairly executed. 

The Kaldrofty a heavy book in blue board cover, contains 
many excellent features in its 170 pages. The book is of excel- 
lent tone throughout, the contributions showing literary excellence 
and carrying dignity. It is fortunate in having the artistic con- 
tributions of Mr. McNair, ^rj, who has helped to make pre- 
ceding KaldrorCs successes, and Mr. Eagleson, ATA, Their work 
is a chief feature. There are photogravure plates of the editor- 
ial board and the Faculty. A half tone showing the chapter 
houses at Allegheny, and the interior of the Phi parlors. A 
steel portrait of Alex. Bradley of the Board of Trustees is ac- 
companied by a sketch. The hit of the book is in a series of 
panel pictorial illustrations of Allegheny chapters. ^KW — Illus- 
trations show a piano and bass-viol both in active use; ** Fra- 
ternity organ — The Bazoo, Sedalia, Mo. Any one desiring mem- 



bership must be able to discourse readily on the Chinese fiddle, 
and read Hebrew music at sight. None others need apply." 

(pf J — Cut shows rope, wires, chains, hooks and ihree sailors 
hauling on a cabie labeled "Faculty." " Frattntily organi — 
' Police Gazette' — any one desiring membership had better bury 
their consciences ; must be able to handle ropes of every descrip- 
tion, manipulate wires smooth atid barbed sans gloves and not 
show any scars. None others need apply. 

jrj — Panels show two "swells." "J-ratemity organ — 'Dera- 
orest's Magazine' — new students who contemplate entering said 
fraternity, must present a regularly certified-lo pedigree, be able 
to engage in the ' mazy ' and wear a dress suit. None others 
need apply." 

[FftOK THE ' 

41^9 — The minister pounding away in the pulpit. " Fratern- 
ity organ — 'Pittsburgh Christian Advocate' — new men expect- 
ing a bid from the above Order should bring with tliem letters of 
recommendation from the home pastor, honorable discharge 
from the Sunday school superintendent, and several pairs of 
trousers well padded at the knee. None others need apply." 

-AE — Artist pictures the 'hayseed' swinging his scythe, 
" Fraterttity organ — ' The San Francisco Rural Press '—students 
handing in names must belong to the Battalion and arrange to 
have butter and eggs brought into the chapter house weekly. 
Superior inducements offered to any one getting up a club." 


KAS — ''All young girls joining this Fraternity will be care- 
fully looked after by the older girls, will receive aid in learning 
their Sunday school lessons, and will " stand in " with the pre- 

/r/rr—;'' All candidates for membership must take music and 
elocution, write poetry, own a dark lantern, and contribute an 
article of furniture to the new ** Frat " rooms." 

The Wisconsin badger may not be a beauty among animals, 
but its name-sake, the University of Wisconsin Badger is a beau- 
ty among annuals. It is a handsome volume of i86 pages,* 
8x11, bound on the short margin, and abounding in pleasing 
features throughout. 

Facing the title page which portrays a stray badger basking in 
the sunlight is a magnificent photogravure view from the campus 
entrance out over the city of Madison. Following a few pages 
after this is another showing the observatory, a park, and to the 
right and beyond, the placid gem surrounded lake. Produced 
by the same processes are portraits of John C. Freeman, LL. D., 
Prof, of English Literature; Edw. A. Birge, Ph. D., Prof, of 
Zoology; Lucius Heritage, late instructor in Latin, who died 
May 14, 1889, at Redlands, Cal. Of him a sketch says 

" It seldom happens that the nil nisi verum of the biographer be- 
comes more nearly one with the nil nisi bonum of the eulogist than in 
the case of Mr. Heritage. Of an exceptionally keen and accurate 
mind, he was no less distinguished for the integrity of his character.'* 

There are photogravure groups of the foot ball team and the 
Badger board. Class, literary and miscellaneous organizations 
are given precedence over fraternity chapters, which are listed 
in alphabetical order. The lighter illustrations of the books are 
well executed and carry out some good hits and points. The 
** Pepper" at the Delta Gamma reception is well portrayed. The 
'93 cut is a very pretty zinc etched pen sketch. A long list of 
advertisers has made the book a possible and able enterprise for 
Wisconsin men. 

Of the same size, bound in the same manner as the Badger is 
the California Blue and Gold^ differing in that the Badger's light 
olive cover is changed to light and dark blue in the California 
book. It makes the review seem a little trite to have two such 
excellent annuals mentioned together. All the points mentioned 
in regard to the first can be repeated for the second. The Blue 
and Gold goes far ahead of all others in its cartoon and light illus- 
trations. Others have some a little more finely executed, but 
weighing both design and execution the Blue and Gold is far 
ahead. The department and class cuts are all fine. Of the ex- 
pensive illustrations there are photographs of the ** Class of '91," 
Summit of Mt. Hamilton, form of groups of ** Heads of Depart- 


ments," each showing five professors, making twenty faculty 
members portrayed in nearly cabinet size, '^University buildings 
from the rear looking towards San Francisco," and half tone 
plates of the Glee Club, **A Bridge in the University Grounds" 
and "Junior Day Farce " cast. **A Recently Discovered Chap- 
ter from Josephus " is a good satire on the organization of Omega 
Psi, whose object was to secure a Psi U. charter. It was headed 
by a cut of a woman in a flowing garb, holding in one hand a 
sword, and in the other a shield, fashioned after the badge of 
*W T, Here are some selections from the ** Junior Day Farce," 
written by B. L. Hall, of California Alpha : 


Juliet — (alone) — It's so nice to be a * co-ed ' ; the * eds * treat us so 
well. Othello the Junior is so charming. I hope he asks me to go to 
the next Glee. Nothing is nicer than to have him bother me an hour 
in the Library. 

(Enter Romeo.) 

Ronieo — Juliet, will you go to the Glee with me ? 

Juliet — ^Yes. (Aside.) Poor co-eds ! They must take the first fellow 
that comes along. 

Romeo — Ta, ta ; a thousand times farewell. 

Juliei — Stay, Stay ! Parting is such sweet sorrow. That I shall say 
good-night till it be Morrow." 

* ♦ * * 

•• hamlet's soliloquy. 

Hamlet at College : Has the world grown mad. 

To send their madmen where knowledge is had ? 

My ghost has told me there are madmen here, 

Who to ye co-ed lend a festive ear. 

I swore a solemn, solemn vow, 

Man must not monkey with the buzz-saw now. 

(Enter Ophelia, singing, • Love comes like a Summer Sigh.') 

Oh ! the fair Ophelia ! She a co-ed now ? 

Oh ! that this too, too solid flesh would melt. 

Every Adam has his Eve ; 

Every knight his Genevieve. 

All the snow was made to melt : 

Not to have its keen edge felt. 

So my vow I now forget ; 

For my heart ain't Stoney yet." 

* * * * 

This is illustrated by some laughable cartoons. A good feature 
added to the book is a list of U. of C. alumni, and another of 
deceased alumni. 




The Vermont Ariel is open for inspection — heavy paper, good 
illustrations, good printing and best of all good brain work are 
displayed in its pages. We review it by clipping ** A Tragedy in 
Three Acts." 

Act I. 

The gray of early morning ; 
Into daylight slowly turning, 
Breathes its mist upon the air. 
A Freshman » lightly sleeping, 
In dreams, is vigil keeping 
With a maiden passing fair ; 
But she with angry glances 
Has rejected his advances, 
And plunged him in dispair. 

Rest, Freshie, rest ! 

In your downy nest. 

Why will you thus be sighing ? 

Rest, Freshie, rest ! 

You are surely possessed 

To even dream of dying. 

Act II. 

'A serious case * the doctor said, 
As nodding gravely with his head. 

He felt the patient's pulse. 
' In these disorders of the brain 
The highest skill oft finds it vain 

To predicate results.* 
The words were hardly uttered, 
When *twas seen that Freshie muttered 
The name of her whose charms had put 
His heart in such a plight. 
It was no dumpy dough-head : 
No wooly-pated tow-head ; 
It was a Senior Co-ed 
Who mashed the Freshman quite. 

Act III. 

Dig the grave both wide and deep ; 
O'er the fated Freshman weep ; 
Lift the coffin with tender care ; 
Carry him down the stairway steep ; 
A martyr gone to his final sleep. 
His bier to the graveyard bear. 
Let the earth his body keep ; 
Into heaven his soul may creep 
If St. Peter wants it there. 


Be careful ! 
Have that ltd both light and Stout, 
So he never may leak out, 
Or in Spring he'll surely sprout 
And buzz another Co-ed." 

The Pandora (University of Georgia) is diminutive compared 
with the Badger and Blue and Gold, in size being one of the 
smallest of annuals. It is bound in a heavy gray board and 
opens with a half lone plate of the editors. Space, later on, to 
the extent of ten pages is devoted to editorial biographies, but 
these, written after the manner of class histories, leave us in 
much doubt as to the exact train of events in said editors' lives. 
The law and college classes are appropriately remembered in 
histories and carlootis. 

The Phi tennis club cut is one of the prettiest society cuts of 
the book. The department of miscellany is made up entirely of 
" take olfs " on one thing and another about the college and 
town, some with considerable attention paid to literary effect. 
One cartoon shows the Maid of Athens giving back the annual 
heart of the departing student, and another says "lemonade" is 
" what we drink at the University," while " Gibson's old Cab- 
inet" is "what they drink at Mercer and Emory." 

The outside of the Makio is an echo of former days, it being 
bound in a light paper cover, with a nice imitation parchment 
sheet folded over this. It is put out by the Scroll publishers 

and is a good piece of work so far as the printer's part goes. 
The chief failing of the Makio is in the process used in making 
their cartoon and miscellaneous cuts. These show good designs 
and abound on almost every page. But through haste or cheap 


process the cuts have failed to show up in proper manner when 
printed. There are sonne three and a half pages of good '^ edi- 
torials" on matters pertaining to the welfare of the University 
and student organizations. There are biographical sketches of 
two new Trustees, and of one — C. C. Miller, an '83 O. S. U. grad- 
uate — ^a half tone engraving. There is a heliotypc of the Sen- 
ior class. Half tone plates of the Foot-ball team and Battalion 
officers are given, but are failures, being made from imperfect 
photographs. There is a good likeness of the late Prof. A. H. 
Welsh, who died last year. In the department of miscellany, 
among other good things are two poems that are worthy of spe- 
cial praise — ** Pensive " and ** Fossils." Both are meritorious. 
The Garnet finds its homologue this year in its ink as it is 
printed throughout in a garnet ink, even to the title on its snowy 
cover. It is the best volume of this publication for some years. 
It faithfully records the events of the year, and its tone shows a 
faith in the successful future of "Old Union" worthy of her 
present sons. 

•I* "P *!* *F 

••Whisper to the wondering maiden, 

Tales of Union's fame. 
Out upon the world's broad highway, 

Bear the news along, 
Tell how Union's star hath risen. 

Sing Concordia's song." 

Hear this from the Union Song : 

•' Let the Grecian dream of his sacred stream. 

And sing of the brave adorning 
That Phoebus weaves from his laurel leaves 

At the golden gates of morning ; 
But the brook that bounds through Union's grounds 

Gleams bright as the Delphic water, 
And a prize as fair as a God may wear. 

Is a dip from our Alma Mater! " 

The finer illustrations of the book are all devoted to under- 
graduate organizations, viz. — 6^a/«^/ board. Foot-ball team, and 
Glee Club. 

It has already been mentioned that the Oracle prefaces the 
Greek-letter chapter lists with group phototypes of the chapter 
members, the first annual in which we have seen this done. 
Fourteen non-fraternity men in the Freshman class make a 
larger number in that class alone than have heretofore been found 
in the whole college. President A. W. Small is presented to 
Oracle readers in a handsome photogravure frontispiece, and his 
biography together with the ** Review of the Year" makes in- 


teresting and good reading. There is a program of the exercises 
at the • * Laying of the Corner Stone of Shannon Observatory '^ 
with the two ** Odes " written for the occasion. A contributor 
has a good article on the ''Higher Education of Women at 
College," arguing for the development of a distinct department 
of the University for the education of women. 

The Record of '90 is the first volume of the University of 
Pennsylvania annual that we have seen. It is a publication well 
worth preserving. It contains 252 pages of reading matter, ex- 
clusive of advertisements. It is bound in heavy cloth board 
whose black face bears the legend ** Record MDCCCXC" and 
a red and blue ribbon with the seal of the University stamped 
over it. Its frontispiece is a fine photogravure of Horace Jayne, 
of the Medical Faculty. The Record is issued on a plan differ- 
ent from other annuals. It is essentially what its name implies 
— **the Record of the Class 1890." It of course mentions the 
athletic and society events of the year, but the body of the book 
is made up from the events of years 1887-90 with which the 
class of '90 was directly associated. Thus it chronicles happen- 
ings of one, two, and three years back. The Senior Class Day 
productions, delivered June 3, 1890 are all given in full. A 
half tone plate reproduces the costumes of the Junior Ball, Feb- 
ruary, 1889. Other plates show the ** Glee Club " and *' Foot- 
ball Team." 

The fraternities represented on the Record are given in this 
order— J r, J<P, AW, ZW, 0Je, 0A'I, fPKW, and <PJ<P. The 
other organizations and societies of the University are legion. 

The Washington and Jefferson Pandora has a good leather 
outside, and a well looked after inside. As in its predecessor 
interest in the book centers in the attention paid to alumni. 
There are biographical sketches of six men prominent in their 
mature years who have been connected with the college, and 
fine phototypes of each are given. These are Rev. Jonathan 
Edwards, of Meadville, first president of the united W. & J. 
colleges: J. D. Moffat, president of W. & J.; Rev. Matthew 
Brown Riddle, of Allegheny ; Rev. G. P. Hayes, Kansas City ; 
the late Rev. A. Donaldson, West Lebanon, Pa.; and Hon. H. 
H. Bingham, Philadelphia. The expense and labor involved in 
securing these are surely repaid in the interest made in the book 
for old time friends of the institution. Aside from this the Pan- 
dora is much the same as other annuals. 

The Gale from Knox, in binding, type and arrangement is 
enough like the Makio to be its . twin. It s characteristics are 
much the same, and it improves over the Makio in that its cuts 
and cartoons have been finely executed and are open to no crit- 
icism. A frontispiece plate shows the recent additions to the 
college faculty; another plate of Prof. Milton L. Comstock pref- 


aces a biographical sketch. The new college chapel is given in 
perspective view, and promises to be Knox's finest building by 
far. The Base Ball team has also posed for photograph. Ihere 
is an interesting sketch of the Inter-State Oratorical Contests, 
and record of prizes from 1874 to the present. Also a cut of 
the solid silver and gold cup presented to the Illinois Athletic 
Association by Knox. 

The Wooster Index is the poorest executed annual that we 
have seen since its predecessor last year. We refer more to its 
mechanical execution, and the poor quality of its cuts. The 
type, style of setting, and general make up are ancient and out 
of taste. Second class ''stock" cuts are still run in to fill up, 
and original designs appear in plates as fantastic failures. The 
department of miscellany is full to overflowing with literary 
matter of light vein, with some good local hits. The features 
which really make this year's Index are the half tone plates of 
Pres't Scovel, the late Karl Merz, Prof. Stoddard, ** Interior 
Views of Karl Merz's Music Hall," the Foot Ball Team, and the 
frontispiece of the Index Board. 

The Ouiatenon from Wabash, evidently considered the Onon- 
dagan of Syracuse a model, since it is closely copied after that 
volume of three years ago. The names are both of Indian 
origin and the title page design ** A Ouiatenon Maiden" is a 
direct copy of that which appears regularly in the Syracuse an- 
nual as ** The Onondagan Maiden." There arc not many pages 
devoted to miscellaneous literary and caricature squibs, the col- 
lege classes, fraternity, literary and athletic organizations occupy- 
ing the greater space. A wood cut of J. M. Coulter, Wabash's 
young and able professor of biology, is the frontispiece and is 
followed by a biographical sketch. There is a half-tone of the 
Editorial Board and wood cuts of the campus and library inter- 
ior. ** The College" is an article smacking very much of the 
catalogue, but withal an article such as might well be found in 
every annual, as all ought to herald the advantages claimed for 
their institution. We miss in the Outaktwn the customary steel 
plates accompanying chapter lists. These are given without 

The DePayw Mirage is more pretentious than the Indianian 
just mentioned, and in appearance is much as its predecessors. 
Outside of the statistical part of the book, the interest centers in 
its illustrations. ** What the Frats * Spike ' on" in a word or two 
makes a good hit at each chapter. Instead of steel plates the 
chapter lists are accompanied by half-tone plates showing the 
members, except J T J, A K Ey and the ladies, these are worked 
into badge form, showing both chapter members and the frater- 
nity badge in each plate. In the two plates showing the Faculty 
we notice J. P. D John, the new and popular President, as the 



central figure in the first. H. A. Gobin, after a few years in 
Kansas, once more appears in the DePauw faculty, now as Dean 
of the Theological school. Other plates show the college build- 
ings and the Mirage board. 

The HeUeniafiy neatly bound, in gray cloth, is the first annual 
published by the University of North Carolina fraternities. As 
such it is more than a usual success and deserves compliment. 
Lacking in all expensive illustrative features save the steel fra- 
ternity plates, nevertheless it at once impresses the reader as not 
being devoid of interest. The Editors have declined to attempt 
that which they could not do well, consequently illustrations are 
few, but what there are call for praise rather than criticism. The 
book, being Volume I, is throughout statistical and there are no 
literary features to review, ** Dedication " and "Salutatory" 
being the most attempted. Historical sketches and alumni as 
well as active lists are given of each Greek letter chapter. 

There are but %6 pages of reading matter in the Dickinson 
Microcosm, but these abound in matter tastily selected, and the 
book in general tone is up with the best. The illustrations are 
good, including several half-tones. There are several designs in 
letter cuts at heads of articles well worth being studied by the 
editors of sister annuals for the coming year. The foot ball 
record since 1888 shows a wonderful improvement in Dickinson's 


* * * * 

There are many points in annuals expressive of elegance and 
demerit that are not features to be picked out and specified 
separately. But at the same time they go to make up the tone 
of the book. There is taste to be offended here as well as in 
society, and things may be in good form and they may not be so. 
It is the ability *to discriminate in these matters that helps make 
a good annual as well as extra pages of reading matter and illus- 
trations. One page with a tasty cut and a bright couplet, is far 
superior to several pages of long drawn poetical satire, and 
poorly executed cartoons. Fine paper and a good printer are 
likewise essentials, and are as much matter of necessity as brains 
in the editorial cranium. It is the quality and not the quantity 
of the work that calls for plaudit. The public will stop to ad- 
mire a well polished diamond, however small, but has little time 
to contemplate the possible beauty beneath the surface of an un- 
polished sxone. 

* * * * 

We again regret that we could not mention in detail the honor 
lists of each chapter, but will refer to some few principal ones. 
At Amherst, Massachusetts Beta has been very successful in 
scholarship, winning three college prizes, having a large repre- 
sentation in the Hitchcock society of inquiry, man on first <P B K 



The gayeties of commencement week at the University of 
Missouri began with the Twentieth Annual Reception and Ban- 
quet of Missouri Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Theta, given in 
Haden Opera House, Monday evening, June 2nd. This enter- 
tainment has never been surpassed for beauty, elegance or en- 
joyment. It was perfect in every feature. The frolicsome youth 
and resplendent beauty of Columbia's society supplemented by 
numerous visitors from neighboring towns and St. Louis joined 
for one common end — mutual social enjoyment, and it is super- 
fluous to say that none were disappointed. 

The lights are hardly extinguished on one Phi party before 
anticipations the most pleasant are indulged for the next annual. 
The prospect for pleasure that the evening of June the second 
would furnish has been looked forward to throughout the past 
year with an eager desire for realization. Many guests had ar- 
rived from a distance to be entertained by the generous hospi- 
tahty of this fraternity's men. 

The place for giving this parly has been as little varied as the 
time. Last Monday evening the opera house, with all the fresh 
work of a skilled artist, and the elaborate decorations applied, 
was transformed into a place of unusual beauty and pleasure. 
Draperies of argent and azure adorning the balcony were caught 
up gracefully at intervals by rosettes of the same material to form 
festoons. This was added to by flowers and evergreens hung 
from the gas fixtures. From the central chandelier was sus- 
pended a large and exceedingly beautiful Japanese parasol the 
handle of which was wrapped alternately with argent and azure 
and to its lower end was secured a cluster of fresh, sweet-scented 
roses. This attracted the attention and elicited the admiration 
of every guest present. From the arch over the stage, fastened 
with a large rosette, hung the Phi monogram, and streamers of 
white and blue in graceful curves attached to either side in fes- 
toons. At the rear of the stage ample space was set apart by an 
arched scene for the purpose of serving the supper. Through 
the three arched portals hung with portiers of the colors of the 
fraternity, could be seen the table pleasingly decorated with flow- 
ers, which was the source of much comment. Draperies of 
white and blue were hung from a common centre over the table, 
one fastened to each of the four corners. To sum up, in the 
words of a guest, the room was a ** picture of the prettiest fairy- 
land the brightest imagination could conceive." 

On through air the enchanting music of the dance 
Rose like the throbbing of a single string.*' 



At half past nine o'clock strains of sweet music brok^ forth 
from Prof. PannelFs orchestra, to which every throbbing heart 
kept time and the dance, the chief feature of the evening, began. 
The excellent music harmonized with every dancer's spirit and 
thoughts were lifted unawares out of and above ''all meaner 
cares.'' After the twelfth dance there was an intermission which 
was filled with a menu both delicate and elaborate. The meats 
were seasoned to an epicure's taste and the ices, creams, cakes, 
coffee and chocolate were simply delicious. Mrs. J. C. Jones 
presided over this part of the evening's program and to her the 
Phis owe many thanks for its elegance and her kindness. This 
sumptuous feast enjoyed, the dance was resumed with renewed 
spirit until three o'clock when the familiar strains of ** Home 
Sweet Home" announced that the evening's pleasures were 

In a word, every thing was complete. The young ladies re- 
sembled fairies flitting about over the waxed floor in slippered 
feet, like angels treading **the aetherial air" and the whole was 
like a vision of the prettiest imaginable fairy-land. The hall 
viewed from either entrance was enough to cause thrills of rap- 
ture to tingle in every soul such as were experienced by the 
wandering Pen gazing through the opening gates of Paradise. 

Among the visiting guests were Misses Magee, Clarkson, 
Lindsley and Thompson of St. Louis ; Miss Rothwell, of Mont- 
gomery City; Miss Hawks, of St. Joe; Misses Lackland and 
Gantt, Mexico; Miss Osborn, of Cameron; Miss Patterson, of 
Kansas City; Mrs. J. L. Sehon, of Dakota; Mr. and Mrs. 
Knapp, of St. Louis; Judge Jno. F. Philips, of Kansas City; 
Judge B. M. Dilly, of Hamilton ; Judge E. Y. Mitchell, of Rolla; 
Messrs Clark, Holloway, Boogher, Lindsley and Matthews, of 
St. Louis; Haines, McGonigle and Mastin, of Kansas City; 
Percv Horde, of Mexico and Henry Burckhartt, of Fayette. 
Others present were : Judge and Mrs. Hinton, Judge and Mrs 
Martin, Prof, and Mrs. Tiedman, Prof. Yantis, Prot. and Mrs. 
Jones, Dr. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Haines, Mrs. Anderson, Mr. 
and Mrs. F. A. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Sebastian, Mr. and 
Mrs. L. D. Evans, Dr. and Mrs. Watson, Mr. and Mrs. Clarkson, 
Walter Williams and Dr. McRae. 

The members from Sigma Nu present were Messrs Whitsett 
(representative) Brownlee, Keller, Corder, Paxton, De Armam ; 
Zeta Phis: Messrs Mitchell, Shields, Barrett and Byrd. The 
Beta Theta Pi representatives were Prof. J. C. Jones, and J. H. 
Boogher, of St. Louis. Mrs. Laura Anderson and Mrs. A. S. 
Haines were chaperons. The members of the Fraternity and 
the young ladies of the town we leave unmentioned for want of 
space. J. C. Tipton, '90. 



The editors of the new catalogue have experienced considerable 
difficulty in dealing with the subject of affiliations. We began the 
work of compiling the catalogue with the intention of enrolling 
all affiliates with both the chapter from which they affiliated and 
the chapter to which they affiliated, using cross references, giving 
under each the record made with that chapter and appending the 
biographical note to the last chapter in which they held member- 
ship. For a number of reasons this plan was found to be im- 
practicable and we determined to follow the plan of the last edi- 
tion and give the full record with the chapter to which the mem- 
ber affiliated. 

This plan, however, does not give entire satisfaction. Some 
chapters lose a number of their best men from the roll by reason 
of their affiliation with other chapters and nothing remains to 
show on the face of the roll that the man ever belonged to their 
chapter. They contend that the credit of initiating a good man 
should be shown to belong to them and that their chapter record 
is greatly marred by the present plan. 

On the other hand some chapters are recruited very largely 
from the membership of other chapters. Such is very notably 
the case at the University of Michigan and the University of 
Virginia. At the latter during the last Summer session there 
were eight Phis in attendance, seven of whom were from other 
chapters. These chapters contend that if they are not allowed 
the credit of affiliated members their chapter rolls will be greatly 

Under the present plan the editors of the catalogue are unable 
to determine whether a man has properly affiliated with the 
chapter where he last attended school. His circular comes in 
with the date of affiliation upon it or his name is sent in as hav- 
ing affiliated at a certain date and it is a matter of impossiblilty 
for the editors to determine whether the certificate required by 
the constitution has been issued or not. Doubtless a large per- 
centage of the men who are accredited and enrolled as having 
affiliated with another chapter has never in fact been constitution- 
ally affiliated. 

I doubt if any plan can be devised which will satisfactorily 
settle the matter. The plan of enrolling with both chapters 
would be best, but as stated above, it is impracticable and would 
in time encumber the book. I suggest for the consideration of 
the ne.xt National Convention the following arrangement. As 
heretofore, let the question of affiliation be one for each individ- 
ual to settle for himself. If he desires to affiliate he should be 
equired to obtain of his chapter a certificate of membership such 


as is precribed by Article XI, Section 4, of the Constitution. 
This certificate of membership should then be forwarded to the 
Historian of the General Council who should thereupon issue a 
certificate of application directed to the chapter with which the 
applicant desires to affiliate. The Historian of the General 
Council should be required to enter upon the Historian's reports 
of each chapter for that year a proper record of application ; or 
a separate record of such affiliations might be more desirable. 
This record in the hands of the editors of the catalogue would 
enable them to determine with absolute accuracy all constitutional 
affiliations and would supply them with dates and facts which are 
now very troublesome to obtain. 

The definition in the Constitution of Associate members could 
be changed to include those who attend other colleges without 
affiliating with the local chapters. The privileges and duties of 
such members should be defined and the chapters with which they 
associate should have full jurisdiction over them. These asso- 
ciate members would be enrolled in the catalogue with the chap- 
ter which initiated them. 

I do not question but that a great many members are enrolled 
with chapters which they did not legally affiliate with and if they 
could have had a free choice they would not have affiliated with. 
I like chapter loyalty because I believe it is largely the secret of 
fraternity loyalty and I think that every member should have a 
fair chance to say in which chapter he prefers to have his mem- 
bership. Under the present arrangement he is almost always, 
I may say, enrolled with the chapter where he last attended 
although his actual connection therewith might have been very 
slight. As a personal question I should be unwilling under any 
circumstances to have my name transferred from the chapter 
where I was initiated and others may feel as strongly as I do 
and therefore I hope the next Convention will adopt some plan 
to do away with the evils of the present arrangement. 

Frank D. Swope. 



I sing my song to a Bond of Love, 

Signed by a Brothers' Band, 
Whose penalty comes from above, 

The purest in this land. 

I sing to friends whom this Bond doth make, 

Whose love is true and tried ; 
I sing to a Friendship that we take 

Through life — ^with love 'tis tied. 

I sing my^ song to an Eye that's bright. 

From mote and blemish free ; 
I sing to a Motto that's our light 

Our duty's path to see. 

I sing to a Shield, a Sword, a Scroll, 

Grouped with these other themes, 
And wrought into one perfect whole, 

As fair as angels' dreams. 

All hail ! my dear Fraternity, 

Thou bond of friendship bright. 
Move on through all Eternity, 

True Friendship's brightest light. 

R. P. Wetmore, Alabama Alpha. 
Birmingham, Ala. 


The Phis of Alabama held their annual convention for this 
year with the Alabama Alpha Chapter, at Tuskaloosa, June 
19th, 1890. The event was one full of profit and pleasure to all 
those taking part. 

For a day or two before the nineteenth, the brothers were 
arriving, so that by the time for assembling, a goodly number 
were present. In the absence of Brother McLeod, President of 
the Association, Vice President Brother Oliver, of Tuskaloosa, 
called the Convention to order, and the business of the day was 
at once dispatched. 

Officers were elected for the ensuing year, as follows : Presi- 
dent, J. F. Crook, of Jacksonville; Vice President, M. J. 
McAdory, Jonesboro; Secretary, J. A. Elmore, Montgomery; 
Treasurer, G. H. Dunlap, Mobile. An Executive Committee 
was also appointed, of the following : J. A. Elmore, Chairman ; 


W. E. Holloway, both of Montgomery; G. H. Dunlap, Ala- 
bama A] W. L. Baker, Alabama H ; W. L. Haygood, Alabama 
F; and M. P. LeGrand, Montgomery. 

Another Special Committee, consisting of Brothers Cotting- 
ham and Nelson, of Birmingham, and Dunlap, of Mobile, was 
appointed by will of the Convention. It is the duty of this 
committee to recommend to Phi chapters, such worthy young 
men as they know going to colleges within the State. Miscel- 
laneous matters of business, of merely local import, were trans- 
acted, and the Convention adjourned until the annual meeting 
of 1 89 1. The place of holding this was left to the Executive 
Committee, which, however, was limited in its choice of places, 
to Auburn, Alabama, with the Alabama B Chapter, or Mont- 

Much of the time of the visitors was taken by visiting ''Bar- 
racks " where Commencement Exercises were being held, and 
not a few of the friends of former college days were met, and 
the broken acquaintances of that time found happy renewal for 
the time being. At the University this year, the Cadet Phis 
were aided by several alumni members of the Junior Faculty, 
and of the Law class, all of whom took an active interest in the 
affairs of Phi Delta Theta, and who added all their energies to 
ward making the annual convention and banquet the success it 
was. These annual gatherings of the Phis of the State, are of 
more importance socially, than any other event in the college 
year. This one did not lag beliind its predecessors in that re- 
spect. As the shades of night had fallen, the Phis, knights of 
Shield and Dagger, began to assemble in the spacious parlors of 
the Washington Hotel, accompanied by the beauty of Alabama's 
daughters, who were come to enjoy the festivities of an occasion 
which is known not a little throughout the State for its successful 
character, and this year was the event of the University " Com- 
mencement Week " There was no disappointment to those 
who had held anticipations of a good time. Strains of ** witch- 
laden " music swelled upon the air, and a German delightfully 
led by Brother W. L. Smith, was begun, and the dancers held 
sway until midnight. 'Tis said this is the hour when ghosts do 
stalk about. But on this occasion the Phis and their ladies, us- 
urped the shaded walks, and wound their way to the dining 
hall of the McLester House, where the banquet, appetizing to the 
smallest details, was served. A part of the assembly being of 
undergraduate brothers from the University, the committee de- 
cided to banish the sparkling cup from the board. So toasts 
were drunk in crystal, instead of ruby draughts. 

The toasts offered were excellent and elicited the closest at- 
tention and heartiest responses, several being responded to by 
members of the various fraternities, who were our invited guests 


of the evening. Brother Crook, as Symposiarch, made the pro- 
gram a veritable success, and himself the admired of all ad- 

The State Association is in a flourishing condition, and the 
annual conventions are pleasant occasions, ever to be remem- 
bered by those who have participated in them. 


John A. Elmore. 
September ist, 1890. 


When times are dull, 
Remember still thy worth, and crown thy life 
With self-respect, and self-control. 
Be ever ready to alleviate distress, 
To pour some balm of joy in the ear 
Of heavy sorrow, to weep with those who weep. 
Go cheer thy life with sacrifice and toil 
And learn that labor is jts own reward. 
Be just, and fear not to believe in God, 
So will thy life be filled with enthusiasm 
And inspiration, and thy spirit will disperse 
All shadows. A golden crown of true success 
Will be thine perpetually, and thou wilt teach 
To all mankind — that life is ever worth 
The living. 

R. H. C, Ohio Beta, '84, 



The Phis of Alpha Province will take notice of the change in 
date of the Province Convention, as announced in this number. 
New York Alpha is having a house built after plans of its own, 
and this will not be completed by the time originally set for the 
convention, and until it is completed the chapter would be in a 
poor condition to entertain the attendant Phis as it desires and 
expects. To obviate this difficulty, Bro. G. W. Roberts, Presi- 
dent of the Province, announces the postponement of the con- 
vention until October 30th, by which time the chapter will be 
settled in its new home, and will dedicate it to Phi Delta Theta 
by entertaining the convention. The doors of its hospitality are 
to be opened wide, and we are requested to extend the invitation 
to all who can, to be there and enjoy the good time the conven 
tion promises to afford. Alpha is a strong Province, with seven- 
teen chapters on its roll, and with the convention at Ithaca in 
good hands, it should be well attended. There is in it the possi- 
bilities of much resultant good to the chapters, and none can 
afford to miss it. We expect the December Scroll to be able 
to give an account of the third and best convention of the Prov- 
ince. May the brothers in Phi Delta Theta make their paeans of 
rejoicing ring in gladsome notes over Cayuga's bosom. 

As the Phis reassemble in their chapters once more after the 
long vacation of the heated term, we know it must be with en- 
ergies recuperated by rest, and with the determination to do a 
year of valiant work for the college and the Fraternity. The 
Scroll greets you all, is glad to make its visit to you, and would 
urge you on to the work before you. As regards your chapter, 
begin the year with the determination to do such work that there 
will be no regrets to express over **ifs" and "buts" next June, 
and so that it shall be able to reassemble a year from this Sep- 
tember stronger than now. Keep this ambition in mind, and 
stnve your best to realize it. The fall months are ones much 
devoted to the Freshman. He will absorb the time and attention 
of every chapter, and in him lies some of the future possibilities 
of the Fraternity. As the Scroll said last year, we would say 


again — know well upon whom you elect to confer the privileges 
of Phi Delta Theta. Not every youth that dons a college garb 
is suitable for the intimate associations of fraternity life, and it 
devolves upon you to select from among them those whose char- 
acter and ability are such that they are fitted for the place you 
would have them take. Insist upon it that your candidate shall 
have intellect, social refinement, and well-directed energies, and 
don't be satisfied until you find the man that has them. Fine 
clothes and plethoric purses are good enough in their way, but 
they can not be the open sesame to your chapter. Culture and 
social refinement do not usually disguise themselves beneath 
generally neglected personal appearances, but many assume 
these tokens of gentility without a personal equation sufficient to 
properly carry out the inference. Therefore, if you need time 
to become better acquainted with your candidates, you can well 
afford to take it. The action of a hasty rival ought not to pre- 
cipitate you to an invitation against your better judgment. 
Chapters in every fraternity have at some time or other taken to 
themselves a poor accession simply because the Alphas, Betas, 
and Gammas were after him, and if they didn't invite him then 
they would never get him. When you have satisfied yourselves 
that you have found the men you want, there is no energy of 
yours too good to be spent in securing them. Leave no honest 
effort unmade in your campaign, and use the resources of the 
Fraternity as they are adapted to the case. The character and 
standing of the Fraternity at large is a standing argument to add 
weight to whatever local hold you have on your men. The from 
day to day life of the Fraternity as recorded in the Scroll, and 
the various enterprises of the chapters, are in themselves potent 
factors that will win men for you in many contests. We would 
not forget to say a word concerning your rivals. Abstain from 
a campaign run on political principles. Present your own mer- 
its, let your rivals present theirs, and the candidate is able to 
judge for himself. 

If fraternities are organized bodies of young men, fired with 
gentlemanly instincts, then surely there is no call for a campaign 
of political mud in the seeking of recruits from the incoming 
class. Phi chapters, standing by the principles of their Frater- 


nity, enter upon the new year with all the confidence of success 
that the memory of a successful one just past begets. 

With this number the Scroll completes one volume under 
the management to which it was intrusted at the Bloomington 
convention. We believe it is the first volume ever conducted 
under the supervision of a single Editor, who also acted as Busi- 
ness Manager. Preceding Editors have always called to their 
assistance a manager, to look after the business interests, and 
usually have had co-editors. It is also the first volume for which 
the Editor has received a regular compensation. How well the 
magazine has prospered it is not for us to say. The Fraternity is 
the party sought to be pleased, and by its verdict we will measure 
our success. We have, however, given our best efforts to make 
the magazine what it should be, and what, if we can judge by 
enthusiastic letters received, it succeeds in being, — a fraternity 
magazine without a superior. Whatever of interest may have 
attached to the issues of the past volume did not result as a mat- 
ter of course, but came through much time and care in preparing 
them. Our Reporters were on the whole exceedingly prompt in 
their work, and stood ready to carry out requests made by the 
Editor. To their efficient co-operation in furnishing manuscript 
for chapter correspondence, personals, and accounts of special 
events, must be given much credit. But he who thinks that the 
Editor doesn't have much more to do than to look over the man> 
uscript sent in, and furnish a few pages himself, and that on the 
whole it doesn't take much time, rests under a delusion and snare 
of a marked type. We did not expect it to be otherwise, so can 
not say that we are disappointed, or that we find the work not 
what our fancy painted it. We have profited by a year's experi- 
ence, and stand ready to make it good in the volume to come. 
Our energies will be directed towards bettering the coming issues, 
and to this end we ask your co-operation. This can be done 
only by work. We may call upon you for some, and hope to 
receive a loyal response. 

There has been a great deal of talk about fraternity magazines 
going over old subjects, at one time possessed of interest, but 
now worn threadbare. It is granted that the topics are yet per- 


tinent, but that they have been so thoroughly discussed as to not 
admit of new light being thrown upon them. Editors seek new 
topics and wonder what can be found for a coming issue. As 
for the Scroll, it stands a good chance of going over a good 
deal of the same ground from year to year. Nearly one-third of 
the Scroll's readers each year are new ones who know nothing 
of what has been published before, and with only the volume 
filed away in the chapter hall accessible, very few ever become 
well acquainted with the contents of past volumes. For this 
reason we believe that the subjects that have been the stand-bys 
of the past will continue to be so. Their discussion may become 
monotonous to the Editors who have read the magazines year 
after year, but with the undergraduate reader it is different. We 
will greet more than three hundred readers this year for the first 
time, and we shall strive in all ways to enlist their interest in our 

In connection with the above we would ask each chapter if 
it maintains the attitude towards the Scroll that it feels is for 
the best interests of both. If you are not sure in what can these 
relations be bettered ? The Scroll aims to be not only a chan- 
nel of communication between the chapters, but it also is the 
educator of the members in their Fraternity. The more a Phi 
reads the Sbroll and follows the discussions in its pages, the 
better and more enthusiastic a Phi he becomes. It would be 
hard to get a full appreciation of all the benefits derived from it, 
unless for some reason it had to be done away with. Its absence 
would certainly bring abundant testimony as to its usefulnesss. 
The chapters ought to make it a rule to derive from it all the 
good there is to be had. Each number should find its way to the 
chapter meeting, where it should be read in open meeting. The 
chapter will then come to feel that it is its magazine in whose 
conduct and discussions it shall have a part. Letters from the 
chapters should not be overlooked as they from time to time 
broach ideas on chapter life that can be appropriated by your 
own chapter, nor can you afford to be ignorant of their doings. 
You will enjoy reading general fraternity and college notes, and 
the reading of an article on some question of general fraternity 
policy will call forth the opinion of your chapter on it. And 


these are the little points, that being looked after by all, redound 
so much to the welfare of the Fraternity. 

We very much want that evety chapter shall feel that it has a 
direct and personal interest in the Scroll, and strive to carry 
out its obligations to it. Make it a part of your chapter discus- 
sions. Be prepared not only to see wherein it needs improve- 
ment, but be ready with all your energies to do what you can to 
bring the improvement about. Impress upon your younger 
members its value to them as making them acquainted with the 
Fraternity, and in proportion tp the knowledge they gain of 
^ A B, and of the fraternity world in general, so will they become 
zealous adherents of our cause. 

Brother Swope's communication regarding the matter of 
affiliations broaches a subject that is of particular interest to a 
number ol the chapters. Every chapter that has at any time had 
one of its members go to another school and there affiliate with a 
sister chapter, and every one which has added an affiliate to its 
roll has a direct and pertinent interest in the subject. The fifth 
edition of the catalogue published in 1883 catalogued those mem- 
bers which had held membership in more than one chapter, 
only with the chapter to which they had affiliated or last belong- 
ed. The fact that they had belonged to another chapter was in- 
dicated by a note stating that tney had been initiated by such 
and such a chapter. That such a system of cataloguing is un- 
satisfactory all will admit. The carrying of the name with bio- 
graphical and college notes on both rolls makes a large addition 
to tne difficulties necessarily experienced in getting the rolls cor- 
rect. The subject is one that has held our interest for some 
time. We commend Bro. Swope's communication to all for 
careful consideration. He presents both sides of the case, and 
practically sums up in the conclusion which he states the Editors 
of the Sixth Edition have come to. That is, they will follow the 
plan of the '83 catalogue and list a member only with the chap- 
ter to which he last belonged. 

Personally, the Editor of the Scroll will with much regret see 
such a plan followed. It seems like a deprivation of rights that 
each chapter shall not find in the Fraternity Catalogue all the 
names that have been on its roll, and helped to make its history. 


The book aims to be a true roster of the chapter lists, as well as 
merely to contain in the aggregate the name of every member of 
the Fraternity. It is the exception to the rule for a member to 
become as wrapped up in the chapter with which he affiliates as 
in the one which initiated him into the Fraternity. The great 
majority, if their names were to be enrolled with but one chap- 
ter, would if given choice, ask to have their names enrolled with 
their first chapter. We do not know the number of transfers 
that have been recorded in the Fraternity but would not judge 
the number to be far from three hundred and at the most to ex- 
ceed four hundred. It is looking forward a good piece to antic- 
ipate the time when the list shall become so large as to burden 
the book if mentioned twice. That bridge need not be crossed 
until reached, and then no doubt, a solution can be reached as 
well as now. But with the list in its present proportions we 
would like to see the following plan adopted : let each chapter 
roll show the name of every member who has once been enrolled 
with it. If any one has affiliated with other chapters, let the roll 
show only his name, date of initiation, and present address, 
while all other data shall be listed with the name on the roll of 
the chapter to which he last belonged, the record in this case 
being made as in the 1883 catalogue. This adds somewhat to 
the work, but we cannot see how it adds much to its intricacy. 
If the record shows that a member of such a chapter was affiliat- 
ed from a certain other chapter, the name and address can 
easily be entered on the other list. And in that way, one thing 
is sure, every member and every chapter will be satisfied with 
their representation. 

We write this to call the attention of the chapters to the matter, 
so if they have views to express, it can be done quickly. The 
Editors of the Catalogue are working faithfully and desire to 
present a work eminently a satisfaction to the Fraternity. What- 
ever they do, will be what in their premises they deem best. But 
if any new light can be thrown on the present question, now is 
the time for it. 

In this issue we present a Review of College Annuals, that is 
novel in being illustrated by plates from the books received. We 
trust that the article and its illustrations will prove interesting to 


every reader of the Scroll, and that from it Phi editors on the 
annuals of the coming year, may be able to derive points of help 
in their work. We are indebted to West, the Printer, Easton, 
Pa. , and Pennsylvania Alpha for the Melange plate ; the Gazette 
Printing Co., Meadville, Pa., and Pennsylvania Delta for Kal- 
iron plates; S. A. Murdoch & Co., San Francisco, and Califor- 
nia Alpha for the Blue and Gold cartoon ; and the Gazette Print- 
ing House, Columbus, O., and Ohio Zeta for Makio illustrations* 
We have been much pleased with the hearty response we have 
had from chapters to our request for annuals. The generous 
promptness with which so many have been sent us is a tangible 
mark of the interest of the Scroll, and we take it, an indorse- 
ment of the review. There have been calls similar to our own 
made in several of our contemporaries, but we claim the hearti- 
est response of all. We expect to follow this the fourth review, 
by the fifth in its good time, and would now give a hint as to the 
request that will be issued next spring. 

In the editorial of the June number on the Minnesota transac- 
tion, the Scroll said that it understood that President Northrop 
of the University did not deny having taken the petition East 
and handing it over to the parties who presented it to the Delta 
Kappa Epsilon officials. This was stated merely as a negative 
inference in connection with the statement of the young men in 
the same paragraph, which statement of theirs is a matter of 
fact, and was meant to convey the impression that they expected 
President Northrop to take it East. We are in receipt of a 
courteous favor from the latter, which says that he did not take 
the petition East, and had nothing whatever to do with its get- 
ting to Delta Kappa Epsilon officials. The Scroll takes pleas- 
ure in making public this denial of President Northrop's, which 
clears him of a connection with the dishonorable transaction, 
which the statement of the then would-be Delta Kappa Epsilons 
imputed to him. 

With this issue we present as a supplement the article on Phi 

Delta Theta that has been prepared especially for the new edition 

of W. R. Baird's work on American College Fraternities. It has 

been compiled from the large amount of historical matter in his. 



possession, by Brother W. B. Palmer, and is the most accurate 
and complete sketch of the Fraternity ever compiled, being as 
near absolutely correct in all the points mentioned as exhaustive 
research can make it. It is a valuable supplement, and can be 
made of much use by the chapters in their work this fall. 

The Scroll has watched with much interest the various 
opinions set forth on practical Pan-hellenism in the columns of 
our esteemed contemporaries. So far it has taken no part in the 
discussion. It has however had a keen interest in all that has 
been said, and whenever the way opens for some practical work 
the Scroll and Phi Delta Theta will be found ready to co-oper- 
ate. The Scroll believes in Pan-hellenism thoroughly, but like- 
ly is not so optimistic as others who have expressed views. The 
field in which there can be practical work is limited. Consolida- 
tion is a matter which will receive attention from stronger and 
weak fraternities on the basis of selection and affinity, and will 
be entirely an individual affair. Tliere have been absorptions in 
the past, and likely there will be in the future, but the absorbed 
fraternity will never be one that wields more than a limited in- 
fluence, such as did A S X, K I A\ Mystic Seven, The Rainbow, 
in 0, &c. None of those taking part in the present discussion 
will ever lose name and insignia in the changes of the future. 
The Scroll also believes that it would be putting the cart before 
the horse to begin with the so-called conference of all fraterni- 
ties. Until the several fraternities themselves have reached 
definite views on the subject, there can never be a conference of 
delegates that can pass more than advisory measures and these 
have to fall back upon the journals for discussion and indorse- 
ment. The Scroll is the medium by which is fostered and 
matured many of the principles in the policy of our Fraternity. 
The same holds true of all other fraternity publications. 

A conference of fraternity Editors appears to be something of 
practical value, and is something the Scroll would like to see 
and work for. Its delegates, as editors, would be men that from 
month to month have definite work to do for their respective 
fraternities, and whatever ideas are gained at such a conference 
will help to fashion the utterances and bearing of the magazine 
so far as can be done by the Editor in charge. Nothing else 


that has been proposed seems to have in it as much possibility 
for good as such a Convention. Its results would not be in any 
great innovations, but the meeting together of men engaged in a 
common work. A program of papers and discussions upon sub- 
jects pertaining to their work cannot help but raise the plane of 
the fraternity journal. With more editorial acquaintances we 
would have fewer acrid discussions. A refusal from a number 
to enter into the conference of all fraternities would make of 
little avail the measures sought to be passed, as those present 
would hesitate to enter into an agreement to which all principal 
competitors were not parties. A conference of Editors, no 
matter how few were represented, could discuss important mat- 
ters, agree to advocate certain courses and maintain positions 
that could not help benefiting their fraternities, and in a 
measure, leavening the whole. Let us not build our Pan-hel- 
lenic castles too high, least some disappointment overthrow 
the whole. But if we can benefit ourselves by something that 
is entirely within reach, by all means let us do so. 


From the President of Alpha Province. 

In order to conform with plans of the New York Alpha Chap- 
ter, the date of the Alpha Province convention is hereby changed 
to October 30th, on which date it will assemble in the chapter 
house at Ithaca. Let there be full representations from all the 
chapters of the Province at that time. 

In the bond, 

Geo. W. Roberts, PresU 

New York, N. Y., Aug. 19, 1890. 




Maine Alpha, Colby University. 

Last Commencement the college calendar at Colby was re- 
arranged so that the Fall term does not commence until the last 
week in September, instead of the first, as heretofore. So in 
this letter to the Scroll we can tell only of what some of our 
boys have been domg during the summer vacation. 

Three of our number, Bros. Averell, Cary, and Roberts, left 
us by the graduation of '90. All three intend to teach during 
the coming year. 

A large number of us, beguiled by the smooth words of the 
general agent, have been trying the ups and downs, the joys and 
sorrows of canvassing, and we are looking forward to the open- 
ing of another term when we may learn some new lesson to re- 
peat the trial. 

Colby's outlook was never brighter than to-day, and we antic« 
ipate a profitable year in college and chapter work, but we must 
be active in order to have our hopes realized. 

We send greeting to all who wear the white and blue. 

Albert G. Hurd. 
Water ville, Sept. 9, 1890. 

New Hampshire Alpha, Dartmouth College. 

In this, the first letter of her new reporter. New Hampshire 
Alpha sends greeting to all her sister chapters. The year at 
Dartmouth closed in a manner very gratifying to the members of 
the chapter. There were regrets, of course, at the departure of 
the '90 delegation^ but the encouraging prospect of securing a 
strong representation from '94 caused us to look forward to the 
coming year with pleasant anticipation. There was considerable 
enthusiasm manifested at the closing meetings of the year for 
the work of the coming fall term ; many new plans were consid- 
ered, and in all probability radical changes in the methods of 
work will be made, which, it is hoped, will be productive of good 

The commencement exercises this year, lacking some of the 
usual features, were perhaps not as well attended as usual, but 
those who were present were well repaid for the time spent. The 
action of the religious society in not allowing the college church 
to be used for the commencement concert, and the retaliation of 


the class in giving up the class day exercises, are too well known 
and have been too widely discussed to require any mention here. 

The exercises of the week opened on Sunday, June 2 2d, with 
a baccalaureate sermon by President Bartlett The ^aduating 
class occupied seats immediately in front of the pulpit, and the 
church was filled to its utmost capacity. His theme was the 
Value of Character, closing his discourse with an address to the 
graduating class, urging them to carefully consider the practical 
nature of the truth presented. Monday evening the Annual 
Prize Speaking Contest took place in Bissell Hall. Music was 
acceptably furnished for the occasion by the College Glee and 
Banjo Club. The graduating exercises of the well known 
Chandler School of Science and the Arts occurred on Tuesday 
evening. The class was large, and the themes were of unusual 

A feature of the week's programme was the laying of the cor- 
ner stone of the Dartmouth Y. M. C. A. building, on Wednes- 
day afternoon. Addresses were made by Rev. J. M. Dutton, 
'73, Hon. Dexter Richards, and W. E. Reed, '90, president of 
the association, after which the corner stone was laid by President 
Bartlett. The building will be a model of neatness and conven- 
ience, and there is no doubt but that the work of the association 
will be immeasurably benefited by it. In the evening a doncert 
was given, though not under the auspices of the graduating class. 
Those who attended it expressed themselves as much pleased 
with the programme, which was excellently rendered by a New 
York orchestra, assisted by vocalists. 

The, graduating exercises were held in the college church on 
Thursday morning. The programme consisted of fifteen ora- 
tions and disputations, all of which were well written and pre- 
sented. In the evening the exercises of the week closed with a 
very successful ball, given by one of the Senior societies. 

New Hampshire Alpha feels quite proud of the record her rep- 
resentatives have made during the past year, both in scholarship 
and athletics. Bro. Stavers, '90, managed the 'Varsity Base Ball 
Team, on which Bro. Norton, '90, played second base. Bro. 
Gould, '92, was elected Junior director of the Foot Ball Associ- 
ation, and will become manager in his Senior year. Bro. Nor- 
ton, '90, played end rush in the 'Varsity team, and it is generally 
admitted that his brilliant run down the field in the second half 
saved the game for us at Springfield, when it was all but lost to 
Williams. Bro. Partridge, '92, played substitute last year, and 
it is probable that he will be a 'Varsity man this fall. At Worces- 
ter we were represented by Bros. Rowe, '90; Rowe, '91; and 
Norton, '92. 

Bro. Beebe, '90, received final honors in English, and also, 
with Bro. Grover, received a commencement appointment. 


Bro. McKenzie, '91, left us just before the close of the year, to 
take an appointment under the Nicarauga Canal Co., where he 
expects to remain for a year. We were exceedingly sorry to lose 
him, both on account of his scholarship and popularity with his 
mates. Bro. Kibbey, '91, will be president of the Y. M. C. A. 
for the coming year. Bro. Flanders, '92, took final honors in 
Mathematics, and also the second prize in the Thayer Mathemat- 
ical Examination at the close of the year. 

We feel that our chapter is in a very prosperous condition. 
The meetings have been well attended, and have grown more 
interesting from week to week. This we attribute to increased 
activity on the part of the members as well as to closer social ac- 
quaintance among the members. An important factor in bring- 
ing about the latter condition has been a billiard table, which 
was placed in the rooms at the beginning of the summer term. 
We feel that it has been an invaluable addition to the furnishings 
of our rooms. 

Again extending cordial greeting, New Hampshire Alpha 
wishes all her sister chapters a year of great prosperity. 

Chas. B. Gordon. 
Hanover, Sept. i, 1890. 

Vermont Alpha, University of Vermont. 

The '90 boys of Vermont Alpha reflected much credit upon 
themselves and the white and blue at commencement. While 
commencement week always yields us a large share of honors, 
we have been unusually fortunate this year. Upon class-day 
Bro. Howe had the campus oration, Bro. Sornborger the address 
to undergraduates, and Bro. Morgan, the ode. Bro. Grow was 
our representative at Junior exercises, while of the eight gentle- 
men who spoke at commencement, four, Bros. Forbes, Howe, 
Parsons and Sornborger were Phis. Bro. Howe graduated with 
double honors and led his class for the four years, his standing 
having been equalled by only one person during the history of 
the college. He and Bro. Forbes were elected to Phi Beta 
Kappa. Bro Mower, '92, received distinction in Greek. 

On Tuesday night of the commencement week, we held our 
annual banquet at the Hotel Burlington. A large number of the 
alumni were present, and the occasion was a most enjoyable one. 

This year's annual, the Ariel^ was conceded to be the best an- 
nual ever gotten out at the U. V. M. Bro. Bosworth was the 
editor-in-chief, and much praise is due him for the very able 
manner in which he performed his duties. The new Ariel board 
includes Bro. Mower, editor-in-chief, and Bro. Lewis, associate 


In view of the recent marriages, Vermont Alpha extends con- 
gratulations to Bros. C. W. Baker and Jeffords. Bro. Baker was 
married June 5th, to Miss Rebeka Wheeler, of this city. The 
wedding, which was one of the most brilliant society events of 
the season, was attended by the members of Vermont Alpha in 
a body. Bro. Earl Wilbur, '86, was best man, and Bro. Bos- 
worth was one of the ushers. We clip the following from the 
Daily Free Press: 

" At the conclusion of the ceremony, the invited guests proceeded to 
•Fern Hill* to attend the reception given by Mrs. J. H. Brown, in 
honor of the newly wedded couple. Flowers in profusion filled the 
lower rooms, and on the piano in the drawing room, was a large floral 
shield and dagger from the Vermont Alpha of Phi Delta Theta, repre- 
senting the badge of the society of which Mr. Baker was a member, he 
having graduated from the U. V. M. in the class of '86. An elegant 
collation was served during the evening, and though the reception 
proper came to a close at 10 o'clock, yet on special invitation of Mrs. 
BroWh, many of the guests remained to dance, for which part of the 
entertainment music was furnished by seven pieces of the Howard 
Opera House Orchestra." 

The 'Varsity nine while on their Massachusetts' trip played at 
Amherst, and the Phi members of the club were nicely enter- 
tained by the brothers of Massachusetts Beta. At commence- 
ment we were pleased to have a visit from Bro. Lewis, of Mas- 
sachusetts Beta. We would be very happy to have all Phis who 
may happen our way pay us a visit. 

Vermont Alpha is called upon to mourn the death of Bro. Jed. 
S. Lane, '86, who died at Murphy, N. C, Aug. 2. He was a 
gentleman in every sense of the word, and by his genial disposi- 
tion he made many friends wherever he went. In his death 
A B loses one of her most loyal sons, and Vermont Alpha a 
brother who will be greatly missed by those who knew him. 

The Freshman class bids fair to be the largest class that has 
ever entered the University. The ** horse-shedding " committee 
already have their eyes on some fine fellows whom they hope to 

We are happy to annonnce that Bro. Willard, who was obliged 
to leave college last spring on account of ill-health, is much bet- 
ter and will be back with his class this fall. 

Vermont Alpha earnestly wishes success to all chapters in this 
new college year. 

T. C. Cheney. 

Burlington, Aug. 9, 1890. 

44 7 HE SCROLL. 

New York Alpha, Cornell University. 

The recent commencement was a very pleasant one for New 
York Alpha. Two of our men won the highest honors in college 
and our crews, both 'Varsity and Freshman carried the camel- 
lian and white to the fore. Bro. F. A. Abbott, '90, won the 
Woodford Prize in Oratory, the highest honor in Cornell. Bro. 
G. A. Blauvelt, '90, was given Special Honors in History by the 
faculty and was also one of the contestants for the Woodford. 
The thesis of Bro. E. S. Bo wen, '90, was noted by the faculty 
as one of distinguished excellence. Bro. J. T. Morrison, '90, 
Law School, was awarded the prize of $100.00 for the best 
thesis in the Senior Law Class. His subject was ** The Liability 
of Telegraph Companies." We thmk we have a right to feel 
proud of our Seniors as they have made a most creditable 

Our crews won every race they entered. The 'Varsity eight 
defeated Bowdoin June i8th, on Cayuga Lake, in a three mile 
straightaway race with little trouble. The victory that pleased 
us most of all was the Freshman race at New London. The con- 
testants in this race were Cornell, Yale and Columbia. Cornell 
won again, our boys leading through the entire race. Two days 
later the Varsity crew defeated the University of Pennsylvania, 
breaking the world's record for a three mile race. On the night 
that the crews returned to Ithaca they received a splendid ova- 
tion. Excited collegians drew the victorious oarsmen around in 
open carriages, while red light, bonfires and all kinds of fire- 
works turned night into day. For once, **Town and Gown," 
were thoroughly united in a successful effort to make sleep im- 
possible. The jollification wound up with a banquet to the suc- 
cessful crew. 

We earnestly hope that every chapter in Alpha Province will 
be represented in the coming convention. After the struggle 
our delegates had in the Bloomington Convention to preserve 
our Province intact, let every chapter send at least one represen- 
tative and make good the claim that Alpha is the Banner Prov- 
ince. If each chapter will inform the writer of this letter as to 
how many men they expect to send it will be a great favor. 

When the Convention meets in October we shall be in a new 
and convenient house which is being erected aft^r our plans at 
the present time. The first and second stories are to be finished 
in hard wood and the third in Georgia pine. The entrance hall, 
parlor, library and reception room will have hard wood floors 
and ceilings. A more extended account of our residence will 
be given in our next letter. 


Our prospects for the year are good. We shall start with at 
least fifteen men and already have two good men virtually 
pledged. Frank G. Gardner. 

Ithaca, Aug. 23, 1890. 

New York Gamma, College of City of New York. 

Well— another year has rolled away and another commence- 
ment depleted the ranks of active New York Gamma, enriching 
the alumni by seven loyal and enthusiastic Phis. 

One Senior, Bro. Wm. Stuart, we initiated in the May vaca- 
tion, and so, actively, he has not had much opportunity to show 
his metal, but his initiation was a benefit to the alumni. 

The past has been a very eventful year. We have had trials 
— social and financial — but New York Gamma has successfully 
breasted all the surges and it is no mere glittering generality to 
say that she now has before her a bnght, hopeful future. 

We have had to change our place of meeting twice during the 
past year, but have now what we hope and expect will be perma- 
nent quarters, generously provided by the alumni of our chapter. 
Brothers Rainey and Walker are enjoying a cruise on the Sound. 
Most of the boys will spend their vacation in the country, but 
some will remain in the city until college opens again, and then 
we expect to swell our numbers by three or four prospective Phis. 

A large proportion of the fraternity men of the Class of '90 
were members of J 6 — seven out of twenty. The other fra- 
ternity men were: F J, five; A K E, four; A X, ^ and 
A A 0,2. 

New York Gamma extends hearty congratulations to Bro. 
Roberts, formerly of Vermont Alpha, who has recently come to 
New York, upon his marriage; it was largely due to his zeal and 
cooperation that we procured our comfortable rooms. Our best 
wishes for future happmess to the doctor and his bride. 

Louis E. Van Norman. 
New York, Aug. i, 1890. 

Pennsylvania Beta, Pennsylvania College. 

In the midst of vacation it is with no little exertion, yet with 
pleasure that we attempt to compile a letter to the Scroll out of 
the chaotic recollections of commencement time. Pennsylvania 
Beta withheld its letter from the June number, alone out of regard 
to the crowded condition of that issue ; not because of death or 
disaster. And we expect to be actively alive next September 
with ten answers to the chapter roll. We lost two with the class 
of '90, Bros. Kepler and Ulsh, both to aspire to an M. D., prob- 
ably at Philadelphia. 



Pennsylvania College closed a most prosperous year. Its 
property more than doubled, its endowment increased in almost 
like proportion and two able men were added to the faculty. 
The commencement exercises were held in the almost completed 
Brua Chapel. The Freshmen outnumbered the Seniors and 
Juniors together and the indications for the class of '94 are 
equally encouraging. 

The fraternity life still maintains its individuality. Its loyalty, 
fullness of enjoyment, and never-fading freshness are a puzzle to 
the Barbarian. This, our own little social world, raises student 
life above the plane of drudgery. Pleasant memories of Phi 
associations and the contemplation of them make vacation days 
pass too slowly in our desire for a renewal. 

A hasty review at long range is scarcely satisfactory. A T Q 
was very quiet, yet not the quietness of inactivity, and they 
are building up a strong chapter; they graduated 2. S X num- 
bers only four ; however they were granted a lot for a house and 
expect to build immediately; they graduated i. ^ K V^ held 
several successful receptions during the year; they graduated 3. 
r J is strongest in numbers, and in scholarship they captured 
the Prize Essay and two out of six commencement honors. 

Chapter houses are welcomed by the fraternity life at Gettys- 
burg. Recently a member of the Faculty stated that fraternities 
must give evidences of having come to stay and to benefit before 
they can receive proper recognition from the faculty. These 
evidences are forthcoming, and the recognition too, since it is 
only this year that the ban against sending delegates to conven- 
tions was removed. 

There is not that union between the chapters at Pennsylvania 
which we would like to see. The classes were small ; the avail- 
able material less; the contests close, sometimes bitter. But 
good feeling is growing and we hope soon to find that united ac- 
tion in which there is strength. Last commencement our chap- 
ter received overtures for a pan-hellenic banquet, with <P F d 
left out, but A 6 promptly repudiated such action. 

Next to the pleasure of initiating is the pleasure of reporting 
an initiation. Several of our alumni participated in the enliven- 
ing of an evening before the June close. The mysterious hours 
ushered into the mystic brotherhood Bros. Cook and Ehr- 
hart. The ** exercises" engendered an appetite in us, to which 
Minnigh knows how to cater; ** for we've all been there many a 
time." The chapter was greatly strengthened by her initiates. 
Bro. Keen of Jan. loth fame, is the acknowledged leader of '92 
and Bro. Cook is his closest follower. 

In the Bond, 

R. B. Wolf. 

Gettysburg, Aug. 15, 1890. 


Pennsylvania Delta, Allegheny College. 

As this letter closes my active fraternity life, I am loth to com- 
mence. It is with a feehng of sadness that we who are leaving 
realize that no more will we be permitted to work and enjoy the 
chapter life, for in our four years of college life it has been bound 
inseparably to it with ties of friendship that will never break. If 
never before, we see now why a fraternity man is drawn to his 
alma maUr in a way that a ' ' barb " can't understand. 

Standing ** on the threshold " we can look back and see where- 
in Pennsylvania Delta has so wonderfully prospered. Founded 
by men whose high ideals never lowered, their standard has ever 
been before their successors and in the choosing and securing of 
men Pennsylvania Delta has been singularly fortunate, those who 
were well rounded in all things, men who have been able to fill 
the highest positions in all walks of life. Pennsylvania Delta 
has ever striven to live up to the principles of the Bond, both in 
her dealings among her brothers and among her rivals. 

Looking ahead, we that are leaving feel no anxiety for the 
chapter's future. Feeling confident she will ever live up to a 
fraternity's highest ideal and believing she has an active chapter 
of brothers worthy to carry on the work. The other fraternities 
here, crippled by loss of their best men, will make rivals from 
whom Pennsylvania Delta need have nothing to fear. 

During commencement week we cleared the debt on our 
rooms and made our first installment on our piano. For such a 
young chapter with its necessarily young alumni and limited roll, 
to expend $500.00 in *' our rooms" and assume the payment of 
a piano for sam^, is certainly a fine exhibition of loyalty. 

Commencement week was of interest this year as usual to all 
Phis, though for some reason there was not as much general en- 
thusiasm in the college as usual. 

The Baccalaureate sermon was preached by the President, 
D. H. Wheeler, Ph. D. It was a scholarly and thoughtful pro- 
duction, the text being found in i Cor., i : 27-28. 

In the evening Dr. Luccock, of Erie, addressed the College 
Y. M. C. A. His text was, ** We shall see what shall become of 
his dreams." Gen., 37: 20. 

Monday evening occurred the annual contest between the two 
literary societies. Bro. R. W. Elliott was Philo's debater. 

Tuesday evening the opposition side of the Senior class held 
their Class day exercises. In our position, we could scarcely 
criticise it, yet as a whole, it was not up to the standard set by 
preceding classes. Wednesday evening the Conservatory of 
Music gave its annual concert. Bro. Harry Espy was one of the 
soloists. Thursday morning was commencement. Last year 
the Faculty inaugurated a new order of exercises, namely, select- 


ing ten for highest scholarship throughout their college course, 
and letting them represent the class as its speakers on com- 
mencement day. This is probably one of the highest honors of 
the college and is Allegheny's nearest approach to an honor sys- 
tem. We were fortunate as usual, having the same number as 
last year, Bros. Robt. W. Elliott and F. Gurney Stubbs. This 
year's class is the largest ever graduated from the college, num- 
bering forty-two. 

In the evening Dr. Wheeler gave the usual President's Levee, 
in his new and elegant home. Among the degrees conferred 
this year Bros. Will Bignell and C. L. Smith of the class of '87 
and C. P. Lynch ^Z^^ received A. M. 

At the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees, the faculty 
was strengthened by the additon of Prof. W. L. Button, in the 
chair of Civil Engineering and Prof. J. S. Gibson, in the depart- 
ment of Science and Natural History. Bro. Clarence Ross, '91, 
has been appointed mstructor in first year Latin. 

The college is stronger than ever, both in numbers and effici- 
ency of its corps of teachers and its resources and accomoda- 
tions for students and next year promises to be more successful 
than ever. 

On Wednesday evening after the concert the fraternity ban- 
quets were held. Pennsylvania Delta held hers at the New Colt 
House, after which we all repaired to our ** rooms" across the 
street. It was not till the morning light was breaking that we 
finished our toasts and enjoyment of true Phi spirit and enthusi- 
asm. These banquet nights are looked forward to through the 
whole year and truly no chapter has a greater flow of true 
brotherly love than has Pennsylvania Delta. On that occasion 
the following toasts were responded to, W. A. Elliott, '89, as 
toastmaster : Our Eleventh Anniversary, H. B. Espy, '90 ; Our 
National Brotherhood, E. P. Couse, '89 ; Our Absent Brothers, 
E. H. Pond, '83 ; Our Sisters— and Other Girls, Will Bignell, 
'87; Phis in Politics, W. W. Johnson, '90; The Glory of Our 
Fraternity, C. L. Smith, '87 ; Old Allegheny, J. A. Parsons, '88 ; 
On the Threshold, F. G. Stubbs, '90 ; Our Men of '90, C. F. 
Ross, '91 ; Sword and Shield, W. G. Warner, '81 ; Pan-Hellen- 
ism, W. H. Stenger, '90 ; Bones, W. J. Bell, 'Z'^ \ Promises, R. 
W. Elliott, '90; Auf Wiedersehen, W. W. Case, '84. 

We lose the following brothers by graduation, W. H. Stenger, 
Harry B. Espy, W. W. Johnson, C. E. Newkirk, Robt. W. 
Elliott and F. G. Stubbs. The chapter will miss them and yet 
there are always those who follow after, fully able to carry on 
the standard. Great things will be looked for from those that are 
left and the chapter will continue to prosper. Allow me here to 
thank the chapter for their kindness towards me, in sending me 
as their delegate to Bloom ington last fall and in choosing me as 


reporter. I appreciate the honor fully and have enjoyed the 
duties envolved in them. 

May prosperity ever attend Phi Delta Theta and Pennsylvania 
Delta. I will ever remain, 

Yours in the Bond, 


Meadville, July 26, 1890. 

Pennsylvania Epsilon, Dickinson College. 

Commencement week of '90 was an eventful one for Dickinson 
College. The Law School was incorporated; a chair of the 
English Bible and Semitic Languages established; many im- 
provements and enlargements provided for; and some much- 
needed changes made in the faculty. Altogether it was an 
epoch in the later history of Dickinson. So also was it a pleas- 
ant week for A 9. We had with us Bros. Heisse, Rue, Mc- 
Kensie, of '86; Clendenning, Stein, Smith, Porter, Yeager, of 
'87 ; Mordof and Whiting of '89, who showed by word and action 
that love of fraternity was strong within them. We were very 
sorry to bid farewell to Bros. Glover, Turpin and Urner of '90, 
although we can confidently predict that the same success which 
attended them in college, will continue with them in life, and 
our best wishes will ever follow them. Bro. Glover is pastor of 
the Methodist Church at Riverside, Pa.; Bro. Turpin is Prof, of 
Mathematics and Physics at the Boys' Preparatory School, 
Brooklyn. N. Y.; Bro. Urner is reading law in the office of his 
father, Hon. Milton Urner, Frederick, Md. The college loses 
its best orator in Bro. Urner, and its best athlete in Bro. Turpin. 
Bro. Turpin won first prize on Field-day for all round athletics, 
and in the inter-collegiate sports at Philadelphia took two gold 
medals, winning the 100 and 220 yards dashes. On class-day 
Bro. Glover was Chaplain, Bro. Turpin delivered the Address to 
Undergraduates, and Bro. Urner the Prophecy. The latter, 
who for four years had ranked second in class, was one of four 
admitted to B K. 

We are represented on the Dickinsonian by Bros. Moore and 
Neal, and on the Microcosm, the Junior annual, by Bros. Steph- 
ens and Roberts. Bro. Moore is President of the Union Philo- 
sophical Society, Bro. Fasick is Vice-President of college Y. M. 
C. A. and their delegate to Northfield, Bro. Stephens is Treasurer 
of both athletic committees. 

On Commencement Day Bro. Moore was awarded the Foster 
prize of $25.00 for excellence in composition, and Bro. Roberts 
was tied for the Sharp Greek prize of $25, and the McDaniel 
scholarship prize of $100.00. 


Thus we have won many honors of which we are justly proud, 
but the chief reason for self-gratulation is the increase of frater- 
nal spirit among us. All discordant interests and opposing aims, 
all cross purposes and contrary designs have been coalesced into 
one — the success of the Fraternity. This is why we recall the 
past with so much pleasure and advance upon the future with 
such confidence m the attainment of our sole object, the highest 
success oi^ A B. 

W. W. Landis. 
Carlisle, Aug. 9, 1890. 

Pennsylvania Zeta, University of Pennsylvania. 

Having missed a letter in the June Scroll, Pennsylvania Zeta 
will make this letter answer for two. In April the term of the 
Medical School ended, and with it, much to our sorrow, the 
college lives of two of our best men, Bros. Oscar M. Richards 
and John W. Shaw ; both graduated with high standing. Al- 
though they are gone, we have yet one consolation : they still 
remain in this city. Bro. Richards is to become resident physi- 
cian of the Presbyterian Hospital, while Bro. Shaw now holds 
the same position at St. Joseph's Hospital. 

One event of May still leaves an impression upon our minds, 
and that was the annual banquet of Pa. Beta Alumni and Pa. 
Zeta; it was given at Boothby's on the evening of May 17th, and 
although many of us were tired from participating in the State 
Inter-Collegiate sports of the afternoon, it did not mterfere with 
our appetites or spirits. Thirty-seven enthusiastic Phis surround- 
ed the festive board, and did full justice to the well arranged 
menu, after which the evening was spent as usual, in speech 
making and singing. 

Bro. McCluney RadclifTe, M. D., presided, and called for the 
following toasts, which were responded to : Our Fraternity, 
Bro. J. K. Horner; Pennsylvania Beta Alumni, Bro. C. A. 
Oliver, M. D. ; Pennsylvania Zeta, Bro. B. B. Lathbury ; Visit- 
ing Brethren, Bro. G. A. Harvey; The Law, Bro. Wm. F. 
Smalley ; Our Member from Japan, Bro. Seyichiro Terashima ; 
The Ladies, Bro. H. Delaplaine; The Billie Goat, Bro. E. A. 
Shumway ; The Bond, Bro. M. G. Tull, M. D. Remarks were 
also made by Bros. Otto, Potts, Fehnel, Haden and West. Our 
guests were Bros. Blickle, Curtis, DuBois, Knox, Patterson and 
Straub of Pa. Eta, Bros. Fox and Harvey of Pa. Alpha, and 
Bro. Turpin of Pa. Epsilon. Of the Alumni Chapter, Bros. R. 
Walter Head, J. K. Horner, McCluney RadclifTe, M. D., Wm. 
F. Smalley, Esq., and M. G. Tull, M. D., of Pa. Alpha; Bros. 
H. C. Deaver, M. D., C. A. Oliver, M. D., Jos. Otto, M. D., 


C. S. Potts, M. D., G. O. Ring, M. D., and P. N. K. Schwenk, 
M. D., of Pa. Zeu, and Bro. M. H. Fehnel of Pa. Eta. 

Passing on to June, we come to the examinations and the end- 
ing of the college year. We had but one man in the college de- 
partment to graduate, Bro. B. B. Lathbury ; he will still be with 
us, however, as a post senior year is required to complete his 
course. In the examinations we held our own; getting three 
honors as our share, but we felt much disappointed as two of 
our men just missed honors, being first and second of the undis- 
tinguished class. 

Since my last letter a new fraternity has entered Pennsylvania, 
this time among the fair sex. Kappa Kappa Gamma makes her 
bow. Phi Gamma Delta has been petitioned for a charter here, 
by a few students. It is rumored the charter has been granted ; 
but as to this, one applicant denies it, while another affirms it. 

Our prospects for the fall are of the brightest. We have three 
exceptionally fine men in view. No less than four fraternities 
are after them. Our chances are very good ; we will get one, 
and are making a strong bid' for the other two. 

J. Mortimer West, Jr. 
Philadelphia, Aug. ist, 1890. 

Pennsylvania Eta, Lehigh University. 

The college year just passed has been a memorable one to 
Pennsylvania Eta. We were greatly weakened a year ago, by 
the graduation of '89, and in the September which followed their 
commencement we mustered but 8 active members. Before the 
year was very far advanced, by careful, steady "rushing" we 
exactly doubled our number. Bro. Blickle, '92, who has been 
at home for almost a year, joined us in the latter part of last 
term so that our chapter then had 1 7 names on its roll. 

By graduation this year, we lost Bros. T. A. Straub, E. H. 
Beazell and C. C. Tomkinson; three men of whom we are 
justly proud. Bro. Patterson, '92, also left college, so that our 
total loss will be 4, leaving us with thirteen active members to 
begin the present year. 

During the past year the chapter maintained its prestige in 
athletics as of old and nearly all the important offices were held 
by members of Penn. Eta. At the spring sport, held with Lafa- 
yette, Bros. Coates, Straub, Patterson and Curtis took first prizes. 
Bros. Mosman and Straub represented us on the Lacrosse team 
and materially aided Lehigh in securing the Inter-collegiate 
championship. Bro. Coates, for the first time in Lehigh's history, 
managed a successful base ball team and it is largely due to his 
efforts that we can point to a long string of base ball victories. 
He has been re-elected manager for the season of '91. 


At the commencement exercises Bro. Coates had an oration 
on the Antagonism of Science and Religion. There were numer- 
ous other honors taken by the chapter during the year; Bro. 
Eavenson was elected a member of the Honorary Society of Taa 
Beta Pi. Bros. Miller and Knox were elected to the editorial 
board of the Lehigh Burt, Bro. Miller was also elected Presi- 
dent of the Christian Association, a society that embraces a large 
proportion of the student body and has become quite a factor in 
college life. Bro. DuBois was elected to the Epitome board and 
on committees and class offices, in general Eta has been well rep> 

The most pleasant feature of the whole commencement week 
was a reception given at the chapter house on Wednesday, June 
1 8th. About 40 of our friends and relatives were present and 
with singing, dancing and supper the evening was passed in a de- 
lightfully social and pleasant way. 

The year that is just opening seems to be a promising one. 
We did some ** rushing" in a quiet way at the June entrance ex- 
amination and during the vacation, and hope to announce the 
names of several new brothers before September is very far ad- 
vanced. Pennsylvania Eta wishes a successful year to her sister 

Alban Eavenson. 

Bethlehem, Aug. 7, 1890. 

Alabama Beta, Alabama Polytechnic Institute. 

During the last session of the A. & M. College, our boys added 
eleven new members to their roll. We did not capture as many 
of the honors as usual this time, but enough to demonstrate the 
fact that we were not behind in the least. We had four gradu- 
ates this year, and two out of this number were sick — one three 
months, the other six weeks. This greatly interfered with their 
work, and consequently with their distinctions. 

Brother J. F. Wilkinson, one of the other two, was awarded 
first honor in his course, and a speaker's place. Commencement. 
Brother L. E. Baker was awarded the medal for the best drilled 
cadet in his company. Several of the lower class men were dis- 
tinguished in their studies — something which we are always glad 
to see. The happy meetings were closed with the usual banquet. 

The boys are all jolly fellows, and stand high in social and 
literary circles. Our next session begins in two weeks and a 
half — on the loth of September — and with the very bright pros- 
pect before us, we are encouraged to assemble in due time, 
ready to do battle for the grand cause. We do not know just how^ 


many of the boys will return, but think, however, not more than 
three or four will be absent. Bro. J. F. Wilkinson has been ap- 
pointed to an assistant's place in the State Chemical Laboratory 
of the A. & M. C. 

With best wishes for all Phis. Fraternally, 

Auburn, Ala., Aug. 23, '90. Rolley W. Green. 


Louisiana Alpha, Tulane University. 

We all know how hard it is for one to write about one's self, 
and it would hardly be fair to expect our worthy reporter to give 
an account of his own Commencement. By the graduation, 
therefore of Brother C. H. Tebault, Jr., the honor of writing a 
chapter letter for the Scroll has fallen to the lot of your humble 

Beginning with the principal events, the first thing that at- 
tracts our attention is the initiation of Bro. Brady on the evening 
of Friday, June 13th. Bro. Edwin Brady graduated from the 
High School with honors, and represented us at the High 
School Commencement, captivating his audience with **The 
Story of the Webb." He was also one of the two contestants for 
the honorary scholarship awarded to the best student of the Sub 
Freshman class, pushing his work hard and losing the scholar- 
ship by only three points. 

Following this, is the College Commencement, which took 
place June 19th. Here we were represented by Brother C. H. 
Tebault, Jr., who delivered an address. The orator of the eve- 
ning, Capt. Jack of Nachitoches, epigramatically gave Tulane' s 
present status by saying, " She is an infant in years but a lion in 

In the description of ** Louisiana Alpha's Reception " given in 
the Scroll, owing to an oversight of the Reporter, the name of 
H. P. Jones did not appear. Bro. Jones was at our party, per- 
forming the duties of a true and loyal Phi. 

Delta Province is now without a President, H. T. Cottam,. 
Jr. , having sailed for Europe, where he will spend some time 
amid the many enjoyments of the European capitals. ' 

Although we will lose several of our men for next year, mostly 
by their going off to other schools, yet our prospects are very 
bright, and Louisiana Alpha bids fair to have a fine and prosper- 
ous chapter. 

I must not close without saying a word about Bro. Merrick, 
whose household is blessed with sunshine and joy by the arrival 
of a little girl. 

New Orleans, July 28, 1890. H. R. Denis. 




Ohio Alpha, Miami University. 

The coraraenceraent exercises attending the graduation of the 
class of '90 were better in every way than those of '89 with the 
one exception that the established class night was omitted, the 
class not caring to withstand the part sure to have been taken 
by '91, 2 and 3; however the night was not wholly overlooked 
and perhaps the impromptu toasts were more enjoyed than the 
chapel roasts. 

The Baccalaureate sermon was delivered in the University 
chapel, Sunday, June 15th, by the Rev. Dr. E. D. Morris, of 
I^ane Seminary, Cincinnati. He placed the character of Solomon 
before the class as a fit example to be followed by those who 
would make a success of life. 

On Wednesday afternoon the Annual Meeting of the Alumni 
Association was held in the chapel and after the disposition of 
the regular business, the orator of the day, Hon. Charles H. 
Fisk, of Kentucky, was introduced. Following the oration the 
association adjourned to the residence of Bro. Palmer W. Smith, 
where the banquet was served. 

On Wednesday evening Hon. Geo. R. Wendling addressed 
the literary societies, delivering his oration, ** Saul of Tarsus," 
after which the graduating exercises were held in the Literary 
Halls, Erodelphian having three Seniors and Miama Union, 

Commencement day came on the 19th. It was a typical June 
day and none better could have been desired. The exercises, 
according to the time honored custom, were held in the grove, 
where under the old trees nine men were gathered together for 
the last time as undergraduates. Of these, five were Betas and 
three Dekes, Phi Delta Theta having no member in the Class of 
'90. In honors Beta Theta Pi received ist and 3d and Delta 
Kappa Epsilon 2d. 

After the commencement exercises the corner stone of the 
new Science Hall was laid. Gov. Campbell, of Ohio, taking part 
in the ceremony. At the annual meeting of the Board of Trus- 
tees, a check for $15,500 was received from Senator Calvin S. 
Brice, as the promised duplication of the State appropriation. 

It is with pleasure that we introduce to you our new Brother, 
Stanton H. Fox, '94, who was initiated on the evening of June 
7th. His experience with **spikers" was rather varied, but in 
the fullness of time he joined his first love, and has already 
shown himself a worthy Phi. 

During the commencement week we received visits from several 
of our alumni, among these was one from Jeremiah Oldfather, 
'69, a missionary at Fabreez, Persia. 


It will not be amiss to chronicle here the death of Dr. R. H. 
Bishop, the memory of whom is dear to every member of Ohio 
Alpha, as well as every alumnus and student of Miami. His 
father was the first President of Miami and from that time until 
the time of his death, July 5th, he had been intimately connected 
with the University as student, professor or officer, and had 
earned for himself the name of ** the educator of statesmen." 

Walter C. Harris. 
Oxford, Aug. 7, 1890. 

Ohio Epsilon, Buchtel College. 

With the graduating exercises of June 26, Buchtel College 
closed a very successful year. The attendance has been consid- 
erably larger than on preceding years, and the outlook for a 
prosperous future is very bright. Ohio Epsilon, though she has 
had but two accessions to her ranks during the past year, has 
enjoyed unlimited prosperity. 

The most enjoyable event of Commencement week was the 
* J 6^ ball and banquet at the K. of P. Hall and Hotel Buchtel. 
A large number of the alumni attended, and helped to make the 
occasion memorable. Dancing was indulged in from 9 to 12, 
and the banquet followed at the Buchtel. A short program of 
toasts, with Bro. F. S. Pixley, '87, as toast-master, was carried 
out as follows : Phi Spirit, H. H. Henry, '87 ; Phi Boys at the 
Bar, J. D. Pardee, ^%(i ; Our Chapter Home, L. F. Lybarger, 
'92 ; i J ^ and its Future, A. A. Stearns, '79. 

On the evening of June 21st we initiated into the mysteries of 
Phi Delta Theta, S. Emerson Findley, '94. A dozen alumni, 
who showed that they had not forgotten how to "bounce a 
barb," assisted at the initiation. 

In the Ashton Prize Declamation Contest, held in the Crouse 
Gymnasium on Monday evening, June 23, Bro. L. F. Lybarger 
bore off first honors in the Sophomore class. 

We were represented on the Commencement Program by Bro. 
H. D. Smith, with an oration on "Gladstone." Bro. W. H. 
Van Orman was unable to complete his course on account of 
sickness, but will make up the work later and receive his diplo- 
ma. The loss of these two ardent workers for the cause of Phi 
Delta Theta will be keenly felt by the chapter, but with ten men 
to start on in the fall term, we shall endeavor to carry the ban- 
ner of the Fraternity to the front. 

E. L, Findley. 

Akron, August 16, 1890. 


Indiana Alpha, Indiana University. 

The heated vacation term is now at hand in full force, and 
although letter writing to the Scroll is at all times a pleasure, it 
is more especially such when one is overcome with the monot- 
ony of a summer vacation. And I therefore gladly sieze this 
opportunity of letting all loyal Phis know what of interest to them 
has taken place at Indiana University since the last issue of the 

One morning in April the citizens of Bloomington and the 
faculty and students of Indiana University were shocked by the 
appearance at their doors of a dirty ** bogus." Ordinarily stu- 
dents are not shocked by such a sheet, but this was so excep- 
tionally vulgar in its tone that it roused a storm of indignation. 
Inside of twenty-four hours a fund of three hundred dollars was 
raised for the purpose of hunting out the perpetrators. The 
denouement came after college was closed, but while the com- 
mencement exercises were yet being held. After careful inves- 
tigation, the faculty implicated seven men, every one of whom 
has made a full confession as to his part in the affiair. As a result 
of the inquiry, the faculty have expelled four students and in- 
definitely suspended three. 

But now as to matters pertaining more particularly to the Phi 
world. On Thursday, June 6, we enjoyed for a few hours the 
company of Bro. E. J. Edwards (Illinois Zeta, '74), who resides 
at Minneapolis, Minn. Bro. Edwards is a very genial gentle- 
man, and delighted our hearts by the way he hunted the Phis 
up. He did not stop until he had found us. 

As usual. Phi Delta Theta had more prominent men in attend- 
ance upon the commencement exercises than any other one fra- 
ternity. We were honored with the presence of Judge B. K. 
Elliott (Ohio Alpha, '52); Judge Banta, '55 ; Dr. Jos. S. Jenckes, 
'56, and Judge Mitchell, '58. Besides these older members of 
the fraternity, there were present Prof. Griffith, '85 ; James L. 
Mitchell, '89 ; and E. A. Bonham, Indiana Delta, '79. 

On the evening of June 9, Judge Elliott delivered an address 
to the students in Law, on **The Advocate." After the address 
an informal reception to the Phi visitors was given at our hall. 
At eleven o'clock the older members withdrew, and the younger 
set held full sway until early morn. 

We lost by graduation three men, Bro. Ruoff, Bro. Cravens 
and Bro. Wellman. The degree of Master of Arts was conferred 
upon Bro. Griffiths and Bro. Lyons, '89. Bro. Lyons has been 
re-elected instructor in Chemistry for the ensuing year, at an in- 
creased salary. 

The outlook for the college was never brighter. The elegant 
new library building will be ready for use in the fall. Professor 


Jenks, who was invited to teach at Ann Arbor next year, has 
decided to remain with I. U. Prof. McCabe has been elected 
to a chair at Byrn Mawr, and Prof. Matzky, of Bowdoin College, 
will fill the chair of Germanic Languages and Literature. A new 
chair, that of American History, has been established, and will 
be occupied by Prof. Woodburn (M. A., Johns Hopkins, '90). 

The prospects of Indiana Alpha of * J ^ are exceedingly 
good. Bro. Tyner, who has not been in college since the win- 
ter term of '88--'89, will be with us this fall, and we expect sev- 
eral affiliations. Indiana Alp4ia's word is '* Salve" to every loyal 
Phi who may visit Blooniington. 

Confident that the Scroll will continue its prosperous career, 
I am, yours in the bond, 

Ralph Bamberger. 

Bloomington, July 3, 1890. 

Indiana Beta, Wabash College. 

As the close of the summer vacation approaches, and we 
again begin to think of taking up the college work which for 
three months has been laid aside, not the last thing which com- 
mands our attention is the Fraternity, its condition, prospects, 
etc., and what we are to do to furthur its interests. Indiana 
Beta opens with better prospects than it has ever had, at least to 
the knowledge of its present members. Last Commencement 
robbed us of no one, and we enter the race with the same num- 
ber of men with which we closed the year's work, so that if our 
spiking efforts are crowned with reasonable success, we will be 
in splendid condition. Last Commencement was the '' biggest " 
day which Wabash has seen for some years ; she graduated the 
largest class which has ever left her maternal portals. 

The old styled Commencement day has been abolished : no 
longer is the public compelled to sit for hours while the gradu- 
ate Wrights the public wrongs, eulogizes over dead heroes, un- 
crowned kings, &c., &c., but now the audience gets some orator 
from abroad. 

Rev. John H. Barrows, D. D. , of Chicago, delivered a most 
masterly discourse upon **The Truth and Comfort of Christian 
Theism," as the Commencement Oration to the class of '90. 

Tuesday before Commencement witnessed the laying of the 
corner stone of ** Yandes Library Hall." President Tuttle went 
through the form of mixing and spreading the mortar, and made 
a short but touching address, in which he made a concise review 
of the sixty years' work which the college has effected. Hon. 
John M. Butler, one of Wabash's honored Alumni, delivered 
the Oration of the day. The Ouiatenotij published by the 
class of '91 reflects much credit upon the editors: Bros. Little 


and McNutt represented Phi Delta Theta upon the Annual 
board. The Annual is much of an improvement on last year's 
effort. It shows Phi Delta Theta represented on the base and 
foot-ball fields, the tennis court, glee club, literary societies, etc. 

In the Junior class, Bro. Little is Orator ; in Sophomore, Bro. 
Thomson is Secretary, while in '93, Bro. Oliver is Vice Presi- 
dent ; Crozier, Secretary and Wilson, Poet. 

Bro. McNutt took the standing broad jumps on Field day, 
and Bro. Martin succeeded in tossing the hammer the farthest 
both at the Wabash and the State Field days. 

If the Fates are at all favorable — ^and they have been very 
kind of late — we hope to be able to report the names of some 
good men from the '94 delegation. It is needless to state that 
to any and all Phis passing our way the hearth stone is ever 

RoB*T H. Crozier. 

Crawfordsville, July 31st, 1890. 

Indiana Gamma, Butler University. 

In the last twelve months Butler has made rapid forward 
strides and bids fair to make still further advancement. A hand- 
some building costing $20,000 has been erected for the prepara- 
tory school and been christened ** Burgess Hall," in honor of ex- 
president O. A. Burgess, to whose efforts so much of Butler's 
success is due. A music department has been added, with a 
corps of instructors from the best music schools of Europe. 
Extensive advertising has been resorted to, an agent has been 
put in the field, and our prospects are brightening. 

During the forward march the Phis have ever been in the van. 
In the oratorical contest last spring, Bro. Matthews took second 
place, and in the Sophomore essay contest Bro. Carr and Bowell 
took first and second places respectively. Bro. Carr and Mat- 
thews were also elected on the staff of the Butler Collegian^ Bro. 
Carr being editor-in-chief. We lost three excellent men by grad- 
uation — Bros. Davis, Green and Noble. Bro. Davis has since 
been elected principal of the High School here. 

We begin work this year with thirteen men, and by the time 
this goes to press, Bro. W. G. McCoUey, '91, of Indiana Delta, 
will have affiliated with us, increasing our number to fourteen. 
Bro. A. A. Williams, '92, who has been teaching for some years, 
has again entered school. Bro. Geo. B. Davis, '92, has been 
compelled to stay out this year, but means to re-enter next year 
and finish with '93. Bro. Matthews was called home Monday 
by the death of a sister. We extend to Bro. Matthews our deep- 
est and most sincere sympathy. 

R. F, Davidson. 

Irvington, Sept. 10, 1890. 



Missouri Beta, Westmimster College. 

The fifth of June closed one of the most successful years in 
the history of our Fraternity in this college and we are justly 
proud of our record. We began the year with fixed plans and 
purposes, and we are glad to say we have failed in none ; closing 
the year without enemies and debts, and with a crown of victory. 
Three of our number graduated : C. A. McPheeters, R. G. Kel- 
ler and George Miller. Our honors this year have been numer- 
ous. McPheeters won the valedictory, was speaker Febru- 
ary 2 id, elected representative on Inter-Collegiate Oratorical 
Contest, and was President of the Senior Class. George Miller 
won the Inter-Society contest, won the Primary, and represented 
this college in the State contest. He was class speaker at Com- 
mencement, President of the Athletic Association, and won the 
loo yards and 50 yards races on Field Day. A. W. Bush won 
the Mathematics prize. J. Harry Atkinson won the Scholarship 
prize. F. M. Sallee was June speaker. These honors constitute 
the best and highest in college. Missouri Beta was so lost in 
conquest that all thought best to dispense with the annual ban- 
quet, much to the disappointment of the sisterhood. 

Bro. Hinitt, '89, was considered the finest student in McCor- 
mick Theological Seminary the last year. A prominent gentle- 
man pronounces Bro. S. Edward Young, '86, of Asbury Park, 
N. J., *'The rising Talmadge." 

Our chapter will likely open with six or seven members and 
we hope for another successful year. 

F. M. Sallee. 

Fulton, Mo., Aug. 20, 1890. 

Iowa Alpha, Iowa Wesleyan University. 

Although your reporter now wears the high alumnal collar and 
hears the sweet lullaby oi AlmaMater, yet almost instinctively he 
reaches for the reportorial pen to do service for Iowa Alpha. 
As the chapter has not named his successor the office remains 
incumbent, and it will not be assuming upon the duty of another 
if he furnishes a brief commencement report and letter for the 
October number of the Scroll. 

June 19, 1890, the Iowa Wesleyan University closed its thirty- 
fifth year. The exercises of commencement week, although of 
unusual length, were well attended and appreciated. The places 
of honor were certainly most freely bestowed upon Iowa Alpha, 
for out of eight public entertainrtients, seventeen positions were 
held by Phi Delta Theta. Commencement Day three Phis took 
their Bachelor degrees, two of Arts and one of Science. 


After the graduating exercises, Dr. J. T. McFarland, Presi- 
dent of the University, announced the name of the successful 
contestants for the Crane Greek and Latin Prizes. What Phi 
Delta heart did not beat a little faster when it was declared that 
for best scholarship in Greek during the Freshman year, one of 
prizes was won by Bro. George Moore, and the other for best 
scholarship in Latin during the Sophomore year by Bro. Joseph 
Beers. And again when second honors in Latin were credited 
to Bro. Walter Brenholtz. It is just worth while mentioning the 
fact that six out of eight of these prizes for four consecutive 
years have been won by Iowa Alpha. 

Among the commencement visitors we were glad to greet 
iigain Brothers La Monte Cowles, '79, Jay Kirkendall, ^^^^ Ed 
H. Scott, '89, and Ed F. Wehrle, '91- 

The chapter rejoices in the acquaintance and annual visits of 
Dr. A. W. Ringland, one of the rising divines of the Presbyte- 
rian Church, now located in Duluth, Minn. He is a member of 
Kentucky Alpha, and his love and enthusiasm for Phi Delta 
Theta have not abated with the flight of years. 

To Bro. Sam D. Harsh, formerly of Illinois Zeta, Iowa Alpha 
wishes to express her sincere thanks for a copy of The Lombard^ 
published by the class of 1890 of Lombard University. Typo- 
graphically and editorially it is a gem, and reflects not only great 
credit upon the class, but the University as well. 

An exquisite calendar in white and blue and gold, the work 
and gift of Miss Carrie Shammo, a graduate of the Conservatory 
of Music at Northwestern University, now graces the walls of 
our ** Phi home." 

Now in closing, even at this early date, let it be uppermost in 
the minds of the twelve active and two alumni chapters of Zeta 
Province, that the second convention of the Province will be 
held in Mt. Pleasant during the spring vacation of 1891. Let 
every chapter from Wisconsin to California send its delegate. 
Iowa Alpha will do her utmost to lessen the expenses. An in- 
vitation to be present is most cordially extended the General 
Council and all the high officials of the Fraternity. Iowa Alpha 
bids you one and all ** welcome." 

Yours in ^e — xtia^ 

Clinton G. Coddington. 

Mt. Pleasant, June 27, 1890. 

lovvA Beta, Iowa State University. 

After a long period of slumbering, the fire of enthusiasm once 
more burns brightly upon Phi €)elta Theta's altar. Iowa Beta 
Chapter has suddenly annointed itself with the oil of activity and 
rented new hails in a much better location than the old, which 


have been suitably decorated and furnished. The interior fin- 
nishing is painted in the characteristic white and blue, and one 
room, known as the ''blue room " is papered in these colors and 
the chandelier is adorned with white and blue globes. 

Iowa Beta Chapter is pleased to announce to the Fraternity 
the following new names : H. L, Hastings, Law '90 and A. G. 
Smith, '91 ; A. H. Brown, '91 ; W. H. Bremmer, '91 ; G. W. 
Stiles, '92 ; and F. G. Pierce, '92, of the Collegiate Department. 
The five collegiates were invited by Phi Kappa Psi, but the 
prestige of Phi Delta Theta's national reputation was too much 
for them. Bro. Bremner is our infant and is a living witness of 
the excellence of the new ritual. Brother H. L. Hastings won 
the tennis tournament for singles Field Day. Brothers Brown, 
Bremner, Pierce and Smith, who is captain, play in the foot-ball 
team. Brother Brown is ist Sergeant of the Battery, Associate 
Editor of the Transit^ Secretary of the Engineering Society, and 
President of the Athletic Association. Brothers Stiles and 
Pierce are editors upon the Junior Annual Staff. Brother Stiles 
recently won second prize in the Junior-Sophomore Oratorical 
contest. Brother Pierce is Secretary of Irving Institute, in 
which society are six Phis. The chapter is strengthened by the 
addition of Bro. Ed. F. Wehrle who was formerly a member of 
Iowa Alpha, but is now attending the University. We recently 
received a most pleasant call from Brother P. W. Sever, a char- 
ter member, who is a graduate of two departments of the Uni- 
versity. The State University of Iowa is now in a flourishing 
condition, having besides its regular income, an appropriation of 
$125,000 and the gift of a fine park by the city, in which a chem- 
ical laboratory costing $50,000, will be erected at once. There is 
an increase of no students over last year. Four fraternities 
have chaptered here, viz. : Beta Theta Pi, 17; Phi Kappi Psi, 
12; Delta Tau Delta, 9; Phi Delta Theta, 12. The relations 
of the different chapters to each other are very friendly. Iowa 
Beta claims to have turned over a new leaf and solemnly prom- 
ises to henceforth always have a letter in the Scroll. 

Ira D. Orton. 
Iowa City, May 26th, 1890. 

California Alpha, University of California. 

June 25th closes the college year at Berkeley, a year of pro- 
gress and prosperity both for the University and for the Fratern- 
ity. We lose by graduation this time four of our members, but 
we have in view some very excellent men who we know are pre- 
pared to become the Phis of '94. 

Heretofore it has been the custon of California Alpha to hold 
an annual banquet ; but as some of the older alumni seemed to 


be frightened by these formal meetings, the chapter decided that 
this year, instead of a banquet at San Francisco, we should have 
a reunion at the Chapter House in Berkeley. This reunion took 
place May 24th, and was a most successful and delightful eve- 
ning. The meeting was well attended by the alumni, and they 
all expressed their pleasure in meeting their old college friends 
without the u§ual formality. After serving refreshments there 
was music and the usual toast making. We were particularly 
pleased to have from Professors Christy and Jones, our brothers 
in the faculty, a full account of the early history of the Chapter, 
giving us facts of which most of us were hitherto unaware. 

The great jubilee of the Freshman Class, the Bourdon Burial, 
occurred on June 6th. Although the harmony of the occasion 
was somewhat broken by the repeated attacks of the Sophs dur- 
ing the progress of the procession to the pyre, the whole under- 
taking reflected great credit upon Brother Titus, who is the 
** Bourdon President " of his class. 

As usual our Class Day exercises occupied both morning and 
afternoon, giving opportunity for the usual fraternity lunches and 
for the usual Phi reception in the evening. Bro. Hewitt did us 
credit as Orator of the Day. We were pleased to have with us 
on Class Day Bro. Geo. B. Peck, of Miami, '57. 

A few weeks ago the U. C. was taken by storm when twelve 
young ladies swung out with the colors oi K A^, They are the 
very cream of the co-eds and bid fair to establish their chapter on 
a strong foundation. Their reception by the Greeks was a cor- 
dial one. 

The resignation of President Davis has been accepted, to take 
effect at the beginning of the college year; and it is with great 
regret that the University loses Lieutenant Harrison, who has 
been recalled by the War Department. 

J. H. Gray. 

Berkeley, June 24, 1890. 

Another prosperous year for California Alpha has rolled 
around. Four more Phis have been added to our alumni. They 
are tried men who came to the assistance of the re-established 
chapter when it was young and struggling for a place among its 
rivals, and, now that their labors are crowned with success, they 
will not forget us to whom they have consigned their trust, al- 
though they are far away. Bro. Halladay, who was a charter 
member, has ^one to Mexico with a party of civil engineers ; 
Bro. Parker will join a party of surveyors who are going to the 
Sierra Nevadas ; Bro. Hewitt will study law with a prominent 
law firm in Los Angeles ; Bro. Smith has returned to his home in 


The class of '90 graduated thirty-seven men and eight ladies — 
more than any previous class except that of '79. The exercises 
were held in the afternoon instead of in the morning as formerly. 
Through the kindness of Lieutenant Harrison, the Presidio Band 
of San Francisco gave an open air concert in the morning in 
Strawberry Canon on the University grounds. Aside from the 
usual order of the commencement exercises we had the pleasure 
of a short address from Mr. Charles Dudley Warner. The stu- 
dents presented Lieut. Harrison, who has been recalled to Wash- 
ington, with a sword as a token of their regard for him. He has 
won the esteem of all the students during his four years of serv* 
ice here. Three of the four Phi graduates received commis- 
sions. Bro. Parker was commissioned Lieutenant-Colonel, Bro. 
Smith is the ranking Captain, and Bro. Hewitt First Lieutenant. 

The fraternities here do not give lunches on Commencement 
Day, but on Class Day, which is always the Saturday preceding 
Commencement. Many of the students go home before Com- 
mencement, and most of the others immediatly after, so that it 
would make it very inconvenient to give a lunch on Commence- 
ment Day. The Phis gave their lunch on Class Day, under the 
trees in the yard of the chapter house. There was plenty of room, 
and, as the day was fine, all enjoyed themselves very much. 

California Alpha is not behind Louisiana Alpha and Indiana 
Beta in tennis, although we are late in sending word to the 
Scroll. We made a court during the Spring vacation in April on 
our own grounds. It is needless to say that we are very proud 
of it The Sigma Chis have a court, and there are two Univer- 
sity courts which are almost constantly in use. Tennis is becom- 
ing an absorbing game here, in University circles as well as out. 

The Chi Phi House was entirely destroyed by fire on the eve- 
ning of Commencement, June 25th. The boys lost all their pri- 
vate property. If the fire had occurred one day later, most of 
them would have been gone for the vacation. The house was a 
large one and well furnished ; it was also convenietly located, 
just off the University grounds, and one block from the Phi Delta 
Theta House. The Chi Phis will have difficulty in finding 
another house as suitable. 

E. F. Goodyear. 

Berkeley, July 19, 1890. 

Tennessee Beta, University of the South. 

At the beginning of a new term Tennessee Beta sends best 
wishes to all her sister chapters fn Phi Delta Theta. Here in 
Sewanee there have been many changes. Our honored Vice 
Chancellor, the Rev. Telfair Hodgson has resigned and our 
Chaplain, the Rev. T. F. Gailor has taken his place. 


We have enjoyed this summer, visits from three of our corres- 
pondent members, Bro. J. H. P. Hodgson, Bro. Larkin Smith and 
Bro. Sam Jones, 2nd Lieutenant U. S. A. Our Fraternity may 
pride itself on the fact that a Phi led the graduating class at West 
Point — Bro. Jadwin of Pennsylvania. We regret to announce 
the loss of Bro. W. F. Starley, of Tyler, Texas, who has been 
compelled to return home on account of poor health. 

At commencement this year our chapter received the follow- 
ing honors : two certificates fn Latin, one in Metaphysics and 
two in Chemistry. One B. A. diploma in Mathematics. Bro. 
Slack was elected Secretary of the Sewanee Base Ball Club. 

We have a small chapter this term owing to the fact that it is our 
principle to know a man thoroughly before making him one of 
us. One of our brothers made us a present of a handsome com- 
bination billiard and pool table. 

Last term a pseudo fraternity which had its origin here, the 
Tau Delta Sigma, died out. Bro. J. B. Wilder has just returned 
from the annual encampment of the Louisville Legion, National 
Guard of Kentucky, of which he is first lieutenant. We have 
been using the new ritual since its publication and are much 
pleased with it. 

E. Wilson 3d. 

Sewanee, Sept. i, 1890. 

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Ohio A — S. I, McClelland, '68, is in St. Louis, Mo. 

Georgia B — Bro. E. S. Kelley, '88, is practicing law in Atlanta. 

Nebraska Alpha — Bro. E. O. Lewis, '84, is teaching at Falls 
City, Neb. 

Michigan B — Bro. B. K. Canfield, '89, is an art student at 
Paris, France. 

Nebraska Alpha — Bro. E. J. Churchill, '85, is an attorney at 
Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

Iowa A — Frederick William Winter, A. B., is practicing med- 
icine in Wymore, Neb. 

Iowa A — A. M. Linn, M. S., M. D., is in Des Moines, Iowa, 
engaged in his profession. 

