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The Sigma Chi Fraternity 

NEWMAN MILLER. Grand Editor. 




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bfwm t l f jj wt/ , — Dr. William L. Dudley Vanderbilt University, Nashville. Tenn. 

Grand Afmotator, — Hbrbbrt C. Arms 5410 Washington Ave , Chicago, 111. 

Grand Tribune, — Charles Alling, Jr 706 Tacoma Building, Chicago, 111. 

Grand Quaestor, — Joseph C. Nate 539 Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago, III. 

Grand Editor, — Newman Miller The University of Chicago, Chicago. 111. 

Grand Praetor — First Province, — Thomas R. Field Philadelphia, Pa. 

Grand Praetor — Second Proz'ince, — E. Lee Trinkle Charlottsville, Va. 

Grand Praetor — Third Province, — Louis A. Irbton Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Grand Praetor — Fourth Province, — Joseph R. Voris Bedford, Ind. 

Grand Praetor — Fifth Province, 

Grand Praetor — Sixth Province, — Justin D. Bowersock Kansas City, Mo. 

Grand Praetor — Seventh Province, — Douglas Forsythe New Orleans, La. 

Grand Praetor — Eighth Province, — George Sinsabaugh Los Angeles, Calif. 

Grand Praetor — Ninth Province, — Frank L. Pierce Springfield, Mass. 

Grand Quastor, — Joseph C. Nate, Chairman, 539 Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago, III. 

Grand Annotator — Herbert C. Arms .5410 Washington Ave., Chicago, 111.' 

Grand Praetor — Fifth Province^ 

Grand Historian, — Frank Crozier Portland Block. Chicago, 111. 

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SififtTld. Chi Sori^S««f Edited. ^y'HsRBiSR'f- Clarke, assisted by Charles 
Baker Burdick. A colleetio^/ol Ifrit«(nity and college songs, with music. Ele- 
gantly bound in cloth ,'P/icer p&^ C^olume, $1.00. First edition will be ready for 
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of the Grand Triumvirs. A strictly private newspaper, published in the months 
of October, December, January, March, April, and June. Contains announce- 
ments of all official actions of the Fraternity, private communications of officers, 
etc. Sent free of charge, on request, to all members of the Fraternity who are sub- 
scribers to the Sigma Chi Quarterly. 

The Sigma Chi Quarterly.. .Edited by newman miller, a journal of 

college and fraternity life, established in 1881. Contains illustrated articles, poems, 
biographies, chapter letters, personals, etc. Published in the months of Novem- 
ber, February, May, and July. Subscription, per annum, ^2.00; single copies, ^oc. 
Members of the Fraternity are invited to contribute articles, news items, 
verses, sketches, and especially personal notices of alumni members. 

All exchanges and communications concerning editorial matter should be 
addressed to Mr. Newman Miller, The University of Chicago. Chicago. 

All business communications, including remittances, requests for information re- 
garding any of the foregoing publications, etc., should be addressed to Mr. Joseph C. 
Nate, 539 Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago, 111. 

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Vol. XVIL NOVEMBER, 1897. No. 1. 


By Sam. R. Ireland. Theta Theta, '89. 

Sometime between noon of Monday, August 23d, and the Wednesday 
noon following, a procession of about one hundred and thirty animated 
emery-boards might have been seen working a weary way through the 
crowds at the Nashville Union Station. Train and depot ''hands" 
first turned pale, then ran to see and finally merely grunted sarcastic- 
ally and spat as, ever and anon, there arose a shrill din which, to the 
man slouching along the tracks with a wheel-tunker in his hand, seemed 
a Chinese war-cry or a Navajo death-chant : it was the Sigma Chi yell — 
it greeted every grimy, grinning face as its owner stepped from the car. 
After hasty introductions to the ribbon-bedizened reception committee 
on reaching Nashville, my first impressions were a hazy amalgam prin- 
cipally composed of wonderment at the rapidity with which that crowd 
gave the yell, of how few hacks and how many bathtubs I wanted to 
get into, of how my face was cracking with each gritty grin, and if I had 
really, at last, met E. Dick Slaughter in the fiesh. Visions of reunions 
with old <'Sigs'' I knew and of meeting new ones I wanted to know began 
to turn on my optimism, and the night-mare about my wife's shoe polish 
and my dress suit began to fade into a mere breathless prayer that the 
trunk-tray had been true to its trust. The Maxwell House was Dawson 
City in this Klondyke for "Sig" seekers after the golden gifts of fellowship 
and hither we betook ourselves via trolley cars with twelve year old 
skippers snatched from the Kindergarten at the dead hour of noon. 
Soon we were busily engaged in removing the stratigraphical geology 
from our travel-racked dimensions, and the visible supply of soap in 
Nashville suffered a severe shrinkage, while fishermen in the Cumber- 
land below town said afterwards that the river suddenly took on the 
consistency of graphite — be that as it may, it is "another story" as R. 
K. would say. Down in the rotunda on all sides were extended ''glad 
hands" with our especial Sigma Chi deformity distorting them and 


Welcome peeped through the door cracks and key holes and was every- 
where in the air, either painted on banners, yelled or simply exuded 
from heart-pores and detected as one breathed it in with the lungs of 
his soul. After dinner some of the men went out to see the wonder- 
fully fine illuminations at the Centennial grounds, and others began to 
scale the vine-clad hills of Cherry Street seeking glacial formations and 
the ''Eidelweissnit" where it blooms in its icy beds of mint. Those of us 
who had traveled long spent the first night in evening up with Messrs. 
Pullman and Morpheus, and in gathering strength for the coming days. 

Wednesday morning the Twenty-third Grand Chapter of Sigma Chi 
met in earnest for business with pleasure carrying only a twelve-hour 
handicap and likely to pass business at any time. Of the deliberations 
of the Convention, which were really deliberative, I am not to tell. 
There was a great deal of social by-product to the Convention proper : 
detached groups of non-delegates lounged on big sofas and talked old 
times at school, and it was all very pleasant and warming to heart- 
cockles. There was some electioneering, a few inter-roasts on speech- 
making efforts, some whispered plannings for night-fall, some sneakings- 
off to the Hermitage Club, and over and through it all the constant pat- 
ter — as of side-arms in action — of Judge Ferris* gentle gibes and call- 
ings-down for everybody in sight of that terribly serious mask he wears 
in front of his wonderfully unserious soul. But it was a business Con- 
vention, mind you, the best we ever held. More delegates and specta- 
tors gave more attention to every detail as it arose than was ever given 
before and you may read in the Bulletin of all that it so thoroughly 

Delegates from forty-eight of our fifty active chapters were present 
in person, in addition to representatives from six alumni chapters which 
in itself was a wonderful achievement. I would like to write at length 
and in detail of the magnificent new constitution which was adopted, of 
the beautiful new ritual, the White Rose fraternity flower, the new Coat- 
of-Arms and the other policies and schemes of much novelty and inge- 
nuity, which were initiated by us into the Greek world. I would also 
like to make much over the showing of that financial wizard and king of 
treasurers, Joseph C. Nate, when he told us that every chapter was 
square with the Fraternity and that the parent body owed not a cent in 
the world. But these matters are reserved from me for lack of space. 
We met in the Senate Chamber of the Tennessee State House, which is 
up on a hill that beats the Capitoline at Rome. When one had walked up 
there with the thermometer beating his brains out, he didn't blame Gen- 
eral Jackson's bronze horse for kicking and no dulcet invitations to 


drink, with the price in sight, could induce him to go down town again 


until adjournment, hence — but I remember that I am not writing for the 
Bulletin / Wednesday night we were welcomed with an oration by 
Brother J. J. Stowe of Alpha Psi. In a voice, beautifully modulated, 
and in a manner full of grace and earnestness, this fine brother of ours 
told us how glad they were to have us with them and touched every 
heart and eye by his pathetic allusions to the days of disunion when 
Nashville was a storm centre, of the triumph of the Sigma Chi faith 
over all that strife and travail and of our meeting again on that historic 
ground, brothers yet and brothers ever. Orators from the cardinal 
points of the compass and from the alumni replied to Brother Stowe, 
each in behalf of the chapters of his section and, finally, the sparkle 
was given to the wine of good fellowship in that ample loving-cup by a 
characteristic bit from the ready lips of the only "£. Dick." The ad- 
dress of welcome and responses were followed by a splendid oration by 
Brother George Peck Merrick, of Chicago, who, in a serious and lawyer- 
like vein told of the good things Sigma Chi means to a man. Next 
morning the newspaper accounts of the poem read by Brother Walter 
Malone paid glowing tribute both to the verses and their gifted author, 
but were shy in one small, though not unimportant detail, viz.: that 
Brother Malone was not there, and his poem remained unsung — so much 
for write-ups of entertainments from programs and not from visual or 
aural proof. 

Thursday morning the Convention was called to order by Grand 
Consul Judge John S. AUeman, of Harrisburgh, Pa., an old Theta man 
(I mean "old" as to Theta — not old as to Alleman) who showed the 
proper *'Sig*' spirit by coming all the way from seaboard allurements 
to warm Nashville, and by bringing his lovely wife and handsome boy, 
who is a Sigma Chi chrysalis. 

On Thursday evening we were tendered a reception at the Women's 
Building on the Centennial grounds and were greeted, pampered, ''iced 
and punched," by the fairest of that divine coterie of beauty which God 
loaned Nashville and for which Paradise is disconsolate. The white 
and airy building stood like a ghostly confection — the wraith of an Athe- 
nian dream, while from its up-tos*t portals streamed golden lights out 
across the beauty-sprinkled and laughter* dotted lawn. The lucky Nash- 
ville **Sigs** who knew girls by their first names, made the heads of the 
girly men whirl and addle as they flitted them from one beauty show to 
another. From somewhere up on the sky line of that palace of delight 
a band swung out melody on the night air as perfume from a censer and 
down beneath many a dazed freshman struggled to keep his mental 


balance while his ears and eyes were full of Cheminade or Strauss, of 
black eyes and lace. I remember one little dark-haired Titania who 
held court in the shadow (I almost believe she perched on a mushroom) 
and who greeted each fellow with — '* Oh, I am so glad to meet you " — 
as if, with his coming, there had opened a dawn of new love for her, 
and her life had known its first sweet pang. That " Oh" did it and I 
thought it very clever as a piece of finesse by lantern-light. There 
were decorations in blue ribbons and yellow fiowers in the reception 
room and they made everything very "Siggish" that night, until one 
almost felt that it had all been built and schemed with our crowd solely 
in view and that after us — "the deluge." We were beginning to feel 
that Nashville knew we were in town and was glad of it. 

Friday, business again, with the happy diversion of an address by 
Governor Taylor in his most graceful and hearty style, to which words of 
stately greeting and compliment, Judge Ferris made one of those felici- 
tous impromptus for which he has an interstate reputation. In the 
afternoon we boarded a special train, arranged through the courtesy of 
President John W. Thomas and Dr. W. L. Dudley, and rolled out to 
Belle Meade Stock Farm, six miles in the suburbs. We found a well- 
kept, modern establishment for horse breeding, vast in extent and 
sketched in with long reaches of limestone wall, vine-covered and sug- 
gestive of twilight partings and lizards. Not to be outdone by the 
other kindly elements, the weather featured itself that afternoon and 
showed us what a really *'hot time** we were having. The ladies honored 
us again and gave color, beauty and gentle gaiety to the occasion. We 
deployed down a long lane, looking a little way off, like a sinuous snake 
with straw hats and parasols for scales and a bunch of Zeta Psi men, 
bringing up the rear, for rattles. On each side of this Acadian way 
were little box stables each containing a horse, pedigreed, recorded and 
famed, some of them worth the sign-manual of ten petty kings. Sub- 
urban, Futurity and Grand Prix winners were paraded for inspection, 
the coat of each having been rubbed and sleeked within an inch of his 
life by the garrulous old negroes who exploited their turf achievements 
in a sing-song story, in which the names of English and French races 
were twisted shapeless. When Charlie Ailing asked a hostler if Iroquois 
was "a trotting mare," the old fellow spake not a word, but glared as 
though wondering if the Grand Tribune thought he had won the Derby 
and St. Ledger on a bicycle. Three or four fellows whom I could name, 
but will not, had a disappointing race of a hundred yards up a dusty 
road only to find it was a -'deer" and not a beer park whither we were 
wending. Someone, evidently a mean person or a capper for a Keely 


Institute, led us past a mint bed and an ice house to — a dairy! A whole- 
sale raid upon a low, rakish-looking load of warm watermelons wound 
up this novel outing and we took the train citywards. 

Friday night was held a business session attended principally by 
delegates and men with pet schemes to further, while the camp followers 
of the Convention, the aimless, airy, persifleurs and troubadores were 
not there. These latter betook themselves Expositionwards, won from 
the temple of wise Minerva by the siren coo of the megaphone out to 
where the bright scarves and green vines floated from Venus' balcony 
'mid music and poesy and where Bacchus leered in vinous glee. There 
were also occasional sideswipes at Terpsichore, Thalia, Couchee-cou- 
chee, Pabst and other Goddesses and things they had let loose in Vanity 

Saturday morning we elected Grand Officers for the ensuing two 
years and did our work well. You read in the last Quarterly about 
Grand Consul Dudley and of what stuff he is made; now that he's Grand 
Consul, you'd do well to read it again — it doesn't do him justice. Grand 
Quaestor Joe Nate received an ovation that should keep him awake 
o'nights thinking about it, as a fellow does who would have had a 
straight flush if he had stayed. From noon on until you chose to call 
it a day's work and quit, it was Sigma Chi day at the Fair, and the big 
fireworks cross by the lake that night was not more lurid than the time 
we had. It was also Sigma Chi night at the Fair, and then came Sunday 
and rest and bromides and the Grand Chapter was a thing of the past — 
a lovely, beautiful, colorful, everythingful dream. A kaleidoscope, a 
harlequinade, a bouquet, a ravishment, a delirium of color, movement, 
music, viands, speeches, tears (the kind you shed, not the ones you go 
on) and every kind of emotional and sensational episode was run in the 
gamut of that last day, which wound up with the banquet, and my pen 
and brain would stop a- way short of attempting to describe it. 

Shortly after noon, when we were all feeling good over the election 
of such splendid officers and at the accomplishment of so much signal 
good for Sigma Chi, we gladly sat in the sun to be photographed. 
They posed us on the terrace leading up to the Parthenon. This 
noble structure, an exact replica, in form and color, of the original in 
old Athens, is the key and focal point of the Exposition and a marvel 
of awe-inspiring beauty. To the right of us on the green sward of the 
terrace slope was a big Sigma Chi Cross artfully picked out in flowers 
and foliage plants which, besides being beautiful to look at, went to show 
the ever-progressive '*Sig" spirit abroad even in the Exposition powers of 
control. There was quite a poetical suggestion in the grouping of this 


body of modern-world Greeks at the foot of that monument to the mem- 
ory of old Greece, from whence came so many of our inspirations and 
our name. After the photographic exploit the crowd broke up into 
small groups; some '*did" the Art Gallery, some the exhibits of every 
kind, while others listed to the luring megaphones and drifted off to 
where breezes blew across verandahs where there were tables with 
things on them. Some ''teetered" in the big see-saw, or strolled 
through Vanity Fair with the clang of Chinese gongs and the thump of 
tom-toms assailing their ears in a foreign and suggestive din, and all 
went in for the time that was meant by the Committee when it said — 
"the whole thing is yours today." This thing was indulged in, in all 
variations and degrees of which the average "Sig** Convention crowd 
is capable until seven o'clock when we met in the roof-garden of the 
Casino by the lake for the banquet — our last formal gathering, which 
was to close the list of "fixed festivals" of this memorable Convention. 
The banquet, as Berry said at Cincinnati, was "up to the standard," 
both materially — as to the very select menu — and spiritually — as to the 
wit and good fellowship which flowed freely. Judge Ferris sustained 
his reputation as a graceful toastm aster when he tries to be, and as a ter- 
rible roastmaster without trying. He introduced the following toasts 
and responders, each of whom was charged with the awful responsibility 
of sticking to his subject : 

"The Only Three Ring Circus," Dr. William L. Dudley. 

"What has cheese to do with the transit of Venus," George L. 

"In Vino Veritas," George D. Harper. 

"Cactus and Caramels," £. Dick Slaughter. 

"Wind from the Lakes,** Charles Ailing, Jr. 

The greater part of the speeches and Convention talks during the 
week having been freely tinctured and garnitured by references to the 
"dear brothers," "the grand old Fraternity," "Alma Mater,** etc., etc., 
it was deemed time to shut off all such "effusive tommyrot,** as it was 
termed. Hence the scattering and somewhat irrelevant toast-texts 
assigned the set victims and these were followed by a number of im- 
promptu speakers, singled out by the unerring, eagle-eye of Ferris, and 
woe unto him who drifted into the "dear brother" business, or swelled 
his chest to say what he had always been "since my earliest youth !** 
Some degree of respectful attention was paid to the wise and affection- 
ate utterances which would now and then slip in perforce through the 
pleasantries indulged by the scholarly Brumback, the dignified Farn- 
ham, the earnest Acker and the suave and polished Dudley. 


There was another exceptional omission to the hazing maelstrom 
which engulfed the sentimentally-inclined and that was when the last 
speaker — tall, white-haired, soldierly General Runkle, arose to close the 
function with a i^ord of loving farewell to us who were unborn children 
in Sigma Chi when he, with the other six, made our Greek existence 

During the course of the feast we were pleasantly interrupted to look 
at a fire-works display made in our honor, conspicuous in which was a 
mammoth Sigma Chi cross in wonderful verisimilitude, and which 
brought forth most enthusiastic approbation from every throat. 

When the banqueters left the "banquet hall deserted** they were 
again "personally conducted" through the Streets of Cairo, Vanity Fair, 
Old Vienna, new Milwaukee and other places where many a blond- 
tressed Terese hurried quickly to and fro, a laughing warp across the 
woof of melody spun out by the strings and brass of many a German 

Finally, when the stars grew pale and night-watchmen slumbered in 
the eerie shadows of Doric porticos and some of us were tired, we strag- 
gled in small groups through the Minerva-crowned gates of "the Only 
Three Ring Circus" out into the moonlight and Nashville, waiving a 
fond adieu to that fairy City of Pleasure, and it was all over. 

My reminiscence of the week is intershot with many bits, serious, 
gay, sad, or amusing. It was a great pleasure and honor to the men 
to have with them one of the founders of the Fraternity — eloquent, brave, 
affectionate General Ben. P. Runkle. No *'Sig" should experience a 
thrill of gratification at the advantages of his fraternity connection without 
coupling with it a reverential thought for the men who made that expe- 
rience possible. I think we cannot esteem and cherish them sufficiently 
unless we are thoughtless ingrates, which we are not. Our parties en 
route, and our festivals were graced by the presence of loyal "Sig" ladies 
in the persons of Mesdames Runkle, Alleman, Ferris, Brumback and 
Ireland, and the Misses Ferris and Brumback, while the sisters of Alpha 
Psi were present on occasions to demonstrate their loyalty. One cannot 
say enough of the boundless hospitality of the people of Nashville, the 
Exposition officials and, above all, of our Alpha Psi brethren. They 
more than fulfilled the promise of their invitation, and it is things like 
this Convention and our entertainment there, that go a great way 
toward silencing forever flaunters of " the bloody shirt.** Brother W. 
D. Thomas who gave us the Hermitage Club and other good things, 
deserves "a diploma and special mention,** as they say in art cata- 
logues, for the unhesitating and instantaneous manner in which he fairly 


unbelted himself for our sakes. George Harper will never, he tells me, 
forget a little dinner which Thomas gave the members of the P. C. before 
they left Sunday night. **Jupey " said to me — " Say Sam, that fellow 
Thomas is all right ! What do you think he gave us, eh?" And then 
followed a Lucullian account that made old Gastronimous turn over in 
his grave. All Nashville knew we were in town, even to the newsboys 
who quickly spotted the bunch of buttons and colors on our lapels and 
yelled as we went up the Maxwell steps — "Evenin' Banana — all about 
de Sigmy Shy Conwenshun ! Poiper, mister?" And Nashville deserves 
all we can tell the world about their Exposition ; it is a big, beautiful, 
honest, money-making, wide-open success. Ask any *'Sig'* who was 
there, and if you can get his talk off of Vanity Fair and Old Vienna long 
enough, he will tell you it is the best Exposition he ever saw, not except- 
ing the Streets of Cairo. The going-away scenes of Sunday and Mon- 
day brought out the best and most lovable side of every fellow. Men 
you had never heard of five days before, hugged you by your first name 
and swore they loved you. The first crowd to leave was sent off by a 
bigger group, who stayed a while longer. We yelled good-bye and 
Godspeeds, and the last thing in their ears as the train pulled out was 
the ever dear and inspiring **Sig" yell. The next men were seen off by a 
smaller crowd and so on until Monday morning four of us, the last to go 
North, were bidden adieu by a little group of Nashville **Sigs," whose 
hospitality never flagged nor wavered to the last. We four parted at 
Louisville, and people on the train must have thought us walking dele- 
gates for an asylum from the way they gaped when we gave the yell, 
adding as a tiger another wierd cry beginning — "Gazoom, Gazoom, 
Gazoom !" That left little Marshutz, from Champaign, and myself ; 
we two felt we were a sorry little frazzling from the big fabric of hearts 
woven together in the Convention loom. But Marshutz is a dear little 
boy and has a fine Sig heart in him, so, when he saw me off that night, 
he sturdily gave the yell and I know the train crew thought him wild as 
a hare. And thus, each of us finally took his lonely path home again 
with his mind and heart full of memories of the great Nashville Conven- 
tion, glad he was alive, glad he was there and, above all, thanking God 
and the old Miami seven that he was a Sigma Chi. 


By J. J. Stows, Alpha Psi, '94. 

Worthy Grand Consul, Fellow Sigma Chis, Ladies and Gentlemen : 

It is indeed a high privilege and great pleasure to welcome to the 
City of Nashville the Grand Chapter of Sigma Chi. Most heartily we 
say welcome to each and every one, thrice welcome to all ! 

We welcome you to our loved and sunny Southland, to our State, 
great in heroic deeds, celebrating now her hundredth birthday, to our 
Centennial City, thronged by multitudes from far and near, to our great 
and growing University, to our open homes and warm hearts we bid you 
welcome, thrice welcome, this evening. 

During this Centennial season, conventions, congresses, and confer- 
ences of many kinds have convened in our city. Hayseeders from the 
hills have discussed the kinds of crops to raise and conditions of the mar- 
ket, the Populist here has propounded plans for founding a modem 
Utopia, the Gold Bug in the name of a Nation's honor and a sound 
currency has pawed the ground and clawed the air, while the silver 
voice of the advocate of free and unlimited coinage has oft been heard 
in the land. Men representing every department of industrial, economic, 
and educational effort have gathered here — lawyers, doctors, scientists, 
artists, merchants, teachers, preachers, men of every class and condition 
have come. But surely none are more worthy of a royal welcome than 
you who come wearing the Cross of Sigma Chi. 

We welcome you for your own intrinsic value — for what each is, and 
will be. If it be true that, 

" There is nothing great on earth but man, and nothing great in man but mind." 
then surely it is no ordinary audience I face this evening, but you the 
pick and flower of our educational institutions, — 

' ' Heirs of all the ages 
In the foremost files of time," 

are indeed the possessors of possibilities for this world's weal, which 
no man may measure. 

Men, men of youth, strength, of broad minds and brave hearts, we 
welcome you. Then we welcome you as Sigma Chis. With us it 
means something to wear the White Cross, and he who comes with our 
badge upon his breast has a passport to our homes and hearts. 

We believe, as you do, that our Fraternity is founded upon principles 
more perfect in agreement, more abiding in nature than the seven stars 


which blaze upon our badge ; that our motives are as free from stain as 
the white of the enamel; our brotherhood as firm and warm as the grasp 
of the hands, as indissoluable as the links of the golden chains bind- 
ing arm to arm. You having been found worthy to wear this White 
Cross we greet with feelings which no words can adequately express. 

From whatever section or city you come, whether from the busy cen- 
tres of life or from the quiet of academic halls, from "earth's green 
fields, or ocean's wave-beat shore,'' undergraduates or alumni, you are 
welcome, thrice welcome ! 

In behalf of the South we love so well, the land of sunshine and of 
song, we welcome you who come to us from afar. 

In behalf of the old Volunteer State, the home of Andrew Jackson, of 
James K. Polk, and of Andrew Johnson, a State whose century's history 
has been so nobly and clearly written that he who runs may read ; in 
behalf of Nashville, the educational and religious centre of the South, 
which now you find our Centennial City, bright and beautiful as young 
love's dream of life, we welcome you. In behalf of our local alumni we 
welcome you, and in behalf of Alpha Psi! Ah! Alpha Psi, who that has 
ever feared the horrors of her initiation, or felt the joy of her fellow- 
ship can ever forget her. We would make no invidious comparison, 
nor would we be found among those who praise themselves, and yet 
we feel that with pardonable pride we can point to Alpha Psi's record 
during these five years. Founded in a University already full of frater- 
nities, under the wise leadership of Brother Ricks, Alpha Psi, in one 
short season forged her way to the forefront of college and fraternity life, 
and no fraternity in Vanderbilt during these years has captured so many 
prizes or carried off so many honors as Sigma Chi. Among you who 
in other places have won many victories by and for the White Cross, 
we of Alpha Psi are not ashamed to stand. 

In behalf of our local ''Sig" sisters, if I may presume to speak for 
those who speak so eloquently for themselves, I bid you welcome ! The 
"Sig" sister, everywhere a very paragon of loveliness, is found here in 
her full perfection. No truer, purer heart ever beat beneath, no brighter, 
fairer face ever bent above the White Cross of Sigma Chi than here you 
find with the Nashville sister Sigma Chis. 

Brothers in Sigma Chi, we stand on sacred soil. Out there sleeps 
James K. Polk, once President of these United States. Yonder, twelve 
miles away, you will find the grave of Old Hickory, the man before 
whose skill and courage the fierce Indian of the forest and the pride of 
the English army alike went down in defeat; out there close beside the 
wife he loved so tenderly ** after life's fitful fever, he sleeps well." 


" His work is done, 
Bat while the races of mankind endure 

Let his great example stand 

Colossal, seen of every land. 
And keep the soldier firm, the statesman pure 

Till in all lands, and thro' all human story 

The path of duty be the way to glory.'* 

This old Capitol in which we are gathered has withstood the cannon 
shot and the torch of the invader. A generation ago these hills trembled 
beneath the tread of charging columns, and yonder bluffs threw back the 
cannon's thunder and the shouts of victors and of the vanished. But 
where our sires, some under the stars and stripes, some under the 
bonny blue flag fought so fiercely, we their sons are gathered like broth- 
ers, true and tried. Well has our Grand Consul General Runkle said 
from experience that '*the welcome of that day was a warm one;*' permit 
me, General, to say that warmer than the war welcome you received then 
from our fathers is the welcome of peace and love which we extend this 
evening. You conquered them by force and of numbers and of arms, you 
conquer now by the motive which brings you and the love you bear. 

We believe that our Fraternity stands for principles which will help 
to make impossible forever a repetition of those terrible days, for we 
desire to hasten the time when '< they shall beat their swords into plow- 
shares and their spears into pruning hooks, nation shall not lift up 
sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.'' 

"When the war-drum throbs no longer, and the battle flags are furled. 
In the Parliament of man. the Federation of the world." 

It has been said that, ''The land that wears a laurel crown may be 
fair to see, but twine a few sad cypress leaves about the brow of any 
land and though that land be barren, beautiless and bleak, it becomes 
consecrated in its coronal of sorrow and will win the sympathy of the 
heart and of history. " This land has known the shade of the cypress, 
but rejoices to-day in her laurel crown ; and so, amid surroundings so 
suggestive, under conditions most auspicious, we have met for the good 
of Sigma Chi, to enlarge the place of her tent, to stretch forth the cur- 
tains of her habitations, to lengthen her cords and strengthen her stakes, 
to make 

" That which we have done but earnest of the things that we shall do." 

Well has our Grand Consul reminded us that the Cross we wear 
should help us be true, not only to our brothers among men, but also to 
Him who first brought to earth the idea of a real brotherhood. May we 
who wear the White Cross above our hearts wear also His cross upon our 
hearts, belonging to the fraternity of which Christ is the founder and 
Grand Consul where are initiated only sons of the King. I trust that we 
shall be such men and members that when one by one we are called to 
join the silent "Sigs" upon the other side, with each it shall be 

' ' Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant 
dreams. ' ' 

Then another shall bid us welcome to the Grand Chapter meeting held 
in our Father's house. 


By Robert Farnham. M. D., Epsilon, '64. 


Most Worthy Grand Consul ^ Ladies^ Brothers in Sigma Chi : 

It always gives me great pleasure to attend any gathering of Sigma 
Chis, and especially a meeting of the Grand Chapter, for I then come 
in contact with the delegates representing the different chapters, meet 
old friends and make new ones. On this occasion I am here simply as 
an old Sigma Chi, who loves his fraternity and takes an abiding inter- 
est in its welfare. 

We have assembled here from all parts of the land, in honor of Sigma 
Chi, to strengthen the ties of youth, to form new ones, and to offer up a 
loving tribute at the "shrine of friendship." Whatever may be our lot 
in life, it does not prevent us all from joining in a song of praise; 
there can be no discord here ; all is harmony and devotion to our cher- . 
ished Fraternity. It has been many years since I was enrolled under 
the banner of the << White Cross," and the days have gone by as a 
mist, and many of my old associates, who loved this order, have 
passed away to join the " Grand Chapter " beyond. Since my advent 
into the Fraternity, a mighty brotherhood has grown up in this land, 
and like "Minerva," who sprang full-grown from the head of "Jupiter,** 
this Fraternity has leaped into full manhood, and stands to-day a worthy 
rival of all others. 

Sometimes I hear the remark, "What is the Sigma Chi Fraternity ?" 
If we consult our constitution, it will tell us that this Fraternity "con- 
sists of active chapters in American colleges,** and yet I should feel 
very much hurt, and quickly resent it, if anyone should say that I do 
not belong to the Sigma Chi Fraternity, for I believe when I entered my 
chapter and took the vows of our order, that I never could lose my iden- 
tity, but that I became a member forever ; neither time, age or condi- 
tions could alter my allegiance, and I must fully agree with the Editor 
of the Quarterly that this Fraternity consists of "»«^«, not chapters.'* 
When I joined this order, now over thirty-three years ago, it was then 
in its infancy ; we had only about six active chapters, with a member- 
ship of but a few hundred. We were, however, a loyal band of united 
brothers deeply interested in the cause of Sigma Chi. I shall always 
remember the first convention I attended. It was after the close of the 

Robert Farnham, M. D., Epsilon 


war, when our Western and Southern brothers assembled in Washing- 
ton. Oh! what a noble set of boys they were, how everything of the 
past unpleasantness was forgotten. We had met to bind up the broken 
cords that had been severed by the fortunes of civil war, and entertained 
but one idea, which we were bound together by the greatest of all ties, 
that of Sigma Chi. 

Since that time I have always tried to keep in touch with the order. 
I rejoice and feel proud of its success and prosperity, and grieve at its 
trials and struggles. But I think all is now working in a harmonious 
manner, as we have overcome many difficulties and stand today a strong 
fraternity, governed by a wise and judicious administration. Just here 
let me say that in regard to our financial condition, we stand at the head 
of all other similar organizations. We owe this to the noble and inde 
fatigable efforts of that Prince of Sigma Chis, Brother Joseph C. Nate, 
and I congratulate the Fraternity upon the bright outlook of affairs. 
Then, too, we are a grand national fraternity, knowing no East, no West, 
no North, no South, but a band of loving brothers cemented together by 
the ties of true friendship. And to you, my young friends, if you will 
only have the true conception of our order, it will be a life-long pleas- 
ure, for the ties you form now will not soon be broken. 

Therefore, boys, be true, be loyal to Sigma Chi. When you depart 
from college do not turn your back upon your Fraternity, but keep in 
touch with it, and believe me, when you are as old as I, you will never 
regret it, but will bless the day you were made a Sigma Chi. 

One of the most loyal brothers I have ever known was a Sigma Chi 
all over, and loved this Fraternity as he loved life. (I refer to the late 
Dr. H. L. Ziegenfuss, a charter member of Theta Chapter.) We were 
on one occasion standing in front of the tomb of General Washington at 
Mt. Vernon, admiring the '* Sigma Chi Ivy** overhanging the tomb, 
which was planted by the Eighteenth Grand Chapter in 1890, as you may 
remember. He was telling me how he loved this Fraternity, of the great 
benefit it had been to him in life, and how his heart vibrated with 
pleasure when he beheld our beautiful badge upon the breast of a brother, 
how it spoke without words and stirred up the memory of happy days 
and cherished friends. He said : << I belong to a great many organiza- 
tions, religious, masonic, etc., but after all, they are not Sigma Chi. 
None of them can come up to it.** I mention this incident to show you, 
my young brothers, that the alumni have always taken a deep and last- 
ing interest in the Fraternity. We love Sigma Chi, for it has been the 
means of giving us many happy hours in the past, and when we come 
together as we have to-night, and see the loyalty and enthusiasm mani- 


fested by our brothers, it carries us back to our youth, and we live over 
again the old days which were so dear. 

We want to help and encourage you by our presence, and nothing 
gives us more pleasure than when a young brother consults us, and gives 
us his confidence. We alumni want to see this a united fraternity. We 
want to see it the greatest fraternity in the land. We want to see it 
honored and respected by all other fraternities, and we want to see it 
maintain a high standing in all colleges; and it rests with you, my young 
brothers, to see to it that our hopes are fully realized. It also rests 
with you, to see that in obtaining new material for this order, that you 
go slow, and select those who are companionable ; take a boy for what 
he is, not what he can do; not because he is a great athelete, but because 
he is a congenial, unselfish, high-minded boy, with a soul of honor ; in 
other words a first-class fellow. Let it be distinctly understood that it 
is an honor to be a Sigma Chi ; an honor to which few attain. Let the 
Fraternity seek the man. 

I have recently visited some of the active chapters, and, while I 
found the boys all that could be desired, yet there was a lack of knowl- 
edge concerning the affairs of the General Fraternity; the members did 
not seem to be sufficiently in touch with other chapters. Pardon me for 
making the suggestion, but if the brothers would study the history of 
the Fraternity and the history of the chapters, and this can easily be 
done by carefully reading the Catalogue, and would keep up more inter- 
chapter correspondence, not depending entirely upon the Quarterly 
and Bulletin for information as to how the chapters are progressing, 
when the meeting of the Grand Chapter is held, delegates would not be 
strangers to each other, as is often the case. 

You have come together at this Twenty-third Grand Chapter to con- 
sider many matters of deep interest to the Fraternity. I trust you will 
see the importance of considering well every measure that is to be 
brought before the convention, always with an eye single to the welfare 
of Sigma Chi. Let not selfish, jealous, or sectional ideas influence 
you in any of your deliberations, but do all for the best and greatest 
good of this grand Fraternity. 

This is the first time I have ever had the pleasure of attending a 

meeting of Sigma Chis in the South. I cannot find words sufficient to 
express my feelings for the kind, generous and hospitable manner in 
which we have been received, and for the cordial words of welcome which 
have been extended to us to-night. My Southern brothers, you have 
entered into our hearts, and we will never forget you, and this occasion 
will always be remembered as one of the largest and most enthusiastic 
reunions Sigma Chi has ever experienced. 


But I must not inflict myself longer upon you. Let my excuse be 
my love for my first sweetheart, Sigma Chi. We have at the National 
Capital a band of loyal alumni, who take a deep interest in all that con- 
cerns the Fraternity. We occasionally come together and pledge anew 
our allegiance, and we shall always be glad to see any brother who may 
come our way, and will give him a hearty welcome. And now in con- 
clusion, let me say, as regards myself, I will not be able much longer to 
take a very active part in the affairs of the Fraternity, but my interest 
and loyalty will never waver, for I believe that my connection with 
Sigma Chi has been the means of making me have a kinder and better 
feeling, not only for my Sigma Chi brothers, but for my fellow man in 

Having already passed the meridian, I will ere long be travelling to- 
ward the setting sun, but along down the vista of life I hope always to 
behold the beautiful rays of the Blue and the Gold blended, out of 
which shall appear that noble emblem, dear to the heart of every Sigma 
Chi, the White Cross, and standing out in front of everything else, our 
sacred and secret watchword, Sigma Chi, Sigma Chi. 

May God bless this fraternity, and give it continued success, and 
unite our hearts closer and closer in the bonds of true brotherhood; and 
when at last the evening of life shall be upon us, and "we have fought 
the good fight, have finished our course, and have kept the faith," may 
we all lie down to rest and peace with << clasped hands" above the 
"seven stars " at the foot of the White Cross of Sigma Chi. 

Nashville, Tenn., August 25, 1897. 



By Gborgb p. Merrick, Omega, '84. 

Each recurring anniversary of our Fraternity's birth is a time of glad- 
ness. Then is the long anticipated opportunity to meet and clasp again 
fraternal hands, to revive old memories, sing the old songs, recount the 
achievements of the past, welcome the neophytes, become young once 
more ourselves. Here and now we can exchange ideas, make new 
plans, and counsel together. This work-a-day world is now forgotten, 
and the slumbering fires of youth are reawakened and replenished with 
all the fervor of youth's unquenchable enthusiasm, and we are college 
boys again, with every prank remembered as vividly as 'twere yester- 
day. Especially is it a pleasure to meet in this city of the Southland, 
crowded with historic scenes, memories and traditions. Here we bear 
in mind the fraternal ties forged and welded in the Constantine Chapter, 
rather than that here was the scene of fratricidal war. But beyond and 
above such enjoyments, such a congregation furnishes food for reflec- 
tion. Emerson, the seer, has regretted that our age is retrospective, 
but should we so regard it ? Is not man's chiefest pleasure to be found 
in his ability to enjoy again, through memory, the pleasure of other 
years ? Is not man's chiefest education derived from recollections of 
his own, and recollections of others handed down to him in verse, in 
history, and in letters ? Let us then temper our exuberance with reflec- 
tion and consider soberly the lessons of our past. 

No one, however great, should forget his origin. No nation, how- 
ever mighty, should, disregard its history. To every American the 
phrase ''pilgrim fathers" is pregnant with realizations of their hatred 
of oppression, love of justice, their endurance and valour. To every 
patriot the names Bunker Hill, Saratoga, Trenton and Yorktown are 
fraught with impressions of a conflict for justice, liberty and indepen- 
dence. To every reflective student of American history the labors of 
Washington, Madison, Franklin, and their fellows in the Convention of 
1787, out of which a disorganized confederation was created one organ- 
ized union, calls for unqualified approval and measureless gratitude. 
The constitution then framed, still unimpaired, guides the nation, has 
guided it for a century, will guide it ever. 


It may be trite, but it is none the less true, that the early environ- 
ments of youth direct, mold or modify the subsequent character of the 
man. We recall the copy-book aphorism regarding the inclination of 
the tree depending upon the bending of the twig. We should be mind- 
ful here that in old Miami in '55 a chapter twig was bent from which 
has sprung the sturdy tree which here we represent. Has the trend 
there given changed ? We must not forget that less than fifty years ago, 
in the resolute hearts of seven college men, was born an order now num- 
bering thousands, dedicated to the principle of advancement in moral 
and mental work in college life. The fatal asterisk of death has gra- 
ciously spared the names of most of these and they are yet alive to 
receive from us, their descendants as well as brethren, our love and 

Is it not well for us to stop and consider carefully the ideals held by 
these men, and to ask ourselves whether these ideals have been adhered 
to ? In the forceful diction of one of these immortal seven, we learn 
that the ideal then in mind consisted in building up a character, based 
upon certain conditions. These conditions were four-fold. At a gath- 
ering such as this, in a sister city, thirteen years ago, the lamented Jor- 
dan, in delivering the annual address before the Grand Chapter, gave 
expression to this thought : "In my judgment our fraternity has grown 
to be what it is by adhering to the principle with which we started in 
the beginning, of admitting no man to membership in it who was not 
believed to be a man of good character y of fair ability ^ of ambitious pur- 
poseSy and of congenial disposition. Read, mark, learn and inwardly 
digest these four cardinal attributes of an ideal Sigma Chi. Lowell, 
that flower of American belles-lettres, has somewhere said that the only 
irremovable basis for the real must stand upon the ideal. By this I 
take it that he means to say that the aim must be high, else the result 
will be low, mediocre ; or, if high, but accidental. And he is right. 

Our ranks are recruited from young men whose characters are yet 
unformed. The average matriculate in nearly every university is young, 
unsophisticated, unpolished, unread. The four years spent by him with- 
in the college walls are meant to accomplish a metamorphosis. Some- 
times the process is reasonably complete and the result a success. 
Oftener the youth leaves the college walls but little changed, except in 
years and such a smattering of information as a more or less competent 
faculty is able to furnish. One of the best opportunities for the develop- 
ment of a student's character is an association, while in college, with 
such an institution as ours. I believe I shall not be contradicted when 
I assert that the young man who allies himself with a respectable fra- 


ternity will show a greater development of character, greater maturity 
in thought, greater polish in manner, than one who, for one reason or 
another, is debarred from such advantage. This is a selfish world ; and 
nowhere does the young man need so much the aid of friendly counsel 
as when in college ; and nowhere will he then be so likely to receive 
such as in this Fraternity. 

There is, or should be, in every chapter of Sigma Chi, a reciprocal 
duty — that of the member to the chapter and of the chapter to the mem- 
ber. It is the duty of the member to reflect credit upon his chapter, 
and the scope or object of the chapter to guard, counsel, befriend, and 
assist the member. The absence of this reciprocal relation must of 
necessity work failure. 

It will be agreed that the task of selecting desirable members is the 
most difficult that confronts a chapter. Let us consider the four essen- 
tials in the order given — the first prerequisite being ''good character.'' 
It is fairly safe to say that, with but few exceptions, every student who 
comes to college is yet too young and too poor to be of evil character, 
for poverty is a wonderful restraining influence. Nothing so militates 
against the up-building of a youth's character as the unrestricted use 
of money. He is young and innocent, and probably of spotless mor- 
als. It is, or ought to be, the duty of every chapter, however, not to 
take for granted that the respective candidates are of good character,' 
good family, good habits, but to make reasonable investigation. And 
this is by no means difficult, although with great universality this pre- 
caution is overlooked. In business life we investigate new associates 
rigidly. In a life-long relation, cemented by secret and oath-bound 
ties, should we be less careful ? 

Second, the youth should possess ''fair ability." This may be 
learned after a few months association in the class-room, in his "daily 
walk and conversation*' in the literary society, — for merit is quickly 
discernible in youth. The practice of selecting members early in the 
term is pernicious in the extreme. 

Third, (and to my mind this is of the highest importance) the can- 
didate should be, as Mr. Jordan has told us, of "ambitious purposes." 
Note carefully the words " ambitious purposes *'; not ambitious in the 
evil sense — not charged with the greed of what ambition may bring 
forth, but that his ** purposes*^ may be aspiring, lofty ; that is, that his 
purpose may be to accomplish all that it is honorably possible to accom- 
plish within the time allotted to a university course. These ambitious 
purposes can be readily ascertained by a mere observation of the youth's 
habit of thought, habit of study, habit of conduct. These ambitious 


purposes should be encouraged and stimulated in the chapter. I hold 
it to be a truth that no one should go to college unless ambitious to do 
so. No one should remain in college unless ambitious to excel therein. 
No one should be taken into a fraternity or retained therein, unless am- 
bitious to reflect honor upon himself, his friends and his fraternity. 
That his ambitious purposes should have a goal, are created in every in- 
stitution prizes of various kinds ; in scholarship, in literary endeavor, in 
athletic sports. I would that every undergraduate in Sigma Chi should 
compete earnestly and zealously for every prize to which he is by his 
rank and class entitled. These four years in college are plastic years ; 
and what the man shall be, may, with almost unerring certainty, be fore- 
told by what he was in college. Do we not recall with vivid memory 
the strong and weak points in our classmates ? Do we not intuitively 
prophesy the future of each man ? Do we not remember in after years 
the part in college played by those who achieve distinction or suffer 
failure ? 

I did not mean this to be a lay sermon, nor do I wish to scold or 
censure ; but it has been to me something of a study to watch the de- 
velopment of student character in college, both during my own course 
and since my graduation. There is a tendency now to promote ath- 
letics. With this I make no quarrel, I believe that while the mind is 
being schooled, the muscles should also be trained. But with it all 
there should be a temperance, without which excess is sure to follow. 
A graver danger than athletics has crept into and stands a menace to 
our institutions of learning ; that is the craving for social distinction. 
Students are not sent to college to be wearers of clothes and leaders of 
cotillions, and to purr sweet accents in a maiden's ear. It is a crime 
against one's parents, who often sacrifice themselves that their son may 
become a scholar, to frivol away one's time and means in unscholarly 
pursuits. The time to shine in society comes after, not before, the con- 
ferring of the degree. There is, it seems to me, a marked departure 
from the course marked out by our forefathers in Sigma Chi in creating 
within the Fraternity an ambition to excel in literary endeavor. Do the 
chapters now engage in literary effort in their chapter sessions ? Do 
members strive to win prizes for scholarship, in debate, in oratorical 
contests ? I fear there is too little of this. Our chapter letters do not 
record so much the winning of prizes for excellence in scholarly pursuits 
as they report the more important news that Brother A is quarter-back 
on the football team; that Brother M is the son of Midas the pork- 
packer; that Brother Z is on the Junior Promenade Committee, or was 
the floor manager at the Pan-Hellenic ball. Boys are not sent to col- 


lege to prepare themselves for professional ball-players, dancing-masters, 
and Beau Brummels. Young gentlemen are sent to college to fit them- 
selves for acquiring an honest livelihood in the professions, in trade, and 
in the sciences. I would not give a Bachelor of Arts desk room in my 
office whose chief claim to distinction consisted in the crease of his 
trousers, his unbroken record as a pole-vaulter, or his skill in leading 
a german. Let not our future poet sing ''You have the Pyrrhic dances 
yet, where has the Pyrrhic phalanx gone ?** 

The fourth desideratum is a congenial disposition. And such an at- 
tribute is, of course, essential ; but just what is meant would be difficult 
to say. Absence of congeniality in a chapter is to be deplored, and to 
be avoided — and generally can be. The greatest difficulty, however, 
is that chapters are organized ordinarily, or at least recruited upon the 
basis of congeniality more than upon anything else. It is safe to say 
that the average young man of fair ability, good character, and am- 
bitious purposes will be of congenial disposition. If not, he is certainly 
a rara avis, not in good health, or a freak of nature, distorted by some 
congenital or acquired affliction which will invariably be obvious. 

I believe that what is meant by the fourth qualification is that the 
candidate should be a gentleman, or that he should be at least a gentle- 
man in embryo. The grand old word of gentleman has many exemp- 
lars. It is difficult of definition. It is not alone that a man should be 
of good presence, of affable manners, and correctly attired to be en- 
titled to be called a gentleman. These outward and visible signs of a 
supposed inward and spiritual grace are always conspicuously present 
in the rankest rogue. Do not despise the "hayseed!" He may out- 
grow his awkwardness and leave you far behind. Spurn not the rustic. 
Our best and greatest men were neither city born nor city bred. The 
farm's the place to start ambition in a winning race. One must be un- 
selfish, kind, considerate, — especially of the feelings of others — noble 
purposed, pure minded, to be entitled to be called a gentleman, even in 

embyro. " Be noble ; and the nobleness that lies 

In other men, sleeping but never dead, 
Will rise in majesty to meet thine own." 

Nor will three generations invariably produce the species sought. I 
have a faith in heredity, but I believe still more in culture. It is not 
enough to be well born. It is more essential to be well bred. Those 
truly descended from the Mayflower passenger list need much beyond 
that patent of nobility. 

' ' The grand old gardener and his wife 

Smile at the claims of long descent. 
How'er it be, it seems to me 

'Tis only noble to be good. 
Kind hearts are more than coronets. 

And simple faith than Norman blood." 


The duty of the chapter to the member has already been alluded to. 
A chapter is an organization, a union, a source of strength, not only to 
itself, but to its members. As a body, it should stimulate and encourage 
the efforts of its members. It should support by its sanction the proper 
purposes and accomplishments of its members, and rebuke, kindly but 
firmly, all evil that may be indulged xn—suaviter in modo, fortiter in re. 
It should counsel, direct, and assist in every branch of laudable effort 
the otherwise unassisted and disorganized work of its individual mem- 
bers. In the absence of such concerted action and such fostering care, 
it would be useless to belong to any such organization, for that is of 
the very essence and purpose for which it is created. 

Above and beyond all this there is the responsibility of the chapter 
to the general order. We spell the word Nation with a big N. Use 
another letter, and we should do the same with the General Fraternity. 
The action of every chapter should be taken with due regard to its sanc- 
tion. It should consider itself, not an isolated entity, but one of a 
federation, and in all that it does should be kept a purpose single to 
the advancement and renown of the Fraternity which gives it a stand- 
ing; otherwise it becomes merely a local society or club — a ship without 
a pilot, aimlessly drifting, of few days and full of trouble. 

There is another thought closely allied to the requirements or essen- 
tials of an ideal Sigma Chi, and that is what constitutes an ideal frater- 
nity. If it was in the minds of the founders of this Fraternity that its 
members should possess high attributes, it must follow that it was also 
within the minds of the founders that the whole order should partake of 
the same character as the individual members. With the growth of 
the country, institutions of learning have sprung up like mush- 
rooms, and many of them have been created which should never 
have known the light. We now have a Fraternity of fifty chapters — 
some of them in magnificent institutions of learning, some of them in 
struggling, unimportant seminaries, called by brevet colleges or univer- 
sities. It is unreasonable to expect that chapters that would be of serv- 
ice, or reflect dignity upon the Fraternity, could survive in unendowed 
and obscure academies. I believe it better that we should decrease the 
number of chapters we now have than to extend into fields already too 
fully occupied or unable to support any Greek letter society whatsoever. 
It costs men and money to maintain a chapter in the most modest way. 
Students are proverbially poverty stricken, and chapters struggling 
against adverse circumstances are but a drag, an incubus, upon their 
flourishing sisters. Each chapter should be self-sustaining and beyond ; 
otherwise it will wither and fade and pass away. In the small colleges 


or seminaries, material must be poor. I confess frankly that exceptions 
exist. We all recall the eulogism of Webster in the Dartmouth Col- 
lege argument before the Supreme Court. When opposing counsel 
twitted Dartmouth with being a small college, the god-like Daniel, with 
a pathos in his cadences that moved the bench to tears, replied; "I 
know it is a small college, but there are those who love it." But Dart- 
mouth in the early twenties compares favorably with many of our strug- 
gling institutions of today. We have too many colleges in barren fields, 
too many unendowed schools with underpaid faculties. Let us seek 
rather to grow inwardly than to spread outwardly. Let us rather im- 
prove that which we have than aid all chapters of doubtful ability to 
survive. The struggle for existence in life becomes with advancing civ- 
ilization difficult and still more difficult. What is true here is true 
everywhere, — as true of a college as of a factory. The doctrine of the 
survival of the fittest has become axiomatic. It has applied itself nolens 
voUns to every rank and condition of life. We must stand the same 
test and the same strain. 

Two and forty years have passed. The results accomplished must 
far exceed the wildest expectations of our founders ; but in our growth 
we must not lose sight of the fact that we were not intended to be 
numerically great, but to be exclusively excellent. The tone of the 
Fraternity must be kept at concert pitch. This can be done only by 
the exercise of unrelenting and unremitting effort and vigilance. We 
still owe much to our founders and to those who followed them in the 
management of our Fraternity. They have done this practically with- 
out pay or hope of reward. These men who have gone before us and 
accomplished these things are richly deserving, and we are not ungrate- 
ful. If we are to be and remain a great fraternity, every one who be- 
comes a member of the society should become imbued at the outset with 
a realization of the dignity conferred upon him. He should live up to 
that dignity ; and, if within his power and by the exercise of earnest 
effort, stimulated by ambitious purposes, he can add new lustre to the 
name of Sigma Chi, he will do no more than he ought to do, and only 
that which is rightfully expected of him. 

The early members of this Fraternity necessarily stood upon their 

own reputations and characters. Those who follow can point, as the 
politicians do, with pride to the order of which they are a part. These 
men who have gone before are models for us to emulate. We should 
not only imitate them, but we should endeavor, while according to them 
their just deserts, to excel if possible, and in every reasonable and hon- 
orable effort to make the name of Sigma Chi more celebrated by our 
own personal and individual efforts and examples. 


To you, young gentlemen, officers and delegates, I bring you greet- 
ings from many of our brethren unable to be here ; they are watching 
over us, and will hear and read what we do and what we say with a 
loving interest. We should deliberate wisely, legislate carefully — keep- 
ing in mind constantly that we have not only our own reputations, but 
the character of the Sigma Chi Fraternity in our sacred keeping. Yours 
is a representative body. Every member of the order is here by you 
represented. Let us keep this fact of responsibility and representation 
in mind in everything that we do ; in everything that we say ; to the 
■end that when we shall return to our respective chapters we may each 
truthfully say: "I have kept the faith," and have accorded to us: 
''Well done.'* 

A final word before I close. I fear that my earnestness in advising 
you may be misconstrued. If in my zeal to warn, I seem to chide, 
pray you forgive. Conscious of your zeal and fire, I have only sought 
to moderate with temperate counsel the ardor of youth. Regard me, if 
you choose, as "a doctor of the old school," an older brother, addicted to 
conservatism, yet with a sister's charity, a father's fondness, a mother's 
indulgence. Above all, do not for a moment think that I have naught 
but fault to find with what I am prone and proud to call my Fraternity. 
All that has been said, expressly or impliedly, by way of criticism, if you 
so esteem it, is merely meant to be but loving admonition. The mem- 
ories that cluster 'round my own experience forbid that I should speak 
unkindly. Indulge me but a moment, that I may offer proof of the sin- 
cerity of my affection for the order. Twice ten years have nearly passed 
since first I crossed the mystic circle. Swiftly have fiown these years, but 
even now their memories sweet crowd thick upon me. Within this cir 
cle I clearly see by memory's glow the face of one who has forever gone. 
I yearn with him who sighs in vain for ** the touch of a vanished hand, 
the sound of a voice that is still." His memory is to me a solace; his 
indomitable courage gives me strength ; his buoyancy cheers me in time 
of trouble ; his character in those plastic days gave shape and strength 
to mine. I see another form, also gone never to return. Bold he was, 
and brave ; ambitious and resourceful. Poor he was and acquainted 
with grief, but proud and strong and self-reliant. He wrought in a sad 
sincerity, but better than he knew. True, he is gone, but he is not for- 
gotten. These are but a few of the jewels that irradiate my vision of 
the past and shadow forth the future. Among the richest heritages 
stored in my mind forever are fond recollections born within the sacred 
shrine of Sigma Chi. The most cherished friends I ever knew, the 
dearest friends today, are brothers of the Cross, reared and schooled 


within the chapter hall. For this Fraternity I have an abiding love, and 
for her sons the warmest heart. 

The history of this Fraternity is already splendid. We have in two 
score years achieved magnificent results. Our membership has steadily 
increased; has steadily improved. Our membership is here reflected 
by the number and personnel of this Grand Chapter, unequalled in 
the history of all the Conventions that have preceded it. Our list of 
chapter homes and lodges invites the envy of our competitors and 
commands the admiration of our friends. Our magazine stands un- 
rivalled in its field. Our material resources and assets give us a 
standing and stability that bids to fear defiance, to forebodings scorn. 
Can the future be in doubt ? Not if we can trust in the lessons of the 
past ; not if history is the lamp of prophesy. We have done well ; we 
will do more than well. We began modestly but determinedly. We 
continued bravely and earnestly. We still continue* hopefully and 
proudly. We look the future boldly in the face without dismay, with- 
out fear, without regret, with confidence and with courage and with 
buoyant hope, with every promise of a fruition full, fair, and foremost of 
its kind. 

