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Phi Delta Theta 


OCTOBER 1888— JUNE i88g 

Editorial Staff 

Managittg Editor 

Business Manager 

Published by thk Fraternity 


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A Legend of the Mound Builders (Poem) viii, 316 

Alpha Province Convention — H. L. Moore i, 25 

Amherst Chapter, Our ii, 63 

Annual Report of the Historian of the General Council — £. H. L. 

Randolph i, 16 

Atlanta Boys, Our ii, 66 

Brown University — ^J. E. Brown vii, 283 

Chapter Correspondence — 

Alabama Alpha— W. L, Smith. .v, 211 ;vi, 274; vii, 295; viii, 332; ix, 367 

Alabama Beta— L. E. Baker viii, 332 

Alabama Beta Alumni— A. W. Nelson iii, 124 

Alabama Gamma —A. S. J. Haygood iv, 163 

California Alpha — E. F. Goodyear ; H. G. Parker, 

V, 221, 222 ; vi, 282 ; vii, 307; viii, 339 

Ckorgia Alpha — D. Harper v, 209 

Georgia Beta- J. E. Mickler ; J. T. Daves, 

i, 39 ; iii, 121 ; 210 ; vi, 272 ; viii, 331 

Georgia Gamma— G. R. Long vi, 273 

Illinois Alpha-- H. R. Howell ii, 78 ; iv, 169 ; vii, 302 

Illinois Delta— G. P. Williams vii, 302 

Illinois Epsilon — W. H. Stillhamer iv, 169 

Illinois Zcta — S. D. Harsh, 

iii. 129; iv, 171; V, 219; vi, 279; vii, 303; viii, 335; ix, 373 

Indiana Alpha — T. M. Honan iv, 167 ; v, 217 ; vi, 276 ; vii, 299 

Indiana Beta — H. Little ii, 77 

Indiana Gamma— B. M. Davis v, 217; ix, 372 

Indiana Delta — E. M. Fisher iii, 127 ; v, 218 ; vi, 277 

Indiana Epsilon— J. B. McCormick ii» 78 ; iv, 168 ; vii, 300 

Indiana Zeta -J. H. Wilkinson ; C. W. Gilbert ; R. H. Richards. 

i, 45 ; iv, 168 ; vii, 300 ; ix, 372 
Iowa Alpha — W. H. Spurgeon, 

Iv, 174, 175 ; Vf 280 ; vii, 304 ; viii, 339 ; ix, 376 

Kansas Alpha— N. C. Brooks v, 220 ; vi, 280 

Kentucky Alpha — L. D. Henshaw ; G. A. McRobcrts, 

ii, 79 ; iii, 126 ; v, 216 ; vi, 276 ; vii, 299 ; ix, 370 

Kentucky Deita — R. E. Roberts iii, 127 

Maine Alpha— C. W. Averell iii, 118 ; viii, 327 

Massachusetts Alpha — A. M. Hitchcock ii, 72 

Massachusetts Beta — A. S. Cody it 37 ; viii, 328 

Michigan Alpha— J. T, N. Hoyt, 

V, 218 ; vi, 277 ; vii, 301 ; viii, 334 ; ix, 373 

iv INDEX. 

Chapter Correspondence, Continued — Pack. 

Michigan Beta— R. S. Baker iii, 128 ; viii, 324 

Michigan Gamma — E. D. Palmer iii, 128 ; vi, 279 ; viii, 325 

Minnesota Alpha — W. L. Stockwell iii, 132 ; iv, 176 ; vii, 304 

Mississippi Alpha — £. J. Buck, 

iii, 124 ; iv, 163 ; v, 212 ; vii, 295; viii, 333 ; ix, 368 

Missouri Alpha — R. T. Haines iii, 131 ; iv, 173; vii, 306 ; viii, 338 

Missouri Beta - L. O. Rodes ; W. S. Foreman, 

i» 45 ; "1 79 ; i". 132 ; viii, 338 
Nebraska Alpha — ^J. A. Barris..iii, 134; iv, 177; v, 220; vi, 281; ix, 377 
New York Alpha— B. F. Hurd .ii, 73; iv, 156; v, 204 ; vi, 268; ix, 363 

New York Beta— A. R. Conover. v, 204, 205 

New York Gamma— G. L. Walker iii, 1 19 

New York Epsilon— B. F. Hammond iv, 157 ; vi, 269 ; ix, 363 

North Carolina Beta— W. W. Davies vi, 271 

Ohio Alpha— J. H. Macready, 

iii, 125 ; iv, 165 ; v, 2i3 ; vi, 275 ; vii, 296 ; viii, 333 ; ix, 368 

Ohio Beta— D. R. Gray i, 42 

Ohio Gamma— E. H. Eves ; D W. Welch, 

i, 43 ; iii, 126 ; v, 215 ; vi, 275 

Ohio Delta— W. E. Forgy ii, 77 ; iv, 166 ; vii, 297 

Ohio Epsilon — H. D. Smith iv, 166 ; ix, 369 

Ohio Zeta — ^J . G. Bloom v, 215 ; vii, 298 ; ix, 369 

Pennsylvania Alpha— H. S. Robinson v, 205 

Pennsylvania Beta— C. W. Walker iv, 158 ; vii, 290 

Pennsylvania Gamma — ^J. B Clark iv, 158 ; vii, 290 ; viii, 329 

Pennsylvania Delta — E. P. Couse, 

iii, 119; iv, 159 ; v, 206 ; vi, 270 ; vii, 291 ; viii, 329; ix, 364 

Pennsylvania Epsilon — C. W. Straw ; H. Urner v, 207 ; ix, 365 

Pennsylvania Ela — E. H. Beazell »> 74 ; iv, 159 ; v, 208 ; vii, 291 

South Carolina Beta--H. A. Brunson, 

iii, 120 ; iv, 163 ; vi, 272 ; viii, 330 ; ix, 366 
Tennessee Alpha — W. H. Harris ; P. M. Jones, 

i, 40 ; iii, 122. 123 ; v, 210, 211 ; vii, 294 ; ix, 366 

Tennessee Beta — A. C. Moore viii, 331 

Texas Beta— J. B. Lcwright ; J. M. Herndon ii, 75 ; iv, 164 

Texas Gamma— J. R. Mood i, 41 ; ii, 76 ; vi, 274 ; vii, 296 

Vermont Alpha— M. A. Howe, .i, 36 ; ii, 73 ; iii, 118; v, 223 ; viii, 327 

Virginia Alpha — C F. Kuder iv, 160 ; v, 209 ; vi, 270 

Virginia Gamma— G. H. Lambeth ; W. C. Vaden ... iv, 161 ; vii, 292 

Nirginia Delta— C. James iv, 162 ; vii, 293. 

Wisconsin Alpha W. A. Curtis iv, 172 ; viii, 337 

College Annuals -J. E. Brown iii, 93 

Death Notices .vi, 282 ; vii, 318 

Delta Province Convention — F. S. Ball i, 28 


i, 31; "» 67; J"» I is; »▼» "55; ▼» 196; vi, 257; vii, 289; viii, 322; ix, 356 


Chapter Correspondence, Contintud — Pagb. 

First Greek Letter Society, The— W. B. Palmer v, 185 

Founders, One of Phi Delta Thetas - J. M. Worrall. D. D ii, 59 

Fraternity Records, Old— W. B. Palmer iv, 141 ; vi, 241 

Greek World and Press— J. E. Brown vi, 231 

Harrison at Miami — David Swing ii, 59 

Harrison, Benjamin— B. K. Elliott ii, 61 

Harrison, Benjamin — M. Halstead ; L. W. Ross ; Robert Morrison ; J. 

K. Boudc i, 5, 7, 9, 9 

Harrison, Benjamin (letter from) iv, 178 

Harrison's Classmates, General — Robert Morrison ix, 353 

Harrison's Fraternity Record — W. B. Palmer i, 10 

Harrison Nomination Memoir, A — H. U. Brown ii, 57 

Harrison's Place Among Initiates — Robert Morrison i, 16 

Information Wanted— Catalogue viii, 343 

Initiates ii» 85 ; iii, 135 ; iv, 181 ; v, 223 ; vii, 288 

In Memoriam ii, 87 ; iii, 137 ; v, 228 

Items of Interest ii, 80 ; iii, 138 ; iv, 182 ; v, 228 ; vii, 308 ; viii, 342 

Letters to the Editor i, 33 

Married — D. M Skilling viii, 340 

New York Annual Reunion — B. S. Orcutt v, 195 

Official Communications — 

From the President of the General Council — C. P. Bassett viii, 323 

From the Secretary of the General Council— J. E. Brown iv, 179 

From the President of Alpha Province — G. L Richardson . iii, 118; ix, 362 

From the President of Delta Province— W. E. Bundy viii, 324 

From the President of Zeta Province ~W. L. Miller viii, 326 

From the Business Managerof the Scroll — B. S. Orcutt i» 35 ; v, 202 

From the Exiitor of the History — W. B. Palmer ii, 71 ; vi, 266 

From Illinois Zeta— S D. Harsh viii, 324 

Chicago Alumni — ^J. R. Hitt, Jr ix, 362 

Personals »» 83 ; iii, 136 ; v, 224 ; viii, 341 

Pittsburg Phis ii, 65 

Rhode Island Alpha— J. E. Brown vii, 283 

Sword and Shield (Poem)— Edward Fuller ii, 53 

Wedding Bells— B S. Orcutt ii, 82 

Vol. XIIL October, 1888. No. i. 



Phi Delta Ttieta 


Managing Editor, 

Business Manager, 
S. B. Orcutt. 

All correspondence intended for publication or relating to the Editorial Department 
must be addressed to the Editor of the Scroll of Phi Delta Theta, P. O. Box 1431, N. Y. 

All correqxmdence relating to subscriptioas or intended for the Business Department 
must be addressed to Bosincss Manager of the Scroll of Phi Delta Theta, P. O. Box 1431. N.Y. 



Directory, 2 

Frontispiece— Benjamin Hairison, facing 5 

Benjamin Harrison, 5 

Annual Report of the Historian of the General CouNaL, 16 

Alpha Province Convention 25 

«« »« *» Press Reports, .... 26 

Delta Province Convention, 28 

Editorial, 31 

Letters to the Editor, 33 

Official Communication, 35 

Chapter Correspondence, 36 



General Council. 

President— C. P. Bassett, 784 Broad Street, Newark, N. J. 
Secretary— J. E. Brown, 185 East State Street, Columbus, O. 
Treasurer — S. P. Gilbert, i 148 Broad Street, Columbus, Ga. 
Historian— E. H. L. Randolph, P. O. Box 1398, New York, N. Y. 

The Scroll. 

Board of Publication, 

D. R. HoRTON, 170 Broadway, New York, N. Y., Chairman, 
T. H. Basksrville, Sec'y, B. S. Orcutt. 

W. S. Ferris. i'.. H. L. Randolph. 

Assistant Editor— G. S. Potter, Jr. 
Assistant Business Manager — W. H. Erb. 

Editors of the Catalogue: 
E. H. L. Randolph. F. D. Swope. 

Alpha, Gamma and Delta Provinces, address : 
E. H. L. Randolph, P. O. Box, 1398, New York. 

Beta, Epsilon, Zeta and Eia Provinces, address : 
F. D. Swope, Madison, Ind. 

Editor of the History: 
Walter B. Palmer, Nashville, Tenn. 

National Convention. 

The next National Convention will be held at Bloomington, 111., hi the 
XLI year of the Fraternity, commencmg 10 a. M., Monday, October 14, 
1889, and closing the following Friday. 

Province Presidents. 

Alpha— G. L. Richardson, 234 Third St . Troy, N. Y. 

Beta — C. B. Tippett, Richmond College, Ricnmond, Va. 

Gamma — Glenn Andrews, 4 Court Square, Montgomery, Ala. 

Delta— W. E. O'Kane, Delaware, O. 

Epsilon— J. E. Davidson, 1852 Eighth St . Bay City. Michigan. 

Zeta— W. L. Miller, 246 E. Ladiana St., Chicago, 111. 

Eta — C. G. McMillan, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. 

Province Association Secretaries. 

Alpha — A. J. Montgomery, Jr., Lock Box 1003, Washington, Pa, 
Beta — Edgar Bowers, Roanoke College, Salem. Va. 
Delta— F. S. Ball, N. Dorm., O. S. U., Columbus, Ohio. 
Epsilon— B. K. Caniield, Agricultural College, Lansing, Mich. 

State Association Secretaries. 

Pennsylvania— A. J. Montgomery, Jr., Lock Box 1003, Washington, Pa. 
South Carolina - W. W. Ball, Columbia. S. C. 
Alabama — E. M. Pace, Calvert, Tex« 

Alumni Chapter Reporters. 

New York Alpha Alumni— New York, N. Y.— Paul Jones, 150 Broadway. 
Pennsylvania Alpha Alumni— Pittsburg, Pa.— W. T. Tredway, 96 Diamond 

Pennsylvania Beta Alumni— Philadelphia, Pa.— McCluney Radcliff, M. D., 

711 N. 1 6th Street. 
Maryland Alpha Alumni — Baltimore, Md. —Rev. H. H. Weber, 31 Patterson 

District of Columbia Alpha Alumni — Washington, D. C. 


Virginia Alpha Alumni— Richmond, Va. — Dr. C. M. Shields, 310 East Frank- 
lin Street. 

Georgia Alpha Alumni — Columbus, Ga. — Herbert L. Manson. 

Georgia Beta Alumni — Atlanta, Ga. — Morris Brandon. 

Tennessee Alpha Alumni— Nashville, Tenn. — R. F. Jackson, 301^ N. Cherry 

Alabama Alpha Alumni — Montgomery, Ala. — Alva Fitzpatrick. 

Ohio Alpha Alumni — Cincinnati, O.— Dr. J. A. Thompson, 113 West 9th St. 

Ohio Beta Alumni — Akron, O. VV. J. McCreary, 128 Brown Si. 

Kentucky Alpha Alumni —Louisville, Ky. — D. N. Marble, 543 Fourth Av. 

Indiana Alpha Alumni — Franklin, Ind. — T. C. Donnell. 

Indiana Beta Alumni — Indianapolis, Ind. — H. U. Brown, ^^ ItuHanapolU 

Illinois Alpha Alumni — Chicago, LI.— M. M. Boddie, 46 Portland Block. 

Illinois Beta Alumni — Galesbm-g, 111. — ^T. L. Hastings. 

Missouri Alpha Alumni — Kansas City, 5fIo. — D. M. McClannahan. 

Minnesota Alpha Alumni — Minneapolis, Minn. — ^J. G. Wallace, 318 South 
I ith Street 

Minnesota Beta Alumni-— St Paul, Minn. — A. G. Briggrs. 

California Alpha Alumni — San Francisco, Cal.^^. A. Rhodes, Grand Hotel. 

California Beta Alumni — Los Angeles, Cal. — 

College Chapter Reporters. 
Alpha Province, 

Maine Alpha — Colby University, Waterville, Me. — H. Everett Famham, Lock 

Box 90. 
New Hampshire Alpha— Dartmouth College, Hanover, N. H. — G. B. Stavers. 
Vermont Alpha — University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt.— M. A. Howe. 
Massachusetts Alpha— Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.— M. S. Hagar. 
Massachusetts Beta — Amherst College, Amherst, Mass. — A. S. Cody, P. O. 

Box 614. 
New York Alpha— Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y. — B. R. Wakeman. 
New York Beta — Union University, Schenectady, N.Y,— J. M. De Long. 
New York Gamma— College of the City of New York, New York, N. Y,— S. 

W. Dunscomb, Jr., 24 West 128th St 
New York Delta— Columbia College, New York, N. Y.— C. H. Wadelton, 

496 Greene Avenue. Brooklyn, L. I. 
New York Epsilon— Syracuse University, Syracuse, N. Y.— J. H. Murray, 

300 East Genesee Street. 
Pennsylvania Alpha — Lafayette College, Easton, Pa.— H. L. Moore, 141 

McKeen Hall. 
Pennsylvania Beta — Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, Pa. — ^L. V. E. Goetz, 

P. O. Box 326. 
Pennsylvania Gamma — Washington and Jefierson College, Washington, Pa. — 

G. R. Edmundson. 
Pennsylvania Delta— Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa. — F, M. Kerr, 606 

North Main Street. 
Pennsylvania Epsilon — Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa. — Oliver Mordori 
Pennsylvania Zeta — University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. — A. H. 

Cleveland, 2102 Mt. Vernon St 
Pennsylvania Eta — Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa. — Milton H. Fehnel, 

56 Hanover St. 

Beta Province, 

Virginia Alpha — Roanoke College, Salem, Va. — T. A. Frey. 
Virginia Beta— University of Virginia, Albemarle Co., Va. — W. H. Lyons. 
Virginia Gamma— Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Va.— T. C. Martin, Jr. 
Virginia Delta — Richmond College, Richmond, Va. - C. B. Tippett. 
Virginia Epsilon— Virginia Mintary Institute, Lexington, Va.— R. T. 

Virginia 2^ta— Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va. — R. E. R. 



North Carolina Beta^Universiiy of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N. C— W. 

W. Davics, Jr. 
South Carolina Beta— South Carolina College, Columbia,S.C.—W.T. Aycock. 

Gamma Province, 
Georgia Alpha -University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. — T. R. Hardwick. 
Georgia Beta — Emory College, Oxiord, Ga.— J. E. Mickler. 
Georgia Gamma — Mercer University, Macon, Ga. — ^J. R. Long. 
Tennessee Alpha — Vanderbili University, Nashville, Tenn. — W. H. Harris. 
Tennessee Beta— University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.— Randolph Buck. 
Alabama Alpha— University ol Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.— M.J. McAdory. 
Alabama Beta —Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Auburn, Ala.— J. T. Gregory. 
Alabama Gamma — Southern University, Greensboro, Aia.— E. H. Hawkins. 
Mississippi Alpha — University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss. — C F. Smith. 
Texas Beta— University of Texas, Austm, Tex.— J. B. Lewright. 
Texas Gamma — Southwestern University, Georgetown, Tex. — ^J. R. Mood. 

Delta Province, 
Ohio Alpha -Miami University, Oxford, O. — W. J. Rusk. 

Ohio Beta— Ohio Weslejran Univ'ty, Delaware, O D. R. Gray, 

Ohio Gamma— Ohio University, Athens, O. — E. H. Eves. 

Ohio Delta— University of Wooster, Wooster, O.— C. A. Park. 

Ohio Epsilon — Buchtel College, Akron, O. — Robert Tucker. 

Ohio Zeta— Ohio State University, Columbus, O. — F. W. Brown, N. Dorm, 

O. S. U. 
Kentucky Alpha — Centre College, Danville. Ky. — Willis Green. 
Kentucky Delta — Central University, Richmond, Ky. — ^J. R. Saunders. 

Epsilon Province. 
Indiana Alpha — Indiana University, Bloomiogton, Ind. — J. L. Mitchell, Jr., 

Lock Box 58. 
Indiana Beta — Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind.— >A^11. H. Earl. 
Indiana Gamma — ^Butler University, Irvington, Ind. — H. T. Miller, Box 31. 
Indiana Delta— Franklin College, Franklin, Ind. — L. O. Stiening. 
Indiana Epsilon — Hanover C<Mlege, Hanover, Ind. — HaL C. Johnson, P. O. 

Box 92. 
Indiana Zeta— De Pauw University, Greencastle, Ind.— J. H. Wilkerson. 
Michigan Alpha — University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Midi. — W. L. Hon- 

nold. 16 Bowery SL 
Michigan Beta —State College of Michigan, Agricultural College, (Lansing), 

Mich.— Clark HubbeU. 
Michigan Gamma— Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich.— J. O. Duguid. 

Zeta Province, 
Illinois Alpha — Northwestern University, Evanston, 111. — Fred. C. Waugh, 

P. O. Box 808. 
Illinois Delta — Knox College, Galesbnrg, 111. — Lysander Cassidv. 
Illinois Epsilon — Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington. 111. — ^J . A. Denham. 
Illinois Zeta — Lombard University, Galesburg, 111. — Geo. E. Dutton. 
Wisconsin Alpha — University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis. — A. T. Leith, 129 

East Gorhaui St. 

Eta Province. 
Missouri Alpha — University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. — T. J. J. See. 
Missouri Beta — Westminster College, Fulton, Mo.— L. O. Rodes. 
Iowa Alpha — Iowa Wesleyan University, Mount Pleasant, la,— W. R. Gray. 
Iowa Beta — State University of Iowa, Iowa City, la. — A. M. Craven. 
Minnesota Alpha —University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. — H. W. 

Kansas Alpha - University of Kansas, Lawrenoe, Kan. — H. E. Fiimey. 
Nebraska Alpha— University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.— W. L. Stephens, 

445 North 13th St. 
California Alpha— University of California, Berkeley, Cal. — C. F. Allardt, 

1 127 Linden St, Oakland, Cal. 

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Vol. XII! OCT., 1888.— No. i. 



MuRAT Halstead, of the /Dinemna^Commtrtial Gaze/I*, in 
response to our reqnest foi a few reininiscenses, has kindly con- 
tributed the rollowinfi;': 

Iiwasin 1848 that I sat down in the Junior class of Farmers' 
College, at College Hill, Ohio, and there was a slender boy with 
what we called a tow-head, and fine eyes, a prominent hand- 
■some forehead, pleasant features and grave manners, who sat on 
my left. Perhaps we had been seated m this order because our 
names began nearly the same and there was some alphabetical 
arrangement tn placing the boys. At the left of Ben, Harrison 
was his brother Irwin, an older and taller boy. We became 
very well acquainted and hava had very amicable relations ever 
since, with a touch of schoolboy affection in them. Ben. Har- 
rison was a spirited boy at seltool, but it was understood that he 
was devoted to his studies far beyond the ordinary school boy ; 
and there was a dignity about him beyond his inches as there was 
a gravity in his manner beyond his years. At the same lime he 
was not a ' ' goody goody " bor, for he participated in the sports 
of the college and was notlacK^gin a disposition for adventure, 
and there was an occasional sparkle of mischief; so that while 
it was understood in the school ihathe was there for business and 
not for any line of idleness or dissipation, he had the reputation 
of being a good fellow. 

This was less than eight years after the burial of his grand- 
father, and (he event was fresh in the minds of the people with 
an immense impression of the misfortune that the country had 
suffered in the death of Gen. Harrison, and it was a matter of 
some importance to us all, of course, with the exception of Har- 
rison himself, that he was the grandson of the lamented Presi- 
dent There were fourgrandsons of Oen. Harrison at the school, 
two Harrisons and two Thorntons, but Ben, was. the one who 
attracted attention and received the highest consideration. He 
didn't stay with us at College Hill to the graduating period — 


going off to Miami University, where he graduated with honor, 
and I remember that it was hinted at the time that one of the 
inducements that he had to go was that Dr. John W. Scott, who 
had been our Professor of rhetoric, had established a female col- 
lege at Oxford, and that Ben. was in love with his daughter Carrie, 
who is now Mrs. Gen. Harrison. M. Halstead. 

We are also indebted to Mr. Halstead for a copy of the edi- 
torial written by him for the Cincinnaii Commercial Gazette^ on 
the '* Death of the Founder of Farmers' College," Freeman G. 
Cary, Esq. In a letter to us Mr. Halstead says : ** This article 
which I wrote for the Cincinnaii Commercial Gazette a few days 
ago relates in part to Harrison at school, and especially the 
school in which he spent two years." 

Speaking of Mr. Cary and the early days of ''Farmers' Col- 
lege " the editorial continues : 

It was the work of his head and his hands, and he believed in 
it as the instrument through which he was destined to do a task 
of incalculably great and almost universal beneficence. At this 
time Miami University had dwindled to a small school, 
and the venerable Dr. Robert Hamilton Bishop, formerly Pre- 
sident of the University, the most distinguished educator in the 
West, was one of the faculty of Farmers' College, and imparted 
an air of the antique and diffused an atmosphere at once severe 
and kindly of philosophy. There was also a gentleman who 
had been President of Hanover College, Indiana, and a Professor 
at the Miami University, Dr. John W. Scott, a most courtly and 
genial teacher, affable, generous and sympathetic — a man who 
loved and encouraged young men, and touched the springs of 
their better nature and honorable ambition with a delicate yet 
masterful hand ; and Bishop and Scott were estimated to carry 
with them all worth having of the decayed old University. Per- 
haps there never has been gathered in any American academic 
institution such a singular and in some respects uncouth mass of 
material as that which filled the chapel when the bell called to 
prayers in the fall session of the Farmers' College in 1848. One 
of the boys, Ben. Harrison, will in all probability be the next 
President of the United States, and several others emerged after 
a time so equipped for other struggles and strifes than those in 
the production of the master-pieces of scientific agriculture, that 
they have made superficial disturbances in the current of affairs. 
But the idea of the college was an illusion, and it gradually de- 
clined in spite of the courage and devotion and extraordinary 
ability of Mr. Cary. There is still — there has been continuously 
for forty years — a good school on the spot, but the name is 
changed and the inspiring idea of the place is gone forever. The 
** Farmers' " College has become *' Belmont." The farmer idea 


was experimented with in a model farm, but there were no crops. 
Success did not seem to be in the chemistry of the elementar)* 
conditions surrounding the situation. 



Council Bluffs, Iowa, Aug. ii, 1888. 

E. H. L. Randolph, Esq. 

Dear Sir: — Your letter, July 9, 1888, duly received. It was 
then my purpose to prepare an article specially, but my 
engagements have been such as to wholly prevent my doing any- 
thing. The enclosed is from my pen, written July 4, and pub- 
lished in one of our daily papers, July 6, 1888. You are at 
liberty to make any use of it you please. 

I knew Harrison well— members of the same class — literary 
soc. and **frat.," and boarding a part of the time in the same 
boarding house, we could not be strangers. He was a loyal 
and efficient '*Phi," loved by his friends and feared by his 

Since his nomination I have read his short addresses and have 
almost wondered at their variety and completeness. Yet I re- 
member the genius of the boy and so conclude that his current 
speeches come as the fruitage of good natural abilities, strength- 
ened by forty years of study. Very truly a\d fraternally, 

Lewis W. Ross. 

P. S. — I may add that my wife, nee **Zoe M. Brown," and 
Mrs. Harrison, nee *' Carrie Scott," were classmates. We there- 
fore entertain no ordinary interest in the good fortune that has 
come to our friends of the Hoosier State. L. W. R. 

We present Chancellor Ross' article in full : 


Forty years ago the writer met the subject of this paper in 
Farmers' College, a school of considerable merit, located on one 
of the hills overlooking the city of Cincinnati. Dr. R. H. 
Bishop, formerly president of Miami University, was professor of 
history and political economy. He was an extraordinary teacher. 
He disciplined his students to such an extent as to render it im- 
possible to either forget the man or his instruction. I also met 
in this school Dr. O. W. Nixon, of the Inier Ocean^ Murat Hal- 
stead, of the Commercial Gazette, Joseph M. Gregory, a member 
of the Memphis Bar, and many others who have attained to posi- 
tions of honor and trust. 

After two years of study at Farmer College a large delegation, 
including young Harrison and the writer, entered Miami Uni- 


that I might have a leisure time lo prepare such a pap)er as you 
request, but the hoped for rest has not materialized, so lean but 
jot down a few reminiscenses as they occur to me. The college 
life of a conscientious student is rathei uncventfu^t and furnishes 
but little material for the biographer of that pericd of his life. 

When Ben. Harrison, as he was called in his younger days, 
entered Miami University, he was about sixteen, and his slender 
frame and light complexion made him look even younger. It 
was soon discovered, however, that though he appeared so youth- 
ful his mind was mature beyond his years and he quickly took a 
high position among his fellow students on account of his readi- 
ness as a debater — for he was even then a fluent speaker — and 
among his classmates by the thoroughness of his preparation for 
the recitation room. 

In the fraternity he was punctual in his attendance upon its 
meetings and prompt in the performance of the duties assigned 
to him, and gained the good will of all by his courteous manners 
and christian conduct. 

He maintained this high position throughout his entire college 
course, and his standing at graduation was within a small fraction 
of that of the ** honor men " of the class. Classmate. 

Harrison's fraternity record. 

The early minutes of Ohio Alpha, the parent chapter of 
^ Zl ^, are written in a small black book which rs still in a good 
state of preservation. Evidently, however, through the negli- 
gence of secretaries, some minutes were not recorded in the book. 
So it happens that the minutes of the meeting when Benjamin 
Harrison was initiated are missing, and we cannot be certain of 
the exact date of his initiation. But in the archives of the 
Fraternity there is a letter that makes mention of him previous 
to his becoming a member of ^ ^ 0. 

Before quoting from the letter, however, it will be well to ex- 
plain that both A ^ ^ and B © 11 were dormant at Miami from 
early in 1848 to sometime in 1851. In January, 1848, what is 
known in Miami history as **the great snow rebellion" took 
place. For participation in that affair a large number of students 
were dismissed or suspended, and as many of those who suffered 
this punishment were Alphas and Betas, their chapters became 
inactive. Neither chapters were in operation in December, 
1848, when /^ © was founded. In the fall of 1850, Milton 
Sayler, a member of A ^ 0, returned to the university, after 
nearly three years absence. Sometime during the year 1S51, he 
succeeded in securing a sufficient number of men to revive the 
chapter, and in getting the authority to do so from his society. 
With this explanation the following quotation from the letter 


previously referred to will be understood. The letter is dated 
Miami University, November 2, 1850 and was written by J. A. 
Anderson to Robert Morrison, who was then teaching in 
Tennessee. It says ; 

** Milton Sayler is here, and you know he is an Alpha. Well, 
a good many of our Phis think that he is reviving, or rather re- 
building, the Alphas here — in fact we almost know it He is 
with Harrison and a fellow named McNutt all the time. The 
former is a grandson of old Gen. Harrison, and a smart fellow. 
Sayler is at the top of the junior class, and he (Harrison) is not 
far behind him. I don't believe that he is any better than 
Denny, if as good. He is, however, a smart fellow, and can 
make a good debate — not one of much depth, but one that will 
take with the majority. McNutt can also make a debate just 
like Harrison, but he is not as smart a fellow. Milton is exer- 
cising considerable influence with them." 

This expression concerning the present nominee of the Repub- 
lican party for Prasident of the United States was made by a 
present member of Congress, thirty-eight years ago, when both 
were together in college, the former being a Junior and the lat- 
ter a Sophomore. 

Denny, whom Anderson referred to, was already a Phi, and 
McNutt became one the following September. Harrison is first 
mentioned in the minutes of May 27, 1851. There is a gap in 
in the minutes from January 15, 1851, to May 12, 1851, and it 
was probably during this time that Harrison was initiated. 
Sayler's attentions to Harrison and McNutt did not result in mak- 
ing them Alphas, and the Phis won the victory. 

From October 13, 1851, to December 2, 1851, Harrison was 
President of the society. His name as President, and that of 
I. S. Lane as Secretary, appear appended to the minutes of all 
meetings between and including those dates, except that of 
October 27, when Lane was President pro km, and Anderson 
Secretary ^r^ iem. 

During his term as President, Harrison was called to act in a 
very trying position. He occupied the chair during the trial of 
J. H. Childs and J. G. McNutt for drunkenness and other viola- 
tions of the Bond. Robert Morrison calls this affair " the crisis 
of 1 85 1." The society, then not quite three years old, had not 
before had occasion to discipline any of its members. The 
Bond, Constitution and Articles of Union contained no pro- 
vision for trial and expulsion. What made the situation more 
trying to Harrison was that he was the room-mate of McNutt. 

An account of this case, which is celebrated in the history of 
the Fraternity, is contained in a letter written by J. Mc.M. 
Wilson from his home at College Corner, Ohio, five or six miles 
from Oxford, to Robert Morrison. Wilson says, under dale of 


November, 29, 1851 : "On October 28, Lane and Harrison 
called to take me to Oxford post-haste on an account you will 
sincerely regret" He then tells of Childs, McNutt, Denny, 
Kemper and one other (doubtless Matthews) getting drunk re- 
peatedly and committing other offenses. Before Lane and Har- 
rison came for him, however, he had heard of these things, and 
had written advising that influences be brought to bear upon 
Childs and McNutt to make them reform. The offenses of these 
two were particularly flagrant because they had both got drunk 
on the night of the latter's initiation, September 29, 1851, and 
because diey seemed to make a point of gettmg drunk on the 
nights of meeting of the Young Men's Temperance Society, of 
which they were both members. Wilson's advice was acted on, 
and as he states in the letter referred to : " Denny was to see 
Childs, and Harrison to see McNutt Denny, as afterwards 
appeared in evidence, proved unfaithful ; Harrison did not 
McNutt promised with tears, on his knees, and calling God to 
witness, that he would never drink again, and Denny reported 
favorably from Childs. The society was satisfied, and the mat- 
ter tacitly suppressed. Within a week they were as drunk as 
ever, and went at it more openly." In another part of this let- 
ter Wilson says : ** Harrison in talking with McNutt was told 
that Matthews had been as drunk as he. Why not arraign him 
too ? Harrison replied that the offense was as criminal in the 
one as the other, but Matthews was not under the control of the 
society. " Referring to the last sentence Robert Morrison writes, 
(1887) : '*lt was meant that he boarded at home. His father 
was then Professor of mathematics." 

On Tuesday afternoon, October 28, the Warden, Kemper, who 
was intimate with Childs and McNutt, having refused to arraign 
them, the society met, and by a unanimous vote (Denny, Childs 
and McNutt being absent) instructed him to arraign them. The 
summons then issued to the two defendants citing them to appear 
for trial was replied to by them on the same day, and another 
meeting was held in the evening. Their reply was an impudent 
note, addressed **To the gentlemen falsely styling themselves 
the Phi Delta Theta," and denying jurisdiction : i, Because the 
society had no constitutional power of arraignment ; 2, because 
the members who had voted to arraign them were not the society, 
as Denny's vote was withheld. 

The minutes say : 

*'That the consideration of the matter might proceed, the 
Warden was requested to read the Bond and Constitution. 
Whereupon, it being questioned whether the society had any 
authority to arraign members for any offense whatever, the 
President's decision was called, which was as follows : 

* That such right inherently belongs to the society as an organ- 
ized body, and that in all cases it is the duty of the Warden to 


conduct such arraignments as the society may order.' The con- 
sultation was then continued, but with some difference of opinion. 
Whereupon, by unanimous wish the society engaged [in] prayer, 
supplicating the guidance of Heaven in the case before it. 
Finally all decisive action was postponed until the Thursday 
evening following." 

Robert Morrison writing (1882) says : 

'* The situation was new and the circumstances exciting, yet 
the President's head was cool, as evinced by the decision." If 
by the suffrages of the people of the United States, Harrison is 
chosen their Chief Magistrate at the next election, he will be 
called upon to decide many delicate points, but if in all cases he 
decides with as good judgment as he showed in this instance, the 
country will have no cause to complain. 

The trial took its course. . Meetings were held October 29 
and 30. On the latter date Childs and McNutt, both pleading 
** guilty," were expelled ** without dissenting voice," and 
Matthews, Denny and Kemper, resigned. The three latter were 
particeps criminis with the two who were expelled, and their re- 
signations were very prudently offered. 

Time passed on, and when the suns of the next April began to 
shine, Childs and McNutt sent long petitions to the society for a 
reopening of the case. McNutt's petition was presented by Har- 
rison. Both parties claimed that they had been misunderstood, 
and had been misrepresented by their attorney on the trial, who 
had been Matthews. 

They indicated a desire to join another fraternity and wished 
to go with a dismission rather than an expulsion in their hands. 
All the members present, Harrison included, voted in favor of 
granting the petitions. When the rehearing took place, Wilson 
appeared for Childs, and Harrison for McNutt. The result was 
that the vote of expulsion was rescinded and the gentlemen were 
allowed to resign. The vote stood 6 to 5, Harrison voting in 
the affirmative. Wilson, Ross and Harrison were appointed a 
committee to embody the views of the society with reference to 
the last decision. They made their report and that ended the 

Denny joined A A ^, and Childs, McNutt, Kemper and 
Matthews became charter members of /Hi K E, 

At the first convention of the society, which met at the Wood- 
ruff House, Cincinnati, December 30, 1851, Harrison was pres- 
ent, and was chosen Secretary. At the meeting of Ohio Alpha, 
December 17, 185 1, Anderson, Ross and Harrison were ap- 
pointed to report to the convention the feasibility of establishing 
new chapters. The report of the committee was made by Ander- 
son as chairman. At this convention a scheme for a higher 
order, to be composed of graduates, was adopted. Harrison 


sent to Morrison a copy of the minutes of the convention, in- 
cluding the constitution of the higher order, accompanied by 
the following letter : 

** Oxford, Ohio, Feb. 19, 1852. 

^* Brother Morrison . — Supposing that you would like to read 
the full proceedings of our wise heads in convention assembled, 
I have taken the pains to transcribe a copy of them for you. In 
the constitution you are personally interested as a graduate mem- 
ber of the Order ; does it meet your views? After the adjournment 
of the convention, Wilson, Elliott and the undergraduates of Mia- 
mi proceeded to resolve ourselves into the real ^ J 0, as the 
only way of getting the thing under way at once. We appointed a 
reunion for next commencement at old Miami, at which time 
we hope to have all the graduated members of the Order present, 
that we may effect a permantnt organization. Our chapter here 
is in a very happy condition ; harmony of feeling and unity of 
effort are both present with us. Accept my best wishes for your 
prosperity, and believe me. sir, 

** Yours respectfully, 

*'B. Harrison, Chairm'n of Com. ofCor'sp." 

At the preliminary organization of the higher order in Cincin- 
nati, Harrison was elected Recording Secretary. The 1852 re- 
union was not a success, an insufficient number of alumni pre- 
senting themselves to make a quorum, twelve being necessary. 
In the latter part of 1852, there was an informal meeting of 
alumni at the Gibson House, Cincinnati. Those present were : 
R. G. Elliott, of Indiana Alpha, Wilson, Lindley, Harrison, 
Lane, Ross, Swing and Gregory, of Ohio Alpha. They talked 
principally of things pertaining to the reunion of the next year. 
The reunion took place during commencement week of 1853, 
and was a grand success in every particular. Harrison, then a 
graduate of one year's standing, was present. Lane, Ross and 
Harrison were appointed a committee of correspondence and 
publication. Both the address and poem were published by 
the committee, and they are the earliest publications bearing the 
name of the society. 

Shortly before Harrison's graduation in 1852, the question of 
division came up in Ohio Alpha. It then was thought to be 
very important to run sub rosa, and meetings were held in the 
rooms of members. As the rooms were small, some members 
thought that they could get along more comfortably and with less 
danger of exposure by dividing into two chapters. Accordingly, 
April 13, 1852, a petition was presented from Anderson. Boude 
and Hutcheson, asking for a charter to establish a second chap- 


ter in Miami. Harrison voted against granting the petition, 
but nevertheless it was granted. Boude was then President and 
Anderson, Secretary. At the next meeting, April 17, new offi- 
cers were elected to fill the places of those who had gone wilh 
the new chapter. Swing was elected President and Harrison 
Secretary. They held those offices during the rest of the lerm. 

The minutes of Ohio Alpha do not often tell us the subjects 
of the essays that were read before the society, but they mention 
that February 6, 1852, Harrison read an essay on ** Poland," 
and March 16, 1852, one entitled, ** Human reason a hum- 

It will be seen by the foregoing that during the year and a half 
of his attendant membership, Hanison took an active part in the 
society. Contemporaneous with him in Ohio Alpha were a set 
of men who have made themselves distinguished in after 
life. Among these are : J. K. Boude, a physician of high stand- 
ing in the Government's service at Washington ; L. W. Ross, 
who has filled the position of Chancellor of the Law Depart- 
ment of the State University of Iowa ; B. K. Elliott, who has 
been Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Indiana ; David 
Swing, the great independent preacher of Chicago, and J. A. 
Anderson, a member of the House of Representatives, from Kan- 
sas. Some of those whom the society lost in 1851 by expulsion 
and resignation also afterwards turned out well. J. H. Childs 
fell leading his brigade to the charge of Gettysburg. J. G. McNutt 
died before reaching the prime of life. A. J. Kemper is a pro- 
minent physician in Cincinnati. Harmar Denny holds a position 
in a Jesuit college in New York City. S. R. Matthews is a judge 
of high repute on the Common Pleas Bench. He is a brother of 
Stanley Matthews of the United States Supreme Court. It may 
also be mentioned here, as a matter of interest, that Milton 
Sayler,who returned to Miami in i850,after an extended absence, 
and ** worked " Harrison and McNutt to get them to help him 
revive A A ^, became a Congressman, and is now a prominent 
member of the New York City Bar. 

Miami at the time I have been writing of was in its palmy 
days. The class in which Anderson graduated, '53, was one of 
the largest that the institution ever turned out; it numbered thirty- 
five men at graduation. The record shows that for two years 
after the society was organized it had no competition. It there- 
fore without trouble secured the most promising students then 
attending Miami. 

I have told all about Harrison as an attendant member that 
can be learned from the archives of the Fraternity in my posses- 
sion. Since graduation he has not forgotten his college society. 
He heads the list of charter members of Indiana Beta Alumni, at 
Indianapolis, a charter for which was granted in 1879. Three 
years ago, when Ohio Alpha was revived, almost simultaneously 


with the reopening of Miami, among the telegrams that poured in 
from all quarters was one from the now most prominent son of 
^ J &, Benjamin Harrison. 

Walter B. Palmer. 


Benjamin Harrison was among the very earliest initiates of 
Phi Delta Theta, and some have even thought that he was the 
first In order to ascertain exactly when he came into the 
fraternity we wrote to Robert Morrison, the founder, and received 
the following reply. It shows that the name of the Republican 
nominee for the Presidency was the thirteenth signed to the 
Bond after the founders. 

Aurora Springs, Mo., Aug. 17, '88. 

Dear Bro, Randolph : — The first man initiated into the mys- 
teries oi ^ A ^, was Morton George Williams, on New Year's 
Day, 1849. ^® was a grand man. He became a founder of the 
Kentucky Alpha. April 25. '49, A. A. Barnett and J. K. Boude ; 
June 12, 49, S. R. Matthews; Nov. 7, '49, David Swing; Dec. 
'49, J. A. Anderson; Feb. i, '50, Harmar Denny; March 11, 
'50, Jas. H. Childs ; Oct. 30, '50, Jas. Holmes ; Nov. 15, '50, 
L. W. Ross and I. S. Lane ; spring of '51, P. McMorgan 
and Ben, Harrison, at different meetings. 

I happen to have at hand the copy of original records of 
Ohio Alpha which I give you so that you may have the exact facts 
touching Harrison's place in the number of initiates of Ohio 

Fraternally yours, 

Robert Morrison. 



For the Year ending April i, 1888. 

To the Members of Phi Delta Theta: 

Herewith I submit my second annual report, which I was 
prevented from doing earlier by the tardiness of some chapters. 
Last year I was compelled to make this same complaint, and I 
find the tendency to delay not only not lessened, but nearly 
doubled this year. Last year the average date of receipt of re- 
ports was April 17; this year it is May i, and some reports were 
over a third of a year late. Notwithstanding this tendency, how- 


ever, by diligent and unremitting attention, and the expenditure 
of a goodly sum in postage, I have again secured the report of 
every chapter. 

A new feature — Table II — has been added, and will reveal the 
strength of the chapters by classes, which the total attendance 
cannot do. The members '*ln Faculty," shown in that table, 
comprise only those who are active members of the chapter. 
That table shows that we still have 25 members below the Fresh- 
man class, and to Georgia Beta belongs the distinction of having 
the only man in the class of '93. It is to be hoped that this dis- 
tinction will not be envied. Some of the chapters which certify 
that they do not initiate preparatory students will be found to 
have members in the class of '92. In explanation it should be 
said that such men were taken in before the decision of the Gen- 
eral Council was rendered, and that decision will hereafter be re- 
spected and obeyed. The reduction in this list, however, is over 
50 per cent., which is gratifying and encouraging. 

As against last year, it will be seen that the number of initia- 
tions has materially decreased, dropping from 428 to 388, from 
an average of nearly 7 to an average of a little above 6 per chap- 
ter. At the same time, the attendance has increased nearly 20, 
and the average per chapter has gone up slightly. This average 
remains pretty steady from year to year, having been 14 and a 
fraction during 5 out of the past 6 years. 

Our grand total membership now reaches 5,360, and while I 
do not like to make a statement without having all the facts be- 
fore me (and I have by no means all for this), still I believe (and 
I wish any one who may be better posted would disabuse my 
mind if I am wrong) that Phi Delia Theta is growing to-day with 
a healthier and steadier ^ and at the same time a more rapid growth ^ 
than any other college fraternify in America, Is there any other 
fraternity that has an undergraduate membership of nearly 900, 
that has initiated over 800 men in the past two years, and yet in- 
itiates but a trifle over 6, and has attendant but a trifle over 14 
per chapter? I doubt it very much. We now, as I believe, have 
the largest fraternity in college. With this healthy and at the same 
time rapid growth, we soon must have the largest chapter roll of 
any college fraternity. And it will be a roll of honor, too. 

I have abandoned the table showing active membership by 
States, as I do not see that it is of any value, and I have added a 
list of members deceased during the year. 

With these few remarks and the occasional footnotes, the fol- 
lowing tables are respectfully submitted. 

EuGKNK H. L. Randolph, H. G. C. 
New York, September i, 1888. 




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1883. I 1884. 1885. 

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Deaths During the Year Ehdikg April ■ 


N. y. J, '86, Robert Henry Slodder, El Paao, Tei., June 24, 1887. 
Va..,4, '71 ; Va. B, 'ji. Frank Heath Temll. San Francisco, Cal.. Januarr 

Va. 5,85. EdwardVose Samner Long, Birmingham. Ala., March 11, 18S8. 

Va. r, '88. Archibald Allen Darden, Suffolk, Va., Msrcb 12, iSSS. 

S. C. B. ■89. Albert Rheti Nicholson Johnston. S. C, Febtuarr, 1888. 

Ga. A. '81. W. W. Hardy, Senora, Ga., 1888. 

Ga. A, '82, P. H. Bums, Columbus, Ga., 1887. 

Ga. B. '74. William J. Ray, Monroe, Ga., September 9, 1887, 

Tenn. A. Robert Allen Carter, Louisville, Ky,. July, 1887. 


Ala. A, *85. Tohn Wesley Gilbert, Pleasant Ridee, Ala. , . 

Ala. B^ '8!d. Benjamin Harrison Fitzpatrick, Nfontgomery, Ala., February 

23, 1888. 
Ala. r, *88. Edward H. Cobb, Tuskecgee, Ala.. August 15, 1887. 
Ind B, '76. Joseph Warren McBroom, Crawfordsville, Ind. 

Ind. r, '58. Cyrus Newa Blount, Kokomo, Ind., December 28, 1887. 

Ind. Z, '87. " 

Ind. ~ 

Mo. B. '86. William Yancey McChesney, Odessa. Mo., February, 1888. 

Cal. At '89 Joseph Alonzo Norris, Pleasant Valley, Cal., September, 1887. 


Easton, Pa., May 11, 1888, 

The second annual convention of Alpha Province was held 
here on the 19th and 20th of April. Bro. Horton, Province 
President, called the meeting to order Thursday morning at 
10.30 o'clock, and the following organization was effected : 

President — Dudley R. Horton. 

First Vice-President— ?xo{, C. C. Brown, N. Y. Beta. 
Second Vice-President—^. L. Moore. Penn. Alpha. 
Secretary, — T. C. Blaisdell. Penn. Delta. 
Treasurer — T. H. Knox, N. Y. Gamma. 

Considerable business was transacted and several resolutions 
agreed upon to be presented to the next National Convention. 
Thursday evening, after witnessing the marvelous *' Equescuni- 
culum " presented at the Opera House, the delegates repaired to 
the United States Hotel, where the banquet was held. A more 
enjoyable affair could scarcely be imagined. Forty-two sat down 
at the tables, which were beautifully decorated with flowers and 
fruit. After enjoying the many edibles which our landlord had 
provided, attention was given to the second part of the pro- 
gramme. Bro. C. P. Bassett, President of the General Council 
and an alumnus of Penn. Alpha, presided as Magister Epularum, 
and his remarks preceding the announcements were full of inter- 
est and pleasure. The following is the toast list : 

The Bond— J. M. DeLong, N. Y. Beta. 

New England Outlook — S. Gallert. Me. Alpha. 

Alpha Province — Dudley R. Horton, Province President 

Province Athletes — A. Throop, Penn. Eta. 

The Metropolis— T H. Baskerville, N. Y. Alpha Alumni. 

Phi Sisters— T. C. Blaisdell, Penn. Delta. 

Besides these, there were several extemporaneous toasts. 
Prof. C. C. Brown, of N. Y. Beta, responded to *' Phi Delta 
Theta in the Faculty"; J. M. Mayer, of N. Y. Alpha Alumni, 
to " The Law" ; C. J. McFadden, Penn. Zeta, to '* The Dissect- 
ing Room," and T. H. Knox, N. Y. Gamma, to ''Our Hosts." 


The banquet was one which will never be forgotten by those who 
were so fortunate as to be present. 

Friday noon, the convention adjourned, and the afternoon 
was spent in inspecting the college buildings, stopping long 
enough, however, at the foot of College Hill to have the party 
photographed. Most of the delegates departed later in the day, 
but some remained till Saturday to visit Lehigh University, 
where they were the guests of Penn. Eta. The affair was a roost 
enjoyable one throughout, but it was a source of regret that 
every Chapter in the Province was not represented. 

Harrt L. Moors. 

(Press Reports.) 



The convention of the Alpha Province, of the Phi Delta Theta 
Fraternity, convened at ii o'clock this morning, in the Post- 
ofl5ce building in the rooms of the Pennsylvania Alpha Chapter 
of Lafayette College. Mr. Dudley R. Horton, Cornell '75, 
President of the Province, presided. There were present about 
twenty-five delegates, representing the sixteen colleges in the New 
England and Middle States at which there are chapters : Colby in 
Maine, Dartmouth in New Hampshire, Williams in Massachusetts, 
University of Vermont, in Vermont, Cornell, Union, College 
of the City of New York, Columbia and Syracuse, in New York, 
and seven Pennsylvania colleges, Lafayette, Allegheny, at Mead- 
ville, Washington and Jefferson at Washington, Pennsylvania at 
Gettysburg, Dickinson at Carlisle, University of Pennsylvania at 
Philadelphia, and Lehigh at Bethlehem. The Convention will 
continue in session to-morrow. To-night a banquet will be 
served at the United States Hotel, at which Mr. Carroll P. Bas- 
sett, Lafayette, '83, President of the General Council, will 
officiate as Magister Epularum. The business of the convention 
is of a secret nature, important to the fraternity ; it is prelimin- 
ary to the national convention to be held next Fall a year at 
Bloom ington. 111. 

The fraternity is the largest in the country, having 64 active 
chapters and 19 alumni, in 28 different States. The active 
membership of the organization is about 900 and the entire 
membership 6.000 

Prof C. C. Brown, Senior Professor of Mathematics at Union 
College, Schenectady, N. Y., is present as a delegate from New 
York Beta Chapter. — Easton Daily Express^ April 19. 




Seldom has the United States Hotel been the scene of a more 
successful and enjoyable banquet than that served last evening to 
the Alpha Province Convention of the Phi Delta Theta. The 
tables were handsomely decorated with flowers and fruit, and the 
viands were prepared and served with that skill in catering for 
which the United States has so enviable a reputation. Forty-two 
plates were laid. 

When the board had been cleared C. P. Bassett, President of 
the General Council and Magister Epularum for the evening, 
took charge of affairs. Mr. Bassett has an almost inexhaustible 
fund of witty stories and apt illustrations at hand. He succeeded 
in keeping the assemblage in constant good humor throughout 
the evening, which was, however, an easy task in consequence of 
the enthusiasm which prevailed. 

The following was the toast list ? 

"The Bond," J. M. DeLong, New YorlAeta, Union. 

**New England Outlook," S. Gallert, Malke Alpha, Colby. 

"Alpha Province," Dudley R. Horton^. New York Alpha 
Alumni. » 

'* Province Athletes," A. Throop, Penn. Eta, Lehigh. 

"The Metropolis," T. H. Baskervill^ New York Alpha 

"Phi Sisters," T. C. Blaisdell, Penn. Delta, Allegheny. 

There were also several extempore toasts. Prof. C. C. Brown, 
of Union, responded to " Phi Delta Theta. in the Faculty." The 
event of the evening, however, was the toast on the " Law," by J. 
M. Mayer, of New York City. He spoke wittily and eloquently. 
C. J. McFadden, of the University of Pennsylvania, responded 
to the "Dissecting Room," and the programme closed with 
"Our Hosts," by T. H. Knox, of the College of the City of New 

The affair was one which will never be forgotten by those who 
were present ; it reflects great credit on the Committee of 
Arrangements, of whom H. L. Moore of Lafayette is chairman. 

The convention finished its business this afternoon and ad- 
journed sine dti. Some of the delegates took a trip to Bethle- 
hem to look through Lehi(2:h. 

Among the visitors were Messrs. Baskerville and Mayer of 
New York City ; Messrs. Lenhart and Ord, formerly of the local 
chapter, and quite a number of the members of the Lehigh 



For two years the eyes of Delta Province have been tamed 
toward Oxford in happy anticipation of the first Phi gathering at 
the cradle of our fraternity in nearly a score of years. It was not 
without some hesitancy and misgivings that it was decided to 
hold the next convention under the auspices of Ohio Alpha, but 
the grand success of the event has proved all such feam ground- 

On Wednesday evening wearers of the shield and dagger be- 
gan to appear and the immigration continued to the last train 
before the banquet adjournment. At lo o'clock on the morn- 
ing of May 10, the convention was called to order by Bro. 
President O'Kane, and Bro. Chaplain Kearney Prugh invoked 
divine guidance and blessing upon its deliberations. 

The following commmittees were announced : Credentials, 
Bros. J. R. Saunders, Ky. A, F. C. High, Ohio Z, J. E. 
Thomas, Ohio F ; order of business, H. V. Stevens, Ohio B, 
W. J. Rusk, Ohio A, R. H. Winn, Ky. A ; constitution re- 
vision, F. W. Brown, Ohio Z, W. Green, Ky. A, E. H. Eves, 
OhiojT; next convention, E. F. Cone, Ohio £", C. A. Park, 
Ohio A, L. Clay, Ky. A ; officers, C. M. Mains, J. A. Thomp- 
son, Ohio B, H. Weidner, Ohio A ; finance, R. S. Dawson, 
Ky. A ex officio, S. W. Townsend, Ohio A, W. M. Chidlaw, 
Ohio A, 

The following telegram was ordered sent to Bro. J. R. Dan- 
forth, Amherst, Mass.: "Delta Province in convention assem- 
bled sends congratulations to Massachusetts Beta." After a 
short recess the order of business was reported, and the com 
mittee on credentials announced ih:^ following attendance of 
delegates : Ohio A^ Harry Wiedner and W. J. Rusk, Ohio B, 
H. V. Stevens and J. A. Thompson, Ohio /^, E. H. Eves, and 
G. E. de Steigner, Ohio A, C. A. Park and C. M. Mains, Ohio 

E, E. F. Cone, Ohio Z, F. W. Brown and F. C High, Ky. A, 
W. Green and R. H. Winn, Ky. A, J. R. Saunders and L. Clay, 
Ohio Alpha Alumni, W. E. Bundy and Scott Bonham. The 
other Phis present were : L. H. Brundage, S. E. Bennett and 

F. S. Ball, of Ohio Z, S. Ramsey and H. Hawley, Ind. A, Dr. 
Faye Walker, Dr J. R. S. Stcrrett, Dr. Alfred Emerson, J. E. 
Morey, P. W. Smith, Kearney Prugh, Sam. W. Townsend, 
Edwin Emerson, J. H. Macready, W. H. Cruikshank, W. M. 
Chidlaw, W. L. Tobey, J. R. Spivey, W. C. Harris and W. H. 
Bonner, of Ohio Alpha. Letters and telegrams of regret were 
read from the three living founders, Robert Morrison. A. W. 
Rogers, J. W. Lindley, and Elm Fisher and Hon. Emmit Tomp- 

Thursday afternoon was occupied in a complete revision of 


the province constitution, and through the excellent work of the 
committee in charge the document was immensely improved. 
The question of compulsory attendance at the convention on a 
plan similar to that practiced in the general fraternity called for 
most discussion, but failed of adoption. In addition to this, 
reports were received from the delegates on the condition of their 
respective chapters. These together with the report of the pro- 
vince Historian showed Delta Province to be in a most flourish- 
ing condition, with an active membershipof about one hundred. 
Her alumni have taken fitting position in public, and everything 
indicates even increased prosperity. Since last convention ten 
sub-freshmen have been initiated ; while in her whole history 
the province has introduced almost a thousand men to the Phi 
mysteries, of whom not quite 50 per cent have taken collegiate 

On Friday morning the committee reported the following 
officers, who were elected : Vice-President, C. K. Carpenter, 
Ohio A ; Secretary, S. W. Townsend. Ohio A ; Treasurer, A. 
W. Lee, Ky. A ; Historian, H. D. Smith, Ohio E ; Chaplain, 
W. O. Shoemaker, Ky. A ; Warden, E. H. Eves, Ohio T. 

It was then decided to hold the next convention at Wooster, 
under the auspices of Ohio A, convening at 10 a. m. on Thurs- 
day, May II, 1889. 

Bro. E. F. Cone, of Ohio E, opened discussion upon "Inter- 
chapter relations, acquaintance and correspondence." After 
some consideration a resolution was adopted recommending to 
each chapter to elect one man at the beginning of each year to 
-correspond with a similarly chosen man in each other chapter. 

** Chapter Finances" was well handled by Bro. S. W. Towns- 
end, Ohio -4, *' Chapter Records," by Bro. E. H. Eves, Ohio 
r, and ** Extension in Delta Province," by Bro. C. A. Park, 
Ohio A. 

After adjournment of the morning session, the convention 
went in a body to visit the room in which Phi Delta Theta was 
founded. Bro. Morrison's rooms are now unoccupied and Bro. 
Dr. Sterrett, a loyal Phi, has a room just opposite that which 
Wilson used. 

In the afternoon resolutions were offered by Bro. F. S. Ball, 
indorsing the action of the National Convention in regard to the 
•circular letter system and favoring action toward greater uni- 
formity and definiteness in the same ; also indorsing the inter- 
pretation by the General Council of the constitution on the 
"prep, question." Both resolutions were adopted. The matter 
of the new catalogue was discussed and explained by Bro. Pres. 

*' The number and qualifications of membership" was taken up 


by Bro. J. A. Thompson, and •* Chapter Houses," by Bro. H. V, 

Bro F. S. Ball, Ohio Z, set forth and discussed the ritualistic 
and secret work of Phi Delta Theta, and outlined the proposed 
new ritual. 

A short session was held in the evening at which resolutions 
were adopted expressive of the convention's thanks to Ohio Alpha, 
to the Oxford Lodge F. and A. M., and to the President, faculty 
and young ladies of the Oxford Female College, for their many 
courtesies. The report of the Finance Committee was adopted, 
and Bro. Dr. Faye ^'alker, President of the Oxford Female Col- 
lege, delivered a short address, and with appropriate remarks the 
convention was adjourned by Bro. Pres. O'Kane. 

Immediately afterwards the goat, a composite goat of eight 
goats combined, was brought out and in royal style tossed Mr. 
W. H. Bonner into the very midst of Phidom. 

Not only was the convention the grandest success of any yet 
held in this province in the matter of business done and enthus- 
iasm aroused, but, what every Phi enjoys, the social pleasures 
were far beyond anything ever presented. Bro. Dr. Faye Walker 
very kindly tendered the convention a reception at the Oxford 
Female College, and the house was thrown open at the pleasure 
of the Phis. After the **cold wave from Alaska" had been 
showered over the audience by the Peak Sisters and the boys had 
laughed and applauded with unfeigned mirth and pleasure, 
brave knights met fair ladies and together they stormed the par- 
lors and verandas with a delight which was made only too short 
by the near approach of midnight From the frequent calls at 
the college and the dainty missives and flowers sent there the 
next day, it might seem that some *' catches" had been made, 
and one thing sure, the ''college girls" will ever hold a warm 
place in the hearts of the Phis of Delta Province. 

Friday afternoon, numerous carriages were whirling about 
with streamers of white and blue, and calls were made upon the 
Phi girls in the city and at the Western Female Seminary. The 
climax of the occasion was reached Friday night when half a 
hundred Phis surrounded such a banquet as Old Miami never 
saw before. After everything that could be asked for had been 
freely partaken of. Dr. Faye Walker, acting as master of cere- 
monies, offered the sentiments, which were responded to in true 
Phi style. Bro. Harry Weidner welcomed the convention and 
F. W. Brown responded. The toast of the evening was Phi 
Delta Theta, to which Bro. Dr Emerson responded in Greek. 
None of it was so well understood as the fraternity's motto, which 
elicited hearty applause. The banquet over, the girls must have 
the last thought, and with their elegant orchestra, the boys 
treated the college and the seminary to a serenade for the praise 


of which the fair ladies could not find sufficient words. It was 
daylight when the boys dispersed and the most joyous of Delta 
Province conventions was over. By two o'clock on Saturday, all 
were gone save one, and "he would not go." Latest reports 
are that he * * is gone. " 

Too much praise can not be given to the entertaining chapter 
and their friends, to whom the unparalleled success and pleasure 
of the convention are due. Fred. S. Ball, 

Secretary Delta Province. 



The Scroll is the organ of no political party and takes no 
sides on the great questions of the day ; but it is the organ of 
Phi Delta Theta, and delights to pay its humble tribute to the 
great men whom it can claim as its own, in whatever walk or 
station of life it may find them. The nomination of our honored 
and worthy brother, General Harrison, by the Republican party 
as its candidate for the Presidency of this great Republic — truly 
the highest office and the greatest honor in the world — is an 
honor which all Phis, irrespective of party ties, must feel with a 
keen sense of pride and gratification. If we mistake not, Phi 
Delta Theta is the first college fraternity to be so honored, and, 
if General Harrison is elected, she will be the first fraternity to 
see one of her members in the White House, put there by the 
sufifrages of the people. President Garfield was an undergrad- 
uate member of Delta Upsilon from Williams, an organization 
founded in direct opposition to the college fraternities of the day. 
President Arthur, an undergraduate member of Psi Upsilon from 
Union, came to his station by succession. Others of our Chief 
Magistrates have held honorary memberships in one or more 
college fraternities, conferred only after they had risen to distinc- 
tion and fame. 

Brother Morrison, the founder of ou r order, writes : ' 'Although 
I am a democrat, yet I would be glad to see Harrison in the 
Presidential chair." 

A prominent Phi of the south writes : "I would rather see 
Harrison President than any other Republican, not only because 
he is a Phi, but because I like his record better. He is a clean 


man every way so far as I know. I think I will have to stick to 
my political principles and vote for Grover, but if I had the 
deciding vote in the United States it would be difficult for me to 
make up my mind." 

We have endeavored, in this issue, to present to our readers 
the story of General Harrison's school days. Murat Halstead, the 
accomplished editor of the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette ^ has 
kindly contributed a few reminiscenses of the days at Farmer's 
College. We also present sketches by Robert Morrison, Chan- 
cellor L. W. Ross of the State University of Iowa, and a class 
mate of General Harrison, who requests that we do not publish 
his name. W. B. Palmer gives us from the old records the story 
of Harrison's fraternity career. 

Whichever way the votes may decide, we heartily congratulate 
General Harrison on the honored position he has reached and 
on the great trust and confidence which are reposed in him by 
so vast a number of his fellow countrymen. 

During the past year internal improvements have been going 
forth steadily and a spirit of healthy growth has been manifested 
throughout the fraternity. The University of Michigan has 
been entered by a band of sterling Phis who will well uphold the 
banner of Michigan Alpha as of old. Several alumni chapters 
and associations have been organized and are flourishing in 
different sections of the country, and the provinces have been 
holding successful and enthusiastic conventions which are of 
great value in affording an opportunity for the discussion of 
practical questions which must come before the National Con- 

The General Council has obviated all dangers and difficulties 
arising from the prolonged recess of the convention by arranging, 
for and holding a series of executive sessions at New York, at 
which matters of most pressing importance were settled at least 

The season of '' spiking" is again at hand, and our best im- 
plements at present are the ** Manual" and "Song Book." 


The catalogue, which will soon be issued, will be a valuable book 
for us, but, in the meantime, we can do good work with what 
we have. The edition of these books is rapidly becoming 
exhausted, but copies may still be obtained by addressing the 
proper i>ersons. Every one who has not a copy of either or 
both should procure one without delay. 

All Phis who are anxious to see Phi Delta Theta represented 
in the White House should secure one of brother Tredway's 
most attractive and successful Song Books. See advertisement 
in this issue. 

We have but a few more sets of the large lithograph portraits of 
our founders. They may be had by sending sixty cents in two-cent 
stamps to E. H. L. Randolph, P. O. Box 1398, New York, 
N. Y. 

Of the law firm of Harrison, Miller and Elam, Benjamin 
Harrison and John B. Elam are members of Phi Delta Theta, 
and W. H. H. Miller of Delta Upsilon. 

Chapters and others will please note the change in the address 
of the Secretary of the General Council, as recorded in the Direc- 


Supreme Court of Indiana. 

Indianapolis, Sept. 11, 1888. 
E. H. L. Randolph, Esq., 

Dear Sir and Brother . — I have been from home and did not 
receive your letter until this morning. 

If I can possibly find time I will write an article for you 
early in the coming week. I cannot do so sooner. 
General Harrison is well worthy of honor. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Byron K. Elliott. 


New York Tribune. ) 
New York, Sept. 14, 1888. J 

Dear Sir: — Answering your courteous favor of the 8th inst., 
I regret that it is out of my power at present to undertake writing 
outside of my own paper. 

You lose little, however, since it happens that I was fitted for 
the sophomore class before entering college, and consequently, 
although the years of our classes would seem to bring us to- 
gether. General Harrison had been graduated before I was a 
student at Miami. Respectfully, 

Whitelaw Rrid. 

E. H. L. Randolph, Esq., 

Law Offices of Harrison, Miller & Elam. 

Indianapolis, Ind., Sept 10, 1888. 

E. H. L. Randolph, Esq., 
New York, 

Dear Sir : — Yours of the 3rd inst. has been received. It 
would give me pleasure to comply with your request, but it is 
impossible for me to do so. The nomination of General Har- 
rison has taken him from the office, and not only increased the 
labors of his partners as lawyers, but we are both devoting all 
the time we can spare to the political contest now going on. 
This being the case, I am too busy to undertake to write any- 
thing for the Scroll. Yours very truly, 

John B. Elam. 

We wrote to General Harrison to see if he would consent to 
our publication of his Miami graduating address on **The Poor 
of England.*' It would be peculiarly appropriate in the present 
campaign. In reply General Harrison writes : 

Law Offices of Harrison, Miller & Elam. 

Indianapolis, Ind., August 17th, 1888. 

E. H. L. Randolph, Esq., 
New York City, 

My Dear Sir : — Your letter of August 14th has been received, 
and, while I appreciate highly your good intentions, I do not 
feel like being accessory to your plan of publishing my gradu- 
ating speech. I would rather be judged by my more mature 
expressions. Very truly yours, 

Benj. Harrison. 


In answer to a question as to whether or not Gen. Benjamin 
Harrison is a member of any secret oath-bound society, he 
writes as follows : 

**In answer to your question, permit me to say that I have 
never been a member of any secret society, except a Greek 
literary society in college and the G. A. R., if the latter can, 
with any propriety, be called a secret society, though I do not 
think it. 

Very truly yours, 

Benj. Harrison." 

In response to a letter to General Harrison, on behalf of ihe 
General Council, congratulating him on his nomination, the fol- 
lowing reply was received: 

Law Offices of 
harrison, miller a elam, 
3, 4, 5 & 6, Wrights' Block. Market St. 
B. Harrison, 
W. H. H. Miller, 
John B. Elam. Indianapolis, Ind., July 12, 1888. 

Eugene H. L. Randolph, Esq., 
New York, N. Y. 

My Dear Sir, — Your favor of recent date has been received, 
and in reply I beg to express my sincere thanks to you and to 
the General Council of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, which 
you represent, for your very cordial congratulations. 

Very truly yours, 

Benj. Harrison. 


From the Business Manager. 

To ReporUrs : 

Our recent financial experience should be sufficient notice 
to the chapters of the vital importance of keeping their Scroll 
taxes paid up. 

Many chapters are two years behind. Every reporter should 
take prompt action and see that his chapter's account is settled. 
Reporters will also please send in notice, at once, of the 
number of Scrolls required by their chapters. 

B. S. Orcutt, 

Business Manager, 



Vermont Alpha, University of Vermont. 

Last commencement saw the close of a prosperous year in the 
history of our chapter, with bright prospects for the future. The 
Annual banquet of the chapter, on the evening of June 26, was 
a pleasant affair. After the repast, brother Gates officiated as 
master of ceremonies, and responses were made to the following 
toasts : ** The Fraternity," by W. A. Beebe, '89 ; '* Our Chap- 
ter," F. W. Mould, '91 ; ** Graduating Members," W. D. Par- 
sons, '90 ; *' Phis of '92," E. D. Williams. '88, E. M. Wilbur, 
'86, was the orator of the occasion ; C. B. Sornburger, '88, poet ; 
G. W. Roberts, '87, prophet ; A. H. Wheeler, '83, historian ; 
and F. B. Leach, '91, musical director. Besides the alumni 
already named, we enjoyed the presence of brothers Hayden,'83, 
Clapp and Bishop, '86, Safford, '88, and Morgan. '89. Short 
speeches, bits of history, and suggestions for the future were 
contributed by each of the alumni. The occasion will be long 
and pleasantly remembered. 

Brother Williams represented us among the speakers at com- 
mencement. Brother Chase, being also appointed, was unable 
to speak on account of a throat difficulty. Bros. Chase and 
Gates received the degree of A. B ; brother Williams, Ph. B. ; 
and brother Hyde, C. E. Brother Hyde was elected to Phi 
Beta Kappa and also was awarded the $25 Thesis Prize. 

Brothers Beebe and Gilbert were our representatives at the 
Junior Exhibition. 

Five members of the sophomore class and a like number of 
freshmen were chosen to compete, on the evening of May 20th, 
for the Forest prizes, offered for the best declamation of passages 
of oratorical prose. 

Brothers Adams and Bosworth were among those chosen from 
'91, and brother Wilbur and the reporter from '90. The second 
prize was won by brother Wilbur. On the annual University 
Field Day, June 6, Vermont Alpha maintained her reputation in 
athletics. Of the thirty prizes awarded to the students of the 
Academical Department, <P J © took seventeen, the remaining 
thirteen being divided among the four other societies and the 
" neuts." Brother Grow broke the University record in throw- 
ing the hammer and putting shot. He also represented the fra- 
ternity very creditably in the Inter-collegiate contest at Mott 

A^'iR' 30, 1888. M. A. Howe. 


Massachusetts Beta, Amherst College. 

Massachusetts Beta chapter of Phi Delta 7 heta humbly desires 
to make its bow and be welcomed into the sacred bond of the 
National Fraternity of America, the largest and, we fondly hope, 
the noblest on the face of the earth. We hope with the aid of our 
brothers in New England, to place the standard of the white and the 
blue among the foremost of New England fraternities, as our 
brothers of the West have placed it at the head in nearly all 
other parts of the United States. This is no mean ambition, 
and we must have the warmest sympathy and love from our 
brothers all over the land, if we are to succeed in our hope. 

The men who founded our chapter, led by brother Danforth, 
formed the nucleus of a new society some two years ago. But 
the importance of waiting until a strong and commanding 
society, which could compare with the best in college, induced 
them to wait a year for development, and more good men. But 
the class of ninety was so small that year that it was deemed best 
to wait still longer. 

Early in the winter term of the present year the small band of 
men who had been waiting so patiently saw their opportunity 
come at last, in the fact that from the new society men in the 
class of ninety-one a delegation of nine which, in the high char- 
acter and ability of the men, would prove superior to any other 
freshman delegation in college, might be induced to join in the 

Six good men from the junior class, three from the sopho- 
more, and nine from the freshmen class were added to the orig- 
inal five seniors. Thus twenty-three men were at last ready to 
petition the General Council for a charter. No more had been 
made until all was ready. There was little question about the 
firatemity which we wished to join. Our first and only petition, 
signed by twenty-one men, was sent to the General Council by 
the investigating committee. Early in May it was granted, and 
the date of installation set for May 9. 

Brother Dudley R. Horton, President of Alpha Province, with 
five delegates from Williams, and one from Dartmouth arrived 
Wednesday afternoon. The news that a chapter of Phi Delta 
Theta was to be formed was received the night before by the Beta 
Theta Pi Chapter from its chapter in Boston, and spread like 
wild-fire throughout college in the course of a couple of hours. 
But none of our arrangements, nor even any of the men, were 
known. No trouble was made, so we put up with our disap- 
pointment. The day was an eventful one in the college. The 
gymnasium exhibition drill of classes for the $100 Gilbert prize 
was followed by the Amherst vs. Williams base-ball game (which 
Amherst won) and the Lester prize speaking in the evening. 


At half-past ten we were all gathered in the Masonic Lodge 
rooms, and the initiation of twenty-three men began. The num- 
ber of men and the lateness of the hour made it necessary to 
abbreviate the exercises somewhat. We were initiated by classes. 
The exercises were finished at 12 o'clock. The officers of the 
chapter were then elected as follows : President, brother Dan- 
forth ; Reporter, brother Cody ; Secretary, brother Brown ; 
Warden, brother Tiffany ; Treasurer, brother Beekman ; His- 
torian, brother Smith, (E. E.) ; Chaplain, brother Kebbe. The 
official documents were then delivered into their hands, and the 
meeting adjourned to the Amherst House. 

An ample banquet was found ready, and for an hour and a 
half or two hours our palates were tickled with good things, and 
what is more important, our stomachs were relieved after our 
laborious exercises. 

After the banquet we had a violin solo by brother Bagg, 
assisted by brother Fleet on the piano. Two other performances 
later in the evening (rather morning) were also given by the same 

Brother Richardson, of Williams, a sort of godfather to the 
chapter, in that he was the first Phi whose acquaintance we had 
made as a chapter, gave some very encouraging remarks, especi- 
ally on our relations to the Alpha Chapter of Massachusetts. 

President Horton gave us a good round-up for the frater- 
nity in general. We heartily cheered his loyal expressions. 

Brother Sparhawk, of Dartmouth, responded to the toast of 
*' New Hampshire Alpha," our next nearest neighbor. 

Our hopes and fears and expectations were eloquently ex- 
pressed by the other speakers. Brother Sawayame, in a very 
touching way, spoke of our brotherhood encircling the earth, 
penetrating even to Japan. 

I enclose our menu and toast list, with list of charter 

The telegrams and letters of congratulation which were 
received we here desire to acknowledge. They were so numer- 
ous it would take half The Scroll to mention them. 

In Amherst college the Greek letter fraternities are heartily 
supported by the faculty, and have taken the strongest hold on 
the student world. There are eight chapters of various fraterni- 
ties beside our own already established. ¥^ 2* and ^ J <t* are 
considered the leading societies, followed hy X W, /H K h\ 
X ^, A T, B ^ n and & A X (organized three years a^o). All 
have large and comfortable houses except & A X, which has 
rooms in a block. 

So it will be evident that we have no small difficulties to over- 
come, as well as many things in our favor. 

But we have an advantage which no other society has yet had 


here, namely, that of starting in a chapter house at the very first 
I have left this until the last, since it is not the least important 
feature in our prospects. Before the petition for a charter was 
granted we had secured Prof. Esty's former residence on very 
moderate terms for a year, with privilege to renew indefinitely as 
long as Prof. Esty owned the house, and the first opportunity 
to buy it when the house is sold. 

We have a large eleganty furnished house, which will accomo- 
date twelve men as rooms, beside furnishing us a parlor, etc. 
The grounds are the finest by far in town, being large 
and finely arranged and developed. The lawn is magnificent, 
and the arrangement of shrubbery and the shade is hardly to be 
beaten. The location is perhaps as good as any society house in 
town. It is nearest to college, yet a little retired, being in the 
most aristocratic and finely kept street in town, and a few rods 
from the commons in the middle of the town. 

We shall probably also secure, at a very moderate price, much 
of Prof. Esty's elegant furniture. 

A leading member of ¥" T" frankly admitted that, all things 
considered, we had the finest place of any society in college. 

The faculty seem highly pleased with our fraternity and give 
the highest commendation to our men, at the same time, in spite 
of the jealousy of the other fraternities, we have received warm 
congratulations. X W, the "swell" society here, sent us an 
official note of welcome, and A ^ ^ sent us an invitation to 
a lecture by their President, Rev. E. E. Hale, the day follow- 
ing our installation. It is generally felt that since the announce- 
ment of the names of our men we have been received into the 
student world more heartily than any society for over twenty 

Two of our men have already received honors in being chosen 
for prize speaking, one at commencement, the other next Mon- 
day. The prospect of a prize or two by other men, also, is 
among our hopes. 

We feel sure that all Phis will rejoice in our prospects, and en 
courage us to win from fate a fulfilment of our hopes. We pro- 
mise loyalty to the white and the blue, and shall do our best to 
make Phi Delta Theta second to none, not only in Amherst Col- 
lege, but in New England and throughout the whole land. 

May 26, 1888. Alpheus S. Cody. 


Georgia Beta, Emory College. 

The collegiate year of 1 887-1 888 closed with us on the 27th 
of June, which was commencement day. To say that it has 
been a prosperous year to our beloved chapter is but to repeat 


the old, old story, which, but for the pleasure it brings, would 
long since have become trite. The refrain ** Success" is the one 
usually sung by the Phis of Georgia Beta, nor have they failed to 
sing it this year. It is true that some of the medals which we 
expected were not obtained, but suffice it to say that those who 
beat us did it by the skin of their teeth. The essays written by 
Phis for the various prizes were among the best, and that we were 
not the successful contestants does not mean there was no effort, 
and that a creditable one. We were in the front ranks when 
merit was the basis of honors. Out of eighteen speakers' places 
possible to us we were awarded fourteen, which gave us a larger 
number of speakers than any other club on the stage commence- 
ment. Brother J. E. McRee was awarded third honor, and he 
and Brother J. H. Ardis were both champion debaters, thus 
adding to our representatives two more. Brother Fred. Burns, 
of the Technology department, graduated with first honor, and 
read a very creditable paper during commencement. 

The Phi speakers all did well, brother Beadley being awarded 
the first prize for declamation in the sophomore class, and others 
of the same and also of the higher classes deserve special mention. 

In the matter of class-standing the Phis are in the lead. Last 
fall every class in college was lead by a Phi, except the Senior, 
and even in thai brother J. E. McRee tied with one other on the 
first mark, and was equal to the best in the spring term. I 
should except the Junior Class also, for while the Juniors did 
well, they were not in the lead. This Spring the Freshman and 
Sophomore were led by Phis. Brothers Jenkins and Fleming 
deserve special notice as our representatives from the Freshman 
ranks, as do also brothers Kimbrough, Rowland and Branch. 
We have, in fact, no sorry men in any class Among the Sopho- 
mores, brothers Davis, Bradley and Abbott are right at the top 
to stay, if they are all so fortunate as to come back. Brother 
Fort has done excellently also. From the Junior Class Georgia 
Beta was represented by two speakers out of three men. The 
one not on the stage represents her creditably on the editorial 
staflf of our college paper, and is also a recognized debater. 
Brother J. E. McRee was again Scientific Medalist, and Brother 
Jenkins of the first class, and brother Ardis of the second class, 
were Vocal Music Medalists. Success to the Scroll, Catalogue, 
and Phi Delta Theta in general. 

July 2, 1888. John E. Mickler. 

Tennessee Alpha, Vanderbilt University. 

Entirely excusable mistakes oftentimes occur when explana- 
tions but confuse. It seems that such a one appeared over my 
signature in the May number of the Scroll, which has just come 


to hand. I wrote a report for the Scroll which contained an 
error, but before mailing the communication found out the mis- 
take and wrote another, but by some means, unaccountable to 
me, a portion of the first letter seems to have reached the edi- 
torial rooms of the Scroll. The error consisted in reporting 
two speakers places as won by Phis, when it should have been 
only one. Brother J. C. Lester received a place on Founder's 
medal, to be contested for on the evening of May 28. 

May 10, 1888. W. H. Harris. 

Texas Gamma, Southwestern University. 

To the best of our knowledge, the following is a correct report 
of all honors received at the last commencement of S. W. U. 
If there are mistakes, they are unintentional, and will be 

Society Honors. — Leaders on debate, Newsom, KA, Taylor, 
2 A £ ; seconds, Barcus, non frat., Thomas, KA ; '* Monthly " 
Medal, Smith, 2 A^; Presidents, Pearce, X ^., Ragsdale, 

Undergraduates' Honors. — Declaimers — ^^^©,3; KA, 2; 
2AE, 2; K2, 1 ; Nons, 4; Medalist, Mood. /I &. Soph. 
English Medal, Weldon, non frat; Fresh. English Medal, San- 
som, ^^ 0, Distinctions : J f^, $6 ; K A, 33 ; 2 A E, 
16 ; K2, 5. Total, 90. 

The Graduates. — Degrees: ^id 0, A. M., 2, A. B. and 
B. S., 6-8 ; KA, A. M., i ; 2AE,\\ K2,\\ Non frat. i. 
Total, 12. 

Scholarship Medal, Streetman, KA ; Second Honor, Thomas, 
^ J © ; Orator's Medal, Streetman, KA, 

Graduates in Schools: ^ A &, 5; K A, i; 2 A E. 1 ; 
K2. I ; Nons, 11. Total, 19. 

By counting up it will be seen that the Phis and Kappa Alphas 
are ahead in the fraternity race — with the balance in favor of 

The night of June 5th witnessed the Annual Final Banquet 
of Texas Gamma. The Irvine Place with its brilliantlv illumin- 
ated lawn invited all bearers of the sword and shield, tired with 
the labors of class room and stage, to seek refreshment once 
more around our parting spot As the Musical Concert 
waned, we withdrew — each with a lady — to seat ourselves at the 
board always lavishly supplied with eatables, "the spice of life," 
and the emblems of purity and loyality. Bro. Toast-Master 
Sessions began his calls, to which responses came quickly, 
heartily, — in fact, phideltathetcUy, Bro. and Prof. C. C. Cody 
narrated his adventures as a school-boy and an Emory College 
Phi, closely followed by Bro. McLean, whose appearance still 


showed how recently the goat had met him. In the midst of 
this jollity, Bro. Samson arrives from the chapel where but a 
moment before he has received the Fresh. English Medal. His 
greeting need not be portrayed. But the hour is growing late, 
and slowly we part — the grads fully determined to bring in 
sheaves from the outer world — the under-grads with a silent 
pledge still further to deck our altar with college laurels. 
June 2 2d, 1888. Richardson Mood. 


Ohio Beta, Ohio Wesleyan University. 

The past year was, for Ohio Beta, one of activity and achieve- 

Without an exception the workings of the chapter were char- 
acterized by sympathy and unity of effort, and crowned with 
success, their legitimate fruit. 

We commenced the year with 14 out of 15 members with 
which we closed the preceding year, and closed with 17. 

Four of the 17 were graduated, leaving us 13 to propitiate the 
coming year and gather its fruits. 

During the year Ohio Beta, our robust, but gentle and loving 
mother, bore from barbaric darkness into Grecian light, and 
seated in our circle, five brothers. 

Unfortunately, two of them, brothers Robinson and Rutledge, 
were obliged on account of ill health to withdraw from us before 
we became accustomed to their presence in our midst 

On the eve of commencement we welcomed a pair of twins, 
strong and lusty infants from the Freshman class. We intro- 
duce to you brothers Morehead and Harrold. 

It is with no burst of prejudicial or biased enthusiasm or 
chapter pride that we say we were the strongest chapter of the 
eight Greek letter fraternities represented in the O. W. U. At 
the end of the preceding year we were inferior to none ; last 
year we not only maintained but gained ground ; and this year, 
the gods being propitious, we will advance our stand. 

We received our full share of the usual college honors both in 
social and intellectual attainments. 

We furnished two representatives on the Oratorical contest, 
brothers Stevens and McCannon. Although brother McCannon 
was not awarded the contest by the judges he was honored with 
that place by public opinion, the verdict of the people being mani- 
fest by frank and enthusiatic signs of appreciation of his effort 
and the marked and pointed expressions of disappointment in 
the decision of the judges. 

Brother Van Sickle was appointed by the Athenian Society to 
represent her in this year's contest. 


We furnish from our chapter 5 excellent base ball players who 
occupy the leading places in the college nine ; Thompson, Tous- 
ley, Harkinson, Callahan and Harrold. Our ability in the line 
of athletics promises to our chapter in the future a distinction 
which, until last year, had been little appreciated. 

The truthfulness of this statement grows with the consideration 
of the fact that last year a base ball ground costing about $2,000 
was added to the beauties of the college campus, and that in 
the near future a fine gymnasium is promised. 

We have ample cause for believing and feel authorized to state 
that the O. W. U. will soon receive the addition of a manual 
training department The movement is being agitated by ex- 
President Hayes, and money is being received for that purpose. 

We are going to have a new chapel sure. This will be a 
magnificent building and will have, beside a chapel, seating with 
ease 1,500 people, recitation rooms and new society halls. 

The improvements are much needed and will add greatly to 
the already growing attendance and prosperity of the college. 

In addition to the new things that the college is going to 
have, but one which we cannot as yet class as an improvement, 
is a new president. Dr. Payne, who has been president of the 
college for 12 years, has been called to a high position in the 
service of the church. In him the college lost a worthy and pro- 
gressive president, a thorough and excellent teacher, an eloquent 
and sincere preacher of the gospel, and an able and shining 
representation of her interests. 

While his absence is regarded by some as an irretrievable loss, 
we are advised by those who are to elect his successor, that the 
college will be presented with a president worthy of the place, 
and eminently qualified to perform all the duties of the oflfice ; 
in fact, that he will not be lacking in any of the proficiencies of 
his predecessor. 

We wish our chapters prosperity and high achievements. 

August, loth, 1888. D. R. Gray. 

Ohio Gamma, Ohio University. • 

From the last number of the Current, we extract the following 
account of our annual banquet, held June 20th : *' The leading 
social event Wednesday evening was the Phi Delta Theta reunion 
and banquet, participated in by the active members of the chap- 
ter, their lady friends and a number of their alumni. Hon. 
Emmett Tompkins presided, and toasts were responded to in 
the following order: * Phis Abroad,' F. S. Coultrap ; *The 
Art Preservative of all Arts,' E. H. Eves; ' The Phis of '88.' 
E. A. Dent; 'Phi Delta Thetaism.' C. F. Blake; * An Egg 
will Stand on End,' J. M. Tripp ; ' Pot Pourri,' F. A. Jones." 


At the last commencement we lost three good men by gradu- 
ation — brothers E. A. Dent. Albert Leonard, and A. E. Price. 
During the coming year Dent will do post-graduate work at 
Yale, Leonard will retain his connection with the Journal of 
Pedagogy and will be principal of the high school at Dunkirk, 
N. Y., and Price will be superintendent of schools at George- 
town, Ohio. We lose four other men, two permanently and 
two temporarily — S. C. Price goes to the Ohio Wesleyan and 
O. F. Dwyer to DePauw ; M. W. Von Scio will have charge of 
the public schools at Albany, Ohio, and E. H. Eves, who 
finished the state normal course last June, will be superintend- 
ent of schools at Junction City, Ohio. Both the latter expect 
to return next year. 

Notwithstanding the above losses, which were anticipated and 
prepared for, we expect to begin the year in as good if not better 
condition than either of our rivals. C. A. Woodworlh has been 
appointed tutor in Latin, and C. F. Blake has been elected bus- 
iness manager of the Current, which hitherto has been conducted 
by private enterprise, but this year goes into the hands of the 
literary societies. 

The annual catalrj^ue issued the last of August shows an en- 
rollment of 156 for he past year and indicates several changes 
in the faculty for the coming year. Edward P. Anderson, Ph.D.. 
Michigan University, has been elected professor of History and 
English Literature to succeed Professor Ludduth, 'who has es- 
tablished himself at >. ^v^eland, Ohio, and will engage in 
literary pursuits ; Miss Kate Cranz, Buchtel College, has been 
elected instructor in Modern Languages ; and Miss Kate Findley, 
Boston University, has been elected instructor in Rhetoric and 

We made overtures in the spring term to the other Greeks 
here regarding a pan-hellenic agreement that no more students 
of preparatory standing should be initiated at Ohio University. 
Beta Theta Pi met us fairly and consented to enter such an 
agreement, but Delta Tau Delta, while professing a desire to 
see an end of the practice, managed to evade the real iSsSuc, 
so no agreement could be reached. It may be stated inci- 
dentally that Delta Tau Delta has four preps., one of whom 
is a first year man. Such quibbling may delay, but cannot 
prevent, the inevitable and, with or without the co-operation of 
Delta Tau Delta, the prep must go 

September ist, 1888. E. H. Eves. 


Indiana Zeta, De Pauw University. 

June 21st closed a prosperous year, both for De Pauw Univer- 
sity and for Phi Delta Theta. The total enrollment for the year 


exceeded 850, the number of graduates in all the departments 
being 56. In all lines of college work De Pauw University has 
maintained her reputation for thoroughness and excellence. 
The Mirage won the hearty support of the students for its severity 
in handling antique customs and its impartiality in dealing with 
the personal traits of both faculty and students. Its excellent 
engravings of buildings and members of faculty make it an inter- 
esting book for all friends of our University. The exercises of 
commencement week were of the usual high order, many alumni 
returning to visit the classic shades of "Old Asbury," and dream 
over their college days again. Few institutions of learning can 
boast of more loyal alumni than can De Pauw University. 

In fraternity circles the " old time" spirit of narrowness and 
bigotry has almost entirely disappeared. Fraternity men are 
beginning to realize that as students of the same university they 
have duties toward each other which, while they are of a different 
character, are as binding upon them as are their duties to frater- 
nity brothers. We are beginning to see that our organizations 
differ only in name, that, in reality, we all have the same end in 
view, are guided by the same motives, striving to attain the same 
ideal. We feel that a spirit of friendship, of ?id, of co-operation 
between fraternities is the necessary result of jhe complete carry- 
ing out of the principles upon which the^ are founded Our 
Pan-Hellenic club has become a reality. The old system of 
** factions" and ** combinations" is rapidly dying out. Last 
year it was only a name; the coming y i;i^wirl see the last trace 
of this nefarious method disappear before the advancing spirit of 
honor and true manhood. Merit, not f»aud and deception, will 
win. The faculty, by passing a resolution against the prize sys- 
tem, has removed the chief cause of striL md jealousy between 
fraternities. For several years the idea had been growing that 
prizes are not the proper incentives foi work to be offered to true 
students. The large prize list was gradually reduced, until but 
four remained. The opposition to the system at last culminated 
in a resolution to the effect that ** prizes and prize contests are 
essentially vicious in their effects, and that all offers to increase 
the prize list should be discouraged." De Pauw University has 
certainly taken a step in regard to prizes consistent with modern 
ideas of education. 

The past year has been one of prosperity and advance for In- 
diana Zeta, as well as for De Pauw. In numbers we have never 
been below twenty, closing the year with twenty-five. Our Sat- 
urday night meetings have been characterized by the regular 
attendance of members and the careful preparation in literary 
work. The annual banquet of the chapter was pronounced a 
grand success. From the De Pauw Evening Niws the following 
is taken : **The first social event of the commencement season 


At the last commencement we lost three good men by gradu- 
ation — brothers E. A. Dent. Albert Leonard, and A. E. Price. 
During the coming year Dent will do post-graduate work at 
Yale, Leonard will retain his connection with the Journal of 
Pedagogy and will be principal of the high school at Dunkirk, 
N. Y., and Price will be superintendent of schools at George- 
town, Ohio. We lose four other men, two permanently and 
two temporarily — S. C. Price goes to the Ohio Wesleyan and 
O. F. Dwyer to DePauw ; M. W. Von Scio will have charge of 
the public schools at Albany, Ohio, and E. H. Eves, who 
finished the state normal course last June, will be superintend- 
ent of schools at Junction City, Ohio. Both the latter expect 
to return next year. 

Notwithstanding the above losses, which were anticipated and 
prepared for, we expect to begin the year in as good if not better 
condition than either of our rivals. C. A. Woodworth has been 
appointed tutor in Latin, and C. F. Blake has been elected bus- 
iness manager of the Curreni, which hitherto has been conducted 
by private enterprise, but this year goes into the hands of the 
literary societies. 

The annual catalra^ue issued the last of August shows an en- 
rollment of 156 for he past year and indicates several changes 
in the faculty for the coming year. Edward P. Anderson, Ph. D. . 
Michigan University, has been elected professor of History and 
English Literature to succeed Professor Ludduth,'who has es- 
tablished himself at >. ^v^eland, Ohio, and will engage in 
literary pursuits ; Miss Kate Cranz, Buchtel College, has been 
elected instructor in Modom Languages ; and Miss KateFindley, 
Boston University, has been elected instructor in Rhetoric and 

We made overtures in the spring term to the other Greeks 
here regarding a pan-hellenic aj»reement that no more students 
of preparatory standing should be initiated at Ohio University. 
Beta Theta Pi met us fairly and consented to enter such an 
agreement, but Delta Tau Delta, while professing a desire to 
see an end of the practice, managed to evade the real issue, 
so no agreement could be reached. It may be stated inci- 
dentally that Delta Tau Delta has four preps., one of whom 
is a first year man. Such quibbling may delay, but cannot 
prevent, the inevitable and, with or without the co-operation of 
Delta Tau Delta, the prep must go 

September ist, 1888. E. H. Eves. 


Indiana Zeta, De Pauw University. 

June 21st closed a prosperous year, both for De Pauw Univer- 
sity and for Phi Delta Theta. The total enrollment for the year 


exceeded 850, the number of graduates in all the departments 
being 56. In all lines of college work De Pauw University has 
maintained her reputation for thoroughness and excellence. 
The Mirage won the hearty support of the students for its severity 
in handling antique customs and its impartiality in dealing with 
the personal traits of both faculty and students. Its excellent 
engravings of buildings and members of faculty make it an inter- 
esting book for all friends of our University. The exercises of 
commencement week were of the usual high order, many alumni 
returning to visit the classic shades of "Old Asbury," and dream 
over their college days again. Few institutions of learning can 
boast of more loyal alumni than can De Pauw University. 

In fraternity circles the **old time" spirit of narrowness and 
bigotry has almost entirely disappeared. Fraternity men are 
beginning to realize that as students of the same university they 
have duties toward each other which, while they are of a different 
character, are as binding upon them as are their duties to frater- 
nity brothers. We are beginning to see that our organizations 
differ only in name, that, in reality, we all have the same end in 
view, are guided by the same motives, striving to attain the same 
ideal. We feel that a spirit of friendship, of ?jd, of co-operation 
between fraternities is the necessary result of ;he complete carry- 
ing out of the principles upon which the^ are founded Our 
Pan- Hellenic club has become a reality. The old system of 
''factions" and ** combinations" is rapidly dying out. Last 
year it was only a name; the coming y ^'i^wirl see the last trace 
of this nefarious method disappear before the advancing spirit of 
honor and true manhood. Merit, not fsaud and deception, will 
win. The faculty, by passing a resolution against the prize sys- 
tem, has removed the chief cause of striL and jealousy between 
fraternities. For several years the idea had been growing that 
prizes are not the proper incentives foi work to be offered to true 
students. The large prize list was gradually reduced, until but 
four remained. The opposition to the system at last culminated 
in a resolution to the effect that ** prizes and prize contests are 
essentially vicious in their effects, and that all offers to increase 
the prize list should be discouraged." De Pauw University has 
certainly taken a step in regard to prizes consistent with modern 
ideas of education. 

The past year has been one of prosperity and advance for In- 
diana Zeta, as well as for De Pauw. In numbers we have never 
been below twenty, closing the year with twenty-five. Our Sat- 
urday night meetings have been characterized by the regular 
attendance of members and the careful preparation in literary 
work- The annual banquet of the chapter was pronounced a 
grand success. From the De Pauw Evening News the following 
is taken : '*The first social event of the commencement season 


was held on Thursday evening. The home of Mr. C. S. Bridges 
was thrown open to the Phi Delta Theta boys and their lady 
friends Mr. and Mrs. Bridges are both graduates of De Pauw, 
and know how to entertain. Combining skill in management 
with taste in arrangement, anxiety to please, with college sympa- 
thies, and liberality in outlay with courtesy in attention, they 
even surpassed the reputation previously acquired as a model 
host and hostess, and won a gratitude never to be forgotten by 
every member of the organization present. Beautiful decorations 
and choice music made the evening a most delightful one until 
refreshments, such as only the Palace can serve, took their place. 
After refreshments, games, hammocks, etc., enlivened the little 
company until the wee hours of morning, when all returned to 
their homes feeling that a social event of Phi Delta Theta is the 
place to drive away the cares of every-day life. The Phi Delta 
Theta fraternity, though comparatively young, has made such 
rapid advancement in fraternity spirit and enthusiasm that to-day 
it stands as one among the leading fraternities in De Pauw." 
Indiana Zeta sent out three graduates last year — one, brother 
Mitchell, A. B., '85, from the law school; and two, brothers 
Le Crest and Cubois, from the college of liberal arts, both of 
whom were in the list of speakers for commencement day, fifteen 
in number, selected from the class The Masters' oration was 
delivered by brother C. A. McAuney, '85, brother Goodwin, of 
the same class, being alternate. In departmental work brother 
J. H. Wilkerson, '89, was awarded first class honors in mathe- 
matics. Brother W. A. Bastian, of '91, was awarded the W. C. 
T. U. essay prize of $25, and brother Wilkerson the Beveridge 
oratorical medal. Two of our pledged boys, Riggs and Fulker- 
son, carried off prizes in essay and oration, respectively. If all 
the boys return to Green castle, as is the present intention, we 
will start out with five Seniors, seven Juniors, eleven Sopho- 
mores, and two pledged Freshmen. The outlook for Phi Delta 
Theta at De Pauw is bright. 

August 4, 1888. J. H. Wilkerson. 


Missouri Beta, Westminster College. 

Missouri Beta still prospers, but has taken in no new men. 
We expect to have a grand time the 28th, for we will celebrate 
our anniversary on that day, and expect a goodly number of our 
beloved alumni. Below is a letter from our brother and founder,. 
Rev. Robert Morrison : 

Aurora Springs, Mo., April j, 1888, 
Messrs. Crawford and Foreman : 

Dear Brethren : — Your favor of the 24th of February is before 
me and you would have received a reply ere this but for a desire 


to see the March Scroll, and for a protracted but necessary 
absence from home. Your letter and its contents were a perfect 
surprise to me. Not surprising that earnest and worthy young 
Phis should have a kind regard ifor an older brother, but that I 
should receive such an expression of it. I have indeed had an 
interest in the success of our cherished fraternity. It has had a 
warm place in my heart for nearly forty years. I have done 
some work for it, and spent a little money; but I have done 
nothing beyond what I regarded as my duty; and the approval 
of my conscience in the premises, with the good will of my be- 
loved brethren, constitute an ample reward for all such outlay. 
True, I am preaching in a new and destitute field, to a few feeble 
churches, where the work is laborious, and the financial rewards 
are very small. Yet I am here not by compulsion, but through 
choice, and though my circumstances are not very attractive, I 
can hardly regard them as *' very adverse." Since I have been 
here I have had invitations to fields larger, easier to cultivate, 
oflfering more adequate provision for the support of my family, 
which, though not very large, has no **/*^/* timber" in it, as my 
folks are all women. Does anyone ask then why tarry there 
then, I answer : In my early college days, when the question of 
a life work was on hand for settlement, I came across this senti- 
ment, **To do what ought io be done, but what will not be done, unless 
you do it, is your duty," I accepted the dictum, and my life since 
that time has been to a considerable extent employed in pioneer 
work, laying foundations for churches mostly; and once on a 
time a Greek fraternity came in for a share of such labor. One 
of the large churches in the city of Louisville, Ky., and several 
in the country I had the joy to organize and start in their career 
of usefulness and honor, that will no doubt continue to be foun- 
tains of blessing after I have passed away. Hard and lonely 
service may not be in the line of the world's idea of greatness, or 
its honors, but it seems to me wise to have some ever present 
thought of the great and final review, when our work will be in- 
spected by Him, who though the greatest of all workers when 
in our world, took upon Him the form of a servant. Let me 
say, in conclusion, thank you, and that though your gift came 
unexpectedly, it came at a time to be appreciated and of especial 
service. With sincere prayers for the prosperity of your brethren, 
personally and individually, as well as for all those whom you 
represent, I am. Fraternally and Truly Yours, 

Robert Morrison (Ohio Alpha, '49 .) 