Pennsylvania E — Bro. H. W. Spangler, '82, is at present prac- 
ticing law in Denver, Col. 

New York A — ^James C. Brownlee, '77, is a physician and sur- 
geon in Kansas City, Mo. 

New York A — W. A. Schmidt, '90, is with the Remington 
Arms Co. of Ilion, N. Y. 

New York A — Irwin S. Devendorf, '89, is in the banking busi- 
ness in St. Johnsville, Vt. 

Pennsylvania B — Pennsylvania College conferred the degree 
of Ph. D. on J. B. Fox, '80. 

Pennsylvania B — H. D. Withers, M. D., '81, is a successful 
practitioner in Paterson, N. J. 

New York A — Nelson W. Cady, M. D., '74, is a physician 
and surgeon in Logansport, Ind. 

Ohio A — M. D. A. Steen, ^(^dy is pastor of the First Presbyte- 
rian Church at Woodbridge, Cal. 

New York A — Samuel J. Flickinger, '76, is editor of the Ohia 
State Journal oi Columbus, Ohio. 

Missouri B — J. H. Gallaher, '86, is having splendid success 
as a minister in Gainesville, Texas. 

Nebraska A — Bro. Elmer O. Gates, '85, is assistant cashier 

in the First National Bank at Omaha. 

Nebraska A — Bro. James R. Foree, ^Zd^ is engaged in the 
real estate business at Tekamah, Neb. 


Illinois E — E. I. Manley, ^%Z Harvard, is still in the faculty of 
the State Normal in Bloomington's suburb. 

Georgia B — Bro. George W. Matthews, '87, is doing good work 
as a minister of the gospel at Waycross, Ga. 

Ohio B — Scott Bonham, '82, attended Commencement at O. 
W. U. and the annual banquet of Ohio Beta. 

Vermont A — Bros. Gilbert, '89, and Moore, '90. are engaged 
in the insurance business in Manchester, N. H. 

Iowa A — Rev. Frank W. Adams, '75, is a member of the Iowa 
Conference, and is preaching in Wilton, Iowa. 

Ohio A — J. E. Morey, '67, is a member of the law firm of 
Morey, Andrews & Morey, of Hamilton, Ohio. 

Iowa A — F. P. Campbell, M. S., '77, is a prominent lawyer in 
the young and thrifty town of Broken Bow, Neb. 

Nebraska Alpha — Bro. Conway G. McMillan, '85, occupies 
the chair of Botany at the University of Minnesota. 

Ohio A — David Swing, '52, is preaching in Chicago. Lectur- 
ing and magazine writing occupies much of his time. 

Michigan B — Bro. O. J. Root, '89, has a good position with * 
the Lansing Iron and Engine Works, Lansing, Mich. 

New York A — Edmund S. B. Gardner, '75, is engineer for the 
Dundee Water Power and Land Co. of Passaic, N. J. 

New York A — Charles A. McAllister, '87, is a draughtsman in 
the Bureau of Steam Engineering in Washington, D. C. 

New York A — Albert F. Balch, '77, is cashier and a director 
of the Marshalltown State Bank of Marshalltown, Iowa. 

Ohio A — Alston Ellis, '67, prominent in educational circles in 
Ohio, is superintendent of the Hamilton (Ohio) schools. 

Wisconsin A — L. J. Pickarts, '87, was obliged to spend part 
of the winter in Ohio for his health, but is with us again. 

Missouri Beta — M. H. Reaser, '87, is now superintendent of 
the Needmore Mining Co., Oronogo, Jasper County, Mo. 

Pennsylvania E — Bro. Francis A. Bergstresser, '82, has been 
very successful as a real estate broker at Chattanooga, Tenn. 

New York A — Bertis R. Wakeman, '89, enters the College of 
Physicians and Surgeons in New York City the coming year. 

New York A — De Villo L. Bennett, '87, is the electrician for 
the Fire Alarm and Police Telegraph System of Chicago, 111. 


Wisconsin A — Milton Updegraff, '84, Government Astronomer 
in Argentine Republic, spent the first week in May last m 

Pennsylvania, B — Rev. H. H. Weber, '82, was married, May 
29th, to Miss Emma Christ of Baltimore. Their trip included 

Missouri B — S. E. Young is a very promising minister at 
Asbury Park, N. J. His success has been remarkable, and we 
feel very proud of him. 

Pennsylvania B — J. Wood Shadle, '83, is a stenographer at 
No. 48 Board of Trade Building, Chicago. His name is not on 
the list of Chicago alumni. 

Missouri B — Geo. Walter Gates was recently made secretary 
of the American Lumber Co., and superintendent of the com- 
pany's mills at Milner, Ark. 

Nebraska A — Bro. Roy Codding sailed, January last, for 
the Soudan, Africa, whither he goes as a missionary under the 
auspices of the Y. M. C. A. 

Ohio B — W. H. Slevin, '90, enters Medical College at Toledo 
this fall, and will also be Physical Director in charge of the To- 
ledo Y. M. C. A. Gymnasium. 

Michigan B — Bro. R. S. Baker, '89, is in the real estate and 
loan business at St. Croix Falls, Wis., where fortune is smiling 
upon him according to his latest word. 

Iowa A — Winter & Kauffman is the name of an enterprising 
law firm in Wymore, Neb. Phil. E. Winter is of the class of 
'78, and Ed. N. Kauffman of '80. 

Vermont A — Bro. Croft, '89, has recently accepted a call to 
the First Congregational Church of New Bedford, Mass. This 
is one of the best fields in New England. 

Pennsylvania E — Bro. Geo. E. Kleinheim, '82, is a member 
of the Philadelphia Conference of the M. E. Church, and is now 
stationed at Portland, Northampton County, Pa. 

Georgia B — Bro. J. P. McRee has within the last few days 
taken charge of a splendid school at Camilla, Ga. A growing 
town and a plucky teacher means a prosperous school. 

Vermont A — Bro. Hoffnagle, '84, who has been principal of 
Beeman Academy at New Haven, for the past few years, has 
just accepted a fine position as teacher in Elizabethtown, N. Y. 

Ohio B — Harry L. Rownd, '89, was married to one of Col- 
umbus' most estimable young ladies in July, and after a trip to 
Duluth, and by the lakes, is at home with his wife in Columbus. 


Wisconsin A — R. C. Brown and E. M. Rogers, '89, are to- 
gether in Columbia Medical College, New York. Bro. Brow» 
visited Bro. Nash, at Spokane Falls, Washington, last summer. 

Ohio B — A. V. Evans, '90, spent a month at Lakeside, Ohio, 
as manager of the Lakeside News^ a. daily published during the 
Encampment. He is now in Columbus, a reporter on the JSven- 
ing Post 

Vermont A — Bro. Earl Wilbur, ^^6, who graduated with honor 
last June from the Harvard Divinity School, goes to Portland, 
Oregon, where he is to be the assistant pastor of the Church of 
Our Father. 

Ohio Z — A. C. Reeves, '87, for some time Assistant City En- 
gineer at Dayton, Ohio, last spring resigned that position and is 
with the Engineer Corps of the Norfolk and Western R. R., at 
Ceredo, West Virginia. 

Virginia // — Thomas R. Phister, '80, was elected Judge of the 
County Court of Mason County, Ky., at the recent August elec- 
tion. Bro. Phister has been a prominent member of the Mays- 
ville bar ever since he left the University. 

Illinois E — J. F. Wright, '85, has his attorney's shingle in 
Bloomington, 111. , and offices with the well-known alumni of the 
Fraternity, Stevenson and Ewing. The latter will be remem- 
bered as the late Assistant Postmaster-General. 

Michigan B — Bro. Clark Hubbell, '88, has been studying law^ 
at Port Huron, but is now taking a course in short-hand at the 
Inter-Lake Business College, Lansing. He intends entering the 
law department of the University of Michigan. 

Ohio B — O. G. Callahan and C. E. Schenck, '90, both go to 
Drew Theological Seminary, Madison, N. J., this year. It is 
said that R. H. Callahan, '84, who has been preaching at Zaleski 
for the past two years, will join them for a year's study. 

Iowa A — Geo. W. Holland, A. M., '76, is in the banking, 
loan, and real estate business in Falls City, Neb. That he is still 
loyal to Iowa Alpha is certainly evident from a recent offer of 
$100 cash toward the building of a ^ J ^ chapter house in Mt. 

Nebraska A — Bros. Newcomer and Gerwig, both of '89, 
are studying for their Master's Degree at the University. In 
addition to this, Bro. Gerwig is working a good insurance busi- 
ness as manager of the Lincoln Bureau of the Connecticut Mu- 
tual Life Co. 

Georgia B — Sheffield, Ala., is now Bro. J. H. Ardis' (^^^) 
home. He recently moved from Atlanta to that ** booming "^ 


little city, and is following his chosen profession — ^law. A jovial 
good nature, and plenty of brain and energy, insures his success 

Ohio B and Z—]. E. Brown, Ohio B, '84, and Robert Eck- 
hardt, Ohio Z, '87, attended the Ohio State Tennis Tournament, 
held in Toledo, the last week in August, and along with W. H. 
Slevin, of Ohio B^ a Toledo resident, witnessed the events of 
the tournament. 

Georgia B — Comparatively few graduates embark in pedagog- 
ism with the fixed purpose of making teaching their life work. 
Bro. J. E. McRee, ^^^^ is one of the few. He is principal of a 
flourishing school at Jeffersonville, which has been much im- 
proved under his management. 

Georgia B — Bro. Claude N. Bennett, *^^y is on the staff of the 
Atlanta Journal, as traveling agent and correspondent. His suc- 
cess has been very marked, and already he is recognized by his 
estimable paper as one of its strongest supports. 

Illinois B — Rev. Dr. H. C. Mabie, %Z, has resigned the pas- 
torate of the Central Baptist Church, at Minneapolis, to accept 
the secretaryship of the Baptist Foreign Missionary Society. 
His headquarters will hereafter be in Chicago. He left Septem- 
ber I St for a five months' missionary tour of Asia. 

Pennsylvania B — Rev. H. L. Yarger's ('83) members have 
shown their appreciation of his services by adding $100 to his 
salary. He lives under the shadow of the State University at 
Lawrence, Kan., and says that "the yells of the Sophomores 
call to mind, every day, the days spent at Alma Mater J*^ 

Wisconsin A — N. G. Iglehart, '60, commissioner of the Chi- 
cago Freight Bureau, wrote to us a short time ago, suggesting 
the following changes in the list of alumni: F. L. Fitzhugh 
should be Edward L. Fitzhugh, '6c; N. S. Iglehart should be 
N. G. Iglehart, '60; P. T. Starkweather should be Fred. T. 
Starkweather. We hope there are enough mistakes to keep the 
alumni writing to us. 

Iowa A — ^Jno. W. Palm, A. M., '76, has since his graduation 
been actively identified with the interests of Mt. Pleasant and 
Henry County, as superintendent of the county schools, editor 
of the Mt. Pleasant Journal, and treasurer of the county, in 
which office he is now serving a third term. He has displayed 
marked official and journalistic ability. 

Pennsylvania B — Lieut. T. B. Seigle, '86, is succeeding well 
in business in Charlotte, N. C. The firm of T. L. Seigle & Co. 
has been changed to T. L. & T. B. Seigle, and Thad. is also an 

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active member of several other business organizations. He par- 
ticipated in the unveiling of the Lee statue at Richmond, as an 
officer of the North Carolina troops, and then came to Gettys- 
burg, as he always does on his trips North. 

Ohio Z — H. A. Kahler, '87, who is manager of the Texas 
Agency of the Middlesex Loan and Banking Co., with head- 
quarters at Dallas, spent two weeks in a delightful outing on the 
Maine coast, visiting awhile at Portland, and again at Bar Har- 
bor. In Ohio, he stopped at Columbus, for a ten days' visit 
with the Editor of the Scroll and his wife, friends of many 
years, and through whom he took up9n himself the establishment 
of ^ J ^ at Ohio State University. '^ • 

1 1 

Phi Delta Theta. 


Jed. S. Lane, Vermont Alpha, '86, 

Died August 2, 1890, 


Murphy, N. C. 

*an Coelo Quies Est" 

* * * 

Henry William Hazen, Pennsylvania Gamma, '93. 

Died May 27, 1890, 


Butler, Pa. 

"In Coelo QuiesEst." 

* * * 

Grin Gould Callahan, Ohio Beta, '90, 

Died September 6, 1890, 


Miamisburg, Ohio. 

'* In Coelo Quies Est." 





The Wisconsin chapter of -T X took possession of a rented 
chapter house last spring. 

The ^ r J Quarterly for June contains a letter from every 
active chapter of the fraternity. 

^ has completed a fine chapter house at Hobart College, 
and will occupy it this coming year. 

Group pictures of the Minnesota, Michigan^ Northwestern and 
Amherst chapters of J /* are given in the August Quarterly, 

After many rumors, J T is now announced as a fact at the 
University of Kansas, making the fourth ladies' fraternity there. 

At Pennsylvania College ^ T J has the foundation of her 
lodge laid, and ^ X has petitioned for ground on which to build. 

J r J and ^ S are said to have their eyes on the University ->J 
of Denver, which has over 400 students this year. — J T Quar- y^ 

I X has chartered an Alumni Chapter at New York City, 
which was organized May ist. Thirty Sigs sat down to the 

The Rochester chapter of J T is building and the Cornell chap- 
ter has selected plans for building a chapter house. Both are to 
be pushed to early completion. 

A number of ^ AT ?r's are anxious to see their fraternity rep- 
resented in the University of Texas, and are on the lookout for 
a favorable opening for a chapter. 

A ^ zX the University of Mississippi has the only chapter 
house in the South, aside from those at Sewanee. A 6 has 
building lots at Vanderbilt and Emory. 

The Beta Rho chapter o( A T Q was installed at Marietta Col- 
lege, June 24th, with ten members, two of which were gradu- 
ates ('90) and four incoming freshmen ('94). 

In a Mt. Vernon item in a daily newspaper was a paragraph 
to the effect that the SAX lodge at Gambler (Kenyon College) 
was offered for sale under a mortgage foreclosure. 

The Psi charge of ^ A ^ on May loth celebrated the com- 
pletion and occupancy of their new house at Hamilton College, 



by a complimentary banquet to the alumni and visiting members 
of neighboring charges. 

KThe Rutgers chapter J T was about to purchase a building lot, 
and were prepared to make the first payment on the $5000 in- 
volved, when they received word that the owner had decided to 
make them a present of the lot. 

The Purdue University Chapter oi I X has issued a book of 
210 pp., well illustrated, in honor of the fifteenth anniversary of 
Purdue University. It is in reality a college annual, though 
another, the Debris^ was issued by the Senior Class 

The chapter house occupied by ^ ^ at Berkeley, California, 
burned to the ground on the night of commencement, June 25, 
at the University of California. The members lost nearly all 
their possessions, very little being saved from the house. 

I Kappa Sigma placed its Nu chapter in William and Mary col- 

\ / lege March i, and its Chi Omega chapter in the University of 

yl South Carolina, April 24. An editorial states that efforts are 

^^ making to establish two more, one north and one south. — Delta 

I \ UpsUon Quarterly, 

yThe statistical table of J T for the college year 1889-90 shows 
an active membership of 585, against 544 for the preceding year. 
Of these 430 expect to return this fall. Harvard with 49 mem- 
bers is the largest chapter and Middlebury with 10 the smallest. 
The average is 23. J T meets ^ J ^ in 14 institutions. 

J T established a chapter at the University of Minnesota, on 
the evening of May 23d. Fifteen men — one law student, eight 
seniors, four juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen compose 
the new chapter. The exercises were conducted by eighteen 
resident and visiting Delta U's, and were followed by a banquet 
at the West Hotel. 

At the convention of the Fourth Province of 2* ^ at Indiana- 
polis, April nth, the plan for the adoption of a Sigma Chi flag 
and flower was indorsed ; the addition of funeral rites to the 
Ritual was recommended to the next Biennial Convention ; and 
it was decided to take steps toward building a Province Chapter 
house at Indianapolis. 

The Trinity chapter of Alpha Delta Phi is to build a chapter 
house. It is to be a three story, Queen Anp, brick structure 
with wide piazzas ; to contain billiard, dining, bath, sitting and 
smoking rooms, guest chamber, caterer's quarters, library and 
chapter hall. The Alpha Delts have the largest chapter at Trin- 
ity. — Delta UpsUon Quatterly, 


Our rivals have some excellent men in the class room, but 
Delta Tau Delta is the only fraternity that keeps out of ** prep- 
dom." Phi Delta Theta goes down to the fourth preparatory 
department for her initiates. — Hillsdale Correspondence in Rain- 
bow. We must call upon Michigan Gamma or our Delta Tau 
Delta friend to explain. Our chapter has reported itself as not 
initiating preps and its report shows no member J)elow '93. 

For the third time we have the pleasure of recording the giv- 
ing of one thousand dollars for a chapter house fund. This gift 
is the more remarkable because it comes from a man who is now 
in college, and is the first large sum ever given by an under- 
graduate member of the fraternity. The lucky chapter is 
Rochester^ and the man who has so nobly come to her aid is James 
B. Morman, of the class of '90. May this generous action find 
quick response in the hearts of many Delta Upsilons. — Delta 
Upsilon Quarterly. 

The Beta chapter of Phi Alpha Sigma has recently been form- 
ed at the University of Pennsylvania by a number of second and 
third year men. This fraternity, which originated at the Belle- 
vue Hospital, New York, is the only one confined to medical 
men established in this country. It is proposed to have chapters 
in all the principal medical schools and thus form a powerful 
society. — University Medical Magazine. Wrong. Nu Sigma Nu, 
a fraternity confined to medical students and men, has existed in 
the University of Michigan since 1882. 

Our **barb" organization, known by the name of ** Elite," 
continually makes alarming boasts of its success in gradually re- 
ducing the strength of the fraternities here to a minimum. But 
notwithstanding all their trickery and braggadocio, we Phi Gams 
not only hold our own against them but even are growing 
stronger. Nor would we wish their antagonism to be removed at 
present; for the condition of the two other fraternities here, 
Sigma Chi and Phi Delta Theta, is at such a low ebb that their 
opposition does not amount to much, and a college fraternity 
thrives bettet by having some opposing element with which to 
vie. — Illinois Wesleyan University Correspondence in Phi Gamma 
Delta Quarterly. 

Now that we are in the midst of catalogue making some fac^s 
concerning the financial part of the last Psi Upsilon catalogue 
will have especial interest. As the Psi Upsilon catalogue of 1879 
exceeded in scope anything published before that time, so does 
the issue of 1 888 surpass all predecessors. The editor elaborated 
his work to such an extent that the book cost over $7,000 and 
the raising of the funds to pay the bill precipitated a crisis in the 
fraternity. Five thousand dollars of the amount had to be paid 


in October, 1888, and to raise this sum the Executive Council 
levied a tax of $11.56 upon each undergraduate Psi Upsilon. 
This drew down the storm, and some of the chapters made an 
attempt to organize in opposition to the assessment, but were un- 
successful, and had to pay their quota. The cost of the catalogue 
exceeded the receipts from sales by $2,086.84. '^wo thousand 
copies were printed. — J T Quartet ly, 

Michigan has made a radical change in its methods of gaining 
recruits. Hereafter, instead of temporary committees for each 
man whose name is presented, we shall have one general com- 
mittee, which shall take charge of all the rushing. We have, be- 
sides the rushing committee, another permanent committee 
called the ** honor" committee, whose duty is to look after the 
interests of Delta Upsilon in the way of offices, athletics, etc. 
What do the other chapters think of the idea ? * * * The 
other fraternities in the University are fairly prosperous. Delta 
Kappa Epsilon has just completed its first year of residence in its 
fine new lodge. Four other societies expect to build expensive 
houses in the near future : Chi Psi, Zeta Psi, Sigma Phi and Beta 
Theta Pi. Delta Upsilon will probably have to rest content with 
its present quarters for several years to come, but is confident of 
having a mansion some day which will * * scoop the rest. '* — Uni- 
versity of Michigan Correspondence in Delta Upsilon Quarterly. 

** We have often made inquiries, endeavoring to ascertain any 
excuse for the existence of Junior societies in Yale, but have 
never succeeded in obtaining any satisfactory reply. Professor 
Hadley tells us that when you have a large investment of capital 
the business must be kept running even if it doesn't pay expenses. 
We take this to be the case with Psi Upsilon and DelU Kappa 
Epsilon. If there were no Junior society halls we don't think it 
would be possible to get the sensible men of the college to estab- 
lish them on their present footing. In fact they are a failure and 
we should like to see them abolished or changed into social clubs 
merely, with commodious quarters always open to members, in 
the place of the dismal barns now in use. What an inspiring 
sight is presented every Tuesday night by a crowd of Juniors 
waiting on and hanging around a few Senior society men with a 
devotion which is an honor to the manliness of the college, while 
the Seniors not in Senior societies are neglected and treated al- 
most with rudeness ! We hear that the Yale chapter of Delta 
Kappa Epsilon is in danger of expulsion from the fraternity, but 
it is not true. A Yale chapter is too good a thing to throw away 
lightly, even if Yale men do hold the other chapters in contempt. 
Delta Kappa Epsilon seems rather worse than Psi Upsilon and it 
is only by some very * shady ' moves that the former could secure 
any good men in '92." — From the Yale Horoscope. 



The Ohio State University will occupy its fine new chemical 
laboratory this September. 

At commencement, the corner stone of the new Y. M, C. A. 
building was laid at Dartmouth. 

The Woostet Collegian and University Voice have been combined 
and will be continued as a weekly. 

The Yale campus is to be adorned with a bronze statue of ex- 
President Woolsey, at a cost of $15,000. 

Ohio University at Athens, opened Tuesday, September 9th, 
with the largest attendance for many years. 

Wooster University is working for a $25,000 Y. M. C. A. 
building, and has raised $6,000 since spring. 

E. E. Sparks, Ohio State University, '84, a JT ^, has been 
made Professor of Pedagogy in Pennsylvania State College. 

By the re-valuation of the Grand Pacific Hotel site, owned by 
Northwestern, the university increases its income nearly $43,000. 

Denison won first place, with O. S. U. and Wooster tied for 
second, in the Ohio Inter-collegiate base ball association. 

Professor Francis H. Snow, who has charge of the department 
of Natural History, has been made Chancellor of Kansas Uni- 

Dr. Daniel Ayer, of Brooklyn, who gave Wesleyan University 
$250,000 last year, has been elected a Trustee, vice John D. 
Slayback, who declined. 

The Oakland Enquirer of June 21, contained an account of 
Univ. of California class-day exercises, with a synopsis of Bro. 
Leslie R. Hewitt's address. 

E. F. Shepard, editor of the New York Mail and Express^ 
made the address before the graduating class at the commence- 
ment of De Pauw University. 

Tulane University has bought the Burnside lot. New Orleans, 
for $45,000 and will erect thereon the High School (preparatory 
department of University) Buildings. 

Judge J. F. Phillips, of Kentucky Alpha, who was the orator 
of the Nashville convention, was honored with the degree of 
LL. D. from Missouri University last commencement. 

The Ohio State University conferred the degree LL. D. upon 
one of Ohio Alpha's sons, and one, by the way, who retains 


warm and tangible interest in the chapter, Alston Ellis, of Ham- 
ilton, Ohio. 

The Lombard Review for June contained a synopsis of all com- 
mencement orations and full accounts of class-day and other ex- 
ercises. On field-day. Phis won all the tennis prizes, and sixteen 
others, making a total of twenty. 

The annual report of the President of the Board of Regents 
of Oregon University, shows an attendance of 273, of whom 
185 were in the collegiate department, 25 in law, 18 in medicine, 
and 45 in music. The President of the University receives a 
salary of $2,500 and five of the professors $2,000 each. 

Work has begun on the new chapel building at Ohio Wesleyan 
University. It will be erected on the site of Elliott Hall, the 
oldest building of the college, which has been moved to another 
part of the grounds. The new building will contain an audito- 
rium seating 2,500, recitation, Y. M. C. A., and literary society 

A Generous Gift. — A Louisiana Gentleman Donates 
$20,000 TO the University of the South. — During Bishop 
Quintard's visit to Nashville the past few days he stated that a 
Louisiana gentleman has given $20,000 towards a university 
building at the University of the South at Sewanee. The sum 
of $40,000 is also at the disposal of the Trustees for new build- 
ings, this sum having been specifically subscribed to this end to 
Mr. McBee, who has been canvassing the Southern States for the 
past two years as the agent of the university seeking to raise an 
endowment fund. It is not yet decided what exact disposition 
will be made of this $60,000. 

On Thursday, April 3d, the corner-stone of the main hall of 
the university was laid at University Park. The ceremonies 
were impressively conducted by ex-Governor Evan, President of 
Board of Trustees. The chief address was delivered by Bro. 
H. W. Warner, D.D., formerly of Mystic Seven fraternity, of 
Middletown, Conn. This building is being rapidly constructed 
and when completed will overlook a pleasant campus of forty 
acres. We expect to occupy our new quarters some lime during 
the ensuing year, feeling confident that this removal will increase 
the number of collegiate students and create a greater enthusiasm 
in all college enterprises. — Denver Univ, Correspondence of Beta 
Theta Pi. 

The glory of the victory which Harvard won over Yale on 
Saturday, May 31st. was sadly dimmed by the shameful conduct 
of a few Harvard students on Saturday night, when they defaced 
the statue of John Harvard, the founder of the university, by 


-covering it with red paint. The statue is of bronze, and was 
erected on the grounds of Memorial Hall in 1884. The pedestal 
was also besmeared with red paint. Probably the statue can be 
cleaned, but it may be necessary to re-place a portion of the 
granite pedestal. The vandals also defaced the entrance to 
Memorial Hall by painting in large red letters more than a foot 
m length, on the sandstone platform in the porch of the hall, 

*' To h with Yale." They also besmeared Appleton Chapel, 

Boylston Hall, Seaver Hall and the library building with the 
figures ** 9 to 8" in red paint. — Beta Theta PL 

The action of Harvard overseers in modifying the course of 
study so that students can obtain their B. A. degree in three 
years' work, has called forth unlimited comment. Standing, as 
the institution does, at the front of the American college system, 
the action can not be without its influence in moulding the policy 
of other institutions. This innovation, however, has failed to 
meet with that approval of educators, as have her many others, 
and the best matured opinion seems to be that the elective and 
liberal pendulum at Harvard has swung to an extreme. It favors 
crowding of college work, though the number of required courses 
has been reduced from eighteen to sixteen. A student can re- 
ceive his diploma whenever he completes his work, whether it be 
commencement or not. Columbia has adopted a plan which 
many think is superior to that of Harvard. The action of both 
was meant to mpet the objection that college men, especially 
those entering the professions, get to work too late in life. At 
Columbia the requirements for a diploma remain as before, but 
any student expecting to enter one of the professional depart- 
ments, can make a part of his studies elective work while yet in 
his college course, so that when he gets his B. A. in four years 
he has shortened his professional course one year. Heretofore 
a student spent four years for his B. A. and three for his M. D. , 
making seven years. Now he spends altogether six years in 
taking the two, though if he took either one alone it would be as 
before — Arts, four years, or Medicines three years. Many con- 
sider the Columbia plan the better. 


The April, June and September numbers of the Theta Delta 
Chi Shield make up three-fourths of what promises to be the 
most successful volume of that magazine, and there is reason to 
believe that No. 4 will follow the example of the numbers before 
us. Mr. Clay W. Holmes, of Elmira, N. Y., is the Editor and 
Publisher. The Shield is paying commendable attention to 
alumni matters, and has in each number given a half tone 
portrait and an extended sketch of one of the Theta Delta Chi 


founders at Union. The numbers average over 1 20 pages each. 
Space has been given liberally to exchange and news notes. In 
the number in which the editor says the Scroll contained little 
general news, we noticed fourteen items verbatim from our col- 
umns, so we were not without some interest to the Shield. There 
is an interesting discussion going on between the two Shields — 
B A X and ^ K ^ — as to which is best entitled to the name, the 
former thinking herself so entitled from the fact that one issue 
was made of a journal of that name by ^ J JT in 1869. The 
world is full of Quarterlies^ Journals^ Heralds, Posts, Advocates, 
Repitblicans and Democrats. There can be, and there are, two 
successful Shields, each with its own mission. We cannot see 
how one has pirated upon the other in either badge or name of 
journal. Outside of Exchange Editors there are few to whom 
the names of both would be known enough to confuse. 

The Chi Phi Quarterly for July (just issued) announces the 
completion of the new catalogue of X 0, said to be a very com- 
plete volume, and continues its article, ** Chi Phi in the Civil 
War." An account of the ** Atlanta Reunion," May 20, 
1890, at which over half a hundred ** Kiffies " were assembled, 
opens the number. Mr. Keith haiS a reply to Brother W. B. 
Palmer's open letter in the April Scroll. The Quarterly prints 
alumni personals immediately after the letter from the chapter to 
which the members belonged, and these added up, make con- 
siderable space given to alumni affairs. 

The Delta Upsilon Quarterly has become interesting, not only 
in news but in illustration, and the August number is an art 
souvenir. The May number pictured Chancellor Snow, of 
Kansas University, life at Delta U. Camp, Lake George, in 
three or four phases. Fraternity Houses and badges worn at 
Hamilton College, — to say nothing of Alumni portraits given in 
the February number. We credit d J X and J T with this in- 
novation in journalism. We are glad to note the several success- 
ful chapter house movements by Delta U. chapters. Houses 
are to be the bulwarks of strength for the chapter of the future, 
and Phi chapters must follow in the steps of those that are now 
getting the "end in sight" for these ^ A S homes. The intro- 
duction of the new Minnesota J T chapter is accompanied by 
an article on the university illustrated with half tones of all the 
college buildings and grounds. There is a commendable collec- 
tion of commencement letters from J T chapters. 

The Rainbow oi A T A, published now at Minneapolis, in its 
last volume contained a number of good things, that had we 
space, should be clipped. Of its ** Vymposiums" the one 
** Fraternity and Morality" was pertinent and good. Its 


editorials have been live ones, and the magazine, on the whole, 
is better managed than it has been for four or five years. Mr. 
W. L. McClurg, the President of the Fraternity, usurped space 
in the April number to criticize some Scroll references to ^ T 
J. He was not pleased that Phi correspondents made other 
than complimentary remarks on rival Delta chapters. He, how- 
ever, accuses ^*0 J B officials" of making *' general assertions" 
that they are unable to substantiate, and calls a halt thereon. 
He bases this on our answer to a Rainbow question in which we 
said J T A announced the chartering of former ^ A B applicants 
in the same Ratnlnnu, Mr. McClurg does not ask us to prove 
this until after he says we cannot do so. However our answer 
stated a concise fact of which the editor of the Scroll, as S. G. 
C. at the time, made the record from the application. We re- 
flected nothing on the applicants or the school, and made an 
answer that savored less of discourtesy than did the question. 
J r J is trying S X^s plan of sending their magazine to every 
alumnus whose proper address she has. 

Among the many good toings that have appeared in the Phi 
Gamma Delia Quarterly, there is none that we should like more 
to quote, than **The Law of Fraternity " in the June number, 
and if possible we shall give it to Scroll readers before the 
year is out. It is an article that will never be stale. 

The Beta Theta Pi resumed monthly publication last year, and 
passed a successful year. The June number presents a fine 
half tone of the Woo^lin chapter house, though we suspected 
trickery of the artist m putting those Beta flags over the house 
in the illustration. However they have floated gaily in the 
breeze 'ere this, and we await the October number for a good 
account of the Convention. 

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We expect to devote space to our exchanges regularly through- 
out the year, and much more satisfactorily than in this number, 
where we have been cramped for space. 



The various chapters that have not yet done so should send 
the name of their newly elected Reporters to us as soon as pos- 
sible, so that the Directory can be made correct in the Decem- 
ber Scroll. 

* * * * * , 

Bro. Palmer's effort to publish a book of collections from the 
Scroll should meet with aid from every chapter. An average 
of six books should be found for each chapter in the Fraternity. 

^m^ ^^* ^^^ ^^^ 

Alumni subscribers in remitting to the Scroll, or sending a 
change of address, would please us greatly if they would write at 
a length that will give us news for a personal note. Items con- 
cerning self or any member of the Fraternity are always wel- 
comed, and will receive their due recognition in our columns. 


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VOL. XV.— OCTOBER, 1890.— NO. i. 

A Sketch of Phi Delta Theta. 


Thb * a e Fraternity was fonnded December 26, 1848, at Miami Uni- 
versity, Oxford, Ohio, by Robert Morrison, '49 ; John McMillan Wilson, 
'49; Robert Thompson Drake, '50; John Wolfe Lindley, '60; Ardivan 
Walker Rodgers, '51 ; and Andrew Watts Rogers, '51. Morrison, who 
is mainly credited with the authorship of " the Bond of the ♦AG" and 
the designing of the badge, was valedictorian of his class, and all of 
the other founders graduated with distinction. A A* and B 9 IT, which 
had been established at Miami previous to 4 A 6, became inactive there 
early in 1848, and remained so until 1852. For over two years the new 
Fraternity had the pick of the University, and a remarkably large num- 
ber of the members secured during this time were men whose careers 
have reflected great honor on their Fraternity and their Alma Mater. 

A spirit of extension seemed to inspire * A 9 from the outset. Before 
its first anniversary it had been established at Indiana University, 
and before the expiration of the second year at Centre College. At the 
beginning of the war the Fraternity had laid the foundation for sub- 
stantial development, but a check was then placed on its expansion. 
At the close of the war the only chapters in active existence were those 
at Indiana University, Centre, Wabash, Butler, and the University of 
Michigan. The latter, established in 1864, and the chapter established 
in 1865 at the University of Chicago were the only chapters organized 
from 1860 to 1868. The work of rebuilding was then commenced al- 
most anew. Since then the rate of extension has been phenomenal, 
and since 1883 ((AG has had a larger list of chapters than any other 

During the first twenty years of its existence the strength of the 
Fraternity lay in the West. The chapter at Centre was the only one 
established in the South before the war that was permanent In 1869 
the Fraternity again turned its attention in a southern direction, and 
granted a charter for a chapter at Roanoke College, in Virginia. From 
that State ^ A 6 was introduced into Greorgia, and thence it spread 
throughout the South. 

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The work of entering Eastern institutions for a long time proceeded 
very slowly. In 1872 a chapter was established at Cornell, and the 
next year one at La&yette, from the latter of which originated other 
Pennsylvania chapters. In 1879 a flank movement was made on the 
East by way of the University of Vermont In 1883 a chapter was 
placed at Union. Not» however, until 1884 — when chapters were oi^gan- 
ized in the College of the City of New York, Colby, Colombia, and 
Dartmouth— did the Fraternity consider its position in the East secared. 
The establishment of chapters at Williams in 1886, Amherst in 1888, 
and Brown in 1889, added much strength to what had already been 
acquired in New England. The Fraternity is now national in extent, 
being established in 27 States. The chapter list follows. Before the 
mime of each chapter is given the year of its establishment If sus- 
pended, the year of suspension is given in parenthesis. The figures 
at the right are the number of members. 

1848. Ohio Alpha, Miami University, Oxford, 180 

1849. Indiana Alpha, Indiana University, Bloomington, 288 

1850. Kentucky Alpha, Centre College, Danville, 268 

1851. Indiana Beta, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, 194 

1852. Ohio Beta Prime, Miami University, Oxford, (1852) 

1852. Ohio Gamma Prime, Wittenbei^ College, Wittenberg 
(1854) 8 

1853. Texas Alpha Prime, Austin College, Sherman, (1857) 7 

1854. Kentucky Beta, Kentucky Military Institute, Farmdale, 
(1856) 52 

1855. Kentucky Qamma Prime, Centre College, Danville, (1855) . • 
1857. Kentucky Gamma, Geoi^getown College, Greoigetown^ 

(1876) 10 

1857. Wisconsin Alpha, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 120 

1859. Wisconsin Beta, Lawrence University, Appleton, (1860) 11 

1859. Illinois Alpha, Northwestern University, Evanston, 47 

1859. Indiana Gamma, Butler University, Irvington, 173 

1860. Ohio Beta, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, 132 
1860. Indiana Delta, Franklin College, Franklin, 157 
1860. Indiana Epsilon, Hanover College, Hanover, 105 

1864. Michigan Alpha, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 56 

1865. Illinois Beta, University of Chicago, Chicago, (1870) 31 
1868. Indiana Zeta, De Pauw University, Greencastle, 141 

1868. Ohio Gamma, Ohio University, Athens, 111 
1860. Viiiginia Alpha, Roanoke €)oll^e, Salem, 120 

1869. Indiana Eta, Indiana State Normal School, Terre Haute, 
(1872) 13 

1870. Missouri Alpha, Missouri University, Columbia, 170 

1871. Illinois Gamma, Monmouth College, Monmouth, (1884) 72 
1871. Illinois Delta, Knox College, Galesbniig, 109 


1871. Geoigia Alpha Primes Oglethorpe Univeraityy Atlanta, 

(1873) 12 

1871. Georgia Alpha, UniverBity of Geoigia, Athens, 187 

1871. Georgia Beta, Emory College, Oxford, 189 

1871. Iowa Alpha, Iowa Wesleyan University, Mt Pleasant, 112 

1872. Georgia Gamma, Meroer University, Maoon, 148 
1872. Ohio Delta, University of Woo6ter,WooBter, 140 

1872. New York Alpha, Cornell University, Ithaca. 82 

1873. Pennsylvania Alpha, Lafayette College, Easton, 126 
1873. California Alpha, University of California, Berkeley, 76 
1873. Michigan Beta, Michigan State College, Agricaltaral Col- 
lege, 135 

1873. Virginia Beta, University of Vii^ginia, Albemarle County, 125 

1874. Virginia Gamma, Randolph Maoon College, Ashland, 54 

1875. Ohio Epsilon, Buchtel Collie, Akron, 73 
1875. Nebraska Alpha, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 37 
1875. Virginia Delta, Richmond College, Richmond, 67 
1875. Pennsylvania Beta, Pennsylvania College, Gettjrsbui^, 85 

1875. Pennsylvania Gamma, Washington and Jefferson College, 
Washington, 94 

1876. Tennessee Alpha, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 192 

1876. Missouri Beta Prime, Central College, Fayette, (1878) 10 

1877. Mississippi Alpha, University of Mississippi, Oxford, 116 

1877. Alabama Alpha, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 131 

1878. Virginia Epsilon, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, 
(1889) 89 

1878. Texas Alpha, Trinity University, Tehuacana, (1883), 47 
1878. Illinois Epsilon, Illinois Wesleyan University, Blooming- 
ton, 99 
1878. North Carolina Alpha, Trinity College, Durham, (1879) 25 

1878. Illinois Zeta, Lombard University, Galesburg, 160 

1879. Alabama Beta, Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, 136 
1879. South Carolina Alpha, Wofford College, Spartanburg, 

(1884) 89 

1879. Pennsylvania Delta, Allegheny College, Meadville, 84 

1879. Vermont Alpha, University of Vermont, Burlington, 102 

1880. Pennsylvania Epsilon, Dickinson College, Carlisle, 66 

1880. Missouri Beta, Westminster College, Fulton, 63 

1881. Minnesota Alpha, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 
(1889) 48 

1882. Iowa Beta, State University of Iowa, Iowa City, 62 
1882. South Carolina Beta, University of South Carolina, Co- 
lumbia, 85 

1882. Kansas Alpha, University of Kansas, Lawrence, 58 

1882. Michi|9ui Gamma, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, 71 


1883. Tennessee Beta, UniverBity of the South, Sewanee, 73 
1883. Texas Beta, University of Texas, Austin, 67 
1883. Ohio Zeta, Ohio State University, Columbus, 52 
1883. Pennsylvania Zeta, University of Pennsylvania, Philadel- 
phia, 83 

1883. New York Beta, Union College, Schenectady, 41 

1884. New York Gamma, CoUegp of the City of New York, New 
York, 64 

1884. Maine Alpha, Colby University, Waterville, 67 
1884. New York Delta, Columbia College, New York, 33 
1884. New Hampshire Alpha, Dartmouth College, Hanover, 67 
1886. North Carolina Beta, University of North Carolina, Chap- 
el Hill, 26 
1886. Kentucky Delta, Central University, Richmond, 30 
1886. Massachusetts Alpha, Williams College, Williamstown, 39 

1886. Texas Qamma, Southwestern University, Georgetown, 29 

1887. New York Epsilon, Syracuse University, Syracuse, 61 
1887. Virginia Zeta, Washington and Lee University, Lexing- 
ton, 16 

1887. Alabama Gamma, Southern University, Greensboro, 66 

1887. Pennsylvania Eta, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, 40 

1888. MassachusettsBeta,Amher8t College, Amherst, 46 

1889. Rhode Island Alpha, Brown University, Providence, 36 
1889. Louisiana Alpha, Tulane University of Louisiana, New 

Orleans, 16 

Active chapters, 66; inactive, 17 ; membership, 6,761. 
The Fraternity was oiiganized in Wilson's room, in Washington Hall. 
Though looked upon with &vor by the Miami faculty, the early mem- 
bers thought they could best accomplish their objects by remaining 
tub ro9a. Meetings were usually held in the rooms of members, but the 
members became so numerous that they could not all assemble secretly 
in any room that was available. Some of them, therefore, petitioned 
for a charter for a second chapter in Miami, and the petition was 
granted in April, 1862. At commencement in 1852 the members de- 
cided to make the Fraternity's existence publicly known in the Uni- 
versity, and began wearing badges openly. The charter of the second 
chapter was resigned in November, 1862, the reason for a separation no 
longer existing. The graduation of members in '57 and the &ilure of 
others to return, weakened the chapter, and it suspended in the £Edl. 
It was revived in the &11 of 1866, and flourished until the spring of 
1873, when the university closed. The chapter was reorganized in the 
&11 of 1886, a few weeks after the re-opening of the institution, and 
was the first chapter of any Fraternity on the ground after that event 
Indiana Alpha, which was established in 1849, was for some years 
without rivals, the chapter of B e n which preceded it there having 


become inactive. Thoagh not antagonized by the fiEunilty, it, like the 
parent chapter, cfaoee to remain mh mm^ and it did not publicly an- 
nounoe its existence ontil 1854. Daring a part of 1871-72 the chapter 
was redaoed to one member. Kentucky Alph% which was established 
at Centre College in 1850, became so laiqge that, following the example 
of the parent chapter, it decided to divide. A charter for a second 
chapter in the college was granted in Febroary, 1855, but the experi- 
ment not being found for the best, the charter was surrendered five 
months later. The members of the second chapters at Miami and 
Centre affiliated again with their original chapters. In no other Fra- 
ternity has there been an instance of dual chapters in the same institu- 

The isolated chapter established in Texas in 1853 suspended in a 
year or two. It was reorganized in 1857, but remained active only a 
few months. Wisconsin Alpha was the first chapter established in 
the University of Wisconsin. It was broken up by its members en- 
listing in the army, and Illinois Alpha and Indiana Delta were dis- 
solved in the same way. Indiana Delta was re-established in 1860 and 
Wisconsin Alpha in 1880. An unsuccessful attempt to reorganize Illi- 
nois Alpha was made in 1881-82, and the chapter was finally restored in 
1887. Ohio Beta suspended the next year after its organization, was re- 
vived in 1871, suspended again in 1877, and was revived again two yean 
later. Indiana Epeilon existed probably only a few months after its 
organization in 1880. It was newly chartered in 1868. Michigan 
Alpha disbanded in 1869. Attempts to reorganize it in 1878 and 1880 
failed, but were suocessfhl in 1887. Illinois Beta suspended in 1870, 
and Chicago University, in which it was established, suspended in 1886. 
Indiana Zeta returned its charter in 1872, was reorganized for a few 
months only in 1875, and was re-organized again in 1880. The charter 
of Indiana Eta was withdrawn in 1872. Georgia Alpha Prime died on 
aooount of the closing of Oglethorpe. Ohio Delta disbanded in 1880, 
and was re-established the following year. New York Alpha suspend* 
ed in 1876, and was reorganized ten years later. California Alpha sus- 
pended in 1877,and was reorganized in 1886. South Carolina Alphadied 
in 1884. The attendant members of Minnesota Alpha were expelled in 
1888 fbr actions the Fraternity considered treasonable. A chapter was 
established at Lehi(^ in 1876, but it disbanded the following year. It 
was rechartered as Pennsylvania Eta in 1887. In previous publica- 
tions of the list of chapters it has appeared that a chapter was estab- 
lished at Cumberland Uruvezsity in 1852, and one at Illinois College in 
1863, but historical research has shown that charters for such chapters 
were not granted. 

♦ AO has many times come in contact with laws prohibiting te- 
temities. Indiana Beta was compelled to find means of drcnm- 
venting a watchftd faculty until 1862 or 1863. Kentucky Beta, 


established at Eentacky MUitary Institate in 1854, died in 1856 
on account of fiu;alty opposition. A number of members were 
initiated there between 1882 and 1884, but a renewal of the char- 
ter was refused in the latter year. The charter of Kentucky Gam- 
ma was withdrawn in the same year of its establishment, because 
the hostile attitude of the fitculty had prevented its success. It was 
rechartered in 1875, but suspended again for the same reason. Wis- 
consin Beta and Missouri Beta Prime were never able to overcome 
&culty opposition, and succumbed. On account of anti-fraternity laws 
Missouri Alpha was mh roaa from 1881 to 1884, Greoigia Alpha from 1875 
to 1878, and Alabama Beta from 1881 to 1883. Illinois Gamma labored 
under the disadvantages of faculty opposition seven years, and Texas 
Alpha two years, before surrendering. Illinois Delta suspended in 
1878 on account of anti-fraternity laws. These having been repealed, 
the chapter was revived in 1880. It suspended again in 1881, and was 
revived again in 1884. Nebraska Alpha, which was the pioneer chapter 
of the University of Nebraska, found neither faculty nor students fi&vor- 
able to fraternities, and suspended in 1876. It was revived in 1883. Ten- 
nessee Alpha was not fi&irly organized until 1 877. It was the first chapter 
established at Yanderbilt, and the repeal of the anti-fraternity laws 
there in 1883 was largely due to its influence. In 1877, shortly after 
the organizatio4 of Alabama Alpha, it was forced to suspend on ac- 
count of hostile legislation. It was revived tub roaa in 1884, and the 
anti-fraternity laws were repealed in 1885. The charter of Virginia 
£psilon was withdrawn in 1889, the enactment of anti-fraternity laws 
having made its existence impossible. North Carolina Alpha was over- 
powered by the inhibition placed on fraternities. The chapters that 
have not been especially mentioned have enjoyed almost uninterrupt- 
ed prosperity. 

Illinois Zeta was formed in 1878 by the initiation of the parent 
chapter of the ^ 2 League at Lombard, which was the only chapter of 
the League then in existence. The attendant members of Kentucky 
Alpha graduated in 1870, but the chapter was continued by the absorp- 
tion, in the fi&U, of the Centre Chapter of A K, which was the last act- 
ive chapter of that Fraternity. In 1885 the active members of the 
W. W. W. or Rainbow Chapter at the University of Texas were in- 
nitiated in Texas Beta, and Texas Gamma was formed by the initia- 
tion of the Southwestern Chapter of W. W. W. Both of these 
chapters had refiised to accept the conditions which had been accept- 
ed by the other W. W. W. chapters in joining ATA. During 1886-7 the 
Grand Chapter of K 2 K, at Washington and Lee University, withdrew 
the charter of the chapter at Louisiana State University; then the 
other active chapters of the Fraternity at Randolph Maoon, Richmond, 
Virginia Military Institute, and Washington and Lee joined 4 A 0, 
strengthening Virginia Gamma, Virginia DAta, and Vitig^nia Epsilon, 


and establishing Virginia Zeta. Before their entrance to 4 A 0, Maine 
Alpha had existed as ''Logania," New York Epsilon as Si", Rhode 
Island Alpha as Z P, and Louisiana Alpha as ** Incognito." 

Tennessee Beta in 1884, the next year after its establishment, built 
the first chapter house ever erected in the South. It is Queen Anne in 
design, contains two rooms, and cost 11^600. It stands on a large lot 
leased for a long term of years from the university. Wisconsin Alpha, 
New York Alpha, California Alpha, Pennsylvania Zeta, Massachusetts 
Alpha, Pennsylvania Eta, and Massachusetts Beta occupy rented houses 
which are used for living as well as meeting purposes. Greorgia Beta 
and Tennessee Alpha have lots on which they propose to build, and a 
number of chapters have started building funds. In 1889 steps were 
taken looking to the erection at Miami of a fire-proof building, to be 
used as a lodge by Ohio Alpha, and as a place for preserving the Frater- 
temity's archives. 

* The General Conventions (since 1873 called National Conventions) of 
the Fraternity have been held as follows: 1851, Cincinnati, Ohio; 1856, 
Cincinnati, Ohio ; 1857, Danville, Ky. ; 1858, Bloomington, Ind. ; 1860, 
Danville, Ky.; 1864, Bloomington, Ind.; 1868, Indianapolis, Ind.; 1869, 
Chicago, 111. ; 1870, Oxfbrd, Ohio ; 1871, Indianapolis, Ind. ; 1872, Dan- 
ville, Ky. ; 1873, Athens, Ohio ; 1874, Crawfordsville, Ind. ; 1875, Dan.* 
ville, Ky. ; 1876, Philadelphia, Pa. ; 1878, Wooster, Ohio ; 1880, Indian* 
apolisj Ind. ; 1882, Richmond, Ya. ; 1884, Nashville, Tenn. ; 1886, New 
York, N. Y. ; 1889, Bloomington, 111. The next will meet in Atlanta, 
Ga., in 1891.. Since 1873 the representation of chapters in the conven* 
tion has been full, owing to the adoption of a provision for per capiia 
assessments on active members to meet the expenses of delegates, 
whereby each chapter, whether near to or remote from the place of 
meeting, pays the same amount in proportion to membership. 

The primitive plan of government provided that the Grand Alpha, 
or parent chapter, should have the right to issue charters to other 
chapters in Ohio, and to the first chapter in each other State, which 
in turn became the State Grand Chapter, and could charter other 
chapters in its State. The Grand Alpha, subsequently called the 
National Grand Chapter, was the Miami Chapter until 1858, the 
Indiana University Chapter from 1858 to 1860, the Centre Chapter 
from 1860 to 1868, the Chicago Chapter from 1868 to 1869, the Miami 
chapter again from 1869 to 1873, the Wooster chapter from 1873 to 1878, 
the IiifiEiyette chapter from 1878 to 1880. In 1876 the powers of the 
State Grand Chapters were revoked, and authority to grant charters 
vested in the National Gh!and Chapter and an Executive Conmiittee 
consisting of a GTandiBanker,a Secretary, and one member chosen by 
the National Grand. In 1878 the Executive Committee was enlarged 
to four members by the addition of a President. In 1680 the National 
Grand was abolished and the Executive Committee was changed to a 


General Gooncily oomposed of a President, Secfetary, TreMorer, and 
Historian. At the same time the Fratemitj was divided into prov- 
inces, each to have a President chosen by the General Council. Ahatwi 
members have in nearly all instances been selected as members of the 
Ezecative Committee and General GoancU,anda8 province presidents. 
The present form of government was a giadnal growth, and since its 
perfection it has worked with excellent results. 

The first convention in 1851 authorized the organiiation of a higher 
order to be known as "The Society of the «Ae/' in distinction from 
" The 4 A e Society." The former, composed of olufTtni chosen from the 
latter, should meet annually with public literary exeroises, and should 
have the power of granting charters and of general supervision. Two 
annual meetings were held in Oxford, Ohio, where public addresses 
were made by distinguished members, but after 1853 the plan was 
abandoned on account of the then scarcity of alumm. The first alumni 
chapter was oi^ganized at Franklin, Ind., in 1876, and other alumni 
chapters have been organized as follows: 1878, Richmond, Va.; 1879, 
Indianapolis, Ind.; 1880, Louisville, Ky.; 1880, Baltimore, Md.; 1880, 
Montgomery, Ala.; 1881, COiicago, HI; 1881, Nashville, Tenn.; 1881, 
Galesburg, III ; 1881, Cincinnati, Ohio ; 1884, Washmgton, D. C. ; 1884, 
Columbus, Ga. ; 1884, Akron, Ohio ; 1884, New Toric, N. Y. ; 1885, Ean- 
BBS City, Mo.; 1885, Minneapolis, Minn.; 1886, San Francisco, Cal.; 
1886, Atlanta, Ga.; 1887, Pittsbuiig, Pa.; 1888, Philadelphia, Pa.; 1888| 
8t Fftul, Minn.; 1888, Los Angeles, Cal.; 1888, Behna, Ala. These 
chapters have the privilege of sending delegates to the conventions, but 
not of making initiations. The convention of 1889 fixed the third 
Wednesday in February as alumni day. On that day each year all 
alumni chapters are required to meet aiid discuss topics of Fraternity 
interest chosen by the General Council. 

In 1865 a reunion of Indiana Phis was held in Indianapolis, and in 
1878 the Indiana 4 A Association was formed. It is the oldest State 
association of any fraternity. Since then the Phis in other States have 
formed associations, and since 1880 province associations have been 
oi^ganized. These associations meet, some annually and some bienni- 

In 1881 the « A 6 Fhttemity was incorporated under the State laws 
of Ohio. 

Five editions of the Fraternity catalogue have been issued as fol- 
lows: 1860, Louisville, Ey., 8vo, pp. 15, 202 names; 1870, C^ndimati, 
Ohio, 8vo, pp. 22, 556 names ; 1872, Cincinnati, Ohio, 8vo, pp. 99, 925 
names ; 1878, Indianapolis, Ind., 8vo, pp. 172, 1,929 names ; 1888, Nash- 
ville, Tenn., Royal 8vo, pp. 230, 8,460 names. The first three editions 
bear the words ** sub roea." The last edition is modeled on the most 
approved plan, and contains some unique foatores. A new edition is 
now in press in New York. 


Three editions of the Fraternity song book have been issaed as fol- 
lows : 1876, Marion, Ohio, 8vo, pp. 56, 53 songs; 1882, Indianapolis, Ind., 
8vo, pp. 50, 63 songs ; 1886, New York, N. Y., Royal 8vo, pp. 64, 108 songs, 
of which 14 ore set to original music. Five pieces of sheet music in- 
scribed to the Fraternity have been published as follows : 1874, San Fran- 
cisco, CaL, "The Phi Delta Theta March," pp. 7 ; 1874, Cincinnati, Ohio, 
" Phi Delta Theta March," pp. 4 ; 1875, St. Paul, Minn., " Phi Delta Theta 
March," pp. 3 ; 1875, Marion, Ohio, " The Onondaga Waltz," pp. 4 ; 1876 
Marion, Ohio, ^ Grand March of a Hundred Years," pp. 4. Among the 
other publications of the Fraternity is " A Manual of Phi Delta Theta,*' 
1886, Nashville, Tenn., 16 mo., pp. 56. It is the first book of the kind 
pubhshed by any fraternity. A history of the Fraternity is now in 

The Fraternity journal, called The ScroU of Phi DeUa Thda, was first 
issued in January, 1875. During 1875 and 1876 it was a quarterly 
magazine published at Indianapolis, Ind. During 187&-8 it was sus- 
pended. In 1878 it was revived as a monthly paper at Franklin, Ind., 
and in the same year it was removed to Gettysbuig, Pa. In 1880 it 
was changed to magazine form again. In 1882 it was removed to 
Maysville, Ky. ; in 1883 to Nashville, Tenn. ; in 1884 to New York, N. 
Y. ; and in 1889, when it was changed to a bi-monthly, to Columbus, 
Ohio. The numbers now average 100 pages each. Until 1884 the ScroU 
was a mb rosa periodical, but since then any person has been allowed 
to subscribe. In 1886 a history of the periodical, with complete in- 
dexes of the first ten volumes, was published. 

The badge, consisting of a shield with a scroll bearing the letters 
« «Ae " in the lower part of the field, and a radiated eye in the upper 
part, was adopted in 1849. In 1866 an addition to it was made, con- 
sisting of a sword attached to the shield by a chain. The combination 
of the two weapons makes the badge even at a distance entirely dis- 
similar to all others. The Fraternity's coat of arms, adopted at the 
same time the sword was added to the badge, consists of the badge, a 
scroll, a plumed helmet with closed visor, two heads of wheat, two ser- 
pents, two javelins, and a parchment partially concealed bearing '' 4f " 
on one end and " tceia " on the other, all emblazoned as seen in en- 
gravings. In 1871 the colors white and blue were chosen. The open 
motto, adopted in 1880, is " Elf ovr)/), ovSkig ai^p** which is liberally inter- 
preted, " We enjoy life by the help and society of others." The banner 
of the Fraternity, first used in 1884, is triangular in shape, with equal 
sides, the body being of blue, the dependent sides bordered with white 
and bearing " * " above at the left, "A" below, " e " above at the right, 
and " 1848 " in the middle. In 1890 the province composed of the Ohio, 
Indiana, and Michigan Chapters adopted the carnation as the flower of 
the province, and recommended its adoption as the Fraternity flower. 
Pennsylvania Delta in 1890 originated the following yell, and recom- 


mended its adoption by tlie Fraternity : <'Bahl Bah! Rah I Phi-kei-«, 
Phi Delta Theta, Rah I Rah! Rahl" 

Phi Delta Theta's list of distinguished membera is not as laige as it 
would have been had not the war interrupted the growth of the Fra- 
ternity. The number of initiates in classes previous to 70 is only 492. 
However, the following incomplete list is long enough to show that 
many of the members occupy places of great responsibility and trust 
All who are named received regular initiation, and not honorary elec- 

President Bex\jamin Harrison. Ex Postmaster-general and ez-Seo- 
retary of the Interior, W. F. Vilas. Ex First Assistant Postmaster- 
general, A. E. Stevenson. United States Senators J. 0. S. Blackburn, of 
Kentucky, and J. B. Allen, of Washington. Ex United States Senator, 
Benjamin Harrison, of Indiana. Congressmen J. A. Anderson, of 
Kansas, and E. H. Conger, of Iowa. Ex-Congressmen, A. E. Stevenson, 
of Illinois; T. B. Ward, of Indiana; J. C. Sherwin, of Illinois; A. H. 
Hamilton, of Indiana; J. C. S. Blackburn, of Kentucky; and J. F. 
Philips, of Missouri. J. W. Foster, ex-Minister to Mexico, Russia, and 
Spain. T. J. Morgan, Commissioner of Indian Affidrs. J. C. Black, 
ex-Commissioner of Pensions. Governor A. C. Mellette, of South Da- 
kota. J. W. Fieghan, Speaker Washington House of Representatives. 
E. H. Conger, ex-Treasurer of Iowa. J. J. Hawkins, Auditor of Arizo- 
na. W. E. Spencer, Chief Clerk United States Senate. J.C.Robinson, 
Journal Clerk United States House of Representatives. M. B. Bailey, 
Chief of Law Department Pension Bureau. 

CoLLBQB Pbofbbbobs: Dr. W. B. Yonce, of Roanoke; J. C. Miller, 
D. C. Brown, T. M. Iden, and H. T. Miller, of Butter; Dr. J. V. Lo- 
gan, President, and C. G. Crooks, of Central University; C. C. Brown, 
of Union; W. F. Vilas, D. E. Spencer, and F. A. Parker, of Univeraity 
of Wisconsin; W. D. Shipman, of Buchtel; Dr. W. T. Stott, President, 
and C. H. Hall, J. W. Moncrief, D. A. Owen, A. B. Chaffee, and C. £. 
Goddell, of Franklin ; J. T. McFarland, President Iowa Wesleyan ; C. 0. 
Cody and Dr. M. Callaway, Jr., of Southwestern; W. A. Keener, of Co- 
lumbia Law School ; D. D. Banta, Dean Indiana University Law School ; 
L. H. Bailey and W. M. Munson, of Cornell; Dr. Waller Deering and 
John Daniel, of Vanderbilt ; V. J. Emery and H. R Fulmer, of Uni- 
versity of Nebraska ; C. G. McMillan, of University of Minnesota ; L. S. 
Hurlburt, of University of South Dakota ; J. H. Moss, of William and 
Mary; C. B. Wright, of Middlebury; R. M. Searcy, of University of 
Viiiginia; A. S. Hunter, of Hanover; S. B. Christy, A^ W. Jackson, and 
W. C. Jones,of University of California; R.D. Bohannan, of Ohio State 
University ; W. C. McClelland, of Washington and Jefferson ; H. Pen- 
dleton, of Tufts ; R. E. Lyons, of Indiana University ; Andrew Stephen- 
son, of Upper Iowa University; W. W. dendenin, of Missouri Univer- 
sity; L. G. Weld and C. S. Al^wan, of State University of Iowa; W. 


H. Magrader, of Loaisiana State University ; C. C. Franklin and V. L. 
Kellogg, of University of Kansas; W. M. Stine, of Ohio University; 
W. F. Watson, of Fannan; W. L. Simpson, A. B. Cordley, N. S, 
Mayo, and W. F. Dorand, of Michigan Agricoltnral ; R R. Lake, of Or« 
egon Agricultural; 0. L. Newman, President North Alabama Agricult- 
nial; Howard Sandison, of Indiana State Normal; J. L. Armstrong, of 
Trinity (N. C.) ; F. £. Miller, of Carlton (Mmn.) ; Dr. Hinton Oallaway, 
President Marvin (Ky.); 6. E. Whitehill, Cornell (Iowa); J. B. Fox, of 
Newberry (S. C.) ; Dr. A. I. Hobbs, of Drake (Iowa) ; C. S. Parmenter, 
of Baker (Kan.) ; Dr. Holmes D3rsinger, President Carthage (IlL) ; Dr. 
W. H. Wynn, Premdent Midland (Kan.) ; J. P. McMillan, President 
Alexander (Ky.) ; Jc^hn Montgomery, President Caldwell (Female) Col- 
lege (Ky.) ; La Fayette Walker, President Oxford (Ohio) Female Col- 
lege; Dr. Alston Ellis, President and Lecturer Ohio Teachers' Associa- 

Clerotmbn: Dr. J. M. Worrall and Moulton De Forest, of New York ; 
Dr. G. F. Stelling, of Omaha; W. G. Ballentine, of Oberlin Theological 
Seminary ; Dr. W. G. Craig, of Theological Seminary of the North-west ; 

E. 8. Wilson, of Seabury Divinity School ; Dr. J. W. Lewis, of St Louis ; 
Dr. E. 0. Guerrant, of Louisville ; Dr. J. S. Jenckes and R. V. Hunter, 
of Indianapolis; Dr. E. P. Shields, of Bristol, Pa.; David Utter, A. W. 
Little, and Prof. David Swing, of Chicago; Dr. H. C. Mabie, Secretary 
Baptist Foreign Missionary Society; H. H. Weber, Secretary Board of 
Church Extension, and M. F. Troxell, Secretary Board of Education, 
Evangelical Lutheran Church ; T. McN. Simpson, of Lynchbui^, Va. ; 
Robert Morrison, of Aurora Springs, Mo. ; E. P. Little, of Lancaster, N. 
H.; A. W. Little, of Portland, Maine; R. T. Savin, of Wichita, Kan.; C. 
M. Beckwith, of Atlanta, Ga. ; a^d J. S. Bitler, of Ohio. 

Judgbb: W. a. Woods, of Indiana Supreme Court and United States 
District Court; B. K. Elliott, Chief-justice Indiana Supreme Court; J. 

F. Philips, of Missouri Supreme Court; W. B. Fleming, ex-Chief-justice 
New Mexico Supreme Court; Norman Buck, of Idaho Supreme Court; 
D. D. Banta, J. V. Hadley, A. C. Ayers, W.'P. Edson, J. C. Robinson, 
and G. W. Grubbs, of Indiana Circuit Court; J. D. Hunt, of Kentucky 
Circuit Court; A. P. Humphrey and J. G. Simrall, of Kentucky Chan- 
eery Court; L. B. Hightower and T. M. Paschal, of Texas District 
Court; R. B. Spillman, of Kansas District Court; William Thomson, 
of Iowa District Court ; S. P. McConnell, Gwynn Gamett, and C. C. 
Kohlsaat, of Illinois Circuit Court 

Lawysbs: J. L. Mitchell, J. B. Elam, J. S. Duncan, and A. C. ELar^ 
ris, of Indianapolis; L. W. Billingsley and G. M. Lambertson, of 
Lincoln, Neb.; A. T. McKinney, of Huntsville, Texas; A. W. Rogers, 
of Warrensbuig, Mo.; J. Z. Moore, of Owensboro, Ky.; J. M. McCoy, 
of Dallas, Tex. ; W. L. Dulaney, of Bowling Green, Ky. ; T. W. Bullitt 
and Thomas Speed, of Louisville ; Enmiett Tompkins and Cjrrus Huling, 


of Columbug, 0.; W. P. Black and A. D. Baldwin, of Chicago; R. E. 
Morris, of Quincy,Ill. ; Thomas Williams, of Pittsburg; J. H. Dortch, 
of Somerville, Tenn.; A. A. Steams, of Cleveland, O.; L. H. De- 
Friese, D. R. Horton, and David Homphreys, of New York City; 
W. H. Chamberlain and J. N. E. Wilson, of San Frandsco; W. W. 
Qoarles, of Selma, Ala.; E. T. Merrick, Jr., of New Orleans; Elam 
Fisher, of Eaton, O. ; Ransford Smith, of Ogden, Utah ; L. W. Ross 
of Council Blu£&, la. ; J. M. Barrs and D. U. Fletcher, of Jaduon- 
ville, Fla. ; V. C. Lowry, of Logan, Ohio. 

PHYSiaANs: J. K. Boude and T. C. Donnell, of the Pension Office ; L. 
8.McMurtry, of Louisville Medical College; W. W. Butterfield, of In- 
dianapolis College of Physicians and Surgeons ; A.* L. Clark, President 
Bennett Medical College ; F. W. Parham,of Medical Department, Tnlane 
University of Louisiana; J. E. Hayes, of Louisville, of Hospital Col- 
lege of Medicine ; R. A. Wright, Surgeon Alabama Insane Asylum ; J. 
L. Watkins, of Medical Department, Vanderbilt University ; W. W. 
Hale, of Des Moines College of Physicians and Surgeons ; A. C. Rogers, 
President Minnesota School for Feeble Minded ; A. B. Thrasher, Pres- 
ident Cincinnati Polyclinic ; E. F. Pitman, of Dartmouth Medical Col- 
lege; J. E. .Brown, of Columbus Medical College. 

Journalists : Eugene Field, of Chicago Neivs; W. 0. Bates, of St 
Paul PUmeer-Prm ; W. C. Ball, of Terre Haute GasetU; 8. J. Flick- 
inger,. of OJdo State Journal and Columbus political correspondent 
Cincinnati Enquirer; F. S. Gray, of Chicago Interior; H. U. Brown, 
of Indianapolis Neius; E. A. Slack, of Cheyenne Sun; H. V. N. Boyn- 
ton, Washington correspondent Cincinnati Commercial Gazette; G. H. 
Armistead ("Armiel"),of Nashville Herald; G. H. Apperson, Washing- 
ton correspondent St. Louis Globe-Democrat; William Finley, of Louis- 
ville Post; W. R. Worrall, of New York MaU and Express; C. W. 
Baker and M. N. Baker, of New York Engineering News; R. G. Mitch- 
ell, of Duluth Tribune; C. V. Van Anda and John R. Spears, of New 
York Sun; S. D. Fry, Washington correspondent of Western papers; 
M. N, Richardson, of Dat^enport Democrat; J. H. Davis, of Natchez 
Banner; C. L. Goodwin, of Los Angeles Express. 

Printed by the Publishing House of the M. E. Church, South, Nashville, Tenn. 
Presented by the author to subscribers to the SeroU. 

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WII.l.lAMs LOLl.Edt; VIHWS. 


Vol. XV. DECEMBER, 1890. No. 2. 


The third biennial Convention of Alpha Province was held 
October 30 and 31, with the New York Alpha Chapter at Cornell 
University, Ithaca, N. Y. The date originally set for the Con- 
vention was some two weeks earlier, but, owing to the incom- 
plete condition of the Cornell Chapter's new house, it was post- 
poned until the time named above. And, as events proved, a 
more opportune date could not have been chosen. On Wednes- 
day afternoon, October 29, the delegates began to arrive. That 
same afternoon the workmen put the final touches to the first 
floor of the new house containing the large reception, reading 
and smoking rooms in which the sessions of the Convention 
were held, and that evening the gas was turned on for the first 
time, and a house warming and initiation took place which will 
not soon be forgotten by any of the participants. The visiting 
Phi's will always remember it as one of the red letter nights. of 
their fraternity experience, while the three brothers, Messrs. R. 
V. Jones, John Hickey and W. H. Hapgood, whose eyes were 
that night opened to the light of Grecian culture, will always be 
able to speak knowingly and feelingly of the merits of our 
splendid new ritual. 

And now, before the convention itself is touched upon, just a 
word or two descriptive of the new house. It stands just at the 
top of Ithaca's great hill, and only a few rods from the university 
grounds, and from the piazza, which extends across the front and 
part of one side, a splendid view can be obtained of the valley 
below and the surrounding country. From the street it presents 
the appearance of a modest but very pleasant three story and 
basement frame building painted in brownish-red, and with a 
most comfortable looking piazza on two sides. Near the front 


door a small stained glass window proclaims by day and by 
night, to Greek and barbarian, that A makes its home 

On entering, one is immediately struck by the perfect adapta- 
tion of the rooms to the purpose, and their tasteful and homelike 
decorations and furnishings. And it should be said right here, 
that the interior arrangements are after plans prepared by Bro. 
B. F. Hurd, of N. Y. Alpha, '91. The basement is devoted to 
the dining room, kitchen and janitor's apartments. The first 
floor is divided longitudinally by a hall. On the left as one enters 
are the general meeting or sittmg room, as it might be called, 
and the smoking room connected by large folding doors. These 
two rooms when thrown together make a large audience room, 
in which both the sessions of the convention and the banquet 
were held. They are trimmed in oak, the ceiling even being 
entirely of polished oak. The floor is of hard wood and covered 
with rugs, while all the draperies, portieres and furniture, includ- 
ing piano, have been chosen with a view to the general harmony. 
Across the hall are a small, carpeted reception room and a 
library, reading and working room. The two upper stories are 
arranged in suites, each of study and sleeping rooms, and fur- 
nish accommodations for nineteen men. 

This is a rough outline of the home in which N. Y. Alpha is 
domiciled, and in which they received the convention, and 
every one who attended the convention and enjoyed the hospi- 
tality of the Chapter, will agree with the writer that the home is 
not one whit too good for the Chapter. 

The convention was called to order Thurisday morning at 
eleven o'clock by the new Province President, B. S. Orcutt (vice 
Dr. G. W. Roberts, resigned). - A temporary organization was 
effected by the election of Chas. H. Wheeler, of N. Y. Epsilon, 
as Secretary. A committee on credentials was appointed, and 
after a brief recess they reported delegates present from Colby, 
Dartmouth, University of Vermont, Brown, Amherst, Union, 
Syracuse, Cornell, Lafayette, University of Pennsylvania, 
Allegheny, Pennsylvania College and Lehigh. Committees on 
Permanent Organization and on Order of Business were then 
appointed, after which the Convention adjourned until 2:30 in 
the afternoon, and the delegates, together with a large number of 
Phi's who had come simply as visitors, made a tour of inspection 
of the university grounds and buildings. 

At the afternoon session the Committee on Permanent Or- 
ganization reported a list of offlcers, which was adopted by the 
convention. The minutes of the proceedings are in the posses- 
sion of the Secretary, and the writer, unfortunately, is not able, 
from memory, to give a full list of the officers or to name the 
make up of committees. A partial list of officers chosen is as 


follows : B. S. Orcutt, President ; F. G. Gardner, N. Y. Alpha, 
First Vice President; Chas. H. Wheeler, N. Y. Epsilon, Secre- 
tary ; S. R. Fleet, Mass. Beta, Treasurer.. The Committee on 
Order of Busmess made its report outlining the work before the 

Inasmuch as a Province Convention has no powers of legisla- 
tion, its function becomes one merely of debate and exchange 
of views, and the remainder of the Thursday afternoon session 
and both Friday sessions were given up to the discussion of 
matters of interest to the Fraternity and to the Province. The 
question of affiliating members who might come from one chapter 
to another, gave rise to lengthy discussion, which resulted in 
the passage of a resolution that will be presented to the next 
general convention, asking that the constitution be so amended 
as to allow chapters the power to refuse to affiliate any member 
of another chapter upon the objection of one-fourth the mem- 
bers of the chapter to which the would-be affiliate desires admis- 

Another matter which will probably be brought to the atten- 
tion of the next general convention, though no formal resolution 
was passed to that effect, is a proposed constitutional amend- 
ment allowing each chapter to retain full control over every 
member until such member shall have discharged all his financial 
obligations to said chapter. The new ritual came in for a large 
share of discussion, as did also the question of the selection of 
new members, and the proper methods to be observed in order 
to avoid the mistake of taking in objectionable or uncongenial 
men, as well as to secure the very best material. This question 
is one of the most vital interest, and every chapter should keep 
it constantly in sight, for in the new men the future of the Fra- 
ternity rests, and the standard of admission cannot be kept too 

How to conduct the literary exercises and make the weekly 
meetings of such interest and benefit to the members {froved an 
interesting topic, and brought out from each chapter represented 
a description of the method. Among the numerous other 
matters discussed was the adoption of the fraternity yell sug- 
gested by the Allegheny chapter ; "Rah rah, rah ! Phi — kei — a ! 
Phi Delta Theta, rah, rah, rah ! '' ; and also the adoption of a 
fraternity flag and flower, but on these points no agreement was 
reached. As to the establishment of new chapters, the decision 
was unanimous against applications from Bowdoin, Mass. In- 
stitute of Technology and Maine State College, while one from 
University of Rochester was left for investigation. 

President E. H. L. Randolph ran up from New York for a 
few hours, long enough to meet the boys and attend one session 
but, to the regret of all, he was obliged to return home at once 



Burlington, Vt., was chosen as the place for holding the next 
Convention, and October, 1892, is the time; the particular date 
to be decided by Vt. Alpha and the Province President. 

No evening sessions were held, Wednesday evening being 
devoted (as already stated) to a house warming and initiation, 
Thursday evening to an informal gathering enlivened by excel- 
lent music from an orchestra made up from the delegates and 
local boys, and consisting of piano, first and second violin, 
cornet and flute, and Friday evening to the banquet. 

And a most enjoyable affair was this banquet, dt was laid in 
the chapter house, and forty-five sat down at the table. After 
justice had been done to the physical repast the real business of 
the occasion was in order, and following was the program : Toast- 
master, Benjamin Sinclair Orcutt, N. Y. Gamma, '88; The Fra- 
ternity, Prof. L. H. Bailey, Mich. Beta, '82 ; The New Ritual, 
H. Ward Briggs, N. Y. Beta, '91 ;• Alpha Province, William H. 
Hopkins. R. I. Alpha, '91 ; Our Babies, Robert V. Jones, N. 
Y. Alpha, '92; New York Alpha's, New Home, Charles H. 
Wheeler, N. Y. Epsilon, '91 ; Phi's on the Cinder Path, Philip E. 
Howard, Pa. Zeta, '91 ; New England's Oldest, Vt. Alpha, 
Thomas C. Cheney, Vt. Alpha, '91; Phi's in the World, Walter 
W. Case, Pa. Delta, '84 ; Our Sweethearts, Thomas C. Fulton, 
N. Y. Alpha, '92. 

When Bro. Fulton had told all he knew, or, perhaps, all he 
cared to tell, about sweethearts, Bro. B. F. Hurd, N. Y Alpha, 
'91, in response to the point blank query from the toastmaster, 
** Where did you get that hat?" wittily explained how it hap- 
pened that he was seen earlier in the day masquerading under 
Bro. Fulton's brain cover. E. E. Smith, Mass. Beta, '89, elo- 
quently told how it seemed to be **Out in the World like Case," 
and J. H. Carfrey, N. Y. Epsilon, '92, was given "A Roving 
Commission through the Universe," to talk of what he chose. 
F. K. Smith, N. Y. Alpha, '93, enlightened the gathering on 
''Digs and Grave Digging," John Z. Miller, Pa. Eta, '91, 
talked about ** Lehigh (and other things)," and F. G. Gardner, 
N. Y. Alpha, '91 (who expects to be a lawyer in due time), dis- 
coursed learnedly of ** Phi's in Court " — on the Bench and at the 
Bar, of course. 

A little music from the * J ^ orchestra followed, and then 
certain ocular displays in the east made it seem discrete to ad- 
journ, which was done with a rousing " Rah, rah, rah ! Phi — 
kei— a ! Phi Delta Theta ! rah, rah, rah " for New York Alpha. 



I hear the voice of brotherhood that spoke 
From Jesus' breaking heart in days gone by, 
And hearing, I am helped along life's way. 
I know He led the wretched by the hand 
And called the weary to a rest of peace. 
His^ouch did open sightless eyes to-day 
And bring harmonious sounds to deafened ears. 
The lame leaped forth whene'er He said. 
And this was Jesus, brother to us all. 
Be Thou so near me in this passing life 
That I can feel Thy sorrow-laden heart ; 
And may its throbs of love meet with response 
From mine, imperfect in its love for man. 
Gethsemene is near. Thy voice is heard 
In all the days and years within my life. 
It speaks above the silent speaking dust 
Of resurrected glory— calling in the soul ; 
And in obedience I answer, Lord, 
Receive myself, 'tis all I have or am, 
And in receiving, make me truly Thine. 

R. H. Callahan, Ohio Beta, '84. 


Early in September it was known that President Harrison 
had definitely arranged to attend the re-union of his old brigade 
in Galesburg, October 8. It was then that the active and resident 
alumni Phi's of the Lombard and Knox Chapters conceived the 
idea of having some one feature of the many hospitalities to be 
extended to the President during his stay in Galesburg, a dis- 
tinctively Phi affair, in which his junior brothers in Phi Delta 
Theta might directly express their pleasure in his distinguished 
presence, and thus add a new experience to those which on 
many occasions have evinced the interest that the President yet 
feels for the Fraternity and the old Phi associations at Miami. 
In response to the invitation that he give his presence at a ban- 
quet tendered by the Illinois Delta and Zeta Chapters, he sent 
his acceptance, provided that such a plan be arranged for by 
the general committee having in charge the schedule of enter- 
tainment during his stay. This was a matter easily arranged, 
notwithstanding the many organizations and events clamoring 
for recognition on the program of the day. The Phi's of Gales- 

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burg, form a manly element in business and professional circles 
of the city, and the Knox and Lombard Chapters are both 
thoroughly representative of their institutions, so that their claim 
was quickly recognized. The banquet was arranged for six 
o'clock, following the re-union exercises of the day. 

The elaborate scale on which the banquet was planned, 
and the successful way in which it was carried out, marks Gales- 
burg Phi's as equal to any occasion. It was held in the I. O. O. 
F. hall. The President and party arrived at six o'clock, and 
it was in the few minutes of personal greeting and intercourse 
with the Phi's at this time that our distinguished brother showed 
his warm interest in Phi's and Phi Delta Theta of to-day. We 
regret that the newspapaper accounts do not reproduce any 
portions of his remarks save the closing ones of general import 
and interest. The ones which preceded were those full of 
college and Phi Delta Theta reminiscences. Like many such, 
they were for the occasion, and lose their force and heartiness if 
reduced to type. The Phi's present will not soon forget his 
brotherly words, and the happy event it was to sit at a Phi ban- 
quet table graced by the presence of the President of the United 

The full account of the evening is well given in the report of 
a local paper, so it is here incorporated. 


At six o'clock p. M. , Wednesday, occurred the banquet at the 
Odd Fellows' Hall tendered the President by the Lombard and 
Knox chapters of Phi Delta Theta, of which college fraternity 
General Harrison was a member while a student in college. 
The boys were highly honored by the President when he gave 
his consent to this banquet, considering how full his time was, 
and it shows that the President still retains warm recollections 
of his college days and their associations. 

The banquet was the most elaborate affair of the kind ever at- 
tempted in Galesburg, and reflects the greatest credit upon the 
executive ability and pluck of the Phi boys in attempting it and 
carrying it out so successfully. It involved the expenditure of 
hundreds of dollars. The Phi's wish to thank Mr. Fred Burtt for 
his kind assistance in the matter, he superintending all the 
arrangements. Mr. Burtt secured the services of the well-known 
Chicago caterer, Eckhart, to serve the banquet. 

The entire service, with fifteen waiters and cooks, came from 
Chicago early yesterday morning, and worked all day. The 
tables and hall presented a most beautiful appearance. Every- 
thing was arranged in combinations of the Phi colors — ^blue and 
white. The table service was a handsome set of blue and white 


china. The white waxen tapers were surmounted with blue 
shades and blue ribbons. The President's table was spread with 
a blue silk cover. The lamp at this table had beautiful blue 
silk shades with white roses set on them. The floral decorations 
were superb, and in the same colors. Around the President's 
plate was a floral horse-shoe of sweet violets and white roses. 
Banked around the table lights were the same flowers. At each 
guest's plate was a white rose bud. The walls were draped with 
the Fraternity colors. Above the President hung his picture in 
a blue and white frame. At the opposite side of the hall was 
the white and blue banner of the Fraternity. 

After introduction to their Brother Harrison, the boys and 
their guests went to the banquet hall. At the President's table 
sat Toastmaster Lester L. Silliman, of the Lombard Chapter, 
with President Harrison on the right and General Miles at his 
left. Other guests at this table were General Grosvenor, General 
Morgan, Dr. Ayres, General Post, Mayor Stevens and Rev. Dr. 
Hood, Col. Halford, Col. Corbin and others of the President's 
party and General Miles's staff, occupied adjoining tables. 

The remaining tables were filled with some twenty-five active 
and alumni members of the Lombard Chapter, fifteen of the 
Knox Chapter and alumni, and some fifty of Galesburg's promi- 
nent citizens. The company of one hundred was clearly repre- 
sentative of the young men of Lombard and Knox, as well as 
our city. 

Rev. Dr. Hood asked grace, and Toastmaster Silliman, intro- 
duced Brother Geo. W. Prince, who welcomed the President as 
follows : 

*' Mr. Toastmaster : On behalf of the local chapters, Illinois Delta of 
Knox College, and Zeta of Lombard University, of the Phi Delta Theta 
Fraternity, I welcome you, Brother Benjamin Harrison, to our banquet 

The record shows that in 1852, at Miami University, in the Chapter 
of Ohio Alpha, you were initiated into the mysteries of our beloved 

Through the association thus formed, and the discipline of mind 
there received, you have been enabled to fight successfully the battle 
of life. 

To-day, by honorable and manly effort, you stand upon the highest 
eminence which mortal man can attain, and yet we feel sure that your 
heart beats in sympathy, not only with the members of this our Frater- 
nity, but with every student who is struggling to fit himself for the high 
duties and responsibilities of American citizenship. 

The hour is pregnant with questions of gravest moment, and only 
disciplined minds can. grasp them. 

As our Fraternity has given to the United States a President, may 
we not indulge in the belief that in its ranks shall still be found men 
equipped to meet and solve any and all questions which may arise. 


We congratulate ourselves in having with us to-night the President 
of the United States. 

Trusting that you will carry with you only pleasant recollections of 
your brief stay here with us, I again bid you a hearty welcome.** 

To which welcome the distinguished Phi Brother, President 
Harrison, arising amid great applause, responded. After a few 
brief remarks regarding his recollections of fraternity and college 
matters, and his pleasure at meeting again with the members of 
the Phi Delta Theta, which formed so pleasant a place in his 
youthful memories, continuing he said : 

" My college associations were broken early in life, partly by neces- 
sity and partly by choice ; by necessity so far as the compulsion to 
work for a living was upon me, and by choice in that I added to my 
responsibility at an early date, so that it has not been my pleasure 
often to meet with or sit about the banquet board with members of 
this society. It gives me great pleasure to meet with you to-night. I 
feel the greatest sympathy with these young men who are now dis- 
ciplining their minds for the work of life. I would not have them 
make these days too serious, and yet they are very full of portent and 
promise. It is not inconsistent, I think, with the joyfulness and glad- 
ness which pertains to youth, that they shall have some sense of the 
value of these golden days. They are days that are to affect the 
whole future. If I were to select a watchword that I would have every 
young man write above his door and on his heart it would be that good 
word • Fidelity.' I know of no better. The man who meets every 
obligation to the family, to society, to the State, to his country and his 
God, to the very best measure of his strength and ability, cannot fail of 
that assurance and quietness that comes of a good conscience, and will 
seldom fail of the approval of his fellow-men, and will never fail of 
that reward which is promised to faithfulness. Unfaithfulness and lack 
of fidelity to duty, to work and to obligation is the open door to all that 
is disgraceful and degrading. 1 want to thank you again, gentlemen, 
for this pleasant greeting, and to ask you, after the rather exhaustive 
duties of this day. to excuse me from further address, and accept the 
best wishes of a Brother in Phi Delta Theta." 

Continued applause greeted the President as he concluded. 
The Phi's and their guests were enthusiastic in the extreme. 
The discussion of the following menu then followed : 

Blue Points half shell. 

Apricot Punch, 

Timbals of Sweetbreads, 


Salad of Chicken and Shrimp, 

Ncsselrode Pudding, 

Maraschino Glace, 

Neapolitan Small Cake, 

Fruit Bon Bons, 



At the conclusion of the menu the President and party left to 
attend the brigade banquet. The toast programme was then 
begun. Bro. Gen. John C. Black, who was to toast ** Phi's in 
Politics," was unavoidably absent. Guy P. Williams, of Knox 
Chapter, toasted ** Phi's of To-day." Impromptu toasts then 
followed. Brother Prof. S. C. Ransom toasted ** Early Phi 
Days at Lombard.". Hon. J.J Tunnicliff toasted *'Boys as 
Banquetters," complimenting the boy^ most highly. Bro. Sam 
D. Harsh toasted ** The Occasion." A Phi song concluded this 
most memorable Phi banquet — the completest of successes. 

If our history is correct, this is the first time a President of the 
United States was ever ***** Fraternity." 

There were other pleasant fraternity incidents on the Presi- 
dent's western trip. At Wooster, Ohio, the tram stopped long 
enough for him to make a few remarks to the citizens and stud- 
ents assembled to greet him. At the close of these he was pre- 
sented with a box of white roses, the gift of Ohio Delta. On 
the committee from Wooster which met the train the first station 
east, was Prof. O. N. Stoddard, a member of the Ohio Alpha who 
was teaching at Miami when Harrison was a student. 

The Voice gives this ** Reminiscence " : 

*' President Harrison has evidendy not forgotten his college days at 
Miami University. On the way from Millbrook, while in conversation 
with Doctor Stoddard the President remarked : " Doctor, appearances 
indicate a heavy rain in this section recently." "Yes," replied the 
Doctor, " we had a very heavy rain yesterday." " Almost as heavy as 
there was one night at Oxford ?" suggested the President. ** I have no 
special recollection of it." confessed the Signal Service Officer of Woos- 
ter. ** Why, don't you remember that you recorded it as a remarka- 
ble rain fall ? ' queried the President, laughing. He then explained, 
•* Gentlemen, the fact is, once upon a time the students at Oxford one 
night, when there was but a slight shower, poured water into the Doc- 
tor's rain guage, and next morning he announced that a great rain of 
several inches had fallen during the night." After the laughter sub- 
sided the Doctor admitted that he remembered it now quite well. The 
President, btill true to student instinct, affirmed that he wasn't one of 
the culprits himself. He however felt at liberty to add that the Rev. 
Dr. Swing, of Chicago, was." 

At Topeka, the occasion of the President's visit was a cause 
for the temporary removal of the State University student popu- 
lation from Lawrence to Topeka, and with this was Kansas Al- 
pha. Among those who pressed into the file of those who sought 
to grasp the President's hand was the latest initiate of Kansas 

It was with a smile of recognition that the President caught 
sight of the badge and colors, and with a hearty clasp he gave 
the iniate the grip and spoke a word of congratulation to him. 

106 7 HE SCROLL. 

When a man to whom a nation pays honor, and whose every 
minute is filled to overflowing with the responsibilities of a great 
republic, it is not a little thing to have him ready to give an even- 
ing to his Fraternity, and in the midst of thousands to stop with 
a special word for one who wears its symbol the same. Surely 
the Phi's are glad that there was a Brigade Reunion at Gales- 




Were it not for the generous way in which the Associated 
Press heralded the fact throughout the country, few outside of 
Oxford students and D. K. E. Quarterly readers would ever 
know that D. K. E. had an initiation at Miami on Saturday 
evening, September 21. Thanks to the liberal advertising, the 
fact is now well established in the minds of many far and near. 
The Dekes have a right to follow their own judgment in matters 
of D. K. E. initiatory etiquette, and the Miami boys chose the 
hour of 7:30 p. M. to assume their funeral robes and march about 
the streets of Oxford with their candidate encased in a ** time- 
honored coffin." Such a procession at »uch an hour in a quiet 
village like Oxford was a rare treat, and called out a goodly 
number of citizens, old and young, of both male and female per- 
suasion. As the procession on its return started up stairs to 
reach the spot where the barbarian was to be planted in D. K. 
E. soil, one of the members of the procession felt an entreating 
pull at the tail of his gown — which, emanating from a new 
student, a prep and a barb, all combined in one personage, 
might variously have been supposed to be either an entreaty by 
which the individual desired to indicate that he was there ready 
for similar treatment in the ** time-honored coffin," or it might 
have been administered as one would pull an opponent's nose, as 
much as to say, ** there, how do you like that?" — or it might 
have arisen from one of a dozen other motives. Be that as it 
may, the pull at the gown was answered by an immediate 
flourish of revolver on the part of pulled. The puller saw that 
negotiations must close for the time being, and declared the 
proposition null and void. The revolver flourished for but a 
moment, the act of impulse, and there was no disposition to 
molest the flourisher. Immediately following this, one of the 

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leaders tripped on a wire, and as his comrades stumbled for* 
ward, the last man was caught by the foot by a town boy, an ex- 
student, and caused to fall. Scrambling to his feet he turned 
around and made a pass at the person nearest by, who, as it 
happened, was in no way concerned in the interference. The 
person who had tripped him again caught him and threw him 
down, and that was the end of the affair. Had there been no 
newspaper correspondent aching for notoriety and languishing 
for the wherewithal to get it, the matter would never have been 
thought of as anything more than a town and gown prank in 
which good humor was ruffled, but good sense won the day. 
However, the * * bound-to-write-something " fellow heard of it, 
and planted the acorn with results as follows : 

I. — A Small Sprout. 

Taken from the Cincinnati Enquirer^ September 22. 

The D. K. E., which is one of the societies of Miami University, and 
who have their hall in the business part of the town, initiated a new 
member last night. 

The people in the vicinity of the post-office were much surprised last 
evening at seeing several of the fraternity dressed in black gowns, with 
masks of the same, march down the street, bearing between them a 
black coffin. They were gone about an hour. 

When they returned, some of the students who do not belong to the 
fraternity, attempted to capture the coffin from them. A hard struggle 
followed, in which several clinched and went into the gutter. Some of 
the D. K. E. members got out their guns, but their better judgment 
kept them from using them, and they managed, after quite a tussle, to 
get the coffin to their hall with only a few sore heads. 

The sprout continued to grow, as evidenced by this clipping 
from the New York Times^ sent us from Hot Springs, Ark. 

II. — Growing. 

Broken Heads in College. — Secret Fraternities at Miami 
Come Into Hot Conflict. — Hamilton, Ohio, September 22. — It 
has been many a long day since old Miami University at Oxford has 
seen such stiiring times as was witnessed Saturday night. The trouble 
was over the initation of a man by the D. K. E. Fraternity. Several 
D. K. E. men clad in long black shrouds, and wearing masks, were 
carrying their man through the streets in a coffin, the same coffin 
which the fraternity used to initiate Col. Brice. 

The Phi Delta Theta Fraternity have a hall in the same building as 
the D. K. E., and is reached by the same stairway. The former de- 
cided on having some sport, and arranged wires on the stairway and 
hall to trip the D. K. E. men when they came up. In this they were suc- 
cessful, but they also precipitated a small riot when the pall bearers tripped 


with the coffin and its occupant fell out and cut his head, his comrades 
resenting it, and sailing into the Phi Delta Theta boys. Some Beta Theta 
Pi's were also in the crowd, and a fight ensued. Both sides received 
some rough handling, and a score of bandaged heads this morning tells 
the story of the conflict. There were no arrests. 

Here is still another version as it appeared to the Ohio State 

III. — Still Growing. 

Combat Among Studenfs. — Outbreak Among Fraternity Boys 
AT Old Miami University. — Oxford, O., Sept. 23. — [Special] — 
There was an outbreak Saturday night among the Fraternity men of 
Miami University that came near resulting in bloodshed. It arose out 
of the initiation of a new man by the D. K. E.'s. Those who have 
attended Miami and gone through this will remember the old coffin 
that forms an interesting part of the impressive ceremonies. The 
trouble caused by the display of this gloomy emblem would have been 
obviated had the boys selected a later hour in which to take it out. 
Instead of so doing, the fraternity met at 7:30 o'clock, placed Beard in 
the ghostly box, strapped him down and started for the parade, with 
which all initiations in this fraternity begin. Six young men, wearing 
long black robes and white masks, solemnly and gravely carried the 
coffin, while a "priest " marched in front. 

No sooner had this delegation departed, than members of the Beta 
Theta Pi and Phi Delta Theta appeared and strung fine wires across 
the lower hallway, across the steps and at the entrance of the club- 
room, at a short distance fi-om the floor, where it would trip up the 
feet of any one walking. 

When the procession returned it was followed by two or three 
hundred children and men. As the leaders entered the hallway to 
ascend to the rooms of the chapter, members of the two opposing soci- 
eties and some of the town boys pushed forward to see the fun they knew 
would come. A moment later the leaders tripped on the wire and fell, 
plunging headlong. The coffin was dropped, and Beard was thrown out 
under the feet of his companions. When this was done the other 
fraternity boys were closing in behind. The D. K. E. fellows thought 
the opposition was beginning an attack with the purpose of wresting 
their time-honored coffin from them. Acting upon this impulse they 
began to fight the crowd back. 

The struggle then began, and blows fell thick and fast. One of the 
D. K. E. fellows was knocked reeling into the gutter. The " rushers '* 
were getting the best of it, when one of the men with the coffin threw 
up his mask and pulled a revolver. The movement was quickly 
followed by others, and for a moment it looked as if there would be 
blood spilled. Two or three big fellows yelled to the hot-headed boys 
to put up their guns. At the same time they pushed around so close 
that the boys were unable to handle their weapons, and were com- 
pelled to give them up. 


The next place we find this interesting sprout is in the Louis- 
vilU Courier-Journaly where in an editorial on * * Crime in the 
North " the same dispatch as clipped from the N, Y, Times is 
introduced in the argument as showing a pastime in northern 
classic shades. We have already received papers containing this 
Associated Press account sent to us from various quarters, one 
coming from San Francisco, where it had been published, the 
Brother w^ho sent it writing to know what sort of a civilization 
we had here in this Ohio orient. As the matter had been taken 
up editorially in the CourierJoumcU^ the following communication 
was sent to that paper and appeared in the issue of October lo. 
It is explanatory here as well as there. 

IV. — Rumpus at Miami University. 

(To the Editor of the Courier Journal). 

Columbus, 0., Oct. 8, 1890. — Referring to your editorial on "Crime 
in the North," in your issue of Oct. i, I see you introduce a dispatch 
sent out from Hamilton, Ohio, September 22, which purports to be an 
account of a serious affray between members of certain Greek letter 
fraternities at Miami University, Oxford. The dispatch has, doubdess, 
caused many to severely censure these societies, as they would deserve, 
were they implicated in such lawlessness as described. 

The undersigned has since that time made a careful investigation of 
the facts in the case, and has found the report to be so highly colored 
as to scarcely be descriptive of the actual occurrence, and so far as it 
implicated members of Phi Delta Theta, entirely without foundation. 

The Phi Delta Theta Chapter has rooms in the same building as the 
D. K. E. Chapter, and they are reached by the same entrance. At 
the time of this occurrence the Phi Delta Theta Chapter was in session, 
the attention of its members having first been called to the D. K. E. 
so-called funeral procession by the noise of those following it. On the 
return of the procession the members appeared outside to witness what 
appeared to be a free show. No members or member of the chapter 
was concerned in placing wires across the passage-way, or was impli- 
cated in any interference with members of the D. K. E. procession. I 
also understand that there were no members of Beta Theta Pi present 
during the affair. 

There was but one wire across the entrance, and that had been 
placed there by town bAys, not students. There was but one revolver 
drawn, and that by a member of D. K. E. There were no broken or 
bruised heads, and very little foundation, in fact, for the sensational 
item sent out. 

The Phi Delta Theta Fraternity was founded at Miami University in 
1848, and this chapter enrolls as members some of the leading men of the 
State and nation, not least among whom is President Benjamin Harri- 
son, who to-night at Galesburg, lU., shows his continued interest in the 
society by his presence at a reception and banquet given under the 


auspices of the two active college chapters at that place. The Frater- 
nity aims to develop the highest types of manhood, and has long since 
taken its stand against student rowdyism, hazing and lawlessness under 
whatever name, as have also all the leading American college frater- 

We hope that you will give space to this correction of an item which ^ 
reflects unjustly on societies which are allies of law and order. 

Very respectfully, 

J. E. Brown, 

Editor of the Phi Delta Theta Scroll 

As indicated in the above communication and in the account 
first given in this article, there was little foundation for the dis- 
patches as published throughout the country. The best of feel- 
ing has always existed and continues between the chapters of 
J 9f B 6 II and A K E Rt Miami. Nowhere has the published 
account caused much greater surprise than at Oxford, where the 
affair is supposed to have happened. Such stories sent out do 
much harm to fraternities in general as well as the particular 
chapters involved in them. This one having been so widely cir- 
culated we have quoted at considerable length, and have taken 
pains to correct. It is a fair sample of the coloring of college 
pranks sent out by many town reporters who have little sympathy 
with student affairs. 



The last year has given two fine additions to the list of en- 
graved symbols of Phi Delta Theta, both being intended prim- 
arily for use in College Annuals. A year ago Mr. Lockwood, of 
the then firm of Lockwood & Coombes, executed a plate, under 
approval, which appeared in the annuals from Allegheny, Vander- 
bilt, Ohio State, and Wabash last spring. The design of this 
was strictly Phi Delta Theta and original. 

This fall Dreka presents a new plate to the chapters for college 
annual, convention, program, and banquet menu use, which is 
an exceptionally chaste and appropriate piece of work. It is 
smaller than the coat of arms (Dreka) and Lockwood plates, 
while the design being so simple, and yet so pleasing in effect, 
cannot help but make it popular with the chapters and the Fra- 
ternity. Mr. Dreka deserves much credit for the designing and 
execution of this plate which we consider one of the most 
effective of its class. 

If chapters have not already received samples from this 
they can obtain them by sending a request for the same to 
Dreka, 1129 Chestnut street, Philadelphia. 

No chapter of Phi Delta Theta should allow itself to pursue 
any policy that is contrary to the well defined position of the 
Fraternity on the initiation of preparatory students. That matter 
has been settled. The General Council in 1888 took a stand upon 
the matter which was made an issue at the Bloomington con- 
vention. With hearty unanimity the Convention made our con- 
stitution render preparatory students ineligible for membership. 
Any chapter that initiates such a student violates the law of the 
Fraternity, and renders itself liable to the penalty for the same. 
We have watched the happy effect of this law in the several 
quarters where it was to make changes, and have yet to learn 
positively of a chapter that has been injured in local standing by 
its enforcement. More than one we knmu to have profited by 
the stand they took in the matter. Their, refusal to do anything 
more than pledge their sub-freshmen, whose rivals offered imme- 
diate initiation, has served to raise the chapters in the esteem of 

112 7 HE SCROLL. 

faculty and students. The law, wc believe, has been obeyed by 
almost every chapter that was aflfccted by it, as the General 
Council and the Conventions will insist that it shall be, 
for the practice is in no sense in keeping with the spirit of Phi 
Delta Theta. 

Our attention was called to this matter by the correspondence 
from H;!".»da!e College in our friend the Rainbcru.^ two letters 
from the Hillsdale correspondent referring to the ♦ J ^ chapter 
as being in the habit of initiating ''preps/' and citing this as 
weakening its local standing. 

An answer received to a letter of inquiry' to Michigan Gamma, 
put:> our J r J friend in error, as the chapter has no members 
below freshman rank, and states that it does not make preparatory 
initiations. When the rule was brought up by the General Council, 
we know that at that time the chapter expressed its intention to 
abide faithfully by it. Whether it has ever faltered in its adher- 
ence to the law, we cannot say, but beyond mere pledging, the 
** prep " has neither ** part nor parcel " in the present history of 
the chapter. 

The Editor of the Scroll would be ungrateful if he made no re- 
ply to the many words of commendation and encouragement which 
he has received in the last few months from active and alumni 
Phi's all over the country. Such greetings carry with them 
the inspiration which comes from expressed appreciation. The 
present management is doing all it can to make the Scroll mirror 
and measure the life and spirit of the Fraternity. If the Scroll 
pleases you, and is possessed of new interest, it is only because 
it is acting more perfectly in its reflections of Phi Delta Theta 
personalities and achievements. If there was no real life, no 
actual fraternizing moral force in the Fraternity which made 
every Phi a better man for being a Phi, if there was not that 
which every day brought brothers into contact with manly 
teachings and aspirations, then no matter who was in con- 
trol, the Scroll would be dull and uninteresting. That it 
is now more of a factor in our fraternity life, I take it as merely 
proof that the Fraternity has a new vitality in itself. The chap- 
ters and Phi's scattered here and there, divorced by time from 
college and chapter work, are the ones who have furnished the 


material, which the Editor has merely culled over and arranged 
for publication. We write not to congratulate ourselves on the 
past and present, but to show you that it is by your aid that the 
success of the coming numbers is to be marked. May your 
loyal co-operation continue. 

At the beginning of the college year we had it in mind to give 
not a little space in the current volume to chapter house discus- 
sions ; to urge more than ever upon the chapters the importance 
of this topic ; and to insist that even those who feel that such a 
thing as a chapter house must be for them a thing of the far 
future, have present duties in the matter that they cannot push 
aside. The trouble with many is that they compare the costly 
investments of older and richer chapters with their own limited 
resources. Not one is too poor to do the best it can, and there's 
not one but whose members can afford to contribute something, 
small though it may be, to a fund which shall be left to accumu- 
late until it can be of some avail. The point is to organize and 
marshall what forces you have into their best array. If you 
make up your mind to this you will be surprised at what you 
can do. 

Until a few days ago we did not know what a good text we 
had in this line for the December issue. It came from Gales- 
burg, and we congratulate Illinois Zeta on its mothering such 
loyal Phi's as those who composed its class of 1890. Of the six 
brothers who graduated from Lombard in June last, each one 
left behind him one hundred dollars as a contribution to the 
Illinois Zeta Chapter house fund. With six hundred dollars in 
hand, and its numerous loyal alumni, this thriving chapter will 
be able to add to this yearly until it can safely invest in property 
to call its own. The letter from Wisconsin Alpha in this issue 
describes the new home in which it is ensconced, overlooking 
Lake Mendota, giving a glimpse of the University grounds, and 
being altogether a home to be happy in and proud of. 

Michigan Alpha, like Wisconsin, has moved into a house built 
especially for its use, and in every way adapted for a pleasant 
home. This the chapter has furnished itself, and has made it a 
pleasant hearth stone for Ann Arbor Phi'js. 


Turn to the account of Alpha Province Convention and read 
the New York Alpha Chapter letter, and you can almost see the 
flame that leaps up at the chapter fireside, finding a responsive 
glow in the hearts of our Cornell Phi's. 

May the love of home increase and multiply among our chap- 
ters until others are similarly situated. 

Half a hundred Phi chapters present letters to the Fraternity 
in this issue of the Scroll, and a perusal of them will give an 
indication of what promise there is in the year for Phi Delta 
Theta. Most of them have been written at a time when the 
fall campaign had been finished or was well in its last stages, so 
that an estimate could be given on the strength that the chapters 
expected to add to themselves in the way of new brothers. By 
the time this is read the character of each chapter for the year 
will be quite fully defined. From a careful reading of all the 
Scroll letters, from the private letters we have received from 
members, and from the bubbling enthusiasm and loyal deter- 
mination which has cropped out here, there and everywhere, 
we do not hesitate to say that the close of the fall campaign 
finds our chapters generally, equipped with a finer personnel 
charged with greater vigor for fraternity work and crowded 
more closely together in that common enthusiasm whose only 
expression is to be found in an eager desire to do all that will 
maintain and further the interests of Phi Delta Theta. 

Now that the ranks have been recruited and the new brothers 
have taken their vows at the triple-faced altar of tf> J 6>, the work 
has been but well begun. The battle for the formation of a 
year's history in which shall be recorded the successes earned 
by worth, is yet to be fought. Now is the time when the new 
brothers should become informed on the history of their chap- 
ters and the Fraternity at large. There should be a systema- 
tized plan by which so much time at each meeting for the next 
month, should be given to a study of the origin, development, 
and present standing of Phi Delta Theta. The founding of the 
chapter and the leading points in its history should be made 
familiar to every member, as well as the ability to recall the 
names of all those ever connected with the chapter and those 
from the chapters at large, who have become prominent in pub- 


lie life. By doing these things a good foundation is laid for 
well knowing and effective chapter workers. A taste for fra- 
ternity lore is given that will strengthen their affiliation from 
day to day. 

There is one thing for which there is no excuse and which is 
almost pitiable to see, a man engaged in some chapter work or 
inter-fraternity enterprise in which he is called on for informa- 
tion concerning his Fraternity, who is completely lacking in 
the information. Yet there are many such to be found in the 
ranks of every fraternity to-day. Let men of that kind be few 
in Phi Delta Theta. As soon as the brother finds himself within 
our portals see to it that he becomes a well-posted Phi. 

Having recruited your ranks enter into the work of the chap- 
ter and college with the determination to make it a year to be 
proud of. At no moment forget to keep such an atmosphere 
about all that pertains to ^ J ^ and its associations, as will en- 
noble and refine. Keep the Fraternity allied with all that is 
good in you. Do not neglect your college work for pleasanter 
diversions, but pursue it with the same steadfastness. Carry in 
every branch of it the ideals taught by tf> J ^, and at the end of 
the year, your chapter and your Fraternity will have like cause 
for congratulation. 