Delivered at Nashville, Tenn. Aug. 25. 1897. 

John S. Alleman, Theta, '76. 





Among those who contributed not a little to the success of the 
Twenty-third Grand Chapter were Brothers John S. Alleman and Harry 
Beach Carr^. The former was elected Grand Consul and the latter 
Grand Annotator. Upon these two officers rests a large share of the 
responsibility connected with the business end of any Sigma Chi Con- 
vention, and it is not saying too much when we state that the careful 
and painstaking attention which was manifested by these gentlemen, 
undoubtedly accounts for many of the accomplishments of the recent 

Brother John S. Alleman's home is in Harrisburg, Pa. He is an 
alumnus of the Theta Chapter and comes from a family which has been 
well known in the social and political history of Harrisburg for many 
years. His father was Samuel Alleman, who was at one time a member 
of the Pennsylvania Legislature, and his grandfather served as a soldier 
in the Revolutionary War. He received his early education at Mission- 
ary Institute, Sellinsgrove, Pa., and entered Pennsylvania College, Get- 
tysburg, in the autumn of 1871. During his college course he received 
numerous honors, among others that of Class Historian, and was grad- 
uated in 1876 with the A.B. degree. Three years later the degree of 
Master of Arts was conferred upon him, after which he read law for a 
time in Philadelphia, and then completed the law course of the Univer- 
sity of Pennsylvania, receiving the degree of LL.B. in 1879. He was at 
the same time admitted to the bar in Dauphin County, Pa., and to prac- 
tice before the State Supreme Court. In 1882 he was married to Cordelia 
I., daughter of Rev. Samuel Dcmer, D. D. Mrs. Alleman will be very 
pleasantly remembered by many of the delegates at the last Convention, 

and she seems to be full of true Sigma Chi spirit, such as will inculcate 
the proper enthusiasm into the teachings of Master Alleman. Brother 
Alleman has been actively identified with local Republican politics for 
a number of years in Harrisburg, and aside from this he is prominently 
associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church, having served as del- 
egate to the National Synod at Hagerstown, Md., 1895. While Brother 
Alleman has not been well known to the Fraternity at large, he has 
always been interested in its general welfare and has been in close touch 
with his old Chapter at Gettysburg. The polite and genial manners of 
both Mr. and Mrs. Alleman won for them a warm place in the hearts of 
all who visited Nashville. 


Brother Harry Beach Carr6 was born in New Orleans, La., June 19, 
1871. He attended various public and private schools until he was thirteen 
years old, when he entered business in the employ of W. W. Carr6, a 
lumber merchant. At the age of eighteen he entered the Tulane High 
School, with a view to entering the Christian ministry. He graduated 
here with first honors in two years, and entered the College Department 
of Tulane University. In college he was president of his class during 
the freshman, sophomoire and senior years. He was also class editor of 
the Tulane CoiUf^an, the University magazine, and was a member of 
the executive committee of the Oratorical Association. He was also 
Secretary of his college literary society, in which he won several med- 
als for debate and oratory. 

At the beginning of his sophomore year he was initiated into the 
Alpha Omicron Chapter, and during his entire college course was actively 
identified with the various interests of the Chapter. He was graduated 
in June, 1895, with the degree of A. B. In September of the same year 
he entered the Theological Department of the Vanderbilt University, 
where he at once became associated actively with the Alpha Psi Chap- 
ter. At Vanderbilt he has taken prizes for hymn and scripture readings, 
and proficiency in Hebrew. Aside from the advanced work which he 
has done at Vanderbilt, he also spent a portion of the years 1896 and 
1897 in graduate study at the University of Chicago. 

The office to which he was elected by the Nashville Grand Chapter 
and filled so admirably, is one which is not coveted by the average pleas- 
ure-seeking delegate, and Brother Carr6 certainly deserves great credit 
for the faithful attention whieh he gave to the duties of Grand Annotator 
during the Convention, and for the clear and concise report of the pro- 
ceedings which he has given us, as published in the Bulletin, 


The Nashville daily papers were very generous in the space which 
was allotted to the Convention. The Banner was particularly favorable 
in this respect, and in its Sunday edition prior to the meeting, an ex- 
tended account of the history of the Fraternity and many of its individual 
alumni was given. 

The following account was given in the Nashville Banner^ August 
26th, of the public opening of the Convention : 

**At eight o'clock last evening the members of the Fraternity and 
a large number of their friends, among whom were many ladies, as- 
sembled in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol and after a few rousing 
cries of ^IVho, who^ who am I ? I'm a loyal Sigma Chi^* General Runkle 

Harry Beach Carre, 


called the meeting to order. In a few well chosen words he spoke of 
the hearty reception given the Fraternity in Nashville, and he referred 
beautifully to the days of the sixties, when he was in Tennessee a 
wounded Federal soldier. <No men in all the annals of history/ he 
said, < ever made a more brilliant record in battle than the brave soldiers 
who fought for a cause they believed to be right. No Southern soldiers 
fought more willingly and more nobly than the Southern Sigma Chis. 
Eighty per cent fell struggling for their cause and their homes.' 

<< General Runkle gave an interesting account of the brave struggle 
of the little band that organized the Fraternity in 1855, at Miami, and 
his eyes filled with tears as he spoke of old comrades and old associa- 
tions. He expressed the pride that he, one of the founders, feels in 
witnessing such a splendid result, so far surpassing the expectations of 
the men who builded the foundations." 

We are particularly indebted to the Nashville American for a com- 
plete report of Governor R. L. Taylor's address before the Convention, 
on Friday morning. The speech was published on the morning of Aug. 
28th, verbatim, and was as follows : 

^^ Mr, President and Gentlemen of the Sigma Chi: In these gay and 
festive days, when the Capitol City of the Old Volunteer State is the 
theatre of happy gatherings, when welcome is upon the lips of all our 
people, there is no greeting more pleasing to us than that which flows 
from our hearts to the college fraternities. Next to the memorials 
which hang around our homes like the fragrance of roses which are 
faded and gone, are the precious recollections which hallow the days of 
our college life. In the classic halls of our Alma Mater ties of friend- 
ship and brotherly love are formed which bind the souls of men together 
so firmly that death alone can break them. Memories are born which 
will live as long as hearts throb, and these precious memories not only 
sweeten life and make our hopes brighter for the future, but they make 
our courage stronger to meet the trials and difficulties which must con- 
front us all. And more than this, they are the bulwarks which protect 
us from sin. 

'<I congratulate you upon this happy meeting today and hope that 
it will add new memories to the old, and that you may depart from each 
other with fresh courage to meet the battles of life. The world is rap- 
idly drifting into fraternities. These fraternities are seeking to elevate 
our race, and I believe they are reaching glorious results. I bid this 
college fraternity God-speed in its efforts to preserve the friendships 
and associations which began when the mind was drinking in the first 


lessons of life, when the heart was feeling the first sweet pangs of love, 
and when your upper lips were wearing the first thin coat of down." 

''The college days are the brightest of all. It is true that they have 
their thorns of Greek and Latin and mathematics, but from among the 
thorns we gather sweets for the souls from the flowers which only bloom 
for us in our youth ; they have their icebergs in the frowns of old pro- 
fessors and inexorible rules of college government, but the icebergs have 
no power when the sophomore basks in the sunshine of some fair maid- 
en's face, and holds her hand in his for an hour, and never says a word; 
they have their sorrows and their pains when the brain is probed on 
examination day, but the pains and sorrows are all forgotten when the 
senior steps upon the theatre of active life with his sheepskin in his 
hand, outshining Solomon in his wisdom, and overshadowing Bismarck 
and Gladstone in his greatness. But the most pathetic day of college 
life is the day when the last farewell is said. It would be a thousand 
times sadder still if it were not for the joyful reflection that we shall be 
drawn together again by the college fraternity, to live over again the 
happy days when we were college boys. " 

"Gentlemen of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, I hope you may everyone 
live to a good old age, and that from among the thorns and icebergs of 
life you may all gather the flowers and fruits of happiness.'' 

We are very sorry that the apt response of Judge Howard Ferris 
could not have been preserved for future reference by members of the 
Fraternity. The remarks made by Brother Ferris at that time were to 
the point and were fitting in the highest degree. The Nashville Banner, 
of August 27th, reports Judge Ferris as follows : 

<' I congratulate you sir, upon your magnificent address. If you had 
been a college man, and especially if you had been a Sigma Chi, I dare 
not try to imagine what we might have heard. Sigma Chi tries to de- 
velop the social side of man. <'Sigs" are chosen because they are men, 
they are scholars afterwards. We have never lost sight of the fact that 
'a man is a man for a' that.' Sigma Chi endeavors to prepare young 
men for the action of life. It is a fraternity that is a brotherhood of man, 
and that respects the fatherhood of God." 

Those who attended the Convention will not soon forget the genial 
hospitality extended to all of the visitors by Brother W. D. Thomas. 
Aside from taking an active interest in all of the business affairs of the 
Grand Chapter, Brother Thomas made a home at the Hermitage Club 
for many wandering Sigma Chis which cannot be duplicated in all Nash - 

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ville. At any hour of the day or night during the week groups of *'Sigs" 
could be found about the spacious club rooms. Aside from this, 
Brother Thomas entertained a number of the delegates who remained 
in Nashville over Sunday, at dinner at the Duncan Hotel. Brother 
Thomas is well known in Nashville business circles, and is engaged with 
one of the leading tea distributing houses of the South. 

One of the jolliest crowds at the Convention was what was popu- 
larly known as the Paresis Club. This was composed of eleven con- 
genial ''spirits" who were thrown together for the first time at the 
meeting, and it is generally conceded that what the members of this 
club do not know about Nashville and its suburbs by gas light, is not 
worth knowing. The club roll is as follows : 

Orville E. Bailey, Kappa, '96; Dickson Q. Brown, Alpha Theta, '98; 
Finlay F. Ferguson, Alpha Theta, '98; Joseph H. Marshutz, Kappa 
Kappa, '98; C. A. Wiltsee, Mu, '97; R. A. McCulloch, Nu Nu, '99; 
W. B. Grant, Alpha Omicron, '98 ; Tharon H. Huckins, Eta Eta, '97 ; 
George L. McAvoy, Phi Phi, '99; F. A. Moore, Jr., Alpha Omicron, 
'97; George L. Edwards, Epsilon, '94. 

Those who were not fortunate enough to fall in with one or the other 
special Convention trains, missed not a little of the real sport connected 
with the Nashville trip. 

The ''Sigs" from the Northwest, including the Chicago alumni and 
the neighboring chapters had a special car by way of the Monon and 
Louisville and Nashville Railways. The arrangements were perfect, and 
no pains were spared by the railway officials to make the journey com- 
fortable. The largest excursion came from the East, the same having 
been worked up by Brother Sam. R. Ireland from Washington, D. C. 
The Chesepeake and Ohio route was used and from all reports the party 
had a most delightful time. 

Those who visited the Woman's Building at the Tennessee Centen- 
nial, and were fortunate enough to wander into the Atlanta Room, will 
long remember the hospitable treatment which they received at the 
hands of Miss Edith E. Brown, the attendant in charge. During the 
entire week a neat and tasty register trimmed with Sigma Chi colors, 
was furnished, into which the names of many Sigma Chis found their 


It is to be regretted that owing to a misunderstanding as to time a 
number of those who attended the Grand Chapter do not appear in the 
picture which was taken on the steps of the Parthenon Saturday after- 

The pictures may be ordered through Brother Harry Beach Carr6, 
Wesley Hall, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. 

The Cincinnati delegation occupied a house by themselves in High 
street, where they entertained their friends, and made merry over many 
good things picked up in Kentucky en route for Nashville. The party 
consisted of Judge Howard Ferris and family, George D. Harper, Louis 
Ireton, and James M. Sprague, with whom were associated a portion of 
the time, P. M. GriflSth, Percy C. Pickrell, and Sam R. Ireland. 

A noticeable feature connected with the Twenty-third Grand Chapter 
was the unusually large number of alumni who were accompanied by 
their families. Among the ladies who were present were Mesdames 
John S. Alleman, Orville S. Brumback, Howard Ferris, Robert Farn- 
ham, Ben. P. Runkle, Sam. R. Ireland. 

Two most enterprising manufacturing jewelers, D. L. Auld, of Co- 
lumbus, Ohio, and Roehm and Son, of Detroit, Michigan, were repre- 
sented at the Convention, and furnished the delegates with neat souvenir 
buttons. The idea was novel and met with great favor. 

The management of the Maxwell House deserves the thanks of all 
for the kind and courteous treatment which was extended to the mem- 
bers of the Convention. The old hostelry certainly sustained its well 
known reputation as the best hotel in Nashville. 

The following is the list of delegates in attendance upon the Nash- 
ville Grand Chapter : 

Dblbgatb. Class. Chaptbr. Addrbss. 

J, D Garrett '98 Alpha Hillsboro. Ohio. 

Lester Domigan '97 Gamma Delaware. Ohio. 

F. L. Biscoe '97 Epsilon Washington. D. C. 

N. S. Fitzhugh '99 Zeta Charleston. W. Va. 

H. F. Fisher '98 Eta Moss Point, Miss. 

H. B. Erdman '98 Theta Macungie. Pa. 


DsLKGATB. Class. Chaptkr. Address. 

Orville E. Bailey '96 Kappa Washington, D. C. 

W. C. Bradley '99 Lambda Bloomington, Ind. 

C. A. Wiltsee '97 Mu Cincinnati. Ohio. 

N. G. Rogers '97 Xi Trenton, Mo. 

Blake Irvin '96 Omicron Brookville. Pa. 

F. M. Towles '99 Rho Indianapolis, Ind. 

D. Boogher '98 Tau Salem, Va. 

J. R. Voris '87 Chi Bedford. Ind. 

Robert Porter '99 Psi Charlotteville, Va. 

A. B. Harbert '94 Omega Evanston, 111. 

W. C. Young •— Alpha Alpha 

£. A. Edwards '94 Gamma Gamma Rockville, Md. 

£. G. Crozier '96 Delta Delta Madison, Ind. 

E. F. McElroy '97 Zeta Zeta Springfield, Ky. 

Malcolm McAvoy '97 Zeta Psi Cincinnati, Ohio. 

T. H. Hnckins "97 Eta Eta Plymouth, N. H. 

C. F. Delbridge '99 Theta Theta Detroit, Mich. 

]. H. Marshutz '98 Kappa Kappa Champaign, 111. 

J. M. Graves, ]r '00 Lambda Lambda Lexington, Ky. 

C. F. Holden '99 Mu Mu Clarksburg, W. Va. 

R. A. McCulloch 99 Nu Nu New York, N. Y. 

Murray Phillips '99 Xi Xi Columbia, Mo. 

P. M. Griffith '97 Omicron Omicron Sabina, Ohio. 

D. T. Stuart '98 Sigma Sigma Mobile, Ala. 

G. L. McAvoy '99 Phi Phi Willimantic, Conn. 

•— Alpha Beta 

D. M. McDonald '99 Alpha Gamma Wellsville, Ohio. 

]. C. Nate (proxy) Alpha Iota. '90 Alpha Epsilon Chicago, 111. 

Dwight Whitney '98 Alpha Zeta Beloit, Wis. 

F. F. Ferguson '98 Alpha Theta Norfolk, Va. 

H. ]. Leight '97 Alpha Iota Bloomington, 111. 

G. C. Vogel '98 Alpha Lambda Milwaukee, Wis. 

£. D. Slaughter '95 Alpha Nu Dallas, Texas. 

}. C. Nate (proxy) Alpha Iota . '90 Alpha Xi Chicago, 111 . 

F. A. Monroe, Jr ....'97 Alpha Omicron New Orleans, La. 

Frank Roudenbush '98 Alpha Pi Albion, Mich. 

D. W. Miller '99 Alpha Rho Covington. Ky. 

M. H. Gerry, ]r '90 Alpha Sigma Minneapolis, Minn. 

G. N. Kirby '96 Alpha Tau Raleigh, N. C. 

L. R. Garrett ' — Alpha Upsilon Los Angeles, Cal. 

}. A. Caldwell, ]r '99 Alpha Phi Cincinnati, Ohio. 

•— Alpha Chi 

W. P. Connell "96 Alpha Psi Nashville, Tenn. 

L. R. Garrett ' — Alpha Omega Los Angeles, Cal. 

Newman Miller Alpha Pi, '93, Chicago Alumni. Chicago, 111. 

Judge Howard Ferris Mu, '76> Cincinnati Alumni, Cincinnati. Ohio. 

F. D. Ader Alpha Iota, '84. Indianapolis Alumni. Greencastle, Ind. 

George Eustis Robertson Omicron Omicron, '93, New York Alumni, New York, N.Y. 

Dr. S. Lewis Ziegler Kappa, '80, Philadelphia Alumni, Philadelphia, Pa. 

G. B. Overton Alpha Psi, '95, Louisville Alumni, Louisville, Ky. 


The following is a list of others who attended the Grand Chapter and 
registered at the headquarters in the Maxwell House : 

John S. Alleman, Theta, '76, Harrisburg, Pa. 

Charles Ailing. Jr.. Chi. '85. Theta Theta. '88. Chicago. 111. 

William R. Ailing. Chi. '89. Chicago. 111. 

George N. Acker. Theta. '72. Washington, D. C. 

Theodore H. Brewer. Alpha Chi, '96. Louisville. Ky. 

Charles B. Bnrdick, Kappa Kappa. '95. Chicago. 111. 

Dixon Q. Brown. Alpha Theta. '98. New York City. N. Y. 

John Diell Blanton. Sigma Sigma, '79. Nashville. Tenn. 

David O. Bridgforth. Eta. '99. Pleasant Hill. Miss. 

Orville S. Brumback. Beta. '76: Theta Theta. '79. Toledo. Ohio. 

Henry Beach Carr^. Alpha Psi, '98. New Orleans. La. 

Frank Crozier. Chi. '92. Theta Theta, '94, Chicago. 111. 

William S. Daune. Gamma Gamma. '98. Trevitiaus, Va. 

Dr. G. Brenner Dantzler. Alpha Psi, '96, Mobile, Ala. 

Dr. William L. Dudley, Psi. '76. Nashville, Tenn. 

Fred R. Ewing. Lambda, '99. Princeton. Ind. 

George L. Edmunds, Epsilon, '94, Washington, D. C. 

William Lloyd Evans, Alpha Gamma. '92, Columbus. Ohio. 

Dr. Robert Famham. Epsilon. '64. Washington. D. C. 

N. B. Grant. Alpha Omicron. '98, New Orleans. La. 

Joseph L. Gaines, Jr., Alpha Psi, '00. Nashville. Tenn. 

W. A. Heath. Kappa Kappa, '83, Champaigne, 111. 

■George D. Harper, Zeta Psi, '91. Cincinnati, Ohio. 

H. Hardeson, Alpha Psi, '97, Nashville, Tenn. 

.H. W. Hauten, Alpha Psi, '97, White Sulphur Springs, Va. 

•G. H. Ham ton, Zeta, '90, Catlettsburg, Ky. 

Sam. R. Ireland. Theta Theta, '89. Washington, D. C. 

J. B. Johnson, Lambda Lambda, '99. Lexington, Ky. 

Justin M. Kunkle. Mu Mu. '96. Morgantown. W. Va. 

S. R. Knox, Eta, '98. New Albany. Miss. 

Griffin M. Lovelace, Alpha Psi, '98, Louisville, Ky. 

E. Williamson Miller. Alpha Phi, '96. Newark, N. J. 
H. H. Miller, Alpha Psi, '98, Covington, Ky. 

D. Irving Miller, Alpha Psi, '98, Covington, Ky. 

George P. Merrick, Omega, '84, Chicago. 

T. C. Meadows, Alpha Psi, '93, Columbia, Tenn. 

F. W. McReynolds. Alpha Chi, '92. Washington, D. C. 
Dr. Raymond J. Nate, Alpha Iota. '94, Chicago. 111. 
Percy C. Pickrell, Omega, '98, Evanston, 111. 

R. L. Peck, Zeta, '92, Springfield, Tenn. 

W. M. Palmer, Alpha Psi, '00, Murfreesboro. Tenn. 

Gen. Ben P. Runkle, Alpha. '57. Washington. D. C. 

Ray C. Rickly. Delta Delta, '00, Ottawa, III. 

Rev. W. B. Ricks, Alpha Tau. '90, Alpha Psi, '94, Jonesboro, Ark. 

William D. Rhea, Alpha Psi, '95. Nashville, Tenn. 

P. A. Spane, Lambda. '98. Princeton, Ind. 


S. H. Sheldon, Alpha Lambda, '98, Madison. Wis. 

Arthur D. Stansell, Theta Theta. '99. Detroit. Mich. 

Lanren F. Smith. Theta, '90, Hagerstown, Md. 

]. ]. Stowe, Alpha Psi, '95, Nashville, Tenn. 

Rev. Rater W. Springer, Omega, '87, Fort Thomas, Ky. 

James M. Sprague, Ma, '95, Cincinnati. Ohio. 

H. Worthington Talbot. Alpha Theta. '99, Rockville. Md. 

W. D. Thomas. Chi, '83. Nashville. 

Robert Wendel. Zeta, '95, Marfreesboro, Tenn. 

T. H. Yost, Ma Ma. '97, Amos. W. Va. 


By Orvillb S. Brumback. 
air — "bring back my bonnib to mb." 

1. Once more we have all met together 

And now that we've talked loud and long. 
Let's all ''take a rest" for a moment 
And join in a Sigma Chi song. 


All sing, all sing 

Sing Sigma, Chi Sigma, a Sigma Chi song, 
All sing, sing all. 

All sing a Sigma Chi song. 

2. We all know the words and the music 

And all have lungs that are strong. 
So come ev'ry royal good fellow 

Just "tune up" and join in the song. 


We'll sing, we'll sing 

Sing Sigma, Chi Sigma, a Sigma Chi song. 
We'll sing, sing long 

We'll sing a Sigma Chi song. 

3. Among us there may be some singer 

Who goes at it ''hammer and tongs," 
Just wait till he gets to the Chorus, 
**ffe*s ail right*' in Sigma Chi songs. 



He'll sing, he'll sing. 

Sing Sigma, Chi Sigma, a Sigma Chi song, 
He'll sing, sing right 

Singing a Sigma Chi song. 

4. Whenever we want real sweet music 

We call the **Sig** girl in the throng. 
She knows how to play the piano 
While singing a Sigma Chi song. 


She'll sing, she'll sing. 

Sing Sigma, Chi Sigma, a Sigma Chi song, 
She'll sing, sing sweet 

Singing a Sigma Chi song. 

5. In fine you can hear the notes ringing 

From 'Hampshire clear round to Hong Kong^ 
By those who are rousing the echoes 
In singing a Sigma Chi song. 


**Sigs"sing, **Sigs"sing, 

Sing Sigma, Chi Sigma, a Sigma Chi song, 
Sing song, song sing, 

Singing a Sigma Chi song. 

6. And now that we've sung all our singing 

If any part has been sung wrong. 
Remember the best part is jingling 
When singing a Sigma Chi song. 


Singing, jingling. 

Ringing and jingling, jing-ling, ting-ling. 
Ringing, jingling. 

Singing a Sigma Chi song. 

U .^ 



■" M 

Dr. William Lofland Dudley, Psi, '81. 



As we are about to enter upon another two years of Sigma Chi work, 
no better salutatory can be given than to congratulate the Fraternity 
upon the success and achievements of the Twenty-third Grand Chapter. 
Alpha Psi Chapter and the loyal alumni of Nashville deserve great 
praise and many thanks for the admirable manner in which all of the 
arrangements were carried out, and for the cordial spirit of co-operation 
in the plans of the General Fraternity, which was manifested on all 
sides. One of the most commendable actions was the election to the 
office of Grand Consul, Dr. William Lofland Dudley of Vanderbilt Uni- 
versity, Nashville, Tenn. It is probable that there is no man in the 
South who 11 better known among all circles today than Brother Dudley. 

His reputation has been won chiefly in scientific fields, and he stands 
among the foremost educators in America as a student and teacher of 
Chemistry. Dr. Dudley's activities are not, however, confined entirely 
to science, and his genial and cordial manners have won for him an en- 
viable reputation among business and professional men of all classes in 
Nashville. This is so much the case that, when the Tennessee Centen- 
nial was decided upon, Dr. Dudley was at once looked to as the man 
best fitted for the office of Director of Affairs. 

He became a Sigma Chi while a student at the University of Cincin- 
nati, and has been actively identified with the Alpha Psi Chapter at 
Vanderbilt University since its inception. 

An extended biography of Brother Dudley will be found in the July 
number of the Quarterly (1897) and should be read by all. 

The enthusiastic manner in which his election was received by all of 
the delegates at Nashville bespeaks for him the co-operation of the entire 
Fraternity during the coming two years in carrying out the duties of his 

The work inaugurated by the committee on constitutional revision of 
the Twenty-second Grand Chapter at Cincinnati was completed at Nash- 
ville by the adoption of the report of a special committee which has 
been working during the past two years upon a new constitution and re- 
vised statutes for the Fraternity. The committee which had in charge 
the preparation of the new document was appointed by Gen. Ben. P. 


Runkle, Grand Consul, after careful deliberation, and was composed of 
some of the best known men in the Fraternity. 

The work as completed aims at simplicity, and with the aid of past 
experience, an attempt has been made to furnish an instrument which 
will meet all requirements and at the same time place us upon an easy 
working basis. We shall have occasion from time to time in the future 
to call special attention to certain features of the new constitution, and 
we hope that all active members, at least, will familiarize themselves 
with the same as published in the last number of the Bulletin. 

The committee certainly should be commended for the faithful man- 
ner in which it has carried out its duties, and moreover, is to be con- 
gratulated upon the concise and at the same time inclusive instrument 
which has been furnished. This, with the new ritual which was pre- 
sented by Brother R. W. Springer and adopted by the delegates, fur- 
nishes us with a complete up-to-date set of official regulations which 
will undoubtedly answer all the purposes of the Fraternity for some 
time to come. 

Many members of the Fraternity will be glad to know that the ques- 
tion of an official Coat-of-Arms, which has been agitated for a long time, 
has finally been settled by the adoption of the report of the special com- 
mittee composed of Brothers Henry H. Vinton, Delta Delta, '88, and 
Sam R. Ireland, Theta Theta, '89. The report as adopted provides for 
the official recognition of the Coat-of-Arms which was published in the 
Quarterly in 1894. Considerable correspondence was at that time 
printed, and the design met with general favor. Briefly described, the 
new emblem consists of a seal with a blue back-ground, on which appears 
a white cross, the whole being surmounted by a crest in the form of an 
eagle's holding a golden key. The original plate is on steel, and has been 
copyrighted by Mr. R. B. Lockwood, college fraternity and class en- 
graver, 203 Broadway, New York City. We present a fac simile of the 
design on the cover of this number, and trust that all members of the 
Fraternity will endeavor to see that this emblem is used in preference to 
other unofficial cuts which are being circulated by unofficial engravers. 
Mr. Lockwood is prepared to furnish stationery and inserts for college 
and chapter publications at a reasonable price, and will be glad to give 
estimates at any time. 

There are some interesting features connected with the statistics of 
the Twenty- third Grand Chapter when compared with those of previous 


Conventions. While not as large in point of attendance as either the 
Indianapolis, World's Fair, or Cincinnati meetings, it was, however, 
more representative in character, in that there were fewer proxies \ and 
moreover, when actual results were considered, it was undoubtedly the 
most important Convention held in many years. Forty-eight active and 
six alumni chapters were represented, and the total attendance during 
the week reached 107. 

The following table shows the total attendance upon Grand Chapters 
since 1892, when the Sigma Chi register was used for the first time : 

Ybar. Grand Chaptbr. ^ Place. Attendance. 

1892 19th Indianapolis x 16 

1893 20th New York (special) 25 

1893 2ist World's Fair " 109* 

1895 22nd Cincinnati 147 

1897 23rd Nashville 107 

The following table gives the attendance of regularly accredited dele- 
gates from active and alumni chapters at conventions since 1888 : 

Total Chapters 
Year. Grand Chapter. Place. Represented. Active. Alumni. 

1888 17th Chicago 22 21 1 

1890 i8th Washington 25 24 i 

1892 19th Indianapolis 27 22 5 

1893 20th ... New York (special) 34 32 2 

1893 2i8t World's Fair '• 38 31 7 

1895 22nd Cincinnati 36 29 7 

1897 23rd Nashville 54 48 6 

The unusually large number of delegates present from active chap- 
ters at the Twenty-third Grand Chapter is accounted for by the fact that 
the Twenty-second Grand Chapter provided for a traveling expense 
fund, from which the transportation expenses of delegates should be 
paid. This year the fund amounted to more than enough to pay the 
railroad expenses of the active delegates, in accordance with the statute 


The Fraternity has reached a point in its history where a permanent 
Endowment Fund seems a possibility, a fund which over six thousand 
alumni members can make a splendid success if they will heartily re- 
spond to a reasonable demand soon to be made upon them. 

In July, 1896, at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, a special committee on the re- 
vision of the constitution of the Fraternity laid the necessary ground- 

*This namt>er should be much larger, as it is known that there were many Chicago 
Sigma Chis who attended some of the meetings but failed to register. 


work by providing for an Endowment Fund, to be used strictly as such, 
and by providing for the incorporation of the Fraternity, and thus pro- 
tecting each member in his right to insist upon all enactments being 
properly carried out. Subsequent to this action and prior to the Nash- 
ville Grand Chapter, Grand Quaestor Nate sent out about fifty circular 
letters to prominent business men of the Fraternity, suggesting a plan 
of alumni contributions to the permanent Endowment Fund, and re- 
questing opinions as to its merits. Answers were promptly received 
and many encouraging endorsements and suggestions resulted. In ad- 
dition the personal support of the various writers was assured, condi- 
tioned only upon the necessary co-operative legislation of the Twenty- 
third Grand Chapter. 

The Grand Chapter, in convention assembled, unanimously approved 
and adopted the constitutional enactments of the Put-in- Bay committee ; 
it also abolished the old Catalogue and Chapter House Funds, ordering 
the present balance of the same to be turned into the Endowment Fund. 
By further legislation the fees of initiates will hereafter accrue to the 
Endowment Fund, adding seven hundred dollars to the same annually. 
Documents showing in detail the situation and prospectus are to be 
placed before the general Fraternity shortly, although principal features 
of the plan are already before the members through the Grand Quaes- 
tor's report in the recent edition of the Bulletin. 

The plan promises success, and it rests with the alumni of the Fra- 
ternity to decide the matter definitely. The committee on constitutional 
revision, the alumni whom it has been possible thus far to consult, the 
Grand Chapter, and the national officers of the Fraternity have all done 
much and stand ready to do more for the enterprise. With your active 
and general co-operation the proposition can be made an unqualified 


The Sigma Chi Song Book, the publication of which has been vigor- 
ously agitated by the last four administrations, seems now to be in a 
fair way to become a reality before the end of the present year. 

After negotiating with several individuals, the matter was taken in 
hand early this year by the Grand Triumvirs, and before the end of last 
June the committee having the same in charge reported the book ready 
for publication. Owing to the difficulty of obtaining the necessary ap- 
propriation for the expense of publication, it was decided to postpone 
printing the book until the Grand Chapter could take action on the mat- 
ter and provide the necessary funds in a regular manner. The commit- 


tee spared no pains to properly advertise the new book among the dele- 
gates of the recent Convention, and among other things prepared an 
attractive prospectus containing ten songs. The Convention was thor- 
oughly canvassed and orders for about 400 books were taken. 

When the matter was up for discussion before the Grand Chapter 
there seemed to be a disposition on the part of the delegates to request 
the committee to procure more songs, and acting upon the resolution 
which was then passed, an effort has been made during the past two 
months to procure additional contributions. Songs have been written 
to about fifty tunes, and contributors are requested to send further ma- 
terial to Brother Herbert C. Arms, Chairman of the Song Book Com- 
mittee, 5410 Washington Avenue, Chicago, before November 30. The 
book is promised for distribution at the opening of the new year, and it 
is hoped that all who are expecting to contribute will respond promptly. 


Iietteirs from Aetive Chapters. 



The opening of the new college term promises more for Columbian 
than has any in her history. Every department of the University shows 
a registration of students larger than that of any previous year, while a 
greater interest in athletics, especially among the students of the law 
and medical departments, is helping to bind the University together and 
to foster true college spirit. 

Our football team, on account of the lateness of our opening, has 
but just gotten on the field. A good schedule has been completed and 
we hope to have a very successful season. 

The summer has brought forth many changes for us; the old academy, 

having outlived its usefulness, has been abolished, and a new hospital 

for the medical school has been substituted ; the law course has been 

lengthened to three years, two new chairs have been established in the 

college, besides many changes have taken place in the faculty. One of 

these we all sincerely regret, since it takes from us our old friend, Dr. 

Montague, Dean of the College, who has accepted the Presidency of 
Furman University at Greenville, S. C. Everyone who has known Dr. 
Montague during any of the twenty-two years which he has been con- 
nected with Columbian will sympathize with us in our grief at losing 
such a true friend and eminent scholar. 

Epsilon begins the year with the following men : Brothers Clarke, 
'98; Cutter, '99; Everett, '99; and Coburn, '00; not very large as far as 
numbers go, to be sure, but most enthusiastic, for that very reason 
perhaps, to work for the good of our chapter and the White Cross. 
We have not initiated anyone this term, but have several fine fellows 
pledged, whom we hope to lead through the realms of Hades in the 
near future. We shall introduce them in our next letter. 

Three of our brothers of last year have matriculated at other colleges. 
Brother Biscoe is at Georgetown Medical School. Brother Lowry 
Farnham is at Gettysburg, and Brother Croissant is at Princeton. 

We have just received a visit from Brothers Brydon, Mitchell and 
Booker, all of Tau Chapter. Brothers Brydon and Mitchell are at the 
Fairfax County Theological Seminary, Virginia, while Brother Booker 
was stopping with them on his way North. We spent a very pleasant 
evening together, and can heartily congratulate Tau on turning out such 
fine fellows and loyal *'Sigs." Harry C. Coburn. 

Washington, D. C, Oct. 15, 1897. 



Theta began the collegiate year with eight active members, the fol- 
lowing having returned : Erdman, '98 ; Keith, '99 ; Lawyer and Dale, 
1900; Rosensteel, Loudon, O'Neal, and Leisenring, 1901. We lost by 
graduation Brothers Bikle and F. S. Leisenring, who are reading law in 
Gettysburg and Chambersburg, respectively. 

As yet we have no initiates to report, but our membership has been 
increased by the affiliation of Brother Farnham, of Epsilon, who has en- 
tered the class of 1900. We have three men pledged whom we soon ex- 
pect to introduce to the Fraternity. We are sure all of them will make 
ideal **Sigs." On Friday evening, September 10, Theta Chapter en- 
tertained at the lodge their fair friends among the Gettysburg maidens. 
It was a gala affair throughout, and from the time the first cab rolled up 
to the door of the hall until the last rolled away, <<all went merry as a 
marriage bell." Jolly tete-a-tetes, lovely music, the mazy waltz, and, to 
use a classical expression, good ^^grub^^ all conspired to make a perfect 
evening ; and when at last, all too soon, came the time to separate, you 
might have heard the enthusiastic ** Who, who, who, am If Pm a loyal 
Sigma Chi,'' echo from the heart of every lassie. From the way the 
"maid in the moon'' smiled on us one would have thought that she, too, 
had a soft place in her heart for Sigma Chi. Yes, it was a grand suc- 
cess, and an occasion long to be remembered in the history of Theta. 

It has become our duty to announce the defection of our esteemed 
brother, John B. McPherson, from the ranks of jolly bachelors. On 
September 8th, he abandoned his rights in the estate of single blessed- 
ness and was united in marriage to Miss Cornelia Wright, at Marble- 
head Neck, Mass. The bride is a daughter of Hon. Carroll D. Wright, 
United States Commissioner of Agriculture. It is a happy coincidence 
that in the September Cosmopolitan Brother McPherson appeared as a 
contributor. We are certain that every chapter will join with Theta in 
congratulating this loyal son of Sigma Chi, and in wishing his bride all 


This chapter has been honored by the election of Dr. P. M. Bikle, 

one of its charter members, as an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa. 

Brother Damuth has relinquished his work in Topeka, Kas., and 
has gone to Philadelphia to become assistant rector of St. Mark's, one 
of the largest Episcopal churches in that city. 

We report with much pleasure the visit of our noted brother, Robert 
Farnham, Epsilon, '64. His short stay was much enjoyed by all of 
the boys. Brother L. H. Clements, Theta, '76, of Salisbury, N. C, 
spent several weeks in Gettysburg during the summer. 


Theta is represented on the football team by Brothers Dale, cap- 
tain, and right half-back ; Lawyer, quarter-back, and Loudon, end. 

We acknowledge visits from the following : Brothers Rodgers, Kap- 
pa ; Pellman, Kappa ; Boak, Alpha Chi ; Loudon, Theta, '96, now of 
Phi Phi \ Heindel, ex- '96 ; Bizler, ex-*98 ; A. M. Bixler, ex-*99, and 
Leisenring, '97. 

With greetings to all sister chapters. Will G. Leisenring. 

Gettysburg, Pa., October 14, '97. 


Since our last letter we have initiated Simon P. Wolverton, Jr., of 
Sunburg, Pa. He is a son of Hon. Simon P. Wolverton, Sr., who is 
one of the trustees of this University. << Sim" is a good fellow and will 
prove a credit to the Fraternity as well as our chapter. We have also 
pledged three good men, and expect to have two more on our list soon. 
Those pledged are Samuel Clark, Glen Campbell, Pa. ; Amos P. Reid, 
Clarion, Pa., and Frank Ward, Ridgway, Pa., who is a promising can- 
didate for the 'varsity football team. 

Our football team has been playing exceptionally good ball this 
season. In two games with the University of Pennsylvania we were de- 
feated by the scores of 17-0 and 33-0. One game with the U. P. Re- 
serves was a tie, 6-6. We defeated Williamsport High School, 49-0. 
On Saturday, 23d inst., we played the strong Leigh team at Williams- 
port, defeating them by a score of 28-20. 

The date for the Pennsylvania State-Bucknell game has been fixed 
for the 13th of November at Williamsport. 

We have had visits from Brothers Baily, McGaigee, Boyle, Wentz, 
and De Silvei, all of Phi Phi, also Brothers Ryan and Hyatt, ex-Kappa. 
Brother Guie, who graduated last year, and is now studying law at his 
home in Catawissa, Pa., was over to see us the beginning of the year. 
Brother Vorhees Anderson also visited among old friends a few days. 
*'Andy" has many friends in Lewisburg, who always give him the 
**glad hand." 

A glee club is being organized under the directorship of Dr. Avira- 
guet. This is the first attempt Bucknell has ever made in this direc- 

We are sorry to report the death of Brother W. D. Himmelreich, of 
Lewisburg, one of our most enthusiastic alumni. He died very sud- 
denly in New York City last Friday, while there on business. Brother 
Himmelreich was engaged in the lumbering business, in which he 
accumulated a large fortune. He has always been very generous, having 


established a free library in this place, beside doing many other chari- 
table deeds. Further notice will appear in the obituary department of 
the next number of the Quarterly. 

After the University of Pennsylvania football game a reception and 
dance was given in the armory in their honor. All present expressed 
themselves as having a delightful time. 

With best wishes to all Sigma Chis, I remain, 

Lewisburg, Pa., October, 26, 1897. Bruce H. Trimmer. 


Nothing of importance has transpired since our last letter, with the 
exception of at last having our house furnished. 

We lost by graduation three brothers, namely, Shimer, who is at 
present resident physician at St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem, Pa.; 
Hughes, who holds the same position in the Mercy Hospital in Pitts- 
burg; and Mitchell, who is practicing medicine in Memphis, Tenn. Our 
chapter is enlarged by the affiliation of Brothers King, Alpha Epsilon; 
Geary, Omricron; and Nichols, Alpha Phi. 

Although we have held only one initiation, we have several fine men 
pledged. We wish to introduce to Sigma Chi, Brother P. D. Overfield, 
'99 College, who refused bids from five fraternities in order to become a 
"Sig." He is the center rush on our football team, and is considered 
by experts as the finest center in the country. 

Our football team has far exceeded expectations, and is considered 

one of the finest teams that Pennsylvania has ever turned out. Aside 

from Brother Overfield, Sigma Chi is also represented on the team by 

Brothers Boyle, left end. Dr. Silver, and your scribe substitutes for tackle 
and guard. 

We gave a Fraternity smoker recently, and it was such a success that 
we have decided to make it a monthly affair. 

Brother McAvoy reports a very enjoyable time at the Grand Chapter. 
At the next meeting we hope to be represented by the whole chapter. 
The Fraternity is certainly to be congratulated upon the selection of 
Brother Field, Omicron, '93, as Praetor of the First Province. A more 
enthusiastic '*Sig." than Brother Field could not have been found. 

Brother Boyle has for the third time being elected captain of the 
** 'Varsity " crew. 

Gettysburg, Dartmouth, University of Virginia and Pennsylvania 
State College have played here this year, and we were very glad to see 
Sigma Chi well represented on each team. 

"Sigs." will always find a welcome at our home, 3712 Walnut street, 
and we hope to see many in the future. We wish all sister chapters a 
prosperous year. Perry Wentz. 

Philadelphia, Pa., October 30, 1897. 



Of the fourteen members representing Alpha Rho last year all are 
back except two, whom we lost by graduation. The rushing season is 
at its height, and we hope before long to place the White Cross upon 
several promising men. 

The great interest which is taken in football at this season of the 
the year is not lacking at Lehigh, and our team at present is playing a 
very fast, snappy game. Although lacking in weight, we expect to 
make a good showing against the other colleges. Brother Homer, who 
so ably represented us on the team last year, is not able to play on ac- 
count of a broken ankle. 

At a recent election Brother Reed was chosen Athletic Representa- 
tive-at-Large for the University. Brother Reed was also center-fielder 
on the baseball team, and champion heavy-weight wrestler last year. 
As we had four men on the championship lacrosse team, it is evident 
that Alpha Rho stands in the front ranks in regard to athletics. But 
we stand high in other lines as well, having <<Sigs'' in important class 
offices, on the editorial board of one of the college papers, and on the 
college annual. The Banjo Club is already reorganized, and we hope, 
as in past years, that its good reputation will be sustained. Brother 
Edgar plays guitar in the club. 

We have been very much pleased with visits from some of our al- 
lumni recently. Early in the fall, Brother Cooke, '96, spent a few days 
with us, and later Brothers Macalla and Miller, '96, and Brother Sykes, 
'94, favored us in like manner. 

Alpha Rho sends best wishes to all the chapters for a prosperous 
year. Geo. A. Hornb. 

Bethlehem, Pa., October 17, 1897. 



Alpha Chi began the term with six active members, and has already 
added to its number the following brothers : Arthur L. Campbell, '01, 
Port Royal, Pa., brother of W. M. Campbell, Phi Phi, David L. 
Eynon, *oi, Philadelphia, and John Hunsicker, Jr., *oi, Lebanon, Pa. 
We feel elated over our success in securing these men from the hands 
of other **frats." 

College interest is now centered on our football team, which has a 
very hard schedule, including Lafayette, Princeton, University of Penn- 
sylvania, Cornell, and the Naval Academy of Annapolis, besides other 

smaller colleges. <<01d State" players are acting as coaches. The 
team is heavy, but fast, and altogether the students are very sanguine 


as to its prospects. Brother Diehl, at right end, is putting up his usual 
good game. 

The track team is in training and we expect to hold an inter-class 
meet during the present month. 

Dr. Lawrence M. Colfelt, Iota, '69, Preacher to the College, has ac- 
cepted a call from Cambridge, Mass. Since he has been here he has 
won the hearts of the boys, and his place will be hard to fill. We can 
say the same of Brother H. A. Lardner, Alpha Lambda, '93, who fills a 
responsible position with White, Crosby & Co., electrical contractors at 
Buffalo. Brother R. W. Thompson, '97, is one of Professor Lardner's 

Alumni members visiting us and aiding in our recent initiation were : 
Brothers Pond, Dunkle, F. Dale, Montgomery and Tetterolf. We have 
also been favored with visits from D. Dale and Loudon, Theta. 

We send greetings to our sister chapters, and wish them all possible 
success for the new college year. Roland Diller. 

State College, Pa., October i6, 1897. 



Washington and Lee began her session with a smaller number on 
her roll than usual, caused, in the most part, by the raising of the en- 
trance requirements. It is hoped, however, that what now seems a 
blow may eventually result in good for the institution. 

We returned five men, and have initiated three. Our initiates are 
as follows: John Kirkpatrick Graves, Lexington, Va., William D. 
Bonnie, Louisville, Ky., and John William Jones, Idaho. 

On September 15th the inauguration of Hon. William L. Wilson as 
president of the institution took place. Among the speakers of the occa- 
sion were Dr. Cameron of Princeton, Chancellor Kirkland of Vanderbilt, 
President Gilman of Johns Hopkins, and ex-Secretary Herbert. 

On Saturday, October i6th, we were entertained at the house of 
Brother C. A. Graves. The occasion was the birthday of his son, whom 
we have the honor of introducing in this letter. The house was prettily 
decorated in blue and gold. After an elegant supper the crowd went on 
a tally-ho ride. On leaving, our regret was that birthdays come too 

We have had a very pleasant visit from Brother Arthur Wilson, Epsi- 
Ion, '94, who has been visiting his father. 

Our football team has made a very creditable showing. Thus far. 


two games have been played with the following results : October Sth, 
Washington and Lee University vs. Columbia University, 12-2 ; October 
i6th, Washington Lee University vs. Alleghany Institute, 30-0. Broth- 
ers Snyder and Fitzhugh represent us on the gridiron. Brother Houston 
is editor of our weekly paper. Gordon Houston. 

Lexington, Va., Oct. 17, 1897. 


It is with the best wishes for a successful session during i897-'98 that 
Tau greets her sister chapters. The opening of Roanoke this fall was 
far beyond expectations and it is with a feeling of pride that we can say 
as much of old Tau. 

Thus far we have been making haste slowly, and cannot yet introduce 
to Sigma Chi any new brothers; but hope, in our next letter, to announce 
the initiation of several. 

At the present writing our chapter consists of seven men. Last 
June we lost Brothers Owens and Mitchell by graduation. Brother 
Logan, '97, is taking a post-graduate course, and is therefore still with 
us. Brothers Owens and Mitchell are pursuing their studies at the 
Theological Seminary at Alexandria, Va. Brother Meredith, after a 
years absence from college, is again with us and will remain one year to 
complete his course. 

It is with a feeling of regret that we announce the departure of 
Brother Boogher from among us. He will go to New York, and will 
there probably take up the study of law. Although we miss the genial 
presence and ardent support of our brother, we hope that wherever he 
is he may be as deservedly popular and beloved as at Roanoke. 

Our football team has been considerably delayed this season on ac- 
count of the lack of a coach. The team began practice this week, but 
we hope in a short time, with faithful training, to put up a good game 
on the gridiron. Sigma Chi is represented by Brother Eagle, and 
it is to be hoped that Brother Meredith can be induced to play. Our 
team last year was not as successful as we hoped it would be, because 
it was composed largely of new men, but from the present outlook, 
Roanoke's prospects on the football field look far brighter than ever 
before. John M. Hamilton. 

Salem, Va., Oct. 14, 1897. 


Another collegiate year has rolled around, and the old Arcades re- 
echo once more with the greetings of friends of former years. But the 
happiness is not unmixed with sorrow. The very presence of some 


brings to mind the absence, so deeply felt, of others, who have gone 
elsewhere to win their laurels and take their place in the world of men, 
for which they have been so well prepared by old University of Virginia. 
It is ever thus by the inevitable law of nature. All things change — old 
ties are broken and new friendships formed. As our eye runs over the 
returning old men, Psi counts nine of last year's chapter. Brothers 
Morrison, Trinkle, Lyman, Sperow, Moore, Martin, Schoolfield, Silli- 
man and Griffin. We regret the non-return of Brothers Watts, Holt, 
Penn, Porter and Royster. The chapter has, however, been strengthened 
by three transfers. Brothers Robertson and Sayer of Sigma Sigma, and 
Drewry of Gamma Gamma. 

As a result of our labors so far, we have succeeded in taking from 
the ranks of the <' barbarians " and from the solicitous care of other 
Greeks, three new men, whom we feel confident will wear with honor 
and true manhood the White Cross of Sigma Chi. It gives us great 
pleasure in presenting to the Fraternity, P. P. Steptoe, of Culpepper, 
Va., R. T. Anderson, of Greenville, Ohio, and G. W. Frazer, of Nash- 
ville, Tenn. They are all men of true worth, and are known for their 
gentlemanly bearing and courtesy. We were much pleased to have with 
us at the initiation Brother Stuart, of Sigma Sigma, and Brother King, 
of Alpha Phi. Brother King may decide to remain with us and take 
the medical course. The initiation and banquet afterwards was much 
enjoyed by all, and a night of <* rollicking, rousing good cheer" was 
brought to an end in the early morning hours, with the yell re-echoing 
back from the surrounding mountains. 

Psi is well represented in every department of college life and the 
wearers of the White Cross are prominent in literary, social, and ath- 
letic affairs. Brother Morrison is captain and full-back on the football 
team, in which Brother Martin also plays. Brothers Lyman and Grffin 
are substitutes in the team. Brothers Martin and Steptoe played on last 
year's baseball team, and Brother Trinkle is managing editor of Topics^ 
a paper published mainly in the interest of athletics. 

The University has recovered splendidly from the disastrous fire, and 
the new buildings and improvements are nearly completed. Additions 
have been made in every department, and the historic old University bids 
fair to continue in its glorious path for the furtherance of education and 
the enlightenment of mankind. 

Our football team is doing splendid work. Franklin and Marshall 
was defeated by the score of 38-0, and St. Albans fell beneath our 
banner by a score of 14-0. The game with University of Pennsylva- 
nia resulted in defeat to the Orange and Blue. Games have been ar- 


ranged with all the leading colleges in this vicinity, and Virginia will 
undoubtedly, at the end of the season, still retain her proud position as 
<< Champion of the South.'' Psi sends warmest greetings to her sister 
chapters. P. H. Drewry. 

Charlotte ville, Va., Oct. 19, 1897. 


Prospects for the chapter at Randolph-Macon were decidedly gloomy 
at the opening of the present session. Only one man, Southall, re- 
turned to fight it out with the other fraternities. The latter all returned 
large numbers, and started out with Hying colors. Only Sigma Chi 
pluck, and the untarnished reputation of the Fraternity and the chapter 
brought victory out of defeat, and put the chapter on the most substan- 
tial footing it has enjoyed for two years. Thanks to the devotion of our 
Lynchburg alumni, and the good taste of the men themselves, two fel- 
lows from that town consented to join the ranks. With one man from 
the far West and still another from our own Virginia, the chapter stands 
five strong today. We leave it to the judgment of our other chapters 
if five from one isn't pretty much of a rise. We take great pleasure in 
introducing to the Fraternity Henry Lyman Johnson and James D. 
Adams of Lynchburg, Jesse N. McClees, of Wichita Kas., and Joseph 
Hugh Neville, of Portsmouth, Va. These, with Ashton Conway South- 
all, compose the chapter. Gamma Gamma celebrated her good for- 
tune in her usual style on Saturday night, October 9th. There was an 
unusually large number of visitors, and the trembling candidates had a 
time which they will not soon forget. The chapter's suite of rooms 
were gaily decorated, and after the more serious exercises were con- 
cluded the visitors were entertained at a superb spread. After the dis- 
cussion of a menu which was the epitome of good taste, a jolly good 
time was the order of the evening, and the festivities were not con- 
cluded until the sleeping << sisters*' of the chapter had been rudely 
aroused from slumber by a most sonorous chapter yell, just to remind 
them of the white roses and the ribbons which they were to wear on the 
morrow. This latter is a pretty and time-honored custom of Gamma 
Gamma's, whose new men are always hailed by white blossoms and gay 

Besides the candidates, there were present at the ceremony : Lee 
Trinkle, Henry Schoolfield, and P. H. Drewry, all of Psi Chapter, Uni- 
versity of Virginia, William Scott Daune, Gamma Gamma, '95, W. 
Wallace Bennett, Gamma Gamma, '90, and A. H. Licklider, Gamma 
Gamma, '97. 


The ^'rushing " season has been unusually exciting this year. Our 
own men were steadily rushed up to the very day of the initiation. Fra- 
ternity life promises to be very pleasant during the session. Several 
of the chapters are rather large, especially considering the very 
scant supply of real fraternity material which the freshman class of 
the session afforded. We frankly admit, and do not offer this as in any 
way an apology, that the chapter here is only small on account of its 
conservatism. Even other chapters here are willing to admit that this 
is true. 

The active life of the College has already begun in earnest. The 
classes have started out with the usual vigor, and there are decided im- 
provements in equipment everywhere. A very noticeable one is the 
complete renovation of the chapel, which, with its new and beautiful 
decorations, memorial windows and marbles, will be an artistic gem. 

The football team for the year is rapidly getting into form. The 
Athletic Association organized at the outset of the session is actively 
at work. The eleven has been in steady training under Carr, of Rich- 
mond, and the outlook is good for a successful season on the grid-iron. 
The second eleven give the first excellent practice, and the two put up 
some really good games. With greetings to all chapters. 

Ashland, Va., October 10, 1897. A. H. Licklider. 


Sigma Sigma began the Fall Term with four men. Since the opening 
of college we have added to our number John Wilson Somerville, of 
Rapidan, Va., whom we take pleasure in introducing to Sigma Chi. He 
is a fine fellow and was rushed by nearly all the other <<frats." 

We were very much disappointed in the poor fraternity material 
among the new students, and stuck fast to the motto, ''Quality before 
Quantity," feeling that by so doing we would always retain the high 
standard of our chapter. Though our roll consists of only five names 
at present, the true fraternity spirit lies in our breasts and we intend to 
continue to hold our chapter up to its usual place among the best and 
foremost in college. We believe in being very careful in the selection 
of new men, and hence the small number of men in the chapter. 

We enjoyed the visit of Brother Ferguson, formerly of this chapter, 
but now of Alpha Theta, very much, and wish we could have kept him 
during the whole session. Brother Bennett, Gamma Gamma, also paid 
us a flying visit recently. Our football team this fall is one of the best 
we have had in some years, and before Thanksgiving rolls around we 
hope to have a number of victories credited to our college. Sigma Chi's 


only representative on the team is Stuart, at quarter, who is also cap- 

We are sorry not to have Brother Southall and Mason with us this 
year. Their presence added much to our enjoyment last year, and their 
genial company will be missed very much, and especially at the Frater- 
nity meetings. Sigma Sigma sends best wishes to the other chapters, 
wishing them a most successful and prosperous year. 

Hampden-Sidney, Va., October 13, 1897. D. T. Stuart. 


The present session finds Alpha Tau with a force of nine men thus 
far, four new and five old. Brothers Kirby, '96; Edgerton, '97, and 
Hall, '98, failed to return, but while sorrowing that such should be our 
lot, we rejoic'e to introduce to the Fraternity Brothers Claude H. Weir, 
Medicine, John M. Hayes, Medicine, W. S. Vaught, 1900, and R. A. 
McEchearn, 1900. 

The goat has not yet exhausted his pristine vigor, and so he may be 
heard from later. We have every prospect of a prosperous year ahead 
of us, although our ranks are necessarily thinned by the fraternity regu- 
lations which prevail here. 

Two hundred and ten new students have registered to date. Two 
new departments, Pharmacy and Minerology, have also been added to 
the college courses. 

Our doors were opened last year to women, but thus far only five 
have registered. Nominally only the post graduate courses are open to 
them, but our Southern hospitality interpreted the spirit rather than the 
letter of the law and they are free to enter nearly every department. 

