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October, 1897 June, 1898 



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Alumni Chapters. . M?>, 34, .S'), supp. 18, <>4, 200. 28*;, .S7(), 4i:^, 4S."), o*J.'> 

American College Fraternities (Baird ) 407 

Annual Report of the H. G. C 487 

Annuals. College 107. l.I."). iJl.') 

Army and Navy, Phis in 4.51 . .^'Jil. ."wjo, 574 

Badge, The 4<i(>, o7(; 

Baldridge, Rev. S. C. (Miami, '41> ) .")0:> 

Bestor, G. T. {.Uahama, M»8 ) 508 

Biographical Notes, Chapter (jrand 500 

Boddie, M. M. ( / 'amierMif. 'so ) 504 

Boynton, Gen. H. V. N. ( A'. M. /., ':>s) ;;(;o. 574 

Catalogue, A Practical Fraternitv o-4, 5(ii> 

Chapter Grand '. 4i>5 

Chapter Houses S.S, «»:;, supp. 1(), !»7. i:^4. .Si:;, \\^:\ .VJ5 

Chapter Houses in Southern Colleges 07. 1S4 

Chapter Roll of Phi Delta Theta supp. 10 1 1 

Cincinnati Chapter h'\) 

College Annuals 107, l.T), :}i5 

Colleges, Statistics of supp. :^5 

Convention of iso.'i -JO'J, 44s, 578 

Conventions, Province 8<;, ;)7, 01, i;;7, lliO. .'H'i 

Delta Tau Delta -Rainbow .T 1 

Dickinson College 455 

Fraternities, Stati.stics of supp. o2. 4.5*2 

Fraternity Library, The :*.5. :W)7 

Funston,*Col. Frederick (Kansas, '02 ) ;^*70, 574 

Greek Vandal, A .S75 

Guilmette, A. K. (Xehraska, '02) .5(M) 

Helphrey,*Jpl>n ^*. { Joi^a^ U'tsinan, 'OS) 575 

Hogg. N. fi {"ti'psJtiTi^/tm lifiit f^ti^r^}}i\ '70 ; .')05 

Illinois K{)snk)i;, -v/itUdrawol-bf t^J^tl-jer of :!4 

Initiates and AfiiljaJtes, FpJ)ruarv 1.*'lS07. to Februarv 1. ISOS .")00 

Kriebel, F. L. ( /XilkitV^v:,:'.^^^'^' ' 57;{ 

Leonard, Prof.*A: ^..f(^^:>.,rsj^J 250 

Librarv, The*«K!-«rt;;rg3tv»* .. * ,^ , .';5, .'Id 7 

Lifting at \Vi1.1ifIftJ.V^'Cd6i«i.<3e. . ; 252 

Lifting, Sigma Xiyflia-Epfii^oli** Charge of .'uO, MSI 

Lindley. J. W. (Miami. '50) 7 

Manual of Plii Delta Theta, A supp. I 47 

Miami, Sentiment an Argument for l.'>2 

Michigan Beta, Withdrawal of Charter of .177 

Michigan Gamma, Withdrawal of Charter of .S7S 

Misunderstanding, A .17 1 

Morse, Wilbur ( /Yfifisvirania, '00) i;;o 

Music, Phi Delta Theta 4<'»4 

New Chapter at Cincinnati 570 

Ohio Delta, Suspension of Charter of l.Ni. 101 

Old Fraternity Records 2:;4, 25s, :;47 

Palmer, Frank S. i/unorw '00) :a^ 

Phi Delta Theta Music 4<l 1 

'•*•'*.♦ ■ » « . » 

W . .,^ ■• .^ 


I * • • iii ;^ 

INDEX. I * • • iii ;i 

Practical Fraternity Catalogue, A J^-J4 

Proinineiit Members of Phi Delta Theta supp. 29 

Province Conventions 'M\, :i7, »»1, 1H7, IIH), .S8:J 

Railsback, Rev. Lvcurgus ( U'ahash, 'iVl) oOT 

Randolph. E. H. t. (C C. X. )'., S.")) olH) 

Records, Old Praternity 'I'M, 2.VS, .S47 

Report of H. G. C, Annual 487 

Ro«lgers, Ardivan W. (Miami, '.">!) 'MS) 

Roller, B. F. (De /\iu7c, MKS) ol7 

Sentiment an Argument for Miami 11^2 

Sigma Alpha Epsilon's Charge of Lifting 379, 884 

Sketch of Phi Delta Theta supp. 8 

Son^s of Phi Delta Theta supp. 2'), 257 

Statistics of Colleges supp. ',\h 

Statistics of Fraternities supp. 82, 482 

Statistics of Phi Delta Theta 488 

Stewart, Gen. A. P. {Miami, '42) 84(> 

Tennessee Alpha 28 

Tributes to Phi Delta Theta supp. 22 

University of Texas, The 21.> 

Vandal, A Greek 87.') 

Van^erbilt University and Tennessee Alpha 11 

Walthall. vSenator E. C. ( Mississippi, MS) 007 

War With Spain. Phi Delta Theta in the 4."')1, h'2(\, ')♦)(), .•)74 

Withdrawal of Charters 81, 18r), 877. 878 


Chapter C.>rrespoii.lrTioe ::s. i;;s. !:;•.), 2H:;. 8s«. .Vj; 

C(»lleges 74. 144, 80-_>. t.v,, rnij 

Ef- "^rial 80, 184, 2:m. 880, 528 

Fraternities 7S, 201. 8or>, 441, 5()8 

Items of Interest (see Colleges and Fraternities). 

Official Communications :m. 188, 487 

Personal <'».">, l •>.■). 2S'.>, 124, ofiO 

The Pyx <»1, 210, 818. 44S, 572 


Allegheny Chapter, The \A\\ 589 

Allegheny Chapter House, The 480 

Alpha Tau Omega House at Sewanee 98 

Amherst Chapter House supp. 1 7 

Baker, R. S. ( Tr.vas, •90) 227 

Boynton, Gen. H. V. N. ( A'. M. I., ''>><) 8(>ti 

Chapter Groups, 

17, 24, 45, h:^^ fU). K\^ 140, 151, 191, 584, 5.89, 551, 558 

Chapter Houses... supp. 17, 88, 47, 90. KM), 102, 104, 10<), 112. 48r> 

Cornell Chapter House supp. 17 

Delta Psi House at Mississippi 10<» 

Delta Tau Delta House at Sewanee 104 

De Pauw Chapter, The 551 

Dickinson Chapter, The 151 

Dickinson College Views 457 

Funston, Col. Frederick [Kansas, '92) 870 

Group Pictures of Chapters. 

17, 24. 45,55, 00. S8, 149. 151, l^M, 584, 589, 551, 558 

Helphrey, John P. {Iowa Wcslcyan, '9S) 575 

Kansas Chapter, The 55 

iv INDEX, 

Kappa Alpha House at Southwestern KH) 

Kappa Sigma House at Sewanee 1 Oo 

Kriebel, F. L. {Dickinso}!, '1>S) 578 

Lafayette Chapter, The 5:U 

Ivee, Tom J. {Texas, 'IM) 282 

Leonard, Dr. A. E. ( Ohio, '88) 2')() 

Lindley, J. W. [Miami, '50) <>, 8 

Mammoth Cave 874 

Missouri Chapter, The OO, 55S 

Morse, Wilbur ( Pcnnsvivatiia, ".M)) 18«) 

Palmer, V. S. ( Emory, '9t» ) 578 

Rodgers, A. \V. ( Miami, '57 ) 81S 

Roller, B. F. ( /)r/\iU7c, 'tKS] 577 

Seal of Phi Delta Theta supp. 2 

Sewanee Chapter House supp. 47, {M> 

Sigma Alpha Epsilon House at Sewanee 104 

Smith, R. W. ( 7\\vas, '87 , 227 

Stewart, Gen. A. P. : Miami, '42 1 84() 

Texas Chapter, The 88 

University of Texas Views 214 

Vanderbiit Chapter, The 24 

Vanderbilt Chapter House, The supp. 88, 102 

Vanderbiit Universitv Views 12 

Washington and Jefferson Chapter, The -15 

Wooster Chapter, The VM 


Ball, Fred S. [Ohio State, '88) 8S 

Bastian, W. A. (^/)trau:c, 'V»l ) 42o 

Bloom, J. G. {( ^hio State, 'St) ) 417 

Brown, Dr. J. E. {(>hio H'rslrvan, 'sn 8()7, 418 

Case, W. W. {.Ularfit'nv, '84) 418 

Chaplin, T. C. ( U'ashimrtou, 'V^O) 421 

Connally, T. T. ( Texas, '1>8) 215 

Covert, Rev. W. C. ( Ilauovcr, '8.'>; 421 

Couse, E. P. {AHeghniv, 'SO) 415 

DeWitt, John H. ( Van'dcrfyitt, '04) 11, 102. 41(i 

Eberhard, L. R. C. {Buchtct, 'O;',) 417 

Ehrhorn, O. W. {Cotumt>ia, '08) 2K«;, 418 

Findley, Prof. S. E. iHuchtcI, '04) 7 

Hollingshead, Dr. I. W. ( J\nnsvlva)iia, '04 i 41(> 

Holmes, E. W. [Staufonf, '«K)) 42;i 

Kernion, G. C. H. ( Tutanr, ".♦7 ) 2S7 

Kriebel, V. L. ( Pickinson, 'OS) 455 

Merriam, Dr. W. H. ( / 'ermont, '80 ^ 418 

Miller, lIughTh. [Ituiianapolis, '"^i^) I07, K'.o. 8-ir), ;;«><;, :;75, 507 

Morgan, W. O. ( California. 'S7) 422 

Morrison, Rev. Dr. Robert [Miami, '40) 810, 8S4, 4(;-l. 508 

Owen, F. C. [Alat^ama, '00 j 50S 

Palmer, Walter B. r Wuidcrlult, '80). .8r>, S(), SS, supp. 1, 40, 187, 

284, 252, 258-2e')0, :{24, 847, 871, 404, 407, 5(M>, 504, 505, 520, VO 

Poitevent, Schuyler ( / 'ir^inia, 'OS) :]7 

Putnam. W. P. '{Biuhtcl, '08) 28S, -l2o 

RadcliflFe, Dr. McCluney {Pennsylvania, '82) 188, 487, 4Ss 

Shipp, T. R. {Indianapolis, '07) 800 

Sweet, Franklin ( Wisconsin, '08) i\\ 

Tebault. G. L. ( Tulane, '08) 410 

Weed, C. B. K. {Sewanee, '05) 07 

Work, Rev. A. G. {Miami, '04) 182 

/i-H, /L,^ ^/- 




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VoL XXII. OCTOBER, 1897. No. U 


John Wolfe Lindley, one of the three surviving founders 
ot * A fc), was born in Knox county, Ohio, August 20, 1X26. 
His parents, Mahlon and Anna Wolfe Lindley, were of Kn- 
glish descent and at an early date, when the country was 
new, removed from Jefferson county, Ohio, to Knox county, 
settling upon the farm on which the subject of this sketch 
was born and still resides. The early years of his life were 
spent in farm work and in improving such opportunities for 
education as the district school afforded. Always with strong 
religious influences around him at home, at the age of fifteen 
he became a member of the F'irst Presbyterian church of 
Fredericktown, Ohio, and has been a ruling elder, clerk of 
session, and prominent Sunday-school worker there for many 

His eighteenth birthday was just past when he entered 
Fredericktown Academy, and two years later he l>egan a 
course at Miami University, Oxford. Ohio, being graduated 
there in is^O. During this period in Miami's history oc- 
curred the 'snow rebellion,' which resulted in the expulsion 
of one-half the students and created a breach in the ranks of 
the faculty that was never healed. The presidency of Dr. 
MacMaster was brought to an end by his resignation, and I)r, 
W. C. Anderson took his place. 

Immediately after leaving Miami, Brother Lindley ac- 
cepted a position as professor of mathematics and I^tin in 
Xew Hagerstown (Ohio» Academy, remaining there until 
called to the principalship of the Poplar Grove ( Tenn. ) 
Academy in 1S.V2. The two years following '5'> saw him 
connected with the faculty of Richmond (Ohio) College, in 
charge of the same departments as at New Hagerstown. 
His enviable record thus far soon resulted in a call from his 
native state to Indiana, where, from 'o.") to *01, he was 
principal of the Charlestown Female Institute. A similar 

iv INDEX. 

Kappa Alpha House at Southwestern 100 

Kappa Sigma House at Sewanee 1 05 

Kriebel, F. L. {Dickinson, '98) 573 

Lafayette Chapter, The 534 

Ivee, Tom J. {Texas, '94) 282 

Leonard, Dr. A. E. ( Ohio, '88 j 250 

Lindley, J. W. {Miami, '50) r>. 8 

Mammoth Cave 374 

Missouri Chapter, The 60, 558 

Morse, Wilbur {Pnnisvlvajiia, '99) 130 

Palmer, F. S. ( Emory, '99) 578 

Rodgers, A. \V. ( Miami, '57 ) 318 

Roller, B. F. ( De/\ut7i; '9S j 577 

Seal of Phi Delta Theta supp. 2 

Sewanee Chapter House supp. 47, 90 

Sigma Alpha Epsilon House at Sewanee 104 

Smith, R. \V. ( Texas, \S7 1 227 

Stewart, Gen. A. P. ( Miami, '42 1 34(> 

Texas Chapter, The 83 

University of Texas Views 214 

Vanderbilt Chapter, The 24 

Vanderbilt Chapter House, The supp. 33, 102 

Vanderbilt University Views 12 

Washington and Jefferson Chapter, The 45 

Wooster Chapter, The 191 


Ball, Fred S. [Ohio Sfaie, '88) 38 

Bastian, W. A. ( PeTaUiU, '91 ) 42M 

Bloom, J. G. (i^hio S/a/r, '89) 417 

Brown, Dr. J. E. (O/iio H'rsleyan, 'SI) 307, 418 

Case, W. W. {Aliei^fieiiv, '84) 413 

Chaplin, T. C. ( Washiugion, '90) 421 

Connally, T. T. ( Texas, '98) 215 

Covert, Rev. W. C. (Hatiover, '85; 421 

Couse, E. P. {AilegMenv, '89) 415 

DeWitt, John H. ( Wmderbilt, '94) 11, 192, 410 

Eberhard, L. R. C. {/inehiel, '93) 417 

Ehrhorn, O. W. {Columbia, '98; 280, 413 

Findley, Prof. S. E. {Huchtel, '94 ) 7 

Hollingshead, Dr. I. W. ( rennsylvania, '94 i 410 

Holmes, E. W. {Stanford, '00) 423 

Kernion, G. C. H. ( Tnlane, '97) 287 

Kriebel, F. L. {Dickinson, '98) 455 

Merriam, Dr. W. H. ( / 'ermont, '89) 418 

Miller, Hugh Th. {Indianapolis, 'SS) 107, 1 ;'.(), 34(), 3<U>, .",75, .507 

Morgan, W. O. ( California, '87) 422 

Morrison, Rev. Dr. Robert [Miami, '49) 319, :'>S4, 404, 503 

Owen, F. C. {.llahama, '99) r^i)^ 

Palmer, Walter B. i I'anderhili, '80). .30, 80, S8, supp. 1, 40, 137, 

234, 252, 253-259, 324, 347. 371, 404, 407, 5(H), 504. 505, 520. 579 

Poitevent, Schuyler ( / 'irs^inia, '9H) 37 

Putnam, W. P. {Biichtel, '93) 28S, 420 

Radcliffe, Dr. McCluney (Pennsylvania, '82) 133, 4S7, 4SS 

Shipp, T. R. {Indianapolis, '97) ;;oo 

Sweet, Franklin ( Wisconsin, '93) 04 

Tebault. G. L. ( Tnlane, '93) 410 

Weed, C. B. K. {Sercanee, '95) 97 

Work, Rev. A. G. {Miami, '94) 132 






John Wolfe Liiidley, one of the three surviving founders 
of <t A (?:), was born in Knox county, Ohio, August 20, l'S26. 
His parents, Mahlon and Anna Wolfe Lindley, were of En- 
glish descent and at an early date, when the country was 
new, removed from Jefferson county, Ohio, to Knox county, 
settling upon the farm on which the subject of this sketch 
was born and still resides. The early years of his life were 
spent in farm work and in improving such opportunities for 
education as the district school afforded. Always with strong 
religious influences around him at home, at the age of fifteen 
he became a member of the First Presbyterian church of 
Fredericktown, Ohio, and has been a ruling elder, clerk of 
session, and prominent Sunday-school worker there for many 

His eighteenth birthday was just past when he entered 
Fredericktown Academy, and two years later he began a 
course at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, being graduated 
there in 1 >>')(). During this period in Miami's history oc- 
curred the 'snow rebellion,' which resulted in the expulsion 
of one-half the students and created a breach in the ranks of 
the faculty that was never healed. The presidency of Dr. 
MacMaster was brought to an end by his resignation, and Dr. 
W. C. Anderson took his place. 

Immediately after leaving Miami, Brother Lindley ac- 
cepted a position as professor of mathematics and Latin in 
New Hagerstown (Ohio) Academy, remaining there until 
called to the principalship of the Poplar Grove ( Tenn. ) 
Academy in isr)2. The two years following '5') saw him 
connected with the faculty of Richmond (Ohio) College, in 
charge of the same departments as at New Hagerstown. 
His enviable record thus far soon resulted in a call from his 
native state to Indiana, where, from '5") to '()1, he was 
principal of the Charlestown Female Institute. A similar 


position he held from '<>! to 'r)2 at Paducah (Ky.) Female 
Seminary, returning to Ohio soon after the outbreak of the 
Civil War to teach again in Richmond College. In '63 he 
removed to the old homestead near Fredericktown , Ohio, 
where he has since resided. 

Though past the allotted three score years and ten, he is 
still able to undertake all kinds of farm work and carry on 
an extensive legal business. His is indeed a vigorous old 
age. There are no signs of a lessening concern for the af- 
fairs of active life, but everywhere around him are abundant 
evidences of a feeling of mutual interest and good-will be- 
tween him and his fellow- man. 

He was married October 0, l.S.")4, to Catherine E. Shelley, 
and three sons and three daughters have been born to them. 
Of these, the oldest son is in business in Mansfield, Ohio. 
The second daughter, Elizabeth, married Dr. F. M. Mc- 
Murry, dean of the Teachers' College, Buffalo, N. Y. Will- 
iam, the youngest son, is engaged in the mercantile business 
in DeLand, Florida. The other son and two daughters are 
with their parents at home. 

It was during the period in the histor>' of Miami Univer- 
sity characterized by the ' snow rebellion ' mentioned above, 
that the subject of this sketch identified himself with the 
movement that has made him a sharer with the five other 
founders of <^ A in the gratitude of the whole Fraternity. 
Speaking of the motive that prompted the new venture, he 
said, at the Alumni Day banquet at Columbus in 'U^), that 
they were not six idle boys who tired of leisure, and so got 
together to organize Phi Delta Theta. It was the outcome 
of a desire to reap the fullest benefits from college associa- 
tions, and the belief that they saw a way to add an element 
to their college culture which the college did not and could 
not of itself ever give. For several months preceding the 
actual date of founding, December 2(), 1S4S, the six found- 
ers were engaged in elaborating and perfecting the Bond, 
which has remained our unaltered and unalterable basis of 
union. They were, naturally, very strongly attached to 
each other and to those initiated during their stay at Miami. 
For a time meetings were held at the rooms of the various 
members, and in the summer time in retreats along the 
neighboring creek, the greatest care being taken not to at- 
tract the attention of the curious, for it must be remembered 
that the organization was kept sub rosa till several years 
later. Aside from their social features, these meetings were 
marked by literary work, and more than one production of 
special merit read at the chapel exercises owed its excellence 


to kindly criticism at the hands of the chapter then totally 

The first initiation at Miami took place in Brother Lind- 
ley's room in the wing of the college buildinj^, and the 
victim was G. M. Williams, one of the brightest and most 
popular students in school. In celebration of this event a 
banquet was held in one of the rooms of McColough's res- 
taurant, January 1, l''>41>. It was a sumptuous affair and 
the flow of soul all that could be desired, the only circum- 
stance to mar the festivities being the presence at the end of 
the menu of Regalia cigars, which, in the case of some for 
whom this w^as the first experience — and the last also — pro- 
duced the result most naturally to be expected. vSoon after- 
ward Allen A. Barnett, David Swing. John K. Houde, Isaac 
S. Lane, and others were brought into the fold and the 
general scope of the Fraternity was considerably enlarged. 
During the sumnier of 1S41), John \V. Lindley, acting under 
authority of the chapter, secured as members his brother, 
Joseph Lindley, and C. S. Doolitell. both being at the time 
students of Kenyon College, Ciambier, Ohio. 

It was not, however, till commencement week of IXO'3 
that the Fraternity declared its existence by announcing a 
public meeting, an event somewhat like the open meetings 
of our college literary societies to-day. It was a proud day 
for the Phis, and an important one in the history- of the uni- 
versity. Dr. K. P. Humphrey, an honorary member, was 
the orator of the day. vSeveral members of the faculty were 
Phis and wx)re pins to make the occasion as conspicuous as 

After being graduated from Miami in l-SoO, Brother Lind- 
ley, through correspondence with individual members, main- 
tained his interest in the chapter and gained a knowledge of 
its general condition and the additions lo its roll from time 
to time. And with the growth in membership and in num- 
ber of chapters, the welfare of the whole Fraternity became 
the object of his care. Advancing years have brought no 
diminution in his loyalty to the cause, and to-day his kind- 
est benediction attends Phi Delta Theta as she pursues the 
even tenor of her way. With keen satisfaction and a sense of 
paternal pride he reads the successive issues of TiiK Scr( )IJ., 
finding it difficult, at times, to realize that the <l> A (-) of '4S 
has assumed its present proportions and proved an inspira- 
tion to so many of the best men of our colleges and universi- 
ties. Truly it is no trifling thing to be a founder of such a 
fraternity. Samuel Kmerson Findlkv. 

Ohio Epsilon, '^/. 



Before the fine arts building of the Tennessee centennial 
exposition stands the statue erected recently by appreciative 
alumni and citizens to the memory of Cornelius Vanderbilt. 
Later to adorn the university grounds, it now gives expres- 
sion of honor and gratitude of a people celebrating the cen- 
tenary of their statehood. It speaks for the whole south its 
homage to the wisdom and munificence of the man who, 
twenty-three years ago, at the close of his long life, smiled 
upon the completion of a lofty and enduring monument to 
his fame. 

Vanderbilt University is situated near the heart of middle 
Tennessee, at the western limit of the 'Athens of the South,' 
as Nashville is familiarly known. Upon an eminence easily 
reached through a broad thoroughfare, its elegant stone- 
trimmed buildings and luxuriant campus of seventy-six 
acres are among the chief ornaments of the city, and form 
an attractive introduction to the charming country which 
lies beyond. In fact, few college campuses are more beau- 
tiful than this with its walks and drives, adorned with shrubs 
and flowers and vShaded by more than one hundred and fifty 
different kinds of trees. 

This campus was purchased in 1S78, partly with the do- 
nation of $27,000 by the citizens of Nashville for Central 
University, which existed only in the dreams of the South- 
ern Methodist church. The great civil war had left the 
whole system of education prostrate in the south. Time- 
honored institutions had suffered disintegration, and means 
were lacking to restore them to their former usefulness. 
Few of them deserved the name of university, while none of 
them satisfied the acknowledged w^ant of a means of higher 
education. In 1.^71 this deplorable condition led several 
conferences of the M. K. Church, South, to appoint delegates 
to a convention to ' consider the subject of a university such 
as would meet the w^ants of the church and the country.' 
This convention met in Memphis in January, 1H72. Among 
its leading members w^ere Bishops Paine and McTyeire, and 
the venerable Chancellor L. C. Garland. A plan was adopted, 
a board of trust w^as nominated and authorized to obtain a 
charter of incorporation under the title of 'The Central Uni- 
versity of the M. IC. Church, South.' The convention de- 
clared by resolution ' that 51 ,000,000 w^as necessary to real- 
ize completely its aims,' and refused to authorize any steps 


toward the opening of any department of the university 
until there should be a valid subscription of $500,000. 

But at that time the impoverished condition of the country 
soon caused the projectors of this scheme to meet with dis- 
couragement and to despair of ever securing the needed half 
a million. Doubtless it would have been largely abandoned, 
had it not at this crisis received the noble benefactions of 
Cornelius Vanderbilt. He it was who made the university 
possible by the generous contribution of $500,000, which was 
subsequently increased until the entire donation amounted 
to $1,000,000. Immediately was discouragement dissipated 
by the enthusiasm which this princely gift awakened. The 
name of the university was changed in appreciation and in 
honor of the memory of its founder. From this time there 
was no delay in construction in spite of the financial panic 
then pervading the country. In less than two years from 
the time when a corn-field marked the site, the imposing 
main building stood as the nucleus of the institution. The 
corner-stone was laid April 2^, 1S74, and the university was 
first opened to students in October, I'^To. 

In a letter to Bishop McTyeire concerning the object of 
his generosity, Mr. \^anderbilt once expressed the following 
sentiment: 'If it shall, through its influence, contribute, 
even in the smallest degree, to strengthening the ties which 
should exist between all geographical sections of our com- 
mon country, I shall feel that it has accomplished one of 
the objects which led me to take an interest in it. * A citi- 
zen of the north, his animosities were over when the war 
had ceased, dissolving into sympathy for a people who were 
struggling to rebuild their fallen fortunes and to secure for 
their posterity the highest blessings of Christian civilization. 
A distinguished statesman remarked : ' Commodore Van- 
derbilt has done more for reconstruction than the Forty- 
second Congress.' This sentiment has been beautifully 
expressed in one of the college songs: 

And when the time shall come again, 

When bitterness shaU cease, 
When the blushing South to the North shall say, 

•Thou mayst if thou wilt,* 
The ring for that bright wedding day 

vShall be our Vanderbilt. 

The personnel of those in charge of the enterprise has al- 
ways been such as to insure success. The board of trust 
has consisted of leaders in the church and in civil life, who 
possessed great business and executive ability. Bishop Mc- 


Tyeire, the first president of this board, continued at the 
head of the whole university until his death, in ISSt). Be- 
ing related by marriage to Mr. Vanderbilt, it was through 
his instrumentality that the funds for building and endow- 
ment were secured. Largely through his wisdom and sa- 
gacity the university was established and shaped in working 
order. The faculty has at all times included some of the 
south' s most distinguished educators and scholars. Most 
fittingly Dr. L. C. Garland was called from the University 
of Mississippi and made chancellor and professor of physics 
and astronomy. Foremost among southern scholars and 
scientists, he had held the presidencies of Randolph- Macon, 
in Virginia, and the University of Alabama, besides holding 
professorships in two other colleges. His eminent services 
brought honor and credit to Vanderbilt, lasting until his 
death, in 1805. In June, l>^t)o, his resignation of the chan- 
cellorship, offered two years before, was accepted, and Dr. J. 
H. Kirkland, professor of Latin, elected to succeed him. 
The present chancellor has not only fulfilled to the fullest ex- 
tent the bright hopes for the future of Vanderbilt that were 
aroused by his election, but has also demonstrated that few 
men in America are so well equipped in scholarship, in ex- 
ecutive ability, in the power to win, to influence, to arouse 
young men. 

The munificence of the founder was continued by his fam- 
ily, so that the university expanded rapidly. University 
Hall, the first building, became the center of university life. 
Besides being devoted to general university purposes, it is 
also occupied by the academic department and by the de- 
partment of pharmacy. It is a brick structure, with gray 
stone trimmings, four stories in height, surmounted by two 
majestic towers. Besides many lecture rooms, society halls, 
professors' studies and laboratories, it contains the univer- 
sity chapel, library and reading room. In ISSO^ Wesley 
Hall, the home of the theological department, was built. 
It is a five-story brick building, in which the theological 
students find rooms, in addition to the apartments reserved 
for professors, instructors and fellows. Then were erected 
the gymnasium, Science Hall, and a complete equipment of 
apparatus for instruction in engineering. All these were 
the result of a donation of $1.")0,(M)() from Mr. W. H. Van- 
derbilt. In iss:;, he added $1(M),(MM) to the university's en- 
dowment, and in his wull, by a bequest of $2(M),(MM), increased 
it to $0(K),(MK). The productive endowment of the university 
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added — the observatory, professors' residences, and dormi- 
tories. Later a commodious building, five stories in height, 
with handsome stone front, was erected in the heart of the 
city for the law and dental departments. The handsome 
Mechanical Engineering Hall on the campus was built in 
ISSS in consequence of a donation by Mr. Cornelius Vander- 
bilt, grandson of the founder. It is thoroughly equipped 
for training in metal and wood work. In ISl)'), a new med- 
ical building was put up in the city after the latest and most 
approved plans ; and no building in the country is more 
complete, or more thoroughly adapted to its purposes. 

Concurrent with this material growth there was also an 
educational development. At first the university contained 
four departments — academic, biblical, law and medical. Af- 
terwards, the addition of three others — pharmacy, dental 
and engineering — w^as attended with an increase in the va- 
rious faculties. The founders intended as far as possible to 
realize the broadest conception of a university : 'An insti- 
tution where any person can find instruction in any study.' 
The courses now presented comprise seven departments, 
leading to proficiency in any profession. The school of en- 
gineering includes manual training, mining, mechanical and 
electrical, as well as civil, engineering. 

Each of these departments was signally successful from 
the beginning. Students came from every southern state, 
as well as a few from the north and west. Several depart- 
ments have more than doubled their attendance. The first 
enrollment included rU)? students, from sixteen states and 
countries; the attendance last year amounted to 071, from 
twenty- four states and countries. In ISTfi, the faculties 
contained twenty-eight members ; the officers of instruction 
now number nearly one hundred. 

For years Vanderbilt has been recognized as standing for 
what is highest and best in scholarship. This appears in the 
attendance of many graduates of other institutions for ad- 
vanced work. The high character and extent of the grad- 
uate courses have fast become widely known. Upon this 
feature much stress has been laid, especially in the increase 
in the number of fellowships, which are very eagerly sought. 
A flourishing graduate club is maintained, which is a mem- 
ber of the Federation of Graduate Clubs of the United States. 
The undergraduate courses are similar to those of the best 
American colleges. The class system prevails, but the work 
of the junior and senior classes is almost entirely elective. 
Monthly examinations are held in all branches, and twice a 


year come those which test the student's fitness for passing 
into a higher class. The requirements are not easy, and are 
rigidly insisted upon. The life of the successful Vanderbilt 
student is rich with faithful application, and great in effort 
and attainment is the meaning of his coveted degree. In 
the lower classes of every department, an assiduous student 
may dream of prizes, medals and rolls of honor, with which 
the university laurels his ambition. The class work of every 
day is recorded to go with the examination mark in deter- 
mining his standing. Instruction is by the system of quiz- 
zing, interspersed with lectures, especially in the higher 
classes. The university possesses a useful library, which is 
growing every year with carefully selected modern works of 
every sort. 

The spirit of student life is altogether manly and demo- 
cratic. Restrictions upon students are few, being only such 
as are consistent with the treatment of them as gentlemen 
of honor and dignity. For those in the departments on the 
campus there is the daily duty of attending chapel services, 
while for all is the obligation to attend classes regularly. 
Otherwise they are mainly self-governing. There is a re- 
markable common fellowship and good nature among them. 
There are two great mess halls where students are constantly 
associated — Wesley Hall, the abode of students for the minis- 
try, and West Side Row, the home of the great self-assertive 
and loyal democracy of the institution. The latter consists 
of six quaint, comfortable dormitories and a dining-room. 
In these halls every phase of student life is realized, every 
emotion of college spirit finds rampant expression, and col- 
lege memories are perpetuated. There are no oppressive 
class distinctions, no marks of supercilious snobbery ; the 
worth of a man, his real character, aside from money and 
station, secures for him the coveted recognition among his 
fellows. Perhaps if he does not adopt every college fad, or 
exhaust his resources unworthily, it is because the previous 
training of his simple southern home and the high moral 
and mental pressure of the university have filled his ears 
with the ' stirring of unseen wings ' of his after life. 

This will force the conjecture that the moral tone of stu- 
dent life at Vanderbilt is uncommonly high. Indeed, there 
are few college communities where less dissipation can be 
found. The religious societies are well maintained. Their 
members may be found on Sundays engaged in mission or 
Sunday-school work in all parts of the city, making their 
influence appreciable in its moral growth. The system of 


placing students upon their honor has always been in vogue 
at Vanderbilt, and its operation is exceedingly successful. 
Cheating is rarely practiced, and when detected the offender 
enjoys no toleration from his fellow-students. His summary 
expulsion from the university is made an effective object- 
lesson to all others who might be disposed to yield to temp- 
tation. During examination no professor is found scrutin- 
izing his students to prevent dishonesty, for the pledge 
which closes his paper is sufficient guarantee that the stu- 
dent has acted fairly. 

Outside the curriculum, the mental, social and athletic 
activities of the university are such as to stimulate the 
healthiest student life. In the weekly meetings of the Dia- 
lectic and Philosophic societies, the ambitious orator may 
prepare himself to contend before the faculty in April for a 
place in the Founder's or Young medal contests, or strive 
on Washington's birthday for the honor of speaking in the 
Southern intercollegiate contest, or do battle for Vanderbilt 
in the debate with Sevvanee in May. There are weekly, 
monthly and annual publications maintained by the students. 

The graduate club brings together in monthly meetings 
the graduate students for social and intellectual entertain- 
ment, when they are addressed by some distinguished 
speaker. The tennis association, with its handsome build- 
ing and nine beautifully terraced courts, has many enthusi- 
astic members. The Southern History society holds inter- 
esting monthly meetings at which papers embodying original 
research are read by members of the society or by distin- 
guished scholars. There are many organizations and clubs 
of minor importance. Of course, the cultured society of 
Nashville is a rare outlet for the social proclivities of the 
students. One of the great occasions of the year is on 
Thanksgiving day, when the beautiful athletic field is 
thronged with the gayest and best of the city to witness the 
closing game of the foot-ball season — the final struggle with 
the old rival, Sewanee. Similar to it is the annual field day 
in May, when athletes from various colleges contest for 
medals before many hundreds. Other occasions, too, are 
memorable, when the students and their fair friends assem- 
ble in the large Gothic chapel to enjoy the usual literary or 
commencement exercises; or when just before 'finals,' on 
May 27, the Founder's birthday, the boisterous student 
body elect the Bachelor of Ugliness, who is usually the 
most popular gentleman of the strongest geographical fac- 
tion. The degree is actually conferred in June by the pub- 

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lie presentation of a beautiful penknife by the professor of 
Latin to the successful candidate. This custom is original 
and peculiar to the university. 

For years Vanderbilt has been a leader in athletics, and 
has ever stimulated their growth in sister institutions. It 
was the first institution in the south to have a regularly or- 
ganized athletic association, through which track athletics 
have been developed in a systematic manner. It was organ- 
ized in ISSC)^ in which year it held the first intercollegiate 
field day ever given in the south. Annually since then a 
field day meeting has been held, and in Is^Mi and 1>^07 it was 
merged into the field meets of the Southern intercollegiate 
athletic association, which were held on the \'anderbilt 
campus. In l«s<l-J the construction of a large and beautiful 
athletic field gave a strong stimulus to enthusiasm of this 
sort. Foot-ball, base-ball and track teams are annually or- 
ganized, and their records have attested the manliness and 
prowess of Vanderbilt athletes. The leading college athletic 
authorities in the east give the \'anderbilt athletic associa- 
tion the credit of having done more to develop pure amateur 
sport in the south than any other organization. In the uni- 
versity life the proper place of athletics is maintained, and 
while athletic spirit is very strong, the higher demands of 
scholarship are so firmly impre.*J.sed upon the student body 
that only the good results of physical training are secured, 
to a large degree. 

The student life of the university is enlivened and enriched 
by twelve fraternities, which are filled with the true frater- 
nity spirit. Membership is prized because of the deep per- 
sonal friendships engendered, the higher tone developed, 
and the mutual assistance and inspiration to be found. The 
rivalry betw^een the fraternities produces increased activity in 
every phase of college life, and is attended with but little of 
intolerant spirit. Political scheming is little practiced, and 
in recent years the merit system of filling positions has come 
to be fixed. That fraternity ideals are high is attested by 
the widespread cordial spirit and the intimacy of fraternity 
interests w^th those of the university. 

During the past session, membership in the fraternities 
was as follows : <^ A (-), l>1) ; K A. 1!) ; X <I>, s ; H (h) n . i; ; K v 
IS ; ATA, S ; :£AE,:i() ; ATIi. IS ; A K E, 'JS ; v x, 17 ; :£N, 
1() ; 11 K A, ."). These are in the order of their establishment. 
There are also chapters of C?) N E and A <l>, the latter being 
very similar, in character and purpose, to 4> B K. Only one 
chapter owns a house, and the others meet on Saturday 


evenings in lodge rooms in the city. B 11 owns a lot for 
a future chapter home. The erection of chapter houses is 
tedious because of the necessity of purchasing lots outside 
of the campus, but every chapter cherishes a hope of a fut- 
ure permanent domicile. 

The Tennessee Alpha chapter of Phi Delta Theta was es- 
tablished in 1876 by Lytton Taylor, who had been initiated 
by Kentucky Alpha at the national convention at Danville, 
Ky., in May, 1875. Taylor's plans, however, were frus- 
trated by the vigilance of the college authorities in enforcing 
the anti-fraternity laws, and there was really no fraternity 
life until the fall of 1877. The chapter was revived by the 
matriculation of J. B. Reed, of Kentucky Alpha, and J. C. 
Smith, of Alabama Alpha, and by the commencement of 
187'^ there were eleven Phis in the university. * Though 
under the disadvantage of having to run sub rosa, the chap- 
ter thrived. For several years without a rival, it had the 
pick of the university, and very seldom was a man spiked 
who did not accept membership. Meetings were held regu- 
larly, and reports were sent to The Scroi^l. The members 
did not openly wear badges, but it became known that there 
were fraternity men among the students. This aroused the 
faculty, and Dr. Garland, the chancellor, from the chapel 
rostrum, anathematized secret societies. At the opening of 
the year ISSQ-Sl, he announced that no student would be 
allowed to contest for oratorical honors unless he should 
affirm that he had not from that time been associated with 
fraternities. These threats were never executed, but the 
Phis were prepared for contingencies. They organized the 
'* Dixie Reading Club," which had its own by-laws, and held 
regular meetings. Students, when admitted to it, were 
pledged to join the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity after the 
following commencement. On the afternoon of commence- 
ment day, all university exercises having closed, the mem- 
bers of the reading club were initiated into the Fraternity. 
At commencement in l'SS8, R. F. Jackson, at the request of 
the reading club chapter, presented to the board of trustees 
an elaborate argument in favor of fraternities, and petitioned 
that they be recognized by the university. The following 
fall the faculty repealed the anti-fraternity law, announce- 
ment to that effect being made in the chapel October 31st.'* 

The members of Tennessee Alpha have been prominent 
in every department of college life. Membership has been 

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chiefly of academic and law students, but other departments 
have furnished valuable men. No other chapter in the uni- 
versity can present such a record of achievements. The 
highest honor each year in each department is the Founder's 
medal for the highest scholarship. This prize has been won 
by Phis as follows: academic, >^\ law, (>; medical, 2; phar- 
macy, 1. The Founder's Day medal for oratory has been 
won five times by Phis, and in two out of seven of the 
Southern intercollegiate oratorical contests, Vanderbilt has 
been represented by Phis, who won in preliminary contests 
for the honor. Out of more than a hundred alumni of Van- 
derbilt whom the faculty have chosen to be fellows or in- 
structors in the university, twenty- three are Phis. Of the 
three alumni thus far honored by election to the university 
board of trust, one is a Phi. Six have been president of 
the alumni association, and nine have been alumni orator. 
These are the principal honors at Vanderbilt. The smaller 
medals and prizes that have also come to Phis are too nu- 
merous for mention here. 

The Phis have been foremost in all student enterprises. 
They published the first college paper, The Austral, in ISTD, 
with W. B. Palmer as editor-in-chief. The Observer, the 
literary magazine, has had Phis on its editorial staff during 
nearly every year of its existence, since 1>^>^1. The I'an- 
derbilt Hustler, the college weekly, was established in isss, 
and out of five editors-in-chief, three have been Phis. The 
Covimeneement Courier, published daily during commence- 
ment, was originated in is'.M by a Phi, and two of its other 
editors-in-chief have been Phis. The Vanderbilt athletic 
association, organized in lss(i, has always received the live- 
liest support from Tennessee Alpha. From the organiza- 
tion of the association, <t> A has always been well repre- 
sented upon its executive board, more offices having been 
held by Phis than by all the other fraternities combined, as 
the following summary will show : secretary, eleven years 
out of twelve ; treasurer, five ; captain of base- ball, five ; 
captain of foot-ball, five out of seven ; manager of field 
sports, three times ; manager of base-ball, twice ; manager 
of foot-ball, once ; and vice-president of the association, 
once. A large number of medals in athletic contests have 
been won by Phis, while the record of Pope Taylor, '^9, is 
one of the brightest athletic traditions of the university. 
Taylor won thirteen medals, and tied the American college 
record for the 100 yards dash, making it in ten seconds. 

The members of Tennessee Alpha have constantly shown 


their interest in the affairs of the Fraternity at large. They 
assisted in establishing South Carolina Alpha, Wisconsin 
Alpha (reorganized), Tennessee Beta, Texas Beta, besides 
many alumni chapters. The chapter has been represented 
at every convention, beginning with that held at Indianapo- 
lis in 1S8(), when W. B. Palmer, now the Fraternity's pres- 
ident, was delegate. In l'S>^4 the national convention met 
at Nashville upon the urgent invitation of the chapter, and 
was memorable for the work that was done and the social 
pleasures enjoyed. Ninety-four Phis were present. A 
number of general fraternity offices have been filled by 
members of Tennessee Alpha. W. B. Palmer was historian 
of the General Council from the creation of the office, in 
ISSO to 1SS2. At the Philadelphia convention, November, 
IS^M), he was honored by a unanimous election as president 
of the Fraternity. Brother Palmer's great and immensely' 
important services to the Fraternity are too well known to 
be recounted here. S. P. Gilbert was treasurer of the Gen- 
eral Council, in l.SS()-Sl). The office of province president 
has been held by J. M. Barrs, S. P. Gilbert, Glenn Andrews 
and Paul M. Jones. 

Tennessee Alpha enjoys the distinction of occupying the 
first chapter house in the south, built upon ground belong- 
ing to the Fraternity. It was erected in l'S|)2, as the cul- 
mination of a movement begun in 1«S85. The lot is situated 
opposite the front gate of the university, and was purchased 
in February, 1890. It has a front of one hundred and nine 
feet, facing the athletic field. The appearance of the house 
is attractive, and the interior arrangements are well adapted 
for chapter uses. From the entrance hall, sliding doors open 
to a library' and a parlor, all of which can be thrown together 
for entertainments. A wide door at the rear of the hall 
opens into the chapter room, which is 20 x ?>4 feet. From a 
side porch a stairway ascends to the attic and an observa- 
tory over the parlor. This observatory has a conical roof, 
supported by columns, and surmounted by a flag-staff. 

The house was purposely set far back on the lot to afford 
room in front for a tennis court. It is neatly furnished and 
adorned with many useful and tasteful presents from corre- 
spondent members and friends among the ladies. Being the 
only chapter house at Vanderbilt, it affords to Phis a peculiar 
enjoyment of fraternity life. On vSaturday evenings they 
gather as a chapter for delightful association, in which the 
happiest spirit of comradeship is supreme. The member of 
former days who hears them sing Phi songs and college 


songs around the piano, or watches an initiation in the large 
chapter room, will easily recall his old ardor and be a stronger 
Phi in the days to come. Such is the remarkable loyalty 
and vitality of Tennessee Alpha. The unbroken success of 
the chapter is to be attributed to its insistence upon the three 
great purposes of Phi Delta Theta — mental, moral and so- 
cial culture. To-day its spirit is as earnest and its prospects 
as radiant as even in those bright days, when, as the old men 
declare, * there were giants in the land.' 

The chapter is proud of its long list of members, who 
have won many honors in business and professional life. 
Of two hundred and thirty-one living members, forty-two 
live in Nashville, about the same number elsewhere in Ten- 
nessee, while the rest are widely distributed throughout the 
Union. A few who might be mentioned are, W. H. ICllerbe, 
governor of South Carolina; J. M. Griggs, representative in 
Congress, second district of Georgia: J. C. Smith, treasurer 
of Alabama, l.S92-l)4; W. H. Jackson, judge of the superior 
court, Cincinnati; H. B. Phillips, judge of the criminal 
court, Jacksonville, Fla.; Claude Waller, judge of the sec- 
ond circuit court, Nashville, l.s9.")-<)7; R. H. Marr, judge 
of the city court, New Orleans, lStMMi3; S. P. Gilbert, 
solicitor- general, Columbus, Ga.; Lytton Taylor, I'nited 
States attorney for Alaska, ISU.'UM; M. R. Patterson, at- 
torney-general, Memphis, Tenn.: J. H. Dortch, state sena- 
tor, Tennessee, ISSO-OO; R. H. Burney, state senator, Texas, 
1SS()-1)2; Chambers Kellar, state's attorney. Hot Springs, 
S. Dak. Among teachers are Waller Deering, professor of 
Germanic languages and literature, Western Reserve Uni- 
versity, Cleveland, Ohio: Paul M. Jones, instructor in nat- 
ural history and geology, \'anderbilt: G. C. Jones, president, 
Arkadelphia (Ark.) Methodist College; J. P. llanner, pro- 
fessor of modern languages, Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss.; 
Marvin West, professor of English, Kentucky Wesleyan 
College, Winchester: R. K. Crockett, principal Vanderbilt 
Training School, Ivlkton, Ky.: and T. P. Murrey, president 
Morriston (Ark. ) College. Among ministers are A. F. Wat- 
kins, J. Pv. Harrison, J. H. Moss, and W. H. Cotton, who 
are annually appointed to the best charges in their confer- 
ences. Among physicians are S. S. Crockett, professor of 
anatomy in the medical department of the University of 
Nashville; and W. H. Park, surgeon in charge of the vSoo- 
cham hospital and superintendent of the Soocham Medical 
School, China. 

On the fifteenth and sixteenth of the present month. Ten- 



nessee Alpha will open the doors of her heart and home to 
the Phis of Beta and Gamma provinces, and it is hoped that 
there will be a large attendance from every section. The 
Tennessee centennial exposition will be at its best. The 
program will be interesting and the enjoyments without 
limit. Let every Phi be present at this reunion of Phis in 
the south. John H. De Witt, 

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One difficulty experienced by many chapters is the slow- 
ness of the members in becoming acquainted with new men. 
This is especially true in large institutions, where students 
in different departments see little or nothing of each other, 
even outside of recitation hours. But this is also true in 
smaller colleges, where one or two careless members, usually 
upper class men, have become so well satisfied with their 
associates of the preceding years that they take no interest 
in the undeveloped new men coming in, and throw a damper 
on the discussion of the merits of a candidate, enthusiastic- 
ally endorsed by some active sophomore who knows him 
well, by inquiring languidly, 'Who is this man, anyway? 
Does he wear faded green trousers and haunt the general 
delivery window at the post-office? I think I've seen him.' 
Kvery chapter goes through the experience of hearing all 
about some man from the members who have been thrown 
with him or who have made it a point to meet him, and of 
finding that several of those present are completely ignorant 
of this man's existence. This may well happen once, but 
it is when it happens again and again in regard to the same 
man that the rushers get discouraged or impatient. Some 
other fraternity, with more energy and system, finally pledges 
the man, perhaps, and the slow member consolingly says he 
is * mighty glad we didn't take that fellow.' This procras- 
tination would cease, we think, if men realized how utterly 
discourteous it is to the member who proposes the new man, 
and how injurious it is to the chapter and the Fraternity. 
It is not conservatism ; it is self-satisfied laziness. Some 
one has proposed that a by-law be adopted allowing no mem- 
ber to plead non-acquaintance more than twice or three times 
in the case of a given candidate, but this would perhaps be 
too radical. Get acquainted with all the new men and stay 
acquainted with them, whether you want to make Phis of 
them or not. 


No MEMBER of the chapter has a better opportunity to 
watch the new men as they come in, and to meet them, than 
the man who lives in the college town. No alumnus is quite 
so valuable and helpful, at times, as the one at your elbow. 
So look after the local students. And don't fail to ask the 
local alumni for aid and advice when you need them. Strong 
chapters will almost invariably be found to have many resi- 
dent active members 2it\^/ratns hi itrbe. For example take 
Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Missouri, Pennsylvania 
and many more we might mention. 

Another class of new-comers deserving of especial atten- 
tion is made up of the sons, nephews, brothers and cousins 
of Phis. Centre, Indiana and several other older chapters 
have been initiating sons, nephews and even grandsons for 
some time. Scarcely a year passes with even the youngest 
chapter but four or five brothers or cousins come in. And 
these men are nearly always desirable and easy to influence. 
Of course, no chapter should be asked to take men merely 
on the ground of relationship. By keeping in communica- 
tion with the alumni through annual circular letters and 
summer notes of inquiry the coming of these men may be 
easily learned of. 

In this connection, chapters should bear in mind that they 
can not afford to slight the circular letter. Neglect your 
alumni, and they will neglect you. Care, promptness and 
accuracy in all a chapter's relations with the Fraternity or- 
ganization and with its correspondent members, will be re- 
warded tenfold. We wish to emphasize Amherst's mild 
rebuke to those who ignored her notes of inquiry as to new 
men. We can not believe that any of the alumni involved 
were Scroll subscribers. It is painfully true that many of 
our reporters are hard to waken to response in the summer, 
even when their addresses are known, but Massachusetts 
Beta should bear in mind that it is very difficult to reach 
any man by mail during the summer vacation. It is a good 
sign to note the increasing use made of the vacation note to 


alumni. CorneU's is doing good work. Wisconsin sent out 
fifty copies of the Palladium instead. Southwestern tried 
the same plan. 

In influencing new men to make the right decision w^e 
predict that the rushing committee will make much use of 
the Manual. A review of this invaluable work would be 
out of place here, because every subscriber has received a 
copy, and it speaks eloquently for itself. The first edition 
was the rusher's vadc mccum in the later eighties. This 
edition should be used well and saved to use again. A few 
hundred extra copies have been printed and will be kept on 
sale while they last, but that will not l^e very long. Be- 
come thoroughly familiar with the contents of the Manual 
yourself, then put it into the hands of your freshman. One 
point brought up in the Manual calls for comment — the total 
membership of the Fraternity. We have verified Brother 
Palmer's figures and believe them to be substantially cor- 
rect. Our annual reports from the H. G. C. were based in 
the first place on the fifth (18S:i) edition of the catalogue, 
and each succeeding report is based on its predecessor. It 
is now seen that the total given by the catalogue of ISS') 
was too small a figure. 

We have had occasion so often to express the gratitude 
and appreciation of the Fraternity for some new labor of 
love on the part of Walter Benjamin Palmer, that we repeat 
in spite of ourselves. The editor has had an opportunity to 
see some of the difficulties that have beset Brother Palmer 
in preparing his work, but there is no need of rehearsing 
them to make its value appreciated. We merely congratu- 
late Phi Delta Theta that the President of the General Coun- 
cil manages somehow to give her twenty- four hours a day 
without for a moment neglecting his regular duties. 

Tiiic chapter house received so much attention in the Sep- 
tember ]\xlladii{w that we are tempted to let the subject 
pass for once, especially since so many chapters are now 
busy in practical consideration of the matter and seem so 


nearly ready to announce the best of good news. The 
Palladium has been mailed to every Scroll subscriber this 
time, and if any were missed, a postal card will insure the 
rectification of the omission. We are pleased to see that 
the Palladium's alumni subscription list is growing apace. 
Whether it is curiosity or something better that prompts 
the desire to subscribe, we have strong faith that the results 
will be good for all concerned. Two items of chapter house 
news should not be overlooked. Union and Nebraska have 
just entered houses. Add these to the list given in the 
Manual. We congratulate them both. Next! 

And speaking of ' growing apace,' there is no doubt that 
our extension policy is most conservative where active chap- 
ters are concerned, but see how the alumni chapter list in- 
creases ! On April 11), 1S07, the Detroit alumni were char- 
tered, on August 2, the New Orleans alumni, on September 
9, the Milwaukee alumni. Buffalo Phis are much interested 
in the subject, too, and have been ' holding meetings.' All 
readers of The Scroll are asked to send names and ad- 
dresses of Phis resident in or near Buffalo to Bro. Frank P. 
Bingham, .")25 Niagara street, Buffalo, N. Y. Please do this 
at once. There is still another organization likely to be ef- 
fected before Thk Scroll comes out again, but we must 
save that, so that it will be news in December. 

The review of college annuals w^hich usually appears, in 
part at least, in the October issue, is postponed until Decem- 
ber on account of the space required for the Manual. The 
same thing is true of Brother Weed's article on Chapter 
Houses at Southern Colleges. And the very small number 
of letters presented from the chapters may be attributed to 
the same fact. So you see what may be expected next time. 

The Scroll can not let pass this opportunity to express 
its regret at parting with old friends. Columbus, Ohio, has 
been its home for eight years — a much longer time than it 


had remained in any one city before and much longer than 
the average fraternity magazine finds it possible to abide in 
any place. Messrs. Spahr and Glenn have the especial grat- 
itude of the present editor for having made his assumption 
of duty an easy task, but their kindnesses and intelligent 
interest reach in equal measure back many years. For good, 
honest work, for patience and painstaking and for innumer- 
able minor courtesies Thk vScroll and its editors have a 
thousand reasons to remember them gratefully. 

Thk charter of Illinois Kpsilon, at Illinois Wesleyan Uni- 
versity, Bloomington, Illinois, has been returned by the 
members of that chapter in college during the past year, and 
Illinois Epsilon has become inactive. This action was taken 
on the advice of the General Council. It can be explained 
in a very few words. With the University of Chicago and 
the University of Illinois drawing very heavily upon the 
former constituencies of all the smaller colleges in Illinois, 
and with Northwestern far outstripping other Methodist 
schools in the state (as well as for other reasons, doubt- 
less), the attendance and income of the Illinois Wesleyan 
University have been steadily declining of late. The whole 
number of male collegiate students last year did not reach 
seventy. Phi Delta Theta decided that it was to her best 
interest to withdraw. Illinois Kpsilon has furnished many 
loyal alumni, scattered over the country in positions of trust 
and influence, many of them having held high ofTicial posi- 
tions in the Fraternity. Of these we are proud and of the 
history of the chapter they founded and sustained. That 
Illinois Kpsilon has ceased her activity is no fault of theirs. 
The Fraternity will still claim and receive their loyalty, 
their interest and their active support. 

Thk Detroit alumni chapter will hold a formal installation 
banquet so soon as all the members get in from the lakes and 
the fishing streams. 

New Orleans may have to wait for the excitement roused 
by the prevalence of malaria to subside. The reporter, 


Brother Tebault, extends a very cordial invitation to the 
next convention to meet in the * Paris of America.' 

The Milwaukee chapter began its formal existence locally 
with a banquet on the evening of September 14. Its organ- 
ization is due to the tireless efforts of Bro. Carl F. Geilfuss, 
reporter of Wisconsin Alpha and a resident of Milwaukee. 
Its charter members are Jared Thompson, Jr., Lawrence^ 
'59; G. W. Hayes. Wabash, 'HO; Wisconsin—^. J. Hilbert, 
'84, H. Fehr, '84, W. H. Wasweyler, 'So, F. C. Rogers, '85, 
F. A. Geiger, '88, W. E. Black, '88, R. C. Brown, '89, J. 
H. Turner, '92, R. E. Hilbert, '92, Frank Sweet, '93, C. E. 
Hilbert, '94; J. J. Wright, 'i)4, G. T. Elliott, '94; H. Van 
Blarcom, Missouri, '97. 

The charter members at New Orleans are F. W. Parham, 
Randolph-Macon, '11-, Va7iderbilt—R. H. Marr, '80, E. T. 
Menick, '81, J. M. Leveque, '89; Seivanec — R. Jamison, "^h, 
H. T. Cottam, '91; C. L. Horton, Alabama, '87; Virgi7iia 
— G. W. Nott, Jr., '88, S. Poitevent, '1)7; H. H. Flaspoller, 
Roanoke, '89; Southern— YL, M. Ansley, '91, W. G. Tebault, 
Jr., '99; Tulane—Q. M. Brady, '89, H. B. Gessner, '89, C. 
H. Tebault, Jr., '90, J. J. d'Aquin,'92, W. F. Hardie, '92, 
E. P. Brady, '98, C. V. Cosby, '98, H. P. Jones, '98, G. L. 
Tebault, '98, Marion Souchon, '94, Udolpho Wolfe, Jr., '94, 
E. J. Murphy, '95, S. S. Prentiss, Jr., '95, A. A. Woods, 
Jr., '95, P. L. Cusachs, '9(), F. McN. Gordon, '90, E. C. 
Renaud, '90. 

Our fraternity library, which is prospering wonderfully 
under Doctor J. E. Brown's care, has received a most val- 
uable addition in a recent gift from Brother Alexander Gwyn 
Foster, Indiana, '78, now of El Paso, Texas. Brother Fos- 
ter was an editor of the fifth edition of the catalogue and an 
active worker for the Fraternity before he tried to annex 
himself to Mexico, and his interest does not slacken, even 
so far away. He has given his whole collection of fraternity 
literature, including a complete file of The Scroll. His 
example is one we commend to all those who have manu- 
scripts, letters, clippings, photographs or publications con- 



nected with or relating to the history of Phi Delta Theta or 
of college fraternities in general. Since the preceding sen- 
tences were written we have learned that Brother George 
Banta, P. G. C. from ISSO to 18S2, has signified his inten- 
tion of turning over all fraternity literature in his possession 
to the library. Let the good work continue. 

The Tennessee centennial exposition, which opened May 
1, and continues to October -U, has been a much greater 
success, artistically and financially, than was expected. In 
many respects it compares favorably with the Columbian 
exposition, and the electric illumination at night is said to 
surpass anything seen at Chicago. The art building is a 
reproduction of the glorious Parthenon. At one end is a 
massive statue of Phi Delta Theta's tutelary goddess, Pallas, 
and at the other is a bronze figure of Commodore Vander- 
bilt, founder of Vanderbilt University. The building is 
crowded with paintings and statuary, many of which are 
from foreign countries. Another purely Grecian style of 
building is the Erechtheon, or history building. Other 
principal buildings are the commerce, minerals, forestry, 
machinery, agriculture, transportation, U. S. government, 
education, woman's, children's, negro, auditorium and ad- 
ministration buildings. Many of the states and cities have 
special buildings. On 'Vanity Fair' there is nearly as 
great a variety of amusements as there was on the ' Midway 
Plaisance ' at Chicago. Boat rides can be enjoyed in gon- 
dolas on the lakes, one of which, at a narrow part, is spanned 
with a reproduction of the Rialto at Venice. 

On account of these attractions, as well as the pleasure of 
meeting, there should be a large attendance of Phis at the 
joint convention and reunion of Beta and (lamma provinces 
at Nashville, on Friday and Saturday, October 1") and 1<). 
The railroad rates are very low. Ten-daj' round trip tick- 
ets to Nashville are sold all over southern territory, at an 
average of two and a quarter cents per mile in one direc- 
tion, or considerably less for a return ticket than the usual 
price for a ticket one way. The fare may be even less by 


the middle of October. The hotels at Nashville have made 
no increase in their charges. 

The proposed meeting will be the first joint province con- 
vention ever held. Friday, October l"), will be Tennessee 
college day at the exposition. The Sigma Nu fraternity 
will hold a convention in Nashville, October l'>-15. Phi 
Gamma Delta, Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Pi 
Kappa Alpha and Sigma Chi have already met there since 
the exposition began. The yellow fever flurry, mind you, 
has nothing to do with this convention. Poitevent and the 
New Orleans men will be kept away, but everybody else 
can come. 


As president of Gamma Province, I wish to call the atten- 
tion of all chapters in this province to the fact that the joint 
convention of Beta and Ganmia Provinces will be held at the 
Tennessee centennial, Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 15-16. 

This will be the first <t> A convention of any kind held 
since the national convention at Philadelphia last November, 
and those managing it are extremely desirous that it be suc- 
cessful from every point of view. And in order that it be a 
success, the co-operation of every chapter in the two prov- 
inces is needed. lispeciall}' is this true with reference to 

The active chapters, nine in all, extending from Georgia 
to Texas, are so scattered and the members so seldom know 
each other personally, that the chapter communications, 
other than ScROU. and annual letters, are of the meagerest 
sort. Moreover, other reasons not herein stated demand 
that Georgia Alpha, Beta and Gamma, Alabama Alpha and 
Beta, Mississippi Alpha, Louisiana Alpha, and Texas Beta 
and Gamma, and the Georgia alumni chapters. Alpha, Beta 
and Gamma, the Alabama alumni chapters. Alpha, Beta, 
Gamma and Delta, and the Louisiana alumni chapter. Al- 
pha, each have present one official delegate and as many 


members as possible. The railroad fares will be cheap, a 
condition of affairs due to the centennial rates. Inasmuch 
as this is not a national convention, each chapter will pay 
its delegate's way to and from the convention ; and, there- 
fore, the treasurer of each chapter should levy a per capita 
tax for the delegate's railroad ticket. 

At this writing, the complete program has not been offi- 
cially announced, but the delegates should try to reach 
Nashville the afternoon or night of the 14th. Tennessee 
Alpha, who will act the part of host, will appoint committees 
to meet incoming trains. Delegates, with their credentials, 
will officially report at the headquarters as soon after their 
arrival as practicable. 

On behalf of Gamma Province, I extend a special invita- 
tion to the General Coinicil, to the presidents of the several 
provinces, to every chapter and to all alumni to be present 
and to take part in the ceremonies ; and the invitation is 
extended only with the hope that it will be accepted. 

Yours in the Bond, 
Ocean Springs, Miss., ScnrvLER Poitevhnt. 

September 5, 1S97. 

By an oversight the T. G. C. stated in the September 
Palladium that the dues this fall would be payable on Octo- 
ber 1 , when he should have said Noveml>er 1 . Reporters 
will be governed accordingly, but no one need keep back 
the money if he can remit it at the earlier date. 

Frkj) S. Haij., T. G. C. 


Chapter Correspondence- 



The academic year opened on Thursday, September 16. The fresh- 
man class, with an enrollment of ISo, is the largest that ever entered 

The untiring energy and enthusiasm of President Tucker result in 
constant additions to the material equipment of the college. The 
James B. Richardson Hall, a magnificent brick and stone dormitory, 
is now in process of erection. Through the benevolence of the late 
Charles T. Wilder, of Wellesley Hills, Mass., the college comes into 
possession of funds to be used for a new physical laboratory. 

Foot ball prospects are very bright. But few men were lost by grad- 
uation, and a large number of new men can be picked from the fresh- 
man class. Brother Turner, '08, is a prominent candidate for center. 
Brother Carr, '98, is manager of the team. 

Though twelve loyal brothers were lost by graduation, the remain- 
der have returned full of enthusiasm and are entering into the year's 
work with the greatest heartiness. 

At the last commencement Brother Lease, liMX), received ' honorable 
mention ' in drawing, and Brother Beal, '1)9. in Latin. Brother Rod- 
gers, '98, received the first Lockwood prize, awarded for excellence in 
English composition. Two '97 brothers, Richards and Ward, have 
returned to the medical college, and Brother Bailey, '97, having re- 
ceived a graduate scholarship, is pursuing the graduate course in 

Brother Tuxbury, '93, is still with us in the medical college. Brother 
Graham, '99. received an election to the editorial board of The Dart- 
mouth Literary Monthly at the close of the last academic year. 

With best wishes to all Phis for a successful college year, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 
Hanover, September It), 1897. Bradi.rv C. Rodckrs. 


It is our painful duty to announce to the Phi world the death of 
Bro. Leon Keeler Wiswell, '9.'{, which occurred at his home in Hyde 
Park, Vt., July 29, 1897. Since his graduation Bro. Wiswell had been 
in the employ of the Berlin Iron Bridge Co., of East Berlin, Conn. 
He was spending a short vacation at home when he was stricken down 
suddenly, although he had not been well for some time. Bro. Wis- 
well will be remembered by all who knew him, as a most loyal brother 
and most earnest and sincere follower of the high ideals set by our 
Fraternity. Five of the chapter were present at the funeral. 

We lost from active chapter life at our last commencement six good 
and true Phis ; their vacant places will not be easily filled. They 
were Bros. Allen, Ph. B., Jackson, A. B.. Doten. B. S., Howe, B. S., 
Kern, B. S., and Lincoln, Ph. B. Bro. Doten was elected to Phi Beta 
Kappa, ranking second in the class of '97. Bro. Lincoln received the 
honor of 'general hi^h standing.' Bro. Jackson will return to con- 
tinue his medical studies, which he began last year. 

At the commencement exercises of '97 Bro. Lincoln was class poet ; 


Bro. Greene, '99, was our representative on the Forest prize speaking. 
The eighteenth annual commencement banquet of Vermont Alpha 
was an enthusiastic and happy gathering of alumni and undergradu- 
ates. The following toasts were responded to : 

Toastmaster Bro. Doten, '97. 

Greeting Bro. Ray, '98. 

History of Vermont Alpha Bro. Dalrymple, '95. 

The Philadelphia Convention Bro. I^incoln, '97. 

Anticipations Bro. Blair, '99. 

The General Fraternity Bro. Leach, '92. 

Phis in the Law Bro. Mower, '92. 

The Chapter House Bro. Andrews, '99. 

New luigland Phis Bro. Patrick, '9S. 

Impromptu speeches were then made by the alumni, fifteen of whom 
were present. Such annual reunions as these impress deeply upon 
the undergraduate a clear sense of the strength and sweetness of our 
Bond. It is, indeed, an inspiration to younger Phis when their older 
brothers return with fraternal love not only undiminished but grown 
stronger in the lapse of years. 

Bro. G. H. Baker enters soon on the pastorate of the Congregational 
church at Westford, Vt. On Sept. 1, 1897, Bro. N. M. Pratt, ^9:^, 
pastor of the Bethany (Congregational) church in New York City, 
was married to Miss Carolyn Augusta Paddock at the bride's home in 
Craftsbury, Vt. 

Eighteen men will probably report for duty this autumn. They 
will make a supreme effort to secure their share of the good and worthy 
from the class of 1901. The incoming class promises to be very large 
and will doubtless furnish much good material with which * A B may 
swell her ranks. Bro. Emery, '99, on account of poor health will be 
obliged to spend the winter in California. Bro. Burnham, 1900, will 
not return to college. 

Bro. Forbes, '9S, has been elected manager of the base ball team for 
the coming season. Bro. Ray, '98, is president of the French literary 
club. Bro. Andrews, '99, is assistant business manager of the '99 
Ariel and also of the musical clubs. Vermont will begin a new foot- 
ball career this fall. This game, which has been wrongfully neglect- 
ed here during the past two years, will be taken up again with re- 
newed energy and on a new basis. 

We wish to acknowledge the receipt of a very neat catalogue of 
' New P^ngland Phis ' published by the Boston alumni chapter. 
With best wishes for prosperity to every chapter, I remain. 

Yours in the Bond, | 
Burlington, September 10, 1S97. C. V. Bi^.\ir. 


Although college has not opened at the time of this writing, a letter 
to Thk Scroij, will be useful in summing up the odd items of last 
June's graduation and the present prospects. 

In the loss of the '97 delegation Massachusetts Beta surrendered to 
her alumni a band of hard-working and public-spirited men. The '97 
brothers were eminently successful in holding many important posi- 
tions before the college, and Phi Delta Theta has received much honor 
at their hands. At commencement Bro. Ingersoll delivered the class 
poem; Bro. Griffin was chairman of the senior promenade, Bro. Coles 
was chairman of the program committee, and Bro. Crary was a mem- 
ber of the committee on committees. 


According to its usual custom, the chapter held open house during 
commencement, giving an enjoyable reception on Tuesday evening. 

At the close of the year Bro. Brooks, '91>, was awarded both the 
Walker mathematics prize of f%t) and the first Latin prize of f2o. 

The membership of the three remaining delegations will be slightly 
changed for the coming year. Bros. Herald, IIKM), and Ogden, 19(.)0, 
will not return; Bro. Whitney, formerly of '98, will re-enter college 
with '99, and Bro. Goodrich, formerly of '98, is expected to make one 
of the 1901) delegation. 

We are looking forward confidently to a large and influential dele- 
gation from the entering class. In this connection it may not be out 
of place to express the wish that letters of inquiry sent to other chap- 
ters and to the general alumni concerning new men would receive 
more attention. After allowing for mistakes of address, etc., it seems 
certain that several such requests for information have been neglected 
this year. A slight mention of this matter may enforce the impor- 
tance which we attach to it. 

With best wishes, I remain Yours in the Bond, 

Amherst, September 13, 1897. Chrstkr M. Gro\ Kr. 


New York Beta returns to college this fall with twelve workers 
earnest in the cause. Two men are already pledged to take upon 
themselves the duties and privileges of Phis. Our members are now 
settled in the new home which the chapter leased last June. It is 
very gratifying to be in a house and have all its advantages. 

Bros. Lynn M. vScofield, '97. Glenn M. vScofield, '97, and Monte J. 
Multer, '97, each received Sigma Xi keys last June. 

The entering class this fall numbers about sixty men. President 
Raymond's reception to the class of 1901 was held on Friday evening 
of the opening week. All spent a very pleasant hour. New York 
Beta is very glad to welcome Bro. A. D. Ingram, of Ohio State Uni- 
versity. Bro. Ingram has just received a position in the draughting 
department of the Edison works. We find him one of the regulation 
'jolly Phis.* 

Tlie faculty will be greatly changed from that of last year. These 
changes will take effect at once, and are as follows : 

Prof. T. S. Wright will have general direction of the departments of 
mathematics ana physics. Mr. Frank S. Thompson, of Princeton, 
has been appointed his assistant for the current year. Prof. J. H. 
Stoller has been given leave of absence for one year for travel and 
study in Europe. Dr. A. A. Tyler, of Lafayette and Columbia, has 
been appointea instructor in biology during Prof. Stoller's absence. 
Mr. John W. H. Pollard, of Dartmouth and Harvard, has been ap- 
pointed to the instructorship in physical culture, made vacant by the 
resignation of Dr. Linhart. During his college course Mr. Pollard 
was prominent in athletics, on the foot ball team and the track team. 
The new instructor in civil engineering to take the place of Mr. Cum- 
mings is Mr. E<lward B. Kay, of Rensselaer. The important position 
of instructor in electrical engineering has been given to Dr. Bryon S. 
Brackett, of Syracuse and Johns Hopkins. Mr. N. K. Webster, of 
Hamilton, has been appointed to the instructorship in the department 
of rhetoric and logic held last year by Dr. Reeves. 

With best wishes to all Phis, I am Yours in the Bond, 

Schenectady, September 21, 1897. D. J. HovT. 


Bro. Greene, ".M>, was our representative on the Forest prize speaking. 
The eighteenth annual commencement ban(|uet of Vermont Alpha 
was an enthusiastic and happy gathering of alumni and undergradu- 
ates. The following toasts were responded to : 

Toastmaster Hro. Doten, '1»7. 

Greeting Hro. Ray, 'l»s. 

History of Vermont Alpha Bro. Dalrymple, '!»'). 

The Philadelphia Convention Bro. Lincoln, '1)7. 

Anticipations Bro. Blair, 'l»y. 

The General Fraternity Bro. Leach, '92. 

Phis in the Law Bro. Mower, '02. 

The Chapter House Bro. Andrews, '09. 

New Kngland Phis Bro. Patrick, '9S. 

Impromptu speeches were then made by the alumni, fifteen of whom 
were present. Such annual reunions as these impress deeply upon 
the undergraduate a clear sense of the strength and sweetness of our 
Bond. It is, indeed, an inspiration to younger Phis when their older 
brothers return with fraternal love not only undiminished but grown 
stronger in the lapse of years. 

Bro. G. H. Baker enters soon on the pastorate of the Congregational 
church at Westford, Vt. On Sept. 1, 1S«C, Bro. N. M. Pratt, '0:5, 
pastor of the Bethany ( Congregational ) church in New York Cit^, 
was married to Miss Carol vn Augusta Paddock at the bride's home m 
Craftsbury, W. 

Eighteen men will probably report for duty this autumn. They 
will make a supreme effort to secure their share of the good and worthy 
from the class of 1001. The incoming class promises to be very large 
and will doubtless furnish much good material with which 4> A B may 
swell her ranks. Bro. Emery, '00, on account of poor health will be 
obliged to spend the winter in California. Bro. Burnham, 1000, will 
not return to college. 

Bro. Forbes, 'OS, has been elected manager ot the base ball team for 
the coming season. Bro. Ray, '08, is president of the French literary 
club. Bro. Andrews, '00, is assistant business manager of the '00 
.Iricl and also of the musical clubs. Vermont will begin a new foot- 
ball career this fall. This game, which has been wrongfully neglect- 
ed here during the past two years, will be taken up again with re- 
newed energy and on a new basis. 

We wish to acknowledge the receipt of a very neat catalogue of 
' New Kngland Phis ' published by the Boston alumni chapter. 
With best wishes for prosperity to every chapter, I remain, 

Yours in the Bond, | 
Burlington, September 10. ls«»:. C. F. Blair. 


Although college has not opened at the time of this writing, a letter 
to Tni": ScKoij, will be useful in summing up the odd items of last 
June's graduation and the present prospects. 

In the loss of the '07 delegation Massachusetts Beta .surrendered to 
her alumni a band of hard-working and public-spirited men. The '97 
brothers were eminently successful in holding many important posi- 
tions before the college, and Phi Delta Theta has received much honor 
at their hands. At commencement Bro. Ingersoll delivered the class 
poem; Bro. Griffin was chairman of the senior promenade. Bro. Coles 
was chairman of the program committee, and Bro. Crary was a mem- 
ber of the committee on committees. 


According to its usual custom, the chapter held open house during 
commencement, giving an enjoyable reception on Tuesday evening. 

At the close of the year Bro. Brooks, '91), was awarded both the 
Walker mathematics prize of ^2(M) and the first Ivatin prize of f2;'). 

The membership of the three remaining delegations will be slightly 
changed for the coming year. Bros. Herald, IIMH), and Ogden, 1900, 
will not return; Bro. Whitney, formerly of '98, will re-enter college 
with *99, and Bro. Goodrich, formerly of '98, is expected to make one 
of the 1900 delegation. 

We are looking forward confidently to a large and influential dele- 
gation from the entering class. In this connection it may not be out 
of place to express the wish that letters of inquiry sent to other chap- 
ters and to the general alumni concerning new men would receive 
more attention. After allowing for mistakes of address, etc., it seems 
certain that several such requests for information have been neglected 
this year. A slight mention of this matter may enforce the impor- 
tance which we attach to it. 

With best wishes, I remain Yours in the Bond, 

Amherst, September 13, 1897. Chkstkr M. Grovkr. 


New York Beta returns to college this fall with twelve workers 
earnest in the cause. Two men are already pledged to take upon 
themselves the duties and privileges of Phis. Our members are now 
settled in the new home which tlie chapter leased last June. It is 
very gratifying to be in a house and have all its advantages. 

Bros. Lynn M. Scofield, '97, Glenn M. Scofield, '97, and Monte J. 
Multer, '97, each received Sigma Xi keys last June. 

The entering class this fall numbers about sixty men. President 
Raymond's reception to the class of 1901 was held on Friday evening 
of the opening week. All spent a very pleasant hour. New York 
Beta is very glad to welcome Bro. A. D. Ingram, of Ohio State Uni- 
versity. Bro. Ingram has just received a f>osition in the draughting 
department of the Edison works. We find him one of the regulation 
•jolly Phis.' 

The faculty will be greatly changed from that of last year. These 
changes will take effect at once, and are as follows : 

Prof. T. S. W^right will have general direction of the departments of 
mathematics ana physics. Mr. Prank S. Thompson, of Princeton, 
has been appointed his assistant for the current year. Prof. J. H. 
Stoller has been given leave of absence for one year for travel and 
study in Europe. Dr. A. A. Tyler, of Lafayette and Columbia, has 
been appointed instructor in biology during Prof. Stoller's absence. 
Mr. John W. H. Pollard, of Dartmouth and Harvard, has been ap- 
pointed to the instructorship in physical culture, made vacant by the 
resignation of Dr. Linhart. During his college course Mr. Pollard 
was prominent in athletics, on the foot ball team and the track team. 
The new instructor in civil engineering to take the place of Mr. Cum- 
mings is Mr. Edward B. Kay, of Rensselaer. The important position 
of instructor in electrical engineering has been given to Dr. Bryon S. 
Brackett, of Syracuse and Johns Hopkins. Mr. N. K. Webster, of 
Hamilton, has l)een appointed to the instructorship in the department 
of rhetoric and logic held last year by Dr. Reeves. 

With best wishes to all Phis, I am Yours in the Bond, 

Schenectady, September 21, 1897. D. J. HovT. 



New York Delta salutes her sister chapters and the Fraternity at 
large, wishing all a prosperous year. At this date of writing Colum- 
bia has not opened for work. Owing to the abandonment of the 
scheme of a quasi-official dormitory, New York Delta is as ^et, alas ! 
homeless, but the zealous efforts of an efficient committee give prom- 
ise that by the time this letter appears we shall be comfortably housed 
in suitable quarters somewhere near the university and within its at- 
mosphere. The limits of a chapter letter do not permit of any de- 
scription, however meager, of Columbia's new site and environs, her 
magnificent buildings with their priceless collections of scientific ap- 
paratus and works of art, nor of her officers and instructors with their 
hopes and ambitions. That must be left for another time and an 
abler pen. 

At the commencement held on the ninth of June, Bro. Haldy, B. S., 
received the degree of electrical engineer, Bros. Riedererand Walden- 
berger that of bachelor of science in chemistr>', while Bros. Kilian and 
Rappold received the same { B. S. ) in the course in architecture. In 
the law school Bro. Hewitt was dubbed a LL. B., and in the school of 
political science Bro. Ehrhorn was made inni^isicr in ariibits. Phi 
Delta Tlieta was also represented in the school of medicine by Walter 
Timme, B. 1,., of N. Y. Gamma, who, after having sworn to serve as 
a true and faithful follower of Hippocrates, was granted the right to 
add M. D. to his name. 

The academic year not beginning until the first full week in Octo- 
ber, our men for the most part are still rusticating, and news of them 
is, at best, scant. Bro. Riederer sailed early in June for Europe, where 
he was shortly afterwards followed by Bro. Waldenberger. After 
traveling for a while, they met at Munich, where for the next year 
they will pursue graduate courses in chemistry. Bro. Kilian also, at 
last reports, was traveling on the Continent, and as Bro. Bryant like- 
wise expects to visit the ( )ld World upon his return from Massachu- 
setts, where he spent the summer, New York Delta is contemplating 
the establishment of a European branch. 

We shall start the year with representatives in the schools of arts, 
law, medicine and mines, and should the year not yield us a large 
crop of good Phis, it will be due to no lack of effort, but rather to want 
of worthy material; but since Columbia is now able to offer advantages 
equal to the best, there should be no dearth of good men and true, so 
that everything for the future presages well. Yet you know I^owell 
tells us in the Bigelow Papers, 'Don't never prophesy unless you 
know.' In the Bond, 

Oscar Whi:ks Ehkhorn. 
New York, September 7, 1897. 


Pennsylvania Beta begins the year under peculiarly auspicious cir- 
cum.stances. With the largest freshman class in the history of (ict- 
tysburg College and with three of our last year's graduates with us 
again, we bid fair to enjoy a year of such prosperity as it has seldom 
been our lot to experience. 

Bros. Ott and Friday are taking a course in the Theological Sem- 
inary and Bro. Kain is instructor in mathematics in the preparatory 
department. But the chapter at the same time loses three brothers ; 
A. B. Coble, *97, who has accepted a position as teacher in the public 


schools of Lykens, Pa., also J. E. Smith and C. S. Smith, both of '99, 
who will engage in the hardware business at their home in Newport, 

At the last commencement, Bros. Coble and Kain were two of the 
ten commencement orators, and Bros. Friday, Ott, and Kain had 
places on the class day program, the first two as class and ivy poet, 
respectively, and the latter as historian. Bro. Coble was selected to 
eulogize 'our absent ones * upon the same occasion, but owing to press 
of work, he was obliged to resign. 

On the night of June '1 the annual banquet of the chapter, which for 
several years had been neglected, was held, about twenty being pres- 
ent. Where numbers were lacking, enthusiasm was not, and all part- 
ed, promising to come back next year and bring along all the other 
alumni possible. The old, reliable subject, the chapter house, was 
discussed, and a new plan adopted, of which, if feasible, you will all 
hear later. Bro. H. H. Weber, '82, acted as toastmaster in his usual 
jolly manner. 

In the inter-fraternity tennis tournament, which is held commence- 
ment week, Bros. Friday and Kain succeeded in defeating * F A, who 
has held the silver cup for four successive years, but fell before the 
A T Q team, who will hold the cup for the next year. 

Bro. J. H. Beerits, *99, has been elected assistant editor of the Mer- 
cmy and assistant business manager of the Sptrtnim, Bro. H. H. 
Keilar fills the position of base ball manager for the class of 1901. 

Bro. J. Arthur Singmaster, '98, attended the Lehigh commencement 
and speaks in high terms of the Pan-Hellenic reception tendered by 
Pennsylvania Eta. 

Workmen are busily engaged in erecting a new dormitory, which 
has been rendered necessary by the increasing number of students. It 
is to be completed by January 1, and when finished it will accommo- 
date about fifty students. ]>fumerous other improvements have also 
been made in the buildings and campus. 

We take great pleasure in introducing to the Fraternity Bro. St. 
John McClean, '01, of Gettysburg, and Bro. H. H. Keilar, '01, of Bed- 
minster, Pa., both of whom we have initiated since our last letter to 
The Scroll. Melville Iluber, '01, of Gettysburg, is wearing the 
pledge button and will be initiated soon. With these three as a nu- 
cleus and several others whom we are watching, we will have a fresh- 
man delegation of which we may well be proud. With best wishes to 
the F'raternity, I remain. Yours in the Bond, 

J. Clyde Markkl. 
Gettysburg, September 8, 1S97. 


The 9r)th annual commencement of Washington and Jefferson Col- 
lege was one of the most pleasant events of the kind in the history of 
the institution. The graduating class numbered forty-two, and an 
unusually large number look honors. Brothers J. M. Miller and John 
J. Kerr took honors and spoke at commencement. In addition they 
represented their class on class day, Brother Kerr being prophet and 
Brother Miller being souvenir distributer. Both brothers have regis- 
tered for the study of law. Brother Hughes, who was an irregular 
member of '97, is also reading law. 


A pleasing feature of commencement day was the presentation of 
portraits. Those presented this year were of Rev. G. P. Hays, D. D., 
former president of the college, and Gen. John Frazier, professor of 
mathematics in Jefferson college. Dr. Hays is the father of Brothers 
C. W., Walter and A. A. Hays, of Pennsylvania Gamma. Gen. Fra- 
zier, at the beginning of the war, commanded a company of students 
who enlisted while at college and was rapidly promoted, being mus- 
tered out with the rank of brevet brigadier-general. He died a few 
vears since. 

At the alumni dinner and reunion just after the commencement ex- 
ercises, Judge James A. Beaver, ex-governor of Pennsylvania, presided. 
A plan for increasing the endowment of the college by f2'>(),(HH) be- 
fore the centennial anniversarv in VMVl was started and several thou- 
sand dollars subscribed. The class of '1>7 made the first subscription 
of i^l.OOO. 

The new library building project is rapidly assuming definite form, 
and ere long the campus will be beautified by a handsome new struct- 
ure. The committee of trustees in charge favor a building similar in 
plan to the congressional library and one that will cost about |100,(XK>. 

The preparations for the centennial anniversary of the granting of 
a charter to Washington and Jefferson College, to be held in 1902, are 
progressing finely. A conmiittee of the board of trustees has the cel- 
ebration in charge, and it promises to be the greatest event in the 
educational history of western Pennsylvania. 

On October 14 will occur the joint centennial celebration of the 
founding of Philo and I'Vanklin literary societies of the college. 
Committees of the two societies and of the college faculty have been 
engaged for several months perfecting arrangements for the anni- 
versary. Col. A. Louden Snowden, ex-U. S. minister to Greece, a Philo, 
and Rev. H. C. McCook, D. D.,()f Philadelphia, a Franklin man, will 
make the principal addresses. Brother W. C. McClelland, '82, will 
read a history of the societies. Other prominent alumni have prom- 
ised to be present and speak. The celebration will be an all-day 
affair and close with a torch-light parade. These two societies are 
undoubtedly the oldest organizations of their kind west of the Alle- 
gheny mountains, and have been in constant operation for a century. 

The base ball season closed with W. and J. having only two defeats 
chalked up against her, one by a college team and the other by the 
Greensburg athletic club team, the champions of western Pennsyl- 
vania. The team defeated Scio, Otterbein, O. W. U., O. S. U., Grove 
City and D C. and A. C. , after the last ScR< >ij, letter. Brothers Hughes 
and Eicher were members of the team. 

P'oot ball practice began to-day with twenty candidates for positions 
on the team. Captain Flowers is looking after the work this week, but 
coach Woods and ex-captain W. I). Inglis will take charge of the men 
on September W. The prospects for a team as strong as the champion 
eleven of 'Or» are very good. We have harder clubs to go up against 
this year and may not be able to keep from being scored against, but 
we will make a creditable showing, (iames have been secured with 
Princeton and U. of P. The schedule for the sea.son follows: Sep. 29, 
U. of P. at Philadelphia; Oct. 2, Geneva College at Wa.shington; Oct. 
i», I). C. and A. C. at Washington; Oct. l'>, IVinceton at Princeton; 
Oct. 16, Ohio Wesleyan at Washington; Oct. 2.'>, Dickinson at Carlisle; 
Oct. :iO, P. A. C. at Pittsburgh; Nov. (), University of West Virginia 
at Washington; Nov. K>. Adelbert at Washington; Nov. 17, Oberlin at 
Washington; Nov. 25, I). C. and A. C. at Pittsburg. W. and J. won 
the inter-collegiate championship of western Pennsylvania in the field 


sports at Schenlev Park, Pittsburg, on May 81. The total scores were 
W. and J., S^\\ Geneva, 14; Westminster, i:{; Grove City, 0; W. U. 
P., 0. The records in the pole vault, hammer throw and shot put 
were all broken by \V. and J. men. 

The season which ended with the field games was a most successful 
one for W. and J. The foot ball team was not scored against, the l3ase 
ball team lost only two games, and the field and track team won the 
championship. Financially the athletic association was never in bet- 
ter shape. 

The fall term of college begins on September lo. The prospects are 
for a largely increased attendance this year. We liop>e to report some 
new Phis in our next letter. Our chapter will number eleven at the 
opening of college. 

Brother S. S. Baker, 'I>2, has been elected superintendent of the 
schools of Chartiers township, Allegheny county, at a handsome sal- 
ary. The position came to Brother Baker unsolicited. He had taught 
for several years very successfully in Washington county. Brother 
A. A. Hays, '!)•">, has been elected for the third time principal of the 
Washington high school. Brother Waller Hays. 'IM», who has been 
preaching in Montana for several years, is now in Washington. His 
father. Rev. George P. Hays, I) I)., is a helpless invalid. Brother 
W. B. Sterrett, '9'), who last year attended the Western Theological 
Seminary, Allegheny, will enter Princeton this fall. 

We are sorry to rep>ort the deatli of Brother John Hasson Carline, 
'!>'), who died at his home at Braddock on Mav lU. Brother Carline 
was a loyal Phi whose loss will be keenlv felt. He was a brother of 
A. M. Carline, lUOO. 

Brother C. B. (TrifTen, 'i»S, was compelled to leave college six weeks 
before commencement on account of sickness. He liafl an operation 
performed for tuberculosis of the throat and may be able to return 
this fall. At present he is enjoying good health, having recovered 
entirelv from the effects of the operalion. He may winter in Colorado. 

The mother of Brother C. Ward Kiclier, 'IMJ, and Alex. Eicher, Mm, 
died very suddenly last May. She was a most estimable Christian 
woman and had been a hospitable and considerate hostess many times 
to members of Pennsylvania Gamma. 

Hoping that all our sister chapters will receive handsome additions 
of good men to their membership, I remain. 

Yours in the Bond, 
Washington, September 1, 1K<»7. David Glknn Moore. 



The session of 'W()-7 marked the closing of an important epoch in 
the history of this institution brought about by the resignation of its 
president. Gen. G. W. C. Lee, who succeeded in that capacity his re- 
vered father. Gen. Robt. Iv Lee. 

At the opening of the present session ex-Postmaster-General Wm. 
L. Wilson, who has been appointed to succeed him, will take charge 
of his official duties. This inauguration will be a memorable event, 
hundreds of our alumni will be present, and many of the most emi- 
nent men of the nation will participate. 

Congressman H. St. George Tucker has been chosen professor of 
law to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, the eminent 


lawyer, statesman and 'Interpreter of the Constitution,' John Randolph 

Many changes have been made in the policy of the institution, 
which seems on the threshold of an era of marked prosperity. This 
spirit of advancement seems to have been likewise infused into Vir- 
ginia Zeta, and the chapter of '97-8 will be doubtless one of the best 
which 4> A G has ever maintained here. 

Reverting to the events of the session that has just closed, the finals 
were particularly interesting and enjoyable, the chief features being 
the winning of the annual boat race by the Harry Lee crew, a most 
successful final ball and a brilliant Theta Nu Epsilon german. The 
entire committee of the Albert Sydney boat club was composed of 
Phis. Bro. Marshall represented us on the final ball committee, and 
in the ranks of Theta Nu Epsilon are Brothers Speers, Campbell and 

Tht' Caiy.v oi '9t>-7, dedicated to 'The illustrious son of an illus- 
trious father,' Gen. G. W. C. Lee, is the most complete and interest- 
ing annual ever issued by the students of this college. Conspicuous 
among the editorial board of twelve elected by popular ballot were 
four members of our chapter. The staff was afterward increased to 
sixteen at the request of the fraternities who were excluded in the 
first choice. The annual is also of peculiar interest to Phi Delta Theta 
as an attestation of the prominent position taken by the members of 
Virginia Zeta in the social and political functions of the university. 

Several of last year's graduates will not return this session. Speers 
has established a law office in Macon, Ga., but will be here during the 
first few weeks of this term. Leonard and McClintic have been ad- 
mitted to the bar in Missouri. Bryan will be a student of Central 
University. Home is in Fayetteville, N. C. McLester will enter 

With the returning members and those whom we hope soon to add 
to our list, we trust to assemble at the opening of the collegiate year 
an enthusiastic and representative chapter. ()ne of our most valued 
acquisitions will be W. M. Hutchins, of Chattanooga. 

With best wishes to all the members of our loved Fraternity, I am. 

Yours in the Bond, 
Lexington, September 13, 1897. Battle McLhstkr. 



Emory College, venerable and prosperous, has rounded the three- 
score years of her existence. The commencement of '97 was one of 
the most delightful in the history of the institution. 

As has been the custom for the last fifteen years. Phi Delta Theta 
stood foremost of the fraternities in representation on the commence- 
ment stage. Bro. W. P. Bloodworth was one of the senior orators and 
also one of the champion debaters. Bro. John S. Tilley bore our col- 
ors among the junior speakers, and with the sophomores the badges 
of Bros. Robert Campbell, Albert J. Little and Frank S. Palmer were 
in evidence. Of the ten freshman speakers five were Phis, Bros. 
Balling S. Branham, Daniel Lott, William W. Tindall, Leonard R. 
Jenkins and W'ilkinson C. Wardlaw. 

Bro. Bloodworth captured the Johnston prize and the Boynton medal 
together with third honor. Bro. Lott won the freshman declamation 


medal. Bro. John S. Tilley was recently elected first vice-president 
of the Georgia state oratorical association. 

Georgia Beta has lost three good men by graduation. They are 
Bro. Hubert C. Wood, who will pursue the study of medicine, Bro. 
Thomas G. Scott, who will teach, and Bro. Walter P. Bloodwortli, 
who is at present attending the Georgia State Normal School, pre- 
paratory to teaching. It is with the profoundest regret that Georgia 
Beta parts with these worthy sons, but bids them Godspeed with all 
the love and pride of a Spartan mother sending forth her sons to battle. 

Our prospects for the coming year are as promising as those of any 
fraternity at Emory, and all signs betoken another year of prosperity 
for the chapter. Probably fifteen or more members will return in the 
fall. By my next letter I hope to have a number of initiates to intro- 
duce to TiiK ScRoM.. Fraternally yours, 

Frank S. Pai,mkr. 
Oxford, August 27, IS**?. 


The session that has just closed marks one of the most successful in 
the history of the I'nivcrsity of Mississippi The board of trustees at 
their last meeting created a chair of history and lullr^ Irtttrs, which 
will be filled by F. L. Riley, Ph. D., of Johns Hopkins irniversity. 
Owing to the increasing number of students in the law department, it 
was decided to create an associate professorship of law. It has not 
yet been determined who shall fill this position. 

Our first annual, iUc Miss, has just been received and has been 
favorably commented upon by all. Brother K. B. Williams repre- 
sented Phi Delta Theta on the board of editors 

Since our last letter to Tin-: Scroll, Phi Delta Theta has won many 
distinctions. On April the Hermean literary society celebrated its 
anniversary by a junior oratorical contest, in which 4» K ^, A K K and 
* A B were represented. Brotht^r Lucas proved himself superior and 
was awarded the medal. ( )n May 1 \ the Phi Sigma literary society cel- 
brated its anniversary by a similar junior contest, in which - X, A K E 
and 4» A B participated. Brother Ray was announced as the winner 
of this contest. We think that <t> A B has done something to be proud 
of, when, with only two juniors in the chapter, she wins both junior 
medals over her stn>ngest rivals. \\y appointment, Bros. Richmond 
and Wilburne appeared as sophomore speakers at commencement. 

In athletics we were well represented. Brother K. B. Williams was 
manager of the base ball team, a position which he had held with 
credit during the season of ''.•«). I'nder his management we secured 
the best team we have had for a number of years, winning three out of 
four games, and scoring WW runs in all to our opponents' 11. Bro. 
Hardy played first on the team. 

We were recently honored by a visit from our worthy President, 
Bro. W. B. Palmer. His visit was of great benefit to the chapter in 
general, and a .source of much pleasure to the individual members. 

It is with inexpressible sadness that I announce the death of Mrs. 
B. T. Kimbrough, an honorary member of our beloved Fraternity. 
Her sudden death, which occurred at her home in Oxford, Miss., on 
June 2, brought sorrow and grief to the many who knew and loved 
her. In recognition of her valuable assistance in the establishment 
of our chapter in 1877, she was elected an honorary member of our 
Fraternity and was presented with a beautiful badge, which she very 


highly prized. The chapter sent floral offerings and went in a body 
to pay the last honors to the memory of their friend. 

We lost by graduation this year three of our most loyal brothers. 
Bros. Smythe and Williams received diplomas with the degrees of 
LL. B., and Bro. Lockard the degree of A. M. It is with reluctance 
that we give up these brothers, yet we wish them unbounded success 
in Hfe. We will return next year eleven men, who will come back 
with the determination to secure the best men and keep 4> A B in her 
accustomed exalted position. 

Mississippi Alpha sends her final greetings for the year to all her 
sister chapters. Yours in the Bond, 

G. L. Rav. 
University, June 10, 18',»7. 


Louisiana Alpha sends greetings to her sister chapters and hopes 
tor a prosperous year for them. The yellow fever here will probably 
frighten many from Tulane's doors who would otherwise enter them. 
For the same reason we may not be able to send our representative to 
the province convention at Nashville, as Nashville has quarantined 
against New Orleans. Nevertheless, we hope that by October the 
scare will be over. Bros. Gordon, '5)G. and Coleman, 't^S, were in Nash- 
ville during the latter part of August and brought us glowing accounts 
of the wav they were treated by Tennessee Alpha. LouivSiana Alpha 
hopes to be able to return the compliment. 

I repeat the request of Bro. G. L. Tebault, 'J)3, that when a Phi 
visits New Orleans, he notify one of us at the college by either calling 
or sending a note. It will reach us if addressed in care of the uni- 
versity. In a big city like New Orleans, we can not be expected to 
find visiting brothers unless we know they are here. Especially at 
Mardi Gras is it impossible to find out who is in town, at a time when 
we to treat royally every brother in the Bond. 

I can not say until collegeopens what will be the status of Louisiana 
Alpha in membership. Seven men to return and two initiates will 
likely be our number. We lost one by graduation : Bro. Geo. C. H. 
Kernion, law, '97, who was class secretary. 

Hopinfj^ to meet many Phis at Nashville oti October 15 and lO, I re- 
main. Yours in *tKc/a, 

II. N. Woods. 
New Orleans, September lt>, 1897. 



The college year in the Ohio Wesleyan University closing June 15, 
1897, was to the school a most prosperous one, except in the fact that 
the university lost two professors and the librarian, all three of which 
officials have been connected with the institution for many years, one, 
Dr. L. L. McCabe, from its beginning. Phi Delta Theta never knew 
a more prosperous year in the memory of those now connected with 
the chapter. During the year we had men in all the representative 
places in the school ; on the foot ball team, in the glee club, on the 
oase ball team, and in the high offices in the gift of the student body 
and of the faculty. 

We closed the year with fifteen initiates and four pledged men, two 


of whom were initiated at commencement time. Our part in the com- 
mencement program was good. Bro. Thomas was awarded the prize 
for scholarship in German, Bros. Armstrong and Billinghurst were of 
the fifteen commencement speakers, and Bro. Vail was class poet. 

We lost by graduation last year, Bro. Armstrong, now teaching in 
the high schools of East LiverpKwl, Ohio ; Bro. Billinghurst, principal 
of the high school at Danville, Illinois ; Bro. Kline, principal of the 
high school at Marseilles, Illinois ; Bro. Thomas, teaching in Hard- 
wick academy, Hard wick, Vt. ; and Bro. Vail, who will take graduate 
work in chemistry. 

Tlie present year opens rather prosperously as compared with pre- 
vious years. The prospects are for a larger attendance, and for more 
interest in the various sports of the college. Changes have been 
made in the faculty and official force of the university, which point to 
better things both in the curriculum and in the inanageinent of the 
institution. Dr. Bash ford, who spent last year abroad in search of 
health, has returned and taken his place at the head of the institu- 

In the field of athletics we are looking to honors for our foot ball 
team. The school is fortunate in having secured the services of Yost, 
of last year's Lafayette team, as coach, the best coach we have ever 
had. We claim for last year the championship of the state, and we 
look this year to no less honors, and are going to fight hard for them. 
Two Phis are now trying for positions on the team. 

The outlook for the chapter is very good. Though we lost by grad- 
uation five of our best men, and three of the lower class men have not 
returned, we still have nine loyal, hustling Phis, who will keep up 
the reputation of Ohio Beta for the P'raternity. Many good men nave 
entered the university, and we have not l>een here for three or four 
days with closed eyes. The class of ".>7 was an exceptionally strong 
one, and the class of M)^< is comparatively weak. We expect to hold 
our own in the rushing season, and place in Phi Delta Theta the kind 
of men that have always characterized her as a leading fraternity in 
past years. 

With best wishes to every chapter and to every member, and hop- 
ing that when any Phi may happen to come our way he will make his 
home with us, I am Yours in the Bond, 

C. P. Morgan. 
Delaware, September IG, IS'.IT. 


The number of new students has far surpassed all expectations, and 
indications promise an eventful year. The new administration build- 
ing is nearing completion, and many repairs have been made in the 
laboratories and other buildings. 

The work of dredging the Hocking river for boating will begin soon, 
and boat racing is expected to hold high rank in the athletics of the 

The foot ball team, which has been in practice since September 1, 
is in excellent condition, having several men trying for almost ever\' 

There have been two changes in the faculty since our last letter to 
Thk Scroll; Prof. Henderson succeeds Dr. Fay in the chair of chem- 
istry, and Prof. Phillips assumes charge of the department of instru- 
mental music. Miss Myrtle Stinson having resigned. 


Phi Delta Theta begins tlie year under very fortunate circumstances, 
having retained her entire enrollment of last year. 

Bro. Foster, '95, who is attending the law department of the Ohio 
State University, lias affiliated with Ohio Zeta. 

Bro. Frank Super, '9o, assistant instructor in the department of 
physics, spent the summer touring in Europe with Bro. R. C. Super, 
who is taking a two years' course in modern languages at Heidelberg. 

Bro. (jreer, of Georgia Beta, made us a short visit at the close of 
the spring term. Bro. Greer is a true Phi, and if he is a type of their 
membership, Cjeorgia Beta certainly has a fine chapter. 

Skirmishing with the ranks of the barbarians has scarcely begun at 
this institution, and it is very difficult at this time to foretell the re- 
sults of the campaign, as new students are arriving daily. 

Yours in the Bond, 
Athens, September 15, 1897. W. K. ScoTT. 


Our university opened September 14. Quite an increase has been 
made over the enrollment 01 last year. Fraternity material does not 
seem to be scarce. We expect to report several additions in our next 
letter. At present we are more than occupied with our ' rushing. ' 

Townsend Hall, to be occupied by the department of ag^culture, 
the armory, and the new biological hall, are quite far from comple- 
tion, though work is at present being rapidly pushed. 

The Makio which came out last spring was perhaps the star edition 
of our annual. Brother Schlesinger served on the board as treasurer. 

Prof. McPherson, an alumnus of Ohio Zeta, received a promotion 
from associate professor to professor of chemistry at the last meeting 
of the board of trustees. 

While our prospects for foot ball may have been better, we hope to 
have a strong team this fall. Candidates were slow in showing up, 
but the material seems to be of a good quality. A schedule of unusual 
merit is before us. Mr. Edwards, who served Princeton so well as 
half, is giving satisfaction as coach. 

Ohio Zeta graduated three brothers last June. Bro. Sater has opened 
a law office in Columbus, and we are pleased to know of his proximity. 
Bro. Shank has swung his shingle at Hamilton, Ohio, and reports some 
litigation. Bro. Reed is holding forth in Hoboken, Pa. 

We regret that Bro. Ballou will not be with us this year. He has 
accepted a position at Bowling Green, Ohio. 

We opened with ll] active men and 1 pledged. An initiation may 
be expected soon. 

Bros. Smith and Gerke have moved into the chapter house. 

Brother Davis proved the university's strongest pitcher last spring. 
He reported excellent chapters at Michigan, Northwestern, Indiana 
and De Pauw, all of which he visited on his trip. 

Phis from the chapters at Washington and Jefferson, De Pauw, In- 
diana and Ohio Wesley an called on us when their teams played here. 
Bros. Dodge of Colby, Super of Ohio, and Odor of Wooster, together 
with several of our brothers from Ohio Wesleyan, have favored us by 

Brother Bradshaw has entered college and plays first mandolin on 
the octette. Bro. Foster has been elected manager of the glee club. 

Several brothers enjoyed the commencement banquet of Ohio 
Gamma, at Athens, last June. 



A committee from our chapter is assisting in organizing an alumni 
chapter at Columbus. There are about So Phis in the city. 

The undersigned has been initiated into Phi Delta Phi. 

The reporter is pleased to renew his relations with the Phi reporters 
of a new generation. He may be recalled as representing Ohio Gamma 
in by -gone days. Fraternally, 

Columbus, September 20, 1S97. I.'M. Foster. 


College opened this week with eleven active men back, Bros. Kad- 
erly, Rice and Springsteen having been graduated, and Bros. Bates, 
'99, and Rayner, '00, not returning. We shall miss them all. 

Commencement last June was a memorable occasion at Case, accom- 
panied by more than the usual social events. The speaker was the 
well-known Dr. Ira Renisen, of Johns Hopkins University. 

Although Bro. Springsteen has been graduated we shall not lose 
him ; he is now assistant to Dr. Miller in the physics department and 
has the freshman mathematics ; Bro. Springsteen is decidedly ' with 
us ' in getting our new men. 

Everything points toward a very prosperous year for Ohio Eta. We 
are at last located in our chapter house, on I'airchild street. It is a 
rented house, just oflF the new boulevard and overlooking the campus 
— in all quite a desirable house and location. We are especially proud 
of the Phi Delta Theta monogram over the door — not of the monogram 
itself, but of the right to put it there. 

Case stock is above par in foot-ball this fall, due to the fact that 
Western Reserve University was downed last Thanksgiving day. 
Three Phis will probably make the 'Varsity again this fall. 

Bro. Gifford was awarded the faculty medal for the tennis tourna- 
ment, having defeated all his opponents. 

For the third time in succession the management of the annual has 
been entrusted to our chapter, only this time the editor is also a Phi. 
Bro. Diebold is business manager and Bro. Stephan is editor-in-chief 
of 99 *s Differential. Our representative on The lutei^ral is Bro. Mc- 
Donald, 'iJ9. 

Out of the five oflicers of the athletic association two are Phis, no 
other fraternity being represented. 

The standing of the fraternities at the opening of school is about as 
follows: Phi Delta Theta, 11 ; Zeta Psi, 7 ; Omega Psi, tl ; Lambda 
Kappa, 10. 

We have been favored by a short call from Bro. H. V. Patterson, 
Indiana Theta, whom we found a very enthusiastic Phi and a good 

In closing we wish to urge all Phis who may come to Cleveland, 
whether on business or pleasure, to stop with us. 

In the Bond, 
Cleveland, vSeptember 17, 1S'.>7. Frank Hii.KTT. 


During the fall and winter terms last year the chapter averaged 
twenty-seven members. The spring session found us with twenty- 
eight, as Brother SchoU, of Milton, Ind., who expects to be in the 
university all of this year, came in for the term's work. Indiana 
Alpha had (jualit^ as well as quantity. 

As to our standing last year I wish to say that it is my honest opin- 
ion that 4> A 8 headed the list of fraternities in Indiana University. 


The membership was made up of sons of first families who were strong 
from social and student standpoints. The chapter was well repre- 
sented on the foot ball and base ball teams and on the glee club. We 
had the presidency of the senior class and offices in many of the or- 
ganizations in the university. Just at the close of the spring term 
Brother Burbank was elected a member of the board of directors of 
the lecture association for the ensuing year. The chapter had elegant 
apartments, free from debt, in which to enjoy its prosperity. 

Old I. U. had a winning base ball team last spring. The team de- 
feated every college nine of note in Indiana. The boys were also 
victors over many teams from outside of the state. All of the Ohio 
clubs, with the exception of the State University nine, went down be- 
fore Indiana's invincibles. Oberlin's crack team was in the list. We 
defeated that nine a day or two after it had met and conquered the 
University of Illinois team, * the cocks of the walk ' in Illinois. 
Brother Newman played right field for Indiana. 

The glee club, the pride of the university, filled a summer engage- 
ment at Mountain I,ake Park. Maryland, from August 17 to 21. This 
engagement speaks volumes for the club, as the boys were engaged 
purely on account of the excellence of their concerts. The club is 
justly proud of its success. Its annual tour covered six states — Indi- 
ana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida and Maryland. Six of 
the seventeen members of the club were Phis. There were eleven 
fraternity men in all. 

Foot ball practice commenced about the middle of September. 
Brother Dodge, who was on our last year's state championship team, 
is sure of a position, as he is a clever and experienced player. I un- 
derstand that the outlook for a winning team is very bright. Many 
of the old players returned for practice. Coach Gonterman, of Har- 
vard, has charge of the eleven for the second season. 

The Fraternity in general can expect to hear good reports from In- 
diana Alpha this year. It is thought that about twenty-three of last 
year's men will return. One or two affiliates and several who were 
out last year are to join the chapter. Indiana Alpha will commence 
the year in excellent shape. The boys already have their eyes on 
some men of much real worth, who will undoubtedly be heard from 
later, as 4> A B is a sure ' spiker. ' 

Four men were lost by graduation last spring. They are Brothers 
Hudson, Ruby, W^oods and your correspondent. Brother Woolery 
was graduated, but he remains to take graduate work. Brother Hud- 
son has entered the ministry of the Christian church. Your corre- 
spondent is to enter the Chicago Law School, (.)ctober (>. 

Brother Krnest P. Wiles, of Martinsville, Ind., is the reporter-elect. 
The selection is a good one, as Brother Wiles has much ability. 

This, my last letter to Thk Scroll, has ])een written with a feeling 
of sadness, as it marks the close of my active membership in 4> A 9 
I have been a member of our grand organization but two years. The 
first years of my college life were spent in an institution where fra- 
ternities do not exist. During my short connection with * A B I have 
found that its membership is made up of honest, talented and studious 
young men; that its principles are grand and ennobling; and that its 
purposes are for the betterment of its members socially, morally and 
intellectually. I leave the chapter a * dved in the wool ' Phi. Long 
live * A B ! 

With best wishes, Yours for 4> A B, 


Bloomington, September 18, 181»7. 



School opens at Butler with unusually bright prospects. The cur- 
riculum has been both broadened and dtepencd. The departments of 
philosophy and pedagogy and of social science and economics have 
been made autonomous and placed under the control of Profs. E. S. 
Ames, Ph. I)., and J. I). Forrest, A. M., both of Chicago University. 
Two of our Phi members on the faculty leave us. T. M. Iden, of the 
department of chemistry, goes to the State Normal School, Kmporia, 
Kansas, and B. M. Davis will have charge of the department of^ biol- 
ogy in California State Normal School, Los Angeles, Cal. Their 
places will be taken by Dr. Karslakc, of Johns Hopkins, and Dr. 
Bruner, who has lately returned from Geimany. 

Many indications seem to warrant the sanguine hopes current 
among the university officials that this will he the most successful 
year ever experienced by old BulUr. This wave of ])rospfcrity strikes 
Indiana Gamma just at the right time, for she had begun to feel that 
the loss which she suffered at the hands of the honrd ot directors when 
they graduated her seven seniors last June might be hard to endure. 
But with the assistance of the boom the boys who are left feel that 
they can probably more than fill the vacated places. 

Of last year's chapter, Brcs. Clarke, Olive and Brown will be in 
the law school, Bro. Shipp will be with the Indianapolis AVvt'jr, Bro. 
Bull with the Union Cement and Ijme Co., Sellersburg, Ind.; Bro. 
Lister goes to Chicago University, and Bro. Blount will do graduate 
work at Butler. Bro. Mace expects to attend Purdue. Bro. Riocb 
took what might be considered the most desperate step of all. He 
was so reckless as to visit his parents in Canada in company with a 
young lady who just about filled their idea of a daughter-in-law. One 
evening Bro. Riocli came home to find the liandsomely deco- 
rated in flowers and purple ribbon (the university colors), and to be 
informed that it would be his own fault if Miss Minnie Henley instead 
of Mrs. David Rioch went back to Indianapolis. It suffices to say the 
latter lady arrived late in the summer. Mr. and Mrs. Rioch will leave 
for India next year, where they will take up their life work as mis- 

The Sigma Chis have announced their intention of building a house 
for social and meeting purposes on the campus, and we are seriously 
considering the advisability of doing the same thing. 