Maine Alpha, Colby University. 

The fall term at Colby opened Sept. 24, with all but one of 
Maine Alpha's members in attendance. Bro. Morse, '91, is 
acting as principal of the High School in Warren, Me. We 
hope he will rejoin us soon. It has been a very busy " fishing" 
season for us, and we feel that we have been well repaid for all 
our labor, for we have initiated eight first class fellows and ex- 
pect one or two more. We trust we have chosen those who will 
be an honor to our Fraternity. 

We point with pride this year to Bro. Robert's, '90, who has 
been chosen by the trustees of this college as instructor in 
English and tutor in Mathematics. We think we have reason to 
be proud of such a man. 

The class of '94 numbers over sixty. Our rivals here are J 
K Ey ZWy and J /with 26, 21, and 32 members respectively. 
Rivalry in fishing men has become pretty strong this term. We 
have aimed, however, to refrain from all running down of the 
other societies, and to let our own speak for itself. Our chapter 
is young, of course, but we gain ground each year, and accept 
no second place. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Albert G. Hurd. 
Waterville, Nov. 8, 1890. 

New Hampshire Alpha, Dartmouth College. 

The year at Dartmouth opened in a manner very pleasing to 
New Hampshire Alpha. We feel that we have begun what is to 
prove the most successful year yet experienced in the history 
of our chapter. Every man seems to be filled with a true Phi 
spirit, and more determined than ever to do good work for his 
chapter, and the Fraternity at large. 

In the early part of the term F. P. Tuxbury, '93, was added 
to our number, a man whom we all were proud to greet as 

The entering class of '94 was so unusually large, that all the 
societies here had an opportunity of securing good men. We 
feel highly pleased with the results of our efforts during the 
'' chinning season," as we secured a large and strong delegation 
from '94. We are confident that every man will do honor to his 


Fraternity, and prove himself worthy of the hearty welcome and 
true esteem of every Phi. 

The initiation exercises occured on Friday evening October 
31, immediately after which a very enjoyable banquet took place 
at the ** Wheelock.' After everyone had done justice to an ex- 
cellent menu, Bro. Gould, '92, officiated very acceptably as 
toastmaster. Bros. Sparhawk, '89, and Grover, '90, very agree- 
ably entertained us with reminiscences of the past, and with 
encouraging remarks for the future. We were also pleased to 
have with us Bros. Bosworth and Orton, of Vermont Alpha. 

The reputation of our chapter for containing good athletes 
still holds tone. We are well represented in base ball, foot ball 
and general athletics. In the annual fall athletic meeting, Bros. 
Rowe, '91, Kellar, '93, Claggett and Grover, '94, did us much 
credit, all taking medals or prizes. Bro. Rowe has won many 
laurels, and has a brilliant record as a runner, that the Fraternity 
may well be proud of. 

It was with much pleasure that we learned of the successful 
session of the Alpha Province Convention held with New York 
Alpha at Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y. Surely it was of in- 
estimable benefit to every chapter there represented, and could 
not fail to kindle anew loyalty and love for Phi Delta Theta. 

We would cordially welcome any of our brothers from other 
chapters, who can arrange to visit us. 

We extend greeting to every chapter, and heartily wish all a 
most pleasant and successful year. 

Charles B. Gordon. 

Hanover, Nov. 6, 1890. 

Vermont Alpha, University of Vermont. 

This year bids fair to be a prosperous one for Veriiont Alpha. 
We returned to college with twenty-one men, and have pledged 
five good men from the entering class. At the beginning of the 
term the Greek letter fraternities agreed not to approach the 
freshmen upon society matters for four weeks. By means of 
this agreement the societies have had a better opportunity than 
usual of looking over the freshmen, and too hasty pledging has 
been stopped. The plan Las worked well, as all the chapters 
have kept the agreement faithfully. The best men in '94 have 
been very evenly divided among the various societies. The 
freshman class numbers sixty students, and is the largest class 
that has ever entered the University. 

Vermont Alpha, as usual, has her share of honors in athletics, as 
well as in students. Eight of the foui-teen players on the foot 
ball eleven are Phi's. Bro. Hawley has been chosen first 
director, and Bro. Lewis secretary and treasurer of the base-ball 


club. We shall have three, and possibly four, of the regular 
players upon that team. Bro. Avery has been elected leader of 
the Glee Club, seven of whose members are Phi's. It is expected 
that the club will take its iirst trip during the Thanksgiving, 
recess. The college year, heretofore divided into three terms, 
is now divided in to two terms, with a week's vacation at Christ- 
mas and one at Easter. 

Of our '90 graduates, Bros. Forbes and Parsons are principals 
of High Schools, the former at Shoreham and the latter at 
Jericho ; Bro. Sornborger is instructor in English and history in 
Otterville College, Otterville, Mo. ; Bro. Moore is in Manchester, 
N. H., engaged in the insurance business; Bro. Dean is at 
present in Chicago, where he intends to locate in business ; Bro. 
Howe is at his house in Newfane, where he has been assisting 
his father, who is chief enumerator of the census of this state ; 
Bro. Morgan is at his house in Morrisville. He and Bro. 
Forbes are to enter the medical college here m March. 

Bros. Lewis and Cheney represented Vt. Alpha at the Alpha 
Province convention, which was held with the Cornell Chapter 
Oct. 30 and 31. They report a rousing convention, and wish to 
extend to the Cornell brothers their thanks for the handsome way 
in which they entertained the delegates. They are very much 
pleased with the thought that we are to have the next Province 
convention here. We are already formulating plans, whereby 
we may be able to make the delegates enjoy the time they will 
spend with us. The brothers of this Province may rest assured 
that we shall do our utmost to have the next convention as success- 
ful as the one just held at Cornell. 

Bros. Bosworth and Orton went to Dartmouth Oct. 31 and 
helped N. H. Alpha to initiate her freshman delegation. We 
expect, in return, that our Dartmouth Chapter will send delegates 
here next week, when our "William" will bring our freshmen 
into the mysteries of Phi Delta Theta. 

We are happy to note that Bro. A. B. Cordley, Mich. Beta, 
'88, is one of the instructors in the agricultural department of 
the University of Vermont. By his interest in ^ J 6> he shows 
that ** once a Phi, always a Phi," is a true adage. 

We were pleased to see Bro. Hyde, '88, who paid us a flying 
visit recently. We hope that aU of our alumni and other Phi's 
who may happen this way will come to see us. We promise 
them royal entertainment if they will. 

In the Bond, 

Thos. C. Cheney. 
Burlington, Nov. 6, 1890. 




Massachusetts Alpha, Williams College. 

At commencement last June, Massachusetts Alpha took its 
full share of honors. All of the Senior class received appoint- 
ments. Brother Travell was salutatorian, and three took Phi 
Beta Kappa keys. Brother Bohrer, '91, is also a key man. 

During the summer our chapter house was enlarged, repaired, 
and pamted throughout. Fifteen of our members returned to 
collegO" this term. 

On October 24, 1890, we h Id our annual initiation, followed 
by a banquet. We initiated Woodbury Treat Morris, '92, Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio ; Edwin Carlton Gillette, Hartford, Conn. ; Robert 
Joseph Gulliver, Norwich, Conn.; and Harry Osgood Spalding, 
Boston, Mass., '94. We are very confident that they will 
strengthen our chapter here and advance the cause of Phi Delta 

Brother Bohrer, '91, has been elected president of the Classical 
Socety, an honor which we have not had before. 

We have had visits from several of our '90 brothers, and shall 
heartily welcome any members of the Fraternity passing through 
Williamstown. Yours in the Bond, 

E. J. Collier. 

Williamstown, November 10, 1890. 

Massachusetts Beta, Amherst College. 

Massachusetts Beta is now well established in another year's 
work ; the excitement of the rushing season is over, initiation is 
past, and the literary work of the chapter has begun. 

With the graduation of '90, four members have gone from us. 
Of these, Bro. Doane has entered Yale divinity school (where 
by the way, are some seven or eight Phi's) ; Bro. Lester is ex- 
pected to enter Columbia Law School, while Bros. Durgin and 
Smith are still at, or near, their native heaths. 

At last commencement, Bro. Durgin officiated as Grove Poet 
in the class day exercises ; Bro. Doane obtained a place in the 
Hyde six (prize orations). In the prize work o\ last year we were 
successful to the extent of four Latin prizes, Bro. Smith winning 
the Bertram prize scholarship of $100, the fourth Latin prize he 
has taken in his college course, Bros. Knowlton and Williams ist 
and 2nd Junior prizes respectively ; and Bro. Wilbur, 2nd Soph- 
omore. There are some twenty-five prizes awarded each year ; 
and with nine fraternities to claim the honors it will be seen that 
Massachusetts Beta has a fair share. Bros. Doane and Smith se- 
cured li K election in '90, and Bro. Lewis on first drawing from 



The rushing season passed this year with its usual excitement* 
keeping all society men very much occupied for the first two weeks 
of the term. From the fact that the Freshmen class this year is 
below the average in numbers, our initiates are fewer than usual. 
We increase our membership by five, whom we can heartily rec- 
ommend to the Phi's throughout our fraternity realm. Our in- 
itiation occurred on the night of October 17th. The **prelimin 
aries " were carried through successfully ; and if five individuals 
have not vivid recollections of the occasion, it is no fault of the 
Phi's of Amherst. 

Around the tables where the banquet was spread sat twenty- 
nine brothers — the present membership of Massachusetts Beta 
being reinforced by Bros. Durgin, '90, and Bro. Danforth, '88, 
the founder of the chapter. The latter part of the ceremonies 
were under the direction of Bro. Lewis, '91, as toastmaster. 

One thing which has caused sorrow to all Massachusetts Betas 
was the news of the death of a charter member, Bro. Natsajimi 
(or Sawayama, as he was known to us, he having since changed 
his name for political reasons). At the time of his death he held 
an educational office in the imperial family of Japan. His death 
is a real loss to the Phi world. He was a man whom every 
brother in the Bond might be proud to know. 

Amherst enters upon this year with bright prospects. Though 
the life of the college last year was retarded by the illness of Pres- 
ident Seelye, and his consequent resignation at the close of the 
year was a cause for regret by us all, the election of President 
Gates, then of Rutgers, and his assumption of his duties here have 
given us the greatest encouragement for the future of the college. 

Our initiates are Albert S. Baker, George A. Goodell, Har- 
wood B. Smith, Arthur \V. Stone, Nathan H. Weeks. 

Howard A. Lincoln. 
Amherst, Oct. 31, 1890. 

Rhode Island Alpha, Brown University. 

With our last commencement closed a most prosperous year 
for R. I. Alpha. In the spring field sports Brother Chapman 
secured first prize in the mile run and also in the standing high 
jump ; Brother Young secured second prize in throwing the 16 lb. 
hammer; while Brother Durham, Filmer and Young were our 
representatives on the tug of war teams. 

Near the close of the term Brother Young received a silver 
medal which was awarded by the American Protective Tariff 
League for a meritorious essay on the subject, ** The application 
of the American policy of protection to American shipping 
engaged in inter-national commerce." 

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The Phi's of '90 graduated with honor. Brothers Young &nd 
Kingsley were appointed by the faculty as commencement 
orators, and Brother Kingsley acted as president of the class 

The promenade concert on class night was somewhat handi- 
capped by the inclemency of the weather, but this made the 
various society spreads the more appreciated, and that of R. I. 
Alpha, as conceded by all, bore away the palm of superiority. 

During the summer vacation, the hand of death, for the first 
time in the history of our chapter, fell upon one of our members, 
Arthur Ellis Barrows, '89, who was drowned at Rochester, Mass., 
Monday, Aug. 4. Brother Harrows was a charter member, and 
most loyal to ^ J ^, and by his death, both chapter and Frater- 
nity have sustained a great loss. 

We assembled this fall with fifteen members, having lost five 
by the graduation of the class of '90. Brothers Chapman, Green, 
Jones and Kingsley have entered the Newton Theological Semi- 
nary, and Brother Young is teaching in Sufiield, Conn. We 
were rejoiced, a few weeks ago, at the return of Brother Swift, 
'89, whose health was somewhat impaired by excessive study 
during the past year, but is now sufficiently improved to enable 
him to resume his post-graduate work. 

Our prospects of a good delegation from '94 are encouraging, 
as we have already initiated four men, Brothers Beers, Ely, Hall 
and Hunter, and hope to double that number in a short time. 
The present freshman class is the largest that has entered Brown 
for years, numbering no men. Everything connected with the 
university has received a new impulse at the hands of our new 
president. The curriculum has been changed, several new 
courses are offered this year, and eight instructors have been 
added to the faculty. Wilson Hall is nearly completed, the 
ground has been broken for the new gymnasium, and everything 
gives promise of future prosperity, due to the strength and vigor 
of the new blood that has been infused into the veins, of **01d 
Brown. " 

Fraternally yours, 

A. P. Reccord. 
Providence, Nov, i, 1890. 

New York Alpha, Cornell University/ 

Fourteen men returned this fall, and immediately proceeded to 
do some characteristic Phi rushing. The enthusiasm over the 
unparalleled record in senior honors had not abated, and assisted 
us materially in our work. As our house was not finished, we 
labored under great difficulties, since our men were scattered over 

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the city. However, we had splendid success, and have never 
pledged a finer lot of men. 

On the evening of October 29th we opened our new house with 
a grand swing. Several of the delegates to the convention were 
present and assisted us. Our initiates, R. V. Jones, W. H. 
Haggard and John Hickey, are as fine men as we could desire. 
They are popular fellows, good students and enthusiastic Phi's. 
Bro. Lloyd K. Smith, Pennsylvania Eta, affiliated with us this 
fall, and is one of our most popular men. We are glad to 
affiliate such genial, energetic Phi's as Brother Smith. 

Perhaps a lew words about our house would be interesting to 
the Fraternity. It is centrally located, being only a block from 
the campus. We have a spacious yard in the rear of the house, 
and shall build a tennis court next spring. In the basement are 
dining room, kitchen, bath and janitor's room. The dining room 
has a hard wood floor, and is a very cosy room. We expect to 
take our meals in the house next term. To the right as you 
enter a spacious hall is the reception room, and back of that a 
suite of large study rooms. Opening from the left side of the 
hall through a double arch, is the music room, and connected 
with that by a twelve foot opening, is a very pretty library. 
These two rooms form practically one, and with the hall and 
reception room form a large ball room. The ceilings and floors 
are of hard wood. In the library is a large log fjre place with 
oak cabinets, and a grand piano with antique oak case adds 
materially to the beauty of the music room. With the exception 
of a single room opening off the back hall, all the rooms are 
in suites, making accommodations for nineteen men. The first 
and second stories are furnished in hard wood, the basement and 
third in Georgia pine. We have spared no expense to make our 
chapter house elaborate and comfortable. The happy arrange- 
ment of the parlors is due to Brother Kurd, our embryo archi- 

We had hard work getting the house ready for the sessions of 
the Alpha Province Convention, but were amply repaid by the 
satisfaction we felt at entertaining such an enthusiastic assem- 
blage in pleasant quarters. 

Bro. Hurd has been elected class toastmaster. This is the 
second time he has held this honor. Bro. Alexander is ranking 
junior captain in the Cornell Regiment, and a member of the 
military ball committee. Four of our men are in the university 
band, Bro. Esterly being captain. Bros. Fenner and Hickey 
represent us on the university glee club, and we have two men 
on the banjo club, one of them being musical director. The 
combined clubs will make their trip this year at Easter. 


We have a fraternity orchestra of four pieces, and can chal- 
lenge comparison with any others of like nature. All are fin^ 
soloists, and play together with perfect time and intonation. 

We wish to thank, through the Scroll, the many Phi's who 
have recommended men to us. While these recommendations 
have not all been acted upon, we appreciate the spirit, and hope 
to receive many more through letters. The majority of our initiates 
are made known to us in this way, and it is a very satisfactory 

Theta Delta Chi and Phi Gamma Delta have rented chapter 
houses, and Chi Phi will enter one some time this year. The 
total number of chapter houses here is fifteen. Sigma Chi has 
entered, and it is understood generally that Sigma Phi added her 
name to the list. 

Notwithstanding the increase of tuition and requirements for 
admission to many of the courses, the number of students is the 
largest in the history of Cornell. The chemical building is com- 
pleted and occupied, and it is the expectation to dedicate the 
library building next June. The Hon. Henry W. Sage has 
added $200,000 to his original gift of $50,000 to the department 
of philosophy. This swells his gifts to the university to over a 
million dollars. A running track has been built on the athletic 
field, and we think there is no finer equipped college field in the 

We hope any Phi's wandering this way will give us a call. 

W. S. Gilbert. 
Ithaca, Nov. 10, 1890. 

New York Beta, Union College. 

College opened September 17, with an encouraging class of 
between fifty and sixty members. Owing to the increased re- 
quirements for admission quite a number were turned away, not 
being sufficiently prepared. Several entered the upper classes 
from other colleges, thus making the entire number considerable 
above that of last year. 

New York Beta suffered a severe loss last commencement. Of 
her eleven active members five graduated and two left college 
thus leaving only four active members to return at the opening 
of the present year. On the evening of October 24th, however, 
we introduced into the mysteries of ^ J ^ five freshmen all of 
whom we are confident will become true and loyal Phi Greeks. 

At the last commencement we received our share of prizes and 
honors. We took two first prizes, one second and one third. 

In this, our first letter since the convention of Alpha Province, 
held with New York Alpha, at Cornell, October 30th and 31st, it 
is our pleasure to extend to that chapter our thanks for the hos- 


pitable manner in which she treated the delegates and also con- 
gratulate her on the possession of the fine new chapter house in 
which the convention was held. 

On November 8, it was our pleasure to entertain for a short 
time, Bros. Lowrey, Wood, Hodge, and Whitfield of New York 
Epsilon. They were here with the Syracuse University foot ball 

On Friday eve, December 5th, New York Beta will hold her 
seventh annual anniversary exercises and banquet. We shall 
endeavor to have as many as possible of our Alumni with us at 
that time, and will be glad to welcome any brothers from neigh- 
boring chapters. 

Bros. Reddish, '92, Gillespie, '93, and Muller, '94, are the 
committee in charge, and every effort will be made to make it a 
success. H. W. Briggs. 

Schenectady, Nov. 8, 1890. 

New York Gamma, College of the City of New York. 

New York Gamma, losing seven men at Commencement, had 
to work hard to catch up to active fraternity life. Now our act- 
ive list numbers eleven and we will initiate two or three in a 
short time. The other night we ushered into the mystic brother- 
hood two '93 men, Brothers Boyd and Greene. 

tf> J ^ in C. C. N. Y. has an uphill work to perform. She en- 
tered the college in 1884, the last fraternity to enter, and has 
still to get firmly established, yet has already made a reputation 
for herself as to the quality of her members. As evidence, not 
long ago a member of one of the other fraternities asked how we 
(Phi's) managed to secure such ** nice, fine " fellows. 

AA^, AKE, (PFA and SAX are associated with us at C. C. 
N. Y., each with chapters numbering about a dozen. 

Phi's are active in class politics, and high in the regard of their 
classmates; the undersigned is Vice President of the Senior 
Class, and Brother Timme is President of '93. 

Brothers Miller and Ware are at the Columbia Schools of 

Interest in our meetings is growing. This is attributed to 
an increase of zeal and activity on the part of the members, and 
the development of a closer social bond, a fuller appreciation of 
what fraternity life should be. We have music at our meetings, 
a couple of banjos and a zither, and we make out very enjoyable 

New York Gamma would extend a hearty welcome to all Phi's 
visiting New York, and general prosperity and the genuine Phi 
spirit to all the chapters in Phidom. 

Louis E. Van Norman. 

New York, Oct. 25, 1890. 


New York Epsilon, Syracuse University. 

Since our last letter New York Epsilon has continued to pros- 
per. Wc had only three men in the class of '90, and two of them 
were on the commencement program. Bro. Cook had the 
"Farewell Oration "on Class Day and Bro. Vredenburg repre- 
sented us at the musical soiree of the College of Fine Arts. Bro. 
Crayton who graduated from the College of Medicine, is now 
surgeon at St. Joseph's Hospital in this city. 

At the Calculus burial at the close of the spring term, Bro. 
Wiley was poet. 

Early in the spring term we initiated Mr. Herbert L. Ells- 
worth, '93, who ha3 proved to be a worthy and loyal Phi. 

During the summer we were, of course, scattered, but twenty 
of us returned to begin college in the fall. Bro. Willis, '93, soon 
went to Ann Arbor, and this left nineteen men to begin work for 
the chapter. Our rushing season lasted about three weeks and as a 
result of our labors, the following were added to our list, all emi- 
nently worthy of the badge and honor of * J ^. Edwin William 
Beadel, George Hopkins Bond, Albert Edwin Larkin, William 
Wilson Nichols, Ajthur Jerome Smith, Allen D. Steele, George 
Frederick Whitfield, all of the class of '94. We have pledged 
one more who will soon be initiated, and have fair hopes of one 
or two more. We feel very proud of our delegation, and feel 
confident that they will make loyal Phi's. 

Bro. Steele is a son of the late Dr. J. Dorman Steele, benefac- 
tor of the university, and author of Steele's ** Fourteen Weeks 

At the beginning of the year the foot ball team was organized, 
and four of its members are Phi's. Games have been scheduled 
between Syracuse, Hamilton, and Rochester which will be played 
this fall. We shall also have one or two on the base ball team. 

At a meeting of the Onondagan board, Bro. O. N. Wood, '92, 
was unanimously elected editor-in-chief, and, of course, we shall 
be glad to exchange annuals with as many as care to do so. 

On October 13, Bro. Rich, '92, was appointed as an assistant 
on the Skaneateles lake water survey, and will be absent from 
college during the remainder of the fall term. Bro. Wheeler also 
has an office position on the same survey, but will continue his 
college work. 

New York Epsilon looks forward to a very prosperous year, and 
would wish the same to all her sister chapters. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Edward D. Rich. 
Syracuse, Oct. 29, 1890. 


Pennsylvania Alpha, Lafayette College. 

We have entered with increased enthusiasm upon the work of 
the term. Thus far we have received into our ranks five new 
men. All from the class of '94, which is the finest class that has 
for years come under the classic walls of old Lafayette. Those 
initiated are Brothers Harder, Kirkendall, Allen, Smith and 
Ilenbright. We justly feel proud of our new men, and are con- 
fident that they will prove valuable acquisitions to our chapter. 
They are popular among their classmates, and three of them 
will be heard from in athletics. 

Brother Fox's work as captain and quarter-back of our foot- 
ball eleven has been the subject of favorable comment. But 
ever since last fall he has been troubled with a knee joint trouble, 
and in the last Lehigh game received such injuries that he can- 
not play again this season. Everyone regrets his withdrawal, 
for he was a tower of strength to our once fine, but now demor- 
alized eleven. Brother Harvey is manager of our team. In 
conjunction with Captain Fox he has spared no time or labor to 
present the best team that has ever represented our college ; and 
that he has failed is no fault of his. From the beginning of the 
term he has trained faithfully with the team, and probably will 
play end rush for the rest of the season. 

At the last Commencement, Brother Colvin carried off the 
Latin Salutatory, making the third successive time for this prize 
to fall into the hands of a Phi, and Brother Young was given the 
Historic Oration. From present indications we expect to do as 
well or better next June. We regret the departure of Brother 
Seem, '93, from our college. Pennsylvania Zeta will find in 
him a member worthy, in every way, of its confidence and re- 
spect. W. J. Rowan. 

Easton, Nov. 5, 1890. 

Pennsylvania Beta, Pennsylvania College. 

Pennsylvania College opened Sept. 4th, fully prepared to re- 
ceive all who should present themselves at her threshold for ad- 
mittance. She is in a prosperous condition. True, her present 
Freshman class is not quite as large as that of last year, never- 
theless it has come up to her expectations. The new gymnasi- 
um which is almost finished, promises to be a very excellent one 
and sufficiently well equipped to meet the demands of even a 
larger institution than ours. 

We, ourselves, came back invigorated and ready to do good 
work for * J ^. We carefully examined the new students and 
after long and serious consideration, decided that there were 


three to whom we desired to reveal the mysteries o( ^ A 6. Of 
these we have already initiated two, C. W. Krissinger, '94, 
and J. K. Cook, Special. Besides these we took in J. J. Bral- 
lier who had been here last year, but who for certain reasons, 
cou||l not join us until this year. We now have 13 men. 

Brother Ulsh, '90, is studying medicine at the University of 
Pennsylvania. Kelper, '90, is also studying medicine at Colum- 
bia College. Brother Enich has entered the Junior class at the 
University of Pennsylvania. 

The Junior class this year decided to publish an annual. Penn- 
sylvania Beta was honored with the Editor-in-chief and one of 
the staff of business managers. 

Brother R. B. Wolf is captain of the college foot-ball team 
and Brother Walker plays left tackle. 

A college banjo and guitar club has been organized with Bro- 
ther Sand as president and business manager. It already has a 
number of engagements and its prospects for the future are very 

The writer of this letter was a delegate at the convention of 
Alpha province at Cornell and was very handsomely entertained 
by the New York Alpha boys. Their new home is worthy to be 
a model for all chapter houses. 

With best wishes to the fraternity, I remain 

Yours in the Bond, 

Edw. O. Keen. 

Gettysburg, Nov. 4, 1890. 

Pennsylvania Gamma, Washington and Jefferson College. 

If the first term is indicative of the success of Pennsylvania 
Gamma of ^ J ^ during the present year of '90, she will surely 
do herself proud. We start this year under the happiest of au- 
spices, having just gotten into our new hall, of which we can say, 
there is not a better at Washington and Jefferson college. As if 
in celebration of this event, we have taken into our number, three 
new men already this term, and with good prospects to which to 
look forward in the future. 

Our new members are C. A. McCrea, '94, R. F. Robinson, 
'94, and George A. HoUiday, '93. Our chapter now numbers 
ten active members, a splendid showing for the present college 

Among our graduates from the class of '89, John Clark was 
given an honorary oration at commencement, and is at present 
attending the Columbia Law School at New York. Frank Math- 
ews won the first prize in Physics and Chemistry, and received 
"Cum Laude" on commencement. He is now attending the 
College of Physicians and Surgeons at New York. 


Walter Hayes was also given **Cum Laude," and he is now 
studying law in Kansas City. Walter was the representative of 
Washington and Jefferson College at the Intercollegiate Oratorical 
Contest, at Pittsburgh, Pa., honorably acquiting himself at that 
contest. Charlie Williams and Joseph Ewing are attending the 
Western Theological Seminary, at Allegheny, Pa. • 

Among our active members Charles Sterrit won the first prize 
in German given to the Junior class. M. D. Hayes represents 
our Fraternity this year in the board of editors for the college an- 
nual, the Pandora as artist. 

Washington and Jefferson College has organized a foot ball 
eleven this year, of which she can be proud in the future, they 
having won every game in which they have engaged since organ- 
ization, having beaten the ** Western Universities," and the East 
End Athletics, both of Pittsburgh, in two successive games. Many 
victories are looked forward to in the near future. 

We are still in sadness over the death of our brother William 
Hazen, which occurred just before our last commencement, and 
on account of which our annual commencement banquet was 

May the memory of his union with the '* Chapter Grand" be 
ever near to the hearts of his brothers of Penn'a Gamma Chapter 
^ AS, 

Yours in the Bond, 

M. Dodge Hayes. 
Washington, Nov. lo, 1890. 

Pennsylvania Delta, Allegheny College. 

The new reporter is glad that his first letter to the Scroll shall 
contain nothing but reports of victories for Phi Delta Theta. 
The opening of the college year on Sept. i6th, found us with elev- 
en men, all enthusiastic and ready to battle for Phi Delta Theta. 
One great evidence of our prosperity was the fact that all our men 
were congenial. We started out without a discordant element 
and we are sure that during the year we will have a chapter 
which will work together for a common interest. 

Thus far we have initiated four first-class men and take pleas- 
ure in introducing to the fraternity world Brothers R. W. Darragh, 
'93, T. A. Douthitt, '93, Chauncey F. Bell, '94, and E. W, 
Jaynes, '94. All our new men were rushed and two given invi- 
tations by other fraternities, but without hesitation cast their lot 
with us. We have secured every man we have desired ; in fact, 
we have not lost a single man for two years, which means a 
great deal where fraternity strife is so bitter. Pennsylvania Del- 
ta's standing in college makes the securing of desirable men com- 
paratively easy. 


The class elections for the year have been held. We are rep- 
resented in the Senior class by Brother Couse, who is Historian, 
and by Brother Ross who is Valedictorian. In the Junior class 
Brother Sisley is Ladder Orator, and Brother Black, Orator. 
Brother Darragh represents us as Poet of the Sophomore class. 
Brother John Howe is President and Brother Chauncey Bell His- 
torian of the Freshman class. With these positions we secure the 
highest honors of three classes, more and better positions than 
any other fraternity. 

The election of the Kaldron board of editors took place last 
week. Brother F. W. Black is Editor-in-chief, Brother H. A. 
Couse, Associate Editor, and Brother F. W. Gundry, President 
of the Board of Control. 

Brother Whitfield represents us on the Campus as Exchange 
Editor and Brother Gundry as Chairman of the Locals. 

In the evening of Sept. 26th, we gave the first reception of the 
season to the ladies of Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa 
Gamma, which, we believe was thoroughly enjoyed by all. 

The college opened this year with brighter prospects and more 
new students than ever before. Professor Dalton has been add- 
ed to the civil engineering department. Allegheny's corps of 
instructors is now doubtless the best in the history of the institu- 

The fraternity relations this fall have been comparatively peace- 
ful. Sigma Alpha Epsilon now numbers twenty-two, seven hav- 
ing been initiated this term ; Delta Tau Delta's prospects at the 
beginning of the year were rather gloomy but they have initiated 
four men, making their number ten; Phi Gamma Delta came 
back considerably weakened, having lost seven of their best men 
by graduation. They have succeeded in getting three preps, 
which increases their number to twelve ; Phi Kappa Psi has ini- 
tiated five, making their number eighteen. The new men are 
characteristic of the chapter here. Kappa Alpha Theta is in ex- 
cellent condition, having initiated four, and now number twelve ; 
Kappa Kappa Gamma numbers fifteen, including seven initiates. 

Pennsylvania Delta was represented at the Alpha Province 
convention by Brothers Case, '84, Ross, '91 and Peffer, '92. 
They had a most enjoyable time and were very much pleased at 
the standing of the Province. 

The chapter recently enjoyed visits from Bros. E. P. Couse, 
'89, who is with the Advance Argus at Greenville, Pa., and Bro- 
ther T. C. Blaisdell, '88, who is at present in the Allegheny City 
high school. We are always glad to meet our alumni and would 
be very much gratified to see them oftener. 

180 7HE SCROLL. 

We are more than ever pleased with the management of the 
Scroll and send greetings to our sister chapters. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Clarence Ross. 
Meadville, Pa., Nov. 6, 1890. 

Pennsylvania Epsilon, Dickinson College. 

Dickinson opened her io8th year September 11, 1890, with an 
attendance of 250 in college, law school and preparatory depart- 
ment. By this time we have had opportunity to become 
acquainted with, and to appreciate the members of our faculty ; 
Dr. Rogers, Prof, of English Bible and Semitic History ; Prof. 
Mclntire, Prof, of English Literature and Philosophy ; and Prof. 
Lake, instructor in physical culture. All are young, able, en- 
thusiastic men, and an unquestionable addition to our already 
strong faculty. 

Pennsylvania Epsilon was successful, as usual, in her rushing, 
and takes 'great pleasure in introducing to ^ A B Bros. Northrup, 
'92, Kurtz, '93, and Urner, McNeil and Cleaver, '94. Bros. 
Edward and Frank Gardner have left college. We had the 
pleasure of welcoming Bros. Smith, '87, and Straw, '89, who 
paid us flying visits this fall. In the class elections, held shortly 
after college opened, Bro. Landis was elected president, and 
Bro. Neal, historian of '91, Bro. Evans, president of '93, and 
Bro. McNeil, president of '94. 

The conditions and relations of fraternities here remain about 
as usual. ^ A" ^ is numerically strongest, having 22 men ; B 8 U 
numbers 10; 6 J -^,8; J A, 4; -Y ^,3. I A E has entered 
college, starting with eleven men. There is also a local fraternity 
who have endeavored for a year to enter ^ T, but have not yet 
been successful. There is very little collision among the frater- 
nities here, and a general good feeling prevails. Especially is 
this the case this year. Pennsylvania Epsilon steadily held her- 
self aloof from any scramble for offices, preferring to be content 
with those honors which reluctant rivalry is compelled to yield to 
merit. We now number fourteen, and it is the general impres- 
sion among ourselves that we were never in better condition, 
and, therefore, we anticipate a year successful in every way. 

Rejoicing in our own prospects, we wish an equal measure of 
success to our sister chapters. 

Yours in the Bond, 

W. W. Landis. 
Carlisle, Nov. 7, 1890. 


Pennsylvania Zeta, University of Pennsylvania. 

Greeting: The year has opened very auspiciously for Pennsyl- 
vania Zeta. Losing but three men by graduation in June, we 
were enabled to begin earnest work immediately after the open- 
ing of college. Many of those residing in the city had continued 
to meet once a week during the summer vacation at the chapter 
house. On several occasions we had visitors to cheer us on by 
encouraging reports from distant chapters. So the men have 
returned to college full of the spirit of fraternity, and eager to 
uphold the honor of Phi Delta Theta at Pennsylvania. 

Besids the nineteen men continued on our roll from last year, 
our ranks have been strengthened by the affiliation of four good 
men. From Pennsylvania Alpha came Bros. W. G. Young and 
Charles Seems, while Pennsylvania Beta sent us Bros. W. H. 
Ulsh and J. E. Enick. Billy Young (for so we already call him) 
and Ulsh have entered the medical department ; Seems takes the 
course preparatory to medicine, and Enick makes his debut in 
the Wharton School that has attracted so much attention from 
financiers this summer. We are selecting our new men carefully, 
with a view to the future, as well as for the present. So far we 
have initiated two men — Edward B. Wilford, '93, and Edward 
S. Young, '94, both of whom we confidently expect to see carry 
off prizes in the athletic as well as in the honor contests of the 
coming year. Besides these, we are working on several other 
very strong men who are fairly besieged by fraternity men. Two, 
at least, of these we can almost claim as our own now, and of the 
others we still have great hope. The initiation of men at Penn- 
sylvania proceeds rather slowly. It takes much more time to 
become thoroughly acquainted with new men than at colleges 
where the dormitory system ob tarns, and a good man may be 
comparatively unknown for half a term. 

Our outlook for honors for the ensuing year is very promising. 
Pennsylvania Zeta's roll of honor of last year attracted some 
little attention, and that roll will not be shortened. We have 
two representatives on the Pennsylvanian^ two on the Record to 
be published by the graduating class next June, and the business 
managers of each are Phi's. Bro. Philip E. Howard, besides 
filling positions on both the above publications, is the manager 
of track athletics for the year, and ought to make a good record 
in the high jump. 

Our delegates to Alpha Province Convention, Bros. West 
and Howard, have returned home brim-full of enthusiasm for 
everything — the convention, the Fraternity, and for the general 
good time which the New York Alpha extended to them. As 
we heard their reports, each of us felt that the one great mistake 


was that we had not been able to be present. Phi Delta Theta 
is growing steadily stronger. It is bound to become the great 
national Fraternity, and it behooves us, as individuals, to keep 
high its honor. 

All the departments at the university are becoming crowded. 
The medical freshmen will probably number 230, the biological 
classes are growing entirely too large for the present accommo- 
dations, and there is a similar state of things in the other courses. 
There have been but few changes in the faculty since last year, 
and most of these are in the corps of instructors. A school of 
architecture has been established, which offers a four-year prac- 
tical course, and qualifies the graduate for a Baccalaureate 
degree. The course is under the direction of Theophilus P. 
Chandler, Jr. , and the faculty includes a number of well known 
specialists. Our foot ball team is making a good record. One 
defeat, by Princeton, up to the time of writing; Columbia, 
Lehigh, Virginia have succumbed — 18-0, 8-0, 72-0. W. W. 
Taxis, bicycle champion *of Pennsylvania, has entered the uni- 
versity, and will make good time for us at the intercollegiate 
meetings. In fact, the general athletic outlook for the year is 

The fraternities at Pennsylvania are pursuing the conservative 
tenor of their ways. The chapter of Psi Upsilon is becoming 
stronger. They have transferred the old medical quiz into a 
chapter house, and are getting in good material. Phi Kappa 
Psi, which was revived last year, has received four or five 
affiliates, but had few left in college after Ninety's graduation. 

Pennsylvania Zeta has one complaint to make. Since our at- 
tempt (we hope successful) to revive the chapter at Pennsylvania, 
we have received visits from none of the fraternity officers, 
and we feel very much slighted. No one has accepted our 
invitation to make a call upon us. In closing, I would ex- 
tend, in behalf of Pennsylvania Zeta, a hearty invitation to come 
and see us at 3245 Samson Street, our abode for the present. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Adam Shumwav. 
Philadelphia, Nov. i, 1890. 

Pennsylvania Eta, Lehigh University. 

We are sorry to record that our losses in membership last year 
were greater than we anticipated in the last letter, Bros. Edson, 
Warner, Westcott and Smith, '93, having for various reasons not 
returned. Bro. Westcott anticipates returning at Christmas, if 
his health allows. Bfo. Smith has transferred his collegiate 
studies to Cornell. 


We take pleasure in announcing the occurrence of the first 
marriage in the membership of Pennsylvania Eta, one who was 
also one of the organizers of the chapter. Bro. T. F. Newby 
was married on the evening of October 2 2d, to Miss Helen Suy- 
dam of Harrisburg, Pa. We most certainly wish the young couple 
life long happiness, and if the writer possesses the least particle of 
prophetic vision, he sees in the initiative step taken by Bro. 
Newby, an example which will have several immediate fraternal 
followers. Bro. William F. Dean who affiliated with us from 
Cornell, was married on the 29th of October, to Miss Etta M. 
Lounsbury. We extend like congratulations to them. 

In the matter of new men, we have four good men pledged 
who will be initiated into the mysterious rights of our Fraternity 
at Thanksgiving. 

Our representative returned very enthusiastic of the success of 
the Province Convention, and certainly much praise is due New 
York Alpha for her admirable management in regard to the meet- 

On the evening of October 17th, we were honored by a visit 
from Bro. President Randolph. It is superfluous to state that an 
enjoyable evening was spent. It is particularly conducive to 
fraternal spirit, to come in personal contact with the head of the 
Fraternity and we sincerely hope that Bro. Randolph may soon 
again be able to repeat his visitation. 

Owing to our comparative close proximity, the frequent inter- 
change of visits between us and the Lafayette Chapter still con- 
tinue, and we have added much to the advancement of general 
fraternal relations. 

The foot ball team this year has not given indications thus far 
that it is up to the standard of last year's team. But we antici- 
pate It to retrieve before the end of season, some of the laurels 
lost in the beginning. 

We hope that all Phi's who happen to come in this direction 
will not fail to call upon us, as we always are prepared and glad 
to welcome those in the Bond of ^i-x,ela, 

H. Weidener DuBois. 
Bethlehem, Nov. 7, 1890. 

Virginia Alpha, Roanoke College. 

The Commencement at Roanoke College last June was one 
of the most enjoyable that we have ever had. The graduating 
class numbered twenty, the largest in numbers, and the strongest 
in intellect that old Roanoke has ever graduated. The Board 
of Trustees have decided to abolish class honors and to give 


distinctions in place ; all graduates standing high in deportment 
and making an average grade on their final examination of 95 or 
over, 100 bemg the standard, are awarded first distinctions. 
And of the distinguished number were two loyal Phis, Brothers 
R. M. Pence and C. A. Freed. Bro. Pence was also elected to 
deliver the Salutatory at the joint-debate of the Literary Societies, 
and was one of the contestants for the gold medal in oratory. 

One of the most pleasant happenings of the Commencement 
was a reunion of about thirty members of Virginia Alpha. One 
evening we assembled in our hall, and after listening to talks and 
reminiscences of past college days, we sat down to a sumptuous 
feast where sparkling wit and laughter mingled together and the 
warm blood of fraternal friendship flowed through our veins, and 
I thought **how good it is for brethren to dwell together in 
unity." What a flood of recollections must have rushed in upon 
the minds of those, who for years had been mingling and bat- 
tling with the stern realities ot the world, to once more assemble 
in **this sacred retreat of friendship" and to live over again the 

The boys after spending a most pleasant vacation have return- 
ed to their Alma Mater with new zeal and energy, and leading 
off in the Greek world with six loyal Phis, at the opening of the 
session \ ^ T A following with three members, and A T SL 
with two. 

The Anti-Frat League which had boiled up so last season and 
threatened * 'eternal destruction" and annihilation to the frater- 
nities, have cooled down, and finding that they couldn't with 
their scheming in secret meetings and Literary Society cliques, 
**bust up" the fraternities, have split up among themselves and 
each one gone off to nurse his own remorseful feelings, and, as 
one of their leaders said the other day, to **let the Fraternities 
alone this year." 

Knowing the inactivity of the Anti's, and the light competition 
of our rival fraternities, we have not been in a very great hurry 
to "spike" the barbs, but have so far succeeded in capturing two 
of their number in the persons of Bro. M. B. Stickley and Bro. 
M. G. Killian, men who stand high in their classes, socially and 
intellectually, and of whom we may be proud. 

Bro. T. A. Frey, class of '88, passed through Salem several 
weeks ago, on his way to Yale College, which he is now attend- 
ing. He was reporter for our chapter several years ago, and was 
always a warm Phi. 

Virginia Alpha sends greeting to all her sister chapters and 
wishes them a happy and prosperous year. 

J. L. Frantz. 

Salem, October 31, 1890. 


Virginia Gamma, Randolph-Macon College. 

As this is our first letter for several months, it will not be out 
of place to review the events at the close of last session. 

The final festivities began on the i8th of June with the contest 
for the Sutherlin medal for oratory, which was awarded to Bro. 
J. H. Riddick, Jr. Th'e two following nights were devoted to 
the celebrations of the Washington and Franklin Literary Socie- 
ties. The former honored Bro. J. S. Zimmerman with the office 
of Chief Marshal and Bro. R. W. Peatross with that of Vice 
President. Bros. S. S. Lambeth, Jr. and B. C. Nettles received 
similar honors at the hands of the Franklin Society. The degree 
of A, M. was conferred on Bro. W. C. Vaden, and that of A. 
B. on Bros. E. C. Armstrong and J. H. Riddick. Thus, it will 
be seen that, of the ten men comprising our chapter at the close 
of last session, seven received conspicuous college honors. 

In connection with the commencment exercises we would not 
omit to mention the delightful reception given us by our enthusi- 
astic sister. Miss Maggie M. Jones. The occasion was thoroughly 
informal, and was heartily enjoyed by the entire chapter. 

Although we sustained a great loss in the failure of Bros. Peat- 
ross, Riddick, Vaden, and G. H. Lambeth, to return to college 
this session, yet the six men who did return, with the addition 
of Bro. Ely, whose health permitted him to join us once more, 
constituted a chapter whose equal was not to be found in college. 

After critically observing the unsuspecting **barbs," we decid- 
ed to honor three of them with invitations to cast their lots among 
us. Of course our invitations were accepted, although they 
were all advised to ignore them by other fraternities. So on the 
night of the 28th, of September, in the presence of twelve enthu- 
siastic Phi's, among whom were Bros. J. C. Martin, A. S. Mar- 
tin, and R. C. Child, alumni of Virginia Gamma, and Bros. Mil- 
ler and Patton from Virginia Delta, we revealed the mysteries of 
the Fraternity to S. J. Battin, W. N. Davis, and A. Sledd. 
After the initiation ceremonies we repaired to Lounsberry's res- 
taurant, where we partook of a bountiful repast prepared in honor 
of the occasion. When the cravings of the inner man were sat- 
isfied, we were favored with short speeches by our visiting mem- 
bers, and the **bugs." Then the Fraternity **Rah-Rah-Rah" was 
given and we adjourned. 

We believe that the outlook for our chapter is brighter now 
than at any previous time in its history. At this early period 
in the session comparatively few college honors have been be- 
stowed. Thus far, Bros. Armstrong and Sledd have been elected 
to the editorial staff of the Randolph- Macon Monthly, Bro. Net- 
tles is gymnasium instructor, and captain of the base ball team, 
and Bro. Sledd is instructor in mathematics. 


Our relations with the other fraternities of this college are ex- 
tremely cordial. The fraternal spirit, though not lacking in en- 
thusiasm, has never been freeer from bitterness than at present. 
The numerical strength of the fraternities here is as follows : Beti 
Theta Pi, 13 ; Phi Delta Theta, 10; Sigma Chi, 7 ; Kappa Sig- 
ma, 6 ; Phi Kappa Sigma, 3 ; Kappa Alpha, 3 ; Alpha Tan 
Omega i (but no chapter). 

We would not close without tendering our hearty congratula- 
tions to The Scroll for such a complete, handsome, and able 
number as was the last. It was indeed an honor to the Fratern- 
ity, and one that each member should be proud to offer for the 
inspection of other fraternity men. 

S. S. Lambeth, Jr. 

Ashland, Oct. 20, 1890. 

Kentucky Delta, Central University. 

The university opened Sept. loth with a larger number of 
students than last year, and the coming year promises to be a 
most prosperous one for the institution. The B. L. course has 
been added to the curriculum, making three courses, B. A., B, 
S. , and B. L. The school of theology will be established in the 
near future. Much interest is taken in the gymnasium, especially 
by the new students. 

Many changes have taken place in our chapter since our last 
communication. • In June last we initiated W. S. Jones, thus in- 
creasing our number to nine. From these nine members only 
three returned. Four — Bros. Lilly, Sanders, Roberts and 
Joffrion, graduates, and two Bros. Jacob and Mitchell, failed to 
return. Bro. Jacob is taking the law course at Ann Arbor, and 
Bro. Mitchell is reading law at his home. 

We have initiated the following men this fall : C. C. Collins, 
'94, and N. S. Bayless, '93, Covington, Ky.; F. P. Kenney, '93, 
Paris, Ky.; Th. Davies, '94, Georgetown, Ky.; Wra. Crow, Jr., 
'92, Richmond, Ky.; Alex. George, '94, Meridian, Miss. 

Bro. Crow is a son of Rev. Wm. Crow, '57, Kentucky Alpha. 
You will observe that we lose no men this year by graduation, 
and all expect to return. The amount of fraternity material this 
year is small in proportion to the number of new scholars, but 
ours are the pick of the flock, and cannot be surpassed here or 
elsewhere. They are interested in all matters pertaining to the 
Fraternity, and are full of enthusiasm. We have been using the 
new ritual this fall, and like it. Our hall has been improved, 
and we intend making further improvements soon. 

Last June A T H and 1 A E became inactive, leaving three 
fraternities here now whose membership is as follows : A K E^ 
ii;2'iV, 8;<P J^, 9. 

7HE SCROLL. 137 

The clouds that overshadowed Kentucky Delta at the begin- 
ning of the year have, by hard work, energy and determination, 
been dispelled, and the prospects of the chapter were never 

We are all highly pleased with the Scroll. 

Hoping our sister chapters have as much cause to rejoice as 
we, and wishing uninterrupted success to them all, we close. 


Richmond, Nov. lo, 1890. 


Georgia Alpha, University of Georgia. 

Georgia Alpha commenced the year in the University of 
Georgia with twelve men, two of her old members, Bros. W. W. 
Shephard, of Long Branch, Ga., and F. G. Govan, of Rome, 
Ga., after a year's absence having returned. Bro. Shephard 
entered the law class and Bro. Govan the sophomore class. On 
October the first, Bro. Robt. Johnson, of Georgia Beta, affiliated 
with the chapter here. Bro. Johnson is from Atlanta, Ga. 
Georgia Alpha had a stubborn fight for its men, for now there are 
eight fraternities in the university, and a great many men could 
not pass the strict entrance examinations, which made fraternity 
material scarce ; but notwithstanding this, she has initiated five 
as fine men as have entered the university ; they are Bros. Geo. 
Becket, of Savannah, Ga.; R. C. Cleghorn, of Summerville, Ga.; 
Halcot Moreno, of Gainesville, Ga.; W. T. Tuggle, of La Grange, 
Ga.; and W. P. Warren, of Atlanta, Ga. So Georgia Alpha 
numbers eighteen men, in all the equal of any fraternity here in 
numbers, and we can truly say in quality. This is the numerical 
standing of the fraternities represented at the university . <P A B^ 
18; ^*, i7;/rj, 18; ^ ri2, 12; Jii £, 8;2:A^, 18; J r J, 9; 
X ^f^ 12. The greatest harmony prevails in fraternity circles, 
and all the difficulties of last year seem to have blown over. It 
was feared by many that the Board of Trustees would abolish fra- 
ternities, but they were allowed to remain, and this year we hope 
the best results will emanate from all of them, and perfect har- 
mony prevail, so that no such fear will be again aroused. The 
university is in a prosperous condition, and the standard has 
been raised so much that now it is the equal of any of the South- 
ern colleges. A fine brick gymnasium will soon be erected, and 
it will give athletics a new impetus. The chapter is in as pros- 
perous a condition as can be wished, and her numbers are united 
and enthusiastic in her work. Our Saturday night meetings are 
fully and regularly attended, and every one looks forward to 
them with great pleasure. The chapter is out of debt, and has 


enough money in the treasury to furnish our new rooms when 
we get them, which we hope will be soon. Bro. Walker King 
has been elected anniversarian of the Demosthenian Literary 
Society, the highest gift of that body, and it will redound to his 
and the chapter's honor. We hope that the other chapters of our 
Fraternity have been as fortunate as we, and that they will enter 
into the work of the following year with as much zest as Georgia 

Anton Pope Wright. 
Athens, Oct. 29, 1890. 

Georgia Gamma, Mercer University. 

The collegiate year of 1 890-1 has opened very successfully 
for Georgia Gamma. Although losing four of our strongest men 
by graduation and several others through a failure on their part, 
to return to the college, yet twelve of us who had returned went 
manfully to work and, as the result of our labors we soon had 
eleven of the best new men in college pledged, greatly strength- 
ening our delegation in the class of '93 and giving a very strong 
one in the class of '94. It is certainly a magnificent spectacle to 
see eleven fine men take the Phi vows in one night, taking them, 
too, with every prospect of becoming worthy wearers of the 
white and blue, yet we witnessed such a sight about one week 
after we had returned, and, more-over, since then the "spikers" 
have been at work and in consequence of their labors the chap- 
ter gained an additional reinforcement of two men who will, no 
doubt, reflect honor and credit on their Fraternity. We take 
great pleasure in introducing to the Phi world. Brothers Harper, 
Forsyth, Smith, Berry, McWilliams, M., McWilliams, O., Tins- 
ley, Bannon, Clark, A., Anderson, C, Denmark, Lester, and 

Brother Rounsaville of Georgia Beta, has affiliated with us. 

Mercer University under the able management of Rev. Dr. 
G. A. Nunnally, is certainly making great strides forward. The 
curriculum will be gradually raised. The numbers, both of Pro- 
fessors and of students has been increased and the students be- 
gin with this year the publication of a weekly paper known as 
^^Mephistophelean" — quite latge enough — in respect to name at least. 
Brother W. M. Callaway, '91, had the honor of being first edi- 
tor-in-chief. Brother C. T. Tillman, '91, has been elected the 
business manager for a term of one year. The paper under his 
able management is certam to be a success. Brother Tillman 
also had the honor to be elected orator from his society to deliver 
an address on Dec. i6th — *' Founder's Day." On Friday even- 
ing, Nov. 7th, we gave a dance at the residence of Mrs. J. M. 
Johnston, on Orange street, which has been pronounced a sue- 


cess by all who attended. We " tripped the light-fantastic toe" 
until a late hour and then dispersed, feeling very grateful to our 
hostess for the many favors shown our Fraternity and feeling as- 
sured that our entertainment had been a success. The fraterni- 
ties here are, generally, in a very prosperous condition and there 
is very little of that ill-feeling which seems to have become so 
common at a number of colleges. We give their numerical 
strength below: A T a, i8 ; K A, 20; * J <^, 26; IN, 11; I A 
^» IS' With best wishes for sister chapters, 

Yours in the Bond, 

T. W. Hardwick. 
Macon^ Nov. 8, 1890. 

Tennessee Alpha, Vanderbilt University. 

With regret we noticed that our chapter was one of the many 
that failed to have a letter in the first number of the fifteenth 
volume of the Scroll. Tennessee Alpha wishes rather to be 
among those never failing to be represented in the chapter 
correspondence, and especially anxious was your reporter to 
have a letter in the October Scroll, since that is the time when 
a review of each chapter's work for the preceding year should 
be given. 

We know that it is now too late to fill the blank made by our 
unwritten letter, but that the blank be not in our chapter's his- 
torical records, a short review of Tennessee Alpha's condition 
and progress during the past year will not be out of place here. 

The year 1 889-' 90, though marked by more victories than 
defeats, was far from being the most successful in the history of 
our chapter. 'Tis true we made several steps forward, especi- 
ally to be mentioned is the purchase of a lot upon which we 
hope to build a chapter house. Although new material from 
which to draw recruits was unusually scarce, there was no danger 
of our dying a natural death, being eighteen strong ; nor were we 
afraid of being overcome by our rivals ; yet the low tide of en- 
thusiasm which must come to the most zealous almost reached 
the shores of Tennessee Alpha and our chapter ark, for a time, 
seemed in danger of being cast upon a shoal ; but the ebbing 
tide tarried not and the rushing waters came swiftly back and 
lifting our ship clear of the sands sent her proudly sailing on the 
mission of the Bond of Phi Delta Theta. 

The medals received last commencement by members of 
Tennessee Alpha were not enough to make us appear avaricious, 
nor were honors heaped upon us with such profusion as to spoil 
us, still we are proud to have the records show that Claude 
Waller received the Founder's medal in law and that the Young 
medal for oratory was awarded to J. R. Wood. The Alumni 


orator, J. A. Harrison, '8i, and the Poet, E. J. Crockett, '88, 
are Phi's. The same honors for next commencement were con- 
ferred upon two of Tennessee Alpha's Alumni — Robt. Marr, 
orator ; R. E. Crockett, '87, poet. 

The following positions of honor were given to members of 
Phi Delta Theta : Waller Deering, adjunct professor in Teutonic 
languages; John Daniell, (Ala. Alpha), adjunct-professor in 
physics; P. M. Jones, fellow and assistant in natural history and 
geology; W. A. Webb, assistant in English and mathematics. 
The honor deserving especial mention, however, was the elec- 
tion of A. R. Carter, of Louisville, Ky., to a place on the Board 
of Trust. Carter is the youngest member of the Board, having 
graduated in '89. We justly feel proud of this honor, for Allen 
Carter is as true and loyal to Phi Delta Theta as he is to his 
Alma Mater, 

By graduation we lost three members last commencement : 
Claude Waller, now practicing law in Nashville; N. A. Gibson, 
attorney-at law, Staunton Depot, Tenn.; Stewart Brooks, Mobile, 
Ala., attorney-at-law. E. I. Crockett resigned his position as 
assistant in English, and is now in the real estate business in 
Pueblo, Colorado. Collins Waller, Morganfield, Ky., of the 
Freshman class was the only undergraduate that failed to re- 
turn. F. P. Turner, who has been teaching school for the last 
two years, has returned to complete his course in the academic 
department this year. S. D. Thach, who has been practicing 
medicine most successfully during the past year, has returned to 
the medicine department and will complete his course this year. 

No attempt at an analysis of the causes that brought about 
such a want of enthusiasm in Tennessee Alpha, during last year, 
will be made, but it shall suffice to say that fraternity spirit in 
general was at a very low ebb at Vanderbilt, as indeed was all 
life and college spirit. This latter can be attributed to the un- 
usually small number of students in the academic department, 
the freshman class being the smallest for ten years and the senior 
the smallest in the history of the University. 

The year 1890-91 opened with bright prospects for Vander- 
bilt. The largest senior class since its foundation and the best 
freshmen, quality and quantity both being considered, have been 
enrolled. Equally bright were the prospects for Phi Delta Theta. 
Thirteen as zealous workers in the cause as were ever gathered 
together had returned ready and anxious to further the interests 
of our chapter. Never was there a more congenial band of 
brothers than those constituting Tennessee Alpha; and few were 
the obstacles except such as are needed to add zest to the work 
that lay in our path. The field was ripe with the harvest, and 
we have been busily engaged gathering in such sheaves as come 
up to the standard of Phi Delta Theta, Conservatism being 


the chapacteristic work of Tennessee Alpha, we have initiated 
only three new men, all of which were spiked by several of our 
rivals. We are glad to announce to all Phis the names of James 
Hanna, Franklin, Tenn.; Louis Clark Renfro, Elmira, California, 
and Robert A. Weaver, Memphis, Tenn. 

The relative standing of the nine fraternities at Vanderbilt is 
about the same as it has been for several years. A notable fact 
is the large number of transfers that have come to the various 
fraternities this season, seven having received additions from 
this source. Tennessee Alpha's affiliates are as follows : O. F. 
Cook, Ga. Beta, E. H. Hawkins and T. V. Copeland, Ala. 
Gamma. All have entered the Biblical department 

The Dekes entered Vanderbilt last fall and now have twenty 
members, having initiated more this year than any of the other 
fraternities. They were especially strengthened by their affiliates. 

A weekly beanng the name of the Hustler the paper that was 
published here during the session i888-'89, has been revived. 
The present Hustler is under a different management from its 
predecessor, and it is very desirable that it may continue to 
thrive. Being run in the interest of the whole university it fills 
a need at Vanderbilt, and is calculated to do much to keep 
college life and spirit active. 

The present increased attendance at Vanderbilt in a large 
measure is due to a number of competitive scholarships and 
prizes which have recently been offered to those entering the 
freshman class. Besides these, ten one hundred dollar fellow- 
ships have been estabhshed, and are eligible to graduates of 
other institutions who may wish to pursue post graduate studies. 

Tennessee Alpha takes pleasure in expressing her thanks to 
the editor of the Scroll for the many additions of interest it 
has received while under the present management. 

Paul M. Jones. 
Nashville, Nov. 4, 1890. 

Alabama Alpha, University of Alabama. 

In my capacity as reporter for Alabama Alpha, I take pleas- 
ure in writing this my first letter to the Scroll. 

Our last Commencement marked the close of a most eventful 
and prosperous year for Alabama Alpha. In the graduating 
class of last June, we were most worthily represented by Brothers 
Horton, Miles, Murphy and Smith ; and in the Law department 
by Brothers Crook, Elmore and McAdory, all of whom were 
** gallant Phi's," and from whom we were loth to part. But we 
are glad to note that Brother Horton is with us again ; having 
been elected sub-professor of English and Latin. 


The rush of students to the University of Alabama this year, 
has been greater than the record of any past year shows. The 
institution is indeed prosperous. General Clayton, our much 
beloved and honored President, died at the beginning of last 
session, and Dr. Wyman was promoted by the trustees to acting 
President, which position he filled until the close of the year 
when General R. C. Jones of Wilcox, was elected as our new 

Much to our regret Brother Wright will not be with us this 
year, having accepted the position of assistant professor in the 
Military Academy at Livingston, Ala. Our ritualistic service 
has been used this year to introduce into the Phi world. Brothers 
Burke of '92, Jacksonville, Ala., and Lyons of '94, Mobile, Ala., 
and in the Law department. Brother Porter of Birmingham, Ala., 
all of whom we heartily commend to the Phi world at large. 
We also affiliated Brother Gallion of Alabama Gamma. We are 
glad to have with us in the Law class, Brothers W. B. Palmer of 
'89, and V. W. Jones of '86. 

Brother Quarles paid us a flying visit at the opening of the 
session. He is regarded as one of the most promising young 
lawyers in Alabama. 

The most enjoyable event of Commencement week was the (P 
J B ball and banquet given at the Washington and McLester 
Hotels, an account of which has already been given. A large 
number of our alumni in attendance at our State Convention 
were present, and helped to make the occasion a most enjoyable 

This coming year bids fair to be one of successes for the 
boys in our chapter. We have men whose standing in college 
and society is sure to bring honor to our chapter and upon all 
Phi's. Our chapter now numbers 25 and from present prospects 
it will not be long before there will be additions to this number. 

The election of Junior officers on the 20th of this month caused 
no little stir. But as usual, ^ A B came out on top, getting more 
high officers than any other fraternity in college. 

With brotherly love and many good wishes for Phi Delta The- 
ta's success, we greet our sister chapters. 
Yours in the bond oi ^ A B^ 

C. A. Stillman, Jr. 
Tuskaloosa, Oct. 26, 1890. 



Louisiana Alpha, Tulane University. 

This time last year found a little band of prospective Phi's 
awaiting anxiously to be installed as the charter members of La. 
Alpha of ^ J S. Since the chapter has come into existence, and 
by judicious nurture she has steadily grown in strength and im- 
portance, so that to-day she stands as a worthy representative of 
our Fraternity in Tulane. During the year her intercourse with 
the other Tulane chapters has been of the most friendly order, 
owing to her policy of minding her own business, and of not try- 
ing to pluck the mote out of her brother's eye, until she has first 
ascertained that she is not burdened with a beam in her own. 

The chapter this year has the following upon her active roll ; 
Lits., H. B. Gessner, post graduate; F. P. Blake, G. L. Te- 
bank, E. P. Brady, R. T. Hardie, and H. P. Jones, '93; J. R. 
ConnifF, '94. Meds., Marion Souchon, J. J. D'Aquin, C. Mils 
Brady and C. H. Tebault, Jr. 

Bros. Chas. W. Cosby and W. F. Hardie did not matriculate 
for session '90-'9i. They, however, assume the duties of actives 
and are still with us. 

The name of Bro John Robinson Conniff greets you as that 
belonging to a new and loyal Phi. October 8, 1890, is a date 
memorable to Bro. Conniff, and to Louisiana Alpha, for then 
Bro. Conniff became a Phi. Bro. F. P. Blake bears the cicatrices 
of an old Greek. Many moons ago, he saw the beams of the 
Grecian light from the mountain top of Sewanee. We must 
thank Tennessee Beta for so loyal a Phi and royal an affiliate. 
Bro. Blake is taking an electrical course in Tulane. 

Bro. C. P. Williams has never returned to us from his home in 
Mansfield, Louisiana. Bro. J. F. Duouy, Jr. , is attending Stev- 
en's Institute. Bro. H. R. Denis has unfortunately been driven 
from his chapter and studies by the serious condition of his eyes, 
and is now recuperating at his summer home at Pass Christian, 
Mississippi. We hope to have him in our midst at some early 

The visiting Phi's attending the Medical College are, Bros. D. 
F. Talley, (resident student at Charity Hospital), M. O. Burke, 
C. L. Horten, Alabama Alpha; C. H. Trotter, S. L. Postell, 
and Bro. Sessions, Mississippi Alpha; Bro. Phillips, Virginia 
Beta. In the early part of October, we were pleased to have a 
visit from Bro. W. S. Slack, of Tennessee Beta. 

The beauty of our hall has been enhanced by the remodeling 
of the hall itself, and by the addition of a Brussels carpet. 

C. H. Tebault, Jr. 
New Orleans, Nov. 7, 1890. 


Texas Gamma, Southwestern University. 

Texas Gamma comes again with a report of which she is justly 
proud. Our correspondent chapters have never had occasion to 
remind us *' what we are here for," and we intend to maintain 
this attitude. 

The large increase of students in the university inspires us 
with hopes of higher achievements than any in the past. The 
second day's enrollment was nearly half a hundred more than 
any former year, and a livelv matriculation has been kept up 
ever since. There is •* timber" in the forest that will suit our 
purpose ; we will get it at maturity. 

Six of the undergraduates of last Commencement are with us, 
more zealous than ever in Phi Delta Theta's cause. At our last 
meeting we added another to our number, L. L. Thomas, '92, 
who is in every respect worthy of bearing the sword and shield. 
We take pleasure in introducing such a man to the Phi world. 

The first regular meeting of the Alamo and San Jacinto soci- 
ties resulted for us as follows : In the Alamo, Brother Boyce was 
elected President ; in the San Jacinto, Brother W. D. Gordon 
holds the gavel. A due part of the minor offices was received 
by Phi's. On the Monthly staff we have the following brothers : 
W. D. Gordon, editor-in-chief, W. Boyer, exchange editor, J. A. 
Fain, Jr., busmess manager. It will be remembered that Bro- 
ther Kilgore was chief last year, Brother W. L. Dean, exchange 
editor. Brother S. W. Dean, general business manager. The 
Phis are represented on the Alamo intermediate debate by J. 
A. Fain, Jr., leader and G. W. Graves, second. 

Commencement- last, was a time of honest triumph for Texas 
Gamma. Brother Kilgore won first honors. Brothers W. L. 
Dean taking the A. B. degree, tied an A. M. for second. Bro- 
ther Sansom wore off the Junior orator's medal, his strongest op- 
ponent being a Phi. We mention with pride further honors of 
the class of '90 on a broader arena : Brother Kilgore is professor 
of mathematics in Centenary College, Lampassas; Brother 
Mathis is principal of a good school at Valley View ; Brother W. 
L. Dean no sooner reached home, than the good people of Mad- 
ison County nominated him for County Attorney. He has no 
opposition, and has spent the summer preparing himself for the 
office in Nov. S. W. Dean is at his brother's side. 

While the excited Prep, was screaming loudest before a large 
audience on the first night of commencement, June 5th, Texas 
Gamma Phi's with their gentle friends, were enjoying one of the 
rarest, and most excellent banquets known of at the residence of 
Brother Frank Marrs. How we would fain speak of it at length, 
but for being hedged by what would otherwise appear a healthy 


limit to letters like this ! Brother Boyce gave the final banquet. 
His palatial home four blocks east of the university, was a fit 
place for crowning the faithful soldiers of sword and shield with 
their last joy. We all partook of one of the richest boards ever 
spread before in Georgetown. Let it be remembered by us as a 
time when love paused to sigh at parting. 

John A. Fain, Jr. 
Georgetown, Oct. 20, 1890. 

Ohio Alpha, Miami University. 

Miami opened this year with one change in the faculty, W. J. 
Greer, '89, having been elected principal of the preparatory de- 
partment, vice Prof. Parrot, who resigned last June, and is now 
studying in Germany. Mr. Greer is a resident of Oxford, and 
a member of Beta Theta Pi. 

The prospect of Ohio Alpha is brighter this year than it was a 
year ago, and a bright future is before us. Our membership at 
present is eight — 3-'9i, i-'92, 2-' 93, 2-'94. On the evening of 
October 18 we made our last addition to the chapter, and it is 
with pleasure that we introduce our new Phi brother, Paul W. 
Smith, whose father, P. W. Smith, was a member of Michigan 
Alpha, and is now a prominent lawyer of this place. After the 
initiation a ''spread " was enjoyed, and articles were disposed of 
according to the following menu : 

Light Conversation, 

Tid-bit of Sir William, 

Ye Infant Cucumber, 

Cheese Straws, 


Sweet Effervesence of Acidulated HgO, 

Cake, Grapes, 

Immature Cigars. 

Harry Weidner, '88, and W. J. Rusk, '89, aided in all the 
work of the evening. 

Beta Theta Pi lost several men by graduation last June, and 
thus far they have made no addition \ they have four members. 
Delta Kappa Epsilon has nine members, four having been 
initiated this year. And right here it may be well to say that the 
chapters here are on the best of terms, all reports by outsiders 
to the contrary notwithstanding. 

A musical club has been organized in which are two banjos, a 
banjorine, two guitars and a mandolin. The first public perform- 
ance was given on the evening of October 6, at the college Y. 



M. C. A. reception. Four of the six members of the club are 

We acknowledge kind donations from Bros. Harry Weidner, 
'88, and Sam. W. Townsend, '89. 

Walter C. Harris. 

Oxford, Oct. 24, 1890. 

Ohio Beta, Ohio Wesleyan University. 

This year opened bright and prosperous for the Ohio Wesleyan 
and for Ohio Beta. With an increased faculty, a large attend- 
ance, and the foundations being laid for a new chapel to cost 
about $75,000, we have every prospect of a year which will 
excel all former ones. 

On Wednesday evening of commencement week we held our 
second annual banquet. Although slightly saddened by the fact 
that we were to be soon separated from seven brothers of the 
graduating class, yet we were cheered by the pleasant faces and 
witty toasts of so many of our alumni, and our banquet was 
decidedly a great success. Bro. W. E. O'Kane presided as 
symposiarch, and after a fine menu had been served, Bro. A. V. 
Evans, on behalf of the chapter, delivered an address of welcome, 
after which the following toasts were responded to: * *Li ves of Great 
Men," by Rev. R. H. Callahan, '84; **Our Loyal Sisters," by 
Bro. J. A. Thompson, '89; ** Spirit of Phi Delta Theta," by Bro. 
W. E. Miller, '87 ; " College Days," by Bro. Scott Bonham, '82 ; 
" Life as an Alumnus," by Bro. T. H. McConica, '81 ; and 
''Bond and Free," by Dr. J. E. Brown, '84. 

At the beginning of this term we were deeply pained tb learn 
of the death of one of our graduates of last year. Orin. G. 
Callahan had passed away, and left us but the memory of his 
unselfish, devoted life. He had been in college and the pre- 
paratory department altogether nearly six years, and during that 
time made such an impress on our lives that time can never erase. 
He was an exceptional student, a fine orator, a pure, noble man, 
and, above all, a brother whom none knew but to admire and 
love. The loss of seven men by graduation last spring left us 
rather weak numerically, but we were reinforced this term by the 
affiliation of Brothers Guy Manning, from Washington and Lee, 
and Brother Wilson Carter, of Bucbtel. While we sympathize 
with Washington and Lee and Buchtel chapters for the loss of 
these brothers, yet we most heartily welcome them to our chapter 
home, and will try to make chapter life pleasant as possible for 
them here. 

We have initiated but one man this term, Brother Roy Gasser, 
of Paulding, O. , being the victim. After his initiation we adjourned 
to the Hoffman parlors and held a most enjoyable banquet with 


several of our alumni and pledged men. Bro. Prof. O. W. 
Pierce acted as symposiarch, and a very pleasant series of toasts 
were given, the new initiate responding to the sentiment * * I came 
as a stranger and you took me in." 

We have pledged several men this term, but have been very 
conservative in our choice, choosing only men in whom we find 
scholarship and goodfellowship combined. 

We have at present twelve men in the chapter, and have to 
meet the following \(^ KW, 14 men \ A T Q, \2\Jl A E, \2\ A T 

A, lor^ FA, g- I X, 6; B 8 n, s;^^, 3- 
Bro. O. W. Pierce, from Hilldale College, is now a member 

of the musical faculty, and while not in the chapter, yet we are 

glad to have him amongst us. 


Delaware, Nov. 8, 1890. 

Ohio Gamma, Ohio University. 

The fall session of Ohio University opened here on September 
2, and five good and loyal brothers returned to bear aloft the 
standard of Ohio Gamma Chapter. While we made no initia- 
tions last term we were not idle, but pledged two good men, and 
now we have to announce the initiation of these two with four 
others — making our chapter roll eleven in all, and a more enthu- 
siastic chapter of Phi's would be hard to find. It is with much 
pleasure that we now introduce to you, Bros. Clawson, DeCamp, 
Foster, Both well, Frank and Ralph Super, the last two being 
sons of President Super. 

Last year this chapter furnished one member of the graduating 
class — S. H. Johnson. He is now reading law with Hon. Chas. 
Townsend, of this place. May success crown his efforts. This 
year the Senior class consists of twelve members, and Phi Delta 
Theta furnishes five of the number. Last year Bros. Atkinson 
and Gore each successively held the position of editor-in-chief on 
27i€ Cut rent staff; Bros. Blake and Welch represented the Athe- 
nian and Philomathean Literary Societies as orators in the June 
contest. On the evening of June 23, Ohio Gamma gave a banquet 
at Berry's parlors, to our lady friends and alumni. Among those 
present from abroad were Hon. T. A. Jones, Senator Lowry, G. 
L. Pake and others. Toasts were responded to by alumni and 
members, and altogether the occasion was one of the most enjoy- 
able in the chapter's history. During commencement week, a 
daily paper called 77ie Yell was published, and we were repre- 
sented on the staff by your reporter. 

College opened with a largely increased attendance. The 
same corps of Professors are retained. The buildings have been 
repaired, the campus improved, much new apparatus added, and 


in every respect the college is in a better condition, and its pros- 
pects are brighter than ever before. 

Our chapter was never in a more excellent condition than at 
present. With five men in the Senior class, two in the faculty, 
a good chapter hall, and faithful alumni, Ohio Gamma is united 
and happy. 

C. F. Blake. 

Athens, Oct. 13, 1890. 

Ohio Epsilon, Buchtel College. 

Buchtel College opened this year with the largest Freshman 
class that ever entered. The class is also composed of good 
material. Ohio Epsilon has been very successful. Every mem- 
ber is filled with enthusiasm and Phi spirit and the result of our 
labor was shown two weeks ago when we initiated three of the 
most promising young men in the college, H. H. Hollenbeck, 
Harry Snyder and Carl Webster. 

As we are a college institution we have considered it our first 
duty to band together men with scholastic aspirations ; men of 
character and dignity and we can assure our brethren in Phi 
Delta Theta that this year's acquisitions are by no means below 
our standard. 

Our chapter now numbers fourteen active members, the larg- 
est male chapter in the institution. Brother Van Orman is not 
in college now but expects that his health will permit his enter- 
ing in the winter term. 

We lost one member by graduation last year and Brother Car- 
ter, '92, has gone to Ohio Wesleyan University and is now an 
active member of Ohio Beta. The chapter has also pleged Wal- 
ter Griffin, '95, who, unhappily, is at present conhned by illness 
to his home in Norwalk, O. 

Brother O. C. Pixley, '91, has been chosen editor of the Akron 
City limes. Brother A. A. Kohler, M. D., '87, is gymnasium 
director at Buchtel in place of Brother Cone, '89, resigned. 

The first week in September, Brother F. S. Pixley, '87, form- 
erly editor of the Akron City Times and Akron Daily Telegram was 
called to Chicago to occupy the editorial chair of the Chicago 
Mail, The resident members of Ohio Epsilon tendered him a 
reception and banquet at the Hotel Buchtel prior to his leaving 
for his new field of labor. The latter part of September the 
chapter enjoyed the hospitality of Brother Van Orman. This 
was the first time that the whole chapter were assembled together 
since last March before the long and serious illness of Brother 
Van Orman. On the i8th of October, the chapter together with 
its lady friends repaired to the home of O. C. Pixley, '91, to re- 


mind him of his birthday. The evening passed off most enjoy- 

Phi Delta Theta cannot truthfully be said to have a peer at 
Buchtel. In numerical strength alone are we approached. Our 
number of initiates is not the largest, nor are we longest estab- 
lished, but the proportion of graduates to initiates is an item not 
to be ignored. The following is the standing of the fraternities 
at Buchtel : 

IVktn *»• Gradu- Notgrad- Present 

iablithed. aiet. uate*. fnember- 

Initiates. ship. Pledged 

Delta Tau Delta 1873 ^24 35 79 10 i 

Phi Delta Theta 1875 ^3 3* 37 H i 

Lone Star (local) 1882 42 10 20 12 o 

Kappa Kappa Gamma (la- 
dies) 1875 85 13 55 17 4 

Delta Gamma (ladies) 1882 85 13 58 14 2 

Leroy C. Elberhard. 
Akron, Nov. 8, 1890. 

Ohio Zeta, Ohio bTATE University. 

With the commencement exercises attending the graduation of 
the class of '90, the college year closed. A year of success for 
Ohio Zeta also came to an end. Most of us spent our summer 
vacation at our homes, but Bros. Lindenberg, '94, and Rane, '91, 
passed the greater part of their time at Huronia Beach, on Lake 

Bro. Bloom, '93, carried an engineer's outfit all summer for 
his elder brother, Bro. J. G. Bloom, C. E., '89, who is assistant 
chief engineer for the Ceredo Land Association of Ceredo, West 

Although five brothers have left us since June 25, nine of us 
have returned to repeat our successful work of last year, and the 
present indications are that we will be far more successful. Last 
year seven men, five of the class of '93, and two of the class of 
'94 were initiated, but we have entered upon the nine months 
campaign with snap and vigor, already pledging five men since 
September 17th. Two of these five were initiated last Saturday 
evening. I therefore introduce to the good will of the Fraternity 
Bro. Fred W. Mathias, '93, and Bro. Edward Thomas, '93, both 
of Toledo, Ohio. 

Since the last letter to the Scroll, we have initiated four men, 
but these initiations took place last year, however, as the last let- 
ter to the Scroll was in the April number. In introducing 
these four men, Bro. Theo. Lindenberg, '94, of Columbus ; Bro. 
Chas. H. Farber, '94, also of Columbus ; Bro. J. B. Kuhn, '93, 
of Bridgeport, Ohio, and Bro. A. L. Sedwick, '93, of Blaine, 


Ohio, I beg the Fraternity at large to extend to them, also to the 
two men I mentioned as being initiated last week, the right hand 
of fellowship. 

Bro. S. E. Bennett, D. V. M. , '90, is now in Hanover, Ger- 
many, making a more thorough study of his profession. Bro. 
William McPherson, B. Sc, '88, visited us on October 2d, and 
although his stay was a short one, we gave him a hearty shake of 
the hand, and tried to make him recall the days when he did the 
* 'spiking," which I think we succeeded in doing. 

Bro. McPherson is now Professor ot Chemistry, Physics and 
Rhetoric in the Toledo High School. Bro. Lawrence Brundage, 
M. D. has succumbed to the inevitable, and Miss Lydia Fleming 
of Xenia, O., is now **Mrs. Brundage." We wish them life-long 
happiness and good cheer. Bro. Samuel Morrison, '91, one of 
our initiates, but who attended Indiana Zeta last year, is again one 
of our number. The attendence this year is far above that of last 
year, and of course, a greater field has been prepared for us to 
show "what we are made of." 

The boys express their appreciation of Bro. J. E. Brown's 
efforts when they say of the October Scroll; **If it is the first 
and most difficult number to get out, it is certainly one of the 
most interesting we have ever had the pleasure of reading." I 
feel quite certain that this feeHng will take hold of any true and 
loyal Phi when he slowly and thoughtfully reads its pages. In 
fact, a very common query throughout the year is ** When will 
the Scroll be out?" This, I think, is conclusive evidence 
that we all anxiously await and hail the arrival of the greatest of 
fraternity journals. Ohio Zeta wishes to congratulate her sister 
chapters upon the successful work of last year, and also to ex- 
press her delight at the manner in which love and loyalty \,o ^ A 
B abound in the number of letters under * ' chapter correspond- 

On Thursday, Oct. 23d, Bro. Prof. R. D. Bohannan, Virginia 
Beta, '76, was called to Connecticut, by the serious illness of his 
wife, but before he reached her, she had passed away. We re- 
ceived the sad news on the following Saturday. We were grieved 
to think that Bro. Bohannan had suffered an irreparable loss, 
because he has been a kind and affectionate and fatherly Phi to 
us, and whatever caused him to suffer, also caused us to be sor- 
rowful. Ohio Zeta joins Virginia Beta in sorrow and sympathy 
for Bro. Bohannan. At the last meeting of this chapter the fol- 
lowing resolutions were passed : Whereas, it has been deemed 
fiting by an all wise Providence to remove from among us, one, 
Mrs. R. D. Bohannan, who was as a friend, be it Resolved^ That 
we extend to our sorrowing brother our sincere sympathy, and be 
it further 

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Resolved^ That a copy of these resolutions be sent to our brother ; 
that they be spread upon the minutes of the meeting and also 
published in The Scroll. 

In accordance with the last clause of the resolutions, this copy 
is forwarded for publication. 

Frank D. Askew. 

Columbus, Oct. 3, 1890. 

Indiana Alpha, Indiana University. 

The year has opened very auspiciously for Indiana University, 
the attendance excelling in point of numbers that of any previous 
year in the history of the institution. This is only a renewed 
evidence of the substantial growth and prosperity that has 
characterized the university. It is estimated that«the freshman 
class will number 1 20 before the end of the year. There are 
seventy members in the present senior class. No other senior 
class in the past has ever numbered more than forty-eight. The 
new stone library building will be completed and ready for use 
at the beginning of next term. It is one of the most beautiful 
and unique college buildings in the country. 

With '90 we lost two good men, Bro. W. R. Cravens, who is 
now reading medicine at his home in Bloomfield, Ind., and Bro. 
H. W. Ruoff, now attending the Harvard Divinity School. 

We entered the field this year with eight enthusiastic men. 
The contest for men was a warm one. We met with stern oppo- 
sition at every point, but fortune favored us, and we came off the 
field with flying colors, not having lost a single spike. Six of the 
most desirable men who entered I. U. this year are now proudly 
wearing the sword and shield. We take pleasure in introducing 
to the Fraternity, Robert Hicks, Isadore Feibleman, and Hoyt 
King, of Indianapolis ; Will Prow, of Petersburg ; Joseph Giles, 
of Bloomington ; and Dudley M. Vance, of Richmond. 

We have five seniors, three juniors, three sophomores, and 
three freshmen. Bros. Lewis and Watts, who were with us last 
year, will be back next term. Bro. Cubberly was selected as 
treasurer of the lecture association for the year, and Bro. Bam- 
berger is on the editorial staff of the Student. 

The different fraternities here have new members as follows : 

(P j^, 6; (PA' ^, 4; J r J, 4; /?^ /y, 3; 2:^, 4; (Pr J, i,k a 
e, 15 ; a: /rr, 7. 

The most pleasant social event of the year was a reception 
given to our lady friends in the Phi hall on the evening of Oct. 
24. The hall presented a beautiful appearance, having been 
greatly improved by the addition of several new pictures and 
decorations. It was thoroughly enjoyed, and was pronounced a 
success by all present. The chapter gave several socials last 


year, and in so doing established a reputation in the social line 
that places her in the front ranks with her rivals. But it must 
not be supposed for a moment that we allow our social enjoy- 
ments to interfere with our work. Our class-standing and literary 
record compare favorably with the very best. 

The chapter was called upon during the summer to mourn the 
loss of one of her truest members. It is with sorrow that we an- 
nounce the death of Bro. W. H. Foster, of the class of '88. In 
his death the chapter looses a loyal member, and the world a 
true man. We regret to announce the death of Mrs. W. Holmes. 
We extend to Bro. Holmes our most sincere and heartfelt sym- 
pathy in this the saddest affliction that could have befallen him. 

We hailed the October Scroll with admiration. It was a 
splendid number. Hoping that it may continue so prosperously, 

I am, fraternally, 

W. W. French. 
Bloomington, Oct. 31, 1890. 

Indiana Beta, Wabash College. 

September 10th, college opened with most oflnd. Beta's 
forces in the ranks. Since that date we have been hard at work 
strivmg with all our latent powers to raise the fabric of the 
Fraternity's standard, even higher than that which was attained 
last year, and with success equal to the labor spent. The desir- 
able men are an exceedingly scarce article in the freshman class 
and even these few were mostly wedded to some fraternity 
before their coming to college. However, by the return of 
Bros. McNutt, formerly with '90 but now with '92, and Garner, 
of '93, and by the initiation of Wilbur C. Abbott, '92, and Chas. 
S. Little, 94, our force has been augmented to fifteen. These 
two new brothers, who were initiated Oct. 3rd and 7th, respec- 
tively, we take great pleasure in introducing to the Fraternity at 
large. We might further state that Bro. Abbott entered college 
the middle of last year, and, although five * 'spikes" were driven 
deep into him, he joined no **frat." as his return this year was 
uncertain ; during the latter part of the year we pledged him 
pending his return. This year we make this statement as some- 
times it is not the greatest compliment either to the person in 
question or the chapter to initiate an upper class man. Without 
vanity on our part or flattery to our brother we think that we 
gained the best man '94 presented. We are stronger in numbers 
than for three or four years and it is the testimony of those who 
profess to know that respecting qualiiyy the chapter has been 
strengthened in a greater proportion than numerically even. We 
give the numerical strength of the six fraternities here : B 9 //, 


12;^ J ^, 15; ^r J, 13; ^/r (T, 13; J jr, 9; i4 ^ ^, (local) n. 

The fraternities here are on the whole in very good condition. 
The number of men taken into them this year has been very 
small on account of the fewness of good men, and all the Wab- 
ash chapters seem to be growing more conservative. We are 
sorry to report the absence of Bro. Lex Gavins who was com- 
pelled to drop out of college for this year. He is employed in 
the general offices of the I. & I. S. R. R. at Sullivan, Ind. 

Indiana Beta feasted in true Phi style a few weeks since in 
honor of Bro. Abbott's and Little's debute into the arena of 
Phi Delta Theta. Bro. Wilson, **Our Willie," acted as toast- 
master in his unexcelled style. The banqueting hall of the La 
Veta Hotel was made to resound with Phi songs and the mirth 
produced as best the true Greek is able. H II more commonly 
known as **Pie Eater," a Sophomore Society, organized here 
last year, of which Bro. Martin is a leading member, was most 
cheerfully toasted. We are represented on the foot ball team 
this year by Bro. Martin, '92, in the rush line, McNutt, '91, 
half-back, and Little '94 substitute. 

Simon Yandes, of Indianapolis, recently added $30,000 to 
Wabash's Endowment, making a total of $130,000 that the insti- 
tution has received from this donor within two years. Professors 
Palmer and Kuersteiner retired last June and their chairs have 
been filled by Prof. Smith, Ph. D., lately the assistant professor 
of chemistry in the University of Edinburgh, and Prof. King 
who takes the chair of modern languages. 

We are highiy pleased with the manner in which the Scroll 
is managed and edited, and we assure Bro. Brown that his suc-> 
cessful efforts to make the Scroll the best of fraternity journals 
are fully appreciated by Indiana Beta. Greeting to all Phis 
everywhere and especially to the newly initiated Phis of '94. 

RoBr. H. Grozier. 
Grawfordsville, Nov. i, 1890. 

Indiana Gamma, Butler University. 

Since our last report, more improvements for Butler have been 
decided upon by the Board of Directors. We are to have a 
Science Hall, costing $50,000, to be built and equipped by the 
liberal donations solicited by the agent of the University. For 
some years the financial condition of the institution has not 
been the best, to say the least, but is now growing healthily, and 
the management hopes to place Butler in a few years, on a level 
with the best Colleges in the west. 

Foot ball is the all-absorbing topic just at present. Last year 
we took the championship of Indiana without a point being 
scored against us. This year, desperate efforts are being made 


by the other Colleges to wrest it from us, but, thus far, the team 
has not lost a game. 

Phi Delta Theta still holds her own among the Greeks. Some 
weeks ago we initiated Bro. Alfred Lauter, '92. At last meet- 
ing Bro. James Lucas, '94, passed through the ordeal. We now 
enroll sixteen members. Delta Tau Delta has eight in the col- 
lege classes and five graduate students. Sigma Chi has a good 
chapter of seven men. Kappa Kappa Gamma enrolls eleven. 
Perfect harmony and good will reigns among the fraternities. 

Bro. Lacy is President of the College Y. M. C. A., and Bro. 
Sellers is President of the Pythonian Society, the stronghold of 
the Phi's. 

Bro. Maclm of Indiana Beta spent Sunday with us. Visiting 
brethren are always welcome. With best wishes for the Scroll's 
success, I am yours in the Bond, 

R. F. Davidson. 

Irvington, Nov. lo, 1890. 

Indiana Delta, Franklin College. 

In our first letter of this year to the Scroll, Indiana Delta 
sends greeting to sister chapters. Franklin College has cause for 
rejoicing. Not only is the college growing in attendance but 
facilities are now offered as at no previous time. The new library 
and science rooms are finished. The mathematical room is com- 
pleting and in the future an observatory will be seen looking 
heavenward. Indiana Delta likewise has cause for rejoicing. 
But mingled with that joy comes a feeling of sorrow at the loss 
of our five brothers who graduated last year. A. R. Stark and 
H. M. Bell, '90, are in theological seminaries, the former at 
Rochester, N. Y., the other at Louisville, Ky. O. V. Nay, '90, 
is engaged in a special line of reading and is teaching. J. V. 
Deer, '90, secured a handsome vote as candidate for Represen- 
tative in the late election. A. A. Alexander, '90, is now one of 
Franklin's successful business men. Besides the loss of these 
brothers we also miss from our ranks, C M. Curry and W. P. 
Garshwiler, both teachers and the former now principal of the 
Whiteland schools. W. G. McColley is now a member of In- 
diana Gamma. H. W. Taylor has gone west on account of ill 

We are happy to say that our mode of work has been much 
improved during the year and that the standard for admission 
into the mysteries oi (P A 6 has been rai<?ed. With pleasure then 
we introduce to the fraterniiy world R. D. Trick, '92, as our 
only new member. Others of like merit will come. We also 
again welcome E. E. Tyner, '91, late principal of the Whiteland 


Brother E. L. Branigin, '92, delivered an address before the 
Baptist State Convention, lately held at Muncie, which was con- 
sidered one of the best of the week. Every alumnus as well as 
the present membership of Indiana Delta will be pleased to learn 
that C. S. McCoy, '87, has been advanced to the highest posi- 
tion as computator at the Naval Observatory, Washington, D. C. 
His ability is highly spoken of in the Capital of our nation. E. 
M. Fisher, '89, is still pursuing a special course in botany. Prof. 
C. E. Goodell, '89, is taking a special course of reading at Cor- 
nell University. W. S. Holman, '70, has been returned as Con- 
gressman from the fourth Indiana District. 

A few evenings since we welcomed to our hall, Dr. E. L. 
Stevenson, '81, who gave us a pleasant address. Brother Stev- 
enson was principal of the Franklin City schools, superintendent 
of the schools at Oilman, 111., several years and later took a spe- 
cial course at Johns Hopkins' University. He has lately re- 
turned from Heidleburg, Germany, where he took the degree of 
Doctor of Philosophy. It is pleasurable to note the lasting inter- 
est of Phi's in Indiana Delta. 

Eldo H. Hendricks. 

Franklin, Nov. 8, 1890. 

Indiana Epsilon, Hanover College. 

Indiana Epsilon commenced the year with only five members, 
having lost two by graduation and four others who left College 
to go into business. Though numerically weak, we have secured 
our share of the new students, having initiated five excellent 
men. We now have ten members in all, and will lose only one 
by graduation this year. All the chapters here have taken in 
some good men, and we are glad to say that all work has been 
carried on in a gentlemanly manner. The following shows the 
numerical strength of each : I A\ 12 ; B 8 II, 11 ; d 6, 10; 
^ r J, 9; J r J, 8. The Sigma Chis are now occupying their 
new Chapter House. We are represented on the Junior exhibi- 
tion by Bro. Willman. 

Bro. Mayhew took first prize in declamation at the Senior 
Prep, contest last June. 

Bro. Rob. Hutchings, formerly of '90, is attending Medical 
College in Cincinnati. Marks of '92, is now in the wholesale 
jewelry business in Cleveland, O. Bro. H. W. Hutchings of 
'92, is superintending an orange grove in Florida. Karmire of 
'93, has taken a responsible position with the Shelbyville Lounge 
Co. in Shelbyville, Indiana. 

Bro. Oarber of Alabama Alpha paid us a short visit in October. 
The following is a list of our new men : David Combs, '94, 
Charleston, Ind.; John D. DePrez, '94, Shelbyville, Ind. ; O. E. 


Mayhew, '94, Red Bluff, California; Brainard Piatt, '94, 
Madison, Ind. ; W. B. Snyder, '94, Milton, Ky. 

Don Kennedy. 
Hanover, Nov. 6, 1890. 

Indiana Zeta, DePauw University. 

Under the leadership of an earnest, progressive and brainy 
president, supported by an able, energetic and efficient faculty, 
with a new policy in harmony with the principles of a new edu- 
cation, DePauw University is abreast of the times, bearing rap- 
idly to the front rank of progressive institutions. The college 
curriculum has been entirely revised, the year divided into Semes-' 
ters, rather than terms, and many studies heretofore compulsory, 
added to the already large list of electives. Ih the special schools, 
Dr. Jenkins in Biology, Dr. Baker in Chemistry, and Professor 
Willis in Physics have, with their able assistants, made very thor- 
ough and exceedingly popular the work in the field of science. 
The school of Latin under the professorship of Dr. Post, support- 
ed by Dr. Langdon as associate, and Dixon and Dotey, as in- 
structors, offer inducements for original and advanced work un- 
equaled in the West. The departments of mathematics under 
Dr. John, modern languages under Dr. Manning, and Political 
Science under Col. J. Riley Weaver are very thorough and need 
special mention. The Law school under the direct management 
of Dean Mason, and so ably supported by such lecturers as 
Judges Byron K. Elliott and Mitchell of the Supreme Court, 
Judge Fishback of the Chancery Court, and Judge Black of Chi- 
cago, is thoroughly organized, has doubled in size this year, and 
is, in fact, a College of Law. It needs no further commendation 
than the character and reputation of the men already mentioned 
can give it. All in all DePauw University offers advantages un- 
excelled by any institution in the West. The policy of the new 
administration has been well appreciated by the patrons, and the 
enrollment of eleven hundred students last year will be consider- 
ably increased this, despite the fact that several hundred were 
taken away by the abolition of one of the special schools. 

Keeping pace with the magnificent growth of the University 
our chapter has in numbers, in general character, in solid 
strength, stepped with rapid strides to the front rank. Inspired 
by common aims and common hopes ; with the whole chapter har- 
moniously moving as one man toward a common goal ; with the 
best interest of Phi Delta Theta at heart, never before has our 
band of Phi's been as closely and truly united as brothers. Pur- 
suing a fair and manly treatment of rival organizations ; guided 
by a fair, careful and conservative policy in ** spiking"; 
avoiding seclusion and recognizing men as men whenever 

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and wherever we meet them, Phi Delta Theta at DePauw has 
met with unprecedented success. To become thoroughly ac- 
quainted with a man before giving him a * 'proposition "; to say 
nothing derogatory of rival chapters ; to tell a man frankly our 
purposes and ambitions, and as frankly to advise him not to jom us 
unless his ideal is in harmony with ours, has been our policy. 
The success of such a course can be best attested by introducing 
to the Phi world our new made brothers : S. C. Matson, C. B. 
Campbell, C. H. Smith, W. L. Harris, L. C. Bentley, T. E. 
Morse, all of '94, and W. G. Alexander of '93 ; besides stating, 
in addition, the fact that we have pledged four strong men and 
not lost a proposition. 

The relative numerical standing of fraternities as at present 
organized at DePauw, is as follows : 

Phi Delta Theta, 22; Delta Kappa Epsilon, 22; Phi Kappi 
Psi, 20; Phi Gamma Delta, 19; Beta Theta Pi, 18; Delta Tau 
Delta, 15; Sigma Chi, 14; Delta Upsilon, 14. Sororities: Al- 
pha Chi Omega, 14; Alpha Phi, 18; Kappa Kappa Gamma, 
24 ; Kappa Alpha Theta, 35. 

In the college political world we have reaped the choicest 
fruit this year has had to offer. The editor-in-chief of The De- 
Pauw Adz, Secretary of State, and President of Inter-State Ora- 
torical Associations being among our trophies. 

Our old hall being unsuited to our present needs, the chapter 
will move into an elegant suite of rooms, and open with a **house 
warming " at Thanksgiving time. 

Our graduates who left us in '90, all slipped into good and 
profitable situations. Bro. Miller is Principal of High School at 
La Grange, Indiana ; Bro. Richards in a similar position at 
Spencer ; Bro. C. W. Treat occupies the chair of Natural Sci- 
ence in Napa College, Napa, Colorado, and Bro. Rognon is 
married and well established in law at Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Last May the writer had the pleasure of attending the Inter 
State Contest in Oratory, in Lincoln, Nebraska, and of spending 
in company with Bro. Tucker, of Buchtel College, Ohio, and 
Bro. Wilkinson of '89, a few days with the royal Phi's of Nebraska 
Alpha. It affords us pleasure to say that in the opinion of many 
of the large audience, and of many capable judges of oratory, 
Bro. Tucker won the first place in the contest. The decision 
otherwise was a surprise to all. His manly bearing, his frankness, 
his genial disposition made him exceedingly popular, and the 
high rank he took is something of which Phi Delta Theta as well 
as Bro. Tucker himself, may be justly and sincerely proud. Our 
entertainment by the university circles was splendid, by the Ne- 
braska Phi's royal, and many pleasant memories cling about 
our western trip to Lincoln. 


Feeling that I have already trespassed on your space, I will 
close with expressing somewhat of the hearty appreciation our 
members have for the excellent condition of The Scroll, under 
the present management. 

Yours fraternally, 

WiLLiTS H. Bastian. 
Greencastle, Nov. i, 1890. 

Michigan Alpha, University of Michigan. 

Michigan Alpha starts out the college year with bright prospects 
and assurances of the greatest success in fraternity work. 
Although the chapter met with trouble during the latter part of 
last year, the members have entered upon this year's work with 
the greatest harmony and good feeling. In May of last year, 
we found it necessary to expel Joseph Baldwin Wood, '91, for 
disloyalty. John Aloysius McLaughlin, considering the action 
of the chapter ill-advised, handed in his resignation. All efforts 
to secure its retraction were of no avail, and expulsion was the 
only recourse. These expulsions, which were consented to after 
the most mature and earnest consideration, produced a salutary 
effect upon the chapter in binding the members more closely to- 
gether, and in rekindling the fraternity spirit and enthusiasm. 

Brother Walcott, who graduated last year in the literary de- 
partment, has returned to take up the study of medicine, and 
will be with us three years more. Of the other graduates of last 
year. Brother Sanders is instructor in Latin in the Central High 
School, Minneapolis, and Brother Vandersluis is at home in 
Grand Rapids. Brother Ewell, '91, is at present in Louisiana, 
in the employment of the Department of Agriculture, making 
chemical tests in sugar. Brother Colton, '89, who was with us 
last year, has accepted a position as teacher of physics and 
chemistry in the St. Paul High School. Brother Chilcote, '92, 
failed to appear at the beginning of this year, and rumor has it 
that he has joined the noble Order of Benedicts, and is now teach- 
ing in Los Angeles, California. We are most fortunate in having 
with us Brother James L. Mitchell, Jr., president of Epsilon 
Province, who has entered the senior class in the law department. 
His experience in fraternity work will be of the ' greatest benefit 
to our chapter. He has already distinguished himself by being 
elected a member of the glee club, the finest organization in 
college, and one which has acquired fame for its musical ability. 

We have opened up the work of the year in new quarters, 
having rented a larger house on Forrest Avenue, which was built 
during the summer vacation, with accommodations for nineteen 
men. We have been somewhat hindered by the tardiness of the 
work, but the house is now completed. We have furnished it 


throughout substantially, if not handsomely, and are now feeling 
happy in the possession of a fraternity home. Large parlors, 
library, sitting room and dming room render the home life most 

Several men who were pledged to join us this year, did not 
enter the university, and we found our working force at the 
opening of the semester to consist of an even dozen. On the 
evening of November i, we initiated three men who we are sure 
will do us credit, — Bertrand S. Summers, of Fort Sheridan, 111.; 
Robert F. Hall, of Williamstown, Mich.; and H. Mortimer 
Senter of Houghton. We had with us on the occasion. Brothers 
Millett, Weiderman, Allison and Baker, of Mich. B\ and 
Brother Muir, of Battle Creek, Mich. A^ '88, whose presence 
furthered the pleasure of the evening. We have two other men 
pledged, with a prospect of some first-class additions next semester. 
We have received many letters from Phi's in different parts of the 
coujntry recommending to our notice men who have entered pro- 
fessional departments of the University of Michigan, but although 
grateful to these brothers for the interest which they have taken 
in us, we have steadily adhered to the custom followed by all the 
fraternities here of initiating none but members of the literary 

On November 3, we took out Articles of Incorporation, and 
have now a corporate existence under the laws of Michigan. 

The fraternity life of the university, as a whole, is having a de- 
cided boom. All the fraternities are on. the war path, and are 
securing this year a much better class of men than usual. The 
Chi Psi's have only three men returned this year, and have given 
up their house, which is now occupied by the Zeta Psi's. Kappa 
Kappa Gamma established a chapter here on the evening of 
October 3, with six fair ** co-eds "as charter members. Several 
more have been initiated since. 

The freshman class of this year is larger than ever before, and 
the total enrollment in the university is now 2,287. The increase 
in numbers has rendered necessary a larger addition to the teach- 
ing force. During the absence of Professor H. C. Adams, who 
is at present acting as statistician of the census. Professor F. M. 
Taylor, of Albion College, is occupying the chair of political 

The Northern Oratorical League was formed last June in Ann 
Arbor at a meeting of delegates from Oberlin, Northwestern, 
University of Wisconsin and University of Michigan, providing 
for an annual contest to be held at each college in rotation on 
the first Friday in May. The prizes are to be $100 and $50 in 
cash. The first contest will be held here next May. A local 
association has been organized here which will hold annual con- 
. tests for prizes of $75 and $50. This will give an opportunity 


for the development of a talent which has long lain dormant at 
the University of Michigan. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Frank H. Dixon. 
Ann Arbor, Nov. 5, 1890. 

Michigan Beta, Michigan Agricultural College. 

At commencement in August, six of our number graduated. 
Since that time most of them have obtained lucrative positions 
in various lines of work. Bro. J. R. McCall is foreman of the 
iron shops in the Tennessee Agricultural College. Bro. J. H. 
Freeman is working in a machine shop at Grand Rapids, Mich. 
Bro. J. H. F. Mullett is farming at Williamston, Mich., not far 
from the college. Bro. H. E. Bunce is working on his father's 
farm at Marysville, Mich. Bro. C. F. Rutenger is living at the 
college, and teaching school at Okimos, three miles distant. 
Bro. H. F. Hall is working for the Penn. R. R. Co. at Pitts- 
burgh, Penn. The graduation of these brothers left thirteen 
members in the chapter. Five other brothers also left us during 
last terra ; Bros. B. F. Hall and Park, to attend the university 
at Ann Arbor, and Bros. Deye, Barlow and Mead, to engage in 
work. With only eight members left, we were somewhat weak 
in numbers, but what we lacked in this direction, we made up 
in others. During this term (Aug. -Nov.) we have initiated two 
men and pledged a third. The new brothers whom we arc 
now happy to present to the Phi world are from the class of '94, 
Malcolm Forrest Loomis, of Grand Rapids, Mich. , and Earl B. 
Hughes, of Marshall, Mich. We have been doing excellent 
work and our chapter rooms are in better condition than ever 
before. There is perfect harmony between the members and a 
strong fraternity feeling prevails. Our rival, the Iota chapter 
of J r J, seems to be doing good work. They are well filled 
out as regards members, and have been making improvements 
in their chapter rooms. This year, neither of the fraternities 
were admitted to the oratorical contest, which occurred on Oct. 
31. Mr. H. L. Butterfield of the Eclectic society, carried ofT the 
first prize. We are happy to announce that Bro. Ned S. Mayo, 
of '88, has taken unto himself a help mate in the person of Miss 
Mollie L. Carpenter, also of '88. Bro. Mayo has been appoint- 
ed professor of veterinary in the Kansas Ag. Coll. Bro. A. B. 
Cordley, of '88 has been appointed assistant professor of Ento- 
mology at the Vermont agricultural college. 

The members of Beta chapter look for brighter times coming 
in the near future and hope that the members of all other chap- 
ters in the fraternity do the same. 

Charles F. Baker. 

State College of Michigan, Nov. 10, 1890. 


Michigan Gamma, Hillsdale College. 

Michigan Gamma once more raises aloft the banner of the 
Fraternity and sends a loyal greeting to her sister chapters far 
and near. We commence another year of our existence with 
most favorable and flattering prospects. Although but ten men 
surround the mystic circle, yet they are all loyal, energetic and 
full of zeal and enthusiasm for the work. There are several good 
men among the new arrivals at College this Fall, and the Phis 
with their characteristic "energy" already "have their eye" 
upon several of them, with excellent prospects of success. 
Delta Tau Delta, our most formidable rival also presents a strong 
chapter this fall and is working hard, but we intend now, as we 
have for several years, to secure almost our pick of the new 

Michigan Gamma lost some good men last June by graduation, 
but is fortunate in the return of some old members who have 
" been out in the world " striving after '* filthy lucre." Among 
these are Bros. Chaffee and Shumaker, the latter of whom we 
rescued from the very jaws of the Delta Taus three years ago. 
Bro. Mark, our Reporter last year who was graduated with the 
highest honors in June, now has a fine position as Rail Road Sur- 
veyor in Missouri. Bros. Churchill and Kenney who also grad- 
uated are yet with us, the former as Musical Director in the Col- 
lege and the latter with his father on a fruit farm near the city. 
Bro. O. W. Pierce, of the Class of '91, has accepted a fine posi- 
tion as Instructor in Music at the Ohio Wesleyan University at 
Delaware. He intends however to be back to graduate with 
his class. 

"We had a very large gathering of the Phis last June and had a 
very enjoyable reunion and dinner at the leading hotel in the 
city. Before the time for another report shall roll around we 
hope to have several new brothers to introduce to the * * Grecian 

J. Nelson Greene. 

Hillsdale, Sept. 23, 1890. 


Illinois Delta, Knox College. 

At the beginning of the term Illinois Delta found itself with 
but five men. The membership, has, however, been increased 
to eight by the return of a former member, and by the initiation 
of Messrs. Marsh and Dexter, of '94. These men, we can assure 
our brethren in ^ A 0, will make good, loyal and enthusiastic 


workers, and will uphold the standard of the white and blue 
wherever they may be. Harrison's visit to our college town, and 
our banquet to him, have caused us to believe more than ever 
that our Bond is one whose principles will not only outlive our 
college days, but will be cherished throughout our life. Illinois 
Delta has been, is, and will continue to be, the social society of 
Knox. With entire justice to the other secret fraternities, it may 
be said that our chapter is the only one recognized socially by 
Galesburg people. This may be accounted for not only by our 
social prominence, but also because the majority of our boys, 
from time to time, have been of the leading families here. 

Phi Gamma Delta has the strong membership of fifteen, rents 
a large hall, which is comfortably furnished, and is very enthus- 
iastic. The Betas are equal in numerical strength, being 
especially strong in the freshman and sophomore classes. They 
occupy the hall the Phi's did five years ago. It is quite a large 
hall on the third floor of a building facing Main Street. The ladies' 
societies are both in a flourishing condition. The fraternities at 
Knox are steadily gaining ground, and where once nothing but 
the most bitter opposition was manifested towards them, we are 
now met with cordial friendship. 