P. S. — It would be pleasant to me that those who contributed 
in the amount referred to could see my reply to yours. 

R. M. 
May 5, 1888. L. O. Rodes. 


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The Sword and Shield, . 

A Harrison Nomination Memoir, 

Our Amherst Chapter, . 

Pittsburgh Phis, .... 

Our Atlanta Boys, 

Editorial, . ' . 

From the Editor of the History, 

Chapter Correspondence, . 

Items of Interest, . 

Wedding Bells 




In Memoriam, .... 












North Carolina Beta — University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N. C — ^L. 

P. Woodard. 
South Carolina Beta— South Carolina College, Columbia, S.C. ~W.T. Aycock, 

Gamma Province, 
Georgia Alpha — ^University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. — T. R. Hardwick. 
Georgia Beta — Emory College, Oxford, Ga.— t. E. Mickler. 
Georg^ Gamma — Mercer University, Macon, Ga. — ^J. R. Long. 
Tennessee Alpha — Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.— W. H. Harris. 
Tennessee Beta — University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. — Randolph Buck. 
Alabama Alpha — University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Ala. — M.J. McAdory. 
Alabama Beta —Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Auburn, Ala. — ^J. T. Gregory. 
Alabama Gamma — Southern iJniversiiy, Greensboro, Ala.— E. H. Hawkins. 
Mississippi Alpha — University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss. — C. F. Smith. 
Texas Beta— University of Texas, Austin, Tex. — ^J. B. Lewright. 
Texas Gamma — Southwestern University, Georgetown, Tex. — ^J. R. Mood. 

Delta Province, 
Ohio Alpha —Miami University, Oxford, O. — W.J. Rusk. 
Ohio Beta— Ohio Wesley an Univ'tv, Delaware, O.— D. R. Gray. 
Ohio Gamma— Ohio University, Athens, O. — C. A. Wood worth. 
Ohio Delta— Universitv of Wooster, Wooster, O.— W. E. Forgy. 
Ohio Epsilon— Buchtel College, Akron, O. — H. D. Smith. 
Ohio Zeta— Ohio State University, Columbus, O.— F. W. Brown, N. Dorm, 

O. S. U. 
Kentucky Alpha — Centre College, Danville, Ky. — Willis Green. 
Kentucky Delta — Central University, Richmond, Ky. — ^J. R. Saunders. 

Epsilon Province, 
Indiana Alpha — Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. — T. M. Honan. 
Indiana Beta — Wabash College, Crawfordsrille, Ind. —Henry Little. 
Indiana Gamma — Butler University, Irvington, Ind. — H. T. Miller, Box 31. 
Indiana Delta— Franklin College, Franklin, Ind.— E. M. Fisher. 
Indiana Epsilon — Hanover College, Hanover, Ind. — ^J. B McCormick. 
Indiana Zeta — De Pauw University, Greencastle, Ind. — J. H. Wilkerson. 
Michigan Alpha — University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. — W. L. Hon- 

nold. 16 Bowery St. 
Michigan Beta— State College of Michigan, Agricultural College, (Lansing), 

Mich. -Clark Hubbell. 
Michigan Gamma — Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich. — J. O. Duguid. 

Zeta Province, 
Illinois Alpha— Northwestern University, Evanston, 111. — H. R. Howell, 

Lock Box 85. 
Illinois Delta — Knox College, Galesburg, III. — Lysander Cassidv. 
Illinois Epsilon — Illinois Wesleyan University,Bloomington,Ill.— 0. ADenham. 
Illinois Zeta — Lombard University, Galesburg, 111. — S. D. Horsh, P. O. 

Box 693. 
Wisconsin Alpha — University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis. — A. T. Leith, 129 

East Gorhaui St. 

Eta Province. 
Missouri Alpha — University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. — T. J. J. See. 
Missouri Beta — Westminster College, Fulton, Mo.— W. S. Foreman. 
Iowa Alpha — Iowa Wesleyan University, Mount Pleasant, la. — W. H. Spor- 

Iowa Beta — State University of Iowa, Iowa City, la. — A. M. Craven. 
Minnesota Alpha —University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. — W. L. 

Stock well, 501 4th St., S. E. 
Kansas Alpha— University of Kansas, Lawrenoe, Kan. — L. F. Henshaw. 
Nebraska Alpha— University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb. — W. L. Stephens, 

445 North 13th St. 
California Alpha— University of California, Berkeley, CaL— C. F. Allardt, 

1 127 Linden SL, Oakland, Cal. 


Vol. Xm.— NOV., 1888. -No. 2. 


Long centuries have rolled away, 

Since, barefoot, blind and poor, 
The first of Grecian bards rehearsed 

His lines, from door to door. 
What magic power in each verse 1 

How grand their ebb and flow 1 
An ocean they of human life, 

Its love, its joy, its woe. 
Yet once those lines by him were sung, 

That he might have to eat, 
That he might earn a cloth to wear, 

Or sandals for his feet 
But now the lapse of centuries 

Reveals to men his worth. 
Yea, seven cities still contend 

To claim his place of birth. 
And yet a dearer charm to us 

Reposes in those lines. 
That round the blind old Grecian bard, 

Another wreath entwines ; 
For at the siege of ancient Troy 

Did great Achilles wield. 
With mighty arm, the Grecian sword. 

And bear aloft the shield. 
Thus armed, from day to day they fought, 

'Till thrice across the plain 
Achilles dragged, behind his car, 

The Trojan Hector slain. 

* I read this at a reunion of my chapter two years ago. It has never been 
published. I do not think the historical matter it contains has ever been specially 
mentioned in anything that has appeared in The Scroll. I have tried to put 
the history of the Sword and Shield in the proper light, for two reasons : First, 
the badge we wear has a history worthy of being embodied in a poem; and, 
second, I wish to do what I can to bring about a use of the term Sword and 
Shield, and to do away with the term Dagger and Shield, which often appears in 
oar literature.— Letter to Editor from Author. 


Right proudly, then, Hellenic youth 
These well-tried arms may wear, 

And rightly love the sightless bard 
Who made their name so fair. 

4e 3|c 3|c 

The minstrel once poured forth in song, 

For baron, lord and dame, 
The story of the errant knight 

Who fought for love and fame. 
The Iroubador 'neath warmer skies 

Rehearsed the ballad sweet, 
Of knights who brought their laurels won 

To some fair lady's teet. 
And ancient lore is rich in tales 

At which the heart may thrill, 
Of cavalier and knight who flew 

To work a sovereign's will, 
Bedight in helmet, sword and shield, 

That flashed the glare of day, 
For love, for honor, and his king, 

He boldly sought the fray. 
Upon his buckler harmless fell 

The strokes from hostile blade, 
His steel gave blow for blow, until 

His foe in dust was laid. 
Against opposing odds these arms 

Had fought and won alone ; 
The sword and shield a rampart stood 

Around the royal throne. 

^F ^r ^ 

With votive heart and humble mien 

The pilgrim went his way. 
To view the sacred tomb, where once 

His Lord and Master lay ; 
To walk in places where He trod — 

Rejoice where He had wept, 
To pray beside the lowly spot 

Where once the Savior slept. 
Then home the weary pilgrim came. 

And told of that dear land, 
Endarkened by Mahomet's rule. 

And crushed by tyrant hand. 
Then 'woke the sleeping Christian heart. 

Out flashed each trusty blade ; 
Against both Saracen and Turk 

They fought the red crusade. 


Where Roman pomp had bowed to Jove, 

Where Zeus his bolts had hurled, 
O'er pagan Greece was now the flag 

That bore the cross unfurled. 
Where once the dark Egyptian knelt 

Before the gilded shrine 
Of Isis and Osiris marched 

The long crusaders' line. 
Nine holy wars they waged, until 

The gates of Palestine 
Flew wide to those who sought the tomb 

Of Him, the Nazarene. 
And on the march, by night, by day, 

In camp and on the field, 
Beside the banner of the cross, 

Was borne the sword and shield. 
Upon these arms the warrior slept, 

When peace at last had spread 
Her mantle over countless graves 

Of noble Christian dead. 

♦ ♦ ♦ 

Above the vine-clad hills that lie 

Beneath Italian skies 
The battlements and ivied walls 

Of grand old castles rise. 
And there, in high ancestral halls, 

In dim and mellow light. 
May yet be seen the ancient arms 

That fought for truth and right. 
Where feudal towers lift their heads 

Above the flowing Rhine, 
In chancelled arch, by sunbeams lit. 

These burnished weapons shine. 
The Briton in his ancient hall, 

The Frank in fair chateau, 
Display with pride the sword and shield 

Of battles long ago. 
And high upon the chamber walls. 

Where thoughtful statesmen meet, 
Are nailed the arms that seem to say : 

** Be watchful, bold, discreet." 

♦ ♦ ♦ 

Thus, rich in glories of the past, 

This armor cometh down 
To us, who may right gladly vow 

To guard its fair renown. 


Now fling the massive portals wide, 

An army, valiant, grand, 
Comes forth from many classic halls 

That rise throughout our land. 
With music sweet and garlands fair, 

With acclamations loud, 
And tokens of deserved praise, 

We greet their columns proud. 
They long have labored side by side. 

And closer drawn the tie. 
That binds to each the other's life 

With charms that never die. 
They come from where the sobbing pine 

Is bent 'neath plumes of snow ; 
From states where perfumed-laden winds 

Through tall palmettos blow ; 
From where the rosy flush of dawn 

First puts the shades to flight, 
And from the Golden Gates, where day 

Surrenders unto night. 
They're marching toward the field of life^ 

The loyal, bold and true ; 
Upon the breeze their banners float — 

The white and azure blue. 
Upon each breast is flashing bright, 

A sword and shield of gold. 
The emblems of fraternal bonds 

That shall forever hold, 
For wisdom is the shield ; and truth 

The sword, and friendship strong 
The tie invisible that binds 

This onward moving throng. 
May grand success alone attend 

The arms they proudly bear. 
And on each brow at length bestow 

A laurel crown to wear, 
Before a noble character 

Both fame and honor 3neld ; 
May this adorn the life of all 

Who wear the sword and shield. 

Edward Fuller, Maine Alpha, '85. 



The Phi Deltas of the Hoosier commonwealth do not all 
happen to be of one political faith, but ihey all delight to honor 
as a distinguished citizen and a loyal brother in the bond. Gen- 
eral Ben. Harrison. This zeal and admiration was not born 
contemporaneously with the late Chicago convention. General 
Harrison was a loyal alumnus before he was a presidential can- 
didate. At the last state fraternity banquet he responded with 
ringing words to one of the toasts. (And, by the way, his 
check helped to pay the banquet bills. ) Recently I knew him 
to respond to the necessities of an Ohio chapter, and always he 
has entertained a fraternal regard for the old Ohio Alpha, the 
Indiana Beta Alumni, and the Phi Delta Theta in general. It 
is not surprising, therefore, that we see in him, not a partisan, 
but a Greek, facile princeps, of the highest type. 

The wire and the mail testified the pleasure that Phi Delta 
Thetas found in the nomination of General Harrison as a can- 
didate for the presidency. It will be many a year before the 
people of Indianapolis will forget the scenes that followed upon 
the nomination. The world was little thinking then of college 
fraternities, and we, unlike and many times more numerous 
than the ** tailors of Tooley street," will hardly claim that ** we 
did it," but many Phi Delta Thetas, besides the nominee, were 
dramatis persona. Hon. John B. Elam, law partner to General 
Harrison, who was at Chicago as an immediate representative 
of the candidate, is a distinguished son of Ohio Alpha. In the 
General's office, during the forenoon of the day on which the 
nomination was made, were Judge William Woods of the Fed- 
eral District court, Indiana Beta ; Dr. Joseph Jenckes, Indiana 
Alpha; Rev. R. V. Hunter of the Wooster, O., chapter; J. W. 
Fesler, Ind. Alpha (employed in the office), and many other 
distinguished citizens who are not Phis and whose names need 
not be given here, because this is designed to be something of 
a Phi memoir. By reason of the special advantages for hearing 
the news which I possessed on account of my newspaper con- 
nection, I was enabled to carry to the General some very 
cheering information from the convention. (He had declined 
to permit the telegraph companies to put a wire into his office.) 
Soon after I entered the office General Harrison's nomination 
was announced. There was a hurried scramble for the Gen- 
eral's hand. He was the only man in the room who controlled 
himself. Some squeezed him in ecstacy ; others rushed to the 
portico and howled themselves hoarse ; others ran down stairs 
and out on the street to find room to explode. All were shout- 
ing, and you can imagine how entertaining it was to observe the 
learned judges and the reverend men of the cloth cutting up 


such high jinks as to make the clebrated " monkey and parrot 
time " shrink into a solemn occurrence in comparison. 

The most stirring sight of the day to me was the wild rush of 
the people toward General Harrison's office immediately after 
the nomination became known. Thousands had been in the 
streets observing the bulletin boards. The business places were 
just turning out their hundreds, as it was the dinner hour. All, 
with one impulse, swept like an army with banners, across 
streets, around corners and through parks, to see what might 
take place at **headquarteis " The stairway up to the General's 
office was choked with people. Theie was just shouting room 
and no more. The nominee was jostled about by the happy 
citizens — much as the old Indiana Gamma used to ride a victim 
fresh from the horny back of **Sir William Goat." 

That night Indianapolis roared. Nobody made any more 
noise than those who were delighted on fraternity as well as 
on political grounds. I was at the General's house in the eve- 
ning. Judge Byron K. Elliott, of the State Supreme Court (Ohio 
Alpha), was there. Thousands of telegrams were pouring in 
from every quarter. I wondered if the l*hi Delta Thetas gen- 
erally were interested as a fraternity. I soon found out Among 
the first telegrams received was the following from the State of 
the General's nativity: 

Columbus, O. , June 25. 

Hon. Ben. Harrison: 

Your Phi Delta Theta friends of Ohio send you greeting and 
congratulations on your nomination, and will greet you again in 
November as our next President. Cyrus Haling. 

Presently one came from Brother C. P. Bassett, the esteemed 
President of our Order. Then they rolled in from chapters, 
from individuals, from duets and quartettes. Not fewer than 
twenty from Phi Delta Thetas were received that day and night, 
and for two or three days they continued to come. The Asso- 
ciated Press remarked on this college enthusiasm as a source oi 
political support not heretofore observed. 

It was the intention of the General to answer all of these greet- 
ings, and I suppose that he did so. It would be interesting to 
preserve these replies if they could be collected. Judge Elliott 
and I called Mrs. Harrison's attention to the zeal of the fiater- 
nity brethren. She smilingly replied that ' * the General is a good 
Phi, and often hears from the bovs." In the midst of so much 
history making these are but trifles. To the ** barbarian" world 
they possess no significance, but to those who have worn "the 
white and the blue" they bear testimony that, crown him as it 
may with fadeless glory , fame cannot obliterate the true Greek's 
grateful recollections of the *' mystic circle." 

... ,. ^ 000 Hilton U. Brown. 

Indianapolis, Sept. 27, 1888. 



I had been in the University at Oxford, Ohio, two years and 
was entering the junior year when there appeared a pale faced 
addition to the regular group. We soon found that the annex 
was named Benjamin Harrison, and that he was a grandson of 
the dead General and President of the name of Harrison. To 
us, Ohio boys, only a day's ride from the tomb at North Bend, the 
accession to our class was quite an event. The {'resident of the 
college put on a very wise and serene look, and told over, as 
though for the benefit of the new comer, some anecdotes which 
had been told the rest of us upon previous mornings of recita- 
tion and conference. 

For two years Ben. did his duty in all directions. He was an 
earnest, grave fellow, and had no time or taste for any form of 
mischief or for joining in any moonlight serenade. I was out 
with a dozen or so many a night, singing Nellie Bly or Annie 
Laurie under the window of sour professor or sweet school girl, 
without distinction of person; but Ben. was never along. He 
was either reading the speeches of Edmund Burke or the essays 
of Macaulay, or was making a weekly call upon Carrie Scott. 
Ben. did well enough in Latin and Greek, but his taste ran to- 
ward history, government, law and oratory. He was an elo- 
quent speaker ; not fond of hurling Poe's Raven in our faces, 
but fond of debate in the halls and fond of original speech- 

He had no vanity, no sense of superiority. He had a lofty 
mind and a wonderfully pure heart. He was what the girls 
called "pure gold." And such he is to-day. Should he be 
elected President, he will be one of the old Adams school — pure, 
lofty and wise. David Swing. 

Chicago, 111., Sept. 26, 1888. 


It is with peculiar pride and pleasure that we recognize the 
exalted position of one of the very founders of our beloved ^ A & 
society. General Benjamin Harrison, who is esteemed worthy 
to be the standard bearer of one of the great parties in the 
country, and by many adjudged fit, in a remarkable degree, for 

* To seveTal journals and bookmakers I have had to decline the invitation to 
write out full memory of my college days with Benjamin Harrison. There is so 
much writing which I am compelled to do, that I have little time for a play with 
what the song calls *' Fond Recollections." The millions who are soon to vote 
for this Ben. do not care much about what the candidate did at his University 
when he was eighteen, if only he kept the Ten Commandments and paid a fair 
rq^aid to his daily tasks. Your magazine for students may, perhaps, need a pa^ 
oi such memories, and I stop my regtilar mill-work so as to grind out your special 


the high office of President of the United States, was one of 
the founders of our association. He labored, with Morrison 
and others, at Old Miami, University to give shape and 
purport to the order in such a way as to make it most beneficial 
to the men who should become members of it ; and to him as 
much as any other of that noble band belongs the honor of giv- 
ing life and character to a society whose services and usefulness 
have attested the solidity and excellence of the work of the 

It was my pleasure to enjoy a very intimate acquaintance with 
Mr. Harrison when a student at the University. He was then 
in an eminent degree conspicuous for his manliness of charac- 
ter ; for his purity of life ; for his fidelity as a student, and for 
his growing Christian power and activity. And what is of 
even more value, he has maintained all these characteristics 
steadily and forcefully ever since. I can now recall the memory 
of some who, at the time, shone more brilliantly than he, and 
whose promise of future success and usefulness was perhaps 
greater than his. But they either grew weary ol the constant 
effort necessary to permanent success, or they shone for a 
while with a brilliant promise, and then fell or faded, and have 
brought but little fruit to perfection. Not so with him who now 
stands in a position to attract the eyes and thoughts of the civi- 
lized world. Harrison p ssed from the quiet shades of university 
life to the great field and active struggles of a professional man ; 
and that in contact with men of genius and energy ; and yet 
while maintaining a high position among his compeers on the 
forums, he did not cease to study, to gather material, to stow 
away that which alone can make a full man, and insure growth 
and permanency in greatness and power. Nor the less did he 
forget in the abundant occupations of professional life, or the 
activities of even great political strup^gles, to maintain and ma- 
ture the princip)les of religion. His is a splendid illustration of 
how a man can carry himself well in all concernments of a busy 
professional, political and even martial life, and yet preserve 
and increase the elements of a hi^h Christian character. It is a 
strong appeal to the confidence and appreciation of many men 
in the United States at this imposing and critical period in his 
useful and eminent life, that he is a well matured and rounded 
man in all that gives dignity and worth to character, and hope 
for real usefulness — a man of good attainments; of mature and 
chastened judgment ; of great facility in address or in business, 
and withal a man of such noble integrity, and such genuine de- 
votion to true and practical Christianity. Whatever men may 
think of his political affiliations, however they may differ as to 
his peculiar party views, there can be no difference of opinion as 
to this, that if he shall be elevated to the high office for which 


he is named, none will ever blush for his high integrity ; no 
christian heart will be depressed for the want of the best illustra- 
tion of his holy religion in the highest place in our nation, and 
every Phi may rejoice that one cherishing the privileges which 
we enjoy has risen to position so worthy of the noble sentiments 
which he aided in promulgating for our guidance. 

If it were right to speak of Mrs. Harrison in this connection 
it would be no less interesting to know her graces and beauties 
of life. She was one of the best scholars, and one of the most 
admired ladies in a great school conducted for the higher educa- 
tion of young ladies, in the same town where Miami University 
is situated. Their early lives were brought together in the 
genial atmosphere of refined religious and literary culture, and 
have flown on together only in matrimony and developing what 
was so congenial to both when first they met. She was the 
daughter of that eminent educator, Rev. John Scott, D. D., 
afterward President of Oxford Female College, and at the time 
of which I quote he was at the head of the Institution when 
bis daughter, now Mrs. Harrison, was graduated. Hand in 
hand they have walked together up the path of eminence and 
usefulness, where so many have admired and loved them, grow- 
ing alike in fitness for what higher places may await them, and 
truly as beautifully worthy of each other. She would grace the 
White House well as the first lady of the nation. 

One who Knew Theu Long Ago. 


Benjamin Harrison is a noble type of American manhood. 
His life has been a blameless one; not even the bitterest oppo- 
nent suggests that there is a blemish or a stain on his personal 
character, however fiercely they may condemn or oppose his 
political views and acts. He is an earnest man, strong in his 
political and religious convictions; he is yet one of the most 
liberal of men. A determined and fearless advocate of what he 
believes to be the right, he is tolerant and charitable. His acts 
and his speeches evidence his broad and liberal mind. As earn- 
est as Lincoln, he is not less charitable to his political opponents 
than was that magnanimous man. In his speech to visiting 
veterans, he said: ** You recall the incidents of the great war, 
not in malice, not to stir or revive sectional divisions, or to re- 
mark sectional lines, but because you believe that it is good for 
the Nation, that loyalty to the flag and heroism in its defence 
should be remembered and honored. There is not a veteran 
here, in this Republican Club of Veterans, who does not desire 
that the streams of prosperity in the Southern States should run 
bank-full. There is not one who does not sympathize with her 


plague-stricken communities, and rejoice in every new evidence 
of her industrial development The Union veterans have never 
souf^ht to impose hard conditions upon the brave men they van- 
quished. The generous terms of surrender given by Grant were- 
not alone expressions of his own brave and magnanimous nature. 
The hearts of the soldiers who carried the gun and the knapsack 
in his victorious army were as generous as his. You were glad 
to accept the renewal of the Confederate soldier's allegiance ta 
the flag as the happy end of all strife; willing that he should pos- 
sess the equal protection and power of a citizenship that you had 
preserved for yourselves and secured to him. You have only 
asked— and you may confidently submit to the judgment of every 
brave Confederate soldier, whether the terms are not fair — that 
the veterans of the Union army shall have, as a voter, an equal 
influence in the affairs of the country that was saved by him for 
both, with the man who fought aprainst the flag, and that soldiers- 
of neither army shall abridge the rights of others under the law. 
Less than that you cannot accept with honor; less than that a 
generous foe would not consent to offer." 

In another speech he said: **I do not know why we cannot 
hold our political differences with respect for each other's opin- 
ions, and with entire respect for each other personally." 

He is a man that loves his country and his home. The 
thoughts most often in his mind are that of home and its influ- 
ence. The hearthstone is to him a sacred place. In many of 
his speeches this love of home finds unpremeditated and warm 
expression. In one of them he said: '*The home is the best^ 
as it is the first school of citizenship. It is in the home that we 
learn to love — in the mother that bore us, that which is virtuous, 
consecrated and pure." 

His mental gifts are rich. A judgment evenly and well bal- 
anced, and a sagacity that presents erratic movements, make him 
a safe man. A lofty courage and a conscientious adherence to 
what he believes the right, make him a true one. A broad and 
comprehensive mental grasp makes him a far-seeing and wise 
thinker. A quick, clear and vigorous perception makes him a. 
man of action, ready for duty at an instant's warning, and equal 
to any emergency that may face him. He has, in short, all the 
mental powers and all the mental faculties of a great statesman. 
He has, too, all the moral qualities of a true patriot and a good 
citizen. His character, mental and moral, combined both the 
good and the great. He is a man who retains friends; his col- 
lege friendships are unbroken, his college days are not forgot- 
ten. No man, so busy as he, more enjoys meeting the sons of 
Phi DeltaTheta at their reunions than does Ben. Harrison. He 
is yet loyal to her colors and stands to her traditions. The honors 
that he has won have not obscured the memories of the days and 
nights passed at *'01d Miami." Byron K. Elliott. 




To the Editor of the Student: 

Dear Sir. — Presuming that the paragraph on the "new so- 
ciety " in last week's Student was written very hastily, and does 
not fully represent your position, we will not speak of it. But 
we beg leave to briefly state the reasons for the prsesence of Phi 
Delta Theta in Amherst College. 

The fraternities have a monopoly of all the social life in the 
college. This no one can deny. Thus one-/ouith of the col- 
lege has been shut out from these privileges. Yet non-society 
men universally form their most intimate friendships among 
members of the fraternities. . That any well-dressed man may 
be admitted to a fraternity as soon as he enters college is quite 
true ; but a large proportion of the best men in college do not 
enter then. To meet this acknowledged demand the size of the 
delegations is increased by the admission of a few of the best 
beyond that in any similar college. But until any worthy man 
who comes to the front after the beginning of the course, or is 
unable to join a fraternity at first, has an opportunity to enter 
society life during his last years, we believe that the social rela- 
tions in the college are not perfect We grant that some are 
not fitted for society life ; but such men alone should be shut 
out from this college institution. 

We think, however, that our strongest reason for existence 
lies in the American idea that when a man can do a good thing 
he has the right to do it; that when there are twenty-three men 
in Amherst College who have the grit and stamina to form a 
first-class society, they not only have the right, but deserve the 
approval and gratitude of the college public for their under- 

Phi Delta Theta is founded on the principle that the spirit of 
the college, in its deepest and truest sense, is destined to be the 
controlling force of college life. We believe that the Faculty 
will find in this their surest guide, and will gladly follow it, and 
that the society which most accurately interprets and admits it 
will best serve the college welfare and maintain its own high 

Our parlor will always be open to our friends, and among 
them we hope to number all men of college spirit, all who really 
care for their Alma Mater. May we see the fulfilment of this- 
hope 1 

May 12, 1 888. A Member of the Chapter. 

—Amherst Student, May i6, i888. 


In another column will be found a communication to the 
Student from the new fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, now estab- 
lished and settled in our midst Whatever else we may say 
or have said, it must be borne in mind that this much is true — a 
new chapter of a Greek letter society is here in Amherst, the 
ninth of its kind. Concerning its establishment we have a few 
words which we wish to say to them and to the college in gen- 
eral. Phi Delta Theta starts without barking or memory of a 
successful past in New England institutions. The Amherst 
Chapter is the 67th in the country, the fifth in New England. 
It is eminently a Western Fraternity, and in general we may 
say, with perfect fairness, that the Western secret societies have 
not been so successful or so valuable as the Eastern. Therefore, 
if Phi Delta Theta does become powerful in our midst, it will 
be only by hard work and sheer merit. This will be no light 
task for the youngest chapter to set itself in an institution of the 
character of Amherst Yet we wish them success, because wc 
wish Amherst success. Of course the college has regretted the 
establishment of the new chapter here ; especially are the society 
men displeased. It will give them harder battles to fight in 
campaigning season, for Phi Delta Theta has taken pleasant 
quarters, and will, of course, work hard to maintain the frater- 
nity here. Moreover the coming in of a new fraternity will 
tend to decrease the size of delegations, and this is not from all 
points of view, desirable. Because of these things we have not 
given Phi Delta Theta a very warm welcome, nor should they 
have expected it. Finally, after all has been said, it remains to 
add one word: This new movement proves very conclusively 
that Greek letter fraternities have taken a hold on Amherst such 
as we scarcely realized before. Even the non-society men, as 
now proven, see in them very great value. — Amherst Student^ 
May 16. 1888. 

New SociEiT at Amhkrst. 

( Special Dispatch to the Boston Herald,) 

Amherst, May 9, 1888. — The installation at Amherst of a 
Greek letter society, the Phi Delta Theta, occurred this evening, 
at the Amherst House. Twenty-three men from all the classes 
are constituted charter members, and the new organization has 
received a long lease of Prof. Estey's house, grounds and fur- 
nishings. The installation was conducted by President Hor- 
ton, of New York, who also presided at the banquet. The 
chapter will occupy its house in June. President Seelye has 
expressed himself as pleased with the formation of the new 


Another Fraternity Chapter Organized at Amherst —Start- 
ing OF A Phi Delta Theta Lodge. 

[Special Dlspatcli to Tht Sjprinfffield BqimbUcan,] 

Amherst, Wednesday Evening, May 9. 

Massachusetts Beta chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, 
being the 65th chapter in the order, was installed at Amherst 
college last evening by Dudley R. Horton, president of Alpha 
province, assisted by delegations from Dartmouth and Williams 
colleges. Letters and telegrams of regret and congratulation 
were received from the university of Vermont, Union, College of 
the City of New York, Cornell, Columbia, Syracuse University, 
Washington, Jefferson, Alleghany, Lehigh and Lafayette; also 
from Carroll P. Bassett, president, J. E. Brown, secretary, and 
K H. L. Randolph, historian of the fraternity, as well as from 
other prominent members. Following the initiation came a 
banquet at the Amherst House. The new chapter starts out 
with 23 members, and makes the ninth fraternity represented in 
Amherst. They will occupy Prof. Esty's house on Faculty 

College Men Feast. 

[FiUOfurtik Di^p<UA^ April 10, 1888.] 

The Alpha Alumni Chaptfr of the Phi Delta Theta have a 
Banquet at the Seventh Avenue Hotel — A Mere 
Glimpse of the Toasts by Title. 

The second annual banquet of the Pennsylvania Alpha 
Chapter of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity was held at the 
Seventh Avenue Hotel last evening. The men were young, and 
youth, surrounded with pleasant conditions, is always happy and 
gay. The 30 brethren gave the grip with renewed vigor, as they 
did often in the halcyon days of yore. When tired of feeding 
they vented their wits on the unpretentious goat and other kin- 
dred subjects. The jokes were numerous, and the good old 
college yells familiar and terrific. 

A preliminary meeting was held in the parlor of the hotel, in 
which letters of regret from Secretary of the Interior William F. 
Vilas and the Hon. Emmett Tompkins, of Ohio, were read. 
The name of Vilas was the signal for applause, and though their 
distinguished brother was absent, because of pressing public 
duties, the banqueting boys were glad to know that he remem- 
bered them. R. B Scandrett was elected president for the 
cominK year, W. T. Tredway, secretary, and Arthur H. Ewing, 
chaplain. When this part of the programme had been finished 


the happy crowd had recourse to the banquet hall, where Colo- 
nel Unger had prepared a feast of fancy courses for them. 

J. A. Langfitt acted as toastmaster for the evening. 

When the revellers had satisfied the physical man, they pro- 
ceeded forthwith to invade the sanctum of the soul. W. T. 
Tredway had a whack at *' Our Great Men," and he showed in 
truly forensic style that America and the Phi Delta Theta Fra- 
ternity in particular did not lack them. The "Merry Little 
Goat" furnished J. R. Wright a subject on which to make some 
funny remarks; and A. H. Ewing dilated on the ** Influence of the 
Book Agent on the Nineteenth Century. " Thomas Seal stood 
by the **01d Guard," and the **Absent Members" were not for- 
gotten by H. J. Bigger. Mr. Smith, a visiting brother, gave 
the boys some solid advice on " Health"' while G. N. Chalfant, 
in discussing the proposition. ** Let Us Weep," produced rather 
the opposite effect. A. J. Montgomery discoursed feelingly on 
the '* Silent Tomb," and J. J. Schroades inveighed on the *' Po- 
tency of the Fat Man." The ''Alumni Chapter" furnished 
T. C. Noble an opportunity for eloquence, and R. R. Scandrett 
explained what is the ''Modern Goat." C. A. Tanner, being a 
lady's man, the "Dear Girls" were assigned to him, and he 
handled them caressingly. 

The feast ended in a happy manner, and the boys felt that the 
second annual was a success. The following colleges were rep- 
resented : Monmouth, Lafayette, Washington and Jefferson, 
Meadville, Ohio Wesleyan and Buchtel. 


Phi Delta Theta. — A Movement Toward the Organization 

OF AN Alumni Chapter. 

At a meeting of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity in this city on 
Saturday night, there was quite a large number of alumni mem- 
bers present, among whom were Messrs. W. S. Elkin, David 
Smith, W. A. Speer, E. C. Mobley, E. P. Burns, W. T. Moyers 
and Messrs. Cassidy, Roan, Duncan, McCrary, Morris, Brandon 
and others. 

The object of the meeting was to organize a chapter among 
the alumni of this city. It is thought that there are probably 
sixty or seventy members in Atlanta, and while there were only 
twenty or twenty-five members present, there were quite a num- 
ber who were present by proxy, and have expressed a desire to 
do any and everything for the good of the fraternity at large, and 
particularly for the purpose of keeping a firm organization in 


The next meeting will be held at the offices of Tompkins & 
Brandon, on Monday night. It is desired that every Phi who 
can will be present, and that those who can not be, will send 
their names and addresses to either E. C. Mobley, 67 North 
Pryor street, Dr. W. S. Elkin, corner Broad and Marietta streets, 
or W. A. Speer, at the Exposition cotton mills. These gentle- 
men were appointed as a committee to obtain the names of every 
member of the fraternity in Atlanta and report them to the next 
meeting, by which time a hall will have been obtained and the 
organization of the chapter made complete. — Atlanta Consti- 

Phi Delta Theta — An Enthusiastic Meeting of the Fra- 
ternity Alumni Last Night. 

In response to the call for a meeting of the Phi Delta Theta 
Alumni for the purpose of organizing an alumni chapter, be- 
tween forty and fifty enthusiastic members of that fraternity met 
last evening at eight o'clock in the office of Mr. Morris Brandon, 
in the Fitten Building. 

Mr. E. C. Mobley was elected president of the meeting, and 
Mr. W. A. Speer secretary. A general discussion as to the ad- 
visability of the proposed alumni chapter showed a unanimity 
and warmth of feeling that made the chapter a certainty. A 
committee, consisting of Dr. W. S. Elkin, Mr. W. A. Speer and 
Mr. Morris Brandon, was appointed to secure a suitable hall. 
Another committee, consisting of Messrs. E. C. Mobley, David 
Smith and E. C. Spalding was appointed to perfect a programme. 
A charter has already been obtained for the chapter, and there 
were present last evening representatives trom Athene, Emory, 
Mercer, Vanderbilt, and the Southern Kentucky University, in 
Danville. Ky. — Atlanta Constitution, 


'* The freshman class is larg^; upward of 150 have been admitted, and the 
question of lodgings is becoming very serious. All ihe college buildings are 
lull and it is becoming difficult to secure rooms in town. A new dormitory is 
beyond everything else the need of Princeton at this momtni,— Princeton item 
in New York Tribune, 

One of the happiest features of society life at Amherst is connected with 
the chapter-bouses. There are no better residences in the village than these. 
and none are better kept. They are not extravagant, but they are neat and 
tasteful; they have pleasant grounds surrounding them, the cost of rooms in 
them is not greater than the average cost in other houses, and they not only 
furnish the students occupying them a pleasant home, but the care of the 


home and its surrounding IS itself a culture. * * « * « 
They (college fraternities) certainly give gladness and refineshment to cur 
whole college life at Amherst. — PresieerU J, H. Setlye in September 

While Princeton is wondering where to put its students, if it 
would turn its eyes to any one of a great many of our leading 
colleges — of which Amherst is only an example — it would find 
a ready, an advantageous and a most desirable solution for the 
problem which is now perplexing it The American college 
fraternity system has long been an established fact and, one by 
one, the barriers of prejudice and false ideas have been over- 
come. Dr. McCosh's views were honest and sincere, and his 
stand was firm and consistent A change of frort during his 
ministration was something which no one expected. It is pro- 
bable thai the traditions he inspired, the doctrines he held, and 
the position he adhered to, wiii continue to direct, for a time at 
least, the policy pursued by his successors. But we cannot be- 
lieve that Dr. Patten will persist in the views of Dr. McCosh or 
adhere to his policy on the great fraternity question. 

The days of experiment and probation are over, and wc have 
the word of such men as Andrew D. White and Julius H. Seelye 
that college fraternities are a success, art wholesome and worthy 
of support and patronage, and are beneficial to both the student 
and the college. If a stronger endorsement is wanted we have 
but to look about us and see the host of names, high in church, 
state, and mercantile and professional pursuits, that are to be found 
on the membership roll of some college Greek-letter order. And 
the college recollections of these men turn with the greatest 
pleasure and pride to the hours that were spent in the chapter 

Princeton has held her ground long and well, but it is certain 
that she will be compelled, sooner or later, to join the ** onward 
moving throng." A new policy will, of necessity, come in with 
new officials, though it may not assert itself at once. But we 
believe it soon will, and we will be glad to welcome the College 
of New Jersey in the field she has so long been a stranger to. 
If Dr. Patten will take President Seelye's advice, he will experi- 
ence no trouble in providing quarters for his students, and will 


find that he has introduced a factor which wlil redound in 
many ways to the benefit of the institution over which he has 
been called to preside. 

An editorial in the Shield of K W strikes a note that rings 
true and sound, in cautioning chapters to beware of rushing in 
men at the opening of a session, in order to forestall a rival. 
There may be instances where a good, a very good, man would 
have been lost by waiting for the whole chapter to become ac- 
quainted with him, but these cases will be found to be far out- 
numbered by those in which an undesirable or indifferent man 
has been, literally, kidnapped into a chapter, to his and its fu- 
ture discomfiture. This does not necessarily imply that the man 
was a worthless man or an undesirable acquaintance. He may 
have been only uncongenial ; but in a fraternity chapter, uncon- 
geniality may often be the most destructive element of all, and 
who is there, able, on a casual acquaintance of a few days or a 
few weeks, to know and judge a man's temperament, tastes and 
habits of life, in a degree sufficient to warrant him in sealing the 
attachments of a lifetime? We do not advocate a laggardliness 
that would result in a memberless chapter, or in one composed 
of dregs, but we do protest against an undue haste, prompted by 
a desire (commendable enough in itself) to have the first men. 
There is a great difference, as the Shield says, between * * rushing 
men, and taking them in" early and with judgment. To be 
in the field before your rivals by learning of intending students, 
and making their acquaintance in their home or school before 
they matriculate, is far more enterprising and longer-sighted 
than to meet a freshman at the train on his arrival, take pos- 
session of him and run him off to chapter houses like porters of 
rival hotels, rather than as level-headed committeemen of a great 

To Exchange Editors. — We have a proposition which we 
wish to submit to the editors and publishers of our exchanges. 
All fraternity men appreciate the value of general information 
throughout the fraternity world. We think that every college 
chapter should receive regularly a copy of every Greek-letter 


magazine published. This will never be possible, for the simple 
reason that ihe different chapters cannot afford it. But we see 
a way to make it possible, by a general system of exchanges. 
We will send The Scroll regularly to every chapter of every 
fraternity that will send regularly a copy of their magazine to 
every chapter of Phi Delta Theta. This exchange will neces- 
sarily run uneven, but that is not material. For instance, 
although we will call for a larger number of each issue than any 
other fraternity, we will, with but one or two exceptions, receive 
but four issues a year, whereas we will give nine. So, while we 
would receive a larger number of any one issue than any other 
fraternity would receive from us in one issue, at the end of the 
year we would have given more than we had received in return. 
We only cite this as an illustration, and reiterate that such 
variations are immaterial. We believe that the scheme, if 
adopted, will be a good thing to fraternities in general, and for 
that reason we propose it We invite correspondence on the 
subject. Those who think favorably of the scheme may address 
our Business Manager. 

Soon after this issue of the Scroll reaches its readers, the 
g^eat question of a mighty nation's government will be settled at 
the polls, and we will know whether or not one of our mem- 
bers is to be called to the Chief Magistracy. However the votes 
speak, the fraternity may consider itself highly honored, even in 
the candidacy of brother Benjamin Harrison. On other pages 
of this number will be found articles from the pens of men, 
themselves well known to the public and in the fraternity, giving 
information of the man and his work, born of a personal know- 
ledge. No Phi, whatever be his political or economical opinions, 
however he may exert his influence in the campaign, can afford 
to pass over these records of brother Harrison's career. In them 
he will find an example for the conduct of his own life, which, if 
he follow it, or only approximate to it, will inevitably result in 
benefit both to himself and to his country. Though we cannot 
all be presidents or presidential candidates, we can all so direct 
our lives as to make us better men, more loyal brothers and 
more useful citizens. 


As it is very important that our directory be absolutely cor- 
rect, reporters will please notify us of any error in the entries. 
Reporters will also please remember that it takes money to run 
even a fraternity magazine, and send in their Scroll taxes at 
once. A large number of single subscriptions run out with this 
number. Let us have all of these renewed, and with the renewal 
we wish every subscriber would send in just one other subscrip- 
tion. Every Phi alumnus can afford it, for the subscription 
price is but $i.oo per year or $5.00 for ten years. 

We regret very much to learn that, for the second time during the present 
scholastic year, the office o< the Phi Delta Theta Scroll has been burned out, 
and destroying the manuscripts for the June number, which will doubtless 
not appear. But the Scroll is plucky, and will be on hand during the Call 
campaign. — Kappa Sigma Quarterly for July, 

Thank you for your sympathy and the compliment We 
believe your prediction was fulfilled. 

The Editor is at present in the South taking a ** pleasure" 
trip, the nature of which appears from an item on another page, 
and the post he has abandoned temporarily, is being filled by 
the Business Manager. 

In this issue we publish some clippings in re our Amherst 
Chapter. They were crowded out of previous numbers. 


For more than a year I have endeavored to obtain direct from 
the chapters their separate histories, to be incorporated wiih the 
history of the Fraternity that I am preparing for publication. A 
large number of chapters are still delinquent in this respect. 
Those that have sent me their histories are: 

New York Alpha, Beta and Gamma; Pennsylvania Beta, Gamma 
and Delta; Virginia Alpha and Delta; North Carolina Beta; 
South Carolina Beta; Georgia Beta; Alabama Alpha, Beia and 
Gamma; Texas Beta and Gamma ; Kentucky Delta ; Ohio 
Beta, Delta and Zeta; Indiana Zeta; Illinois Zeta; and Minne- 
sota Alpha. 

All other chapters should forward me their histories without 
delay — by January 15, at the latest. The chapter historian 
should be instructed to write the history, or some one else who 
is better qualified for the work should be appointed. As I have 


had access to the old records of Ohio Alpha, Kentucky Alpha, 
Indiana Alpha and Beta, and Wisconsin Alpha, those chapters 
need not send me the ante helium portions of their histories. I 
repeat, what I have stated in the Scroll for last February,* each 
chapter history should contain : 

(i.) A full account of the efforts made to secure a charter, 
and of the establishment of the chapter, including date of char- 
ter, names and classes of charter- members, and the body by 
which said charter was granted. 

(2.) A sketch of the chapter's life, embracing a succinct 
record of its vicissitudes and of its peculiar manners, policy and 
workings, and especially mentioning faculty opposition and how 
it was overcome. 

(3 ) Ail additional matter that would probably be of general 
interest or throw side-lights on the history of the Fraternity at 

If these directions are not explicit enough I will take pleasure 
in answering inquiries on the subject 

When the historian has exhausted his chapter's archives, he 
should endeavor to obtain lacking information by correspond- 
ence with alumni members. The histories should be written on 
one side of legal cap paper, inside the line, and should range 
from six to twelve pages in length. If any chapters possess any 
old archives of historical value, I would be glad to receive an 
exact transcript thereof, or a description of them, that I may 
determine whether they would be serviceable to me. It is 
needless to emphasize the importance of chapters acting promptly 
in this matter. Such chapters as do not send in their histories 
will have to be left entirely out of the History of the Phi Delta 
Theta, or be satisfied with the imperfect accounts of them that I 
can compile from the materials in my possession. 

Nashville, Tenn., October 10. 1888. 

Walter B. Palmer. 


Massachusetts Alpha, Williams College. 

Massachusetts Alpha commences another year with a full 
complement of solid men. Five from '92 and one from '90 
were initiated September 28th, increasing the membership to 
twenty. Brother Niles, '89, did not return this year, but we 
hope to have him with us next year. 

While we are not boastful, there can be no harm in saying 
that the chapter is in a good, normal condition, and, in a quiet 
way, is steadily rising to rank among the best societies at Wil- 


Hams. We can make a respectable showing in athletics and 
scholarship, but above all pride ourselves in seeking men, with- 
out regard to their station. The chapter is young, and has en- 
countered many hardships, but now that she is fairly started^ we 
are looking for the best of results. 

Recent reports from the Alumni show that all are prospering ; 
one member of '88 is studying law and the remaining three are 
teaching in prominent schools. 

A. M Hitchcock. 

Vermont Alpha, University of Vermont. 

The opening of the Fall term finds twenty-two enthusiastic 
Phis in the Alpha. The present indications are that in our next 
we shall be able to report a goodly re- enforcement from '92. 

Brother Newell has entered the senior class at Amherst While 
regretting our loss, we congratulate Mass. Beta in her acquisi- 
tion of one of Vermont Alpha's loyal sons. 

We are glad to welcome back brothers Dean and Morgan after 
their absence of one year. 

Our brethren of '88, having gone forth into the world's strug- 
gle, are proving themselves equal to the emergency. Brother 
Chase was married in July, and is now studying law in Chicago ; 
brother Gates, also, is devoting himself to the study of law ; 
brother Hyde has a position in the Geological Department at 
Washington ; brother Williams is, for the present, in the employ 
of the Central Vi. R. R. ; brother Cooper is Assistant Chemist at 
the State Agricultural Experiment Station, and is also pursuing 
some of the university studies. 

At the senior class election, held last week, brother Beebe was 
made president of the class. $ J @ is also well represented 
among the officers of the other classes. 

Oct 3, 1888. _____ H. A. Howe. 

New York Alpha, Cornell University. 

The University again opens with nearly twelve hundred stu- 
dents. The freshman class consists of over four hundred mem- 

To our chapter returned eighteen members, and on October 
6 we affiliated brother Esterly, from Ohio Delta, also brother 
Gilbert, from Michigan Gamma. We are glad to welcome two 
such worthy members. So far this year w6 have three men 
pledged, and expect them soon to become members of our 
chapter. The outlook of New York Alpha was never more fav- 
orable than for the ensuing year. 

There has been a great deal of interest manifested among our 
members as to the attractions of our chapter house. A quantity 


of new furniture has been added, and the house now presents a 
most charming appearance. The chances now afforded here, 
both for liberal education and special training, are much bet- 
ter than ever before, and everything, both in our chapter and 
university, shows great prosperity. 

Oct 8, 1888. B. F. HuRD. 

Pennsylvania Eta, Lehigh University. 

The University opened this year, on September 12th, with a 
large attendance and encouraging prospects for a prosperous 

We lost by graduation brothers Dean, who affiliated with us 
last year from New York Alpha, and C. H. Miller. With these 
exceptions our men all answer to roll call, and are brim-full of 
enthusiasm for Phi Delta Theta. 

Last June our faculty departed from their usual custom and 
awarded prizes in several departments where heretofore no prizes 
bad been given. Brother J. Z Miller was one of the fortunate 
ones, and received the prize in the department of drawing. 

The Freshman Class this year numbers about one hundred and 
fifteen men, and among this number we expect to find several 
who are well worthy of membership in our beloved fraternity. 

Our goat is still in splendid condition, and on the night of 
the 4th was led forth to conquests new. He conquered. If you 
doubt it. ask Brother H. W. Du Bois, '92, whom we take great 
pleasure in introducing to our brothers. With his ambition 
stimulated by this latest feat. ** William *' is waiting impatiently 
for more subjects, and ere you hear from us again he will prob- 
ably have had the pleasure of bumping several more ** barbs 
into the '* Grecian circle." The class elections for the ensuing 
year have been held. In the Senior class, Brother Throop has 
been elected historian, notwithstanding the fact that the election 
of officers in that class was controlled by a combination, he 
being the only one not in the ** combine" who succeeded in 
getting an office. Brother Throop has also been chosen one of 
the editors of our college journal. 

Your reporter has been elected president of the Junior class. 
On the foot-ball team we are represented by Brother Barnard. 
The second game of the season was played with Swathmore on 
the 6th, and resulted in a victory for Lehigh. Before closing, it 
will be well to state that we have moved from our former 
somewhat cramped quarters to large, handsomely furnished and 
better situated quarters, where he will be at home to all Phis 
who chance to come our way. 

Octobers, ?888. E. H. Beazell. 



Texas Beta, University of Texas. 

As was predicted in my last letter, of April 3rd, Brother Chas. 
Trenkel, of Galveston, won the medal on the Athenaeum Prize 
Debate, May 2d, receiving a unanimous vote. 

This is the third year that this medal has been offered, and 
every time a Phi has been the successful contestant. 

Last year was a prosperous one for us, all things considered, 
and we are very well satisfied with the distribution of honors, 
brother H. W. Gilson was elected Representativeof the Academic 
Graduates, but was unable to appear; so, no academic valedic- 
tory was delivered. During the course of the session, brothers 
J. H. Herndon, J. M. Herndon and Lewright were elected to 
the presidency of the Athenaeum. Brother Lightfoot was Presi- 
dent on the occasion of the Rusk Public Debate. 

Brother Trenkel was associate editor of The Texas University 
for the Athenaeum during the first term, and was elected by ac- 
clamation editor-in-chief for the first term of the ensuing year. 
For the second term, brothers Ingraham and Gilson were the 
two Rusk associate editors, and your reporter was one of the 
Athenaeum associates. 

Brother Gilson was unanimously elected editor-in-chief for 
the Rusk for the first term of this session. Besides having both 
of the chiefs, brother Lane Henry is associate editor for the 

There were three of us in Junior Law, and we captured ist, 
2d and 3rd places, respectively. Thus it will be seen that Texas 
Beta's flag still floats proudly in the breeze. 

We shall be very glad to welcome among us Dr. J. R. Sit- 
lington Sterrett, recently elected Professor of Greek in this Uni- 
versity, late of Miami University, Ohio. He was a loyal Phi at 
that place, and will be greatly missed. However, Ohio Alpha's 
loss is our gain, and his Alma Mater may rest assured that she 
could not entrust brother Sterrett into more kindly hands. 

Several changes in the faculty took place last June, in addition 
to the one mentioned above. Prof. Fontaine. Independence, 
Texas, was elected Professor of Latin, thus dividing the schools 
of Latin and Greek, formerly taught by Dr. Humphreys, now 
Professor of Greek in the University of Virginia. 

The Chair of History was separated from that of English, and 
a Chair of Geology was created, and Prof. Robt. T. Hill, of 
Texas, appointed to fill it. 

During the latter portion of the past year the chapter of 2X 
at this institution returned their charter. We Phis regret that 
such action was deemed necessary, as the Sigmas were quite 
friendly with us and always proved honorable opponents; they 
had some good men. 


Their dissolution leaves only four fraternities here, viz., ^ d 
&, 2 A E, B & n, and K 2; of these only 4^ J © can claim 
an existence equal in length to that of the University itself. 

The original competitors of ^ ^ 0, F ^, Rainbow, K A 
and 2 Xy have all been unable to stand the pressure. 

While we don't want to be boastful, we feel a certain degree 
of pride in our past career, and see bright prospects for the 
future. This decrease in the number of fraternities here will 
probably prove beneficial, as it will help to prevent an indis- 
criminate ** rushing" of new men, such as has been the practice 
of several of our opponents. 

It has always been a question why no ladies' fraternity has 
established a chapter at this institution; the " co-eds " usually 
number 35 to 40, with bright prospects for a largely increased 
attendance in the near future. Among them are some of our 
very best students; of their beauty and sense it is useless for me 
to write. That K K JT, or some other good ladies' organization, 
could do well here cannot be doubted. Texas Beta will gladly 
assist such a cause in any way possible. Though the names of 
our initiates of last year were forwarded by me in my first letter 
written after their initiation, they have never appeared in The 
Scroll, and so I send them again. 

The chapter invested in several song books the latter part of 
last session, and we intend to ** make Rome howl" and the 
"nights hideous " for Austin citizens this session. 

There are sent herewith resolutions in memory of brother 
Chas. J. Bradshaw, whose untimely death, of typhoid fever, in 
June last saddened our Commencement. Brother Bradshaw 
was honor-man of his class at Vanderbilt, some years since, and 
was valedictorian of the Law class of '86. Few young men had 
such prospects; his spotless honor and Christian graces made 
him a universal favorite. 

Sept. 24, 1888. J. B. LfiWRiGHT. 

Texas Gamma, Solthwestern University. 

The year '88 has been a year of weddings for our chapter. 
Indeed, it seemed for a while that to be a Georgetown Phi meant 
to get married before the year closed. Brother R. A. John was 
the first to "double his joys and halve his sorrows" by carrying 
off one who has been aforetime mentioned as "the Phi girl." 
Next came Brother D. E. Decker, who not only was united in 
wedlock, but also left us to dwell in a distant burgh. The night 
of September 1 9th — three days after the opening of college — the 
Phis and the friends of Brother I. P. Sessions witnessed Ms de- 
parture from a state of single blessedness. But " what took our 
eye" on that occasion were the viands they set before us after the 


ceremony; words are beggarly in describing the scene of revelry 
that followed. Brother Sessions and bride, after spending some 
weeks in travel, will reside in New York, where he will pursue a 
course of medical lectures. 

The doors of S. W. U. are once more thrown open, and the 
intrants are as healthy, robust and intellectual boys as the bracing 
air of Texas afifords. Their deeds of glory will be recorded at 
another time. Suffice it to say, that four of these are now 
knights of "the sword and shield so fair." Yes, and they are 
"Knights of Montezuma," too This expression may be new 
to some, but it is by no means new to us and our Alumni, for 
-we never allow the goat to catch a breath until the intrant is in- 
structed in all the mysteries of the *' order of the great red man." 
Further particulars cannot be given here. 

On the Monthly stafif we have chief business manager Kilgore 
and two editors, and a Phi wields the gavel in the Alamo. 

^_^___^ J. R. Mood. 

Ohio Delta, University of Wooster. 

Ohio Delta greets you all, at the opening of '88-89, with 
abundant enthusiasm and an enrollment of 4 Sens., i Jun., 
2 Sophs., 2 Freshmen, and 2 irregular. We hope soon to be 
able to increase our numbers from the ranks of the new men, 
though the Freshman class is not so large as the class of '91 was 
last year. The University, however, is in a prosperous condi- 
tion and a successful year of college work is anticipated. 

To our alumni and all brethren in the bond we sav that our 
latch string is out at any time. Come and see us and we will do 
what we can to make you enjoy yourselves, 


Indiana Beta, Wabash College. 

Ind. Beta commences her year's work with only eight men, 
having lost four by graduation, and also brother Spencer, '89, 
McNutt, '90, Jenne, '91, and Ball, '92, who will not return. 

Brother McNutt is kept at home by the sickness of his mother 
and will be back next year. Brother Jenne goes to De Pauw 
this year and will make a valuable addition to Ind. Zeta. All 
four were men the chapter could ill afford to lose. 

Despite our small number the chapter is in splendid condition 
and we expect to do a good year's work. 

The " spiking " committee has been hard at work and our 
" goat " will get exercise at the next meeting, as two good men 
are already pledged and more will follow. 


We hope to introduce several men as Phis in our next 

Last year was the crowning year in ^ A ®'s history at Wabash 
as we took more prizes than any other organization here (Barbs, 

Brother Wilson, '88, represented the college at the state oratori- 
cal convention and brother Earl of the same class was Indiana's 
delegate to the interstate oratorical convention. In '89 brother 
Willis took first prize for the best essay, and brothers Hoffman 
and Henderson represented the fraternity in the debate between 
the literary societies on the 22nd of February, being two of the 
six contestants. Little, of '91, took freshman prize in declama- 
tion, and brother Thomson, of '92, took second and should have 
had first in his class. We look back upon the year with just 
pride, and can only hope that the future holds in store still 
greater honors for ^ -^ at Wabash. Greetings to the frai. at 

October 2, 1888. Hknry Little. 

Indiana Epsilon, Hanover College. 

The College year opened at Hanover with seven loyal Phis in 
attendance, and our chapter in good condition. We have ini- 
tiated three men so far, making the chapter now number ten. 
All are doing good work. A friendly rivalry exists between the 
fraternities here in their struggle for the verdant freshmen, who 
number this year about thirty-five, the largest class for a number 
of years. 

A S is well represented in the different classes and on the 
Hanover Monthly, brother Johnson being business manager and 
brother Huffer his assistant. 

Brother F. D. Swope paid us a short visit at the opening of 
the present term. J. B. McCormick. 

October 8, 1888. 

Illinois Alpha, North Western University. 

The opening of a new year of college work found Illinois 
Alpha with but six active members in college. 

Since our last report to the Scroll many of our members 
have been widely separated, although we lost but one by 
graduation. Brother I. R. Hitt, Jr., who is now with the First 
National Bank of Chicago, and eight more of our boys, for 
various reasons, are unable to be with us this year. 

Brother Albertson is pastor of the M. E. Church at Goshen, 

Brother Greene has entered '90 at Harvard. 


Brother Sutton is with the Ford Co. Bank of Paxton, 111. 

Brother Waugh has turned his attention for the present to 
agriculture in Iowa. 

Brother Farrell is traveling^ for the National Library Associa- 

Brother Clarke expects to devote his time to ministerial work. 

Brother Buxton is at his home in Oskaloosa, Iowa. 

Brother Carr is in business in Chicago, but is with us every 
meeting night. 

Brother Huntington, of Vermont Alpha, also attends our 
meetings regularly. 

Although so greatly diminished in numbers this year, we 
start out with a determination to win, and are confident of 

On last Monday night Ralph Harris, '92, was initiated into 
the mysteries, and all those present, with the possible exception 
of the victim, enjoyed a very pleasant evening. 

Our large hall, situated at the corner of Davis street and 
Chicago avenue, has been retained this year, and we extend a 
cordial invitation to all Phis to visit us there on Monday nights. 

October 6, 1888. H. R. Howell. 

Missouri Beta. Westminster College. 

Missouri Beta opens up this fall with a full chapter of wide- 
awake and energetic men, who will carry forward the work of 
the year with credit to themselves and honor to the fraternity. 
We sustain a great loss, however, in the graduating of brothers 
L. O. Rodes, J. E. Crawford and E. H. Lyle. Brother Rodes 
is attending medical college in Virginia, Crawford is in the lum- 
ber business in Louisiana, Mo., and Lyle a *'Prof." in the 
** female college " in Fulton, Mo. To balance their loss, how- 
ever, we introduce to the ** Phi world" brothers E, R. Rodes, 
Oscar Bush and F. M. Salles, from whom we have reason to ex- 
pect much. The Beta Theta Pis have taken in but one man, 
and had bad luck in doing that for on their way home from 
their ceremony their initiatory box (a coffin) was stolen from 
them, an occurrence which caused considerable excitement for 
a few days. The Chi Betas have shown no signs of life as yet 
We wish our sister chapters great success. 

Oct I, 1888. W. S. Foreman. 

Kansas Alpha, University of Kansas. 

Most of our men are back, and seem to have enjoyed their 
vacation. We will have about fifteen members to begin the year 
with. This number will include four resident members. 


Brother Schall has returned from Michigan, and will be with 
us this year. 

We were represented in the June commencement exercises by 
Messrs. Higgins and Franklin. Both have returned to the city 
this year. Brother Franklin, who has just returned from the 
East, burdened with all the dignities of a Benedict, is to assist in 
the department of chemistry. The boys smoke at the "Profes- 
sor's " expense. Brother Higgins is to teach in the city. 

It is yet too early to tell what the outlook for new Phis will be. 

September 3, 1888. L. De E. F. Henshaw. 


Colby University has seventy endowed scholarships, amount- 
ing to over $75,000. 

The University of Virginia has received since the war over 
$700,000 in legacies and gifts, exclusive of its fixed endow- 

The freshman class at Dartmouth this year is larger than 
usual, numbering about 100, and is said to be one of the best 
classes that ever entered. 

A NEW library building has lately been erected at the Univer- 
sity of Vermont, at an expense of $150,000. The plans were 
drawn by the late H. H. Richardson, the greatest of American 

Though the charges for tuition have been increased and the 
number of free scholarships diminished at Johns Hopkins 
University, that institution has on its rolls this year 440 names, 
as against 240 last year. 

SwARTHMORE CoLLEGE (Pennsylvania) during the last year has 
had endowments for professorships in Mathematics. Latin, 
Astronomy, History and Political Science. The funds of the 
college now reach a half million, with buildings and apparatus 
worth as much more. 

Both Beta Theta Pi and Phi Kappa Psi at the University of 
Wisconsin will have houses erected for them. The former is 
fortunate in the location chosen, it being the best building site 
available in the city. The Chi Psis have leased a house for 
several years. — Beta Theia PL 

At a social reception given by the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Y. 
M. C. A. of Salem, to the students of Roanoke College, two 
students from the Indian Territory entertained the company by 
speaking in Choctaw, and one from Japan — Hidel Fuknoka — 
gave them a specimen of the Japanese language. 


The orator of Franklin College won the second prize at the 
state contest. In the election of officers the State Oratorical 
Association, Franklin got the Secretaryship. E. M. Fisher, a 
Phi Delta Theta, was elected Recording Secretary. The Presi- 
dency of the State Athletic Association fell to Franklin this year, 
and C. D. Hazelrigg was given the office. 

Ethelbert D. Wareield, the new president of Miami Uni- 
versity, is the youngest college president on record. He was an 
*%2 man at Princeton, and later graduated from Columbia Col- 
lege Law School. When elected president last summer he was 
practicing law at Lexington, Ky., and was a candidate for 
elector-at-large on the Republican ticket. 

The New York Mail and Express has followed the example of 
the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette^ and opened a college depart- 
ment, under the heading *'The College World," it now pub- 
lishes a column or two every Wednesday afternoon, devoted 
entirely to news of the colleges. It ought to have a large circu- 
lation among college students who desire to keep abreast with 
the times in college matters. 

Union College admits thirty-fiye new students this term, an 
increase of 25 per cent, on the preceding class. The average 
age is 19.2, ranging from fifteen to twenty-six. All but two of 
the new students are from this State. The Psi Upsilon fraternity 
expects to erect a fine chapter-house soon on the college grounds. 
The sale of building lots by the college, in the grove, is steadily 
though slowly improving its finances. — N, Y, Tribune, 

The number of teachers at the German universities at present 
is 2,130. Of these Berlin has 292, Leipsic 186, Munich 170, 
Breslau 134, Bonn 122, Goettingen 121, Halle 114, Heidelberg 
106, Strassburg 105, Koenigsberg 98, Jena 92, Freiburg 88, 
Tuebingen 87, Marburg 84, Kiel 84, Greifswald 80, Wuerzburg 
66, Erlangen 61, Giessen 59, Muenster 42, Rostock 39. In 
Austria- Hungary the total number is 835 and in Switzerland 452. 
— Rair^cru) of Delta Tau Delta, 

The **fun" which the sophomores of Columbia College hoped 
to make by posting notices forbidding the freshmen to smoke 
cigars or pipes in or around the college buildings, was rather 
suddenly "sat upon" by Acting President Drisler, who learned 
by The Tribune that the sophomores had passed the resolution. 
While the class was attending a lecture on chemistry yesterday 
morning, Dr. Drisler entered the room and, stopping the lec- 
ture, administered a severe rebuke to the class, adding that the 
first student who posted the objectionable notice would be sus- 
pended at once. The effect of the rebuke was that the fresh- 
men smoke in peace. — New York Tribune, 


'88. The Potters, G. S. Jr. and N. B. are at Harvard. 

'88. E. F. Paliner is in business in New York. 

'88. T. H. Knox is teaching in one of the new industrial 
departments of the public schools. 

'88. S.W. Dunscomb, Jr., valedictorian of the class, is resting 
for a year, before continuing his studies at Harvard. 

'89. Frank S. AngaU, has taken a year's leave ofabsence, and 
is going south for the winter to try and benefit his health. 

Ohio Alpha. 

'54. Miami University, at the last meeting of its Board 01 
Trustees, honored Brother E. P. Shields, of Bristol, Pa., with 
the title of D. D. 

At a recent meeting of the Board of Regents there were six 
additions made to the faculty of the University of Texas. Among 
these new members is J. R. Sitlington Sterrett, Ph. D., of 
Munich, who was callen to the chair of Greek. Dr. Sterrett 
was for some time vice president of the American School of 
Archaeology at Athens, Greece, and for the last two years has 
been professor of Greek at Miami University. His departure, 
for it is understood that he has accepted the call to Texas, will 
be much regretted at Miami, by both faculty and students. They 
lose in him not only a most accomplished teacher but a kind 
and pleasant gentleman and friend. And this is especially true 
of the Phi Delta Thetas and the Beta Thela Pis at Miami ; 
for the doctor, himself a member of Alpha chapter of Phi Delta 
Theta, has ever shown a special interest in its welfare and a very 
kindly feeling towards the Betas. 

We note that the New York Nation, in a long review by Dr. 
Sterrett, published this spring, "The Wolfe Expedition to Asia 
Minor," says "This great work, with the very important choro- 
graphical work connected with it, which has reconstructed the 
map of some of the least known regions of Asia Minor, presents 
us with a mass of original research which, so far as classical top- 
ography and epigraphy are concerned, exceeds all that has been 
given to the learned world by all other American scholars com- 
bined. We are not surprised at the enthusiasm with which, in 
these columns, Mr. Stillman presented the name of this young 
scholar as the true representative of American scholarship in the 
American School at Athens and in the East." — Beta Theta Pi. 

Ohio Delta. 

'87. Brother Jno. Morrison, ex-president of Delta Province, 
has entered the law school at Cornell. 

'88. Brother Groves succeeds brother Morrison, as principal 
of the Macon (Tenn. ) Institute. 

'88. Brother Park is carrying the chain and level at Niles, 


'88. Brother Price handles a pencil for a newspaper published 
at Eau Claire. Wis. 

'88. Brother Miles has entered the Necrological Seminary at 

Kentucky Alpha. 

'54. The wife of Rev. J. V. Logan, President of Central Uni- 
versity, died January 24, 1888. 

'55 and '56. Centre College has conferred the title D. D. 
upon the Rev. J'. P. McMillan. President of Alexander College, 
Ky., and that of LL.D., upon the Hon. J. F. Philips, of Kansas 
City, Mo. 

Dr. F. W. Samuel, of Louisville, Ky. , is engaged to be mar- 
ried to Miss Mattie Hays, daughter of Will S. Hays, the cele- 
brated Southern poet. 

Indiana Zeta. 

'87. Brother F. E. Mil lis, who has been studying at John's 
Hopkins for one year, has been chosen Professor of Physics and 
Mathematics at Carlton College, Northfield, Minn. 

'87. Brother T. C. Hopkins has been selected to fill the 
Chair of Chemistry at De Pauw University, in the absence of the 
regular professor, for the ensuing year. 

'88. Brother H. E. Dubois will officiate at Trenton, Mo., as 
principal of the High School at that place. 

'89. Brother O. J. Kein will teach at Cherry Valley, 111. 

Illinois Zeta. 

'81. Milo C. Summers, for a year past in the office of the 
Surgeon General of the Army, at Washington, D. C, was pro- 
moted July 12, to a clerkship in Class 1. At the examination 
for promotion, over 100 competing, he led the list by a small 


Texas Gamma. 

'91. John Asbury Fain, Georgetown, Texas. 

'91. Robert Joachim Eckhardt, Yorktown, Texas. 

'91. William Durr Gordon, Brownwood, Texas. 

'91. William King Clement, Rockdale, Texas. 

Texas Beta.* 

'88. Robt. Duncan Lightfoot, Paris, Texas. 

'89. Franc LaF. Ingraham, Nacogdoches, Texas. 

'90. John Lane Henry, Jr.. Dallas, Texas. 

'91. William T. Henr>', Dallas, Texas. 

'91. Sam Bell Maxey Long, Paris, Texas. 

• Tbe foUowing Damei were sent once to the Scholl, bat by home overaight were 
Deyer pabllalied. 


Sacred History, from the Creation to the Giving of the Law. By Edward P. 
Humphrey, D.D., LL.D. 

The sons of Dr. Humphrey have done well to publish in a 
volume their father's writings upon the Holy Scriptures. The 
book will be an aid to devout students in the interpretation and 
application of the Word of God ; it will deepen and broaden 
their conceptions of divine truth; it will assist them to solve 
many perplexing and difficult passages, and it will suggest new 
themes for the pulpit and the press to those who read its pages. 
The author's view of what the Bible is contrasts forcibly with 
that of some modern scholars. Dr. Humphrey accepts the 
Bible as the Word of God, an unimpeachable revelation which 
neither science nor ** higher criticism " can improve or injure, 
which has been tested by time and assault, and stands firm and 
solid as the throne of the God who gave it to men. Such a 
book is good reading for ministers, and it is also well worth 
reading by every intelligent Christian. A. C, Armstrong & 
Son. 1888.— ^a:. 

[From A, C, Armstrong &* Son, 714 Broadway, N. y."] 

Sacred History from the Creation to the Giving of the Law. By Edward P. 
Humphrey, D.D., LL. D. Sometime Professor in the Danville Theo- 
logical Seminary. Cloth, 8vo, pp. 540. 1888. 

Dr. Humphrey deservedly ranked among the leading scholars 
and ablest preachers of Southern Presbyterianism. This volume, 
published by his sons, is the fruit of many years of investigation 
and thought, and was ready for the press at the time of his de- 
cease. Its title sufficiently indicates the ground it covers. The 
style is clear and vigorous, and his discussion of the sublime 
and important Biblical topics that belong to the period from 
the creation to the giving of the law is scholarly, devout and con- 
firmatory of the Divine origin of the sacred record. The adverse 
criticisms of skeptical scientists and rationalistic theologians are 
fairly stated and shown to be groundless as afiecting the har- 
mony of Scripture with modern discoveries. The volume is a 
useful addition to theological literature. — Jlx. 



Hall of Texas Beta Chapter^ 

Phi Delta TheU Fraternil 

Austin, June i6, 1888. 

Whirxas, an all-wise Providence has suddenly removed from 
our midst our beloved friend and brother, 

8. \ 



Whsreas, In the untimely death of our brother, the Phi 
Delta Theta Fraternity has lost a man of spotless integrity, 
of noble and generous character and of most sensitive honor ; 
therefore, be it 

Resolvedf That in the death of our brother, his profession has 
lost a brilliant and honorable member, we a true and noble 
friend, and his family a dutiful and affectionate son and brother. 
Resolved, That to his bereaved family we extend our heartfelt 
sympathies and sincere condolence in this sad hour of their 
affliction ; and be it further 

Resohed, That a copy of these resolutions be sent the family 
of the deceased, and also to the Scroll, the Texas University, 
Austin Statesman, and La Grange Herald, for publication, and 
also that the badge of mourning be worn for the usual time. 

F. L. Ingraham, 
Franz Fiset, 
C. Pessels. 


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Sacred History, from the Creation to the Giving of the Law. By Edward P, 
Humphrey, D.D., LL.D. 

The sons of Dr. Humphrey have done well to publish in a 
volume their father's writings upon the Holy Scriptures. The 
book will be an aid to devout students in the interpretation and 
application of the Word of God ; it will deepen and broaden 
their conceptions of divine truth; it will assist them to solve 
many perplexing and difficult passages, and it will suggest new 
themes for the pulpit and the press to those whx) read its pages. 
The author's view of what the Bible is contrasts forcibly with 
that of some modern scholars. Dr. Humphrey accepts the 
Bible as the Word of God, an unimpeachable revelation which 
neither science nor ** higher criticism " can improve or injure, 
which has been tested by time and assault, and stands firm and 
solid as the throne of the God who gave it to men. Such a 
book is good reading for ministers, and it is also well worth 
reading by every intelligent Christian. A. C. Armstrong & 
Son. 1888.— J^'at. 

[From A, C. Armstrong &* Son, 7 14 Broadway, N. Y,'\ 

Sacred History from the Creation to the Giving of the Law. By Edward P. 
Humphrey, D.D., LL. D. Sometime Professor in the Danville Theo- 
logical Seminary. Cloth, 8vo, pp. 540. 1888. 

Dr. Humphrey deservedly ranked among the leading scholars 
and ablest preachers of Southern Presbyterianism. This volume, 
published by his sons, is the fruit of many years of investigation 
and thought, and was ready for the press at the time of his de- 
cease. Its title sufficiently indicates the ground it covers. The 
style is clear and vigorous, and his discussion of the sublime 
and important Biblical topics that belong to the period from 
the creation to the giving of the law is scholarly, devout and con- 
firmatory of the Divine origin of the sacred record. The adverse 
criticisms of skeptical scientists and rationalistic theologians are 
fairly stated and shown to be groundless as affecting the har- 
mony of Scripture with modern discoveries. The volume is a 
useful addition to theological literature. — Ex, 

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Initiates, * '35 

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In Mkmoriam, 137 

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General Council. 

President— C. P. BASSErr, 784 Broad Street, Newark, N. J. 
Secretary— J. E. Brown, 185 ICast State Street, Columbus, O. 
Treasurer — S. P. (jilbkrt, 1148 Hroad Street. Columbus. Ga. 
Historian — E. H. L. Randolph, P. O. Box 1398, New York, N. Y.- 

Thk Scroll. 

Board of Publication. 

D. R. HoRTON, 170 Broadway, New York, N. Y., Chairman, 
T. II. Baskervillk, Stcy, B. S. Orcuit. 

W. S. Ferris. K. H. L. Randolph. 

Editors op the Cataloc.ue: 

E. H. L. Randolph. F. D. Swope. 

Alpha, Gamma and Delta Provinces, address : 
E. H. L. Randolph, P. O. Box, 1398, New York. 

Beta, Epsilon, Zeta and Eia Provinces, address : 

F. D. Swope, Permanent Address, Madison, Ind. Present Address, 713 

Cambridge St., Cambridge, Mass. 

Editor of the History: 
Walter B. Palmer, Nashville. Tenn. 

National Convention. 

The next National Convention will be held at Bloomington, HI., hi the 
XLI year of the Fraternity, commencmg 10 a. m., Monday, October 14, 
1889, and closing the following Friday. 

Province Presidents. 

Alpha -G. L. Richardson, 234 Third St . Troy, N. Y. 

Beta— C. B. Tippcll, Richmond College, Richmond. Va. 

Grmma -Glenn Andrews, 4 Court Square, Montgomery, Ala. 

Delia -W. E ()*Kane. Delaware, O. 

Epsilon J. K. Davidson, 1852 Eighth St . Bay City, Michigan. 

2^ta — W. L. Miller, 246 K. Indiana St., Chicago, 111. 

Eta — C. G. McMillan, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. 

Province Association Secretaries. 

Alpha — A. J. Montgomery, Jr., Lock Box 1003, Washington, Pa. 

Beta- -Edgar Bowers, Roanoke College, Salem. Va. 

Delta— S. \V. Townsend. C)xf()rd, Ohio. 

Epsilon B K. Cantield, Agriculiural College, Lansing, Mich. 

State Association Secretaries. 

Pennsylvania — A. J. Montgomery, Jr., I^ock Box 1003, Washington Pa. 
South Carolina -W. \Y. Ball, Columbia S. C. 
Alabama— iV. P. Agee, Montgomery, Ala. 

Alumni Chapter Reporters. 

New York Alpha Alumni - New York, N. Y.- Paul Jones, 150 Broadway. 
Pennsylvania Alpha Alumni — l^ittsburg. Pa. - VY. T. Tree! way, 96 Diamond 

Pennsylvania Beta Alumni —Philadelphia, Pa. — McCluney Radclifif, M. D., 

711 N. 1 6th Street. 
Maryland Alpha Alumni— Baltimore, Md. -Rev. 11. H. Weber, 31 Patterson 

District of Columbia Alpha Alumni — Washington, D. C. — M. C. Summers, 

Surgeon General's office, loth St, 


Viiginia Alplia Alamni — Richmond, Va. — Dr. C. M. Shields, 310 East Frank 

iin Street. 
Georgia Alpha Alumni— Columbus, Ga. — Herbert L. Manson. 
Georgia Beta Aluuni— Atlanta, Ga. -Morris Brandon. 
Tennessee Alpha Alumni— Nashville. Tenn. — R. F.Jackson, 301^ N. Cherry 

Alabama Alpha Alumni — Montgomery, Ala. — Alva Fitzpatrick. 
Alabama Beta Alumni— Selma, Ala.— A. \V. Nelson. 

Ohio Alpha AluTini — Cincinnati, ().— Dr. J. A. Thompson, 113 West 9th St. 
Ohio Beta Alumni—Akron, O. W. J. McCreary, 12S Browr S.. 
Kentucky Alpha Alumni Louisville, Ky. — D N. Marble, 543 Irurth Av. 
Indiana Alpha Alumni — Franklin, Ind. — T. C. Donnell. 
Indiana Beta Alumni— Indianapolis, Ind.~ H. U Brown, *' Indianapolis 

Illinois Alpha Alumni — Chicago 111.- M. M. Boddie. 46 Portland Block. 
Illinois Beta Alumni — Galesburg, 111. — J. L. Hastings. 
Missouri Alpha Alumni — Kansas City, Mo. — D. M McClannihan. 
Minnesota Alpha Alumni— Minneapolis, Minn. — J. G. Wallace, 318 South 

nth Street. 
Minnesota Beta Alumni - St. Paul, Minn. — A. G. Briggs. 
California Alpha Alumni — San Francisco, Cal.— C. A. Rhodes, Grand Hotel. 
California Beta Alumni — Los Angeles, Cal. — 

College Chapter Reporters. 
Alpha Province. 

Maine Alpha — Colby University, W^ateiTille, Me. — C. W. Averell, Lock 

Box 90. 
New Hampshire Alpha Dartmouth College, Hanover, N. H — G. F. Sparhawk. 
Vermont Alpha— University of Vermont Burlington, Vt.- M. A. Howe. 
Massachusetts Alpha -Williams College, Willianistown, Mass.- A. M. Hitch- 
Massachusetts Beta— Amherst College, Amherst, Mass. — A. S. Cody, P. O. 

Box 614. 
New York Alpha — Cornell University, Ithaca, N. V. — B. F. Hurd. 
New York Beta- -Union University, Schenectady, NY. A. R. Conover. 
New York Gamma — College of the City of New York, New York, N. Y.— G. 

L. Walker, 800 Cirand Boulevard. 
New York Delta — Columbia College, New York, N. Y. — C. H. Wadelton, 

496 Greene Avenue Brooklyn, L. I. 
New York Epsilon— Syracuse University, Syracuse, N. Y. — B. F. Hammond. 
Pennsylvania Alpha — Lafayette College, Easton, Pa. II. T. Robinson, 

67 Blair Hall. 
Pennsylvania Beta — Pennsylvania College, (Gettysburg, Pa. — C. W. Walker, 

P. O. Box 450. 
Pennsylvania Gamma— Washington and Jeflerson College, Washington, Pa. — 

J. B. Clark, Box 1074. 
Pennsylvania Delta Allegheny College, Meadville Pa. — E. P. Couse, 623 

North Main Street. 
Pennsylvania Epsilon -Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa Oliver Mordorf 
Pennsylvania Zeta — University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. — A. II. 

Cleveland, 2102 Mt. Vernon St. 
Pennsylvania Eta — Ijehigh University, Bethlehem, P.i.— E. H. Hcazell. 

Beta Proi'ince. 

Virginia Alpha — Roanoke College, Salem. Va. C. V. Kuder. 
Virginia Beta University of Virginia, Albemarle Co., Va. — T. W. I^e. 
Virginia Ciamma Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Va. E. C McSparran. 
Virginia Delta -Richmond College, Richmond, Va. C. B. iippett. 
Virginia Epsilon — Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va.— R. T. 

Viiginia Zeta --Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va. — J. W. 



North Carolina Beta — University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N. C — L. 

P. Woodard. 
South Carolina Beta— South Carolina College,Columbia,S.C.—H. A. Brunson. 

Gt I mnia Province. 
Georgia Alpha- University of CJeorgia, Athens, (ii. T. R. Hanlwick. 
Georgia Beta — Emory (ol lege, CJxlord, Ga. J T. Daves, Jr. 
Georgia Gamma— Mercer University, Macon, (»a. — J. R. Long. 
Tennessee Alpha- -Vanderhil I University, Nashville, Tenn. — 1'. M.Jones. 
Tennessee Beta University oi the South, Sewancc, Tenn.— \V. H. Howard. 
Alabama Alpha University oi Alabama, Tuscaloosa Ala. \V. S Smith 

Texas Ikna University of Texas, Austin, Tex. J. M. Hemdon" 

Texas Ciamma— Southwestcni University, Georgetown, Tex. - J. R. Mood. 

Delta Province. 
Ohio Alpha - Miami University, Oxford, O.— J. il. Macready, P. O. Box 226. 
Ohio lieta— Ohio Wesleyan Univ'ty, Delaware, ().— D. R. Gray. 
Ohio Gamma— Ohio University. Athens, O.— D W. Welch. 
Ohio Delta --University of Wooster, Wooster, O. -W. K. Forgy. 
Ohio Kpsilon Buchtel College, Akron, O. — H D Smith. 
Ohio Zcta— Ohio State University, Columbus, O. -J. (i. Bloom, N. Dorm, 

O. S. U. 
Kentucky Alpha Centre College, Danville Ky. (i. .V. McRoberts. 
Kentucky Delta— Central University, Richmond, Ky. — R. K. Rol)erts. 

Epsilon Proz'incc. 
Indiana Alpha —Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. T. M. Ilonan. 
Indiana Beta Wabash College, (.rawfordsville, Ind. - Hem y little. 
Indiana Ciamma - Butler University, Irvington, Ind. B. M. Davis. 
Indiana Delta Kranklin Ci)llege, Franklin, hvl 1-. M. lislier 
Indiana Kpsilon— Hanover College, Hanuvcr, Ii:d. J. 1> McCormick. 
Indiana Zeta De Pauw University, Greencasllc, Ind.— C. W. Ciilbert, P. O. 

Box 200. 
Michigan Ali)ha -University of Michigan, Ann Arl)or, Mich. — J. T. N. 

lloyt, 25 Maynard St. 
Michigan lieta Stale College of Michigan, Agricultuial C()llei;e, (Lansing), 

Mich. R. ^^. Bnker. 
Michigan Gamma --Hillsdale College Hillsdale, Mich. K. D. I'almer. 

Zt'ta Pro7.'.nce. 
Illinois Alpha— Northwestern University, Evanston, 111. — H. R. Howell, 

Lock Box 85. 
Illinois D.dta— Knox (Jollcge. Galesburg, 111. — G. P. William^J. 
Illinois Fpsllon lUinoii^Wesleya". Ur.iversity, Bloomington 111. — J. A Denham. 
Illinois Zeta — Lombard University, (lalesburg, 111 - S. I). Harsh, P. O. 

Box 693. 
Wisconsin Alpha -University of W'isconsin, Madison, Wis. — W. A. Curtis, 

534 State St. 

Eta Pro7'ince. 
Missouri Alpha— University of Missouri. Columbia, Mo. — R. T. Haines, 

P. (.). Box 744. 
.Missouri Beta —Westminster College, Fulton, Mo. - \V. S. Foreman. 
Iowa Alpha -Iowa Wesleyan University, Mount I'leasant, la. — W. H. Spur- 

Iowa Beta -State University of Iowa, Iowa City, la. -\. M. Craven. 
Minnesota Alpha University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. — W. L. 

Stockwell. 5:01 4th St., S. E. 
KansasAlpha -University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan. — N. C. Brooks, 1044 

'lennes-'Ce St. 
Nebraska Alpha— University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.— J. A. Barris, 

Room 4, State Block. 
California Alpha— University of Califomia, Berkeley, Gal.— E. F. Good- 
year, P. O. Box 71. 


Vol. Xni.— DECEMBER, 1888.— No. 3. 


The Annual for the year 1887-8 began to make itself known 
almost as early in the College year as the wirter recess, while its 
later numbers were not given to the anxious public until com- 
mencement day. 

The book is issued but once a year, and there is no reason 
why its publication, as at some colleges, should be so delayed 
that it does not make its appearance until the closing week of 
the session. Interest at that time is attracted elsewhere, so that 
an annual is almost unnoticed; a good part of the undergradu- 
ates have left for their homes, and from other distracting intlu- 
ences the income of the book is seriously cut down — an occur- 
rence which perceptibly affects the success of some of these 

The improvement in those of '87 over those of the preceding 
year, mostly gained from the printer's and engraver's art, has 
been the measure for an equal improvement this year. Few 
steel plates appear, save those accompanying Fraternity and Col- 
lege Class lists. The cheaper cuts have disappeared, and the 
mass of illustration has been done by phototypes and the best 
class of photogravures. 

Not a single editorial board in those that we have reviewed, 
poses as frontispiece to its own production. The fashion tide 
has set in the opposite direction, and a number appear at the 
close in groups, representing the board at work, or ready for 
some imaginary journey. 

The ** grinds' and "wit," unfortunately at times much forced 
and out of place, still have their place, as they always will, 
for without them the book would lose one of its distinctive 
features, and, doubtless, claim to popularity. But, while this is 
true, there has been an increase in the solidity of contents. Col- 
lege memorabilia, biographical notices of faculty members, and 
accurate statistics are serving to make it not only of more imme- 
diate value to the purchaser, but more desirable as a record book 
in coming years. 


Only one came to us in a flimsy cover, and that defect the 
Mirage will do well to remedy, as the improvement will pay for 
itself. The others are bound in heavy board, or, as in the case 
of the Blue and Gold, flexible leather backs. 

Those received were the Palladium, University of Michigan; 
Mirage, De Pauw; Blue and Gold, California; Melange, Lafay- 
ette; Cornel, Vanderbilt; Kaldron, Allegheny; Gopher, Minne- 
sota; Afakio, Ohio State; Garnet, Union; Microcosm^ C. C. N.Y. ; 
Aegis, Dartmouth; Epitome, Lehigh; and Olio, Amherst. 

We failed to receive the annuals from our chapters at Colby, 
Williams, Cornell, Columbia. Syracuse, Washington and Jeflfer- 
son, University of Pennsylvania, University of Georgia, Mercer, 
Northwestern, Knox, and University of Wisconsin. So, out of 
the twenty-five Piii Delta Theta Colleges at which annuals are 
published, we received .thirteen, or a little over fifty per cent 
There were, however, circumstances attending our call for these 
which made a full response improbable. 

3|C 3|C 3|C 3|C ^ 3|C 3|C 

It may be that an unusual degree of anxiety entered into the 
eflfortsofthe editors having ch'^x^^ o{i\iQ Palladium this year, 
since this issue marks Vol. XXX. for the publication. What 
little ground for being ashamed of itself may have attended former 
numbers, that little has been encroached upon, and the third 
decade is closed with a fitting array of worth and excellence. 
There are two hundred {ages of reading matter, exclusive of well 
patronized advertising pages. It continues to be published by 
the ''Patladium organization," extracts from whose constitution 
will, no doubt, be as interesting as it is exclusive. 

** Constitution of the Palladium Board. 

* * article i. 

'*This organization shall be known as the Palladium Board 
of the University of Michigan. 


*' Section /. — This Board shall be under the care and direction 
of the following named secret societies of the University of Mich- 
igan: Chi Psi, Alpha Delta Phi, Delta Kappa Kpsilon, Sigma Phi, 
Zeta Psi, Psi Upsilon, Beta Theta Pi, Phi Kappa Psi, and Delta 
Tau Delta. 

''Section II, — Each society shall have one vote through its 
regularly elected editor or delegate. 


*'No secret or other society shall be admitted to representa- 
tion on this Board, as now constituted, except by the unanimous 
consent of the societies heretofore named. But such societies 


may be admitted to representation in the Palladium upon a two- 
thirds vote of the Board. 

"article v. 

**It shall be the duty of the editor from the society longest 
established in the University (Chi Psi) to call the first meeting of 
such Board. This meeting shall be called for the second Satur- 
day in May. 


** When duly ratified by the societies heretofore mentioned, 
this Constitution shall be the organic law of said Board; but it 
may be amended by and with the consent of two-thirds of the 
societies whose delegates constitute this Board, except as regards 
Articles II, III and XII, which can be amended only by the 
unanimous vote of the Jioard. " 

None of the Fraternities of the Professional Schools are repre- 
sented editorially, while ^ A 6^, ^ V A, and non-secret A T, of 
the Literary Department, are not members of the organization. 
Michigan Alpha having been received but last December, has as 
yet hnd no opportunity to test the possibility of becoming a 
member. It is a revived chapter, and was represented on the 
earlier volumes, and we hope her status will be appreciated by 
the organizations. A Tis opposed by a majority, as she does not 
work in harmony with other chapters in the University. The 
chapter has aimed to maintain a neutral position, but when ad- 
vances have been made, and alliances formed, they have almost 
invariably been from and with the ** Independents." ^ F A is 
opposed by i\\Q Argonaui hcixoviy since she is connected with the 
Chronicle, Possibly the exclusion is due to a sentiment as the 
one expressed in a remark to the writer by a member of one of 
the longest established chapters in Ann Arbor: **The old chap- 
ters here have this thing in their own hands, and propose to keep 
it so. We find it hard enough work to get along without encour- 
aging new chapters and admitting them to interfratcrnity priv- 
ileges. " 

Chapter lists, of which there are eighteen, occupy the first di- 
vision. ^ K ¥^ with thirty (of whom eleven are in the profes- 
sional schools) has the largest membership, while A" Wy with 
eleven, has the smallest. Michigan A is credited with twelve in 
her chapter list; two each from the law, medical, and the four 
classes of the literary department, to which in the addenda are 
added three other names in the literary department. 

Under the head of ** Members of the Faculties" is a list of 
ninety-seven names, which includes all professors and instructors 


connected with the University. There are obituary notices of 
Edward Olney, late Professor of Mathematics, and Dr. A. B. 
Palmer, Dean of the Medical Department. Since these the 
University has lost a profound scholar in Dr. E. S. Dunster, W 
Ty Professor of Diseases of Women and Children. 

The University is replete with organizations. The more im- 
portant ones are the Students' Lecture Association, Alpha Nu 
and Literary Adelphi, Students' Christian Association (which is 
erecting a find building — Newberry Hall), Palladium^ Chronicle^ 
Argonaut, Oracle (Sophomore annual), Unity Club, and Hobart 
Guild, the latter two being flourishing religio-social organizations 
serving to bring town and gown people into more intimate rela- 
tion. The Guild is owner of a handsome building, erected by 
them. The Choral Union is a large and prosperous musical so- 
ciety. Athletics are kept up by the Base Ball Association, Rugby 
Association, and Tennis Club. 

Dr. Frieze, who has done so much to endear himself to all 
Michigan students, has contributed interesting "Reminiscences 
of the Times of President Tappan." 

Two prize U. of M. songs, both by Prof. Gayley, '78, are 
worthy productions, we quote the third and fourth stanzas of 
"Goddess of the Inland Seas :" 

** Now the eyes that are anointed 

See the blossom tide of Spring ; 
Ours the blissful age appointed. 

Ours the clime the poets sing. 
Hark, O maid of Western morning — 

Wave and woodland, brook and breeze, 
Hail thee, queen, beyond adorning. 

Goddess of thy inland seas I" 

** Lo, the sacred fires of knowledge 

In thy temple are enshrined, 
Through the cloisters of thy college 

Choruses eternal wind ! 
And all other mcense scorning, 

Michigan, they bring thee these 
Hearts of ours, and songs of morning. 

Goddess of the Inland Seas.*' 

Prof. Loisette's Memory Theory made quite an impression at 
Ann Arbor, as the following testifies : 

'* Loisette's Memory Scheme. 

' * Embezzler of Funds Loisette. 

) Prof. Beman. 
" Steerers for Loisette V Prof. Morris. 

) Prof. Dorrance. 
"Keeper of the Gate and Distributor of| tt ^ 1 

Other Gulls 

4 ( 

< t 


*' Chief Gull Prof. Dewey. 

'• Minor Gull Prof. Stowell. 





Van Deventer. 

Peacock Alexander Johnson. 

r\..\, -.1- xTf J r 1 nT • ) Some 6oo who remember 

Others with Wonderful Memories > i • ^ *^ " 

) losing $5. 

TTie Palladium is a good book ; it owes not a little of its suc- 
cess to the printer, and more to Mr. Ireland, ^ X, who, with 
two exceptions, has contributed all of the illustrations, which are 
of a high order of merit. 

The Melange is never a failure ; never startles the annual world 
with any great innovations, but continues a well preserved 
excellence from year to year, much in keeping with the staid 
and conservative features of old Lafayette. It is published by a 
corps of editors from the Junior class, of which brother Robin- 
son is editor-in-chief It is affectionately dedicated by the 
editors to their fellow class-mates **who have so kindly and 
with such explicit confidence entrusted to us the publication of 
this book." It is always well to give thanks for favors received, 
but perhaps the editors had an eye to senior honor possibilities 
in the little dedication. The salutation, *' Fellow students, 
friends and all, to you we send our greeting," etc., runs along 
with the rythmical rythm of *'I love to see a little dog, and 
pat him on the head. " 

The frontispiece is a cut of " Lafayette (South) College. " The 
college generations are represented, '^^, ** Ye Senior delivering 
ye valedictory ;" '89, ** Ye Junior at work " by shaded lamp, the 
clock pointing to twenty minutes after one; '90. ''Standing at 
ease " by /^r/«(fr^, boxing gloves at his feet; **Ye industrious 
Sophomore" is puffing his cigarette; '91, with eyes turned 

**Ye Freshman," Mr. Green passes before the placard, 
** Hazing prohibited." 

The college attendance is 282, including 37 post graduate 
students, of whom a part are non-resident. Then follow 
the lists oi ^ K E, Z W, ^KW, ^^ 0, X ^, A TA.^F A 
and AT. Pa ^4 with twenty members is the largest chapter, 
while Z IP'" and X^y each with twelve, are the smallest. '^ A', 
which numbered five last year, is defunct, her members having 
joined other chapters in the college. 

Pa A has always been a prosperous chapter of ^ A G, and 
was the last National Grand, holding that office when our 
governmental system was changed by the Indianapolis Conven- 


tion to the present General Council and Province President 
plan. Her present condition gives promise of a continuance of 
prosperity. She has a representation in Kappa Omega, the 
Sophomore Society, and two of the six members of -ST*, the 
Senior Honorary Society. 

An article of two pages gives the history of the origin and 
development of ** Secret Fraternities." This says that there are 
now '* not far from forty Greek letter societies, with a chapter 
roll of nearly seven hundred, and a total membership of not less 
than one hundred thousand." 

In base ball for the past season the coU'ege team won six and 
lost five games, scoring a total of 105 runs to 1 10 for their op- 
ponents. This is an average often runs per game, a rather poor 
showing. In football their record is better, having won seven 
out of nine games, scoring 141 points to 67 for their opponents, 
47 of the latter being scored in the game lost to Princeton. 

The Phis make little showing in athletics, which are in good 
condition. Lafayette's prizes at the Intercollegiate were limited 
to one first for pole vaulting. 

In literary honors the chapter stands high. Brothers Robin- 
son and Moore are on the staff of the La/ayette, Moore is class 
dav valedictorian, and Sterrett committee chairman. McCon- 
nell took the Early English Text Society prize ; McCamant the 
new Shakespeare Society prize. These latter two also won the 
third and first Junior Oratorical prizes respectively. 

The '* Trial and Judgment of Calculus " gives the full pro- 
gram and account of this annual commencement feature at 

Among the illustrations there is a group of the football team. 
The tennis illustration is tasty, and the illustration of the 
'* Freshman's Fright" successfully portrays the nightmare pro- 
duced by the Glee Club rehearsals. 

The Olio is a new face to us because it comes from a new ^ A & 
acquisition — Amherst. That by no means argues youth on its 
part. The number before us gives us no hint as to what volume 
it is. but we know it has long been in the two-figure column. 
Amherst stands high in the college world, and it behooves her 
students to send out a good representative of their college life. 
Such they have done in the Olio, The college is peculiar in that 
her faculty is composed almost entirely of her own alumni. A 
few years ago it was said that it was wholly so. Be that as it 
may, the present list of professors and instructors contains but 
three names not Amherst alumni. The aliens come respectively 
from Union, Hamilton and Princeton. The president, J. H. 
Seelye, is a champion of Greek letter interests, and Amherst 
authorities throughout are cordial friends of fraternity welfare. 
Another feature in which Amherst is a pioneer is that of vesting 


undergraduates with a voice in college gorernment and dis- 
cipline. The College Senate is a body composed of members — 
four from the Senior, three from the* Junior, two from the 
Sophomore, and one from the Freshman classes. The presi- 
dent of the college is president ex-officio. The plan has been 
lauded and has its merits. Just how it is prospering at Amherst 
we cannot say. The dedication of the Olio is both suggestive 
and sarcastic. 

** To THE Patrons of the Olio. 

"As the greatest orator of his age has so well and fitly spoken 
(if we may be perm tted to borrow from the store of his elo- 
quence), we would dedicate this production to Cromwell; but 
Cromwell was only a soldier. We would dedicate it to Napo- 
leon; but Napoleon made his way to empire over broken oaths, 
and through a sea of blood. We would dedicate it to the father 
of his country; but the great Virginian held slaves. 

** Therefore we dedicate it to the most perfect of human organ- 
izations, the 

'* College Senate, 

for it never does anything at all." 

Class lists show the enrollment of the college to be : Res. 
Grad. 2, Srs. 90, Jrs. 98, Soph. 66, Fresh 93, a total of 349. 
These are distributed among the Fraternities as follows \ A A ^ 
31, WTsg, J KE 36. /} r S4, X W 23, X s^» ^ ^ n 29, 
G J X 40, and <P A G 23. Mass. B is not represented in the 
O/iOf it having been issued prior to her installation. The above 
makes eighty percent, of fraternity men among the students. All 
the chapters, our own included, have houses, most of them being 
the property of the chapter. 

The College publications are the Amherst Student^ a weekly, 
the Amherst Literary Monthly, and the Olio. There are a num- 
ber of Literary and Declamatory annual contests, pirticipation 
in which is a recognized honor. Athletic societies are flourish- 
ing, and their lists as given are preceded by unique illustrations. 
That of baseball by one representing the maidens of Pharaoh's 
time indulging in the national game. From the goal-posts and 
bar the crows look over a snowy waste, the scene of foot-ball 
defeats; warm, loving, sentimental tennis is congealed on paper 
by two snow figures, of the respective sexes, facing one another 
over a well stretched net, while the Arctic sun is rising from a 
six-month's sleep. The Toboggan Club illustration is exhilerat- 
ing, in which the laughing moon looks down upon an old man 
as he skims over the hillside in his frying pan. 

To the stranger the frontispiece, a phototype of an Amherst 
Park street, is unexplained. It forms a very nice souvenir of the 


There is no prolixity of literary matter, but the various verses 
and squibs are all in a good vein. Typographically the book is 

The Mirage is ''published for Faculty. Students, Alumni, and 
Friends of De Pauw University, by the Junior Class of the Col- 
lege of Liberal Arts." It is dedicated to **'89and Reform." 
The *' Scene from Macbeth " tells how the board falls into line 
for the work of producing the Mirage, 

** First member — Annual Board, fall into line ! 
To the pot our work consign ; 
Classes, Frats and Faculty, 
Chestnuts, jokes and poetry 
Seasoned up with Junior wit, 
Logic, Eloquence and grit." 

The editorial congratulates the college upon its recent strides 
forward, refers to the death of the university's benefactor, Wash- 
ington C. De Pauw, to the changes in the Faculty, the establish- 
ment of Alpha Phi and Delta Upsilon, and the semi-centennial 
celebration at the 1887 commencement. 

** In Memoriam " faces the portrait of Mr. De Pauw, who died 
May 5, 1887, and these lines are taken from Ridpath's Jubilee 
Hymn : 

' ' In the days of doubt and fear 
One who loved not self alone. 
Strong and brave, and great drew near, 
Made his treasures as our own, 
Gave his name for corner-stone — 
Alma mater, lie is gone ! " 

The frontispiece is a phototype of '* East College," a hand- 
some three-story brick building, with commodious basement. 
Following the portrait of De Pauw are those of Bishop Bowman, 
President of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Alexander Martin, 
President of the University, Professor J. P. D. John, Director of 
McKim Observatory, and then of the faculties in the departments 
of arts and theology — the whole a handsome series and one of 
the best features that can be introduced into an annual, some- 
thing the alumni, friends and students value, and which will in- 
crease in value as the book grows older. 