Among our alumni, Horace Ellis. 'ST, took his A. M. last June, and 
Prof. D. C. Brown, '7l», has taken unto himself a wife. Prof, and Mrs. 
Brown are in Europe, but will return by the beginning of the second 

Hoping that the year now begun may be filled with deeds redound- 
ing to the honor and fame of Phi Delta Theta, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 
Irvington, September 'JO, 1S'.>7. \ViM,is M. Bi.oi'NT. 


The outlook for the present college year is exceedingly gratifying to 
those interested in Indiana Kpsilon and in Phi Delta Theta. Two of 
our number have not returned Bro. I'Aans, who has gone to Clarks- 
ville, Tennessee, and Bro. J. L. Rogers who enters Indiana University 
this fall, but our accessions balance our losses in the return of Bro. 
Bridges, formerly of ''.>!», who re-enters 'Oo, and the entrance of Bros. 
W. G. and J. L. Rogers into the fold of Phi Delta Theta. We take 


great pleasure in introducing these new brothers to our sister chapters 
along with our newly pledged man, Mr. Robt. Dugan. We feel 
that they will prove an honor to the Fraternity and to our chapter. 
Tlie college has matriculated the largest number of students received 
for several years, aniongthem being quite a large amount of fraternity 
timber. In our next letter we hope to ]>e able to report success in all 
the cases under present consideration. I*hi Delta Theta will be rep- 
resented in all the branches of college life, having four men on the 
foot ball team and two in the mandolin club. Hro. Whallon will as- 
sume the presidency of the state oratorical association, vacated by the 
absence or Hro. Evans. An effort is being made to return the college 
to the position she once occupied in state athletics, and the outlook 
is favorable. A new running track has been laid, just outside the 
foot ball field, and many other improvements are to be reported. The 
social life of the year opens with a reception given to the new stu- 
dents on the evening of the seventeenth. 

Wishing success to every chapter at this trying period of the year. 
I remain Yours in the I^oiid, 

T. C. Whau^on. 
Hanover, September 17, 1S97. 


The college session of ''.Ml-'DT was another year of success and pros- 
perity at De Pauw. Our base ball record shows the good foundation 
of our claim to the state championship. We lost to Ohio Wesleyan, 
Ohio State, Otterbein, and Indiana State, and won two games each 
from Indiana State, Purdue and Wittenberg, and one each from Ohio 
Wesleyan, Ohio State, and Rose Polytechnic Institute. 

The intercollegiate debate at Richmond, Ind., between Ivarlham 
and De Pauw, was won by the latter. 

Indiana Zeta has received her share of college honors. Bro. Stults 
was elected business manager of the '!)'.♦ Mirai^w Bro. Prosser was 
elected to 4> B K. Bro. Ruick played third ])asL' on the 'Varsity nine. 

At the state field day, Bro. Roller won first ])lace in the shot put, 
and second place in the same event at the interstate meet at Chicago. 
A feature of the local field day was a ball game between the faculty 
and the senior class. <|i A H was represented on the faculty nine by 
Bros. Priest, Steven.son and Henderson. 

A few weeks before commencement, ten men aj)peared on the cam- 
pus, wearing the colors of Theta Nu Ivpsilon. A T and A K V. had one 
each» and B () II, A T A. 1 .\ and 1> A O had two apiece. One of the 
Sigs was 'Babe' Williamson, wlio was a H N K at The University of 
Chicago. Bros. Ruick and Slults represented '1^ A (>. 

By graduation the chapter loses two good men who have done much 
for the fraternity Bro. S. K. Ruick and Bro. Chas. A. Prosser, who 
has been professor of physics in the New .Mbany high school during 
the past year. 

Bro. R. S. Henderson, '('«'», who has been instructor in mathematics 
here since his graduation, will enter the junior class of the jNIassachu- 
setts Institute of Technology in the fall. 

Bros. A. Iv. (»ary, ''.)•"), C. I). Newlin, ''.M"), and !•:. G. Scotten, once of 
'97, visited the chapter during commencement week. 

The fall opening will find most of our number convenientl}' located 
in a nice home about half a block from Center Campus. All our fif- 
teen men will return in the fall except, perhaps, Bro. Collings. who 


may not return till later in the year. Prospects are favorable for a 
strong freshman class, and we are looking forward to another pros- 
perous year. Yours in 4>t-K€fo. 

Chas. B. Campbell. 
Greencastle, September 7, 1897. 


College opens under more favorable conditions than for many years. 
Many new students and many old ones are here ready for the fall work. 

During the summer Worthing Divinity Hall has been refitted, and 
this fall quite a number of the seminary students are quartered there. 
The seminary is thus enabled better to hold its place with other sem- 

Miss Sloan resigned as lady principal last spring. Her place is filled 
by Mrs. E. A. Copp, who for one year acted as alumni professor, and who 
at various times has done a great amount of teaching in the college. 
During the two years* illness of her husband she taught all of his 
work. She is a valuable addition to the teaching force. 

The foot ball is already seen on the campus. Several dates are ar- 
ranged, and prospects are better than last year. The new students 
bring several players from other schools. 

Our chapter is small this fall. Forest Baker, Verne Myers and Shi- 
loh Smith constitute the entire number of active members. The re- 
porter, of the class of 'Oo, will be here during the year, teaching a 
little and doing work among the young people's societies of the de- 

Bro. Charles Marks, '90, and B. F. Green, '94, were present at our 
first meeting and are avSsisting in rushing. We have one man ready 
to initiate, and our chances of a second are more than favorable. 

Yours in the Bond, 
Hillsdale, September 20, 1897. Harry S. Myers. 

EPsiLON province: 


Illinois Delta begins the new school year with a most favorable out- 
look, for, though the chapter has lost seven men by graduation, and 
three under class men have not returned, the men who remain are 
showing more interest than ever before in the welfare of the chapter. 
Owing to the good financial condition in which the year opens we 
have been able to paper and refurnish our entire suite of rooms. 

The college itself, under the able leadership of Dr. John H. Finley, 
is more prosperous than ever before. Mr. Wilfred Arnold, an alumnus 
of the college, has been secured for foot ball coach and is rapidly 
rounding the men into form. Among the most promising candidates 
are Bros. Adcock, Martin and C. Mead ; the two former were on last 
year's 'Varsity, while Bro. Mead played behind the line on his acad- 
emy team. Tlie first number of the Knox Studcut, of which Bro. 
Blodgett is manager, appeared last week. 

Already we have pledged Herman Potter of the freshman class, who 
is a fine man and will be a credit to Phi Delta Theta. In our next 
letter we shall present to the Phi world other valuable men whom we 
have spiked but have not yet pledged. Phi Gamma Delta is the 
stronger of our rivals. Delta Delta Delta has secured a very cosy 
suite of rooms this fall and is busy getting them in shape. 

One of the new professors, Dr. Griffith, who occupies the chair of 


chemistry, is a Phi. He is a man of great ability, and materially 
strengthens the facultv. The ranks of resident alumni Phis has been 
augmented by the return of Bro. Amos Townsend, '06, who will read 
law in this city. Yours in the Bond, 

Wiij. Mathkr Lkwis. 
Galesburg, September 20. isOT. 


Illinois Zeta begins the present year's work and pleasures with eight 
of last year's chapter absent. ()f these, we expect Bros. Trego, Weeks 
and Brown to return. The others are taken from active membership 
by graduation, and they are now, with the exception of Bro. Tapper, 
who expects to continue his studies at Harvard, engaged in their 
chosen lines of work. Bros. Rogers an<l Ashworth have taken minis- 
terial charges at Decatur, ^lich.. and Mt. Gilead, Ohio, respectively; 
Bro. Warner {' Doc ' ) is practicing dentistry at Avon, 111., while Bro. 
Anderson is teaching school at Yates City, ill. 

Our chapter now comprises nine loyal Phis. But among the new 
men is good material of which Phis are made, and we have selected 
several whom we believe will be of credit to Phidom. With our next 
letter we trust they may be introduced. 

During the autumn one of Galesburg's famous brick pavements 
will be laid past Hall- our chapter house and the university 
grounds. This completes a line of pavement connecting us with the 
business part of the city, a mile and a half away. It will be a boon 
to bicyclists, and lessen the cost of carriages between the university 
and 'town'; hitherto we have been more or less dependent on the 
trolley cars. This is all ver^- nice, except the city pavement assess- 

Old Lombard is on the right road, and, we believe, traveling very 
swiftly. On the *2")tli of the present month will occur the formal 
opening of our beautiful new gymnasimn, which has been erected on 
the campus a short distance from the university buihling. The day 
will be an important one in the histor}- of Lombard. vSenator Mason, 
of Illinois, Prof. A. A. Stagg, director of athletics and physical cul- 
ture in the Chicago University, and several other eminent men will 
take part in the program. A reception will be given in the evening. 

Some changes have been made in the faculty. Dr. V. H. Fowler, 
Ph. D. (Johns Hopkins), Ix)mbard, '89, now occupies the chair of 
literature. The nmsical department was found to need an additional 
instructor, and !\Irs. D. G. Sykes, of Clearwater, Wis., has been selected 
to fill the place. 

Our brothers will take a prominent part in athletics. Organized 
work will soon begin, and a foot ball team will be put in the field. 

Yours in the Bond, 
Galesburg, vSeptember i;>, isDT. Waltkr A. Johnson. 


Illinois Ivta commenced the fall term with but ten men. At the 
last commencement seven seniors received degrees. Bros. P'ulton, 
Zilly and Jackson have not returned, and Bro. Bert Harker has entered 
the United States Naval Academy. 

We were glad to welcome home Bro. Piatt, '92, who has just re- 
turned from Europe after a year's leave of absence. Bro. Piatt holds 
the chair of Romance languages. 


Although our numbers are depleted the other fraternities are in the 
same condition. We have initiated two men : Carl Bernhardi, '01. of 
Rock Island, and Henry H. Goodrich, '<,)8, of Chicago. Four men are 
wearing the colors of the Fraternity, and we hope to introduce them 
in our next letter. 

Foot-ball is the absorbing topic in university affairs. About sixty 
candidates are in training under the efficient coaching of Smith, quar- 
ter of Princeton's 'Ih; team, and our own * G ' Huff. Illinois intends 
to produce a winning team by the time she meets the Carlisle Indians 
at Chicago, Novenil>er 20. Bro. Walker is manager and Hro. Good- 
rich assistant manager of the team. 

The university received an appropriation of 5-121,000 from the state 
at the last session of the legislature, and in consequence many changes 
and improvements are being made. A new central heating and light- 
ing plant is in course of erection. A department of law has been es- 
tablished, and many students are registered in that college. A new 
library school has been founded. The advantages of this school are 
augmented by the equipments in the magnificent new library building 
which was dedicated last June. This building is considered one of 
the finest college buildings in the central states. Altogether the pros- 
pects for a prosperous year are exceedingly bright, and the financial 
panic through which the university passed is heard of no more. 

Yours in the Bond, 
Champaign, September 21, 1807. A. N. IL\zmtt. 


Although ten more days intervene before the opening of the uni- 
versity, still I think I may predict one of Wisconsin's usual prosper- 
ous years. We shall feel keenly the loss of our '97 graduates and 
those who have decided not to return this fall. Of last year's gradu- 
ates, Bro. A. W. Fairchild is studying law in the office of his father 
at Green Bay. He contemplates entering one of the eastern law col- 
leges next year. Bro. Bacon is located at his home in La Crosse. 
Bro. Manson is engaged in the practice of law at Warsaw, and was 
recently elected justice of the peace. Bro. Mann, who was elected 
foot ball manager for this year, lias accepted a position with the Chi- 
cago and Northwestern road at Manuette and will not return as he 
expected. Bro. Mac Donald is practicing law at Dart ford under the 
firm name of MacDonald and Mather. Bro. Tallnian will return to 
the university for law. Bro. Moore, ex- '98, has taken his old position 
with Moore and Gallaway of I'ond du Lac. Bro. Potter, ex-'OO, is sec- 
retary of the Necedah Flour Mill Co. Bro. Anson, ex-'99, is associ- 
ated with his father in the Gilkey and Anson Lumber Co., of Merrill. 
Bro. Thompson, 19<X), has entered Minnesota. 

We expect to start the rush with twelve actives and hope to have 
several of the last few years' grads back to help us. Three of our 
pledged men, H. J. Blakley, of Milwaukee, Elbridge Bacon, of La 
Crosse, and Mark Newman, of Madison, will enter this fall. Reports 
from all over the state indicate a very large incoming freshman class. 

Our foot ball prospects, at the present writing, do not appear very 
bright, but I hope that Bro. Phil King, who is again coaching the 
team this year, will be able to turn out an eleven sufficiently strong 
to defeat Minnesota on October 30. 

With best wishes to the other chapters, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 
Madison, September 17, 1897. Carl F. Geiu' 



In writing niy last letter to Tiiic Sckoi.l I have some little twinges 
of conscience at not having done my duty as faithfully as 1 might 
perhaps ; but this has meant no less regard for my Fraternity. 

Conmienoement at our university last spring brought with it the 
usual rush of entertainments. Literary, society and class graduating 
exercises followed in close succession, in all of which Phis were prom- 
inent. The conservatory of music gave thrt* e very high grade concerts, 
one of which was Mendelssr^hn's oratorio, the iJijah, The perform- 
ance was the finest of its class that has ever been given to Mt. Pleasant 
people and was a great treat to all lovers of music who were permitted 
to be present. A number of Phis were present commencement week, 
visiting old friends and renewing college associations. Bros. Wm. 
Shearer, Kd. Hearn, Chas. Frant/ and Wm. Jeffrey were in attendance. 
We lost seven good men by graduation, Bros. Rommel, Robinson, 
Rogers. Kamphoefner, Lambert, Lute and Smith. 

The prospects for the coming year are si)lendid for Iowa Wesleyan. 
New students are coming in even now, and many ohl ones are return- 
ing. Iowa Alpha is determined to work hard this year and to keep 
«l> A () on top — where she belongs. Our tennis court is in excellent 
condition. Our hall has been improved. And better than these out- 
ward signs is the inward purpose and enthusiasm that is showing itself 
among all Phis. Yours in *l>i-^c(o, 

\m ffcj Cii.\s. N. P.\CK. 

Mt. Pleasant, September 1 1, 18!>7. 


The twenty-seventh cotnmencement reception of Missouri Alpha was 
given at the Music Hall, Monday evening. May twenty-eighth. It was 
a most enjoyable affair and a tlionnigh success. 

This year the faculty Dr. (L W. Cutler, ])rofes.sor of physical 
culture and director of the gymnasium ; Dr. H. M. Holton, professor 
t)f bacteriology and ])atlu)logy ; Prof. (t. C. r>roarlhead, professor of 
geology and mineralogy : an<l A. H. Place. A K K, instructor in draw- 
ing. Dr. F. C. Hicks, professor of history and political economy, and 
assistant professor J. M. Burnam. of the Latin department, have re- 
turned from tri])s to Ivurope. Prof. C M. Marx, professor of meclian- 
ic.'il engineering, is now in l-!urope. His department is in charge of 
Bro. II. T. Cory, professor of rivil engineering. Bro. C. 1{. W^iite 
succeeds Dr. Cutler as gymnasium director. 

A new club buihling to cost v')(miu(» i^; being ]nit up on the site of 
the old Ficklin residence. 

Bros. Roberts and Woods were graduated in law last year. Bro. 
Pjiglish took the degree of A. !►., but he is back to study law and to 
work for his master'.s ilegree. Bro. R. H. Swit/.ler was awanled the 
Rollins s(.:lu)larship in the A. B. course. 

of the brothers in last year's chajjter wlio have not returned, Bro. 
Seibert, 'Uo, has gone to Westmin*;ler College. He i.^ a good addition 
to Missouri Beta. Bro. See. 'IM), is in the rattle business in the south- 
ern part of the state. Bro. Shouse, '^''J, is doing journalistic work in 
Mexico, Mo. Bro. Conley, **.«s, is in Los Angeles, California. Bro. 
Roberts, ".>7, is in Texas. Jiro. Woods, '1»7, has a position in a bank 
at Versailles, Mo. Bro. G. C. Broadhead, Jr.. *t»-l, has a po.sition with 
the Missouri River Connnis.sion. 


We have with us in the senior law class Hro. M. R. Conlev, '9*J, and 
Bro. K. R. Johnson, '94. 

On the visitor's book are the n.inies of A. L. Johnson, '81, W. W. 
Clendenin, '8r. ; Paul H. White, California Heta, '1*.'); L. W. Groves, 
'9t> , and K. K. vSee, '99. 

w X has nine men back. They have taken in four men — three be- 
fore college opened. B H II returns '> ; K A, 9 ; i) X, 12 ; 4> A H, 14. 
- A E occupies a rented house this year, with a chapter of 14 men. 

We have initiated Kdward Livinj^stone Drum, Marble Hill, Mo., and 
Harry William Smith, Ivlizabeth, New Jersey. 

Missouri Alpha is wide-awake on the chapter house (juestiou and 
hopes to be able soon to report further progress in the direction of 
getting a house. 

With warmest greetings for all Phi.s, I am 

Yours in the Hond, 
Columbia, September IS, 1S97. Chari.k.s Shumwav Riki-nkr. 


Nebraska Alpha began the school year with a membership of thir- 
teen. This has not proven an uiducky number, however, for with 
this number we have accomplished the object toward which we have 
been striving for the last few years. We are now located in a com- 
fortable chapter house. We feel that the chapter has taken a big 
step,— one that has not only aided us in securing men, but one that 
will serve to bring to us victories along other lines. On Saturday 
evening, the isth, we held the first initiation of the year, and it pleases 
me greatly to introduce to the Fraternity Brother Karl Randall, *97, 
and Brothers Sherman, Tukey and Welshans, of 1901. We are proud 
of our initiates and think we have started the vear well. 

Five active members of the chapter were graduated in June. Brother 
Parmelee, whom we expected back to take liis fellowship in chemistry, 
accepted a position in the Beatrice high school. Brothers Creigh and 
Ivindquist do not return. Bro. Hay ward will be here a part of the 
year, at least, and Brother Oury enters the law school. 

Nebraska's outlook for a successful season for foot ball is certainlv 
a very promising one. To begin with, we are expecting Robinson, 
our last year's coach, to renew his former excellent work for the team ; 
then we have more material than we had last year. There will be 
very few places to be fdlcd with new men. Brother Hayward will 
play tackle, his old position two years ago. Brother Oury manages 
the team ; so we Phis think we are well represented. We are looking 
forward to some very interesting games, amt)ng them the games to be 
held here with Missouri and We are always glad when these 
teams play here, for we often have very pleasant visits from Kansas 
and Missouri Phis as a result. If I am not mistaken, the four man- 
agers of the western league are Phis. 

There have been few changes in the Fraternity world here since the 
last letter to TiiK Scroll. Beta Tlieta Pi occupies our former rooms 
and has given up a house. Alpha Tau < )mcga established a chapter 
here the last of May. They .started out with nine members. 

It would be very unpatriotic to the university not to mention the 
brilliant tennis champion, Miss Louise Pound, who won both the in- 
ternational and western championship cups in singles. She is an 
alumna of the university, and her playing certainly speaks well for our 
tennis association here. 

The university authorities expected to have our new mechanics build- 


ing well under way by this time, but owing to difficulties with the 
contractor, it is not yet commenced. 

Yours in the Bond, 
Lincoln, September 10, 1897. Chas. H. Truk. 


Although the chapter's hopes regarding a house of its own are not, 
as yet, fulfilled, California Alpha is in extremely comfortable quar- 
ters, having leased for one year the house of Bro. T. Allen Smith. '07. 
The location is in the pleasantest part of Berkeley, the house being 
on the corner of Bancroft avenue and College Way, only one block 
from one of the principal entrances to the university grounds. The 
house con.sists of two stories, is distinctly modern, and is well fur- 
nished. An excellent tennis court is not the least enjoyable feature 
of the place. 

As regards membership, the chapter continues to maintain a strong 
position in the student body of the university. We began the year 
with an active membership of ten, including Bro. Garrison, formerly 
'98, who has returned, after a leave of absence of one year, to be 
graduated with '90. To this number we have added the names of 
Brothers Clarence Creed and Maxwell Taft, 1901. Thus our active 
membership is now twelve, with excellent prospects of a further in- 
crease in the near future. The rushing season this year is a hard one, 
and the Phis have done and are doing their share to make it so. The 
incoming class is about as large as that of last year and taxes the ex 
panding resources of the university to the utmost. 

One thing of note it has already been the means of accomplishing. 
On account of the general roughness that prevailed during the annual 
rush between the sophomores and freshmen, and more particularly of the severe injuries received on that occasion by one of the 
freshmen, Mr. Kurtz, rushing has been abolished in the University of 
California. Both the associated students and the facultv have taken 
measures to prevent all class scrimmages in the future. The sensa- 
tional press, of course, did its worst in exaggerating the unpleasant 
circumstances of the affair, and we hope that full credence will not 
be given to some of the reports that have appeared in eastern news- 
papers. The Chicago Times- Herald contained a grossly exaggerated 
version of the occurrence. 

Signs of the improved financial condition of our university surround 
the campus. The agricultural building, which was destroyed by fire 
last term, has been replaced by a larger and better planned structure, 
and three other buildings, entirely adequate to the purposes for which 
they are designed, are being erected. These are a class building, a 
botany building and a psychological laboratory. These are all sub- 
stantial frame structures, but they will probably give way within the 
next twenty years to the more permanent structures that are to be 
built with the four million dollars that have been given for that pur- 
pose. Yours in the Bond, 
Berkeley, September 14, 1S07. Ai.bert J. Brown. 


Stanford University opened for the fall semester on vSeptember :>. 
A large freshman class registered. This fact is worthy of note, as the 
classes at our rival, Berkeley, and at some eastern colleges, are below 
the average in numbers. More students came from the east to Stan- 


ford this year than heretofore. Many came on account of the attrac- 
tions of California's climate and on account of the elective system of 

The foot ball team is now in active training, and the prospects are 
that Stanford will have the strongest team this year that has ever been 
put on the gridiron on the Pacific coast. The management has been 
tortunate in securing Brooks, of the University of Pennsylvania, as 
coach. Mr. Brooks was Caspar Whitney's choice for full-back on the 
All America team of '9r». 

The Stanford chapter of <t> A O occupies the same house as last year. 
At the beginning of this year the house was, in ^real part, refurnished, 
and we feel that we have a most suitable place in which to rush fresh- 
men. Up to the present we have initiated three men : Howard Hill, 
Warren Klnier and Clarence Day. 

Hoping that all chapters are meeting with success, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 
Stanford University, September Hi, 18W7. Bf.xj. K. Pack. 


On Tuesday evening. September fourteenth, the Milwaukee mem- 
bers of the Fraternity met and organized the Wisconsin Beta Alumni 
Chapter. The meeting was held in the parlors of the Deutscher Club 
and was preceded by a supper. Brother Herman Fehr, H'isrof/sifi, '81, 
upon being elected president, made a very pleasant speech, in w^hich 
he was ably assisten at times by Bros. Wasweyler and A. J. Hilbert. 
It gave the younger men a great deal of pleasure to have liro. Geo. W. 
Hayes, ll'ahash, '♦'»(), at the tupper and meeting, though they had at 
the same time to regret the absence of Bro. Jared Thompson, Lazc- 
rctu'Cy '59, who at the last moment was unable to attend. The chap- 
ter will naturally draw most of its members from the University of 
Wisconsin, and as the chapter there was discontinued during the war 
and only revived in 1880, there is of necessity (juite a gap in its ranks 
of alumni. 

After the supper and meeting a couple of very pleasant hours were 
spent sitting under the trees of the club's beautiful grounds partaking 
of that which made Milwaukee famous, while members of different 
classes spun beautiful fairy tales of the doings of their college days. 
At last, however, a particularly sanguinary tale by Bro. Hlliott broke 
up the meeting. The chapter will hold another one during the Christ- 
mas holidays, with the idea of getting as many of the undergraduates 
as possible to attend, as well as members of the I'raternity living in 
neighboring cities. 

It is really too bad that Bro. Armin Harms, lliinois, ''.>">, who has 
been in the city the past year and a half, could not be with us, as he 
had been such a particular friend of the Milwaukee members while 
here. He left a few weeks ago to accept a position in a mine at San 
Luis Potosi, Mexico. 

The name of the charter members are given in another place. To 
these should be added A. Iv. Haldernian, Indiana, '88, and R. H. 
Hackney, irisconsin, ".»:*>. 

Three of the active chapters of Wisconsin Alpha, Carl Geilfuss, H. 
Reinhart, and Dwight Sanborn, were present. The bureau of infor- 
mation for visiting members will be found in the office of G. T. Elliott, 
120G Pabst Building, or in the office of C. K. Hilbert, lOPi same build- 
ing. The members send best wishes to the chapters and hopes for 
success in the fall rush now about to begin, knowing that if they 
were only there they would know exactly how to do it. 

Yours in the Bond, 
Milwaukee, September 21, 1897. Frankux Swkkt. 




loica Weslcyan — Rev. W. R. Jeffrey, '*>0, is pastor of the 
M. E. church at Moulton, Iowa. 

Randolph' Macon — Warner Peatross, '90, is teaching in the 
Knoxville (Tenn.) Classical School. 

Sonihwesiern — \V. S. Fleming, '^^■), is professor of English 
and history in the Searcy College at Searcy, Ark. 

Amherst — Sidney R. Fleet, '91, was married to Miss Ag- 
nes Fulton Barker, of Lowell, Mass., August IS, lSi)7. 

Colby — Rev. H. Everett Farnham, 'SU, is professor of 
Greek, German and French at Tabor College, Tabor, Iowa. 

Ihdianapolis — Oliver C. Norris, 'S-l, of Rushville, Ind., 
lost his daughter Lenore, aged nine, by drowning on June :^->. 

Illinois — Floyd Whittemore, '97, has been appointed to a 
clerkship in the state treasury department at Springfield, 111. 

Kansas — Neil C. Brooks, '^Ml, is an instructor in the de- 
partment of Germanic languages at Harvard for the coming 

Washhij^ton and Lee — L. C. Speers, 'i)7, is engaged in the 
practice of law in Macon, Ga. His address is SIS Second 

Washington a7id Jeffersofi — David Glenn Moore, 't»8, was 
local editor of the Washington Observer during the summer 
vacation . 

Amherst — Raymond V. IngersoU, 't)7, has accepted a 
position as teacher of English in the Central High School, 
Duluth. Minn. 

Miami — The board of trustees of Miami Universit}', on 
June 17, 1S*)7, conferred the degree of D. D. upon Rev. 
Robert Morrison, '41). 

Dartmouth, '^7 — Franklin E. Heald and B. F. Adams are 
editors of a handsomely printed pamphlet entitled About 
Dartmouth, issued during the last college year and contain- 
ing a number of views and portraits. 


California — William O. Morgan, 'S7, is again in business, 
He is with the Hartford Insurance Co., at '»i:> California 
street, San Francisco. 

Illinois Wesleyaji — T. H. Simmons, 'SS, some time prov- 
ince president, has left Chicago and settled in Bloomington, 
Ind., for the practice of law. 

Indianapolis— K^\, David Utter, M)7, of Salt Lake City, 
in a recent number of The Neic World, sets forth the char- 
acter of ' Mormonism To-day.' 

loica IW'sltyan — W. A. Longnecker, MK), was graduated 
at Boston Theological Institute last spring and takes work 
this fall in the Iowa conference. 

Kansas — William Allen White, '*H), is a candidate for the 
Republican nomination for congress in the fourth district of 
Kansas, to succeed Charles Curtis. 

Michigan State— Vxoi. L. H. Bailey, 'Sl\ of Cornell, de- 
livered the commencement address this year at his alma 
viater. He spent the summer in Europe. 

Randolph- Macon — Andrew S. Martin, *S-S, has renounced 
the life of a commercial tourist and is now connected with 
the Drummond Tobacco Co., Danville, Va. 

Colby — George A. Gorham, '01 , one of the young lawyers 
of Aroostook, delivered the Memorial Day address this year 
before the Grand Army post at Blaine, Me. 

Woostcr — Preston Willis Search, '7(), has been re-elected 
superintendent of schools for a term of two j^ears at Hol- 
yoke, Mass., at a salary of $3,.')00 per annum. 

Lombard — Margaret Dillon Wild, daughter of D. P. Wild. 
'92, was born at Sycamore, 111., June 11, 1>^07. Brother 
Wild is with the banking firm of Daniel Pierce <S: Co. 

Centre — Kd. S. De Long, Jr., '07, died in New York, June 
11, 1S97. President (ruerrant, of Beta Province, will speak 
of his life and character in the Chapter Grand, next June. 

(iCttysburir—Vi^v. Millard F. Troxell, D. I)., 'SO, is pastor 
of Grace Lutheran church of Springfield, 111. He is a tire- 
less and energetic worker, and through his efforts the Luth- 
erans have one of the finest church edifices in the west. Dr. 
Troxell was at one time editor of The Scroll. 


RichmoJid — J. Luther Brown, '8U, who was until recently 
the representative of the Drummond Tobacco Co. , at Nor- 
folk, Va., is now with the Standard Oil Co., in New York. 

Miami — A. G. Work, '94, was ordained and installed on 
September 28 as pastor of the Presbyterian churches of 
Brookston and Chalmers, Ind. His address will be Brook- 

\'a7iderbilt — John H. De Witt, '94, who was graduated 
from the law department of Columbian University, at Wash- 
ington, D. C, will begin the practice of law in Nashville 
this winter. 

loica Wesleyan — Rev. Dr. J. T. McFarland, '72, who was 
president of Iowa Wesleyan University, 1SS4-U1, has been 
since January pastor of the New York avenue M. E. church, 
Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Lombard — E. J. Edwards, '74, founder of the Society of 
American Wars, is turning the energies of his organization 
at home to the raising of funds to erect a monument to 
Abraham Lincoln. 

Wisconsin — Matthew A. Hall, 'S«S, is president of the Vic- 
toria Diamond Jubilee Association of Nebraska and Iowa, 
formed to commemorate Her Majesty's jubilee by raising a 
fund for local charities. 

North Carolina — E. Stephenson Askew, '*><'^, who repre- 
sented his chapter at the Philadelphia convention, is out of 
college this session, having accepted the principalship of the 
academy at his home, Windsor, N. C. 

V^anderbilt — The governor of Tennessee has appointed 
Richard A. Barr, M. D., '*.>2, physician at the state peni- 
tentiary at Nashville. He has the reputation of being one 
of the most brilliant young surgeons in the state. 

Lombard — Walter A. Johnson founded an ornithological 
journal, The Ospny, a little over a year ago. He has se- 
cured Dr. Elliott Coues as patron and sponsor and is mak- 
ing the magazine quite a success in every respect. 

loica Wesleyan — Rev. Freeman A. Havighorst, '89, who 
has been pastor of the First Methodist church of Springfield, 
111., has resigned his charge to accept the chair of history 
and economics in Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis. 



Frajiklin — Otis A. Caldwell, '*>4, was married to Miss 
Cora Burke, of Portland, lud., August 25, 18i>7, at the 
home of the bride's parents. Mr. Caldwell is instructor in 
botany at the University of Chicago for the coming year. 

Miami — J. E. Morey, '07, and W. K. Evans, '<)*.^ were 
already members of the board of trustees of Miami, and now 
Governor Bushnell has appointed Harry Weidner, ''"^N, late 
consul at Grenoble, France, as a member of the same body. 

Allegheny, 'Sj — * Mrs. Mary A. Jones has the honor to 
announce the marriage of her niece, Mary Frances Watkins, 
to Mr. William Bignell, on Wednesday, July fourteenth, 
eighteen hundred and ninety-seven, Randolph, New York.' 

Missouri, \Sj — 

Mr. J. S. Snoddy, professor of luiglish language and literature at 
Woodson In.stitute, Richmond. Mo., has made a collection of verses 
by Missouri poets and has published them, together with brief biogra- 
phies of the writers, in a volume entitled 'A Little Book of Missouri 
Vense. ' Sf. Louis i^obc-ncinocrat. 

Missouri , \S(^ — 

The October number of The . \t Ian tic Monthly will celebrate the for- 
tieth anniversary of that excellent periodical. Among the more im- 
portant articles to appear on this memorable occasion there is an- 
nounced 'The Latest Discoveries in the Historv of the Universe,' by 
Dr. T. J. J. See. ^ • • The Critic, Aug. 7. 

Colin — George K. Ooogins, 'S6, has moved his law office 
from Milbridge to Bar Harbor. Mr. Googins created some 
stir in the political world of eastern Maine last year by 
leaving the Republican party to preach the doctrine of free 

Sou ill Carolina — W\ W. Ball, '><7, is now editor of the 
daily and semi-weekly A^ncs at (ireenville, S. C. For this 
he says he receives ' a small weekly stipend and the anathe- 
mas of Tillmanites and free-silverites, goldbugs being ranr 
aves ' in regions. 

Missouri — Dr. T. J. J. See, '>^0, has been working at Flag- 
staff, Arizona, since April, but the party of which he is a 
member will .soon leave for Peru, to be absent several years. 
While in Mexico Dr. See measured and determined the 
orbits of over -iOO double and triple stars, more than half of 
which were new. His report on this work will be the most 
important addition made to southern stellar astronomy since 
the work of Sir John Herschel, sixty years ago. 


lotva Wesley an — W. H. Perdew, *94, who has been at- 
tending the Boston Theological Institute for the past year, 
came back to Iowa this summer and was married to a former 
classmate and graduate of Iowa Wesieyan. They returned 
to Boston to resume studies. 

irisconsi/i, 'Sj — * Flexure of Telescopes' by Milton Up- 
degraff, professor of astronomy in the University of Mis- 
souri, is a late publication of The Academy of Science of St. 
Louis, it being in part the substance of a paper read before 
that body at a recent meeting. 

Nebraska — Arcule E. Guilmette, Mi:*), w^as drowned in the 
Hudson river while sailing, on Sunday afternoon, June !•>. 
He had started out with his sister and cousin, when a squall 
struck the boat and capsized it. The young woman was 
saved, but only with great difficulty. 

Stanford — Charles E. Chadsey, M)2, one of the chapter's 
charter members, took his Ph. 1). at Columbia this year with 
a thesis on * The Struggle Between President Johnson and 
Congress over Reconstruction.' He took his A. M. at Co- 
lumbia in 1N94 and at Stanford in isOo. 

Ohio State— Vx^A S. Ball, 'SS, on an appeal to the Ala- 
bama supreme court, obtained a decision on July 2S in favor 
of his client, reversing a decision of the Montgomery chan- 
cery court in an important case involving the right of the 
city council to divert public park lands from their proper use. 

Miami — Benjamin Harrison, '52, was re-elected president 
of the Indiana state bar association at its annual meeting in 
Indianapolis on June 23. At the banquet in the evening, 
where he acted as toastmaster, John vS. Duncan, Indianapo- 
lis, '()5, responded on * How to explain the loss of a case to 
a client.' 

Washington and Jeff crsoji — John Hasson Carline, *9r), a son 
of Major A. M. Carline, a wealthy merchant of Braddock, 
Pa., died May 31, of tuberculosis of the bowels. He was 
a law student, studj^ng with Major R. E. Stewart, Esq., of 
Braddock, whose office is in Pittsburgh, and would have taken 
his last examination in about one month. Mr. Carline was 
born in Sutersville in 1^70, and was a member of the first 
class of the Braddock borough high school in 1S87. He was 
graduated at Washington and Jefferson, where he was a 
popular student and an athlete of considerable ability. 


Colby — Rev. Woodman Bradbury, *S7, for six years pastor 
of the First Baptist church at Laconia, N. H., has received 
a call from the Pleasant Street Baptist church at Worcester, 
Mass. Rev. Mr. Bradbury is a graduate of Newton Theo- 
logical Institution and has become one of the most popular 
divines in the Baptist church. 

Illinois — Armin Harms, '\^'\ late of Milwaukee, is now at 
San Luis Potosi, Mexico, with the Compania Metalurgica 
Mexicana. He may be addressed there, Apartado del Cor- 
reo, l-)2. We shall expect a movement for an alumni char- 
ter from him and Brother (Rev.) Jackson B. Cox, So it //i- 
2ccsfcrn, 'O'), who is also in that city. 

Illinoiis Wcslvyan — I. N. Van Pelt, '>^>^, was married on 
June i), 1><*.)7, to Miss Fannie Burr, at Bloomington, Illinois. 
After a trip through Kentucky and Tennessee, Mr. and 
Mrs. Van Pelt went to Chicago, where they will live. Bro. 
Van Pelt is in business at >*- South Water street, with W. 
F. McLaughlin & Co. , coiTee importers. 

Mississippi — United States Senator James Z. George, an 
honorary member of the chapter, died at Mississippi City on 
August 11, is'.^T. He fought in the war with Mexico and 
later on the side of the southern confederacy. He was chief 
justice of the state supreme court when chosen senator in 
1S«'^1. His third term would have expired in \>^W, 

Randolph- Mixcon — James Jamieson Hickey, '92, was mar- 
ried on April 21, at New Orleans, to Miss Marie Stoddard 
Cooke, of that city, the Bishop of the Diocese of lyouisiana 
officiating. The honeymoon was spent at Pass Christian, 
Miss., and at Old Point Comfort, \'a. Bro. Hickey had 
been studying law at Yale. He and his bride will make 
their home at Danville, \'a. 

Indianapolis — Demarchus C. Brown, '7^.>, professor of 
Greek in Butler College, was married on September first to 
Miss Jessie Lanier Christian. The marriage took place in 
the Central Christian church, Indianapolis, Rev. John E. 
Pounds officiating. Laz Noble, ".^0, and Hugh Th. Miller, 
'>>>5, were two of the UvShers. Miss Christian was a graduate 
from Butler with the class of '1>7 and a charter member of 
the new chapter of H B <^. Professor Brown is a brother of 
Hilton U. Brown, '>^0, once president of the (rcneral Coun- 
cil. Prof, and Mrs. Brown left at once, via Hamburg and 
Munich, for Athens, where they will remain until Christmas. 


Hauovcf\ '8^ — The Louisville Courier-Journal of Juue '24 

says : 

Much of the credit for the winning race run by Mr. Morton V. Joyes 
for county attorney is due to Mr. Frank D. Swope, who organized the 
city and county in Mr. Joyes' behalf. He began the organization as 
soon as Mr. Joyes received the nomination at the Music Hall conven- 
tion last April and spread it out into every precinct. Both Mr. Joyes 
and Mr. Swope, with their assistants, deserve much praise for their 
clean, manly campaign. 

Kansas, 'po — Scribyier' s Magazine announces among the 
features of its fall numbers an article entitled ' The Great 
Farm ' by William Allen White. Brother White has made 
a special trip to the big farms of Dakota in preparing this 
article. In McClurv' s Magazine for June a story entitled 
* A Recent Confederate Victory ' appeared over his name. In 
the Atlantic for August he described *A Typical Kansas 
Community.* In .}fcClure's for September he has another 

Illinois — Frank Foster Gilchrist, '97, died on May 1, 
1897, after a very brief illness of pneumonia, at Kenosha, 
Wis., where he was connected with the Sterling Bicycle 
Works. The funeral took place at his home, •■)400 Wash- 
ington Ave., Chicago. He was twenty-one years old at the 
time of his death. A charter member of Illinois Eta, he 
was one of that chapter's most beloved and honored mem- 
bers. He was later affiliated with the Michigan chapter. 
His loss will be keenly felt. 

Hanover, 'S<^ — 

That clever young artist, Mr. II. Vance Swope, will have an exhi- 
bition of his pictures at Klauber's from August .*>1 to September 4 that 
will be well worth a visit. His artistic education began in the art 
schools of Cincinnati and New York, and then he spent three years in 
Paris. His vacations were spent at Auvern-sur-Oise, Chartres, \'enice 
and in Switzerland. Many of the water-colors which he will exhibit 
were done in Venice. He is strong on color, and these Venetian 
sketches especially are delicate and charming. He has about thirty 
or forty delightful pictures. Mr. Swope will also show a dozen or 
more miniatures. He worked a great deal in that line last winter in 
New York, and was very successful with these beautiful small jx)r- 
traits, the style of work on which so much of St. Memin's, the cele- 
brated painter of Washington's time, reputation rests. Mr. Swope's 
work is very similar to that of this noted French artist. Mr. Swope is 
a very agreeable man, and met many interesting people while abroad. 
While at Chartres, Joseph Pennell, who has just begun in the Century 
a series of articles upon the cathedrals of Europe, was there doing the 
famous Gothic cathedral, and he and Mr. Swope became the best of 
friends and spent many evenings together. Mr. Pennell's skill lies 
greatly in indicating the architecture of the cathedrals by a few lines 


and dashes here and there, and one evening, in Mr. Swope's room, he 
took a toothpick, applied it in ink, and in Mr. Swope's sketch-book 
rapidly drew a few lines and splotches of black and white, which fully 
illustrate his talent. When Mr. Swope left Venice the artists of dif- 
ferent nationalities made up a gondola party to escort him to the 
station. As they passed along the Grand Canal, Mr. Swope, who has 
a superb voice, sang some American songs then popular in this coun- 
try. As he finished there was a great burst of applause from the shore, 
doubtless from some party of Americans, who could doubly appreciate 
songs in their own tongue in that far-off land. Mr. Swope's studio is 
in New York, and he returns there early in September. — Louisville 
Couricr-Jounial, August 2'.>. 

Randolph- Macon — Prof. James Carsou Martiu, Jr., '^"^^ 
was married on the morning of June 21), at Culpeper, Vir- 
ginia, to Miss Mary Lee Fitz Hugh. The best man was 
Mr. Andrew S. Martin, 'NX, of Richmond, brother of the 
groom and likewise a Phi. After the ceremony Mr. and 
Mrs. Martin took the noon train for a honeymoon trip north, 
extending to Amesbury, Mass. The}' are now living in 
Norfolk. J. C. Martin, Jr., and A. S. Martin are brothers 
of Herbert M. Martin, Worthy Grand >Scribe of Kappa Sig- 
ma, of Danville, Va. 

Cenirc — D wight N. Marble, 'N2, some time historian of 
the General Council and until recently connected with the 
New York office of the American Telephone and Telegraph 
Co., changed his abode the latter part of July to Pittsburgh, 
Pa. He is district inspector, with headquarters at Pitts- 
burgh, in charge of the installation and maintenance of all 
exchanges, switch boards, test stations, cables and apparatus 
of the long distance telephone lines in western New York 
and Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and most of West Virginia. 
He may be addressed at the Telephone Building, 26 and 2S 
Seventh avenue, in care of the American Telephone and 
Telegraph Co. 

Missouri, '<SVy — 

Under the title, ' Researches on the Iwolution of the Stellar Sys- 
tems ' (Nichols Press, Lynn, Mass.), Professor T. J. J. See, of the 
Lowell Astronomical Observatory, presents a compilation of researches 
valuable to the student of physical astronomy, but not to be recom- 
mended to the layman for seaside reading. Prefacing with a general 
account of double- star investigations 'from Herschel to Hurnham,* 
and an acute mathematical discussion of the methods by which deli- 
cate observations are translated into delineations of orbits, Professor 
See has collated the observations, wherever made, upon forty binary 
stars, and presents the diagrams of their orbits. In each case, a star 
in the remote heavens, found to be separable into components only by 
telescopes of the finest definition when used by eyes of the acutest 
perception, has Ixien by various persons {separately observed, and the 


relative distances of the companion from its central sun have been 
determined, as well as its corresponding angular positions. These 
data, duly discussed and accurately platted, show that the compan- 
ion moves in a planetary orbit about a masterful central body, and 
that the laws of gravitation, as discovered by Newton and formulated 
by Kepler, are dominant at those remote distances in the celestial 
universe as certainly as where the moon cycles its monthly circuit 
about the earth, and the planets weave their annual tracery upon the 
zodiac. Conclusions of this sort produce the profoundest impression 
upon the unprofessional reader. — The Dial, Aug. 1. 

Indiana — Charles Banta, '81, son of the late Judge D. D. 
Banta, 'o5, died Sunday, August 15, 1897, at Marion, Ind., 
of typhoid fever. For a number of years he had been in- 
spector for the Continental Insurance Company of New York, 
and it was while engaged in the duties of his office at Marion 
that he was stricken with the fever that resulted in his 
death. It came unexpected, as he was thought to be im- 
proving. His brother George Banta, '76, left him on Satur- 
day to return to his home in Wisconsin. Sunday Mr. Banta 
was taken with hemorrhages, and death relieved his suffer- 
ings. The funeral took place at Franklin, Ind., on Wed- 
nesday, August IS. Rev. D. B. Banta, of Spencer, con- 
ducted the services. The funeral was indeed a sad one, 
especially from the fact that his wife and two little children 
could not be present. Mrs. Banta is a sufferer from con- 
sumption and has been in Colorado for the last two years 
for the benefit of her health, and was unable to leave. Bro. 
Banta was born in Franklin, October 16, 1859. He was 
reared there and was a graduate of Indiana University. He 
was an exemplary young man of exceptional business abil- 
ity. His sudden and untimely death is matter for large 




Ohio University re|X)rts more new students than ever be- 
fore — nearly 100. 

The total enrollment at Dartmouth is about TOO, with 
almost 200 freshmen. 

With the freshman class at Harvard an Apache Indian 
has entered : at Cornell a blind man is a member of IDOl . 

Ohio Wesleyan will found a new professorship with $->7,- 
000 received at the close of the college year from Mr. and 
Mrs. Robt. Hay ward, of Fairfield, 111. 

The University of Chicago will lose her athletic field by 
expiration of the lease on January 1 , unless some benefactor 
comes forward with $1'")0,(HK) to buy the ground. 

It is reported that ex- President Cleveland will in Novem- 
ber be formally tendered the office of president of the Uni- 
versity of Virginia. Heretofore the chairman of the faculty 
has been at the head of the university. 

The general library building of the X University of Iowa 
was struck by lightning on June 19 and burned. The loss 
was $100,000, with no insurance. The physical laboratory 
was in this building and was destroyed. 

Miss Sarah Barnwell Klliott, author of * Jerry ' and a 
number of short stories, has a novelette beginning in the 
September Scrihncr' s, in which the Tennessee mountaineers 
are contrasted wuth the luiiversity types at Sewanee. 

This year has witnessed an epidemic of dismissal or * in- 
vestigation ' of college professors on the charge of heretical 
political or economic teachings, beginning at Kansas Agri- 
cultural College and extending to Texas, Brown, Missouri 
and Stanford. 

At Sew^anee in June an effort was made to abolish, by 
action on the part of the students, the form of hazing known 
as ' toe-pulling.' Resolutions to that effect, however, were 
' tabled indefinitely ' by a large majority, and freshman toes 
will still be pulled. 


Dickinson enrolls seventy new collegiate students (sixty 
freshmen), with an increase of sixty in the preparatory de- 
partment. Bro. Harry M. Stephens, '92, heretofore phys- 
ical director and assistant in chemistry, will direct the de- 
partment of biology. 

Lafayette has 100 freshmen — a record-breaking number. 
Class rushes have been forbidden. The college coach, Bro. 
Parke Davis, of Princeton, suggested as a substitute cane 
sprees, which will be entered into by light, middle and 
heavy-weight representatives of each class. 

Amherst opened on September 1<> with an enrollment of 
408. The whole number for 1890-97 was 407. The resid- 
uary estate of Mr. Fayerweather has made payment under 
the decree of the court of $75,000. The whole amount of 
gifts to the college since 1890 is now $050,000. 

The University of California had enrolled 418 freshmen 
on August '^0, the session having begun on August 12. 
Last year there were 481 in the entering class ; in '9"), 482 ; 
in '94, 419 ; in 'O)), :)0.'). The young women students com- 
prise 41.02 per cent, of the entire student body. 

James K. Powers has been chosen president of the Uni- 
versity of Alabama, of which he is a distinguished alumnus. 
He is a practical business man as well as an accomplished 
and experienced educator, and was the almost unanimous 
choice of the alumni of the institution for the presidency. 

The board of trustees established at their last meeting a 
scholarship in ceramics, at the suggestion of the National 
Brick Manufacturers' Association. Ohio State University is 
the only institution in the United States possessing a depart- 
ment of ceramics. — O. S. U. correspondence Beta Thcta Pi. 

On the day before the recent class rush at California, so 
vividly reported all over the country. President Kellogg had 
intimated that he might tolerate * open, pre-arranged ' rush- 
ing, but subsequent events led him to change his mind de- 
cidedly. There is little room for half-way ground in class 

At Columbia this year the lectures begin on the half hour 
and conclude at twenty minutes after, giving the students 
ten minutes to go from one recitation -room to another, in- 
stead of five, as was the case. The increased distances of the 
various rooms and buildings at the new site make the 
change imperative. 


Johns Hopkins and Lehigh are both seriously crippled in 
the same manner. The former's endowment consists in Bal- 
timore and Ohio railroad stock, and the latter's in Lehigh 
Valley, both of which roads have been wrecked and no longer 
pay dividends. The Pennsylvania legislature has appropri- 
ated $1.")(),0(X) to help Lehigh through her present difficulties. 

The University of California's proposed new buildings, 
her magnificent campus and her brilliant prospects occupy 
one page of text and two of illustrations in Harper's Weekly 
for September 1 1 . Regent J. B. Reinsteiu, California Alpha, 
'7.5, is g^ven full credit for realizing this architectural dream, 
whose complete fulfillment will involve an exp)enditure of 
fifteen millions. 

The Episcopal association of church schools, colleges and 
seminaries gave three prizes of $800 each in June to juniors 
in church colleges passing the best examinations in the 
classics, English and mathematics. Students of Trinity, 
Hobart, Kenj^on, and vSt. Stephen's were among the com- 
petitors, but all three prizes went to students of the Univer- 
sity of the South. 

The natural history building at the University of Illinois 
was struck by lightning on June 17 and damaged by fire and 
water to the extent of $10,000. The loss to apparatus was 
over $50,000. The building was completed in 1>>93 at a cost 
of $85,000, and was one of the most complete of its kind in 
America. In August, ISIKI, the chemical laboratory at 
Champaign was struck by lightning, and the loss amounted 

yiie Century Mnjyazine will offer twelve prizes of $250 
each, three a year, for four successive years, to college 
graduates receiving the degree of bachelor of arts, for the 
best poem, the best essay, and the best short story. Grad- 
uates must submit their work before June 1 of the year suc- 
ceeding graduation, and the young men and women who 
came out of college in June, l''^*>7, are to have first chance 
at the prizes. 

The freshman class at Williams is expected to fall below 
one hundred and to be smaller, conseciuently, than the last 
three or four classes. This will be due to the new policy of 
raising the requirements for the scientific course, and of 
offering less aid to students. The requirements for the 
classical course, already high, will be made more rigid here- 
after. Harper s Week/y expresses the hope that Williams 
may become our great classical school. 


A writer in Scribyier's Magazine for June claimed lor 
Princeton the honor of originating * siss-booni-ah I ' as a 
college slogan. To this the Mobile Register objects, and 
sets up the claim of Mr. Gerard Smith, formerly mayor of 
New Orleans, who introduced the sky-rocket yell as a sort 
of addendum to ' three cheers* as far back as 18-")S, while 
Princeton did not make use of it until the first year of the 
civil war. The magazine writer, however, has replied with 
some warmth to the claim. 

The presidents of western universities appointed a com- 
mittee in January to consider and report on college athletics. 
This report was made public at commencement time, and 
calls for better organized boards of control, strict rules in 
regard to eligibility of players, and a change in foot ball 
rules making the ball dead where it strikes the ground when 
a man is down, with a penalty of fifteen yards for creeping 
with it. This last recommendation is to prevent the defen- 
sive team from piling on a man who has the ball. 

The legislature of Ohio recently doubled the state tax for 
the benefit of the State University, and the total income of 
the institution, including amounts from congressional land 
grants, etc., falls little short of $2.')0,(M)0 a year. There 
were during lS9<)-97 an even 1 ,00() students. No tuition 
fees are charged. The campus lying within the city of 
Columbus consists of more than -iOO acres, of which 110 
acres are parked and used for the campus proper. There 
are ten buildings devoted to instruction, and three are now 
being erected: a $70,000 building for the college of agri- 
culture, an $^0,000 armory and gymnasium, and a $^>'),000 
biological building. 

The legislature of Illinois more than made good the losses 
of the State University resulting from the Globe Bank fail- 
ure at Chicago. The state charged itself with the endow- 
ment fund of %A\ZJ)W, and appropriates $2o,(H)0 annually 
as interest thereon. An appropriation of $4r)(),712 was made 
to meet the expenses of the next two years, and $02,049 
was placed to the credit of the institution to cover the 
amount of cash lost through the treasurer of the university. 
The institution receives annually from the United States 
government $1-'),(K)0 for the experimental station and $28,- 
000 under the Morrill land grant. A handsome new stone 
library building, costing $ir)(),00(), was dedicated last com- 
mencement. The graduating class numbered ninety-seven, 
the largest in the history of the university. 



K 2 has issued a directory and A T A a catalogue. 

2 X and K ^ returned one man each at Randolph- Macon. 

II K A has revived her chapters at \'anderbilt and William 
and Mary. 

A X had one man left in her chapter at Kenyon at com- 

2 X owns a house, and A Y and F * B rent houses at 

A A 4> and AAA have petitions before them from the 
University of Wisconsin. 

2 H, the honorary scientific scholarship societ}', has en- 
tered the l^niversity of Nebraska. 

The constitution of * K 4^ requires that all members of 
alumni associations subscribe for The Shield. 

ATA closed the year at Lehigh wuth five men. Many 
other chapters there are equally reduced in numbers. 

© E's chapter at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
has withdrawn from the other three chapters composing that 

A T i2 and 2 N have chapters at Rose Polytechnic. There 
is also a local society, <1> 2 <^. <t K 4^ is the only fraternity at 
Brooklyn Polytechnic. 

* K 4^ built a house at Minnesota four years ago, when 

the chapter had but twenty- two alumni. She now has fif- 
teen chapters occupying houses. 

2 N owns or leases houses at Stanford and California and 
rents at Indiana, Mt. Union, Purdue, Missouri, Chicago, 
Lehigh, Washington and Lee and I)e Pauw. 

The AWt' Ltiiiiand Magaziuc for September contains an 
article on ' Greek-letter Societies in American Colleges ' by 
Eugene H. L. Randolph, New York Gannna, '>^"). 

The Purdue chapter of 2 X has voluntarily severed all 
connection with inter- fraternity or class societies, * thus an- 
ticipating the kick from headquarters concerning similar or- 
ganizations. ' 


K * Y is the name recently chosen by an organization at 
the University of Minnesota, which is said to have been 
working for several years for a charter from a fraternity 
better known down east. 

* r A's deserting chapter at vStanford, ^ P H, has been en- 
tertaining three members of A A *, said to have been sent 
west by the last named fraternity to investigate the desira- 
bility of locating a chapter on the Pacific coast. 

B n held her convention at Niagara Falls this year, July 
l<)-20. No business of general interest was transacted, the 
revised constitution and social features filling up the time. 
The next convention will be held at Cincinnati. 

B 11 at Stanford has been building a house this summer, 
having secured a loan of $'),000 from one of the * Beta moth- 
ers,' in addition to some alumni subscriptions. The house 
will be on the campus and is to cost about $8,000. 

A writer from Roanoke in the last Phi (tannna Delta 
Quarterly asserts that the charter of Virginia Alpha of Phi 
Delta Theta was * revoked on account of a lack of proper 
spirit among her members,' which was not the case. 

* K 4^ at Dartmouth is contemplating the purchase of a 
chapter house, as a very desirable house is now on the mar- 
ket there. She expects to have a new house ready to enter 
at Stanford on November 1 , and one at Cornell about the 
same time. 

The Wittenberg correspondent of The Beta Theta Pi says 
that ^the^K^^'s have given up their large chapter house, 
leaving, as is currently reported, several hundred dollars un- 
paid rent, and are now occupying a smaller house on a less 
prominent street.' 

2 X at Texas proposes to secure a chapter house, to be 
ready for occupancy at the opening of the session. A house 
is arranged for at Stanford and ' negotiations made ' at Co- 
lumbia ; the Minnesota chapter is * considering the subject ' 
while Michigan is ' pushing the matter. ' 

K A (southern) has just revived her chapter at the Uni- 
versity of California. It was established in 1«S9.") and died 
in 1S96. But one of the original charter members is found 
in the reorganized chapter, which contains two seniors, three 
juniors, one sophomore and one freshman. 


The Beloit chapter of * K ^^ has adopted the ten-year-note 
plan for raising a chapter house fund, allowing twenty years 
to those who prefer that form. The use of this plan has been 
spreading rapidly among the chapters of * A since her 
Vanderbilt chapter inaugurated it, six years ago. 

B (^) II, 'for the first time in many years,' had no applica- 
tion for charters at her convention at Niagara Falls this 
summer. Of late years many of the alumni, including the 
editor of The Heta TJuia Pi, have favored a cautious exten- 
sion policy, but the undergraduates refuse to extend. 

i A E and A T il continue to receive frequent mention in 
the fraternity editorial w^orld for their honorary initiation of 
President McKinley and Bishop \'incent, and more espe- 
cially for their disposition to head their lists of honored sons 
with the names of these gentlemen, initiated at the age of 
fifty or sixty. 

The board of visitors of Virginia has rescinded its action 
of two years ago, prohibiting the existence of the Eli Banana 
ribbon society, since known as Peter Magill. The downfall 
of ICli Banana is said to have been brought about by the 
chapter's appearing at church when unanimously and hilar- 
iously drunk. 

The Key of K K r for July breaks the record by giving 26 
chapter groups. In the 20 chapters 432 young women were 
enrolled last year. The October number gives an account 
of the installation of the new chapter at the University of 
California. The revival of this chapter was announced in 
the June Scroll. 

The Record of 2 A E publishes chapter letters in the order 
in which they are received. The object is to give public 
honor to the chapters that send in their letters promptly. 
A Y prints the letters according to the alphabetical arrange- 
ment of the names of the chapters, A T 12 in the alphabet- 
ical order of the names of states. 

A T A's president, Mr. K. C. Babcock, discusses the ini- 
tiation of professional students in the June Rahihoic. He 
believes it to be inadvisable save in special cases, thinks that 
such initiations should never at any one time amount to 
more than one- fourth of the chapter's membership, and 
would give the Arch Chapter authority to forbid such ini- 
tiations save by special dispensation. 


The editor of The Phi Gamma Delta Quarterly remon- 
strates with the Grand Chapter (of New York city) and 
with eastern Fijis generally because of their uniformly un- 
favorable attitude toward proposals for extension in the 
west. Their suspicions, he thinks, are * based on incom- 
plete knowledge coupled with some prejudice.' 

K A © enrolled last year 377 active members in 22 chap- 
ters, the average membership being 17 and the average num- 
ber of initiates between (> and 7. The chapter at Hanover 
is smallest, with 4 members, the one at Indiana University 
largest, with 85. The twelfth biennial convention of the 
fraternity will be held at Madison, October 5-<S. 

K 2, 4> K S and II K A are reported as dead at Washing 
ton and Lee, with one or two more nearly so. The attend- 
ance shows a marked decrease, due to abolition of the pre- 
paratory department, to the loss of G. W. C. I^ee's name 
and to President Wilson's opposition to free silver. <l> A 
returned one old man and one pledged man, but both will 
be in for at least two years, and there will be others with 

Miss Ina Firkins, for almost ten years editor of the Anchora 
of A r, retired from active service at the last convention. 
She is to be succeeded by Miss Zoe Anna Brown, of Bal- 
timore. The convention at Ithaca legislated to encourage 
the formation of alumnae chapters, of which A r has none, 
and refused all applications for charters. The chapter es- 
tablished at Stanford last year was the first chartered in six 

The editor of The Beta Thcta Pi, in the issue for June, 
criticises the tendency to waste over much time at Beta con- 
ventions in discussing the Harvard chapter. * This is pe- 
culiarly distressing,' he adds, * from the fact that the few 
who understand the situation at Cambridge know that it is 
a hopeless task to explain it within a limited time, and so 
they do nothing, and the Harvard chapter is ever misun- 

4> X is a new medical fraternity, founded during the ses- 
sion of '1)4-5, at Louisville, Ky. It now has four chapters, 
all in Louisville medical colleges, but wider extension is 
contemplated. The badge is a skull and cross-bones and 
the colors olive green and white. There is a local medical 
society of the same name at the XTniversity of Vermont ; a 
pharmaceutical society founded at Michigan in 18S3, is also 
called * X. 

Si the scroll, 

A T n entered the University of Nebraska on June 1 
with nine initiates. The application had been pending for 
three years. When K ^i entered, in February, the corre- 
spondent of The Beta llieta Pi reported that she was re- 
ceived by the other fraternities * with as good a grace as 
possible.' He added: * In the light of a few more similar 
events, one w-ill be tempted to ask if it is not possible to get 
too much of a good thing. ' 

Three \'anderbilt men now occu]^y prominent positions in 
the* Miami Triad.' Dr. W. L. Dudley, formerly of Cincin- 
nati, but for several years professor of chemistry at Vander- 
bilt, has been elected (irand Consul of vSigma Chi; Dr. C. L. 
Thornburg, one of the founders of the \'anderbilt chapter 
of Beta Theta Pi, and now professor of mathematics at Le- 
high, is National Treasurer of his fraternity ; and \V. B. 
Palmer, \'anderbilt, *N(), is President of the General Coun- 
cil of Phi Delta Theta. 

During the past year the A T 12 /*alm has published letters 
from three alumni associations out of thirteen. A fine of 
five dollars is imposed on any chapter failing to send a letter 
for each number of the magazine. Thirteen chapters had 
letters in each issue for IMKi-T, eleven missed once in four 
times, eleven failed twice, four appeared but once, three 
sent no letters at all. The editor says that if the fines were 
all collected they would amount to $2>^">, but we judge from 
his * if ' and * would ' that they are not always paid. 

II H <I> had last June '»7s active members in 11 chapters. 
The smallest chapter (Stanford ) ninnbered six, and the two 
largest (vSyracuse and Michigan) 2-i members. The last 
convention voted to charter the local sorority, A <l> ^, at the 
University of Indianapolis. This convention w^as to meet 
in Denver, but was transferred to Madison, where it assem- 
bled, July 7. Only one chapter was inirepresented — Tulane. 
The next convention goes to Denver. TIw . Inv7t\ through 
the generosity of an alumna, offers prizes for the best article 
and the best chapter letter sent in during '1>7-M)S. The 
'article' will hardly be a story, if the judges agree with a 
contributor in the last issue, who tells us that 'the magazine 
of one of our leading fraternities, unusually good in its gen- 
eral make up, has several times cheapened itself and lowered 
its tone by publishing tenth-rate amateur stories — fraternity 
stories, to be sure, but stories which could not in any sense 
of the word be called literature.' We expect one of the 


prizes to go to the young woman, who, in one of the recent 
annual examinations on fraternity matters, responded to a 
request for suggestions to improve the fraternity with the 
assurance, ' Pi Phi is all right, she is the only peach-tree in 
the orchard.' 

* K 4^ levies a special tax to create a fund to be used in 
preparing and printing a history of the fraternity. When 
this fund amounts to $1,500 the historian, C. L. Van Cleve, 
promises to be ready with his book , * a handsome cloth bound 
duodecimo of 200 pages.' He has abundant material on 
hand, covering the following points : early history, remin- 
iscences of early members, chapter histories, distinguished 
members, publications and enterprises, chapter houses and 
the perpetuity of the fraternity system. This work was 
committed to Mr. Van Cleve by the convention of l'S96. 
The Shield is to be made a monthly once more as soon as 
possible. It now issues seven numbers a year. 

2 A E held a joint province convention at Nashville, July 
1 , 2 and 3. The Ameriean reported that every chapter in 
the fraternity save two — Boston and Denver — was repre- 
sented. About 100 were present. Sessions were held in 
the senate chamber of the state capitol. A reception was 
given the first evening at the University Club, the banquet 
came on the following night at the Duncan Hotel, and on 
the afternoon of the last day a reception was tendered in 
the Woman's Building. The last day was 2t A E day at the 
exposition; the flag was unfurled from the dome of the 
auditorium, front seats were reserved for members, and the 
fraternity badge was included in the pyrotechnic display. 

ATA held her biennial convention at the Victoria Hotel, 
Chicago, August 25-27. This was the thirty-fifth karnea, 
or convention. Thirty- three chapters out of thirty-seven 
were represented. At the ban(iuet 125 'members and 
guests ' were present. An outing on the lake and a tally-ho 
ride were other social features. Mr. K. C. Babcock, of the 
University of California, was re-elected president; F. C. 
Hodgdon, of New York, late treasurer, was elected vice- 
president; C. R. Churchill, of New Orleans, late vice-presi- 
dent, was elected historian; Henry T. Brooks, of Maryland, 
is the new secretary and Alvin \\. Duerr, of Philadelphia, 
the new treasurer. The next convention will be held in 
August, 1S99, in Chicago. Rev. E. H. Hughes, of Maiden, 
Mass., was re-elected editor of the Rainboic. 


The Delta Upsilon Quarterly deplores a tendency to speak 
of * D. U.'s' raiher than of * Delta U.'s/ when referring to 
members of Delta Upsilon. The chronicler of the inter- 
fraternity war at Michigan, against the Palladium societies 
and against the ' inner ring ' in the Palladium circle, says 
that Phi Delta Theta changed sides in the final struggle, 
and he refers to this change as a * contemptible flop.' He 
says that Delta Upsilon was the original occasion of the war 
and the leader in winning the fight against exclusiveness. 

In an article on the ritualistic and constitutional sources 
of Sigma Chi, a recent writer in the Quarterly comments on 
the fact that that fraternity had a decided literary cast in 
the beginning. He says : * There seems to be a tendency 
at present to make the object of the order entirely social and 
fraternal. This lack of the literary element in chapters is 
one, from the writer's standpoint, which is to be regretted, 
and, if not remedied, we believe it will be a source of danger 
to our system in the future.' He says the fraternities have 
ruined the old literary societies and yet fail to supply the 
need these organizations met. 

M IT A, so reports the Washington and Lee correspondent 
of The Sigma Chi Quarterly, ' has chapters at most of the 
leading institutions — north, south, east and west.* The 
onl)' other institution where we had heard of M n A was the 
University of Virginia. The West Virginia correspondent 
of the Quarterly, after mentioning the fact that six frater- 
nities now have chapters at that school. Alpha Lex Omega 
(law) being the latest comer, wishes all these success, and 
* considers the higher the general standing of the fraterni- 
ties of the college the more perfectly satellitious will be their 
orbits to that of the centripetal Sigma Chi.' ( !) 

n K A held her * eighth annual ' convention in Nashville, 
June 17-lS. This fraternity restricts its activity to the 
south. Only six chapters were represented in the first day's 
session, but others came in later. The chief matter of 
business was revision of the constitution, which was carried 
out somewhat radically, thereby simplifying the system of 
government. The plan adopted is essentially the one used 
by Phi Delta Theta since ISSO. The national convention 
has supreme governing power, and between conventions af- 
fairs are entrusted to an executive council, n K A's coun- 
cil consists of four members, one being an advisory officer, 


4> r A held her forty-niuth annual convention at Nash- 
ville, June 80, July 1 and 2. Meetings were held in the 
senate chamber and supreme court room at the state capitol. 
At the opening session fifty delegates were reported present 
from twenty-eight chapters out of forty-three. The address 
of welcome was delivered by Maj. J. W. Thomas, l^nioii 
(Tenn. ), '57, who has the management of the centennial. 
A reception was given the first evening at the Maxwell. 
On the second day the delegates went by special train to 
visit Belle Meade and banqueted in the evening at the Dun- 
can. The official acts of the convention were not made 

The biennial convention of Kappa Alpha was in session 
at Price's College Hotel, Nashville, Tenn.. June 14-1(>, 1S97. 
Twenty-seven chapters out of thirty-seven were represented, 
two by proxies, and three alumni chapters out of eleven. 
The committee on legislation, to which was referred a resolu- 
tion relating to ribbon societies or pseudo- fraternities, made 
a report which caused a great deal of discussion. The report 
was signed by delegates from Virginia, West Virginia, 
Tennessee, vSouthern and Tulane. 

The report cited the fact that section l(>() of the constitu- 
tion debars all members of the Kappa Alpha fraternity from 
joining the following organizations: Boar's Head, at Tu- 
lane; Golden Helmet, Golden Dragon and Junior Secret 
Society, at Sewanee: Gim Gould, Pi Sigma, N. Society and 
Gorgon's Head, at the University of North Carolina: 1«S-K, 
Zeta Tan Kappa and Vukpali, at the University of Georgia; 
Tilka, Zeta and Peter Magill, at the University of Virginia; 
vSkeleton Hand, at the University of Texas, and all similar 
organizations, and recommended that all Kappa Alphas now 
connected with such organizations shall be compelled to 
withdraw at once. 

By a vote of 27 to 2 the convention adopted the report. 
This is a step which had been contemplated for some time» 
and it is one of the most decisive acts ever passed by a col- 
lege fraternity. The following grand officers were re-elected 
for the ensuing two years: Knight Commander, S. Z. Am- 
men, editor Baltimore Su)i\ Grand Purser, Augustus Ben- 
ners, Birmingham: Kditor of the Kappa Alpha Journal, V. 
M. Jones, Nashville. Mr. Annnen was one of the founders 
of the order in 18r>."), and is still a most zealous and energetic 
worker for the fraternit}'. During the past tw^o years Mr. 
Jones has fully sustained the high standard of the Journal 
established by his predecessor. \Ir. Keeble, and in recogni- 


tion of his valuable services he was elected by this conven- 
tion a member of the Council of Honor. This is an honorary 
office for life, and only one member is elected to it by each 
convention. The following were elected as members of the 
electoral commission of alumni: W. C. McLeod, of Tu- 
lane; Judge Warner Grice, of Mercer; R. E. L. Ray, of 
Southwestern; J. E. Willoughby, of Alabama; C. N. Burch, 
of Vanderbilt. Preston S. Davis, of Bentonville, Okl., was 
elected to compile a Kappa Alpha song book. Robert A. 
Law, of Wofford, was awarded the medal for the prize es- 
say. Invitations for the next convention were received 
from Washington, Lexington, Ky., and New Orleans, but 
no selection was made. 

A 4> has nine college chapters and five of alumnae. The 
latter have the management of the Oiiartcrl\\ the governing 
board, the initiative in extension and a vote as well. Each 
alumnae chapter has a letter in the May Quarterly, The 
editor, however, believes it impossible to carry on these 
chapters on the same basis as the college chapters, as they 
are sure to fail to meet some of the many demands made of 
them. The editor makes a statement we are tempted to 
copy : ' It is unfair, unbusiness-like, unkind and impolite 
to fail to answer promptly a business communication, or, 
being unable to give the required information immediately, 
to fail to send an explanation in its stead.' 

The Dartmouth correspondent of the 2 X Quarterly is 
grieved over the number of recent additions to the chapter 
roll : West Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri and 
Chicago. He says, ' While we believe in beneficial exten- 
sion to the fraternity, yet it must be remembered that a too 
bulky organization never runs smoothly [a statement sin- 
gularly like those made by western Sigs in noting the size 
of the chapters at Dartmouth] . When we remember that 
there are about five hundred colleges in the United States, 
the fraternity should be very careful how it plants chapters 
in colleges which have no past and a rather questionable 
future. Sigma Chi has already too many chapters in small 
colleges, which are practically on a par with eastern fitting 
schools. College fraternities to succeed must be conserva- 
tive. Sigma Chi may well congratulate itself on entering 
such a prosperous institution as the University of Chicago, 
but let us guard our membership jealously.' 


The Sigma Chi convention met at Nashville, August 25- 
2«S. The sessions were held in the state capitol, and a rous- 
ing address of welcome was delivered by Governor Taylor. 
Here was a splendid opportunity to make him an honorary 
member, but happily the convention firmly resisted the 
tempation to follow the precedent set in electing ex-Presi- 
dent Cleveland a few years ago. Delegates were present 
from all of the fifty active college chapters of Sigma Chi, 
except those at the Universities of Kansas and Nebraska, 
and they had two of the general officers as proxies. A few 
other college chapters were represented by graduates. In 
addition, five alunmi chapters had delegates, and nearly all 
of the alumni who have been prominently identified with the 
administration of Sigma Chi during recent years were pres- 
ent. The debate over adopting a new constitution was some- 
what freely reported in the following paragraphs from the 
Nashville American: 

The committee on revision of the constitution reported that a meet- 
ing had been held at Put-in-Bay, and the committee, after careful con- 
sideration, had formally revised the constitution, and their findings 
had been printed in the TUillctiti for last December. The committee 
asked that their recommendations be adopted without change, but 
objection was raised by Delegate F. A. Monroe, who stated that he 
had been instructed by tlie Tulane chapter to vote against any meas- 
ure that made it easy for a new charter to be obtained. He moved to 
amend the constitution by providing that at least one of the three 
nearest chapters to the one seeking admission have the right to make 
a protest against the granting of a charter. After spirited debate the 
amendment was defeated. The Grand Consul, Gen. Ben. P. Runkle, 
U. S. A., advocated the granting of chapters to the smaller colleges, 
setting forth the great good that had been done by these colleges, and 
he said that some of the best men in tlie fraternity had come from the 
chapters at the smaller colleges. It was chiefly due to the impression 
made by Gen. Runkle that the amendment was tabled. The Grand 
Tribune, Charles Ailing, Jr., of Chicago, moved that a three-fourths 
vote of the Grand Council, re(|uired by the old constitution in order 
to admit a new chapter, be retained, instead of a two-thirds vote, as 
recommended by the committee. The motion was carried. 

The report was also amended by a provision in the case of transfers 
from one chapter to another, to allow such transfers to be admitted 
into the new chapter on a favorable vote by the majority of its mem- 
bers. Delegate C. V. Delbridge, of Michigan, .said that the transfer 
ought to receive a unanimous vote before admission into the new 
chapter, and he moved in lieu of the above amendment to leave the 
admission of transfers to a vote, as provided in the present laws. The 
motion was carried. After these amendments the report of the com- 
mittee was unanimously adopted. 

The main points in which the new constitution differs from the old 
are these: The Grand Tribune and the Grand Ivditor are made mem- 
bers of the Grand Council. The fraternity is also ordered to be incor- 
porated under the charter of Illinois, which means that the headquar- 
ters will remain at Chicago. The Triumvirs are given power to look 


after this, both [.v/r] of whom were present, and their influence prob- 
ably brought about the decision. 

The Grand Qua.*stor, J. C. Nate, of Chicago, announced that the 
certificates of delegates were all in, and there would be ample funds 
to pay all railroad fares. The credit of having such a fund in exist- 
ence is due to Mr. Nate, the father of the measure and the man who 
has made this fund a particular feature of the Sigma Chi fraternity. 

The Grand Chaplain, Rev. R. W. Springer, of Fort Thomas, Ky., 
reported the new ritual of the fraternity, which was adopted and a 
vote of thanks given its author. 

The white rose, the emblem of purity and love and faith, was 
adopted as the fraternity's flower. [This flower was adopted by Sigma 
Nu some time ago, and Alpha Tau Omega claims the 'white tea rose.' 
Beta Theta Pi, by the way, claims all the roses.] 

The election of the Grand Consul had been looked forward to with a 
great deal of interest by every delegate to the convention, and frater- 
nities, like politicians, are not altogether free from wire-pulling. The 
field of candidates had been carefully picked over, and when the time 
for balloting came, there were three men available who were consid- 
ered most fitted for the position. These were Dr. S. L. Zeigler, of 
Philadelphia, George D. Harper, of Cincinnati, and Dr. W. L. Dudley, 
of Nashville. After several spirited and closely contested ballots. Dr. 
Dudley was declared elected. 

Other officers were elected as follows: Charles Ailing, Jr., (^rand 
Tribune; J. C. Nate, Grand Quiustor; Herbert C. Arms, Grand Anno- 
tator; Newman Miller, Editor-in-chief of the Quarterly: Frank Cro- 
zier. Grand Historian. Mr. Crozier is the retiring editor of the Quar- 
terly. Mr. Miller, the new editor, is an Albion man of the class of 
'93, now in the University of Chicago. He was Grand Pnetor from 
1893 to 1890, and Grand Annotator from 1895 to 1897. 

A day or two before the convention met several Chicago 
dailies had articles about a combination of eastern Sigs to 
remove the fraternity headquarters from Chicago to New 
York or Washington, and it was said that twenty Chicago 
Sigs had gone to Nashville to defeat the plan. From the 
foregoing report it appears that they were entirely success- 
ful. The headquarters remain in Chicago, and all the offi- 
cers elected or re-elected reside in that city, except Dr. W. L. 
Dudley, who was chosen as Grand Consul. Doubtless the 
grand consulship could have been captured, too, had not 
the proverbial modesty of the Chicago representatives caused 
them to refrain from claiming that office also. Dr. Dudley, 
who came from Cincinnati to Nashville, fills the chair of 
chemistry at Vanderbilt, and has the reputation of being 
the most popular professor among the students in the uni- 
versity. For years he has been president of the Vanderbilt 
athletic association, and of the glee club. He is also one of 
the principal officers in the Tennessee centennial exposition, 
and he is a man of fine address and marked executive ability. 

Socially the delegates must have enjoyed themselves thor- 
oughly. An evening reception for their benefit was given 


in the woman's building, and the following evening the 
banquet was held at ihe Casino roof garden on the exposi- 
tion grounds. The fireworks for that evening included a set 
piece representing the Sigma Chi badge — a compliment 
doubtless from Dr. Dudley. The convention photograph 
was taken with the members grouped befoie the Parthenon 
or art building. The delegates also visited the famous 
Belle Meade stock farm near Nashville. 

It is interesting to note how far Phi Delta Theta has been 
in advance of vSigma Chi in important legislation. Phi Delta 
Theta provided for paying the railroad fares of delegates by 
per capita dues as early as 1>^73 (being the first college fra- 
ternity to adopt the system ) , was incorporated in l^^l , adopt- 
ed a flower in 1><01, and made the editor of the magazine 
a member of the Council in l>^0(>. Phi Delta Theta has also 
legislated in regard to the affiliation of transfers, but that is 
considered a private matter among ourselves. It may be 
added, however, that if what is reported concerning Sigma 
Chi's constitution be true, the reciuirements for granting a 
charter are much less rigid than with Phi Delta Theta. 

2 N has had chapters killed in the past year at South Car- 
olina and Central (P'ayette, Mo. ) by anti-fraternity laws or 
rules. Her chapter at Pennsylvania is dead, and the chap- 
ter at Southwest Kansas College has emigrated in a body, 
because of faculty opposition, to a Lutheran college in the 
same town (Winfield). 

Princeton has enrolled .'JoO new students : Cornell reports 
1,500 the first week, indicating a total of l,>>oO or l.^HK} for 
the year ; Rutgers has fewer freshmen than usual ; Williams 
has a larger freshman class than was expected — 110 with <»0 
sophomores, ^.H) juniors, ^K) seniors, •^>0 graduates and irreg- 
ulars : Kenyon has the largest freshman class with one ex- 
ception in *50 years ; \'assar has i-H)0 freshmen ; Syracuse 
falls slightly below last year with •)()") freshmen in three of 
the four colleges ; North Carolina breaks her record w-ith 
">00 students enrolled to date. These items came in too late 
to appear with the college news. 



The full name of Horace M. Whaling, Virginia Delta, '70, 
is Horace Morland Whaling. This information is furnished 
by Bro. Robert J. McHryde, Jr., Virginia Zeta, '05. 

The full name of Robert O. Strong, Ohio Alpha, '67, is 
Robert Oliver Strong. He was given the degree of LL. B. 
by the Cincinnati Law vSchool. He died January 7, 1876. 
Bro. A. C. Shaw, Ohio Alpha, '97, secured these items. 

This reduces to seventeen the number of names not given 

in full in the sixth edition of the catalogue. 

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The daguerreotype of Bro. Lindley, given in this issue, 
was taken in Nashville, Tenn., in 1853, we have just learned. 

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'V* ^i* 'J* •■»'• 

Chapters that have not already done so will please send 
in at once the name and address of this year's reporter, to- 
gether with the number of attendant members. 

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'%•' 'i- I* 'i« 

The Alpha Province convention to be held with the Brown 
chapter at Providence, October 28 and 29, was announced 
in the September Palladium. We advise Alpha Province 
Phis to read again President Moore's letter in the issue re- 
ferred to. 

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Hotel rates at Nashville will be as follows: Maxwell 
House — rooms one dollar, meals seventy- five cents; Tulane 
— rooms one dollar, meals fifty cents; Price's College Hotel 
— rooms seventy-five or fifty cents, meals and room one 
dollar and fifty cents (room and two meals one dollar and 

twenty-five cents). 

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Her many friends will be glad to know that Mrs. John 
Kdwin Brown has now fully recovered from the effects of 
her severe illness of pneumonia. 

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It is very late now, but The Scroll wishes to acknowledge 
the receipt of very dainty invitations to Missouri Alpha's 
commencement reception, on May 31, to Indiana Delta's 
annual reception, on June 8, and to Ohio Gamma's annual 
banquet, on June 16. These courtesies are appreciated by 
the editor, even though he may seem to be almost discour- 
teous in his tardy acknowledgments. 


The editor had a very brief call at commencement from 
Rro. G. H. Ashworth, of Lombard, who was on his w^ay to 
his home in Ohio, having just been graduated at Galesburg. 
Lombard has forty new students this session, by the way. 

Among the telegrams of congratulation to 5 A E's con- 
vention at Nashville w-as one from the ' i A E sorority. ' 
Several fraternities seem to have a fondness for organizing 
ladies' auxiliaries; w-e even hear of something of the kind 
now and then from Phi chapters. Organized or not, the 
young women who wish any chapter well prove most effect- 
ive helpers. But the editor wishes to mention some good 
work on the part of Phi sisters that appeals to him very 
strongly. A number of interesting personal items in this 
number were sent him by three young women from as many 
points of the compass. We warn the boys to be careful 
to do their best, for it is evident that the girls are watch- 
ing them. 

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And in the same connection we wish to acknowledge many 
courtesies of like nature from Mr. Herbert M. Martin, of 
the Caduceus of Kappa Sigma. 

A few hundred extra copies of the Manual have been 
printed and will be furnished at twenty-five cents each, pre- 
paid, so long as the supply lasts. 

'K 'i' H^ H* 

Roehm and vSon, of Detroit, have brought out a new 
pledge button, this time in full agreement with the official 


Franklin spent her second season in camp on Driftwood, 
near Taylorsville, Ind., this summer. Case went into camp 
on the lake; so did Ohio. A number of Iowa Wesleyan 
men went north together. Every chapter will soon have its 
summer camp. 

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The commencement issue of The Ihiivcrsity Forum makes 
a great showing for vSyracuse in every way. Her attend- 
ance has grown in three years from 777 to 1,174, and her 
faculty from 00 to 121, something unparalleled among New 
York colleges. Brother Albert Leonard, O/n'o, '>^^, is the 


new vice-chancellor and dean. The state championship in 
base ball was won by a team managed by a Phi, captained 
by a Phi, with four Phis playing in every game. New York 
Epsilon seems to have some reason to feel elated in this re- 
spect, especially as Bro. Voorhees, '9S, was chosen captain 
for '97-'y8. 

H* *{» »i» •{» 

The Ohio University J/tnor has Bro. C. G. O'Bleness as 
editor-in-chief. Bros. B. G. Carpenter and M. W. Allen 
are editor-in-chief and business manager, respectively, of 
the Lombard Review. Bro. Linn Bowman is editor-in-chief 
of The Diekinsojiian , being one of six Phis on an editorial 
board of twelve. 

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We notice from letter-heads, chapter correspondence and 
other sources that the crop of Phi editors-in-chief and busi- 
ness managers is to be as large as ever this year. We shall 
have more to say on that point later. Meanwhile, put The 
Scroll on the mailing list of your college paper at once, or 
take your own copy, after you have read it, mark all items 
of interest and mail it to the editor. He is still very grate- 
ful for favors of this kind shown him last year and begs that 
they be continued. He is very grateful, too, for the large 
number of annuals sent him, but the next issue will give 
him an opportunity to express his gratitude. 

^: i|c ;|s ;|c 

Brother Caleb B. K. Weed, of Sewanee, has been appoint- 
ed one of the two university proctors, and has been obliged 
to resign as business manager of the Sewanee Purple. 

*?• 'i^ 'I* 'K 

Bro. Royall H. Switzler, Missouri, '9«S, has been given 
charge of the new department of ' Fraternities ' in the 
Western College Magazine, of Kansas City, Mo. 

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The report that K 2i and IT K A are dead at Washington 
and Lee was premature. Each returned two men, who have 
made no initiations so far. 

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Georgia Alpha is no7c at home in the handsomest chapter 
house in Athens, Brother Weed will have to revise his 
article on southern chapter houses. 



The season promises to bring out as many Phi foot ball 
stars as ever. Captain Roller, of I)e Pauw, has about deter- 
mined to do his own coaching and retire, after four years of 
hard work, from active service. Manager Walker, of Illi- 
nois, has stolen a march on the rest of the west by securing 
the Carlisle Indians for a game on November 20 at Chicago. 
Bro. Carr is manager at Dartmouth, Bro. Oury at Nebraska, 
Bro. Mann at Wisconsin, Bro. Boogher is captain at Vander- 

limory has initiated six good men after a hard fight for 
them, giving us a chapter of twenty-two: Wooster returned 
but three men, having lost one to Princeton and one to Mi- 
ami; Iowa returns twelve: Miami now has the colors on six 
new^ men : Wabash returned eight, initiated one and pledged 
three : Mercer returned eleven, initiated six, pledged two, 
expecting to add three or four more : Franklin calls for ten 
copies of The Scroll ; \'anderbilt has six initiates so far ; 
De Pauw returned twelve initiates and three pledged men 
and has six new men to initiate : Allegheny will have tw^enty 
men : Virginia reports nine old men back, with two or three 
more coming. 

Established 1849. 




Tlirrc is no liiK* i»f l»a<lixt's niaiiiifnctunMl that ran coin- 
I)an' with onr» for hi-auty. coiiforiniiiLr to ii';riilati«»ii. (jual- 
ity <»f jr'Wi'liim. variety ami workman.^liip. 

Tlir abovt' ^tatc'HiiMit i>^ a hnia<l oiu'. hut in-|M'<'ti«»n of 
th<« >ani|>I»'> ?>h«>\vii hy our travoln> and ' >ili'iit druni- 
nn'r>' (approval packay:»'>). w ill provi' tin* a<>^«'rti<»n. 

W<' havi" h<'«»n originators and Icadfis in frat«'rnity j»'\v- 
clry for y«'ar.~, an<l I'XpfiiiMH'p ha.- taiiirht u> tin* \vant> of 
>tu(h*nt<. Wait till .\<»u m'o our irootls. Von will not Ix.' 


Ord.-r S.intplc for Inspection 
1 hrouch voiir Secretary. 
RcguUtinn Pledge Buttons. 

Mention The ScKor.L. 


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VoL XXIL DECEMBER, J897, No. 2. 

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The growth and development of the chapter house idea is 
an interesting subject to all fraternities, and I trust a short 
sketch of such houses as are found in southern colleges will 
prove of interest to the readers of The vScroll. 

All that has been done in the way of erecting chapter 
houses in the south has been achieved since 1«S84, when the 
present house of Tennessee Beta, at the University of the 
South, was built. The house is a modest Queen Anne cot- 
tage of two good- sized rooms, which is now too small for 
the chapter's purposes. The chapter expects to remedy this 
fault in the near future by the addition of a large room. 
Tennessee Beta is proud of the fact that her house was not 
only the first chapter house of 4> A in the south, but was 
also the first chapter house of any fraternity ever built in 
the south. For some reason or other Sewanee life seemed 
to be especially adapted to the chapter house idea. The 
first house was hardly completed, when in rapid succession 
five other similar houses were constructed — two of these be- 
ing built of the pink sandstone from the university's quar- 
ries, while the others are pretty cottages of two or four 
rooms. These belong to A T O, ^ A E, K ^ and A T A. The 
K A house was burned to the ground last spring, but a move- 
ment is on foot to erect a stone building upon the site of 
their first house. The value of these houses is anywhere 
from $1,500 to $8,000 each. They are used for general 
chapter purposes, and not as lodges. They are all hand- 
somely furnished, and two of them are supplied with billiard 
tables, which furnish much pleasure to the members and 
their guests. Most of the houses have their own tennis 
courts, and all take pride in keeping their grounds in good 
order; thus they add a great deal to the general appearance 
of the university. 

Before leaving Tennessee, I will speak of the only other 
chapter house in the state. It is the house of Tennessee 
Alpha of * A 0, at Vanderbilt University. This house was 


built in 181>2 and is valued at $4,000. It is a very pretty 
house of four or five rooms, just off of the university cam- 
pus, facing the main entrance of the university grounds. It 
is not used as a lodge, although the chapter expects to make 
it into one before many days. All the other chapters at \'an- 
derbilt rent halls or rooms in the city, but there are some 
movements among them towards the erection of permanent 

For convenience I will take the slates in the order of our 
provinces as nearly as possible. While Johns Hopkins Uni- 
versity can hardly be termed a southern institution, yet it 
is enough so to come within the limits of this sketch. The 
K A and A A 4> chapters there have houses. The K A's rent 
their house and use it for a lodge. I am not informed as to 
whether the A A *'s own or rent their house. These are 
the only chapter houses there, so far as I have been able to 

At the University of X'irginia the outlook is promising; 
though there are no chapters which own their houses, there 
are some that expect to do so very soon. Most of the 
chapters rent halls for chapter purposes, while only two 
have houses. These are the K A's, who rent a lodge, and 
the Z ^''s, who manage to get all the rooms in one of the 
dormitory houses, and thus practically have their own lodge. 
The A K E chapter has already bought a valuable piece of 
property and has almost enough money to begin building. 
The X 4>'s are also accumulating a building fund, and the 
B II*s have secured the privilege of building a $10,000 
house on the university grounds so soon as the funds are 
raised. The A T O's have a building fund and hope soon to 
get a house started. All the other chapters have halls out- 
side the university grounds, except in the cases of A K E and 
4* A 0, who are fortunate in having halls in the very heart 
of the university. This is all the definite information I 
have been able to secure. I understand that there are 
movements on foot in all the leading fraternities represented 
to build houses. 

The prohibition on the part of the facult}' of Washington 
and Lee University regarding chapter houses has kept the 
movement there from making itself felt. This has been 
modified now. The faculty have taken a more rational 
view of the subject. The 2 N chapter occupies a rented 
house, and the K A chapter, with the general fraternity, is 
now accumulating a fund with which they expect to build a 
* Memorial House* to the founders of their fraternity. They 
hope to accomplish this in a year and a half. 



There are no other chapter houses in \'irgiuia, although 
some of the chapters at Roanoke and Randolph- Macon are 
working on house funds. 

In North Carolina the chapter house idea seems to have 
taken a finn hold. There are in all, according to report, 
five houses at Chapel Hill, and it is a regret that * A 
should not be among the number. The A T fi house and 
property there are valued at about $3,0()0. The Z 4^ house 
cost about $800, and the * K ^ house about $-300, although 
they have no chapter there at present. The other house is 
that of A K E, the value of which I do not know. The 
house idea seems to have been well inaugurated, and North 
Carolina Beta can hardly afford to be left behind in this race. 

Kentucky, although the home of several old and good 
chapters, has been very slow to accept or to push the house 
idea. The only chapter house in the state is the 2 N house 
at Central University, and this is rented. Some building 
funds are being raised. 

In South Carolina, at Wofford College, there are two 
houses rented and used as lodges. These seem to be the 
only chapter houses in the state. They belong to K A and 
K 5. The University of South Carolina prohibits chapter 

In Georgia there are five chapters occupying houses. 
Four of these are at the University of Georgia. K .V was 
the first to venture upon the lodge experiment. The enter- 
prise was successful, and now 2t A E, X 4> and * A C-) are all 
very comfortably housed within short distances of the uni- 
versity campus. These houses are all rented, but have all 
been very handsomely furnished and form ideal homes for 
college men. 

At Emory College the X 4>'s rent a home, and the K A's 
are strongly considering the experiment. <I> A has been 
the recipient of a building lot, the gift of one of her loyal 
sons, and the chapter has a building fund of between $2,000 
and $8,000, so we may expect a house there before very long. 

There are two houses occupied by chapters in Alabama. 
2 A E rents a house at the University of Alabama, at Tuska- 
loosa. The University will not permit the fraternities to 
build upon the college grounds, but they may build else- 
where in the town, if they so desire. K A owns a house and 
lot in Auburn, valued at $2,5r)0. This is an old brick build- 
ing of two stories. The lower floor is rented to the post- 
office, while the upper floor serves for chapter purposes. The 
other chapters are all in rented halls, but two of at 
are looking forward to having their own houses. The A T O's 


own a lot in the college grounds and the 4> A (£)'s are work- 
ing on a chapter house fund. 

The A * house is the only chapter house in Mississippi. 
This is at the University of Mississippi, at Oxford. It is a 
two-story pressed-brick building, ."iOxoO feet, on the uni- 
versity campus. It was erected in IS^T at a cost of about 
$4, (MM), which was raised by subscriptions from the alumni. 
The house was designed for a lodge, but is not used for one. 
The A K E's and the Phis are thinking very seriously of 
building during this year, although nothing definite has been 
done as yet, other than to work upon the building funds, 
which are steadily increasing. The Phis have over $1,000 
already. With this in hand a chapter house ought to be 
realized in the near future, considering the fact that a plat 
in the college campus would not cost anything, nor w^ould it 
be subject to taxation. One loyal brother has offered a car- 
load of lumber to start the building. 

Louisiana can boast of two chapter houses. These are 
both at the State University, at Ha ton Rouge. K A owns a 
lodge valued at $1,500. The other house is owned by K S. 
There are no chapter houses at Tulane University. This is 
probably due to the fact that the faculty will not give 
permission to erect anything but a stone or brick structure 
on the university grounds. Many of the chapters are work- 
ing on chapter house funds, but at present they must con- 
tent themselves with rented plub rooms in the city. 

There are four chapter houses in Texas. There are two 
rented houses at the University of Texas. These are used 
as lodges. One is occupied by K A and one by ^ N. The 
K A's at the Southwestern University own the only chapter 
house there. It is a four-room cottage used as a lodge, and 
valued at $1,500. The Phis at Southwestern have had a 
building lot given them on the condition that they will raise 
the building fund. It is needless to say that this fund is 
being rapidly raised, and soon they hope to have their own 
home. At vSherman the A T I2*s rent a house. 

Missouri is struggling over the problem. The 2 N chapter 
at the University of Missouri stands alone, occupying the 
only chapter house in the state, and this is rented. It was 
especially built for the chapter by an alumnus. The 
B II's rented a house here two seasons ago, but did not 
seem to like the experiment, as they only retained the house 
for four months. The Phis here are working on their 
plans, and hope to put them into operation very .soon. The 
B II's are said to be accumulating a building fund. Noth- 
ing in the way of chapter houses can be expected at Wash- 


DKI.Ta TaI' Dki.Ta ClIAITKk IIOfSK, Skwa] 

nil-. SCROLL. i(>s 

ingtou Uiiiversily, St. Ixtiiiii, tintil the university removes 
to its new site. In the meantime the chapters are accuinu- 
latiug building funds and fornmlatiug plans for the erection 
of handsome lodges. The Phis are nut behind in this mat- 
ter, as they have a very good building fund, which is increas- 
ing from year to year. At Westminster College, h'ulton, as 
yet there are no chapter houses. The Phis there have gone 
so far as to ask their faculty for a building site on the 
campus, and have l>een granted the first choice in the selec- 

This ends the list of chapter houses in use in the south, 
so far as I have t>een able to gain reliable information. 
Probably some chapters Jiave been overlooked, although an 
effort has been made to hear from each house and give it 
due reference. It is f^ratifying to sec- that such a real and 
healthful interest is being manifested in all the leading col- 
leges in this most iniporlant feature of the college fraternity 
of the present day. Surely it would .seem as if the day were 
not far distant when all the chapters in Hie south will have 
their own houses, and this will enable them to do much 
better work than thev at present are able to do. 

CvLi'ii U. K. Wkkd. 




DBI.TA TaC Dtil.TA Chae'THk Housi;, SKW 



itigtou Uiiiversity, St. l^ouis, until the university : 
to its Dew site. In the meantime the chapters are a 
latiug building funds and formulating plans for the erection 
of handsome lodges. The Phis are not behind in this mat- 
ter, as they have a very good Ijuilding fund, which is increas- 
ing from year to year. At Westminster College, Fulton, as 
yet there are no chapter houses. The Phis there have gone 
so far as to ask their faculty for a building site on the 
campus, and have been granted the first choice in the selec- 

This ends the list of chapter houses in use in the south, 
so far as I have been able to gain reliable infonuation. 
Probably some chapters have been overlooked, although an 
effort has been made to hear from each house and give it 
due reference. It is gratifying to see that such a real and 
healthful interest is being manifested in all the leading col- 
leges in this most important feature of the college fraternity 
of the present day. Surely it would seem as if the day were 
not far distant when all the chapters in the south will have 
their own houses, and this will enable them to do much 
better work than they at oresent are able to do. 

Caleu B. K. Weed. 



Kapi'a Sir..M.* lloisi 



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Oracle ^ Colby. Cornet^ Vauderbilt. 

^gis^ Dartmouth. Zodiac, Emory. 

Ariel ^ Vermont. Corolla, Alabama. 

Olio^ Amherst. Glomerata, Alabama Polytech- 

Liber BruncnsiSy Brown. nic. 

Cornelliany Cornell. Ole Miss, Mississippi. 

Gartiet, Union. Jambalaya, Tulane. 

Oiiondagan, Syracuse. Cactus, Texas. 

Spectruvi, Gettysburg. Index, Wooster. 

Pandora, Washington and Makio, Ohio State. 

Jefferson. Differential, Case. 

Kaldron, Allegheny. Arbutus, Indiana. 

Microcosm, Dickinson. Debris, Purdue. 

Record, Pennsylvania. Michiiranensiayi, Michigan. 

Corks and Curls, Virginia. Badger, Wisconsin. 

Lemon and Black, Randolph- Savitar, Missouri. 

Macon. Searchlight, Westminster. 

Calyx ^ W^ashington and I^ee. Sejiior Annual, Kansas. 

Hellenian, North Carolina. Sombrero, Nebraska. 

Eccentric, Centre. Blue and Gold, California. 

Perhaps no feature of The Scroij. during the last ten 
years has afforded the careful and appreciative student of 
Phi Delta Theta's current history more pleasure or profit 
than have Dr. Brown*s reviews of college annuals. The 
art of presenting, in attractive guise, a long array of facts and 
figures, however interesting these may be from their im- 
portance, is not given to every man, alas! and the reviewer 
who now undertakes this pleasant task for the first time 
is glad, out of his many disadvantages, to be able to men- 
tion one lone point in which the eleventh review will 
excel its predecessors — in the number reviewed. This 
proves on closer acquaintance to be a misfortune in disguise, 
for it serves only to elaborate and emphasize the many de- 
ficiences readers of a reminiscent turn will discover on every 
page. Consciousness of being unequal to his task can not 
detract, however, from the editor's personal pleasure in hav- 
ing been thus so generously favored, and he wishes in the be- 
ginning to express his gratitude to seven-and-thirty faithful 
Phis who have, out of their loyalty to alma mater and their 
home chapter, and from their courteous interest in TnR 
Scroll and its success, managed to load our shelves wnth 
their charming burden. To the chapters who have remem- 


bered their duty before the edition was exhausted, to the 
reporters who have scoured the local stores for one last for- 
gotten book, to that ubiquitous and irresistible being whom 
our friends at Virginia profanely call 'calico,' who was in 
several cases found to be the possessor of the only available 
copy but who took pity on the neglected editor, and to sev- 
eral good Phis who were unable to secure another one for 
money, but who have loaned us theirs for love — to all we 
wish here to express our sincere gratitude, and a hope that 
we may be even belter remembered this year. Which per- 
sonalities we trust the impatient reader who forgot to send 
us his own annual will pardon and pass by. 

Some of our exchanges have said that annuals are inter- 
esting to the reader at first hand only — never in descrip- 
tions. There is more than a grain of truth in this, but they 
are always so ver}' interesting at first hand that the reader 
believes he can render a portion at least of their elusive 
charm — believes until he tries it. 

We hope that the custom of exchanging annuals, inaugu- 
rated some years since by several chapters, may be kept up. 
Every chapter should lend its active support to the publica- 
tions of its alma mater, and help to make them creditable 
in all respects. 

The Colby Oracle, in dark blue and white, dedicates its 
thirty-first volume to an honored alumnus, Dr. William 
Matthews, critic and essayist, of the class of ''>5. Two Phis 
and two Delta U. 's are on the board of editors, the other chap- 
ters having one representative each. Bro. W. F. Titcomb, 
'07, is managing editor, and Hro. A. K. Linscott, 'OS^ an as- 
sociate editor. In the senior class 20 men and 10 women 
are enrolled; in the junior, 11 and 17, respectively; in the 
sophomore, •>•> and 20; in the freshman, 87 and 27; of the 
men all but fourteen are Greeks, and one of these is pledged. 
Of the >»0 women all but fourteen belong to the two local 
societies. The local term for spiking is 'fishing.* A K E has 
a chapter of 27; Z^l'haslS; AY enrolls 28; <1>A0. 28; A T n, 
17. There is also a chapter of 4> H K. The Phis are repre- 
sented in all the college organizations rather better than 
any of their rivals. They are especiall}^ influential in music, 
athletics and the college publications. All the illustrations 
in this volume were done 'at home,' the editors proudly 
tell us. 

The first comer of the year was the Dartmouth .-^^/>, the 
fortieth issue. This is an exceptionally early comer, mak- 
ing its appearance in December. Like most of its neighbors 


on our shelves it is issued by the junior class, and this time 
it is dedicated in sarcasm or anticipation to *The Co-eds of 
Dartmouth. ' Each of the nine chapters has one represent- 
ative, and the non-fraternity men have a member on the 
board. Bro. Carr is business manager. The total attend- 
ance last year at Dartmouth was a little over (iOO, and .^20 
of these were fraternity men. Large chapters are the rule: 
*Y, ;32; KKK, Z'i<-, A A 4>, ?A\ AKE, 41; A X, 41); * A (-), 
40; B 11. 25; ^ X, 34; 4> K ^, 27. Of these K K K has a 
house and AKE and A A O halls; the house question is just 
entering a serious phase at Dartmouth. N E has a chap- 
ter here; the accompanying chapter list locates 2') branches 
of that society. New Hampshire Alpha leads in athletics, 
is strong in dramatics, the press and musical organizations. 
She had the business manager in foot ball, on the college 
paper, the dramatic club and the annual, and holds the inter- 
fraternity whist championship. The 'chinning' season began 
in 189(), on November IS, this year on October 2."). The 
initiations always follow in a week or two. 

This is volume XI. of the Vermont Arid, and the juniors 
dedicate it to H. O. Houghton, of the class of '4(). Bro. 
Roy L. Patrick is business manager. A T 12, A 1, AAA and 
K 2 are not represented on the board. The university has 
adopted a new yell. An event which seems to have occa- 
sioned much excitement vsince the issue of the last Ariel is 
the kidnaping of the president and prophet of the freshman 
class by the inevitable sophomores. The whole story is viv- 
idly recounted, with appropriate illustrations. As a result 
of this incident the faculty has issued some stringent edicts 
on the subject of hazing, to which reference may be found in 
the Vermont letter of this number. There are 155 fraternity 
men at Vermont out of some 200 in the college proper; there 
are about 50 co eds. Besides Phi Beta Kappa, three medi- 
cal societies and two sororities, there are three local frater- 
nities, Lambda Iota, Delta Psi and Alpha Phi, enrolling 1), 
22 and 17 men, respectively. Sigma Phi has 1(> men; Phi 
Delta Theta, 24; Alpha Tau Omega, 23; Kappa Sigma, 24. 
The Phis are equally prominent in all departments of col- 
lege activity; Bro. Lincoln is editor-in-chief of the Cynic, 
and Bro. Ray won the Forest prize in oratory. 

The Amherst Olio comes in December, too. Its editors 
are juniors, the several fraternities and the non-fraternity 
men having one each. The business manager seems to be 
chosen afterward. Bro. Strong is the Phi editor. The ed- 
itors declare by way of preface that the faultfinder always 


does his college more harm than good, and that they will 
have naught to do with him. One of the first illustrations 
refers to an attempt to revive the college senate — a hopeless 
task, apparently. The senate is represented by a row of 
owls, hanging heads down from a roost with which wires 
from a battery have been connected. The dedication is to 
Sabrina, a bronze statute once in the campus, but now kept 
hidden by successive classes and later given away by them 
or captured from them. Out of about 400 students all but 
75 are fraternity men. The chapters, given here, as else- 
where, in order of establishment, enroll the following mem- 
bers: A A *, 3('); ^ Y, :55; A K E, ;jl; A Y, 27; X ^, 2(>; 
X 4>, 27; B II, 2i8; A X, 81; 4> A 0, 28; 4> T A, 18 (but 
one freshman); ^ K ^, ;)4. Theta Xu Epsilon is not men- 
tioned, though Amherst appears on that society's roll. The 
Phis have representatives everywhere, being particularly^ 
strong in the press and musical organizations. Bro. Crary 
is manager of the monthly, and Bro. Wright is ' college 

' To our friends the faculty, to our contemporaries the 
co-eds, to our ancestors the alumni, and to our severest 
censors the student body, but in particular to those sturdy 
pioneers in the field of student publication who, forty years 
ago, presented to the college world the initial number of a 
Brown annual, this volume is respectfully and loyally dedi- 
cated.' — So says Liber Brnnensis, issued by 'The Greek- 
letter fraternities of Brown University.' Bro. Lewis is our 
representative. In this volume, contrary to the usual cus- 
tom, the fraternity lists precede the class rolls. Alpha Delta 
Phi has 28 men; Delta Phi, 2(); Psi Upsilon, 26; Beta Theta 
Pi, 28; Delta Kappa Epsilon, 22; Zeta Psi, 19; Theta Delta 
Chi, 18; Delta Upsilon, 2U; Chi Phi, 18; Phi Delta Thetn, 
29; Alpha Tau Omega, 81; Delta Tau Delta, 15; total, 289, 
out of 751 men. There are 157 women; among them are 
two local sororities and a chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. 
The chapter of Chi Phi is the one which a few years since 
expelled all the other chapters of that fraternity and which 
now constitutes 'the whole thing.' The quarrel was over 
the question of limiting membership to lineal descendants 
of Chi Phis. In the graduating class is Mr. J. D. Rocke- 
feller, Jr., whose surname was used so lavishly in connec- 
tion with the resignation of President Andrews. He is an 
Alphi Delta Phi. The Phis have their share of all the hon- 
ors; White manages the Bninonian, and Briggs the Daily 


The Comellian is a delight to the eye mechanically, and 
the system of prize offers has called out some interesting 
literary contributions. The juniors dedicate this volume 
' To the Victors of the Hudson, the 'Varsity Crew of '96,' 
whose pictures follow. Eight members of '98 produce the 
book, and one of these is Bro. J. H. Wynne. Cornell en- 
rolled 1,763 students last year; 1,284 of them were in the 
four college classes, the freshmen numbering 500. There 
are 26 fraternities and sororities, (5 class societies and the 
honorary societies of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. The 
number in the several chapters is as follows: Zeta Psi, 19; 
Chi Phi, 22; Kappa Alpha, 23; Alpha Delta Phi, 19; Phi 
Kappa Psi, 18; Chi Psi, 26; Delta Upsilon, 27; Delta Kappa 
Epsilon, 28; Theta Delta Chi, 22; Phi Delta Theta, 25; 
Beta Theta Pi, 24; Psi Upsilon, 23; Kappa Alpha Theta, 
24; Kappa Kappa Gamma, 15; Delta Gamma, 21; Alpha 
Tau Omega, 2(); Phi Gamma Delta, 27; Phi Delta Phi, 22; 
Alpha Phi, 18; Phi Sigma Kappa, 19; Delta Tau Delta, 23; 
Sigma Phi, 18; Sigma Chi, 19; Delta Chi, 27; Delta Phi, 
14; Kappa Sigma, K); total, 575, including graduate mem- 
bers. Eight Phis are members of Theta Nu Epsilon. The 
roll of chapters given for that society stops with the first 17 
on the Dartmouth roll of 25. The Phis are strongest in the 
numerous social clubs, in athletics and in music. Bassford 
was quarter-back on the 'varsity, and Whiting and Demp- 
sey were substitutes; Lines led the banjo club and Weller 
the mandolin club; Haskell and Bassford were on the nine, 
and Zeller and Whittemore on the track team. 

The '98 Garyiet is dedicated to Sidney G. Ashmore, pro- 
fessor of Latin at Union. At this first home of the frater- 
nity system it is pleasant to see such a strong chapter of Phi 
Delta Theta. Bro. C. D. Griffith is editor-in-chief of the 
annual, Bro. W. L. Terry is manager of the track team. 
Brown and Cullen were two of the six speakers on the prize 
debate, and all the literary, social and athletic organizations 
seem to have drawn on New York Beta. Garnet is the col- 
lege color: the seniors wear garnet and pink, the juniors 
garnet and yellow, the sophomores garnet and white, the 
freshmen garnet and gold. The sophomores who started 
out to salt the freshmen in the fall are said to have been 
routed with tomatoes. It is the aim of each class at Union 
to paint in its class colors a shapeless statue on the campus. 
The paint is said now to be several inches thick, and the 
statue far more shapeless than at first. Kappa Alpha had 
last year 10 men; Sigma Phi, 9; Delta Phi, 9; Psi Upsilon, 


16; Delta Upsilon, 16; Chi Psi, IS; Alpha Delta Phi, lo; 
BetaTheta Pi, Ki; Phi Delta Theta, 15 (a freshman dele- 
gation of four seems to have become an inevitable feature 
of New York Beta); Phi Cxamma Delta, 18; total, 142, out 
of 221 college students. There are medical and law fraterni- 
ties, besides Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi and Theta Nu Ep- 
silon. The chapter list of the latter stops with nineteen and 
does not agree with other lists as to the names of nine of 
these. Theta Delta Chi is the only one of the six fraterni- 
ties founded at Union without a chapter there at present. 