Geo. Candree Gale. 

Galesburg, Nov. 3, 1890. 

Illinois Zeta, Lombard University. 

The year opened very favorably for Illinois Zeta. For all 
that, we feel the loss of our senior Phi's. There were thirteen 
Greek Knights at the opening of the term ready for work. 

The six Phis we lost by graduation. Brothers Harsh, Ander- 
son, Slater, Trott, Farlow and Brigham, left a kind remember- 
ance in the shape of $100 apiece as a nucleus for a chapter house 
fund, and informed us that if all Lombard Phis did likewise we 
would soon have funds enough for a home of our own. These 
brothers are very dear to us and we have already, since the open- 
ing of this term received a visit from Brothers Harsh, Slater, An- 
derson and Farlow. 

On last Field Day the Phi boys won twenty prizes, showing 
that we are not lacking in athletics. We are sorry not to have 
Brothers Tapper, '92, and Conger, '93, with us this year, but 
are in hopes to see them back next year. Our present number 
is thirteen, viz.: Brothers Case and Donohoe, '91 ; Brady, Silli- 
man, Wild and Suiter, '92 ; Allen, Anderson, Blount, McCarl, 
T. V. Young and Cottrell, '93. 

We have the president of our college paper, Lombard Review^ 
together with a large majority of the ofllcers, also we have the 


president and a majority of the officers in the athletic associa- 
tion, and likewise with the * Erosophian ' society. 

Doubtless you have all heard how we banquetted Brother 
Benjamin Harrison on Oct. 8th, while he was in Galesburg. 
Over ninety Phis and guests sat down to the feast served by a 
Chicago caterer. Of this a full account will be seen elsewhere 
in the Scroll. Our boys have also shown their pluck by getting 
up a lecture course with some of the leading attractions of the 
season, viz.: Mrs. Frank Leslie, Leland T. Powers, and the Lo- 
tus Glee Club. Brother Donohoe, '91, is our business manager, 
and he deserves great credit for his unexcelled zeal. On Nov. 
8th occurs our annual ' stag banquet ' and we have invited the 
Illinois Delta chapter to be with us, and will undoubtedly have 
a grand Phi time. 

We have initiated no one as yet but have three men pledged, 
and can have two or three more when we want them. 

We have one rival society in school, J B (local). They take 
in even the lowest preps, but by so doing lower their standard. 

The Swan contest which comes off soon is to be well repre- 
sented by Phi boys and we feel quite sure of carrying off a good 
share of the honors. We are more than pleased with the Scroll 
under the present formi With best wishes for all Phis, 


Chas. H. Cottrell. 

Galesburg, Nov. i, 1890. 

Wisconsin Alpha, University of Wisconsin. 

The Phis graduated from the University last year were Brothers 
Geo. T. Simpson, B. L. ; D. L. Fairchild, B. C. ; E. R. Maurer, 
B. C. E. ; in the College of Law were, F. A. Geiger, B. L., '88, 
L. L. B. '90; W. E. Black, L. L. '88, L. L. B. '90; C L. 
Allen, B. L. '85, L. L. B. '90. Brothers Simpson and Fairchild 
are working for the Winona and Southwestern R. R. in Iowa. 
Brother Maurer is working for the C. and N. W. near Madison. 
Brother Geiger was a delegate to the State Democratic Conven- 
tion this summer. Brother Allen is member of a law firm in 
Eau Claire. Brother Black is in a law office in Richland Centre. 

During Commencement week we had with us Brothers Fehr, 
Wasweyler and Hilbert of Milwaukee and Brothers Clark of Eau 
Claire and Beaser of Ashland. Brother Simpson will return to 
the Law School next year and will probably go on the Glee Club 
trip this spring. 

The Grand event for us this fall was the entrance into a chap- 
ter house. Last spring we had a good many proposals for one 
and at last decided to accept the offer of a business man of the 
city who offered to build one to rent to us. We had the parlor 


furniture, a piano and a billiard table, but had of course to buy 
the bedroom sets. Our parlors are arranged with such wide 
arches that they afford a hard wood dancing surface twenty-four 
feet wide by fifty feet long. Besides, on the ground floor, we have 
a billiard room amd two bed rooms. The house is three storied 
and accomodates twenty-four men. It is within a stone's throw 
of Lake Mendota and from the front windows one can command 
a view of the entire western end of the lake and of part of the 
University grounds. From the upper floor the gaze sweeps over 
its full extent, with its variety of wooded slopes and cultivated 
fields extending to the water's edge. Under the eye near the 
shore the Phi I)elta Theta Yacht rides at anchor with the silver 
and azure fluttering at the mast head. Indeed, it is admitted by 
all that with our house, piano, billiard table and yacht, we are 
the best equipped chapter in the college. 

All the fraternities have taken in a number of good men from 
'94. As all our Freshmen came back and as we lost several by 
graduation our strength lies in the two lower classes. Chi Psi 
has 18, Phi Kappa Psi 25, Beta Theta Pi 17, Sigma Chi 15, Delta 
Upsilon 18 and Phi Delta Theta 19. We understand that the 
charter of Delta Tau Delta has been handed in. 

Kappa Alpha Theta came out last spring and entered a house 
this fall. Although so young, they have become a factor in our 
fraternity life that the other sororities cannot afford to overlook. 
There are now two sororities occupying chapter houses — Gamma 
Phi Beta and Kappa Alpha Theta. The Delta Upsilons entered 
a house this fall so that now all fraternities have homes. A local 
appeared here last month called the Delta Psis. They started a 
chapter last spring in Ripon College of this State. 

Brother D. E. Spencer, who has been Assistant Professor of 
History in the U. W., has returned to Johns Hopkins to complete 
his course for a Master's degree. 

Brother W. A. Curtis, A. B. '89, post graduate last year, has 
entered the Law School with '92. 

So far this year we have initiated seven men and have three 
ra©re pledged to join us next term. Four of the seven had 
brothers in this chapter, but the others were taken from our 
esteemed rivals. They are Walter A. Marling, Law, '92 ; Law- 
rence A. Curtis, Geo. T. Elliott, Jas. K. Simpson, John J. 
Wright, C. E. Hilbert and C. B. Culbertson, all of '94. This is 
the third Hilbert in the chapter, making two sets of three 
brothers each. We have a number of singers and will have three 
men on the Glee Club. We have besides, three officers in the 
U. W. Battalion and two men on a Sophomore Semi-Public. 
Brother Young is an editor of the annual, leader of the Glee 
Club and holds several class offices. 


Brother Turner is Vice President of the Philomathia. Brother 
Warren Burton was one of the contestants in the Tennis Tourna- 
ment with Beloit. Brother Curtis '94, stands at the head of his 
class in the Military department. Brother C. E. Hilbert is man- 
ager of the Freshman team. 

Interest in athletics is on the increase in the U. W. as shown 
by the number of spectators on Freshman-Sophomore Field Day. 
It may be of interest to alumni to know that the excuse system 
has been abolished and, instead, if a student stands above eighty- 
five in a study and has attended the class ninety per cent, of the 
time he is exempted from an examination in that study. 

Brother Smith of Lombard spent an evenmg with us last term. 
Brother S. G. Potter, L. L. B. '89, visited us a day or two ago 
and Brother Johnson of Allegheny stayed about two weeks with 
us but is not with us now. We are looking forward to his return 
in a short time. We have always been overjoyed at meeting a 
brother from another chapter, and feel doubly so now that we 
can extend them a welcome from our own home. In the early 
part of the term we received a telegram from a chapter in regard 
to a Freshman they were having trouble with. This seems 
worthy of record, for it must be a lively chapter that will run a 
man by electricity. Yours in the Bond, 

Frank Sweet. 

Madison, Nov. 7, 1890. 

Missouri Alpha, Missouri University. 

The new year has opened most auspiciously for our chapter. 
Last year six of our eighteen members, then in attendance, grad- 
uated. Eleven of the remaining twelve were present at the 
opening of the new year, filled with enthusiasm for the work of 
the schoolroom and full of love for Phi Delta Theta. Later we 
were joined by Brother Tipton, '90, who has returned to take 
the law course. 

Our new initiates are Brothers R. B. Daniel, J. A. Slaughter, 
E. M. Hamichar, and W. S. Jennings — all excellent men. Bro- 
ther Jennings will graduate this year in both academics and Law. 
We now have sixteen active and enthusiastic members. The 
chapter was never in better condition. 

We have procured a most elegant suite of rooms on 9th and 
Broadway over the Postoffice and are fitting it up in style worthy 
of our noble chapter. Our alumni are assisting us in a truly 
brotherly manner. We will have, when completed, the most 
elegant chapter hall in the city. 

Since our last communication. Prof. Updegraff, Wisconsin Al- 
pha, has been elected to the chair of Astronomy in our Univer- 
sity. Although a number of years have elapsed since his gradu- 


ation, and the last three he has spent in the Argentine Confed- 
eration, making astronomical observation, removed thousands of 
miles from Phi influences, he has lost none of his Phi spirit. He 
is a scholar, a gentleman, and a devoted Phi, and we congratu- 
late Wisconsin Alpha for having had the honor of sending out 
from its chapter so promising a man. 

The half dozen Greek Letter societies here are on excellent 
terms with each other. We are issuing the Pan-Hellenic semi- 

The Zeta Phi, a local fraternity, has given up the ghost and 

been absorbed by Beta Theta Pi. The numerical strength of 

,each of these societies is about the same. The Sigma Nu is our 

greatest rival. The Phis have ever held the leadership in this 

university, and we don't propose to surrender that position. 

C. G. Haines. 
Columbia, Nov. 4, 1890. 

Missouri Beta, Westminster College. 

When Westminster College opened on September 3, 1890, five 
loyal Phi's were on hand to take up the sword and shield with 
purposes to bear them through another college year to honorable 
triumphs for ^ J ^. Last June our chapter numbered eight — 
of these, three graduated. Since school opened we have initiated 
two splendid men, Bros. E. C. Henderson, '93, and Wm. 
Dicken, '94. Both are new men in college, but from the start 
have shown their metal by taking and maintaining a stand in the 
front ranks of the classes. Our prospects are flattering for honors 
in various directions. Already members from our number have 
been chosen to hold the position of Inter-collegiate Oratorical 
Committee-man for their college, president of one of the two 
literary societies, president and first vice president of the athletic 
association. In our enthusiasm for success in the various depart- 
ments of college, we have not overlooked fraternity interests in 
the social world. 

On the eve of October 10, we gave an elegant quail supper at the 
home ofW. D. Bush, father ofBro. A. W. Bush, '91. Both active 
and alumni members of ^ J^, of Fulton, and vicinity were present 
with their ladies. Invitations secured the presence of represent- 
atives from K A and B B U fraternities, and also of friends residing 
in the city. The company assembled at an early hour in the 
handsome parlors, where, amid wit, humor and laughter, the 
passing moments seemed soon to bring the time for feasting. 
The sight of the splendid dining rooms so tastefully decorated, 
and the tables so richly laden, was a pleasant one. This part of 
the evening was presided over by Mrs. Bush and daughters, and 
to them the Phi's owe many thanks. While the supper was being 


discussed, toasts were responded to by active and alumni mem- 
bers of Missouri Beta, representatives from K A and BS Tl fraterni- 
ties, and others. Highly satisfied with the supper, the company 
reassembled in the parlors, and what with mirth and music, the 
time for departure came only too soon. The evening's enter- 
tainment was a pronounced success in all respects, and we hope 
to follow it up through the year with others of a similar character. 

The K A chapter opened with three members, and have since 
initiated three. The BSD chapter opened with eight men, and 
have initiated two. The Phi's endeavor to treat the boys of the 
other fraternities with all respect and honesty, and in return their 
conduct toward us exhibits no traits unbecoming true Greeks. 

Missouri Beta wishes prosperity to attend all other chapters. 


F. M. Sallee. 
Fulton, Nov. 6, 1890. 

Iowa Alpha, Iowa Wesleyan University. 

No duty could be more pleasant in itself or furnish a stronger 
impetus to its performance than that devolving upon your re- 
porter to chronicle the continued prosperity and unabated zeal of 
loyal old Iowa Alpha. At the opening of the year twelve of the 
boys were back again — the flow of fraternity spirit rushing 
through them full and strong. Our loss of Brothers Coddington, 
Jeffrey and Laisy by graduation last June, of Brothers Elbert 
Smith who is attending the Chicago Business College, and Add 
Weir who is in business at Centreville seems almost irretrievable. 
They were five of our stand-by Phis and a sense of greater re- 
sponsibility falls upon us as they unshoulder the pleasant burden 
of Phi Delta Theta duties which they have so nobly borne. Bro- 
ther Jesse Clark is also out this term, but in this case we are par- 
tially appeased by the assurance of his return in a few months 
more. After the first few days of greeting the boys were able to 
begin a careful and conservative study of the field. The attend- 
ance this year is greater than last, and has brought in some good 
fraternity material. From the new men we have selected four — 
Carl Mayrel, Earnest Evans, Edward Hearn and Clyde Payne, 
upon whom at a later period, when the university restrictions 
shall be outgrown it seems eminently proper that we should set 
the seal of Phi Delta Theta Knighthood, and who now in response 
to our invitation wear the white and blue. 

Beta Tneta Pi, our only rival, has a chapter of twelve men 
and have succeeded in putting their colors on three more. They 
are now located in their new quarters and are in good condition, 
to at least sustain their reputation. The sorosis of Pi Beta Phi 
and the P. E. O. Sisterhood are both stronger in number than 


either Phi Delta Theta or Beta Theta Pi. Throughout the school 
there is a general tendency to discourage political wire pulling 
and the rivalry can hardly be said to be as intense as heretofore. 

The Zeta Province Convention, to be held in Mt. Pleasant 
during the spring vacation, has filled the boys with highest hopes 
to show their appreciation of our order, and let me urge upon 
every chapter and Phi^s everywhere that the more of you we have 
with us the haopier we will be. For the good of the Province, 
as well as our own pleasure, we would like to see every chapter 
represented and assure you in advance as cordial a greeting and 
warm reception as we can possibly bestow. 

The last Scroll was a real delight to us and the boys were 
enthusiastic over it. As a Fraternity we can congratulate our- 
selves upon its management. 

Yours in (P« %-'«, 


Mt. Pleasant, Oct. 27, 1890. 

Iowa Beta, State University of Iowa. 

Iowa Beta lost two men last June ; E. C. Nichols and F. D. 
Hastings. Bro. Nichols' commencement thesis won first prize 
valued at $100 in the Law Department. This is the highest 
honor to be obtained in this university. Bro. Hastings was also 
a prize winner, he bringing the chapter the first place in tennis 
singles at the home field-day. 

Our this year's Seniors are a delight, except in one respect, 
and that is that they will leave us at the end of this school year. 
We have five of them, every one of whom is an honor to the Fra- 
ternity. Two captains out of five, and three first lieutenants out 
of nine, is the way they took honors in the university Battalion 
this year. Bro. Brenner, one of them, is president of Irving In- 
stitute, a literary society, and Bro. Smith, another of them is 
captain of the foot-ball eleven. Our lower classmen are all right, 
but, of course, can not come up to the standard of Seniors. 

Allow me to present to the Fraternity our new men : Charlie 
Reimers, '94; Johnny Hawthorne, '91; William Slatery, '93, 
and our twins. Mills and Fordyce, both of '94 Bro. Reimers 
is President of the class of '94, and presided at their banquet held 
a short time ago. 

The chapters of the different fraternities here are all conserva- 
tive, accepting none but approved material. Iowa Beta is now on 
good terms with all of them, but had a slight tilt with the Delts 
the first of this term. With the Phi Psi's and Betas we have had 
one unbroken ];eace for several years, and the present indica- 
tions are that it will continue. Out of 285 students of the colle- 
giate department, 59 belong to fraternities or about 21 per cent 


In the professional courses there are only about 15 **frat." men 
out of the 490 students of these departments. 

The present number of student members of the different chap- 
ters here is as follows: J T J, 11; B 8 U^ 15; ^ K *i^, 10; ^ 
J ^, 15. Eighteen new men have already been taken by the 
different chapters ; J T J, 3 ; // ^ //, 7 ; <^ A' '/^ 3 ; <P J 6, ^. 

Our chapter begins this year with bright propects, and as the 
year passes, no doubt, it will be my duty and pleasure to record 
many honors won by members of Iowa Beta. We will continue 
our policy of friendship for all Greeks, and as in years past treat 
the * * barb " element with consideration. But above all we will 
work for the Fraternity, and try to live up to the principles taught 
by it, that we may merit the respect of men, and increase the 
power of Phi Delta Theta. 

In the Bond, 

F. G. Pierce. 

Iowa City, Nov. i, 1890. 


Kansas Alpha, University of Kansas. 

Our last letter was given you in the Spring of 1890 and consisted, 
to a great extent, m showing our prospects for the next (this) year, 
and by this showing, proving the statements of the K. S. U. 
correspondent of Phi Kappa Psi Shield to be utterly false. Our 
condition at this writing, after but about a month's school, not 
only bears out my statement of last year, but gives evidence of 
a prosperity almost beyond our expectation. 

We began the school year with eleven members in attendance, 
one a member of the Faculty — the third contribution to the 
Faculty from Kansas Alpha. Since then we have initiated four 
men, T. H. Franklin, C. E. '94; L. E. Thrasher, M. L. '94; 
G. H. Playton, E. E. '94 and G. F. Nichols, Sc. '91. In a short 
time we will add three more to our ranks, giving us eighteen 
men. At the opening of the second term, we expect the return 
of two of our old members, so our numerical strength will exceed 
that of last year. 

In the light of the remarks of the Phi Kappa Psi reporter, our 
success in the case of one of our initiates is especially gratifying. 
Among other chapters inviting him, the Phi Kappa Psi put forth 
every effort to gain him, and in a boasting and over-confident 
manner had already proclaimed their victory. But, alas for 
them he is now not a Phi Kappa Psi, but a true Phi, 

Last week a number of our boys went to Topeka, upon the 
occasion of President Harrison's visit to that place. As he was 
on the train about to leave, our '*baby" squeezed into the line 
of those shaking hands with the President, and saluted him as a 
brother Phi; the President responded with the **grip." Another 


Phi, a *' photographic fiend," captured him by means of a detec- 
tive camera, and the result of his endeavors will be preserved in 
our collection of ** records and other important documents." 

The University this year opens with great improvement in 
many ways. Very nearly all preparatory studies are now abol- 
ished and with the close of the year these few will be stricken 
from the course, so that none below regular Freshmen will be 
permitted to enter. This gives us a fine body of students from 
which to select Phi material. The attendance this year is ia 
actual numbers, about the same as last year, but taking into con- 
sideration the exclusion of preparatory students, it is proportion- 
ately much greater. 

F. H. Kellogg. 

Lawrence, Oct. 13, 1890. 

California Alpha, University of California. 

California Alpha, although diminished in numbers and in 
strength by the graduation of four loyal brothers, and by the 
failure of Brothers Benton and Titus to return, has succeeded, to 
a great extent, in making good its loss by the initiation of three 
strong men from '94 — Brothers Wm. N. Friend, of Oakland; 
Frank S. Boggs, of Colusa ; and Russ Avery, of Los Angeles. 
Bro. Hewitt, '90, is doing good work for us in Los Angeles. 
Bro. Young has just returned to college. He has been teaching 
school in the country. 

The university is enjoying an era of prosperity greater than 
ever before. The number of high schools and academies through- 
out the State of which the graduates are admitted to the univer- 
sity without examination, is continually increasing. One hundred 
and eighty applicants have been admitted to the colleges of 
letters and of science this year. During the present interregnum, 
caused by the resignation of President Davis, Professor Martin 
Kellogg is acting president. The new chemistry building, to cost 
$80,000, is nearly completed, and will be fitted up with all the 
most modern improvements. 

Our rivals are all in prosperous condition. All occupy chapter 
houses. A' A 0, whose chapter was organized only last June, 
has no chapter house. The -V ^'s, whose house was destroyed 
by fire on the evening of last commencement, have taken 
another house close to the university grounds. Following is the 
standing of the fraternities here : B 8 U^ freshman 3, total 21 ; 
^ r J, freshmen 5, total 20 ; ^ J 6^, freshmen 4, total 17 ; X 0, 
freshmen 6, total 17 ; J A' £, freshmen 2, total 17 ; Z ^, freshmen 
6, total 17 ; J Jf, freshmen i, total 10; K A 6, freshmen 6, total 


As usual, there was a spirited contest for the chief-editorship of 
the Bltu and Gold. Turner, ^T A secured the covetedhonor, and 
will, undoubtedly, get out a good book. Gentry, **non-frat,'^ 
is chief manager, and has appointed Bro. Tomkins on his staff. 

Bro. Jackson, California Alpha, 74, professor of mineralogy in 
the university, has resigned his professorship to go into business. 
Bro. Schaeberle, of the Lick Observatory, paid us a flying visit 
September 30. He is an enthusiastic Phi, and we should be 
glad to see him often, but his duties will very seldom allow him 
to get away from the observatory. Our Eastern brothers may 
not understand that the Lick Observatory, although a part of the 
university, is seventy-five miles from the seat of the latter. We 
do not see brothers from our sister chapters often because we are 
so far away from those chapters, but if any brothers are in San 
Francisco or Oakland at any time, it is only a few minutes' ride 
to Berkeley, where we shall be glad to see them. 

E. F. Goodyear. 
Berkeley, November 5, 1890. 



Ohio E — F. S. Pixley, '87, is now editor of the Chicago MaU. 

Ohio E — H. D. Smith, '90, is studying law at Cincinnati, 

Ohio E — E. F. Cone, '90, is taking a course in Chemistry at 
Case School, Cleveland, O. 

Tennessee A — J. L. Shearer, '85, is manager of the Redpath 
Lyceum Bureau, Cincinnati. 

Pennsylvania J — Rev. W. G. Warner, '81, left in September 
for an extended European tour. 

Mississippi A — Monroe McClurg, '78, is a member of the 
Mississippi Constitutional Convention. 

California A — W. H. Smith, '90, is taking a post-graduate 
course at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. 

Tennessee A — C. H. E. Hardin, '80, was chairman of the re- 
cent Democratic gubernatorial convention in Nevada. 

Georgia A — P. B. Trammel, '78, was elected a member of the 
Georgia House of Representatives at the recent election. 

Ohio E — A. A. Kohler, '87, has been elected gymnasium 
director at Buchtel College, and Health Officer at Akron, Ohio. 

Pennsylvania Z — C. A. Ohver, M. D. '77, has been elected 
one of the surgeons of the Wells' Eye Hospital, in Philadelphia. 

Georgia r — H. J. Battle, Jr., '87, is book-keeper of Exchange 
Bank of Macon, Ga., having been promoted a number of times. 

Tennessee A — W. H. Ellerbe, '82, was the Democratic nomi- 
nee for Comptroller General of South Carolina, at the election 
November 4, 1890. 

Pennsylvania J — W. A. Elliott, '89, is Instructor in Latin 
and Greek and Principal of the Preparatory Department of 
Allegheny College. 

Tennessee A — Stanhope Sims, '82, is editor of the Atlanta 
Evening Jouf not ^ which has the largest circulation of any daily 
newspaper in Georgia. 


Georgia F — Married, on Wednesday evening, Nov. 5, 1890, 
at the residence of the bride's father, Bro. Geo. S. Jones, '88, 
of Macon, Ga. , to Miss Berta Hardeman, of Macon. 

Ohio A — Dr. George B. Peck, '57, has returned to his home 
in Boston after spending the summer with his brother in Berke- 
ley. Bro. Peck supplied a pulpit in San Francisco while there. 

Virginia F — J. C. Martin, '89, recently favored the editor with 
a letter full of interesting gossip about our Virginia chapters and 
Virginia Fraternity affairs in general. Bro. Martin is at Lake 
City, Florida. 

Pennsylvania Z — O. M. Richards and John M. Shaw, '90, 
are located as resident physicians in two of Philadelphia's fore- 
most institutions. Bro. Richards at the Presbyterian Hospital, 
and Bro. Shaw at St. Joseph's. 

Griffin, Ga. — The half dozen Phi residents of this city — Doug- 
lass Boyd, Stiles Bradley, J. H. Smith, Grantland Tebault, Em- 
ory Drake and Douglass Glessner met and had a group photo- 
graph taken last summer, which now adorns Louisiana Alpha's 

Massachusetts A — C. H. Clarke, '87, was married to Miss An- 
derson, K K F, University of Cal., '85, in Oakland, July 23. 
They departed immediately for Seattle, Wash., where Bro. 
Clarke is in the real estate business. 

Pennsylvania Z — C. S. Potts, M. D., '85, has been made in- 
structor in Electro Therapeutics at the University of Pennsyl- 
vania. Bro. Potts has for several years been President of the 
College Boat Club, and is very popular among the rowing men. 
We wish him success in his new position. 

Pennsylvania F — A. J. Montgomery, '87, receives attention in 
the Washington (Pa.) Daily Reportet^ October 22, 1890, with a 
wood cut likeness, and an extended biography. He has been in 
Presbyterian missionary work in Kentucky for three years, but 
is now at his old home, Washington, Pa. 

Michigan B — E. R. Lake, '84, Professor of Botany in Oregon 
College, at Corvallis, writes : 

" Since coming to this coast two years ago, I have met only two 4*s. 
One, my brother-in-law, W. C. Stryker, Michigan B. '84, and formerly 
of Los Angeles, California, but now of Dayton, Michigan, and George 

Wright Shaw, , have forgotten his chapter and year, Prof, of Analy. 

Chemistry, in Pacific University, Oregon. So you see I am quite out of 
the 4 world, and quite eagerly grasp at this invitation to enter the "shin- 
ing portals again." | 


Maine A — Edward Fuller, '85, spent the years 1885-6 at Port- 
land, Me., and 1886-8, at Harvard in law studies. Since 1888 
he has been located at Duluth, Minn., Attomey-at-law, Room 
207 First National Bank Building. He writes us, sending notes 
concerning the following Phi's in Duluth : 

R. C. Mitchell, Indiana B, *6i, was Editor of the Duluth Tribune 
from 1869 to 1890, and is now a real estate broker. A. W. Ringland, 
Kentucky A, '72, has been pastor of the Presbyterian Church, since 
1883. Charles C. Tear, Illinois E, '83, was a West Point graduate, left 
the Army in 1 887 to commence law practice in Duluth. He was elected 
County Attorney in 1890. J. B. Cotton, Michigan B, '86, has been a 
member of the law firm of McGindley & Cotton since 1888. 

Tennessee A — S. P. Gilbert, '81, promises to be a prominent 
figure in the coming session of the Georgia Legislature, as indi- 
cated by this clipping from the Atlanta Constitution, October 12 th. 
Bro. Gilbert was returned by a handsome majority, having been 
easily renominated on his record, while his colleague from the 
same county failed : 

A Ballot Law. — An interesting interview with Hon. S. P. Gilbert, 
of Muscogee county, in relation to a uniform ballot law, appears else- 
where in to-day's paper. 

Captain Gilbert has given the matter careful attention, and having 
closely studied the progress of the ballot reform movement throughout 
the country, has collected the laws of all the states relating to the sub- 

There is no doubt but that there should be a more uniform method 
of voting and of consolidating the election returns of the state. As to 
the method the question has not been before the people of the state 
long enough to establish any preference concerning details, but a mo- 
ment's reflection is enough to establish the fact that Captain Gilbert is 
on the right track, and that much good may result from legislation in- 
tended to produce uniformity in the management of the elections in 
the state. 

As will be seen. Captain Gilbert outlines a general course, taking the 
wise position that the matter of details should be left to the general 
assembly, where, after the question has undergone thorough investiga- 
tion, a law may be modeled to meet every demand. 

This measure will be one of the most important before the legislature. 

Tennessee A — ^The Nashville Evening Herald^ of November 5, 
contains the notice of the marriage of a Vanderbilt Phi, Percy 
D. Maddin. 

A wedding which will long be remembered for its prettiness, the 
beauty of the bride, the popularity of the young couple, and the very 
many handsome presents, was the marriage of Miss Mary Belle Keith, 
to Mr. Percy D. Maddin yesterday afternoon. The old and hospitable 
Keith residence, on Stevenson avenue, was turned into an immense 
bower by the profuse use of flowers, floral designs, plants, cut flowers and 

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smilax artistically used. White roses and smilax adorned the refresh- 
ment room. Shortly after the appointed hour, around the canopy of 
flowers, assembled the bridal party, who were preceded by little Misses 
Sammie Keith and Louise Maddin. On the arm of the groom the 
bride entered, looking as lovely, as sweet and happy as ever bride 
looked. She wore a heavy rep silk, with point lace flounces, over 
which fell the vail in graceful folds. Standing under a canopy of flow- 
ers, of which two snow white doves were in the center, they were made 
man and wife by the Rev. Dr. S. A. Steel, pastor of McKendree church. 
The happy young couple were then greeted with the heartiest congrat- 
ulations and best wishes of the assembled company, who were immedi- 
ately after invited into the refreshment room. One room was filled 
with solid silver, cut glass, china and bric-a-brac, testimonials of the 
high esteem in which the bride and groom were held. A handsomer 
array of costly presents has rarely ever been seen in this city. This 
marriage unites two of Nashville's most prominent families, and has 
been the topic of social circles for several weeks. Miss Keith is the 
eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Keith, and is a young lady 
of remarkable beauty, refinement and culture. Mr. Maddin has taken 
a foremost stand among the young lawyers at the bar, and has been 
for a number of years a prominent figure in both the social and busi- 
ness worlds. Mr. and Mrs. Maddin left last evening for Florida and 
the South, to be absent several weeks. On their return they will take 
possession of the very cozy and elegant residence in Clark Place. 

Ohio r — Hon. Emmett Tompkins, '75, was married Oct. 14th, 
1890, to Miss Jessie Murfin, of Jackson, Ohio. The following 
is the account in the Ohio State Journal : 


Bride's Attire. — Jackson, O., Oct. 15. — [Special.] — Hon. Emmett 
Tompkins and Miss Jessie Murfin of Jackson, were married Tuesday af- 
ternoon. Miss Jessie is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee T. Mur- 
fin and is highl\ esteemed for her genial, social and attractive qualities. 
Mr. Tompkins is well and favorably known throughout the State. A 
large number of invitations were sent out, mostly to friends in Athens, 
Columbus, Portsmouth and other places. 

The elegant residence of Mr. Murfin was darkened and lit with arti- 
ficial light. In every room huge banks of flowers had been arranged. 
The floral decorations were in charge of William McKeller, of ChilU- 

At 2:30 the bridal party appeared while the wedding march from 
Lohengrin was being played. The officiating minister. Rev. D. Y. 
Murdoch, followed by the bride-groom, Mr. Tompkins, and Mr. George 
A. Peters, of Columbus, first appeared. They in turn were followed 
by Miss Grace Chapman, the little maid of honor, then by the bride 
herself, leaning upon the arm of her father. When the party were 
stationed all but the bridegroom and bride fell back, leaving the min- 
ister and those two standing underneath a bank of smilax, roses and 
chrysanthemums. An elegant repast was served. 

The bride wore a magnificent gown of cream satin en train, the skirt 
of plain satin with garniture of tulle, pearls and ostrich tips, the train o 


gorgeous Grecian tonade with ostrich tips, the front of the corsage pearl 
decoration, and over all this a floating veil of soft tulle. 

Miss Grace Chapman, the maid of honor, wore yellow crepe de chine 
with Mareschal Neil roses. 

Mr. and Mrs. Tompkins took the evening train for Columbus. A 
large number of guests left with them en route for their respective 
homes. Mr. and Mrs. Tompkins will occupy a suite of rooms for the 
present at the Park Hotel. Mrs. Tompkins will tender a reception 
there to her friends on next Tuesday. 

Tennessee //. — The Scroll has to chronicle yet another mar- 
riage in the Phi ranks. The Memphis Appeal of October 15, 
1890, gives much space to the marriage of Bro. J. A. Hodgson 
to one of Memphis' fairest daughters. 

Hodgson-Ensley. — Last evening, long before the hour of 8 o'clock, 
a large and briUiant audience thronged Calvary Church, eager to wit- 
ness one of society's most noted events — ^the solemnization of the mar- 
riage vows of Miss Harriette S. Ensley and Dr. John Hamilton Potle 
Hodgson, of New York. Rarely is it the Appeal's privilege to an- 
nounce the marriage of parties so distinguished for charming personal 
attributes, wide popularity and high social position. 

The bride is the daughter of Col. Enoch Ensley, whose personal dis- 
tinction as one of the leading capitalists and the most prominent and 
progressive of the iron manufacturers of the South is acknowledged 
throughout the commercial world. Her beauty and the graces of her per- 
sonality have won for her general admiration both at home and abroad. 
The groom is the son of the distinguished divine, the Rev. Telfair Hodg- 
son, D.D. LL.D., of Sewanee University. He is a young gendemen 
of strong character, cultured and of unusual accomplishments, and is in 
the successful practice of his profession in New York City. 

At eight o'clock to the moment, while the measured cadences of the 
*• Lohengrin Wedding March" swelled out triumphantly, Miss Ensley, 
accompanied by her father, and the groom supported by Mr. Martin 
Ensley, met at the altar steps. The beautiful Episcopalian ceremony 
was performed, with deep feeling, by the Rev. Telfair Hodgson. D.D., 
LL.D., assisted by the Rev. Dr. Gaylor and the Rev. Dr. Buford, rector 

of Calvary, in chancel. 

* 'If « * 

The presents, in view of the popularity and position of Mr. and Mrs. 
Hodgson, were superb. They represented a fortune in the aggregate, 
and attested in the most substantial way the affection and esteem in 
which the bride and groom were held. 

There was one feature of the array, however, which calls for special 
mention, being the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Enoch Ensley. It was a chest 

of solid silver containing 225 pieces. 

* « « * 

Dr. and Mrs. Hodgson will spend the next few days with relatives in 

Baltimore and New York City, and on the 25th will sail for Europe, 

where they expect to occupy themselves the next two years in viewing 

the wonders of distant lands. 

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Phi Delta Theta. 


Henry Durant Howren, Georgia B, '80, 

Died October 7, 1890, 


Charleston, S. C. 

**In Coelo QuiesEst." 

Sp 3|C ^ 

Yew Sawayama, Massachusetts B, '89, 

Died September 10, 1890, 


Tokio, Japan. 

''In Coelo Quies Est." 

* * ♦ 

Arthur Ellis Barrows, Rhode Island A, '89, 

Died August 4, 1890, 


Rochester, Massachusetts. 

" In Coelo Quies Est." 

* * * 

William Henry Foster, Indiana A, '88, 
Died July 23, 1890, 


Morning Sun, Ohio. 

" In Coelo Quies Est." 

* * * 

Richard Maurice Dooly, Missouri A, '86, 

Died September 10, 1890, 


Benkleman, Nebraska. 

'* In Coelo Quies Est." 

* * * 

Daniel Bullard Williams, Alabama B, '88, 

Died September 27, 1890, 


Opelika, Alabama. 

" In Coelo Quies Est' 






The circulation of the Scroll is 1500 copies. 

A T SL has rented a chapter house at Hillsdale College. 

K K r has swung out a chapter at the University of Michigan. 

J T met in convention at Chicago the last week in October. 

* r J graduated her last members at the University of Georgia 
last June. 

A ^ has been added to the list of ladies fraternities at the Uni- 
versity of Minnesota. 

S J -V, d K E and J ^ have all recently held general conven- 
tions in New York City. 

B B U 2X her recent convention took favorable action on an 
application from Lehigh University. 

I X returned one man at the University of North Carolina this 
fall, who has multiplied the number by six. 

Ten men at Dickinson comprise the second living and third 
established chapter of 2' i4 E in Pennsylvania. 

I X established her Alpha Phi Chapter at Cornell University, 
October 10, 1890, with seven charter members. 

The new A A (P house at Amherst was dedicated October 25, 
with a large number of alumni present. 

The DePauw chapter of B B II has purchased the Dean 
Tompkins property and will occupy it as a chapter house. 

There are but thirty men members of fraternities at Central 
University — divided equally between A By A K E and I N, 

B B II has rented the Professor Kellicott residence at Ohio 
State University, located on the University grounds, and occu- 
pies it as a chapter house. 

Julia Ward Howe could not be present at the K K F conven- 
tion at Bloomington, III., last August, but sent her regrets in the 
shape of an excellent Convention Poem. 


Though Wofford College correspondents have for a year 
spoken of a J T J chapter as existing there, the Rainbow has as 
yet made no mention of such an addition to its fraternity. 

Last year the Scroll announced that B 6 U was negotiating 
with Z (P at the University of Missouri. During the summer 
these were concluded and the Z <P local has become a chapter of 
Be IL 

The East — Sigma Alpha Epsilon has already become a power 
in western college life, and now the east is to be invaded, and 
our colors raised in fields where they are comparatively unknown 
— I A E Recotd. 

All the men's fraternities at Wisconsin University occupy 
chapter houses. K A 6 the latest comer among the ladies frater- 
nities has rented a good house, and is already an important factor 
in college circles. 

A ^ now has six chapters. The annual convention was held 
at Greencastle, Ind., October i and 2 with the Gamma at De- 
Pauw. Nineteen visiting A tf s, besides the members of the local 
chapter were in attendance. 

By the will of Frank Bidleman, (Union, '78), the sum of 
$40,000 was bequeathed to the Union Chapter of Sigma Phi. It 
is the intention of the chapter to build and endow a handsome 
building. — Mail and Express. 

The Indiana University Chapter oi I X enrolls the largest 
membership in that fraternity, 243. Indiana contains the 
largest number of residents, 503. Chicago, with 102, contains 
more Sigs than other city. The total membership of the frater- 
nity is 3,879. 

Of course it is pardonable for me to think that Chapter Nu is 
the best one in the University ; but, in all candor, it must be 
admitted that the Kappa Alpha's, Phi Delta Theta's, and Delta 
Kappa Epsilon's, as well as ourselves, are candidates for first 
place. The Delta Tau Delta's have not re-organized this year ; 
the Alpha Tau Omega's, the Chi Phi's, the Kappa Sigma's, and 
the Beta Theta Pi's have comparatively small chapters, though 
good ones. — Vanderbilt Correspondence in I A E Record. 

The American newspaper directory for 1890 gives the circula- 
tion of the Greek letter magazines as follows: "Alpha Phi 
Quarterly, 250; The Beta Theta Pi, 1,000; Chi Phi Quarterly, 
750 ; Chi Psi Purple and Gold, 750; Delta Gamma Anchora, 250 ; 
Delta Upsilon Quarterly, 2,000; Kappa Alpha Journal, 500; 
Kappa Sigma Quarterly, 500 ; Phi Gamma Delta Quarterly, 500 ; 


Pi Beta Phi Arroiv, 250; Phi Kappa Psi Shield, 1,000; Sigma 
Alpha Epsilon Record, 500; Sigma Nu Delta, 500; Theta Delta 
Chi Shiefd, 750. All the others are not given. — J T Quarterly . 

The closing session of the National Convention of the Phi 
Gamma Delta Fraternity was held this evening, and considerable 
routine business was disposed of. W. F. Christian, of this city, 
was elected Chief of the section composed of Indiana and Illinois, 
and Pittsburgh was selected as the place of meeting next year. 
Reports were made showing that charters for chapters in a num- 
ber of small colleges had been refused on the ground that it is 
the policy of the fraternity to place chapters in colleges of the 
highest standing only. To-night the delegates banqueted at the 
Bates House, C. W. Fairbanks, presiding, and Prof. John 
Clark Ridpath and others responding to toasts. — Indianapolis Cot, 
Cincinnati Commercial Gazette, October 25M. 


The matriculants this session at University of Virginia number 

Knox College won first place on the Illinois inter-collegiate ora- 
torical contest. 

The college authorities at Illinois Wesleyan have passed a 
rule forbidding the initiation of preparatory students into fra-. 
ternities. Good ! 

D. L. Groner, <P J ^, was elected President of Final Ball for 
1 89 1, at Washington and Lee University. 

The University of North Carolina has completed a new build- 
ing for its Medical Department at Chapel Hill. 

Henry Wade Rogers, late Dean of the Michigan University 
Law School, entered upon the Presidency of Northwestern Uni- 
versity, Nov. I St. 

Butler University is again the foot-ball champion in Indiana^ 
winning the deciding game from Purdue, Thanksgiving. Woos- 
ter holds the same place in Ohio. 

The great Yale-Princeton foot-ball game in which so much in- 
terest centers was played before 35,000 spectators in Brooklyn, 
Thanksgiving afternoon. Yale won by an easy score of 32 to o, 
and Princeton was relegated from the place of last year's cup 
winner to third place, as Harvard had already defeated Yale. 

It is a matter for congratulation that the University of Chica- 
go is to be re-organized and opened under such auspices as wil^ ci'fl YORS 




be brought about by the princely gifts of John D. Rockefeller, 
who has given altogether $1,600,000 to the institution. The pro- 
ductive endowment of the university will be over $1,800,000. 

The daily newspapers of Nov. 13th, contained brief accounts 
of the serious affray between students and militia at Ann Arbor, 
on the evening of Nov. 12th. The post office at Ann Arbor is 
a time honored place for the assembling of 'university students at 
the seven o'clock evening distribution of mails. The room is 
long and narrow, the boxes running up to the front of this like a 
long letter U, a news and stationarjr stand crowding up close to 
the east side. The lock boxes are to the rear and call boxes in 
front. Many a harmless rush has taken place here when at the 
opening of the windows, lock-box men have begun to push out as 
call-box men crowded toward the windows. At other times the 
complexion has been more serious — counters being upset, box- 
glasses broken, policemen called, and heads bruised. 

A few evenings before the affair about to be mentioned some 
trouble began at the old time rushes at the post office, which 
led to a strained feeling between town authorities and the stud- 
ents. On the evening of Nov. 12th, the local military company 
was out making a call on a newly married member of the com- 
pany. As they departed a salute was fired. Students hearing 
the firing and thinking some new difficulty had arisen hurried to 
the spot until nearly a thousand were assembled. Later as the 
military company started away the students followed, yelling and 
" guying " the company. It was then that the officer in command 
gave orders to charge upon and disperse the students. Most of 
these fell back, but a hand to hand fight ensued in which musket 
butts, clubs and stones were used. In this a student, Irvmg 
Dennison from Toledo, was struck a terrific blow over the eye, 
by a musket, fracturing the skull, and causing death a few hours 
later. Mr. Granger, commanding the company, who gave the 
order for the charge, received serious injuries from a thrown 
stone. The affair has naturally cast a deep gloom over the uni- 
versity and town. Blame is attached to both sides, but the action 
of the officer in ordering a charge when the students were in no 
way offering physical molestation is much deplored and cen- 
sured. Rewards have been offered for the detection of those 
concerned in the blows ending fatally. 


The subjects calling for special comment in the November 
number of the Sigma Chi Quarterly are the establishment of the 
Alphi Phi Chapter at Cornell University, and the publication of 
the Sigma Chi Catalogue and History, 

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The accounts of the former consist to a large extent of an ad- 
dress delivered to the new chapter by Dr. Ziegenfuss of Pough- 
keepsie, and a poem written for the occasion by Prof. M. M. 
Miller of Princeton, a member of the Wooster chapter. 

From the address to the chapter we clip two paragraphs which 
are not lacking in pith : 

"In the furtherance of culture you can pleasantly do so much for 
each other. Without in the least giving unwise or unlawful assistance 
you can yet smooth the way many a time for your brother. You will 
have great patience with those who are slow of insight or halting in 
speech. You will encourage the timid. By fine tact you will mend 
their methods or their manners. Amend and commend. You can 
stimulate some to self-reliance and self-expression. Is that not a worthy 
mission ? Is it not the deed of brother unto brother ? Manliness is 
admirable, especially when conjoined with fine and varied culture, but 
how doubly admirable when it is infused of a considerate and loving 

"You have come together here of your own choice. You were 
friends and companions ; of mutual desire you are still that, and more 
than that, you are brothers. When you meet a member of our frater- 
nity the heart warms toward him, and you take hold of his hand with a 
grip that is more than a mere taking and letting go again. So there is 
a culture of the affections also. The heart has its longings as well as 
the mind. The true man loves sweetness as well as light. It is not 
good for man to be alone. Solitariness leads to singularity, when not 
to downright madness. You are here a band of brothers who have 
vowed to be socially, intellectually, and morally helpful to each other. 
You know that you can, in a special manner, trust each other, and are 
sure of sympathy and assistance in all things right and lawful. Your 
labors will he more earnest, yet less arduous ; and the joys and glad- 
nessess of life will be enhanced for you an hundred-fold." 

Work on the Catalogue and History of Sigma Chi which has 
just been issued was begun in 1884. Mr. C. A. Wightman, was 
the first chief worker, and did much to get the historical and 
biographical manuscript into form. This however has since been 
increased and revised by W. L. Fisher who in 1885 assumed 
chief editorship and who has had associated with him Charles 
Ailing, Jr. To one not a Sigma Chi more than to the members 
is interest drawn to the illustrations of the book. These have 
been taken from photographic negatives, and show the buildings 
at the colleges where I X \^ represented. The feature is new 
and excellent, adding infinitely to the value of the book. Near- 
ly fifty pages are devoted to a sketch of Sigma Chi, briefly touch- 
ing on the development of the fraternity system, and plunging 
into more detail in explaining the origin of S X, 

Following this is the catalogue proper, in which each chapter 
is represented (i) by illustration showing college buildings, (2) 
college sketch, (3) chapter sketch, and (4) chapter list, (i) and 


(2) are uniformly good. (3) generally takes a certain vein that 
would make them all as having been moulded and dressed after 
a pattern. E^ch one cites the historical facts connected with 
origin and progress, and each has the halo which every enthusi- 
astic fraternity man delights to picture around the chapter of his 

In the list of members the biographical data is made complete 
enough, and ranks this part with the last publications of J /*, ^ 
T, ^ A 6, B 8 n, A J ^ &c. Secret symbols, wisely, are not used. 

Of the 3879 members of the fraternity 806 are enrolled as at- 
torneys, 337 as merchants, 287 as clergymen, and 254 as physi- 
cians. 335 members are dead. Mechanically the book is above 
criticism, the more than 700 pages being well printed and 

The September and October numbers of 7>4^ SAsM of Phi 
Kappa Psi lead off with a review of college annuals similar to 
that of the Scroll in its October number, and which Mr. Van 
Cleve makes extremely readable. The Shield ought to congratu- 
late itself that there are such places as Cincinnati and Springfield 
in the tf ^ realm. The former with E. A. Daumont (of the John 
Church Music House) is constantly bringing forth some new Phi 
Kappa Psi Waltzes or Marches, and lastly, a neat thing, a but- 
ton to display the colors. The latter always has an appetising 
menu to decorate a page, or if that be absent, replaces it with the 
** Program '* of a good ** Musical.'' Such loyal contributors and 
staunch supporters do much to put life in any journal as they do 
in the Shield. 

** J /T^'sin the Fifty-first Congress" of which there were 
eighteen, opens the October A K E Quarterly, and is accompanied 
by three half-tone plates showing likenesses of all but one. Chief 
among these are Randall S. Gibson, Wm. D. Washburn and 
Matthew C. Butler. A K E has a new catalogue which we have 
not seen, but which involved an amount of work that an article 
on "The New Catalogue" well implies. Phi's can read this clip- 
ping and gain some idea of what an undertaking the editors of 
our own work in preparation have on hand : 

'• To these gentiemen, then, the credit of the present Catalogue is 
due. On every working day during the past three years at least one, 
and often two of them, has spent from five to fourteen hours on work 
of the same kind which sends so many insane from the United States 
statistical bureaus ; and during all this time from three to six clerks 
have been steadily employed on purely clerical work, No one unfam- 
iliar with this class of work can form any idea from the completed 
volume of the labor necessary to produce it. About 50,000 letters and 
circulars have been sent out, in some cases as many as eight autograph 
letters to a single individual, and an average of five communications to 

184 IhE SCROLL. 

every man in the Fraternity. Personal visits have been made to San 
Francisco, New Orleans, the Army and Navy Department at Washing- 
ton, and to most of the chapters, for the purpose of examining and 
collecting records." 

In an editorial under the caption **A Note of Progress" is men- 
tioned the fact the Quarterly now gives four numbers to the vol- 
ume instead of three. Would it have been out of place to put 
under the same heading the note that hereafter chapter corres- 
pondents would be expected to sign all letters, substantiate their 
statements if necessary, and that each letter should be a truthful 
representation of fraternal conditions at the time it was written ? 
The last three numbers of the Quarterly have given a depart- 
ment, — that of ** Notes and Clippings," — which has never before 
appeared and which must add to its interest as a news bearer to 
J K E's. No attempt was made to reply to our editorial in the 
June Scroll. 

The readers of the A T Q Palm for the past year have been 
served with vigorous articles on Pan-hellenism, which subject has 
received the undivided attention of the editor W. T. Daniel. In 
fact the title page of the April number announced it as ** Palmy 
the Pan- Hellenic Magazine y' but this was wisely returned to 
** Palm^ Official Ofgan of the Alpha lau Omega Fraternity ^^ in 
the July number. Besides the announcement of new chapters, 
of which the fraternity has had several the })ast year, its pages 
have given principal attention to the Pan-Hellenism, advocating 
— first, a conference of delegates from all fraternities, the object 
of which would be to promote a tangible code of ethics between 
all general fraternities, as well as to raise the standard of the sys- 
tem generally. The Palm suggests the following as articles for a 
general platform : 

" I. — No expelled (ireek shall be admitted to membership in any 
other Greek F'raternity. 

II. — No person under fifteen years of age not attending a reputable 
college shall be admissible to membership of any Fraternity. 

III. — National annual or biennial conventions of similar character 
to consider ways and means for the cultivation and improvement of 
Greeks in the arts, sciences, fraternal and college life to be held.'* 

Second, the Palm is endeavoring to establish the publication 
of a ** Pan-Hellenic Supplement " which shall be devoted to arti- 
cles of a gener-al nature, interesting to all fraternities alike, the 
discussion of pan-hellenic questions, and the collecting of fratern- 
ity news notes. Such a supplement has been twice issued as a 
part of the Palm^ but Mr. Daniels desires to see it edited by the 
editors of Greek journals generally, made a department of each 
magazine, and the expenses shared pro rata. In connection 
with this he also recommends the establishment of a bureau for 


collecting news items, and doing the clerical work involved in 
all our publications. 

Among our exchanges are The Key of K K T^ Kappa Alpha 
Theta Journal, Anchora, Alphi Phi Quarterly, and Arrow of 11 B 
#. Besides containing articles on questions as pertinent to the 
men's fraternities as their own, they set an example in another 
respect that is worthy of masculine imitation. Long as we have 
read these journals we have yet to find the contributions where 
invidious comparisons have been made or slurs cast upon rivals. 
Letters may indulge in personal praise and boasting, but it is 
never done in the way which we find so common in the chapter 
letters of some of our men's fraternities where the defeat or 
downfall of a rival is the sweetest morsel rolled on the writer's 
tongue. We congratulate the Istdies on their courtesies. 

Few editors have done more yeoman service for their frater- 
nity than have those of the last volumes of the Kappa Alpha 
Journal, Last yea'r they gave nine numbers of over 48 pages 
each, and promise to do the same this year. The Journal may 
lack some of the conservative dignity of older cotemporaries, but 
is surpassed by none in its enthusiastic, well balanced devotion 
to Kappa Alpha interests. It is edited by a corps selected by 
and under the supervision of the Vanderbilt chapter. Its review 
of exchanges is always sprightly. In an editorial on fraternity 
publications the Journal says, speaking of the handsome appear- 
ance of some of the Greek-letter magazines now, that **One 
first-class exchange will do more to arouse the latent energy of 
the editors of a magazine than a thousand exhortions spoken or 
written," which hits very near a truth. A contributor in the 
October number advocates that the charter granting plan be 
changed from the **one man power" so that a committee or 
council of four, of which the editor of the Journal shall always 
be one, shall have the power by unanimous vote, under proper 
limitations of granting charters. 

The October Beta Theta Pi is devoted largely to convention 
accounts, but in the editorial department is a note on ''Frater- 
nity Initiations " which is so much to the point that we clip it. 
It voices no less the attitude of Phi Delta Theta towards her in- 
itiates. In fact any departure from the tone mentioned means a 
shattering of many ideals that that chapter and members would 
otherwise attain : 

In a gathering of ©etas not long ago, the older members fell to com- 
paring notes as to the way in which they had been initiated into Beta 
Theta Pi. Each recalled the incidents of the occasion with vivid and 
unqualified pleasure. To each it was a time of pleasant memory, not 
only as the beginning of a series of friendships that had grown more 


and more precious to him. but also because of the very manner of his 
introduction into the fraternity. In no case had there been anything 
approaching to thoughtless rudeness or positive insult under the guise 
of fraternal privilege ; but a simple, manly, earnest and affectionate 
dignity of bearing had characterized the initiation from first to last, har- 
monizing with and greatly enhancing the effect of the ceremony. 

It is pleasant to know this, and profitable to remember that the tra- 
ditions and the precedents of Beta Theta Pi require that our initiations 
be, in their minutest details, thoroughly in harmony with their main 
purpose, the reception of a gentleman tried and recognized as worthy, 
into a band of brothers who themselves are gentlemen. Nowhere^ 
indeed, is rudeness, under whatever name or form, more grotesquely 
out of place than in a fraternity initiation. Some forms of hazing are 
perhaps innocent enough in their place, and may be allowed to exist 
to the pleasure of many and the profit, it may be, of a few whose 
verdancy cannot be so speedily gotten rid of in any other way. But 
surely no form of rudeness or ridicule has any place in an initiation in- 
to a fhiternity. 

The November I A E Record is illustrated with the Kaldron 
plate, ** Allegheny College Chapter Houses," used in the Octo- 
ber Scroll, the new heraldic plate of £ A £, by E. A. Wright, 
and a wood-cut of Noble Leslie De Votie, founder of the frater- 
nity. The Record is edited by J. G. Capers, Greenville, S. C. 
His most enthusiastic contributors are from the chapters at Mt. 
Union (Ohio) College and S. W. Presbyterian University^ 
Clarksville, Tenn. 


The frontispiece illustration in this number is from the '91 
Guly kindly furnished by Massachusetts Alpha. 

The upper left hand shows ** Morgan Hall with gymnasium in 
the back ground " ; the upper right, **01d Hydrant with West 
College (built 1790)" ; the lower left, ** Goodrich Hall"; lower 
right, ** Chapel"; and center, ** Main street, looking towards 
the College." The University of Virginia plate is from Corks 
and Curis, received since our Review of Annuals. The plate is 
furnished by J. S. Bridges & Co., Baltimore, printers of the 
book, and Virginia Beta. 



The editors of the catalogue expect to add to the chapter 
lists the names of all members initiated this year, so far as they 
possibly can, and for that reason every chapter should be very 
prompt in forwarding to the proper editor the names of initiates, 
up to the time of going to press with catalogue. 

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Dan. W. Wright, Ohio Beta, '91, was married to Miss Grace 
Gilbert at Worthington, Ohio, their home, Oct. 23, 1890. 

Following this happy event Brother Wright was called in 
November, to mourn the death of his father, Judge Wright, who 
had been in poor health for some time. 

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Brother Randolph writes that the edition of the song book has 
been exhausted, the few copies that were unsold having been de- 
stroyed by fire. 

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On Wednesday, December 3rd, Hon. Isaac M. Jordan, of 
Cincinnati, one of the six founders of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, 
fell through the elevator hatchway in Lincoln's Inn Court build- 
ing and was instantly killed. Mr. Jordan had been talking with 
the Hon. C. W. Baker by the elevator entrance, and was about 
to leave to attend the B. P. I investigation before which he was 
summoned to give testimony. Finding the gate partly open he 
slid it back supposing the elevator was at that floor, and stepped 
in. He was precipitated to the cellar below receiving such in- 
juries as to cause instant death. Mr. Jordan had attained emi- 
nence in public life, and has always retained an active interest in 
the fraternity he helped to found. Phi Delta Theta extends her 
warmest sympathy to Sigma Chi in his loss. 

* * ..* * * 

Hon. Edwin H. Conger, of Illinois Zeta, '62, who for two ses- 
sions has represented his district in the lower House of Congress, 
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Vol. XV. FEBRUARY, 1891. No. 3. 


What a dear old place this Fraternity fire-side is to me ! As I 
sit in the warmth and look into its face, it seems to me that sure- 
ly it understands my thoughts and longings and with ruddy heart- 
beats throws out to me its generous waves of -warm sympathy. 

I have been in many places and sat at their firesides, and each 
one has its individuality that makes it stand out separate and 
alone from others. They all seem to be of an absorbent nature. 
They take unto themselves in some mysterious ways the lives and 
sympathies of their surroundings, and when you sit down before 
them, and look into their faces in that fashion which says "Now 
here I am. My day's work is over, and I want some one to 
talk to. What can you tell me ? Have you anything that will 
interest a wayfarer like me ? Out with your stories, and tell me 
what you have found in your daily life, worth storing up to pass 
the hours with those who come to sit with you," they flash back 
a look at you, wonderfully in harmony with their usual surround- 
ings,, but strangely out of keeping with the longings of your own 
nature. One throws out a sordid grasping flame, as though it 
would take hold of you, go through your pockets to see if there 
was money enough about you to make it worth while to furnish 
you warmth. Of . another every crumbling of the coal into ash 
voices a misery, and recalls sorrows past but not forgotten. An- 
other may answer with a hospitable glow, brimming with good- 
will, but lacking those grades of finer feeling which it must have 
to strike the responsive home chord within you. 

But here as I sit at my chapter fireside I find one that brings 
to me more of the good thoughts, pleasant memories, and high 
aspirations than any other save the **old home " place. In fact 


cannot be present, and if they cannot, to send a letter to be read on 
the occasion. These would add to the interest, and then the whole 
affair could end up with a modest supper that would cost but little. I 
find there's nothing like a little meat and drink to emphasize the pleas- 
ant things in life. 

If you do this I'll do my part. If I can't be with you, as I probably 
can't, I'll send you the best substitute I can by letter. 

Remember me to all the boys, and let me hear from you. 

Yours in ^t-xsai. 


*' Now boys," said Morton, "the best way that I know of to 
indorse what Brother Rogers has written and to bring the matter 
before the chapter, is by motion. I therefore move that this 
chapter hold special exercises on Wednesday evening, February 
1 8, 1 89 1, to conclude with refreshments, and that the chair ap- 
point a committee of three to make plans for the same." 

I was actually disappointed that Morton had not taken his seat 
when he finished the letter, for I had wanted to make the motion 
myself. There were half a dozen of us on our feet as soon as 
Morton had spoken, each one clamoring for recognition and all 
calling out ** I second the motion." 

The motion was carried with a hurrah, and we are going to 
have a good time Alumni Day, if anybody does. 

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* * Stir the fire Charlie, and make those flames leap up while 
we practice those songs. You'll have to get that guitar up a 
little higher for the piano, Frank. There, that's it. Now tor 
some good Phi music." 


In the Scroll for December, 1883, ^^^^ ^® found a full review 
of the Second Revised Edition of this book, the Fourth Edition 
of which is just now from the publishers' hands. With the excep- 
tion of a small book of but fifty pages, published early in 1879 
by A. P. Jacobs, *F T, of Detroit, Mr. Baird's book was the 
pioneer which rendered accessible trustworthy information con- 
cerning the extent and standing of the several college fraterni- 
ties. But few fraternity magazines were published at that time, 
and of those, it was intended that the circulation of each should 
be strictly confined to the membership of the fraternity in whose 
interests it was issued. Naturally, fraternity men hungered for a 
knowledge of the extent, standing and membership of rival soci- 
eties. Without this, one could not know even the standing of 
his own fraternity in the Greek world, as he had no basis of com- 


parison. To meet this want, Wm. Raimond Baird issued the 
First Edition of his book of the title given above in 1879. A 
First Revised Edition, differing in no essential particulars from 
this was issued in 1880. The book was a marvel when we con- 
sider the chaos from which its information had to be drawn. It 
had errors and omissions in abundance, but a consideration of 
the circumstances attending the work make these few to what 
could have been expected. Its publication laid the foundation 
for better knowledge in this field and the succeeding ten years 
have seen this knowledge grow from day to day. Fraternity 
antiquarians have solved many knotty problems in the history of 
their organizations in this period. 

The Second Revised Edition of this book was issued in 1883, 
It noted the many changes in chapter rolls and membership that 
three years had brought about and a few changes were made in 
the text. The seven years from 1883 to 1890 have seen greater 
changes than any similar period in the future will iikely ever see. 
This together with the enlightenment that had come in historical 
matters made this edition a much desired one. But, however 
much knowledge concerning the history and standing of fraterni- 
ties may be in the possession of well-posted members of these, it 
is quite another thing for any one man to get hold of these facts, 
unfavorable as well as favorable, to use them in an unbiased sum- 
mary of the whole system. Mr. Baird speaks of this in his Pre- 
face at considerable length, and we quote the following para- 
graphs ; 

The principal sources of error, however, have been ignorance and 
bias. In some few instances, persons who were most conversant with 
the facts concerning a particular Fraternity, could not be reached, or 
were unable from extraneous circumstances to furnish the information 
desired, while it was often necessary to accept statements emanating 
from less trustworthy sources. Many well informed Fraternity men. 100, 
seemed unwilling to state lacts without opinions or conclusions, and 
some declined to furnish any information whatever, unless the writef 
would agree to print It as received, or to suppress, or vary, statements 
supposed to l>e unfavorable to their respective societies. The author 
was solicited to omit Chapters which had proven to be failures, or to 
suppress well-founded alleg:iiions of discreditable circumstances in the 
history of various societies, or to add opinions concerning (he standing 
of Chapters unwarranted by the facts. Each Chapter that had escaped 
bankruptcy for five years desired to be especially mentioned as " pros- 
it ri,.,- ."■■:' ...'■■■ 1 nimoda- 

ited for the loy.iliy ..i its Alum- 
^ affected to rt-L:aid that as a 
each Frautnity whose 
ipriate the adjective 


" national,** as its exclusive property ; while there was a constant, not 
to say violent, strife, to have it noted that one or another Fraternity was 
first to adopt some peculiar feature of administration or symbolism, and 
nearly every account submitted to the writer for his information, was 
embellished by numerous adjectives of commendation. 

« « * « 

It must be borne in mind, that the comparative importance of the 
Fraternities cannot be estimated by the number of pages devoted to 
them, the description of a Fraternity having few Chapters, all of whom 
have prosperously lived their term of existence naturally requiring less 
space than that of another having a large list of Chapters experiencing 
many vicissitudes. A Chapter may be in fine condition as compared 
with that of its immediate neighbors, yet its actual position in the fra- 
ternity world may not make it worthy of special mention, and the infer- 
ence may be safely drawn by the reader that all of the Chapters not 
specially noted are in good condition and moving on the even tenor of 
their way. 

This gives very well a description of the difficulties that will 
always be in the way of getting material for a book of this char- 
acter. It may be that somebody will yet come in the field with 
one published on a different basis, one in which no adverse criti- 
cisms are made, in which every fraternity will be written up by 
some enthusiastic member of it in a way that will suit his own, if 
not the queen^s taste. Every good and indifferent event will be 
noted as an unparalled achievement, while the mantle of chari- 
table forgetfulness will be wrapped about all shortcomings and 
failures, unless these be construed into a wise policy, in which 
the expression ** at this time there was a depression in the affairs 
of the college, the class of students were of inferior quality and 
rather than take in any but the best, the chapter resigned its 
charter " shall be used. And possibly the * * subsequent condition 
of the college has not warranted its revival " may be called into 
requisition. Under such a plan the book would be popular as 
^members of every fraternity would gladly buy it to see in print 
such a glowing tribute to their own. But with such a book it 
would be very difficult to pick out the hard facts, which after all 
are what we want, and from which we can draw safe conclusions. 
These facts, plain and unornamented, Mr. Baird has given. It 
is ours to color them with opinion as we choose. In closing his 
preface he acknowledges special indebtedness to Brother W. B. 
Palmer and C. N. Ironsides, (A* cP), in addition to many others 
unnamed for valuable aid and suggestions. 

The first section of the book, which, under the head of 
'* Greek Letter Fraternities,'' treats of Nomenclature, Insignia, 
Development of the System, Classification and Characteristics, 
&c., has been re-written and extended, but is not markedly dif- 
ferent from that in the old. i4 J ^, W X and A K E are given as 


types of Eastern, B B U, AS, (P T J, S X BXid ^ K W oi West- 
ern and K A, Z A E and A T Q oi Southern Fraternities. He 
says further on — 

'* Some Fraternities belong more or less to all sections, and within the 
past ten years the more progressive Southern and Western Fraiernities 
have placed Chapters in the Eastern and Middle States and are grad- 
ually gaining a strong foot-hold in this section." 

Under the head of '* Membership and Chapters" the author 
refers to the constant rivalry between Chapters and says * * the 
multiplication of societies has led in many cases to an indiscrimi- 
nate scramble for members at the beginning of each year and has 
in it the germ of the downfall of the entire system, unless Fra- 
ternities foresee the danger and make a united effort to avert it. 
This has been done at some colleges by an agreement between 
the Chapters that no new student will be pledged until he has 
matriculated for a certain length of time agreed upon." In 
closing up the section on development before this he has said — 

" It is not expected, however, that many new Fraternities will arise. 
Those that have originated within the past twenty-five years do not 
compare in standing and influence with the older organizations, and 
some of them have united with the stronger orders. The next step in 
the development of the fraternity system will be in the direction of con- 
solidation. The Colleges of good standing are well supplied with 
Chapters of the older societies, and new ones do not so readily gain 
the attention and allegiance of the students.*' 

The paragraph on chapter houses has been considerably en- 
larged and we quote the following pointed sentiment : 

" It is a fact common in human experience, that people are more 
deeply interested in things upon which they have spent lime, effort or 
money than in things which they have acquired without either, and the 
interest of alumni has never been so fully aroused and maintained by 
any feature of fraternity life as by the efforts which have been made to 
build chapter lodges and houses. The creation of building funds, the 
frequent consultations as to plans and the consideration of ways and 
means, have intensified the interest of alumni in the way that nothing 
else has done. All of this has resulted in direct benefit to the Colleges 
and the wiser among College officials are encouraging the development 
of this feature of fraternity life in every way possible. The advantages 
of the chapter house system are not altogether on the side of the 
student. They relieve the Colleges from the necessity of increasing 
dormitory accommodations, and also of many of the details of super- 
vision over the actions of the students. 

If this feature of fraternity life is not carried to a point of senseless 
rivalry, it may ultimately change the course of college development. 
The Chapters forming little independent communities, may, in time, 
grow into something like the English Colleges. Already, in the estab- 
lishment of chapter libraries, prizes and scholarships, we may see an 
indication of the time when Chapters shall have their own instructors 


and professors maintained by permanent endowment, and relieving the 
College of much of the preliminary and subsidiary work of instruction, 
and taking from its hands the entire control of the discipline of the 

The last sentence anticipates a condition of affairs that few of 
the most sanguine believers in the future of the system would 
agree to, but when we compare to-day with forty years ago, we 
must admit that the Chapters may adapt themselves to possibili- 
ties in the education of College men which we can now scarcely 
imagine. The chapters on the * * Legal Status of the Fraterni- 
ties " and **Have They a Right to Live," are practically the 
same. The statistical tables for 1890 show a total membership of 
106,822 for all Greek letter organizations. 3,876 belong to 
locals; 3,363 to professional; 7,303 to ladies; and 92,279 to 
men's general fraternities. 

Of these A K E has the largest membership, 10,358. Her 
Yale Chapter numbers 1,538, an increase of 300 in seven years. 
The Harvard Chapter has gained 340 in the same length of time, 
an average of about fifty initiates a year. W Y is second with 
7,124. Her Yale Chapter has increased about the same as that 
of J K E, B 8 11 is third with 6,985, which includes some of 
the alumni membership of absorbed societies. <P A 6 has a mem- 
bership of 6,803, placing her fourth. A A ^ has 6,236, which is 
likely an underfigure, as the chapter list credits her Hamilton 
Chapter with only 1 1 1 members, while that Chapter enrolls 400 
at least. The figures for Northern K A are also in error, the 
membership of the Cornell Chapter being omitted from the 
total. In this way figures have made mistakes in many places in 
the book, a thing scarcely avoidable where so many are used. 
Important dates in fraternity histories have been more carefully 
looked after, and errors with these are few. The main portion 
of the book is taken up with the detailed accounts of the sepa- 
rate Fraternities as before, but it was in this part that the great 
work of revision had to be done — to follow all the Fraternities 
through their development and changes in the last ten years. 

The Fraternities are listed alphabetically and the accounts ap- 
pear in that order. In the Second Revised Edition, the account 
of each Fraternity was prefaced by a steel plate, showing the 
badge or some design of the Fraternity, but this feature was 
found very expensive, so in this one we find a wood-cut of the 
badge at the head of the list of each Fraternity. The article 
on Phi Delta Theta occupies over seventeen page's and is the 
same as that which appeared from the pen of W. B. Palmer, as 
a supplement to the October Scroll. It is a fair and impartial 
review of the development oi A 6, not written for any var- 
nishing effect, and it is a compliment to Brother Palmer that the 
author found nothing in it for outside criticism to modify. 


The sketch of every Fraternity in the book has been re-written 
and brought to date, but this has not made a great change in the 
tenor of most of them. The absorption of the Mystical Seven 
Chapters at Virginia, North Carolina and Davidson has added 
the account of this Fraternity and its list of Chapters to those of 
B 6 n. The author, after speaking of the old Wesleyan Chapter 
of Mystical Seven going over to J K E and the transferring of 
the rites to an open Senior Society, says * * this Senior Society 
since the revival of the Temple of the Wand, and the union 
with Beta Theta Pi, has claimed to be a legitimate continuation 
of the old Chapter." When Beta Theta Pi organized a dispen- 
sation Chapter at Syracuse and when on finding at Wesleyan 
that ^ N 8 was not absorbable, she organized another one there 
and conferred upon these the secrets oi B 11, we supposed it 
was because she was looking forward to bona fide Beta Chapters. 
From later arguments we are led to believe that these were 
movements to revive long dead Mystic Chapters and the B 6 II 
dispensation was simply a means of holding the men together 
until they succeeded in their object, and it was only after the ac- 
complishment of this, that they, taking part in an absorption 
which strengthened the Southern wing o( B 6 II, became bona 
fide Chapters of that Fraternit}'. The Fraternity world is ready 
to grant that the Mystical Seven fraternity has lost its identity in 
B 6 II, but it seems that a desire to date an establishment away 
back to the misty past is causing B 6 II to lose a little of her iden- 
tity in the Mystical Seven on the banks of the Connecticut. 
The Fraternity made good acquisitions in J J // at Dartmouth, 
which had always confined its membership to the Chandler Scien- 
tific Department, and hence was not a direct rival of the other 
Chapters, and in Z ^ at Missouri. 

Mr. Baird has endeavored to list in chapter rolls every Chap- 
ter established by any Fraternity, whether afterwards repudiated 
or not. This fact has swelled the list of inactive J T J Chapters 
from eleven in the 1883 Edition to twenty-six in this, besides 
eleven credited to W. W. W. though the Fraternity has lost but 
three Chapters in the meanwhile, two of these being by charter 

The sketch of X ^ opens differently from what it did before, 
expressing the author's view on the origin of X ^. We do not 
yet know whether it is indorsed by X 0, but it seems like a very 
reasonable view of the case. 

" The Chi Phi Fraternity as it is now constituted is the result of a 
union of three distinct organizations bearing the same name. The 
oldest of these is known as the Princeton order, and its origin is as fol- 
lows; Toward the close of the year 1854, John McLean, Jr., then a 
Sophomore at Princeton College, discovered among some old papers a 
document which upon examination proved to be the constitution of a 


college society, the motto of which was " Xpurrov ^i?U)t" and which 
had for its object the promotion of social and religious intercourse 
among its members. This constitution bore the number "1824*' and 
was signed with several names. Communicating his discovery to two 
classmates, Charles S. DeGraw and Gustavus W. Mayer, he proposed 
to them that in conjunction with himself they should re-organize the 
society and after some deliberation they concluded to do so. They 
made promises of mutual secrecy, revised the constitution and in 
December, 1854, completed their organization, changing the purpose 
of the Society, however, by the omission of its more pronounced re- 
ligious features. They also changed the motto of the Society, but re- 
tained its initial letters and let themselves be known thereafter as the 
Fraternity of "X *." It is proper to add here that nothing is known 
of any active life on the part of the Society previous to its revival by 
John McLean and his associates, or who its members were or why 
it became inactive, or whether the number on its constitution " 1824" 
was the date of the origin of the society or of the writing of the par- 
ticular document on which it appears, or was its significance. The old 
constitution was entrusted to one of the members, who lost it. The 
existence of the number " 1824" upon this document is the slender 
basis upon which the Fraternity rests its claim to having been founded 
in the year 1824.*' 

In the statistical table of the 1883 Edition, the date of the 
Chi Phi's founding is given as 1824, whereas in the present Edi- 
tion it appears as 1854. The question in the author's belief, and 
that of most others seems to be not whether a Chi Phi Society 
existed at Princeton as far back as 1824, but whether the Chi 
Phi of to-day under the circumstances by which it came to be 
organized, can claim to be a logical continuation of the original 

In the sketch of -T ^ is the following : 

" While each Fraternity claims for itself that its alumni are more 
than usually loyal, yet each would probably be glad to see an increase 
in the strength of the de that unites its graduate and undergraduate 
members, and Sigma Phi is really entitled to pre-eminence in this 

Of the Southern Fraternities it speaks o( K A confining herself 
entirely to Southern institutions, and says she ** stands very 
well." 0( 2: A E that ** in 1880 and 1881, the Fraternity was at 
a very low ebb, but has rallied marvelously. The standing of 
the Fraternity has always been high in South-eastern States, else- 
where it is too young to have acquired any general characteris- 
tics." 0( A T Q that **the society was projected as a national 
organization, and aimed from the first, to establish itself in the 
best institutions of learning in the country. Circumstances 
compelled it, however, to confine itself to the Colleges of Vir- 
ginia, Kentucky and Tennessee until recently, when it has 


actively prosecuted its original aim, and it now has Chapters in 
the North, South and West." 

An examination of the lists of the general Fraternities shows, 
that of these. Northern K A'\^ the only one who has not added 
to her Chapter roll since 1883. Her last Chapter was established 
at Cornell in 1868.. Several— i4 J (P, J ^, r r and -T <P— have 
established but one each. These figures do not include revival 
of old Chapters, as the rolls of some of the Southern Fraternities 
have changed so frequently in this respect as to make such cal- 
culations difficult. 2} A E has added the largest number to her 
list of Chapters, twenty-one, of which seven are already extinct. 
A T Q has added twenty, four of which are extinct. 

To the list of ladies Fraternities have been added Beta Sigma 
Omicron, a local at the University of Missouri; Delta Delta 
Delta (Tri-Delta) founded in 1888 at Boston, now enrolling five 
Chapters ; and 11 B 0, which although established in 1867, had 
never been listed in the book from the fact that it at that time 
had no Greek name, being known as the **I. C. Sorosis," and 
was not confined to collegiate institutions. It is now in name, 
purposes and customs, similar to the other ladies' Fraternities. 

The oldest and most widely known local Fraternities are A 20 
(Marietta), Berzelius and Id X (Sheffield), I K A (Trinity), KKK 
(Dartmouth), A I (Vermont) and N S (Wesleyan). The mem- 
bership of locals is less than 1883, as some have become absorb- 
ed, their membership being enrolled under the head of General 
Fraternities, and two have disbanded. Whereas, in 1883 the 
memberships were as follows: general fraternities, 67,941; 
ladies, 2,033; locals, 4,077, with a total of 74,051; they now 
appear, general fraternities, 92,279; ladies, 7,303; professional, 
3,364; local, 3,876, with a total of 106,822. 

As we have before said the book has its errors, but we imagine 
Mr. Baird has reduced their number below what any other man 
could have done. There is a little more fullness of details in re- 
gard to local and defunct societies that have affiliated with the 
Fraternity of which the author is a member, more because he is 
better acquainted with these facts than that he desires to magnify 
their importance. 

It is the book that every man, to be a well-posted Fraternity 
man, should have. Phi's will find in it much to interest them, 
and we bespeak for it a goodly sale among our Chapters. The 
work of the Chapters can be made much more effective, if the 
members are in possession of the knowledge afforded by this 
book. The editor of the Scroll will receive subscriptions for 
it The price is two dollars per copy. 




What are you going to do about it ? 

The direction of every man and woman's life depends to a 
greater or less extent upon environments. One-half, at least, of 
the value of a college education results directly from college as- 
sociations. Advantageous as may be the logical study of math- 
ematical problems, important the profound research among the 
musty pages of classic lore, beneficial the technical investiga- 
tions in the realms of metaphysics or speculative sciences, yet all 
these * *pale their ineffectual fires" before the formative influences 
of college society and college associates in directing thought, in 
moulding character, in shaping lives. If the acquisition of 
knowledge, the mere mastery of the prescribed conditions of a 
college curriculum were the supreme purpose and end of educa- 
tion, one might often as well remain at home. If the mere dry 
technical facts which one may learn in public schools and college 
halls concerning the courts of the Amazon, the unseen power of 
gravitation, the wonderful mysteries of the nebular hypothesis, 
the spots upon the sun were the ** summum bonum " of a prac- 
tical education, one might as well and sometimes better pursue 
his investigations in the quiet round his father's fireside, on the 
swaying deck of a merchant-ship, in the busy marts of trade. 
But a college education means something more than this. Per- 
sonal contact with ones equals and superiors ; daily intercourse 
with progressive, broadminded and cultured professors; "rub- 
bing up against" men impelled by kindred hopes and by com- 
mon aims and common purposes, with the give and take which 
belongs to it teaches lessons all its own — lessons learned not 
nearly so well in any other line of life. 

No one formative influence of a college course exerts over a 
student so marked a power, for evil or for good as the Greek 
letter fraternity with which perchance he may unite. In many 
cases it changes and moulds and directs his entire after life. 
Some times it develops, sometimes quenches long cherished 
hopes and fond ambitions. Sometimes destroys well wrought 
out plans, sometimes spurs on to high endeavor. Much depends 
upon the choice, therefore, that the **spikers" and the **spiked" 
may make. 

The advantages of the fraternity system on a whole, need not 
here be discussed. Said Dr. John in his lecture on ** College 
Ethics " a few Sundays ago : * * I have said it often and now re- 
peat it, that the fraternity system as it exists in DePauw to-day 


is advantageous both to the university and the students." To 
dwell longer on the substance of the statement would perhaps be 
unnecessary and entirely out of place. The long settled and 
unvarying opinions of those who have, in times past pursued the 
university course, enforced by the calm better judgment of those 
who have as yet spent but a few weeks in our halls clinches the 
statement so conclusively as to need no argument. To dispute 
it were folly, to enforce it useless. 

A word of explanation, of kindly warning, of friendly criti- 
cism however, just at this period of the year when everything is 
strange and hundreds of new students, unacquainted with our 
fraternity system are pouring into our university from every 
quarter of the nation seems to be demanded. 

At such a time two inevitable questions must be met and an- 

One by the fraternity men : ** In what new man can we find a 
congenial brother?" 

The other by the new man himself : * * With whom shall I 

If the word fraternity means anything at all it means a ** uni- 
ted brotherhood." If it means anything at all, it means a bond 
of closely united friends rallying round a common altar ; a ming- 
ling of kindred spirits, actuated by common sentiments, com- 
mon aims, common aspirations, a union of man with man strug- 
gling toward a common goal. If it implies anything at all it im- 
plies mental encouragement, kindly sympathy, a bond of friend- 
ship and fidelity. 

Every fraternity has, either openly expressed or easily traced 
beneath the surface, some peculiar and distinguishing character- 
istics that differentiates it in more than name from every other. 
In some fraternities, to some men, there are unquestionable ad- 
vantageous features ; in other fraternities to the same men are 
peculiar traits that would prove detrimental. A fraternity ad- 
vantageous to one man would be detrimental to many others. If 
the new man misses his proper position and becomes out of har- 
mony with his surroundings, all his fraternity Jife and half his 
college life becomes a miserable failure. If he makes the pro- 
per choice he is bound to reap untold pleasures and advantages. 

So important a choice ought not to be made rashly and lightly, 
but most deliberately and seriously. Fraternities are constantly 
changing in character and strength. Undue deference ought 
not, therefore be paid to the wishes or opinions of those who 
may long since have left the college halls. The immediate pres- 
ent and future prospects alone should be the deciding factors. 
Time and association alone will solve this perplexing problem. 
There is no need of haste. Beware of it. In this the sororities 
excel the fraternities. By a carefully preserved agreement the 


ladies refrain from offering propositions to new students until at 
least six weeks after the opening of the new year, a custom that 
thus far has proven a grand success. Six weeks spent in asso- 
ciation, investigation, and good work will allow but few mistakes 
on the part of the fraternities, and the new student, learning 
what brotherhood to him is most congenial ; what policy best 
promotes his ambition ; what society best fulfills his ideal will 
virtually drift into that fraternity with which he can best affiliate. 

A new student should treat with the utmost suspicion any one 
organization that might seek to secure his pledge by casting 
slurs, by maligning the men, by attacking the standing of any 
other. Fraternities of reputation have long since spurned meth- 
ods that by mud slinging and lieing would seek to instill pre- 
judice and hatred. It is a misconception of words, it is a con- 
tradiction ot terms to say that any organization is a brotherhood, 
that any fraternity is a fraternity that seeks to thrive by so foul 
a course. Better that such a perverted organization should go 
to the wall than prolong a miserable existence by such nefarious 
means. The fraternity that is willing to stand or fall on its own 
merits; that will give you an opportunity to investigate for your- 
self; that will refuse to say an adverse word of any rival organ- 
ization, possesses at least the elements of manhood, can com- 
mand your respect and as a rule be safely trusted. 

When deception is wholly spurned, prejudice is blotted out, 
exclusiveness and selfishness are put to scorn, when the ideas of 
fellowship are duly exalted our beloved fraternities will fulfill 
more perfectly the purposes of their existence. 

W. A. Bastian. 


The University of Vermont became a chartered institution in 
1 791 by act of the Vermont Legislature. This charter was 
amended in 1865 and the corporate name of the institution since 
that time has been the ** University of Vermont and State Agri- 
cultural College." It was founded by the fathers of the Com- 
monwealth, and continues under the auspices of the State, which 
is represented on its Board of Control by the Governor of the 
State and one-half of the Trustees. While the institution holds 
the name of * * University " and has been well supported, yet it 
has never attained the proportions implied by the term universi- 
ty. At the same time it is more than an ordinary college. There 
is the usual department of Literature, Science and Arts, and in 
addition departments of Applied Sciences, Agriculture and 


It is located at Burlington, a city which prides itself upon the 
beauties of nature with which it is surrounded. Situated on the 
eastern shore of Lake Cham plain, at the foot of the Green 
Mountains, looking across at the western horizon, from which 
the Adirondacks arise, it deserves the name so generally applied 
to it — the Queen City of the Lake. Whether it be from the 
lower level of Battery Park or from the more commanding sum- 
mit of University Hill, the eye is greeted with a panorama of 
which it never tires, and which is as rich in beauty as it is in vari- 
ety. The city is built upon a side hill which rises from the lake 
shore to a considerable elevation. The neighborhood is attrac- 
tive, as such points as Fort Ticonderoga, Ausable Chasm and 
Mount Mansfield are within easy excursion distance. 

The university grounds are situated on the elevation back from 
the lake, and a number of buildings, well adapted to the require- 
ments of the school, have gradually taken their places to add to 
the beauty of the grounds. The main college was rebuilt in 
1884. Of the university's buildings the chief one is the Billing's 
Library. This is a gift from the late Hon. Frederick Billings, 
of Woodstock, Vt. It is one of the finest representations of 
Romanesque architecture in this country, and its architect char- 
acterized it as the best piece of work he had ever done. ** Its de- 
sign is simple, at once suggesting a library. The construction is 
at the same time massive and graceful, rich and quiet. The im- 
pression of dignity and repose made by the exterior is still further 
enhanced by the interior, whose unexpected spaciousness, vistas 
of alcoves, breadth of general treatment, and pervading tone of 
seriousness and peace, make the true atmosphere of a library, 
and suggest the fitting home for books. There is now shelf-room 
for 100,000 volumes, with opportunity for indefinite extension. 
The library is so administered as to give the fullest opportunity 
for reading and research. It is open every day and all day dur- 
ing the college session, and the students have free access to the 
alcoves " It is open each Sunday also, for reading only, from 
two until fiw^ o'clock. Its total cost was over $150,000. 

In front of the college stands the bronze statue of I^afayette, 
which is shown in the illustration given in this number. 

The value of the grounds and buildings is put at $315,000 and 
books, apparatus and collections at $100,000. Its invested 
funds, including lands, amount to $365,000. The State gives 
$8,000 for industrial instruction and aid of poor students, while 
under the Morrill Bill of Congress, $15,000 was received last 
year, and this sum will be increased annually by $1,000 until it 
reaches $25,000. Thus the income from all sources amounts to 
between fifty and fifty-five thousand dollars. Until recently the 
courses of study admitted of few electives, but a fairly wide 

208 7hE SCROLL. 

range of these is now permitted in all the courses. The optional 
subjects embrace advanced studies of the Greek and Latin lan- 
guages, literature and antiquities ; advanced French and German, 
mcluding studies in Comparative Literature ; the higher Mathe- 
matics, including the Calculus and the New Geometry ; History, 
continuing throughout the course; the Political and Social 
Sciences; English and American literature; Chemistry, theoreti- 
cal and applied, with Laboratory work ; Botany ; Zoology ; Biol- 
ogy; Anthropology; Metaphysics; the History of Philosophy; 
the theory and criticism of Fine Art. The degrees conferred in 
the Literature and Science Department are, B. A , Ph. B., C. E. 
and B. S. 

Military instruction is given by a U. S. officer detailed for duty 
at the University, and battalion appointments are considered an 
honor among the students. The Athletic Association is an active 
one, it controlling Field Day and general athletics. The univer- 
sity is a member of the New England Inter-Collegiate Athletic 
Association composed of Amherst, Williams, Worcester, Dart- 
mouth, Trinity, Wesleyan, Brown and Vermont. Baseball, Foot- 
ball and Tennis have their respective associations. 

The publications of the students are Tht Cynic, a college maga- 
zine published every three weeks by editors chosen from the 
Senior and Junior classes, and The Ariel, the Junior Annual, of 
which four volumes have been issued. 

The ** U. V. M." is the title by which the institution is known 
among students more than by the ** University of Vermont," 
this title bringing out the ** Green Mountain " appellation of the 
State. The college colors are green and yellow, and the yell is 

Rah, Rah, Rah ! Rah, Rah, Rah ! 
U. V. M ! Rah, Rah ! 

Only about ten Greek letter Chapters altogether had been es- 
tablished in American Colleges, when at the University of Ver- 
mont the system was introduced by the organization of the A /, 
or ** Owl " society. This fraternity was organized in April, 1836, 
and it was not until nine years later that a chapter of a general 
fraternity was established there, the usual order being reversed, 
as in almost all cases locals have been or<ianized only after the 
establishment of branches of chaptered fraternities. The sixth 
chapter of 2" (P, established in 1845, ^^s the first branch of a 
general fraternity to enter Vermont. It was to oppose a control 
m college affairs held by these two chapters, that a society called 
A ^ was organized in 1850. It was avowedly anti-secret in 
character and sought to overthrow A I and I ^. For awhile it 
was a member of the anti-secret confederation which was later 
merged into J T. This relation existed from 1 851 to 1854 when 
it again became independent and local, the members of this 
period all retaining membership with the local chapter. As time 


has passed and the environments of fraternities changed so that 
they became recognized as instruments for good among students^ 
the character of J ^ changed, losing its original anti-secret cast. 
For many years now it has been in all respects similar to and 
working in harmony with the other societies of the University, 
From 1850 to 1879 there were no permanent additions to the list 
of chapters. In 1852, B AX^ then in its infancy, placed a charge 
there, but owing to the sharp rivalry of that time between the 
strong * * Owl " and 1 ^ chapter on one side and anti-secret A V 
on the other, and its being remote from other healthy sister 
charges, it died five years later. 

The war, while it did not weaken the college organization, 
diminished the number of students, but following this there was 
an attendance that has grown slightly from year to year until at 
the present time the entering classes of department of art and 
science number from M\.y to sixty. This increased attendance 
made possible a new chapter of good standing. In 1879 ^^^ 
men applied to ^ J ^ for a charter, and established our Vermont 
Alpha chapter. The charter members were choice fellows 
worthy of the Fraternity. They worked carefully to put the 
chapter on solid footing, the numerical membership at first being 
below the average of the university, but by the time three fresh- 
men classes had entered the chapter found itself with a strong 
membership, and in a position to cope equally with rivals. This 
position the chapter has defended more than successfully ever 
since Now after eleven years it is soundly established as a 
permanent factor in all U. V. M. affairs. It has initiated 107 
members of whom 27 are in active connection at this time. 

A T Q entered thq university in 1887 with her Beta Zeta chap- 
ter. A part of its history has been marked by little attention to 
fraternity affairs. It now enrolls a goodly membership. It has 
had some good scholars, but has not yet been established long 
enough to have taken on definite chapter characteristics. 

In 1882 a new element was introduced in social life by the 
establishment of a chapter of K A 6. The per cent, of ladies m 
attendance has always been small, but with the university re- 
quirements for admission, the material has usually been of such 
character as to permit of a chapter keeping a good membership. 
K A 6 has been very successful. The chapter has built a hall of 
its own, the second building owned by a ladies fraternity in the 
United States, 

Summing up we would say that there are few schools in which 
all the chapters can be found in such well-balanced good con- 
dition as here. 



Annual Alumni Day, February i8, i8gi. 

The Chapter House question is the question of the day in Phi 
Delta Theta. No other one comes to the chapters with as many 
demands for consideration as does it. In many quarters the se- 
curing of a house is the present condition for the continuation of 
a successful career. There is no avoiding this issue, particularly 
in places where rival chapters have secured these. The chapter 
does not come up to the heritage that ^ A B would give her 
members, if it is not able to confer upon its initiates the 
-the house and home comforts that a rival offers. We must not 
only claim a leadership in the circle of good fellowship and lofty 
principles of Fraternity into which the initiate is inducted, but 
must keep with the leaders in the chapter home question. 

To New York Epsilon congratulations are due, and The 
Scroll extends her heartiest. This chapter has just taken pos- 
session of one of the most desirable properties in Syracuse, and 
her home, the pride of the chapter, presents advantages unsur- 
passed by any chapter at Syracuse University. Let others follow 
her example. 

We commend to the chapters the article that appears in this 
number under the heading of ** The Chapter Fireside," and 
trust that not one will fail to read it. It suggests a plan which all 
will find an excellent one to follow. Let the active chapters 
co-operate with the alumni, to make our Annual Alumni Day an 
important one in the Phi Delta Theta calendar. 

Tms time the news comes from the far west — telling that Phi 
Delta Theta has not heard the last of her Alumni located in that 
city of much promise. Salt Lake City, Utah. There are some 
fifteen or twenty Phi residents there, and when the University 
Club movement there recently began to discover the fact to the 
Phi's that they were so numerous, they determined to organize 


themselves into an association, with an alumni charter to hold 
them together. This has been granted and they are now regu- 
larly equipped as our own Salt Lake City Alumni Association, 
the Utah Alpha Alumni Chapter of Phi Delta Theta. They will 
have their initial spread on February i8, Alumni Day. Brother 
W. S. Ferris a charter member of the Williams chapter, and asso- 
ciated later with Alumni work in New York City and San Francisco 
is one of the leaders in the work. We extend our heartiest con- 
gratulations to these brothers that they have effected a chartered 
organization, and trust that they may flourish to celebrate Alumni 
Day for many years to come. 

We have another suggestion to offer to our chapters in the way 
of an observance of Alumni Day. Almost all wear the white and 
blue in honor of an initiation, and at important events in the col- 
lege year, notably at commencement. Why not inaugurate the 
plan of displaying our colors on Alumni Day? * The brothers 
who have gone out from the chapters are well worthy of this tok- 
en of recognition by the undergraduates, and will learn to great- 
ly appreciate all that it means. We can not make too much of 
these little things, which are the outward manifestations of a com- 
munity of interests between the graduate and undergraduate 
Phi's. Wear your colors, brothers, on that day. 

Before another issue of The Scroll the annual circular letter 
of the chapters to their alumni members, sister chapters, and offi- 
cers of the Fraternity will be due. Progression means that these 
for 1891 must surpass those of last year, and if this is the case 
there will be some good letters sent out, some that ought to make 
the alumni feel proud of the boys that sent them. 

With others there is an abundance of room for improvement. 
Some have habitually neglected to make any mention of Alumni 
whatever, or to note any changes in the addresses of these. We 
warn the chapters now that without this feature they will find 
that the letters will elicit little of the interest they desire them to. 
Those who have been long out of college must have news con- 
cerning one another. Any one furnishing this is looked to as 
every bearer of good tidings is. 


We would suggest that all those that have not done so, say 
something bearing on the chapter house question, and endeavor 
to open up communication with the more interested alumni, so 
that plans for pushing the scheme can be adopted. Don't send 
out an appeal for funds before you have conferred with some of 
the alumni, and adopted plans that you know are acceptable to 
their representatives. Having consulted them so that they know 
your plans, your request for financial aid will be much more 

Remember also that while all of your alumni receive the circular 
letter, few of them read The Scroll. Remind them that it has 
claims upon them, and that it is worth the one dollar a year asked 
for it, and don't fail to say that any mail addressed to The Scroll, 
P. O. Box 117, Columbus, Ohio, will reach it. We shall be glad 
to mail sample copies to any of the alumni reminded, who desire. 

The Editor from time to time during the current year has 
been in receipt of newsy, personal letters from the reporters of 
several chapters, which have given him an insight into the char- 
acter of the chapters from which they came, and knowledge 
about local rivalry which he could not otherwise have had. We 
wish that many others of our chapter reporters could favor us in 
the same way. A personal letter to the editor could be more 
easily written than one for publication, and would give him such 
news as do not usually enter into the composition of chapter let- 
ters. The knowledge gained in this way is of much value. 

It helps to decide the position and tone of The Scroll on 
many matters of interest, and better enables it to prosecute the 
interests of ^ J ^ in the fraternity world. 

It also encourages the habit of counseling with others outside 
of the chapter itself on matters of policy, and such exchange of 
opinion is always helpful. We would say to reporters, do not 
hesitate to write your personal letters unfolding your successes 
and ambitions, or if need be, confessing disappointments. Do not 
apologize for fear that you are burdening the editor with matter 
of no interest to him, as some may have done. On the contrary 
we want to hear from all, and if you offer any apology let it be 
for not writing sooner. 


The year 1890 has passed and the Fraternity has well started 
on its history of 189 1. The year just closed has been a prosper- 
ous one for Phi Delta Theta in every way, one in which the 
standing and dignity of the Fraternity was advanced upon many 
lines. It was an unusual one in this respect, so marked was the 
loyalty of the chapters to all of its interests. It was an unusual 
one in yet another. No charter was granted during the calender 
year. Look back over the roll of the Fraternity and you will see 
that from 1868 our growth was from chapter to chapter, a health- 
ful enlargement of our body politic, without the interval of a cal- 
ender year at any time, so that from 1867 up to 1890 there is not a 
year but what marks the beginning of the history of one or more 
of our chapters. In the forty-three years existence of the Fra- 
ternity only nine fail to record chapter establishments, and five 
of the nine are in the sixties when progression everywhere was 

Since 1868 our development has been something that we can 
well be proud of. . From local influence we have grown to Na- 
tional extent and importance. The high ideals and teachings of 
^i — xj&ia are to-day being impressed upon more of the sterling 
college youth of our country than are those of any other fraternity, 
and none bring to their chosen altars more honor than do the 
Phi's to the triple faced one which bears the legend — ^ 4 B, 

We in Phi Delta Theta take particular pride in appropriating 
to our own title of National Fraternity. It is a name in which 
we glory. There are others besides 9 AB who likewise appropriate 
the name, and with them we have no dispute over their so doing. 
It is one of which any fraternity can well afford to be proud 
when the facts justify its use, and Phi Delta Theta has her satis- 
faction not in a sole right to its use, but in knowing that her rep- 
resentation in American colleges renders the title one of greater 
significance to her than to any of her sister fraternities. There 
will always be Pharisees to say that we are welcome to the use 
of it, but every day brings to us the evidence that these same 
Pharisees are putting forth their best efforts to gain the heritage 
that is ours, whether they want the name National or not. 

Not long ago one of our most esteemed exchanges fathered an 
item to the effect that the latest count gave our number of chap- 
ters as such a figure, and the phraseology of the item would seem 


to indicate that our friend thought the number an unwisely large 
one. A year has passed since the item was published and we 
still hold to our friend's * 'latest count." Meanwhile the fraternity 
of which our friend is the organ has made a very reasonable pro- 
gression so that an item concerning her similar to the one con- 
cerning Phi Delta Theta would be at this, the expiration of a year, 
decidedly obsolete. In other words our friend has found some 
good institutions that were not on her chapter roll and having 
met favorable opportunties for so doing, has established chapters 
therein. We have not yet heard the magical number at which 
she proposes to draw the line, and as her policy of conservatism, 
when numbering ten less chapters than at present, was defined in 
the same language as now, we may reasonably expect to see 
growth and extension as long as she continues to find favorable 
opportunities for chapter establishment in institutions of high 
grade. We take this case because it is to us illustrative of the 
position and policy of a goodly number of our rivals. 

As for Phi Delta Theta we have noted the fact that 1890 is the 
first year since 1867 in which she has chartered no chapter. But 
1890 found us with available territory well occupied, the Fratern- 
ity well established behind bulwarks in the leading institutions of 
all sections of our country, while 1867 saw us with this yet before 
us as a mere dream of conquest. What a realization is ours with 
our beloved Fraternity impressing the principles which laid the 
foundations for this growth — upon the daily lives of the repre- 
sentative college men of culture, North, South, East and West, 
without regard to latitude or longitude. The Fraternity has rea- 
son to congratulate itself on its position. 

In our communications to chapter reporters we have endeavor- 
ed to impress upon them that The Scroll is not the medium 
through which local prejudices are to be conveyed to the college 
and fraternity world. 

If a piece of news that makes an interesting item of itself hap- 
pens to reflect on a rival chapter. The Scroll has not always 
asked that it be omitted. What we have insisted upon is that 
there should be omission of all sentences, sentiments and com- 
parisons which are made with the sole end in view of saying some- 
thing disparaging of a rival. Between these two there is a wide 

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difference. We have often thought that a great deal of the criti- 
cism that has been heaped upon college fraternities for disturb- 
ance of college politics and abetting college law breaking, has 
been due to the letters of chapter correspondents who have ** writ- 
ten up" rival chapters on the barest of excuses. A chapter 
whose members have failed of election to some coveted offices 
often denounce rivals of political scheming in stronger terras 
than the circumstances justify. In our long acquaintance with 
fraternity publications we have read not a few letters which were 
written with expressed purpose of ** doing up" a rival chapter, and 
a careful reading of many of these revealed nothing but a defeat 
at the bottom of the whole affair. While these letters may not 
hurt the chapters against which they are written, or may not re- 
act directly upon the author, yet their presence in fraternity mag- 
azines helps to nourish the prejudice which a great many fair- 
minded people entertain against fraternities. An inspection of 
The Scroll files will find them as free from this criticism as any 
that can come forward. An inspection of more recent numbers 
will show that they contain little of disparagmg criticism as such. 
A great deal of Pan-hellenism can be cultivated at home, and we 
desire that Phi reporters will see that no exceptions are made to 
their courteous mention of rivals. 

The April Scroll will contain an abundance of Alumni 
news, giving accounts of Alumni Day observance, together with 
a full complement of Personals, besides the regular departments. 
Reporters will oblige us by sending in as full personal news as 
they can. Newspaper clippings are especially desired. We 
desire to publish the full list of initiates of the year in the June 
number, so Reporters will please send in their lists promptly, 
giving class, name in full, and home address of each initiate 
since report for last June. The form as desired can be seen in 
the June, 1890, number. 



Maine Alpha, Colby University. 

The winter term at Colby opens today with eighteen of Maine 
Alpha's members in attendance. We initiated another man 
December ist, Bro. Eugene Lorrey, '93. After our new brother 
had become acquainted with all the mysteries of our Fraternity, 
we partook of an oyster stew. 

As we return to our work we are pained to hear of the bereave- 
ment of Bro. Cottle, '91, whose father died Saturday, January 
3d. He has the heartfelt sympathy of all the brothers. Bro. 
Cottle is to teach in Amity, Maine, this winter. Bro. Johnson, 
'92, is principal of the High School in Isleboro, Maine. Bro. 
Sheldon, '92, has accepted the principalship of Bridge Academy, 
Dresden Mills, Maine. This is an important and profitable posi- 
tion as this Academy will be a fitting school for Bowdoin, and 
has an endowment of $55,000. Bro. Sheldon will continue his 
class work as before. Bro. Singer, '92, is acting as principal of 
the High School at his home, Waldoboro, Maine. He will re- 
join his class in the spring. Bro. Hight, '93, on account of sick- 
ness was obliged to leave college last term and has not yet re- 
turned. Bro. Clark, '94, sprained his ankle Christmas day and 
will be obliged to resume his studies later in the term. 

Bro. Hodge, '94, has left Colby and Maine Alpha and entered 
Boston University. We are sorry to lose him, but wish him suc- 
cess in his new field of labor. 

We are sorry so many of our number must be out this winter, 
but we who are in mean to get all we can out of our fraternity 
work. We are all united and on a good financial basis and see 
no reason "why we should not have a prosperous term of chapter 
work even though diminished in numbers. 

Yours in ^« ^cca, 

Albert G. Hurd. 

Waterville, Jan. 8, 1891. 

Vermont Alpha, University of Vermont. 

The principal item of interest that Vermont Alpha has to com- 
municate is one concerning our initiation which occurred Nov. 
14th. At that time five Freshmen were helped to emerge from 
the darkness of barbarism into the light of Grecian culture. The 
initiates met with a very warm reception, and it will be a long 
time before they will forget the night that the mysteries of Phi 
Delta Theta were disclosed to them. 


The following alumni were present and aided us in making 
the Freshmen enjoy themselves : Bros. Woods, '8i, Sinclair, '82, 
Fisher, '84, Brigham and Stevens, '89, Forbes, Morgan and Par- 
sons, '90, and Patridge and Greeley of N. H. Alpha. 

After the initiation ceremonies had been completed we ad- 
journed to the Hotel Burlington, where a tempting banquet had 
been prepared. After the inner man had been satisfied the toast- 
master, Bro. Bosworth, rapped the table to order and called up- 
on several of the brothers to respond to toasts. The wee small 
hours of the morning had approached when, having given **Rah, 
rah, rah ! Phi — kei — a! Phi Delta Theta, rah, rah, rah!" we took 
our way up the hill to the ** mill." Our initiates are : Charles 
B. Doane, Frank L. Dunham, Charles H. Mower, William J. 
Pollard and Edward G. Spaulding. We are sure they are broth- 
ers who will ever prove true and faithful to the principles of 
* J ^. 

Seven Phis are upon the Glee Club, which organization, un- 
der the management of Bro. Bosworth and the leadership of 
Bro. Avery, is proving to be the most successful one this college 
has ever had. It has given concerts in several of the leading 
places in the State. 

Bro. Mould has been elected president of the Senior Class. 

Yours in the Bond, 

T. C. Cheney. 

Burlington, Jan. 10, 1891. 

Massachusetts Beta, Amherst College. 

This letter is written in the Christmas vacation, and conse- 
quently must, as far as college news goes, deal largely in * 'glitter- 
ing generalities." In the Chapter the first term of this year was 
a successful one. The presence of the new men and the process 
of their growing into the life and spirit of the Chapter necessarily 
makes the work not so earnest or definite as is produced later in 
the year. The Winter term at Amherst, as we presume is the 
case at all other colleges, is the term for hard work, and the 
Chapter feels it no less than the class-room. 

Each Tuesday night finds the Chapter together for a meeting 
which brings out the best efforts of the members. The literary 
exercises are the result of the hearty interest which insures good 
preparation. These weekly meetings prove a strong means of 
development in the members. Besides the regular Tuesday 
night meeting, usually, during the Winter term, the members 
meet at the chapter house on Saturday evenings for a general 
social time. 

We were represented at the Alpha Province Convention by 
Bros. Fleet and Leach. Bro. Smith, '89, was also in attendance 

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going from Franklin, N. Y., where he is Professor in an Acad- 
emy. The report brought back is a glorious time and a jolly 
crowd at Ithaca. 

Just at the close of last term, unfortunately, when most of 
Massachusetts Beta could not attend, one of our charter mem- 
bers, Bro. E. H. Parkman was at the Congregational Church, 
Belchertown, about 5 miles from Amherst. 

A suggestion was made a few months ago for a Fraternity 
flower and the carnation was recommended by one of our 
Chapters. It would appear to the writer that this flower is not 
the most appropriate for a Fraternity waving the white and blue, 
nor one which in the time-honored language signifies (I am told) 
'* pride going before a tall" is the one to be preferred by us. 
However, I understand that this flower has already been adopted 
by another Fraternity, so a discussion of its merits belongs no 
longer to <P J ^. 

Massachusetts Beta intends to keep open house to all Phis and 
would extend an invitation to any to visit us were it not for the 
fact that the matter of reaching Amherst is a fearful and wonder- 
ful thing to a stranger, owing to the incomparable railroad connec- 
tions. However, we shall be glad to welcome anyone bold 
enough to undertake the journey. 

Howard A. Lincoln. 

Amherst, Jan. 7, 1891. 

New York Alpha, Cornell University. 

Our men all passed the fall examinations and it gives us great 
pleasure to report an unbroken circle. We have made some ad- 
ditions to it since our last letter. On December thirteenth we 
initiated Lewis Castle Freeman, '94, ot Albany, N, Y. The fact 
that some bard rushing was indulged in made our prize the more 
to be appreciated. Brother Freeman is a gentlemanly, affable 
fellow and makes an enthusiastic Phi. 

At the opening of the present term Brother Harry Whiting, 
'92, affiliated from Pennsylvania Epsilon. Brother Whiting 
wears a Phi Beta Kappa key and gives promise of gaining lau- 
rels in athletics. 