The fraternities in order of establishment arc: B G 11 mem- 
bership 14, ^ r J 14. :^ X7, ^ K w 20, A K E 24, <^ J e 

25, AT A"^, and A T 16; the ladies, K A H 26, K K F 18, A 
X £1 (musical) 27, and/4 ^ 7. These are followed by an abun- 
dance of miscellaneous college organizations, literary, social, 
militar)-, oratorical, etc. There is a well-filled literary depart- 
ment, containing a six-stanza jubilee hymn bj' J. Clark Rid- 
path, a semi-centennial poem of considerable length by a mem- 
ber of the class of *^jy and several productions in lighter vein 


written especially for the Mirage. In matter of contents the 
book is first-class, but its great drawback is in its ornamentation 
and execution. The illustrations, while striking some good ideas, 
are of inferior merit. The paper is thin and shows impressions 
upon the reverse, and the cover is flimsy. The fraternity plates, 
with the exception of those of ^^ ^, J J'and A 0, are under- 
sized to the pages, so that the appearance of the book is not 
what its real merit justifies it in being. 

•'To the President, Ex-President, Faculty and Regents of the 
University of Minnesota, who have done so much for the ad- 
vancement of higher education in this State, 


To the Alumni and former students who look back to their 
Alma mater with kindly grateful thought, 


To all who shall find in these pages cause for pleasure, exult- 
ation, or gratification, 


So runs the dedication of Volume II of the Gophtr. Let us 
quote from the 

* 'Preface, 

'* Kind Reader: We here present for your perusal the Class 
Book of '89. 

** If by bringing together these various bits of information we 
serve to give the outside world a better idea of this ' world in 
miniature' in which we, as students, live, move and have so 
pleasant a being; if the Alumni, while turning the pages, obtain 
'one taste of the old time ' that ' sets all to rights'; and finally, if 
the memory of these scenes and comrades preserves in ourselves, 
as we pass the Janus-gated years, the romance of the morning 
and the lavish heart of youth, then is the object of our work ac- 
complished. There is method in our madness, and — *when 
once we had our method the end, still as we pulled it, came; and 
so we penned 

*• • It down until it came at last to l)e 

For length and breadth the bigness that you see.* 

" If we have erred in conception or execution, or in any way 
failed to merit yocir approval, deal gently — consider the process. 
For who hath dyspepsia, who hath dimness of eye and paleness 


of cheek and emaciation of form but that class who tarries long 
over the cups of mixed up annual knowledge. Our work is 
done; let us rest in peace." 

We hold that these cannot but speak for the good char- 
acter of the Gopher, They breathe a spirit of pride which 
the advancement of the college justifies,and the same mature 
style pervades the whole book. As in last year's, the frontis- 
piece is a photograph of the University's president, Cyrus 
Northrup. The first pages are devoted to the Faculty, two 
plates showing photographs of twenty-six members of that 
body, and these followed by biographical sketches of the 
subjects. Among them are those of W. R. Hoag, B. C. E., 
Minn. A, and Conway G. McMillan, M. A., Neb. A, both mem- 
bers of the Faculty. 

There is a list of the Alumni of the University, a total of 262 
for the classes since 1873. The total attendance in the Uni- 
versity for the past year is 466. The Fraternities number, X W 
13, & (local) 24, <3^ J W 18, A T A IT, ^ K W \o, K K T 
16, and A r i^. 4> K W was established during the spring 
session and her membership was made up entirely from the 
Sophomore and Freshman classes. 

The literary societies continue their large memberships. The 
Phis predominate in the Hermean, and were represented on the 
Annual Debate with A ^, There is a Students' Christian 
Association in addition to the Y. M. C. A., also a Liberal Asso- 
ciation whose * 'object shall be to promote freedom and tolerance 
of speech and thought, to secure unbiased investigation of moral 
religious subjects, to foster sincerity and earnestness of individual 
conviction," of which Brother Stock well is V. P. 

Brother Brown was editor of exchanges on the Ariel last year. 
In the Oratorical Association the Phis had an officer, delegate, 
and preliminary contestants, while in the state contest Brother 
B. W. Irvin, Ohio J, now at Macalaster College, won first honor. 
The chapter likewise is well represented in all musical organiza- 
tions, but makes no showing in athletics, save in tennis. Most 
interesting is a sketch of the ** University of Minnesota" in 
which is given a succinct history of the college from its founding 
by the territorial legislature in 1851. Three views are given, the 
first showing the main building. College of Mechanical Arts, 
Students' Association building, Science Hall, Drill and Assem- 
bly Hall, and Chemical Laboratory; the second, Science Hall 
alone; the third, the Farm House, Experimental Farm House, 
and Dormitory at farm. Wm. Watts Folwell, President of the 
University from 1869-84, is the subject of a biographical sketch 
prefaced by photographic portrait. He is yet Professor of Po- 
litical Sciences in the University. 



* Greeting to thee, fair one; welcome, too, to thee; 
Long have I been waiting giimpse of thee to see; 
Now I am rewarded since thou art to me 
What I've long been seeking — 
Eighty-nine's own girl. 

Thou, O junior maiden, firm in soul and mind, 
Let thy hand do nobly, whatsoe'er it find; 
Pnde of all the Juniors, be thy heart inclined 
To no other lover 

Than fair Eighty-nine." 

Introduces a composite photograph of eleven ladies of the class. 


*'A merry maid, on a mild March day, 
Was handed a photograph; 
She looked at it in a critical way 
And said with a careless laugh — 

• To thee,' she said, * will I be true; 

Loyal to one of my heart; 
My faith 1 plight, O goodly knight, 

Vet I know not who thou art.' 

So she sought his name, to find anon, 
O world uncertain, vain, 

A composite photograph had won 
A place m ner holiest fane. " 

Serves as a similar introduction to a composite of twenty-two 
gentlemen of the same class. 

1 he book is bound in heavy maroon glazed board, printed on 
heavy tinted paper, in bronze ink. The greatest care has been 
shown in arrangement, while an artist's work has embellished 
the pages. There is no doubt that first-class illusiiations cculd 
make a book of dull contents attractive. The Gopher has se- 
cured both entertaining reading and first-class illustrations, and 
the result is delightful. We hope the class of '90 will keep up 
the record. 

Last year ^^^gis came to us in oriental parchment, but this 
time it has a new dress of white board with preen trimmings. 
On the cover is displayed a shield with radiations, and the words 
"The iEgis, '89." The ink used in the book is a light green — 
Dartmouth's College color, and printed on the best of heavy 
paper, it makes a nice appearing book. The dedication reads : 

** To ye maidens so pensive. 
Ye maidens so gay, 
Ye maidens whose beauty 
No tongue can portray ; 


To one and to all, 

Whatever its fate. 
This book with good wishes 

We now dedicate.'* 

while the "Greeting," in speaking of success or failure, says, 
"our laurels will be abundant if we only gain the approval of 
those to whom we dedicate the ^i^is. *' 

The frontispiece is a photograph of A. S. Hardy, Professor of 
Mathematics, who has won enviable reputation in his depart- 
ment. Another photographic illustration shows "College Street 
in Winter." 

The following illustrated poem shows the way college life ap- 
pears to the /Egis man : 


" A horn — a rush— a chinning 
And mathematics drear. 
Have thrown a lurid halo 
(.)*cr all my Freshman year. 


* ' Beer, dice and sweet sus])ension, 
With a demon's thirst for gore. 
And all wicked sins on earth 
Were mine, when a Sophomore. 


** A heart, a cheek, two ruby lips, 
Soft cooings like a dove. 
May symbolize my Junior year, 
Devoted all to love. 


** Four years I've lx;en to college, 
l*m now a Senior grand; 
So I think Pm finely fitted 
To with the angels stand." 

That is merely a cursory review to the concentrated descrip- 
tion in the lines, "A Freshman's Wail : " 

** Sad and gloomy was the day 
When from ma I strayed away; 
From my sweetheart rashly torn; 
\At{\, alone, bereft, forlorn, 
Open lo the cold world's scorn, 
Deafened by the Sophie's horn. 

'* Wliy whene'er I chance to halt, 
Do they mumble * Salt, Fresh! Salt?' 
Why is every one so mean 
Aslo call me * Fresh* and *green?* 
Oh! dear mama, please come here, 
And take my place the Freshman year.'* 


The total student attendance was 424, and the fraternities 
numbered as follows : IT T 38, KK K 39, ^ J * 37, /IKE 
36, h ^ Xss* ^ ^ 27. ^ ^ M 38, and 2 ^ n 26. 

Brother French was editor on the Dartmouth, At commence- 
ment brother Chalmers received the Wead Political Economy 
Prize of $50, and brother Rice the Noyes P. E. Prize of $40. 
Rice was also elected to 4> B K. 

More interest is shown in athletics than there has been for 
some time, as the college exults in having won the Prize Cup at 
the 1887 meeting of the N. E. I. A. A., while the ball team won 
the New England pennant for 1887, winning ten out of twelve 
games with Williams, Amherst and Brown. 

Last year a Dartmouth poet tuned his lay for Co-eds in 
"Fem-Sem." The sentiment is not dead yet, for listen to 
** The Lay of the Mournful Student : " 

** The place is lone . . . deserted, 

For here we never meet 
The gay and laughing maiden 

Tnppinc down the street. 
Go— search the wide world over, 

From north to southern clime. 
Go to the highest mountain, 

Down to the deepest mine, 
And if in any other spot 

Such lack of girls you see, 
Well say that once forever 

We lack sagacity. 
Ye gods, who have it in your charge, 

Supply this dreadful lack, 
And if it takes our best and all, 

We 41 truly pay you back. 
I>et gleeful, girlish faces 

Our weary eyes once meet. 
And lying prone before you, 

We*ll worship at your feet." 

The " Class Politician,"** The Cribber" and "Ecclesiprexes" 
are good hits. There are a number of other squibs brimming 
full of fun, and some pictures, catches by the camera, "strange 
things we see." The other illustrations are but fair. 

The Comet, which the Vanderbilt fraternities rendered visible 
in the annual heavens last year, went up so high that its busi- 
ness managers came down with a — yes, that is right — '*dull, 
sickening thud." The one for 1888 has this to say of it: ** Ac- 
curate data were not taken for determining, even approximately, 
its condition, and when '88 rolled around the fraternities found 
the course of their offspring of last year tracked by such financial 
disaster that a repetition of the enterprise seemed of doubtful 
expediency. Astronomical prognosticators felt assured that the 
periodic returns of the Comet vf eve not annual, while to the casual 

106 1HE SCROLL, 

observer the eccentricity of its orbit seemed so great that the con- 
clusion was at once arrived at that another Lost Comet was to 
be recorded. But the second volume, which we now give to the 
public, proves the error of both these theories, and we believe 
substantiates the truth of the prophecy, that the Comet is a peri- 
odic one, and that its periodicity is that of a year. We also hope 
that these two volumes will convince the world that the Comet is 
to be recognized among the best of college annuals, as it should 
be, as a representative, to a great degree, of a university which 
is gradually falling into rank with the best of American institu- 

Thus the editors for this year have been more cautious ; have 
given us a smaller and less expensive book than its predecessor, 
and have done what every young man should aim to do, kej>t 
within their income. It is in a black board cover; and contains 
about 1 20 pages of reading matter. Its photogravures of the 
college buildings are reproductions from volume I. Other illus- 
trations are new and not very effective. Each department list is 
preceded by characteristic illustrations — the Lit at Study, the 
Engineer in the field, " Ye Theolog" in the pulpit very scrawny 
angels hovering o'er him, the **I)ent" extracting teeth and 
howls, the Lawyer driving off the proverbial cow, leaving clients 
with horns and tail. 

The cut prefacing the Fraternity list shows an arch in the fore- 
ground, on each of whose stones is the cut of a fraternity badge; 
these are arranged in order of founding, X being given first 
place, with the date 1824. This is the first time we have ever 
seen the antiquity o( X <P acknowledged by any other than a 

The chapters are as follows : <^ J <y 26, 2 A E 13, JiT 2 12, 
J TJ 7. K A i(), X 14, and B G II 15. ^ N, who was 
represented last year, has dropped out, and her place taken by 
2 AE. A T XI, whosQ Pa im has flourished in almost all fer- 
tile southern soil, has never had a representation at Vanderbilt. 
We are informed by a member of their Wittenberg Chapter that 
they entered sub rosa at the close of last session. 

In athletics, the base-ball team, of which a Phi is catcher, and 
another short-stop and captain, won each of the four games 
played, one an eleven inning game. At the 1888 Field Day, 
J 6 won five out of thirteen prizes. 

The ** Burial of old Cal" is rehearsed in a three page article, 
the cuts showing the funeral procession **en route," and the 
demon dance around the funeral pyre, the latter accompanied 
by the song, ' * Hang Greenhill on a sour apple tree, " and closing 
** There'll be no Greenhill there." 

The Makio for 1888 has made a great improvement over former 
volumes. In binding and typography it is almost revolutionized, 
and the change is scarcely less noticeable in contents. The an- 


imus which inspired the almost malignant attacks of former 
numbers on the management of the University has completely 
subsided in this, and its tone throughout is manly and straight- 
forward. It is a poor annual whose only mission is to cope at 
the institution of which it is a feature. 

The first plate is a nicely arranged group showing the Univer- 
sity buildings — main building, botanical laboratory, chemical 
laboratory, mechanical laboratory, and north and south dormi- 
tories. With the faculty list is given a plate showing photo- 
graphs of the respective professors, similar to the one of last year, 
with such changes as made necessary by the membership of that 
body. The new Professor of Mathematics is brother R. D. Bo- 
hannan, of Va. B, '76. The book is published by the frater- 
nities ^ r ^, ^KW, :^ X, J e,X 0, and B e 77— not by 
a class organization, and their chapter lists follow next. The 
four last named, in addition to chapter list, give the membership 
of each chapter in the entire fraternity. The attendance in the 
collegiate department is, Seniors 29, Juniors 24, Sophomores 40, 
Freshmen 58 — this not including Specials, Veterinary, or Phar- 
macy Students. There is a goodly list of literary, military, and 
athletic organizations, but few records of honors. A B ^ II was 
winner in the local oratorical contest. Brother Ball was senior 
orator on University Day. Brothers Brown and Scheibell editors 
on the Engineer and Critic, the spring term weekly. Brother 
Thompson captain of Company ** I) " of the military department. 

**Two Pictures. — I. Shadow. II. Sunshine," is a poem of 
real merit. The ** Editorials." four in number, are well C(m- 
sidered and sensible. They call attention to the need of a gym- 
nasium for the University ; congratulate the management of the 
Engineer and Criiicy published by the technical students; refer to 
the movement, organized by Prof. Eggers, which has given sub- 
stantial proof that it will build up a complete German library 
for the University ; and anticipates the publication of a scries of 
text books by Prof. A. H. Welsh. The book closes with a plate 
showing the editors, and a comp^osite photograph 0/ same. 

Ihe Blue and Go/d comes from near the setting of the sun, as 
representative of the Junior Class of the University of California. 
A battered '89 hat, with "Blue and Gold " above and * Univer- 
sity of Cal." beneath, all in gilt, adorns the blue leather cover. 
Brother H. A. Melvin is editor-in-chief, and brother Holmes one 
of the seven business managers. This is its ** Dedication." 

** To THE Alumni of thk U. C. 

To you who trod the self-same paths of lore, 
In which our upward journey we pursue 
Anil strive to reach the prize so fair to view, 
The heights on which Fame's jjolden sunl>eams pour 
Their radiant wealth; to you, who midst the roar 
Of worldly strife, to Alma Mater true. 


Look back, your eyes suffused with loving dew, 
And long for College days and hopes once more; 
To you whose lives and deeds our nearts inspire, 

With emulation fresh, anew to cope 

With towering obstacles that would abate 
Our ardor; yes, with every fond desire, 
O fratres, and with every joyous hope, 

To you our Blue and Gold we dedicate." 

The abundance of material that follow in the 231 pages is 
chosen and arranged in good taste. The illustrations are very 
poorly executed, and were it not that they contained such good 
hits, there would be little to praise in them. However, the ideas 
they suggest partly atone for their rough execution. 

The frontispiece is a photograph of the new President, Horace 
Davis, Esq., of San Francisco. He assumes the control of the 
University, as Dr. Holden will confine his duties to the Lick 
Observatory Department. Another plate is a group of the Junior 
Class. A third is a landscape view showing the "University 
Buildings from the Southwest." The last is an interior view of 
the *'Art Galler}', South End," showing the painting of a battle 
scene, in front of which is the marble Ariadne. 

There are no changes in the fraternities represented in the 
University. ^ A (s> has a delegation of but two from '91, where 
the others range from four to seven in the class. Brother Schae- 
berlee of Michigan A^ has been added to the list of faculty mem- 
bers, being connected with the Lick Observatory. 

The College base ball team won six out often games played; 
the foot ball team closed the season with six games won, one 
lost, and one undecided. A large number of events took place 
at the twelfth field day, May 5, 1888, and fair records were 

Of the illustrations which abound, ** An Evidence of Evolu- 
tion" is good. Above, it shows an educated woman, 500 A. D., 
robust and vigorous, before an easel, and a child at play at her 
feet. Below is a ** Berkeley Co-ed," wan and emaciated, wear- 
ing her glasses as she studies by her lamp. Another is "The 
Festive Senior on the Berkeley Local, "showing him respectively 
at 9, 10, II and 12 p. m., as he occupies a seat with a lady pas- 
senger. * * Epitaphs and other Mortuary Musings " are pointed 

Brother Nolan of N. Y. B is chief editor of the Garnet, pub- 
lished by the Greek Letter Societies of Union College, which is 
tenderly dedicated to the Dorpian damsels. 

In the faculty list we notice ** President ja? interim" still fol- 
lows the name of Hon. Judson S. Landon. The College classes 
from senior to freshman enroll 24, 26, 24, and 22, a poor show- 
ing to what the College ought to make. A freshman class of 22 
is markably less than a senior class of 24, and is twelve less than 


entered the year before. Of these 96, all but seventeen are fra- 
ternity men, distributed as follows: A' ^ 5, J ^ 7, ^ ^ 3, W 
T 16, jd r 10, A ^ 10, BO 77 13, <^ J fe) 13, and <^K W 1. 
In ** Prize Stage 1887" we notice brother Marvin as orator. 
Winne second Junior Oratorical Prize, and Nolan first Sopho- 
more Oratorical Prize. The chapter has also a goodly share of 
class ofl&ces. At '89's class supper at Troy, Conover and Nolan 
were on the program. The chapter had two men on the Con- 
cordiensis staff. 

Union College ball team won two out of seven games in the 
N. Y. Inter-collegiate series, and the football team won three 
out of the four games played, one of the three having been won 
from Cornell. 

Heavy mourning lines indicate **Crematio Robinsonis" by 
'89, at "Media Nocte, ante septem diem Kalendas Aprilis 
MDCCCLXXXVIII." The '* Gloves and Mitten" are nicely 
illustrated lines: 

** A dozen pairs of dainty gloves 
Done up in filmy laces, 
Fair black-eyed Minnie won from me 
At the Saratoga races. 

** I planned to win the slender hand 
The gioves were made to cover. 
And straightway from that day l^came 
Her most devoted lover. 

** So yesterday I asked her hand 

(Sweet, artless little kitten), 

But in return for gloves of kid, 

She gave to me the mitten.*' 

"Sifters and Sifterines" is at the head of an article closely 
bordering on the vulgar. **The Terms of Settlement ' close the 

Resplendent in a snowy cover with letters of gold comes the 
Kaldron, set boiling by the Juniors of Allegheny College ; the 
first annual issued at Allegheny for a number of years, and the 
first under the present name. It has set a high standard and 
spared neither labor or expense to come up to it. The best of 
paper and type have been used, and the ability of their artist, 
coupled with the photo-engraver's art, has made a beauty of the 
illustrations from beginning to end. To Mr. McNair, a mem- 
ber of ^FA^ whose work these illustrations are, must belong 
much of the credit for the Kaldron's success, since they form the 
prominent feature of the book. There are 155 pages of reading 
matter taken up by the usual organizations. To ** Alexander 
Bradley, President of the Trustees of Allegheny College, her 
oldest friend, her greatest benefactor, her wisest counsellor," the 


book is dedicated. The college has a total attendance of 281. 
The Fraternities are prosperous, with memberships running from 
thirteen to twenty-one. KKF has been but recently estab- 
lished with a membership of seven. Q N Ey the Sophomore 
Society, was established in 1887, and has a large list of members. 
Nice cuts preface the Society lists, and in Philo-Franklin ^ J © 
seems to have a first mortgage on the offices. A history of 
*' Allegheny " shows how the college began its work in liberal 
education in 1817, with $10,000 capital and a Faculty of two 
members. Athletics are in good condition, and at 1887 Field 
Day 0^0 won nearly one-third of the prizes given. A plate 
faces the Glee Club list, showing its members. 

Reports of ** Allegheny College Hospital, D. H. Wheeler, 
M.D., Surgeon-in-chief, and Specialist in Diseases of Seniors 
and Preps. S. E. Stilhvell, M. D., Specialist in acute or obtuse 
Innocuous Desuetude. A. W. Newlin, M. D., D. D. S., 
Chaplain and Specialist in Moral Diseases," are bright and 

*'Two Letters" show the sides of a not improbable College 

reality. An Alleghenian is heard in his sleep to thus conjugate 

his German : 

**Ichhat! Do hat! Dear hat ! 
We hattie ! See hattie ! Me hattie !" 

**The Canal," a poem, is interesting, as well as "The Girl in 
the Decollet Dress." 

The opening illustration shows the witches grimacing over the 
Kaldron as it begins to boil ; and ** Finis" the same overturned, 
out from under whose edge protrude head, hands and feet of the 
crushed editors, while the witches are in their wild aerial dance 

An epitome is defined as a "brief summary," but the Lehigh 
Epitome is the bulkiest annual of all we have received. It is a 
most creditable aggregation of valuable data. There is not such 
an abundance of literary matter, but it possesses several features 
which entitles it to a place first among those reviewed. So full 
of good sense is its preface that we give it here. 

**The Epitome Board has but few words to say in presenting 
this issue of the Lehigh Annual. The task of editing and illus- 
trating the book is, in some respects, one of the most difficult 
imposed upon members of the University. Being published 
under the auspices of one class, the Epitome has rarely been free 
from exhibitions of class spirit and personal abuse. The day for 
this is past. At the first meeting of the '89 Board it was decided 
with entire unanimity to depart from the old custom and omit 
all literary matter of questionable appropriateness. The excep)- 
tion was made, however, in favor of a few pages of the usual 
** Quotations" and ''Grinds," which, in general, tend to relieve 


the possible monotony of the book's essentially statistical char- 

The aim of a college annual is, we take it, to preserve records, 
athletic and otherwise, and to provide lists of undergraduate 
organizations. With this in view,*we have endeavored to present 
these data in as attractive a form as possible, embellished with 
considerable artistic work. Believing that contributions in the 
latter department should be no more confined to the Epitome 
Board, or even to the Junior Class, than the publication itself 
is the exclusive representative of that class, we have made calls 
upon various membersof the University, and have been gratified 
by the hearty and material responses. * ♦ * ♦ 

Several new features have been added. The department of 
"Historical Memorabilia" is one which, from its present and, 
in particular, future value, will, we trust, be permanent in suc- 
ceeding Epitomes, * * * * " 

It has closely adhered to the plan thus outlined, and the book 
before us is the result. Lehigh seems to be in a season of pros- 
perity. The *' Summary of Students " from the college register 
shows an attendance in 1878 of 90, and for the following years 
87, 112, 144, 187. 249. 307, 324, 369. to 401 for 1887. The 
*• Packer Memorial Church," a gift to the University, was form- 
ally presented and consecrated by Bishop Henry C. Potter, on 
October 13, 1887. The frontispiece is a photograph of this 
handsome stone edifice ; another, facing page 96, shows its still 
more handsome interior and decorations. 

The Faculty numbers thirteen professors, one lecturer, and 
eighteen instructors. 

Photographs and biographical sketches of two of these are 
given. Henry Cappee, LL. D. , first President of the Univer- 
sity and now Professor of English Literature, International and 
Constitutional Law and Philosophy of History. The second is 
of William A. Lamberton. who has been with the University since 
'69, latterly as Professor of Greek Language and Literature. 
The Epitome says **his lectures on Christian evidences to the 
Class of '87 were pronounced among the finest ever delivered in 
the University on any subject. Prof. Lamberton resigned in 
December and is now at Johns Hopkins. The Fraternities are 

X <P 20, AT a-], A ^ 16, y^r25, (-) ^ x 14. a Tie, 2 n 

16, r A 14, ^ ^14, <^ ^ ^-J 16, and ^ X r4. There are 
members o{ A W, ^ K W, Z W, and A T J in college. A 
good exhibit of the events of 1887 commencement is given. 
Among the plates are those of the Banjo and Guitar Club, La- 
crosse Club and Football Team. For the past season the ball 
team won two and lost five games; in foot ball four games were 
won and three lost. At the October meeting of the Athletic 
Association ^ A G won eight out of thirteen first prizes. * 'His- 
torical Memorabilia" gives the list of Presidents of the University, 


valedictorians and salutatorians to date, and the various Univer- 
sity honors. A large number of advertising pages help to defray 
the expense of the book. 

The Microcosm is published, not by the Junior Class or the 
Secret Fraternities, but by the '*Literar}- Societies and Secret 
Fraternities of the C. C N. Y./' the Literary Societies having 
been admitted to membership on the board in 1887. Ihree 
editors are chosen from each of the societies represented. A 
regular feature of the Microcosm is the editorial in which the 
chairman of the board 01 editors makes a critical review of the 
year at the college, touching: on all events of college importance, 
and giving the preseni condition of the various organizations 
maintained in the college. The Literary Societies, Clionia and 
Phrenocosmia, are in their thirty-seventh and thirty-sixth year 
respectively, and though in a city where their members are scattered 
by residence, they flourish and are sustained by an enthusiastic 
interest taken in their welfare. The Eiponia, founded in 1883, 
has its membership limited to ten members of the Senior Class, 
and its object is to supplement the course of American literature 
in the college. Of the Fraternities^ A <J> numbers 20, A K E 
16, ^ FA 17, ^ A X 22, and A & 18, of which ten are 
Seniors and none Freshmen. 

It is difficult to maintain many active athletic organizations, 
owing to the difficulty in securing grounds. Strenuous efforts 
are being made to equip a gymnasium for the college, and the 
Dramatic Association gave a successful presentation last winter 
of the comedy **Tom Cobb, or Fortune's Toy,*' and the farce 
"Boats at the Swan," netting a fair amount for the fund. 

The College Afercury and the College Journal are published 
bi-weekly during the year, the latter a new enterprise, while the 
former has just completed its ninth volume. 

In the colleges represented by these thirteen annuals we meet 
twenty-one different Fraternities, nine local chapters, and fij^e 
lady societies. There is a total of one hundred and three chap- 
ters representing over three thousand fraternity men. Of this 
number two hundred and fifty-three are Phis, making an average 
of 19. 5 per chapter. The average membership of rival chapters 
in these colleges is 18.2. The average number of chapters at 
these colleges is 7.9, not including the chapters of lady fraterni- 
ties. r A is most frequently met — eight times. The others 
,' are <3& 77 and ARE each seven; A' ^, A T A, ^ K W, and 
/ A rsix, AA0, ¥> rand ^ AT five. 

Our average membership in these colleges we see is five above 
what it is for the general fraternity, but the fact that it is but one 
above the average membership of rival chapters in these colleges 
shows that they but conform to the customs of their colleges, 
and are enjoying a high measure of prosperity. 

J. E. Brown. 



The following letter and the clipping enclosed came to us 
from one of the classmates of the President-elect. Both will 
probably be of interest. — Editor. 

St. Francis Xavier's College, ) 
39 W. 15th St., N. Y. j 

E. H. L. Randolph, Esq. — 

My Dear Sir : If you have not seen the enclosed it may 
aflford you some amusement. 

Mr. Wilson (**01d Dad " we used to call him) was rather hard 
on some of us in his letter to Mr. Morrison — of ancient date — 
printed in the October number of Scroll, but I am sure he did 
not mean it. It was not at Gettysburg, but at Antietam, that 
James H. Childs was killed — acting that day as Brigadier 

Although not in politics, yet with all his classmates I join in 
wishing the President-elect every grace and blessing. 

Yours very faithfully, 

Harmar Denny, S. J. 

Harrison's classmates — prof, swing was one, and he tells 
about the others — none drunkards. 

{From the Chicago Iribune,) 

The following paragraph has been going the rounds of the 
press, appearing often in the Prohibition organs : 

Gen. Harrison and the Wine-cup. — The following story is 
told of Gen. Harrison in connection with a public dinner given 
him on one occasion : **At the clcse of the dinner one of the 
gentlemen drank his health. The General pledged his toast by 
drinking water. Another gentleman offered a toast and said ; 

* General, will you not favor me by taking a glass of wine ? ' 
The General, in a gentlemanly way, begged to be excused. He 
was again urged to join in a glass of wine. This was too much. 
He rose from his seat and said in the most dignified manner : 

* Gentlemen. 1 have twice refused to partake of the wine-cup. I 
hope that will be sufficient. Though you press the matter ever 
so much, not a drop shall pas? my lips. I made a resolve when 
I started in life that I would avoid strong drink. That vow I 
have never broken. I am one of a class of seventeen young men 
who graduated together. The other sixteen members of my 
class now fill drunkards' graves, and all from the pernicious 
habit of wine drinking. I owe all my health, my happiness and 
prosperity to that resolution. Would you urge me to break it 
now ? ' " — National Temperance Advocate, 

114 7HE SCROLL. 

As a campaign argument it does not seem to reflect in any 
manner on General Harrison, unless one goes on the absurd 
theory that he ever made such a statement, which, of course, he 
never did. It might reflect on the other members of his class at 
Miami University, however. 

One of the sixteen men who **are filling drunkards' graves" 
is Professor David Swing. It was somewhat of a surprise to him 
to learn that he was in that predicament, and it will also startle 
his friends who thought he was alive and well and temperate. 
A Tribune reporter called at his residence yesterday afternoon 
and asked him how it seemed to fill a drunkard's grave. 

** It's quite comfortable, thank you," he replied, ''as far as I 
have gone. Of course," he added, more seriously, ** General 
Harrison never made any such remark, and I dont see how the 
story originated. ' 

** What foundation is there for it ? " 

'* None whatever. There were no drunkards in the class what- 
ever. Only one member of the class was a drinking man, and 
he is alive and successful." 

** Can you remember who the members of the class were? " 

**Yes; and lean also tell you something about their lives 
after leaving college. I have taken some pains to keep track of 
them. There was Benjamin Harrison, of course. He is the 
one who has not filled a drunkard's grave, and there is no need 
of saying anything about him. Of the drunkards, John A. 
Anderson is a temperance man and now a member of Congress 
from Kansas. John Baker, of Cincinnati, died soon after leaving 
College, but he was not a drinking man. John K. Boude is a 
physician and a Presbyterian elder at Carthage, 111. James H. 
Childs went to the war, became Colonel of a Pittsburg regiment, 
and was killed at Gettysburg. He never drank. J. P. Craig- 
head is a lawyer at Dayton, O., and a good Christian. Harmer 
Denny is a monk in a convent near Baltimore. James H. Hughes 
is dead. He was a Presbyterian clergyman when he died. J. 
S. Lane is also dead. He was a lawyer and a good man. Wil- 
liam Lowrie is a missionary in foreign lands, and W^ H. Priest- 
ley is a Presbyterian clergyman in New York. David Morrow is 
a total abstinence man. He is a preacher and farmer. Milton 
Sayler is a lawyer in New York. L. W. Ross is the Professor of 
Law in the Iowa State University. Walker — I forget his first 
name — is dead, but during his life was a teacher and a preacher. 
J. C. Junkin is a preacher and fo am I. Now, for a class of 
drunkards that strikes me as a pretty good showing. I am sur- 
prised that such a paragraph should find its way into print. Not 
one member of Gen. Harrison's class has yet found a drunkard's 
grave. " 



We have been thoroughly non-partisan while warmly congrat- 
ulating our brother in the Bond on the eminence and distinc- 
tion of being chosen, by a great political party, as its candidate 
for the Presidency of the United Stales. We have tried to give 
to our readers a picture of Benjamin Harrison in the days of his 
youth, when he was pointed out by his fellow-students of College 
Hill and Oxford as a grandson of that hardy old soldier and 
great President who was but recently deceased. We think that 
we have been successful, and have presented sketches of general 
and undoubted interest to all, whether friends, politically speak- 
ing, of General Harrison or not. Our articles have been exten- 
sively copied by the press of the country, and one Democratic 
Phi writes, '*Your Harrison articles have proved interesting 
reading, even to a rank Democrat." Many expressions of a sim- 
ilar tenor have come to us. We believe that The Scroll has 
published the most impartial, complete and entertaining series 
of school days sketches and reminiscences of the next President 
OF the United States. 

One of the most unique, and certainly the most beautiful fea- 
tures of this great Republican government is the grace and good 
will with which sixty millions of people lay aside all other con- 
siderations, and bow to the will of the majority as sounded forth 
in thunder tones by the ballot box. When the election is passed 
and the almost unbearable strain of suspense is over, the heat of 
political excitement soon cools and national pride speaks out in 
one grand voice of welcome to the newly chosen chief. 

All Phis are not Republicans, as all Phis are not Democrats, 
and we have heretofore extended our congratulations and good 
wishes to Benjamin Harrison simply as a brother Phi who had 
risen to the fame that is inseparable from party leadership but 
even more inseparable from the greatness of the statesman when 
combined with the honorable dignity of the Christian gentleman. 
We are justly proud of a brother who has not only risen to the 
position now occupied by Benjamin Harrison, but who could 
pass and has passed through the crucial test of the world's 
greatest political contest, and come out without even so much 
as an attempted slander, and bearing a full share of honor, even 
if he had worn them with defeat. But our brother has won in 


an honest and honorable contest, and for the next four years an 
American Greek- letter College Fraternity will be represented at 
the White House, and that fraternity will be Phi Delta Theta. 
We are proud of and justly sensible to our honor, and the 
younger men will endeavor to make and keep Phi Delta Theta 
worthy of the men who used to be ** Phi boys," and whose great 
names are an ornament and a glory to our chapter roll. 

Now, brother Harrison, we can salute you in a diflferent, 
though none the less warm-hearted manner. To the President- 
elect OF THE United States we give our heartiest congratulations, 
and wish him all happiness and joy in his exalted but well-earned 
station. To Benjamin Harrison we extend the right hand of 
fellowship, and give a grasp of fraternal love. 

When a chapter has succeeded in making its foundation solid - 
by turning its first energies, and keeping them fixed, in the right 
direction, there are some things which should demand attention 
and care, for, though at first they may seem to be luxuries, they 
are really necessities of prime importance. None is worthy of 
more labor, care, and even money than the chapter library. It 
is invaluable to a college society in many ways, and is both a 
source of pleasure and profit to the members, and an attraction 
to those without. Do not think that such a thing can be brought 
into existence by an edict or a free expenditure of money, and do 
not think that a Greek-letter chapter library must be essentially 
different from any other. It must be a growth and a slow growth 
at that, and when once instituted it will grow rich and strong 
with age. Remember that the small beginnings with honest 
purpose are the things that tell. 

We do not believe half a dozen of our chapters are not able to 
begin the building up of a library and give it the care necessary 
to substantial and continuous growth. Do not depend at all on 
gifts. They will be sure to come, but let them be pleasant sur- 
prises. Devote a portion, no matter how small, of your income, 
and even if you can only lay aside a few dollars a month, you 
will not be long in seeing the good results. 

Nor, as we said, should this library be at all diflferent from 
any other, though it would necessarily contain some things that 


woald give it distinction and individuality. It should, of course, 
contain all books and papers issued by fraternities, or on frater- 
nity subjects, and, so far as possible, a complete file of all frater- 
nity journals. We recognize, however, that such a collection 
can only be the result of time, and much care and reseaich, 
though its value will amply repay. . Aside from this special fea- 
ture, the library should be a general one. 

Perhaps the most important thing of all after the move has been 
made is the selection of the proper man to expend the money, 
and take care of the books, etc. Start a library in your chapter 
if you can; but, if you do, do not put a man over it for some 
petty reason which is worthless. Be sure you choose a man 
who has care, diligence and judgment, and be sure that he has 
the welfare of the enterprise as well as of the chapter at heart. 
Start a library if you can. You can if you will. And if you start 
it in the right spirit, and with a determination that it is to be a 
success, it will be a success, and the older it is the more you will 
appreciate and enjoy it. 

Brother S. P. Gilbert, Treasurer of the General Council, hav- 
ing been chosen to represent his district in the State Legislature 
of Georgia, he should be addressed at H. I. Kimball House, 
Atlanta, until December 20. After that date he will be in Co- 
lumbus, as usual. We heartily congratulate '* Price" on the 
trust which has been reposed in him, but even more do we con- 
gratulate the district that chose him for her representative. 

Our portrait of General Harrison was a very fine likeness and 
met with very general approval. One Phi writes, *• Your portrait 
of Harrison is by far the best I have seen, and, coming from 
Indiana where every two men out oifive have one, I think I am 
a competent judge." 

Reporters will please observe that letters, in order to be pub- 
lished in the issue of any month, must reach the editor on or 
before the loth of the preceeding month. 



From the President of Alpha Province. 

To the Chapters in Alpha Province : 

Brethren : — Circumstances have hitherto prevented the newly 
appointed Province President from addressing you through the 
pages of The Scroll, but he is glad, even at this late date, to 
assure the chapters of his hearty interest in their welfare, and his 
desire to be of service to them whenever possible. 

There is little news of importance in province affairs. The 
reports from the chapters are almost uniformly good, and the 
spirit of progress which has pervaded the fraternity in the past, 
with such marked results, seems to have increased, and not 
diminished, with the new year. The President is anxious to see, 
in every chapter in the province, a movement started toward 
permanent establishment in a chapter-house. The beginning 
may be very small, and the eflfort, in many cases, must be long 
continued, but the result to be attained is of immense value and 
importance, and is surely worthy of our best endeavor. 

Geo. Lynde Richardson. 


Maine Alpha, Colby University. 

The fall term opened with a large increase in members. 

All the Phis have returned except brother Johnson, who will 
not be back with us until next spring. 

Phi Delta Theta has never been on a firmer basis at Colby 
than at present. We lost two excellent men by graduation last 
year, brothers Brainard and Gallert. 

In addition to the twelve men with whom we began the term , 
we have initiated nine worthy men, one from '91 and eight from 

The presence of brothers Fuller, '85, Beverage, '87, Harvey, 
'87, and Gallert, '88, at the initiation and banquet added much 
to the pleasure of the event. 

We are represented on the Senior Exhibition by brothers 
Farnham and Pepper. 

November 3, 1888. C. W. Averell. 

Vermont Alpha, University of Vermont. 

On the evening of October 19, we confided the mysteries of 
^ J to seven members of '92, whom we take great pleasure 
in introducing to the fraternity. It is conceded that they are by 


far the best delegation from the freshman class, and we are ex- 
pecting from them earnest work for the cause of ^ ^d fe). 

The numerical strength of the societies in college is as follows 
^ A & has 28 members, AW (local) 20, A TO. 15, y4 7 (local 
it.KAQ 12, ^ <^8. 

November 7, 1888. M. A. Howe. 

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

New York Gamma graduated nine members last spring, 
brother Dunscomb taking the first honor. 

We start this year with seven members, and are in a fair way 
to double that number before the holidays. We take pleasure 
in introducing to the ^ A Q world brother Roeser, '90, and 
Reed, '92 — recently from the goat. Brother Taylor has ** Billy" 
in charge now, putting him in condition for our next meeting, 
when he will make a connection with more than one barbarian. 

Friday evening, November 2d, New York Gamma held a re- 
union at D'Orville's, in the Mills' Building. There were with 
us many of our alumni members to show their loyalty to ^ ^ 
©. Brother Mayer, '84, filled the toastmaster's chair in the 
happy way usual to him. Brother Mason, '84, responded to 
"Alma Mater," brother Knox, '2>^, to **The goat and his early 
training," brother Campbell, '88, to *'The Phi in politics," 
brother Palmer, '88, to ** The Ladies of A Q annex," brother 
Rainey to ** New York Gamma," and brother Winslow, '87, to 
*Our Fraternity." 

The meeting broke up with many expressions of good feeling, 
and another like occasion is contemplated before the holidays. 

Again we have brother Treat with us, after a course of study 
at Wesleyan University. 

New York Gamma is always glad to welcome any brothers 
who may be in the city. 

November 3, 1888. George L. Walker. 

Pennsylvania Delta, Allegheny College. 

The commencement banquet of last June closed a prosperous 
and pleasant year. At that time we lost, by graduation, broth- 
ers Howell, Parsons, Kerr, and Bell; also Blaisdell and Christy, 
ex-'88, who went to Syracuse University to graduate. Our ban- 
quet was a royal spread, and we were favored by the presence of 
a number of alumni, among whom were brothers Vance, Bignell 
and Johnson. 

The opening of this College year, September 18^ found eleven 
of us ready to share in the labors and joys of chapter life. Since 
then we have initiated three good brothers in R. W, Elliot, '90, 


Otis E. Conway, '92, and Ellis J. Chesbro, '92. Homer D, 
Whitfield, '92, has returned. We now number fifteen, and right 
loyal Phis we are. 

Brother Frank Sisley is captain of the College nine this year. 

During the summer vacation, improvements to the amount of 
about $5,000 were made upon the College buildings and campus. 
It will, perhaps, be interesting news to some of our alumni to be 
told that fine new walks now adorn the campus. Bently and 
Ruter Halls were papered and frescoed within and painted with- 
out, so that they now present quite a good appearance. 

At the meeting of the Trustees, last June, Dr. Williams was 
elected to take Dr. Wheeler's place as President. Rev. Miller 
takes Prof. Newlin's position, and Miss Broas becomes our 
French instructor. 

We want every alumnus of Pennsylvania Delta to subscribe for 
The Scroll. Some of them are now subscribers, but let them 
do a little missionary work, and thus put The Scroll into the 
hands of more of our alumni. 

Pennsylvania Delta is perfectly willing to abide by the letter 
and spirit of the law, and, therefore, initiates no ** Preps, *' reports 
to the contrary notwithstanding. 

Long life to Massachusetts Beta. 

October 18, 1888. Edw. P. Couse. 


South Carolfna Beta, South Carolina University. 

South Carolina Beta is alive and well and sends greetings to 
all Phis. 

The University, as it is now, opened with two hundred and 
twenty students, about a hundred of whom are Freshmen. 
This is the largest number we have had for many years. South 
Carolina Beta returning six loyal and true men. having lost only 
one by graduation last June. This was brother Coan, who, it will 
be remembered, was valedictorian from the Clariosophic Society. 
We were very glad to welcome in ou? midst brother W. W. Ball, 
of '87, who is teaching in the Columbia Graded Schools, and, 
at the same time, pursuing a course of post-graduate study. 

Up to the present time we have initiated three men : Brothers 
A. M. Coker, '92, E. D. Sompayrac, '92, and W. D. Ferguson, 
'91, whom we now present to the fraternity at large. They 
bore the ordeal with marked equanimity, and came out 
thoroughly shorn of all barbarous characteristics and with the 
light of Phi Delta Theta shining upon their faces. We feel con- 
fident that these brothers will reflect credit upon the fraternity 
which they have made their choice. We have not retired from 


the field, however, for before many suns have set we will herald 
the birth of another Grecian. Still the good work goes on. 

Our chapter is in an excellent condition. Our men are im- 
bued with enthusiasm and are determined to place Phi Delta 
Theta on the top, where she righily belongs. We now have a 
nice hall in the central portion ol the town, about one quarter 
of a mile from the University. 

Of honors taken thus far we may cite the following : Brother 
E. E. Aycock is president of the Junior Class, and your reporter 
is a member of the University Carolinian Staff. 

Brothers Houston and Moore, of '87, are superintendents of 
the Spartanburg and Camden Graded Schools respectively. 
Brother Houston was tutor in Latin and Greek at this institution 
during last year, but resigned his position to accept the one 

We wish all our sister chapters the highest success. 

November 6th, 1888. Harry A. Brunson. 


Georgia Beta, Emory College. 

Twenty old boys, including our returned brothers Gillespie 
and Griffin, formerly of '89, met at Georgia Beta headquarters 
on opening of term. We had been decidedly at the lop last 
year, and we were determined never to let fall the banner which 
we had borne so proudly and so successfully lor so long a time. 
We went to work in our glorious cause with vim and energy, 
carrying dismay alike to Barbs and Frats. Selecting from the 
ranks of the uninitiated seven whom we thought worthy to wear 
the sword and shield, and uphold the principles inculcated in 
our bond, we transplanted them into our more fertile regions, 
and made them brothers. Their names will be found in list of 
Initiates, and no brother will ever be ashamed to recognize them 
as such. 

Since opening of Fall term there have been three elections in 
the societies, at each ol these a Phi has been elected. Brother 
Mickler was elected Anniversarian of the Phi Gamma Society 
and brother Abbot, February Orator. Brother Bradley was 
elected February Orator from the Few Society. This indicates 
that merit is gradually being placed ahead of Fraternity re- 

Our membership now numbers twenty-seven, as follows : 
'89-3, '90-7, '91-7, '92-7, 93-1, Irregular 2. We are all here 
for work, and you may expect good reports from us in the future. 

Your brother in the bond, 

Oxford, Ga., November 8, 1888. J. T. Daves. 


Tennessee Alpha, Vanderbilt University. 

Circumstances have caused me for the last few months to 
unintentionally neglect, and, I am sorry to say, almost forget 
my duties as reporter for the session of '87-8. Hence the late- 
ness of this communication. As yet I presume the readers of 
the Scroll have not seen a record of what Tennessee Alpha did 
last session. My report in the May Scroll was correct in stating 
that brother J. C. Lester had won a speaker's place on 
** Founder's Medal," but a mistake was made in regard to 
brother H. L. Manson, our only representative in last year's 
law class. The report should have read, that Manson was ap- 
pointed as one of the four public moot court speakers. Our 
record last year is as follows : 

We initiated four men and had two affiliates. Brother W. A. 
Webb, one of our initiates, won the * * Declaimer's Medal" in 
the Dialectic Society. 

Six of the ten graduate degrees in the Academic Department 
were won by Phis, brother E. I. Crockett leading the class. 

Three of the five post graduate degrees were made by This, 
brother Sims making his Ph. D. 

We also had one graduate in the Law Department. 

Brother E. L Crockett won ** Founder's Medal" in the 
Academic Department. The two speakers' medals went else- 
where, also the Owen medal, the Kappa Alphas capturing 
** Founder's" in oratory, the non-frats the ** Young Medal" 
(oratory) and L. C. Merriam {B f) 11) the Owen medal (in 
German) and the ** Crawford Scholarship" (Jr. Prize). 

The two speakers from Academic Department for commence- 
ment day, June 20th. were Phis, brother Crocket being ** Class 
Representative," and your Reporter '* Faculty Representative." 

Two of the seniors are back at Vanderbilt this year as ** Fel- 
lows," one Phi and one non-frat. At the last meeting (June) 
of the ** Board of Trust" brother W. R. Sims was raised to the 
position of Adjunct Professor of English and History, and 
brother Claude Waller made Instructor in Mathematics. Three 
of the six Phi graduates have returned to Vanderbilt this session. 
Brother E. L Crockett is Fellow in German. Marvin West 
studying for M. A. , and Stewart Brooks is in the Law Depart- 
ment. The other three are W. T. Saunders, who is reading law 
in Athens, Ala.; N. A. Gibson, teaching school in Danccyville, 
Tenn., and your Reporter, who is at the University of Virginia 
working for B. L. this session. 

Other items concerning the happenings at Vanderbilt since 
the opening of the session will, I presume, be sent to the Scroll 
by the Reporter for '88-9. 

November i, 1888. W. H. Harris. 


The session of 1887-88, which closed with us on the 20th 
June, was one of the most prosperous in the history of Ten- 
nessee Alpha. Our policy in regard to initiates was more con- 
servative than has usually been the case heretofore. Although 
we initiated only four men, still we had much the strongest 
chapter here, both in regard to numbers and scholarship. In 
the Senior class we were unusually strong — three-fifths of the 
class being Phis. We were triply sure of Founder's medal, as 
three Phis held the first three places in scholarship. Besides 
those in the regular class of '88 we had three men to take post 
graduate degrees— an M. A., an M. S. and a Ph.D. 

Phi Delta Theta received her usual share of fellowships and 
instructorships. Brother Sims, who received his Doctorate last 
commencement, has been elected adjunct professor in English 
and History. The instructors in mathematics and physics are 
both Phis, and the fellowship in German is held by brother 
Crockett, Founder's medalist of 1887-88. 

At our first meeting this year sixteen answered to roll-call. 
Now we are twenty in number, having secured four new men. 

We are glad to announce the names of brother R. S. Stock- 
ton, of the Sophomore, and brothers R. A. Barr, A. P. Cockett, 
and R. P. McReynoIds, of the Freshman class. 

All the classes are now organized. Phis hold offices as fol- 
lows : 

Winfield, Poet Senior class ; McConnell, Vice-President 
Junior; Brockman, Vice-President Sophomore; E. H. Jones, 
Secretary Sophomore ; A. P. Crockell, Secretary Freshman. 

Financially, the Comet of i887-'88 proved a complete suc- 
cess. Not only were all expenses paid, but a balance was left. 

Encouraged by this success, the fraternities have elected their 
respective editors for the third volume of the Comet, The six 
fraternities having two editors each. 

A weekly newspaper has been started at Vanderbilt by a num- 
ber of the students. Three issues of this four-page sheet have 
come out, and it has an appropriate name, The Hustler — far, 
truly, it is making things hustle. The Hustler represents no 
society, no fraternity, but is designed to represent the students 
as a body. The Hustler s editorial staff consists of some of the 
strongest men at Vanderbilt, and its success is assured, as it is 
receiving the hearty support of the students. 

On account of the difficulty of securing a suitable hall, our 
meetings this session have not been very regular, but such will 
no longer be the case as we now have a comfortable hall. None 
of the fraternities have chapter houses here, and as this trouble 
in securing suitable halls is general, very likely some decided 
steps will be taken in that direction. 

Tennessee Alpha has always stood by the constitution of Phi 

124 7HE SCROLL. 

Delta Theta in regard to the initiation of sub-Freshmen. No 
longer, however, can any of the fraternities at Vanderbilt take in 
sub-Freshmen, for they are a thing of the past. This is the 
first year the sub-Freshman classes have been abolished, and the 
Freshman class shows a marked gain, both in numbers and in 
well-prepared men. 

We hope very soon to add to our number several more choice 

November 6, 1888. Paul M. Jones. 

Mississippi Alpha, University of Mississippl 

Owing to the yellow fever scare at Jackson, this State, the 
opening of this University was postponed from September 27th 
to October 15th. There were few new students at first, but they 
are dropping in from day to day, and doubtless we will soon 
have our usual number. 

Mississippi Alpha commenced the year with ten (10) true and 
loyal Phis — three Seniors, two Juniors, three Sophomores and 
two Freshmen. Brother Pierce, though not attending the Uni- 
versity, attends all our Guys. 

The following named brothers who were with us last year, are 
located as follows : 

Brother Jno. Lehman is studying Law in Memphis. Brothers 
Joe Venn and Ed. Lehman are in Drug houses in the same city. 
Brothers Bob and Ed. Nail are attending school at Clarksville, 
Tenn. Brother R. D. Sessions is at the Virginia Mil. Ins. 
Brother C. H. Trotter is taking a business course at Louisville. 
Brother Jno. Oliver is representing the Wesson Mills in the prin- 
cipal eastern cities. 

We had the pleasure of having with us a few days last week 
Brother L. M. South worth. Democratic elector for the State at 
large, who was returning from a speech-making tour through 

The citizens of Oxford and the students are to wind up the 
Presidential campaign to-morrow night by a grand torch light 
procession. Brother Firman Smith will be one of the orators 
to address the assembly. 

With bright hopes for the future, and pleasant remembrances 
of the past, we send greeting to all brother Phis, and best wishes 
for a successful year for Phi Delta Theta, 

November 4th, 1888. E. J. Buck. 

Alabama Beta Alumni, 

In June the resident members of Selma, who are members of 
our noble order, met and organized ourselves into a chapter, vith 


W. W. Qaarles, President; H. R. Dawson, Warden; A. W. 
Nelson, Reporter, Secretary and Treasurer. After discussing 
matters of interest to each and every Phi, we adjourned to meet 
at the call of the president. The chapter is composed of fifteen 
men. Selma is truly a Phi town, there being more Phis in our 
city than all other fraternity mtn combined. We are represented 
in every line of business, and our men stand well in their 
respective callings. We hope that this may be the most pros- 
perous year of our national order. Success to the Scroll. 
November 3, 1888. A. W. Nelson. 


Ohio Alpha, Miami University. 

Miami University opened her doors this year with very favor- 
ably omens. 

The faculty has been reorganized, but two of the former pro- 
fessors being retained, Dr. A. D. Hepburn and Prof. Henry 
Snyder, of the English Language and Chemical and Physical 
Science departments respectively. The following are the newly- 
elected members of the faculty, viz. : President. E. D. ^^'anfield, 
A.' M., LL. B., a graduate of Princeton and Oxford, England ; 
W. Johnson, of Princeton, Professor of Mental and Moral 
Philosophy; Walter R. Bridgman, A. M., of Yale, Greek Lan- 
guage and Literature ; William A. Merrill, A. M., of Amherst, 
Latin Language and Literature ; Joseph V. Collins. A. M. , 
Ph. D., Mathematics and Astronomy; C. W. Hargitt. M. S., 
Biology and Geology; Thomas M. Parrott, A. B., Principal of 
Preparatory Department and instructor in Ancient Languages. 

The resignations of Drs. Emerson and Sterrett ot the Latin 
and Greek departments, necessitated elections of new men to 
those positions. We regretted very much the loss of these two 
men, as they are members of Phi Delta Theta, and are loyal 
brothers in the bond. Brother Emerson has accepted the chair 
of Greek in an Illinois college, and brother Sterrett has the chair 
of Greek in Texas University. We most heartily commend him 
to our brethren of Texas Beta. 

Ohio Alpha again begins a year's work with enthusiasm, 
though we feel sorely the loss of brothers H.Weidner and K. Prugh 
by graduation, our first loss in this manner and therefore the 
more keenly felt ; also brother Edwin Emerson, Dr. Emerson's 
brother, who has gone into business in Brooklyn, New York, 
and brother Dr. Emerson and Dr. Sterrett as stated above. In 
their departure from Miami we lose ardent and loyal workers for 
Phi Delta Theta. Brother Weidner will take up journalistic 
work as his profession. Brother Prugh has charge of the High 


School at Eaton, O. We wish both all the success that can be 

At present we number eight men in college and one associate 
member, brother Spiney, who attended the University last >ear. 

Thus far we have not captured any ** barbs," but hope soon to 
do so. 

We feel highly honored that we can claim brother Ben. Har- 
rison, the Republican candidate for President, as a member of 
Ohio Alpha. 

We regret not sending a letter to the Scroll for the October 
number, but hope to have good reports to make in the future 

October 13, 1888. J. H. Macready. 

Ohio Gamma, Ohio University. 

The New Year opened here with good prospects. 

The number in attendance is greatly increased and several 
additions have been made to the faculty. 

As well as the college, Ohio Gamma has bright hopes for the 
future. Although she is seven less than last Spring, yet the 
eight that are left are just as enthusiastic and as loyal as ever. 

As the ' * spiking material " is rather limited, we have, as yet, 
initiated but one man. 

The standing of the frats here is — viz. : ^ A Q, g ; B G 11, 10; 
J TJ, II. 

November 4. 1888. D. W. Welch. 

Kentucky Alpha, Centre College. 

The present year of Centre College has been a quiet and pros- 
perous one, and nothing has happened worthy of particular men- 
tion except the inauguration of our new President, William C. 
Young, ^ 77, a graduate of Old Centre and a son of the first 
president of our College. Fraternity material at Centre, this 
year, is scarce, and up to this time we have initiated but one, 
brother Edwin R. Curry, '91. 

We have nine members now, having lost four by not return- 
ing. One of these, brother William R. Cook, '89, would have 
probably returned but for the wound he received by the death of 
his mother. Brother Willis Green, '89, will probably return 
about Christmas. 

Brother William Lawson Sumrall, '87, who, after completing 
the course here, and also at Harvard, has returned there to 
study law. 

Brother F. W. Samuels, '87, who formerly resided here, but 
now practicing medicine in Louisville, Ky.» was married a short 
time ago to Miss Mattie Bell Hays of that place. 


Brother W. B. Nelson, '88, has taken a position in a Wiscon- 
sin Bank. 


The other fraternities of our College have more members than 
we, but we prefer " quality to quantity. " 

Hoping success to Phi Delta Theta, we remain yours in the 

November 5, 1888. George A. McRoberts. 

Kentucky Delta, Central University. 

Only four old members of Kentucky Delta returned this fall. 
Brothers Harrison and L. Clay graduated last June; also brother 
Cook, but he has returned to take a post-graduate course. 
Brothers Sanders and B. J. Clay are not with us this year, but 
we hope to have them next session. 

Brothers Shewmaker and Sanders represented us in the orato- 
rical contest last June, and brother Joffrion in the declaimers' 

We have initiated two men this fall, J. C. Woodward, '91, 
Paris, Ky., and A. R. Mitchell, '92, Lake Charles, La., both are 
good and substantial men. 

Brother Shewmaker took the Greek medal last June. In fact 
in every contest our men always share the honors and prizes. 

In the latter part of last session the fraternity had the pleasure 
of attending a sumptuous banquet given to them by a lady friend 
of the fraternity. The table was grand beneath the oppressive 
weight of eatables and drinkables. Pleasure ruled the hours 
and all went ** merry as a marriage bell." 

The fraternity is in good condition; has a nice hall, and is 
moving on smoothly in every way. 

November 3, 1888. R. E. Roberts. 

Indiana Delta, Franklin College. 

Last year was a successful one in respect to numbers and 
quality of our men. 

On the evening of April 2gth we gave an entertainment, the 
twenty-eighth anniversary of our chapter. 

On Tuesday evening, before commencement proper, we held 
our social and banquet in the parlors of the Baptist church. 
Some of our older brothers were with us, among whom were 
Prof. Hall, C. McCoy, J. T. C. Noe, J Will Fesler of State 

This year the chapter opens with but seven out of the fifteen 
boys of last June. 

Brother A. Clark is an editor in California; C. Collins is at 


Vanderbilt University, L Sternnug, C. Curry, W. McColley, 
teaching near Franklin; L. E. Sellers, at Windfall, and C. 
Holmes at Letts Corner, preaching; C. E. Goedell here in city, 

We have initiated three men, Clarence Province, of '93, T. J. 
Leach, of '92, and W. P. Garshwiler, of '93. 

Brother W. A. Halleman of Peoria, 111., spent two days visit- 
ing his Phi home and friends at Franklin. 

October 23, 1888. E. M. Fisher. 

Michigan Beta, Michigan Agricultural College. 

Michigan Beta is in a thriving condition. We lost four of our 
most active members by graduation last August, but we have 
initiated also several good new men, so that in numbeis we are 
about as usual. 

We are proud to present the Phi world the following initiates: 
Charles F. Baker, '91, of St Croix Falls, Wis.; Victor H. Lowe, 
'91, of Jackson, Mich.; Chas. F. Weideman, '91, of East Sagi- 
naw, Mich.; and William Enders, '91, of Benton Harbor, Mich. 
— making our total membership seventeen. 

A large class of freshmen entered at the beginning of the year 
and we are ''rushing " a few of their best men. 

Brother L. H. Bailey, M. S. of '82, has accepted the chair of 
Horticulture at Cornell University. 

A T J's chapter here seems to be doing good work. 

There is at present much rivalry between the Phis and Delts 
over some of the new men, and we have good prospects of com- 
ing out ahead. 

On October 19 we gave a semi-open meeting, at which the 
ladies of the white and blue were present. Literary exercises, 
banquet and dancing^were the order of the evening. It is need- 
less to say that all spent a pleasant evening. 

October 29, 1888. R. S. Baker. 

Michigan Gamma, Hillsdale College. 

Last year was prosperous for ^ z/ © at Hillsdale. The hon- 
ors won previous to June have been reported, but it may be well 
to add that our brothers won some of the best prizes at the Slates 
Intercollegiate Athletic Contest at Lansing, in June. Perhaps 
the most noteworthy was the hundred yards dash won, by brother 
Van Vleet and J. W. Carnahan were two of the four running for 

Brother Robinson, Reynolds and Garbugh left us by gradua- 
tion. Brothers Greene, Chaffee and Carnahan (J. W.) did not 
return this fall. Brother Gilbert has gone to Cornell. We con- 


gratulate N. Y. Alpha upon the addition of our brother to 
their ranks. We began this year with ten men and unity. 
November 3 we initiated brother T. C. Lawrence, '92. We 
no longer receive under-freshmen. 

November 6, 1888. E. D. Palmer. 

Illinois Zeta. Lombard University. 

Illinois Zeta rejoices that Phis are again permitted to give and 
receive greetings through The Scroll. The time past since the 
last number of last year and the fir^t of this year seems lost. It 
is as if we had been cut off from our brethren, and we have so 
much to tell them that we hardly know how to begin. 

Now to take a glance over the time since you last heard of us. 
As usual we have been booming. We celebrated our annual 
banquet in conjunction with our brothers of Illinois Delta and 
it was certainly the social event of the season. We invited every 
fraternity man in both Lombard and Knox, besides many friends 
among the barbarian population of both colleges and the city. 
It was of sufficient importance for the city dailies to devote sev- 
eral columns to it; and one even had a special artist on the spot 
and printed an illustrated article containing verbatim reports of 
the toasts. 

Just prior to the banquet we made the great catch of the 
season by initiating Brothers Allen F. Moore, '89, and Vernon 
A. Smith, '91. Both gentlemen had been in school two years, 
but owing to unfortunate circumstances, had been unable to join 
us before. 

Only one Phi graduated with '88. brother Allen W. Lapham, 
who for over six years was one of the most Phis ever known. 
To him in a considerable part is due the standing of the frater- 
nity at Lombard. He is now studying medicine at Keokuk, Iowa. 

Late in the year it was decided by the students to have annual 
field day exercises. It is a matter worthy ol note that eight out 
of the nine officers of the Athletic Association organized to have 
charge were Phis. Brother Lapham was the president, and to 
him is largely due the complete success of the field day. Con- 
sidering we had but fourteen members, it is clearly seen that our 
boys won their positions on their own merits and not because of 
a majority of votes being from our chapter. On Field Day we 
took over half the prizes. Two of the base-ball captains and the 
two foot-ball captains were Phis. 

In honors at Commencement time we were not without repre- 
sentation. Brother Lyman McCare, '85, of Quincy. delivered 
the master's oration. In the Annual Open Meeting of the Ero- 

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sophian Society brother Harsh was orator, brother Trott de- 
claimer, brother Moore medleyist, and brother McConnell presi- 
dent Only two others were on the programme. 

So much for last year, now for this — school opened September 
6 with an increased attendance. One thing however is noticeable, 
and that is the increased number of ''^special*' students. This is 
due, of course, to the fact of the increased fiacilities for studies in 
special lines as the university grows older and prospers. It also 
seems to be the tendency of the age to pursue in college those 
special branches of the course which the student believes will be 
a material help to him in his after life. The majority of these 
students are excellent men, and older than the average college 
student. We are always slow to initiate such men for the reason 
that we like to have as large a per cent, of graduates as possible. 
We make exceptions though for some exceptionally good ones, 
and in the majority of cases we have finally succeeded in getting 
such men to abandon their ** special course " idea, and enter on 
a regular course and take a degree. This we regard as our best 
card for retaining the favor of the faculty. This change of plan 
is in most cases due entirely to fraternity influences. 

So far we have initiated eight new members, which, added to 
our ten at the opening of school gives us a nice chapter roll. On 
October 4th, we took McClelland Case, Charles Cottrell, Asa 
Royce, Arnold Bruington, and George J. Davis by the hand as 
brothers. On October 19th we initialed Bret H. Brigham, Les- 
ter L. Silliman and E. C. Root. We regard these all as excep- 
tionally good men. Brother Brigham is a Junior and a brother 
of brother L. Ward Brigham, '86, a good Phi, and at present 
practicing medicine in Chicago. Brother Case is ranked at 
present with '92, but as he is ahead of his course somewhat he 
will probably go out with '91. Our opposing body (© p') has 
a very good chapter but don't seem to be doing much, only two 
men initiated as yet, a Sophomore and a theological Freshman. 

In college honors for the present year we already commence 
to show up nicely. The Athletic Association in its recent elec- 
tion chose all Phi officers with one exception, and is a 
barbarian who acts with the Phis very nicely. We have the vice- 
presidency of the leading literary society. In the Republican 
Club of the University we have the president, vice-president, sec- 
retary, treasurer, captain of marching club, director of glee club, 
and some other minor offices. On the staff of the Lombard Re- 
view we have every office and position, save that of editor-in-chief 
and alumni editor. 

Fearing I may be trespassing on other's space if I continue, I 
shall stop short here, to commence again in next Scroll. 

October 25, 1888. Sam D. Harsh. 


Missouri Alpha, University of Missouri. 

Phi Delta Theta at Missouri University opened up this year 
with fourteen Phis, in point of numbers being a more auspici- 
ous opening than we have had for several years. 

In this respect we had a decided advantage over our esteemed 
rivals, none of them opening with more than eight men. In 
consequence the rushing season has not been as lively as in other 
years, which is due to two facts — first, that we have had nearly 
everything our own way, and second, good Phi material is scarcer 
in our university than it has been for some years past. Our 
prospects for the ensuing year are bright, we aie sure of captur- 
ing the academic valedictory and look forward to capturing a 
large share of the other honors, as we have the men capable of 
doing it 

We graduated one man in the class of '88, brother J. M. 
Fraley, who stood second in his class. He was awarded the 
astronomy medal, which, next to the valedictory, is considered 
the highest honor in the University, as before a student is 
eligible to contest for this prize he must have a grade of 95% in 
the entire mathematical course. Brother Fraley was the only 
contestant, being the only one of his class who had attained this 
high grade. 

We are glad to welcome into our fold brother Charles France, 
a Phi from Missouri Beta who has entered our University and 
will affiliate with Mo. A at our next meeting. 

According to our custom, we gave our annual banquet on 
May 28, and we think that as a brilliant social success it eclipsed 
any of our previous efforts. It will probably be interesting to 
the fraternity to read the following impartial account of it as 
given by the Columbia Herald : 


The annual reception of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity was 
given Monday evening, May 28, at the Haden Opera House. 
The house was arranged so as to make dancing room for six sets 
by extending a platform from the stage over the parquet. The 
room was decorated with tropical plants and cut flowers, which, 
when viewed in connection with the stage scenery, blended into 
a pleasing line, that exhibited much taste in arrangement. The 
stage was beautifully and tastefully decorated with the colors of 
the fraternity, argent and azure, which hung in festoons from the 
chandeliers. A bow of blue with a broad background of white 
extended across the stage, in the centre of which was a large 
shield and sword — the badge of the fraternity. Out of this de- 
sign the mystic symbols of Phi Delta Theta looked out on those 


engaged in the giddy whirl. Over this hung a mammoth shield 
with a sword inserted behind, which was another evidence of the 
taste and decorative ability of the young gentlemen under whose 
auspices this most successful entertainment was given. The 
shield was made of cedar and bronze, the cedar bounding the 
bronze, which was the body of the shield. On the bronze back- 
ground was an unrolled scroll with the letters Phi Delta Theta 
on it. Through an opening in the background the lake scene, 
which is described elsewhere, stood out with pleasing effect and 
scenic beauty. Besides these there were many other decorations 
consisting of flags, symbols of the fraternity, etc., which the lack 
of space forbids us to mention. All in all the stage and supper 
room presented a picture of rare beauty and taste, which when 
once viewed is not to be forgotten, and we congratulate the 
young gentlemen on the signal success of this their annual 
banquet. R. T. Haines. 

October 22, 1888. 

Missouri Beta, Westminster College. 

The '* genial, jolly Phis," of Westminster, are still leading the 
fight, and gradually adding to their numbers and accomplish- 
ments. Our *' Royal Bucker" has again had the pleasure of 
tossing up from *' Barbarium " three worthy members for our 
society, brothers H. B. Crawford, J. H. Higbee and Clyde 
Smith. The '* Royal Gentleman " was feeling good the night 
of the initiation, and he brought his riders into the light with 
such speed and vehemence that they were scarcely able to stand. 
They still survive, however, and promise much. 

Brother Geo. Miller is expected to return to his college duties 
about Christmas. 

Brothers Langtry, Ferguson and Keller went as delegates to 
the Y. M. C. A. convention, held at Lexington last week. 

November 6, 1888. W. S. Foreman. 

Minnesota Alpha, University of Minnesota. 

The University of Minnesota began another year with brighter 
prospects than ever before. The opening of Colleges of Law 
and Medicine marks another era of growth and prosperity. The 
attendance in the College of Liberal Arts is nearly 500, in the 
Law School 75, and in the College of Medicine 125. From this 
our friends can see that the University of Michigan is fast attain- 
ing a front rank among universities of the West. 

The Pillsbury Science Hall is nearly completed. It is one of 
the finest college buildings in the West. Its cost is $225,000. 

Phi Delta Theta claims the honor of having more members of 


the faculty than any other fraternity in the University. We have 
three, viz., brother W. R. Hoag, C. E., who was elected to the 
chair of Civil Engineering last spring; brother Conway McMillan, 
M. A., who is the Botanist at the University, and brother Max. 
P. Vander Horck, M. D., who is Professor of Skin Diseases in 
the Medical School. All these professors are loyal and very en- 
thusiastic Phis. 

Minnesota Alpha began the new year with eleven attendant 
members and five associates. Total sixteen. We have lost two 
who were with us last year — brother H, W. Thompson, '88, 
graduated, and is studying law in St Paul, and brother Fred P. 
Schoonmaker. '91, who thought best to finish his course at Cornell 
University. Fritz was our handsome man, and we hated to have 
him go, but we commend him to New York Alpha. 

The rushing season has been very exciting, besides being a 
very long one. 

Our rivals in Chi Psi were fortunate in having in '92 boys 
whose brothers and cousins had been Chi Psis before them, and 
so they were Chi Psi too. They have initiated five very good 
men. Phi Delta Theta met them in a straight out fight and 
came out victors, bringing with us, as the spoils, Everett B. Kirk, 
'92, of St. Paul. It was the worst defeat we have ever had the 
pleasure of giving the Chis, and it was a very bitter pill for them 
to swallow, but they took it very nicely. On last Saturday even- 
ing we initiated Everett B. Kirk of St. Paul, Hilleary L. Murray, 
Edwin J. Krafft and Elon Huntington of Minneapolis, all of '92. 
All of these brothers are well worth the time and work we put on 
them, and will do honor to Minnesota Alpha and ^ J &. There 
are more to follow. 

Phi Delta Theta has been given a very good share of the hon- 
ors this year. 

Brother Moffett, '89, is the President of a Students' Harrison 
and Morton Club of over one hundred and fifty members. 

Brother Thomas, '89, is the President of the Tennis Associa- 

Brother Stockwell, '89, is the President of Hermean Literary 
Society, and the Statistician of '89 on Class Day. 

Brothers Leeds and Spaulding, '90, are on the Oratorical Con- 

Brother Bebb, '91, is Vice-President of S. C. A, Brother 
Blethen, '91, is Poet of '91. Brother Nickerson is Prophet of '91. 
Besides these, the boys hold various smaller offices. 

One thing which we esteem to be an honor more than any- 
thing else is the foundation of Pi Beta Nu, a scholarship society 
which came into existence last spring. Brother Thompson, 88, 
was the founder and its first President. The society consists of 
five members from the senior class who have been elected from 


the ten best scholars in the class, and these in turn elect five from 
the ten best scholars in the junior class. Among the five elected 
last spring from junior class was brother Moffett, '89. He is the 
Vice-President of the society this year. 

The fraternities are all flourishing, especially K W, which 
was established here last March. It was re-enforced this year by 
five men from the defunct chapter at Carlton College. They 
have two men in the Law School. Their chapter has eighteen 

Kappa Kappa Gamma has been just '* booming." Up to date 
they have initiated ten new members, and have a good prospect 
to initiate two or three more. Their chapter numbers about 

Chi Psi has fourteen members. 

Theta Phi (local) numbers sixteen. 

Delta Gamma has initiated two new girls, which brings their 
number up to nine. 

Delta Tau Delta foots the list, with seven. 

We expect soon to see chapters of Sigma Chi and Kappa 
Alpha Theta badged out. 

The society that the Phis would like to see here is Beta Theta 

Minnesota Alpha will cast a solid vote for Ben Harrison, and 
sends her hearty congratulations to our youngest Massachusetts 

October 17, 1888. Walter L. Stockwell. 

Nebraska Alpha, University of Nebraska. 

As the class of '88 contained two of our members, the opening 
of the present year found us but six in number. This instead 
of being a discouragement to us, was only an incentive to harder 
work. As the result of the work, we take great pleasure in in- 
troducing to our brother Phis, brothers G. L. Tait, '92, W. C. 
Dorsey, '92, and H. J. Edmundson, '92, all of whom have been 
fully initiated into the mysteries of /I fe). We are also work- 
ing three other men, whom we are reasonably sure of getting. 

We are now the strongest chapter in numbers in the Uni- 
versity, and we hope to show by our work in the future that 
we are also the strongest in ability. 

At the beginning of the year B Q II put a chapter of seven 
members here, only four of whom are at present in school. 
Last Friday (October 19) J Falso put in a chapter of five mem- 
bers. There are now six fraternities represented in the Univer- 
sity. From this it is evident that the strong anti-fraternity 
feeling that once existed here is growing much weaker. 

During the coming years, the ''frats" expect to publish an 


annual, which we hope to make equal to the best, and our 
chapter will be pleased to exchange with our sister chapters. 

Our University is in a prosperous condition. We commence 
the year with over four hundred students and twenty-seven in- 
structors. Our new armory and gymnasium will be ready for 
dedication in a few weeks, and our new Science Hall will be 
ready about the first of the winter term. 

During the session of the Lep:islature, the coming winter, it is 
expected that appropriations will be made for two more build- 

As our former chancellor was discharged from his position at 
the beginning of the year, we are at present without one. We 
expect that the vacancy will be filled at an early date, and in 
the meantime Prof. Bessey, who is at the head of our botani- 
cal department, is acting chancellor. 

We also have a new commander of the military department, 
in the person of T. W. Griffith, Second Lieutenant Eighteenth 
Infantry, United States army. 

Brother Emery, of Ohio Zeta, has been appointed Assistant 
Professor of Languages. 

Of our own chapter, brother Fulmer, '^j, has been appointed 
Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the University, and at the 
same time is studying for his A. M. degree. 

Brother Frankforter, '86, who took his A. M. degree last June, 
has been appointed Professor of Chemistry in the High Sichool 
of Lincoln, Nebraska. 

By the way, every A. M. degree that has been taken in the 
University has been taken by the Phis. 

We are making preparations, with the assistance of our 
alumni, to refurnish our rooms — (rooms 4 and 5 Piatt Block) — 
where we will be glad at any time to welcome any Phi who 
may be in the city. 

October 23, 1888. J. A. Barris. 


Vermont Alpha. 

'92. Joel Allen, North Hero, Vt. 

'92. George Henry Baker, Chateaugay, N. Y. 

'92. Hermon AUine Howe, Newfane, Vt. 

'92. Robert Ellsworth Lewis, Berkshire, Vt. 

'92. Edwin Curtis Mower, Morristown, Vt. 

'92. Charles Leland Orton, Waldon, Vt. 

'92. Halbert Lee Waterman, Brattleboro, Vt. 

Massachusetts Alpha. 
'90. Everett Dearborn Chadwick. 


'92. Herbert Leslie Mapes. 

'92. William Frank Edgerton. 

'92. Henry Vinton Woodward. 

'92. Wm. R. A. Wilson. 

'92. Russell Lord Tarbox. 

Pennsylvania Delta. 

'90. R. W. Elliott, Greensburg, Ohio. 
'92. Otis E. Conway, Jamestown, N. Y. 
'92. Ellis J. Chesbro, Willoughby, Ohio. 

Georgia Beta. 

'92. Paul Bowman Brewer, Elberton, Ga. 

'92. Osgood Francis Cooke, Waycross. Ga. 

'92. Frank Coleman Keene, Ogelthorpe, Ga, 

'92. Alfred Carswell Fraseur, Gordon, Ga. 

'92. James Parks Neese, Hampton, Ga. 

'92. Edwin Saulsbury Rogers, Macon, Ga. 

'92. William Rokenbaugh Rogers, Macon, Ga. 

Ohio Gamma. 
'92. Elbert Brutus Gore, Georgetown, Ohio. 

Missouri Alpha. 

'91. Joseph Clark Tipton, Las. Vegas., N. M. 
'92. John Prichard Shelley, Princeton, Mo. 
'92. Charles Gregg Haines, Columbia, Mo. 
'92. John Doak Shclton, Applelon City, Mo. 

AfTiliatod from Mo. B. 
'92. Chas. France, St. Joseph, Mo. 

N. T. 


Pennsylvania Delta. 

'88. F. M. Kerr is at Union Theological Seminary, New 

'88. D. W. Howell pursues a course at Drew, Madison, 


*W, J. A. Parsons is pastor of the M. E. Church, at Saeger- 
town, Pa. 

Ex '88. F. S. Christy is at Denver, Col. 

Ex '88. T. C. Blaisdell teaches at Charlotte, N. C, this 

'87. Will Bignell goes back to Johns Hopkins again to con- 
tinue the study of the Teutonic languages. 

Ex '90. C. E. Newkirk is at Westminster College preparing 
for the Senior year at Princeton. 

'88. John Bell begins this year a course in medicine at the 


College of the City of New York. He expects to become a 
medical missionary. 

Georgia Beta. 

'74. Wm. A. Keener, who has been an Asst. Prof, at the Har- 
vard Law School, was elected by the Corporation last June to the 
Story Professorship of Law. He has also broaghi out two 
volumes of selected cases on Quasi-contrasts, and intimates in 
the preface to the book that it will be followed by a treatise on 
the same subject 

Ohio Epsilon. 

'79. Arthur Adelbert Stearns, ex-Historian of the General 
Council, was married to Miss Lillian Grant Piatt, at Glendale, 
Ohio, November 21. 

Hall of Georgia Beta, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, 

Oxford, Ga., November 6, *^^. 
Whereas, on the 21st of August, 1888, a short illness, under 
the hand of God, removed from this to a belter heritage above, 
our much loved friend and brother, 



Whereas, in the death of brother Horwell, the Phi Delta 
Theta Fraternity sustains an incalculable loss; be it 

Resolved : That in the death of our brother the little city of 
McDonough has lost one of its truest and most praiseworthy 
citizens and officers — one who feared God and regarded man, 
and whose highest aim and thought was to elevate humanity, 
thereby glorifying the author of his being; 

Resolved: That his venerable father and mother and his 
weeping wife and sisters have our sincerest sympathies in this 
sad bereavement ; and be it further 

Resolved: That a copy of the resolutions be sent to the 
family of the deceased, and also to the Scroll of the Fraternity, 

R. F. Fakes. 


J. T. Daves. 

Indiana Delta. 

Joseph C. Smith, of Franklin, Indiana, who has been in poor 
health for several years past, died at Colorado Springs, Colorado, 


of typhoid fever. He went to California several months ago for 
his health, and from there to Colorado, where it was thought he 
had been greatly benefited until the sad news reached his friends 
a few days ago, of his last illness. Mrs. Smith went West with 
him, but was home on a visit when she received a telegram an- 
nouncing his serious illness, and she returned to his bedside 
only a few days before his death. 

Mr. Smith was one of the most respected and honored citizens 
of Johnson county, having served in many business capacities in 
which his unswerving honesty and integrity were features of his 
character to be admired by all who had business with him, and 
which secured for him the esteem and confidence of all who 
knew him. He will be remembered as the genial cashier of the 
National Bank, and was elected vice-president of the present 
bank when the two consolidated. He was a member of the 
Presbyterian church and Masonic order in Franklin, and also 
a prominent member of the Fellow Helpers' Society. 

His wife, the daughter of Captain W. B. Ellis, and one child 
survive him. 


The Vale News says *'The Alpha Delta Phi lecture course at 
Wesleyan has on its programme Laland T. Powers, Will. Carl- 
ton, George Makepeace Towle, and Mrs. Scott Siddons," Also 
says there are eight collo^es with attendance over i,oco — Harv- 
ard 1, 600; Columbia 1,4^7; University of Michigan 1,475; Yale 
1,310; Oberlin 1,302; Nortliwestern University 1,100; Cornell 
1,100; University of Pennsylvania 1,069. 

Vanderbilt University opened on the 19th of September, with 
the same number of students on the register as before. The 
rigidness of the entrance examinations caused a large number of 
the would-be freshmen to return to their homes. A local paper. 
The Vandtrbilt Hustler, has made its appearance. It is to come 
out every Saturday morning, when it will criticise the faculty, 
condemn the actions of that honorable body and generally 
"ventilate the college corridor.'' The University also supports 
the Observer, a literary monthly, published by the societies. The 
Tennis Association is in a flourishing condition; the younger 
members of the faculty have taken a decided interest in its 
success. Dr. Dudley is President, and Prof. Merrill, Vice- 
President. Sanders, the star pitcher of the Philadelphia League 
Club, will return this fall and pursue his studies in the engineer- 
ing department. His being a professional base ball player will, 
of course, prevent his playing with the college nine. Hawaii, 
however, be of great service as a trainer for the boys. 


The University of Virginia completed the second week of its 
session with a registration of four hundred and one students, the 
largest registration since 1870. It is not unlikely that the num- 
ber will ultimately reach the limit of that year — four hundred 
and forty-seven. Of the entire number present two hundred and 
thirty are Virginians and one hundred and seventy-one are from 
other States. In 1870 and 1871 only one hundred and fifty-eight 
were Virginians, while two hundred and eighty-nine were from 
other States, mainly Southern States. This also indicates a more 
stable condition of prosperity than at the earlier date. All the 
new enterprises undertaken by the University are beginning suc- 
cessfully. The Biological School, conducted by Prof. Tuttle, 
recently of the Ohio State University, opens with twelve matric- 
ulents. The Department of Physical Culture, directed by Mr. 
Huntington, recently of Amherst College, in Massachusetts, has 
large and daily increasing classes. The students' dormitories 
have been supplied with the Edison electric light and it gives the 
best of satisfaction. New dining-rooms of convenient size and 
favorable location give opportunities for economy to the student. 
The professional schools are all very full, the law having one 
hundred and fifteen, the medical ninety-two, and the engineer- 
ing twenty-nine. The number of first-year students is two hun- 
dred and forty-one, a quite unusual proportion. Altogether the 
outlook is hopeful, and the growth of the past three years is fully 

Columbia College Affairs. — It seems to be a far more diffi- 
cult task for a board of college trustees to select a president of 
their college than for a political convention to select its choice 
for President of the United States. Since President Barnard of 
Columbia College resigned the presidency of that institution last 
spring, practically no progress has been made in the selection of 
his successor. 

Discussion has largely confined itself to the question of 
whether the president should be an Episcopal clergyman or 
should come from the laity of that Church. The alumni in 
general think that the proper man for the place is more apt to 
be found outside of the clergy. It is said that the students favor 
the promotion of either Prof. Chandler of the School of Mines, 
or Prof.VanAmringe, the professor of Mathematics. In the mean- 
time, Dr. Drisler, professor of Greek, is acting as president by 
right of seniority. Columbia also experiences difficulty in find- 
ing a suitable occupant for the chair of Latin. It is now two 
years since the death of Prof. Short, and the chair is still vacant 

Yet another matter that weighs on the minds of Columbia's 
trustees is the recommendation made by President Barnard in 
his last annual report, that the undercollegiate department, the 
School of Arts, be abolished and the work of the University be 


what the probabilities are of his coming. I wish also that, as 
you are acquainted with him, you would write a note to him 
saying something in our behalf, which note is to be sent here to 
accompany the invitation. . . . We will get Dr. Humphrey, 
who is a member of your chapter, to sign the invitation, and also 
Dr. Robinson if we have time. I will probably get Dr. Robin- 
son to write a note as I have asked you. The society is in a 
flourishing condition and has fair prospects of continuing so. 
E. J. Anderson, Secretary Kentucky Alpha, to Robert Morrison, 
Cedar Creek, Ky,, January 17, i860. 

Richmond, Va., February 7, i860. Rev. Robert Morrison, 
Cedar Creek, Ky. Dear Brother: I regret that my private 
arrangements will put it out of my power to visit Kentucky next 
summer as proposed. It would on many accounts give me 
much pleasure to be at the commencement and to see my friends 
there, but it is not in my power. With much esteem and affec- 
tion, I am, very truly yours, T. V. Moore. 

Let us print the first catalogues for ourselves^ for our own ben- 
efit, and when we know thus who is who, prbpagandism can be 
carried forward in places of importance better far than otherwise. 
It will encourage each of us to know that we have so many brave 
brothers, and it will bring about a union of spirit and an esprit 
de corps among graduate members that we so much need. 
Robert Morrison, Cedar Creek, Ky., to E. J. Anderson, Centre 
College, January 23, i860. 

The order is established at present at six different institutions 
besides your own — Wisconsin Alpha, at Madison, Wis. ; Wis- 
consin Beta. I do not remember the name of the college just 
now. Illinois Alpha, Evanston ; Northwestern University, estab- 
lished last year, and when heard from last summer in a flourish- 
ing condition ; the Indiana Alpha, Bloomington ; the Indiana 
Beta, Wabash College, and the Indiana Gamma, Northwestern 
Christian University, Indianapolis, where we organized a chap- 
ter about two months ago. From a private letter of an old mem- 
ber of this chapter I learn that the Gamma chapter is doing very 
well and the members are well worthy to be enrolled among 
those who have gone before them in the association. By the ad- 
vice of D. D. Banta, a correspondent member, we have been 
taking steps toward the formation of another chapter at Franklin 
College in this state. What success we may meet with I hardly 
know yet. . . . The Alpha chapter heie is as prosperous and 
in as good condition at present as ever. Having been very care- 
ful in our selection of members we possess only such ones as 
would give character and respectability to an organization like 
ours, and we are now able to hold a hi/h head over the two Greek 
societies who endeavor to compete with us. J. S. Brood welJ, 
Indiana University, to Kentucky Alpha, January 33, i86a 


Delaware, Ohio, January 24, i860. Secretary of the Alpha 
Chapter of the ^ A ^ Society. Dear Sir: I address you this 
note in behalf of a number of students of the Ohio Wesleyan 
University to make known our wish to establish a chapter of 
your fraternity at our university. We would like to know what 
recommendations are necessary for us to furnish before you can 
grant our request. That we can furnish satisfactory recommend- 
ations in all respects we are confident. The young men in 
whose behalf I am now writing are all members of college classes, 
ranging from sophomore to senior. The means we have in our 
control are sufficiently ample to ensure complete success to a 
chapter. Please write to me soon and let me know what you 
care to do for us. Hoping to receive a favorable reply, I remain, 
yours truly, A. P. Collins. 

P. S. — By this mail I send you a catalogue of our institution, 
A. P. C. 

In a letter received yesterday from brother Anderson of the 
Kentucky Alpha he informs me of your desire that a catalogue 
should be published before the meeting of the convention next 
June. I laid this matter before our chapter this afternoon at our 
regular meeting and we resolved to profit by your suggestion. 
Anderson says they have some thirty dollars on hand, while we 
have twenty-five. What do you think such a catalogue as you 
contemplate will cost? I think we can easily raise all the neces- 
sary funds, if they are not already on hand, in a little time. The 
Indiana Alpha will be represented at Danville next summer, and 
I shall write to the other chapters urging them to do the same 
thing. Do you know whether a Phi chapter ever existed at Del- 
aware, Ohio ? I received a catalogue last Friday, directed to the 
"Secretary of Alpha chapter of Phi Delta Theta Society, Bloom- 
ington, Ind.," from the institution at Delaware, in which were 
marked several names. I don't know what to make of it, as in 
looking over the papers of the Ohio Alpha I can find no mention 
or account of the existence of any chapter there. W^e would like 
to hear from you at an early date as to what you think had 
better be done concerning the catalogue or any other matter you 
may propose. Our chapter here is in very good condition. We 
hope to see our Phi brethren in Kentucky and aid them to the 
utmost of our ability in strengthening our organization. Jacob 
S. Brood well, Secret iry Indiana Alpha, to Robert Morrison, 
Cedar Creek, Ky., January 28, i860. 

I wish also to state to you that some of the best students in the 
Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, Ohio, wish to have 
established a chapter of the ^ A (*d Society there. It is one of 
the best colleg^es in the state, and I am acquainted with all the 
gentlemen who propose to apply for a chapter. They are all 
seniors in the regular course, and if they make application to you 


as I have directed them 1 hope you will favorably consider their 
request W. A. Dixon, Northwestern Christian University, to 
Indiana Alpha. February i, i860. 

Delaware, Ohio, February 4, i860. Gentlemen : If this 
note should reach you before you reply to my former one, please 
retain your reply until you hear from the chapter at Indianapolis, 
as we have acquaintances at that place that are members of your 
order. And perhaps they can give you more satisfactory infor- 
mation than we can, not being personally acquainted. Yours 
truly, A. P. Collins, Chairman of Committee. 

Delaware, Ohio, February 6, x86o. Mr. Secretary, Dear 
Sir : Yours of February ist is at hand. Its contents were read, 
and our mistake, as we think, was obser\'ed, to right which is 
the direct object of this note. You say ** Enclosed is a Bond." 
This we did not find. Did you not fail, through mistake, to en- 
close the said '*Bond?" We think so. We do not object to 
your being careful about being hoaxed. We know that we can 
satisfy you as to our genuineness. You will soon hear in our 
behalf from another source. Let us hear from you as soon as 
convenient concerning the **Bond." If consistent give us the 
number of your chapters. Yours truly, A. P. Collins. 

Letters were read from the Ohio Wesleyan University, Dela- 
ware, Ohio, asking power to establish a chapter of the (^ ^ ©at 
that institution ; also from the Indiana Gamma endorsing the 
standing of the applicants and petitioning us to grant the request. 

On motion of Robinson, the secretary was empowered to 

take the preliminary steps towards establishing a chapter.* The 
discussion of the question was adjourned. — Mem. from Indiana 
Alpha minutes, February 11, i860. 

The Secretary read a letter from Mr. A. P. Collins, of the Ohio 
Wesleyan Uuiversity, enclosing the bond signed by himself and 
two others, which the secretary had forwarded to them. They 
informed us they were ready and anxious to go ahead speedily 
and establish a chapter at Delaware. — Mem. from Indiana Alpha 
minutes, February 25, i860. 

The petition of A. P. Collins, C. H. Gray and D. Humphreys 
to the Indiana Alpha for power to establish ** the Ohio Alpjia" 
at Ohio Wesleyan University is dated March 5, i860, and is in 
the regular form. — W. B. P. 

Morrison says the catalogue will cost from $60 to $90 ; so it 
would be as well to raise the latter amount if possible. Your last 
report is not full enough to insert in the catalogue. We desire, 
as soon as possible, you to forward a complete list of all your 
members, correspondent and attendant, the date of the initiation, 


residence and occupation ; a similar list of the defunct Ken- 
tucky Beta, the date of the charter, and thai of the Kentucky 
Beta. . . . We are endeavoring to establish a chapter at the 
Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio. The college is a 
first-class institution. Our prospects are very fine, and we hope 
by taking a new start in the Buckeye state to soon recover lots 
ground in that direction. As soon as you make definite arrange- 
ments as to the time, etc., of the convention we would be pleased 
to hear, in order that the other chapters may be informed. Mor- 
• rison promises us a ** Kentucky welcome," and we hope to avail 
ourselves of the kind offer. How have you succeeded in your 
attempt to organize at Harrodsburg? Jacob S. Broodwell, 
Secretary Indiana Alpha, to E. J. Anderson, Kentucky Alpha, 
March 9, i860. 

Your letter received some days ago. I have delayed to answer 
that I might learn more respecting the financial condition of the 
various chapters, and our prospects generally. There will be no 
difficulty in raising the highest sum ($90) named in your letter 
as necessary to publish the catalogue, and we can now go on to 
get it ready. But how ? I will have all the necessary materials 
here in a week or two, and from these it will be necessary to 
arrange the ''subject matter"" in ship shape condition. All the 
papers of the Ohio Alpha are here. Some names are lost and of 
the whereabouts of many others at present the books give but 
little informaticn. The other chapters will make out correct 
lists for insertion and forward them right away. Of the other 
defunct chapters a report will have to be made out from the im- 
perfect accounts to be found among the papers of the Ohio 
Alpha. As to the Ohio Gamma, the Texas and Tennessee chap- 
ters, how will it be best to insert them in the catalogue ? It 
should be done in some way that they shall be an evidence of 
the strength, not the weakness, of the society. We want some- 
thing a little different and mysierious — unintelligible to the unin- 
itiated at least — in the arrangement. I have been looking over a 
Beta catalogue which I came across some time ago, but we do 
not care about copying after them. Would it not be well, how- 
ever, to arrange the members in one part as they have done, 
designated in some manner to distinguish the chapters, and en- 
deavor to hit upon some new plan for another division. We 
should make as much show as possible with the members we 
have. We always understood here that you had kindly under- 
taken to oversee the supervision and publication of the work. 
W*e have more confidence in your taste and judgment and hope 
we understand the matter rightly. That we may not impose too 
much on you I will forward the work under your direction as 
much as possible. The present term here ends in two weeks, 
and after the first of next (the 15th of April) I will have leisure 


enough — the studies of the last term of the senior year being 
comparatively light — to devote to getting the catalogue ready. I 
will need all your advice, however, as I scarcely know how to 
proceed. The mystery in reference to Delaware, Ohio, was ex- 
plained just after I wrote you last by our receiving a letter from 
Indianapolis urging us to initiate three students of the O. W. U. 
whom they mentioned, in order that we might establish a chapter 
at Delaware, saying that there was a fine opening in that direc- 
tion. We did so, and at our meeting last Saturday, in answer to 
petition, we granted a charter to Messrs. Collins, Humphreys and 
Gray, of that institution, and hope soon to report them as doing 
well. Jacob S. Brood well, Indiana University, to Robert Mor- 
rison, Cedar Creek, Ky., March 15, i860. 

I am informed that there will be a general convention of the 
order at your institution sometime this collegiate year. In be- 
half of our chapter I would be pleased to be informed of the 
exact time of the assemblage. We would like very much to 
have a delegate present and will certainly do so if the meeting 
does not take place during our commencement week, June 25th 
to 29th. You will much oblige me by an early response, that 
we may take action thereon immediately. The order is in good 
condition at the Northwestern Christian University. We have 
eight members in reg:ular attendance and two absent from Col- 
lege on leave. One of our best fellows, who would doubtless 
have received the valedictory, died a few weeks ago. With this 
exception we flatter ourselves that the ^ A & *'is doing as well 
as could be expected." Irvine Robbins, Indiana Gamma, to 
Wm. R. Brown, Kentucky Alpha, March 17, i860. 

Danville, Ky., March 19, i860. Hon. Charles L. Moore- 
head. Dear Sir : The object of this note is to inform you of 
your election as an honorary member of the A 6 Society, the 
nature and object of which society it will probably not be out of 
place to mention. It is a secret society and is of the same 
nature of those found in nearly every college. It has for its 
object the cultivation of friendship amongst its members, the 
pursuit of knowledge in every department and the regulation of 
our conduct. The society has chapters in various colleges in 
the west, the members of which chapters are composed of some 
of the finest scholars and the most worthy members in the col- 
leges ; and as each person must be chosen by the unanimous 
vote of the chapter, we have always the choicest selection. This 
chapter has but two or three honorary members, so the honor 
(as we think) is not rendered cheap by frequent bestowal. The 
society has been in existence upwards of eleven years, and has 
always won the respect of every one. It may not be improper 
to mention the honorary members of this chapter. They are 
Dr. E. P. Humphrey, Dr. Stuart Robinson, and the late Dr. 


Ryors. These gentlemen have not only signified their approba- 
tion of our organization, but have taken a degree of interest in 
us. Dr. Humphrey delivered an address before the Ohio chap- 
ter at Oxford in 1853. It is a rule of our society that, no one 
who has been or is a member of a similar society, Free Masons 
and Odd Fellows excepted, can be admitted as a member. 
Please let us know as soon as possible whether you will join us. 
Hoping that you will do us that honor, we are, sir, your obedi- 
ent servants, The Phi Delta Theta Society, per E. J. Anderson, 
Corresponding Secretary. 

We have determined to hold the convention here, Tuesday, 
June 26. This may interfere with the commencement arrange- 
ments of a good many of the delegates, but it is the very best that 
we could do. In regard to those books of the Ohio chapter, I 
would say that whoever has had the care of them has kept ihem 
very carelessly. I will cut the reports out and send them to you, 
keeping a copy of them for myself. You can thus put your own 
interpretation on them, and 1 will, if you wish it, assist you in 
making the report. I will try to find the papers of the defunct 
Kentucky Beta and Gamma. Our attempt at Harrodsburg was 
unsuccessful, as we did not think we were justified in establishing 

a chapter there Our society is flourishing like a 

"green bay tree" and stands **head and shoulders** above the 
rest E. J. Anderson, Secretary Kentucky Alpha, to Jacob S. 
Broodwell, Indiana Alpha, March 26, i860. 

Cedar Creek, Jefferson County, Ky., April 2, i860. Mr, 
J. S. Broodwell, Indiana University. My Friend and brother : 
Your favor of March 15th ult. should have been answered 
ere this but for a pressure of unavoidable duties. The 
great object, so far as I understand it, of our first cata- 
logue is to make it a repository of information for ourselves 
so that we may know each other; this would tend greatly to 
strengthen our bonds when we have ascertained that so many 
clever men all around us are our brothers. Then a second idea 
is to have something tangible and reliable to show to those we 
would win, either as members where the order is planted or to 
organize establishments in new places. To these ends we should 
have a fac simile of the largest, the old badge neatly engraved 
as a frontispiece, and the names should have as much informa- 
tion connected therewith as a brief condensed statement would 
permit. The second catalogue should be the one for outsiders 
to gaze upon and wonder at. Nevertheless, the first should be 
"mysterious" to all but the initiated, and in order to do this, 
perhaps as good a way as any would be to have all the names in 
alphabetical order, and Phi matters mostly in Greek characters 
annexed to these names, e,g, — (Examples given here. — W. B. P.) 


What do you think of such a formula, and have you any sugges- 
tions to make? I will cheerfully render such 

service as I can in printing, proofreading, etc., and perhaps my 
editorial experience will give me some advantage in this matter. 
In haste but in truth. — Very respectfully and fraternally yours, 
Robert Morrison. 

Cedar Creek, Ky., April i6, i860. — Mr. E. J. Anderson, 
Danville, Ky. Dear Sir : Almost a year ago I was informed that 
your chapter had elected Rev. Jouett Vernon Cosby, of Bards- 
town, Ky., to membership in our order. As yet, however, I 
learn he has received no notification to that effect. Will you be 
kind enough officially to inform him of his election ? How about 
the catalogue ? Is your part almost ready ? How about an an- 
niversary orator? Will it be transcending my privileges to ask 
you if you see proper to elect to membership Rev. J. H. Rice, of 
Louisville, and L. J. Halsey, D. D., of Chicago, 111. ? And if you 
do so, perhaps it would be well enough, while informing them of 
their election, to state that although the Society as such may be 
unknown to them, vet some whom it has the honor to call mem- 
bers are not, e. g. — Doctors Moore, of Richmond ; Humphrey, 
of Danville ; Robinson, of Louisville, etc. 1 earnestly hope that 
the catalogue may be completed ere long. This is our great first 
most needed work, it seems to me, for the present. In the Bond, 
yours truly, Robert Morrison. 