Hoping to hear from our sister chapters, one and all, we beg them 
to accept the best wishes of Alpha Tau. Charles E. J. Jones. 

Chapel Hill, N. C, October 4, 1897. 



With a new man at the pen we feel that we have a perfect right to 
expect the indulgence of the faithful editor and our sister chapters. 
The new year just opening before Alpha chapter at Old Miami, is but 
another gorgeous banner to be brilliantly tinged with signal successes 
in every department of her work, both in fraternity and college life. 

At the very beginning of the season, which at our school is synony- 
mous with the beginning of the biggest fight of the year, we had 


tkt'^^Ti old men back, together with some of our alumni, every man hot 
on the track of the poor freshman who might bear the unmistakable 
sign of a true gentleman, and one worthy of the ** sacred emblem" — and 
they were not upon the trail in vain. We succeeded in pledging just 
the men we wanted, and, at the same time, some of the best. 

McClintock and Thackwell, 1900, Campbell, Lang, Hayner and How- 
ard, 1901, are the trophies of our successful campaign. Of this number, 
Campbell and Thackwell have been initiated. We can well afford to be 

In college politics and athletics the **Sigs'* are very active. They are 
well represented on the college paper, in the local Oratorical Associa- 
tion, and in the literary societies. Brother Garrett, '97, is captain of 
the football team, and we have four other men on the team. We also 
have the baseball manager for next season. At the last convention of 
the Ohio State Oratorical Association, we captured the Presidency, and 
Brother Watt won the contest of the evening before. 

The fact that "we lead, others follow," is peculiarly demonstrated, 
and forcibly impressed upon our mind, by seeing the 'varsity band com- 
ing down street headed by no one but **Sigs," and you will find them 
scattered along all the way back to the drums. We have rather more 
musical talent than any fraternity in college. 

In social life the "Sig" seems to be very much alive to the situation, 
which in our school has been compared to a mule placed between two 
haystacks. We have a female college on either side of us, and were 
you to visit either these ** fairy lands," and note the windows from 
which the old <*Gold and Blue'' so majestically floats and the <<shirt 
waists *' upon which the White Cross glitters, you could not but con- 
clude that the "Sig" of Alpha was a man of great social distinction. 

We hope our zeal will not be taken as a boast, for that would be a 
serious mistake, although we have an undisputable right to do so. We 
have attempted to faithfully and modestly portray the flourishing condi- 
tion of our chapter. Alpha sends her best wishes to all her sister 
chapters. G. W. Sullenberger. 

Oxford, Ohio, Oct. 18, 1897. 


Greeting ! Gamma salutes the galaxy of true brothers and tenders 
them a greeting. Our corkscrews of intellect are again pushing their 
way into the walls of erudition. We have just given a farewell look to 
the enchanting environs of a summer vacation. The summer girl, the 
times of romance, are left to the garden of enjoyment, and glimmer after 


us only as a picture of memory. We are cheered and reanimated by 
the buoyancy and ardor of our expectations; our prospects this 3'ear are 
big with promise. 

When we convened at the opening of school, we were gratified to see 
within our circle a goodly number of old members. We begin to strug- 
gle with the dark angel of futurity with a zeal that knows no surrender. 
We clasp the hand of Brother Linebaugh and bid him welcome. His 
presence fills us with inspiration, for he has done much in the past to 
make the White Cross illume with praise. Brother Frank Bennett, 
of Omega, and Brother Yost, of Mu Mu, have been ushered into our 
affiliation, and have found a home within our walls. We pour out our 
unmeasured thanks to our sister chapter for these brothers. They be- 
speak the characteristics of royal <'Sigs,'' and we cannot speak too com- 
mendably of them. Brother Bennett carries with him a society air, and 
in the garden of the "fair" he demonstrates much aptitude in taking 
care of a plant. Brother Yost is coach of our 'varsity eleven. Along 
this line he has proven himself to be a football genius of large caliber 
and versatility. There seems to be a marked improvement among the 
team along the road to scientific football. Her progress is unmeasur- 
able. Her showing against the University of Michigan not only demon- 
strates the effectiveness of well-trained men but the efficiency of a well- 
versed coach, and although the score was 0-0, yet it was a virtual tri- 
umph. Brother Yost must be recognized as the most efficient coach 
that has ever had our team under supervision. There are many con- 
jectures as to what the season's outcome will be, but we are sure, that 
if it is commensurate to our coach's knowledge of the game, nothing 
but the most flattering results will attend them. 

Ohio Wesleyan University finds her enrollment somewhat smaller 
than last year. The completion of her new library building is near at 
hand and it is a thing of beauty. The interior charms the beholder. 
The walls are frescoed in gold and azure, the balustrade of brass around 
the ellipse of the second fioor glitters with an array of ornamentation, 
and the portraits of the celebrities in the sky-light are symbolical of the 
highest attainment. It certainly is an inviting edifice, where strangers 
in the path of knowledge may find a welcome. 

The Gamma boys are holding their own in college politics. Brother 
Domigan is manager of the << eleven," and Brother Koepple stands be- 
hind the line ready to push the pigskin through. 

We congratulate ourselves upon our new pledged men, Messrs. 
Manley and Hoffman. They have the true steel in them, and in the 
future we look to them to perpetuate the glory of the White Cross. 


Brother Crawford and Brother Allen gave us a visit, and to say we 


were pleased to see them is not adulation. Brother Crawford often sees 
fit to come to our city, but when we consider the attraction, his inten- 
tions seem to be "fair." Brother Allen while with us gave us a fine 
speech, and the nucleus of his remarks was '* that we must consider well 
the men we desire to become members, as our future success is depend- 
ent upon them. '' 

Gamma did nobly last year, and although her success is outlined 
dimly for this year, yet the spirit of being the first predominates each 
member. If any wandering brother happens into our midst let him 
knock at our door and he will receive a hearty welcome. We send our 
best wishes to all, and unite in, '' Long live Sigma Chi !" 

Delaware, Ohio, Oct. 15, 1897. D. H. Levas. 


Denison begins the school year under very favorable circumstances. 
There is a decided increase in attendance over last year, and several 
Dew departments have been added to the University. 

The '<Sigs" returned early and proceeded to get things in shape for a 
good year's work. Brother C. A. Wiltsee, '97, came back with the boys, 
and gave an enthusiastic account of the Convention, and the same was 
enjoyed greatly. Brother George Austine is the only member of last 
year's chapter not to return. He has entered the Cleveland Medical 
College for the coming year. His gentlemanly manners and true Sigma 
Chi spirit will be greatly missed in our circle, but the best wishes of Mu 
go with him in his new work. 

Although the year is young, we have succeeded in obtaining a few 
honors. Seven of our number hold offices in the military company, 
ranking as high as Captain. Brother Massie is manager of the football 
team, and hopes to make a good showing on the gridiron this season. 
We have pledged Frank Lewis, of Toledo, Ohio, and have initiated John 
Harmon, of Warren, Ohio, and Percy L. Wiltsee, of Cincinnati. All 
are good men, with the true stuff, and we take great pleasure in intro- 
ducing them to the Sigma Chi world. We now have twelve active 
members and the prospects for a good year are very promising. 

Granville, Ohio, Oct. 16, 1897. H. W. Amos. 


Kentucky State College opened this year with a very encouraging 
outlook, and with a number of good men out of their element by being 
among the '*barbs." 


Thus far we have initiated only one man, and we take pleasure in in- 
troducing to the Fraternity Charles Blessing, 1900, of Carrollton, Ky. 
We have several other fine fellows pledged whom we hope to introduce 
later on. We lost a number of good men by graduation last spring, 
but we have an enthusiastic crowd left, and hope to do good ifork 
this year. 

We were favored with a visit from Brothers Lyle, Lambda Lambda, 
'96, and Labouisse, of Alpha Omicron, at our last initiation, and are 
always glad to see any brother who may come to the ''blue grass" 

Our football team is very good this year, and is improving daily under 
Coach Eton of the University of Cincinnati. Lambda Lambda sends 
her greeting to all sister chapters, and wishes them a happy and success- 
ful year. J. Madison Graves. 

Lexington, Ky., Oct. 14, 1897. 


Cincinnati, O., Oct. 18, 1897. 
Newman Miller^ Esq. , The ilmversity of Chicago : 

My Dear Brother — Please excuse the delay of the report of the 
Associate Editor because the chapter has none at present. The letter 
mailed by you recently fell into the hands of the Philistines and was found 
only last Saturday, and then had been opened "by mistake" by others. 
The **dark waters dampened the feet of Zeta Psi*' this fall, but the 
alumni brought forth the towel and she is now on a fair road to recovery. 

The University opened the new year with not a Sigma Chi in the 
school. However, Brother F. Sanford Brown was equal to the emergency. 
He saw that our charter was in danger of becoming defunct, so he 
promptly registered for a post-graduate course. By the hardest kind 
of work Brother Brown, assisted by other alumni, pledged six men and 
initiated them in glorious style at the Bradford Shinkle Farm — a delight- 
ful place way back in the Kentucky highlands. 

The new men are the best in the freshman class, and were rushed 
hard by other fraternities. They are, Otis M. Stock, of Linwood, Ohio, 
James L. Richardson, Glendale, Ohio, Louis B. Blakemore and Ernest 
Diehl, Avondale, Ohio, Charles Kinsey, Wyoming, Ohio, and Grear H. 
Baker of Cincinnati. They are all members of the freshman class, and 

*N. B. — The following letter was not written by Brother Harper for publication, bnt 
we take the liberty of printinfi^ the same, in the hope that it will be an item of interest to 
many, and as an example of what a body of loyal alumni may do for the Fraternity in a 
time of emergency. — Editor. 


as fine young brethren as ever graced the halls of Sigma Chi. Brother 

Stock has been elected President of the freshman class. 

We have never had a harder fight on our hands in Cincinnati, and 

were never more victorious. It is hard for the General Fraternity to 

understand what we have done during the past month, and I know it 
will be a long time before Zeta Psi is in such a precarious condition 

again. The thanks are due to the Cincinnati alumni for their loyalty 
and energy for the Sigma Chi Fraternity this fall. The new chapter 
is bringing pressure to bear on three more desirable men, with excel- 
lent prospects for capturing them. Zeta Psi will be small this year, 
but the foundations are solid and the future very bright. 

The Cincinnati Alumni Association moved into new rooms in the 
Pike Building last month and are at home to all Sigma Chis. 

Fraternally, George D. Harper. 


Another vacation is gone, and these autumn days again find us in 
our old places at college, tormenting the sad shades of long-departed 
worthies by unholy translations, and vexing dignified professors by pre- 
sentations on abstruse subjects that would bafHe the combined wisdom 
of the East. 

Never in its history has the West Virginia University opened under 
more auspicious conditions, or with brighter prospects for the future. 
The enrollment has already reached 470, while circumstances indicate 
a certain 600 before the year is over. 

The Board of Regents have given much zealous work to the institu- 
tion this year, and with the co-operation of the faculty a great trans- 
formation has been wrought. Departments of Elocution, Art and Music 
have been added and competent instructors provided. 

The University will be open throughout the year, only a week's vaca- 
tion will be given between each of the four terms, which will consist of 
twelve weeks. The Faculty has been strengthened by nine competent 
men, and the number increased over last year by seven. 

Jerome Hall Raymond, Ph. D., was chosen President in August and 
duly inaugurated October 13 and 14. A very elaborate program was 
rendered, and listened to by a large and appreciative audience. Among 
the prominent features were addresses by Presidents Harper and An- 
drews, of Chicago and Brown Universities, respectively. 

Sigma Chi begins the year full of the old spirit and enthusiasm. We 
have fourteen active members, all good strong workers. In whatever 
sphere they may be found they are at the front. Brother A. P. Romine is 


manager of the football team, while Brother Henry White is captain. 
In addition, the Fraternity is represented by Brothers Krebsand Yeager, 
who are among the best players who have ever attended the University. 

Brothers Ice and H olden, who won the debate and oration in the 
inter-society contest last year, are both in school, hard at work, that the 
future may not find them without "lamps trimmed and burning.'' 

All our graduates of last year are successfully at work except Brother 
Ice, who returned to his Alma Mater to study law. 

Brother John G. Knutti has been elected a member of the faculty in 
the Fairmont State Normal, Fairmont, West Virginia. 

Brother Yost is coaching, with marked success, the football team 
of the Ohio Wesleyan University. 

Brother Swisher, the remaining member, has invoked the aid and 
blessings of old Father Herodotus, and is preparing a history of his 
native county, Hampshire. 

Brother Cutright, class '95, is taking post-graduate work in econom- 
ics at Columbia University, New York City. 

Mu Mu has not taken in any new members as yet, but has an eye on 
some of the best men, and when she finds one worthy of her steel he will 
be honored with the Cross. 

With best wishes to sister chapters for success and victory in all 
undertakings of the year. A. Lee Post. 

Morgantown, W. Va., Oct. 20, 1897. 


The beginning of the collegiate year finds us with six of the old men 
and Brother Eddie Allen, Gamma, who is with us in the Law Depart- 
ment. Considering the number of men, we have been able to pledge 
five fellows, all of whom we will introduce in our next letter. 

We have also moved from the old hall in the Hosier Block to the 
second floor of the Naughton Building, at I22j^ South High street, 
where we will be glad to meet any and all **Sigs," especially on 
Saturday evenings. 

There is an effort on foot to organize an Alumni Association here, 
and if we succeed this will be one of the strongest centres of Sigma Chi 
in Ohio. 

Our football team this year is seriously handicapped on account of 
faculty regulations. Alpha Gamma will, however, be represented by 
two men. Brother Jones, in center and Benedict, who is a pledged man, 
will play right half. 

We wish to extend greetings to our sister chapters, and should any 
Sigma Chi happen in Columbus we would feel very much disappointed 
if he does not make himself known. Will C. Dakin. 

Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 14, 1897. 




The University has opened with more students than ever before, and 
the outlook for a good year is very bright. The football team has done 
good work, having played three games, winning two and tieing the third. 
Brother Cooper plays a good game at left half. The Glee and Mandolin 
Club has five "Sigs" in its personnel. Brother Mitchell being violin vir- 
tuoso. The club will tour through the northern part of the state during 
the holidays. The editors of the college papers and annual have been 
announced. Sigma Chi will be represented by Brothers Smith, Wilt- 
son and Bradley on the Student^ and by Brother Bordner on the Arbutus. 

Although we lost ten brothers last spring by graduation, our roll 
now shows sixteen good fellows. Brothers Bordner, Moore, Kline, 
Smith and Nicholson have returned after being out some time. Broth- 
ers Smith and Nicholson have been at Harvard one and two years 
respectively. Brother Cooper, of Rho, has entered the University and 
is now "one of the boys." 

We held an initiation October 2d, and as a result, two more loyal 
"Sigs** wear the White Cross. Let me introduce them— Brother Edwin 
C. Hill, of Aurora, Ind., and Brother Everard N. Wetzel, of Indianap- 

We have enjoyed visits from several alumni, and will at all times wel- 
come visiting brothers to our "mugs, pipes and songs." 

With greetings to all sister chapters. M. C. Bradley. 

Bloomington, Ind., October 15, 1897. 


De Pauw University opened September 22nd, with about the usual 
attendance, and the quality of the work exacted from the students will 
be of the same high standard as heretofore. 

Xi Chapter entered the hard ''spike" with eleven old men back. Of 
course our efforts were crowned with the utmost success, and five new 
men have been initiated as the result into the mysteries of Sigma Chi» 
namely, Paul McFadden, Bainbridge, Ind., Geo. F. Fisher, Anderson, 
Ind., Chas. Hamrick, Belville, Horace Hanna, Plainfield, Ind., and 
Harry Messer, Charleston, 111. 

These are all bright men and will undoubtedly bring additional honor 
to our Fraternity. 

After a spirited but orderly struggle with the faculty, athletics in 


general, and football in particular, were put upon a sure footing. De 
Pauw has a good team and will surely win new laurels this season. 

Xi Chapter is well represented in this field, having five men upon 
the team, Brothers Williamson, Haines, Fisher, Thomas and Messer. 

In the other departments of student enterprise she is also represented. 
The position of general news editor of the De Pauw Palladium (the col- 
lege weekly) is held by Brother Beem, while Brother A. J. Hamrick is 
the publisher. 

Brother Lane holds the position of literary editor of the Mirage, the 
annual published by the junior class. 

The social season at De Pauw has hardly begun. The sororities 
have been giving bicycle parties, tally-ho rides, hay-rides, etc., during 
the course of the '*spike." Xi chapter has given a number of "jimmies" 
or informal parties to the usual number of the fairer sex. 

We regret very much that Brothers Cole, Studebaker, and the Castle- 
man twins cannot be with us this winter, but hope to see them back 
next year. 

Brother David Cole, formerly of Rho, is here in college, and of 
course, affiliates with us. Henry H. Lane. 

Greencastle, Ind., October 15, 1897. 


This year has opened with brighter prospects for Rho than ever 
before. Although we lose Brothers Cooper and Cole, what has been our 
loss has been our sister chapter's gain. We start with four active mem- 
bers, and two < 'pledges*' which is just double the number with which we 
commenced last season. The tide of prosperity has reached us, and 
everything indicates a successful year. 

Our record of never having lost a <<spike" is still unbroken, and the 
men we wanted are ours. 

Erie Showers, of Indianapolis, special, Ovid Butler, '02, son of the 
President of the college, and Hunter Rickey,* '03, son of one of Irving- 
ton's prominent citizens, are the new men we have deemed worthy to 
pledge. Brother Showers was initiated on the night of the i6th instant, 
a number of alumni from the city being present. 

The men who returned are Brother Walton, ex-* 98, Brother Towles, 
'99, Brother Dyson, special, and Brother Powell is expected to return 
later. Besides these, Walter Butler and Alvin Frazier are the two 
pledged men who are still with us. This makes a total of ten men who 
wear the Blue and Gold at Butler. 

Some plans have been made in regard to the building of a lodge, but 


a.^ yet they have not matured, although over a thousand dollars has 
been raised for that purpose. We are greatly in debt to the alumni of 
Rho who are agitators in the matter. 

Brother Towles, our delegate to the Grand Chapter, and myself join 
in extending congratulations to the Nashville Sigs, and especially the 
local chapter, for the excellent success they had in making every one 
have a royal good time. 

Trusting all our sister chapters have had successful openings for the 
new year, I remain yours sincerely, Joseph Irwin Sweeney. 

Irvington, Ind., October 21, 1897. 


Chi wishes to state to her sisters that her letter did not appear in 
the last Quarterly, owing to a misunderstanding between two of the 

Last commencement, Chi was unusually fortunate in carrying off 
honors, and we ended the year with the swellest banquet ever known 
in the history of the college, at which time we had with us many 
honored alumni ** Sigs." We also wish to introduce to the Fraternity, 
Brothers Melville H. Keil, Lewis C. Needham, and John Borden. 

We will not continue with what took place last year, but will gladly 
tell what has happened to Chi since College opened. There was an un- 
usually large increase in the number of students this year, and after care- 
ful consideration Chi extended the invitation to seven of the new students 
to wear the Blue and Gold. 

Our first initiate was Brother Frederick Crane Ailing, the youngest 
brother of that famous family of "Sigs" of whom Chi is duly proud. 
We also take pleasure in introducing Brother Thomas B. MacGregor, 
son of Brother John MacGregor, Lambda, '75. We also have pledged 
Raymond Miller Keil, Hanover, Ind., John Holmes Graham, Madison, 
Ind., Spencer Norton, Bedford, Ind., George Clarence Hickman, Fort 
Wayne, Ind., James Markley Wright, N. Madison, Ind., and Chauncey 
Depew Lewis, Madison, Ind. We were watched with envious eyes as 
we plucked, one by one, these typical ** Sigs," and pinned on their breast 
the Blue and Gold. 

We are represented on the athletic field by Brothers Schley, Need- 
ham, and Borden. Chi has taken special pains in entertaining the 
new brothers, and is contemplating a banquet in their honor. We are 
making preparations for the Provincial Convention to be held here in the 
spring, and we promise a rousing good time to any and all who will 
accept our invitation to come. 


We regret very much the non-appearance of Brother Applewhite, 
who did not enroll the first of the year, but he has promised to return 

With our loyal sixteen, including pledged members, we are the hap- 
piest and most congenial crowd of fellows in southern Indiana, enjoying 
the benefits of our roomy and well-furnished chapter house. 

Chi closes with love and best wishes for success to the Sigma Chi 
world. John Borden. 

Hanover, Ind., October 15, 1897. 


We opened the session this year with twelve of the most enthusiastic 
"Sigs" that ever wore the Blue and Gold, viz. : Bryan, Oilman, Fernald, 
Valentine, Earheart, Tozzer, McGaffy, Schliechur, Fiynn, Bond, Rum- 
ley and Rickly. 

Although the entering class is larger than usual this year there is a 
scarcity of material. We have, however, pledged the prize man of the 
class, William Atkins, '01, Indianapolis. As a matter of fact our pros- 
pects are very bright and we look forward to a year of prosperity. Our 
idea is to get good, substantial men, and in this way keep the chapter on 
a firm basis. 

On the evening of October 9th we held a very pleasant smoker in our 
hall where cider and cigars were served, and stories told by both young 
and old Sigma Chis. 

Purdue's football team this year is composed largely of new material, 
and the problem of its ultimate success is more largely a matter of spec- 
ulation than has been the case for years. Brother Bond is showing up 
splendidly at left tackle and will probably hold the place for the season. 
The first game of the schedule was with the State Normal of Illinois, 
and resulted in a victory for us by a score of 28-0, while the second 
game furnished a complete surprise for us. Oberlin defeated us by a 
score of 22-6. Since then the team has been strengthened by the 
return of several old men, and we look forward to more success under the 
coaching of Church, Princeton's star tackle. 

We were glad to have had a visit from Brother Guy Cramer, Delta 
Chi, who was on his way to join the Shore Acres company. 

Delta Delta sends her warmest greetings, and best wishes to her 
sister chapters. Roy C. Rickly. 

La Fayette, Ind., October 16, 1897. 



The smoke of battle has lifted ; the bleatings of "Sir William " have 
died away in the distance ; the groans of the victims have ceased ; in 
short, all is over, and we are now able to count up our captures. We 


have "spiked" and initiated eight new men. Their names are as fol- 
lows: Steven C. Rawlins, Wallace W. Cumnock, Floyd M. Condit, Albert 
W. Leonard, Clarence A. McCarthy, Wm. L. Eaton, Paul W. Cleve- 
land, and Lucian £. Smith. Each one is a fine fellow and every inch a 
"Sig." By the initiation of these new men our active membership for 
this year is swelled to eighteen, so we are more than happy. 

But we have still another thing over which to rejoice. Our chapter- 
house has been entirely renovated during the summer. Hardwood floors, 
the gift of Brother Butterfield, have been laid, the walls have been newly 
papered, and the ceiling beautifully frescoed. We expect to break in 
the new floors before long when we give our annual Hallowe'en party. 

Omega is well represented in college affairs. Brother Sloan plays 
fullback upon the football team. Brother Van Doozer is coach. 
Brothers McGrew and Barnard are on the Banjo Club, and Brother 
Pickrell is Manager of the combined musical clubs. 

Omega has made a good beginning this year, and in closing hopes 
that her sister chapters have done as well. 

Evanston, 111., Oct. 15, 1897. Carleton H. Pendleton. 


** We are back for work,'* was the answer given by our boys during 
the last week of September to every one who asked why they had re- 
turned so early. College opened on October first, but a week before 
our chapter had held its first meeting of two-thirds its active members 
present. Ten men, all anxious to "get at'* the freshmen, answered to 
the roll-call. The fact that one '00 man and eight '01 men have been 
pledged shows that the boys worked hard. The amount of fraternity 
material was large this year, the names of at least thirty men having 
been suggested. Those who are pledged are ail good men and have 
won many honors and friends in their respective high schools. In our 
next letter we hope to introduce them as full fledged <<Sigs'* and worthy 
wearers of the White Cross. 

Fifteen of our last year's chapter are back and pleasantly located at 
611 Church street, within a block of the campus. We have fourteen 
men in the house and still have room to spare for any stray '< Sigs " who 
may chance to visit Ann Arbor. 

Since college opened we have enjoyed visits from many loyal **Sigs.*» 
Brother Tallman of Alpha Lambda was with us for a few days. Louis 
Stoneman, Theta Theta, '94, and James H. Bartley, Alpha Pi, '92, also 
called to see us on their way through Ann Arbor. Brothers Sollars, 
Koeppel and Devoe were here with the Ohio Wesleyan football team, 


which was managed by Brother Domigan and coached by Brother Yost. 
When Ohio State University met Michigan we had the pleasure of meet- 
ing Brother Jones and Mr. Benedict, a pledged man of Alpha Gamma. 
We were sorry they could not stay to the initiation which took place in 
the evening. We expect to meet many more '*Sigs*' after the games 
which are still to be played. 

Athletics are hardly under way yet, but we expect to have a strong 
team, as several new men have entered. Brother Richardson is trying 
for end. On October 8th the annual football mass meeting was held. 
Speeches were made by some of the professors and men on the team. 
There was music by the University band — a new organization last year 
— and singing by the Glee Club. Then subscriptions were called for to 
pay the $1,400 debt against the Athletic Association. It was an enthu- 
siastic meeting, and the amount necessary was raised. The meeting 
adjourned and then followed the Sophomore-Freshman hat rush. As 
usual, the freshmen got the better of the sophomores. 

We have men who are out to capture many of the honors of the com- 
ing year, but it is too early to say what success they will have. But 
what we can say is, that our boys are back for work. They are enthu- 
siastic and ambitious. Our prospects are bright; every one is satisfied, 
and the determination pervades all to make the coming year a telling 
one for Sigma Chi in the University of Michigan. 

Theta Theta heartily indorses the action of the Twenty-third Grand 
Chapter, and believes Sigma Chi should be complimented, and Alpha 
Psi extended a vote of thanks for the way in which the whole affair was 
managed. Especially does Theta Theta wish to thank the General 
Fraternity for the generous encouragement which has been promised us 
in the building of a chapter house. We have an association formed, 
with headquarters at Detroit, which, in connection with the active chap- 
ter, is corresponding with our alumni and hopes to have Theta Theta 
housed in a building of her own before long. 

With a bright outlook before her, Theta Theta sends greeting to her 
sister chapters. Charles F. Delbridge, Tribune. 

Ann Arbor, Mich., Oct. 15, 1897. 


Kappa Kappa appeared on the campus early and as a result three 
good men have been arrayed before the ram, Edward C. VanDuzer, 
Rockford, 111., Edward Buchanan, Paris, 111., and Roy Davidson, 
Champaign, whom we present with pride. Brother Granger of Theta 
Theta, and Rundle of Chi, are with us this year. Brother Owens, also, 
has returned. 


With these welcome additions we now number eighteen active mem, 
and will have several more when we write again. Of last year's chap- 
ter, Stone, Keene, St. John and Robinson failed to return and Nye, 
Beadle, Kiler and Porter were graduated. Brothers Porter and Beadle 
are not yet lost to us as they are now pursuing graduate work. 

We listen with envy to Brothers Heath and Marshutz as they recite 
their tales about the Convention, and never intend to miss another. 

In a few months we expect to be quartered in our new rooms, fitted 
especially for our purpose, in a new building shortly to be erected. 

Brother Porter leads the Mandolin Club, and on the football team 
we are represented by Brother Beadles. Our prospects on the gridiron 
are bright, the heavy team of the College of Physicians and Surgeons 
having already been taken into camp, with Purdue, Chicago, and the 
Carlisle Indians still to meet. 

The University is making rapid progress. Many additions have been 
made to the equipment, and two new buildings added, a mechanical and 
electrical laboratory, and a central power plant. The new law school 
has just opened with fifty students. A chapter of Phi Gamma Delta 
lately appeared in the University, starting with men who promise well. 

Greetings, etc. Fred. H. Wilson. 

Champaign, 111., Oct. 15, 1897. 


The school year has opened with fine prospects for Sigma Chi at the 
University of Chicago. Seven of our old men are back. One new man 
is pledged and six more are on our training table out of whom we pur- 
pose making six loyal "Sigs.'' What finer prospects could we have 
for a successful year? 

We have given up our old house and will move into a larger one at 
57x6 Kimbark avenue, December ist. 

Since our last letter we have had the pleasure of making a worthy 
addition to our chapter. We initiated Brother S. H. Clark just before 
school closed last year. He is Professor of Elocution in the Univer- 
sity, and is our Councilor on the faculty. We are pleased to introduce 
him to our brother "Sigs." We lost Brother Griffith by graduation in 
April, and Brother Steigmeyer got his diploma in July. Brother Griffith 
is Superintendent of Schools in Sabina, Ohio, and Brother Steigmeyer 
IS acting as interpreter for the Jury Commissioners of Cook County, 111. 
We are glad that ''Steig." will be near us for he is a great aid to the 
chapter in rushing men. 

Brother Sincere, '98, is studying law, and will not return this year. 


Brother E. Dick Slaughter, Alpha Nu, '95, left for Texas in June. 
The temptations of the ranch were too strong for "E. Dick" to stay in 
Chicago. We should like to entertain Brother Slaughter the rest of his 
life if he has no objection. 

Brothers Benson, Alpha Nu, '94, and Rindlaub, Lambda/ 96, were 
with us during July and August doing graduate work. 

Brother Roby is coaching the First Regiment football eleven. 
Brother Hinckley, Alpha Zeta, '97, and Brother Buell, Eta Eta, '98, are 
playing with the C. A. A. football eleven and call on us frequently. Our 
football team is playing in championship form, having defeated Lake 
Forest 71-0, and Beloit 39-6 and Northwestern 21-6. Brothers McCaw, 
Whitney and Riggs were with the Beloit boys. Brother Abernethy is a 
promising candidate for football honors, and Brother Coleman is Presi- 
dent of the combined Glee and Mandolin Clubs. Our pledged man is 
also a member of the Glee Club. 

Our visitors* register contains too many names to mention. We are 
always glad to have our brothers come our way. We will give them all 
a good time, and anything else they want. 

Omicron Omicron is going to do everything possible to put Sigma 
Chi on top in the University of Chicago and in our next letter you may 
expect to find many new names of initiates. 

Greetings and best wishes to every ** Sig '* in the land. 

Chicago, October 25, 1897. William F. MacDonald. 


Alpha Zeta starts out with a larger membership than she has ever 
known before, and with every prospect of a successful and enjoyable 
year. Our chapter lost only one man last year, H. P. Hinckley, of 
Chicago, while our goat has already enjoyed himself upon the persons 
of two new men, Charles Ernest Reed, of Jacksonville, 111., and James 
Lyman Whitney, of Beloit, whom we are glad to introduce to the chap- 
ters everywhere. 

Many good men have entered Beloit with the class of 1901, and of 
these Alpha Zeta has so far chosen four — fine fellows, every one, who will 
make a dainty dish to set before the goat as soon as the time comes for 
them to meet his tender mercies. College regulations, however, make 
it necessary for us to wait until Christmas to initiate our freshmen. 

On the gridiron Brothers Riggs and J. D. Whitney have carried the 
pigskin over the goal line for Beloit this fall, while Brother McCaw at 
center has proved a stumbling block to many ambitious line buckers. 

The Round Table, our college paper, has this year become a weekly 


instead of a semi-monthly, as heretofore, and with Brother Moore as 
Editor-in-Chief, is going forward briskly. Brothers Warner and Enright 
are also writing for the Round Table in the capacity of alumni and local 
editors, respectively. Brother Warner is president of the Cliosophic 
Literary Society, the principal debating society and one of the leading 
organizations of the College. 

Brother Fenton and Riggs are in the Glee and Mandolin Club, while 
Brother McCuskey as manager expects to mix in the fun also. 

The Codexy the College annual published by the junior class, is to be 
out in November. It will be an elaborate and well-prepared volume, 
and promises to be one of the best things of its kind ever issued at 
Beloit. Brothers Fenton and Lyman are respectively the subscription 
and engraving managers of the Codex, 

Our chapter enjoyed a pleasant visit from Brothers Barnard, Cum- 
nock and Cleveland of Omega at the time of the Northwestern-Beloit 
game here a couple of weeks ago. Brother St. John, of Rockford, was 
also up at the same time, and spent Saturday night and Sunday with 
us, helping in our initiation. Come again boys. 

The prospects of the college and of our chapter were never brighter 
than this fall, and the coming year ought to mean much for Beloit. 
There is always a seat near the fire place for any of our fellow brothers 
in Sigma Chi, and we will always be ready to welcome them when they 
are able to stop off at Beloit. We will show them a little college which is 
as proud of her children as they are of her, and a chapter, which if not 
as large or as well endowed with worldly goods as some of her sisters, 
is outdone by none of them in loyalty to old Sigma Chi. 

We send best wishes to all the chapters. 

Beloit, Wis., October 21, 1897. Rollo Lu V. Lyman. 


Alpha Iota enters upon a new school year with her usual vim, and 
the determination to make it a season of profit and enjoyment. We are 
feeling the loss of six men from last year's chapter roll, which reduces 
our number to seven active members. However, we have used our time 
to good advantage, and have a number* of good men whom we hope to 
make Sigma Chis. We opened the season of <' rushing*' with a grand 
"stag" smoker, at our rooms, and it was pronounced a success by every 
one present. In University doings, the '<Sigs'' are conspicuous and 
prominent. Brothers Williams and Colwell are on the staff of the col- 
lege paper. Colwell having refused the position of editor-in-chief on 
account of lack of time, but retaining his place as local editor. Brother 


Bundy is president of the Reading Room Association. Brother Dyas 
is manager of the football team, while Brother Heafer is one of the 
star men on the team. 

The outlook for football is bright. Our team has not yet had a 
game as it was late before the organization was perfected, but some 
are scheduled for the near future, and the boys are hard at work. 

We were cheered by the appearance of our Grand Quaestor at our 
rooms for a short while, early in the term. Brother Nate is one of Alpha 
lota's household gods. 

Hoping to report a number of new **Sigs" in the near future, etc. 

J. B. CoLWELL, Tribune. 
Bloomington, 111., October 14, 1897. 


The college year started out the ist of October with an unusually 
arge number of students, the total enrollment being about 1800. 

Out of twenty men of last year's chapter we have only ten back 
with which to start, but so far we have done very well having three fine 
men pledged and more coming. The <' rushing" among the different 
fraternities has been very vigorous this fall, and Alpha Lambda has held 
her own admirably. Brother Louis Myers, law '94, of Chicago, and 
Brother Harry Hayes, '96, of Milwaukee, have been with us and have 
rendered much assistance. 

For four days commencing October 6th, the Kappa Alpha Thetas held 
their convention here, and had* a goodly number of delegates. Pi Beta 
Phi held her convention here during the summer, and the different fra- 
ternities opened their houses for their use during their stay. 

The Chapter is comfortably situated in a house, and we find that eat- 
ing at home is a fine thing both for < Crushing*' and for bringing the boys 
together more. Brother Arthur Babbitt, an old Alpha Zeta man, is with 
us this year, but he is not in the University. 

The University has had several additions made to her Faculty, Pro- 
fessor O* Shea, of Cornell, as Professor of Pedagogy, being one. 

Wisconsin hopes to give a good account of herself this fall by means 
of her football team. We have played three minor games so far and 
the team gives great promise of success. We are all waiting for the big 
Minnesota-Wisconsin game which comes off the 30th of October, in 
which we hope to be the winners. We received a short visit the other 
day from Brother Finleson, of Minnesota, and right tackle on her team. 

Alpha Lambda will be more than glad to see any wandenng *' Sig " 
who happens her way, and closes with the best wishes of success to all 
her sister chapters. Stuart H. Sheldon. 

Madison, Wis., October 14, 1897. 



At the beginning of another college year, Alpha Pi sends greetings to 
all her sister chapters in our great Fraternity. We started out with ten 
active members, viz., Roudenbush, Niles, Shipp, Ferine, Hamblen, 
Beazan, Bready, Nufer, Miner and Farker, of whom four will graduate 
this year. Our resident alumni are taking an active interest in the wel- 
fare of the chapter, and are frequently present at our meetings. 

There is a slight increase in the attendance of the College over last 
year, and the prospects for the institution are somewhat brighter. Owing 
to the failure of the trustees to select a successor to Fresident Lewis 
R. Fiske, D.D., LL.D., he has been persuaded to continue to fill the posi- 
tion until his successor can be chosen, which will probably not occur until 
the next meeting of the board of trustees, in December. Brother Smith 
Bnrnham, '92, formerly Instructor in History becomes this year Frofes- 
sor of History, while Brother Dwight B. Waldo, '87, fills the new chair 
of Folitics and Economics. 

Thus far we have taken pleasure in two initiations, the first on the 
night of October 2d, when Harry C. Bortles, '01, of Albion, was helped 
into our order, and the other, on October 14th, Fred R. Dart, 'oi' 
of Mason, being the victim. 

This fall. Brother Neal Hamblen, '00, is quarterback and captain of 
the football team, and Brother Will A. Niles, '98, is manager. Broth- 
ers Shipp, '01, Nufer, '00, and Niles, '98, are also playing back of the 
line. Good football material appears to be very scarce this year, and, 
since it has been decided not to engage a coach from outside, the eleven 
is not all that might be desired. 

Our weekly, the Albion College PUiad, has started out with favorable 
prospects, with Brother Frank Roudenbush, '98, as editor-in-chief. 
Brother D. B. Waldo is alumni editor, and Brother Fred Ferine, '98, is 
athletic editor. 

The campus is now adorned with three neat fraternity lodges, be- 
longing to Delta Gamma, Alpha Chi Omega and Sigma Chi, and now 
we are pleased to see that a fourth one is soon to be completed and 
dedicated by the local chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. 

Our alumni are placing a new furnace in the lodge, a much needed 
addition to the building, and which will be greatly appreciated. 

Albion, Mich., October 20, 1897. Fred A. Ferine. 


We started this college year with few members, our active men num- 
bering five. This deficiency however, was amply counterbalanced by 


our enthusiasm and thorough cooperation, and as a result we now intro- 
duce to the Fraternity three brothers whom we have deemed worthy of 
the honors of Sigma Chi. Their names are Warren Knowlton, 'oi, 
Minneapolis, Fred Poehler, 'oi, Henderson, Minn., and Leo Chilton, 
'oi, Howard Lake, Minn. They are all fine fellows, and may they 
always prove worthy **Sigs." 

This year our University has started out on what promises to be the 
most successful year of its existence, having an enrollment of about 3,000 

Our football team is a veritable whirlwind, and we expect one of 
the greatest games ever seen in Minneapolis on October 30th, when we 
meet the University of Wisconsin. Brother Finlayson is now playing 
right tackle in his customary excellent way and is also business manager 
of the team, being its first player who has acted also as manager. 

Brother Benedict is business manager of the '99 Gopher board. 

Brother J. D. Bowersock, Alpha Xi, '91, has taken up his residence 
in this city, and in his loyal <' Sig'' way has aided us very materially by 
his advice. 

We were very much delighted to have received a visit, although 
short, from Brother F. S. Bachelder, Theta Theta, '00, at the begining 
of this year. 

At our initiation we were very glad to have with us Brother Chas. 
Dennison, Alpha Sigma, who is here on a visit from Montana, where he 
is now in business. 

The out-of-town ** Sigs*' are now rooming together at 510 Fifteenth 
avenue S. E., Minneapolis, where all wandering brothers will receive a 
hearty welcome. 

The sky is now brightening for Alpha Sigma and we look forward to 
a prosperous year. With a wish for prosperity and advancement to our 
sister chapters, and a hearty greeting to all, I am yours fraternally, 

Minneapolis, Minn., October 22, 1897. Geo. F. Brooks. 



Nebraska is experiencingl^the most pleasant fall weather. In this 
educational center everything has opened up with a boom, and of course 
the **Sigs" are about three letters of the boom. We are strongly rep- 
resented in the faculty, football team, and college yell. 

We are not taking in many new members as fraternity material is 
rather scarce. Our University has swelled its enrollment to two thou- 


sand. A strong football team has been organized, and has thus far 
defeated all comers. Brother Montgomery is doing great work as half- 

Our members are classified as follows: Seniors, 6; Juniors, 4; Sopho- 
mores, 3; Graduate, i. 

With best wishes, I am, L. R. Ewart. 

Lincoln, Neb., October 16, 1897. 


Once again we hail with pleasure our reassembled brothers and extend 
to them that fraternal greeting which serves not only to bring us into 
closer fellowship, but acts as an incentive to him who has just taken 
upon himself the fraternal vow. 

When college opened, the 7th of September, it found eight loyal, 
hard-working **Sigs,'* who were ready for the contest which was to 
come. Were we in it? Listen! The first victim that fell to our lot 
was Wm. H. Stanley, '99, of Lawrence, Kas. Others have been ini- 
ated as follows: Dana McVicar, '98, of Topeka, Kas., who was brought 
here by Brother Lyon; Elwood Kennedy, '01, and Roy Henley, *oi, of 
Lawrence; and Arthur A. Green, '98, of Lecompton, Kas. 

For many years Alpha Xi has fought the up-hill fight, being the 
youngest chapter in the 'Varsity, but fortune has at last smiled upon 
her. We have the five ** catches" of the year. We will virtually run 
the Kansas Lawyer (the law school paper) this year. Brother Stanley 
was captain of last season's baseball team, and will probably receive the 
same honor next spring. Brother Speak is winning a name and fame 
for himself and the 'Varsity as full back of the team. Brother W. R. 
Williams holds a place on the athletic board. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Bowersock, gave us a very pretty pavilion party 
at their beautiful home, on September 25th, which was a decided suc- 
cess, and one which Alpha Xi appreciated very much. 

As to our departed brothers, Brother Wagstaff is in the New York 
Law School; Brothers Osborne and Sampson are doing newspaper work 
in Salina, Kas.; Brother Nelson is in the lola, Kas., schools. 

Alpha Xi is in the best of spirits, and present indications point to a 
healthful future. 

Alpha Xi extends to all chapters and <<Sigs'* the hand of fellowship, 
and wishes well for their future. Arthur R. Wiluams. 

Lawrence, Kas., October 21, 1897. 

The following is taken from the society news of one of the leading 


dailies of Lawrence, Kansas, and was written in connection with the 
recent Kansas- Missouri football game: 

Society was out "en masse" at the game this afternoon. Fraternities in their large 
conveyances, private carriages, and traps filled the grounds. Never has so much enthu- 
siasm been displayed in any of the big annual games at Lawrence. 

The most attractive, and without dispute the "swellest turnout" on the grounds was 
that of the young gentlemen of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. These young gentlemen had 
the pleasure of introducing Mr. Donnelly's elegant new tally-ho. The tally-ho itself is 
one of the finest conveyances ever brought to Lawrence, and the Sigma Chis added dec- 
orations until the general effect was most pleasing. The Fraternity colors, pale blue and 
old gold, and Kansas University colors were in predominance, while a large Sigma Chi 
pin added to the symbolic significance. The young men each wore the Fraternity 
flower, a white rose. 

After the game, this evening, the Sigma Chis will hold an initiation in the Opera 
House. Through the kindness of Mr. }. D. Bowersock, the young men were fortunate 
enough to procure this place for an initiation. The stage will be decorated with the 
fraternity insignia, and a most imposing ceremony will be held. After the initiation, a 
banquet will be given at Weidemann's. The new men to be initiated are Dana McVicar, 
of Topeka; Arthur Green, of Lecompton; Roy Henley. Elwood Kennedy, and Will 
Stanley, of Lawrence. The out-of-town boys to be present at the initiation are Jus Bow- 
ersock, of Kansas City. Clay Lyon, of Topeka. Major Shockley, of Leavenworth, Loring 
Prince and George Haller. 


The opening of the University of Missouri, on the 14th of Septem- 
ber, marked the beginning of the fifty-seventh anniversary. The pros- 
pects for the present scholastic year are very flattering, the University 
opening with a larger enrollment than ever before. 

Drs. Burnham and Hicks have just returned from a year's work in 
Europe, and will take charge of their respective departments, Latin and 
Political Science. 

Last year the General Assembly appropriated a handsome sum for 
the erection of a dormitory, now in course of construction. 

Last commencement Xi Xi lost five of her most active and enthusi- 
astic members. Brother Kimmel is practicing law in St. Louis; Lotter 
has a position as civil engineer in Buffalo, N. Y. ; Brother G. W. Crow- 
ley is practicing law in Richmond, Mo.; Brother C. C. Crowley will 
complete his course in the Louisville Medical College this year; and 
Brother Hatton is President of Grand River College. In spite of this 
loss we opened strong, and when our chapter roll was called, eleven 
loyal **Sigs" responded, viz.: Brothers Rippey, Adams, Phillips, Hal- 
stead, Wilcoxen, Scudder, Bass, Stewart, Shultz, Hansen and Halli- 

Having moved into our new quarters we are now in an ideal 


situation for '^rushing" new men, which was clearly demonstrated in the 
case of our latest initiate. Brother Kleinschmidt, who was ''rushed" by 
two of the oldest fraternities here. In this case we were no respecters 
of age, and once again the White Cross of Sigma Chi was borne in 
triumph through the ranks of our rivals. Up to date, we have swung 
three men. It is with pleasure that we introduce to our sister chapters, 
Brother Arnold, of Joplin, Mo., and Brothers Steinkamp and Klein- 
schmidt, of St. Louis, Mo. Arnold is local editor on the staff of the 
Independent, Steinkamp is a talented musician. Kleinschmidt will rep- 
resent his society in the local oratorical contest. Zeta Phi chapter of 
Beta Theta Pi is now occupying the quarters recently vacated by us. 

On the evening of October 4th we entertained our friends. Dancing 
being the program. The chapter house idea seems to be growing here, 
Sigma Alpha Epsilon being the latest to enter a house. Our chapter 
has been considering the question of doing the same this year but has 
decided adversely for the present. 

In point of athletics there seems to be more enthusiasm than any- 
thing else. It was thought that we had secured Wharton, of Pennsyl- 
vania, to coach the ''Tigers,'' but it was learned at the last moment 
that he could not accept. We have a splendid coach, however, in 
Young, captain of the team in 1895. While our prospects were not the 
most favorable at the opening of school. Coach Young has shown his 
ability by the great improvement which has been made in a very short 
time. Just now our prospects are rather uncertain. 

Being installed rather late, we were somewhat handicapped in last 
year's rushing season. This year we have made an excellent start and 
our prospects could not be brighter. Wishing the outlook to be equally 
favorable for all our sister chapters, Xi Xi bids adieu. 

Columbia, Mo., Oct. 18, 1897. Sam R. Halstead. 



Mr. Newman Miller^ Chicago. 

Dear Sir and Brother: — Your letter to the Tribune of Eta chapter, 
received to-day. In reply I will say that the University of Mississippi 
has not yet opened on account of yellow fever and quarantines, and it is 
not known just when the session will open. We cannot, under the cir- 
cumstances, send our usual chapter letter. When the session opens I 
will send you names of chapter officers, and we hope to be represented 
as usual in the next number of the Quarterly. 

Yours sincerely in Sigma Chi, L. P. Leavell. 

Oxford, Miss., October 10, 1897. 



Yellow fever has made its appearance in New Orleans. Quarantine 
and chaos reign supreme. It is generally conceded that Tulane cannot 
open before November 15th. Nearly all the boys are away, and all are 
uncertain of their future movements. Alpha Omicron will begin the 
year with eleven men. She sends greetings and good will to all the 
chapters, and compliments Sigma Chi on the success of the Convention. 

Here's to old Sigma Chi and the incoming officers. 

New Orleans, October 7, 1897. J. B. Monroe. 


The autumn began brightly for Alpha Psi; the pleasant memories of 
the happy days of the Convention have lingered with us and given us 
new and encouraging ideas of Sigma Chi. Not only do the ''Sigs" 
remember the visit of the boys, but everybody was impressed with the 
fact that we were here, and they have not forgotten it. 

Several other fraternities have held conventions here since the Sigma 
Chi Grand Chapter, and some of them had headquarters at the Maxwell 
House. During the stay of one party at this hotel, they were given a 
tally-ho ride by their local men. As they were climbing into the vehicles 
secured for the outing, one of our boys was standing on the sidewalk 
talking with one of the visitors who was a friend of his. Two newsboys 
of the noisy type happened along at this juncture. **Say, who's dem?" 
queried the first, pointing to the fraternity men in the tally-hos, **0, 

dem? them's s." **Dey is, huh? Well, dey can't touch dem Sigma 


Alpha Psi has been very fortunate in securing two worthy freshmen 
as wearers of the White Cross. We introduce to you and commend to 
your good fellowship Brother William Foote, of Louisville, Ky., and 
Brother Marvin Mclntyre, of Shelbyville, Ky. 

Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 3, 1897. Griffin M. Lovelace. 



Fraternity matters at California are much the same as at the writing 
of the last letter. Of the nine members of Alpha Beta who were in 
college last year, six have returned, Brothers Roeding and Hamilton 
having graduated, and Brother Grimwood being out on leave of absence. 

Good fraternity material is very scarce in the class of 1901, only 



about twenty men having been initiated by the twelve fraternities repre- 
sented here. 

Alpha Beta takes pleasure in introducing to the Fraternity, Brother 
John Francis Dean, 'oi, a man worthy in every way to wear the White 
Cross. This brings our present membership up to seven, a number a 
little smaller than Alpha Beta usually has, but we have in view several 
very promising men who are to enter after the holidays. 

We are installed in the same chapter house which we occupied last 
year. It has been refitted and refurnished, and made more comfortable 
in every way. 

Alpha Beta is very sorry that she had no representative at the Nash- 
ville Convention, but it was impossible for her to send a delegate after 
college had closed. We were very happy to hear an account of the 
proceedings from Brother Garrett, of Alpha Upsilon, who spent a few 
days with us recently. 

College affairs in California are in a highly prosperous condition. 
The additional income granted by the Legislature has allowed a needed 
extension in many directions. Four new buildings have been erected 
on the campus, and the corps of instructors has been largely augmented. 

Football is at present occupying the entire attention of the student 
body. Our team is rapidly getting into form for the Thanksgiving 
game with Stanford, when we hope to retrieve our ignominious defeat 
of last year. 

Alpha Beta sends best wishes for success to her sister chapters. 

Berkeley, Cal., Oct. 20, 1897. Hudson Smythe. 


Another college year has opened, and Alpha Upsilon as usual, is 
strongly in evidence in the University, though our numbers are some- 
what depleted. We opened with six men as against ten at the close of 
last year. The fraternity material in the University is more abundant 
than for years previous, and so we hope to present as strong a front as 
is our wont, in a short time. Although we are taking our time in 
* 'spiking," we, however, have two men pledged who will be introduced 
to "billy'' in the course of a few days, and a number of other men will 
receive attention later. 

The prospects at the opening of the college year are unusually 
brilliant. The football squad is the largest in the memory of the 
writer, and is of experienced material. The man who last season was 
acknowledged to be the best halfback in Southern California is with us, 
and as coach, the services of Mr. Lewis Freeman, of Leland Stanford, 


Jr. University, have been secured. But one game has as yet been 
played, that being with St. Vincent College, on last Saturday, resulting 
in a victory for the University of Southern California, 36-0. Brother 
Martin, who was the unanimous choice for captain of the team, is play- 
ing right end, while Brother Christy is stationed in the position of one 
of the tackles. Brothers Lloyd and Jones are also numbered among the 
devotees of the gridiron, the latter playing left end in the St. Vincent 
game. Brother Wright, the manager of last year and quarter, will 
probably return to college next week. He will be a strong candidate 
for his old position. An Arizona trip is among the possibilities of the 
coming Christmas holidays. If any wandering '<Sigs*' happen about 
Phoenix at that time, and our team shows up in that section of country, 
he can rest assured of finding a <'Sig*' or two in the party. 

In other lines of college activity, Sigma Chi is prominent. Brother 
Martin being also President of the sophomore class. Brother Lloyd 
secretary of the Athletic Association and illustrator of the Junior An- 
nual. Brother Myers ability in the Medical College has been recog- 
nized by a position as Laboratory Assistant. Brother Philo Jones, 
in addition to the editorship of the Courier^ has been elected business 
manager of the Junior Annual. 

The reputation of the University is continually increasing, and espe- 
cially in the scientific and pedagogical departments. A prominent 
educator from another university, has recently said that the University 
of Southern California is making more rapid advancement in these lines 
than any other of the smaller universities or colleges of the West. 

Alpha Upsilon men have first listened with unabated interest to all 
our Brother Garrett has had to say of the Grand Chapter, and now we 
are reading it all over again in the Bulletin^ copies of which have just 

We feel gratified that the sterling worth of Brother Sinsabaugh, 
Alpha Upsilon, '85, has been recognized in his election as Praetor of the 
Eighth Province. Brother Sinsabaugh is a member of the Board of 
Directors of the University, and is prominent in business and social 
circles in Los Angeles. 

In the words of Brother Wright, our correspondent of last year, we 
are again glad to learn of the final definite action relative to the Song 
Book. While Alpha Upsilon delights in the songs in the book pub- 
lished by our chapter last year, we will enjoy trying more of the pro- 
ductions of our brothers in the East. 

Alpha Upsilon has been fired with even more zeal, if that be possi- 
ble, for the advancement of Sigma Chi through the reports of our con- 
vention delegate, and we can assure the readers of the Quarterly that 
our fellows will always be found ready to advance, to the utmost of our 
ability, the interests of the Fraternity we all love. 

Los Angeles, Cal., Oct. 23, 1897. Philo Jones. 



Alpha Omega chapter is pleased to acquaint the Fraternity with 
the news of the signal success which has thus far rewarded its 
efforts. After many months of patient waiting it has now secured a per- 
manent home. The house is centrally located in the college town of 
Palo AltOy and is excellently adapted to our purpose. The situation at 
Stanford is such that a chapter house is necessary for successful frater- 
nity existence, but good houses are scarce, and it was only by quick 
action on our part that the present very suitable quarters were obtained. 
Delta Tau Delta and Beta Theta Pi erected houses during the past sum- 
mer, and we may, with all assurance, look forward to doing the same 
in the course of a few years. 

The class of '01 proved to be a large class with plenty of good ma- 
terial. This is fortunate, as with the class of '98 will graduate a large 
percentage of the strong men in the University. 

With a few exceptions all the fraternities have drawn heavily from 
the new students. The rivalry has been very keen. The following are 
wearing Sigma Chi pins: Penhallow, *oi, Givens, '01, Partridge, '01, 
Cuzner, '01, Pitman, '01. 

We were pleased to welcome Brother Fleming, of Alpha Iota, at the 
first of the year. He will complete his college course at Stanford. 

Brother Garrett visited us on his way home from Nashville, and gave 
us an account of the Convention. 

In conclusion, we send kindest regards to our brothers in the East, 
who will always receive a hearty welcome when they come to Palo Alto. 

Palo Alto, Cal., Oct. 15, 1897. Ernest S. Williams. 



The outlook for Alpha Alpha at the opening of the year was far from 
being bright with but four men returning to the chapter. But by their 
untiring efforts, helped and supported by several of the alumni, she is 
now in a most flourishing condition. 

The first week saw the iniation of three strong men, Brothers Charles 
B. Ackley, '99, Francis H. Beard, '01, and H. Stanley Falkner, '01. A 
week later and we counted George R. Walker, '01, and Wm. A. Breath- 
wait, '01 among our members. 

With these and two more splendid men pledged we again take our 
place in college. 


We are represented on the college paper by Brother Hannahs, while 
Brothers Jagar and White are members of the board of editors on the 
Echo, our college annual. 

Several of our men will be candidates for the baseball team, and 
Brothers Humphrey and Beard give promise of winning laurels not only 
at home but at the intercollegiate track meets. 

At the meeting of the New York Intercollegiate Association, held in 
Utica this fall, Brother Jagar was elected Secretary. 

With the inauguration of President Jones, our new college President, 
there seems to be a revival in the spirit and interest in Hobart. 