The juniors of Syracuse dedicate this year's annual to the 
trustees. It is the fourteenth volume of the Onondagan^ 
and there are sixteen editors. C. W. Mills represented 
4> A (-). vSeven of the editors are ladies, one a 'neutral' and 
the others from the six sororities of Alpha Phi ( ^M members ), 
Gamma Phi Beta ('*>8), Kappa Kappa (lamma (29), Kappa 
Alpha Theta (8:j), Pi Beta Phi (28), and Delta Delta Delta 
(17). Of these Alpha Phi and Gamma Phi Beta were 
founded at Syracuse. The fraternities are Delta Kappa 
Epsilon (81), Delta Upsilon (24), Psi Upsilon (26), Phi 
Kappa Psi (:;6), Phi Delta Theta (26), Beta Theta Pi (20). 
Besides these there are chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi 
Kappa Alpha (a new senior society with two Phis as charter 
members), Theta Nu Kpsilon and Beta Delta Beta, a fresh- 
man society founded at Syracuse and now existing in six 
colleges. At Syracuse it seems to be a feeder of Theta Nu 
Epsilon. No attempt is made to give a chapter list for the 
latter. The Phis at vSyracuse have been especially strong 
in athletics, the base ball team, captain, manager and all, 
seeming to be a branch of Xew York Epsilon. There are 
two Phi class presidents, and Bro. Dolph is leader of the 
glee club. Bro. Nichols is president of the Kent law club. 
Syracuse enrolled over 1,100 students last year, 474 in the 
college of liberal arts. The sororities draw heavily on the 
department of fine arts, which enrolls "iK*. There are 168 
Greeks among the men and 174 among the women. Bro. 
P>nner is business manager of 't'D's Onondai^an. 

The Spedrinn begins with an interesting double-page half- 
tone of the (icttysburg campus, showing all the buildings, 
old and new. This is followed by views of the campus in 
1892 and 18S2, speaking eloquently of the schooPs growth. 
But seven of the sixteen juniors on the board are fraternity 
men. The book is dedicated to a member of the faculty 
and gives many views of the college, a list of the alumni, 
pictures of the faculty and several historical tables. From 


one of these we learn that the size of the graduating class 
has increased by decades as follows: 18')4-1), 7; 1S40-9, 11 ; 
1850-9,14; 18(50-9,10; 187(M), IS; 1880-9,21; 189()-(>, 
•^0. Since 1890, o7 fraternity men and l-i8 *nons* have been 
graduated, from 1S80 to 1«S89 these figures were almost ex- 
actly reversed. Phi Kappa Psi has graduated 120 men since 
18-")5, Phi Gamma Delta 119 since 1858, Sigma Chi 51 since 
1863, Phi Delta Theta 59 since 1^75, Alpha Tau Omega 84 
since 1882. The number of students last year was 218, 7<) 
being in the preparatory department. There are 56 Greeks: 
Phi Kappa Psi, 8; Phi Gamma Delta, 13; Sigma Chi, 12; 
Phi Delta Theta, 13; Alpha Tau Omega, 10. Phi Gamma 
Delta has three preps, and Sigma Chi four. Pictures of the 
Phi Psi and Sig houses are given. The Phis have one man 
on the Mercury^ one on the glee club, and one on the foot 
ball team. This is Bro. J. W. Ott, '97. They are more 
numerously represented in class offices and teams and in 
tennis. They have no representative on the Spcdnim, 
There are five local class societies, and the literary society 
still flourishes at Gettysburg. Since the class of '92 there 
have been 20 co-eds at Gettysburg; of these «S are now in 
attendance and 3 have been graduated. 

The thirteenth volume of Washington and Jefferson's 
Payidora is dedicated to Prof. Alonzo Linn, for forty years 
a member of the faculty. Bro. D. Glenn Moore is editor- 
in-chief, the first Phi to hold that position. There is only 
one other Greek on the board, a Phi Gamma Delta, who is 
business manager, but we understand that even two fra- 
ternity men are not usually found on a Pandora board. 
For one of the illustrations a picture from Truth has been 
systematically decapitated and heads of the faculty substi- 
tuted. W. and J. enrolled last year 228 college students 
and 72 preps., 3()<^ in all; 248 were from Pennsylvania, 20 
from Ohio, 15 from West Virginia and 18 from 11 other 
states. The Scotch- Irish are as much in evidence here as 
are the Germans at Gettysburg. Beta Theta Pi enrolls 13; 
Phi Gamma Delta, 11; Phi Kappa Psi, 12; Phi Kappa 
Sigma, 10; Delta Tau Delta, 9; Phi Delta Theta, 14; total, 
68, or about 30 per cent, of the whole. Beta Theta Pi has 
a house. Theta Nu Epsilon gives a chapter list of 29, get- 
ting out of the tangle that ensues when such lists are com- 
pared by giving two Kappa chapters. Phi Delta Theta is 
represented here, as well as in the flourishing literary socie- 
ties. Bro. Moore was also editor-in-chief of the Washing' 
ton-Jeffersonia^i. The chapter had one man on the instru- 


mental club, one on the eleven and two on the nine. 
Washington and Jefferson is the home of Phi Kappa Psi 
and Phi Gamma Delta, but Phi Delta Theta apparently 
holds her own against these as well as with the others. 

Allegheny's Kaldron is marked * '*>?,' but the editors do 
not seem to be confined to that class or to be taken equally 
from the fraternities. Phi Gamma Delta has four men on 
the board. W. P. Heazell represents Phi Delta Theta. The 
frontispiece discloses the editors poking and stirring an im- 
mense kettle full of MSS. The tailpieces to the class lists 
are interesting. '00 has a nest of featherless birds, all open 
mouths; '91> is a set-to between two game cockerels, and so 
on. Foot ball is introduced by a pigskin-headed convict 
dragging ' faculty rules ' by a chain fastened to his ankle. 
Allegheny had 182 students in the four classes and 147 
preps. Seventy-two are fraternity initiates and 1 2 pledged. 
The sororities have 41 , with iS pledged. Of these Phi Kappa 
Psi has 1(>; Phi Gamma Delta, lo; Delta Tau Delta, 1(>; Phi 
Delta Theta, 20; Kappa Alpha Theta, 18: Sigma Alpha 
Epsilon, 17; Kappa Kappa Gamma, 11; Alpha Chi Omega, 
18. The last is a musical society with six chapters. Theta 
Nu Epsilon does not seem to be very active, and attempts 
no chapter list, even failing to give the letter claimed by the 
Allegheny chapter. This letter is Omicron in some lists, 
though others assign that to Rutgers and to Lehigh. The 
Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter group is made from a number 
of photographs trimmed down and fitted together. The fact 
is painfully apparent, however, and one of the heads is about 
one-fourth the size of the rest. There are two literary so- 
cieties here, to one of which several of the Phis belong, one 
having been president. Phis preside over the oratorical 
association and Y. M. C. A., and one was toastmaster at the 
Pan-Hellenic and another editor-in-chief of The Campus. 

The eighth volume of the Dickinson Microcosm comes 
close up to the largest in number of pages. It is dedicated 
to W. B. Lindsay, professor of chemistry. Two hundred 
and nine were enrolled in the college and one hundred in 
the preparatory school. The latter has its freshman, soph- 
omore, junior and senior classes, colors and a vigorous 3*ell. 
Phi Kappa Sigma leads the fraternity list with IS men; 
Phi Kappa Psi has 14; Beta Theta Pi, 18; Phi Delta Theta, 
2."»; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 21; Sigma Chi, 4 (this chapter, 
Omicron, has had no letter in the Sigma Chi Ouajtcrly for a 
long time; two of the four Sigs are seniors and two sopho- 
mores); total, 1)8 — nearly 50 per cent. Kappa Gamma is a 


class society said to have been founded at Wesleyan and to 
have established chapters at Syracuse and Cornell, though 
the Syracuse and Cornell annuals ignore the fact. Theta 
Nu Epsilon gives a badly mixed list of 28 chapters, one of 
which is credited to * Stephen's ' Institute of Technology. 
Theta Delta Chi, whose chapter died recently, has one 
junior, two seniors and a law student. There is a chapter of 
Delta Chi in the law school. Among the 17 co-eds is a 
local sorority, with six members. The ladies dormitory is 
known as the 'Henroost.* Phi Beta Kappa has a chapter. 
The literary societies are very strong at Dickinson, and in 
these, as elsewhere, the Phis are active. They are especially 
numerous among the prize-winners and on the publications, 
having editor-in-chief and six associates on The Dickijisoiiian 
and three on the Microcosin board — McNeal, Bowman and 
Stonesifer. They have one or two on each musical organiza- 
tion and several athletes, including the base ball captain. 
One of the last illustrations shows the artists * who drew and 
now withdraw,* pursued by their enraged victims. 

The Record comes in Pennsylvania's familiar red and blue 
with 800 pages of text and nearly 60 of advertisements. 
This is the seniors' book, dedicated to class spirit, and the 
history of the class is given in great detail. On the board 
of editors 4> A has Bro. E. B. Essig, president of the class, 
and Bro. A. E. Willauer, chairman of the illustration com- 
mittee. Bro. Willauer has done many of the illustrations him- 
self. Bro. Essig will be remembered by every delegate and 
visitor to the last convention for his brilliant success with 
the social arrangements committed to his care. He was 
four years on the class eleven and three on the crew, was 
custodian of the class bowl and second honor man. The 
Sf)Oon man of '07 is a O K 2. Pennsylvania Zeta is repre- 
sented in the glee club, the Garrick club and the literary 
societies. She does not seem to have run much to athletics 
last year. Bro. McClenthen was last year junior editor and 
is now senior editor of Red and Blue. The fraternities with 
their respective numbers are: A *, 22; Z ^. 29; ^ K 2, 3(>; 
A ^, ^>S'^ 2 X, 30; 4> K ^, 27; B n, :]5; ^ T A, 24; AT n, 
21 ; * A 0, 20; 4> A 4> (law), 14; A Y, :*»9; N 2 N (medical), 
17; * A 2 (medical), 28; K K r, 10; * Y, 31; K 2, 30; A 
2 A (dental), 32; A T A, 11. No mention is made of Rho 
chapter of N E, supposed to exist here. Besides these 
there is the Phi Phi chapter of A X P, a local medical fra- 
ternity, A M n n, and the engineering fraternity, M O A. 
These have 23, 27 and 20 members, respectively. This 


g^ves a total of oHo Greeks. There were last year 1 ,07X 
literary students, 35s in law, 'H)«s in medicine and '>7'> in 
dentistry. The net total was 2,S11. Co-education is al- 
lowed but not very popular, evidently. 

The tenth volume of Corks and Curls is quite justified in 
dedicating itself to itself, as it does. The charming pictures 
of life at the University of Virginia given us by Bro. Poite- 
vent last June all stand out vividly as we take up this fin- 
ished product of The Republic Press, with its illustrations 
in colors, its wigs and shoe- buckles and snuff-boxes, its an- 
tique type and reminiscent tables of final orators and foot 
ball victories and chairmen of the faculty. The total en- 
rollment last year is given as l*>-i, 235 of these being aca- 
demic students. The fraternity list runs as follows: 4> K 2, 
12: A K E, 14: 4> K vk, i:;; B w II. 24: X 4>, 11: S A E, K); 
* r A, 9: A vk, 1(); K :i, 10: ^ X, 14; A T 12. IS; 11 K A, 5; 
Z vk, 9; :L N, 10: <t> A (-), 21: K A, 2(;; M II A, 8. Then we 
have 4> A <l>, a medical, an academic society, the 'ribbons* 
and the clubs. The chapters strongest in academic mem- 
bership are B 11 (1:5), A T 12 (12 ), ::i X (9), A ^ (S ) and 
2 A E (S). ^ K 2 has all her men but one in the profes- 
sional departments, so has II K A; <l> F A has but two aca- 
demics, and 2 N and K 2 three each. The Pi Phi chapter 
of N E is evidently dead: it receives no mention. Vir- 
ginia Beta shows up well: Davis is on the eleven, Poite- 
vent won the Mai^niiNe medal, J. P. Bruns is editor-in- 
chief of the Mai^azinc (having been at the head of College 
Topics the year before), R. M. Bruns is editor-in-chief of 
Coll(xe Topics, J. P. Bruns and Mathews are in 4> A ^, 
Dykes in II M, Bosher in A il, and so on. 

The Lemon and J) lark, from Randolph- Macon, is a book- 
let intended primarily to influence prospective students to 
come to Ashland. It is a continuous narrative of the doings 
of an imaginary new student, and sets forth fully all the ad- 
vantages of each department and of Randolph-Macon in 
general. The class of 1S97, sixteen in number, forms the 
frontispiece, and there are many half-tones. A 'calithump' 
seems to be a winter evening charivari to which each mem- 
ber of the faculty is treated in turn, usually followed by a 

The Calyx is dedicated to Washington and Lee's retiring 
president, Gen. George Washington Custis Lee. On its 
board of editors, elected by general ballot among the stu- 
dents, are three members of Virginia Zeta — McClintic, Jen- 
kins and McLester. One of the first pictures discloses a 


diploma among the clouds and the students below, chained 
to pillars of the college building which bear the names of 
various studies: 'weary of study and laden with our sin, we 
look at Heaven and long to enter in' — so runs the inscrip- 
tion. The academic graduating class numbered lo and in- 
cluded no Phis. There were 172 students, almost one-third 
of them being in the law school. Of the Greeks there were 
81: Phi Kappa Psi, 9; Kappa Alpha, 9; Sigma Chi, <>; 
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, o; Phi Gamma Delta, 7; Sigma Nu, 
11; Phi Delta Theta, 9; Kappa Sigma, 7; Alpha Tau 
Omega, <S; Pi Kappa Alpha, <'>; Mu Pi Lambda, 6; Delta 
Tau Delta, S. For the first time we find here a chapter roll 
of Mu Pi Lambda. Virginia, Harvard and Missouri are 
given besides the parent chapter at Washington and Lee. 
They are named as we name our own — 'Virginia Alpha,* 
etc. Theta Nu Epsilon has a list of 82 chapters, the one at 
W. and L. calling itself Omicron, a name given in other 
lists to Rutgers, Lehigh and Allegheny. Virginia Zeta has 
men on the glee club, the nine, the eleven, the committees, 
in the ribbon societies, the literary societies. Speers is' 
editor-in-chief of the Coiltxiaji, Campbell is captain in foot 
ball. *Callithump' is known here, too, and 'calico' is short- 
ened to *calic.' 

North Carolina colors are the same as Phi Delta Theta' s. 
The Hellenian gives yells galore and songs and colors, as 
the Virginia annuals do. The eighth volume is dedicated 
to an alumnus. Col. J. S. Cunningham. The twelve frater- 
nities publish the Hellenian, and E. S. Askew represents 
* A 0. Bro. Askew is on the glee club, Bro. Kenney on 
the Tar Heel, Bro. Winston on the nine (captain for next 
year): Bro. Johnston is president of the Y. M. C. A. The 
university had about 'JOO collegiate students and about 100 
laws and medics. The twelve fraternities are : A K E, i:^; 
B IL 8; or A, 2; ^ A E, 26; Z ^, 17; K 2, 5; A T n, (>; 
K A, T); OA0, 8; :S N, 8; 2 X, 8; II K A, :5; total. 111. 
2 A E has 15 sophomores. N E's chapter list runs to 2V), 
but the compiler could find no letters for the last four, mixed 
the others and duplicated Kappa and Pi. The North Car- 
olina chapter claims Psi, which others give to Ohio State. 
There is the honorary society of A O, founded here, and 
four ribbon societies flourish. It seems possible for one 
man to belong to three out of the four, but the Gorgon's 
Head and the Gimghouls are mutually exclusive. 

The initial number of \h^Eeeenfne, bound in Centre's 
white and yellow, is modestly called a pamphlet by its 


editors and dedicated to * our mothers-in-law.' On the 
board, chosen by the senior class, are three Phis, two Kappa 
Alphas and one Beta Theta Pi. The Phis are Bros. Welsh, 
Cook and Sulser. As this is the first issue, much history 
and many views of the campus and buildings are given. 
Bro. Bethel contributes an article on ' The Fraternity Sys- 
tem.' Kentucky Alpha has representatives on the nine, 
the eleven, the monthly and the literary society honor lists. 
There are 217 collegiate and law students and 40 academic 
seniors. B (s) II has 16 men, <t> A 0?), hS; :S X, 8; K A, 16. Seven 
of the Phis were seniors and but two freshmen. B II 
seems strong in local alumni, but the others give no lists. 
A page is taken up with a sketch of ^ A and Kentucky 

The Comcf s title page discloses a Greek temple, standing 
out in the comet's nucleus far up a mountain side. Below, 
a student, in cap and gown, stretches out his arms long- 
ingly. The book is dedicated * with respect and reverence 
to the memory of the man whose generosity made it possi- 
ble.' The frontispiece is the statue of Commodore Vander- 
bilt of which a picture was given in the October Scroi^l. 
W. S. Fitzgerald is the Phi editor, being chairman of the 
literary committee. The Phis head the chapter rolls with 
21) men — s from Nashville and 5 from Missouri ; Kappa 
Alpha has 1*) — 4 from Nashville ; Chi Phi 7 — 4 from Nash- 
ville ; Beta Theta Pi, 6 — 1 Nashville man ; Kappa Sigma, 
IN— 2 from Nashville ; Delta Tau Delta, S— 3 Tennessee 
men ; Sigma Alpha Kpsilon, 21 — (> local ; Alpha Tau 
Omega, IS — \ local; D. K. Iv, 2.S — 2 from Nashville; Sigma 
Chi, 17 — 6 from Nashville and 6 from Louisville ; Sigma 
Nu, 16 — one Nashville man and no freshmen ; Pi Kappa 
Alpha, '"). Theta Nu Kpsilon' s new chapter is ignored. 
The academic seniors number 25, there being 233 academic 
students in all. Phi Delta Theta has several class offices, 
including the president of '^.)'S, many medals and scholar- 
ships, musicians, a chess champion, members of Alpha 
Theta Phi, editors, including the editor-in-chief of the com- 
mencement daily, two men on the eleven with the captain 
for 97-8, three on the nine, and other athletes of every 
kind. lught of the \'anderbilt records are held by Phis. 
Many of the verses in this volume are by Tennessee Alpha 
men. 'Co-ed ' is explained etymologicallv thus : * courted,' 
* CO' ted,' 'co-ed.' 

The fifth volume of the Zodiac is dedicated to President 
Candler, of Emory. It is said by way of preface that for 


its many excellencies thanks are due the exceedingly large 
number who maintained its high standard by not contrib- 
uting. On the board of editors 4> A is represented by W. 
P. Bloodworth. Each fraternity has one editor, and the 
non-fraternity students have two ; all are seniors. Chi 
Phi has 18 men ; Kappa Alpha, 19 ; Phi Delta Theta, 24 ; 
Alpha Tau Omega, 25 (one sub- freshman); Sigma Alpha 
Epsilon, 21; Delta Tau Delta, 18; Sigma Nu, 22 (one sub- 
freshman); total, 142. There are 90 non- fraternity men in 
the college classes; one of these is Mr. Kia Tsing Tsoong. 
Phi Delta Theta comes out strong in class teams and in 
class offices, in debate and the literary societies, which are 
well kept up at Emory. Georgia Beta has three men in the 
orchestra, but none on the Phcvjiix, The illustrations to ac- 
company club lists are interesting ; the Smith club has Poca- 
hontas in bloomers, wheeling in to rescue Captain John, 
whose hair stands bristling with terror. Among the bio- 
graphical sketches of distinguished sons, we notice L. Q. C. 
Lamar, of the U. S. Supreme Court, and our Bro. W. A. 
Keener, dean of the Columbia University Law School. 

The Corolla is dedicated to 'the mother of colleges, the 
home of the graces, the seat of culture, Tuskaloosa, whose 
matchless women and chivalrous men have made her name 
a magic one, ever to be fondly remembered by Alabama's 
students.' The editor-in-chief of volume V. is Bro. Palmer 
Pillans; this is another senior annual. A unique feature of 
the arrangement is the grouping of all matter into seven 'days' : 
opening day, Greek-letter day. Thanksgiving day, class day, 
April Fools' day, field day and commencement day. The 
illustrations are by an undergraduate. In the preface there is 
strong reference to the unfavorable attitude of the board of 
trustees toward foot ball. Two members of the board, pre- 
sumably not an ti- foot-ball men, are honored with pict- 
ures and biographies. One is Bro. Daniel Pratt, *85. Two 
of the four members of the alumni association's executive 
committee are Phis. It seems that the denominational 
schools of Alabama have been waging war on the state uni- 
versity. A vigorous rebuttal is given of charges in refer- 
ence to lack of high moral influences and of high academic 
standard. An extended comparison is made between Van- 
derbilt's curriculum and Alabama's, showing them to be 
generally equivalent. Alabama Alpha seems to have things 
largely her own way, with the captain and manager of the 
nine, captain and manager of the track team, two men on 
the eleven, captain of two class elevens, president of *97, 


first honor, two men on the nine, managers of two class 
nines, and captains of two, military honors, commencement 
honors and german leaders. Alabama can play no inter- 
collegiate games abroad, so the class teams and games count 
for much. "H A E had 18 men : <t> A W, 21 ; A T (2, 18: 2 N, 
2(i, A K E, KJ; K A, \) ; total, 108 out of 1(55. There are 
five women students. 

The class of '*.)? has issued the first annual to appear at 
Alabama Polytechnic, (rlonierafa. It is dedicated to Presi- 
den \V. L. Brown. The six fraternities have one editor 
each, and there is one non- fraternity editor. Bro. J. B. 
Hobdy is business manager. The editors declare the book 
has been compiled for friends and not for critics and so 
make no excuses. Nor need they, for it is an unusually 
creditable first issue. Faculty pictures and biographies 
are all given, as well as chapter groups. Phi Delta Theta 
leads the chapter lists with 19 men; Alpha Tau Omega has 
l"); Kappa Alpha, 24; Sigma Alpha Rpsilon, 28; Sigma 
Nu, 14; Pi Kappa Alpha, 12; total, 107, out of 80G students. 
Uniforms prevail in all the student group pictures. Ala- 
bama Beta has thirteen officers in the corps, the senior ger- 
man leader, athletes of all kinds, musicians, a prize orator 
and an editor of Onnn^c and Blue. The school is very 
proud of its base ball and foot ball records. There are 
twelve women students. 

Ole Miss, too, conies from the hands of the fraternities at 
the University of Mi.ssissippi this year for the first time. 
The familiar look of its make-up is explained w^hen we find 
it comes from the press of Thk vScroll'soM printers, Spahr 
and Glenn. This is another very charming dcbuiatite. It 
is dedicated 'to the " University Greys," who, under the 
leadership of that gallant student- soldier, William Benjamin 
LowTy, resigned their college labors to battle for the cause 
of their fathers.' It is publivShed by the fraternities and 
sororities, A ^ having the editor in -chief. \\. B. Williams 
represents 4> A 0. The faculty portraits are all given. 
Sigma Tau and Tau Delta Theta are two sororities with 1 7 
and 18 members, respectively. It will be remembered that 
A r was founded here. The fraternities enroll: A K E, 30; 
A ^, 85; <^ K 4^, 17; :^ X, 28 ; ::t A E, 15; <^ A 0, 18; B II, 
7; ATA, 20; total, 1<)0, of whom 24 are law students. The 
total enrollment is 29<), 42 being in the law^ school. N E 
is credited with 25 chapters, Mississippi's being Alpha 
Gamma. Omega is applied to a chapter at Minnesota. The 
motto. 'K p/uribits vii^^itifi (juhitjue,' explains the omission of 


the names of other chapters, however. O A has 4 mem- 
bers. Mississippi does not seem to be editorially or music- 
ally inclined, but in athletics and the literary societies 
makes a good showing. Bro. Williams is manager of the 
nine. The B II chapter is dead this fall. A ^ has a hand- 
some house; she has 13 sophomores. There is one lone 
barbarian in the senior class. 

Volume II. oi Javibalaya is dedicated *to the memory of 
Randall Lee Gibson, soldier, statesman, scholar and first 
president of the board of administrators of Tulane.' The 
book is named from a favorite local dish, which is noted, 
we believe, for its high seasoning. The illustrations are 
unusually well done, almost without exception. It seems 
strange that a New Orleans annual should have been printed 
in Nashville. The chapter rolls run as follows: Kappa 
Alpha, 25; Alpha Tau Omega, 11; Sigma Chi, 17; Delta 
Tau Delta, 18; Kappa vSigma, 26; Phi Delta Theta, 14; Sigma 
Nu, 18; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, IS; total, 187, of whom 15 
are laws and 49 medics. Kappa Sigma has 14 of the latter 
and Sigma Alpha Epsilon 11 ; Phi Delta Theta has 4. There 
are 241 academic students, 75 in law and 840 in medicine. 
Pi Beta Phi has 21 members. Theta Nu Epsilon attempts 
no chapter list. The 'Boards Head' is made up of 5 Alpha 
Tau Omegas and 8 Kappa Alphas, who have possibly lost 
their heads by this time. Bro. Kernion is on Olive and 
Blue, the weekly, and College Spirit, the daily. Bro. Bowl- 
ing is on the eleven and is the Phi editor oi Jamba faya. 

The class of '07 sends out volume IV. of the Caetus from 
Texas: with a dazzling white back ground, throwing the 
plant into strong relief, we have a very artistic cover. It is 
dedicated to Philip Hatzfeld, but we are given no very strong 
clue as to who Mr. Hatzfeld is. We find a Greek poem 
addressed to Aphrodite and one in Latin to Mercury. 4> A © 
is not represented on the board of editors. The university 
enrolled last year 4()5 students; of these 144 are Greeks: 
^ A 0. 14; B II, 15: K 2, 81; 2 a E, 0; 2 X, 25; K 2, 18; 
2 N, 12; X 4), 10; * * ^, 10. We had hoped to see a chap- 
ter list of the last-named fraternity, but none is given. The 
Texas chapter is called Alpha Gamma. Women students 
are fairly numerous, and a few are found in the medical 
classes, which shows that Texas is far more northern in 
spirit than most other southern universities. *2' is a ribbon 
society among the medics, and the seven members of the 
'Skeleton Hand' are photographed with a young woman as 
a background for each member. The ladies are actively in- 


terested in tennis and boating, and co-education is carried 
into both these branches of study. Texas Beta has the pres- 
ident of 'iH), of the Y. M. C. A., and of the Rusk literary 
society; editor-in-chief of the Mi\irazinc and an editor of the 
Alcalde, athletes and orators. 

The hostile attitude of the president and a part of the 
faculty of Wooster toward athletics and fraternities is largely 
to blame, we suppose, for the fact that '9^ has made the 
eighteenth volume of the Index 2. series of 'roasts.* The 
dedication is 'to those who, finding their names herein, with 
charges more or less true — will accept the rebuke grace- 
fully, will meditate thereon carefully and will love the ///- 
dex board as hard as ever. ' The board adds that it decided 
to pay no attention to petitions from the faculty, asking 
that the Index be dedicated to them — 'especially Prof. Xot- 
estein's, which contained several misspelled words.' The 
faculty list gives each member a nickname and spells it 
backward. There are 4S juniors, of whom about half are 
women, most of them being from Wooster. The men are 
chiefly from small towns in Ohio. In '99, 81 members out 
of GO are women, and 22 of them are from Wooster. On 
the freshman class roll of ^u the four fraternities claim 9 
men in all. Kappa Kappa Gamma and Kappa Alpha Theta 
have large and excellent chapters. Beta Theta Pi has 10 
men; Phi Delta Theta, 10; Phi Gamma Delta, 20 (S seniors 
and 2 preps.); Alpha Tau Omega, IS. Theta Nu Epsilon 
has a 'pig pile' group and a chapter list of ')3, including 
Wittenberg and Mt. Union, the institution whence came 
the initiators of Bishop \"incent and President McKinley. 
Beta Delta Beta is here called a junior society, not fresh- 
man, as at Syracuse, where it w^as founded. The chapter 
list agrees with the list in the Onondagan less than half 
way. , Mu Alpha Phi is a feminine Theta Nu Epsilon, 
which says it is 'very conserv^ative, granting charters only 
to those colleges and universities in w'hich the Greek fra- 
ternities have a high standard of excellence.' Wooster 
seems to be the only such institution, so far. The badge 
and colors show (-) N E influences. Bro. Calvin's name ap- 
pears in the Shakspeare club, the choir, the Y. M. C. A. 
and Beta Delta Beta. Baldwin, Endsley and Sloneker are 
N E's. One page is headed 'Athletic Organizations,' and 
in its centre bears the lone word NIT I Opposite is a pic- 
ture of a gymnasium in ruins. Under the heading 'What I 
Came to Wooster for,' we read: ' Baldicin. To curse the waj' 
things are run.' This, indeed, seems to be the business of 


all the chapters, if the annual is counted an Index, It is 
really the bitterest book we have read in many a day; there 
doesn't seem to be a particle of good humor in any of the 

The fraternities and literary societies of the Ohio vState 
University dedicate the sixteenth volume of the Makio to 
Dr. W. H. Scott, once president of the university. Here, 
again, we recognize the careful handiwork of our old friends, 
Spahr and Glenn. Bro. H. N. Schlesinger is treasurer of 
the board of editors and a member of the board of publica- 
tion. The difference in spirit between the Makio and the 
Index is as striking as it is refreshing. O. S. U. is but 24 
years old and has one of our modern, ^hustling' presidents, 
so that the volume is breezy, enthusiastic and self-satisfied. 
*A Symposium* reviews the past, forecasts the future, deals 
with the state, the trustees, the faculty and the campus; 
and there are lots of pictures. The literary portion, *Fun, 
Fact and Fiction,' is mostly a collection of 'grinds.' O. S. U. 
is well provided with fraternities. * r A has 21 members; 
* K *, 10; 2X, 10; * A 0. 1«); X ^, 13; B (^ IT, 28; K K T, 
10; K A 0, 17; 2 N, 10; A T Q, 18; 2 A E, 21; * A *, 25; 
n B *, 1;'); ATA, 10; K 2, 13; AAA, 1(»; total, 270 out 
of 009 students. There is a chapter of N E, but no list of 
chapters or of members is given. * A * has four Phis. 
Bro. Reed was foot ball captain; Bro. Schlesinger, treasurer 
of the athletic board; Bro. Barringer, banjo soloist; Bro. 
Sater, business manager of the glee club and of the dramatic 
club. We note that the girls' study hall is called the *gab 

The Differential comes in seal brown leather, in honor of 
Case's colors, and is the only one thus bound. This volume 
(not numbered) is dedicated by 'OS to that 'hard-working, 
toiling, laboring body, to those who will some day startle 
the scientific world with their brilliancy — the students.' 
There are three non-fraternity men, three other fraternity 
men, and three Phis on the board of nine: the Phis are C. 
D. Hoyt, Frank Hulett and O. F. French. Among the fra- 
ternities, Zeta Psi has 10 men and 40 resident alumni; Phi 
Delta Theta has 10 men and 40 resident alumni. The two 
local fraternities, Omega Psi and Lambda Kappa, have 14 
each. Theta Nu Epsilon appears for the first time and 
seems to have followed the usual rule of taking enough 
names of colleges to fill a page, writing some Greek letters 
before them and calling this a chapter list. The Wooster 
chapter, which calls itself Tau, is here named Rho. We 


understand Ohio Kta has voted not to allow her members to 
become <=) N E's. The chapter has a man on the Integral 
board, many athletes of all kinds, president of the Y. M. C. 
A., four members of the senate out of twelve. 

The seniors at Indiana University send us volume IV. of 
the Arbutus. It is dedicated to President Swain and his 
wife, both of their pictures being given in the frontispiece. 
The Phis are not represented on the editorial board. On 
the first page of distinguished alumni ( biographies and por- 
traits) we find two Indiana Alpha men — John W. Foster, 
'•V), and David D. Banta, 'V). There were <>•><> men en- 
rolled, VX.\ being Greeks: Beta Theta Pi, IS; Phi Delta 
Theta, 1^7; vSigma Chi, -20; Phi Kappa Psi, '22; Phi Gamma 
Delta, Vl\ Delta Tau Delta, 17; Sigma Nu, 17. Phi Kappa 
Psi and Sigma Nu are the only ones who seem to have dis- 
covered much fraternity material in the freshman class. The 
four sororities are organized into a *pan-thygatric' associa- 
tion: Kappa Alpha Theta, .*^f>; Kappa Kappa Ciamma, 26; 
Pi Beta Phi, 20; Alpha Zeta Beta, 14; total, 00 out of :W8 
women in the university. The non-fraternity students have 
two literary societies. There are three inter-fraternity so- 
cieties, the 'J^^vbones,' the 'vSkuUs' and Delta Alpha Delta 
(law). Phis belong to all of them. They preside over the 
senior class and the French club, have five men on the glee 
club, and are represented in the eleven, the nine, the ora- 
torical board, the lecture board and the dramatic club. 

Purdue's Pcbris is published by the senior class and dedi- 
cated to the black and old gold. The white cover has been 
discarded. Phi Delta Theta is not represented on the 
board, nor are Sigma Chi and Kappa vSigma. The book sets 
forth the equipment, prospects and work of Purdue fully 
and entertainingly. It is a business-like publication. The 
enrollment last year was GoH, of whom Si) were fraternity 
men: 2 X, 14; K :£, 1:5; 2^ N, 22; <l> A 0, 19; 2 A E, 18. 
The faculty places restrictions on the pledging of freshmen. 
Indiana Theta has an editor and business manager of the 
Lxponcnt, assistant managers of the mandolin and of the 
glee clubs, president of the mechanical engineering society, 
three in Tau Beta Pi (honorary scientific) and three in the 
'Skulls of l-'>.' The vSigma Chi chapter has announced that 
it will henceforth not allow its members to join the latter 

The Mkhiiiancusian, successor to the Palladium and Cas- 
talian of other and belligerent days, is unlike all the rest of 
our annuals in form, having much the same dimensions as 


the average 500 page duodecimo. The pages are not 
numbered, however. It is a delight to the eye, printed in 
black and red and illustrated in two or three other colors. 
It is issued by the senior literary, law and engineering 
classes, and is not dedicated to anybody. Each fraternity 
has a chapter list, an heraldic plate, a list of members and a 
cut of its house. Chi Psi has 14 members; Alpha Delta 
Phi, 28 (including Mr. Pingree, Jr.); Delta Kappa Epsilon, 
27; Sigma Phi, 17; Zeta Psi, 17; Psi Upsilon, 36; Beta 
Theta Pi, 34; Phi Kappa Psi, 24; Delta Upsilon, 28; Delta 
Tau Delta, i); Phi Delta Theta, 27; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 
20; Theta Delta Chi, Ki; Sigma Chi, 30; Phi Delta Phi, 22 
(of whom 12 are Greeks); Kappa Sigma, IH; Delta Chi, 2r>; 
total, 380. Of the sororities, Gamma Phi Beta has 15 mem- 
bers; Delta Gamma, 18; Sorosis, 21J; Pi Beta Phi, 15; Kappa 
Kappa Gamma, 21 ; Alpha Phi, 2r>; Kappa Alpha Theta, i:>; 
Delta Delta Delta, 12; Alpha Epsilon Iota (medical), 20; 
total, 1(>1). Omega Psi is another feminine Theta Nu Epsi- 
lon, with chapters at Northwestern and Michigan. Upsilon 
chapter of Theta Nu Epsilon is not mentioned. Besides 
these we have Nu Sigma Xu (medical), Delta Sigma Delta 
(dental), Chi Psi Phi (dental), Phi Chi (pharmacal) and 
Mu Sigma Alpha, the last being the only one in all the list 
of .*>2 without a house. So that a Greek joining Phi Delta 
Phi usually becomes an inactive member of his old chapter 
if he can and moves into the house of the professional fra- 
ternity. The enrollment of all fraternities, without deducting 
for names repeated, reaches 080. The whole number of stu- 
dents enrolled last year was 2,97."), 1,1 80 being academic. 
Bro. Hoover is on the mandolin club; Brother Foster is 
manager and a member of the '00 mandolin club; Bro. 
Hardy, general treasurer of the junior hop; Bros. Starr and 
Foster, on freshman committees and Bro. Brooks on the 
toast list at the banquet; Bro. Woodward is chairman of the 
senior memorial committee; Bro. Matthews is senior base 
ball manager. 

The Badger is dedicated by the class of '08 'to the people 
of Wisconsin, who by their generosity make possible our 
education. * Phi Delta Theta is not represented on the board 
of editors. This is another perfect product of the press, re- 
plete with charming views of Wisconsin's beautiful campus, 
running over with lists of organizations and pictures of va- 
rious *teams.' Phi Delta Theta heads the chapter rolls with 
25 members; Beta Theta Pi has 2r); Kappa Kappa Gamma, 


14; PM Kappa Psi, 1:5; Chi Psi, 2'); Delta Gamma, 24; 
Sigma Chi, 17; Gamma Phi Beta, 19; Delta Upsilon, 25; 
Kappa Alpha Theta, 13; Delta Tau Delta, 18; Phi Gamma 
Delta, 19; Pi Beta Phi, 16; Theta Delta Chi, 21 ; Psi Upsilon. 
24, (12 in law). Alpha Phi, 14. This gives a total of 213 
men and 100 women. There are 990 literary and engineer- 
ing students and 211*) in law\ Theta Nii Epsilon has several 
seniors but only one junior; something must have happened 
last year. Wisconsin Alpha had Bro. Anderson on the 
eleven, whose coach was Bro. Phil King of Princeton. Bro. 
MacDonald was leader of the banjo club and athletic director. 
Bro. Manson was tennis champion; Bro. Mann, assistant 
manager of the eleven and manager for 1897. Bro. Sanborn 
had a chairmanship on the junior promenade committee. 
And there are class and other offices and appointments in 
profusion, to say nothing of the fact that Phi Delta Theta 
tied for first place on the inter-fraternity athletic meet. 
Boating receives much attention, evidently. The coeds 
seem to have whatever they want in society at Madison; 
they have, too, their crews, athletic teams, debating clubs, 
and glee club. 

To Governor Stephens the juniors at Missouri dedicate 
the third volume of the Savitar. The editors explain that 
the name was chosen on account of its 'size and sound, and 
because its associations bore with them appropriately sug- 
gestive meanings.' Savitar is the sun god of the Rig Veda. 
The Phis have no representative on the board, a Sigma Nu 
being editor-in-chief and a Sigma Alpha Kpsilon business 
manager. The Phis have several athletic officers, manager 
and left guard of the eleven, a pitcher on the nine, an editor 
on the hidrpi'udent, several prize-wnnners, the leader, the 
manager and four out of nine men on the glee club, one on 
the banjo club, two men in Theta Nu Kpsilon and two in 
Phi Delta Phi. The former attempts to give no chapter list. 
Phi Delta Theta leads the fraternity list here again. She 
has 22 men; vSigma Alpha Epsilon, 21 ; vSigma Nu, 19; Beta 
Theta Pi, 12; vSigma Chi, 19 {\\ academic); Kappa Kappa 
Gamma, 10; total, 103 out of 701 students. There is more 
it would be pleasant to say about the Savitar and Missouri 
Alpha, but space is beginning to fail us. A word should 
be added, however, about the trip of the eleven to Mexico, 
under Bro. English's management — a new departure in col- 
lege athletics, and one, we remember, the faculty at Missouri 
had something to say about, if the newspapers are to be be- 
lieved. The very interesting account of this trip is from the 


pen of a Phi. Sigma Nu has the only chapter house at Mis- 

The Searchlight is turned on us from Westminster by two 
Phis and a non-fraternity man of the class of *97. Bro. 
Jacks is editor-in-chief and Bro. Van Meter associate. We 
understand they made the venture a financial success, as it 
certainly is in other respects. It is dedicated to William 
Sausser, *to whose beneficence Westminster is greatly in- 
debted.' Mr. Sausser's gift to Westminster is said to be 
the largest ever made in Missouri by a single person at one 
time to any educational institution. There are but eight 
members in 'U7 and five of these are Phis; they consequently 
hold five offices — all there are. They have all the junior 
officers, as well. They are left out in oratory (Bro. Fer- 
guson won the contest this year) and music, but come out 
strong in athletics with three men on the nine, including 
the captain and the battery, and the president of the as- 
sociation. They are actively interested in the literary so- 
cieties, and the editor-in-chief of the Student is a Phi. The 
Beta Theta Pi chapter has 14 men; ours, ir>; Kappa Al- 
pha's, 14. Westminster enrolled 11 o men last year, so that 
the Greeks are not quite 40 per cent, of the whole number. 

The Senior Aiimcal from Kansas contains photographs and 
biographies of the class, chapter groups, pictures of the teams 
and the university buildings, with the yell and the cast of the 
senior play. Among the seniors are given three Phis, Bros. 
Brooks, Reed and Smith, though we understood that five or 
six more were enrolled in '97. Bro. Smith wears the key 
of Phi Beta Kappa, and Bro. Reed is foot ball manager for 
1897. Counting faces in the groups, it would seem that the 
chapters enrolled: Beta Theta Pi, 21: Phi Kappa Psi, 16; 
Pi Beta Phi, 23; Kappa Alpha Theta, lo; Phi Gamma Delta, 
12; Phi Delta Theta, 19; Kappa Kappa Gamma, 22; Sigma 
Nu, 14; Sigma Chi, IS. The Betas and Phi Psis have 
chapter houses. 

The juniors of Nebraska dedicate the Sombrero to Chan- 
cellor McLean. Bro. P. W. Russell, delegate to the Phila- 
delphia convention, is business manager, and Bro. C. H. True 
is an associate editor. Delta Tau Delta has the editor-in- 
chief. One of onr f rat res in urbe, Bro. L. A. Westerman, has 
furnished some of the illustrations. Like the annuals of most 
of the state universities, the Sombrero has much to say of 
Nebraska's rapid growth in equipment and attendance. The 
different departments are written up fully. Nebraska Alpha 
is 'way up in military circles, and the army is considered 


second to nothing in importance at Lincoln. Bro. Oury is 
manager of the eleven, and there are many Phis in the class 
teams. The girls' basket ball team, by the way, has its pict- 
ure above the boys*. Bro. True is on the junior prom, com- 
mittee. The literary societies flourish, presumably among the 
non- fraternity students, however. In the fraternity lists 
we find Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Delta Phi, but the Theta 
Nu lipsilon chapter is coolly ignored. All the chapter 
whistles are given, and pictures of the houses of Sigma Chi 
and Phi Kappa Psi. Phi Delta Theta is the first fraternity, 
chronologically, with 15 members; Sigma Chi has 20; Kappa 
Kappa Gamma, 17: Beta Theta Pi, 11); Delta Gamma, 19; 
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 20; Delta Tan Delta, IS; Delta Delta 
Delta, lo; Pi Beta Phi, 20; Phi Kappa Psi, 21; Alpha 
Theta Chi (petitioning Zeta Psi), 17; Kappa Alpha Theta, 
11; Kappa Sigma, 11; Sigma Xi, and Alpha Tan Omega 
were installed after the Sombn?o came out. There are, 
then, 131 Greeks among the men and SO among the women 
students; S92 men are enrolled in the university and 7(U 

Our last volume is another beautiful one, California's 
lUue a fid (told. The juniors dedicate it 'to that formidable 
conspiracy of sham, dullness and fun which philanthropists 
call college humor.* The editors, whose *hair is gray, but 
not with years,' count no Phis among them. These editors 
have views and express them in the preface. They have 
'rigorously abstained from striving after literary effect,' 
have omitted class histories as 'a venerable and decrepit in- 
stitution.' They have made the pages the same size as in 
1890, and beg their successors to help in establishing a 
uniform size, *so that the collection in the library may re- 
cover from its unhappy state of long, short, fat and lean.' 
They have also established an exchange with eastern an- 
nuals, which, we are sure, will in no case be to the disad- 
vantage of the oriental publication. Mrs. Phoebe Hearst, 
who purposes doing so much for the university, and who 
has done so much already, is honored with a portrait as 
frontispiece and with a biographical sketch. The pictures 
of the campus lead us to recant what we were on the point 
of saying in half a dozen cases before this and to declare 
now that California's surroundings must be the most pict- 
uresque of any American institution; and speaking of the 
other good pictures — those of the girls of '1^8 seem to us 
worth looking at twice. The enrollment last year at Berke- 
ley was 1,4.')0; of these 27B were Greeks, 221 men and 55 


women. The chapters are: Zeta Psi, 13; Phi Delta Theta, 
20; Chi Phi, 23; Delta Kappa Epsilon, 28; Beta Theta Pi, 
28; Sigma Chi, 12; Phi Gamma Delta, 20; Sigma Nu, 22; 
Kappa Alpha Theta, 22; Gamma Phi Beta, 18; Sorosis 
(since Kappa Kappa Gamma), 15; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 
17; Chi Psi, 12; Delta Upsilon, 26. Besides these there are 
three professional fraternities and Theta Nu Epsilon. Bro. 
Reinhardt was foot ball manager, Bro. Creed managing ed- 
itor of the Berkeleyan, with two or three others on the staff; 
Bros. Smith and Hanna were on the glee club, and there 
were various class and military honors besides. We find 
pictures of the tents in which the overflowing freshman 
classes recited in the fall of 1896, and of all the fraternity 
houses (of which there are thirteen, Sorosis alone having 
none). Kappa Alpha's dormant chapter receives no men- 
tion. No chapter lists are given; Sigma Nu has the only 
book plate and Beta Theta Pi the only group picture. 
The co-eds play an important part in student circles. Cali- 
fornia girls are very conservative, however; they wear their 
hats and gloves in the class room always. 

Two others would have been added to this list but for 
special reasons. The entire edition of the Columbian was 
sold out before Bro. Ehrhorn became reporter, or Columbia 
would have been represented. The class of '98 at Minne- 
sota had civil war of the in tensest sort over the Gopher, and 
every fraternity man took a solemn oath never to buy a 
copy of the edition issued by the barbarians or to aid it in 
any way — and the barbarians did not send us a copy. This 
was an off year in several colleges which usually publish 
annuals. Among them we may mention Sewanee, Wabash, 
DePauw, Northwestern and Chicago. We had hoped to re- 
ceive the Stanford Quad, the Knox Gale, the Illinois Illio, 
the Ohio Wesleyan Bijou, the Georgia Pandora, the Lehigh 
Epitome, the Lafayette Melange and the Williams Guliel- 
mensian, but the reporters forgot us. We have not learned 
whether Mercer and Iowa Wesleyan issued annuals or not. 
What will be the novel feature next year? The freshman's 
diary and letter to his father are wearing out. Rush Ash- 
more is aging fast, the faculty records (standing broad grin 
and the like) are already old, and next year the Yellow Kid 
will be grown up. But there will be something new, rest 
assured, and the old features, with new applications, will 
be just as interesting as ever, we suspect. 



The inter-collegiate debate is taking the college world 
captive more than ever this winter. It is a contest purely 
intellectual, but a contest, for ail that, involving all the op- 
portunities for biilliani attack and sturdy defense found in 
the battles that have been waged this fall on the gridiron, 
or that are to be decided next spring on the track or dia- 
mond. The oldest and most important, perhaps, of all the 
debates of this kind is the one that occurs annually between 
Harvard and Vale. Two debates, one at Cambridge and 
one at New Haven, were held in 1><92, 1 Ml-! and 18!)4. Since 
1S1I5 a freshman debate is held at one place after the big 
contest has been decided at the other. This year the fresh- 
men win meet at Cambridge, while the regular teams faced 
each other at New Haven on the evening of December 3. 
The question was 

'Resolved. That the United States should annex the Ha- 
waiian Islands.' A large number of distinguished visitors 
was present, and conspicuous in the audience were the dip- 
lomatic representatives and several citizens of Hawaii. In 


the first two debates no decision was given. Harvard won 
the first five after judges came in, then Yale turned the 
tables and won the last two; so that the struggle this year 
was even more exciting than usual, affording Harvard an 
opportunity to retrieve her lost opportunities in the great 
game a few weeks before, and Yale a chance to show once 
more that the sons of old Eli are as quick with their wits 
and tongues as with their heels and oars. 

One member of the brilliant Harvard team is an interest- 
ing figure to all Phis. Those, particularly, who were at the 
national convention of Thanksgiving, 181)6, will remember 
him. Wilbur Morse was born in Philadelphia, May lo, 
ISTO. He received his early education there, being graduated 
from the Central High School in 1894, as valedictorian, 
third honor man and class poet. That fall he entered the 
University of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Zeta gathered 
him in with her *98 delegation. That year he took a prize 
in declamation and in debate and was a member of the win- 
ning team in the Philomathean-Zelosophic debate. The 
comic weekly, Be^i Franklin, was started that year, and Bro. 
Morse was editor-in-chief. The next fall he entered Har- 
vard with the class of '99 and was a member of the fresh- 
man debating team that defeated the Yale freshmen. May 
15, 1890 (on his twentieth birthday). 

Last year he was out of college but as busy as ever, work- 
ing on the staff of the Philadelphia Press, for which he wrote 
his excellent reports of our national convention, and reading 
law with George Quintard Horwitz, one of the brilliant 
young lawyers of the Philadelphia bar — a partner of Judge 
W. W. Porter. 

This fall found Brother Morse at Harv^ard, a sophomore 
with '00, and the preliminary contest in debate gave him 
one of the three coveted places on the team sent to New 
Haven. There were forty-seven men in the primary debate. 

Brother Morse is writing regularly for the New York 
Evening Post and for several other New York and Philadel- 
phia papers. During his summer vacations he manages and 
edits (in partnership with a college friend) the society paper 
of Bar Harbor, Maine, called Par Harbor Life — a 20-page 
illustrated weekly. He expects to read law with Mr. Hor- 
witz after graduation and to engage in the practice of that 
profession in his native city. H. Th. M. 



I notice that at the recent convention of Alpha province 
resolutions were passed recommending that the convention 
be held in one of the large cities in the state of Ohio, 'be- 
cause there is apparently nothing but a reason of sentiment 
inspired by the parent chapter,' to call the convention to 

Now it does seem to me that sentiment furnishes the 
strongest argument for holding the next convention at Ox- 
ford. Sentiment rules us to a large degree, anyway. What 
is it that makes so many tourists every year visit the house 
where Shakspeare lived? Or again, w^hat is it that makes 
Mount \^ernon and Monticello shrines where all Americans 
love to pay their homage ? What is it that takes Phi Gamma 
Delta's semi-centennial convention next year to a small col- 
lege towm rather than to the large city so near in the same 
state ? What, again, is it that leads the old soldier to tramp 
over the battle-fields where the civil w-ar was fought ? We 
answer, nothing but a 'reason of sentiment.' That is all. 

It is just this 'reason of sentiment* that should give every 
Phi a desire to visit, at some period in life, the birth-place 
of his Fraternity; to see the room where Robert Morrison 
thought out the grand principles of Phi Delta Theta, and 
building to meet the need of his own college life, 'built far 
wiser than he knew^ * And what better time to make this 
visit than when we come together to celebrate our semi- 
centennial ? 

Now no one maintains that Oxford is a large place, or 
that the hotel accommodations are adequate, but these things 
have been taken into consideration. Oxford is indeed a 
small place, but the people have large hearts. They know 
how to care for students and strangers. It is a typical col- 
lege town, where three institutions of wide reputation flour- 
ish side by side — Miami I'niversity, Western College and 
Oxford College. Over the latter institution our own Bro. 
Faye Walker presides. And he has generously offered to 
place his well-appointed college building at the disposal of 
the delegates. We don't need a hotel, for here we can have 
home comforts. Here w^e can deliberate, fellowship, sleep 
and eat under one roof, in true brotherly love. 

Of course Oxford has few outside attractions such as a 
city would offer, but who will say that this is an objection ? 
Bro. Palmer says an effort must be made at this convention 


to get the delegates better acquainted. This can't be done 
in a large city where every one goes sight-seeing. But at 
Oxford they could not possibly get away from each other, 
for they would meet on every street corner, and the conse- 
quences would be that they would all know each other be- 
fore the convention closed. 

Let us bear in mind the character of this convention. It 
is to be our semi-centennial. From the nature of the case 
the exercises will be largely reminiscent in character. Why 
not get upon historic ground ? Instead of going to some 
city and then making a pilgrimage to Oxford — in which 
there would be few pilgrims, why not go there at once and 

Of course we want Father Morrison to be there, and I am 
sure it would do his soul good to get back to 'old Miami' 
and lead us young Phis about the old walks where he went 
fifty years ago. 

Yes,it is nothing but *a reason of sentiment,* but it is strong 
enough to yield to. Oxford is certainly the proper place for 
the semi-centennial convention, and we firmly believe it will 
add greatly to the interest and impressiveness of the exer- 
cises if it is held there. Ashkr G. Work. 

Brookston, Ind. 


To Chapter Historians : 

I desire to call attention to a mistake in my circular letter 
in reference to the date for issuing the annual chapter re- 
ports. It is there given as December 1, 1807. It should 
be February /, rSgS, You will therefore carefully preserve 
blanks until that date, and then fill them out in accordance 
with the printed instructions and return. 

In the Bond, 
McClunkv Radclifkk, H. G. C. 

134 THf^ SCROLL. 


And now that the freshman is initiated, what are you 
going to do with him and what is he going to do ? He will 
do nothing and he will be nothing unless you g^ve him 
opportunities and direction. Put one freshman on every 
committee at once, making your appointments in accord- 
ance with individual fitness. One man is a born rusher; 
let the membership committee use him in landing more 
freshmen. One has a good business head; make him the 
treasurer's agent and confidential secretary. One is enam- 
ored of facts and figures; let the historian give him all en- 
couragement in his power and the reporter make use of him 
in need. Another has the rare combination of qualities 
which makes a man prompt, tactful and enthusiastic, able 
to write well without becoming either conventional or bom- 
bastic — a man who knows an item of important news when 
he hears it, knows how to tell it and how to use it. Let 
the reporter look after this man; let him become correspond- 
ent for some local or home newspaper; have him write a 
chapter letter once or twice when the reporter is busy, but 
not too busy to look over the letter and make suggestions 
and corrections. Then, next year, or year after, make this 
man your reporter. The freshmen want to work; encour- 
age them to try for class teams and the musical clubs, help 
them to prepare their debates and essays and orations — and 
give every one of them some fraternity work to do. 

Brother Weed's article will have to be modified in one 
or two slight respects, to make it absolutely correct, but he 
has our thanks for the good results of his very careful inves- 
tigation. At Johns Hopkins, we are told. Kappa Alpha, 
Alpha Delta Phi, Beta Theta Pi, Phi Kappa Psi and Phi 
Gamma Delta all rent houses. This information is probably 
correct, but it did not reach Brother Weed until after his 
article was in print. Kappa Alpha at \'anderbilt has just 


obtained a house, as our readers will see from the depart- 
ment of fraternity news. The south deserves credit for 
having initiated the chapter house movement in Phi Delta 
Theta, but she has since been far eclipsed by New England, 
by New York, by Pennsylvania, by the far west. Georgia 
has just taken up the good work so well begun by Tennes- 
see, and we want the next convention to see houses owned 
by both Texas chapters, Mississippi, Alabama, Auburn, Cen- 
tre, Central and Emory, and rented by all the others. 

Some chapters have said recently that * rooms suit their 
needs better than a house. ' A hall and rooms form a pre- 
liminary stage through which many have to pass, but the 
chapter that is up to date has a house. A suite of seven 
rooms will cost as much as a house in the long run. Read 
the article on that subject in the last Palladium, It takes 
time to accumulate a building fund, to get the alumni inter- 
ested, to perfect plans, but the time to beg^n is now. Most 
fraternities have outgrown the initiation of preparatory stu- 
dents and of honorary members. There were once times 
and places where both these practices were the rule and 
seemed often excusable and occasionally necessary. But 
they are no longer so. Among the leading Greek-letter so- 
cieties of ten years hence a homeless chapter will be counted 
a reproach. 

The review of annuals in this number may seem to many 
long drawn out. Last year two issues of The Scroll were 
used, but it was thought best, for purposes of comparison, 
to notice all the volumes at once. We have refrained from 
calling attention to data to be found in Bro. Palmer's Man- 
ual, such as Phi members of the faculty, but have found it 
desirable to mention the enrollment in each case, to make it 
possible to see at a glance the relative size of the fraternity 
and the non- fraternity student body. The article is in- 
tended to be read not as literature but as statistics, and as 
such is commended to the perusal of all careful fraternity 
students. The Manual should be followed at the same time. 

To Phi editors and contributors this year we have one sug- 


gestion to offer. Make up your chapter list in accordance 
with the Scroll directory of the last issue of this volume, 
not from the 18*)0 Baird or from last year's annual. The 
chapter lists of all fraternities were found to be very imper- 
fect. We have noted the variations in the case of Theta 
Nu Epsilon. Nobody seems to know how many chapters 
there are of this organization. Finally, we urge all Phis, 
no matter whether their chapter seems to have what it de- 
serves on the board or in the book, or not, to support their 
college annual loyally in every way possible. 

The charter of Ohio Delta, at the University of Wooster, 
has been suspended by the General Council. The quality of 
the male student body has been steadily deteriorating for 
several years past, but three new men having been initiated 
this fall by all the chapters from the freshman class; Phi 
Kappa Psi, Sigma Chi and Delta Tau Delta have found it 
necessary to withdraw .since 181)1, and now Phi Delta 
Theta has decided, after consultation between the active 
members and visiting alumni of Ohio Delta and the general 
officers of the Fraternity, that the action mentioned above 
should be taken. The Wooster chapter has given us a host 
of loyal and gifted alumni, and for their sake we hope that 
conditions may change before it is too late. If they do not, 
the chapter will remain stricken from our roll. 

This is the month for the annual circular letter. Too 
many chapters look on this as a mere requirement of the 
constitution for the benefit of the statistically inclined. It 
is intended as a means of communication between the chap- 
ters and their alumni, keeping the graduate's interest, both 
.sentimental and financial, active and intense. A chapter 
must keep track of its correspondent members for many 
reasons, and the letter is the best means of accomplishing 
this end. Have yours printed at once, and print enough 
copies. Read the directions in the proposed constitution 
and code, and make this your most profitable expenditure 


of time and money in the chapter's interest. Don't forget 
to give the reporter's address. 

The Phis in Georgia are accustomed to call themselves 
*Thetas,' and members of the Fraternity elsewhere have 
wondered what was the reason for the habit. The Fraternity 
has never sanctioned the use of the last letter in its name to 
designate its members. There are three other fraternities 
whose names begin with Phi — Phi Gamma Delta, Phi 
Kappa Psi, Phi Kappa Sigma. Members of the first men- 
tioned, when not described as 'Fijis,' are called Deltas, 
which is the term used in the literature of the fraternity. 
Phi Delta Theta, however, uses the first instead of the 
third letter for this purpose, and our convention of 1882 de- 
clared that Phi Delta Theta should be pronounced 'Phy 
Delta Thayta,' and members should be called Phis, pro- 
nounced *Phys.' Phi Kappa Psi, another fraternity whose 
name begins with Phi, calls its members Phi Psis, so no 
confusion is caused by members of Phi Delta Theta calling 
themselves Phis simply. Members of Phi Kappa Sigma are 
known by their full name, as Phi Kaps or as 'Skulls,' from their 
emblem. The habit of Georgia Phis in styling themselves 
*Thetas' seems to have originated at Mercer, and the rea.son 
probably was the existence of a Phi Delta literary society 
there. It is noticeable, also, that there is a Phi Kappa 
literary society at the University of Georgia and a Phi 
Gamma literary society at ICmor^*. Literary societies form 
a large element in college life in the south, but no misun- 
derstandings would arise from Phis calling themselves Phis, 
because the members of the literary societies at Mercer, for 
instance, call themselves Phi Deltas. The (jeorgians should 
break off this habit of dubbing themselves 'Thetas,' for in 
regard to nomenclature, as well as other general fraternity 
observances, it is desirable for custom to be uniform and 

The success of our two October province conventions is a 
matter for congratulation, particularly in the case of the 


southern chapters, who met this year for the first time. It 
is an old story for Alpha province to hold a large and en- 
thusiastic meeting. The social advantage of such gather- 
ings is inestimable; the amount of business to be transacted 
is not large enough to monopolize the time of the delegates, 
and the delegates and visitors have much better opportunity 
to become well acquainted than at a national convention. 
No sihall amount of important business was considered, 
however, at these meetings. They were wisely managed, 
as well as royally entertained. 

Ai'TKR all, the Fraternity is most active and living in its 
college chapters. The alumni are swallowed up in the 
maelstrom of workaday life, and the undergraduate Phis are 
at once the life and the source of renewed life for future 
days. The chapter letter is, therefore, of deep interest to 
ever>' member of the Fraternity who follows its progress 
closely. The other chapters gain inspiration from it. 
The alumni find in it their 3'outh renewed. So we have 
thought it worth while, at the expense of a few days* 
deiay, and of a few letters and telegrams, to attempt to pre- 
sent in this issue a letter from every active chapter of 
Phi Delta Theta. Heretofore, this has not been practicable, 
because of limited space, but this time other things must 
wait, while we hear from the chapters. There is a keen 
personal satisfaction in doing something no person else has 
done, and when we offer sixty-five letters from the sixty-five 
chapters of Phi Delta Theta, we have the added satisfaction 
of knowing that no person else could do this — at present, 
anyway. We are very grateful to our faithful correspond- 
ents who have made this achievement possible, and we for- 
give the loiterers freely. The first form had to go to press 
before two or three Alpha and Beta province letters were in 
type and before two more had arrived. These will be found 
following the Stanford letter 


Chapter Correspondence/ 



The rapidity with which the material equipment of Dartmouth is 
being increased awakens the enthusiasm and excites the admiration 
of every loyal alumnus. The foundations of the mathematical hall and 
the physical laboratory are nearing completion, and the buildings will 
be put up in the spring. A chemical laboratory will also be erected 
next spring, and a central heating station. 

Ex President Bartlett will celebrate his eightieth birthday on 
Thanksgiving day. On the following evening he will address a gath- 
ering of his immediate friends and neighbors and the students of the 
college. His interest in them all is warm and hearty, and his address 
will be sure to abound in many delightful reminiscences of tlie town 
and college. 

Last Saturday Dartmouth defeated Amherst at Hanover by the 
enormous score of 54 to 0. This makes the fifth successive year that 
Amherst has been defeated in foot ball, and as your reporter writes 
these words, the news comes from Williamstown that Dartmouth has 
defeated Williams by a score of 02 to U, thereby winning the tri-col- 
legiate pennant for the fifth successive season. 

Each winter season at Dartmouth is enlivened by the lecture course. 
The course was opened last week with a concert by Reeve's American 
Band of Providence, R. I. During the winter the following lecturers 
will speak: John B. Gordon, Dr. Frank Gunsaulus and Mr. Robarts- 

Early in the fall term, Bro. A. A. McKenzie, '91, for some years in- 
spector of buildings at Hanover, was offered the position of first as- 
sistant engineer by the Nicaragua Canal Commission. Bro. McKen- 
zie did not accept, however. 

The chapter is represented this year on The Dartmouth by Bro. 
Musgrove, '99, and Bro Rodgers, '98, the latter being editor of the 
alumni department. Bro. Wood, '01, one of our new initiates, was 
elected a member of the board to-day. Since writing the last letter, 
Bro. Graham, '99, has made the mandolin club, and Bro. Thayer. '01, 
another of our new members, has become first tenor on the glee club. 
Bros. Chase and Child, '99, represent the chapter in the trial debates 
for the Williams- Dartmouth debate next spring. Bro. Barney, '99, 
is vice-president of the dramatic club, and Bro. Tirrell, '00, is treas- 
urer. Bros. Barney and Sanborn, 'IM), were our delegates to the Al- 
pha province convention, and they brought back fine reports of the 
state of the province, and lots of enthusiasm for the work of New 
Hampshire Alpha. 

In the next letter we can report our new members, and give some 
account of the year's work. 

With best wishes, I am Yours in the Bond, 


Hanover, November 20, 1897. 

* Letters not coming in their regular order may be found following the Hpsilou 
province letters. 



Since our last letter we have pledged and initiated eight of the most 
desirable men from the freshman and sophomore classes. They are 
Royden KugeneBeebe, 1900, Burlington, Vt. ; and Samuel Sibley Den- 
nis, Jr., Hardwick, Mass.; Vernon Waterman Dodge, Morrisville, Vt. ; 
Carroll Putnam Marvin, Montpelier, Vt. ; Roy Sydney Morse, Monl- 
pelier, Vt. ; ICarl Elkins Parker, Barre, Vt. ; Dean Homer Perry, Barre, 
Vt.; and Albert Frank Ufford, Fairfax, Vt., all of 191)1. The initia- 
tion ceremonies were held Friday evening, October 22, and were fol- 
lowed immediately by our annual initiation banquet at the Hotel Bur- 
lington. Alumni present at the initiation and banquet were G. H. 
Baker, '92, C. H Mower, '9;{. G. 11. Dalrymple, W. F. Daggett and 
C. W. Doten, '9r>, K. M. Harvey, '9<>, F. K. Jackson, \V. P. Kern and 
F. R. Farrington, '97. We were especially pleased to have with us 
for this occasion a representative from our sister chapter, New Hamp- 
shire Alpha, Bro. W. C. Rodgers, Ihirtuiouth, '98. 

While successful in 'horse-shedding', we have been receiving our 
full share of college honors. Bnxs. Ray, '9S, Andrews, '99, and Dodge, 
1901, are presidents of their respective classes. On the 'varsity foot 
ball team Vermont Alpha is represented by Bros. Forbes and Keeler, 
'98, and Lincoln, 1900. On the musical clubs, as they are now con- 
stituted, are liros. Andrews and Blair, '99, and Dodge and Parker, 
1901. Bro. Gould, 1900, has been appointed avSsistant librarian in the 
Billings library. In the university battalion several Phis hold prom- 
inent positions: Bros. Ray and Patrick, '98, are captains, Bro. Dodd, 
'98, is second lieutenant, and Bro. Andrews, '99, sergeant ma^or. 

During the past two months wedding bells have been ringing con- 
tinually among our alumni. Among the most recent benedicts are 
Bros. J. C. Turk, '8:5, H. J. Kilbourn, '93, M. C. Lovell, ex-'90, and 
I. J. Vail, ex-'98. The engagement of Bro. H. M. W^ilbur, 'S(), to Miss 
Dorothy Dix Elliott, both of Portland, Oregon, has been announced; 
the engagement is also announced of Wxo. C. II. Mower, '9.S, to Miss 
Louise Galusha, l)oth of Burlington, Vt. Bro. Turk has a position 
with the Union Iron Bridge Co., of New York; Bro. Kilbourn is pas- 
tor of the first Congregational church at Alburg, Vt. ; Bro. C. C. 
Briggs, '94, was recently admitted to the Vermont bar; Bro. W. P. 
Kern, '97, is now in the employ of the (Quaker City Morocco Company, 
of Philadelphia; Bro. F. F. Lincoln, '97, is a reporter on the New 
York Sun: Bro. Sabin, '90, will enter the medical department of the 
university next January ; Bro. Dalrymple, '95, during the * horse- 
shedding ' season gave the chapter a very pleasant afternoon excur- 
sion on Lake Champlain in his steam yacht 'Ariel.' 

The university still continues in the path of growth and prosperity. 
In the military department Lieut. Bailey succeeds Capt. H. E. Tuth- 
erly. The freshman class numbers ninety-seven. The annual fresh- 
man-sophomore cane rush, which has for many years occurred at the 
beginning of the college year, was strictly prohibited this fall by the 
faculty. But, notwithstanding this restriction, a pitched battle was 
fought on one of the principal streets of the city between the sopho- 
mores and freshmen, the latter having gone down town in a body to* 
secure class canes. The rush was declared a draw, and the sopho- 
mores who took part in it have been placed on probation by the fac- 
ulty. Vermont is making her first earnest attempt this year to pro- 
duce a 'varsity foot ball team worthy of the institution. Many oiffi- 
culties presented themselves in the beginning, but these seem now to 


have been overcome. The team has played no big college games this 
season, but in several games with some of the strongest teams in the 
state has been thus far undefeated. Dr. Farrar, Pennsylvania^ '95, is 
coaching the team. Our game with Middlebury College, in which 
Vermont won easily by the score of 14-0, has been the most important 
of the season. The first military' hop of the season will be given by 
the university battalion, Friday evening, November 19, in the armory. 
Bro. Patrick, '98, and Bro. Brooks, nHX), are members of the hop com- 
mittee. These dances are among the most pleasant features of our 
social life. 

Bro. Ray, '98, was the delegate of Vermont Alpha to the Alpha 
province convention at Providence. He was accompanied by Bro. 
Jackson, '97. 

The chapter is deeply indebted to Bro. Walter B. Palmer for his ex- 
cellent Manual of Phi Delta Theta, which assisted us greatly in 'horse- 
shedding' and will ever be a valuable work. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Burlington, Novembers, 1897. C. F. Bi^air. 


Massachusetts Alpha returned sixteen men this fall. Since the be- 
ginning of the term we have initiated Bros. Harold Chapman Brown, 
of Springfield, Mass.; Harry Warren Mead, of Auburn, N. V.; Nor- 
man Peck, of Indianapolis, Ind.; and I^ewis Squires, of Plainfield, N. 
J., all from the class of 1901. The entering class this fall numbers 
about one hundred and fifteen men. This number is somewhat less 
than that of last year, probably on account of the higher standard the 
college has set in respect to the requirements for entrance. 

The faculty has been greatly changed. Doctor Handcock has taken 
the place of Doctor Mather, who is continuing his studies abroad. Mr. 
Huntington and Mr. Sutphen have courses in mathematics and Latin. 
Mr. Curtis and Mr. Wilhams are assistants in biology and chemistry. 

Some of the honors conferred upon the members of Massachusetts 
Alpha since our last letter to The ScRorx follow: Bro. Treat, '97, 
was elected to <l> B K ; Bro. Denison, '97, was treasiu^er of the class 
day committee. Bros. Treat and Denison received commencement 
appointments, Bro. Denison having a philosophical oration and taking 
prizes in history and German. Bros. Fifer, '98, and Waterman, '98, 
were elected to the Gargoyle. Bro. Fifer was a prominent member of 
the athletic team, of which Bro. Waterman is manager for this year. 
Bro. Graff, '98, is president of the chemical society. Bro. Fitz, '99, 
was re-elected leader of the banjo club, and is a director in the chem- 
ical society. Bro. Baker, '99, is secretary and treasurer of the lyceum 
of natural history. Bro. Waterman, '98, is on the finance, and Bro. 
Vary, '9t), on the music committee, of the Y. M. C. A. Bros. Bates 
and Stoddard were on the cane committee for the class of liMX). Bro. 
Stoddard was elected to the weekly board, and was on his class supper 
committee. Bro. Doland, 1900, was on the committee for the March 
17 celebration. Bro. Mead, 1901, is playing on his class foot ball team, 
and Bro. Brown, of the same class, is on the mandolin club. 

The chapter lost three men by graduation, Bro. Denison, who is 
studying law in Columbia University, Bro. Northrup and Bro. Treat. 
Bro. Doland, 1900, left college and entered the biological department 
of the University of Pennsylvania. 


Massachusetts Alpha was pleased to receive as visitors this fall 
Bros. Buell, '96, Canedy, '%, Irish, '%, Westen, '96, and Denison, '97. 
With best wishes, I remain, Yours in the Bond, 

M. A. Graff. 
Williamstown, November 20, 1897. 


Amherst is at present busy in enlarging her already wide stretch of 
campus. The entire Boltwood estate is being graded and laid out in 
landscape form; when it is completed it will offer a fine sweep of lawn 
stretching from Maple street to the laboratory. Several streets will be 
built across it. 

The foot ball season at Amherst has closed with a defeat by Dart- 
^louth of 54-0. With the material which offered itself in September, 
a surprisingly strong team was built up, of which no idea can be gained 
from the score which the far heavier Dartmouth team succeeded in 
making. Although the Williams game ended in a tie, owing to a 
fluke, It is conceded by every one that Amherst outplayed her oppon- 
ents. Bro. Whitney, '99, was elected captain of the team in the mid- 
dle of the season and did much to develop it, instituting a new system 
of second elevens and finding new material. 

Massachusetts Beta is in a flourishing condition. The rushing sea- 
son was a fierce competition, and our chapter is proud to introduce 
these new Phis: Jesse E. Baker, Keokuk, Iowa; Arthur R. Couch, 
Northampton, Mass. ; Clare J. Crary, Sheffield, Pa. ; John E. Denham, 
Westboro, Mass.; George B. Ennever, Montclair, N. J.; Harry W. 
Gladwin, Westfield, Mass.; Andrew F. Hamilton, Athol, Mass.; John 
A. Marsh, New Milford, Conn.; Leonard L. Roden, Attleboro, Mass.; 
Jay H. Stevens, Hornellsville, N. Y. All are of the class of 1901; an- 
other man of the same class, and three men of 1902, are pledged. 

Bro. Marsh, 1901, has taken the JoOO admission prize. Bro. Baker, 
1901, is leader of the freshman mandolin club. Bro. Gladwin, 1901, 
is athletic director of his class. The upper delegations, too, have by 
no means been quiet. In the senior elections, Bro. Porter was made 
class secretary, Bro. Trefethen permanent class secretary, Bro. McAll- 
ister choregus. Bro. Klaer, 1900, is athletic director of his class for 
the coming year. On the glee club we have Bros. Porter, '98, Smith, 
'99, and Brooks, '90. Bro. Sharp, '99, and Bro. Baker, 1901, represent 
us on the mandolin club. 

We wish to express our appreciation of the work done by Bro. 
Palmer in his successful edition of the Manual, and offer our con- 
gratulations. With best wishes to all, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Amherst, November 15, 1897. Chkster M. Grover. 


Rhode Island Alpha lost last June by graduation ten loyal. Phis. 
When we returned this fall we numbered only fifteen. Since then we 
have affiliated Bro. Multer of Union, and after a successful rushing 
season initiated Bros. Boynton and Stillman from '00 and Bros. Hap- 
good, Lane and Melendy from '01. 

On October 28 and 29 the Alpha province convention met with us, 
and for two or three days we had the privilege of meeting and enter- 


taining a number of brothers from the other chapters. It would have 
given us a great deal of pleasure if more might have been able to 
come. On the evening of the 29th we held the most successful and 
best attended banquet ever enjoyed by our chapter. About forty-five 
Phis were present, and Bro. Moore presided as toastmaster. 

We feel that this convention has Seen and will be of great advan- 
tage to us in our work at Brown. Last spring Alpha Delta Phi held 
her convention here, and on the 18th, 19th and 20th of November, 
Delta Phi holds hers with the Beta chapter here. 

Rhode Island Alpha is an active force in the life of the college. 
We are represented on the faculty by*Bros. Slociun, Morse, Kenerson, 
Wheeler and Bullard. Bro. Gifford is assistant manager of the foot 
ball team, and Bros. Wheeler, Hall, Hapgood and Melendy are in the 
team. Bro. Greene is on the Brunoinan and Bro. Putney is the 
biisiness manager, a position which Bro. C. E. White held last year. 
Bro. Gifford and Bro. C. C. White are on the Herald staff. Bro. 
Greene, our senior representative on; the Liber ^ is president of the 
board of editors. 

At the election of officers of the senior class last month. Phi Delta 
Theta obtained two offices out of three representatives in the class. 
Bro. Greene was elected to give the address to the undergraduates on 
class day afternoon. Bro. Multer was elected class orator for the same 
day. No other fraternity in college obtained so many offices in pro- 
portion to the number of their representatives in the class. 

With the most earnest wishes for the continuance of the prosperity 
of the Fraternity, I remain 

Yours in the Bond, 

Providence, November 17, 1897. HowKLi. G. Wilcox. 


As usual, at this season of the year, the all-absorbing topic at Cor- 
nell is foot ball. Thus far we have played two games, winning 
both, which was to be expected. The first game was with Colgate; 
score, 6-0. Yesterday's game with Syracuse University resulted in a 
score of 16-0 in Cornell's favor. These scores are small, but the fact 
is due largely to the many changes made in the line-up of the team. 
*Pop' Warner, the famous Cornell guard, is rapidly getting the line 
men into good shape, while 'Joe' Beachani, last year's captain, has 
charge of the backs. The material on hand this fall looks very prom- 
ising, and with the aid of these two able coaches Cornell should put a 
strong team on the field this year. We have five zealous candidates 
out hustling for positions, some of whom will undoubtedly earn the 
privilege of wearing a 'C Bros. Whiting and Bassford are after the 
position of quarter-back; Hackett is playing a good steady game at 
tackle, and would make the position, hands down, if he only had the 
advantage of a little more weight; Short is back trying for his old 
position at end, while Starbuck is making a good fight for left half, 
showing much of the dash his brother displayed before him. All 
these men have already had a trial on the 'varsity in the two games 
played, so it may well be expected that they will be heard from again. 

The rushing season is certainly upon us at Cornell. Owing to the 
large number of faternities here it is always necessary to be awake to 
secure enough good men in the fall. However, New York Alpha has 
been very fortunate so far and it is with great pleasure that I intro- 
duce to the Fraternity at large William Harrison Miller, Pottsville, 


Pa. ; Irving Clinton Brower, Philadelphia, Pa. ; Chas. Winn Coit, Hol- 
yoke, Mass. We were also pleased to affiliate Bro. C. B. English, of 
Pennsylvania Epsilon. Besides these men we have three more pledged 
and hope to be able to add several others to the list in a very short 

It might be interesting to otlier chapters to say that this last sum- 
mer we sent out over one hundred cards to graduate Phis, asking them 
to fill in the blanks with the names of any friends who were coming to 
Cornell, and who might wish to join a fraternity. In this way we 
were able to get in the game early, and through the scheme secured 
some of our best men. I would advise all chapters to try it. The ex- 
pense amounts to practically nothing. 

The boat races at Poughkeepsie were so fully reported in the daily 
papers and the magazines that anything I could say here would prob- 
ably prove uninteresting. It is useless to say we were overjoyed at 
the results, especially as Yale had to bow to our superiority on the 
water. Our chapter was again represented, Bro. Ihlder pulling the 
stroke oar of the freshman boat. 

With greetings to all sister chapters, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Ithaca, October ;>, 1897. H. Harrison Haskkli*. 


The rushing season is over, and New York Beta has secured a fine 
delegation of four men from the freshman class: Leroy Shelly, Am- 
sterdam; Harry A. Barrett, Albany; John Ludden, Troy; Everett G. 
Grout, Cooperstown. 

Bro. M. J. Multer, '97, is now professor of mathematics and sciences 
at the Delaware Literary Institute, Franklin, N. Y. Bro. W. ly. Terry, 
*96, has been elected professor of science in the Kentucky Military 
Institute with rank of captain. 

Bro. A. J. Hornsby, '99, is assistant business manager of The Garnet. 

Bro. Van Gelder, Brown, '97, has accepted a position in the Edison 
works. New York Beta is always pleased to welcome Phis who come 
to make their homes in the city. 

Union commenced the foot ball season this fall with a very weak 
team, but through the untiring efforts of our coach and captain we 
closed with success, our opponents being unable to score in the last 
three games. 

The junior class has decided to give a series of hops instead of the 
usual promenade. Bro. Hoyt is a member of the committee. 

Owing to our living this year in a chapter house, we find ourselves 
capable of entertaining with success, and as a consequence our social 
standing among the fraternities has been raised. We gave our first 
reception during the latter part of October. In the Bond, 

J. I. Gayetty, 

Schenectady, November 2(», 1S97. R. C. Gambee. 


Once again has New York Delta a roof over her head, and more 
than a month's occupancy of her quarters has served to bring order 
out of chaos, so that the chapter is running smoothly and prospering 
day by day. Emulating the example set her by Columbia University, 
New York Delta's new home is larger, more commodious and pre- 


tentious than heretofore and most admirably adapted for both meeting 
and living purposes. It comprises eight large rooms and bath, on the 
parlor floor and basement of a handsome apartment house, and at 
present it shelters Bros. Egner, Vinton and Baker. 

The last named gentleman is a new initiate whom we hereby intro- 
duce to the Phi world with the prediction that he will prove worthy 
of the honor accorded him. 

Nine of last year*s chapter returned in October, and Bro. HoUoway, 
of Alabama Gamma, has affiliated. Bro. Parish, whom we had ex- 
pected to return this year, disappointed us, for he has joined our 
European contingent, his last communication being postmarked Buda- 
Pesth. It seems that he traveled during the summer extensively 
through Mexico and the southwestern states, and with seven months 
of European travel he should have some rare stories to tell upon his 
return. Next year he enters the school of mines, and np doubt will 
do good work there both scholastically and fraternally. As I wrote 
in September, Bro. Bryant sailed for Europe and is now in Dresden, 
which he will make his winter headquarters. 

The last month has been taken up with class and society elections, 
and in the whirl Phis have come in for their share. Bro. Egner was 
elected president of the Webster Law Club, Bro. Denison, president 
of the MX) law class, while Bros. Vinton and Hinrichs will manage the 
fiscal affairs of their classes '1)8 and '99, college, respectively. 

In athletics Bro. Vinton will continue his good work as centre on 
the '98 foot ball team, and in the '99 team, which is being organized, 
Bro. Hackett will undoubtedly be heard from. 

Bro. Hackett is now interested in university settlement work, and 
his rare executive talent and tireless energy manifest themselves in 
the class to which he acts as mentor. 

Faculty changes are few when we consider Columbia's large corps 
of instructors. Bro. Van Cielder, who was on the faculty of medicine, 
was transferred to a superior position in the chemical department, and 
in the law school we note with particular interest the aodition of Bro. 
Terry as lecturer on contracts. Bro. Terry was one of the founders 
of New York A, and his sound legal knowledge will do much to en- 
hance the value of the law school course. 

In closing, we would acknowledge the visits of many Phis, among 
them Bro. God ell, of Amherst, Bro. Denison, of Williams, and Bros. 
Woodward and Hardy, of Ann Arbor (the latter now attending the 
New York Law School ) . 

In the Bond, 

New York, November 20, 1897. Oscar Wkkks Ehrhorn. 


For Syracuse University the opening of the present college year was 
very auspicious indeed. About four hundred students are enrolled in 
the class of '01, furnishing good material for fraternity rushing. The 
faculty has been greatly strengthened by the addition of several new 
men, not least of whom is Bro. A. E. Leonard, A. M., Ph. D., Ohio 
Gamma, '88, who has been elected to the office of dean of the college 
of liberal arts and also to the professorship of pedagogy. Bro. Leon- 
ard comes to Syracuse from Binghamton, N. Y., where for several 
years he has been principal of the high school. \Ve are glad to wel- 
come Bro. Leonard to Syracuse University and hope that his connec- 
tion with us will be mutually agreeable and profitable. 


The new university block is nearing completion. This is to be the 
home of the law college, when finished will have cost about a half a 
million dollars, and will be one of the finest edifices of our city. A 
new science hall is to be erected in the spring. 

New York Epsilon commenced the year in a very encouraging con- 
dition. We came back to college numbering seventeen men in the 
active chapter, every one of whom was determined to pledge to Phi 
Delta Theta only the best men. Fraternity competition was very 
strong, but we came out at the end of the season with ten men who 
will, both in college and after life, reflect great credit on the Frater- 
nity. We take pleasure in introducing Bros. Harry B. Reddick, M>9; 
Damon A. Hagedorn, '(X>; H. Spencer Perry, '00; Allen D. Burnham, 
*00; Thomas H. Low, '01; Weslev Tisdale, 'Ol; Harry E. Anthony, 
'01; Louis D. Palmer. '01; Claude' M. Merriott, '01; H. Hutchinson, 
'01. We held our initiation banquet at the Vanderbilt, October 19. 
Bro. Nichols* was toastniaster, and Dr. Leonard and Dr. Sibley were 
among the speakers. 

Our new men are all taking hold of fraternity work in earnest, and 
we have good reason to congratulate ourselves upon our choice of 
men. Bro. Lipes, who for two years has been taking a course in the 
liberal arts college, entered the medical school this fall with tlie class 
of '01. Bro. Voorhees, who also was in the liberal arts college last 
year, entered law this fall with '08. Bro. Kinne, 10(M), did not return 
this fall, but entered the New York City medical college. We also 
regretted that Bros. Cregg, HMM), Munro, 'iM). Waffle, '1H>, and Mills, 
'98, did not return to finish their courses. Bro. Mills is at present en- 
gaged in journalism at his home in Sodus, X. Y. Our chapter lost by 
graduation last year Bros. Larkin, '94, medicine, '97, Morgan and 
Nichols, '94. law, '97. 

Our delegates to the Alpha province convention held with Rhode 
Island Alpha were Bros. King and Fenner. They returned filled with 
enthusiasm and loud in their praises of the hospitality of the Phis at 
Brown. The convention of 1S99 is to be held with us. 

Friday evening, November 12, the active chapter gave a reception 
to the resident alumni in honor of Bro. A. E. Leonard, and on Thurs- 
day evening. November 18, we opened the society season with an in- 
formal reception to about forty of our friends among the ladies, held 
at our chapter house on Irving avenue. 

With the best wishes of New York Epsilon to all the chapters for a 
successful year, I am Yours in the Bond, 

Syracuse, November l!>, 1807. M. C. Smith. 


Pennsylvania Alpha greets her sister chapters, the Fraternity and 
our worthy editor, wishing all a most prosperous year. We bejEjan the 
college year with nine names on our roster. Bro. Turner, '99, is read- 
ing law in Easton. and Bro. Poole, '99, has affiliated with Pennsylvania 
Zeta. We lost three men Iw graduation. We introduce the following 
new men to the world of Phis: Bros. Harry Rhea Douglas, Shirleys- 
burg, I'a., and W. liruner Roscnberger, Colmar, Pa., of the class of 
19(K); and T. Campbell Fassitt, Easton, Pa., D. Mackey Hinkle. Ev- 
ansville, Ind., Jos. Henry Vanliam, Nickel, Tex., George B. Robb, 
Newark, N. J., and ICarl Saxe, Lansdale, Pa., all of '01. Bro. Saxe at 
guard, together with Bros. Bray, '00, at full back, and Pierce, '98, at 
half back, are Pennsylvania Alpha's representatives on the gridiron. 


Bro. Hubley, *00, who played on last year's eleven, is under the 
parental ban. Bro. McDougal is manager of the team. The *97 team, 
although not so successful as was the eleven of 'IX >, nevertheless is 
an excellent one. They have been beaten only by the teams repre- 
senting Princeton and the U. of P. The eleven of the latter institu- 
tion fell before Lafayette last year and that of the former was not able 
to score on our 'varsity. Cornell's team is the only other that has 
crossed Lafa^ette*s goal line this season. The game with Cornell re- 
sulted in a tie score, 4-4. Cornell was enabled to score chiefly through 
the ground-gaining propensities of Bro. Whiting, Cornell's right half, 
who is looked upon here as l)eing one of the speediest and best men 
in that position of the year. Caspar Whitney will think twice before 
passing Bro. Whiting in his selection of the 'All- American.' We had 
the pleasure of meeting Bros. Whiting, Hackett and Dempsey, of the 
Cornell eleven. 

Lafayette has been so fortunate as to have again secured the services 
of Bro. Davis as director of athletics for the coming year. Prof. Fran- 
cis Andrew March, Jr., president of the alumni athletic advisory com- 
mittee, pays a beautiful tribute to Bro. Davis and his work at Lafayette: 
* The Lafayette College athletic committee desires to state that with 
the co-operation of Dr. Warfield it has been so fortunate as to make 
arrangements with Mr. Parke Davis to remain at Lafayette during the 
ensuing year as coach of the athletic team. The committee thorough- 
ly appreciate Mr. Davis' splendid work, which, besides tlie successes of 
previous seasons, has given Lafayette tliis fall a foot ball team, which, 
in spite of an extraordinary succession of misfortunes, outclasses the 
teams of all colleges of her size and is only inferior to the teams of the 
** big four".* 

While in Philadelphia lately we had the pleasure of being with Penn- 
sylvania Zeta at an initiation and were most hospitably entertained. 
Too high commendation can not be paid Pennsylvania Zeta and her 
alumni for their perseverance in the matter of a chapter house. The 
plans of their new house, which is to be completed in season for occu- 
pancy next fall, indicate one of the most beautiful, convenient and 
costly fraternity homes to be found anywhere. We were also very 
pleasantly entertained by the Lehigh chapter on the occasion of a 
recent visit. Pennsylvania Kta is pleasantly located in a beautiful 
new house. They deserve great credit for an heroic struggle in the 
last ditch, when, returning with but three men, they speedily raised 
the number on their roll to eight. We say 'AH praise and honor and 
success to our brothers up the valley. May equal success be with our 
lone brother at Washington and Lee ! ' 

Bro. L. J. Shlesinger, Case, '95, honored us with a fraternal call 
recently. In the Bond, 

Harry B. Moon. 

Easton, November 18, 1897. 


Although we have not added any initiates since our last letter, we 
expect to introduce a new brother immediately after the Christmas 
holidays, and notwithstanding the late day for rushing, we have still 
several men in view and are trying to decide whether they will make 
fraternity men or not. 

In athletics this year we are not quite up to our standard, although 
our team was much stronger than last year. In the early part of the 


season they played with several much stronger teams, and quite a num 
ber of our best players were badly injured. 

The new dormitory is now nearing completion and will be ready 
for occupancy by the first of the year. It is a very fine building and 
adds much to the beauty of the campus. Arrangements have been 
made for the construction of others adjoining as they become neces- 

On Sunday, November 7, the college church, which for the last four 
months has been undergoing some extensive improvements, was dedi- 
cated. Rev. L. S. Black, '8<S, of Johnstown, N. Y., preached the ser- 
mon on the occasion. 

Bro. J. W. Krafft, '98, has been appointed physical instructor in the 
gymnasium. He also plays the guitar on one of the musical clubs. 

The class of 1 1)00 has chosen your reporter as its vice-president. 

The chapter was recently honored by visits of several Phis: E. G. 
Denson, N. C. Beta, MH); J. S. Wise, Penna. Zeta, '98; and Louis J. 
Shlesinger, Ohio Eta, '^X), were among those who called to see us. 
Bro. A. B. Coble, '97, of Lykens, Pa., spent several days with us re- 

It has been rumored that an effort is being made to establish a chap- 
ter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon here, but so far nothing definite can be 
learned. Yours in * A B, 

J. Clyde Markei*. 

Gettysburg, November 17, 1897. 


On September 21 Allegheny College began what promises to be the 
most prosperous year since its establishment. At least one hundred 
and fifty new students have come in. The freshman class furnishes 
quite a number of desirable men, but some of the chapters here have 
been unfortunate, and so far there have been comparatively few ini- 

Pennsylvania Delta finished last year with a membership of four- 
teen, and six men pledged. All of our initiated men returned this 
fall with the exception of our three graduates, Bro. George Grant, 
who is preaching in Pittsburgh; Bro. Arthur S. Maitland, who is in 
New Jersey with a surveying corps, and Bro. \V. Preston Beazell, who 
is working on the Pittsburgh Leader. Two other brothers failed to 
return, Bro. J. S. Reitz, pledged, and Bro. Fred Grauel, pledged. 
Bro. Todd, pledged, who has been out of college for two years, is with 
us again. 

P'our of our pledged men became freshmen and were initiated in 
full: Bros. Robert L. Swearer, 191)0, Pittsburgh, Pa.; John H. Wol- 
stoncroft, 190], iMttsburgh, Pa.; J. Ch^uncey Byers, 1901, West Mid- 
dlesex, Pa., and Charles E. Douglass,. 1901, Punxsutawney, Pa. We 
have the pleasure of introducing to the Phi world Bros. Charles C. 
Couse, '99, Greenville, Pa.; Paul B. Masters, 1901, Warren, Ohio; 
Oliver S. Hoffmann, 1901, Beaver, Pa.; John H. Moore, ItKK), Mercer, 
Pa.; Charles W. Stillson, 1901, Cleveland, Ohio, and Irwin Campbell, 
New Castle, Pa., pledged. Consequently we have twenty members 
and two pledged men. Since we are now stronger than ever l)efore 
we may hope for a still more prosperous year than we experienced 
last year. 

The fraternities in Allegheny College rank in numbers as follows: 


Phi Delta Theta, 22; Phi Kappi Psi, 11; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 10; 
Phi Gamma Delta, 10; Delta Tau Delta, r». 

Our men are taking quite a prominent place in college athletics. 
Bro. Weyand. M)S, has just been elected president of our athletic as- 
sociation, consisting of one hundred and ninety members. Bro. 
Douglass, HKll, and Bro. Hyers, P.m)|, are on the college foot ball team, 
and we expect our chapter to be represented on the college basket 
ball team. Pennsylvania Delta wishes the best of success to every 
chapter of Phi Delta Theta. Yours in the Bond, 

Wm. L. Wilkknson. 

Meadville, October 2:5, 1HH7. 


Pennsylvania Epsilon entered upon the work this year with twenty 
of her old men, thus securing for herself prestige and the opportunity 
for conservative work during the rushing season. So far our success 
has been very llattering, eight worthy men having been initiated, 
who give promise of taking prominent places in college activity. We 
introduce to the Phi world Bros. Mahlon F. Ivins, IJHJl, Camden, N. J.; 
Charles S. Kline. P.MII, Catawissa, Pa.; Steward Imager Shiffer, 11K)1, 
Stroudsburg, Pa.; Malconi Sterrett, VMM), Washington, Pa.; E. Jones 
Presby, PM)!, Erma, N. J.; Jere Hoover, HK)], Hagerstown, Md. ; Rob- 
ert Loose, M.HM, Hamburg, Pa.; Norman Branthaver, P.M)1, Marks, Pa. 

Last June we lost two by graduation, and two others left to attend 
professional and technical schools. Bro. J. G. K. Smedley was gradu- 
ated as valedictorian of his class, after having taken each year of his 
course prizes for scholarship, besides receiving honors at the disposal 
of his class. At present he is assistant principal of the Johnstown 
(Pa. ) high school. During the rushing season he was with us a few 
days and aided very much. Bro. Gay ICldon was another of last year*s 
graduates. At the class day exercises he had the Reed oration. Bro. 
Wintersteen, 'l»l>, has entered the medical department of the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania, and Bro. I'^nglish, HMM), is taking a course in 
mining engineering at Cornell. 

A temporary change has been made in the faculty, on account of a 
leave of absence ^rante<l Prof. Dare, s(^ as to allow him to recover 
completely from his illness of last spring. Rev. M. J. Cramer, D. D., 
LL. D., formerly a professor in Boston University and later in Drew 
Theological Seminary, has been filling the vacancy referred to above. 
Many changes have also been made in the curriculum, providing a 
larger elective list for the upper classes. 

On the foot ball field our team has not been .so successful as had 
been expected. Yet, we have scored nearly twice as many points as 
our opponents. Bro. West. *1'*.». has been playing ({uarter-back in sev- 
eral games. Among our other representative atliletes are Hubler, *98, 
Wert/. ".Ml. Ivins, I'.mH, captain of the second eleven, and Bro. Steven- 
son. MH.>. Bn>. Ivins last year was captain of the team at Bordentown 
(N. J.) Military Academy. 

In literary circles we have our share of honors. The Dickiusonian^ 
weekly and monthly, has among its eight editors five Phis; Bro. Linn 
Bowman, ''.»S. is the editor-in-chief. Bro. Hubler. 'i)s, is president ol 
Bclles-Lettres literary society. Bro. Kriebcl, ''.>S, is class president. 
The juni<>r chairmanship, a class-day oHice, fell to Bro. Mallalieu, 'W. 
Bro. Keeler. '•.»S, aii<l Bro. Adams, MIS, will represent us on class day, 
the former as poet and the latter as historian. 



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Dickinson has organized a choral society, with the intention of later 
establishing a permanent chair of vocal culture. Bro. Adams was 
elected president of this organization. Bro. McNeal, 'OS, has been 
made treasurer of the joint organization of the glee club and orches- 
tra, and is our representative on the last mentioned organization. 
Bro. Kline, HH)1, was one of the successful men to secure a position 
on the glee club. 

Pennsylvania Epsilon spent a very enjoyable evening on November 
4, when she tendered her annual bancjuet to the new men. Thirty-one 
Phis, including three members of the faculty, were present. 

Wishing all our sister chapters pleasant vacations, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 


Carlisle, November II, 1S<)7. 



Virginia Gamma began the session of '5)7 -M>S with only six of last 
year's chapter of thirteen back, but still we hope to make this year 
as successful in every respect as the preceding one. Suitable spiking 
material was not very plentiful at Randolph-Macon this year, but we 
were successful in getting our share of the new men. We have so far 
initiated three: Warner I*. Carter and Hunter Peatross, of Danville, 
Virginia, and David A. Clements, of Crumpton, Md., the brother of 
Merrick Clements. We hafl a hard struggle for Bros. Carter and 
Peatross, winning them from two other fraternities. They are all 
three excellent fellows, and we feel sure that they will be a credit to 
the Fraternity. Bro. Carter carried off the highest scholarship prize, 
and the Oreek medal at Danville Military Institute last year. Of Bro. 
David Clements nothing more need be said than that he is every whit 
as good a man as his brother. 

As usual, the Phis have their full quota of college honors. We are 
represented on the foot ball team by Bros. DoUey, captain and right 
half back; Merrick Clements, right tackle; and Janney, substitute 
guard. I am sorry to report, however, that in our first game witli 
Richmond College, Bro. DoUey, who was playing the game of his life, 
had his left hip dislocated, and will be unable to play any more this 
season. Bros. Davis and Peatross represent us in the glee club. Bro. 
Janney is president of the athletic association and of the Y. M. C. A., 
and an associate editor of the Mouthly. Bro. DoUey is one of the five 
directors of the athletic association. 

Our delegate to the Nashville convention, Bro. Kern, returned with 
glowing accounts of his trip, and his report inspired us all to con- 
tinue in our endeavors to keep up the high standard of Phi Delta 

Bro. Boyle, '9<>, and Bros. Chilton and Piggott, of last year's chap- 
ter, paid us short visits at the beginning of the session. 

With best wishes for all sister chapters, I remain 

Yours in the Bond, 

Ashland. November 10, 1897. 8. M. Janney. 


The opening of the present session will ever be memorable in the 
history ot Washington and Lee, from the imposing ceremonies con- 
nected with the installation as president of Hon. Wm. L. Wilson. 


It is the belief of all who give the matter serious thought, that 
Washington and Lee is upon the threshold of an era of prosperity 
such as her past record so well deserves. One indication of a more 
progressive management of affairs is that the foot ball team has been 
permitted to take a trip through Kentucky, Tennessee and West Vir- 
ginia, playing Central University and Kentucky State College at Lex- 
ington, Ky., Vanderbilt University at Nashville, Tenn., and the Uni- 
versity of West Virginia at Charleston, W. Va. 

Virginia Zeta was so unfortunate as to return only one man this 
year, but as he expects to be back next year, she may well hope to 
build up a chapter equal to any in the university. [See Tennessee 
Alpha's letter in this issue.] Owing to the decrease in the number of 
students this session, caused by the introduction of entrance exam- 
inations, men who are generally desired by fraternities have not been 
as numerous as usual. Still many good men have been initiated into 
the different fraternities. 

* K ^ has secured four new men, giving her a chapter of twelve. 
K A, by affiliates and initiates, now has a chapter of eleven. 2 X, by 
the initiation of three new men, now numbers eight. A T i2 has seven 
men. 2 \ has a chapter of eight; <l> r A, of six; 2) A E, of five; K il, 
of two; n K A, of two; A T A, of seven; M II A, of six. 4> K IS has no 
representative this year. 

While apparently idle at present, Virginia Zeta can promise better 
things for the next session. Witli two hundred and fifty or three 
hundred students on the roll in I8*J8, all will be well. 

Before leavinjj on the trip through Kentucky, Tennessee and West 
Virginia, Washington and Lee defeated Columbian University, 12 to 2, 
and Allegheny Institute, 30 to 0, On Saturday, October 30, Central 
University was defeated at Lexington, Ky., by a score of 22 to 0. The 
reporter, as full back, represents * A on the team. As the foot ball 
team passed through Kentucky I had the pleasure of meeting many 
enthusiastic Phis. Out of the score whom I met may be mentioned 
some of those on the Central University team: Bro. Speed, captain, 
Bros. Booker, Huffaker, Booker and Blanton. Although on the losing 
side, Bro. Speed played the star game of the day, not once missing a 
tackle or allowing his end to be circled. One can not fail to feel a 
deeper interest in one's fraternity after meeting such Phis as are al- 
ways found in Kentucky. 

With best wishes for the Fraternity, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Lexington, November 2, 1897. R. G. Campbeu.. 


North Carolina Beta has the pleasure of introducing to the Phi world 
three new brothers, initiated this month: A. A. Shuford, Isaac Harris 
and J. J. Asberry, all of the class of n>00. According to the regulations 
of the trustees of our university, no chapter can pledge any man until 
the first of October of his sophomore year. Consequently, on the 
night of the thirtieth of September rUvShing was in order, and <l> A O 
went in for her share, securing all the men she invited. 

Our chapter now numbers nine men, all the old men having returned 
except Bro. Askew. Bro. Roberson has come back to take law, and 
Bro. Patterson is still in business in the village. So, on the whole, 
our prospects for the year are very bright indeed. Bro. Winston has 
been elected captain of next year's base ball team. 


We have changed our chapter hall to a more convenient and quieter 
place, and everything is now moving along smoothly. 

There has been great rejoicing over the marked increase in the 
number of students in college this year. In size now our university 
ranks foremost among southern institutions, having at present on *The 
Hiir four hundred and seventy-two men. 

With this growth has also been seen increased enthusiasm for ath- 
letics. Our foot ball team has not been scored against this year, and 
we are again hoping for the championship of the south. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Chapel Hill, October 29, 1897. Chas. H. Johnston. 


Centre College had her usual propitious opening this fall, gaining 
almost, if not quite enough, new men to fill the large gap made by the 
graduation of last year's class. In spite of the number of new men, 
however, there was a marked falling off in that particular class from 
which Kentucky Alpha has been accustomed to select her members. 
Still, we feel that we are to be congratulated for our splendid success. 
Beginning the year with seven old men and one affiliate, Bro. Owsley 
Brown, Virginia Beta, of Louisville, Ky., we have gained by initia- 
tion Bros. James Campbell, Paducah, Ky.; Maurice Mayes, Mayfield, 
Ky., and Johnson and Witherspoon, Lawrenceburg, Ky. 

Three members of the class of '97, Bros. Cook, Welsh and Sulser, 
have returned to attend the law school. Our chapter roll at present 
is smaller than it has been for several years, but we flatter ourselves 
that the high rank and standard of excellence attained in the past by 
Kentucky Alpha will in no way be allowed to suffer at our hands. 

We had with us at the opening of college, Bros. Peyton B. Bethel, 
'97, of Louisville, Ky., who by his genial presence and strong influ- 
ence did much toward starting things off well. 

Centre's foot ball team, although weakened by the absence of many 
of her time-tried veterans, is still up to the usual standard, and the 
battle at Louisville on December 4 with the University of Virginia for 
the championship of the south promises to be a hard fought one. We 
are represented on the team by Bro. Cook, who was unanimously 
chosen captain. 

With the hope that all of our sister chapters have fared as well as 
we, and with best wishes for their success in the future, I am 

Very truly yours in the Bond, 

Danville, November 17, 1897. Gordon Si'LSER. 


On the eighth of »September, the university opened with more new 
men and brighter prospects than ever before. Five old Phis came back 
ready for work, and >ve did not work in vain, as we have initiated 
three worthy men and pledged one or two others. We have been 
most fortunate in having several old men come back after the univer- 
sity had opened. Bro. Speed, of Virginia Beta, affiliated with us. 
Bro. Allen, who was here in '9o-'9G, returned. Bro. Mourning re- 
turned to take a special course and prepare for the study of medicine. 
Bro. L. M. Smith, who was here in '95, is attending the college of 
law, which is a new branch of the university. The men we have in- 


itiated are Bros. S. E. Booker, F. P. Bowles and J. R. Clark, all of 
Louisville, Ky. 

With our present chapter we are confident that we can, as usual, 
more than hold our own in every way. We have always taken the 
lead in athletics, and this year we are more than keeping up our 
reputation. Bro. Jones was elected secretary and treasurer of the 
athletic association, and Bro. Blanton manager of the second foot 
ball team. Bro. Speed is captain of the 'varsity team. Four Phis 
have made the 'varsity: Bros. Speed, captain; Huffaker, S. E. Booker 
and F. Booker. Two have made the second team: Bros. Smith and 
Blanton. Although our team has made a poor showing in the games 
we have played, we have been fortunate in meeting Phis on our trips. 
We played in Nashville during the <l> A O reunion and enjoyed an ini- 
tiation at the Vanderbilt chapter house. We had five of our chapter 
with us, so Kentucky Delta was well represented. 

We were very much disappointed that Bros. Brink, Douglas and 
Hines failed to return to college. The foot ball team misses Brink, 
and his place there is hard to fill as he filled it. 

Although foot ball has taken up much of the time of our members, 
we succeeded in giving a very pretty little dance in our hall a few weeks 
ago. Without a doubt the prettiest girls in Kentucky are in Rich- 
mond, and we appreciate very highly the way they treat our boys. 

Yours fraternally, 

Richmond, November o, 1897. Harry M. Bi^vxton. 


The college year opened September 1') with the brightest prospects 
possible for the university, since Vanderbilt has now the largest num- 
Der of students in her history. 

This year found all the professors in their old places, but, unfortu- 
nately for the university, there was an almost general exodus of assist- 
ants and instructors. Among this number was Bro. C. P. Williams, 
'9'), instructor in Latin, who now is teaching in a training school for 
boys in Ivittle Rock, Ark.; his place here is filled by Bro. Andrew 
Sledd, Virginia Gamma, •9*2, who was last year at Harvard. 

Although we felt keenly the loss of thirteen of our last year's chap- 
ter, our thinned ranks were soon repleted by our initiates and afllliates. 
It gives us great pleasure to introduce the following new Phis to the 
fraternity: Cicero Nichols, '99, Asheville, N. C; W. W. Brockman, 
1900, Atlanta, Ga.; Beard, '01, Hardinsburg, Ky.; G. Baskervill, '01, 
Staunton, Tenn.; Rice, '01, Nashville, Tenn.; C. Pilcher, '01, Nash- 
ville, Tenn.; N. S. Hendrix, '01. Kansas City, Mo.; H. V. Jones, '01, 
Kansas City, Mo.; and Macon Reed, '01, Nashville, Tenn. Bro. Reed 
took the prize of fifty dollars for the best entrance examination in 
Greek and Latin. We also heartily welcome among us Bro. McLester, 
of Virginia Zeta, and Bro. Jackson, of Mississippi Alpha. There are 
several other Phis from elsewhere in attendance at the university, but 
they do not intend to affiliate with us. 

On October 1^0, at the request of Virginia Zeta, Tennessee Alpha 
had the pleasure of assisting the former chapter in the initiation of 
Mark Hutchins, of Chattanooga, Tenn. From what we saw of Bro. 
Hutchins we feel sure he would be a valuable addition to any chapter, 
and we congratulate our sister chapter on her success in securing him. 

October 11, Vanderbilt day at the Tennessee centennial exposition, 
will long be remembered as a red-letter day in the history of the uni- 


versity. The students in all the departments, being given a holiday, 
turned out en masse to take part in the celebration. Major Thomas, 
president of the centennial exposition, in behalf of the citizens of 
Nashville, formally presented a bronze statue of the late Cornelius 
\'anderbilt to the university. After a short speech of acceptance by 
Chancellor Kirkland, the oration of the day was delivered by the Hon. 
Chauncey M. Depew, who made the remarkable old Commodore the 
subject of a most appropriate address. It is unnecessary to say that 
he handled his subject in a masterly and niOvSt entertaining manner. 
We quote as follows from the Vanderbilt Ohscnrr: *The unveiling 
of the bronze statue of the late Cornelius Vanderbilt by some, not 
without reason, will be considered the most important event of the 
centennial in its entire six months. As was tersely shown by Chan- 
cellor Kirkland in his speech of acceptance, the munificence of the 
Vanderbilt family in establishing a great university in Tennessee has 

?erhaps meant more to her than any other single fact in her history.' 
he statue has, since the close of the exposition, been removed from 
its place on the centennial grounds west of the Parthenon to its |>er- 
manentsite directly in front of University Hall. 

In spite of quarantines and other hindrances, the double province 
reunion of Phi Delta Tlieta was by no means a failure, there being 
more delegates present than we had anticipated under the circum- 
stances. All delegates reported chapters in a flourishing condition; 
all happily seemed to be impressed with the importance of the chapter 
house question, and nearly all of the chapters seem to have made some 
move in that direction. 

Tennessee Alpha has naturally, on account of the centennial, had 
the opportunity of meeting many Phis; among them may l>e men- 
tioneci Hros. Earnest Hallman, of Atlanta, Ga. ; Speers, of Macon, Ga.; 
Jones, of Washington City, who was connected with the government 
exhibit at the centennial; and Little, of the Chicago Tnhuue, We 
were especially fortunate in having Hro. h'red S. Hall, T. G. C, with 
us several times; Hro. Hall and his wife spent about three weeks in 
Nashville, being detained here on account of the yellow fever at their 

Vanderbilt has an unusually strong foot ball team this year, which 
is making for itself an enviable record. We have not yet been scored 
against this season, and have defeated the following teams, all games 
being played on our athletic field: Kentucky University, 22-0; Cen- 
tral University. 14-<>; X'irginia Military Institute, 12 0; Kentuckv 
vState College, oO-O; and the University of North Carolina, 31-0. We 
have a game scheduled with the University of the South for Thanks- 
giving, and we will play the T'niversity of Virginia on December (>. 
Hoogher, the captain, and Louis Farrell represent <t> A 8 on the team. 

Fraternally yours, 

Nashville, November 14, 1S1>7. Hrnkst vS. JoNitS. 


Since our last letter we have initiated the following men, whom I 
take great pleasure in introducing to the Fraternity: C. W. Gaskell, 
London, Ivng. ; R. H. Hrake, M. D., Findlay, Ohio; Douglas Haggard, 
Nashville, Tenn.; M. P. DuHose, Sewanee, Tenn., and M. W. Invert, 
Mark, La. Hrother Gaskell is a violinist of great repute, being a 
graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Dresden. Hro. J. B. 

THE SCROLL. i^:,7 

Guthrie, of Louisiana Alpha, is with us, and we now have an enroll- 
ment of twenty. 

Foot ball is the all-absorbing topic, and Phi Delta Theta is well rep- 
resented on the team. Bro. Wilder is captain and quarter back, and 
your correspondent plays right end. l^ros. Brake and Guthrie are 
substitutes. We have an unusually good team, and on October JU) we 
met the strong Auburn team and played them to a standstill, the final 
score being to 0. The game that counts for all to Sewanee men, 
however, is the annual Thanksgiving match between Vanderbilt and 
Sewanee. It is a coincidence that the captains of the two teams are 
both Phis. 