We wrote to the Grand Chapter in regard to the election of 
honorary members, and receive! in reply a letter saying that we 
might use our own judgment, but they had made it a rule to elect 
no honorary members except in cases of necessity. Our chapter 
took the same view of the matter. The gentlemen you speak of are 
well worthy the election. I will lay the matter before the Society 
at the next meeting. I received a letter from Mr. Broodwell, Sec- 
retary of Indiana Alpha, yesterday evening. He says you are 
to oversee the publication of the catalogue. If it would be con- 
venient for you we would like for you to send us your plan. 
From the amount that it will require I would suppose that it will 
be of a kind that will not admit of being seen by outsiders. The 
Betas of this place have a very fine catalogue with a splendid en- 
graving. It represents a magnificent temple, an inside view of 
which is given. The act of initiation is taking place with all the 
pomp and ceremony that can well be imagined. I suppose that 
our catalogue will not be fine enough to have a fine engraving, 
but that it is intended only for temporary use, and that after 
awhile we can publish a fine one that can be stereotyped, so that 
it can be issued every two or three years with the names of those 
who have joined in the meantime. The Grand Chapter has been 
pushing ahead at a fine rate. She has established a strong chap- 


ter at Delaware, Ohio. Yestei day's letter says that they had 
received a petition for organization from Franklin in that State. 
Some time ago we tried to establish a chapter at Georgetown, 
but the faculty were opposed to secret societies. We thought of 
establishing one at the Campbellite college at Harrodsburg, but 
came to the conclusion that it would not pay. There are no 

other colleges in this State that I know of. What 

did Dr. Moore say to you about not accepting that invitation? We 
have chosen Governor Morehead to address us in case he accepts 
membership. We cannot hear from him, and consequently we 
will write to Dr. Robinson the alternate. If he does not accept 
we will have to get some other chapter to furnish us with a speaker. 
I suppose that you will attend the convention. I think the order 
will be well represented. I have sent on my part of the catalogue. 
Let me hear from you soon. — E. J. Anderson, Danville, Ky., to 
Robert Morrison, Cedar Creek, Ky., April 21, i860. 

I have been busily engaged in getting the catalogue ready, 
arranging the names in alphabetical order. The following is the 
form 1 have adopted in arrangement : 

1850. Jolin Smith, Cincinnati . . . . O. a. Minister. 
1859. Thomas Brown, Greenfield, Ky. . Ky. a. Stud. C. C. 

I have left the opposite page in the catalogue for your corrections, 
additions, contractions, etc. The search for names from the 
numerous papers was rather a tedious operation, but I think I 
have all which it is possible to find. As soon as I hear from 
Delaware I will have it about ready, unless you could suggest 
something further that I can do under good instruction. There 
will be about three hundred names. As to the publication, how 
shall we arrange it ? What do you suggest ? As you are to super- 
intend this department, Louisville, I suppose, will be most con- 
venient Would it not be better for me to forward the manu- 
script and funds to your order whenever you say so, as we 
have no opportunity of assisting, and would prove rather inex- 
perienced hands if we had ; or is this asking too much of your 
time and attention? We submit the obtaining of a plate of our 
badge entirely to you as here also you know what would be most 
suitable. If you will overlook the whole matter, please let me 
know when I shall send the papers to you. — Jacob S. Broodwell, 
Bloomington, Ind., to Robert Morrison, Cedar Creek, Ky., 
May 7, i860. 

In regard to the extinct chapter at Kentucky Military Insti- 
tute : I initiated Cyrus K. Drew who organized a chapter there, 
and further than this I can give you no definite information. 
We did organize and initiate others, but 1 do not know their 
names. ... I am much pleased with the prospects of our 
order as stated in your letter. You and all of us would find it 


the instrumentality of much benefit if it were more widely ex- 
tended and properly regulated. And you can always consider 
me pledged to any just services to advance its prosperity and 
strength. I regret that our court will not permit me to attend 
the convention at Danville, but I hope you will not fail to be 
properly represented. I suppose Danville will want to be head- 
quarters, and if they are entitled to it, let it go there without a 
murmur. If it goes there the order may the more rapidly extend 
in the Southern states, .but may also on that account be retarded 
in the northwest Would it not be well, in order to avoid this, 
to have an executive committee, with a president, secretary and 
other officers if necessary ; and if thought advisable locate a 
quorum of them at Danville until the next general convention, 
with full powers of a central chapter or college, and let their per- 
manency depend upon the success in extension of the order 
through their efforts ? This suggestion may not be worth serious 
consideration — it has just suggested itself while writing. I hope 
to beat Bloomington at commencement John W. Foster, Evans- 
ville, Ind., to Jacob S. Broodwell, Indiana University, May 12, 

A few days since I received the charter of the ^ A & society 
all right. I suppose you have received our report for the cata- 
logue. We forwarded it some time ago. We have no junior 
members. The reason is very simple. All juniors that are favor- 
able to such things and are worth having are members of other 
orders ; the others we do not want Only six juniors are mem- 
bers of secret orders. Our order now numbers but ten. We 
will gradually increase until we reach about^enty. Is the 26th 
of June the date of the commencement at Danville? Will all 
the chapters be represented in the convention ? W^ho will repre- 
sent yours? A. P. Collins, Warden, Ohio Delta (O. W. U.) to 
Jacobs. Broodwell, Indiana University, May 16, i860. 

I am glad that you will be with us in June. The day ap- 
pointed is the 26th of June. If you meet with any other of our 
graduated brethren we will be delighted to see them. James 
Bullitt, Danville, Ky., to Robert Morrison, Cedar Creek, Ky., 
May 26, i860. 

Indiana State University, Bloomington, Ind., May 30, i86a 
Robert Morrison. Dear Brother : I forward you by express the 
manuscript catalogue, which would have been sent earlier but for 
my unavoidable absence from college. I regret the delay on ac- 
count of the short time intervening between the present and the 
time of the meeting of the convention, and more particularly on 
account of the inconvenience it may occasion yourself. I en- 
close a badge pin and fifty-five dollars. Please let me know as 
soon as possible how much more will be necessary and I will 


forward immediately. I send this to defray any expense you 
may be under right away. The catalogue contains all the names 
I have been able to resurrect from the numerous papers to which 
I had access, and which I overlooked very carefully. Some of 
the members of the Ohio Alpha you will probably know more of 
than I could. Of these I have left the residences, etc., blank. 
The members of that chapter expelled and withdrawn I omitted, 
as the book presents a very confused account of the reasons for 
their disconnection with the society. It certainly would benefit 
us but little to insert their names. I have been able to obtain 
the names of many of the members of the defunct chapters, but 
little or nothing else ; these are inserted. In the abbreviations 
used C. C. stands for Centre College ; N. W. U. , Northwestern 
University, Evanston, 111.; N. W. C. U, Northwestern Christian 
University, Indianapolis; O. W. U., Ohio Wesleyan University. 
Delaware; Ind. U., Indiana University. These I believe are 
all except what can be easily understood. I designated the 
chapters Ky. or, Ohio p, etc., as you suggested in a letter written 
sometime since to Gorman. The abbreviations and mysterious 
part have been left open to you as having more knowledge and 
judgment than we would be likely to have. Is it imposing too 
much on your good nature? Any assistance we can render will 
be most cheerfully and willingly rendered, as we feel that we are 
putting you to too much trouble anyhow. Though as one of the 
fathers of an organization of which it is our desire that you 
should be proud, we are anxious that the work should be done 
under your eye. Please let me hear from you soon. All orders 
shall be more promptly attended to and all necessary funds for- 
warded immediately. I will be here until I go to Danville, 
where I know I will meet those with whom it will be most pleas- 
ant to associate. Trusting the delay has not been too long. I 
remain, yours in the bond, Jacob S. Broodwell. 

Please be careful in directing letters until further notice to me 
at this place, as your last have fallen into the hands of ''outside 
Barbarians " and been the source of trouble. J. D. Tredway, 
Secretary Wisconsin Alpha, to J. S. Broodwell, Indiana Alpha, 
June I, i860. 

The names you mentioned in your letter do not occur in any 
of the papers of the Ohio Alpha. Part of the regular list and 
minutes has been lost and I only inserted in the catalogue such 
names and information as could be gathered together from look- 
ing over the various reports, letters, etc. , belonging to that col- 
lege. I am glad that you remember these names, that our cata- 
logue may be as full and complete as possible. Prof. Swing was 
expelled from the Ohio Alpha according to the minutes for con- 
necting himself with another secret organization. Prof. Wylie's 


name was omitted from neglect ; I do not know how I came to 
do so. Theophilus A. Wylie, Blooming ton, Professor Natural 
Philosophy and Chemistry, Indiana University, is his name, ad- 
dress and occupation. You made no mention about what more 
money you required, if any ; please let me know and I will for- 
ward promptly. We have just chartered a Delta chapter for this 
state at Franklin college, under the superintendence of an old 
correspondent member of this chapter. Not knowing the ad- 
dresses of those initiated so far, I will not forward the names of 
the charter members, who are the only ones of whom I know 
anything yet. It is not to be regretted that our order is increas- 
ing so rapidly that it is difficult to make out a correct list of the 
members. I only trust that we may flourish and wax stronger, 
so that a revised catalogue may very soon be necessary. Please 
let me know what money you will need that you may be at no 
inconvenience on this account. You propose being at Danville, 
I believe. Jacob S. Brood well. Bloom ington, Ind., to Robert 
Morrison, Cedar Creek, Ky., June 9, i860. 

On motion of R. R. Smith, seconded by Robinson, J. S. 
Broodwell was instructed to act as his judgment might dictate in 
the coming convention at Danville. No definite instructions 
were given him, only to transfer the Alpha chapter from this col- 
lege to Danville. — Mem. from Indiana Alpha minutes, June 
26, i860. 

Covington, Ky., June 26, i860. Rev. Robert Morrison, 
care Mr. E. O. Guenant, Danville, Ky. Dear Brother : I have 
been from home since last week ; just returned an hour ago, 
and hasten to write, hoping my note may reach you before you 
separate. I am glad to hear of the energy and activity abroad 
among the order, and feel like giving it any impetus or help I 
can. I will therefore, if it is desired, make the best speech I can 
for them at the grand gathering next year ; if another is chosen 
I shall be just as well pleased. Yours truly. J. M. Worrall. 

Louisville, Ky., July 2, i860. 
Phi Delta Theta. 

To Hull and Brother, Dr. 

Book and Job 

Printers, Binders, Blank Book Manufacturers, 

497 Main Street, between Third and Fourth. 
To printing 1,000 catalogues, - - $39.00 

'* engraving badge and express, - - 6.00 

title and date, - - - 2.00 

— ♦47-00 

Rec*d of R. Morrison. 

Hull & Brother. 

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I expect to be in Louisville, Ky., about the middle of August 
next, and if you would inform me so that I could find you with- 
out diflSculty I would stop over a short lime and see you. I 
would like very much to see you and become acquainted more 
with you, as you are one of the earlier members of our organiza- 
tion, and perhaps could give me some information that I have 
long sought in vain. A. P. Collins, West Lodi, Ohio, to Rob- 
ert Morrison, Cedar Creek, Ky., July 30, i860. 


Brother W. S. Ferris having removed from New York to 
San Francisco, the vacancy caused thereby in the board of pub- 
lication of the Scroll, was recently filled by the re-election of 
brother Shiels. Brother Shiels has from time to time been 
closely identified with and devoted much of his energy to The 
Scroll, as Assistant Business Manager, Managing Editor and 
member of the Board of Publication. His long absence in the 
tropics has not cooled his fraternity enthusiasm, and The Scroll 
is glad to welcome him back to his old post. 

In this number we resume the publication of old papers and 
records, which throw much light on the early history of the Fra- 
ternity. Taken in connection with the complete history these 
will form a valuable addition to the bibliography of the order. 
We may consider ourselves very fortunate that these documents 
have stood the ravages of time, for they give us a better insight 
into the earlier and darker days than we could obtain in any 
other way. 

The original edition of the Song Book having sometime since 
been exhausted, the editors have endeavored to supply the con- 
tinued demand, by the publication of a second and cheaper 
edition. The book is practically the same, and is handsomely 
bound in heavy paper. The price for this edition will be fifty 
cents a copy, postage paid. Orders should be sent to Frank D. 
Swope, 713 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

So great was the demand for the recent numbers of The Scroll, 
a considerable portion of each of which was devoted to General 
Harrison, that the editions were exhausted before all who de- 


sired and who were entitled to copies had been supplied The 
business manager has endeavored, so far as was in his power, to 
remedy the unfortunate circumstance. 

The Editor and Business Manager have both been unable, for 
sufficient reasons, to fulfill their duties properly during the past 
month or so. Whatever shortcomings there may have been in 
either department, they trust will be overlooked. 

The General Council have under consideration some matters 
of considerable importance, including petitions for charters from 
two of the largest institutions of the East. 


New York Alpha, Cornell University. 

The New York Alpha extend hearty congratulations to all 
chapters of ^ ^ © fraternity on the brilliant success of brother 
Harrison. How can we be more honored than to see one of the 
founders of our noble fraternity the leader of one of the great 
political parlies of our country and President of the United 

His success should swell the hearts of all, tighten the bondage 
of brotherhood and illuminate the path of our fraternal career. 
Let us all unite in greeting the success of one so prominent in 
our mystic brotherhood. 

Excitement has been exceedingly brisk with us over the pres» 
ent campaign. The excitement was more marked on account 
of our relation with our President-elect. 

Since our last letter to The Scroll we have initiated Messrs. 
H. D. Clearwater, H. D. Alexander, F. W. Mahl, and C. H. 
Wells. We also have others pledged. In the class elections 
which have been held we have gained our share of officers. In 
the senior class election we had six votes, which were a control- 
ing vote. 

We were glad to welcome a call from brother Smith of Mass. 
Beta, also a call from brothers Briggs and Stewart of N. Y. Beta, 
they being here on a tour with the Union College foot-ball 

Nov. 8, 1888. B. Z. Kurd. 


New York Epsilon, Syracuse Universitt. 

Never has Syracuse University opened with such bright pros- 
pects. And, as N. Y. E is now firmly established as a part of 
the institution, the bright prospects extend to it also. We re- 
turned to find the new Library building nearly completed, and 
work on the Crouse building is being pushed very rapidly. The 
Library building will contain shelves for 150,000 volumes, and 
will largely be taken up by the Von Ranke library (gift from Dr. 
J. M. Reid of New York city) which contains 100,000 volumes 
and manuscripts. 

The Crouse building is claimed to be the finest college build- 
ing in America. It is built of Long Meadow, Mass., sandstone 
and covers an area of 20,000 square feet. The commencement 
hall which it will contain, will be completed for '89's exercises. 
The completed structure will cost about half a million dollars. 
At last commencement brother M. R. Sanford was commence- 
ment speaker and pipe orator. Brother W. S. Murray, farewell 
orator. We had five men in the class of '88, all of whom ranked 

We, very naturally, missed them this fall, but we have now a 
full room on meeting nights. 

The freshman class of 200 is the largest that ever entered. 
There were plenty of good men for all societies and consequently 
there was not much clashing during the "rushing season." We 
have put through eight of 92 and are extremely well satisfied with 
their standing. We take pleasure in introducing to Phidom 
brothers W. M. Fanton, R. W. Lowry, E. H. Herman, J. R. 
Stevens. J. H. Carfrey, O. W. Wood, W. H. Adams, and T. S. 
Bell. Brothers Wood and Carfrey are considered the heavy men 
of '9a in more senses than one. Brother Carfrey was elected 
president of '9a after the hottest contest ever known in freshman 
politics in Syracuse University. Brother Herman holds the first 
prize for best scholarship in Genesee Seminary. Brother Craton 
of S. Car. Alpha, '84, has entered 90 in the medical college and 
has affiliated with us. We now number 19 men, as follows : 
seniors a, juniors a, sophs. 7, freshmen 8. A word as to our 
alumni, two of them, brother W. S. Murray, '88, and brother N. 
£. Hulburt, '88, found out last summer that it was not good for 
them to live alone. Brother M. R. Sanford, '88, is Professor of 
Sciences in Abington College, 111.; brother Abbott, *%%, is in busi- 
ness in Syracuse; brother J. H. Murray, '88, has gone to Florida 
to teach ; brother O. F. Cook, '90, is Professor of Modern Lan- 
guages in Canandaigua High School ; brother T. Dewitt is 
principal of a school at Smithville, N. Y. 

We have our own boarding club and the boys enjoy that part 
of life very much and will be happy to entertain any Phis coming 
this way. B. F. Hammond. 


Pennsylvania Beta, Pennsylvania College. 

Although we have not reported for sometime, we have been hj 
no means idle. 

We had our share of honors in the class of *%^. 

Out of five men on the honor list, we were represented |by 
three — brothers Geolz and Metzger took third honor, and brother 
Hill fourth. 

Brother Metzger. '88, is pursuing a post graduate course. 

We have secured three members, two of '92, and one of '90, 
who were greatly desired by the other fraternities. While we do 
not wish to boast, there can be no harm in saying that the chap- 
ter is in a good condition, and ranks among the best societies at 
Pennsylvania College. 

Nov. 19, 1888. C. W. Walker. 

.Pennsylvania Gamma, Washington and Jefferson College. 

Pennsylvania Gamma opens the year with all her old mem- 
bers back and full of enthusiasm. They went to work immedi- 
ately to make improvements so that their meetings and place of 
meeting might be more enjoyable. Their hall has been carpeted 
and papered. That it now presents a neater and more beautiful 
appearance than any other of W. and J.'s fraternity halls can be 
asserted without fear of contradiction. All our under-gradu- 
ates of last year have returned. We have thirteen members, dis- 
tributed as follows, '89 five, '90 five, '91 one, '92 one, '93 one. 
Our meetings are always well attended and interesting. We 
always work together in perfect harmony. This, coupled with 
the fact that we always try to select for members students of high 
moral character and high standing in their classes, has given us 
the position of the best fraternity in our college and has kept 
us in that position. Brothers Hays and Mathews represent our 
fraternity on the Pandora, our college annual. Brother Dille 
won the second German prize, awarded last June. 

We have not as yet initiated any new men, but we have kept 
our eves open and expect soon to take in three of the best men 
who have entered college this year. Our position is at the head 
of all the fraternities of our college, and we shall keep the posi- 
tion by work and taking in only the best men. We expect to 
celebrate our anniversary, December 4th, in a fitting manner. 
We have been favored with visits from brother Montgomery, of 
'86, now of Pennsylvania Alpha alumni, Pittsburgh, and brother 
Brown, of Pennsylvania Delta. Our chapter with all Phi Delta 
Thetas, rejoice in the election to the highest office of our 
country of our worthy brother. Gen. Benjamin Harrison, of 
Ohio Alpha. Jno. B. Clark. 


Pkicnsylvania Delta, Allegheny College. 

The Fall term is drawing to a close. This session has been a 
profitable and pleasant one to us as one of the chapters of a great 
and noble fraternity. Our relations with other fraternities at this 
institution are very peaceful and cordial. 

The Phi Kappa Psis at the close of last year established them- 
selves in a chapter house, having leased what was formerly known 
as Douglass Hall. 

The Phi Gamma Deltas now occupy the house owned last 
year by Dr. Luccock. 

We want to make our letters in the Scroll as interesting as 
possible to the Alumni and ex-members of Pa. Delta, and for the 
furtherance of this object wish everyone of them with whom we 
are not in frequent correspondence, to let us know frequently of 
their successes, what they are domg, in fact, all about themselves. 
If you change your residence, by all means let us know that 

The evening of November 24 was a joyous one, it being the 
occasion of the initiation of C. A. PefFer, '92. 

Next June we shall celebrate our tenth anniversary. We are 
determined to have a "big meetin," and intend to keep ham- 
mering away through the columns of the Scroll and by corres- 
pondence until we secure the promise of the attendance of every 
alumnus and ex-member possible. This will afford a grand op- 
portunity to visit their alma mater and to renew fraternity asso- 

College closes for the winter vacation, December 13. 

Brother Espy is one of the editors of the Kaldron this year. 

In the inter-society contest to take place next June, brother 
W. A. Elliott will represent Philo as Debater and Brother Couse 
as Essayist 

Brother Elliott has been chosen valedictorian of the Senior 

December 3, 1888. Edwin P. Couse. 

Pennsylvania Eta, Lehigh University. 

Wk are now in the midst of our first term's work and thus far 
it has been a busy one, but notwithstanding this fact the cam- 
paign here has been extremely lively, and one of unusual inter- 
est to the members of Pa. Eta, and now since the great con- 
test is over several of our brethren have suddenly developed very 
peculiar tastes in regard to their wearing apparel, one brother 
having adopted a shoe-string for a neck-tie. This would natur- 
ally lead one to suppose that we are not all of the same political 
faith, but however that may be, it is with especial pride and 
pleasure that we recognize in the next President of the United 
States one of the founders of our beloved fraternity. 


Since our last report the university decided to adopt the "cap 
and gown, " the men making their first appearance in them on 
founder's day, October nth. They are well pleased with their 
new adoption and it is generally understood that the ''cap and 
gown " will be a permanent fixture at Lehigh. The fall sports 
were held on Saturday, October 13th, and as usual Pa. Eta was 
well represented among the contestants; she succeeded in captur- 
ing eight out of a possible thirteen first prizes, brother Burkhardt 
securing first in the running high jump, brother Barnard the one- 
mile bicycle race and throwing the lacrosse ball, brother Lincoln 
the half mile, quarter mile and two hundred and twenty yards 
dash, brother Coates the one-mile walk, and brother Patterson the 
one hundred and twenty yards hurdle race. We neglected to 
mention in our last letter that brother Throop had been elected 
a member of the Tau Beta Pi society. Brother Dean is in the 
employ of the Thompson-Houston Electric Co., at Lynn, Mass. 
We regret very much to announce that brother Patterson has 
been obliged to return home, but he expects to be with us again 
after Christmas. Our chapter now numbers thirteen men, who 
are distributed among the classes as follows : Post graduate, i ; 
fifth year course, i ; seniors, 3 ; juniors, 3 ; sophomores, 4> i&nd 
freshman i. 

Nov. loth, 1888. E. H. Beazell. 

Virginia Alpha University of Virginia. 

Virginia Alpha has been silent — not dead, nor even dormant 
Phis, ten of them, never are. We opened with ten men ; and we 
all feel that there has not been, at any time since the connection 
of any of us with ^ A @, more life, fraternal spirit and strength 
in our chapter. Our number has swelled to thirteen since Sep- 
tember. Our new men are C. A. Freed, '90, C. E. Anderson, 
'85, and J. W. McClanahan, '92. 

During the first few weeks of the session there was a violent 
upheaval among the ''barbs," due, so far as we can learn, from a 
misunderstanding of the principles and aims of fraternities . This 
trouble served to strengthen the Pan-Hellenistic feeling among 
the frats. It was tacitly agreed not to take any measures, either 
offensive or defensive, against the grave-yard meetings of the 
"barbs," and strict adherence to this plan has proven to be of 

Brother A. D. R. Hancher and the boys at Chapel Hill, N. C, 
convened for a convention. Nobody else turning up, he decided 
not to hold the convention and returned to college. We arc con- 
siderably out of pocket, and our boys ask, " Who shall pay his 
travelling expenses ?" 


Va. Alpha feels like giving a word of admonition to other 
chapters in regard to Scroll Tax. Failure to pay it threatened 
suspension of the publication of the Scroll last Spring, and now 
every man should make it a point to balance his accout sheet with 
the Scroll management We feel that we are privileged to say 
a word in regard to this matter, inasmuch as we have never yet 
failed to meet our dues. Henceforth we are going to set the 
example by being the first of all chapters to pay the Scroll Tax. 
Let each one dread being the last The importance of the Scroll 
cannot be emphasized too strongly. Abolish it, and the growth 
of our beloved fraternity will be seriously impeded, if not effect- 
ually checked. Brother Phis, stand together. 

We send greeting to all our sister chapters. 

December 8, 1888. C. F. Kuder. 

Virginia Gamma, Randolph-Macon College. 

At the opening of our session, September 20, '88, we counted 
only 7 Phis back, against 14 last year. Of the last year's men who 
did not return, brother J. C. Martin is teaching; brother A. 
S. Martin is in Richmond, about to enter business ; brother R. 
C. Child has matriculated at William and Mary College, Va. ; 
brother Morton is on a ranch in California ; brother Hill is in 
business at Rapidan, Va., and brother Moss is in business at 
Charlottesville, Va. 

We had with us at the beginning of the session 7 men, and we 
initiated one more, making a total of 8 to begin work with. How- 
ever, Mr. E. C. McSparran resigned, and our "Bug" brother 
Henry Eley, of Suffolk, Va., was forced to leave college, on 
account of his eyes, leaving us with six men, true and loyal 
Phis. We hope, however, soon to increase our number. 

Our college is in a more than prosperous condition, about 
190 students having matriculated thus far. There are, out of that 
number of students, 31 fraternity men, distributed as follows : — 
J 0, 6; B@n, 10; X.4, 6; 2^ ^, 5 ; ^K:2, 2; K 2, 2. 
They are all nice fellows, and a true spirit of Pan Hellenism 

The Fourth Annual Convention of the Y. M. C. A., of Va. 
Colleges, met here last week, and much good was done by its 
session. It was our pleasure to meet as a delegate to that Con- 
vention, brother Kuder of Va. Alpha. 

We have heard often from Va. Delta, and it is gratifying to 
know they are doing so well. They have just achieved a great 
victory over both K A and B Q U, by securing two good men, 
whom the Kappa Alphas an,d Betas had rushed heavily. 

We were glad to welcome into our midst at the opening of the 
session, brothers. £. Thompson, an honored and faithful alum- 
nus of Va. Gamma, who paid us a short visit. 


Hurrah for the Scroll ! We are greatly rejoiced at seeing her 
out again, clothed in all her former beauty and flashing with all 
her wonted brilliancy. Long may she live I And may she be in 
the future, as she has been in the past, a source of pride and joy 
to every true Phi. 

The Anti-Fraternity Organization here is gradually dying ; 
their best men have drawn out, and others are rapidly following 
in their footsteps. They are still very strong in numbers, but in 
quality very weak. Mr. Frank Warfield Crowder. the leader of 
last year's A. F. O. , has left college, but only to join the Betas 
at Dickinson College, Pa. 

We feel very much "stuck up " down this way at having a Phi 
president, and well we may, for it is an honor which has rarely, 
if ever, been bestowed upon another fraternity. 

November 23, 1888. G. H. Lambeth. 

Virginia Delta, Richmond College, Va. 

The beginning of this session found only (3) three Va. Delta's 
men back at college, Baker, C. H., Tippett, C. B., and James, 
C. Of last year's chapter, brother Flippo was prevented from 
returning on account of bad health. Brother Borum is attend- 
ing the Sou. Baptist Theo. Seminary at Louisville, Ky. With 
these three men, however, we set to work, and by diligence and 
perseverance we have raised our number to eight. We have so 
far initiated Julian H. Abbitt, Albert B. Alsop, Adolphus Blair, 
H. Lee Brogg and Clifton M. Miller. We have done remark- 
ably well in our choice of men and have by far the best chapter 
in college. It was a hard fight with us for brothers Alsop and 
Miller against the other fraternities, but the merits of Phi Delta 
Theta at last triumphed, and they are now supporters of the white 
and blue. We did our rushing very quietly, and everyone 
thought they would go to K A. Imagine the surprise and won- 
der of all when they appeared with Phi badges. 'I'he exposition 
lately held in our city has given everything a boom, and through 
it we were favored by visits from quite a number of our brethren 
in the bond. 

Our chapter has a promising outlook for next year, and we 
confidently think it will for a long time in the future hold the 
first place in fra,ternity circles here, as it has done for many years 

In numbers the fraternities rank as follows : B 11^ 12, KA, 
10, ^ J ©, 8, K2, S, AX, $, As will be seen, our chap- 
ter ranks third in size, but all who are acquainted in any way 
with fraternity work, know that numbers do not comprise the 
merits of a chapter. 


Dr. Pritchett, of Danville, Vsu, an old K 2 K, paid us a visit 
not long since and was initiated into the mysteries of Phi Delta 
Theta. With a hearty greeting to all loyal Phis and a wish for 
success. C. James. 

November 24, 1888. 

South Carolina Beta, University of South Carolina. 

As was predicted in our last letter, we have added another 
name to our roll, brother W. C. Gist having braved the furies of 
our William and donned the sword and shield. This increases 
our number to ten, distributed among the classes as follows : 
Post Graduates i. Seniors 2, Juniors 2, Sophs 2, Freshmen 3. 
Our initiates are worthy men, and have already shown great en- 
thusiasm for J &. Our meetings are characterized by har- 
mony of feeling and unity of effort to place J om, standard 
* * equalled by few, surpassed by none. " 

Brother W. F. Watson, Miami Alpha, paid us a flying visit 
some days ago. Brother Watson, it will be remembered, is Pro- 
fessor of Chemistry in Furman University, Greenville, S. C. He 
is a young man of sterling qualities, and has made quite a favor- 
able impression upon the people of Carolina. 

Our latch-string is out to all Phis at any time. 

December 8th, 1888. Harry A. Brunson. 


Alabama Gamma, Southern University. 

The opening of this session was very discouraging indeed to 
our young chapter. We have now only seven old members ; at 
first only four to hold up our beloved banner until others came. 
But that gloomy period, I am to write you, has passed away ; the 
dark cloud of despair, which hung like a pall over our dear 
chapter, has rolled by, and we can now boast of eighteen noble 
and enthusiastic Phis Our e;rand old banner again floats aloft 
in the social circles and our chapter second to no other. We are 
prospering, and I am sure the time will soon come when Phi 
Delta Theta will stand first at Southern University, for our ''Wil- 
liam " is a very popular goat. We feel proud that the Chief 
Magistrate of the nation is a Phi. Will let you hear from us 
again . Yours sincerely, 

A. S. J. Haygood. 

Mississippi Alpha, University of Mississippi. 

We are glad to hear that we will have brother Frank Purnell 
with us the 2d term. 

Mississippi Alpha can well put claim to having as congenial a 
band of brothers (and all are enthusiastically JPhis) as can be 


found anywhere ; they are all hard students and stand well in 
their classes. We experience the truth of the expression, that 
quality not quantity is the basis on which to work. 

All Greekdom has been excited during the past two weeks 
over the coming reception and banquet to be given by one of 
the girls' * ' fraternities " here — the Delta Gamma. All were spec- 
ulating as to who would get an invite. I am glad to report that 
eight (8) out of eleven (ii) Phis received invitations, a larger 
proportion than any other fraternity here. 

The Scroll is a week late, and all miss it. It is a treat to 
have such a visitor as the Scroll every month. 

December 5, 1888. E. J. Buck. 

Texas Beta, University of Texas. 

The session of 1887-88 closed favorably with us on the 25th 
of June. We were rejoiced and sorry too to lose brother Light- 
foot, who received B. L. in the law department, and brothers Gil- 
son and J. H. Hemdon. who attained B. Lit. in the academic 
school. Our honors, brother Freukel receiving the debater's 
medal, and brother Gilson elected as representative of senior 
academic class, have already been mentioned. Brother J. H. 
Hemdon has been appointed chemist on state geological sur- 
vey, with brother Halley, a ^, and M. M. Smith, aX JS, as assist- 
ants. Beta Theta Pi received favorable mention on Rusk 
debate. All others, what we consider honors, were taken by bar- 
barians or defunct fraternity men. We do not mention this in a 
spirit of ** braggadocio," nor consider a long list of distinctions 
worthy of perusal. Some chapters, we observe, take great care 

to mention that brother is president of foot-ball club, 

base-ball nine or of literary society, or leader of Y. M. C. A. It 
goes without saying, if a chapter leads in honor, minor offices 
fall to them without choosing. A chapter should be judged by 
the work it does in its hall, rather than by what outsiders think, 
or reporters write. Some chapters in our own as well as in 
other fraternities think numbers or votes constitute the ideal 
fraternity, such a chapter we have had to contend against. In 
consequence of this erroneous opinion last session of this uni- 
versity, the fraternity standard was low, and two Greeks from 
one chapter had to, or were about to, resign from the University. 
We are happy to say the rushing indiscriminately of men into 
chapters is less hasty here now than formerly. 

Texas Beta has always been a conservative chapter, antagoniz- 
ing and aiding no rival ; being the first to organize in the uni- 
versity she can well afford to lose opportunities rather than lose 
her dignity. What has been attained in the university is her 
pride ; for never yet has it been truthfully said that her honors 


were the offset of a compromise, or through chicanery. If 
neither of the above are wielded against us, our prospects look 
pleasing this session. Brothers M. M. McLean and A. Yar- 
broagh, A. M.s of Southwestern University, have entered our 
law school and been duly affiliated. 

We are sorry to state and deeply regret that Sigma Nu chap- 
ter had only two men back this session, consequently returned 
their charter ; it was a good chapter, never making a mistake, 
making up in quality what it lacked in quantity. This leaves 
none of the original chapters, that started the first session of the 
university, in competition with us. Our rivals at present are : 
^ AE\i,K^i\,B^U^\ 0J& numbering 14. 

Nov. 5, 1888. J. M. Herndon. 

Ohio Alpha, Miama University. 

We regret that our letter for the November number did not get 
in in time to be published. 

Hoping it is not too late to give an account of our last com- 
mencement, the first one since the reopening of Miama Univer- 
sity, we will give a brief sketch. 

The commencement took place June 2 2d, at 10 A. M., in the 
university chapel. There were three graduates, brothers H. 
Weidner and Kearney Prugh, and J. N. Brown, a Beta. Thi 
being the first commencement for fifteen years, an unusual 
amount of interest was manifested in the proceedings. Besides 
the orations delivered by the graduates a musical programme 
was rendered, conducted by Mrs. Henry Snyder, wife of Prof. 
H. Snyder of the chemistry and physics department If we may 
judge of the lives of these young men by the beautiful morning 
when they stepped forth from their alma mater at the beginning 
of their life's course, we can truly say fairer prospects ne'er shone 
on man. We feel deeply the loss of brothers Weidner and 
Prugh, but we know that though they have left their alma mater 
iheir interest in Phi Delta Theta will never be abated, and that 
the cause of our beloved fraternity will be furthered through their 
efforts. The degree of B. S. was conferred on brother Weidner 
and B. A. on brother Prugh. 

We can justly and heartily rejoice with our brother Phis in the 
wise selection of brother Benjamin Harrison by the people of 
this great United States to the chief place in the nation. It is 
with just feelings of pride that we can claim brother Harrison as 
a member of Ohio Alpha. When the fact of his election became 
positive, we sent him a telegram of greeting and congratulations. 
From brother Harrison's past career we know that this great 
nation could not have made a better choice of an executive 


head. Then let us say, •* Three cheers and a tiger for brother 
Ben. Harrison and Phi Delta Theta ! " 

We feel confident that Texas Beta will care well for our 
beloved brother Dr. Sterrett, and that she will find him a true 
and loyal Phi. 

Brother Dr. Al. Emerson has the chair of Greek language in 
Lake Forest University, Lake Forest, 111. Brother Edwin Emer- 
son is at present in Philadelphia. 

It is with much pleasure that we read the glowing accounts of 
our Amherst chapter. 

It is with sorrow that we report the death of brother George 
Gawod, one of the charter members of Ohio Alpha. For some 
months his residence has been in St Joseph, Mo. , where he was 
in the drug business. His death was caused from typhoid fever. 
The funeral took place from the family residence in Oxford. 
Brother Gawod was an exemplary young man, one loved by all 
who knew him. 

Nov. lo. 1888. J. H. Macrxadt. 

Ohio Delta, University of Woostef. 

Since our last letter, Ohio Delta has added another name to 
the roll of the fraternity. Mr. C. C. Long, '91, of New Castle, 
Pa., is the "intrant " this time, and we take pleasure in introduc- 
ing him to the fraternity. 

We have also formally pledged Mr. Fred. Lane, '93. 

The recent Pan-Hellenic tennis tournament was the most in- 
teresting athletic affair of the season. Tennis was peculiarly the 
fraternity game this fall and will be more so in the spring. All 
of the fraternities, but one, have courts, and that one will have 
next season. The tournament resulted in a victory for 2 X, 
with B Gil 2nd, J 3rd, X V^ and J T J tied for 4th, 
and r jd 5th, 

Brother Forgy, '90, and Esterly, 91, were the players for A 
0. The University Voice is edited and published by brothers 
Carpenter and Mains. It is a newsy and attractive weekly and 
has a larger circulation than any other college paper in Ohio. 

Nov. 21, 1888. W. E. Forgy. 

Ohio Epsilon, Buchtel College. 

The Phis of Ohio Epsilon closed their college year of 1888 
with their annual banquet. The spacious parlors of Hotel 
Buchtel were thrown open for the event and the entertainment 
was unique, to say the least. The members of the active chapter, 
including many of the alumni members, assembled at nine 
o'clock, P. M. with their ladies. At the end of an hour indulged 
in social enjoyment, recourse was had to the ^^ extra-ordinary^* 


where a sumptuous feast was in waiting. Twenty couples to the 
tune of a grand march by the orchestra proceeded to the banquet 
tables. After invocation of the Divine blessing by Rev. brother 
Nash, we endeavored to do justice to the many luxuries put at 
our disposal. We all enjoyed ourselves to the utmost, save 
eight ; it is needless to say they were to respond to toasts later. 
With the efficient presiding of brother Stearns as toast-master of 
the evening, ihe following toasts were responded to : 

"Phi Delta Theta; National, not Sectional," E. C. Page, '86. 

"Epsilon of the Present," Robert Tucker, '90. 

"Our Emblems," S. L. Thompson, '86. 

•'The Susceptible," F. S. Pixley, '87. 

" Our Clerical Brothers," Rev. C. C. Nash. 

"Our Billy," Dr. R. B. Carter. 

"The Alumni." H. H. Henry, '87. 

"The Ladies," H. A. Kelly, '79. 

The festive "hop " was indulged in to complete the evening's 
programme. At the hour of three the sixtieth annual banquet 
of Ohio Epsilon became a memorable page in the history of her 

The future prospects for O. E were never more inspiring than 
they are at the present. We entered the field with nine good 
rushers and now number ten. It is our intention to take all the 
honors this year as we did last. 

At the junior contest held last June for the Ashton Prize, which 
was to be awarded to the successful declaimer, brother C. F. 
Cone, of '89, took the honors. 

Buchtel College boasts of the finest gymnasium in the west 
Brother J. A, Palmer, of '89, has been elected to captain the gym- 
nasium company. 

Brother R. Tucker, of '90, succeeds Prof. Olin in the office of 
assistant secretary of the college. His services in that capacity 
are pronounced indispensable. 

Brothers Page and Parker, of '86, who have been reading law 
in this city during the past year, are continuing the same at Cor- 
nell university this year. 

Nov. 13, 1888. H. D. Smith. 


Indiana Alpha, University of Indiana. 

After initiating six first-class men at the beginning of the 
present collegiate year, and thus achieving a victory that any 
chapter might well feel proud of, we deemed it advisable to rest 
our billy goat and place him in winter quarters. '* Billy" was 
not allowed to remain there very long, for the eagle eye of Phi 
Delta Tbeta perceived a man who, physically, mentally and mor- 
ally, was a typical Phi. From his "cool retreat" ** Billy" was 


called, and he gracefully administered to the wants of £. P. Wil- 

son, of . It is with pleasure that we introduce brother 

Wilson to the Phi world. 

Last term we were honored with the presence of some of our 
distinguished alumni. They were brothers D. D. Banta, Presi- 
dent of the board of trustees of our institution ; Jas. L. Mitchell, 
recently re-elected prosecuting attorney of Marion Co., Ind. ; 
Judge J. C. Robinson. Journal Clerk of the House of Repre- 
sentatives, and E. E. Griffith, Democratic candidate for Super- 
intendent of Public Instruction, and at present Superintendent 
of the Frankfort. Ind., Schools. Brother J. S. Duncan, a prom- 
inent lawyer of Indianapolis and an alumnus of Indiana Gamma, 
also paid us a pleasant visit. 

We wish that our alumni could visit us oftener and tell us of the 
days that they spent so happily and advantageously with our great 
order ; how laboriously they worked and how success crowned 
their efforts in the end. Such knowledge inspires our young 
hearts and kindles within us a fire of energy that will never die. 

December i, 1888. T. M. Honan. 

Indiana Epsilon, Hanover College. 

We are happy to tell you that our chapter is in a flourishing 
condition and we rejoice in her success. We have ten loyal Phis, 
and they are all working for the interests of Phi Delta Theta. In 
my last report, 1 neglected to tell you of the initiation of brother 
Hutchings last commencement, making with the three this year 
four new men. After the initiation of one of the men, brother 
Moore, we adjourned to the room of McCormick and Hutchings. 
There our eyes beheld a good supply of eatables of every descrip- 
tion, and each loyal Phi bore down upon the table to do justice 
to the feast and to his raging appetite, and it is a well estab- 
lished fact that every man did his duty. We were proud to see 
the pages of your last number give such glowing accounts of 
brother Benjamin Harrison ; and now Epsilon chapter rejoices 
in his success, and before many nights pass over our beloved 
Fraternity hall, Epsilon chapter will give a banquet in honor of 
her worthy alumni. With three times three for brother Harrison, 
we remain yours in bond of ^ J 6). 

November 8, 1888. J. B. McCormick. 

Indiana Zeta, De Pauw University. 

Our chapter continues to maintain its excellent record as to 
numbers and quality. At the beginning of this term we had nine- 
teen men in the chapter. Brothers Martin, Peterson and Turner, 
of the class of '90, are not in college this year, but expect to re- 
enter next year and go on with '91. Brother Chaffee, of '92, was 
compelled to remain out this term on account of his health. 


This term we have affiliated brothers £. H. Jenne, from Indiana 
Beta, and O. J. Dwyer, from Ohio Gamma. We have also 
initiated £. J. Dietz, of '92, and pledged three members in the 
Preparatory department. 

When the De Pauw Literary Association held its annual meet- 
ing, for the election of officers on our college paper the Adz, 
brother Wilkerson was appointed literary editor and brother Rog- 
non business manager. Brother Treat is tutor in mathematics 
this year. 

December i, 1888. Charles W. Gibkrt. 

Illinois Alpha, North Western University. 

Fraternity circles at N. W. U. have been somewhat active 
during the past month. The ''spiking " season still continues, 
although not with as much vigor as in former years. 

Our policy has been to ' ' go slow " and take only the best into 
oar midst 

We are pleased to introduce to the fraternity world brother 
Paul Noise, '92, who was awarded the scholarship prize for the 
best entrance examination, and brother Frank Sherman, '90, in 
the department of pharmacy. Our *' goat " is not yet satisfied, 
and we hope that before our next report one or two more will 
have donned the white and^blue. 

Gamma Phi Beta has appeared among us with eleven members 
and good prospects of success. 

We heartily welcome them in their place among the Greeks at 
N. W. 

Considerable fraternity feelinjr has been stirred up over the pan- 
hellanic banquet which was to have been held this term. 2 X^ 
K W and B G 11 have voted to exclude Delta Upsilon from 
this banquet We do not consider it as pan-hellenic with one 
fraternity omitted, and so have decided that we will not partici- 
pate unless the J 2^s are admitted. 

The Annual Board, which is composed of two representatives 
from each fraternity, has been organized and work has begun on 
the College Annual for this year. 

Novembers, 1888. H. R. Howell. 

Illinois Epsilon, Illinois Wesleyan University. 

Thus far this year Illinois Epsilon has had no communication 
in the Scroll ; not because we had nothing of interest to report, 
but because we wanted to tell the whole story at once. We are 
now prepared to do so. When college opened a year ago the 
chapter began with an unfortunate inheritance, whose influence 


they were unable to overcome. At the close of the year's work, 
in June, only two of the members, brothers Darrah and Deutsch, 
expected to be back in September. During the summer brother 
R. A. Eaton announced his intention of returning this Fall. 
Your reporter decided to enter the law department. This placed 
four men at the helm instead of two. Those of us who had been 
in town during the summer had perfected a scheme with the 
members of Phi Gamma Delta and Sigma Chi, the condition of 
which was that no rushing or spiking was to be done until the 
next Monday after college opened. During the first week we 
were to lay aside all spirit of rivalry and make common cause 
against the organized ** barbs," calling themselves '*E lites." 
Every effort was to be made to get acquainted with new men, 
and secure their attendance at a Greek reception Saturday night. 
This was held at the house of brother Darrah, and was voted a 
great success. It was the end of a week's work which was very 
satisfactor)- to the Phis. We recognized the fact that half the 
fit;ht was to be made during that time, and our success in the 
future depended, in a great measure, upon the ground we gained 
then. We had the plan of our campaign well mapped out, so 
that when the contest opened, Monday morning, every man knew 
his place and was prepared to fill it. We asked four men to join 
us. They were invited to a reception tendered the Kappas at 
brother Pollock's, Tuesday evening. Wednesday Messrs. Ash, 
Downey, Marsh, and Watt emerged from the darkness of bar- 
barism into the light of Grecian culture. We had gained a com- 
plete victory and captured all the spoils. Phi Gamma Delta 
had entered the field with about a dozen men, Sigma Chi with 
eight, and been defeated by four Phis. Right heartily did we 
sing '*Phi Delta Thetas Marching Onward" and "A Thousand 
Years." Kappa Kappa Gamma followed our example by initi- 
ating eight new members. In celebration of the event they gave 
a party at which fifteen Phis, two Phi Gams, and one Si|?, were 
present. Nor has our William goal been enjoying uninterrupted 
rest since that eventful evening at the beginning of the term. 
Twice since then has he been called forth to lead barbarians into 
the fold. As a result, Messrs. Swain, Gray, and Prebble now 
wear the Sword and Shield. Brother Pollock has returned to 
enter the Law School. Thus our membership has increased 
from four to twelve. The Phis are recognized as the leaders at 
the University. Socially they have no rivals. In scholarship 
they are second to none. In college politics they are dictators. 
The following positions are held by them : — Delegate to the 
Inter-state Oratorical, Secretary of the Oratorical Association, 
Editor-in Chief and Exchange Editor on the College paper, and 
President of one of our literary societies. We have given several 
informal receptions this Fall. Our hall being on the corner 


across from the public square, it was a very convenient point 
from which to view the political demonstrations during the cam- 
paign. On the eve of November 13, the Kappas joined with the 
Phis in celebrating the election of brother Ben. Harrison to the 
presidential chair. During the last week three of our brothers 
from the West have visited us — brothers Wheeland, Hunter bnd 
Tomlin. Brother Hunter expects to enter the University next 
term, and brother Wheeland may decide to do so before that time. 
Our prospects for next year are very bright. All but two of our 
present members will be back. Brother Miller, our Province 
President, and brothers Hunter, Wheeland, Denham, Reesar 
and Burks will be here. The lesson we have learned by the last 
two years' experience will not soon be forgotten. We have found 
the truth of the old saying that, ** Work done in times of pros- 
perity gives strength when adversity comes." 

November 27, 1888. W. H. Stillhamer. 

Illinois Zeta, Lombard Universitt. 

Illinois Zeta was ten years old on November 4th, and the way 
we celebrated our birthday is thus described by the Daily Repuh^ 
lican-Regisier of this city. As you see, it partook partly of a 
ratification of General Harrison's election. We and our guests, 
Illinois Delta, sent the following telegram to the General that 
evening : ** Illinois Zeta and Delta Chapters, Phi Delta Theta, of 
Lombard University and Knox College, assembled in joint ban- 
quet, send congratulations on your election." 


On Saturday evening last the boys of Illinois Zeta Chapter, 
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, celebrated the tenth anniversary of 
the establishment of the chapter at Lombard with a grand "stag- 
banquet" in the University building. Besides celebrating the 
anniversary of their birth, the boys also celebrated the election of 
General Benjamin Harrison to the Presidential chair. As de- 
tailed in our Lombard notes of last Thursday, General Harrison 
was a member of the Phi Delta Theta when at College at Miami 
University, in Ohio, and being more than usually active as an 
alumni member, is looked upon by all Phis as the best of their 
elder brothers. The boys of Zeta Chapter entertained as their 
guests for the evening the boys of Illinois Delta Chapter of Knox 

Since my last report we have taken in three new men. Bret 
H. Brigham, a junior, now wears our colors. He is a brother 
of a former member of this chapter. Dr. L. Ward Brigham, '86, 
of Chicago. L. L. Silliman and E. C. Root are the other initi- 
ates — all fine material. 


Brother Grant McCarl, who is out of school at present teach- 
ing, writes that he may be in school before spring, but if not, 
will surely be here next fall, when he will then complete his 

Brother Claude Anderson, of '90, was a visitor at the university 
some weeks ago. He says he will be in next year to graduate. 
Claude is one of our boys we are most proud of. He will com- 
plete the entire course in three years, and would have graduated 
next year had he not formed an attachment for the class he 
entered with, and in order to graduate with them he stays out 
this year to let the class catch up with him. Can many chapters 
show such men ? 

Brother Percy I. Hale is now located at his home in Stough- 
ton. Wis., engaged with his father in mercantile business. For 
two years brother Hale was the most loyal Phi in our chapter, 
and it was with the sincerest sorrow we saw him obliged to leave 
us. He remembered us with the wherewith to have a banquet 
on a small scale at our last initiation. 

Our Rev. brother John R. Carpenter, '87, visited us a few 
days some little time ago. John has lately been preaching at 
Dephos, Kansas, but will soon take a pastorate at Oshkosh, Wis. 

Brother A. W. Lapham, '88, paid us a short visit election 
time. He is now attending medical college at Keokuk, la. He 
reports meeting brother H. J. Echbohm there recently, and the 
latter said he expected to be in school after Christmas to com- 
plete his course. Echbohm has been holding the position of 
second clerk on a Mississippi steamboat this summer. 

Brother David Jacques, a former member of '90, paid us a 
very short visit recently on his way home from a western trip. 
Brother E. H. Miles, another '90 man, was a guest at our anniver- 
sary banquet 

We regret that brother George Davis was recently called 
home, and it is extremely doubtful if he will return. 

Another literary society has been organized, or rather an old 
one reorganized. Brother Cottrell has been elected president 
of it 

Nov. 14, 1888. Sam D. Harsh. 

Wisconsin Alpha, University of Wisconsin. 

Our chapter began the year with fourteen men, having lost six 
by graduation and three by failure to return. At least one of 
these, brother George Simpson, will return next year. Of those 
not returning two were in the present senior class and one in 
the present sophomore class. Brother W. E. Black, who gradu- 
ated, will enter the law school next year. We have initiated 
this term D. L. Fairchild and A. A. Wright of Whitewater, Wis. ; 


L. G. Nash, of Spokane Falls, Wash. Ter.; Warren Mitchell, 
of Lancaster, Penn.; Rene Hilbert. of Milwaukee. Wis.; J. H. 
Turner, of Berlin, Wis.; and W. W. Young, of Monroe, Wis. 

Of our graduates of last year, J. C. Gaveney is practisin^^ law 
in Milwaukee, M. A. Hall at Omaha, and W. H. Hallam at 
Sioux City. D. S. Clark is in the banking business at Eau 
Claire, and A. B. Winegar at Clinton. W. E. Black is farming 
at Richland Centre. D. E. Spencer, '^*j, who was in the law 
school last year, is now instructor in the university. 

Wednesday before commencement, the Beta Gamma chapter 
of Delta Tau Delta was installed with four charter members. 
One of them graduated, but they have made good his loss and 
are again four. They have started out under favorable auspices 
and with a good set of men. Three of the four have been elected 
on the program of the sophomore exhibition of the Adelphia 
Literary Society. Phi Kappa Psi, with twenty members, is our 
strongest and most friendly rival. Sigma Chi has fourteen men 
and is a nice gentlemanly set of boys. Beta Theia Pi has four- 
teen men ; Chi Psi, twenty, and Delta Upsilon, nine. The sor- 
orities are Kappa Kappa Gamma, eighteen members ; Delta 
Gamma, seventeen, and Gamma Phi Beta, sixteen. It is alto- 
gether likely that a new sorority will be established here soon. 

The University has six hundred and forty-nine in all depart- 
ments. Five hundred and two of these are in the college, one 
hundred in the law school, and forty-seven in the college uf phar- 
macy. The freshman class this year was one hundred and sixty- 
four, a slight falling oflf from the class of last year, which num- 
bered one hundred and ninety-six. 

November 27, 1888. W. A. Curtis. 

Missouri Alpha, University of Missouri. 

Missouri Alpha is in a flourishing condition. We are aware 
that this has become a stereotyped phrase in chapter reports, but 
then it expresses our condition exactly, and we are glad to sec 
that so many of our sister chapters are able to use the same 

We now have a membership of twenty, a larger number than 
our chapter has had for some years. 

We passed our 'teens last week by initiating brother Kellum, 
of Dallas, Texas, after he had been ** spiked and rushed " by 
every other fraternity in the University. 

Brother T. J. J. See has been elected one of the two contest- 
ants who will represent our University in the Inter-collegiate 
Oratorical contest, which occurs some time during February. 


Brothers Kellum and Tipton have been elected by the Atbe- 
nean Literary Society lo represent them on the Junior Oratorical 
contest. We feel sure that our three brothers just mentioned 
will, at the times of these contests, sustain with credit the honor 
that has been conferred upon them by their election as con- 

At the 46th Annual Open Session of the Athenean Society, 
brother Haines, theincomingpresidentof that society, delivered 
his inaugural address, while brother Con ley did us honor as 
essayist. Ours was the only fraternity represented on the pro- 

We are represented on the college paper, and by two Captains, 
two Lieutenants, and other officers in the cadet battalion. 

Not only in school are we doing well, but in the social world 
of Columbia our popularity and prestige are more firmly estab- 
lished than ever before. 

We have six active and two alumni resident members, who 
represent the best families in the town. 

We have lately organized a chapter glee club ; whose music 
adds greatly to the pleasure of our meetings. Their music is 
not intended solely for the entertainment of the brethren in the 
chapter hall, but on the balmy nights of next spring we expect 
to entertain our lady friends. 

Mo. Ay although almost a solid Democratic chapter, joins 
heartily in the general rejoicing of our fraternity over the 
honor that has been conferred upon it, by the election of one of 
our number to fill the highest office in the nation. We have 
telegraphed our congratulations to brother Harrison and send 
mutual congratulations to all Phis. 

November 10, 1888. R. T. Haines. 

Iowa Alpha, Iowa Wesleyan University. 

School opened September 12, but we have been too busy 
** booming" Harrison to attend to chapter correspondence. 
Having partially regained our normal status we will attempt a 

Iowa Alpha has sixteen strong, active men, who are doing 
good work in every department 

Brothers Kirkendall and Todd graduated from our midst with 
the class of '88. 

Brothers Coddington, Laisy, Wehrle and Shields are back in 
school again after a year spent in the ** wilds of reality." 

Brothers C. K. Todd, '88, Chris. Havighorst, 82, H. E. Wil- 
cox, '85, J. C. Willits, '87, and Ed. Havighorst, '87, are attend- 
ing the ''Boston School of Theology." 

Brother W. R. Gray is attending the Iowa Medical School. 


Brother T. N. Carver, whose marriage we reported last Spring, 
has entered the Theological Department of the University at 
Los Angeles, Cal. 

We are entitled bv a recent Act of Congress to two hundred 
cadet rifles and equipments, also two pieces of cannon. Our 
bond is in and we will receive our guns at an early date. 7 he 
University will then possess the best military department of any 
school in the State. 

Only two appointments have been made up to date, of these 
one fell to us. 

During last Spring term B & U signed an agreement with 
us, by which the *' prep " will be eternally excluded. 

Mid the crash of events we have found time to initiate Joseph 
Beers, a good all-round man, who is already doing good work 
for J &, We have another man pledged, and more on the 
threshold. There is certainly lively work ahead for our goat. 

During the summer vacation a new hall was fitted up under 
the immediate supervision of brothers Scott and Gray. We 
took possession at the opening of school, and will henceforth 
be at home in our new hall to the fraternity every Tuesday even- 

Novembers, i888. __. Will. H. Spurgkon. 

The University opened this year with two hundred and thirty 
students, a large increase over many previous years. The build- 
ings had been entirely refitted during the summer, and now pre- 
sent a very pleasing appearance. 

The work on our new chapel is progressing quite rapidly. 

By a recent Act of Congress we are entitled to one hundred 
and fifty cadet rifles and two pieces of cannon. This will place 
our cadet department on a square footing with any in the State. 

The gentlemen's company of eighty men is making good 

The ladies' company (a novelty in itself) is composed of more 
than thirty ladies, and is a pronounced success. 

Fourteen men returned at the opening of school to work and 
win for Phi Delta Theta. 

Brothers Jay, Kirkendall and C. E. Todd graduated from our 
midst last June. 

Brother Todd, in company with brothers Chris. Havighorst, 
'82, H. E. Wilcox, '85, Ed. S. Havighorst, '86, and Jno. C. 
Willits, 86, constitute Iowa ^'s quintette in The Boston Theo- 
logical Schools. 

Our new initiates up to date are, Chas. Joseph Beers, '92, and 
Howard H. Rice, '92. In addition we have three men just out- 
side the bond. This is the result of the order and contract 
signed between Iowa A and ^ (9 77, last Spring, by which the 
*'prep." is eternally excluded from our membership. 


Iowa A is not barren of honors this year. 

Brother Havighorst has been elected president of the Senior 
class and brother Wehrle of the '* Sophs." 

Brother Scott is the first officer in the Cadet Company and presi- 
dent of the Hamline Literary Society. 

Brother Jeffry is assistant professor in Chemistry and instructor 
in Free Hand Drawing. 

Brother Laisy is the leader of the University band. 

In football and other athletic sports, brother Pearl Smith is 
our champion and the recognized leader in school. 

In the chapter room we are doing good work. 

We moved into a new hall early in the term. It is commodi- 
ous and well furnished, and in every way adapted to our grow- 
ing chapter. 

We will be at home to the Phis every Tuesday evening. 

This report would not be complete without notice of a very 
happy event which occurred November 17. On that date we 
were entertained by the ladies of 77-5 ^ at the home of Miss 
Anna Kurtz. At the close of an evening of unusual social mirth, 
we were made the recipients of a splendid gift for our new hall. 
It was an elegant secretary, for which the members of 11 B 
receive our most sincere thanks. The handsome plate bore the 
inscription from TI B <P to J 0, November 17, 1888. 

December 10, 1888. Will. H. Spurgeon. 

Minnesota Alpha, University of Minnesota. 

Minnesota Alpha has but little of interest to chronicle, and 
that she will do briefly. 

Our First term ended with the day preceding Thanksgiving. 
The examinations were successfully passed by the members of 
Minn. A, and consequently their Thanksgiving was all the more 

On Wednesday evening, November 28, occurred the Senior 
and Junior reception to the faculty and students of our own Uni- 
versity, also of Hamline and Macalester Colleges. It was a 
brilliant occasion and some five hundred were in attendance. 
The Phis did more than their share towards making it a success. 

After the reception the Phis with their ladies, to the number of 
fifteen couples, adjourned to the Phi Delta Theta House, where 
three happy hours were spent in dancing. Prof, and Mrs. 
McLean were also with us. 

I regret to say that brothers Fiske, '91, and Murray, '92, have 
withdrawn from college, for this term at least. Brother Fiske 
had just returned from an eighteen months' stay in California, 
and we had hoped that he would be with us until the end of his 


We are pleased to note the return of brothers Leeds, '90, and 
Hall, '91, to the University and Phi Delta Theta. 

Brother Conway McMillan, president ol Eta Province, will not 
be with us this winter, but will spend his lime studying Botany 
at Harvard. He will return in the Spring. 

The Kappa Kappa Gamma ladies give a party on the 17th of 
December. Ten Phis are fortunate enough to have received 

Near Christmas brother A. J. Blethen, Jr., '91', will give a parly 
in honor of Minn. Alpha. It is to be a very elaborate affair. 
We expect it will, and intend it shall, surpass any party ever given 
in University social life. 

Through brother McMillan we have learned that an attempt is 
being made to establish a chapter in Ga. Polytechnic Institute, 
at Atlanta. We think it is time to call a halt on what Minn. 
Alpha calls indiscriminate granting of charters to institutions 
which have no standing whatever. 

We have chapters enough, and there are a great many chapters 
which need ** bracing" up now. 

It would be well to expend a little energy in placing some of 
our chapters on a live footing. 

The hardest thing that Minn. Alpha has to contend against is 
the fact of so many chapters as Phi Delta Theta has, and so many 
of ihose in small colleges. If (P J (9 is worthy of anything at 
all, she is worthy of the best, and a charter from 4> A (-> should 
cost more than the asking. Minn. Alpha wants to be recorded 
as being against the establishment of any more chapters at 

Minn. Alpha rejoices over the election of Gen. Ben Harrison 
to the Presidency, and congratulates ^ A Q*) on having such 
illustrious sons. 

Sigma Chi establishes a chapter at University of Minn, on the 
7th of December. 

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

December 5, 1888. Walter L. Stockwell. 

Nebraska Alpha, University of Nebraska. 

When we sent our last letter to the Scroll, we hoped that by 
this time we would be able to introduce more now members to 
the Phi world. It seems that we are disappointed in our ex- 
pectations, but only as to the time of the introduction, for we aie 
confident that it will take place at a very early date. As it is, we 
have no reason to feel discouraged, for we have not only the 
largest, but also the best chapter in the school. Every Saturday 
evening ten active and three alumni members of ^ ^ fe^ gather 
together in our hall for literary and social entertainment. 


There has been much anxiety among us for the last five weeks 
on account of the sickness of brother Frankforter, who has been 
suffering with a severe attack of typhoid fever, but he is now con- 
valescing, and in a very short time will be among us again. 

Brother McMillan, our Province president, who has been 
teaching in the University of Minnesota during the past term, 
has returned to his home in Lincoln. But only for a short time, 
as he is going east to spend the winter in Boston, New York, 
Philadelphia, and other cities. He intends to visit some of our 
eastern chapters, and from these we bespeak for him a hearty 

Brother Force, of Tekamah, Nebraska, was in town a few 
weeks ago and paid us a short visit. Brother Force has a warm 
place in his heart for Nebraska Alpha, and always has some kind 
words of encouragement for us. May he live long and prosper. 

Delta Gamma gave a tea party at the residence of the Misses 
Wing, a few evenings ago, at which the only guests were Phis. 
Delta Gamma is a new fraternity here, starting out under very 
favorable circumstances, and we hope for it a long and prosper- 
ous career. 

Our cadet battalion, of which brother Gerney is a captain, 
brother Stephens, adjutant, and brother Newcomer, a First Lieu- 
tenant, gave a reception in honor of G. T, Griffith, Secund 
Lieutenant, i8th Infantry, U. S. A., on last Tuesday evening in 
our new Armory. It was the most brilliant social affair that has 
ever taken place in the University. 1 he Governor and many of 
the military men of the State were present. 

December 3, i888. J. A. Barris. 


The following letter, copied in the New York Tribune and 
other papers, should have appeared in The Scroll before. 
Sickness and death in the editor's family is his excuse for the 
delay : 

General Harrison's Fraternity. 

General Harrison is a member of the Phi Delta Theta Frater- 
nity, organized in 1848. C. P. Bassett, of Newark, is its presi- 
dent Mr. Bassett recently addressed a congratulatory letter to 
the President-elect, and has received the following reply, dated 
Indianapolis, November 14 : 

Your letter of November 9, extending to me your congratula- 
tions on behalf of the fraternity of the Phi Delta Theta, has been 
received I have had the pleasure of receiving from many of 
the chapters very fraternal expressions and would have been 
glad to acknowledge each of them, but the extent of my corre- 


spondence is such as to make that quite impossible. I beg 
through you to extend to the members of my old college frater- 
nity my sincere thanks for their friendly recognition of me as a 
brother, and at the same time to express every interest in the 
continued prosperity and usefulness of the fraternity. 

Very truly yours, Benj. Harrison. 


From the Secretary of the General Council. 

To the Fraternity : 

At our National Convention, held in Richmond, Va., in 
1882, the advisability of securing a permanent and engraved 
plate of our charter form was discussed, but reported upon un- 
favorably ; not because such a plate was not needed, but because 
a depleted treasury made such an outlay unwise at the time. 
Last year, however, the last of the copies of the form in use by 
the fraternity was issued, and the necessity for a new one became 
imperative. Not only may the form be required in the case of 
a newly established chapter, but there have been several de- 
mands from our older chapters for duplicates to those now in 
their possession, these being mutilated and damaged, and valu- 
able only as historical documents which legalize the existences 
of the chapters. 

In response to this need of the fraternity, the General Council, 
at its meeting in last January, appointed a committee to confer 
with several well-known engraving houses and get designs, with 
estimates of cost thereon, of an engraved plate of our charter 
form. Designs were submitted, and that of Louis Dreka. of 
Philadelphia, was accepted and an order placed with him. We 
are now the possessors of a plate, the impressions from which 
are at the disposal of the fraternity. 

To such chapters as indicate their desire for them, duplicates 
of their present charters will be issued. These will bear the 
names and date of the original charter, signed by the present 
Genera] Council for the original grantors, the present date and 
the names of original grantors being transcribed thereon also. 
A chapter desiring the new form can obtain it by forwarding to 
the Council the charter in its possession, which will be returned 
with the new form, and remain as the property of the chapter. 

Some changes have been made in the directory of Province 
Preside»its since last year. Brother Dudley R. Horton, under 
whose regime Alpha Province has prospered so famously since 
his appointment in 1886, resigned his position at the close of 
the collegiate year. Brother Geo. L. Richardson, Williams, '88, 

* 180 THE SCROLL. 

closely associated with the increasing stability of Massachu- 
setts A, has taken up the work in his stead. 

In Gamma Province, brother W. W, Quarles, of Selma, Ala., 
a graduate of the university, and a tireless worker in Phi Delta 
Theta, has been appointed, vice Glenn Andrews, recently 
resigned . 

Any Zeta Province Phi who knows the present address of 
brother \V. L Miller will confer a favor by sending the same to 
the secretarv of ihc neiirr^l '. Oiincil. 

The presidents of our respective provinces have been directed 
to urge upon their chapters the wisdom of and necessity for pay- 
ing Scroll dues for the current volume before the new year. 
The Scroll was crippled in its us:efulness in Vol. XII because 
of the great number of delinquencies. These for the most part 
have since been met, and the present volume depends upon the 
support from this year's subscriptions. If these are promptly 
paid the magazine will not be hampered, and will appear regu- 
larly in unreduced volume. Again our annual dues fall in April, 
and the chapter will find its burden much lighter if its Scroll 
tax is paid before this is due. Our Constitution prescribes that 
the delegate of a chapter will be accorded his seat in convention 
only when the accounts of his chapter have been settled with the 
treasurer of the General Council, and this law will be inflexible 
at oil'' -"oming session. 

^^ ^^ ^^ ^^ ^* ^^ ^^ 

A word as to the annual circular letter to be issued on March 
ist by each chapter, as required by Art. XIII, Sec. 3, of the Con- 
stitution. Its issuance is not a matter of discretion to be decided 
by the will of the chapter, but is a duly demanded by our Con- 
stitution. Let each chapter bear in mind that the letter is pri- 
marily addressed to its mvn alumni^ being sent to the other chapters 
as a matter of courtesy, and that as such it should contain matters 
of interest to alumni, and all accessible items regarding alumni. In 
this letter you are to try to reach the men who have gone out 
from your chapter, and keep alive their interest in Phi Delta 
Theta ; and in order to do so you must let them know what the 
chapter mates they knew are doing, and where they are doing 
it. Let each letter accomplish this purpose, and see likewise 
that it bears the date proscribed. 

J. E. Brown, S. G. C. 



Maine Alpha. 

'91. George Russel Campbell, Water ville, Me. 

'92. Herman Edgar Brady, Knfuld, Me. 

'92. Charles Hovcy Dodge, Sedgwick, Me. 

'92. Otho Willard Burnham Farr, Oakland, Me. 

'92. Albert Gordon Hurd, Westminster, Mass. 

'92. Howard Abbot Lincoln. Deering, Me. 

'92. Harry Lincoln Pierce, West Boylston, Mass. 

'92. George Crosby Sheldon, Belfast, Me. 

'92. Albert Charles Watson, Waterville, Me. 

Massachusetts Beta. 

'89. William August George, Springfield, Mass. 

'91. Fred Hamilton Taw, Rockport, Mass. 

■92. James Baird, Starkville, N. Y. 

'92. Edward Nelson Billings, Woon socket, R. I. 

'92. William Charles Hodder, Lowell, Mass. 

*92. Frank Adrian Leach, N. Raynham, Mass. 

■92. F'red Clifton Staples, Stoughton, Mass. 

'92. Charles Edward Tilley, Providence, R. L 

'92. Herbert Lemuel Wilbar, Easton, Mass. 

New York Gamma. 

'90. John Roeser. 
'91. Philip Stern. 
'92. Frank Reed. 

Pennsylvania Delta. 
'92. C. A. Peffer, Covode, Pa. 

Alumni Notes. 
Penna. Delta. 

Ex '87. F*. J. Tibbitts is practising Medicine at Rock Creek, 

'83. J. A. Vance is pursuing a course in Theology at Boston 

'83. Married June 22, 1888, Dr. Ed. Pond and Miss M. 
Hartman, both of Meadville, Pa. They reside on Liberty Street. 
£d. is a practising physician here. 

South Carolina Beta. 

Allen Mclver Caker. 
Wm. Dorrah F'erguson. 
Wm. Crenshaw Gist. 
Edwin Douglas Sompayrac. 


Ohio Epsilon, Buchtkl College. 

James Ethan Cole, of Norwalk, Ohio. 

Illinois Epsilon. 

'92. William Downey, Wenona. 111. 

'92. John Craig Ash, Good Hope, 111. 

'92. Huston B. Watt, Pontiac, 111. 

'92. Nathan Walworth Marsh, Bloomington, III. 

'92. George Dellmont Swain, Kewanee, III. 

'92. Charles D. Gray, Bloomington, III. 

'92. George Enos Frebble, Bloomington, 111. 

Missouri Alpha. 

'90. John Kellum, Law, Dallas, Texas, 

'9 1 . Chas. France, St Joseph, Mo. (affiliated from Mo. E). 

'92. Chas. Gregg Haines, Columbia, Mo. 

'92. John Doak Shelton, Appleton City. Mo. 

'.^i. Joseph Clark Tipton, Las Vegas, N. M. 

'92. John Prichard Shelley, Princeton, Mo. 

California Alpha. 

'91. Burton Luther Hall, Los Angeles, Cal. 

'92. James Huntington Gray, San Francisco, Cal. 

'92. Charles Henry Edwards, Santa Ana, Cal. 

'92. Charles Henry Spurgeon, Santa Ana, Cal. 

'92. Perry Thomas Tompkins, San Bernardino, Cal. 


Cornell University Trustees have appropriated $80,000 from 
the permanent funds of the University for the erection of a chem- 
ical laboratory. This makes four large buildings in process of 
construction on the campus, one of them the library, costing 
$225,000. The Trustees appropriated $40,000 to complete the 
new engineering building. They named the physical building, 
an imposing brown stone structure, Lincoln Hall, in honor of 
the President who signed the Morrill land grant bill. Hiram 
W. Sibley was elected a member of the Board of Trustees, to fill 
the place of the late Hiram Sibley. 

Dartmouth has an institution peculiar to itself, known as the 
" horn -rush," which in its effects is fully as destructive to apparel 
and physical beauty as the fiercest cane-rush. At midnight the 
freshmen assemble, each armed with a horn, and sally forth to 
horn the sophomores, who are awaiting the demonstration, and 
on the latter then devolves the duty of relieving the freshmen of 
their horns. The rush between '91 and '92 was vigorously con- 
tested, and after an hour's fighting resulted in a draw. 


Syracuse University is one of the most conspicuous examples 
of the success of the principle of co-education. About one- 
fourth of the students in the college of Liberal Arts are ladies, 
and in the College of Fine Arts fully three-fourths. The univer- 
sity last year received a valuable gift in the great historical 
library of Dr. Leopold von Ranke, which was purchased and 
presented to the university by Mrs. John M. Reid. A fire-proof 
library building, with a capacity for 130,000 volumes, is now 
being erected. The freshman class numbers nearly 200, of 
which number 105 are in the College of Liberal Arts, 75 in the 
Fine Arts and 20 in the Medical Department, which opened 
October 2, with addresses by Chancellor Sims and Dr. John Van 
Duyn. Governor Foraker, of Ohio, attended, on Friday even- 
ing last, the initiation Banquet of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. 
The Alpha Phi Society, a ** Sorority," not a fraternity, holds it& 
annual convention in Syracuse, commencing to-morrow, October 
1 1. This secret society of ladies has chapters at Boston, North- 
western, De Pauw and Syracuse Universities. Their chapter- 
house at Syracuse is the only one in the United States owned by 
the gentler sex. — Mail and Express. 

Colby University, at waterville. Me., claims rank with the 
Universities of Pennsylvania and Minnesota as teaching the 
doctrine of protection, through Prof. Small, who fills the chair 
of political economy in that institution. The faculty and stu- 
dents are said to be almost unanimously Republicans. 

The De Pauzv Monthly is happy that fraternity lines are not 
sharply drawn at De Pauw, and that fraternal feeling does not 
run to blind idolatry. This is as it should be. If the Greek- 
letter fraternities do not expand the sympathetic side of our 
natures, inspire us with the principles of true friendship, and 
give us a more vivid conception of what should be the social 
relations of man to man, then better that they should not exist, 
— The Current^ Ohio Dniversity, 

August 14th was celebrated at Ocean Grove as Dickinson 
College day. Many prominent alumni were present, among' 
whom were Rev. Dr. Deems, of the Church of the Stranger, 
N. Y. ; Hon. C. B. Lore. Attorney General of Delaware; Rev. 
Dr. Dobbins, of State Street M. E. Church, Trenton ; J. E. 
Price, of Scranton, Pa. ; Robert McKay, Prof. J. H Morgan, 
Ralph Illingsworth, Wm. B. Longsdorf, Wm. P. String, etc. 
All the above, except the first two, are loyal ^ W^, — The 
Shield O/0KW. 

The Phi Kappa Sigma Society of the University of Pennsyl- 
vania has established a prize fund of $400 in honor of the 
founder of the fraternity, Mr. Samuel B. W. Mitchell. 


The Delta Upsilon Club of New York City. 

Earlier mention should have been made of the New York 
Delta Upsilon Club, organized and incorporated under the laws 
of the State of New York last December. A number of our 
most active alumni residing in New York and vicinity formed 
this club for the purpose of promoting social intercourse among 
its members and establishing closer relations between alumni 
and under-graduates. The club then leased the handsome 
brown-stone house, No. 8 flasi 47th street (adjacent lo the 
Windsor Hotel), in which it has a pleasant home. The Columbia 
and New Fork chapters also have their rooms there as well as the 
Executive Council and Secretary of the fraternity. It is believed 
that much will be pained by having a common centre for all the 
interests of our fraternity in this city ; a place where alumni of 
the several chapters may meet one another socially, and where 
any member of the fraternity who visits the city may meet 
friends, be found by friends and obtain accommodations during 
his stay. The Club-house is partly occupied by resident mem- 
bers. The meetings of the Club will be of a social and literary 
character and will enable all cf its members to share equally in 
the spiiit of Delta Upsilon. During the coming year it expects 
to increase its membership largely from the long roll of alumni 
residing in the city. Thus it hopes to become a strong force 
in forwarding the interests and promoting the welfare of the 
fraternity at large. Us officers are: President, Samuel B. 
Duryea. Ntw Fork, '66; First Vice-President, Hon. Charles D. 
Baker, Cornell, '74: Second Vice-President, Don Alonzo Hulett, 
Union, '58; Secretary, John Q. Mitchell, Marietta, '80; Treas- 
urer, Frederick M. Crossett, Ntw York, '84. — A T Quarterly, 

A NEW intercollegiate magazine called the Collegian is an- 
nounced to appear in December. It is to be published at 
Wakefield, Mass., and designs **to introduce young talent to 
the world of litterateurs." Contributions will of course be 
limited to undergraduates, and prizes of from $50 to $100 are 
offered for the best stories, poems and essays, written by under- 
graduates of any college in the country. It will be published 
monthly for $3.00 per year. 

Delta Upsif.on lately bought a frame chapter-house at Ann 
Arbor for $5,000. The following fraternities also occupy chapter- 
houses of their own : Alpha Delta Phi, Psi Upsilon, the former 
a handsome stone building, the latter a large brick, both heavily 
mortgaged. Zeta Psi rents a large brick house. Delta Kappa 
tpsilon expects to build a $10,000 house this summer. Chi Psi 
has not revived her attempts to put up ** the finest house in the 
rountrv." Beta Theta Pi will begin work on her bouse in the 
{d\\,—Beta Fhcta PL 



Vol. Xm.— FEBRUARY, 1889.— No. 5. 


In the first year of American Independence the system of 
college secret societies with names composed of Greek letters 
had its origin. December 5, 1776, five students of William and 
Mary College met together and established ^ B K. William 
and Mary was founded in 1693^ and, excepting Harvard, which 
iras founded in 1636, it is the oldest institution of learning in 
the New World. Mr. John De Witt Warner, an authority whose 
statements have been relied upon in the preparation of what is 
here related, writes : — 

"Virginia was an old state when the American Revolution 
stirred her best blood. A wealthy and cultured aristocracy, a 
prevailing — in prestige a state — church, African serfs for her 
laboring class, she was a striking contrast to Puritan New 
England in all except her devotion to liberty. Her capital city 
was Williamsburg, named in honor of King William. There 
was centered the life of the colony, the approvage of her 
colonial court and the offices of her colonial government, and 
there met the legislature of the colony. There also was situ- 
ated * His Majesty's Royal College of William and Mary,' found- 
ed by the special grace of the monarchs whom it commemorated, 
presided over by the Right Reverend representative in Virginia 
of the Bishop of London, its buildings designed by Sir Christ- 
opher Wren and adorned by the bounty of the royal Governors 
and noble English patrons, holding in its corporate capacity the 
lucrative office of Surveyor- General of the colony, to administer 
which it had already appointed George Washington, Zachary 
Taylor (grandfather of the President) and Thomas Jeflferson ; 
and entitled to representation in the House of Burgesses, which 
for many years met in one of its halls .... In 1776 
William and Mary was the richest college in America. Its 
annual income was nearly /'4)000 sterling, and it had been the 
constant recipient of royal, colonial and private benefectors." — 
/^ KE Quarterly, October, 1886.* 

* See '* The College Book " for article on William and Mary, the materials 
for which were obtained from a history of the College by rresident B. S. 



The meeting of December 5 was held in the Apollo Hall of 
the old Raleigh Tavern, the very room in which Patrick Henry 
immortalized himself by bold declaration of his revolutionary 
sentiments.* There had flourished in the college a society with 
a Latin name, but the students who organized '^ B K believed 
that a society could be formed on a better basis than the old 
one, and, counting among their number the best Hellenists 
in college, they adopted the Greek motto ^iKodcxpia Biov 
KvPepyrpctf^, the initials of which form the name of their society 
and the translation of which is '* Philosophy is the guide of 
life." The five original members associated with themselves 
four other students, and January 5, 1777, all mutually entered 
into the following pledge : 

"I, , do swear on the Holy Evangelists of 

Almighty God, as calling the Supreme Being to attest my oath, 
declaring that I will, with all my possible efi'orts endeavor to 
prove true and just, and deeply attached to this our growing 
Fraternity, in keeping, holding and preserving all secrets that 
pertain to my duty and for the promotion and advancement of 
its internal welfare." 

A constitution was evolved, which received additions from 
time to time, and finally included twenty seven sections. In 
elections to membership and in expulsions a unanimous vote 
was necessary. Each member was required to provide himself 
with a "square silver medal" bearing the three Greek letters 
and a hand pointing upward to a star. On the reverse was 
• • S. P. ," the initials of Sodeias PhUosophia, and " 1 776. " This 
badge was worn suspended on a cord running through an eyelet 
in the middle of one side. Later the medal was changed to the 
form of a watch key and more stars added. A grip and a secret 
sign of recognition were prescribed. The following arrangement 
of all the letters of the Alphabet was used, probably as the key to 
a cipher : 

N z a(o|c yb pxdwqv 

r|e u f m g t h s|l|i k|j 

At first meetings were held monthly, then bi-monthly, then 
weekly, then bi-weekly. The literary exercises consisted of 
declamations, the reading of essays and debates. As an incentive 
to excellence a standing committee examined all literary pro- 
ductions and placed in the archives what were considered 
meritorious. Many of the subjects of debate are the same that 
have been discussed in every literary society of students, "from 

t See •< The College Book" and "Greek Letter Societies.'* 


the time whereof the memory of man runneth not to the con- 
trary," even down to the present time.* 

The records show that literary exercises were often omitted 
and postponed on account of the absence or failure of the 
appointed participants, or because of other business or of enter- 

Such exercises of course were congenial to a coterie of 
collegians engaged in the gentlemanly pursuit of learning. It 
was appropriate also that gentlemen of their position should act 
as patrons of merit ; accordingly we find that a suggestion was 
made that some reward, to be paid out of the treasury, be 
made for "any new invention of arts and sciences," which 
suggesiion, however, led to nothing practical. The claims of 
charity, moreover, were considered, and ''Messrs Hardy and 
Cocke were appointed to look out for some orphan likely to 
receive advantages from being put to a proper school," but the 
records do not show that they found one. Fines were imposed 
•'for the least appearance of intoxication or disorder of any 
single member by liquor at a session," and for "the non- 
attendance of any single member unless by some certain ob- 
structing inability or urgent necessity." 

September 23, 1780, **Mr. Jos. Cabell" (was) '* fined 20 
<3ollar8 for non-attendance on ye evening he was appointed to 
declaim. Mr. Swan, Mr. Thos. Lee, Mr. Washington, Mr. 
Madison and Mr. Nivison" (were) "fined 15 dollars each for 
absenting themselves on evenings when disengaged, "f The 
result of the imposition of such heavy fines was at all times a 
healthy condition of the treasury. The report of each successive 
Treasurer showed an increasing fund. March 13, 1779, "upon 
examination of the Treasurer's accounts, there was found to be 

^ Following are the questions that # B JT debated during 1780 : 
**Is a public or a private education more advantageous? 
'*Had William the Nonnan a right to the crown of Great Britain? " 
••Whether the execution of Charles the First was justifiable." 
'' Whether any form of government is more favorable to public virtue than 
a Commonwealth." 

"Whether ye rape of ye Sabine women was just." 
"Whether religion is necessary in government" 
•' Whether in a civil war any person is justifiable in remaining neutral.'' 
''Whether duelling ought to be tolerated in this or any other nree state." 
** Whether our affections and principles are deducible from sell love." 
** Whether poli^^amy is a dictate of nature or not." 
"Whether avance or luxury is more beneficial to a republic." 
"Whether Brutus was justifiable in killine Caesar." 

•* Whether a man in extreme want b justifiable in stealing from his neigh- 
bor to relieve his present necessities." 

t These fines seeming excessive it might be supposed that "dollars" was 
a mistake in copying for shillings ($ for S.), but the copy has been verified by 
tiie original. However, the depreciation of the currency of the country at 
that time must be taken into account. 


£iS, 8s, in the treasury." Probably the society was blessed 
with such a line of efficient Treasurers as no younger college 
society has ever known. 

The object of the society was not atheistical, as might be 
inferred from the motto, and has been charged. * The society 
originated in a church institution, the Supreme Being was 
invoked in the pledge, a young student of divinity was initiated, 
and to him was intrusted the formation of other chapters, as will 
be mentioned presently, and the minutes show that the society 
having been presented with a copy of the Scriptures by a 
member, was offered a second copy by another member. •!• 
Though founded in stirring times historically, the society had 
no political object. Save a mention once of **the confusion of 
the times," the records contain no reference to the revolution. 
Nor was it intended, as has been declared, " to form a philoso- 
phical club whose purposes should go far beyond the narrow 
range of the college studies of those days, and should include 
not only the wide range of what was then called philosophy^ 
but the consideration at the same time of political questions."^ 
The society in reality had less ambitious aims. The cultivation 
of polite literature, within a circle of congenial associates, and 
the promotion among themselves of refined good fellowship 
were the principal objects sought To quote from the ritual of 
the society, it had ''friendship as its basis and benevolence and 
literature as its pillows." As Mr. Warner has aptly remarked, 
**the fraternity would have considered utterly and equally ridic* 
ulous suggestions that its prime motive was either that of a 
religious organization, a debating club, an aid to inventors, a 
charitable institution, a temperance society, a political propa- 
ganda, or a bond of philosophers devoted to the enlightenment 
or elevation of mankind inside or outside college walls." {^ K 
E Quarterly, October, 1886). Not only in having a name of 
Greek letters, but also as to objects, and as to organization, 

*In **A Key to Phi Beta Kappa" (appended to "A Ritual of Free- 
masonry, Avery Allyn,)"an anti-secret society writer, makes the following 
absurdly false statements : " From its nature and form it is presumed it 
{^ B K) must have commenced in some of the infidel schools of Europe 
in the 17th or i8th century. It was imported into this country from France, 
in the year 1776 ; and, as it is said, by Thomas Jefferson, late President of 
the United States." 

f February 27, 1779. **A letter was received from our worthy brother, 
Mr. John Stuart, in which was enclosed twelve shillings, which was to 
purchase a testament for the society ; but as the society had been presented 
with one from Mr. John Nivison, it was put into the treasury." 

t Rev. Edward Everett Hale in Atlantic Monthly, July, 1879. He had 
not examined the records of the society but stated that *'the old records 
cannot now be found, but probably exist in some Virginian archives ** 
His surmise as to their existence was true ; since 1849 they have been in the 
possession of the Virginia Historical Society. 


and as to nearly every thing else, the society born during the 
early part of the Revolution was strikingly similar to the Greek 
letter Fraternities established during the following century. 

The dignity which it may be presumed prevailed during the 
sessions of the society did not preclude unrestrained intercourse 
after the conclusion of the serious business of the meetings. 
April 19. 1779, after an initiation : "Mr. Bowdoin being about 
to depart for Europe, requested the company of the society at 
the Raleigh, where he gave them a very elegant entertainment. 
After many toasts suitable to the occasion, the evening was spent 
by the members in a manner which indicated the highest esteem 
for their departing friend, mixed with sorrow for his intended 
absence and joy for his future prospects in life." 

We can easily imagine the appearance of the banquet room 
in the old holstery, and, though stilled more than a century, 
almost hear the echoing peals of laughter which followed the 
sallies of wit and repartee, while this genial company of gentle- 
men were enjoying the hospitalities of their host. How fre- 
quently has this delightful occasion been repeated in banquets, 
both elaborate and of an informal character, in the history of 
every later college society. 

The members of the society were proud enough of it to 
observe its anniversary : "At a meeting at the Raleigh on the 
5th of December," (1780) **to celebrate the anniversary of this 
noble institution," the vice president took the chair, four other 
members being present The president, the clerk and two 
other members were noted as absent. One member "according 
to appointment then proceeded to declaim on the progress of the 
arts and sciences. President Short, who was likewise to declaim 
on this night, being absent, and the business of the night being 
over .... the remainder of the evening was spent in 
sociability and mirth." The most prosperous year for 4> B K 
was 1780, but towards its close the contending armies approach- 
ed Williamsburg, and the absence of a number of members from 
the anniversary is accounted for by their presence in the ranks 
serving their country. In January the college suspended. 

"1781, on Saturday the 6th of January, a meeting of the 
B K was called for the purpose of securing the papers of the 
society during the confusion of the times and the present 
dissolution which threatens the university. The members who 
attended were "(five in number) .... "They thinking 
it most desirable that the papers should not be removed, deter- 
mined to deliver them sealed into the hands of the college 
steward, to remain with him until the desirable event of the 
society is resurrection. And this deposit they make in the sure 
and certain hope that the fraternity will one day rise" (in) "life 
everlastir)g and glory immortal." 


Thas closes the records of (P ^ /iC as it existed at William and 
Mary during the revolutionary period. Forty-nine members 
were enrolled, and nearly all of them arose to positions of 
distinction and honor.* Spencer Roane became Judge of the 
Virginia Court of Appeals. Bushrod Washington became an 
Associate Justice, and John Marshall Ch'.ef Justice of the Supreme 
Court of the United States. William Short, the last president of 
the society, became Secretary of Legation then charge d* Affaires 
at Paris. In 1849 the original records of ^ B K, covering fifty 
folio pages, came into the possession of the Virginia Historical 
Society. It was found that William Short was still living in 
Philadelphia. In 185c he assisted in the revival of the society 
at its birthplace, after its slumber there of seventy years. In 
1832, after the death of Archibald Stuart, the seal of the society 
had been found in a secret drawer in his house near Staunton. 

But the revived <P B K was not like the ^ B K of 1776. As^ 
we shall see its secrets had been exposed and its nature entirely 
changed. To trace the process of change it will be necessary to 
return to the old records. December 10, 1778, it was "resolved 
that future admission to this society be not confined to collegians,'^ 
probably with the view of admitting some of the officers of the 
American army stationed in the vicinity. May 24, 1779, ^hen 
it will be remembered that the society was about two and a half 
years old, upon a suggestion "that it may lead to promote 
the designs of this institution, and redound to the honor and 
advantage thereof at the same time, and that others more remote 
or distant will be attached thereto. . . . 

** Resolved, that leave be given to prepare the form of ordinance 
of a charter-party to be entrusted with such two or more 
brothers of i\it ^ B K as" (to) "the general meeting shall, on 
due application for the same, be thought to merit such a trust, 
with delegated powers to constitute, establish and initiate a 
fraternity correspondence with this." In connection with the 
above quoted portion of the minutes, Mr. Warner writes as 
follows : — 

"In general accord with this plan the mother chapter or 
'general meeting' proceeded to grant its most trusted members 
charter-party to establish other ' meetings' to be known by the 
Greek letters, respectively, evidently having in mind the estab- 
lishment of * branches,' as the new * meetings' were also called, 
in Virginia towns where prominent members resided, the char- 

* Their names are printed in a footnote to the opening part of an octavo 
book of 207 pages, upon the title page of which appears the following : ** The 
Virginia Convention of 1776 : A discourse delivered before the Vii^nia 
Alpha of the Phi l^la Kappa Society, in the chapel of William and Mary 
College, in the city of Williamsburg, on the afternoon of July the 3d, 1855^ 
by Hugh Blair Grigsby. Published by a resolution of the society." 


ter running to the delegate and not to the neophytes, and not 
necessarily naming the precise place where the new * meeting ' 
was to be established. The system thus planned was one of 
which the 'general meeting ' at the capital city and state college 
was to be the Alpha, or head, with branches in the principal 
county towns ; an organization somewhat like the ecclesiastical 
one of which the president of the college, Bishop Madison, was 
the head. July lo, 1779, a charier was granted to Samuel 
Hardy to institute a 'meeting, to be known as the Beta, on the 
next day, another to William Stuart for a Gamma, and August 
14, thereafter, a third to William Cabell for a Delta. Mean- 
while Elisha Parmele, a young graduate of Harvard, who had 
also attended Yale, had been initiated July 31, 1779 Decem- 
ber 4, thereafter, he petitioned for and was granted a charter for 
an Epsilon at Harvard, followed on the 9th of the same month 
by another for a Zeta at Yale. March 11, 1780, John Beckley 
was delegated to establish an Eta at Richmond, and May 18, 
1780, George Lee Turbeville was authorized to institute a Theta 
at Westmoreland. Of the fate of the Beta, Gamma, Delta, Eta 
and Theta nothing is known ; but it is probable that all of them 
were instituted, and almost certain that none survived the Revo- 
lation, which destroyed the fraternity system, of which 4> B Ky 
at William and Mary, was the head, and left heir to its name the 
two anomalous — one of them posthumous— New England scions, 
which were to develop into so radically different an oigssiiz?^' 
^on:'—/i K E Quarterly, October, 1886. 

Parmele was prepared for college by a clergyman, entered 
Yale just before the Revolution, remaining until it suspended, on 
account of the war, was graduated at Harvard in 1778, and 
afterwards attended William and Mary. Thence he went north, 
established the Yale and Harvard chapters, was ordained minis- 
ter of a church in Massachusetts, was stricken with consumption, 
journeyed southward with his wife in search of health and died, 
1784, in Shenandoah county, Virginia. 

December 4, 1779, he petitioned for "a charter-party to 
establish a branch of the society in Cambridge in Massachu- 
setts," and the petition was ''granted, to be called EnaiXov," 
He had probably then gone north and communicated to the 
society some changes as to its functions and methods which he 
thought desirable, and the presiding officer seems to have 
agreed with him, for we read : 

" At a meeting convened on ye evening of ye 5th of December, 
1779, Mr. President leaving ye chair, called Mr. Brown to the 
same; Mr. President suggesting ye necessity of making some in- 
novation in ye form of charter-party to introduce it properly and 
giving it an extensive footing in ye state of Massachusetts. 
Bay proposed some amendments to ye same, which being read 
in their proper places, were accorded lo. 


ning." — Boston Telegraph, September 3, 1831, quoted in 
* * College Secret Societies. " 

The original chapter, calling itself the Alpha of Virginia, re- 
served the right to grant charters to other chapters, but in 1787, 
as it was then dormant, the chapters at Harvard and Yale united 
in founding the ' Alpha of New Hampshire ' at Dartmouth. The 
plan then was adopted of requiring the concurrent action of the 
existing Alphas to establish a new Alpha, but giving each Alpha 
the right to establish other chapters in its own state. "*" 

In all ^ B K has been known in twenty five colleges. The 
Harvard chapter changed its title from Epsilon to Massachusetts 
Alpha, or Alpha of Massachusetts, and the Yale chapter changed 
from Zeta to Connecticut Alpha, f 

At an early date in the history of the society it became custom- 
ary for the members in the Senior classes just before graduation 
to initiate men from the Junior classes, the aim being to take 
those with the best average of scholarship. Thus membership 
became a matter of course to those who ranked highest^ 
Sometime before 1831 it was usual in some chapters at least 
for one third of the members of the Junior class — those of the 
highest scholarship — to be honored by elections § 

For many years the exercises of the society, where any have 
been held, have consisted of the public delivery of literary 
addresses and reading of poems by distinguished members dur- 

♦ See ** American College Fraternities.** 

f Mr. Warner being asked when the Harvard and Yale chapters be^an 
calhng themselves the Alphas of their respective states, replied that his opimon 
was, •* that they so called themselves from the start. Though they were 
named Epsilon and Zeta, yet they were each originally given somewhat of the 
position in their respective states that the mother chapter assumed in Virginia, 
and not liking to be classed in nomenclature with the lettered branches in 
Virginia of the original Alpha, established themselves as the Alphas of their 
respective slates. The original chapter was suspended before they were well 
running, (before one was instituted), and they therefore had the power, and 
mdeed the right, to do as they pleased."— John DeWitt Warner, to the writer, 
April 27, 1887. 

f'Even before 1800 its" {^ B K* s) "active life had departed and iU 
elections had become to be— as they now are— mere honorary rewards of 
undergraduate scholarship or graduate eminence.** — **Psi Upsilon Epitome." 
•* It" {^ B K) ''only accepted members late in their collc^ course, and its 
membership soon came to be ranked as a mark of scholarship and high class 
rank.'*— S. L. Woodford in /i K E Quarterly ^]^Ti\xxt^^ 1884. 

& See ** A Key to Phi Beta Kappa,** published in 1 83 1. Its author, Avery 
Allyn, claims membership and states that such was the custom. However, 
according to Mr. Warner the custom has not been uniform. He writes : "As 
to electing the highest third of each class to # ^ Jff", I have never known there 
was any rule to that effect. Each chapter did as it pleased, and had so little 
to do with the others, that it was ignorant of their customs and each free to 
imagine that the rest all worked on its pattern.** — John DeWitt Warner, to the 
writer, April 27, 1887. 


ing commencement week, accompanied sometimes with ban- 
quets. The society has been too formal in character to be a suc- 
cess as an active factor in college life. An earnest effort to revive it 
to a more active existence was made by the Harvard chapter in 
1 88 1, in which year that chapter celebrated its hundredth anniver- 
sary. In response to an invitation delegates from a majority of the 
chapters met at Cambridge in June, 1881. After discussing the 
possibility of bringing the chapters into closer relations it was 
decided to meet again in the fall. At the meeting in October 
following, sixteen chapters were represented. It was resolved to 
create a National Council, composed of delegates from all 
chapters, and a committee was appointed to prepare a uniform 
constitution and form of initiation. At a meeting held at 
Saratoga in September, i88a, the committee reported a consti- 
tution which was unanimously adopted It was provided that 
the National Council should have the power of granting charters, 
and that it should meet every third year, beginning with 1883.* 
The life of the organization, however, was taken away when its 
secrets were exposed. There is no hope for it ever to amount to 
anything but an honorary society. 

Such has been the romatic history of the venerable B K. 
It has become so emasculated that it hardly resembles its former 
self. In all essentials it originally was a society of nearly the 
same nature as those that have been founded during the present 
century, and which have become such prominent features in 
American colleges. The young Virginians of the Revolutionary 
epoch, scions of the first families in the Old Dominion, had the 
right conception of the ideal fraternity. 

Walter B. Palmer. 


The fifth annual dinner and reunion of the New York Alpha 
Alumni was held at Morello's on the evening? of Thursday, 
December 13, 1888. The night proved to be an inconvenient 
one for a lar^e number of the alumni resident in New York, 
and covers were laid for only about twenty-five. But though the 
number present was smaller than might have been wished, those 
who were there enjoyed a regular Phi Delta Theta evening, and 
nothing can express a more enjoyable time than that. 

After an excellent dinner, the toast list was duly reached and 
disposed of. 

The President of the chapter, Benjamin S. Orcutt, presided, 
and the following were the toasts and toasters : 

♦See «• Revival of Phi Beta Kappa," by S. I . Woodford, in J X'JS 
Quarter fyf January, 1884. 


The Fraternity— Carrol P. Bassett, Pa. A, '83. 
Phi Influence in the Late Campaign — Dudley R. Horton, 
N. Y. ^, '75. 
It's Culmination— The White House— J. M. Mayer, N. Y. T, 


Alpha Province — Geo. E. Sawyer, Vt A^ '83. 
Panama Alpha Alumni — Albert Shiels, N. Y. -T, '86. 
The Law— T. H. Baskerville, N. Y. J, '^d. 
The Ladies— Brinlon H. Miner, N. Y. A, '^d. 

At the business meeting, held immediately before the fun 
began, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: 

President — George E. Sawyer, Vt. A^ '83. 

Secretary and Treasurer — Earle F. Palmer, N. Y. -T, '88. 

Warden— W. D. Ultey, N. Y. T. '%^, 

Reporter— Brinton H. Miner, N. Y. A, '86. 

An executive committee was also elected, consisting of bro- 
thers, T. H. Baskerville. W. H. Treat and B. S. Orcutt, to 
devise steps, if possible, looking towards the organization of a 
Phi Delta Theta Club in New York. Enough Phis are now 
resident in and near the city to make the scheme a practical 
one in the near future. In the meantime a series of monthly 
dinners is to be held. 

It was a late hour when the party broke up and each one 
went home promising to bring one other, or more, brothers with 
him to enjoy the January dinner. 


Read the Song Book editorial, and do not 
fail to decide at the next meeting of your 
chapter just what you will or will not do. 