The college opened with a larger freshman class than ever before and 
the prospects for next year point toward a still larger class. We have 
representatives from all over the United States, including Nebraska, 
New Mexico, South Carolina, Michigan and Wisconsin. The last three 
states being represented in our own chapter. 

Our football team, of which Brother Hannahs is assistant manager, 
is under the coaching of Atkinson, of Wisconsin, and is doing splendid 
work. This spring we hope also to put out a crew. 

We wish through this letter to express our thanks to our alumni 
brothers for the valuable assistance they gave us this fall. 

Geneva, N. Y., October 13, 1897. Charles B. Acklev. 


College reopened Thursday, September i6th, after the long summer 
vacation. Every one was glad to get back again, and returned fully 
prepared to enter enthusiastically upon what promises to be a prosper- 
ous year for the College. This year's entering class is larger in numbers 
than any previous class in the history of the institution, numbering 
about 190. It possesses many fine fellows, who will make good Dart- 
mouth men. 

The football team is now training vigorously, and gives promise of 
being very successful. There are plenty of candidates. We have thus 
far played two games. The first against Exeter, which we won 34-0; 
the second at Harvard. Harvard defeated us, 13-0, aided by wind 
and luck. Brother Edwards, '99, who played tackle last year, is doing 
his usual good earnest work and stands an excellent show of the team. 
No one puts more life into the game than he. Brother Hutchinson, '00, 
is also playing in good form. 

Our Glee and Mandolin Clubs are not yet fully organized for the sea- 
son. When they are, it is expected that Sigma Chi will be represented. 

The College has been remembered by several large additions to its 


endowments this summer, and already plans for some new buildings are 
under consideration, among which is a new physical laboratory. Rich- 
ardson Hall, a new brick dormitory, is fast nearing completion, and soon 
will be ready for occupancy. 

Brother Brown, '97, has accepted the position of assistant teacher of 
drawing at Dartmouth. Brother Huckins, '97, has entered the Dart- 
mouth Medical School. Brother Buell, ex-'98, will enter '99 next spring. 
Brother Pillsbury, '97, is coaching the Otterbein University (Ohio) 
football team. Brother Newton, ex-*oo, will not return to college. 
Brother Smith, ex-* 00, has returned to college and has entered '01. 
Brother Baker, '97, is teaching school at North Berwick, Me. 

Our "chinning'* season begins October 25th. We are already look- 
ing forward with a good deal of expectation in securing many valuable 
men from '01, who will make true "Sigs," and thereby maintain the 
record which Sigma Chi already holds. 

And now, wishing the highest success to Sigma Chi, and pledging 
our perpetual and ever-growing love for the beloved old Fraternity, I say 
good-bye. Yours fraternally, Harold W. Orcutt. 

Hanover, N. H., October 14, 1897. 


Alpha Theta once more begins a school year with the best of pros- 
pects, although she feels very much the loss, by graduation last year, of sev- 
eral of her most worthy brothers. Thirteen of our old members are back 
again this year, and as a result of their efforts we have already secured 
two fine fellows. We take great pleasure in introducing to Sigma Chi 
our two new brothers Charles Woodhull, '01, of Monroe, N. Y., and 
Ralph Shepard, another freshman, from Newburyport, Mass. We have 
now under consideration three or four good men, and we hope to be able 
to introduce them to Sigma Chi in our next letter. Our football team 
has been playing in hard luck this year. We have played only two 
games and have lost both of them. We played Exeter October 9th and 
were beaten 12-6. On October 13th we met Amherst, and after a 
hard fought battle, we were defeated 8-6. Alpha Theta is represented 
on the team by Brothers Werner and Shepard, both of whom are fine 
players. We hope to have some men on the track team this year, as 
Brothers D. Q. Brown, S. P. Brown, Shepard, and Collier, are going 
into practice in a few weeks. We moved into our new house just before 
school opened. We are situated in the Back Bay district, in the very 
best residence portion of the city; we have the house fixed up in fine 
shape, and, taking it all in all, there is no doubt but that we have the 


best fraternity house in Boston. We were represented by Brothers D. 
Q. Brown and Hayden at the wedding of Brother Frank Pierce, Alpha 
Theta, '88, and Miss Florence McKnight, at Springfield, Mass., Octo- 
ber 7th. 

The freshman class is very large this year, nearly four hundred, but 
we will have to wait until our next letter to tell you how the cane-rush 
and football game come out as the two lower classes have not met as yet 
in bloody combat. Alpha Theta greets her sister chapters at the begin- 
ning of this, a new year, and extends the heartiest welcome to all ^'Sigs*' 
who come this way. W. R. Collier. 

Boston, Mass., October i8, 1897. 


The scholastic year of 1897-8 at Columbia has had its birth. With it 
came Sigma Chi's loyal charge, eighteen in number, ready to take up 
her standard and advance it to the foremost place in the fraternity ranks. 

Instead of following out our plans, formulated last year for the hire 
of a house, we thought it more advisable to defer the execution of the 
same for the present, and be content with an apartment. 

We have already initiated three fine men, namely: Raffard Pitt, of 
the School of Arts; John H. Telfair, School of Medicine; and Frans 
Schimfer, of the School of Mines. There are also four more men who 
we are rushing very diligently, and on whom we expect to pin the White 
Cross in a short time. 

Brothers Bassford and Van Kleek, of Hobart, and John Wendt, of 
Pennsylvania College, are with us this year, and are taking an active 
part in looking after Nu Nu's interest. 

We are located at No. 317 West 117th street. New York City, and a 
pressing invitation is extended to all members of Sigma Chi to favor us 
with a visit whenever the opportunity offers itself. 

New York City, October 15, 1897. Edward J. Farley. 


The college year of 1897-8 has begun very successfully for Alpha 
Phi. We lost but three men last June by graduation. Brothers Bartlett, 
Hrebert and Squire; Brother Aldrich returning this year to study law. 
Fourteen of last year's men are back again, and the chapter's numbers 
have been increased by the return of Brother Duncan, one of the charter 
members, who has come back to take some work in engineering; Brother 
Strong, who was with us in '96, but spent last year on the Pacific coast; 
Brother Wittenmeyer from Bucknell. We have also had the pleasure of 


adding the names of three new brothers to the membership of the Frater- 
nity. Brother Roland A. Woodyat, 'oi, from Chicago; Brother J. W. 
O'Leary, '99, also from Chicago and who "entered up" from Armour In- 
stitute; and Brother R. A. Mcllhenny, '01, from Avery's Island, La. We 
have not rested here, however, but have pledged three others and have 
several more who we are looking after very carefully and hope soon to 

The competition among the fraternities where there are so many is 
naturally very fierce, and Alpha Phi feels that there is cause for congrat- 
ulation upon the acquisition of such men as have been pledged this year, 
for all of them have been rushed by the leading fraternities. 

We had a very pleasant visit a week or so ago from Brother Cole- 
man, Phi, '74. Brother Brown has been unable to return this term on 
account of sickness, but we hope to have him with us later in the year. 
Brothers Talbot and Caldwell attended the Nashville Convention and 
both give glowing accounts of the meeting, and tell interesting annec- 
dotes of their trip. At present Brother McLaughlin is without doubt 
the busiest man in the University. Besides managing the Cornell Sun, 
a daily paper, and the football team, he has again put on his football 
suit, and is playing right tackle on the 'Varsity eleven, and at the same 
time he is studying law. Brother Steele has been elected president of 
the Musical Clubs and prophet of the senior class. Brothers Frank and 
Skidmore are trying for the football team. 

The class regatta came off on October 8th, the junior eight winning 
from the '98 crew and defeating the freshman crew of last year by five 
lengths over a mile course. On the i6th instant the football team played 
a tie game with Lafayette, and meets Princeton October 22d. The team 
is scheduled to play Harvard, Williams, and Pennsylvania State College, 
and ends the season with the University of Pennsylvania on Thanksgiv- 

Arthur Bearers Raymond. 
Ithaca, N. Y., October i8, 1897. 


The opening of the fall term at Centre found only one Sigma Chi 
back, and that one the writer. With the assistance of the brothers in 
town, work was begun and as a result we take pleasure in introducing to 
the Fraternity, Sydney Green, '99, Texas, Ky., Ephraim Pennington, 
'99, Stanford, Ky., J. Waller Rhodes, '00, Burgin, Ky., William G. 
Berry, '01, Yazoo, Miss., Samuel Chiles, '00, Frankfort, Ky., and Ernest 
A. Van Winkle, '00. These are all fine fellows, and will make excellent 


fraternity men. Brother Ernest Van Winkle has five older brothers all 
of whom are "Sigs." 

On the football team we are represented by Brother Ernest Van- 
Winkle at quarter back. In the game here last Saturday, with the Univer- 
sity of Cincinnati, we were defeated 4-0. In the last half, Centre had the 
ball within six inches of Cincinnati's goal line. We have a return game 
with them in November, and expect, of course, to win. 

We enjoyed visits from Brothers Emerson and Coe, of Zeta Psi, who 
came over to see the football game. Brother Coe is a substitute on the 
team. Zeta Zeta sends greetings to all sister chapters, and will be glad 
to entertain all '<Sigs'' who may visit us. We would like to hear from 
all of the chapters. Yours in the bond of Sigma Chi. 

Danville, Ky., Oct. 18, 1897. Ernest T. Smith. 

NoTB. — The foregoing letter was received after the forms of the Third Province 
had been closed and therefore it could not be inserted in its regular position. — Editor. 


Among the Alumni. 

Theta — Pennsylvania College. 

Allen Sangrel, '87, is now in South Africa in the interest of the S. S. 
McClure Company. 

Rev. Warren Damuth, '92, is now assistant rector in St. Mark's 
Episcopal Church, Philadelphia. 

Rev. W. C. Schaeffer, '96, of Savannah, Georgia, occupies one of the 
most prominent pulpits in the South. He spent his last vacation in the 
mountains of North Carolina. 

Dr. £. C. Kershner, '90, has been appointed an inspector in the 
Health Department of New York City. The appointment was received 
after passing a competitive examination, for which there were ninety- 
eight applicants. 

Rev. Charles M. Stock, '74, of Hanover, preached his tenth anniver- 
sary sermon as pastor of St. Mark's Church, on last Sunday, Sept. 26th. 
From the extended reports in the daily papers of Hanover, we glean the 
following: Mr. Stock's health and strength have been remarkable, 
although he takes few vacations. He did not become a settled pas- 
tor until 1878, but as he preached regularly as a supply in 1 876-' 77, he 
has now attained his majority — 21 years as a minister. During all of 
that time he has never failed to meet an appointment of any kind. Mr. 
Stock has been a debt payer. There was raised for past indebtedness 
and the running expense of St. Mark's for the past ten years a little over 
$34,000. But the benevolent contributions for that time are the special 
honors. For missionary and educational purposes the sum of ^74,487.36 
was raised. Mr. Stock and his congregation have been the moving 
spirits in planting in the vicinity of Hanover, five Lutheran churches, 
where formerly there were none, and all of the churches are paid for. 
Also, during this time, a benevolent member secured for St. Mark's 
church the controlling interest in the Glenville Academy, York County, 
and the same noble individual founded and equipped the Eichelberg 
Academy, in Hanover, an institution which last year (its first) catalogued 
77 pupils, many of whom are preparing for Pennsylvania College. — The 
Gettysburgian^ Oct., 1897. 


Alpha Chi — Pennsylvania State College. 

P. P. Sturdevant, '94, is engaged as an architect at Pittston, Pa. 

C. McH. Eby, '96, entered the West Point Military Academy last 

W. S. Montgomery, '97, is employed by Chicago Edison Company, 

H. M. Stewart, '96, is assistant chemist at Carnegie Steel Co. Brad- 
docks, Pa. 

T. Baumgardner, '97, is mechanical engineer for Lancaster Gas, 
Light, and Fuel Co. 

W. R. Thompson, '97, is employed by White, Crosby, & Co., elec- 
trical contractors, Buffalo, N. Y. 

John Foster, '93, is assistant chemist at the works of the Tennessee 
Coal & Iron Company, Birmingham, Ala. 

A. C. Reed, '92, is employed as civil engineer by the Pennsylvania 
Railroad Co., and is at present located at Crescent, Pa. 

J. L. M. R. Hastings, Jr., ex-'99, is chief clerk for Standard Gas 
Company of America, Bourse Building, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Zeta — Washington and Lee University. 

Arthur Wilson, '94, is resident physician at Bellevue Hospital, N. Y. 

G. V. Maguire, '96, is with the Eureka Homestead Association, New 

F. Petrie Hamilton, ex-' 98, is attending to his father's estate at 
Edwards, Miss. 

Wm. H. Taylor, '74, who formerly practiced law at Demopolis, Ala- 
bama, is now chancellor at Uniontown, Alabama. 

Gamma — The Ohio Weslevan University. 

Ed. Baker, '96, is studying law at Tiffin, Ohio. 

Harry Crawford, '96, is studying law in Cleveland. 

H. A. Cosier, '97, is just recovering from a severe attack of typhoid 

O. P. Coe, ex- '98, is attending Ohio Medical College, Cincinnati, 


Gamma — The Ohio Wesleyan University — Continued. 

P. Brue Brock way, '97, is attending the Rush Medical College, 

O. Patterson, '95, is attending the Law School of the University of 

Ed. Allen, '96, is attending Law School at the Ohio State University. 
He took the A. B. degree at Harvard last year. 

La Fayette Funk, '58, of Bloomington, 111., was recently appointed 
by Governor Tanner of Illinois, as a member of the Illinois Trans-Miss- 
issippi and International Exposition Commission. 

Mu Mu — The West Virginia University. 

Gid. M. Toed has been appointed Principal of the Athens Normal 
School, at Athens, W. Va. 

Justin M. Kunkle, '96, is editor of a paper at Morgantown, W. Va., 
called the Daily New Dominion^ which is in its first volume. 

Lambda — Indiana University. 

W. L. Halstead has entered the University of Nebraska, where he 
will take his Bachelor's degree with the class of '98. 

Robert Clarkson Brooks, '96, has been elected President White Fel- 
low in Political and Social Science at Cornell University for the ensuing 
college year. Since his graduation. Brother Brooks has been located in 
New York City as Secretary of the Reform Club Committee on Munici- 
pal Administration. In addition to his work as editor of the quarterly 
magazine. Municipal Affairs, he has published a Bibliography of Munici- 
pal Administration and City Conditions, that has met with much favor 
among students of city government. Brother Brooks, during the past 
year, represented Sigma Chi among the residents of the University Set- 
tlement whose philanthropic work in the worst slum districts of New 
York City, is so widely and favorably known. 

Chi — Hanover College. 

M. T. Brown, '99, is now in the employ of the Keifer Drug Co., 

V. Page Harris, '96, has accepted a position with the Chicago 
Times- Herald. 


Chi — Hanover College — Continued. 

J. T. Britan, '97, has been elected Principal of the Presbyterian 
Academy at Anna, Illinois. 

Frank P. Gibson, '99, is traveling for a large pork packing estab- 
lishment of Cleveland, Ohio. 

Geo. S. Taylor, '86, has been elected County Superintendent of 
Schools of Jefferson County, Ind. 

Frank Crozier, '92, is now engaged in the practice of the law, with 
offices in the Portland Block, Chicago. 

Wm. H. Harding, '76, was the candidate for the office of Mayor of 
Indianapolis on the Republican ticket in the recent election. 

Rev. J. H. Bright, '76, Franklin, Ind., and Dr. H. G. Gaylord, '81, 
Indianapolis, were among the Sigma Chi representatives at the Winona 
Assembly, Eagle Lake, Ind., during the summer. 

Walter L. Fisher, '83, who has been identified with the law firm of 
Matz & Fisher, is now associated with the new firm of Matz, Fisher & 
Boyden, with offices in the Portland Block, Chicago. 

A. E. Wiggam, '93, formerly Grand Praetor of the Fourth Province, 
has the sympathy of all in the loss of his wife, who died recently at 
Phoenix, A. T,, but two weeks after their marriage. 

Rev. C. Bloomfield Edson, '93, who was editor of the supplement 
to the catalogue which appeared in the July Quarterly of 1891, has 
been dangerously ill at his home near Kent, Indiana. 

Chas. Ailing, Jr., '85, has an article in the last number of the Han- 
over College Journal on **The Trials and Triumphs of a Young Lawyer." 
He has also contributed a series of articles to the Madison Daily Courier 
on his recent trip to Nashville, Chattanooga, Ashville and Old Point 

Delta Delta — Purdue University. 

L. A. Downs, '95, who was formerly in the employ of the Illinois 
Central Railroad Company at Chicago, is now with former Chief Engi- 
neer Wallace of that company, at Saltville, Va. 

C. R. Richards, '91, has been appointed special commissioner to 
have charge of the machinery exhibit of the Trans-Mississippi Exposi- 
tion to be held in Omaha in 1898. Prof. Richards is now at the head of 
the Mechanical Department in the University of Nebraska. 


Omega — Northwestern University. 

Prof. F. M. Taylor, '76, was elected a member of the Board of Con- 
trol for the Athletic Association of the University of Michigan for 1897-8. 

Wm. M. Booth, '78, Master in Chancery of the U. S. Courts of Chi- 
cago, was recently elected President of the Douglas Club. This organ- 
ization is a prominent social club of Chicago near Mr. Booth's home 
on Ellis avenue. Mr. Booth is also a prominent officeholder in the Chi- 
cago Athletic Association. 

Theta Theta — The University of Michigan. 

William L. Love, '98, has left college for a year to accept a civil 
engineering position in Missouri. 

Clarence W. Whitney, '99, was delegate from Ann Arbor to the con- 
vention of the Brotherhood of Saint Andrew, at Buffalo, in October. 

C. B. Ire, '88, has just been selected by the Appelate Court as one of 
the three members of the Chicago bar to conduct the examination of law 
students for admission to the bar at the next examination. 

£. S. Sutton, '92, private secretary to Hazen S. Pingree, Governor of 
Michigan, was in Venezuela during the month of September in company 
with the Governor on a tour of inspection in connection with certain con- 
cessions in that country. 

Winslow S. Pierce, '79, has been prominently connected with the 
recent transfer of the Union Pacific Railroad. He had charge of the 
legal aspects of the reorganization syndicate, and made the formal 
bids for the committee at Omaha Oct. 29th. 

Sam R. Ireland, '89, is now resident manager of the American Real 
Estate Co., in Washington, D. C, with offices at 416 F street N. W. 
The American Real Estate Co. is a concern with central offices in New 
York City, engaged in buying and developing high-grade real estate. 

Alpha Zeta — Beloit College. 

Charles E. Peet, '91, is at the head of the Department of Geology 
in the Englewood High School, Chicago. 

A. W. Whitney, '91, has recently been appointed professor of Math- 
ematic in the new Bradley Institute, which is affiliated with the Univer- 
sity of Chicago, at Peoria, 111. 


Omicron Omicron — The University of Chicago. 

Fred F. Steigmeyer, '97, is clerk of the new Jury Commission of 
Cook County, Illinois. 

Victor W. Sincere, ex-*99, is now with Edward T. Cahill, attorney at 
law, in the Reaper Block, Chicago. 

Alpha Iota — The Illinois Wesleyan University. 

Joseph C. Nate, '90, is now prominently associated with the faculty 
of the Chicago Correspondence School of Law, an institution which is 
in its sixth year, as Professor of Constitutional and Roman Law. 

Charles £. Collins, '88, is connected with the same institution as 
Professor of Evidence and Criminal Law. 

Alpha Lambda — The University of Wisconsin. 

Walter Luedke, Law '96, is spending the year in Europe. 

Gustav Wolleager, Law '96, is practicing in Milwaukee, Wis. 

Temdon C. Buck, '96, is studying medicine at Chicago Medical 

Walter H. Sheldon, '96, is studying medicine at Rush Medical Col- 
lege, Chicago. 

Alpha Pi — Albion College. 

Edgar L. Moon, '86, is now preaching at Marine City, Mich. 

Lewi^ B. Alger, ex-'97, is Superintendent of Schools at Gaylord, 

Will C. Webster, '87, recently received the Ph. D. degree at Colum- 
bia University. 

Frank J. Walker, '96, has been appointed Principal of Schools at 
Dollar Bay, Mich. 

Frank H. Loomis, '87, represents the Werner School Book Com- 
pany in Michigan. 

E. Clarence Dunning, '95, has entered the medical department at the 
University of Michigan. 

Eugene R. Page, ex-'95, is now connected with the Fletcher Hard- 
ware Co., Detroit, Mich. 


Alpha Pi — Albion College — Continued. 

Harvey G. Pearce, '97, is pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church 
at Scofield, Mich. 

John F. Critchett, '87, is taking a course in assaying at Denver 
University, Denver, Col. 

Samuel Schultz, '93, is in Chicago engaged in the study of medicine 
at the Northwestern Medical College. 

Bert M. Carr, ex-'93, will finish his medical course this year at Col- 
lege of Physicians and Surgeons, Chicago. 

Walton M. Howard, ex-'94, is now city agent for the Lake Shore and 
Michigan Southern Railroad, at Jackson, Mich. 

R. G. McDonald, '93, is now identified with the law firm of Hamil- 
ton Fullenweider, in the Fort Dearborn Building, Chicago. 

Charles Sharer, '92, is located at 614 West Lake street, Chicago, with 
the firm of Grinstead & Ewing, doing a general real estate business, and 
having charge of the Hull estate of the University of Chicago. 

Alpha Sigma — The University of Minnesota. 
C. H. Kendall is now residing in Rushford, N. Y. 
R. W. Squires, '93, is traveling in Washington and Oregon. 

Alpha Epsilon — The University of Nebraska. 

W. £. Brooks, '92, has been elected Instructor in Mathematics in the 
Omaha High School. 

C. C. Pueis, '96, is filling the position of Assistant Principal of the 
High School at Kearney, Neb. 

C. C. Young, '97, has been appointed Professor of Chemistry in the 
Cottner Medical College, situated at Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Alpha Omicron — Tulane University. 

Charles C. Waterman, '94, is now with J. B. Wood & Cousin, cotton 
buyers. New Orleans. 

G. K. Logan, '94, and V. C. Smith, are resident students in the 
Charity Hospital, New Orleans. 

At a meeting of the Alumni Association of Tulane University, held 
June 24, 1897, John Dymond, Jr., '88, was unanimously elected pres- 
ident for the ensuing year. 


Alpha Psi — Vanderbilt University. 

The phosphate mining exhibit of Brother T. C. Meadows, '93, won a 
medal at the Centennial Exposition. 

Brother William D. Rhea, '95, who has been Assistant Engineer of 
the Centennial Exposition, has accepted the position of City Engineer 
for the city of Jackson, Miss. 

Alpha Upsilon — The University of Southern California. 

E. D. Fenner, '88, is Assistant City Coroner in New Orleans. 

T. F. Richardson, '92, is practicing medicine in New Orleans. 

Wm. A. Dixon, '96, is engaged as Principal of Schools, in Minna, La. 

H. K. Payne, '96, is in the employ of the New Orleans Traction 

A. P. Thompson, '97, is studying law in the office of Work & Lee, 
Los Angeles. 

R. G. Van Cleve, '94, is a deputy in the Surveyor's office of Los 
Angeles County. 

Clinton A. Bradley, '90, is following the profession of civil engineer- 
ing in Los Angeles. 

F. C. M. Spencer, '97, is studying law in the office of Mulford & Hol- 
land, BuUard Block, Los Angeles. 

John Dimond, *88, was unanimously elected President of the Tulane 
Alumni Association in New Orleans in June. 

Thomas W. Robinson, '92, is a follower of the law, and dabbles 
slightly in politics. He is Law Librarian of Los Angeles County. 

Frank A. Leovy, '89, has been promoted in position with the South- 
ern Pacific Railway Company and is now located at Houston, Tex. 

George D. Christy, '90, has been attending the Harvard Law School, 
and graduates therefrom next spring. He intends to open an office 
shortly afterward in Phcenix, Arizona. 

Elmer C. Hall, '93, took a post graduate course at the University of 
California, and has been teaching in the Long Beach High School. He 
will be Vice Principal of the High School the coming year. 

Hartley Shaw, '94, took the degree of L. L. B. at Hastings College 
of Law, in San Francisco, in May, and has opened an office in Room 326, 
Stimson Block, Los Angeles, where he will practice his profession. 


George Sinsabaugh, '85, has been very successful in business affairs, 
and lately lias become prominent in Masonic circles, particularly in Couer 
de Lion Commandery, Knights Templar. He is also a member of the 
Board of Fire Commissioners of Los Angeles city. 

Rev. William S. Bovard, '88, is a very successful member of the Cal- 
ifornia conference of the M. £. church. He has filled various pulpits in 
and about San Francisco in a very able manner, and is at present pur- 
suing a course of theological study in the Boston University. 

Paul Arnold, '90, secured a European scholarship in mathematics by 
his superior work in that branch at Cornell University, and has spent the 
past year in Germany, at Heidelberg and Berlin. In company with his 
brother, David, ex-' 95, he has been traveling through Switzerland this 
summer, and will pass the winter and spring at Berlin. 

N. B. — We are indebted for the foregoing items to the University of Southern Cali^ 
forma Courier, of which Brother Philo Jones, Alpha Upsilon, '99, is editor. — Editor. 

Alpha Alpha — Hobart College. 

Wm. Young, '97, is at home in Syracuse. 

Frank P. Wicher, '97, is reading law in Mayville, N. Y. 

Rev. Harry P. Seymour, '94, has charge of a parish at Port Henry, 
N. Y. 

Edward Bates, ex-'97, is studying at Nashotah Theological Seminary, 

U. H. Blackfort, '97, and Mydert Van Kleeck, '96, are studying law 
at Columbia. 

Arthur Moulton, '97, is studying at the General Theological Semi- 
nary, New York City. 


Eta Eta — Charles E. Cake has entered the law school at the Uni- 
versity of Nebraska. 

Alpha Tau — Fred L. Pearsall, ex-'98, is keeping books for Pearsall 
and Hall, Wilmington, N. C. 

Phi Phi — It is rumored that Brother Boyle, '99, will have a place on 
the *'A11 American Football Team." 

Omicron — Dr. Samuel L. Diven, '78, was elected Coroner of Cum- 
berland County, Pa., on the Republican ticket, at the November election. 


Alpha Beta — S. T. Mather, '87, is now located at 48 Wall street, 
New York City, in charge of the eastern office of the Pacific Coast Borax 

Alpha Xi — Fred H. Bowersock, '88, has formed a partnership with 
Geore H. McGuire, the firm name being McGuire & Bowersock, attor- 
neys at law, 1003 Guarantee Loan Building, Minneapolis, Minn. 

Phi — Burr W. Mcintosh, '84, the eminent actor, has been very 
prominent in football affairs this season. It is a fact that when he goes 
on the field to referee a game, he is cheered more than the competing 

Sigma Sigma — William W. Moore, '81, of the Union Theological 
Seminary at Hampden-Sidney, Va., delivered the chief address at the 
celebration of Presbyterian Day at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, 
October 28th. 

Xi — N. G. Rogers, of Trenton, Mo., is editor of the Trenton Daily 
Evening Republican, Brother Rogers attended the Sigma Chi Conven- 
tion, and favors us with a copy of his paper, under date of September 
8th, in which he has a * 'write-up' ' of Nashville and the Exposition. 

Mu — George S. Dorsey, '98, has been prominently connected with 
the famous Luetgert case which has recently attracted so much attention 
in Chicago. Brother Dorsey was retained by the State to give expert 
testimony, and is said to have been one of the strongest witnesses pro- 
duced by the prosecution. 

At the Episcopal Theological Seminary of Virginia there are four 
**Sigs," Brothers Brydon, Owens and Mitchell, of Tau, and Smythe, 
of Mu Mu. 

The following clipping appeared in the Poughkeepsie, N. Y., News- 
Press during the recent regatta: 

Sigma Chis Dinb. 

The Sigma Chi College Fraternity is again largely represented at the regatta race 
this year. It is customary for as many of the visiting members as possible to dine to- 
gether informally at some time during their stay in the city. Seventeen, with the Rev. 
S. A. Weikert. of Christ Church, at the head, sat down to dinner Thursday in Smith 
Brothers' restaurant, and a jolly good time was had, especially when they retired to the 
hall up stairs and sang their old familiar college songs. Following are the names of those 
who dined together: £. L. Aldrich. C. H. Bartlett, Wylie Brown, George Diehl, H. A. 
Frank, C. P. Johnston, Burr Macintosh. George Mecargee, C. L. McAvoy, D. M. Mc- 
Laughlin. C. R. Neare, G. V. Russell, F. A. Scratchley, Charles Skidmore, W. H. 
Squire, W. Steele, S. A. Weikert. 

Other Sigma Chis in Poughkeepsie during the boat races : O. £. Bailey. Samuel 
Bayle, J. De Silver, J. Houston, Charles Lister, J. F. McClelland, H. D. Nichols, F. W. 
Plait, Isaac Piatt, A. B. Raymond, D. Stiltz, A. B. Tappan. Jr.. J. M. Davidge, W, H 
P. Conklin, F. R. Dickey. 


The following concerning the Rev. Lawrence M. Colfelt, Iota, '69 
is clipped from the Boston Herald, Sept. 4, 1897: 

The Rev. Lawrence Colfelt, of Philadelphia, who received a call to the pastorate of 
the North Cambridge Congregational Church several months ago, and who has not yet 
given bis answer, arrived in Boston yesterday afternoon. 

Last evening Dr. Colfelt conducted the weekly prayer meeting at the church and he 
will occupy the pulpit tomorrow morning and evening, and on the Sunday following. 

On either the first or second Sunday it is expected that Dr. Colfelt will make known 
his decision, and it is anticipated that he will accept the call. The pulpit was formerly 
occupied by the Rev. Frank Hyatt Smith. 


Alpha Lambda — The engagement of Ross C. Cornish, '96, to Miss 
Agnes Bowen, of Madison, Wis., has been announced. 

Alpha Phi — George C. Purdy, '92, the efficient Chairman of the Ex- 
ecutive Committee of the Chicago Alumni Chapter, and formerly Grand 
Praetor of the original First Province, has announced his engagement 
to Miss Frances Borden, daughter of Mr. Hamilton Borden, 12 Grove- 
land Park, Chicago. 

Brother Purdy is to be congratulated also on his promotion to the 
general managership of Greenlee Brothers & Co., manufacturers of wood 
work machinery, 235 West Twelfth street, Chicago. 


The announcement has been made of? the marriage of Brother Bruce 
Overton, Alpha Psi, '95, and Miss Louise Maney, of Nashville, Tenn. 

Brother H. B. Walmsley, Alpha Omicron, ex-*98, was married in 
the early part of October to Miss Anne Katherine Morrison, of Owens- 
boro, Ky. , in New York City. 

Joseph Mallilieu, Alpha Epsilon, '94, and Miss Mae Moore, a very 
prominent young lady of Lincoln, Nebraska, were married Tuesday 
evening, October 5th. Mr. Mallilieu is deputy clerk of the courts for 
Lancaster County, Nebraska, and is very prominent in politics. 

Rev. F. Russell, Alpha Epsilon, '90, was married to Miss Lucile 

Cross, Vassar, '96, of Fairbury, Nebraska, Tuesday morning, Oct. 5, 

1897. The ceremony was performed at the home of the bride's parents. 

, Mr. Russell is pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Marshalltbwn, Iowa. 

Of the marriage of Brother Arthur F. Schultz, Alpha Pi, '94, the 
State Republican^ Lansing, Mich., publishes the following June 24, 1897: 

" At the residence of Mr. and Mrs. S. G. Schofield. 418 Cedar Street North, oc- 
cared last evening the marriage of their daughter, Lelia B., to Arthur F. Schultz, both 


of this city. About seventy guests were present, and the ceremony was conducted by 
Rev. W. M. Puffer. The wedding march was rendered by Mrs. Mark Smith, sister of 
the bride. The entr^ to the bower of roses was impressive, preceded by the presiding 
elder and followed by two wee specimens of humanity, three and five years old respec- 
tively, niece and nephew of the bride, fairly burdened with flowers. These were fol- 
lowed by the bride and groom, who took their position under the arch, and after the 
form of the Methodist ceremony were pronounced man and wife. 

The bride is a well and favorably known young lady in this city, having taught music 
for two years in the public schools. 

The groom is a representative of that class of young men who aspire to the higher 
and nobler elements in life, a teacher by profession, which calling leads him to promi- 
nence among the educators of the state. He is now engaged as Principal of the High 
School at Caseville. which place will be their future home after September ist. 

It may be of interest to those who are not intimate with the families to state that the 
groom is the youngest son of Hon. Jacob Schultz. ex-Alderman and ex-Mayor of this city, 
and that the bride the youngest daughter of Mr. S. G . Scofield, one of the oldest and 
best-known business men of Lansing." 

The following is taken from the Philadelphia Inquirer y Oct. 27, 1897, 
concerning the marriage of Brother James Clark Rankin, Theta, '90, to 
Miss Jeannette Forster : 

Harrisburg. Pa., 'Oct. 26. — Miss Jeannette Forster, the only daughter of ex-Insur- 
ance Commissioner and Mrs. ]. Montgomery Forster, became the bride of James Clark 
Rankin, at the Forster residence, on South Front street, this evening, in the presence of 
almost a hundred relatives and personal friends, most of the guests being Harrisburg 

Rev. Dr. George S. 'Chambers, pastor of the Pine Street Presbyterian Church, tied 
the nuptial knot. The parlors were decorated with palms and chrysanthemums in the 
most attractive fashion. An orchestra was hidden from view behind large palms and 
rendered the Lohengrin wedding march, to the strains of which the bride entered the 
parlor on the arm of her father, who gave her away. 

She wasi attended by Miss Mary Elder, of Dayton, Ohio. Henry Fletcher, of Cham- 
bersburg, was best man. The ushers were Robert £. Forster, of Philadelphia, and 
Professor Shartle, of Mercersburg. 

It was a beautiful home wedding in every particular. The bride wore a superb 
gown of duchess satin and lace; that of the bridesmaid was white over pink silk. 

Among the guests were Mr. and Mrs. R. £. Forster, of Philadelphia; Miss Hannah 
Forster and Miss Jennie Boyd, Mercersburg, Miss Mary Elder, of Philadelphia, Miss 
Katharine Elder, of Albuquerque, N. M.; Miss Margaret Barnett, Washington, Pa., and 
Mr. S. H. Wallace, Philadelphia; Mrs. Cann, Pittsburg; Miss Sumner, Arizona. The 
father of the bride has presented the young couple with a handsome home at Mer- 
cersburg. which they will occupy on their return from a honeymoon trip in the South. 

Brother Francis Ezra Brewer, Alpha Phi, '93, was married recently 
to Miss Mary Grey Morgan, at Crawfordsville, Ind. As the bride is a 
member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority the affair was distinctively 
an inter-fraternity social event. 

The following account of the wedding is taken from the Crawfords- 
ville Daily Sun: 

Last evening at the Center Presbyterian Church occurred the marriage of Mr. Fran, 
cis Ezra Brewer, of Gilbertsville. N. Y., and Miss Mary Grey Morgan, daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. William W. Morgan. The church was handsomely decorated for the occasion. 


the altar and choir loft being banked with palms and other plants. The ceremony 
occurred at half past eight o'clock and before that hour a large number of invited guests 
were seated by the ushers, who were Messrs. C. M. Lillie, of Gilbertsville, N. Y., S. L. 
Wilhite. of Bloomington, E. P. Hammond, Jr.. of Lafayette, and F. Hedley Jobbins. 
Nu Nu, '95, of Aurora, 111. Previous to the marriage service, the organist. Miss 
Olive Van Camp, of Indianapolis, rendered a number of appropriate selections and 
Miss Bess Nicholson sang "Oh! Star of My Heart," by Danza. Miss Nicholson was 
attired in white organdie and carried American Beauty roses. At the appointed time 
Miss Van Camp played the wedding march from Lohengrin to which the bridal party 
entered. The bridesmaids were the first to appear and were four in number, being Misses 
Alice Patton, of Remington, Fan Jones, of Bloomington, Anna Robinson, of Owensville, 
and Anna Lane, of Greencastle. It was a blue and gold wedding — blue and gold being 
the colors of the Sigma Chi college fraternity, of which the groom is a member. * * * 
The service was that of the unabridged ritual of the Episcopal Church, including the 
marriage by ring, the responses, and the giving away of the bride by her father. During 
the ceremony, which was most impressively performed, all in the church stood up and 
Miss Van Camp played softly De Koven's "Oh! Promise Me." Upon the conclusion of 
the service Mendelssohn's wedding march was played, to which the bridal party, headed 
by the bride and groom, passed out of the church by the East aisle, taking carriages at 
the door for the home of the bride's parents, on East Market street, where about seventy- 
five intimate friends were entertained at a reception. * * » * The receiving party 
was composed of Mr. and Mrs. Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Brewer, of Gilbertsville, 
N. Y., the bride and groom, and their attendants. Mrs. J. R. Bonnell assisted in the 
parlor, while in the dining room the assistants were Misses Florence Stevenson, Gertrude 
Munhall and Harriet Houser. Little Misses Maude Bonnell and Madeline Kelso dis- 
tributed the favors, which were monogram boxes of bride's cake. * * * At midnight 
Mr. and Mrs. Brewer left on their wedding trip. They will spend some days at eastern 
watering places and the balance of this month at the Brewer homestead at Gilbertsville, 
N. Y. After October 4th they will be at home at 177 West Seventy-third street. New 
York City, Mr. Brewer being engaged there as instructor in a high-class private school 
for young men. Mr. Brewer is a rising young educator and has certainly secured for 
his wife a most charming and accomplished young lady. 

Brother John B. McPherson, Theta, '83, of Gettysburg, Pa., was 
married, September 8th to Cornelia, daughter of Hon. and Mrs. Carroll 
D. Wright at Marblehead Neck, Mass. 

The following is taken from the Boston Herald, September 9, 1897: 

" At 4 o'clock, at the summer home of the Hon. and Mrs. Carroll D. Wright on Mar- 
blehead Neck. Mass., their elder daughter Cornelia was married to John Bruce McPher- 
son, Esq., of Gettysburg, Pa. 

Miss Wright is well known in Washington, where her father has lived for the last few 
years. Mr. McPherson is the eldest son of the late Hon. Edward McPherson, who was 
for many years clerk of the National House of Representatives. 

The rooms of Col. Wright's cottage were tastefully decorated with outdoor flowers 
and greens, while in the room in which the wedding took place the sweet pea and thistle 
were the predominating flowers. Music was furnished by the Salem Cadet orchestra, 
which played as the entrance march the beautiful wedding march from Gounod's ' ' Queen 
of Sheba." 


Tbe ceremony was performed by the Rev. Rush R. Shippen, of Brockton. Mass., for- 
merly Miss Wright's pastor in Washington. 

Miss Grace D. Wright, the bride's only sister, was maid of honor. Mr. Donald P. 
McPherson, the youngest brother of the groom, was groomsman. In the bridal party 
were Miss Anna McPherson. the groom's sister; Mrs. John Koren, Miss Mary Whitcomb, 
of Boston, Miss Charlotte Perkins, of Salem, Miss Anna King and Miss Mary Bradford, 
of Washington. Messrs. Norman McPherson, of Hagerstown, Md.; W. De Lacej 
Howe, of Cambridge, brother and cousin of the groom; Messrs. Holton B. Perkins and 
Frederick C. Munroe, of Salem. Howard Whitcomb and Robert C. Baldwin, of Boston. 

The bride's gown was a cream colored Dresden silk, worn by her great-great-grand- 
mothcr, Mary Mellen, when she was wedded in 1787 to Dr. Nathaniel Parker, of Salem. 
The bride carried the quaint old fan belonging to her ancestor. Her veil was one made 
by her great-great-aunt. Miss Duncan, of Haverhill, a beautiful pattern of old-time lace. 
The bride's silver shoe buckles were a pair worn on his wedding day by her parental 
great -great-grandfather, Colonel Jacob Wright, a revolutionary soldier and a New Hamp- 
shire pioneer. 

Among those present were: 

Judge John B. McPherson. of Harrisburg; the Hon. and Mrs. Horace Wadlin, the 
Hon. and Mrs. Charles F. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. F. «D. Sparry, Mr. and Mrs. Hartley 
Prentiss, Mrs. Geo. W. Gronard. of Reading; the Hon. and Mrs. Moses T. Stevens, Miss 
Helen Stevens, of North Andover; the Hon. and Mrs. John Read, the Misses Howe, Mr. 
and Mrs. J. C. Dennison, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Baker, of Cambridge; Dr. George L. 
Walton, Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Pidgin, of Boston; Mr. William McPherson, Dr. Geo. 
N. French, the Rev. and Mrs. E. B. Leavitt. Miss Proctor, of Washington. D. C; Mr. 
James C. Pettit, of East Orange, N. J. ; Mr. F. H. Pierson. Mr. and Miss Howe, of 
Elizabeth, N. J.; Dr. Herman Canfield, of Bristol, R. I.; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Bur- 
ton, of Watertown; Dr. and Mrs. Lucien Howe, of Bufifalo; the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Wil- 
liam M. Paxton, of Princeton; Mr. and Mrs. George H. Perkins, of Salem, and Mr. and 
Mrs. L. B. Wright, of Everett." 


Brother W. D. Himmelreich, Kappa, '74, of Lewisburg, Pa., died 
suddenly Friday, October 22, 1897, in New York, where he had gone 
on business. (See Kappa Chapter letter.) 

The following concerning the death of Brother George D. McDowell, 
Phi, '79, is taken from the Chambersburg, Pa., Valley Spirit, Nov. lo, 


George D. McDowell. Esq., died at his home. Market and Franklin streets, Monday. 
Nov. 8th, after a painful illness extending over three months, dnring all of which time 
he was confined to his residence and a portion of which he suffered intensely. 

Mr. McDowell was the son of the late John McDowell, and was born in Chambers- 
burg Nov. 27. 1857. He received his early education in Chambersburg and then com- 
pleted a college course at Lafayette, being graduated from that institution in 1879. In 
the fall of that year he registered as a law student with Brewer & Gehr. and was admitted 
to the Franklin County bar May 8, 1882. He had his office with Hon. H. Gehr, and 
practiced his profession until he was taken ill. 

Three brothers. Tench McDowell and Allison McDowell, Chambersburg, and Craig 


McDowell, Montana, and one sister, Miss Minnie McDowell, Cbambersbarg, survive 
him. Mr. McDowell was a member of the Sigma Cbi College Fraternity, a prominent 
Repablican, a good lawer, a genial companion, and popular in a large circle of friends. 
There are many who will sincerely monm his death. 

Brother Leland M. White, Alpha Pi, '96, died at his home, Lacota, 
Mich., Sunday, October 21, 1897. The following is from the Albion 
College Pleiad^ Nov. 2, 1897: 

For the second time the members of Alpba Pi, of Sigma Chi, stand as a band of 
mourners at the portal of a brother's tomb. The decease of Leland M. White has filled 
our hearts with a sense of deep and irreparable loss. 

Known to us by his genial manners and unfailing loyalty, he has ever been among 
those whom we most loved and honored ; and now that he has parted from us it is well 
that our benediction of love should follow him into the life eternal. 

Wherefore he it resolved: That our heartfelt sympathy be tendered to the family 
of the deceased in this our mutual bereavement. 

That each member of this our chapter drape his pin and wear it as a badge of 
mourning for a period of ten days. 

That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the mother of our deceased brother and 
be entered upon our chapter records, and also be printed in The AlHon College Pleiad 
and the Sigma Chi Quarterly. Frank Roundenbush, 

W. A. NiLES, 

W. Jay Beazan, 


The following is clipped from the Chicago Tribune^ under date of 
October i6th, concerning Brother William B. Sterling, Alpha Lambda, 
'84, whose death occurred in Omaha, October 15, 1897: 

Omaha, Oct. 15th. — W. B. Sterling, general solicitor for the Fremont, Elkhom and 
Missouri Valley Railroad, died this morning after a short illness from typhoid fever. He 
was 36 years old and one of the most popular railroad attorneys in the West. Mr. 
Sterling was a native of Rockford, 111. He achieved a brilliant record in South Dakota 
as a pablic speaker, and was district attorney of the state prior to his removal to Omaha. 
At one time he was seriously considered as a possibility for United States Senator. For 
several years he was a leader in Republican councils of the state. 

The following resolutions have been passed by the Alpha Lambda 

Chapter : 

Whereas^ It has pleased Almighty God in his province to remove from us our be- 
loved friend and brother, William B. Sterling, and 

Whereas^ We, the members of Alpha Lambda Chapter, of the Sigma Chi Frater- 
nity, deeply feel the loss of a loyal brother, be it 

Resolved, The chapter acknowledge the esteem in which he was held by his brothers, 
and the loss to the Fraternity of a life so full of ability and promise ; and, be it 

Resolved, That we tender our heartfelt sympathy to the family of our deceased 
brother ; and, further be it 

Resolved, That these resolutions be sent to the bereaved family, be entered on the 
minutes of the chapter, and a copy be published in the Sigma Chi Quarterly. 

guido c. vogel, 
Stuart H. Sheldon. 




John B. McPherson, Theta, '83, is the author of an interesting article 
in the October number of the Cosmopolitan Magazine on "The Battle- 
field of Gettysburg/' The description is graphic, and the article is 
illustrated with a number of well selected cuts. 

Walter Malone, Eta, '87, has poems published in the Frank Leslie 
Weekly y under date of September i8th, and in recent numbers oi Judge 
and Harper^ 5 Weekly ^ as well as in the October number of Current Liter- 

The New York Independent thus notices George Adc*s new book, 
Pink Marsh. Brother Ade is an alumnus of Delta Delta Chapter, '87. 

"These sprightly sketches do for the northern town Negro what Mr. Joel Chandler 
Harris' " Uncle Remus" papers have done for the old Southern plantation slave. That 
is, they present some striking phases of his character with certain romantic exaggera- 
tions in the drawing. It is a good exhibition that we have here of what, in the best 
sense, we may call "newspaper art." Mr. Ade is a reporter with a fine feeling for 
the picturesque. His sketches never lack decided attractiveness ; they catch attention 
at once and hold it well." 


The seventh annual Thanksgiving dinner of the New York Alumni 
Chapter will be given at Muschenheims, 39 West 31st Street, New York 
City, November 24th, at 6:30 o'clock. Those who expect to be present 
should notify Brother Francis E. Brewer, 177 West 73d Street, New 
York York City, at once. 


Among Otheir pirateirnities. 

Phi Gamma Delta installed a new chapter at the University of Illi- 
nois at the opening of the school year. 

Dr. Jerome Hall Raymond, the newly elected President of the West 
Virginia University, is an alumnus of the Northwestern University 
chapter of Beta Theta Pi. 

A charter has been granted to the Omega Club, of the University of 
Chicago, by Psi Upsilon. The petition has been pending for five years, 
and the new chapter numbers about twelve active members. 

The Delta Tau Delta Fraternity held its convention in Chicago, 
August 26th to 28th, inclusive, and elected the following officers: Pres- 
ident, K. C. Babcock, The University of California; Secretary, Henry 
T. Brooks, Baltimore, Md. ; Treasurer, Alvin £. Duer, Philadelphia, Pa. ; 
Editor Rainbow, Edwin H. Hughes, Maiden, Mass. 


The Delta Upsilon Fraternity has taken a step in the right direction 
in the establishment of a fraternity library. Financial support is given 
by the general fraternity, and already a very creditable library has been 
gotten together. The idea is that the collection should contain (i) all 
college fraternity publications of every description; (2) all publications 
of colleges and universities where the Fraternity has chapters; (3) all 
publications of the Fraternity itself; and (4) publications of its members. 
The work of collection is slow, but the results are sure to be of inesti- 
mable value to the Fraternity at large. The present librarian is Mr. 
Melvin G. Dodge, of Clinton, N. Y. 

A novel scheme is being inaugurated by the Umbdenstock Publish- 
ing Co., of 144 Monroe Street, Chicago, which consists of the compila- 
tion in book form of a list of all college fraternity men in Chicago, 
grouped in their proper order. The book is to be handsomely boiind, 
and aside from the list of names, will contain historical sketches, sym- 
bolic engravings, cuts of chapter houses, and prominent alumni of the 
various societies, as well as some literary reminiscences by leading 
Greek men in the city. The general plan will be the same as the one 
followed out recently in preparation of a similar publication for New 
York City, and is certain to meet with great favor among those inter- 
ested in general fraternity matters. 



The question of class societies of the type of Theta Nu Epsilon, 
Boar's Head (Tulane), etc., bids fair to be a very important topic of 
discussion in the near future by those interested in matters relating to 
the general fraternity system. Kappa Alpha has already placed itself 
on record as opposed to such organizations, and the editor of the Shield^ 
of Phi Kappa Psi, seems ready to join hands with them in a campaign 
looking towards extermination. The Kappa Alpha Journal for Septem- 
ber contains an article giving something of the history of Theta Nu 
Epsilon, written from the standpoint, evidently, of an outsider, and we 
have the Shield, of Phi Kappa Psi, for October, 1897, as authority for 
the following report of action taken by the Kappa Alpha general fra- 
ternity : 

In regard to Theta Nu Epsilon and pseudo fraternities in general, a most decisive 
stand was taken, and the Constitution was interpreted ' ' to debar all members of the 
Kappa Alpha Order from joining the following organizations:" 

"Theta Nu Epsilon, Boar's Head, at Tulane, Golden Helmet, Golden Dragon and 
Junior Secret Society, at Sewanee, Gimghoul, Pi Sigma, N. Society, and Gorghon Head, 
at North Carolina, 18K, Zeta Tau Kappa, and Yuppali, of the University of Georgia, 
Tilka, Zeta, and Peter Magill, of the University of Virginia, Skeleton and Hand, of the 
University of Texas, and all such similar organizations. And all Kappa Alphas now 
connected with such organizations shall be compelled to withdraw at once." 

The editor of the Shield, however, does not feel at liberty to discuss 
the matter editorially until the policy of the Executive Council shall 
have been stated, but he invites discussion on the subject and seems 
willing to print articles both pro and con. 

Phi Delta Theta deserves great credit for a new Manual, which has 
just appeared as a supplement to the October number of the Scroll, It 
contains a brief historical sketch, a number of biographies, songs, etc. 
The most commendable features, however, and those which are of 
greatest general value, are statistics of other fraternities and of the 
colleges where Phi Delta Theta chapters are located. The matter has 
been thoroughly revised to date, and must serve as a great educating 
factor in general fraternity matters. From the summary we learn '< that 
Phi Delta Theta meets Beta Theta Pi in 40 colleges and universities, 
Sigma Chi in 36, Delta Tau Delta in 29, Phi Kappa Psi in 28, Sigma 
Alpha Epsilon in 28, Alpha Tau Omega in 25, Phi Gamma Delta in 
24, Sigma Nu in 24, Delta Kappa Epsilon in 21, Kappa Alpha (south- 
ern) in 19, Kappa Sigma in 19, Delta Upsilon in 18, Zeta Psi in 13, 
Psi Upsilon in 12, Chi Psi in 11, Theta Delta Chi in 11, Chi Phi in 11, 
Alpha Delta Phi in 10, Phi Kappa Sigma in 7, Sigma Phi in 6, Delta 
Phi in 6, Delta Psi in 5, Pi Kappa Alpha in 5, Kappa Alpha in 4, Mu 
Pi Lambda in 2, Phi Phi Phi in i. So that the 66 chapters of Phi 
Delta Theta meet 415 chapters of other general fraternities; 199 of these 
are older than the Phi chapters they meet, 216 are youngen" 


The Sigma Chi Quarterly 






FEBRUARY, 1898. 


Directory of the Fraternity. 


Grand Consul, — Dr. William L. Dudley Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Texm. 

Grand Annotator, — Herbert C. Arms 5410 Washington Ave., Chicago, lU. 

Grand Triiune, — Charles Alling, Jr 706 Tacoma Bailding, Chicago, 111. 

Grand Quaestor, — ^Joseph C. Nate 539 Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago, IlL 

Grand Editor , — Newman Miller The University of Chicago, Chicago, 111. 

Grand Fraetor — First Frovince, — Thomas R. Field, loth and Market Sts., Philadelphia. 

Grand Fraetor — Second Fromnce, — E. Lee Trinkle, The University of Virginia, Char^ 
lottsville, Va. 

Grand Fraetor — Third Fr evince, — Louis A. Ireton 519 Main St., Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Grand Fraetor — Fourth Frovince, — Joseph R. Voris Bedford, Ind. 

Grand Fraetor — Fifth Frovince, — Robert C. Spencer Stein way Hall, Chicago, IlL 

Grand Fraetor — Sixth Frovince, —JusTin D. Bowsrsock. New England Building, Kansas 
City, Mo. 

Grand Fraetor — Seventh Frovince, — Douglas Forsythe, P.O.Box 1008, New Orleans, La. 

Grand Fraetor — Eighth Frovince, — George Sinsabaugh, 307 Sonth Broadway, Los An- 
geles, Cal. 

Grand Fraetor — Ninth Frovince, — Frank L. Pierce, Room 63, 31 Milk St., Boston, Mass. 


Grand Quastor, — Joseph C. Nate, Chairman. ..539 Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago. 111. 

Grand Annotator, — Herbert C. Arms 5410 Washington Ave., Chicago, IlL 

Grand Fraetor — Fifth Frovince, Robert C. Spencer Stein way Hall. Chicago, IlL 

Grand Historian, — Frank Crozier Portland Block, Chicago, IlL 

Publications of the Fraternity. 

SlS^mfl. Cni Senses. •• Edited by Herbert Clarke Arms, assisted by Charles 
Baker Burdick. A collection of fraternity and college songs, with music. Ele- 
gantly bound in cloth. Price, per volume, $1.00. First edition will be ready for 
distribution March i, 1898. 

The Sigma Chi Bulletin...Edited by Charles Alling. jr., by authority 
of the Grand Triumvirs. A strictly private newspaper, pablished in the months 
of October, December, January, March, April, and June. Contains announce- 
ments of all official actions of the Fraternity, private communications of officers, 
etc. Sent free of charge, on request, to all members of the Fraternity who are sub- 
scribers to the Sigma Chi Quarterly. 

The Sigma Chi Quarterly... Edited by nbwman miller, a joumai of 

college and fraternity life, established in 188 1. Contains illustrated articles, poems, 
biographies, chapter letters, personals, etc. Published in the months of Novem- 
ber, February, May, and July. Subscription, per annum, $2,00; single copies, ^oc. 
Members of the Fraternity are invited to contribute articles, news items, 
verses, sketches, and especially personal notices of alumni members. 

All exchanges and communications concerning editorial matter should be 
addressed to Mr. Newman Miller, The University of Chicago, Chicago. 111. 

All business communications, including remittances, requests for information re- 
garding any of the foregoing publications, etc., should be addressed to Mr. Joseph C. 
Nate, 539 Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago, 111. 


!<■%■ n o r < » ^— J^" - 


OL. XVII. FEBRUARYy i8pS. No. 2. 


By Genaal Ben Piatt Runkk, Alpha, ^57* 

Ez-Grand Consul of the Fraternity. 

I am dttaming a dream in the evening; iightf 
As gaiben the g^Ioom of the coming; nig^ht, 
Whik the toBca,tt rays of the sunset hue 
Turn to crimson and g^old on a sky of blue* 
I am dreaming a dream of our boyhoods' mom. 
When the gfolden sun kissed the tasseled com. 
And the wild rose bloomed, as we told our loves, 
In the cool deep shades of Miami's gfroves* 
When we left dull books in the old ''South-east,'' 
And turned from study to nature's feast. 
And wandering; away over g;lade and hill 
Guxd not if the work of the world stood stilL 
The stream sparkled brig;ht down its pebbled bed. 
While the alder sweet bloom on its bosom shed ; 
The quail whistled gflad, and the lark's sweet note 
Rippled liquified joy from his swelling; throat. 
And the air seemed filled with an heavenly bliss. 
As thoug;h heaven bended down old earth to kiss« 
Our memories broug;ht us no warning; past. 
To-day was ours, and would always last; 
It troubled us not what time mig;ht bring;. 
For hope was leader and love was king;« 

^Written in honor of the dead founders of the Fraternity, and read at the Twenty-second Grand 
bapter, Cincinnati. Ohio, July 35, 1895. 