Beta and Gamma Provinces held a joint convention in Nashville, 
October 1') and KJ, and from every standpoint, excepting a numerical 
one, the convention was a success. The yellow fever prevented quite 
a number of Gamma men from attending. Bro. G. B. Thomas acted 
as toastmaster at the banquet in his usual brilliant manner. Bro. 
Weed responded to his favorite theme, ' »Southern Chapter Houses, ' and 
Bro. Haggard eulogized 'The Sewanee Girl.' It was a great pleasure 
to be able to extend the grip to Brother Walter W. Palmer. 

With greetings and best wishes for all sister chapters, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Sewanee, November 10, 18i»7. Tom S. Parrott. 



Georgia Alpha opened this year with the brightest prospects. Sep- 
tember lo found us snugly lodged in our beautiful new chapter house 
— the first in our history. Many of the old brothers and several visit- 
ing Phis spent the opening week with us. Among these were Bros. 
Myrick, Sanford, Keen, Dunlap, Hallman, Ivongeno and Wilkins. 

Since our last letter we have had the pleasure of initiating the fol- 
lowing men into the mysteries of 4> A B: Richard Martin Lester, Sa- 
vannah, Ga. ; Josiah Roy Nunnally, Monroe, Ga.; Nathaniel Macon 
Dudley, Americus, Ga. ; Colonel Clifford Clay, Americus, Ga., and 
Hamilton McWhorter, I^xington, Ga. 

By graduation or withdrawal from college, we have lost the follow- 
ing: Bros. Moreno, White, Brodwell, Sanford, Comak, Culver, P. 
Smith, Conner, Myrick and J. Price. Bro. Moreno, who has been 
with us for the past seven years, first as a student and later as a tutor, 
has left us for Clark University, where he is pursuing a course in 
mathematics, his chosen profession. Bros. White and Brodwell are at 
present in the State Normal School, in this city. liro. Sanford has 
now entirely recovered from his recent severe illness caused by his 
being thrown from a buggy. Bro. Comak is engaged in the practice 
of law in this city, and has already proven himself one of the foremost 
members of the Athens bar. Bro. Myrick is practicing law in Savan- 
nah, where is associated with Hon. Fleming Du Bignon. 

Bro. B. D. Watkins, M»S, has been compelled to withdraw from col- 
lege because of sickness. The latest news from him informs us of his 
rapid improvement. We hope to have him with us again after Christ- 

The sad termination of our foot ball career, by the death of Mr. 
Gammon in the Virginia vs. Georgia game, has cast a gloom over the 
whole college. Base ball practice has begun, however, as a substitute 



for foot ball, and a preliminary series of class games is now being 

With best wishes for a prosperous year to Thk Scroli,, I remain 

Yours in the Bond, 

Athens, November 10, 1897. U. H. Davknport. 


The fall term o|>ened very auspiciously last September for Emory 
College and Georgia Beta. An utiusually large attendance was on 
hand, and the total enrollment will foot up something over three 
hundred students. Desirable fraternity material was in abundance, 
and never was chapter rivalry more active, or the spiking season 
more lively and brisk. Phi Delta Theta may well congratulate her- 
self on the success of the ICmory contingent. Nine men are the re- 
sult of our work, and worthy Phis they are: Chas. A. Wilkins, At- 
lanta; Alviii H. Underwood, Atlanta; Gray yuinney, Waynesboro; 
Alfred C. Broom, Newnan — all of the class of 1001; I. S. Hopkins, Jr., 
Atlanta; Jesse M. Wood, Atlanta; Houston P. Houser, Perry — of the 
class of 1000; and A. Perry Griffin, Oxford, (ia., of '00. I have the 
pleasure also of introducing our pledged member, Walter Meadow, 
Atlanta, of 1002. This completes our list of initiates, and we now 
lean back and felicitate ourselves on securing nine such deserving men. 

The chapter roster now records the names of twenty-two members, 
all zealously and harmoniously striving toward the upbuilding of Phi 
Delta Theta's cause. I regret to note the Jibsence of Bros. Jenkins 
and Mumford, lOOO, and trust their retirement from college is not 
permanent. The constituents of the chapter are found prominent in 
all the walks of college life. In the class-room, the debating societies 
and on the athletic field the Phis are numerously represented. I will 
not enter into detail or enumeration of the honors Phi Delta Theta is 
winning here; suffice it to say with all equity and freedom from vaunt- 
ing, Georgia Beta stands abreast of the foremost chapter at Emor\' and 
acknowledges no superior. 

Brother Bradley, '08, is our representative on the Zodiac staff. 

The new college library is rapidly nearing completion and is a 
beautiful ornamtrnt to our campus. 

We enjoyed a visit at the opening from Bro. Ivarnest Hallman, '9<>, 
of .A.tlatita, the most enthusiastic Phi I have ever met, who gave the 
chapter invaluable assistance and advice during the spiking season. 

With heartiest greetings to all sister chapters, I am 

Fraternally yours, 

Oxford, November 17, ISOT. r'RANK S. P.\i^mkr. 


Mercer I'niversity opened September 'I'l with by far the largest at- 
tendance she has ever had. 

The faculty has been increased by three new professors, one of 
whom. Dr. B. I). Ragsdale, professor of theology, is an alumnus of 
Georgia (jainma. Bro. Pollock, an initiate of Georgia Gamma, who 
was formerly chairman of the faculty, has been chosen president of 
the university. Dr. Pollock is one of the leading educators of the 
south, and is eminently fitted for the high position he occupies. 

Georgia Gamma lost four influential men by graduation last year. 
At commencement Bro. Pearson reflected great honor upon the Fra- 


temity as a champion debater for the Phi Delta literary society. We 
were represented on the staff of the college annual by Bros. Whitney, 
De Vaughn and Pearson. 

The opening of this term has been one of unusual interest to frater- 
nities here. There has been much good material, and the rushing 
has been spirited. We were very successful in obtaining new men 
and wish to introduce the following Phis: Bros. J. A. Kirven and 
Newsom Cooper, Columbus, Ga. ; C. E. Murphey, Hamilton, Ga.; W. 
C. Gunn, Byron, Ga.; W. T. Ledbetter and Walter Pollock, Rome, 
Ga.; T. B. Pearson, Lumpkin, Ga.; Eugene Stetson and G. C. Price, 
Macon, Ga.; and J. M. Clark, Augusta, Ga. Of the above mentioned 
Bro. Pollock is the brother of our esteemed President. 

Bros. B. M. Callaway and P. S. Pearson have been forced to leave 
college on account of severe illness. This is a matter of sincere re- 
gret, and we trust they will be able to return next term. 

Bro. C. T. Turner was elected by the Phi Delta society as orator for 
founders* day, on December 1(). 

Owing to the accident in the Georgia- Virginia foot ball game, which 
resulted in the death of one of Georgia's players, the game is prac- 
tically dead. Great interest was centered in our prospects, and justly 
so, for our future was more promising than ever. We were represent- 
ed on the team by Bros. Turner, captain, Ledbetter and Kirven. 

It was a matter of great pleasure to us to have with us as visitors and 
co-workers Bros. Masseeand Hughes, also Bro. Speers, of Virginia Zeta. 

With best wishes for success to all, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Macon, November 19, 1897. W. T. Lkdbktter. 


The university opened October sixth with fine prospects and an in- 
creased attendance. At a meeting of the trustees in June a chair of 
biology was established, and the following were elected to fill chairs 
in the university: James K. Powers, LL. D., president; John Y. Gra- 
ham, Ph. D., professor of biology; George S. Wilkins, Ph. 1)., pro- 
fessor of civil engineering; and William B. Saffold, Ph. D., professor 
of Greek and Latin. 

Last June we lost eleven men by graduation. The Phis, as usual, 
took off their share of the honors. Bros. George Searcy and Palmer 
Pillans were orators on commencement day. Bros. Bestor, Dunlap 
and Moody were entitled to contend for speakers' places, but were ex- 
cused at their own request. 

The rushing season has closed, and as a result of hard work we take 
the greatest pleasure in presenting to the Phi world the following: 
Bros. A. C. Garber, Lanesville; B. K. Craig, Selma; R. M. vSnow, 
Tuskaloosa; J. C. Burns, Burnsville— all of IIHX), and J. B. Garber, 
Lanesville; R. B. Robertson, Fayette; P. L. Milhous, Martin Station', 
J. R. Foeman, Springville — all of 19(M. D. H. Minge, Faunsdale, has 

Great interest is being manifested this year in the two literary so- 
cieties, and thejr are both doing excellent work. We are well repre- 
sented in the list of officers, Bro. White being president of the Ero- 
sophic, and Bro. Owen vice-president of the Philomathic. The classes 
have had their elections of officers, and the Phis carried off more than 
their share of honors. Bro. Bestor is vice-president of '98; Bro. Clem- 


ents is president of 190(); Rro. J. B. Garber is president of 11K)1; and 
Bro. Rooertson is vice-president of 1901. 

I regret to announce that our foot ball team will not be allowed to 
travel this year. As a result the boys are losing all interest in athlet- 
ics, and college spirit seems to have received a death blow. 

With best wishes for all Phis, I remain 

Yours in the Bond, 

Tuskaloosa, November 1, 1897. Prank C. Owkn. 


There was a great difference between the opening of college this 
session and last, so far as Phi Delta Theta was concerned. For, profit- 
ing by our experience of a year ago, we had eleven energetic Phis on 
hand the day before college opened, and such energy as they displayed 
has never been excelled in the history of this chapter or any other at 
Auburn. As a result of our efforts, I feel proud to say that we have 
captured all that we desired and could ask no more. So it is with the 
greatest pleasure that I present to the Phi world the following worthy 
brothers: Jas. A.Ward, Jr., MM», Huntsville, Ala. ; A. M. Boyd, '99, Mem- 
phis, Tenn.; Emmet S. George, '99, Demopolis, Ala.; Carlyle Nisbet, 
'()0, Macon, Ga. ; R. S. Finch, '00, Montgomery, Ala.; J. J. Flowers, 
'00, Boiling, Ala.; E. W. Thompson. '01, Tuskegee, Ala.; F. P. Fol- 
mar, '01, Troy, Ala.; W. L. Burnett, '01, Kufaula, Ala. 

Bros. High tower, Ivandman, Rano, J. A. Matthews and W. E. Mat- 
thews, Minge and Chapman have not as yet returned, but we are in 
hopes that only a few days will pass before some, if not all of them, 
will be with us. We number at present nineteen, which ^ves us a 
splendid chapter— one that by no means falls short of our high stand- 

It is with the tenderest and saddest feelings that I chronicle the 
death of Bro. James Aiken, Jr., '0(», who died at his home in Gadsden, 
Ala., June 10, 1897. Bro. Aiken was one of our most promising men, 
both in the chapter and in the college. The vacancy he has left in 
our hearts and in our chapter can never be filled. 

Bro. J. B. Hobdy, who was graduated with the class of '97, is back 
with us as graduate student in botany. He has charge of the gymna- 
sium and was manager of the foot ball team before it disbanded, a 
Eosition held by a Phi ever since foot ball has been played here. Au- 
urn's 'varsity this year was by far the best that she has ever turned 
out. But owmg to the cancellation of our Thanksgiving game with 
Georgia, and the amount of expense the athletic association would 
have had to incur to finish up tiie season, it was deemed best to dis- 
band for this year. Foot ball is by no means dead here, however, and 
next year will find Auburn represented by a strong team, as usual. 

At commencement last session two of our brothers were the favored 
ones at the two leading social events. Bro. J. B. Hobdy led the senior 
class german, and Bro. J. B. Shivers filled the same role for the jun- 
iors. The gymnasium, which is a spacious hall, was used on both 
occasions, and never were prettier gennans danced. 

Of the ten men that we returned to college, promotion in the mili- 
tary department gave each an office, so at present every old man in 
the chapter is adorned with the insignia of rank. 

We were represented at the Gamma province convention by Bro. A. 
McB. Ransom, who returned to us highly delighted with his trip and 
singing praises of Tennessee Alpha. 


Taking it all in all, this promises to be a red-letter year for us. I 
have never seen such enthusiasm displayed as now characterizes our 
boys. The new hall, the pride of each one of us, seems to have done 
a great deal in this direction. At any time two or three boys can be 
found in the hall, and never on our street do you see a Phi who is not 
accompanied by others. With such an interest in each other and the 
Fraternity in general we are bound to make for the j^ear a record that 
may be looked back upon wuth pride and pleasure. 

With best wishes for Thk Scroij. and our sister chapters, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Auburn, November 20, 1S97. I. F. McDonnfxi.. 


The University of Mississippi opened on November 15, after a delay 
of two months, caused by the rigid quarantine in force on account of 
the prevalence of yellow fever in the southern portion of the state. 
However, the attendance on the opening day was larger than last ses- 
sion, and everything points to a most prosperous year. 

Mississippi Alpha returned eight active men and by diligent rushing 
we have added eight new ones to our chapter. It is with pleasure that 
I introduce to the Phi world the following: S. S. Witherspoon, IIMH, 
of Meridian; John M. Broach, 1901, of Meridian; Shelby Rouch, 1901, 
of Edwards; Joseph A. Spann, 1901, of Pelahatchie; Walter Weath- 
erby, law, 't»9, of Durant; W. O. Pniitt, '*»9, of Houston; Richard N. 
Whitfield, 1900, of vSteen's Creek; H. Lynn McCleskey, '99, of Atlanta, 
Miss. These men will, no doubt, prove to be worthy wearers of the 
sword and shield, and will reflect credit upon the Fraternity. We 
now have a chapter of sixteen enthusiastic Phis, and this year bids 
fair to be the most successful in the history of Mississippi Alpha. We 
hope to be able to report, the initiation of another barbarian in our 
next letter. 

The gulf states inter-collegiate oratorical association, composed of 
the University of Mississippi, the University of Alabama, the Univers- 
ity of Georgia, and Tulane University, will hold its second annual con- 
test here next spring. We hope to see <l> A O well represented. 

On account of the late opening we will not have a regular 'varsity 
foot ball team, but we hope to make good our loss there by putting 
forth an unusually strong oase ball team next season. 

We extend a cordial invitation to all Phis to make us a visit when 
in Oxford. 

Wishing all the chapters continued prosperity, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

I'niversity, November 2*2, IH97. Gkor(»k Latham Rav. 


Louisiana Alpha is in a very curious position. Tulane may not 
open before January 1, 1S9.S, or it may open next week. Until it does 
open, we can do nothing. All our active members are out of the city, 
with the exception of Bros. Ludlow and H. Woods. We have been 
constituted a spiking committee, and have seen several desirable men, 
whom we expect to get. 

Our strength will be about the same this year as last — ten or twelve 
men. So soon as college opens we expect to put through at least three 
or four. 


We have not yet heard anything from the alumni chapter here. 
We hope they will help in the work when college opens. 

With best wishes for the welfare of our brothers in <l> A B, I am 

Yours in *t-Ke(a, 
New Orleans, November 7, 18iC H. N. Wooiks. 


The University of Texas opetied her doors on vSeptember 2^> for the 
year 181 >7 -8, with more favorable prospects than ever before. Texas 
is very young but it is fast assuming an important position in the 
educational world. The favorable outlook for the university in no- 
wise discounted that of Texas Heta of Phi Delta Theta. Kight men 
were on hand at the beginning, and each was ready and anxious for 
the work. 

Fraternity rivalry fret|uently becomes very heated at this institution, 
owing to the fact that there are only about three hundred and fifty 
male students, while there are ten fraternities whose membership 
must come from this number. This spirit of rivalry was unusually 
high this year, but Texas Beta has accomplished all that the most 
sanguine could hope for. Such fraternities as Heta Theta Pi, Sigma 
Alpha HpsiloU; Kappa Alpha and Kappa Sigma were met in contest 
and defeated. These fraternities are among the l)est, and to win when 
pitted against such opp>onents is no easy task. Within a week six 
men were pledged, and six better men could not be picked from the 
incoming students. On October o the chapter initiated Bros. Waddey 
W. Battle, Edmond Thornton Miller, Rufus Lonsor Hardy, Leonard 
Marshall Dumas, Edgar H. Witt and Harry Peyton Steger, whom we 
are pleased to introduce. Of these initiates Bro. Battle is a senior, 
having entered on a certificate from another college, likewise Bro. 
Miller became a junior; Bro. Hardy is a junior law, while Bros. Du- 
mas, Witt and Steger are freshmen. 

The Phis are represented in every class in the university; we have 
one in the graduate department, one senior, five juniors, one sopho- 
more, three freshmen, three senior laws and one junior law. 

Bro. I^max, who was graduated last June, is with us again this 
year. lie is the presiding genius of the registrar's office, and in addi- 
tion to his work for the university, is pursuing graduate studies. Bro. 
Donaldson, another of last year's graduates, is practicing law in San 
Marcos with good prospects of a lucrative clientage. Bro. Barker, our 
delegate to the Philadelphia convention, has just returned to the uni- 
versity within the last few days. He was detained at home by the 
illness and death of his mother, which came near rendering his re- 
turn impossible. His arrival has made our roll number fifteen, with 
prospects that before this is printed others may be added to the list. 

A spirit of enthusiasm pervades Texas Beta that has been sadly 
lacking in years past, and alumni say that our chapter is in better 
condition to-dav than for manv years. 

We did not enter a house this fall because of circumstances that 
rendered the scheme impracticable at this time. 

However, we have determined to procure a hall in which to hold 
our meetings, if such is possible. Arrangements were made for a suite 
of rooms in one of the most conveniently appointed office buildings in 
this city, but owing to a transfer of the property our plans were 
bafTled. But we are going to make another trial, and feel confident 
that our efforts will bring better results. 


Texas lieta was highly honored the latter part of October by a visit 
from Bro. R. A. D. Wilbanks, prominent in fraternity affairs just 
after the war. Bro. Wilbanks spent several days in Austin on busi 
ness, and more than once in an informal way entertained the boys with 
reminiscences of the old days while the Fraternity was yet in its in- 

In October, '31, the chapter held a special meeting in honor of our 
visiting brother, and the autumn evening was made short by his in- 
teresting stories of fraternity life during the civil war and of the days 
when there only existed four chapters, with Centre College as Grand 

The whole Fraternity has probably read of the founding of the 
chapter at the old University of Chicago, but such a written account is 
devoid of interest when compared to the manner in which Bro. Wil- 
banks related how he secured the charter and alone initiated the 
entire chapter. Bros. Kohlsaat and Smith, cuts of whom appeared 
in a recent Scroi^l, were among those whom Bro. Wilbanks thus 
transformed from barbarians into Greeks in a single hour. 

Just after the war Bro. W'ilbanks was the ruling spirit in Phi Delta 
Theta affairs and in this capacity became intimately acquainted with 
William F. Vilas, Adlai Stevenson, Jos. C. S. Blackburn and all others 
who were then prominently identified with the Fraternity. 

Texas Beta was greatly benefited by the visit of our distinguished 
brother, and his enduring loyalty to the Fraternity will ever be emu- 

The year 1890-7 added the Phi Phi Phi fraternity to the list of 
Greek letter societies in the University of Texas, and now the year 
1897-8 ushers in still another, making the total number ten. The last 
fraternity to enter the university is Alpha Tan Omega. The local 
chapter has an active membership of four, with several resident mem- 

With best wishes for a successful year for l*hi Delta Theta, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Austin, November 20, 1897. Tom T. Connaij.y. 


It gives us a great deal of pleasure to report the present standing of 
our chapter. It has never been very large in numbers, and we feel 
the loss of any member very keenly. Last June our five oldest men 
were graduated from the university with honor to themselves and the 
Fraternity. Bro. Holmes was salutatorian of his class and won the 
senior orator's medal. Bro. Herren, for the Alamo society, was winner 
of the championship debate by a unanimous vote. Bro. Henderson 
was elected one of the senior orators for commencement. Bros. Rucker 
and Biggs, two of the next oldest men, did not return to the univer- 
sity, and the success of the chapter for this year was dubious. Four 
freshmen, one senior and one pledged man constituted Texas Gamma 
two days before school opened. 

The members devoted themselves diligently to the selection of new 
material, and rejoice to be able to introduce Bros. Ralph A. Graves, 
Wm. G. Swenson and Harry O. Knight. The first report of this year 
has already shown that we were fortunate in the addition of these three. 
Bro. Chas. W. Brooks, an initiate of '94 -'9.), has just re-entered the 
university and adds much strength and intercvSt to the chapter. 


We are under many obligations to our province president, Bro. 
Schuyler Poitevent, for his letters of encouragement and advice. The 
chapter is on a sure foundation for many years to come. Wishing the 
greatest success to the Fraternity this year, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Georgetown, November 3, 18l»7. J. H. McLkan. 



Owing to some misunderstanding on the part of the reporter as to 
when copy should be sent in, Ohio Alpha's first letter to Thk Scroix 
was too late for publication in the October issue, but we hope to reach 
our sister chapters in this issue and let them know of our success. 

Miami opened her doors on September fifteenth with an increased 
enrollment. (Generally speaking, a greater number of desirable men 
entered than for some years previous. Of these, Ohio Alpha was not 
backward in claiming her share. 

Though we are not the fortunate possessors of a chapter house at 
present, we expect to be comfortably situated in a house before the 
close of this school year if a good house can possibly be secured. 

On Saturday, September eighteenth, we initiated into the mysteries 
of * A 8 Horace Cooper Shank, special, Hamilton, Ohio; Stanley 
Farren Van Pelt, UH)1, Wilmington, Ohio; Charles McChristie Hen- 
dricks, liX)l, Gratis, Ohio. On Saturday, October second, we added to 
our chapter list by initiation, Stanley Heery Van Deman,11HX), Wash- 
ington C. H., Ohio; Hugh Daniel Schell, HK)1, Hamilton, Ohio, and 
Carl Herman Mason, liM)l, Hamilton, Ohio. After the initiation cer- 
emonies we were served with a sumptuous banquet, at which Bro. R. 
J. Shank, Ohio Zeta, 'HT, acted as toastmaster. We have also pledged 
F. M. Rowen, 11>01, Logan, Ohio, and H. A. Heall, Augusta, Oa. Ohio 
Alpha is now on the high road to success, and we claim to have one 
of the most congenial chapters of 4> A O anywhere. 

We opened our social season with a dance on September twenty- 
fourth, which afforded our new men an opportunity of meeting our 
loyal Phi girls. 

Bro. George F. Jackson, of Ohio Delta, has entered Miami and ex- 
pects to be affiliated with us shortly. 

We take pleasure in acknowledging visits since the beginning of 
the year from Brothers R. J. .Shank, S. I). (Viffen and F. D. Temple, 
of Hamilton, Ohio; A. C. vShaw and CV. R. Eastman, of Eaton, Ohio; 
C. A. Kumler and F. B. Yingling, of Seven Mile, Ohio, and C. A. 
Macauley, of Dayton, Ohio. 

The many friends of Bro. H. H. Marti ndale will be surprised to hear 
of his marriage in Milwaukee, where he is now living. 

Miami's foot ball team is doing excellent work this year. Numer- 
ous dates have been secured, and we expect to make a fine showing. 
We are represented on the team by Bros. Shank and Van Pelt. 

t|> A B is also well represented on the coUe^^e publication, Tht' J//- 
anii Stuiirfit, Bro. Stokes being editor-in-chief and Bro. Zwick an 

Trusting that our sister chapters of * A O, and especially Ohio Eta, 
have been as successful as we in starting the new college year, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Oxford, October li>, 1SV>7. Karl H. Zwick. 



We have initiated into Phi Delta Theta and take great pleasure in 
introducing, C. R. Cary, Millersburgh, O. ; E. H. Cherington, Sedalia, 
O.; J. F. McAnally, Carbondale, 111.; and F. B. Cherington, Delaware, 
O. Fraternity material has been scarce, but we have secured the best 
of it, not once having been ' let down.' We have succeeded in pledg- 
ing W. W. Blackman, Waseon, O., and B. Bowker and D. Bowker, 
Delaware, O., who will make good Phis. 

Bro. Kohl, president of the local debating league, has been elected 
vice-president of the inter-collegiate league of Ohio. 

Foot ball is the all-absorbing topic at Ohio Wesleyan this fall. Never 
before in the history of the school has such enthusiasm been shown, 
and never before have the wearers of the red and black been so victo- 
rious. Only once have we been beaten and then not overwhelmingly. 
Coach Yost, of the last year's champion Lafayette team, has more 
than fulfilled all expectations. Phi Delta Theta is represented by D. 
Bowker, as quarterback. He is playing a magnificent game, and the 
general consensus of opinion is that O. W. U. has never had a better 
quarter. Bro. Morgan is substitute end. 

We have enjoyed a visit from Brother T. Watson, M)7, of Berea, O., 
formerly of Ohio Delta, and from Brother DeWitt of Ohio Zeta. 

Phi Gamma Delta has seen fit to expel one of her members. No 
reasons have been given, and the chapter seems to be in considerable 

Should any of our brothers in the Bond chance to be in Delaware, 
we will a.ssure them a true Phi welcome. Our latch-string is always 
on the outside. 

Ohio Beta extends her best wislies to every sister chapter in our 
grand old Fraternity; may they be successful in all their efforts! 

Yours in the Bond, 

Delaware, November 2*2, 18*.)7. C. P. Morgan. 


The fall term now drawing to a close has been one of the most im- 
|>ortant in O. U. 's history. A standard has been reached in athletics 
which compares favorably with that of the best colleges and universities 
of the west. Our foot ball team holds the championship of West Vir- 
ginia, and was to have played Ohio Wesleyan University here De- 
cember 4, for the championship of Ohio. O. W. I'.' frankly ac- 
knowledged that it was afraid of being defeated and forthwith broke 
the agreement, and Ohio now claims championship honors. Our team 
in nine hard fought battles with the best college teams of the state 
has scored lo*2 points to opponents' 'US. The team has been under the 
direction of coach W. S. Ford, of Colgate. Ohio Gamma had but one 
applicant for the team this year, Bro. Ralph O'Bleness, who is looked 
up>on as one of the strongest foot ball men in college. 

Dr. Arthur Allin, who held the chair of psychology and pedagogy, 
resigned to fill a similar position in the I'mversity of Colorado. The 
vacancy lias not yet been filled. Prof. Phillips has recently organized 
a choral society, in which Ohio Gamma is represented by ten brothers. 
The chapter was very successful in her campaign against the barbar- 
ians this term and feel justly proud in presenting to the Fraternity 
five worthy men: Bros. Door, C. Casto, James P. Wood, Dwight L. 
Witman, Ralph O'Bleness, and Herbert J. Herrold; pledged. Max 
Mathues and Eugene Tinker. 


Our hall is undergoing numerous changes and repairs in the way of 
fancy arches, painting, heating apparatus, etc., so that by January 1st 
Ohio Gamma will have a hall of which she may be justly proud. Our 
hall is situated at the entrance of the campus, where we will be glad 
to welcome all visiting Phis, and all brothers who expect to attend the 
state oratorical contest to be held here next February. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Athens, November m, 18U7. W. K. Scott. 


While the foot ball season did not open very promisingly, there was 
hope for rapid development of the raw material. However, anticipa- 
tions along this line have not been realized. Seldom have we haa a 
team whicli was compelletl to struggle against such heavy odds. First 
we lost a large number of experienced players, then the faculty pro- 
mulgated rules as to class standing and freshmen, which deprived the 
team of several strong men. As a consequence, the team has not a 
single victory to its credit, with but the Thanksgiving game before us. 
We entertain hope of defeating our old friends from Ohio Wesleyan 
on that day. 

On the other hand, base ball seems to be in a most favorable condi- 
tion. The schedule is about filled and will contain few foreign en- 
gagements, owing to the faculty's decree. The team has lost but two 
old men. 

The Makio board has experienced considerable inconvenience in 
organizing this fall. After about four .skirmishes, it has been finally 
selected, and we can expect a good number for this year. 

We learn with a degree of regret of the withdrawal of the charter 
from Ohio Delta. Our history of recent years has been interwov^en 
to quite a degree with that of Ohio Delta. But we should feel confi- 
dent that the General Council has discharged its duty for the Frater- 
nity's weal. 

We think Columbus should commend itself to all as the most con- 
venient location within Ohio for the convention of 1898. Columbus 
contains about 40 Phis, who are organizing themselves into an alumni 
chapter. Ohio Zeta would gladly join them in sharing the honors of 
entertaining the semi-centennial convention. 

We introduce the following as our cjuota of new Phis since our last 
communication: II. P. Senter, 11)01, Columbus, Ohio; C. G. Bond, '99, 
Columbus, Ohio; R. C. Reed, 'OS, Norfolk. Va.; K. B. Grant, 1901, 
Grooveport, Ohio, pledged. 

Bro. Erdman has been made second lieutenant. Bro. Schlesinger 
is law school reporter on 77/^' Lauttru, Bro. DeWitt is treasurer of 
the athletic association. Bro. Bock was elected president of the senior 
class after (|uite a .spirited contest. Bro. Bond represents us on the 
Makio board. 

Bro. J. C. Hughes, of Washington and Jefferson, has entered the 
law school and will aftiliate with us. He is expected to make the 
'varsity base ball team this year. Bro. Barringer is leader of the uni- 
versity banjo club. Bro. Schlesinger was elected to Phi Delta Phi. 

We are plea.sed to announce visits from following Phis: Dr. T. L. 
Hughes, of Piqua, a charter member of Ohio Gamma; ex-H. G. C. 
Marble, Bro. and Mrs. F. S. Ball, and Dr. and Mrs. J. K. Brown. We 
wish all Phis to feel free to call upon us when in Columbus. 


Columbus, November 10, 1897. I. M. Foster. 



The rushing season at Case is now practically over, and Ohio Eta 
has had two initiations. We feel that in our new role a chapter of 
the leading Greek fraternity— our task of getting the best men who 
come here has been infinitely lessened; for we now stand upon an 
equal footing in every respect with the local chapter of Zeta Psi. 

On October 15 we held our first initiation, at which we were hon- 
ored and ably assisted by S. Emerson Findley, our former province 
president, who acted as master of ceremonies, L. C. McLouth, Mich- 
igan Beta, Dr. W. H. Merriam, Vermont Alpha, W. B. Tiffany, Ohio 
Beta, E. Iv. Findley, Ohio Epsilon, E. B. Baltzley, Ohio Delta, L. R. 
C. Eberhard, Ohio Epsilon, and three of our own alumni. The usual 
banquet followed the initiation, Bro. Shlesinger, '1)0, acting as toast- 
master. The initiates so far are D. W. Jones, '9S, J. P. Alexander, '90, 
C. B. Clyne, '00, Lawrence Basset, Bertram Quarrie and Malcolm 
Cleveland, of '01; we present them as worthy brothers in the Bond. 
We have pledged Wilbur Watson, '98, George Yost, '01, and Rolin 
Lusk, '01. 

Bro. Hoyt, '98, has left us to accept a position in the government 
service as an assistant assay er at Dead wood, S. Dak. 

We were recently favored by a visit from Bro. Dwight N. ^Marble, 
ex-H. G. C, who chanced in on us during our regular meeting. Bro. 
Greers, Georgia Beta, was in the city for a short time and attended 
our meetings while here. 

Case has a strong foot ball team this fall. The following are the 
results of games played up to date: Case, 4, Balwin Wallace, 0; Case, 
14, Ohio State, 0; Case, 70, Wittenberg, 0; Case, r>0, Kenyon, 0; Case, 
10, Oberlin, 16. Phi Delta Theta is well represented on the team by 
five out of the eleven men. 

The local society. Omega Psi, has been extremely unfortunate in 
the loss by death of three of her members this last year. 

The Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Theta Nu Epsilon seems to be 
going backward this fall; one would hardly know that it existed here. 

Bro. Quarrie has been elected president of the freshman class. Mr. 
Yost is secretary and Bro. Cleveland is senator of the same class. 

In closing we wish to urge all Phis who may come to Cleveland, 
whether on business or pleasure, to stop with us. 

In the Bond, 

Cleveland, November 20, 1897. Frank Hur^ETT. 


It is indeed a pleasure to be able to say in this my first letter to The 
ScROLi* that Indiana University holds her high rank this year as be- 
fore among the great universities of the west, and that Indiana Alpha 
of Phi Delta Theta keeps pace with the rapid vStrides of tlie university. 

The enrollment this year exceeds that of any previous year, and by 
the end of the spring term we expect to pass the long coveted number 
of one thousand students. We have a foot ball team that can make a 
game interesting for any team in the state, and of which we are all 
duly proud. 

Indiana University will send out this year by far the best glee and 
mandolin club and male quartette she has ever had. The club will 
make a tour through Illinois during the Christmas vacation, giving 
fifteen concerts. In the spring vacation it will probably go througli 
northern Indiana. 


Our chapter numbers only seventeen men this term, which is six or 
eight fewer than we usually have. However, we are coming in for a 
good share of university honors. We have four Phis on the glee club, 
one on the male (|uartette, three in the mandolin club, one on the 
chapel quartette, three in the college band, one each on the foot ball 
team, the lecture board and the student advisory board. 

Bro. Ruby, '*.>7, is doing graduate work and is a tutor in Greek. Bro. 
Crow, '*.>4, is taking the law course. 

I am glad to introduce three noble men who have recently donned 
the sword and shield: Bro. J. Karl Woodbury, Union City. Ind., Bro. 
B. l*rank Miller, Vermont, Ind., and Bro. Otto Klein, Mt. Vernon. 
Ind. Bro. Woodbury is a good musician, and will either be leader or 
solo cornetist of the collej^e band. Bro. Miller is a graduate of the 
Indiana State Normal and is a strong student. Bro. Klein, for a young 
man, has had a very extensive experience in European travel. 

In a social way Indiana Alpha keeps up her old standard, and three 
or four times this term our halls have witnessed the merry scenes that 
always distinguish a Phi gathering. 

We have our eyes open for more new men, and I believe we shall 
be able next time to intro<luce some of them. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Bloomington, November (i, 1S«>7. Hrnkst P. Wn,ES. 


Wabash College began the present year with increased attendance, 
much college spirit and excellent material for the fraternities. This 
year we support no foot ball team but have turned our attention to 
track athletics; on October 10 we held our fall field meet, in w^hich 
Phi Delta Theta was well represented. A college band, glee club and 
mandolin club have been organized, in all of which Phis are interested. 

All of our men returned this year with the exception of Bro. Malone, 
who was graduated, and Bro. Mull, 'tH». A long and hard fought 
spiking season has just been brought to a close, and * A 8 has received 
more than her share of the spoils. We have initiated and beg to in- 
troduce Karl Courtland Banks, special, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Josephs. liar- 
tholomew, HUM, Valparaiso, Ind.; John Miles Mitchell, M)8, Charles- 
ton, 111.; Michael P^mmet Foley, '*.M), Wingate, Ind. We have pledged 
Kester Bruce .Shields, PH)2, Seymour, Ind.; William Wilbors Wilson, 
special, Roachdale, Ind.; and Rufus Winesett Romine, HK)1, South 
Bend, Ind. 

Ivast year closed with 4> A H in the lead: We held both batting and 
fielding averages on the base ball team, besides having Bro. Byers as 
manager. Bro. Malone won the standing broad jump at the state field 
meet; Bro. Byers won the junior Austin prize debate; Bro. Foley, the 
sophomore oratorical contest; and Mr. Meisenhelder, pledged, was 
one of the contestants in the senior preparatory contest. This year 
found us with a good lead in the way of offices, and we have already 
added greatly to the list. Bro. Byers, having served so well as base 
ball manager, has been re-elected for the coming season. He is also 
business manager of The Wahash, manager of the glee club and of 
the maiulolin club and is vice-president of the state oratorical associa- 
tion. Bro. lianks is in the band and the glee club, as well as the 
(juartette. Bro. Bartholomew is also in the glee club and quartette. 
Bro. Ivnsminger is in the glee club and the band. Mr. Romine is in 
the glee club. Bro. Mitchell is president of the Y. !M. C. A. and as- 


sistant business manager of The H'ahash. Hro. Hayes is vice-presi- 
dent of the sophomore class. Bro. Griesel is treasurer of the junior 
class, college correspondent for the Indianapolis //>///•;/(// and f raternit}' 
editor on the Ouiatcnon board. Trusting that all chapters have been 
faring equally well, I am Yours in the Bond, 

Marshall Vaxmetkr Robh. 
Crawfordsville, November 14, WM . 


Entrance examinations. Thanksgiving and Christmas the three 
milestones in the first term's work ! The second we have just passed, 
and Indiana Gamma has no occasion to feel that she has loitered by 
the way, for she has proven her right to the assertion that she is 'first 
in spiking, first in peace and first in the hearts of the Butler girls. ' 

We lost seven men by graduation and one failed to return, Almon 
Mace, who is now at Purdue. Thus far this year <{> A B has six new 
Butlerites worshiping at her shrine, whom I now gladlv introduce to 
the Phi world: Bros. Harvey Hadley, '01, Herbert K. Wiley, '01, and 
Lawrence B. Davis, '00, all of Indianapolis; Bro. John Williams, '01, 
Wabash, and Bro. John Cunningham, '01, Fincastle. We have also 
pledge<i Lew Wallace, '02, Brownstown, Ind., making a total of thir- 
teen men, including Bros. Lister and Blount, '97, who are pursuing a 
graduate course. 

As usual * A B opened the social season with an informal reception 
and dance on Hallowe'en. About twenty- five couples were present, 
and all had a royal time. A few evenings after Thanksgiving the Phi 
rooms were the scene of a ^ood old-fashioned taffy pulling, the decora- 
tions and refreshments bemg in keeping with the occasion. 

Our foot ball team, like many a Klondike claim, 'didn't pan out 
very well,' the distance between the various departments of the uni- 
versity making it impossible to get the men together for regular prac- 

It is with the greatest pleasure that we record the calls of Bro. Mull 
of Wabash and Bro. Whallon of Hanover. We appreciate them and 
extend to all wandering Phis a hearty invitation to partake of the hos- 
pitality of Indiana Gamma. In the Bond, 

ViRiriL Dalrymplk. 

Irvington, November 30, 1807. 


Franklin opened this fall with a smaller number of Phis enrolled 
than for a number of years, only six active men. We accordingly 
spiked hard and were successful in taking three men from our rivals, 
while we lost only one to them. We have initiated Guy Guthrie, 
11H)1, of Greensburg, Harry Paskins, 1!>01, and Will W. Wilson, UK>1. 
both of Franklin, and have pledged Harry Bowser, 1008, of Fort 
Wayne, and Roy Hinchman, 1001, of North Vernon, Ind. The latter 
we will initiate the first of next term. 

We have the promise of an enclosed athletic park before spring, the 
money having been raised by the formation of a stock company com- 
posed mostly of the alumni of the college, and we await only the se- 
lection of the groimds and the incorporation of the company. 

The college paper, The Kodak ^ which for the past year has not been 
published, has been revived, and the first number will appear before 


this letter does. Bro. Moore, '98, was selected as business manager 
and was also chosen as the representative of the students on the board 
of directors of the new athletic association. Bro. Kenney has been 
elected president of the class of '*.»1^ Bro. Monroe, M)S, has succeeded 
to the place of Bro. Noland on the executive committee of the state 
oratorical association, Bro. Noland not having returned this fall. 

Bro. Clark R. I'arker, ".17, is completing a course at the Boston Con- 
servatory of Music, and will next spring succeed Prof. Dungan, in the 
chair of music. Phi Delta Theta will then have five men on our faculty. 

Bro. Jesse L. Holman, who was elected reporter, will return to col- 
lege in a few days. Yours in the Bond of 4> A O, 

P.\RLEv W. Monroe. 

Franklin, November 18, 1S97. 


Near the opening of the term it was deemed advisable to move our 
quarters, and as a result the old Phi 'corner brick' now stands vacant, 
to the unfeigned delight of our former neighbors and the expressed 
sorrow of our new ones. But slumber deferred should increase its ap- 
preciation. The coziness and completeness of our new home needs no 
description. We announce our success in spiking by the following 
list: Bro. T. H. Jenkins, Warren, Pa., and Bro. H. G. (jarber, Madi- 
son, Ind., initiated; T. H. Masterson, Rockport, Ind., pledged, and M. 
H. Garber, Madison, Ind., who will be initiated in the near future, 
making, with those announced in our last letter, an accession of seven 
for the year. Opening with six we now hold thirteen, the unlucki- 
ness of which number has in no wise made itself apparent. During 
the term we have had visits from Bros. Nelson, Deibler, Bridges, For- 
bes and Bowman, all formerly of Hanover, part of whom were with 
us to a.ssist in our initiatory ceremonies. A banquet following the in- 
itiation tended to sooth the hicerated feelings of our initiates. 

Phi Delta Theta has not taken a hidden position of late. Bro. Old- 
father has been elected editor-in-chief of the college annual and asso- 
ciate editor of the college journal. Bro. Whallon was again elected 
manager of the f(K)t ball team, while on it we are further represented 
by four regular and two substitute players. The presidency of the 
college oratorical association is held by a Phi, and in the coming con- 
test we will be represented by one of our chai)ters. Our foot ball team 
has only played two games as yet, but in neither have we been de- 
feated, having thirty points to four of our opponents. We have two 
Phis on the mandolin club. Bro. Pearson went as a delegate to the 
state Y. M. C. A. convention at Tvvansville the past week. 

During the present week a reception will be held in honor of our 
new men. Our chapter is .stronger than for several years past, and 
with our numerical strength and a prospective loss of but one by 
graduation, we can see no shallows ahead. We are always glad to 
meet fellow Phis and extend a hearty invitation to all to visit us, as- 
suring them a cordial reception. Yours fraternallv, 

T. C. Whalkon. 

Hanover, November S, ISt^T. 


At the opening of the college year in Septeml>er, Indiana Zeta re- 
turned 12 initiates and 4 pledged men. I'rom l!H)l we secure<i men, 
the pick of the, and did not lose a spike. 


The following men have been initiated into the mysteries of Phi 
Delta Theta: A. N. Doyle, Van Buren, Ind.; L. D. Macey, E. Roller 
and H. L. Hancock, Newman, 111.; X. H. Edwards, Fairmount, Ind.; 
Earl C. Walker, New Albany, Ind. ; Fred L. Sims, Charles H. Baird 
and Forest Cartwright, Portland, Ind. 

Of last year's men who have not returned, Bro. Reat is teachinfi^ 
school at Mt. Meridian, Ind.; Bro. Collings is principal of the high 
school at Cicero; Bro. Crowder is preaching at Russelville. 

Bro. Sims has been elected president of the freshman class; Bro. 
Hancock, captain of the freshman foot ball team; Bro. Smith is secre- 
tary of the oratorical association. 

The foot ball team has labored under the disadvantages of faculty 
opposition and student indifference, and has not come up to its usual 
high standard. We defeated the Indianapolis Training School 22 to 
0, and lost to Purdue and Notre Dame by scores of 8 to and 4 to 0, 
respectively. Bro. F. Roller is captain and guard, Bro. Foxworthy, 
sub. guard; Bro. F. Cartwright played half back the early part of the 

In the military department, Bro. Mead is first lieutenant and adju- 
tant; Bro. Doyle is a sergeant; Bro. F. Roller is lieutenant in the ar- 

Bro. Ruick, '97, is at Yale. Bro. Prosser, '97, is professor of physics 
in the New Albany high school. Yours in *t-#fc/o, 

Chas. B. Cam.pbeli*. 

Greencastle, November 4, 1897. 


Indiana Theta lost by graduation five of the best men who ever en- 
tered Purdue. They were prominent in both social and college life 
and are greatly missed in the chapter. We wish them the highest 
success in life, and the positions they already occupy indicate that 
they are well started on the wa^. Bro. Kirk is an electrician at Jack- 
sonville, 111. ; Bro. Moore, assistant city engineer, I/a Fayette, Ind. ; 
Bro. Morse, with the Wabash Bridge Works, Wabash, Ind.; Bro. 
Wheeler, with the La Fayette Bridge Works; and Bro. Tschentscher, a 
student at Cornell. 

The race after men has resulted in a decisive victory for * A O. We 
have initiated Jay Byron Dill, Jr., 190(), and Herbert Martin Woolen, 
IfMX), and pledged Harry Rudolf Wilson, ItK)l, all of Indianapolis, 
men of whom Indiana Theta is justly proud, and who were desper- 
ately sought after by all the fraternities. 

In university affairs Purdue has been rather quiet this fall, the calm 
being disturbed only now and then by a victory or a defeat of our 
rather unlucky foot ball team. Church, the famous Princeton tackle, 
and Poe, the Princeton half back and coach, have each coached our 
men, but we lack the material for a western championship team and 
are out of the race for this year. The second week in November wit- 
nessed the arrival of our new Schenectady locomotive for the me- 
chanical engineering department. It is of a special design by Prof. 
W. F. M. Goss of Purdue, and its principal feature is its adaptability 
for either simple or compound running. It takes the place of 'Sche- 
nectady No. 1* in oinr locomotive experimental laboratory, which is 
the only completely equipped plant of its kind in the world. The 
results obtained from tests on tne old locomotive have proven inval- 


uable to the builders and railroad men alike, and a very useful career 
is in store for 'No. 2.' 

With best wishes and a hearty welcome to all Phis, from Purdue's 
loyal chapter, 1 remain Yours in <f»t-«ce/o, 

Percy H. Batten. 

La Fayette, November 14, 1S97. 


The university opened on October 1, and the attendance has steadily 
increased until the number stands somewhere over 3,200— higher by 
200 than ever before. Of this number there are some 3.)0 eligible men 
(literary and engineering students) in the freshman class. 

The fraternity year opened somewhat earlier, for we put our house 
in order and pledged 4 men before college opened, and since then we 
have pledged 4 more. Of these, o are initiated, so that with the 
12 men who returned to active membership, the roll counts 17. The 
chapter has been unusually well represented this year in the profes- 
sional fraternities, Bros. Matthews and Thayer having joined * A * 
and Bro. George Lowrie N 2i N, a fraternity which has absolute choice 
of men in the medical department of tlie university. 

This year witnesses the first change for many years in the occujwnt 
of the executive chair of the university. Prof. H. B. Hutchins, fonn- 
erly dean of the law department, is now acting president during the 
absence of Dr. Angell as U. S. minister to Turkey. No change is 
noticeable, however, in the government of the institution. In fact, 
the administrative board displays the same determination this year 
that it did last, to break up the organization of the 'varsity glee, man- 
dolin and banjo clubs. The fact that the clubs have been refused per- 
mission to give a single concert outside of town this year is of consid- 
erable interest to us, as Bro. Palmer is leader of this year's banjo club, 
and as we have three other men on the various clubs. 

Foot ball, however, suffers from no such discouragements, for not 
only does the faculty withhold almost all restrictions, but the financial 
support of the student body has been greater than ever before. Our 
foot ball representation, on the 'varsity, at least, is a thing of tlie fu- 
ture. At present, we have four men on the freshman team, but it 
might be well to add that their accomplishments are not limited to 
that one field. 

Of last year's four graduates, the two who did not return to follow a 
professional course are now enjoying excellent positions: Bro. Miller, 
as instructor in chemistry in the Kansas City Manual Training School, 
and Bro. Woodward, as assistant to an expert mining and mechanical 

There are more than the usual number of Phis from other chapters 
in attendance here this year. At the present time Bro. Chapin, of 
Michigan Beta, and Bro. Young, of Iowa Beta» are our only affiliates. 

In conclusion, just a word concerning the note in the last Scroli*, 
taken from the Delta Upsilon Quarterly. It charges us with having 
changed sides in an inter-fraternity struggle and calls this a *con- 
temptible flop.' We do not consider a defense necessary, but wish to 
state the facts. In the 'final struggle' we were 7cUh Delta Upsilon, 
and not until after our victory and in the general readjustment which 
followed did we become associated with some of the old Palladium 
fraternities, while Delta Upsilon was in a similar way associated with 
other members of the old organization. In charging us with having 


changed sides, Delta Upsilon evidently regards herself as a sort of 
land-mark, and in so doing gives further proof of the egotism dis- 
played when she claimed to have been the leader of tlie winning side. 

Wishing Phis the world over a Merry Christmas and Happy New 
Year, and reminding them that the latch-string is always out at the 
door of Michigan Alpha, I remain 

Yours in the Bond, 

Ann Arbor, November 19, 1897. Frkd R. Hoover. 


We begin the college year with the largest freshman class in our 
history. Good material is not wanting. We have initiated three men 
and are looking up several whom we expect to pledge. We take great 
pleasure in introducing our new brothers, Frank Gunn, '00, and Arthur 
Lyons and Lucian Kendrick, '01. We feel they will prove an honor 
to the Fraternity and our chapter. 

We lost two men last year by graduation. Brother Walter Amos is 
now instructor in mechanical drawing in Detroit, and Bro. Chas. 
Hermann is engaged in business with his father. Bro. Cornelius 
Chapin left at the end of the last winter term. He entered the U. of M. 
this year to take a course in electrical engineering. We understand 
he affiliates with Michigan Alpha. 

Bros. Morgan Morgans, '0(), Frank Smith, '00, and Frank Long- 
year, *00, did not return to college this year. 

Bro. Chas. Alvord, *9o, has been appointed by the state board of 
agriculture to fill the place left vacant b^y Prof. A. A. Crozier in the 
experimental station. We enjoy an occasional visit from him. 

The foot ball season has been a success. The men have been in 
active training since the beginning of the year under the competent 
instruction ota U. of M. coach. This, together with the excellent 
material, makes the strongest eleven we have ever placed on the grid- 
iron. We are represented by Bro. E. J. Price, '00, as left guard. 

An appropriation of $o,000 has been allowed for the erection of a 
new electric light plant. Henceforth we hope to have our rooms 
lighted by electricity. 

Arrangements have been made whereby the street car line now enters 
the college grounds, and we are therefore conveniently connected with 
Lansing, three miles away^ 

By our next letter we expect to have a number of other initiates to 

With best wishes to the Fraternity, I remain 

Yours in the Bond, 

Lansing, November 18, 1897. A. B. Krkntei*. 


Although only three of last year's members returned to college this 
fall, and we have been somewhat handicapped by unavoidable circum- 
stances, we are now hustling and can predict a strong chapter by the 
winter term. We have pledged one of the best all-around men in 
college and expect soon to put the button on one or two more. At 
present we have three active and six pledged men. 

Next term Bros. Smith and Campbell will be in college, and two 
pledged members will be eligible for initiation. We expect to rent a 
suite of rooms, which we will use as we did our house. 


H. S. Myers, *9o, our reporter, has been seriously ill since the sec- 
ond week of the fall term, but is now some better. 

Thanksgiving day we enjoyed a visit from President Palmer, who 
was passing through Hillsdale. In the evening we had a very fraternal 
visit w4tli him at the hotel. 

The college has more and a better class of students than last year. 
Our prospects for the year are looking brighter, and with hard work 
we will have a strong chapter. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Hillsdale, November 2(5, 1897. Vkrne G. Myers. 



Illinois Alpha lost seven men last June, and the chapter began this 
fall with six members. Last Friday night we initiated the following: 
Joseph Hrown, 1900; George Moore, 1900; Kdward Hammett, 1901; 
Neal D. Tomy, 1901; Claude Seek, 1901; Center Case, 1901; Frank 
Phelps, 1901. We expect to be able to add to this list in the next 
letter. The men we have been fortunate enough to get this fall are 
the pick of the new comers, and their accession again places the chap- 
ter at the head of the eight chapters at Northwestern. Besides our- 
selves, this year Beta Theta Pi and Sigma Chi have been successful in 
getting men. The other five fraternities have fallen below their stand- 

We have rented for the year a cozy suite of rooms at 1008 H Orring- 
ton avenue, facing Fountain square, in the center of Evanston. We 
are planning a tally-ho party for the Thanksgiving game between 
Northwestern and Wisconsin. The recent faculty decree that no or- 
ganization shall give more than one evening party during the year 
will be observed by our chapter. The general chairmanship and lead- 
ership of the Pan-Hellenic promenade falls to Phi Delta Theta this 
year. Our party will be given in February, probably at the Country 
club house. 

Bro. Conner, '97, is now teaching Greek in the Academy; Bro. F. 
W. McCasky, '97, is engaged in business in Minneapolis; Bro. C. A. 
Stewart, '97, is in business in Chicago; Bro. E. S. Hutchins, '97, is 
studying medicine in Cliicago; Bro. T. M. Fowler, ex-'97, is in busi- 
ness in Evanston; Bro. R. A. Noble, ex-'98, is at the Northwestern 
Medical School; Bro. Ward Marble, ex- 1900, is in business at Crown 
Point, Ind. 

Northwestern University is prospering this year. The enrollment 
is larger than ever before. A few changes have been made in the 
faculty. In the chair of Continental history Prof. Stanclift has been 
replaced by Prof. James, of Cornell, Iowa, and in the department of 
French Prof. Wheeler is succeeded by Prof. Balliot, of Indiana Uni- 
versity. Prof. Hatfield, who spent last year traveling in Germany, 
has returned and taken up this work as head of the department of 
German. The university has been the recipient of a large sum from 
the Fayerweather estate, and a new academy building and gymnasium 
are things of the near future. Improvements have been made at Shep- 
pard field for the acconnnodation of the foot ball team, which, though 
not as successful as might have been desired, has given a good account 
of itself, considering the fact that most of the men are new at the 


Our chapter is located so near Chicago that we might reasonably 
expect even more calls than we receive from the Phis residing in and 
visiting the city. We know that there are a great many living near 
us that we have never met. With a chapter in Chicago and a chapter 
at Northwestern, no Phi in or near Chicago need feel that he has no 
place to go where he will be made welcome and shown a good time. 
Come to see us. 

With best wishes to all Phis, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Evanston, November 1, 1897. George Elmer Moore. 


The first term of the winter quarter at The University of Chicago 
has just closed, and with it passes a period of unusual activity in the 
development of Illinois Beta. During this time we have experienced 
all the vicissitudes of house seeking and furnishing in the midst of a 
rushing season which our competitors have made unusually trving, 
and now, having added two men to our number, and being comforta- 
bly established in a cozy fiat, we are looking hopefully forward to a 
year of growth and prosperity such as hitherto we have hardly dared 
nope for. 

Illinois Beta returned but four men this fall, being greatly handi- 
capped at the outset by the temporary withdrawal from the university 
of Bros. Brayton, '00, and Hales, '00, who found it to their advantage 
to continue their occupations of the summer. Bro. Brayton will be 
with us next quarter and Bro. Hales will return in October, 1898, and 
complete his course without further interruption. 

Five men are now living in our house: Bros. Wilson, Ickes, Mosser, 
Stockey and Sawyer. Bro. Wilson, '97, is pursuing a course in the 
Chicago College of Law, and Bro. Ickes, '97, is on the staff of the 
Chicago Record. Bro. Mosser is leader of the glee club and a mem- 
ber of the Apollo club and university choir; Bro. Sawyer is university 
correspondent for the Chicago Tribune^ member of the glee club, 
member of the dramatic club and on the Cap and Goivn board; Bro. 
Flanders is on the mandolin club, and your correspondent is a mem- 
ber of the university choir, a member of the glee club and its secre- 

On the twenty-second of October we held our first initiation of the 
year, taking in two men: F. H. Calhoun, '98, captain of the track 
team, and R. E. Graves, '98, a scholarship man. Bro. Shepardson, 
Illinois Eta, was among our guests. We have since pledged three 
more men, one of whom is on the mandolin club and another of whom 
promises to do wonders in track athletics next spring. 

Illinois Beta sent six men to attend the fall initiation at Northwest- 
em University, on October 29, and a most enjoyable time was report- 
ed. A large number of Phis were present and much credit is due 
Illinois Alpha for the cordial hospitality extended to all her guests. 

We have had several pleasant visits from members of the Fraternity 
during the summer and fall, especially during the summer quarter, 
when a number of Phis from various colleges took special work in the 
university. Among the yellow fever refugees who sought shelter in 
Chicago we were glad to welcome Bro. Coleman, of Tulane University. 
Bros. Palmer and Miller, of the General Council, have been with us 
several times during the past six months, and both have been zealous 
in assisting us to get a good start this fall. We are also greatly in- 


debted to the members of the local alumni chapter, who have gener- 
ously contributed much to our material welfare, and to whose efforts 
mainly we owe our present comfortable quarters. 

The' prospects for the growth of our chapter during the present year 
are better than ever before. We have met with good success thus far 
and expect to do better in the future. I tliink Phis in other institu- 
tions little realize what we have to contend with in the line of adverse 
faculty rulings at The University of Chicago. All chapters here are 
forbidden, under penalty of forfeiting their charters, to bid or pledge 
freshmen until such men have been in attendance at the university 
six months. This rule necessarily forces us to continue our rushing 
season with unabated zeal throughout the year, and leaves us at the 
end of the school year, especially if we have been unfortunate in bid- 
ding men, in a condition of mental, physical and financial exhaustion. 
The freshman, meantime, is tossed aoout from one chapter to another, 
fSted and feasted like a king for six months, and then expected to 
join the fraternity offering him the biggest inducements. 

The Omega club has just been granted a charter by 4^ T, for which 
it has been fighting for the past five years. The new chapter will 
come in with about ten men. There is also a rumor current to the 
effect that A T will soon establish a chapter here with five or more 
charter members. If this be true we shall have seven fraternities to 
compete with next year. 

With best wishes to all Phis, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Chicago, November 20, 1897. C. F. Stockky. 


Since our last letter we have pledged three men, Scott Ingle, '01, 
and Walter and Frank Williams, '02. All of these men are very pop- 
ular in their classes. Scott Ingle is well known in athletics, both here 
and at Oberlin. He is the 'varsity pitcher, as well as full back on the 
eleven. The Williams brothers are also athletes of promise. 

We have given two parties this year, both of which have been most 
enjoyable affairs. We also anticipate combining with the alumni in 
a formal party at Christmas. 

The Knox foot ball team has enjoyed a very successful season, hav- 
ing won five out of seven games played. Bro. Adcock at end has been 
making a great reputation for himself. At the last game, with Mon- 
mouth, the three t rater nities gave box parties. 

Bro. Johnson was elected treasurer of the sophomore class recently. 
Bro. Holland is at work on the '99 year book, or which he is editor, and 
from present indications it will be the best book ever issued at Knox. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Galesburg, November 17, 1897. WiLi^ Mather Lewis. 


So few of our boys returned to live in the chapter house this year 
that we were a trifle concerned at first, but all is serene now; we would 
not give up the house for anything. 

Bro. Walter Johnson has accepted a position under McClure, of New 
York, as editor of The Osprey. Bro. Johnson has made this neat little 
publication what it is, and, with these new advantages, we predict for 


him a bright future. While we are sorry to see him go from us we 
rejoice at his success. 

On the evening of November 6 our chapter held its nineteenth an- 
nual stag banquet in the chapter house, and only those chapters who 
have a house can know what a joy it is upon such occasions. The 
boys served the banquet themselves, as is our custom. 

Our new gymnasium is now completed, and for its size is one of the 
best in the west. We are justly proud of it. 

With very best wishes for all the chapters, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Galesburg, November 18, 1897. R. G. Carpenter. 


Since our last letter to The Scroti* Illinois Kta has initiated three 
men: A. R. Johnston, 1900, G. Huntoon and L. Huffman. In addi- 
tion we have three men pledged and more in sight. Bro. Johnston, 
the crack 'varsity half back, was compelled to quit the game owing 
to a severe injury which he received in the Chicago game. 

Bro. Walker is at present a busy man, for he is arranging the game 
between the Carlisle Indians and Illinois. These two teams play in 
Chicago at the Coliseum, Saturday night, November 20. Our chapter 
will be present in a body and will occupy two boxes. Bro. Goodrich 
has recently been elected assistant foot ball manager. 

Bro. Fulton, captain of the 'varsity base ball team, will return after 
Christmas and will assist Coach Huft in coaching the candidates for 
the team. Last spring we had Ave Phis on the championship team 
and we expect to have the same number this year. 

Bro. Palmer paid the chapter a delightful visit and favored us with 
an excellent talk on rushing new men. Several Purdue Phis visited 
us on October 23, when Illinois accomplished what she has striven to 
do for several years — defeat Purdue. Bro. Johnston was easily the 
star of the day. 

Phi Gamma Delta has been introduced into the university. This 
chapter starts with fifteen men and bids fair to become a strong rival 
of the older fraternities. Bro. Walker responded to a toast at their 
initiation banquet. 

The new central heating and lighting plant is rapidly nearing com- 
pletion, and a new conservatory is gradually assuming form. The old 
mechanical shops are being transformed into a modem gymnasium. 
A large building for the school of music is under consideration, and 
when these improvements are completed, Illinois will stand on a level 
with any university in the west. 

With best wishes to all our chapters, I remain 

Yours in the Bond, 

Champaign, November 18, 1897. A. N. Hazlitt. 


This year's rush was commenced with twelve old men back, and as 
a result of their efforts the following were pledged: Henry J. Blakely, 
Milwaukee; Elbridge Bacon, La Crosse; Neely K. Pardee, Wausau; 
William H. Biersach, Milwaukee; Samuel Robbins, Carthage, 111.; 
Frank R. Barns, St. Louis, Mo.; Mark Newman, Madison, Wis.; Sam- 
uel B. Gregg, Danville, la. ; George Hardgrove, Fond du Lac, Wis. ; 


John L. Ragland, Missouri — ten in all. I wish to introduce Bros. 
Blakely, Bacon, Pardee and Biersach to the Phi world. 

Wisconsin was fortunate in having Bro. Phil King back this year as 
foot ball coach, as the work of the western champions will show. We 
were all sorry to bid good-by to Bro. King, but hope to have him back 
again next year. 

The members who attended the game with Minnesota at Minneap- 
olis on October 30, are enthusiastic in their praises of the hospitalities 
shown them. 

Bro. Bacon, '01, was recently elected a member of the glee club. 
The undersigned was assistant manager of the foot ball team. Bro. 
Phil Fox was captain of the '00 track team. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Madison, December 2, 1897. Carl V. Geilfuss. 


We always have to sink to conventionalisms in trying to express 
our most individual thoughts or feelings. How much more difficult, 
then, would it be for me to find new words and unused phrases to tell 
the Fraternity that Minnesota Alpha has her share of all the prosper- 
ity that she could possibly wish for * A O everywhere. 

Some time during the summer a mighty impulse struck two of our 
most active workers, and when the boys drifted back Bros. Condit 
and Sherburn had a surprise in store for them. They halted in 
astonishment at the door, and our pet 'freshman,' Esterley (he isn't 
really a freshman, you know), stammered out a word of apology, 
stumbled away dazed and l>egan a new hunt for the old chapter 
rooms. Every room has been refitted. Each one has its character- 
istic color and furnishings. Some at first claimed that the poster 
room had been desecrated, but when they saw that beautiful and ap- 
propriate pictures had taken the place of the time-worn and somewhat 
passi' poster all were satisfied and pleased. I wish I could describe 
our quarters, but I shall have to content myself with the statement 
that a certain crowd of co-eds has threatened to appropriate our smok- 
ing-room for its own purposes. 

We have so far initiated four men, and are satisfied that * A O will 
always have reason to be proud of Ralph E. Weible, Weible, N. D. ; 
Ed Stong, Minneapolis; Ivouis Wright, Minneapolis, and Joseph 
Smith, Minneapolis. Most of the old men are back, so that we are 
well represented in every department in the university. In addition 
to our already large representation in the faculty, we have the pleas- 
ure of welcoming a new brother, who holds the position of assistant 
professor in the I^atin department. Br9. Fred Huxley has been ap- 
pointed assistant in the medical department. 

In a social way the Phis have had a royal time this fall, but the 
greatest event, from our standpoint, was the banquet given by our 
chapter and the alumni to the Wisconsin Alpha chapter on the eve- 
ning of October 30 at the Commercial Club. The following notes 
appeared in the city papers: 

' Little informal fraternity gatherings in honor of visitors from 
Madison were numerous Saturday evening. All of these were very 
enjoyable, perhaps none more so than the banquet tendered by the 
I*hi Delta Thetas of Minnesota to their brother Greeks from Madison. 
The Phi Delts gathered at the Commercial Club, where Dietrich 
catered for them in his best style. Members of Wisconsin Alpha, 


who were among the Madison rooters, were the guests. Phil King, 
the "little corporal," who coached the Badgers to victory, is a Phi, but 
was detained from the gathering by other engagements. After the 
dinner James G. Wallace, of the alumni chapter, introduced several 
of the brothers for informal speeches. The chief speech was made by 
Rev. E. H. Wilson, of Faribault, a Phi from back in the ''>0*s, who 
comes from Centre College, Kentucky, where the third chapter of 
the Fraternity was organized. With special appropriateness to the 
time the menu cards, which are always planned to make souvenirs 
of the occasion at these Phi Delt gatherings, were ovals printed with a 
design made by H. L. Murray, of the alumni. Two stocky foot ball 
players in the uniforms of Wisconsin and Minnesota hold between 
them a slate upon which each guest inscribed the score. The figures 
are colored in water colors. ' 

Yours in * A O, 
Minneapolis, December 3, 1897. H. N. T. Allkn. 


School opened with ten Phis present. The chapter numbered twen- 
ty-three at the close of last year. Seven were lost by graduation and 
some others have not returned. 

Elizabeth Hershey Hall was opened for women students at the be- 
ginning of the term and is an assured success. Incidentally we might 
mention the fact that Phi Delta Theta does not lack for warm friends 
among its occupants. 

An excellent lecture course has been secured. Six numbers will be 
given, each one of decided merit. 

Lieutenant Kalk has been placed in charge of the military depart- 
ment, and has won the respect and good will of the students. The 
department is larger than last year and will assuredly prosi>er, for a 
majority of the swords are worn by Phis. Bro. Heskill is band leader. 
At present he is suffering with an attack of congestion of the lungs, 
from which it is hoped he will speedily recover. 

Preparations are now being made for the local oratorical contest, 
held for the purpose of selecting delegates to the state contest. Bro. 
Rex is secretary of the local association. Bro. Helphrey, as president 
of the interstate oratorical association, has brought honor to our chap- 
ter and will be a credit to the institution. 

After beginning his senior year Bro. Brown was unexpectedly com- 
pelled to give up his work. On his resignation as manager of the foot 
oall team Bro. Helphrey was elected to the position. One of the best 
teams in the history of the institution is now bringing victories to I. 
W. U. Only one game has been lost and that to the far-famed Mis- 
souri Tigers. The games played and scores are as follows: Knox, 
18-0; Wapello Indians, ()0-0; Missouri Tigers, 4-(»; Penn, 36-4. The 
Penn game came on Saturday, November 6, and was attended by the 
Phis in a carriage party. After the game and a ten -mile drive we took 
supp>er at the Jackman House, in New London. Several informal re- 
ceptions and socials have been given in our parlors, and overflowing 
merriment was the result. 

We have no new initiates to announce as yet, but it is only because 
under our college rules there are no available men of the kind of which 
Phis are made. During the year we will be able to announce a num- 
ber of new men of choice quality. 

Sorrow came to our chapter the past week when Bros. George and 


Fred Smith were called home to the death bed of their mother. They 
arrived too late to see her alive. By our brothers* loss we all feel 
saddened. In the Bond of * A G, 

JKSSK McF. Bkck. 
Mt. Pleasant, November 8, 1897. 


The university began the fall term with several large new buildings, 
several new instructors, an increased attendance over any former year, 
with the financial prospects of the athletic association looking brighter, 
and with indications that our foot ball and track teams will be the best 
that we have ever had. 

Our chapter began the year in new halls, pleasantly located near the 
university, consisting of six large rooms and a dance hall, newly fur- 
nished throughout and supplied with water, gas and steam heat. 

We appreciate the steam heat perhaps more than anything else, for 
the pleasure and enjoyment to be derived from cold rooms is well 
known to us. One room is fitted up for a library, and if the interest 
in it, and the donations to it continue as they have begun, we will 
soon have a library of which the Fraternity may be proud, and which 
will be a great benefit as well as source of pleasure to its members. 

All last year's members are back but six. Bro. Wakefield is prac- 
ticing law in Sioux City, Iowa, and Bro. Barker in Cresco, Iowa. Bro. 
Simmons is an editor on the Ottumwa Courier, Bro. Young is attend- 
ing school at Ann Arbor, Mich., and Bros. Mulky and Pittenger are 
at Rush Medical College, Chicago. We have taken in but one new 
member thus far, and have pledged four who will come in soon. There 
are two or three Phis from other schools here whom we exect to afHli- 
ate. So, considering the fact that we have thirteen of our old mem- 
bers, we do not need to be in any hurry to take in new men. 

Though not as well fixed financially as we might wish, yet it is not 
worrying us any or interfering with the social enjoyment of our new 
halls. The subject of a chapter house has been discussed in our meet- 
ings for the last two years, and we have come to the conclusion that 
halls such as we have at present are better suited to the needs of our 
chapter than any house which we would be able to get. None of the 
other fraternities here have a house, and I do not think that a house 
would suit them as well as a hall in this town. 

Iowa Beta wishes to extend greetings to all sister chapters, and to 
assure all Phis a hearty welcome if they should ever have occasion to 
visit our city. Fraternally yours, 

Albert A. Paisley. 

Iowa City, October 21, IS<)7. 


Since our last letter to The Scroll we have initiated W. Neal 
Winter, of Greenville, Mississippi, thereby gaining a victory for Phi 
Delta Theta. With pardonable pride we look upon Missouri Alpha's 
record during the rushing season. We have asked six men to join 
our Fraternity and have not met with a single refusal, while in most 
of the cases they refused others in order to join us. 

We have more than our share of the honors this year. In the battal- 
ion of cadets, Bro. English is major. We also have the adjutant, a 
first lieutenant, a sergeant and a corporal. Bro. Maitland and Bro. 


Peper are respectively the presidents of the junior and sophomore en- 

fineering classes, and Bros. Edmunds and Burruss are the vice-presi- 
ents of the corresponding academic classes. Six brothers are on the 
glee, banjo and mandolin clubs, of which Bro. English is secretary 
and treasurer, as well as leader of the glee club. Bro. Ruffner is vice- 
president of the associated clubs and leader of the banjo club. On the 
staff of the Independent is Bro. Drum, one of our new men. Bro. 
Switzler has charge of the fraternity department of the Westef-n Col- 
le^e Maf;azine^ and Bro. Ruffner is the local correspondent of the 

The inter-society oratorical contest, held November thirteenth, was 
won by Mr. Harris, of the law school. He was promptly challenged 
by Bro. Thompson, who won last year. 

Missouri's foot ball team has been very unfortunate this year, hav- 
ing lost most of the games, but we hope to make a better showing on 
Thanksgiving. Early in the season Bro. Smith received injuries 
which prevented his playing. Bro. White, having been appointed 
director of the gymnasium, could not play, and his absence greatly 
weakened the team. 

The university council has created a body to be known as the ath- 
letic board, to control all athletic matters. The board consists of 
members of the faculty, alumni and undergraduates. President Jesse 
is ex-officio chairman. The representation on the board is to be as 
follows: Four members of the faculty, one alumnus — to be elected by 
the executive committee of the alumni association, and the captains 
of the foot ball, base ball and track teams. 

To-night Missouri Alpha celebrates with an oyster supper her twen- 
ty-seventh birthday. We will have with us Bros. Anderson, 'JK5, AUee, 
»95, S. L. Watson, '95, Ed. Watson, '95, K. R. Johnson, '94, C. L. 
Switzler, '94, and, we hope, others of our alumni. 

In accordance with the reminder in The Palladium^ the circular 
letter will be issued on time. 

Bro. Helphrey, as manager of the Iowa Wesleyan foot ball team, 
was here some weeks ago. Several Missouri Beta men came over 
with their foot ball team. We always enjoy having Phis visit us. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Columbia, November 20, 1897. Charles Shumway Ruffner. 


Owin^ to a slight misunderstanding on the part of the reporter, 
Missouri Beta failed to have her customary communication in the Oc- 
tober Scroll, which fact necessitates the recital of the record we have 
made from the opening of school. 

Bros. Smiley, instructor in Kemper Family School; Jacks, with the 
St. Louis Republie ; Van Meter, ot the banking firm of Van Meter and 
Smith — all last year's graduates — were early on the ground to lend 
their aid and encouragement in the annual opening rush. At the out- 
set we were slightly handicapped by the comparative youthfulness of 
the entire chapter, but thanks to its excellent reputation and the timely 
assistance of our alumni, each and every man honored with an invita- 
tion now wears the sword and shield. We take pleasure in introduc- 
ing Bros. A. L. Gordon, Fulton, Mo.; R. G. Cousley, Sedalia, Mo.; 
Duncan McGregor, Fulton, Mo., and G. A. Campbell, Jackson, Mo. 
We are also glad to state that Bro. Seibert, formerly of Missouri Alpha, 
is with us. 


On the foot ball team, of which Bro. Cousley is captain and right 
half back, we are well represented with Stratton and Gordon as ends 
and Campbell at tackle. Bro. Gordon is president of the athletic 
association and occupies a similar position in the literary society of 
which he is a member. In the recent contest to determine who should 
represent Westminster in the coming inter-collegiate oratorical con- 
test, the reporter was chosen. If we continue to be as successful dur- 
ing the remainder of the year as we have been thus far, there will be 
but little left to comfort our rivals. 

Our membership is now 12, with one man pledged, whom we hesi- 
tate to pass alone through the triple gates, lest his addition bring upon 
us the evils commonly associated with a certain luckless number. 

Wishing a successful year to the chapters, I am 

Yours fraternally, 

Fulton, November 18, 1897. M. N. FERGUSON. 


We have lost but two of last year's attendant members. Bro. John 
G. Cole, MM), has gone to Harvard, and Bro. Wm. G. Clark, *98, has 
left us to complete his engineering education at Columbia. 

We take pleasure in presenting to the Fraternity our new initiates: 
Silas Bent Phillips, 1900, engineering school; Thurston Wright, *01, 
college (a brother of Bro. Thomas H. Wright, *98); and Henry Ware 
Eliot, Jr., '01, college. Bro. Eliot is a grandson of Dr. Wm. G. Eliot, 
an eminent Unitarian clergyman, who was for many years the hon- 
ored chancellor of the university. We are very glad to have Bro. 
Trescott F. Chaplin, '9fi, back again with us after a year in the grad- 
uate school of The University of Chicago. He has entered the law 
department of this university and has taken an active interest in our 
work. Bro. James L. Stuart, '98, took a summer course at Chicago 
and reports a very pleasant time with the members of Illinois Beta. 
Bro. Albert B. Lawver, '96, intends to return shortly to take a gradu- 
ate course. 

Among the faculty there have been a few changes. Henry S. Pritch- 
ett, professor of astronomy, has been appointed by the president to 
the important position of superintendent of the United States coast 
and geodetic survey, with headquarters at Washington. While it is 
a great honor for Prof. Pritchett, the loss to the university will be 
keenlv felt. 

Mr. Henri Dumay, instructor in French, has gone to New York as 
the editor of a journal there, and Mr. Gaston Douay, late of Columbia, 
has taken his place. 

Bro. Orville L. Sinmions, Indiana Theta, '98, instructor in crypto- 
gamic botany, has .severed his connection with the university and 
gone to Texas. Bro. Henry W. Stuart, California Alpha, '93, who 
was instructor last year in economics, has left, and Mr. H. R. Hatfield 
has returned to his former position. 

Bro. John B. Pitman, Tennessee Alpha, '98, is in the medical de- 
partment, and we hope to have him affiliate with us. The medical 
school, by the way, has increased the course, so that it now requires 
four years for graduation, and as the numerous other medical schools 
in the city require only three years, we hope to get a better class of 
students than formerly, from which we can select some men worthy 
of Phi Delta Theta. 

Bro. Jacobs, Ohio Alpha, has visited us once or twice this year. He 


is in business in the city. We all regretted very much that we were 
unable to meet Bro. Palmer when he was in the city a short time ago. 

Yours in the Bond, 
St. Louis, November 11, 1897. Chas. P. Pettus. 


Only ten of our men returned this year, and of these Bro. Reed has 
gone home, leaving us but nine old members. We have initiated two 
men so far, and pledged three others. 

We lost by graduation last June Bros. Smith, Reed, Limbocker, 
Brooks, Freeland and Crum, and by failure to return, Bros. Watson, 
Sierer, Crooks, Nimocks and Sanford. 

We have so far given but one hop, which was, however, quite suc- 
cessful. Our fifteenth annual stag banquet in commemoration of the 
founding of the chapter was held on the evening of November 20. It 
was a very enjoyable affair and a success in every way. Among those 
who were present were Bros. Nichols, Higgins, Playter, Nimocks, 
Caldwell, Jones and Learnard. 

The glee and banjo clubs are to make a tour of the state during the 
holidays. Bros. Lee and Cooper are members of the organizations, 
Bro. Cooper being president of the combined clubs. 

Last June Bro. Smith was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. 

Bro. Crooks is playing quarter-back on the Kansas City Medical 
College eleven. 

Wishing success to Phi Delta Theta, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Lawrence, November 28, 1897. H. W. McLaughlin. 


Now that the rushing season is over, the members of Nebraska 
Alpha feel that they have had their share of the spoils. We have 
taken men from several of our rivals and lost none. Since the last 
letter to Thk Scroti,, we have held but one initiation, and that in 
honor of Bro. Abbott, of 1901. This makes a total of five new mem- 
bers this year. 

The foot ball season for Nebraska bids fair to close successfully. 
Among others we have played Ames, Tarkio, Missouri and Kansas. 
Our first game — and our first and last defeat — we played at Ames, the 
latter winning, 12-0. In explanation, we plead that the team had had 
about two weeks' practice, and Ames had had three or four before we 
commenced. On the eighteenth of October we defeated Tarkio, IG-O, 
on the campus field. On the thirtieth we beat Missouri, 41-0. This 
was the first league game, and naturally we felt very proud of the 
team. On the thirteenth of November, Kansas came up, feeling very 
confident of victory, for she had, two weeks before, defeated Iowa, 
champion last year, 55-0. Nebraska won, 6-.5, after a bitterly con- 
tested game. If the officials had not been for Kansas, the score would 
have been 10-0. Nebraska has protested the five points credited to 
Kansas. We are looking forward to the Iowa game on Thanksgiving, 
and are hopeful of winning this, also. The Phis are represented on 
the team by Brother Hayward, who plays right tackle, and in the 
management by Brother Oury. Brother Welch showed his loyalty to 
the team by presenting them with stockings. We can not speak 


highly enough of coach Robinson, and we feel that Nebraska's success 
is due largely to his constant, patient efforts. 

The glee club is planning two trips for this year, one just before the 
holidays and a second trip later in the year. Bros. Mueller and Sum- 
ner represent us there. 

In a military way we have met with considerable success. So many 
registered for drill this year, that two battalions of three companies 
each had to be formed. Bros. Haggard and True are captains, and 
Bro. Weber is first lieutenant. Bros. Stebbins and Whedon are first 
sergeants, while Bro. Sumner as ranking second sergeant is sure to 
get something good next year. Brother Oury is captain of the Pershing 
Rifles, a select company of the best drilled men of the regiment. 
Brother Russell was promoted to the rank of captain before the bat- 
talion was formed into a regiment, but resigned, as he does not expect 
to return next semester. The regiment mourns the loss of its com- 
mandant, Lieutenant Jackson, Wth U. S. Cavalry, who died on Friday, 
November 11). 

On November 20 the chapter entertained the fathers of the Lincoln 
Phis. Bros. Hay ward and Welshans, in their celebrated monkey act, 
were heartily encored. 

This is our first year in a chapter house, and to say that we are 
pleased with chapter house ways is but half expressive enough. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Ch.\s. H. True. 

Lincoln, November 21, 1SV)7. 


The end of the fall term is now near at hand, and California Alpha 
looks back upon it with considerable satisfaction. Though we have 
not yet succeeded in entirely replacing the ten brothers lost last term, 
we hope by the beginning of next year to have very nearlj- done so. 
Since our last letter to Thk Scroti. Bros. Frank W. Bugbe'e, '00, and 
Homer A. Bouslcy, '01, have been initiated, making our total number 
of new men for this year four, and the total strength of the chapter 
fourteen. We will probably have Bro. Bousley with us only two years, 
and then will send him back to our brothers in New York Delta at 
Columbia. Bro. Guy L. Baylcy, '98, left college soon after the op)en- 
ing of the term to accept a good position at the Union Iron Works in 
San Francisco. 

This term has not been a very good one for the fraternities as a 
whole, the new class containing very little first-class fraternity mate- 
rial. Sigma Chi obtained only one man, Beta Tlieta Pi, Zeta Psi and 
Phi Gamma Delta, two. Chi Phi and Kappa Alpha Theta have three 
new members, while Phi Delta Theta, Delta Upsilon, Sigma Nu, Chi 
Psi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon each captured four. Delta Kappa Ep- 
silon. Kappa Kappa Ganmia and Gamma Phi Beta were the most for- 
tunate, obtaining six apiece. A chapter of Kappa Alpha (southern) 
has been reorganized with a membership of seven. Bros. Weniple, 
ex- '91), and Reinhardt, '07, are charter members of Pi Sigma Tau, 
and Bro. T. A. Smith, '07, of Zeta Oniicron. These are both new fra- 
ternities which have been established in the medical department of 
the university. 

The active chapter is working hard to make our new chapter house 
for next year a certainty. The local chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon 


has commenced its new house. Beta Theta Pi and Zeta Psi already 
own chapter houses here. 

As Thanksgiving^ approaches interest in foot ball is becoming in- 
tense. Our team this year is thought to be stronger than last, though 
we miss Ransome, last year's captain, who is now at Yale, where he 
has succeeded in demonstrating the fact that we do know a Utile about 
foot ball out here in the west. We departed from our usual custom 
this year in not having an eastern coach for the team, employing in- 
stead Mr. Nott, formerly of Brown and now an assistant instructor in 
the university. Probably by the time this letter appears in print it 
will be known whether we have won a glorious victory or suffered 
ignominious defeat at the hands of our rival, Stanford. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Berkeley, November 17, 1897. J. R. Moui,Throp. 


Never before has Stanford University registered so many students 
as this fall. There are now eleven hundred in regular attendance, and 
every department of the university is crowded. As a result of this 
the Doubtful Case committee has been playing havoc with the fresh- 
man class, and they have impressed the fact that * the indolent or un- 
worthy will not be retained in the institution. ' 

The principal event of the past month has been the faculty Kirmess, 
which was given in the museum for the benefit of the Hildebrand 
Library fund. The most interesting feature of the entertainment was 
a farce written and acted by the faculty. Three repetitions were nec- 
essary to accommodate the people who came in crowds from San 
Francisco, San Jos^, and all the neighboring towns. About eighteen 
hundred dollars were realized for the library. 

California Beta commenced this college year with six men. We now 
have ten active members, and two more are pledged. All of the mem- 
bers are taking an active interest in the chapter, and we hope to 
strengthen ana build it up. We are now agitating the house question, 
and it is very probable that we will build this year. 

Since our last letter we have initiated two more freshmen, Harrison 
H. Hill and Edward T. Maples. Both of them played on the freshman 
foot ball team that defeated the Berkeley freshmen, 10-8. Bro. Hill 
is also a prominent candidate for a position on the 'varsity eleven. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Stanford University, November 7. 1897. Benj. E. Page. 



The college year opened Thursday, September 22, with every pros- 
pect of a successful year, and already this prospect is being fulfilled 
m a remarkable manner. Within a few weeks two gifts of five thous- 
and dollars each have been made to the building fund of the uni- 
versity. It is hoped that another year will see Colby supplied with a 
much needed building for the biological department, and a ladies' 

In athletics we have been more than usually successful. Our foot 
ball team is the first Maine team to have beaten B. A. A. , and for the 
first time in our foot ball history we have beaten Bowdoin. 


Only seventeen Phis returned this fall for 'fishing,' and though we 
have initiated four loyal freshmen we miss greatly those whom we 
have been accustomed to have with us. Bro. House came back for a 
few days but was obliged by severe illness to return home for a year's 
rest. Bro. Tolman hopes to l>e with us later in the year. 

On October 25 we initiated the following members of 1901: Guy 
Wilber Chipman, William Coleman McCue, William Henry Sturtevant 
and Harry Albert Tozier. Bro. President J. Clark Moore, who made a 
visit, short but much enjoyed by us, was present at the ceremony and 

The Phis are represented in nearly all the branches of college activ- 
ity. Bro. Brown is manager of the glee club, in which we are also 
represented by Bros. Linscott and Doughty. Bros. Farbush and Lins- 
cott are members of the banjo and guitar club. Bros. Tozier and 
Towne hold important positions on the 'varsity eleven. Bro. Linscott 
is appointed as one of the speakers on the public debate of the term, 
and l^ro. Towne has just been elected vice-president and assistant 
business manager of the Colby Echo publication society. 

With the best of wishes to all Phis, I remain 

Yours in the Bond, 

Water^nlle, November 22, 1897. W. \\. Chase. 


The 97th year of Washington and Jefferson college began very 
auspiciously with an increased attendance over last year. The new 
freshman class, which will be the U)Oth class to be graduated by the 
college, numbers nearly 75. The sophomore and junior classes each 
lengthened their class roll. The latter is the largest class in college. 
The senior class is the smallest for several years and received no ad- 
ditions to its membership. Several men did not return this fall, so 
that only about 30 will be graduated. The preparatory department is 
also large. 

The fall campaign has been a rather lively one among the fraterni- 
ties, and nearly all have initiated several new men. The freshman 
class contained a very desirable lot of men, while several of the new 
members of other classes were not to be passed by. Pennsylvania 
Gamma has, as yet, initiated no one, but we have three of the best 
members of 1901 pledged, who will come into full membership after 
Thanksgiving. We did not engage as actively in rushing this fall as 
did our sister fraternities, and, on the whole, it seems that we pursued 
the wiser course. We have lost no good men and have run no risk of 
securing a wrong class of members. There is already some dissatis- 
faction among the other fraternities because of too hasty initiation of 
new men. Our course this fall, which I think was a trifle too con- 
servative, has, after all, been beneficial to us in more ways than one. 
The impression has gained prominence among the new men that we 
are a very conservative and select crowd, and so deeply is this im- 
pression grounded that we can secure almost any man we want. An- 
other thing that speaks well for our chapter is the high standing our 
members have in the college. There is not another fraternity here 
whose members make as high individual records in the class-room as 
does Pennsylvania (ramnia. That has been the case for years. 

The opening of the college year found our roll sadly depleted, and 
of fourteen men at commencement only seven returnea this fall. 
Brothers Hughes, Kerr and Miller, '97, are now reading law. Brother 


Hughes is at Ohio State University, and has cast his lot with Ohio 
Zeta. Brother Kerr is in an office at home, East Liverpool, O., and 
Brother Miller with an uncle in Pittsburg. Brother C. B. Giffen, *98, 
and Brother S. E. Giffen, 1900, are at home in Wheeling, w. Va., 
both being in business with their father. Brother G. L. Caldwell, '98, 
is reading law at his home at Wheeling, and Brother C. M. Kelso, 
1900, is in a bank in Dayton, O. 

Although we are 'only seven,' we have gathered more than our 
share of college honors. Brother Rule is business manager of the 
college glee association. Brother Baker is a member of the banjo 
club, Brother Logan of the mandolin club, and Miller (pledged) is the 
* basso profundo ' of the glee club. We have the largest representa- 
tion of any fraternity in the glee association. In athletics we hold our 
own with any of them. Brothers Eicher and Moore are members of 
the executive committee of the college athletic association, which 
controls all athletic teams and the glee association. Brother Eicher 
is vice-president of the association. Brother Carline is assistant man- 
ager of the base ball club and will be manager in '()9. Duff and 
Miller (pledged ) are members of the freshman foot ball team. Brother 
Hicher is right end of the 'varsity team, and is one of the best in that 
position in the state. He is a member of the '99 Pandora board. 
Brother Moore is essayist for Philo and Union literary society at the 
next annual contest with Franklin and Washington society. Our 
members are well represented on class offices. 

The foot ball season so far has been very successful, and, with the 
single exception of the University of Pennsylvania, no team has 
crossed our goal line this year. This almost duplicates last year's 
record, when the final score stood, W. and J. 188 to opponents* 0, for 
the entire season. The team was coached by the Rev. Clinton Tyler 
Wood, Princeton, '92, and ex-Captain Inglis, W. and J. '97. This is 
Mr. Wood's second year with the team. The second game of the 
season was with the U. of P., and W. and J. accomplished the feat of 
scoring on the Quakers and keeping their record down to three touch- 
downs. The scores of games played follow, our own preceding in each 
case : With Bethany, 5(>-() ; U. of P., 4- 18 ; Geneva, 12-0 ; Westmin- 
ster, 16-0 ; Pittsburgh College, 24-0 ; West Virginia University, 12-0 ; 
Pittsburgh Athletic Club, 8-0; Pittsburgh College, \M\-K) \ Adelbert, (i-O ; 
Waynesburg, 22-0 ; total, W. and J., 2()(» ; opponents, 18. 

Only one game remains to be played, that with the Duquesne 
Country and Athletic Club of Pittsburgh at Exposition Park, in that 
city, on Thanksgiving day. This game will decide the amateur 
championship of western Pennsylvania, as W. and J. has already won 
the collegiate championship. The game will be watched with interest, 
as D. C. and A. C. will be 'loaded ' with Wharton, Farrar, Uppenheinier 
and other great stars of the gridiron. [W. and J. won.— Editor.] 

During the sessions of the Pittsburgh conference of the Methodist 
Episcopal church, which was held here the last of September, we had 
the pleasure of meeting a number of Phis who were in attendance as 
delegates. One evening we held an informal reception in honor of 
our visitors, which was a very pleasant affair. They came up to the 
hall frequently, laid aside their ministerial dignity for the time being 
and showed themselves to be typical, jolly Phis. 

Pennsylvania Gamma will be twenty-two years old on December 4, 
and in accordance with our annual custom, the active and correspon- 
dent members will celebrate the event by a banquet. 

The celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Philo 


and Union and Franklin and Washington literary societies, which 
was to have occurred this fall, was necessarily {X)Stponed until Tues- 
day of commencement week in 1S1)S. Brother Moore is a member of 
the committee in charge of the celebration. 

Brother C. C. Sterrett, '91, who has been practicing law here for 
some time, and was recently admitted to practice before the supreme 
court of the state, has renounced Blackstone and entered the Western 
Theological Seminary, Allegheny, Pa. 

Brother A. A. Hays, '9"), is a frequent visitor at the hall. He is 
principal of the high school here. 

The Rev. George P. Hays, D. D., father of Brothers C. W., Walter 
and A. A Hays, died at his home here on September G. Dr. Hays 
was president of Washington and Jefferson college from 1870 until 
18S1. He was a member of the class of 'o7 and one of the most 
prominent Presbyterian ministers. 

The Rev. Clinton Tyler Wood, Princeton, '9*2, Princeton seminary, 
*97, who was coach of the '9(i and '97 foot ball teams, will leave New 
York December 11 for Wellington, Cape Colony, South Africa, where 
he will labor as a missionary under the Dutch collegiate church of 
New York city. 

Before another issue of The Scroij, our three pledged men will 
have donned the sword and shield, and we hope to have landed sev- 
eral more good men that we are cultivating. 

Our latch-string is always out, and we are always glad to entertain 
any Phi who may drop in on us. Though we chapter house, 
we will make a visitor just as welcome and entertain him just as well. 

With best wishes for all Phis, I remain 

Yours in the Bond of 4> A 8, 

Washington, November 2*2, 1897. David Glenn Moore. 


Pennsylvania Zeta sends her greeting to the Fraternity and regrets 
that she has not been represented in The Scroll earlier in the year. 
We are very busy and have been so all fall. The necessity of find- 
ing a new house kept the committee very much occupied, until 
we finally settled at 214 S. .'57th street. The house is small and cozy 
and does very well for a transition from our old ruin at 32o0 Chestnut 
to the elegant new home we hope to have next fall. 

The chapter is in very good condition, twenty -two men in attend- 
ance, of whom fourteen were left from last year. Six men have been 
initiated, and two have affiliated. Bro. Doland of Williams, and Bro. 
Poole of I^afayette, have joined the chapter, and are living in the 
house. The initiates are Bros. Paxton, Acker and Jayne, 1901, col- 
lege, Bro. Stilz, '98, college, who enters the law school next year, and 
liros. Stiles and Dorey, '99, law. We are not through with our work 
yet, and hope to have several more names to announce later. 

In college life Phis are prominent as ever. Bro. Willauer, '97, archi- 
tecture, is taking graduate work in his subject, and has been elected 
to the teaching staff of the department. Bros. McKinley, Davison 
and Dorey all hold class offices, and Bro. Dorey is an editor of the 
law school magazine. Bro. Wise was 'varsity coxswain last June, and 
has been coxswain of his class crew and of '99, medical, during the 
recent inter-class regatta. Bro. McKinley is playing with the mando- 
lin club. 

Pennsylvania's foot ball championship is undoubted this year. After 


having administered decisive defeats to all comers, particularly Har- 
vard, the comparative scores leave no reason for doubt as to Pennsylva- 
nia's right to the honor. We are very glad, of course, and our pleasure is 
increased by the fact that Bro. Outland has played such a distinguished 
l^ame all the season at right lackle, and has finally been rewarded by 
receiving the captaincy for next year. 

With best wishes, I am Very sincerely, 

Wii,i,iAM Adams McClenthen. 

Philadelphia, November 27, 1S07. 


Pennsylvania Eta commenced the fall term with but three men, 
seven seniors having received degrees at the last commencement. 
On Friday night of the first week five men were initiated: John J. 
Brice, 1900; Andrew T. Rrice, 1900; William B. Grubbe, 1900; Her- 
man A. Straub, UK)1; George W. Welsh, 1901. The house occupied 
before, which belonged to some of the alumni, has been given up, and 
a new one rented in the most desirable portion of the town — a corner 
house on a large lot. The new house is on Delaware avenue, the finest 
street in South Bethlehem. On the first floor is a large reception hall, 
a parlor, a library or smoking room, and a billiard room. In the two 
upper stories there are six large bed rooms, bath room and a chapter 

This year's freshman class numbered about J 00, and has some good 
fraternity material. We have one man pledged and our chances of 
getting two others are very good. 

Bro. William S. Franklin, Kansas Alpha, has taken the chair of 
physics here. 

By the next issue of The Scroll we hope to let you have a picture 
of our new chapter house. 

With best wishes to the Fraternity, I remain 

Yours in the Bond, 

South Bethlehem, November 29, 1897. William B. Grubbe. 

BETA PROVINCE - Concluded, 


It gives me pleasure to report to the Fraternity, through The 
Scroll, the condition of Virginia Beta. Our active membership this 
year has been increased over that of last year by four, the total mem- 
bership now being sixteen; and there is every indication that the ses- 
sion of 1897-98 will be more prosperous for the chapter than any other 
session has been for the past few years. 

We returned at the beginning of the year ten old men: Bros. Eu- 
gene Davis, Burrow, Furniss, Jones, Lea, McLester, Poitevent, Siler, 
Stearns, and Sutherland. And we were further strengthened by five 
Phis from other chapters, of whom Bros. Frederick and Martin, both 
of Georgia Beta, have been duly afliliated. This gave a working chap- 
ter of twelve, and the record established last year of not having lost a 
man to any other fraternity remains unbroken; we have thus far in- 
itiated four men. 

The first ' goating * was Saturday, October 9, when Timothy Avery 
Paul, of Walla Walla, Washington, and Ernest Morgan Watts, of 
Huntington, West Virginia, were dubbed Phis. They are both tak- 


ing the law course. Our second initiation was Saturda)-, November 
20. Two academic students were the candidates, and I take pleasure 
in introducing to the Phi world liros. James Woods Price and Rodger 
A. Walke, l>oth of Virginia. 

After the initiation Saturday night, the chapter enjoyed the annual 
fall banquet. Bro. Stearns was toast-master, and among those who 
responded to toasts was Bro. Wall, Ky. A, MM), who was with us for 
the evening. 

By graduation last spring Virginia Beta lost several loyal members. 
Bro. Boshcr, who took the <legre^ of M. A., is studying me<licine in 
the Richmond College of Medicine, where Bro. lyancaster is also in 
attendance. Bro. Pierce Bruns received the degree of B. L., and is 
now located in Baltimore. Bro. Martin Bruns is studying medicine at 
Johns Hopkins. Bro. Dykes is now practicing medicine near Atlanta. 
He was one of the few men who were graduated with honors in the 
medical profession last spring. Bro. I^ink is out in Arkp.nsas. Bros. 
Gordon Mathews and Dabney Davis are practicing law together at 
Lewisburg, W. Va. I?ro. Speed is now a member of Ky. A, while 
Bro. Owsley Brown has affiliated with Ky. A. 

Our chief honor this year lies in the magnificent foot ball playing 
of Bro. Kugene Davis at right guard. Thus far, he has played Vir- 
ginia's star game. 

Work on the new buildings is nearing completion, and the buildings 
themselves will be ready for complete occupancy by January J. The 
three-term system has been introduced into the university this year, 
and it bids fair to meet with the approbation of the student body. 

Yours in the Bond, 

University of Virginia, November 'J'i, 181)7. John P. Lka. 



The report of the Alpha ])rovince convention herewith presented 
was intended to emphasize the social features and supplement the ac- 
count of business transacted published in the November Palladium. 
Not until the editor took up the mi mites of the convention in order to 
draw off such an account from them, did he realize that data were lack- 
ing. It is too late to obtain what we had hoped to present, and we 
assure the Alpha province men who had places on the toavSt list, and 
our hospitable Brown chapter, that it is a matter of sincere regret to 
Tiiic ScKoi^i. and its readers that we have l)een favored with the offi- 
cial account only as recorded in the journal of the convention. We 
are able to state, however, from other sources, that Rhode Island Alpha 
fairlv outdid herself as a generous host, and that the theater party, 
the foot ball game and the banquet were as eminent successes and 
sources of as much pleasure as the corresponding events at Nashville a 
fortnight earlier. 

The convention owes nmch to the president of Alpha province, Bro. 
J. Clark Moore, Jr., who left no stone unturned in his efforts to secure 
a large attendance and a maximum of combined profit and pleasure. 
At his own expense he notified all the alumni ot New England and 
New York of the approaching meeting, and during the week preced- 
ing he visited a number of chapters in different parts of the province. 

The convention met in the hall of Rhode Island Alpha, at Provi- 


dence, on the morning of October 28. President Moore took the chair, 
and Bro. J. Leonard Barney, Dartmouth, '99, was made secretary. 
After an opening prayer by Prof. W. M. Munson, Michigan Statt\ *88, 
Bro. Moore addressed the convention on the matters of business to 
come before it. Bro. W. E Greene, Brown, '98, welcomed the dele- 
gates and visitors in behalf of the local chapter and alumni The re- 
jx)rts from chapters showed the province, without exception, to be in 
a prosperous condition. The only point at which weakness had been 
apprehended was at Lehigh, where but three members returned, but 
five men have been initiated there already and another pledged, and 
a new house has been secured. The total enrollment at the convention 
was exactly fifty, forty-two being present at the banquet. Headquar- 
ters were at the Narragansett Hotel, where a group picture was taken 
at the close of the second day's session. Resolutions were passed ex- 
tending thanks to Rhode Island Alpha for her 'welcome and royal 
treatment* of the convention and for the 'generous cordiality and 
courtesy' manifested. The next convention was appointed for 1899, 
at Syracuse, N. Y., the exact date to be determined later by the pres- 
ident of Alpha province and New York Epsilon. A number of imj>or- 
tant matters of business were discussed and acted upon. The Novem- 
ber Pat tad i UNI makes a full report on these. 

A number of older alumni came to the convention: G. H. G. Mc- 
Grew, Ifidiafiapotis, 73; P. W. Search, IVooster, 76; W. W. Case, 
Allegheny, '84; F. H. Clapp, Vermont, '8<); W. M. Munson, Michigan 
State, '88. Bro. McGrew lives in Cambridge and is engaged on the 
lecture platform ; Bro. Search, editor of the first edition of the song 
book, is superintendent of the Holyoke, Mass., schools; Bro. Clapp is 
a physician at North Grafton, Mass. ; Bro. Munson is a member oi the 
faculty of the University of Maine. The complete list of those pres- 
ent follows: 

Pennsylvania — J. Clark Moore, Jr., '93; Alle^henv — W. W. Case, 
'84; Dickinson W. G. Souders, '98; Cornell— ]'.VJ. Young, '99; Case 
— L. J. Shlesinger, '9(); \Vooster—V. W. Search, '76; Indianapolis— O. 
H. G. McGrew, '73; Michigan State -\W. M. Munson, '88; Dartmouth 
— L. H. Blanchard, '97; M. W. Smith, '98; J. L. vSanborn, '99; J. L. 
Barnev, '99; rermont—F. H. Clapp, 'S(); F. K. Jackson, '97; P. O. 
Ray, ''98; Amherst C. E. Tillev, '9l>; R. Horton, '98; C. A. Strong, 
♦98; R. W. Smith, '99; Syracuse' -U M. Fenner, '99; G. W. King, '00; 
Broicn-V. E. Carpenter, '89; Fred Slocuni, '95; W. H. Kenerson, '9(>; 
P. R. Bullard, '97; A. M. McCrillis, '97; F. E. Horton, '97; F. A. 
Greene, '97; S. L. Multer, '98; H. G. Wilcox, '98; N. T. Ewen, N. H. 
Gifford, D. H. Hall, T. M. Phellerplace, F. Putnev, Jr., and E. F. 
Viles, all of '99; G. G. Bass, E. H. Boynton, L. 'V. Calder, J. W. 
Downs, R. F. Hanson, A. E. Horton, C. K. Stillman, D. E. Trues- 
dell and C. C. White, all of '00; E. G. Hapgood, W. C. Lane and J. 
G. Melendy, all of '01. 


The first Phi Delta Theta convention in the south since the Atlanta 
Exposition in 1895 was held at Nashville on October 15 and 16, 1897. 
The fortunate Phis who shared its pleasures have been emphatic in 
their expressions regarding its success. But for the yellow fever, 
which kept away many of those who had long anticipated the reunion, 
it is certain that the attendance would have been from wider fields. 
When it became known that such prominent and zealous southern 
Phis as Bros. Ball, Guerrantand Poitevent could not attend, and that 


many others would be missed, the Nashville Phis suffered considera- 
ble aiscouragement. But Bro. Palmer was here, with tlie chapter be- 
hind him; alumni became interested, and then came delegates from 
other chapters. What further comment is necessary? It went far 
beyond our hopes. 

Convention headquarters were at the handsome Tulane Hotel. In 
the hotel assembly hall the sinele business meeting began at 10:30 
o'clock on the morning of Friday, October 15. Walter B. Palmer, 

g resident of the General Council, called the convention to order, and 
e was continued permanently in the chair. J. H. DeWitt was chosen 
secretary, and the address of welcome was given by Firman Smith, 
Esq., of the Nashville bar. A full report of the business session has 
been given in the November issue of J he Palladium. 

The intervening hours until the next gathering were spent by the 
visitors at the Tennessee centennial exposition, so that there was no 
lack of enjoyment. On Friday evening, Tennessee Alpha threw open 
her hospitable home, and there was a Phi love feast in which fifty 
Phis participated. The main feature of entertainment was the initia- 
tion of two candidates — Cicero Nichols, of Asheville, N. C, and W. 
W. Brockman, of Atlanta, Ga. The ceremony was conducted by Hill 
McAlister, of Nashville, who knows it perfectly, and performs it in a 
most impressive manner. While the older alumni were disposed to 
think that too much roughness was introduced in the second act, sev- 
eral of them who are members of other orders, declared that they had 
never witnessed a finer ritualistic performance than the first and third 
acts, and among those who so expressed themselves was Bro. Thomas, 
who has taken every degree in Masonry save one. After the initia- 
tions, there were impromptu speeches from many Phis, while mirth, 
laughter and the best of good comradeship prevailed. One of the 
happiest speeches was from Bro. Brockman, one of the initiates of the 
evening, and a brother of F. S. Brockman, Tennessee Alpha, '91, who 
is national college secretary of the Y. M. C. A. , with headquarters at 
New York city. 

Saturday afternoon there was a foot ball game between Central and 
Vanderbilt on the Vanderbilt campus, another game between Sewanee 
and the University of Nashville on the latter's campus, and a third 
game within the exposition grounds. Saturday evening the pleasures 
of the Phis culminated iu the banquet given by Tennessee Alpha to 
Phis at the roof garden caf^ of the Woman's Building of the exposi- 
tion. Early in the evening the members assembled to watch the 
fireworks from the steps of the Parthenon. Then in the auditorium 
they heard a grand concert by the Bellstedt-Ballenbergband, and gave 
the Phi yell from the gallery before six thousand people. Forty- 
seven were present at the banquet, and no one who mingled with that 
splendid and devoted company of fellows failed to experience a 
deeper and more loyal appreciation of our dear old Fraternity. From 
nine o'clock until midnight there were interchanges of wit and out- 
bursts of fraternity enthusiasm, such as can be found only in a Phi 
Delta Theta gathering. Letters of greeting and congratulation were 
read from Brothers Miller, editor of Thk Scroix; Ball, treasurer of 
the General Council; Guerrant and Poitevent, presidents of Beta and 
Gamma provinces, respectively. Bro. Miller recommended that a 
province convention be held in the south in 1899, and it was decided 
to meet in the summer or fall of that year at Chattanooga and Look- 
out mountain. Bro. McLester stated that there was a number of 
Phis in Chattanooga, all of whom should be organized, and therefore 


a motion proposed by him favoring an alumni chapter at Chattanooga 
was adopted. 

The toasts were interspersed with the college yells of the va- 
rious speakers, found in Bro. Palmer's new 'Manual of Phi Delta 
Theta. ' Among songs which also came between speeches were, 
'Our Cause Speeds On,' 'Phi Delta Theta All Revere,' and 'Phi 
Delta Theta Dear,' the latter being Bro. Palmer's new song to the air 
of 'America,' first published in the 'Manual,' and by him heard sung 
at this banquet for the first time. The toast list was as follows: 

'Greeting,' Dr. G. B. Thomas, toastmaster, Mobile, Ala. 

'Rush Line and Rushing,' H. H. Huffaker, Central University. 

*A Proctor's Lot Is Not a Happy One,' C. B. K. Weed, Sewanee. 

'Phis and F. F. V's,' A. vSledd, Randolph-Macon College. 

'The Shotgun Quarantine,' W. M. Richmond, University of Mis- 

'Nashville Girls,' W. S. I'Mtzgerald, Vanderbilt. 

'Sewanee Summer Girls,' Douglas Haggard, Sewanee. 

'Initiation Ceremony Act II.,' W. W. Brockman, Vanderbilt. 

'Beta and Gamma Provinces,' W. B. Palmer, Nashville. 

'Chicago, 1893; Nashville, 1897,' R. H. Little, Chicago Tribune. 

'Chattanooga, 18^9,' Battle McLester, Vanderbilt. 

•Au Revoir,' J. H. DeWitt, Nashville. 

It is unfortunate that this must be closed without some description 
of the banquet speeches, particularly those of Brothers Little and 
Thomas, which gave rise to round after round of laughter. But to 
conclude, the following is a list of all present at the various meetings: 

Lafayette, Charles S. Jones; Illinois Wesleyan^ Richard H. LitUe; 
Centre, J. D. Russell, Jr.; Alabama, Oscar Teague*; Washington and 
Lee, Battle McLester*; Vipginia, George Bruce Thomas, Keats Speed; 
Randolph-Macon , LeRoy E. Kern, A. Sledd*; Auburn, A. McB. Ran- 
som, George P. Coopert; SouthTcestern, O. B. Staples*, W. F. Dun- 
kle*; Mississippi, W. M. Richmond, G. L.Jackson*, Firman Smitht ; 
Central, W. F. Booker, S. E. Booker, G. K. Speed, H. H. Huflfaker, 
T. H. Jones; Seroanee, Caleb B. K. Weed, R. S. Jamison, Charles J. 
Slack, Marion P. DuBose, Telfair Hodgson, W. A. Buntin, Douglas 
Haggardt; landerbilt, W. F. Bradshaw*, C. R. Baskervill'*'; Camp- 
bell Pilcher*t, Stuart C. Pilchert. S. M. Reed'^t, D. A. Breard*, A. L. 
Breard*, Thomas R. Foster*, Nathan S. Hendrix*, Herbert Carr*, 
Lewis Farrell*t, A. W. Harris, Jr.*t, G. A. Wyeth*, Cicero Nichols*, 
W. W. Brockman*, R. B. C. Howell*t. E. M. Underwood*, H. M. 
Anderson*t, H. Grantland Rice*t, W. S. Fitzgerald*t, Herbert V. 
Jones*, Ernest S. Jones*, Paul M. Jones*, W. J. Kellar, Fred J. Ful- 
ler!, Hill McAlistert, W. R. Maniert, J. W. Manier, Jr.t, Pope Tay- 
lort, L. R. Campbellt, W. B. Palmerf, J. II. DeWittt. 

The total attendance was sixty. Those marked with an asterisk are 
connected with Vanderbilt University. Dr. P. M. Jones and A. Sledd 
as instructors. Those marked with a dagger are residents of Nash- 
ville. Bro. Kellar is an alumnus from Gallavon, S. C. All of the 
meetings were well reported by the Nashville daily papers. 

John H. DeWitt. 



Union — Lynn M. Scofield, *97, is construction engineer at 
the Knox street viaduct at Albany, N. Y. 

Amherst — Burt L. York, *9<>, was married to Miss Clara 
B. Olney at Putnam, Conn., July 27, 1897. 

Amherst — Wesley R. Bumham, '95, was married to Miss 
Alice Ford at Gloucester, Mass., June 29, 1897. 

Fran kt hi — Harry Bridges, *00, was married in Franklin 
on October 20, 1897, to Miss Katherine Vaught. 

Washington — Philo S. Stevenson, *94, has returned to 
Flora, 111., as the principal of the high school there. 

Union — Harry P. Willis, ex-'97, now at Schenectady, 
N. Y. , is slowly recovering from an attack of typhoid fever. 

California — Ross Morgan, '91, was married at Lakeville, 
California, on Saturday, October 30, 1897, to Miss Elizabeth 

Miami, '5^ — Ex- President Harrison has accepted the pres- 
idency of the new university club now being organized at 

Vanderbilt — Howell E. Jackson, '*K), after several years* 
residence in Alabama, Texas and West Tennessee, has re- 
turned to Nashville. 

Hillsdale— L,, P. Davis, '96, delegate to the Philadelphia 
convention, is with Marshall Field & Co., Chicago. His 
address is 1841 Wabash ave. 

Washington — Dr. Frederick B. Hall, '94, medical, who 
became the father of a boy last summer, has lately left St. 
Louis and gone to Seneca, Mo. 