The new edition of our song book is now ready for delivery 
at less than half the regular price. The book now issued is 
precisely the same as the one put out in 1886, except in the 
matter of cover. A neatly printed cover of heavy blue paper 
makes it a very handsome book of fraternity songs, and at the 
same time one that the editors can afford to sell at a figure that 
will bring it within the reach of all. It is not sufficient for each 
chapter to possess only a * * chapter " copy, and for each man to 
think he has done his share if he has contributed a few cents for 


its purchase. It is not sufficient either for the chapter or the in- 
dividual. Each chapter should secure at least half a dozen — if 
a large chapter, a dozen — for permanent chapter use, and in these 
no member would have any individual personal interest what- 
ever. Then each and every man should be patriotic and liberal 
enough to get one copy for himself. Perhaps this was too much 
to expect for a book that sold for more than a dollar a copy, 
but it certainly is not when the price is only fifty cents, postage 
paid, unless the Phis are a fearfully poverty-stricken crowd. 
Come, now, this a very important matter, and we want you to 
look at it in the proper light ; and not only that, but to act 
accordingly. Do you realize what the situation is? Surely you 
do not or you would not, by your own direct command, incur 
obligations and then, after your duly appointed agents have 
done all the work, magnanimously reward them by cowardly 
''standing from under" and leaving them to shoulder all the 
responsibilities. We are speaking very plain — perhaps not as 
plain as we wish we could — but that is precisely what we wish to 
do, and what we started out with the intention of doing. Now 
look at the situation calmly and see if you have any difficulty in 
seeing your plain duty. By the unanimous voice of your 
National Convention of 1884, you ordered the publication of 
what you sadly needed — a book of your own Phi Delta Theta 
songs, and appointed the men who were to act for you, and be 
your representatives in the work. These men did their work 
faithfully and as speedily as the task would permit If the 
many testimonials that have been published to you were not idle 
words, they did their work well. They tried to publish the 
handsomest and finest book of fraternity songs ever put on the 
market Many of your own number have declared in unstinted 
and unmeasured terms that they succeedec^ But here is the 
case in a nut shell. You gave your order as any business man 
might. Your order was fulfilled to your entire satisfaction, and 
at a cost of some hundreds of dollars. The entire work was 
approved by your National Convention of 1 886. It is nearly 
five years since you assumed this obligation, and yet, by your 
financial backwardness, a heavy debt still hangs over the heads 
of somebody. Now we have spoken plainly, and we are going to 
ask a plain question, and demand^ as we have a right to demand. 


a plain answer, Now^ what do you propose to do? Do you 
propose to "stand from under?" Do you propose to repudiate 
your honestly contracted debt? Do you propose to sneak out, 
and leave on the shoulders of somebody else obligations which 
belong to you, and you alone? Do you propose, when men have 
given you their time, which is money to them, and asked you 
nothing for it, to compel them, in return, to pay you for the 
privilege of benefiacling you. In short, do you propose to come up 
and pay your bill ? There is one way for you to do it, and only 
one. Each and every chapter must order, and order immediately, 
must pay 75 cents. In return he will get one book for himself 
and the remaining twenty-five cents will go to provide the 
chapter with one book for every two members. That will be a 
fair number for chapter use. Now, here is the plain question 
again. Will you each and every one of you pay 75 cents, or 
will you compel two of your number to pay over one hundred 
DOLLARS each ? There can surely be but one answer. Discuss 
this matter and decide it at the very next meeting of your chapter. 
Your chapter is meant and it means you personally. Do tour 
share. Do not delay, but send your orders with the names 
promptly to E. H. L. Randolph, P. O. Box 1398, New York, 
N. Y. The books will be sent you by return mail or express. 

To the older readers of the Scroll, a discussion of the ques- 
tion of internal improvement in the chapters will come like a 
venerable and respected, but uninteresting friend, charged with 
advice and counsel that has been heard over and over again. 
But these readers will bear with us and remember that the 
personel of our activ# membership is always changing, and also 
that the subject is so important that it deserves frequent attention. 

Of course the first matter to occupy the attention of a chapter, 
first both in point of time and of importance, is the selection of 
new members. Unless these are chosen with judgment a heavy 
handicap, if not total disability, is at once placed on the power 
of a chapter to be of benefit to anyone. But in most of the 
chapters the new men have all been selected and initiated. Every 
one has become thoroughly acquainted with every one else, and 


affairs are running as smoothly as can be expected at any time. 
The important question now before them is, ** what can be done 
to make chapter meetings of the greatest interest and benefit to 
all concerned?" That something should be done by every 
chapter in the way of regular exercises, designed to promote that 
culture which every collegian, and especially every fraternity man, 
is in search of, goes without saying. Just what the nature of 
those exercises should be and what form they should take, 
depends largely on the make up of the chapter, and the circum- 
stances surrounding it. Every chapter is, in some respect, 
situated differently from every other, and to suggest a general plan 
of action to be followed by all would be futile, but it is perfectly 
competent for us to suggest that some action of the kind be taken 
hy every chapter. 

In a chapter, located at a college where literary debating 
societies are flourishing, we would not advise that, in the chapter 
meetings, the regular exercises take the form of a debate. In 
such a chapter, exercises of a more distinctively literary character 
would undoubtly be of more value. So, also, in a college whose 
literature course is not of the greatest breadth, the value of 
systematic literary study in the chapter meeting will be found to 
be very great On the contrary, in an institution where debating 
societies fill no prominent place, a fraternity chapter will find 
itself well repaid in occupying their field in part. And so it 
must go. In every case the policy adopted should be moulded 
in conformity with the needs and opportunities of each particular 
chapter. The field of literature is naturally the most congenial 
for fraternity men to explore into, as well as the most easy of 
access and prolific in returns. It is there that chapters will gener- 
ally look, but it is not essential that they should turn in that direc- 
tion. £very field of learning is open to them,«and will repay ex- 
ploration. The important point is that every chapter adopt 
some line of policy to be followed seriously and intelligently in 
the chapter meeting. If this is done there will never be a time 
when any Phi can look back on the hours of the chapter meet- 
ings and say that they were hours ill spent And the chances are 
largely in favor of his asserting that those meeting hours were 
not only the happiest, but among the most beneficial, in his 
coU^e career. 


When a business man becomes careless in money matters, 
fails to meet his obligations, lets his bills accumulate without 
paying them any attention, and generally leaves all the loose 
ends flying, he brings discredit on himself and ruins his good 
name. Business men will have nothing more to do with him. 
On the contrary, when a writer, a scholar, a man of books and 
theories, follows in the same path, borrows money which he 
doesn't pay, involves himself all over in debt and pays no 
attention to money matters, the seemingly all-sufficient excuse 
is made that he is a student, and not a man of aflairs. If we 
accept this excuse and apply it to some of our chapters we at 
least have the satisfaction of feeling that our fraternity contains 
many scholars, however few business men there are on our rolls. 
Being scholars, they are of course willing, if not anxious, to 
leam, and though we do not wish to shock the sensitive organism 
of any of our brothers by descending to vulgar considerations of 
filthy lucre, we feel bound to announce for their benefit — that 
it costs money to publish the Scroll. Many of them, evidently, 
have lived for years contented and happy in the belief that the 
Scroll is supported by fraternal love and editorial wisdom, and 
we dislike to rudely shake their faith, but the truth must be told, 
wisdom and love are not the basis of the Scroll's existence. It 
is money. The printers demand money for setting the type, the 
manufacturer demands money for supplying the paper, and even 
Uncle Sam, under the advice of a Phi, demands money for 
distributing the completed Scroll. 

Some of our chapters will do well to take these truths to 
heart, however practical their nature, and remember further, 
especially those chapters that are two or three years behind with 
their Scroll taxes, that the future publication of the Scroll 
depends largely on the prompt payment of these overdue taxes, 
and also that unless these taxes are paid the chapters from which 
they are due are debarred, by the constitution of the fraternity, 
from representation in the next national convention. 

The Scroll has heretofore been signally free, among frater- 
nity journals, from financial embarrassments. We desire to 
continue our good record, but will be unable to do so unless 
the chapters that are in arrears pay up promptly. We trust, both 
for their own sake and that of the fraternity at large, that they 
will give the matter early attention. 


Several causes have worked together to somewhat mix 
matters in the distribution of the Scroll so far this year, but by 
the time this number reaches its readers it is hoped that every 
thing will be in perfect order, and that some attempt can be 
made to straighten out the errors on past numbers. 

In printing the October number, what was supposed to be an 
especially large edition was ordered. As it proved, the edition 
was entirely inadequate to meet the large demands caused by the 
publication of General Harrison's portrait and the articles on his 
school and college days. As no suspicion was entertained that 
all demands could not be supplied, all orders were filled until 
the startling information came from the printer, ''October 
number all out!'' At this time several chapters were entirely 
vnsupplied, because they had not yet reported either name of 
reporter or number of Scrolls desired. A few chapters have 
since reported that October Scroll (which was surely mailed), 
was not received, having been lost in the mails. The November 
number was issued and partly distributed before the true state of 
affairs was known, and as a consequence, that number also ran 

In order to right the wrong inadvertently done to a few. Gen- 
eral Harrison's portrait and the Harrison articles from October 
Scroll were re-published with a portion of the December number, 
and an attempt was made to reach, with this special edition, all 
who were not served with October number. 

If there are any who were not reached, they can obtain copies 
of the extra December edition by applying to the Business Man- 

There will no doubt be a large number of Phis in Washington 
to attend the inauguration of a Phi President In order to 
make it convenient for them to find and know each other there, 
and as well to induce more Phis to attend and to enable us to 
have a general re-union and celebration to signalize the event, 
a local committee has been appointed to take charge of the 
accessary arrangements. Brother Chas. £. Kincaid, Washing- 
ton correspondent of the Louisville Courier-Journaly is chairman 
of this committee, and every Phi who intends to go to the 
inauguration should communicate with him at once if they wish 


to have quarters eng^aged for themselves. It will be necessary 
to attend to this matter at the earliest possible moment in order 
to obtain accommodations, for Washington will undoubtedly be 
crowded on this occasion as it never was before. Let every 
Phi, who possibly can, make an endeavor to be present at the 
inauguration of President Benjamin Harrison. 

The Editor is loathe to come before the fraternity with an 
apology, but we have of late received several complaints, the 
justice of which we must admit and which seem to call for a re- 
ply. For several issues back — and including this one, too^we 
have not been able to give The Scroll the attention it requires 
and deserves, by reason of severe illness and death in the Editor's 
family, and many pressing matters incident thereto. We have 
received several caustic letters for delay and neglect of duQr, all 
of which we admit, and crave pardon for the reasons given above. 
Ahd, in addition, some things very mortifying to us have ap- 
peared in our pages which would never have seen print had we 
been able to do our duty. We have neglected it, and no matter 
what our excuses, we shirk no part of the blame. It belongs to 
the Editor alone. It is his business to see that all goes well 
though the heavens fall. 

We again notify reporters that all communications must reach 
New York by the tenth of the month in order to insure their 


From the Business Manager. 

Reporters will please notify the business manager at once 
when irregularities occur in the delivery of the Scroll. Mis- 
takes occur very easily, and unless notified of the fact the busi- 
ness manager has no way of finding out that one has been made, 
and is very apt to repeat. If reporters would write him at once 
on discovering anything wrong, they would often prevent its re- 
currence, and also make rectification much easier -and more 
satisfactory than if they wait until the end of the year and 
then make complaint of everything that has gone wrong. It 
would also be a great assistance to the business manager to have 
errors and oversights promptly called to his attention. 



Vermont Alpha, University of Vermont. 

The new Y. M. C. A. building is approaching completion. 
It is to be one of the finest blocks in the city, and Vt. Alpha is 
congratulating herself on securing rooms in such a building. 
Our present quarters are comfortable and even elegant, jet 
they are not exclusively our own, as our new rooms are to be. 
The new quarters will probably be ready for our occupancy 
about the first of April. 

It has been the unfortunate experience of some of the officers 
of this chapter, that several letters relating to the welfare of the 
fraternity in general and Vt. Alpha in particular have failed to 
elicit responses from chapters to which they were sent. 

It has been suggested by a loyal Phi, who, by the way, is noi 
of the republican faith, that the active members of the fraternity 
present President-elect Harrison with a handsome 9 A Q pin, 
as an expression of their esteem and brotherly regard. There 
are so many active members that it would require but a small 
contribution from each. What do vou think of it. brothers ? 

December 6, i888. M. A. Howe. 

Brother Orton, '92, is teaching a winter term of school at 
South Hero. 

Brother Hyde, '88, recently made us a call and, on his 
departure from the city, he took with him a bride. That long 
life and happiness may be their lot is the wish of Vermont 

We are glad to notice that brother Jeffords, '86, now of 
Washington, D. C, is one of the inaugural committee. 

Brother Sornborger, '88, is principal of the high school at 
Goshen, Mass. 

The result of the examinations for last term show that the three 
men who have the highest averages, by a good margin, in the 
senior, junior, and freshman classes, belong to Vermont Alpha. 
The leader of the sophomore class is a non-fraternity man. 

Our first quartette, Forbes, '90 and Lawrence, '91, ist and 2d 
tenors, Leach and Bosworth, '91, ist and 2d basses, sang during 
the last term, at the First Baptist Church, where Mrs. Leach 
had charge of the choir. At the recital given Dec. 20 by Mrs. 
Leach's pupils, the quartette rendered selections in a very accep- 
table manner, and brother Bosworth sang two basso solos. 

Our college paper, the Cynic^ is conducted by a managing 
board of nine, chosen from the two upper classes, without regard 
to their fraternity connections. Brothers Gilbert, Moore, and 
Mould are now on this board. 


As the result of the recent election of class-day officers, our 
senior brethren have the following parts in the program for 
class-day : President's address, W. A. Beebe ; campus oration, 
A. B. Gilbert ; ivy oration, C. S. Brigham ; marshal, W. H. 

January 7, 1889. M. A. Howk. 

New York Alpha, Cornell University. 

Once again the second term of our university year has opened, 
and from the twelve hundred students of last term, very few are 
missing. Now approaches the banquet season of the lower 
classes, and the members of the two classes look forward to the 
success of their own class, and to some misfortune of their 
antagonistic class. 

The custom here has been that the freshmen are compelled to 
hold their banquet in the city ; and the sophomores are allowed 
to hold theirs where they choose. They generally hold it in 
some of the cities near by. 

Our chapter is in a very prospering condition. All of our 
members of last term have again returned. The members now 
number twenty-four. 

A very pleasant occasion was enjoyed by our members by the 
hospitality of brother Upp. He being very fortunate on account 
of the election of brother Harrison, afforded us with an excel- 
lent supper, served at our chapter house parlors. The occasion 
was one that will be long remembered, together with the election 
of our noble brother. The feature of the evening was the 
initiation of H. L. Barker. 

Our membership has so increased that we expect to move into 
a larger house, about the first of June. 

The house we at present occupy is an extremely pretty and 
convenient house, but has not the capacity. 

Prof. Bailey, of Mich. Beta, is again with us. He has the 
professorship of Horticulture. 1 

The members of New York Alpha wish the Scroll ftJ^MI^^ 
chapters of our fraternity a happy and prosperous New^JS^iSBT ^ 

January 7, 1889.' B* FTHurd. 

New York Beta, Union College. 

Another college year has opened with every omen of future 
success. With the accession of Dr. Webster to the office of 
President, the hopes both of Union's alumni and undergraduates 
have risen, and an era of prosperity seetns to be assured. The 
>*• ' inauguration ceremony was of the most impressive character, 
while enthusiasm knew no'bounds. All else was forgotten in the 
expression of loyalty to Alma Mater, and with ** God speed" 


echoed from every heart, Dr. Webster entered upon his arduous 
duties of gathering together and building up to its former great- 
ness a college that at one time yielded preeminence to none. 

After this period of abnormal activity there followed a period 
of rest, and for three months the old grey walls were deserted, 
only upon the opening of college to be again the scene of life 
and action. The new President was serenaded. Men were 
spiked by the different fraternities and Union has settled down 
to hard work. 

From the 37 members of the entering class four have been 
received as worthy of membership in Phi Delta Theta. And 
despite hostile prophecy after five years of existence we more 
than hold our own, and trust that success will continue to attend 
our efforts. 

November 26, 1888. A. R. Conover. 

At the commencement last June the undergraduates, as well 
as alumni, were made happy by the installation of Dr. Webster, 
in the office of president of the college. Subsequent events 
have shown the wisdom of the selection of one who, as an 
alumnus of the college, had her true welfare at heart, and 
entered upon the arduous duties of his office with the determin- 
ation of bringing order out of chaos, and of restoring "Old 
Union" to her former greatness. 

Systematic work is being done, and the increased number of 
the entering class has encouraged those who look forward to the 
growing prosperity of the college. 

From the 37 members of '92, four have been received as 
members of ^ z/ 0. 

On December 3d, we celebrated our fifth anniversar}, with 
appropriate literary exercises, followed by the customary ban- 
quet. Brothers Harris, '86, and De Long, '88, were with us, 
De Long being on his way to Saginaw, Mich. , where he enters 
an engineering office. 

Brother Allen, '86, has lately left government' employ, and 
gone to Los Angeles, Cal.. where he has entered an engineering 
office, in partnership with brother Skinner, who has been 
located there for some time. 

January 9, 1889. A. R. Conovkr. 

Pennsylvania Alpha, Lafayette College. 

Pennsylvania Alpha is glad to announce that she still con- 
tinues in her ever prosperous condition, and has reason to 
congratulate herself, especially during the past two years, on the 


wonderful advancement of her welfare. We have better rooms 
than ever before, and are constantly adding to their furnishing. 
Our alumni have not forgotten us in this respect, and have 
displayed their generosity in various ways. The most recent 
addition to our furniture comes to us from brother Moore, '88, 
in the shape of several very serviceable chairs. Others have 
remembered us in money, etc. 

The graduating class of last year took from our midst six most 
worthy brethren, but we rejoice in the recovery of one of them. 
Brother McComant. '88, now enjoys an honorable position 
among the Faculty, as a tutor in English and French. His 
presence with us is a source of pleasure to all our Phis. 

We are sorry to record the departure of brother Culbertson, 
'90, who is unfortunately unable to remain longer with us. He 
goes to Washington and Jefferson College to complete his 
course, and carries with him the good wishes of the whole 

Pennsylvania Alpha starts the new year under most favorable 
auspices. Our chapter now numbers fifteen men, and is a 
strong one in many ways, ^^'e initiated two good men last 
term, who promise to be loyal Phis, and add renown to their 
chapter. They are brothers Nathan Shaw Aller, and Agustus 
Orris Bloomberg, both of '92. Our policy this year has been 
rather a conservative one, but we promise to introduce more 
men into the Phi world this term. We received last term many 
pleasant visits from members of Pennsylvania Eta, of Lehigh, 
and would be glad to welcome more this term. With a cordial 
greeting to all loyal Phis. 

January 9, 1889. H. S. Robinson. 

Pennsylvania Delta, Allegheny College. 

College here has entered upon the winter session. The 
Glee Club report a successful trip. They sang in Ohio during 

Since our last letter was written we have initiated a good man 
in the person of brother C. A. Peflfer, '92. The occasion was 
an enjoyable one. ** William" performed with nimble grace 
and his accustomed vim. 

Brother W. A. Elliott, '89, tutor in Greek, was obliged to 
leave college before the close of last term on account of ill 
health. He has now, to a considerable degree, recovered, and 
we are pleased to say is again among us. 

Brother D. C. O'Connor, ex '82, has at last returned to 
complete a course at old Allegheny. Brother O'Connor was 
one of our charter members, and returns after an absence of 
eight years. Since leaving here he has had a varied experience 


in different places throughout the west. He has been engaged 
in teaching most of the time. 

Brothers Newkirk, '90, and W. W. Johnson, '90, have 
returned. They have been absent for two terms. We now 
number nineteen members. 

January 3, 1 889. Edw. P. Couse. 

Pennsylvania Epsilon, Dickinson College. 

The doings of Penna. Epsilon have not been noticed in the 
Scroll for some time, as a consequence of which, our present 
communication covers more than the usual data. 

Commencement week gave us our share of honors. Brother 
Cheston, our only graduate, secured honors in the Latin Scien- 
tific Department. Brothers Mordorf and Straw captured both 
medals, gold and silver respectively, in the Junior Oratorical 
contest Brothers Mordorf and Whiting took honor rank in 
the junior class, and brother Urner a similar position in the 
sophomore class. Among the college entries in athletics at the 
Cumberland Co. annual fair, brother Turpin took first prize in 
the 100 yards dash, and brother Whiting likewise in the high 
jump. Both of these gentlemen are champions of the college in 
these respects. 

At the opening of college in September we immediately began 
"spiking" operations, and were rewarded by presenting the 
compliments of our good ** Billy" to the following newly 
pledged Phis : 

Glover, '90; Neal, '91; Marter, '92; Stephens, '92; E. Gardner, 
'92; F. Gardner, '92; Fasick, '92; and Roberts, '92. 

Among the new men, Stephens has taken rank as a foot-ball 
player, and is on the college team. E. Gardner has been made 
leader of the M. E. Church choir. He in company with bro- 
thers Whiting, Millet, and F. Gardner, represent Phi Delta 
Theta on the College Glee Club. 

Brother Millet has charge of the college book store, brothers 
Urner and Stephens are the presiding ofiScers of the junior and 
freshman classes respectively. 

Brother Mordorf is a business manager of the Dickinsonian. 
Brothers Straw and Whiting are on the editorial staff, the former 
being editor-in-chier. 

The Union Philosophical Society will celebrate its looth 
anniversary in March. Brother Mordorf will represent the 
society oratorical ly at that time. Brother Straw is now its presi- 

The college is in a flourishing condition, and much prosperity 
is expected through the influence of our newly elected president, 
Rev. Dr. George E. Reed, of New Haven, Connecticut 


With best wishes to all Phis everywhere, the above is respect- 
fully submitted. 

December 19, 1888. C. W. Straw. 

Pennsylvania Eta, Lehigh University. 

After having enjoyed the many pleasures which are to be 
derived from a vacation of three weeks, during a season when all 
the world makes merry, we shall once more resume the work of 
another new year on the 9th, and have every reason to believe 
that it will be a prosperous one for Pennsylvania Eta. 

Perhaps the greatest drawback to a thorough enjoyment of 
fraternity life at Lehigh, lies in the fact that, as we have no 
dormitories at the university, the men are scattered throughout 
the Bethlehems, obtaining rooms wherever they are to be had, 
thus being prevented, to a certain extent, from the social 
enjoyment so necessary to the welfare of every chapter. We, 
therefore, take great pleasure in informing our brother Phis that 
this will be no longer the case with the Pennsylvania Eta, as in 
the future we shall occupy our new chapter house, which has 
just been completed and elegantly furnished throughout It 
occupies one of the most desirable locations to be had in 
Bethlehem, and the appearance presented outside as well as 
inside, is all that could be desired. 

Although there are twelve fraternities represented at Lehigh, 
until recently there has been only two chapter houses, viz : 
Delta Upsilon and Sigma Phi. The latter, however, are just 
completing a new one, which, when completed, will present 
quite an imposing appearance. The one being vacated by them 
will be occupied by the Chi Phis. 

Our men have not all returned yet, but are dropping in one 
by one, and taking possession of their new quarters. All are well 
pleased with them, and extend a hearty invitation to all Phis 
who chance to come this way, to call and see us. 

On the Glee Club this year we are represented by brother 
Burkhardt, as first tenor. 

Brother C. H. Miller, '88, has obtained a position on the 
U. S. Government improvements of the Mississippi River, and 
is at present located at Wilson's Point, La. 

The past foot-ball season, which ended upon thanksgiving 
day, has been a most successful one for Lehigh. Out of twelve 
games played, she has scored 121 points against her opponents, 
over and above those scored by opponents against her. 

With our best wishes to all Phis for the New Year. 

January 7, 1889. E. H. Beazelu 


Virginia Alpha, Roanoke College. 

There have been no startling occurrences in Greek history at 
Roanoke since our last letter to the Scroll. Recently the 
Gammas took in a "barb," with this exception all the chapters 
here have been resting. 

Much excitemnt has been caused by the Anti Fraternity 
League, in one of the Literary Societies. At an election for the 
performance of the anniversary celebration, three of the five 
speakers were fraternity men. For special reasons, one of them 
resigned, and though there were three seniors left as candidates- 
for the position, two of whom were "frats" and the other one 
neutral, these were all rejected, and an Anti-frat Junior was 
elected, by the vote of the '* Solid League." This led to the 
resignation of the other two fraternity men on the ticket, an act 
which in its turn brought about such a state of aflfairs, under (he 
Anti'FraL managementy that an anniversary celebration could not 
be held. Such remarkable brilliancy on the part of the * * barbs " 
will soon lead them to the accomplishment of their desired object, 
the destruction, or to quote them , the ' ' busting up " of every 
fraternity throughout the land ! ! We take occasion here to give 
all our sister chapters the danger signal. The body we have to- 
combat with is a graveyard-basement-barber-shop-meeting organ- 
ization, under the management and control of a chief, with one 
or two aids. The principles which sway this august crowd are 
those of envy, spite and hatred. Grounded on such founda- 
tions, aiming at such marks, fraught with all legislative and 
executive ability, where, oh where, will they not succeed in 
planting their banners ? 

January 8, 1889. C. F. Kuder. 

Georgia Alpha, University of Georgia. 

Georgia Alpha wishes a happy New Year to all Phis. 

The fall term opened in September with only four old 
members. Our number is now ten, and never were a band of 
brothers linked by sweeter and more fraternal ties. 

Our new men are Walker King, '91, F. G. Govan, '92, 
C. E. Choate, '90, H. H. Andrew, law class, '89, W. W. Shep- 
herd, '89. 

Donald Harper, law class, '89, affiliated from Georgia Gamma. 

Brother Reed was elected editor in chief of the College Annual. 
Brother Andrew was elected Col. 2d Reg. West Virginia, a few^ 
months before joining. Brother Harper was elected president 
of law class. Brother King is one of the best debaters in his 


Our relations are pleasant with the other fraternities of the 

The chapter is in an excellent condition, and while oar 
number is not as large as our other Georgia chapters, yet never 
was their love greater, nor their zeal more enthusiastic for the 
"Great and Good" ^ A Q, than Georgia Alpha. 

January 8, 1889. Donald Harper. 

Georgia Beta, Emory College. 

We have nothing but success to report from here. In any 
contest where merit and justice are made the arbiters, we always 
come off victorious. In the recent election for impromptu 
debaters, of the twelve elected, four were Thetas, brothers 
Bakes and Jenkins being elected from the Phi Gamma Society, 
and brother McKee and Bradley from the Few Society. 

However, all the interest of the boys centers on the election 
for champion debater, the first Saturday in January. If merit is 
considered, we will then obtain at least one debater from each 

In the recent Fall term debate of the Phi Gamma Society, 
brother Fort was one of the speakers, in the opinion of the 
president of the occasion— our worthy college president — making 
the best speech of the four. 

I have not yet seen a notice in the Scroll of the expulsion 
from our chapter of Mr. R. B. Malsby. For reasons which we 
thought sufficiently imperative, we severed his connection with 
our fraternity May 4, 1888. No one need now recognize him 
as a brother. 

We have the pleasure of introducing to our brothers elsewhere 
two noble and loyal Phis, brothers Belcher and Earle, who were 
initiated on the night of Dec. 7th. They are in every respect 

Our chapter here was never in a better condition than now. We 
have practically no opposition, although there are seven other 
fraternities represented here. You will hear many good things 
of us in the future, especially when the Fall term reports are 
made out. 

December 31, 1888. J, T. Daves, 

Tennessee Alpha, Vanderbilt University. 

To say that Tennessee Alpha has held her own in initiating 
new men this year, is but to say that she has not failed to get a 
single man, (no matter by how many other fraternities he was 
being or had been spiked) whom she wished to make acquainted 
with the mysteries of Phi Delta Theta. It is a significant fact 
that this is the case. We duly recognize the fact that we owe in 


a great measure our prosperous condition to the superior stand- 
ing Phi Delta Theta has as a national fraternity, yet we think 
we can justly take some credit to ourselves for our continuous 
prosperity. However that may be, whenever a new man has an 
opportunity to become a Phi he generally accepts ; and this 
year we can say that we have beat our rivals in every instance. 

Since our last communication we have initiated Chas. W. 
Scorritt, of Kansas City, Mo. 

Brother Winfield of the senior class has been elected to repre- 
sent the Philosophic Literary Society in the Tennessee Inter- 
Collegiate Oratorical contest next May. 

The Vanderbilt Athletic Association has been reorganized for 
i888-'89. Claude Waller as vice president, Pope Taylor as 
captain of base ball team, and J. H. Watkins as treasurer, 
represent Phi Delta Theta among its officers. 

December 5, 1888. Paul M. Jones. 

Since our last communication nothing of very great import- 
ance has happened in fraternity circles at Vanderbilt. Still if 
we can say nothing else but that all the fraternities are thriving 
harmoniously, we write so that Tennessee Alpha shall not be 
one among those chapters that fail to have a letter in each issue 
of the Scroll. 

The students are just back from the Christmas holidays, and 
now are at work preparing for the intermediate examinations, 
which begin on the i8th of this month. 

The new building for the Technological Department is now 
completed, and, as a structure, it does great credit to Professor 
Magruder of the Engineering Department 

Mechanical Hall is fitted throughout with the best and most 
modern machinery, and now the facilities for instruction in 
manual technology are equal to those offered by any institution 
in the South. 

We were pleased to see in the December Scroll, a letter 
from brother W. H. Harris, our Reporter for 1887-88, who is 
now at the University of Virginia Law School. 

January 6, 1889. Paul M. Jones. 

Alabama Alpha, University of Alabama. 

As the first term of our present college year has just closed, 
the work of spiking has also come to a close, and men of differ- 
ent fraternities no longer eye one another with an eagle's eye. 

Since my last letter we have had the pleasure of initiating into 
the mysteries of Phi Delta Theta a very brilliant young man 
from Mobile, Alabama, Mr. J. C. Horton, who is taking a 
leading stand in the Junior class. In persuading him to join 


oar noble band we gained a great victory over our rival fraterni- 
ties, as he was generally sought after. It is with a great deal of 
pleasure that we present him to the fraternity. 

In our present Junior class Phi Delta Theta has been 
seriously crippled by the loss of three noble Phis, who were 
about the leaders of their class. 

The seven Junior speakers have been announced. We are 
represented by brother Horton, besides having three others who 
were appointed alternates. 

We seem to have bad luck about losing our best men, brother 
James Murphey, of Eutaw, Alabama, who was first man on the 
Honor Roll from the Freshman class last year, and who would 
very probably have been first on it this year, resigned at the end 
of this term. Brother Leatherwood, of the Junior class, resigned 
not long since. Although somewhat injured by losing so many 
good men. Phi Delta Theta is still ahead at the University 
of Alabama. 

This chapter has had a hard time in getting a letter published 
in the Scroll, although we believe it was not our fault, as 
reports have certainly been sent to the Scroll from this chapter, 
and in time. We hope hereafter to see one each month in the 

January 4, 1889. W. L. Smith. 

Mississippi Alpha, University of Mississippi. 

All are back from the Christmas holidays and report having 
a merry Christmas. We have settled down to work though 
already, on account of the near approach of our semi-annual 

The Delta Gamma banquet (mention of which was made in 
my last letter to the Scroll) is an event of the past — one of the 
few pleasant milestones that mark the dreary road of student 
life. It is needless to say that it was a pronounced success, the 
lovely hostesses seemed to excel themselves. All who attended 
are loud in the praise of the unique fioral decorations and of the 
bountiful and artistically set table, spread for the comfort of the 
inner man. 

Recent reports from our alumni report them all to be pros- 
pering. Any of them, or any Phi coming this way, must stop 
to see us — we will welcome them most heartilv. 

Miss. Alpha sends a Happy New Year greeting to all her Phi 

January 5, 1889. E. J. Buck. 


Texas Gamma, Southwestern Universit/. 

Again we take pleasure in revealing to the Phi world the 
standing and prospects of Texas Gamma. Our roll numbers 
nine, two of whom, brothers W. K.Clement and W. L. Dean, 
have never been announced in the Scroll as accessions to 
jd Q. The initiation of these two gentlemen makes a double 
victory of the "rushing season" over our able rival K A. 
Brothers Marrs and Kidd will be with us in February, the 
former returning from a tour in West Texas, the latter from the 
University of Virginia. With these we will have the small but 
strong chapter of eleven members. The Chapter of 2 A E, 
formerly in our midst, has dissolved. The cause of this is un- 
known, for there is ample room in college for a fourth fraternity. 
K A remains with a membership of 8 ; K 2, with a member- 
ship of 9. 

There is the utmost friendliness and frankness between frat. 
men of S. W. U. , as also between * ' barbs " and * * frats. " We ha\e 
none of the literary society strife that disgraced the escutcheons 
of secrecy during last session ; on the contrary, everything 
moves smoothly, and honor is given to whom honor is due. 

The two Phis of the senior class — Kilgore and Mood — were 
respectively elected poet and orator. Bro. Mathis holds chief 
marshalship from the San yacinio. It was a noticeable fact also 
that in the two recent public debates the Phis were on the stage. 
On the first occasion z/ had five out of the ten debaters ; 
on the second she was represented from the Alamo by orator- 
ship — the most honored position. 

These brief statements show, we trust, something of the pres- 
ent doings of S. W. U. Phis. After the intermediate examin- 
ations you shall hear from us again. 

December 5th, 1888. J. Richardson Mood. 

Ohio Alpha, Miami University. 

The winter term opened very auspiciously at Miami, most of 
the students being in attendance to begin their college work. 

The Phis of Ohio Alpha have been very fortunate in receiving 
honors. Several hold important positions in the literary socie- 
ties, brother Rusk being the president of one. We are repre- 
sented on the staffs of both college papers, the Miami Journal 2Xi6. 
Miami Sludenl^ on the former by three brothers, on the latter 
by two. Our members have taken an active part in athletic 
sports, several being members of the foot-ball team. 

As yet we have not added to our roll of members, but we do 
not feel discouraged, as it is our aim to be careful in our selec- 


tion of men, and we feel that if we cannot secure the proper 
men we should not take any. 

We regret to report that brother Chidlaw is confined at his 
home with pneumonia, and in consequence has not been able to 
take his place in college and chapter room. 

We wish our brother Phis at large to know that Ohio Alpha's 
door is always open to them, and we shall be glad to welcome 
them at any time. 

January 7th, 1889. J. H. Macrkady. 

Ohio Beta, Ohio Wkslkyan University. 

Although for several months we have not been represented, 
we beg our sister chapters not to gather the opinion that we 
are lagging behind, either in spirit or action. 

We are still here, and although we are independent, (so far 
as that term may be applied to college fraternities) we are not 
inactive. The initiation of new men is necessary in order to the 
perpetuation of our existence, but that is not the question 
uppermost in our minds at present. We touch none but the 
best. Our motto is ** Re-election and Action," and we are 
living up to it. 

We have gained a foothold on solid land, whose firmness 
strengthens our stride, invigorates our soul, does not sink 
beneath our feet, nor make our efforts vain. We are traveling 
into the interior of a country habitable to the energetic only, and 
to such alone, opening up at every step its luxuriant growths of 
independence in all its multifarious varieties. This year we 
have initiated three select men, all of whom were bid by other 

We present brothers Keen, of Indianapolis, Gray, of Colum- 
bus, and Hollington, of Toledo. 

This term sees the initiation of our gymnasium into practical 
use. Its completion is hailed with joy by all the athletically and 
pugilistically inclined, and looked upon with pride by the less 

The work of the students and professors has been of the 
highest order and productive of the best results. The attend- 
ance of the college is up to its standard, and the year promises 
to end as prosperously as was augured by its beginning. 

Having sustained the loss of a long tried and efldcient presi- 
dent, and the trustees not having appointed a successor. Dr. 
McCabe, the vice president, now fills that position. 

The eyes of the O. W. U. constituency are turned with 
interest towards the university. 

If their mind is filled with fear for our prosperity, let them 
bid all anxiout fears subside ; if their mind is strained by hope, 
let that hope melt into assurance, let a feeling of security be 


enthroned in their heart, for God reigns and the university still 
lives with a grand old man, great in mind, great in heart, and 
enthroned in the bosom of its students, for its president 
December 20, 1888. D. R. Gray. 

Ohio Gamma, Ohio University. 

Since our last letter, the college surroundings have been quite 
gay, having had several entertainments. 

Among others was an elocutionary entertainment given by the 
two highest classes in elocution, and under the direction of Miss 
Kate Findley, Instructress in Elocution at the University. 

At the open session of the Oratorical Association, in which 
there were some very masterly orations delivered, brother Gore 
delivered * * the oration " of the evening. At the former entertain- 
ment, ^z/ Galso distinguished herself as usual, brother McMas- 
ters making a very favorable recitation. 

We were most delighted in receiving into our fold brother S. 
C. Price, who started in at the Ohio Wasleyan University at the 
beginning of the fall term, but who, at the end of that term, was 
glad to again join and mingle with his ''old'' Phi brothers at 
the ''O. U." 

As yet no barb has been introduced to the mysteries of Gre- 
cian light this term. 

We regret very much not having a letter in the January num- 
ber of the Scroll, but hope to have good reports hereafter. • 

January 6th 1889. Dudley W. Welch. 

Ohio Zeta, Ohio State University. 

We regret that our letter for the November number was not 
published. The O. S. U. was never in a more prosperous con- 
dition than she is at present, having opened the Fall term with 
an enrollment of 401 students, the largest attendance in its 

Ohio Zeta likewise began the term with a good attendance 
and a very favorable outlook for the year. Of the fourteen loyal 
Phis that lef% our chapter hall last June, eight returned this fall 
to do their utmost in promoting the best interests of the chapter 
and the fraternity at large. We lost three valuable men by 
graduation, brothers F. W. Brown, F. S. Ball and O. W. 
Scheibell, all enthusiastic workers in Phi Delta Theta, and three 
brethren have not returned. Brother Mounts, of '91, has left 
college to study medicine. Brother Matthew, of '92, who aflSli- 
ated with us at the beginning of last year, returned to Butler 
University, Indiana, where he was initiated into the mysteries of 
Phi Delta Theta. Brother Penfield, of '92, has not as yet 


Since our last report we have initiated and take pleasure in 
introducing to the Phi world brothers Jones, Chessull, Alexan- 
der and Pen field, taken in last Spring, and brothers Raue, 
Sanderson, Schaeffer and Fish, at the beginning of this year. 

Of the honors given in the university, which are very few, 
Ohio Zeta has gained her share. Brother James £. Thompson 
is major of the battalion, which is in a flourishing condition this 
year, and we also have the presidency of the leading literary 
society in college. 

Aside from the usual excitement attending upon the efforts of 
the several fraternities to secure new men, the only event of 
interest to the general fraternity is the entrance here of a Ladies' 
fraternity. Kappa Kappa Gamma has placed in the Ohio State 
University a chapter composed of six young ladies — two Seniors, 
three Juniors and one Sophomore. We extend to them the 
hand of welcome and wish them success. 

January 9, 1889. J. G. Bloom. 

Kentucky Alpha, Centre College. 

Since our last report we have taken in one man. Brother J. S. 
Fisher. '93, from Georgetown, Colorado. 

We are still, as we think, at the top of the fraternities at Centre, 
and as a chapter are doing well, and hope to keep the position, 
in the future that we now hold. 

The different fraternities at Centre are on the best of terms, and 
we sincerely hope that this feeling will continue to exist 

December 5th, 1888. Geo. A. McRoberts. 

Since our last report nothing unusual has happened at our 
College, except the coming of ** Old Santy." 

All the boys have returned, except brother Lee and brother 
Mills. Brother Lee has been absent from college a short time 
on account of his health. Brother Winn has been pleasantly 
spending the holidays at his home (Mt Sterling) in trying to 
unite the tender cords of his heart to those of the fairer sex. 
Brother Curry spent the holidays at his home near Harrodsburg, 
but owing to the non-returning of his **Dear" they were ren- 
dered somewhat gloomier than they otherwise would have been. 
Brother Bomer, more familiarily known as the ** Babe," could 
not wait until the vacation, so eager was he to go home (Clover- 
port) to hang up his stocking. Brother Fisher enjoyed his vaca- 
tion at Covington. The rest of the boys spent theirs at * * Old 
Danville. " 

January 5, 1889. Geo. A. McRobsrts. 


Indiana Alpha, University of Indiana, 

During the past year the trustees and professors of Indiana 
University have worked faithfully and earnestly to make our 
institution one of the best in the land. Their efforts have not 
been in vain. To every department has been added increased 
advantages and no branch of science is now left unsupplied. 
The appropriations for the year have been liberal and two new 
professors have been added to the faculty in the persons of D. H. 
Campbell and H. B. Miter. The former has charge of the 
Botanical Department, and the latter of Rhetoric and Elocution. 
Both of these gentlemen come highly recommended, 

Indiana Alpha is also moving with rapid strides. Our work 
has never before been equalled and each brother is doing his best 
to keep us at the front. Last term brother Moss was president 
of Union Athenian Literary Society, and brother Loeb vice- 
president of Philo. This term brother Beldon is president of 
Union Athenian and brother Wilson acts in the capacity of 

Brother Foster has been honored with the secretaryship of 

In order to show your readers how our chapter compares with 
her rivals, we clip the following from the Indiana Student : 

"Never in the history of Indiana University were fraternities 
in a more prosperous and flourishing condition. Below we give 
the active membership of each fraternity. Kappa Alpha Theta, 
25 ; Kappa Kappa Gamma, 15 ; Phi Gamma Delta, 18 ; Sigma 
Chi, 17; Beta Theta Pi, 16; Phi Kappa Psi, 15; Delta Tau 
Delta, 14 ; Phi Delta Theta, 20. All but the last named fra- 
ternity have preps among their number." 

January 5, 1889. T. M. Honan. 

Indiana Gamma, Butler University. 

Although Indiana Gamma has had no report in the Scroll 
until now. Phi Delta Theta is enthusiastically progressing and 
retains its pristine position as leading fraternity of those repre- 
sented here. The graduating class of '88 has made quite a break 
in our ranks, taking away from our membership brothers 
Buchannan, Fall, Gonguer, Miller and Morrison. 

We are glad to welcome back brothers Laz Noble, '90 ; Chas. 
de Haas, '91 ; and Emerson W, Matthews, '91, making eleven. 

So far we have initiated but two men — Reed Carr, '92, and 
Victor W. Conner, '92. 

The Delts have initiated three men, increasing their number to 
fifteen. The Sigs have had no initiations. They have but two 
members, both of whom are Seniors. 


The fraternities here are all on the best of terms with each 
other. They decided at the beginning of the year to '* refrain 
from all initiations, 'spiking,' or pledging of new students until 
after December i, 1888." This agreement, as far as we know, 
was carried out to the letter, and we think it has been a great 
advantage in avoiding any rash steps. With this exception 
nothing of any special interest to the fraternities has happened. 

We hope to be able to report regularly in the future. 

January 5, 1889. B. M. Davis. 

Indiana Delta, Franklin College. 

The second term of College opens to-day, with an addition of 
about twenty new students. 

The work on new building has ceased until the opening of 

The fraternity is to be commended for the work it performed 
during the past term ; though we number but eleven, yet more 
zeal was shown than even when we numbered in the twenties. 

We feel highly honored in having so many prominent mem- 
bers on our roll, as the ' Manual of Phi Delta Theta" shows. 

Last Commencement the Phis won more than their portion of 
the ** spoils" of Field's Day; also won their portion of the prizes 
in the literary work as well. 

H. L. Menaugh is back with us since last report. 

A. A. Clark has removed to his old home in Little Rock, Ark., 
where he is in connection with a Baptist paper. 

January 3, 1889. £. M. Fisher. 

Michigan Alpha, University of Michigan. 

The Christmas holidays being over, most of the Phis are 
gathered together again about the fraternal fireside at the old U. 

We started out this year with but seven members, but fortune 
has so far rewarded our efforts that we now number fifteen with 
another pledged to enter at cur first meeting. 

Alpha Tau Omega has just established a chapter here. They 
are taking in members from the L^w and literary departments. 

They make a total of eighteen general fraternities here, be- 
sides which there are four sororities. There are twelve chapters 
in the literary department, two in the law, one each in the 
medical, dental and pharmaceutical, and Alpha Tau Omega 
"on the fence," or lather, both sides of the fence. 

The latest enumeration gives 1,805 ^^^ ^^^ membership of 
the University, which places us at the head in that respect 
The increase over last yeai is proportionally greater in the medi- 


cal department than in the others. About 300 of the whole are 
ladies, or "co-eds." 

Brother Orissman, of Hillsdale, is staying with us for a short 
time, pursuing special studies. 

There are four Phis in the professional departments who have 
not affiliated with us. 

We should like to urge any Phis who are intending to take 
professional work here to come with the intention of affiliating 
with us. 

' We were obliged to postpone indefinitely our anniversary 
banquet, December 9, on account of inadequate accommoda- 

January 7, 1889. J. T. N. Hoyt. 

Illinois Zeta, Lombard University. 

The winter term opened January 2 with an unusually large 
number of new students. As far as the Phis are concerned the 
present term promises as much as the last, I think. There are 
two or three good and available barbarians yet in school which 
ve may capture before spring. At the close of the fall term we 
lost two brothers, V. A. Smith, '91, and A. D. Grubb, '92. Bro. 
Grubb had to leave on account of ill-healih, and will probably 
locate in Kansas or in California. Brother Smith left to accept 
a position in a St. Paul, Minn., wholesale house. Both have 
been most excellent members of the chapter and we are 
sorry to lose them. Their last meeting with us, December 
19th, was unusually interesting though sad. Both left as me- 
mentoes fine pictures of themselves for the chapter room. 

We welcome back this term brother Frank Suiter, who has 
been absent from us over three years, which time he spent in 
California. Also brother Geo. Tapper, who on account of ill- 
ness had to leave school last fall, is now with us a^ain and in 
good health. Brother Perry B. Fuller, '87, of Elgin, 111., 
called on us the closing days of last term. He is now studying 

The preliminary contest in oratory for the Swan prizes resulted 
in two Phis, brothers Allen and Trott, getting positions for the 
final contest, which occurs January i8th. Brother Allen got 
second place. A '*barb" got first place. The ranking was 
rather close, so the prospects for the Phi representatives are very 
good indeed. 

In the Erosophian (literary) Society, brother Trott as presi- 
dent, and brother Allen as secretary, hold the reins of govern- 
ment for this term. 


The utmost harmony prevails at present in fraternity circles 
at Lombard. In fact, almost too much harmony. All the 
chapters seem to be content with what they have got and are 
complacently resting on their oars and enjoying life. No very 
agg:ressive raids are being made into the realms of barbarism, 
and perhaps none are advisable, because all the chapters feel 
that any increase over present membership would make their 
bodies unwieldy. 

January 5th, 1889. Sam D. Harsh. 

Kansas Alpha. University of Kansas. 

Kansas Alpha, we regret to say, has not been represented by 
a letter in the Scroll for several months, but it has not been 
from lack of enthusiasm, neither has it been because we have 
had nothing to report. We have three initiates to introduce, 
who have never before been announced in the Scroll : A. A. 
Stover, ofBellville, Kas. ; J. B. Funston, of lola, Kas., and D. 
E. Potter of Peabody. 

We expect soon to welcome back brother K C. Franklin, 
after his three months' labor as chemist of a sugar plantation 
near New Orleans. We shall also be strengthened by the return 
of brother "Timmy " Funston, who has been for some time in 
the employ of the Santa Fe Railroad. 

Kansas Alpha Chapter is in the seventh year of its existence. 
Our sixth anniversary was celebrated in the latter part of Novem- 
ber, along with other objects of thanksgiving, by an enjoyable 
banquet followed by toasts and songs. 

We are rapidly approaching the semi-annual examinations. 
Even ere this letter is published the ordeal will be over. If the 
Phis have their usual standing, we will stand well. 

The local oratorical contest will soon occur. It is awaited 
with more than usual interest on account of recent exciting 
difficulties that have occurred in determining the ownership of 
some shares and in holding an election. 

January 8th, 1889. Neil C. Brooks. 

Nebraska Alpha. University Nebraska. 

The winter term opens with 14 Phis in school. The larger 
part of them have been home for the holidays and all report a 
pleasant vacation. 

W^ork in the different departments has fairly begun, and each 
Phi has commenced work with the determination, if possible, to 
stand at the head of his class. 

Brother Frankforter has recovered from bis sickness and is 
again with us as an alumni member. 


Brother Chapin, of the class of '90, and a former student at the 
University, is in business in the city, so that we have him at our 

KK r f^vt an entertainment in honor of Miss Moulton on 
the evening of December I5lh, at the residence of Miss White. 
The majority of the guests were Phis, and everybody reported a 
pleasant time. 

At the inaugural ball, held at the State House last Thursday 
evening, we were fortunate in meeting brother Sever, of Iowa 
Alpha, and ex-president of Eta Province. He is a colonel on 
the gubernatorial staff of Iowa, and in that capacity was present 
with Gov. Larrabee at the inauguration of Gov. Thayer. The 
boys were more than pleased to meet him, for after showing 
bim around the University, we took him to our hall where he 
entertained us with reminiscences of his college course, and 
especially of his work as a Phi. After a time spent in this man- 
ner, and cracking jokes (at which the colonel is an expert), he 
took us to dinner. He next insisted on taking us around and 
introducing us to his friends, and the boys were proud to meet, 
among others, Mrs. Larrabee, but the climax was reached when 
she assured us that she was a Phi (in spirit). We then escorted 
brother S. to the train, and it was with great reluctance that we 
parted with him. We hope to meet him again. 

Doctors Warner and Wolfe, alumni of our University, have 
been appointed to lectureships in political economy and philos- 
ophy respectively. 

Our charter-day address will be delivered by President Angel, 
of the University of Michigan, and the occasion is looked for- 
ward to with much interest. 

We wish to make a correction in regard to the spelliiig of 
brother Edmiston's, which was reported as being spelled "Ed- 
mundson. " 

January 7th, 1889. J. A. Barris. 

California Alpha, University of California. 

The college year opened with ten Phis in attendance. Bro. 
Morgan, formerly of '87, and Bro. Parcells, formerly of '89, will 
return in February to graduate with '90. Bro. Halladay has 
returned after a year's absence, and will graduate with '90. Bro. 
Benton, '90, who was compelled to leave at the beginning of last 
year on account of sickness, is a^ain with us. We lost three 
men by graduation — Bros. Woodhams, Fred Allardt and Charles 
Allardt Bro. Woodhams is attending the Law College of the 
University, and Bro. Fred Allardt is engaged in business in San 



Since the opening of the year, Cal. Alpha has increased her 
number by five men — Bro. Hall '91, who is the historian of his 
class, and Bros. Gray, Edwards, Spurgeon, and Tompkins of '92. 
Bro. Ferris of Mass. Alpha has become an associate member of 
our chapter. He is full of enthusiasm for ^ A &, and we have in 
him a strong co-worker and brother, but he needs no introduc- 
tion to the Scroll. 

Cal. Alpha opened the year with bright prospects for the future. 
We started in a chapter house at the beginning of the year for 
the first time since the reorganization of the chapter. We have 
been anxiously waiting for more than a year to secure a house. 
The success of Cal. Alpha seems now assured. 

Although Z W \s the only fraternity here which owns its 
chapter house, AKE is now the only fraternity in the University 
which has not a chapter house, if a local fraternity be not except- 
ed. It was reported that this fraternity has applied for a charter 
from W Tf and is waiting until the next convention oi W T shall 
meet in 1889 to get a charter, as it is necessary to change the con- 
stitution of that fraternity in order to start a chapter here. 
Meanwhile the local fraternity call themselves the £1 W, which is 
it is said will be the name of the chapter, if they get a charter 
from W T, They have adopted a badge like that of !P 2J except 
that it has one vertical hand instead of the clasped hands, and 
the Greek letters D. W are both below the hand. One of their 
members was expelled almost before the fraternity made itself 
known. A KE expelled a man last June. 

Bro. Holmes, '89, has been appointed a ist Lieutenant in the 
battalion of University cadets, though he never had any appoint- 
ment before. Bro. Melvin, '89, is Quartermaster, Bro. Parker, 
'90, is ISergeant-Major, and Bro. Smith, '90, ist Sergeant, Bro. 
Hewitt, 90, is one of the assistant editors of the JB/ue and Gold, 
the University annual published by the Junior class. The chief 
editor is a A KE, Bro. Benton represents us on the base-ball 
team of '90, and Bro. Spurgeon on that of '92. 

President Davis, who was inaugurated last March, has assumed 
his duties as President of the University. An examining physi- 
cian and an instructor in physical culture have been appointed, 
and hereafter gymnastic exercises will be compulsory to the 
Freshman and Sophomore classes. The thirteenth field-day of 
the University will be held soon. The custom of having a Fall 
field-day was abolished for some time, but is now revived. 

E. F. Goodyear. 

California Alpha, University of Caufornia. 

California Alpha has made such progress during the past 
three months that we expect before the close of the College year 
to move into more comfortable quarters. The house which we 


entered at the beginning of the year, although it was large 
enough then, is now much too small to accommodate our 
increasing numbers. We have in view a house which will equal 
that of any other fraternity here. 

Nor has our progress been in this direction only. Brother 
Hewitt, '90, represented us on Junior Day by an oration — '*The 
Place of the Independent in Politics." The subject does not 
signify, however, that brother Hewitt is not a loyal supporter of 
Harrison. Brother Woodhams, '88, who is now in the Law 
College of the University, represented us by an oration — ** Judge 
not, that Ye be not Judged," — at the celebration of Founder's 
Day of that institution. 

January 5, 1 889. E. F. Goodyear. 


New York Alpha. 

'89. Frederick William Mahl, New York City. 

'90. Charles Henry Wells, Plattsville, Wis. 

'90. Herbet Luther Barker, Staatsburgh, N. Y. 

'91. Herbert Butler Clearwater, Scranton, Pa. 

'92. Henry David Alexander, Minneapolis, Minn. 

New York Beta. 

'92. A. C. Pickford. 

'92. A. Dougall. 

'92. B. Fisher. 

'92. C. S. Hart 

Pennsylvania Delta. 
'92. C. A. Peffer, Covode, Pa. 

Pensylvania Epsilon. 

'90. F. Glover, Selinsgrove, Pa. 

'91. H. J. Neal, Pine Grove, Pa, 

'92. A. S. Fasick, Mifflintown, Pa. 

'92. H. M. Stephens, Williamsport, Pa. 

'92. W. Marter, Philadelphia, Pa. 

'92 W. T. Roberts. Pottstown, Pa. 

'92. E. Gardner, Wilmington, Del. 

'92. F. Gardner, Wilmington, Del. 

Georgia Beta. 

'92. Archibald Belcher, Covington, Ga. 
'94. Robert Earle, Earleton, Fla. 


Tennessee Axpha. 

'91, Richard Still well Stockton. 

'92. Richard Alexander Barr. 

'92. Albert Percy Crockett 

'92. Robert Philip McReynolds. 

'92. Charles Wesley Scarritt 

Ohio Zeta. 

'91. Aaron Westley Henry Jones, Columbus, O. 

'91. George William Chessul, Martins Ferry, O. 

'92. St. Clair Alexander, Bridgeport, O. 

'92. James Whitney Penfield, Bucyrus, O. 

'91. Frank William Raue, Whitmore Lake, Mich. 

'92. Edward Talmage Sanderson, Nelsonville, O. 

'92. George Christian Schaeffer, Germantown, O. 

'92. George Francis Fish, Toledo, O. 

Indiana Alpha. 
'92, £. C. Wilson, Dunlapsville, Ind. 

Indiana Gamma. 

'92. Reed Carr, Indianapolis, Ind. 

'92. Victor W. Conner, Noblesville, Ind. 

Illinois Alpha. 
'92. Mills, Forrest Clark. 


Vermont Alpha. 

'83. A. H. Wheeler is in charge of the Episcopal parish at 
Richford, Vt. 

'83. J. C. Turk is General Agent for the Pittsburgh Bridge 
Co., with his headquarters at Minneapolis, Minn. 

'86. F. H. Clapp was one of the Honor men in the class of 
'88, in the Medical department of the University. He was 
married on September 19, to Miss Maud Bailey of Fort Ann, 
N. Y., and is now practicing medicine at Brandon, N. Y. 

*2>(i, T. L. Jeffords was graduated last commencement from 
the Columbian Law School, Washington, D. C. He is now 
a member of the law firm, Fairman and Jeffords, 472 Louisiana 
Ave., Washington, D. C. 


'86. J. S. Merrill died at his home, Loon Lake, N. Y., Nov. 
1 6. See resolutions of Vt. Alpha, elsewhere. 

'^6, E. M. Wilbur is attending the Harvard Divinity school. 

'^j. E. C. Morgan is Secretary of the Y. M. C. A. at 
Pomona, Cal. 

'88. L. A. Cooper is at his home, 77 Franklin St, Spring- 
field, Mass. 

'88. C. W. Safford is in college at Pella, Iowa. 

'88. E. D. Williams is taking a post-graduate course in the 
chemical department of the University. 

'89. Rev. D. E. Croft has closed his pastorate at Wolcott, Vt , 
and has accepted a call to the Congregational Church at Carles- 
on, N. H. 

'89. A. T. Stratton has resigned the Secretaryship of the 
Middleburg Y. M. C. A., and accepted a similar position at 
Dover, N. H. 

Pennsylvania Delta. 

'84. W. S. Dice is preaching at Carrolton, Md. 

'81. W. G. Warner is preaching at New Richmond, O. 

Ex '82. Brother D. C. O'Connor, one of our charter mem- 
bers, has returned, after an absence of eight years, to complete a 
course here. 

Ex '88. Brother F. E. Tibbitts is practicing medicine at 
Rock Creek, O. 

Ex '87. O. J. Mason, Fredonia, N. Y, is a^compositor on 
the Chautauquan, Meadville, Pa. 

Ohio Beta. 

'60. Brother David Humphreys, Attorney-at-Law, has re- 
moved from Cincinnati to New York, N. Y. 

'64. Brother Jason Blackford has an extensive law practice at 
Findlay, O., which has been increased by the gas and oil boom, 
the forces which have made Findlay the manufacturing centre 
which she now is. 

'75. Brother T. W. Alberry removed to Columbus, O., from 
Reynoldsburg, five years ago, and continues the practice of 
medicine at that place. 

'78. Brother Cyrus Huling, Columbus, O., has been elected 
Prosecuting Attorney for Franklin County for his third term. 

'81. Brother']'. H McConica, formerly of Cincinnati, has 
abandoned his law practice and is now engaged exclusively in 
real estate business at Findlay, O. , where he has realized a 
goodly sum from his investments. 

'81. Brother D. D. M. Woodmansee, Attorney-at-Law, 
Cincinnati, O., was last year married to Miss Lizzie Thome, a 
daughter of one of the wealthiest Cincinnati merchants, and is 
now living in his elegant home in Clifton, a Cincinnati suburb. 


'83. Brother Rollin Best Carter is a practitioner of homoeo* 
palhic medicine at Akron, O. 

'83. Brother J. E. Randall is electrician for the Thomson- 
Houston Company at Lynn, Mass. 

'84. Brothers J. F. Steele and R. H. Callahan were assigned 
by the last session of the Ohio M. E. Conference, respectively to 
Belpre and Zaleski, O. The same conference assigned brother 
T. M. Ricketts, of Ohio Gamma, to Chester Hill, O. 

'84. Brother Geo. A. Dunham is teller in the National Bank 
at Scott City, Kan. 

'85. Brother C. R Bonner is on the engineer corps of the 
Norfolk and Western Railroad, with headquarters at Norfolk, Va. 

'87. Brother Wm. H. Bauscher has resigned the superin- 
tendency of the Harrisburg, Ohio, Schools on account of ill 
health. His address is Reynoldsburg, O. 

'88. Brother H. V. Stevens was married the week following 
Commencement, and with his wife is now in Santa Fe, New 
Mexico, where he is city editor of the Santa Fe Herald, 

'88. Brother E. E. McCammon is in the Theological School 
of Boston University, at Boston, Mass. 

'88. Brother M.' W. Coultrapis Principal of the High School 
at Middleport, O. 

'90. Brother Harry L. Rownd is the Rownd of the newly 
established firm of Rownd & Pryce, wholesale and retail dealers 
in rubber goods, at Columbus, O. 

'91. Brother Frank B. Rutledge is in the Freight Depart- 
ment Office of the Cincinnati and Muskingum Valley Railway, 
at Zanesville, O. 

Ohio Zeta. 

'^7, Brother Harry A. Kahler is general manager for Texas, 
of the Middlesex Loan and Banking Company, with offices in 
the Commercial Building, Dallas, Texas. 

'89. Brother Charlie Hatfield has an insurance office in 
Pueblo, Col. 

'^j. Brother William McPherson is Professor of Physics and 
Chemistry in the Toledo High School. 

*^j. Brother A. C. Reeves is Assistant City Civil Engineer of 
Dayton, O. 

'87. Brother VV. F. Hunt is Professor of Mathematics in The 
Barnard School, St. Paul, Minn. 

'87. Brother V. J. Emery is assistant Professor of Latin and 
Mathematics in State University of Nebraska. 

'87. Brother Mark Francis is Professor of Veterinary Medicine 
in the State Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. 

'88. Brother F. W. Brown is the engineer of mines of the 
Ohio and Western Coal Mining Company, at Monday, O. 


'88. Brother F. S. Ball is doing journalistic work and taking 
a course in shorthand in Columbus, O. 

'88 Brother W. O. Scheibell is connected with a corp of 
mining engineers at Nelsonville, O. 

'88. Brother L. H. Brundage is attending Medical College, 
Cincinnati, O. 

'89. Brother C. A. Winter holds a position as instructor in 
German, McAlister College, McAlister, Minn. 

Illinois Zeta. 

'87. Alva T. Wing is chief clerk in the Division Superin- 
tendent's Office of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, at Winslow, 
Arizona Territory. 

'^7' Jay W. Crane is a school principal at Norwalk, O., and 
meeting with flattering success. He spends his spare moments 
in preparing for a legal career. 

'^7. Revs. J. R. Carpenter and O. G. Colegrove each have 
pleasant pastorates. The former atOshkosh, Wis., and the latter 
at Morrison, III. 

'88. A. W. Lapham, who made quite a record as an athlete 
in western college circles, has entered the Iowa Medical College, 
at Keokuk, la. 

'86. Dr. L. Ward Brigham, since graduating, last June, at 
Rush Medical College, Chicago, has entered into a good practice 
at Gross Park, a suburb of Chicago. 

'85. Lyman McCarl is winning laurels at the bar in Quincy, 

'86. Rev. Lee Fairchild is coming into note as one of 
America's younger poets. His works are now found in many 
leading papers. He is located as pastor of the Universalist 
Church at Cedar Falls, la. 


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Hall of Vt. Alpha of Phi Delta Theta. 

Burlington, Nov. 17, 1888. 

Whereas, it has pleased Almighty God to take unto himself 
our beloved brother, 

Jed S. Merrill, 

be it therefore, 

^^esolved : That in the death of our brother the fraternity has 
sustained the loss of a loyal and enthusiastic Phi, a noble and 
generous man ; Vt Alpha, an honored alumnus ; and his 
family an affectionate son and brother ; 

^Resolved : That our heartfelt sympathies be extended to the 
afflicted home and friends, and that a copy of these resolutions 
be sent to the family and also published in the Scroll. 

W. H. Merriam, ) CommUtee. 

H. Y, QUIMBY. 3 


The scribe of Georgia Beta (Emory College) has a peculiar 
way of stating that the leaders of the two lower classes are mem- 
bers of Phi Delta Theta. These are his words : "In the matter 
of class standing the Phis are in the lead. Last fall every class 
in college was led by a Phi, except the Senior, and even in that 
brother J. E. McRee tied with one other on the first mark, and 
was equal to the best in the spring term. I should except the 
Junior class also, for while the Juniors did well, they were not 
in the lead." — Delia Upsilon Quarterly, 

Quarterly is right. The statement is peculiar and amusing. 

We intend to erect two houses. One of these will be con- 
structed of Ohio granite, with terra cotta trimmings. This we 
will live in, and so it will contain bedrooms, studies, parlors, 
etc., and a room large enough to hold a convention in if we 
ever have that pleasure. This building will cost $20,000. The 
chapter house, which is to cost $8,000, will be quite original. 
It will be built of gray stone, in the form of a monument sur- 
mounted by a tower, from which a light will signal the 
mystic meetings of our charge. The only ornament, and in 
fact the only mark, on this building will be a stone shield bear- 
ing the three mystic letters. There will be no doors or windows, 
no visible means of entrance. — The Shield of Theta Delta Chi^ 
Yale Letter. 


The following fraternities have chapters at Lehigh University, 
those in italics occupying chapter-houses: Chi Phi. Alpha Tau 
Omega, Delia Phi, Psi Opsilon, Theia Delta Chi, Delta Upsilon, 
Sigma Nu, Phi Gamma Delta, Sigma Phi, Sigma Chi and Phi 
Delta Theta. The Delta Phi and the Theta Delta Chi houses 
are rented. Sigma Phi is building a new house, which is much 
larger than the one they now occupy. Phi Delta Theta will 
occupy a rented house next spring. — Delta Upsilon Quarterly, 

The annual convention and banquet of the Theta Delta Chi 
was held in one of the parlors of the Fifth Avenue Hotel last 
night. A. L. Bartlett, of Boston, was elected President for the 
ensuing year ; A. L. Colville, of this city, Secretary ; and 
Frederick Cantor, of Yale, Treasurer.' The annual poem was 
read by Rev. Lewis E. Halsey; Colonel Joseph A. Sparten 
delivered the oration, and toasts were responded to as follows ; 
"The Fraternity, "A. L. Bartlett; ''Prospective,"]. E. Blandy; 
" Retrospective," Dr. E. L. Plunkett, and " The Shield." F. L. 
Jones. — New York Press, Nov. iSy 1888, 

The first "smoker" of the season was held at the Delta Kappa 
Epsillon Club, No. 435 Fifth avenue, last evening. About two 
hundred members of that social organization were present. Long 
clay pipes, smoking tobacco, beer and sandwiches, good stories, 
songs and Thomas Worth's extemporaneous caricatures were 
inextricably intermingled. Mr. Burdett recited, '• Fat Contrib- 
utor," Griswold lectured on *' Pocahontas," and his clever side- 
partner, Mr. Worth, illustrated the speaker's words on a large 
paper covered easel as the discourse proceeded. Talks were 
made by Henry Tifft, A. C. Gleason and others. — New York 
Herald, October 19, 1888. 

Much of the prejudice against intercollegiate contests is due 
to the fact that they are said to be detrimental to good scholar- 
ship. In order to discover the real state of the case in Cornell 
University, a thorough examination was recently made in that 
institution of the records of all the men who had been engaged 
in intercollegiate sports since the opening of the college. The 
result showed that the average scholarship for the year of each 
man who had rowed on the crews was seventy per cent. , that of 
the ball-players seventy-three, and that of the track athletes 
seventy-six, a standard of seventy per cent, being necessary to 
graduation. Fifty-four per cent, of all these men graduated, 
which is seven per cent, above the university rate of graduation. 
These results would seem to show that intercollegiate contests, 
when kept within reasonable limits, do not interfere with the 
general scholarship of educational institutions. — Frank Leslie's, 


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Vol. Xm.— march, 1889.— No. 6. 


So far as our personal knowledge goes. Phi Delta Theta never 
held a Summer National Convention, our sessions always having 
been held in the Fall or Winter. The Fraternity came into 
existence at old Miami in December, and our recurring sessions 
have not seen that season of the year many moons off. Our first 
General Convention ever assembled was held in December, 185 1, 
{of which brother President Harrison was Secretary.) The 
question of holding the Convention during one of the Summer 
weeks has several times been discussed, but the sentiment for 
the change has never been strong enough to alter the old regimk. 
By our plan of per capita assessment we have almost invariably 
delegates present from all Chapters. Possibly we could have the 
same if held in the Summer, though circumstances then are more 
likely to arise which may prevent the representation of the Chap- 
ter. But Alumni attendance at our Conventions is a matter of 
no little importance, and the question is still open to debate 
whether that can be best secured in the Fall rather than the Sum- 
mer. This we know well, however, the Summer is easily first as 
the vacation season of the year. 

Alpha Delta Phi held her Fifty-sixth Convention and Re-union 
on May 3d and 4th in New York City. Secret session was held 
in the Masonic Temple, public exercises in the Metropolitan 
Opera House, while the banquet was at Delmonico's. Every 
one of her eighteen Chapters were represented. Among the 
choice Alumni spirits present were Joseph H. Choate, Edward 
Everett Hale, George William Curtis, Everett P. Wheeler and 
Rev. Dr. George Alexander. The public addresses were ** The 
Ideals of Alpha Delta Phi," and ''The Fraternity of Alpha Delta 
Phi, the embodiment of the True American Spirit " 

Following this, Psi Upsilon held her convention, the next 
week, at Columbus, Ohio, under the auspices of the Kenyon 
Chapter. There was a fairly large general attendance, and all 
the active Chapters were represented by delegates. Exercises to 
which the public, and more especially resident Greek-letter 
men, had been invited, were held in Wells Post G. A. R. Hall. 
The Convention closed with a banquet at the Neil Hotel. 


The Forty-ninth Annual Convention of Beta Theta Pi, held at 
''Wooglin" (Chautauqua,) beginning July 24th, was one of 
much enthusiasm and enjoyment for Betas. Maj. R. W. Smith, 

John I. Covington, Charles Seaman and J. C. Hanna, all wheel- 
orses (not Charlie horses,) in ^ 77, were there, and an abund- 
ance of college Betas, a sprinkling of ''silver greys," together 
with a bevy of pretty girls. Between the club house, lake, base 
ball, tennis, the ladies, and incidentally the work of the Con- 
vention, time most decidedly failed to hang heavily on their 

The spiritual man was ministered to by an excellent sermon, 
"The Model Beta," on Sunday, by Rev. Dr. Birch, an alumnus 
of the Washington and Jefferson Chapter. 

The Delta Tau Delta annual Convention opened in Cleveland, 
Ohio, August 22d, bemg held with the Zeta Chapter of Adelbert 
College. Five Chapters failed to send delegates, among these 
being the recently-established Chapters at Indiana University and 
the University of Wisconsin. The publication of the Rainbow 
was changed from Cleveland to Chattanooga, Tenn., where it is 
now issued as "a quarterly literary and fraternity magazine." 
No charters were granted, but the promise was given that Lehigh 
would be restored to the Chapter list by this time. W. L. Mc 
Clurg was re-elected President. The lake breezes tempered the 
Summer heat, and by thus depressing the mercury column was 
enabled to run Fraternity enthusiasm several degrees higher. 
Si;^ma Chi took advantage of this, and met with her Chicago 
Alumni and Omega Chapter at Chicago. Here if anywhere in 
our cities Sigma Chi has her rendezvous, and the resident mem- 
bers extended a hearty hospitality to the Convention, by them 
called Grand Chapter. 

Besides the numerous individual amusements in reach of the 
members, there was a visit to Evanston, the seat of North western 
University, and return by the lake, and a ** tally-ho" ride 
through Chicago suburbs. 

Since the Summer months Delta Upsilon has convened at 
Cleveland, Delta Kappa Epsilon at Cincinnati, Phi Gamma 
Delta at Columbus, all in Ohio, Chi Phi at Richmond, Va., and 
again, but during the Christmas recess, Alpha Tau Omega at 
Springfield, Ohio, as the guest of the Wittenberg Chapter. 

4k ♦ 3|K 4k * * 

Not a few of the older Phis remember the agitation in the- 
Greek world commencing in 1882, when Pan-hellenism began 
to assert itself. Fraternity journals in existence instituted the 
system of exchange, and new publications sprang up. A Con- 
vention of Fraternity editors was held in Philadelphia and a plai» 
was formulated for holding a great Pan-hellenic Convention, 
which was to unite all brotherhoods in harmonious concert.. 
Many thought that through it would come the Utopia. The 


intensely ideal plan, as the time for holding it came nearer, 
drifted away from realization, and its possibilities for good were 
not demonstrated. The Convention never met, but its discus- 
sion exercised a subtle influence that has, without doubt, 
worked i^reat changes for the better in our Fraternity system. 
It has thrown down many narrow barriers, so that common 
merit and purposes have been recognized, and individual expe- 
riences have been of plural advantage in teaching what is wise 
and what is unwise. 

The much-heralded Pan-hellas was thus not ours at one 
move, but quietly we have reached her borders, and a few have 
tested the hospitality of the land. 

There was a migration of teachers of all degree to the Pacific 
last July, on the occasion of the session of the National Educa- 
tional Association which met in San Francisco. Among these 
were a large number of Greek-letter men, and in a Fraternity 
register opened at the Palace Hotel over two hundred names 
were registered representing some thirty Fraternities. Of these 
22 were members ot W T, 21 oi A K E, 21 ^ fcj) il, 20 (P J 0, 
15 r A, and 14 each o{ A A ^ and <P KW. 

A union banquet was arranged for and held on the evening of 
July 20 at the Maison Dor^e, at which Hon. Chas. Sumner 
of California presided, and toasts were responded to by repre- 
sentatives from the different Societies present. 

This was a meeting of Greek-letter men gathered together 
temporarily for another purpose, but the South has presented us 
with something still more tangible in the same line. 

About a year ago members of various Fraternities, residents of 
Chattanooga, Tenn., organized a club to be known as the Pan- 
hellenic Association of Chattanooga, and so popular was it that 
it at once enrolled a large membership, and comprises in its list 
representatives from almost every American College Fraternity. 
It gave its second semi-annual reception and banquet in Decem- 
ber, at which were present the wives and ladies of the members, 
and it was even more of a success than its predecessor, held in 
April last. The menu was printed in Greek text, which seemed 
to give an additional relish to the dishes, and an able toastmas- 
ter with similar responders furnished a happy programme. The 
club is a success and has come to stay. It has our **amen" 
without the asking. 

" There's a new Fraternity in college. Have you heard about 
it?" That statement and question has had several opportunities 
for utterance of late, and in reply to the responsive question, 
"What one?" has received several answers. That little spirit 
known as extension has not vet deserted the Greek world, but 
IS still among us, and not unlikely he will be as permanent as 
the organizations he actuates, though the passing years cannot 
fail to impair his activity. 


Opportunities for the favorable establishment of new chapters 
are not so namerous as ten years ago, but in a growing and 
developing civilization they are arising now and then, and the 
fact that we witness these establishments is proof that our fra- 
ternities are much as they formerly were — they know a good 
thing when they see it. Let no one infer, however, that we do 
not think that the Fraternity Standard has been raised, for it 
undoubtedly has. Our older and larger Fraternities are more 
cautious than they were a decade or two ago, and many Institu- 
tions that once they might gladly placed on their roll, they 
now disdain, or having enrolled, they would not hesitate to 
appropriate subtle means of purging themselves thereof. But 
the small college — and by small we do not mean small in 
numberof students matriculated, but that true littleness of an 
institution, an inferior course of study with low requirements 
for graduation — has been left to some late comers who have no 
other means of gaining enough strength to maintain an organi- 
zation. Pennsylvania State College, which a year ago removed 
the ban against fraternities, became the home o{ ^ F A last 
spring, and B ^ II chartered a body of applicants from that 
institution at her Wooglin Convention. The Institution is 
scarcely known in the fraternity world, probably because hereto- 
fore arrayed against these chapters, but it claims fine equipment, 
large resources, and a thorough course of study in agriculture 
and the technical sciences; while it is said by its friends that a 
few years will make it a rival of Cornell. 

The cloak known as a ** dispensation" which has legalized 
^ 77 at Denver University for the past three years has been 
thrown oflf, and the Chapter now has its own charter. Her 
Chapter at Knox, which has given the Fraternity some prominent 
men, but which has been extinct fifteen years, was revived, and 
is now company with ^ A & and P Jd. The University of 
Nebraska found favor with the Convention, and her establish- 
ment there makes that institution the only one in which are 
established the '* Miami Triad," ^ 77. ^ J 0, and -2 X, 
and no others. 

The Northwest is growing and Minnesota has become the 
home of K W zi her State University, more than replacing 
her Chapter at Carleton College, which came to Minneapolis 
almost entire, as the Faculty of that Institution were inimical 
to its exisience. 2 X has realized the hopes set forth at her 
Chicago Convention and in the October Bulletin^ and was es- 
tablished there (University of Minnesota) in December. 

J r J is chartered and seeking firm footing at the University 
of Wisconsin, while her Lehigh Chapter has transmigrated and 
arisen anew — what was once her embodiment there continuing 
as 2 ^. 2 A E has established her fourth northern Chapter at 
Ohio Wesleyan, making her second Chapter in Ohio, her first 
being company for ^4 T £1 at Mount Union. 


Phi Gamma Delta is the only one of western Fraternities 
besides those of the Miami Triad who has ever had a chapter 
east of the Hudson. She has regained a representation in New 
England by the revival of her old chapter which existed in the 
Sheffield School of Yale. An exchange says it is the only 
chapter at Yale to which members of any department of the 
college are eligible to election. Alpha Delta Phi is not a class 
society there, but is limited to the Literary Department. On 
these two is thrown a heavy burden in that they have to contend 
with class society idea which has rooted itself deeply in Yale life. 
We watch with interest their every move, rejoicing in whatever 
item of prosperity may come to them, since their success means 
a weakening in the old class societies, whose inflnence for good 
we doubt, and whose brotherhood teaches the most paradoxical 
lesson in fraternity that is seen in an American college. 

Delta Upsilon last March entered the University of Pennsyl- 
vania, her seventh chapter established since the beginning 
of 1885. 

Much in the same line is the initiation of the Hour Glass Club 
(organized a year ago by the aid of resident Beta Theta Pis) at 
the University of Cincinnati by Beta Theta Pi, under a dispensa- 
tion, probably the one discarded at Denver. 

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Two notable articles, one directly and the other indirectly 
bearing upon College Fraternities, have recently appeared in 
popular literar>' magazines. The article on "College Fraterni- 
ties," by John Addison Porter, in the September Century ^ had 
long been promised, and considering this time and the magazine 
in which it was to be published, the public expected an article 
exhaustive in research, accurate in data, and unprejudiced in 
views. We believe unprejudiced opinion will say that in all 
these it has failed. The article worships ^fetich set up by young 
collegians, which the observation of maturer years could not 
£iil to have overthrown. It is the old idea that there are but 
just a few Fraternities — these necessarily of eastern origin — and 
their strength is measured by the trappings they have been able to 
accumulate through these years. Mr. Porter is privileged to 
write what he deems wise, but he should give his article a more 
appropriate title than one of such wide meaning as "College 

The other article appeared in the North American Review and 
is an indictment against " The Fast Set at Harvard University.'' 
It deplores the caste which prevails at Harvard, and is bitter 
against the class and social clubs, of which it says A K E\% the 
worst and therefore the most undesirable. It cannot be taken 
as against A KE z& z. fraternity, nor against the individual 
members of its Harvard Chapter, among whom we know to be 
many who are gentlemen in all respects, but it is against it as 


an organization. The facts which are detailed and Harvard 
history proves that its influence as a body is pernicious ; that it 
encourages dissipation and gambling. Surely the fraternity idea 
is lost sight of in any chapter which aggregates a membership of 
nearly 200. z/ X £J as a fraternity might well investigate what 
that society is which puts its name to use at Harvard, and be the 
gainer thereby. 

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So far this college year we have received copies of the Phi 
Kappa Psi Shield, Chi Phi Quarterly, Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Chi 
Quarterly, and Rainbow of Delta Tau Delta. Of the other 
several Greek letter publications we have received none, and we 
miss their once familiar pages now strange in their non-appear- 
ance. Why this falling oflf, we know not, save that it has been 
gradual and steady. But the Fraternity editor changes from 
year to year, and business managers find changes in exchange 
addresses of Chameleon frequency. 

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"Character is most to be considered in the selection of men, 
for without a foundation laid in purity of character no permanent 
congeniality can be had. The scion of a wealthy house may be 
the veriest blackguard. Political or forensic honors showered 
upon the parent are not rewards of merit to the son. Ecclesi- 
astical preferment of the elder is by no means indicative of true 
gentility in the younger generation. The prime requisites to be 
considered in the candidate are not, *Is he rich or poor ?' or * Is 
his family aristocratic ?' for his wealth or poverty may prove of 
little concern ; and the pretensions of his family may affect his 
fraternity still less. Is he a gentleman } What is his character ? 
Is he likely to be congenial ? Given proper replies to these 
questions, and when in after-years the reason of his membership 
is sought, but one answer can be made." 

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'* It signifies a step in the right direction that a leading college 
fraternity has definitely and effectively announced her condemna- 
tion of the practice of * lifting ' men. It has never been a preva- 
lent one in the Chi Phi Fraternity, and the genius of the entire 
organization has been opposed to it. There has ever been a 
wide-spread distrust of men who, after connecting themselves 
with one fraternity, will openly renounce their allegiance and 
join another. Certainly there have been grounds for this dis- 
trust. Such men, except in rare instances, seldom exhibit the 
enthusiasm necessary to earnest and long-continued labor in the 
interests of the new love. Observation would tend to disclose a 
certain indifference to the general interest^ and an apparent self- 
ishness not generally found in those whose allegiance has never 
wavered. Indeed, selfish motives seem to be uppermost in the 
bosom of every man who is ' lifted.' At a not distant day, the 


prevailing sentiment of all first-class fraternities will, without 
doubt, be arrayed in firm opposition to the practice, and like 
all other pernicious practices that shock public opinion, it will 
die out. Let the fraternities present a solid front in proclaiming 
the doctrine that one who violates his oath once cannot be 
safely trusted again, and the fraternity world will not often be 
annoyed by a practice that can only be considered disgraceful 
to both 'lifter ' and * Whtd:"— Editorials in Chi Phi Quarterly. 

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" The academic year that closed last June saw the first indica- 
tions of an ebb tide in fraternity journalism. It was the first 
halting of that tidal wave of development that started five years 
before, and swept along with it the entire college fraternity sys- 
tem. In 1878 there were but four magazines published by the 
Greek-letter societies of our colleges, and these were compara- 
tively weak and small. About five years later, however, the ban 
of secresy began to be taken off their pa^es ; they exchanged 
with each other, and with the numerous rivals that had just been 
established ; agitation began, and the magazines at once became 
the chief instrumentalities in the growth of the fraternities they 
represented. To-day over twenty American college fraternities 
publish official magazines, varving in character, size, style, 
quality and frequency of issue, the most marked division being 
into monthlies and quarterlies. These five years have witnessed 
a revolution. College presidents, trustees and professors have 
become the public and pronounced advocates of the fraternities. 
The leading literary journals of the country have published 
elaborate articles all favorable to the Greek-letter societies. A 
single prominent institution retains its old position of negative 
hostility. The fraternities themselves have been broadened and 
elevated. The old secresy remains only in name, having been 
replaced by a more sensible privacy, * Lifting,' or the initia- 
tion by one fraternity of a man who is already a member of 
another, has almost, although not quite, disappeared. 

" College politics ' have been elevated above the methods of 
the ward trickster, and the fraternities have ceased seeking to 
control elections solely for personal profit. Preparatory students 
are no longer initiated in our Western colleges. The bickerings 
of rival chapters have ceased, and enmity, jealousy and abuse 
have given rise to Pan- Hellenism and a nobler rivalry. The 
fraternity ideal has become the college home, its object mutual 
helpfulness, social championship, and the development of char- 
acter. The societies have reached out after their alumni, and 
the alumni have interested themselves in the societies. Schemes 
of centralized government have been devised, tested and placed 
in successful operation, and there is scarcely a respectable col- 
lege in the country that has not been captured and colonized 
by oar modern 'Greeks/ And all of this has been accom- 


plished mainly through fraternity magazines — a new testimonial 
to the power of the journalistic press. For five years their 
pages have been crowded with discussions of these many mat- 
ters. To this list of subjects have been added the beauties of 
friendship, and reviews and criticisms of the contemporary press. 
While it lasted, the magazines were lively and vivacious enough ; 
but the end came. Last year the 'Greek Press' discovered 
that most of the projected reforms had been accomplished, that 
the * the pleasures of friendship ' had been worn threadbare, 
and most of its material had been republished until it was 
trite. Nearly every magazine promptly confessed its dilemma, 
and cast about to find with what new material it would best fill 
its pages. Some of them abandoned the pronounced literary 
features, published a very few extended articles, and devoted 
themselves mainly to newsy letters from their various chapters, 
and to comment on current events in their own and other 
societies. Others adopted a distinctive literary cast, and pub- 
lished all manner of essays on any subject selected by the aspiring 
writers in their respective organizations. A few have been 
reluctant to become merely news-gatherers, or to flood the country 
with immature literary * swash/ on subjects in no way espe- 
cially appropriate to a college fraternify magazine. To this last 
class The Sigma Chi Quarterly belongs. Recognizing the 
demand for a newspaper devoted to the affairs of Sigma Chi, and 
especially to those internal afi^airs that are in no way matters of 
public concern, we decided to publish a monthly newspap>er to 
be circulated under seal. The Bulletin was adopted, and has 
become one of our most popular and successful institutions. 
The magazine has become a quarterly, and has adopted a policy 
which is partially indicated in the present issue. It will be 
devoted, as heretofore, first of all, to the interests of the Sigma 
Chi Fraternity ; but it will be our endeavor to secure elaborate 
papers on subjects of general fraternity concern, and also to 
enlarge our scope so as to include articles that will be of special 
interest to all our members as ' college men,' In this endeavor 
we hope to secure the co-operation of our alumni members. 
Hereafter the Quarterly will be sent to every member whose 
correct address we have, and all are urgently invited to contribute 
to our pages anything that comes within the scope we have indi- 
cated. An Open Letter Department will be established in wbicb 
to publish communications that are not long enough for regular 
articles. In these ways we hope to make our journal of inter- 
est and value to all our members, and the best fraternity maga- 
zine published in America." — Editorial in Sigma Chi Quarterly^ 

The article on "College Fraternities" in the Century ha^ been 
the subject of much comment and has given rise to other articles 
more in the nature of reviews than replies. 

The Rainlnnv has a "Review "by W. L McGlurg, while a 


more extended article, "Favorite Societies/' appeared in the 
Shield from the pen of E. C. Little, formerly editor of that 
magazine. We clip the major part of his article : 

" With the character of a cosmopolitan the American often 
combines the instincts of a villager. Sincerely national in his 
opinions of America, he is frequently provincial in his opinions 
of Americans. The local associations of his youth dominate the 
judgment of his manhood. So many intelligent men utterly 
fail in their conception of the West and Northwest. In the East 
denominational schools and eleemosynary institutions have 
grown to be great colleges after many years. In the West wealthy 
commonwealths have generously endowed their State Universi- 
ties, and have made them great in a generation. The develop- 
ments in student life have kept pace with the growth of the 
colleges. Eastern college men can not realize all this, and im- 
agine that because Harvard boasts two hundred and fifty years, 
the University of Wisconsin must be as ancient before it takes 
rank as a great institution of learning. A member of the Delta 
Kappa Epsilon Fraternity from Yale has an article on ** College 
Fraternities " in the September Century. It is to be regretted 
that the writer of so excellent a sketch has permitted himself»to 
be governed by habits of thought acquired in his college youth. 

Speaking of his own fraternity and its traditional allies, Psi 
Upsilon and Alpha Delta Phi, he modestly says: 

* * WhUe certain smaller fraternities are favorites in certain parts 
of the country^ all harriers are rapidly disappearing before these 
favorite societies in their march toward representation at all the im» 
portant colleges of the country, " 

This statement is incorrect in fact and unfair in reference, in 
the judgment of many thousands of students and graduates. It 
would be unjust to equally worthy fraternities to permit so 
sweeping an assertion to go unchallenged in so high a court as 
the Century, These fraternities are known among undergradu- 
ates as ** Eastern Fraternities." The water runs into the Missis- 
sippi from the roofs of but three colleges in which his **fiavorite 
societies" are located. They have only one chapter on the 
Pacific Coast. Even in Pennsylvania they touch but two colleges. 
All three are almost entirely confined to New England and New 

I have called attention to the circumscribed limits of Alpha 
Delta Phi, Psi Upsilon, and Delta Kappa Epsilon. We will note 
the area occupied by three western fraternities and compare, that 
we may decide which class is most ''rapidly marching toward 
representation in all the best colleges." 

Beta Theta Pi has chapters in forty-nine colleges, the list ez*> 
tending firom Maine to California, from Wisconsin to Texas, and 
hfts initiated over 7,000 men. This fraternity possibly ha» 


entered some colleges from which it would prefer to withdraw, 
but it knows that noble men often spring from humble schools. 
It is to its credit that in the day of its success Beta Theta Pi has 
not forgotten the friends of its youth. Phi Delta Theta has 
sixty-six chapters, most of them located in institutions of high 
rank. The enrollment is 900 in college and a total of 5,360. 
The rapidity of its extension is unparalleled. Though it has 
made it impossible that it should find the best material in all 
cases, the fraternity has secured a footing which will be im- 
proved. Phi Kappa Psi has thirty-five chapters, extending from 
the Hudson to the Pacific, from Minnesota to Mississippi. There 
are more than 5,000 Phi Psis, about 500 of whom are at present 
undergraduates. In general excellence these fraternities com- 
pare very favorably with Mr. Porter's ** favorites." In robust life, 
in comprehension of the possibilities of the future, in reaching 
every section of the country they far excel them." 

"In many respects Phi Gamma Delta is fully equal to the 
fraternities I have used as examples." 

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I have used Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, and Phi Kappa 
Psi, because I happen to have at hand more complete informa- 
tion as to them than as to the others, and because they are, I 
believe, the largest of the western fraternities I have referred 
to them as "western," because this distinction is often made by 
their eastern rivals. However, it is but fair to say that they 
reach nearly every section of this country, while they have 
almost entirely held as their own the old and wealthy colleges of 
the G^reat eastern State of Pennsylvania, and hotly contest for the 
leadership in New York. The Greek-letter chapters at Harvard 
and Yale are unworthy the name. 

Mr. Porter's article was an admirable one, and gave non-fra- 
ternity readers an idea of fraternities. When he writes again he 
should remember that there were kings before Agemcmnon, 
colleges west of the Alleghenies. He should have at least a 
speaking acquaintance with Greek life in the West. He had 
ample time to inform himself. Nearly if not quite three years 
have passed since it was announced with flourish of trumpets 
that he was preparing an article for the Century. And after all 
his sketch is merely to show the alleged superiority of certain 
local societies! The line of battle displayed does not justify the 
resounding proclamation. He has failed to give us one line on 
western fraternity development. His favorites occupy ancient 
and honorable institutions of learning. The fond memories of 
years cluster about them. " It is a small college but there are 
those who love it," said Daniel Webster of Dartmouth. I honor 
the man who honors his alma mater. We of the West honor 
oar own. This country is too great to be cribbed, cabined, 


coffined and confined by any three Greek societies. The Century 
ought not to give its opinions without even looking beyond the 
Alleghenies. Mr. Porter should inform himself as to the con- 
ditions of college life in the West, and should find a better use 
for the Century than to make it serve as a * * spike. " To his mind 
the trans -montane country is a terra incognita. To him the 
Rocky Mountains are as distant as the Pillars of Hercules. To 
him state universities — bom in the purple — are as high schools. 
To him the Valley of the Mississippi is about as important as 
the ravine down which the Merrimac has meandered- for count- 
less generations." 

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The address of the exchange editor of the Scroll is J. E. 
Brown, 176 East State street, Columbus, Ohio, and journals 
exchanging with the Scroll are requested to send copies to that 




In regard to the time of foundation of our chapter, the fol- 
lowing information can be given. The Society was first organ • 
ized in the autumn of 1852, but the records of the first year or 
two were in some way destroyed, together with the charter, if 
there was any. It was reorganized in October of 1855, when a 
charter was obtained from your chapter, under which we now 
act Previous to this latter date we have no record except of the 
names of the members. R. B. Spilman, Wabash College, to 
J. T. Mellette, Indiana University, November 7, i860. 

The Wisconsin Beta Chapter expired the year after it was or- 
ganized — about i860 — nearly all the members going out with 
the classes of '59 and '60. I can give no information additional 
to that communicated to the editors of the Scroll about a vear 
ago. . , . . . We never did much as a chapter ; our 

zeal being all called for in our public literary societies 

I could not advise tning to start again at Appleton. Secret 
societies have never found favor there with the faculty or stu- 
dents. J. A. Owen, Chicago, 111., to A. Gwyn Foster, Indiana 
University, November 20, 1876. 

Our number is at present only five, but we feel worthy, as far 
as good motives and interest are concerned, of membership with 
the order. Our boys mostly left here last commencement. Of 
them, and the reputation they have sustained since, we have 
reason to be proud. We shall not work for members, but for 
genuine meri^ believing this only can add to the promotion of 


oar order, and not feeling disposed to associate with any other 
class of young men . There are two other secret societies here, 
and this makes us more vigilant and more earnest in our duty ; 
we have a strong chapter of the Betas to contend against. I 
have received letters from the Beta chapter at Crawfordsville, and 
the Gamma at Indianapolis, but not as yet from Franklin. The 
chapter at Crawfordsville is in a flourishing condition. They 
have fourteen members I believe, and active ones. This chapter 
was organized in the autumn of 1853 ; they have lost the records^ 
and do not know the exact time. They are eight in number 
at Indianapolis. This chapter was organized October 22, 1859. 
The Franklin Chapter was organized April 22, i860. I am wil- 
ling to labor in all that I can do for the general interest of the 
order. I shall keep up a correspondence with the chapters of 
this State, and as often as once a month, anyhow, with the head 
chapter. We received the report of the convention at your col- 
lege last summer from our former secretary, Mr. Broadwell, 
which was received. The University is now prospering — one 
hundred and forty students. J. T. Mellette, Secretary Indiana 
Alpha, to E. S. Shrock, Danville, Ky., Nov. 25, i860. 

I am glad to know that you visited our brethren at Delaware. 
I understand from letters from that place that they are flourish- 
ing. I have no news from any other chapter of our order. I hope 
that you saw some of the old members of the order when in Ohio, 
and induced them to take steps to organize at Kenyon College 
and at Granville. If you did not I hope that you will write to 
them to do so at once. Measures should be taken among some 
of the old members in Ohio to reorganize at Oxford, Ohio. 
This should be done without fail ; we cannot afford to lose our 
Alpha. I have become acquainted with several students at Ox- 
ford, Miss. They have seven secret orders now. I think I shall 
be able to visit the Wesleyan University at Florence, Ala. , in a 
few weeks, I shall be active. I long to see the prosperity of our 
Zion. I hope the boys at Danville are at work. How comes 
on the new college at Louisville and Dr. Robinson. Let the 
Phis stake oflf their claim. A. P. Collins, Burnsville, Miss., to 
Robert Morrison, November 28, i860. 

I am happy to state that the prospects of the chapter at this 
place are continually brightening. We have sufficient opposition 
to cause us to act with that caution and earnestness necessary to 
progression. C. W. McLaughlin, Secretary Indiana Gamma, to 
J. T. Mellette, Indiana University, December 13, i860. 


The condition of our country is a most lamentable one. It 

truly is a time for patriotic tears to be shed. I yet hope we shall 

be united as one nation, that the fraternal ties may be strength* 

ened, and that our brotherhood may last and swell its members^ 


north and south, the embodiment of the virtue, wisdom and 
patriotism of our land. And howsoever much our country may 
quarrel and our people be divided, even should civil war deso- 
late these fair fields of civilization, yet I shall ever cling to our 
brotherhood, and hope there to find a warm reception at the 
holy altar of friendship, love and truth. J. T. Mellette, Indiana 
University, to Kentucky Alpha, February 9, 1861. 

If convenient give us a brief explanation of the meaning and 
use of the Greek characters appended lo the names of members 
after the character designating the chapter. If they stand for 
date, explain how to compute them or refer us to some book or 
grammar on the subject Our chapter here is quite flourishing; 
we have about our prescribed number, fifteen, and I think we 
could easily extend. We regret that the opportunities for in- 
creasing the number of chapters in the Stale are so few. The 
opportunities are scarce for the want of proper institutions where 
such societies would be tolerated. We would be thankful for 
any suggestion from you on this point E. S. Shrock, Corre- 
sponding Secretary Kentucky Alpha, to Robert Morrison, 
March 2, 1861. 

Delaware, O., March 6, 1861, Mr. E. S. Shrock, Danville, Ky. : 
Dear Brother — I received your letter some ten days ago, but 
on account of sickness have deferred answering until the present 
time. I have the pain of announcing to you that the order here 
has gone by the board. Our order here was organized the latter 
part of last winter term, and by the beginning of last spring 
term we had several popular and substantial members ; in 
fact our society was in a flourishing condition for a beginning. 
But two of our first members were unpopular here, and our rival 
societies cast this upon us as a slur, which was the cause of fivt 
influential members leaving us. Still with all this discourage- 
ment we might have risen yet had not three of these same joined 
the Betas last term, ater which we had a called meeting of our 
order and disbanded by a unanimous vote, knowing that our 
afifairs would become known to the Betas. Had all of our first 
members been men of influence, and had there been no traitors 
in our ranks, our order to-day would have been the most flourishing 
in the university, for we at one time had some prime members 
in it At present there are three societies here : the B G iJs, a 
perfect set of "bricks;" the 2 Xs not much behind them, and 
the "Eclectics" a model set of preachers; these are the most 
appropriate characteristics that can be applied to them. I do 
not know whether there are any other chapters in the State or 
not at the present time. There was one at Oxford, this State, 
which was broken up some time ago, the only one I know of.* 
I am pleased to hear that your society is in so prosp>erous a con- 


dition, and although our chapter has failed, my most sincere 
good wishes are with you. Give my esteem and friendship to 
all the brothers. Your brother ^ J ©, John H. Edington. 

I have the authority of the Grand Alpha to desire you to send 
us the catalogues and the engraving of badge, initial letters, etc, 

which are in your possession We are happy to 

observe your increasing interest in our order, and we hope again 
very often to hear from you. — Edward H. Semple, Danville, Ky., 
to Robert Morrison, May 15, 1861. 

The College met at the usual hour, but immediately ad- 
journed, in consequence of a public speaking, to meet at i P. 
M. June 1st. — Mem. from Indiana Alpha minutes, May 25, 


A large number of our members have left us during the past 
year ; however, we have at present some fourteen members. 
Whatever be the expense, we are very anxious to have a small 
and neat catalogue published for the present year. — A. L. Wil- 
son, Crawfordsville, Ind., to Robert Morrison, Louisville, Ky., 
April 22, 1862. 

The President being absent, Mr. Parks, an old member, com- 
plying with the common will and request, took the chair. It 
was the expressed desire of all the members present that some 
immediate action should be taken in order to redeem the So- 
ciety from the paralysis into which it is settling. Mr. Parks 
urged upon the members the importance of leaving the Society 
in a good condition when we left college, and that steps should 
be taken as soon as possible to perpetuate it, as all its present 
members are Juniors in college. — Mem. from Indiana Alpha 
minutes, November 15, 1862. 


Concerning a general meeting, such a thing if practicable 
would be very desirable. Perhaps it may on consultation appear 
feasible next year. ... . Let the war end and our Col- 
leges be filled up according to our expectations, and we will put 
forth our limbs as a green bay tree. E. H. Post, Secretary In- 
diana Beta, to Indiana Alpha, June 20, 1863. 

Jacksonville, 111., Nov. 9, 1863. — Friend Hatfield : I arrived 
at this classical city on Friday night, 7th inst I found things 
all ripe for establishing a Chapter of our honored Society. I 
went according to instructions and initiated Wm. H. Barnes and 
Seth Robinson. There was one other whom I wished to initiate, 
but he was absent. But these two boys will attend to that 
matter, as I know they are faithful to the trust given them. I 
send you the petition for a charter. The boys wish you to send 
as much as possible in regard to the carrying on of the Society. 


For the present direct your communications to Wm. H. Barnes. 
There are five or six more boys to whom they will present the 
petition. Please send the charter to the boys immediately, as 
they are impatient to be thoroughly organized. Yours with great 
respect, C. B. Bates. 

On motion of E. S. Gorman, the Society granted to C. B. 
Bates, Seth Robinson and Wm. H. Barnes, of the Illinois Col- 
lege, at Jacksonville, constituting them the Illinois Beta of the 
^ A 6. — Mem. from Indiana Alpha minutes, November 14, 

Bloomington, Ind., December 14, 1863. — Brethren of the 
Kentucky Alpha : It has been a long time since we heard of 
your welfare, or even your existence. I conclude that the only 
way of eliciting an answer from you is by writing an interroga- 
tion. We are not very strong in point of numbers, but are 
strong in the welfare of the Society. There are five of us in 
College now : A. C. Mellette and S. B. Hatfield, Seniors; E. S. 
Gorman, Sophomore ; R. A. D. Wilbanks, Freshman; and Orion 
F. Baker, Senior in Law School. There is more interest mani- 
fested in the Society now than at any previous time since I have 
been a member. We have established a good Chapter at Illi- 
nois College, Jacksonville. We would like for you to write to 
them. Wm. H. Barnes is their Secretary. We have had con- 
siderable excitement here lately over election of anniversary 
speaker in Society. Our man Mellette was elected every time 
on four different ballots, though the two others were combined 
in allegiance against us. As Danville is headquarters now, I 
have expected you to write to the diff*erent Alphas in the diflfer- 
ent States. The Chapter at Wabash College is very prosperous, 
with a large list of members. So also is the Gamma at South- 
western Christian University, at Indianapolis. Our man took 
the honors of the class last year. What has become of the 
Chapter at Louisville, Ky. ? Please let us hear from you imme- 
diately about all the interests of the order. Yours truly in the 
Bond, Sid. B. Hatfield. 