The world, its honors, its joys and powers. 
Its richest rewards were surely ours ; 
For we knew no bond below nor above 
Save the steel-strong; bond of fraternal love. 
And some other loves as the days sped by. 
For we were true sons of the Si^ma Chi. 

There was Caldwell, with his eyes all agflow. 
With the genius of Shelley, the brain of a Poe, 
Yet with courage so hi^h that his saber steel-brisfht. 
Sprang swift from its sheath in the battle's fierce light. 
And he stood by his cause till the last hope was lest, 
One of the Southland's thrice glorious host* 

Will Lockwood, the kindly and loving was there, 
With his soft, gentle eyes, and fair Saxon hair ; 
With a heart that was made of God's richest gold 
And fashioned by love in her beautiful mould. 
Oh, son of the morning, our pulses beat high. 
While our tears wet the Cross of fair Sigma Chi, 
For when death stilled forever your truest of hearts, 
We know that of war's cost we paid our full part* 
Farewell then, dear friend, would to heaven that I 
Were as worthy the Cross of our own Sigma Chi* 

And brave Dan Cooper, the man of God, 

Who walked in the ways that the prophets trod. 

Upright and manly, fearless and true, 

A Christian gentleman through and through, 

A comrade in joy, a friend in distress, 

A preacher of God, and His righteousness. 

As Olaf, the king, held aloft his sword. 

To his Beersaker chiefs 'round the Christmas board. 

So brave old Dan counts the gain and the loss, 

And stands heart and soul by the great White Cross. 


You^ dear Frank Scobey^ with lausfhinsf face^ 
Your f uU^ honest voice^ and ways of ^ace^ 
Your generous heart and genial bent^ 
That made you welcome wherever you went« 
Dear Franks you too^ when rude wa/s hot breath 
Blew over the land, with the blast of death. 
Went forth, brave lad, with a cheery smile 
Where the colors led in the foremost file* 
You too, have answered the last ^Roll Call^ 
Have answered the summons that waits us all; 
^Taps^ have sounded, the flagfs are furled. 
And your smile is ^laddenin^ a fairer world* 

And bold Tom Bell, as quick as a flash, 

Full of enersTf spi^ and dash. 

With genius for work, and a manly pride. 

At once our philosopher, friend and ^ide* 

No labor too hard, no frolic too hi^h. 

Through evil and ^ood a true Si^ma Chi* 

You too were found where the lon^ blue lines 

Swept down to death through the Southern pines, 

And your ^tdX heart is ^lad that the battle is done 

And in old Sis:ma Chi we are all as one* 

Now, brethren, alas we in silence pause; 

The wondrous workingfs of Nature^s laws 

Are beyond our ken* For the li^htning;^s stroke 

Flashes and shivers the gfiant oak, 

In the prime of life it is prostrate laid 

On the sfround that its branches loved to shade* 

Brave Ike Jordan, with strong, clear brain. 

And will of iron, I seem again 

To hear his voice, as it rose and fell 

Like the magic peals of a silver bell ; 

Denouncing a foe, or defending a friend. 



The world, its honors, hs joys and powers, 
Its richest rewards were surely ours ; 
For we knew no bond below nor above 
Save the steel-strongf bond of fraternal love. 
And some other loves as the days sped by. 
For we were true sons of the Sigfma Chi* 

There was Caldwell, with his eyes all a^low. 
With the gfenius of Shelley, the brain of a Poe, 
Yet with courage so higfh that his saber steel-bright. 
Sprang: swift from its sheath in the battle's fierce light, 
And he stood by his cause till the last hope was lest. 
One of the Southland's thrice glorious host* 

Will Lockwood, the kindly and loving was there, 
With his soft, gentle eyes, and fair Saxon hair ; 
With a heart that was made of God's richest gold 
And fashioned by love in her beautiful mould* 
Oh, son of the morning, our pulses beat high. 
While our tears wet the Cross of fair Sigma Chi, 
For when death stilled forever your truest of hearts, 
We know that of war's cost we paid our full part* 
Farewell then, dear friend, would to heaven that I 
Were as worthy the Cross of our own Sigma Chi* 

And brave Dan Cooper, the man of God, 

Who walked in the ways that the prophets trod, 

Upright and manly, fearless and true, 

A Christian gentleman through and through, 

A comrade in joy, a friend in distress, 

A preacher of God, and His righteousness* 

As Olaf, the king, held aloft his sword. 

To his Beersaker chiefs 'round the Christmas board. 

So brave old Dan counts the gain and the loss, 

And stands heart and soul by the great White Cross* 


You, dear Frank Scobey, with laugfhin^ face. 
Your full, honest voice, and ways of gtacCf 
Your gfenerous heart and genial bent. 
That made you welcome wherever you went* 
Dear Frank, you too, when rude war^s hot breath 
Blew over the land, with the blast of death. 
Went forth, brave lad, with a cheery smile 
Where the colors led in the foremost file* 
You too, have answered the last ^Roll Call^ 
Have answered the summons that waits us all; 
^Taps^ have sounded, the flagfs are furled. 
And your smile is gladdening: a fairer world* 

And bold Tom Bell, as quick as a flash, 

Full of enersTf spi^ ^uid dash. 

With genius for work, and a manly pride, 

At once our philosopher, friend and sfuide* 

No labor too hard, no frolic too hi^h, 

Througfh evil and good sl true Sigfma Chi* 

You too were found where the longf blue lines 

Swept down to death through the Southern pines, 

And your gtcaX heart is gflad that the battle is done 

And in old Sis:ma Chi we are all as one* 

Now, brethren, alas we in silence pause; 

The wondrous workingfs of Nature's laws 

Are beyond our ken* For the lisfhtningf's stroke 

Flashes and shivers the gfiant oak, 

In the prime of life it is prostrate laid 

On the gfround that its branches loved to shade* 

Brave Ike Jordan, with strong^, clear brain, 

And will of iron, I seem agfain 

To hear his voice, as it rose and fell 

Like the magic peals of a silver bell ; 

Denouncing^ a foe, or defending^ a friend. 


And swaying; the souls of listening men« 

One moment, events he moulds to his will 

One more, and his ^tdX heart forever is stilL 

In manhood and honor he carried the Gross 

And we cherish his name while we mourn for his loss* 

And so, here alone in the flowing;, soft li^ht, 
After forty lon^ years I am with you to-nig^ht* 
Glad yea, and proud, my comrades to stand 
In the midst of true sons of our own fatherland. 
For I know that our homes, whatever shall come. 
Whether trials of peace or the rude rattling drums, 
Yea, I know they are safe for to do or to die 
In the cause of the risf^t lives fair Sigma ChL 


r ■'■■.. 

Statue of "Commodore" Cohnelius Vander 



By Thbooorb H. Brbwbr, Alpha Psi. '96. 

The Vanderbilt campus of seventy-six acres, with its college build- 
ings, dormitories, and professors residences, thirty or more in all, lies 
upon a commanding ridge just west of the corporate limits of Nashville. 
Thirty-five years ago a part of the battle field over which hurried to and 
fro the armies of Hood and Thomas; twenty-five years ago a country- 
seat with its corn fields and pastures and a few aged remnants of the 
forest; to-day the campus is a beautiful park where gleaming towers and 
spires lift themselves aloft from a bed of richest green. Fountains and 
flowers, rare shrubs, a hundred and fifty varieties of forest and orna- 
mental trees, tennis courts and a spacious athletic field make it veritably 
a most charming spot. 

One or two grassgrown mounds of the old war time linger near the 
Chancellor's residence, but the only war cries that now disturb their 
solitudes are from the quarreling blue jays in the trees high overhead, 
or from the athletes and their partisans shouting their slogans away on 
the terraced field below. 

From the clock tower of University Hall, the main building, one 
may look east over the narrow streets of the historic city towards the 
capitol of Tennessee, which stands in Grecian perfection on its rocky 
height — a veritable Acropolis; north he may follow with his eye a range 
of hills at whose base swiftly flows the Cumberland in its narrow bed. 
To the south he may see the fortifications and the fields of the battle of 
Nashville, and on the south and west the blue Harpeth hills, which 
amphitheatre-like, wall in a land of surpassing beauty — a land of blue- 
grass pastures, rich fields, giant forest trees, powdered limestone roads, 
and roomy mansions of the semi-regal days of yore. 

Essentially a southern university, there is yet something more appro- 
priate in the location of Vanderbilt in middle Tennessee than if it were 
in some region of the far south. For in its location it the more ade- 
quately meets the wish of its great founder, who said: "If it shall, 
through its influence, contribute even in the smallest degree to strength- 
ening the ties which should exist between all geographical sections of 
our common country, I shall feel that it has accomplished one of the 


objects that has led me to take an interest in it." Here in a beautiful 
state, the products of the north and south grow side by side, the ming- 
ling of the two peoples is more frequent than in many southern sections, 
and there is consequently the opportunity for the better acquaintance 
and appreciation of the one people by the other, and for that strength- 
ening of ties of which Mr. Vanderbilt spoke. While southern senti- 
ments and southern spirit predominate in the University community, 
there is no trace of partisanship in its teachings, and northern scholars 
and students are ever welcome within Vanderbilt walls. Every year, 
indeed, sees an increased number of young northerners sojourning in 
these academic shades. The climate too has its advantages. There 
is neither the harshness of the north nor the oppressive sultriness of 
the south. 

For a few short weeks the cold winds drive through the campus trees, 
and sometimes bearing gossamer burdens of snow, but not long do 
the magnolias droop mournfully beneath their white burden, not long 
does the dark ivy wear her bridal covering out of the north. Only a 
short while do the Virginia creepers hang bare and lifeless about the 
gothic doors, for soon the south breezes come and in triumph kiss away 
the snowy veils, and the violets softly herald the coming of the long 


Vanderbilt is yet in her days of youth, but already there is a faint 
stir of the historic pulse. Although there is not here that rich and mel- 
low flavor which comes to colleges in its perfection only with the coming of 
great age, there is, nevertheless, a distinct foreshadowing of it. Already 
the tales of days gone by are being told in students rooms and profess- 
ors halls, and at alumni gatherings. Already the great figures of Van- 
derbilt, of McTyeire, and of Garland, are receding into those tradition- 
ary mists from which in after years they will no doubt emerge in the 
guise of giants and heroes. No scientific spirit of modern inquiry will 
ever crush the delightful charm of those traditions which grow up wher- 
ever college men are gathered together. 

The first prophecy of the University was in 1858, when the General 
Conference of Tennessee granted a charter to the incorporators of the 
< 'Central University of the General Conference of the Methodist Epis- 
copal Church, South" — a formidable title for a scheme that advanced no 
farther than the paper stage. The institution was to be of high grade, 
and was to provide instruction in all branches of learning, both profes- 
sional and nonprofessional. The General Conference declined to accept 
the charter, but recommended instead that the Tennessee conference 

University Hall, 



Univkrsitv Ha 



take up the projected university in conjunction with such other confer- 
ences as might wish to cooperate. The civil war came on before a 
practical beginning was made, and all plans were thrown to the winds. 
The old Shelby Medical College, however, was organized under the 
charter, and was successfully conducted for the short period of three 
years, that is, until it fell a victim to the Federal occupation of its 

After the war the proposition was again discussed. This time it 
took the form of an agitation for the establishment of a theological sem- 
inary for the whole church. The question was warmly argued at the 
general conferences of 1866 and 1870. There was much opposition to 
the idea on the part of the partisans of the small conference schools and 
colleges. The friends of the seminary then reverted to the old plan of 
a university with a theological department. At a convention of repre- 
sentatives from the conferences interested, held in Memphis, January, 
1872, resolutions were adopted looking toward the foundation of a uni- 
versity of broad scope and high grade. The institution, which was to 
retain the old name of ''Central University," was not to open any 
of its departments until a fund of at least ^500,000 was secured. A 
board of trust was organized immediately upon the adjournment of this 
convention, and agents were put into the field to raise the amount of 
money deemed necessary for a beginning. Soon arose the famous con- 
troversy between Bishops Pierce and McTyeire in the columns of the 
church paper, in which the former bitterly opposed theological training 
in particular and declared that university culture in general was out of 
the reach of the common people. McTyeire stoutly and worthily cham- 
pioned the University in all its phases. Keeping in view the impover- 
ished condition of the southern states at this time, and also the fact 
that the sentiments of Pierce represented accurately the thought of a 
large part of the church, it is easy to understand the failure of the agents 
to raise the amount desired. They even failed to collect their own sala- 
ries. The only contribution worthy of mention was a fund of ^27,000 
given by the citizens of Nashville for the purchase of a site. 

Happily at this juncture "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt, 
through the acquaintance and influence of Bishop McTyeire, became 
interested in the proposed university. Mr. Vanderbilt and the Bishop 
had married cousins in Mobile, and the intimacy between the two wives 
brought about a ripening friendship between the two husbands. The 
"Commodore" had for some time been meditating upon the founding 
of a university — he had even suggested to Dr. Deems, of the Church of 
the Strangers, the establishment of a Moravian university in honor of 


his parents — when Bishop McTyeire chanced to visit him in the Feb- 
ruary of 1873. The conversation turned one evening upon the south 
and its needs, and Mr. Vanderbilt expressed a wish that he might be of 
help to that section of country in some way. The bishop then men- 
tioned a number of worthy schemes that were upon his mind, and among 
them Central University. Here, then, was the opportunity for the great 
financier to accomplish both his aims by aiding the cause of education 
and the south at the same time. He promptly promised help to the 
propoposed institution, and in March, 1873, he gave {500,000 to the 
University. The charter was at once amended to meet his conditions, 
and without any solicitation upon his part, the name of the University 
was changed to that of "Vanderbilt." 

Ground was broken for the first of the buildings, University Hall, 
September 15, 1873. The cornerstone was laid April 28, 1874, and the 
University was dedicated and opened to students October 3-4, 1875. As 
the work of organization, building and equipment went on, mainly un- 
der the direction of Bishop McTyeire, who had been given liberal, 
almost supreme, authority, and Dr. Garland, the first Chancellor, Mr. 
Vanderbilt continued his gifts. At his death, in 1877, he had donated 
{1,000,000. Chancellor Garland was instrumental in the organization 
and equipment of the Academic and Biblical departments. He visited 
the museums and laboratories of Europe in search of apparatus and 
specimens, and as a result the physical and chemical schools of Vander- 
bilt were very complete from the opening years. 

The Medical department was obtained and opened April 21, 1874, by 
the absorption of the Medical School of the University of Nashville. 
The six remaining departments which go to make up the University, 
namely: Academic, Biblical, Law, Pharmaceutical, Dental and Engi- 
neering, were organized one by one and in the order named. The first 
enrollment showed 307 students and 28 members of the faculty. In 
1897, ten years after the abolition of preparatory classes, the number 
of students in all departments was 674, coming from twenty-four states 
and countries. The faculty, including instructors, numbered 91. 

Mr. William H. Vanderbilt, continuing the generous work of his 
father, gave $460,000 to the University, providing especially for the 
erection of Wesley Hall, the home of the Theological department, 
Science Hall, and the Gymnasium, and adding to the permanent endow- 
ment. Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt, grandson of the founder, and present 
head of the Vanderbilt family, donated $30,000 in 1888 for the Mechan- 
ical and Engineering Hall, and for additions to the library. Donations 
to the University from other sources will amount to less than $150,000. 

Uamhus Scenes. 


The endowment is now {1,050,000. The value of grounds, buildings, 
and equipments, is {950,000, and the annual income is something over 

Bishop McTyeire, the first President of the Board, died nine years 
ago. No history of Vanderbilt University, that omits an account of 
this great leader's services would be complete. His name will live 
secure among the Vanderbilt generations. Without him there would 
have been no Vanderbilt, though there might have been at some time a 
Central University struggling through an immature and feeble existence. 
His powerful influence, due not only to vested authority, but also to a 
strong will, good judgment, and executive ability, did much toward 
moulding into shape the magnificent foundation which is now the pride 
of the south. 


The University has developed upon broad and liberal lines, especially 
since 1885. SubcoUegiate or preparatory classes have been abolished, 
and entrance requirements in the Academic and Engineering departments 
have been raised to a standard equal to that of the best universities in 
the United States. Strict collegiate requirements have been made the 
rule for admission into the Theological department. The curricula have 
been reorganized and raised in all collegiate departments, and full semi- 
naries have been developed into twelve distinct university schools. In 
the professional schools there has been the same upward tendency. 
The Law and Dental departments have been housed in an elegant five- 
story stonefront building in the city. The Medical department, no 
longer connected with the University of Nashville, has been reorganized 
and now occupies its own handsome building near the hospital. This 
college is admirably equipped. 

The government of Vanderbilt is vested in a Board of Trust, which 
is a self-perpetuating body, choosing its members from the bounds of 
the conferences named in the charter of the University. These mem- 
bers, who are both laymen and clergymen, are responsible only to the 
Board, though their nomination is usually ratified by the conferences. 
The Chancellor is ex-officio a member of the Board. The faculty has 
been and is composed of able and sometimes brilliant men, whose 
church affiliations are by no means the first thing considered in their 
selection. They are drawn from various denominations, save in the 
Biblical School where, of course, they are Methodists. Some of them 
perhaps have no church connection. They are for the most part men 
of liberal training and culture, graduates of the best schools of Europe 
and America. The first Chancellor, Landon C. Garland, was the most 


prominent educator in the south. For sixty-four years he taught in 
and presided over southern colleges and universities. A man of great 
intellect, deep reverence and learning, a courteous and polished gentle- 
man of the best of the old school, his long life left its impress upon his 
country. The present Chancellor, James Hampton Kirkland, holds high 
rank among the heads of colleges. To the special training of a German 
university he adds a broad and general culture, executive ability, and 
energy. He is a young man, progressive, abreast of the times, and 
popular with the whole student body. 

Though in sore need of greater resources Vanderbilt maintains with 
a large measure of success the ideal of a university in both an extensive 
and an inextensive sense. Extensive in that it covers the whole range 
of studies, both professional and nonprofessional, and inextensive in 
that in its graduate non-professional courses the chief aim is ''to make 
the student an investigator and thinker and to habituate him to original 
research." The attendance of graduate students is large. Almost 
every southern college is represented here, while many come from col- 
leges outside of the south. Vanderbilt is the only southern institution 
that holds membership in the Federation of Graduate Clubs, which is 
composed of those institutions doing real university work. Her great- 
est mission so far seems to have been in the equipment of college teach- 
ers, and by reason of her advanced entrance requirements and special 
encouragement, in the development of preparatory schools doing gen- 
uine and thorough work. The old farcical college life of many sections 
of the south is doomed, and to the influence of Vanderbilt belongs the 
greater part of the credit for this educational reform. In her warfare 
no quarter is given to shams and makeshifts. 


Student life at Vanderbilt is manifold and of varied interest as it is 
at all large colleges. Many of its features are common to other institu- 
tions while there are a few distinctively its own. Athletics, fraternities, 
literary societies, social organizations, clubs, city attractions, contests 
for honors, college publications, all go to occupy the attention of their 
especial devotees who look for a broader field of interest than is found 
in the class room alone. The feeling of love and loyalty for one's col- 
lege, usually expressed by the term college spirit, is strong throughout 
the academies and most of the professional schools. The fierce out- 
bursts of enthusiasm among the undergraduates are perhaps not as fre- 
quent as in some institutions, but the undercurrent is deep and strong 
nevertheless, and when a crisis comes demanding loyalty ^nd sacrifice, 
there is ever a ready and an effective response. 

'Ihk Gymnasium 

Wkst Side H>-- 



West Side Row, a group of seven dormitories, is the most famous 
place of residence sought by the undergraduates. Within its precincts 
life is free and democratic. There much study and much that is not 
study goes on. The supervision of these dormitories is in the hands of 
oflBcers elected by the students. The moral censorship of the "Row 
has been entrusted to a committee now familiarly known as the "Lexow. 
It is understood, however, that this committee shall exercise its juris- 
diction only in the case of serious violations of the laws of morality and 
decency. The committee is seldom called upon to act. The ordinary 
life of the student is perfectly free, and almost invariably gentlemanly 
and law abiding. Wesley Hall is the home of the theological students, 
fellows in the University, and a limited number of academic students 
who live there by the grace of the Chancellor and the Dean of the de- 
partment. In the Hall are also the private apartments of several mem- 
bers of the faculty. Other students live in the numerous boarding- 
houses near the campus or in the city. All medical and dental students 
live down town. 

A peculiar feature of this geographical separation of the Vanderbilt 
men is seen in the annual election of a "Bachelor of Ugliness." Every 
year the factions hold their conventions, each nominating a candidate 
for this time-honored degree, which had its origin in Vanderbilt, and 
which is supposed to be conferred upon the man of greatest popularity 
in the University. On May 27th, which is Founder's Day and is a per- 
petual holiday, the whole student body assemble in the University 
chapel for the purpose of conducting the election. Proceedings begin 
with an endeavor to elect a permanent chairman. Wild cheering and 
noisy partisan demonstrations for and against the several factions and 
candidates are indulged in until the organization of the convention is 
effected. Then follows the nominating speeches which, sometimes ex- 
temporaneous, sometimes carefully prepared, paint each of its own can- 
didates as the summation of human monstrosity and at the same time 
the most popular and important man in college. Opponents are flooded 
with sarcasm and invective, and are portrayed in blackest hues. Some- 
times the speaker is heard patiently and again his words are drowned in 
an uproar of dissent. Motions by gentlemen waggishly inclined, and 
other irregularities, occasionally occur. The "co-eds," of whom there 
are perhaps not more than thirty in the University, in company with 
visitors sit in the galleries to complete the picturesqueness of the scene. 
These young ladies are allowed equal suffrage, and their votes are eagerly 
sought both by flattering speeches from the platform and by the personal 
efforts of the wire workers. They have been known to hold the balance 
of power and to change the trend of an election. No faction ever prov- 


ing strong enough to elect its candidate unaided, there must follow in- 
numerable combinations and counter combinations, so that the elections 
are often intensely exciting. The successful candidate is awarded his 
degree, and a beautiful pen-knife, furnished by the professor of Latin, 
on the evening of the contest for the Young medal in oratory. Some 
prominent alumnus usually makes the presentation speech. 

The two literary societies, the Dialectic and the Philosophic, are 
perhaps the oldest student organizations in the University. Heavy class 
work, fraternity life, and a variety of diversions, check the enthusiastic 
interest that once obtained in these societies. They hold, however, a 
fair membership and the bestowal of a goodly patronage in the line of 
honors. The editors and managers of the magazine, intersociety and 
intercollegiate orators and debaters, are elected from their membership. 

The annual debate held with the University of the South (Sewanee) 
is an important function in Vanderbilt life and yearly attracts increasing 
attention not only from the college people but from the general public. 

College journalism is an important feature of student enterprises. 
The Cornet^ named in honor of the discoveries of the noted astronomer 
Barnard while a student and instructor at Vanderbilt, is an annual pub- 
lished by the twelve Greek letter fraternities. The Courier is a daily 
published during Commencement week by the senior class. The Hustler 
is a weekly published by the Athletic Association. It is a sprightly 
sheet devoted to athletics and general college news. The Observer is a 
monthly literary magazine. Established in 1881, it has grown steadily 
in excellence and favor, until at present it ranks with the best of college 

In athletics Vanderbilt's position as a leader is well established. A 
good gymnasium, the prettiest athletic field to be found in the south, 
tennis courts, football, baseball, track and basketball teams, boxing, 
wrestling, fencing, and cross country running, and bicycling afiord an 
interesting variety of sports and exercises. In football, which has been 
played here for only seven or eight years, Vanderbilt has taken high 
rank. Her team of the past season was the best in the Southern Inter- 
Collegiate Athletic Association, and equal to her strongest southern 
rival outside of the association, as the records will show. The season 
was closed with a total of 141 points scored to her opponents o. The 
baseball team has always been good. This year it will meet Pennsyl- 
vania, Virginia, Georgia, Sewanee, and perhaps other prominent col- 
lege teams. To Vanderbilt's lead is due the development of track ath- 
letics in the south. For ten years she opened her fieldday sports with 
a general invitation to the colleges of the southern states to participate. 

The Medical I 


*^ow the great fieldday meet of the Southern Association is held on the 
/anderbilt field. The university holds the presidency of the association 
md her influence has been continually exerted in behalf of pure sport. 
The spirit of professionalism has never tainted her athletic history. 
The faculty has always permitted and encouraged the development of 
everything conducive to the physical well being of the students, though 
»trong pressure from outside sources is often directed against Vander- 
>ilt*s inter-collegiate contests. The interest of the students in athletics 
s great, often intense, but there has been no resultant neglect of other 
luties, nor have those demoralizing tendencies sometimes predicted 
{hown themselves. 

All Vanderbilt men are champions of the honor system which has 
prevailed in the University since its foundation. Students are treated 
i)y professors and by one another as gentlemen. There is no attempt 
It espionage in anything. Men in examinations are put upon their 
pledge of honor. If a student is accused of cheating on examination, 
[le is tried by his class, and if he is found guilty he is asked to leave col- 
lege. Such instances have been rare in the University's history. 


Social life at Vanderbilt, as it is among many other colleges and 
universities, is fraternity life. That is to say, it is through the best fra- 
ternities that most men, who are something more than mere text book 
grinds, may secure relaxation from that pressure of college duties sup- 
posed to weigh upon the lives of so many under graduates ; and it is 
through the fraternities that frequent glimpses of the broader social 
world outside of college walls are obtained. 

The best society of an old and cultured town such as Nashville, and 
best does not necessarily include the ultrafashionable circles, though it 
sometimes may, is particularly pleasant. The people are open-hearted 
and genuinely hospitable, and are unusually free from that spirit which 
would estimate a man's social standing by his, or rather his father's, 
rating in Bradstreet's. But, nevertheless, these old southern homes, 
surrounded with their indefinable charm and breathing an incense of 
welcome and neighborly feeling, are not opened indiscriminately. The 
flavor of the old aristocracy still lingers within the thresholds of many 
houses, and gentle birth and manners are the golden keys of entrance, 
or at least refined conduct and worth of character. The student, away 
from home and often unknown, is fortunate in securing admission into 
some one of Nashville's many pleasant circles. 

It is however to the life within the campus borders that these obser- 


vations were intended to be limited. There are certain social features 
of college life at Vanderbilt which is the privilege of every student to 
enjcjy. There are the receptions of Chancellor and Mrs. Kirkhead to 
the whole student body, where the ladies of the campus and often the 
debutants of the city assist; the Y. M. C. A. receptions given at the 
first of the term in the halls of the literary societies in honor of the new 
students, and those given during the holidays by the members of the 
Woman's Club of Vanderbilt, and a number of smaller gatherings. 
There are numberless fraternity banquets, receptions, dances, boat rides, 
and tally-ho-parties, in all of which it may be remarked parenthetically 
that Sigma Chi has been tried and proved worthy. 

When the University was founded and for a number of years in its 
early history, secret societies were under the condemnation of the pow- 
ers that then held sway. The law against fraternities was severe and it 
was strictly enforced — at any rate such was the opinion and belief of the 
authorities. The fraternity men in the University possessed other opin- 
ions and a more exact knowledge as to the true status of affairs. The 
vigilance of faculties and trustees was carefully eluded, and what could 
not be had openly was enjoyed in secret. Between 1877 and 1883, at 
which latter date the University ceased its hostile policy, four fraternities 
had founded and maintained chapters in Vanderbilt. Phi Delta Theta, 
Rainbow, Kappa Alpha (Southern) and Beta Theta Pi were the bold 
organizers. The Rainbow chapter was later merged in Delta Tau Delta. 
After a long fight, many petitions and the appearance of representatives 
before the board of trust to argue the side of the secret societies, the 
antifraternity law was repealed. Then the new chapters followed fast. 
Chi Phi came in 1883, Sigma Alpha Epsilon in 1883 (first established at 
Vanderbilt in 1875), Kappa Sigma in 1885 (first established 1877), Delta 
Tau Delta 1886, Sigma Nu 1886, Alpha Tau Omega 1889, Delta Kappa 
Epsilon 1889.* Sigma Chi 1891, Pi Kappa Alpha 1893. Sigma Nu 
was reestablished in 1896. 

In the early years of fraternity life at Vanderbilt there was intense 
feeling and much partisan rivalry between the various chapters. The 
strife for honors and for members ran high, and it is even whispered 
that in those dark ages blows were exchanged and blood was spilt. 
Fortunately that gory period was not of long duration. With the growth 
of a broader and more genuine college spirit came a better feeling among 
the fraternities. A feeling which has steadily developed so that no chap- 
ter of recent years can recall aught but the memory of pleasant relations 

"These dates are taken from the minograph, Higher Education in Tennessee, written by the late 
Lucius S. Merriam, Ph. D., of Vanderbilt, and later of Cornell University. 



with the others. Rivalries at present are conducted on a higher plane 
and in a most gentlemanly manner. There are spirited skirmishes at 
the opening of each year, but they leave no taint of hatred or bitterness. 
Political machinations and combinations in the struggle for honors and 
ofiBces are now of rare occurrence. 

There are now in the University twelve active fraternity chapters 
with a total membership of 205. The initiates for the current year 
number fifty.* Most of the fraternity material is drawn from the 
Academic, Law and Biblical departments. 


When William B. Ricks, Alpha Tau, '89, entered Vanderbilt in the 
autum of 1891, he saw an opening for Sigma Chi, and with characteristic 
energy and good judgment he set to work on the foundation of a new 
chapter. It was not hard for such a man, a most enthusiastic "Sig," 
to secure seven petitioners who were, according to a phrase made famous 
at the Cincinnati convention, ''up to the standard." The petition was 
indorsed by Dr. William L. Dudley, Psi, '81, and William D. Thomas, 
Chi, '83, and forwarded, on November 12, 1891, to the Grand Tribune. 
The charter was granted, and on the 22nd of December of that year the 
infant chapter of Alpha Psi first saw the light of the Greek world. The 
youngster was sprightly from the start, and the knowing ones saw that 
a ''good colt" had been entered on the books of the "sons of the Com- 
modore." The initiates on that eventful evening were Frank M. 
Thomas, Melville C. Hardin, W. Asbury Christian, William B. Beau- 
champ, Albert G. Reed, Ernest G. Woodward, and John Joel Stowe. 

The career of Alpha Psi, now only six years old, when studied in 
connection with the history of other chapters established so much earlier 
at Vanderbilt, will in its own brilliance prove the wisdom of its founder. 
Its position in the first rank was established from the beginning. Sta- 
tistics show that during the six years of her existence Alpha Psi has 
enrolled forty-five members — thirty-nine initiates and six transfers. Of 
important college and university honors taken there are: three Founder's 
department medals — the highest scholastic honors at Vanderbilt — five 
Owen prize medals, three Elliot F. Shepard prizes, four teaching fellow- 
ships in the University, two oratorical medals in the Founder's and 
Young contests, one representative in the Southern Inter-collegiate Ora- 
torical Contest, and two memberships in Alpha Theta Phi, a scholarship 
society, modeled upon Phi Beta Kappa and established at Vanderbilt 
three years ago. Of honors in athletics and student enterprises may be 

n*hese statistics are from the table published by the Vanderbilt Hustler^ Jannary 13, 1898. 


mentioned: general editorship of the Comet twice, of the Observer once, 
of the Hustler once, business manager of the Hustler once, two repre- 
sentatives in the Sewanee debate, five members of the Glee Club, three 
members of the football team and the captaincy three times, managers 
of the field sports and the track team, and the presidency, from time 
immemorial, of the athletic association. 

These statistics are stated not in a spirit of boasting, but simply to 
show that Alpha Psi's establishment has been justified in the eye of the 
public by the fact that she has more than held her own against chapters 
of other fraternities which have had an advantage in time of from five 
to fifteen years. Of course individual benefits accruing from her history 
are not to be calculated. 


The alumni who have gone out from Alpha Psi, though few in num- 
ber, have already begun to take important places in their respective 
fields of occupation. "Father" Ricks, as he is fondly called by the 
chapter, has for the past four years had charge of one of the most 
important Methodist Churches in Arkansas. Frank M. Thomas, '93, the 
delegate to the Nineteenth Grand Chapter, has until this year held the 
pastorate of important churches in Louisville. He is now at his home 
in poor health. W. Asbury Christian, '92, and W. B. Beauchamp, '93, 
are prominent members and hold good appointments in the Virginia 
conference. Thomas Carter, '94, is professor of Latin and Greek in 
Centenary College, Jackson, Louisiana. John J. Stowe, '94, who made 
the address of welcome at the last Grand Chapter, is pastor of Carroll 

Street Methodist Church, Nashville. Thomas C. Meadows, '93, is rap- 
idly becoming a leader in the development of the phosphate fields of 
Tennessee. William D. Rhea, '95, was first assistant engineer of the 
Tennessee Centennial Exposition lately closed. He is now doing im- 
portant engineering work in Mississippi. Albert G. Reed, '95, holds a 
graduate fellowship in Columbia University. Thomas D. Mclntyre, '95, 
is principal of a preparatory school for boys in Nashville. G. Bruce 
Overton, '95, is an associate principal of the Louisville Training School. 
Arthur Earl Wilson, '97, has charge of the high school in Union City, 
Tennessee. Griffin M. Lovelace, '98, is a member of the reportorial 
staff of the Nashville Evening Banner, 

The entertainment of the Grand Chapter last August was perhaps 
the greatest event in the history of the chapter. Its influence upon 
Alpha Psi will no doubt prove lasting. The chapter, always looked 
upon as one of the leading chapters in the University, has always been 
conservative in its selection of members. It has been alert, progressive 
and public-spirited in its policy. Firmly established, and with the sym- 
pathy, advice, and aid of the local alumni it hopes to move on to yet 
greater and better things. 




By Charles Allino, Jr.. Chi, '85: Theta Theta, '88. 

Over five years have passed since Walter L. Fisher was Grand Consul 
•f the Sigma Chi Fraternity. The active members of to-day have never 
been brought directly into touch with his Sigma Chi spirit. The state- 
ment of his life will be interesting to them because it is indissolubly 
linked with the history of our Fraternity. To his old comrades this 
sketch will revive memories of some of the most crucial and exciting 
events in the annals of Sigma Chi. It seems fitting that the present 
Grand Tribune should be delegated to write it, because our connection 
with the Fraternity dates from the same college year and we were asso« 
ciates not only in the same chapter but also in a large part of Brother 
Fisher's official labors. While such an association may render the 
opinions of the writer subject to the partiality of a friendship which has 
lasted for nearly twenty years, most of the facts narrated are matters of 
Fraternity history and will speak for themselves. 

For the birthday of a man who has led a remarkable life both in 
Sigma Chi and out of it, no more spectacular day could be selected 
than July 4th. On that day, in the second year of the Civil War, 1862, 
Walter Lowrie Fisher was born at Wheeling, then in Virginia, of which 
state his mother is a native. He received his early education in the 
schools of that city and attended Marietta College from 1877 to 1879. 
In the latter year, his father. Rev. Daniel W. Fisher, D. D., LL. D., 
was elected to the presidency of Hanover College, at Hanover, Indiana. 
President Fisher, who is a graduate of Jefferson College, Pennsylva- 
nia, and a native of that state, is well known throughout the Presbyte- 
rian church in the United States; he is still the efficient president of the 
college which has advanced steadily during all of his long and success- 
Jul administration. His son matriculated at the institution as a fresh- 
man in September, 1879, and was soon initiated into Chi chapter of 
Sigma Chi. 

Young Fisher's career as a collegian was brilliant. He won the 
prizes both for scholarship and declamation in the freshman and sopho- 
more years, the first honor on the sophomore and junior exhibitions, and 
the valedictory at his graduation in 1883. The Union Literary Society 
Bade him its president in 1882, and valedictorian on its spring exhibi- 


tion (its most coveted honor) in 1883. Through the intrigues of senior 
class politics, he was not given a place on the editorial board of the reg- 
ular college publication, the Hanoverian, The publication was put 
under the control of some of the dullest men in the class, so for the 
honor of the college, more than for personal vindication. Brother Fisher 
organized from all classes a board of editors for a new publication, the 
Bohemian^ of which he was editor-in-chief. It was the best publication 
the students ever issued, and after his graduation was united with its 
rival in a new magazine. 

Mr. Fisher represented his college in the state oratorial contest at 
Indianapolis in 1882, taking third place, and in 1883, receiving second 
prize. As a collegian, he was also a prominent athlete, serving for three 
years as president of the Athletic Association. 

A year after his initiation into Sigma Chi, Brother Fisher attended 
the Thirteenth Grand Chapter in November, 1880, at Washington, D.C, 
as the delegate from his chapter. He made many warm friends, who 
recognized his ability two years later at the Fourteenth Grand Chapter 
in 1882, at Chicago, by electing him Grand Pro-Consul; on account of 
the non-arrival of the Grand Consul, Hon. Isaac M. Jordan, Brother 
Fisher had to preside throughout the session of that Grand Chapter. 

The next spring (1883) Theta chapter resigned the editorship of 
Sigma Chi, a babe of two years. The Grand Council, then a transitional 
body acting in conjunction with the Parent Chapter, which collected ali 
fraternity dues, immediately offered the editorship to Brother Fisher. 
He accepted and at once began a vigorous campaign editorially and 
personally for further centralization of the Fraternity's government 
In pursuance of this agitation a convention of the northwestern chapters 
met with Omega at Evanston in January, 1884. Brother Fisher was 
made permanent chairman, and advocated the main features of the new 
constitution, which was adopted by the Fifteenth Grand Chapter at 
Cincinnati in August, 1884. 

Chicago was chosen as the headquarters of the Fraternity's new 
government, and as Brother Fisher had been elected Grand Tribune and 
continued as Editor-in-Chief of the Sigma Chi, he removed in 1884 from 
Hanover, Indiana, to Chicago, where he has since resided. He had 
spent the year following his graduation, 1883 to 1884, as a tutor in 
Hanover College and a student of law. In the spring of 1885, the Grand 
Council sent Grand Tribune Fisher to the provincial conventions of the 
First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth provinces, to urge the necessity 
of payment by active members of an assessment of four dollars per capita 
for the publication of the new catalogue. That was a large assessment 


in those days and it is only fair to say that Brother Fisher*s unbounded 
iaith in the Fraternity and his enthusiasm for its enterprises caused the 
collection in full of the assessment and laid a basis for the publication 
of the book. Grand Tribune Fisher was re-elected at the Sixteenth 
Grand Chapter at Columbus, Ohio, in 1886. On his suggestion, in 1887, 
the Sigma Chi Bulletin was established by order of the Grand Council. 

Mr. Fisher was admitted to the Chicago bar in March, 1888, and 
within two months thereafter was appointed Attorney for Condemnation 
and Special Assessment Cases of Chicago. The arduous duties of this 
position necessitated his resignation as Grand Tribune and Editor-in- 
Chief of the Sigma Chi at the Seventeenth Grand Chapter held in Chicago 
in 1888. He was elected Grand Quaestor, however, and in conjunction 
with the writer, who was elected as his successor in the other offices, 
immediately began the publication of the present Catalogue and History 
which was completed in 1890. Although much painstaking work had 
been done by Charles A. Wightman, Mason Bross, John C. S. Weills 
and others, an enormous burden rested on Mr. Fisher and the present 
Grand Tribune. 

Mr. Fisher's legal work for the City of Chicago continued throughout 
the publication period, and too much credit can never be extended to 
bim for the high talents and hours and hours of valuable time which he 
devoted to the great task without compensation of any kind. The Fra- 
ternity showed its appreciation of the labor by electing him Grand 
Consul at the Eighteenth Grand Chapter, held in 'Washington in No- 
▼ember, 1890, which office he held until the expiration of his term in 

As a lawyer, Mr. Fisher has been an unqualified success. The expe- 
rience which he gained in trying special assessment cases for the City of 
Chicago has made him an expert in that kind of litigation and he has 
widened his practice into other fields. When he began to practice law 
he formed a partnership with Mr. Rudolph Matz, and they have added 
Mr. W. C. Boyden, their firm name now being Matz, Fisher and Boy- 
den, with offices in the Portland Block, Chicago. 

Mr. Fisher married Miss Mabel Taylor, of Boston, Massachusetts, 
in that city on April 22, 1891. They have a family of four boys, the 
youngest of whom are twins, and resides in the winter at their city home. 
No. 463 North State street, and in the summer at a beautifully situated 
country home at Lakeside, on a knoll overlooking the Sheridan Road 
and Lake Michigan, along the line of the Chicago and North-Western 
Railway, some fifteen miles north of Chicago. 

Mr. Fisher has one brother who is a Sigma Chi, Rev. Howard 


Fisher, M. D., a Presbyterian missionary in India. His mother and 
sister, Miss Edith Fisher, are also loyal Sigma Chis, and have been of 
great assistance to Chi chapter. The boys of old and of to-day will 
always hold them in grateful remembrance for their continued loyalty to 
the Fraternity. 

Should his father's family leave Hanover, the handsome chapter house 
of Sigma Chi will still remain to keep alive there the name of Walter 
L. Fisher and to testify eloquently of his devotion to the Fraternity. 
He was mainly instrumental in building it and is watchful as to its 
proper maintenance. Mr. Fisher is a member of the Union League^ 
University, Law, Literary, and Shokie Country clubs. He is an ardent 
equestrian and a lover of field-sports in general. 

As a public speaker, he is logical, earnest, and forcible. Owing to 
his exclusive devotion to his profession, his efforts in oratory have beem 
confined in recent years to legal arguments and he has had little need to 
display the fire of imagination which embellished his college speeches. 
His keen literary sense is illustrated in his excellent prose composition 
in the Fraternity publications, and in such songs as '''Tis the joUiesC 
night of the whole college year," which he wrote for the old song book. 
As a persistent, aggressive fighter who knows no compromise or surren- 
der of his cause, Mr. Fisher has few equals. He depends on theforiiter 
in re rather than the suaviier in mode. He brings to every work of life 
as he did to his work for Sigma Chi, a richly endowed mind, well bal- 
anced and well trained, a will power inflexible, and an unusual capacity 
for concentrated mental labor — gifts necessary to leadership. 

Brother Fisher is very much interested in the success of the Endow- 
ment Fund and every other project for the advancement of Sigma Chi. 
Long may he live to honor our common Fraternity in whose behalf so 
much of his life's energy has been exerted. 

Chicago, February z, 1898. 



While the constitution adopted by the last Grand Chapter covers 
admirably the present needs of the Fraternity in a general way, expe- 
rience has nevertheless already revealed a number of points which call 
for amendment and revision at once. When the Grand Triumvirs took 
up the question of incorporation, after investigating the matter care- 
fully, it became apparent that the Fraternity as such could not be incor- 
porated to advantage under the Jaws of any state, and in order to carry 
out the intent of the legislation enacted at Nashville, a change was ac- 
cordingly recommended by the Triumvirs looking toward the incorpora- 
tion of the Grand Council instead of the Fraternity in order to thor- 
oughly overcome every possible objection to incorporation under the 
statutes of Illinois. Other changes necessarily followed and the Trium- 
virs accordingly recommended the propositions which are now before 
the chapters for approval. Perhaps the most important of these is the 
amendment making the Grand Historian a member of the Grand Coun- 
ciL As the matter now stands, the Council consists of exactly fourteen 
members, each having the right to vote on all questions. There is, of 
course, a possibility of a dead-lock under this system, and the only pre- 
ventative is to make the Grand Historian a member of the Grand Coun- 
cil. Aside from this, there seems to be no good reason why he should 
not be upon an equal footing with all other grand officers. The position 
certainly merits recognition, and is capable of as much development and 
general good for the Fraternity as that of any other office, and good 
sense would indicate that this officer should be honored with a position 
on the Grand Council. In accordance with the latest legislation, when 
the next catalogue and history is issued, the work will fall largely upon 
the historian, and too much care cannot be taken to see that the office 
and its holder receives every encouragement for faithful work. 

Under the new plan, ''The Grand Council shall be a body corporate 
under the laws of the State of Illinois known as the Grand Council of the 
Sigma Chi Fraternity^ as such body corporate it shall adopt and enforce 
by-laws in accordance with the constitution, statutes and ritual of the 
Fraternity and the statutes of lUinoisi" Another section provides that 
the Grand Council shall be trustee to collect, hold and disburse all 
moneys coming to the Endowment Fund. It is further provided that 
the Grand Triumvirs shall constitute a board of directors, with the Grand 
Quaestor acting as Treasurer. 


A set of by-laws have already been drafted and submitted for con- 
sideration, which are intended to furnish the basis of the workings of 
the body corporate, as well as meet the legal requirements. The ques- 
tion has been clearly presented in detail in the last number of the BulU- 
tin and it is hoped that the chapters will respond promptly with their 
votes so that incorporation may be effected at an early date. 

There is undoubtedly a great diversity of opinion among readers of 
college fraternity publications as to the field which such magazines should 
occupy. With our own Quarterly this question was pretty definitely 
settled when the Bulletin was established. This gave an outlet for the 
publication of certain matters which are private in their nature, and left 
the Quarterly for a wider, and we may say, a more useful field. The 
editorial policy during the past two or three administrations seems to 
have been to publish such articles as would be of general interest and 
usefulness to any one interested in general educational matters. This 
policy will be adhered to during the coming two years, and we hope to 
profit by the experience of the past and make the usefulness of the 
Quarterly even greater than it has been. With this end in view, we 
hope to continue along the lines already well defined, and by securing 
the cooperation of some of our alumni who are both capable and in po- 
sition to furnish us with readable and instructive articles, to present 
matter which will be sequential in its nature and at the same time inter- 
esting and instructive to our readers. The old policy of publishing from 
time to time biographical sketches of prominent alumni and articles 
regarding the various institutions in which our chapters are located will 
be continued. Aside from this feature, we have planned with the begin- 
ning of the May number, a series on "Student Life in Foreign Universi- 
ties." These will be written by such men as S. Lewis Ziegler, M. D., 
of Philadelphia, Robert Harvey, M. D., and Joseph C. Nate, Ph. D., of 
Chicago, and will be especially valuable to students who are expecting 
to carry on graduate study abroad. 

We expect also to present a number of articles on club life in various 
American cities, giving special attention to the university clubs which 
are composed entirely of college and university men. 

As an index of the interest of alumni in the Fraternity of to-day, 
we wish to call attention in another part of this issue to the report 
of five alumni meetings which have occurred during the past three 
months — namely: New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City and 


Columbus, Ohio. It is remarkable that we should have at this time ac- 
counts of so many gatherings, and the Fraternity is certainly to be con- 
gratulated. This would seem to dispel the doubt which is so often 
manifested as to the value of the college fraternity after graduation, 
and to demonstrate the fact that interest in our general order seems to 
be growing rapidly. The later must necessarily be the case, and the 
recent legislation enacted by the Nashville Grand Chapter will tend 
to gradually strengthen this sentiment. We have reference, of course, 
particularly to the provision for an Alumni Endowment Fund for the 
purpose of building chapter houses and carrying on other schemes 
of general importance. The time is not f^r distant when every alum- 
nus — not only our own Fraternity, but of other organizations as well — 
will look upon his connection with his college society as a most impor- 
tant matter. In the cities mentioned above we now have active organ- 
izations both in New York and Chicago, and it is probable that a char- 
ter will be granted to the Kansas City Alumni during the coming year. 
Reports from Nashville state that a movement is on foot to organize a 
Tennessee Alumni Chapter. 

The election of the Hon. George P. Merrick, Omega, '84, as Presi- 
dent of the Chicago Alumni Chapter is a fitting tribute to the enthusi- 
astic interest which he has manifested in the Fraternity, and especially 
in the Omega chapter at the Northwestern University, for many years. 

The question of the so-called class fraternities and local organiza- 
tions which are in existence in many American colleges is one which is 
just now receiving considerable attention, not only from college and uni- 
versity authorities, but also from the governing bodies of many of the 
national Greek letter societies. The recent action of Kappa Alpha in 
forbidding its members to join organizations of the Theta Nu Epsilon 
type was referred to in the November number of the Quarterly. The 
general tone of fraternity publications at present seems to be averse to 
the system. So far as Sigma Chi is concerned no general policy has as 
yet been decided upon by the Grand Chapter, but in one or two in- 
stances where the question has been referred to the Grand Triumvirs it 
has been decided that such organizations were not in keeping with the 
policy of the Fraternity, and members have been advised not to join 
them. We do not deem it wise at this time to enter fully into a discus- 
sion of the question but there seems to be many reasons for an attitude of 
this sort, and it is hoped that the members of our various chapters will 
proceed carefully in propositions for membership in class societies and 
weigh well the consequences before deciding. 


The Sigma Chi Song Book is finally in the hands of the printer, 
and we are promised that it will be ready by March ist. We are sure 
that the efforts of the editor and others cooperating with him will be 
appreciated, and that there will be a large demand for the book. The 
first issue, according to present arrangements, will consist of five hun- 
dred copies. There are already nearly four hundred sold, and if enough 
encouragement is received immediately from the alumni and active chap- 
ters the number in the first edition will probably be increased. The 
book will consist of seventy songs, varied in character, with the music 
and accompaniment complete in every case. It will be handsomely 
bound in cloth, and the price will be one dollar per copy. Too much 
cannot be said by way of commendation of the faithful work put upon 
the book by Herbert C. Arms, Editor and Chairman of the Song Book 
Committee. He has been untiring in his efforts to make this publica- 
tion superior to anything of its kind, and he deserves the thanks of the 
entire Fraternity. 

The election of Brother Robert C. Spencer, Jr., Alpha Lambda, '86, 
as Grand Praetor of the Fifth Province in place of Brother Lewis W. 
Meyers, Alpha Lambda, '94, resigned, completes the board of Grand 
Triumvirs, and places one of Sigma Chi's strongest men in a prominent 
position on the Grand Council. Brother Spencer was well known among 
Sigma Chis during his college course, and was Grand Annotator of 
the Sixteenth Grand Chapter at Columbus, Ohio in 1886. Aside from 
his connection with Alpha Lambda, he was also an active member of 
the Alpha Theta Chapter at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
in 1877-8. He was awarded the Rotch Scholarship of Boston in 1891, 
which enabled him to spend two years abroad, where he pursued archi- 
tectural studies. His work as a designer of some of the interior deco- 
rations of the Chicago Public Library has made for him a national 


LietteiTS from Active Chapters. 



At last the semi-annual "exams " are a thing of the past, and from 
freshman to senior we breathe freely again. Not in our memory has 
such an amount of boning been done, but we think the average marks 
partially repay some of the anxious members. 

Since our last letter life has been rather uneventful with us at Co- 
lumbian. Our football team closed a very successful season on Thanks- 
giving Day, unfortunately with a defeat, but as the only touchdown was 
made in the last three minutes of play honors were about evenly di- 

The prospects for a baseball team are good, and as soon as our sched- 
ule is completed we expect to prove our claim to the championship of 
the south. 

Since November we have been reinforced by Brother Charles Hume, 
of Alpha Nu, who has entered the Law School, and who is most favor- 
ably known here as a public speaker. Brother Read Clarke has been 
unanimously elected President of the senior class, and is the most prom- 
ising candidate for Commencement honors. Brothers Cutter and Co- 
bum represent us on the college dance committee. We regret to have 
to say that Brother Frank N. Everett has left college to go into business 
with his father. His loss is most deeply felt. 

During the Christmas vacation those of us who were in town were 
pleasantly surprised to find our Grand Consul, Brother Dudley, here 
at the meeting of the American Chemical Society. We who met him 
cannot express our admiration too sincerely. 

Throughout the fall we frequently had with us Brothers Charles and 
Hugh Krumbhaar, of Alpha Omicron, who spent some time in Wash- 
ington eluding ''Yellow Jack." 

The number of students in Columbian University this year is about 
1,000. Of this number 100 are college students; 70 are men and 30 

Sigma Chi and Theta Delta Chi are active in the college only. Phi 
Kappa Psi initiates from the whole University, while Kappa Alpha and 
Kappa Sigma initiate only from the Law and Medical Schools, not ex- 
tending to the college. 


The fraternity membership is as follows: Sigma Chi, 3; Theta 
Delta Chi, 10; Phi Kappa Psi, 19; Kappa Alpha, 25; Kappa Sigma, 
22. Harry C. Coburn. 

Washington, D. C, Feb. 12, 1898. 


Theta greets her sister chapters and wishes them a prosperous New 
Year. For us the season has opened very auspiciously. All our active 
members have returned with the exception of Brother Lawyer, who left 
to accept a position with the proposed railroad which will connect 
Washington and Gettysburg. 

At our first meeting of '98 we initiated two men. We have the 
pleasure of introducing to the Fraternity, Brothers Calvin Blaine Loudon, 
Altoona, Pa., and De Lanson James Young, Middletown, Pa. Brother 
Loudon is the fifth of the Loudon family whom Theta has initiated. 
Brother Young is a grandson of the late Colonel James Young, who was 
the owner of the famous << Young" farms which lie along the Penn- 
sylvania Railroad, below Harrisburg. We can now report ten active 
members, which is the largest number we have had for some years. We 
also have several preparatory students pledged, which is an indication 
of the activity of our members. 

We are well represented in all phases of college life. Brothers Erd- 
man and Keith are on the musical clubs and Brother Dale has been re- 
elected captain of the football team for 1898, and has also been elected 
a member of the Pen and Sword, the college honorary society. 

Gettysburg, we are pleased to say, is rapidly progressing. Since our 
last letter to the Quarterly the campus has been graced by a hand- 
some domitory, which is but one of a series of buildings which are to be 
erected by friends of the College. The domitory is built in the English 
style of architecture. The material is brick and the trimmings are of 
brown stone. The building is finished entirely in hardwood, is heated 
throughout with steam, and has the latest approved system of ventila- 
tion. It is, indeed, a great addition to the College. 

The prospects for the baseball team are very bright. The candidates 
are hard at work in the cage, and there is every indication of our college 
being represented by the winning team. Our chapter will have several 
men on the team. 

The College enrollment to date is about 280; of these 275 are men 
and 5 are women. 

The fraternities which have chapters at Gettysburg, with their mem- 
bership and in order of establishment, are as follows: Phi Kappa Psi, 


10; Phi Gamma Delta, 13; Sigma Chi, 10; Phi Delta Theta, 9; Alpha 
Tau Omega, 11. Total number of fraternity men in college is 44. 
There is an attempt being made at the present time to revive the chap- 
ter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. This will make the third attempt to put it 
on a solid footing. 

We have taken in two men since the opening of the college year and 
one transfer. Will G. Leisenring. 

Gettysburg, Pa., Jan. 15, 1898. 


We take pleasure in introducing to the Fraternity three new men 
whom we have initiated since our last letter. They are all fine fellows 
and are very popular in college. All have had bids from the <<frats." 
They are: Ernest Magee, of Clarion, Pa.; Edward Caldwell, of Milton, 
Pa. ; and Frank W. Ward, of Ridgeway, Pa. We have another pledged 
man, Walter Mintzer, of Philadelphia, making five pledged men and 
seven in the active chapter. Brother Hyatt, '91, officiated at Magee's 

Brother Rush H. Kress has been elected football manager for the 
coming season. He is also manager of the Orange and Blue ^ our weekly 

Our football season ended November 13th, on which day we were 
badly defeated by State College. Our basketball team is at present 
playing in and around Philadelphia and Camden, N. J. 

Our glee club, composed of eight young men, had a delightful Xmas 
trip in the eastern part of the state, and from press accounts they were 
very much appreciated. 

The junior ball was held on January 21st. It was one of the finest 
social events of the season. On February 4th Sigma Chi held her an- 
nual dance. We began this custom last year. It is now rumored that 
the ''frats" expect to follow our example later in the season. 