January tenth was an evening looked forward to by several 
aching Freshmen. On that occasion we initiated Benton Strait, 
'93, of Skakopee, Minn. Brother Strait came here from Uni- 
versity of Michigan last fall through the influence of Brother Ful- 
ton. He has taken a prominent part in athletics playing half- 
back on the Eleven. 

We extend the heartiest congratulations to New York Epsilon 
for their recent good fortune. We hope that other chapters will 
see the advantages of the chapter-house system and hasten to 
adopt it. 


By the will of the late Daniel B. Fayerweather, Cornell was 
given $200,000. A new building for the Agricultural Depart- 
ment will soon be built. 

W. S. Gilbert. 

Ithaca, Jan. 10, 1891. 

New York Gamma, College of the City of New York. 

We are just back from our Christmas vacation, ready for work. 
Just before the holidays we held an informal social at the house 
of Bro. Greene, '93, to which we had invited some six or seven 
of the lower classmen. As a result we expect to enlarge our 
membership soon by the addition of some good timber. At the 
social we had some fine music by our zither and banjos, and will 
always remember the loyal Phi spirit and hospitality of Bro. 
Greene and his family. 

New York Gamma is progressing. The Alpha Alumni is 
yearly receiving important additions and becoming more and 
more an influential factor in New York fraternity life. 

This year we have the chairmanship of the editorial board of 
of the Microcosm, our college annual, Bro. Stern, '91, holding 
the position of chairman. Bros. Van Norman, '91, and Thomp- 
son, '93, are also members of the board. Bro. Dunsci»mb, '88, 
is studying law. Bro. Roeser, '90, is studying law at Columbia. 
Of the other brethren of '90, Bro. Walker is preparing for civil 
engineering at Boston. Bro. Grant will teach school in the north- 
ern part of the city. Bro. Angell is at Columbia. 

The classes entering our College yearly now are so large that 
there is ample scope for the ** rushing" of the five fraternities 
here represented. We do not mitiate ** Sub-Freshmen," but 
pledge them, and in the Freshman year they are ushered into the 
full light of Grecian culture. 

Louis E. Van Norman. 

New York, Jan. 6, 1891. 

New York Epsilon, Syracuse University. 

So great has been the change in the affairs of New York Epsi- 
lon since our last letter, that it seems hardly possible that only 
two months have elapsed. At that time the subject of a chapter 
house seemed removed to the far distant future, but now we are 
enjoying ourselves in what is without exception the most desir- 
able and most elegant of any chapter house connected with Syra- 
cuse University. 

It is situated on the best block of University Avenue, a street 
which is fourth to none in Syracuse as a residence street, and 
second to none as regards desirability for a chapter house loca- 
tion. These facts mean a good deal when it is remembered that 
Syracuse is a city of about ninety-thousand inhabitants. 


The house was formerly used for a dwelling, but was remodel- 
ed last Suromer and now presents an elegant appearance. It is 
of brick with mansard roof and three stories high. On the front 
and north side are wide verandas with a circular portico twelve 
feet in diameter on the corner. 

The front door opens into a hall nearly square with a winding 
staircase. The floor is covered with rugs. The first door to our 
right opens into the front parlor and the second into the back 
parlor. The front parlor is furnished with an elegant parlor set, 
upholstered with blue and mixed brown. Pictures adorn the 
walls and lace curtains of the fraternity colors grace the windows. 
The back parlor which is used as an assembly and lounging room 
is furnished with a table and chairs of antique oak, a book case 
of the same material, an upright piano and a desk of black wal- 
nut. To the left of this room is one bed and study room. Be- 
hind these two rooms is a double dining room which will seat 
thirty-two persons. Three tables are arranged to seat six at each 
table and these can be placed together making one long table for 
banquets. In the rear of the dining room are the kitchen and 
bath room. 

On the second floor are those rooms which are used for both 
bed and study rooms and two of which are used simply as study 
rooms. On the third floor are two bed and study rooms and one 
room with two beds used exclusively as a sleeping room. All 
these rooms are furnished alike in antique oak. 

The house has water and gas throughout, but electric lights 
will soon be put in and a large one on the front porch bearing 
some inscription apppropriate to ^ J ^. 

We have secured as janitor, Mr. Lawrence Tones, (colored), 
who has been some years in the Wagner dining-car service, 
and waiter at the Leland Hotel in this city. His wife is cook 
and matron of the house. 

The boys have been doing well in scholarship and social quali- 
ties. Bro. Larkin is President of the Freshman class. Before 
we write again we hope to initiate two or three new men. 

New York Epsilon presents herself as a subject for congratula- 
tion to every chapter in the Phi kingdom. Address all commu- 
nications to, ^ A B Chapter House, No. 6io University Avenue, 
Syracuse, N. Y. 

Edward D. Rich. 
Syracuse, Jan. lo, 1891. 

Pennsylvania Beta, Pennsylvania College. 

We closed last term's fraternity work with an initiation. D. 
W. Van Camp was the initiate. This makes the fourth man that 
we have added to our roll this collegiate year. 


Although rejoicing in the success that has been ours, it is with 
deep regret that we announce the loss of two brothers, both of 
the class of '92, Bros. Laird and E. J. Cook. The former hav- 
ing left the institution, is now in the employ of the Adams Ex- 
press Company. The latter thinking that Princeton University 
would furnish better advantages for a law student has applied 
and been admitted into the Junior class of that institution. 

Three chapter houses now adorn the College campus occupied 
respectively by the ^ K '/*, Z A', and ^ T A chapters. Although 
we have been considering the matter for some time, we have not 
as yet made any very extensive arrangements for the erection of 
a chapter house but hope that in the near future Pennsylvania 
Beta may enroll herself among the fortunate ones. 

Bro. Crouse who last year finished his course at our Theolog- 
ical Seminary is stationed at Harrisburg. He is meeting with 
excellent success as pastor of a Mission Church there. 

Bro. John Deal, of Missouri Alpha visited Gettysburg during 
the Christmas holidays. 

Wishing the chapters one and all a happy and prosperous New 
Year, I remain 

Yours in the Bond, 

Edw. O. Keen. 

Gettysburg, Jan. 8, 1891. 

Pennsylvania Delta, Allegheny College. 

The winter term at Allegheny opened January 5th and found 
seventeen loyal Phis promptly on hand. We are rejoiced to 
have again with us Bro. Ellis J. Chesbro,'93, who has been out 
of college two terms. The outlook for the term is bright and the 
chapter is not wanting in energy to make it a successful one. 

The close of last term found our chapter in excellent condition, 
and the records of the examinations show that many Phis stand 
at the head of their classes. One of the most enjoyable features 
of our fraternity life last term was our Saturday evening meet- 
ings. They were very profitable and were enjoyed by all and 
served to bind us more closely together. 

Since our last letter we have pledged Bro. Minor D. Crary, of 
Sheffield, Pa., and are proud to introduce him to the Phi world. 
The rule of not initiating preparatory students has proven a most 
admirable one, and as we are the only gentlemen's fraternity 
here which does not initiate "preps," in full, our standard has 
been considerably raised. Our policy in the matter of initiating 
men has been steadily growing more conservative and we are 
much stronger for it. 

The appointments in the Military department were made the 
latter part of last term. Pennsylvania Delta secured the two 


highest positions in the battalion Bro. Ross is Captain of Co. 
A. and Bro. Couse, Captain of Co. B.; Bro. Cotton also was ap- 
pointed First Sergeant and Bro. Staples, Second Sergeant At 
the last election of officers in the Philo Franklin Literary society, 
a Phi was chosen president. 

The chapter, keeping up a custom it has had for several years, 
celebrated Thanksgiving in a substantial manner. On Thanks- 
giving eve we held an informal reception to our lady friends and 
spent a most enjoyable evening. Refreshments were served at 
the new Colt House. At each plate was a small bouquet of car- 
nations and broad bands of white and blue ribbons with suitable 
printed mscription. 

We recently enjoyed a visit from Bro. W. G. Warner, '8i, who 
was in Meadville a few days after his return from Europe. 
Though he has been out of college ten years, he has lost none of 
his old time Phi enthusiasm. He was one of the Pennsylvania 
Delta's charter members. 

We would be pleased to see, at any time, members or alumni 
of other chapters. Our latch string is always out to Phi's. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Clarence Ross. 

Meadville, Jan. 8, 1891. 

Pennsylvania Zeta, University of Pennsylvania. 

Permit me to present to one and all, Bro. James Lord Bernard, 
who first made his appearance in the ^ A 6 world on Saturday 
evenmg, Dec. 6th. His * 'Lordship" was most heartily received 
according to our best interpretation of the new ritual. The boys 
have returned from the Christmas holidays full of recollections 
of Christmas turkey, hardly ready for the start on the last term 
of the year — the final term in college for some of us. We were 
exceedingly sorry to be obliged to say ** good-bye" to Bro. Ulsh 
who came to us this fall from Pennsylvania Beta. He accepted 
an offer to travel with a gentleman toward the South, and de- 
parted at the beginning of December ; not, however, for good, 
we hope. Otherwise our band has remained entire. 

A goodly number from our chapter accompanied the team to 
Bethlehem just before Thanksgiving day on the occasion of the 
game between Lehigh and Pennsylvania, and were most warmly 
welcomed by Phis of Pennsylvania Eta at the chapter house. 
We were delighted with their quarters and situation, and were 
promised return visits during Christmas week. But unfortunately 
none of them materalized. 

A vacancy has been made in the College Faculty by the death 
of Prof. J. G. R. McElroy who held the chair of English. Prof. 
McElroy's loss will be felt both by his fellow professors and by 


the students. His reputation as a scholar was very high, and 
the University will lose in him one of its most ardent and effi- 
cient workers. A movement is on foot to obtain a man well 
known in educational circles who can devote most of his time to 
the philological department, leaving the ordinary English and 
composition work in the hand of the instructors. We hope that 
the plan will be successful. 

The **Mask and Wig," Pennsylvania's representative in the 
dramatic line has announced the programme for this year. One 
of the largest theatres in the city has been secured for l^aster 
week and four public periormances will be given in Philadelphia. 
Beside these the club propose to take a trip — probably with Bal- 
timore and Washington as the objective points, as the alumni are 
very strong in numbers and in enthusiasm for Alma Mater in 
these cities. **Ben Franklin," the great success of last year, 
will be repeated and a new play entitled ** Miss Columbia" ^yill 
make its first appearance — with as much chance of success as the 
former, if rumor be true. The principal stars of last year — 
McMichael, Meigs, Neilson and Kelley will again be seen, and 
a chorus of 44 will try to sing themselves into the favor of the 

In the spring, ground will be broken on the campus for the 
erection of a building to be devoted to the study of hygiene in 
connectipn with the work of the Medical Department. For the 
establishment of this new course, Mr. Henry C. Lea donated 
conditionally the sum of $200,000, and his offer has been ac- 
cepted by the trustees. 

Phi Gamma Delta has granted a charter to a body of petition- 
ers at Pennsylvania, being satisfied of the probable success of a 
chapter here. This makes the number of fratenities an even 
ten— Z r, tf> A' 2; J (^, J r, (P K '/^, J r, and rf> J ^ with the le- 
gal fraternity ^ J ^, and the medical fraternity ^ A 1\ We wel- 
come the new comers out of barbarism into civilized Grecian 

Although we see but few of the members of the alumni chap- 
ter located in Philadelphia, we have been told oh good authority 
that they are still actively interested in fraternities, and intend to 
celebrate alumni day by a good sized banquet. If the banquet 
this year is as thoroughly enjoyable as was that of last year, at 
wh ch a number of Phis from other Pennsylvania chapters were 
present, we can well assure those alumni who could not be pres- 
ent then, that they will have a good time should they decide to 
be on hand on the 19th of February. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Edward A. Shumway. 

Philadelphia, Jan. 9, 1891. 


Pennsylvania Eta, Lehigh University. 

It is with quite renewed vigor that we return from our vacation, 
having before us the indications of a most promising year. It 
gives us exceptional pleasure to record the names of our initiates 
from the class of '94, all of whom we feel confident have the 
highest qualifications for membership, together with abundant en- 
thusiasm which will undoubtedly bear its fruit in the future, in 
the form of increased success for the chapter. The evening of 
December 6th was the time of the mystification and hellenic en- 
lightenment of our initiates. Bro. Patterson was present to assist 
us in the ceremonies and although our energies had to be divided 
among four seekers after Grecian culture by the paths o{ A 0, 
it is quite safe to say that none of them received any the less 
solicitous attentions from the members. The whole evening was 
spent most enjoyably, not even lacking in gastronomical features. 
And as a result of the evening's exertions we have the pleasure 
of introducing to the Phi world, Bros. E. K. Leech, E. P. Van 
Mater, G. B. Van Riper and W. M. Purman. Bro. Knox, '93, 
has been elected Historian of his class. 

The foot ball team which represented us during the past year, 
although lackmg the brilliant record o\ the team of '89, never- 
theless was a superior team, judged in the light of scientific foot 
ball. And we have demonstrated to the college world, that we 
are able to command a position in the foot ball arena, such that 
warrants admission to the Foot Ball League. 

The list of fraternities has been increased to thirteen, owing to 
the recent establishment ot Beta Theta Pi. Indoor training for 
the various athletic teams will soon commence and there is a very 
good promise that these teams will take a good place in the ath- 
letic arena. 

Prospects for the chapter have never been brighter and our 
anticipations for a very successful year will undoubtedly be ful- 

H. Weidener DuBois. 

Bethlehem, Jan. 8, 1891. 


Virginia Gamma, Randolph-Macon College. 

Since our last letter to the Scroll, fraternity life at this insti- 
tution has been moving along quietly and smoothly. With the 
exception of several initiations by other fraternities which were 
slow in this respect at the beginning of the session, nothing of 
importance has occurred. Our chapter, however, though always 
alert, having obtained three of the best men who have entered 


this session, has decided that its roll of members can not be im- 
proved on by any of the "barbs" now in college, and has con- 
sequently not extended further invitations. We are therefore 
not bending our energies so much in this direction, as we are in 
upholding the enviable reputation which we have made as gentle- 
men, students and thoroughly good fellows. These principles 
we have been instilling into our "bugs," and we are glad to say 
that in none of them have we been disappointed, but all have 
proved themselves fully worthy of wearing our sword and shield. 

All the fraternities here, from all outward appearances, seem 
to be doing fairly well. They are on the best of terms with each 
other, and <P J ^ with all. We are glad of this for our own sakes 
as well as for theirs, since there is no honor in vanquishing a 
weak foe, but only the strong. 

The Eta chapter o( 6 'F which was established here last year 
and which has been comparatively inactive since its founding, 
has to some extent recovered from this dormant state and added 
two more men to its list and now numbers four. 

Since the beginning of the session, we have added consider- 
ably to our hall. Our latest purchase is a beautiful brussels car- 
pet, which has cpnduced greatly to its appearance. In this work, 
we have been nobly assisted by our "Phi sisters," who have gen- 
erously contributed banners, fancy articles, etc. By these and 
our own additions we now have by far the nicest fraternity hall 
at college. 

Since our last letter, we have had the misfortune to lose Bros. 
Lambeth and Sledd from our number .on account of sickness. 
We are encouraged, however, by the hope that we will have both 
of them with us for the second half, prepared to do battle for 
0^8. While the loss of these brethern is severely felt, never- 
theless, this loss has filled those of us who are left with greater 
zeal for ^ J ^, since we are now compelled to protect its inter- 
ests with a lessened force. 

In the Literary societies of the college, as in the lecture room, 
on the campus, and elsewhere, the Phis are still ahead. At the 
recent elections in the Franklin Literary Society, Bro. Sledd was 
chosen to represent the society as one of its four debators, Bro. 
Nettles was also elected Vice President of the debates. Bro. 
Hickey was elected marshal for public declamations. While the 
Franklin Hall was honouring these brethren with these offices, 
the Washington Literary Society, not unmindful of its interests 
elected Bro. Armstrong to a like position as that of Bro. Sledd's. 
By these elections (P J 6^ obtains a large per cent, of the honors 
of the year. 

In closing, our chapter most heartily invites any and all Phis, 


who may chance this way to visit us, and thus allow us to show 
them some of that old time hospitality for which Virginians have 
so long been noted. 

Yours in the Bond, 

J. A. Zimmerman. 

Ashland, Jan. 8. 1891. 

Virginia Zeta, Washington and Lee University. 

Virginia Zeta sends greetings to all her sister chapters. After 
making our bow, excuses would probably be in order, but when 
I assert that our silence has been from no lack of loyalty or in- 
terest in Phi Delta Theta, I feel sure that our brothers will not 
let their wrath fall upon this inoffensive scribe who up to this 
time has lacked the material out of which to form a communica- 
tion, but will in the words of the Kentucky jury, "find the 
prisoner not guilty provided he promises to do so no more." 

At the beginning of this term we were greatly handicapped at 
having only two men return, viz., Jno. W. Sullivan, of Kentucky 
and D. L. Groner, of Norfolk, Va. A much larger number of 
freshmen have entered here this year than usual, but with all this 
there is comparatively Httle fraternity material. We have, how- 
ever, selected two good men, who are now wearing the Sword 
and Shield for the first time. They are Wm. Green and D. F. 
Hardy, both of San Marco, Texas, whom we are most pleased to 
introduce and recommend to all Phis. 

Of our last year's chapter. Brothers Avery, Bratton, Manning, 
Norwood and Cabaniss failed to return. Bro. Avery took his 
B. L. last June and is now succeeding in the practice of his pro- 
fession in Atlanta, Ga. Bro. Bratton is dealing in houses and 
lots at Basic City, Va. Bro. Norwood is lawing somewhere in 
Arkansas. Bro. Manning is at the Ohio Wesleyan University, 
while Bro. Cabaniss is at his home in Macon, Ga., having just 
completed a business course at Poughkeepsie. 

There are eleven fraternities represented at Washington and 
Lee that draw their material from about two hundred and sixty 
men; they stand numerically as follows: K A^ 11 ; I N, 10; 
*A¥^, 7; A TQ,6; iP F J, 6 ; :S A E, s; A' -T, 5 ; ^ J <^. 4; 
I X, 2\ <i> 6 *y^ *j and Gamma Di-Gamma Kappa, 7. 

We have received the following honors this term. Bro. Hardy 
was elected President of the Intermediate celebration of the 
Washington Literary Society, while Bro. Groner was elected by 
the student body to the position of Final Ball President. With 
best wishes to all Phis, I remain yours fraternally, 

Duncan Lawrence Groner. 
Lexington, Dec. 18, 1890. 


North Carolina Beta, University of North Carolina. 

North Carolina Beta began the college year with four mem- 
bers : Davies, Hoke, J. B. Stronach and Alex. Stronach who re- 
turned after a year's absence to taste the law course. P. I. 
Woodard graduated in June and A. G. Morgan failed to return. 
As the number of students is small and the number of fraterni- 
ties represented here very large comparatively it is very difficult 
to obtain good men and so we can introduce to the Phi world 
only one initiate : W. P. Bynum who entered the class of '93 and 
at once took the lead having made the best average on the Xmas 

Our chapter has obtained its full share of honors, Davies being 
Washington Birthday Orator and Hoke, Chief Ball Manager for 
Commencement. Davies is also an editor of the University Mag- 
azine. The struggle for existence here is a severe one but we 
hope to pull through this crisis and as better days are in store 
for the University of North Carolina soon, we are sure undoubt- 
edly our chapter will grow stronger and become firmly estab- 

Alex. Stronach. 

Chapel Hill, Jan. 8, 1891. 

South Carolina Beta, University of South Carolina. 

South Carolina Beta regrets very much that she has not been 
able before to greet her sister chapters this session. She is still 
alive, however, and occupies very much her old place among the 
fraternities represented here. On account of the uncertainty 
concerning the removal of some of our departments the class 
that entered this year was not quite up to what we hoped for. 
This did not supply our fraternities with an abundance of mater- 
ial but with friendly rivalry each did its duty in its own peculiar 
way. We are very glad to be able to introduce to our fraternity 
Bros. Cothran and Wardlaw, both of '94, who have already be- 
come zealous Phis. 

Our chapter lost some good men last year whose places here 
would be hard indeed to fill. Early in the spring Bro. E. D. 
Sompayrac was awarded a cadetship at Uncle Sam's College on 
the Hudson and the entire University felt his loss deeply. Bro. 
E. E. Aycock, '90, is in business at home and Bro. L. W. 
Boyd, '90, is in North Carolina. Bro. Geo. Miller, '91, Law, 
did not return but is trying his fortune in Texas. Bro. Ferguson 
of '91, did not return either, hence the chapter opened with but 
four men. So far during the term we have had the pleasure of 
seeing several of the brothers mentioned above whose presence 
and kind advice has done much for us. 


It is now certain that after this session only the departments of 
Theoretic Science, Modem Literature, and the Classics will re- 
main here. This is, of course, to be greatly deplored for it will 
necessarily reduce the number of students very much, and since 
so many fraternities are represented here it will be a hard task for 
all to live. 

In our next letter the relative standing of the chapters will be 
given, for by that time it will be settled for this year. 

J. D. Rast. 
Columbia, Jan. 6, 1891. 

Kentucky Delta, Central University. 

Our chapter continues to thrive and it seems that, despite the 
scarceness of good fraternity material and the ** hard times" we 
will yet have the best and strongest chapter that has ever yet 
represented Kentucky Delta. Since our last communication we 
have initiated Robert L. Taylor, '94, of Richmond, Ky. and 
Sam. H. Carothers, '94, of Bardstown, Ky. Both these young 
men are of the very best quality and will prove valuable acquisi- 
tions. The former won the Senior Preparatory declaimer's 
medal last spring. 

The non-fraternity men of the University are now perfectly 
organized and seem to have things their own way in the Literary 
Societies, — for the present at least. 

The preliminary contests of the Epiphyllidian and Philalethean 
Societies for the selection of Junior Orators will probably not be 
held this year — there being only three members of each society 
intending to contest — which is the required number. The final 
comes off in June next and always proves one of the principal 
features of commencement. 

All of the Phi boys went home Christmas to spend the holi- 
days, each expecting to return at the beginning of the new year. 
But one has failed to respond to the roll call. Bro. Jos. M. 
Mathews, of New Castle, Ky., one of our oldest members has 
decided to quit college and has accepted a position in the New 
Castle Bank. He is a bright young man — well advanced for one 
so young, and we regret that he has decided not to continue a 
course so nearly finished. 

This leaves us ten men which certainly ought to prove a good, 
strong working chapter. We take great interest in our meetings 
and are frequendy visited by our alumni of the city. 

If at any time any members of the fraternity should chance to 
be in this part of the state, come and see us, we'll give you a 
hearty welcome. 

M. H. Guerrant. 

Richmond, Jan. 8, 1891. 



Georgia Beta, Emory College. 

The Fall term of '90 at Emory found the sword and shield of 
Phi Delta Theta leading the van of college life. The precedmg 
year had been one of unprecedented splendor and achievement. 
Upon the glittering point of ^ J ^'s sword every honor: first, 
second, third and fourth, as dazzling trophies of her invincible 
prowess, hung in beauty suspended. Besides, eleven medals out 
of nineteen were hers, three of the six champion debaters, a good 
number of speakers' places with many minor honors. 

With such a record, the chosen band gathered last fall around 
the shrine we love so well. With sorrow we noted the absence 
of brothers who had been called from college halls. But with 
firm resolve that the lustre of our shield should not be dimmed 
we entered the conflict anew. Beginning with twenty-two men 
our circle was widened by the linked hands of the following com- 
rades : Bros. J. T. Colson, E. D. Lambright, Belcher and Bow- 
den in the Freshman class, Bros. I. L. McNain and Earnest M. 
Smith in the Sophomore, and Bros. W. E. H. Searcy and Carle 
Thompson in the Junior. Bro. Kendall was transferred to us 
from i A B dX Mercer. Our success for the last term just closed 
has not been discreditable. All our new men are heaping hon- 
ors on the altar of Phi Delta Theta. As to the coming honors 
of the class of '91 it is almost impossible to give correct data, 
but enough to say, the Phis will be there. The society honors 
thus far have been very well distributed, we having five men out 
of twelve on the Impromptu debate and being well represented 
on the Fall term debates, the Aaniversarian's place of Phi Gam- 
ma bemg also ours. H. Stiles Bradley, one of the honor men 
of last year's class, is now Professor of Natural Science at Em- 
ory. Everything is promising and we send greetings of love and 
a happy new year to wearers of the white and blue throughout 
our band of brothers. 

Carle R. Thompson. 

Oxford, Jan. i, 1891. 

Tennessee Alpha, Vanderbilt University. 

The Christmas holidays at Vanderbilt are now over and the 
students have settled down to work preparing for the intermedi- 
ate examinations which are held during the latter half of this 

Since our last report Tennessee Alpha has been greatly 
strengthened by the initiation of A. Riley Hardin, of the Law 
department and Charles Reid Baskerville and John Hibbett De 
Witt, of the Freshman class. Hardin is from Santa Rosa, Cal., 


and is a brother to Chas. H. £. Hardin, Tennessee Alpha, '80. 
Baskerville is from Staunton Depot, Tenn., and De Witt lives in 
Nashville. In capturing these three men who were eagerly sought 
after by several other fraternities we consider that we have won 
a most signal victory. So far this year we have not failed to get 
a single man we have asked, no matter by what other fraternity 
or fraternities he was being spiked. In no boastful spirit is this 
report of successful spiking sent to the Scroll ; still we think it 
a sure evidence that Tennessee Alpha is in good harmonious 
working order, and as such we tell it to all who may read the 

In the December Scroll the name of T. V. Copeland, of Al- 
abama Gamma, was given as one of our affiliates. Copeland was 
called home on account of ill health before he affiliated with us. 
He is a whole souled fellow and a loyal Phi, and we regretted to 
have him leave. 

One of the surest signs of Tennessee Alpha's prosperity is to 
be seen in the enthusiasm and interest her individual members 
always manifest in the various college enterprises. For instance, 
in athletics Tennessee Alpha is always among the front, and now 
four places on the Executive Board of the V. A. A. are held by 
Phis, as follows : Barr, Captain of base ball nine ; E. H. Jones, 
Captain and manager of foot ball team and Captain of Field 
sports ; Scarritt, Treasurer ; and Paul Jones, Secretary. 

For all of Phi Delta Theta's true interests Tennessee Alpha is 
not only ready and willing to work, but is continually striving to 
push forward as rapidly as possible. 

Paul M. Jones. 

Nashville, Jan. 6, 1891. 

Alabama Gamma, Southern University. 

This has been a successful year so far and ^ A 8 stands in the 
front ranks of fraternity circles. At the beginning of the term 
we had only eleven men, but we now number eighteen whole- 
souled Phis. We have taken more honors up to this time than 
any other fraternity, while in those yet to come we expect to get 
our full share. Bro. Andrews was one of the challenge debaters 
from the Clariosophic society and he has been recently honored 
by being elected one of the contestants lor the orators medal 
next commencement. These are considered the highest honors 
that can be given. Brother Stowers is one of the anniversarians 
of the Clariosophic society. Brother Moody is an associate edi- 
tor of the University Monthly and is also one of the anniversarians 
of the Belles Lettres society. The other fraternities are also 
prospering. A friendly rivalry exists between the chapters and 
our record shows that we always come out near the top, never at 


the bottom. The Barbs have entered into an alliance for mutual 
improvement and for the maintenance of their rights, which some 
of the fraternities were inclined to overlook, and there has been 
some bitter opposition to them, but we have held aloof from dis- 
putes, only going so far as to acknowledge their right to enter 
into an alliance. The non frats. compose a very strong 
element in the University and they are very bitterly opposed to 
fraternities, but we by decorum and partial neutrality have gained 
their good opinion and thus are not injured by them. We have 
been censured by some because we have taken such a stand, but 
our present standing and our future prospects have hushed all 

Hubert Ansley. 

Greensboro, Jan. 7, 1891. 


Mississippi Alpha, University of Mississippi. 

At last commencement we had only two contestants for honors, 
Bro Peacock for anniversarianship and Bro. SatterBeld for Fresh- 
man medal. Bro. Peacock made a magnificent speech and many 
thought he had won, but the judges thought otherwise. Bro. 
Satterfield was successful. 

The University opened Sept. 25, with a bright prospect for a 
full session, having two hundred and twenty-five matriculates. 

Mississippi Alpha was materially weakened by graduation and 
some of our boys not returning. Only three of our boys, Bros. 
Buck, '91, Sivley, '92, and Satterfield '93, entered and some of 
our rivals thought that we were going to die, but they soon found 
to their sorrow that we had come to stay. Mississippi Alpha has 
always made it a point to know a man thoroughly, to have each 
one of the men to associate intimately with him and to make an 
exhaustive analysis of his character before **setting'' him. After 
a careful study of the field, we decided to **set" nine men. 
Seven of these decided that Phi Delta Theta far surpassed any 
of the others, and cast their lots with us ; the other two said we 
were undoubtedly the second — this showing how we stand with 
our rivals. It is with pleasure that we introduce our initiates 
who are as fine men as can be found. They are Bros. Samuel 
Neill, CarroUton, Miss., Wm. B Rundle, Vicksburg, Miss., 
Wm. B. McCookle, Fort Smith, Ark., Perry Ray, CarroUton, 
Miss., John S. Hawkins, Vaiden, Miss., Curt Guy, Grenada, 
Miss., and Leon Lewis, Terry, Miss. 

Bro. Neill is a senior law student and is in a few days to con- 
test for a place on senior debate and we feel confident of his 


success. Bro. John Hawkins is a first cousin of Bro. Frank 
Purnell, now of Tenn. Beta — **one of the family insures us the 
rest. " 

Mississippi Alpha stands at the top in every department, and 
will secure her share of honors at Commencement. 

Bro. Buck is one of the editors of the Magazine ; he was our 
only senior at the time of election. 

We wish to thank all of our brothers who keep us so well 
posted concerning the new men and especially Tenn. Beta for 
her warnings which would have helped some of our rivals had 
they been so fortunate as to have had the **points;" also, we 
must not forget to thank our Kansas Bro. and — well we haven't 
space to enumerate all, but it suffices to say we are grateful to 
one and all, and trust they will continue to keep us posted. 

Bro. Chas. Firman Smith, who took the honors and medals all 
the way through both the literary and law, is practicing law in 
Nashville, Tenn.; his address is No. 27^ Vanderbilt Law build- 
ing. May success continue to crown him. 

Bro. VVill Pierce is keeping books for one of the leading 
houses in Van Buren, Ark. Bro. Pierce never failed to attend 
the meetings while he was at work in Oxford tho' no way con- 
nected with the University, and we miss him very much. 

Bro. Ed. Peacock is in the cotton business at Grenada; he is 
missed very much and especially in the ''setting^' season. 

Bro. Will. Hammond Marshall has purchased a plantation near 
Seymour, Texas, and will soon corner the grain market ; he was 
a true and loyal Phi. 

Bro. Lawrence Thompson will soon begin practicing law in 
Memphis, Tenn., and woe to the criminal that should have Bro. 
Thompson against him. 

Bro. Vines Satterfield, **The Baby," is studying in New 

We intended to speak of that grand old Phi, Senator Louis 
Southworth, but as we have consumed our share of The Scroll 
we will defer it until our next letter. 

We cannot, however, close without congratulating Bro. Brown 
upon his management of The Scroll. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Milling M. Satterfield. 

University, Miss., Jan. 7, 1891. 

Louisiana Alpha, Tulane University. 

Louisiana Alpha hails the New Year and hopes that her sister 
chapters have made as good friends with it as she has. Her 
career during the greater part of '90 has been marked by peace 
with the rest of the Tulane fraternities, but at the latter part of 
the year four chapters formed a combine and tried by might, if 



not by right, to intimidate her. These chapters of course ran off 
at a tangent and may be pardoned. We extend many happy 
wishes for '91 to the Tulane chapters and to the fraternity world, 
and hope a prosperous year may be in store for us all. The 
chapters here are in good condition and the number of students 
increased. However, collegiate enthusiasm is keeping company 
with McGinty at the bottom of the sea, and athletics have prac- 
tically become things of the past. We attribute the low ebb of 
enthusiasm to the great lack of recreating time and we deem it a 
wise step if Saturday school were abolished. We are glad to 
note that an attempt has been made to get out a college journal. 
This journal is as yet embryonic, bnt we trust our faculty will 
give it the proper encouragement and recognition. 

We now turn to the Sophie Newcomb College (Tulane Ladies' 
Annex), and lo and behold, we find they have instituted a sorority 
which they unfortunately term fraternity. They are the Alpha 
Beta Gammas and this is a description of their badge. A large 
star, mounted by an arrow and by a winged shoe, and bearing 
the Greek letters A B T. 

Since our last letter we have initiated three men in whom we 
have great expectations. Bros. E. P. Odneal and Wm. J. Gilles- 
pie kept each other company as they wended the mysterious ways 
that finally led them to the goal of <P J 0. These brothers are 
**Meds." as full of fraternal enthusiasm as of red blood cor- 
puscles and are shining lights of Jackson, Miss. Reinforced by 
our **Meds." we made Udolpho Wolfe, Jr., a member of our 
circle. Bro. Wolfe is a College man and a city man, both of 
which qualities heighten his many other virtues. Our chapter 
therefore numbers seventeen to start the New Year with. 

C. H. Tebault. 

New Orleans, Jan. 6, 1891. 

Texas Beta, University of Texas. 

Through reportorial negligence our chapter has not been repre- 
sented on the pages of the Scroll during the present session of 
the University. Let it not be inferred from this that we are 
ashamed of our record or lacking in Phi spirit. Beneath the 
banner of the white and blue many important honors have been 
won. Among those hitherto unnoticed, may be mentioned the 
winning by Bro. Long of the Junior Academic prize in oratory. 
Bro. Kidd was one of the annual debaters from the Rusk soci- 
ety. To Bro. Thomas was awarded the Athenaeum medal for 
best debater. In the law department. Junior class, First Honors 
were won by Bro. Thomas, while Bro. Kidd tied for Second 
Honors. Bro. Etter stands at the head of the Sophomores. 


The general condition of our chapter this year is flourishing. 
We are happy to report the recent initiation of Bros. Bates and 
Robertson, both of whom give promise of taking enviable rank 
in their classes. The latest accession to our faculty is Bro. Cal- 
loway, a loyal Phi and an able and popular professor. 

In membership we number two professors and thirteen stu- 
dents. In standard and stamina we acknowledge no superior. 

With meetings regular and well attended, with a chapter 
blessed with enthusiasm and perfect good will, with our share of 
honors in the past, and confident of their continuance for the 
future, we extend New Year greetings to our brother Knights of 
the Sword and Shield. 

CuLLYN F. Thomas. 

Austin, Jan. 6, 1891. 

Ohio Delta, University of Wooster. 

Ohio Delta opened the year with six loyal members, whose 
spirit was not dampened by the smallness of their number. 
Since that time we have mitiated H. J. Forgy, brother of W. E. 
Forgy who graduated last year, and Bro. Downey, of Illinois 
Epsilon has affiliated with us. 

For various reasons seven loyal Phis did not return this year. 
Bro. Forgy whom we lost by graduation is now teaching in Kis- 
kiminetas Academy at Saltsburg, Pa.; Bro. Gaston is attending 
school at Princeton. Bro. Lane can be found at the U. of P. 
in the medical department ; Bro. Ramsey is comfortably situa- 
ted in Cincinnati, working in a railroad office ; Bro. Work is at 
home in Longmont, Col.; Bro. Mathews is in Cambridge, O.; 
and Bro. Vernon in Sharpsville. Pa. Bros. Vernon, Work and 
Mathews expect to be with us again next year. 
I^Bro. Wallace will represent us on the preliminary oratorical 
contest. Bro. Pence was chosen orator by the Irving literary 
society for Washington's birthday entertainment. 

The University has just received $10,000 from Mr. Chamber- 
lain of Cleveland to aid in adding a wing to the college building 
for which those interested in the welfare of the school are now 
soliciting money. 

Our foot ball team, during the season just closed, won un- 
bounded honors for themselves, the University and all con- 
nected with it ; not losing a single game, and during the whole 
season having only four points scored against them, and after 
leaving the field of contest after the hour and thirty minutes were 
up with the score 64 to o, 58 to o, and such like. 


Wooster mourns the death of Dr. Black, Professor of Greek, 
and Vice-President of the University. 

We hope to see many of our brothers with us during the com- 
ing State Oratorical Contest, to be held here. 

D. A. Pence. 
Wooster, Jan. lo, 1891. 

Ohio Epsilon, Buchtel College. 

Buchtel College is in mourning. On the evening of Dec. 13 
the ladies were holding a birthday party on the fourth floor of the 
college building. A number of them were dressed in light in- 
flammable goods covered with cotton. A low gas jet ignited the 
cotton on the hat of one of them. The inflammable character of 
the cotton caused the fire to spread rapidly. The ladies became 
frightened and rushed for the halls and stairways. This fanned 
the flames so, that before they could be extinguished two of them 
were fatally and six very seriously burned. Before morning two 
had passed away. A more desolate or a sadder place than Buch- 
tel College cannot be imagined. It was with heavy hearts that 
the students attended memorial services on two successive days. 
The anxious faces of the faculty and nurses made us fear that the 
end was not yet. But fortunately no more deaths have occurred 
at this writing. Although different fraternities were represented 
at the party, all the injured were members of K K F. Ohio Ep- 
silon extends to K K F her deepest sympathy in her terrible afflic- 

On the evening of Dec. 13, we initiated O. R. Dean, '94, of 
Storm Lake, Iowa. The ceremonies were interrupted by the 
news of the calamity at the college. Brother Dean's sister is 
one of the injured ones. 

The Buchtel College Oratorical Association Contest took place 
on the evening of Dec. 10. It was a Phi contest, as all the con- 
testants were Phis. Brother Henry, '91, took first place and 
Brother L. F. Lybarger, '92, second place. Brother Lybarger 
will enter Wooster University and remain this year but hopes to 
be with us again next year. It is with great reluctance that we 
let him go from among us but we are confident that he will find 
a cheerful home and loyal Phis about the hearth-stone of Ohio 
Delta. We can also assure them that in him they will find a true 
Phi and an indomitable worker in our cause. 

Leroy C. Eberhard. 
Akron, Jan. 10, 1891. 


Indiana Beta, Wabash College. 

The fall term has been finished. The Holidays, with innum- 
erable pleasures and festivities, have come and in turn passed 
away finding us at the old stand, fifteen strong, prepared for any 

During the latter part of December the class of '92 elected 
their Board of Editors for this year's Ouiatenon, The Board is 
composed of ten members, each fraternity being represented by 
one man and, in addition three members are selected from the 
class at large. Of these latter three, two were chosen from the 
^ J 6^ ranks thus giving us three editors, Bros. Thomson, Mar- 
tin and Abbott. Bro. Thomson is Editor in Chief. Bro. Mar- 
tin will also represent the Calleopean Literary Society in the An- 
nual Prize Debate, Feb. 22nd. 

With other colleges, Wabash had her endowment augmented 
t>y $50,000 by the death of the late Daniel Fayerweather. Yan- 
des Library Hall is fast nearing completion and viewed through 
the shades of the stately beech trees its architectural grace adds 
much beauty to our imposing group of buildings. 

Bro. Chas. Little, '94, of Evansville, Ind., surprised the chap- 
ter by tendering us a banquet at his charming apartments on East 
Jefferson street, Wednesday evening, Jan. 7, 1891. Quite an 
extended Menu was discussed with true Grecian promptitude 
after which many impromptu toasts were responded to by the 
brethren, among others **The Scroll," by Bro. Little, '91. 
**Willie" Wilson assumed his accustomed station in the toast- 
master's chair. All left at a late hour lauding **our baby" to 
the sky for the genial manner in which we were entertained. 

We enjoyed a very pleasant, although a very short visit from 
several of the De Pauw chapter some weeks since. 

Bro. Cubberly, Indiana Alpha, '91, also made a call lately but 
unftjrtunately the major portion of the chapter was absent on 
account of the Holidays. 

RoBT. H. Crozier. 

Crawfordsville, Jan. 8, 1891. 

Indiana Gamma, Butler University. 

Holidays are over and we are again in our places. School 
began yesterday with quite a number of new students enrolled. 
Amid the hand-shaking and general happiness, was one piece of 
news not at all welcome, Bro. Vic. Conner, '92, had decided to 
leave college and had come to tell us good bye. We are very 
sorry to lose Bro. Conner. He was ever a faithful Phi and had 
many friends in college (not confined to the male sex either). 


With this exception the boys are all back and ready for work. 
Phi Delta Theta stands at the head in numbers, and can't be said 
to stand in any other position in the matter of college honors. 

On the evening of the fifth of December we gave our annual 
party, which was in every way a success. Quite a number of 
resident and visiting alumni were present and we hope they feel 
that we are keeping up the good work. 

The closing weeks of last term were one continued celebration. 
Butler's is again the champion foot ball team of Indiana. On 
Thanksgiving day Butler and Purdue, both with clean records, 
played the final game, and, in the face of immense odds, Butler 
won by the score of 12-10. Since then faculty, friends, and 
alumni have been so anxious to heap favors on the victors, and 
banquet has followed banquet in such close succession that the 
constitutions of the team have been subjected to even a more se- 
vere strain than during the series of games played. Bro. David- 
son played right end, and Bros. Fall, '94, and Robinson (pledged) 
were substitutes. Bro. Minnick played right guard during the 
early part of the season but was compelled to retire on accouut 
of injuries received. 

Since our last report, Kappa Kappa Gamma has made an acqui- 
sition Three young ladies of the Demia Butler society ( opposed 
to fraternities) resigned and joined the Kappas. The affair cre- 
ated quite an excitement in college circles for a few days, but all 
is again quiet. The fraternity has now fourteen members — all 
good workers. Sigma Chi has also initiated Mr. Geo. Cullom, 
'95. Delta Tau Delta has made no initiations. 

The last named fraternity is to give a pan-hellenic social the 
i6th inst., which promises to be quite an event in local fraternity 

Yours in the Bond, 

R. F. Davidson. 

Irvington, Jan. 3, 1891. 

Indiana Epsilon, Hanover College. 

The second term of Hanover college opened on Jan. 7th. 
Owing to the arrangement of the college course, very few 
students enter after the first term. All our boys have returned 
from their homes and report an enjoyable time during the two 
weeks vacation, and are now ready tor the work of another term, 
of course every one has resolved to study harder than ever. 

The Phis of Hanover may justly feel i)roud of their record 
made last term. To begin with we initiated the five best men 
in the class of '94, In the election of officers in the **Union 
Literary Society" we carried off five offices. Of the seven 
speakers on the Spring Ex. we have 3, ^ X^ 2; and /^ II, 2. 


Bro. Piatt leads the Freshman class in scholarship, and Mayhew 
is orator of the same class. Willman was on the * 'Junior Enter- 
tainment'' and his speech was conceded by all who heard it, to 
be the best, both in delivery and composition. 

On the evening of Dec. 23d the first term closed. The event 
was celebrated by the Phis, in royal style. Immediately after 
the Junior Ex., ten Phis and ladies proceeded to the chapter 
hall where they * 'tripped the light fantastic" to the music of Prof. 
Gibst's orchestra. 

The hall presented a beautiful appearance, being decorated 
with mistletoe, cedar, carnations and roses. At 12:30 a. m. the 
dancers retired to the banquet hall, where an appetizing spread 
had been prepared by Caterer Bernheisel. Bro. McElroy acted 
as toastmaster. Several toasts were responded to, making the 
hour the most enjoyable of the evening. 

Bro. Tracy of '65, who has been a missionary in India for 
several years paid us a short visit in December. Bro. Moore of 
'90, who is attending McCormick Seminary, spent a few days 
with us at the close of last term. 

Don. Kennedy. 

Hanover, Jan. 10, 1891. 

Michigan Alpha, University of Michigan. 

We have returned from the enjoyment of a two weeks' holiday 
vacation with our full quota of men and with prospects of some 
additions in the near future. A man whom we **spiked" before 
the holidays has returned and pledged himself and will be intro- 
duced into Greek society at the close of this week. Two fine 
fellows who will enter the University at the beginning of the sec- 
ond semester in February are pledged to join us. 

Since our last letter, we have initiated Frank Henry Decke, 
'93, of Lansing, an active, energetic fellow who has already gone 
to work with a will for Phi Delta Theta. 

We can heartily endorse the sentiments of Bro. Brown with 
regard to chapter houses as expressed in the December Scroll. 
We feel an ever increasing satisfaction in the possession of a 
home and extend our congratulations to those who have lately 
established themselves in chapter houses. You who have not 
tried it, cannot realize what an impulse it gives to the fraternity 
spirit and what a binding influence it exerts upon the members. 
We have now a project on foot for establishing a chapter house 
fund among the alumni members. The latest addition to our 
house equipment is a **frat" dog — a large English mastiff which 
one of the boys received as a Christmas present. **Don" prom- 
ises to do much toward making Phi Delta Theta felt in the com- 


We are in receipt of the wedding announcement of Bro. P. 
G. Sjoblom who was married on December 30th to Miss Ida 
Turnquist of Minneapolis. Bro. Sjoblom is one of the charter 
members of Michigan Alpha and is at present an instructor in 
Rock Island College. 

Senior election is near at hand and all available wires are be- 
ing pulled to draw votes. Candidates have been nominated by 
both fraternities and independents and as the forces of the two 
are about evenly divided, the contest promises to be interesting 
and exciting. 

Frank H. Dixon. 

Ann Arbor, Jan. 7, 1891. 

Illinois Delta, Knox College. 

Anti-fraternity spirit at Knox is clearly a relic of the past. In 
no former year has the aggregate membership of the secret soci- 
eties been so large. The Sororities are in the lead, both the Pi 
Phis and the Tri-Deltas having about eighteen. The Phi Gams 
have attained the almost unprecedented number of seventeen and 
the Betas with fifteen are presumably striving hard to keep pace 
with them; doubtless both Societies will number more by Spring 
as their powers of absorption are great. The Phis number seven 
and consequently are preaching and practising conservatism for 
the present. Nevertheless, we are in good condition and 
** brighter days are coming." Though far below them in num- 
bers, in enthusiasm and readiness for work we think we may 
justly claim to be the peer of any fraternity at Knox. 

We have again refused to enter the fraternity coalition for pub- 
lication of the Annual, which refusal we consider a final one. 
A discussion of the * * reasons why " would prove too long for a 
Scroll letter, but we are confident Phidom would approve our 

It is our unpleasant duty to record that owing to a personal 
difficulty between two of our members it was necessary for us to 
accept the resignation of Mr. Craig McQuade of '94. While 
deeply regretting the action, we feel that a united Fraternity with 
a smaller membership is better than a larger chapter when fac- 
tional differences exist. 

Toward the close of last term the chapter gave a cinque-party 
in its hall. As usual at Phi gatherings a delightful time was had. 

Bro. Dale of '91, has obtained an appointment on the Knox 
Oratorical Contest. We sincerely hope and think we have 
reason to expect that he will win a prize. To all Phis, wherever 
they may be and especially to the Scroll and its able editor, 
Illinois Delta wishes many " Happy New Years." 

George Candee Gale. 

Galesburg, Jan. 9, 1891. 


Illinois Epsilon, Zeta Province. 

Illinois Epsilon Chapter opened this year m good shape. In 
the latter part of August, Kappa Kappa Gamma held their na- 
tional convention in this city. As many of our boys live here 
we were of considerable assistance to the young ladies. Many 
of the visiting Kappas, who were by the way a very charming 
company of young ladies, remarked on the fact that an unusual 
number of Kappas bad brothers, members of Phi Delta Theta. 
This is particularly true of the societies here. 

We had a good attendance at the commencement this year ; 
twelve good men. Mr. George Preble, one of the best men 
Illinois Epsilon ever had has gone, however, to Denver, Colo- 
rado. He is employed in the U. S. Mint. We have also to an- 
nounce that Mr. W. B. Haliey has resigned by request. We 
now have ten regular members with several attendants, residents 
who are of very great assistance, particularly in social entertain- 
ments. Our future prospects are bright. 

Our new recruits are Asa Langstaff and Dean Funk, the latter 
gentleman is a graduate from Yale, and is at present in the Wes- 
leyan Law School. 

J. H. Shaw. 

Bloomington, Dec. i, 1890. 

Missouri Alpha, Missouri State University. 

The witchmg Christmas-time has come and gone, appearing to 
us now like the deceiving mirage of the desert, leaving a hal- 
lucination of Christmas presents streaming behind us like the 
tails of comets. Notwithstanding our visionary delusions, every 
Missouri Alpha Phi is conscious of spending a most delightful 
Christmas. Twelve of our men remained here during the holi- 
days intent on keeping the society of Columbia in a giddy whirl, 
at which they succeeded admirably. In this world we have long 
been leaders, and to the fact our strongest rivals give tacit assent. 

Bro. Lieut. Ed. Russell, 2d Artillery U. S. A., spent several 
days with us before X-mas. Our cordiality was only exceeded 
by the bounteousness of our spread served in a style suitable to 
the season and the occasion. 

As officers in the cadet batallion we are well represented, 
although not so well as last year and year before. Cadet Capt. 
and Adjt. Hinton, '89, was Asst. Adjt General (second in com- 
mand) at the annual encampment of the 3rd regiment N. G. M., 
held at Excelsior Springs, last August. This was indeed a well 
merited compliment to Bro. Hinton, for outside of West Point 
graduates there are few so young so well informed on military 
arts. Bro.. Hinton will graduate at the Columbia Law school in 


Since our last letter we have added the name of J. W. Denny 
to our roll. 

The numerical strength of the frats here at present is as fol- 
lows : Sigma Nu. 19, Phi Delta Theta 18, Sigma Alpha Epsilon 
13, Beta Theta Pi 13, Phi Delta Phi 14, and Kappa Kappa 
Gamma 8, or an average of 22 per cent, of entire body of 

C. G. Haines. 

Columbia, Jan. 6, 1891. 

Nebraska Alpha, University of Nebraska. 

This year has been very prosperous with the Phi Delta Theta 
chapter at this University. It has always been recognized as the 
leading fraternity of this institution, but this year Phi Delta Theta 
leaves the other fraternities further in the rear than ever. Beta 
Theta Pi has six members; Sigma Chi has only two, while Phi 
Delta Theta has twelve. We have initiated four men this year. 
They are all first-class, sterling fellows, and we have as much 
reason to congratulate ourselves as they. Their names are as 
follows: Arthur F. Montmorency, Omaha, '93, and Oscar F. 
Funke, Lincoln; Lawrence B. Pillsbury, Fremont, and Charles 
Fife, Fremont, '94. 

Hon. G. M. Lambertson, a resident Phi, has been appointed 
by the Attorney General to the position of United States Attorney 
for the Inter-State Commerce Commission. Brother Lambert- 
son has always taken great interest in our affairs. 

We regret to announce that Brother Gailey Tait has been 
obliged to leave the University of Nebraska. His parents have 
moved to Chicago and he will in all probability finish his course 
at Evanston. Brother Dorsey, also, was obliged to drop out in 
the middle of the term, owing to his father's illness. He will re- 
turn after the holidays, however. 

Emory C. Hardy. 

Lincoln, Dec. 31, 1890. 

California Alpha, University of California. 

The standing of the fraternities here has not changed mater- 
ially since our last letter ; one Freshman has resigned from B B 
77, and K A S has initiated one. The seventeenth Field Day of 
the University was held on December 6th. It was for a class 
pennant, and all the events were from the scratch. Bro. Willis, 
'93, took one first and three second places ; Bro. Hinckley '93, 
took one first and one second place. Junior Day occurred one 
week later. In accordance with the custom instituted last year, 
the presentation of an original play written by a member of the 



class took the place of a part of the literary exercises of the 
morning. The play was a musical burlesque in a prologue and 
one act by F. M. Green, and was entitled **The 'Versity of 
Samoa, or the Kicker and the Kicked." It was well received. 
Three of the fraternities, X0, Z ^ and B 9 11, gave private dan- 
ces in the afternoon — Z W and JT <P at their own houses — instead 
of taking their friends to the hop in the gymnasium. It is to be 
regretted that this action should have been taken, but it is ren- 
dered almost necessary on account of the lack of room in the 
"gym." The hops given on University days are always very 
enjoyable and very popular, but the gymnasium — the only place 
in which they can be held — is unsuitable and much too small. 
There is pressing need for a hall which will accommodate more 
people on public occasions. 

Bro. C. O. Perry, Indiana Zeta, '69, and Bro. W. M. Shields, 
Indiana Alpha, '88, were with us on the evening of Field Day. 
We enjoyed their visit very much ; it is encouraging to meet Bro. 
Perry and to know that his enthusiasm for <P J ^ has not abated. 
He is general manager of the California Guarantee Investment 
Company in San Francisco ; Bro. Shields is contracting agent of 
the A. & P. R. R. with headquarters in San Francisco. 

The University opened today, after the Christmas vacation. 
Bro. Hinkley has not yet returned on account of the recent 
death of his father. All of the other boys are back ready for 
work. The Scroll came just in time for the Christmas vacation; 
we took great interest in reading the * *half a hundred" letters 
from our sister chapters, and to learn of the prosperity of A 

E. F. Goodyear. 

Berkeley, Jan. 5, 1891. 



New York E — ^W. S. Murray, '88, is teaching in Liverpool, 
N. Y. 

New York A — G. A. Blauvelt, '90, is at the Columbia Law 

Indiana F — B. M. Davis, '90, is principal of Irvington High 

Ohio A — ^J. H. Macready is a student in the Ohio Medical 

Indiana F — O. W. Green, '90, is with the Indianapolis Drug 

Indiana F — Laz. Noble, '90, is with Bowen, Merrill & Co., 

Indiana F — W. H. Graffis, '89, is on the editorial staff of the 
Logansport Reporter, 

Ohio A — Kearney Prugh, '88, is pursuing advanced studies at 
his home. Gratis, O. 

Ohio A — Will E. Clough, '89, is a medical student in attend- 
ance at Bellevue, N. Y. 

Pennsylvania B—\, L. Crouse, '87, was married recently to 
Miss Cadiarine Le Fevre. 

Pennsylvania B — Wm. K. Diehl, '86, was married to Miss 
Anna Sheely, Oct. 31, 1890. 

Pennsylvania B — C. Reinewald, '85, was married recently to 
Miss Danner, of Gettysburg. 

Pennsylvania Z — Dr. Laine is located in Media, Pa., and has 
a large and lucrative practice. 

New York E — S. B. Crayton, M. D., '90, is physician at St. 
Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse. 

New York E — O. F. Cook, '90, is engaged as Instructor of 
Botany at Syracuse University. 

California A — F. L. Foster, '76, is editor of the Mountain View 
Register^ Mountain View, Cal. 

Indiana Z — ^J. H. Wilkerson, '89, is principal of the High 
School, at Hastings, Nebraska. 

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Pennsylvania J — Harry B. Espy, '90, is reading law with 
Judge Barker at Fredonia, N. Y. 

Virginia T — W. R. Peatross, '90, is now teaching at the *' Uni- 
versity School " Knoxville, Tenn. 

Michigan T — O. G. Rogers, '88, is in the exporting and com- 
mission business in San Francisco. 

Ohio A — Harry Weidner, '88, is a reporter on the staff of the 
Daily Evening News of Dayton, O. 

Virginia F — W. C. Vaden, ?90, is teaching at Chesapeake 
Academy, Carter's Creek, Virginia. 

California A — ^T. H. Adams, '80, is Assistant Cashier of the 
Bank of Centralia, Centralia, Wash. 

Virginia F — G. H. Lambeth, '90, is engaged in the wholesale 
furniture business in Lynchburg, Va. 

Pennsylvania Z — Dr. Lester E. Schoch, '88, is one of the Oph- 
thalmic surgeons at the Beacon Dispensory. 

Ohio A — Will H. Bonner, ex-'9i, is a member of the hardware 
firm of W. A. Bonner and Sons, of Eaton, O. 

Pennsylvania J — E. P. Couse, '89, is at present on the report- 
orial staff of fhe Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette, 

California A — F. A. Allardt, '88, is Assistant Secretary of the 
Consolidated Piedmont Cable Co., Oakland, Cal. 

Indiana Z — C. O. Perry, '69, is General Manager of the Cali- 
fornia Guarantee Investment Co., of San Francisco. 

Indiana A — ^J. Halderman, *8o, is Michigan Passenger Agent 
of the Wabash railway with headquarters at Chicago. 

New York A — H. L. Barker, '90, is studying medicine at the 
College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City. 

Indiana F — J. D. Fall, '88, is now head of the mail depart- 
ment on the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway. 

Ohio A — Sam. H. Townshend, '89, is with his father in a 
thriving real estate and insurance agency in Pueblo, Colo. 

New York A — F. A. Abbott, '90, is studying law in the office 
of Fullerton, Becker & Hazell, the well known Buffalo firm. 

Virginia F — A. S. Martin, '87, frequently favors our chapter 
with a visit. He is engaged in stenography in Richmond, Va. 


Califorinia A — Prof. A. W. Jackson, '74, has retired from the 
University of California and gone into business in New York 

Pennsylvania // — T. F. Newby, '89, of Harrisburg, and a 
Civil Engineer, spent some weeks in and about Duluth in Nov- 

New York A — C. H. Wells, '90, has been admitted to the Bar 
and is connected with the Chicago firm of Tenney, Church & 

Pennsylvania Z — Drs. Hay and Mial, '87, are assistant physi- 
cians in the New Jersey State Insane Hospital, at Morris Plains, 
New Jersey. 

New Hampshire A — Alfred Bartlett, '94, spent the holiday 
vacation at Eliot, Maine. The Scroll is indebted to him for 
favors in this issue. 

New Hampshire A — A. C. Willey, '87, was married to Miss 
Edith Sanborn of Medford, Mass., at Boston, Thanksgiving 
morning, Nov. 27, 1890. 

Ohio // — The chapter has three representatives at Drew Theo- 
logical Seminary, Madison, N. J., in R. H. Callahan, '84, A. C. 
Turrell, '89 and C. E. Schenck, '90. 

Ohio A — Elam Fisher, '71, with Mr. E. P. Vaughan, have 
formed a law partnership at Eaton, Ohio, the old partnership of 
Foos and Fisher having been dissolved. 

New Hampshire A — Allen P. Richmond, '87, after graduating 
at the Bellvue Hospital Medical College, located at Dover, N. H. 
has been appointed Stafford county physician. 

Ohio A — Moses D. A. Steen, 'td, has had the degree of 
Ph. D. conferred on him by the University of Wooster, the re- 
sult of an exhaustive thesis on the human soul. 

Ohio 7? — A. R. Cecil, '89, of Springfield, Ohio, attended the 
State Teachers' examination in Columbus, Dec. 29-31, and was 
granted a life certificate of the common school grade. 

Massachusetts A — T. E. Haven, '87, is now a member of the 
law firm of Haven & Haven, of San Francisco, having gone into 
business with his father. Tom has a bouncing baby boy. 

Pennsylvania Z — G. O. Ring, '85, has been recently elected 
Ophthalmic and Aural Surgeon to the Episcopal Hospital in Phil- 
adelphia. He is also assistant to Dr. Risley at the WilFs Eye 


Ohio A — Alston Ellis, Ph. D., L. L. D., Superintendent of the 
Hamilton Ohio Schools, was in Columbus during the holidays at 
the State Teachers' examination, he being a member and officer 
of the board. 

Pennsylvania Z — Dr. Chas. A. Ohver, '77, with Prof. Wm. F. 
Norris, M. D., of the University of Pennsylvania, have written 
a valuable work on '* Diseases of the Eye" ; it is now in press, 
and will appear in April. 

Pennsylvania A — Rev. W. G. Warner, *8i, recently returned 
from his European trip. A good part of his time was spent in 
and about London from which place he wrote several interesting 
letters to the Western Christian Advocate at Cincinnati. 

Michigan A — P. G. Sjoblom, '90, was married Tuesday eve- 
ning, Dec. 30, 1890, to Miss Ida Turnquist, of Minneapolis. 
Brother Sjoblom and wife will be at home in Rock Island, 111., 
where the former is an instructor in Augustana College. 

California A — Col. W. H. Chamberlain, '76, was chairman of 
the committee of arrangements in charge of the recent Admission 
Day celebration, Sept. 9th, on which day probably the largest 
parade ever held on the Pacific coast took place in San Fran- 

Pennsylvania E — W. E. Martin, is associated with Mr. Boden 
in the optical business at the south-east corner of Walnut and 
13th Streets, Philadelphia. Bro. Martin, has decided to renew 
his relations with the Phis of the city, and has applied for mem- 
bership in Pennsylvania Beta Alumni. 

New Hampshire A — Charles Alexander Eastman, '87, Boston 
University Medical College '90, is government physician to 
6,000 Ogalalla Sioux at Pine Ridge Agency, S. Dakota. Brother 
Eastman wrote an interesting account of the Indian battle at 
Wounded Knee Creek, which was published in the Boston Daily 
Journal o[ j2Ln. 8, 1891. 

Iowa A — The following clipping gives an interesting note 
about an '82 man of Iowa Alpha. After serving at Hicksville 
he was at the September Session, transferred to Bellefountaine, 
one of the best charges in the Conference, Northern Ohio M. E.: 

Our Church at Bellefontaine is enjoying great prosperity under the 
pastorate of Rev. C. R. Havighorst. I^rge coni^regaiions greet him at 
every service, crowding the large audience-room and galleries to their 
utmost capacity. The spirit of revival is already manitest. There are 
accessions to the Church at its regular services. The year opens with 
many signs of promise. — JVt'stcm Christian Adx'ocafe. 


New York E — G. K. Shurtleff, '83, who has been Secretary of 
the Young Men's Christian Association at Utica, N. Y., for some 
time past, took a similar position at Denver, Colorado, January 
I St. Brother Shurtleff is one of the old 2" ^ men who has had a 
warm interest in ^ J (^ since the transformation of 2' W into the 
New York Epsilon of ^ J ^, and is a reader of the Scroll. 

Ohio J — The following news is gained from the Woostet 
Voice : 

The many friends of T. A. Walker, '89, will be sorry to hear that he 
has been compelled to resign the principalship of the Frankfort, Kan- 
sas, public schools on account of poor health. Mr. Walker will engage 
in some out-door employment, hoping that it may benefit his health. 

Since this we learn that Brother Walker is now at his old home 
near Greenfield, Ohio, in very feeble health. 

Ohio B — A. V. Evans, '90, who immediately after graduation 
be^^an newspaper work in Columbus, Ohio, has recently received 
an appointment on the staff of the Daily Ohio State Joutnal oi 
which Bro. S. J. Flickinger, of New York A^ is Manager. The 
Journal is the leading morning daily of Central Ohio. Bro. 
Evans' appointment on its local staff, is a promotion, earned by 
painstaking work on the Evening Post, 

Ohio J — ^The Wooster Voice gives the following note abou 
Brother Forgy, who in oratorical and athletic circles was a prom- 
inent figure at Wooster for years : 

The December Outing contains an article on athletics in Ohio Col- 
leges from the pen of W. E. Forgy, *90. It gives a comprehensive 
view of athletics in the prominent Colleges of Ohio and the position 
taken by the Faculties of the different institutions in regard to athletics. 
The article is illustrated by cuts of Wooster's foot ball team of '89, 
group of performers in last year's Gymnasium entertainment, champ- 
ion light weight wrestlers of Wooster, the Wooster and Delaware (O. 
W. U.) Gymnasiums. 

Ohio r — The Athens Messenger speaks of James Madison 
Tripp, '77, Jackson, Ohio, in the pleasant way shown in the 
attached clipping. The Messenger \% edited by C. E. M. Jennings, 
'71, of the same chapter, who every day shows his interest in 
Phi Delta Theta, and every year extends his hospitality to the 
Athens chapter : 

"Judge J. M. Tripp of Jackson, who is presiding at the Foster trial, 
is one of our old Phi Delta Theta friends and has many admirers 
among the members of that Fraternity, of which he is an honored 
member. Judge Tripp although one of the youngest Common Pleas 
Judges in the State stands deservedly high as a lawyer and jurist and 
we only pay him a just compliment in saying that since his advent here 
in his judicial capacity he has endeared himself to the bar and public 
by his dignified and courteous bearing and by an able and impartial 
discharge of his onerous duties. 


Ohio B — C. S. Hoskinson, '89, retains his position as principal 
of the High School at Zanesville, Ohio. That he retains the 
esteem of his scholars is shown by a recent incident. At Christ- 
mas he was the recipient of a fine gold headed cane, a present 
from his class in Caesar, and of a handsome revolving office chair, 
which came from his class in first year Latin. He is an earnest 
worker and has won hosts of friends in Zanesville society. 

Ohio B — ^\V. E. Miller, '87, is in charge of the McAdow Sem- 
inary at Waverly, Tenn. This institution is under the auspices 
of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The enrollment at 
present is 150, with bright prospects for a large increase. Three 
assistant teachers are employed and four departments are main- 
tained — collegiate, preparatory, music and art. The trustees in- 
tend to build a boarding hall for the girls in the near future. 
Bro. Miller is glad that he may again see the welcome face of the 
Transcript^ recalling the pleasantest years of his life. He expects 
to be at Commencement nqxt year to see '91 make her bow. — 
College Transcript. 

Ohio Z — Ned McConnell, '88, whose short connection in act- 
ive membership with Ohio Zeta, won him the esteem of the boys 
so heartily, has been ascending the ** line of promotion" rapidly, 
as shown by this clipping, dated Dec. 2, 1890 : 

Columbus Boy's Promotion. — E. T. McConnell has been appoint- 
ed Engineer Maintenance of Way, of the Big Four, with jurisdiction 
over the Peoria Division, extending from Peoria, 111., to Springfield, O., 
and yesterday he assumed the duties of his new positi n. As " Ned " 
McConnell of a few years ago, he will be remembered as a graduate of 
the Columbus High School, and later as an attache of the engineering 
department of the Pan Handle. In the field with the surveying corps 
he aquired the knowledge and experience which, coupled with his con- 
scientious application to duty and high integrity, secuied for him a po- 
sition of responsib:lity on a rapidly growing system. He will have 351 
miles of track with 1,200 employes under his supervision, and richly 
deserves the advancement thus accorded him. — Columbus Dispatch. 

Kentucky A — This clipping not without its humor concerns 
members of Kentucky Alpha : 

Ex-Assistant Postmaster General Stevenson tells this story of Senator 
Blackburn. They were among guests at a dinner party not long ago, 
when Mr. Stevenson, looking across the table, said : 

" Senator, do you remember that day when we were seconds in a 

Mr. Blackburn promptly expressed his recollection of the " pleasant 
event. * and the other guests called for the particulars of a duel which 
had left in the minds of the seconds such cheerful memories. 

"Well," bci^an Mr. Stevenson, "Mr. Blackburn drove me out to 
the ground. It was before sunrise, but we were the seconds, and, of 
course, were first on the ground. But the principals soon arrived. 


Now, I was very ignorant about duels. The principals knew very 
little, too. But Mr. Blackburn was well posted, and in order that every- 
thing should be clearly understood and satisfactory, he said he would 
explain the code. So he took the floor, or rather the ground, and began 
to talk. It was very interesting, for as you all know the gentleman 
from Kentucky is an orator." 

Just then there was an interruption by the bread plate, and Mr. 
Stevenson paused to help himself to bread. But the pause continued, 
and Mr. Stevenson was, apparently, going on with his dinner. 

"Well, but the duel. You haven't told us how the duel ended," 
said several guests, eagerly, and speaking at once. 

" Oh, it didn't end. It didn't begin," said Mr. Stevenson, solemnly. 
" you see, Blackburn began to talk before sunrise, and he never stopped 
till after sundown, and then it was too dark for the duel." 

Pennsylvania J — The editor of the Scroll is in receipt of the 
following letter, which explains itself: 

Dear Brother Brown : — Let me congratulate you on your success 
with the Scroll. You have put new life into it and are making a fra- 
ternity magazine of which we are all proud. In testimony of my 
gratitude, I enclose $5, for which put me on the ten year list. Can you 
send me the October number "> 

I am not active in the chapter now — ^being on the College Faculty — 
but apart from the official side of me, I am somewhat more of a Phi 
than ever. 

I wish you would try to impress on the boys the necessity of keeping 
up weekly meetings of a high standard. As far as my observation 
goes, I have found that the weekly meeting is an exact thermometer of 
fraternity enthusiasm and spirit. 

I can assure you that from an outsider's standpoint, the local chap- 
ter stands high and never had better prospects. The year has opened 

Pardon me for obtruding thus on your time in a business letter, but 
I wanted to whisper a word of approbation. I l.ope you may be sup- 
ported all along the line loyally and heartily, and that the year may be 
one of decided prosperity to all of the Fraternity. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Will A. Elliott, '89. 

Ohio J — Rev. S. S. Palmer, '87, whose home when in college 
was at Columbus Grove, Ohio, is now pastor of the Presbyterian 
church at Sterling, Illinois. On August 6, 1890, he was married 
to Miss Delia McCortle, a class-mate at Wooster, at her home 
in Cumberland, Ohio. This clipping from the Eifening Gazette^ 
of Sterling adds to the bare announcement of that happy event. 

When Rev. Mr. Palmer, of the Presbyterian church, was asked last 
Sunday morning to announce a social to be held in the church parlors 
on Wednesday evening, he little knew what the occasion had in store 
for him. As our readers well know Mr. Palmer has but recently 


returned from Ohio with a bride. It was deemed proper that a re- 
ception be given the pastor and his wife, so last night members of the 
church and congregation to the number of three or four hundred, met 
to extend the hand of social fellowship to them. 

After a short time spent in social converse, all eyes were attracted to 
a table in the middle of the room, on which was a trunk containing a 
magnificent silver set, which Elder John Byers, on behalf of the con- 
gregation, presented to Mr. and Mrs. Palmer, as a token of the high 
regard in which they are held. 

Mr. Palmer, altho' very much surprised, and agreeably so, was able 
to make a fitting reply. The trunk is antique oak with gilt comers, 
and is about two feet long, twenty inches wide and is about ten inches 
in depth. It contains fifty-eight pieces of silver, the top tray lined with 
Nile green satin holding eighteen tea spoons, six table spoons, six dessert 
spoons, one berry spoon, a butter knife, and sugar tongs; and a drawer 
below lined the same as the tray, holding a dozen forks and a dozen 
pearl handled knives. Each piece contains the name of the recipients, 
and on the top of the trunk is a gold plate inscribed as follows : " From 
the First Presbyterian Church, Sterling, III., to their pastor, August, 
1890." The gift was purchased of Mr. Blossom and cost $150. 

A beautiful oil painting, an English landscape scene executed by 
Mrs. Worthington, specially as a gift to Mrs. Palmer, was presented to 
that lady by Hon. Thomas R. Gault. Mrs. Worthington is eighty-four 
years of age, yet it is one of her chief sources of pleasure to paint pic- 
tures for her friends. The one presented to Mrs. Palmer is her latest 
work and it is beautifully painted. 

After the presentations refreshments were served, and shortly after- 
ward the exceedingly pleasant affair ended. 

Ohio E — Newspapers love to gossip and run across queer 
things in their search for material. A Washington correspon- 
dent sent out a note concerning Rev. A. C. White, '79, one of 
the popular boys of his time at Buchtel. The second note is 
from a citizen of his old home. 

Gossip About Rev. A. C. White. — In Washington citizens 
of Columbus and others who know Dr. C. C. White of Colum- 
bus, and his son, the Rev. A. C. White, now of Amesbury, Mass., 
are talking about the recent operatic venture made by the latter 
at his present home. It is said that the Rev. A. C. White abso- 
lutely sensationalized Amesbury by his impersonation of **Miles 
Standish" in the comic opera **Priscilla." At first the Rev. Mr. 
White was objected to by the other local participants, who sup- 
posed a minister could neither sing nor act such a character, but 
he soon banished such an idea and captivated every one. He 
threw his whole spirit into the work. The audience was divided 
as to condemnation and admiration, but the minister's acting was 
looked upon as superb, and his voice was captivating. He 
was called before the curtain and applauded to the echo. Since 
that night the gossips of all denominations have poured upon the 


parson's escapade as common prey and have talked about him 
with spiteful persistency. The Universalists stood by their 
pastor through thick and thin. Mr. White preached his last 
sermon as pastor of the church Sunday. He intends spending 
the winter in Tampa, Fla. , where he has an orange grove, and it 
is hinted that his next venture will be on the stage rather than in 
the pulpit. Mr. White was one of the * 'youngest survivors" of 
the late war. In 1888 he was talked of for National Chaplain of 
the G. A. R. His war record began in his ninth year, when he 
went out with the Sixty-fourth Ohio Volunteers as a drummer, 
December 14, 1861. His father was a Lieutenant in the com- 
pany and later a Captain. 

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Mr. James Bergin, a warm personal friend of Mr. White, 
ridicules the statement by telegraph that the latter will probably 
abandon the pulpit for the stage. Mr. Bergin says : * * Mr. 
White is an earnest. Christian gentleman, sincerely wedded to 
his profession, and I do not believe he contemplates any such 

Missouri A — Eugene Field, '72, of the Chicago News^ who was 
to have been poet at the Bloomington Convention, but was pre- 
vented by his trip to Europe as mentioned below, is the subject 
of this paragraph from a London Correspondent: 

Eugene Field, that wonderfully bright poet, story teller, philosopher, 
wit and journalist of the breezy West, has been here for more than a 
year, and expects to stay some time longer. The conditions of this 
life seem to fit him quite as well as they do the more aesthetic of 
our tribe, who paddle over here. Meeting him the other day, I asked 
him what he was doing. His reply was characteristic : 

Eugene Field's Late Work. — " I came to Europe to get rid of a 
malignant attack of nervous dyspepsia. I have been here a year and 
am practically well. I think I shall be here about six months longer. 
Since coming I have written 87 letters to my paper, and have written 
70 pieces of verse. I have also published two short tales, about 8,000 
words each. I am now writing a short story of mountain life, and I 
shall write one Christmas story. I have three more pretentious tales 
on the docks. 

** I have collected about 1 50 subjects for lyrics, and shall treat them 
as I feel like doing so, for I write verse only when in the mood for it. 
Meanwhile, I intend to send my paper at least two letters a week. As 
I do not particularly like letter writing, I have been surprised to see my 
letters so generally quoted at home. I have rather a good knowledge 
of London, and have done Germany and Holland pretty thoroughly. 
I have become interested in German poetry somewhat, and have made 
a number of versified translations. Before returning home I shall visit 
Paris and Ireland. Scribner's Sons have just published two books for 
me, one entitled 'A Litde Book of Western Verse,' and the other 'A 
Little Book of Profitable Tales.' I have material for three other vol- 
umes of average size." 




Delta Upsilon meets next year with her Harvard chapter. 

X is reported to have revived her chapter at the Massachu- 
setts Institute of Technology. 

A K E has been petitioned for a charter by a body of students 
at University of Wisconsin, so says rumor. 

Williams college chapter of Z ¥ has purchased a chapter house. 
It had been renting since its revival in 1881. 

^ J JT is canvassing for subscriptions and expects soon to have 
a well equipped club house in New York City. 

Henry Grady, Jr. has joined the chapter of which his father 
was a member at University of Georgia, the Eta of JC tf>. 

A Alumni have eflfected an organization at Salt Lake City, 
Utah, and will hold their first banquet on Alumni Day, February 

S N is announced at DePauw. There were six charter mem- 
bers, all of a local organized last year and going by the name of 

We learn from a correspondent of the Kappa Alpha Journal 
that *' the simplicity and plainness of its cover consists in its 

The ladies musical fraternity, A X Q, with chapters at DePauw 
and Albion, has reestablished its third chapter in the school of 
music at Northwestern. 

The Syracuse chapter of ^ A B took possession of a commodi- 
ous chapter house, Jan. ist. The house is adapted in every way 
for the use of the chapter. 

The 45th annual convention of Z V met with the chapter at 
Brown University, January 15 and 16. A banquet at the Narra- 
gansett concluded the session. 

The Pan-Hellenic Supplement issued by Editor Daniel of the 
Palmy appeared in the November Delta Upsilon Quarterly and 
the ARE Quarterly for January. 


The ladies fraternities have decided to hold a Pan-hellenic 
conference and a call for the same has been issued by if /T T, 
the convention to meet in Boston this April. 

The New York Herald of Nov. 30, '90, contained an extended 
article on College Fraternity homes and Club Houses in that 
city from which we hope to quote in a later issue. 

Twelve members of Delta Upsilon resident in Buffalo, N. Y., 
met October 13. and organized the Buffalo Delta Upsilon Club. 
Twenty-three names are now on the rolls of the club. 

The chapter roll of ^ T J has been increased by two. The chap- 
ter at the University of Pennsylvania has been revived, and 
Washington and Lee has been entered with six charter members. 

B B n has been endeavoring for two years to revive at Rut- 
gers, and rumor has it that the effort has met with success. A 
dispensation authorized the initiation of men, who are as yet sub 

At the University of Alabama, I N numbers 36, A K E 24, ^ 
J 8 22, A T Q 21, and K A 19. The chapters all meet in halls at 
the college, the rules not allowing the use of rooms at Tuska- 

Z ¥'s temple at Yale was dedicated Thanksgiving day. The 
Yale chapter of this fraternity has been in existence but two 
years, but has built a lodge equalling in all respects those of 9^ T 
and JK E, 

Sigma Nu has one member at the Ohio State University, a 
Sophomore from Kansas University, whom that fraternity would 
like to see organize a chapter. The school is already crowded 
with chapters. 

The editor-in-chief of the Delta Gamma Anchota, is Miss Ina 
Firkins, an alumna of three years standing. Heretofore the 
management has been imposed upon active members of the Min- 
nesota chapter. 

At Stevens' Institute A T Q has revived her dead chapter by 
the initiation of six men. Of the other chapters, X 4> and B 6 II 
each with 14 members are the largest, and 2 X with 2 (both Sen- 
iors) the smallest. 

Northwestern University has been afflicted this year with disa- 
greement between the fraternity and ** barb " elements, the lat- 
ter antagonizing the former by withdrawing from all joint affairs. 
They publish a rival paper and expect to put out an annual to 
rival the Syllabus, 


The Cornell and Amherst charges of ^ J A' last fall secured 
improved quarters, the former exchanging rooms in a block, for 
a well arranged house, and the latter building a three-storied ad- 
dition to its former quarters. 

The December ShUld oi^ K W has for a frontispiece a portrait 
of Frank H. Robinson, Cornell '88, who died in Chicago, Octo- 
ber 24, 1890. He was a candidate for editor of the Shield at the 
late general convention of the fraternity. 

The Sigma Tau chapter o( J K E has been established at the 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology with fourteen members. 
The chapter was formally installed December 6, the exercises 
concluding with a banquet at the Tremont House. 

Walton O. Kernochan committed suicide at the Delta Phi 
club house in New York city on the evening of October 12, by 
sending a bullet through his brain. He was twenty-seven years 
old, rich in his own right, and popular with his associates, but 
was a victim of melancholia. — .V ^ Quarterly, 

The Psi Upsilon Association of Columbus, filed articles of in- 
corporation with the Secretary of State of Ohio in December. 
The object of the association is to acquire a building for the Ken- 
yon chapter at Gambier. This chapter now has three members, 
and the total fraternity membership of 1 7 in the college is divided 
between six chapters. 

The biennial Congress of Alpha Tau Omega was held in Rich- 
mond, Va. , the last week in December. E. J. Shives of Tiffin, 
Ohio, was re-elected Grand Chief. All the other Grand Officers 
chosen were re-elections, save the Chaplain. Rev. T. H. Gailor, 
of Tennessee, succeeds Rev. C. W. Baker, of Dover, Pa. A 
pleasant feature was the presentation to Grand Chief E. J. 
Shives, of a fine diamond set J T fl badge by the convention. 

Early in the present term, the Sigma Phis in the Cornell facul- 
ty. Professors Smith and Bristol, ex-President White and Judge 
Boardman, of Ithaca, together with a Sigma Phi from Chicago, 
founded the Cornell Chapter of Sigma Phi by initiating four 
Freshmen. On October 11, the Hamilton Chapter initiated 
seven more men bringing the membership up to eleven. A site 
on the campus has been granted the new chapter and plans 
drawn for the erection of an expensive house. — J T Quarterly. 

Our relations with other chapters seem fairly agreeable and 
pleasant, although some now recognize us as a dangerous rival. 
Of the five fraternities here represented, one, Phi Kappa Psi has 
a neat chapter house, while two more, Sigma Chi and Phi Gamma 
Delta are also having buildings erected. Phi Delta Theta and 


Alpha Tau Omega remain alone in the field without buildings of 
their own. That ** Alpha Upsilon must and will have a chapter 
house within a very short space of time " is the determination of 
our boys and alumni. The plans of our proposed building are 
being rapidly pushed. The chapter and alumni are entering into 
the work with an earnestness that cannot tail to accomplish its 
purpose. Thanks are due our alumni who have so kindly and 
liberally assisted us in the line of subscriptions. It is our earnest 
desire to rival the buildings of other fraternities. — Pennsylvania 
College Cortespondefue ofTAQ Palm, 

Most of the fraternities here have increased their membership 
over that of last session. The relative number of each is as fol- 
lows: Sigma Alpha Epsilon, i6; Delta Kappa Epsilon, i3;Zeta 
Psi, 12. Beta Theta Pi, *'the Dorg," has added five men to her 
kennel, making them lo; Phi Kappa Sigma, 9, one of these be- 
ing Prof. Horace Williams ; Phi Gamma Delta, 7 ; Alpha Tau 
Omega, 7. Thev have two sub Profs., one of Chemistry and one 
of Mathematics. They have taken in only one new man. This 
is quite a difference from their last year's membership. Phi Delta 
Theta, 5, only one initiate. The expected death of Sigma Chi 
did not occur. She had only two men last session, one of these 
returned, and has taken in five men, making their present num- 
ber 6. The death of Sigma Chi would have been of more honor 
to her. — Unwersily of North Carolina Correspondence of Sigma Nu 

We are elated over the result of the oratorical contest held 
here on Friday evening, December the 12th. Bro. J. M. Criley, 
whom Phi Gamma gave us last year, was the only Phi Psi speaker 
of the evening, and against six other excellent young orators won 
the first honor with the utmost ease. Bro. John will, in conse- 
quence, represent Wittenberg in the State contest at Wooster 
early next year. — Wittenberg Correspondence of K ¥ Shield, 

Mr. Criley has since been accused of plagiarizing his oration 
for this contest, and although exonerated by the Faculty, the 
local Oratorical Association maintain that the offense is grave 
enough to debar him from representing the college at the State 
contest, and the result is there is war at Wittenberg. We men- 
tion it not because Mr. Criley is a tf> A' ^, but because the man 
was " lifted " from another fraternity, and whether jusdy or not, 
unpleasant shadows often follow the course of these illegal 

Our new chapter house is well started. Brother J. H. Ballen- 
tine dug the first sod on September 24, and since then the work 
has been carried on rapidly as possible, and the foundation is 
already partly laid. * We expect to be able to move into the house 



in April. In it there will be accomodations for twelve men. 
The greater part of the ground floor is taken up by a large salon 
extending up through two stories. A gallery surrounds this on 
the second floor and six studies open from the gallery. The 
third floor is entirely given up to bed rooms, there being twelve of 
them. Our lot is near the campus and on the edge of one of the 
beautiful ravines for which Ithaca is noted. It is so situated that 
two bay windows on the west side will almost overhang the ra- 
vine, and from them one can look out to the hills across the val- 
ley, or up the ravine to a pretty cascade not far from the house. 
Although the lodge will not be large, we confidently expect that 
it will excel any of the chapter houses here in comfort and 
beauty. Only four other fraternities own houses here. Many 
thanks are due to our alumni for the earnest efforts to secure a 
home for us, and especially to Brother Miller who made all the 
plans. — Cornell Univ. Correspondence in X <P Quarterly, 


Lehigh's Freshman class numbers 140 men. 

President Knox, of Lafayette College, has resigned and Dr. 
Trail Green is acting president until the vacancy is filled. 

At Colby and Adelbert, independent colleges for women have 
been established in connection with the men's college proper. 

Justices Brewer and Brown, appointed to the bench of the 
Supreme Court by President Harrison are Yale men and class- 

Richard Jesse, Professor of Latin at Tulane University, has 
been elected President of Missouri State University. He is a 
member of Sigma Chi. 

The trial of the University of Michigan students concerned in 
the Ann Arbor military fatality has resulted in their exoneration 
from blame in the affair. 

Foot ball is gaining quite a hold in Southern colleges. In Vir- 
ginia and the Carolinas it has become popular, while two years 
ago practically nothing was known of the game. 

The lease of a conveniently situated lot was presented to Rut- 
gers College last fall, the ground to be used for an athletic field. 
$1,900 has been subscribed for improving this, of which amount 
the faculty gave $500. 

Handel's oratorio **The Messiah," was rendered by the Knox 
College Conservatory of Music, December loth, at Galesburg. 


Of the four soloists three were from abroad. The chorus con- 
tained 125 voices well trained for the occasion. 

Trinity College, N. C, will be moved to Durham where it 
comes into possession of several fine buildings. The number of 
students, now 150 will probably be much increased by the move. 
A T Q has revived her chapter at the college despite of hostile 

There are three Phis on the staff of the Colby EchOy one being 
managing editor. The issue of November 2 2d contained a good 
account of the Alpha Province Convention at Ithaca. From it 
we learn also that Bro. Hurd has been elected Toastmaster, and 
Brother Sheldon, Poet, both in the Junior class. 

Prof. James Black of Wooster University, died Dec. 23, 1890. 
He was an alumnus of Washington College, class of 1849 and a 
member of F A. He was oflfered the Presidency of Wooster 
while its buildings were in course of erection. Since 1875 he 
had filled the chair of Greek languages and literature, and until 
last June had been Vice-president. 

From New York Epsilon we learn that Syracuse University 
has decided to adopt an **honor system." A uniform system of 
grading will be followed by all professors. Those obtaining a 
certain term grade will be eligible to examinations for ** first 
grade" passing which for two terms will catalogue the student as 
a **first grade" or **honor" man. Commencement honors will 
be awarded to none but what have been published as * 'first 
grade" men two years of their course. 

The chief event m college thus far is the resignation of the 
Rev. Dr. Haydn, Amhersty '56, of the presidency of the Univer- 
sity and the acceptance of the office by the Rev. Dr. Thwing, 
who leaves one of the most important Congregrational churches 
in the country, that of Minneapolis. Dr. Haydn has done a 
noble work here. He has added the Conservatory of Music, 
the Art School and the Woman's Department to the College, the 
Medical School and the two Academies, making a University 
with about 800 students. He has established over the remains 
of co-education a very successful college for women equal in 
standard to Smith or Vassar. He has built a gymnasium, added 
new and well-endowed professorships, increased the number of 
the students and added to the endowment. — Adelbert College cor- 
respondence of A T Quarterly, 


Few millionaires have in their death raised as many monuments 
to their memory as did Mr. Fayerweather in his — monuments 
that from day to day will speak and do good things in his name. 

New York, Dec. 8. — The will of Daniel B. Fayerweather, the mil- 
lionaire leather dealer, which was filed to-day, gives $2,100,000 to dif- 
ferent colleges and $95,000 10 hospitals. The testator died on Novem- 
ber 15, 1890. 

The following bequests are made : Yale College for Sheffield Scien- 
tific School, $300,000 ; Columbia College, $200,000 ; Cornell Univer- 
sity, $200,000; Bowdoin College, $100,000; Amherst College, $100,- 
000; Williams College, $100,000; Dartmouth College, $100,000; Wes- 
leyan University, $100,000; Hamilton College, $100,000; University 
of Rochester, $100,000; Lincoln University, $100,000; University of 
Virginia, $100,000; Hampton University, $100,000; Marysville Col- 
lege, $100,000; Union Theological Seminary and Endowment of Cad- 
etships, $50,000 ; Lafayette College, $50,000 ; Marietta College, $50,- 
000 ; Adelbert College, $50,000 ; Wabash College, $50,000 ; Pach Col- 
lege, $50,000. 

Princeton College in the absence of fraternities has to loojc 
after the dormitory accommodations of its students. This note 
clipped from the Mail and Express reports handsome additions in 
this Ime : 

Albert Dod Hall was thrown open to the students who had chosen 
rooms in it on the first day of the opening of the college. President 
Patton said it had been the intention of his colleagues and himself to 
have the donor, Mrs. Brown, attended by the professors' wives, formally 
open the dormitory with appropriate exercises, but the severity of the 
weather prevented such desirable proceedings. The same day on 
which the president received possession of the new Dod Hall, agree- 
ments were concluded with the same contractor for the erection of a 
similar building, to be commenced at once, so that the dormitory may 
be ready for the incoming class next September. It is expected that the 
fine Alexander Alumni building will be commenced soon. This will be 
the most elegant building on the campus. The two literary halls, Clio 
and Whig, are being raised rapidly, and the new chemical hall on the 
northe ist portion of the college grounds will soon be completed. It 
will be provided with all the necessary facilities for original scientific 
research. From this it will be seen that in the space of a few months 
Princeton will have been provided with six large and magnificent 
buildings of great importance. Very probably the next gift announced 
will be that of a new gymnasium to meet the fast growing wants of the 

From a copy of the Lombard Review we clip the notice of 
Illinois Zeta's annual **stag" banquet, which has not yet been 
reported in The Scroll, and will be found interesting : 

The Illinois Zeta Chapter, Phi Delta Theta. celebrated its twelfth 
annual stag banquet, Saturday night, Nov. 8th. The banquet room 
was decorated in white and blue. Before the banquet a beautiful 


horseshoe wreath of blue violets and white carnations was presented 
to the boys by seven young ladies : Misses Harsh, Bradford, Carle- 
ton, Turner, Wiswell, Tomkins, Crum. The meeting was called in the 
chapter room, where the iii^pressive anniversary ceremonies were en- 
acted. Then the boys adjourned to the banquet. After the good 
things, of which not a few much appreciated were donated by kind 
friends of the chapter, had been done ample justice to, President M. 
M. Case announced the toasts. He made a welcome address which 
was responded to by C. E. Sturtz, of the Knox chapter. "The New 
Ritual" was toasted by S. T. Donohoe, who is an enthusiast on the 
subject. C. N. Anderson emphasized "The Necessity of Unity" in all 
things, and especially in Phi affaits. G. L. A. Dale, of Knox chapter 
told a few of the "Benefits of Phidom." Chas. Cottrell gave valuable 
points to recent initiates on "Spiking Barbs." Fred. Farlow toasted 
"The Harrison Banquet," then the chapter warden, D. P. Wild, read 
the Pyx. The contents were most interesting, as it contained some 
strong Phi talk from Phis of '90. Then all departed, talking about 
their feast. Zeta's guests were Messrs. Sturtz, Dale, Williams, Marsh, 
and Copp of the Knox chapter, and Harry Parker, D. E. Allen, C. N. 
Anderson, '90, R. L. Slater, '90, Fred. Farlow, '90, and Newt. Conger. 
All present remarked the grace and agility of the waiters. The com- 
mittee in charge, who did their work well, were Stillman, Allen, Mc- 
Carl, Wild and Young. 

The Occident of University of California contained the follow- 
ing California College song from the pen of Prof. Gay ley, who 
has written some fine verse for University of Michigan, after one 
of which this song is modelled. 



Air from " 1 Puritani." 

Blue in the holt and hollow, 

Bells in the slanting grass. 
Runnels that leap and follow 

And sapphire wings that pass ; 
Lilies in azure umbels. 

Fields that the lupines strew, 
Coigns where the lilac tumbles 

Down in a mist of blue ; 
Blue of the Bay below us — 

Blue of the skies unrolled, — 
Blue of the hills that know us : 

Oh, ours the Blue and Gold ! 


Gold on the broom and heather, 

Groves where the orange wakes 
Under the gleaming weather, 

The sleepy wind — that takes 
Flight from the far horizon, 

Out of his western cave, 
Curling the gold that lies on 

Flower of the field and wave ; 
Hurrah ! 
Gold of the cup and petal. 

Flame on the hill and wold, 
Heart of the sterling metal, 

Oh, ours the Blue and gold ! 

Dream of the bards and sages ! 

Ship of the golden prow 
Riding Uie blue of ages, — 

Our spirits man thee now, 
Hold through the night's wild splendor. 

Drive till the stars be gone. 
Sailing to win the tender 

Wake of the golden dawn : 
Hurrah ! 
Colors we hoist, adorning 

Skies that are new and old : 
Colors of night and morning — 

Oh, ours ihe Blue and Gold ! 

Dr. John's opening lecture at De Pauw University last fall has 
been widely quoted, and is more than worthy of the attention 
given it We like the extracts given by the Mail and Express so 
give them here. All Phis should read the article. 


The opening lecture of President J. P. D. John, of De Pauw Univer- 
sity, before the college students is one which is worthy of the broadest 
circulation. It is a stern criticism of the sentiment which so generally 
prevails among college students that a more elastic code of morals ap- 
plies to the wearers of the cap and gown, and that municiple ordinan- 
ces are in force only up to the college gate. 

"Accurately speaking," said Dr. John, "the very theme is an ab- 

" College ethics! We do not speak of college axioms, for an axiom 
is an axiom, in college or out of it. We do not speak of a college 
multiplication table, for five times five are twenty-five in the bank as 
well as in the shades of the academy. We do not speak of college 
gravitation, for a student falling from the college tower will strike the 
ground as hard as will the citizen who falls from the court-house spire. 
Gravitation simply asks the question how high is the fall.^ College 
ethics ! College right angles ! College parallel lines ! The college nortk 


•* I have chosen this illogical combination from the fact there is a 
sentiment generally prevalent among collegemen that the combination 
is not illogical, but that there is such a thing as college ethics. 


" Put in plain English, the sentiment which prevails in many colleg- 
es is this : To tell a lie is wrong on the street, but right in college. To 
cheat is wrong in market, but right in college. To use personal vio- 
lence is wrong in a saloon, but right in a college. To boycott is wrong 
in Ireland, wrong even in the business circles of the United States, but 
right in a college. To destroy property is wiong in a cow-boy, but 
right in a college student. To take a bellowing calf up a man's stair- 
way, through his attic and leave it upon his roof, half frightened to 
death, and half frightening to death the immediate neighbors, is wrong 
in a town boy, but right, even manly and honorable, in a college boy. 
To violate the golden rule is wrong in a heathen, but right in a Chris- 
tian, provided the Christian happens to have his name on the college 
roll. The golden rule, so beautifully exemplified by the Divine Teach- 
er, is binding upon the conscience of the pirate of the high seas ; of 
the liquor seller, as the young man appears at the bar for his first 
drink ; of the Indian with his tomahawk uplifted ; of the gambler in 
his den of infamy — but forsooth this same golden rule was not made to 
measure the conscience of a Christain who has matriculated in a 
a Christian college. 


*• Again, to restrain a man of his liberty A^ithout cause, and to add 
personal violence to this restraint, is wrong, even among savages ; but 
to tie a young man to his bed post, to shave his head, to hang him un- 
til he chokes, to put him in a perspiration and then give him a show- 
er bath of ice water, to put him into his bed that has been saturated with 
water, and after all, to seal his lips with the threat of worse personal 
violence, or even death — this is only a huge joke. Such contemptible 
and criminal proceeding, it seems, is right or wrong according to the 
way we spell the word describing it. If we spell it as they do in the 
street, m u-r-d-e-r, it is wrong ; but it is all ri^ht, and a great joke, if 
we spell it as they do in some colle^^es, h-a-z-e." 

Dr. John proceeds to handle without gloves the other prevalent col- 
lege customs which tradition has led us to regard as privileged, and 
thus closes his argument : 

" What is rii^ht in your college life, is right anywhere and everywhere. 
What is wrong anywhere else is wrong in college. The golden rule 
does not bend around a crooked college act. A foot is twelve inches 
in college and out of it. A pound is sixteen ounces in the store and in 
the class room. A dollar is a hundred cents on Christmas day, it is a 
hundred cents on examination day, and it will be a hundred cents on 
the judgment day." 

November and December saw some very interesting events at 
the University of California. An Amateur Athletic Association 
has been organized by lovers of athletics at the University, which 
includes the preparing schools for the University in Berkeley and 


Oakland. Of these there are five counting the two High Schools. 
This Association held its first meeting on the University Cinder 
Path, Saturday, November 8th, 1890. It was a marked success. 
Members o{ Z ^ were largely interested in its management. 

The Seventeenth Field Day of the University was held Dec. 
6, 1 890, and was similarly successful. There were a number of 
entries by Phis who secured several prizes. 

Junior Day occurred Dec. 13th, and was the event of the term. 
The morning was given up to two addresses by members of the 
class. At 1:30 p. M. exercises were resumed and following the 
Glee Club and an essay, the Junior Day Farce was rendered. 
This was a satire on the University and was titled *' The 'Versity 
of Samoa, or the Kicker and the Kicked." 

The farce pictured the ills of the University, real or fancied, and held 
up some of the professors and officers before looking glasses. Among 
leading characters D. Winter carricatured Secretary J. H. C. Bonte. In 
make-up, voice and mannerisms Winter aimed to represent Dr. Bonte 
to the life. 

J. A. Gammill represented Professor G. H. Howison, Professor of the 
Transcendent Isness of the Everlasting. R. D. Cohn was Professor 
W. D. Armes and L. Goldstone was Professor Hubbard. Professor 
Putzker, instnictor in German, was caricatured by T. Hanis as Pro- 
fessor of all the Languages Under the Sun. 

Professor Bacon found his counterpart in William Lubbert, who was 
"Professor of Irish History and Catholicism." Professors Howison 
and Bacon are dog fanciers, and their pets were touched off as Socra- 
tes and Timothy. R. H. Morrow assumed two characters, both with 
success. In the first he was Finlay Cook of the college ; in the other 
he was Patsy McPull, a political lamb. E. F. Haas, as Blondel, carri- 
catured C. M. Gayley, Professor of English Literature ; but the hand- 
some young Stocktonian was less a caricature than a picture of manly 
beauty. C. C. Young was the counterfeit presentment of Josiah Royce 
of the faculty. The plot w.s as varied as only a budding dramatist 
>like F. M. Greene, who is, by the way, a brother of Clay M. Greene, 
could make it. 


The central idea was a satirical criticism of the present business 
management of the University. In the cast the melincholy Juniors 
weie Samoans in feathers, paint, scalping-knives and savage bravery. 

The " ' Versity of Samoa " was founded on motion of •' U. B. Blode,'* 
supposed to represent Dr. Bonte. The native maiden, Dellula was B. 
G. Somers, and very daintily did he sing and act his lines. The sava- 
ges boiled "U. B. Blode," preferring potted missionary to a gelee of 
white man, and then invited the tribe to the feast to the words, •• O 
come and taste this delicate crumb." At the last moment " Blode," 
whom they could not boil, was rescued by the Regents, to the air, " I 
was born in 'Frisco in a small back room." 

The President of the Board of Regents then outlined the future: 
"The institution will be run according to the most approved methods 


of modern politics, and will offer an admirable opportunity for any am- 
bitious and reasonably servile man of means to try the power of a well 
directed pull. There will be a President, a very important functionary. 
He will be elected by us — with a great big U — ^principally for the sake 
of being bulldozed by us — with a great big U — until he either truckles 
to us, as all right-minded college Presidents should do, or leaves in 
disgust. . 

" This will be repeated indefinitely, much to the general improvement 
of the aforesaid institution. We ourselves don't know much about 
education — we don't need to — Regents never do. We are simply 
hard-headed, practical business men, and will run the institution on 
hard-headed, practical business principles. We repeat that the institu- 
tion will be run on political principles and for the sake of politics — 
not education. The generally current idea that the purpose of the 
State University is the fostering of higher education is all wrong. It's 
not practical and doesn't admit of being pursued on a cash basis. So 
the higher education may go where the woodbine twineth." 


And then the Regents cast about for a Secretary, the first candidate 
being "U. B. Blode." The candidate disclaimed especial fitness, but 
was reassured by the President of the board in these words : 

" Excuse us, brother , but we think you would suit. Have you ever 
made it a point of honor to disagree with everybody under the sun on 
every conceivable occasion, to make yourself obnoxious and generally 
disagreeable to the world in general and those to whom you owe most 
in particular ? In short you have done your best to make all worthy 
men wish you where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are 
at rest ? " 

"Blode" answers, "Well, with all due humility, I think I can ans- 
. wer, yes," and he is installed as Secretary and general kicker to the 
Board of Regents. 

And so the Juniors filled a fair one hundred minutes, satiric at times, 
then tender as Blondel sang of the far-of Farallones, where the pensive 
segull hath his cronies, or of some " bright as the star of the morning," 
of whom the graceless Junior sang : 

And the roseate hue of her liplets 

Is due to the Japanese paint ; 
And as to her form it looks queenly, 

But, like many another, it ain't. 

The farce was received appreciatively and the laughter and applause 
were continuous. The afternoon was given up to a social dance in the 
gymnasium, which was generally attended. 

The exercises of the day closed with the dance given in the 
gymnasium, which was attended by as large a number as the 
floor would conveniently accommodate. 



The Delta of Sigma Nu comes this year from Hiawatha, Kan- 
sas, remaining under the care of Grant W. Harrington. The 
December number contains thirty-two pages, of which one is 
editorial. There is a contributed article of three pages on 
'^Fraternity Work Needed," in which the writer says if the mem- 
bers of Sigma Nu want to see their Fraternity the best in Amer- 
ica" instead of * 'lagging along at the tail end of the procession" 
they must go to work with a vim, and asserts that if they do so 
they will '^certainly make it that very thing.' The editorial 
paragraph notes that the Chattanooga convention declared for a 
vigorous northern and western extension, and the first key-note 
sounded in this campaign is a chapter at De Pauw. The chapter 
is composed of the members of Lethe y an organization which 
was the result of a split in **barb" politics last year. Noting that 
the Rubicon **or rather the Ohio" has been crossed, and hailing 
it as a new era in chapter development, the State Universities of 
Ohio, Minnesota and Iowa are given as their next objective 
points. Other worlds are to be conquered in due time. 

The Palm for November is the last from Editor Daniel for the 
present, so we understand. The recent Alpha Tau Omega Con- 
gress put the paper in the hands of the High Council, Mr. Dan- 
iel intending to devote his attention entirely to his Pan-Hellenic 
Supplement scheme. The November Palm was a fitting close to 
Mr Daniel's vigorous editorial campaign for i4 T fl and Pan- 
Hellas. It was a pyrotechnic display in which both of these last 
named received equal attention, including pictorial illumination. 

Fifty-six pages are given to the Palm proper, the first twenty- 
one of these being devoted to chapter correspondence. In this 
department is noted the revival of the Stevens Institute chapter, 
while the Lehigh chapter which was lapsing into a state of per- 
nicious inactivity, has received the attention of a newly arrived 
resident member, and gives promise of some life, as there are 
four members who are receiving full sized doses of hot enthusi- 
asm and activity from the above mentioned resident. 

Editorially the Palm says that although the fraternity is young, 
it is in the first rank as a moral, intellectual and decorous insti- 
tution. In wealth and numbers alone it is unequal to older rivals. 
This is followed up by some very nice and skillful stroking of the 
fur of i4 7 fi, that must be satisfactory to Alpha Tau's. While 
few outside oi A T Q, may be ready to grant all that the editorial 
says, yet it has for its backing the principal which lies at the core 
of successful fraternity work. That is the honest belief that one's 
own fraternity has in it a personality that makes it to him the most 


perfect type of a fraternal organization, and gives him a faith in 
its future that the pessimism of the strongest rival can not storm. 
Such an attitude reached by the members of any fraternity their 
work will always mean a more tangible increase of its prosperity. 
And so we predict for Alpha Tau Omega. Additional ideas may 
be gained of the tone of the Palm from these editorial sub-heads : 
**The Pan-Hellenic Convention," No Consolidation," '^Benefits 
of Federation," * 'Fraternity Reciprocity," ^'Fraternity Rivalry," 
and ''Fraternity Politics." The handsome faces of E. J. Shives, 
Worthy Grand Chief, and Rev. O. A. Glazebrook, Founder, are 
presented along with others of delegates to the then approaching 

The Pan-Hellenic Supplement issued by the Palm's editor, which 
has appeared since in the J T and J A' £ Quarterlies y and will be 
found also in the next I A E Record we understand, is practi- 
cally a symposium of editors opinions on the proposed Pan-Hel- 
lenic Convention. The distinguishing feature of each one of 
these opinions is that it is markedly different from any and all 
the others. The Supplement is illustrated with half tone portraits 
of the editors of the Palm^ J Y Quarterly^ J K E Quarterly^ The 
Scroll, Sigma Chi Quarterly I A E Record^ and Kappa Sigma 
Quarterly. It would be impossible to sum up the ideas on Pan- 
Hellenism, and formulate it in any other sentence than "The 
question is still before the house." 

The Chi Phi Quarterly for November has an interesting article 
" The Twelve Apostles qf Upsilon," these being the founders 
of the " Hobart Order of X ^," written by two of the members. 
The article shows that the name X </> did not come incidentally from 
the choosing of a motto, but that it was chosen because the mono- 
gram made the neatest badge, and a motto was chosen subse- 
quently to fit the initials. 

•* We compared all the badges we could find and were dissatisfied 
with all except the idea of a monoi^ram, so somebody, at this late day 
it would be difficult to remember who, but probably Shephard, cut 
Greek capitals out of paper and made numerous combinatipns until the 
present one met general approbation for symmetry, whereupon Tuttle 
applied himself assiduously to the study- of a Greek dictionary and 
evolved the motto which we adopted, and proposed to name the chap- 
ter Upsilon, which was agreed to." 

The " Hobart Order" was founded November 15, i860, and a 
banquet celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of thi^ event is an- 
nounced to be held at Delmonico's, November 26. We hope 
the enterprise was a success as it deserved to be. 

Comparatively little personal mention is made of rivals in 
chapter letters. The Quarterly contains the most blood-curdling 
account of the alleged sensational fraternity fight at Miami Uni- 
versity that has been published, that does much honor to the New 


York Herald^ s reporter who dressed up the Associated Press dis- 
patch into this ** special." 

Mr. Albert P. Jacobs, of Detroit, author of the "Epitome" 
of Psi Upsilon, has issued a 38 page pamphlet on ** The Psi Up- 
silon Fraternity and the University of Minnesota." It is a his- 
tory of the university and the B society which, organized in 
1879 when X V^was the only other fraternity in the institution, 
has been a petitioner for a ^ T charter since 1881. The merits 
of the 9 movement are given, and a careful analysis made of 
the opposition to the granting of the charter. Mr. Jacobs is 
heartily in favor of the admission of the chapter and makes a 
strong argument in its favor. In fact it is nothing but a miscon- 
ceived idea of conservatism that has debarred the entrance of the 
chapter into ^ T ranks. The last Convention voted favorably on 
the petition which was thereupon submitted to the chapters, and 
the result is still in the balance. Failure to receive a two-thirds 
vote in any chapter means failure for another year. 