As members of the Indiana Alpha we know no headquarters, 
as the Ohio Alpha withdrew to the background some time ago, 
and as far as we can hear is not likely to again make her appear- 
ance. She certainly has shown herself to be an unworthy 
mother of a noble progeny. And the question has arisen, in 
oar midst, whose duty it shall be to assume the responsibility of 
still perpetuating the colleges of the Phis? With us it has been 
bat to suggest and we thus put our suggestions into operation.. 
And in this manner we have established the Illinois Beta and are 
now in the act of giving a charter to the Missouri Alpha, at St. 


Louis. — R. A. D. Wil banks, Indiana University, to Kentnckj 
Alpha, January 28, 1864. 

We received our charter some days ago with a long letter from 
Indiana Alpha. 

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Barnes and Hamilton are Juniors ; I am Soph., as also the 
rest who have not yet fully been received. We are secret — so 
much so that most of the students are very fearful lest it is a sell. 
I am willing that they should think so. One of them asked me 
if it were an oflfshoot from the Sons of Malta. I told him yes I 
I thought so, but to those whom you wish to bring in there is 
no such fear. We have had one regular meeting. Tell us in 
answer how and in what relation you stand with the Faculty of 
your institution. There is no other secret society here. I wish 
there was, and I think there will be before long. Our President 
is Barnes ; Warden, Hamilton. Seth Robinson, Illinois Col- 
lege, to Kentucky Alpha, February 8, 1864. 

Bloomington, Ind., March 2, 1864. — Brothers (co-laborere 
in a good cause) Kentucky Alpha: Your last was duly received 
and it is with pride that the Indiana Alpha notices the spirit that 
is manifested in your Chapter. The argument as regards 
"Headquarters" was simply put forward as a "trail attack," as 
you doubtless perceived, and it was not intended to convey any 
idea other than to ascertain whether the light was yet burning 
bright in the Kentucky Alpha. You could not have pleased our 
Chapter better with a diflferent answer. Had you surrendered to 
us our point your character for stability and maintenance of 
your rights could not have met with the complimentary applause 
that has since been exhibited in our Chapter. We are enthu- 
siastic in the work before us and are fired with a spirit to spread 
our Chapters indefinitely and make our association eclipse any- 
thing that has yet made its appearance at colleges throughout 
the states. And as this can only be done by the united action 
of all Phis we have seen proper to suggest the propriety of calling 
a convention and taking the proper steps. We think another 
catalogue would add greatly to the remembrance of the present 
as well as many of our past associates. You need but to glance 
at our catalogue to ascertain that it is incomplete. Doubtless a 
second attempt would result in the exercise of a more refined 
taste and render the catalogue complete in all its parts. How- 
ever, this is a question of financial consideration, and will require 
the consent of all members. Our Commencement here will 
take place on the 30th of June, later than most other colleges, 
and it would inconvenience but few, so at least many of our 
Chapter could be represented. We do not particularly desire a 
convention, for the reason above stated, but to get together at , 
many of our associates at that time as possible. We would give 
you an excellent entertainment ; shall expect N. £. Cobleigh, 


D. D., of Boston, Mass., to address us anyway; and there will 
be many of our alumni on hand, so you see a reunion is our 
principal object We have heard from all colleges where Chapters 
have been established and learn that they have all become defunct 
with the exception of Illinois Alpha, Indiana Beta and Indiana 
Gamma. All these are in a flourishing condition ; we presume 
you correspond with them. Why is it that Kentucky has no 
more than an Alpha? Where is Georgetown College and Tran- 
sylvania and other places of extensive reputation ? We have 
numbered the column as low down as Theta and will shortly 
recussitate those that have played out. We will send you a 
report as soon as one is made to us from the Gamma and Beta. 
You spoke of the B G U in your last ; what did they amount to 
at your college? They are here but cannot hold their heads up. 
Opposition to us is obliged to remain in the dark. B & TIs 
here unite with the 2 Xs and ^ ^^ s to overcome and break 
us down, but have failed in every attempt. The Indiana Alpha 
sends greetings to her sister Alpha. Answer at your earliest 
convenience. In the bond, R. A. D. Wilbanks. The Illinois 
Alpha mentioned in this letter doubtless meant the Chapter at 
Illinois College, Jacksonville, 111., chartered by Indiana Alpha, 
Novenberi4. 1803. The minutes of Indiana Alpha show that 
the last Chapter in Indiana chartered before the date of this 
letter was Indiana Delta at Franklin College, chartered April 28, 
i860. It appears, therefore, that the statement that Chapters 
had then been established in Indiana as far down the roll as 
Theta was unfounded. Stale University, Bloomington,Ind., 
May 10, 1864. — Brothers of Kentucky, Centre College: There 
will be a reunion of all the members of the ^ J at this place 
Monday, June 27, 1864, to which you are earnestly invited 
to attend. Rev. N. E. Cobleigh, D. D., editor Zton's Herald, 
for eight years president of McKendree College, a worthy Phi of 
Boston, Mass., will address our organization on the occasion. 
A supper will be given and every effort made by the members 
here to make the reunion both interesting and profitable. We 
desire that you extend this invitation to all your members both 
present and correspondent, everywhere in Kentucky, oflficially as 
coming from this chapter ; have them answer and please to report 
the names and residences of all whom we may expect. A similar 
invitation has been extended to all of our other chapters and 
many doubtless will avail themselves of this opportunity to par- 
ticipate in this gala day of Phis. Rest assured that you will meet 
with a warm and hearty reception from your Indiana friends. 
Please answer soon. Yours in the Bond, R. A. D. Wilbanks, 
secretary. (Official.) P. S. — The life of our correspondence 
has been ebbing away; whose fault is it? W. Yours of May 12 
was duly received and contents noted. Hope you may never be 
so unfortunate again as to choose an unworthy and negligent 


secretary. We sent you only a few days since an invitation to 
attend our reunion, not ours in its full and comprehensive mean- 
ing, but the Phis — a reunion of all wherever they may come 
from or to whatever Chapter they may belong. We took the 
responsibility in our hands because we could never see that there 
was even a spark left of the bright and dazzling beams that once 
illuminated the minds of the members of other chapters. And 
we are glad to learn even at this late day of another collegiate 
year that the Kentucky Alpha is willing to maintain and work 
for the benefit and to perpetuate our organization, and that your 
only fault lies in the negligence of your former secretary. We 
hope that this, indeed, is true and that the life that seems to be 
waning may, by unity of purpose and harmonious action, with 
uniform efforts and motives, recussitate and yet make the 4^ J 
paramount to any similar order in Western and Southern Uni- 
versities. For we have despaired in a manner of making Chapters 
in Eastern Colleges ; it has been tried often and they have always 
failed to make even a respectable mediocrity. And we can state 
of our own personal knowledge after due investigations have 
been made that the Indiana Gamma, Northwestern Christian 
University, Indianapolis, David Hillis, secretary ; Indiana Beta, 
Wabash College, Crawfordsville, A. B. Post, secretary ; Illinois 
Beta, Illinois College, Jacksonville, William H. Barnes, secre- 
tary, and the Kentucky Alpha and Indiana Alpha are the only 
Chapters now in existence. Your former secretary wrote us that 
you did not desire a convention and we had dropped the subject 
and turned our attention toward the contemplated reunion. But 
we now say that we are anxious for a convention to be held here on 
the occasion of June 28th to take the proper steps toward the 
reorganization of defunct Chapters and founding of new ones. 
We are assured of your prosperity and look upon you not only 
as Grand Chapter, but as bemg in duty bound to listen to the 
wishes of subordinate Chapters. And we earnestly hope that 
you will give your consent to the holding of a convention at this 
place at about the time specified and send us delegates accord- 
ingly, as well as give your influence to other Chapters to do the 
same. As for our own prosperity as a Chapter we flatter our- 
selves that our enthusiasm is equal if not greater than that of any 

Chapter extant Our Senior class is large ; three Phis, 

Mellette, Ramsey and Hatfield. The first gets the Salutatory 
and the third the Valedictory, and Ramsey is the best speaker and 
writer of the whole class. We would further suggest that in con- 
vention assembled we could discuss freely and cordially the 
propriety of republishing a catalogue and making some changes 
in our constitution, etc., if there should be any needed. Our 
chapter considers it not only proper but expedient in the present 
state of our organization that a catalogue of the order should be 
publihsed by our members before we suffer time and circum- 


stances to separate us so widely from our brothers in the Bond 
to be forgotten for want of a fit place to preserve their names. 
As we hinted before, we fear our society as an order is wanting in 
organs to perpetuate its existence. Life seems to be waning — 
the members are dropping off the old trunk. It needs stronger 
heartbeats to drive the blood through the whole system. Let us 
have a convention and do something toward extending our order, 
uniting the Chapters in closer friendship and sympathy, making 
the ^ J practically what it is theoretically — a means of uniting 
its members in the bonds of friendship. We return thanks for the 
copy of the minutes of the convention held in i860 at your place. 
We were ignorant of its proceedings. — R. A. D. Wilbanks, 
secretary Indiana Alpha, to Kentucky Alpha, May 17, 1864. 

State University, Bloomington, Ind. ; May 18, 1864. — Rev. 
Robert Morrison, Cedar Creek, Ky. Brother: There will be a 
reunion and convention of all the members of the Phi Delta 
Theta at this place Tuesday, June 28th, to which you are re- 
spectfully invited to attend. Rev. N. E. Cobleigh, D.D., editor 
Ztons Herald, for eight years President of McKendree College, 
a worthy Phi, of Boston, Mass., will address our organization 
on the occasion. A supper will be given and every effort made 
on tbe part of the present members to make the reunion both 
interesting and profitable. Please to extend this invitation to 
any and all Phis to whom you can make it convenient. Please 
answer. — In behalf of the Indiana Alpha of the ^ J 0, per 
R. A. D. Wilbanks, Secretarv. 

Our chapter has been in a very fine condition almost ever since 
it was founded. For a time after the war begun we 
went down pretty low, but the spark of life was not entirely 
gone ; a little care soon kindled it into a living flame. We have 
now some eight or nine members, and are prosperous and 
happy. — D. M. Hillis, Northwestern Christian University, to 
J. St. John Boyle, Centre College, May 29, 1864. 

State University, Bloomington, Ind., June i, 1864. Brothers 
of Kentucky : Again we are the recipients of your kind favor, 
and in reply I am instructed to state that the Indiana Alpha has 
no desire in the present prosperous and commendable condition 
of your chapter to take upon herself the honor of Grand Chapter. 
For a long time we believed you defunct, but an agreeable sur- 
prise has removed all feelings of that kind, and we are proud to 
acknowledge you as Grand Chapter. But there are other pur- 
poses and reasons for which you should send us a delegate to 
participate in convention. We certainly could if assembled 
where each and every chapter could have a voice, adopt some 
plan of united action to build up our organization. True you 
may argue that we could do this without your representation, 
but I venture to say that it would not be altogether satisfactory. 
Have you no one connected with your chapter who lives in 


Louisville that could be deputised to be with us even should he 
miss the glory of the commencement exercises of his ''Foster- 
Mother ?" Look at it as you please we are constrained to believe 
that the Kentucky Alpha is under special obligations to send a 
delegate here, for the reason that the Indiana Alpha paid the ex- 
penses of Brother J. S. Broadwell, to attend at Danville in i860. 
We will have the most interesting commencement the University 
has ever seen since the palmy days of a happy and peaceful country; 
and your delegate (should you send one) should carry with him 
the grateful remembrance of having had a pleasant time, and (we 
flatter ourselves) of having met and made the acquaintance of 
some jolly boys, to say nothing of the ladies. What pieces of lit- 
erature, such as addresses, poems, etc., delivered before our 
organization at different places have you in your possession ? 
Your delegate should be provided with letters to be presented to 
me (as chairman of the reception committee) on his arrival. We 
will be disappointed if you do not change your resolution and 

dispatch us a representative Write by early maiL 

Fraternally, R. A. D. Wilbanks, Secretary Indiana Alpha. Your 
delegate will be expected to reply to the following toast : •* The 
Kentucky Alpha." 

We are glad to know that you concur in our views concerning 
the Grand Chapter, but regret that your society may not be rep- 
resented in the convention. We prefer you would be repre- 
sented, especially since the Grand Chapter is to be removed from 
your State to ours. Our delegate desires me to make of you a 
special request to have a delegate present at the convention. 

We are delighted to hear of the prosperity of 

your chapter, and hope it may ever continue above all competi- 
tors. We have no opposition here, save from a few fogies, who 
scare at the idea of a secret society ; but their fright is harmless 
to us, and we are **monarchs of all we survey" in our line. 
W. J. Klstun, Secretary Indiana Gamma, to Kentucky Alpha, 
June 13, 1864. 

We regret exceedingly that circumstances are such as render 
it inconvenient for you to be with us on the 28th ; had hoped 
that it might be otherwise. However, we of course yield cheer- 
fully to your excuse, and consider it a good one. Please accept 
the thanks of this Chapter for the willingness you have mani- 
fested in granting that Grand Alpha should be established with 
the Indiana Alpha. As I said in a previous communication, we 
do not desire to take away any of the paramount privileges of 
the Kentucky Alpha, and believing her at this time well worthy 
of her exalted position, we shall refuse as a Chapter to allow you 
to lavish upon us honors which it has pleased those who have 
gone before us to entrust to your care and keeping. In other 
words, the Indiana Alpha has no ambitious motives that could 
in this state of our organization be gratified by such a change. 


But one desire prevails among our members ; that of rousing 
our order, (which no doubt has been given to the **bats and 
motes" since the **exit" of Ohio Alpha,) to the topmost pin- 
nacle of similar organizations. This accomplished, the grand 
object for which we are united will soon and easily be attained, 
and then we can close our College dream with the proud and 
self-sustained satisfaction of having performed our duty to our 
Fraternity, our predecessors and ourselves. We may ask of the 
Convention, if it sees proper to clothe us with the especial au- 
thority — to institute and charter Chapters in different States ; 
and in case your college, from any cause incident to the lament- 
able condition of our country, should suspend operations, that 
the Indiana Alpha be regarded as the Grand Alpha until the 
Kentucky Alpha should be fully reorganized. We do not ap- 
prehend this necessity, but think it well to be prepared to meet 
any contingency that may arise. You spoke of the possibility 
of establishing Chapters at Hanover and Franklin. Hanover 
*' played out" from some cause unknown to us, and we cannot 
secure the proper material to begin anew, for our motto is 
** quality, not quantity." Franklin College took upon itself the 
management of State affairs as well as educational to a consid- 
erable extent, and as a necessary consequence the load was too 
heavy, and Franklin is a memory. The same may be said with 
regard to the Chapters connected with it. We, as you were pre- 
viously informed, chartered at the beginning of the year the 
Illinois Beta, but they for some unknown reason have been silent 
for the last six months. The same with the Indiana Beta. We 
anticipate establishing a Chapter at Ann Arbor, Mich., next ses- 
sion. The suggestion with regard to Illinois brings up many 
pleasant reminiscences to my mind, as I acknowledge her as the 
State of my nativity, and nothing would aflford me more pleasure 
than to see every College in the State honored with a Chapter of 
the 2/0, and I shall bend my exertions toward the accom- 
plishment of that desired result. — R. A. D. Wilbanks, Indiana 
University, to Kentucky Alpha, June 20, 1864. 

The petition for charter to establish Michigan Alpha is dated 
Ann Arbor, Mich., November 14, 1864, and signed by W. J. 
Elstun, G. C. Harris and R. C. Story. Indorsed on the back is 
the following : 

The Indiana Alpha would respectfully recommend to the 
GranS Chapter the acceptation and adoption of the within peti- 
tion. They (the petitioners) are worthy of the Phi Society, and 
deserve our gratitude and assistance. — R. A. D. Wilbanks, Sec- 
retary Indiana Alpha, November 22, 1864. 

We have not yet heard from the Illinois Beta, or Indiana 
Beta or Indiana Gamma. The enclosed petition speaks for 
itselC We hope the Grand Chapter will give these members, 
^ho, notwithstanding the immense opposition they have at the 


Michigan University, have offered their services to further the 
interests of the order, all the encoaragement you possibly can. 
There are some forty or fifty Greek Societies there, and the peti- 
tioners will need to be encouraged to work hard for awhile 
until a permanent Chapter is established. Tell them to be alive 
and awake ; say to them to make the standard of membership 
high, to keep the proverb ** quality and not quantity" ever be- 
fore them. We would request that you use the utmost dispatch 
in sending them the Charter, Constitution, Bond, etc., for they 
should ere this have been increasing in members or preparing to 
do so. By a glance at the proceedings of our last Convention, 
you will see that it becomes my duty from official appointment 
to collect money for the purpose of revising our catalogue. Inas- 
much as I would have preferred this arduous task to have fallen 
upon some one else, yet feeling that no duty is too great that is 
performed in behalf of our cherished order, I undertake it, feeling 
assured that I will have the cooperation of every Phi whose heart 
desire is lo see our organization prosper and appreciated. My la- 
bors will be submitted to the committee on publication as soon as 
I have collected and reduced them to a proper form. I suggest 
your Chapter appoint some one or instruct your Secretary to search 
the records and send me at your earliest convenience a brief his- 
tory of your Chapter from its foundation — not for publication 
(unless is ordered,) but as an indispensable reference. Add to 
this the date of your charter, from whom it was granted, the 
number of charters granted by you. and to whom ; and, if they 
are defunct or **sleepeth," their history as far as known, to- 
gether with the names, residences and occupations of members, 
when and where initiated, when, where and how graduated, if at 
all. If deceased, state the dates of their deaths. It may be 
necessary to correspond with **old members," even friends of 
members, before perfecting your report It is my desire to 
leave nothing undone that will conduce to the completeness, 
style or arrangement of the catalogue. It doubtless will not be 
ready for publication before the silting of our next biennial con- 
vention, which I hope to attend and as chairman of publication 
committee make my report. As a convention should be held 
every two years, it is necessary that every Chapter should be 
represented. For this end it is important that each Chapter de- 
fray the traveling expenses of her delegate, and in order to meet 
the demand at the proper time, I would suggest that each Chap- 
ter levy a tax on each member after his initiation for each term 
while in College, to be appropriated for that special purpose. In 
this manner all the members that are initiated, whether present 
at the time of election of delegate or not, will bear their propor- 
tionate part. I believe a tax of twenty-five cents to each mem- 
ber during each term of his stay at College would be sufficient to 
defray the expenses of a delegate, also the publication of the 


catalogue. I presame it can be made a by-law, or else voted 
upon by the Chapters and engrafted in the Constitution. What 
does the Grand Chapter think of the propriety of adopting a 
grip, pass word, test word, etc. ? Send us your opinion in regard to 
all the above, with any additional suggestions you may see proper 

to make Where does the Grand Chapter get their 

pins ? We formerly got ours of one Vogt in Louisville, but have 
declined getting any more from him. He made a good many 
botches for us last year. We have partially employed a man in 
Chicago to make them for us. He sent us a sample which is 
far superior to any made in Louisville. He makes them all of 
a uniform size. They are enfl;raved elegantly, and we would 
like for all the Chapters to get their pins from him. We will 
order them for you from him if you desire. They are cheaper 
than Vogt's. They weigh three pennyweights of eighteen carat 
gold, and he charges but $4.50 in gold. Vogt used to charge 
$6, and sent us only two-and-a-half pennyweights of sixteen 

carat gold in them The Betas are here and this is 

their motto : B f> U . R. A. D. Wilbanks Secretary 

Indiana Alpha, to Kentucky Alpha, November 22, 1864. For 
obvious reasons the Beta motto is not published. 

Ann Arbor, Michigan, December 17, 1864. Mr. Wm. L, 
Yerkes. Sir — Your favor of the 30th ult. is before me. Allow 
me to say that your promptness in aiding us to establish a chap- 
ter of the ^ A €> in this university, as manifested by your pro- 
ceedings, and your kind regards, as expressed in your letter, 
afford us no little encouragement. Situated in the very midst 
of old and popular societies, we are fully aware of the difficulties 
that lie before us, and are fully determined to meet them. In 
the selection of members our motto will be quality, not quan- 
tity. Your obedient servant, G. C. Harris. 

I presume that Illinois *' Beta" has ** played." We received 
a letter from Ann Arbor stating that Wm. W. Barnes, a charter 
member of the Illinois ** Beta," had joined another society there 
for popularity. Barnes is a smart young man, and has gone to 
Ann Arbor for College honors. — R. A. D. Wilbanks, Indiana 
University, to John St. John, Boyle, Centre College, December 
16, 1864. 

We are pleased to acknowledge the receipt of the charter 
of the Michigan Alpha and other papers you were 
kind enough to forward. Please accept our most sincere and 
grateful thanks for the promptness you have manifested, thus 
aiding us to establish the order in Michigan. Brother Harris 
delayed answering your letter for some days, but I presume 
you have ere this received his answer. We have not yet had 
time to make a formal organization, and do not feel that we are 
yet the Alpha upon soil before untrodden by a society of the 


name. Bat we will soon announce to our brothers that we 
have laid the corner stone of the Phi monument in Michi- 
gan, which we hope to see hereafter continue to be built higher 
and higher perpetually. I think we shall date our beginning 
with the year 1865, and hail our brothers with a New Year greet- 
ing. . . .We shall do to the best of our ability and judgment 
in all matters as to secrecy and selection of members. But hope 
you will not expect of us much immediate progress, as there is 
here much to contend against. Several other societies are in 
full working order and of long standing. They, of course, have 
the advantage, but we promise our brothers to do the very best 
we can. — W. J. Elstun, University of Michigan, toW. L. Yerkes, 
Centre College, December 24, 1864. 


We are sorry to learn that our Grand Chapter has not a uni- 
form sized pin. This is a lamentable fault with all chapters, 
and should be obviated immediately. We have already, so far 
as our chapter is concerned. We learned from Robert Morrison, 
who no doubt is familiar to your chapter as one of the pioneer 
members of our brotherhood, that the size of the pin was in- 
tended to be just one size less than the engraving in our cata- 
logue. We followed this, thinking we were pursuing old land- 
marks.— R. A. D. Wilbanks, Indiana University, to Kentucky 
Alpha, January 14, 1865. 

I am pleased to learn of the prosperity of the Kentucky Alpha 
ofthe0-d^ .... Last summer I was present in a con- 
vention at Indiana University, and was asked to represent your 
chapter, which I declined to do, but the convention insisted 
that 1 should have a seat among them, and take part in their 
deliberations. I agreed to it so far as taking the seat was con-, 
cerned, but did not feel at liberty to bind your chapter in any 
way by my acts. It was a pleasant meeting, and we had a fine 
address by Rev. N. E. Cobleigh, D.D., of Boston. — Robert 
Morrison, Brooks Station, Ky., to Wm. L. Yerkes, Danville, 
Ky., February i, 1865. 

In this letter Robert Morrison explains the meaning of th€ 
Greek letters in the first edition of the catalogue. He also gives the 
derivation of the third word of the motto, the last two syllables 
being four letters, and of which he says : — It is a word of legiti- 
mate parentage and regular descent. Some good Greek scholars 
there were among the founders of the order, and some Greek 
professors among its early members, and I have never heard of 
any objection made by them in regard to the word. The follow- 
ing was presented by Wilbanks : — " Resolved, that the Indiana 
Alpha recommend to the chapters of this State the expediency 
of holding a reunion of all their members, in the city of Indian- 
apolis, during the latter part of next June, and that a commit- 


tee of three be appointed to confer with and make all necessary 
arrangements with other chapters." Messrs. Wilbanks, Gorman, 
and Powell appointed — Mem. from Indiana Alpha minutes, 
February 22, 1865. 

The Phis of Indiana have been assembled in what they saw 
proper to term a ** State Convention " since you last heard from 
us. We had a fine time, one long to be remembered. We re- 
solved to meet again in a ** Social Union " in the city of Indian- 
apolis on the 30th of next June. In regard to the Illinois chap- 
ter, we only know that last week we received a letter from Seth 
Robinson proposing to abandon his attempts to establish a 
chapter at Jacksonville. I think, however, he will yet succeed. 
I wrote him as encouragingly as I could. — R. A. D. Wilbanks, 
Indiana University, to Kentucky Alpha, March 25, 1865. 

On motion, O. F. Baker was instructed to initiate the requisite 
number of persons for establishing the Indiana Zeta with the 
Vincennes University, and the secretary requested to furnish him 
with the necessary papers. — Mem. from Indiana Alpha Minutes, 
May 2, 1865. 

On motion of Wilbanks, the motion made at the meeting on 
May 2, instructing Mr. Baker to organize the Indiana Zeta, was 
reconsidered and the motion lost. Mr. Baker was then in- 
structed to initiate Messrs. James Edgar Baker, John C. Caldwell, 
H. Shannon Whiltelsey, and Frank Moore, of the Vincennes 
University, into the ^ -J ^ as members of the Indiana Alpha, 
and they were empowered to initiate others at their discretion, 
and their organization was to be called a branch of the Indiana 
Alpha. — Mem. from Indiana Alpha Minutes. May 26, 186^. 

Mr. Hamilton moved that Mr. O. F. Barker be requested to 
send us a catalogue of the school at Vincennes, and general in- 
formation about the institution. — Mem. from Indiana Alpha 
Minutes, December 31, 1865. 

The news from this quarter is very flattering. The chapters 
throughout this State are prospering. We make great calcula- 
tions for having a day of rejoicing in the city of Indianapolis on 
the 30th of June. I believe I wrote you in regard to it. We 
christen it the ** Biennial State Reunion." We will not, how- 
ever, under any considerations, exclude our brothers from other 
States, but we extend your chapter an invitation to come as in- 
vited guests y and we will show you the hospitality of Indiana 
Phis. The invitation may be taken individually or collectively. 
We hear from our boys at Michigan. They are hopeful and 
alive. Should they keep up until the beginning of next year, 
Phis will be as popular at the Michigan University as they are 
in everv college where they have an existence. One of our mem- 
l>ers will be there to assist them. There never has been such a 
devoted attachment manifested for our society by its members as 


1 think prevails at this time. — R. A. D. Wilbanks, Secretary In- 
diana Alpha, to Kentucky Alpha, May ii, 1865. 

Our chapter also instructed me to inform you that we have 
changed the time of our reunion to the 30th of June, in order to 
gratify the wishes of our Alpha and Beta brethren. We did so 
at the sacrifice of our own interest. The announcement had 
been made in the catalogue for the 21st of June, which was the 
time we thought most appropriate, and a time when we could 
have been most successful. The change which we made last 
night will greatly discommode the members of the Gamma, and 
no one more than myself, for I cannot be here on the 30th. I 
have made arrangements to be at home on the 4th of July, and 
must remain a couple of days at St. Louis, which would make 
it too late to reach home in time to make any preparation for 
the celebration, if, indeed, I could get there at all. Notwith- 
standing all this, I am willing to waive all self-interest to accom- 
modate my Alpha and Beta brethren. My greatest desire is that the 
forthcoming reunion may be a perfect success, and I assure you 
that the members of the Gamma are still determined to do all in 
their power to make it such. — H. H. Black, Northwestern 
Christian University, to R. A. D. Wilbanks, Indiana University, 
May 30, 1865. 

Blooraington, Ind., June 15, 1865. — Rev. Robert Morrison. 
My Dear sir : Sometime ago your letter was received contain- 
ing recommendations of a number of Phis for the position of 
orator and poet at our reunion in Indianapolis on the 30th prox. 
Your recommendations were followed by choosing as orator 
Prof. Stoddard, and as poet Rev. Baldridge. Prof. Stoddard's 
engagements were such as to cause it to be inexpedient for him 
to accept ; and failing to hear from Brother Baldridge, another 
brother was chosen in his stead. The time was so short that we 
were compelled to choose our alternates from among the most 
available. Jacob S. Broadwell, A. M., of this place, was chosen 
orator, and James F. Gookins, of Chicago, poet. We think 
very worthy productions will reward their choice. May we not 
hope that you can make it convenient to be with us on our fes- 
tive occasion ? You, I believe, have attended all the reunions of 
the chapter since its birth, and as we desire to make this the 
proudest in our history, your presence, our pioneer brother, will 
render no small share to that end. We know of no one whom 
we would rather meet and whose fatherly benedictions we would 
prefer to receive at that time. Come, and we ask you to invite 
as many as you wish of your old associates ; they shall all par- 
take of our hospitality. Mr. Broadwell sends his regards. 
Very truly and fraternally, R. A. D. Wilbanks. 

The last meeting of the year — a year of firm and steady pro* 
gress for the Indiana Alpha. Victorious in every contest — Mem* 
from Indiana Alpha Minutes, June 30, 1865. 



The Phi Delta Theta is not an overly-sensitive fraternity. We 
do not think it necessary to reply to or to notice all the covert 
insinuations and inuendoes that are made about us by our con- 
temporaries. We are fully persuaded that we could adopt no course 
that would not be censoriously judged by some one, and real- 
izing that we can never hope to please all cavilers, we have 
philosophically determined not to let their captiousness ruffle 
the sereneness of our temper. We are not aware that we receive 
more than our share of criticism, and so long as this is the case, 
we have no right to complain. 

But there is one little matter to which it is proper, perhaps, to 
give attention, in order to correct false impressions. In reading 
the pleasant pages of our exchanges, we now and then run 
across the statement that ^ A @ has a very long chapter list, 
accompanied with the intimation that the list is too large, and 
that necessarily some of our chapters are not located in good 

Presumably every fraternity has an extension policy, whether 
adhered to consistently or not. With the class of fraternities 
that are so conservative that they confine themselves to one par- 
ticular section, and that think no good fraternity material can be 
obtained outside the few colleges in which they are established, 
^ A & does not compose itself at all. The conservative fra- 
ternities are not extended far beyond their places of birth ; they 
are provincial in the strict sense of that word. It is needless to 
say that ^ A& has not considered their methods worthy of 

But we have noticed that the intimations that ^ AQ has too 
many chapters are usually found in the journals, not of the con- 
servative fraternities, but of the fraternities that are using their 
whole resources to extend themselves in all directions. One 
cannot but be amused when he notes this fact. And it is sur- 
prising that these editors do not see the inconsistency of their 
words with their constant efforts to widen the limits of their fra- 
ternities. They may never see it, but others do. 

What is the history of <P J © ? Though not the oldest of the 
Greek Brotherhoods, it is to-day established in more colleges 
than any of its rivals. At the close of the war, 9 A Q boasted 


but five chapters in three States, and as our friend, the Shield of 

OKW, has asked, 

** Since then where is the college town 
That's missed her pilgrim staff and gown ? 
What college door has held its lock 
Against the challenge of her knock?" 

We are proud of our record. We now have sixty-six college 
chapters in twenty-seven different States. We would not have 
the number less. Our success has been achieved by dint of 
hard work, and the zeal and enthusiasm of our members. We 
determined to be a national instead of a provincial fraternity, 
and we have accomplished our object Judging by the expres- 
sion of our rivals, our phenomenal progress up the height has 
been viewed by them with mingled emotions, but always with 

What is the extension policy of J &? Simply this : We 
would rather be a large fraternity than a small fraternity. 

We would rather have a chapter in every State in the Union 
in which there is a good college than in only a half dozen or a 
dozen States. 

** No pent-up Utica con6nes our powers." 

Moreover, we believe that all fraternities will finally acknowledge 
that we have the right idea. We believe they will see that it 
is better to belong to a national than a provincial fraternity, and 
that, following us, they will endeavor to become national. 
Many of them have that desire now ; they would be national if 
they could. 

As to the standing of the colleges that we are in, no apologies 
are needed, and none are offered. We are perfectly aware that 
all Phi Delta Theta colleges are not of equal size, or of equal 
rank. But we do not know how you would go about forming a 
fraternity with chapters in only leading institutions. What 
decides which are the leading institutions, and how could you 
limit the number? Probably if the line were strictly drawn, 
there would be found only one leading institution in this coun- 
try. Many things determine the standing of a college ; not build- 
ings alone, not endowment alone, and not the number of students 
alone. It is the experience of every fraternity, perhaps, that 
some of its best workers and some of its most prominent mem- 
bers come from chapters in the smaller colleges. Our object in 


establishing chapters has been to locate them in colleges requir- 
ing a high grade of scholarship, where we could get men for 
companionship who would be gentlemen in every respect We 
have not always inquired whether the colleges they haiJed from 
had million dollar endowments. If a college of such character 
as specified could afford us good material for a chapter, we would 
be satisfied with it. 

On our list there are chapters located at colleges that we would 
not now care to enter if we now had the question to consider. 
For this reason: We are now firmly established in some of the 
smaller colleges where our local prestige is so good that it 
insures us a good class of men, but if we did not already have 
chapters in them we would not care to take the risk of competi- 
tion with already established rivals, the number of students 
being limited. In every one of our sixty-six colleges but two we 
have fraternity rivals, and in those two are local clubs and ladies' 
societies. But the standing of ^ 2/ @ is so good in both that 
we are enabled to secure the very best of the students, and main- 
tain chapters of an excellent character. We have indulged in 
no talk about ** chapter killing" and withdrawing charters, and 
we shall not so do until the chapters do something which dis- 
honors J ©. 

A fraternity with a perfect equality of colleges is an impossi- 
bility. We know of none that has uniformity in this respect. 
Take ^ J or W T^ which may be mentioned as types of con- 
servative fraternities, and you will find a great difference between 
some of their colleges. We need not be ashamed of any of our 
chapters, and we would not have their number one less. In so 
large a list as ours there will perhaps at times be one or more 
chapters not in good condition, but there is not one of a smaller 
list which is relatively less afflicted. If a chapter in one of our 
smaller colleges should be overwhelmed by competition and 
surrender its charter, we would regret its misfortune, while per- 
haps we would never seek to enter the same college again. 

^A& has been constantly raising her standard of admission. 
We have during recent years established many chapters, but 
we have rejected many more applications for charters than we 
have granted. We can recall two institutions, in each of which 
are several fraternities, and from each of which we have received 
three applications in the last few years. Moreover, we have 


been importuned by fraternities to establish chapters in colleges 
where they are located in order to furnish rivalry and to relieve 
their isolation. One fraternity has kindly offered to aid us all 
within its power in getting into two of its colleges, but its assist- 
ance has been politely declined. And it is amusing that this 
same fraternity has been criticising ^ J © for having so many 
chapters, notwithstanding it is treading as closely as it can upon 
our heels in the matter of extension. 

As we have just said, our standard has been constantly 
advancing. We are now far ahead of our rivals in number of 
chapters, and we have enrolled the principal institutions of all 
sections of the Union, with scarcely an exception. We have 
passed the era when we sought to establish chapters. We are 
not seeking after applications for charters ; they are coming 
to us fast enough in greater numbers than are necessary to be 
successful. The institutions that would have any sort of a hope 
of getting a charter for a ^ J chapter can be counted on the 
fingers of one hand. And any set of applicants from these insti- 
tutions would, in order to get a charter, have to accompany 
their application with evidence of good organization and strong 
local influence. We are very well contented with what we have 
accomplished in the past, and we are in no hurry to proceed. 

But when you hear a man talking about ^ A Q having so many 
chapters, some of which are in small colleges, ask him which 
colleges he means. Ten to one, he does not know what he is 
talking about. Then, if he mentions any particular colleges, 
look up their standing as shown by the best available statistics, 
and as indicated by their catalogues. Accurate college statistics 
can be found in ** The Manual of Phi Delta Theta," which is 
especialty adapted for ** spiking" purposes. When a member 
of, say, ^Clox KW speaks disparagingly of our number of 
chapters to a man whom he is seeking to pledge, and who is 
also sought by ^ J ©, let the Phi's invite the Theta, or the 
Kappa, as the case may be, to make a comparison of his frater- 
nity's list of chapters with ^ J 's. If he accepts the challenge, 
pick out all the colleges in which both fraternities are established, 
and then place the remainder of the two lists side by side. We 
think the ** deadly parallel " will in most cases win the new man 
over to ^ J 0. With nearly every comparison that could be 
made, it would be found that we are in nearly all the good insti- 


tutions in which any of our rivals is, and in many more besides. 
Of course this is not the only argument to be made in "spik- 
ing." The attention of the man over whom there is a contest 
should be called to the chapter's local standing, distinguished 
alumni, and other advantages, but whenever the point of num- 
ber of chapters is raised, we can well afford to submit our 
chapter list to inspection, and to let it stand the test of compari- 
son with the list of our rivals. 

On the twenty-second of February occurred the installation of 
the Rhode Island Alpha of Phi Delta Theta, at Brown Univer- 
sity, Providence, R. 1. The ceremonies were conducted by the 
Province President, George Lynde Richardson, assisted by C. 
G. Hartrock, of Indiana Delta, who had been the prime mover 
and chief laborer through the infancy of the project A goodly 
number of Phis from abroad were present to partake of the fes- 
tivities of the occasion and assist in the sacrifice of the innocents. 
Not long since we stated that the General Council had under 
consideration applications for charters from two large and prom- 
inent institutions of the East. The first was Brown, which, after 
sufficient deliberation, is permitted to place her nameon the roll 
of Phi institutions. The second was equally prominent in that 
section of the country, but for sufficient reasons the General 
Council gave its applicants. no encouragement. They are now 
seeking to gain admittance to some other order after having 
found the door of Phi Delta Theta barred, and perhaps we shall 
soon see some of our friends claiming to have stolen the sweet 
morsel from us, just as Delta Upsilon did in the case of the 
applicants she accepted after our refusal at Tufts, and until we 
showed the case up in an editorial, which the Quarterly has 
never found it convenient to answer. 

The installation of our Brown Chapter marks another firm 
step onward in our march of progress. There was a day when 
we were considered essentially Western or Southern, and our old 
conservative friends would never have dreamed of our essaying 
to invade the old classic halls of the East, where they felt, as if 
by divine right, that their claim was sole and perpetual. But 
they have learned what pluck and energy, and perhaps a tinge 
of "Western blood" and "Southern fire," can do. We could 


to-day cut off every one of our Chapters south and west of Pitts- 
burgh, nay south and west of the Empire State, and then out- 
strip them on their own field with a handicap of half a century 
against us. In every institution we have entered in New York 
and New England, with possibly a single exception, we have 
taken our place in the front rank, and in many cases we have 
taken an unraistaken lead. We have ** bearded the lion in his 
den." Colby, Dartmouth, Vermont, Williams, Amherst, Union, 
New York, Columbia, Cornell and Syracuse I Add to this list 
the name of Brown, and what brotherhood can stand beyond us 
in the land of the old Hollanders and Puritans. We simply 
consider this limited section because it is our newest ground, 
while it is the oldest fraternity ground. All that we are in that 
quarter we have built up in the last decade. When we extend 
our horizon till it compasses the boundless wheat fields of the 
Northwest, the Mexican frontier and the Golden Gate, and then 
look back to 1865, we see a faint revelation of the push and vim 
of the American heart with a fixed object before it 

We regret that the date of the ceremonial and the date of our 
publication were such as to necessitate the postponement of a full 
account until our next number. 

We give a God speed to the new Rhode Island Alpha and a 
firm ''right hand of fellowship" to the Phis of Brown University 
and ** Little Rhodie." 

In the chapter letter from Indiana Delta published in the De- 
cember Scroll the initiates reported were listed as being one from 
'92 and two from '93. We were surprised to see the report of 
the initiations of preparatory students, especially from this 
Chapter, in the face of the recent decision of the General Council 
on that point. A letter to the chapter in regard to the matter 
has brought the most satisfactory explanation possible, and also 
outlined the chapter's attitude on the ''prep." question. 

Of the initiates, one was a Sophomore and two Freshmen — 
members, therefore, of '91 and '92. How they came to be pub- 
lished as '92 and '93 can be left for the reporter and the printer 
to debate; we are satisfied to know that the Chapter does not 
initiate any members of Sub-freshman classes. The Chapter has 
not initiated any such for three years, knowing the practice to be 


unconstitutional; and parenthetically remarks that it would not 
consider it wise to do so even if it were not at variance with our 

We are glad to know that this, the only published initiation of 
Sub-Freshmen in the current volume of the Scroll, has proven 
to be a mistake, and likewise to set Indiana Delta to rights 
before the Fraternity. From fifty-one. Sub-Freshmen in 1887 
we fell to twenty-five in 1888. For 1889 we want no more than 
the remnant from 1888 who are as yet thus enrolled. 

The Phis of Alabama are endeavoring to set The Index on its 
feet again. This shows commendable fraternity push and en- 
thusiasm, but we are doubtful as to the advisability of the move. 
The Scroll is the organ of the entire fraternity and endeavors 
to satisfy all its wants as a newspaper and medium of communi- 
cation. If it does not succeed, that is the best evidence that it 
needs more support other than financial than it gets. The editor 
cannot write the whole book every month, and a book of simply 
chapter letters does not fill the bill. But beyond chapter letters 
the contributions from chapters to each volume of the 
Scroll are practically nil. Every chapter ought to feel its duty 
to give the Scroll every year something 'besides its letters, (and 
even those in many cases might be made far more interesting) 
which would be of interest 10 all others and perhaps outside of 
our own circle. An Index in Alabama may be all right ; but 
suppose there is a Comet in Mississippi, an Asteroid in Georgia, 
a Star in Tennessee, a Dial in South Carolina, with the other 
states all provided for on the same plan. Or suppose we have 
only one to each province. There are seven parasites sucking 
the life blood of the central organ. On the whole we cannot 
approve the plan of local fraternity journalism. The Scroll is 
too poor and needs too much assistance both literary and finan- 
cial. Why not throw your literary energy and money where it 
is needed right now } When the Scroll's cup of perfection is 
full, then let it overflow to the benefit of the Index. That day 
will never come. Why not make one organ a success rather 
than two a failure? And, by the way, we wonder if all the Ala- 
bama chapters always pay their Scroll tax promptly in advance, 
and how many of their alumni are subscribers to the Scroll. 


Ws deeply regret to announce the resignation of brother 
O'Kane from the presidency of Delta Province. His place can- 
not well be filled, and in his withdrawal the fraternity and 
province both lose one of their most earnest and loving workers. 
We wish him a God-speed and success in whatever he may 

The following extracts from a personal letter to us we print on 
our own responsibility : — 

Delaware, O., Feb., 25, '89. 
Dear Bro. Randolph : 

* * * To lay aside my work in Delta Province and Phi 
Delta Theta was one of the most regretted things I have had to 
do for a long time, and I delayed the day of my resignation 
until 1 became fully aware that something had to be done. 

I'm sure you know from personal experience that I was 
thoroughly in love with the work and retired from it only when it 
became a matter of necessity. 

* * * Although now a private in the ranks, my zeal for 
Phi Delta Theta shall never lag, and you will find me ready at 
any and all times to do all within my power for the success of 
the cause. Fraternally, 

W. E. O'Kane. 

We have received the following invitation. It is general to 
all Phis :— 

Third Annual Banquet 

OF the 



Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. 

Duquesnc Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pa., Tuesday evening, April 2, 
at eight o'clock. Your presence is requested. 

W. T. Tredway, R. B. Scandrett, 

Secretary, President, 

Virginia Alpha suggested that on the 4th of March all Phis 
wear our colors twined with those of the Nation, in honor of the 
inauguration of our honored brother, Benjamin Harrison. On 

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that day for the first time in the Republic's history a college 
Greek-letter secret society man, chosen at the ballot box, was 
declared President of the United States of America. We can 
well be proud that Phi Delta Theta is the first to see one of her 
sons raised by his countrymen to the highest seat in the world. 
Virginia Alpha's suggestion was a good one, and, though not pub- 
lished, we are sure that some such spontaneous tribute of 
respect and pride was generally observed. 

The Scroll has decided to suspend the publication of 
"Initiates" and "InMemoriam "notices. After long continued 
experiments and many urgent entreaties we have failed to awake 
in Chapters and reporters an appreciation of the value of com- 
pleteness in the former department. Such a column when not 
complete in every particular is of no value. Ours never has 
been. Therefore it is discontinued. 

" In Memoriam " resolutions cannot in future be published. 
In their stead we will insert notices giving full name, chapter, 
class, age, residence, with place, date and cause of death, and 
any other interesting and valuable particulars. 

Bknjamin Harrison is still the cry of the Scroll. Such 
enthusiasm is rarely met with, one number entirely devoted to 
the praise of the President-elect, the succeeding numbers glow- 
ing with a pride that cannot be concealed. This world was 
rather a tight fit for Phi Delta Theta, even before the sixth of 
November, and it is hard to tell what will become of that fra- 
ternity now, as there seems to be no feasible way of enlarging 
its accommodations. — Anchora, 

Yes, Phi Delta Theta is proud of **Ben" Harrison. He is 

an honor to all Greek fraternities. We pay our complimen ts to 

the President of the United States. 

A FEW months since we suggested a plan for inter-fraternity 
exchange of publications whereby every chapter of each fra* 
ternity might receive a copy of the magazine of those partici- 
pating. The expense to each fraternity would not be much 
additional and the benefit all around would be a great deal. We 


already have arrangements under way in several quarters and we 
hope soon to have our chapters supplied with some of the cur- 
rent fraternity thought. 

Charter forms printed from the handsome new steel plate 
recently secured by the General Council are now ready for dis- 
tribution. Copies of the new form can be obtained by such 
Chapters as desire them. For full particulars address the Secre- 
tary of the General Council, J. E. Brown, 176 East State street, 
Columbus, Ohio. 

Chapters publishing College annuals will please forward a 
copy (as soon as issued) for review to J. E. Brown, 176 East 
State street, Columbus, Ohio. Several Chapters failed to 
respond to a similar request last year, and it is hoped that our 
review of this year's crop of Phi college annuals will be complete. 

The date has arrived for the publication of the * 'Annual March 
Circular Letter. '' This rule is so well known that we have not 
thought it necessary to allude to it before. If every chapter has 
not done its part promptly, let it do so at once, that the list for 
1889 may be complete. 

Chapters and individuals who have not yet secured a set of 
our founders' portraits should be sure to secure one before the 
supply is exhausted. Only a few remain. Send 60 cents in 2- 
cent stamps to E. H. L. Randolph, P.O. box 1398, New York, 
N. Y. 

We call attention to the exceptional opportunity noted else- 
where of securing The Forum or The Statesman in connection 
with the Scroll. 


From the Editor of the History. 

I have made several appeals through The Scroll for histori- 
cal sketches of chapters to incorporate into the History of the 


Fraternity, but many chapters have failed to comply. The de- 
linquent list is as follows : 

Maine Alpha, Georgia Gamma, 

New Hampshire Alpha, Ohio Epsilon, * 

Massachusetts Alpha, Indiana Beta, 

Massachusetts Beta, Indiana Gamma, 

New York Delta, Indiana Delta, 

Pennyslvania Alpha, Michigan Beta, 

Pennsylvania Epsilon, Illinois Delta, 

Pennsylvania Zeta, Missouri Alpha, 

Pennsylvania Eta, Missouri Beta, 

Virginia Beta, Iowa Beta, 

Virginia Gamma, Nebraska Alpha, 

Virginia Epsilon, California Alpha. 
Virginia Zeta, 

Each chapter history should contain : 

(i.) A full account of the efforts made to secure a charter, and 
of the establishment of the chapter, including date of charter, 
names and classes of charter-members, and the body by which 
said charter was granted. 

(2.) A sketch of the chapter's life, embracing a succinct re- 
cord of its vicissitudes and of its peculiar manners, policy and 
workings, and especially mentioning faculty opposition and 
how it was overcome. 

(3.) All additional matter that would probably be of general 
interest or throw side-lights on the history of the Fraternity at 

If these directions are not explicit enough I will take pleasure 
in answering enquiries on the subject. 

When the historian has exhausted his chapter's archives, he 
should endeavor to obtain lacking information by correspond- 
ence with alumni members. The histories should be written 
on one side of legal cap paper, inside the line, and should range 
from six to twelve pages in length. If any chapters possess any 
old archives of historical value, I would be glad to receive an 
exact transcript thereof, or a description of them, that I may 
determine whether they would be serviceable to me. It is need- 
less to emphasize the importance of chapters acting promptly in 
this matter. Such chapters as do not send in their histories will 
have to be left entirely out of the History of the Phi Delta Theta, 
or be satisfied with the imperfect accounts of them that I can 
compile from the materials in my possession. 

I make a particular request that each chapter send me a copy 
of its annual circular-letter to be issued March i. A complete 
file of circular letters will be very valuable to me in the prepara- 
tion of the History. 

Nashville, Tenn., February 5, 1889. Walter B. Palxxr. 

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New York Alpha, Cornell University. 

On Wednesday evening, February 6, we celebrated the (3d) 
third anniversary of our re-establishment at Cornell. Before 
the banquet we all assembled at the chapter-house and went 
through the pleasing performance of initiating three worthy 
men, Messrs. McCaw, Callanan and Fennes, whom we take 
great pleasure in introducing to the Phi world. After the 
regular anniversary ceremonies and the reading of the pyx, we 
proceeded to Godard, where our banquet was spread. Thirty- 
three loyal Phis surrounded the festal board. After brother 
Upp delivered the president's address, we proceeded to discuss 
the elaborate menu. Between the several courses brother Sny- 
der gave the history of our chapter, and brother Folts prophesied 
our future. After the last course had been served, the president 
resigned further proceedings to our worthy toast-master, brother 
Esterly. The following toasts were then responded to: "The 
National Fraternity," by brother Prof L. H. Bailey; ** Brother 
Ben,"E. Tarbell ; **The House Committee," E. A. Blauvelt; 
"Phi Emblems," W. S. Gilbert; '*Phis at the Bar,"C. H. 
Wells; ''Our Alumni," F. L. Dodgson ; "New York Alpha," 
F. A. Abbott; ''John's," B. F. Hurd ; "Class of '89," B. R. 
Wakeman; "Trips," F. G. Gardner: "The Girls, "B. M. Saw- 
yer. The following impromptu toasts were also given : "The 
Bond," E. C. Page ; " School Life in Japan," Y. Ekeda ; " Mich- 
igan Beta," W. N. Munson ; "Cornell," P. B. Wood worth ; "The 
Twins," F. W. Mahl. The regrets were read from Dudley R. 
Horton, '76, Province Pres. G. L. Ricliardson and others. The 
success of the banquet bespoke the rapid progress of New York 
Alpha during the past year. This week seems to be one of our 
lively college weeks. To-night the Cornell Glee Club gives an 
entertainment at the opera house. To-morrow evening, February 
8, is the Junior ball at the Armory. The Junior is the greatest 
social event of the season. Brother Prof. Bailey, of Michigan 
Beta, has taken the professorship in horticulture, and brother 
Munson, of Michigan Beta, is his assistant in the department of 
horticulture. Brother Snyder, '89, has a position of assistant 
under Prof. Caldwell, of the Siaie Board of Health at Cornell. 
Brother Hampton^ of Mississippi Alpha, is located here in our 
city, as a United States pension examiner for this district. Here, 
for a course in physics, arc brothers Woodworth and Case, of 
Michigan Beta. A few days ago we enjoyed a call from brother 
Durand, of Michigan Beta. Brothers Page and Pardee, of Ohio 
Epsilon, are in the law school ; also brother Morrison, of Ohio 
Delta. Brother Ekeda, of Michigan Beta, is making a pro- 


longed visit with friends in the city, and some time ago we re- 
ceived a call from brother Bates, of Michigan Beta. Brother 
Richardson also made us a call. There has been established 
here a new Latin fraternity, the Q. V. T. Also a sorority, the 
A 0, was established by some young ladies from Syracuse, on 
February 2. Brother Meredith has left us for a short time, the 
physicians prescribing a short trip in the country as beneficial. 
Many of our members have class offices, such as brother Abbott, 
'90, class president ; brother Esterly, '89, memorial orator. Then 
we have representatives on all of the prominent senior commit- 
tees. Brother Barker has a very prominent position in the Glee 
Club. Brother Williams, formerly '89, is making us a visit 
February 7. 1889. ^' F. Hurd. 

New York Epsilon, Syracuse University. 

The progress of New York Epsilon has, we may say, been 
almost phenomenal. It now numbers nineteen active members, 
one, brother Stevens, '92, having left on account of poor health. 
There are — two Seniors, three Juniors, six Sophomores, eight 
Freshmen. Since our last, brother J. B. Sandford, '92, has 
been initiated ; also brother G. K. Shurlliff, an alumnus of Sigma 
Psi, from which local society N. Y. Epsilon had its origin. 
Brother Sandford has a fine social position in the city, being 
the son of Professor Sandford, a prominent educator, and was 
much sought after by the other fraternities. Brother Shurtliff is 
actively engaged in religious work, and is secretary of the 
Y. M. C. A. of Utica. Brother E. Read, '86, lately professor of 
painting in the Penn. Normal School at Millersville, is with us, 
we hope permanently. We have received even more than our 
share of honors. At the recent election of the Senior class our 
two Seniors both received good places, brother E. M. Sanford 
statistician, and brother Sibley poet. Brother Wheeler has 
lately been elected president of the Sophomore class. Delta Up- 
silon received no place in the Senior election. The most grati- 
fying fact of all is the election by the Board of Trustees of 
brother Sibley, though yet an undergraduate, to the position of 
librarian of the Von Ranke Library. There were some thirty 
applicants, but brother Sibley received the unanimous recom- 
mendation of the faculty and also the unanimous election from 
the Board. This great library will contain 150,000 volumes, 
and the position is one of the best in the University. In oratory 
the Phis are showing up well. At the Senior Exhibition, lately 
held, both brother Sanford and brother Sibley had very fine 
orations, that of the latter being pronounced by the Daily 
Courier to have been the best ever delivered from the college 
rostrum. Friday evening, February 9, occurred the anniversary 

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banqnetofN, Y. Epsilon, brother £. M. Sanford, toastmaster. 
It was held at the Vanderbilt Hotel, and was elegant and elabo- 
rate. We give the programme as follows : — 

" History," A. G. Vredenberg, '90; "The National Frater- 
nity," B. F. Hammond, '91 ; ** Brotherhood," E. Devine, '91; 
" Phi Delta Theta in Politics/' O. W. Wood, '92 ; " The ' Big 
Four' of our Alma Mater," J. Reynolds, '91 ; **Poem," H. O. 

"Our Phi Bachelors," E. A. Hill, 83 ; '• Oration." V. E. KU- 
patrick, '91 ; "'92 and the Future/' W. M. Fanton, '92 ; " Leo- 
pold Von Ranke and his Successor." H. O. Sibley, '89 ; "The 
White and Blue," C. H. Wheeler, '91 ; '-The Greek vs. the 
Barbarian," T. S. Bell, '92 ; ** Prophesy," R. W. Lowry, '92. 

Our chapter rolls now contain the names of forty-two brethren. 
We have in our history book their histories in full, having com- 
menced this important duty at the outset. Let no Phi go 
through Syracuse without giving us a call. 

February 8, 1889. B. F. Hammond. 

Pennsylvania Delta, Allegheny College. 

By the time this letter is published we will probably have is- 
sued our annual circular letter. We are more and more pleased 
each year with this feature of our fraternity policy. As concerns 
our own chapter and alumni, we know that it is of great advan- 
tage. By this means we are often placed in active corresi>ond- 
ence with many alumni, of whom we seldom hear. Fraternity 
affairs at present are quiet. Senator Allison has been invited to 
deliver the annual address to the four literary societies sometime 
during commencement week. The declamation prize in Alle- 
gheny Society for '89 was won by F. C. Bray. The Athenian 
declamation prize was captured by C. L. Walton. Our chapter 
meetings are very interesting and profitable. We are frequently 
favored with the attendance of several of our alumni. Brother 
C. W, Miner, '81, pastor M. E. Church, Cattaraugus, N. Y., is 
a member of the visiting committee of this year from the Erie 

February 4, 1889. E. P. Cause. 


Virginia Alpha, Roanoke College. 

Virginia Alpha has done a good service to the noble order of 
Phi Delta Theta by adding to its members Mr. Oscar Frantz, 
'91. His brother, J. D. Frantz, has been connected with our 


Chapter for many months. Our reporter would hke to state that 
either the members of Virginia Alpha are especially fault-find- 
ing, or else the remaining Chapters of Beta province extremely 
indifferent to the discharge of various duties, — for example, 
Chapter correspondence. In the last issue of the Scroll our 
Chapter was the only one from the entire province that had a 
letter in that organ. However, college life may be dull, or 
**barb" material scarce, so that there isn't matter for a letter. 
We all anxiously await the arrival of intelligence from our sister 
Chapters and Fraternities announcing the first onslaughts of the 
crusaders against Fraternities. We do not counsel any protec- 
tive measures ; we simply wish to hear of these things for our 
amusement and delectation. The movement is too insignificant 
to deserve notice from the Greeks ; but there is no reason why we 
shouldn't have a good time about it. Since we last wrote we 
have discovered that the watchword of our noble friends, **the 
barbs," is annihilation. They are annihilating with a ven- 
geance ; but the trouble is that this potent destroyer annihilates 
the wrong way and the wrong things — literary societies, for 
instance. Then, too, it has an awfully telling reflex action 
about it which I doubt not has caused many a regretful sigh to 
our friend, the AnnihilUt. We said potent destroyer, and advis- 
edly so. The machine is composed of some thirty or so human 
pieces who run or stop at the will of the engineer. It's labor 
saving ; one man thinks (?) for the crowd, and the other thirty 
— and thirty men in college — men who should have their indi- 
vidual opinions and do their own thinking. It remains to be 
added that up to the present time our friends, the ** barbs," 
alias ** Annihilists," have "annihilated" our number from ten 
to fourteen. Their own number has remained stationary^ and 
will probably remain so this year. At any rate any decrease 
in it is not to be anticipated from any action of Phi Delta Theta. 
Like the soldiers of Sir John Moore, '* we leave them alone in 
their glory." 

February 8, 1889. C. F. KimER. 

North Carolina Beta, University of North Carolina. 

NoRTA Carolina Beta has so long been absent from the columns 
of the Scroll that she is almost a stranger. We have spent a 
very quiet session. Our sister chapters may be surprised to 
hear that we have taken no new men. This is due to the fact 
that the number of fraternities here is so large and the quantity 
of material so limited that at the opening of the session there is 
a great rush for new men, and, rather than run any risk by being 
too hasty, we prefer to remain few in number. 

A chapter of the Sigma Nu has been recently organized here, 


and it is reported that the JT ^ is to be re-established at an earlj 

We number six, and'I dare say a more congenial circle can- 
not be found. 

February i, 1889. W. W. Daviss. 

South Carolina Beta, South Carolina College. 

Since our last report the number of fraternities in this institu- 
tion has been increased to eight by the entrance of Chi Phi. 
A chapter of this fraternity was established here not long since, 
with a charter roll of eight men. We wish them success. In- 
termediate examinations commenced last week, so it is useless 
to add that there has been a surcharge of rushing. Brother W. 
T. Aycock has been elected valedictorian from the Euphradian 
Society, and H. A. Brunson is president of the same. At an 
election, held in the Clariosophic Society, not long since, brother 
Boyd was chosen chief, and brother Gist an assistant marshal 
for commencement. 

February 6th, 1889. Harry A. Brunson. 


Georgia Beta, Emory College. 

Nothing of especial interest has occurred since my last letter, 
excepting the reception of our "Fall Term Reports." W^e, of 
course, sustained our former reputation in class standing. In 
the Freshman class brothers Cook and Belcher did exceptionally 
well. They were on second and third marks respectively. In 
the Sophomore class brother Jenkins leads, with brother Kim- 
brough second and brother Branch third. Brothers Fleming 
and Rowland also deserve special mention. In the Junior class 
brother Daves has first mark, with brothers Abbott and Bradley 
on second, and brother Fort on third. Brothers Dykes and 
Gillespie also received fine marks. In the Senior cla^s we were 
.excellently represented by brothers McRee and Mickler. We 
have made a splendid record during the last term, but we ex- 
pect, and will, do better this term. Our boys, generally, are at 
work, and if pluck and hard work will do anything we will surely 
win, and get more than our share of medals and speakers' places 
at commencement On the first Saturday in January the elec- 
tion for champion debaters came off, and to the honor of 
the societies be it said, brothers Eakes and McRee were elected 
to fill two of the six places — brother Eakes, from the Phi Gam- 
ma, and brother McRee, from the Few Society. They will do 
honor to their fratemitiy and societies commencement We 


are also glad to note that in the late organization of the Senior 
class brother Eakes was elected historian and brother Snow 
chorister. Their part of the exercises on Senior day will un- 
doubtedly be among the best. A bare statement of facts can 
hardly be interesting, yet it is the only way in which to make 
known our progress and success. 

No words can express our love for our fraternity and our har- 
monious work for it. There never was a more loyal chapter 
than ours, nor one that better deserved its title as the ** Banner 
Chapter" of Emory College. 

February 5, 1889. J. T. Daves. 

Georgia Gamma, Mercer University 

Wk regret that Georgia Gamma hasn't had her letter in the 
Scroll for some months. It is not because we have been 
wanting in love for one another, or of a lack of interest in the 
fraternity at large. We are not dead by any means. We have 
been quite active and energetic during the past several months. 
We got at least our share of honors for the year ending 1888. 
Brother J, W. Overstreet carried off second honor; he 
also secured a senior speaker's place. Brother George 
Overstreet was also one of the fortunate Seniors 
who secured a place at commencement. In Junior we had 
only one man. He secured a speakers' place, carrying oflf 
Junior Oratorical Medal. Our Sophomores were not laggards 
in the race. Brothers Crossland, Anderson, Palmer and Willing- 
ham were among the successful contestants for Sophomore 
places. Brother Crossland was awarded first medal for supe- 
riority in declamation. The chapter closed its year's work 
for 1888 with an elegant banquet in honor of our young lady 
friends. It was an occasion long to be remembered by those 
who participated in it. Twelve of us returned in the fall. All 
were enthusiastic and anxious to work for the advancement 
of our beloved order. We have initiated as the fruits of our 
efforts brother Wynn, secietary of Y. M. C. A. He is taking 
a course of theology at the college. Brothers Bryan Collier, '90, 
Griffin, Ga. ; C. T. Tillman, '91, Quitman, Ga.; W. Conner, 
G. Conner, '92, and Bob. Sparks, '93, Macon, Ga., are now 
wearers of the sword and shield. Perhaps it may not be 
amiss, just here, to say that we have asked only eight men 
this year to join us, and six of that number have done so. In 
our college election that came off in December Phi Delta Theta 
got an anniversarian's place and one champion debater's 

January 28, 1889. G. R. Long. 


Alabama Alpha, University of Alabama. 

When we sent in our last report we thought at that time the 
work of ** spiking " had come to a close, but such was not the 

After the holidays and at the beginning of the second term we 
had some new men to enter college, among this number ^ J 
set her eye upon one whom she thought would make a worthy 
Phi, and alter convincing him that we were the right crowd, we 
initiated him into the mysteries of our great organization. 

We have also added to our number brother Carlisle Jones 
of the law class, whose residence is in Selma, Ala. 

We, therefore, take pleasure in introducing to the fraternity 
brother A. J. Gibson, of Jacksonville, Ala., who is our only 
member of the Freshman class, and brother Carlisle Jones, of the 
law class. 

We are proud of all our initiates of this year, and have been 
very careful in selecting. We have initiated one Junior, four 
Sophomores, one Freshman, and one law student, making t 
total of seven new Phis, who are as true as steel. 

The Sophmore speakers have been appointed, and we are repre- 
sented better than any other fraternity, having three on the 
speaking list and two alternates, while one other fraternity has 
three on the list, but no alternates. 

At the last State convention, held at Montgomery, it was de- 
cided to reorganize the Index^ which was published by brother 
O. D. Street, in Tuscaloosa, last year. 

It was put into the hands of the three Alabama College chap- 
ters, having five men on the staff. 

Brothers Crook, Earle, and McAdor)' were selected from 
this chapter, and it is needless to say that they will do everything 
in their power to forward the interest Q{\\i^ Journal, 

Our chapter is in a flourishing condition, and is ever ready to 
work for the cause of her fraternity. 

February 4, 1889. W. L. Smith. 

Texas Gamma, Southwestern University'. 

Our university begins the new term with 38 new students and 
throws open the doors of the new ** Annex" building just 
completed. This handsome limestone ladies' college and board- 
ing department combined is a beauty of which our citizens and all 
Texas Methodists may well be proud. It is situated just east of 
the town on the brow of the hill and overlooks the country for 
miles. So high is its tower that we can, by standing upon it 
and using a good field-glass, view the glittering dome of our 
State Capitol at Austin, distant twenty-five miles, the home of 
Texas Beta, Professor C. C. Cody, (P J 6, will be supcrin- 


tendent in addition to his duties as Professor of Mathematics in 
the University. Here is the place for some good sorosis to or- 
ganize, for the Ladies' Annex of S. W. U. is among us to stay ; 
its list of Alumnae runs back ten years. We record with plea- 
sure the result of to-day's election in the San Jacinto Literary 
Society. Brother W. L. Bean was tendered the leadership of 
Commencement Debate without a spark of opposition. The 
position of second was contested by two Phis, brother John 
Mathis being the winner. So <^ J gets both the San Jacinto 
honors ; the Alamo does not elect until next Saturday. 

Februaiy 2, 1889. J. Richardson Mood. 


Ohio Alpha, Miami University. 

We are in a very harmonious and prosperous condi- 
tion; the fraternal ties that bind us are stronger than 
before. We have two excellent men pledged, one of whom will 
view the mysteries next Saturday evening. An elfort is being 
made to re-establish the Alpha Delta Phi Chapter at Miami. A 
number of students have applied for a charier. One of our 
pledged men was to have gone in with them, but we have won 
him to the white and blue. The majority of the applicants 
are not men whom Plji Delta Theta would choose. I may say 
that both of our pledijfed men had been approached by the 
would-be Alphas. We number eight men at present. 
Brother Rusk is president of the Miami Union Literary Society, 
brother Harris is vice-president of the Erodelphian Society, 
while the other brethren hold minor offices in each society. 

Washington's birthday will be celebrated by the Erodelphian 
Society. We will be represented on their programme. 

We are obliged to announce the expulsion of Walter L. Toby 
from Ohio Alpha. 

February 7, 1889, J. H. Macready. 

Ohio Gamma, Ohio University. 

Wk take the greatest pleasure in announcing that the leading 
social event of the year was the grand reception and banquet 
given by the Phis at the residence of Mr. and xMrs. C. H. Welch, 
on the evening of January 19. At ten o'clock supper was served 
at * 'Berry's Restaurant." Brother Tompkins, as toastmaster, pro- 
posed the toasts, which were responded to as follows : ' * Our Fra- 
ternity," by Geo. E. de Steigner ;" "The Ladies," by C. A. 
Woodworth ; **Our William," bv E. Guy Welch ; ** Benjamin 
Harrison," by C. F. Blake; " Ohio Gamma," by J. C. McMaster; 
'• Our Future," by E. B. Gore : ** The Sword and Shield," by J. 


C. Thomas; ''A word for our younger members," by D. W. 
Welch. After supper we returned to the residence of our host 
and hostess, where several pleasant hours were spent We were 
glad to welcome back, almost in our midst, alumni brother John 
J. Welch, from Kansas City. Since our last letter we have 
** spiked" several very desirable fellows, whom we think will 
make true and loyal phis. 
January 31, 1889. D. W. Welch. 

Kentucky Alpha. Centre College. 

Our number during the last month has increased one, making 
in all eleven, by the return of brother Willis Green, '89. 

We were agreeably surprised some time since to hear that 
brother C. R. Anderson, one of our alumni, was to be married 
to Miss Katie Hollinshead, of Dayton, Ohio, on the 12th of this 

For him we can say that he will get a very attractive and popu- 
lar young lady for his wife, and on the other hand we can say 
the same for her. 

February 4, 1889. Geo. A. McRoberts. 

Indiana Alpha, UNivERsrT^' of Indiana. 

At the opening of the present college year, there was found on 
the field of battle thirteen active Phis, contending with their 
rivals for supremacy among the new students. After struggling 
for several weeks among our competitors, we were rewarded by 
the acquisition to our chapter of six of the most available men 
in college. It is with pleasure that we introduce these new men 
to the Phi world. They are : '92, Harry M. Stoops, Brook- 
ville, Indiana; '91, Ralph Bamberger, Indianapolis, Indiana; 
'92, D. C. Breedlove, Zionsville, Indiana; '92, Jno. M. Wall, 
Clermont, Indiana; '92, George H. Pendleton, Nineveh, Indi- 
ana ; '92, E. P. Jones, Milton, Indiana. 

We lost three men by graduation. Of these brothers W. H. 
Foster and E. B. Stalker have lucrative positions as teachers, while 
brother F. B. Foster is attending Allegheny. Among those 
who failed to return are brothers W. E. Clough, now at Miami 
College, Chas. Ireland, studying law at Brounstown, Indiana ; J. 
E. Hargan, in business at Madison, Indiana, and E. P. Cubberly 
and W. E. French, teaching school. Brothers Dow, Foster 
and Tyner have returned to us after an absence of several years. 

Indiana Alpha is as solid as a stone wall. We are firmer 
than ever and ask odds of no one. During the year several 
honors have fallen to members of our chapter. Biother F, B. 


Foster was editor of the Indiana Student and orator of his class. 
Brother E. V. Moss was president of the Mathematical Club and 
now holds a similar position in the Oratorical Association. 
Brother Jas. L. Mitchell, Jr., is secretary of the Class of '89, and 
your reporter represents Phi Delta 1 heta on the Indiana Student, 
On field day the Phis captured five first prizes. Throughout the 
year we were represented in the various literary entertainments. 
This year has begun under the most favorable circumstances, 
and we hope, as we certainly will, to make this a year of great 
benefit to all. Our position towards the other fraternities is of 
a friendly nature, and we have reason to believe the same is true 
of them, 

January 19, 1889. T. M. Honan. 

Indiana Delta, Franklin College. 

I SEE in December Scroll that Indiana Delta reports two 
men of '93, and one of 92. 
This is an incorrect report. 
It should be Garshwiler and Province, of '92, and Leach, of 


The lateness of this correction is due to the fact that the De- 
cember Scrolls were not received until about the 15th of 
January*, and was not notified of the seeming inconsistency, 
only a few days previous, by Secretary Brown, to whom I am 
very thankful, since we wish not to be misrepresented in respect 
to the initiation of preparatory students. 

We have not initiated such for over two years, and have no 
desire to do so whatever. 

We feel that the constitution is as it should be, and have tried 
to comply with its teaching the best that we were able. 

So I think it no more than justice to Indiana Delta that this 
correction should be made to the fraternity at large, since she is 
striving to fulfill her duties as an individual chapter. 

February 4. E. M. Fisher. 

Michigan Alpha, University of Michigan. 

The prospects of this chapter last fall were decidedly unflat- 
tering. The small number of seven Phis gathered here at the 
opening of college, and it looked as though Michigan Alpha 
were to die a third time. Our hopes were much dimmed, too, 
by the fact that there were eleven other fraternities contending 
with us. It may be thought that, from the large number of 
students, desirable fraternity men are easy to secure ; but, with 
so many fraternities, the chance of a newly established chapter 

[* This must have been owing to some irregularity in the mails, as De- 
cember Scrolls were mailed the last of November. — Editor. ] 


is small in the extreme. In view of this fact our success, so hi, 
has been excellent. 

The name of Brother O. R. Hardy ought lo be mentioned 
here, for it is largely due to his efforts and zeal that we have been 
so fortunate. We take pleasure in presenting to the fraternity 
the names of the following brothers : E. E. Ewell, '90; H. A. 
Sanders, '91 ; L. T. Chadbourne, '91 ; A. S. Ralph, A. C. 
Newell, G. H. Chilcote, F. B. Mulliken, A. B. Hardy, '92. Be- 
sides these we have three pledged men. More of our old mem- 
bers returned, so that now we number seventeen, 6fteen ** Lits" 
and two ** Medics." There are four other men in the profes- 
sional departments who have not affiliated. As yet we have no 
chapter house, and we cannot hope to be in first class-standing 
until we have. All the older fraternities have chapter houses, 
which places them at a great advantage over us. In the way 
that student life is conducted here, a chapter house is almost 
vital to a fraternity. Another desirable thing for a fraterniiy 
here is to be on the Palladium Board. The Palladium is the 
yearly publication, and is issued by nine fraternities, which also 
manage the social life uf the University. Delta Upsilon is ex- 
cluded, not being a secret society. Phi Gamma Delta refused 
to pay the fee for the publication of their cut when first estab- 
lished here, and thus incurred the ill-leeling of the Palladium 
fraternities, and have been refused representation so far. As for 
us, we have tried to act in a gentlemanly way in our 
relations with the Palladium fraternities, and have reasonable 
hopes of being admitted when we present our application in the 
spring. Sigma Alpha Epsilon has recently established a chap- 
ter here. This makes a total of nineteen fraternities, besides 
which there are four sororities. We rejoice to say that the three 
requirements of Phi Delta Theta have been rigidly adhered to in 
the election of new members, and no attention has been paid to 
any others. The result is that there is perfect harmony among 
the Phis, which certainly ought to be indicative of prosperity. 
Brother Edwards' name was omitted from the list of initiates. 
He is a member of the Pharmaceutical Faculty. 

As the time draws near for the appearance of the annual chap- 
ter letter, we should like to urge the desirability of all the chai - 
ters sending us a copy of their letters. We lack quite a number 
of last year's letters. The number of students has reached 1,825, 
the largest number ever enrolled. Owing to our not having: a 
chapter house, and various otlier reasons, we have been obliged 
to take measures to transfer the Epsilon I'rovince Convention, 
which was to have been held here. It is with much regret that 
we have decided on this, for we should like to entertain the 
brothers on that occasion. We wish success to all the Phis, and 
hope that they may find their fraternal intercourse as beneficial 
as we do ours. 

January 29, 1889. J. T. N, Hoyt% 


Michigan Gamma, Hillsdale College. 

The new year opens with strong but quiet activity in Eternity 
circles. The few available ** bards" left over from the fall 
term (and, by the way, those left over are often the best), are 
subjects of much interest, with the prospect of the Phis securing 
the lion s share. With the return of brother Barringer, '91, 
and the initiation, January 26, of brother Gecrge G. Kenney, 
'90, we number thirteen loyal men, with three excellent men 
pledged. Two pleasant matrimonial events of interest to our 
circle have taken place since our last communication. Brother 
George V. Deal, here in '79 to '81, was married, December 19, 
to Miss Minnie Johnson, Jonesville, Mich. December 27, 
brother Willis L. Moore, formerly at Hillsdale College, but 
later of Mich. Alpha, took unto himself **for better or for 
worse," Miss Jessie C. Sheldon, of Hillsdale, and a member of 

February 7, 1889. E. D. Palmer. 

Illinois Zeta, Lombard Universitt. 

Just at present Illinois Zeta is exceedingly lively. We have 
just received a duplicate of our old charter, filled out on one of 
the new forms, and I suppose this is what makes us so full of 
life, for two charters is enough to give us quite a boost In the 
annual contest in Oratory for the Swan prizes, we were repre- 
sented by brothers Trott and Allen. Brother Trott was marked 
third, being one per cent, behind the first prize winner and five- 
sixths of one per cent, below the second prize man. Brother 
Trott *s mark in delivery was ninty-fourand one-third, the highest 
mark ever given at Lombard. Brother Allen obtained fifth place. 
A barbarian captured the first prize — a ^ 0, (local), second. 
There has been some '* rushing " done since Christmas. The d 
Q boys have captured one new one, an irregular freshman, who 
will probably be a sophomore nextyear. 

We have also been on the hunt, and on February 9th we will 
initiate a member of the Sophomore class, a man who has been 
in school two years. On the same occasion we expect to put 
through a Junior lately entered — several other men are under 
our surveillance. 

On the occasion of the coming initiation, we expect to havean 
unusually big time. Two, and perhaps three, former members 
of the chapter will be with us, brother P. I. Hale, '91, Stoughton, 
Wisconsin ; C. N. Anderson, '90, Yates City, Illinois, and C. J. 
Mortimer, '90, Chicago. The 71 girls entertain their gentle- 
men friends next Friday evening. Many Phi boys were gener- 


ously remembered with invitations. Brother A- D. Grubb, '92, 
who was obliged to leave school at close of last term on account 
of ill health, is now located at Great Bend, Kansas, and writes that 
he is growing much stronger. Brother V. Smith, '91, who left 
at the same time, is studying medicine at Osceola Mills, Wis- 
consin. We often have the pleasure of meeting brother J. E 
Crews, '92, De Pauw, who is a ^oute Agent for the Wells, Fargo 
Express Company. He is located at Chicago, but passes through 
here often. He will probably visit our next meeting. Brother 
Lee Fairchild, ^d^ paid us a visit at our last meeting. He has 
a pleasant pastorate at Cedar Falls, Iowa. Lee is building up 
quite a reputation as a writer of humorous prose and poetry. 
February 4, 1889. S^*'- ^- Harsh. 

Iowa Alpha, Iowa Wesleyan University. 

We have only two events of importance to report this month. 
The first is the reception of a Faculty dictum issued to the 
'*Frats" January 30, 1889. A deadly hatred of the '*Frats" 
once flourished here, then languished, and is again struggling 
into life. The trustees are opposed to fraternities, but the Fac- 
ulty has rallied in our defense, and while they seem (to the trust- 
ees) to have struck us a vital blow, in reality no action could 
have been better calculated to build us up. Below we give an 
outline of the new regulations : Students to be eligible to mem- 
bership in any fraternity in the University must have been in 
attendance at the University for one year, must be classified as 
freshman, and shall have made an average grade of 85 per cent 
during the year previous to his intended initiation. Having at- 
tained to this degree of excellence, the student is at the disposal 
of the ** Frats." Thus is the social tendency to be diminished, 
and a readjustment made on a pure scholastic basis. 

This is not above our former standard, and as I write I am 
impressed with the fact that we have not a man in the chapter 
who does not do credit to himself and honor to the moral and 
scholastic interests of the University. We scored our annual 
victory at the Oratorical contest Thursday evening. Brothers 
Rogers and Spurgeon were our representatives on the pro- 
gramme, and took first and third honors respectively. A **barb " 
took second and the Betas took — flowers. Thus history repeats 
itself and our chapter steadily advances. 

February 7, 1889. Will H. Spurgeon. 

Kansas Alpha, University of Kansas. 

The second term has just arrived, finding the University in ex- 
cellentcondition, and our chapter in the same condition. The 


State Legislature is now in session, and much interest is mani- 
fested as to whether the needs of the University will be attended 
to liberally or not. Of course, we enlightened people, who are 
directly connected with the University, think the passage of a 
large appropriation bill the only natural course, but the more or 
less civilized creatures who get into the Legislature from the ex- 
treme West of Kansas may think otherwise. We have brother 
Ed. O'Brion to introduce to the Phi world as our latest initiate, 
and a good addition, too, to our numbers. We rejoice this term 
in the return of brothers Fred. Funston and E. C. Franklin, 
brother Funston taking up his studies again after an interruption 
of about a year and a half, and brother Franklin resuming his 
work as assistant in chemistry, after a three months' business so- 
journ in Louisiana. But, in accordance with the old saying about 
the roses and thorns, we are pained to lose brother A. A. Stover, 
of Belleville, who did not return after the Christmas vacation, 
having accepted a position in a Belleville bank. We are also sorry 
to lose brother J. B. Funston, who was called from school about 
the middle of January, his services being suddenly required in 
looking after the interests of his father's stock farm. On Friday 
evening, January 25, after a triumphant emersion from the trials 
of a semi-annual examination, we entertained our lady friends in 
a most enjoyable party. We passed the evening in conversation, 
card-playing, and dancing, much as common people do; but 
there prevailed throughout a spirit of mirth and pleasure which 
seems peculiar to fraternity circles, and which thrives remark- 
ably well under Phi Delt influences. The Riverside Mandolin 
Club furnished most acceptable music. After refreshments, 
brother W. A. White ground out some poetry from his " poetry 
Evolver," a peculiar machine made for the occasion (by 
covering over the gorgeously inscribed **Moline Implement 
Company" of a corn-sheller, borrowed from a neighboring store). 
The poetry was good and original, and the novel way of produc- 
ing it enhanced the interest in the performance. Hand-painted 
souvenirs, adorned with our colors, were presented to our guests. 
Brothers Dexter, Barse and Finney, of Kansas City, were in at- 
tendance. We are, at present, in a rather unsatisfactory hall, 
but, when once we get out of it, we have quite determined never 
to feel settled again except in a cozy chapter-house filled with 
brotherly love and substantial furniture. 

February 8, 1 889. Neil C. Brqoks. 

Nebraska Alpha, University of Nebraska. 

It is with much pleasure that we introduce to our brother Phis 
E. C. Hardy, of '92. While we were working him, the competition 
from the other.fraternities was very great, and for this reason we 


consider our victory the greater, while at the same time it speaks 
well for brother Hardy. 

Competition among the *' frats" here is increasing every day, 
but we expect to hold our own in the fight. While this is the 
case among the " frats/' we find that the anti-fraternity influence 
is growing less. 

A new literary society (the Delian), has lately been formed in 
the University. Its constitution contains a strong anti-fraternity 
clause. Its members are all seceders from the other open liter- 
ary societies. 

We were glad to meet brother Emerson, 'ZZ^ Ohio A, a short 
time ago, while he was visiting in the city. 

K AB lately entertained their friends at the home of Miss 
Loomis. The Phis present reported a very pleasant time. 

February 4, 1889. J. A. Barris. 

California Alpha, University of California. 

The first term will close February 2. The fraternities have 
been quiet since the Christmas vacation. A writer in the College 
Weekly^ signing himself Nona^ who has been trying since the be- 
ginning of the term to create a feeling against the fraternities, has 
just bidden us farewell. The paper has been anti-fraternity 
from its establishment, seven years ago. California Alpha was 
at that time suspended. At first the paper carried on a vigor- 
ous warfare against the fraternities, and even went so far as to 
have a "history of the fraternities," which had appeared in it, 
published in pamphlet form ; but after two years or so it became 
passive. A recent letter in the Delta Kappa Epsilon Quarterly, 
and one in the Sigma Chi Quarterly, which letter was re-pub- 
lished in the college paper from the chapters of those fraterni- 
ties here, were severely ridiculed by this writer. We announce 
with regret the death at Phillipsburg, Montana, of brother F. 
O. Linforth, California Alpha, '74. He was buried in San 
Francisco. Brother D. B. Huntley, '75, who has been a Mining 
Superintendent in South America and elsewhere, for a number 
of years, has returned. By the request of Prof. Christy he gave 
a very interesting and instructive talk to the students of mining, 
on January 9. 

Februar}' i, 1889. E. F. Goodyear. 

Pennslyvania Eta. 
Walter Frederick Burden. 

California, Alpha, '74. 

Frank Orson Linforth died of pneumonia at Philipsburg, Mon- 
tana, January 14, 1889, aged thirty-five years and eleven months. 
He was buried in San Francisco. 


Vol. XIIL— APRIL, 1889.— No. 7. 


Brown University was founded at Providence, Rhode Island, 
in 1764. The college has a history which is exceeded in length 
only by such institutions as Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Prince- 
ton, and the University of Pennsylvania, and like these institu- 
tions it has grown in power and prestige through these years. 
Eighteen hundred and eighty-nine will mark off her one hun- 
dred and twenty-fifth annual commencement, and will find the 
university more prosperous than it has ever been before. 

It is a denominational institution, being supported by and 
under the control of the Baptists, and is the one prominent 
institution of learning of that denomination in the East. In 
addition to its Church support, it is backed by the Common- 
wealth of Rhode Island also, and has received grants therefrom, 
thus putting it on a doubly sure footing. 

Its location at Providence is upon what is known as College 
Hill, and the grounds are within fis^ minutes' walk of the heart 
of the business portion of the city. The buildings are as follows : 
Sayle's Memorial Hall, containing recitation rooms ; Faculty 
room, and Grand Ball-room; the Chemical Laboratory; Rhode 
Island Hall, containing the Museum of Natural Science, Physi- 
cal Laboratory, and recitation rooms; Manning Hall, the 
Chapel, and Museum of Fine Arts; Slater Hall, a dormitory; 
Hope Building, a dormitory; University Hall, a dormitory, 
containing also recitation and reading rooms ; the Library 
Building, erected in 1878, which contains the College Library, 
numbering sixty-six thousand, fiv^ hundred and ninety-five bound 
volumes, besides a large and exceedingly valuable collection of 
magazines and pamphlets. In addition to these there is to be 
built during this coming year, a Physical Laboratory, at a cost 
of $80, oco, while the bequest of $50, 000 from the late Daniel 
W. Lyman will be used in the erection of a gymnasium, for 
whose maintenance the alumni of Brown have raised an endow- 
ment amounting already to $30,000. 

The real estate of the University is valued at over a million 
and a half of dollars, and its productive endowment at the last 
report to the Board of Trust was $960, 4 1 1 . 6 1 . 


The Faculty numbers twenty-two professors and instructors, 
including such names as Ezekiel Gilman Robinson, president; 
Albert Harkness, professor of Greek ; Alpheus Spring Packard, 
professor of Zoology ; and Winslow Upton, the astronomer. 

The campus comprises ten acres in all, the part in the rear of 
the group of college buildmgs being devoted exclusively to base 
ball, foot ball, and other athletic sports. 

Such is the material condition of Brown University. In 
scholarship, personnely esprit de corps^ and college loyalty, its 
students and allumni are second to none. The equipment of 
the institution and its course of study ranks it with Amherst, 
Williams, Wesleyan, and Dartmouth. Its branches ot work 
are not so numerous as are those of Yale and Harvard, but that 
which it does is no less thorough. The graduate degrees con- 
ferred are the Bachelors of Arts and Philosophy. 

The post-graduate degrees which are conferred both in cursu 
and /re? honore are the Master of Arts and Doctor of Pholosophy, 
the latter carrying with it an honor greatly prized, for the 
Ph. D. of Brown is not given without the strictest regard to 

The attendance at the University runs at about two hundred 
and seventy-five, of whom upwards ofa hundred are always resi- 
dents of Providence. The Freshman class usually numbers 
from eighty to ninety, but this year the number is but sixty- 
eight, the smallest for a number of years. The decrease is an 
exception and will not be permanent, for there are good 
grounds for^ and indications of, an increase at the next 

The history of Fraternities at the University begins with the 
establishment of -4 J ^, in 1836, since which time there have 
been esublished J ^, 1838; W T, 1840; B & 11, 1847; 
ARE, 1849 ; ^ W, 1852 ; Z W, 1852 ; Q /i X, 1853 ; ^ W, 
i860; J r, 1868 ; and X 0, 1873 ; oi these /I ^ and X W 
are extinct. B & 11 was inactive from 1849 until 1880, when it 
was revived by absorbing a local society; A J ^ from 1841 
until 1851 ; Z W was twice inactive, from 1862 to 1865 ^^^ 
from 1878 until its re-establishment in 1885; ©J J^ was in- 
active from 1877 until 1886, when it again entered the Univer- 
sity. Since the first establishment of -^ ^ ^ in 1836 up to the 
present time there have been initiated into the different chapters 
there between 1900 and 2000 members. 

m 4t It nt m m 4c 

On Friday evening, February 2 2d, the Rhode Island Alpha 
Chapter of ^ (9 was installed at Brown University by brother 
G. L. Richardson. President of Alpha Province. 

The account of the movement which led to this final achie^ 
ment will be of no little interest to many Phis who are as jet 
unacquainted with the details. 


In the class of 1889 ^^ ^^^ University there had been banded 
together for a greater part of their collegiate course a number of 
non- fraternity men, in order that they might gain a number of 
advantages and privileges — social, collegiate, and otherwise — 
since these are easier attained by concerted action. Latterly the as- 
sociation took on a Greek name, and was known as the Sigma Rho 
Society. This society, though not the transformed organization 
from which Rhode Island Alpha sprang, is in an indirect man- 
ner associated with its founding. For when after the senior 
elections last fall, a suggestion was made that the society disband; 
this was done, and a number of the more intimate members un- 
folded the plan they had wished to see realized — that of chang- 
ing from a class to general society and perpetuating the organ- 
ization. Brother C. G. Hartsock, a memder of Indiana Delta, 
who has been a student at Brown for three years, was a mem- 
ber of the orgatization, and to him the men turned for aid. It 
was agreed to attempt to gather together the men whom they 
knew to be well worthy of fraternity honors, and if successful, 
assail $ ^ for a charter. 

In securing their men they were successful beyond expecta- 
tion, as several of those chosen had already refused invitations to 
become members of chapters in the university, and the prospects 
of enlisting them seemed not the brightest. 

Seventeen names were on the application, dated November 
17, 1888, sent to brother Richardson, with the numerous docu- 
ments in support of the application. 

A committee from the Williams Chapter was sent to Providence 
to confer with the men, to report as to the character of the men 
and the general outlook for a new chapter in the University. 
The letter sent from this committee to brother Richardson 
showed how thoroughh its duty had been performed. Every 
feature of the case had been well inquired into — and ended with 
the heartiest testimonials as to the high standing of the men 
pledged fb the movement, to their enthusiasm, and with the 
vote of Massachusetts Alpha recommended the granting of the 
charter. Similar approval came from Amherst, Colby, Dart- 
mouth and Vermont. 

After its own investigations, and in the face of these testimon- 
ies, and the reports from the respective provinces, the General 
Council had little desire to do else than concur with the recom- 
mendations of our eastern brothers. 

The charter issued is dated January 18, 1889, and bears the 
names of the seventeen original applicants, but already at the 
time set for the installation on February 22, five others were 
waiting to become Phis. 

The exercises were conducted by G. L. Richardson, President 
of the Provmce, assisted by brothers Newton, Mass. A, East- 


introduced to the mysteries of the frisky goat, while other neo- 
phytes will be initiated before long. After the "ball" thirty 
members, including initiators and initiatees, marched in line to 
Gelb & Mohn's parlors and sat down to an elegant repast 
Shattered energies having been recuperated, toasts followed. 
Colby, Dartmouth, Vermont, Williams, Amherst and the Col- 
lege of the City of New York were represented. Mr. G. L. 
Richardson, of Williams, wastoastmaster, and the following gen- 
tlemen responded : S. B. Newton, of Williams ; W. A. George, 
of Amherst ; W. H. Barnard, C. G. Hartsock and A. E. Kings- 
ley, of Brown ; R. Moulton, of Colby ; G. E. Miner, of Dart- 
mouth ; T. C. Cheney, of the University of Vermont ; T. H. 
Knox, of the College of the City of New York ; F. D. Swope, of 
Harvard. The speeches were characterized by much enthusiasm 
and fraternal loyalty. Song and mirth enlivened the board for 
several hours, and '* night's candles" were burned pretty low in 
their sockets before the assembly dispersed. Phi Delta Theta 
includes such men as Benjamin Harrison, President-elect, and 
starts at Brown under very favorable auspices. — Providence 
Evening Despatch^ Sa/., Feb. 23, 1889. 

J. E. B, 

Initiates — Rhode Island Alpha. 

'89. William Henry Barnard, Centredale, R. I. 

'89. Arthur Ellis Barrows, Providence, R. I. 

'89. Frederic Everett Carpenter, Ashton, R. I. 

'89. Arthur Cushing, North Providence, R. I. 

'89. Horace Lincoln Day, Yarmouth, N. S. 

'89. Sylvanus Everett Frohock, Warwick, R. I. 

'89. Reginald Spinks Fyfe. Salem, 111. 

'89. William Howatt Gardner, New Brunswick, N. J. 

'89. Charles Grant Hartsock, (Ind. ^,) Lawrence, Ind. 

'89. Frank Austin Smith, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

'89. Augustus Faber Swift, New Bedford, Mass. 

'89. Nathan Manchester Wright, Johnston, R. I. 

'90. Hamilton Edgar Chapman. Pendleton Hill, Conn. 

'90. William Thomas Green, Fall River, Mass. 

'90. Albert Eugene Kingsley. Poquonoc Bridge, Conn. 

'90. Walter Harris Young, Elwood, 111. 

'91, Walter Evans Andrews, Freedom, N. H. 

'91. Frederic Albert Greene, North Providence, R. I. 

^91. William Henry Hopkins, Providence, R. I. 

'91. John Derward Miner, East Greenwich, R. I. 

'92. Albert Leslie Barbour, Ashton, R. I. 

'92. William Green Jones, Zionville, N. C. 

'92. Herbert Graves Partridge, Westminister, Mass. 

'92. Phineas Augustus Reccord, Fairhaven, Mass. 



Our letter from Ohio Alpha, this month, contains some start- 
ling charges against the Beta Theia Pi Chapter at Miami. We 
Ixilieve the general fraternity would not endorse any such villain- 
ous action. Things of this kind are what cause the general 
prejudice against college fraternities which it has been hardest for 
them to overcome. They have struggled against many adverse 
conditions, but have shown their worth, and are rapidly being 
recognized as an element for good in student life. But when 
such "low-down," dastardly tricks are perpetrated, they do 
more harm to the cause of fraternity weal than a hundred Pan- 
Hellenic dinners can counteract. 

We respectfully present the matter to the attention of the 
authorities of Beta Theta Pi. 

The March circular letters are coming in daily, and we hope 
this duty will be promptly fulfilled by all the chapters this year. 
New York Alpha's letter was the first to reach us. 

Brother Arthur Calvin Mellette, Indiana Alpha, '64, has 
been appointed Governor of Dakota by brother Benjamin Har- 
rison, President of the United States. 

The Historian's blanks were mailed to all chapters about the 
middle of March, and should be promptly returned on the first 
day of April. 

Chapters which have not already done so, will please mail a 
copy of their March circular letter to Walter B. Palmer, Nash- 
ville, Tenn. 




Pennsylvania Beta, Pennsylvania College. 

We have nearly completed another term's work, but, notwith- 
standing that it has been a busy one, we have found time to 
give substantial evidence of our fraternity spirit. Our hall has 
just been completely renovated, and a fine set of walnut and 
leather-covered furniture has been placed in it. Its cheerful in- 
terior and suitable location upon the public square make it the 
most desirable hall at Pennsylvania College. Brother Seibert, 
of the Senior class, has been chosen to deliver the address to 
under-classmen on Class Day. Brothers Ulsh, '90, and Enich, 
'92, represent Phi Delta Thela in the college orchestra. We 
deeply regret that brother Snyder, '92, was compelled, through 
sickness, to return home for the remainder of this term. Penn- 
sylvania Beta sends greetings to R. I. Alpha. Our relations 
with the other fraternities of college are pleasant. The member- 
ship is as follows : A T £iy Seniors, 5 ; Juniors, 2; Sopho- 
mores, 4 ; Freshmen, 4 ; Sub-Freshmen, i. F A, Seniors, 

; Juniors, 6 ; Sophomores, 5 ; Freshmen, 3. ^ K W, Seniors. 

1 ; Juniors, 4 ; Sophomores i; Freshmen, 2; Sub-Freshmen, 3. 

2 X, Seniors, 3 ; Juniors, i ; Sophomores, i ; Freshmen, 3. 
^ i^ ©, Seniors, i ; Juniors, 3; Sophomores, 2; Freshmen, 5. 

Gettysburg, February 28, 1889. C. W. Walker. 

Pennsylvania Gamma, Washington and Jefferson College. 

Everything is quiet in fraternity life at Washington and Jef- 
ferson. There has not been the scramble for new men that there 
usually is. Only ten men have been initiated by the six fraterni- 
ties. Our last initiate is Mr. Haldain Hughes, of Washington, 
Pa., andwetake pleasure in introducing him to our Phi brothers. 
We were pleased to welcome to Pennsylvania Gamma from 
Pennsylvania Alpha brother Fred. Culbertson. We expect to 
initiate two more members of the Class of '92 within the next 
two weeks. We now have 16 members divided as follows : 
'89, fi\t'y '90, six ; '91, two ; '92, two; '93, one. Our students are 
now preparing for an entertainment for the 2 2d of February, 
by which it is hoped that all the debt of our college paper, the 
Washington Jeff ersonian, will be wiped out. Several Phis will 
take part and endeavor to make it a success. Phi Delta Theta 
is represented on the Pandora^ the college annual issued each 
year by the Junior class, by brothers Hays and Mathews. The 
Pandora this year is expected to surpass all former efforts. A 
cane rush is being talked of between the classes of '91 and '92, 
but it has yet failed to materialize. 

Washington, February 12, 1889. John B. Clark, 


Pennsylvania Delta, Allegheny College. 

Pennsylvania Delta is enjoying a year of prosperity. We are 
harmonious, and our meetings held every Saturday evening are 
sources of pleasure and profit. As a general thing we have found 
It satisfactory to follow up some line of literary study and dis- 
cussion, and to limit our work to literature. While our study, 
as far as criticism is concerned, is not of very great extent, yet 
we find it of great advantage as an incentive to further study and 
research in the line of literature. Many an alumnus has said 
with pride that he looked back to his fraternity discussions as 
the inspiration and incentive of a taste for literature. The fra- 
ternities are at present numerically strong, as follows : Phi 
Kappa Psi, 15; Phi Gamma Delta, 17; Delta Tau Delta, 14; 
Kappa Alpha Theta, 12; Kappa Kappa Gamma, 6; Sigma Alpha 
Epsilon, 11; Phi Delta Theta, 19. Brother Fred Gundy, '92, 
was very ill with malarial fever during the first part of March, 
and has been home for several weeks recuperating. Brother R. 
T. M. McCready, ex '85, formerly teacher in the Sewickley Pub- 
lic Schools, is now a student at Princeton. 

Meadville, March 8, 1889. Edw. P. Couse. 

Pennsylvania Eta, Lehigh University. 

Since our last report, Pennsylvania Eta has met with a most 
severe loss by the death of our beloved brother, Walter F. Bur- 
den, who after a short illness of about two weeks, died on the 
23d of January. The funeral service was held in Washington, 
D. C., on the following Saturday. Brothers Throop, Coatesand 
Eavenson accompanied his remains to their last resting place. 
We are much indebted to our near neighbors (Pennsylvania 
Alpha), for the kindness shown us during our late bereavement ; 
also for a beautiful floral tribute to our late brother. Brother 
Barnard was also taken sick a short time after the Christmas va- 
cation, and was compelled to return to his home, but has since 
recovered suflficiently to be able to pursue his studies, and it af- 
fords us much pleasure to again have him with us. 

We take pleasure in introducing to our brother Phis, brothers 
H. R. Blickle, '92, and C. T, Mosman. '92, who were fortunate 
enough to have all barbarianism bumped out of them by our 
** William " on the night of the i6th of February, and we are 
confident that they will prove themselves worthy of a place in 
our beloved fiaternity. On the evening of the 15th of February, 
our chapter accepted an invitation to a progressive euchre party 
given us at the residence of Mr. Smylie on Fountain Hill. The 
evening was a most enjoyable one, and words fail to express our 
delight at the royal manner in which we weie entertained. 
The winter meeting of our athletic association was held on 


March 2d, and as usual we were represented among the contest- 
ants, brother Burkhardt securing one first and two second 
prizes^ and brother Mosman was anchor on the successful tng of 
war team. Brother Fehnel having completed his course in 
chemistry at the University, has accepted a position in Philadel- 
phia. Brother Newby has recently established himself in the 
real estate and insurance business at Harrisburg, and has kindly 
offered to furnish us all with blotters upon application for the 
same. In our last report in speaking of the several chapter 
houses at Lehigh, we mentioned the Delta Upsilon among the 
number, which was a mistake, and should have read Psi Upsilon 
instead. Brothers Lincoln and Straub represented us at the in- 
auguration of President Harrison, and returned Wednesday 

South Bethlehem, March 9, 1889. E. H. Beazhll. 


Virginia Gamma, Randolph-Macon College. 