We have had visits from Brothers Bailey, ex-Kappa, and Dewing, 
both of Phi Phi; and Rogers, '95; Ryan, '95; Gine, '97, all ex-Kappa 
men; also from Brothers Irvin and Irving, Omicron. 

The enrollment of the university to date is about 500, of which num- 
ber 375 are men and 125 women. 

There is a total of 56 fraternity men in school, distributed as follows: 
Phi Kappa Psi, 14; Phi Gamma Delta, 11; Kappa Sigma, 10; Sigma 
Alpha Epsilon, 14; Sigma Chi, 7. 

We have initiated three men this year and pledged three. 

Lewisburg, Pa., Feb. 9, 1898. B. H. Trimmer. 



Omicron Chapter of to-day is not the Omicron of old. Her exist- 
ence is rather more nominal than actual. This may seem a sad and un- 
timely confession, but the few of us who still remain think it better that 
the Fraternity, and especially Omicron alumni, should know the truth- 
ful condition of affairs with this chapter. Good, whole-souled fellows 
are sadly lacking at Dickinson; therefore the downfall of Omicron. 
There are four of us, with a possibility of a fifth, left in the institution : 
Robert W. Irvin, law, '98, New York City; Robert H. Barker, law, 
'98, Philadelphia; Merkel Landis, law, '99, Carlisle, Pa.; Blake Irvin, 
law, '98, Brookville, Pa.; David Riddle, college, '99, of Chambersburg, 
Pa. Earl Beitzel entered with the class of '99, but was forced to leave 
college on account of sickness. At present he expects to drop back 
for the class of '00, provided there is not too much humiliation connected 
with the "drop." 

Brother Irvin is president of one of Tammany's auxiliary organiza- 
tions. Brother Barker also indulges in politics to the extent of ward 
healer of the thirty-eighth ward of Philadelphia. Landis and Riddle 
take great pride in being able to control the women vote of Carlisle and 
Chambersburg. Beitzel and Irvin "daddle" with the ivories for their 
amusement. Brother Landis is one of the business managers of the 
Foruniy a monthly periodical published by the Law School. 

The football team closed a very successful season by defeating State 
College, 6-0. 

The college, law and preparatory enrollment is 422. Of this number 
but 25 are women. The following fraternities are represented, with a 
combined membership of about 100: Beta Theta Pi, 21; Phi Kappa 
Psi, 17; Phi Kappa Sigma, 15; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 20; Sigma Chi, 5; 
Delta Chi (law), 16; Phi Delta Theta, 10. Other fraternities, without 
chapters, are represented as follows: Theta Delta Chi, 4; Psi Upsilon, 
2; Chi Phi, 2- Blake Irvin. 

Carlisle, Pa., Jan. 15, 1898. 


Phi Phi has indeed many reasons for congratulating herself. First, 
she has a most congenial and enthusiastic crowd; second, she has just 
ended a most successful fall rushing season; third, she was represented 
by Brothers Boyle at left end, Overfield at center, and Megarger, Wentz 
and De Silver as substitutes on the Pennsylvania football, the undis- 
puted champions of 1897. 

In the selection of men we have been especially careful. Our motto 


has been << quality, not quantity." As a result of our endeavors we wish 
to introduce to the Fraternity two typical and ideal <<Sigs" in the per- 
sons of Eugene Bradley Wilkins, college, 01, Washington, D. C, and 
John T. Engeman, Jr., special, Brooklyn, N. Y. Brother Wilkins is a 
nephew of Brother H. S. Bradley, Gamma, '72. There are several more 
whom we hope to be able to introduce in our next letter. 

Immediately after the game with Cornell on Thanksgiving Day the 
election of football captain for the ensuing year was held. Brother 
Boyle was unanimously elected captain, but was forced to resign on ac- 
count of <<the four- year rule." He is without doubt the finest end rush 
that Pennsylvania has ever had. He was also obliged to resign the 
captaincy of the University crew, much to the regret of the men. 

Brother McAvoy was not in college last fall on account of an attack 
of typhoid fever. He is now convalescing, and we expect to have him 
with us again in a few weeks. 

We are now eating in our Fraternity house, and we find there is noth- 
ing like it. 

Since our last letter we have enjoyed visits from the following 
"Sigs": Raymond, McIUhenny, McLauglin and Flannery of Alpha 
Phi; Hare of Alpha Xi; Dale of Theta, and Barclay, Ryan and Fishnor 
of Kappa. We hope to see a great many more at our house, 3712 Wal- 
nut street, in the future. J. H. Houston. 

Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 15, 1898. 


The first term is about to close at Lehigh and the regular siege of 
examinations will soon begin. All the friends of the University may be 
pleased to know that our President, Dr. Drown, who has been so very 
low, is recovering. 

We were very much pleased with a visit from Brother Rounday, '97, 
a short time ago. 

It is with great regret that we announce the departure of one of our 
number. Brother Williams, '99, who has taken a prominent part in 
athletics and class affairs, leaves next term to finish a course in archi- 
tecture at the University of Illinois. 

We all heartily recommend "Slim" to Kappa Kappa. 

Our outlook for the spring athletics is very bright. Not long ago 
about 150 of the under graduate body raised nearly {1,000 for the benefit 
of the teams. We are represented on the baseball, lacrosse and track 

The enrollment in the University this year is about 350. Of this 


number 148 are fraternity men, divided as follows: Sigma Chi, 12; 
Chi Phi, 6; Alpha Tau Omega, 8; Delta Phi, 14; Psi Upsilon, 17; 
Theta Delta Chi, 9; Delta Upsilon, 11; Sigma Nu, 7; Phi Gamma 
Delta, 11; Sigma Phi, 12; Phi Delta Theta, 7; Delta Tau Delta, 8; Beta 
Theta Pi, 7; Kappa Alpha, 10; Chi Psi, 9. 

We have not installed any new men as yet, but we are in a prosper- 
ous condition and the outlook at present for securing a couple of new 
men is good. 

Alpha Rho sends her greetings to all <<Sigs" and wishes success for 
the new year. George A. Horne. 

Bethlehem, Pa., Jan. 16, 1898. 


We began the second term of the college year with bright prospects 
and very few conditions. For a few days we were much pleased to have 
with us Brother Montgomery, '97, manager of the electric heat and 
power plant at Milton, Pa. He was here collecting data for a new 

We wish to introduce Brother Wayne T. Dimm, 'ooj of Dimms- 
ville, Juniata County, Pa., who entered the sophomore class in mechan- 
ical engineering last term. We have been looking after a few other 
fellows and hope to be able to report them in our next letter. 

Brother Davis is at present testing the electric power plant at York, 
Pa., for his graduation thesis. We have seven members in the chapter 
house, and our smoking room has no lack of good story tellers to drive 
dull care away. 

Dr. L. M. Colfelt, Iota, '6q, whose resignation we noted in our last 
letter, has reconsidered his call to Cambridge, Mass., as pastor of a 
prominent church of that place and will remain here. We are greatly 
pleased that he finds this field of duty acceptable to him, when another 
presents so many advantages. 

In basketball each class has a team, and the winter will be made 
lively by a series of interclass games for a cup. The prospects are 
favorable for a good team to represent the college. The girls here have 
organized two basketball teams. 

Brother Haldeman, '00, was called home last week on account of the 
death of his father, Professor Haldeman, of Marietta, Pa. He has our 
deepest sympathy in his bereavement. 

We have at present an enrollment in the college of 300. The total 
of 82 fraternity men is divided among the six organizations, as follows: 
Phi Gamma Delta, 9; Beta Theta Pi, 16; Phi Kappa Sigma, 13; Kappa 


Sigma, 16; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 17; Sigma Chi, 11. Since the open- 
ing of the year we have initiated four men. 

In closing, we extend our hearty best wishes to all loyal "Sigs/' 
State College, Pa., Jan. 15, 1898. Roland Diller. 



Zeta has no new brothers to introduce at this time, but she has been 
trying to keep up with the band all the time, and no one has been able 
to show that she has failed. 

The board of editors of our annual, the Calyx, were elected after a 
new plan this year. The editor-in-chief, his assistant, and the business 
manager were elected by a mass meeting. Three associates were elected 
by the senior academic class, two by the senior law class, one by the 
junior academics, and one by the junior law men. Brother A. G. Sny- 
der was made business manager ; Brother G. R. Houston was elected 
from the academic class, and Brother N. S. Fitzhugh will do some of 
the drawing. 

Our baseball prospects are very bright. Brother Snyder is captain 
and first baseman. We are to have ex-manager Sullivan of the St. Louis 
Browns to coach the team. The mild weather has already allowed the 
men to practice some out of doors. 

The crews have not begun work yet, but training will begin in a 
short while. Brother Fitzhugh will run for a seat in the Harry Lee boat. 

The Graham-Lee Literary Society held its intermediate celebration 
on January 19th. Brothers J. R. Tucker and A. G. Snyder were mar- 
shals. We enjoyed having Brothers Stuart and Henderson with us 
when the Hampden-Sidney team played the V. M. I. 

The enrollment of the college this year is 137. Of this number there 
are 75 fraternity men. The number of the various chapters is as fol- 
lows: Phi Kappa Psi, 10; Kappa Alpha, 13; Sigma Nu, 8; Phi Gamma 
Delta, 5; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 5; Mu Pi Lambda, 6; Delta Tau Delta, 
9; Alpha Tau Omega, 8; Kappa Sigma, 2; Phi Delta Theta i; Sigma 
Chi, 8; Sigma Chi initiates, during the current year, 3. 

Lexington, Va., Jan. 20, 1898. Gordon R. Houston. 


Tau, as was stated in our last letter, has been pursuing her course in 
a rather conservative manner, but we announce, with pleasure, the in- 


itiation of Paca Kennedy, Wilbur H. Baillie and Oscar C. McNab, the 
former from Charleston, W. Va., the two latter from Salem, Ohio. 
Three finer, more loyal, and more deserving wearers of the White Cross 
we think it would be difficult to find. Brothers Baillie and McNab are 
freshmen. Brother Kennedy is taking a special course. 

Roanoke's football team of the past season did not fulfill all our ex- 
pectations. This was partly due to so many new men playing in the 
team ; however, the fewer excuses offered the better, and we hope and 
believe that our athletic standard will be returned to its former position 
by the baseball team of '98. Our' last year's baseball team was very 
strong and their playing was excellent, but as there is always room for 
improvement it is the aim this year to eclipse all former records. Sev- 
eral members of last year's team are still with us, and judging from the 
able manner in which the new men twirl and handle the leather-covered 
spheroid our hopes seem in a fair way to be realized. 

Sigma Chi is well represented in the college world of Roanoke. 
Brother^ Oscar McNab and Wilbur Baillie were on the eleven, the 
former doing some excellent and effective work in the line, the latter 
acting as substitute. 

Brother M. S. Eagle is president of the Athletic Association and in 
a recent election was chosen to fill this position for a second term. 

Brother W. A. Brown also is a member on the staff of The Collegian. 

Several of our members spent the Christmas vacation at their homes 
but are now hard at work. To those of us who remained at college the 
time sped along too swiftly, the vacation being a very pleasant one in- 
deed and long to be remembered by all. 

On the night of November 26th, Brother Minor Wiley, '92, now prac- 
ticing medicine in Salem, gave us a handsome supper. To say that the 
spread was enjoyed and that all had a good time is expressing it mildly. 
On the same night we received a visit from Brother Stevenson, of Sigma 
Sigma, who was visiting at his home in Roanoke City. We regret very 
much that he could not remain and enjoy the good time with us. 

During the holidays we again had the pleasure of a visit from Brother 
Stevenson, accompanied by Brother Smith, of Eta Eta. It was a plea- 
sure to have these brothers with us. 

The enrollment of the college to date is 175, of which number 162 
are men and 13 women. The following fraternities are represented, 
with a total membership of 21: Sigma Chi, 10; Pi Kappa Alpha, 5; 
Phi Gamma Delta, 6. Three men have been initiated by our chapter 
since the opening of the year. John M. Hamilton. 

Salem, Va., Jan. 18, 1898. 



The opening of the new year finds us all in our accustomed places 
preparing to round out the session with more than our usual energy, but 
good resolutions, like everything else, fail to be proof against the days 
when ''A young man's fancy/' etc., so when the spring does come we 
will look back with pride to the time when we had such good resolutions. 
The intermediate examinations are over and once more we can breathe 
freely. The immediate presence of the Nemesis has been removed, but 
she will soon again be on our track. 

In fraternity circles quiet reigns. The field has been worked over 
very thoroughly and the spring << goatings " will not be very numerous. 
So far we have pledged none. 

Since our last letter Psi has had an addition to her ranks in the per- 
son of Brother Charles Orr, a transfer from Lambda. Brother Orr is 
pursuing law work. 

The campus is filled every evening now with men practicing for the 
baseball team. The number of applicants is unusually large, and the 
University of Virginia expects to put on the diamond this year one of 
the best teams she has ever had. Psi has expectations of being repre- 
sented on the team, as several of her members played on last year's 

The University has risen revivified from its ashes, and this year marks 
an important period in her career of educational triumph. The new 
buildings, which have been in process of construction since the fire, are 
now finished and will be dedicated at Commencement time. They are 
models of architectural beauty and finish and add greatly to the beauty 
of the grounds. P. H. Drewry. 

Charlottsville, Va., Jan. 16, 1898. 


The heavens are clear, the zephyrs are serene, and the little yacht 
Gamma Gamma moves smoothly onward. Her crew is harmonious and, 
as might be well expected, sailing is pleasant. 

In a short while the half session will be over. The burning of mid- 
night oil, the cramming of Latin parallel and <<Math" formulas will 
cease then until the << finals'' and the sunken eyes and haggard faces 
will gradually resume their normal appearances. 

The half session brings but few new men, so we shall not attempt to 
increase our numbers; therefore we have stopped sharpening the horns 
of our trusted ''Billy," shaved his beard and trimmed him out for the 
spring and summer, so that he may be ready for the coming autumn. 


We were very much pleased with the last number of the Quarterly. 
Many of the chapter letters were witty and full of news. 

Several of the members of our chapter had the pleasure of being 
present at a Sigma Chi banquet given by Brother Henry A. Christian, 
Gamma Gamma, '95, at his house in Lynchburg, Va., during the Christ- 
mas holidays, and when we again turned our faces homeward our only 
regret was that holidays and Lynchburg banquets do not come oftener. 

We had a pleasant visit from Brothers S. H. Licklider and P. H. 
Drewry during the Christmas holidays. 

The boys are now anxiously awaiting the advent of the baseball sea- 
son, and from present indications Sigma Chi will be well represented in 
athletic circles. 

The enrollment of the college is now about 115, all men. 

We have five fraternities, with a membership as follows: Kappa 
Alpha, 12; Phi Kappa Sigma, 13; Kappa Sigma, 3; Phi Delta Theta, 
9; Sigma Chi, 5. 

We have initiated 4 men this year. 

Gamma Gamma sends best wishes to sister chapters. 

Ashland, Va., Jan. 13, 1898. James D. Adams. 


College reopened on the fourth of January, after the usual Christmas 
vacation. All the members of our chapter were present to answer to 
their names at the first meeting and reported a most delightful time 
spent during the holidays. It was indeed very interesting to hear the 
numerous tales of holiday experiences. Needless to say, before the 
meeting closed each one had expressed his determination to begin the 
new year with renewed vigor and to make the << final exams." From ex- 
perience it has been found that resolutions are very easily made but very 
hard to keep. However, we hope to be successful. 

Two new members have been added to our chapter roll since we 
wrote our last letter. On the night of October 9th we initiated Robert 
Logan Miller, *oi, of Wytheville, Va., and on November 22d Harry 
Lucien Stephenson, '00, of Roanoke, Va. Both of these grntlemen, al- 
though having other <<bids," waited for an offer from Sigma Chi, and 
now feel well repaid for so doing. It is with peculiar pleasure that we 
introduce them to our sister chapters. 

It is perhaps rather late to speak of football, still, though we did not 
win many victories, we are proud of our team and consider the season 
just passed a most successful one in every respect. With the exception 
of one game all our scores bring credit to the college. 

The writer had the pleasure of visiting Zeta chapter when the foot- 
ball team was in Lexington. Sigma Chi has every reason to be proud of 


Brother Henderson, ex-'97, was here for awhile this fall and assisted 
in our last initiation. We enjoyed his visit very much, /. ^., what we saw 
of him, for he was most of the time in town attending to << business/' 
Success to you, Bob!! We enjoyed meeting Brothers Eagle and Mc- 
Nab, who were here with the Roanoke team. 

Our prospects for baseball seems to be very good, and under the ef- 
ficient captaincy of Brother Hemdon we hope to make a good showing. 

Grand Praetor Trinkle has been promising to pay us a visit for some 
time, but as yet has not come. We hope to see him soon. 

The enrollment in the college to date is 125, all men. Of this num- 
ber 53 are fraternity members, divided as follows: Kappa Sigma, 12; 
Phi Kappa Psi, 7; Phi Gamma Delta, 6; Pi Kappa Alpha, 9; Sigma 
Phi, 5; Beta Theta Pi, 7; Sigma Chi, 7. Our record for the year is 
three initiates and no '< pledges." 

Sigma Sigma sends best wishes to all her sister chapters. 

Hampden-Sidney, Va., Jan. 13, 1898. D. T. Stuart. 


In our last letter we failed to include the names of two of our ini- 
tiates — viz.: Brothers T. Winfield Jones, 1900, and Willis P. Mangnus 
Turner, 1900. 

Brothers Turner and Vaughn did not return to college after the holi- 
days. Brother Hall, '99, has returned to cheer up the remnant that is 
left. He belonged to the chapter last year, but did not come back in 

We congratulate ourselves over the fact that Brother Trinkle was 
chosen Praetor by the last Grand Chapter. 

The total enrollment for the college to date is 498. There are 119 
fraternity men in college. They are distributed as follows: Sigma 
Alpha Epsilon, 22; Zeta Psi, 15; Sigma Chi, 12; Delta Kappa Epsilon, 
11; Phi Delta Theta, 10; Kappa Alpha, 9; Sigma Nu, 7; Beta Theta 
Pi, 6; Alpha Tau Omega, 6; Kappa Sigma, 5; Pi Kappa Alpha, 4; Phi 
Gamma Delta, 2. There are but 4 women in the University. 

Charles £. J. Jones. 

The University of North Carolina, Jan. 14, 1898. 



During the period of time from November ist to February ist, mat- 
ters usually run along very smoothly and quietly at Miami. The holi- 


days coming in and making such a break in the accustomed daily grind, 
cause one to feel rather indisposed to revert to what seems far in the 
past, and rake over the things almost forgotten in search of something 
that may be of interest to the reader. 

There was one thing omitted in our last letter that will be of interest 
to many <'Sigs/' that is the fact that Professor Frank L. Rainey, Delta 
Delta, '89, has charge of the work in Biology at Miami University dur- 
ing the absence of Professor Treadwell. Brother Rainey has taken a 
great interest in the chapter. 

Our chapter thus far has met with no reverses, and we still hold our 
high rank in college matters. During the past week Brother C. Flint 
Kline, '99, was elected football manager for season of 1898, one of the 
most coveted positions in school. 

We will probably not be as well represented in baseball as football, 
but we are sure that we can make up in quality what may be lacking in 

We have eleven men in our chapter house at present, which brings 
expenses down to a minimum. Many an evening is spent 'at home 
around the piano singing our old songs, and holding what the Methodist 
boys would call a "love feast." 

We regret very much that Brother Ray Murphy, '99, of Liberty, 
Ind., leaves school February ist. Julian McClintock, '00, was unable 
to return after holidays on account of illness. 

Our second initiation will take place Saturday, January 22nd, and we 
expect some of our old boys back at that time. 

The number of students enrolled at Miami this year is greater than 
last, but it is a difficult task to pick out good fraternity men. The stu- 
dents in general seem much younger. 

Baseball practice began this week, and a great deal of interest and 
enthusiasm has been shown in the work, and we are hopeful of having 
a fairly successful season. 

The enrollment at our University is approximately 100, including 
five women. There is a total of about 45 fraternity men in college, 
divided among the various chapters as follows : Delta Kappa Epsi- 
Ion, 12; Beta Theta Pi, 10; Phi Delta Theta, 13; Sigma Chi, 10. 
We have initiated two men this year, and we have some good pledges. 
On the whole our prospects for 1898 are far from discouraging. 

Oxford, Ohio. Jan. 15, 1898. G. W. Sullenberger. 


We have just bid adieu to the phantom of delight that skipped be- 
fore us during our holiday vacation. All loving emotions rekindled by 


''the old girl at home/' the nights, in which the tempestuous atmos- 
phere of a ''high-time" brooded, are left to the cabinet of our memory, 
in which fancy alone revels. We again find our ships of intellect moored 
in the harbor of literature, taking on the ballast of erudition. The indu- 
bitable expression of earnestness is reflected from the countenance of 
each member of Gamma. This reflection, in conjunction with the glow 
of friendship's fire, gives a new impetus to our energies, and is all the 
more intense, as it illuminates the path of our progress. The true basis 
of our Fraternity, love and friendship, the two foci in the ellipse of life's 
pathway, prompts our enthusiasm, which knows no defeat. 

At the first roll-call, all answered present. We were sorry to sever 
our connections last term with Brother Yost, of Mu Mu, for you seldom 
meet a brother with so warm a heart and genial ways. Our 'Varsity 
eleven, which Brother Yost coached, climaxed their magnificent record 
of victories by defeating the Ohio State University, Thanksgiving. A 
beautiful souvenir, containing the picture and biography of each player, 
is in the hands of every student in our college, which bespeaks great 
praise for Sigma Chi, for the "Sigs" held the important places on the 

The election of the College Transcript Corps is near at hand and we 
are looking out for number one with a vigilance that knows no rest. 
If our anticipations are realized, the White Cross will gain a new lustre 

Brother Bruce Brockway, of Chicago, spent his holiday vacation 
with us. 

The Ohio Wesleyan University finds her enrollment somewhat larger 
than last year. Her new library building is completed and we cannot 
speak too commendably of it. A glimpse at the interior will suffice to 
verify my statement, as it is almost a perfect model of architecture. 

We hope to have the pleasure of introducing to the Fraternity sev- 
eral initiates by the time our next letter is due. Gamma selects her 

own men with the greatest care, as the strength and beauty of a chapter 
is always fitly mirrored in the lives of those reared within its limits. 

If any brother finds himself in our midst we are only too glad to show 
him the places of interest and the best time imaginable. 

With an honorable past as a firm foundation for a noble future, we 
promise to do our part in making Sigma Chi the best of fraternities. 

Best wishes, and a successful year to all. 

Delaware, Ohio, Jan. 9, 1898. D. H. Lease Tribune. 


The new year has brought very little change in our school or frater- 
nity life. The attendance in the various departments has been increased 


and several important changes and additions have been made in the 
curriculum, but otherwise we are moving along as in '97. 

We regret exceedingly to announce that Brother Harry Davis will 
not be in school this year. His manly bearing and ''Sig" spirit made 
him very dear to our circle and he will be greatly missed. He will join 
his father in manufacturing machines, etc., in Newark, Ohio. The best 
wishes of Mu chapter go with him in his new work. 

We have pledged Frank Wright, of Granville, formerly of Arkansas, 
and hope to introduce him to his brothers in a short time. 

The latter part of last term our large halls were thrown open to the 
faculties of Denison University, Shepardson College and Granville Fe- 
male College, for an afternoon reception. The rooms were beautifully 
decorated with palms and our flower, the White Rose. Excellent refresh- 
ments were served and the time was pleasantly passed in social converse. 
In the evening the <<Sig'* girls reigned supreme. Dancing and other 
amusements were indulged in till a late hour. The occasion was one 
of the most enjoyable in the history of our chapter. Guests were pres- 
ent from Newark, Z^nesville, and Columbus. 

On the 15th of January Brothers Lewis and Amos were the guests 
of Alpha Gamma and right royally were they treated. 

There are 42 fraternity men in the University. The membership of 
the three fraternities is as follows : Phi Gamma Delta, 15; Beta Theta 
Pi, 16; Sigma Chi, 11. 

Mu extends best wishes to all chapters for the New Year. 

Granville, Ohio, Jan. 22, 1898. Harry W. Amos. 


Since our last leter we have not taken in any new members, but have 
been contented with those we now have. It has not been a very good 
year for our College, as our President, Dr. William C. Young, died last 
year, and his successor has not yet been elected. 

Good fraternity material has been very scarce this year. 

We were glad to see so many <<Sigs" on the Miami football team 
when they played Centre in November. 

We expect to have a fine baseball team this spring, as we have an 
abundance of good material from which to pick. 

Of the seven men in our chapter, six of them been initiated this year, 
and all of them are very much interested in the Fraternity and its work. 

The enrollment of Centre, all being men, is about 225 in college 
proper, excluding the seminary and "prep;" students. The other fra- 
ternities represented here are as follows : Beta Theta Pi, 15; Phi Delta 


Theta, 11 ; Kappa Alpha, 15. There are about 50 fraternity men in 

Zeta Zeta sends greeting to all sister chapters, and wishes them 
prosperity. Yours in the bonds. Ernest T. Smith. 

Danville, Ky., Jan. 15, 1898. 


When you last heard from us (in November) we were six freshmen 
'< brands plucked from the burning." After the heart breaking ** rush- 
ing" season was over we were given some time to meditate and recuper- 
ate. Our initiation, which took place soon afterward, was a very enjoy- 
able affair (?) — especially to the alumni who participated. As soon as 
the " impressions" made upon us by the initiation had worn off we set- 
tled down and all things became serene. 

At first, of course, we were a trifle green, but there was no occasion 
for remaining so and we set to work like good <<Sigs'* to rub the fresh- 
ness off. Able advisers were at hand and we received valuable sugges- 
tions from Brothers Wiltsee, of Mu, and Caldwell, of Alpha Phi, and also 
from Brothers McAvoy, Brown, Harper and others of our own alumni. 
Certainly no active chapter could have alumni more able or willing to 
aid them than ours. It is owing entirely to their efforts that Zeta Psi 
has an active chapter this year. 

The strength of the chapter has been increased by the addition of 
Brother Francis Huston, of Avondale, Ohio, to our number. Brother 
Huston was our first attempt in the initiating line. He still lives. But 
while we have to report the acquisition of a new man it is our sad duty 
to report that Brother Grear Baker has left the University and entered 
an architect's office in this city. As he still continues to take an active 
interest in the welfare of the chapter and attends all meetings the loss 
is not as great as it might have been. 

The football team of the University has made an enviable record this 
year. In the half, a score or more games which they played they were 
defeated but once, and then by the Carlisle Indians. To be defeated 
by **the Indians," with a score of lo-o, may be regarded in the light 
of a victory. Not only did they defeat their opponents, but succeeded 
in every case but two in preventing them from scoring. While the 
Miami and Center teams were here we enjoyed visits from several 

Although few in numbers, we are not deficient in zeal, and as several 
men descend to us naturally, their fathers before them having been 
''Sigs/' we look forward to a bright and prosperous future. 


There are three fraternities represented in this University — Sigma 
Chi, Beta Theta Chi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Ail are in flourishing con- 
dition. Seven men have been initiated by us since the opening of the 
year. None have been pledged, but some are virtually in that position. 

Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 17, 1898. L. B. Blakemore. 


Lambda Lambda is in a flourishing condition. Since our last letter 
we have initiated three men, and we take great pleasure in introducing 
to the Fraternity, Brothers William £. Dowling, '01, Lawrenceburg, Ky., 
John A. Parlin, '01, Newport, Ky., and James G. Scrugham, '00, Lex- 
ington, Ky. They are all fine men and worthy examples of the high 
standard toward which Sigma Chi aims. 

We regret that Brother John B. Johnson will not be with us this 
year. He has left college to take up the study of pharmacy, and is very 
much missed in the chapter. 

We had the pleasure of a visit, during the holidays, from Brothers 
Anderson, Lambda Lambda, '97, and Lyle, Lambda Lambda, '96. 

Brother Mize, Zeta Zeta, who is attending the business college, is 
now with us. He is a fine fellow and a worthy <<Sig." 

At a recent meeting of the Athletic Association, Brother R. K. Mad- 
docks was elected president for the ensuing year, and Brother W. L. 
Bronaugh, manager of the football team. They are both well qualified 
for their respective offices. 

Kentucky State College is in its prime, having just completed a 
building, which will be devoted to natural science. It will be dedicated 
January 21st, and a number of state officials will be present, among 
whom will be Governor W. O. Bradley. 

The enrollment in college to date is 415, of which 265 are men, and 
150 women. There are 23 fraternity men in college. The active mem- 
bership of the two fraternities is as follows : Kappa Alpha, 8; Sigma 
Chi, 12. Our chapter has initiated four men during the current year. 

Lambda Lambda sends greeting to her sister chapters, and best 
wishes for a happy and successful year. F. D. Bullock. 

Lexington, Ky., Jan. 16, 1898. 


' ' We live in deeds, not words; 
In thoughts, not breaths; 
In feelings, not figures on the dial." 

Years may make a man hoary with age and his life, yet be a blank. 
The West Virginia University, although not old in years as colleges 


are estimated, stands among the best of this section. At times her 
growth has perhaps been rather slow, but certainly in deeds and works 
she is this year making up for all lost time. As was stated in our previ- 
ous letter, the administration has been changed and the faculty consid- 
erably increased. Although time has not yet expired to mature all plans, 
so far the results have been commensurate with the expectations of the 
most sanguine. 

The standing of the Sigma Chi in the University must be acknowl- 
edged by every impartial observer to be equal to the best, while to us 
she has no peer. The outlook for the chapter is certainly as auspicious 
as ever before. We have in our ranks leaders in class room work, in 
society and athletics. Whenever an old ''soldier of the Cross " is pro- 
moted from the ranks to an office in the great army of the world some 
younger hero is found worthy and willing to wear the armor and bear 
the Cross. 

We have initiated one new man. Brother Charley McWhorler, '01, 
who we think is certain to make a representative man. He is an excel- 
lent student and a prominent member of both the football and baseball 

Two other men are pledged and will soon be initiated. 

The chapter has plans almost matured for renting a chapter house 
and expects to have a home of its own by March ist in which all mem- 
bers, who wish, can room. All our friends are cordially invited to see us. 

The most prominent social feature of the year has been a reception 
given by Mrs. Edward Shisler, mother of Brother John Shisler, '01, of 
this place. I am sure a more enjoyable evening could not be imagined 
than was spent at the hospitable home of Mrs. Shisler or a more hearty 
welcome accorded a regal guest than was given the Sigma Chis. 

Old Hymen will have victims. Brother George Ford, '96, principal 
of the Concord State Normal School, has been the first member of this 
chapter to break the ranks of " bachelordom " and assume the garb of 

Brother A. P. Romine has been again elected manager of the foot- 
ball team. The team was very succersful this year, and that he is a 
competent manager is shown by his reflection. 

Brother Yeager has been chosen captain of the football team for the 
coming year. 

It will soon be time to break lances in the oratorical arena. 

Brother Charles Holden and Brother B. H. Trussell represent us on 
the preliminary contest, which chooses a man to represent the college 
on the intercollegiate oratorical contest of Western Pennsylvania and 
West Virginia. 


Brothers Knutti and Yost, '97, and Brother Stroder, '96, have paid 
us visits this year. Brothers Swisher and Kunkel, who live here, often 
drop in to see us. 

We are glad to acklowledge a letter from Alpha Upsilon, California 
University, and extend our hearty appreciation and best wishes to them. 

The following is the enrollment of College to date: men, 445; women, 
80; total, 525. 

Six fraternities are represented by chapters, as follows: Phi Sigma 
Kappa, 20; Phi Kappa Sigma, 15; Phi Kappa Psi, 17; Kappa Alpha, 
14; Mu Pi Lambda, 7; Sigma Chi, 15. Five others are represented, 
making the total number of fraternity members in school, 93. 

With best wishes for all sister chapters. 

Morgantown, W. Va., Jan. 15, 1898. A. Lee Post. 


The members of Alpha Gamma extend greetings and best wishes to 
all '< Sigs " throughout the land. We also wish you a most prosperous 
and successful year. 

Since our last letter Sigma Chi in Ohio State University has grown 
materially. We have elected and pledged a number of excellent lads, 
who we are satisfied will add luster and fame to the wearers of the 
White Cross. 

Never in the history of the chapter has there been such a bright pros- 
pect for the advancement and elevation of Sigma Chi in Ohio State Uni- 
versity. Our chapter is now on the road to success, and there seems to 
be such a spirit prevailing that Alpha Gamma is bound to take her place 
among the front rank of chapters in our Fraternity. Perhaps these state- 
ments seem egotistical and boastful, but they are nevertheless true. 

At our annual banquet, held November 25th at the Great Southern 
Hotel, were gathered together thirty <'Sigs," among whom were mem- 
bers of our alumni of whom we can justly feel proud. Their toasts 
showed they still held dear the memory of their college days and that 
the interest in their Fraternity had by no means subsided, and that they 
were willing to do anything within their power to aid Alpha Gamma. 
We are assured that an alumni chapter will be established in the near 
future, and that it will be of inestimable value to the chapter and gen- 
eral Fraternity. 

Brothers of Sigma Chi Fraternity, we have the very great pleasure 
of introducing to you George Foster Whittemore, '01, Xenia, Ohio; T. 
J. Smith, *99, New Lexington, Ohio, and Thomas Y. McOray, '00, 
Mansfield, Ohio; and in introducing these men we wish to say that this 


trio is among the best to be found. They are all men of the highest 

Brother Edward H. Allen represents us in the intercollegiate debate 
with Oberlin, and by reason of Brother Allen's educational advantages 
he will undoubtedly add great strength to the arguments. 

The erection of three new buildings has added materially in beauti- 
fying the University campus, and Ohio State University can boast of the 
finest gymnasium in the country. 

We had the pleasure of entertaining Brother Gozzolo, Kappa 
Kappa, now of Harvard, a few days while on his way home to spend his 
vacation. Brother Gozzolo is an assistant in chemistry at Harvard and 
left a very favorable impression with us. 

The enrollment of the Ohio State University to date is 1,032 — men, 
821; women, 211. The latest statistics show a total of 307 fraternity 
members in the University, divided as follows: Phi Gamma Delta, 18; 
Phi Delta Theta, 16; Phi Kappa Psi, 10; Sigma Chi, 11; Chi Phi, 18; 
Beta Theta Pi, 30; Kappa Kappa Gamma (Sorority), 25; Kappa Alpha 
Theta (Sorority), 20; Sigma Nu, 8; Alpha Tau Omega, 15; Sigma Al- 
pha Epsilon, 16; Phi Delta Phi (Law), 35; Phi Beta Phi (Sorority), 12; 
Delta Tau Delta, 25; Kappa Sigma, 18; Delta Delta Delta (Sorority), 
15; miscellaneous, 15. 

We are always glad to welcome all **Sigs" who come to Columbus. 

Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 23, 1898. Will Dakin. 



Lambda is still prospering. The term which ended December 22nd, 
was marked with several successes for Sigma Chi, one of which was the 
pledging and initiating of Thomas I. Ahl, of Moweaqua, 111. This term 
promises to be equally as bright for us. 

Brother Robert C. Brooks, '96, visited here during the vacation. 
Those of us who were here were glad to have him with us, although only 
for a few days. He is now at Cornell University, doing graduate work 
in the department of Social Science. 

Brother Claude C. Liebhardt, '98, of Toledo, Ohio, having accepted 
a position with the M. Rumley Co., did not return to graduate. We 
are indeed very sorry to see him go, and keenly feel our loss; but we all 
wish him much success. We are glad to report that Brother Bert Greg- 
ory has reentered the University, thus keeping our number at seventeen. 


Brother Bayard Keeney, '00, has been given a position on the Siu- 
denif making a total of four '^Sigs" on the staff. 

On January 19th, Brother Harry Allen Axtell, law, '97, was married 
to Miss Jean Wylie, of this city. Mrs. Axtell was a prominent Thetain 
college, and has always been a loyal '' Sig" girl. Brother Axtell is one 
of the leading attorneys in Bloomington. Our chapter joins in congrat- 
ulating and wishing them all happiness. Brother Harry Gees, '97, of 
Washington, was present at the wedding, and visited with us several 

Foundation Day anniversary was observed last Thursday. Governor 
Mount presided at the afternoon exercises. President Jesse, of Univer- 
sity of Missouri, gave the address, <' Higher Education" being his sub- 
ject. In the evening, the new gymnasium was packed with students, 
residents of the city, and visitors, all anxious to see the much talked of 
student play, ''Much Ado About Nothing." There were six ''Sigs" 
in the cast, viz. : Brothers Thomas Ahl, Rumney Willson, Fred Smith, 
Louis Heyn, Homer Nicholson, and the writer. 

The production was a decided success, mostly due, perhaps, to 
Brother Fred Smith and Professor Sampson, of the English department, 
who were the directors. The success was even greater than that 
achieved last year in the production of Goldsmith's ''She Stoops to 

Brother Mitchell was to have played the part of Claudis, but was 
taken suddenly ill on the Glee Club trip. He went to his home in Mar- 
tinsville and has been unable to return to college since. Our last letter 
from him states that he is improving, and we hope to have him with us 

The new athletic field is being worked and will soon be ready for 
spring practice. Two grand stands will be built. As there are a great 
many baseball enthusiasts now training in the " gym " it looks as if we 
will have a better team than ever before. Manager Sensberger has 
already arranged for games with the Universities of Illinois and Chicago. 

Indiana has a larger enrollment than ever at this time of year, there 
being 445 men and 215 women, making a total of 660. 

There are seven fraternities here with a membership of 115 men, as 
follows: Sigma Chi, 17; Beta Theta Pi, 21; Phi Kappa Psi, 18; Phi 
Delta Theta, 22; Phi Gamma Delta, 9; Delta Tau Delta, 13; Sigma 
Nu, 15. 

We hope that all our sister chapters are enjoying as much success as 
we are. Greetings to all. M. C. Bradley. 

Bloomington, Ind., Jan. 24, 1898. 



De Pauw University began the second term of the year on January 
4th. All of our old men are back and a number of them rejoicing over 
the excellent grades made last term. Quite a number of new students 
are with us^ from whom we have initiated three excellent men. 

Allow me to introduce Brother Thomas Chambers, Charleston, 111. ; 
Brother Edward Call, Greencastle, Ind., and Brother Elmer StoU, South 
Bend, Ind. 

Baseball is beginning to claim attention here, in-door practice hav- 
ing already begun. Brother Ray Haynes is captain, and one or two 
other brothers will probably have positions on this season's team. 

Altogether there are nine fraternities here with membership as fol- 
lows: Delta Upsilon, 12; Delta Kappa Epsilon, 21; Delta Tau Delta, 
11; Sigma Nu, 13; Phi Kappa Psi, 23; Phi Gamma Delta, 14; Beta 
Theta Pi, 17; Phi Delta Theta, 23. The total number of fraternity 
men in college is about 175. 

We have initiated eight men since the beginning of the present col- 
lege year, and have two pledged members in the preparatory school. 

Yours in Sigma Chi, 

Greencastle, Ind., Jan. 18, 1898. Henry H. Lane. 


A very pleasant fall term has just passed. With the new arrange- 
ment of the University of Indianapolis the curriculum has been made 
considerably harder and at the same time improved. 

Just now there is a scarcity of material for good ^^Sigs" at Butler. 
Our fraternity spirit continues to increase, however, and we are repre- 
sented in all circles of college life. 

Our pleasure was marred recently by Brothers Dyson and Showers 
leaving school. The former goes into business with his father, and the 
latter enters the Indianapolis Academy. 

A short time ago we pledged Mr. Fred Barrett, 1903, son of Hon. C. 
K. Barrett, a prominent lawyer of Indianapolis. Mr. Barrett is the 
coming baseball player of the school and we hope to see him captain of 
our next year's team. 

We were very glad to have with us Brothers Wilson and Heyn, of 
Lambda, who were among the prominent members of the Indiana Uni- 
versity Glee Club at its entertainment in the city. Brothers Cooper and 
Cole, ex-'iQOi, occasionally run in on us, and it was a rare treat indeed 
to listen to some of Brother J. P. Van Winkle's, Zeta Zeta, funny stories 
about some old ^'Sig" initiations. It was a pleasure also for us to en- 


tertain Brother Davis, Lambda, for a few hours at a "Sig " party at the 
President's house recently. 

But alas! the visit that we have been looking for all year from our 
Grand Praetor has not yet been realized. We have been looking and 
longing for him, knowing that his presence will strengthen us anew, and 
we can at least assure our worthy Praetor a warm welcome when he 

With best wishes to all sister chapters, I remain 

Irvington, Ind., Jan. 2, 1898. Joseph Irwin Sweeney. 


The holidays, with all their attendant festivities, have now drawn to 
a close, and the opening of this present term found all the loyal "Sigs" 
of Hanover in their accustomed places, with the exception of Brother 
Frederick Ailing, who, near the close of last term, was compelled to 
leave college on account of his eyes, and as he was a loving and loyal 
brother his absence from our <' Mystic Circle" is keenly felt. 

Last season Hanover was unusually fortunate during the football 
season, as she was victorious in all the games with the exception of two 
or three, which were tie games. All the '*frats" were well represented 
on the team and performed their part of the work with a great deal of 
vigor. The representatives of Chi were Brother MacGregor and the 
writer, and our pledged men, Morton and Heckman. 

At the close of last term we gave our semi-annual banquet and it 
was an evening long to be remembered, not only by the brothers, but by 
our loyal "Sig sisters,*' of whom Chi is duly proud. The evening was 
enjoyed by all, and in the silent hours of the morning, after singing the 
songs of our beloved Fraternity, the inhabitants of the town were 
awakened by our "Who! Who! Who am I?" after which the guests de- 
parted with best wishes for Sigma Chi. 

This term thus far has been quiet and all have become engrossed to 
their studies. We had the pleasure of receiving a visit from Brother 
Page Harris, '96, who is now on his way to Pittsburg, Pa., where he has 
accepted a position. 

With all earnestness we can say that the future for Chi is very bright. 
On last year we were fortunate in carrying off several prizes, but this 
year we expect to add more new lustre to the "White Cross.** We are 
represented on the lower division of the oratorical contest by Brothers 
Schleich, Britan and Heuse, of whom we expect neat things; and the 
writer likewise represents the chapter on the Literary Society contest. 

The future of our college is also bright, and we now have an enroll- 
ment of 85 men and 50 women, making a total of 135. 


There are four fraternities in Hanover, and all are in a prosperous 
condition. Beta Theta Pi has an enrollment of 13 active members and 
3 pledged men; Phi Gamma Delta has 10 active members, with i 
pledged; Phi Delta Theta has 8 active members and 2 pledged; and 
Sigma Chi has 9 active members, with 6 pledged members, making a 
total of 52 fraternity men now in college. 

Thus far this year Chi has initiated two men and pledged six. 

In closing Chi extends the best wishes to all sister chapters. 

Hanover, Ind., Jan. 18, 1898. John Boden. 


The congeniality of chapter house life has been enjoyed to some ex- 
tent this year, as six of the twelve active members of our chapter are 
housed under the same roof. We have also been enjoying prosperity to 
a very great degree since the last letter, not from the happening of any- 
thing very wonderful, but the utmost harmony has prevailed in the chap- 
ter. Our active chapter still numbers twelve, not any initiations having 
been held since our last letter, but three of the members of the freshman 
class have been pledged — Charles Barrett, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and 
Cecil Fowler and Frank Timberlake, of Lafayette, Ind. 

The chapter gave a very pleasant reception and dance Friday even- 
ing, November 19th, at the Lincoln Club. We were very glad to have 
with us on this occasion a number of the faculty and alumni, including 
President Smart. 

On December nth another event of equal enjoyment, but of a differ- 
ent character, was a smoker given at our hall. The affair was attended 
by a number of our alumni, who made the evening very amusing and 
entertaining by telling of tales and anecdotes of Delta Delta's earlier 
days. This is the second one of these pleasant reunions, and we hope 
to have several more before the close of the year. On December 19th the 
active chapter was entertained at the residence of Brother and Mrs. 
Beech at cards. 

We have had visits from Brothers Paul Anderson, S. C. Smith, 
George Ade, Benjamin McCutcheon, Justin Griese, Harry C. Bush- 
mann, Harry S. Badat, John R. Gebhardt and Morris Evans, all alumni 
of Delta Delta. 

The enrollment of Purdue University is as follows: Men, 602; wo- 
men. 62; total, 664. 

The total membership of the fraternities is 62, divided as follows: 
Kappa Sigma, 14; Phi Delta Theta, 17; Sigma Nu, 18; Sigma Alpha 
Epsilon, 13. 

We have not initiated any men since our last letter, but we have at 
present four pledged men. Roy C. Rickley. 

Lafayette, Ind., Jan. 27, 1898. 




With the close of the first semester Omega loses five men, Brothers 
Barnard, Eaton and Smith, who are going into business; Brother Hard- 
ing, who is going to Princeton University; and Brother Pike, who goes 
to the University of Chicago. We regret the loss of so many fine fel- 
lows, and as you can readily see, it makes quite a hole in our ranks; but 
we still number fourteen active men. 

Brother Leroy Warren, Omega, '97, who is now in McCormick Sem- 
inary, has just been awarded a prize of I250 per year for << scholarship, 
character and general prospects for usefulness. " 

Last month several of the alumni gathered at the chapter house with 
the active members and treated us to a literary programme. Brother 
George P. Merrick read the oration that he delivered before the Grand 
Chapter last summer. A very pleasant and profitable evening was 
spent. We expect to have another such gathering this mopth, at which 
Brother Mason Bross will read a paper upon some of his travels. 

As to society the college world is looking forward just now to the 
event of the year, the junior **prom," which occurs on the i8th of Feb- 
ruary at the Evanston Country Club. Sigma Chi will be well represented 

The combined membership of the fraternities numbers 106, which is 
divided as follows: Sigma Chi, 19; Phi Kappa Sigma, 8; Beta Theta 
Pi, 19; Phi Kappa Psi, 9; Delta Upsilon, 15; Phi Delta Theta, 12; 
Delta Tau Delta, 18; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 6. 

The total enrollment in the University is 591, of which 243 are 
women and 348 men. Carleton H. Pendleton. 

Evanston, 111., Feb. 4, 1898. 


Since our last letter college work has gotten well under way. The 
classes are organized once more and their officers chosen. The football 
team and fall tennis tournament are things of the past, while the base- 
ball and track teams are already in training. A baseball league has been 
formed with Chicago, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Illinois. 

The society functions, such as the junior and sophmore hops, the 
freshman banquet, the freshman spread (a strictly << co-ed" affair) and 
the senior reception, are all being attended to by their respective com- 
mittees. Our freshmen have been initiated and are learning the work- 
ings of a college fraternity. 


It is with pleasure that we introduce the following new brothers: 
Floyd Wilson, 1900, Ann Arbor; William Magly, 1901, Cincinnati; 
Chester O. Jordan, 1901, St. Joseph, Mich.; William W. Kittleman, 
1901, Detroit; Howard Richardson, 1901, Saginaw; Fred Mellish, 1901, 
Saginaw; Waldo Bach, 1901, Ann Arbor; Jessie J. Ricks, 1901, Tay- 
lorville. 111.; Walter Mills, 1901, Decatur, 111. This gives us a chapter 
of twenty-four men, and we still have one pledge out. 

As to the senior class. Brother Wren is treasurer, Psi Upsilon get- 
ting the only other office given to a fraternity man. Brother Danforth 
is on the arrangements committee for the senior reception. 

There is to be but one freshman banquet this year, the two factions 
of the fraternities having agreed upon a toastmaster. The junior prom- 
enade, which occurs on February i8th, promises to be one of the finest 
ever given. The night following the promenade each fraternity gives a 
bouse party for those who were in its booth. For two or three days 
things are kept rather busy in the social line, as it is just between sem- 
esters and no college work is in progress. Theta Theta would be very 
glad to have any loyal '<Sig" and his fairest maid present at this event. 
We gave a very pleasant house party on November 19th and are plan- 
ning to give one each month. 

The Gamma Phi Beta Sorority held its national convention here in 
November. One of the features was a very pleasant reception, at which 
Sigma Chi, as well as the other fraternities, was well represented. 

In athletics the prospect is very bright. There is good material for 
the track and field teams, and the baseball candidates are already at 
work in the new cage at the gymnasium. Since our last letter Brother 
Danforth has won the ''Varsity" fall tennis tournament in singles and 
was in the winning team in the doubles, although his brother, Henry 
Danforth, 1901, and his partner pushed them hard for first place. In 
football Brother Eagan made the "Varsity." 

The Oracle Board, composed of two "co-eds," four independents 
and four fraternity men, one of whom was Brother Greening, has re- 
cently published a very successful sophomore annual. 

In politics. Brother Bock was chosen manager of a freshman track 
team, he being the only fraternity man elected on the rival slates. 
Brother Magly is leader and Henry Danforth manager of the freshman 
glee club, while Brothers Henry Fenton and Roy Wren are on the 
'Varsity banjo club. We still have Brother Whitney on the Students' 
Lecture Association Board and Brother Danforth on the Board of Di- 
rectors of the Athletic Association. 

Since last November we have enjoyed visits from Fred Ferine, Alpha 


Pi, '98; Albert Stoneman, Theta Theta, '97; Louis Stoneman, Theta 
Theta, '94; Scott Kendrick, ex- Alpha Pi, and James H. Bartley, Alpha 
Pi, '92. We were glad to see these Brothers and hope that none will 
pass through Ann Arbor without making their presence known. 

The total enrollment in the University for the current year has 
reached 3, 150. There is a total of 657 members of Greek letter societies 
in the University, 465 men and 192 women. This number is divided 
among the various schools and fraternities as follows: 

Literary Department — Chi Psi, 14; Alpha Delta Phi, 26; Delta 
Kappa Epsilon, 21; Sigma Phi, 17; Zeta Psi, 14; Psi Upsilon, 31; Beta 
Theta Pi, 23; Phi Kappa Psi, 20; Delta Upsilon, 22; Delta Tau Delta, 
9; Phi Delta Theta, 23; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 20; Theta Delta Chi, 16; 
Sigma Chi, 24; total, 280. 

In the Law School — Phi Delta Phi, 22; Delta Chi, 26; Kappa Sigma, 
16; total, 64. 

In the Medical School — Nu Sigma Nu, 23; Phi Rho Sigma, 15; Mu 
Sigma Alpha, 10; total, 48. 

In the Dental School — Delta Sigma Delta, 27; Xi Phi Psi, 29; total, 


In the School of Pharmacy — Phi Chi, 17. 

Sororities — Gamma Phi Beta, 15; Delta Gamma, 18; Sorosis, 29; 
Pi Beta Phi, 15; Kappa Kappa Gamma, 21; Alpha Phi, 26; Kappa 
Alpha Theta, 13; Delta Delta Delta, 12; Alpha Epsilon Iota, 20; Omega 
Psi, 23; total, 192. 

Theta Theta has initiated 9 men since college opened and has i 

Theta Theta sends best wishes to her sister chapters. 

Charles F. Delbridge. 
Ann Arbor, Mich., Jan. 16, 1898. 


Kappa Kappa has jogged merrily along as of old and has little of ex- 
citement to report. 

The junior <<prom," military hop and glee club concert have passed, 
while we ourselves have given one party and several informals. 

We are represented on the mandolin club by Brother Horace Por- 
ter, who is also manager of the track team. 

We count ourselves especially fortunate in securing new men, and 
take pride in introducing the following: Andrew O. Jackson, Lake For- 
est, 111., law, '00; Ruel C. McGill, Chicago, '01; Dale S. Harrison, 


Sterling, 111., '00; and Burt Adsitt, Hooperston, 111., '01. These men 
are of the right stuff and make a very welcome addition. We have, 
however, lost Brother Tom Beadle, who completed his graduate work 
last term. His place will be a hard one to fill. 

Our baseball prospects are unusually bright, as all the old team, 
with two exceptions, have returned, and a large crowd of ambitious can- 
didates are practicing daily. Brother McGill is behind the plate and 
Brother Joy is one of the pitchers. 

Our local alumni has been strengthened by the return of Brother 
Robert Porter. Brother Woody*s contented smile may now be seen at 
the postoffice, where he has lately been installed as assistant postmaster. 

The total attendance of the University is now 1,585, 550 of which are 
in the professional departments in Chicago. The total number of wo- 
men is 250. 

The fraternities represented here, with their active membership, are 
as follows: Phi Delta Theta, 19; Delta Tau Delta, 13; Alpha Tau 
Omega, 10; Kappa Sigma, 15; Phi Gamma Delta, 12; Sigma Chi, 21. 

Champaign, 111., Jan. 21. Fred H. Wilson. 


To all sister chapters. New Year's greetings. 

It is with not a little embarrassment that a lately dubbed '^ Knight of 
the Quiir* essays into epistolry fields in order to give our much beloved 
Quarterly the chapter letter. 

Ergo, we respectfully beg the indulgence of editor and brother read- 

Since our last letter went to press the Sigma Chis in the University of 
Chicago have been making a splendid record. The chapter is now lo- 
cated in its elegantly furnished house, 5716 Kimbark avenue. No pains, 
energy or money has been spared in making our home a model. With 
a brilliant room for recreation, a beautiful parlor for entertainment, and 
with all other appurtenances of corresponding comfort and convenience, 
our environment is the most enjoyable and desirable. 

We take pleasure in introducing three new men who were initiated 
into the Elusinian mysteries of Sigma Chi at the beginning of the win- 
ter quarter: Ray Prescott Johnson, *oo, Muncie, Ind.; Lawrence De 
Graff, '98, Galena, 111.; Marcus MacClellan Plowman, '00, Dallas, Tex. 

Brother Samson, '98, is spending the winter in California, but ex- 
pects to be with us again in the fall. Our jovial Brother Steigmeyer 
'97, still claims residence in the chapter house. 


Brother Opitz received his S. B. at the January Convocation, but has 
remained in the ''Varsity" for graduate work in Science. We must 
congratulate our brother for the record he has made. At 23 years of age 
he can grace his name with M. D., Rush Medical '95; S. B., '98; and 
M. S., '99. 

The profession of law has marked for her own Brothers Sincere, 
Coleman, Moran and Steigmeyer, who are all at the present time ardent 
worshippers at the shrine of Justice. Your scribe is a graduate in law, '96. 

In all departments of university life the ''Sigs" are conspicuous and 
much alive to every situation. The Glee Club claims Brothers Cole- 
man, president of the club, De Graff and Sincere. 

In journalism we are represented by Brother MacDonald, associate 
editor of the University Weekly^ and recently elected editor of the Fra- 
ternity book in The Cap and Gown^ the University annual. *'Mac*' is 
also a member of the dramatic club. 

In athletic fields Brothers Plowman and Johnson are most promising 
candidates for the baseball team and Brother MacDonald for track team. 
Brother Roby was reelected captain of the First Regiment, I. N. G., 
football team for the ensuing year. 

In social life our chapter has also been active. A ''smoker" was 
given shortly after our "house moving." A large number of city 
alumni attended. Ask Brother Ailing if any one failed in having a good 

The first real social event, grand parure^ was" given at the chapter 
house on the evening of January 15th. Progressive cinch was the order 
of the evening, which was cheerfully allowed to be interrupted by the 
brothers and "sisters" long enough for them to be entertained at a su- 
perb spread. It certainly proved "the jolliest night of the whole col- 
lege year. So say we all of us. "Vive la Sigma Chi." 

We have two more men on our "rush line" whom we hope to intro- 
duce to you in our next letter. 

Brother Herbert Arms, editor of the Sigma Chi Song Book, has been 
a frequent visitor at our chapter house. We appreciate the visits of our 
alumni and would be pleased to see more of them. 

It is with sorrow we chronicle the illness of Brother Herbert Aber- 
nethy, who is at present in Mercy Hospital under the professional care 
of Drs. Wyllys and Frank Andrews. We shall sincerely hope for his 
speedy recovery. 