But one number of the Rainbow' o^ J 7 J, that for October, 
has spanned the limited sky of our sanctum this college year. 
The Rainbmv now opens its pages with its editorial department, 
which under the present management has so far proven vigor- 
ous leading matter. The only extended article of this depart- 
ment in the October issue is one in regard to the Pan-Hellenic 
movement as championed by Mr. Daniel, formerly of the Palm. 
There is a discussion of the pros and cons of this which concludes 
with the definition of the position of Delta Tau Delta on this 

This the editor states * * frankly, with no arrogation of self- 
righteousness." He says that the movement offers little to his 
fraternity since Delta Tau Delta has long practiced what the 
apostles of the plan advocate. 

"For years Delta Tau Delta has taken this advanced ground. She 
has not been guilty of lifting, or initiating an expelled member ; she 
has not initiated ' preps,' ( or members of the ' knee breeches brigade ;' ) 
she has not initiated honorary members. She has also striven to real- 
ize her ideals of culture, like other fraternities. We keep out expelled 
members as a matter of self-protection, and prohibit lifting be- 
cause it is not only ungentlemanly, but because it almost necessarily 
involves perjury. In this respect we are beyond what is advocated by 
the apostles of extreme Pan-Hellenism, and still maintain positions ta- 
ken years ago in the face of all our rivals. And so while Delta Tau 
Delta may be willing to enter a Pan-Hellenic association, it will be 
rather that she may aid others to come up to the standard which has 
long been hers. The profit to her will come mainly through the ethics 
of some of her rivals, on some of the points named. Delta Tau Delta 
has her quota of faults, like other fraternities, but these are, in the main, 


such as must be remedied by inner growth, and not by any outward 
application, or Pan-Hellenic panacea. 

There may be some that can fittingly take exceptions to the 
statement that this position was "taken years ago in the face of 
all our rivals," but the editor in his self congratulatory definition 
oi A T A 's position, has skillfully used the language that would 
well express the attitude of several others towards the present 
Palm agitated Pan-Hellenic Association. There is a well defined 
idea extant that not only does Pan-Hellenism and the Comity 
of Fraternities begin at home, but that these same have in several 
instances already begun, 

A series of articles on * * Extinct Chapters of our Frater- 
nity," is announced, and the first of these covering the period 
from i860 to 1870 is given by W. Lowrie McClurg, President of 
the fraternity. In his preface Mr. McClurg states that the roll 
of Delta Tau Delta shows nineteen extinct chapters. Mr. Baird 
in his edition of American College Fraternities, just out, credits 
twenty-six to the list, so of the extra seven given by Mr. Baird, 
we presume we shall hear nothing. The ** Symposium" gives 
views from six writers, four of them college professors, on Pres- 
ident Eliot's proposition to shorten the college course from four 
to three years. 

The chapter letter department is well filled, and gives indica- 
tion of a successful year, there being letters from thirty-one col- 
leges. The Ohio University correspondent comes to the front 
again with, to borrow an expression from the Rainboiv^ its * * char- 
acteristic quotations," these being an overwhelming review of 
^ J ^ at that institution. For these several years, however, our 
chapter has spread out the record of an honorable and highly 
successful career, that makes a fitting companion piece to these 
reports, if indeed it does not reveal the antagonistic cause for 
them. The recently established chapter at Cornell began the 
year in a new house built especially for its use, which appears 
to be in every way a pleasant home for the chapter. The house 
is of brick, and will accommodate sixteen or eighteen men. 

The number concludes with a dip of a fiery pen into ex- 
changes, in which the 1 X correspondent at the University of 
Minnesota is the object of much wrath, the cause of which was a 
statement to the effect that 2 X had given ATA several defeats 
in "rushing" men, all of which the latter claims to be ** utterly 
false and without foundation." 

The December number completed volume six of the Shield 
of Theta Delta Chi, which volume gave 510 pages of reading 
matter to its subscribers. In reviewing the year the editor right- 
fully speaks in a satisfactory way about the success of the volume. 
He is endearing the Shield to ^ J ^'s, infusing new life into the 


fraternity, and is winning for it a more generous recognition 
throughout the fraternity world. At the end of volume five by 
the aid of Alumni, the burden of debt which the Shield carried 
was lifted, and volume six was run on its own merits. It had 
325 graduate and 250 undergraduate subscribers, with a total 
circulation of 750 copies. Notwithstanding the large size and 
numerous expensive features, illustrations chiefly, of the volume, 
it is stated that the receipts have fully covered all expenses of 
publication, including the gratuitous distribution of more than a 
thousand sample copies to non-subscribers. Tneta Delta Chi 
owes Mr. Holmes not only for his editorial work, but also, we 
doubt not, that the Shield^s printing bill was placed at a figure 
such as its income could meet. The editor was honored at the 
recent convention by election to the Presidency of the Grand 
Lodge. The December issue contains biographies of the late 
Alex. L. Holley, famous for his perfecting a process for the 
manufacture of steel, and John Hay, President Lincoln's Secre- 
tary, and joint author with J. G. Nicolay, of the life of Abraham 
Lincoln. Both men were members of the Brown University 
charge. With the biographies are presented excellent portraits 
of each. George Arnold Mason, Rennsselaer, '55, who met 
accidental death while on a railway train for inspection of the 
road, March 12, 1855, is the subject of a brief illustrated bio- 
graphy. There is a sketch of Union college, illustrated with 
plates showing the grounds and buildings of this famous institu- 
tion *'the Cradle of the Greeks." Of the fraternities whose 
parent chapter was at Union all are alive save those of X ¥ and 
8 J X. It is said that ^ ^ is endeavoring to revive there, and 
although SAX has as yet taken no active measures looking to 
the same end, there is no doubt the fraternity would be very glad 
to see itself once more established within the precincts of the 
college which gave it birth. B 6 II with 16 members has the 
largest membership, and K A with 7 the smallest, A 6 is cred- 
ited with 6, a mistake for 9. The article claims that all the active 
chapters at the college now are prosperous, and that there 
remains sufficient good material to justify the revival oi X W 
and SAX, 

News is given that the Theta (Kenyon) charge is not dead but 
* *has revived with renewed energy after lying dormant as it were, 
for about a year." It has initiated one man, and has a total 
membership of one. B 9 II has an equal number, and d K E 
with five has the largest number of any. We have noticed with 
what hopeful expectancy for each of the last five years ATA, 
B 8 Uf 6 A X, et al., have announced that they have a large 
number of excellent men pledged in the ** academy," that the 
waning fortunes of **01d Kenyon" are about revived, and that 
with the increased attendance there will be material in abund- 


ance and to spare for all the chapters there. Each year has 
opened up with the same disappointments repeated, but happily 
with the eternal hope springing up anew. We should be glad to 
see that increase in prosperity which the history of this college 
entitles it to, but at present Kenyon is decidedly a '' back num- 
ber " in Ohio. 

The Shield would puncture the ** original " idea of ^ /f (T in 
her button by saying it was copying after the G. A. R., Scottish 
Rite and other societies whose members have worn such em- 
blems, as well as that at odd times they had been worn by mem- 
bers of other fraternities. But doubtless the claim for originality, 
as was the case with Beta Theta Pi in her flag, consisted * * in 
seizing upon the idea and transmitting it into an inspiration and 
practical realization." The Shield then announces an idea 
"strictly original," that of issuing a pocket residence directory of 
2^B A X residents of New York and vicinity. 

Under the head of ** Charge Letters," the editor has this re- 
quest which we quote for our reporters, not as instructions, but 
so they can see how it is done elsewhere. 

"Charge editors are again requested to write only on one side of the 
paper and to assume a style somewhat more expansive than a tele- 
graphic communication. The next letter is due on March ist, 1891, 
and should be as lonp^ as possible. Write legibly." 

The letters in this department are well written and contain 
more news than the average chapter letters. Twenty-four pages 
are given altogether to exchanges, general news and comments. 


This is a good time for the chapters to begin to lay plans for 
representation at the Atlanta Convention. No chapter can afford 
to be without a representative there, and as this will be the best 
opportunity many will have for such a visit for years, many of our 
Northern Phi's should take advantage to visit the New South, 
and that best representative of its cultured cities, Atlanta, the 
Gate City. 



The frontispiece of this number showing the Statute of Lafay- 
ette and the **College" at University of Vermont is from the 
Ariel and is loaned by Vermont Alpha. 

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Reporters will please send in names of all initiates since the 
report in the June, 1890, number, at their earliest possible op- 
portunity. We want the coming June number to represent a 
complete list of the names added to our rolls since then. 

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The April Scroll will be of special interest to alumni, as it 
will contain reports of Alumni Day observance and an abundance 
of Personals, besides its regular departments. Reporters will 
oblige us by mentioning this fact in their Annual Circular Letter 
to the alumni of their chapters. 

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We do not deem it amiss to call the attention of Scroll read- 
ers to the advertisements to be found in its pages. Those repre- 
sented are all leaders in their respective lines, and the fact that 
they contribute to the success of the Scroll entitles them to first 
consideration when investments are to be made in their lines. 

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It is with no small degree of pleasure that we record the elec- 
tion of Brother W. F. Vilas, Ex-Postmaster General and Ex-Sec- 
retary of the Interior, to a seat in the United States Senate, to 
succeed Senator Spoon er of Wisconsin. With four representa- 
tives in the highest legislative body of our country the Fraternity 
can well claim honor in the fact. 

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The February Century has an abundance of good features. 
Besides the Tallyrand Memoirs, California Gold Discovery 
articles there are others no less interesting — such as * *The Geor- 
gia Cracker in the Cotton Mills" and ''Northern Tibet and the 
Yellow River." In fiction '*The Faith Doctor," by Edward 
Eggleston, promises to be above the high average of this author. 

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G. K. Denton, I A E, will represent Ohio Wesleyan Univer- 
sity in the State Oratorical Contest. H. C. Robinson, ^ J 8, 
received 3d honor. From Buchtel, H. H. Henry, ^ J 6, will 
be the orator, and L. F. Lybarger, ^ J ^, is alternate. A lady 
won the honor at Ohio State University, and will represent that 
institution. J. M. Colley, tf A" y, won first honor at Wittenberg. 


The Editor is in receipt of a number of clippings, personals, 
and items of interest sent in by Scroll friends which will appear 
in the April number. Among these are favors from Rev. Rob- 
ert Morrison, the venerable and beloved founder of the Fratern- 
ity. We note his return once more to Fulton, Missouri, after a 
residence of several years at Aurora Springs. The Scroll 
voices the feeling of the Fraternity in wishing Bro. Morrison a 
Happy New Year, with all the glad things that belong to him 
who **has fought the good fight" so faithluUy as he has. 

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Early in January the General Council held a conference at 
Louisville, Ky., for the discussion of matters demanding early 
action. The most important ot these was the question of cata- 
logue finances, it being found necessary that there should be 
some modification of the scheme proposed at Bloomington. One 
application for charter which had come almost within reach of 
success was finally tabled, to be allowed to come before the At- 
lanta convention without j)rejudice if so desired. Another has 
been submitted to the chapter vote, and upon the result of this 
its success depends. The Council have prepared a full account of 
this meeting which is in the hands of all the chapters, and we 
refer our readers to this account. 

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Laden with dreams of the ages, 

Down all the years that are flown, 
Proven by wisdom of sages 

Cometh the tolten we own. 
He that saith rightly " My Brother" 

Learns of its measureless worth ; 
Grasping the hand of another 

Fathoms the Idnship of earth. 
Deep in the heart and immortal 

Abideth a sense of the bond. 
Impulse that opens the. portal 

Wide unto ecstacies fond. 
Sad were the journey and weary. 

Painful the burdens we bear. 
Darker the future and dreary 

Reft of the symbol so fair. 
Breath from a kingdom supernal 

Murmuring softly and sweet, 
Whispering duties fraternal. 

Leading the wandering feet. 
Guide us, thy mandates are golden; 

Thine be the day and the goal, 
Spirit of brotherhood olden 

Brooding divine in the soul. 

Edward Fuixeb, Maine Alpha, Sj. 
Duluth, February, 1891. 



The winter had been mild to the extreme ; a serial in rain and 
mud, varied only by sharp frosts that seemed all the more severe 
for the effeminate mildness which had preceded — and so natur- 
ally followed. We began to fear that our old-time winters had 
really gone ; that skating was to become obsolete and that the 
Thanksgiving and New Year's sleigh rides with the sweet co-eds 
had linked fortunes exclusively with the past, and that our old 
bob-sled, dignified with the title of ** Hoosier Ben," would nev- 
«r have another opportunity to pass the other flyers on the coast- 
ing track as it always did the winters when snow came with Dec- 
-ember and tarried through February. So it was with surprise 
that we felt the chilly breezes of the North coming down on us 
so late in the winter when we were about ready to welcome 
spring. The new coats that some of the boys brought out to 
lead the Spring styles, had to give way again to the heavy ulsters; 
and the little grate of coals that had made the rooms comforta- 
ble had to leap up to a great flaming pile to make its warmth felt 
to those who came in from the late edition of winter blast. 

But as the mercury in the thermometer outside traveled down- 
wards, so the spirits of those that gathered round the chapter 
fireside took the occasion to rise. 

What if the winds did sigh in the leafless trees? What if 
they did catch up in handfulls the snow, descended from the low- 
hanging storm cloud of winter, and brush it in eddying confus- 
sion across the rough and frozen street until it banked up against 
an opposing wall in a way that said it wouldn't be tossed about 
•any more, or what if, deprived of this sport, in spiteful gusts 
they gave the windows angry shakes and bangs ? It were better 
for all this as long as there was a fraternal warmth within. The 
keener the blasts outside, the warmer blazed our fire, and the 
•closer drew our circle about it. 


So it happened that this particular Saturday evening I speak 
of, that the warm rays from our fire seemed to have made 
a warmer responsive glow in the hearts of all the boys gathered 
about — even more than the liberal amount of good cheer that 
was wont to be found there. The piano had been in much use. 
Nearly all joined in the rollicking college songs that we sang, 
■**'Tis love, 'tis love, 'Tis love that makes the world go round," 
**The bull-frog on the bank," and through the whole gamut of 
popular airs ; then when our brother started * * Come brothers, 
let us all unite of Phi Delta singing," there was a switch to fra- 
ternity songs, and for the next half hour the air vibrated with the 
volume of those songs dear to the hearts of Phis. These over, 


the boys began to break up into little groups, one coterie dis- 
cussing a difficult problem assigned by the Professor in Mechan- 
ical Engineering. Across the room three of the boys were in 
earnest debate over what girls the boys were to take to the **hop" 
the next term; one maintaining that as the Rho Gammas had 
always done so much for the chapter the boys should pay them 
the compliment of seeing that they all had company; while an- 
other as stoudy maintained that while it was very true that the 
chapter was indebted to them for many social favors, and the 
rooms contained not a few tokens of their esteem, yet he didn't 
think it right that the chapter for this occasion should confine its 
courtesies to them alone. They were all girls popular in the 
college who would have good company anyhow, and it would be 
much better for the chapter members to select company from 
other circles as well. A collegiate '*hop'' was not a good occa- 
sion to repay chapter debts in the social line. If we owe the 
Rho Gammas we can get up a pleasant party for them in the 

At this point my attention was attracted to a conversation over 
by the piano. 

''It's strange what a charm there is in these old songs as we 
sing of them," remarked Sands who had whirled around on the 
stool on which he sat at the piano. '^ They seem to get better 
each time we repeat them." 

" Oh ! that's easy enough," rejoined Williams, " a good song 
is the best breeder of enthusiasm going. Nothing will liven the 
boys up and get the kinks, if there are any, out of a chapter 
quicker than a feast of song. Why don't you remember the 
night Morton and Dunlap — Dunlap, by the way, was one of the 
best singers we ever had — had a litde tilt over the class elec- 
tion ? Why, it would have taken a feather's weight hardly to 
have brought those boys to open war. The boys got together 
at the meeting and a song was proposed. Both Morton and 
Dunlap at first refused to join in and things went slow ; finally 
Morton to appear less ill at ease came round, and it wasn't long 
until Dunlap's tenor was heard to come in on the chorus of 
• Phi Delta Theta for Aye," and you wouldn't believe it, but at 
ii.c end of those songs those two fellows had lost the keen edge 
of their angry feeling and it was but a short time before they 
had gotten together and were talking the matter over in the 
kindliest way possible, each wondering why he hadn't seen it in 
that light before. I tell you there's something in music that 
over-rides a good deal of the bad in us, boys, and we are in- 
finitely more companionable for the songs we sing." 

'• Yes, I'm ready to grant all that you claim for music, but 
that wasn't exactly what I meant to get at when I dropped my 
remark about the charm," replied Sands. "What I meant was 


there was sentiment running through our Fraternity songs that 
made them more to us than the ordinary college song. And if 
our fraternity songs mean more to us in our chapter life than any 
others, there b some principle back of it to explain it. 

** Well, there ought to be," laughingly began Williams — ** for 
you take a fair part of our songs, if it were not that they are Phi 
songs, I greatly fear that they would be consigned to oblivion. 
Only a few of them have the easy flowing lines and catchy 
music that would make them popular of themselves. It's the 
Phi sentiment in them that finds an echo in our chapter4ife that 
makes them what they are to us, to give you a more sensible ex- 
planation of the point you suggested ; anything that adds to the 
spirit of chapter love is bound to be popular." 

** You're right, and yet I fear you're wrong too, dear boy. I 
file exceptions to your free use of the word " chapter" and ** chap- 
ter life," for much as I put store by them, I believe you use them 
when ** fraternity " and ** fraternity life " would be much better. 
I see we agree on the music question — it's because there is 
something near and dear to us in their ' sentiment ' rather than a 
superior excellence of music that makes our Phi songs such jolly 
ones. But our discussion has brought up this point — do all the 
boys recognize the source of the inspiration which comes to them 
in all their associations together in this chapter ? Isn't there a 
little tendency to feel too much self-sufficiency in our chapter 
ranks without looking to the general Fraternity itself ? We're but 
one of the units going to make up our grand Fraternity, and it is 
to her that we owe the warm enthusiastic spirit which binds us 
together and gives us the energy to work for the success of this 
particular branch of it." 

** You'll have to look out or your pet idea will become a hob- 
by. Sands. I'm willing to grant some of the things you claim, 
but I can't put them up as high in the scale of importance as you 
do. I love our Fraternity, the high principles on which it is 
founded. I love it for its wise policy and I love it for the inspir- 
ing teachings of its secret work and organization. But our 
chapter here is the exemplification of these to me. And our rep- 
utation here in this college depends on our chapter, not on the 
Fraternity at large. We stand high because we have worked hard 
all the time, have asked none but good men to come in with us 
and never let one of these be counted for lost until somebody, 
thank fortune generally ourselves, had him, and better still be- 
cause we've every one of us stuck together through thick and 
thin. We got the name here of being ** stuck on one another" 
and its a good fault to have. At the same time we have mixed 
with other chapters and **barbs" more than any other chapter here. 
And what's more, there isn't a chapter here that can accuse us of 
having in any contests for men or honors ever indulged in any 


ungentlemanly ' mud-slinging.' If we owe our high standing to 
our own work, then naturally the chapter is more to us than our 
general fraternity.'* 

So summed up, Williams thought his argument to support his 
* * chapter point of view " was an invulnerable one, and it was 
with a self-satisfied air, betraying a feeling of friendly triumph 
that he looked at Brother Sands, who had followed each point of 
his recital, seemingly pleased at every point scored as though 
they added to his position rather than weakened it '^ Fixed as 
we are here, right at the top among the fraternities, wont you 
admit that we look more to our chapter than the Fraternity at 
large ? " added Williams. 

" Your points are finely put and if ever I was called on for a 
eulogy of our chapter I wouldn't ask for a better than the one 
you have just framed. Hobby or no hobb^, my pet idea receives 
strong endorsement in all you have just said. I am in with you 
heart and soul on every compliment you pay this chapter, for I 
think its fully worthy of them all. But tell me, my dear fellow, 
where was the fountain and origin of this loyal fraternal spirit, 
that entering into the work of the boys has brought about this 
present prosperity ? Did it originate de novo in our midst ? I 
have it in my mind that we owe a debt to our Fraternity that a 
few years ago it sought out the men who were our charter mem- 
bers and conferred upon them the privileges of the Fraternity; 
that it had such rites and secrets transmitted in such a way as 
to claim alliance with only the better part of their natures, and 
that these have been handed to us in the succession that you 
see. Whose teachings do we transmit to every one who bows 
for the first time at our triple-faced altar? Those of Phi Delta 
Theta or those of our chapter ? To whom does the initiate first 
pledge his loyalty ? Is is not to Phi Delta Theta, making her 
best interests first in all that he does, his loyalty to the chapter 
being always conditioned that the chapter is endeavoring to 
promote the welfare of the Fraternity. 

'' Again there is another point. We all grant that a number 
in the chapter, in fact the majority of the boys, are but 
illy posted on all the ins and outs of the general Fraternity. They 
know that we have about so many chapters and that we are rep- 
resented by good chapters in this and that prominent school and 
they can name several prominent men in national affairs who are 
members of the Fraternity. 

'' Then there are a few among us who are regular encyclopedias 
of information on the Fraternity, and can tell you every chapter 
and where it is located, with the strongest rivals of each. They 
know just which are the strongest chapters and can name all 
those occupying chapter houses. In addition they know just 
what points all our rival chapters here consider their strong ones, 


and as naturally learn of their weak ones. They are the bojrs 
that the rest of the chapter refer to for information where some- 
thing comes up in which such a bit of knowledge is wanted. 
We all grant that their knowledge is indispensable. 

'* Now I want to ask you, who is it generally does our strongest 
and hardest rushing when we are having a tussle with the Al- 
pha's, Beta's or Gamma's over a good man ? Isn't it always one 
of those boys who puts in our strongest and best licks ? Two 
years ago we had a temporary backset just from the fact that the 
Commencement before had taken away from us our best posted 
men on general fraternity affairs, and consequently our best 
rushers, and we had no one to take their places in the Fall 
campaign. And it was not until the lively arguments of the 
rushing season caused the boys upon whom the active rushing 
fell to '^post up" on all these points that we began to fegain our 
grip in the fight for men. 

" How did we come to get the Harvey boys in our ranks ? Just 
because their sister while down in Pennsylvania, got acquainted 
with the boys of the Phi chapter at that place, who learning that 
her brothers were coming here talked ^ J 9 to her for all they 
were worth, with the result that when they came here, we were 
at once informed ; and though every good man from their home 
for the last eight years had joined the Gamma's, we got the 
men after as easy a fight as we ever had with them. You, 
yourself, are also an instance of a man recommended to us by a 
distant chapter, and you won't gainsay the fact that the chapter 
owes a debt (of gratitude to be sure, you know) for that pointer. 
I might multiply individual instances up into the tens and twen- 
ties, but these are enough to illustrate my point. 

' * Now we had an instance of misdirected loyalty last year. 
Rex, you know, entered Bufftroit, met the boys of the chapter 
one of the first things, and found them a royal set of good fel- 
lows — as he wrote me, * true-blue Phi's, to a man," — but he de- 
clined to affiliate, because he would thereby lose membership on 
our roll, and he didn't want his name to be dropped from our 
catalogue list. I guess we must blame our catalogue system for 
this objection which is not an exceptional one by any means. I 
have heard of a number of similar instances in the Fraternity in 
which men have not affiliated because they * would rather not 
affiliate than be dropped from the catalogue list of the old chap- 
ter.' I know it's natural for a man to want his name connected 
with his first chapter love, but at the same time he ought not to 
let that over-ride the best interests of the Fraternity. And so 
we advised Rex to affiliate with the boys at Bufftroit, because by 
doing so he was able to do better service for Phi Delta Theta, 
and it was for the Fraternity he was to wield his influence where 


and whenever he could, though goodness knows we all hate to^ 
see the catalogue come out without his name on our roll. 

•*No, the more I look at it, Williams, the more I think we 
should refer our standing and prosperity as a chapter back to the- 
Fraternity, of which we are a part." 

** Well, while we may differ in our views as to the relative po- 
sition we shall give to chapter love," rejoined Williams, well 
pleased to have brought out such a tribute from Sands, who had 
been considered as only moderately enthusiastic on fraternity 
questions, '' we are all agreed that no one of us is so wanting in 
loyalty that he will yield the palm to another the least bit in love 
for the Fraternity. We all look upon the symbols of ^ J ^ with 
a pride which the insigna of no other can lessen, and if I erred 
it was not in loving Phi Delta Theta less, but the chapter more."^ 

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The discussion was not without the keenest interest to me, 
and I was glad to see that before it had progressed far that all 
the boys had gathered about to hear what was said. That love 
for the Fraternity is at the core of all chapter prosperity I had 
always firmly believed, and this little talk had served to bring 
the thought to all the members of the chapter more directly than 
it had been before, and I look for good results from it. 



I 866. 

University of Chicago, January 5, 1886 — Rev. Robert 
Morrison, Brooks Station, Ky. My Dear Sir: * 'Enclosed 
find card and coat of arms of the Illinois Alpha of the Phi Delta 
Theta. They indicate that the chapter will be formally inaugur- 
ated on the nth and 12th prox. We anticipate a good time. I 
did not return to Bloomington this year, but came to this city 
and college of the lakes and enrolled myself among her students. 
My first act was made toward establishing a chapter of our hon- 
ored Brotherhood and my success has been more than I antici- 
pated. We have taken a high stand among the old chapters and 
also gained the respect and admiration of our learned faculty and 
this high-toned community. Rev. Charles Elliott, D. D., is in 
the city, and has been one of our most encouraging aids. You 


will doubtless recognize the significance of our coat of arms. If 
you can make it convenient to come we will welcome you with 
open arms and warm hearts. We are prepared to give our broth- 
ers aU a hearty reception. We will give publication to the exer- 
cises in the western d&ilies. In haste, very truly and fraternally, 

R. A. D. WiLBANKS." 

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During my brief association with the ^ J ^ Society, your wel- 
come letter was the first direct communication that we have re- 
ceived from the **head centre" of our Order Not that I attach 
blame to the Kentucky Alpha but attribute our failure of com- 
munication to the existence of circumstances over which God 
alone has control. But now that, as you say, strife has ceased, 
that we hear no more of wars, nor rumors of war, and, as I un- 
derstand the Bond of the ^ A B Society, one of its chief designs 
is the advancement of social relations, to me it seems meet that 
there should at least be a more intimate connection sustained, in 
the way of correspondence. I think I can safely pledge fidelity 
on the part of the Indiana Beta. You have indeed a goodly 
number, and yet if we take into consideration our resident grad- 
uate who is as active a member as we can boast we will be con- 
strained to proclaim our superiority in respect to numbers, for 
with him we number sixteen. We have resident here besides our 
regular attendant members five graduated ones from whom we 
are occasionally honored with a visit, and when those old and 
world-worn veterans are seated in our midst it gives greater dig- 
nity and importance to our Order and causes us to reverence her 
with a deeper and more holy reverence. If those bowed with 
years still retain a love for our honored Society, how enthusiastic, 
how earnest should we be to keep it in sacred trust, and to ad- 
vance its interests. At our next meeting we will take a vote on 
the Convention question and will be ready to report in my next. 
Please send the name of the Secretary of the Oxford Chapter 
that we may know to whom to write. — E. E, Baudinol^ Ji<ahash 
College y to A. P, Humphrey^ Centre College ^ /anuary 7, 1866. 

#^^ ^^% ^^^ ^T^ 

We are prospering favorably with our chapter, considering the 
opposition with which we are obliged to contend. — T. T, Foun- 
tain, University of Michigan, to T. M. Paschal, Centre College^ 
January 8, 1866. 

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The Phis here, I fear, are going to run below where the law 
school ends. VVe have a nice chapternow .... Success 
attend you and the chapter you have planted. — A. C Mellette^ 
Indiana University, to R. A, D. Wilbanks, University of Chicago, 
/anuary 10, 1866. 


Under the minutes of Indiana Alpha for January ii, 1866, is 
iirritten the following : "This day four years ago, I joined the 
9 A B Society, and here I have been since, with the select few 
who are permitted to seek protection behind the golden shield, 
and no one of whom I have ever feared to trust. As I grow in 
years, I grow in interest, and my love for the noble Fraternity, 
May she ever be as pure and spotless in the future as she has 
been in the past. With high hopes for her prosperity, and many 
regrets at our separation, I shall in a few weeks bid her farewell, 
and close my active membership, though I shall never cease to 
pray for her harmony and perpetuity. I am her obliged, though 
unworthy member, Sid B. Hatfield." 

What does Grand Master think of our Constitution ? Is it not 
right and necessary that it should be the same at all chapters ? 
This is not the case. We noticed that yours, a copy of which 
you sent to Michigan Alpha, was very different from ours. We 
have never had any such thing as By-Laws. We request that 
you send us a copy of yours. — R, A, D. WUbankSy University of 
Chicago to Kentucky Alpha, January 14, 1866. 

I do not think that the letters ** ^t Kta *' disclose 

anything in our coat of arms. Being partially hidden behind the 
scroll upon which rests the helmet it is a most ingenious symbol 
oi secrecy. You, I presume, are aware that the double-headed 
serpent, the scroll, the swords, the helmet, with visor down, the 
plumes, the laurel wreath, the inseparable chain, the shield and 
all-seeing eye speak the mystic language of our fraternal union. 
. . . . You speak of your early departure from classic 
shades. I infer that you are to graduate next commencement, 
and then seek your home in the Sunny South. Peace and pros- 
perity attend you. I am not southern born, but my father was 
a native of the Old Palmetto State, and my relations live beyond 
the Mason and Dixon line. From my heart I have sympathized 
with a brave and brilliant but misguided people during the long 
night of gloom which has hovered around the South during the 
last five years. Do you go to Texas ? If so, as a Phi, and as I 
know you only as such, let me ask that you look after the inter- 
ests of our Fraternity in that section. I hope to see the day when 
•every college of importance in the south will have a chapter of 
our Fraternity. — R, A. D. WilbankSy University of Chicago to T. 
M. Paschal, Centre College, January 23, 1866. 

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Our law term is out and I again receive the sheepskin and am 
now entitled to the A. B. and B. L., more titles than any honest 
man will be likely to make of use. All the boys of the Senior 


department have gone home except myself, " and I alone am 
left to tell the story/' I shall go to Connelton in a few days. I 
presented your request to the chapter, and the transfer was made 
and will accompany this. We leave but two members in the 
chapter, J. E. Kenton and G. M. Overstreet. Will .Owen and 
Dupuy will be here again next term. I am well pleased with 
Kenton, but of Overstreet I do not know enough to speak, and 
can only say that he is a man of good sense. I also asked £. B. 
Hamilton what were the prospects for the Illinois Beta (Illinois 
College, Jacksonville, III. — W. B. P.) and what was its present 
condition. He says that at present the chapter is dead, and 
there is but one member there ; that he will write and see what 
can be done. If you can do anything for it you had better do 

it I this day received the Chicago Home Circle^ 

containing a full report of your inaugural exercises which report 
indeed is very flattering, and in the name of our beloved Order, 
I thank you for the energy which resulted so nobly and well for 
the Fraternity, and recognize your spirit in it all. I cannot say 
that I am willing for you to cease your efforts for, although you 
have done more perhaps than any other member ever did, yet we 
cannot well dispense with your services By your leadership you 
have become almost essential to the existence of the Society. — 
Sid, B. Hatfield, Bloomington, Ind,, to R. A. D. Wilbanks, Uni- 
versity of Chicago, February 5, 1866. 

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I thought of the interests of the Phi organization while I was 
discussing with myself whether I should come here or not. I 
had thought of the subject you propose oftentimes before I re- 
ceived your last. Suffice it to say that when 1 discover it to be 
expedient I will take the necessary steps for the establishment of 
a chapter here, and I will take pleasure in petitioning the ** Illi- 
nois Alpha of the Phi Delta Theta " for a charter to rear in this 
Egyptian country a colony in the interests and under the banner 
of our one and the same common Brotherhood. . . . The 
card you enclose is a very neat thing. The '* coat of arms " is 
beautiful I think, but is very little understood by me. — Wm, H, 
Moore, McKendree College, to R, A. D, W^ilbanks, University of 
Chicago, February 6, 1866. 

He He if He He 

I was elected a member about the first of January, and 
from that time until our law school closed I do not think I 
ever enjoyed myself better. Brothers Dupuy, Moore and Owen 
did not return after New Years, and their absence caused our 
chapter to be composed entirely of law students, and as the ma- 
terial for new members was very poor, we made no addition un- 
til just at the last. When it was found I would be left alone we 


elected a Mr. Overstreet, and at this time he and I represent the 
Indiana Alpha. I am sorry to have things as they are but would 
rather have them thus than to elect those who are not worthy. 
I believe it is a motto of ours to have a ** select few " to run the 
thing. We are watching one or two fellows pretty closely, and 
I think it very likely we will present the pledge to them soon. 
I hear that Dupuy and Owen will return next term, and if they 

do we will get along nicely The Indiana University 

is at this time blessed or cursed rather by a new Greek Society 
called A W B^ which has been organized since New Year's, by a 
student from Wabash College. They go mainly for numbers 
without regard to quality.— y^ E, Kentatiy Indiana University^ to 
E, A. £>. WilbankSy University of Chicago^ February 25, 1866. 

^^^ ^^^ ^B* ^^^ ^^^ 

We labor under disadvantages. There are so many other 
standing societies — societies which have been long in operation, 
and which can have their pick from all the boys. Still I think 
we are flourishing finely. By next year we shall be in full run- 
ning order. We sent Bro. Farwell to the late inaugural at Chi- 
cago and he gives a very good account of it. — M. fV, Harring- 
ton, University of Michigan to Kentucky Alpha, March 15, 1866. 

Our chapter is doing as well as can be expected. Some weeks 
ago we enlisted a new man, Mr. Stephen C. Hall of the class- 
ical section of the Freshman Class. We were unfortunate in los- 
ing two of our men. Fountain and Farwell, both having gone 
home. Farwell may return next year. Otherwise we are suc- 
ceeding well. Our essays have been interesting and beneficial ; 
colloquies, ditto. We are about to engage a hall, situated in the 
business part of town, the third floor of a brick business house. 
Hope thus to be more able next year to compete with our oppo- 
nents Would it not be a good move to publish a 

new catalogue of our order ? Is there to be a convention at 
Louisville in July? — R, C, Story, University of Michigan to T. M, 
Paschal, Centre College, May 27, 1866. 


It is a matter of frequent comment that a large proportion of 
fraternity men do not wear badges. That this fact arises out of 
the tendency among Grecians generally to buy very handsome 
and much bejewelled pins, or none at all, is unquestionable. This 
seems to me unfortunate. Especially is it so in a large Frater- 
nity like Phi Delta Theta whose active members and alumni are 


scattered through almost every town of every state in the Union, 
and many of whom certainly meet each other unknowingly every 
day of the year. A Fraternity man may be in a place far distant 
from any college or alumni chapter, and with his mind so occu- 
pied by business or other matters, that he is not thinking of meet- 
ing a brother. Under such circumstances, should he and the 
brother whom he may meet be without badges, it is entirely 
probable that they will part all unconscious of their fellowship in 
the Fraternity. 

Of course it is highly gratifying to the young man in college to 
possess a pin which is the wonder and admiration of the young 
ladies of his acquaintance, but this should be an entirely secon- 
dary consideration. The majority of students, particularly in 
western colleges, are not so overburdened with filthy lucre, but 
that they can find a |;ood place for every dollar which comes into 
their possession. Given an averaee chapter of fifteen men, and 
perhaps three out of the number will feel that they can invest from 
twenty to fifty dollars in a pin. The others, who cannot do so, 
but who could very easily afford eight or ten dollars for the pur- 
pose, rather than wear badges which will, as they think, be put 
out of countenance by the more splendid insignia of the wealthy 
men, will go without any. 

The craze for elaborately jewelled crown setting pins is bene- 
ficial to the manufacturers and to no one else. It is even a ques- 
tion if the manufacturers would not derive more profit from the 
increased sales which would certainly result were a less expensive 
style of pin to be more generally worn. 

Every fraternity man should strive to possess a pin, even 
though it be of the most modest description, and should not 
cease to wear it when he graduates from college. I do not know 
how it may be in other fraternities, but a Phi once is a Phi for 
life, and the feeling of brotherly love will be stronger and more 
lively in the hearts of our alumni if they are brought in frequent 
contact with their brothers both in and out of college. 

Then let every Phi get such a badge as he can and wear it 
always. Pearls, rubies and emeralds, be they never so rare, and 
diamonds, be they never so dazzling, cannot add to the lustre of 
the Sword and Shield of Phi Delta Theta. 

RoBT. T. McElrov. 
Hanover, Ind. 



The Scroll comes to its readers in this number as one of spe- 
cial interest to alumni members of the Fraternity. In support 
of this we have collected a number of interesting personals of 
graduate members, and if the reader will turn to that department 
he may find mention of some of the friends of his college days. 
In addition it has secured some illustrations that we are sure are 
not without interest. It is a fact pleasing to all Phis that we can 
number the President of the United States, and four members 
of the U. S. Senate, among our representatives at the National 
Capital, and they scarcely need a formal introduction to Scroll 
readers. Their names have been familiar to chapters and alumni 
alike. We are pleased to have this opportunity, of presenting 
their likenesses, so that names and faces can be given a place 
side by side. 

This number of the Scroll will go into the hands of many 
Phis who are not regular subscribers and whom we seldom have 
the opportunity of greeting in this direct manner. If it awakens 
any pleasant recollections; if it affords a reflected pen picture of 
intimate associations once experienced within the active lines of 
the Fraternity ; if it proves of any interest whatever in the read- 
ing of its pages, we feel amply repaid in knowing that it has done 
so. But we are not satisfied to have the matter end there. We 
should be glad to enroll many of you among our subscribers so 
that we can greet you every other month. To do this it will cost 
you one dollar for one year, or five dollars for ten years. We do 
not ask you to subscribe because the dollar is needed to keep the 
magazine going, for it it already a success and is bound to remain 
so ; neither do we ask it because your subscription will by sa 
much enrich the Scroll management. What we are after is the 
awakening of your interest in your old Fraternity, which some 
time since leaving college you have smothered under the pursuits 
and burdens of business or professional life. We know that your 
nature will be rounded out and your hfe made a little richer in 
its sweet experiences if you will keep a place in the corner of 
your heart for the old Fraternity. The only way we know of to 


awaken and maintain this interest is by getting you to read the 
Scroll. If we could send it to you for nothing we should be 
glad to do so, but unfortunately such a plan is not possible, ham- 
pered as we are with printers' bills. We trust that you will not 
let the one almighty dollar stand between you and the Fraternity 
and that you will absolve us from all accusations of being mer- 
cenary in this most urgent invitation we give you to go on our 
subscription list. 

Alumni Day, February i8th, was a notable one in the Fra- 
ternity even though The Scroll accounts may not testify to its 
universal observance on the part of our Alumni chapters. The 
plan IS still on the order of a new one, and it is naturally ex- 
pected that there will have to be a little training before all arrive 
at a well matured understanding of the new order of affairs. 
Among the members of these alumni chapters there are not a 
few yet who do not understand that the Convention adopted a 
plan to have one day in the year observed as Alumni Day by all 
these organizations, and this day is always the third Wednes- 
day in February. We have no doubt but that two or three years 
will find the plan better understood, and the Annual Alumni 
Day idea will bring forth excellent results in all those places 
where our alumni have vitality enough to demonstrate that they 
exist in some form or other. If the alumni are to have meetings 
isolated from one another by the lapse of much time, it is much 
better that the several chapters should hold these meetings on a 
common date. If meetings are held more frequently, it is only 
asked that one of these be appointed for Alumni Day. We 
know this, that we have heard a little more of our alumni chap- 
ters in the last two years, than before, and feel that we can pre- 
dict for the Fraternity, that the day will increase in interest from 
year to year. 

Acting on a suggestion contained in the February Scroll, 
several of the undergraduate chapters made the day an event in 
chapter life by wearing the white and blue, in its honor, and in 
the evening giving a party to close the day. The appearance of 
colors, without an initiate was the cause for much questioning as 
to the "why?" Rival chapters were interested to know what 


should lead to the wearing of colors when there was no initiate 
to present. It afforded the chapters concerned no little pleasure 
to say that the day was one set apart for special exercises by our 
alumni chapters, and that in honor of the Alumni of the Frater- 
ternity, they were wearing the colors, and making it an oc- 
casion for special exercises with the undergraduates. We con- 
'gratulate these chapters whose interest in the alumni was mani- 
fested in this loyal way. 

The questions suggested by the General Council for discus- 
sion on Alumni Day were **(i) Pan Hellenism — locally and 
generally. (2) Our Extensive Policy. (3) The Indifferent 
Alumnus — Who is Responsible for Him ? " An appetizing list, 
that furnished good themes for this Alumni '' Round Table 
Talk." If any of the chapters found absolute ground on which 
they concluded to stand in regard to these questions, the Scroll 
would be glad to have a full report of the same. 

With the retirement of Editor Daniel from charge of the Palm 
of Alpha Tau Omega, we fear that the discussion on the line of 
Pan-Hellenism will not wax so warm as it has in the year just 
past. The Suppltmetit which was reviewed with Exchanges in 
the February number, has gone in with the last issues of the 
magazines of Delta Upsilon, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Nu 
and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Aside from this there has been little 
recent or new in Pan-Hellenic discussion. We have not yet 
heard whether there will be a successor to the Supplement just 
mentioned, but are inclined to think that the support it could 
command would be too meagre to meet printers' and engravers' 
bills. Those who inserted it, did so at the expense of depart- 
ments of College, Fraternity and Exchange news, which we think 
the Supplenfntt can not repn^^'-^^* : cplace, since each must be 
modified 10 meet ine tastes of the particular fraternity for which 
it is published. 

But though our friend Daniel may not be with us to send Pan- 
Hellenic skippers across the editorial waters, and the much 
mooted Congress (to be held in the Metropolitan Opera House ; 
Alpha Tau Omega, with Falm banner plumb in the center, &c., 
&c.,) of all fraternities, alas, alas, is not to be for yet awhile, 
before the editorial irons of our confreres are all'in^other fires, 


The Scroll would again suggest that it would most heartily 
enter into arrangements looking forward to a meeting of Frater- 
nity Editors. Such a meeting would have in it the power to bring 
about tangible good results. With editors in New York, Balti- 
more, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Cincinnati, Troy, Chicago, Nash- 
ville and Minneapolis, what more central point could be chosen 
than Columbus or Cincinnati ? And before the Pan-Hellenic dis» 
cussion closes we would like to bring forward the utterances of 
the Scroll of January, 1887, o^ the subject. These paragraphs 
are from an editorial in that issue. 

" This great object — that of bringing American college fraternities 
into closer communion — cannot be attained by conventions, meetings 
or resolutions, but is not the less easy of accomplishment. // is the 
Chapter that can do it, and the Chapter only. College graduates are 
ready to forget the fights of their undergraduate life and are only too 
willing to bring together the bonds of Grecian sympathy. It is in the 
chapter that the friction begins, and it is there, and not in the fraternity 
convention that we must look for the cultivation of Pan-Hellenism. 
The almost unavoidable tendency to misrepresent in rushing and spik- 
ing, the sacrifices to principle in running in this or that man, the bitter 
memories of defeat, are not circumstances calculated to increase the 
mutual esteem of fellow Greeks. If, as the pessimist claims, the evils 
of rushing, etc., must always exist, how can a Convention cure the 
harsh feelings engendered by them. 

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Another potent agency in the cultivation of Pan-Hellenism, is the 
Fraternity organ and we believe it is aiding to maintain cordial rela- 
tions between college fraternities. Fraternity journals in thus acting, 
have lost none of the rights of criticism, and yet they carry that criti- 
cism in a spirit of fairness which may result in disagreement, but never 
in abuse. 

On the Chapter then depends the work of bringing into closer union 
the members of the Greek world. It is not a very difficult undertaking 
and when fraternity men find that by accomplishing it they will not 
only have added the names of many more good men on the fraternity 
rolls, but will also have kept from them those which should never have 
appeared thereon ; they will realize that Pan-Hellenism will mean some- 
thing, and that no Greek need fear to shake the hand of a brother 
Greek in fraternal greeting.*' 

No one to-day can take exception to this excellent putting of 


the question as to where Pan-Hellenism begins and we regret 
that we cannot quote the entire editorial. 

In the list of initiates published in the Scroll of last June,, 
there appeared under the head of Massachusetts Beta, the name 
of Earnest Mason Bliss, Attleboro, Mass. Mr. Bliss is not and 
has never been a member of Phi Delta Theta, and the including 
of his name in the list was an error copied from the Amherst 
Olio, The same list omitted the name of Brother Robert Irving 
Walker, '93, Waverly, N. Y. 

To THE Missouri Gamma Chapter of Phi Delta Theta at Wash- 
ington University, St. Louis, we extend the three-fold welcome 
of the National Fraternity. Welcome to the traditions and rites 
that are gathered about the altar of the Fraternity ; welcome to 
the fellowship of those with whom she unites in fraternal vows; 
welcome to the hearts and love of Phis wherever and whenever 
she meets them. 

We are just informed of the final favorable action upon this 
application and that the charter will be granted and the chapter 
installed the latter part of this month (March). As an account 
of this installation can not be given in this number, we will defer 
the full account of the charter movement and chapter establish- 
ment until our June issue. Suffice it to say here that its estab- 
lishment is in every way in keeping with the wise policy voiced 
at the Bloomington Convention. The institution located at St. 
Louis, of excellent standing, and the men, sons of the first fami- 
lies of the city, are both acquisitions of which we can justly be 
proud. Again we say welcome into Phi Delta Theta. 

In an editorial of the December Scroll speaking of the atti- 
tude of ^ J ^ on the **prep " question, we made the statement 
that the "prep" had neither **part nor parcel" in the present his- 
tory of our Hillsdale chapter, beyond mere pledging. In refer- 
ring to the statement of the JRainbow correspondent we did so to 
right Michigan Gamma rather than to question the good faith of 
his reports. This correspondent, Mr. Wm. B. Fite, in the Jan- 
uary Rainbow deems that his veracity has been questioned, and 
vigorously disputes the facts claimed in our editoriali bringing 


forward the catalogue of the college, published last fall, in which 
the names of four members oi ^ A B appear in the preparatory 
lists, whom he states are members of '95 and '97. Notwithstand^ 
ing this listing in the catalogue, which is accounted for by the fact 
that the men are behind in certain courses, which are balanced 
by other advance credits, these men are members of '93 and '94 
with . which classes they will graduate. We did not claim that 
the chapter had never initiated **preps," but that it did not make 
a present habit of doing so, and that its roll now shows no men 
below '94. We see the grounds on which our Rainbow friend 
made his statement, and we have not questioned his veracity or 
good faith, but without this explanation his statements would have 
been misleading. Since the Bloomington Convention the chapter 
has initiated but one genuine article in the **prep" line, and that, 
one who had been pledged and promised initiation before that Con- 
vention's decision, and we can safely assert that this will be the 
last **prep" name to adorn the roll of Michigan Gamma. 

Under ordinary circumstances the Editor would feel it neces- 
sary to offer an apology for any attempt to put his own personal 
experiences into this department of the Scroll, which should be 
limited to those discussions directly relating to the welfare of 
the Fraternity. But at this time such a personal recital gives a 
better opportunity to say a few things on the chapter house ques- 
tion that we deem will carry more weight in such a way than by 
the best put impersonal argument, and this fact is a sufficient 
reason for its appearance here. 

Having occasion to make a brief visit to Ann Arbor, and con- 
sequently to enjoy the hospitality of Michigan Alpha, the Editor 
anticipated, with no little pleasure, making the acquaintance of 
the present members of the chapter which more than three 
years ago he had installed in the University, after a long per- 
iod of quietude, and of observing the workings of the chapter 
house plan with them. In response to a cordial invitation from 
the chapter, that part of him known as his better half, accom- 
panied him. 

First to speak of the chapter. He found a royal enthusiastic 
body of Phi's ; polished gentlemanly fellows ; thorough as stu- 
dents, and well equipped in all the refinements that go to make 


up well rounded sociable, affable men. Their hospitality took 
their guests by storm, and the happy, free and home-like man- 
ner that characterized all the men in their comings and goings 
about the house was a constant revelation to those who saw it 
for the first time. The Editor had thought that with his coming 
he might be able to bring advice on this or that question of fra- 
ternity policy ; that he could make suggestions which would be of 
no little value to the chapter. Instead he felt himself as a re- 
cruit among veterans, and he found his a mission to learn rather 
than to teach. Few things have come to him in his fraternity 
experience with as much force as did those from observing the 
warm attachment which existed between every member of the 
chapter. There were no false standards in judging one another. 
Every one was judged by the manhood that was within him, and 
suffice it to say that none but words of praise were spoken. 

The house has accommodations for nineteen men, and there 
are at present sixteen of the chapter living there. From the out- 
side its appearance is somewhat plain, within it is quite different. 
From the reception hall we turn to the left into the parlor, pret- 
tily furnished with upholstered furniture in oak, every piece with 
**^ J ^ " carved in the wood. The room to the rear of this (a 
tete a tete room jutting from it) joins the music room immediate- 
ly in the rear of the hall, and back of the music room is the large 
dining room with its large tiled fireplace and oak mantelpiece. 
The parlor is carpeted. In the other rooms the floors are fin- 
ished for dancing, being covered here and there by rugs. All 
these rooms can be thrown together, making the best of quarters 
for entertaining company and giving a hop, as was proven this 
Friday evening. The rooms on the second floor are all en suite. 
That the chapter house has been a great help not only in the 
campaign for men, for in this it is indispensible, but in binding 
the men more closely together in fraternity life, and giving them 
enjoyments not otherwise attainable, there is no question what- 
ever. There are all the comforts of home, for the entire house 
is at their disposal. The music room is a favorite place ; and 
there is scarcely a day but what immediately following the even- 
ing dinner the boys gather about the piano for their college and 
fraternity songs. With guitars and banjos they muster quite an 
orchestra too. They all seem to appreciate what a harmonizer the 


child of the Muses is, and chapter life without music, would be 
to them as food without flavor. The rules of the house, while 
unwritten, are well understood, and a pride is taken in maintain- 
ing the good order of the **home." 

Do any question the desirability of a chapter house, and if not, 
do they wonder how they can get into one ? 

Michigan Alpha, without alumni help even, has solved the 
question in a very satisfactory way, and she has only done what 
almost a dozen others in the Fraternity have done. The chapter 
rents the house. A family of four members is employed at very 
reasonable terms to take care of it and to furnishing the dining 
service, the family having rooms in the house. The financial 
outlay was in furnishing the building, but this once accomplished 
the cost of living in the house will be little more to each individ- 
ual than it would be if he were ensconced in as pleasant rooms 
rented hap-hazard here and there, while besides his own room 
there are the privileges and comforts of the entire house at his 

Until the solution of the purchase of a home is reached we 
urge that our chapters let no opportunities go by to establish 
themselves in rented property. Such homes will bring pleasures 
and comforts. Renting them will cost no more than renting 
rooms equally pleasant, elsewhere, and all furniture and improve- 
ments of that nature will not be less permanent or lasting because 
used in a rented house. Once established thus, we know that 
the realization of chapter house life will kindle greater enthusiasm 
on the subject of a home to be bona fide chapter property, and 
will hasten rather than retard such purchase. 

**This day four years ago I joined the ^ AB society and here 
I have been since, with the select lew who are permitted to seek 
protection behind the golden shield, and no one of whom I have 
ever feared to trust. As I grow in years, I grow in interest and 
my love for the noble Fraternity. May she ever be as pure and 
spotless in the future as she has been in the past. With high 
hopes for her prosperity, and many regrets at our separation, I 
shall in a few weeks bid her farewell, and close my active mem- 
bership, though I shall never cease to pray for her harmony and 


her perpetuity. I am her obliged, though unworthy member, 
Sid. B. Hatfield." 

So wrote Sidney B. Hatfield, Indiana Alpha, 1866, at the 
close of his college course, twenty-five years ago, and his is one 
of the earliest tributes to ^ J ^ that we have seen. The pub- 
lication of this among the other papers of **Old Fraternity 
Records " has brought it to our notice, and it well deserves 
repetition here. Can we not confidently say that the hopes and 
prayers of our brother have found realization ? 

Not many years ago the fashion among fraternities was for 
large-sized badges with plain jewel settings; and among the 
graduates of ten years back you will find any number of these ; 
a few entrusted to wives or sweet friends ; a few pinned on vests 
away back under the protecting breast of a coat; the majority 
laid away in the old trinket box in the dresser. Of late years 
the demand has been for a smaller badge, and as the size has de- 
creased, so the jewel settings have been made richer. The 
average cost of badges purchased by Phis now is considerably 
above what it used to be, and while on the whole our members 
now are better able to buy these than they were when the old 
styles were worn, yet the matter of expense in some quarters 
may be a serious drawback to a member's making a purchase 
when he sees the rich jewels of those about him. But a badge 
is the jewel of a life-time, a thing to be worn long, perhaps in 
later years by **ye laidye faire," and if one can consistently 
make the expense, we do not see why he should not pride him- 
self in its beauty. But there is a demand for something that 
will look well besides these expensive badges, and at the same 
time be within easy reach of those whose purses are limited. 
Not only do our small-sized regular badges come under this head, 
but there is also the ** badge scarf-pin " now being made by our 
jewelers. These are of diminutive size, but make a distinctive 
badge, and are pretty in finish. We recommend them as a sec- 
ondary badge among the chapters, and more especially urge their 
use among the alumni. They are unobtrusive and useful. They 
are an easily recognized symbol among Phis. They are cheap 
enough as to be easily accessible by all of us. 




Maine Alpha, Colby University. 

Since our last letter to the Scroll we have received several of 
the annual chapter letters and are pleased to note the generally 
prosperous condition of Phi Delta Theta in the different colleges. 
We congratulate you, brother Phis, on your success and may our 
banner of white and blue ever wave with triumph and honor. . 

We are glad too that we can report ourselves in a prosperous 
condition. Bro. Campbell, '91, is Managing Editor of the Echo 
and Bro. Morse, '91, of the Oracle and they are proving them- 
selves capable men for such positions. Bro. Pierce, '92, had the 
honor of a Junior Part at the Senior Exhibition which was held 
at the close of last term. 

Fourteen Juniors were **cut out" of the examination in 
Mechanics last term but there were no Phis among the number. 
Bro. Clark, '94, who was laid up for some time with a sprained 
ankle has recovered and we welcome him back to our lellow- 
ship. Bro. Leavitt, '94, was obliged to leave college this term 
on account of ill health. We are sorry to lose such a loyal 
brother from our number and hope he may be able to rejoin us. 
Bro. Johnson, '92, has just completed a successful term of school 
at Ilseboro and rejoined his class. Bro. Chas. Carroll, '85, is 
one of the prominent lawyers of Houlton, Me. Bro. O. W. B. 
Farr, formerly of '92, is expected home on a furlough from West 
Point in June, and we hope to have him visit us, and we should 
be pleased to welcome any Phis to our hall. Don't fail to call 
on us if you come this way. Yours in ^i — :5c ta, 

Albert G. Hurd. 
Waterville, March 7, 1891. 

New Hampshire Alpha, Dartmouth College. 

The winter term is usually productive of good results to our 
chapter, as naturally much more time is then allotted to society 
work, than at other seasons of the college year. We are pleased 
to say that this term, now nearly completed, has not proved an 
exception to the rule, but has been a most enjoyable one in 
every way. Our literary meetings, occurring each week, have 
been very successful, resulting from an earnest effort on the part 
of all, striving to make them as beneficial as possible. Another 
feature of great satisfaction to us, is the improvement we have 
made in sociability. Many a happy hour and evening has been 


spent in social gatherings, so that we have learned to love and 
frequent our society rooms as never before. 

It was of much regret to us that we could not have more of 
our Alumni Brothers with us to celebrate Alumni Day. At our 
exercises in commemoration of the day, Bro. G. F. Sparhawk, 
'89, made an interesting address which was much enjoyed by all. 
The program of the evening closed with a spread, which made 
an agreeable finis to a very pleasant time. 

At the Y. M. C. A. Convention held at Williams College dur- 
ing the first part of the term, Bros. Kibbey, '91, and Sails, '93, 
President and Secretary respectively of the Dartmouth Associa- 
tion, were cordially entertained by Massachusetts Alpha ; and 
upon their return gave us an interesting account of their recep- 
tion and the prosperity of our sister chapter. 

The College athletic teams are now in active training in pre- 
paration for the Spring campaign. We have five men in training, 
whom we hope will be among the number chosen to represent 
Dartmouth in the New England Inter-Collegiate Athletic Meet, 
to be held at Springfield during next May. We also have our 
share of honors in the other departments. Bro. Gould, '92, is 
Treasurer of the Lecture Association and Bro. Bartlett, '94, is 
an Assistant Editor on the staff of The Dartmouth, Bro. Patt- 
ridge, '92, represents us on the Aegis, the Junior Annual which 
will soon be out. At the elections of the Senior Class, Bro. 
Kibbey was chosen Class Orator and Bro. Rowe was given the 
** Campus Address." 

At present our members are much interested in a Billiard 
Tournament that is taking place in our rooms. Considerable 
speculation is indulged in as to who will be the lucky winners of 
the prizes. During this term all the societies in College hold 
Prize Speaking Contests, and usually much entertainment and 
profit is derived from them. Our contest takes place in a short 

This term closes on April ist, followed by a vacation of one 
week. With best wishes for the prosperity of all Phis. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Chas. B. Gordon. 
Hanover, March 7, 1891. 

Vermont Alpha, The University of Vermont. 

But few things of especial interest have transpired since our 
last letter. The society meetings which are held Saturday eve- 
nings, are very well attended and the fellows take great interest 
in the literary work we do. For several years the literary work 
has been carried on by choosing sides ; one side presenting the 
programme at one meeting and the other at the next. The presi- 


dent marks each piece on its merits and at the end of the term 
the defeated side gives a '* spread '' to the chapter. A friendly 
rivalry is thus aroused which iiakes us all take more interest in 
our literary programmes. 

The candidates for the 'Varsity base ball team began practice 
in the * * cage " the middle of Feb. and went to the training-table 
March 2. This season's team will be by far the strongest one 
that our University has ever put into the field. All of our last 
year's club are back and are strengthened by the addition of 
O'Connor and Kinsella, one of the best college batteries in New 
England. We are represented upon the nine by Bros. Stewart, 
Allen, Hogle and Cheney. Games have already been arranged 
with Harvard, Yale, Univ. of Michigan, Dartmouth, Williams, 
Trinity and Tufts. 

This winter, for the first time in many years, the college has 
had a Banjo and Glee Club. This organization has given con- 
certs in the leading towns of our state, and has everywhere met 
with a warm reception. Seven Phis are upon the club and much 
of its success is due to Bros. Avery and Bos worth ; the former of 
whom is the leader and the latter the manager. 

At the recent election of Cyrdc editors, Bro. Mower, '92, was 
chosen Editor-in-Chief and Bros. Lewis, Stewart and Kilbourne 
as Associate Editors. The Ariely the Junior publication of 
which Bro. Mower, '92, is Editor-in-Chief, and Bro. Lewis, Asso- 
ciate Editor, will appear in about a month and we should be 
pleased to send a copy to any of the chapters that would like to 
exchange with us. 

Three new buildings will be erected upon the campus this 
spring. One will be used as a dormitory, while the others will 
be fitted up with mechanical and electrical apparatus, in order 
that better instruction may be given in those branches. Bro. 
George Forbes, '90, has entered the Medical College. We are 
glad to have him with us again, as he has always been an earnest 
Phi and a hard worker in the chapter. 

Since writing our last letter we have had visits from Bros. 
Leavenworth, '85 and Stratton, '89. It is needless to say that 
we were very glad to see them. There is nothing that tends to 
encourage the active members like a visit from the alumni. 

We are anxiously waiting for the April Scroll, which is to be 
an unusually interesting number. Yours in ^i — xsta, 

T. C. Cheney. 

Burlington, March 7, '91. 


Massachusetts Beta, Amherst College. 

Fraternity membership at Amherst is divided as follows — (socie- 
ties in the order of their establishment) — A A ^, 36 ; ^7, 38; 

J A' £,34; J r, 31; xw, 18; -v^, 33; 7^^/7,32; ^JJr, 34; 

^ J ^, 27 — leaving 69 **Oudens." 

Amherst College is feeling the invigoration of a new President 
and her prospects were never better. New buildings and im- 
proved facilities are promised in some departments. Early in 
the present term the second drawing for ^ li K from '91 was an- 
nounced and Massachusetts Beta added three to her list of hon- 
ored members. This gives us four of the sixteen drawn from 
'91. The first drawing from '92 takes place in the Spring term. 

The one event to break the monotony of college work this term 
was a Mock Trial, held March 6, in which the destined legal peers 
of the land showed no mean ability. The affair was conducted 
wholly by the students and was for the benefit of the Base Ball 
Association. Financially, also, the trial was a grand success. 

A statement in my last letter, through the omission of an im- 
portant word, either by carelessness of the writer or error of the 
proof reader, was rendered meaningless. The item was intended 
10 note the wedding of Bro. E. H. Parkraan, '89, the first of our 
alumni, excepting Bro. Sawayama, (who was married in Japan), 
to take this bold step. The ceremony took place Dec. 23, 1890, 
in the Congregational Church at Belchertown. The officiating 
clergyman was an Amherst alumnus, and of the ushers, two were 
Phis. L>ro. Parkman is Principal of the High School, Thomp- 
sonville, Conn. 

We were recently favored by a call from Bro. Manning, 
Kansas Alpha, '89, an enthusiastic musician, now at the Boston 

Members of Massachusetts Beta adopted the Scroll's sugges- 
tion and wore their colors on Alumni Day. 

Howard A. Lincoln. 
Amherst, March 7, 1891. 

New York Alpha, Cornell University. 

The past term has been of especial importance socially to the 
Cornell chapter. The annual Glee-Banjo-Mandolin Club 'Con- 
cert occurred on the evening of Jan. 29th. We were represented 
by four men. The Junior Ball, an account of which is given 
elsewhere, took place the next evening and we gave our guests a 
one o*clock luncheon the following day. With music and danc- 
ing the afternoon was passed very pleasantly. On the evening 


of Feb. 3d, Prof, and Mrs. Bailey gave us a most enjoyable re- 
ception at their home on the campus. 

Several of the members attended the Annual Banquet of N. 
Y. Epsilon and were entertained in a most hospitable manner at 
their new home. We sent a delegation to their reception last 
week. It was a brilliant affair and words fail us when we attempt 
to portray the charm and beauty of their lady friends. 

The Sophomore class has decided to hold a Cotillion Com- 
mencement week. It will be an innovation and promises to be 
a success. One of our members is chairman of the committee. 

The Trustees, at a recent meeting voted an appropriation of 
$100,000 for a Law School building and $20,000 for a gymnasium 
annex. Tuition in the literary courses was reduced to $100 per 
annum. Ex-Pres. White has made a very generous offer and an 
Alumni Hall is one of the probabilities of the near future. 

The Law Fraternity has been established here and has rented 
a house centrally located. 

W. S. Gilbert. 

Ithaca, March 9, 1891. 

New York Beta, Union College. 

New York Beta has prospered, and one more name has been 
added to her roll since our last communication to the Scroll. 
It is that of Bro. F. J. Wagner, who entered the Freshman Class 
at the opening of the winter term. Bro. Wightman, '94, how- 
ever left at the same time to teach at North Hosic, N. Y. So 
the rolt of active members remains the same. We adopted at the 
beginning of this term the method suggested by Vermont Alpha 
at the Convention last Oct. It is that of choosing sides and fur- 
nishing literary exercises alternately. The result has been that 
we have had more and better literary exercises than at any time 
since any of the present active members' connection with the 

The following Phi's have registered for prizes at Union : Bro. 
Briggs, '91, for the Ingham and Allen essay prizes; Bro. Red- 
dish, '92, tor the Clark essay and Junior oratorical; Bro. Dou- 
gal, '92, for the Clark essay; and Bros. Multer, '94, and Law- 
ton, '93, for the Veeder extemporaneous. 

On the evening of Feb. 13, '/'* T gave a ** stag " party at their 
rooni^ on State street. Three men from each of the fraternities 
were invited and a very enjoyable evening was passed. Bros. 
Briggs, Reddish and Gillespie represented New York Beta. This 
was followed by a reception given by ^ ^> on the i8th of the 
same month. This was a somewhat larger gathering than that 
given by ^V T. Bros. Briggs, Reddish, Hart and Gillespie at- 


The object of these gatherings is to promote social intercourse 
among different fraternity men and do away, as far as possible, 
with fraternity rivalry. 

Bros. Reddish and Gillespie attended the reception given by 
New York Epsilon in their new chapter house at Syracuse,^ 
March 6th. 

We receive frequent visits from Bros. Winne, '88, and Brown, 
'90. They seem to take much pleasure in visiting the **familiar 
scenes, ' of their college days. 

The opera ** Pinafore" was given on the evenings of Feb. 5th 
and 6th, by the students for the benefit of the base-ball associa- 
tion. Four Phi's took part in the opera. Bro. Gillespie took 
one of the leading cast parts and received many well-deserved 

Yours in the Bond, 

H. W. Briggs. 

Schenectady, March 9, 1891. 

Pennsylvania Delta, Allegheny College. 

Several things of interest to the fraternity world have occurred 
since our last letter. At the beginning of the winter term the 
college was surprised by the swinging out of a new ladies' fra- 
ternity. Delta chapter of Alpha Chi Omega was instituted by 
Miss Libbie Price of De Pauw and Miss Mary J. Satterfield of 
Northwestern. The chapter was founded in the Conservatory 
of Music and initiates only students of music. The new society 
numbered nine charter members and they have since pledged 
one. The colors are white, green and scarlet, and the pin is a 
golden harp with the letters A X Q on^Ti enameled ribbon. The 
fraternity has chapters at De Pauw, Northwestern and Albion 
College, Michigan. We are glad to welcome the new-comer. 

The total number of fraternities now represented here is nine, 
including the Sophomore society, Theta Nu Epsilon. 

The local chapter of Phi Kappa Psi surprised fraternity circles 
at the beginning of the term by initiating a member of Delta 
Tau Delta. This is the first case of lifting which has occurred 
here for a number of years and is very much discountenanced by 
other chapters. 

On the evening of February 13th Kappa Kappa Gamma cele- 
brated her third anniversary by giving a reception to the frater- 
nities, faculty and others. The reception was held in the Rho's 
club rooms down town and was a brilliant and successful 
event. The ladies of the chapter ably sustained their reputation 
as excellent entertainers. 

We recently enjoyed visits from Bro. Ralph B. Reitz, '89, and 
Bro. Frank M. Kerr, '88. Bro. Kerr will occupy the pulpit of 


the Presbyterian Church at Chester, N. J., the coming year. 
We wish we could express the pleasure with which we greet our 
alumni. Any alumnus of Pennsylvania Delta or of any other 
chapter may always be sure of a hearty welcome. We want to 
urge as many as possible to be present at our Commencement 
banquet which will be held June 24th. Preparations are being 
made to make it even a greater success than our former ones. 

Bro. W. A. Elliott, '89, represented our chapter at the Penn- 
sylvania Alpha Alumni banquet at Pittsburg. He reports a very 
pleasant and profitable time. Seven of our alumni were 

At the recent reorganization of the Athletic Association, Bro. 
F. W. Black was elected President and Bro. Sisley, Treasurer. 
The association promises to be much more of a success than ever 
before as it has hearty encouragement both from the faculty and 

The faculty have chosen ten to represent the Senior class 
Commencement day. Phi Kappa Psi has one out of a possible 
six ; Phi Gamma Delta, one of a possible two : Delta Tau 
Delta, none of a possible one ; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, two of a 
possible six ; Kappa Alpha Theta, one of a possible one ; Kappa 
Kappa Gamma, one of a possible three ; Phi Delta Theta, three 
of a possible four, and the non-fraternity seniors have one repre- 
sentative. Again Phi Delta Theta has scored a victory, which 
is all the more valuable since these honors could not be secured 
by wire pulling, but are given by the faculty as an evidence of 
merit. Our representatives are Bros. Whitfield, Couse and Ross. 
The last two brothers also have the positions of I^istorian and 
Valedictorian class-day. 

Mu chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta recently met with quite a 
serious pecuniary loss. By the bursting of a steam pipe in their 
rooms, which are situated on the fourth floor of Hulings Hall, 
much of the drapery and furniture was ruined. The ladies are 
preparing to fit up new rooms and as a token of regard, our 
chapter has presented them with thirty dollars. 

We are glad to learn that Bro. J. A. Vance, an alumnus of 
this chapter has been chosen orator for the Atlanta Convention. 
From personal acquaintance, we are sure that a better man could 
not have been selected. 

Again we send a hearty greeting to our sister chapters and 
wish them as much success as we have been attended with. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Clarence Ross. 

Meadville, March 10, 1891. 


Pennsylvania Epsilon, Dickinson College. 

Pennsylvania Epsilon has had, so far, a very peaceful, pros- 
perous year. Our meetings have been very enjoyable and regu- 
larly attended, and having a faithful, hard working man in 
charge of literary exercises, these have been a great feature. We 
have been using the new ritual this year and like it very much, 
the only objection being its seemingly unnecessary length. 

Since our last letter Bro. Cleaver has been elected Historian of 
his class, and Bros. Neal and Fasick have been chosen represen- 
tatives of the Union Philosophical Society in the inter-society 
debate. Bro. Stephens this year is our only representative on 
the glee and banjo clubs which have been giving quite a number 
of concerts and meeting with great success, musically and finan- 

The standard of Dickinson has been steadily raised, until today 
there are few, if any colleges, that require so much work in the 
regular collegiate courses, and few in which more or better work 
is done. And in this advancement A 6 has kept well to the 
front, for the standard o: scholarship among us is high and is al- 
ways considered in our **spiking.'* 

We have received a number of circular letters and all speak 
glowingly of present and future prospects of ^ J ^, while giving 
a very interesting account of the year's doings in the different 
chapters. These circular letters are certainly a great factor in 
fraternity life ; reminding us that ^ A 6 extends Jrom Maine to 
Texas and from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and that everywhere 
we are brothers, having a common aim and pressing on, not un- 
successfully, to one goal. 

And reminding some of us, that for us they are the last ; that 
not again shall we, as active members, receive these circular let- 
ters ; reminding us of the close proximity of that time when we 
shall bid farewell to the old hall and the brothers dear to us 
through all our college days. 

Fortunate are they who, like us, have a noble band of loyal 
alumni, inspiring us with the thought that, though our active 
connection with A 8 may cease, the principles learned around 
her altar can never be forgotten, and the love for the Fraternity 
and our brethren which now glows in our hearts will never grow- 

Yours in the Bond, 

W. W. Landis. 

Carlisle, March 5, 1891. 


Pennsylvania Zeta, University of Pennsylvania. 

The annual letter has about taken the wind out of the sails of 
the April letter to the Scroll, since the one must follow so soon 
upon the other. However, there are yet several things which 
may be of interest to our sister chapters, and we will not be so 
selfish as to keep them to ourselves. We had a decidedly pleas- 
ant meeting at the chapter house on Saturday evening last. It 
was the occasion of the initiation of Henry Paul Busch, '93, 
college, in whom we feel sure that we have obtained a fine fellow, 
socially as well as in scholarship. As some of the active chapter 
were detained, owing to press of work in preparing for spring 
exams., we were dehghted to welcome a host of alumni from 
various chapters in the State. Besides Bros. Jack Horner and 
Milton Fehnel, who are old friends, there were present Bros. 
Wm. Bignell (Pa. Delta), Oliver Mordorf, W. E. Marten, and 
Bro. Roberts (Pa. Epsilon), the majority of whom are residing in 
Philadelphia. After the initiation ceremonies, which we try to 
make as exhilarating as possible, each of the visiting alumni 
made a short address, speaking of the pleasure it gave him to 
meet so many brother Phis, and especially to take part in an ini- 
tiation. A light collation and some singing ended a most enjoy- 
able occasion, which was prolonged well toward Sunday morning. 
We extend to our visiting brethren a hearty invitation to come 
again, and at the same time renew our invitation to all others to 
drop in upon us any Saturday evenmg. 

There is one thing of which we feel especially proud. We 
have had made by a prominent decorating firm in the city a 
sword and shield, copied to the smallest detail after the Frater- 
nity pin. It is made of wood, beautifully carved and gilded, 
with large, glass jewels, imitating an alternate arrangement of 
rubies and pearls. The shield stands nearly three feet high, and 
the sword four. By an arrangement on the back of the shield, 
the sword can be attached behind, and in this position they are 
suspended above our parlor mantel, and have elicited many ex- 
pressions of admiration from our visitors. In fact, we feel sure 
that we have the finest emblem of its kind in the Fraternity. A 
large group of the active chapter was photographed last week, 
and the badge occupied a prominent position alongside our Wil- 
liam Goat. 

As was told in the annual letter, we are endeavoring to obtain 
a larger chapter house near the University. The majority of the 
men would prefer to build, so that it might be made after our 
own plans and more suited to our purpose. But land is quite 
expensive in the neighborhood, and the building would be of 
necessity stone, as the city authorities will not permit a frame 


house to be erected within its limits. Consequently this plan 
would require a large amount of money or result in heavy mort- 
gages. So we will not undertake anything definite without the 
advice of the alumni in the city. 

The midwinter examinations have come and gone since our 
last letter, but as the University has abolished the entire system 
of grading, no honors are given. All the Phis, however, passed 
well in the examinations, some with ** distinction." 

The University Glee Club, three of whom are Phis, held its 
first concert, in connection with the J^anjo Club, on the 28th of 
February, and it was a decided success financially, as well as 
artistically and socially. 

Our prospects for a base-ball team seem as bright as last year's. 
If the 1 89 1 team can show as fine a record at the close of the 
season as that of 1890 — one defeat (by Yale, 6-5) out of twenty- 
two amateur games — we may be well satisfied. In other respects 
the athletic outlook is good, and the University ought certainly 
to win the cup at the Inter-state sports in the coming season, as 
well as retain her acknowledged supremacy in cricket. 

As we write, the letters are coming in gradually from the dif- 
ferent chapters, and show a continued prosperity of the Frater- 
nity at large, and an active interest in all parts of the country. 
We also learn with pleasure of the conservative action of the 
Grand Council upon the application for new charters. We can 
well afford to wait and establish chapters in but the best institu- 
tions, and in the meantime continue to devote our attention to- 
wards strengthenmg our present ranks. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Edward A. Shumway. 
Philadelphia, March 9, 1891. 

Pennsylvania Eta, Lehigh University. 

The evening of Feb. 21st was the occasion of the initiation of 
Bro. Walter Jules Douglas, making the fifth accession from the 
class of '94 and the fourth from the city of Washington. Wheth- 
er or not the abundance of Phi material from Washington has 
been due to Presidental influence, we will not hazard an opinion. 

The invited guests at Bro. Douglas' initiation were Bro. Presi- 
dent Randolph, Bro. Fehnel and Bro. Patterson. The exercises 
of the initiation were gone through with, with an enthusiasm 
which I doubt if our **baby initiate" thoroughly appreciated. 

The Lafayette College mid-winter sports were held on the eve- 
ning of Feb. 27th, and of the fifteen events open to Lehigh, we 
captured eleven first prizes. Bro. Curtis took first in the one 
and two mile runs. Bro. Coates took fir$t in the mile walk and 
Bro. Mathewson the first prize in club swinging. 


Bro; Blickle has been elected a member of the Sophomore 
Cremation Committee. Bro. Coates has been re-elected Vice 
President of the General Inter-collegiate Athlectic Association. 
Bro. Warner who left last year is now studying at Stevens. 

We are looking forward to a very successful season both in base 
ball and lacrosse under the management of Brothers Coates and 

The musical organizations are working hard with a view of 
taking some trips after the Easter vacation. 

We hope that any Phis who may happen to come this way will 
honor us with a visit. 

Yours in the Bond, 

H. W. Dubois. 

Bethlehem, March 8, 1890. 


Virginia Alpha, Roanoke College. 

Nothing of very great interest has occurred in the fraternity 
world of Virginia Alpha since our last letter to the Scroll. The 
intermediate examinations are over and we are happy. The 
high grades that our brother Phis made attest their standing in 
the College. We have always taken our share of the College 
honors and will continue to do so. Bro. Frantz was elected one 
of the debaters on the Ciceronian Literary Society Celebration, 
which took place on the 20th of Feb. Bro. Stickley was ap- 
pointed chairman of the Committee on Arrangements of the 

Since our last report we have added another loyal Phi to our 
ranks. On the evening of January 19th we assembled in our 
hall with several alumni and duly initiated C. N. Hoover into 
the mysteries of ^ J ^. After the **goat" had performed his 
dijty, and the candidate, been dubbed a brother in the Bond, the 
debris was cleared away, and a **set up " was ordered which of 
course was enjoyed by all. This brother is the last of the three 
new members this session, and they have proved themselves 
worthy to wear the sword and shield. 

The Phi Gamma Deltas gave a banquet at the Hotel Lucerne, 
on the evening of the 19th of Feb. Bro. J. W. Sieg represented 
the * 'white and blue" on that happy occasion. We are on the 
best of terms with the other fraternities and nothing but friendly 
rivalry exists between us. The numerical strength of each is as 
follows : Phi Gamma Delta, 9 ; Alpha Tau Omega, 8 ; Sigma 
Chi, I ; and Phi Delta Theta, 9. 

We are always glad to get the Scroll. The reporter is often 
met with the query, **When will the Scroll be out ?" Virginia 


Alpha extends her congratulations to the able editor of the best 
fraternity journal in the land. 

The circular letters are beginning to come in, and they show 
the prosperity and strength of our Fraternity. We have the 
largest Greek Letter Society in the United States, and are proud 
to wear the sword and shield. 

Yours in the Bond, 

J. L. Frantz. 
Salem, March 3, 1891. 

Kentucky Alpha, Centre College, 

Our chapter is in better working order than at any time since 
September. We have adopted the new ritual and the result has 
been very pleasing. It has created in us a new interest in chap- 
ter meetings and has made us realize more forcibly than ever 
before what a grand Fraternity \%^ A S. 

Not long since Bros. Kenny and Bayliss of Kentucky Delta 
were with us, and not only did we enjoy their visit, but we were- 
really benefited by the zeal and interest manifested by them. 
Dr. J. M. Worrall, formerly of New York now occupies the 
chair of Metaphysics in this college. He is an enthusiastic Ph 
and was president of the alumni chapter in New York. He ha» 
promised to favor us with his presence in chapter meetings. The 
Boyle-Humphrey Gymnasium is about finished. It is a hand- 
■ome thirteen thousand dollar building. Saint John Boyle and 
Judge Alex. Humphrey are both Phis. 

The preliminary contest between the Chamberlain and Dina- 
logian Societies was held on Monday night, Feb, 23d. Mr. 
Wilson the successful candidate is in every sense worthy the 

flace and we believe Centre will make the boys hustle on the 
nter-collegiate Contest. 
Our President has spent much time and labor in arranging for 
commencement and he says it will be the grandest in the history 
of the college. Two of our brothers, much to our regret, have 
been compelled to quit college, which leaves us with only elevea 
men. Our prospects for the future, however, are bright. We 
lose only one man by graduation, which will enable us to begia 
next year with ten good men. We heartily agree with the rulmg 
of the Fraternity in regard to "Preps," but have nevertheless 
been greatly tempted this year as some of the best material enter- 
ed the preparatory and it is often hard to pledge them when the 
other frats will Uke them in immediately. With best wishes, I 
am yours in the Bond, 

J. E. Wiseman. 
Danville, March 7, 1891. 


Kentucky Delta, Central University. 

We have nothing of especial importance to communicate to 
this issue of the Scroll. Since our last letter the chapter has 
been moving along steadily, the men becoming better acquainted 
with fraternity work. 

Some of the boys have recently visited the Kentucky Alpha 
boys at Centre College and report a splendid time. We are ex- 
pecting them to visit us this spring. These visits between the 
chapters are always very pleasant and profitable, tending to 
cement a closer bond of union between the members and illus- 
trate one of the many advantages and pleasures arising from 
being members of a great and noble Fraternity. For in almost 
every city or college town we invariably find Phis and when 
thrown with them we, of course, feel at home. 

The Anti-Fraternity organization that cut such a figure in col- 
lege affairs last fall has fallen into a state of *' innocuous desue- 
tude," and the literary societies which were somewhat injured by 
the split between non-frats and Greeks are enjoying their former 
prosperity. The declaimers' contest of Sophomore and Fresh- 
man classes comes off in April and we are almost sure that ^ AB 
will be worthily represented. We have been fortunate in ob- 
taining two more copies of the song book and also some of the 
^ A 9 marches. 

We think the marches are quite pretty and intend obtaining 
more of the various copies of ^ J ^ marches and waltzes. They 
are played to us by some of our many Phi girl friends. Our 
chapter has lately been presented with a very handsome coat-of- 
arms, enlarged from the Dreka engraving. This is the second 
coat-of-arms crayoned for us this year by our Phi friends. These 
young ladies are almost as enthusiastic over the Fraternity and 
its welfare as the members themselves. They always entertain 
us most elegantly and frequently send to our hall delicacies in 
the shape of cake, candies and fruit. We are justly proud of these 
worthy representatives of Kentucky's beauties and find in them 
true and loyal friends who take pride in wearing the white and 

We have received many of the annual circular letters and note 
with pleasure the welfare and progress of the Fraternity. We 
have failed to obtain the P. O. address of many of our alumni 
and take this opportunity to ask them to write to us and we will 
forward a copy of our chapter circular. 

No Phi should come to Kentucky without paying us a visit. 
Don't slight us. We will insure a hearty welcome. 

M. H. Guerrant. 
Richmond, March 9, 1891. 



Georgia Alpha, University of Georgia. 

Georgia Alpha is glad to present to the members of the Fra- 
ternity her record of undiminished success and the era of pros- 
perity which the year 1891 has ushered in. Very few new stu- 
dents entered the University at the beginning of the New Year's 
work, but of those that did enter, Georgia Alpha has initiated 
Bro. Dunlap of Gainesville, Ga. , who gives promise of being an 
enthusiastic fraternity man. Bros. Cassels and Shepherd did not 
return after Christmas, which was a source of great disappoint- 
ment and sorrow to the members. Bro. Cassels father died and 
he could not return and Bro. Shepherd was detained by business, 
but we hope to see them both next year. The last meeting was 
one long to be remembered by the chapter for on that occasion 
Bro. T. W. Reed was presented with a handsome badge by the 
members, in recognition of his long and valiant service for Geor- 
gia Alpha. He thanked the members in a well timed speech, 
and afterwards refreshments were served, which of course gave 
additional pleasure to the evening. Bro. Walker King, as an- 
nounced in our last letter was elected anniversarian of the De- 
mosthenian Society which task, he will perform on Feb. 19th, 
and we will no doubt be treated to a chaste and elegant oration 
for he has established an enviable reputation as an orator. There 
has been some movement in the direction of publishing a Pan- 
dora but it does not seem to have assumed detinite shape. The 
University is in a very prosperous condition and has acquired 
new energy under the new regime. 

A fine ball field and drill ground has been graded and every- 
one looks forward with interest to **Field day." The Cadet Corps 
has been armed with new guns and we expect to see some fine 
drilling before Commencement. We have only seventeen men 
as we lost two by their not returning, but Georgia Alpha is as 
prosperous as can be and hopes that all her sister chapters are 
enjoying the same. 

Anton Pope Wright. 

Athens, Feb. i, 1891. 

Tennessee Alpha, Vanderbilt University. 

For the past two months fraternity matters at Vanderbilt have 
been very quiet. During the month of January the attention of 
all was absorbed with examinations. With the new term, begin- 
ning February ist, came no desirable material from which to select 
members for Tennessee Alpha, so we have had none of the busy 


time this term that always comes during spiking season. Though 
undisturbed at present by the rush for new members, Tennessee 
Alpha has not settled down into a state of inactivity. On the 
contrary, she is thoroughly alive to her true interests, and is en- 
deavoring to further the cause of Phi Delta Theta at Vanderbilt. 
The members of Tennessee Alpha fully realize that it is around 
the chapter fireside that the truest ties and closest bonds of friend- 
ship are formed ; and appreciating, moreover, the fact that these 
bonds will grow stronger, that these ties will be more lasting, 
when we have a fireside of our own around which to gather, 
Tennessee Alpha is now making vigorous efforts to procure a 
chapter house. Our progress in that direction seems slow, still 
we are making some advancement all the while. A chapter 
house must be had, no matter how much labor it may cost to get 
it. Bros. W. B. Palmer and W. R. Manier, of the city, are 
helping most willingly. Indeed, if we have a chapter house it 
will be due to their untiring efforts. 

Instead of the usual meeting February 7th, the chapter was 
given a most delightful reception at the residence of Bro. Ellis- 
ton Farrell, on the occasion of his twenty-first birth-day. 

The Tennessee Inter-collegiate Oratorical Association has been 
disbanded. In its place an Inter-state Oratorical Association 
has been organized by the following colleges : University of Vir- 
ginia, Vanderbilt, Sewanee, University of North Carolina, Uni- 
versity of South Carolina, and Washington and Lee. The first 
contest takes place at the University of Virginia, on May 20th. 
The second meeting is to be held at Vanderbilt. 

Paul M. Jones. 
Nashville, March 6, 1891. 

Alabama Alpha, University of Alabama. 

Since our last letter to the Scroll we have initiated two men^ 
Bros. H. M. King, Jr., '93, of Evergreen, Ala., and R. R. Saf- 
fold, '93, of Selma, Ala., both men of superior worth, and it is 
with the greatest pleasure that we introduce them to the Phi world 
at large. 

We are represented this year in the Sophomore Exhibition by 
the following speakers : Bros. Ball, Bankhead, Morrow, Rockett 
and Walkir ; and in the Junior Exhibition by Bro. Forney. 

A monthly, bearing the name of The Journal is nom published 
at the university, being run in the interest of the whole universi- 
ty; it is very desirable that it may continue to thrive. 

As we are in the midst of our second term examinations, we 
will not fill much space in the Scroll this month. With brother- 


\y love and many wishes for Phi Delta Theta's success, we greet 
our sister chapters. Yours in the Bond of ^ J 9, 

C. A. Stilluan, Jr. 
Tuskaloosa, March 6, 1891. 

Alabama Beta, Alabama Polytechnic Institute. 

We have been deficient this year in sending letters to the 
Scroll, but the blame rests upon the correspondent alone, and 
he is sorry that it has been thus. This fact is no sign that we 
are behind in any way, for this has been a prosperous year for 
us and we are standing square to the front, preserving our standard 
in every manner. We have been fortunate in securing seven 
men who have proved themselves to be loyal Phis. 

Their names are Joseph Johnstone Crawford, special ; Theo- 
dore Benjamin Bethea, '93; Oscie Kyle Parker, '93; Roper 
Colbert Spratling, '93 ; William Marion Hight, '94 ; Jamei 
Albert Wilson, '94; Petit Reynolds, '91. 

Bro. Crawford was prevented from returning to college after 
Christmas, by the death of his mother and father. We sympa- 
thize deeply with Bro. Crawford in his loss. Bros. Peabody and 
Hight have resigned college ; this is a big loss, for they are both 
good men and enthusiastic Phis. 

Bro. Peabody intends to enter Lehigh University next session. 
Bro. Amos Jones, of the Alabama Gamma is with us now. We 
have fifteen members who will keep the cause moving with the 
sword and shield. 

We will try to show the same number of honor certificates at 
the end of the session. 

We had a short but very pleasant visit from Bro. Edgar Burts, 
of Columbus, Ga., on Sunday, Feb, isth. Although Bro. 
Burts is not in our midst, he is always ready and willing to do 
anything in his power for Phi Delta Theta. Bro. R. E. Noble, 
'90, is with us now, having received a position in the State Chem- 
ical Laboratory. We have furnished our hall with a nice carpet 
and do not intend to get cool on this subject until we have fur- 
nished it with everything that will add to its attractiveness and 
our comfort. The Sigma Nu fraternity has established a chapter 
here ; this addition makes five fraternities in college. We send 
best wishes for all Phis. Fraternally, 

Raleigh W. Greene. 

Auburn, March 4, 1891. 


Alabama Gamma, Southern University. 

Since our last letter three of our best boys were compelled to 
leave college, but will be with us next year. These brothers will 
be missed in the chapter room and on the campus. We initiated 
Arthur Wright, of Midway, Ala. We take the greatest pleasure 
in introducing him to the Phi world. 

The rest of the elections to places of honor have passed, and 
as usual ^ A B came in for her share. Bro. Ansley was elected 
one of the contestants for the orator's medal at commencement. 
Bros. Meek and Wright were chosen commencement debaters. 
With these honors added to those received sometime back, we 
have more than any other fraternity in college. This is very en- 
couraging when we view it from the standpoint that the honors of 
S. U. are fcestowed upon those men only who are meritorious and 
well fitted. The new men we have taken this year are jewels, 
many of whom were ** rushed" by other fraternities; but we 
seldom fail to ** catch our fish," for the fame of * J ^ is known. 
We have a harmonious chapter ; every Phi loves his brother Phi, 
and this I consider as being one of the most important factors in the 
progress of a chapter. We did not observe Alumni Day because 
many of our boys were sick at the time, and we were rather late 
in receiving notice of the celebration. We intend having a large 
delegation at the next convention. We have only three men in 
the senior class this year, but we have fine junior and sophomore 
delegations, all of whom are going to return next year. Every- 
thing now indicates that next year will be one of the best in the 
history of the chapter. We have had much opposition since we 
have been established here, but by harmonious action, and by 
taking right and justice as our motto, we have risen above these 
difficulties and stepped forward as powerful competitors where 
merit and ability crowned men with honors. We have a high 
standard for membership, and by adhering to that standard we 
have made but few mistakes, and these we have lessened as we 
have grown in experience. 

Hubert M. Ansley. 

Greensboro, March 7, 1891. 


Louisiana Alpha, Tulane University. 

Several noticeable events have occurred since our last letter. 
Phi Delta Theta's record during that time has been a successful 
one — in every way. At the annual oratorical contest of the 
Glendy Burke Literary Society, Bro, ConnifT, '93, carried oflf the 


first medal for dectamation, which is a distinguished honor for so 
young a man. Bros. Bohn, Horton and Brady of the medical 
college succeeded in passing the entrance examination for the 
ambulance corps of the New Orleans Charity Hospital. As 
only eight candidates out of thirty-five were successful, these 
gentlemen deserve the highest praise for their continued industry 
and appreciation, and * J S may well be proud of them. Tu- 
lane has recently purchased a tract of land in the garden district 
of this city, and we hope to see new college buildings erected 
there at no very distant date. The society of young ladies at 
the Sophie Newcombe Memorial College, mentioned in our last 
letter, is still prospering. These young ladies merit the greatest 
commendation for their energetic efforts in this direction and 
have our best wishes for continued success. 

Tulane athletics, which a short time ago appeared to be on 
the wane, have revived with surprising alacrity owing' to the near 
advent of our annual "Spring Games," which take place in 
May. Several Phi's are preparing to enter the foot-races, and 
we hope that they will acquit themselves worthily. With friendly 
greeting to all the chapters, I remain 

Yours in the Bond, 

F. P. Blake. 

New Orleans, March 6, 1891. 

Texas Gamma, Southwestern Universitv. 

In our last report we failed to mention the fact that Dr. Morgan 
Callaway, Jr., a Phi of Georgia Beta, had resigned the chair of 
English at the S. W. U., and accepted a like position in the State 
University at Austin. We were indeed sorry to lose Dr. Callaway, 
as he is a thorough educator and a cultured, Christian gentleman. 
The State University and Texas Beta are to be congratulated on 
securing the services of so able and so worthy a man. The vacancy 
made by his resignation is filled by Professor Charles H. Ross, of 
Alabama, who was for some time a student at Johns Hopkins, 
and who has proven himself worthy to be the successor of Dr. 

Texas Gamma is moving on with a steady tread, 'gaining victo- 
ries all the while. The latest addition to our ranks is O. B. 
Staples, '94. Though earnestly solicited day and night by the 
Other fraternities, he followed the worthy example set by all the 
Other men before him thus courted — ^joined * J (♦ in preference 
to any other fraternity at the S. W. U. We are proud of our 
new man, for we feel that we have in him a congenial brother, 
who will ever bean honor to our Fraterntty.j^It is.with pride 
that we introduce him to brother Phis. 


Since our last letter we have enjoyed visits from Bros. Kilgore, 
W. L. and S. W. Dean, Mathis, and Thomas, all of whom are 
succeeding well in their respective vocations, reflecting credit on 
their Alma Mater and Phi Delta Theta. We are always ready to 
extend a hearty welcome to our alumni. Their visits encourage us. 
Bro. L. L. Thomas was called away on business, and cannot be 
with us again till next term. His departure decreased our num- 
ber to seven, but a more congenial and zealous band of seven 
brothers cannot easily be found. During the past fall term we 
made the highest average of distinctions ever made by a frater- 
nity at the S. W. U., and received a full share of college and 
society honors. Through the recommendation of our own merits 
we hope to receive ev^n more honors during the present term. 
We are represented on the Monthly staff for this term by Gordon, 
chief editor; Boyce, special editor; and Fain, gene/al business 
manager. Bro. Brown presides over the Alamo; Bro. Boyce 
continues to lead the seniors, though ably seconded by Bro. 
Gordon. Phi material now appears to be scarce among the un- 
initiated, but the spring term will likely mature some for our use. 

The numerical strength of the fraternities here is A' yl, 9; ^ J 
^, 7 ; A' J, 7. ^ K N entered the University last year, but it 
"died a bornin'." Compared with this time last year and the 
year before, we are few in number, but we prefer to keep our 
standard high and number low, rather than to have our standard 
low and number high. Our comparatively small number is due 
to the scarcity of ** timber," and not to a failure to procure men 

We would surely be recreant to our appreciation of favors 
shown us, did we fail to mention the superb banquet recently 
given to Texas Gamma Phis at the home of Rev. Isaac Sellers. 
The Misses Sellers are delightful hostesses, and when they ex- 
erted themselves in our behalf, be assured that the evening was 
made one of the most enjoyable, long to be held in memory by 
all who were fortunate enough to be present. 

The Scroll is a welcome and encouraging visitor, anxiously 
awaited each time. With fraternal regards and best wishes for 
its efficient editor, and with wishful solicitude for the continued 
triumphs throughout the realms of Phidom, we remain. 

Yours in the Bond, 

John A. Fain, Jr. 

Georgetown, March 7, 1891. 



Ohio Alpha, Miami University. 

The only thing of interest that has happened during the term 
was the celebration of Washington's birthday by the Erodelphian 
Literary Society on the evening of Feb. 21st. Two of the four 
speakers were Phis, and one a Deke. The entire musical pro- 
gram was furnished by the Miami banjo club of which mention 
was made in a former letter. 

During the two months just passed, the friends of Miami have 
been closely watching and patiently waiting the issues of the State 
Legislature, and at last we announce an appropriation of $13,800, 
not a large amount to be sure, but enough to insure prosperity to 
the University. A large part of this sum will go toward fitting 
up the new science hall, and a part will be used m the purchase 
of books for the library. 

Among other bills introduced was one to give the O. S. U. an 
independent and special tax levy of 1-20 of a mill, aggregating 
^100,000; another was to put the three state schools under one 
managing board, and to make the O. S. U. the Ohio University, 
and Miami the scientific, normal and classical departments re- 
spectively. At this date the bills are still in the possession of the 

The banjo club took part in a concert given on the evening of 
Feb. 27th, at Eaton, O., and the music was heartily received. A 
trip to Liberty, Ind., is the next and a spring vacation tour is 

Walter C. Harris. 

Oxford, March 4, 1891. 

Ohio Beta, Ohio Wesleyan University. 

Since our last report Ohio Beta has continued in her prosperous 
united condition. In college honors we have to report that Bro. 
Jones was elected literary editor of the Transcript for 1891-92. 
Bro. Robinson was President and Bro. Hollington, Junior orator 
of the Washington birthday exercises. 

While we have initiated no new men, yet we have secured 
pledges from several, so that we now have six of the best men 
in the lower classes pledged, four of whom we will probably ini- 
tiate next term. 

We have been enjoying for the last few days a visit from Bro. 
Reitz, of Pennsylvania Delta and also Several short visits from 
Bro. Evans, one of our graduates of last year. 


Several of our boys attended the contest at Wooster and while 
there were pleased to meet the members of Ohio Delta and also 
a large delegation from Ohio Epsilon and to rejoice with them 
over the high place obtained by Bro. Henry, of Epsilon, in the 

The Pan-Hellenic banquet, which was to have been held this 
term has ** flunked out" for some reason, probably from a dis- 
agreement of the committee whether or not young ladies should 
be invited. While the relations between the nine frats. here are 
friendly, yet we regret that this banquet should be done away 
with as it was the principal promoter of Pan-Hellenic spirit in 
the college. 

At present the members of the chapter are very earnestly dis- 
cussing the advisability and possibility of establishing a chapter 
house and it may be that in the near future Ohio Beta will be 
able to welcome her visitors in a home of her own. 

Athletics in the university are just now at an important crisis. 
This university has been voted into the State Intercollegiate 
Athletic Association provided the faculty will grant permission to 
play return games. As yet the question has not been decided, 
but we are hoping the decision will be favorable. In college 
athletics we have two men on the foot ball team and will prob- 
ably have two men on the base ball team this Spring. 


Delaware^ March 9, 1891. 

Ohio Delta, University of Wooster. 

The State Oratorical Contest held here is over and although- 
Wooster's representative was only half way up the ladder by the 
decision of the judges, we feel her former high position*as an en- 
tertainer was maintained. Bro. Carl Henry of Buchtel, being, 
the only Phi contestant we lent our voices to sister Epsilon when 
it was announced that her son had taken second place. 

The parlors of Epsilon must impart oratorical inspiration, and 
she can justly leel proud with her sons. Tucker, last year first 
and Henry this year second. 

Among the toasters at the Banquet following the contest were 
two Phi speakers, who delighted us with credible, pleasing toasts,. 
Bro. Eberhard, of Buchtel, on **The Banquet" and Bro. Blake, 
of Athens, the ** Ladies" man. 

Five Phis stayed over the next night to hear the celebrated 
Clara Morris in ** Odette," and after the theatre had the pleasure 
of attending an enjoyable reception given by the ladies of Kappa 
Kappa Gamma in honor of their visiting sisters from O. S. U. 
Glowing terms, flowery rhetoric and brilliant language, would be 
the way of expressing the happy glow on every face, the flowers 


of the ladies, the brilliant flashes of wit, humor and intelligence 
which made the hours glide so quickly away. The contact with 
17 visiting Phis (from Buchtel, Delaware and Athens, O. S. U. 
alone not being represented) has greatly added to the ardor and 
vigor of our chapter. Though not many in numbers never with- 
in the reporter's three years fraternity life have the weekly meet- 
ings been so thoroughly enjoyable and the boys in as good work- 
ing order. We are sorry Bro. Kendall, '93, on account of sick- 
ness will be out of school probably the remainder of the year. 

We were delighted to have affili^ite with us Bro. L. F. Ly- 
barger and it is no wonder Ohio Epsilon so reluctantly let go of 
him for he is fired to white heat with enthusiasm and has already 
shown himself to be a Phi worker in all that the expression im- 
plies. We also introduce to the fraternity Bro. Alvin Crowe, '94, 
of Wellsville, Ohio. Bro. Crowe's father was a Phi, so with a 
double supply of that kind of blood in his veins and the interest 
already manifested, he is surely promising. We will be repre- 
sented at the Province Convention, Indianapolis, Ind., March 
13, by the reporter. 

C. C. Long. 

Wooster, March 10, 1891. 

Ohio Epsilon, Buchtel College. 

Buchtel College has recovered from the terrible calamity of 
last December. Our last letter was written in the midst of anx- 
iety and uncertainty. All feared that several of the injured 
would suffer the fate of those two whom loving hands had a few 
days before borne to their last resting place. But after a hard 
struggle all the injured passed the critical point and are now con- 
valescing rapidly. This unhoped for good fortune has caused 
college affairs to brighten and all is now moving smoothly. 
The attendance has increased more than ever before at this 
time of the year. 

Buchtel hopes to cut a figure in athletics this year. We are 
now preparing for a gymnasium exhibition and the candidates 
for the ball team are working hard. Our College is a new fac- 
tor in the athletic field, but with our unsurpassed gymnasium, 
we expect to be among the leaders as soon as athletics becomes 
as fixed an institution as our other departments. 

Our chapter has initiated no new men since our last letter. 
All our boys are thoroughly interested in the work and a more 
enthusiastic set of fraternity men would be hard to find. Our 
meetings are brim full of true Phi spirit and a healthy vigor 
characterizes all our work. 

The whole chapter invaded the house of Bro. Ed. Findley, 
'91, on the evening of Feb. 9th, and admonished him that hav- 


ing now attained his majority he must put away childish things. 

On Feb. 6th, Bro. Henry won second prize in the Ashton 
Prize Speaking contest. 

Feb. 19th saw thirty-five Buchtelites going to Wooster to at- 
tend the Ohio State Oratorical Contest. Thirteen of these were 
Phi's. Bro. Henry was BuchtePs representative and the writer 
was alternate. Bro. Henry was awarded second honor by the 
judges which with Bro. Tucker's first honor of last year, gives 
Ohio Epsilon a two years' record to be proud of. Bro. Henry's 
oration received first place in Thought and Composition. This 
is the third time in six years that an oration written by a member 
of Ohio Epsilon has received first place in Thought and Com- 
position. We were highly gratified to meet members of Ohio 
Beta, Gamma and Delta at Wooster. 

Bro. Cole, '92, has been elected Editor-in-Chief of the Bwh" 
Ulite. Bro. Holcomb, '93, is Treasurer of the Oratorical Asso- 
ciation and the writer is Marshal of the Athletic Association. 
Bro. Findley, '91, is our representative to the Epsilon Province 

Yours in the Bond, 

LeRoy C. Eberhard. 

Akron, March 8, 1891. 

Ohio Zeta, Ohio State University. 

Since our last letter, success has crowned our every effort and 
many of our Saturday evening meetings made more pleasant by 
the presence of Phis, both resident and visiting. That is just as 
we would have it. As to securing new men, we have pledged 
three more, making a total of eight since the beginning of the 
school year. 

One of these three was initiated on the last Saturday evening 
of January, and I therefore beg to present to our alumni and the 
Fraternity at large, Bro. John Dudley Dunham, '94, of this city, 
whom I know will receive the brotherly feeling and love which 
is due him. 

On Nov. ist we were favored by having Bros. Wallace and 
Long of Ohio Delta visit us. They came here with their foot 
ball team, which defeated our own team by the score of 64 to o. 
Our team was sadly deficient in practice and training, and showed 
very plainly that a good gymnasium and instructor was impera- 
tive. It seems strange that an institution as large as the Ohio 
State University has not had a gymnasium long ago, or at least, 
as good and well equipped a one as is possessed by other smaller 
colleges. It is to be hoped that we will be favored with one be- 
fore long. We cannot gain distinction in athletics without one. 


Bro. F. W. Brown, E. M., *88, has visited us a number of 
times; also Bro. W. O. Scheibell, E. M., '88, visited us on Feb. 
8th and pth. Bro. Geo. W. Chessel, ex-'92, was with us for a 
short time during the early part of the month. Bro. J. E. Brown, 
M. D., has frequently called on us during the term. On the 
same evening that Bro. Wallace and Long were with us, Bro. 
Lindenberg presented the chapter with last year's chapter group 
very handsomely framed. Some -other brother should have the 
'89 group framed and then we would have a complete series. 
The recent success of New York Epsilon has set us to figuring on 
a chapter house and we hope to be pleasantly situated before 
long in a ** home." But to New York Epsilon we most heartily 
offer our congratulations. 

We are highly elated over the success of our orator in the ora- 
torical contest held in Wooster on the 19th of this month. For 
the first time in the university's history, we have secured first 
honor. We have waited patiently and at last we are rewarded. 
When our orator returned we gave her a right royal welcome with 
tin horns and other musical (?) instruments. Our representative 
was a young lady, a member of Browning Literary Society, and 
we venture to say that she will do credit to Ohio, at Des Moines, 
Iowa, next May, at the inter-state contest. It is to be hoped that 
since we were victorious in this contest, that the trustees and 
faculty will come to our aid and give us a department of elocu- 
tion. There are also two other departments that are needed 
badly and we cannot properly call ourselves a university until we 
have them. I refer to departments in Law and Medicine. All 
great colleges and universities have such departments and they 
form a large part, if not the larger part of the university. I have 
noticed that where ^ A 6 has located very prosperous chapters, 
there a course in either law or medicine, or both, is found. As 
examples, I recall Michigan Alpha, Louisiana Alpha, Missouri 
Alpha, Kansas Alpha and other chapters. The first two named 
are exceeding prosperous chapters and Louisiana Alpha, the 
youngest chapter in the Fraternity, is to be congratulated for her 
wonderful zeal and energy. Ohio Zeta sends some one to either 
a medical or law school nearly every year, and if such depart- 
ments were located here, it would be of immense benefit to the 
chapter, as Louisiana Alpha and Michigan Alpha are witnesses. 

The absence of Prof. Geo. W. Knight, who was abroad all last 
year, was keenly felt by all who had the interest of the university 
at heart and his return was hailed with delight. Prof. Samuel 
Derby was ill all of last fall term, but has resumed his work, 
much to the satisfaction of his classes. The dedication of our 
new Chemical Laboratory was held last week, when the entire 
building was thrown open for inspection to members of the State 
Legislature and the many friends of the university. 


Bro. Samuel E. Bennett, D. V. M., '90, who is now in Han- 
over, Germany, has been favored by Dartmouth College, New 
Hampshire, with an offer of professorship in veterinary medicine, 
at a handsome salary. Should Bro. Bennett accept, we would 
commend him to the New Hampshire Alpha, who will find in 
him a pleasant companion and brother. 