This session has been one of unusual vicissitude to Virginia 
Gamma. Our little band of members has had literally to take up 
arms against **a sea of trouble ;" trouble in the shape of debt 
and financial embarrassment ; trouble in the withdrawal from col- 
lege of some of our most valuable men at a time when they 
were so much needed ; trouble in the form of an unruly mem- 
ber, whom we tried long to get rid of, and who finally resigned 
(sua sponteP) ; and, finally, trouble from opposition in the shape 
of an anti-fraternity organization, which for five years has sought 
to wipe out, as it were, secret societies at this place, but which, 
at last, not. however, without powerful death throes, has yielded 
to the inevitable and given up the ghost. And yet, in spite of 
these difficulties and seemingly insurmountable obstacles to 
progress, we have triumphed, and stand as a chapter second to 
none in college. True Phi courage and determination coupled 
with an esprit de corps that binds the hearts of all to the common 
interest of the fraternity have been the winning cards in this 
game, and, now that we stand on a solid footing, you may ex- 
pect to see Virginia Gamma taking rank with the best chapters 
in the fraternity. Owing to the fact that we have had to elect 
reporters several times, the names of some of our initiates have 
been omitted. They are as follows : Henry Eley, Suflfolk, 
Va. ; Andrew Leitch, Boswells, Va. ; and Jos. E. Sniter, 
McGharysville, N. C. Of these, brothers Ely and Sniter have 
left college, the former on account of his eyes, and the latter on 
account of the continued illness of his father. Brother G. H. 
Lambeth also, an old member, and our former reporter, has 


left us and entered business in Richmond. Ashland could not 
furnish a large enough number of the fair sex to suit his fastidious 
taste. In other words, Graham was our dude, and we shall 
miss him as much in that capacity as in any other. It is most 
too early in the season to speak of honors; we might mention 
the fact, however, that brother Thompson has been elected one 
of the commencement orators of the Franklin Literary Society. 
The chapters of the different fraternities represented here were 
never more friendly than at the present moment. An evidence 
of the close relationship existing between them may be seen in 
the preparations that are being made for a Pan Hellenic on a 
grand scale, to take place at the end of the session, and in the 
steps that have been taken to get out a college annual. College 
affairs are moving on smoothly. Work has been begun on the 
new Randolph-Macon Academy, the special aim of which is to 
prepare students for this college. Dr. E. L. Buchanon, Super- 
intendent of Public Schools in Virginia, has been elected to fill 
the chair of Latin at this college, in view of the fact that our 
present professor of that department will have to give up the 
professorship in order to assume the double duties of president 
of both college and academy. 

Ashland, February 9, 1889. W. C. Vaden. 

Virginia Delta, Richmond College. 

Our reporter has been very negligent of late about sending in his 
letters, for examinations have been pressing; but now that these 
are over we will endeavor to do better and place our news in 
your columns every month. Since our last letter our number 
has been increased by one initiate, brother A. G. Patton, of Union, 
W. Va., which gives us a roll of nine men. New blood gives 
new life, and we feel its influence in this year's success. Be- 
sides having men of the best quality in college, we have enthu- 
siasm, and will have the best start of any of the fraternities next 
year. The fraternities are very select in the choice of men here, 
as will be seen when we state that of 165 students only 42 are 
fraternity men. This may seem a small proportion, but we feel 
satisfied in maintaining a high standard at the expense of num- 
bers. The best feeling exists between the fraternities at our 

Since our last, K A has been increased by two, and B & TI 
has lost one man, which changes give the numerical strength 
as follows : B & n, II ; K A, 11 ; €> A Q, g; €> K 2, S ; 
A X, ^. Brother Case, Penn. Delta, of Meadville, Penn., 
paid us a most delightful visit a few days since. Many of us 
enjoyed the pleasure of his company for a large part of bis stay, 
and we can truly say that if Pennsylvania Delta can boast of 


many such men we are confident that our fraternity's influence 
in the Keystone State must be great. Brother Tippett, Province 
President, is making strenuous efforts for the obtaining of reports 
from our alumni men for the catalogue, though their negli- 
gence makes his progress slow. We have received about fifteen 
chapter letters, and they are still coming in. 

Richmond, March 8, 1889. C. James. 

Tennessee Alpha, Vanderbilt University. 

Tennessee Alpha had no letter in the March Scroll. Not be- 
lieving in excuses your reporter will give none. The tendency 
of everything at Vanderbilt at the present lime is to diminish to 
a great degree fraternity feeling, especially all unpleasant rivalry. 
Since the establishment of the class system, a more general col- 
lege feeling has arisen, and this feeling has been greatly in- 
creased by the influence of the weekly paper, the Hustler, which 
is strictly non-partisan, being run in the interests of no society 
or clique in particular, but for the student body as a whole. 
Then, too, the athletic sports have done much to engender a 
spirit of college pride. Now, all this class feeling, college pride, 
etc., is well and good, and Tennessee Alpha rejoices in the 
change that has come about within the past two years, but she 
is sadly in need of something to make her members more en- 
thusiastic. We have a strong chapter, and it is large enough ; 
we are sustaining ourselves in the estimation or the other frater- 
nities, and our men are ever among the front in scholarship ; but 
we do need a chapter house, so that we would not be compelled 
to rent rooms in undesirable places. 

On the 14th of last month Bishop McTyeire, President of the 
Board of Trust, died. He was buried on the Campus ; repre- 
sentatives from the faculties and students of the several depart- 
ments acting as pall-bearers. Bishop McTyeire was the manager 
of the university, and all are awaiting with some anxiety the 
appointment of his successor in May. The commencement 
exercises of the Dental and Pharmaceutical departments took 
place last month. Phi Delta Theta has no representative 
in either of those departments. The commencement of the 
Medical School occurs on the 7th of this month. In that 
department Tennessee Alpha has one member, S. D. Thach. 
He received a medal last month for some special work, and 
has been appointed to a place in the hospital connected 
with the medical department. Brother W. R. Sims, now 
Adjunct Professor of English, and a poet of growing fame, has 
written Vanderbilt's college song, and the music to it has beem 
furnished by one of the students. Some weeks ago it was re- 


ported that a new Greek letter fraternity was about to be estab- 
lished here. From the many whisperings and half-secret meet- 
ings in certain rooms, one would have suspected that some new 
club or society were about to make its appearance , but the new 
goat, it seems, was only a ghost. 

Nashville, March 6, 1889. Paul M. Jones. 

Alabama Alpha, University of Alabama. 

In the Greek circle here nothing of particular importance has 
occurred since our last report, except Phi Delta Theta gained a 
very marked victory over all of her rivals by winning to her 
bosom Mr. George H. Dunlap, Jr., of Mobile, Ala, who is mak- 
ing a brilliant record in his class. Brother Dunlap was asked 
by every fraternity in college, and, of course, we feel highly 
honored to have him show his preference for us. We have been 
receiving ** chapter letters" every day for the past week, and it 
stimulates Alabama Alpha to see what a prosperous condition 
her sister chapters are enjoying, and it makes her feel all the more 
confident that she is indelably linked with the grandest orf^aniza- 
tion in the Union. We hope to have our annual letter out be- 
fore many days, as a committee is at work on it now. We also 
hope to see the Index come out within a few weeks. Several 
weeks ago a picked company from the corps was gotten up for the 
purpose of drilling against any company, cadet or volunteer, that 
will enter into a contest with them, and also to go to two or three 
encampments after school closes. Brother Forney, who is senior 
captain, is captain of this company; brother Crook, who is captain 
of **B" Company, is first lieutenant, and brother Palmer, a lieu- 
tenant in '*D" company, is second sergeant, besides ^ J is 
well represented in the ranks. This company has been organized 
after the model of our famous company **E,"that took the 
first prize in New Orleans during the exposition. We send to 
this month's Scroll the resolutions adopted in regard to the 
death of brother Cornell, which, through negligence, was omit- 
ted heretofore. We intend sending in an order for some of the 
Phi Delta Theta song books, which we think every chapter 
should do. Our second term examinations begin next week. 

Tuscaloosa, March i, 1889. W. S. Smith. 

Mississippi Alpha, University of Mississippi. 

Our intermediate examinations are all through with, and I 
am glad to report that Mississippi Alpha is proud of the standing 
of its members. None failed, and some made the highest marks 
made in their classes. Student life has been quite gay dur- 
ing the past few weeks with several entertainments and bops, 


and the Hermean Annivetsarians Ball. The plans of our 
new Library building have been received, and work will be 
commenced on it early in the spring. It will be a beautiful 
structure of the latest style of architecture, and will be a great 
convenience, as we now have two flights of stairs to climb and 
are crowded for room. There will probably also be an appro- 
priation soon made for a larger laboratory building for the chem- 
istry department. During February two young ladies of the 
Delta Gamma, Miss Wegg, of the University of Wisconsin, and 
Miss Miiliken, of the University of Michigan, paid a short visit 
to their parent chapter here ; they gave us late and very com- 
plimentary accounts of the condition of our Wisconsin ancj 
Michigan Alpha chapters. Brother C. H. Trotter, '88, paid us a 
brief visit last month. He intends soon to engage in business 
on his own account. 

Oxford, March 4, 1889. E. J. Buck. 

Texas Gamma, Southwestern University. 

According to promise, we give the result of the Intermediate 
Examinations : J 0, Distinctions 32, average per member, 
3^ ; K A, Distinctions 28, average, 3-^ ; X 2, Distinctions 9, 
average, t^. The literary societies have concluded to honor 
three Phis with the highest honor they can bestow — Commence- 
ment debatership. The two from the San Jacinto have been 
announced. From the Alamo, A Ois represented by brother 
Sansom, while the other speaker is a " barb " At present we have 
but one Phi on the Monthly staff. Brother Echardt leaves us to 
assist in his father's buisness. It is quite a loss and we part 
with him regretfully, hoping that he will return during some 
future session. Brother McLean, of Texas Beta, frequently 
drops in to see us, much to the delight of all. The object ol his 
last visit was to ** talk up" Senator McDonald to the Alamos, 
who, following his advice, elected the Senator as our Com- 
mencement Orator. Let the brothers oT Texas Beta remember 
that they are always welcome to our hospitalities. Why not come 
■down on the 21st of April ? 

Georgetown, February 26, 1889. J. R. Mood. 


Ohio Alpha, Miami University. 

A very interesting course of free lectures is at present being 
conducted at the University. Dr. McCosh, ex-president of 
Princeton College, will lecture here on the 15th of this month. 
Dr. Brooks, the celebrated divine of St. Louis, will be with us 


in the near future. Since our last report we have initiated our 
pledged men, Robert A. Hiestand and Samuel A. Stevenson, 
the former on February 9th, the latter on February i6th. A 
dastardly attempt was made by the Betas to prevent us from ini- 
tiating Mr. Stevenson. About an hour before the time for the 
initiation, one of their number decoyed him to a secluded place 
near the O. F. College where two masked men seized him. 
After walking with them a short distance he resisted, at the same 
time calling for help. At the approach of some parties, the 
masked men, who had increased their number to five or six, ran 
off, but not before they were recognized. They proved to be 
Betas. When we were apprised of the affair, we at once started 
to the rescue. Brothers Bonnen and Chidlaw chased and 
caught two Betas, one of whom confessed that they intended to 
chloroform Mr. Stevenson and take him away in a carriage. 
The initiation went on all the same, and brother Stevenson was 
soon wearing the sword and shield. We suppose that the 
Betas were trying to court the good will of the intended Alpha 
Delta Phis by revenging our having captured two of the men 
who had been expected to go in with the Alphas. We do not 
desire to say anything wrong about our rivals, the Betas, but 
when they attempt anything like the above on Ohio Alpha of 
Phi Delta Theta, they must expect to hear from us. This was 
our first experience of the kind, and as we have hitherto been 
friendly to the Betas, it was a surprise to us. The trouble has 
blown over, and we have the laugh on them. The new brethren 
whom we introduce to the Phi world are proving that they are 
worthy and enthusiastic workers for Phi Delta Theta. The 
Erodelphian Literary Society celebrated Washington's birthday 
with appropriate exercises. We were represented on the literary 
part of the programme by brother Stevenson, who was the best 
orator of the evening; on the musical part of the programme 
by a Phi quartette, brothers Cruikshank, Clough, Townsend 
and your reporter. The two latter were also in the University 
Quartette. We celebrated the inauguration of brother Benjamin 
Harrison, by giving the two female institutions of learning a 
rousing Phi serenade. As yet the Alpha Delta Phis have not 
started their chapter at Miami. It is hoped that the proper kind 
of men will constitute the chapter when it is organized. 
Oxford, March 7, 1889. J. H. Macready. 

Ohio Delta, University of Wooster. 

We are sorry that it is our duty to notify the Scroll of a case 
ofdiscipline which we found imperative. W. J. Moffait, having vio- 
lated the bond and constitution, was expelled by a unanimous vote 
of the members of Ohio Delta. He is also expelled from college 
by action of the faculty. The chapter took this extreme step only 


after long and careful discussion, which brought to light the seri- 
ousness of his guilt. Under the circumstances it was our unani- 
mous opinion that he had forfeited all the privileges of a member 
of Ohio Delta, and of Phi Delta Theta. While this was a seri- 
ous action, we all feel that the chapter is stronger and more 
united on account of the lesson which it taught us. The final 
action was taken Saturday night, February 9. The joint com- 
mittee for the Pan-hellenic banquet is perfecting arrangements. 
It is now the intention to have it on Wednesday, February 20th. 
As Alpha Tau Omega has but recently been established in Woos- 
ter, it is to be part of the Pan-hellenic programme to initiate the 
charter members. Whether thev will *' bite" or not is to be de- 
termined. The preliminary oratorical contest resulted in a choice 
of Mr. Nicholls, a ^ T^, to represent us at the state contest 
He was also the representative last year. Phi Delta Theta was 
given third place through your reporter. 

Wooster, February 11, 1889. W. E. Forgy. 

Ohio Zeta, Ohio State University. 

Although the fraternities have initiated nobody since our last 
report, they have by no means been asleep, for "spiking opera- 
tions" are going on even more vigorously at present than they 
were last term. Everything is going on smoothly and quietly in 
fraternity circles, nothing having occurred to disturb their peace 
with the exception of a rumor that Delta Tau Delta was endea- 
voring to establish a chapter here. Nothing more impracticable 
under the sun could be conceived of, for there are now six frater- 
nities in the field with but 120 men to work in ; and it is fair to 
suppose that all men elligible to fraternities will be picked up 
by these six. More than one-half of the total number of colle- 
giate students are at present fraternity men, this is a larger per 
cent, than is usually found at other colleges. In order of estab- 
lishment, ^r /^ has ten men, K !F 11, Sigma Chi 6, ^ 9 
12, X ^ 10, B &n 12. XXr' now numbers 10. 

The following resolutions, which are to be published in all the 
fraternity magazines represented at the university, were adopted 
by the committee on interfraternity relations : 

Whereas, the number of male fraternities in this university is 
already too large when compared to the number of students 
eligible to fraternity membership, and 

Whereas, the system of establishing more chapters than the 
conditions of the university warrants, tends to lower the standard 
of the fraternities and perhaps destroy the system as a whole, 
therefore be it, 

Resolved^ that the fraternities of this university are opposed to 
the establishment of any new fraternity here until the number of 


eligible fraternity men is increased by not less that forty percent 

These resolutions express the sentiments of all the fraternities 
here, and we hope they will produce the desired effect. 

'88, Brother F. S. Ball has accepted a position as stenographer 
with the law firm of Troy, Tompkins & Loudon, of Mont- 
gomery, Alabama. 

Columbus, March i, 1889. J. G. Bloom. 

Kentucky Alpha, Centre College. 

President William C. Young has recently returned from the 
East, where he has been in the interest of the college. While he 
has not been as successful in some things as he had hoped, he 
has been more so in others. He says ** he hopes and has every 
reason to believe, that in the near future there will be added two 
additional chairs and a gymnasium to the college." President 
Young is a hard worker and will stay in the field the remainder 
of his term and probably the next. Centre has recently decided 
to have a *' college paper," and the first number will come out 
this week, under the name of the Oracle. We have three men 
on the staff; brother Cowan being business editor. During the 
past month brother Geo. Green gave a supper to the fraternity. 
All the members that could be were present and spent a delight- 
ful evening. As usual we celebrated the ** Twenty-Second," 
and during both the morning and evening exercises White and 
Blue seemed to be the favorite with girls. Brothers Hamilton 
and Grubbs, both of '87, and also brother Winn, spent the holi- 
day with us. We wish success to the fraternity and also to 
President Harrison. 

Danville, March 4th, 1889. ^^o- ^' McRoberts. 


Indiana Alpha, University of Indiana. 

Last month the committee on education from the Indiana 
Legislature visited our institution for the purpose of ascertaining 
its wants. As a result of the visit I. U. receives an extra apprc- 
priation of $60,000 for a new building. Indications also point 
to the re-establishment of the law school. Brother G. S. Pleas- 
ants, ofVevay, Ind., the chairman of the educational commit- 
tee, and one of the youngest members of the House, has proved 
himself to be an energetic and able statesman. He showed the 
true spirit of loyalty by giving us a fraternal visit. We have 
lately re-fitted our hall, making it at present one of the most 
pleasant apartments in the city. Special thanks are due to the 


ladies for various ornaments, and the assistance given us in dec- 
orating the hall. For many years we have tried to purchase a 
piano, but not until a few weeks ago did we realize that the long 
looked for instrument was in our possession. The brothers have 
acted their part well. Their liberal donations, combined with 
the generous gifts of a few of our worthy alumni, have enabled 
us to purchase an instrument valued at $500. We now feel that 
Indiana Alpha is perfect in all respects. Confident of our abil- 
ity to entertain Phis, and feeling the necessity of frequent inter- 
course with members of other chapters, we extend to all a 
cordial invitation to visit us. We are glad to announce the return 
of brother C. F. Hope, who was compelled to leave college last 
year on account of sickness. Brother E. E. Tyner retired from 
college at the close of the second term, but will return next 
year. Our hall was appropriately decorated on March 4th, in 
honor of brother Harrison. 

Bloomington, March 8, 1889. T. M. Honan. 

Indiana Epsilon, Hanover College. 

Several weeks have passed since you received a letter from 
this chapter ; but do not think that we are dead or losing interest 
in fraternity work. We are in a prosperous condition and all 
working for the interest of Phi Delta Theta. We will have our 
letters out next week. The financial condition of the chapter is 
prosperous. We will soon have our hall papered, and then be 
able to entertain our Alumni and other Phis on commence- 
ment. The annual exhibition of the Literary societies takes 
place on the 26th and 27lh of this month. Phi Delta Theta has 
three representatives. 

Hanover, February 28, 1889. J. B. McCormick. 

Indiana Zeta, De Pauw University. 

The winter term opened with a large attendance of students ; 
but as our chapter is quite numerous, besides the men we have 
pledged in Prep, we have not made extraordinary efforts among 
the number of barbarians. This term we initiated Ed. G. 
Osborne, class '92. We now have 22 Phis in college and 6 men 
pledged in the Preparatory School. On the 3d of February, 
our chapter lost one of its oldest and most enthusiastic mem- 
bers, by the death of Edward F. Dyar. Brother D}'ar was ini- 
tiated into the chapter in 1882. when Indiana Zeta was in its 
infancy. He was in the chapter but a short time when lack of 
finances compelled him to leave college. Two years ago he re- 
entered college and was looking forward to the profession of law 
when his life was cut short by typhoid fever. On the 15th of this 


month the Pan-Hellenic Association of D. P. U. held its third 
annual banquet at the Opera House. Eight fraternities were 
represented, and the Greeks indulged in the usual feasting and 
hilarity up to a late hour. Brother Preston, of '89, delivered the 
toast, ** When Greek meets Greek," in behalf of Phi Delta Theta. 
The appropriate remarks he made were well received. On the 
I5lh of March, six orators of the Senior Class will engage in in- 
tellectual warfare to decide who shall represent the college at 
the State Oratorical contest. Brother Wilkerson will try to carry 
off the honor for the Phis. We have a fine piano in our chapter 
hall, and we have men who can play and sing, but there is a lack 
of enthusiasm among ihe boys on the subject of music. If some 
sister chapter can give us any suggestions as to how to organize a 
■quartette and make it come to time, they will be gratefully . re- 
received. The ancient Athenians considered music a necessary 
part of every man's education. If the Phis would be true to the 
old Greek spirit, the sweetest of the fine arts should not be neg- 

Greencastle, Feb. 22, 1889. Charles W. Gilbert. 

Michigan Alpha, University of Michigan. 

To begin with, we have the pleasure of saying that our annual 
circular letter was sent out on the morning of March 2, and as we 
have received but five letters so far from other chapters, we judge 
that we ^re pretty well at the front in this respect. If any chapter 
does not receive a copy of our letter and will inform us of the fact, 
we shall take pleasure in sending one. Since our last letter to 
the Scroll, a fraternity M 2 A has organized its Alpha Chapter 
in the College of Homoeopathy. This makes a total of twenty 
fraternities here and leaves no department of the University with- 
out a fraternity. Life is very dull here now in fraternity circles 
and in everything else, as the coming Lenten season casts its 
gloomy shadow ahead and frowns upon the social pleasures of 
the college student. We are happy to say that we can see no 
such shadow dimming the future of Michigan Alpha, except the 
ever present one, the knowledge that we must secure a chapter 
house before we can be absolutely certain of our future suc- 
cess. We are sorry to say that brother A. S. Ralph, '92, has 
been kept from returning to us on account of ill-health. He is 
at present residing in Storm Lake, Iowa. One thing has been 
especially noticeable this year, and that is that so far but one 
member has been expelled from any of the fraternities here. 
Last year there were several expelled. We hope that this points 
to more care in the selection of members and therefore a better 
condition generally. We did not give the membership of the 
different fraternities in our circular letter, as we have no record 



ladies for various ornaments, and the assistance given us in dec- 
orating the hall. For many years we have tried to purchase a 
piano, but not until a few weeks ago did we realize that the long 
looked for instrument was in our possession. The brothers have 
acted their part well. Their liberal donations, combined with 
the generous gifts of a few of our worthy alumni, have enabled 
us to purchase an instrument valued at $500. We now feel that 
Indiana Alpha is perfect in all respects. Confident of our abil- 
ity to entertain Phis, and feeling the necessity of frequent inter- 
course with members of other chapters, we extend to all a 
cordial invitation to visit us. We are glad to announce the return 
of brother C. F. Hope, who was compelled to leave college last 
year on account of sickness. Brother E. E. Tyner retired from 
college at the close of the second term, but will return next 
year. Our hall was appropriately decorated on March 4th, in 
honor of brother Harrison. 

Bloomington, March 8, 1889. T. M. Honan. 

Indiana Epsilon, Hanover College. 

Several weeks have passed since you received a letter from 
this chapter ; but do not think that we are dead or losing interest 
in fraternity work. We are in a prosperous condition and all 
working for the interest of Phi Delta Theta. We will have our 
letters out next week. The financial condition of the chapter is 
prosperous. We will soon have our hall papered, and then be 
able to entertain our Alumni and other Phis on commence- 
ment. The annual exhibition of the Literary societies takes 
place on the 26th and 27lh of this month. Phi Delta Theta has 
three representatives. 

Hanover, February 28, 1889. J. B. McCormick. 

Indiana Zeta, De Pauw University. 

The winter term opened with a large attendance of students ; 
but as our chapter is quite numerous, besides the men we have 
pledged in Prep, we have not made extraordinary efforts among 
the number of barbarians. This term we initiated Ed. G. 
Osborne, class '92. We now have 22 Phis in college and 6 men 
pledged in the Preparatory School. On the 3d of February, 
our chapter lost one of its oldest and most enthusiastic mem- 
bers, by the death of Edward F. Dyar. Brother Dyar was ini- 
tiated into the chapter in 1882, when Indiana Zeta was in its 
infancy. He was in the chapter but a short time when lack of 
finances compelled him to leave college. Two years ago he re- 
entered college and was looking forward to the profession of law 
when his life was cut short by typhoid fever. On the 15th of this 


month the Pan-Hellenic Association of D. P. U. held its third 
annual banquet at the Opera House. Eight fraternities were 
represented, and the Greeks indulged in the usual feasting and 
hilarity up to a late hour. Brother Preston, of '89, delivered the 
toast, ** When Greek meets Greek," in behalf of Phi Delta Theta. 
The appropriate remarks he made were well received. On the 
15th of March, six orators of the Senior Class will engage in in- 
tellectual warfare to decide who shall represent the college at 
the State Oratorical contest. Brother Wilkerson will try to carry 
off the honor for the Phis. We have a fine piano in our chapter 
hall, and we have men who can play and sing, but there is a lack 
of enthusiasm among the boys on the subject of music. If some 
sister chapter can give us any suggestions as to how to organize a 
■quartette and make it come 10 time, they will be gratefully . re- 
received. The ancient Athenians considered music a necessary 
part of every man's education. If the Phis would be true to the 
old Greek spirit, the sweetest of the fine arts should not be neg- 

Greencastle, Feb. 22, 1889. Charles W. Gilbert. 

Michigan Alpha, University of Michigan. 

To begin with, we have the pleasure of saying that our annual 
circular letter was sent out on the morning of March 2. and as we 
have received but five letters so far from other chapters, we judge 
that we ^re pretty well at the front in this respect. If any chapter 
does not receive a copy of our letter and will inform us of the fact, 
we shall take pleasure in sending one. Since our last letter to 
the Scroll, a fraternity M ^ A has organized its Alpha Chapter 
in the College of Homoeopathy. This makes a total of twenty 
fraternities here and leaves no department of the University with- 
out a fraternity. Life is very dull here now in fraternity circles 
and in everything else, as the coming Lenten season casts its 
gloomy shadow ahead and frowns upon the social pleasures of 
the college student. We are happy to say that we can see no 
such shadow dimming the future of Michigan Alpha, except the 
ever present one, the knowledge that we must secure a chapter 
house before we can be absolutely certain of our future suc- 
cess. We are sorry to say that brother A. S. Ralph, '92, has 
been kept from returning to us on account of ill-health. He is 
at present residing in Storm Lake, Iowa. One thing has been 
especially noticeable this year, and that is that so far but one 
member has been expelled from any of the fraternities here. 
Last year there were several expelled. We hope that this points 
to more care in the selection of members and therefore a better 
condition generally. We did not give the membership of the 
different fraternities in our circular letter, as we have no record 



of it except last year's Palladium, so that we were obliged to 
content ourselves with an estimated rough average. We wish 
success and happiness to all our brothers in the bond. 

Ann Arbor, March 5, 1889. J. T. N. Hoyt. 


Illinois Alpha, North Western University. 

It gives me great pleasure to announce to the fraternity the re- 
cent initiation of brother F. W. Belknap, '90, who will make a 
most loyal member. Since my last report, Illinois Alpha has 
celebrated her second anniversary and is now in a prosperous 
condition. By united and harmonious action we have increased 
our chapter roll from five to twelve durinj? this collegiate year. 
Last evening was one which will be remembered by us as one of 
the most pleasant of the year. At the invitation of brother 
Rogers we assembled with our lady friends at his beautiful home 
in Buena Park, and were entertained in a most cordial and de- 
lightful manner. We were very much pleased to receive a visit 
from brother Buxton a short time aj^o. We wish to lake this 
occasion to extend a hearty invitation to all Phis who may be in 
our vicinity to visit us and our university at any time. 

Evanston, March 6, 1889. H. R. Howell. 

Illinois Delta, Knox College. 

Since Illinois Delta's last communication to the Scrool, much 
of interest to the fraternity world has taken place at Knox. At 
present there are six Greek fraternities at Knox, all of which are 
in a prosperous condition. ^ 77 is the latest addition. The 
chapter of Betas, taken as a whole, are nice fellows, whom any 
fraternity might well take delight in claiming. There are, of 
course, some poor men, but that is an unfortunate occurrence 
incident to any Greek chapter. Last year the various fraternities, 
jointly, published an annual entitled the Gale, which proved a 
credit to both the fraternities- and the college. With strong op- 
position in the shape of a rival annual, we came out with flying 
colors. Encouraged by our success of last year in having pushed 
aside all obstacles to success, we have determined to publish No. 
2 of the Gale, This time, however, to our surprise, the Betas, 
who assisted us so valiantly last year (when they were but a 
local society), have refused to enter into the publishing of an 
annual. By the Phis and other Greeks at Knox their action has 
been strongly criticized. Our college still possesses in a strong 
degree an anti-fraternity spirit. And any and all fraternities that 
may have a chapter here owe it to the cause of Pan Hellenicism 


to see that their individual chapter does what it can in the matter 
of true fraternity advancement. And believing this to be so, we 
sincerely believe that the Betas at Knox have done wrong to 
themselves, not only as a chapter, but as a fraternity, and to the 
cause of all Greeks as well. Within our own chapter walls 
matters have been extremely quiet 

We have initiated no men, but have some eminently worthy of 
wearing the shield and sword pledged from the academy. This year 
we succeeded in winning the " Mills Medal." This prize is award- 
ed for proficiency in the Manual of Arms, and you may imagine 
how happy we Phis were when brother Dale, of '91, was de- 
clared victor. We are well represented on the oratorical contest 
by Ben X Smith, of '90, who will in all probability carry off first 
prize. Our chapter would give to any and all Phis a most 
urgent invitation to call upon us if they should happen to stop 
in Galesburg. There are at least fifty Phis in the city, and we 
could make time pass away most enjoyably. 

Galesburg, February 28, 1889. Guy P. Williams. 

Illinois Zeta, Lombard University. 

Illinois Zeta is prospering as usual. On February 9th we 
• initiated two new men, Fred Farlow, '90, and Taylor Donahoe, 
'91. We had a very pleasant initiation. The occasion was ren- 
dered much more enjoyable by the presence of brother P. I. 
Hale, of Chicago, who was paying the boys a few days visit. 
Brother A. W. Lapham, '88, looked in on us a few days recent- 
ly. He has just completed his first year's work in a Keokuk, 
Iowa, Medical College. Lombard has just been made happy 
by the gift from Rev. and Mrs. Hull, of Kansas City, Mo., of 
$10,000 to establish and endow a professorship of biblical geo- 
graphy and archaeology. Our chapter celebrated the inaugura- 
tion of brother Harrison in following manner, as told by this 
clipping from the Galesburg Daily Register : 

Lombard Phis Celebrate. 

The boys of the Lombard Chapter of tho Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, of 
which President Harrison was a member when in college at old Miami Uni- 
versity in Ohio, observed the inauguration of their distinguished brother to 
the highest office in the land yesterday evening by a reception to their lady 
friends at the hospitable hogie of NIr. and Mrs. N. C. Woods, on Lincoln 

The boys entertained their fair guests in many ways. One of these ways 
was a mock chapter meeting in which all took part. The boys pretended to 
giveaway all their great secrets in the most liberal style and the "take oft" 
was extremely amusing. During the meeting many fraternity songs were 
sung and extremely interesting impromptu literary programme was indulged 
in. The latest number of the official organ of the chapter, The Mirror, a 
supposedly humorous paper, was read by editor Harsh. Finally the meeting 


of it except last year's Palladium, so that we were obliged to 
content ourselves with an estimated rough average. We wish 
success and happiness to all our brothers in the bond. 

Ann Arbor, March 5, 1889. J. T. N. Hoyt. 


Illinois Alpha, North Western University. 

It gives me great pleasure to announce to the fraternity the re- 
cent initiation of brother F. W. Belknap, '90, who will make a 
most loyal member. Since my last report, Illinois Alpha has 
celebrated her second anniversary and is now in a prosperous 
condition. By united and harmonious action we have increased 
our chapter roll from five to twelve during this collegiate year. 
Last evening was one which will be remembered by us as one of 
the most pleasant of the year. At the invitation of brother 
Rogers we assembled with our lady friends at his beautiful home 
in Buena Park, and were entertained in a most cordial and de- 
lightful manner. We were very much pleased to receive a visit 
from brother Buxton a short time a^o. We wish to lake this 
occasion to extend a hearty invitation to all Phis who may be in 
our vicinity to visit us and our university at any time. 

Evanston, March 6, 1889. H. R. Howell. 

Illinois Delta, Knox College. 

Since Illinois Delia's last communication to the Scrool, much 
of interest to the fraternity world l:as taken place at Knox. At 
present there are six Greek fraternities at Knox, all of which are 
in a prosperous condition. ^ G 11 is the latest addition. The 
chapter of Betas, taken as a whole, are nice fellows, whom any 
fraternity might well take delight in claiming. There are, of 
course, some poor men, but that is an unfortunate occurrence 
incident to any Greek chapter. Last year the various fraternities, 
jointly, published an annual entitled the Gale, which proved a 
credit to both the fraternities and the college. With strong op- 
position in the shape of a rival annual, we came out with flying 
colors. Encouraged by our success of last year in having pushed 
aside all obstacles to success, we have determined to publish No. 
2 o( ihe Gaie. This time, however, to our surprise, the Betas, 
who assisted us so valiantly last year (when they were but a 
local society), have refused to enter into the publishing of an 
annual. By the Phis and other Greeks at Knox their action has 
been strongly criticized. Our college still possesses in a strong 
degree an anti-fraternity spirit. And any and all fraternities that 
may have a chapter here owe it to the cause of Pan Hellenidsm 


to see that their individual chapter does what it can in the matter 
of true fraternity advancement. And believing this to be so, we 
sincerely believe that the Betas at Knox have done wrong to 
themselves, not only as a chapter, but as a fraternity, and to the 
cause of all Greeks as well. Within our own chapter walls 
matters have been extremely quiet. 

We have initiated no men, but have sonie eminently worthy of 
wearing the shield and sword pledged from the academy. This year 
we succeeded in winning the ** Mills Medal." This prize is award- 
ed for proficiency in the Manual of Arms, and you may imagine 
how happy we Phis were when brother Dale, of '91, was de- 
clared victor. We are well represented on the oratorical contest 
by Ben X Smith, of '90, who will in all probability carry off first 
prize. Our chapter would give to any and all Phis a most 
urgent invitation to call upon us if they should happen to stop 
in Galesburg. There are at least fifty Phis in the city, and we 
could make time pass away most enjoyably. 

Galesburg, February 28, 1889. Guy P. Williams. 

Illinois Zeta, Lombard University. 

Illinois Zeta is prospering as usual. On February 9th we 
initiated two new men, Fred Farlow, '90, and Taylor Donahoe, 
'91. We had a very pleasant initiation. The occasion was ren- 
dered much more enjoyable by the presence of brother P. I. 
Hale, of Chicago, who was paying the boys a few days visit. 
Brother A. W. Lapham, '88, looked in on us a few days recent- 
ly. He has just completed his first year's work in a Keokuk, 
Iowa, Medical College. Lombard has just been made happy 
by the gift from Rev. and Mrs. Hull, of Kansas City, Mo., of 
$10,000 to establish and endow a professorship of biblical geo- 
graphy and archaeology. Our chapter celebrated the inaugura- 
tion of brother Harrison in following manner, as told by this 
clipping from the Galesburg Daily Register : 

Lombard Phis Celebrate. 

The boys of the Lombard Chapter of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, of 
which President Harrison was a member when in college at old Miami Uni- 
versity in Ohio, observed the inauguration of their distinguished brother to 
the highest office in the land yesterday evening by a reception to their lady 
friends at the hospitable hoipe of Mr. and Sirs. N. C. Woods, on Lincoln 

The boys entertained their fair guests in many ways. One of these ways 
was a mock chapter meeting in which all took part. The boys pretended to 
giveaway all their great secrets in the most liberal style and the **take oft" 
was extremely amusing. During the meeting many fraternity songs were 
sung and extremely interesting impromptu literary programme was indulged 
in. The latest number of the official organ of the chapter, The Mirror, a 
supposedly humorous paper, was read by editor Harsh. Finally the meeting 


know to be a hard struggle in establishing the new society. The local chap- 
ter at the university has twenty-three members, and they, with a few of the 
alumni, were the participators in the pretty dance party last night at the 
West Hotel. The college boys, with their fair ladies, formed as pleasing a 
sight as has graced the parlors of the West Hotel during all the season. The 
music was splendid, and the dancmg was the true motion of college youths 
and maidens. At the upper end of the ladies' ordinary was the liie-size bust 
of the new President, resplendent in the flowing colors of the fraternity, blue 
and white. The dance programmes were in the same colors, while the dainty 
costumes of the young ladies did honor to their brothers, the '*Phis,**l^ 
bearing some expression of their colors. It was a happy occasion, and needed 
naught to grace it but the smiles of the live Ben Harrison, instead of the 
cold marble. 

Minnesota Alpha has just come out of one of the most excit- 
ing fraternity ** scraps" that has ever been witnessed in the fra- 
ternity circles of this university. We are happy to say that we 
have come out with our character unsullied, and the accusations 
made against us have been proven the basest of lies. Brother 
McMillan is back from his winter's stay in Boston. We were 
delighted to see him. He brings good reports from the Brown 
Chapter. Kappa Alpha Theta has come out with its Upsilon 
Chapter. It was estabUshed February 6, 1889, with eight char- 
ter members. Nine Iraternities find homes here now. 

Minneapolis, March 6, 1889. Walter L. Stockw^ll, 

Missouri Alpha, University of Missouri. 

Although Missouri Alpha has not been heard from since the 
holidays, she is still "on deck " and prospering. Several pleas- 
ant events have occurred since our last report, that have served to 
relieve the monotony of student life, and strengthen the ties of 
friendship and brotherly love in the chapter. The first of which 
may be mentioned our New Year's celebration. On that occasion 
we were agreeably surprised by a visit from brother H. W. Clark, 
valedictorian class of '87, who is now secretary of the Clark Shoe 
Company, St. Louis. After making the rounds of New Year's 
calls, brother Clark invited the Phis to Gerling's restaurant where 
an elegant banquet awaited us. The occasion was enjoyed as 
only fraternity men know how to enjoy such occasions, and 
added another to the many pleasant incidents which tend to make 
college life so attractive to the privileged few who are permitted 
to dwell within the sacred and mysterious precincts of the Greek 
world. On the night of January 18, brothers See and Kellum 
entertained the Phis in an elegant manner at the Haden Opera 
House. The stage was cleared and the parquet was floored over 
back to the dress circle, thus giving ample space for dancing. 
Prof. Gaetze's orchestra of Moberly was imported for the occa- 
sion and furnished elegant music for the merry crowd of dancers. 
Brothers Ellis and McGonigle, of Kansas City, and brother 


Atkinson, of Nevada, came down to attend the party, and by 
their presence added much to the pleasure of the occasion. The 
party was the most brilliant society event of the season. And to 
the Phis and their lady friends will serve as a lasting memento 
of the generosity and hospitality of brothers See and Kellum. 
The Keene Dramatic Club, of Columbia, undertook the arduous 
and ambitious task of presenting Hamlet, and were aided mater- 
ially by the histrionic talent among the Phis, brother Kellum 
playing King Claudius, brother R. T. Haines, Laertes, brother 
Martin, Bernardo, and brother Charles Haines, Orrick. The play 
was staged with elegant costumes and properties, and was pro- 
nounced by the large audience to have been the greatest ama- 
teur production ever seen in Columbia. Brother C. P. Williams, 
one of our best students, was called home suddenly by the serious 
illness of his father. We trust that he will soon be able to re- 
sume his accustomed place among us. We are glad to again 
welcome into the fold blither A. W. Turner, who left us last 
year to accept a position in the United States Internal Revenue 
service. Brother Turner has resumed his studies in the Law 
school, in which he expects to graduate in '90. In the prize 
declamation contest we are represented by brother Conley in 
the Athenaean Society, and brother Thompson in The Union 
Literary. In the Inter-society contest we are represented by 
brother Kellum as the orator of the Athenaean Society. 

Columbia, February 25, 1889. R. T. Haines. 

California Alpha, University of California. 

Since the new term opened we have lost and gained in mem- 
bership. Brother Goodyear has taken a year's leave of ab- 
sence. Brother Parcells, formerly of '89, has resumed his 
studies with '90, and brother young, '92, has recently donned 
the sword and shield. Our chapter now numbers seventeen 
men, distributed as follows : Seniors, 2 ; Juniors, 5 ; Sophomores, 
4 ; Freshmen, 5; Law College, i. The Pbis,as regards honors, have 
good cause to feel proud ol their month's record. On the liter- 
ary exercises of Charter Day. the anniversary of the granting of 
the University Charter, we are represented by brother Melvin, 
the president of the day. Brother Gray, after a sharp contest, 
was elected president of the Freshman class, and brother Young 
is '92's historian. The rushing season is well over, and the fra- 
ternities have settled down to th?ir normal condition. Phi 
Gamma Delta, on the evening of the 19th, gave a Pan-Hellenic 
reception at her chapter hall. This is the first time that anything 
of the kind has been attempted among the Greeks of the U. C. 
An enjoyable evening was spent in games and social intercourse. 

Berkeley, March i, 1889. H. G. Parker. 



The Undergraduate of Middlebury College, Vermont, sajrs that 
Prof. Knowlton, a Middlebury graduate of 1884, and now con- 
nected with the National Museum in Washington, has been 
appointed to make a collection of college fraternity badges foi 
the Museum. 

Gen. Benjamin Harrison, President-elect, is an active mem- 
ber of the Phi Delta Theta, and the first Greek secret society 
man to be elected to the Presidency by the choice of the people. 
— New York Mail and Express, 

The Cornell chapter of the Q. T. V., the only Latin letter 
fraternity in America, has been formed al Cornell University. — 
University News, 

Northwestern University has offered lots to the Greek letter 
fraternities that will put up chapter houses, and several are pre- 
paring to build. 

A NEW college for women has been established in New York, 
under the name of ** Rutgers Female College," with a corps of 
18 professsors. — University News, 

Rutgers Female College has been in existence in New York 
for a great many years. 

About a year and a half ago there was much enthusiasm mani- 
fested among the members of several of the fraternities here on 
the subject of club-houses, and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon and 
Chi Phi fraternities went to work and obtained large subscrip- 
tions. But for some reason or other the interest in the matter 
has to a great extent abated. Representatives of these clubs say 
that the houses will be built, and that renewed energy is to be 
infused into the work. The S. A. E's. have already bought a 
lot on which to erect their building, and the Chi Phis have 
quite a large sum of money subscribed. The building of these 
club houses would help the fraternities, the college and the city. 
If these two fraternities build club houses, others will no doubt 
follow their examples. — University of Georgia correspondence, 
Atlanta Constitution, January 27, 1889. 

The Yale chapter of Phi Gamma Delta was re-established in 
December, with nearly fifteen men as charter members. This 
chapter was first organized in 1875, ^^^ ^^^^ ^^ 1880. It is said 
to be the only fraternity at Yale to which members of all the de- 
partments of the university are eligible. It is further reported 
that a chapter house will be begun in the spring. — Delta Upsilon 


The opponents of fraternities in Roanoke College, Salem, Va., 
have seen the benefits of organization, and have therefore created 
the '* Anti-Fraternity League," with the avowed object of exter- 
minating the fraternities. This League should obtain a set of 
By-Laws from the association of old maids organized to put an 
end to marriage. — Delia Upsilon Quarterly, 

The official jeweler of the Kappa Sigma society is at work on 
a costly badge that is to be presented to Miss Winnie Davis, the 
daughter of Jefferson Davis, in pursuance of resolutions adopted 
at the last conclave of the fraternity, held in Atlanta. The badge 
will be in the form of a star and crescent, fully jewelled with 
diamonds and rubies. — Delta Upsilon Quarterly. 

At the beginning of the calendar year, 183 of the students of 
the University of Virginia were members of the 21 Greek-letter 
fraternities or local societies. D. K. E. led with 21 men; Phi 
Delta Theta had 19 ; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 16 ; and Delta Tau 
Delta, Sigma Nu and Zeta Psi brought up the rear, each with 
one man in their respective chapters, — Delta Upsilon Quarterly, 

The most interesting field for fraternity work in the South just 
now is right here in the Technological school. Already two 
fraternities have founded chapters here and others will be char- 
tered in a short while. The first two formed were the Alpha Tau 
Omega and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon. — Atlanta Constitution^ 
January 27. 1889. 

We were in error when we stated in the last issue of the Quar- 
terly that a chapter of Psi Upsilon had been established at the 
University of Pennsylvania. A body of men has organized under 
the name of Kappa Upsilon, and will apply to Psi Upsilon for a 
charter. A Psi U. member of the faculty is aiding them. Their 
pin is a small gold shield bearing the letters Kappa and Upsilon 
in black enamel. They have already petitioned the faculty for a 
plot of ground on which to build. — Delta Upsilon Quarterly, 

The enrollment of students at the Ohio Wesleyan University 
this term has already reached 780, and comparing this figure 
with the enrollment of the corresponding week last year, the 
prospects indicate the largest enrollment ever attained. The 
different chapters here now number as follows : Phi Gamma 
Delta, 8 ; Beta Theta Pi, 13 ; Chi Phi, 8 ; Delta Tau Delta. 12 ; 
Sigma Chi, 3 ; Alpha Tau, 9 ; Phi Delta Theta, 14 ; and Phi 
Kappa Psi, 10. — October Shield of Phi Kappa Psi, 

Of rival ** frats" we have six, consisting of: the Beta Theta 
Pis, who pride themselves on their members and brains ; the 
Sigma Alpha Epsilons, who don't pride themselves at all ; 
Kappa Alphas, who boast of their literary attainments ; the Phi 
Delta Thetas, on their proverbial big-headedness and good 


looks. The remaining two are the Kappa Sigma and Chi 
Phi. ** Toughness" offers the best description I can think of 
for them. — VanderbUi letter to The Rainbow^ December^ 1888. 

The chapter of Sigma Nu at the University of Texas num- 
bered two men at the opening of the college year, and a rumor 
prevailed that the charter of the chapter had been surrendered. 
The alumni resident in the State rallied, and secured six new in- 
itiates, and also formed a permanent alumni association. The 
chapters of the other fraternities at the University had the follow- 
ing membership in November: Phi Delta Theta, 14; Sigma 
Alpha Epsilon. 13; Kappa Sigma, 11 ; and Beta Theta Pi, 8. 

Fraternity spirit is perhaps more intense here just now than 
at any time during the history of our college. Our literary 
society, class and college journal selections are controlled by 
combinations exclusively. Beta Theta Pi and Phi Kappa Psi 
are in a close compact for mutual benefit, and arrayed against 
us are the Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Chi ; 
also the barbs, who have a first-class organization, and who are, 
in a very small degree, exclusive. Our combination, however, 
controls all the independent votes, and consequently we have 
things about our own wav. — Wabash Letter to December Shield 
0/ Phi Kappa P si. 

University OF THE South. — The attention of the visitor to 
Sewanee is always attracted by a number of small, graceful 
buildings, beautiful in design and of elegant workmanship, which 
he comes upon, here and there, standing alone, and without the 
usual signs that indicate a dwelling house or place of business. 
These are the fraternity halls, of which there are a half dozen in 
all, belonging, respectively, to the six Greek-letter fraternities 
with chapters established here, viz. : Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 
Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Sigma, Kappa Al- 
pha and Phi Delta Theta. 

Two of these fraternities — the Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the 
Alpha Tau Omega — own halls built entirely of stone which 
would be regarded anywhere as architectural delights. 

The relation existing between the chapters of these fraternities 
and their individual members is one of the utmost amity and 
confidence. College politics and undue partisanship have sel- 
dom had even a temporary footing at the university. With very 
few exceptions, position and responsibilities have never been 
denied the men who could bear them, and honors, scholastic 
and secular, are awarded irrespective of party fealty or associa- 
tion. — Mail and Express, 

Congressman Tom Reed, when in college, despite all state- 
ments to the contrary, was a non-fraternity man. In common 
with many others of that day he did not believe in the efficacy of 


the Greeks, and persistently held aloft, though as persistently 
fished to join them. He even would not join the Delta Upsilon 
Fraternity, a chapter of which existed at Bowdoin for a short 
time, containing numerous anti-secret men. There is still a 
certain college autograph album in which Mr. Reed wrote the 
following undoubted proof as to his views on the Greek frater- 
nity question : 

Dear : 

If you kne^v ihe anxiety with which I watched your escape from the 
wariest *' Fishermen" of college, and my pleasure when I found you were 
not one of those who 


ust for a handful of silver had left us, 
ust for a riband to stick in their coats,** 

you would feel assured that I have an interest in your future welfare. 

Your friend, 

Thomas B. Reed. 

— The Bowdoin Orient, 

Following are the Greek-letter fraternity clubs in New York 
City, with their locations and officers : 

Delta Club (Phi Gamma Delta). No. 68 East 49th street, 
Purdy Van Viiet, President , James W. White, Secretary ; James 
N. Ballantine, Treasurer. 

Delta Kappa Epsilon Club, No. 435 Fifth avenue. Granville 
P. Hawes, President ; David B. King, Secretary ; Frank S. 
Williams, Treasurer. 

Delta Phi Club, No. 5 East 27th street. T. J. Oakley Rhine- 
lander, President ; Francis P. Lowrey, Secretary ; Charles C. 
Bull, Treasurer. 

Delta Upsilon Club, No. 8 East 47th street. Charles D. Baker, 
President ; Samuel M. Brickner, Secretary ; John Q. Mitchell, 

N. Y. Graduate Association of Alpha Delta Phi, No. 427 
Fourth avenue. Russell Sturgis, President; Nelson Spencer, 
Secretary ; Charles M. Baker, Treasurer. 

Psi Upsilon Club, No. n West 4 2d street. Frederick Baker, 
President ; James Abbott, Secretary ; Herbert L. Bridgman, 

St. Anthony Club (Delta Psi), No. 9 East 28th street. Nich- 
olas Fish, President ; Frederick A. Potts, Jr., Secretary ; Gouv- 
emeur Morris, Treasurer. 

Sigma Phi Club, No. 9 East 27th street. Richard A. Elmer, 
President ; Cortlandt S. Van Rensselaer, Secretary ; Samuel T, 
Ross, Treasurer. 

Zeta Psi Club, No. 8 West 29th street. Augustus Van Wyck, 
President ; Eugene Van Schaick, Secretary ; Harold Clemens^ 


President Harrison, in the formation of his Cabinet, has se- 
lected members of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity for two of the 
most important positions. William Henry Harrison Miller, of 
Hamilton, has been appointed Attorney-General of the United 
States and Ex-Governor Redfield Proctor, oi Middlebury, has re- 
ceived the portfolio of the Secretary of the War Department 
Secretary Proctor is further bound to the Fraternity through his 
son and son-in-law, who are members of the MiddUbury and Am- 
herst chapters. 

We congratulate the Fraternity upon the honor which has 
come to it through these distinguished gentlemen, and in turn 
desire to assure them that they have the Fraternity's cordial 
support and best wishes in their responsible and trying positions. 
— Delta Upsilon Quarterly, 

President Garfield, Judge Stephen J. Field, of the United 
States Supreme Court, Daniel S. Lamont, Attorney-General 
Miller and Secretary of War Proctor have given Delta Upsilon a 
position in National Politics which has never been attained by 
any other fraternity. — Delta Upsilon Quarterly, 

Phi Kappa Psi has entered Swarthmore College, a Friends 
institution at Swarthmore, Pa. 

Contributors to The Shield of Phi Kappa Psizit. anxious for 
southern and eastern extension, and their views receive editorial 

The editor of The Shield thinks that K W needs a more 
amplified ritual. He says that many Phi Psis learn '*the edu 
cational value of symbols " when they join the Masons and other 
orders after leaving college. 

K W is hoping to publish before long, a song book, cata- 
logue and history. 

The University of Pacific correspondent of 27ie Shield says 
that in the faculty of that institution are *'two of B f) II, two 
of J r J, one ot^^e, and one of <^ K W." 

'^It was a matter of surprise to learn that B Q 11 had placed 
a chapter at Pennsylvania State College, but the surprise grad- 
ually wore away on learning from a member of that fraternity, 
that it had been done as a personal favor to Governor Beaver, 
who has a son in that institution." — Dickinson correspondence. 
The Shield. ''Out rivals, P J 2ind Z T £1 (local) stand 
with eight and twelve respectively. With only three fraternities 
in the institution, of course the barbs are numerous, and it is 
easily seen that there is good opportunity for other fraternities to 
enter here. We are desirous that we may soon have some good 
rivals" — Pennsylvania State College correspondence, Beta Theta 


At the recent biennial congress oi A T £1, at Wittenberg, 
Ohio, 26 of its 34 chapters were represented. 

"This institution seems to be regarded as a rich pasture by 
some fraternities, as within a year three new chapters have been 
established here—^ X. A T D. and 2 A E."— Ohio Wesleyan 
correspondence, Beta Theta Pi, 

" (p J Q and 2 X — our two rivals — are comparatively strong 
in this school" — University of Nebraska correspondence, Beta 
Theta Pu 

Mr. W. R. Baird, author of '* American College Fraternities," 
lays claim to membership in several college societies. We have 
somewhere seen the statement that he was a member of another 
fraternity before he joined A 2 X. Through his manipulation 
in 1879, A 2 X, which had five chapters in the east, was carried 
over io B @ 12, For about five years he worked for Wooglin 
with all the zeal of a new convert, but suddenly he turned his 
valuable attention to the legal fraternity, id 0. Soon he was 
elected Scriptor of the fraternity; in 1885 he published its first 
catalogue, and in 1887 ^^ began to issue The Brief y a periodical 
devoted to this fraternity of lawyers. Perhaps he may not love 
B & n less, but it appears that he loves ^d more. 

The fiftieth anniversary of the founding of B & 11 will be 
celebrated at Miami University, June 19, 1889 ^^^ annual 
convention will meet as usual in August, at Wooglin-on-Chau- 

A WRITER in the Beta Theta Pi says that the Beta catalogue of 
1882 **has more errors and faults than pages, " the greatest of 
which, he might have mentioned, is that its compilers ** slavish- 
ly imitated, as to paper, type, binding and general appearance " 
W T's catalogue of 1879. ^s charged by Mr. A. P. Jacobs in the 
'* Psi Upsilon Epitome." Mr. J. Cal Hanna, General Secretary, 
has sent out circulars asking for information to be used in the 
Semi-Centennial Catalogue of B Q 11, and the editors of the 
magazine announce that it will be printed by June. 

Mr. J. Cal Hanna, General Secretary, states in the Beta 
Theta Pi, that there are but seven Betas at Columbia, all of 
whom joined at other colleges and are in the law school. The 
chapter at Harvard consists of four laws, one medic, four grad- 
uates and three undergraduates. All but two were initiated 
elsewhere. No regular meetings are held. A A has ^^(i 
members, Z ^^ 35 and J T 28. The University of Virginia 
chapter has issued a circular letter for the first time in four years. 
It reports nine members, seven from other chapters and two 
initiated, the first since 1884. Concerning the University of 
Pennsylvania, Mr. Hanna says: ''The chapter — as usual — 


reports itself 'very weak.' There are ten members — all medical 
students — no initiates. The chapter needs college men. To get 
them it seems that they need a chapter house. Brethren, the prob- 
lem of large cities is still before us — solved in Baltimore and Bos- 
ton — but New York and Philadelphia are still before us. The 
men at Phi are plucky and determined to succeed if possible. 
Most of the rivals have large numbers. Z W, A W and A # 
are probably strong." He thus summarizes the situation at 
Kenyon : ** There are 44 students in the college, 29 of whom 
(including all, apparently, desirable and obtainable material) 
are already fraternity men. A A ^ and W T are flourishing. 
jd K E has several members, but is a poor third in the contest 
A T d has three or four, and a large number of pledged men 
in the academies, who will hold on to J T J until invited by 
some better fraternity — (:) A X and B & II have each one mem- 
ber. The Theta Delt is a senior. The Beta is a Sophomore." 
In 1879 B Q n captured the A 2 X fraternity with chapters 
at Maine State College, Cornell, St. Lawrence, Stevens and 
Rutgers. The latter of these is dead. 

The extension policy o( B G 11 has been a subject of curious 
interest to other fraternities. Durino; several years, when Mr. 
Chambers Baird, Jr., had the Bela Thtia Pi, a great deal was 
published about ** conservatism," and not content with checking 
extension, a great hue and cry was raised about withdrawing 
charters. The pages of the magazine teemed with bloodthirsty 
articles by '^Chapter Killers" and **Herods" demanding the 
heads of certain chapters. The editor thought that unless the 
fraternity killed these chapters, which had been serviceable to it 
in its youth, but of which he was ashamed, it would be eternally 
disgraced before the world. As a matter of fact no charters 
were withdrawn. The *'C. K.s" and **Herods" could not 
summon enough streni^th at any convention to carry out their 
murderous designs. From 1883 to 1888, the fraternity estab- 
lished but four chapters. They are at the University of Texas, 
Vanderbilt, Miami and Ohio State. But there are signs of a 
change. The fraternity seems to have shaken off the influence 
of Mr. Chambers Baird, Jr. At the convention last year, charters 
were granted for chapters at Pennsylvania State, Knox, Univer- 
sity of Nebraska and Denver University. Since the convention 
chapters have been established at the University of Cincinnati 
and Syracuse University, and the General Secretary, J. Cal 
Hanna, makes the following significant statement in the Beta 
Theta Pi: **By the way, great news from Virginia may be 
expected before many weeks." 

In the college elections this fall our wishes were carefully con- 
sulted, and we were unhesitatingly given all that we desired. — 
Hamilton correspondence of D, K, E, Quarterly. 


The Harrison reminiscences in the October (1888) number 
of the Scroll, proved so valuable and interesting that a second 
edition was necessary. We think the space devoted to these re- 
miniscences could not have been filled in a way more beneficial 
to Phi Delta Theta, and more interesting to the outside world. — 
Sigma Chi. 

The society system at Amherst has been materially changed 
by the advent of a new fraternity, which makes the ninth Greek- 
letter chapter in a college which numbers only three hundred 
and fifty students. The societies average in membership a little 
over thirty. Under the new system almost the whole college 
will be fraternity men, or else the older and stronger societies 
will have to content themselves with smaller delegations. Phi 
Delta Theta is the name of the new chapter. Its membership is 
taken almost exclusively from two classes, and is made up of 
men whose tastes and characters are largely divergent. They 
are mostly poor men, and while this is nothingagainst them, it 
constitutes the main reason upon which we base a prophecy of 
failure, it being very expensive to maintain a chapter here in 
good style. — Amherst Letter in Delta Upsilon Quarterly. 

The Greek world will be interested in the leading article of 
the Phi Delta Theta Scroll — an account compiled from vari- 
ous sources — of the first Greek-letter Society, Phi Beta Kappa, 
its origin, rise and fall. But aside from this one beam, the 
Scroll is darkness. The leading editorial contains such a slip 
in adverbial usage that we blush for it. Not even Benjamin 
Harrison and all the other glories of Phi Delta Theta combined 
can so dazzle us as to blot from sight or memory — '*We are 
speaking very plain, not quite so plain as we could wish," etc. 
The editorials on the whole are of interest only to Phi Delta 
Theta, and the chapter letters fall under the category "statis- 
tical."— ^/ie Key, 

The article in the September Century on * ' College Fraterni- 
ties " seems to have aroused many of our contemporaries to a 
consideration of the same subject. The writer is generally en- 
dorsed, though some few have taken exception to the author's 
broad statements and claim that the article is more local than 
national in its representation, and that he has permitted . himself 
10 be governed by habits of thought acquired in his college 
youth. One of the best comments is as follows: **It is to 
Western fraternities Mr. Porter seems most unjust in an article 
that should have been fair to all. His list of the distinguished 
sons of * favored societies ' contains no names more illustrious 
than can be furnished by Western fraternities, who are, I pre- 
sume, * favorites in particular localities.' The Western Greeks 
who are not worthy his attention have given to literature Lew 


Wallace, ^ F A, znd Ben Hur, Edward Eggleston, ^FA, 
and the Hoosier Schoolmaster, Will Carleton. Jaraes Whitcomb 
Riley and Robert Burdetle. They have contributed to scholar- 
ship the names of John W. White, of Harvard, Young of Prince- 
ton, Watson of Ann Arbor, Bascom and Dolbear. Their Oliver 
P. Morton is gone, but these Western fraternities can still point 
to sons who are not unknown. General Harrison, by the gra- 
cious favor of the American people soon to be President of these 
United States, Foraker, Hoadley, McDonald, Vorhees, Vilas, 
Vance, ^ F A, Blackburn, Jenks, Tom Brown, Porter and 
Beaver. He mentions five Judges of the Supreme Court, but 
forgets to add that at least three of these are from Western frat- 
ernities. It is a well established fact that so far as political hon- 
ors are concerned, what are known as Western fraternities have 
surpassed their brothers — the Eastern societies." — Northwestern. 

Thk welcome Scroll of Fhi Delta Theta appeared promptly 
in December and again in January. The former of these two 
numbers contained the most valuable examination of College An- 
nuals that we have seen. We wish it had been written for these 
pages with the mention of Delta Upsilon honors, achievements 
and prominence — as incidentally stated in the annuals — ^woven 
into the review as skilfully and pleasantly as have been the Phi 
Delta Theta features in the Scroll article. General Harrison, 
President-elect, has a share of the space in several departments, 
and all the anecdotes of him and letters referring to him are in- 
teresting. The value of a chapter library — nay, its necessity — 
is urged in an editorial, from which we present a clipping. 

In the January, 1889, number are published many extracts 
from chapter minutes, old letters and old reports. This is a wise 
act. The value of such papers is immense, and printing them 
preserves the facts beyond the reach of the accident which may 
at any time destroy the originals, or render them illegible. In a 
letter dated November 8th, written by the scribe of Northwestern 
Chapter of Phi Delta Theta, we find the following paragraph : 

** Considerable fraternity feeling has been stirred up over the 
pan-Hellenic banquet which was to have been held this term. 
Siema Chi, Phi Kappa Psi and Beta Theta Pi have voted to ex- 
clude Delta Upsilon from this banquet. We do not consider it 
as pan-Hellenic with one fraternity omitted, and so have decided 
that we will not participate unless the Delta Us are admitted." 

Phi Delta Theta evidently defines pan-Hellenic according to 
the lexicons, and, moreover, exhibits a very friendly spirit as 
well as a sense of justice. — Delta hpsilon Quarterly, 

Phi Kappa Psi is the first fraternitv to enter Swarthmore Col- 
lege, the Friends' institution. The Pennsylvania Kappa chapter 
was established January 12, 1889. 


Sigma Nu has established a chapter at Yale with six charter 
members. — Delia Upsilon Quarterly, 

Sigma Chi's latest is a chapter at the University of Minnesota, 
established December 7th. — Delta Upsilon Quarterly, 

The only chapter-house in this country owned by ladies is that 
of Alpha Phi, at Syracuse. — Delta Upsilon Quarterly, 

Kekyon's new professor of English Literature — Dr. Green- 
ough White — is a member of Phi Delta Theta. — Delta Upsilon 

Miss Widman, a Delta Gamma of the class of '88, Cornell, 
won a four-hundred -dollar fellowship last June. — Delta Upsilon 

It is said that Phi Delta Theta contemplates establishing a 
chapter in Georgia Polytechnic Institute at Atlanta. — Delta Up- 
silon Quarterly, 

[This is entirely erroneous. We never thought of such a 
thing. Editor.] 

It is reported that Sisjma Chi and Kappa Alpha Theta are 
about to grant charters to chapters in the University of Minn- 

Professor A. N. Cole, who succeeds the late Dr. Brooks in 
the chair of Biology in Madison University, is a Belta Theta Pi 
alumnus of '84. 

Alpha Tau Omega is reported to be contemplatin-; the estab- 
lishment of chapters at Denver University and the University of 

The annual banquet of Kappa Alpha was eaten at Delmoni- 
co's on the evening of January 3d, representatives from all four 
chapters being present. 

The key of Kappa Kappa Gamma is now worn by several 
ladies of Ohio State University, who form the first chapter of any 
sorority at this institution. 

The newly-installed President of Emory College, the Rev. Dr. 
W. A. Candler, is a graduate of the college, class of '75, and a 
member of Kappa Alpha. 

A neutral was unanimously elected President of the Junior 
class of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, becoming, ipso factOy 
Editor-in-Chief of The Transit, 

The **Tri-delta," a local society, has been established among 
the ladies of the Boston University. If successful it may be- 
come the parent of a fraternity. 


Sigma Alpha Epsilon has established a chapter at Bethel Col- 
lege, Russellville, Ky., with four charter members. Phi Gamma 
Delta and Sigma Nu are the rivals. 

The military organization of the students of the University of 
Georgia is to be revived. Four of the twelve new squad-masters 
are members of Kappa Alpha. 

The corporation of Union College has granted to the Psi Up- 
silon chapter a piece of ground, on which a handsome chapter- 
house will be begun next spring. Other chapters are taking 
steps to secure the same concession. — Delta UpsUon Quarterly, 

The disappearance of Beta Theta Pi from the exchange table 
reminds one of the story of the old negro who was found weep- 
ing, and was asked by a stranger '* What's the matter, Pompey ? " 
''My old massa's gone and died again," was the reply. Alas, 
Wooglin's gone and died again — to us I The Quarterly has be- 
come secret once more. — Delta Upsilon Quarterly^ 

i^atlt iotiftjS. 

Alabama .Alpha. 
Sidney Thomas Cornell. 

Ohio Beta. 
'87. Will H. Bauscher. 

Indiana Zeta. 
Edward F. Dyar. 


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Vol. XIII.— may, 1889.— No. 8. 


( Written for the annual celebration 0/ Missouri Beta, May, 1888, ) 

You all have heard of that primeval race 
That, ere the Indian taught the stream to bear 
His boat, or shot his whistling arrows here, 
Dwelt on these shores and lefi its legacy 
In countless mounds of earth and works of art 
To mark its presence. 

In the long ago, 
Two of their strongest tribes engaged in war. 
Such, in terrific fury unsurpassed. 
And flowing blood, as man shall never see ; 
Save once again, when Christ shall crush his foes. 
A thousand men went from one little town, 
A tenth came back to tell how well they fought 
And how nine-tenths were slain. A wail arose 
From those who loved and knew that those they loved 
Were dead. A mother wailing for her boy, 
A black-haired maiden for her lover slain. 
Wives for their husbands, gray-haired men for sons, 
Made up the mighty dirge. 

But soon arose 
A cry more terrible than sorrow's sob ; — 
A childish cry for bread. There was no bread — 
The flour was gone. The hands that should have brought 
Provision, now lay cold and still in death, 
While wives and children perished one by one 
With hunger. Then the tribe, unterrified 
By foes with-out, yielded to that within 
And cried for peace. 

The chiefs in conclave met. 
And sent at last a herald to their foes. 
The Maniquois ; proposing terms of peace, 
T'was done. The peace was signed, provided two, — 


From each tribe one, — were found to risk their lives 
In single combat, to decide the fate, 
Each of his tribe. 

The Maniquois at once 
A chieftain chose, that stood a head and more 
Above the rest. His hands of iron grasp 
Were joined to arms as strong as bars of steel. 
His legs were like two mighty oaks. His breast 
Needed no breast-plate to protect its strength. 
His only weapon was a glittering sword, 
Heavy and sharp with which the giant played 
As with a toy. 

And when the Noads saw 
This mighty foe, they were afraid, and stopped 
Irresolute. In all their tribe was found 
No man that dared to meet him. While they stood 
Dismayed, the maiden, smarting to avenge 
Her lover slain, and blushing at the shame 
Of cowardice among her friends, snatched up 
A sword, and shield set round with pearls, and broke 
Detaining friends away, the champion fierce to meet. 
So light she seemed, so like a tender flower, 
A blow would crush her, so the Noads thought 
And hope died in their hearts. Now the blows 
Fell from the giant's sword like thunder-bolts 
Upon her shield that rung defiance back. 
Long time they fought, till Lona's sword was red 
With reeking blood. Nor had his blows been vain, 
Her blood had stained her shield a crimson hue. 
Making alternate pearls like rubies flame. 
At last she aimed one mighty blow that broke 
Her sword like glass. She made no slop. 
But with a woman's quickness interposed 
Her shield and caught a blow that fell 
With double force. Her aim is true, but not, 
Alas I the shield, for where he struck the sword 
Pierced throui^h, above the pure white scroll that graced 
Its center. One more blow would cost her life. 
But woman's eyes are sharper than a sword, . 
And through the hole his sword had made, she flashed 
A look, so full of hot defiant hate. 
It made his warrior heart to yield at once. 
And melted all his courage. Then he turned 
To fly, and in his haste, stumbled and fell, 
And lay there faint and bleeding. Then her eye. 
Softened with pity at his helplessness. 
As when an eagle hears the young one's cry ; 


Then from a spring near by she brought him drink 

To quench his burning thirst. She washed his wounds 

And bound them up and helped him to his feet. 

His heart tho' hardened by a thousand scenes 

Of flowing blood, of dying men and dead, 

Was touched by her compassion. Then he fell 

Upon his knees before her and with tears 

Of gratitude* he promised all his life 

To serve her with devotion and to give 

Of all within his power, whate er she asked. 

The war was done. The bow of peace once more 

With influence sweet warmed earth and air and sky 

To gladness and new life. With its return 

Love crept into the chief Onino's heart, 

Fed by the graces of his former foe. 

Nor did her heart quite unresponsive beat. 

She soon was won, and on the bridal morn 

He led her to the nuptial bower while nature smiled, 

And choirs of birds the marriage anthems sung. 

They breathed their marriage vows. Onino's voice 

Then broke the silence. "Fellow braves," he said, 

"To-day has witnessed what I long have wished. 

The sealing of the peace between our tribes. 

And now I bring my bride a gift, this sword 

And golden shield, joined by a golden chain. 

Emblems of those with which the peace was won. 

Now a sworn pledge that seals our double oath, — 

This sword and shield shall meet in strife no more." 

He spoke, and fastened on the maiden's breast 

A golden sword and shield — with golden chain — 

With pearls and rubies set. Pearls for the tears 

The war bereaved had shed. Rubies for pearls 

Her blood had dyed. And on its central scroll 

Phi Delta Theta glowed in bright relief, 

Symbol of this ; — "Friendship divine from God." 

And in the place Onino's sword had pierced. 

Through which her eye had flashed, there glittered now 

A diamond eye that shone as bright as her's. 

And then they wrote upon a plate of gold 

The record of their treaty. This they placed 

Upon the ground and over it they reared 

A mound of earth shaped like a monster snake. 

That long as time should last should guard their peace. 

But forty years ago a band of boys, 
Miami students, found this sacred mound, 
And, as it seemed, with sacrilegious hands, 



Dug out its secrets. There they found this plate, 

They read its pledge of friendship ne'er to end. 

They saw the bad^e that sealed it Then they swore 

To bind themselves in brotherhood like that 

Recorded there. They took the sword and shield 

To be their badge. And it became a sign 

Of brotherhood as sacred and as true 

As any that appears on history's page. 

The chain to show its reconciling power, 

Binds sword and shield in one. The golden sword 

And studded shield are emblems that foretell 

Defense and vengeance for a brother's wrongs. 

And so Phi Delta Theta stands a pledge 

Of mutual help, of mutual sacrifice. 

Of sweet rei»:ard, of friends where'er we go. 

A brotherhood that spreads from sea to sea, 

A brotherhood to last as long as time. 

And brothers, say, is it too much to hope 

That it may symbolize that brotherhood 

Above, where all is life and light and love. 



One of the questions which usually occupies a good deal of 
time, and gives rise to much discussion at conventions, is the 
location of the following meeting. It has always been the 
endeavor of the fraternity to divide the honors — and this is 
always claimed as one — as evenly and fairly as possible. In 
1876 we came East to Philadelphia. In 1878 we went West to 
Wooster. In 1880 we went further West still to Indianapolis. 
In 1882 the East and South had it at Richmond ; and in 1884 
the South was visited a second time at Nashville. In 1886 at 
New York we went further North and East than we had ever 
done before, so it was both natural and just that the pendulum 
should swing back to the West, further than it had ever gone 
before and carry us to Illinois in 1889. Our next convention 
will be in 1891. Where shall it be? With the last one in the 
West ; the one before it in the North-east ; and the two pre- 
ceding that in the South, will it not be meet to return to the 
East and choose a point which both North and South can claim, 
and which will be equally convenient and accessible to both, 
and as much so to our Western brethren as any Eastern point? 


In 1891, the most eminent member of Phi Delta Theta and 
one of the most illustrious sons of the Nation will be at the 
Capital of the Republic, as the chief executive of its laws. 

We respectfully submit to the consideration of the coming 
convention, whether or not Washington is the best place for us 
to hold our session in 1891. 

We think it is. And it would certainly be a distinguished honor 
for Phi Delta Theta if Benjamin Harrison were able in some 
way to participate in the meeting, perhaps as its orator. There 
is no more pleasant city for such a meeting, and if Phi Delta 
Theta is ever to choose it, there will never be a better time than 
when we can count among our members the President of the 
United States. 

We join brother Skilling in wishing brother Montgomery all 
joy and happiness, and with him feel sure that they come heart- 
felt from all Phis, and especially from those who have had the 
pleasure of knowing "A. J." personally or who realize the 
immense value of his services for Phi Delta Theta. We extend 
our best wishes to Mrs. Montgomery and heartily welcome her 
as a sister Phi. 

Ohio Epsilon's Chapter letter for this issue is not published 
because it was written on both sides of the sheet. Printers refuse 
to set copy so prepared. Whenever a chapter letter is not in- 
serted, it is because some fundamental and essential rule of 
writing for print is not regarded. 


From the President of the General Council. 

April 26th, 1889. 

New York Alpha, developing a suggestion recently made by 
Vermont Alpha in the Scroll, has sent out a circular letter to the 
chapters of the Fraternity, requesting subscriptions to a fund 
with which to purchase a Fraternity pin to be presented to 
brother President Harrison. 

At their request, I have consented to take charge of this fund. 
Individual subscriptions will be accepted and will be properly 
acknowledged. Subscriptions have already begun to come in, 
and there are indications of general support to the enterprise. 


I wish to call the attention of members and chapters to the 
singularly favorable opportunity which this occasion offers the 
Fraternity to honor itself, and at the same time to impress upon 
every one the necessity of a prompt response to the appeal. 

We must make the occasion unqualifiedly successful. 

Fraternally yours 

Carroll Ph. Bassett, P. G. C. 

From thk President of Delta Province. 

Hotel Emory, Cincinnati, O., April 24th, '89. 

The next convention of this Province will meet at Wooster, 
at ten o'clock on the morning of May 14th. Each chapter is en- 
titled to send two delegates, and, as business of great importance 
to the Province and to the Fraternity will be transacted, it is es- 
sential that all the chapters should be fully represented. 

The local committee of arrangements are now preparing for 
the affair, and all visiting Phis will be cordially welcomed and 
royally entertained. 

The National Convention meets this year, and many amend- 
ments to the constitution and ritual will be offered, and some of 
these will be primarily discussed and acted upon at Wooster. 

I believe that this should be the largest and most interesting 
Province Convention ever held, and every Phi, both in Ohio and 
Kentucky, should strive to make it so. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Wm. E. Bundy, 

Prov, President, 

Galesburg, 111., March 24th, 1889. 
To Zeta Province Phis : 

Illinois Zeta chapter having appointed me a committee to 
confer with the chapters of Zeta Province upon the subject of a 
Zeta Province Convention, I take this means of addressing you. 

At our last meeting, 111. Zeta decided by unanimous vote that 
it was in favor or holding a Province Convention sometime in 
the spring or early summer of 1890. And also, it decided, that 
as the best means of insuring a successful convention, it would 
be a good plan to have a delegate convention of the Zeta Prov- 
ince Chapters held at Bloomington, 111., next October, at the 
time of the meeting of the National Convention. 

This preliminary meeting is to form a province organization, 
by electing such officers, and adopting such constitution and 
by-laws as may be necessary. Also, it shall be the duty of this 
preliminary convention to determine upon a time and place of 


holding a Province Convention. (The lime to be, as mentioned 
above, sometime before the close of the school year in June, 1 890).- 
Besides determining time and place, the meeting shall decide 
upon the nature the proceedings are to take ; to formulate a* 
programme, or to appoint a committee who will do so ; toappoint- 
committees to make arrangements for the convention ; and to- 
decide upon ways and means of defraying the expenses of such a^ 

In the opinion of 111. Zeta each chapter should send two delis- 
gates to this Bloom ingion meeting. But in order that there 
shall be no possibility of unduly burdening the chapters, we 
have concluded to submit two propositions on this point to the 
Chapters. One is the two delegate plan, and the other is for 
but one delegate, according as the majority of the chapters shall 
decide shall the number of delegates be fixed. 

Our several propositions being now set forth, I shall endeavor 
to present a few reasons for adopting them. As to the good 
coming from a Province Convention, 1 think I will not need to* 
speak, as all will admit the great value of such a gathering to the 
interests of the Fraternity in Zeta Province. 

Now, as to the advantage of holding the preliminary meeting 
next fall. Certainly it has many, but I will mention only a few. 
It will be a great saving of time and consequently of money. 
If the organization is formed and arrangements made by a few 
then, when the time comes for holding the convention no time 
need be lost, in forming an organization. Hence we can do as 
much in one day, these things having been attended to, as we 
could in a session of two or three days, if we had not made the 
arrangements before hand, we could get to work without delay, 
and our work having been mapped out before hand with ample 
opportunity for preparation on the parts of those participating 
in the exercises of the convention, we would obtain very much 
more of good from the convention than if we had come un- 
prepared. A great deal more can be said on this point and 
similar ones, but they will occur at once to all. 

Then as to the number of delegates to this Bloomington 
meeting. The sending of one delegate has this advantage ; by 
combining the delegateship in the person of the delegate to the 
National Convention, no cost would accrue to the chapter. 
But there is this disadvantage, it is placing in the hands of five 
delegates the power of providing for something that concerns at 
least a hundred Phis. Certainly these five delegates would be 
glad of the assistance of five or more other delegates to aid with 
their counsel. 

In sending two delegates, there need be but the cost of send- 
ing one man, as the same combination could be made in regard 
to one delegateship as was made in the one delegate plan. But 


it would be little cost in the present instance, as the meeting of 
the National Convention is held in our Province, we are not any 
of us far removed from the place of meeting. Besides it would 
seem that each chapter has loyal enough Phis who would be will- 
ing to spend a few dollars to pay their own expenses for such a trip 
when not only the good of the Fraternity at large, and particu- 
larly in Zeta Province, is to be advanced, but also he would 
have the personal pleasure and profit of a few days meeting with 
Phis from all over the Union. 

In conclusion, I would say that HI. Zeta is most dreadfully in 
earnest about holding a Province Convention, and she believes 
she has found a way whereby it can be done with the least 
expenditure of time, money, and work, and whereby the great- 
est good can be derived. We hope that the other chapters may 
feel the same enthusiasm as we do, and we here promise to do 
all in our power to accomplish the success of such an under- 
taking if the other chapters will work with us. We have no 
private ends to accomplish, and only desire the good of the 
whole Fraternity, and particularly the wellfare of Zela Province. 
We urge every Phi in this Province, both active and retired, to 
think earnestly upon this subject and see if by joining hands and 
all working together with a will we can't do something for our 
loved Phi Delta Theta. Correspondence is solicited, and will 
receive prompt attention by me. Yours in the Bond, 

Box 693. Sam. D. Habsh, 

Com, IIL Zeta. 

From the President of Zeta Province. 

Chicago, April 9, 1889 
To Zeta Province Phis : 

I have heretofore preferred 10 communicate to you by personal 
letter on matters pertaining to the work in this Province, but for 
reasons, among which may be mentioned lack of time, and the 
fact that my correspondence with the reporters has been consid- 
erably unsuccessful, I now address you through the Scroll. I 
have written you concerning financial matters, the annual letter, 
and other things recently, but so far have only heard from faith- 
ful Illinois Zeta. My especial reason now of addressing you \& 
to bring to your attention the letter of Sam. D. Harsh, Illinois 
Zeta, published in this issue, suggesting a plan for holding a 
Zeta Province Convention. Now that Illinois Zeta has taken the 
initiative move on such an important question, I hope all 
the chapters of Zeta Province will aid her in the effort to hold this 
proposed Convention. The plan adopted by Illinois Zeta I 
regard as most serviceable that could be proposed, and I heart- 
ily recommend it to the chapters, and urge them to act upon it 
at once. In the matter of the number of delegates to send to 


the preliminary convention, I would recommend the two dele- 
gate plan as the best In this matter of delegates, I believe each 
chapter can find some one or two of its members who are wiUing 
to spend the time and money, and thus necessitate no cost to the 

Hoping the chapters will move at once in this matter, I 

Yours most respectfully, 

W. L. Miller, 

President of Zefa Province 


Maine Alpha, Colby University. 

The Spring Term has just opened, and all the Phis are back 
except Brothers Brady and Dodge. Brother Farr has received an 
appointment to West Point, and will leave some time during this 
month. In college honors we have our share. Brother Roberts 
is captain of the base ball team. We are represented on the 
Oracle by Brothers Burbank and Cary, and on the Echo by 
brothers Farnham and Roberts. Brothers Teague and Gorham 
are President and Orator respectively of the Sophomore Class, 
while in the other classes we secured our share. We are to have 
a new Observatory and PhysicalLaboratory which will cost about 
$20,000. On the Sophomore Declamation, which occurs in 
May, we are represented by brothers Cottle and Gorham. 

April 5, 1889. C. W. Averell. 

Vermont Alpha, University of Vermont. 

We are glad to notice from the annual circular letters the many 
evidences of the increasing prosperity of the fraternity at large. 
Brothers Bosworth, Cheney, Grow and Hawley represented us 
among the nine speakers at the Sophomore Exhibition, which 
took place March 19. Twenty men have been chosen from the 
Freshmen and Sophomore classes to compete for places in the 
Forest prize speaking contest. Of this number nine are mem- 
bers of Vermont Alpha. We notice by the papers that brother 
T. L. Jeffords, '86, now of Washington, D. C, is having the sup- 
port of the Vermont and Ohio congressmen for the important 
position of U. S. Commissioner of Education. While we trust 
he will be favored with the appointment, we feel that, even if he 
is unsuccessful, the prominent mention of the name of so young 
a man in connection with such an office is striking evidence of 
his ability and popularity. 

Burlington, April 6, 1889. M. A. Howe. 


Massachusetts Bkta, Amherst College. 

Massachusetts Beta has enjoyed a quiet prosperity since her 
founding? last May. At oiir first commencement we had our 
share of honors ; two prizes, the class orator, the principal char* 
acter in senior dramatics, a speaker on the Kellogg ^yt (chosen 
from a class of seventy-five for highest excellence in speaking)^ 
and the election of four of our '89 delegation (of seven) to the 
Senior Scientific Society (honorary ; fifteen members). We also- 
have some of the best musicians in college. Last year we had 
more men on musical organizations than any of our eight rivals, 
except one. 

Nine men were initiated in October ; seven from '92, one 
from '91, and one from '89. Brother Lester, from Tennessee 
Alpha, and brother Newell, from Vermont Alpha, were aflSliated. 
Of the entering members, three in '92 are in near the head of the 
class in scholarship. One, brother Tully, divided the Porter 
Admission Prize with a member o( J K E, On the evening of 
our initiation we gave our friends a reception, in honor of our 
establishment in our chapter house. Two hundred and fifty in- 
vitations wer*^ sent out, but on account of the rain only a hundred 
guests were present, yet we thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment,, 
and were greatly pleased to hear our friends from town, who are 
in the hibit of attending the elegant receptions of our Grecian 
rivals, pronounce our's the pleasantest, most cordial, and most 
" endurable " reception they had attended for some time. Our 
standing in college has constantly risen. While we are conscious 
that our influence in college is yet small, on account of our 
youth, we are confident that the principles of J 6 are bound 
to make it at last the foremost fraternity in a college which is the 
greatest stronghold of the Eastern organizations. W Tis the 
most influential fraternity at Amherst, and we are proud to num- 
ber her among our friends. The kindness of its members has 
been very grateful. A A ^ comes next with its aristocratic, 
blue blooded brotherhood. X ¥^and A K E have a high rank. 
A T, B S n and 6> J -Y are pretty generally acknowledged by 
the Greek world here to yield to us in standing, though they are 
chapters of some years duration. X ^, we hope, will be the next 
to fall behind in reputation, as we believe she already has in the 
real merit of her men. Our rivalry is altogether a friendly one, 
and we are not afraid to yield a point whenever right demands it 
Our chapter house, now very elegantly furnished, is a constant 
source of congratulation. Our prospects for college honors the 
present year is excellent, indeed, a great deal better than last 
year. We are heartily glad to see our Phi brothers in Amherst, 
and we cordially invite them, if they ever come this way, to call 
at our house on College Street. 

March 17, 1889. A. S. Cody. 


Pennsylvania Gamma, Washington and Jefferson College. 

Pennsylvania Gamma has been having another prosperous 
year. The number of her active members is 1 5, the largest mem- 
bership of any of Washington and Jefferson's six fraternities. 
The average scholarship of the members is far ahead of that of 
any olher fraternity in our college. This is readily proven by 
the fact that Phi Delta Theta men received two of the four "One 
Straights" in the Senior Class in both the ist and 2d terms of 
this year. In the Junior Class Phis received three out of six 
"One Straights" the ist term, and three out of seven the 2d 
term. Our standing can be judged from the fact that the Senior 
Class contains 36 members, 5 Phis, and the Junior Class 42 mem- 
bers, 5 Phis. At the Annual Contest of the Philo and Franklin 
Literary Societies, brother Haymaker represented the Philo Soci- 
ety on debate, having the negative of the question ** Should the 
United States Government own and control the Telegraph 
System of our country ?" Brother Haymaker, with one of the 
finest debates ever delivered at our college, easily defeated his 
opponent, an anti-frat., whom a number of his fellow **Aniis" 
consider a sort of a god, and worship accordingly. Brother 
Ewing, of '90, will teach in Armstrong County this term. He, 
however, will return to graduate with '90 next year. We have 
initiated only two men this year, but both are real additions to 
our chapter, and full of Phi enthusiasm. 

We first initiated Haldain Bayne Hughes, Washington, Pa., 
and a short time later Morgan Dodge Hays, Washington, Pa. 
Both are Freshmen, stand high in their classes, and are worthy 

Brother A. J. Montgomery, Jr., of class of '87, was married on 
March 24th to Miss Henrietta B. Duff, of East Liberty, Pa. 
Rev. and Mrs. Montgomery leave this week for their mission 
field in Kentucky. Pennsylvania Gamma has enjoyed prosperity 
continually since her founding, and the outlook was never more 
promising than now. 

Washington, April 6th, 1889. John B. Clare. 

Pennsylvania Delta, Allegheny. College. 

Pennsylvania Delta has good news ^o tell. We have moved 
into an elegant suite of rooms — our own. They are situated on 
the second floor of the Kitchen Block. The walls and ceiling 
are adorned with fine new paper, in which azure is a prevailing 
color. The best of brussels and ingrain cover the floors, and the 
furniture is of antique oak and plush. Heavy curtains and por- 
tierres abound. We have plenty of room for our ** William," who, 
as most of the boys can testify, is of no mean species. In this 
new enterprise our alumni have stood by us nobly, and have 


caused us to succeed to such an extent that the chapter is practi- 
cally out of debt. We are not disposed to self-praise, but still 
we feel justified in the pride we take in our Phi Home, since 
Pennsylvania Delta has been established but ten years. We have 
discussed the chapter house a good deal, and conclude that we 
do not want one at present, as the chapter house at Allegheny 
has not been very fully tried. 

Why is it that we did not receive the full number of circular let- 
ters ? Is it possible they were not published by some chapters ? Or 
was it an accident that we did not get as many as we should ? I 
hope it is owing to the latter supposition. We take good care of 
these letters and have them bound in durable fonn as they will be 
valuable to us as a matter of history. One good feature which 
we have in regard to the circular letter is perhaps peculiar to us. 
It is that each alumnus, on receipt of the letter, sends the treas- 
urer one dollar as a token of his regard for the chapter. We are 
pleased to say that quite a number responded this year. 

We anticipate a grand re-union at the celebration of our Tenth 
Anniversary Commencement week. From letters already re^ 
ceived, we have reason to expect a goodly number of Phis. This 
commencement will be especially interesting, as it is Allegheny's 
triennial Alumni year. The invitations to the Anniversary exer- 
cises and banquet will be issued soon, and will give explicit 

April 6, 1889. Edw. P. Cousb. 


South Carolina Beta, University of South Carolina. 

Nothing of importance has transpired in fraternity circles since 
our last report. Our chapter is still in a healthy condition, and 
has not failed to capture her share of honors during the year. 
This entire year has been especially characterized by harmony of 
feeling between the different fraternities. All seem to be satisfied 
with the results of their industrious ** rushing," consequently 
there has been no cause whatever for jealousy or petty rows. 
The standard of fraternity men has been considerably raised in 
this institution, and this fact alone has exercised a healthful in- 
fluence upon the relations between members of different frater- 
nities. Brother D. F. Houston, '%'], is with us at the present 
writing. He obtained one week's holiday from his school in 
Spartenburg, and has decided to spend a portion of the time with 
his alma mater and South Carolina Beta. We are always glad 
to welcome him. Brother J. E. Curry, ex-'89, of Gastonia, N. C, 
and Miss Ida Dixon, of Charlotte, N. C, were united in the holy 
bonds of wedlock last week. Brother Curry is a promineDt 


druggist of Gastonia. H. A. Brunson has been elected statisti- 
cian for class day exercises. South Carolina Beta extends a 
hearty greeting to Rhode Island Alpha. 

Columbia, April 8th, 1889. Harry A. Brunson. 

Georgia Beta, Emory College 

It is with feelinj^s of triumph that Georgia Beta sends her 
report this time. Since last I wrote you we have scored two- 
decided successes, first in giving the best banquet Oxford has 
seen in a long time, if not the best ever had here, and second, in 
initiating one of the best men in college. This last happy 
event took place April 5th, and we now take great pleasure in 
introducing brother J. F. Bue to our other chapters as a worthy 
brother and a fellow laborer for Phi Delta Theta's honor. The 
banquet was given March 2 2d, at the residence of president 
Candler, who, though a member of another fraternity, welcomed 
us hospitably, and entertained us royally. We scored a decided 
success, the ladies, both resident and visiting, declaring it the best 
thing of the kind they ever attended. We may mention among 
the toasts one to *' Benjamin Harrison, the foremost Phi Delta 
Theta in the world." responded to in a happy way by a loyal 
Democratic alumnus. The whole was an evening of pleasure 
we never expect to see surpassed. 

In the "Senior Class Four Exercises" on March ist, we may 
mention as most prominent parts of the programme the class 
history b> brother R. F. Eakes, the class prophecy by brother 
J. P. McKee, and the class song by brother J. N. Snow. Each 
was unique and good of its kind. College alfairs in general are 
quiet now' but soon the places for commencement will be made 
known. We expect Phi Delta Theta as usual to obtain a large 
part of these. 

Oxford, April loth, 1889. J. F. Daves. 

Tennessee Beta, University of the South. 

Tennessee Beta once more greets her sister chapters, and 
hopes that in the past year they were all as prosperous as she. 
We have initiated in the past year nine men, two of whom were 
professors in the University, viz.: Rev. Brother A. A. Benton, of 
the Theological Department, and Ell wood Wilson, ex-professor 
of Commercial Law, and now a resident. We have also affiliat- 
ed brothers Armstrong, of New York Delta. Pumell, of Missis- 
sippi Alpha, and Cambell, of Kentucky Alpha. We have now a 
membership of fourteen good men. There are five other frater- 
nities of the mountain, viz., A T A^ 2 A E, K 2, K A, and 
A T £1, and we rank as high as any of them. We have lost four 


good men in the past year, viz., Rev. brother Grubb, who takes 
charge of a parish in Jacksonville, Florida, brother Howard, who 
enters business in Boston, Mass., brother Cotlam, who enters 
business in New Orleans, La., and brother Haden, who was too 
ill at the time school opened to enter, but will probably return 
in August. We have been working on our chapter house grounds 
like real Greeks lately, and hope in a short time to reap reward 
for our labors. 

Sewanee, April 8th, 1889. L. Channing Moo&i. 

Alabama Alpha, University of Alabama. 

The third term of our collegiate has begun, and as every Phi 
did himself justice in the examinations just closed, we start io 
for the next three months with renewed vigor. Alabama Alpha 
never was in a more prosperous condition than at the present 
time ; and she is in perfect harmony with all of the Greeks in 
college. We are ^lad to hear that the Phis in Birmingham, Ala., 
are going to make an effort to establish an alumni chapter 
there, as there are fully twenty-five Phis in the place, and as that 
place has been selected for holding our next Annual State Con- 
vention in June. It was very necessary that we should have a 
chapter there, and we congratulate the Brimingham Phis on 
their enthusiasm. Alabama Alpha hopes to attend the con- 
vention in full force, as it is immediately after our commence- 

The Scroll, in the March issue, spoke as if some of the 
Alabama chapters were wanting in their Scroll tax. We are 
glad to say this does not strike us, for we have paid up all of our 
dues, and always do. 

Our circular letter has been issued and we hope every chapter 
as well as every one of our alumni will receive one. 

We are always glad to see any Phi who may be passing 
through Tuscaloosa ; in fact we urge every one to make himself 
known to us, and he will receive a hearty welcome from twenty- 
five of us. 

Tuscaloosa, April 6, 1889. W. S. Smith. 

Alabama Beta, Alabama Polytechnic Institute. 

It seems from some cause or other, we have not had a letter 
in the Scroll since college opened. We hope that the sister 
chapters will not think that we have been asleep, or that it has 
been for a want of enthusiasm, for we have been exceedingly en- 
thusiastic in trying to select such men as would prove an honor 
to our noble Brotherhood. And we feel assured that we have 
initiated into the mysteries of ^ -^ (^ ten brothers who will stand 
the test ; with these, and ten old boys, the ^ J © fraternity at 


the A. & M. C. still stands firm and strong, and at the top round 
of the ladder. We are glad to welcome brother C. L. Newman, 
of '86, back again to the A. & M. C. ; he has resigned the posi- 
tion as Assistant Professor of Agriculture in the University of 
Tennessee, which he has held for the past two years. In Feb- 
ruary last we celebrated our nth anniversary, and though the 
chilling winds blew and the snow fell fast, all who attended pro- 
nounced it one of the grandest affairs of the kind ever given in 

In an oratorical contest between two representatives of the 
West and Websterian Literary Societies, held on the 2 2d of Feb- 
ruary, we were represented by brother J. F. Wilkinson, who, it 
was said by some of the ablest critics, delivered the best oration 
on that occasion. The college will celebrate on the 30th inst, 
the centennial inauguration of the first president of the United 
States, at night ; there will be declamations by eleven Sopho- 
mores, and brothers J. M. Tharin, R. C. Smith and L. E. Baker 
will represent ^ J © ; i\xt K As will have three representatives ; 
the A T£l% one ;\ht 2 A Es one, and the '* Barbs " three. 

Auburn, April 13th, 1889. L. E. Baker. 

Mississippi Alpha, University of Mississippi. 

Ground has been broken and foundations laid for the new 
library and museum building. It is to be a very imposing 
structure, and is located well to add to the natural beauty of 
our campus. Extensive improvements are also being made in 
chemical laboratory. The Professor will probably be allowed 
another assistant for next term. 

The annual chapter letters from the majority of our chapters 
have come to hand, and they all increase our already strong 
enthusiasm for the cause of Phi Delta Theta, making us feel 
that we are in deed and in truth a *' National Fraternity." But 
some chapters are still delinquent — generally those too from 
whom we seldom hear in the Scroll. Brother Frank Purnell in- 
stead of returning the 2nd term as we hoped, has affiliated with 
Tenn. Beta at Sewanee, Tenn. We are sorry to lose him. 

Oxford, April 6, 1889. E. J. Buck. 


Ohio Alpha, Miami University. 

Nothing has occurred during the past month to disturb the 
calmness that at present pervades the atmosphere about Miami 
University and Ohio Alpha. The winter term closed March 
26th. The spring term opened April 3d. The most important 
event that has taken place since the opening of the spring terra 
is the formation of a permanent Athletic Association. 


It is gratifying to read the circular letters from the different 
chapters, and note the fact, that Phi Delta Theta is second to 
none in the great fraternity race. Brother Cruikshank will not 
be with us this term. He has gone to Corning, O. Brother 
Cruikshank is a loyal and zealous worker for Phi Delta Theta. 
His absence makes a vacant chair which will be hard to fill. 
We wish him all the success possible in his undertakings. 

Oxford, April 7, 1889. J. H. McCrsadt. 


Michigan Alpha, University of Michigan. 

Everything here is exceedingly quiet now in fraternity circles. 
Very few men are being rushed by any of them. The inter- 
fraternity base -ball league has been reorganized, and there are 
promises of some interesting games. There is also talk of 
organizing a class league. 

We are lacking in many of the circular letters of our sister 
chapters. Those who have not sent us any will know the 
chapters meant 

The Oracle^ the annual publication of the sophomore class, 
appealed last week, and has produced quite a favorable impres- 
sion. A noticeable feature is the omission of the extremely 
personal and heart-rending **grinds" which generally form the 
chief characteristic of college publications. Those which do 
occur are very mild. 

The recent sudden death of Prof. Morris, who held the chair 
of philosophy, has caused much regret and sorrow to all alike. 
He was a man universally respected and admired, and a very 
able teacher. 

The University Calendar for 1888-9 is out and gives some in- 
teresting statistics. There are 1882 students registered. The 
Literary Department has 824 ; the Medical, 371 ; the Law 400; 
the Pharmacy, 106; the Homoeopathic, 13; Dental, 108. 
There are 305 ladies, 202 in the Literary Department. After 
1890 the requirements for admission of students for A. B. will 
be changed. Mathematics and Latin will be decreased and 
preparation required in Natural Philosophy and Botany. 

April 5, 1889. J. T. N. HoYT. 

Michigan Beta, Michigan Agricultural College. 

Michigan Beta is in a flourishing condition. School opened 
the last of February after our long vacation which occurs in the 
winter. All of the brothers are present except Stockwell and 
Woodworth. We have two initiates to introduce to Phidom, 
brother G. A. Peabody, '92, of Detroit Michigan, and J. 
H. F. Mullett, '90, of Meridian, Michigan. This makes our 


total membership sixteen, and we hope soon to add more good 
men to the chapter. We are in receipt of the circular letters for 
1889, and find in them much of interest. We think them a de- 
cided improvement upon those issued last year, and they show, 
as nothing else could, the good work being accomplished by the 
fraternity at large. 

Delta Tau Delta, the only other fraternity represented here, 
has been increasing its members and seems to be doing good 

Brother N. S. Mayo, '88, graduates from the Chicago Veteri- 
nary College this month. Brother F. B. Stockwell, '90, is 
studying law in Pontiac, Michigan. The Michigan Inter-Col- 
legiate Athletic Association soon holds a Field Day and we 
shall be well represented in the various sports, and hope to 
carry off not a few of the prizes. 

March 18, 1889. R. S. Baker. 

Michigan Gamma, Hillsdale College. 

The work of the Phis this winter, both in classes and the liter- 
ary societies, has been quite satisfactory. Of the three honors for 
the Freshmen in oratory, brother Molby received first, and one 
of our pledged men took another. Of society and class offices 
we hold a goodly number, which is of value mostly as it indicates 
in what esteem our men are held. Brother Hiller is president of 
the senior class. Brother Barringer is president of the State 
Inter-Collegiate Athletic Association. The bright prospects for 
the fraternity at large, as indicated in the circular letters that are 
so welcome from our sister chapters, must awaken renewed zeal 
all along the line. We feel like congratulating the general fra- 
ternity again for the policy which inspired the provision for the 
circular greetings. 

Hillsdale, April 7th, 1889. E. D. Palmer. 


Illinois Zeta, Lombard University. 

To-day opens the spring term at Lombard, and while it is yet 
early to make accurate predictions, everything seems to promise 
good things for the University. Among the students gathered in 
the registration room, some new faces were seen, and not many 
of the old ones missed. The attendance, as usual, however, will 
probably be below that of the fall and winter terms. The last 
month of last term was a very pleasant one for the Phis, marred 
only by the sickness of brother Rost, which necessitated his leav- 
ing school probably not to return soon, if at all. We were all 
grieved to part with him, for although he was but a member for a 


short time, he showed from the beginning a truly loyal Phi spirit, 
and was ever ready to do for the good of the chapter. 

In the examinations of the term, Phi boys maintained an ex- 
ceedingly good average, and are to be congratulated on the work 
of the term. In the election of officers in the literary societies, 
we did not fare so well as ordinarily, but as fraternity politics do 
not enter into these elections, we cannot admit that we were in 
any way beaten. Offices here go by rotation, according to classes, 
and fraternity men don't always vote for a member of their own 
fraternity. The most important office that we got this time was 
the vice-presidency of the Erosophian Society. Arrangements 
for Field Day are now beginning to be made. Brothers Moore 
and McConnell, president and secretary respectively of the 
Athletic Association, are laboring hard to make the day a suc- 
cess — as no doubt it will be. 

On the evening of March 21, we had the pleasure of a visit 
at our meeting from brother Chas. W. Sly, formerly a member of 
'88. Brother Sly, after graduating from a Chicago Medical Col- 
lege last spring, has been practising his profession in Chicago 
until recently, but is temporarily located at Galesburg at the 
present time. He will either return shortly to Chicago, or 
seek some other field of labor. Brother O. G. Colegrove, '87, 
spent a few days with us recently, and we had a very pleasant 
visit. He is the very popular pastor of the Universalist Church 
at Morrison, 111. 