Washington — ^James Harrison, '9o, has gone to Pittsburgh 
to superintend the manufacture of the underground cables 
for the Kinloch Telephone Co. of that city. 

Franklin, '6/ — The Christmas Frank Leslie's contains an 
article on 'The Baptists,' by Gen. T. J. Morgan, D. D., 
corresponding secretary of the American Baptist home mis- 
sionary society. This is the first of a series on the religious 
denominations of America. 


Washington — Lockett G. Coleman, '98, is captain of the 
Weld rowing club of Harvard, which came in second in one 
of the races at the national regatta at Philadelphia last sum- 

Of the four men now in the field as traveling secretaries 
for the student's volunteer movement for foreign missions, 
two are Phis — Robert E. Lewis, Vermont, *92, and Fletcher 
S. Brockman, \^anderbilt, '91. 

Randolph' Macon — Andrew S. Martin, '?s?^, has purchased 
a half interest in the wholesale drug firm of Walker & Will- 
iams, Norfolk, Va., and the style of the firm is now Walker 
& Martin. He resides at 20() York St. 

Vanderbilt—Th^ English Grammar by J. W. Sewell, *90, 
professor in the Nashville high school, and published by 
the American Book Company, has been adopted for the pub- 
lic school system of Greater New York. 

Wabash— W\\hm C. Abbott, '92, Cornell, '93, who last 
year held a traveling fellowship from Cornell at Oxford, 
England, has returned and accepted a position as instructor 
in history at the University of Michigan. 

Indiana — Gen. John W. Foster, *o5, has been appointed 
by President McKinley as special plenipotentiary to treat 
with the prime minister of Canada or his representatives on 
all matters pending between the two countries. 

Amherst — The marriage of Herbert E. Riley, '96, to Miss 
Gertrude L. Stone, occurred October at the Congregational 
church, Florence, Mass. Bros. Warren, '95, and McAllis- 
ter, '98, acted as ushers. Mr. and Mrs. Riley will reside in 

Vanderbilt — Dr. Harry S. Vaughn, '94, is practicing den- 
tistry at the Altman Building, Kansas City, Mo., and not at 
Denver as previously announced. His interest in Phi Delta 
Theta is unabated, as evidenced to his chapter in various 
practical ways. 

Missouri, '8g — The Grand Canyon Hotel at FlagstafiF, 
Arizona, was burned on the morning of September 14, 1897. 
Bro. T. J. J. See lost his entire library, many manuscripts, 
letters, pictures and personal effects. He succeeded, how- 
ever, in saving the records of the observatory and his 
general manuscript catalogue of double stars within 75 
degrees of the south pole. 


Lafayette — The honorary degree of D. D. was conferred 
on Rev. Francis H. Moore, '77, by his alma mater 2X com- 
mencement in June. The Doctor spent the summer travel- 
ing in Europe. He is pastor of the Middletown, Del. , Pres- 
byterian church. 

Ohio State — Hubert H. Ward, '90, is now general agent 
of the State Mutual Life Assurance Co. of Worcester, Mass. , 
for northern Ohio. He was junior member of the firm of 
Frank L. Ford & Co. , and on the sudden death of Mr. Ford 
last September was given sole charge of the agency. 

Michigan — Dr. W. L. Dunn, '94, who, since graduation, 
has practiced medicine at Asheville, N. C, was a guest at 
the chapter house Thanksgiving week, and on December 7 
he sailed from New York for Hamburg. He will spend a 
year or two studying advanced surgery at the University of 

Indiana — Hon. G. M. Overstreet, Jr., '08, died of con- 
sumption at his home in Franklin, Ind., on November 2, 
1897, aged 55 years. He fought with conspicuous bravery 
at Gettysburg and had been honored with many positions of 
trust and dignity in civic life, having been twice mayor of 
his native city. He had been an earnest worker in the 
Presbyterian church for 40 years. A wife and four children 
survive him. 

Centre y 'p/ — A wedding in which nearly all the partici- 
pants were members of Phi Delta Theta was celebrated on 
September 29 in Kentucky, as described in the clipping 
below. Frank D. Curry is one of five brothers, all of whom 
are Kentucky Alpha boys. Miss Louise Forsythe is herself 
an ardent Phi, and a sister to Dunbar Forsythe, of Ken- 
tucky Delta, '94. Reed Curry and Charles Pearson are 
also Kentucky Delta men, and Wiley Forsythe was a mem- 
ber of Missouri Beta. Frank Curry is one of the most pop- 
ular boys in Kentucky and his bride is one of the very pret- 
tiest and most charming daughters of the old Blue Grass 

The marriage of Mr. Frank D. Curry and Miss Louise Forsythe, of 
Harrodsburg, Wednesday evening, was a most fashionable affair. It 
took place at the First Presbyterian church. Rev. J. G. Hunter, the 
pastor, being assisted by Rev. W. O. Goodloe. * * * The grooms- 
men were Mr. Reed Curry, best man; Messrs. Wiley Forsythe, Ver- 
sailles; Charles Tebbetts, Lexington; D. J. Curry, Charles Pearson, 
Dunbar Forsythe. An elegant reception at the home of the bride 
followed the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Curry will reside at Harrods- 
burg, after visiting Asheville, Washington City and other points east. 


The groom is a graduate of Centre College and a member of the whole- 
sale grocery firm of D. J. Curry & Son. — Dauvillc Advocate. 

Georiria, 'gy — The Atlanta Constitution of June 21, last, 
comments on the remarkable record of Bro. Thos. B. Con- 
ner, of Cartersville, Ga., who was graduated from the Uni- 
versity of Georgia this year. In his freshman year at 
Mercer, Bro. Conner made a general average of 100. At 
the university he led his class through both the junior and 
senior years, taking every prize open to him the last year, 
the Bible study prize, the only senior essayist's place, the 
ready writer's medal, the two Wilcox prizes of $50 each for 
work in French and German, and first honor in the bachelor 
of arts course. The faculty consider him one of the bright- 
est men who ever attended the university. 

Vanderbiit — A matrimonial epidemic is raging among the 
alumni of Tennessee Alpha. 

On November H, 1S97, at the residence of the bride's 
mother, in Nashville, Rev. Fennell P. Turner, '91, was 
married to Miss Rosa Vaughan. John H. UeWitt, '94, was 
best man. The groom is general secretary of the Y. M. C. 
A. for the United States, with headquarters in New York 

On November 12, Hon. T. Leigh Thompson, '80, was 
married at the home of the bride to Miss Nellie Kly. The 
bride is a noted beauty and a real colonel on the staff of 
Governor Taylor — the only woman ever appointed to such 
an office in Tennessee. She is secretary of the Daughters of 
the Confederacy. Bro. Thompson has been twice elected to 
the legislature and is president of the state association of 
Sons of Confederate Veterans. Among the wedding pres- 
ents was an exquisite silver tea-service. On the tray was 
engraved: * To Colonel Nellie Ely-Thompson, from Gov- 
ernor Taylor and his staff. ' Mr. and Mrs. Thompson will 
reside at •>21 North Vine St., Nashville. 

On November 18, at the First Presbyterian church in 
Nashville, Dr. Richard Alexander Barr, '92, was married to 
Miss Sarah Elizabeth Kirkpatrick. W. Frank Harris, '88, 
was best man. Dr. Barr is a member of the facultv of the 
Vanderbiit Medical College, of which he is an alumnus, and 
was recently appointed state prison physician. 

On November 21), at the home of the bride's father, Judge 
Ed Baxter, Judge Robert H. Marr, '80, was married to Miss 
Lucile Baxter, of Nashville. The secrecy with which the 
engagement and the marriage were guarded gave a tinge of 
romance and unusual interest to the event. Judge Marr is 
now district attorney for the parish of New Orleans. 




Chicago and Columbia will debate at New York in Feb- 

It costs the state of Wisconsin $2()0 for each student edu- 
cated in the State University. 

Ohio Wesleyan has received a bequest of $85,000 for the 
purpose of endowing a new chair. 

Prof. Geo. D. Herron, of Iowa Wesleyan, is being charged 
with teaching socialism to his classes. 

The only anti-foot-ball bill passed so far in any state has 
been vetoed by the governor of Georgia. 

President McKinley will deliver the oration on the 22d of 
February, 1898, at the University of Pennsylvania. 

The total registration at Harvard so far is 3,045, against 
2,802 last year; 1,814 are in the college classes, there being 
471 freshmen. 

' The attendance at the University of Berlin this semester 
is the largest on record — over 0,000. About 000 of these 
are Americans, forty- three being women. 

Another dormitory for women is to be built at The Uni- 
versity of Chicago so soon as $75,000 can be raised for that 
purpose. There are three women's halls on the campus 

The American University which the Methodists are found- 
ing at Washington will probably be opened to students be- 
fore long. The hall of history will be completed by the end 
of this year. 

The University of Missouri receives $23,02^> from the es- 
tate of the late John C. Conley, under the operation of a law 
recently passed by the legislature which provides that if a 
man dies leaving no father, mother or direct lineal descend- 
ants a certain per cent, of his estate, excluding any amount 
left for charitable or religious purposes, must go to the state 


A new scientific club at Michigan is called the Cathol- 
epistemiad. This was the name originally given the uni- 
versity in 1817 and retained till 1821, when the change was 
made to the present title. 

At Cornell this year the A. B. degree will be given to all 
graduates, which means that all work is elective. Contrary 
to expectation the classics were not injured nor were the 
sciences materially strengthened by the change. 

Dartmouth has received a bequest of between $75,000 and 
$100,000, of which $50,000 will go to build a new laboratory 
for the physics department. Lafayette received gifts amount- 
ing to $95,000 during the college year of lNl>6-97. 

The Bradley Polytechnic Institute, at Peoria, 111., which 
is to be a feeder for The University of Chicago, was opened 
October 4. The number of students enrolled was 150. The 
director, Py. O. Sisson, is a member of Beta Theta Pi. 

The number of students matriculated at the end of the 
first fortnight at Columbia this year was 1,780; at the same 
time last year it was 1,64<). On the same day Brown had 
88U enrolled, as against 908 a year ago; Michigan had 2,1K)9 
instead of 2,011. 

A new oratorical league is being formed by Ohio State 
University and Ohio Wesleyan University, formerly mem- 
bers of the Ohio state oratorical association. The Univer- 
sity of Illinois has joined them, and it is the intention to add 
three or four more universities. 

The New York Sittt says that genuine college life and 
spirit have commenced to develop among the students of 
Columbia since the removal to Morningside Heights. Social 
life was out of the question down town; few students joined 
fraternities or literary societies, or took active interest in 
other college organizations. The change is ascribed to the 
common life of the students in the boarding houses, dining 
halls and fraternity houses. The freshmen have displayed 
unprecedented class spirit. In the list of fraternities given 
in the Sim, Phi Delta Theta is named first. The others are 
Psi Upsilon, Delta Upsilon, Alpha Delta Phi, Delta Phi, 
Delta Psi, Beta Theta Pi, Phi Kappi Psi, Theta Delta Chi 
and Sigma Alpha Elpsilon. Phi Kappa Beta, a junior so- 
ciety, is a burlesque on Phi Beta Kappa. On the back of 
its key badge a mug of beer replaces the lamp of learning 
of Phi Beta Kappa. All the chapters are said to have houses 


or rooms en suite, where at least a few of the members have 
sleeping quarters. 

Wesleyan has 112 freshmen, Bowdoin, 62. The total 
enrollment at Oberlin is 1,237; at Beloit, 230. Yale has 
296 freshmen, against 855 last year and 331 the two years 
before, the chief falling off seeming to be in the New Eng- 
land states outside of Connecticut. 

The sale of liquors at the Princeton Inn has called out a 
resignation from the faculty, resolutions from several syn- 
ods, a statement from ex- President Cleveland, some intem- 
perate language from a prohibition editor and conflicting 
testimony enough from newspaper correspondents to prove 
anything anybody would like to believe. 

The new Williams catalogue shows an attendance of 20 
graduates, 60 seniors, 91 juniors, 101 sophomores and 112 
freshmen; total, 384. Williams has definitely abolished 
rushes, and instead a reception is given to the freshmen by 
the Y. M. C. A. The Amherst sophomores have passed 
resolutions condemning hazing, we may add. 

President Raymond, of the University of West Virginia, 
is only twenty-nine years old. Fifteen years ago he was a 
Chicago newsboy. He saved money enough to enable him 
to learn stenography, by the aid of which art he paid his 
way while a student at Northwestern. He was graduated 
there in 1892 and is a member of Beta Theta Pi. 

Sigma Alpha Epsilon is to have a house at Missouri. 

Kappa Sigma mentions eleven chapter houses in her di- 

Senator Wilson, of Washington, is a member of Delta 
Tau Delta. 

Theta Delta Psi is a new sorority at Bucknell with a shield 
shaped badge. 

Alpha Tau Omega has entered the University of Texas. 
Four men were initiated. 

The Chicago chapter of Sigma Chi has initiated a member 
of the faculty, and the Washington and Jefferson chapter of 
Beta Theta Pi has taken in the coach of the foot ball team. 


Maybury, the famous Wisconsin sprinter, has been initi- 
ated by Phi Gamma Delta. 

West Virginia University has adopted the Chicago system 
of four quarters and will remain open the year through. 

Nu Sigma Nu no longer has a clear field in the medical 
department of the University of Michigan. Its new rival is 
Phi Alpha Sigma. 

The Mississippi chapter of Beta Theta Pi has surrendered 
its charter. Only three members of the Vanderbilt chapter 
returned this fall. 

Ten chapters failed to send delegates to the Phi Gamma 
Delta convention at Nashville last summer. The October 
Quarterly says that but three of these are excusable. 

The Wooster correspondent of the Beta Theta Pi says: 
'There are only about five fraternity fellows among the new 
students, and only one of these have we seen fit to invite.* 

Three of the six commencement orators at Harvard this 
year were members of Delta Upsilon. Out of thirty- one 
chapters in that fraternity eighteen own houses. Another 
is to be built at Colby soon. 

At the Kappa Sigma reunion at Nashville, October 15 
and 1(), resolutions were adopted recommending to the 
Grand Chapter a rule prohibiting membership in Theta Nu 
Kpsilon and similar societies. 

Beta Theta Pi took Alpha Tau Omega to task recently 
for failing to distinguish honorary from regular members in 
her new catalogue. We have been told that the last Beta 
catalogue is open to exactly the same objection. 

Phi Gamma Delta moved into new houses this fall at Le- 
high, Johns Hopkins and Allegheny. In the last year she 
has refused applications for charters from Centre, William 
and Mary, Rutgers, Missouri and Washington State. 

Phi Kappa Psi has adopted a pledge button consisting of 
a small shield with the lamp and lxx)k feature of the regular 
badge. This supersedes an unauthorized button, the chief 
objection to which was that it bore the letters * 4> K ^I'.' 

A Chicago paper, in announcing a province convention of 
Sigma Alpha Epsilon to be held in that city in January, says: 
' President McKinley was a member of the fraternity at Union 
College, and will be invited to be present at the ceremonies.' 


Delta Phi held her 'seventieth' national convention with 
the Brown chapter on November 18, 19 and 20. On the 
evening of the first day a dance was given in Lyman Gym- 
nasium, to which the senior delegations of the other fraterni- 
ties were invited. 

The Palm, the Rainbow and the Phi Gamma Delta Quar- 
terly have reached us a month late, and the Delia of Sigma 
Xu and Shield of Theta Delta Chi were two or three months 
behind time; so don't expect The Scroll to escape the 
contagion entirely. 

This fall Kappa Sigma returned three men at Virginia, 
Southwestern and S. W. Presbyterian, four at Centenary, 
five at Hampden-Sidney, Kentucky and Wabash. Smaller 
chapters seem to be the rule this year in many fraternities 
and many colleges. 

It is reported that local societies are applying for charters 
to Zeta Psi at Minnesota and Nebraska, to Sigma Alpha 
Epsilon at Gettysburg, to Delta Upsilon at Illinois and Chi- 
cago, to Alpha Delta Phi at Stanford and Wisconsin,, to 
Delta Kappa Epsilon at Case. 

Delta Kappa Epsilon held her 'fifty-first' convention at 
the Palmer House, in Chicago, on November 22, 23 and 
24. Twenty-nine chapters out of thirty-five were repre- 
sented. The absentees were Alabama, Mississippi, North 
Carolina, Virginia, Adelbert and Kenyon. 

The Alpha Tau Omega Palvi complains because the new 
catalogue does not sell. Five hundred and six copies were 
sent out to the chapters, and of these only 144 have been 
paid for, while 258 copies have neither been paid for nor 
returned. The editor says, 'There is great need of better 
support on the part of alumni, also.' 

The first article in the Sigma Chi Quarterly for Novem- 
ber is, *What and Who [sic] We Did at Nashville'; it is a 
picturesque account of the late convention. The total at- 
tendance of delegates and visitors was 107; at Cincinnati, in 
1895, it was 147; at Indianapolis, in 1S92, 110. The convention 
established an endowment fund. But four men returned at 
Hobart this fall; one came back at Centre, but he has in- 
itiated six. At Randolph- Macon one old man returned, 
and four have been initiated, while at Hampden-Sidney 
four returned and initiated one. Not a single member re- 
turned at the University of Cincinnati, but an alumnus has 
initiated six men. 


Members of Delta Tau Delta were forbidden by enact- 
ment of the Chicago convention in August to join Theta 
Nu Bpsilon and kindred societies. Th^'iiiMctission on the 
motion was prolonged and exciting. The new Delta Tau 
catalogue has been issued, the last edition having appeared 
in 1«S84. The present edition contains nearly H,00(J names. 

At the request of President Harper, the senior council, 
one of the two representative bodies among the students of 
the University of Chicago, has set on foot negotiations look- 
ing toward the establishment of a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. 
Phi Beta Kappa is *in' at Northwestern, Nebraska, Iowa, 
Minnesota and Kansas, and the faculty hopes for a success- 
ful issue. 

Delta Tau Delta's Williams chapter has ceased to exist. 
The Allegheny chapter returned three old members this 
fall; the largest chapter reported is at Minnesota, twenty- 
two strong. Vanderbilt began with five and initiated nine. 
Iowa began with four, as did Washington and Lee, and 
there were six at the start at Washington and Jefferson, 
Hillsdale and Rensselaer. 

Phi Gamma Delta installed a chapter at the University of 
Illinois on October I"). There were 22 charter members, of 
whom 17 are now active. Among them are several promi- 
nent students, inchiding the editor-in-chief of the *99 Illio, 
The chapter's sponsor was Dr. David Kinley, dean of the 
college of literature, who was a Fiji at Johns Hopkins. At 
the installation banquet the other chapters were represented 
by one member each, and Bro. Rufus Walker, Jr., in their 
behalf, welcomed the new chapter. 

According to lists given in the annuals reviewed in this 
issue, chapters of Theta Nu Epsilon have been established at 
the following institutions: Wesleyan, Syracuse, Union, 
Cornell, Rochester, California, Colgate, Kenyon, Adelbert, 
Hamilton, Rensselaer, vStevens, Lafayette, Williams, Am- 
herst, Allegheny, Lehigh, Washington and Lee, Pennsyl- 
vania State, Dickinson, Pennsylvania, U. C. N. Y., Kansas, 
Wooster, Michigan, Rutgers, Dartmouth, C. C. N. Y., 
Ohio vState, North Carolina, Swarthmore, Maine State, 
Case, Northwestern, Iowa, Minnesota, Washington and 
Jefferson, Bowdoin, Missouri, Hampden- Sidney, Nebraska, 
Chicago, Virginia, Tulane, Mississippi, Mt. Union, Witten- 
berg, Wisconsin, DePauw, Washington, Vanderbilt, David- 
son; total, 52. Many of these, however, have died or been 
killed by fraternity chapters or the faculty. 


The administration building at the Tennessee centennial 
exposition will soon occupy a conspicuous position on West 
End avenue, having been bought by the Kappa Alpha fra- 
ternity, who will remove it to a lot opposite Vanderbilt cam- 
pus just as soon as it is vacated. It will be occupied as a 
dub house by this thriving fraternity of Vanderbilt Uni- 
versity. Besides being a very convenient building for such 
a purpose, it is also a pleasing reminder of the exposition. — 
Nashville American, Nov. 23, 1807. 

At Kentucky University last June the non-fraternity stu- 
dents to the number of 150 asked the curators to abolish 
fraternities there, claiming that they were killing the liter- 
ary societies, forming cliques and creating dissensions. The 
Kappa Sigmas and Kappa Alphas sent men to debate the 
question with the barbarians before the curators, who re- 
ferred the matter to the faculty, who took no action, leav- 
ing no restrictions on the chapters. They are not allowed 
to initiate theological students, however. 

The New York Evening Post of November 18 says that: 

Of the fifteen fraternities having chapters at Lehigh fourteen occupy 
houses which they either own or rent, and out of the total of .'M9 reg- 
istered students, exclusive of the non-resident graduate students, 169 
are fraternity men. Of this number 128 live in fraternity houses, 
while the remainder of fraternity men, like the non-fraternity stu- 
dents, rent rooms throughout the towns of Bethlehem and South 
Bethlehem. In this connection it may be stated that the expense of 
living is about the same in a fraternity house as elsewhere, the aver- 
age being fQ per month for a room and P* to ^ a week for board. 

Kappa Sigma has been taking the Washington and Lee 
chapter of Kappa Alpha to task for initiating graduates of 
the Virginia Military Institute immediately after commence- 
ment. V. M. I. has become incensed at this practice, and 
now requires students to pledge themselves to join no fra- 
ternity, not only while students, but for one year after 
graduation, as well. The Caduceus intimates that Kappa 
Alpha loses in dignity in thus * scrambling for members ' at 
an institution which prohibits fraternities. 

Zeta Psi, Delta Psi, Phi Gamma Delta and perhaps other 
fraternities have certificates of enrollment, handsomely en- 
graved and suitable for framing. The Phi Gamma Delta 
certificate is entirely in Greek, and each member is required 
to purchase one, the price being $1 .50. A similar certificate 
has been proposed in the Shield of Phi Kappa Psi. A cer- 
tificate of membership is included among the forms appended 
to our proposed constitution, printed in 1896, which will 
come before our 1898 convention for adoption. 


The Shield of Phi Kappa Psi for December has an inter- 
esting description of *Phi Kappa Psi Realty. ' Pictures of the 
eight houses now owned by the fraternity are given. They 
are at Michigan, Beloit, Colgate, Kansas, Syracuse, Am- 
herst, Gettysburg and Minnesota. Cornell is now building, 
and Bucknell and Stanford own lots. The value of the 
realty now owned is said to be more than $100,000. It is a 
most creditable showing. Houses are rented at Columbia, 
Franklin and Marshall, Johns Hopkins, Wittenberg, De 
Pauw, Chicago, Wisconsin and Nebraska. We are glad to 
correct an item copied from the Beta Theta Pi, which said 
that the Wittenberg chapter was forced by financial embar- 
rassment to take a more modest house. The change was 
made on account of the difference in age and conveniences 
of the two houses, and the chapter has no debts. 

The Omega club, organized at The University of Chicago 
in 1<S94, for the purpose of securing a charter from Psi Up- 
silon, has succeeded in its object. Some chapters objected 
to the charter being granted, and early in 1896, certain Chi- 
cago alumni undertook to force things by initiating the mem- 
bers of Omega into Psi Upsilon , but the members soon dis- 
carded their Psi U. badges and resumed their Omega pins. 
The necessary vote having been obtained, the chapter was 
formally instituted on the evening of November 24, 1897. 
The following account of the exercises is from the Chicago 
Inter- Ocean: 

The Psi Upsilon fraternity installed tlie Omega chapter at The Uni- 
versity of Chicago yesterday. The secret exercises were held in the 
Auditorium hotel at (J o'clock, twenty -three men being initiated under 
the direction of Herbert L. Bridgeman, president of tlie Executive 
Council and editor of the Brooklyn Siafiitant- Union. Immediately 
afterward 120 Psi U.'s sat down to a dinner given in the banquet hall 
by the alumni association of the northwest. 

It was founders' day, the sixty-fourth anniversary, and the frater- 
nity felt itself fortunate in being able to gaze upon the face of one of 
the founders, Rev. Dr. Samuel Goodale of Columbus, Neb. 

Rev. Dr. William M. Lawrence, Amherst, '71, acted as toastmaster. 
He said : ' I was one of the board of trustees of the old Chicago uni- 
versity, and I went down with the concern; and I felt a g^eat sorrow 
at the suspension of the Omega chapter, which went down, too. But 
now, as the new university is far greater than the old ever was, we 
may hope that the new Omega chapter will also be far greater than 
the old. ' 

Rev. Dr. Sanmel Goodale, Union, 'J^ti, responding to 'The Sixty- 
fourth Anniversary of Psi Upsilon; Its Pounder, ' said that at a reunion 
in New York last year he had said he hoped he migjht live long enough 
to see a chapter of I'si U. in the University of Wisconsin and one in 
The University of Chicago; but he had hardly expected to, being then 83 
years old. This, therefore, was truly a Thanksgiving jubilee to him. 

The Psi U. had begun humbly, with a few young men not very ac- 
complished, sitting round a table up under the roof of Union College. 


There were Hadley, Tuttle, and Martindale, still living and probably 
pretty much used up, as he was, and they liad formed the fraternity 
to escape the Kappa Alphas, who were after them. 

In this Omega chapter the fraternity had reached the limit of the 
Greek alphabet, and now perhaps it would have to begin on the He- 
brew. Bishop Nichols had regretted that California had no Psi U. 
chapter the last time he had seen him. 

The other speakers were Herbert ly. Bridgeman, Amherst, '(^6, Geo. 
C. Rowland, Amherst, '80, Frederick W. C. Hayes, Chicago, '80, M. 
Dwight Mclntyre» Chicago, '98, H. H. C. Miller, Michigan, '68, Ston- 
dish Backus, Michigan, '98, and William T. Underwood, Michigan, '72. 

At the convention of Delta Upsilon at Amherst in October, 
111 delegates and visitors registered, 27 of these being ac- 
tive members of the Amherst chapter. No applications for 
charters were approved, but the editor of the Qiiarierly says 
that two will probably be granted later. We want our re- 
porters to make their best bow to the editor of the Quar- 
terly, for this is what he says: *The Phi Delta Theta Scroli^ 
for October contains many items of interest concerning the 
fraternity world. It is remarkable how much fresh infor- 
mation concerning Greekdom The Scroll secures for each 
issue. The secret of it must be that the Phi Delta Theta 
chapter correspondents are keenly alive to the situations 
in other fraternities. It is evident that they are making a 
careful study of the existing conditions in the colleges 
where they are placed, and the results of these investiga- 
tions are systematically sent to the editor of The Scroll. 
In consequence The Scroll always prints the latest, fullest, 
and, apparently, the most reliable information concerning 
the different fraternities.' 

Theta Nu Epsilon receives attention at the hands of Wal- 
ter S. Holden, secretary of the executive council of Phi 
Kappa Psi, in the last number of the Shield, He says that 
the arguments in favor of Theta Nu Epsilon are: First, 
that it forms inter- fraternity friendships and dispels clan- 
nishness; second, it is an honor to be elected to the society. 
He admits that there is some force in the first argument, 
but believes that it would be no reflection on Phi Kappa 
Psis who were not asked to join, if their fraternity had a law 
against such action. His arguments against the society are: 
First, ill-feeling, jealousies and divisions are created within 
the chapter; second, Theta Nu Epsilon takes part in college 
politics, and in doing so sometimes opposes Phi Kappa Psi; 
third* its initiatory escapades are unmanly and undignified; 
fourth, Phi Kappa Psi has a right to all the time and money 
at a member's disposal for fraternity purposes. He cites a 
case where a man wore a Theta Nu Epsilon pin but none of 


The Shield of Phi Kappa Psi for December has an inter- 
esting description of *Phi Kappa Psi Realty. * Pictures of the 
eight houses now owned by the fraternity are given. They 
are at Michigan, Beloit, Colgate, Kansas, Syracuse, Am- 
herst, Gettysburg and Minnesota. Cornell is now building, 
and Bucknell and Stanford own lots. The value of the 
realty now owned is said to be more than $100,000. It is a 
most creditable showing. Houses are rented at Columbia, 
Franklin and Marshall, Johns Hopkins, Wittenberg, De 
Pauw, Chicago, Wisconsin and Nebraska. We are glad to 
correct an item copied from the Beta Theia Pi, which said 
that the Wittenberg chapter was forced by financial embar- 
rassment to take a more modest house. The change was 
made on account of the difference in age and conveniences 
of the two houses, and the chapter has no debts. 

The Omega club, organized at The University of Chicago 
in 1894, for the purpose of securing a charter from Psi Up- 
silon, has succeeded in its object. Some chapters objected 
to the charter being granted, and early in 1896, certain Chi- 
cago alumni undertook to force things by initiating the mem- 
bers of Omega into Psi Upsilon, but the members soon dis- 
carded their Psi U. badges and resumed their Omega pins. 
The necessary vote having been obtained, the chapter was 
formally instituted on the evening of November 24, 1897. 
The following account of the exercises is from the Chicago 
Inter- Ocean: 

The Psi Upsilon fraternity installed the Omega chapter at The Uni- 
versity of Chicago yesterday. The secret exercises were held in the 
Auditorium hotel at 6 o'clock, twenty-three men being initiated under 
the direction of Herbert ly. Bridgeman, president of the Executive 
Council and editor of the Brooklyn Standard-Union. Immediately 
afterward 120 Psi U.'s sat down to a dinner given in the banquet hall 
by the alumni association of the northwest. 

It was founders* day, the sixty-fourth anniversary, and the frater- 
nity felt itself fortunate in being able to gaze upon the face of one of 
the founders, Rev. Dr. Samuel Goodale of Columbus, Neb. 

Rev. Dr. William M. Lawrence, Amherst, 71, acted as toastmaster. 
He said : ' I was one of the board of trustees of the old Chicago uni- 
versity, and I went down with the concern ; and I felt a great sorrow 
at the suspension of the Omega chapter, which went down, too. But 
now, as the new university is far greater than the old ever was, we 
may hope that the new Omega chapter will also be far greater than 
the old.' 

Rev. Dr. Samuel Goodale, Union, '30, responding to 'The Sixty- 
fourth Anniversary of Psi Upsilon; Its Founder, ' said that at a reunion 
in New York last year he had said he hoped he mig^ht live long enough 
to see a chapter of Psi U. in the University of Wisconsin and one in 
The University of Chicago; but he had hardly expected to, being then 83 
years old. This, therefore, was truly a Thanksgiving jubilee to him. 

The Psi U. had begun humbly, with a few young men not very ac- 
complished, sitting round a table up under the roof of Union College. 


There were Hadley, Tuttle, and Martindale, still living and probably 
pretty much used up, as he was, and they had formed the fraternity 
to escape the Kappa Alphas, who were after them. 

In this Omega chapter the fraternity had reached the limit of the 
Greek alphabet, and now perhaps it would have to begin on the He- 
brew. Bishop Nichols had regretted that California had no Psi U. 
chapter the last time he had seen him. 

The other speakers were Herbert ly. Bridgeman, Amherst, *<)G, Geo. 
C. Rowland, Amherst, '80, Frederick W. C. Hayes, Chicago, '80, M. 
Dwight Mclntyre» Chicago, '98, H. H. C. Miller, Michigan, '68, Stan- 
dish Backus, Michigan, '98, and William T. Underwood, Michigan, '72. 

At the convention of Delta Upsilon at Amherst in October, 
111 delegates and visitors registered, 27 of these being ac- 
tive members of the Amherst chapter. No applications for 
charters were approved, but the editor of the Quarterly says 
that two will probably be granted later. We want our re- 
porters to make their best bow to the editor of the Quar- 
terly, for this is what he says: *The Phi Delta Theta ScROix 
for October contains many items of interest concerning the 
fraternity world. It is remarkable how much fresh infor- 
mation concerning Greekdom The Scroli, secures for each 
issue. The secret of it must be that the Phi Delta Theta 
chapter correspondents are keenly alive to the situations 
in other fraternities. It is evident that they are making a 
careful study of the existing conditions in the colleges 
where they are placed, and the results of these investiga- 
tions are systematically sent to the editor of Thk Scroll. 
In consequence The Scroll always prints the latest, fullest, 
and, apparently, the most reliable information concerning 
the different fraternities.' 

Theta Nu Epsilon receives attention at the hands of Wal- 
ter S. Holden, secretary of the executive council of Phi 
Kappa Psi, in the last number of the Shield. He says that 
the arguments in favor of Theta Nu Epsilon are: First, 
that it forms inter- fraternity friendships and dispels clan- 
nishness; second, it is an honor to be elected to the society. 
Readmits that there is some force in the first argument, 
but believes that it would be no reflection on Phi Kappa 
Psis who were not asked to join, if their fraternity had a law 
against such action. His arguments against the society are: 
First, ill-feeling, jealousies and divisions are created within 
the chapter; second, Theta Nu Epsilon takes part in college 
politics, and in doing so sometimes opposes Phi Kappa Psi ; 
third, its initiatory escapades are unmanly and undignified; 
fourth, Phi Kappa Psi has a right to all the time and money 
at a member's disposal for fraternity purposes. He cites a 
case where a man wore a Theta Nu Epsilon pin but none of 


Phi Kappa Psi. He has investigated different colleges and 
finds that chapters are weakest where the outside societies 
are strongest. He also opposes allowing membership in 
professional societies and says that his chapter ( Michigan ) 
now forbids such membership. He is a member of a pro- 
fessional society but is * firmly convinced that a double alle- 
giance is never advantageous. The graduate's advice is 
very helpful to the chapter.' 

Referring to the convention of B © II at Niagara Falls last 

July, the October Beta Theta Pi says: 

The convention was remarkable for the large number of chapters 
represented. All but two had at least one delegate. These two were 
Beloit and Brown, each strong chapters. 

The innovation of having the convention begin at the end of the 
week and extend over Sunday was a decided success. It broke up the 
rush of business, gave an opportunity for rest and thought, made all 
of the boys better acquainted, and did much to avoid a rush at the 
last hours of the convention. 

The keynote for the business of the convention seems to have been 
struck in the magnificent report of the general secretary, when he de- 
clared that so far as could be seen the fraternity was now large enough, 
and that our path in the future led us to building up within. 

Our constitution adopted in 1879 survives in principle and operation 
in the one adopted in 1S97, and the curious student of our affairs will 

find many of its familiar expressions in the constitution of 1889 

As a matter of fact the constitution and code of laws set forth less a 
revision than a codification The fraternity has reason to con- 
gratulate itself upon the fact that of late years no seal of secrecy has 
been imposed upon the members regarding its constitution, laws, sys- 
tem of administration, or manner of government This reflec- 
tion is apropos of the publication of the constitution and code of laws 
adopted at the July convention. We do not conceal their contents, 
and college authorities everywhere who have supervision over our 
active members are welcome to all proper information concerning 
these regulations, but we do not expect our chapters to freely gfive out 
copies to other Greeks, or those who have no good reasons for desir- 
ing to see them. 

We are glad to chronicle one change in the laws, viz., that making 
the order of the 'committee of the whole on the state of the fraternity* 
more conspicuous at conventions. The administrative business of 
conventions, and in fact much of their legislative work, could be much 
more wi.sely dispensed with than the searching viva voce examination 
into the condition of chapters implied in this order. The changed 
procedure makes it the first important order of general business for 
the convention. 

A special committee was appointed to examine into the chapter 
house question. This is but one more indication of the strong current 
towards chapter-house life among our chapters. Weslevan has re- 
cently purchased the house in which the chapter has lived for four or 
five years, and the St. I^awrence and Stanford chapters are building 
their houses, and expect to have them ready for occupancy before the 
close of the first term of this college year. The purchase of a chapter 
house gives an assurance of permanence to a chapter as nothing else 
can. The members of chapters in smaller colleges must face the situ- 
ation. They must see that the ever-increasing tendency to raise the 


standard of the fraternity will each year relatively place them in a 
more inferior position, unless this pledge of the chapter's faith in their 
continued existence and prosperity takes visible form. In many towns 
where some of our smaller chapters are located, like those at Hanover, 
Ohio, Wittenburg, Wabash, Bethany, Hampden-Sidney, Iowa Weslej'- 
an, Westminster or Centre, chapter houses can be purchased or built 
for relatively small sums of money. All of the chapters named have 
long rolls of loyal alumni, who can be appealed to in proper form for 
assistance in this behalf, and with whose aid all of these chapters 
should soon find themselves house owners. 

The suggestion was made at the banquet to purchase back Wooglin- 
on- Chautauqua by subscription, and to re-establish it as a Beta home. 
All hail to the noble alumni who have such an idea, but are we not 
face to face with a great necessity ? Verily, we think so. As children 
should see to it that those should never want who gave them life, is it 
not our first duty to build homes for the chapters that gave us Beta 
blood? Crying for a place of shelter, we hear many of those noble 
brothers calling to us. Here it seems is a field. Aid and assist them 
first and bright homes will open to Betas throughout the land. Then, 
if we still desire to do so, let us build our larger home. 

Mr. Junius E. Beal, of Ann Arbor, Mich., publisher of 
the B © n catalogue, contributes an article about Wooglin, 
from which it is learned that nineteen acres of land on Lake 
Chautauqua were purchased in 1883, and a large club house 
was erected in 1884. In 1891 the property was oflBcially 
estimated at $J^6,(K)0. The annual conventions were held 
in the club house usually up to 1894. Then there was a 
mortgage foreclosure, and the property was bought by a 
New York stock company. The building is finely fitted up 
as a hotel and is called * Wooglin Inn,* but the patronage 
does not seem to be large, and the company would sell the 
property, and offer it at a low figure. 

Mr. J. Cal. Hanna, of Columbus, Ohio, general secretary 
and catalogue editor, announces that the chapter lists of all 
chapters from Miami to Columbia have been put in type, 
making 732 pages, but these lists do not include the names 
of members initiated since July 1, 1894, which names are to 
be added separately. The total membership to September, 
1897. is estimated at 10,520. The total membership of 4> A © 
on February 1, 1897, as shown in the ' Manual ' was 9,134, 
and in September it was probably 9,200, or about 1 ,300 less 
than B n. It is a curious coincidence that our attendant 
membership in 1890-97, as shown in the H. G. C.'s summary 
of chapter reports in the June Scroll, was exactly the same 
as B n*s, viz., 1,06'), as shown in a statistical table in the 
October Beta Theta PL Mr. Wm. R. Baird, of New York 
City, author of * American College Fraternities,' continues 
as editor of the Beta magazine, which insures that it will be 
made a valuable organ of B n and interesting to the whole 
fraternity world. 



He sure to send a copy of your annual for next year's re- 
view before the edition is exhausted. 

* * ij-' :}: 

Bro. Earnest G. Hallman, of Atlanta, was host at a din- 
ner of twenty Phis on Thanksgiving day at the Hotel 

Bro. Walter H. Sherburne, 4l> N. 12th St., Minneapolis, 
Minn., wishes to exchange monograms with every Phi 


'?• 'I* *{' 'i* 

The ;")'Sth anniversary of the P'ew literary society was 
held at Emory on October 29. Bro. John vS. Tilley delivered 
the anniversary address. 

'I* -K 'f» H* 

The first circular letter to arrive was the one from Case, 
exactly on time, and followed closely by those from Syra- 
cuse, Allegheny and Southwestern. 

•i* H* V H* 

Ohio Gamma sent out a new card with white and blue 
ribbons 'In Honor of the New Phis' — Bros. Costo, Witman, 
O'Bleness, Wood and Herrold, and Messrs. Tinker and 
Mathews, pledged. 

'S 'K V »i* 

E. A. Wright has designed a new plate for college annu- 
als, a modification of the one used as frontispiece in The 
Scroll for October, 1S96, which was a design made by him 
from suggestions of Dr. J. E. Brown. 

:•: :i< >;: :}c 

Chicago has pledged Garrey, end on this year's 'varsity, 
making four men pledged besides the two initiated this 
fall; Hillsdale has two initiates; Case has initiated two 
since her letter was written; Indiana, three; Tulane started 
on November 29 with seven old men and two pledged. 

* M; -^ ijc 

The fourth paragraph on page 1 S of the November Pal- 
ladium should be read again by the reporters of the chapters 
at Washington and Jefferson, Pennsylvania , Washingtoji and 
Lee, Centre, Alabama, Northivestern and Iowa, 


The winner of the Illinois state oratorical contest is a 
Beta Theta Pi from Knox; Bro. M. N. Ferguson repre- 
sented Westminster in the Missouri state contest, and Bro. 
T. C. Whallon comes up from Hanover to the Indiana con- 

* * * * 

The President of the General Council made a trip through 
Michigan during Thanksgiving week, visiting the chapters 
at Ann Arbor, Lansing and Hillsdale. Previously during 
the fall he had visited the chapters at Vanderbilt, Illinois, 
Chicago and Northwestern. 

* * * * 

The movement inaugurated during the session of *96- 
'97, to place in the new library of the University of Virginia 
a suitable monument to Edgar Allan Poe, is now being ac- 
tively pushed, in order that the bust may be begun at once. 
Prof. Charles W. Kent is president of the association having 
this matter in charge, and Bro. Schuyler Poitevent is vice- 

* * * * 

We are under many obligations to reporters at Dickinson, 
Lehigh, Lombard, Ohio, Washington, Knox, Iowa Wes- 
ley an. Case, Miayni and De Pauw for their college maga- 
zines. Let us have more. P^ach of these papers has one 
or more Phis on the staff. Bro. Bowman is editor-in-chief 
of The Dickinsonian , Bro. Carpenter of the Lombard Re- 
view, Bro. 0*Bleness of the Mirror, Bro. Lewis of the 
Coup d' Etat, Bro. Stokes of the Student, 

* * * * 

Bro. John H. Outland, Kansas, '98, now in the medical 
department of the University of Pennsylvania, has been 
chosen captain of the U. of P. eleven for 1S08. He was a 
star half back at Kansas, played half back and captained 
the scrub last year at Pennsylvania (being ineligible for the 
'varsity on account of the one-year rule), and has played a 
great game at right tackle this year on the 'varsity. The 

Philadelphia Times of November 2f> says: 

He was placed at right tackle to strengthen the weakest point in 
the team, although he was a stronger player at half back. The readi- 
ness with which he acquiesced in the change, in spite of the fact that 
it meant a complete sacrifice of all opportunity for personal glory for 
the good of the team, is but a mark of the traits ot character which 
particularly fit him for the position. 

As a player Outland is destined to become one of the stroii|a;est 
backs that ever played on the gridiron. His natural qualifications 
are of the most promising nature, and his adaptability to the necessi- 


ties of the game is already demonstrated. Outland will doubtless 
make one of the most successful captains that Pennsylvania has ever 

* * * * 

Missouri Alpha wants the following numbers of The 
Scroll: All numbers of volumes I.-V. ; Nos. 1 , •> and 5-0, 
of volume VI.; Xos. 2, *-\ and o-O of volume VII.; Nos. 1, 
2, o and of volume VIII.; No. 1 of volume IX.; Nos. 1 
and 4 of volume XVII., for which an equal number from 
the following will be exchanged: Any numbers of volumes 
X. or XI.; volume XII., Nos. 1-8; volume XIII., Nos. 
1, 2, 3, 4, .') and 8-9; volume XIV., supplement to No. 2; 
volume XV., No. •*>; volume XVI., Nos. 2, ») and 4; volume 
XVIII., Nos. 2—"); volume IX., supplement to Xo. 1, 2-5. 
Address the reporter of Missouri Alpha. 

Rhode Island Alpha wishes the numbers for October and 
December, ISS^); February and October, 1890; October, 
1S91; February, 1892, and June, 189(). She offers in ex- 
change, April, June and December, 1890; February, April 
June and December, 1891; April, June, October and De- 
cember, 1892: all the numbers for 1893; all for 1894; Feb- 
ruary, April and June, 1895; February, April, October and 
December, 189G; February, April and June, 1897. Address 
the reporter. 

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The alM>vo Htatenicnt is a broad one, but insi>ection of 
the samples shown by our travelers and * silent dnim- 
mers' (approval packages), will prove the asst>rtion. 

We have l>e<Mi originators and lea<lers in fraternity jew- 
elry for years, and exiH»rience has tauf^ht lis the wants of 
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FEBRUARY, (897. 


A sketch of the University of Texas and its student life 
oecessariiy contains B brief glance at the university's sur- 
roundings and a passing notice of many things that arc char- 
acteristic of Texans. 

The university is situated in Austin, which is not only 
the center of government but is only a short distance south 
of the geographical center of Texas. A more pleasiug loca- 
tion for the head of the free school system of the state could 
not have been chosen. The fact that .\ustin is situated on 
the Colorado river might suggest that its citizens inhabit 
the lowlands, but such is not the case ; residing on the banks 


FEBRUARY, 1897. 



A sketch of the University of Texas and its student life 
necessarily contains a brief glance at the university's sur- 
roundings and a passing notice of many things that are char- 
acteristic of Texans. 

The university is situated in Austin, which is not only 
the center of government but is only a short distance south 
of the geographical center of Texas. A more pleasing loca- 
tion for the head of the free school system of the state could 
not have been chosen. The fact that Austin is situated on 
the Colorado river might suggest that its citizens inhabit 
the lowlands, but such is not the case: residing on the banks 


of a great water-course they dwell amidst the hills. Unlike 
Rome the citv sits not on seven hills but on thrice seven. 
Surmounting the highest peak the great state capitol lifts 
its spire ol 1 feet towards the heavens, and three-quarters of 
a mile to the north, adorning the next highest hill, stands 
the state university, exemplifying the idea of our Texas 
fathers, that state education was to be of next importance 
to the existence of the state itself. 

Aside from the natural beauty of the surroundings, the 
location has many other advantages. The healthfulness of 
the locality can be excelled in few places in Texas, and, in- 
deed, many health-seekers come here annually to enjoy the 
high dry atmosphere that surrounds us. 

To the student there is much in the surroundings that is 
interesting. The heads of all the departments of govern- 
ment are located here, and much that is instructive and 
beneficial may be obtained from attendance on the sessions 
of the legislature, the supreme court, the railroad commis- 
sion and other state institutions. The state library affords 
excellent advantages to those inclined to the study of Texas' 
early days and history, while the departments of agriculture 
and geology furnish interesting material for the student of 

The department of education familiarizes one with the 
magnitude and workings of our free school system, while 
the land office is a rich field for investigation into our land 
system, which is peculiarly our own and greatly compli- 
cated, owing to former relations with Spain and Mexico. 

The institutes for the deaf and dumb, for the blind and 
for the insane are located here, and come in for their share 
of interest and study. To the engineering student the 
granite capitol, second in size only to the national capitol, 
and the great dam that transforms the Colorado into a lake 
twenty-five miles in length, are studies in themselves. 

I^ake McDonald is as pretty a body of water as can be 
found in the south, and is useful as well as beautiful; it not 
only furnishes water for the city but supplies the necessary 
power for the electric light plant and the street railway sys- 
tem. Upon this lake in the not far distant future we ex- 
pect to see many an inter-collegiate boat race between the 
best teams in the country. 

The surroundings are such that, as can be readily seen, the 
choice of the site of the university manifested a keen insight 
on the part of the founders into the advantages to be derived 
from such a location. Perhaps it would be interesting to 


know somethiug of those men who selected the present site 
and set apart the campus which they hoped some day would 
be dotted with buildings. 

In 1881> the congress of the Republic of Texas set apart 
fifty leagues of land for the construction and maintenance 
of the university, and designated the present site as the fu- 
ture home of the projected university. This took place 
while Texas was yet a republic; the war for independence 
had scarcely closed and the fortunes and homes that were 
wrecked by that struggle had not yet been restored when 
the Texas fathers turned their minds towards founding an 
institution where the youth of the country might be edu- 
cated. The men who had met Santa Anna on many a bloody 
field, those who had been with Rusk and Lamar, and the 
heroes who had stood beside Sam Houston at San Jacinto, 
knew that liberty was born of knowledge, and fresh in the 
enjoyment of freedom, they set about devising ways and 
means to perpetuate it. 

Those who founded the university were brawny pioneers; 
they were dressed in buck- skin suits and coon- skin caps; they 
carried at their side the trusty bowie-knife and kept close 
at hand the unerring rifle, yet most of them came from 
eastern colleges and universities. Many young men just 
out of college came to Texas in the early days to seek their 
fortunes, and just such men were those who set about to 
provide for the future university. It is surprising to find 
that such a large percentage of the soldiers in the Texan 
armies were college men, men who afterwards took promi- 
nent parts in the affairs of state. 

The next step towards realizing the ambition of the found- 
ers was taken in 1858, when the state set apart much more 
land and at the same time appropriated money and author- 
ized the organization of the university. In a short time the 
Ciyil War came on and delayed any progress until a later 
day. The exigencies of war demanded that the funds set 
apart be used for other purposes, and the result was that at 
the end of four years of strife the university was 
stripped of the princely endowment that had been bec[ueathed 
to it years before. After a long struggle a part, but not 
nearly all, of the endowment was recovered from the state. 

The constitution of Texas adopted in 1870 contained the 
clause : ' The legislature shall, as soon as practicable, es- 
tablish, organize and provide for the maintenance, support 
and direction of a university of the first class. * Five years 
later, in 1881, the legislature enacted the laws that the con- 

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stitution directed, and in September, 188^^, the University 
of Texas opened her doors and the dreams of her founders 
had commenced to be realized after a lapse of forty-four 

The university, when first organized, consisted of the de- 
partments of literature, science and arts, and law. Rem- 
iniscences of the early days are interesting in the extreme. 
The buildings afforded meager advantages, and professors 
and students were forced to submit to many inconveniences. 

Besides the regular professional degrees conferred in law, 
medicine and engineering, the university provides courses 
in the department of literature, science and arts leading to 
the degrees B. A., B. Sc, B. Lit., and graduate degrees M. 
A. and M. S. The degrees conferred in the academic de- 
partment are recognized by the leading universities of Amer- 
ica as of standard excellence and merit. Alumni of Texas 
have demonstrated their excellent undergraduate training 
by distinguishing themselves in independent research and 
investigation in both Germany and America. Within the 
last three years fellowships have been won in Harvard, Yale, 
Cornell, Columbia, Johns Hopkins and the University of 
Chicago by graduates of the University of Texas. 

Ever since its establishment the law department has been 
noted for the thoroughness of its work. It has steadily 
gained prestige and strength until it now stands in the front 
rank of law schools. The number of students in this school 
alone is over one hundred. 

The department of medicine was established in 1<S90. Its 
g^wth and development have been phenomenal. In 1897 
the school of medicine had an attendance of nearly three 
hundred students. The course of study has been improved 
until it now covers a period of four years. Specialists are 
employed in every branch, and the medical department is 
already eclipsing many of the older schools of the central 
and south central states. Galveston is the location of the 
medical branch, and was chosen on account of its many ad- 
vantages for hospital work and clinical study. 

Tuition is free in all departments of the University of 
Texas. The only fees required consist of a nominal matric- 
ulation fee and laboratory fees sufficient to compensate for 
materials actually used by students. No distinction is made 
between Texas students and those from other states as to 
the matter of fees; all are welcome. 

The university buildings in Austin consist of the main 
building, the chemical laboratory, the power house and 


Bracken ridge Hall. An eastern wing will be added to the 
main building, while more laboratories and halls will be 
built as rapidly as the development of the institution de- 

Brackenridge Hall was given to the university by Geo. 
W. Brackenridge, of San Antonio, one of the regents of the 
university. Mr. Brackenridge has been one of the univer- 
sity's most faithful friends and has maie various other do- 
nations to the institution. 

During the past year additions have been made to the 
university library, until at present its volumes number more 
than forty thousand. Until the session of '9G-7, the general 
library consisted of only about fifteen thousand voUimes, 
barring the law and medical libraries. It was increased to 
its present size through the munificence of one man. 

Sir Swante Palm, a native of vSweden, and Swedish vice- 
consul at this place, was our benefactor. Having received 
the best of educational advantages in his youth, his whole 
life has been given to the acquisition of knowledge, and the 
library which he gave to the youth of Texas represents a 
quarter of a century of arduous toil in collecting and pre- 
serving the volumes he valued so highly. A great part of 
the Palm library is composed of volumes of peculiar interest 
and value. Many of the books are out of print, and copies 
can hardly be obtained at any price, while not a few contain 
original manuscripts and signatures that can not be dupli- 
cated. Sir Swante Palm is a lover of art, and many are the 
volumes whose pages are replete with all that is interesting 
to the painter and the sculptor. The Palm library, together 
with the general library and the law library of several thou- 
sand volumes, places the total number of books something 
near half a hundred thousand. 

In this connection it is interesting to note that another 
son of vSweden has manifested in a substantial manner his 
kindly feeling toward the state university. The Swenson 
collection of coins and medals, presented to the university 
by Mr. Swenson, now of New York but formerly of Texas, 
is one of the most complete collections of its kind in this 
country. Coins and medals bearing the insignia and stamps 
of scores of kingdoms and powers can be found here in one 

The university is managed and controlled by a board of 
regents, consisting of eight members appointed by the gov- 
ernor of the state, for terms of eight years. All professors 
and instructors are elected bv them on recommendation of 

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the president, aud their decision is final in all matters per- 
taining to the administration of university affairs. This 
board has complete control of lauds belonging to the uni- 
versity and the disposition of all funds appropriated for the 
maintenance of the institution. The income from the lands 
and securities held by the board of regents, when added to 
the legislative appropriation, amounts to something near 
$110,000 annually. 

It was in lSU(>-7 that the University of Texas had her 
first president. Up to that time the university was similar 
to the University of Virginia in that a chairman of the fac- 
ulty administered the duties of a president. In June, 1890, 
the board of regents tendered Dr. Geo. T. Winston the 
presidency, and in September following he resigned a sim- 
ilar position in the University of North Carolina and entered 
upon his work in Texas. Dr. Winston was educated in 
Cornell University, and is familiar with the modes of govern- 
ment and organization of the greatest universities in the 
United States. 

His deep learning and previous experience as college 
president singularly fit him for the position he occupies, and 
every department of the university has felt the influence of 
his presence. His administration of affairs exhibits marked 
executive ability, and has resulted in calling the attention of 
the people of Texas to the university in a manner that has 
been productive of much good. It is the purpose of Dr. 
Winston to bring the university into close touch with the 
free schools and the public generally, and to that end much 
of his time is spent in traveling and delivering addresses 
before high schools and academies throughout the state. 

It is the policy of the regents, as well as of the president, 
to affiliate with the university all high schools of sufficient 
grade, and to permit graduates of these approved schools to 
enter the university without examination. This plan has 
been highly successful and already fifty or more schools 
have arranged their courses of study satisfactorily and are 
in complete affiliation. This movement has proven a great 
stimulant to the public schools, and all are advancing their 
courses so that sooner or later they may enjoy the advan- 
tages of such an arrangement. It is hoped by the university 
management that the number of affiliated schools will reach 
into the hundreds within the next few years. 

What the success of this plan of affiliation will result in 
may be readily seen. It means that the free school system 
will be organized and graded with the university at its head; 


that the state will furnish free education from the first 
reader, through the public schools, through college, and 
through a profession if such is desired. The magnitude of 
the enterprise can hardly be appreciated, and what it means 
for the upbuilding and broadening of the university of the 
Lone Star State can be expressed when it is said that the 
Constitution of '7fi will be obeyed and Texas will have a 
'university of the first class.' 

There are at present fifty-seven instructors and professors 
in the University of Texas. The idea of promotion and re- 
ward is thoroughly in keeping with the spirit of the insti- 
tution, and to this is largely attributed the fact that few en- 
joy the distinction of full professorships. The authorities 
are unwilling to entrust to new men the highest positions 
and salaries, and they are only won by faithful and meri- 
torious service. 

The number of students in attendance at the university 
during '9(>-7 was 751. Thus far 705 students have enrolled 
for '97-S. By the end of the year these figures will pass 
the 750 mark. Attendance in the medical department has 
fallen off nearly one hundred this year on account of the 
yellow fever epidemic; but on the other hand the academic 
department has a largely increased attendance. Over two 
hundred students are now in the law and academic depart- 
ments who have never been in the university before. 

Probably the best way in which to direct the attention of 
the reader to the characteristics of the University of Texas 
would be to describe some of the enterprises and organiza- 
tions which are of sufficient interest to enlist the energies 
of students and professors. 

The Texas Academy of Science is dominated and con- 
trolled by university thought, though some of its members 
are in no way connected with the institution. This is an 
organization for scientific research and investigation whose 
membership is chiefly composed of university professors. 
The most prominent member of the Texas Academy of 
Science is Dr. George Bruce Halsted, professor of mathe- 
matics. Dr. Halsted is of international reputation and his 
mathematical ability is recognized throughout the Union. 

The Texas State Historical Association is an organization 
whose members reside in different parts of the state, but 
whose home is in the university. All the records, relics and 
manuscripts belonging to this organization are in the cus- 
tody of the School of History. 

Most prominent of those enterprises that are guided by 


the genius of the students are the university publications, 
which mirror the ideals, fancies, and whims of the student 
mind more accurately than any other agency. 

The Press Club is an organization that has lately sprung 
into existence. Its purpose is to enlighten the public con- 
cerning the workings and progress of the university. All 
bona fide newspaper correspondents, who send communica- 
tions at least once each month to their home paper concern- 
ing the doings in the capital city, are eligible to member- 

The University of Texas Magazine is a monthly journal 
published by the literary societies, and affords an opportu- 
nity for the development of literary talents in both prose 
and verse. Often rare bits of college wit appear in the 
Magazine that go the whole round of college journalism be- 
fore they grow wearisome. 

The Ranger makes its appearance weekly, and chronicles 
the actual news of the university and the college world. 

The Cactus is the name of the annual, and up to this 
time four volumes have appeared with marks of improve- 
ment in each succeeding issue. Each senior class in the uni- 
versity has three representatives on the editorial board, the 
other classes have one editor each. The editors elect the 
editor-in-chief from their number. 

Closely akin to the university publications and of scarcely 
less importance are the literary societies. The Athenaeum 
and Rusk are as old as the university, and many are the in- 
teresting events that have occurred throughout their his- 
tory. Both were born of the spirit of rivalry, and on occa- 
sions of debates and contests the cheers of enthusiastic 
partisans show that rivalry still exists. The Ashbel is the 
name of the society whose destiny is guided by woman. 
Quite a number of the young ladies belong to this organ- 
ization, and by their zeal have made the Ashbel a synonym 
for literary excellence and culture. 

The Athenaeum and Rusk societies have entered into an 
agreement whereby they constitute the * Oratorical Asso- 
ciation of the University of Texas.' The selection of an 
orator to represent Texas is delegated to the oratorical as- 
sociation. A contest is held annually and the winner is 
entitled to represent the university. Last year the south- 
ern intercollegiate contest was held here, but owing to the 
great distance only two colleges sent representatives, Van- 
derbilt and Sewanee. 

Another event of equal importance to Texas will be the 


annual debate with Tulane, which is to be initiated next 
year. Last year plans were formulated and an agreement 
reached whereby Texas and Tulane were to meet in debate 
some time during '97->), but owing to the delayed opening 
of Tulane, the debate had to be postponed. The rules regu- 
lating the debate are similar to those which are used by 
Harvard and Yale. 

Among the various organizations that are the offspring of 
student enterprise the Dramatic Club occupies a unique 
position. This club was organized during THI-T and made 
its initial appearance in 'Richelieu' in the Hancock Opera 
House, this city. Dramatic talent is not lacking among the 
students, and quite a number are there whose abilities in 
this art are exceptional. The Dramatic Club is under the 
direction of Prof. T. R. Hamberlin, and the success of the 
organization is due in a large degree to his efforts and in- 

The musical interest of the university is centered in the 
two glee clubs. The men's glee club is under the direction 
of Prof. K. P. Selock, while the celebrated Ludwig waves 
the baton for the four vocalists that compose the women's 
glee club. The men's club will make a tour of the cities of 
Texas sometime during the spring months. 

That part of college life that elicits more enthusiasm and 
interest than any other has yet to be told of. Until this 
year the enthusiasm for athletics was confined almost ex- 
clusively to foot ball, but with the coming of a physical 
director interest has been aroused in other departments of 
athletics; not only will Texas be represented on the grid- 
iron, but the diamond, the tennis court and the race track 
will know the prowess of her athletes. 

Although Texas began the foot ball season of '97 under 
unfavorable circumstances, she has retrieved every defeat 
and still wears the honor of the championship of Texas. 
W. F. Kelly, of Dartmouth, was the coach, and he had no 
easy task in transforming raw material into a good team. 
About half the team were new men who had never played 
the game before, and it is surprising that Texas made such 
a good showing. 

The distance is so great to other universities that it is ex- 
tremely difficult for Texas to arrange games outside the 
state. In '96 the team went to Louisiana where they played 
Tulane and Baton Rouge, defeating the former but going 
down before the latter. The same year Missouri visited 
Texas and another Waterloo was experienced by our team. 


After the game here, the Missouri and Texas teams went 
on a tour through Mexico, playing a series of games on the 
route. No games outside of the state have been played 
this year. 

Early in the season the university was defeated at Dallas 
by the Dallas Athletic Club, and at Fort Worth by the Fort 
Worth Athletic Club, but on their return home the Texas 
team downed Add-Ran at Waco. Later Fort Worth and 
Dallas both visited Austin and the 'Varsity boys visited re- 
venge on their opponents. Several other games were played 
all of which resulted in a victory for the 'Varsity. 

On the occasion of a foot ball game every loyal 'Varsity 
man dons the * orange and white ' and hies himself to the 
gridiron, ready and willing to sing and yell himself hoarse 
in cheering on the team. The young women are not im- 
pervious to the spirit of enthusiasm, and, decorated with the 
college colors, they are always on hand to inspire with their 
presence the struggling team. 

As the university team comes on the field the * rooters * 
greet them with the official yell : 

Hullabaloo — Hooray — Hooray 
Hullabaloo — Hooray — Hooray 
Hoo-ray — Hoo-ray 
'Varsity— 'Varsity U. T. A. 

Each rooter is furnished a copy of various songs and the 
chief mogul of the 'rootororial club' waves his tin horn and 
the mirth begins. As long as the contest lasts the grand- 
stand rings with the songs and ytWs of the * rooters,' while 
those on the side lines chime in on the chorus: 
Rickety — Rockety — Cis boom ah — 
Texas, Texas, Rah! Rah I Rah I 

Je he — Je ho — Je ha, ha, ha — 
Texas ! 
and various other yells improvised for the special occasion 
roll across the field with frequency. 

Base ball is rapidly gaining popularity in the University 
of Texas. Last year our team took two trips, and this year 
will go on several tours more than last season. Base ball is 
handicapped by the fact that the league games detract from 
the interest in collegiate base ball, and then, too, base ball 
does not net as great an income as does foot ball. Those 
interested in the national game are actively at work, and if 
good material is not lacking the season of '98 will be a 
memorable one. Bro. Botsell is captain of the base ball 


nine, and has done a great deal towards increasing the in- 
terest in this manly sport. 

Track athletics have never flourished here, but '98 will 
see a better team here than has ever before existed in the 
university. The gymnasium instructor is experienced in 
this department of athletics and will train a good team for 
'98. Tennis is quite a favorite with the students, so much 
so that several tennis clubs are now in existence. Several 
courts are kept in good condition and every afternoon are 
occupied by lovers of the game. 

To have a fine rowing team is the dream of many an ath- 
lete, and with the excellent advantages of Lake McDonald 
we may be permitted to hope that such a dream will some 
day be realized. With the erection of a university boat- 
house enthusiasm will be aroused to such a pitch as to insure 
a fine rowing team. The day when Texas shall contend 
with the universities of the north and east for supremacy on 
the water is awaited with impatience. 

The athletic council has control of foot ball, base ball, 
tennis, track athletics and all contests in these sports. The 
council is composed of three members of the faculty, three 
students, and three alumni, and to their judgment and dis- 
cretion all the interests of the athletic association are en- 

The university is a member of the Southern Inter-collegi- 
ate Athletic Association. This association has on foot plans 
to reform the rules of foot ball so as to eliminate as many 
objectionable features as possible. H. G. Blacklock, the 
'Varsity quarter back, represents Texas on the committee 
of re\nsion. 

The religious sentiment of the university finds expression 
in a Y. M. C. A. and a Y. W. C. A. Both these associations 
contribute to the support of missions and various other kinds 
of religious work. 

Ever since its founding the University of Texas has been 
CO- educational, and no distinction is made between the sexes. 
Though only one-fourth of the student body is composed of 
women, this small proportion demonstrates its ability to cope 
with the intellects of men without invidious results. The 
plan of self-control applies as well to the young women as it 
does to the male students. Independence and self-restraint 
characterize the conduct of both men and women. The 
young women of the university exert quite an influence over 
the male student; their presence in the institution tempers 
his conduct and in a remarkable degree restrains his dispo- 
sition to err. 


Above all things the student body of the University of 
Texas is cosmopolitan. Sons of farmers, merchants, ranch- 
men and brokers may be found in the same classes. We 
have every type of student from the weak-eyed Johnny to 
the robust, sombreroed cowboy; from the spectacled dude 
to the individual appropriately dubbed Reuben. Among 
others there are teachers, preachers, clerks and men of vari- 
ous professions attending the university. There are in at- 
tendance German, French, Swedish, vSpanish and Bohemian 
students, and it is expected that within a few years the 
number of Mexican students will be very large. All kinds 
of students may be found in the university except negroes, 
and the negro can never be admitted on an equality with the 
white man. 

Maverick is a term essentially Texan, and signifies that 
type of student that has the air suggestive of western life 
and customs; something of that spirit of abandon and free- 
dom that characterizes the cow-boy and the road agent. 
The university has a large share of Mavericks, and is proud 
of them. Broad-brimmed hats are worn, and an attempt to 
abolish this custom would result disastrously. There are 
many students who dislike to relinquish their spurs and 
leggins on entering the university, and the sombrero is all 
that remains to remind them of home and old associations. 

Some mav be at a loss to know what becomes of the Tex- 
an's six-shooter when he enters college. This, unlike the 
spurs and leggins, can not be abolished, but is ever in hand 
if trouble is in the air. What would life be to a Texan 
without a six-shooter ? 

The almost total absence of lawlessness and vice among 
the students of the university is remarkable. An occasional 
'hurrah,' the result of someone imbibing too much amber 
liquid or the outcome of one draught too much of Kentucky 
dew, is noticed, but such a thing as continual dissipation is 
a curiosity. True, sometimes a few students may break up 
a poker game by forcing the dealer to the wall and causing 
the banker to make an assignment, but at this student vice 
ceases. Taken all in all the University of Texas is remark- 
ably moral in its atmosphere and life, and the eastern colle- 
gian who has only seen Texas through exaggerated news- 
paper accounts, will be agreeably surprised when he sets 
foot in Texas and finds that only a few students wear horns 
and still fewer persist in .shooting tender feet to see them kick. 

Yes, we have fraternities here — here in the land of the 
cactus and antelope. Here fraternities exist and prosper in 


the university, the oldest of which is Phi Delta Theta, which 
was established in 1883. Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Alpha 
Epsilon, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Chi, Kappa Alpha, Chi Phi, 
Sigma Nu, Phi Phi Phi, Alpha Tau Omega have chapters 
here. Unlike the custom in some colleges the spirit of fra- 
ternity life does not encourage large memberships. Kappa 
Sigma has seventeen members, while Beta Theta Pi and Phi 
Delta Theta have fifteen each. The other fraternities vary 
in membership from fourteen to six. 

The anti-fraternity spirit rarely exists here, but when the 
lines are drawn the contest between the fraternity men and 
the *anti-frats' becomes very bitter. All the fraternities 
seem to look with disfavor upon anti- fraternity fights, and it 
rarely occurs that any dispute is engaged in by two frater- 
nities. The Greeks all seem to be bound in some kind of 
relation; if a man joins a fraternity all fraternity men begin 
to feel more kindly toward him than if he had remained a 
* barbarian.* 

Fraternities sometimes play an important part in college 
politics. Frequently two or three fraternities combine to 
elect one person from each fraternity to various positions ; 
each fraternity throws its strength to the men agreed upon 
in consideration of the support given their candidates. 

And as to college politics there is very little to be said, ex- 
cept that the allotment of honors and positions is generally 
planned a long time before the date of the elections. 

Great political activity is noticeable on the occasion of the 
election of a Final Ball president. The Final Ball is the 
great social event of the year, and the honor of presiding on 
this occasion is eagerly sought by aspiring society heroes. 
All the fraternity banquets and balls are given during com- 
mencement, and, taken all in all, the last days of each year 
are spent in one continual round of gaiety. Visiting alumni 
and distinguished men from over the state are often the 
guests of honor on these occasions, and all that is charming 
tends to make glorious the closing of the year. The climax 
of all these festivities is reached in the Final Ball, which is 
the society event of the whole of Texas. On the last evening 
of the college year the grace and beauty as well as the gal- 
lantry of the whole state assemble to do honor to the close 
of the session, and amidst a blaze of glory the curtain falls 
and another college year is ended. 

We have seen the university as it is, may we not spend a 
moment in contemplating what it is to be in the years to 
come? With an endowment of two million acres of land, 



which is yearly increasing in value, and with legislative ap- 
propriations, the university will soon be upon a basis of per- 
fect stability. Each year the number of students is increas- 
ing, thereby necessitating the employment of more professors 
and instructors. New departments are being added and the 
older schools are being strengthened; in fact, a spirit of life 
and activity pervades the whole institution. 

With the consummation of the plan of the aihliatioD of 
high schools will come such an influx of students that 

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more buildings and laboratories will have to be erected, f A 
presid£^nt keenly alive to the needs of a growing iustitntion 
and loyal alumni all over the state are constantly making 
the university more popular, and to what it will attain in 
the future can only be known by patient waiting. With 
all of these advantages and with milUous of people and the 
majority of the Lone Star State standing beside her, the Uni- 
versity of Texas will ultimately be what its founders de- 
sired it to be, 'a university of the first class.' 

In connection with this sketch of the University of Texas, 


it gives Texas Beta great pleasure to present the cuts of 
three of her prominent alumni. Brothers Smith, Lee and 
Baker were all thoroughly identified with Phi Delta Theta 
affairs while in the college, and since leaving the university 
have not forgotten their connection with the fraternity. 

R. Waverley Smith entered the university in 18.S3, and 
graduated four years later with the degree of A. B. He 
was a charter member of Texas Beta, and was the chapter's 
first president. Great responsibility rested upon him as 
president of the infant chapter, and to his judgment and 
foresight is due much of the later success of Texas Beta. 

After leaving college Bro. Smith studied law in Galves- 
ton, Tex., and was admitted to the bar in 1889 ; he is now 
a member of the law firm of Scott, Levi and Smith, whose 
commercial and corporation practice is quite extensive. In 
1895 he was elected city attorney of Galveston, and is now 
holding this position. 

In October, 1897, Bro. Smith was appointed lecturer on 
medical jurisprudence in the University of Texas and is 
now serving in that capacity with honor and credit. 

Tom J. Lee was a prominent fraternity man all during 
his university career. Having taken his academic degree 
he entered the law department in '92 and graduated with 
the class of '94. Bro. Lee still takes an active interest in 
Phi Delta Theta and keeps himself informed as to the con- 
dition of the fraternity's affairs. 

After leaving the university he located in Waco, Texas, 
for the purpose of practicing his profession. Two years ago 
the board of regents appointed him agent for all lands be- 
longing to the university. This position he still holds to 
the entire satisfaction of the regents. 

Rhodes S. Baker is, a representative Texas Phi. Gradu- 
ating in the law class of '9(>, he located in Dallas, Texas, 
where he has since practiced his profession. 

While in college Bro. Baker was not only the guiding 
spirit of Texas Beta, but was prominent in many depart- 
ments of college life. He was editor-in-chief of the I ■ni- 
ifersity of Texas Magazine on^ term, editor-in-chief of Cac- 
tus, '96, and represented his class on graduation day. 

Bro. Baker begins his legal career with flattering pros- 
pects, and Texas Beta predicts for this young Texan a long 
life of success and usefulness. Texas Beta. 

2 34 '^HE SCROLL, 


In the years from L^NT to 1.S92 iuclusive, a large number 
of fraternity records, mostly old letters, were published 
in The Scroll. These records, which bear dates from 
l'S48, the year the Fraternity was founded, to 18()1>, were 
collected by me from various sources. The archives of 
several chapters were searched, including those of Indi- 
ana Alpha and Kentucky Alpha, which contain (or did) 
many Ohio Alpha papers. --^ Our ever loyal founder, Rev. 
Robert Morrison, I). D., furnished a large number of old 
letters relating to the early years of the Fraternity, and an- 
other large quantity of Phi Delta Theta correspondence was 
obtained from Archibald Wilson, brother of John McMillan 
Wilson, deceased, who also was a founder. These old doc- 
uments are intensely interesting to members of Phi Delta 
Theta, and they throw a flood of light on the history of the 
first twenty years of the Fraternity. 

Since the publication of the old records in Thk Scroll, 
I have collected a good many more, relating to the period 
subsequent to LSfJU. Most of them were obtained from 
Charles B. Gaskill, who was the pioneer Phi in Georgia, 
and who for several years, beginning in 1^71, conducted a 
very extensive fraternity correspondence, which, fortunately, 
he has carefully preserved. I have not been able to obtain 
much from Charles (). Perry, Charles T. Jamieson, George 
Banta, A. Gwyn Foster, George W. Cone and Clarence J. 
Reddig, who were very prominent Phi workers in the '70's 
and their loss of old correspondence illustrates how papers 
of historic importance are liable to disappear, unless collect- 
ed and preserved in a safe place. 

With this issue of The Scroll, the publication of * Old 
Fraternity Records ' is resumed, and the new series, relating 
to the years from lS(;i) to 1S78 inclusive, will be printed as 
space will permit. It is not claimed that the records of the 
tliird decade of the Fraternity are as interesting as the rec- 
ords of the first two decades, but it seems very desirable to 

♦Ohio Alpha suspended in 18o7. Indiana Alpha was 'l^rand Alpha,' or presid- 
ing chapter. 1858^: and Kentucky Alpha, 18flO-«R, which accounts for Ohio Alpha 
records coming into the possession of these chapters. 


print all papers which help to fill out gaps in the history up 
to 1878, when The Scroll was permanently established.* 

Walter B. Palmer. 


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., Nov. 15, ISGU. 
Mr. S. T. Quick, Bloomington, Ind., Dear Sir: In reply to 
yours of the 8th inst., I am sorry to inform you that the 
Michigan Alpha of ^ A no longer exists. Hoping that no 
other chapter may suffer the same fate, I remain, yours 
truly, J. Wm. Johnson. 

Your letter of inquiry is received. We have seven active 
members, besides several members of other chapters who re- 
side in the city and meet with us. We are in fine working 
order; will take in two or three more good boys soon. Our 
chapter is the * Indiana Eta of the ^ A 0.' I am one of the 
charter members and formerly a member of the Indiana 
Gamma at Northwestern Christian University, Indianapolis. 
Our boys would like to hear from Mother Alpha. — Wm. H. 
Wiley, Terre Haute, Ind., to S. T. Quick, Indiana Univer- 
sity, Nov. 18, 1S69. 

Franklin, Ind., Nov. 30, 1809. S. T. Quick, Dear Sir: 
My attention was called to the matter about which you in- 
quire on last evening, and, after such investigation as I 
have been able to make, am able to say that the charter of 
the Franklin chapter is not to be found at this time. It was 
organized, I think, in the early part of the year 1858 or 1859, 
but almost immediately thereafter the college was suspended 
and nothing was ever done. Where the charter is I have 
no means of ascertaining. There are two members of our 
Fraternity at Franklin College at this time, one of whom, 
Daniel W. Herriott, is extremely anxious to organize a 
chapter. A charter having already been granted to Frank- 
lin College and never revoked, it strikes me as unnecessary 
to grant a new one; still I hardly see what else can be done 
in the absence of the old one. There is a Beta student here 

*Thb Scroll was first issued in January, 1875 : it suspended in September, 1876, 
•nd it was not published a^ain until September, 1878. Since 1878, Thk Scroll 
itself supplies a very good history, or at feast the material for a \^vy good history 
of the Fraternity. In 1886 a complete classified index, together with a review, of 
the first ten volumes, was issued, and in 18}Mi a similar index and review of the 
second ten volumes. 

Bach chapter should delegate some member or a committee to write its history, 
with the aid of documents in its archives, information furnished by correspond- 
ent members, and a file of Thk Scroll. The two ten-year-indexes refer to tv- 
erything of importance relating to each chapter that has appeared in The Scroll 
since the first issue. Bach chapter should endeavor to complete its file of the 
magazine. Alumni members should be requested, in the annual circular letters, 
or in personal letters, to supply missing copies. The Fraternity librarian proba- 
bly can famish some copies that may be needed. 


at this time and the Phis apprehend that he will proceed at 
once to the organization of a Beta chapter. I trust our 
members may in some manner be empowered to go at once 
to work. Yours in the Bond, D. D. Banta. 

Your postal of 27th making inquiry in regard to the time 
I joined the * A (s) Fraternity at Indiana Asbury University, 
and how long I was an active member of same, is at hand, 
and, in reply, will say that I, with four others, viz. : Charles 
O. Perry, Tom Brant, Dan Elder and Dave Floyd, was duly 
initiated into the mysteries of said order February 25, 1S68, 
and I continued an active member of same until within two 
or three weeks of my graduation, which occurred the latter 
part of June, 1>^6V). I can not say positively that I am a 
member of the * A Fraternity at this time, because, about 
two or three weeks before I left college, I became dissatisfied 
with its workings, or rather with some of the 'boys* in it, 
and told them I did not intend to have anything more to do 
with them, or the Fraternity either. 1 did not attend any 
more of their meetings, and never heard whether they took 
any action in regard to me or not. If they did not, I sup- 
pose I am still a member; if they did, why, I am not. I 
wrote to Samuel D. Puett, of Rockville, this state, several 
months ago, asking him whether the chapter at Asbury had 
ever taken any action in regard to me for conduct already 
referred to, but he did not know anything about it. Mr. 
Puett continued in school the next year, lSf)9-70, and it 
seems strange to me that he did not know something about 
it. He was not a member of the Fraternitv at the time I 
was, but joined after I left school. John R. Miller, who 
was considered a charter member, though not present at 
time of the initiation of those just mentioned, possibly could 
tell you something in regard to my case; also Jim Nutt, both 
of Greencastle, Ind. Mr. Nutt belonged at Bloomington, 
the State University. Messrs. Mahan and Parsons, of the 
same chapter, granted us our charter. I have given you 
the facts in my case, and I am willing that you should pass 
judgment as to whether I am still a member of the ^ A © 
Fraternity or not. I can't say that I am or that I am not. 
My idea about the matter would be that I am, for the rea- 
son that the chapter at Asbury did not do any good after 
ISGO, and possibly did not strike my name from the roll in 
consequence. — T. C. Bartl, Alfordsville, Ind., to R. C. Dun- 
can, Washington, Ind., April oO, 1880. 



We have sought long and in vain for the old charter, and 
at our last meeting it was voted that we should send to you 
for a copy of it. We hope to receive it as soon as it will be 
convenient for you to send it. We are prospering as a so- 
ciety very well. We have no correspondent members, ow- 
ing to the recent revival of the college from a slumbering 
state. We are hoping to awaken some of the old Phis and 
hear from them ere long. — C. H. Hall, secretary Indiana 
Delta, to S. T. Quick, Indiana University, Feb. 20, 1870. 

The Ohio Alpha is in a most flourishing condition at pres- 
ent, and the indications now are that the chances for long 
life are better than ever before. We have just moved into 
a new hall which we have secured after long waiting and 
much exertion, and are now making an effort to get it fur- 
nished in good style before the convention meets. — Harvey 
Lee, Miami University, to Indiana Alpha, March 14, 1870. 

To begin with the beginning: I received a letter dated 
September 29, 1870, from E. R. Walker, at that time a 
student at Hanover, Ind., inquiring about the chances of 
forming a chapter of the * A in Missouri. After some 
conversation with Randall and James H. Dryden, Eugene 
Field and others, at that time students in the university, I 
answered his letter. We all signed the Bond of secrecy, 
which I forwarded to Walker. I next received a letter from 
Walker setting out more fully the object and general nature 
of the Order; this letter bears date of October 17, 1870. He 
then put me in correspondence with D. E. Platter, of Ox- 
ford, Ohio, from whom we received our charter. As soon 
as we received it we organized with the above named per- 
sons as members. I think I was the principal officer during 
the first year. During this year we initiated a man by the 
name of Johnson who took the first honors — Stephens medal 
and law prize in the class of 1871. — Clark Craycroft, Joplin, 
Mo., to Henry W. Clark, Missouri University, Feb. 4, 1887. 


I was not aware that it was necessary to send an annual 
report to the Alpha of the state. I knew it was in the Art- 
icles of Union, but, as we had never complied with the rule, 
we presumed probably it had been done away with. I think 
something of this sort is necessary to prevent errors in the 
future, for I agree with you there are a good many errors 
in the catalogue just out. — J. L. Fletcher, Recording Secre- 


tary Indiana Epsilon, to Ed. Mooney, Indiana University, 
Jan. 19, 1871. 

(Sub Rosa. ) Roanoke College, Salem, Va. , March <>, 1871. 
Messrs. Gaskill and McDowell, Dear Sirs: Your letter dated 
February 24th was duly received. As we are in duty bound 
to inquire diligently into the merits of all candidates for 
membership, I wrote immediately on the reception of your 
letter to Dr. Wills, your president ( of counse without stat- 
ing to him my object), from whom, I am happy to say, I 
received the highest recommendations as to your moral 
character, etc. At our next meeting, I will, therefore, 
place your application before the Fraternity, and will then 
make application to the Grand Alpha for a charter, as it is 
not in our power to organize chapters out of our own state 
without their direction. Permit me to say that wx are 
proud of your call, and hope soon to hail you as fraters. I 
write this note to let you know that we have received and 
are favorably disposed toward your call. In a day or two I 
will write again, giving definitely manner of procedure, etc. 
Very truly and sincerely yours, F. H. Terrill, Secretary 
Virginia Alpha, Phi Delta Theta. 

(Confidential. ) Ohio Alpha of the Phi Delta Theta, Mi- 
ami University, Oxford, Ohio, March 12, 1871. Mr. Chas. 
B. Gaskill, Atlanta, Ga., My Dear Sir: This morning I am 
in receipt of your communication to the Virginia Alpha of 
our Fraternity, asking that a college of the said Fraternity 
be established at Oglethorpe University. From the papers 
enclosed, your institution bids fair to stand high in the list 
of colleges; and, such being the case, there will probably be 
no difficulty in the securing of your wish. Our college be- 
ing the Grand Alpha of the United States, we alone can 
grant you a charter. But before we do this some prelimi- 
nary steps must be taken in the matter. Enclosed you will 
find a pledge of secrecy, which if you will sign and return 
to us, we will send you the necessary papers. It is custom- 
ary to send a man to establish colleges, but your distance 
from us is so great that the expense would come too heavy. 
We ask you first to give us thCvSe pledges, not because we 
doubt your honor, for in that case we would pay no heed to 
your petition, but because the nature of the case demands 
such precautions. After sending us this pledge wuth your 
names attached, we will send you r. copy of our Bond and 
Constitution, which, if you accept, you will signify the same 
to us, and this wnll constitute you members of the Frater- 


nity. Then you can send us a petition for a charter, consti- 
tuting you a college of the * A 0, the form of which petition 
we will send you in due time. But if after reading the Bond 
and Constitution, you can not accept them, you will be un- 
der obligation by your pledge to return them. But I do not 
fear your inability to accede to the demands of the Bond and 
Constitution. There is nothing in either but what any chris- 
tian or gentleman can accede to. By signing this pledge 
and returning it immediately, if all goes well, you can be 
ready to go to work by the 1st of April. Hoping that I 
may hear from you at no distant day, I am most sincerely 
yours, D. E. Platter. 

Your letter dated March 22d has been received. Bro. 
Platter, Secretary of the Grand Alpha, informed me in his 
last letter that he had sent you papers to sign, and if you 
signed them he would immediately send you the Bond, 
Constitution, etc., so I suppose ere this you have been duly 
initiated into the mystic order of the Phi Delta Theta. I 
am sorry you have been so long in getting your charter, etc. , 
but it could not be avoided. The distance being so great, 
we could not send a member to your college, and conse- 
quently, in proceeding by letter, we had to be very careful. 
These circumstances I know you will appreciate. Our 
chapter numbers fourteen or fifteen, and all but one have 
pins. — F. H. Terrill, Roanoke College, to Charles B. Gas- 
kill, Oglethorpe University, March 27, 1871. 

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, March 29, 1871. Breth- 
ren of the Georgia Alpha of the * A 0: Welcome to our 
fraternal union. With pleasure I received your letter of 
acceptance this morning, and I hasten to greet you as Phis 
of the *royal blood.' Already I am proud of the Georgia 
Alpha, and trust that ere long it will be followed by the 
Georgia Beta if there is room. Now that the feelings gen- 
erated by our fratricidal strife are dying away, I want to 
see the young men of the North and the South linked closer 
together, and with charity and brotherly love, together put- 
ting their shoulders to the wheel, and together rolling along 
the great work which the present age has placed upon them. 
You are now at liberty to 'swing out* your badges, and if 
you will designate to me the number you want, I can send 
them immediately. Our grip will be made known to you 
when we send you your charter. Little dependence can be 
put on grips, because they are almost invariably discovered. 
If you wish to swing out before getting your badges, you 


can come out in our colors, which are blue and white. Get 
the Greek letters * A printed on the white ribbon, and 
pin to the lapel of your vest. The effect would be better 
though, perhaps, if you should wait for your badges, then 
swing both together. The badge is a sure sign of recogni- 
tion, whereas the grip can be counterfeited if discovered. 
Chapters are sometimes compelled to adopt their own grips. 
All further information will be forwarded with your charter. 
I am glad you will have a place in which to meet, because a 
nice hall presents many attractions to members. We have 
adopted the plan of each class of graduates having their 
pictures framed and hung in our hall. I will send you a 
catalogue of our Fraternity, which will tell you where to 
find your brothers. Besides the chapters mentioned in the 
catalogue, there are two strong chapters in Illinois, founded 
this year. One is at Monmouth College, and the other at 
Knox College, Galesburg, 111. The Missouri Alpha is now 
strong, and the Ohio Beta has twenty members. In the 
next issue I shall be proud to see the Georgia Alpha. If you 
have friends or acquaintances at any other southern institu- 
tions, please let me have their names and addresses. Our 
national convention meets at Indianapolis, with the Gamma 
of that state, on the second Wednesday of May next. J. Z. 
Moore, a young and talented lawyer of Kentucky, will de- 
liver the oration, and Rev. J. M. Oldfather the poem. By 
writing to Beeler & Curry, Cincinnati, Ohio, you can get 
paper of any kind or quality, stamped with our design as 
you see on the catalogue, either in the paper or in ink as 
you prefer. Hoping that prosperity is in store for you, I 
subscribe myself, most sincerely your brother in the Bond, 
D. K. Platter. 

We are glad to hear you are prospering so well. You 
certainly have been doing good work to get eight men in 
your chapter in so short a time. You now have more men 
than we have. At the first of the session we numbered four- 
teen. Two since then have left the college; we expelled 
two in the last week or two for immorality (drunkenness and 
profanity ) , and we compelled four others to resign because 
we disliked to expel them. So you see we have had a quite 
exciting time in the Virginia Alpha lately. I enclose a 
picture of the Fraternity taken last year, which you can 
look at and return, as it is the only copy I have on hand. 
This is the way we have our picture taken. If you can we 
would like for you to have yours taken in the same way. 


It cost us about two dollars apiece. — F. H. Terrill, Roanoke 
College, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, April 
20, 1871. 

This morning I ordered four badges engraved as you de- 
sire, and will send them by express in a few days. Why 
don't you send your application for a charter? I sent you 
the form among the former papers. Sign and send it to us; 
then we will grant you a charter, and also send you full in- 
structions in regard to establishing chapters. To the Alpha 
chapter of each state is entrusted the power of establishing 
other chapters in that state and granting charters to the 
same. But till you get your own charter you can not go 
ahead. Certainly if you have a good opening at Franklin 
(literary department of the University of Georgia, called 
Franklin College. — W. B. Palmer), by all means establish a 
chapter, but send for your own charter first, because, until 
you receive that, you are not a chapter of the <^ A accord- 
ing to the rules and Articles of Union. You can be busy 
ascertaining what can be done at the State University, and, 
as you are not very distant, it would be best for you to send 
a man when you get ready for operations. — D. K. Platter, 
Miami University, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe Uni- 
versity, April 22, 1871. 

As it is probable that some important changes will be made 
in the Articles of ITnion at the convention, which meets this 
week, I will defer sending them till I return. If you wish 
to establish a chapter, proceed in the same manner we did 
with you. I will write you immediately on my return from 
the convention. I will send your charter to-morrow. — I). E. 
Platter, Miami University, to Charles B. Ciaskill, Oglethorpe 
University, May 8, 1871. 

University of Georgia, Athens, May 10, 1871 . Mr. Charles 
B. Gaskill, Atlanta, Ga., Dear Sir: Your communication of 
9th inst. was received this afternoon, and its contents duly 
considered. I shall keep inviolably the trust committed to 
my charge, and if you succeed in establishing your Frater- 
nity here, I hope you may never regret having imposed this 
confidence in me. I think we have plenty of nice young 
men to constitute a respectable brotherhood at 'Old Frank- 
lin,* though there are four secret societies already here. 
The new one, of which I spoke in my last to Mr. Smith, 
came out last Sunday morning. I suppose it is a chapter of 
a regular organized society. The letters on the badge are 
* r A. Hoping to hear from you soon, and trusting that 


'all things may work together for good,* I am most respect- 
fully, J. M. Mason. 

We were disappointed in not having your chapter repre- 
sented at the convention. I send you a copy of the Indi- 
anapolis Journal giving a brief account of the proceedings 
of the convention. However, the 'woman question,' which 
the Journal says was postponed until our next convention, 
was 'quashed' on the last day of this convention. You will 
receive the minutes of the convention as soon as the secre- 
tary of Grand Alpha can transcribe them. The grip has 
been changed, and pass words instituted, all of which you 
will receive in due time, as it was thought best not to com- 
mit them to paper. In a word, the convention was a de- 
cided success, and I think that from this convention will 
date the rapid advancement of the Fraternity. Steps were 
taken to organize chapters in the leading colleges of the 
east. Let us hear from you soon. Write to the different 
chapters, especially the following: Illinois Gamma, (xales- 
burg, 111.; Ohio Gamma, address George Florea, Delaware, 
Ohio; Georgia Alpha, Atlanta, (la. — A. B. Thrasher, Sec- 
retary Indiana Gamma, to Kentucky Alpha, May lo, ISTl. 

In reply to your letter, I beg to say that there are several 
secret societies already in existence here. I regret that I 
can not comply with your wishes, but I do not think it ad- 
visable to consent to the organization of any new society of 
this kind. — Andrew A. Lipscomb, President I^niversity of 
Georgia, to Charles B. Gaskill and Robert N. Smith, Ogle- 
thorpe University, May 2'), 1S71. 

I am glad that your club selected Mr. Mason to manage 
affairs, not because I did not feel inclined to accept the posi- 
tion ( for I would have accepted it, and would have done all 
in my power to please you), but then I think Mr. Mason is 
more competent to fill the position than I am, both on ac- 
count of his age and influence; and I do not think your 
club could have chosen a person more worthy of the position 
or one that would fill it better than Mr. Mason can if he 
will, and Mr. Clayton writes me that Mason is willing to do 
all in his power. I will see Mr. Mason to-day if possible 
and offer my assistance. If anything is to be done it ought 
to be commenced; these other clubs are increasing gradu- 
ally. I have spoken to only one of my friends on the subject 
and I think he will help me. — Kdward I. Smith, University 
of Georgia, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, 
May 20, 1S71. 


I saw Mason and told him what you said in regard to es- 
tablishing a chapter here, and I succeeded in persuading 
him to work with me, and we have together been able to 
get six of our friends, who we think are deserving men, to 
join us. After we get our chapter once established we 
will be able to take in more. If you still desire to establish 
a chapter of your Fraternity at our university, please send 
the necessary papers immediately, and directions to com- 
mence. By that means you may be able to prevent the ex- 
pense it would necessarily take in sending a man. — Edward 
I. Smith, University of Georgia, to Charles B. Gaskill, Ogle- 
thorpe University, May ol, 1871. 

I forward to you by this mail a copy of the constitution 
of the * A 0, as revised at our late convention held at In- 
dianapolis. You will observe that the Bond has not been 
altered, but the constitution has been thoroughly revised, 
and the Articles of Union have been merged into it. I did 
not fill out in full the forms appended to the constitution in 
regard to application for charter, etc., as they remain the 
same as before, and you can fill them out in full when you 
transcribe them into a book. The grip and signs of recogni- 
tion have been changed , and it was ordered not to have them 
put in writing; so I can not communicate them to you by 
letter, but will endeavor to make you acquainted with them 
as soon as possible in some manner or other. We have not 
received the minutes of proceedings of the convention as 
yet for some reason, but as soon as received will send you a 
copy. Our next convention meets with the Indiana Alpha 
chapter at Bloomington. I send you a list of our chapters 
with their addresses, and hope you will make it a point to 
carry on a correspondence with them, as I believe it adds 
much to the interest of our society to have a regular corre- 
spondence between all our chapters: Ohio Alpha, Oxford, 
J. H. Gilmore; Ohio Beta, Athens, H. W. Coultrop; Ohio 
Gamma, Delaware, G. C. Florea; Indiana Alpha, Blooming- 
ton, Ed. Mooney; Indiana Beta, Crawfordsville. R. O. Post: 
Indiana Gamma, Indianapolis, J. B. Dill; Indiana Delta, 
Franklin, G. M. Lambertson; Indiana Epsilon, Hanover, E. 
B. Walker; Indiana Zeta, Greencastle, Tom Hartley; In- 
diana Eta, Terre Haute, John Gordon; Kentucky Alpha, 
Danville, A. W. Ringland; Virginia Alpha, Salem, D. B. 
Floyd; Georgia Alpha, Atlanta, C. B. Gaskill; Missouri 
Alpha, Columbia, Clark Cravcroft; Illinois Alpha, Chicago, 
F. A. Smith; Illinois Beta, Monmouth, H. J. Bigger; Illi- 


nois Gamma, Galesburg; Iowa Alpha, Mt. Pleasant. I do 
not know the addresses of the Illinois Gamma and Iowa Al- 
pha, as they have just been established. I am at present 
recording secretary of our chapter. I am of the class of '72, 
but as I do not propose returning here next year, I give you 
the name of Bro. Gilmore as recording secretary. Please 
let me hear from you as soon as you receive this, as I shall 
feel anxious to know whether you receive the paf)ers safely. 
— Francis K. Raymond, Miami University, to Charles B. 
Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, June 2, ISTI. 

Our membership at present is not very large, numbering 
only seven. At the first session we had the popular man of 
the college, H. J. Bigger, but he left Hanover and w^ent to 
Monmouth, and established chapters at Monmouth and 
Galesburg, 111., and one in Iowa. He has been doing a big 
thing for us. The <^ F As at Monmouth have gone to smash, 
and the ^ A (-) took in some of their best men. We are 
growing as a Fraternity very rapidly. At the opening of the 
year, there were, I think, but thirteen chapters, and now 
we have at least tw^enty-one chapters in different parts of 
the Union, and at least ten Alpha chapters. I am glad I was 
so fortunate as to get in a society of this kind and such a 
good one. — CharlesT. Jamieson, Hanover College, to Charles 
B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, June o, ISTl. 

We held our first meeting on last Monday night. We 
opened with seven men. Temporary officers were elected, 
to hold their offices until the next meeting, w^hich will take 
place as soon as we receive the other necessary papers from 
you. Mr. Clifford Clayton — as he was elected temp>orary 
secretary — wrote to Tom, and sent him a copy of the Bond, 
wuth the names of the club affixed. He sent it by registered 
letter; please reply to it and send the other papers immedi- 
ately. We desire working in private until we obtain all the 
good men left; then we will come out in force and surprise 
the natives. — Edward I. Smith, University of Georgia, to 
Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, June S, iSTl. 

We were somewhat surprised to hear that we had been 
discovered. They can kfwit' nothing about us, conjeciure 
what they please. Bro. Mason has been quite unwell, but 
I hope he ma^^ be out by vSaturday night. We are anxious 
that you should send on everything before that time, as we 
will get in some new members shortly. — Charles M. Beck- 
with, University of Georgia, to Charles B. Gaskill, Ogle- 
thorpe University, June 13, 1S71. 


As you have all the facts of our proceedings from our act- 
ing secretary, it would be useless for me to recapitulate. 
We designed last Saturday night for our first regular meet- 
ing, at which time we intended to elect officers preparatory 
for working, but as I was unwell and did not meet with the 
body, it did not elect, but decided to meet again next Sat- 
urday night, by which time the committee, if possible, will 
obtain a hall, our meetings heretofore having been held in 
one of the brothers* room. We have some very nice boys 
in view, some of whom we expect to get in next Saturday 
night. We are doing the best we can under the circum- 
stances, and will be glad at any time to receive instructions, 
advice, etc., from your chapter or you individually. — J. M. 
Mason, University of Georgia, to Charles B. Gaskill, Ogle- 
thorpe University, June 13, 1^71. 

We were rejoiced to learn of such splendid successes we 
are having through the instrumentality of energetic and en- 
thusiastic Phis in different parts of the country. Hardly a 
letter has come to us without the news of some new chapters 
being formed or in contemplation. We knew there was a 
Georgia Beta in contemplation, but when we received the 
news to-night of a Georgia Gamma we were greatly and 
pleasantly enough surprised. Instead of pushing gradually 
south, we have made a bold and sudden leap, and w^e hope 
by combining our northern and southern forces to fill up the 
gap that now intervenes between them. In establishing 
chapters our policy should be to locate them in only good 
colleges and to take in none but the best of men. — Charles 
T. Jamieson, Hanover College, to Charles B. Gaskill, Ogle- 
thorpe University, June K^, 1871. 

Yours of the i)th, 7th and i^th received, also one to Bro. 
Allen, of the 8th. I heartily congratulate the Georgia Al- 
pha upon her success in establishing the Georgia Beta and 
Gamma, and sincerely trust that they may prove themselves 
worthy members of the 4> A Fraternity. I forward you 
by this mail six catalogues of our Fraternity, which you can 
distribute among the boys as you think best. You would 
probably better forward one each to your Beta and Gamma 
chapters. At the convention it was ordered that all of our 
badges should be made at Indianapolis hereafter, hence I 
can not order any more made here. Those which I send 
you are some the jeweler had on hand, and we promised to 
dispose of them for him. The object in having them all 
made in one place is to have them all of uniform size. I 


prefer the small to the large size. I am sorry to hear of the 
state of affairs at Chicago. I have not heard officially from 
them since the convention, but presume I shall hear soon, 
as I have written to Bro. F. A. Smith. In regard to stand- 
ing in class of our boys in the senior class, I would say that 
of the four Phis only two were eligible, the other two being 
absent from college more than six weeks during their last 
two years and hence not eligible to honors. Bro. Surface 
took the second honor, and all four of the boys are permitted 
to speak on commencement, which is considered quite an 
honor. We have not received the minutes of the conven- 
tion from Indiana Gamma yet, although we have written 
them concerning it three times. If we do not receive them 
soon we will not forward them to you until next fall, as I 
presume your college will be closed. — Francis K. Raymond, 
Miami ITniversity, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe Uni- 
versity, June H, 1871. 

We have been fortunate enough to procure an old school- 
house for our place of meeting. It is in a retired portion of 
town, and is one of the best places we could po.ssibly have 
obtained. We hold our next meeting to-morrow night. W^e 
have only seven members at present; we expect to get four 
more soon. Bro. Mason has been sick, but we think he will 
be able to meet us to-morrow night. I saw the badge you 
.sent Beckwith, and I think it is beautiful. — Kdward J. Smith, 
University of Georgia, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe 
University, June 1(>, 1^71. 

We looked for our charter last week but it did not come. 
We did nothing vSaturday night but read the constitution 
and appoint a committee to draw up a code of by-laws. — J. 
M. Mason, University of Georgia, to Charles B. Gaskill, 
Oglethorpe University, June l^.^ 1S71. 

I will speak first of that which no doubt interests 3'ou 
most — the Beta. It gives me great pleasure to state that on 
last Saturday evening we initiated into our mystic order two 
young men, both of the very highest standing: Mr. Pea- 
body, of the senior class, who is, by the way, a student of 
the ministry, and Mr. Bibb, of the high school, who will 
enter the sophomore class next term. This raises our num- 
ber to nine. Mr. Dupree, of the senior class, has consented 
to become one of us. He is a man of the highest moral 
character and stands high in his class. We hope to raise 
our number to twelve this term. We can not hope to take 
many honors this term, on account of our starting so late; 
next term will show what we are. livery man is perfectly 


devoted to the order, and I can safely say the * A society 
will never be ashamed of any of us. We have not been re- 
fused by a single man, unless he had made up his mind to 
connect himself with no secret society, or else had made 
positive promises to others. — Charles M. Beckwith, Univer- 
sity of Georgia, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe Univer- 
sity, June 25, 1871. 

We received the badges and letters to-night, and notwith- 
standing the advice, we have decided, for reasons that we 
think good, to wait until all that have ordered badges have 
received them before we 'come out.' — R. S. Saulsbury, Km- 
ory College, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, 
June2G, 1871. 

We are looking anxiously for our badges. So soon as 
they arrive we will come out. It will be a great surprise 
to many outsiders: they have no idea of our number and 
strength. — Charles M. Beckwith, University of Georgia, to 
Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, July 11, 1871. 

I merely write to ask you something about our badges; 
please tell me exactly when they will be here. I hope most 
sincerely that they will not be delayed one moment longer 
than what is absolutely necessary. We are very impatient to 
swing out our colors. Do write to Bro. Dill again, and tell 
him to send the badges, even if he can't get them here until 
the rSOth, as some of us will be here at that time and can 
forward them to the rest. — Charles M. Beckwith, University 
of Georgia, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, 
July 19, 1871. 

Slay ton and Lovejoy have come out as Phis, to the sur- 
prise and displeasure of the other secret societies, for Slay- 
ton has been asked this term by the Chi Phis and Lovejoy 
by the Kappa Alphas; both refused and joined us immedi- 
ately afterward. We have as good a stand in college as any 
secret society in it. — Green B. Battle, Emory College, to 
Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe l^niversity, Sept. 2, 1871. 

We are getting along first rate. Appointed the committee 
on catalogue at our last meeting and hope to have it out on 
time this year and more complete than last year. — J. H. 
Gilmore, Miami University, to M. T. vScott, Centre College, 
Oct. 7, 1871. 

Bro. Saulsbury is anticipating a trip to Macon during the 
fair and has expressed a desire to establish a chapter there. 
He thinks that he can secure little Jackson, formerly a stu- 
dent at Emory. — B. E. Anderson, Emory College, to Charles 
B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, Oct. 12, 1871. 


Our chapter has eight members back this term, and we 
think of initiating several more before long. We can get 
about whom we please here. Four of the professors are 
Phis, two in the law college and two in the literary. We 
have heard from most of our Indiana chapters lately, and 
they were never in a more flourishing condition. There 
has lately been an alumni chapter started in the city by 
the resident Phis, most of them lawyers. Some of you 
write to the Indiana Kta at Green castle, Asbury University. 
If you would address a letter to Charles A. Murray, Green- 
castle, Ind., you would, I think, secure a very interesting 
correspondent. — A. B. Thrasher, Northwestern Christian 
University, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, 
Oct. li>, 1S71. 

Bro. Robert Saulsbury left Oxford Wednesday morning, 
prepared to establish a chapter of the <l> A at Macon on 
one condition, and that was that he could get good men. 
I think he will succeed, as he is quite popular among the 
Macon boys. — B. K. Anderson, Kmory College, to Charles 
B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, Oct. 2(;, IS71. 

Our membership is eleven: three seniors, two juniors, 
one sophomore, and the rest in the freshman class. This 
chapter is the Eta; the Zeta is at Hanover, Ind. — C. A. 
Murray, Indiana Asbury University, to Charles B. Gaskill, 
Oglethorpe University, Oct. .SO, 1S71. 

We came here this year with only three members, and I 
am sorry to say that we have only four now at college. 
Brothers Hargrave, Miller, Tyree and myself. W^e will 
take in another student at our next meeting. Do not un- 
derstand that we are discouraged. We will make a desper- 
ate effort to rebuild our once glorious old chapter here. We 
have the sign of recognition and grip, which I received from 
the Indiana boys last summer. The last convention deter- 
mined that they should not be written upon paper, there- 
fore I can not send them to you. We heard from some of 
the other chapters in Georgia that you were anticipating 
establishing another chapter in your state, at Mercer Uni- 
versity. Mr. Smith, of whom you spoke, I believe is there. 
—I). Bittle Kloyd, Roanoke College, to Charles B. Gaskill. 
Oglethorpe University, Nov. 10, 1871. 

The Illinois Beta sends greetings to the Georgia Alpha 
and reports prosperity. We number ten members, which 
we think doing remarkably well, considering the fact that 
we have three other fraternities with which to contend in 
college. The Illinois Gamma at Galesburg, 111., is not in 


just as prospering a condition as it should be, as some of the 
members of last year did not return this session, and in con- 
sequence left it rather weak as regards numbers, but strong 
in Hope and energy. Our Iowa Alpha numbers some four- 
teen or fifteen members and is flourishing finely. We were 
greatly pleased to hear from you of the prosperity of the 
Georgia Beta and Gamma. — H. J. Bigger, Monmouth Col- 
lege, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, Nov. 
11, 1871. 

We have lived in * A bonds only about six months. 
Our chapter is strong, numbering: seniors seven, juniors 
six, sophomores two, freshmen one, preparatory two, alum- 
ni four. The first and second honors of the senior class be- 
long to <l> A 0. We were visited a few weeks since by two 
delegates of the Illinois Alpha. We had a never-to-be-for- 
gotten banquet. The B II's are our rivals here. — Charles 
F. Knowlton, Iowa Wesleyan University, to Charles B. Gas- 
kill, Oglethorpe University, Nov. 1'), 1871. 

*Tis with great sorrow I am compelled to rehearse to you 
the sad fate of our chapter. Three weeks ago we had twelve 
boys wearing the sword and shield; at present not any, and 
only four who are still true to the Bond which we accepted. 
There was some dissatisfaction on the part of some of the 
boys, as they thought the others were not doing their part. 
They tendered their resignations, which caused a striking 
discord among the rest, and they all resigned save four, who 
say they will stand by the Bond and advocate its cause till 
the wheels of time shall cease to roll. We wrote the Grand 
Alpha of our trouble, and they sent Mr. Lee, one of their 
best alumni, accompanied by Mr. Darnell, of Greencastle, 
to see if the boys could not be reconciled, but their labors 
proved fruitless, and they went away yesterday and left us 
as they found us. The names of those who are still Phis 
are: E. A. Hamilton, D. A. Chenoweth, H. G. Bradford 
and Beverly Gregory. We are now going to work secretly 
until we get a lot of good men, and then we will again swing 
our badges. I do not know what to say about our conven- 
tion, but Mr. Lee .says we must have it. here now by all 
means. — Beverly Gregory, Indiana University, to Charles 
B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, Nov. "20, 1S71. 

As to the chapter in New York, Bro. Potter has simply 
been laying the foundations for one at Cornell University. 
It will probably be started next January or February. It 
will be a great honor to us. We have a new chapter at 
Wooster, Ohio. The men necessary have l^een initiated, but 


the charter has not been procured. Bro. Robert H. Mc- 
Clelland is the founder. He has taken in the next to the 
best senior and expects to get the best. It will be in running 
order by the first of next term. The chapter at Ann Arbor, 
Mich., is not fully under way yet. Bro. A. Dwight Bald- 
win, late of the Ohio Alpha, is there. — Charles T. Jamieson, 
Hanover College, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe Univer- 
sity, Dec. 7, 1S71. 

I request chapters and individual Phis to examine their 
old fraternity papers, and to loan me those that may be of 
interest, or to send me copies of same, or of such portions 
as are of importance. The materials for a history prior to 
187«s (when The Scroll was permanently established), are 
meager, and almost any letter relating to <^ A before that 
time would be of value in filling out gaps in the record. 
This notice does not apply to the chapters at Miami, Indiana, 
Centre, Wisconsin, Lafayette and Wooster. whose archives 
I have examined. Walter B. Palmer, Editor of the History 
of Phi Delta Theta, '>11 South Spruce street, Nashville, 


Albert Leonard, A. M., Ph. D. , Ohio Gamma, 'S.''^, who 
has entered upon the duties of dean of the college of liberal 
arts and professor of pedagogy in Syracuse University, Syra- 
cuse, N. Y., w^as born at Logan, Ohio, and is a compara- 
tively young man, being but a little over forty years of age. 
His preparatory work was done at the Ohio Central Normal 
School. In 1S8.S he was graduated with high honor from 
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, having completed both the 
classical and pedagogical courses. For a time he was in- 
structor in Ohio University, but soon became principal of 
the high school of Dunkirk, N. Y. He resigned in 1893 to 
accept the principalship of the high school of Bingham ton, 
N. Y. , from whence after four years of successful w^ork he 
was chosen to succeed the late Dean John R. French, LL. D. , 
of Syracuse University. Dr. Leonard fills this difficult posi- 
tion with dignity and tact and has already won the respect 
and esteem of all. 

The degree of A. M. was conferred upon him /;/ ciirsu by 
Ohio University. His doctor's degree was earned from 
Hamilton College for graduate w^ork in English literature. 
He w^as one of the foimders of The Journal of Pedagogy and 
for the last six years has l:)een its sole editor and proprietor. 
It will be the official organ of the department of pedagog>' 
of Syracuse University. 

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The S/iitid of Theta Delta Chi gives an extended and in- 
teresting account of a case of ' lifting,' in which northern 
Kappa Alpha played a very discreditable part. The trouble 
was caused by the initiation of James B. Piatt, by the Will- 
iams Chapter of Kappa Alpha, while he was still a member 
of Theta Delta Chi. The editor of the Shield states the 
case thus : 

A young man entered collej^e, and during his freshman year did 
not join any society. He received attentions from all and bids from 
some. After careful deliberation, he decided that he would like to 
join Theta Delta Chi. From the <leliberation he exercised, he ought 
surely to have known whether the move would be satisfactory or not. 
For a time all was well, but suddenly the boy tendered his resigna- 
tion. It was not accepted, because it is not possible for a man to 
sever his connection after having taken the vows. 