Omicron Omicron remains yours in summum bonum^ and wishes for 
all chapters a most prosperous year. Lawrence De Graff. 

Chicago, Jan. 17, 1898. 



Alpha Zeta sends New Year's greetings to her sister chapters, with 
best wishes for a most successful year. Our own chapter is prospering 
this year. With 14 men in the house and 4 others in the college we are 
holding up the middle of Beloit's fraternity plank. Beta Theta Pi and 
Phi Kappa Psi are doing their best at the two ends. Sigma Chi has 
her share of college offices, with Brother <<Lucy" Moore manager of 
baseball team, Brother "Artie" Warner editor-in-chief of the Round 
Table^ Brother Frank McCuskey manager of the glee club, and Brother 
" Dora" Ziggs captain of the track team. 

Beloit has unusually bright prospects in baseball this year. There 
are 35 players on the squad, and our manager has arranged three games 
with Northwestern, two with the University of Chicago, two with the 
University of Wisconsin, and will have no trouble in getting others. There 
were four <'Sigs" on last year's team, and there will be as many this 
year. Jolly 'em up, fellows, when our team comes around. 

A large amount of interest centers in the preliminary and home con- 
tests in oratory this year, for the inter-state contest is to be held in Be- 
loit next April. Of the ten speakers on the preliminary contest five 
were "Sigs," and four of these succeeded in making the home contest, 
for which six men are chosen. No other "frat" man succeeded in get- 
ting a place. We are reasonably sure of both places for the state con- 
test; but the fine thing about it all is that in these contests, where 
''Sig" bucks against '<Sig," the very best feeling is shown, and <'all 
for one and one for all " is felt by every man. 

Our chapter has no new initiated members to introduce in this letter, 

because matriculation does not come till the middle of February. But 

we have had a very successful rushing season. In 1901 we have five as 
fine fellows as they make, some of whom were rushed hard by the other 
"frats," but were not built that way. We have just succeeded in pledg- 
ing a new academy man, for whom all three "frats" exerted themselves 
to the utmost. It was the neatest big piece of rushing we ever did. We 
stayed right by the man for three days after he struck town and didn't 
give the other people a chance. One of our brothers positively kept the 
man in sight for over 24 hours. He is to be Beloit's star pitcher this 
spring, and makes another **Sig" on the team. We are making unu- 
sual efforts this year, for we lose seven men in '98. Eight men are 
wearing our pledge pins. 

Alpha Zeta expects every "Sig" who comes to Beloit in baseball or 
in any other old way to make the chapter house his home while he is 
here. We've got lots of room in the house and hearts for any and all 
White Cross men. ^^^^^ Lu Verne Lyman. 

Beloit, Wis., Jan. 20, 1898. 



Illinois Wesleyan was slow in putting a football eleven in the field 
this year; in fact, at the opening of the season we had no team and no 
hope of one. At length some enthusiasm was aroused and a team was 
organized. The men went to work with a will and the result was a sur- 
prise to the most hopeful. It proved to be the best team Wesleyan has 
ever had. Owing to the lateness of the season when it was ready for 
games but few could be arranged, and the schedule consisted of but 
five contests. Of these Wesleyan won four. Alpha Iota was well rep- 
resented on the team, Brother Dick Dyas, manager; Brother James 
Riley, captain; and Brothers Martin and Heafer playing ends. 

All speculation in regard to the new President of the Weslej'an to 
succeed Dr. W. H. Wilder, who resigned last spring, was set at rest 
by the December meeting of the Board of Trustees. The board elected 
Dr. E. M. Smith, of Montpelier, Vt. Dr. Smith is a man of high qual- 
ifications, and comes with the best recommendations from the most 
noted astern educators. The University has been passing through a 
critical period and great things are hoped for in the advent of Dr. Smith. 
Dr. Smith will probably be installed at the June commencement. Dr. 
R. O. Graham, Dean of the non-resident department, has been acting 
president since the resignation of Dr. Wilder. His administration has 
been most successful and satisfactory. 

Alpha Iota has enjoyed her usual number of social successes since 
the last letter. On the night of November 12th we were royally enter- 
tained at the home of ex-Mayor Heafer by Brother Edgar Heafer and 
Miss Stella Heafer. On December loth a very select social club of the 
Normal University gave a party at the Normal Opera House. They ex- 
tended the courtesy of an invitation to the '*Sigs," and you may be sure 

the time found us there. Many other social functions have been enjoyed 

The curriculum of the Law School of the University has been revised, 
in compliance with the new law of Illinois compelling all schools to have 
a three years' course. 

Brother Dick Shelledy did not return this year, but has gone to In- 
diana to pursue his law course. 

Brother William Thornhill did not return to Wesleyan for the winter 
term and will probably pursue his studies elsewhere. 

Since the last writing Alpha Iota has revealed to four benighted can- 
didates the mysteries of Sigma Chi. Two were from the senior law class, 
viz.: James Riley, Bloomington, 111., and W. L. Martin, Carmi, 111. 
The other two were from the junior law: Richard Shelledy, Paris, 111., 


and Bernard Landes, Mt. Pleasant, 111. These men we are rejoiced to 
introduce to you as loyal men and good <'Sigs." 

The enrollment of our college, as taken from the last catalogue, is as 

Literary School — College students, 104; preparatory, 151; total, 255. 
Law School, 62; Music School, 529; College of Art, loi; grand total, 


The fraternities represented have a total membership of 28 and they 

rank as follows: Phi Gamma Delta, 8; Phi Delta Theta (sub-rosa), 3; 

Sigma Chi, 9; Kappa Kappa Gamma, 8. 

Number of men initiated by Sigma Chi since opening of school year, 
4. No men have been pledged. 

With greetings to sister chapters, I am J. B. Colwell. 

Bloomington, 111., Jan. 15, 1898. 


Since our last letter we have initiated four fine fellows, whom it gives 
us great pleasure to introduce. They are: Evans M. Nye, '01, Lancas- 
ter, Wis.; Charles A. Cryderman, law, '99, Milwaukee, Wis. ; March F. 
Chase, law, '00, Mineral Point, Wis., and Harry Lyman Kellogg, phar- 
macy, '99, Oconomowoc, Wis. We also have four men pledged : Wil- 
liam E. Finnegan, law, *oo. Green Bay, Wis., will be initiated in the 
very near future, and the other three **pledglings," Fred Vogel, Wil- 
liam Murphy and Harry Oakland, all of Milwaukee, will not enter the 
University until next year. 

Alpha Lambda congratulates herself upon her fine success so far this 
year, and looks forward for a very prosperous and pleasant year. 

This fall, old Wisconsin has been very much elated over her triumphs 
in football ; she easily won all her games, and stands the champion of 
the west. At the time of the football game with Beloit we had the 
pleasure of entertaining a number of loyal and true <'Sigs" from Alpha 
Zeta. After the game they helped us greatly in running in two men. 
We had 28 men in all at the initiation, and in every respect it was an 
entire success. We trust that we shall see more of Alpha Zeta. 

Brother Arthur Babbitt, who has been with us this year has accepted 
a position in Chicago with the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Rail- 
road. We greatly regret losing him, and wish him great success in his 
new undertaking. 

At present the junior **prom** is being looked forward to with much 
interest, as it is the social function of the year. The junior class ex- 
pects to make it the finest party ever given in Madison. 


During the Christmas holidays the Milwaukee '<Sigs" gave a lunch 
at the Pfister Hotel, winding up with a theater party. There were a5 
'<Sigs" who sat down, and all report a very enjoyable time. 

During the past quarter we have received pleasant visits from 
Brothers Louis W. Myers, Alpha Lambda, '95 ; Walter H. Sheldon, 
Alpha Lambda, '97, and Clarence B. Chadwick, Alpha Lambda, '99. 
We are always glad to see any <<Sig" who comes to Madison, and sin- 
cerely hope that they will drop in upon us. We number 15 active men 
at present, and hope to have more before the year is out. 

The total enrollment of University now numbers about 1,800. There 
is a total membership of 187 fraternity men in the University, divided 
as follows: Chi Psi, 21; Phi Gamma Delta, 14; Beta Theta Pi, 25; Psi 
Upsilon, 22; Delta Upsilon, 22; Phi Kappa Psi, 13; Delta Tau Delta, 
17; Phi Delta Theta, 22; Theta Delta Chi, 16; Sigma Chi, 15. 

To date. Alpha Lambda has initiated 4 men. The number of 
pledged men is 4. 

In closing, we send best wishes for a successful future for all the 
-sister chapters. Stuart H. Sheldon. 

Madison, Wis., January 17, 1898. 


The beginning of the present term found all Alpha Pi boys ready for 
active work. 

During the evening of December 15th we added one member to our 
•chapter roll, and we now take pleasure in introducing to the <<Sigs" our 
new brother, Corbin P. Birdsey, '99. 

Just now the student body is congratulating itself over our new pres- 
ident, Dr. John P. Ashley, of Lima, N. Y., who commenced his duties 
the first of the new year. Dr. Ashley is a graduate of the Ohio Wes- 
leyan University, of both the School of Theology and the School of 
All Science, of Boston University, and has taken extensive graduate 
courses in Jena, Leipzig, Berlin and Oxford. Combined with his schol- 
arship he has that kind of energy which bespeaks a new era in the pros- 
perity of the college. The formal inaugural exercises will take place 
February 23d. 

On the evening of January 25th, the faculty gave a reception in honor 
of Dr. and Mrs. Ashley, at which nearly one thousand guests were re- 
-ceived. It was one of the most enjoyable social events of the season. 

In football last season, our outlook at the first was far from encour- 
aging, but through the untiring efforts of Brother Sam Shipp as captain, 
Brother Will Niles as manager, and Brother Neil Hamblen, Albion se- 


cured second place in the Inter-collegiate, and closed the season with a 
brilliant victory over Olivet, on the home grounds. Brother J. J. Nufer 
played a splendid game throughout the season. 

Our fourth annual Thanksgiving dinner was a very pleasant event. 
Our lady friends aided us in decorating the lodge, which means that it 
was very pretty and tasty in effect. An ample dinner was served, after 
which followed toasts, which were responded to under the direction of 
toastmaster Brother Frank Roudenbush, '98. 

Another addition has been made to the number of fraternity houses 
on the campus. The ladles of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority have 
completed a handsome lodge and will dedicate their new home about 
March ist. 

On the evening of January 27th occurred the second annual debate 
between Ypsilanti and Albion. The subject discussed was, < 'Resolved, 
That United States Senators should be elected by direct vote of the 
people," Albion having the affirmative. Our team of debaters easily 
outclassed their opponents, and the decision of the judges was unani- 
mously in favor of Albion. 

The loyalty of our chapter to the college is always evident on these 
occasions, and we are ready to assist in gaining other victories. 

With every prospect of a bright future. Alpha Pi sends greeting to 
all the brethren. W. Jay Beazan. 

Albion, Mich., February i, 1898. 


Alpha Signda sends best wishes to her sister chapters, and hopes the 
year of '98 will prove a banner season for Sigma Chi. Alpha Sigma is 
stronger now than she has been for four years, having nine active mem- 
bers and two pledges. 

Since our last letter we have initiated John Burgess, of Winona, 
Minn. He is a fine fellow, and a "frat '' man from start to finish. 

The football team this year did not come up to the expectations of 
our Worthy Consul, who suggested the description of it as "a veritable 
whirl-wind" in our last letter. But the reason for its failure is without 

At the time of the Wisconsin game we received a delightful visit 
from Brothers Traise, Murphy and Kalvologe, of Alpha Lambda. 

Brother G. H. Garrett, Alpha Xi, gave us a short visit shortly after 

Alpha Sigma advocates the plan of interchange of letters between 
the different chapters, at least once a year. It seems that this is the 


only way to become interested and familiar with our sister chapters. It 
would also tend to weld us more closely together. 

Few social events have occurred at our University this year. The 
one of importance was the military ball, which occurred the evening 
before the Wisconsin game. This made it possible for us to entertain 
the Wisconsin delegation. Of course the "Sigs" were well represented. 
Elaborate preparations are now in progress for the junior ball, which 
will be the social event of the season. 

The total enrollment of University — all colleges to date — is about 

The academic and engineering departments are the chief fighting 
place of the fraternities, the enrollment in the two being about 1,100. 

There are about 275 fraternity men in the University, distributed as 
follows: Phi Kappa Psi, 18; Delta Upsilon, 22; Theta Delta Chi, 17; 
Phi Delta Theta, 20; Delta Tku Delta, 12; Beta Theta Pi, 23; Psi Up- 
silon, 15; Chi Psi, 18; Delta Kappa Epsilon, 15; Alpha Delta Phi, 12; 
Phi Gamma Delta, 20; Sigma Chi, 9; Nu Sigma Nu, 16; Phi Delta Phi, 
20; Delta Chi, 15. Fraternally, George F. Brooks. 

Minneapolis, Minn., January 9, 1898. 



The University of Nebraska has just closed the most successful 
semester in its history, and the attendance promises to be much larger 
next semester owing to a larger number of students entering from the 
preparatory school. The enrollment at present is 1,800. 

The engineering building, for which an appropriation was made by 
the last legislature, is now under construction and will be completed by 
the opening of the school next autumn. It promises to be a handsome 
structure and will help much to relieve our overcrowded condition. 

On February 15th, the University celebrates the twenty-eighth anni- 
versary of the granting of its charter. The junior promenade, one of 
the most prominent social events of the University, will be held at the 
Lincoln Hotel, February i8th. Brother Fechet represents the chapter 
as a member of the "prom " committee. 

Since the opening of the school year we have initiated three men. 
We take pleasure in introducing to the members of the Fraternity, O. 
G. Home, '01, of Syracuse, Neb.; E. W. Foster, '00, and H. D. Lan- 
dis, '99, of Lincoln, Neb., three excellent men, well worthy of wearing 


the White Cross. We have associated with us this year, Brothers W. 
L. Habtead, Lambda, and C. £. Cake, Eta Eta. 

In athletics and college politics the "Sigs" are holding up their end 
as usual. Brothers Fechet and Landis represent us on the athletic 
board, as the only fraternity members. Brother Burgert is manager of 
the tennis association and chairman of the senior class book com- 
mittee. At a recent meeting of the athletic board. Brother Bischof was 
elected manager of the football team for next year. Brother Ewart is 
secretary of the local oratorical association. 

The football season just closed was a very successful one for our 
University, the team winning the pennant in the Western Inter-collegi- 
ate Association. Brother Montgomery was our representative on the 
team and did some excellent playing in the position of half-back. 

Much enthusiasm is already being shown in baseball circles. Brother 
Halstead is the most promising candidate for the position of pitcher. 

A chapter of the scientific scholarship fraternity, Sigma Xi, was 
granted to the University last year. Brothers D. W. Hawksworth, '97, 
and H. W. Doubrava, '97, were elected members from the electrical 
engineering department. Their thesis was read before the American 
Institute of Electrical Engineers, at its meeting last summer. 

The chapter gave a sleighing party last December. After riding 
around the city for some time we were driven to the chapter house 
where an excellent supper was served. 

On the nth instant, the chapter celebrated its fifteenth anniversary. 
The first part of the evening was devoted to initiation, after which the 
members enjoyed a banquet and listened to toasts by various alumni and 
active members. 

Our chapter is now quartered in a handsome chapter house at 142 1 
H street, about thirteen blocks from the University, where we shall be 
glad to welcome any and all "Sigs'' who may visit our city. 

We shall be pleased to hear from our sister chapters. 

Lincoln, Neb., January 15, 1898. L. R. Ewart. 


Again Alpha Xi answers "here " to the Quarterly roll call, and can 
truthfully say that she has faithfully fulfilled her duty as a member of 
the grandest of all college fraternities — Sigma Chi. 

I take pleasure in announcing to our brothers and the Fraternity our 
last five initiates. Brothers Dana McVicar, '98, Topeka, Kans. ; William 
H. Stanley, '99, Lawrence, Kans.; Arthur A. Greene, '99, Lecompton, 
Kans.; Roy Henley, '01, Lawrence, Kans., and El wood Kennedy, '01, 


Lawrence, Kans. We are very proud of these men as they are five of 
the best men in college. We have one pledge, Harry Annon, of Beloit, 
Kans., and he will make a true Sigma Chi, we feel sure. 

We have recently installed ourselves in new and commodious quar- 
ters in a fine location, and our meetings are assuming a remarkable de- 
gree of interest and becoming increasingly profitable. 

Again our football team has made for itself and the 'Varsity an en- 
viable reputation. It was undoubtedly the strongest team ever known 
in this part of the west. Brother Fred Speak played a star game as 
full-back. Brother Speak was elected captain of the track team for '98 
at the January meeting of the Kansas University Athletic Association. 

We give our annual party and banquet on April 15th. 

The enrollment of the University is about 1,075 ^^ date. There are 
eight fraternities, with a membership of no, distributed as follows: 
Phi Gamma Delta, 14; Phi Kappa Psi; 13; Phi Delta Theta, 16; Beta 
Theta Pi, 33; Sigma Nu, 7; Sigma Chi, 13; Theta Nu Epsilon, 16; 
Phi Delta Phi, 8. 

Alpha Xi sends greetings to her sister chapters. 

Yours fraternally, A. R. Williams. 

Lawrence, Kans., 1898. 


Xi Xi is now beginning to feel the strength and confidence springing 
from age and past success. No longer do we enter the contest with fear 
when we see other fraternities desire the same men that we do. Indeed 
we can congratulate ourselves for not having lost a ''spike" this year, 
and have secured what we consider five of the most eligible men in the 
University, three of whom we presented in our last letter, and have two 
for the present letter: Edward Waterworth, '01, of St. Louis, and 
Claude H. Thomas, '01, of Albany, Mo. We are after others whom we 
hope to be able to present in our next. 

The football season has closed, and while not a grand success in 
point of strength, yet from a financial standpoint it was the most suc- 
cessful year we have gone through. Some of our boys met the Kansas 
''Sigs" at Kansas City, Thanksgiving, and report a jolly time. Next 
year we hope for a strong team, as most of the '97 eleven will return. 
In baseball it is thought we will have a stronger team than last year, 
though at that time we lost but one game. Our chapter hopes to be 
represented on the team. 

The enrollment of the University this year is slightly above that of 
last year, there being about 800 students here at present. It is thought 
that it will reach the 1,000 mark before June. 


There are eight fraternities and one sorority represented in the col- 
lege. Phi Delta Theta has the largest membership, with 23 men; Beta 
Theta Pi has 13; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 18; Kappa Alpha, 13; Sigma 
Nu, 16; Sigma Chi, 15, with i pledge; Phi Delta Phi, law, 21; of 
whom 3 are <<Sigs," and Theta Nu Epsilon, 15, making a total mem- 
bership of 134. Kappa Kappa Gamma (ladies) has a membership of 10. 

Hoping that this will find our sister chapters in as prosperous a con- 
dition, we extend fraternal greetings. Sam R. Halsted. 

Columbia, Mo., Jan. 18, 1898. 



Eta chapter, not having had a letter in the November Quarterly on 
account of the yellow fever and the delayed opening of the university, 
wishes at this time to extend most cordial greetings to her sister chap- 

The university, in spite of the plague, is now enjoying a most pros- 
perous session. The outlook for a large attendance was, on September 
ist, most promising; at present the enrollment is almost that of last 
sessison. The Board of Trustees at its last meeting added to the faculty 
two full professors to fill two newly established chairs; one in the De- 
partment of Law and one comprising History and Rhetoric. The work 
done so far has been equal in merit to that of the same period in past 

The enthusiasm and ambition which last session resulted in winning 
for the <<Sigs" five signal victories in oratory, beside class and athletic 
honors, has not died out; a liberal portion has been transmitted to Eta 
of *97-'98. We have been strengthened by the initiation of the follow- 
ing brothers, whom we wish to introduce and commend as worthy of 
your love and confidence: R. H. Sultan, '01, and A. B. Leavell, '01, of 
Oxford, Miss.; J. E. Holmes, '99 (law), and Monroe Morgan, '01, of 
Hernando, Miss;. N. R. Drummonds, '00, J. B. Riley, '01, and R. E. 
Longino,* 01, of Hebron, Miss.; H. R. Spight, '99 (law), of Ripley, 
Miss.; and R. H. Lake, '99, of Memphis, Tenn. We are especially 
glad to have with us Brother D. N. Kimbrough, '96, who enters for two 
years in law. Brother Kimbrough is a "Sig" of the first water, and 
Eta chapter owes much to him for successes in the past. Brother W . 
B. Watkins, '97, also returned and will complete both years in the law. 

On account of the late opening we had no football season; the pros- 
pects for baseball are good; the gymnasium team is doing good work 
and plans are being made for an interesting field day. We are repre- 


seated on the gymnasium team by Brothers D. M. and B. T. Kim- 
brough, Jones and Cashman. Sigma Chi has always had a liberal share 
of athletic honors, yet there seems to be a feeling that excellent scholar- 
ship and victories in oratory are to be, possibly, more diligently striven 
for. The fruits of this spirit have been manifest in our satisfactory 
achievements along these lines. The majority of the oratorical contests 
are yet to come; however, Brother Fisher won the place as debator from 
Phi Sigma Society for the senior medal at commencement. 

The board of editors of " OU Miss^^ has been selected and the mat- 
ter is being prepared. From the interest manifested we expect a larger 
and better edition than any previous one, and feel sure that it will con- 
tinue to rank among the first annuals of the south. 

Our lodge rooms have been nicely refurnished, and we extend a 
brotherly welcome to all "Sigs" who may happen this way. 

We wish all "Sigs'* much happiness and prosperity. 

Yours ever in the bonds of Sigma Chi, 

Oxford, Miss., Jan. 20, 1898. L. P. Leavell. 


Alpha Nu chapter is indeed sorry that she was not represented in the 
November number of the Quarterly. The failure to send the letter 
was due to a misunderstanding as to the proper time to send the mate- 
rial. Alpha Nu is still alive, however, and the prospects are good for a 
fairly successful year. 

The large and grand chapter of last year did not materialize on the 
opening day of the present session. At present the chapter is composed 
of but six men. Our only initiate is Hugh Prothergy, who is a true 
**Sig" and Alpha Nu is proud of him. 

While our chapter is not large, it is considered by all to be in good 
condition, and then the memory of last session's splendid chapter has 
not faded from 'Varsity's mind, toward whose record we shall strive. 

The University is gradually improving in all directions. The attend- 
ance has passed the five hundred mark. Every one is of the opinion 
that it has started forward on a career that promises to take her among 
the first of American universities. 

In athletics the track team is getting into good shape, and bids fair 
to lower many 'Varsity records. Baseball candidates are practicing, 
and we expect a good team. Alpha Nu is glad to say that her members 
are in touch with every 'Varsity enterprise and stand well in every par- 
ticular. Alex Camp. 

Austin, Texas, Jan. 17, 1898. 



When we were just beginning to think about studying again last 
summer the yellow fever made its appearance in New Orleans for the 
first time since 1878. Panic, caused partly by the fever and partly by the 
fear of irrational quarantine regulations, was the result. Those who 
were already away delayed their return and many departed in haste. As 
none of the refugees would return until after frost, and as those who 
stayed in town would not attend until after that time, the session at 
Tulane did not open this year until December ist. 

On that day, however, we began with a rush, and as a result there 
was a "hot time in the old town'* on the night of December loth, for 
we then initiated Mr. Leeds Eustis, a member of the class of 1901. Mr. 
Eustis is a man who promises to raise still higher the name and fame of 
Sigma Chi, and, if his sound judgment in the recent past is a criterion 
of his future, we may expect great things of our new brother. On De- 
cember 2 1 St we again had occasion for the services of our most efficient 
"goat," who exercised with due ceremony his functions upon Mr. Paul 
Mcllhenny, a man whom we present to the Fraternity with perfect con- 
fidence. Brother Mcllhenny is a brother of Brother Rufus Mcllhenny, 
of Alpha Upsilon. 

The chapter, therefore, begins the year with an unusually bright pres- 
ent and even more cheerful prospects, for Brothers F. A. Monroe, Jr., and 
W. H. Hayward are again with us as graduate and law student respect- 
ively, so that the chapter, while gaining five men by initiation, loses but 
two. Brothers J. F. Richardson and J. B. Murphy, who are, however, 
sorely missed. 

On account of the unavoidable delay in opening, the session of '98 at 

Tulane will be an extremely hard one. The two months thus lost must 
be made up in some way, and so holidays have been abolished, Satur- 
day is no longer a day of rest, the session will be lengthened until the 
30th of June, and hard work is the order of the day. 

There was no football team this year, as we returned too late in the 
season. The fever crippled Tulane in more than in mere loss of time. 
On account of it the Daily College Spirit was sent to the wall, as the ad- 
vertisers, on a plea of hard times, refused to support it. The weekly, 
Olive and Blu€y was substituted for it, a bright, enterprising, eight-page 
paper, undoubtedly the best publicatian of its kind in the south. The 
Tulane Collegian has, for the same reason, been changed from a monthly 
to a quarterly magazine. Jambalaya is the only publication which is un- 
harmed, and it rests with the editors to make the '98 annual a model for 
all future ones at Tulane and elsewhere. 


As to the part which <'Sigs'' have taken in these enterprises, it is as 
usual, the leading one. Brother Labouisse is business manager of the 
Collegian and the Olive and Blue, Brother J. B. Monroe is editor and 
secretary on the annual and is an associate editor on the Collegian^ and 
Brother Grant is secretary of the Pan-Hellenic League, which seems 
likely to be a failure. 

Since our last letter we received a visit from Brother Coe, of Zeta 
Psi, who came to New Orleans as a member of the University of Cin- 
cinnati football team. J. B. Monroe. 

New Orleans, La., Jan. 15, 1898. 


Alpha Psi is again breathing easy after the superhuman exertions 
incident to semi-annual examinations. 

Vanderbilt does not intend to rest on the laurels won during the foot- 
ball season, but is anxiously awaiting the spring, when she hopes to see 
the victories on the track and diamond rival if not eclipse those already 
won on the gridiron. 

Our prospects for a good baseball team are especially bright, and we 
are confident that our track team will not be worsted without a bitter 

We have two baseball games scheduled with the University of Penn- 
sylvania (April 8th and 9th). As this is the first time that any athletic 
teams representing these two institutions have ever met, we are natur- 
ally looking forward to the outcome with great interest. 

Since the last issue of the Quarterly Brother Joe A. Goodson, '99, 
has been elected captain of the '98 football team, and Brother Phil Con- 
nell has been appointed as one on a committee of five to revise the rules 
governing all football games between the colleges in the Southern Inter- 
collegiate Athletic Association. At the last meeting of this association 
our Grand Consul, Dr. Dudley, was reelected president. 

The enrollment of the University is about 800 to date. About 30 of 
this number are women. List of fraternities and membership is as fol- 
lows: Chi Phi, 12; Delta Tau Delta, 14; Kappa Alpha, 24; Sigma Al- 
pha Epsilon, 26; Alpha Tau Omega, 19; Sigma Chi, 10; Delta Kappa 
Epsilon, 28; Pi Kappa Alpha, 7; Phi Delta Theta, 27; Sigma Nu, 14; 
Beta Theta Pi, 3; Kappa Sigma, 21. This makes a total of 205 frater- 
nity members in the University. 

During the current year we have initiated 2 men and pledged none. 

Sincerely yours, Hugh H. Miller. 

Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 3, 1898. 




The University of California reopened Monday last, after the mid- 
winter vacation, with an increased roll of students and prospects for a 
>rosperous year. The catalogue of the University, just issued, shows 
in attendance of 1,565 in the colleges on this side of the bay, and 716 in 
he affiliated colleges in San Francisco, making a total of 2,281, the 
argest number ever enrolled in this University. 

The chief topic of interest now occupying attention here is the inter- 
lational competition of architects for the submission of plans for a new 
iystem of buildings for the University. Mrs. Phoebe Hearst, a firm 
riend and patroness of our institution, has undertaken the expense of 
his competition, and has promised a large gift toward the completion 
)f these buildings when the plans are finally accepted. 

The baseball men turned out to-day for the first time, and soon will 
>e actively engaged in practice for the series of inter-collegiate games 
¥ith Stanford later in the spring. Garrett Cochran, of Princeton, has 
)een engaged as coach for the football and baseball teams and is expected 
)ut here some time next month to start in with the baseball men. 
Brothers Minor, '00, and Deane, '01, will be out with the squad when 
Taining begins. 

Debating will be started next week with an inter-collegiate debate 
inth Stanford, a sort of forerunner of the big inter-collegiate affair to 
:ake place a few days before Class Day. 

The condition of Alpha Beta is just the same as last term, the indi- 
:ations being for a very prosperous end to this college year. All our 
nen have returned, but no new men have been initiated. Though only 
seven in number, we expect to augment our body next term with the 
iddition of several fine "preps." upon whom we have our eye. 

There is a total of 146 fraternity men in college, distributed as fol- 
ows: Sigma Phi, 7; Phi Gamma Delta, 8; Delta Kappa Epsilon, 18; 
3hi Phi, 15; Sigma Chi, 7; Beta Theta Pi, 14; Phi Delta Theta, 12; 
Sigma Nu, 15; Chi Psi, 10; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 12; Delta Upsilon, 20; 
[Cappa Alpha, 8. 

Alpha Beta has initiated but one man this year, and has pledged none. 

With best wishes to sister chapters. 

Berkley, Cal., January 15, 1898. W. Wilberforce Williams. 


Since last we addressed ourselves to the Sigma Chi world the Uni- 
versity of Southern California and Alpha Upsilon have enjoyed, in some 
ines at least, more than their usual success. 


First of ourselves: We take pleasure in introducing to Sigma Chi 
five new members, every one of them a loyal "Sig." They are, Ernest 
B. Bradley, '99, recently from Ripon College, Wisconsin; Edgar D. 
Hiller, '00; Harry W. Mclntier, '00; Frank T. Scott, '00, and Samuel 
Moulton, '00, all of Los Angeles. 

We must not fail to make mention of a sixth initiate, the most 
charming of all, as Brother Bradley has seen fit to take unto himself a 
"better half." Mrs. Bradley finds her hands full in playing "sister" to 
so many "brothers." 

Brother Bradley is business manager of the glee club, and Brother 
Mclntier holds the position of business manager of the Courier. 

In social lines but one "do" has as yet been given by Alpha Upsilon, 
that one occurring on the evening of December 30th, when the lady 
friends of the chapter were entertained, together with a few Alpha Up- 
silon alumni, at an informal card and dancing party. 

The predictions of a successful football season, contained in our last 
letter, proved true beyond expectation. Not a single college game was 
lost during the season, and only once were U. S. C.'s colors lowered to 
an athletic club. Brother Martin, as captain, has reason to be proud of 
his team. Brother William Lloyd occupied the prominent position of 
right-half, while Brother Charles Christy, for the sake of the team, was 
obliged to succumb against his will and go back to center, a position in 
which he is acknowledged to have no superior, if an equal, in southern 
California. Brother Foster Wright returned in time to take his old po- 
sition at quarter; so it will be seen that Alpha Upsilon occupied a some- 
what prominent position on the team. The total score for the season is 
University Southern California 100, opponents 16. 

Baseball and track athletics are now beginning to demand attention. 

Brother Hiram B. Tebbetts, last year's pitcher, is the most promising 

candidate for honors, while Brothers Martin and Jones are again work- 
ing with the squad. Brother Jones has been reelected as the member of 
the board of directors of the Inter-collegiate Athletic Association of 
Southern California. 

We were glad to receive a call from Brother L. R. Bradley, ex-'98, 
a short time since. 

We announce in this letter the formation of a new fraternity in the 
University, a local organization styling itself Theta Psi. It is under- 
stood that the members are petitioning for a charter from a national 

Valuable additions have recently been made to the University library 
in the way of some much desired out-of-print books from Washington, 
and also to the museum a large collection given by Rev. Mr. Pattee. 

Los Angeles, Cal., Feb. i, 1898. Philo Jones. 



The Si^cond semester, with one exception, finds all our members 
back. We regret very much the loss of Brother Joss, who leaves college 
to go into business. 

The half year just past has been a very successful one to us in our 
new quarters. The chapter enrollment reached the highest figure in its 
history. We have several good men now in prospect whom we hope 
to get. 

During the holidays the glee and mandolin clubs made a tour of the 
southern part of the state, visiting every town of any size, and with 
grand success, both socially and financially. It is usual for our clubs 
to return with a deficit of several hundred dollars, but this year they re- 
turned with money to the good. Two members of Alpha Omega went 
on the trip. Brother Nichols is a member of the mandolin club, and 
also a member of the executive committee of the musical clubs. Brother 
Fleming was accompanist for the glee club. 

The track and baseball men have begun training for the annual con- 
tests with the University of California. Several of our boys are trying 
for the track team. 

The enrollment of the University is about 1,030 to date. The com- 
bined fraternity membership of the University is about 180, and is dis- 
tributed as follows: Beta Theta Pi, 15 ; Chi Psi, 6; Delta Tau Delta, 
18; Delta Upsilon, 25; Phi Delta Theta, 10; Phi Kappa Psi, 13; Sigma 
Alpha Epsilon, 18; Sigma Nu, 14; Sigma Rho Eta (local), 16 (for- 
merly Phi Gamma Delta); Zeta Psi, 18; Kappa Alpha, 12. Number 
initiated by Sigma Chi to date is 5, and no men have been pledged. 

Alpha Omega sends her best wishes for a continuous prosperity dur- 
ing the rest of the college year. Fraternally, 

Palo Alto, Cal., Jan. 20^ 1898. Ernest S. Williams. 



Since our last letter to the Quarterly Alpha Alpha is glad to count 
three new brothers among her numbers. On November 19th, Brother 
Edward Morley Huson Knapp, '98, of Wausau, N. Y., was initiated, 
and January 14th Brothers Harry Gunnell, '00, of Beaver, Penn., and 
Eugene Luther Jagar, '01, of Charleston, S. C, so with Brother De- 
Woody, Kappa, '91, who is now the pastor of the First Baptist Church 
in Geneva, together with our eleven active members and one pledge 
man we feel full of hope for the future. 


Brother Gunnell played the last year on both the college football and 
baseball teams. At a recent meeting of our athletic council Brother 
John Jagar was elected manager of the football team, and shortly before 
Christmas our glee club was organized, to which club Brothers Knapp 
and Acklay were elected. 

At the time of the Princeton game at Cornell several of our members 
made a visit to Alpha Phi, where they were most hospitably entertained. 
We are also very glad to acknowledge visits from Brothers Harry Frank, 
Skidmore, J. L. Flannery, R. A. Mcllkenny, of Alpha Phi, Brother 
Abbey, of Phi Phi, '76, and Brother Charles De Woody, Kappa, '91. 

Brothers Acklay, '99, and Bates, '97, of Hobart, now at Nashotah 
Theological Seminary, attended the annual banquet at the Pfister, in 
Milwaukee, on Monday evening, December 27th. The Milwaukee 
"Sigs " threw open their houses in a most gracious manner to the vis- 
iting brothers — for the sisters, with the true spirit, spared no pains to 
make our stay delightful and long to be remembered. Especially do we 
feel grateful to Brother Dexter, to whom the success of the banquet was 
largely due, and to his sisters, who entertained several of the **Sigs." 

The enrollment of the college now numbers 96, all men, of which 58 
are members of fraternities. The following fraternities are represented: 
Kappa Alpha, 17; Sigma Phi, 15; Theta Delta Chi, 12; Sigma Chi, 11. 
Number of men initiated by our chapter, 8; pledged, i. 

Geneva, N. Y., Jan. 15, 1898. Charles Ackley. 


The second term of college opened January 13th, after a vacation of 
three weeks. Everybody, on returning, seemed to be imbued with the 
idea that it was about time to get down to good solid work, and with 
the incoming of this spirit Eta Eta has been seized by the inspiration 
which is sure to give her new life and vigor. 

We take pleasure in introducing our freshmen initiates, who, though 
small in numbers, are not lacking in quality : Edward Swazey Calder- 
wood, Boston, Mass.; William Whittle Cheever, and Emett Mellen 
Stevens, Nashua, N. H.; Edward Francis Gibbons, Hingham, Mass.; 
Herbert Corydon Denett, Amesbury, Mass. ; George Leverett Hancock, 
Franklin Falls, N. H.; Julian De Witt Orcult, WoUaston, Mass. 

Brother Pillsbury, '97, has returned to Amesbury, Mass., from a 
season of coaching at Otterbein University. This season was a suc- 
cessful one, and he will probably go back next fall to take up the work 
where he left it. 

Brother Bolser, '97, is to run in the half mile invitation race, given 
by the Boston Athletic Association, at their next annual indoor meet. 


Brother Thayer, '00, has returned to college, after an absence of one 

Brothers Edwards, '99, and Hutchison, '00, both made the 'Varsity 
football team. Edwards played right-tackle and Hutchison right-end. 
Our football team was very successful this season in holding the larger 
colleges down to small scores, besides winning the Triangular League 

Brother Chapman, '00, is a member of the glee club, which had a 
very pleasant as well as successful trip through the New England States. 

The enrollment of the College to date is 631, all being men. There is a 
total fraternity membership of 361, distributed among the following so- 
cieties: Alpha Delta Phi, 34; Delta Kappa Epsilon, 40; Psi Upsilon, 
41; Kappa Kappa Kappa, 41; Theta Delta Chi, 38; Phi Delta Theta, 
40; Beta Theta Phi, 37; Sigma Chi, 27; Phi Kappa Psi, 30; Alpha Kappa 
Kappa, 13; Ace of Spades, 15; Alpha Psi Mu, 15. The number of men 
initiated this year by Eta Eta is 7. Yours truly, 

Hanover, N. H., Jan. 29, 1898. James B. Hutchison. 


A new year has begun, with very bright prospects for Nu Nu and for 
our Alma Mater ^ Columbia, il] 

Our chapter consists of 28 men, and we have excellent prospects of 
adding to our number at least six more before the end of the term. 

During the holidays we initiated Paul H. Ringer, '01, college. New 
York City; shortly afterwards William Underbill Moore, '00, college, 
and last week Henry James Mills, '01, science, of Brooklyn, N. Y. 

At one of our recent social gatherings we had as visitors the largest 
number of alumni ever gathered in our chapter rooms. Among those 
were: Brother Francis A. Scratchley, Zeta, '77; Brother Francis E. 
Brewer, Nu Nu, '95; Brothers Moulton, Alpha Alpha, '97; Smythe, Nu 
Nu, '95; Philips, Alpha Alpha, '96; A. G. Reed, Alpha Theta, '97; 
Kemper, Alpha Alpha, '96; Conklin, Alpha Theta, '95; C. F. Bemis, 
Alpha Sigma, '97; Blackford, Alpha Alpha, '97; Van Kleek, Alpha. 
Alpha, '97, Lynn Thompson, Alpha Alpha, '95, and several others. 

This was one of the series of bi-weekly social meetings which Nu Nu 
is giving this winter, and which, as we have found, has been a very suc- 
cessful experiment. It not only brings the alumni in touch with the 
members of the chapter, but also is an excellent means of rushing new 
men. It was the suggestion of Brothers J. D. Irving and H. Clarke, 
and as a result of it we have four new men pledged. 

Our prospects for crews and track team, both of which are Colum- 
bia's strong points in athletics, are very flattering. 


Fifty candidates answered the call for the '< 'Varsity " last week, and 
among them were Brothers Le Prince and William V. Moore. 

Brother P. H. Ringer has a good show for coxswain of the freshman 

On the track team, which began training last week, we are repre- 
sented by Brothers Schimper and Le Prince. But we have our share of 
honors not only on the athletic teams, for we have dabbled in politics, 
and as a result Brother H. A. Brown is Vice-President of his class, 'oo, 
science, and Brother Moore holds the Vice- Presidency in his class, 'oo, 
arts. Brother J. D. Irving was recently elected a fellow in the School 
of Applied Science. 

The chapter-roooms have recently been redecorated and are much 
improved. The ceiling of the parlor was finished in "Sig" colors. 

The enrollment of Columbia to date is about 2,300, of which num- 
ber about 300 are women. 

Thirteen fraternities, with a combined membership of 350 men, are 
represented as follows: Alpha Delta Phi, 33; Psi Upsilon, 41; Delta 
Psi, 31; Delta Upsilon, 24; Phi Gamma Delta, 28; Sigma Chi, 29; 
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 22; Phi Kappa Psi, 19; Delta Kappa Epsilon, 38; 
Sigma Phi, 16; Theta Delta Chi, 22; Phi Delta Theta, 28; Delta Upsi- 
lon, 27. Phi Beta Kappa and the legal fraternity of Phi Delta Phi are 
also represented. 

In conclusion Nu Nu sends her best wishes to her sisters and prays 
that fortune will sniile upon them as she has upon us. 

New York City, Jan. 15, 1898. E. J. Farley. 


Since the last Quarterly appeared few things of importance have 
happened at the Institute. Alpha Theta has been working steadily to 
get new men, and now she takes great pleasure in introducing to "Sig- 
dom" three worthy brothers: Clifford R. Hammond, '00, Buffalo, N. 
Y.j Charles F. Harwood, '99, Warren, Mass.; and James S. Gill, '99, 
^Ludlow, Vt. This makes five new men who we have taken in this year, 
and it brings the total membership of this chapter up to 19. 

Every one is very busy now, as the annual examinations are with us. 
The midwinter vacation begins January 28th and ends February 8th, 
and all but six of the brothers will be away. 

At a recent meeting of the Athletic Association Brother Magee was 
elected vice-president; so with Brothers Hayden, S. P. Brown and 
Werner, who played on the football team, Sigma Chi is well to the front 
in athletics. We are also very well represented in the local clubs. 


Brother Sickman had to leave us a few weeks ago on account of sick- 
ness in his family, but we expect to have him return again next year. 

During the last month we have had visits from Brothers Farley Os- 
good, Alpha Theta, '97, Bodewell Paine, Alpha Theta, '97, and Arthur 
Stoneman, Theta Theta. 

In a few weeks Alpha Theta hopes to begin baseball practice, and 
we expect to have even a better team than we had last year. Four of 
our new brothers play fine ball, and we fully expect to win the cham- 
pionship again this season. 

There is promise of a new building in the near future to relieve the 
pressure in the Chemical and Architectural Departments. This will 
bring the number of "Tech's ** buildings up to seven. 

A few weeks ago the bust of President Walker was unveiled. It was 
presented to the corporation by the classes of *97-*98-*99 and 1900 as a 
remembrance of the man who did so much for the Institute and its indi- 
vidual members. 

The enrollment of the Institute is 1,200, of which number 69 are 

The following fraternities are represented, with a combined member- 
ship of about 155: Sigma Chi, 19; Delta Psi, 18; Chi Phi, 18; Phi Beta 
Epsilon, 26; Delta Upsilon, 17; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 21; Delta Tau 
Delta, 14. 

So wishing a most prosperous year to all "Sigs," and assuring all 
wanderers of a hearty welcome at 11 16 Boylston street, we close. 

Boston, Mass., Jan. 15, 1898. Wm. R. Collier. 


A multitude of good things is in store for Cornellians, for junior week, 
with all its attractions, begins on the 31st inst. Brother Raymond, as a 
member of the junior "prom" committee, is busily engaged preparing 
to make this the most successful of ''juniors." With such pleasures to 
which to look forward, and our successes of last term to look back upon, 
Alpha Phi has opened the new year very happily. Our only regret is 
the inability of Brothers Flannery and Creary to be with us this term. 

The football season closed most successfully with the Thanksgiving 
game with Pennsylvania. Brother McLaughlan, manager of last year's 
team, had his duties transferred to those of captain for this year's team. 

The crew and baseball team are subjects of daily conversation. Over 
160 men are now trying for "Varsity," and there seems to be no doubt but 
that Cornell will maintain her reputation in the rowing world. Mr. Charles 
£. Courtney has been retained as coach. The class of '99, at their com- 


iDg smoker, will present a pair-oared working boat to the navy for Mr. 
Courtney's use. Arrangements for the annual intercollegiate champion- 
ship race are now being completed, Harvard, Columbia, Pennsylvania 
and Cornell being the participants. 

Baseball practice occurs daily. The schedule of games is almost 
completed, and Cornell will probably play her usual schedule. 

The fencing club held a very interesting meet with Pennsylvania 
last week, Cornell winning by a close score. 

We are pleased to introduce three new "Sigs" to our sister chap- 
ters: Lloyd Smoot, 'oi, Washington, D. C; Judson Creary, 'oo, La- 
fayette, Ind. ; and Gregory, *oi, Albion, N. Y. Brother Gregory is a 
member of the glee club. 

They join the older members in sending greetings and best wishes to 
our sister chapters. John W. O'Learv. 

Ithaca, N. Y., Jan. 19, 1898. 


By Fred Stbigmbysr. Omicron Omicron, '97. 

In boyhood days I strongly fought 

What most men call ideal^ 

And rarely thought that what they saw 

In mind they could not feel 

With human heart. But what a change! 

It came with just one glance — 
That face divine, that form superb, 

That manner, shy — a trance 
Have caused. With human heart now do 

I feel my own ideal. 
And could you only see yourself 

With eyes that I possess. 
And were you only unreserved 

And frankly did confess, 
As I have done; and were within 

Your breast my heart to feel; 
Then, darling mine, you must admit 

You were your own ideal. 


Among the Alumni. 


The New York Alumni Chapter. 

The annual meeting and dinner of the New York Alumni Chapter 
was held on Thanksgiving eve at the Arena, Thirty-first street and 
Broadway, and although the attendance was somewhat smaller than 
usual, all present agreed that few dinners have left a more pleasant re- 
membrance of enjoyment and enthusiasm. 

Brother Burr Mcintosh, so well known for his geniality and humor, 
was a great success as toastmaster, and it is in large part due to his wit 
and eloquence that the success of the dinner is due. Among the many 
speakers may be mentioned Rev. Samuel A. Weikert, Theta, Dr. Fran- 
cis A. Scratchley, Zeta, '77, A. C. Ormsbee, Alpha Phi, A. G. Reed, 
Alpha Psi, and Samuel R. Ireland, Theta Theta. 

Toward the close of the evening Brother Ireland arrived, and after 
a short speech entertained the company with some humorous anecdotes, 
for which he is so well known. 

In closing, it may be said that the dinners of the New York Alumni 
Chapter have seldom if ever been attended by such an enthusiastic 
crowd of Sigma Chis, nor does the writer remember ^ny occasion where 
all present have more thoroughly enjoyed themselves. 

The following is a list of those present : 

Dr. Francis A. Scratchley, Zeta, '77. Julian Thornley, Psi, '89. 

Rev. Samuel A. Weikert, Theta, '71. F. £. Smith, Alpha Alpha. '96. 

Frank R. Dickey, Alpha Phi. '96. R. }. Phillips. Alpha Alpha, '96. 

R. H. Hasson. Alpha Phi. '96. Arthur Moulton. Alpha Alpha. '97. 

Addison C. Ormsbee. Alpha Phi. '94. Poyntelle Kemper. Alpha Lambda and 

Otis £. Acker. Delta Chi, '94. Alpha Alpha. '96. 

Harvey C. Camp. Gamma. '70. Gilbert B. Russell. Alpha Alpha, '96. 

Frederick T. Walser. Nu Nu, "oo. J. F. Morris. 

A. G. Reed, Alpha Psi and Nu Nu, '00. Dr. John J. Kindred, Psi. '87. 

J. D. Irving. Nu Nu. '99. Burr Mcintosh. Phi, '84. 

S. H. Putnam, Nu Nu. '00. Roderick P. Fisher. Alpha Rho. '88. 

Francb £. Brewer. Alpha Psi and Nu Clifford McCalla, Alpha Rho. '96. 

Nu. '95. J. B. Larel. Alpha Phi. '93. 

W. H. P. Conklin, Alpha Psi and Nu Nu, Roundey, Alpha Rho. '95. 

'95. Samuel R. Ireland. Theta Theta, '89. 

New York City, Jan. 15, 1898. Francis E. Brewer. 


The Chicago Alumni Chapter. 

In spite of the counter attractions of the holiday season, twenty- 
three good "Sigs" met at the Technical Club, on the evening of Decem- 
ber 28, 1897, and disposed of a little business and a large and excellent 
repast. These various members of the Chicago Alumni Chapter of Sigma 
Chi came directly from business, and proceeded to take possession of 
the billiard room of the club. Here the ivories were soon clicking 
merrily and chasing each other over the festive green in lively three- 
cushion carom and fancy mass^ shots, not to mention the ''hot shots" 
that came from the partisan onlookers. Not only ivory, but high balls 
as well, served in pleasantly passing the time until business meeting, 
which was called to order with Vice-President Spencer in the chair. 

After a motion, the Chairman appointed Brothers Harvey, Alden and 
Rader as a nominating committee, and the following report was rendered: 

President, George P. Merrick. Secretary, Conrad B. Kimball. 

Vice-President, George C. Purdy. Treasurer, Herbert C. Arms. 


Herbert C. Arms, Chairman. 
Harry £. Ambler. Fred Steigmeyer. W. B. Greenlee. Mason Bross. 

The elegant dining room of the Technical Club presented a very in- 
viting appearance to the hungry men. 

Beautiful ferns, artistically draped, outlined their delicate forms 
against the white expanse of linen while bits of color rn the form of car- 
nations adorned each plate. Courses too numerous to mention followed 
each other in comfortable succession. It is said that, when you edu- 
cate a hungry man you set a devil loose in the world, but by the time 
the newly elected president arose to speak none but genial, well-fed ex- 
pressions were manifest on the faces turned expectantly to greet him. 

President Merrick, in a sincere and graceful way, first thanked his 
Brother "Sigs" for the honor conferred upon him, and then continued 
his speech in the brilliant and witty style that has made for him such 
an enviable reputation as an impromptu speaker. 

Brother George C. Purdy was the first man called upon, and made 
an interesting talk reminiscent of former Sigma Chi dinners in Chicago, 
the most notable of which was the Athletic Club dinner of last February, 
at which so many **Sigs" from abroad were present. The Executive 
Committee are planning to make this midwinter dinner an annual affair, 
and the greatest in the series of dinners given each year in Chicago. 
Brother Purdy received a warm vote of thanks for his active work of 
the last two years in connection with the program of dinners. 


President Merrick, at this point, noticing Alderman Alling's seeming 
restlessness, at once furnished a vent for the gentleman's surplus steam 
by assigning him the pleasurable task of telling about such ''Sig" do- 
ings at Nashville as were not included in the golden text. The other 
speakers were Brothers Mason Bross, Omega, '84, Fred Steigmeyer, 
Omicron Omicron, '97, and John Moran, Omicron Omicron, '02. 

The talks were interspersed with *'Sig*' songs, with Brother Matte- 
son presiding at the head. 

Following is a list of those present : 

George P. Merrick, Omega, '84. W. F. MacDonald, Omicron Omicron, '98. 

Mason Bross. Omega, '84. R. G. MacDonald, Alpha Pi, '93. 

George C. Purdy, Alpha Phi, '92. Charles Ailing, Jr.. Chi, '85. Theta Theta, 

Robert C. Spencer, Jr., Alpha Lambda, '86. '88. 

Robert H. Harvey, Omega, '89. Frank Crozier, Chi, '92, Theta Theta, '94. 

Robert W. Stevens, Omega, '94. Frank L. Grant, Theta Theta, '94. 

W. B. Greenlee, Alpha Phi, '95. A. F. Rader, Ma Mu. '96. 

Herbert C. Arms, Kappa Kappa, '95. Van W. Ailing, Delta Delta, '97. 

Conrad B. Kimball, Kappa Kappa, '94. W. T. Alden, Omega, '91. 

Victor A. Matteson, Kappa Kappa, '95. F. B. Cozzens, Omega, '91. 

Fred Steigmeyer, Omicron Omicron, '97. F. J. Tonrtellotte, Omega, '88. 

J. P. Moran, Omicron Omicron, '99. H. G. Spensley, Alpha Lambda, '94. 

Chicago, January 15, i8g8. Conrad B. Kimball. 

N. B. — The next meeting of the Chicago Alumni Chapter will be 
held at the University Club, March 25, 1898. Grand Consul W. L. 
Dudley, of Nashville, Tennessee, will be present as well as representa- 
tives from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and other cities. 

The Milwaukee Alumni Dinner. 

On December 27th, the members of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, who 
live in Milwaukee and vicinity, held their annual dinner in the private 
dining hall of the Pfister Hotel, after which they attended the perform- 
ance of the Isle of Champagne, at the Alhambra Theater. Those pres- 
ent were : 

Toastmaster, Edward M. Dexter, Alpha Lambda, '92, Milwaukee, Wis. 

James S. Norris, Omega, '75. Milwaukee. Wis. 

Samuel Harding, Alpha Lambda, '90, Milwaukee, Wis. 

Loyal Durand, Alpha Lambda, '90, Milwaukee, Wis. 

Sam Durand, Alpha Lambda, '90. Milwaukee, Wis. 

A. C. Reitbrock, Alpha Lambda, '89, Milwaukee, Wis. 

William H. Woodard. Alpha Zeta, '94, Watertown, Wis. 

Walter J. Ludke, Alpha Lambda, '97, Milwaukee, Wis. 

Talmadge Hamilton. Eta Eta, '96. Milwaukee. Wis. 

Gustav WoUaeger. Jr., Alpha Lambda, '97, Milwaukee, Wis. 

Joe D. Maynard, Alpha Lambda, '96, Milwaukee, Wis. 


James Balding. Kappa Kappa. '95, Milwaukee, Wis. 

E. Merril. Alpha Zeta, '96. Milwaukee. Wis. 

Guido C. Vogel, Alpha Lambda. '98, Milwaukee, Wis. 

Frank W. Jones. Alpha Lambda, '00. Milwaukee, Wis. 

Cornelius A. Sidler, Alpha Lambda, '00. Milwaukee, Wis. 

D. Hayes Murphy, Alpha Lambda, '00. Milwaukee, Wis. 

Charles A. Cryderman, Alpha Lambda, '00, Milwaukee, Wis. 

D. M. Woodard, Alpha Zeta, '87. Watertown, Wis. 

Tyler Hill. Alpha Lambda. '92. Sparta, Wis. 

L. Bates. Alpha Alp^a. '97, New York. 

Charles Ackley, Alpha Alpha, '99, Oconomowoc. Wis. 

Foster Lardner, Alpha Lambda. '92. Oconomowoc, Wis. 

Benjamin J. Kalvelage, Alpha Lambda, '00, Milwaukee, Wis. 

J. Howard Morrison, Alpha Lambda, '89. Madison, Wis. 

Harry S. Hayes, Alpha Lambda, '96, Milwaukee, Wis. 

Milwaukee, Wis., Jan. 2, 1898. Harry S. Hayes. 

The Kansas City Alumni Meeting. 

The Organization of an Association Looking Toward the 
Establishment of an Alumni Chapter. 

In the days when Morrison Mumford, Sigma, '62, was editor and 
proprietor of the Kansas City Times y then in its "golden age,*' there 
was no need of an alumni chapter in Kansas City. If the resident 
"Sigs" wanted a social meeting, or there was a visiting brother to be 
entertained, a suggestion to Mr. Mumford was sufficient to bring forth 
an invitation to all <<Sigs'' within reach to accept his hospitality at a 
banquet. No officers or committees of arrangements were needed, and 
no assessments levied to cover expenses. Brother Mumford and the 
Coates House attended to all details. But after his death there was a 
certain disintegration of the <'Sig" forces, and between that time and 
the present there have been only a few feeble attempts to organize. 
These attempts have, however, kept up the spirit and led to final suc- 

On the evening of December 16, 1897, a number of "Sigs** from the 
twin cities, Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kas., assembled at the 
Coates House. The meeting was large and enthusiastic enough to insure a 
strong, permanent chapter, and those who had taken part in former futile 
attempts felt from the interest displayed that this one would fare better. 
All were imbued with that old-time feeling of ** Sigs " who have learned 
to love their Fraternity as the center of their affection for their Alma 
Mater, There was that light in the eye, that warmth in the grip which 
overthrows the argument of those who say: "Well, a fraternity is a 


good thing while you are in college, but it does not amount to anything 
after you are out of it.*' The oldest ** Sigs ** present were greatest rather 
than least in enthusiasm, and no one seemed to think that his fraternity 
was less to him than when an undergraduate. 