The reorganized glee club made its first appearance not long 
ago, and to say that they have progressed would be expressing it 
lightly. Bro. Jones sings first tenor in the club, and ranks 
among the best, if not the best of the tenor singers. Another 
organization that makes it's appearance soon, is the University 
Orchestra. There are about thirty performers in it, and as they 
have been practicing for quite a while, much will be expected of 
them. A banjo, mandolin and guitar club was very recently 
formed, but as yet have hardly got down to solid practice. Bros. 
Askew and Lindenberg manipulate mandolins in the club. 

As far as honors are concerned, we hold a goodly share. Bro. 
Jones is president of the Senior class ; Bro. Thompson is vice- 
president of Senior class ; Bro. Askew is treasurer of the MaJdo 
Board ; Bro. Rane is president of both the Oratorical and Athle- 
tic Associations ; Bros. Farber, Mathias and Dunham hold prom- 
inent offices in the Battalion, which, under command of Lieut. 
Alexander Ogle, was never in a more flourishing condition. 

One of our pledged men is president of his class, and it is lud- 
icrous to see how eager other fraternities are to secure him. 

There are seven fraternities represented here, and their names, 
date of establishment and numerical strength, is as follows : 

Nam*. Date established ktr«. Numerical tirengik. 

Phi Gamma Delta 1878 8 

Phi Kappa Psi May 15, 1880 13 

Sigma Chi, May I5, 1882 9 

Phi Delta Thela, Oct. 6, 1883 13 

Chi Phi, Nov. 9, 1883 ., 8 

Beta Theta Pi Dec. 16, 1885 , 17 

Kappa Kappa Gamma, ..Oct. 12, 1888 

As we have thirteen active members at present, and five 
pledged men we will have at the close of the year the largest 
membership Ohio Zeta has ever had. And we are not through 
yet. Look out for further developments I 

The College annual, the AfakiOy is published by the fraterni- 
ties, and this year will probably be issued sooner than usual, and 
we would be glad to exchange with any other chapter or chapters 
desiring to do so. 

The college journal, the Lantern^ is issued bi-weekly and pub- 
lished by the literary societies. 

Again, I beg of any Phi who is in the city, either temporarily 
or permanently, to make himself known to us. Either address 


97 Clinton Building, before reaching Columbus, or address the 
reporter (see Scroll.) 

Yours in ^i ^yea, 

Frank D. Askew. 
Columbus, Feb. 23, 1891. 

Indiana Beta, Wabash College. 

Time has flown by for the past two months with but little to 
disturb the festive student save one event — the celebration of 
Washington's Birthday. This is the time above all others at 
which the spirit of the Wabash lower classmen boils and bubbles 
until some eruption is effected when bubble-like it bursts and is 
no more. Last year's effort ended in somewhat of a street fight 
when the forces of '92 and '93 entered the lists and retired with 
painful but wiser heads. 

This had the effect of dampening the ardor of rivalry for this 
season and the two classes united in procuring the Hild-Park 
Concert Company, of New York, and the entertainment by it 
rendered was heard by a crowded house. The Seniors by their 
usual tact monopolized the boxes much to the disgust of the 
Juniors, the leaders of whom frowned upon the celebration as 
being **too tame" and spited the managers of the classes by 
reposing in the highest gallery amongst the cobwebs and gallery 
gods. The members of the company appeared wearing the 
Senior and Sophortiore colors. 

The college and city were represented in full and class yells 
were the ruling spirits. After the concert it was reported that 
the time honored flag staff of Center Hall was graced by a banner 
placed upon it by the Sophomores. Sunday night or Monday 
morning some daring ones scaled the walls of Yandes Library 
and printed '93 in figures some twelve feet in height. Those of 
us upon the opposite side were somewhat angered at such depre- 
dations as it was understood by us that the whole celebration was 
to consist of the concert but we were again thrown into conster- 
nation by the abduction of R. Howard Taylor, '94's most 
efficient president, who was to attend the Freshman banquet in 
state. He was taken some four miles from the city where his 
captors had provided all the comforts which could be obtained 
at so short notice ; although somewhat chagrined at his absence 
from the feast in the city, he tells us that his* guards were the 
best of gentlemen. But enough of this. 

The chapter moves along smoothly as is her wont with but 
little at this time of the year to provoke excitement. A few 
nights since we banqueted at the Smock House and our more 
distant brothers were not forgotten. 

RoBT. H. Crozier, 

Crawfordsville, March 9, 1891. 


Indiana Gamma, Butler University. 

Another term is almost gone. The fraternity world at Butler 
has been particularly active. On the evening of January i6th, 
Delta Tau Delta handsomely entertained the other fraternities in 
her hall with a literary and social treat. In the enthusiasm of 
the moment steps were taken toward reviving the suspended 
publication of the college annual, and it is now well on the way 
to completion. Our representatives on the board of editors are 
Bros. Matthews, '91, Williams, '92, and Davidson, '92. 

The State oratorical contest is rapidly approaching, and is 
occupying our attention at present. Looking over the field, it 
strikes me that the Phis uiust be the people. Eight votes out of 
twenty-iour, and two orators besides, is not bad, when you con- 
sider the number of fraternities in the state. 

At our own contest February 9th, Bro. Carr, '92, was awarded 
first place, and Bro. Sellers, '91, was given third place. Bro. 
Carr goes to Indianapolis the 13 inst. to do battle for us agamst 
the other colleges. 

Another fraternity has made its appearance among us. A few 
weeks ago several young gentlemen came out wearing the badge 
of Kappa Sigma. We heartily welcome them to our midst, and 
congratulate the fraternity on the acquisition of such young men 
to its ranks. 

Indiana Gamma has the honor of presenting to her sister chap- 
ters Bro. Chas. E. Baker, '93, of Peru, Ind. Our new man is 
one of the best members of his class and oiie of the best half- 
backs in the state, and we feel confident that he will carry the 
banner of Phi Delta Theta as he has ever carried the foot-ball 
for Butler University — to victory. 

Chapter letters are beginning to come in. All speak very 
highly of the prosperous condition of the fraternity everywhere. 
We certainly do have great reason to rejoice. 

The Scroll is brighter and more newsy than ever. 

Yours in the Bond. 

R. F. Davidson. 
Irvington, March 3, 1891. 

Michigan Alpha, University of Michigan. 

We added one more to our number since our last letter to the 
Scroll. On the evening of January loth, we initiated John Ar- 
thur Whitworth, '94, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who has al- 
ready proved himself a ** hustler" as a fraternity man. Harry 
Burritt MuUiken, '94, of Detroit, who entered college at the be- 
ginning of this second semester, is to be initiated at our next 


An event which we shall always remember as one of the pleas- 
antest of the college year was the visit which we received last 
Friday from Bro. J. E. Brown and wife, of Columbus. They 
arrived on Friday alternoou and remained with us until Saturday 
evening. Friday evening we gave a party in their honor in the 
chapter-house — the first one of the year. Eighteen couples were 
in attendance and the time was most pleasantly occupied in 
dancing until a late hour. 

On Saturday afternoon Bros. Greene, Sloan, Newcomer and 
Kelley of Michigan Gamma, dropped in on us, and proved most 
welcome visitors. In the evening a Phi " love-feast " was held 
until Bro. Brown and Mrs. Brown, a most loyal Phi sister, all too 
soon, took their departure for home. The Hillsdale brothers re- 
mained with us until Monday. They returned home determined 
to make preparations for entering a chapter house at the begin- 
ning of next year. We hope to hear of others adopting this 
same resolution and if we can help any of them in any way by 
suggestion or advice to the consummation of a plan, we shall be 
glad to do so. 

A new society was recently formed for social purposes among 
the independent girls. It is called the Collegiate Aletbian and 
starts out with a membership of fifteen. 

At the Senior election which took place a short time since, the 
independents captured every office except those of poetess and 
historian, the successful candidate for the latter position being the 
Phi representative, Bro. O, R. Hardy. The election is an evi- 
dence of Bro. Hardy's popularity, he being the only fraternity 
candidate on the ticket which was elected. 

The long-looked-for and much needed gymnasium is at last in 
sight. Joshua W. Waterman, of Detroit, a graduate of Yale, 
has offered $zo,ooo for this purpose on condition that the Uni- 
versity will raise $zo,ooo more. They have gone to work with 
a will and over $r4,ooo has already been raised. Three months' 
time is allowed in which to raise the required amount and there 
is no doubt that the efforts of the faculty and students to meet 
the requirement, will be successful. 

The University glee and banjo clubs start on their annual trip 
April loth. Their list of engagements is as follows: Grand 
Rapids, April lo; Bloomington, Ills., April ii ; Springfield, 
April 13; St, Louis, April 14; Kansas City, April 15; Topeka, 
April 16; Leavenworth, April 17; St. Joseph, April 18; Coun- 
cil Bluffs, April 20; Des Moines, April ar, and Chicago, April 
21. Brother J. L. Mitchell, president of Epsilon provmce, is a 
member of the glee club and is very desirous of meeting, on the 
trip, all Phi's who may be in ihe cities through which the clubs 


The University has sustained a severe loss in the death of Dr. 
Alexander Winchell, professor of Geology, after nearly forty 
years' labor in the University. His fame as a scientist was world- 
wide and the scientific world has lost in him an ardent worker, 
an original thinker, and a mind of extraordinary speculative 

Frank H. Dixon. 

Ann Arbor, March 4, 1891. 

Michigan Gamma, Hillsdale College. 

It is with a feeling of pride and satisfaction, as well as pleasure 
that Michigan Gamma introduces three more new Phis to the 
Grecian world. Bros. S. W. Kelly, H. S. Myers and B. F. 
Green, all of the Freshman Class, have and are now true, earnest 
Knights of the Faith and Brothers of the Bond. We number 
fifteen men at present and a more active, harmonious crowd it 
would be hard to find. We can say without fear of successful 
contradiction that we stand at the head of the fraternities in 
Hillsdale and have compelled our rivals to acknowledge our 
supremacy in the securing of several good men. At the Junior 
contests last term ^ J ^ carried off her share of the honors. In 
the A. K. P. Society, N. B. Sloan took first prize with G. K. March 
and A. J. Gilbert second and third respectively, and in the 
Amphictyon Society C. B. Chaffee took second honors, though 
it is but the truth to say that public opinion granted him first 
place. In the Theadelphic Society S. W. Kelly walked off with 
third honors and a vow to make them ** hustle" next year. 

We are making arrangements at present to have a grand re- 
ception in connection with our Anniversary Exercises, which will 
be made an especial feature. We have admirable talent for an 
event of that kind and it is expected that the occasion will be a 
highly enjoyable one. 

The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity recently gave a very pleasant 
and unique entertainment at the home of Miss Winnie Hill, the 
step-daughter of Professor Chase of the Music Department, in 
the shape of a Masquerade Party, representative of Colonial 
Times. The Alpha Tau Omegas are friendly rivals of the Phis 
and have some good workers. We have been agitating the sub- 
ject of chapter house for some time past quite strongly and hope 
by another year at least to see it materialize. 

The Musical Department of the college of which Bro. D. J. 
Churchill is one of the active directors, is considering very 
strongly the idea of a Conservatory of Music. The plans have 
all been drawn and the committee are now looking for some 
benevolent man who has more of this world's goods than he 



wants, to " come over.into Macedonia and help" and to perpet- 
uate not only his own name, but a lasting benefit to posterity. 

Bro. O. W, Pierce was home for a few days during the holi- 
days, from Delaware, Ohio, where he has already won an envi- 
able reputation in the Musical Department of the Ohio Wesleyan 
University at that place. 

A. R. Heckman of the class of '86, and now a real estate 
broker in Chicago, is staying over Sunday with us and visiting 
his brother J. J., who is a loyal Phi. A cordial invitation is ex- 
tended to all Phis going either east or west, to stop off at Hills- 
dale, where a hearty welcome is assured you. 

J. Nelson Greene, 

Hillsdale, Feb. 3, 1891. 


Illinois Ei'silon, Illinois Wesleyan University. 

Illinois Epsilon chapter is in good condition. Preparations 
are being made for an anniversary program to be given [he latter 
part of this month. At this particular lime the chapter m.ikes 
an annua! effort at public literary performances with the view of 
maintaining a reputation in the university along that line. We 
have some very good talent and have no doubt of making a hit, 
Socially the boys have popularized themselves by the formation 
of a Whist Club of ten members. It is a pronounced success. 

One of our alumni. Bro. Robert E. Williams, Jr. is at present 
making a tour of the Pacific coast, in company of Mr. De Lap- 
idan, a Swiss lawyer and special artist of the London Graphic. 
Another popular alumnus Bro. A. J. Barr, was recently the suc- 
cessful defending attorney in one of the largest criminal IriaU this 
county has had in a long time. The defense was quite brilliant 
and shrewd. Bro. N. Walworth Marsh will sail for Germany 
the latter end of February. He will take a three year musical 
course in Berlin. Bro. R. A. Eaton is prospering in Devil's 
Lake, N. Uak. Bro. Geo. Mueller is a very successful com- 
mercial traveler in the West with headquarters at Helena, Mont. 
He spent some of the hoHdays here. Bro. I. N. Van Pelt holds 
a responsible position with McLaughlin's XXXX Coffee 
in Chicago. Bro. Frank Warner is reading law in Chicago 
with ex-Gov. Hamilton. 

J. H. Shaw. 
Blootnington, Jan. 24, 1891. 


Illinois Zeta, Lombard University. 

The winter term opened up with bright prospects for Illinois 
Zeta. Although we have lost three valuable members, viz. : Bro. 
Silliman, '92, Bro. T. V. Young, '93 and Bro. L. B. Young, '93, 
since last term; yet on January 15th we initiated four very 
valuable men, all of the class of '94, viz.: R. E. Olmstead, of 
St Paul, Minn., W. E. Griswold, of Columbus, Wis., B. P. 
Smith and W. P. button, of Sycamore, 111. The latter is a brother 
of Bro. Geo. E. Button, who graduated with the class of '89. 
Bro. S. T. Donohoe is our President and takes great interest in 
all Phi work. At our initiation we carried out the ritual almost 
to the letter, working the three acts in one night. The program 
was somewhat long, but we all enjoyed it. After the ceremony 
was over, Bros. Wild and Brady took us all to Burts' Restaurant 
where they had provided an elegant banquet. 

The Swan prize oratorical contest was held on Jan. 30, and 
Bro. Robert Anderson, '93, captured the first prize. 

Alumni Day was observed in grand style by Illinois Zeta. 
Bro. S T. Donohoe opened his hospitable residence and the Phis 
with their II B 4> sisters were right royally entertained. Bro. 
Donohoe furnished an elegant repast and all voted it one of the 
pleasantest times in their lives. 

We have received visits from Bros. Anderson, Slater, Farlow 
and Brigham, all of the class of '90, and we are always glad 
to see our brothers. 

Zeta Province holds her convention at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, 
March 30, 31 and April i. Bros. Case, Donohoe and Wild are 
our delegates, and others may go. 

Bros. Anderson and Dutton have each gotten new Phi pins 
which we are all very proud of. 

We have just had the pleasure of initiating William R. Tapper, 
'94, of Chicago. He is a brother of Bro. Geo. F. Tapper of 
'92, thus giving us one more valuable man. 

At our last election Brother Chas. Cottrell was chosen Presi- 
dent and Bro. Will Griswold, Secretary, to serve during the 
spring term. 

Our annual circular letter shows us to be in a prosperous con- 
dition which we are very proud to say. With best wishes to all 
the sisters chapters. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Chas. H. Cottrell. 
Galesburgh, March 2, 1891. 


Wisconsin Alpha, University of Wisconsin. 

The last number of the Scroll did not contain a letter frc 
Wisconsin Alpha but we trust that future ones will have sorr 
thing from her even if nothing more than ** Yours in the Bond 

Since our last letter we have initiated six men, giving us 
chapter list of twenty-six — two Seniors, five Juniors, eight Sop 
omores, and eleven Freshmen. Our initiates since October n 
are Hermann Oppenheimer, '91, St. Paul, Minn; Frank ' 
McDonough, '93, Eau Claire; George T. Kelly, Eau Clair 
Ed. M. Hooper, Oshkosh ; Percy Elwell, La Crosse ; and Fre 
M. Moore, Fond du Lac ; all '94. 

Each year the incoming class not only increases, but brings 
larger proportion of fraternity men to the U. W. so that tl 
chapters are beginning to number twenty-five and over. 

With one or two exceptions the cities in this part of the cou 
try do not belong exclusively to any one fraternity. One reas( 
may be that the alumni rarely settle in the places they enten 
the University from, or even in the State, and so cannot he 
their chapter by * 'fixing" men before they leave home. Ho 
ever we have some right to claim Milwaukee for we at prese 
have six active and quite a number of alumni members in th 
city. We have a larger proportion of actives from Milwauk 
than any other chapter and our alumni there belonged to tl 
chapter a few years ago, and do all they can to advance tl 
prosperity of Phi Delta Theta at home and abroad. 

Most of our men have been pointed out to us by our alumni 
different parts of the State and thus we were able to proceed i 
telligently with regard to them. It would, indeed, seem unn 
tural for persons who have been associated with an organizatic 
of such a nature as a college secret society for even a year, n 
to retain interest in what, though it has changed its personalii 
many times yet remains ever the same — "My Fraternity." 

Chapter house life is the very best of all fraternity life. Nc 
withstanding appearances it does not interfere with study, for 
a brother enters your room while you are at work you do n- 
feel obliged to entertain him as you would if he had come fro 
a room in another house. On the contrary, you feel at liberl 
to **bow him out" unceremoneously as his own room is but 
few steps away. 

Our parties, thanks to our large parlors, have been among tl 
very best given by fraternities this year, as well as being great< 
in number. 

We shall have three men on the glee club trip this spring or 
of whom is the leader and manager. Two of the others ai 
pledged and will join in the spring term. We are noted as 


musical fraternity, and not without reason. Among the pleas- 
antest informal gatherings of the last few months were the Phi 
musicals. Our house resounds with music of various kinds and 
qualities from the national anthem to the latest popular tune. A 
feature of one of our recent meetings was a college 6ong written 
by Bro. Curtis and sung by several brothers. 

Our honors are not conAned to the musical department alone. 
We have had men in several prominent literary positions and ex- 
pect in the coming spring to become more active in athletics. 
Of the recently organized boat club, Bro. C. £. Hilbert is presi- 
dent. This organization bids fair to absorb a large amount of 
interest the college takes in out door exercise. The facihties for 
boating that will soon be offered us by the building of a boat 
house on college grounds will do much to make this the most 
popular amusement in the University. 

In addition to various other honors Bro. Young is now the lit- 
erary editor of the AegU, 

The University has been rejoicing the last few days over the 
passage of the University Bill by the Wisconsin Legislature, 
granting the college one-tenth of a mill of all taxes for the next 
six years which amounts to about $60,000 a year. By this bill 
we will be able to get our much needed armory alias gymnasium. 
We also get a new law building, new buildings for the agricul- 
tural course and a boat house. The authorities purpose to bor- 
row nearly the whole sum allowed by the State and to proceed 
to build as soon as plans are drawn up and the sites determined 

This donation was made absolutely necessary by the enormous 
growth of the University the last few years. 

The Badf^er this year will contain pictures of the various fra- 
ternity houses in place of the usual engravings. Phi Delta Theta 
will be represented by a photogravure of the chapter group and 
the chapter house. Brother Young is on the editorial board and 
a number of pictures have been furnished by Phi's. 

We shall be glad to exchange with any other chapter as soon 
as the book appears. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Frank Sweet. 

Madison, March 9, 1891. 

Missouri Alpha, University of Missouri. 

We are afraid that, unless Missouri Alpha can find her way 
into the April Scroll, she will have to apply for a new charter 
to gain recognition in the fraternity world, that is, away from 
Columbia, but here she is holding her own in a most Phi-like 



Our contests have not commenced yet, so we will wait until the 
June number to call the roll of honors. Next Saturday evening 
our chapter makes its debut, for this year, in the persons of Bros, 
Drum and Thompson, in a Shakesperian contest; we have great 
hopes stored up in these two tragedians. For the rest of the 
year we will be holding out our arms at full length to receive the 
honors that have come to be recognized as our rights here. 

Our man to the Province Convention is Brother C. G. Haines. 
The convention meets in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. 

We are arranging to give some sort of a fete in April and be- 
fore the June issue of our organ we will have had our annual 
banquet Since last year a fine music hall has been erected here 
which affords us a most delightful place for dancing and in this 
we will thank the white and blue. 

Every chapter that is not already blest with quarters of its own 
should lose no time getting them. They bring the men together 
and carry in them something of the odor of fraternal love. It 
seems to pervade the very atmosphere; it sits on the chairs; 
hangs on the pictures and hides itself in the damask coverings of 
the windows that shut out everything but love and brotherly 

We have had this year as live, harmonious and hard-working 
a chapter of sixteen men as ever moved under Missouri 
Alpha's private banner. We hope ere our next letter is due to 
set up honor for honor with any of our sister chapters. 

Bro. R. T. Haines is in New York engaged in work prepara- 
tory for the stage. He is a man of some talent and we are ex- 
pecting from him something beyond the ordinary. He has as- 
sumed the buskin and has gone to work with a conscientious zeal 
that, backed by his peculiar talents, is sure to make a tragedian 
of the first type. 

Hoping that from these few facts our sister chapters wilt learn 
that we are still a little " in it," we will leave the other half to be 
told by our circular letter. Yours in #i — x^tia, 

F, P. Devilbiss. 

Columbia, March 8, 1891. 

Iowa Alpha, Iowa Wesleyan Uninersity. 

That Iowa Alpha's reporter should this time get his letter in in 
time for publication is a pleasant duty which the enthusiastic 
brothers at I. W. U. seem to have resolved themselves into a 
committee of the whole to keep constantly before him. Yes — 
we have enthusiasm. Of all good things we have to rejiort that 
is the most important. The deepest, most sincere spirit of fel- 
lowship permeates the activities of the every day lives of the 


boys and invariably bursts forth in torrents when excited by the 
congeniality of our regular weekly meetings. 

Since our last letter to the. Scroll we have had the good for- 
tune of splendid accessions to our number by the initiations of 
Bro. C. G. Watkins, '93 and of Bros. W. H. Perdue, W. F. 
GiUmore, F. B. Tucker, Guy Shields, Edward Hearn and Karl 
W. Mayne, of '94. It has indeed been our harvest time. All 
were pledged men and sailed unscathed above the "grade line' 
imposed by the University as a prerequisite to fraternity mem- 
bership. We now number twenty men. Seemingly a large 
chapter, but there is a good supply of fraternity material here 
and our chapter has got just what it wants, and we assure you 
nothing more. We are getting a full, strong share of college 
honors and our future in every way is bright. We plume our- 
selves that our parlors are pretty, and there is no place where 
the boys feel so much at home. Our chapter room has been re- 
cently recarpeted which has added to its attractions. 

We are ijre paring for Zeta Province convention which will 
meet with us March 31st and April 1st. From the reports we 
have received fron the chapters we are encouraged in our hope 
for good big delegations. Bro. Coddington, '90, editor of Ran- 
dolph Times, Randolph, Neb., has very kindly sent us an ele- 
gant supply of the necessary printing, another evidence of his 
unwavering enthusiasm. Our only rival here is Beta Theta Pi. 
Their chapter is in very good condition. We are happy to be 
able to say however, that Phi Delta Theta is in every way 
perfectly able to hold her own. So far as college politics are 
concerned, we have had a remarkably quiet year. Class spirit 
has run higher than ever before and in a measure blunted the 
sharp political contests between the fraternities. Pi Beta Phi 
and P. E. O. both have fine chapters and are select in their ma- 

This is the alumni number and we must not claim too much 
space. Hoping to hear good reports from our alumni every- 
where when the issue appears, 

Yours in ^i — xc^a, 


Mt. Pleasant, March 2, 1891. 

Iowa Beta, Iowa State University. 

Near the first of last term the boys of Iowa Beta were given a 
reception and ])arty by the young ladies of Kappa Kappa Gam- 
ma, and just before Thanksgiving we returned the compliment by 
having a party to which only Kappas were invited. The Kappa's 
gave us a fine party and the boys will always remember it with 

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During last term we received visits from Bro. Chadboune, of 
Michigan Alpha and from Bro. Rice, Iowa Alpha. Both of 
them are fine fellows and we were glad to give them the grip. 
We also received short visits from Bros. Sever and Young, alum- 
ni of this chapter. 

We have given three parties this term and on each occasion 
had a glorious time. We gave the party on the evening of 
Alumni Day, and by the way I think Iowa Beta takes the palm 
in the way of Alumni Day celebrations. 

We started out in the morning dressed in our best, and decor- 
ated with the blue and white. This caused some excitement, 
the students wanting to know what the matter was, and of course 
we were willing to tell them. We wore the colors all day, and 
at 6:30 in the evening went to the hall and put two new men 
through, working as fast as we could in order to get ready for 
the party. After the initiation we straightened up the halls, 
started out and brought up our ladies and had a party, to cele- 
brate both Alumni Day and our initiation. There were eighteen 
couples present and we tripped the light fantastic until after one. 
It was a very nice party and it, with the double initiation was a 
fit celebration of Alumni Day. 

On the evening of Feb. 26th, we gave another dancing 
pariy at which there were twelve couples. The party was given 
in honor of Miss Rosa Haige, of Turner, III., who was visiting 
one of our Phi Delta girls. Everybody had a good time. 

Since our last letter we have run in four new men. Jack, Frank 
and Henry McCaffrey and John M. Haddock. Frank and Hen- 
ry McCaffrey are members of '93, Jack McCaffrey and Had- 
dock, '94. The McCaffrey's are brothers, just entered this term, 
and were wanted by at least one of our sisters, viz., B ^ //. 

Bro. Will Slattery was, about a week ago elected chairman of 
the Executive Committee of the State Athlectic Association. He 
is acknowledged to be the best posted amateur ^ athlete in the 
University and is one of the best known amateurs in the State. 

Bro. Bremner was elected president of the engineering society 
for this term. There were three candidates for the office — all 
Phi's, but Bremner by bribing the society with the promise of an 
oyster supper was able to defeat brothers Brown and Hastings 
the other two candidates. 

Bro. C. E. Kahlke last term acted as one of the demonstrators 
in the Dental Department of the University and thus gets his 
name in the catalogue along with those of the professors. 

Bro, Brown has been offered a position by an extensive cement 
company at Bellefontaine, Ohio, and Bro. Hastings is now doing 
some work here for the city. 

Bro. Nichols who graduated from the law department last 
year was married Dec. 31st, to Miss Laura Barber of this city. 


Miss Laura has always been a good Phi and all the bo}^ are glad 
to welcome here as a "sister." Our brother and new sister are 
now living at West Liberty, where Nick can, without any trou- 
ble, hustle enough for two. Last fall he built a large cottage so 
they are well fixed in their own home. 

Frank G. Pierce. 
Iowa City, Feb. 19, 1891. 

Kansas Alpha, University of Kansas. 

Kansas Alpha fairly beams with pride as she looks back over 
her progress during this portion of the present school year, and 
then casts a glance at herself in the looking-glass of non-partisan 
witnesses. Beginning the year with 12 men, having initiated 4 
before the date of my last letter, December, we now have to 
record the addition of 7 more men, 6 by initiation ; J, E, Dyche, 
93, Baker, Kansas; Thornton Cook, '93, Herrington, Kansas; 
Stephen Tracy Leonard, '94, Lawrence, Kansas ; Oscar Etdridge 
Leonard, '94, Lawrence, Kansas ; Walter O, W, Woods, '94, 
Concordia, Kansas; Geo. Sufiield Lyons, '94, Chetopa, Kansas. 
Dwight E. Potter, who has been teaching school at Antelope, 
Kansas, during the early part of this year, has returned, to be 
with us dnring the remainder, thus making our total 33. 

On Nov. zist, we celebrated our eighm annual anniversary 
banquet, and had a very delightful time. We had with us Upon 
that event, a goodly number of our alumni and correspondent 
members, and showed them the enthusiasm still maintained, nay, 
increased, by the younger Phis. The yell, originated, I believe 
by one of the Pennsylvania chapters, has been adopted by us, 
and with the whistle, was in the nature of a surprise to them. 

On Feb. 7, we received a welcome visit from Bro. Beazell, of 
Pennsylvania Eta. We are always delighted to receive visits 
from our eastern and southern brothers, for they may in that 
way become better acquainted with our position and condition, 
than by simply looking over our letters to the Scroll and 
through similar means. 

We gave a party upon Feb, 13, which was a complete success 
in every way, and which, by its remembrance, and the anticipa- 
tion of others equally enjoyable maintains for us our high social 

Our circular letter has been issued, and it compares very favor- 
ably with many chapters toward whom we have looked as a sort 
of "illustrious example" and have considered as taking precedence 
by virtue of their ape. We shall not feel so modest in the future. 
We assume this loLic of self-congratulation mainly, perhaps, be- 
cause our prosperity is but a prool of a claim which we have 
long advanced, i. e. the coming prominence of the west in fra- 


temity as well as id other affairs. A good illustration of this is 
the attempt, how vigorous I cannot say, for all is semi-secret, to 
establish a chapter of J A* £ here. 

Our prosperity as a Fraternity or chapter, is paralleled by that 
of our university. An appropriation of $75,000 has just been 
granted by the Legislature, with an additional special appropria- 
tion of $3,500 to Prof. Snow, to carry on experiments in the 
artificial propogation of disease among insects. 

The university last week received a visit from Pres. Eliot, of 
Harvard University, who delivered an address upon " Recent 
Educational Movements " and spoke to general assembly of 
students the following day. 

A lecture course, participated in by the Senior Class has been 
arranged in connection with the Seminary work in Political 
Science. Three of the six members of the bureau who spoke in 
neighboring towns, were Phis, Brothers Holmes, Morse and 
Kellogg. With best wishes to all Phis, 

Your in the Bond, 

F. H. Kellogg. 

Lawrence, March 7, 1891. 

California Alpha, University of California, 

Since our last letter we have passed through the trying season 
of the mid-year examinations, and are now well on our way in 
the second term. Brother Parcells has completed his course 
and will probably receive his diploma soon. He is the last of 
our charter members, and was in the class of '89 but was absent 
from college for a year and a half. He had expected to com- 
plete his course in three and one half years and graduate with 
the class of '90 last June, but the faculty would not allow him 
to take the required number of hours, and he was obliged to re- 
turn this year. He will probably take a course in law. Four 
of our chaner members have dow graduated ; brother Norris is 
dead and the remaining one, brother W. O. Morgan is in busi- 

At the last meeting of the Board of Regents the college year 
was changed so that the terms would correspond with those of 
the public schools of the Stale. The first term will begin in 
Augustandwillendat the Christmas vacation; the second term will 
end in the latter part of May, one,month earlier than at present. 
The new regulation will take effect in 189a. The change was 
made to the present schedule in 1887 so that the terms and va- 
cations corresponded with those of eastern colleges. This has 
not proved satisfactory either to the faculty or to the students on 
account of the difference of the seasons on this coast from the 


seasons in the East, and it has been deemed advisable to change 
the calendar back again. 

The Sophomore hop was held in the Harmon gymnasium on 
the afternoon of February 14th. On account of the numbers 
who desired to attend the hop, and to give an equal advantage 
to all, tickets were sold at the door. The same method will be 
adopted on Charter Day, March 23rd. The limited space of the 
gymnasium almost obliges the students to take refuge in this way 
of disposing of tickets, although such action is generally regret- 
ted. It is 10 be hoped that we shall be provided with a suitable 
hall in the near future that will accommodate all of the students 
and their friends. 

On the evening of February 27th, California Alpha gave an 
informal party to a few of its friends in the chapter house. 
There were about forty-five present, and notwithstanding the in- 
clemency of the weather and the poor accommodations in Berk- 
ley for getting our friends to and from the chapter house in the 
evening, all enjoyed themselves in games and dancing, when 
once inside our prettily decorated parlors until, all too soon, the 
small hours of the morning began to warn us of the approaching 

It is just two years since we entered our present chapter 
house; the lease will expire in another year, and we shall soon 
begin to negotiate for a renewal of the lease, unless plans which 
are now just beginning mature quickly. We have eleven men 
out of a total of sixteen in the house at present. The conveni- 
ent location and the accommodations of the house itself are such 
that we shall be loth to part with it under any circumstances. 
E. F. Goodyear. 

Berkeley, March 6, 1891. 




New York Alpha, New Vork, 

On the 7th of March the New York Alpha Alumni chapter 
held its annual meeting and banquet at Rtccadonas, it being 
found impossible to hold it on the regular Alumni Day. Bro. F. 
J. Greene, N. Y. F, was chairman of the Committee on Enter- 
tainment and a most abundant repast was spread (or the inner 
man, "to which the large assemblage of Phi's did ample justice." 
Bro. Greene, we feel sure, will always remember the occasion 
with pride. Before the feast the annual election was held with 
the following result : President, Dudley R. Horton, N. Y. A '75; 
Secretary and Treasurer, W. A. Cattell, Pa. A '84; Warden, J. 
C. Turk, Vt. A, and Reporter, F. J. Greene, N. Y. /'. Great re- 
sults are expected from the new officers, who seem to be imbued 
with thorough determination to make their regime most resplen- 
did for Phi Delta Theta. 

The subjects propounded by the General Council were not 
discussed at length owing to lateness of the hour. The post-pran- 
dial exercises were most ably presided over by our worthy brother 
Alpha Province ex-President G. W. Roberts. Short speeches 
of the conversational nature were made by Province President 
B. S. Orcutt, J. C. Turk, W. A. Cattell, T. Harry Knox, F. J. 
Greene, L. C. Adamson, David Green (for N. Y. F). Bro. Fred 
Linsey, of N. Y. A, who has been five years at various German 
universities, gave an enjoyable account of his sojourn abroad. 
Bro, Albert Shiels (late of Panama Alpha Alumni fame) drew a 
fine word picture of the great canal scheme, dwelling particu- 
larly upon the thieving and vagabond disposition of the natives 
of Panama, and then fittingly exemplified his great prowess of 
adaptation to every community in which he has resTded by excus- 
ing himself hurriedly from the banquet hall and walking away 
with the new tile of the president-elect. The next day it did 
not fit him so he was compelled to send it back to its owner. 
Bro. Shiels, by the way, has entirely recovered from the serious 
malarial fevers, which compelled his return home. 


It was resolved to discontinue the maintenance of regular 
rooms in the city for the present, and return to the former enjoy- 
able gatherings at the residences of members, or an occasional 
dinner a table-d'hote. 
The menu of the dinner is appended. 

* « « * * 

Fraternally yours, 

Dudley R, Horton. 

Pennsylvania Alpha, Pittsburgh. 

Twenty-five loyal Phis, good and true, assembled in the par- 
lors of the Hotel Duquesne, on the evening of the i8th of Feb- 
ruary. The annual business meeting was called to order at 6:30 
p. M., by Bro. W. T. Tredway, V, P. 

The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: 
President, Geo. N. Chalfant; Vice Presidents (one from each 
college represented) — C. L. Smith, Allegheny ; Forrest Price, 
Wooster; S. H. McKee, Monmouth; J. R. Bell, W. and J; 
T. A. Straub, Lehigh ; F. S. Christy, Syracuse ; R, T. McCready, 
Ohio Wesleyan ; Chas. L. Chalfant, Lafayette ; Reporter, T. C. 
Blaisdell, Allegheny. 

After the usual routine of business, the " brethren " formed in 
line and marched to the dining room betow, (to the stirring tune 
of " Solomon Levi "), when the past, present and future of Phi 
Delta Theta was discussed from " Blue points to Cafe and 
Havanas. " 

Bro. T. C. Blaisdell, as toast master, began "the feast of 
reason" after the Phi appetite had been appeased and all the 
speeches were full of that genuine whole-souled enthusiasm which 
is only found in perfection within the " Bond ". The foUowing 
toasts were responded to : — 


Toast-Master, . T. C. Blaisdell, Pa. Delta, N. Y, Epsilon. 
" Before we proceed any further, hear me speak." — Shakespeare. 

Patrioiism J. R. Bell, Pa. Gamma 

" You must not forsake the shippe in a tcmpieste because you 
cannot rule and kepe downe the wyndes." — More. 

The Growler, S. B. Groves, Ohio Delta 

" He never would be missed." 
The Barbarian, . R. T. M. McCready, Ohio BeU 

" I speak Latin like a lawyer and not like a schoolmaster." — Scott. 
Mock Turtle Soup, Prof. W. A. Elliott, Pa. Delta 

•' For neither man nor angel can discern hypocrisy." — Milton. 

A Story or Two, . Prof. W. C. McClelland. Pa. Gamma 

" Kck out of tales the mirth, but not the sin." 


Song, . . . . F. C. Christy, Pa. Delta, N. Y. Epsilon 

•' Now shall be my song, 

It shall be witty, and it sha'n*t be long.*' — Chesterfield, 
The Lawyer of the Phis, . . J. A. Langfitt, Pa. Gamma 

" The first thing we do, let's kill adl the lawyers." — Shakespeare, 

The Goat P. C. Farrar, Pa. Gamma 

" He that spits against the wind, spits in his own face.*' — Franklin, 
The True Phi, . . . Rev. Charles L. Smith, Pa. Delta 

Lear — " Ay, every inch a king." — Shakespeare. 

The Ladies, .... R. B. Scandrett, Pa, Gamma 

" Oh, you are fairer far than the chaste, blushing 

mom." — Beaumont and Fletcher. 

The Ugly Man, . . R. E. Esterly, Ohio Delta, N. Y. Alpha 

"Cheated of feature by dissembling nature." — Shakespeare. 

Song, J. R. Wright, Pa. Gamma 

" A careless song does not misbecome a monarch." — Waipole. 
My First Cigar, . . . . W. T. Tredway, Pa. Gamma 

" For thy sake, tobacco, I 
Would do any thing but die." — Lamb. 

The Parson, Chas. L. Chalfant, Pa. Alpha 

*• He of their wicked ways shall men admonish." — Milton. 

Phi-ism, W. W. Case, Pa. Delta 

" A mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one." — Carfyle. 

For three hours the banquet hall rang with music and laughter 
and a * * sound of revelry by night, " 

At 12 p. M. with a rousing ** here's to Phi Delta Theta" and a 
farewell **grip" all around the table, we adjourned with the 
hope that next year we may meet again around the festal board 
and again renew our vows of loyalty to Phi Delta Theta. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Geo. N. Chalfant, Reporter, 

Pennsylvania Beta, Philadelphia. 

On the evening of Thursday, Feb. 19, 1891, the Pennsylvania 
Beta Alumni chapter held its annual banquet at the Colonnade 
Hotel. Twenty-two loyal Phi's were gathered around the table 
and enjoyed themselves to the utmost. 

At a short business meeting the following officers were elected 
to serve for the ensuing year : President, G. Oram Ring, M. D.; 
Secretary, Lester E. Schoch, M. D.; Treasurer, P. N. K. 
Schwenk, M. D.j Chaplain, Rev. F. H. Moore; Warden, C. 
S. Potts, M. D.; Reporter, M. H. Fehnel, A. C. 

Our new members are Prof. Oliver Mordorf, Pennsylvania Ep- 
silon ; W. E. Marter, Pennsylvania Epsilon ; L. S. Henkel, 
Virginia Alpha; J. G. Klemm, Jr., Pennsylvania Zeta. 

After the good thjngs set before us had disappeared, and we 
were enjoying our cigars, Bro. W. F. Smalley, Esq., the toast- 


master, called for responses to the toasts : "The Fraternity," M. 
G. Gull, M. D.; "Pennsylvania Beta Alumni," G. Oram Ring, 
M. D.; "Pennsylvania Zeta," S. Terashlma; "Phi's in Medi- 
cine," C. A. Oliver, M. D.; "The Rod and Chain," B. B. Lath- 
bury; "Our Ministers," Rev. T. R. Moore; "The Ladies." J. 
M. West; "Our New Benedict," P. N. K. Schwenk, M. D.; 
"The Law," Harry Emmons, Esq.; "The Bond," Prof. Oliver 
Mordorf. Impromptu speeches were made by a number of oth- 
ers. All the speakers were overwhelmed by applause and by 
the sarcastic comments of their hearers. 

The different chapters were represented as follows: Pennsyl- 
vania Zela, Hros. Oliver, Potts, Ring and Schwenk, alumni ; 
Lathbury, Latta, West, Moore, J. C, Haden and Terashinia, 
undergraduates ; Pennsylvania Alpha, Bros. Radcliffe, Tull, 
Smalley, Richards and Moore, F. H ; Pennsylvania Epsilon, 
Bros. Marter and Mordorf; Pennsylvania Eta, Bros. Patterson 
andFehnel; Virginia Alpha, Bros. He nk el and Schoch ; New 
York Epsilon, Bro. Comfort. 

The chapter house question was thoroughlj" discussed and a 
committee appointed to meet a similar committee from the un- 
dergraduate chapter, for the consideration oi the means by which 
a house could be secured. 

Yours in the Bond, 

M. H. Fehnel. 

Alabama Alpha, Montgomery. 

Again Alabama Alpha Alumni must plead guilty of not having 
kept Alumni Day as she ought to have done, but after some effort 
to arrange the matter, it was given up. It has been nearly a 
year since the alumni of this city have met together, but they 
are never unmindful of the fact that they are Phis, and they 
have an interest in the grand old Fraternity, The interest in 
daily life which the Phis show for each other is a good indication 
that they have not forgotten the pledges taken in the days of 
college life, and they have also shown their loyalty by responding 
liberally to any fraternity cause which called upon their financial 
'nterests. We hope to be in Atlanta at the National Convention 
n full force and help to show that the fires of Phi Delta Theta- 
ism are not suffering in the Southland. 

The personnel of the chapter has not changed much during 
the past year. M. P. LeGrand, Jr. still remains Vice-President 
of both the Bank of Montgomery and the Commercial Fire In- 
surance Company; Alva Fitzpatrick, is now Secretary of the 
National Building and Loan Association of this city ; Dr. Glenn 
Andrews is making rapid strides in his profession and the confi- 
dence of the people; Dr. B. J. Baldwin still grows in the favor 


of the people of the entire state as an expert oculist. He 1: 
recently by the death of his wife's father, Josiah Morris, t 
millionaire banker of this city, become one of the wealthiest m 
in this state. John Gay represents several fire insurance comj 
nies ; W. Joe Orum is a partner in a cotton warehouse compan 
Joe Calloway and W. E Holloway are practicing law. Hollow 
has recently taken unto himself a better half. Charles A. Guni 
is managing his father's large cotton interests with headquartt 
in this city ; Herbert Sayre is teller in Moses Bros, bank ; A 
Joe Boothe is captain of the Montgomery Greys and clerk in t 
Probate Court office ; Stewart Neff is a partner in a plumbi: 
establishment doing a good business ; John J. Mickle has mov( 
to Selma ; Ben Baldwin is reading law and will return to the Ui 
versity of Virginia in the fall ; John Elmore is making his ma 
as an attorney ; Joe Herron is with his father in the wholesa 
grocery business ; Marshall B. Jones, whose father was recent 
maugurated governor of Alabama, is in his office ; Fred S. Bj 
is with Tomkins & Troy, attorneys j and W. E. Chisholr 
Charles Gay and others are in the city, while others are droppii 
in all the time so that it is rather difficult to keep up with them 
During the session of the legislature during December, Jan 
ary and February, we had the pleasure of frequently meetii 
Ben J. Elmore and Col. W. W. Quarles, the former Clerk of tl 
House and the latter the fighting member from Dallas count 
Brother Elmore has been here before in the same position, bi 
Quarles was winning his spurs. He left the capital city with 
state-wide reputation. Other Phis come and go and we ai 
always glad to see them. We invite all visiting Phis to mai 
themselves known to some of the members named above, whoj 
place of bijsiness can easily be learned. 

Fraternally yours, 

Fred S. Ball. 

Ohio Beta, Akron. 

In accordance with the provision of the G. C. Ohio Bet 
Alumni held a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 2Sth. It was nc 
practicable to hold one on the i8th as directed. 

The following officers were elected : President, Bro. F. A 
Schumacher ; Vice-president, Bro. R. B. Carter, M. D ; Secrc 
tary, Bro. J. D. Pardee ; Chaplain, Bro. C. Ellwood Nash, D 
D.; Reporter, Bro. W. J. Emery, M. D. 

Our ranks have been somewhat thinned during the last year 
not by ravages of disease but by calls to larger fields and mor* 
lucrative positions. Bro. F. S. Pixley has accepted editoria 
work on the Chicago Mail. Bro. H. H. Henry has hung out ai 

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advocate's shingle with Foster & Lawrence, Att'ya, Cleveland, 
Bro. Edwin F. Cone is pursuing a course of chemistry in the 
Case School of Applied Sciences. And last, since the holding 
of our meeting, our Kev. Bro. C. EUwood Nash, Illinois Zeta, 
'75, has accepted a call to Brooklyn, N. Y. The accompanying 
slip is an editorial from the Beaton and RepubUean of March 6, 

Residents ot Akron and vicinity will learn with regret that the Rev. 
C. EUwood Nash, pastor ot the Universalist Church, has decided to ac- 
cept the call recently tendered him by the First Universalis! Church of 
Our Father, of Brooklyn, N. Y. Mr. Nash has been a power of good in 
this community and has been notably successful in building up. and 
establishing a deep interest in, the Universalist Church in this city. 
He is a strong and original thinker, a fine sermoniier, an eloquent 
pulpit orator and a man whose views command respect even from those 
whose opinions are widely divergent from those which he holds. All 
good citizens, irrespective of church affiliations, will regret his depar- 
ture from our midst, but will join with the members of his congrega- 
tion in wishing him and his family thejzreatest measure of success, hap- 
piness and prosperity in his new held of labor. 

Though our numbers have been reduced we are yet a valiant 
band. We now have with us Bro. J. Asa Palmer who since 
graduating in '89, has been in Denver, Colorado. Bro. W. J. 
McCreary who has been in Boston for the last four years will re- 
turn to this city and again be found among us. 

Under the topics proposed by the G. C. for discussion all the 
Bros, made remarks. All expressed themselves favorable to- 
ward Pan-hellenism but though working nice in theory was quite 
hard to practice among active chapters. An effort, however, 
will be made to bring about a Pan-hellenic meeting of all alum- 
ni Greeks in the city. 

The responsibihty for the Indifferent Alumnus was placed 
partly upon himself and partly upon the active chapters. He 
himself is responsible in that he gets away from all affiliation, 
makes no report concerning himself, nor does he take the Scroll. 
The active chapter is responsible for him in that its reporter fails 
in his duty. When the Alumnus takes the Scroll and looks in 
vain tor a letter from his own chapter his interest naturally wanes 
and his indifference increases. 

Yours in the Bond, 

W. J. Emery, M. D. 

Epsilon Province Convention and Indianapolis Alumni. 

The members of Epsilon province met in convention at the 
rooms of the Indianapolis Literary Club, March 13, The presi- 
dent being absent the convenlion was called to order by Bro. 


Neff of Indiana Zeta. In the absence of the secretary i 
French of Indiana Alpha was appointed to fill the v ; 
Brother Miller of Indiana Gamma was chosen president ; 
convention and delivered a neat address containing man 
ble suggestions, on taking the chair. Bro. Fesler spokt : 
half of the president, expressing his regret at being unab 
present. The different chapters were then reported as fc 

Ohio Alpha by Bro. Heistand, Ohio Delta by Bro. Lon , 
Epsilon by Bro. Findley, Ohio Zeta by Bro. Lmdenber , 
Gamma by Bro. Woodworth, Michigan Gamma by Bro \ 
Indiana Alpha by Bro. Bamberger, Indiana Gamma by ] 
Haas, Indiana Delta by Bro. Payne, Indiana Epsilon 1 
De Prez, Indiana Zeta by Bro. Preston. 

The reports all gave evidence of great progress and pri i 
and showed each chapter to be in a flourishing condition 

The convention then listened to an address by Brother 
K. Elliott. His subject was **The Great English Stat( 
This took the place of the literary exercises ordinarily gi 
members, elected by the convention. The change prove I 
a great improvement for the address was an admirable c i 
was listened to with great interest. The same plan was 
mously decided upon for the next convention. It was i 
that, on account of the excellence of the address, Bro. 
be requested to submit it to the province president foi 

A committee consisting of Bros. Mark, Long and N 
appointed to determine on the time and place of next con\ : 
They reported in favor of holding it at Akron, Ohio at ti 
of the State Contest. The report was adopted. 

A vote of thanks was given the Indianapolis Literary C I 
their kindness in tendering the use of their rooms as a p 
holding the convention. 

Moved that the president of Epsilon province be emp : 
to appoint a president and vice president for the comin] 
Bro. Joseph S. Jenckes, being called upon made a few i i 
after which the convention adjourned. 

The company then repaired to the banquet hall adj: 
where Nickum, in his usually elegant style, served a su : 
six courses, replete with all the delicacies it was possi ; 
the cuisine to produce. The scene beautiful in itself, w \ 
dered still more so by the presence of many Phi sisters , 
mality was lost sight of, and meats, sauces, ices and cakes i 
disappeared. The repast concluded, those present were 
for the toasts, which were of supreme excellence. The 
was "Then they will talk — ye Gods! how they will 
Judge Byron K. Elliott, Ohio Alpha, '52, was toast masti 



royally well did he fulfill his duties. The toasts^ in their order, 
were as follows : 

** The Lawyers," 

" The News Gatherers," 

"Ohio and Michigan," 

"The Hoosiers," 

"The Parsons," . 

"The Province President," 

Rev. Dr. Jenckes, Ind. Alpha, '56 

Mayor Jas. L. Mitchell, Ind. Alpha, '58 

. Henry Little, Ind. Beta, '91 

M. L. Findley, Ohio Epsilon, '91 

. Robert A. Brown, Ind. Delta, *84. 

. Hugh Miller, Ind. Gamma, *88 

Bro. J. B. Elam, Ohio Alpha, '70, was also called upon, and 
in his own happy way, added a few remarks. 

These exercises finished, the assembly adjourned to the Ora- 
torical Contest, there to cheer on two Phi brothers, each striving 
for honors. 

Thus ended the Province Convention. Its success was due 
entirely to the untiring efforts of the Indianapolis Phis ; and our 
best wish for the next convention is, that it may be as successful 
as the one just ended. 

Illinois Alpha, Chicago. 

The Alumni Phi's of Chicago met in banquet at the Auditori- 
um Hotel, at 6 o'clock on the evening of Alumni Day, and pro- 
ceeded to enjoy themselves for about five hours as only Phi's 

At the business meeting in the early part of the evening the 
following officers were elected for the coming year : President, 
Bro. Gwynn Garnett, who is well known as a prominent member 
of our judiciary; Secretary, Bro. A. R. Heckman ; Treasurer, 
Bro. J. E. Crews; Reporter, Bro. A. F. Moore; Warden, Bro. 
J. H. Hopkins. Bro. C. H. Wells was chosen delegate to the 
National Convention at Atlanta. 

Considerable interest was manifested in the question as to 
whether we should have mroe than one banquet during the year. 
It was finally decided that a single banquet, and that an exceed- 
ingly elaborate affair, is more to be desired than a larger num- 
ber, which are apt to be smaller in regard to attendance. 

Adjourning to the magnificent dining room of the hotel, we 
proceeded to discuss the following menu : 

Blue Points, 
Cream of Celery, 
Baked Blue Fish in Port Wine, 

Celery, Potato Parisienne, 

Patties a la Reine, 
Fillet of Beef Larded, 

Mushroom Sauce, 
Baked Mashed Potatoes, 

Sweetbreads in Cases, 


Roman Punch, 
Broiled Quail on Toast, 

Ice Cream 

Assorted Cake, 

Roquefort and Edam Cheese, 



The repast having received full justice, the real business of the 
evening was introduced by our retiring president, Bro. Frederick 
A. Smith, who gave an excellent address of congratulation and 
advice. Although Bro, Smith was the oldest member present, 
he has shown himself to be one of the most loyal and enthusias- 
tic Phi's in Chicago. As president of the Chicago Bar Associa- 
ciation, member of the Union League Club and senior member 
of one of the most important firms of attorneys in the city, his 
business and social engagements are very numerous ; but he has 
always found time to attend every meeting of the Chicago Alum- 
ni chapter since its reorganization in '89. 

Our distinguished brother. General J. C, Black, was to have 
given an address on "Our Alumni," but unfortunately he was 
called away the day before the banquet. Bro. Burke Draper, of 
Northwestern University responded to the sentiment "Illinois 
Alpha," in a very able manner. 

"Panhellenism locally and generally," was treated in a spirited 
manner by Bro. Geo. £. Dutton, Illinois Zeta, '89. 

"Our extension policy; respects in which it affects the Alum- 
ni, and in which it may be affected by them " was a topic for 
general discussion and Bro, J. E. Crews, Indiana Zeta, in lead- 
mg the discussion, Outlined the policy of Phi Delta Theta and 
showed its advantages as compared to the so<alled conservative 
polices of other fraternities. 

Bro. J. E, McDowell, Iowa Beta, made a very pronounced 
hit in his response to the sentiment, "The indifferent Alumnus; 
who is responsible for him ? " His witty remarks and anecdotes 
to illustrate his "dogments" kept the banqueters in constant merri- 
ment. Finally, assuming a more serious manner, he gave some 
advice, which, if followed, will insure a larger attendance at sub- 
sequent banquets. 

We have never made sufficient effort to persuade our more 
noted members, such as Judge C. C. Kohlsjat, Judge S. P. 
McConnell, Prof. David Swing, Judge Gwynn Garnett and Gen, 
John C. Black to attend our banquets. We hope and are quite 
confident that we ivill have them with us another year. 

The program was pleasantly enlivened by songs from the Phi 
song book. We adjourned, feeling that the Chicago Phi's, indi- 


vidually and as a chapter, had derived much benefit from having 

observed Alumni Day. 

Allen F. Moore, Reporter, 
I. R. HiTT, Jr. 

Minnesota Alpha and Beta, Minneapolis and St. Paul. 

The membership of the Northwestern Alumni Association has 
been somewhat thinned by removals, but a goodly number of 
St. Paul and Minneapolis Phis got together to celebrate Alumni 
Day and renew college memories and enthusiasms across the 
banquet board. Last year the meeting was held in St. Paul, so 
this year the Minneapolis brethren had their turn and entertained 
the Association. The banquet was held at the Hotel West — ^suf- 
ficient attestation for all who are acquainted with that admirable 
hostelry that the guests were well and completely filled up. 

Bro. Leonard A. Straight of St. Paul, acted as Master of Cer- 
emonies and developed capabilities hitherto unsuspected even 
by those intimately acquainted with him. By actual count he 
told more stories than any other speaker, although the average 
age of those of his chief accomplice, Bro. David F. Simpson 
was slightly in excess. 

All the subjects suggested by the G. C. were discussed, the 
chief interest, however, centering in that of the ** Indifferent 
Alumnus." It was generally agreed that once a year is not suf 
ficient for the alumni to rub up against each other if an active 
and living interest is to be maintained in fraternity and college 
and that more frequent, if less formal meetings, which should 
not neglect the * * spread " element, would be a step in the right 
direction. Of course the college paper and Scroll were given 
due credit in their work of maintaining the interest of the alumni. 
One suggestion made was that each active member of the frater- 
nity, during his senior year or before graduation, should be re- 
quired by constitutional provision to subscribe for the Scroll to 
the extent of five dollars' worth, in order that a positive hold 
might be obtained on him in this regard at least. 

The officers elected for the ensuing year were : President, 
L. A. Straight, I. W. U., '87; Reporter, W. F. Hunt, O. S. U., 
'87; Treasurer, W. R. Brown, U. of M., '88; Historian, W. H. 
Hallum, W. U., '86. Fraternally, 

William F. Hunt. 

Utah Alpha, Salt Lake City. 

As mentioned in the last Scroll, the resident members of Phi 
Delta Theta in Salt Lake City have effected the organization of 
an Alumni Chapter. A preliminary meeting was held on Feb. 



nth, at which were present nine Phi's. At this meeting no (rfR- 
cers were elected, as the Charter had not yet arrived. A com- 
mittee, however was appointed to ascertain if there were other 
Phi's in the city and to make arrangements for a banquet on 
Alumni Day. 

On the evening of the i8th we met at the Walker House and 
proceeded at once to the election of officers and to complete a 
permanent organization. Immediately afterwards we repaired to 
the banquet hall and proceeded to do justice to the following 

[From Blue Points, i6 courses, to Coffee and Cigars.] 

The Rev, David Utter, of the First Unitarian Society of this 
city, presided at the head of the table, and was much compli- 
mented on the manner in which he carved the fowl. The repast 
was enlivened by many anecdotes of college life and European 

When the board had been cleared and cigars lighted, and the 
wine began to flow, Bro. Utter announced the following toasts : 
"The Fraternity," "Salt Lake City," "The Ladies," "Utah 
Alpha Alumni," "The Greeks." The responses to which were 
clever and witty. 

During the discussion of the subjects announced for the eve- 
ning, it was decided that our chapter should revive a scheme 
(which had fallen through) to hold a PanhelJenic banquet in this 
city, feehng sure that our strong organization would assure suc- 
cess, and hoping that we might be a nucleus around which would 
form other Alumni associations. 

In regard to our extension policy, while expressing the utmost 
confidence in the General Council, it was unanimously resolved 
that we would not further any petition from the University of 
Deseret for an undergraduate chapter in that institution until such 
a time as the Senior class had completed the fourth reader and 
cast aside their endowment robes. 

A lively discussion then arose between Bros. Utter, '67, and 
Breeze, '74, both of Butler University, as to which was the more 
indifferent Alumnus. The result was a draw. After this the 
meeting closed in a burst of song, leaving only the lustre of a 
waning memory. 

Concerning our members, would say, that Bro. Utter has just 
come to Salt Lake from Chicago, where for several years he was 
pastor. Informed me that the only Phi he had knowingly spoken 
to since leaving college in '67 was a cousin. He was greatly 
surprised to learn that there was an alumni chapter in Chicago. 
He is very popular here and draws the largest " Gentile " congre- 
gation in this city. 

848 ^ 7HE SCROLL. 

J. M. Breeze came here a year ago from Leadville, Colorado. 
He had not seen a Phi for years and said it made his heart glad 
to be with Phis once more. Bro. Breeze is a lawyer. 

W. H. Whitney is a C. E. and his specialty is making city 
maps. All the large wall, paper and pocket ones, as well as 
others used here bear his name. But for us his ** point" is his 
line tenor voice and jovial fellowship. 

E. G. Rognon is our youngest Phi, being a '90 man from De 
Pauw. He says he has come to Salt Lake to stay, being stuck 
on the climate. As he is a dealer in real estate, we hope he 
wont be stuck by anything else out here. 

J. C. E. King is our Doctor and it was only upon his assur- 
ance that he'd furnish the pills that some of us staid by the menu 
to the end. 

D. R. Gray is local agent for the Southern Pacific System of 
Rail Roads and is to be congratulated because fortune kindly 
granted him the privilege of being entertained at Cal. A house 
in Berkeley. 

E. O. Gates is teller at the National Bank of the Republic. 
We look upon him as our moneyed man. 

For E. M. Fowler we have the greatest hopes. For his fortune 
it is to be in the employ of one of Brigham Young's numerous 
sons. *Tisn*t every Phi that can commune daily with even the 
son of a Prophet. 

G. F. Putnam is another of our lawyers and says the future is 
before him. 

S. P. Armstrong was taller than ever before the night of our 
banquet, for not only had he recently won a case in the U. S. 
Supreme Court — the decision reversing all the decisions in the 
lower courts, — but had that very day won a criminal case, not 
only proving an alibi for his client, but fairly proving his client 
wasn't his client, wasn't himself, in fact didn't exist and never 
intended to exist. 

C. H. Dayton, formerly a C. E., has left that profession, to 
become one of the proprietors of the Utah Steam Laundry, un- 
doubtedly considering that there was more money in returning 
odd cuffs and buttonless shirts than in squinting through the 

O. R. Young, however, believes otherwise, and daily can be 
found working out the survey for our new city water works. 

A. E. de Ricqles is in the real estate market, a member of our 
Board of Trade, or with gun over shoulder is tramping through 
the sage brush for the wary sage hen. 

W. H. Erb is manager of the Metropolitan Hotel, a position 
we all desire for tiie opportunities it grants of meeting our travel- 
ing Phi brethren. 


M'M' York ^Ifhj. '/ft, 

fi.iilor of Daily Ohio Sble Journal. 


As for W. S, Ferris, the less said the better, at any rate if he 
had said less you wouldn't now be wishing such were the case. 

I know of two more Phis being located in this city, and hope 
to be able to meet them and have them join our organization at 
our coming meeting. 

What is the price for a page " ad," in the Scroll for a year? 
Or for a fraction of a page ? It is my purpose to have our chap- 
ter put a small ad. in the Scroll, calling the fraternity's attention 
to our lively existence and making them feel that when passing 
thro' Zion it is their duty to stop a while and give us the pleasure 
of meeting brother Phis from the outer world. In this ad. I 
would give the address of several of our members, so that there 
would be no difficulty in finding some of us and I am sure we 
could entertain them in a way and so show them the sights of 
this city that they would feel fully repaid. 

Yours in the Bond, 
W. H. Erb, 
WiLLARD S. Ferris. 


IlUnois Z — Edwin C. Ayres, '85, is at Afton, Iowa. 

Indiana /" — E. A. Gongwer, *88, is practicing law at Akron, 

New Hampshire A — C. S. Currier, '89, is a Civil Engineer in 


Iowa A — Will H, Spurgeon, '89, is practising law at Saguache, 

Vermont A — Bro. Dean, '90, is engaged in the insurance bus- 
iness in Chicago. 

Indiana T— W. W. Buchanan, '88, is with Bowen, Merrill & 
Co., Indianapolis. 

Vermont A — Bro. Ralph Wilbur, '90, is in the law department 
of Boston University. 


New Hampshire A — D. S. Rueosky, '87, is in the Hartford 
Theological Seminary. 

Texas T — Bro. S. J. Drake, '90, is engaged in the pastoral 
work near Llano, Texas. 

Wisconsin A — J. W. McKeever, '59, is Congregational min- 
ister at Ludington, Mich. 

New Hampshire A — Geo. W. Earle, '90, is teaching in a Sem- 
inary at New Preston, Ct. 

Wisconsin A — C. M. Hall, '82, is cashier of the Bank of 
Wallace, Wallace, Idaho. 

Iowa A — Ed. H. Scott, '89, is a member of the Senior Class 
of the Boston Law School. 

Missouri B — Geo. Miller, Jr., '90, is reading law with Gates 
& Wallace of Kansas City, Mo. 

Texas F — Bro. S. J. Thomas, '88, was recently re-elected City 
Attorney of Commanche, Texas. 

New Hampshire A — Emerson Rice, '87, is Sub-Master in the 
High School at Hyde Park, Mass. 

California A — C. E. Washburn, '76, is a physician and writer 
at 249 West 7th St., Cincinnati, O. 

Vermont A — Frank O. Sinclair, '82, is engaged in general 
engineering work at Knoxvillc, Tenn. 

Pennsylvania A — Wm. Bignell, '88, is teaching at the Phila- 
delphia Boys Manual Training School. 

Missouri B — R. G. Keller, '90, is now connected with the 
American Lumber Co. , of Milner, Ark. 

Vermont A — Don F. Andrews, '89, who is teaching in Derby, 
spent part of his short vacation in this city. 

Missouri // — L. J. Mitchell, '85, now fills the chair of mathe- 
matics in Austin College, Sherman, Texas. 

Missouri B — E. H. Lyle, '88, holds the position of vice presi- 
dent of Synodical Female College, Fulton, Mo. 

Missouri B — Geo. F. Ayers, '87, stands at the head of the 
senior class in McCormick Theological Seminary. 

Missouri B — ^J. E. Crawford, '88, owns a large interest in the 
well known Crawford Lumber Co., of Louisiana, Mo. 


Texas T — Bro. J. M. Mathis, '90, is employed as Clerk in the 
State Senate during its present session. 

California A — H. A. Melvin, '89, is Justice of the Peace of 
Brooklyn township, Alameda county, Cal. 

Vermont A — George S. Leavenworth, '85, is at Knoxville, 
Tenn., engaged in general engineering work. 

Wisconsin A — O. A. Palmer, '60, is a mining engineer and 
U. S. Mineral Surveyor at Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Ohio B — Byron Dawley, '88, is married and living in Louis- 
ville, Ky. , where he is attending medical lectures. 

California A — L. R. Hewitt, '90, is managing clerk in the law 
office of Wells, Monroe & Lee, Los Angeles, Cal. 

New Hampshire A — N. E. B. Morrill, '89, is with the Roches- 
ter Loan and Banking Association, Rochester, N. H. 

Texas T — Bro. Frank Marrs, '88, is keeping books for the 
wholesale firm of Don Teas & Co. , at Beeville, Texas. 

Missouri B — L. O. Rodes, M. D., ^%%y is now having splendid 
success in the practice of his profession at Mexico, Mo. 

New Hampshire A — Geo. W. Shaw, '87, is Instructor in 
English in the Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon. 

New Hampshire A — G. F. Sparhawk, '89, graduates from the 
Dartmouth Thayer School of Civil Engineering this month. 

California A — Lieut. W. S. Alexander, '77, has returned from 
Europe and is again located at Fort Adams, Newport, R. I. 

New Hampshire A — F. O. Grover, '90, has a position in the 
Military Academy at Macon, Mo. Salary $100 per month. 

Illinois A — H. A. Plimpton, '60, is secretary of the Perris 
Printing Co. and of the Perris Irrigation District, Perris, Cal. 

Indiana A — ^John C. Shirk, '81, is of the firm of Goodwin & 
Shirk, owners of **The Brookville Bank," at Brookville, Ind. 

Missouri B — Chas. F. Richmond, '86, has lately removed to 
El Paso, Texas, in answer to a ministerial call from that place, 

Iowa A — Dr. Will R. Gray, later of Iowa Beta, has in one 
year's time built up an extensive practice at Fair Haven, Wash. 

Iowa A — Dr. J. P. Stanley after two years at I. W. U. and a 
medical course in Louisville, Ky., is practising at Plattsville, 


Vermont A — Bro. Hayden, '83, has been elected Grand Chief 
Templar of the Independent Order of Good Templars of this 

New Hampshire A — B. F. Simonds, '88, is instructor in Latin, 
History and Sciences in Pottsville High School, Pa. Salary 

Indiana T — Martin A. Morrison, '83, was for the third time 
reading clerk in the Indiana legislature during the session just 

Indiana T— T. R. Kautz, '87, W. W. Buchanan, '88, and 
Lay Noble, '90, are with the Bowen-Merrill Co., book dealers, 

Indiana T — ^J. A. Kantz, '85, editor of the Kokomo Gazette- 
Tfidune, was last week elected president of the Indiana Republi- 
can Press Club. 

New Hampshire A — ^Joseph Morgan, '89, is instructor in 
Mathematics and Literature in the High School at Dallas, Texas. 
Salary $1^100. 

Wisconsin A — F. A. Geiger, '88 and law, '90, is in a law 
office in Milwaukee. His address is care the Belvedere Block, 
Grand Avenue. 

California A — W. O. Morgan, '87, is special agent of the 
Phoenix and Home Insurance Companies with Jieadquarters at 
Los Angeles, Cal. 

Maine A — O. L, Beverage, '87, is teaching at Attleboro, 
Mass., and at the same time studying at Brown University for 
the degree of Ph. D. 

Indiana F — James C. Norris, '76, was re-elected president of 
the Indiana Commercial Travelers' Association at the last con- 
vention of that order. 

Missouri B — T. N. Wilkerson, ^86, now located at Fulton, 
Mo. , in the practice of law, is fast becoming prominent among 
those of his profession. 

Iowa A — Ed. S. Hovijhorst, '87, having completed a Theolog- 
ical course in Boston School of Theology in '90 is this year 
stationed at Moberly, Mo. 

New York B — ^J. Ed. S wanker, '87, is with the Rochester 
Bridge & Iron Works, and *'is at home to all Phi's" at 1 1 Mat- 
thew St., Rochester, N. Y. 


New Hampshire A — E, P. Pitman, '86, was valedictorian of 
the class of 91, Dartmouth Medical college, and now has a po- 
sition in the Boston Hospital. 

Texas r — Bro. J, A. Caton, '90, holds a good position in the 
First National Bank of Detroit, Texas. He expects to enter 
Eastman College next month. 

New Hampshire -*— R. S. Ely, '88, Dartmouth Medical col- 
lege '91, has accepted a position as assistant physician at the 
Brattleboro (Vt.) Insane Asylum. 

Indiana T — John Arthur Kautz, '85, was promoted from vice 
president to president of the Indiana Republican Editors' Asso- 
ciation at the mid- winter meeting. 

Missouri U — J. W. Hinnitt, W, S. Foreman, W. H, Ferguson 
and W. Mc. A. Langtry, all of '89, are attending the McCor- 
mick Theological Seminary, of Chicago. 

Ohio Z— Fred. S. Ball, '88, stenographer for Tompkins & 
Troy, Montgomery, Ala., and president of Gamma Province, is 
president of the Montgomtry Y. M. C. A. 

Illinois Z— Shirley C. Ransom, '78, was elected Superinten- 
dent of Schools for Knox county at the last election. Mr. and 
Mrs. Ransom have gone on a trip to Florida. 

Missouri B — C. A. McPheeters, '90, is professor of Latin and 
Greek in Avalon college, Avalon, Mo., having been elected to 
the position over a large number of candidates. 

Kansas A—'X. J. Schall is still with the World of Hiawatha, 
Kan., and besides the good work he does for his own paper he 
finds time to read the Scroll from cover to cover. 

Vermont A — The January number of the Temperance Herald 
contains a sketch of the life and a portrait of Chauncey H. Hay- 
den, '83, who is Grand Chief Templar of Vermont. 

Ohio A — Horace Sumner Whittaker, '68, is a commission 
merchant with oiBcc at 34 Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati, 
Ohio. The firm name is "H. S. Whittaker & Co." 

Virginia A — President Wm, M. Graybill, of the Synodical 
College, Rogersville, Tenn., accompanied by his wife, spent 
some days with Mrs. D. C. Shanks recently at Salem, Va. 

Vermont A — Herbert D. HofTnagle, '84, who has been princi- 
pal of Beentan Academy at New Haven, Vl, for several years, 
has recently accepted a fine position as teacher in Elizabethtown, 
N. Y. 


Vermont A — H. C. Chase, '88, who has been studying law in 
Chicago, was recently admitted to the bar, standing one of the 
first in a class of sixty-three. Address, 812 Chamber of Com- 

Iowa A — C. G. Coddington, '90, is now one of the editors of 
The Randolph TimeSy Randolph, Neb. By his untiring enthusi- 
asm he is well known by western Phis and is Vice President of 
Zeta Province. 

Illinois Z — Lyman McCarl, '85, has been speaking eloquently 
for the Democracy this fall. Mac will doubtless run for Con- 
gress in a few years when Hon. Scott Wike shall have tired of 
Congressional honors. 

Illinois Z — Jay L. Hastings, '76, of Galesburg, 111., visited his 
parents in West Bay City, Mich., during the past summer, and 
while there had the pleasure of looking over the new coal mines 
in the vicinity of the city. 

Ohio B — Rev. James F. Steele, '84, now has charge of the 
Second M. E. Church at Newark, Ohio. March 15th the order 
of P. O. S. of A. attended the Church in a body to^hear a special 
sermon, prepared for the occasion. 

California A — D. Edward Collins, '74, is likely to succeed his 
father, recently deceased, as superintendent of the Mountain 
View Cemetery Association, of Oakland. Pending action of 
the Directors he is acting superintendent. 

Illinois A — Will Phelps, '88, stopped in this city Saturday, 
October 25th, on his way from the West, and spent the next day 
at his home in Elmwood. He is traveling for the Brush Electric 
Light Company, of Chicago. — Coup d*etat. 

New Hampshire A — Dr. Chas. A. Eastman, '87, government 
physician at Pine Ridge Agency, S. D., has been appointed 
Surgeon U. S. A. His engagement to the Berkshire poetess, 
Miss Elaine Goodale, has been made public. 

Iowa A — Wm. M. McFarland, '73, is now Iowa's efficient 
Secretary of State. For a number of years closely identified with 
Iowa politics, the people have shown their appreciation of his 
worth by calling him to the honorable position. 

Maine A — Rev. N. S. Burbank, '89, has decided to accept his 
call to the pastorate of the Baptist church in Revere, Mass., and 
removed to that field last week. His work at Bowdoinham has 
been graciously blessed says the Zion^s Advocate. 


Wisconsin A — Granville S. P. Stillman, '59, who was r < 
on our rolls as dead has been found in New York Cit 
address is 63 West ssth St. Brother Stillman was a chart i 
ber of Wisconsin Alpha with W. G. Jenckes, '57, and ) ' 
Vilas, '58. 

Pennsylvania A — Albert H. Welles, '89, who when in ] 
frequently visited Michigan Alpha at Ann Arbor, is now ■ 
Agent for the Parke, Davis & Co., Manufacturing Chem \ 
Druggists. His personal address is 248 Schermerho 
Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Ohio J — The readers of the Voice will be glad, thoi \ 
surprised, to hear that Chas. K. Carpenter, '89, is ** el ; 
himself right to the front " in the world of journalism. Tl 1 
is that he has again received promotion on the Editorial : 
the New York Tribune. — Wooster Voice, 

Maine A — The State Supt. of Education has appointed 
Watson, '87, as one of the delegates from South Carolina 
National Educational Association to assemble in Toront : 
ada, July 14 to 17. Mr. Watson is Prof, of Physics and 
istry in Furman University, Greenville, S. C. 

Vermont Alpha extends her hearty congratulations 
Cooper, who was married Jan. 3d, to Miss Edith L. Ki 
Putnamsville, Vt. Their future home will be in Spri : 
Mass., where Bro. Cooper is located as the New Englanc 
of the American Gas Controller and Fixture Company. 

Ohio A — After David Swing, '55, had delivered his led 
"The Philosophy of a Novel," before a DePauw audiei 
January 20, he was tendered an informal reception by 1! 
Pauw chapter of Phi Delta Theta, and with the faculty, r 
the students enjoyed a closer acquaintance with Prof. Sw 

New Hampshire A — Dr. Allen P. Richmond, *86, pli 
for Stafford county, N. H., located at Dover, was ii 
Tuesday morning January 20, at the home of the bride's ii 
on Main St. Lewiston, Me., to Miss Marcia A. Young, c 
iston. Mr. and Mrs. Richmpnd will reside at 242 Centra 
Dover, N. H. 

Pennsylvania E — Prof. Oliver Mordorf, of Pennsylvani 
Ion, is located at Rugby Academy in Philadelphia, and pi 
to keep a good lookout for the good men preparing to er 
University of Pennsylvania. He has joined the Alumn 
ter in the city and promises to take a lively interest in all i 
of Fraternity concern. 


Vermont A — Bro. Morgan, '87, of Los Barios, California, has 
been elected Superintendent of the San Joaquin and Kings River 
Canal. This is one of the largest irrigation systems in Califor- 
nia, the main canal being seventy-five miles long. Bro. Mor- 
gan's many friends will be pleased t6 learn of his appointment 
to such a responsible position. 


Virginia A — ^Jno. G. Heilig, '73, of Salisburg, N. C, who was 
on a business trip to Virginia, visited Salem October 17th. He 
was much pleased with the improvements at the college and the 
rapid progress of Salem, which we are glad to learn he will make 
his home at an early day. His many friends here will warmly 
welcome him and his family. 

Virginia A — Prof. H. L. Keene, '87, Principal of Salem 
Graded School, passed through a severe spell of sickness last 
fall and returned to his home in Loudoun county, to recuperate 
his health. He returned to his duties after the Christmas holi- 
days improved in health. Prof. John P. Haislip (class of '75) 
had charge of his work during his absence. 

Missouri A — W. F. Means escaped the Alliance cyclone that 
swept Kansas last fall, defeating Grant W. Harrington, of the 
Sigma Nu Delta, for the office of county attorney of Brown 
County. Resigning the office of probate judge of Horton, he 
removed to Hiawatha. At the February term of Court he made, 
a record any young lawyer might be proud of. 

Virginia A — Rev. C. N. A. Yonce, ^84, son of Dr. Yonce, 
Wittenberg, '52, of the Faculty, who for some years past has 
been teaching and preaching at Moss Point, Mississippi, has ac- 
cepted a call to the Lutheran church at Blacksburg, Va., and 
has entered upon his duties there. His many friends were glad 
to have him spend several days in Salem recently. 

Indiana B — Dr. William G. Ballantine was unanimously elec- 
ted president of Oberlin College at the recent annual meeting of 
the Board of Trustees. Since 1878, Dr. Ballantine has been 
connected with the College as Professor of Old Testament Lan- 
guage and Literature. He was initiated into Phi Delta Theta 
by Indiana Beta at Wabash College when a student. Later he 
entered Marietta College from which he graduated. 

Ohio r Class of 1884 — News has reached the university of the 
remarkable rise of Mr. George de Steiguer, formerly a graduate 
in history, and an LL. B. from Ohio University, who moved to 
Seattle, Wash., one year ago, and is already a member of the 
Legislature of that State. Mr. de Steiguer, is a son of Judge 


Rudolph de Steiguer, who is a German baron and a nephen^ 
the late Bishop E. R. Ames. — Johns Hopkins Uniu. Item. 

Vermont A — F. J. Mills, '86, is assistant division engineei 
the Union Pacific Railway, Id^ho division, at Pocatello, Ids 
Last summer he was in charge of a party on the U. S. Geolog 
Survey sent out to report upon the feasibility of irrrigating 
immense lava plains m Idaho, north of the Snake River, 
report has shed new light upon the origin of the Idaho lava t 
and has been highly commended by government geologists. 

Ohio Z — Wm. F. Hunt, '87, who has been instructor in [ 
sics and mathematics in the Barnard School for Boys at St. Pi 
Minn., has succeeded Dr. R. Arrowsmith, ^s principal of 
school. The school has been steadily growing, and is a fixt 
in the Academic circles in St. Paul, and the Scroll congr; 
lates Bro. Hunt on his promotion. The school is located in 
Albion Building, where Phi's can find a warm welcome from 

Wisconsin A — Wm. R. O'Niell, '87, who is at present ab 
to go into business in Oregon, visited the chapter in the ti 
part of December, and within a day or two Brother Hern 
Fehr, lawyer in Milwaukee, spent an evening with us. Dur 
the holidays Brother A. A. Wright while visiting relatives in 
state spent a few days with those Phis who remained in Madis 
Before the close of vacation he was obliged to leave for his 
distant home in Spokane Falb, Washington. 

Indiana B — William G. Ballantine, '69, who has been a m< 
ber of the Oberlin College, Ohio, Faculty for a number of ye? 
was, early in February, by a unanimous vote of the Board 
Trustees, elected president of the College. The office has hi 
vacant a year, and it was determined that no election would 
made until the right man for this honored place was foui 
Though Oberlin entertains no fraternities within her bounds, 
we are glad that she has called a member of ^ J ^ to be ! 
official head, and predict a successful career for the College 
der the guidance of Dr. Ballantine, who accepted the call a 
has been installed. 

Pennsylvania Z — Dr. P. N. K. Schwenk, one of the m 
active members of Pennsylvania Beta Alumni chapter, and 
the rising eye-surgeons in Philadelphia was married very quietly 
February loth to Miss Mary R. Shepp, daughter of Daniel She 
a well known citizen of Tamaqua, Pa. Two sisters of the br; 



and two lady friends acted as bridesmaids. The newly married 
couple made a short trip to that Mecca of all such travelers — 
Washington — and in the course of time (when the Doctor can 
induce his wife to leave her mother), they will take up their per- 
manent home in Philadelphia. Of course we wish them great 
happiness and especially offer our congratulations to Mrs. 

New York B — The accompanying note was recently published 
in biographical notes of Fulton Co. (N. Y.) representatives at 
"Old Union'': 

George C. Stewart, son of George Stewart, Esq., of Perth Center, 
was born at that place, prepared for college at Union Classical Institute, 
Schenectady, N. Y., entered the Scientific Class of 1890. Mr. Stewart 
was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Society and at Commencement 
was elected to the Sigma Xi. Only a fouith of the members of the 
Senior Class in Scientific and Engineering courses, who have the high- 
est standing, are eligible to regular membership. Mr. Stewart was one 
of the successful competitors for the Clark essay prize. He is now 
studying law with C. S. Misbet of Amsterdam. 

Iowa A — The Camervn (Mo.) Observer thus speaks of F. A, 
Havighorst, '89, who is located as specified : 

Prof. Havighorst is one of the rising young men of the West, and 
Cameron is honored by having him as a citizen. The following good 
notice is from the Trenton Tribune: " Prof. Havighorst, who preached 
at the M. E. Church, Sunday, is a graduate of the Iowa Wesleyan Uni- 
versity and is now Professor of Greek and German in the Missouri 
Wesleyan Institute at Cameron. He is a polished gentleman in every 
sense of the word — a thorough scholar, a profound thinker, forcible 
talker, and beautifully eloquent. His sermons were characteristic of 
him and bore the ear marks of his own originality. Rarely do Tren- 
ton audiences have the opportunity to listen to so eminent a talker.** 

Ohio Z — ^The following clipping is concerning S. E. Bennett, 
•90, who has been tendered, through Prof. Detmers of O. S. U., 
a similar position at Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, 
Alabama : 

Dartmouth College comes to Ohio State UNrvERsrrv for 
Some Professors. — Mr. Samuel E. Bennett, a young man who grad- 
uated from the Ohio State University last June, taking the degree of 
Doctor of Veterinary Science, and who is now in Hannover, Germany, 
taking a post-graduate course, has been offered the Professorship of 
Veterinary Science in Dartmouth College, Hanover, N. H., at a ssdary 
of $1,500. He is not yet twenty-two years of age, but is exceptionally 
gifted, and he has written for advice to Professor Detmers, his old tutor 
at the State University. It is probable the Dartmouth offer will be ac- 
cepted. This certainly reflects credit upon the Ohio State University, 
and especially the Department of Veterinary Science. 


Georgia V — C. L. Moses, '76, received the nomination for 
Congress in the 4th Georgia District, and of course, was elected. 
He was a prominent member olif AS when at Mercer, and has 
been successful in all his undertakings since. From little money 
he grew to possess one of the largest cotton plantations of Georgia. 
He is an able speaker and will more than creditably represent his 
District. He and Bro. S. P. Gilbert of Tennessee Alpha did 
some campaigning together as this old clipping shows: 

A Rally at Buena Vista. — The Yeomanrv of Marion — 
Speeches by Capt. Gilbert and Mr. Moses. — Buena Vista, October 
28. — [Speciiil.] — According to appointment, Hon. C. L. Moses, Demo- 
cratic nominee of (he Fourth Congressional district, addressed the citi- 
icns of Marion at this place to-day. There were present over 400 of 
the best citizens of Marion, and the liveliest enthusiasm prevailed. Mr. 
Moses was accompanied by Capt. Price Gilbert, of Columbus, Repre- 
sentative elect from Muscogee county. Capt. Gilbert was first intro- 
duced and made a brilliant speech, eliciting tremendous applause. 

Ohio A — John A. Anderson, '53, formerly member of Congress 
from Kansas, has been appointed Consul General to Cairo, by 
Pres. Harrison, and the nomination confirmed by the Senate. 
This note speaks of a futile attempt on the part of Ex-Senator 
Ingalls to block the confirmation : 

A Rumor. — It was rumored last night around the Capitol that Sena- 
tor Ingalls would oppose the confirmation of Representative John A. 
Anderson of Kansas, yesterday appointed Consul Genera! to Cairo. It 
has been known for some time that strained relations existed between 
the virulent Senator and Mr. Anderson. It is hardly believed that Mr. 
Ingalls will carry his antipathy to the extreme of opposing the confir- 
mation, particularly inasmuch as it could accomplish nothing. If Sen- 
ator Ingalls should volunteer any obstruction the friends of the Pred- 
denC would simply allow the confirmation to go over for a few days, and 
then Che Senate would have adjourned and Mr. Ingalls as an obstacle 
be permanenOy removed. When the Senate adjourns the President 
can issue the commission and the nomination may go before the Senate 
for confirmation next winter. 

Michigan r — O. W. Pierce, 'gi, is high in favor at Delaware, 
outside of as well as inside of * i] S ranks. Note this from the 
Ccllege Transcript: 

Piano Recital of Mr. Pierce. — The complimentary redtal given 
by our talented young musidan, Mr. Oliver W. Kerce, at the close of 
last term has caused so much comment in musical drcles that even at 
this late date we cannot refrain from giving expression to the feelings 
which have been pent up since that evening. It was an evening of 
almost perfect delight, and even those who make no claim of bdng 
mu^dans and who are accustomed to turn a deaf ear upon the average 
piano music were made to realize that there was more music in ^ 
piano than they had ever suspected. The splendid rendition of the 


compositions of the old masters, the classic style of interpretation of 
such works as those of Bach, Chopin, Wagner and Rubenstein certain- 
ly evinces a broad range of musical ability as well as masterly grasp of 
the resources of the piano such as is rarely found in musicians who have 
spent a life time in their study. The O. W. U. is to be congratulated 
upon having a musician of Mr. Pierce's ability in its conservatory, 

Nebraska A — Prof. Conway MacMillan, '85, holding the Chair 
of Botany in the University of Minnesota, has been elected from 
an instructorship to a full professorship in the University. Bro. 
MacMillan is a Botanist who is in love with his work, and has 
carried on considerable original investigation in advanced botan- 
ical work. He used to write fraternity poetry occasionally, and 
in response sent the following as a sample of the * 'poetical" 
work he is at present engaged in. This is clipped from a reprint 
of an article of his in American Naturalist : 

" In the case of phanerograms, however, the stimuli which direct the 
pollen tube do not seem to originate in the oosphere alone, but are ap- 
parently sent forth by the synergidcB or "co- workers" as well. That 
the pollen tube should pass between the synergidcB and thus penetrate 
to the oosphere lying directly behind them, whatever the position of 
the ovule itself, could scarcely take place unless some stimulus should 
be sent from the synergida. This peculiar habit of the pollen tube 
most instructively shown in anatropous or campylotropous ovules, 
might be explained as due to a repellent influence or stimulus sent 
from the synergida, in view of which th6 pollen tube, growing in the 
line of least resistance, necessarily must pass between them, — as, for 
example, to use a rather violent simile, the sailors of ancient days 
steered between Scylla and Charybdis, avoiding each as far as possible." 

He may think that we disputed the ground he here takes, but 
we assure him that we do not — we give him a clear field in that 
line of botany, while we and our pill case, mineral and vegetable, 
pursue our own hippocratic course. 

Vermont A — The Washington Evening Star of January 24th, 
devotes a column to the work of the House Committee for Dis- 
trict of Columbia, of which General Grout of Vermont, is chair- 
man. Under the heading **The presiding genius," we notice 
the portrait of the clerk of the committee about whom the Star 
says : To the right of the fireplace with his back to the window 
and a desk in front for protection, usually sits the presiding 
genius of the room, Tracy L. Jeffords, ^^6, the clerk of the com- 
mittee. This Congress has been Mr. Jeffords' first experience 
with the District Committee, but his unfailing good temper and 
large fund of information and experience which he has acquired 
in regard to District affairs has rendered him an exceedingly val- 
uable man to the committee. So many people daily see Mr. 
Jeffords and obtain information from him that it might be well 


to introduce him formally. He is a Vermonter both by **de 
and choice." He was educated at Goddard Seminary, ani 
University of Vermont, graduating from the latter in 1886. 
terward he taught mathematics at Buchtel College, O., and 
ing to this city graduated from the Columbian Law School in i 
was admitted to the bar here and met with success in the 
tice of his profession, a considerable portion of which practi 
still retains. Mr. Jeffords was a captain in the District of C( 
bia National Guard on General Ordway's staflf, which pos 
he resigned in December, 1889. Recently Mr. Jeflfords 1 
a pilgrimage to Ohio, and returned richly laden with on 
Ohio's prettiest girls. 

Wisconsin A — Albert P. Hanson, ^Zd, The accompar 
clipping from the Milwaukee Sentinel relates to an old and 
member of Wisconsin Alpha : 

Milwaukee Boy in Luck. — ^Albert Hanson, of Denmark 
Patentee of an Important invention. — Albert P. Hanson, 
youngest son of Dr. M. P. Hanson, who has lived at Copenh; 
Denmark, for the last six years, will arrive in Milwaukee early 
month, on a visit to his family. The young man returns to Am 
as the patentee of an invention for which he has already been of 
thousands of dollars. It is a simple but ingenious litde machine v 
promises to revolutionize the art of printing colored show bills 
lithographs. Under the present process a separate stone for each 
is required, while, through the aid of this machine all the colors 
be pnnted simultaneously. 

Mr. Hanson was attending the State University at Madison 1 
Dr. Anderson was appointed minister to Denmark, and he accom 
led the latter to Copenhagen as his private secretary. Not long 
reports reached Milwaukee that Mr. Hanson and the Danish go^ 
ment did not quite agree. One dispatch sent from London was ti 
effect that the young American had been threatened with arrest, 
that the United States government would be asked to interfere, T 
reports caused considerable stir in Milwaukee at the time, but pr 
to be greatly exaggerated, and nothing came of it. It was true, 1 
ever, Siat letters addressed to Mr. Hanson had been opened by Da 
officials. Denmark apologized to the American citizen, and every t 
was lovely again. When Dr. Andersou returned from Copenhagei 
secretary remained and accepted a responsible position under 
manager of the Copenhagen Exposition. One of his duties wa 
superintend the printing of books and circulars, and while thus 
ployed he conceived the idea which led to his important inven 
Capitalists were interested and it is said, have invested large sun 
the enterprise. Patents have been secured in Europe and Ame: 
and Mr. Hanson now returns to look after his interests in this coui 


Chapters which have not done so, should send a copy of their Mi 
Circular letter to the editor of the Scroll. 



Missouri Gamma at Washington University was installed Sat- 
urday evening, March 28th. Bros. Miller and Clark represented 
the General Council. 

* :|J * * 

New York Epsilon Chapter gave the formal opening of her 
house by a reception on the afternoon and evening of March 6th. 
The account reached us to late for this issue, but will appear in 
the June Scroll. 

:*: 9fe )le 9fe 

The chapter of 2 N established two years ago at Tulane Uni- 
versity has become extinct. 

•p ^ •p n* 

Send in list of initiates for the June Scroll at once. Give 
names infuU^ as the list will be of little value if this is not done. 

4c :f: :|c 9)c 

K 2! has established her Beta Chapter at Butler University, 
starting with six members. This is the third chapter of that 
fraternity which has received the title of Beta. It was inaug- 
urated by the Purdue Chapter. 

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It will be seen that no extended biographies of those whose 
portraits are given, appear in the Scroll. All have been men- 
tioned from time to time in our pages and their fraternity and 
public records are so well known that we have thought it well to 
introduce them in the manner that we have. May you all enjoy 
their acquaintance. 

* * * * 

The A S chapter of S X at the University of ELansas is no more. 
The chapter had become greatly reduced in membership, and 
nearly all the members resigned, the charter being sent in. It 
had been only fairly prosperous following its establishment in 

:f: 9)c 4c :ic 

Don't forget that the Scroll wants a copy of the Annual from 
your college, to be included in its fifth Review of College An- 
nuals. This feature has been a great success owing to the hearty 
cooperation of most of our chapters. Can't every one come for- 
ward this time and make the fifth the best of all. 

* * * * 

The April Cosmopolitan is replete with matter of interest to 
readers of every class. *'The Story of a war Correspondent's 
Life" is continued; "The Mystery of a Studio" is excellent fie- 



tion ; and Murat Halstead has reviewed the lives of Genera 
Sherman and Bismarck. Phi's will be interested in the illustratec 
article on **The President's Office and Home," at Washington. 

* * * * 

The unusual length to which Alumni Day Reports and Person 
als stretched out accounts for the disappearance of the depart 
ment of Items of Interest. There was news in abundance to b< 
told, and good exchanges to be reviewed. However Phi's mus 
wait until June to get the latest news * 'right from its source," anc 
also to learn of the excellencies embodied in late issues of th< 
Sigma Chi Quarterly^ Kappa Alpha JoumcU^ Sigma Alpha Epsiloi 
Record^ &c., &c. 

* * * * 

The Century is never dull. The March number contained ar 
account of *' Plain Living at Johnson Island," by a Confederate 
prisoner, that is a well-written war tale. Those who have noi 
done so, should get back-numbers of the magazine in order tc 
read ** Colonel Carter of Cartersville." It is worth while. 
" General Crook in the Indian Country," " The Faith Doctor,' 
and ** Memoirs of Talleyrand" are other features. The April 
number is to contain strong features. 

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1121 (;|i^8TKUT ST., P|iilJiDEU?fii/i. 

College Invitations 
Class Stationery 
Fraternity Stationery 

^Vedding Invitations 
Visiting Cards 
Banquet Menus 
Diplomas and Medals 

Steel Plate Work for Fraternities, Classes 

and College Annuals. 

All work is executed in the establiflhment under our ^rsonal su- 
pervisicm, and only in the best nuuiner. Unequalled fiunlities and long 
practical experience enable ua to produce the newest styles and most 
artistic effeds, while our reputation is a guarantee of the quality of the 
productions of this house. 

Designs, Samples and Prices sent on application. 


The bill to give the Ohio State University, the levy of one- 
twentieth of a mill on the State tax duplicate has passed the Leg- 
islature and is now a law. It will net the University an annual 
income of from $90,000 to $100,000, in addition to what it al- 
ready has. It means that the O. S. U, is to be made an institu- 
tion on such footing as the Universities of Michigan, Minnesota 
and Cahfornia. We regret that the Ohio and Miami Universities, 
both older State institutions have not met with the good fortune 
of their younger sister, but heartily rejoice that the State has at 
last decided to build up a school commensurate in scope, with 
its resources, and since the State has named the O. S, U., there- 
fore we congratulate Ohio Zeta on the brilliant future of her 

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The management has had several calls for copies of the April, 
18S9, Scroll. Any chapters or brothers that can furnish us 
with a few copies of this issue (Vol. XIII, No. 7.) will receive 
credit for the same on our books, as well as greatly oblige those 
who desire to complete files. 


Importers, Jewelers, 


Manufacturing Jewelers. 

Official Bddge Makers of ihe 

Phi Delta Theta Jf'raternity. 

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Designers and Manufacturers of the Finest Plain 
and Jeweled Society Wokk made in this country. 
aff"Correspondence and Comparison Solicited. 



Vol. XV. 

JUNE, 1891. 

No. 5. 



We meet to-night as Greeks, all Greeks. 

The ties that bound our hearts in college days, 

Not loosed, but since enlarged by broader v.ews 

From life's experience, now comprehend 

In one vast bond all Greek fraternities. 

'Twixt Alpha and Omega. Whate'er the symbols be. 

They all are patents of nobility. 

Shield, rhomb, cross, and monogram, • 

Each marks its own, a litde Spartan band 

That stood in solid phalanx tried and true, 

A band of chosen friends, joined heart and hand, 

To aid each other to the common ends — 

To life's chief blessings — wisdom, honor, friends. 

As, when old Asia poured her mighty hosts. 

On conquest bent, upon the Grecian coasts. 

The Pan-Hellenic spirit rose sublime 

Above the petty jealousies of time, 

Platea, Athens, Sparta, joined as one 

And met Darius* hosts at Marathon, 

Hurled Xerxes' throne from Aegaleos' side. 

And sunk 'neath Salamis* waves the Persian pride — 

The invaders beaten by united power. 

Then raged again the Peloponesian war. 

So, often in the strife for place and power, 

Precedence, honors, smiles of maidens fair. 

The college prizes, spoils, and trophies rare, 

Greek joined with Greek opposed the hopeless " barb." 

When soon the " barbs" were distanced in the race, 

To Greeks remained the contest for first place — 

And " Greek met Greek, then came the tug of war." 


Thus Pan- Hellenic spirit rose and fell. 
Arose in contest with the common foe 
And vanished in emulation 'mongst themselves. 
Commencement came. The college strife was done, 
The contest with th" barbarian world begun ; 
And, like phillipics of Demosthenes, 
Commencement speech and partings did appease 
"Mongst long contending Greeks, the envious strife. 
Then all took up the devious paths of life. 
Strayed far asunder ; but where'er they meet, 
With fellow-feeling, every Greek will greet 
Another Greek with Pan-Hellenic pride, . 

Knowing his badge denotes a brother tried. 

For retrospect, a sketch of mine presents. 
Mutatis mutandis, all Greeks' experience. 
As strangers, at the foot of learning's throne, 
'Midst gathering groups of friends we stood alone, 
Sought out the duties of each hour and day. 
Prepared to follow learning's tedious way. 
When memories dear of home and friends began 
To flood our thoughts and break our studious plan, 
Some fellow-student came, and with us made 
Acquaintance, gave advice and friendly aid 
Most welcome to us in surroundings new, 
And then, with kindly interest, from us drew 
Some talk about our habits, prospects, aim ; 
Next, introduced his chums who happily came 
Upon us as we strolled the campus walks ; 
And soon, within their rooms, in friendly talks, 
We found them all to be congenial friends. 
There we were told how social duty blends 
With true pursuit of wisdom. Then we found 
These friends united in fraternal bond. 
And so Phi Delta Theta had from me 
The pledge that binds to true Fraternity. 

Then we took the vow fraternal. 
Solemn rites 'midst gloom infernal 
Made the act a deed supernal. 
Pledged ourselves for time eternal 
To the virtue of our order — 
Learning and fraternity. 

By the dread initiation. 
We received emancipation 
From our late barbarian station. 
By the ordeal gained translation 
To the realms of life fraternal, 
Through the vale of mystery. 


Then to mythic legends turning, 
Seeking symbols of the burning 
Thirst for eloquence and learning, 
For which student hearts were yearning. 
Found it in that ancient city — 
Famous Athens by the sea. 

High above her grand Parthenon, 
Sacred sight to each Athenian, 
Stood the city's patron Goddess 
Emblem of their art and prowess, 
Pallas Athene,, proudly bearing 
Sword and shield, armed cap-a-pie. 

Th* sunlight on whose armor gleaming 
Was the beacon by whose beaming, 
Th* home-bound merchant, fondly dreaming 
Of his home, the hearth light streaming 
O'er his lares and penates, 
Steered his galley to the quay. 

Her last gleam a sign portending 
Voyage fair, or fate impending, 
To the fading triremes, blending 
With the sky above them bending, 
As they sailed toward far Carthago 
0*er the blue Aegean sea. 

Then my brothers, as a token 
Of a friendship never broken, 
Pinned upon my breast the golden 
Sword and shield of Pallas, holden 
Sacred to Athenian virtues — 
Wisdom, strength, and loyalty. 

Then proudly we wore them thy sword and thy aegis, 
Thou Goddess of learning and virtue and might. 

Oh, Pallas Athene, we strove to make worthy. 
In Phi Delta Theta, our deeds in thy sight. 

Meeting Greek and barbarian in fair emulation. 
With friendship our solace, and wisdom the prize, 

Our shield for the innocent, sword for avenging, 
We were proud of our chapter of good loyal Phis. 

To-night, I remember that genial companions, 

In every fraternity, often I found ; 
So I hail as a brother, with grasp Pan-Hellenic, 

Every Greek who has entered fraternity's bond. 

C. H. Beckham, Ohio Beta, "83, 
Toledo, April, 1891. 



When about thirty-five miles west of Kansas City, travelers 
on the Sante Fe and Union Pacific railroads have their attention 
attracted by a group of buildings, situated on the highest hill of 
the surrounding country. This hill is known as Mt. Oread, and 
the group of buildings, five in number, constitute the material 
structure of the University of Kansas. Compared with some 
of the older institutions of the east, the University buildings 
are, perhaps, not especially imposing or attractive. With the 
state, of which it is a part, the University has had a rapid growth. 
By some it is considered as a "mush-room" growth. Never, 
however, was an idea more fallacious. 

From its inception, the care of the University has been in the 
hands of thoroughly competent men. The regents have been 
selected on account of their business ability. All of them have 
been college men, and most of them graduates of the leading 
institutions of the east. As a result of this policy, the best fea- 
tures of different eastern institutions have been interwoven, and 
now, while not wholly like any one of the eastern schools, there 
are points of resemblance to all. 

For the future of the University there need be no fear. From 
the top of the main building can be seen more arable, fertile 
land, than there is in the combined area of Vermont and New 
Hampshire. There are no high hills to limit the view, and in 
any direction, as far as the eye can reach, is seen acre after acre 
of broad rolling prairie. To every inhabitant of this tract of 
land, the University of Kansas is a pride. It is a part of the 
state, a part of his very being. Every head of a family looks 
forward to the day when his children will be old enough to go 
to Lawrence. 

But this small tract of land, seen from the University, is a 
very small portion of the great state of Kansas. The part, 
however, may stand for the whole. Though not able to see it 
from their homes, the University has the same place in the heart 
of all Kansans. Distance does not lessen the regard felt for the 
buildings, the professors and the students. Feeling in this way, 
it is only natural that the Kansan should be desirous of seeing 
the University continue to grow in importance and influence. 

When the drouth and grasshoppers come, and the Legislature 
begins to cut appropriations, the legislators must keep their 
hands off the University. No increase of appropriation may be 
secured, but times are never so har^ that the University appro- 
priations are ever reduced. 

Other states have their universities, and are proud of them, 
but they share their pride with other institutions. To the Kan- 


san, there is none other. The State University is the first acd 
last in his affections. Though there are a half dozen other in- 
stitutions in the state, styling themselves universities, the papers 
and the people speak of the institution at Lawrence as "The 
University." Whenever in Kansas, this phrase is heard or seen, 
it is known at once that the Lawrence institution is referred to. 
The people of Lawrence regard the University as their special 
charge. The homes of the most cultured and refined people of 
the city are open to the students, and the time spent at the Uni- 
versity is always remembered with pleasure. 

The students of the University, 500 in number, represent 
twelve states, and the indications are that the number of states 
represented will be increased during the coming year. A num- 
ber of students of eastern preparatory schools, attracted by the 
cheapness of attending the University, have signified their in- 
tention of entering next fall. The average expenses of the 
students are considerably lower than at institutions of equal 
standing in the east. 

The faculty numbers thirty-eight members, and among its 
number are representatives of Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Yale, 
Princeton, Cornell, Williams, and other leading colleges and 

The Chancellor of the University is Francis Huntington 
Snow. He has been with the University since its founding, and 
to his unremittent toil and labor, is due much of its present pros- 
perity. His devotion to the University is best shown by his re- 
fusal, at an advanced salary, of a chair at Cornell. As a token 
of esteem, the new building of Natural History has received the 
name of Snow Hall. Here the result of Chancellor Snow's 
labors is to be seen, in what are conceded to be the finest 
nauseums of the west. The Geological collection, the buffaloes 
and the group of mountain goats, secured in British America last 
winter by Prof. Dyche, the University taxidermist, are especially 
valuable collections. The scarcity of the goats and the difficulty 
of obtaining them have caused more than one pair of covetous 
eyes, from eastern schools, to be turned upon them. 

In the College of Liberal Arts, there are six regular courses, 
differing mainly in the languages pursued and the amount requir- 
ed. The Classical course is similar to the same course in other 
institutions. The Modern Literature course requires German, 
French and a small amount of Latin. The General Scientific 
course, requires for entrance, the same amount of German, 
French and Latin as the Modern Literature, but more science 
and less language is studied after entrance. The Latin Scientific 
course substitutes Latin for the French of the General Scientific 
course. The Latin English and General Language courses have 
recently been added to the curriculum, and as yet are in the ex- 


perimental stage. In each a good knowledge of Latin and 
English is required for entrance. In the former the Latin is pur- 
sued until the end of the Sophomore year, and no other language 
is required. In the latter the Latin is discontinued, on entrance, 
and the study of German, French or Greek is begun. 

In none of these courses, is there any required work after the 
Sophomore year. Before beginning the Junior year, each stu- 
dent must choose in some one department, four full terms work. 
This is termed his ** major." In addition he must choose two 
minors and four electives, the minors to consist of two terms 
work each and the electives to consist of one term each, to be 
chosen from any department in which the student has not his 
major or minor. 

In addition to the regular collegiate courses, there are special 
courses in Natural History, Civil Engineering and Electrical En- 
gineering, each requiring four years for completion. Schools of 
Law, Music and Pharmacy are maintained and are in a flourish- 
ing condition. A Preparatory Medical course is also given, and 
it is expected soon to be able to establish a School of Medicine, 
with a three years course. With the present year the Sub-Fresh- 
man class will be discontinued. 

The Library of the University is not large, but is well selected 
and admirably adapted to the use of the student. There are 
now on the shelves, fourteen thousand volumes, exclusive of sev- 
eral thousand unbound pamphlets. There is a complete file of the 
Congressional reports from the First Continental Congress to date, 
including the Secret Journals and the Diplomatic Correspondence, 
a complete file of Nile's Register, and other works which are o£ 
especial value to the student of American History. The depart- 
ments of the languages contain a number of rare volumes, which 
have been obtained only through the diligent search and labor 
of the professors in charge. 

The University supports two papers. The University Weekly 
Courier and The University Revieu*, monthly. 

Most of the departments are represented by societies for the 
preparation and presentation of original work. There is a Liter- 
ary society, drawing its membership from all departments, a 
Modern Language club, a Science club, a Pharmaceutical club, 
the Seminary of History and Political Science, a Philological 
club and the Kent club, (law). 

The buildings and the grounds of the University are valued 
^t $353,000, and the library and apparatus of instruction at 
$161,000. There is no tuition, the entire support being derived 
from the interest on the endowment and an annual appropriation 
of $75,000. 

The rules for the government of the students are few. The 
faculty seldom inquires into a student's conduct outside of the 


..iron. i-«NO» 


class-room, but there his work must be of the best. Failure in 
examinations entails the severance of a student's connection with 
the University. 

In athletics the University has been as backward as most of 
the institutions of the west. The past two years, however, have 
witnessed a great awakening of interest in this respect. The 
ball nine, the foot ball and tennis teams have no superiors and 
few rivals in the state. A small, but good gymnasium, has been 
fitted up, and about $1,500 have been raised by subscription, for 
obtaining grounds for outdoor sports. 

The first fraternity at the University, B 6 II, was founded in 
1872, and since that time the sway of fraternities has been almost 
complete. For a number of years the barbs were very aggressive 
and enthusiastic meetings were held, at which the special order 
was *• wavs and means" for the destruction of fraternities. The 
fraternities were strengthened, rather than weakened by these 
demonstrations, and after a time, all open opposition ceased. At 
present, fraternities have become so much a part of the Univers- 
ity, that their existence is taken as a matter of course. In social 
matters fraternity men are the undisputed masters. Nor is this 
supremacy confined to University circles. No social gathering 
of young people of the city is complete without the presence of 
University students, — fraternity members. 