A special deputy of the grand lodge of Theta Delta Chi 

visited Williamstown to investigate the matter and advise 

the chapter, or 'charge* as it was called. The following is 

from his report of an interview with Piatt : 

I demanded from him whether he had any complaint against any 
member of Theta Delta Chi. He said that he had no fault to find 
wnth any of them, and that his condition was simply that he did not 
believe himself worthy to be a member of the fraternity, as he could 
not feel for it that enthusiasm and loyalty which he should give. I 
then (questioned him in regard to his associates outside of the charge. 
He admitted that a senior named Flock, his room mate, was his most 
intimate friend. Searching in this for Tlatt's motive. I questioned 
him very closely as to his relations with T'lock and the Kappa Alphas, 
and charged him with the purpose of joining that fraternity. This 
he repeatedly and emphatically denied, and he said that his rela- 
tions with the Kappa Alphas and Flock had nothing to do with his 
action or desires. On his request that he be allowed to resign, I in- 
formed him that there did not exist in the fraternity any provision for 
the release of a member by the exceptancc of a proffered voluntary 
resignation. Such a provision. I showed him, would be of itself a 
nullification of the fundamental law of the fraternity. 

The chapter could not accept Piatt's resignation, because 

the laws of the fraternity forbade; neither could it expel 

him, unless he had committed some overt act. It decided, 

however, to relieve him from attendance and other chapter 

duties; therefore the following agreement, which was to be 

made public in college, was entered into between him on the 

one hand and the chapter on the other: 

Brother James B. Piatt offered his resignation from Theta Delta 
Chi, basing it upon the fact that he was totally lacking in fraternal 
feeling, and that he felt he was acting the part of a hypocrite in re- 
maining a member of the fraternity under the circumstances. This 


proffered resignation was read, but was laid on the table, and not 
voted on, it appearing that there was no authority under the law of 
the fraternity, either in the charge or in the grand lodge, whose rep- 
resentative was present, to accept the resignation of a member from 
the fraternity; that expulsion is the only method by which a member 
can cease to be a Theta Delt; that in order for Brother Piatt to be ex- 
pelled, and so sever his connection with the fraternity, the commis- 
sion by him of some act of dishonorable nature would be necessary. 
Under an understanding with the members of the Iota Deuteron 
charge, Brother Piatt, at his request, has been relieved from all at- 
tendance, and is excused from wearing the fraternity pin and from all 
duties to the charge; but the friendly relations between Brother Piatt 
and the individual members of said charge continue. 

Several weeks later, one P. M. Brown, a member of Kappa 

Alpha, called at the Theta Delta Chi house and announced 

that Piatt had been pledged to the Kappa Alphas. Of what 

then occurred, Charles H. Davis, Theta Delta Chi, writes : 

Brother Kellogg and myself called on Brown and asked him what 
they were trying to do with one of our men. He said that he was not 
sure, and that under the laws of this commonwealth, no organization 
could prohibit a man from resigning. He said that Piatt had told 
him what he had done, and that we had practically refused his resig- 
nation, and that he (Piatt) considered himself a free or a neutral man. 
We had quite a few words of less importance, but told him that we 
did not consider Piatt a free man, and that he 7cas still a member of 
our fraternity. He wanted to know if I meant to call Piatt a liar, and 
I told him that Piatt had broken his word, and that he could call it 
what he wished to. Also we gave him to understand that we consid- 
ered that the Kappa Alpha society had broken all fraternity laws and 
etiquette in the actions they had taken with Piatt. He said that if 
Piatt was not a free man, that was for us to settle with Piatt. 

Subsequently the Theta Delta Chi chapter received the 

following formal statement from the Kappa Alpha chapter : 

After due consideration of the statement made bv the Theta Delta 
Chi fraternity in relation to James B. Plait, whom the Kappa Alpha 
society has seen fit to elect to its membership, this society would state- 
that its members have arrived at the decision that no sufficient reason 
exists to alter their action, and that the Kappa Alpha society consid- 
ers James B. Piatt an entirely free man, and under no further obliga- 
tions to the Theta Delta Chi fraternity, of which he was formerly a 
member, other than his oath of secrecy. The principle determining 
this action is that neither the dictates of precedents nor reason justify 
the hindering of any man from revsigniiig from any organization, un- 
less under oath never to resign, and from taking any subsequent action 
he might choose in relation to any other organization. 

Referring to this communication, Charles H. Davis writes: 

We read this witli some care, and at once picked out the last sen- 
tence. We thought on it a while, and then went over to the Kappa 
Alpha house. We asked Brown if they meant what they wrote. He 
answered in the affirmative, and we asked him if he did not consider 
a man bound by his oaths. He said yes, and that a man would be 
disbarred to break them. That, you see, gives their idea of Piatt. 
Then we asked him if they would continue their action if such oath 

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existed. He said yes, and added that it was a matter to be settled 
with Piatt and did not concern them. 

Piatt then wrote to Davis as follows : 

The main reason for my feeling as I do is that I do not think a man 
can be forever bound to a mistake. When a man can no longer carry 
out an oath in the spirit in which it was made, I think he is no longer 
bound by it, or if he is technically bound by it he is justified in break- 
ing it. But this matter was considered, discussed and decided over a 
month ago. If there was an oath breaking it was done when I with- 
drew from the fraternity. I do not see that the present question is at 
all affected by it. The oath was not that I should never join any other 

After quoting this letter, Charles H. Davis writes : 

The next day I had a long talk with Piatt, and told him that his 
note proved nothing. We were at it for about an hour, and some very 
plain talk came out. All he would say was that he was sorry we 
looked at it that way and thought him a liar. I told him that no 
other conclusion could be drawn from his actions and words. That 
was our last talk. The Friday before he had returned his pin. A few- 
days afterward we heard he had been initiated into Kappa Alpha, and 
the same day we saw^ him wearing a Kappa Alpha key. We consid- 
ered this sufficient evidence, and Monday night, December l.'J, we ex- 
pelled him, and the following morning sent notices to that effect to 
the other fraternities. 

Commenting on the whole matter, the editor of the Shield 

makes the following just observations : 

The course followed by the Kappa Alpha chapter at Williams has 
been dishonorable to themselves, and discourteous to our Iota Deu- 
teron charge, as well as to every other fraternity represented there. 
They initiated James B. Piatt, knowing him to be a member of Theta 
Delta Chi, upon their own confession. We lack words to express our 
indignation at such an outrage to fraternity courtesy. It is not often 
that we have been called upon to suffer from this evil. It is an abso- 
lute rule with Theta Delta Chi never to take into membership any one 
who has been a member of another college fraternity. It is true that 
some fraternities do accept and initiate members of other fraternities 
who have been expelled therefrom, or who have severed their connec- 
tion with their first love, so far as it was in their power to do so, for 
the express purpose of joining a second. How long are the governing 
bodies of reputable fraternities going to allow such things to happen? 
Were such practices prevalent in any considerable degree, member- 
ship in a fraternity would not be worth a row of buttons. Reasoning 
on common sense grounds, it ought to be embodied in the constitu- 
tion of every college fraternity that no man could belong to more than 
one fraternity, and that no fraternity has the right or power to initiate 
any man who belongs to or has been a member of any other college 

The editor of the Shield has done well in presenting the 
facts in this case so fully, for they are instructive to other 
fraternities. Kappa Alpha has brought deserved odium 
upon herself by inducing a man to become a traitor to the 
fraternity whose vows he first voluntarily assumed and then 
basely violated. All honest men in all fraternities will con- 
gratulate Theta Delta Chi that she is rid of such a renegade. 


Annual Alumni Day, March 15, 1898. 

The subject proposed by the (ieueral Council for discussion. 

Phi Delta Theta^s progress in fifty years and her prospects 
for years to come« 

The increased interest which alumni Phis show for the 
Fraternity is very gratifying. Unquestionably there has 
been a great advance in this respect during the past ten 
years. There are now many correspondent members in 
every section of the country who not only evince a very 
strong attachment for the ^ A 0, but who can be depended 
on to perform any duty which the Fraternity may require 
of them. The influence and strength of the Fraternity in 
large measure depends on her loyal sons who have left col- 
lege walls, and it is a most encouraging indication that they 
are more numerous now than ever before. Phis generally 
have learned that they can derive not only great social en- 
joyment but also many practical benefits from continuing 
their fraternity associations. 

The marked increase of fraternity spirit among alumni is 
due to a considerable extent to the establishment of Alumni 
Day in 18S9. The reunions held annually since then have 
awakened the loyalty of Phis in the various cities where 
alumni chapters are organized. It is certainly a most ad- 
mirable plan to gather around the festive board, to renew 
acquaintances with brothers in the Bond, and to recount the 
deeds of those to whom <I> A 0^ is indebted for the great pros- 
perity it has enjoyed. However, not all alumni have 
adopted this custom. It is to be hoped that reunions will 
be held this year wherever there is an alumni chapter, and 
even where only two or three may be gathered together. 
Where there is an alumni chapter and a college chapter in 
the same city, they should join in celebrating the birthday 
of our venerable founder, Robert Morrison, who, on March 


lo, 189S, will complete his seventy- sixth year. Province 
Presidents should make a special effort to organize the 
alumni in cities where annual reunions have not been held 
heretofore. Once the custom is established at any place, 
there is little probability of its discontinuance. The Scroll 
hopes that a great many reports of pleasant and profitable 
meetings will be forwarded for publication in the next issue; 
they should be forwarded promptly to insure their appear- 
ance in the April number. Every college chapter, whether 
it has the co-operation of neighboring alumni or not, should 
have exercises in recognition of the day which has become 
so important in our fraternity calendar. The ritualistic 
ceremony for Alumni Day can be used this year for the first 

Do NOT neglect the men who failed to attract your atten- 
tion the first term they were in college. Many of them 
would make good Phis. Every year men enter college who 
at first do not appear to be particularly brilliant, but who 
develop into excellent fraternity material. In Scriptural 
phrase, also in Masonic language, * The stone which the 
builders rejected is become the head of the corner. ' You may 
be a good judge of human nature, but it is impossible for 
you, within a few weeks, or even months, to properly appre- 
ciate all the good elements of character possessed b}^ all the 
new-comers at college. Many a boy, who has done little 
good during his freshman year, surprises all his fellows with 
his improvement in sophomore year, and some who stood 
low the first year graduate near the top of their respective 

Therefore, be ever on the watch for developing talent. 
Do not rest satisfied because you initiated a good delegation 
last fall. Do not be content if there are any good men yet 
to be obtained. Do not wait too long in cultivating the ac- 
quaintance of non-fraternity students, especially if rivalry is 
close, else good men may go off to other fraternities. Con- 
stantly bear in mind how many members will graduate next 
commencement, how many will fail to return next fall, and 


how many members there will be at the opening of the next 
collegiate year, making liberal allowance for those who will 
drop out of college unexpectedly. If your chapter is first 
among the fraternities at your college, don't take any 
chances of occupying third or fourth rank next year, on ac- 
count of numerical weakness. Don't get careless. Don't 
be indifferent to men whom you were inclined to overlook at 
the opening of the ruishing season. Watch them closely, for 
you will find probably that some of them are not so unpre- 
possessing after all. Do not limit your chapter member- 
ship by any arbitrary number. Maintain a high standard 
for admission, and be sure to preserve a homogeneous mem- 
bership, but remember that a large chapter is stronger and 
more influential than a small chapter. Always keep wide 
awake for the interests of Phi Delta Theta, present and 
future, and lastly don't get too conservative. Many a fine 
chapter has been wrecked on the rock of ultra-conservatism. 

Phi Delta Theta has entered upon its semi-centennial 
year, and this fact, it seems, should supply inspiration for 
songs or odes dedicated to the Fraternity. We already have 
an excellent collection of songs, but some good new ones 
would be very acceptable. The fourth (189o ) edition of the 
song-book contains eighty-seven songs, the production of 
about twenty years. Every generation of Phis, that is every 
college generation of four years, should provide its quota of 
songs, but the last generation or two has done scarcely any- 
thing in this line. It really seems that the progress of Phi 
Delta Theta during half a century, and the prosperity and 
prominence the Fraternity now enjoys, furnish a splendid 
theme for additions to our hymnology. We advise rising 
Phi poets to write verses inscribed to the Fraternity, adapt- 
ing them to familiar airs. It would be better to select other 
airs than those to which songs previously written are sung, 
or original music would be better still. The Scroll will 
gladly give space for any creditable verses that may be of- 
fered for publication, and after appearing in these pages they 
may be included in future editions of the song-book. 


The 'Old Fraternity Records,' collected and edited by 
Brother Palmer, and published in previous volumes of Thb 
vScROLL, furnished a great many important and interesting 
details regarding the first two decades of Phi Delta Theta. 
Whatever may happen to the originals, printed copies of 
them will remain, and will be valuable for supplementing 
the history of the Fraternity. With this issue of The 
Scroll, publication of these records is resumed, and the 
new series will embrace the third decade, from l.S()9 to 1878. 
In the latter 3'ear, Thk Scroll (first published in 1875) 
was permanently established, and a file of the magazine 
from that time supplies most of the materials needed for a 
history of the fourth and fifth decades. 

The letters written more than a quarter of a century ago, 
which appear in this issue, tell of the suspension of the Ann 
Arbor chapter in 18()1) (revived in 1S87), the reorganization 
of the Franklin chapter in ISfJO, the establishment of the 
Missouri chapter in 1870, and of the establishment of the 
Monmouth, Knox, Iowa Wesleyan, and the (Georgia chap- 
ters in 1^71, Mercer not being chartered until 1872. Men- 
tion is made of movements that led to the establishment of 
the Wooster and Cornell chapters in 1872. About 1-^70, 
Phi Delta Theta entered upon a wonderful era of develop- 
ment, never equalled by any other college Fraternity. 
Some of the old letters give information about the convention 
held at Indianapolis in 1>^71, when the constitution was re- 
vised, the old articles of union being merged into it. 

The attention of readers is directed to the last paragraph, 
in which chapters and individual Phis are requested to ex- 
amine their fraternity collections, with a view to unearthing 
other important records, copies of which Brother Palmer 
asks to be sent to him. It is to be hoped that chapters will 
adopt the suggestion that each should appoint some member 
or a committee to write its history, with the aid of docu- 
ments in its archives, information obtained from alumni, and 
a file of The Scroll, complete indexes to which were pub- 
lished in 188(> and 1896. 


The Beta Theta Pi for February contains an interesting 
discussion of the question, 'Shall the alumni or the under- 
graduates grant and withdraw charters ? ' The arguments 
in favor of vesting such power in the board of trustees of 
the fraternity alone are presented in the following condensed 

E\'er since our fraternity was founded, apparently, the most im- 
portant subject to be dealt with, it seems to me, has been that of the 
granting and withdrawal of charters : and, during the fifty-eight years 
of the fraternity's existence, this matter has been entirely left to the 
judgment of the undergraduate members, although, at the present 
time, the alumni outnumber the undergraduates in the proportion of 
nine to one. At times during the years past, the fraternity has been 
swept by alternate waves of expansion and conservatism. When the 
wave of expansion was at its height, every petition for a charter was 
promptly gjranted, and with little inquiry into the real merits of the 
applicants or the standing of the institution from which they hailed. 
Again, when the spirit of conservatism prevailed, the merit of the ap- 
plicants and the standing of the college were scarcely taken into ac- 
count at all. 

At the present time, as for the past twenty years, in order to grant 
or take away a charter, the required vote must be so nearly unanimous 
that the combined vote of a few chapters only is needed to prevent 
the granting of a charter, and we have recently seen that, similarly, 
when a few chapters combined to prevent it, no charter could be with- 
drawn, the consequence is a deadlock. A suflBcient number of chap- 
ters are of the opinion that no new chapter should be established ef- 
fectually to prevent any growth of any kind in the fraternity, and a 
similar number are equally determined that no chapters shall be de- 
prived of their charters. The majority of the chapters holding to 
neither opinion, and desirous of a healthy growth, and the cautious 
pruning of weak branches, are powerless to affect the policy of the 
fraternity in either direction. 

For a number of years it has been the unwritten law of the fra- 
ternity that the administrative officers, such as members of the board 
of trustees, the chiefs of the districts, the general secretary, general 
treasurer, editor and business manager of the magazine, should be 
6lled by alumni. The board of trustees, as at present constituted, is 
made up of two attorneys in active practice, a chief adjuster of a 
prominent fire insurance company, a principal of a high school, a col- 
lege professor, and an editor of a daily newspaper. It goes without 
argument that tlie judgment of these six men is apt to be far better, 
and their conclusions sounder, than those of (>2 college undergradu- 


ates, from as many different colleges, DO per cent, of whom attend a 
convention but once. 

As the board of trustees has a reasonably fixed tenure in office, it 
can make plans for a considerable time ahead, and can see that its 
plans are carried out. For instance, if a petition from a growing state 
university, sure in time to become a large institution, were under ad- 
visement, it could say to the petitioners that when they had accom- 
plished certain results — for instance, secured a certain number of men, 
built a house or the like -then they would receive a charter. By 
making such definite agreements with petitioners, much better work 
would be accomplished, and the petitioners would know that, just 
as soon as their part of the contract was fulfilled, they would be 
given a charter, and they would not have to take the chances of an 
uncertain vote of cliapters, as is now the case. The board of trustees 
could also call to account any chapter which it considered was below 
our standard, and give them a certain time to improve, or accomplish 
certain results, or their charter would be revoked. The result would 
be that charters would be granted and withdrawn solely upon the 
merits, and not because neighboring colleges were friendly or hostile, 
or because the students at one institution were said to be more 'high- 
toned' than at the other. Relevant evidence affecting the question 
would always be acceptable. 

The foregoing, which was written by an alumnus, is an- 
swered by another alumnus, a district chief, whose main 
points are shown in the following condensed extracts: 

To begin with, the fraternity is an organization of college men, and 
primarily of students in active college affiliation. The percentage of 
alumni, as compared with college students, who take an active interest 
in the fraternity, will be found to be about in the reversed proportion 
to the number composing the two classes — one-tenth alumni to nine- 
tenth students. Therefore, the (question of where we are to have chap- 
ters should be, to my mind, as it is now, directly subject to the vote 
of the active chapters represented at the convention. The college 
men are the ones who have to come in the closest contact with the 
different colleges, and, therefore, the places where we are to be repre- 
sented is of paramount importance to them, while hardly one alumnus 
in a hundred takes the trouble to ascertain about the location of the 
several chapters. It is also none the less right that those who come 
in contact with the active chapter should be the ones to judge where 
and when a charter should be revoked. 

The charge that some chapters are prejudiced and vote from such a 
standpoint, certainly can not be taken as a general rule, for such is 
not the case. If a delegate comes to the convention pledged, it will 
be found in nearly every instance to be the expression of a chapter 


that is thoroughly posted, and that has acted after careful considera- 
tion of the subject. If there were less of dictatorial spirit exhibited 
on the part of different alumni, these matters would pursue a very 
much easier course at conventions. It is my contention that it is not 
the proper sphere of an officer of the fraternity to dictate its policy, 
but to act simply in the light of an adviser. It is for the convention 
to decide all matters pertaining to the government of the fraternity, 
and it is to that body that its officers should report in the light of ex- 
perienced counsellors and not, I repeat, with the exhibition of threats 
and such like, as have been given in recent conventions. 

Where petitions have been rejected of late years, no one, unless he 
be prejudiced, can say that the fraternity has acted unwisely. The 
policy of exclusion and conservatism, although only partly prosecuted, 
has shown clearly the wisdom of such a course. The spread of the 
fraternity, without the close safeguard which we now have, would re- 
sult in the introduction at many institutions of uncongenial elements, 
which would surely tend to create friction in time. The safeguard at 
present for the granting of charters is deemed sufficient against the 
introduction of other than tlie most worthy petitioners, but it has 
been the opinion of quite a large number tliat it should require the 
unanimous consent of the convention before any charter should be 
granted. The clearest argument that might be presented against al- 
lowing the trustees to control the granting and revoking of charters is 
shown by the working of the recently wiped-out dispensation clause 
in our constitution. Why was that done ? Merely to place greater 
safeguards against the introduction of petitioners to whom the con- 
vention would refuse a charter. It had been tried for years, and the 
action of the executive committee in several instances received deter- 
mined and widespread disapproval from a large element of the frater- 
nity. Such cases are sure to result in decided bad feeling, and tend 
towards anything but a feeling of harmony and good-fellowship among 
the numerous chapters of the fraternity. 

It seems to me that it is much safer to have the revoking of chap- 
ters left with sixty men, representing 1000 others, then to leave it to 
five men who act simply as they personally judge best. It is hoped, 
therefore, that the matter of charges in our constitution and by-laws 
will be passed by, at least for a few years, as not needing further dis- 
cussion at our conventions, that time may be devoted rather to the 
discussion of the improvement among our chapters and of matters 
concerning fraternity life in general. 

The editor of the Beta Theta Pi, who is Mr. Wm. R. 
Baird, author of 'American College Fraternities,' says he 
has not yet drawn any conclusion about the matter. Never- 
theless he seems to be more in favor of alumni, rather than 


undergraduate control, and he makes the following state- 
ment : 

We do not agfree with the argument that our system of government, 
having l>een perfected (?), should not be meddled with, because we 
do believe that improvement is by no means impossible in many di- 

The revision of the constitution of Beta Theta Pi was 
completed at the convention last year. From the foregoing 
it would appear that in balloting on granting or revoking of 
charters the delegates from the 02 college chapters only are 
allowed to vote. If the Betas should give alumni chap- 
ters equal representation, and allow the general officers, 
who are usually alumni, to vote in conventions, the plan 
might be found to work to the satisfaction of all parties, 
and result in benefit to the fraternity. If all power should 
be delegated to the alumni exclusively, the undergraduates 
would lose interest, and no good fraternity workers would be 
developed from their ranks. On the contrary, if all power 
be centered in the undergraduates exclusively, the alumni 
would lose interest, and would not be so apt to attend con- 
ventions, where their experience and counsel would be 
greatly missed. The articles from which the foregoing ex- 
tracts are taken indicate that in Beta Theta Pi, the alumni 
are more generally in favor of extension, while the under- 
graduates constitute the conservative party, which division 
is hardly what might be expected. 

The convention of iSc^S tcUl be held at Columbus^ O. The 
exact date, proirram and railroad and hotel arrangements 7ciU 
be announced in later issues t'/*TnK Scroll. 


Chapter Correspondence* 



One of the greatest successes of this college year was the 'Kullud 
Koons* Kake Walk/ given in the armory, Friday evening, November 
12, for the benefit of the foot ball association. A large and enthusi- 
astic audience witnessed the performance, in which over one hundred 
students appeared in costumes and specialty acts and walked for the 
cake. The proceeds of the ' Kake Walk' will enable the foot ball 
management to start next year free of debt. 

The foot ball season closed November 20, with an interesting game 
between the freshman and sophomore classes, which resulted in a tie, 
24-24. Bros. Brooks and Murray played with 1900, and Rro. Morse 
with 1901. 

All the academical fraternities at the University of Vermont have 
now held their initiations, and rank in numbers as follows : Lambda 
Iota (local), 11; Sigma Phi, 16; Alpha Tau Omega, 19; Alpha Phi 
(local ), 19; Delta Psi (local), 21 ; Kappa vSigma, 28; Phi Delta Theta, 2'). 

Mid-year examinations begin here February 1. It was rumored 
some time ago that the faculty intended to abolish the honor system, 
which has been several years in vogue at the University of Vermont, 
and return to the old custom of * watching ' in ' exams. ' This report 
occasioned some excitement, and there were hot debates in two col- 
lege meetings held to consider the subject. Finally a set of resolu- 
tions, which, it is hoped, will relieve the difficulty if put into opera- 
tion, has been passed and presented to the faculty. It is the general 
desire to prevent, if possible, the disgrace of losing an honor system 
in 'exams' which has been tried several years and found wanting only 
because of the dishonesty of a small part of the student body. 

The conference committee, designed to provide for a mutual under- 
standing between faculty and students in all matters of common in- 
terest, has been received after a year of disuse. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Burlington, January 22, 1898. C. F. Blair. 


The season of foot ball at Williams was one of disappointment, but 
the tie with Amherst was of great satisfaction. The candidates for 
the base ball team are at work in the gymnasium, and although five 
players were lost by graduation, there is abundant material for a good 
team. Bro. Smith, '99, is secretary and treasurer of the basket ball 
association, which has just been organized. 4> A B is represented on 
the athletic team by Bros. Fifer, '98, and F. vSquires, 1900, both in the 
pole vault. The college is proud of the team, and a good record is ex- 

Massachusetts Alpha celebrated her initiation banquet at the ' Idle- 
wild,' in South Williamstown. The prospect of buying a house was 
enthusiastically discussed, and the fact that the A K K house has just 


been completed, together with several other good reasons, makes it 
almost a necessity for this chapter to have a house of its own. 

Yours in the Bond, 
Williamstown, February o, 1898. M. A. Graff. 


Since the date of the last letter, New York Delta has held two suc- 
cessful smokers, which were well attended by graduates and attendant 
members. Refreshments were served and a most enjoyable evening 

In the December communication we failed to note the fact that Bro. 
Hackett, '99, College, was elected vice president of the Columbia 
University Press Club, and that Bro. Egner, '98, Law, continues as 
chairman of the Dictionary Committee of the American Dialect Society 
( Columbia branch ) . 

Later in the year the chapter will suffer a loss in the departure from 
the city of Bro. Hinrichs, '99, College, who, having captured the 
Brooklyn cadetship, will leave to prepare himself for West Point. 

For the last few months Bro. Shelly, of Pennsylvania Zeta, has been 
in New York on business, during the major portion of which time he 
has stopped at the chapter rooms, adding one more to our chapter 
residents. On the 29th he left us for his village home in Philadelphia, 
carrying the best wishes of our members for Pennsylvania Zeta's con- 
tinued prosperity. 

The New York alumni have recently bestirred themselves to a de- 
gree hitherto unattained, and the coming fortnight will no doubt de- 
velop an 'anticipated surprise.' In the Bond, 

Oscar Wekks Ehrhorn. 

New York, January .SI, 1S98. 


Since our last letter to Thk Scroix New York Kpsilon has kept on 
in the even tenor of her way, having no outside troubles to worry her. 
The chapter has been striving to strengthen itself internally and, by 
getting thoroughly accjuainted with our new brothers, to enlist their 
sympathies more strongly with the common interests of the chapter. 

Our new men are all that we could desire them to be and are rapidly 
acc^uiring that spirit and enthusiasm in fraternity work which charac- 
terizes Phis the world over. In this class work they are attaining a 
high degree of scholarship, and already in the several receptions 
which we have given they have demonstrated their social qualities. 
In fact, we are fully convinced that we have received the best delega- 
tion from '01 that has been pledged to any fraternity at Syracuse, and 
through them we look for great strength to come to the chapter. 

The social season in college circles now is at its height. Syracuse 
Phis always have been considered the best of entertainers, and this 
year we have certainly confirmed our reputation in the social events 
which we have already given. 

Invitations will be issued soon for an annual mid-winter reception, 
which is set for February 1(5. Our annual alumni banquet is to be 
held this year at the Yates Hotel, the night of February 18. Bro. Al- 
bert H. Leonard, dean of the liberal arts college, will act as toastmas- 
ter, and we expect an unusually large number of our alumni members 
to be present. It is the eleventh anniversary of the organization of 
our chapter. 


The night of February 19 occurs the annual city concert of our 
musical clubs, at the Welting Opera House. This is the most fash- 
ionable event of the whole college year and our men will not be lack- 
ing in their loyalty. There are six Phis on the glee club, and Bro. 
Bumham is president of the organization. 

Prospects are bright for one of the most successful seasons in base 
ball that Syracuse has ever known. About twenty-five games have 
been arranged with most of the best colleges in the east. The sea- 
son's work includes an eastern trip of several days, playing four games 
in New York city and a trip south as far as Washington, D. C. Bro. 
Voorhees is captain of the team and is one of the pitchers, while four 
or five of the other positions on the diamond will be played by Phis. 
We also anticipate a brilliant season in track athletics, having ar- 
ranged dual meets with Cornell, Williams and Rochester, besides the 
regular intercollegiate games. 

The new Law College will be ready for occupancy the first of May, 
and earlv in the spring ground will be broken for the new Science 
Hall, which will cost about |:i 00,000. 

Fraternally yours, 

Syracuse, February 1 , 1898. M. C. Smith. 


On the fourth of January, Pennsylvania Beta began the winter term 
with eight members. Since then, Melville T. Huber, '01, of Gettys- 
burg, has been initiated, and we take great pleasure in introducing 
him to the Phi world. 

The handsome new dormitory, which was completed during the 
Christmas holidays, is already filled with students. The college roll is 
still on the increase, a number of new students having entered this 

At a meeting of the board of trustees, recently, steps were taken to- 
ward the erection of a new building for the preparatory department. 
Adjoining the campus proper there are about forty acres of land owned 
by the college. It was proposed at this meeting to have it laid out in 
a park with clusters of trees, walks, driveways and sites for proposed 
buildings, to be arranged according to the best methods of landscape 
gardening. The president was instructed to engage an exjjert to pre- 
pare such a plan, so that we hope in the near future we shall have a 
large addition to our beautiful campus. 

The students, alumni and friends of the institution are contributing 
to a fund for the erection of a bronze statue of Prof. S. S. Schmucker, 
D. D., the founder of Pennsylvania College. The figure will be the 
best quality of bronze, heroic size, full rehef, with a suitable pedestal 
bearing an appropriate inscription. It is to be placed on a command- 
ing site on the campus, and is to be dedicated ouring commencement 

At a recent meeting of the athletic association, Bro. Beerits, '99, 
was elected assistant base ball manager, so that next year he will be- 
come manager. He is also vice-president of Philo Literary Society. 

The 2 X chapter has recently initiated five 'preps.,' so that over a 
third of their membership — 14 is preparatory students. A T 0, with 
one *prep.,' is the only other chapter here which has any but regular 
college men among its members. 

On December 27, the Greek letter fraternity men of York, together 
with a few of the alumni of the ' Big Four,' held a banquet, ana steps 


were taken toward a permanent organization. <l» A 8 was represented 
by the Rev. H. H. Weber. '82, who acted as toastmaster, and G. H. 
Kain, '1)7, both of this chapter. 

During the Christmas holidays, Bro. Singmaster, '98, paid a very 
pleasant visit to Pennsylvania Eta, at Lehigh. 

With best wishes of the Fraternity 1 am 

Yours in <J> A O, 

Gettysburg, February 7, 1898. J. Clvdk Markei.. 


The winter term at 'old W. and J.' began on January '> with several 
new students and nearly all the old ones back in their accustomed 
places. The total enrollment for this year will be larger than last 
year, being considerably over three hundred. This term very little 
occurs to arouse general interest outside of .studies and literary society 
work. All athletic work is confined to the gymnasium. Class drills 
are held three times a week, and members of the freshman, sophomore 
and junior classes are compelled to attend. A competitive drill will 
be held at the end of the term. The seniors are excused from class 
drill, but must do individual work in the gymnasium. Basket ball is 
arousing a great deal of interest this winter, and a series of inter-class 
games have been arranged. Bros. Rule and Bell are on the senior 
team ; Bro. Hicher on the junior, and Bro. Ralston on the freshman 

The foot ball season closed most auspiciously for Washington and 
Jefferson. The team was the best the college ever had, and won the 
championship, inter- collegiate and amateur, of Western Pennsylvania 
and West Virginia. The Thanksgiving game with D. C. and A. C. at 
I*ittsburg was a fitting climax to tlie season, W. and J. winning ' hands 

Shortly after the Thanksgiving game the team met and elected Bro. 
Richer, '99, captain of the '98 eleven. Bro. Eicher is the youngest 
man on the team, and has played right end for two seasons. Coach 
Wood regarded him as one of the best ends in the business, and all 
the players spoke highly of his playing. He is also one of the lightest 
men on the team. Bro. Eicher is the second Phi to be captain of the 
college eleven, which is considered the greatest honor, athletically 
speaking, any one can secure since foot ball was introduced into W. 
and J. Bro. James P. Linn, '95, was the other man to hold the posi- 
tion. The prospects for next year's eleven are good. A coach has not 
yet been chosen, but it is safe to say a Princeton man will be the 
choice of the management. 

Since our last letter we have initiated a number of good men, whom 
it gives us pleasure to introduce to the Phi world. Thev are Thomas 
Chalmers Duff , 1901, Allegheny, Pa.; William Everett Ralston, P.HJl, 
Wilkinsburg, Pa.; James vSlocum Craft, Merrittstown, Pa.; and Robert 
White Lindsay, Allegheny, Pa., who are pursuing special courses. 
Bro. Ralston is a member of the freshman basket ball team, and was a 
member of the freshman foot ball team, as was also Bro. Duff. Bro. 
Lindsay is a member of the glee club. 

The senior commencement committees were announced recently. 
Bro. Bell is on the invitation conmiittee, and Bro. Baker is a member 
of the ' hop ' committee. The fight for positions on the last named 
committee was very hot, but as usual the best man a Phi-won. 

The chief event of to the entire college this tenn is the inter- 


society contest, to be held on March 31. Bro. Moore is essayist for 
the Pbilo and Union Literary Society. 

The glee and instrumental clubs, under the management of Bro. 
Rule, *98, took a trip through Ohio during the Christmas vacation. 
The clubs traveled in a special car. The trip was a great success, and 
reflects gfreat credit on Bro. Rule's business ability. The clubs this 
year are the best we have had for several years. 

Base ball practice has begun in the cage. The prospects for a goo<l 
team are bnght. The pitching force, which has been weak hereto- 
fore, will be strong this year. There are four good men for this posi- 
tion. The schedule is about made out. Two games a week will be 
played, and an eastern trip has been arranged for. Bro. Richer will 
be short-stop of the team - a position he has held for two seasons. The 
prospects for a good track team are good. 

On December 4 we celebrated the twenty-second anniversary of the 
founding of Pennsylvania Gamma chapter by a banquet. A number 
of correspondent members were present, and all had a royal good 

The brothers all compliment Thk Scroix'vS new dress, and consider 
it a great improvement. We are certain that Phi Delta Theta has the 
best fraternity organ and the most enterprising editor. 

With best wishes to the Fraternity, I remain 

Yours in the Bond, 

Washington, February 2, 18iW. David Glkxx Moork. 


Pennsylvania Delta begins the winter term with nineteen men and 
one pledged member. Although we lost at the end of the fall term 
one of our new men, we are still the strongest chapter in college. 

In the class elections this year the members of Phi Delta Theta re- 
ceived quite a number of offices. Bro. Wright is ladder orator of the 
senior class, Bro. Oakes is historian and Bro. Casteel * replier ' of the 
junior class, Bro. Stolzenbach is historian of the sophomore class and 
Bro. Moorehead is salutatorian of the same class. 

Pennsylvania Delta is also well represented on the Philo Franklin 
Literary Society contest team. Of the four places on the team three 
are filled by Phis. Bro. Lowstuter, '98, was chosen essayist, Bro. Wey- 
and. '98, orator and Bro. Swisher, '(X), declaimer. 

We begin to see carried into effect our hope of having a chapter 
house. We are in a house now, but it is small, and we have been try- 
ing to secure a larger one. We have succeeded. The lease was signed 
a month ago, and we expect to move in at the beginning of the spring 
term. Later we shall send a more definite account of it. We were 
glad to see so many chapters represented by letters in the December 
Scroll. Yours in the Bond, 

Wm. L. Wilkenson. 

Meadville, January 31, 1898. 


Since our last letter to Thp: Scroll, 'Old Dickinson' ended one of 
her most successful foot ball seasons by defeating Pennsylvania State 
College, at Sunbury. Never in the history of the institution has there 
been displayed such enthusiasm by the student body as in this game 
and the one immediately preceding, played with Franklin and Mar- 


shall. No doubt much of the victory may be attributed to the hearty 
cheering of the students as well as to the hard playing of the team. 

The scores for the season were as follows: 

Dickinson. Opponents. 

University of Susquehanna 18 

Carlisle Indians 36 

Haverford <i o 

Swarthniore 20 4 

Lehigh ") 

Lafayette 111 

St. Mary's 

Villa Nora .")2 

Franklin and Marshall 42 

State College (> 

Total 144 t>9 

At the annual election of officers for the athletic association, held 
in December, Bro. McNeal was elected base ball manager and Bro. 
Kline assistant foot ball manager for the coming seasons. The pros- 
pects for a successful base ball season are bright, several men having 
entered college, bringing with them very commendable records. 

President Reed, who for several months jmst has been very ill and 
unable to fill his official duties, after spending a few weeks at Old 
Point Comfort, Va., has greatly improved in health and is again with us. 

During the Christmas vacation Dr. B. O. Mclntire, professor of En- 
glish, was married to Miss May Florence Park, who has been for sev- 
eral years a successful teacher in Hasbrook Institute, Jersey City. 

The collections of biological specimens in the museum have been re- 
cently enlarged by the generous contributions of Dr. T. C. Smith, a 
member of the board of trustees, who procured from the Smithsonian 
and Medical Museums, for the college, a human skeleton and a dozen 
typical animal forms, all well mounted and articulated, besides more 
than a hundred marine vertebrates. 

The course of lectures for the public will be greatly augmented this 
year by several members of the faculty. Dr. Reed, Dr. Prince, Dr. 
Mohler, Dr. Cramer and Prof. Sellers are among those who will lect- 
ure on various topics. 

The chapter was greatly pleased with the visit of Bro. F. S. Brock- 
man, Tennessee Alpha, who was at the college for a few days in the 
interests of the student volunteer movement. 

The boys are evincing much interest in our plans for a chapter 
house, and although we have suffered more or less disappointment, we 
are striving to have our house ready for occupancy for the opening of 
college next fall. 

At one of our recent meetings Bro. Stonesifer, on account of extra 
work resigned his office as reporter of the chapter. The present writer 
was elected to that position. 

With the best wishes for the success of everj' chapter of our noble 
Fraternity, I am Yours in the Bond, 

Wilbur V. Maixauku. 

Carlisle, January 17, 1S*)S. 



Since the beginning of the spring term we have initiated Samuel R. 
Buxton, Jackson, N. C, and Fred Jackson Coxe, Liter\'ille, N. C. 


Bro. Buxton is a member of the law class. He is a brother of a foniier 
member of this chapter. Bro. Coxe is vice-president of the junior 
class. We feel assured that these men will make loyal members, and 
we are glad to introduce them to all Phis. We have ten enthusiastic 
members, and our prospects are brighter than ever before. 

The meeting of the board of trustees on the 27th was an important 
one. President Alderman's annual report showed that the university 
has made great progress in the standard of scholarship. We now have 
over 500 students, including the summer school. The enrollment is 
over 700. Several additional professors were elected at this meeting. 
Prof. Gore was made dean of the faculty to act during the absence of 
President Alderman, who will sail February 5, for a four months' trip 
to Europe and Palestine. 

The trustees authorized President Alderman to secure a teacher of 
expression, who will act as critic in the literary societies, and will 
also train the commencement speakers. 

The corner-stone of the new alumni building will be laid June J . 
The building is to be completed during the summer. 

A new hotel is to be built on the site of the old Chapel Hill Hotel, 
which will cost J6,000, and, according to contract, w^ill be finished by 
April 1. 

Since the last issue of The Scroll, Bro. Johnston has been elected 
editor-in-chief of the Hellenian. He is also an inter-society debator 
for February 22. The annual debate with Georgia will take place here 
in March; we are confident of winning. 

We already have material for a good base ball team, yet our best 
players have not come. The pitchers and catcher will come in a few 
days; others will come in during the month of February. Our best 
games will be with Princeton, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, 
University of Virginia and Lafayette College. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Chapel Hill, Januarj- 2fi, 1808. R. G. Kittrkll. 


Since our last communication Kentucky Alpha has been so unfor- 
tunate as to lose one of her late initiates -Bro. James Campbell, of 
Paducah, Ky. We greatly regret the loss of one of the most promis- 
ing members of our present chapter, but trust that he will be able to 
return at the opening of the next college year. 

On January 15, we initiated Wm. Robinson Huguely, of Danville, 
Ky. We take great pleasure in introducing him to the members of 
Phi Delta Theta, and commend him most heartily to the good-fellow- 
ship of all Phis. 

On January 12, Kentucky Alpha entertained with cards and dancing 
in the chapter hall. It was one of the most enjoyable features of the 
winter's entertainments. 

College opened after the Christmas holidays with a considerable in- 
crease in attendance. 

As yet no one has been elected to fill the place left vacant by the 
death of President Dr. Wm. C. Young, lender the efficient manage- 
ment of the dean and the faculty, however, the institution has not 
materially suffered on that account. It is confidently expected that 
a choice will be made at the next meeting of the board of trustees. 

The prospects for the base ball team this spring are flattering. At 
a recent meeting of the athletic association your correspondent was 


chosen manager of the team for the coming season, and Bros. Rey- 
nolds, Dickens and Hale are practically sure of places, so Kentucky 
Alpha will have quite her usual share of the honors in that direction. 

With best wishes for the continued welfare of our sister chapters, 
I am Yours in the Bond, 

Gordon Silser. 

Danville, January ;J0, 1898. 


Since our last letter to Thk Scroij, we have met with quite a sad 
misfortune. During the Christmas holidays, while all but two of our 
members were out of town, our hall was destroyea by fire. It was 
beautifully decorated and furnished, and was the pride of each and 
every member. All the furniture and draperies were in the Fraternity 
colors, and the hall was a 'beauty.' Nearly everything was a com- 
plete I0.SS. By good luck we saved the bond and ritual. 

After Christmas Bro. Douglas, who was with us last year, returned 
to take up his studies at the university. Bros. Blanton and Mourning 
left for the department of dentistry and medicine, which are situated 
in Louisville. 

At a meeting of the athletic association Bro. Speed, who was captain 
of our foot ball team, was elected captain pro tcm. of the 'i)8 base ball 
team. Several of the boys will be candidates for positions both on the 
ball team and the track team. 

We are represented in every department of the university, and are 
in better condition than ever before except for our recent misfortune. 
Soon we hope to have this trouble cleared up and to be comfortable 
either in another hall or in a house. 

With best wishes for all Phis I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Richmond, January 31, 18i)8. W. Fred Bookkr, Jr. 


The success of the university foot ball team continued to the last, 
the team finishing the season by defeating the University of the South, 
on Thanksgiving, 10 to 0, and' by playing a tie game with the Uni- 
versity of Virginia on December 6, the score being to 0. That the 
latter game should have resulted in a tie is to be regretted since the 
championship of the south on this account remains undecided. 

During the Christmas holidays the glee club took its usual trip, this 
lime it being confined to the state of Kentucky. The club reports a 
successful trip. There are four Phis in the club, namely: Carr, How- 
ell, Nichols and Fitzgerald. Carr is also vice-president of the club. 

As reported in the last ScRoij,, the Kappa Alphas have bought the 
house used as the Administration Building during the Centennial, but 
they have not as yet been able to secure a desirable location for it; 
consequently the building is still on the exposition grounds. 

The *Dekes' have rented a suitable two-story brick house, in Gar- 
land avenue, just south of the campus, which they now use both as a 
lodge and a meeting hall. Only eight men of the chapter live in the 
house, .several of the rooms being reserved as parlors, reading rooms, 

The list of the fraternities having chapters at Vanderbilt, and their 
numerical strength, is as follows: * A 6, 2(;; K A, 24; X *, 12; B 9 n, 


:5; K 2:, 21; AT A, 14; S A E, 26; A T % 19; A K E, 27; 2 X, 10; 2 N, 
14, and 11 K A, 7. 

The university has recently sustained a great loss in Mr. Andrew 
Sledd, instructor in Latin, who has gone to fill the chair of Latin in 
Emory College, Georgia. Bro. Sledd, who is a most enthusiastic Phi, 
was an excellent and popular teacher while here, and we were all 
sorry to have him leave us, though we congratulate him upon his 
good fortune. 

W. W. Brockman, 1900, was at the annual election of the Y. M, C. 
A. elected president for the year 189S. P^ M. Underwood, l^KK), was 
recently elected captain of the track team for this year. At the last 
track meet of the southern intercollegiate athletic association, held in 
Nashville, Bro. Underwood won first place in the 440-yd. dash and 
second place in the 880-yd. run. The next meeting of the S. I. A. A. 
will probably be held in Atlanta, next May. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Nashville, January 21, 1898. HrnivST S. Jonks. 



The holidays are over and most of our boys have returned and set 
tied down to earnest work, after a leave of absence of ten days. 

Since our last letter to Thk Scroij,, Alabama Beta has continued 
her career with credit to herself, and still adds new names to the roll 
of Phi Delta Theta. Lucias Kelly Simmons, '99, Deniopolis, Ala., 
Henry Moss Copeland, '00, Troy, Ala., and John Percy Reide, '99, 
Marion, Ala., are our new initiates. 

Bro. E. S. George has resigned college, and gone into business with 
his father in Marion, Ala. Bro. Geo. M. Wheeler, who was prevented 
from returning, when college first opened after Christmas, owing to a 
painful accident which he suffered during the holidays, has returned, 
much to the delight of his many friends. 

Although our college heretofore has not made quite so brilliant a 
record on the diamond as on the gridiron, our outlook is good, and 
owing to the efforts of Bro. A. M. Boyd, who is captain of this year's 
base ball team, together with the manager, we hope to make things 
interesting for our rivals in the different contests in which we may 

In the selection of officers of the senior class to take part in exer- 
cises on February 22, Bro. Shivers was elected orator and Bro. Jno. S. 
Paden, prophet. Bro. Paden and Bro. Shivers have also been pro- 
moted in the military department, Bro. Paden to adjutant of battalion, 
and Bro. Shivers to first lieutenant of Company A. 

As usual the winter term at college is rather quiet. The minstrel 
and glee club, which Bro. Ilobdy is reorganizing, expects to take an 
extensive trip during the month of February. 

Wishing a prosperous year to Thk Scroll and sister chapters, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Auburn, January 15, 1898. I. F. McDonnkll. 


Louisiana Alpha sends her best wishes for a happy and a prosperous 
New Year to all Phis. It is rather late to do so but circumstances 
have prevented our sending them earlier. 


We take great pleasure in introducing to the Phi world our new 
brother, Thos. Gifmore, *01. 

Louisiana Alpha of 4» A 6 has taken her share of honors at Tulane 
this year. We had no 'varsity foot ball team, but had a class league. 
We had four men on the junior team and one on the freshman team, 
Bros. Ludlow, Landry, Woods and Gasquet were on the junior team 
and Bro. Gilniore was full-back on the freshman team. 

Bro. Ludlow is vice-president of the junior class. Bro. Landry is 
manager of the *98 'varsity base ball team. Bro. Woods is secretary 
and treasurer of the Tulane German Club. 

We should consider it a great favor if when visiting New Orleans 
Phis would call at the university or send word to the reporter where 
they are stopping. In a large city like New Orleans it is almost im- 
possible to ascertain whether one is a member of Phi Delta Theta or 
not, unless he first approaches us. 

If any Phi intends entering Tulane, let us know, and let him affiliate 
with us. 

Hoping that all Phis will aid us in this respect, I am 

Yours in * A B, 

New Orleans, January 11, 189S. H. N. Woods. 


We have just passed through the intermediate examinations, and 
are, of course, prepared to enjoy ourselves and everything else more 
than usual. The distinction list of the several departments has not 
been made out yet, but Phi Delta Theta will be fairly represented 
whenever it does come out. This we know for certain, that several of 
the Phi boys made the highest grades in school on their examination 

Bro. Creager has just been elected by the San Jacinto Society to be 
their leader on the champion debate at commencement next. This 
has been, time immemorial, one of the highest if not the highest honor 
in school. 

We have initiated since our last report, Bros. John W. Snyder, J. 
W. Black and S. P. Ulrich. Bros. Black and Ulrich are both juniors. 
We were certainly very fortunate in the addition of these older men. 
They are two of the very kind Phi Delta Theta needs. 

We continue to work, though rather slowly, on our chapter house 
fund. We intend to have a house before our minds are easy. 

With the very best wishes for the success of the boys this second 
term, I am Yours in the Bond, 

J. H. McLkan. 

Georgetown, January 24, lSi»s. 



This year has certainly been one of the most prosperous in the his- 
tory of Ohio Alpha. Our successes have been unbounded in all lines. 

Since our last letter to Thk vScroij^, Bro. S. F. Van Pelt has been 
elected manager of the Miami University band, and Bro. C. H. Mason, 
poet of the class of 1901. 

We are enjoying society this year to its fullest extent ; with our 
numerous ' Phi girls ' we are able to have various social entertainments. 


especially dancing parties. Ours is the only ' frat.' in the school that 
can successfully give dances, which fact is due to our spacious hall. 

We take pleasure in introducing to the Phi world Bros. Francis 
Meade Bowen, Logan, O.; Paul James Van Pelt, Wilmington, O.; 
William Barnes Cullen and Earl Gardner Beauchamp, both of Hamil- 
ton, O. These brothers were initiated on the night of January 15. 

We regret exceedingly the loss of Bro. P. J. Van Pelt, who has left 
us to take up a course in business college. Although in the chapter 
but a short time he had won the hearts of all of us. 

Since our last letter we have pledged Clifford McDill and Louis Gil- 
bert Flower, both of Oxford, O. 

Cordially inviting all Phis to visit us whenever the opporunity af- 
fords itself, In the Bond, 

Karl H. Zwick. 

Oxford, February TJ, 1898. 


The enrollment for the winter term of Ohio University shows a 
slight increase over the fall term. More college spirit is manifested 
than ever before. 

The beautiful Lux Hall was opened to the public for the first time 
February 17, by the Ohio state oratorical association, and is an ac- 
quisition of which the university may be justly proud. 

There was not the interest manifest at the contest this year as in 
former years. Only small delegations were sent from the eight col- 
leges composing the association, showing a gradual decline in oratory 
under the rising influence of debate. As a result of the contest J. A. 
Bamett, Beta, of Wooster College, received first honors. 

Base ball will not be supported at the university this spring, owing 
to the fact that the city is to have one of a semi-professional nature. 

Ohio Gamma celebrated the opening of her new hall with an in- 
formal reception to the local chapters of Beta Theta Pi and Delta Tau 
Delta. Whist was expected to be the chief amusement of the evening, 
but upon the introduction of boxing gloves a hurried adjournment was 
made to the exercising room, where contests were speedily arranged 
and for one hour battle raged with Greek vs. Greek, at the end of which 
luncheon was served. Extemporary toasts were responded to by each 
chapter and the guests departed, each expressing himself as highly 
pleased with the reception tendered. 

It is with the utmost sorrow that Ohio Gamma announces the death 
of Cydnor Tompkins, '02, pledged, of Columbus, O. Funeral services 
were held at the home of Maj. J. M. Welch, in this city. The chap- 
ter attended in a body. 

Bro. I. M. Foster, of Ohio Zeta. was at his home in this city for a 
few days during February, on account of illness. 

Ohio Gamma is glad to note the general prosperity of the Fraternity 
as indicated in the annual letters received. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Athens, February 19, 1898. W. K. ScoTT. 


Our university is now undergoing a dedicatory period. Townsend 
Hall, the elegant and commodious quarters for the agricultural school, 
was formally dedicated on the r2th inst. It is situated at the extreme 
west of the quadrangle. 


The Armory. Gymnasium is to be dedicated on Washington's Birth- 
day anniversary. It is the veritable pride of the entire institution. 
Its architecture is magnificent and imposing. It is at the north-east 
of tlie quadrangle. It is hoped that the new athletic field may be lo- 
cated to the immediate north of this building. 

The base ball season is near at hand. In this line of athletics we 
have bright prospect for an unusually strong team. Though the strict 
enforcement of the faculty's ruling on class standing has robbed the 
squad of a few particularly strong men, it may be confidently expected 
that a good team will be forthcoming. Our chapter will, in all prob- 
ability, furnish three of the regular team — Bros. Davis, Hughes and 

Ohio Zeta experienced a very pleasant evening on January 21, in 
the nature of its monthly 'hop.' Professor and Mrs. Wm. McPherson 
acted as chaperons. An unusually large attendance of local graduate 
Phis was welcomed. Bro. Philip Welch, of Ohio Gamma, was also 

In college honors permit us to note the following: Bro. Dowd is 
president of the Germania Society, Bro. Hrdman has been selected 
fencing instructor in the gymnasium, Bro. Bond is our fifth member 
of Phi Delta Phi, Bro. Schlesinger is on the '99 social committee. 

We have pledged Mr. Leonard Clark, 1901, of Columbus, Ohio. 

We have been honored with calls from following brothers: Slone- 
ker, Ohio Delta; Schlesinger, Ohio Kta; O'Bleness and McCune, Ohio 
Gamma. We sincerely hope for calls from our brothers in the Bond. 

Fraternally yours, 

Columbus, January 21, 1897. Isr.\kl Foster. 


On last Thanksgiving day we finished up the foot ball season by 
defeating Western Reserve University by a score of 14 to 0. This 
game is our most important one each year and always attracts a great 
deal of attention among the local foot ball enthusiasts. This game 
also puts Case in a position among the first in the state and many 
foot ball men concede that Case finished with the strongest team in 
Ohio, although she had been beaten once and had not played Ohio 

Phi Delta Theta is to have the captain for '98; Bro. Nieding, '(X), 
was recently elected to that position; Bro. I'Yench was again awarded 
a *C ' and Bros. Quarrie and Lusk (pledged) won their 'C's* for the 
first time. 

Since our last letter to TnH ScRoij, we have initiated into the se- 
crets of Phi Delta Theta, Wilbur J. Watson and George Yost, who we 
feel sure will prove excellent Phis. This makes the chapter eighteen 
in number. 

One of the most enjoyable and successful ' events' thus far for the 
local chapter was a ' quilting party ' which was arranged for us by 
one of our Phi sisters. We say successful because about that time we 
were much in need of quilts and bedding, and this proved to be a very 
happy way to obtain them. 

The chapter gave a party on the fourth of this month, immediately 
after a lecture to the public by our president. Dr. Cady Staley. The 
lecture and party together made a very pleasant affair. 

Ohio Gamma alumni chapter has been strengthened by the addi- 
tion to its roll of Bro. Mansfield, of Amherst, '97, who is teaching 


physics at Central High School. Bro. Mansfield makes the fifth Phi 
at Central, and Principal Harris, who is a ' Deke, ' is credited with say- 
ing that he will shoot the next Phi who comes. 

We deem ourselves fortunate in being on the line of the Long Dis- 
tance Telephone Company, for that brings us Bro. Marble quite regu- 
larly every two months. Bro. Marble, although a busy man, is just 
as earnest in Phi Delta Theta as ever. 

It gives us great pleasure to read the good wishes and regards ex- 
pressed for our chapter by Ohio Alpha in her letters to The Scroll, 
and they may be assured that they have the best wishes of the new 

In conclusion we wish to invite all Phis who may come to Cleveland, 
whether on business or pleasure, to come and stay with us. 

With kindest regards for sister chapters in Phi Delta Theta, 

In the Bond, 

Cleveland, January 20, 1898. Frank HuletT. 


Since my last letter to Thk Scroll three more men of superior type 
have signed their names to the bond of Phi Delta Theta. I take great 
pleasure in presenting to the brotherhood Bros. Harry and Charles 
Dickey, of Tipton, Ind., both of the class of 1901, and Thomas Karsell, 
of Bloomington, Ind., junior law, '99. I am sure they are and will 
continue to be worthy Phis. Bro. Karsell is one of the second bassos 
on the glee club. 

Bros. Folsom, '99, and Glen Gifford, '99, returned at the beginning 
of the winter term. Bro. Trook, who has been attending the law 
school of the University of Indianapolis, entered I. U. just a few days 
ago and will graduate with the class of '98. 

Our glee club made its usual Christmas holiday tour, giving 19 con- 
certs throughout southern Illinois and southern Indiana, clearing over 
six hundred dollars. The club will also make a spring tour of about 
the same number of concerts, under the management of the Inter- 
State Lyceum Bureau. 

On January 20 the annual 'Foundation Day' exercises were held at 
the men's new gymnasium. Governor Mount was present, and acted 
as chairman of the day. Several prominent speakers addressed the 
audience, and many distinguished guests were present. President 
Jesse, of Missouri, made the prominent address. In the evening the 
Students' Dramatic Club presented Shakespeare's *Much Ado About 
Nothing. ' Bro. Glen Burbank took the part of Don Pedro. 

Onr annual debate with the ITniversity of Indianapolis will soon 
take place in Bloomington, and very naturally we ex|>ect to win. 

At present the university interest centers on spring athletics. There 
are fine prospects for a winning base ball team and track team. The 
new athletic field is being pushed to completion, and with its many 
improvements it will be first-class. A revival in tennis will be made 
and the university will build a number of new courts. 

In a word, we are prospering every day, and each week we grow 
prouder of our university. 

Indiana Alpha is constantly on the alert; and she never fails to land 
a man in every prominent movement in which the university is con- 

With best wishes to all the Phis, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Bloomington, February 19, 1898. Ernicst P. Wiles. 



Since our last letter, Indiana Beta has initiated and begs to intro- 
duce William Wilboro Willson, '01, of Louisville, Ky. Bro. Willson 
has already proven himself a worthy wearer of the sword and shield, 
and is making an enviable reputation for himself as an orator. 

On December lo, our chapter was favored with a call by Bro. John 
C. Black, of Chicago, Indiana Beta, '02. We have also received visits 
from Bro. Parry, ex-'lH>, and Bro. Mull, ex-'9?>. 

Our college oratorical contest was stubbornly fought, and it was by 
accident only tliat Bro. Byers lost first place. At the state contest, 
Wabash was represented by a large delegation, accompanied by the 
college band. Bro. Hays was elected secretary of the state associa- 
tion at this time. 

Bro. Foley was invited to be present at the Jackson Day celebration, 
at Lifayette, and made a speech which was highly commented on by 
the papers. 

A mandolin club is the latest addition to our already long list of 
musical organizations. * A H is represented by Bro. Meisenhelder and 
Bro. Byers, who is manager. 

The base ball schedule has been arranged. We have our first game 
with the I'niversity of Indianapolis, April *J3. Bro. Mull expects to 
return in order to fill his former position on the team. 

With best wishes for sister chapters, and all members of the Frater- 
nity, I am Yours in the Bond, 

M.\RSHArj, V. ROKB. 

Crawfordsville, February 1, 181>8. 


The University of Indianapolis is just recovering from the annual cel- 
ebration of Washington's birthday by the students of the university. 
It was a success in every way. Nearly TOO students from the four de- 
partments of the university, headed by the University of Indianapolis 
band, marched in the parade. Indianapolis was decorated for the 
occasion with royal purple, the university color. Tomlinson Hall, 
the largest in the city, was crowded at the exercises in the afternoon. 
Bro. Addison Clay Harris, Vi'i, and the Rev. J. A. Milburn, pastor 
of the Second Presbyterian church, of Indianapolis, addressed the 
assembled students. After the speeches came a ' love-feast. ' The floor 
was cleared and the students danced till dark. In the evening the 
students attended the theater. 

On the general committee, which had in charge the making of the 
plans for the celebration, were Bro. A. B. Clarke, '97, Bro. Virgil 
Dalrymple, 'i)8, and Bro. Carl McGaughey, '01. 

We are glad to report the return from abroad of one of the strongest 
members of our faculty, Bro. I). C. Brown, '70. Bro. Lister, '07, who 
has been pursuing a graduate course, has accepted a position in Kureka 

Bro. Williams, '01, who was compelled to return to his home in 
Wabash on account of a severe attack of the grip, is again in school. 

Bro. Hugh Th. Miller, whose illness has cast a shadow over 
every loyal Phi heart, is convalescent, and the prospects are that be- 
fore the next i.ssue of The ScKorj, he will have resumed his labors in 
behalf of * A B. 

Since our last letter Indiana Gamma has won one of the greatest 
victories in her history, as a result of which I am now enabled to in- 


troduce to the Phi world Robert W. Hobbs, MKi, of Indiana|)olis, who 
has been spiked by every fraternity in college. Bro. Hobbs is a mem- 
ber of the team for the U. of I.- 1. U. debate. 

With hearty greetings to all Phis everywhere. I am 

In the Bond, 

Irvington, February 28, 1898. Virgil Dai^rymplk. 


The second term began January I), with all of the brothers who 
were with us last term present, and several new students in college. 
Much interest is taken in furnishing the gymnasium with new and 
superior apparatus. 

After the very interesting class fight of January 17, resulting in a 
complete victory* for seniors and sophomores, those classes which had 
not yet organized hastened to do so. Bro. Wilson was elected presi- 
dent of the freshman class, which gives us two class presidents — Bro. 
Kenny being president of the junior class. 

There has been quite a revival of interest in literary work in the 
college this year, and the Phis have been prominent in the movement. 
At the last election of the Periclesian Literary Society, Bro. McAlpin 
was chosen president and Bro. Edwards, secretary. 

On the evening of the twenty-fifth a very happy and enthusiastic 
party of some thirty Phis, students and alumni, with our loyal support- 
ers — the ladies — gathered around the banquet table at the Iceland 
Hotel, of this city. The tables and rooms were very handsomely and. 
artistically decorated with the Fraternity colors and flowers. The fol- 
lowing toasts were responded to : 

Toastmaster, Bro, Neal, '92. 

•The Present Occasion,' Bro. Moore, '98. 

*The Sword and the Shield,' Bro. Owens, '9li. 

'The Fraternity Man,' Miss Bertha Miller, '99. 

' The " Grad.," ' Bro. Hudson, Indiana Alpha, '97. 

• Phi Delta Theta,' Miss Mary Payne, '99. 

•The Ladies,' Bro. Harry J. Martin, '95. 

Impromptu speeches were then made by several of the alumni. 
The occasion will long be remembered by all present as a most enjoy- 
able one. 

We have been pleased to receive short visits from Bro. C. L. Morse, 
Vermont Alpha, '80, and Bro. Swilzler, Missouri Alpha, '94. 

Bro. Edward Middleton, '97, has received the appointment of city 
engineer of Franklin. 

Since the beginning of the term we have pledged John W. Williams, 
'00, who will become one of us the first of next year. 

We take great pleasure in introducing to the Phi world Bro. Roy 
Hinchman, class of 1901, of Vernon, Ind., whom we initiated into the 
mysteries of * A 9 on January 8. 

With best wishes to all Phis, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Franklin, January 2<), 1898. JKSSE L. Hoi,man. 


Since our last letter we have had the misfortune to lose three of our 
chapter, Bro. W. G. Rogers and Bro. M. E. Garber, by reason of sick- 
ness, and Bro. C. M. Pearson, who has left to enter Penn College, Iowa. 
Their loss will be keenly felt. 


Several of our recent meetings have been in the nature of reunion 
meetings, we having had several of our alumni and former members 
with us. 

Bro. Whallon has been elected president of the state athletic asso- 
ciation, Bro. Oldfather, vice-president of the state oratorical associa- 
tion, and Bro. Deibler, secretary of the college athletic association. 

In the coming Voris oratorical contest we will be represented by 
Bros. Deibler and Jenkins. Bro. Reap officiated as president at the 
recent oratorical contest at Indianapolis. The 'mumps* has made its 
appearance here, having 'initiated' two men, both Phis, but from the 
looks of many others, it is very probable that many will be 'pledged' 
ere long. Yours in the Bond, 


Hanover, February 1, 18^*8. 


The second term opened January' 4, with an increased attendance in 
all departments, especially in the school of art and music. As a re- 
sult of the labors of our vice-chancellor, Dr. Hickman, the endow- 
ment fund has been increased by vSeveral large donations during this 

The annual state oratorical contest was held in Indianapolis, Janu- 
ary 21, and resulted in an easy victory for De Pauw. 

Since our last letter, we have initiated Porter Smith, '01, Tilden. 
Ind., and Earle Parker, '01. La Grange, Ind. 

Phi Delta Theta is represented on the glee club by L. R. and F. S. 
Cartwright, Stults, F. V. Smith, Hodges, Edwards, and B. F. Roller ; 
on the mandolin club by F. V. and Porter Smith, Hodges, and L. R. 
and F. S. Cartwright. 

B. F. Roller is physical director of the gymnasium, and secretary 
of the state athletic association. Bro. Meade has been chosen as one 
of the representatives of De Pauw in the intercollegiate debate to be 
held with Earlham in April. 

Bro. F. V. Smith is treasurer of the state oratorical association. 
The athletic board has chosen Bro. Ruick, '07, Yale, '08, to coach the 
foot ball team next fall. 

With best wishes to Phis, everywhere, I remain. 

Yours in 4>t-#se/a, 

Chas. B. Campbkli.. 

Greencastle, February S, 180s. 


The new year finds us in possession of the most desirable fraternity 
house in Lafayette. This house, known as * Marstellar Place,' is situ- 
ated at State and Sheetz streets, facing the campus, of which we have 
a commanding view. It has been the home of numerous Phis in re- 
cent years, but not until January 1 did we come into complete posses- 
sion. We still retain our hall in the business district of the city and 
it is the scene of many pleasant informals during the season. 

Bros. John and Miles O'Brien left Christmas to accept lucrative posi- 
tions offered them in the east, in which we wish them the gp^eatest 
success. We have pledged Hubert B. Clapp, of Chicago, and have 
two other very desirable men ' on the string. ' 

In athletics, the spirit of the student body was never better. Sev- 


enty-six men answered the call for track team candidates, and there 
is an abundance of good base ball material in view. 

The series of railway engineering lectures, which is being given 
here this year, has attracted considerable attention from the general 
public and especially from railway men. The lectures so far have 
been by J. T. Brooks, vice-president of the Pennsylvania Railway; 
Melville E. Ingalls, president of the Big Four; Bro. Addison C. Harris, 
of the Pennsylvania Railway; John W. Noble, ex-secretary of interior; 
Robert Quayle, C. & N. W. Ry., and Angus Sinclar, of the Engineer- 
ing News, Bro. Penj. Harrison was present at the lecture of John 
W. Noble, who was secretary of interior under his administration, and 
although on account of the shortness of his stay he was unable to 
meet us formally, he expressed his appreciation of our invitation to 
a reception and sent his best wishes to the chapter. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Lafayette, January ;n, 1898. Percy H. Battkn. 


Nothing of extreme importance presents itself for inscription in the 
present letter, for fall athletics are over and spring athletics have not 
yet begun. Moreover, this year witnesses no such inter-fraternity 
brawls as have occurred in the last few years at just this time. 

On the contrary we may say that the smoothness with which prep- 
arations are being made for the ' Junior Hop ' is a matter for congrat- 
ulation. In that one thin^, at least, the literary fraternities of the 
university are bound by an iron-clad constitution of such strength as 
to allow no discord. The 'hop' is booked for February 18, and from 
present indications we will be represented by about fifteen men. 

The result of the final debate contest in the university a few days 
ago was one that should interest all fraternity men. The three win- 
ners, who will represent the university in the Chicago-Michigan con- 
test, belonged respectively to A X, Z 4^, and A T Q. 

A university whist club has been growing in size and importance in 
the last few months, and Bros. Gorenflo and Ray nor have been dis- 
tinguishing themselves in that field. 

It is understood, generally, that Dr. Angell will return to the univer- 
sity next year and resume his work in the capacity of president. 

With best wishes, I am yours in the Bond, 

Frhi) R. Hoover. 

Ann Arbor, January 31, 1898. 


Vacation has passed and we have had one meeting this term. 

During vacation we took the opportunity of having an initiation, 
while Bros. Burt and Geo. Green, Austin, Gilbert, March and Kelley 
were in town. We now have the pleasure of introducing to the Phi 
world Charles Adams Sheldon, of Hillsdale. After the initiation we 
were invited to meet the Pi Beta Phis, who were meeting that even- 
ing, and a very enjoyable time was spent. 

Before this letter appears we will have initiated Harry L. Guggen- 
heim, a freshman, and we hope that soon some of the pledged men 
will be ready for initiation. Of the new men we expect Phi Delta 
Theta will have her share of the best. 

We now have a suite of very pleasant rooms in a house facing the 


east campus. Here we have our meetings, and also use the rooms for 
studying and visiting, and find it just the place for rushing men. It 
is also a good study-room for the fellows who live down town, and in 
fact, is a regular rendezvous for Phis. 

The college received for a Christmas gift, ^1,150, from a friend in 
Wisconsin, and for a New Year's gift, J4, 258.80, from a friend in Hills- 
dale, also a bequest note of ^2,000, from Mrs. Frances Jackson Kies. 

Athletic training for Miclrtgan intercollegiate field day has begun 
in the gymnasium. F. H. Wood worth pledged) has charge of the 
wrestling class. The election of the athletic association officers occurs 
on January 11, 1898. 

We were informed lately that there are many more new students 
than ever before. 

Trusting that our circular letter has reached you, and that the 
alumni of Michigan Gamma who read The Scroll will write us con- 
cerning it, I remain Yours in the Bond, 

Vhrni*: G. Mvkrs. 

Hillsdale, January 3, 180S. 



Illinois Alpha has pledged two men in the academy since our last 
letter to Thk Scroll. 

Bro. Mott P. Mitchell, '98, has been appointed to the Gage prize 
contest in extemporaneous speaking. Bro. Cooke, 'i>l), is on the Syl- 
labus board as committee on fraternities and organizations. Bro. 
Webb, '00, one of the foremost members of the Thaliau Dramatic Club, 
played a leading part in 'A Proposal Under Difficulties,' at Swift 
Hall, February 8. Bro. Sturgeon, '(K), carried off two prizes at the in- 
door athletic meet, held at the 2d Regiment Armory, Chicago, Janu- 
ary 2i) Bro. Buntain, '99, is chairman and leader of the Pan Hellenic 
promenade. Phi Delta Theta will have the largest representation of 
any fraternity at the promenade this year. 

Bro. Bruce B. Powell, ex- '97, will be married Thursday evening, 
February 10, to Miss Grace E. Hartshorn, of Evanston, at the home 
of her parents. Bro. Powell is practicing law at Gilman, 111. 

The glee, banjo, and mandohn clubs gave their annual concert at 
the First Methodist Church, January 21. The concert was followed 
by an informal reception in the University Guild room. The clubs 
will take a trip this week, filling dates at Mt. Carroll, 111., W^arren, 
111., Independence, la., and Waterloo, la. 

The prospects for a good base ball team this year are splendid. 
About thirty-five candidates are practicing in the gymnasium, and 
plenty of first class men can be found among them. 

The first semester at Northwestern has just closed, and the faculty 
and students express themselves as well satisfied with the new system. 

We shall have something to say at another time in regard to the 
article that appeared in the Chicago Eveniuir Posi^ of January 29, al- 
leging that an attempt had been made by Illinois Alpha to lift the 
local chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. 

With best wishes to all Phis, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Evanston, February 8, 1898. Gkorge E. Moore. 



I am pleased to introduce to the world of Phi Delta Theta, Bro. 
George Morris, who has recently been initiated into the Fraternity by 
Illinois Zeta. 

The chapter is growing stronger continually, and has every prospect 
for a bright and profitable future. The college is as strong as usual, 
and everything is being done by the faculty to better the opportuni- 
ties already afforded at Lombard. 

In the mandolin and guitar club Phi Delta Theta is represented by 
Bros. Allen, Fletcher and Bullock. Several other Phis are on the lad- 
der and soon expect to join the club. 

Under the able instruction of Mrs. Anna Chappell Gunnell, the 
drama, 'A Scrap of Paper' was successfully presented upon the gym- 
nasium stage, and on the evening of February 1 o will be given in the 
auditorium. Two of the members of Illinois Zeta are in the cast of 

On the football team of last season Bros. Weeks and McRlvaine were 
the star half-backs, and won many a victory for Lombard. Both are 
good sprinters, and at line bucking are especially good. 

Illinois Zeta greatly feels the absence of Bro. Walter A. Johnson, 
who recently went to New York. 

On the evening of the initiation of Bro. Morris, our president, Bro. 
Wiswell, gave a banquet at one of the down-town restaurants. We 
regret very much that Bro. Wiswell will not be in school next term. 

With the best of greeting to all the chapters of Phi Delta Theta, 
I am Yours in the Bond, 

Fay A, Bullock. 

Galesburg, February 2, 1898. 


Illinois Eta commenced the winter term with sixteen initiated men 
and five pledged. Three of the pledged men will be Phis by the time 
this letter is published. The men are I. H. Hill, '^^9, of Joliet; R. W. 
Mills, 'IKJ, of St. Louis, the university champion half and quarter mile 
runner, member of mandolin club and band; Bruce Fulton, '01, Hart- 
ford City, Ind., who bids fair to outrival his brothers in base ball. 

It is with regret that I announce that Bro. Huntoon, '01, has been 
compelled to leave us on account of sickness. We hope that he will 
be aole to return in the spring. 

On February 11, Illinois Eta holds her anniversary ball and banquet. 
We expect many of our alumni to be present with us on that most en- 
joyable occasion. We have been the first chapter to adopt patronesses, 
and the other fraternities, as usual, have followed our example. 

Our chapter had the pleasure of entertaining Miss Mary French 
Field, January II. Miss Field gave a reading under the auspices of 
the Alethenai Literary Society, and our chapter attended in a body. 

About 7o base ball candidates have begun active training under the 
guidance of Coach Huff and Captain Fulton. Eight of last year's 
team have returned, and the existing vacancy will probably be filled 
by Bro. Fulton, '01, this making five Phis on the team. Illinois ex- 
pects to win the western championship this spring. The Rockford 
team of the Western Association will be here April 1, and play a series 
of 12 games with our team, hence by the time the western champion- 
ship season opens, Illinois will have a well seasoned team. 


Among the honors Illinois Eta has recently received I note the fol 
lowing : S. R. Duffy, .'Ho, graduate member of tlie advisory board of 
the athletic association; Bro. Fulton, '98, captain of base ball team, 
president of students' dancing club, reporter ////;//.■ Bro. Hatch, 'i*8, 
secretary athletic association, assistant editor ////>//, secretary M. E. 
and E. E. Society; Bro. Harker, president mandolin club; Bros. Grif- 
fiths, '99, and Gillette, '01, hold offices in their respective classes. 

Bro. Walker has submitted his report as manager of tlie foot ball 
team of '97. His report shows a balance of |2,')(X), this being the first 
time in the history of Illinois athletics that so great a balance has 
been. This clears the association from debt and leaves a snug sum in 
the treasury. 

Illinois Eta acknowledges receipt of many chapter letters, but there 
are a few that we would like very much to see. 

The university has recently purchased 40, (HH) volumes for the new 
library, this making a total of over KKJ.OOO volumes now owned by the 

Our new gjmnasium will 1^ ready for occupancy about April 1. 
The horticulture building was completed last month. 

Bro. Swenson, 'SO, has charge of the moving of the dynamos, 
motors and other electrical appliances into the new central heating 
and lighting plant. 

President Draper has returned from a sojourn in the south and 
lower California. 

With best wishes and kindest regards to our sister chapters, I remain 

Yours in the Itond, 

Champaign, January .'M, ISOS. A. N. Hazutt. 


Since the December issue of Tm-: Scroll we have initiated four 
new men, and it affords us great pleasure to introduce Brothers Barns, 
Hardgrove, Ragland and Robins to the Phi world. Besides these we 
have two pledged men, Newman and Gregg, whom we hope to dub 
Phis before the next Scroll. 

Our fall party proved to be a success in all respects, and the brothers 
were well satisfied with the results. 

The first semester is rapidly drawing to a close and the final exam- 
inations on the half year's work are close at hand. We are keeping 
a sharp lookout for new men, as many students enter the university 
at the beginning of the second semester. 

The annual 'Junior Prom.' occurs on the 10th of February and the 
junior class is busy in making the necessary preparations. W^e are 
well reprcvsented on the 'Prom.' committees. Brother Pooler is chair- 
man of the decoration committee and Brother Geilfuss is treasurer. 
As this is always the chief social event of the year many of the alumni 
are present and it is an excellent opportunity for the old Phis to meet 
the new ones. 

The editors of Phikcia Annual have been elected, and material is 
being gathered for its second edition. The first issue, printed ten 
years ago, proved such a success that w^e have determined to get out 
a second one, and we hope to make it as great a success. 

Ice boating has been at its height for the last few weeks, but the 
recent heavy storms have spoiled it to some extent. The chapter 
owns three boats which are all fast sailers. 

We have had several pleasant visits from Bros. Bacon, Barnes, Sweet 
and Mann. 


Bro. Elwell, law, '9(», has opened a law office in La Crosse, Wis. 
Bro. Bacon, '97, holds a good position on the Republican and Leader y 
in La Crosse. Bro. Hubbel, law, '98, has left us and has entered the 
hardware business in Duluth, Minn. Bro. Manson, law, '97, was re- 
cently elected justice of the peace in Wausau, Wis. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Madison, January 27, 1H9S. Bkrnard C. Dorset. 


The most important local event of recent occurrence was the annual 
oratorical contest which we are glad to report was won by Bro. Pace, 
*99. Taking advantage of a technicality our rival, B 6 II, attempted 
to prevent the appearance of Bro. Pace on the program. The result 
was one of the bitterest fraternity fights in the history of the univers- 
ity. After a week of raging conflict the Phis emerged from the scene 
of battle with the supp>ort of 75 per cent, of the girls, a handsome ma- 
jority in the oratorical association, and the sanction of the faculty, to 
whom the matter was carried. The evening following Bro. Pace won 
the contest, making the phenomenal record of receiving five firsts on 
delivery from as many judges. He will represent the university in the 
state contest, February 24. 

We have the pleasure of introducing three men, worthy of the privi- 
leges of * A 0, who have donned the sword and shield since our last 
report. They are, C. F. Nevins, Burlington, la., Ralph StafiFord and 
Archie Day, of Mt. Pleasant, la. We are truly proud to call these men 
brothers. Bro. Stafford is the son of the president of the institution, 
who was a Beta. Our securing him was thus a signal victory. 

Bro. Nevins is temporarily out of school. Bro. Guylee, our 'funny 
man,' has recently made an extended trip to Kansas. We welcome 
him back. Bro.* Robinson, '97, is taking post-graduate work here 
and his presence with the chapter is appreciated. 

The Beta Theta Pi chapter here numbers ten men. Thus far they 
have had no initiation this year. They will have some additions by 
the close of the year, but will lose six by graduation. 

Some of the honors not yet reported, held by Phis, are as follows: 
Bros. Helphrey and Beck are the presidents of the two gentlemen's 
collegiate literary societies; Bro. Pace is president of the junior class; 
Bro. Crawford is secretary of the athletic association. 

In the military department Bro. Geo. Smith is captain of Company 
B; Bro. Pace is 1st lieutenant and ordnance officer; Bros. Hearne and 
Crawford are 1st lieutenants, and Throop, 2d lieutenant, while Beck is 
sergeant major. Our new men, Bros. Stafford and Day, are sergeants. 

On the Wesleyan staff Beck is subscription agent and Throop, ad- 
vertising agent. 

Under the efficient management of Prof. McCauley the commercial 
department is in a highly prosperous condition. 

On the debate between the literary societies we were represented by 
Bros. Pace and Helphrey. In the oratorical contest these two, in ad- 
dition to Beck, were our representatives on program. 

Our chapter was glad of the opportunity to meet Bro. F. S. Brock- 
man, of Tennessee Alpha, while lie was visiting our institution on his 
tour of the northwest in the interest of the student volunteer move- 
ment and missions. 

May prosperity in its superlative degree attend all sister chapters. 

Yours in 4» A 0, 

Mt. Pleasant, January 22, 1898. J. McF. Beck. 



The last semester has been most prosperous for Missouri Alpha. In 
scholarship, in athletics, and in literary work we feel that we have 
maintained our former prestige, and have moreover set a new pace 
for Phis that are to come. We have now a membership of li», of 
whom Bros. Harrv W. Smith, '99, Edward L. Drum, '01, George F. 
Maitland, '99, Arthur W. Brent, '01, Dudley T. Dunlop, '00, and W. 
Neal Winter, '01, were initiated this year. 

We regret to announce that Bro. George Richard Tyler, '91, of 
Nevada, Mo., has joined the Chapter Grand. 

Bro. Broderick was recently elected captain of the base ball team, 
and by virtue of this office he is a member of the board which con- 
trols athletics in general. Bro. Smith will try for the track team, 
which now gives promise of record-breakers. It is but just to Bro. 
White, gymnasium director, to say that the excellent condition of the 
team is largely due to his painstaking efforts. 

Bro. H. T. Cary, '94, professor of civil engineering, was recently 
granted a leave of absence until September 1, and leaves to-day for 

Bro. T. J. J. See, 'S9, recently 'renewed his pledges in * A B* while 
here. He delivered a lecture before the scientific association of the 
university on January 13, and was ^ven a banquet bv the university 
council, an honor never before given an alumni of the university. 
Bro. See was present at a meeting of Missouri Alpha, and favored us 
with some very pleasing remarks. After the meeting he was the 
guest of honor at a Phi oyster supper. 

Missouri Alpha will fittingly celebrate Alumni Day. 

Yours fraternally, 

Columbia, February 1, 1898. Chari,ks Shumwav Rifknkr. 


Since the last edition of The Scroll, Missouri Beta has been the 
recipient of rare good fortune in shape of the unexpected reappear- 
ance of three former associates of this chapter on the field of action. 
It is seldom, indeed, that a fraternity can rely upon second term 
matriculants for its support, much less can it hope at that time for the 
arrival of comrades of former years. This, however, happily falls to 
the lot of our chapter this year. Van Meter, B. L., '97, has quenched 
his burning desire for mercantile pursuits, sold his interest in a bank- 
ing institution, and returned" to his Alma Mater to resuine his seden- 
tary occupation at Westminster, and incidently to attach an A. B. to 
his name in June. Bro. Brown, who has been imbued with similar 
sentiments for the period of a year and a half, is with us with his ac- 
customed enthusiasm Bro. Baker, being duly repentant of certain 
murderous designs on Old Father Time, is again in the class-room. 
With these additions, coupled with our now strong and active body of 
Phis, the prospect for the remainder of the year is exceedingly bright. 

Bro. Henderson, representative of D. L. Auld, with whom nearly everj^ 
chapter in the Fraternity is acquainted, and who in former days was 
an active member of Missouri Beta, lent his presence to our last regu- 
lar meeting and gave us the benefit of his advice, based u|K>n many 
years of experience and observation, not only with the chapters of our 
own Fraternity, but also our rivals. Bro. Henderson is as earnest and 
enthusiastic to-day as when actually engaged in the strifes and strug- 
gles of the chapter of which he is a member. 

* THE SCROLL, . 285 

The pledge button, which has been in vo^ue in many chapters long 
since, made its initial appearance in fraternity circles at Westminster 
on a future Phi. Its presence on a man who had been rushed by 
other fraternities elicited no slight degree of interest. The pledge 
button system seems to possess quite an advantage over the ancient 
sub rosa observance, in that it enables the prospective candidate to 
enjoy the society of his future brothers, without laying himself liable 
to the accusation of pressing himself upK)n a fraternity's notice. 

Since our last letter. Dr. E. C. Gordon, who for a number of years 
has performed so successfully the arduous duties of president of the 
college, has resigned, and J. J. Rice, A. M., LL. I)., who for thirty 
years has occupied the chair of political science in this institution, is 
acting president until further action upon the part of the board of 

The base ball season is rapidly approaching, and, while in all prob- 
ability Westminster may never boast of as fine a pitcher as she pos- 
sessed in the shape of Bro. Jacks, we hope to strengthen in other Imes 
and thereby sustain our enviable reputation of the diamond. Bro. 
Gordon, with his long experience on the field, will doubtless be the 
mainstay of the team, while Bros. Baker and McGregor will be the 
chief strength in the pitching department. All members of Missouri 
Beta have successfully crossed the Rubicon of examinations, and are 
entering upon the second term with all the customary and time-worn 
resolutions of future diligence. 

Wishing each and every chapter the highest meed of success. 

Yours fraternally, 

Fulton. January 28, 1898. M. N.' FKR(ir.S()N. 


Brother Cooper has been elected treasurer of ' The Masque, ' a dra- 
matic club recently organized. Ikother Lee is a member of the edi- 
torial board of the Senior Annual. 

Brother Funston has returned from Cuba, having been captured and 
paroled by the Spanish. He passed through here on his way to his 
home in lola, Kas., where he will remain for some time until his 
wounds are healed. 

Financially we are in better shape than for some time. 

Our annual circular letter will be out in a short time. The com- 
mittee finds much difficulty in getting accurate information as to the 
addresses of alumni. 

Our annual spring party takes place April 29. The reporter is au- 
thorized to announce that, owing to the recent action of the sororities 
upon the liquor question, the punch will not be 'spiked.' 

We have recently pledged Melvin H. Taylor, of Lyons, Kas. 

Yours in the liond, 

Lawrence, February 1, 189S. H. W. McLAr(;Hi,iN. 


Stanford University opened for the second semester on Wedncvsday, 
January 11, and the long term of five months is fairly upon us. Great 
improvements are being made on the campus. Houses are being 
bmlt, trees are being set out, and streets improved. 

The members of me Stanford chapter of * A B have made the best 
record of any fraternity here in their studies. 


We now have a house committee at work, and it is ven* probable 
that we will be in a house of our own by the begin ninji[ of next year. 
We are ready for suggestions and help from our alumni. 

It was with great sorrow that we received the news of the death of 
Francis W. Lake, M)7. Bro. Lake died of consumption, at Grand 
Island, Neb., December 1(). He was one of the most prominent men 
ever at Stanford, and took a deep interest in the growth and prosperity 
of * A e. 

The members of California Beta are trying to locate their alumni, 
and it will save us considerable trouble if the old members will vol- 
untarily send us their present addresses. 

Stanford University, January 14, 1S9S. 

Bknj. K. Pac.e. 



In pursuance to a call issued by several members of the New York 
Alpha alumni chapter a meeting of Phis in the Metropolitan district 
was arranged for the evening of December 1">, 1807, and notwithstand- 
ing the unpropitious weather many responded. 

The meeting was entirely informal and as a result of the suggestions 
offered a committee on incorporation was appointed by the temporary 
chairman, with authority to call a second meeting. When that nec- 
essary preliminary had been attended to, Bro. D. R. Horton was ex 
officio chairman, and as a result of his and the committee's labors, 
articles of incorporation, after approval by Justice Freedman, of the 
New York supreme court, were duly filed with the secretary of state 
at Albany, and a call for a second meeting issued. 

This was held on the evening of February 4, 1898. The by-laws, 
after a few changes, were approved and signed by those present. 
Some thirty members is the imcleus, which it is confidently believed 
will grow to a hundred or a hundred and fifty in a few weeks' time. 
Letters and telegrams were read from many Phis wishing .success and 
promising support, and the prospect is bright. All members of the 
Fraternity whose addresses were known were notified, but the precau- 
tion of notifying the press, which responded with notices, resulted in 
several good brothers appearing in person or by letter, who had but 
lately settled within our city. 

Temporary officers have been elected who will hold office until the 
annual dinner on March 1.'), 189.S, when a fiscal year beginning, ac- 
cording to the by-laws, new officers will be elected for the ensuing 
twelve months. 

Dues are 510 per year for resident, and l^") a year for non-resident 
members, payable in advance. Brothers residing outside a radius of 
2') miles from the city hall, in Manhattan borough, may become non- 
resident members, but this shall not prevent them from becoming res- 
ident members. They have the same club and voting privileges, 
save that office-holding is restricted to resident members. 

The club hopes very shortly to acquire a club and chapter house 
which will be up to date, and hearty co operation upon the part of 
Phis interested will tend materially to hasten its undoubted success. 
Checks may be made payable to Arthur P. Van ( lelder, instructor, 
Columbia University, by whom receipt will be promptly acknowledged. 

In the Bond, 

New York, Februarj- o, 1898. Oscar Wkhks Ehrhorn. 



On Wednesday, February 9, Bro. W. G. Tebault entertained at sup- 
per in his elegant mansion, in Canal street, coniplimentar}' to the New 
Orleans alumni chapter of Phi Delta Theta, now in its infancy. The 
crowd seated around the festive board was as true and enthusiastic a 
set of *frat* men as ever assembled together. True to his spirit the 
host had not forgotten the active chapter, and well may we say was it 
represented, every man of it being present. The object of the gather- 
ing was to celebrate the glorious event of the unanimous granting by 
the General Council of a charter to the alumni Phis of New Orleans. 
The feast was one long to be remembered, the flow of wit and humor 
beine as free as that of the wine which ever filled the emptied glasses. 

Before the repast an impromptu meeting of the alumni present was 
held to devise ways and means by virtue of which the alumni chapter 
could be placed on a solid working basis. On motion of Bro. Brady, 
duly seconded, Bro. Cosby was called to the chair to preside at the 
first meeting of the new organization. The deliberations were short 
and to the point. The fact that no charter had been forwarded the 
new chapter, though one had been unanimously granted by the Gen- 
eral Council, was commented upon, until finally, at the suggestion of 
Bro. Cosby, the motion was put before the house to elect a committee 
of three to draft suitable by-laws and constitution for the new organ- 
ization and to communicate with the General Council with regard to 
the forwarding of the charter granted by them. 

The nominations being in order Bro. Cosby selected Bros. Grantland 
L. Tebault, Lloyd Coleman, and George C. H. Kernion to serve on it, 
which action met with the approval of those present. 

Then with the hope of being soon able to meet in the local of the 
new alumni chapter the loyal Phis, with sharpened appetites, repaired 
to the supper room, where a spread that would have graced the table 
of Lucullus himself was in waiting for them. It consisted of: 

Hon il Ion a la I 'olaille 
Pampano grilU a la West End Pomwcs an hcunr 

St. Julien Entries 

Mayonnaise l\'iits pois de Erancc 

HoHclu'cs () /a Reine 

Dindc rCiti fan! aii.v h nit res 
Sautcrne Saladc dc crevcttc 

(f laces 
I 'an i lie el /raises 
Punch glace Pel its fours 

Xoi.x' Froniages 

Pit'ces inonli'es 
Olii'es Fruits 

Caf< noir 

At the end of the feast a toast was offered the host by Bro. L. S. 
Prentiss in a very felicitous manner. Bro. Cosby gave a humorous 
recitation. The prospects of Phi Delta Theta in the queen city of the 
south was freely discussed and all left decided at heart to make their 
best effort to elevate the already high standing of 4> A and to infuse 
into the hearts of all its members in New Orleans that admirable fra- 
ternity spirit which is essential to the growth and prosperity of a 


chapter. Those present were: Among the alumni, Bros. W. G. Te- 
bault, John ConnifiF, Grady, Hamilton Jones, Leon Cusachs, Wilkin- 
son, S. S. Prentiss, Lloyd R. Coleman, V. McN. Gordon, Robert Jami- 
son, Grantland L. Tebault, Leon Lewis, Alex. Allison, Chas. Cosby, 
and George C. H. Kernion, and of the active brothers, F. V. Gasquet, 
Harry Ludlow, Louis Landry, Hal Woods, Tom Gilmore, Frank Copp 
and Frank Lewis. 

Just as the assembly was about to disperse a message was received 
from Bro. Leveque, Tennessee Alpha, expressing his regrets at not 
being able to attend on account of professional duties. 

Yours in the Bond, 

GicoRcvK C. H. Kkrnion, M»7. 

New Orleans, February 14, IS^KS. 


On Monday evening, November 22, the Phis of Detroit met in the 
parlors of the Cadillac Hotel for the purpose of organizing the Alpha 
almnni chapter of Michigan, the charter having been granted during 
the early summer months. 

Notwithstanding the fact that a stormy night was scheduled for this 
meeting, a fairly good representation was present to participate in the 
exercises, which were very informal. 

The meeting was presided over by liro. A. H. Kessler, Michigan 
Alpha, '*.)."), the writer acting as secretary. The following officers were 
elected: President, L. S. McCoUester, Ohio Epsilon, *81; vice-presi- 
dent, P. T. Davis, Illinois Alpha, '<.»8; secretary, W. P. Putnam, Ohio 
Epsilon, ''.Ki; treasurer, A. H. Kessler, Michigan Alpha, '9''). 

The following were appointed on a banquet committee to make ar- 
rangements for an informal dinner in the near future and for the an- 
nual banquet on March 15. 1<S«»8: liro. L. vS. McCollester, Ohio E., 'Si ; 
Bro. G. S. Hammond, Ohio B., '7r»; Bro. C. M. Preston, Michigan A.; 
Bro. A. J. Stringer, Michigan A.; Bro. Theo. Kaderly, Ohio Eta, '97. 

It is the intention of this committee to make the annual banquet 
one that will not only attract attention from rival fraternities, but also 
add strength to our own organization. 

To this banquet we invite any Phi who may be in these parts at that 
time. Fonnal invitations will be sent to the chapters of the state, and 
a good time in general is in store for those who are fortunate enough 
to be with us. 

The following list includes all Phis known by this chapter to be in 
the city. Should any Phi who reads this list know of any brother 
who lives here, but whose name docs not appear below, he will con- 
fer a favor upon this chapter by informing the undersigned, giving 
address of any person so mentioned. 

P. T. Davis. Illinois Alpha, '9.S; J. C. Hallock, Michigan Alpha, '94: 
G. S. Hammond, Ohio Beta, '7<); E. D. Hutton, Michigan Beta, 'H-'J; 
A. H. Kessler. Michigan Alpha, M»o; L. S. McCollester, Ohio Eta, '81; 
J. C. Patrick, Michigan Beta, '94; H. W. Quinby, Michigan Beta, '89; 
B.C. Robbins, Indiana Delta, '78; A. J. Stringer, Michigan Alpha; C. 
M. Preston, Michigan Alpha; Theo. Kaderly, Ohio Eta, '97; F. E. 
Searle, Massachusetts Alpha, '9:>; R. I). Steele, Michigan Alpha, M>f»; 
J. M. Payne, Michigan Alpha, 9i». Fraternally, 

W. P. Putnam. 

Detroit, February, 1898. 



Hanover — Thomas C. Potter, '74, is a druggist at Indian- 

Ohio State — S. R. Bolin, ex-M)i), has entered the Yale law 

Ohio State — R. J. Shank, '97, is practicing law in Ham- 
ilton, O. 

Missouri — Joseph C. Tipton, 'W, is Indian agent at Flag- 
staff, Arizona. 

South Caroliyia — W. C. Cochran, '94, is practicing law in 
Greenville, S. C. 

(reorgia — Moses Wright, '85, is solicitor general of the 
Rome, Ga., circuit. 

Frajikliyi, '8^ — Edward J. Beardsley, M. D., is an ocu- 
list at Champaign, 111. 

South Carolina — W. T. A^xock, '8^.>, has begun to practice 
law in Columbia, S. C. 

Hillsdale — N. B. Sloan, 'i)7, is teaching science in the 
Flint, (Mich.) high school. 

Hillsdale —S. E. Kelley, '^>4, has been elected traveling 
agent for Hillsdale College. 

Ohio State — Douglas Ingram, '97, is engaged in electrical 
work in Schenectady, N. Y. 

Illinois Wesleyan — William J. Mathews, '9(), is now prac- 
ticing law in Springfield, 111. 

Richmond — Cecil H. Baker, 'St), is teaching in the Knox- 
ville (Tenn.) Classical School. 

Amherst — George R. Mansfield, '97, is teaching in the 
high school at Cleveland, Ohio. 

South Carolina — Dr. George Walker, '89, is now practic- 
ing his profession in Baltimore. 

Miami — Rev. Henry L. Brown, '50, is pastor of the Pres- 
byterian church at Somers, Wis. 


Syracuse — A. G. Vredenburg, '90, is director of music at 
Galloway College. Searcy, Ark. 

Hillsdale— VJ, R. Wood, *97, is pastor of the Free Baptist 
church at Unadilla Forks, N. Y. 

Wabash. — Edgar W. Olive, *94, has accepted the position 
of instructor in botany at Harvard. 

Minnesota — Helmus W. Thompson, \S8, has moved from 
La Crosse, Wis., to Eugene. Oregon. 

De Pauw — L. C. Bentley, *04, was married to Miss Jo- 
sephine Eads, *9i), December 30, 181)7. 

loiva Wesley an — Rev. Frank W. Adams, 'To, is professor 
of Greek at Iowa Wesleyan University. 

Wabash. — Frank G. Evans, ex-'98, was recently married 
to Miss Etta Crabbs, of Crawfordsville. 

Mississippi. — W. A. Lucas, '95, is professor of Latin and 
Greek in the Jefferson Military Institute. 

lozca Wesleyan — Ed. Roth, 't)5, has been re-elected super- 
intendent of schools of Henr>^ county, Iowa. 

Amherst — Henry M. Moses, '97, is teaching physics in 
the Brooklyn (N. Y.) Polytechnic Institute. 

Unioji — Glenn M. Scofield, *97, is draughtsman for the 
Youngstown Bridge Co., Youngstown, Ohio. 

De Paiiiv — John Emory Jenkins, M. D., \S5, died of typhoid 
fever, at Charleston, 111., September 25, 1897. 

Missouri — L.W. Graves, '90, \i2c&\yoM^\.i\i^ Sweet Sprijigs 
( Mo. ) Herald, of which he will be editor-in-chief. 

Hillsdule — M. L. Palmer, '91 , was elected secretary of the 
Michigan state teachers* association, December oO. 

Hanover — William A. Caldwell, '74, is instructor in the 
California School for the Deaf and Blind, at Berkeley. 

(iCttysburi^ — M. L. Holloway, Ph. G., '84, is engaged in 
the drug business at 16th and Brown Sts., Philadelphia. 

Buchtel — Arthur A. Stearns, '79, is secretary of the Cleve- 
land bar association, of which H. A. Kelle}' is also a mem- 


Buchtel — Gerald H. Brown, '00, a grandson of Ossawat- 
tomie Brown, is business manager of The Buchteltte this year. 

Union — Prof. E. S. Harris, '86, formerly of Schuylerville, 
N. Y., is now superintendent of schools at Poughkeepsie, 
N. Y. 

Uniofi — Monte J. Multer, M)7, is instructor in mathematics 
and science in the Delaware Literary Institute, Franklin, 
N. Y. 

South Carolina — Laurens W. Boyd, '90, represents a Cin- 
cinnati publication, * Looking Southward,' at Nashville, 

Ohio Siaie—Vved S. Ball, Ohio, '88, of Montgomery, Ala., 
is general counsel for the Alabama and Tombigbee Railroad 

IVadash. — Ira Wyncoop and Lloyd Hammond, both of 
'95, are attending the College of Physicians and Surgeons, 
at Chicago. 

Hillsdale — Ernest S. Bowen, '88, is a member of the firm 
of Fay & Bowen, manufacturers of bicycle pumps, at 
Auburn, N. Y. 

Hillsdale — G. G. Kenny, '90, is in the office of the col- 
lector of customs for the port of San Francisco. His address 
is 11 0() Bush St. 

Northtvcsiern — Clay Buntain, '00, was one of the pall- 
bearers at the funeral of Frances E. Willard, in Evanston, 
on February 24. 

Cornell — Wells S. Gilbert, 'Oo, is assistant manager of the 
Russell- Miller Milling Co., of West Superior, Wis. He 
still lives in Duluth. 

Vanderbilt — Allen R. Carter, '87, is president of the Dis- 
patch Publishing Company, Louisville, Ky., which publishes 
the morning Dispatch . 

Indiana — George H. Pendleton, '91, is practicing medi- 
cine in Indianapolis. His office is at 166 Ft. Wayne Ave. 
He was recently married. 

WashingtoJi and Lee — R. J. McBryde, Jr., '95, delegate 
to Indianapolis in 1894, is principal of the Episcopal Male 
Academy, at Houston, Va. 


Hillsdale — George March, '98, is special agent for the 
Imperial Fire Insurance Co. for the New England states, 
with headquarters at Boston. 

Lafayetle — Rev. E. J. Knox, D. D., '77, is presiding elder 
of the Allegheny district, M. E. church. His residence is 
15 Esplanade St., Allegheny, Pa. 

South Carolina — ^J. B. Patton, '.s7, engineer U. S. N.. is 
detailed by the navy department to inspect armor plate at the 
Carnegie steel works, Pittsburgh. 

Amherst — Rev. J. Romeyn Danforth, '8S, has removed 
from Mystic, Conn., to St. Albans, Vt., where he is pastor 
of the First Congregational church. 

Syracuse — Rev. Theophilus S. Devitt, '90, is pastor of the 
First Congregational church at Branford, Conn., and super- 
intendent of schools of the same city. 

Missouri. — W. W. Clendenin, '8(5, professor of geology 
in the University of Louisiana, spent last fall at Columbia a 
fugitive, it is said, from yellow fever. 

Michigan, ' g^ — Dr. John D. Dunham, practicing at Co- 
lumbus, Ohio, is professor of bacteriology in the Ohio Med- 
ical University and city bacteriologist. 

\'a7iderbilt — W. R. Manier,''Sl, is head of the firm of 
Manier, Denton & Co., jobbers and manufacturers of boots 
and shoes, at 'UO Court Square, Nashville. 

Alabama — ^J. M. Dedman, '87, formerly proprietor of Red 
Boiling Springs Hotel, is now in charge of the Bethel House, 
a large and handsome hotel at Columbia, Tenn. 

Indianapolis — John Campbell Morrison, '88, is a member 
of the junior class of the Indiana Law School, of the Uni- 
versity of Indianapolis. He is president of his class. 

Michigan State — Frank J. Annis, '7o, one of the charter 
members of the chapter, is secretary of the Colorado state 
board of agriculture, his residence being at Ft. Collins. 

North7vester7i — The marriage of Paul T. Davis, ex-'93, 
and Miss Mary Hitchcock occurred at the home of the bride's 
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Hitchcock, Detroit, on Thurs- 
day, November 25, 1807. Mr. and Mrs. Davis are now at 
home at 70 Hendrie Avenue, Detroit. 


Hafiover — ^J. C. Garritt, '83, is spending his vacation at 
Hanover. He has been engaged in work in the mission 
fields of China. He will return the latter part of the year. 

Lombard — Edwin S. Swigart, '86, delegate from his chap- 
ter at the Richmond convention, 18H2, has been, since 1890, 
cashier of the Citizens' Banking Company, Champaign, 111. 

Wabash — Thomas L. Still well, ex- '08, one of Indiana 
Beta's strongest members, was drowned August 1, 1897. 
His untimely death was a great shock to his many friends. 

Vanderbilt — Dr. W. J. Kellar, captain of the famous Van- 
derbilt foot ball team of '98 and '94, is practicing medicine 
at Gallavon, S. C. He attended the recent province con- 
vention at Nashville. 

Richmo7id — Rev. Wm. F. Harris, '78, a charter member 
of Virginia Delta, is a Baptist minister at Carthage, Mo., 
and is state recording secretary of the Missouri Baptist 
Young People's Union. 

Stanford — Francis W. Lake, '97, died at Grand Island, 
Neb., December 16, 1897, of consumption. He was buried 
at his home in Jamestown, N. Y. He was a bright student 
and was exceedingly popular at Stanford. 

Indianapolis — ^John T. Lister, '97, who has been doing 
graduate work in Butler this year, will go to Eureka Col- 
lege, Eureka, 111., in March, where he is to be professor of 
French and German in place of Carl Johann. 

Vanderbilt — In January the Nashville city council elected 
Edwin A. Price, '82, city attorney for two years. The of- 
fice has been held previously by two other Vanderbilt Phis 
— Lytton Taylor, '76, and Claude Waller, '84. 

Io7va Wesley an — At the last session of the Iowa annual 
conference, at Oskaloosa, the following Phis were present: 
W. A. Longuecker, '92, A. C. Thornley, '9:',. W. S. Shearer, 
'94. F. B. Tucker, '94, and W. R. Jeffries, '90. 

C C N, Y. — Eugene H. L. Randolph, 'So, former editor 
and manager of The Scroll, editor of the catalogue, His- 
torian and President of the General Council, died at Pasa- 
dena, Cal., December 20, of consumption. A sketch of his 
life by Walter B. Palmer will appear in the Chapter Grand 
of the June Scroll. 


Hajiover — W. B. Barr, '75, is general agent for the Wis- 
consin and Michigan Ry. Co. and Lake Michigan Car Ferry 
Transportation Co. , with his oflSce in the Railway Exchange 
building, at Fourth and Chestnut streets, St. Louis. 

Franklin — E. L. Hendricks, i)4, is superintendent of the 
Johnson county (Ind. ) schools. Will Featherngill, '87, is 
superintendent of the Franklin city schools, and Alva O. 
Neal, '92, teacher of Latin in the Franklin high school. 

Columbia — George P. Bryant, Dartmouth, *91, is in Dres- 
den, Saxony, teaching Latin and Greek, and incidentally 
learning German himself. He will remain abroad nine 
months or longer. His address is 24 Liittichau Strasse. 

Randolph' Macon — The \'irginia conference of the M. E. 
church recently assigned G. H. Lambeth, '90, to West End 
church, Hampton; S. J. Battin, '98, to Farnham; J. I). Lang- 
ley, '93. to Belmont and Rose Hill, near Charlottesville. 

Franklin — On December 15, Frank Martin, '95, was mar- 
ried to Miss Elizabeth Payne, of this city, who was also 
a member of the class of '95. Mr. Martin and wife reside 
in Indianapolis, where he holds a position as deputy auditor 
of state. 

Indianapolis — Robert A. Bull, '97, has gone to the Klon- 
dike. He is one of a party of prospectors sent by the 
Hoosier Gold Mining Company, of New Albany, Ind. He 
fills the positions of treasurer, cashier and secretary of the 
prospecting party. 

Hanover — Frank I). vSwope, 'S5, has formed a law part- 
nership with Morton V. Joyes and William Jarvis, at Louis- 
ville. Mr. Joyes is county attorney and received his nom- 
ination at the Democratic primaries largely through the ef- 
forts of Bro. Swope. 

Alhxhcny — Chauncey F. Bell, '94, who won second hon- 
ors last year in the inter-state oratorical contest at Columbia, 
Mo. , is this year president of the oratorical association at the 
University of Colorado, and literary editor of Silver and 
(iold, the university weekly. 

Buchtel — vS. \\. Findley, '94, has charge of the department 
of Latin in the Akron ( O. ) high school. His brother, E. 
L. Findley, '91, who had taught (ireek in the Wesleyan 
(Mass. ) academy since leaving Johns Hopkins, is teaching 
Latin in the Cleveland high school. 


Richmond — Clay brook James, '90, and Miss Martha Storrs 
Bllerson, of Richmond, were married in the First Presby- 
terian church, of that city, on December 1, 1897. Upon 
their return from a trip of sight-seeing, Mr. and Mrs. James 
will be at home to their friends at Asheville, N. C. 

Central — Frank P. Kenney, '93, for eight years connected 
with the Lexington Trotting Association, has been appointed 
secretary of the Louisville Driving and Fair Association. 
He has been connected with trotting horse interests all his 
life, and is considered one of the best posted men in the 

Dickinson — Professor Wilbur M. Stine, '86, professor of 
physics in the Armour Institute of Technology, Chicago, 
had an interesting article in the October, '97, issue of the 
Indiana Medical J out nal, entitled ' Roentgen Rays as an Aid 
to the Physician.* The artide has been republished in a 
number of medical journals. 

Ohio Wesley an — Dr. J. E. Brown, '84, has been elected 
editor and manager of the Colmnbus Medical Journal ^ with 
which he has been associated since 1889. The magazine is 
now entirely in his control, and he has on the staff two 
other Phis, Dr. Theodore L. Chadbourne, Michigan, '91, 
and John Dudley Dunham, Ohio State, '94. 

Lofnbard — Walter A. Johnson is in the office of S. S. Mc- 
Clure, publisher of McClure's Magazine, in New York. 
Bro. Johnson is twenty-five years old, and has been for two 
years past editor of the Osprey, the official organ for orni- 
thologists in several states. The Osprey will hereafter be 
published by Mr. McClure, with Bro. Johnson as editor. 

Columbia — Fred Hinrichs, Jr., '99, will be Brooklyn's 
next representative at West Point. He recently beat seven 
competitors in the mental examination for the place. He 
had previously passed a physical examination. He is a son 
of F. W. Hinrichs, the well-known Brooklyn lawyer and 
orator. He will leave Columbia for West Point in June. 

Washington and Jefferson — David G. Moore, '98, has writ- 
ten for The Saturday Supper Table a review of a book en- 
titled *A Life for Africa,' which is a sketch of Bro. 
Adolphus Clemens Good, Ph. D., '79, who for 12 years was 
a missionary in Equatorial West Africa. Dr. Good died at 
the age of 38 after accomplishing a great work in Africa. 


Case — There are five Phis teaching in the Cleveland (O. ) 
high schools. At the Central High School are: Charles P. 
Lynch, Allegheny, '86; Herbert C. Wood, Amherst, '93; 
E. S. Findley, Buchtel, '94, and George R. Mansfield, Am- 
herst, '97. At the Central Manual Training School, Lewis 
C. McSouth, Michigan State, '.S9, is principal. In all there 
are twelve Phis teaching in Cleveland. 

Indianapolis — Prof. Demarchus C. Brown, '79, who was 
married in September to Miss Jessie Lanier Christian, '97, 
and went to Europe on his wedding tour, returned to Indi- 
anapolis February 14. Professor Brown was taken ill with 
appendicitis in Rome, but came on to New York, where he 
underwent a surgical operation. He is much improved in 
health and will again take charge of his Greek classes. 

Pennsylvania — Among other ^potentates' (to quote from a 
recent issue of the Philadelphia Times ) who have attended 
the university, Seyichiro Terashima, '93, is a prince of the 
present royal family of Japan. Kenjiro Matsumoto, '95, 
lieutenant in the Japanese army and son of the present com- 
missioner of railroads, was, until recently, a student at the 
university, but was called back to Japan to his position in 
the army. 

Randolph-Macon — Andrew Sledd, *92, assistant in Latin 
at Vanderbilt, has been elected to the chair of Latin at 
Emory. Of the four men under consideration for the posi- 
tion, all were Phis. This makes four Phis on the faculty at 
Emory: Rev. Morgan Calloway, D. D., vice-president and 
professor of English (honorary); Rev. H. S. Bradley, 
Eviory, '90, professor of biology; W. B. Grifiin, Jr., Emory, 
'8<>, adjunct professor of ancient languages: Andrew Sledd, 
professor of Latin. 


Amherst — Alpheus Sherwin Cody, 'S9, is now in Chicago. 
After graduation he was a reporter on the Boston Herald for 
two years. During this time he was asked, on the recom- 
mendation of a well-known editor, for aid in writing stories. 
His instructions proved so helpful that he was prevailed 
upon to issue them in book form. This was done in Lon- 
don, in 1^9."). Prof. Dowden, Prof, (xenung, I. Zangwill and 
many other critics have praised the book highly. Mr. Zang- 
will said: *It is the most sensible treatise on the short story 
that has yet appeared in England.' Bro. Cody has pub- 
lished a novel, *In the Heart of the Hills,' and is actively 
engaged in newspaper and other literary work. 