Illinois Zeta is very much interested in holding a Province 
Convention next year. As will be seen by my letter published 
elsewhere in this issue, we adopted a plan for a convention, which 
is to be submitted to the other chapters of this province. We are 
very much in earnest on the subject, and hope that the rest of the 
chapters will lend us a helping hand. Certainly nothing could 
benefit us more, all of us, every chapter, than the holding of a 
Province Convention. The plan we have submitted we regard as 
having the advantage of the least possible expense of time and 
money, as well as the greatest amount of good to be derived for 
the outlay. The chapter has appointed the undersigned as a 
committee for the purpose of working the subject up among the 
chapters, and I would be glad to hear from each Phi in the prov- 
ince on the subject. This subject is not one in which any chap- 
ter has any peculiar interest, and the holding of a convention is 
not for the purpose of promoting the interests of any one chapter 
at the expense of the others, but for the purpose of helping all 
the chapters of this province, and of the fraternity at large, and 
to promote the interests of Phi Delta Theta in this province. By 
organization we can locate every Phi in the province, and hold 
them together, and hence we can form a body of good and strong 
men, working together for the good of the fraternity and their 
fellow members at all times and opportunities. 

April 4, 1889. Sam. D. Harsh. 


Wisconsin Alpha, University of Wisconsin. 

Since our last letter, the annual reception given by Beta Theta 
Pi. Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Delta Theta, Chi Psi, and Sigma Chi, has 
occurred. It is the swell affair of the year at this college. The 
invitations were not received here until the Saturday before the 
date, (which occurred Friday, March ist,) and owing to this un- 
fortunate fact our alumni did not receive warning in time to 
make arrangements for coming. Brother David F. Simpson, '83, 
of Minneapolis, was our only alumnus present. Brother Harry 
H. Beaser, '84, visited us the last of the term. Since his return 
home to Ashland, Wisconsin, he has been elected mayor on the 
Democratic ticket. Complete news of the chapter's doings will 
be found in our circular letter. We have delayed issuing it in 
order to complete our plans for a chapter house, and lay them 
before the alumni. We have made no new initiations since our 
last letter, but will probably make one soon. The fraternities 
here now number : Chi Psi, 21 ; Phi Kappa Psi. 22 ; SigmaChi, 
16 ; Beta Theta Pi, 18 ; Delta Tau Delta, 6; Delta Upsilon, 
14, and Phi Delta Theta, 21. Numbers are not always an indi- 
cation of prosperity, but in the U. W. they are. The fraternities 
here choose men for social qualities rather than for intellect. To 
such an extent has this been carried that the fraternities now 
monopolize the college society, and are branded and hated as 
aristocrats by the neutrals. Beta Theta Pi and Delta Upsilon 
possibly form an exception to this statement, but both of them 
have always been to some degree prominent in society, 
although it is their avowed principle to choose for head rather 
than heels. In personal popularity with the neutrals, our chap- 
ter clearly bears the palm. Entire absence of disgraceful schem- 
ing, and the presence of a gentlemanly and courteous manner 
towards our college mates has secured us the respect of the col- 
lege. Not only are we popular with the neutrals, but we venture 
to say that we are on better terms with the other Greeks than any 
chapter here. Chi Psi, Beta Theta Pi, and Phi Kappa Psi 
occupy rented chapter houses. Chi Psi has occupied theirs for 
many years. It is a small wooden house, containing two small 
parlors, rooms for five men, and a kitchen ; it rents for $25 a 
month. Beta Theta Pi occupies the finest chapter house in 
town. It contains three very large parlors, rooms for sixteen 
men, bath room and lodge room. It is finished in hard wood 
down stairs, is on a lake lot, and rents for $600, an extraordi- 
nary cheap rent for the house. Phi Kappa Psi occupies the 
house of ex-president Bascom. It is a nice house of old fashion- 
ed style, contains a fairly large suite of parlors, and rooms for 
sixteen men. It is not so large or handsome a house as the Beta 
house, but is located on a very fine and large lot. It rents for 
^600 a year. We occupy a new suite of rooms in a block. 


They are 100x22 ; they are divided into two rooms for dancing 
and meeting, separated by an arch, a billiard room and a dress- 
ing room. In tne matter of furnishing we are richer than any 
chapter here. We have fine furniture and a billiard table and 
piano. Phi Kappa Psi and Sigma Chi have pianos, but none of 
the rest have. We are the only chapter that has a billiard table. 
At the time we negotiated for our present quarters, Chi Psi was 
the only chapter occupying a house, and they were somewhat 
chary in dignifying their modest establishment with so preten- 
tious a title as ** chapter house." However, we have always led 
in the matter of size and elegance of chapter hall, and we shall 
not take a back seat in the matter of chapter house. Complete 
exposition of our plans will be found in our circular letter. 
Madison, April 7th, 1889. W. A. Curtis. 

Missouri Alpha, Missouri State University. 

Missouri Alpha has little of interest to report this month, ex- 
cept to announce to the fraternity at large that the resignation of 
brother Arch. M. Turner was tendered to and accepted by Mis- 
souri Alpha at a recent meeting. Considering the circumstances 
that attended the case, such an action was best for himself and 
the general harmony of the chapter. At a recent meeting of the 
Athenaean Literary Society, brothers Kellum and Haines were 
elected to represent that society in a declamation contest between 
the abovementioned society and the young ladies' literary soc- 
iety, the contest to be held some time near commencement 
week. The all absorbing topic, at present, with our soldier 
Phis is the coming annual encampment of the cadet battalion. 
We are expecting several other military schools to join us for a 
ten days' sojourn in camp during the month of May, and on 
account of our past experience in camp life the boys are antici- 
pating the joliiest time of the year. 

We would like to hear from all the chapters of Eta Province, 
as to what they think of a Province Convention in Kansas City in 
June. The scheme, which was suggested by Nebraska Alpha, 
we heartily endorse, believing that it would be very beneficial in 
promoting the interests of Phi Delta Theta in the west. 

Columbia, April 8th, 1889. R. T. Haines. 

Missouri Beta, Westminster College. 

Missouri Beta has not been making much fuss over her work 
this session, but is still standing her ground. She has more 
members and is doing better work than she has for some time. 
The interest in her work keeps a full attendance upon all of her 


meetings. The regular weekly meeting is seldom wanting of a 
single member of the chapter. Our meeting^s abound in instruct- 
ive literary exercises, proper and wholesome jokes, beautiful and 
heart-stirring Phi Delta songs, and a free discussion of the chap- 
ter's interests both now and for the future. Since our last report 
brother George Miller has returned to further his literary pur- 
suits and add to the interest of the chapter. Our membership is 
now thirteen. From the sixteen graduates this year there have 
been seven speakers chosen for the June exercises, Phis, three ; 
Barbs, two, and Beta's two. The Phis are also ahead in the 
social line, having won several young ladies whom the Betas 
were doing their utmost to capture. JBrother Ferguson goes as 
there presentative of the Philologic Literary Society to the ''Inter- 
Collegiate State Oratorical Contest," to be held in May in one of 
the neighboring towns, place undecided as yet. 

Fulton, April 8th, 1889. W. S. Foreman. 

Iowa Alpha, Iowa Wesleyan University. 

Iowa's State Oratorical Association is composed of the fifteen 
representative colleges of the State. At the last annual meeting 
in February, Mt. Pleasant was chosen by almost common consent 
as the place for the next contest. It was further left to our associ- 
ation to elect the vice-president of the State Association for the 
ensuing year. A very spirited canvas preceded the election ; 
however **a free ballot and a fair count" secured the election of 
brother C. F. Weir. We removed from our old hall at the end 
of the winter term, and we are now permanently located in the 
National State Bank block. Our new hall is superior to the old 
one in every respect, and is large enough to accommodate the 
chapter until we are able to build a chapter house. Fraternity 
feelin^^ ran high during the last session. Numerically we stand 
as follows : B (^) Uy thirteen ; P K O, thirteen ; ^ ^ 0, seven- 
teen ; n B ^y nineteen. The annual letter from almost all the 
chapters has been received. We note with pleasure the certain 
signs of prosperity throughout the fraternity. 

Mount Pleasant, April i, 1889. Will H. Spurgeon. 

California Alpha, University of California. 

A MONTH ago we moved into our new quarters, which has been 
leased for a term of years. California Alpha has now reached a 
degree of prosperity for which she has been striving ever smce her 
re-establishment three years ago. She is strong in numbers, full 
of enthusiasm, and possesses a chapter house equal to that of any 
fraternity in Berkeley. The ready response ol our alumni 
enabled us to complete the furnishing within two weeks after 
taking possession. With all due respect to our rivals, it is safe 


to assert that the Phis now hold a position not excelled bj any 
of the older chapters here. The celebration of the University's 
twenty-first birthday occurred on the 23d. Brother Melvin ably 
represented us as president of the day. An innovation in the 
literary exercises was introduced by the discussion by the sopho- 
more representative of ^* The Function of College Greek Letter 
Fraternities." The subject was well handled from the fraternity 
standpoint. It afforded also an opportunity to the anti-fraternity 
element, who for some time had preserved a respectful silence, to 
again display itself in the college weekly, which is controlled ex- 
clusively by non-fralernity men. On all such public days the 
fraternities keep open house ; the Phis were not outdone either 
in the entertainment or number of guests, a large share of the suc- 
cess being due to the young ladies interested in jd G. It 
afforded us considerable satisfaction to note that the majority 
of the * * co-eds " at the afternoon dance wore the white and 
blue. In the evening there was a house-warming, only members 
with their ladies being present ; the day was a thoroughly enjoy- 
able one, and will long be remembered with the advent into our 
new quarters. Among other non-resident Phis present, was 
brother L. S. Clark, Wisconsin Alpha, '59, who was instrumental 
in establishing the old chapter in '73. 

We wish long life and prosperity to Rhode Island Alpha. 

April I, 1889. H. G. Parker. 


The many friends of brother a. J. Montgomery, will be glad 
to know that he is " perfectly happy". 

He was married on March 25th to Miss Hennie B. Duff. 
The ceremony was performed at the home of the bride's mother, 
in East End Pittsburgh, by the Rev. G. W. Chalfant, of the 
Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, and was witnessed by none 
but the near relatives and a few intimate friends of the highly 
contracting parlies. The bride's habit was of fawn-colored 
French goods, with pink brochet, made in pure directoire style, 
the front being adorned with point applique lace and the pin of 
''Phi Delta Thetar 

The groom wore the conventional Prince Albert suit After 
the ceremony a short reception was held and then, amid showers 
of rice and good wishes, the happy couple left for Philadelphia 
where they will spend the honeymoon. The bride graduated 
from the Washington Female Seminary in 1887, and it was 
there that brother M., while a student at Washington and Jeffer- 
son College, met her and "shee witched him" ; and he has now 
proven beyond a doubt the truth of the words of our song book : 

"The Phi girls are the best by far ; now, who, sir, will deny it ?" 
She is a daughter of the late Thos. Duff and niece of the Hon. 


John Dalzell, of Swissvale, the present Congressman from that 
district Brother Montgomery has one more year in the 
Theological Seminar)-, to complete his course, and he expects to 
attend the McCormick Seminary in Chicago next year. 

The presents received were numerous and cosily : among 
them being a handsome purse of money, and many pieces of 
fine silver-ware. 

I think I am safe in extending to them the congratulations 
and best wishes of the entire fratemitv : and in return, 1 assure 
every "brother in the bond" that the zeal by which brother 
M's. work for Phi Delta Pheta has been characterized, will only 
be strengthened by the presence of his wife so loyal to the 

* * Joy and happiness be thine ." 
D. M. S. 


Maine Alpha. 

A, H. Brainard is Principal of Bethlehem, N. H., High 

Edward Fuller is practising law at Duluth, Minn. 

Rufus Moulton is connected with the Worcester, Mass., City 

S. Gallert is studying law with Webb & Webb, in this city. 

Ohio Beta. 

'60. Brother A. P. Collins is President Board of Trustees of 
the Kansas Wesleyan University, at Salina, Kansas. 

'60. Brother Joseph G. Schnebly is practising medicine at 
Baldwin City, Kansas. Brothers Collins and Schnebly were both 
members of the Kansas House of Representatives in '82-'84. 

'78. Brother C. M. Idleman, formerly of Marion, O., has a 
lucrative law practice at Portland, Oregon. 

'87. Brother Lee W. Squier is pastor of the M. E. Church, 
Hudson. O. 

'83. Brother Rush P. Bigley, Delegate National Convention, 
Richmond, Va., '82. and Assistant Editor Scroll in '82, is a 
prosperous merchant at DeGraff, O. 

'84. Brother L. Seig Lupton is a rising young physician of 
Delaware. O. 

'85. Brother A. B. Murphy, is at Bowling Green, O., and 
writes Attorney-at-law, Notary Public and Abstractor of Titles 
after his name. 

'85. Brother Jos. W. Benschoter is a member of the firm of 
Benschoter Bros., Real Estate and Insurance, Bowling Green, O. 

'86. Brother R. L. Leeds is with Leeds & Scott, grain com- 
mission merchants, Columbus, O. 


'86. Brother Frank Milling ton is the Millington of Avery &. 
Millington, proprietors, Larimer Co., Abstract Books, Ft. Collins, 

'87. Brother W. E. Miller is Superintendent of Schools. 
Dixon, Ky. 

California Alpha. 

'75. L, H. DeFriese, is now in Athens, Greece. 

'76. J. N. E. Wilson has returned to San Francisco from 
Sacramento, where he has been representing his district in the 
State Senate. 

'76. Col. W. H. Chamberlain, who was recently presented 
with a $500 set of silverware by the Dirigo Club, of which he is 
the popular president, is a prominent candidate for the post- 
mastership of San Francisco. 

'76. A. C. Bradford, Jr., whose whereabouts was not report- 
ed in the circular letter, is a thriving farmer near Nelson, Butie 
Co., Cal. 


The Scroll of Phi Delta Theta for March is a most interesting 
number. The article on the ** Greek World and Press " is espec- 
ially entertaining and full of information. Old fraternity records 
occupy several pages, and give a lesson to the chapters of to-day 
of the true spirit of their fraternity founders, with an incentive to 
keep up the good work. The editorial department is well filled, 
while the most important part of a fraternity publication, viz., 
chapter letters, bears evidence of a prosperous condition of this 
excellent fraternity. Twenty-two chapter letters are published. 
— Cincinnati Commercial Gazette. 

" Mr. John R. Spears, the writer of The Dramatic Story of a 
Mountain Feud, has been a member of the Sun staff for six years. 
He came to New York from the Buffalo Express, on which he 
was a reporter. Before that he was the editor for five years of 
the Silvfr Creek Local, a Chautauqua County Weekly. His edu- 
cation was obtained chiefly during the three years he served as a 
cadet at the U. S. Naval Academy. On the Sun Mr. Spears has 
been in the department of j^eneral work. He wrote the famous 
reports of the Volunteer-Thistle yacht race. He has written a 
backwoods story for the Youth's Companion, and the November 
number of Scrihners Magazine contams a sea story from his pen 
— The Port of Missing Ships. It is a genuine pleasure to recom- 
mend the work of this direct, forcible and dramatic writer to the 
reading public." — Current Literature, November, 1888. 

Brother Spears, who is a member of Indiana Gamma, '72, 
has written another story for Scrihners Magazine for April, 1889, 
and is a regular contributor to Young Hearts, 



Information is wanted by the editors of the cataloj?ue con- 
cerning the men whose names are appended. Any kind of in- 
formation will be acceptable. The address given with each 
name is the last address known. Full names are given in all 
cases where they are known, and when not given they are wanted. 
Deceased members are marked with an asterisk, and the last ad- 
dress known is given in each case. Information as to exact 
time and place of death and other facts of interest are desired. 

The editors desire to make the new edition of the catalogue 
complete in every particular. Thus far they have been unable 
to obtain any trace of the men whose names are here given, and 
it is hoped that every member of the fraternity will respond with 
such information as he can give, or give any sources from which 
the information may probably be obtained. Those who are in 
the localities where any of these men were last heard from are 
earnestly requested to institute inquiries concerning them. 

In order that the information may be of the greatest benefit 
it should be sent immediaUly, but it will be acceptable at any 
time. Read the whole list over carefully, and especially that of 
your own chapter. 

Indiana Alpha, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 

* Nelson Ebenezer Cobleigh, '43, A. B. — Atlanta, Ga. 
William H. Barnes, '54, Jacksonville, 111.; Asst. Judge, Ari- 
zona, Ter., '^^, 

John Chapman Miller. '55, A. M., Bethany — Nineveh, Ind. 

* Joseph Barrett Atchison, '58, — Ind. Inf., Greenfield, Ind. 
Newton A. Johnson, *(i^, Galesburg, 111. 

Seth Robinson, ^dd^ Jacksonville, III. 

Rowland Thomas Dupuy, '68, 2d St. — Ky., Ind., Austin, 

Martin D. Hamilton, '7i» San Diego, Cal. 
Albert L. Grimes, '73. died — Spring Garden, 111. 
Eli C. Baker. '']'], Louisville, Ky. 
William II. Baker, '78, Louisville, Ky. 

Indiana Beta, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana. 

John Quincy Adams Blackwell, '58, U. S. A., Surg. — Div. 
'64. Foristel, Mo. 

James Guthrie, '59, Marion, Ind. 

Archibald Hill McDonald, '60, died — Rochester, Ind., Dan- 
ville, 111., or Bloomfield, 111. 

* James P. Pratt, '62, Logansport, Ind. 

* John J. P. Blinn, ^d^, Crawfordsville, Ind. 


* Martin J. Miller, '64, Greencastle, Ind. 
J. N. Talbot, '72, M. D. — Santa Rosa, Cal., or Greencastle^ 

Indiana Gamma, Butler University, Irvington, Indiana. 

Bjron Kosciusko Elliott, 56, LL. D., Butler — Indianapolis, 

* Daniel S. R. Kern, '67, Bedford, Ind. 

* J. T. Jackson, '62, died — , Oskaloosa, Iowa. 

* P. J. Squier, '63, U. S. A. — Ind. Inf., Hall's Corners, Ind. 
David Newton Utter, '67, Kansas City, Mo. Perhaps in Oregon. 
Samuel Winfield, '69, M. D. -—. Wabash, Ind. 

. M. Kelsey, '71, Indianapolis, Ind. 

. B. Johnson, '74, Kokomo, Ind. 

. H. Rohrer, '74, Logansport, Ind. 

George Mason Boyce, '75, name probably "Royce," Minis- 
ter, Chicago III. 
Edward Knotts Evarts, *76, M. D. — .Napa City, Cal. 

Indiana Delta, Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana. 

Lorenzo W. Billingsley, '62, Lincoln, Neb. 
Lawrence McNutt, '78. attended Earlham College. 
James L. Williams, '78, Wadesboro, N. C. 
Charles T. Holt, '80, Haw River, N. C. 

Indiana Epsilon, Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana. 

W. W. T. Evans, '72, Waynesville, or Jacksonville, 111. 
William F. Yocum, '72, Greenville, Miss. 
Nathaniel L. Rice Johnson, '74, Cincinnati, Ohio. 
James Franklin Cubbins, '77, Memphis, Tenn. 
Holman Oliver Ross, '78. Indianapolis, Ind. 
John H. Dellinger, 'S6, Utica, Clark Co., Ind. 

Indiana Zeta, De Pauw University, Grkencastle, Indiana. 

Albert L. Wyeth, '69, Terre Haute, Ind. 

* Joseph D. Strout, '70, Terre Haute, Ind. 
Charles H. A. Gordon, '72, Terre Haute, Ind. 

* Henry Clay Faucett, 'y^, M. D. — .Orleans. Ind. 
Charles C. O'Boyle, 73, Terre Haute, Ind. 

* Andrew R. Sheets, '73, Terre Haute, Ind. 

* James B. Dell, '78, Indianapolis, Ind. 
ohn Joseph Nagle, '87, Otterbein, Ind. 


Richard Thomas Savin, '87, Meth. Epis. Min., 1262 Lexing- 
ton Ave., New York, N. Y. 
Arthur Lewis Sheets, '87, Remington, Ind. 

Illinois Alpha, Northwestern University, Evanston, 


Homer Allured Plimpton, '59, Supt. Anglo-Am. Mining Co., 
Red Cliff, Col. Circular returned. 

Findley D. Brown, 61, Rockford, 111. 
* Charles Henry Simpson, '62, died, Philadelphia, Fa. — 1868. 

C. E. Smith, '62, Rochester, N. Y. College address, Spring- 
field, Mass. 

C. E. Smith, '82, merchant at Chicago, '71. Rochester, N. Y. 
Circular returned from Rochester. 

Illinois Beta, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. 

William Henry Fitch, Jr., '65, Book-keeper, 176 Madison St., 

Chicago, 111. 
William O. Hammers, '66, Metamora, 111. 
Frederick Augustus Smith, '66, U. S. A., Private, — 111. Inf., 

'63, Chicago, 111. 
James M. Culbertson, '6^, died — , Omaha, Neb. 
W. P. Higginson, '6^, Chicago, III. 
Henry Clay Mabie, '68, Baptist Min., Indianapolis, Ind., or 

St. Paul, Minn. 
James Springer, '68, Att'y-at-law, 125 Clark St, Chicago, 111. 
Edward F. Stearns, '69, Burlington, Iowa. 
Benjamin Franklin Taylor, Jr., 69, Wheaton, 111. 
Richard Mentor Springer, '70, 361 Congress St., Portland, Me. 
Frank L. Rockwell, '71, Chicago, 111. 

Illinois Gamma, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois. 

Thomas H. Campbell, '71, Springfield, 111. 
* Robert B. Nesbit, '71, Cedar\'ille, Ohio. 
Samuel J. Kyle, '72, Buffalo, Pa. 
Thomas M. Finley, '73, Indianola, Iowa. 
N. B. Anderson, '74, M. D. — .Pawnee City, Neb. 
William O. Miller, '75, Tarkio, Mo. 
David B. Patterson, '75, Guthrie, Iowa. 
;.H. Mitchell, ^76, Gerlaw, 111. 
J. L. Warden, '76, Bushnell, 111. 
". H. Moffit, '78, Paxton, 111. 
W. D. Pratt, '78, Ainsworth, Iowa. 


Oliver Henry Irvine, '82, Portland, Oregon. 
* Arthur C. Kirkpatrick, '84, Monmouth, 111. 
John M. Paine, '84, Denny, 111. 

South Carolina Alpha, Wofford Collkge, Spartanburg C. H., 

South Carolina. 

Philemon Holland, Jr., '81, died at Fayetteville, N. C, in 1866 

Samuel Edward Pope, '8t, Hannersville, N. C. 

Caleb Deems Bell, '82, Wilmington, N. C. 

Josiah Lawrence Jenkins, '82, Book-keeper, 121 N. Green St 

Baltimore, Md. 
Thomas Logan White, '82, Trap Hill, N. C. 
William Augustus Kirby, '83, Spartansburg C. H., S. C. 
William Beauregard Welsh, 83, Texahaw, N. C. 
Arthur Gaillard Rembert, '84, Camden, S. C. 

Illinois Delta, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois. 

George W. Perrigo, '63, Wataga, III. 
James T. Francis. '74, Camp Point, 111. 
J. D. M. Hamilton, '74, Fort Madison, Iowa. 
Willis G. Smith, '74, Saint Paul. Minn. 
James H. Hamilton, '75, Fort Madison, Iowa. 
Henry S. Hitchcock, '75, Lincoln, Neb. 
* Charles V. Lawrence, '7';, Galesburg, 111. 
Albert D. Metcalf, '75. Oneida, 111. 
Eugene W. Risley, '75, Omaha, Neb. 
Nathan C. Sears, '75* Elgi^^. HI* 
Henry S. Tremper, '75, Kansas City, Mo. 
Richard W. Johnson, Jr., '76^ Saint Paul, Minn., or Fort 

Buford, Dak. 
William S. Hamilton, '76, Fort Madison, Iowa. 
Walter M. Jay, '77, Elmwood, III. 
Robert J. Adcock, '78, Galesburg, 111. 
James W. McMurty. '78, Henderson, 111. 
Edward W. Wood, '78, New York, N. Y. 

oseph B. Parkinson, '81, Willow, III. 

. Mark Mason, '83, Des Moines, Iowa. 

Robert C. Morse, '84, Fremont, III. 

Illinois Epsilon, Illinois Wesleyan University, Blooming- 
ton, Illinois. 

Charles L. Smith, '81, Hopedale, III. 
James S. Collins, '82, Greenfield, 111. 


Ilunois Zeta, Lombard University, Galesburg, Illinois. 

Anson L. Clark, '58, M. D. — , Chicago, 111. 
Albert Sidney Slater. '60, M. D. — , Wataga, 111. 
H. Lee Merriman, '63, Marshalltown, Iowa. 
C. K. Ladd, '64, Kewanee, III. 
C. A. Anthoney, '65, Maryville, Mo. 
A. T. Bruner, '65, Gerlaw, 111. 
William C. Lombard, '67, Galesburg, III. 
Frank D Conger, '68, Benton Harbor, Mich. 
Seth B. Conger, '69, Asper, Mo. 
A. N. Richardson, '70, M. D. — , Ohio, 111. 
William H. Bruner, '73. Gerlaw, 111, 
Ezra W. Davis, '73, Cedar Vale, Kan. 
* James William Darneille, '73, Chicago, 111. 
Charles A. Buck, '75, Leroy, 111. 
Frederic C. Willson, '76, Wyoming, 111. 
Gordon S. Dudley, '79, Galesburg, 111. 
Anson G. Brown, '80 Galesburg, HI. 
David M. Babbit, '^7, Saint Augustine, 111. 
Marcus T. Burnside, '87, Herman 111. 

Wisconsin Alpha, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 


Alfred L. Bostedo, '59, Atlantic, Iowa. 
Moulton De Forest, '59, New York, N. Y. 
J. W. Mciteever, '59, West Middletown, Pa. 
Granville S. P. Stillman, '59, Milwaukee, Wis. 

* Edward M. White, '59, died — , Evansville, 111. 

* Andrew J. McFarland, '60, Arlington, Wis. 
Obed A. Palmer, '60, Milwaukee, Wis. 

* Frederick T. Starkweather, '60, A. M., Univ. of Wis.—, Mil- 

waukee, Wis. 

* Henry Vilas, '61, A. M., Univ. of Wis. — , Madison, Wis. 

Missouri Alpha, Missouri University, Columbia, Missourl 

* JohnE. Johnston, '71. died — , Holden, Mo. 
George F. Barr, '72, Quincy, 111. 

* Clinton Thomas Alloway, '73, died — , New Hope, Mo. 

* William Francis Forsha, '73, died — , Glenwood, Mo. 
Lorin Andrew Staley, 'f^, Columbia. Mo. 

* Charles P. Allen, '76, died — , Windsor, Mo. 
Robert J. Coleman, '76. Fayette, Mo. 

John H. Wills, '76, College Address, Fayette, Mo. 

S. C. Fowler, 'fj^ attended Medical College at St Louis. 

Nathan J. Sweetland, '79, Fayette, Mo. 

* James Ruby Pharr, '84, died—, Clarkesville, Mo. 


Iowa Alpha, Iowa Wksleyan University, Mount Pleasant, 


A. B. Patton, '72, Pueblo, Col., or New London, Iowa. 
Harry J. Cone, '75, Coneville, Iowa., Winona, Wis., or Troy, 

R. A. Carmine, '73, Oskaloosa, Iowa. 
William M. McFarland, 'j^, Brooklyn, Iowa. 
T. Ralph Jackson, '74, Cleveland, Ohio. 
Frank W. Adams '75, New London, Iowa. 

. A. McCartney, '75, died — , Young America, 111. 

esse Nelson, '75, Ottumwa, Iowa. 
* E. B. Randall, '75» ^^^^ — > Mount Pleasant, Iowa. 
Allen C. Jennis, '76, Iowa City. Iowa. 
John S. Kline, '77, Keokuk, Iowa. 
T. H. Watson, '78, Chariton, Iowa. 
E. T. C. Wells, 'j2>. Winfield. Iowa. 
E. W. Runyan, '79. Maysville, Iowa. 
Albert J. Weber, '80, West Point, Iowa. 

California Alpha, University of California, Berkeley, 


Abram Clarke Bradford, '76, University address, Oroville. Cal. 

Charles Edward Washburn. '76, M D., Coll. of Phys. and 
Surges., — , New York, N. Y. 

Frank B. McCracken, 'jj, San Francisco, Cal. 

Walter Stone Alexander, '77, U. S. Army, Ft. Adams, New- 
port, R. I. 

Michigan Alpha, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 


Elbert L. Blakeslee, '65, Dimick, Pa. 

Ervy L. Goodrich, '69, Chicago, 111. 

Richard Augustus Moses, '72, Ann Arbor, Mich. 

Virginia Alpha, Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia. 

Isaac M Long, '73, New Creek, W. Va. 
E. Frank Hill, 74, Palestine, W. Va. 
* Laban Franklin Smith, '77. died — , Ga., Atlanta, Ga. 
Charles L. Thurmond, '77, Austin, Tex. 
Hasson Albert Rogers, '78. M. D. — , Springtown, Tex. 
Wilbur Fiske Dyer, *ji, Upper Tract, W. Va. 
William Henry Rex, '72, Richmond, Va. 
Robert Braden, '73, Hamilton, Va. 


Edward Henry Whitehurst, '75, Pleasant Ridge, Va. 
William Miller, '76, Amherst C. H., Va. 
James Harrison Spencer, ^'jZ^ Richmond, Va. 
Robert Girard Mundy, '80, Russellville, Ky. 
Thomas Benjamin Stultz, '84, Martinsville, Va. 
Sanders Loving Swygert, '84, Ridge Spring, S. C. 
Philip Beauchamp, — , Russellville, Ky. 

Whaling, — , . 

J. W. Wightman, — , . 

Virginia Beta, University of Virginia, Virginia. 

Marcellus Montreville Hargrove, '74-5, Coolwell, Va. 
* Frank Milbum, '77, died—. 111., Memphis, Tenn. 

Josiah Phelps Chenault, '78-9, Danville, Ky., or in Kansas. 
William Miller Maskell, '76-80, Alexandria, Vir. 
Valerius William Starnes, '79, Augusta, Ga. 
William Logan Lewis, '81, Lexington, Ky. 

Virginia Gamma, Randolph- Macon College, Ashland, 


James H. Dalby, '73-4, Saluda, Middlesex Co., Va. 
Frederick Murray Briel, '74 5, Richmond, Va. 
R. P. Hunter, '75-6, Lynchburg, Va. 
U. Beauiegard Vaughan, '78-9, Murfreesboro, N. C. 

Virginia Delta, Richmond College, Richmond Virginia. 

John F. Henneberger, '75-6, Baltimore, Md. 
Horace M. Whaling, '75-6, Greensboro, N. C. 

Information regarding any of the above please address to 

Frank D. Swope, Madison, Indiana. 

Information regarding any of the following please address to 

E. H. L. Randolph, 

P. O. Box 1398, 

New York, N. Y. 

Ohio Alpha. 

'55. H. H. Boon, Navasota, Tex. 

'55. J. E. Bruce, Taunton, Mass. 

'55. Alexander M. Rafter, Edwards, Miss. 

* '56. Joah H. Banton. Died — , Waco, Tex. 

'56. A. M. Geiger, Smithville, Ohio. 


'57. George B. Peck. M. D. — , '78. 63 Hancock St, Bos- 
ton, Mass. 

* '57. Edward H. Rossman^ Hamilton, Ohio. 

* '57. Joel Tultle. U. S. A. — , la. Inf., Keosoqua, la. 
'58. Louis B. Hightower, Willis, Tex. 

'58. William S. Hill. Waverly, Tex. 

'58. Lewis D. Watson, present address unknown, last beard 

of at Cincinnati, Ohio. 

'60. Charles E. Baker, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

* '61. Edwin Tyler Peck. Died—, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

* *66. Craft C. Holbrook, Vanceburg, Ky. 

* '6j. Robert O. Strong, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

* '70. Harvey Lee, U. S. A. — , Ind. Inf, Austin, Tex. 

'76. Frederick C. Harvey, M. D. — , present address unknown, 

last heard of at Moscow, Ohio. 
'77. Henry L. Moore, Prin. High School — , Minn. , present 

address unknown, last heard of at Georgetown, Ohio. 

Kentucky Alpha. 

* '22. Charles Shelby Morehead. Died — , New Orleans, La. 

* ''^6, Stuarl Robinson, L. L. D. — , Louisville, Ky. 

'47. Henry Pope Bosby, Transylvania, U. — , Danville, Ky. 
'52. Oscar Litzallen Rogers, C. S. A. Chap. — , Miss. Inf. 

Coleman, Tex. 
'53. Joshua B. Hopkins, Nevada, Mo. 
'53. Charles H. Lewis, Glascow, Mo. 
'53. Joseph William Lewis, D. D. — , St Louis, Mo. 
'54. James Venaba Logan, D. D. — , Richmond, Ky. 
'55. H. L. Boynton, present address unknown, last heard of 

at Evansville, 111. 
'55. Thomas H. Ditto, C. S. A. — , Mo., Brandenburg, Ky. 
'55. William George, D. D.— . Fort Worth, Tex. 
'55. J. Duncan Greig, M. D.— -, Jacksonville, Fla. 

* '55. G. M. Lee. Died — , Kenton Co., Ky. 
'56. W. C. Fluornoy, Paducah, Ky. 

'56, J. M. Givens, Cynthiano, Ky. 

'56. Charles A. Hardin, Harrodsburg, Ky, 

'56, Richard C. Nourse, Salina, Ky. 

* '56. John O. Scott. M. D.— . Died—, Urbana, 111. 
'56. B. Timmons, Pulaski, Ky. 

'56. Randolph P. Wade, present address unknown, Idaho? 
'57. Ephraim Stuart Wilson, A. M. Hobart, — . 

* '57. George Merry weather. Died — , Denver Col. 

* '58. Jouett Vernon Cosby. Died — , Bendstown, Ky. 
'58. James W. Moss, (St. Louis, Mo.?) 

'59. Wilkins George Anderson, L. L. B. A. of Louisville — , 
216 Chesnut St., Louisville, Ky. 



'59. John Lvle Scott, M. D.—. '60, Meridian, Tex. 

'59. William C. Ward (Delta Valley, Ky. or Tenn. ?) 

'60. George Baber, (Gallatin, Tenn.?) 

'60. Edward Owings Guerrant, D D. — , Mt. Sterling, Ky. 

'60. Ezra McCall. Died—, Mt. Vernon, Ky. 

* '60. Robert Miller. Died—, M. D.— , Boston, Mass. 

* '61. James Edwin McGuire. Died — , Batesville, Ark. 
'61. Thomas Tracy, New York, N. Y. 

'63. A. H. Bowman, (San Antonio, Tex.?) 

'64. V. W. Miller, Memphis, Tenn. 

'64. J. R. Sharp, Lexington, Ky. 

'64. Edward L. Shroch, Lexington, Ky. 

'68. Nenry Neill, D. D.— .Philadelphia, Pa. 

'69. R. B. Stockton, (Maysville, Ky.?) 

'73. Matthew Thompson Scott, M. D. — 76, Lexington, Ky. 

'74. William W. Hall, Centreville, Iowa. 

'74. J. M. Hamilton, Fort Madison, Iowa. 

'75. Edward Bascom Pugh, L. L. B. — , 82, College Station, 

'78. William Finley, Louisville, Ky. 
'78. William McCreary Kenney, L. L. B., U. of Va. — , Paris, 

78. Gorman B Stout, Midway, Ky., also Texas? 
'79. Thomas Botts Andrews, probably with L. &N. R.'^R., 

Memphis, Tenn. 
'79. Seth Botts, (Memphis Tenn,?) 
'79. James Brown Kinnaird, M. D. — , '81, Lancaster, Ky. 

* '79. Jacob Guest Owsley. Died — , Crab Orchard, Ky. 
'79. George S. Scearce, Clay Village, Ky. 

'79. Walter L. Thompson, Bagdad, Ky. 
'80. William D. Powell, Harrodsburg, Ky. 

Ohiu Beta. 

'62. Charles H. Gray, (Lima, Ohio ?). 

'62. William Harrison Martin, (Warrenton, Ohio?). 

'63. Samuel H. Duston, (Springfield, Ohio?) 

'63. John H. Edginton, (El Dorado or Bartlett, Ohio ?) 

* *7Z' Wesley Rector. Died—, Fremont, Ohio. 
'74. C. O. Coleman, (Canton, Ohio ?) 

'75. J F. Coffman, (Denver, Col.?) 

* '76. J. J. Henry. Died — , Hanging Rock, Ohio. 

Ohio Gamma. 

'69. Joseph Woodraw Shinn, M. D. — , Stouts', Ohio. 

'7c. William Bozaliel Carpenter, M. D. — , Arkadelphia, Ark, 

'71. Henry W. Coultrap. McArthur, Ohio. 


* '73. David H. Selby. Died—, '73, Portsmouth, Ohio. 

'74. Charles Henry Stinnson, Jr., M. D.. — , Newark, Ohio. 

'75. Douglas Virgil Durod, (New Lexington, Ohio ?) 

'75. Caleb Jones. (Lexington, Kentucky ?) 

'76. Peter D. Rathbone, 149 S. Water St., Chicago, 111. 

'77. Burnett C. Vorhees, Lee, Ohio, 

'78. Samuel B. Ricketts, McCuneville, Ohio 

'80. Thomas M. Ricketts, McCuneville. Ohio. 

'80. Charles A. Wright, Toledo, Ohio. 

'82. J. L. Barton, New Lexington, Ohio. 

'84. M. W. Coultrap, McArthur. Ohio. 

Georgia Alpha. 

'72. Douglas C. Peabody, Atlanta, Ga. 

'74. Montague Lafayette Boyd, M. D., U. of Ga., — , Areola, 

'74. Edward L. Cater, Perry, Ga. 
'74. C. Henry Cohen, Augusta, Ga. 
'74. Walter M. Jackson, Macon, Ga, 
'74. B. R. Padgett, Cartersville, Ga. 
'74. R. L. Prophitt, Water Valley, Miss. 
'74. T. B. Wilcoxon, Newnan, Ga. 

* '74. John C. Williams, Cartersville, Ga. 
'75. S. W. Cozart Palatka. Fla. 

'75 W. H. Daniell, Franklin, Ga. 

'75. N. M. Godfrey, Madison, Ga. 

'75. D. Henderson Hardy, Bryan, Tex. 

'75. William C. Worrill, Cuthbert, Ga. 

'75. J. T. Pou, Madison, Ga. 

*y6. William Lowndes Calhoun, Palatka, Fla. 

'76. A. H. George, Jackson, Miss. 

'76. Robt S. Howard, Jefferson, Ga. 

'76. J. C. Tabor, Fort Lamar, Ga. 

^jj, Benjamin A. Kelly. Washington, Ga. 

* 'y^j, Lee H. Rogers, Dawson, Ga. 
'77. William B. Sadler, Hartwell, Ga. 
''jy. W. Scotio Tison, Savannah, Ga. 
'77. Joseph O. Willhite, Anderson, S. C. 
'77. D. J. Woodward, Culloden, Ga. 
'78. Nicholas B. Chenault, Augusta, Ga. 
'j%. Benjamin M. Gross, Americus, Ga. 
^j^, Benton H. Walton, Columbus, Ga. 

* '79. Edward Thomas Bishop, B. L., U. of Ga. — , Athens, Ga. 
'79. John J. Strickland, Davisville. Ga. 

'80. Noah M. Collins, Grifl5n, Ga. 
'80. Fred (^ rick R. Cooper, Atlanta, Ga. 


'80. Onan M. Houser, address unknown (Ga ?) 
'81. George B. Tye, McDonough, Ga. 
'82. Tracy L: Acosta, Savannah, Ga. 
'82. Ebb T. Lawkin, Augusta, Ga. 
'83. James A. Cooley, Antioch, Ga. 

Georgia Beta. 

'72. Green B. Battle, Lumpkin, Ga. 

'75. Robt. L. Wright, Warrenton, Ga. 

'76. Thomas M. Meri weather, Jackson, Tex. 

'76. Claude A. Saunders, San ford, Fla. 

'76. Clarence L. Walker, Sparta, Ga. 

'77. James E. Davanl, Elberton, Ga. 

'77. Thomas Lacy, address unknown. 

'77. Charles R. Pearce, Key West, Fla. 

'78. Henry W. Bullard, address unknown (Ga.?) 

'79. Joseph S. Norman, Hartwell, Ga. 

'80. J. Frank Hatcher, Harlem, Ga. 

'80. Jeflf. R. Smith, Valdosta, Ga. 

'81. George W. Jones, Burke Co., Ga. 

'81. Charles L. King, Saundersville, Ga, 

Georgia Gamma. 

'73. Enoch Callaway, M. D. — , La Grange, Ga. 

*74. Oscar M. Wilburn, Dallas, Texas. 

'75. Joel W. Butts, Madison, Ga. 

'75. John B. Dykes, Montezuma, Ga. 

'75. Seaborn R. Stevens, Americus, Ga. 

'76. Samuel P. Wise. Died — , Americus, Ga. 

'76. Nicholas T. Wright, Newnan, Ga. 

'77. James Septimus Burfield. Died — , Macon, Ga. 

'77. John H. Johnson, Macon, Ga. 

'77. James C. Thompson, Chalybeate Springs, Ga. 

'79. Lucius C. Goneke, Randolph Co., Ga. 

'79. William T. Spaulding, Atlanta, Ga. 

'80. Benjamin F. Tillman, Savannah, Ga. 

'81. George F. Banks, Forsyth, Ga. 

'82. Broadus E. Willingham, Macon, Ga. 

'83. John T. Davis, Jr., Columbia, Ga. 

Ohio Delta. 

'73. William McKirahan, address unknown (Northwood, O.?) 
'74. Perry S. Allan, address unknown (Horner, Pa.?) 
'74. Robert H. McClelland, Indianapolis, Ind. 
'78. Clark Eddy Wyman, address unknown (Cal.?) 
'81. John Gaunt Evans, M. D., — , Middletown. Ohio. 
*8i. David L. Winter. Died — , Indianapolis, Ind. 


Ohio Epsilon. 

'77. Clarence Cranston, Pres. and G. M., — , Mining Co., 
Topeka, Kan. 

Pennsylvania Beta. 

'85. Jefferson P. Biehl, Lewisburg, Pa. 

Mississippi Alpha. 

Duff S. Clemens, Lake Charles, La. 

Alabama Alpha. 

'77. Oliver F. Smith, Mobile, Ala. 


DeFauw UxivKRsiTY. — The third annual picnic of the Phi 
Gamma Delta Fraternity was held at Eel River Falls, on the 
1 8th inst. Twenty-one couples enjoyed the beauties of this 
place, which is one of the most picturesque in this part of tlie 

Miami University. — A new secret society has appeared. It 
has not yet declared its name, and its status is unknown. The 
valedictorian of the Senior class is a member. ' Beta Theta Pi 
expects at least two hundred members at its reunion here at 

Williams. — One of the most interesting features of the ninty- 
fifth commencement at Williams will be the celebration of the 
fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Phi Beta Kappa Society 
in the College. The evening, which has usually been devoted 
to the address before the Adelphic Union, will be given to 
speeches from some of the most distinguished graduates of the 
College who are members of the society. 

The May number of the Phi Gamma Delta Quarterly is a very 
good number, containing a large number of excellent chapter 
letters and several literary articles of merit. It is urged that all 
chapters, wherever possible, build chapter houses. The roll of 
chanters steadily increases among the best institutions. — Cincinnati 
Commercial Gazette. 


Vol. XIIL— JUNE, 1889.— No. 9. 


Thk December Scroll had an amusing article, entitled, 
"General Harrison and the Wine Cup," credited to the Na- 
tional Temperance Advocate, As it is short and not totally dull 
reading, it might not inappropriately find a place in other 
columns, as well as in •* Prohibition organs," as the Chicago 
Tribune avers to have often been the case. It concerns the fol- 
lowing story, told of Gen. Harrison at a public dinner, given 
him once upon a time : *' At the close of the dinner one of the 
gentlemen drank his health. The General pledged his toast 
by drinking water. Another gentleman offered a toast, and 
said, 'General, will you not favor me by taking a glass of 
wine ?' The General, in a gentlemanly way, begged to be ex- 
cused. He was again urged to join in a glass of wine. This 
was too much. He rose from his seat and said, in the most 
dignified manner, * Gentlemen, I have twice refused to partake 
of the wine-cup. I hope that will be sufiicient. Though you 
press the matter ever so much, not a drop shall pass my lips. I 
made a resolve when I started in life that I would avoid strong 
drink. That vow I have never broken. I am one of a class of 
seventeen young men who graduated together. The other six- 
teen members of my class now fill drunkard's graves, and all 
from the pernicious habit of wine drinking. 1 owe all my health, 
my happiness and prosperity to that resolution. Would you 
urge me to break it now ?" 

The Tribune affirms that Gen. Harrison never made such a 
statement, and that such a thought is an ''absurd theory," and 
Prof. Swing, with all his sagacity and brilliance, affirms that 
" General Harrison never made any such remark, and I don't see 
how the story originated." Then Dr. Swing proceeds to give a 
reminiscence of his classmates, which is, indeed, a creditable 
showing oi fifteen men, one of whom was Ben. Harrison, 

Now, Mr. Editor, 1 believe the above story is true, every word 
of it, and I think I can **see how the story originated." I be- 
lieve General Harrison was its author, and the sad showing of 


sixteen promising young men is, alas ! too true. General 
** Ben." Harrison had only ^^(ff^ classmates; most, if not all 
of them, did well in after life. General William Henry Harri- 
son had sixteen^ as he claimed. 

Some forty years ago I saw the above item floating in the sea 
of newspaperdom, and during the last political campaign some 
one caught it up and sent it adrift again, and it has served to show 
that General "Ben." Harrison had a more temperate set of 
classmates than did his grandfather. With all the intemperance 
now found in college life, there has been a great improvement 
over that of sixty years ago. 

Aurora Springs, Mo., May, 1889. Robert Morrison. 


The History and the Catalogue. — One of our most en- 
thusiastic and capable members has for several years past been 
engaged in the collection and compilation of facts for a complete 
history of our fraternity. The task has been an arduous one, 
perhaps even more so than the preparation of our last catalogue, 
which covered fields upon which the tracks of no previous 
explorers were found. The name of the man who is engaged 
on the present work is of itself a guarantee, in advance, of its 
perfection. The Song Book of 1882 was a success; the Cata- 
logue of 1883 was a success; the Scroll of 1884 was up to as 
high a standard as it had ever reached, and beyond which it has 
since failed to go ; and the Manual of 1886 was preeminently 
a success. These are his complete separate works. The pages 
of every volume of the Scroll for the last ten years portray his 
almost limitless fund of general and particular information, and 
the history, epitome and index of the first ten volumes of the 
Scroll show the success and thoroughness of his work in the 
collection and arrangement of details. Another of his valuable 
works for us has been the accumulation of ** Old Fraternity 
Records," which have excited the admiration and envy of our 

We cite these facts for two reasons. Firstly, by way of sort of an 
introduction to our newer members of a man, of whose work few 
of them have a fair idea, and fewer still appreciate ; and, secondly. 


to impress on the whole fraternity the value of the new work 
which is now being done for them, and their good fortune in 
having so important a work undertaken and carried through by 
so capable a man. 

Brother Palmer has had this work in hand for nearly five years, 
and it has been most conservatively yet vigorously pushed. Con- 
sidering that a man who does justice to his own and, perhaps, 
more important, duties of life, must prosecute such a work at 
odd moments, and also remembering the many other things he 
has contributed to our store of treasures during the same period — 
the Manual and the Scroll history being not the least — we must 
appreciate the labor it has required to complete the work. Yet 
every step, we feel able to state, was cautiously and deliberately 
taken. Of course, there still remain loose ends to tie and fin- 
ishing touches to put on in order to biing it down to the latest 
possible date ; but we understand that, for all practical pur- 
poses, the work is complete, and it is a work that will do us honor 
and of which we may be justly proud. 

Now comes the very important question of ways and means 
of publication. The work must not wait or it will lose much 
of its value. We are under the impression — though not able to 
speak positively — that it will be an octavo book of about 500 
pages. It must be printed and bound in a style worthy of the 
undertaking and which we can always be proud of. The publi- 
cation must now be arranged for, but it must be so arranged for 
that the book will pay for itself and earn a profit if it can. And it 
should. And whatever profit it may earn should go to the editor 
and author. But his services can never be paid for. They must 
be accepted in the spirit in which they were given — that of 
fraternal love and good will. 

At the same time, a regularly appointed committee is engaged 
in another extensive and necessary undertaking — the preparation 
of a new (the sixth) edition of our catalogue. The work on 
such a book is not conceivable by one who has had no experience, 
but its value and absolute necessity are patent to all. The 
editors calculate to be able to publish as soon as empowered 
and provided with funds, (if so empowered and provided), by 
the Convention of 1889, soon to meet. It is the general opinion 


that this book should be issued during the year 1890. It can 
be, if the 1889 Convention makes the necessary arrangements. 

Now here are two very important matters which we lay before 
the chapters and those who will be delegates to the Convention 
in the fall. It is, perhaps, unfortunate that these two works 
should have come to their completion so close together, but it 
devolves upon us now to devise ways and means to accomplish 
their publication without delay in either case. Of course, it is 
simply a question of tax. All experience shows that fraternity 
publications, selling solely on their merits, are lamentable finan- 
cial failures. The business success of the Scroll is due in toio 
to our system of undergraduate charges. Some plan of taxation 
must be devised to meet these expenses, and yet it must not be 
oppressive. At a rough estimate we think these two works will 
cost us in the neighborhood of three thousand dollars, about 
the cost of a National Convention. If the taxable term covers 
a period of two calendar years (say from January i, 1889, to 
January i, 1891, or '90 to '92) we will catch the students of 
three college years (of course taxing no man twice), or about 
1,500 in all. A tax on these of two dollars per capita — or 
one dollar per capita per book — would raise the above amount. 
These are crude and hasty figures, and we do not offer them as 
reliable, but we think that they give some idea of the individual 

What we wish to do is to have the matter thoroughly under- 
stood by the chapters, and intelligently considered by them in 
advance, so that their delegates at Bloomington may be able to 
carry the work through at a minimum figure of taxation. 

The most important thing before us now is the National Con- 
vention, to be held in the fall, and the chapters should begin 
to think about it and plan for it now. Delegates, in all cases 
where possible, should be elected before the close of the current 
college year; important questions that are certain to come up 
should be thoroughly discussed and the chapter opinion can- 
vassed; our internal affairs and our position in and relation to 
the various parts of the fraternity world should be studied and 
criticised. The policy and management of the Scroll should 


be carefully considered. And the whole field of possibilities 
before a National Convention should be surveyed and studied in 
detail. Consider carefully all questions of policy and govern- 
ment Begin your deliberations now if you have not done so 
before, and choose as your delegate the man whom you think 
can best represent you and on whom you can best depend for a 
wise judgment on unexpected questions that arise from time to 

The local arrangements are responsible chiefly, if not solely, 
for the pleasurable side of the affair only. The true success of 
the meeting, in the amount and value of its work, and the good 
it accomplishes for the fraternity, depends on the thoroughness 
with which important matters are gone over before hand in the 
chapter room, and the consequent saving of time otherwise lost 
in the general sessions when delegates find themselves unprepared 
to intelligently handle vital questions. 

We do not favor the idea of a chapter "instructing" its dele- 
gate. A man feels bound to obey instructions at all hazards and 
he frequently finds new lights that alter the case entirely. We 
believe it is best to have a chapter's desires and opinions 
thoroughly understood by the delegate, who, of course, is in 
sympathy with these views ; but to bind him by a command 
seems unwise, because extenuating circumstances may arise or 
be revealed, and it does not seem well to bind a man to be heed- 
less of them. Either have a man educated to your views so as 
to be able to thoroughly represent you, and give him latitude 
for some exercise of his own judgment ; or instruct him, if you 
prefer, with permission to deviate if his own sound judgment 
dictates in the light of new facts and conditions. 

This number closes the fifth volume of the Scroll that has 
been published from the City of New York. During that time 
we have had three editors and three business managers. The 
men who originally took charge were novices in fraternity work 
and fraternity journalism. But they took hold with a will and 
bent their every energy toward making the Scroll an editorial and 
business success. None of the staff ever fancied the idea of 
launching out into purely literary fields, and all have agreed that it 


was best to keep the magazine within its proper field. They have 
always endeavored to have it a Greek -letter society magazine, 
interesting to all fraternities, but of prime and esi)ecial impor- 
tance to Phi Delta Theta. We have followed the motto of some 
small country weeklies, **Home first, the world afterwards." 
The magazine is published for Phi Delta Theta, and if it fills its 
mission there, it accomplishes the purposes for which it exists. 
Of course, we wish our journal to be of interest to our con- 
temporaries and to hold a place among them commensurate with 
the position of Phi Delta Theta in the fraternity world. 

The reason why the Scroll is not the success it should be has 
been often pointed out. It does not receive the contributory sup- 
port it is entitled to and has a right to expect. We hope the 
next editor will find a way to remedy this evil. 

One of the things we recall with most pleasure is that, under 
its recent management, the Scroll has proven a financial 
success. This is all the more a source of gratification since, 
durinj? the same period, more than one of our former friends 
have been compelled to suspend publication, either perman- 
ently or temporarily, from lack of funds. 

The ofiicial term of the present Board of Publication will 
terminate in the early fall, and with them will go out of office 
the Editorial and Business stafi". One issue will appear in the 
fall prior to the convention, but with this number at the close of 
the volume it is, perhaps, most fitting to say our adieu. All 
who have had the conduct of the Scroll in hand have had its 
welfare deep at heart. We can say that we have tried to fulfill 
our duties faithfully. We have not satisfied ourselves. Of 
course, we have not satisfied others. We are about to lay down 
a work that has been a source of much pleasure to us. We 
hope that the Convention may be able to^nd some to take our 
place who will be better qualified to make the Scroll a success 
in all ways, and who will succeed much better in their eflforts; 
and we hope the fraternity at large will do more to help and 
encourage them in the future than they have in the past. 

The Scroll merits most thoughtful and deliberate attention 
at the hands of the Convention. Improve the Scroll and 
you improve the tone and bearing of the entire order in the 
Greek world. It is our most outward feature. 


Brother Walter B. Palmer has met with obstacles in the com- 
pilation of his history due to the failure of chapters to comply 
with his oft-repeated requests for facts of one kind or another. 
If any chapter or chapters have failed lo send him their brief 
historical account asked for, please do not delay any longer. 
Send it at once. If you are uncertain about or think, perhaps, 
that some now retired member has done the duty for you, do not 
rest in uncertainty, but write and find out, and if the thing 
remains to be done, do it at once. Brother Palmer's under- 
taking has been a big. one, and we should help him all in our 
power. His address is Nashville, Tenn. 

This will be the final number of the current volume. First, 
we had thought we would not be able to publish any of the 
letters received for the June number. We have since found that 
it would be possible for us to do so. In the meantime one or 
two were mislaid, and we hereby apologize for their non-appear- 
ance. The first number of the fall will be issued very early on 
account of announcing final convention arrangements. Send 
new letters giving report to close of the present college year. 
To be insured publication chapter letters must reach New York 
before hw%Vi%\, 15. 

Beta Theta Pi has recently granted a charter to applicants 
at Pennsylvania State College, prominent among whom is a son 
of Governor Beaver. Phi Delta Theta recently received a peti- 
tion and refused to charter certain applicants at the same place, 
and among whom was the gentleman just mentioned. From 
this fact we infer that the applicants chartered by Beta Theta Pi 
are the same as those recendy refused by Phi Delta Theta. 
Governor Beaver, of Pennsylvania, is a member of Beta Theta 

All chapter reporters will please remember to advise the 
Business Manager how many copies of the October Scroll his 
chapter wants, and the address to which they are to be sent. It 


is extremely important that the first number next fall be 
promptly received, for it will contain the final announcements 
regarding the Cenvention. 


From the President of Alpha Province. 

The Province President regrets that ill-health has prevented 
him from communicating as frequently with the chapters, this 
winter, as he would like. 

The attention of some of the chapters has been called to the 
fact that they have not yet complied with the request of brother 
Palmer, for data concerning their respective histories. All the 
chapters are urged to attend to this matter at once, and to see 
that all brother Palmer's requirements are met fully and com- 

It may be said here that there is among the Alpha province 
chapters an unfortunate tendency to neglect such matters as this. 
Often a general officer of the fraternity is compelled to write two 
or three times to reporters for information that could and should 
have been furnished at once. Several of the chapters have not 
responded at all to the Province President's urgent and repeated 
requests that they should address to him a personal letter, with a 
confidential report of their condition. There are many things a 
chapter might not see fit to publish in a Scroll letter, or even 
in the Annual Circular, which it is nevertheless the duty and ihe 
privilege of the Province President to know. The fact that some 
chapters have been commendably frank in such matters makes 
the reserve of others still more open to criticism. 

Province afi*airs in general are quiet and prosperous. 

In the Bond 

Troy, May lo, 1889. Geo. Lynde Richardson. 


The Chicago Alumni Chapter requests all chapters having 
members residing in Chicago, to send their names and addresses 
to Isaac R. Hitt, Jr., 142 Dearborn St., Chicago, 111, 


Chapter Correspondence. 

New York Alpha, Cornell University. 

This being the last letter of the year, New York Alpha wishes 
ID remind the readers of the Scroll that it is still alive and pro- 

The spring fever of college sports has fairly begun. Athletics 
are enjoyed by many both as spectators and participants. Nearly 
every afternoon a game of ball may be witnessed on the campus. 
At five o'clock in the afternoon the Cornell crew may be seen 
starting from the Cornell boat-house for a row of a few miles 
down the lake. Both ball team and crew exhibit qualities for 

Brother Barker has a position as first substitute on the crew, 
brother Snyder is assistant in the State Board of Health here, 
and brother Tarbell is chemist in the Experimental station. 

Cornell University seems to be rapidly growing. Another 
new building is to be eiected soon. The plans are drawn, and 
it is to cost about $80,000. 

This college year closes the most successful year New York 
Alpha has ever known, and may we be able to say the same of 
each succeeding year. We go into a larger chapter house the 
first of June. Members of 4^ J visiting colleges should not 
pass by Cornell, but pause and linger here where you will ever 
be welcome. 

Ithaca, May 5, 1889. B. F. Hurd. 

New York Epsilon, Syracuse University. 

Since last writing to the Scroll we have pursued the even 
tenor of our way, and have taken our share in class honors. On 
class day this year we are to have brother Sibly as poet, and 
brother E. M. Sanford as statistician. As they are the only ones 
we have in '89 we could not expect more. Delta Upsilon was 
••shut out" of class day officers this year, a fact which has 
elicited some discussion in the college papers, but we think it is 
her own fault, and not the result of wire-pulling politicians. 
The commencement speakers have been announced to-day, and 
brother Sibley will be our representative. We may well feel 
proud of our brother, who will continue to remain with us, as he 
holds a faculty position. Our annual, The Onondagan^ will be 
out in a few days, and promises to bean exceptionally good one. 
Brother Vredenburg is our representative on its staff. Last 
year some exchanges were neglected, but we will be happy to 


receive any this season, and will see to it that all received will 
be requited. We esteem the annuals of sister colleges as a 
valuable part of our chapter library. We were glad to add to 
our chapter roll recently the name of Prof. S. G. Comfort, of 
Chester, Pa. Brother Comfort was one of the founders of 
Sigma Psi, from which N. Y. Epsilon sprang, and this was bis 
first visit to Syracuse since the establishment of our chapter. He 
is professor of mathematics in Pennsylvania State Military 
Academy at Chester, and a son of Prof. G. F. Comfort, Dean of 
the College of Fine Arts of Syracuse University. 

If any Phi happens this way at commencement term, let him 
stop over and see our new hall in the Crouse Building, which is 
now completed. A happy and profitable vacation and a fine 
delegation from '93 next fall is N. Y. Epsilon's wish for all Phis. 

Syracuse, May 5, 1889. B. F. Hammond. 

Pennsylvania Delta, Allegheny College. 

We approach the end of the tenth year of Pennsylvania Delta's 
existence with confidence in the chapter, and with increasing 
respect and admiration for the fraternity at large. We believe 
that this year, so far, has been a year of progress, and we look 
forward to our commencement with eagerness. 

At this date we are unable to give the exact commencement 
programme, but expect to issue invitations to our anniversary 
exercises giving full information. Any Phi who can make it 
convenient to be with us will be sure to receive a hearty wel- 

We have been compelled to make some changes in our pro- 
gramme. Brother Vance does not expect to be present, and so 
we are relying on brother Miner, '81, Cattaraugus, N. Y., to de- 
liver the oration. C. W. Proctor, Cameron, Mo., will probably 
be absent, and, on this account, C. L. Smith, '87, will be our 
prophet. T. C. Blaisdell, tn-k^, Charlotte, N. C, secretary of 
Alpha Province, is our historian. Rev. Wm. P. Murray, '86, 
will be the poet. 

On the evening of May 2, on the occasion of opening Pa. 
Delta's new rooms, we gave an informal reception to the ladies 
of Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma. The rooms 
have been very much admired, and we wish to acknowledge the 
receipt of several articles of fancy work that have been given us 
by our lady friends, and are on this account much prized by us. 

We are agitating the subject of a new piano. W'e are de- 
termined to have one, and, more than that, believe we can have 
one of the best. 


We have brothers Case and Pond with us frequently at our 
chapter meetings. Brother case made a visit to Richmond, Va., 
in March. He reports that his short stay was extremely plea- 
sant, made doubly so by the courtesy of the Phi boys there. He 
says the boys of Virginia Delta are true Phis. In fact, he has 
not been able to speak in too high terms of the manner in which 
he was treated. 

Brother O. J. Mason, ex-'S;, has received a probationary 
appointment to a position, Class C, in the War Department, 
Washington, D. C, and has already reported for duty. 

The College Battalion expects to go tocampatConneaut Lake 
about June lo. 

The Pan Hellenic Association will hold its first banquet on 
Thursday evening, May 9. Everybody is enthusiastic for its suc- 
cess. It is a new thing for us at this institution, but we expect 
to be pleased with it nevertheless. Brother F. G. Stubbs has 
l>een elected as our delegate to the National Convention to be 
held next October. 

Meadville, May 7. Edw. P. Couse. 

Pennsylvania Epsilon, Dickinson College. 

Since our last report we have initiated W. W. Landis, '91, of 
Coatesville, Pa., whom we take pleasure in introducing to the 
fraternity at large as a worthy and devoted brother. Brother 
Martin, '92, left college within the past month on account of ill- 
health, but will probably resume his duties next September. 

Tennis has been growing in favor here in recent years, and the 
possession of a court has come to be almost a necessity to any 
fraternity desirous of continued prosperity. Of the five courts 
at present on the campus, our own, which was opened this spring, 
is conceded the palm in point of excellence. At the election of 
class day speakers of the graduating class all three of our men 
were assigned prominent positions. Brother Mordorf was 
elected to deliver the prophesy, brother Straw the farewell ad- 
dress, and brother Whiting was given the Allison oration. 
Brother Landis has been appointed second baseman on the col- 
lege team, and fills his position with success. His initiation 
into the fraternity has also given us another member of the Col- 
lege Glee Club. The chapter expects in due season to reap its 
harvest of oratorical prizes and class honors. 

The inauguration of our new President, Dr. Geo. E. Reed, of 
New Haven, Conn., which occurred on the night of the 25th of 
April, opened up another chapter in the history of Dickinson. 
The new administration promises to be one of unexampled suc- 


The increase in the number of students \i'hich is confidently 
expected, while it will afford a broader field for spiking opera- 
tions, will at the same time, necessitate increased care in securing 
only such men as will measure up to our standard. 

Carlisle, May 7th, 1889. Hammond Urner. 

South Carolina Beta, South Carolina Univershy. 

In our first letter for this collegiate year we said that S. C. Beta 
was alive and well, and we repeat that statement with greater force 
at the present time. We began with six men, and have initiated 
four, making a total membership of ten. Of this uumber two will 
graduate in June, brothers W. T. Aycock and Brunson. Thus, 
provided all return, we will begin our next year's work with 
a membership of eight, and expect to reap a glorious harvest 

Our record for this session is very satisfactory, as will be 
shown by the following brief summary : 

Brother E. E. Aycock, President Junior Class ; brother W. 
T. Aycock, Valedictorian from Euphradean Society and Presi- 
dent of Baseball Association ; brother L. W Boyd, Chief, and 
brother W. C. Gist, an Assistant Marshal from the Clariosophia 
Society ; brother Brunson, President Euphradian Society, Edi- 
tor Carolinian^ and Statistician for class day exercises. Besides 
this, other minor offices have fallen to our lot 

Chapter Delta of 2 A E held their banquet and german last 
night. It was a complete success in every way, and did honor 
to the 2 A E boys. Brothers W. T. Aycock and Ball, from 
our chapter, were honore«1 with invitations. 

South Carolina Beta rejoices in the general prosperity of the 
fraternity, and fondly hopes that this prosperity will be doubly 
increased during next year. 

With a hearty greeting to all our sister chapters, your reporter 
for '88-89 now bids you farewell. 

Columbia. May 8th, 1889. Harry A. Brunson. 


Tennessee Alpha, Vanderbilt University. 

Your reporter is glad to announce that the members of Ten- 
nessee Alpha have determined that their chapter is no longer to 
languish for want of true Phi •spirit and enthusiasm. Both 
those who intend to return next year and those who will not 
have agreed that the lack of good, comfortable and convenient 
club rooms shall no longer be an obstacle to the success of the 
chapter. A number of the resident alumni have also promised 


to help us; and if we cannot build us a chapter house of our 
own with their aid we can secure the next best thing — the use of 
rooms all to ourselves. 

Since our last letter we have lost for this year one of our mem- 
bers. On account of ill health Brother Stockton, of Kansas City, 
was compelled to go home. He was a member of the sopho- 
more class, and will return next session. 

On May 3rd, the Vanderbilt Athletic Association held its 
fourth Annual field day. All things considered this was the 
most successful of the four. More colleges entered in the 
contests, and five of the previous records were broken, the 
most noteworthy of which was the hundred yards dash, which 
was lowered by Brother Pope Taylor from his former record of 
10^ seconds to 10 seconds, which is the college record of the 
world. Of the fourteen events Vanderbilt succeeded in winning 
nine. In the game of Tennis between Vanderbilt and Sewanee 
teams Vanderbilt won the first set with a score often to eight. 
The second was also in Vanderbilt's favor by a score of eight to 
six. Brother Farrell was one of Vanderbilt's team. 

The great event of the day was the game of base ball between 
Sewanee and Vanderbilt. The home team won easily with a 
score of eight to one. 

In the Tennessee State Inter-collegiate oratorical contest 
which took place on the night of May 3rd, Phi Delta Theta was 
ably represented by Winfield. of Tennessee Alpha. 

This week the Board of Trust meet to elect a new president 
to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Bishop McTyeire. 

Nashville, May 6, 1889. Paul M. Jones. 

Alabama Alpha, University of Alabama. 

About three weeks ago the corps assembled in Clark hall, as 
they do every year about that time, for the purpose of electing a 
chairman to appoint a committee to appoint committees for the 
commencement hop. Brother Crook was elected by acclamation, 
a thing which has not happened here for several years. 

This is considered the biggest honor at the University, with 
the exception of the academic honors ; and as there are six fra- 
ternities in college, heretofore the feeling has run very high on 
account of the difi*erenl fraternities having contestants in the field. 
Brother Crook, who is Cap't of ** B" Company, is without doubt 
the most popular man in barracks. 

We have had this chairman for the past three years. Brother 
Forney was given Chairman of the Sanitation Committee. 

The seven senior orators who will deliver orations on com- 
mencement day, will be appointed in a few days, and we are con- 


fident of at least half of them, and much more than any other 

The Senior Speaking List is considered the highest honor in 
the academic department 

The last of the three society celebrations has just closed and 
we were represented on them all, though nothing like we would 
have been, bad not all of our seniors except two refused to sign 
a paper the faculty wished them to sign. The faculty have the 
power of appointing the entertainers, and the societies, as a con- 
sequence, have but little interest shown in them. 

We are in hopes this power will be given back to the boys 
next year. 

Tuscaloosa, May 8, 1889. W. L. Smith. 

Mississippi Alpha, University of Mississippi. 

As our session nears its close, and June with all its work for 
examinations draws nigh, we find ourselves beginning to think 
of the coming separation of our congenial band of brothers, who 
will go their way, perhaps not all to meet together again for 
many a day — and taking a retrospective view of our work for the 
year, it is with no little joy that we note how fortunate we have 
been in not making any of the little mistakes that sometimes 
get fraternities into hot water. Four of our number will graduate 
this commencement. Our examinations begin this June 3rd. 
Commencement week begins June 23rd. 

Our University observed the celebration of the Centennial In- 
augural with a holiday and speeches by invited speakers. Brother 
Chas. Firman Smith was elected by the student body to repre- 
sent them on the occasion, and his speech was a masterly effort 

Athletics has attracted little interest here this session, but an 
effort is being made, with the promise of success, to have a series 
of ball games here during commencement week, getting 
some team from the neighboring towns to play us. 

Wishing The Scroll a pleasant vacation with the best wishes 
to the fraternitv at large for the session of '89 and '90, we say 

Oxford, May 7, 1889. " E. J. Buck. 


Ohio Alpha, Miami University. 

Commencement at Miami will take place June 20th. Four 
members of Ohio Alpha will step out into the world of action. 
While this will make a vacancy in our chapter, yet we have such 
other energetic men that Ohio Alpha will not suflfer. 


As this is the season for base ball, Miami's team is in the field. 
We are represented by Bros. Rusk, Chidlaw and your reporter. 
Brother Rusk is captain of the nine. 

We hope to have a glorious convention at Wooster, May 14th 
and 15th. 

Oxford, May 9th, 1889. J. H. Macready. 

Ohio Epsilon, Buchtel College. 

BucHTEL is at last the possessor of a college paper. She had 
about wasted her energy in fruitless attempts to start a journal 
and was almost on the brink of despair when some one, more 
successful than the others, secured a foothold and fanned the 
last spark of hope into a blazing reality. The college is now 
ready to exchange the BuchteliU with other colleges, and hopes 
that at an early date she can compete in the field of inter- 
collegiate journalism. 

The editorial staff numbers six (6), representing the five 
fraternities and the barb element. Brother Ed. F. Cone is 

The chapter has to acknowledge through brother Cone the 
receipt of a very artistic design, in charcoal work, for the decor- 
ation of its parlors. It is the production of a Kappa Kappa 
Gamma friend. 

The prosperous condition in which Ohio Epsilon finds herself 
at present lends unlimited enthusiasm to the boys. 

The meetings per week many times number up into the twos 
and threes. 

The laudable scheme undertaken to purchase a Phi pin to 
present to brother President Harrison we think is a worthy 
demonstration of Phi enthusiasm, and deserves the support of 
every chapter. 

Brother "Od." Schumacher, of '86. entertained the Phis at 
his fine residence on Adolph Avenue. 

Those who knew **0d." can vouch for the pleasant evening 
we enjoyed. 

The chapter expects to sit for a picture soon, as brother Cone 
and Palmer will graduate in June. 

Akron, May 4, 1889. H. D.Smith. 

Ohio Zeta, Ohio State University 

Quite a number of the annual circular letters have been re- 
ceived, but there are still a few delinquents from whom we 
should be glad to hear before commencement. 

We were reduced in numbers to ten, at the beginning of 
this term, by brothers High and Sanderson failing to return to 


college. Brother High is now engaged at his home, Bueyms, 
O., in general engineering work, and brother Sanderson is in 
the employment of Sells, the wholesale saddlers, at Colum- 
bus, O. 

Everything is moving along quietly and smoothly at present, 
both in college and fraternity circles, nothing of importance 
having taken place since our last repqrt. The work of remov- 
ing the ruins of the old chemical laboratory has been rapidly 
pushed, and is now about done. The foundations have been 
cleared of all debris, and are now ready for the erection thereon 
of a fine new building for the Electrical Engineering Depart- 
ment. The site of the new chemical laboratory has not yet been 
decided upon. It is hoped, however, that work will soon begin 
on it, that it maybe completed and ready for the accommoda- 
tion of students at the opening of college next fall. 

We are the happy recipients of a fine new chandelier, which 
was placed in our hall by brothers Harry Rounds and Robert 
Seeds, of this city. We extend to these two brothers a vote of 
thanks for the gift which adds so much to the beauty of our hall. 

Your correspondent was recently elected vice-president of the 
Athletic Association, and was also honored by the faculty in 
selecting him to represent his course in the commencement 

Brother Mark Francis, '87, was recently made State Veterin- 
arian of Texas, brother H. Schribell, '88. has accepted a position 
for a coal and iron company at Buchtel, O. 

Columbus. May 9, 1889. J. G. Bloom. 

Kentucky Alpha, Centre College. 

During the past few months we have not initiated any one ; 
in fact, none of the fraternities here have. Our prospects for 
the next year are, by far, brighter than they were for this. We 
expect to open next year with ten of our present members, and 
also have in view several good men, whom, if they come here 
to college, we expect, and have every reason to believe, we can 

But one of our members graduates this year, brother Willis 
Green, whom, we are proud to say, stands high both in literary 
and social circles. We are sorry to lose him, for he has been 
one of our hardest and most earnest workers, and an ardent 
lover of 0A&, We wish him happiness and success in what- 
ever business he may engage. Heretofore we have been toler- 
ably successful in regard to the prizes offered by the college, but 
this year we have not taken any at all. The "barbs " have been 
the successful ones. 


We are grieved to announce that brother Bomer was, several 
-weeks ago, called to the deathbed of his brother. 

We look forward to the close of this year both with pleasure 
and sadness. We regret to leave our " Dear old 4> J Hall," but 
console ourselves with the expectation of meeting there again 

As I have formerly stated, the college endowment has been 
increased and two additional chairs will be added during the 
next year. 

Our new president, Dr. Young, has been working hard for 
the college during this year and we consequently expect a larger 
number of students in the future than we have now. 

Our membership now numbers twelve. We opened this year 
with eight men. 

Wishing prosperity and happiness to the fraternity. 

Danville, May 6, 1889. Geo. A. McRoberts. 

Kentucky Delta, Central University. 

After a protracted silence I again assume the pleasant task of 
addressing you. Our non-correspondence has not been to con- 
ceal misfortune nor adversity, for I think we can say with all 
candor that, notwithstanding our small number, this year has 
been the most prosperous and harmonious of our existence ; it 
has been an era of zealous work and brotherly love. We 
enjov the goodwill of the professors and boys. 

With all justice, we can say, that our class standing excels 
that of any other fraternity here. 

Last January, in competitive trial with original orations in the 
Philalethean Society, to select three men from junior class to 
represent the society at commencement, brother J. W. Joffrion, 
of Louisiana, won first place, and your reporter third place. 
This is the great contest of the year. We speak for a medal 
jfiven by the chancellor. 

Brother A. R. Mitchell, of Louisiana, on April 26, won the 
declaimer's medal over nine competitors from the Sophomore 
and Freshman classes. 

This contest is also of great interest. 

A medal is given every year by the literary societies to the 
best declaimer in the Sophomore or Freshman class. Three 
disinterested judges render the decision as to who is the best 

Through this Central University is said to have the best 
speakers of any college in the State. It is a great victory for 
any one to win this medal, and especially so for brother 
Mitchell, who is only a Freshman, and who competed with 


several fine declaim ers from the Sophomore class. With many 
good wishes for the Scroll. 

Richmond, May 8, 1889. R. E. Roberts. 


Indiana Gamma, Butler University. 

• Butler is just closing a very prosperous year. The 
board has taken decided steps toward the improvement of the 
school in several respects. Tne system of elective studies in the 
Junior and Senior years will be enforced next year, making the 
course more satisfactory and efficient. Several new chairs have 
been provided for, and Rev. J. T. Sweeny, of Columbus, Ind., 
has been elected Chancellor. A new preparatory building will be 
begun soon. In short, never has the close of a year been ap- 
proached with brighter prospects for the future. \^.*s- 

Indiana Gamma has certainly kept step with the progress of 
the University, and shares her prosperity. At present we arc 
eleven. Brother Lewis Huddleston did not return this term. 
We will lose but one man by the graduating of the Class of '89. 

The chapter was represented in the State Oratorical Convention 
by brother Chas. L. de Hass. 

The only event of fraternity interest which has lately hap- 
pened was the organization of the barbs. One of their mem- 
bers was elected Vice-president of the State Barb Association, 
the honor of which seems to have inspired him and his col- 
leagues to direct all their energies against the fraternities here. 
A short time ago they appeared in chapel with ribbons of yellow 
and bronze. They have organized under the name of the In- 
dependents of Butler University. They meet on Thursday night 
of each week. An initiation fee of one dollar is charged. Since 
none of their numbers have any great ability as leaders or as 
students, and their only objection to fraternities is that they still 
remain barbs, we anticipate no trouble from them. The only 
manifestation of their power was a little combination in a society 
election, which was of no importance. We believe that the 
loyalty of their society will remain only as long as no chance is 
given them to join a fraternity. 

Butler is situated at Irvington, a short distance from Indian- 
apolis, and we extend a cordial invitation to those who happen 
to be in the city to come out and see us. 

Irvington, May 9th, 1889. B. M. Davis. 

Indiana Zeta. De Pauw University. 

The first report of the result of the Inter-State Oratorical Con- 
test giving first place to Ohio, has been found to be incorrect^ as 


a later and exact compilation of the judges' grades places Indiana 
as the winner. 

This is the fourth time that Indiana has similarly distinguished 
hersel f. 

De Pauw is rejoicing over the result, and brother Wilkerson, 
just returned from the West, is receiving congratulations. 

Greencastle, May 8, 1889. R H. Richards. 

Michigan Alpha, University of Michigan. 

We are glad to say that we have secured a chapter house for 
next year which is satisfactory to all of us for the present. We 
shall have a much better ** show" in securing men than we have 
had in the past two years, and hope to increase our number con- 

A few men are being rushed at present. We have fond hopes 
of initiating two in a short time, or at least pledging them to 
enter next year. 

To-day the report is spread that a new fraternity has estab- 
lished its Alpha chapter in the Dental Department. This makes 
a total of twenty-one fraternities here, besides the four sororities. 
The air seems to be full of fraternity spirit just at present There 
is a rumor of another one to be in the Literary Department, 
which will make fourteen there, almost too many for comfort. 

The Inter-Fraternity Baseball League is doing much to 
bring out baseball material. We have quite a strong team this 

Again we urge any who are intending to take work in the 
professional schools next year to hunt us up and affiliate. They 
can find us easier than we can find them, and they need not fear 
that they will not be welcome. 

Ann Arbor, May 6, 1889. J. T. N. Hoyt, 

Illinois Zeta, Lombard University. 

Just at present our chapter is preparing for " the event of the 
season," otherwise the Phi Banquet As usual, this will be a 
union banquet, Illinois Delta Chapter uniting with us. The 
date is set for May 31st, and all the committees are working for a 
complete success, and, as they are old hands at banquet making, 
this success will no doubt be consummated. Not a few of our 
alumni of both chapters have notified us of their intention to be 
here with us in our annual love feast. 

Brother Lapham, '88, and brother Colegrove, '87, have made 
us a short visit since our last report. 


Brother Royce, on account of sickness, was obliged to leave 
school for a short time recently, hut is now back among us, all 
well again. 

We Phis now form a boarding club of our own, which we re- 
gard as the next thing to a chapter house. All the Phis whose 
homes are not here or do not board in private families are 
gathered together in the club — ten of us in all. 

Brother Case's parents have recently moved to Galesburg, and 
Clel now is at home to receive all Phis who may happen his 

On the evening of April lyih Mr. and Mrs. Chas. A. Gray, 
two of the best Phis out of the bond, received the boys of our 
chapter and their — sisters. We intended to make the occasion 
remarkable by dedicating a new bam on the Gray premises with 
a dance ; but rain prevented much dancing. But the hospitable 
home made up the deficiency fully, and to a late hour we en- 
joyed ourselves immensely. Mr. and Mrs. Gray served us with 
excellent refreshments just at the time when they would do the 
most good. This evening's entertainment, together with so 
many other from the same source, will make Mr. and Mrs. 
Gray's names long revered in Phi hearts. 

In each of the two ball nines that will contend for the cham- 
pionship of the University this spring the Phis have five repre- 
sentatives. Brother Donohoe is captain of what is termed the 
Junior team. At the recent meeting of the Athletic Association 
brother Brigham was elected to fill the vacancy on the Executive 
Committee from the Class of '90. We now hold every office in 
the Athletic Association, except the committeeman from the 
Freshman Class. 

The reporter has just returned from the Inter-State Oratorical 
Contest, held at Grinnell, la., on May 2. Nine of the Western 
States compose the association, and the present was the sixteenth 
annual contest. Ed. H. Hughes, ^ A T A from Ohio Weleyan 
University, Delaware, Ohio, was the first prize man ; Jas. A. 
Blaisdell, a barb, Beloit College, Wis., took second; and 
Jas. H. Wilkerson, (P J 0, of De Pauw University, 
Greencastle, Ind., third. The contest between these 
three men and another was so very close that the 
audience would not have murmured had any one of the 
four received any of the three honors. Our Phi representative 
covered himself with glory, and was ranked highest in delivery; 
but, owing to the mark of Gov. Foraker, of Ohio, one of the 
judges on composition and thought, he was debarred from first 
prize. Two of the judges on this subject gave brother Wilker- 
son second, but Foraker gave him seventh place. Had Forakers 
mark been anywhere near the rank given by the other two 


judges, our Phi would have had an easy victory for first. His 
subject, ''National Unity," was probably handled in a too con- 
ciliatory manner to suit Gov. Foraker's fiery ideas. His manner 
of delivery is considerably different from that of the usual col- 
lege orator, being more of natural eloquence and not so much 
pure dramatic elocution . Although brother Wilkerson's elocu- 
tion is not to be underrated, yet it was the elocution naturally 
growing out of true eloquence. 

To prove I am not viewing the matter with prejudiced eyes, 
I submit the following from The Pulse the Iowa college paper, 
which, while I do not agree with it in all, shows that brother 
Wilkerson was an orator of no mean merit : 

"Although we do not hesitate to pronounce him among the 
first, yet we do not exactly see the why or the how of it. His 
gestures were jerky and his position was not as good as it might 
have been, but there was an undefinable something about his 
delivery that put him in sympathy with the audience and judges. 
Although it was nearly eleven o'clock when he began to speak, 
he held the attention of the audience throughout." 

This was written by a barbarian. 

Not many Phis were in attendance at the Convention. The 
Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska Phis were 
holding a Province Convention at Lincoln, Neb , so were unable 
to be at Grinnell. 

The Western Inter-Collegiate Press Association, composed 
of the representatives of the nine States of Ohio, Indiana, Wis- 
consin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa. Missouri, Kansas and Ne- 
braska, was organized at this meeting. Brother Sam D. Harsh, 
of this chapter, the delegate representing the Lombard Review^ 
was chosen president of the new association. Modesty forbids 
your reporter from speaking on this subject. 

On my return trip I spent one day with the Phis of Iowa 
Alpha, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and was entertained right royally 
by them. Iowa Alpha is a strong chapter, and, I should judge, 
has things her own way. They have lately moved into new 
quarters, which are by far the finest chapter rooms I have ever 
seen. The boys are so proud of them that your reporter had to 
submit to being introduced to them no less than fifty times dur- 
ing his short stay. In this public place I wish to hereby tender 
my heartfelt thanks to the boys of Iowa Alpha for their kindness, 
and also to retract any insinuations I may have made as to their 
intense desire to show off their parlors. I must not leave the 
boys until I mention their sisters, but, now I've mentioned 
them, I can't find words to suit the subject. Certainly Mt. 
Pleasant Phis have more, and more enthusiastic, and prettier 
sisters than any chapter I have the good fortune to know. 

Galesbury, May 8, 1889. Sam D. Harsh. 


Iowa Alpha, Iowa Wksleyan University. 

Permanent and gratifying success has attended us during the 
year now ending. 

Last year we were without a hall, to-day we are the proud 
posessors of one of the finest fraternity halls in the west. This is 
the result of a vigorous fraternity zeal which has been actively 
engaged in every department of our work. 

Brother E. H. Scott has just returned from the Eta Province 
convention, which assembled at Lincoln, Nebraska, the 3d inst 

Brother Sam D. Harsh, of Illinois Zeta, was our guest one 
day last week. He was returning home from Grinnell, la., 
where the representatives of the western college papers had met 
and formed **The Western Inter-state Collegiate Press Associa- 
tion." Brother Harsh will be the first president of the new 
organization, which fact insures its success from the beginning. 
Brother Harsh is a *' hustler" and a loyal Phi. 

Miss Libbie Nix has our hearty thanks for the beautiful banner 
recently presented to the chapter. 

Brother E. F. Wehrle was chosen Viee-President of Eta Prov- 
ince at the recent convention. 

In conclusion we would mention a faculty bull, just received, 
and coming from the Association of the Iowa College Faculties. 
The edict provides — 

That all conventions. Oratorical, Fraternity, Y. M.C. A., etc., 
shall be conducted during vacation. 

That no student shall be excused during the session to attend 
any convention or assembly. 

That any one failing to comply with the above is liable to sus- 
pension or expulsion. 

The inter-state conventions of the Y. M. C. A. and Y. W. C. A. 
form the single exceptions. 

This means that all fraternities represented in Iowa must hold 
their conventions in the summer or during the holidays if dele- 
gates from their college chapters here in Iowa attend. 

We dread expulsion, else we would burn the bull. * * Our liber- 
ties we prize and our rights we will maintain " is a sweet sounding 
motto, but when its delense means revolution we hesitate to 
practice it. 

Mt. Pleasant, May 8, 1889. Will H. Spurgeon. 

Minnesota Alpha, University of Minnesota. 

Minnesota Alpha has but little to report, for the routine work 
of the term has filled almost every moment of her time. The 
chapter is prosperous and proposes to continue so. 


Warner Leeds carried off first honors in a joint debate between 
his own literary society, the Delta Sigma, and the Hermeon, 
and won the prize for his side in the contest. We believe that 
Brother Leeds intends to emulate our Leslie Moflfett,of '89, who 
never lost a debate in his whole college course. 

Walter Stockwell was elected to serve as delegate from Minne- 
sota Alpha to the Province convention lately held at Lincoln, 
Nebraska, under the auspices of the chapter there. He con- 
sented to make the journey and accept the trust reposed in him 
by his brethren, and it well repaid him when he partook of the 
open-hearted hospitalities of the Nebraska Phis. 

The three senior members of the chapter are getting their 
houses in order for commencement. Brother Moffett will sing 
the Class Dirge on the campus during class day exercises. A 
large and appreciative audience will doubtless join him in his 
melancholy plaint upon this sombre occasion. 

Minneapolis, May 8, 1889. Conway Macmillan. 

Nebraska Alpha, University of Nebraska. 

May 3d and 4th have been red-letter days in the history of 
Nebraska Alpha, and she has every reason to feel proud of the 
occasion. On the 3d, delegates to the first convention of Eta 
Province began to arrive, and when called to order by the 
president on the afternoon of the 4th, brothers White and 
Kelly, of Kansas Alpha, Stockwell, of Minnesota Alpha, 
Scott, of Iowa Alpha, and Gerwig and Stephens, of Nebraska 
Alpha, answered the roll-call. But our business is not to 
report the proceedings of the convention, as that duty has been 
left in the hands of brother White, who acted as secretary. 

On Friday afternoon and evening the delegates were shown 
around the University by the members of the chapter. On 
Saturday afternoon they were driven about the city, and in the 
evening were tendered a banquet, at which many of the alumni 
of the city were present as well as those of our chapter. After 
the menu had been attended to, the following toasts were pro- 
posed and responded to : 

Toastmaster. Geo. B. Frankforter, '86. Nebraska A\ "The 
National Fraternitv," W. L. Stockwell, '89, Minn. A\ "Eta 
Province," Ed. H.'Scott, '89, Iowa ^ ; "The Fraternity Thirty 
Years Ago." L. W. Billingsley, '61, Ind. A\ "The Ideal 
Chapter," C. E. Bradt, '86, Ohio J; "The Goat." Will A. 
White, '90, Kansas A) *'The Faculty," V. J. Emery, '87, 
Ohio Z\ "The Alumni," A. E. Anderson, '^^^^ Nebraska^; 
"Sororites," G. W. Gerwig, '89, Nebraska A ; "Brother Ben. 
Harrison," Hon. G. M. Lambertson, '72, Ind. A\ "Phi Law- 
yers," C. A. Atkinson, '74, Ohio 7^. 


This has been the most brilliant affair that has taken place in 
fraternity circles of the University of Nebraska, and will be long 
remembered by those who participated in the event. 

Durinf( the convention a large Phi flag with blue letters on a 
white field floated from the flagstaff of our building. It 
attracted a great deal of attention and excited much comment 
on the part of those who saw it We have also received many 
flattering notices from the newspapers of Omaha and Lincoln. 

We hope that the visiting delegates carried away as good an 
impression of Nebraska Alpha as they left with us, and that we 
shall have the pleasure of meeting them again in the near 

To our alumni who gave us their support, not only finan- 
cially, but by words of encouragement as well, we wish to 
return thanks. To those who were not present we would say 
that we missed you. 

Lincoln, May 5, 1889. J- ^- Bae&is. 


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No. 1 



General Council. 

President— C. P. Bassktt, 784 Broad Street, Newark, N. J. 
Secretary— J. E. Brown, 176 East State Street, Colambus, O. 
Treasurer-— S. P. Gilbert, 1148 Broad Street, Columbus, Ga. 
Historian— £. H. L. Randolph, 28 Putnam Aye., Plainfieid, N. J. 

The Scroll. 

Board of Pubiicaiion, 

D. R. HoRTON, 170 Broadway, New York, N. V., Chairman. 
T. H. Basksrville, Secy. B. S. Orcutt. 

A. Shiels. K. H. L. Randolph. 

Editors or the Catalogue: 
£. H. L. Randolph. F. D. Swope. 

Alpha, Gamma and Delta Provinces, address : 
E. H. L. Randolph, P. O. Box, 1398, New York. 

Beta, Epsilon, Zeta and Eia Provinces, address: 
F. D. Swope, Permanent Address, Madison, Ind. Present Address, 713 

Cambridge St., Cambridge, Mass. 

Editor of the History: 
Walter B. Palmer, Nashville, Tenn. 

National Convention. 

The next National Convention will be held at Bloomington, 111., in the 
XLI year of the Fraternity, commencing 10 a. m., Monday, October 14, 
1889, and closing the following Friday. 

Convention Speakers. 

Orator— Hon. J. C. S. Blackburn, of Kentucky. 
Poet— Eugene Field, of Illinois. 
Alternate— Edward Fuller, of Minnesota. 
Historian— E. H. L. Randolph, of New York. 
Alternate — W. B. Palmer, of Tennessee. 
Prophet— C. P. Bassett, of New Jersey. 

Province Presidents. 

Alpha— G. L. Richardson, 234 Third St., Troy, N. Y. 

Beta— C. B. Tippett, Richmond College, Richmond, Va. 

Gamma— W. W. Quarles, Selma, Ala. 

Delta— W. E Bundy, Athens, O. 

Epsilon— J. E. Davidson, i8q2 Eighth St . Bay City, Michigan. 

Zeta— W. L. Miller, 246 E. Indiana St., Chicago, III. 

Eta — C. G. McMillan, 12 Florence Court, Minneapolis, Minn 

Province Association Secretaries. 

Alpha— T. C. Blaisdell, 309 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. N. C. 
Beta — Edgar Bowers, Roanoke College, Salem, Va. 
DelU— S. W. Townsend, Oxford, Ohio. 
Epsilon— B K. Canfield, Agricultural College, Lansing, Mich. 

State Association Secretaries. 

Pennsylvania — A. J. Montgomery, Jr., Lock Box 1003, Washington, Pa. 
South Carolina -W. W. BalU Columbia. S. C. 
Alabama— A P. Agee, Montgomery, Ala. 

Alumni Chapter Reporters. 

New York Alpha Alumni— New York, N. Y.— Paul Jones, 150 BrxMulway. 
Peiinsylvania Alpha Alumni— Pittsburg, Pa. — W. T. Tredway, 96 Diamond 

Pennsylvania Beta Alumni— Philadelphia, Pa.— McCloney Radclifl, M. D., 

711 N. i6ttiSlteel. 
Maryland Alpha Alumm— B«l\imot^ lA^ -"^e^.'tt.»'\a«'^^Q«i^^i (attevioQ 



District of Columbia Alplia Alumni — Washington, D. C. — M. C. Summers, 

Surgeon General's office, loth St. 
Virginia Alpha Alumni — Richmond, Va. — Dr. C. M. Shields, 310 East Frank 

lin Street. 
Georgia Alpha Alumni— Columbus, Ga. — Herbert L. Manson. 
Georgia Beta Alumni— Atlanta, (ia. — ^^lortis Brandon. 
Tennessee Alpha Alumni — Nashville. Tenn. — R. F. Jackson, 301^ N. Cherry 

Alabama Alpha Alumni— Mo«itgomery,*Ala. — Alva Fitzpalrick. 
Alabama Beta Alumni — Sclma, Ala. — A. W. Nelson. 

Ohio Alpha Alumni — Cincinnati, O. — Dr. J. A. Thompson, 113 West 9th St. 
Ohio Beta Alumni— Akron, O. W. J. McCrcary, 128 Brow:^ Si. 
Kentucky Alpha Alumni— Louisville, Ky. — 1). N. Marble, 543 P'ourth Av. 
Indiana Alpha Alumni — Franklin, Ind. — T. C. Donnell. 
Indiana Beta Alumni— Indianapolis, Ind.-- H. U. Brown, ** Indianapolis 

Illinois Alpha Alumni — Chicago, Ill« -M. M. Boddie, 46 Portland Block. 
Illinois Beta Alumni — Galesburg, 111. — T. L Hastings. 
Missouri Alpha Alumni — Kansas City, Mo. — D. M McCIannahan. 
Minnesota Alpha Alumni- Minneapolis, Minn. — James Gray, 1 107 N. 5th 

Minnesota Beta Alumni -St. Paul, Minn. — A. G. Brigg^s. 
California Alpha Alumni — San Francisco, Cal. — C. A. Rhodes, Grand Hotel. 
California Beta Alumni — Los Angeles, Cal. — 

College Chapter Reporters. 

Alpha Province. 

Maine Alpha— Colby University, Watcrville, Me. — C. W. Averell, Lock 

Box 90. 
New Hampshire Alpha -Dartmouth College,Hanover,N.H -G.B.Slavens. 
Vermont Alpha — University of Vermont. Burlington, Vt. — M. A. Howe, 93 

Grand Si. 
Massachusetts Alpha — Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.— A. M.Hitch- 
cock, Box 171. 
Massachusetts Beta — Amherst College, Amherst, Mass. — A. S. Cody, P. O. 

Box 614. 
Rhode Island Alpha— Brown University, Providence. R. I.— A. T. Swif^. 
New York Alpha - Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y.— B. F. Hurd, * J 6> 

New York Beta— Union University, Schenectady, N. Y.- A. R. Conover. 
New York Gamma — College of the City of New York, New York, N. Y. — G. 

L. Walker, 890 Grand Boulevard. 
New York Delta— Columbia College, New York, N. Y.— C. H. Hayes, 

52 East 49th Street. 
New York Kpsilon — Syracuse University, Syracuse, N. Y. — B. F. Hammond, 

71 Croton St. 
Pennsylvania Alpha — Lafayette College, Easton, Pa.— H. S. Robinson, 

67 Blair Hall. 
Pennsylvania Beta — Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, Pa. — C. W. Walker, 

P. O Box 450. 
Pennsylvania Gamma— Washington and Jefllerson College, Washington, Pa. — 

J. B. Clark, Box 1074. 
Pennsylvania Delta -Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa. — E. P. Couse, Rose 

Pennsylvania I'psilon —Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa — C. W. Straw, West 

Pom fret St. 
Pennsylvania Zeta — University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.— A. H. 

Cleveland, 2102 Ml. Vernon St. 
Pennsylvania Eta — Lehigh University, South Bethlehem,.?.!. — E. H. Beazell, 

Box 476. 

Beta Province, 

Virginia Alpha — Roanoke College, Salem, Va. — C. F. Huder. 
Virginia Beta University of yii^nia, Albemarle Co., Va. — T. W. Ijcft. 
Virginia Qamma— Randolph-Macon CoUeg<e, K&\\\axiA,N«L.— "^ . CN^&iOk. 
VirgiaiA Deita— Richmond College, EicYunond^Vvu— C,^ttssA»« 


Virginia Zeta— Washington and Lee University, Lexington^Va^— J. W. 

North Carolina Beta— University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N. C— W. 

H. Davies. 
South Carolina Beta — South Carolina College, Columbia, S.C. — H.A. Bmnson. 

Gamma Province. 
Georgia Alpha— University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. — Donald Harper. 
Georgia Beta— Emory College, Ox&rd, Ga. —J. T. Daves, Jr. 
Georgia Gamma— Mercer University, Macon, Ga. — J. R. Long. 
Tennessee Alpha — Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. — P. M. Tones. 
Tennessee Beta —University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. — W. H. Howard. 
Alabama Alpha— University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. — W. L Smith. 
Alabama Beta -Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Auburn, Ala. — A. M. Lloyd. 
Alabama Gamma — Southern University, Greensboro, Ala. -A. S.J. Haygood. 
Mississippi Alpha — University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss. — E. J. Buck. 
Texas Beta —University of Texas, Austin, Tex.— J. M. Hemdon. 
Texas Gamma — Southwestern Universfty, Georgetown, Tex.— J. R. Mood. 

Delta Province, 
Ohio Alpha —Miami University, Oxford, O.— J. H. Macready, P. O, Box 226. 
Ohio Beta— Ohio Wesley an Univ'ty, Delaware, O.— D. R. Gray. 
Ohio Gamma— Ohio University, Athens, O. — D. W. Welch. 
Ohio Delta— Universitv of Wooster, Wooster, O.— W. E. Forgy. 
Ohio Epsilon— Buchtel College, Akron, O.— H D. Smith. 
Ohio Zeta— Ohio State University, Columbus, O. — ^J. G. Bloom, N. Dorm, 

O. S. U. 
Kentucky Alpha —Centre College, Danville, Ky. — G. A, McRoberts. 
Kentucky Delta — Central University, Richmond, Ky. — R. E, Roberts. 

Epsilon Province, 
Indiana Alpha — Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. — ^T. M. Honan. 
Indiana Beta— Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind. — Henry Little, 5 12 

S. Walnut St. 
Indiana Gamma— Butler University, Irvington, Ind. — B. M. Davis. 
IndianaDelta -Franklin College, Franklin, Ind.— E. M. Fisher. 
Indiana Epsilon — Hanover College, Hanover, Ind.— J. B McCormick. 
Indiana Zeta— De Pauw University, Greencastle, Ind. — C. W. Gibert, P. O. 

Box 200, 

Michigan Alpha — University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.— J.. T. N. 

Hoyt, 25 Maynard St. 
Michigan Beta —State College of Michigan, Agricultural College, (Lansing), 

Mich. — R. S. Baker. 
Michigan Gamma — Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich. — E. D. Palmer. 

Zeta Province. 
Illinois Alpha — Northwestern University, Evanston, 111. — H. R. Howell, 

Lock Box 85. 
Illinois Dilla— Knox College, Galesburg, 111.— G. P. Williams. 
Illinois Epsilon —IllinoisWesleyan University, Bloomington 111.— J.A.Denham. 
niinois Zeta— Lombard University, Galesburg, 111. — S. D. Harsh, P. O. 

Box 693. 
Wisconsin Alpha — University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis. — W. A. Curtis, 

534 State St. 

Eta Proznnce. 
Missouri Alpha— University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. — R. T. Haines, 

P. O. Box 744. 
Missouri Beta— Westminster College, Fulton, Mo,— W. S. Foreman. 
Iowa Alpha— Iowa Wesleyan University, Mount Pleasant, la. — W. H. Spur- 

Iowa Beta— State University of Iowa, Iowa City, la. — E. C. Nichols. 
Minnesota Alpha —University of Miimesota, Minneapolis, Minn. — W. L. 

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Kansas Alpha —University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan. — N. C. Brooks, 1044 

1 ennessee St. 
Nebraska Alpha— Umvcislty of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.— J. A, Barns, 

Room 4, Stale BVocV. 
California Alpha— Umvctsity ol C«\AioTO^«^^'^«Vs3w^>^^— ^S.• G. Paiioer, 


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