A little over one-fifth of the students belong to fraternities, 
and they are distributed as follows: B 6 II, 20; <P K ¥, 18; 
^ r A, 11, I N, IS, <P J e, 21; II B 0, iS; A A 8, 18 and 
K K r, iS. r A' is represented by only one member, the others 
having resigned or left school. The charter has been returned, 
and as a chapter, I X exists here no longer. 

Of the three ladies' fraternities, neither can be said to be su- 
perior to the others. The standing of all is good. 

Among the men's fraternities, // S II, K *F and 4> A 8 are 
generally evenly matched in strength. This year, however, 
B 8 II, though numerically strong, is rather weaker than usual. 
The members of the chapter though good students are not the 
kind of men that keep a fraternity at the top. Sustained by a 
large alumni and a strong reputation, the Betas will probably 
be able to regain in fact the prestige they have by reputation. 

If the University has what may be called a fast set, ^ K ¥ may 
justly claim that title. The members of this fraternity are mostly 
bright active fellows, sons of wealthy men, and believe in having 
a good time. 

To a member, A 8 seems to have the ideal chapter. Appre- 
ciating the value of modesty, it does not seem becoming to say 
much about one's own chapter. Suffice it is to say, the frater- 
nity generally gets most of the men it spikes, and before being 
spiked, a man must prove himself a good scholar and a good 


companion. The chapter is content to rest its claims for fraternal 
spirit on an intended sarcastic remark, made last year by one of 
its rivals, **The Phi Delts flock together and seem to be satisfied 
with themselves." 

Until this year, ^ f* J has seemed to an outsider to be more of 
a social club, than a fraternity, but a commendable spirit seems 
to have enthused the members this year, and they have been doing 
better work and giving fewer dances, than for several years pre- 
vious. The standing of the chapter is fair. 

X N \% composed of a class of men that every college man 
knows. Thcfy are good students and there is nothing specific 
that one can say against them, yet they lack entirely that mutual 
attraction, so necessary for good fellowship. One may admire 
them, but there is not that indefinable thing which at once in- 
vites intimacy. 

. The roll of the three stronger fraternities is about as large as 
they endeavor to make it, and unless some new fraternity makes 
its appearance, with the increasing attendance, it is probable that 
in the course of a few years, the two weaker chapters may 
strengthen their position and reach the plane occupied by the 

J. Frank Craig. 



Washington University, founded in the city of St. Louis, under 
an Act of Incorporation by the State of Missouri, approved Feb- 
ruary 2 2, 1853, is intended to embrace the whole range of Uni- 
versity studies, except Theology, and to afford opportunity of 
complete preparation for every sphere of practical and scientific 

By the Eighth Article of the Constitution, **no instruction, 
either sectarian in religion, or partisan in politics, shall be allowed 
in any Department of the University ; and no sectarian or par- 
tisan test shall be used in the election of Professors, Teachers, or 
other officers of the University for any purposes whatsoever. 
This article shall be understood as the fundamental condition on 
^hich all endowments, of whatsoever kind, are received." The 
Constitution also declares the articles now quoted ** not subject 
to alteration at any time." 

On the 22d of April, 1857, the formal inauguration of Wash- 
ington University took place with appropriate exercises in Uni- 
versity Hall, and an oration delivered by Hon. Edward Everett, 
in the Mercantile Library Hall. 

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Washington University comprehends — : I. Undergraduate 
Department, including the College and the Polytechnic School, 
. Washington Avenue and Seventeenth Street. 11. Henry Shaw 
School of Botany, 1724 Washington Avenue. III. St. Louis 
School of Fine Arts, Lucas Place and Nineteenth Street. IV. 
St. Louis Law School, 141 7 Lucas Place. 

The following schools have also been organized under the char- 
ter of the University : I. Smith Academy. 11. Manual Train- 
ing School. III. Mary Institute. 

It is with the Collegiate and Polytechnic Schools that Phi Delta 
Theta is connected. 

The faculties of the entire University enroll forty-four mem- 
bers. That of the Collegiate and Polytechnic Department num- 
bers eighteen professors, ten instructors and three lecturers. The 
students of this department number over 120, of whom ninety 
per cent, are males. Of the matriculates of this department 
about seventy-five per cent, are residents of the City of St. Louis. 
Tuition is $150 annually besides a matriculation fee of $5. 


I. College Degrees, — The degrees corresponding to the two 
courses of study conferred upon the satisfactory completion of 
the four years' work are : I. The Degree of Bachelor of Arts. 
II. The Degree of Bachelor of Philosophy. 

The General Course in Science and Literature was authorized 
by the Board of Directors in December, 1887. It is intended to 
meet the wants of those students who at the end of their Sopho- 
more year may prefer a more liberal course of study than is of- . 
fered by the strictly professional curricula. Unlike the profes- 
sional courses, it covers four years instead of five, and leads to 
the non-professional degree of Bachelor of Science. 

II. Polytechnic School Degrees. — It will be seen below that the 
degrees which those who complete the several courses of study 
are entitled to receive fall into two classes : professional, five 
years and non-professional, four years. Since June, 1888, the 
only degree conferred upon students in the professional courses 
( Engineering and Chemistry) is the professional degree at the 
completion of the fifth year's work. No degree whatever is given 
at the close of the fourth or Senior year. 

This change appropriately accompanies the adoption of the 
General Course and the Course in Pure Science. Those who do 
not wish for a thorough professional training in some line of 
Engineering or Chemistry will naturally and wisely select one of 
the non-professional courses ; while those who do aim at a pro- 
fessional life should unquestionably seek without distraction or 
break the most complete training available A five years' course 
in Pure Science has been arranged. 


This course is intended for those students who desire to become 
specialists in the direction of Science. It was authorized by the 
Board of Directors in December, 1887, and is now published for 
the first time and its satisfactory completion will entitle the stu- 
dent to the degree of Master of Science. No degree whatever 
will be given to students taking this course at the end of the 
fourth year. 

The degrees corresponding to the six courses of stud}' given on 
the completion of the work as prescribed are : I. The Degree of 
Civil Engineer; II. The Degree of Dynamic Engineer; III. 
The Degree of Chemist; IV. The Degree of Engineer of Mines; 
V. The Degree of Bachelor of Science; VI. The Degree of 
Master of Science. 

A gymnasium for the use of the Undergraduate Department 
has been erected and furnished at a total cost of about $10,000. 
The large hall, 50x70 feet, and nearly 30 feet high, and heated 
by steam, is supplied with all necessary apparatus. All class ex- 
ercises are conducted by a professional instructor. 

The financial condition of the University has been very mater- 
ially improved during the past two years by the addition to its 
various permanent funds of over $200,000. Its property now 
consists of real estate and buildings in actual use for educational 
purposes (unincumbered), costing over $625,000; of Libraries, 
Scientific Apparatus, Laboratories, Casts, Architectural Models, 
Machinery and other personal property in actual use in the various 
departments costing over $160,000, and of investments for reve- 
nue in real and personal estate, derived from special endowments 
amounting to over $650,000; giving an assured permanence to 
the Institution and the guaranty of a wise, conservative, thorough 
and prudent administration of the trust which has been committed 
to the Board of Directors. 

Missouri Gamma of Phi Delta Theta was established at Wash- 
ington University on Saturday, March 28th, 1891. It draws its 
membership from the collegiate and polytechnic schools. In 1888 
there was established in the school an organization known as the 
W. S. & P. Society. In January, 1889, this society formed a 
still closer organization, by elaborating the ritual and laws which 
made it the Texta Club. It has been a successful and enthusias- 
tic organization from the start, and enrolls class and society, 
leaders of the college. Late in 18^9 the members of the Club 
had correspondence with ^ A B and several other fraternities. 
As a Club ** Texta" was at that time opposed to changing its 
relations, though some members favored becoming a branch of a 
chaptered fraternity. No direct overtures were made by either 
parties to the correspondence mentioned, though strong induce- 
ments were held out by two or three fraternities to secure a formal 
application for a charter. 


Of the Phi Delta Thela correspondence little need be said up 
to the time of the Missouri U. and Washington U, foot ball game 
at St. Louis last Thanksgiving. An informal meeting of Phis 
and Textas was held. The Phis as a result of their investigation 
were ready to endorse the movement most heartily and the Textas 
on their part decided to put in an application for a charter. 
This, backed by the St. Louis and other Missouri Phis and cham- 
pioned by Treasurer Clark was approved at the Louisville meet- 
ing of the General Council. The papers were then sent to Zeta 
Province chapters for vote, with the result that it secured the 
necessary unanimous approval of these. The charter was granted 
and the chapter installed as noted. 

After initiation, a banquet was served and following toasts ren- 
dered — 

" Missouri Gamma, her entrance into * J S, and her duties, 
pleasures and prospects " — 

H. Th. Miller, Secretary General Council, 
I. R. Hilt, Jr., President Zeta Province, 
H. W. Clark, Treasurer General Council. 
"Our Missouri Sister — Here's to her" — 
B, M. Thompson, Missouri Alpha, 
E. M. Watson, Missouri Alpha, 
J. C. Tipton, Missouri Alpha, 
Bro. Mcl^ary, Missouri Alpha. 
"A Greeting from the South" — 
E. J. Buck, Mississippi Alpha. 
"Our Younger Sister in St. Louis" — 

P. R. Flitcraft, President Missouri Beta Alumni. 
"Illinois' Message" — 

Guy P. WilHams, Illinois Delta. 
"Good Bye 'Texta,' Hail, * J « ! "— 
R. C. McCulloch, Missouri Gamma. 
"Texta Girls, Now Phi Sisters"— 

W. H. Danforth, Missouri Gamma. 
Everything conspired to make the occasion a memorable one, 
and the newly made Phis of Missouri Gamma received a hearty 
welcome at the hands of those present, these numbering two 
members of the Council, the Province President, a good delega- 
tion of St. Louis alumni and visitors from Missouri Alpha and 
Illinois Delta. The evening gave not only its enjoyment, but in 
the revealed rites of the Fraternity taught the new brothers that 
Phi Delta Theta symbols as worn by her members were the 
tokens of pledges of loyalty to the principles of highest manhood, 
and that no charter of the Fraternity was in lawful use unless it 
made those who came under its workings better men for having 
done so. The lesson made its impression and to-day Missouri 
Gamma stands erect in the ranks of Phi Delta Thela, her charter 


cared for by those well worthy to have entered the three gates, 
and who aspire to realize the teachings found therein. Their 
present is one that calls for congratulation. All hail the future. 


At the Convention of Zeta Province held at Galesburg, Ills., 
April ist and 2d, 1890, it was decided that the next convention 
should be held at Mt. Pleasant, la., which was finally appointed 
for March 30, and April ist, 1891. The time has come and 
gone and it is with pleasure that we accept a kindly offered por- 
tion of the Scroll in which to greet the Fraternity with tidings of 
the entire success and profit of this most delightful occasion. 
The day before the first session was to be held the delegates 
came in from all directions, and by the time the first meeting 
convened the boys were all thoroughly acquainted and the prep- 
arations completed to make the convention a success in every 
detail. The Mt. Pleasant friends of Phi Delta Theta had very 
kindly offered to entertain the visiting brothers, and the prettiest 
homes of the scholastic city were thrown open and a spirit of 
hospitality pervaded the very atmosphere. At 1 1 a. m. March 
31, the convention was called to order by Pres. I. R. Hitt, and 
after opening exercises and prayer by Rev. A. W. Ringland, D. 
D., of Duluth, the preliminary business was taken up. 

A committee on credentials was then appointed by the Chair, 
which submitted the following : 

Iowa Alpha, W. C. Willits, J. W. Clark, W. L. Brenholts ; 
Iowa Beta, F. G. Pierce ; Illinois Alpha, represented by letter ; 
Illinois Delta, Guy P. Williams; Illinois Zeta, B. F. Brady, S. 
T. Donahoe, D. P. Wild; Missouri Alpha, Burton M. Thomp- 
son; Missouri Beta, represented by letter; Missouri Gamma, 
Ralph G. Cole ; Kansas Alpha, F. G. Nichols ; Wisconsin Alpha, 
E. R. McDonald; Nebraska Alpha, R. M. Welch; California 
Alpha, represented by letter. 

On motion the Chair appointed committees on Order of Busi- 
ness, nomination of officers, place of meeting and Committee on 

The committee on Order of Business, consisting of Williams, 
Donohoe and McDonald reported : 

I. Hearing of Reports of Province Chapters. 2. Consider- 
ation of weak Chapters. 3. How we may interest our Alumni. 
4. Fraternity Extension. 5. Chapter house question. 6. Gen- 
eral business. 

The committee on nomination of officers, consisting of Wil- 
lits, Welch and Brenholts then offered the following names after 


which on motion the By-Laws were suspended and the Secretary 
instructed to cast ballot of convention for their election. 

For Pres., Isaac R. Hitt, ex-officio. Vice Pres., R. M. Welch. 
Sec'y-, W. C. Willits. Treasurer, F. G. Nichols. Historian, 
E. R. McDonald. Reporter, Ralph Cole. Warden, F. G. 
Pierce. Chaplain, Jesse W. Clark. 

The committee on place of meeting recommended that the 
next convention be held at Lawrence, Kan. , with Kansas Alpha, 
and on motion it was ordered that the report be accepted. 

An invitation was then read by the Secretary, for the gentle- 
men of the Convention to attend a reception given by the ladies 
of the P. E. 0. sorosis, at the home of Hon. Jno. J. Woolson, 
in honor of Phi Delta Theta, at 4 p. m. After a unanimous 
vote to accept the invitation and a very excellent letter from 
our Fraternity Historian W. W, Quarles, the first session ad- 
journed to meet at 1:30 p. m. 

In the afternoon session the regular order of business was 
then taken up, and after a most interesting report of Illinois 
Delta, given by Guy P. Williams, it was decided to postpone 
the remaining reports until the next day, and the Chair called for 
the opinion of the delegates on the subject of Fraternity Exten- 
sion. A letter was read from Pres. E. H. L. Randolph, and 
the subject underwent a thorough discussion, which was partici- 
pated in by Welch, McDonald, Nichols, Williams, Pierce, Brady, 
Cole, Brenholts and Wild. It was decided that the opinion of 
the convention should be internal improvements rather than 
extension. The Minneapohs situation was then rather informally 
discussed and the convention adjourned to attend the P. E. 0. 
Reception, which eminently proved to be one of the most elab- 
orately planned and artistically managed social events ever given 
in the city. After two hours in the elegant home, in the presence 
of the hospitality of the P. E. O's., where conviviality and Phi 
songs blended into a monady of good time, the gentlemen though 
loth to do so, were compelled to depart. At a later hour the 
same evening a public lecture was given by Rev. A. W. Ring- 
land, D. D., Kentucky Alpha, now of Duluth, Minn. This 
scholarly and eloquent brother appeared -before a splendid aud- 
ience at the Grand Opera House, and from the subject, "Vapor 
and Vapor ers," delivered one of the most finished addresses 
given to Mt. Pleasant people for years, in which his tributes to 
Phi Delta Theta were sincerely and eloquently poured forth. 
An intense enthusiasm and love for Phi Delta Theta had brought 
Dr. Ringland hundred of miles to deliver this lecture, and it is 
a fact on which we may well congratulate ourselves, that men 
really great, if Phis once are Phis forever. 

After the lecture the Convention Banquet was held in the 
leading hostelrie of the city and besides a most elaborate menu 


the following toast list, the embodiment of wit and fraternal 
love, was indulged in : 

*'Our Visitors," W. C. Willits; **Our Alumni," E. R. 
McDonald; '* That Phi Girl," F. G. Pierce; *' Looking Back- 
ward," Guy P. Williams ; ** Old Billy," Ben F. Brady; "Our 
Nationality," R. M. Welch; **Our Hosts," F. G. Nichols. 

The programme was interspersed by Phi songs, and the entire 
literary programme ingeniously managed by our Toastmaster, 
Pres. I. R. Hitt. The wall decorations were in white and blue 
and long festoons of the colors hung from a high center post — 
around which the table was arranged — to the four corners of the 
room, and best of all, upon the table with artistic taste the hand 
of Pi Beta Phi had placed profuse decorations of white and red 
roses which made the boys sing ** Phi girls are the best, sir," with 
an energy that made the town ring. 

On Wednesday morning, though the business and festivities of 
the day before had extended into the •* wee sma hours " the boys 
assembled early to prosecute convention work. A Committee on 
Resolutions, consisting of Pierce, Nichols and Clark was appoint- 
ed, after which the reports of chapters was again returned to 
and the forenoon was taken up with the reading of reports by 
letter from California Alpha, Illinois Alpha and Missouri Beta, 
and reports from Iowa Beta by F. G. Pierce, Nebraska Alpha, 
R. M. Welch and Wisconsin Alpha by E. R. McDonald. The 
convention then adjourned to meet again at 3:30 in the afternoon 
when the reports were continued. Nichols reported for Kansas 
Alpha, Cole gave a most enthusiastic talk on the start and intent 
o! our new chapter, Missouri Gamma ; Hardy spoke for Illinois 
Zeta, Thompson for Missouri Alpha and W. L. Brenholts for Iowa 

It would be a matter of interest to Phis everywhere if the salient 
points of these chapter reports might be mentioned, but space in 
the Scroll deprives comment further than that the chapters in 
Zeta Province are in a splendidly prosperous condition. After 
the reports weie all in, the lecture of Dr. A. M. Linti, of Des 
Moines, Iowa, was given, to the delight of every Phi of the con- 
vention. Dr. Linn had chosen for his subject "The Big Four" 
and held the undivided attention of his ardent listeners for an 
hour. He is an aluainus of Iowa Alpha and a man, who, in the 
opinion of Zeta Province Phis should and sometime will be pushed 
to the front for Fraternity honors. A report of the Committee 
on Resolutions was then called for and among the resolutions 
adopted were resolutions thanking citizens of Mt. Pleasant for 
their hospitality ; thanking Dr. A. W. Ringland and Dr. A. M. 
Linn for their lectures, and thanking P. E. O. and 11 B ^ ior 
their reception and decorations. It was then ordered by motion 
" That it be the sentiment of delegates of Zeta Province Chapters 


in convention assembled that the new ritual as submitted to the 
chapters of ^ J d is good and on the whole desirable. We re- 
commend and urge its adoption and the General Council shall be 
informed of this action." 

Bro. McDonald then thanked Pres. Hitt, on behalf of the 
Province for the time and attention he had devoted to the Con- 
vention. A discussion of the chapter house question was then 
taken up. This was participated in by McDonald and Pierce, 
and the stock company plan advocated. On motion of Brady, a 
committee of three with I. R. Hitt as chairman, was appointed 
to devise methods looking to the improvement of chapter letters, 
Wiliits and Brady were appointed as other members of the com- 
mittee. The chair then appointed Pierce and Donahoc a com- 
mittee to consider the Fraternity yell. 

At 8 o'clock Wednesday evenmg the reception of Iowa Alpha 
to lady friends and visiting Phis was given with the Misses Crane. 
The chapter and these hospitable ladies had left nothing undone 
that could minister to the success of the event and the good cheer 
of a hundred and twenty-five young ladies and gentlemen as they 
occupied the elegant parlors and splendidly decorated dining 
halls alone can give adequate testimony of the realization of their 

■ On Thursday morning the last session was called by Secretary 
Willils and in the absence of President Hitt, Brother Thompson 
was elected President pro tempore. The Secretary was then in- 
structed to forward resolutions adopted, thanking Bro. Hitt for 
his time and attention, to be published in the Scroll, but as the 
copy has not yet been submitted to the Secretary by the Chairman, 
and through some mistake was not entered on the minutes when 
read, must of necessity be omitted in this report, though the 
fact and spirit of the resolution are hereby given. Returning to 
resolutions, McDonald then read resolutions written by Dr. 
Ringiand urging a National Summer Resort House project upon 
the attention of the Fraternity, which by motion was adopted by 
the Convention, Resolutions were also adopted thanking Mrs. 
and Miss Woolson for their kindness and interest taken in the 
P. E, O. reception and to Iowa Alpha and Mrs, and the Misses 
Crane for Iowa Alpha reception. 

Letters were then read by the Sec'y from Bros. J, E. Brown, 
Editor of Scroll, Hugh Th. Miller, Sec'y G. C, H. W. Clark, 
Treas. G. C. and our venerable founder, Robert Morrison. By 
motion the Secretary was then instructed to answer Brother 
Morrison's letter in behalf of Zeta Province. 

On motion unanimously carried, the delegates then pledged 
themselves to work in their individual Chapters to urge their 
graduating members to take the Scroll for at least two years. 
Also that Resolutions be adopted urging that Bro. Brown be 


continued Editor of the Scroll. Some other general business 
was then transacted and the Secretary instructed to furnish full 
report of minutes to be published in the Scroll, which the space 
that can be given us in the June number has rendered positively- 
impracticable. The sketch therefore is but an outline, but if it 
fills its mission of saying to the Fraternity in general that Zeta 
Province is awake ; that the Convention was a success and earn- 
estly looked for the advancement of Phi Delta Theta everywhere 
as well as of its own Chapters, it has served its purpose well. 

WiLMOT C. WiLLITS, Scc'y. 


Phi Delta Theta. 


William Johnston Lapsley, Kentucky A^^ 64, 

Died August 19, 1890, 


Sweet Springs, Mo. 

*' In Coelo Quies Est." 

* * * 

James Henry Dalby, Virginia T, '74, 

Died December 26, 1890, 


Saluda, Virginia. 

**ln Coelo Quies Est." 

* * * 

Winfield Scott Brown, Indiana 5, '%(i^ 

Died January 4, 1891, 


Grayville, Illinois. 

'^n Coelo Quies Est." 

Thomas Allen Walker, Ohio J, '89, 

Died January 22, 1891, 


West Salem, Ohio. 

"In Coelo Quies Est," 

* * * 



Herman Jay Lauder, Iowa A^ '72, 

Died April 12, 1891, 


Muscatine, Iowa. 

** In Coelo Quies Est. 
* * * 

George Daniel Blakey, Virginia B^ '83, 

Died 1 89 1, 


Charlottesville, Virginia. 

** In Coelo Quies Est." 

* s|c * 


Rev. William Johnston Lapsley, Kentucky Alpha, '64, was 
born near Harrodsburg, Kentucky, May 20, 1844. His father 
was Col. John Lapsley, an intelligent and successful farmer. 
The Lapsley connection in Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama 
is a lar^e and highly respectable one. 

William entered Centre College at eighteen and after gradua- 
tion, spent three years — the full course — in the study of Theol- 
ogy and was received by the Presbytery of Transylvania. 

His first charge was Des Peres, an interesting country church, 
near St. Louis, Mo. In 1869 the church and house at Mizpah, 
a few miles from Des Peres, were built, and he became pastor of 
that congregation where he remained for six years. During 
part of the years '75 to '76 he temporarily supplied the Second 
Presbyterian Church of Sedalia, Mo. In the latter part of '76 
he became pastor of the large church in Troy, Ky. There from 
overwork and nervous trouble his health gave way, and after a 
short period of rest he accepted a call in 1 881, to the Second 
Presbyterian church, Shelby ville, Ky. He left there in 1884 
with his nervous system broken down when his ministerial work 
was ended. 

He continued in feeble health until August 19, 1890, when 
he quietly and without pain fell asleep, to no longer awake until 
the resurrection of the just. 

In October, 1868, he was married to Miss Elizabeth, daughter 
of Rev. John L. Yantis, D. D., who with an interesting family 
survives him. 

£ro. Lapsley was a faithful pastor, a sprightly and attractive 
preacher and a useful man. His body rests in the cemetery at 
Sweet Springs, Missouri. His record is on high. 

Robert Morrison. 


Henry D. Howren, whose illness was mentioned in the last 
issue of the WesUyan^ died on the evening of the 7th inst., in 
Charleston, S. C. Mr. Howren was among the most brilliant 
young men of our time. He was graduated from Emory Cbllege 
in the class of 1880. Soon after leaving college he chose jour- 
nalism as his profession, rising very soon to the front rank in it. 
Nearly two years ago, down by the old battery in Charleston, 
with his face toward the sea, and his heart turned toward the in- 
finite Father, he sought, and as he said, obtained the pardon of 
his sins. He then entered upon a new life as a temperance lec- 
turer, and was soon licensed to preach. In several states he de- 
livered temperance addresses no whit behind those of the most 
gifted orators. We recall with distinctness one delivered in this 
city, the conclusion of which was as beautiful and as flawless a 
piece of rhetoric as we ever heard. True hearted, genial How- 
ren ! We knew him in his boyhood and youth, followed him in 
his manhood with deep solicitude, rejoiced over his successes, 
and sorrowed because of his failures. His life was a checkered, 
tortured history. We trust that after ** life's fitful fever he sleeps 
well." — Wesleyan Christian Advocate, 


Like a bird by the storm winds driven, that flies to its sheltered nest 
'Neath the arch of a tranquil heaven, so my friend went home to rest ; 
He was tired of tears and toiling, of the paths where the wandering 

And he felt in the storm and darkness like a child that had lost its way. 

But a star in the east was shining — a beautiful star and sweet ; 

Its light fell soft on his pathway, a lamp to his weary feet ; 

And the eyes of his soul were lifted from the gloom where the lost ones 

And he entered in at the portals, and passed to the peace of home. 

Are there tears for him ? He is lying under the tender skies 

That have known his tears as they trembled in his merciful, melting 

Oh, friends, as ye stand above him and gaze on his face divine, 
Make room for the hearts that love him, and so, with your tears, take 


I creep in the dark towards him, unknown in the weeping throng. 

And lay 'mongst his shining laurels this fiowerless leaf of song. 

And there in the dark I leave him. But sweet till the whole world 

Will be the thought of his dying, who gave his life for his friends. 

— F. L. Stanton, in Charleston News and Courier, 


After a two week's illness with typhoid fever, Orin G. Calla- 
han died at the home of L. H. Zehring, Esq., in Miamisburg, 
O., September 6, 1890. On the following Monday he was bur- 
ied at Hill Grove Cemetery, Miamisburg. Rev. Dr. E. D. 
Whitlock conducted the services, and classmates of the deceased 
were pallbearers. 

Mr. Callahan had started to Greenville to join the Cincinnati 
Conference, stopping on the way to pay a visit to Miamisburg, 
where on the day following his arrival he was taken sick at the 
home of Mr. Zehring. 

Orin G. Callahan was born September 7, 1868, at Swan's 
Creek parsonage. When eight years old he was converted, 
joined church at his own request, and announced at once his 
determination to preach. From that time he kept steadfastly to 
this resolution. In the fall of 1884 he entered the Ohio Wes- 
leyan University, where his earnest character, natural ability, 
scholarship and oratorical power soon brought him into promi- 
nence. AH the honors of the college came to him unsought. 
He was out two winter terms on account of poor health, but 
kept up with his class and was graduated with them last spring. 
He had intended to continue his preparations for his life work 
at Drew Theological Seminary, and was anxious to join the con- 
ference so that he could take up some active work there. 

Those who knew him best will most mourn his loss. There 
was in his nature a certain dread of display and a reserve born 
of sensitiveness that made him often unappreciated, misunder- 
stood. If his friends ever entertained a doubt of his future suc- 
cess from a worldly view, it was because of this marked trait. 

None who were associated with him in the class room or so- 
ciety hall, will doubt that Orin Callahan had great ability. Here, 
as everywhere, his manner was unpretending. He was ambi- 
tious, to do well; he did not care to shine. His mind was 
broad. Things apparently incongruous he would chain together 
with resemblances. Though his methods were sometimes called 
illogical, his intuition always reached the mark. With some his 
quietness might have passed for indifference ; but he was a good 
observer, though a poor critic. He saw much and said little. 
To intimate friends he discovered a vein of quiet humor which 
made him a delightful companion. He had a passion for the 
study of oratory and was easily preeminent among the speakers 
of his class. His style was fascinating and distinctively original. 

His sensibilities were acute, but he did not often express his 
feelings. He was loyal to his friends and always ready to sacri- 
fice his interest or pleasure to theirs. 

He was so incapable of self-applause that he seldom did 
himself the justice of self-defence when under suspicion. He 
never preached exoneration. For misconstruction he had but 


one answer — silence. With patience and wisdom he awaited 
the acquittal of time and events. If injustice found here little 
resistance, she met with less revenge. If there was one thing 
that particularly marked Orin Callahan's nature great, it was the 
veil of deep reserve which he drew around his love and his re- 
ligion. He hated Phariseeism and cant of every kind. Though 
undemonstrative, he had abiding faith in the reality of the Chris- 
tian religion, and while he was often troubled with thoughts of 
his unfitness for the mission, he never swerved in his determina- 
tion to preach. He made mankind a practical study. While he 
reverenced the trusts of the Church, he wanted to enfold in his 
creed all the varied interests, and passions and sorrows of hu- 
manity. Nothing was more foreign to his nature than ambition \ 
ecclesiastical place or power never figured in his plans for life. 
He once said, '^ I have but one ambition, and that is to be an 
humble preacher of the cross 6f Christ." 

It was a pleasant thing to speculate upon the future career of 
such a character. No measure of success could have made 
him arrogant; no degree of failure could have tinged him 
with misanthropy. Time w^ould have but mellowed graces 
already ripe, and deepened sympathies early marked. But the 
inscrutable Power that often seems to mock our little thoughts 
had other purposes for him. It was not for him to build 
churches, to thrill assemblies, to help mould the life of the com- 
ing century. It was not for him to comfort the widow and the 
fatherless, to guide unsteady feet in the narrow way, to soothe 
the hour of death with words of promise. He has been trans- 
lated to another sphere and the world's loss is his eternal gain. 


So far there has been little discussion in the Scroll about what 
legislation is desirable at our approaching biennial National 
Convention, which is an indication that our system of govern- 
ment has so nearly been adapted to our present needs as to leave 
little room for improvements. However, I beg leave, to oflfer 
reasons why the Convention should act on the following subjects, 
which appear to me to be important : 

I. The annual Alumni Day was the very happy conception 
of the present editor of the Scroll, and it is extremely gratify- 
ing that it has been so generally observed. The date, the third 
Wednesday in February, was adopted, not on account of asso- 
ciation with any event, but because it was thought to be a more 
convenient time for alumni to assemble than the Fraternity's 
birthday, December 26, or other dates that were proposed. 


I now submit that a more appropriate date would be March 15, 
by selecting which time we would be honoring our venerable 
founder, Robert Morrison, who was born March 15, 1822, in 
Oreene County, Pennsylvania, and ever since ^ J 5 was con- 
ceived by him has taken a deep interest in its affairs. 

This date has all the advantages of the one that has been chosen 
and others in addition. Aside from being our founder's birth- 
day, it comes intermediate between the date on which the chap- 
ters send out their annual circulars to Correspondent members, 
March i, and the date on which Chapter Reporters send their 
annual reports to the Historian of the General Council, April i. 
Therefore should Alumni Day be fixed on March 15, the corres- 
pondent members, having quite recently received circular letters 
from their several chapters, would be better informed about 
Fraternity matters, and perhaps more enthused, than at other 
seasons. The attendance at the annual meetings of Alumni 
would on this account be longer, and at these gatherings much 
personal data might be secured which Reporters could transmit 
in their reports to the H. G. C. It should also be remembered 
that at least two of our College Chapters, Michigan fieta and 
Tennessee Beta, are not in session in February, but resume in 

2. At the Convention of 1884, the Historian of the General 
Council, Brother A. A. Stearns, proposed a scheme, which was 
adopted, providing for annual reports of chapter statistics, giving 
to the H. G. C. the names, classes, addresses and dates of ini- 
tiation of new members, a list of attendant members, notes con- 
cerning changes among correspondent members, etc. Expe- 
rience^ however, has shown that it is almost impossible to get 
Reporters to forward their reports on the proper date, April i. 
There has been so much dereliction in this respect that the H. G. 
C has not been able since 1889 to make out a complete summary. 

The scheme of Brother Steams was an excellent one but an 
additional provision is needed to make it perfect. Chapter Re- 
porters should be provided with specially prepared books adapted 
for all needed entries, with a page for each member, and blanks 
to be filled with his name, address, time of entering college, 
class, course, date of initiation, time of retiring from college, 
degree, college honors, fraternity honors, consanguinity, and 
plenty of space for other biographical mention. 

If such books were furnished it would be very easy for a Re- 
porter to record what was necessary about each member when 
initiated and to make subsequent annotations, and when the 
time should come for sending the annual report to the H. G. C, 
he would have all the information before him in one book, and 
would not have to look for it through chapter minutes, college 
catalogues, students' annuals and papers and other sources. So 


important do I deem this matter of preparing record books for 
all chapters uniform in arrangement, that I think the General 
Council should appoint a special committee to devise, or them- 
selves devise, the plan of a book embracing the features men- 
tioned, and present it to the coming convention for approval. 

3. Brothers E. H. L. Randolph and F. D. Swope are now 
engaged in editing the sixth edition of the Catalogue, which will 
be the first issue since the publication of the fifth edition, edited 
by Brother A. G. Foster and myself, in 1883. The labor that I 
expended on that work, convinces me that he who assumes the 
duties of catalogue editor undertakes a herculean task. We now 
have a membership of about 6,000, and at the rate at which we 
are growing, four or five hundred a year, we will in a few years 
have so large a list that scarcely any member will be willing to 
become a catalogue editor unless some way can be found to 
lessen the great amount of work. 

The main trouble about the matter is, that after an edition of 
the catalogue has been published, the keeping trace of members 
is neglected, and six or eight years afterward, when editors are 
elected to prepare a new edition, they cannot reach large num- 
bers of the correspondent members, so many of them having 

I therefore wish to renew my suggestions made in The Scroll 
during 1883-84, when I was editor, that a permanent catalogue 
editor be elected whose duty it shall be to enter in suitable books 
memoranda concerning members obtained from The Scroll and 
from all other sources, including direct communications from the 
members themselves, in answer to circulars of inquiry sent out 
by him annually. He should also be charged with the duty of 
finding the whereabouts of every member whose address is not 
given in the next edition, and of obtaining the full names of 
those whose initials only are given. He should be supplied with 
funds for necessary expenses, and perhaps paid some salary, and 
he should be required to report to the National Convention ex- 
actly what he had accomplished. 

Were this plan adopted, those elected to edit an edition of the 
catalogue would have their burden greatly lightened, and doubt- 
less the permanent catalogue editor would himself be willing to 
become one of the editors of the publication. The duties of 
permanent catalogue editor might be added to those of the H. 
G. C. , but it would probably be better to have the position a sep- 
arate one, so that the incumbent would have no other Fraternity 
duty to bear upon him. It would be proper to make him the 
custodian of the annual reports after the H. G, C. had compiled 
a summary of them for The Scroll. 

4. There is, as we all know, more or less difference between 
the standard of membership among the various chapters. One 


chapter values one qualificatioD highest, another something else. 
It is presumed all chapters strictly regard the provisions of the 
Bond in regard to admissions, but nevertheless at some colleges 
a higher estimate is placed on some personal qualities than at 
other institutions. 

When, therefore, a member transfers from one college to an- 
other where there is a chapter, he sometimes finds that this 
chapter is composed of elements different in important respects 
from those in the chapter where he was initiated. On the other 
hand, it may be the case that the members of a chapter may not 
consider a member from another college a congenial companion 
and they may feel that to receive him into the Chapter would be 
to admit a disturbing factor. It is better, therefore, that the 
member should not affiliate, for the prosperity of every chapter 
depends on the congeniality of those who compose it and the 
harmony that should prevail in all their actions. For these rea- 
sons it seems to me that a constitutional amendment should be 
adopted providing that no member going from one college to 
another should be allowed to affiliate with a chapter at the latter 
unless invited to do so by, say a three fourths vote. 

5. At my suggestion a motion was made in the Convention 
of 1889 that a committee be appointed to raise funds for the 
erection of a National Fraternity house at Oxford, Ohio. The 
motion carried, and I was appointed on the committee, but if 
any member of the committee has done anything in the premises 
I have not been so informed. However, I hope to see the At- 
lanta Convention take hold of the project and appoint a com- 
mittee with more energy. 

Aside from the pride that we would all feel in the possession 
of a creditable Fraternity building at the birthplace oi <P A 9^ 
it is absolutely necessary to have some place for the preservation 
of our archives. There are many valuable historical documents 
scattered about in various places, and they should be collected 
and stored in a fireproof structure, where there should also be a 
fraternity library. No more central or suitable place can be pro- 
posed than Oxford, and while Ohio Alpha would derive a par- 
ticular advantage from such a building, the whole fraternity 
would be benefitted. 

This matter should not longer be delayed. There are many 
papers bearing on the fraternity's history that have fortunately so 
far escaped the ravages of time, but are liable to be irretrievably 
lost or be consumed by fire. There are many loyal Phis who if 
properly approached would give $10 to $100 each for this pur- 
pose. It might be well to levy a small annual tax on attendant 
members, say 25 or 50 cents per capita, for this purpose, but it 
would probably be better first to see what could be done during 


two years by a committee who would endeavor to obtain volun- 
tary contributions. 

6. It is a recognized fact that the best means of keeping 
alive the interest of alumni in the movements of the Fraternity 
is by getting them to become subscribers for the Scroll. At 
the convention of 1882 an inducement was offered to them to 
subscribe by placing the subscription price at $5 for ten years. 
This plan was first proposed by Brother J. M. Barrs, then Prov- 
ince President. However, the number of alumni who have 
availed themselves of this opportunity is not large. 

At the Convention of 1886 Brother R. S. Dawson of Ken- 
tucky Alpha came forward with a very original proposition, 
which if it had not been so novel would perhaps have been 
adopted, as the object of it was most commendable. His idea 
was that each attendant member should pay $2 for the Scroll 
every year while in college, instead of $1 as then and now, and 
that he should receive therefor the Scroll while in college ; and 
for every year that he should pay while in college, he should 
receive the Scroll two years after leaving college. By this 
plan a member initiated in his freshman year, and remaining until 
graduation, would pay $8 for the Scroll during four years, and 
would receive the Scroll during those four years, and during 
the next succeeding eight years, or twelve years in all. 

The objection to paying the increased amount would probably 
not be strong, for each member would thereby get the Scroll 
after leaving college at half the price that he would have to pay 
if he should subscribe one year at a time. If this plan were put 
in operation, the Scroll would soon have many hundreds of 
readers among correspondent members, and their intimate 
acquaintances with all that would transpire in the fraternity thus 
acquired would lead to the most beneficial results. 

At the convention of 1889 ^^^ elaborate Ritual on which I 
and others had been working for years was adopted for trial until 
the convention to be held this year, and Brothers J. E. Brown 
and C. P. Bassett, with myself as chairman, were appointed a 
committee to endeavor to further perfect the various ceremonies. 
I have from time to time given the matter considerable thought, 
and will be prepared to submit at Atlanta several alterations, 
particularly in the second part of the initiation ceremony, which 
I believe will be considered improvements. Each chapter no 
doubt has used the proposed Ritual in whole or in part, and 
amendments have probably been thought of which should be 
embodied in the revision that shall finally be sanctioned. I re- 
quest all who have studied the subject to forward to me their 
ideas in regard to changes, that they may be laid before the 
committee. These ideas should be written out in detail, so as 
to give the exact language that is .preferred, but none should fail 


to mention positive objections to any thing in the Ritual. It is 
very important that all suggestions should be forwarded to the 
' committee, so the committee may consider each as related to the 
others, and be prepared to report to the convention upon the 
advisability of changing the ceremonies without disturbing the 
thread of unity and completeness which should run through the 
forms for all the rites of the Fraternity. 

Walter B. Faluer. 
Nashville, Tenu., April i, 1891. 


On Monday evening, April 37, the Phis of California Alpha, 
together with a number of brothers from several Eastern chapters, 
assembled at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco, on the occasion 
of the chapter's annual banquet and alumni reunion. However, 
this was no ordinary banquet, for, in addition to the pleasure al- 
ways present on such an occason, they had the distinguished 
honor of being visited by their brother Benjamin Harrison, Presi- 
dent of the United States. It is difiicult to appreciate just how 
^eat this honor was, until it is taken into consideration that Cal- 
ifornia is several thousand miles distant from the nation's capital, 
and that the visit of a President to that State is an event of no ordin- 
ary moment, that accordingly there were something overamillion 
people eager to catch sight of the head of the nation, and that 
there were dozens of invitations from various organizations for 
each day of his brief visit. 

However the members of the active chapter of Phis at Berke- 
ley, bearing in mind the success of their Galesburg brothers in 
a similar enterprise, together with the fact that President Harri- 
son has ever evinced himself to be a true and loyal Phi by his 
continued interest in the Fraternity, resolved at least to try their 
best At first the prospects of success were ver^ dark, but Anal- 
ly through the eflbrts of Senator J. N. E. Wilson, California 
Alpha, the Executive Committee having in charge the President's 
entertainment while in San Francisco were induced to set 
aside a short time when the illustrious guest might be pres- 
ent at a distinctively Phi affair — the annual Fraternity ban- 
quet. All the alumni of California Alpha and all members 
of Eastern chapters who were known to be in the vicinity were 
immediately visited by a committee and by their generous and 
enthusiastic co-operation in the scheme the success of the affair 
was soon assured. The matter was kept as quiet as possible, and 
when on Tuesday the papers of San Francisco and Oakland pub- 


lished accounts of the previous evening's banquet, the majority 
of the faculty and students of the university as well as the outside 
world was taken by surprise. The room in which the event took 
place was an elegant banqueting hall lighted by 400 incandescent 
electric lights, and is situated on the ground floor of the Palace 
which is universally recognized as America's most beautiful hotel. 
The banquet was placed under the complete supervision of the 
Palace cuisine and no trouble or expense was spared to make 
the whole affair worthy of the distinguished guest. The banquet 
board was decorated by a profusion of the most beautiful flowers 
and table decorations that could be obtained. At short intervals 
were placed large baskets filled with choice roses of every hue, 
and at each plate was a small bouquet consisting of a large white 
bud with blue forget-me-nots and maiden hair fern, together with 
a knot of ribbon of the Fraternity * 'white and blue." A delicate 
border of smilax extended entirely around the long'table and add- 
ed greatly to the general effect. In addition to what has been 
mentioned, the board as well as numerous side tables was com- 
pletely strewn with roses and other flowers, so that nothing was 
wanting to complete the beauty of the entire scene. A large 
string orchestra was present which added to the pleasure of the 
occasion by discoursing beautiful music during the entire even- 
ing. The menu card was an artistically contrived affair of eight 
pages, bearing on the outside an excellent photograph of Presi- 
dent Harrison together with an embossed cut of the Fraternity 

In the early evening the Phis began to assemble at the hotel 
and proceeded to the reception parlors set apart for the occasion, 
where general conversation and meeting of the younger members 
with the alumni was the order until half past seven, when the 
company numbering about sixty Phis arranged two abreast in the 
order of the classes, beginning with California Alpha '73, march- 
ed out through the corridor and across the court to the banquet 
hall. About this time it began to be whispered about that the 
President owing to the excessive fatiguejattendant upon the day's 
exercises together with the fact that he was to hold an official re- 
ception later on the evening would be unable to greet the Phis as 
had been arranged. But they were not doomed to disappoint- 
ment for shortly after they were seated President Harrison enter- 
ed the hall accompanied by Bro. J. N. E. Wilson, California 
Alpha '76, and Bro. C. O. Perry, Indiana Zeta, '69, and amid the 
music of the orchestra commingled with the repeated cheers and 
the fraternity yell of the feasting Phis, walked to the head of the 
table. It is worthy of remark that owing to the dense crowd in 
the court and corridors of the Palace, the President was unable 
to make use of any of the dozen passenger elevators to descend 
from his rooms above, but was compelled to employ one gener- 


ally used in carrying freight. In all probability this is the first 
time a President of the United States ever attended an entertain- 
ment of any sort by way of a freight elevator. 

After having been welcomed by toastmaster Wilson and intro- 
duced to the rest of the members in a few well chosen words, a 
toast was drunk to our distinguished brother of the White House 
which was responded to by him in a happy address from which 
the following are extracts : (It is to be regretted that the whole 
speech was not taken down for the President opened with a num- 
ber of allusions to the character of the Fraternity and to his ex- 
periences in his old chapter. As one of the younger members 
enthusiastically put it, this portion of his remarks was worth 
$i,oooa word.) Said President Harrison — "My friends and 
brothers in this old society, I enjoy this moment very much in 
associating with you. This brings to mind that I was a member 
of the first chapter of this, the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, which 
you all know was founded at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. 
I have not lost the impression of solemnity and reverence, which 
I experienced hunting in the dark in those early times to find my 
chapter room, and I am very glad to know that those meetings 
were not meetings in the dark. I belonged to the order, when 
it was young ; and now I find its members scattered in all States, 
where they hold positions of trust and influence, I find that in 
its history it has produced nothing discreditable to itself, but that 
it has sustained a reputation of which every one of its members 
may well be proud. I thank you for this moment of association 
with you." Here he paused for a moment, and then, lifting a 
glass, added, "I propose that we drink to the order to which we 
have giyen our allegiance and our love," a proposition which 
was immediately assented to by all present, and the toast was 
drunk. The President then seated himself and signed the ' 'visit- 
ing members roll" of the chapter, which now possesses his signa- 
ture as a valuable memento of the occasion. About 9 o'clock 
he begged to be excused as he was then due at his official recep- 
tion in another part of the building. As he withdrew three 
cheers for the president, three more for Phi Delta Thela, and fi- 
nally the Fraternity yell caused the hall to resound to the echo, 
and with a smile and a bow, Bro. Harrison was gone. 

As has been mentioned this was a distinctively Phi affair no 
one being in attendance on the banquet who was not a regularly 
initiated member of the Fraternity. In this way those present 
felt drawn together by a bond of sympathy into a much closer 
union than could possibly have existed if outsiders had been 
present, no matter how distinguished they might have been. A 
special soiirce of delight was the meeting with Eastern brothers, 
for in addition to the large number from California Alpha, were 
present three from Ohio Alpha, Bro, Harrison, '%z, Bro. Stecn, 


^^^^ and Bro. Peck, '57, all of the parent Miami chapter, as well 
as representatives from Kentucky Alpha, Massachusetts Alpha, 
Pennsylvania Alpha, Indiana Beta, Indiana Zeta and Illinois 
Epsilon — eight chapters in all being represented. 

When the demonstrations of enthusiasm on the part of the 
company had sufficiently subsided to render it possible. Brother 
Wilson took his seat as toastmaster, and the menu was resumed. 
Upon its conclusion Bro. Wilson again took the floor and in a 
few well chosen remarks congratulated the assembly upon its 
good fortune and graphically related his adventurous experiences 
with the Executive Committee. He then called upon the vari- 
ous speakers of the evening to respond to their several toasts as 

Introductory toast, "Our President," Senator}. N. E. Wilson, 
'76; "Phi Delta Theta's Public Men, ' Geo. E. DeGolia, '77; 
"Our Eastern Brothers," Edgar M. Wilson, Ohio Delta, '74; 
"The Scroll," Leslie R. Hewitt, '90; "The U. C. Then and 
Now," Prof. Wm. Carey Jones, '75; "Old Times," Fred Searles, 
'76; "California Alpha of '76," Ryant B. Wallace, '76 ; "Cali- 
fornia Alpha of '91," Wm. H. Waste, '91; "Our Future," D. 
Edward Collins, '74; "The Bond of Phi Delta Theta," Prof, S. 
B. Christy, '74. 

In the unexpected absence of Bro. Edgar M. Wilson, Bro. C. 
O. Perry was called upon to respond to "Our Eastern Brothers," 
which he did in a most interesting manner. He related sev- 
eral anecdotes of the various Conventions of the Fraternity 
which he had attended, and of many prominent Phis with whom 
he had been acquainted in the East, notably President Harrison 
and his law partner J. B. Elam, Ohio Alpha, '70. In addition 
to the list already given, Bro. John Goss, California^ A, '74, 
spoke eloquently and feelingly upon those of his brothers in 
years gone by who have become members of the Chapter Grand. 
It was a profitable address indeed for the younger members to 
hear, full of regard and affection for his departed brothers, after 
a lapse of so many years. 

The members of the active chapter were especially glad to 
have with them two members of the President's own chapter, 
Bro. Edwin T. Peck, '57, of Berkeley, and Bro. Moses D. A. 
Steen, D. D., ^dd^ of Woodbridge, Cal., who had traveled one 
hundred and fifty miles to renew once more his relationship with 
the active Fraternity. Both expressed their sincere delight at 
seeing the fraternal enthusiasm which was displayed on this great 
occasion, and at knowing that the Fraternity, which had been 
small and weak during the years of their active connection with 
it, had now grown to be a mighty brotherhood stretching to 
every part of our land and casting upon all its members the glory 
of its strength and renown. 


The program of the evening was further varied with musical 
selections by the orchestra, and with vocal solos by Bro. Harry 
A. Melvin, California A, '89. Bro. Wilson read telegrams from 
Bro. W. O. Morgan, '87, who is in Southern California and was 
unable to attend, and from Bro, W, H, Chamberlain, '76, who 
unfortunately was out of the state, expressing their regrets and 
sending their hearty congratulations. A telegram was received 
from Bro. J. M. Schaeberle, Michigan A, now an astronomer on 
Mt. Hamilton, announcing that he was unable to be present. 
Some of the alumni of the chapter were more fortunate and 
made special journeys from distant localities on purpose to be at 
the reunion. Bro. Hewitt, 'go, arrived from Los Angeles two 
days before the banquet and Bro. Searles, '76, of Nevada City, 
nearly three hundred miles distant, was present to tell of old 
times in the chapter. Bro. Steen of Ohio Alpha, as has been 
mentioned, and Bro. John Goss, California Alpha, '74, of Santa 
Rosa, both came long distances and remained with the active 
chapter two days in the chapter house at Berkeley. 

At 11:30 p. M., after the most enjoyable banquet that Califor- 
nia Alpha has ever held, the assembly adjourned with a vote of 
thanks for Senatot Wilson, without whose personal efforts and 
valuable advice the success of the enterprise would have been 
impossible. The benefits which have arisen from this reunion 
of so many Phis, many of whom had not seen each other or been 
posted as to the condition of the Fraternity for years, are greater 
than can be estimated. In the words of one alumnus of nearly 
twenty years standing, "It was a privilege which money cannot 
measure;" for all present, active and alumni members alike, felt 
as they had perhaps never done before the power of that Bond 
which makes us all one. Altogether the Phis of California 
passed a happy evening, grateful for the pleasure of meeting 
with each other, as well as that of meeting in a body our most 
distinguished brother Phi, President Benjamin Harrison. 



Atlanta! October! Those two words mean much in the 
Phi calendar, and as these days go oh apace those in the Frater- 
nity who expect to realize it, grow more and more numerous. 
It will be a veritable "gathering of the hosts" when the Phis be- 
gin to count noses in the Gate City when the third week of the 
tenth month rolls around. From several quarters we have heard 
of Phis who propose to embrace this opportunity of making a trip 
to the "New South" under such pleasant circumstances as are 
made possible by the Convention. Veteran convention-goers 
are not to miss this the one nearest the Equator in the annals of 
the Fraternity, and representation from the active chapters is an 
assured thing. Atlanta is a pleasant city to visit, but its chief 
attraction for the convention will lie in the fact that it will give 
the brothers from a distance a chance to see what material it is 
that composes the fraternal ranks in our southern wing, and to 
enjoy the hospitality that has been waiting since the Bloomington 
convention in 1889. To those who are now alumni, and to 
those who this year leave college life behind, we can give no ad- 
vice, which followed will give more genuine pleasure, than — 
save your summer vacation until October, and go to the conven- 
tion. It will take you a trip through a beautiful country, to a 
beautiful city, at a season when sun and air conspire to make the 
most inspiring of the year. 

There is work to be done at the convention which will de- 
mand the earnest and matured deliberation of the delegates. 
Brother Palmer's communication in this issue bears upon a num- 
ber of the questions that will come up. It behooves the dele- 
gates to come well posted on these matters, as many as possible 
having been talked over previously in chapter meetings, so that 
convention decisions will be the product of none but the ripest 

We believe that the Fraternity is well satisfied with the policy 
of the Bloomington convention and the present General Council 
in reference to the granting of charters, and no momentous dis- 
cussion on this line is looked for. But in the line of harmoniz 

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tion and unification of present Fraternity standards and methods 
of chapter work the convention will have much to do. The de- 
gree of advanced prosperity that Phi Delta Theta may reach in 
the next two years is to be decided by its work. The committee 
on Chapters and Charters is to be an important one, and more 
carefully than ever is it to inquire into the standards of member- 
ship and character of work of the chapters, and should it dis- 
cover that any of these have misconceptions as to the true idea 
of Fraternity and the value placed on membership in «P J ^, it 
will see that the convention finds a proper remedy for the case. 
The brilliant advancement of the past two years plainly shows 
what possibilities there are for us by the perfect unification of 
our forces. 

While we were pleased with the healthy condition of the 
chapters as shown in the Annual Circular Letters of March, 
their perusal was not untinged with disappointment. Only a few 
of these letters followed the required form. The main portion 
of them aside from appending the active membership roll, were 
little more than what a first class letter to the Scroll is. How 
few followed the regular outline and gave items under the head 
of (i) College News, (2) Chapter News, (3) Detailed mention 
and numerical strength of rivals, (4) Alumni News, (5) Changes 
in alumni addresses during the year, (6) Names in full and home 
address of active members. Some others marred what we know 
to have been good records for the year, by sophomoric boasting, 
the letters being made up of this to the exclusion of statements 
of facts. Alumni members are after news and facts. If these 
are given they are abundantly able to judge from them whether 
or not the chapter is prosperous. 

There is an old adage the burden of which is that it is a good 
plan to ''pay as you go," and it needs no argument here to prove 
the advice good. The annual general dues of the chapters fell 
on April first Chapters should bear in mind that the collection 
of these dues is a difficult task if not attended to before the close 
of the Spring session, and that at times the chapter treasury is 
called upon to meet deficiencies. This can be avoided if a de- 
termined effort is made to settle the account before commence- 


ment. Let every chapter end the year with its T. G. C. and 
Scroll accounts squared to date. 

That Annual published at your college is wanted. We are 
expecting to have our Fifth review of College Annuals in the 
October number, and if every chapter could know how much 
matter of interest we were able to add to this volume by reason 
of the books received last year, there would be no question 
about our receiving the full list this year. We emphasize the re- 
quest again and will heartily appreciate a generous response. 

President Harrison has again been a Phi banquetter ; this 
time with California Alpha and the San Francisco Alumni. It 
was a happy reunion at which nearly every member, alumni as 
well as active, of California Alpha was present, and made justly 
famous by the presence of the chief magistrate of our Nation. 

It may be that some of our esteemed rivals, possibly even our 
exchanges, may resurrect facetious remarks concerning a Presi- 
dential horn the Fraternity is blowing, but if such be the case, it 
will in no wise disturb the pleasure we take in recording every 
event which shows the loyal and cordial feeling of the President 
towards Phi Delta Theta. We congratulate our brothers of the 
" Golden Gate " on the success of their annual banquet. 



Maine Alpha, Colby University. 

To Missouri Gamma the Eastern Star Chapter extends her con- 
gratulations and bids her welcome to a place under the triangular 
banner. The S. I. U. of Maine State College, whose petition 
Maine Alpha, supported by Alpha Province, protested against, 
thereby causing its refusal were chartered recently as the Beta 
Upsilon chapter of ^ T U. While wishing them success, we see 
no cause to regret our action. We learn that the same fraternity 
either has or soon will have a petition from this college to act 

Our own chapter has but little to record, we have been pros- 
pering in a quiet way, making preparations for a great change, 
which will more than astonish the other chapters here. 

On April ist we celebrated our seventh anniversary with the 
following exercises ; Oration, by Brother Morse ; Poem, Brother 
Green ; History, Brother Gailert ; Prophecy, Brother Shepherd ; 
followed by a collation in the hall. Joy we had, that the chapter 
which was founded under so many difficulties had prospered to 
such a degree and in seven years had attained a position for 
which our rivals had worked almost forty; but we were sad, 
when we reflected that on the next anniversary, the five good 
fellows from ninety-one, who had done so much for the chapter 
could not be with us. Our only consolation was the Preps, who 
had chosen the "white and blue" for their college course. 

We intend to keep open house for all Phis in Maine. 
That reminds us that Prof. Munson, he of Mich. B. and N. Y. A. 
fame, who has recently taken a professorship in the State College, 
is meeting with great success having already acquired a reputa- 
tion, which extends throughout Maine. 

Bro, Pierce, who was the Coiby delegate to the Y. M, C. A. 
training school, met while there, Bro. Lewis, of Vcrraonl A. 
Our meeting members of that chapter is very pleasant, and if 
they think the same of us, as we do of them, we can make a 
first class mutual admiration society, 

Harry Prince, '88, after vainly wandering throughout the 
West after fortune, deciding to try his luck nearer home, has 
bought a half interest in the WaiervUle Mail and settled down 
right here. Our older brothers are all getting the idea that they 
are unable to support themselves, and must have some one to 
help them. Bro. C. E, Tllden, '83, is the next man for whom 


the church bells will ring, on the day when Miss Etta Hodgon, 
of Bangor, takes his name. Bro. Tilden has charge of over 
three thousand children, and can still be everybody's friend, as 
of old. Brother Googins, ^Zd^ although not married himself will 
tell about some persons who were, in his new novel now in press. 
This novel has been read by some of the prominent authors, who 
pronounce it a great success, and predict a large run for it. 

Maine Alpha don't like to kick, but she would like to obtain 
answers to the following questions : Are the reports of the last 
province convention published? If not, why not? If so, 
why have we not received some of them? If, as we 
suppose, everybody's business is nobody's business, and the re- 
ports are still untouched, Bro. Orcutt will confer a favor on us 
all by taking hold of the matter and hustling them through. 

Bro. Sheldon, '92, has recently been elected principal of 
Bridge Academy at Dresden, Me., and granted one year's leave 
of absence to complete his college course, or in other words our 
men are engaged a year and a half before they graduate. We 
expect to have three men at Atlanta next fall. We trust and 
hope that Alpha Province sentiment will prevail in regard to 
granting charters, curbing some chapters, and rousing up others. 
We would suggest that not only should the historian's records 
but also files of all the fraternity organs be provided by the proper 
officials, in order that chapters may be looked upon in all their 
possible phases. In closing, we would again request all Phis 
living in Maine to join us, wishing the Fraternity the same suc- 
cess, as her Eastern star has had. I remain 

Yours in the Bond, 

A. G. HuRD. 
Waterville, May 2, 1891. 

Vermont Alpha, University of Vermont. 

We have read the annual circular letters of our sister chapters 
with interest and are pleased to notice the marked success that 
has attended each one of them. Truly, the past year has been 
one of unusual prosperity for the wearers of the white and blue. 
We are much pleased to learn that we have some new brothers 
in St. Louis, and to those brothers we extend a most hearty wel- 

A good deal of interest in athletics has been aroused here this 
spring. Our ball team, by far the best one in the history of the 
University, is meeting with very flattering success. June 15-19 the 
team will make its regular down country trip, at which time it 
will meet Yale, Williams. Amherst, and Trinity. The Phis on 
the club are looking forward to this trip with a good deal of 
pleasure, as it will give them an opportunity of visiting our 


brothers at Massachusetts Alpha and Beta. Bros. Grow and 
Leach are on the athletic team that will represent the University 
of Vermont at the annual meet of the N. E. I. A. A. 

At the recent election of Cynic editors, the following Phis were 
chosen to positions on the board : Bros. Mower, '92, Lewis, 
Stewart and Kilbourn, Bro. Mower being the editor-in-chief. 
The college annual, the Arid, is just out, and is the best one 
that has been pubhshed thus far, reflecting much credit upon the 
Editor-in-chief, Bro. Mower, '92. We should be pleased to ex- 
change with any of our sister chapters. 

Work is progressing very rapidly upon the buildings that are 
being erected for Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. 

The first college reception of the term will be held at the 
Billings Library, Friday evening. It bids fair to be one of the 
most pleasant social events of the season. Bro. Leach is a mem- 
ber of the reception committee. 

Commencement this year will be of unusual interest, since it 
will mark the one hundredth anniversary of the granting of the 
charter to our University. Bro. Mould is to deliver the presi- 
dent's address, and Bro. Hawley the campus oration on class 
day. Our annual re-union and banquet will be held on Tuesday 
evening, June 23. We desire to make this re-union especially 
enjoyable, and therefore earnestly hope that as many of our 
alumni as possible will make a strong effort to be with us. Come 
back, brothers and renew your pledges to Phi Delta Theta and 
meet the many new Phis that have joined us since you left. 

Yours in ^e — igefa, 

T. C. Cheney. 
Burlington, May to, 1891. 

Massachusetts Alpha, Williams College. 

Since the last letter from Massachusetts Alpha, the winter term 
has come and gone. This is always the most monotonous season 
of the college year, and the past term was no exception to the 
rule. An excellent course of entertainment, provided by F. F. 
Thompson, of New York, and the performance of the college 
opera club were about the only things which served to break in- 
to the regular routine of study. 

No new members have been taken into Massachusetts Alpha 
nor is it likely that any will be in the near future. The spring 
term brought all our fellows back, fired with a new zeal for the 
prosperity of their chapter and Fraternity. 

The base ball nine under the efficient leadership of Capt. 
Hotchkiss, who is one of our '91 delegation, is doing some- hard 
training and we may justly expect that the season will be a suc- 
cessful one for Williams. At any rate, our opponents will have 


a team to contend with, which is determined to win the pennant 
if this is possible. 

Five of seven seniors have received preliminary appoint- 
ments for Commencement. Bro. Newton will be Pipe-orator. 
Bro. Wilson, '92, has recently been elected a member of the 
"Lit" board; and Bro. Searle, '93, has received an appoint-, 
ment as one of five Sophomores to speak at Commencement. 

Massachusetts Alpha has received the circular letters, and has 
been pleased to notice the ever-increasing prosperity of the chap- 
ters of Phi Delta Theta all through the country. The present 
condition of the Fraternity affords an exceedingly bright outlook 
for her future. The policy of the Fraternity in granting no new 
charters, although applications have been made, meets the entire 
approval of Massachusetts Alpha. 

During the present year the college has been the recipient of 
gifts amounting to more than $100,000 and in addition three 
laboratories will soon be built, another gift of Williams' generous 
alumnus, F. F. Thompson. These will afford much better facil- 
ities for the study of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

E. J. Collier. 
Williamstown, May 5, 1891. 

Massachusetts Beta, Amherst College. 

On May 6th the first ball game in the championship series was 
played with Williams, resulting in a victory for Amherst. At 
this game the championship pennant was raised over the grand 
stand. The proposed dedication of the new athletic field was 
necessarily postponed, owing to the sudden death of Mr. Charles 
Pratt, of Brooklyn, father of the donor. In the evening oc- 
curred the Junior Exhibition in Oratory, for the Lester prizes. 

Since the last writing another election to ^ li K has been an- 
announced and Massachusetts Beta finds two of her '92 delega- 
tion among the men drawn. 

Affairs at our chapter house are in a somewhat volcanic condi- 
tion. Improvements, both inside and outside, have disturbed 
the serenity of the dwelling, but when a new lawn and new floors 
shall have become a reality, we will forget the inconvenience of 
a few days. Our house accommodates from twelve to fifteen men 
and makes a pleasant home during the college year. We extend 
congratulations and a welcome to Missouri Gamma. 

Howard A. Lincoln. 
Amherst, May 10, '91. 


Rhode Island Alpha, Brown University. 

The spring term has been one of decided prosperity for Brown. 
Every department in the University is in a very flourishing con- 
dition, and the coming commencement bids fair to usher out one 
of the most prosperous years in the annals of the college. Wil- 
son Hall is completed and has been oocupied since February ; the 
Ladd Observatory only awaits the arrival of the new telescope, 
and the foundations of the new Gymnasium are finished. 
Through the efforts of our honored President, after this year 
Brown will matriculate students for the degree of Bachelor of 
Science, and also for the decree of Civil Engineer. 

Brown has taken the initiative among colleges in purchasing 
a war canoe. A stock company has been formed among the 
students, and the canoe will probably arrive in a few days. She 
is to be named the **Paumpagussit," the Narragansett word for 
sea god. The arrival and trial of the boat will be quite an event 
in Brown boating circles, and it is hoped that it will be followed by 
an increased enthusiasm for that sport, for which Brown, by her 
situation, is so peculiarly adapted. 

The Brown Minstrel show, given in the Providence Opera 
House on Friday and Saturday, May i, and 2, was a decided hit. 
About $500.00 were realized, which will be placed at the disposal 
of the Base Ball Association. 

Rhode Island Alpha still maintains her wonted prosperity. 
Since my last letter we have initiated Brother Nightengale of 
Louisville, Ky., and the outlook for the coming year is very 
encouraging, giving promise of a bountiful harvest in the 
fall. Letters received from Bro. Hartsock, '89, Brown's first 
missionary, give gratifying reports of his success. He is situa- 
ted about sixteen or seventeen days sail up the Congo from Stan- 
ley Pool, at Irebon, a village of two or three thousand inhabit- 

Congratulating our sister chapters upon the success and pros- 
perity of the past year, as shown by the numerous chapter let- 
ters received, we wish you equal success in the year to come. 

Yours in the Bond, 

A. P. Reccord. 

Providence, May 8, 1891. 

New York Alpha, Cornell University. 

Several things of importance have occurred since our last re- 
port. The Phis, who were with the Glee and Banjo clubs on 
their western tour, were very hospitably received by the Ann 
Arbor men in their new, commodious chapter house. Several 


Phis have called on us when here with the athletic teams of their 
colleges and we have always been glad to entertain them. 

We have a fraternity foot ball team and last week defeated the 
Phi Gamma Delta's. We expect to play several more games. 
We forfeited our contests in the Inter-fraternity Tennis Associa- 
tion as our court is not finished and we have no men in training. 
The league is composed ol K A, X W, 6 A X, B 611, * /f r, J r, 
^ r, and iP JO, 

Prof. Alfred Emerson of Lake Forest University and Prof. J. 
S. Sterritt gave lectures here recently before the Classical Asso- 
ciation. Both are Phis. 

Bro. Frenkel is one of the six prize orators of the Senior Laws. 
Bro. Gardner is one of the nine men who compose the "Chan- 
cery," a social club of the same class. 

Bro. Hurd will preside at the Senior Banquet next week. This 
is the second time he has had the ofBce of class toastmaster. 

Bro. Dudley R. Horton paid us a visit last term and went 
with several of the members as far as Syracuse with the Glee and 
Banjo clubs. Bro. Horton is a charter member of N. Y. Alpha 
and has always shown the greatest loyalty for everything pertain- 
ing to ^ A 6. 

The Law fraternity whose entrance was mentioned in our last 
letter is Delta Chi. A chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, was re- 
cently established. W. S. Gilbert. 

Ithach, May 9, 1891. 

New York Beta, Union College. 

New York Beta will lose but one man this year by graduation 
and so will be materially stronger at the opening of the next col- 
lege year than she was at the opening of the present year. The 
prospects are that the incoming class will be large and we have 
no fear that we will be able to secure a good delegation from 
'95. We have recently greatly improved our chapter hall by the 
addition of electric lights and other modern improvements and 
we can now safely say that we have as attractive rooms as any 

Bros. Pickford, '90 and '92 and Briggs, '91, will resume their 
positions on the Hudson River Day Line Steamers about June 
I St. We received a call from Bro. Wheeler, N. Y. Epsilon on 
his visit here May 6th, with the Syracuse base ball team. 

In closing this, our last communication to the Scroll, we wish 
to extend congratulations to the management on the efficiency 
and promptness with which our Fraternity paper has been pub- 
lished during the past year and hope it will, in spirit with the 
Fraternity continue to improve as it has done in the past. 

Fraternally, H. W. Briggs. 

Schenectady, May 8, 1891. 


New York Epsilon, Syracuse Universitv. 

On February 6, occurred our annual banquet and anniversary 
exercises at the chapter house. A goodly number of alumni 
were present at the exercises and just as we had finished, the Cor- 
nell yell rent the air, and seven brothers from New York Alpha 
appeared on the scene. After greetings we sat down thirty-nine 
in number to the banquet, after which the following list of toasts 
were responded to, Bro. R. W. Lowry acting as toast master: 
"Oration," E. Devine, '91; " History," Geo, Hammond, '93 ; 
" New York Alpha," B. F. Kurd, N. Y. A '91 ; "The Ladies," 
H. R. Jaquay, '93; "Our Aspirations," Thomas S. Bell, '92; 
"'92's Record," Wm. M. Fanton, '92; "Who is She," E. A, 
Hill, '83 ; "Prophesy," H. L. Ellsworth, '93 ; "Our Phi Home," 
W. S. Murray, '88 ; " '91 in the World," C. H. Wheeler, '91 ; 
" Cornell Co- Educational Spirit," F. G. Gardner, N. Y, A, '91 ; 
" Our Freshmen," Geo, H. Bond, '94. Bro. Fulton was then 
called upon to say something about "his specialty," (the ladies) 
after which the poem was read by E, P. Turner, 'gr. 

After the toasts Bro. Smiley gave some selections from Shaks- 
peare which were very well rendered. After spending some time 
in singing the company broke up. The following were present 
from Cornell; B. F. Hurd, '91, Frank G. Gardner, 'gr, W. L. 
Esterly, '91, Thomas C. Fulton, '92, Robert V. Jones. '92, Floyd 
K. Smith, 93, and John Hickey, '94. Bro. John Smiley, Union 
'91, was with us and the following alumni of New York Epsi- 
lon : E. A. Hill,'83; J. Devine, '83; E. J. Read, '86 ; W, S. 
Murray, '88, and H. O. Sibley, '89. 

On February 17, an "invitation hall" was given by the Corpse 
and Coffin (Junior) society at which a goodly number of Cornell 
and Syracuse Phi's were present. 

The crowning event of our college year was the formal open- 
ing of our new house on March 6, of which the Evening /Qurnal 
speaks as follows : 

"Yesterday afternoon and evening New York Epsilon of Phi 
Delta Theta gave a reception to their alumni, the faculty and their 
lady friends in their new chapter house on University avenue. 
This was one of the most brilliant social events ever given by 
the chapter. At 5 o'clock in the afternoon all was in readiness, 
and the guests began to arrive. Kapps' orchestra in an ante- 
room opening into the dining hall, parlors and rotunda, dis- 
coursed music, and the house was tastefully decorated with flow- 
ers. A fine floral piece showing the three Greek letters. Phi 
Delta Theta, graced the front parlor, and smilax and Florida 
moss (the letter sent from Florida by Mrs. J. Dorman Steele), 
beautified every room. The reception in the afternoon was to 


the faculty and elder alumni. Among those present were Mr. 
and Mrs. Parce, Mr. and Mrs. Sibley, Mr. and Mrs. Murray, 
Mr. and Mrs. Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Peck, 
Prof, and Mrs. Smalley, Prof, and Mrs. Haanel, Dr. and Mrs. 
Coddington, Dr. and Mrs. Sims, Prof, and Mrs. Parker, 
Dr. French, Miss French, Prof. Clark, Prof. Fischer, Prof. 
Pattee. The evening reception at 9 o'clock was to the young- 
er friends of the chapter. About one hundred guests were 
present. Dr. S. B. Crayton, Mr. C. H. Wheeler, Mr. W. W. 
Fanton, Mr. A. G. Gardner, Miss L. Schreuder, Miss Mason 
and Miss E. J. Reede, acted as the reception committee. 
Nine Phi Delta Theta boys were present from Cornell, three from 
Union and two from Princeton. They were Messrs. Smiley, 
Reddish and Gillespie from Union; F. G. Gardner, W. 
H. Hapgood, H. G. Foltz, John Hickey, B. F. Hurd, R. V. 
Jones, W. S. Gilbert, Burton Strait and C. Struble, from Cornell ; 
and Ben Hammond and G. Wheeler from Princeton." 

Almost every member appeared in full dress as also did the 
ladies and the reception has given us a social reputation which 
we never had before. 

Bro. Fanton is historian of the Junior class ; Bro. Ellsworth is 
President of the Sophomore class ; Bro. Larkin is President of 
the Freshmen class, and Bro. Nichols is prophet of the Fresh- 
men class. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Edward D. Rich. 
Syracuse, March 16, 1891. 

Pennsylvania Beta, Pennsylvania College. 

Although Pennsylvania Beta failed to send in a letter for the 
April number of the Scroll, she has not been idle. The fires 
upon her alter are burning as brightly as ever. 

February 18, the day set aside by the Fraternity as Alumni 
Day was duly observed by us. Quite a number of our alumni 
favored us with their presence. In the afternoon we held a 
meeting for the purpose of discussing the Chapter House ques- 
tion. We first decided to build. After discussing ways and 
means for a short time, we thought it advisable to see what 
could be raised on the spot. The boys responded liberally and 
m a short time $600 were pledged with prospects of more later 
on. We also selected a very beautiful site on the college cam- 
pus. Since that afternoon we have written to our other alumni 
and liberal responses are coming in from time to time. The 
Chapter House committee are Bros. Troxell, Reddig, Walker, 
Wolf, R. B. , and Keen. 


This year we will loose by graduation four men. Although 
they have taken no honors we feel safe in saying that they are 
solid men and will make their mark in the world. On Class Day 
Bro. Walker will have the prophesy. 

In the recent election for business manager of the College 
Monthly^ Bro. Brallier was chosen to represent Phoena in that 

On the evening of May 5, we held our sixteenth anniver- 
sary. We observed the usual ceremonies after which we retired 
to Mennigh's where a light supper was served us. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Edwin O. Keen. 
Gettysburgh, May 8, 1891. 

Pennsylvania Gamma, Washington and Jefferson College. 

Since our last letter to the Scroll, we have taken into our 
number the following gentlemen : Charles B. Weirick, '92, Simon 
S. Baker, '92 and John H. Carjine of '94, three worthy additions 
to the chapter roll of Pennsylvania Gamma. We now number 
thirteen active members. 

Several events have taken place during the last two terms at 
W. and J., worthy of mention and remembrance. The first was 
the Fraternity dance given by the * J 6^, J T J, ^ K ¥ and (P K I 
Fraternities, each having a representative on the committee. 
Another occasion was the dance given by the Class of '92 to the 
Seniors of '91, both these hops being asocial success. The most 
important college entertainment, however, was the opening con- 
cert of the W. and J. Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Club, given 
in the Opera House at Washington. Two concerts have been 
given since by the Club, one at Wheeling, W. Va., and the other 
at St. Clairsville, O. ; the concert at Wheeling deserving special 

Pennsylvania Gamma as usual is ably represented in this or- 
ganization by having three out of the fourteen members of the 
club, H. B. Hughes, M. D. Hayes and B. G. Hughes. The 
performances of the club have so far been an honor to the mem- 
bers and also to the College which gives it its name. 

Yours in the Bond, 

M. D. Hayes. 

Washington, May 4, 1891. 

Pennsylvania Delta, Allegheny College. 

The spring term finds the college authorities active in securing 
funds for the erection of a new gymnasium. The building will 
be of stone and will cost about $5,000. 


Pennsylvania Delta is nearing the close of one of the most 
pleasant and successful years of her existence. We have secured 
with little difficulty the men we want and at the close of the year 
we find we have not been mistaken in our choice. We have one 
new brother to usher into the Greek world, Bro. Harry H. Cum- 
ings, Jr., '94, of Tidioute, Pa. A very amusing fact connected 
with his initiation was that while he was on his way to our rooms 
to be initiated, he was drawn aside by another fraternity and 
tendered an invitation. Of the present members of the chapter, 
one half have received invitations from other fraternities. 

Phi Delta Theta was recently very much pleased to receive an 
invitation to a reception given in our honor by Kappa Alpha 
Theta. All present had a most enjoyable time. 

On April 15th, the Centenary Oration prize of Philo Frank- 
lin Literary Society — the largest prize given by any society — was 
won by your reporter. 

The Kaldrouj of which Bro. Black is Editor-in-Chief, is ready 
for the binder and will be out about June ist. This year's Kai- 
dton will doubtless surpass all previous issues in appearance and 
merit. Every alumnus of the chapter should procure a copy. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Clarence F. Ross. 
Meadville, May 8, 1891. 

Pennsylvania Epsilon, Dickinson College. 

We have already begun to cast an eye to the future, not anxious 
but watchful. We lose four men this year and while perhaps it 
would not be seemly for your reporter, who chances to be one of 
them, to dilate too greatly on their collective importance, yet he 
may, at least, say of the other three that their experience, con- 
servatism and earnest solicitude for the advancement of the Fra- 
ternity, will be missed next year. Competition will be strong, 
as there will be seven Fraternities and a local society — which also 
calls itself a Fraternity — in the field. But as Pres. Reed expects 
a Freshman class of 125, there should be plenty of material for 
all, and we, at least, in our present splendid condition, have no 

Bro. Turpin, '90, who has not in the least forgotten us, sent 
recently the details of a plan which we immediately adopted and 
now suggest to any other chapter to whom it may seem good. 
An officer, called the Registrar, is elected yearly, whose duty it 
is to keep in a large book, an account of all members of the Fra- 
ternity. Each man is given a page or more and when he enters 
the Fraternity a brief account of his life is given. Anything of 
importance during his college course is noted down and after he 
leaves college his career is followed and indicated, by newspaper 


clippings or in any manner. When he dies the account is closed 
and we have a more or less complete biography which must be 
invaluable. The co-operation of the man interested would easily 
be secured and would perhaps serve to keep the alumni interested 
in their Fraternity, if any such reminders were necessary. We 
think this plan, which seems to be original with Bro. Turpin, a 
very good one and would like to have an expression of opinion 
concerning it, 

Bro. Huic, Pennsylvania Beta, was in town last month as dele- 
gate to a Y, M. C. A. Convention and dropped in on us Friday 
night. We were delighted to see him and to hear of the doings 
of Pennsylvania Beta and of their prospective chapter house and 
many other things of interest to us. Such visits are extremely 
pleasant and profitable and altogether to infrequent. 

The faculty have recently given students the privilege of elect- 
ing an " Intermediary Committee of seven, who shall be a me- 
dium of communication between faculty and students." Bros. 
Neal, Fasick and Stephens represent us on the august body. 
We also have one man on the base ball team, which promises to 
to be the best Dickinson has had for years. 

We will have our banquet during Commencement week — day 
not yet decided upon — and would earnestly urge all alumni of 
our chapter or any other, to be present if possible, as we intend 
to have a royal good time. 

Yours in the Bond, 

W. W. Landis. 

Cariislc, May 7, 1891. 

Pennsylvania Zeta, University of Pennsylvania. 

Since the last letter to The Scroll we have initiated four good 
men: Chester Hughes Kirk, '91; Walter Isaac Cooper, '93; 
George Post Wheeler, '93, and George Douglass Codman, '94. 
This increases the number of our initiations this year to eight, 
and each has been the occasion of a jolly meeting. From the 
present outlook our chapter will start in next fall with a pretty 
full quota of members. Twenty-two of our men expect to re- 
turn, and we know of at least two affiliates, while several Others 
may make their appearance. We hope to be in a larger home 
antl in that case will be able to receive our Phis from without the 
city more hospitably. 

Bro. J. C. Moore, Jr., has been elected a member of the 
Sophomore Cremation Committee, and Bro. Terashima has been 
selected as one of the orators of the occasion. Bro. J. M. West 
is again running in good form, and will make good time in the 
long runs this spring, Bros. Latta and Lathbury, '90, and Ander- 
son '91, who receive the degree of C. E. this year, have presented 

412 7HE SCROLL, 

as their joint thesis plans and specifications for the Market street 
elevated road which Philadelphia expects to have soon. The 
plans have attracted much attention from engineers of the cit)' 
on account of their originality and will be submitted to the com- 

Alpha Tau Omega has once more made its appearance at the 
University, granting a charter to a number of its alumni attending 
Pennsylvania, mostly in the medical Department. With initiates 
they have now a chapter of fifteen. Psi Upsilon has finally grant- 
ed a charter to the local society of Upsilon Kappa which applied 
for it somewhat over two years ago. The chapter was installed 
on the evening of the 5th of May, with a list of thirty-five char- 
ter members. The chapter is unusually strong for a new one, 
and has good alumni backing in the city. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Edward A. Shumway. 

Philadelphia, May 8, 1891. 

Pennsylvania Eta, Lehigh University. 

It is with a peculiar feeling of satisfaction that the reporter is 
able to record, in this last report of the collegiate year, the sound 
basis upon which the chapter has at last established itself. The 
establishment of a fraternity at Lehigh when there are already 
influential ones founded, is accomplished only through difficul- 
ties of a very grave nature. Outside of the establishment, the 
real problem which presents itself, is to place the chapter on 
such a basis that its influence may be felt in the college at large. 

That this has been accomplished in the four years of our ex- 
istence can be truly said. And it is to be hoped that the same 
spirit will exist in the future as in the past, to baffle with the 
difficulties in the struggle for existence. 

Our fourth anniversary was celebrated by the initiation of Bro. 
Gjertsen in a new and most novel manner. Bro. Gjertsen is a 
member of the LaCrosse team. 

Bros. Coates and Curtis have had the honor of being elected 
members of the Manhattan Athletic club. 

For next year's Epitome board Bros. Blickle and Knox will 
represent us. Bro. DuBois has been appointed on the Junior 
Hop Committee. Bro. Leech is manager of the Freshman La- 
Crosse team. 

It is to be hoped that in any case any Phis should know of 
the intention of young men entering Lehigh, who possess the 
necessary qualifications of a Phi, that they would communicate 
with us, believing that a great deal of assistance can be rendered 
in this manner. 

H. W. Dubois. 

Bethlehem, May 5, 1891. 

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South Carolina Beta, University of South Carolina. 

But a few more weeks will pass by before this session will 
close with us, so it is fitting that we take a glance at our work 
for this college year. It must be confessed that, though we have 
been laboring at somewhat of a disadvantage, our work has not 
come up to what we might have hoped. We have initiated two 
men, William Coulter Cothran and Andrew Bowie Wardlaw, 
both of '94, but we have just reasons for being proud of them. 

The trustees have at last acted and have both reduced the 
number of professors and the number of courses. Their object 
is to make the work here **much narrower but much deeper," 
but this can hardly result in other than a reduction of the num- 
ber of students. 

The relations among the nine fraternities here are most pleas- 
ant and this session, as last was, will be closed with a Pan-Hel- 
lenic german and banquet in which all of them will particpate. 

Our prospects for next session are not specially bright but we 
can not doubt that when it closes our chapter will be able to 
send a much more encouraging resume of the work done. 

Yours in ^ J ^, 

J. D. Rast. 
Columbia, May 8, 1891. 

Kentucky Delta, Central University. 

We were represented on the declaimer's contest by Bros. Bay- 
less and Taylor, both of whom did splendidly, the latter winning 
second place, being beaten by a fraction. He was the youngest 
of the declaimers and we are proud of such a creditable perform- 
ance with older and and more experienced declaimers. 

The Phi boys and their girl friends went picnicing on Satur- 
day, April 25. The place visited was the famous old fort at 
Boonesboro, on the Kentucky river, where we spent the day 
dancing, boating, promenading, sketching historic trees and 
mounds, and * 'eating. " We reached home at 9 p. m. after a 
most enjoyable day. 

Our tennis set has arrived and through the kindness of our 
esteemed Chancellor we have a beautiful court on the campus. 
There, the Phi boys and girls and their friends spend the after- 
noons most pleasantly playing tennis on a court carpeted with 

As this is my last report for this scholastic year, I wish to re- 
port a year of prosperity and progression in our chapter. 


Our prospects for next year are very bright and I earnestly 
hope and expect that each member will return in the fall and 
work faithfully for the welfare of his chapter. May success at- 
tend you all. 


Richmond, May 8, 1891. 


Georgia Alpha, University of Georgia. 

For the last time of this collegiate year of 1890-91 does Geor- 
gia Alpha appear on the pages of the Scroll and a feeling of 
sadness will come over some of the older members of the chapter 
when they remember that they will soon sever their connection 
with her. Also it is but a short while before five members of 
Georgia Alpha will leave the halls of their Alma Mater forever. 
But there is a consciousness in the hearts of every one of the 
graduating members of the chapter that in no part of their college 
career they would not have sacrificed their all for the pros- 
perity of Georgia Alpha. Established in 1871, through her 
twenty years of existence the chapter has never had a member to 
bring disgrace upon her or the principles of the Fraternity. By 
the graduation of the class of '91, she will lose some of her most 
valiant and patriotic members, still they have sown the principles 
of our grand Order with an unstinted hand and they will leave 
behind them a monument to their fidelity in the discharge of the 
duty laid upon them. She is proud of her past and hopeful of 
her future and to-day she challenges comparison with any Frater- 
nity at the University of Georgia. It would probably not be out 
of place to give a list of her honors in the past year. She has 
initiated six men and thus stands among the first with respect to 
numbers. Bros. Govan and Warren were elected Spring Debaters 
by the Phi Kappa and Demosthenian Societies, Bro. Park took a 
Junior speaker's place, Bro. Wright a Senior speaker's place, 
Bro. King was Anniversarian of the Demosthenian Society, 
and Bro. Tribble in a contest was chosen to represent the Uni- 
versity in the Southern Inter-Collegiate Oratorical Contest which 
comes off at the University of Virginia this year. This is her 
record and I don't think that any chapter has a better one. She 
also has the first three men in the Sophomore class and a good 
representation in all the classes besides this. She is well repre- 
sented in the athletics of the college. The next Convention 
meets on Georgia's soil and we hope to make it worthy of the 
State and the Georgia chapters. We hope then to renew our 
pledges and strengthen the fraternity spirit. 

Anton Pope Wright. 

Athens, May 3, 1891. 


Georgia Beta, Emory College. 

The term so soon to close has been one of marked interest 
and enthusiasm for Emory. One of the happiest events was the 
class tree exercises of the class of '91, at which the Dux in be- 
half of the class, presented to Dr. Candler for Emory College, 
the handsome gift of $5,000.00. Besides this expressive token 
of the loyalty of Emory boys, our earnest and Christian Presi- 
dent has about secured the balance of the endowment fund of an 
$100,000.00, and with all things in harmony, and a noble and 
devoted faculty the term will close the brightest page in her his- 

The sporting world at Emory is alive to the demands of the 
season. The superior advantages of a well equipped gymnasium 
offer a splendid course of physical training, while the gay tennis 
clubs are sources of great pleasure and development. Nor is the 
national game neglected. Emory now has the finest team in the 
history of the college. On the 15th inst. the University team 
will meet us on our own diamond when we hope to retrieve the 
score of 12 to i made against us at Union Point. 

Bro. Joel T. Daves, our first honor man of '90, greeted us a 
few days since with kind words of love and a warm pressure of 
the hand. Come agam, Bro. Joel and all ye alumni, come to 
see us. 

It is with more than ordinary pleasure that w^e introduce to the 
circle oi ^ A S Bro. J. H. Hallman of Atlanta, who has recently 
taken his stand with Georgia B behind the sword and shield. 

Your reporter in his former letter made some errors in referr- 
ing to our last year's honor roll. We hasten to correct them. 
^ A S had only the three first honors and not the fourth which 
was obtained by Mr. O. L. Kelley, a J T J man and in apolo- 
gizing to J r J for this mistake we would say, that it was not 
intentional, but owing to the misunderstanding of the reporter. 
We would not intentionally detract from any sister fraternity's 
honors and achievements. In this connection permit us to say 
that J r J is held in highest esteem at Emory and her boys are 
such as all delight to honor and to love. Another mistake of 
minor importance, the printer made us say three champion de- 
baters' places instead of two. 

We are gratified to see from the annual letters that ^ J ^ is 
holding her place in the fraternity world. Don't forget the Con- 
vention meets in Atlanta in October. Come and enjoy Georgia 
hospitality and a feast of fraternity love. Georgia B remains 

Yours in the Bond, 

Carle R. Thompson. 
Oxford, May 6, 1891. 


Tennessee Alpha, Vanderbilt University. 

In this her last letter for the session of 1891, Tennessee Alpha 
is glad to report that the present year has been the most success- 
ful in the history of the chapter. Genuine fraternity spirit among 
her members has been more marked than for- many years past, 
and with this spirit has been united a harmonious and earnest 
effort to advance all the true interests of Phi Delta Theta. 

As reported in our April letter, we have been completely vic- 
torious in our contest for new men. In scholarship the members 
of Tennessee Alpha rank well among the first. In social circles 
the wearers of the white and blue have no superiors. In all that 
we do we take as our guide the principle of our sacred Bond. 

With the fraternities at Vanderbilt there is no longer any ques- 
tion as to whether or not chapter houses are really needed in 
order to gain most from Greek life. Several efforts to secure 
building lots upon the campus have been made by single fraterni- 
ties, and last year the fraternities, as a whole, petitioned the 
Board of Trustees for ground for chapter houses. All these efforts 
have been futile. Phi Delta Theta and Beta Theta Pi, so far as 
I know, are the only fraternities that are working with any defi- 
nite plan for the securing of chapter houses. 

Vanderbilt is now rejoicing over the success of their represent- 
ative in Southern Inter-collegiate Oratorical contest. On May 6, 
Mr. J. Washington Moore, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon 
fraternity, won the medal over representatives from University 
of Va.; University of the South; University of South Carolina; 
University of North Carolina, and Washington and Lee. The 
contest took place at the University of Virginia. Next year it 
will be held at Vanderbilt. 

On April 4, Bros. F. A. Brockman and A. Riley Hardin were 
elected by the faculty to contest for the Founder's and Young 
medal respectively. 

Again would we thank the editor and manager for making the 
Scroll for iSgo-'pi, the best since it was first issued. 

Wishing success to all our Alumni Phis, to all who this year 
go out into the world, and to those of our younger brothers who 
are to carry on the cause of Phi Delta Theta, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Paul M. Jones. 
Nashville, May i, 1891. 

Tennessee Beta, University of the South. 

At the opening of the term there was a movement among some 
of the chapters having in view the giving of more power to the 
Pan-Hellenic Convention. It was proposed among other things- 


to petition the Faculty to allow the Convention the refusal of all 
applications for charters from Fraternities desiring to place chap- 
ters at the University hereafter. It was felt that the grant of a 
charter to the pseudo Fraternity, T A I, (which, sad to relate, 
had its origin here), was unwise and it was desired that there 
should be no like mistake in future. As some of the chapters 
thought it unwise to make the Pan-Hellenic Convention a legis- 
lative body no change was made. It has been decided to hold 
an inter-fraternity tournament some time in the summer. 

T A I and K I have had some trouble in Knoxville, but as yet 
we have no particulars. The chapters have all been very busy 
improving their grounds. We report with sincere regret the loss 
of Bro. F. M. Purnell, an affiliate from Georgia Beta. We have 
affiliated this spring Bro. W. M. Jorden from Alabama Alpha. 

There have been very few initiates so far this term. There 
seems to be a growing tendency toward a more careful selection 
of men and a longer period of probation than heretofore. There 
can be no doubt that a conservative policy is beneficial to a chap- 
ter. The initiates for the term by chapters are as follows: 
A TQ, i; SAE, i; (PJe,Q; A T A, 2; KA.oi ^-,2; J^A^, o. 

We are all looking forward to the Convention in Atlanta in 
October with a great deal of pleasure. We have already elected 
our delegate but all hope to be present. « 

Elwood Wilson. 

Sewanee, May 6, 1891. 

Alabama Beta, Alabama Polyi'echnic Institute. 

Since our last letter we have initiated Bros. Walter C. Darwin, 
*94, of Huntsville, Ala., and Walter Merrit Riggs, '93, of Orange- 
burg, South Carolina, whom we now introduce to the Phi world 
as men worthy to wear the white and blue and of both of whom 
we are justly proud. 

On May ist, in the Annual third class declamation, where 
eleven members were permitted to declaim, the Phis were repre- 
sented by Bro. Walter M. Riggs, who won for himself the beau- 
tiful gold medal and for us a lasting honor. On Memorial Day 
Bro. L. E. Baker was the orator of the occasion and acquitted 
himself handsomely. In the coming annual oratorical contest 
between the literary societies which takes place during the Com- 
mencement, we will be worthily represented by Bros. L. E. Baker 
and W. F. Feagin. Bro. Feagin has also been put on the speak- 
er's list from his class. 

In addition to the Brussels carpet of which we spoke in our 
last, our hall has been recently furnished with a fine set of an- 
tique oak furniture. There is no doubt that the boys are filled 
with that spirit, which is always characteristic of success and are 


determined to spare no means in making it one of the prettiest 
halls in the town. 

We graduate this Commencement, three of our most worthy 
brothers, Bro. L. E. Baker, Senior Captain ; Bro. R. C. Smith, 
First Lieutenant and Adjutant; and Bro. Peter Reynolds, Lieuten- 
ant, who take to themseives the title B. S. We shall be sorry to 
part with them, but as we cannot have them with us always, we 
wish them lives of pleasure and prosperity. 

We have had with us during the year Bros. Jas. Wilkinson, 
Robt. E. Noble and Andrew M. Loyd, who all hold positions in 
the College, and as post-graduates take to themselves this Com- 
mencement the titles and honors of M. S. Recently we have 
had with us as visitors, Bros. Dickson Armstrong, of Brazil; 
Robt. Thatch, who, by the way was accompanied by his lovely 
and charming bride; Bro. E. Burts, of Columbus; Bro. John 
Spratling, who has just returned from Medical College where he 
received the title M. D. 

We have begun preparations for our annual banquet, which 
takes place on Wednesday night, June loth. We extend a cor- 
dial invitation to all our Phi brothers and assure those who 
attend a hearty welcome. 

Yours in the Bond of ^ A 6, 

* Walter B. Clay. 

Auburn, May 2, 1891. 


Louisiana Alpha, Tulane University. 

Louisiana Alpha's new reporter enters upon the duties of his 
office with the advantage of having something to write about in 
his first letter, for on Saturday, May 2nd, the Tulane Spring 
Games took place, and we have victories to report. Bro. H. P. 
Jones won the 120 yards hurdle race, thereby securing a gold 
medal, while Bro. E. P. Brady won the 440 yards run, for which 
he received a gold medal, and was a member of the winning 
team in the three-legged race, two silver medals being the prizes 
awarded in this contest. This makes a total of 3 prizes out of 
15, the remaining 12 being distributed as follows: K A (i); I 
jr, (I) ; ^ T fl, (2) ; K I, (I); J f J, (o); Barbs, (7). 

We acknowledge the receipt of the Amherst Olio from Massa- 
chusetts B. Many thanks to our brothers in far New England 
for thus kindly remembering us. We hope the day will come 
when Louisiana A may reciprocate, but so far Tulane publishes 
nothing whatever, though there is a plan on foot to start a 
monthly publication. 


During April we had the pleasure of having present at a meet- 
ing Bro. Roper of the recently installed Missouri Gamma chap- 
ter. We were very much pleased with our new brother, and 
can wish Missouri Gamma nothing better than to secure such 
men in its future career. It is with great pleasure that we hand 
over to her the title of * *baby chapter*' which has so long been 

The next event of any importance in Tulane will be the contest 
for the Glendy Burke Elocution Medal, in which we are repre- 
sented by Bro. John R. Conniff. Bro. Conniff captured a gold 
medal for elocution in the anniversary exercises of the Glendy 
Burke Literary Society and we feel satisfied that his chances for 
success in this contest are very good indeed. 

Yours in the Bond, 

H. B. Gessner. 
New Orleans, May 4, 1891. 


Ohio Alpha, Miami University. 

Since our last letter. President Warfield has been offered and 
has accepted the Presidency of Lafayette College, Easton, Pern- 
sylvania. This college and Miami have had a peculiar relative 
history; years ago, Miami secured President Junkin from Lafay- 
ette, who after his administration here returned to his ** first 
love." While President Benjamin Harrison is an alumnus of 
Miami, his son, Russell B. Harrison is a graduate of Lafayette. 

Several prominent educators have been mentioned from whom 
to elect a successor to President Warfield, but it is too early to 
make predictions. 

During the last month, Alpha of B 6 U has given two dancing 
parties in their hall to the members of our chapter and ladies. 
These have proven most enjoyable affairs, and the kindness and 
courtesy is greatly appreciated. 

Walter C. Harris. 

Oxford, May i, 1891. 

Ohio Beta, Ohio Wesleyan University. 

Ohio Beta comes with pride before her sister chapters at being 
able to make this her last report the best for the year. 

Since our last letter we have had the pleasure of dealing with 
a large collection of varied, but first class Phi material. Two 
reporters, a base ball **fan," a minister, and a musician have 
each successively felt the force of our arguments and as a result 
we are happy to introduce to the Phi world, five new brorhers : 


Elmer Whitney, Delaware, O.; E. T. Miller, Delaware, O.; T. 
T. Shaw, West Rushville, O.; Aquilla Webb, Zaleski, O., and 
H. C. Lewis, Upper Sandusky, O. 

All of these men were thought to be desirable by other fraterni- 
ties, but we have yet to find the first instance this year where our 
invitation has been refused. 

The last named gentleman, Mr. Lewis, was only secured after 
a most spirited rush with four other fraternities, lasting till the 
evening of his initiation. But, as if to show the inter-fraternity 
harmony of the different chapters here, three of the chapters par- 
ticipating in this **rush" tendered us a serenade on the night after 
the initiation and presented their congratulations in a body ; but 
not to be outdone in good feeling, we opened wide our parlors 
and invited the gathering to partake of a light banquet. As all 
events in this college do, we ended by going to the "Sem.** and 
each fraternity gave their ** frat." yell. 

We have but one college honor to report as coming to us in 
the last two months and that is the election of Bro, Robinson as 
orator for the Senior class at the laying of the corner stone of the 
new chapel during commencement week. 

Base ball is now occupying the minds of our athletic men in 
college, and on account of our continued series of victories thus 
far, we are beginning to think we have a fine base ball club, per- 
haps the best college team in the State outside of Oberlin, and 
we hope soon to cross bats with their team. 

The chapter is represented in the team by Shaw, s. s. and Har- 
old, r. f. During the game last Saturday, in which Denison was 
defeated lo to o, we were glad to entertain Bros. Rane and 
Thompson of Ohio Zeta, and we wish it understood that when 
college teams play here, Ohio Beta will be glad to see and enter- 
tain brother Phis. 

We have also had the pleasure of seeing Bro. Brown, of Mont- 
gomery, Ala., and Bro. Tom McConica, of Findlay, Ohio. 

We are always glad to see the old boys back again, and will be 
especially pleased to see a large representation of them here dur- 
ing commencement week to attend our banquet at that time. 


Delaware, May 8, 1891. 

Ohio Gamma, Ohio University. 

The spring term opened with the largest attendance at the O. 
U. for years. The Phis all returned and with them we were glad 
to welcome our old friend and Brother C. F. Beery, who for the 
past year has been teaching in Fairfield County. Since our last 
we have initiated one, Bro. Craven and pledged two others, all 


of whom we are sure will be true and loyal brothers and an honor 
to the chapter. 

We have been uniformly successful in our ** rushing" and with 
no desire to boast, we can say that we have secured what in our 
opinion was ** the pick of the flock." We do not wish to engage 
in a controversy with any of the local chapters here. We had 
hoped that our relations might continue the pleasantest with both 
our rivals but it seems that one of them will not have it so, as 
witness a letter from the O. U. in a recent issue of the Rainbow. 
Now, although we expect to graduate some good men this year, 
we can assure our esteemed well-wisher that enough will be left 
to take care of the interests of ^ J ^ at the O. U. We have 
been for some time pursuing a conservative course, with friend- 
ship for all, abstaining from anything likely to produce discord 
or strife, and from disparaging remarks concerning our rivals. 
Both have good chapters and we are glad of it and we are en- 
deavoring to make our own better, but we know that we will not 
suffer from a comparison with any, above all with J T J. 

We have secured our fair share of honors for the year, though 
contrary to the former custom, prominent positions are conferred 
rather with regard to the fitness of candidates than upon mere 
fraternity lines. In the Inter-Society contest of commencement 
week ^ J ^ has one representative, B U one and ATA one. 
The local chapter o( JI B ^ recently established here is in a high- 
ly prosperous condition. 

As usual A will banquet at the June commencement and 
no pains will be spared to make the occasion a * 'rousing " suc- 
cess. A cordial invitation is extended to our alumni and brother 
Phis to be present and participate in the festivities. 

Yours in the Bond, 

C. F. Blake. 

Athens, April 30, 1891. 

Ohio Zeta, Ohio State University. 

Since writing our last letter the University has been shown 
many favors, both by the state legislature and other influential 
organizations all over the state. The passage of the Hysell Bill, 
giving us one-twentieth of a mill on the tax duplicate of the state, 
has placed the O. S.U. upon a firm foundation, and we sin- 
cerely hope that the college will recognize the fact that the peo- 
ple are looking upon this institution and that it will do its utmost 
towards giving the youth of Ohio that which wealth cannot buy 
— education. 

The erection of three new buildings is being contemplated by 
the Board of Trustees ; one is to be a Gymnasium and Drill 
Hall, to cost about $50,000; another to be the fire-proof Geolog- 


ical Museum and Library, to cost about $80,000 ; the last one 
to be Manual Training Hall, to cost about $50,000. With the 
completion of these three much needed buildings, the Ohio State 
University will compare most favorably with any other state ed- 
ucational institution in the west. With the continued prosperity 
of the University, Ohio Zeta will do its utmost to keep up with 
the college and prosper in like proportion. We have initiated 
since our last letter to the Scroll, Bros. Fred Isaac Askew, of 
Kansas City, Mo., and Edward Francis, of Paddy's Run, Ohio. 
Both are members of '95, with Freshman rank credits. Bro. 
Lindenberg represented us at the Province Convention at Indian- 
apolis last March, and brought back with him Bro. Woodworth, 
of Ohio Gamma. Bro. Woodworth favored us with a rousing 
account of the doings of the convention. Bro. Samuel F. Owen, 
of Kentucky Beta, visited us a short time last month. 

Hoping that Phi Delta Theta may prosper hereafter as she has 
done heretofore, we close the eighth and most prosperous year 
of the chapter's existence. 

Yours in i>i — ageta, 

Frank D. Askew. 
Columbus, May 7, 1891. » 

Indiana Alpha, Indiana University. 

I take great pleasure in presenting to the Fraternity, Bro. Otto 
Baumgaertner, who was initiated January 29, amidst the solemni- 
ties imposed by the nevK ritual. He is a young man of marked 
ability and we are very proud of him. Our chapter now num- 
bers sixteen congenial members and is in a very healthy condi- 
tion. We are very sorry to be obliged to loose Bro. E. P. Cub- 
berly at the end of this term. He goes to Ridge ville, Indiana, 
to take charge of the chair of science in a college there. On ac- 
count of the excellency of his record he has been granted a leave 
of absence and will be allowed to graduate this year. Our num- 
ber, however, will not be diminished, for Bro. Lewis, '93, will 
return next term, after a year's absence. We are also expecting 
the genial presence of Bro. O. V. Eaton, '94. 

The State Oratorical Contest was held at Indianapolis on the 
13th and several of the boys attended. For the first time in five 
years Indiana University sent a speaker to take part in the con- 
test and he walked away with first place. The lucky man was 
Mr. Frank Fetter, ^ K W^ Bro. Bastian, of Indiana Zeta, coming 
very near first place in the decision. Bro. Carr, of Indiana 
Gamma was awarded third place. 

Bro. R. E. Lyons, '89, who has been instructor in chemistry 
in the University since he graduated, was, at a recent meeting of 
the Trustees promoted to an Associate Professorship with a sub- 


stantial salary. The promotion was well deserved and was re- 
ceived with satisfaction by all. 

With best wishes for all Phis, I am, 

Yours fraternally, W. W. French. 

Bloomington, March i8, 1891. 

Indiana Beta, Wabash College. 

College life — like that of nature — has awakened from the win- 
ter and blossomed out with activity, more ot sports than study. 
Field day occurs May 22nd, and the Phis promise a goodly com- 
pany of contestants. Bros. Rhoads as short-stop and Abbott 
represent ^ J ^ on the nine. The Glee Club, in which Bro. 
McNutt, '92, is director and Bro. Little, '91, is manager, is in 
better condition than it has been for several seasons and will 
shortly start on a tour throughout the state. Much of their suc- 
cess thus far attained is attributed by all to the energetic and 
systematic drill-mastery of Bro. McNutt. Bro. Garner, with the 
flute and Olive, with the clarionet, represent us in the College 
Orchestra, which will doubtless also take a '* trip." 

Our Serenading Club consisting of Rhoads guitar, Richardson 
mandolin, Henry Little and •* Willie" Wilson tenors, J. E. Mc 
Nutt and Crozier bassos, have of late gone upon the war-path 
and discoursed sweet — we'll term it such — strains for the unpro- 
tected maids. 

We are just on the eve of starting for an outing at the Shades 
of Death, a much frequented resort which will be remembered 
by every Wabash man ; it is needless to further state that fairer 
ones will accompany us and insure pleasure "more certain." 

The circular letters received have been thoroughly digested 
and have infused new life into the Phi Body ; especially inter- 
esting and beneficial were those of our own Province. 

Commencement this year will deprive us of Bros. Frank Mc 
Nutt and Henry Little, both of whom the chapter will greatly 
miss as for years they have from time to time replenished the Gre- 
cian fire. Bro. Little's departure will be felt especially by the Glee 
Club while Bro. McNutt is an athlete of no mean report. 

The college is to lose one of its ablest instructors by the de- 
parture of Dr. Coulter, of botanical fame, for Bloomington 
where he assumes the Presidency of the State University. 

Commencement this year will be especially interesting on ac- 
count of the dedication of Yandes Library. Elaborate prepara- 
rations are being made and many of the alumni are expected to 
be present, 

A warm welcome to Missouri Gamma on behalf of Indiana 

RoBT. H. Crozier. 

Crawfordsville, May 8, 1891. 


Indiana Gamma, Butler University. 

Bro. Davidson was called home the second week of the term on 
account of the serious illness of his father. We have greatly de- 
plored Bro. Davidson's absence, but are now in hopes of having 
him with us again in time for final examinations. 

In the year almost gone, the Phis have taken more than a ma- 
jority of college honors. She has had four men in Champion 
Foot Ball team and now has four men in Base Ball team. Bro. 
Sellers is now absent as Inter-State delegate to the Inter-State 
Oratorical Contest at Des Moines, Iowa ; Bro. Carr, in Indiana 
State Oratorical Contest, as winning man at Butler, won third 
place, a position not before att