Michigan State — Prof. L. H. Bailey, ''^2, is editor of two 
series of books on agriculture and horticulture published by 
the Macmillan Company. Five of the volumes have been 
written by him. Besides these he is author of a collection 
of evolution essays entitled * The Survival of the Unlike/ 
and is preparing a text-book on botany and a volume on 
* The Evolution of Our Native Fruits. ' His trip abroad last 
summer viras in search of some incidental material for the 
last named work. The professor is also editor of an Ency- 
clopedia of American Horticulture, which is to appear in 

Lombard — Edwin Hurd Conger, '02, has been appointed 
by President McKinley to be envoy extraordinary and 
minister plenipotentiary of the United States to China, at a 
salary of $12,000 a year. He was, previous to his last of- 
ficial appointment. United States minister to Brazil. He 
was born in Knox county, Illinois, in 1843. After his 
graduation from college in 18()2, he enlisted in the war, and 
served till its close. He later studied law, and was once 
state treasurer of Iowa. He has also served in three ses- 
sions of congress. He stands very high in Iowa as a man 
of affairs. 

Ohio Wesley an — At a meeting of the board of trustees of 
Albion College in December, Dr. John P. Ashley, '90, was 
elected president of that college. Dr. Ashley was born at 
Stoke-on-Trent, England, April 14, 1S62. His parents hav- 
ing died in his childhood, he came to America. He lived 
at Brooklyn until 1884, and after a short stay in Zanesville, 
O., he entered the O. W. U., in 1>^85. Here he was grad- 
uated in 1890, afterwards receiving a Ph. D. from this insti- 

While in college he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta 
Fraternity. He was president of the Y. M. C. A. of the 
Euterpean musical society, of the Homiletic club, and of 
Chrestomathean literary society. 

In 1890 Dr. Ashley entered Boston University and pur- 
sued the full regular course of the degree of S. T. B. In 
1898 he was honored with an appointment to a traveling 
fellowship, and under the supervision of Professor Borden 
P. Browne, pursued studies in the universities of Jena, 
Leipzig, Berlin and Oxford. In 1S94 he was admitted to 
the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, and in iSOo he became 
president of Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, at Lima, N. Y. 

On September 19, 1895, Dr. Ashley was married to Miss 


Delia Lease Gust. She was also a graduate of O. W. U., of 
the class of '90. 

Dr. Ashley has given his life to hard study and hard 
work, and is fitted in everyway for the position to which he 
has been elected. He is filled with enthusiasm and is a 
man of more than ordinary ability. Everything with which 
he has been connected has been a great success, and his 
election as president of Albion College insures that college 
a great advancement in the next few years. — College Tran- 
so ipt. 

Vajiderbilt — A biography of Judge J. D, Goodpasture, de- 
ceased, has been written and published by his sons, A. V. 
and W. H. Goodpasture, of Nashville. It is a volume of 
HO<S pages, and it includes the genealogy of the Goodpasture 
family. It also contains an extended account of the trip to 
Europe, during the winter of 1H85-S(), of Judge Goodpas- 
ture, W. H. Goodpasture, '81, R. F. Jackson, '81, L. R. 
Campbell, '80, and W. B. Palmer, '80, the latter four being 
Phis. The Goodpasture brothers own the most complete 
collection of books relating to Tennessee in existence, and 
A. V. Goodpasture is writing a history of the state. 

Miami — The laborious and useful work which our ven- 
erated founder, Rev. Dr. Robert Morrison, '49, has done 
for the Presbyterian Church is attested by the report of the 
standing committee of home missions to the sixty-fifth an- 
nual session of the Synod of Missouri, held at St. Louis, 
October 12, 1897. Summing up the work of the year then 
closing, the chairman, Rev. Dr. R. P. Karris, says: 

During the year a most important work, tlie value of which, the 
Synod should thoughtfully ponder, has been done by our painstaking, 
indefatij^able colporteur, the venerable Dr. Morrison. Though this 
conscientious brother is minded like Tennyson's brook, to *go on for- 
ever,' in spite of torrid heat, and arctic cold, and tropic rain and fath- 
omable mud, yet his work has been much hindered through several 
months by extraordinary and long continued downpours and impassa- 
ble roads and especially by a protracted wasting illness that seized 
him in joiu^neying and brought him nigh to death. Nevertheless he 
has traveled in his own conveyance nearly *2,fMX) miles, made 1,141 
visits, sold copies of our publications to the amount of i<MO, besides 
many copies of the Bible and the Confession of Faith, given away $I»0 
worth of such literature, and preached .'►! times. This is a satisfactory 
record. Good fruit in perpetual abundance is bound to grow from the 
sowing of such seed. But what is one sower in so large a field as 

The minutes of the session of the synod held in October, 
1895, speaking of Brother Morrison's work during the pre- 


vious year says: *An admirable work and admirably done.* 
Brother Morrison is also recognized as a great benefactor to 
Westminster College, as shown by the following extract 
from the Searchlight, the college annual for 180(): 

The college has had to contend with great financial hindrances. Its 
original plan of endowment was by scholarship notes. Mainly by this 
plan the endowment was raised nearly to $100,000 before the civil 
war. When the war closed, many of these notes were found to be 
worthless, and the college became seriously involved in debt, in part 
by the board borrowing from its permanent fund to maintain its con- 
tingent fund and partly by borrowing from other sources. Vigorous 
efforts were made through financial agents to increase the endowment 
and remove the debt. Among these agents who did faithful and suc- 
cessful work may be mentioned Rev. John Karris and Rev. Robert 
Morrison. It was by the heroic toil of the last named that a burden- 
some debt [$15,000] was removed and the college started on a new 
financial career. 

Indiana — Amos W. Butler, ' SI , has been chosen from among 
thirty- five candidates as secretary of the Indiana state board 
of charities, to succeed E. P. Bicknell, Phi Gaijima Delta, 
who goes to Chicago to be general superintendent of the 
bureau of associated charities. Indiana's board of charities 
and its work are among the very best in the country, sur- 
passing in many respects those of the larger states. Prof. 
D. C. Brown, Indiana Gamma, '79, is a member of the board. 
Bro. Butler has resided in Brookville, Ind., all his life, being 
engaged in manufacturing; at the same time, however, he 
is active in science, literature and sociology, being president 
of the Indiana Academy of Science and of the Western As- 
sociation of Writers. He is an authority on ornithology. 

Pennsylvania — George Lockhart Darte, '9.5, has received 
the appointment of consul to Martinique, West Indies. 
While in the university he was prominent in athletics, and 
occasionally pitched for the base ball team. He is the son 
of L. C. Darte, a prominent business man of Wilkesbarre, 
and the nephew of Judge Alfred Darte, former commander 
of the G. A. R. of Pennsylvania. Bro. Darte has literary 
tastes and decided ability. A short time ago he published 
a volume of short stories of college life, entitled *An Odd 
Eight,* which was well received. He is also a contributor 
to several monthly magazines. Bro. Darte is one of the 
numerous descendants of the pilgrims who landed at Ply- 
mouth, being the grandson of the sixth generation of the 
Alden family. The Darte family is one of the oldest families 
in the Wyoming Valley. 


Kayisas — Colonel Frederick Funston, '92, son of former 
Congressman E. H. Funston, of lola, Kas., has returned 
from fighting in Cuba. At the time of his departure from 
the island he held the highest position of any American of- 
ficer in the Cuban army since the death of Col. Gordon. 
He went to Cuba on a filibustering expedition in August, 
1890. On landing he took command of Gomez's artillery, 
with the rank of captain. His valiant services in behalf of 
the insurgents soon brought him to the notice of the higher 
officials, and he was promoted rapidly until he reached the 
rank of lieutenant colonel and chief of artillery. 

Bro. Funston has been the recipient of numerous atten- 
tions since his return to the United States, and his adven- 
tures have been much exploited in both newspapers and 
magazines. He is modest, but the newspaper reporters 
have managed to obtain several good * stories' from him, 
which are thrilling in the extreme. 

He was at the siege of Guenaro, where Winchester Os- 
good, the famous American foot ball player, was killed. 
Upon the death of Osgood he became chief of artillery with 
the rank of major. He took part in twenty-two battles in 
eastern Cuba. He fired the Dudley dynamite gun when it 
was first used in the insurgent army. In May of last year, 
at the battle of Sima, he was shot through both lungs, but 
his wonderful constitution brought him through. Before 
this he had been shot through the arm. Last August his 
horse fell upon him, crushing both his legs. 

In this condition he started for the United States for med- 
ical treatment. He obtained a permit to leave from General 
Garcia, which stated his rank in the Cuban army. While 
on his way out of the country he ran into a picket of six 
Spanish soldiers, who captured him. They were about to 
shoot him on the spot, but by telling them he was a pres- 
entado coming to surrender he persuaded them to hold him 
prisoner. As he rode along with them he succeeded in com- 
pressing his permit, signed by General Garcia, into a little 
wad, and swallowed it, thus destroying all evidence of his 
position. If this paper had been found on him he would un- 
doubtedly have been shot, as commissioned officers always 
are. He was taken before a special board of inquiry at Puerto 
Principe, where his case was investigated and he was re- 
leased, after having taken oath never to take up arms against 
Spain. By thus swearing he saved his life, but may not re- 
turn to Cuba. 


He then prcx:eeded to Havana, where he obtained a pass 
from Consul General Lee and arrived in New York January 10. 

A dinner at the Hotel Normandie, at St. Louis, was given 

to Bro. Funston, February (>, by Miss Mary Norris Berry. 

In an article describing the dinner and the military guest of 

honor the St. Louis Republic says: 

The striking characteristics of Col. Funston are his modesty and 
aversion to discussing his experiences. He would never be taken for a 
fighting man, but anyone would be justified in mistaking him for a 
lawyer or physician. His eyes are dark blue and have a most pleasing 
expression. The hot sun has given his face and hands a tawny color — 
even his short, pointed beard looks sunburned. Although only 32 
years old, he has had experiences that do not come to some men who 
live a century. Twice he has been on government expeditions to the 
Arctic regions. He was assistant botanist on the government expedi- 
tion through Death Valley in the Mojave desert in California. On this 
trip he suffered hardships from heat and thirst that would have killed 
others. In 1893 and 1894 he visited the Yukon regions and camped 
for two weeks on the Klondike river. Gold was then being mined on 
Forty-Mile Creek, but no big discoveries had been made. He is a reg- 
ular contributor to the eastern magazines and was at one time a re- 

He is now at his home in lola, Kas. , recuperating from 
his military experiences. 

The following Phis are instructors in various educational 
institutions at Nashville: John Daniel, A. M., *84, profes- 
sor of physics, Vanderbilt University; P. M. Jones, D. Sc, 
'92, instructor in biology, Vanderbilt University; W. H. 
Witt, M. D. , '94, demonstrator of anatomy, Vanderbilt Uni- 
versity; R. A. Barr, M. D., '94, demonstrator of gyneco- 
logical operations and assistant demonstrator of anatomy, 
Vanderbilt University; Harrington Marr, M. D., assistant 
demonstrator of anatomy, Vanderbilt University; Firman 
Smith, LL. B., '88, lecturer on dental jurisprudence, Van- 
derbilt University; S. S. Crockett, M. D., '85, professor of 
obstetrics, University of Nashville; Larkin Smith, M. D., 
'88, professor of pathology and clinical lecturer on diseases 
of children, University of Nashville; W. G. Frierson, M. D., 
'07, assistant demonstrator of anatomy, University of Nash- 
ville; J. H. DeWitt, LL. B., '97, lecturer on dental juris- 
prudence. University of Tennessee; J. W. Sewell, '90, in- 
structor in English and German, Nashville High School. 
Of the above John Daniel is a member of Alabama, Firman 
Smith of Mississippi, Larkin Smith of Setvanee, and the re- 
mainder of yanderbill chapter. Andrew vSledd, A. M., '92, 
Randolph- Macon, was adjunct professor of Latin at Vander- 
bilt University last fall, but became professor of Latin at 
Emory College in January. 


Kayisas — Colonel Frederick Funston, '1)2, son of former 
Congressman E. H. Funston, of lola, Kas. . has returned 
from fighting in Cuba. At the time of his departure from 
the island he held the highest position of any American of- 
ficer in the Cuban army since the death of Col. Gordon. 
He went to Cuba on a filibustering expedition in August, 
1890. On landing he took command of Gomez's artillery, 
with the rank of captain. His valiant services in behalf of 
the insurgents soon brought him to the notice of the higher 
officials, and he was promoted rapidly until he reached the 
rank of lieutenant colonel and chief of artillery. 

Bro. Funston has been the recipient of numerous atten- 
tions since his return to the United States, and his adven- 
tures have been much exploited in both newspapers and 
magazines. He is modest, but the newspaper reporters 
have managed to obtain several good 'stories' from him, 
which are thrilling in the extreme. 

He was at the siege of Guenaro, where Winchester Os- 
good, the famous American foot ball player, was killed. 
Upon the death of Osgood he became chief of artillery with 
the rank of major. He took part in twenty- two battles in 
eastern Cuba. He fired the Dudley dynamite gun when it 
was first used in the insurgent army. In May of last year, 
at the battle of Sima, he was shot through both lungs, but 
his wonderful constitution brought him through. Before 
this he had been shot through the arm. Last August his 
horse fell upon him, crushing both his legs. 

In this condition he started for the United States for med- 
ical treatment. He obtained a permit to leave from General 
Garcia, which stated his rank in the Cuban army. While 
on his way out of the country he ran into a picket of six 
Spanish soldiers, who captured him. They were about to 
shoot him on the spot, but by telling them he was a pres- 
entado coming to surrender he persuaded them to hold him 
prisoner. As he rode along with them he succeeded in com- 
pressing his permit, signed by General Garcia, into a little 
wad, and swallowed it, thus destroying all evidence of his 
position. If this paper had been found on him he would un- 
doubtedly have been shot, as commissioned officers always 
are. He was taken before a special board of inquiry at Puerto 
Principe, where his case was investigated and he was re- 
leased, after having taken oath never to take up arms against 
Spain. By thus swearin]^ he saved his life, but may not re- 
turn to Cuba. 


He then prcx:eeded to Havana, where he obtained a pass 
from Consul General Lee and arrived in New York January 10. 

A dinner at the Hotel Normandie, at St. Louis, was given 

to Bro. Funston, February <j, by Miss Mary Norris Berry. 

In an article describing the dinner and the military guest of 

honor the St. Louis Republic says: 

The striking characteristics of Col. Funston are his modesty and 
aversion to discussing his experiences. He would never be taken for a 
fighting man, but anyone would be justified in mistaking him for a 
lawyer or physician. His eyes are dark blue and have a most pleasing 
expression. The hot sun has^iven his face and hands a tawny color — 
even his short, pointed beard looks sunburned. Although only 32 
years old, he has had experiences that do not come to some men who 
live a century. Twice he has been on government expeditions to the 
Arctic regions. He was assistant botanist on the government expedi- 
tion through Death Valley in the Mojave desert in California. On this 
trip be suffered hardships from heat and thirst that would have killed 
others. In 1893 and 1894 he visited the Yukon regions and camped 
for two weeks on the Klondike river. Gold was then being mined on 
Forty-Mile Creek, but no big discoveries had been made. He is a reg- 
ular contributor to the eastern magazines and was at one time a re- 

He is now at his home in lola, Kas., recuperating from 
his military experiences. 

The following Phis are instructors in various educational 
institutions at Nashville: John Daniel, A. M., '84, profes- 
sor of physics, Vanderbilt University; P. M. Jones, D. Sc, 
'92, instructor in biology, Vanderbilt University; W. H. 
Witt, M. D. , '94, demonstrator of anatomy, Vanderbilt Uni- 
versity; R. A. Barr, M. D., '*^4, demonstrator of gyneco- 
logical operations and assistant demonstrator of anatomy, 
Vanderbilt University; Harrington Marr, M. D., assistant 
demonstrator of anatomy, Vanderbilt University; Firman 
Smith, LL. B., '88, lecturer on dental jurisprudence, Van- 
derbilt University; S. S. Crockett, M. D., '85, professor of 
obstetrics, University of Nashville; Larkin Smith, M. D., 
*88, professor of pathology and clinical lecturer on diseases 
of children. University of Nashville; W. G. Frierson, M. D., 
'07, assistant demonstrator of anatomy, University of Nash- 
ville; J. H. DeWitt, LL. B., '07, lecturer on dental juris- 
prudence, University of Tennessee; J. W. Sewell, '00, in- 
structor in English and German, Nashville High School. 
Of the above John Daniel is a member of Alabama, Firman 
Smith of Mississippi, Larkin Smith of Seivanee, and the re- 
mainder of Vanderbilt Q)\2i^K^x . Andrew Sledd, A. M., '02, 
Randolph' Macon, was adjunct professor of Latin at Vander- 
bilt University last fall, but became professor of Latin at 
Emory College in January. 


The New York J ^oice has been devoting itself to an inves- 
tigation of student life at Harvard, Princeton and Yale. It 
finds a good deal of conviviality at Princeton, and a condi- 
tion of general rottenness at Yale, while at Harvard, ten 
years of prohibition have wonderfully elevated the moral 
standard. Anthony Comstock, in order to verify the state- 
ments of 77ie roue, has sent agents to New Haven, who 
have found 75 liquor-selling places within a radius of two 
blocks from the campus and green. T/ie J 'oUe has investi- 
gated Dartmouth and found the moral standard there un- 
usually high. 

The University of North Carolina has this year the larg- 
est enrollment of students in its history, the total being over 
•")00. There appears to be a revival of educational interest 
in this state, especially in higher educational circles, for all 
of the leading colleges, particularly the highest grade of 
male colleges, such as Trinity (Methodist), Wake Forest 
(Baptist), and Davidson (Presbyterian), have the highest 
number of students they ever had. The increased attend- 
ance at the two agricultural and mechanical colleges, also, 
one for whites (at Raleigh), and one for negroes (at Greens- 
boro), is notable. 

Cornell University upper classmen have adopted a few . 
new rules for the guidance of freshmen. Among them are 
the following: 

1. Freshmen shall be prohibited from the smoking of pipes upon 
streets of Ithaca, nor shall they smoke upon the campus. 

2. Freshmen shall not be allowed in the three restaurants known as 
Connelley's, Calkin's and Theo. Zinck's, after 7 p. m., unless accom- 
panied by upper classmen. This rule shall not apply to the dinners 
of the freshman bancjueting clubs. 

.'{. Freshmen shall not carry canes unless successful in the under 
class contests, nor in any case shall they carry them on the campus. 
They shall not wear silk hats in Ithaca. 

A freshman shall be considered as one who is spending his first year 
in the university. Men who have entered from other colleges are ex- 

In a leading article regarding Mrs. Hearst*s plan for the 
University of California, the London Spectator pronounces it 
to be a 'grand scheme, reminding one of those famous compe- 
titions in Italy, wherein Brunelleschi and Michael Angelo 
participated.' 'There is,' the Spectator says, 'the making 
or marring of a magnificent idea in the project.' Apropos 
the Spectator discourses at length on the striking contrasts 
in America, 'where so many men of wealth, whose money 


has been derived from coal, iron or railways, are not gov- 
erned merely by utilitarian conditions when they endow the 
public with their surplus wealth,' and adds : * This is a sign 
of the idealist, which, as Lowell said, lay hid in the Ameri- 
can character. ' • 

At the Princeton dinner, which took place at New York 
city, in January, President Patton said : *A great institution 
of learning should be separate, independent, and governed 
by laws of its own making. It should be free from political 
complications, and it should be free from ecclesiastical en- 
tanglements. I do not undervalue the moral tone that ex- 
ists between Princeton and the Presbyterian church, and I 
am loyal to my church, but I can not consent to have the 
law of any church imposed on Princeton University (cheers). 
While I hold my place at the head of your alma mater, I 
will do what in me lies to keep the hand of ecclesiasticism 
from resting on Princeton University. ' (Tremendous cheer- 


The average membership in Sigma Chi's 50 chapters this 
year is 10.5. 

r * B has established her eighth chapter at the Univer- 
sity of Denver. 

K A 0*s new house at Indiana will make four chapter 
houses there now. 

* K 2 held her convention this year with the Washington 
and JefiFerson chapter, on January 7 and 8. 

Hereafter Michigan will open on the Tuesday before the 
last Wednesday in September, instead of October 1. 

Judge Cooney, congressman from the Seventh district, is 
a member of the old Missouri Alpha chapter of Phi Kappa 

Herbert B. Moyer, of Xorristown, Pa., is at work on a 
manual for the 2 A E fraternity on the plan of Bro. Palmer's 
of <& A 0. 


The De Pauw chapter of Phi Gamma Delta has initiated 
the U. S. officer in charge of the military department of the 

A local foundling called Pi Rho Beta, at the University of 
Wisconsin, is waiting for some benevolent old gentleman 
fraternity to adopt it. 

The B IT house at Berkeley has been lost to that fra- 
ternity owing to inability to meet payments, although the 
chapter still occupies it. 

At St. Lawrence University last year 73 students out of 
8U were Greeks. The societies having chapters there are 
B (H) 11, A T 12, K K r and AAA. 

Several young women at Cornell are paying their way by 
the manufacture of candies, which they place on sale in 
stores frequented by the students. 

Hon. John Reily Knox, the founder of Beta Theta Pi, 
and familiarly called 'Pater Knox,' died at his home at 
Greenville, Ohio, February 7, 18V)S. 

Delta Delta Delta had last year 22.") active members; she 
wishes to be called a 'fraternity' and not a 'sorority' or *so- 
rosis.' Her total membership is now •')G-'). 

Kappa Kappa Gamma and Delta Gamma have arranged 
to send their magazines to each other's chapters. Delta 
Gamma and Kappa Alpha Theta have houses at Albion. 

Principal Harris, of the Central High School, Cleveland, 
recently delivered an address before his pupils on 'College 
Fraternities,' in which he distinctly favored Greek letter 
organizations. He is a member of A K E. 

The University of Illinois opened last fall a school of lit- 
erary instruction, the only one of its kind in the w^est. The 
course will cover four years. It is in charge of Miss 
Katherine Sharp, late president of the K K T fraternity. 
Miss Sharp is a graduate of Chicago, has been giving literary 
instruction at Armour Institute, and is said to be the most 
thoroughly equipped woman librarian in the country. 


The last convention of A T 12 adopted a pledge button, 
and a fraternity whistle, or rather two whistles, a challenge 
and a response. * A adopted a pledge button in 1801, 
and was the first fraternity to adopt a whistle, in 1894. 

Twenty-five students at Yale are correspondents for out- 
side papers. One man recently paid the expenses of his 
entire college course in this way, earning S2,5()0 in his 
senior year. He 'syndicated' his work, particularly in foot 
ball news and comment. 

Hobart reports a 'large increase' in attendance, the total 
number of students being now 95 — 13 seniors, 14 juniors, 
18 sophomores, 39 freshmen, 11 graduates and special stu- 
dents. Kappa Alpha, Sigma Phi, Theta Delta Chi and 
Sigma Chi have chapters there. 

Should the charter of the suspended Stanford chapter of 
* r A be revived there will probably be a lively war over 
precedence, as the local society of 2 P H , which was formed 
by the ex-members of A 2 of <l> P A, was allotted the same 
order in the Stanford annual of this year which * P A for- 
merly occupied. 

Mr. Wm. R. Baird was forced to suspend work on the 
preparation of a new edition of * American College Frater- 
nities ' on account of professional duties, and also because 
some of the leading fraternities would not contribute neces- 
sary information. He hopes to be able to take up the work 
again soon, but possibly may not do so. 

The rapid growth of the chapter house movement in the 
south is shown by A K E renting a two-story brick house in 
the rear of the Vanderbilt campus, and Kappa Alpha pur- 
chasing the administration building from the centennial ex- 
position grounds. It is said that the report that a lot has 
been purchased for the house is premature. 

The Shield says that the Grand Arch Council of Phi Kappa 
Psi. to be held at Washington next April, will be the most 
important convention in the annals of the fraternity. The 
newly-revised constitution and a new ritual will be present- 
ed for adoption, and the ' accredited list ' of proposed new 
chapters will be either revised, renewed or abolished. 


The Kpiscopaliaus will establish dormitories for members of 
that church at the University of Colorado, will found scholar- 
ships and support a lecture course. In general, the church 
intends to support the university as its recognized institu- 
tion of higher education within the diocese. The Presby- 
terians have made similar arrangements, as they have done 
already at Stanford. 

At Boston University five sororities had 117 members last 
year, while but 01 fraternity men were in attendance. At 
Northwestern there were liio women and 112 men in the 
nine sororities, and eight fraternities represented. The total 
number of members in all Greek-letter societies was 053 at 
Michigan, 507 at Cornell, 503 at Pennsylvania, the number 
of chapters at these three universities being respectively ol, 
20 and 22. Michigan's nine sororities enrolled 100 members. 

The Psi Upsilon fraternity formally dedicated a new chap- 
ter house at Syracuse University, January 30. Among 
other members of the fraternity representatives of the gen- 
eral council and prominent alumni were present. The 
dedicatory rites were followed by a banquet in the new 
house. The toastmaster was chosen from among the insti- 
tutors of the chapter in 1^75. At present there are eigh- 
teen men housed in the new building, and there are accom- 
modations for more. 

The Beta Omega chapter of Delta Tau Delta was organ- 
ized at the University of California on February '>. The 
members were initiated by the Stanford chapter. The new 
chapter starts out with a membership of fourteen men and 
with prospects for a successful career. The announcements 
to the chapters of the other fraternities at Berkeley 
were engraved and sent as coming from the arch chapter, 
and were accompanied by a menu and a toast list of the in- 
stallation dinner. The new chapter has four seniors, five 
juniors, four sophomores and one freshman. Among the 
initiates is the 'varsity foot ball captain. They will take no 
house until next term. The success of the new chapter is 
largely due to the efforts of K. C. Babcock, instructor in the 
department of history at Berkeley, who is president of the 
arch chapter of Delta Tau Delta, and who is very popular at 
the university. This makes thirteen fraternities now at 
Berkeley, in addition to two in the dental, two in the medical. 

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one in the law department, and three women's fraternities. 
This gives Delta Tau Delta 3S chapters once more, Beta 
Omega taking the place of the recently deceased Williams 

An article on 'Delta Kappa Epsilon in the South/ in the 
A K E Quarterly for June, states that the North Carolina chap- 
ter has a house of its own, the Virginia chapter has bought a 
lot and has almost money enough to build, the Central and 
Mississippi chapters are accumulating building funds, while 
the Vanderbilt chapter it seems has done but little in that 
direction. A K E has a total of six Southern chapters. The 
article referred to above says: 

Our fraternity is conservative, but we should not stagnate. Care 
should be taken to select progressive institutions where the conditions 
are favorable to successful careers. We believe there are several such 
in the South, by entering which our order would be greatly strength- 
ened, and it may not be invidious to say that chief among them are 
Washington and Lee University, University of the South, University 
of Georgia, ITniversity of Texas and Tulane l^niversity. 

The December Shield contained announcements for the 
semi-centennial convention of Theta Delta Chi, at the 
Windsor Hotel, New York city, February «S, and 10. The 
presence of the two living founders of the fraternity, Abel 
Beach and Andrew H. Green, was expected. A morning 
session in the convention hall was to be devoted to the his- 
tory of the fraternity for fifty years, the first period by Col. 
Wm. L. Stone, and the second by Prof. Duncan C. Lee. In 
the afternoon of the same day. President Capen, of Tufts 
College, was to deliver the semi-centennial oration, and Rev. 
Cameron Mann recite an original poem, followed, if time 
permitted, by an informal reception to the founders. One 
evening the convention was to be entertained by the Theta 
Delta Chi graduate club of New York, and on the last even- 
ing there was to be a banquet. A memorial volume relat- 
ing to the semi-centennial will be published and sold for $5 
a copy, but the history of the fraternity will be published 
serially in the March, June, September and December issues 
of the Shield, so that when completed it can be separated 
and bound. 

Our New York correspondents, who were watching the 
papers for notices of the convention, report the following 
clipping from, the Su7i as the result — and the sole result — 
of their search: 

The Theta Delta Chi fraternity finished yesterday at the Windsor 


Hotel a three-day celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the founda- 
tion of the society. Altogether about 500 members have attended the 
anniversary ceremonies. At yesterday's meeting Bishop Gilbert of 
Minnesota presided. The Rev. Cameron Mann of Kansas City read a 
poem. Col. William L. Stone told the history of the fraternity's first 
twenty-five years, and Prof. Duncan Campbell Lee of Cornell of the 
second twenty-five. One of the founders of the fraternity, Abel Beach 
of Iowa City, made a speech. President Capen of Tufts Collie also 
spoke. Last evening there was a banquet at which there were twenty- 
nine toasts, to twenty-two of which there were two responses each. 

In an account of the B IT chapter at Stanford, the Beta 
Theta Pi gives a description and picture of the handsome 
chapter house erected there last summer. The adult mem- 
bers formed a corporation under the laws of the state. The 
mother of one of the members built the house and sold it 
(secured by mortgage of course) to the corporation, to be 
paid for according to a schedule of partial payments. The 
corporation rents the house to the active chapter. Funds 
obtained by the sale of shares are applied to the partial pay- 
ments, and the rental from the chapter provides the interest 
due on the outstanding obligation. It is said that in run- 
ning the house some profit is made, which is used in reduc- 
ing the obligation. The B n chapter house at the Uni- 
versity of California also was built according to this financial 
plan, which is worthy of consideration. 

The AVrc' York World oi December 12 contains an article 
of several columns about students of the University of Cin- 
cinnati being branded with nitrate of silver in the course of 
secret society initiations. A picture is given of the foot of 
a young l&dy, on which appears the letters *V. C. P.,* that 
being the name of a local sorority. Owing to the evapora- 
tion of the water with which the nitrate was prepared, the 
solution was much stronger than was supposed, and it caused 
the fair initiate great pain and incapacitated her for three 
weeks. Pictures are given also of Andrew and Smith Hick- 
enlooper, with 'B H' branded on the forehead of each. 
The young men are sons of Gen. Andrew Hickenlooper, 
president of the Cincinnati Gas Light and Coke Company. 
It is said that the branding will not be a permanent disfig- 
urement, and also that it was not a part of the regular 
ritual, but the bright idea of some local Beta. The Beta 
correspondent from Cincinnati in the February Beta Theta 
Pi, says the reports came from a * sorehead' non- fraternity 
student, now out of school, and that the branding was done 
wnth iodine. 


The Beta Alpha chapter of Kappa Sigma was established 
at Brown University, February 22. The new chapter has 
one senior, four juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen. 
It is a strong chapter and has good men, some of whom 
have been rushed by other fraternities at Brown. The in- 
stallation of the chapter took place at the Narragansett, in 
Providence. Rooms have been secured in the Banigan 
building. At the installation of the new chapter there were 
present representatives of the fraternity from the University 
of Vermont, Bucknell University, University of Maine, 
Bowdoin College and the alumni association of Boston. 
Kappa Sigma has at present 45 chapters. The other New 
England chapters are at Maine, Vermont and Bowdoin. The 
one at South Carolina suspended last June. 

The forthcoming catalogue of Beta Theta Pi will contain 
the names of members of societies that have united with that 
fraternity, numbering perhaps a thousand or more. When 
the union occurred the alumni of such societies were noti- 
fied of said event, and requested to signify their willingness 
to be enrolled as members of Beta Theta Pi. The editor of 
the Beta catalogue says : 

Only those alumni will be omitted who have declined to be identi- 
fied with Beta Theta Pi. The list includes the Alpha Si^ma Chi 
(Maine, Rutgers, Stevens, Cornell, St. Lawrence and Princeton); 
Mystical Seven (Wesleyan, Syracuse, Virginia, North Carolina, Dav- 
idson, Georgia, Emory, Cumberland and Mississippi); Sigma Delta Pi 
(Dartmouth); Zeta Phi (Missouri); Torch and Crown (Amherst). Of 
course also the alumni members of the Phi Kappa Alpha, Adelphi 
and Independent societies, situated respectively at Brown, Colgate 
and Dickinson, who have been admittea into Beta Theta IM, will ap- 

The plan of chapters sending circular letters to alumni, 
an excellent system for keeping alumni and their chapters 
in touch with one another, was originated by Beta Theta Pi, 
and in 1886 was adopted by Phi Delta Theta, but instead of 
issuing such letters semi-annually, as Beta Theta Pi chap- 
ters did up to 1892, the chapters of Phi Delta Theta have is- 
sued them annually. In 1892 the method in Beta Theta Pi 
was changed, the semi- annuals were abandoned, and since 
then a special number of the Beta Thefa Pi has been issued 
annually, containing a letter from each chapter. Judging 
from the reports of general officers, the innovation has not 
been successful. One disadvantage of the new plan is that 
the letters, all of which are edited by the general secretary. 


have a monotonous sameness, instead of the distinctive char 
acteristics of letters issued by the chapters themselves. Th< 
idea was to send the annual or special issue of the magazine 
to every living alumnus of the fraternity. This makes th< 
cost very considerable, and imposes on the magazine mana 
ger enormous labor in mailing copies to say 10,000 mem 
bers. The result was that the special issue has been sent t< 
magazine subscribers only, so that many thousands of Beta; 
fail to hear from their chapters at all. At a recent conven 
tion the editor of the magazine reported : 

It is absolutely impossible to send the annual to all of the alumni 
as required by the laws. In the first place, there is no money to pa] 
for a sufficient number of copies; and in the second place, as it is n< 
one's duty to furnish the addresses of the alumni, we are without th< 
means of sending out even those copies which we have. 



E. A. Wright has sent out a number of new monograms 
and other designs for Phi stationery, some of which are un- 
usually attractive. 

« «r « « 

A number of chapters that have issued circular letters 
have neglected to send copies to the editor of The Scroll. 
as well as to the Fraternity Librarian. There will be further 
remarks on this subject in the March Palladiuvi. 

« «r « « 

Our kind friends who have done so much to keep us sup- 
plied with personals are especially requested to send us a 
double portion at once for the April number, which is in- 
tended to be of particular interest to the alumni. 

«r « «r « 

The usual chapter house editorial is omitted this time, 
and in its stead we invite our readers to turn to the letter 
from Purdue. The youngest chapter in Indiana is the first 
to take a house! But then Purdue was a hustler from the 

very first. 

* * tt * 

The editor is under obligations to the reporters at Ala- 
bavia. Central, Hillsdale, California and Northwestern for 
their college papers. The Crimsoii- White is a new bi-weekly, 
which makes a fine showing in its several departments for 
Alabama Alpha. 

% % % % 

Of the five seniors chosen in the first drawing for Phi 
Beta Kappa at Nebraska, three were members of fraterni- 
ties: one of K A ©, one of A X (local), and one of 4> A 0. 
Our man is Bro. Philip W. Russell, who was delegate to the 
Philadelphia convention. 

* * * * 

Chapters should not delay in remitting to the Treasurer of 
the General Council for the Fraternity dues that were paya- 
ble on the first day of February, as well as for all previous 
arrears. Any delinquency of members this year who will 
not return next fall will have to be paid by the members 
then in college. This is not a year when chapters can af- 
ford to get behind, for at the convention there must be a 
settling up of all accounts. 


The editor's illness is uow completing its ninth week, and 
The Scroll is only four weeks late. Its appearance has 
been made possible largely through the invaluable aid of 
Bro. Walter B. Palmer, P. G. C. and Bro. Thomas R. 
Shipp, Indianapolis, '07, of The fndianapolis Neu^s, 

Is He ^ * 

The Palladium may be expected within about a week or 
ten days. Letters for the April Scroll are desired from 
every chapter not represented in this issue. vSend them in 
by March to. Reporters of alumni chapters will please be 
very prompt in sending in their accounts of the celebration 

of Alumni Day. 

* * * * 

One of the pleasant features of a rather tedious convales- 
cence has been the reception of a box of exquisite flowers 
from the Beta Zeta chapter of Delta Tan Delta. While this 
may possibly not have been intended as an inter-fraternity 
courtesy, we take this occasion to assure Bro. Hughes, of 

the Rainbow, that his chapter at Indianapolis is all right. 

* * * * 

The Indiana state contest in oratory was held January 21 , 
the winner is a A K E, from De Pauw. Indiana was repre- 
sented by a B n ; Franklin by a ^ A E, and Hanover by a * 
A 0. The inter state contest is to be held at Beloit this year. 

The Ohio state contest, held at Athens, February 18, re- 
sulted in a victory for Wooster. Ohio Wesleyan and Ohio 

State are out of the association this year. 

* * * * 

For the tenth year in succession the Phis of Indiana have a 
majority of the officers in the state inter-collegiate oratorical 
association. In fact there have been but two years in all the 
twenty- four since the association was formed that they have 
not had their share of the spoils. There are seven colleges 
in the association, one of which is a college in which there 
are no fraternities. The offices which fell to the six 
colleges in which Phi Delta Theta has chapters are now 
held by the following Phis : President, Jesse L. Holman, 
Franklin: vice-president, W. A. Oldfather, Hanover; re- 
cording secretary. Will H. Hays, Wabash: interstate dele- 
gate, Carl McGaughey, Butler: treasurer, Foster Smith, 
De Pauw: executive committeeman, Glenn Gifford, Indiana. 

In the same connection we may state that the inter-colle- 
giate athletic association of Indiana has for its president, 
Bro. T. C. Whallon, Hanover, and for its secretary, Bro. 
Frank Roller, De Pamv, 


The editor desires to acknowledge the receipt of an invi- 
tation to the fifth annual promenade of the Pan-Hellenic 
Association of Northwestern University, Evanstou, Friday 
evening, Februarv 18. The association is composed of the 
following fraternities: B H, 2 X, 4> K 5, * K 4^ and <I> A 0. 
Bro. Buntain is president of the association. The promenade 
ended promptly at midnight this year, in accordance wnth 
the new rules of the Northwestern faculty. Dancing began 
at 0:30, consequently; at eight o'clock Bro. Buntain and 
Miss Alice Ballinger led the grand march. Among the 
chaperons we note the names of Bros. Curtis H. Remy, /;/- 

dianapolis, 'Tl, and W. E. O'Kane, Ohio Weslevan, 'ST. 

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The Amherst Olio was the first annual to arrive this 
year, being followed closely by the Columbiaji. We hope re- 
porters will not fail to secure a copy for The Scroll in 
each case before the edition is exhausted. Phi editors of 
annuals that have not yet appeared will do wtII to read the 
remarks on chapter lists in the December Scroll. The 
chapter list in the Colmnbian would have to be changed in 
eight or ten places to be correct. In having chapter cuts 
made for annuals bear in mind that Thk Scroll will be 
glad to use them, and that (>x4 is the proper size to appear 
well, anything larger being difficult to use along with names 
of the individual members. There is a general desire to 

have the names all appear with each cut. 

* * * * 

The Phi Delta Theta Fraternity chapter house, near Van- 
derbilt University, was the scene of a very merry and suc- 
cessful dance last evening. It was probably the largest and 
most enjoyable affair that has been given this season by 
this set of young men who are so popular with the fair sex. 
De Pierri's orchestra furnished the music. Among those 
present were, Misses Rachel Thomas, May Lindsley, Medora 
Cheatham, Mary Ready Weaver, PVances Pilcher, Louise 
Jackson, Fanny Lewis, Eleanor Buford, Elizabeth Howell, 
Caroline Morris, Louise Bransford, Rachel Overton, Mary 
Ewing Beard, of Lebanon, and Carter, of Murfreesboro; 
Messrs. Norman and Louis Farrell, Charles and Allison 
Buntin, Stuart and Campbell Pilcher, Howard Boogher, 
Herbert Carr, Hill McAlister, Vaulx Crockett. Battle Mc- 
Lester, W. F. Bradshaw, G. A. Wyeth, F. J. Fuller, D. A. 
Breard, A. L. Beard, E. M. Underwood, H. V. Jones, H. 
G. Rice, N. S. Hendrix, G. L. Jackson, J. C. Crizer. A. W. 
Harris, Jr., and C. R. Baskervill. — Nashville Avierican, Feb- 
ruary 10, 1898. 


A welcome visitor to our exchange table is the Daily Cal- 
if omian^ a college newspaper that is thoroughly up to date 
and of peculiar interest to eastern readers. The editor-in- 
chief is Bro. Wigginton E. Creed, '98. One of his associ- 
ates is Bro. Duncan McDuffie, '99, and one of his assistants 

Bro. C. L. Creed. '01. 

* * * « 

When a chapter elects a new reporter the editor should be 
explicitly informed of the fact. Reporters who are over- 
whelmed with work sometimes ask another member of the 
chapter to write a letter, which is all right and excellent 
training for a future reporter. But the editor should be 

informed whether this is the case or not. 

* * * * 

An unusual degree of interest is being manifested at Co- 
lumbia in the debate to be held with the University of 
Chicago in March. Twenty-five candidates presented them- 
selves at the preliminary trial to select speakers, ten of 
whom were chosen to take part in a second trial debate. 
From these six were selected as team and substitutes. One 
of the number is Bro. Oscar Weeks Ehrhorn, '98, reporter 
of New York Delta. The question for debate is: * Resolved, 
That the policy of increasing the United States navy is 
wise, and should be continued.' 

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Tliorc* is no line of badKo.s manufactured that can corn- 
pan' with ours for beauty, conforming to rPKuhition, qual- 
ity of jeweling, variety and workmanship. 

Tlie above statement is a broad one, but insjx»ction of 
the samples shown by our travelers and ** silent drum- 
mers' (ai>provaI packages), will prove the assertion. 

We have been originators and leaders in fraternity jew- 
elr>' for years, and exiH^rience has taught us the wants of 
students. Wait till you st»e our giMxls. You will not be 

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APRIL, J897. 
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No. 4. 


Embarrassment sometimes comes to a writer from a super- 
abundance of material. His trouble then is to make a judi- 
cious selection. My difficulty is from a scarcity of material. 
That fact, however, does not show a lack of character or 
merit in the subject. The biography of one of the best 
men that ever lived on our planet was by divine guidance 
condensed into a few sentences. That was the life of 
Enoch, who was the first man that entered heaven without 


Victor Hugo is credited with saying that if you would 
have a model man, you must begin by training his grand- 
mother. Ancestry has much to do with a man's well-being, 
physical, intellectual and moral. In the case of Mr. Rodgers 
we are able to trace his pedigree to his great-grandfather, 
William Rodgers, who was a captain in the Revolutionary 
war. His grandfather, Matthew Rodgers, lived in what is 
now Juniata county, Pa., and was the captain of a company 
that marched to Lake Erie during the war of ISl'i, at the 
time of Commodore Perry's victory there. 

Thomas Rodgers, his father, was a plain, substantial coun- 
try farmer, but said to be a man of indomitable will. He 
was born April 20, 17*.M), in what is now called Juniata coun- 
ty, Pa. ; thence he removed to a farm near Piqua, Ohio, where 
he lived several years, which was his home when Ardivau 
went to Oxford. From that place he moved his family to 
Brighton, Iowa, where he died, March 7, 18(>0. 

Jane Rodgers (;//>• Campbell ) was born near Carlisle, Pa., 
May 28, 1701, and died also at Brighton, Iowa, February 
13, 1S72. Thomas Rodgers and Jane Campbell were mar- 
ried April S, 1817, and had eight children, of whom Ardi- 
van was the fifth in order: there were five other boys and 
two girls. 


William J., the eldest, was born February 3, 1818, and is 
still living at Beloit, in Kansas; he has had two sons and 
three daughters. 

Margaret W. was born September 20, 1811); married W. 
J. Townley, had three children, and died at Brighton, 
Iowa, December 1, LSol. 

Matthew L. was born March 21, 1821; had two children, a 
son and a daughter; the son is dead, and the father died at 
Piqua, Ohio, September 18, 1S57. 

Elizabeth E. was born November 11, 1822, and died De- 
cember 21, 1828. 

Ardivan Walker was born October 20, 1824, near Piqua, 

John Scott was born April 14, 1827: he had three sons 
and two daughters. The daughters are dead. 

Biram was born January 2.S, 1829; he died at Brighton, 
Iowa, November 28, l«S5(v. he had one son, now dead; the 
widow lives at Piqua, Ohio. 

Losado was bom April 29, 1832; he attended college at 
Oxford for a short time and died at Piqua, Ohio, November 
20, 1.S51. 


Mr. Rodgers was born and reared on a farm. His muscles 
were made strong by hard work, and his health promoted 
by active out-door exercise. In the early months of 184(> he 
taught a public school, and October 7, 1846, he entered 
Miami University in the sub-freshman class. There and 
then our acquaintance began, as I had attended the univer- 
sity during the last thirteen weeks of the session ending 
August 13, 184(5. Hence I set into college work on May 
11, noi June 1><, 1S4(), as the college records are said to 

Mr. Rodgers was six feet, two inches in height, well pro- 
portioned, perfectly erect, with black eyes, and a healthy 
complexion suited in color to such eyes and black hair. He 
had a winsome face and a pleasant manner, which his eld- 
est brother says was a heritage from his mother. He was 
just twenty-two years of age, and while large and strong, 
he was lithe as an athlete. He and Andrew Watts Rogers 
stood at about the same height in the world. They were 
classmates in college, and of course much together. They 
were indeed in appearance and in heart /dr nobilc fratrnjn. 
The college boys admired them and called them *0i Poycpoc.' 

Mr. Rodgers was a professor of religion at home, and when 


he went to college he took his religion with him. Though 
he was, as Andrew Rogers, who knew him well, writes re- 
cently of him, *a Christian through and through,' he did 
not parade his religion to be seen by men, nor did he hide 
it under a bushel. He was cheerful, without frivolity; ear- 
nest and dignified, but not haughty or repellent either in 
appearance or in fact. 

His most prominent characteristic, however, was his pro- 
found conscientiousness. This regulated his every act and 
word. He had no moods nor spells. Those who knew him, 
always knew where to find him. His conscientiousness gave 
symmetry, power and beauty to his life. His intellect was 
not brilliant, but it was well balanced. His scholarship was 
accurate and careful; it was honest at every point. He was 
more nearly an all-around man than most men. It was not 
wonderful that he was a general favorite; nor that, after- 
wards, when in his sophomore year the Phi Delta Theta 
Fraternity was being organized, he was wanted. I re- 
member well that, on the night of the organization, when all 
the original six were present, and on being called on, one 
by one, all had agreed to enter into such an arrangement, 
after a pledge of secrecy upon honor had been made by all 
present, so far as that night's proceedings were concerned, 
Drake and Rodgers, who were regarded as least likely to 
unite in such a bond, were called on last. Drake, in a few 
quiet words, expressed his assent. Then, last of all, the 
name of Rodgers was called ; all of us five waited with some 
anxiety to hear his answer. However, as our eyes met his, 
we noticed a merry sparkle, which was followed by his 
speech: 'Boys, I have always been opposed to secret socie- 
ties, but as this society is not a secret one to me, I like it.' 
From that hour began the life and work of the Fraternity in 
which Rodgers was interested to the day of his death. 

An every-day faithfulness to his obligations marked his 
course in college, where he was graduated with the degree 
of A. B. in 1S51, and three years later he was honored by 
his alma mater vfith A. M. 

In the fall of I'^Sl he opened a select school, which he 
taught with excellent success for three years in Piqua, Ohio. 
During this interval he was married to Miss Mary Sawyer, 
of Piqua, July 27, 18o2. There, too, September 1, 185:], 
his eldest child, John Sawyer, was born and tarried with his 
parents until October 0, 1858. A second son was born there 
September 17, 1854, and lived until October 7, 1855. He 
was named Walter Lowrie, in honor of a distinguished mis- 
sionary murdered in China. 


In the autumn of 1854 Mr. Rodgers went to St. Mary's, 
Ohio, to take the superintendence of the Union School of 
that place, which he held for two years. At St. Mary's was 
born a third son, Ardivan Walker, Jr., March 8, ISoG. 

On June 4, 18o<), Mr. Rodgers left Ohio with his wife and 
surviving child, on a visit to his father at Brighton, Iowa, 
expecting while there to get a position as teacher, but being 
stricken with typhoid fever, he lingered long and died De- 
cember 11, 1<S5(>.^^ 

Thus passed away in the morning of life, in the flush and 
prime of his days, the first of the six founders of the 4> A 0. 

It was an early call, but he was ready. God never makes 
mistakes. He never dismisses one of his witnesses until his 
testimony is finished. The quality rather than the quantity 
decides its value. Abel was most likely young when he fin- 
ished his brief testimou}', but his voice has been sounding as 
the years go by more widely than while he was living, for 
*he being dead yet speaketh.' So, too, with other youthful 
witnesses, and if so, why notwnth the subject of this paper? 

What his particular words or thoughts were as he neared 
the great dark river, tow^ards which we are all rapidly hast- 
ening, we know not, but we do know the character of his 
life. That is more valuable testimony than words could be, 
if not endorsed by consistent and continuous acts. His serv- 
ice to the Great Master was not a secret one, or an unknown 

We have another illustration of his conscientiousness and 
good sense, in this fact. He waited long and worked hard 
in order to be thoroughly prepared for the high calling 
that was his aim, the ministry of the I'nited Presbyterian 
Church. He tried to be useful while he was teaching, 
but that was also a means to an end; to obtain money to at- 
tend a theological seminary, and to further aid in obtaining 
that high qualification he desired, he read and studied as 
best he could, in the ^v^ years of his teaching, after his 
college life was over. It was not his ambition to eagerly 
rush in where angels might fear to tread, as so many un- 
fledged callow youths are hastening now to do. 

He was not .satisfied with any but the best preparation 
possible, for any work into which he felt it a duty to go. 
He had constantly in view the direction to another young 
preacher: * Study to show thyself approved unto God, a 

♦ Mr. Wni. J. Rodgers. brother of Ardivan Walker Rodgers, writes that he died 
December 1 1, 1856, and that that is the date inscribed on his tombstone at Brighton. 
Iowa. It is also the date in the general catalogue of Miami. The widow of the 
deceased, however, writes that he died December 10, IK j6. that being the date re- 
corded in the family Hible. 


workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing 
the word of truth.' 

The old Hebrews thought that of all parts of speech, God 
liked adverbs best. Their view was, that, while many things 
may be done in hatred, or to be seen of men, or because they 
have to be done, yet they may appear to men all right, though 
not so to the All-seeing One. The service may be lovingly, 
thoughtfully and faithfully rendered to receive the welcome 
plaudit from the righteous Judge : 'Well done, good and 
faithful servant ! * That award we are confident has been 
passed on our brother beloved, whose life-story has been 
briefly told above. 

Ardivan Rodgers and Biram, his brother, died within two 
weeks of each other. Their bodies were laid side by side, 
and the same monument tells the life story of each. And a 
verse of the Holy Word, graven in the marble, refers to 
them jointly : * They were lovely and pleasant in their lives, 
and in death they were not divided.' 

After the death of Mr. Rodgers, his widow married the 
Rev. Thomas Henderson, of the Methodist Church. He is 
now deceased, and his widow lives at Fairfield, Iowa. 

Ardivan Walker Rodgers, Jr., died at Birmingham, Iowa, 
August 21. 1805. 

The writer is indebted for the details of the foregoing pa- 
per to our indefatigable and patient historian, Bro. Walter 
B. Palmer. They were mostly obtained from Mr. William 
J. Rodgers, Beloit, Kansas; from Mrs. Mary Henderson and 
Mr. T. B. Rodgers, Topeka, Kansas, a cousin of Ardivan 
Walker, who is now preparing a history of the Rodgers 
family for publication. The portrait accompanying this 
sketch is from a photograph of a daguerreotype in the 
possession of Mr. William J. Rodgers. This photograph, 
together with one of a daguerreotype in the possession of 
Mrs. Henderson, have been forwarded to the Fraternity Li- 

This completes the biographical sketches of the six found- 
ers of Phi Delta Theta that have appeared in The vScroll. 
The issue for December, 1SS6, contained a sketch of John 
McMillan Wilson, *4i), by his brother, Archibald Wilson; the 
issue for April, 18S7, a sketch of Robert Thompson Drake, 
'50, by Robert Morrison; the issue for April, 1^97, an auto- 
biographical sketch of Robert Morrison, '49; the issue for 
June, 1897, a sketch of Andrew Watts Rogers, 'ol , by Royall 
H. Switzler; the issue for October, 1897, a sketch of John 
Wolfe Lindley, MO, by S. Emerson Findley. 

Robert Morrison, 

Fulton. Mo.. March 15, 1S98. Ohio Alpha, '49. 



Six editions of the catalogue of Phi Delta Theta have 
been issued, published in the years 18()0, 1S70, 1872. 1878, 
1888 and l'S04. The sixth (1S94) edition contains no 
names of members initiated since 1892, and in the lists of 
the older chapters in the first part of the book there are no 
names of members initiated since 1800. It seems, there- 
fore, that it is time for us to begin to make provisions for a 
new edition. As the last edition was a very severe tax 
upon the resources of the Fraternity, it behooves us, before 
entering upon another such enterprise, to consider carefully 
and mature plans for bringing out a book that will be prac- 
tical and useful, and the expense of which will not be too 
great for a college organization to undertake. 

It takes time to produce a book of this character. Our 
1878 catalogue was four years in preparation, our 1888 
edition five years, our last (1894) edition six years. At 
this rate it would require, say seven or eight years, to get 
out the next edition, if it should be as comprehensive as the 
last. The whole number of names in the last edition was 
7,286, but the membership of the Fraternity in 1894 was 
several hundreds in excess of this. * The Manual of Phi 
Delta Theta * gives the total membership on February 1 , 
1897, as 9,184. Taking the average number of initiations 
for several years. Phi Delta Theta is increasing at the rate 
of 485 per annum. Under even the most favorable circum- 
stances, a new edition could hardly be prepared before the 
year 1901, and then the enumeration of the Fraternity will 
approximate the enormous total of 1 1 ,000. 

My object in writing this article is (a) to show that, in- 
creasing in membership so rapidly, we can never afford to 
issue another catalogue on the plan of the 188^> and- 1894 
editions; {b) to indicate what details should be omitted to 
bring the book within reasonable limits, and (c) to urge the 
establishment of the permanent office of catalogue compiler, 
to collect and systematically arrange catalogue materials, so 
that when a new edition is decided upon, it can be issued 
within a much shorter time than heretofore, and without in- 
volving such an enormous expenditure of labor and money, 
even though our membership is becoming so large. 



This title might be awarded to Mr. Charles W. Smiley, 
editor of the 1879 catalogue of Psi Upsilon. Up to that 
time the editors of catalogues had been content to furnish 
more or less complete lists of members, their occupations 
and addresses. Mr. Smiley set the example of giving a full 
biographical record for each member. Of course a great 
deal of labor was necessary to collect such detailed informa- 
tion, and the book in which it was printed was much more 
voluminous and handsome than any college fraternity cata- 
logue that had ever previously been published. The frater- 
nity world was struck with wonder and admiration. The 
praises of Mr. Smiley were loudly sung, and every other 
fraternity became ambitious to equal the effort of Psi Upsi- 
lon. Elaborate works were projected along the same lines. 
It was hardly thought that any improvement could be 
made. At least two fraternities within a few years issued 
catalogues slavishly imitating Mr. Smiley *s model, even in 
typography, while all others tried to equal it in fullness of 
detail. In fact all fraternities went wild on the subject of 
catalogue-making, and, as a result, most of them have 
learned severe lessons. 

The 1879 Psi Upsilon catalogue is a book of 468 pages, con- 
taining 4,928 names. Alpha Delta Phi appeared in the field 
in 1882 with the semi-centennial (twelfth) edition of her cat- 
alogue, a book of 782 pages, containing 5,452 names. Psi 
Upsilon broke the record again in 1 888 by issuing a volume 
of 1,038 pages (pages one- fourth larger than those of the 
1879 edition), containing 6,778 names. There were an edi- 
tor-in-chief and an associate editor, and the preface ac- 
knowledges the clerical labors of seven men in the summers 
of 1886 and 1887. In 1891 Delta Kappa Epsilon capped the 
climax by publishing a tome of 1,750 pages (counting pre- 
liminary pages and unnumbered insets), containing elabo- 
rate records of 10,584 members. When one looks at this 
huge volume one wonders how such a book was compiled. 
Here is the explanation given by the D, A'. E. Quarterly, 
October, 1890: 

To these gentlemen then the credit of the present catalogue is due. 
On every working day during the past three years at least one, and 
often two of them, has si>ent from five to fourteen hours on work of 
the same kind, which sends so many insane from the United States 
statistical bm'eaus, and all during this time from three to six clerks 
have been steadily employed on purely clerical work. No one unfa- 
miliar with this class of work can form any idea, from the completed 
volume, of the labor necessary to produce it. About 50,000 letters and 


circulars have been sent out, in some cases as many as eight auto- 
graph letters to a single individual, and an average of five communica- 
tions to every man in the fraternity. 

From this statement it appears that the Delta Kappa 
Epsilon catalogue was compiled by from four to seven men, 
who worked at it continuously for three years, from 1887 to 
1890. But this catalogue was begun in 18S3. In 1887 a 
hundred and fifty pages that had gone through the press 
were abandoned because, during a long suspension of work, 
the printed information had become largely obsolete. Though 
the preface is dated December, 1800, the book was not 
issued until late in 1891, eight years after it had been be- 

Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, Phi Kappa 
Psi, Chi Psi, Delta Upsilon and other fraternities emulated 
Psi Upsilon 's example, each trying to get out as big a book 
as possible. Phi Kappa Psi began the preparation of a new 
catalogue in 1SS7 or earlier. After a hundred or more pages 
had been printed, a long suspension of work occurred, as in 
the case with Delta Kappa Epsilon, and the delay necessitated 
so many changes that the printed pages were abandoned and 
the printers began at the first again. When about half the 
book had gone through the press, the printed portion and 
some of the copy were destroyed by the fire in Spahr & 
Glenn's establishment at Columbus, Ohio, which burned 
out The Scroll in January, isi)2. The book was finally 
issued in 1S94. 

Up to about this time it seemed to be the prevalent idea 
that a fraternity which could not exhibit a big catalogue, 
expensively printed, illustrated and bound would drop to 
the rear ranks. I confess that I was infatuated with this 
hallucination myself. The 187*.> Psi Upsilon catalogue was 
the inspiration to me to get out a book that might be com- 
pared with it, and taking up work which others had begun, 
I became co-editor of our 1883 edition. It is a book of 230 
pages, containing 3,460 names. I still have a vivid recol- 
lection of the months and years of toil that I spent on that 
work, with no monetary recompense whatever. This book, 
of which Brother A. Gwyn Foster and I were editors 
(Brother George Banta being associated with us for a time), 
was the first attempt to give complete names of all members 
of the fraternity, biographical data concerning each, a table 
of consanguinity and a residence directory. Besides, after 
each chapter's list there appeared college and fraternity 
honors, a feature included in the catalogue of no other frater- 


The drudgery of accumulating information about thou- 
sands of widely scattered persons can be comprehended only 
by those who have had experience with such work. To be- 
gin with, the addresses of many persons are unknown, and 
many others, through sheer neglect, fail to respond to re- 
peated communications. When all the materials have been 
collected, the weary editors must enter upon the second part 
of their herculean task, that is the preparation of copy, and 
the greatest painstaking is necessary to bring all the details 
into uniform and systematic arrangement. On account of 
proper names, Greek letters, abbreviations and other pecu- 
liarities, the editors must most closely and carefully read 
the proof several times. Then the arrangement of thou- 
sands of names in exact order for the residence directory 
and alphabetical index is most tedious work. 

But our 18S3 catalogue, being a new departure for Phi 
Delta Theta, was imperfect in many ways. The utmost ef- 
forts of the editors failed to obtain information about some 
members from either their chapters or themselves. Broth- 
ers Eugene H. L. Randolph and Frank I). Swope became 
actuated with a laudable desire to issue a catalogue that 
would measure up in every way to the standard of the 
times. The work of gathering data began in March , 1 888 , and 
thereafter was prosecuted assiduously and continuously, in 
spite of the precarious health of both of the editors. About 
three years later, or to be exact, in January, 1801, the first 
copy was sent to the printers. For lack of money, the work 
became embarrassed, and printing was practically suspended 
during the summer of 1S!)1. At the convention in October, 
it was reported that 1 1() pages had been set in type, of which 
96 pages were printed. The convention made provisions for 
continuing the work, but these provisions were not carried 
into effect. Arrangements having been finally perfected, 
the printers were put to work again in June, 1892. With 
such incidental delays as are liable to happen in most print- 
ing houses, amounting in this case to three or four months, 
the mechanical work proceeded until April, 1894, when the 
book was completed — full six years after its inception. A 
more extended account of the difficulties encountered in get- 
ting out this book appears in The Scroll for February, 

We may with profit examine into the experience of Beta 
Theta Pi in cataloRue-making, which has been similar to 
that of Phi Delta Theta. A Beta catalogue was issued in 
1881 , which was an attempt, like our 1883 edition, to be as 


circulars have been sent out, in some cases as many as eight auto- 
graph letters to a single individual, and an average of five communica- 
tions to every man in the fraternity. 

From this statement it appears that the Delta Kappa 
Epsilou catalogue was compiled by from four to seven men, 
who worked at it continuously for three years, from 1887 to 
1890. But this catalogue was begun in 18S3. In 1887 a 
hundred and fifty pages that had gone through the press 
were abandoned because, during a long suspension of work, 
the printed information had become largely obsolete. Though 
the preface is dated December, 1800, the book was not 
issued until late in 1801, eight years after it had been be- 

Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, Phi Kappa 
Psi, Chi Psi, Delta Upsilon and other fraternities emulated 
Psi Upsilon 's example, each trying to get out as big a book 
as possible. Phi Kappa Psi began the preparation of a new 
catalogue in 1SS7 or earlier. After a hundred or more pages 
had been printed, a long suspension of work occurred, as in 
the case with Delta Kappa Kpsilon, and the delay necessitated 
so many changes that the printed pages were abandoned and 
the printers began at the first again. When about half the 
book had gone through the press, the printed portion and 
some of the copy were destroyed by the fire in Spahr & 
Glenn's establishment at Columbus, Ohio, which burned 
out Thk Scroll in January, 1.S92. The book was finally 
issued in l'S94. 

Up to about this time it seemed to be the prevalent idea 
that a fraternity which could not exhibit a big catalogue, 
expensively printed, illustrated and bound would drop to 
the rear ranks. I confess that I was infatuated with this 
hallucination myself. The 187*> Psi Upsilon catalogue was 
the inspiration to me to get out a book that might be com- 
pared with it, and taking up work which others had begun, 
I became co- editor of our 1883 edition. It is a book of 280 
pages, containing '),^()0 names. I still have a vivid recol- 
lection of the months and years of toil that I spent on that 
work, with no monetary recompense whatever. This book, 
of which Brother A. Gwyn P'oster and I were editors 
(Brother George Banta being associated with us for a time), 
was the first attempt to give complete names of all members 
of the fraternity, biographical data concerning each, a table 
of consanguinity and a residence directory. Besides, after 
each chapter's list there appeared college and fraternity 
honors, a feature included in the catalogue of no other frater- 


The drudgery of accumulating information about thou- 
sands of widely scattered persons can be comprehended only 
by those who have had experience with such work. To be- 
gin with, the addresses of many persons are unknown, and 
many others, through sheer neglect, fail to respond to re- 
peated communications. When all the materials have been 
collected, the weary editors must enter upon the second part 
of their herculean task, that is the preparation of copy, and 
the greatest painstaking is necessary to bring all the details 
into uniform and systematic arrangement. On account of 
proper names, Greek letters, abbreviations and other pecu- 
liarities, the editors must most closely and carefully read 
the proof several times. Then the arrangement of thou- 
sands of names in exact order for the residence directory 
and alphabetical index is most tedious work. 

But our 18H3 catalogue, being a new departure for Phi 
Delta Theta, was imperfect in many ways. The utmost ef- 
forts of the editors failed to obtain information about some 
members from either their chapters or themselves. Broth- 
ers Eugene H. L. Randolph and Frank D. Swope became 
actuated with a laudable desire to issue a catalogue that 
would measure up in every way to the standard of the 
times. The work of gathering data began in March, 18<s8. and 
thereafter was prosecuted assiduously and continuously, in 
spite of the precarious health of both of the editors. About 
three years later, or to be exact, in January, 181)1, the first 
copy was sent to the printers. For lack of money, the work 
became embarrassed, and printing was practically suspended 
during the summer of 1S<)1. At the convention in October, 
it was reported that IK) pages had been set in type, of which 
96 pages were printed. The convention made provisions for 
continuing the work, but these provisions were not carried 
into effect. Arrangements having been finally perfected, 
the printers were put to work again in June, 1892. With 
such incidental delays as are liable to happen in most print- 
ing houses, amounting in this case to three or four months, 
the mechanical work proceeded until April, 1.S94, when the 
book was completed — full six years after its inception. A 
more extended account of the difficulties encountered in get- 
ting out this book appears in The Scroij. for February, 

We may with profit examine into the experience of Beta 
Theta Pi in catalogue-making, which has been similar to 
that of Phi Delta Theta. A Beta catalogue was issued in 
1881, which was an attempt, like our 1S83 edition, to be as 


full and thorough as that of Psi Upsilon in 1879. But Beta 

Theta Pi, like Phi Delta Theta, was not content with this 

effort. A supplement to the Beta catalogue of 1881 was 

issued in 1886. A circular, dated November 15, 1888, and 

signed by Mr. J. Cal. Hanna, a prominent official in his 

Fraternity, begins thus: 

The forty-ninth annual convention of our fraternity, held at 
Wooglin-on-Chautauqua, July 24-.S1, 1888, ordered the publication of 
a catalogue of the fraternity that should suitably mark the semi-cen- 
tennial of the foundation of our order, occurring next year. The un- 
dersigned was appointed catalogue editor, and is working in the hope 
of publishing the most complete and accurate fraternity catalogue 

ever put forth It is earnestly desired that the catalogue 

be issued from the press in the early part of 1889. 

In the Beta Theta Pi for May, 1892, three and a half years 

later, appeared the following announcement by Mr. Hanna: 

The catalogue editor has decided to go to press with the semi-cen- 
tennial catalogue without further delay, ana to push the work by 
printing and binding rapidly to completion Copy, ac- 
cording to our present plans, will begin to go to the printer about the 
15th of June. 

This was very positive, but the same magazine for Octo- 
ber, 181)3, contained the following editorial: 

The report of the catalogue editor, J. Cal. Hanna, to be found in 
the convention minutes, should be read with unusual interest by every 
member of the fraternity. The work connected with preparing the 
new catalogue has been notliing short of collossal. Hanna has done 
this work to his own detriment. He has done no grumbling, but has 
tried by all honorable means to elicit the interest of every Beta, in the 
hope that the work, when completed, would contain all the informa- 
tion the most exacting individual might desire. Owing to the utter 
lack of sympathy exhibited by some, data will be found wanting in 
some instances. This fault rests with these individuals themselves, 
and should not be laid at the feet of the catalogue editor 

This work must be done speedily if at all. Arrangements have 
been made to send the catalogue to press, and the day is not far 
distant when it will be ready for distribution. When it does appear 
we will have a catalogue which should be the constant companion of 
every Beta who really wants to know the actual status of uie frater- 
nity. Considerable comment has been made on the delay in getting 
out the new volume. To those who are growing restive we commend 
for perusal the golden rule. Fraternity catalogues are not made in a 
day, as those who h^ve produced them will bear evidence. 

Owing to difficulties, both editorial and financial, Mr. 

Hanna did not begin sending copy to the printers until 

1894. Following are interesting extracts from his report to 

the convention held in July, printed in the Beta Theta Pi 

for September, 1804 : 

This catalogue is like the last catalogue — it has been on hand for 
several years. Everybody is extremely weary on account of the 
delay. Nobody is or can be as weary as the writer of this paper. It 


has been a most depressing and harassing burden for years. The 
patience of the chapters and alumni in waiting so long for the book 
which they needed is duly appreciated by the editor. There have 
been many kind expressions of appreciation and sympathy. Without 
these the burden would have been unbearable. There have been 
many jokes, but these were kindly, and hurt nobody. There have 
been a very few demands for the book or money refunded, coming in 
nearly every instance from men who evidently were in very great 
ignorance of the facts in regard to the catalogue and its publication, 
and thoughtlessly looked upon the affair at first just as they would if 
they had paid in advance to a publisher for * Through Darkest Africa,* 
or for the 'International Comprehensive Cyclopedia,' forgetting that 
this business enterprise had no capital 

A start has been made on the reading of the proof. The remainder 
of this summer and probably all of September will be very full of the 
work of printing and proof-reading. It is my confident expectation 
that the bound volume can be placed in the hands of subscribers dur- 
ing the fall term. Of course, the question has arisen in the minds of 
many, *Why has there been so long a delay?' There are many 
reasons. I will refer to a few of them : 

When the publication of the catalogue was put in my hands it had 
been declined by almost every man in the fraternity who was sup- 
posed to be specially fitted for it by knowledge and experience. It 
was only a year until the semi-centennial anniversary of the founding 
of the fraternity, when everybody thought a catalogue ought to 
appear. There was great perplexity as to what should be done. 
Everybody seemed to think that we must have a very large and com- 
plete catalogue, with data as full as or fuller than any other ever 
published. We must beat the Psi Upsilon and the Alpha Delta Phi — 
that was the cry. 

No doubt many presume, as the writer did, that four-fifths of the 
living membership would respond promptly in furnishing data, and 
that cash subscriptions woula roll in rapidly enough to meet the 
expenses, and that the book could be gotten out within the j^ear and 
a half before 1889 should close. These hopes were all blasted. Not 
one-fourth of the membership supplied data within the year; only a 
comparatively few cash subscriptions came in promptly, and dis- 
couragement began to creep in. It would be hard to convince you 
that thousands of alumni utterly ignored the blanks sent to them; 
that hundreds of men did so on whom their own chapters rely as most 
loyal Betas; that scores of men did so whose names are very familiar 
to you as prominent and loyal silver greys; that men did so who had 
been general officers of the fraternity for years. Yet, such was the 

These men did not intend to be negligent and troublesome. They 
merely procrastinated, and so the burden of responsibility for the 
delay rests on a good many shoulders. I have had men criticise me 
for tardiness in this matter who themselves at the time had never put 
pen to paper to supply their own data for the catalogue, and had 
never advanced a cent toward the heavy preliminary expenses of pub- 
lication. This seems incredible, but it is true. I refer to it merely to 
show something of the difficulty of the task. Repeated appeals were 
made to the alumni by circular letters, through the chapter semi- 
annuals, through the convention minutes, through the magazine 
Much time and money and toil was spent in these efforts 

I have had no vacation since 1888, except convention week, and 


that, as you may surmise, is not exactly a time for rest. I had learned 
to look upon catalo^e work as something which could be taken up 
whenever I was too tired to do anything else. At our house ' that cat- 
alogue ' was like ' the poor * — it was * always with us. * The children 
learned the word and its oppressive meaning very early in their lives. 
But here was a change, a chance, a hope, a ray of light. We held a 
jubilee forthwith. Fortune, long delayed and fickle fortune, favored 
the enterprise in another way. The best I could do, it seemed impos- 
sible to find enough hours in a day to accomplish what was absolutely 
necessary before going to press. Moreover, there was much of it that 
could be done better by two working together. 

Mr. Ralph K. Jones (Maine State, ^1^^)^ the alumni secretary of the 
fraternity, who had lived in Kindlay, Ohio, for several years, I knew 
to be in many particulars specially fitted to assist in this work, and to 
be deeply interested in it. January last found him otherwise unoccu- 
pied for a time. At my earnest request, he consented to give his time, 
and it is done at a mere nominal salary, only partially paid, to help- 
ing me get the catalogue out. He removed to Columbus, and re- 
mained there for just eight months, giving his whole time to the 
work. I worked with him every spare hour. The latter half of my 
afternoons and all of my evenings have mainly been occupied in that 
way. Ten o'clock was * quitting time,' but more frequently the type- 
writer clicked until eleven. 

When vacation came, about the middle of June, we were able to do 
more. To the pedagogue a long vacation conies — a time of rest and rec- 
reation and — no income, unless he avails himself of institutes and pri- 
vate pupils, etc. The rest and recreation and the private pupils, with 
the accompanying collateral, have been strictly ruled out of court for 
many years, but Brother Jones and I found that this close application, 
and this complete sacrifice of other interests, were absolutely neces- 
sary, under present conditions, to getting the catalogue out- and nat- 
urally we want it to come out, want it very much. And it is coming 
out — really, this time — if fire don't burn it all up, as it did the last Phi 
Kappa Psi catalogue when just ready for the binder. 

The Beta Theta Pi, at intervals since 1894, has published 
explanations of the unavoidable delays in issuing the cata- 
logue. In the number for October, 1897, Mr. Hanna an- 
nounced that 732 pages had been set in type, but there re- 
mained to be set many chapter lists, as well as all of the 
residence directory, alphabetical index, consanguinity chart 
and other tables. The total membership of Beta Theta Pi 
to September, 1897, was estimated at 10,520, or probably 
about 1,300 more than Phi Delta Theta had at that time. 
The Beta Theta Pi for last February announced that the 
catalogue probably would be ready for the convention which 
is to meet in July of this year. 


After all, the vital trouble about getting out a catalogue 
is the difficulty of financiering the project. Doubtless the 
long delays in publishing the last catalogues of Delta Kappa 
Epsilon, Phi Kappa Psi, Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta 


and other fraternities were due to this reason. I know this 
was tme with regard to Phi Delta Theta at least. There is 
no question that these great catalogue projects are too much 
for the resources of a college organization. The Delta 
Kappa Espilon catalogue is said to have cost $16,000, and, 
with some knowledge of catalogue-making and the printing 
business, I do not consider that an over estimate. Another 
fraternity is reported to have had internal dissensions which 
threatened its disbandonment because an assessment of $1 1 
per capita was levied to pay for an edition of its catalogue. 
It has been rumored that another fraternity repudiated a 
large debt incurred in publishing its catalogue, throwing 
the obligation on the alumni who had made the contract 
with the printers. It should be remembered that in such 
enterprises somebody of good financial standing must make 
a contract with the printers, binding himself personally, 
because the printers will not deal with a fraternity whose 
treasury is empty, in a matter involving many thousands of 

The cost of printing, postage and other expenses of col- 
lecting materials before the book goes to press is enormous. 
For such expenses the Beta Theta Pi catalogue cost about 
$1,750, before the first copy was sent to the printers four 
years ago, when Mr. Junius E. Beal, of that fraternity, as- 
sumed the risk connected with printing and binding the 
book, counting on future sales to make him financially 
whole. What was the preliminary cost of our last catalogue 
I can not now say, but it was a very large amount, though 
scarcely anything was paid for clerical work, the editors 
doing nearly all of it themselves. Neither am I able to give 
the total cost of the publication, not having all the accounts 
before me, but, from the report of the editors to our 1891 
convention, I see that the cost per l()-page form was $112* 
for composition, paper and presswork, or $7 per page.f As 
there are 475 pages, the cost, on this basis, was $3,325, not 
including binding or expense of collecting data. We very 

•Included in this was $2l), the average cost per form for corrections. The edi- 
tors had adopted the excellent but laborious plan of sending to each member a 
proof of his entrv in the catalogue. Returns were received from about 90 per 
cent, of the members, and many were thus induced to furnish data who had been 
requested repeatedly before to furnish it, but without compliance. This plan 
-was not followed with the more recently established chapters, but it shoula be 
adopted by the editors of the next edition. The corrections necessary to be made 
in tne type with this process are expensive, but add immensely to the accuracy of 
the book. 

fThis was on an edition of 8,500 copies, which was too many, but it was then be- 
lieved that half the members of the fraternity would purchase the book, which 
proved to be a greatly mistaken estimate. The paper was needlessly heavy 
and costly, but the aim of all fraternities then was to produce as big and showy 
a book as possible. 


well know that we did not get through paying for the book 
until 181)7 — three years after it came from the press. In- 
deed the subject is such a painful one that I dislike to bring 
it up again. 


It seems that all fraternities have made mistakes in get- 
ting out too big catalogues. As we have seen, it took Phi 
Delta Theta six years to issue its last edition, Delta Kappa 
P!)psilon eight years, while Beta Theta Pi has been at work 
ten years. In ISTO it was said that Mr. Smiley had spent 
two years in preparing the catalogue of Psi Upsilon. I 
remember that I then marveled at this great personal sacri- 
fice," yet we see how much greater sacrifices have been made 
since by editors of catalogues of several fraternities. Con- 
sidering the vast expenditure of time, labor and money 
required to produce one of these huge books, it is folly — 
worse, it is insanity — to imagine that this thing can keep 
on. If a fraternity's membership were a fixed quantity it 
might devise some practical plan for issuing a large cata- 
logue every ten years, but Phi Delta Theta, for instance, is 
increasing at the rate of 435 a year, and, should we publish 
a catalogue in 1901, it will contain 11, 000 names, or 50 per 
cent, more than our edition of 1894. 

We have reached the limit in the size of such publications. 
The last Delta Kappa Epsilon catalogue is bigger than any 
ordinary state report, and nearly as large as any department 
report issued by the government at Washington. With re- 
gard to the census, the federal government itself has reached 
a point that college fraternities have reached with regard to 
catalogues. The government, with all its resources, can not 
publish the voluminous mass of statistical information gath- 
ered by enumerators and special agents until it is about 
time to begin on a new census, and when the information is 
so old that it has little value. The last census cost some- 
thing like $11,(KK),()0(), and there are many strong demands 
that the ceosus of 1900 be greatly abbreviated. 

The scope of fraternity catalogues must be largely cur- 
tailed or it will become impossible to get persons to assume 
the giant task of editing such publications ; or, if this were 
possible, the fraternities will surely bankrupt themselves in 
issuing such expensive works. It has dawned on the minds 
of some of us that Mr. Smiley' s catalogfue is not the proper 
model after all. As Psi Upsilon in 1879 had less than 5,000 
members, this was not evident then as it is now, nearly 


twenty years later. He should be highly commended for 
his thoroughness and accuracy, but his plan includes too 
many personal details for a fraternity with twice the mem- 
bership Psi Upsilon then had. He is an original man, and 
I believe that if he were editing a new edition now he 
would change his plan. Really there is no sufficient reason 
why a fraternity should try to issue a catalogue that amounts 
to being a biographical encyclopaedia. The catalogue of the 
future will be boiled down — boiled, boiled, roiled. 

Several years ago the Century dictionary was published, 
defining 225,000 English words in six volumes. The rapid 
growth of the language was strikingly illustrated by the 
publication later of the Standard dictionary, defining oO(), 000 
words, but all included within only two volumes, and some 
people consider it a better dictionary in every way. The 
same principle of condensation and elimination of unes- 
sential things must be pursued by the fraternities in get- 
ting out their catalogues. 

In a paper on ' Fraternity Catalogue-Making,' read before 
the Congress of Fraternities, World's Fair Institute, Chi- 
cago, 1S9:], Brother Frank D. Swope was the first person to 
call attention to the fact that fraternity catalogues were too 
big and expensive, and that their contents should be re- 
stricted. The paper was printed in The Scroll for Decem- 
ber, 1893, and excerpts are below quoted. It should be read 
by future catalogue editors : 

Up to the present time the scope of the fraternity catalogue has been 
constantly widening. For this reason a catalogue editor could not 
much rely upon earlier editions. It was necessary for him to decide 
for himself the scope of his book. This is a much more important 
matter than at first glance would appear, and is of necessity the first 
thing to be decided upon. All the work of accumulating materials 
must be predicated directly upon the scope of the book. It will not do 
to begin at random to collect material, for one of two things would 
result : Either some important data will be found to have been omit- 
ted after it is too late to obtain them, or, as is most likely to be the 
case, a great mass of useless information will be collected, greatly add- 
ing to the difficulties of compilation, and having a tendency to creep 
in where it is not wanted. 

It is, of course, only a matter of time until the catalogues must be 
contracted in their scope. Already they are beginning to be enormous 
in size, and in some cases they contain a great deal that is not only 
useless, but also lacks the merit of being interesting. The rate of 
increase in the fraternities is very much greater now than ever before. 
The number of initiates each year ranges from 2()0 to 400, making an 
increase of 2,000 to 4,0<X) names every decade, and at this rate it 
would not take long to make a book too large and unwieldy for a 
single volume. 

It is certain that in the future catalogues must be carefully pruned 


down to bring them within reasonable limits as to size. A wide field 
for this is presented in the matter of biographies. It is not a matter 
of interest to the owner of a catalogue to know that a man unknown 
to him is married or to whom he is married. Most men marry sooner 
or later, just as most men eat three meals a day. Likewise the fra- 
ternity at large is not interested in knowing that one of its members 
is a minister and has preached at fifteen different places during his 
life, and sometimes filled three pulpits in the same year. In the same 
way, no one cares to know that a man was a clerk from '70 to '72, a 
bookkeeper from '7*2 to '7t), a traveling salesman from '70 to '79, and 
a hardware merchant since '79. 

In other words, the biography should not attempt to present a 
chronological account in detail of each man's life. If a man's life has 
been uneventful his present occupation should be sufficient; if his life 
has been devoted to the preaching of the gospel, mention of the 
important and notable charges which he has held is sufficient. Besides, 
it is impossible to compile a catalogue containing all exact chrono- 
logical biography in detail of each member. Frequently some mem- 
bers will be found to have been engaged in no less than ten or fifteen 
occupations, and the catalogue editor is forced to prune his biography 
to a reasonable shape. Other members can not possibly be induced 
to give a complete chronological biography, and the book must neces- 
sarily be incomplete to that extent. 

The true aim of the catalogue should be to show with the utmost 
fairness what the members of the fraternity have accomplished in the 
world. To this end it should give the most credit and the most space 
to the biographies of those wlio have been the most successful and 
achieved the most. If one member has been successful in business 
life, let the catalogue show briefly his occupation; if another has 
served the country or the public, let the catalogue give him the same 
credit which the public accords to a public man. This is a safe guide, 
and will assist materially in reducing the bulk of the book. 

The history of a modern catalogue is a long story of trials, disap- 
pointments, delays and hard work. The difficulties encountered are 
enormous. Until recently catalogues have been compiled by the men 
who edited them, with such voluntary assistance as they might be 
able to secure from the local chapters. Sometimes this assistance 
would be very valuable, sometimes it would amount to nothing. The 
catalogue, in consequence, dragged along until the editors were able 
to complete it largely by their own efforts. This imposed upon them 
an enormous amount of purely clerical work, and delayed the publi- 
cation until a great deal of the matter accumulated had become stale. 
This condition of affairs was brought about by inadequate financial 
provisions which were scarcely sufficient to meet the bare cost of pub- 

The catalogue editor of the future should be required only to super- 
vise the work. He should have at his command a competent corps of 
clerks and stenographers who would perform all the clerical work 
under his direction. Those who hereafter attempt to publish a cata- 
logue without paid clerical assistance will find before their tasks are 
finished that they have acted foolishly. The catalogue editor should 
have at his command all the clerical force that he can use. This 
should be a condition precedent and absolute. 

Unfortunately both for the fraternities and the editors of catalogues 
it is impossible to get men with business experience to undertake the 
making of a catalogue. It is usually delegated to those who have 


just finished their college course, and whose knowledge of business 
methods is very slight. Consequently they make many mistakes, the 
work is protracted, much of it must be done over again, and the edit- 
ors ^et a valuable experience after it is practically too late to be of 
service to them. 

A great many of these difficulties due to inexperience would be obvi- 
ated by the appointment of a board of catalogue managers, not to 
exceed five in number, composed of older members, who have had 
some editorial experience, some connection with the publishing busi- 
ness, or some knowledge of statistical work — men of sound judgment 
and permanent interest in fraternity affairs. They should hold office 
from the beginning to the completion of the catalogue. They should 
be entrusted with absolute authority concerning the catalogue, from 
the selection of its editors to the sale of the printed volume, and the 
editors should be responsible solely to this board of managers. All 
preliminary plans, and the limits set upon the scope of the book, 
should receive the approval of this board, and the catalogue editors 
would greatly profit by the experience and suggestions or its mem- 

In conclusion, it may be said that such experienced advice, 
coupled with a sound financial policy, if inaugurated in time would 
reduce the difficulties of catalogue making to a minimum. It would 
result in better books, produced with less cost of labor and money and 
in a much shorter time. It must be remembered that past efforts are 
but the primers of catalogue-making, and the heretofore slip-shod 
management will not suffice for the real books which are to follow. 
The present decade will witness the culmination of growth of frater- 
nity catalogues, and, unless they are begun on a basis of careful 
planning and thoughtful management, it will contain the record of 
many failures. 

In this paper Brother Swope advocated the accumulation 
of a catalogue publishing fund by a tax imposed on mem- 
bers at initiation. The last convention of Phi Delta Theta, 
however, adopted a provision for setting aside a certain per 
cent, of the annual fraternity dues to make a book publish- 
ing fund, to be kept separate and distinct for that purpose. 
Editorials in various journals show that other fraternities 
are awakening to the fact pointed out by Brother Swope, 
that the limits of catalogues should be more restricted. 
The following appeared in the D. K. E, Quarterly for No- 
vember, 1^96: 

It has become the unwritten law of the Delta Kappa Epsilon frater- 
nity to issue a new catalogue every ten years. The last one issued 
was in 1890, and the time is rapidly approaching when a new one 
should be undertaken. The year IIHK) should see a new catalogue. It 
should be small in size, neatly bound, convenient to handle, and it 
should contain only catalogue matter, strictly speaking— the name, 
address and profession or business of each member. With the aid of 
the last catalogue such a work could be gotten out auicklv and at a 
comparatively small expense. 

In March, 1897, the editor of the Beta Theta Pi\ in expla- 
nation of the delay in issuing the Beta catalogue, said : 


The condition of the enterprise is in reality due to the scope of the 
publication. In our opinion the day of elaborate catalogues passed 
when the fraternity*s membership passed the 8,0(X) mark. A simple 
name-list is amply sufficient for general purposes. The name, ad- 
dress, occupation and most prominent fact concerning each member is 
all that should be published at the expense of the fraternity. All else 
should be left to the enterprise of the individual chapters. This 
name-list could be published once in four years, or at the utmost in 
five years, and it is to be desired that our future catalogues will be in 
that form. 

Mr. William R. Baird, editor of the Beta Tlieta Pi, and 
author of * American College Fraternities,' once told me he 
could print a good enough Beta catalogue in two numbers of 
his magazine, and I believe he was not far wrong in his cal- 
culation. As an illustration of the unnecessary and unim- 
portant details that are crowded into fraternity catalogues, it 
may be mentioned that one of the editors of the last (1888 ) 
Psi Upsilon catalogue entered the following about himself : 
' Vice-President of the Alumni Association of the Cornell 
University, 187(J-77 ;' and the other made the following note 
kbout himself : * Life Trustee of the Norman Williams 
Public Library of Woodstock, Vt.' vSuch minutia? abound in 
the later catalogues of all of the larger fraternities. They 
are utterly out of place, for but very few persons take any in- 
terest whatever in them. In the 1891 Delta Kappa Epsilon 
catalogue, the date and place of a man's marriage is given, 
together with his wife's maiden name ; and not only are 
fathers, sons and brothers in the fraternity mentioned, but 
also uncles, nephews and cousins. In some catalogues busi- 
ness partners, who are also fraternity associates, are re- 
corded. In the forthcoming Beta Theta Pi catalogue there 
are to be both * major data ' and minor data. 


The difficulties that all fraternities have encountered in 
issuing catalogues during the last twenty years teach us, not 
that no more catalogues should be published, but that there 
should be a radical reform in their contents. The practical 
catalogue should more nearly approach a simple name list 
than a biographical encyclopaedia. Outside of name, ad- 
dress and occupation of each member, only the most notable 
facts regarding him should be entered. 

I have given this matter careful study, and I shall now 
explain what I think our next catalogue should include. In 
doing so, I shall refer particularly to our sixth (1894) edi- 
tion, but I do not wish to be understood as criticising its 
editors. As co-editor of our fifth ( 188»^>) edition, I was mis- 


led by the apparent attractiveness of Mr. Smiley 's elaborate 
catalogue plan, and I adopted many of its features. The 
editors of our 1804 edition paid me the compliment of taking 
the 1883 edition as a pattern, changing the scope and typo- 
graphical style very little, and throughout their work they 
evinced a willingness to receive my suggestions with favor. 
But the 1894 edition contains more than twice as many 
names as the 1S88 edition, and it was not until the Wd\ 
edition had gone to press, and difficulties, financial and 
otherwise, were experienced, that any of us realized that a 
serious mistake had been made in planning the book on too 
big a scale. 

The style of typography in our 1894 edition is cheaper 
than that of any other catalogue. According to size, the 
book contains more condensed matter than any similar w^ork 
ever published. The chapter lists in most catalogues are 
set in two sizes of type, the name, degrees, etc., in a larger 
size and the biographical notes in a small size,'" but in our 
1894 edition all chapter lists are set in brevier only. Where 
two sizes are used printers charge for composition on the 
basis of the price for setting the smaller size. Printers are 
very fond of what is called ' fat ' work — that is, lines widely 
leaded, deep side indentations and many paragraphs, as the 
blank spaces can be filled with leads and quads much more 
quickly than with small types, while the price is the same 
for open composition as for solid matter. In a book of such 
enormous cost every economy should be consulted; there- 
fore, there should be but few leads, little side indentation 
and as few paragraphs as possible — not over one to each 
name entry. 

What I consider the essentials that should appear in a 
chapter list are the full name, occupation, address and col- 
lege degrees. In addition should be mentioned one or two 
of the most prominent facts in a man's life, if he has really 
become prominent, 'but all notice of little 2 by 4 offices 
should be omitted. A rule I would establish would be to 
include concerning each member only what would interest 
the Fraternity at large, not merely his own chapter or his 
comparatively few intimate friends. The Fraternity simply 
can not afford to print a mass of data about each member 
for the benefit of himself, his family, or even of his own 
chapter. The facts presented must be of general interest 
and importance, and superfluous details must be rigidly 

♦This was the style of our 1883 edition, but the editors of the 1894 edition 
adopted my recommendation to have only one size of type for chapter lists. 


eliminated. In my opinion no attempt should be made to 
give dates with greater exactness than simply years. Even 
in recording the time of a man's death, I think it is suf- 
ficient to state the year only. The month and day are of 
interest to nobody except his surviving family and personal 
friends, and they, of course, are informed. For similar 
reasons I do not regard it necessary to mention the place or 
cause of death unless in exceptional instances. These 
omissions, besides saving some type-space, would save the 
editors a world of trouble, for the facts about deceased mem- 
bers are obtained with unusual difficulty. My idea of a 
chapter list would look something like this: 

Class of IBoJ. 

X. Allen Augustus Barrett, A. B. ; A. M. 'o4. Phys., Jerseyville, 111. 

1. Joseph Minter Gregory. Atty., 48 *i Madison st., Memphis, Tenn. 

*2. Andrew Jackson Reynoldst, A. B., Woodward Col., '51; A. M., 
Miami, 1)0. Grad. Princeton Theo. Seni., ';V). Presb. min., Cincin- 
nati, Ohio. 

Class of ISoi. 

*. John Knox Boude, A. B.; A. M., '5<i; M. I)., U. of Pa., '57. U. S. 

A., llSth ni. Inf., '02; Asst. Surg., '(52-5. Phys., Pension Office, 

Washington, D. C. 
^. Benjamin Harrison, A. B.; A. M., '55; LL. D., Hanover, *84; do., 

Princeton, 'Hi). U. vS. A., 2d Lt. Co. A, 70th Ind. Inf.. '62; Capt. 

do., '<)2; Col. do., '02-5; Brev. Brig. -Gen., 1st Brig., Army of Cumb., 

'<>5. Rep. cand. Gov. Ind., *70. U. S. Sen. from Ind., '81-7. Pres. 

U. S., *H<M»3. Atty., 094 N. Delaware St.. Indianapolis, Ind. 
X. Isaac Stanley Lane, A. B. ; A. M., '55. Atty., Xenia, Ohio. *'5i). 
X. Lewis Williams Ross, A. B.; \. M. '55. Mem. la. Sen., '04-8. 

Chan. Law dept., U. of la., '81-7. Atty., Council Bluffs, la. 
*. David Swing, A. B. ; A. M., '00* Independ. min., Chicago, 111.* '94. 

Class of 1800. 

4'. George Baber. Kd. Ky. /auc Journal^ '81-4. Atty., Washing- 
ton, D. C. 

X. James Bell Bullitt, A. B. C. S. A., 2d Ky. Cav., '0:'>. Louisville, 
Ky. *Killed while bearing a flag of truce, near Lebanon, Ky., 't»3, 

X. Fleming Paris. Atty., Burlington, Ky. 

4>. Kdward Owings Guerrant, A. li. ;M. D., Bellevue, '07; D. D., Aus- 
tin, '80. C. S. A., Capt. and Asst. Adj.-Crcn., 1st Brig. Ky. Cav., 
'02-5. Presb. min., Wilmore, Kv. 

^. Robert Miller, A. B.; A. M., '05; M. D., Jefferson, '1)4. Phys.. 
Louisville, Ky. *'07. 

4^. John Newton Rankin, A. B. Presb. min., Kdgerton, Ky. 

*. Adlai Ewing Stevenson. U. S. Ho. of Rep. from 111.. '77-81. 
Asst. P.-M.-Gen., '85-9. V.-Pres. U. S., 'lKi-7. Atty., Blooming- 
ton, 111. 

The foregoing names are taken from the Miami classes of 
'•')1 and '52 and the Centre class of T)!). The names are set 
according to length of lines in The Scroll, but there is 
more economy of space in a narrower measure, as the two 


columns to the page in the 1S94 catalogue. The names are 
put in lower case characters instead of small capitals, for the 
latter being larger take up more room, enough often to 
make a line run over. The matter is set solid, except a 
lead above and below class of 1851, etc. This is close set- 
ting, but it should be understood that the book is not in- 
tended for a work of art or an editioji dc luxe, but for prac- 
tical use as a reference book, which should be printed as 
cheaply as possible. The dagger following A. J. Reynold's 
name indicates that he never attended the institution where 
his chapter is located, and its significance should be ex- 
plained in the preface of the book. It is shown that he 
received his A. M. from Miami, as he was not a student 
there. In all other cases where no institution is named after 
a degree, it was conferred where the chapter is located. The 
asterisk of course signifies death. I would use only one 
symbol, the one representing the branch of a tree, but as 
The Scroll printers have no type for this symbol it is 
omitted here. If all but this symbol be omitted, it may be 
inquired why not omit the Greek letters also? Because 
they look well in the catalogue of a Greek-letter- fraternity, 
and they excite the curious interest of the uninitiated fresh- 
men. They take up little room, and in this arrangement 
they are a catch for the eye, showing the beginning of a 

By comparing the entries here with those in the 1894 
catalogue, the reader can see how much space may be saved 
by eliminating comparatively unimportant data. It should 
be remembered that what is of greatest importance in one 
man's life would be of minor importance in another's, hence 
facts about ex -President Harrison which are omitted might 
be included in the entry of a less distinguished personage. 
No entry in the whole book should be longer than his, and 
most entries should be as short as those of Barrett, Gregory, 
etc. The army records of the soldiers in the war are re- 
tained, as the Fraternity is proud of them. 

Abbreviations for occupations, etc. , should be used as far 
as is consistent with clearness. At the outset a list of ab- 
breviations should be adopted so as to secure absolute uni- 
formity in this respect. There is a good list of this kind in 
the Delta Kappa Epsilon catalogue, also in Bradstreet's an- 
nual business report. In Dun's annual report there is a 
system of signs for occupations which saves space, and which 
it might be well to adopt. A catalogue editor should exam- 
ine these reports to see how compactly they are printed, no 


space being wasted. As to occupations, I should say that 
it is enough to state that a man is a merchant, without de- 
fining what kind of a merchant. 

Of late years a peculiar habit has become prevalent of a 
man who has only one given name adopting a letter which, 
in his signature, looks like a middle initial, and in such 
cases our catalogue says * letter only. * It would be better 
to print these middle letters without periods ; then, to save 
confusion of such names with those of members whose full 
names are unknown, the names of the latter should be 
specially mentioned in the preface to the book. Of the 
7,2^S8 names in our 1804 catalogue full names are given in 
all but twenty-one cases, "'^ which proves the wonderful 
thoroughness and the conscientious and painstaking effort of 
the editors to make their work complete. 

After long consideration I have reached the conclusion 
that where members go from one college where there is a 
chapter to another where there is a chapter, their member- 
ship should not be transferred on the rolls of the Fraternity. 
This was suggested by Brother William O. Morgan in The 
ScROU. for April, 1S97. In our 1S8:^ and 1894 catalogues, 
transfers are listed only with the last chapters with which 
they were connected. By this system many chapters lose 
large numbers of members from their lists, and almost all 
suffer some loss. The names of even charter members are 
omitted from the lists of some chapters. \'irginia. Alpha, 
Gamma, Delta, Epsilon and Zeta are decimated to furnish 
recruits to the Beta at the University. The men who affili- 
ate with other chapters are generally among the members 
who reflect most credit on the chapters that initiated them, 
and it is an injustice to the original chapters to entirely re- 
move such members from their lists. When this is done, 
what a chapter has accomplished during its career can not 
be properly estimated from the catalogue record. When the 
revision of the constitution is under consideration at the 
next convention, an amendment will be offered providing 
that a transfer may afiiliate at the second college he attends, 
but only for the time of his attendance there, during which 
time he shall be under the jurisdiction of both his first and 
second chapters, paying dues to the latter, and after which 
time he shall be under the jurisdiction solely of his first 

♦It took 28 letters to a certain Phi to fetch his middle name. More than one hun- 
dred communications were sent out to find trace of Krvy L. (ioodrich, Michig^an 
Alpha, '70. Since the catalogue was published in 1894,' full names hare been 
learned of four more members, reducing the number of incomplete names in the 
l>ook to 17. See The Scroll, February. 1H94, page 221; June, lw7, page 684, Octo- 
ber, 1897, page 91. 


chapter, with whose members he shall always be catalogued. 
If this amendment be adopted, it will save future catalogue 
editors much trouble. I do not deem it necessary to men- 
tion all the educational institutions a man has attended ; if 
he has been graduated at one of them it is enough in most 
cases to mention that fact. However, if he has attended 
another institution where there is a Phi Delta Theta chap- 
ter, and especially if he has been affiliated with the chapter, 
his attendance there, or the fact of his affiliation, should be 
brought out some way. 

As to honorary members, at least three- fourths of them 
shouli be dropped. The election of such members was pro- 
hibited years ago, and only a few chapters, mostly the older 
chapters, have any. All should be discarded except the 
few who have had some active connection with the Frater- 
nity. The chapters that elected them may continue to 
claim them if desired, but they should not longer appear on 
the rolls of the Fraternity. In most cases there was an hon- 
orary election, a written acceptance as a matter of form, and 
thereafter the honore forgot all about the incident. The 
names of those that are retained should be grouped together 
at the end of the chapter lists, so that outsiders, as well as 
Phis, in examining the catalogue, could not mistake the fact 
that they are honorary members. In the catalogue of Delta 
Upsilon such members are thus grouped , while in the Alpha 
Delta Phi catalogue their names are italicized. Other fra- 
ternity catalogues fail to distinguish unmistakably between 
regular members and honorary members. Of course persons 
who were initiated a year or two after graduation, while 
they were tutors in college, or who have had active relations 
with their chapters, should not be classed as honorary mem- 

In the 1894 catalogue members of Tennessee Beta are ar- 
ranged according to years of initiation, but there is no good 
reason why the arrangement should be different from that 
of all other chapters. The University of the South has the 
elective course system, like most institutions in Virginia. 
Where there are no classes, the most practical plan is to di- 
vide a chapter's list by the years the members were gradu- 
ated or withdrew from college. The years for members of 
Tennessee Beta could be obtained from a file of the univer- 
sity catalogues in the university library. Annual reports to 
the H. G. C. also show years of withdrawal. 

Where the name of a college or the location of a college 
has been changed, the change, with the year it was made. 


should be noted at the head of the chapter list. This is 
done in one instance in the sixth edition, a note being made 
under Texas Alpha Prime* that Austin College was re- 
moved from Huntsville, Texas, to Sherman, Texas, in 1876. 
When a chapter after a suspension has been rechartered, the 
names of the new charter members, as well as the date of 
the new charter, should be given. 

All college and fi-ateruity notes should be omitted. There 
is no room for such matter. Such omission would have 
saved fifty pages in the 180 1 edition. Every college has its 
own peculiar system of honors, the value of which is not 
understood anywhere else, as no two systems are alike. 
The chapters can keep these items in their own record 
books, but they should not encumber the fraternity cata- 
logue. The important fraternity honors will appear in the 
history of Phi Delta Theta, now in preparation. Alpha 
Delta Phi, Delta Upsilon, Sigma Chi, Southern Kappa Alpha 
and some other fraternities publish a large amount of his- 
torical matter in connection with their catalogues, but a 
combined history and catalogue make too bulky and costly 
a book for any of the larger fraternities to undertake here- 

I do not think much improvement can be made in the 
table of consanguinity, which should be restricted to grand- 
fathers, fathers, sons and brothers. This table will be 
found very useful hereafter in tracing many members whose 
addresses are unknown. If the address of one member of a 
family be known, the whereabouts of his relatives who are 
Phis may be ascertained from him. The residence direc- 
tory and alphabetical arrangement are about as condensed 
as they can be made, but considerable space might be saved 
by eliminating the foot-note references to the pages of 
chapter lists and pasting such references inside both covers 
of the book, where they could be turned to readily. I sug- 
gest the word 'pagination' for the sentence: *The paging 
of college chapters is as follows. ' The alphabetical arrange- 
ment (which cumbersome phrase I think should be changed 
to the fraternity roll) should follow, not precede the resi- 

* Unfortunately our chapter nomenclature has becocue mixed, as a result of 
Jiving the titles of short-lived chapters to active chapters, hence in some cases 
live chapters and dead chapters have the same titles. Where confusion might 
arise, the editors of the 1894 catalogue inserted the word 'Prime' after the title of 
a dead chapter. This was done on my advice, but I now think that it is awkward, 
and should be omitted hereafter, even at the risk of some confusion. This addi- 
tiou to chapter titles has never been sanctioned by the National Convention. I 
should be very glad to see our chapter titles rearranged according to the Greek 
alphabet and the natural chronological order, but understand that some of the 
interested chapters object, perhaps on the ground that they consider the letters 
at the top of the alphabet more desirable. See Tub Scroll, October, 1895, pageStf. 


dence directory. The surnames in the alphabetical arrange- 
ment should be set in minion, which is a size larger than 
nonpareil, in which the initials, chapter and class are set, so 
that the surnames would be plainer to the eye in looking 
over a page. A surname which appears near the bottom of 
a column should not be repeated at the top of the next 
column. Under each town in the residence directory the 
names should be arranged not alphabetically, but according 
to chapters and classes, oldest first, so that all the members 
of the same chapter would appear together. There is no 
use in keeping the names of deceased members in the resi- 
dence directory, and their omission would save considerable 
space. Regarding alumni chapters, I suggest that 'frater- 
nity notes' be omitted and that the entry of each chapter 
be made thus: 

INDIANA BETA ALUMNI, Indianapoijs, Ind. Charter granted 
Sept., 17, 1879, to B. Harrison, Ohio Alpha, M2; B. K. Elliott, Ohio 
Alpha *.>>; J. B. Elam, Ohio Alpha, '70; W. H. Ripley, Indiana 
Beta, *73; C. D. Whitehead, Indiana Beta, '73; A. C. Harris, Indiana 
Gamma, '02, and C. Byfield, Indiana Delta, '00. 

In the catalogues of some fraternities, especially that of 
Delta Kappa Epsilon, there are more statistical tables than 
are useful or even interesting. Besides tabular work is very 
expensive, costing two to three times as much as straight 
composition. It might be well, as in the Psi Upsilon, Alpha 
Delta Phi and Chi Phi catalogues, to have condensed sum- 
maries of occupations, civil honors and distribution of mem- 
bers by states, and in cities containing 25 or more Phis, each 
summary not to exceed a page, but these summaries are not 
really essential, being matters of only curious interest, and 
scarcely justify the enormous labor which the editors must 
expend in their compilation. However, I think the cata- 
logue should contain a summary of the membership of the 
fraternity by chapters, as shown in each of the preceding 
editions, like that which appeared in The Scroll for Octo- 
ber, 1895, and that in the Alpha Delta Phi catalogue. 

The last pages of our 188'^ catalogue contained additions 
and corrections received during the time the book was in 
press. This feature was omitted from the 1894 edition, in 
order to lessen the cost of publication, but it was unwise econ- 
omy, for these additions and corrections may be lost or de- 
stroyed before they are incorporated in the next edition, and 
most of them could not be obtained again without much 
trouble. In fact, all such information received by Brother 
Randolph during the course of publication, and all the circu- 


lars and other materials used in compiling his portion of 
the 18t)4 edition, were destroyed by the fire which burned 
his dwelling at Plainfield, N. J., in 181K>. 

In an edition of several thousand copies of a book of sev- 
eral hundred pages, a great saving in cost would be made 
by using thinner paper tlian that on which our 181)4 cata- 
logue was printed. The paper should be clear, strong and 
well finished, but of lighter weight, and hence less expen- 
sive. The margins also need not be so broad as in the 
last edition. This would make a book of much more con- 
venient size. The paper used in the Alpha Delta Phi cata- 
logue is thin but of good quality. A handsome and appro- 
priate addition to the book would be a steel engraving of 
the coat-of-arms for a frontispiece, as in the Alpha Delta 
Phi, Delta Kappa Kpsilon and other catalogues. 


In explaining my plan for a condensed catalogue, I have 
consumed so much of The Scroll's valuable space, that I 
must be comparatively brief in writing about the importance 
of having a permanent officer, called a catalogue compiler or 
editor, whose duty it should be to collect such information 
as would be useful in getting out a new edition of the cata- 
logue. This officer should be gathering catalogue material 
all the time, and he should receive all the assistance that 
can be given to him by the Historian of the General Coun- 
cil, the Editor of The Scroll, the Fraternity Librarian and 
other officers. He should obtain from every institution 
where there is a Phi Delta Theta chapter a copy of each is- 
sue of its annual catalogue and each issue of its alumni cat- 
alogue. The information concerning members derived from 
these sources, from The Scroll and The Palladium ^ from 
annual circular letters and the annual reports of chapters, 
and from other reliable sources, should be promptly and 
systematically recorded by him, so that at any time a new 
edition of the fraternity catalogue may be issued with the 
least possible delay. The National Convention, when it 
considers a new edition desirable, should make provision for 
the publication, and the catalogue editor, with the approval 
of the General Council, should be empowered to choose an 
assistant or assistants. 

Unless an office like this is established I predict more 
trouble about issuing a catalogue. Should we delay longer 
it will not be easy to find a man who will be willing to as- 
sume the task of preparing a new edition for the press. He 


would have to hunt up many old records, widely scattered 
and incomplete. Every year the work of keeping informed 
about the changes of members becomes greater, as the mem- 
bership increases so rapidly. Therefore, it would certainly 
be wise for the Fraternity to have an officer whose special 
business it would be to collect data against the time it will 
be needed for a new catalogue. If this is done a new edition 
could be published with little annoyance, short delay, and 
really a considerable saving in the cost of the preliminary 

Before concluding, I wish to urge that chapters should be 
supplied with roll-books of uniform design. Our National 
Convention in 1891 adopted a resolution directing that such 
books should be printed and a copy furnished each chapter. 
On account of the expense, the General Council has not 
carried this resolution into effect. The object of the book 
is to provide a place for entering every important fact con- 
cerning a member. Much of the data needed to perfect a 
member's record can be recorded during his stay at college, 
and a number of the more important facts should be en- 
tered on the night of his initiation. Most chapters have 
very incomplete lists of members, in some cases only the 
signatures to the Bond, which usually are not full names. 
Years after a man has left college it may be very hard to 
ascertain his full name. The chapter minutes must be re- 
ferred to for dates of initiation. Often the minutes are im- 
perfectly kept, and sometimes they are lost. I opine that 
the reason the Historian of the General Council has so much 
trouble in getting chapter historians to fill the annual sta- 
tistical reports every year is that the historians have to hunt 
for the facts in so many places. But if each chapter had a 
properly ruled book, with a space for every necessary per- 
sonal entry, the historian doubtless would take some degree 
of pride in following the instructions to record promptly im- 
portant information about members as soon as received; and, 
with this book at hand, it would be a very easy matter for 
him to make out a statistical report for the H. G. C. A 
pattern for such a book will be presented to the next con- 
vention, and, if copies are furnished to all chapters, they 
will do much to systematize the keeping of chapter records 
and to lighten the labors of future catalogue editors. 

Walter B. Palmkr. 

THI-: SCRO!.}.. 


r.tneral A. I'. Stewart is a Tfiinesfiet-aii, born at Rogers- 
vilk' and reared near Winch ester. He entered the class of 
lN;i'< at West I'oint and was gradnated in IS-I^. Gen. John 
Pojie. Cien. Wni. S, Koseorans, Oen. Abner Doubleday, Gen. 
James I.ongstreet and others were graduates in his class. In 
the last two years of his cadeiship. Gen. Stewart, Gen. John 
I'ojie and Longstrect roomed together. 

In IHi:'. he was sent back to the iiiihtary academy as an 
a.ssistant to the profes.sor of mathematics. He resigned in 


1S45 on account of bad health, and went to Cumberland Uni- 
versity, Lebanon, Tenn. It was while here that he became 
a member of Phi Delta Theta, Robert Morrison having in- 
terested him and R. P. Decherd in the project of establish- 
ing a chapter at Cumberland. 

At the outbreak of the war he was major of a regiment 
of artillery formed by the state for her own defense, but 
transferred to the Confederate service when Tennessee se- 
ceded. Soon after the battle of Belmont he was made brig- 
adier-general and commanded a brigade at Shiloh, Perry ville 
and Murfreesboro. In 18<>:> he became lieutenant-general, 
after having fought Gen. Hooker at New Hope Church. 

General Stewart's promotions came rapidly. He won his 
spurs by satisfying his commanders that he was deserving. 
Quiet, modest, but withal a positive soldier of high moral 
character, his command was properly managed, yet scarcely 
did he give an order. At Resaca he had three horses shot 
under him. He was wounded at Chickamauga and at At- 
lanta. His counsels were so much looked up to that the 
soldiers nicknamed him 'Old Straight,* as significant of their 
respect. He is now one of the Chickamauga commissioners, 
and is absorbed in arranging the national military park there. 



[Continued from the February ScROij,.] 

I organized the chapter at Emory College, Oxford, Ga. 
In the early spring of 1«^71 I received a letter from the sec- 
retary of Georgia Alpha, asking me to aid in establishing a 
secret order at Emory. After some correspondence, I agreed 
to set about the undertaking. Georgia Alpha was then at 
Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Ga. It had been founded 
by Charles B. Gaskill. Georgia Beta was at the University 
of Georgia, so our chapter was to be the Gamma. I shall 
never forget the caution used in selecting the first half a dozen 
members for a beginning. Chapters of Chi Phi and Kappa 

•I request chapters and individual Phis to examine their old fraternity papers, 
and to loan nie those that may be of interest, or to send me copies of same, or of 
such portions as are of importance. The materials for a history prior to 1H78 
(when TiiK Scroll was permanently established), are meager, and almost any 
letter relating: to Phi Delta Theta before that time would be of value in filling out 
gaps in the record. This notice does not applv to the chapters at Miami. Indi- 
ana. Wabash. Centre, Wisconsin. Lafayette and Wooster. whose archives I have 
examined. Waltkr B. Palmkr, Editor of the History of Phi Delta Theta, oil 
South Spruce street, Nashville, Tenn. 


Alpha had been established at Emory, but the board of trus- 
tees and some members of the faculty were opposed to secret 
societies, as they had a tendency to form rings in the literary 
societies. So at the beginning no possible publicity could 
be allowed, or we would put ourselves in a position to be 
asked to desist by the faculty. Now to approach a person 
without arousing suspicion, and should I find him unfavor- 
ably inclined, to retreat without having him suspect my 
real motive, was the point I handled with great care. 
Eventually I secured six fine fellows, and wrote Clinton R. 
Gaskill to come down at night, which he did. Every ap- 
plicant left his boarding-house alone that night, and all col- 
lected at a deserted house in an old field half a mile from 
the station. I met Mr. Gaskill at the station and conducted 
him to this place. With matches and candles we soon were 
inside the house and to business. In a short while we were 
on our way back to college and Gaskill on his return to At- 
lanta. We exercised great care in keeping our existence a 
secret until the board of trustees met. Should we fail to 
secure their approval we would be fit subjects for jeers from 
the student bod^-. Besides we felt that we would be more 
successful before the board by keeping them absolutely in 
the dark until they were in session. The chapter met at 
unseasonable hours at all sorts of places for about six weeks, 
succeeding in keeping down all suspicion until commence- 
ment. We took Rev. Alexander Means, D. D., a member 
of the board and a resident of Oxford, into our confidence, 
initiated him into the order, and secured his services in 
championing our cause before the board. This grand old 
man made a gallant fight for us, and had us indorsed by the 
board, over some very vigorous protests on the part of sev- 
eral of the trustees. We had a rally the night after we 
were given the privilege of becoming a lawful adjunct of 
the college, and all the members pledged themselves to make 
a record worthy of commendation, and while I was in col- 
lege we kept that pledge. I have written purely from mem- 
ory. I have kept no records and can not give any exact 
dates. Your letter reminds me that I am older now than 
I was in 1871. My then raven locks are streaked with g^ay. 
— T. Al, Means, Atlanta, Ga., to Walter B. Palmer, Nash- 
ville, Tenn., Feb. 12, 189S. 


Mr. Bradford reported that at last the catalogues had 
come. Mem. from Indiana Alpha minutes, Jan. 8, 1872. 


We now have ten members. We are trying to organize a 
chapter in Georgetown, Kentucky, and I think we will suc- 
ceed. — Clifton R. Anderson, Centre College, to Charles B. 
Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, Jan. 12, 1872. 

The Phi Delta Thetas are doing very well here now. We 
have initiated three boys since I last wrote to you, and there 
are plenty of boys we could get, but our maxim is 'quality 
rather than quantity.' The resident members in the city 
have started an alumni chapter and have about forty mem- 
bers, among whom are several judges, prominent lawyers, 
physicians, etc. — Allen B. Thrasher, Northwestern Christian 
University, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, 
Jan. 22, 1872. 

We have been fortunate in procuring a room that is nearer 
and more retired than the one we occupied last term, and 
what is another great item, the person from whom we ob- 
tained it will charge us nothing for it. There is a brother 
from Oxford in the junior class here. His name is Slay ton 
and he appears to be quite a smart boy. Do you still intend 
going to the convention? As you know, we have elected 
Mason to represent us; he is truly a noble fellow. — Ed. 
Smith, University of Georgia, to Charles B. Gaskill, Ogle- 
thorpe University, Jan. 23, 1872. 

We received a letter from our brother, Mr. Chenault, and 
he said that we could not organize in Georgetown ; that the 
best boys in college belonged to another society. — Clifton 
R. Anderson, Centre College, to Charles B. Gaskill, Ogle- 
thorpe University, Jan. 27, 1872. 

When I last wrote to you our chapter was in a very dilap- 
idated condition, but it has been revived since then, and we 
have six noble boys here now, who will not see the cause 
trailed in the dust. — Beverly Gregory, Indiana University, 
to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, Jan. 27, 1872. 

I heard the other day, indirectly, that you had established 
another chapter — at Macon, I believe. We are doing finely 
now; have increased our number to seven good fellows, with 
a good prospect of getting a few others yet. We have been 
doing our ver>' best to re-establish ourselves upon a firm 
basis again. The chapter at our last meeting determined, 
by a unanimous vote, to hold a correspondence with at least 
as many chapters as we have members of our own. I took 
your chapter, besides I correspond with several others. The 
Fraternity seems to be on the increase; several new chapters 
have been established. We endeavored to plant a chapter 


we have, and I think the Gamma is next. The Delta is not 
doing anything now. The college ran out of money and 
had to suspend, but it will reopen next year. We had a 
very good chapter there ; the boys say they will set it up 
again. The Illinois Alpha is dead. We have three boys 
there who went from Franklin, but they think they can not 
do anything as they are all three seniors and will not have 
long to stay there. I have received a splendid letter from 
brother J. W. Homer, who says that the Missouri Alpha is 

in a very flourishing condition Oh! yes, the Phi 

colors are floating in the breeze here again. — Beverly 
Gregory, Indiana University, to Charles B. Gaskill, Ogle- 
thorpe University, Feb. 20, 1872. 

My good brother, I well remember the birth of your noble 
chapter. Bro. Terrill was then our secretary, and all of us 
with his indomitable energy worked for your success. I 
well remember the good report we got from your president, 
to whom we wrote making inquiries into your characters, 
class standing* etc., because, you see, we knew nothing of 
you. After his account of you, also of Mr. McDowell, we 
worked hard for you, wrote immediately to the Grand Al- 
pha, and, sir, to-day the Georgia chapters — three of them 
established by your chapter — are ornaments to the * A 0. I 
know of no four chapters that have done and will do more 
honor to the cause than the Georgia chapters. You wanted 
the origin and history of the Mrginia Alpha. I suppose I 
can tell you as well as any one in the chapter, because I was 
the first man in it. I came here in lSGS-9. I belonged to 
the Indiana Eta chapter, established at Indiana Asbury Uni- 
versity. The latter part of the session here I concluded to 
pry into things. Though I had an offer to be initiated into 
the best established fraternity in this college at that time. I 
refused because I belonged to the <l> A and was determined 
to belong to no other. I got my most beloved friend, F. H. 
Terrill, to join with me, then Smeltzer (whom we have since 
expelled ) and O. D. Miller and W. F. Dyer. After obtain- 
ing the consent of these four, I sent to the Grand Alpha, 
then located at Chicago, in order to get the Bond and Con- 
stitution, w^hich I obtained chiefly through the influence of 
the secretary, F. A. Smith, as noble a man as ever lived. 
Then I initiated the four specified. In a few days afterward 
we got the Virginia Alpha charter, signed by Smith, as 
president. This is the origin of the chapter. We have 
worked on manfully and I think will have no more trouble. 
The Virginia Alpha has now eleven members, and they are 


as thorough going Phis as you ever saw. We stand as 
strong intellectually, morally, and with as much popularity 

now as any other fraternity in college Bro. Will 

Fisher of the Ohio Alpha — Grand Alpha — wrote me the 
other day that the Executive Committee, of which I am a 
member, intended to change the place of the next conven- 
tion, and that the Ohio Alpha wanted to be invested with 
the authority to locate the place of meeting — it being too 
near the time of meeting and too inconvenient for the Ex- 
ecutive Committee to come together — so he asked me for 
my vote for Crawfordsville, which I gave him. — D. B. Floyd, 
Roanoke College, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe Uni- 
versity, Feb. 23, 1872. 

We received a letter from Brother D. E. Platter, Chairman 
of the Executive Committee, desiring that the convention 
should be held in Danville. We have accepted it, and so I 
suppose it will be held here. We now have thirteen mem- 
bers and prospects for one or two more. — Clifton R. Ander- 
son, Centre College, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe Uni- 
versity, Feb. 23, 1X72. 

I can not tell you where the next convention will meet, 
for I can't find out anything from the Grand Alpha. There 
are several reasons why the Bloomington boys don't want 
the convention; such as their inability to accommodate the 
delegates, no good hall to meet in or hotel to prepare the 
banquet, but the main thing is that they lack confidence in 
themselves. I have at length succeeded in getting the Cor- 
nell boys on the road to a chapter. Four of them have sent 
a petition to the Grand Alpha. We have elected one of the 
boys a member of this chapter, and if you would write to 
him you would hear directly how they are progressing. Ad- 
dress Wm. E. Lucas, Ithaca, N. Y. He is all right 

Wm. O. Bates, * A 0, is my room mate. — Allen B. Thrasher, 
Northwestern Christian University, to Charles B. Gaskill, 
Oglethorpe University, Feb. 2o, 1872. 

Since my last letter, a matter of some considerable impor- 
tance having arisen, I am forced to write you again. The 
Bloomington chapter having gone almost to nothing, it has 
been thought expedient not to have the convention there, 
and the Executive Committee, of which you are a member, 
seem divided between two places : Danville, Ky. , and Craw- 
fordsville, Ind. Both places hold out inducements, and each 
chapter is very anxious to have it held at its place, but the 
facts are just these : If we have it at Danville we must have 


it by the 24th of April. Now, as a member of the committee 
on publishing catalogue, I wish to remind you of the fact 
that the reports are slow always, but this year some of them 
seem not to be forthcoming at all, so that the catalogue can 
not be published by that time ; and under these condi- 
tions, others being equal, I would ask your vote in favor 
of Crawfordsville, as all the others save one are voting for 
it. Our chapter is getting along finely. Our fellows are the 
most popular among those whom we call independents, and 
hence our never- failing success on election days. We have 
taken more honors in the last four or five years than any 
two other societies in our college. I would again urge you 
to be up and doing in the cause, and wherever you find a 
college standing well — graduating men you would not feel 
ashamed to extend friendly greetings to in all circumstances 
of life — try to carry the loadstone of our brotherly policy 
there. You do not know how much I should like to see our 
Fraternity established in every good college all over the 
south — much more than in the north, I mean the east. — 
Holly R. Buckingham, Miami University, to Charles B. Gas- 
kill, Oglethorpe University, Feb. 28, 1872. 

Since writing to you last the Delta has increased. The 
name of our new member is J. C. H in ton, of Macon. We 
met last Friday but did little business. We have no* hall, 
but it will not be long before we have a proper place of 
meeting. All the secret societies seem to be in trouble as 
to halls. It will be impossible for the Delta to be repre- 
sented in the convention. — Alexis A. Marshall, Mercer Uni- 
versity, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, Feb. 
29, 1872. 

Our hall is a neat little room nicely papered and curtained, 
but not yet finished, although we are making some progress 
toward it. We have a custom, which I think is a very good 
one, of having each class taken in a group, the same framed 
and hung in our hall. Here we gather every two weeks. 
We are noisy, and all talk at once until some one sings out 
* I move the Prex takes the chair ! ' We quiet down , and 
after the invoking of Providence by some of those who pro- 
fess (we have several such), the roll is called and trouble 
begins. — Holly R. Buckingham, Miami University, to 
Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, March 2, 1872. 

Our chapter, Indiana Theta, is connected with the State 
Normal School. At present we have six members, Brothers 
H. Sandison, W. W. Parsons, A. Sheets, B. V. Marshall, 

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H. G. Thompson and C. H. Gordon. I graduated in 1S70. 
We who have left school make it our object to attend all 
chapter meetings possible, and do all we can to further the 
interests of the order. — George W. Wade, Terre Haute, 
Ind., to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, March 
4, 1872. 

Being a new member, of course I know personally only 
those of the <^ A who are here. As yet there are only 
four of us : Lucas. Washburne, Carpenter and myself. As 
soon as we get our charter we will begin our meetings in 
earnest. — Nelson W. Cady, Cornell I'niversity, to Charles B. 
Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, March D, 1<S72. 

Indianapolis, Ind., March 10, 1872.— Mr. D. S. White, 
Danville, Ky., Dear Brother: I am indeed glad that your 
chapter has come forward to the rescue, for during a month 
or so past the prospects looked very dark for a convention. 
The Bloomington boys could not take it, and the Terre 
Haute chapter would not, so the convention was almost 
obliged to take the character of * Pussy' in the somewhat 
celebrated game of 'Pussy wants a corner.' But now your 
chapter comes forward with genuine Kentucky hospitality, 
without previous preparation, and says, 'we will take it at 
the appointed time. ' Such promptness will not be forgot- 
ten by the Fraternity. You will find that it is quite an un- 
dertaking, requiring considerable previous preparation. You 
will have to watch the financial part, or you may have 
trouble, as we have had. Do you correspond with the 
Grand Alpha? We have written them several times, and 
have received but one letter, and if I am not mistaken this 
is the experience of most of the chapters. They should re- 
member that it is not an impossibility to change the Grand 
Alpha to some other location. How do you like the pins 
manufactured here ? Our boys here are well satisfied with 
them. Some of the boys here and elsewhere have been 
talking of shirt studs consisting of three small shields with 
* on one, A on another, and on the third, the letters to be 
carved very heavy and perhaps black enameled. I spoke to 
our jeweler about it, and he said he could get them up in 
heavy gold for from $5 to $(*>, after he was ready for it. He 
did not want to do it though unless he could have some as- 
surance that he would continue to receive the patronage of 
the Fraternity. What do you think about it ? The con- 
vention will have power to change it if they see fit. We 
are prosperous, and as a Fraternity happy. Do you often 


hear from the Georgia boys? I like them. We get letters 
from them often. We are establishing a chapter in Cornell 
University, Ithaca, X. Y. Yours * A etically, W. O. 

Lucas and I are from Indiana, Carpenter from Ohio and 
Washburue from this state. We are at present all the mem- 
bers. Our charter has been granted but has not yet ar- 
rived. When that shall be in our possession we shall begin 
regular meetings, and we have strong hopes of becoming 
firmly established. There is quite a strong anti-secret soci- 
ety feeling here, and of course this makes plenty of excite- 
ment in elections of class officers and Era editors. The 
barbarians have organized and dubbed themselves the Inde- 
pendents. — Nelson W. Cady, Cornell l^niversity, to Charles 
B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, March 23, 1872. 

There are now eight of us in college, two or three of our 
boys are out for this term. Our chapter is in good working 
order; we are going to initiate three or four before the term 
closes. I am glad you have chosen the fairest damsel in 
your city for me at the entertainment ; please accept my 
thanks. I am the delegate from the Eta chapter. We 
elected Rev. J. W. Green as honorary member. I suppose 
you know that Franklin College has * busted up.' You can 
write to T. C. Potter, Hanover ; G. R. Crafts, Terre Haute; 
H. G. Bradford, Bloominj^ton ; F. J. Stanley or W. H. Rip- 
ley, Crawfordsville. If you want to write to the New York 
Alpha you can address C. E. Washburne or W. E. Lucas, 
Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y. If you have not an Ohio 
name I refer you to R. H. McClelland, Wooster, Ohio. — 
H. Clay Darnall, Indiana Asbury University, to L. M. Rue, 
Centre College, April o, 1S72. 

Two different chapters claim the honor of founding this 
chapter, the Indiana Epsilon at Hanover, and the Indiana 
Gamma at Indianapolis. Bro. Lucas was a Phi before he 
came here, and Bro. Carpenter was pledged. Each knew 
about the other, but they failed to find each other because 
they did not know each other's name. At last they met 
and began to work as soon as their initiation was completed, 
and founded our present chapter. — Nelson W. Cady, Cor- 
nell University, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe Univer- 
sity, April 11, 1872. 

I am sorry to .say that at this time ours is the only chapter 
in the state, but hope it will not be the case long. W^e in- 
tend planting our order at every respectable institution in 


the state where such organizations are allowed if it be pos- 
sible. I can not say now for certain whether we will send 
a delegate to the convention or not. Several of the boys 
are anxious that I shall go, and I guess if we send a delegate 
it will fall to my lot, but the great obstacle in the way is 
this: the convention will take place just at the time when 
we are reviewing, and I am afraid that if I should lose much 
time I should not be able to pass the examinations. — Wm. 
Miller, Roanoke College, to L. M. Rue, Centre College, 
April 13, 1872. 

I suppose you are fully aware by this time of the location 
of the convention at Danville, Ky. Our delegate is S. J. 
Tomlinson. I had thought of attending the convention if 
held in this state, but it is so far away that I will hardly be 
there now, although I should like to see all of the boys very 
much. Our boys at Cornell are getting along very nicely, 
and I have great hopes for their future success. We have 
three boys at Yale, and I don't see why they can't start a 
chapter there. I should like to see a chapter of the <^ A in 
every good college in the country. But we have one chap- 
ter in this state which is doing us a positive injury, not be- 
cause there are not good boys connected with it, but because 
of the school in which it is located. I refer to the Terre 
Haute chapter. I can't understand how the chapter got its 
charter in the first place, nor how it holds it now. I hope 
that matter will be attended to at the convention. I under- 
stand that the catalogue has gone to press with 925 names. 
We ought to have had 1,000 I think, although that is a large 
increase over last year. — Allen B. Thrasher, Northwestern 
Christian University, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe Uni- 
versity, April 14, 1(S72. 

There will be a proposition before the convention to move 
our Grand Alpha farther west. We all can see the impro- 
priety of such a change, so be on your guard and put other 
chapters on guard. This has only been hinted at to some 
extent. I have considered the matter from all standpoints, 
and think it best for the Fraternity for our headquarters to 
remain where they are. First, the origin. Second, the Ohio 
Alpha is our strongest chapter, and being strong the mem- 
bers are more able to do the work there is to do by the head 
chapter. I think they are pretty punctual in the discharge 
of their duties. Third, Miami is more central. These are 
some reasons why I think the Grand Alpha ought not to 
be changed — let well enough alone. I can not go to the 


convention, but one of my classmates will be there. I have 
three subjects to lay before the convention. First, I think 
we should have a second degree, making pretty high quali- 
fications for advanced standing. Many students try very 
hard until they get into a fraternity, and afterwards become 
very careless. Here I think is the secret of success of other 
secret orders. It would unite us more closely. Second, 
start a monthly paper at headquarters expressly for the 
good of the fraternity, every issue to contain a report from 
every chapter. Third, organize the chapters in each state 
for the purchase of books. For example, the chapters of our 
state would combine and say to some of the Cincinnati book 
dealers, *If you will furnish us books at a proper rate, we 
will patronize you ; if not we will try some other store.' 
This would also benefit our alumni, who would take more 
interest in the Fraternity after leaving college. These 
things are some of my own originating. Investigate for 
yourself, and if you think they are worth trying I hope you 
will assist our delegate who will lay them before the con- 
vention. — V. C. Stiers, Ohio University, to Charles B. Gas- 
kill, Oglethorpe University, April l'), 1S72. 

You say you can not account for our chapter being the 
Theta. We have an undoubted right to that, as it was our 
name given to us by our charter in L^nO. The Asbury 
chapter is the Eta. You have been led astray by the last 
catalogue, which was very badly printed in regard to our 
chapter. — George W. Wade, Terre Haute, Ind., to Charles 
B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, April 15, 1<S72. 

In my opinion we should have a series of secret Greek 
letters, such as are used in the catalogues of A K E, B n, 
<I> r A, etc. I believe we lack something of the kind very 
much. Of course it should be entirely different from theirs, 
and known only to Phis. What are your views as to pub- 
lishing a <I> A (f-) magazine, and also a history of the rise and 
progress of our order, as a Fraternity, and by chapters, in 
pamphlet form ? I have been brooding over this subject for 
a long time. I w-ant our Fraternity to be first to issue a 
magazine. The Indiana Gammas have been talking to us 
about a history for some time, and I would be in favor of 
putting both publications in charge of that chapter. — Charles 
T. Jamieson, Hanover College, to Charles B. Gaskill, Ogle- 
thorpe University, April 22, 1S72. 

Many circumstances prevented me from answering sooner 
your last favor, among which I might mention the getting 


out of the catalogue, which I am happy to inform you is 
now in press, and will contain some nine hundred and twen- 
ty-five names and twenty-three chapters. The convention 
will be held at Danville, Ky., May 8. We have not yet 
chosen delegates, but will the first of this week. Make an 
effort to send or have sent a delegate from every Georgia 
chapter; choose your best men, and come with business 
heads, empty stomachs and light feet — these are the requi- 
sites. In the election just held we came out victorious as 
usual. — Holly R. Buckingham, Miami University, to Charles 
B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, April 2U, 1872. 

The official Republican paper of the state, the Indiayiapolis 
Journal, came out yesterday with a flaming editorial on the 
brilliant prospects of the 'National Phi Delta Theta conven- 
tion,* which created quite a stir in Greek circles here. The 
* r As are in session at Indianapolis this week. A move- 
ment will probably be made in the convention to remove the 
charter from the Zeta chapter, located at Terre Haute. I 
don't know why it was ever granted in the first place, but 
I do know that it injures our cause in this state very mate- 
rially. We have instructed our delegate to work for its re- 
moval, in spite of our feelings for it, being so near. I ask 
you as one who I know has the true interests of the Frater- 
nity in view, to use your influence for the same end. — C. A. 
Murray, Indiana Asbury University, to Charles B. Gaskill, 
Oglethorpe University, May 2, 1872. 

We all regretted very much indeed that Mason could not 
accompany you to the convention. He was willing to go 
without permission from the faculty, but the club knew 
what the consequences would be, and unanimously vetoed 
the proposition. — Kd. vSmith, University of Georgia, to 
Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethrope I^niversity, May 17, 1872. 

We have appeared in our pins and they have made quite 
an impression. — Nelson W. Cady, Cornell Universitv, to 
Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, May IS, 1872. 

Brother Rankin's account of the convention, read before 
our chapter at the last meeting, discovered to us the many 
good steps taken, as well as the hospitality of Kentucky 
Alpha. I expect to be at Athens if in college next year; 
indeed about half our chapter will go. Our catalogue will 
be out next week or the week after. We want to get in the 
tax so as to distribute copies before commencement, four 
weeks hence. I need hardly show you the necessity of send- 
ing on your tax immediately. It will be $8.25. — Holly R. 


Buckingham, Miami University, to Charles B. Gaskill, Ogle- 
thorpe University, May 21, 1872. 

An application for a charter for Ohio Epsilon at Granville, 
Ohio, has been made. The founder is from the Indiana Delta, 
and he says he has some of the best men in the college. I 
have received from the Illinois Gamma a catalogue of Knox 
College, and from it I report the following statistics: * A 0, 
21; * FA, 10; B « II, G.— Charles T. Jamieson, Hanover 
College, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, May 
27, 1872. 

Brothers Tingley and Tomlinson speak very highly of you 
and express themselves much pleased with your acquaint- 
ance. I can shake hands with you over the demolishing of 
the Terre Haute chapter, but I believe you have had my 
sentiments on that question. In regard to the minutes of 
the convention, it is the business of the Grand Alpha to 
send a copy to the Alpha of each state, and for each Alpha 
to send a copy to every other chapter in the state. At least 
that was the way it was done last year, and I think it the 
proper way. What reason have you to fear that you will 
not receive the minutes ? Your trip to the convention was 
quite long and must have involved considerable expense. 
Now I don't think it right for one chapter to be compelled 
to pay more for a representation in the convention than an- 
other. It seems to me that the whole fraternity should be 
taxed per capita for defraying the total expenses of the con- 
vention, including the expenses of one delegate from each 
chapter. This would divide the burden, so that it would 
not fall heavily on any chapter, and then every chapter in 
the Fraternity would be certain to be represented, for if not 
of course it would forfeit the money due it for defraying the 
expenses of its delegate. You will remember that Bro. C. 
O. Perry was one of the committee on raising a Permanent 
Fund. He has collected near $500 in this place alone, which 
is now drawing from 10 to 12 per cent, interest for the * A0 
Fraternity. I consider this one of the best things which you 
did. The fund should be raised to $2,000 this year, and three 
times that next, which will make a sufficient sum to defray 
all the expenses of the Fraternity and place us above any 
other Greek fraternity. — Allen B. Thrasher, Northwestern 
Christian University, to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe Uni- 
versity, June 2, 1872. 

The Delta still retains her number, six, but next term we 
will have more members. Bro. S. R. Stevens, of the Gamma, 


will be with us next October. One of the Delta, Bro. Jack- 
son, will join the Beta next term. We hate very much to 
give him up for he is a good member. All the rest of our 
boys will be back. — Alexis A. Marshall, Mercer University, 
to Charles B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, June 14, 1872. 

I can give you no news of our chapter here, for we have 
none. It was murdered (no other word will express it) in 
convention, May 9, 1872. The convention declared our 
charter illegal, and in the same breath declared us legal 
members of the Indiana Alpha. All archives, records and 
papers of the Theta chapter have been committed to the 
flames. — George W. Wade, Terre Haute, Ind., to Charles 
B. Gaskill, Oglethorpe University, June 17, 1872. 

I suppose youjhave heard of our grand success at Indiana 
University. I am informed that we have the best chapter 
there now we ever have had, and that is saying a great deal. 
I think much praise is due those four loyal ones who obeyed 
the mandates of our Bond with such fidelity. They have 
shown not only pluck and bravery, but tact and wisdom. 
They have also carried off second honor, the Latin saluta- 
tory. My Indiana Alpha correspondent, E. A. Hamilton, 
is the recipient. At the close of the year ^ A had 10 mem- 
bers, B n 15, 2 X 20, * K * 16, * r A 14 and A T A 13.— 
Charles T. Jamieson, Batavia, Ohio, to Charles B. Gaskill, 
Atlanta, Ga., July 2, 1872. 

Our term ended very pleasantly ; we had a class of twenty- 
five to graduate. On class day the orator was a Phi; he also 
took the second honors of the class and delivered the Latin 
salutatory. The Phis had a lively time during commence- 
ment; quite a number in town and we made a big show. 
When college closed we had nine members in the chapter; 
we will have eight to start with next fall. I would not go 
back the first term if it were not that I am so strongly at- 
tached to my Fraternity and chapter. You know we had a 
hard time this year, but I think we have our chapter on a 
foundation on which it can stand. We will soon, as we have 
in the past, take our place at the head of fraternities in In- 
diana University, and I think we will remain there. We 
expect two that were with us last year to be back next ; they 
were here during commencement and were very enthusiastic. 
.... I suppose you have heard of the Grand Alpha refus- 
ing a charter to Moncrief at Granville, Ohio. It caused quite 
a sensation here, as Moncrief was from the Indiana Delta, 
and we all knew him to be a man of talent and good judg- 


ment. We felt sure that he would establish a chapter that 
would reflect credit upon the Fraternity, and we did not like 
to see him treated thus. I do not know that the Grand Al- 
pha had any good reason for refusing a charter. The excuse 
was that it was too late in the year; that was the only reason 
given. Moncrief had eight good men and they had ordered 
badges. Granville has a first-class college. We think the 
matter will be fixed up this fall. — Beverly Gregory, Brook- 
lyn, Ind., to Charles B. Gaskill, Atlanta, Ga., July 11, 1872. 

I got acquainted with H. R. Buckingham of Ohio Alpha 
last Friday; he is a fine man. He brought the new cata- 
logue over. It is a far better one than that of 1871 

I tell you there will be fun in these parts if a charter is re- 
fused to the Granville boys. It T?iHst be granted. — Charles 
T. Jamieson, Batavia, Ohio, to Charles B. Gaskill, Atlanta, 
Ga., Aug. 6, 1S72. 

You will remember that I was elected treasurer of the 
society, and that as such all funds and assessments paid to 
me will be properly receipted for. You can remit to me the 
amount of your assessments and your subscription to the 
Permanent Fund, and, upon presentation to me of any of 
the outstanding accounts against the society, properly 
vouched for, I will pay them, and be responsible to the so- 
ciety. The Permanent Fund is doing well; we have over 
$500 subscribed, and most of it paid in. You will please 
remit the amount of your subscription and make an effort 
to send us a good large list from your state. — Charles O. 
Perry, Treasurer ^ A 0, Indianapolis, Ind., to Charles B. 
Gaskill, Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 2, 1S72. 

We have started very fairly this term. My brother Jed 
has become a Phi, and W. O. Bates, from the Indiana 
Gamma, is with us, so that we now number six. — Nelson 
W. Cady, Cornell University, to Charles B. Gaskill, At- 
lanta, Ga., Oct. 12, 1S72. 

Our chapter is in a flourishing condition, numbering 
twelve active members, with the prOvSpect of two or three 
more. Our college met with quite a severe shock in the 
resignation of our president and three professors. We had 
a loss of five members from our chapter, but we are once 

more on a good footing The Beta chapter was 

formerly at Monmouth, but it has become the Alpha, the 

Alpha at Chicago having become defunct Please 

acknowledge the greeting of the Illinois Beta to the Georgia 
Alpha. — J. D. Miller Hamilton, Knox College, to Charles 
B. Gaskill, Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 14, 1872. 


Our chapter has not done anything so far, but I will wake 
it up immediately. We have five of the pick of the college 
to start with, and I have no fears as to the result. My old 
room-mate, W. O. Bates, has gone to Cornell University; he 
was warmly welcomed by the New York Alpha. He writes 
me that the Phi prospects there are good. He was elected 
secretary of the class of '75, and Lucas lacked only three 
votes of getting the presidency; the one who did get it leans 
rather toward the Phis, and they are working for him. 
Nelson Cady*s address is Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y. 
I have heard from Hanover, Bloomington, Wabash and 
Greencastle. With the latter exception they are doing bet- 
ter than ever before. Darnell has left the Greencastle 
chapter from some cause. I will have the particulars shortly, 
and will then advise you of them. — Allen B. Thrasher, 
Northwestern Christian University, to Charles B. Gaskill, 
Atlanta, Ga., OcJ. 15, 1872. 

We are at last ready to distribute the catalogues of * A ®. 
Perhaps a word of explanation is due, in view of this delay. 
The committee appointed to prepare the last catalogue was 
composed of Messrs. Fisher, Rankin and Buckingham. The 
two first were members of last year's Senior class, and con- 
sequently are not in college this year. Mr. Buckingham 
did not return to college until a few days ago. No other 
member of the chapter was well enough informed to attend 
to the business, hence nothing could be done until Bucking- 
ham returned. The committee were promised the catalogues 
by the publishers before the close of last year, and hoped to 
distribute them before last vacation, but they did not arrive 
in time. Send the number of catalogues your chapter desires 
and the address, and we will forward them at once. We 
have just come out of an election with honor to * A 0. We 
took in four new members last meeting. — George F. 
O* Byrne, Miami University, to Charles B. Gaskill, Atlanta, 
Ga., Oct. 1(>, 1872. 

Our chapter is doing finely. We have eleven members, 
as follows: Juniors, three; Sophomores, five; Freshman, 
one; Preparatory, two. Although most of our boys are new 
members, they are taking hold in earnest. This chapter is 
now known as the Illinois Alpha. For some cause unknown 
to us the Chicago chapter, which was the Alpha of this state, 
gave up its charter, and our Beta became the Alpha. The 
Gamma chapter (now the Beta) is established at Galesburg, 
111. At present there are only two chapters in this state. 


and they are but sixteen miles apart. Thus you see * A 
includes but a small portion of places of education in Illinois. 
There are three fraternities in Monmouth College, but the 
^ A has the best hold. — John H. Mason, Monmouth Col- 
lege, to Charles B. Gaskill, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 2, 1872. 

The Alpha is in a very flourishing condition at this time. 
We have eight men and some more on the road, and we are 
getting along very well in every way. — Beverly Gregor>% 
Indiana University, to Charles B. Gaskill, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 
7, 1872. 

To-day I forwarded to your address per express fifteen 
catalogues marked C. O. D. $12. That was the tax assessed 
on your chapter. The reason of this high tax is the pub- 
lishers charged us $1')5, instead of $125 as we expected; but 
they got us up a magnificent catalogue and we are not sorry. 
The tax was distributed in proportion to the number of mem- 
bers in each chapter. We thought it best to reserve one 
hundred copies. Should the Georgia Alpha or any individ- 
ual member desire a catalogue we will forward it upon appli- 
cation free of charge. — George F. O* Byrne, Miami Univer- 
sity, to Charles B. Gaskill, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 9, 1872. 

It is sad about Old Oglethorpe. What do the boys gen- 
erally think of its suspension ? L<et her go for the present 
at least. Do any of the Georgia Alpha boys intend entering 
other colleges? If so, see if they can't do something where 
they go. You should keep the books of the Alpha, and not 
permit them to be scattered about; there is no other place 
where they will be as safe as where they are. — Clinton R. 
Gaskill, Chattanooga, Tenn., to Charles B. Gaskill, Atlanta, 
Ga., Nov. 25, 1872. 

I will give you a short history of our chapter since I joined 
it. Last April we had five members, and at the close of the 
session we had fourteen. At the beginning of this session 
ten of the old members returned, and we have taken in three, 
and two are going to join at our next meeting. I think that 
is rapid progress. Last year we received more honors than 
any other fraternity in college. We had a called meeting 
last night to take into consideration the propriety and the 
manner of establishing a chapter at Randolph- Macon Col- 
lege. I do not think there is any doubt about our estab- 
lishing it. We have been corresponding with a young man 
there who is preparing himself for the ministry, and he says 
he has succeeded in getting two other splendid young men 
to promise to join if we would establish a chapter there. 


which I think is sufficient encouragement for a beginning. 
I received a letter from a member of the Missouri chapter 
last week. They are just carrying things right along; have 
twenty members, and expect to take in several more at their 
next meeting. — J. H. Bear, Roanoke College, to Charles B. 
Gaskill, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 26, 1872. 

The membership of the societies is as follows: Chi Phi, 
five; Phi Delta Theta, eleven; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, four- 
teen. The Chi Phis will give us their votes, as they are too 
weak to do anything. — Alexis A. Marshall, Mercer Uni- 
versity, to Charles B. Gaskill, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 30, 1872. 

Our present number is eight, with a prospect of three 
more before the term closes. We have engaged a hall and 
are having it fitted up. The committee to secure a hall did 
a great deal of work, for halls are scarce in this town. How- 
ever, we have secured a good one, size 24 x 20, with four 
windows, in the third story of a new building. — Nelson W. 
Cady, Cornell University, to Charles B. Gaskill, Atlanta, 
Ga., Dec. 2, 1872. 

Brother Murrell expects to go to Randolph- Macon Col- 
lege Christmas to initiate those who are about to become our 
fraters in the organization of a chapter at that place. — J. H. 
Bear, Roanoke College, to Charles B. Gaskill, Atlanta, Ga., 
Dec. 6, 1872. 

I see by the papers that Oglethorpe University has sus- 
pended for a time. I regret that exceedingly. We had a 
fine chapter there, and the loss will not be small. Do you 
think the boys will come to Athens ? Try to influence them 
to that end. We of the Beta need some men, and we would 
be most happy to welcome them to our chapter. — Charles M. 
Beckwith, University of Georgia, to Charles B. Gaskill, 
Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 13, 1872. 

Brothers Murrell and Whitehurst are going to start to 
Randolph- Macon College Thursday to establish the chapter 
there which I spoke of in ray last letter. We succeeded in 
making the requisite arrangements for the establishment of 
that chapter sooner than I had any idea of when it was first 
mentioned among the members here. We intend to try the 
University of Virginia soon; if we do not succeed this year 
I have no doubt that we will next, as several of our mem- 
bers expect to go there. — J. H. Bear, Roanoke College, to 
Charles B. Gaskill, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 15, 1872. 


NToN. Kkntvckv Beta, 


General H. \'. N. Boynton was born July 22, 18:^5. at West 
Stockbridge, Mass. ; removed to Cincinnati in 1S46 ; was 
graduated at Woodward College, in that city, and subse- 
quently attended and was graduated from Kentucky Military 
Institute. While here he was initiated into Phi Delta Theta, 
After graduation he entered the faculty as professor of me- 
chanics and astronomy, and received the degree of civil en- 

He entered the Union army in 18(il as major of the Thirty- 
fifth Ohio Infantry ; was lieutenant-colonel in command of 
the regiment in July, l>'(iii, and commanded it to the end of 
its service, except when disabled by wounds. Hewasmus- 


tered out in September, 1864, because of disability from 
wounds received at Missionary Ridge. He was brevetted 
brigadier- general for his part in that battle, and has been 
given the congressional medal of honor for it. 

Gen. Boynton has been engaged in journalism in Wash- 
ington since December, 18()5. He originated the plan of 
the Chickamauga and Chattanooga national military park, 
and drew the bill establishing it, which incorporated his 
plans. He is the chairman and historian of the national 
park commission. The plan for the dedication of the park, 
as^incorporated in the law providing for it, was also his. 

A Confederate officer, writing in the Chattanooga Times, 
says of this work of Gen. Boynton 's : 

It was an inspiration, born of a noble mind, whose patriotic breadth 
overlapped the extensive battle-fields and reached from ocean to 
ocean, comprehending in its scope all the noble attributes that belong 
to the very highest American manhood. 

It was Gen. Boynton 's aspiration to memorialize perpetually and 
permanently in bronze, marble, and steel the heroism of both armies, 
causing our children and grandchildren and posterity through all 
coming time to realize the height, breadth, and depth of American 


At the National Convention at Philadelphia, in 1890, the 
Fraternity saw fit to create the office of librarian, and 
elected the undersigned to that position. He had just 
closed the term of seven years service as editor of The 
ScROtrtr, and therefore had in his possession a great many 
things of fraternity interest that it would have taken a long 
time to have otherwise accumulated. Notwithstanding this, 
however, his ideas as to the duties entailed by such an office 
and the possibilities of the library to the Fraternity were de- 
cidedly vague. Now, after something more than a year's 
time has elapsed since the library was founded, there is 
dawning a better conception of the purposes which it can 
serve, and what things it may gather together that will en- 
rich its history and archives to our successors. Where at 
first a few shelves in a store-room were expected to accom- 
modate amply, it is now found that three large book cases 
in the officer's library are already filled, while the store-room 
is already crowed with the material which it is not essential 
should be kept on accessible shelves. 

The statutes of the Fraternity specify the various materi- 
als which it is desired shall be treasured up in the library. 
Of these it now may be said that we have a fair representa- 
tion. The file of The Scroll is complete from Volume I., 


No. 1 , to the latest issue, while duplicate copies of all the 
early and less readily obtained issues are at hand. It is ex- 
pected to make complete a duplicate file, and then after that 
all other copies. can be made to serve chapters and others 
who are desiring to complete their files of this publication. 
So, too, there are complete files of the Fraternity's cata- 
logues and song books. The department in which the 
library is most incomplete is that of the books, monographs 
and papers of which members of the Fraternity are the au- 
thors. As yet but few such have been collected. It is to 
be hoped that the library will be given the cordial support 
of all members, so that whenever such a work shall come to 
their knowledge a copy of it shall be placed in the fraternity 
collection. Outside of the librarian's personal collection of 
fraternity photographs, which includes quite a large list, 
there are practically no contributions in this line. This is 
an important department, and one that should be no longer 
neglected. Every chapter should deposit a copy of its an- 
nual photograph in the library, which photograph should be 
accompanied with a key and index showing the names of 
the members in the group. The value of such collection in 
a few years would be inestimable. It is hoped that every 
chapter will make note of this suggestion, and see that 
proper action is taken which will insure such contribu- 
tions each year. Individual photographs in the case of un- 
dergraduates are not so important, but those of prominent 
alumni are desired equally with chapter groups. All pho- 
tographs thus sent in are properly indexed and preserved. 
The collection of college annuals embraces about 300 copies 
covering a period of eleven years. It is hoped that with the 
assistance of the editor of The Scroll this collection can 
be enlarged from year to year. 

Coming to the publication of other fraternities there is in 
the library at least one edition of the catalogue of practically 
every general college fraternity. The list for each frater- 
nity is in no wise complete, and in a great many cases the 
copy is not that of the last edition published. Here, again, 
it is hoped that in the course of the next few years this col- 
lection may be made complete by securing copies that will 
represent practically all the editions issued: especially must 
this be made complete with reference to late publications. 
The files of Greek-letter fraternity periodicals is no limited 
one, although not as complete as it promises to be in the 
near future. Efforts are now being made to fill up gaps in 
files, and run the same back to an early period. These 
files run back to the college years of 1S88-84, the time that 


Brother W. B. Palmer assumed the editorship of The 
Scroll. Brother Palmer made a very complete collection 
during his term of editorship, and has endeavored to add to 
it as he could from year to year. 

The files are more or less broken from 1886 to 1888. In 
the last named year the undersigned became exchange editor 
of The Scroll, and from that on there are no more breaks 
than those occasioned by the changes in management of the 
exchange journals. The periodicals of which we have the 
most complete files are those of Beta Theta Pi, Delta Kappa 
Kpsilon, Kappa Alpha and Phi Kappa Psi. 

Besides these there are numerous miscellaneous books and 
pamphlets issued by various societies. It is perfectly safe 
to estimate that the library now contains oOO bound vol- 
umes, and not less than 1,200 pamphlets and magazines. 

In this connection it is desired to acknowledge the gener- 
ous contributions which have been made by three well- 
known Phis. At the beginning of the year Brother Walter 
B. Palmer turned over to the library his magnificent collec- 
tion of fraternity publications. From this collection our 
file of fraternity periodicals has been made more complete. 
From it came our entire collection of fraternity catalogues 
and the great majority of the miscellaneous publications of 
Greek-letter societies. Brother Palmer's collection deserves 
to rank as one of the valuable ones among college men, and 
was no doubt the most complete in the possession of any 
member of Phi Delta Theta. To Brother George Banta we 
are indebted for a very complete file of The Scroll from 
the beginning, several editions of the early catalogues of 
the Fraternity and other pamphlet publications. This col- 
lection donated by Brother Banta was that of his deceased 
brother, Charles, a member of the Fraternity who died but 
a year ago, and who had also taken a marked interest in all 
Phi Delta Theta affairs. The other collection was from 
a source very similar. Brother A. G. Foster, El Paso, 
Texas, was an associate of Brother Banta in fraternity work. 
He, too, had a brother, a member of Phi Delta Theta, 
Samuel Foster, formerly of Villa Vista, Louisiana. At his 
death his collection of fraternity periodicals was turned 
over to his brother, A. G. Foster, and these, with his own. 
Brother Foster has now donated to the library. 

All contributions to the library are properly labeled, show- 
ing the name of the member giving them, and the time that 
they were received. It is hoped this resume of the contents 
of the library will bring it more particularly to the attention 
of the Fraternity, and be the means of bringing in other 
contributions. J. E. Brown. 


The accompanying portrait of Colonel Funston appeared 
in Harper's Wii-kly for March "i, 1H',)S^ aloug with a bio- 
graphical notice of him. To this issue he contributed a 
spirited sketch of the battle of Desraayo, ' The Cuban Bala- 
klava,' in which he took part. Here 47'-J Cuban cavalry 
were sent by General Gomez against 2,ol)0 Spanish infantry, 
losing U">0 of their number killed and wounded, while half 
the sur\'ivors had their horses shot under ihem. 

Bro. I-'unston, to whose romantic adventures The Scroll 
referred at length in April, 18517, and February, 18i>8, is 
now speaking in Kansas in behalf of the Cubans. 



The * Manual of Phi Delta Theta,' issued as a supplement 

to The Scroll for October, 1897, contains a sketch of * A 0, 

in which is the following paragraph : 

In 1885 the active members of the \V. W. W., or Rainbow chapter, 
at the University of Texas were initiated into the chapter of * A G, and 
the Southwestern chapter of 4> A 6 was formed by initiating the South- 
western chapter of W. W. W. Both of these Rainbow chapters had 
refused to accept the conditions which had been accepted by the other 
chapters of their fraternity in uniting with ATA. 

Under the heading *A Misunderstanding,' the editor of 

the Rainbow of A T A says in the issue for January, 181)8 : 

We do not think this statement covers the whole case, nor did IVIr. 
Palmer intend probably that it should. It does, however, admit the 
one point supposed to be in controversy, which is that the Rainbow 
fraternity, as a fraternity, accepted the conditions and united with 
ATA. It is only fair to state that our fraternity hoped to have the 
University of Texas chapter of W. \V. W.; at any rate that insti- 
tution was not in the list of those from which we requested the Rain- 
bow fraternity to withdraw before the union took place. The chapter 
at the Southik'estern University^ hoicever^ Teas tiepriied of its charter 
by the Rainboic fraternity. This zcas done at the request of our cow- 
mittee. Southwestern University was in the list of four institutions 
from which the Rainbow fraternity withdrew as one of our conditions 
of uniting. There remained, therefore, three chapters of W. W. W. 
The fraternity, as a fraternity y came to A T A ; the University of Texas 
chapter, through circumstances that we do not care to discuss, joined 
* AG. 

The statement quoted from the * Manual of Phi Delta 
Theta ' is exactly true, and the statement that the W. \V. 
W. chapter at Southwestern was forced out of the ATA 
Rainbow coalition is not true, as can be proven by A T A as 
well as * A0 publications. First, however, as to the Uni- 
versity of Texas chapter. In The Scroll for January, 
1886, Constance Pressels gives the following account of 
members of W. W. W. joining the University of Texas 
chapter of * A : 

Those readers of The Scroll who have kept abreast of fraternity 
news are aware that, for the last year or more, rumors of the consol- 
idation of W. W. W. (Rainbow) and ATA have been circulated. vSev- 
eral chapters of W. W. W. refused to enter ATA. Among these was 
the D. V. chapter of the l;niversity of Texas. The members of the 
D. V. chapter surrendered their charter, and being no longer Romans, 
were anxious to become Greeks. Thev solicited admission into 4> A B, 
and as they numbered some of the best and most prominent students 
of the university, were duly admitted and initiated. 

As to the Southwestern chapter, it was established by W. 
W. W. in 1882. The following account of how it became a 


chapter of * A was written by Robert A. John, and ap- 
peared in The Scroll for May, 1886 : 

Sometime in May, 1S85, we were informed that negotiations had 
been opened between ATA and our fraternity ( W. W. W.) with a view 
to consolidation. At the opening of the college session in the fall 
of 1885, our head chapter (at Vanderbilt I'niversity) informed us that 
the hybrid would be called the 'A T A-Rainbow,* with an union con- 
stitution, an union badge, and an union ritual — in other ^irords, a new 
fraternity, half Greek and half Roman, would be built on the wreck 
of both. Internally the W. W. W. was a weak organization ; it lacked 
ritual ; it taught doctrines that the war had settled, and was distaste- 
ful to true republican spirit. Hoping to better and strengthen our 
organization, our L. S. chapter of the Southwestern University tele- 
graphed the I. P. chapter at Vanderbilt that we would accept those 
conditions of consoliciation. I'pon the heels of this we received from 
Nashville the following official communication : 

Nashville, Tknn., Oct. 13, 188r>. 
L. S. Chapter, Rainhow Fraternity. 

Tinttht'i's ill thf Itttinhoir Frolirnitii : 
Dear Sirs : Find within terms of consolidation between the W. W. W.s and 
the Delta Tau Deltas, all of which articles have been ratified by the Delta Tau 
Delta except the last one, which will undoubtedly be ratified by them very soon, 
as we were informed by their committee. These articles have been agreea to by 
the I. P. chapter of Vanderbilt University ; and, in behalf of the I. P., I ask you 
to take action upon them as soon as possible and let us hear the result. By doing 
so you wili greatly oblige. Your brother in W. W. W., 

Preston Vaughan, D. V. 

The tenns of consolidation were as follows, to wit : 

Terms of consolidation of the Rainbow and Delta Tau Delta fraternities : 

Article 1. The names of the consolidated fraternities shall be Delta Tau Delta. 

Article 2. The fraternity shall be divided into four f^rand divisions, the first 
of which shall be known as'the Rainbow division, and this shall be perpetual ami 
shnll im'luflrfilf thf nrit/intil rfiapfrrs of tlw Rainbmr friitt-rnily. 

Article .'t. The grand' chapter of the' Rainbow division .shall be located with 
the Vanderbilt University chapter, unless ordered elsewhere by a vote of said 
Rainbow division, and then shall go only to an old Rainbow chapter. 

Article 4. The original Rainbow chapters shall always have at least one rep- 
resentative in the executive council. 

Article 5. The name of the Delta Tau Delta journal shall be changed from the 
( 'rci^crnf to the Rainlunr. This is to take effect upon the consolidation of the two 
fraternities, and to be perpetual. 

These terms were diametrically opposed to those we had been led 
to expect would be made, and of such humiliating nature that our 
chapter determined that it could with more credit to itself * swap* our 
Romanism to better advantage, and treat with a Grecian order more 
congenial to Texas soil than the ATA. If we were to surrender the 
old obsolete order of W. W. W. unconditionally, we claimed the right 
to say to whom of the conquering host it should be. About this time 
we learned that the Rainbow members at Vanderbilt wore ATA badges 
and colors. 

Our Austin chapter came to our rescue and suggested the * A G. 
This fraternity was the largest in Texas ; two of our faculty were 
loyal Phis, and we had been told it was second to none in the United 
States. On the other hand, the ATA was unknown to us, there being 
no chapter in the state and very few in the south. Our decision was 
unanimous. We wrote to the I. P. chapter to withdraw our charter ; 
this they treated with silence. We then bundled charter and para- 
phernalia up in a little brown package, and mailed it to Nashville, 
and sent in our petition to the * A 6 for a charter. 

Our reason for joining the * A O is plainly this : we preferred it to 


any other. We meant no discourtesy to A T As ; their merits were 
un Known to us — this may arg^ue ourselves unknown. But as it was a 
choice of Greek letters, we chose the 4> A 8, and since joining her, 
have been signally converted to the precepts and practices of our pres- 
. cnt order. We wish success to all the A T As, whether old Rainbows 
or not ; we will try to win success for ourselves as 4> A 8s. 


These statements have been unchallenged for nearly twelve 
years. The letter from the head Rainbow chapter at Van- 
derbilt, to the Southwestern chapter, as well as the third 
. article of agreement that 'all the original chapters of the 
Rainbow fratertiity ' should be included in the new Southern 
or Rainbow division, is sufficient contradiction of the asser- 
tion of the present editor of the Rainbow that the South- 
western chapter of W. W. W. was excluded from join- 
ing in the union with ATA. The present editor of the 
Rainbow seems to seek to discredit Southwestern Univer- 
sity, as if it were not up to the ATA standard. Yet ATA 
did not stick at Emory and Henry College, a little Virginia 
institution, not nearly so well equipped or attended as South- 
western, and where the chapter died very soon after the 
consolidation. And it appears that ATA was willing then 
to swallow even more insignificant schools. 

The consolidation was consummated on March 27, 1886, 
that being the date when the Vanderbilt Rainbows were in- 
itiated by the Sewanee A T As. An editorial account of 
'the consolidation of the ATA and Rainbow' was published 
in the Crescent of A T A for March, 1886. In this account 
nothing whatever is said about withdrawal from Southwest- 
ern University. Three years later, in March, 1889, the 
Rainbow of A T A published a similar article by a former 
member of W. W. W., who said that W. W. W. ratified the 
articles of agreement in March, 1«S85, *and the general sec- 
retary of A T A, estimating the votes of a few of their chap- 
ters not heard from, declared the consolidation consummated. * 
The matter becoming known was commented on in the 
Greek press, The Scroll giving first information. The 
writer continues: 

The result was a premature explosion on the part of some of the 
ATA chapters. This had the effect of undoing the work done, and 
by reason of the delay incident to going through the work anew, the 
chapters of Rainbow of the University of Texas, University of Ten- 
nessee, Chamberlain-Hunt Institute^ and Southivcstern University, 
were lost. One of the causes of the delay in negotiations was the un- 
wise selection of name for the conjoint body by the committee, it be- 
ing a mixed Greek and Roman name, ATA -Rainbow. The con- 
solidation was finally effected during the winter of 188(), but the 
Emory and Henry chapter was weak, died and has never been re- 


vivcd. Although the society had at different times established 
fourteen chapters and two alumni associations, and although seven of 
the active chapters were in existence at the time of the consolidation 
with ATA, yet the University of Mississippi and Vanderbilt Uni- 
versity chapters, as Pi and Lambda of A T A, now represent to the 
fraternity world all that remains of Rainbow as a college society. 

From the foregoing it is evident that the Southwestern 
chapter of W. W. W. was lost to ATA, and unwillingly 
lost. The documents quoted are still in existence and they 
beyond question establish the fact that has heretofore been 
unquestioned, viz., that the Southwestern chapter of W. W. 
W. refused to enter the A T A — Rainbow combine, though 
urged to do so. It should be noticed that 4> A © did not in- 
terfere with the negotiations between W. \V. W. and ATA 
and did not treat with the two Rainbow chapters in Texas 
until after they had resigned their W. W. W. charters. 

Waltkr B. Palmer. 


The return trip from the Atlanta convention was mem- 
orable for many reasons. Most of the adventures of the 
party, whose constantly decreasing numbers were charac- 
terized by even more rapidly rising hilarity, have been re- 
ferred to in the pages of The Scroll. The party has since 
had two delightful reunions, the first with Mrs. John Edwin 
Brown and Miss Swope as hostesses, at Indianapolis, in 
1894, and the second with Mrs. Brown, at Philadelphia, in 
1890. One of the best remembered portions of this journey 
was the part that lay through Mammoth Cave. Walter 
B. Palmer and Eugene H. L. Randolph, some years before 
had laid the foundation of the 4> A cairn, and at the time 
their visits were made the guides were already careful to 
enjoin abstinence from smoking or scratching the walls with 
names and dates ; so that the three familiar letters standing 
out so prominently on the rock photographed on the oppo- 
site page, must have been placed there in early times. Who 
did it ? 

The pictures are from 'The Mammoth Cave of Kentucky, 
an Illustrated Manual,' by H. C. Hovey, D. D., and R. C. 
Call, Ph. D. The book is published by John P. Morton and 
Co., of Louisville, Ky., whose courtesy we acknowledge in 
the loan of the accompanying cut. 



The reports from our alumni chapters show that the ten- 
dency toward a more general and more regular celebration 
of Alumni day is to be noted this year as in 1897. Indeed, 
now we should be as much surprised to hear of the suspen- 
sion or decay of one of our strongest college chapters as we 
should be to find that Boston or San Francisco, to take two 
extreme examples, had failed to report an annual meeting. 
This year Los Angeles becomes wide-awake again, and bids 
fair to play an active part henceforth in Phi Delta Theta*s 
history on the coast. Cincinnati and Detroit seem about to 
return to our original plan of monthly meetings. The 
alumnus as reporter is very much like his undergraduate 
brother, however, and we have been unable to secure ac- 
counts of two or three successful meetings, of which hints 
came to us from outside sources. There are still a few chap- 
ters that have suffered the loss of their organizer or his suc- 
cessor, but the general officers will endeavor to reduce fur- 
ther the number of the dormant before the next convention 
meets. It seems that the Columbus Phis are in a fair way 
to be chartered, and we have rumors of like tenor from 
Providence and Syracuse and Buffalo. It is evident that 
Phi Delta Theta's alumni members have retained to a large 
degree the undergraduate loyalty and enthusiasm to which 
our chapter letters bear witness from issue to issue of The 

One thing a few of our alumni chapters have yet to learn 
is how to adapt oneself to circumstances. If a city is given 
to formal banquets, and its professional and business men 
find time to dress elaborately and eat nine-course dinners, 
celebrate in this way, by all means. But if, as is more of- 
ten the case, time is the scarcest article on the market, and 
formality rather dreaded than reverenced, why not lunch 


informally at noon at some well-known restaurant or hotel, 
or dine at six in business dress? Among Phis why should 
an engraved announcement and three weeks' warning be re- 
quired? One very successful meeting was held recently, 
where the members were all notified by telephone from the 
reporter's office two hours before, and mine host consulted 
after this had been done. If the object is to meet and to 
enjoy the meeting there is no valid excuse for either failure 
or postponement. 

The charters of Michigan Beta and Michigan Gamma have 
been withdrawn, this action taking effect on commence- 
ment day, 1898. The General Council was instructed by 
the Philadelphia convention to investigate the condition and 
standing of the two institutions at which these chapters are 
located, and to act as circumstances demanded. After a 
careful investigation and a visit of a member of the General 
Council at Hillsdale and Lansing, the action indicated above 
was decided upon, and it has been approved by the chapters 
of Delta province. 

The charter of Michigan Beta is withdrawn because of the 
low standard of the school. When the chapter was estab- 
lished there, a quarter of a century ago, the requirements 
for admission were not materially lower than those of many 
western institutions, and the understanding and expectation 
were that they would be raised. It was thought that at Lan- 
sing the state of Michigan would build up a great school of 
technology, and at Ann Arbor a college of liberal arts. 
The school has never been permitted, however, by the legis- 
lature of Michigan to raise its requirements for admission, 
and though the work done in the class room is of excellent 
quality and the equipment fairly complete, the amount of 
work offered and required in the literary departments is not 
what it should be. The chapter occupies a handsome suite 
of rooms and has an excellent record for loyalty and prompt- 
ness. It has graduated many men who are known through 
the whole Fraternity and the college world generally. For 
these reasons, action was long delayed and only taken with 


great regret. We shall not lose these alumni, however, nor 
our interest and pride in them, and we shall realize that we 
have done our duty. Phi Delta Theta was the last general 
fraternity at Lansing, if we except the engineering frater- 
nity of Tau Beta Pi. There are several literary societies 
which are practically local fraternities, however. 

Michigan Gamma's charter is withdrawn on account of 
the decrease in attendance at Hillsdale and lack of suitable 
fraternity material. When the charter was granted, sixteen 
years ago, the attendance was between 700 and 800 in the 
whole school, and 176 were enrolled in the four college 
classes. A T A was the only men's fraternity there. Last year 
the attendance in all departments was 303 and the number 
in the four college classes barely 90. This gives fifty male 
students for three fraternities to select from. The require- 
ments for admission and for graduation at Hillsdale are 
high. The work done is good. The chapter, though weak 
in numbers because of its constant determination to initiate 
none but good men, has been faithful in all its duties. It 
has sent out many prominent alumni, several of whom are 
not now credited to Michigan Gamma, as they should be, 
because they affiliated later with other chapters. The chap- 
ter had a house last year and occupies part of one at the 
present time. Delta Tau Delta and Alpha Tau Omega have 
chapters there, as have Kappa Kappa Gamma and Pi Beta 

Phi Delta Theta, after June 17, will have sixty-three 
chapters on her roll, and it is voicing the sentiment of the 
Fraternity, though the editor makes the statement on his 
own responsibility, to say that we have no fears now for the 
future of any of these or of the institutions in which they 
are located. In the last two and a half years eight charters 
have been withdrawn or surrendered: Richmond, Roanoke, 
Southern, Buchtel, Illinois Wesleyan, Wooster, Michigan 
State and Hillsdale. Of these Wooster and Buchtel are 
suspended until the next convention, when they will be 
definitely withdrawn, unless conditions have so far improved 
as to justify their revival. 


Readers of The Scroll who live in those benighted re- 
gions where Chicago newspapers are not read, have doubtless 
been curious to know the details of a matter referred to in the 
last paragraph of Illinois Alpha's chapter letter in the Feb- 
ruary issue. Inasmuch as this affair seems to have consisted 
more largely of comments than of facts, it is perhaps more 
proper to mention it here than among our news items. 

The Chicago Post of January 29 contained an article got- 
ten up in the sensational style so familiar of late, in which 
it was stated with much elaboration of detail that Illinois 
Alpha of Phi Deta Theta had tried unsuccessfully to lift the 
Northwestern chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, whose mem- 
bership had become reduced to five men. The article in 
question bore so many 2 A E ear-marks; the position of 
Phi Delta Theta in regard to lifting and the record of Illi- 
nois Alpha as an honorable chapter were so well known, that 
the General Council saw no occasion for serious concern. 
In view, however, of the gravity of the charge and the pub- 
licity given it, Illinois Alpha was asked for all the facts in 
the case, so far as known to her, for presentation to the 
members of the Fraternity through The Scroll and for 
reference to the next convention. 

Some days after the publication of this article in the Post 
the chief executive officer of 2 A E, known in that fraternity 
as the Eminent Supreme Archon, wrote to the President of 
the General Council of 4> A 0, 'requesting' him to 'seek out 
and punish' all Phis who 'took part in this act.' The Secre- 
tary of the General Council informed the Eminent Supreme 
Archon that it is not the business of Phi Delta Theta' s 
executive officers to 'punish' individual members, but that 
the matter would certainly be sifted, and the facts reported 
to the next convention. 

Meanwhile, the March number of the 2 A E Record was 
delayed some time (how long we can not tell, as The Scroll 
was not favored with a copy until the editor wrote for it, 
having met quotations therefrom in other exchanges) in 
order to permit the preparation of eight pages of matter on 
this subject, a portion of which, consisting of the A X 


Shield's account of a recent lifting by K A, had been given 
in the February Scroll with comments which should have 
left no doubts in the mind of the average reader as to 
4> A ©'s views on lifting. The Record gives an account of 
the alleged attempt as furnished by the Evanston 2 A Es, 
together with the other developments we have noted, and 
proceeds to place before 4> A a dilemma, with which the 
traditional devil and deep sea or frying pan and fire are weak 
and watery comparisons. The editor sees no escape for us 
except an acknowledgment that the Fraternity authorizes or 
allows lifting, or that Illinois Alpha is a dishonorable and 
disgraced chapter. He generously forbears to condemn ab- 
solutely either 4> A or Illinois Alpha, though he has *lost 
what respect he had for the prosperity and influence of the 
Phi Delta Theta and her members. ' This self-restraint seems 
to be a marked characteristic of 2 A E, for the same editor, 
though * urged to write a stinging article of rebuke for the 
benefit of the fraternity world,' is disposed to give 4> A ' a 
chance to explain.' The Northwestern 2 A E chapter, too, 
after, according to its story, having waited twenty- four 
hours to give an oral answer to 4> A 0, decided to follow this 
up with a written one. Their 'first impulse was to take ad- 
vantage of the chance to write some communication expres- 
sive of their contempt,' but on deliberation they restrained 
themselves and drew up a dignified document. 

If the editor of the Record is really curious to know the at- 
titude of * A toward lifting, let him ask some of his brother 
editors who are more familiar with the fraternity history 
of the last decade what Thk Scroll had to say about 
lifting apropos of ^ Y at Wisconsin or of A K E at Minnesota, 
for example, to ignore the A X-K A matter discussed in 
the last issue. We are pleased to know that 2 A E now 
has laws which would not allow her to form a chapter, as 
she did at Mt. Union, in IS.S'), from former members of an- 
other existing general fraternity. We trust she may soon 
have laws forbidding the initiation of honorary members, 
and thus make further progress. 

As for Illinois Alpha, that chapter also has a record and 


convictions against lifting. The first letter that came to the 
editor was from its president, who said that no attempt to 
lift the 2 A E chapter had been either acted upon or consid- 
ered, and that he knew nothing of this affair until after it 
was reported to have occurred, and however ^honorable' and 
*splendid* the history and record of 2 A E may be at North- 
western, to use the adjectives employed by the 2 A E cor- 
respondent of the Post, we think Illinois Alpha's history and 
record entitle her to equal respect and her official statements 
to equal credence, to say the least. 

The member of the chapter who is alleged to have been 
concerned in an attempt to lift tells us that the 2 A E chap- 
ter of five had been twice reported to be about to send in its 
charter and seek other fraternity affiliations. They claim to 
have had bids from two or three leading Northwestern chap- 
ters before * A 0's alleged offer. Their one pledged man 
resigned and was taken into 4> K 2. So, in a purely in- 
formal and personal conversation a 2 A E was asked as to 
the truth of these rumors of dissolution, and he replied in 
the same spirit, not denying the reports but intimating that 
the matter was still under advisement. He further said that 
the chapter had found itself seriously handicapped by the 
rumors afloat and that he was glad to be asked openly about 
them, as it gave 2 A E a chance to answer without making 
her position worse. Our correspondent believes that it 
was simply a desire on the part of 2 A E to improve her 
position in Northwestern fraternity circles that led to the 
writing and publication of that after-thought letter. As to 
what the Chicago Posi printed, we trust the Record and our 
exchanges will not regard too seriously the productions of a 
man, an alumnus of 2 A E, who was last year forced by the 
Northwestern faculty to retract false and scandalous reports 
he had published about the university, and who thus alone 
saved himself from expulsion. 

We can hardly blame the Record for its inclination to be- 
lieve 2 A E witnesses. Possibly we may be allowed the same 
confidence in our own. We are perfectly willing to let the 


rest of the fraternity world choose between them, taking 
into consideration what we have just set forth. 

We trust that we have at least made it clear that 4> A is 
not among the fraternities that still tolerate lifting, and that 
Illinois Alpha is in full accord with the Fraternity on the 
question. We do believe that it was very indiscreet for any 
Northwestern Phi to have discussed with a member of 
another fraternity the subject of surrendering a charter, as 
such conversations are only too likely to be misrepresented 
and used for advertising purposes. We think, too, that 
fraternity men anywhere are unjust in circulating damaging 
rumors about weak chapters. If there was internal dissen- 
sion, as was alleged in this case, it would work out its own 
penalty very soon; if not, such gossip was cruelly unfair. 
We can not see, however, that the weak chapter betters its 
position by seeking to climb back to importance through 
means best known to yellow journalism. 

Before the rush of commencement comes, there are two 
or three important matters that should claim the attention of 
every chapter. We take it for granted that the publication 
in this issue of the names of those delinquent with historian's 
reports will result in this matter being cleared up at once. 
The numbers of circular letters received is now considerably 
above what it was last year, and we shall expect to hear 
from most of the remaining chapters during April and May. 
The chapter's finances, however, must be looked after im- 
mediately. All local bills which fall due between now and 
October 1 should be provided for this month, and a receipt 
in full secured from the Treasurer of the General Council. It 
is so well known to every college man that collections can 
scarcely ever be made the last few weeks of the college year, 
or from men who have left college, that we wonder why we 
repeat it here, but chapters and their treasurers go on 
making this mistake from year to year, none the less. Be 
business like. Save yourselves trouble and expense next 
fall, for you who return will have to settle every one of these 
accounts. Now is the best time to do it. 


Another thing that should receive attention this term is 
the training of the freshmen. They will be your best rush- 
ers next fall, with a little direction from the class of 1900, 
and this is the time to see that they know the history of 
Phi Delta Theta, her purposes and achievements^ her geogra- 
phy and biography, her position among her rivals. A care- 
ful study of the Manual will secure this, and every chapter 
should provide itself with copies enough to supply every 
rusher and every man rushed. 

This is the time, too, to make definite chapter house 
plans for next fall. We have had enough 'discussion' and 
'enthusiasm' and 'movements' from some, and talk of 'local 
conditions' and 'impracticability' from others. We have 
chapters enough housed now to know how the thing can be 
done. Write to Wisconsin, to Union, to Vanderbilt, and find 
how they managed it, if your own plans do not satisfy you. 
But have definite plans, and keep at work in accordance 
with them. One man who pushes a chapter house scheme 
steadily for two years can make it a success anywhere. The 
trouble is there is too much talk and too little work, and 
what work is done is too spasmodic. Perfect your chapter 
house plans now. 

The chapters of Epsilon province will meet on May 12, 13 
and 14 with Nebraska Alpha, at Lincoln. All the chapters 
in the province were notified early in March, so that no 
official announcement is considered necessary at this time. 
Bro. J. G. Wallace, president of the province, authorizes 
The Scroll, however, to extend a cordial invitation to all 
western Phis, undergraduates and alumni, to attend the ses- 
sions of the convention. Every chapter, save the two in 
California, is confidently expected to send a delegate, and 
we trust there will not be one delinquent. We may be doing 
the California and Stanford chapters injustice, however, and 
if they want to learn what a rousing welcome is, let them 
be represented. 


The Scroll is inclined to think that there has been too 
much passing of war resolutions by colleges and fraternities, 
too free tenders of military service. If these resolutions and 
offers were not to be given to the daily papers, and if they 
were sure to be taken literally and accepted bj' the govern- 
ment, they would not be so numerous. Cuba must be freed, 
but it is pitiful to see political parties and newspapers and 
colleges and fraternities trying to help themselves along 
while ostensibly trying to help Cuba. The same tendency 
was manifested during the war of Greece with Turkey last 
year. If fraternities and colleges wish to contribute to re- 
lieve distress among Greek refugees or starving Cubans, or 
to help build a monument to the men who perished on the 
Maine, or if individuals enlist, well and good. But the true 
American does his duty where circumstances place him, and 
in a war with Spain is as potent a factor, though perhaps si- 
lent, in his shop or office or class room, as on the deck of a 
battleship. It is no proof of patriotism to burn men in effigy 
or call them names at a safe distance. 

4> K 2 at Evanston is gaining an unenviable reputation 
for her lifting. The recent offense against 2 X was by no 
means her first. The fact that the two men lifted were soon 
afterward expelled from the university shows what sort of 
men are most likely to disregard their initiation oath. No 
chapter loses in having a man lifted: it is well rid of him. 
But the man himself and the guilty chapter lose a great deal 
from their connection with such a disgraceful performance. 


Fulton, Missouri, March 19, 1S98. 

My Dear Brother: The fifteenth of this month was indeed 
a red-letter day to me ! 

The morning's mail brought a letter from Bro. J. E. Brown 
stating that there had just been sent by express ' a package 
containing what is hoped will be a most pleasant reminder 
of your birthday and what it means to the members of the 
Phi Delta Theta. It carries with it the warm love and es- 


teem of the hundreds and thousands of the brothers in the 
Bond who have followed you in the faith of Phi Delta Thela.' 

The express office was promptly visited, and behold a 
book ! a beautiful, magnificent and unique volume ! unique 
for it is hardly probable that on earth there are many like 
it, but superb, as it is, what it vieans is a thing of greater 
interest and value, as it is a symposium of testimonials of 
regard and kind feeling from 

The Chapters, Ofi&cers and Members 
of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, 
embracing in their ranks many of the choicest men in 

I accept this elegant souvenir, waiving its extravagant 
words of eulogy, knowing as I do that they were not uttered 
by triflers or men of double tongues. 

While I do so, however, with the deepest gratitude of my 
heart, I know well that I do not deserve such a royal tribute. 
I have done a little, very little, for the advancement of the 
Order, certainly not more than my duty, and doing that, 
though only in a small degree, I was rewarded at the time 
by the approbation of a good conscience, and that is no slight 
pleasure. I do not deserve more than that ; and I dare not 
be satisfied with less. 

Such a fraternity, so grand and so honored in so many 
ways, deserves to have such a founder as they who have 
never seen or known me fancy that I am, because, in their 
imaginations, I ought so to be, — a founder much greater 
and wiser than the poor, plain, matter-of-fact man that I 
happen to be. 

I, however, feel thankful to (lOd that he has permitted 
me to have any place of usefulness in such a noble brother- 
hood : though alas ! my work, all the time, has been very 

To the chapters of undergraduates and alumni, to the Gen- 
eral Council and to all the individual members of 4> A I 
to-day, through Thk Scroll, with uncovered head, make 
a thrice profound bow for such a birthday gift. 

And that the Grand Pilot of the universe, who has brought 
our good ship Phi Delta Theta safely through stormy waters 
and dangerous quicksands for half a hundred years may con- 
tinue at the helm to guide us until we all reach the haven 
of eternal rest and blessedness, is the sincere, ardent prayer of 

Robert Morrison, Ohio Alpha, '40. 

To the P:ditor of The vScroll. 


Chapter Correspondence. 



The realization of the sum of sixty thousand dollars, for which Colby 
has been making vigorous efforts, brings the university to what seems 
to be the beginning of an era of prosperity. It is expected that as 
soon as the present plans for improvement are completed a new effort 
will be made to add a much larger sum to the established fund of the 
university. Already plans are being prepared for the new chemical 
and biological laboratory, and as soon as the season permits the foun- 
dations will be laid for one of the finest scientific buildings in Maine. 
The ladies' dormitory is soon to follow. 

The recent death of Prof. W. A. Rogers has cast a feeling of sadness 
over the entire college. Prof. Rogers was called to the chair of phys- 
ics and astronomy in 1886, having already made an enviable reputa- 
tion as a teacher and original investigator. From that time until his 
recent illness he gave himself to the duties of his department and to 
his favorite lines of investigation in such a manner as to add much to 
the fame of the university. He was peculiarly beloved by the students 
and by all who associated with him. His successor in the department 
will be Prof. Gordon E. Hull, of Chicago University. 

The Colby glee club, under the management of Bro. H. S. Brown, 
has just returned from an extended trip through the northern part of 
the state. Not only have good audiences and popularity met them at 
every point, but an unusual degree of pecuniary success has been the 
result of the trip. Several shorter trips will be taken during the com- 
ing term. 

The debating contest between Bates and Colby was one of the finest 
that has taken place here for a long time. A turn of the argument 
obliged the final speaker on the Colby team to abandon half what he 
had prepared and speak extemporaneously. This was done in a man- 
ner which won the compliments of many who did not know the diffi- 
culty in which he was placed. The debate was won, and well won, 
by Colby. 

In the senior class elections for 18iKS Bro. Foye was made chaplain, 
Bro. Cook, prophet, and Bro. Fuller, marshal; in the junior class Bro. 
Chase was chosen historian, Bro. Waldron, marshal, and Bro. Brown, 
chairman of the executive committee. Bro. Cook was one of the 
speakers in the senior prize contest in composition, and Bro. Chase 
has received an appointment as one of the junior prize debaters. 

With best wishes for the success of every chapter and Phi, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Waterville, March 21, 1898. W. B. Chase. 


The winter term closes at Dartmouth on April 7. The only events of 
particular interest during the winter have been the lectures by Rob- 
ert Harper and Colonel Walterson, and the indoor meets in Boston 
during February, to which Dartmouth sent relay teams to compete 
with Brown and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 


During the past week the last vestige of four feet of snow has disap- 
peared from the campus, and every afternoon the place is alive with 
candidates for the base ball and track athletic teams. It is too early 
to make any forecast of our prospects, but every effort is being made 
to put winning teams into the field, and with the loss of but few strong 
men by graduation, Dartmouth has hopes of winning her usual share 
of athletic laurels. 

Since our last letters we have initiated seventeen new members, and 
we take pride in presenting to the Fraternity : Carl Maynard Owen, 
Jacksonville, 111., and Channing Tewksbury Sanborn, Concord, N. H., 
of the class of 1900 ; and Bernard Quincy Bond, Littleton, N. H.; Sel- 
wyn Kenson Dearborn, Clinton, Mass.; Edgar Hayes Hunter, Somer- 
ville, Mass.; Homer Chandler Ladd, Brookfield, Mass.; Richard Ed- 
wards Leach, Denver, Colo.; James Edward McCarten, Lancaster, N. 
H.; Edward Neil McMillan, Hyde Park, Mass. ; Leon Orlando Merrill, 
Gilmanton, N. H.; Guy Clifton Ricker, Croton, Me.; Daniel Ashton 
Rollins, Washington, D. C. ; Simon Henry Salomon, Groveton, N. H.; 
Leon Alfred Salinger, Rochester, N. H. ; Royal Bradford Thayer, So. 
Braintree, Mass.; Harry Orbert Washburne, Hartford, Vt.; Theodore 
Newton Wood, Middleboro, Mass., all of the class of 1901. 

All of our new brothers are entering with great zest into fraternity 
and college work. Several are accomplished pianists, and Bro. Thayer 
sang first tenor in the glee club this winter. Bro. Hunter led his class 
in scholarship for the first term. Bro. Ladd played on his class foot ball 
team last fall, and Bros. Washburne and McCarten on their class base 
ball team. The last two and Bro. Fairfield, 1900, are promising can- 
didates for the 'varsity nine. Bro. Leach is one of our most genial 
assistants in the college library, having had considerable experience 
in library work in the Denver public library before entering Dart- 
mouth. Bros. Merrill and Ricker received the first and third prizes 
at our annual fraternity prize speaking last week, Bro. Sawin, '98, 
receiving second prize. 

At the annual 'class of '06 and Rollins' prize speaking held this 
month, Bro. Chase, '99, took the first prize in origmal orations, and 
Bro. Sawin, '98, secured a place in the extemporaneous debate for the 
seniors. Bro. Barney Musgrove, '99, and Tirrell, 1900, have parts in 
the play to be presented by the Buskin next week. Bro. Barney rep- 
resented Dartmouth at the third international convention of the stu- 
dent volunteer movement at Cleveland, Ohio, February 23-27. He 
returned reporting a most cordial reception and entertainment by our 
brothers of the Case School. Bro. Musgrove was elected assistant ed- 
itor of The Dartmouth early in the month, and will be editor-in-chief 
next year. 

We greatly miss Bros. H. H, Lewis, '99, and Balkam, 1900. Bro. 
Lewis has just left us to accept an excellent position in the engineer- 
ing department of the New England Railroad Company at Boston. 
He expects to return next year and enter the Thayer School of Civil 
Engineering. Bro. Lewis was one of our best athletes and will be 
missed at the meet in Worcester next May. He practically won the 
meet for us last year. Bro. Balkam was obliged to leave us at Christ- 
mas time on account of his eyes, and does not know yet whether he 
can return next year. Bro. Tirrell, 1900, is leader of the Dartmouth 

Our meetings have been very enthusiastic the past winter. The fur- 
nishings of our rooms have been renewed, and every afternoon and 
evening find a jolly crowd of Phis gathered there to chat, play games 


and discuss general college and fraternity questions. We have been 
greatly pleased to receive visits this winter from a number of our 
alumni, and from several who are now in the medical college at Han- 
over. Bro. Bates, of Colby, is among the latter number. 

With best wishes, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Hanover, March 26, 1898. B. C. RODGERS. 


The mid-^ear examinations, one of the most critical periods in the 
student's life at the University of Vermont, were held on February 
1-21, inclusive, and in a few cases, as usual, they worked disastrous re- 
sults. For the most part our new honor system proved efficient, much 
less cribbing than formerly being observed. But to insure a complete 
abolition of this evil, more anti-cribbing resolutions were adopted by 
the student body on February 28, in addition to those respecting the 
honor system adopted on January 20. Henceforth any student re- 
ported to be a cribber shall be tried by the student members of the 
conference committee; if he is convicted bvan unanimous vote of this 
jury, his name shall be published, and he shall be deprived of the 
right to participate in class or college affairs. Bro. Blatr, '99, repre- 
sents us on the conference committee. 

The annual junior prom., the leading event of the winter in society 
circles in Burlington, look place Friday evening, February 18, at the 
armory, and was the splendid success that former events of the kind 
have led those who attend to expect. 

The musical clubs have had a very successful season during the past 
winter. Fifteen concerts have been given throughout the state, in- 
cluding a joint concert in Burlington with the McGill University 
clubs of Montreal. Vermont Alpha has four members on the clubs. 

January 27 was observed as the day of prayer for colleges. Bro. 
G. L. Richardson, irHliains, \SS, rector of the Episcopal church at 
Bennington, Vt., was the speaker on this occasion. Bro. Ufford, '01, 
was V. M. C. A. delegate to the student volunteer convention at Cleve- 
land, Ohio, February 2o 27. 

Our base ball team has a bright outlook for the season. Bro. Forbes, 
as manager, has arranged for two extended trips and for fourteen 
games on the home grounds with the strongest college teams. Ver- 
mont will be weaker than usual in the box, but coach Abbey, former)}' 
of the Chicago league team, is coaching the team especially in batting 
and fielding. Bro. Murray, 'OO, who played on last year's team, and 
Bro. Lincoln, '00, are among the candidates. 

Alumni day was observed March lo by the undergraduates and 
several alumni of Vermont Alpha : Bros. Sinclair. '82 ; Mower. '94 ; 
Doten, '95; Sabin, '9«j ; and Jackson, Doteii, and Farrington, '97. A 
musical and literary programme was rendered, and remarks from the 
alumni were listened to with much interest. Light refreshments 
were served on this occasion, and a highly appreciated gift was re- 
ceived by the chapter from Bro. C. E. Briggs, '94. It was a sword and 
shield carved most artistically from wood. 

Expecting enthusiastic reports in the next Scroll from every 
stronghold of Phidom, I remain 

Yours in the Bond, 

Burlington, March 21, 1898. C. F. Blair. 



Amherst is shortly to have a new observatory. With the ;^15,0U() 
bequest of Chas. T. Wilder, land has already been bought for its site, 
near Blake field. By the will of Amos R. Eno, which has been ad- 
mitted to probate recently, Amherst will perhaps receive |oO,0<K) 
more, though the disposal of it has not yet been decided. The col- 
lege has been permitted this tenn to listen to two lectures in the 
course on 'College Thought and Public Interest'; one by Albert Shaw 
on 'Greater New York under the New Charter,' and the other by 
H. E. Krehbiel, on 'How to Listen to Music.' 

The students' interests during the winter term seem to center around 
social attractions. The junior promenade on February 18 was unusu- 
ally successful and enjoyable. Nearly all of the various fraternities 
have held dances and receptions at their chapter houses. Massitchu- 
setts Beta gave a very pleasant informal reception on the afternoon of 
March 9, at which young ladies were present from Smith and Mt. 
Holyoke Colleges. The house was tastefully decorated and refresh- 
ments served. It is the custom in our chapter to relieve the monotony 
of the term somewhat by holding what we call 'Saturday night set- 
ups,' tendered in turn by each delegation to the rest of the chapter. 
At the junior 'set-up' we enjoyed the presence of Bros. Leach, '92, 
Andrews, '9o, Moses, '97, and Crary, '97. 

The college has participated in two indoor athletic meets, under the 
auspices of the Boston athletic association and Boston College. The 
interest centered in both meets around the relay races between Am- 
herst and Williams. Bros. Strong, '98, and Gladwin, '01, were mem- 
bers of the Amherst team. Basket-ball games have called forth quite 
a little class spirit and rivalry, and the freshmen have proved to have 
the strongest team. On the '9S team we were represented by Bros. 
Trefethen, Porter and Strong; on the '99 team by Bros. Brooks and 
Whitney; while Bro. Ennever was a substitute on the '01 team. 

The musical associations and .senior dramatics cast are preparing for 
their Easter vacation trips through the principal cities of southern 
New England. Bro. Strong is property manager, and has been as- 
signed a role in the dramatics. 

The chapter's goat-meetings have been very interesting and helpful. 
On the evening of February 17> we had the privilege of listening to a 
talk by Prof. Sterrett, our brother /// /(unliafi\ who gave us an ac- 
count of his personal experiences and observations during the recent 
war in Greece. The term will close with the presentation of a farce 
entitled 'Freezing a Mother-in-Law,' by the Phi Delta Theta troupe. 

Bro. Bliss, '98, represented Massachusetts Beta at the annual banquet 
ot the Rhode Island Alpha, and reported a very hospitable reception 
and fine banquet. Bro. Porter, '9S, will be our delegate to the Massa- 
chusetts Alpha Alumni bancjuet, March is. Our own Alumni day ex- 
ercises were in every way interesting and helpful. There were three 
addresses by the active members. Bro. Porter, '98, spoke in review 
of the fifty years of the Fraternity, emphasizing the peculiar qualities 
which have enabled it to outstrip so many ohler rivals. Hro. Whit- 
ney's remarks were also retrospective, but confined to the past ten 
years of Massachusetts Beta, its progress, and its debt to its alumni. 
Bro. Bliss, '98, outlined clearly our standing to-day, our advantages 
and our weaknesses, and our duty and hope for the future. Bro. 
Leach, '92, was present. I^ro. Leach's proximity to Amherst has en- 
abled him to know personally every member but two of Massachu- 


setts Beta's roll call since its founding in 1888; so that his remarks 
were particularly well received. He traced the efforts of the early 
members to place the chapter upon a secure footing, and related some 
interesting experiences of their struggle which were new to us. The 
speeches were interspersed with well-rendered selections by the chap- 
ter's quartette. The inspiring fraternity yell, given in the open air, 
rounded out the exercises of the evening. 

With best wishes for continued prosperity of all the chapters, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Amherst, March 12, 1898. Chkster M. Grover. 


On February 25, Rhode Island Alpha held her ninth annual ban- 
quet; While not so largely attended as some of its predecessors, it 
was an enjoyable and hearty meeting of Phis. Several of the alumni, 
as is usual, were with us to renew former acquaintances and to meet 
the younger members. The literary program was as follows: 

Toastmaster, Bro. Multer. 'What Are We Here For,' Bro. Greene; 
Oration, Bro. White; History, Bro. Wilcox; Toast, Bro. Hapgood; 
Poem, Bro. Putney; Prophecy, Bro. Stillman; 'Wheels as I Have Stud- 
ied Them,' Bro. Phetteplace; responses by delegates; impromptus by 
the alumni. 

For some time the foundation of an alumni chapter in Providence 
has been agitated, and on March 1, a meeting of alumni was held to 
consider what should be done. We hope soon to be able to report a 
strong alumni chapter, which shall not only give aid and encourage- 
ment to the local chapter but also advance materially the interests of 
Phi Delta Theta in Providence and vicinity. 

The spring term opened March 21). The base ball squad, consisting 
of about twenty men, was called together for outdoor practice during 
the spring recess, and the prospects are bright for a strong, reliable 
team, of which Brown may justly be proud, and which will uphold 
the enviable position won by the teams of the past two years. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Providence, April 1, 1898. H. G. Wirxox. 


Since our last letter the membership list of New York Alpha has 
been swelled by the addition of the following names: William H. 
Morrison, 1901, of Indianapolis, Ind.; Charles E. Stevens, 1901, of 
Hornellsville, N. Y.; Clarence H. Fay, H)01, of Bath, N. Y.; William 
Waldo Pellet, 1900, of Watkins, N. Y.; Archie E. MacBride. 1901, of 
Deckertown, N. J.; and Eugene A. Kinsey, 1901, of La Salle. N. Y. 
Bro. Morrison, who heads the list, has already distinguished himself, 
having in spite of lively competition secured a position on the 
* Masque,' Cornell's dramatic club. 

In college affairs, athletic and social, Phi Delta Theta occupies a 
prominent place. Bros. A. E. Whiting, Hackett and Dempsey were 
members of last fall's foot ball team, Bros. Thomson and Zeller are 
on the track team (Bro. Thomson captained the relay runners), Bros. 
Starbuck and Coit were the half backs of the 1900 foot ball eleven, 
Bro. Short was full back of the second team, and Bros. Bassford and 
Hackett won the heavy weight and middle weight championships re- 
spectively at the university boxing meet held in March. Bros. Has- 


kell and Bassford, members of last season's base ball team, are again 
trying for their positions, and a number of our freshmen are hard at 
work, under the eye of Charlie Courtney, with the intention of row- 
ing on the freshman crew. On the glee club we are represented by 
Bro. Wynne (leader) and Bro. A. K. Whiting. The banjo club is led 
by Bro. Bassford. Bro. Coit was a member of the sophomore cotillion 
committee; Bro. Wynne is a member of the 'Memiaid,* the senior ban- 
queting club; Bros. Haskell and Whiting, of the 'Round Table;' Bro. 
Young, of the 'Monastery;' Bro. Short, of the 'Mummy,' and Bros. 
Pellet and Andrews, of the Elf.' 

During 'junior week,' into which are crowded most of the social 
events of the college year, our lodge was filled with a merry party of 
guests. On the evening preceding the sophomore cotillion we enter- 
tained with a dancing party for which about two hundred invitations 
were issued. It was a pronounced success. 

On the evening of March 11 we held our twenty-seventh annual 
banquet at the Oriental cafe. After the dinner was disposed of, Bro. 
Whiting, acting as toastmaster, introduced the following toasts and 

The Fraternity, C. F. Hackett, '98; The Faculty, Prof. L. H. Bailey; 
Our Chapter, S. E. Whiting, '98; Reminiscences, Prof. W. F. Durand; 
My College Days, A. E. Whiting, '98; Cornell Music, J. H. Wynne, 
'98; Society as I Have Found It, A. Bassford, Jr., '98; Cornell Politics, 
W. H. H. Miller, UH)1; Life of a Non-Graduate Resident, W. B. New- 
ton, ex-'97; The Future, R. F. Andrews, IIKK); The Eccentricities of a 
Philosopher. H. H. Haskell, '98; Nocturnal Ramblings, J. W. Young, 

Like our dance, the bancjuet was a pronounced success. 

Altogether the year has thus far been exceedingly pleasant and suc- 
cessful for New York Alpha. 

Hoping that all our other chapters have enjoyed equal prosperity, 
I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Ithaca, April 3, 1898. Roland Franklyn Andrews. 


We celebrated Alumni day with the same old-time spirit. Several 
alumni were in the city. All day long a feeling of pride seemed to be 
present among the fellows, and with anticipation we all awaited the 
gathering of Phis in the evening. Every one wore the fraternity col- 
ors during the day. At eight o'clock in the evening Bro. Fisher, our 
worthy president, called us to order, and after the regular order of 
Alumni day ceremonies was over some very interesting speeches were 
listened to. Brother Shelley favored us with a tenor solo, which was 
highly appreciated. Bro. Griffith read a very timely paper on the 
cause for which <I> A stood an<l the circumstances that led to its organ- 
ization. Bro. Gambee, who has just been elected assistant base ball 
manager, spoke on the chapter's history since he knew it. Bro. Law- 
ton, '94, spoke of our chapter's alumni and its history for the past ten 
years. Bro. Cullen, with his vivid imagination, gave us visions of the 
chapter's future. Bro. Grout, '01, told of his first impressions in 
<I> A e. Bro. Waygood, pastor of the East Avenue Presbyterian church, 
spoke on the benefits of * A 9 after graduation, and said, among other 
things, that a feeling of pride is one of the greatest benefits, for the 
individual pride of a Phi is of an exalted kind, and ever impels him 



setts Beta*s roll call since its founding in 1888; so that his remarks 
¥rere particularly well received. He traced the efforts of the early 
members to place the chapter upon a secure footing, and related some 
interesting expjeriences of their struggle which were new to us. The 
speeches ¥rere interspersed with well-rendered selections by the chap- 
ter's quartette. The inspiring fraternity yell, given in the open air, 
rounded out the exercises of fie evening. 

With best wishes for continued prosperity of all the chapters, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Amherst, March 12, 1898. Chester M. Grovbr. 


On February 25, Rhode Island Alpha held her ninth annual ban- 
qucti While not so largely attended as some of its predecessors, it 
was an enjoyable and hearty meeting of Phis. Several of the alumni, 
as is usual, were with us to renew former acquaintances and to metrt 
the younger members. The literary program was as follows: 

Toastmaster, Bro. Multer. 'What Are We Here For,* Bro. Greene; 
Oration. Bro. White; History, Bro. Wilcox; Toast, Bro. Hapgood; 
Poem, Bro. Putney; Prophecy, Bro. Stillman; 'Wheels as I Have Stud- 
ied Them,* Bro. Phetteplace; responses by delegates; impromptus by 
the alumni. 

For some time the foundation of an alumni chapter in Providence 
has been agitated, and on March 1, a meeting of alumni was held to 
consider what should be done. We hope soon to be able to report a 
strong alumni chapter, which shall not only give aid and encourage- 
ment to the local chapter but also advance materially the interests of 
Phi Delta Theta in Providence and vicinity. 

The spring term opened March 29. The base ball squad, consisting 
of about twenty men, was called together for outdoor practice during 
the spring recess, and the prospects are bright for a strong, reliable 
team, of which Bipown may jusUy be proud, and which will uphold 
the enviable position won by the teams of the past two years. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Providence, April 1, 1898. H. G. Wiixox. 


Since our last letter the membership list of New York Alpha has 
been swelled by the addition of the following names: WilUam H. 
Morrison, 1901, of Indianapolis, Ind.; Charles E. Stevens, 1901, of 
Hornellsville, N. Y.; Clarence H. Fay. 11K)1, of Bath, N. Y.; William 
Waldo Pellet, 1900, of Watkins. N. Y.; Archie E. MacBride. 1901, of 
Deckertown, N. J.; and Eugene A. Kinsey, UK)1, of La Salle, N. Y. 
Bro. Morrison, who heads the list, has already distinguished himself, 
having in spite of lively competition secured a position on the 
' Masque,* Comell's dramatic club. 

In college affairs, athletic and social, Phi Delta Theta occupies a 
prominent place. Bros. A. E. Whiting, Hackett and Dempsey were 
members of^ last fall's foot ball team, Bros. Thomson and Zeller are 
on the track team (Bro. Thomson captained the relay runners), Bros. 
Starbuck and Coit were the half backs of the 11KX) foot ball eleven, 
Bro. Short was full back of the second team, and Bros. Bassford and 
Hackett won the heavy weight and middle weight championships re- 
spectively at the university boxing meet held in March. Bros. Has- 


kell and Bassford, members of last season's base ball team, are again 
trying for their positions, and a number of our freshmen are hard at 
work, under the eye of Charlie Courtney, with the intention of row- 
ing on the freshman crew. On the glee club we are represented by 
Bro. Wynne (leader) and Bro. A. K. Whiting. The banjo club is led 
by Bro. Bassford. Bro. Coit was a member of the sophomore cotillion 
committee; Bro. Wynne is a member of the 'Mennaid,' the senior ban- 
queting club; Bros. Haskell and Whiting, of the 'Round Table;' Bro. 
Young, of the 'Monastery;' Bro. Short, of the 'Mummy,' and Bros. 
Pellet and Andrews, of the 'Elf.' 

During 'junior week,' into which are crowded most of the social 
events of the college year, our lodge was filled with a merry party of 
guests. On the evening preceding the sophomore cotillion we enter- 
tained with a dancing party for which about two hundred invitations 
were issued. It was a pronounced success. 

On the evening of March 11 we held our twenty-seventh annual 
banquet at the Oriental cafe. After the dinner was disposed of, Bro. 
Whiting, acting as toastmaster, introduced the following toasts and 

The Fraternity, C. F. Hackett, '98; The Faculty, Prof. L. H. Bailey; 
Our Chapter, S. E. Whiting, '98; Reminiscences, Prof. W. F. Durand; 
Mv College Days, A. E. Whiting, '98; Cornell Music, J. H. Wynne, 
'98; Society as I Have Found It, A. Bassford, Jr., '98; Cornell Politics, 
W. H. H. Miller, IWl; Life of a Non-Graduate Resident, W. B. New- 
ton, ex-'97; The Future, R. F. Andrews, 1900; The Eccentricities of a 
Philosopher, H. H. Haskell, '98; Nocturnal Ramblings, J. W. Young, 

Like our dance, the banquet was a pronounced success. 

Altogether the year has thus far been exceedingly pleasant and suc- 
cessful for New York Alpha. 

Hoping that all our other chapters have enjoyed equal prosperity, 
I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Ithaca, April 3, 1898. Roland Franklyn Andrkws. 


We celebrated Alumni day with the same old-time spirit. Several 
alumni were in the city. All day long a feeling of pride seemed to be 
present among the fellows, and with anticipation we all awaited the 
gathering of Phis in the evening. Every one wore the fraternity col- 
ors during the day. At eight o'clock in the evening Bro. Fisher, our 
worthy president, called us to order, and after the regular order of 
Alumni day ceremonies was over some very interesting speeches were 
listened to. Brother Shelley favored us with a tenor solo, which was 
highly appreciated. Bro. Griffith read a very timely paper on the 
cause for which * A stood and the circumstances that led to its organ- 
ization. Bro. Gambee, who has just been elected assistant base ball 
manager, spoke on the chapter's history since he knew it. Bro. Law- 
ton, '94, spoke of our chapter's alumni and its history for the past ten 
years. Bro. Cullen, with his vivid imagination, gave us visions of the 
chapter's future. Bro. Grout, '01, told of his first impressions in 
* A e. Bro. Waygood, pastor of the East Avenue Presbyterian church, 
spoke on the benefits of * A B after graduation, and said, among other 
things, that a feeling of pride is one of the greatest benefits, for the 
individual pride of a Phi is of an exalted kind, and ever impels him 


to keep his best side forward and his beloved Fraternity untarnished. 
Bro. Van Gelder, Broicn^ '97, told us about his chapter and said he 
hoped it would entertain all Phis who visited Providence as well as he 
haa been treated by New York Beta since he had been in Schenectady. 
Bro. Ripley, '00, in his jovial way, instilled into us great anticipations 
of the proposed <I> A 9 camp on Otsego Lake next August. (In regard 
to this camp and the more definite arrangements, I would say to all 
Phis, do not forget to read about it in the June ScROi^i^.) 

Bro. Ingram, Ohio State, and Bro. Blessing, Ufiion, '94, added their 
presence to the jolly company. At the close of the exercises all 
renewed the inner man with refreshments, which were prepared in 
the dining hall. During the evening New York Beta sent greetings to 
the New York City * A 9 club, which was being organized that evening 
at New York Delta's chapter house. 

Bro. Bain, of Michigan Beta, has left his position in the Edison 
works and accepted a higher one in Oil City, Pa. Bro. Conover, 
Union ^ '89, at the law firm of Conover & Fisher, of Amsterdam, N. Y., 
has been appointed corporation counsel for his city. 

Bro. G. M. Scofield, Union ^ '97, formerly with the Youngstown (^O.) 
Bridge Co., has gone to New York to take charge of the eastern office 
of the same company at 150 Nassau street. 

Bro. Gillespie, Union, '93, now physician in the Binghamton Hos- 
pital, gave us all a hearty hand-shake the other day. Bro. Gayetty, 
Union, '98, has accepted a position on the state survey of the Erie 
canal at Syracuse and has left college. 

Yours in the Bond, 

Schenectady, April 4, 1898. D. J. HoYT. 


In this letter we take great pleasure in introducing to the Fraternity 
two new acquisitions to New York Delta: Bros. Richard Gordon 
Simpson, '99, and Clarence Francis Bell, '99, both of whom are not 
unknown in Columbia life, the latter especially as now being substi- 
tute catcher on the 'varsity nine with promise of great development. 

Bro. Hailey, '99, medical, who has been constantly ailing dunngthe 
year, was subjected to an operation in January, which was fortunately 
successful, but he had lost so much in his studies, further prosecution 
of which was forbidden him by his physician, that he returned to his 
home in Indian Territory, whence several letters have been received 
informing us of his continuing convalescence. 

On the evening of the fourth of March the chapter was entertained 
by Bro. Edward A. Darling, Cornell, 'go, superintendent of buildings 
of Columbia University, and Mrs. Darling in their charming home on 
the southeast corner of the university grounds. Bro. Fred A. Goetze, 
Jr., '97, assistant superintendent of buildings, was also present, and 
•in instrumental music, songs and stories the hours flitted by. At 
half past ten we repaired to the dining-room, where a tempting supper 
of a most substantial character was served. 'Liberty Hall,' Bro. Dar- 
ling bade us consider it, and we complied. Over the cigars which 
we puffed, some in the library and others in the music room, Phis in 
and about Columbia were discussed until, midnight having arrived, we 
took our leave with a final Rah ! Rah ! Rah I Phi-kei-a ! — which 
broke the stilly morn, reverberating along the shores of the Hudson 
and amid its fringing hills unhindered and unchallenged. 

In the Bond, 

New York, April 1, 1898. Oscar Wkkks Ehrhorn. 



The second term is about drawing to a close, and the boys are 
eagerly looking forward to vacation, which extends from the first to 
the twelfth of April. During this time the glee, mandolin and guitar 
clubs expect to take their annual trip. In these * A 9 is represented 
by Bros. Ott and Krafft. 

The new cage has just been completed, and the candidates for the 
base ball team are hard at work preparing for the coming season. We 
hope to have a strong team this year, though we were very sorry to lose 
Burns, '01, who has signed with the New York league team. The 
season opens on April l.*J, with Syracuse University at Gettysburg 

At the recent inter-collegiate oratorical contest at Lafayette, Gettys- 
burg succeeded in capturing second honor, the first having been taken 
by Lafayette. 

On Wednesday evening, March 16, we celebrated Alumni day with 
appropriate exercises. Afterward we adjourned to a neighboring 
restaurant, where we had a very informal banquet. All of us, together 
with a number of alumni who were present, spent a very pleasant 

Our interest in securing our chapter house seems to be on the in- 
crease, and we are putting forth all our efforts to have the building 
started as soon as possible. 

We were very much pleased to have Bro. J. Clark Moore spend a 
short time with us lately. 

Wishing all Phis a pleasant vacation, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Gettysburg, March 28, 1898. J. Ci^yde Markka. 


The winter term at Washington and Jefferson closed on March 30, 
and the spring term will open April 0. Commencement will be held 
on June 22. This will be tne 97th commencement of Washington and 
Jefferson College. The past term was an unusually successful one. 
Athletic work was kept up in the gymnasium throughout the term, 
the track and base ball teams training regularly. The inter-class bas- 
ket ball series was won by '99. Brother Eicher was a member of the 
winning team. Ninety-nine also won the inter-class gymnasium drill 
contest after one of the prettiest exhibitions in the history of the col- 
lege. Base ball work is progressing finely, and the team has indulged 
in much outdoor practice. The schedule this year is the largest ever 
made out and includes twenty-eight games. The team will take two 
trips away from home, one through eastern Pennsylvania and another 
through eastern Ohio. The track team is in good shape. E. M. Pow- 
ers was sent to the National Guard games at New Haven, Conn., in 
February and took third in the mile run. He holds the western Penn- 
sylvania record for the mile and half-mile. A team of four men will 
be sent to the relay races at U. of P. The western Pennsylvania inter- 
collegiate athletic association meet will be held in Pittsburgh the last 
of May, and W. and J.'s team will show up well. 

The regular meeting of the board of trustees was held on March 30, 
and reports showed the college to be in a good condition. A bequest 
of Jo, 600 made by the late W. R. Murphy, of Allegheny, Pa., was re- 
ported and will be applied to a memorial of some sort in honor of the 
donor. The new library building project is progressing finely, and 
the plan to double the endowment fund of the college by an addition 


of |250,000 by the centennial year, 1902, is meeting with favor, nearly 
one-half the amount being already subscribed. It is thought the 
fund will exceed the amount asked for. The college is progressing 
along every line, and the curriculum is already of as high a standard 
as that of any eastern college. 

Since our last letter we have initiated William Wallace Hamilton, 
1901, of Beaver, Pa., whom it gives us pleasure to introduce. 

Your reporter was a delegate to the student volunteer convention in 
Cleveland. While there it was his privilege and pleasure to meet a 
number of Phis from other colleges. The brothers of Ohio Eta were 
typical Phis and did everything in their power to make our visit a 
pleasant one. The Case boys are nicely located in a fine chapter house 
and have a right royal welcome for any Phi who may visit them. The 
baby chapter of our Fraternity is about the liveliest, most loyal and 
progressive of all our chapters, and we older ones can learn much from 
the Phis of Ohio Eta. 

We did not celebrate Alumni day by any sp>ecial obsen'ance beyond 
wearing the colors. We always observe the anniversary of the found- 
ing of our chapter by special exercises and a banquet. Brothers Rule 
and Logan attended the banquet of the Pittsburgh alumni association. 

Pennsylvania Gamma is pleased to see so many colleges knocking 
at our doors. We are in favor of chapters at at least two of the insti- 
tutions named in the March Palladium. 

The members of the chapter join with the reporter in wishing Bro. 
Miller a complete and sjjeedy recovery from his prolonged illness. 

We would esteem it a favor if Phis on base ball teams that are to 
play W. and J. this season would inform the reporter. Brother Eicher 
IS a member of the W. and J. team. 

Senior examinations begin on May 23 and end on May 25, when 
grades will be announced. We lose four men by the graduation of 
*98, including the reporter. Brother Arthur Kerr Brown, formerly of 
'98, who has been out of college two years, will enter 1900 next term. 

With best wishes to all Phis, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Washington, March 31, 1898. David Glenn Moore. 


During the early part of this term, Dickinson College met with a 
sad loss in the death of M. J. Cramer, S. T. D., who was temporarily 
filling the chair of philosophy in the absence of Prof. Dare. He died 
suddenly of angina pectoris on the morning of January 23. A memor- 
ial service was held in the Allison M. E. church, and his body was 
then taken to his home in East Orange, N. J., for burial. Bro. Kriebel, 
'98, was selected to represent the student body at the funeral. The 
Doctor's short stay among the students had endeared him to the 
hearts of all. The work in philosophy is now being conducted by 
George A. Wilson, Ph. D., a graduate of Boston University, and a fel- 
low of Jena. 

The anniversaries of the two literary societies this year maintained 
their usual degree of excellence, the programs being most interesting. 
Bro. Guttshall, '00, was one of the speakers in debate. Washington's 
birthday was fittingly celebrated by an assembly meeting of the liter- 
ary societies, at which E. L. Hubbard, Ph. D., of Baltimore, gave an 
address on 'Washington Squared.' The societies will soon conduct 
the inter-society debate, and the discussion promises to be of an unusual 


warmth. The subject will be, ^Rcsolzrdy That Congress should estab- 
lish a national university.' Bros. Kriebel, 'i>8, and Hubler, M»8, will 
represent Phi Delta Theta from Belles Lettres society. Arrangements 
have just been completed for a three years' contract in inter-collegiate 
debate with Pennsylvania State College. Bro. Kriebel will serve as a 
representative from Dickinson in this year's debate. 

The college has recently added the Revs. J. P. Wright and R. H. 
Gilbert to its lecture course, and our president, Dr. Reed, has obtained 
a promise from President McKinley to be present at our commence- 
ment exercises. 

The annual mid-winter sports, held in the gymnasium, attracted a 
large audience and were extremely interesting. The class of 'iH^ by 
scoring the greatest number of points, secured the cup, the gift of 
Bro. Stephens, '92. In the outdoor sports, base ball promises an ex- 
cellent season. The team is as yet not selected, but several Phis are 
trying hard to make it. In the Union Philosophical society election, 
Bro. Stonesifer, '98, was elected president, Bro. Mallalieu, '99, vice- 
president, and Dorey, '00, was chosen as elected editor to the Dickiu- 
sonian board. Bro. Sterrett, '(X), was made assistant librarian. 

We have been favored recently with visits from Bros. Wintersteen, 
ex-'99, Weidenhamer, '9(5, and Cleaver, '94. In the elections might 
be mentioned that of Bro. Guttshall, '00, to the editorship-in-chief of 
the '00 Microcosm. 

Alumni day promises to be an exceptionally pleasant event in that 
we will be honored with the presence of Bro. J. Clark Moore, the presi- 
dent of Alpha province. The banquet will be served at Hartzell's 

With best wishes, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Carlisle, March L"), 189^. Wii.kur V. Maij.aijku. 



Since our last letter to Thk Scroll there has been so little news of 
interest to the Fraternity at large that no letter from us appeared in 
the February issue. But it should not be judged from this that Vir- 
ginia Beta is inactive or is a dead letter. On the contrary, internal 
improvement has been the characteristic feature of the chapter for the 
past few months. 

Plans have been formulated and are nearing completion by which 
the chapter expects within a reasonably short time to accomplish 
what only two other fraternities Z ^ and A ^) have already done 
here, and that is to secure a chapter house. At the beginning of next 
session we hope to announce the culmination of these plans and the 
further progress of the movement now afoot to build a lodge. 

The cnapter has recently been made politically prominent by the 
nomination of Bro. Davis for president of the general athletic associa- 
tion. The election is held on the last Saturday in May, and the office 
is the highest gift within the power of the students. The result, which 
will be closely contested by an opposition ticket, will probably be in 
our favor. And if we do win, it will be the first time in the history of 
Virginia Beta that a Phi has been thus honored. 

Last week, Bro. Peyton B. Bethel, Centre, '97, spent a day and 
night with us, and the chapter was glad to entertain the chairman of 


the grievance committee of the last convention. And yesterday and 
to-day the chapter had the honor to have with it two of the Lafayette 
base ball team, Bros. E. J. Bray and W. W. Hubley. 

The new physical laboratory has recently received from Charles 
Broadway Rouss, the blind millionaire of New York, an additional 
gift of J10,000. This laboratory, which bears his name, is said to be 
the most complete of its kind in the south. The new academic 
buildings and the Rotunda have been completed, and the former are 
now being used, while the latter is in all readiness to receive the 
library. The buildings will be formally dedicated at commencement 
in June. Virginia Beta hopes that all Phis passing through Char- 
lottesville at that time will arrange to stop over for these ceremonies. 

With best wishes for all chapters and for The Scroli^'s success, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

University of Virginia, April 3, 1898. John P. Lea. 


It was our intention at the beginning of the session to have Virginia 
Gamma represented in each issue of The Scroli^, but owing to cir- 
cumstances which we could not alter, we have been unable to do so. 
We find, however, that very few things have taken place recently 
which would be of interest to the Phi world. 

The Randolph-Macon system consists of six institutions with about 
eight hundrea students. Chancellor W. W. Smith has decided to 
have a joint commencement at Lynchburg, Va., in June. This will 
be a great event in the history of our college. The different railroads 
will give reduced rates, and every thing will be made attractive in order 
to draw a large number of the friends of our college there. Our chan- 
cellor is an energetic, progressive man, and we are sure that he will 
make it a great success. The Phis on that occasion will be well rep- 
resented. Bros, Clements and Kern will take a prominent part in the 
graduating class exercises. Bro. Lavinder will be on the rostrum rep- 
resenting Frank Hall, of our institution. Bro. Janney will be one of 
the contestants for the Southerland medal for oratory. 

Our base ball team is in good trim, made up of men of good fast 
records, and we expect great things of them. Bros. Kern, Dolley and 
Lavinder are holding down the right field, center field and third base, 

Bros. Ray Carpenter and ' Ike ' Zimmerman paid us a flying visit 
some time ago. These brothers bring sunshine and joy with them, 
and we are always glad to have them. 

On the third of March we led through the mystic portals Bro. P. 
Rucker, whom it gives us great pleasure to be able to introduce. He 
is a good man, and we did well to get him. 

Our chapter is in a good condition in every way. 

With best wishes for * A B's success and prosperity, I am 

Yours in the Bond, 

Ashland, April 4, 1898. S. M. Janney. 


During the past month a province convention of S X was held here, 
and it was a complete success. 

Although the attendance at W. and L. is low this year it is believed 
by every one that there will be a great increase in the number for the 


session of *98-'99. Several changes have been introduced by President 
Wilson. Attendance at chapel every Wednesday morning has been 
made compulsory. At these meetings of the student body addresses 
are delivered either by some member of the faculty or (usually) by 
Mr. Wilson upon some current topic of general interest; as, 'the Zola 
trial and the government of Prance as compared with that of the United 
States,' or 'the mode of conducting government business at Washing- 
ton.* These addresses are reported m most of the leading pape