The result of that meeting is the Kansas City Alumni Association, 
which is hereby introduced to the Fraternity, with H. P. Wright, Omega, 
'87, as president; H. H. Whiffin, Alpha Iota, '96, secretary; and Justin 
D. Bowersock, Alpha Xi, '91, treasurer. Several committees were ap- 
pointed, which are busy in seeking out all the '' Sigs " of the two Kansas 
cities and the neighboring towns and in other matters of organization. 
We feel that with such men in the chapter as Brothers Wright, A. F. 
Evans and £. A. Harper its success is assured. Brother Wright's con- 
nection with the Fraternity is too well known to need further mention. 
Brother Evans is one of the old Virginia tribe of " Sigs ** whose loyalty 
and good works are history, and Brother Harpet is a worker for Sigma 

Chi like his brother, "Jupiter** Harper. We have also the praetor of 
this province, Brother Bowersock, who has taken such an active part in 
the history of Alpha Xi chapter at the University of Kansas. It is our 
purpose to bring about the establishment of a regularly organized alumni 
chapter, and in this we shall hope for the cooperation of the whole Fra- 

Our chief aim at present is to find every "Sig'* in the vicinity, and 
especially in the city. A great many men have come here since the 
publication of the catalogue, and for these we are obliged to trust to 
hearsay. We want to get them all, and would be very grateful for as- 
sistance from any brother knowing " Sigs '* in our neighborhood. Send 
the secretary his name and address and "we will do the rest." We 
have already more than fifty members and we are in hopes of increasing 
this very materially in the course of a few more meetings. However, 
fifty sturdy " Sigs *' are a host and are only excelled by a greater num- 
ber of the same kind. 

An alumni chapter is not a new idea. It has been conceded for a 
number of years that there should be a chapter in Kansas City. Yet 
never until the present have the prospects been so good nor the mate- 
rial so abundant, while the need is greater than ever. Not only do we 
hope to be an aid to each other and a source of pleasure through our 
organization, but we hope also to do a good work for the Fraternity. 
Especially shall we give attention to the chapters of this province, of 
which Kansas City is the natural meeting place. These chapters are so 
far apart as to see very little of each other, and a centrally located or- 
ganization, interested in all, ought to be a great assistance to them. We 
have in mind a province convention to be held some time during the 

Trusting that our organization may be an honor to ourselves and to 
the Fraternity, I remain 

H. H. Whiffen. 


The Central Ohio Meeting at Columbus. 

The following account of a banquet in Columbus, Ohio, is taken from 
the Press-Ppsi of December 23, 1897, of which Brother De Witt C. 
Jones, Gamma, '70, is the editor: 

" The seventh anniial reunion and banquet of the Sigma Chi Fraternity took place 
Thursday night at the Great Southern Hotel. The members of the local chapter of the 
O. S. U. had charge of the affair, which proved very successful in every way. About 35 
guests, including many of the local alumni, were present. After disposing of an elabo- 
rate menu the following programme was carried out under Mr. Austin P. Gillen. who 
acted as toastmaster: ' Symposiarch,' Mr. Austin P. Gillen; 'Welcome,' Mr. George 
Nelson Barrere; 'Twenty-third Grand Chapter,' P. M. Griffith; 'Gamma,' Mr. D. H. 
Leas; ' Mu,' Mr. Herbert C. Jones; ' Sigma Chi,' Mr. L. B. Durstine. 

"In addition to these there were quite a number of impromptu speeches, and the 
merry party broke up at a late hour. 

'* Among those present > were: Will C. Dakin, Columbus; John B. Harmon, Deni- 
son; Eugene B. Huffman, Denison; George N. Barrere, Columbus; Lee B. Durstine, 
Columbus; £. Asbert, Delaware; Herbert C. Jones, Columbus; Walter M. Fickes, Co- 
lumbus; Murry £. Reed, Delaware; Fred Jeffrey, Columbus; Ed M. Taylor, Columbus; 
Charles R. Mayers, Columbus; Edward H. Allen, Lena; Earl O. Devore, Woodsfield; 
Charles P. Reed, Delaware; James L. Thalman, Batavia; Austin P. Gillen, Youngs- 
town; William Lloyd Evans, Columbus; L. Beman Thomas, Jackson; W. G. Brossman, 
Columbus; P. M. Griffith, Sabina; Frank Haas, Columbus; G. F. Mahaffey, Cambridge; 
George S. Runyon, Mansfield; Emmet Lacey, Columbus; H. L. Bowers, Mansfield; D. 
M. McDonald, Wellsville; J. Theobald, Columbus; T. G. McCray, Columbus; Frank H. 
Gale, Columbus." 


Beta — Wooster University. 

Marian M. Miller, Beta, '95, whose reputation as a poet is already 
well known in the Fraternity, has an ode to Henry George in the New 
York Independent of November 18, 1897. He is also the author of a 
poem entitled the ''Christ Child" in the December Cosmopolitan, 

L. B. Durstine, Beta, '78, is state agent of the New York Life for 

Gamma — The Ohio Weslevan University. 

Edward Allen, '96, completes the course in law at Ohio State Uni- 
versity this year. 

George Runyan, ex-'99, is employed at his home in Mansfield, Ohio. 

O. P. Coe, ex-' 98, is attending Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati. 

Harry Crawford, '96, is studying law in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Edward Baker, '96, is practicing law in Tiffin, Ohio. 


Ep8ilon-*^olumbian Ukiybrsity. 

Andrew B. Dorrell, '64, was elected President of the Washington, 
D* C, Alumni Association of the Columbian University at its last meet- 

Theodore W. Noyes, '77, of the Washington Evening Siar^ was re- 
omtly riected President of the Washington Board of Trade, an excep- 
tional honor for a young man. 

Thornton J. Parker, '94, passed the highest examination for admis- 
sion to the District bar in 1897. This examination is very hard and 

George L. Edmons, '94, went to Philadelphia January ist to accept^ 
a position with the Philadelphia agency of the Agricultural Fire Insur- 
ance Company, of Watertown, N. Y 

Arthur L. Wilson, '94, recently took the degree of M. D. at Bellevue 
Hospital, New York, and will practice in that city. 

ZxTA — Washington and Lex Univkxsity. 

Robert F. Wendell, '95, is practicing law in Murfreesboro, Tenn. 

C Phil Snyder, '96, is at the United States Naval Academy at An- 
napolis, Md. 

James R. Guy, Jr., '94, is in business at Bedford, Va. 

Glmi R. Mumf ord, '93, is in the Norfolk and Western Railroad offices 
at Roanoke, Va. 

Alonzo Rice Cocke, D. D., '76, is now president of the Chautauqua 
of the Mountains, at Waynesboro, Va. 

Eta — Thk Univbrsity of Mississippi. 

W. I. Pate and M. G. Evans, both of '97, are co-prineipals of the 
Mass Point (Miss.) High School. 

J. O. S. Sanders, '97, is doing himself much credit in the profession 
of law at Charleston, Miss. 

A. J. Mclntyre, '96, is practicing law at Ripley, Miss. 

Kappa — Bucknbll Univbrsity. 

Nicholas P. Merrine, '73, a prominent attorney of Altoona, has been 
announced as a candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress 
from the Twentieth Congressional District of Pennsylvania. 


Kappa — Bucknell University — Continued. 

Rev. Theodore A. K. Gessler, '64, who is pastor of the Baptist Church 
at Lake Hopatcong, N. J., attended the fifteenth annual Baptist Con- 
gress held at Immanuel Baptist Church, Chicago, November 16, 17 and 
18, 1897. Brother Gessler was secretary and treasurer of the congress. 
He was formerly president of the New York Alumni chapter and is one 
of our household gods in the east. 

Lambda — Indiana University. 

Harry Geu, '97, is principal of Washington (Ind.) High School. 

Burke Hill Keeney, '96, is principal of schools in Middlesboro, Ky. 

Walter L. Joy, '97, has for several months been with the Indiana 
Life Insurance Company, of Indianapolis. 

Curtis Atkinson, '97, is attending medical school in Philadelphia. 

Xi — De Pauw University. 

George Calvert, '94, who is practicing law in Indianapolis, visited 
his old chapter and assisted in the second term spike. 

Peter Studebaker, of South Bend, is traveling for a felt boot com- 

Omicron — Dickinson College. 

R. V. B. Lincoln, '95, was admitted to the Northumberland County 
(Penn.) bar in December. 

Charles Cochran, law, '96, is on his way to the Klondike gold fields. 

£. G. Brotherlin, law, '96, is practicing law at Wilkesbarre, Pa. 

Morris Wooden, '93, is practicing medicine at Indianapolis, Ind. 

Carl Geng, '97, is in the Medical* Department of the University of 

Norman Landes, '94, is organist of the First Presbyterian Church of 
Flemington, N. J. He spent the past summer in Europe. 

George Keeil, '96, is reporting for the Cleveland Press. 

Frank Coorer is in the employ of the Steeltbn Iron Company, of Steel- 
ton, Pa. 

W. S. Nevin, '97, expects to take control of the electric plant of the 
Pittsburg Leader, 


Omicron — Dickinson College — Continued. 

John D. Bertolette, '94, is in the commission business at Roanoke, Va. 

W. C. Allison, '92, has built himself a magnificent cottage at Bar 

Thomas Field, '93, Praetor of the First Province, is with Smythe, 
Field & Co., of Philadelphia, one of the largest wholesale dry goods and 
notion houses in Pennsylvania. 

Bernard Kremer, '97, is working for the Fire Underwriters' Associa- 
tion of Pittsburg, Pa. 

Tau — Roanoke College. 

George C. Cabell, Jr., '88, of Danville, Va., has been appointed a 
colonel on the staff of Governor J. Hoge Tyler. 

F. H. Chalmers, '73, was recently elected vice-president of the 
Farmers' National Bank of Salem. 

Chi — Hanover College. 

Rev. C. £. Morse, '86, has been elected president of the Ministerial 
Association of Chicago. 

V. P. Harris, '96, has accepted a position with the Pittsburg Dispatch^ 
Pittsburg, Pa. 

W. B. Torrance, '95, is not permitted to attend medical college this 
year on account of his eyes, but is at his home in Terre Haute, Ind. 

R. B. Applewhite^ '98, has taken charge of a school in Brownstown, 

William R. Ailing, Chi, '89, is representing the wholesale hardware 
house of Farwell, Ozman, Kirk& Co., of St. Paul, Minn., as a traveling 
salesman in Iowa, where he has been in the same business for five years 

The following, of interest concerning Brother Walter S. Montgomery, 
'80, is taken from the Madison (Ind.) Courier^ January 12, 1898: 

"Walter S. Montgomery v^as yesterday appointed postmaster at Greenfield, Ind. 
Mr. Montgomery is a native of Kent, this county, a graduate of Hanover College, and a 
Republican editor and worker of marked ability and influence in the State. His old- 
time neighbors and friends rejoice to note that his worth has been recognized and appre- 


Alpha Alpha-^Hobart Collbob. 

W. J. Lockton, '95, is attending the Seabury Divinity School at 
Faribaulty Minnesota. 

£. W. Hope, '98, is a student at the University of Pennsylvania. 

The following are attending the general Theological Seminary at 
Chelsea Square, New York City: W. P. Kemper, '8a; R. J. Phillips, 
'95; D. C. Huntington, '96; M. H. Milne, '96; F. E. Smith, '96; A. W. 
Molton, '97. 

Theta Theta — The University of Michigan. 

Winslow S. Pierce, '79, whose connection with the recent transfer 
of the Union Pacific Railroad was mentioned in the last number of the 
Quarterly, has recently been elected President of the Board of Direct- 
ors of the new corporation. 

William R. Rummuler is now specializing as a patent attorney at 
8a McVicker's Theater Building, Chicago. 

Sigma Sigma — HAiipnxN-SiONEY College. 

S. E. Reed, ex-'98, is located at Bryan, Texas. 

S. M. Mason, '97, is studying law in Yorkvillc^ Sotilli Cafoiina 

R. G. Henderson, ex*' 979 is studying medicine in Memphis, Teon. 

J. G. Sexton, ex-' 97, is at his home in Wytheville, Virginia, taking 
a vacation from his arduous labors. 

C A. Sydnor, '95, is professor in Hoge Academy, at Blmckstone, 


J. L. Stuart, '96, is head master at Pantops Academy, near Char- 
lottsville, Virginia. 

W. R. Houston, '96, is teaching at the Richm<md County Academy, 
Augusta, Georgia. 

Alpha Gamma — The Ohio State University. 

John A. McGrew, '96, has been engaged as engineer of the Cleve- 
land and Pittsburgh Division of the Pennsylvania Company. 

William Evans, '92, has resigned his position in Ohio State Normal 
to accept a position in Cripple Creek, Colorado, vacated by Brother 
Charles Davis. 


Alpha Lambda — ^The University of Wisconsin. 

Roce C. X^ornishy '97, has a position with the Milwaukee Gas Co. 

Fred W. Nelson, '97, is with the Boston Montana Mining Company, 
Great Falls, Montana. 

Walter H. Sheldon, '96 and '97, is at Rush Medical College, Chicago. 

Guerdon C. Buck, '97, is attending the Chicago Medical College. 

Lee A. Parkinson, '99, is now living in Washington, D. C. 

Gustav WoUaeger, Jr., law, '97, is a member of the law firm of Sher- 
idan & WoUaeger, Milwaukee. 

Walter J. Luedke, law, '97, has just returned from a s\\ months' 
tour in Europe, and is engaged in the practice of law in Milwaukee. 

Allen J. Nichols, ex-'99, has a position in the First National Bank at 
Saint James, Minn. 

John W. Schempf, '96, is in the employ of the A. Spiegel Drug Co., 

Arthur Babbitt, '93, who has been at Madison, Wis., in the State 
Agricultural Society, has accepted a position in Chicago with the Chi- 
cago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad. 

Louis W. Myers, '93, who has been practicing law in Chicago, has 
moved to Los Angeles, Cal., and has opened a law office there. 

Walter J. Luedke, '97, has returned from Europe, where he has been 
since last June. 

Robert C. Spencer, Jr., '86, has recently received considerable rec- 
ognition among architects of Chicago for work done in connection with 
some cottages just completed in the most fashionable portion of Evans- 
ton, 111. The buildings are of a special design, and their location has 
called for the exhibition of skill and artistic ability not always demanded 
in house designing. 

Alpha Omicron — Tulane University. 

J. F. Richardson, '97, is with the Louisiana State Board of Engineers. 

J. B. Murphy, '97, is managing a sugar plantation in Assumption 
Parish, La. 

W. B. Fors3rtb, '92, is practicing law in New Orleans. 

W. A. Dixon, '96, is superintendent of schools in Many, La. 


Alpha Omicron — Tulane University — Continued. 

John Dymond, Jr., '88/ is the enterprising president of the newly 
formed Southern Cyclists' Association. 

Alpha Pi — Albion College. 

Leroy E. Ferine, '96, has a position in the office of D. M. Ferry & 
Co., Detroit, Mich. 

Robert £. Brown, ex- '99, is a junior in Alleghany College, and pas- 
tor of the Congregational Church at Lakewood, N. Y. 

Lewis H. Kirby, ex-*oo, is studying in the University of Halle, Ger- 

Fred K. McEldowney, ex-*9i, is identified with the new State Tele- 
phone Company, located at Detroit. 

A. E. McClintock, ex-'oi, has a position in the Canadian Pacific 
Railway office in Detroit. 


Among the special exhibits at the Chicago Art Institute during the 
month of December last, was a special collection of drawings by Chi- 
cago artists. The work of Brother John T. McCutcheon, Delta Delta, 
'89, occupied a prominent place in this exhibit, and the following is 
taken from the Chicago Times-Herald oi December 12, 1897: 

"An exhibition of drawings by John T. McCntcheon, Frank Holme and William 
Schmedtgen, the annual exhibition of the Art Students' League, and an exhibition by the 
Caxton Club of rare and beautiful bookbindings will open at the Art Institute Thursday, 
December z6, All of the collections will be placed in the galleries in the south wing. 
Chicago is most fortunate in her illustrators. Our newspapers are noted throughout the 
country for their clever drawings. Conspicuous among our local draughtsmen are Mc- 
Cutcheon, Holme and Schmedtgen, whose work for several years appeared in various 
newspapers and magazines. John T. McCutcheon's humor is of the ^highest order. He 
is subtle, and he tells his truths with daring but so adroitly and with so much good nature 
that the observer enjoys the situation with him. 

Mr. McCutcheon's cartoons number among the best of the day. He is direct; the 
characterizing essentials in his ptctures never have to be searched for. and is never boor- 
ish in his treatment of a subject. He is individual and his quaint, ugly little animals 
have won for him many friends. His dog and boy are inimitable. His horses and spot- 
ted cows look like the wooden toys contained in a child's Noah's ark inspired with life. 
Mr. McCutcheon gives us types that we daily confront in the busy streets and in places 
of amusement. They are flesh and blood habitues of the thoroughfares. Note the men 
and women in "At the Horse Show" and his remarkable character sketches for George 
Ade's "Stories of the Street." He is a trained man with pen and pencil. His lines are 
graceful, his work thorough, and he is as well versatile. Dainty and attractive are his 
sketches of the streets in Paris, Heidelberg, Brussels, Florida and California.'* 


Delos C. Miller, Eta, '80, has made a fine reputation for himself as 
Assistant United States District Attorney at New Orleans. 

Robert Coey, Kappa Kappa, '03, is now with Swift & Co., Chicago. 

William M. Knox, Omega, '74, has been elected president of the 
Chicago Press Club. 

Arthur B. Harbert, Omega, '94, who will be remembered as a dele- 
gate from the Omega Chapter at the Twenty-second and Twenty-third 
Grand Chapters, has identified himself with the firm of Harbert, Curand 
& Harbert, for the general practice of law, with offices in the Hartford 
Building, Chicago. 

The well-known fire insurance firm of Pellet & Hunter, 161-3 La 
Salle street, Chicago, announces an addition to its company in the per- 
son of Sedgwick S., Vastine, who has been in its employ for a number 
of years. Clarence S. Pellett is a member of Alpha Zeta, '86. 

Charles Denby, Jr., Sigma, '82, of Evansville, Ind., has been re- 
quested to return to China, as Secretary of the American Legation at 
Pekin, by the new Minister, Charles Page Bryan. 

Robert W. Stevens, Xi, '94, who has made a very enviable record 
as a pianist during the past few years, gave a concert in Chicago which 
was very well received, on Tuesday evening, January 25th. A num- 
ber of Sigma Chis were present and the audience was very enthusi- 
astic in recalling Brother Stevens again and again. Among the Sigma 
Chis present were: Frederick B. Cozzens, Omega, '91; Robert Kerr, 
Omega, '93; Charles L. Stevens, Omega, '89, and Charles Ailing, Jr., 
Chi, '85, Theta Theta, *88. 

The following is taken from the Chicago Tribune, January 26, 1898 : 

" Mr. Robert W. Stevens, last heard in concert in the summer series given by mem- 
bers of the Chicago Orchestra more than two years ago. made his reappearance at Cen- 
tral Music Hall last night. The Chicago Orchestra, under Mr. Thomas' direction, as- 

Mr. Stevens since his absence from the concert-room has studied with Mrs. Bloom- 
field-Zeisler, and last evening demonstrated really notable advance in his work. The 
numbers selected by him for performance were Schumann's A minor concerto, op. 54; 
the Henselt concerto in F minor, op. 16, and Chopin's Andante Spina to and Polonaise, 
op. 22. 

The young pianist is possessed of excellent technic and, a quality previously lack- 
ing in his performances, sense of color. In this respect it is, as well as in the matter of 
technic refinement, and finish, that he has gained. The matter of temperament is an- 
other question. But with the degree of advance that has marked his career in the last 
two years, which he so excellently demonstrated last night, Mr. Stevens is a pianist to be 
reckoned upon. While the young soloist is more or less unsteady when it comes to play- 
ing with orchestral accompaniments, it must be said that those aifforded by the orchestra 
last night, particularly in the Henselt. were far from satisfactory. Mr. Stevens was 
well received by his audience, which included M. Guilmant. 

Beethoven, Wagner, and Bach were represented in the orchestral portion of the 


H. N. Kelsey, Rho, '87, who has had charge of the Cook County 
department of the Norwich Union Fire Insurance Company of England, 
has recently associated with himself Mr. W. Dix Webster, with offices 
at 807, 171 La Salle street, Chicago. 

Out of twenty delegates appointed by the Governor of Mississippi to 
represent the state at the American Cotton Growers Protective Associa- 
tion, which met at Memphis, Tenn., December ao, 1897, four Sig^a 
Chis were chosen: J. M. Jayne, Zeta, '70; W. C. Martin, Eta, '81 ^ 
James T. Harrison, Zeta, '67, and John Kyle, Nu, '74. 

Dr. W. L. Dudley, Grand Consul of the Fraternity, attended the 
annual convention of the American Chemical Society, which met in 
Washington, D. C, during the holidays. He is vice-president of the 
association, and owing to the active part which he took in the exercises 
of the meeting, it was impossible for him to devote a great deal of time 
to Sigma Chi. It is reported, however, that a number of the local men 
called upon him and that he was able to meet with the active chapter at 
the Columbian University, and at the residence of Brother Robert 

Frederick W. McReynolds, Delta Chi, '92, is the happy father of a 
son, bom December 5, 1897. George Brooke McReynolds is his name. 
Brother McReynolds is secretary of the Sigma Chi Alumni Association 
of Washington, D. C. 

The friends of Brother Clarence S. Pellett, Alpha Zeta, '86, will be 
grieved to learn of the sudden death of his wife, which occurred at Oak 
Park late in December. 

John C. Lyle, Nu, '78, is now practicing law at Oxford, Miss. 

Paul Arnold, Alpha Upsilon, '90, who is now studying in Germany, 
recently represented the University of Leipsic in the German University 
tennis tournament for the championship of Germany, winning from a 
large field of contestants. 

We are in receipt of the last annual report of Mercy Hospital, Chi- 
cago. This is one of the leading institutions of its kind in the west and 
we note on the stafi a number of Sigma Chis who are prominent in their 
respective departments, all of whom are members of the Omega chap- 
ter. The following is the list : Dr. N. S. Davis, Jr., '89; Dr. E. Wyl- 
lys Andrews, '78; Dr. Frank T. Andrews, '81, and Dr. Robert H. Har- 
vey, '89. 


Brother R. H. Jesse, Psi, '75, President of the State University of 
Missouri, delivered the address at the Foiindation Day ceremonies of 
Indiana University at Bloomington, Ind., January 20, 1898. His sub- 
ject was "Higher Education." 

The following is taken from the Lynchburg (Va.) Daily News^ De- 
cember 30, 1897: 

" Mr. Henry Christian gave a dinner last evening at the home of bis parents, Mr. 
and Mrs. Camillas Christian, on Court street, to some members of the Sigma Chi Fra- 
ternity who are visiting in the city and to some intimate friends. 

"Mr. Christian is a popular Sigma Chi and a distinguished graduate of the Ran- 
dolph-Maooo Ccdlege, ana is now studying medicine at Johns Hopkins University, in 
Baltimore. In personnel, prominence and influence few fraternities in the country can 
eqaal the Sigma Chi, and of this fact its members are justly proud. 

'*The dinner, which was served in courses, was of an elaborate character. The 
handsome dining-room, with the numerous elegant appointments, and with the table 
tastefully and exquiaitely arranged and flashing with silver and cut glass, presented a' 
most beautiful and attractive appearance. The company took their seats at 6:30 o'clock. 

'* Among those present were: Misses S. Norvie Craighill, Evelyn B. Domin, Lucy 
Hatter. Mary Miller, Maud Smith and M. Louise Smith; and of the Sigma Chis, Mr. 
Stephen H. Watts, Johns Hopkins University; Mr. R. T. Watts, Lynchburg, Va.; 
Messrs. James Duval Adams, Jesse N. McClees and Henry Lyman Johnson, ol Randolph- 
Macon (College, and a number of friends." 

C. M. Ray, Phi, '78, was paymaster on the ill-fated battleship Maine, 
which was destroyed in the Havana harbor February 14th. He was 
among those rescued after the explosion. 

Smith, Nu Nu, and Johnson, Epsilon, are studying at the General 
Theological Seminary, Chelsea Square, New York. 

General Ben P. Runkle, Alpha, '57, has recently been engaged in 
preparing a series of articles on the reorganization of the national finances, 
which have been published in the Newtown Enterpriser Newtown, Pa. 
They have been in reply to the proposals of the Edmonds Monetary 

Charles R. Mayers, Mu, '82, is cashier of the new First National 
Bank, Columbus, Ohio. 

Robert Berry, Zeta Zeta, '94, is attending the Naval Academy at 
Annapolis, Md. 


F. A. Leary, Alpha Omicron, '89, has announced his engagement to 
Miss Gussie Glenny, of New Orleans. The wedding will take place in 
the spring. 

The engagement of Charles M. Lewis, Kappa Kappa, '96, to Miss 
Marion Wright, of Urbana, 111., has been announced. 



Christian C. Baldwin, Omicron, '89, was married to Miss Mary El- 
liott Pease in Christ Church at New Brighton, Staten Island, N. Y., 
January 19, 1898. 

The marriage of three of the alumni of Zeta Zeta chapter have been 
announced since the last number of the Quarterly. The list is as fol- 
lows: Carl McKnight to Miss Sarah McDowell, Viemont Lyle to Miss 
Imogene Holmes, and Henry McElroy to Miss Annie Bruce. 

John I. Landon, Alpha Pi, ex-'95, was married to Miss Marian L. 
Hathaway at Addison, Mich., Wednesday, December 29, 1897. The 
bride is an alumna of the Albion College of the class of '93, where she 
was a prominent member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. 

Charles Denison, Alpha Sigma, '96, was married last October to 
Miss Margaret Turner, of Minneapolis. They have taken up their resi- 
dence at Great Falls, Montana. 

George M. Ford, Mu Mu, '96, was recently married to Miss Annie 
Zinn, of Mineral County, W. Va. The groom is the principal of the 
Concord Normal School. 

William Henry Merrill, Jr., Alpha Theta, '89, was married to Miss 
Bessie Henderson, of Chicago, February 9, 1898. Arthur F. Evans, 
Alpha Zeta, '91, was best man. 

The following account of the wedding is taken from the Chicago Trib* 
une of February 10: 

" The marriage of Miss Bessie Henderson, daughter of Mrs. Charles M. Henderson, 
to Mr. William Henry Merrill, Jr.. was celebrated at 8 o'clock last evening at the resi- 
dence of the bride's mother, 1816 Prairie avenue. It was a pretty though quiet wedding, 
the ceremony being performed by the Rev. Ernest M. Stires in the presence of about 100 
relatives and intimate friends. Miss Henderson has been popular in society, bat, on ac- 
count of her father's death two years ago, has not been out much of late. She was in- 
troduced three seasons ago. She was educated at Mrs. Ely's school in New York. Mr. 
Merrill is the only son of Mr^ William H. Merrill, managing editor of the New York 
World, and is a graduate of the Boston Polytechnic. The Episcopal marriage service 
was read in the drawing-room, which was decorated in green and white. ^ The bride was 
attired in white duchesse satin en train, with the bodice of point de Venise. and cut high 
in the neck. She wore a tulle veil and carried white violets. She wore no ornaments. 
Her attendants were her sister, Mrs. Howard Perry, who acted as maid of honor, and the 
following bridemaids: Miss Hargis, of Louisville. Ky.; Miss Newell, of Boston; Miss 
Madeline Henderson, Miss Curtis. They all wore white silk and tulle and carried purple 
violets. The groom was attended by Mr. Arthur F. Evans as best man. The ushen 
were: Mr. John J. Kedzie, Jr.. Mr. J. M. Scott, Mr. John C. Harding, Mr. W. G. Hib- 
bard, Jr. 

' ' The wedding march from ' Lohengrin ' was played upon the organ as a proces- 
sional. After an extended wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. Merrill will return to Chicago and 
will reside at x8i6 Prairie avenue. They will give their post-nuptial receptions on April 
X2th and 19th." 


Harry Allen Axtell, Lambda, '97, of Bloomington, Ind., was mar- 
ried to Miss Jean Wylie of the same city, January 19, 1898. The fol- 
lowing is taken from the Bloomington World oi January 20, 1898: 

** Yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock occurred the wedding of Harry Allen Axtell to 
Jean Thompson Wylie, at the Wylie residence 509 North Washington street. Rev. M. 
G. Allison of the Walnut Street Presbyterian Church performed the ceremony. The 
parlors and dining room were thrown together, and were beautifully decorated with 
palms, carnations and roses. A beautiful candelabra added to the appearance of the 

Mrs. Axtell is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reddick Wylie, and is one of the best 
known young ladies in Bloomington. She is a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta So- 
rority, and was through junior, class '97, in Indiana University. 

Mr. Axtell is a son of Dr. A. J. Axtell. He graduated with the law class of '97, and 
is a member of the Sigma Chi, Delta Alpha, Jaw Bone and Skull fraternities, and is at 
present practicing law in this city. 

Mr. and Mrs. Axtell left at 3:45 last evening for Louisville, where they will spend 
three days. From there they will go to Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee, to spend 
two weeks." 


Just as the last forms are being closed news comes to us of the sud- 
den death of ex-Grand Consul Reginald Fendall, which occurred at the 
Hotel Waldorf, in New York City, February 22, 1898. 

It is impossible at this late hour to present anything like a satisfac- 
tory statement of Brother Fendall's relations with the Fraternity. His 
death casts a gloom on the entire order, and the readers of the Quar- 
terly may expect a full account of his life and work in the next issue. 

Brother Fendall was a charter member of Epsilon chapter and has 
since been a faithful and true supporter of the Fraternity. By his death 
Sigma Chi loses one of her most loyal alumni. 

Howard Q. Keyworth, Omfcron, '63, died in Washington, D. C, 
Sunday, January 23, 1898. Owing to his sudden death there was no 
opportunity to call a special meeting of the Washington Alumni Asso- 
ciation, but as many of them as could be reached by telephone were 
summoned to the o£Bce of Brother F. W. McReynolds, the secretary, 
where a meeting was held Monday, January 24, at 3 p. m. Brother 
Keyworth was well known among the alumni "Sigs," and will be re- 
membered by many of the younger members from his active connection 
with several of the recent Grand Chapters. Many of his old friends 


responded to the call for a meeting, and' the following resolutions were 
reported and adopted : 

Whbkxas, It has pleated God in hit province to remove from o«r midst our beloved 
brother, Howard Q. Kejwortb, Omicron, '63, and, 

Whskxas, His Brothers in Washington of the Sigma Chi Fratemitj doem it fitting 
to place on record some testimonial of his services and loyalty as a Sigma Chi, be it 

Resolved, That in the death of Howard Q. Keyworth the Sigma Chi Fraternity loses 
a loyal and sealoos Brother, and one who was devoted to its welfare, and be it 

Resolved, That the members of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, resident in Washington, 
heret»y tender their heartfelt sympathy to the family of their deceased Brother in this 
their hour of afiSiction, and be it farther 

Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the Sigma Chi Quarterly and the 
Evening Star, and that a copy be sent to the bereaved family. 

RoBBRT Farnham, M. D., Epsilon, '64. 
Gborgb N. Ackbr, M. D., Theta, '71. 
Andrbw B. Duvall, Epsilon, '67. 
Rbginald Fsndall, Epsilon, *64. 
Samuxl H. Walkbr, Epsilon, '64. 

January 34, 1898. Committee, 

Frank B. Noyes, Alpha Phi*, '94, professor of art in the Industrial 
Training School of Indianapolis, Indiana, died at St. Vincent's Hospital 
of that city, January 19, 1898, of rheumatic fever. He was buried at 
his old home in Atkinson, New Hampshire, January 24th. Brother 
Noyes is well known among the alumni of his chapter, and has many 
warm friends throughout the Fraternity to mourn his loss. He was a 
charter member of Alpha Phi, and has always been a friend to the 

The following clipping comes to us through the kindness of Mr. F. 
A. Preston, a member of the De Pauw University chapter of the Phi 
Delta Theta Fraternity, and is taken from the Indianapolis Newi^ 
January 19, 1898: 

** Frank H. Noyes, teacher of art in the Industrial Training School, died at St Vin- 
cent's Hospital this morning of inflammation of the heart. 

*' Although Mr. Noyes had been seriously ill, his immediate death was not expected' 
He was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital a week ago yesterday, and then leemed to t)e snf- 
foring from typhoid fever. Within three or four days he complained of pains in the re- 
gion of his heart and of a difficulty in breathing. Dr. Foxworthy, physician at St. Vin- 
cent's, pronounced these symptoms indicative of rheumatism of the heart. 

"This morning at half-past 7 he was talking with Frank A. Preston, his roommate, 
and a teacher in the Industrial Training School. Dr. Foxworthy and the nurses were 
also in the room. Mr. Noyes had shown no signs of a change for the worse in his condi- 
tion until suddenly he stopped talking;, and. putting his hand to his heart, fell back on the 
E'llow and in a few minutes was dead. The doctor, nurses and Mr. Preston worked with 
m, but he showed no further signs of life. 

"Mr. Preston telegraphed to Mr. Noyes' mother, who lives in Boston. She is now 
on her way to Indianapolis. 

' ' Mr. Noyes came to Indianapolis when the Training School opened in February. 
1895, and has since had charge of the art and drawing work. He had a marked faculty 
for making and keeping friends, and exhibited natural and acquired qualifications for 
teaching. He was graduated at the Boston Normal Art School, and before he came to 
this city was an instructor in art at Cornell University for seven years. He was unmsr- 
ried and would have been thirty-one years old next Saturday, January sad. 

"The teachers of the school met this afternoon to take action, and the school will be 
dismissed to-morrow that teachers and pupils may attend the funeral." 


The Sigma Chi Quarterly 






MAY, 1898. 


Directory of the Fraternity. 


Grand Consul^ — Dr. William L. Dudley Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Teon. 

Grand Annotator, — Hxrbbrt C. Arms 5410 Washington Ave.. Chicago, 111. 

Grand Tribune, — Charles Alling 706 Tacoma Building, Chicago, 111. 

Grand Quaestor, — Joseph C. Nate 539 Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago. IlL 

Grand Editor, — Newman Miller Albion, Mich. 

Grand Historian^ — Frank Crozier Portland Block, Chicago. lU. 

Grand Praetor — First Province, — Thomas R. Field, loth and Market Sts., Philadelphia. 

Grand Praetor — Second Province, — E. Lee Trinkle, The University of Virginia, Char- 
lottsville, Va. 

Grand Praetor — Third Province, — Louis A. Ireton. .....5x9 Main St., Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Grand Praetor — Fourth Province, — Joseph R. Voris Bedford, Ind. 

Grand Praetor — Fifth Province, — Robert C. Spencer Steinway Hall, Chicago, IlL 

Grand Praetor — Sixth Province, — Justin D. Bowersock, New England Building, Kansas 
City, Mo. 

Grand Praetor — Seventh Province, — Douglas Forsythe, P.O.Box 1008, New Orleans, La. 

Grand Praetor — Eighth Province, — George Sinsabaugh, 307 South Broad ws^, Los An- 
geles, Cal. 

Grand Praetor — Ninth Province, — Frank L. Pierce, Room 63, 31 Milk St., Boston, Mass. 

Grand Quastor, — Joseph C. Nate, Chairman. ..539 Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago. III. 

Grand Annotator, — Herbert C. Arms 5410 Washington Ave., Chicago. 111. 

Grand Praetor — Fifth Province^ Robert C. Spencer Steinway Hall. Chicago. III. 

Publications of the Fraternity, 

SiS^tnfl. Cni oOnj^S*.* Edited by Herbert Clarke Arms, assisted by Charles 
Baker Burdick. A collection of fraternity and college songs, with music. Ele- 
gantly bound in cloth. Price, per volume, $1.00. The first edition is now ready 
for distribution. 

The Sigma Chi Bulletin.. .Edited by Charles Alling. by authority 
of the Grand Triumvirs. A strictly private newspaper, published in the months 
of October, December, January, March, April, and June. Contains announce- 
ments of all official actions of the Fraternity, private communications of officcis, 
etc. Sent free of charge, on request, to all members of the Fraternity who are sub- 
scribers to the Sigma Chi Quarterly. 

The Sigma Chi Quarterly... Edited by newman miller, a joumai of 

college and fraternity life, established in i88z. Contains illustrated articles, poems, 
biographies, chapter letters, personals, etc. Published in the months of Novem- 
ber, February, May, and July. Subscription^ per annum, $2,00; single copies, joc. 

Members of the Fraternity are invited to contribute articles, news items, 
verses, sketches, and especially personal notices of alumni members. 

All exchanges and communications concerning editorial matter should be 
addressed to Mr. Newman Miller, Albion, Mich. 

All business communications, including remittances, requests for information re- 
garding any of the foregoing publications, etc., should be addressed to Mr. Joseph C. 
Nate, 539 Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago. 111. 

Reginald Fe 


)L. XVII. MAY, i8g8. No. 3. 



As introductory to the following pages devoted to appreciative arti- 
:s on the life and character of the late ex-Grand Consul Reginald 
indall, prepared by men well qualified to undertake such a task, this 
[ef of the life, and the professional and social career of Mr. Fendall 
offered : 

Reginald Fendall was born in the City of Washing ton, D. C, on the 
ii day of March, 1845, and died at the Hotel Waldorf in the City of 
;w York, on the 22nd day of February, 1898. His early school days 
ire passed at a private academy. In i860 he entered the preparatory 
partment of the Columbian University. By ambitious devotion and 
iigence in study he completed his collegiate course in three years, and 
aduated with honor, being chosen valedictorian of his class, and re- 
iving the first Davis gold medal for excellence in elocution and the 
St gold medal for proficiency in the physical sciences. The year fol- 
Bving he taught in the university, and continuing his studies, he 
ceived at the ensuing commencement the degree of A. M. He then 
tared upon the study of law in his father's office, attending at the 
me time the lectures at the law department of the university. In 
68 he received his degree in law, and began the practice of his pro- 

At the bar Mr. Fendall maintained with credit and honor the family 
ime, already ennobled by his father, Philip R. Fendall, LL. D., a 
stinguished lawyer and a typical gentleman of the old school. Care- 
1 research and accurate judgment, combined with a professional and 
irsonal character of the highest type made Mr. Fendall one of the 
ading practitioners in Washington. His honorable conduct and 
dendid ability gave him conspicuous rank in legal circles. In ap- 
)inting a commission to compile all the existing laws in the District of 
Dlumbia, the Supreme Court of the District selected Mr. Fendall as 


one of the men eminently qualified to discharge this di£Bcult and im- 
portant duty. The Bar association of the District made him its presi- 
dent for two terms. At the annual meeting of the American Bar Asso- 
ciation in 1890 he was elected one of the vice-presidents of that organ- 
ization, and the following year he was again elected. 

Mr. Fendall's social prominence was due to simplicity of character 
and purity of life, combined with courtesy of manner and inherent dig- 
nity. He strove to fulfill all his social and civic obligations. He was 
twice chairman of a committee of one hundred leading and representa- 
tive citizens organized to promote the interests of his native city. He 
was chairman of the executive committee of the Garfield Memorial 
Hospital, and a director of several other benevolent and charitable in- 
stitutions. In 1864 he entered the Sigma Chi Fraternity, being a 
charter member of '' Old Epsilon." His interest in the Fraternity never 
waned. He was active in organizing the Washington Alumni Chapter, 
and was repeatedly elected its president. He was a member of the 
Metropolitan, Columbia Athletic, and University Clubs of Washington, 
and the University Club of New York. 

Reginald Fendall — A Typical Sigma Chi. 

By RoBBRT Farnham, M. D., Epsilon, '64. 

On the 22nd of February the Fraternity was shocked by the an- 
nouncement of the sudden death of ex-Grand Consul Fendall, which 
occurred at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, the cause of 
his death being cerebral apoplexy. Brother Fendall had not been well 
for some time, had been suffering from nervous prostration, induced b}' 
overwork, he had finally consented to leave the city for a short time, in 
order to regain some of his strength. He left Washington, intending to 
remain in New York for a few days, and then if he improved, he pur- 
posed to spend still more time in travelling. His death was unexpect- 
ed, as his most intimate friends did not consider his condition dan- 

As an old friend, classmate and brother in Sigma Chi, the writer 
was intimately acquainted with him. He was kind, courteous, genial, 
affable and modest at all times. In private life a man of charming per- 
sonality; his faith in human nature was broad, his charity unbounded, 
and he knew his fellow man; he sympathized with many in their trou- 
bles and misfortunes, and never burdened others with his own. He 


lespised anything that was low or mean, and would not tolerate a per- 
on who was not honorable and upright. Generous to a fault; dignified 
Q manner; and always the true gentleman, whatever the occasion or 
ircumstances might be; and commanded respect from every one. 

It was his love and loyalty to Sigma Chi which portrayed those 
;rand traits of character, that endeared him to his brothers in Wash- 
Dgton, and elsewhere. The writer was thrown with him very often 
luring the past ten years, and has spent many happy hours in discuss- 
ng the interest and welfare of Sigma Chi. He loved the Fraternity 
f^ith his whole heart and was always enthusiastic in everything he un- 
lertook for its interest, sparing neither time nor means to promote its 

He was the first to conceive and put in execution the formation of the 
A^ashington Alumni Chapter, setting apart a room in his large o£Bce 
milding for the headquarters. It was also through his influence that 
he 1 8th Grand Chapter assembled in Washington in 1890, and during 
heir sojourn he devoted most of his time to make the convention a sue- 
;ess. It was his idea to have an ivy shrub planted at Mount Vernon to 
)erpetuate the occasion of the pilgrimage, and he afterwards had a 
landsome copper plate engraved to be placed at the spot to indicate the 
ime of the visit of the Grand Chapter. When he was elected Grand 
Consul he thought of resigning, but was prevailed on by the Alumni to 
lontinue. Immediately after his election he started out to do every- 
hing for the advancement of the Fraternity, such as reviving dead chap- 
ers, and the establishment of new ones in the East. He was very 
nxious to have his old chapter — Epsilon — revived, and soon accom- 
plished it, had the initiation ceremonies conducted at Mount Vernon, 
ie afterwards presented each initiate with a handsome badge. When 
he Eta Eta Chapter was established, he. Dr. Ziegenfuss, and the writer 
/ent to Concord, N. H., and helped to initiate thirty-six candidates, 
ie secured the Senate Chamber of the State Capitol to have the cere- 
Qonies conducted, and afterwards entertained the party at a banquet at 
he hotel. He was also deeply interested in the building of chapter 
lOuses, and assisted in a financial way a chapter of the Fraternity in 
his direction. Having faith in his Sigma Chi brothers, he was ever 
eady to assist them in many ways the Fraternity will never know. 
Vhile he was Grand Consul he discharged the duties in a conscientious 
tianner and to the credit and best interest of the Fraternity; believing 
hat there was something in being a Sigma Chi, that it was not entirely 
n undergraduate order, but in after college life, by keeping in touch 
nth the Fraternity it could be made a source of benefit and enjoyment. 


May it not then be said that our Fraternity possesses no richer treas- 
ure than the loyalty of her members? The brother who stamps his loy- 
alty during life influences those who follow, and becomes a benefactor 
to the order. The brothers, whose names are inscribed with honor on 
the pages of our Fraternity's history, were men of iron nerve and fear- 
less hearts; men of integrity and splendid talents, who loved and were 
devoted to the order to which they belonged. It will be doing no in- 
justice to the living or the dead to say that no better specimen of a true 
typical Sigma Chi can be found in the history of our Fraternity, than 
that of our deceased brother Reginald Fendall. Death at all times is a 
mournful messenger, but we are taught that the good can never die, for 
the memory of their virtues and their bright examples will live through 
all coming time. The consolation of this thought may calm our sorrows. 

"Why weep ye, then, for him, who having run 

The bounds of man's appointed time, 
Life's blessings all enjoyed, life's labour done, 

Serenely to his final rest has passed. 
While the soft memory of his virtues yet 
Lingers like twilight hues, when the sun has set." 

A Tribute to Reginald Fendall. 

By Rbv. Thomas S. Samson, Epsilon, '64. 

My pen has never been employed in a task with which I have been 
more in sympathy than this of inditing a simple, but sincere, tribute of 
affection to the memory of Reginald Fendall. We were boys together; 
afterwards, college boys and class-mates; and any man who has been 
through college knows all about the sincerity and the tenacity of college 
and class fellowship. It may be that our college and class fellowship 
was the closer and more tenacious because there were only a few of us. 

It was in the terrible days of Civil War. Our college campus was a 
tented field. X)ur studies were made to the roll of the stirring drum 
and even amid the rattle of musketry and the booming of guns. Young 
men were doing something else than going to college in those strange 
times. The few who did go to college were drawn very closely to- 
gether. There was a feeling of loneliness and, perhaps of vague appre- 
hension of impending danger that knit us together. The marvel is, 
even at this remote period of time, that there was any college to which 
we might go, that there were any of us who did not join the host of 
fighting men and boys on either side. There were eight of us to grad- 
uate in '64. Six of them are sleeping in the grave. With a single ex- 


ception, probably, they were as bright a set of fellows as ever went 
from any college into the great world. I recall them now, each of 
them, with vivid distinctness. There were no duplicates. Each had 
his own marked individuality. Of them all Reginald Fendall was easily 
chief. He took the highest rank. It belonged to him. Not one of his 
classmates would have denied it him. He could not speak French and 
Spanish and German, or play on the violin and the piano like '<A1" 
Wheat — peace to his ashes! He could not repeat from memory page 
after page of Ovid or Sallust or Horace like '*Joe" Kennan. He could 
not improvise a recitation like **Poody" Moore, but he took the lead of 
his class from the start and held it easily to the finish. What was there 
about him that gave him the primacy? 

To begin with he was a gentleman^ not a dude, not a drawing-room 
man, not a ladies' man, but a man every inch of him; a manly man, 
withal a gentle man. He was high-born, well-bred. He bore the 
marks of it in everything that he did. He was reserved, even ex- 
clusive; he would have despised himself if he had been supercilious; 
nobody ever took any liberties with him, and yet he was always access- 
ible and companionable. There was an unaffected dignity about him 
which commanded the respect of every man in college. He never 
lowered himself, never compromised himself, and all without any 
effort. Everybody esteemed him and felt that he was a superior fellow 
not to be trifled with. He was gracious and considerate toward us 
all but he moved in an orbit of his own. No man of us ever heard 
him utter an indelicate or profane word, an indecent jest, or commit 
himself to the slightest impropriety of conduct. He was all this with- 
out the slightest pretense or arrogance. It was as natural and easy to 
him as breathing. He was of gentle birth and breeding, with sensibili- 
ties as delicate as a woman's, with a character and carriage that were 
conspicuously virile. 

He was conspicuous as a student. He excelled in Mathematics and 
Philosophy. He had a legal type of mind, always logical in its pro- 
cesses. He was a reasoner, not a disputer. He was a close and con- 
secutive thinker. He was not superficial in his mental work. He 
digged, he delved, and he did it naturally and consistently, habitually 
and conscientiously. If there was a difficult problem to be solved 
Fendall was the man to do it. If there was a clear and comprehensive 
statement of some philosophical principle to be made Fendall was the 
man to make it. He may have inherited this mental quality from his 
distinguished father but he did not rely upon any natural ability. He 
cultivated what he had. He educated himself by habits of industry, by 

University Settlement House, New York. 


By Robert C. Brooks, Lambda, '96. 

University Settlement is the somewhat formidable name given to the 
expression of an impulse which in its essence is simple neighborliness. 
If the term seems to imply a high degree of institutionalism, it is to that 
extent a misnomer. A group of educated men or women take up their 
residence in a poor quarter of a city, qualify themselves for active, pub- 
lic-spirited citizenship and exert their influence for good in the neigh- 
borhood in which they have chosen to ''settle.*' Far from being char- 
acterized by officialism, the genius of the movement lies in its simplicity, 
its strong personal element. The University Settlement aims not at 
the conversion of those who become its guests and friends to any single 
creed, religious, economic or political, but rather at the general improve- 
ment of the life of the neighborhood of which it is a part. To accomplish 
this it joins heartily in every movement making for civic betterment which 
it finds at work in its district and in addition uses all the facilities of the 
settlement house to the same end. The relation established between 
residents and neighbors is one of mutual dependence, not that of patron 
and client. There is much to be learned on both sides; just as in the 
case of neighbors everywhere there is much to be gained by sympathetic 
cooperation, everything to be lost by jealous antagonism. It is hardly 
necessary to explain or justify the University Settlement movement by 
the use of such glittering generalities as "the brotherhood of man," 
the "solidarity of the human race." A brief account of the origin and 
development of the settlement idea and a description of the work of a 
typical University Settlement located in the East Side of New York 
City will serve better as the basis of an estimate of the value of this 
effort for social reform. 

The University Settlement idea originated at Oxford, that alma mater 
of great movements. Such men as John Ruskin, Thomas Hill Green, 
Charles Kingsley and Frederick Denison Maurice were its spiritual 
fathers. Inspired by their lofty social teachings, Edward Denison, a 
young Oxford man of wealth, high social position and political promise 
took up his residence in the Whitechapel district of East London in 
1867 in order to study social conditions at first hand and to devise "more 
solid and permanent schemes of assistance" than were then in vogue. 

During his short residence in the East End, which was terminated by 
his untimely death in 1870, Denison conceived and discussed with his 


friends among the workingmen the general outlines of the project which 
has since been realized by the University Settlement. He laid great 
stress on the necessity of actual residence, seeing clearly that the dis- 
tance between the West End and the East End was too great to permit 
the successful application of a social lever. Some years after the death 
of Denison, Arnold Toynbee, a brilliant young Oxford tutor and lecturer 
on Political Economy took up his residence in the same district of East 
London. He was immediately impressed with the necessity for broader 
efforts at relief than the mere giving of doles. ** Money is of no use,'* 
he writes, "it is thrown away upon these people. You may relieve the 
hunger of a single person, or cure the sickness of some one who is 
stricken down, but this relief is individual and does not in any way 
attack the source of the evil." The interest which Toynbee succeeded 
in arousing in the amelioration of the condition of the people of the 
East End was sustained after his death by the work of his friend, the 
Reverend Samuel A. Barnett, then vicar of St. Judes in Whitechapel. 
A movement for a memorial in his honor resulted in the establishment, 
in 1885, of Toynbee Hall, the first University Settlement, whose work 
and methods have had a profound influence upon the subsequent pro- 
gress of the movement. To Dr. Stanton Coit, formerly of the Ethical 
Culture Society of New York City belongs the honor of establishing two 
years later the first settlement in America known as the Neighborhood 
Guild, which later developed into the present University Settlement, the 
subject of this sketch. 

The movement thus inaugurated has spread rapidly both in this 
country and in Great Britain. A recent bibliography * enumerates sev- 
enty-four settlements in America, most of which are located in the larger 
cities of the United States. Hull House and the Commons of Chicago, 
Denison House and South End House (formerly Andover House) of 
Boston, East Side House and the University and College Settlements of 
New York City, though differing widely in detail, are among the best 
representatives of the movement in this country. One evidence of the 
success of their work is the eagerness with which the title of settlement 
is being appropriated on every hand. Institutions whose efforts are 
largely or wholly religious have not hesitated to drop their more proper 
title, mission, for that of settlement, which implies a catholicity of be- 
lief and a breadth of aim that could hardly be claimed for them. On 
the other hand, the work of settlements has doubtless availed much 

* A Bibliography of College, Social and University Settlements, compiled by John Palmer Gavit, editor 
of The Commons, 140 North Union street, Chicago, Illinois. A handbook that will be found invaluable 
by those who wish to study the Settlement movement thoroughly. 


toward convincing mission workers that it is not fair, either to the man 
they address or the church they represent, to be satisfied with merely 
giving him an impulse toward better living and then abandoning him to 
work out his salvation unaided under modern tenement house conditions. 
The broadening of mission work resulting from a recognition of this 
fact is giving it an efficiency that can hardly be said to have character- 
ized the former method of conversion induced by free coffee and cheap 

To understand the life of a settlement it is necessary to know some- 
thing of its surroundings. The present aspect of Delancey street, on 
which the University Settlement House of New York City is located, 
has little to remind one of its checkered past. The name of the street 
and also that of Rivington street, its neighbor to the north, is redolent 
with the memories of the colonial aristocracy. Early in the present cen- 
tury the Delancey street neighborhood enjoyed the reputation of a highly 
respectable residence quarter. With the growth of the city northward 
the old time mansions were either torn down to make way for the inev- 
itable tenement house or were remodeled to suit the needs of a new 
tenantry. As a result of this transformation the narrow street as it is 
to-day is confined within canon ]ike walls which stretch unbroken save 
by littered fire escapes and the breaches made by cross streets from the 
Bowery to East River. Since the flight of well-to-do residents to the 
upper parts of the island many successive waves of immigration, Voelker- 
wanderungen on a small scale, have swept over Delancey street. Ten 
years ago, when the University Settlement was founded, the neighborhood 
was predominantly German. To-day the German rear guard lies four 
or five blocks to the north and the settlement is well within the bounda- 
ries of the Ghetto. Its present neighbors are Hebrews largely from 
Poland and other parts of Russia, who have come to the New World, 
either led by the hope of improving their condition or driven by the op- 
pression of the Czar*s government. It is highly improbable that the 
Jewish population will long remain in uninterrupted possession of the 
street amidst the ever shifting tides and eddying population currents of 
the East Side. Already there are evidences of an irruption of Italians 
into this district from the other side of the Bowery. Yet in spite of such 
constantly and widely changing conditions the University Settlement 
has manifested its ability to adapt its methods to the needs of the neigh- 
borhood and to extend its influence over an ever widening circle. 

Delancey street may be taken as fairly typical of many miles of streets 
in the Jewish quarter of New York and to a less degree of East Side 
streets generally. It presents a monotonous succession of tenement 


houses five or six stories in height whose slight differences in external 
structure barely conceal the depressing uniformity of the crowded life 
within. In the neighborhood of the settlement, flats, or as they are 
commonly called ''houses/' of four rooms are counted almost palatial, 
three room tenement holdings are the rule, two room houses are frequent 
exceptions and cases of families of five or six living in one room are b} 
no means unknown. Statistics serve but poorly as a substitute for liv 
ing experience in attempting to grasp social conditions but it may noi 
be uninteresting to note that the average density of population of th( 
Tenth Ward, in which the settlement is located, was 523 to the acre ii 
1890.* The first story of the tenement structures in which this con 
gested population lives is usually occupied by small shops. Little Kosha 
restaurants in which no food pronounced unclean by the Mosaic law is 
sold, are met with on every side. The sign of the Hebammey with iti 
equivalent in Hebrew, hanging in front of tenement hallways, is signifi 
cantly frequent. Saloons there are plenty, though, to the credit of the 
Hebrew immigrant be it spoken, intoxication is very unusual in the 
Ghetto. One discouraging feature of life in the neighborhood is the 
large and apparently increasing number of innocent looking cafes^ sc 
called, which are nothing more than masks of vice. On the sidewalk, 
push-cart peddlers, who sell everything from suspiciously smelling fist 
to tawdry jewelry are everywhere in evidence, much to the disgust ol 
the small shop-keeper. Cheapness is worshipped as a god in the Tentb 
Ward; the only recommendation a dealer ever employs is the talismanic 
billigy and everything sold is correspondingly nasty. The Italian trund- 
ling a street piano is frequently met with on Delancey street, surrounde<! 
continually by troops of children who seem to master dancing and walk- 
ing at the same time. At every street corner stand rough booths from 
which long bearded, patriarchal-looking venders dispense soda watei 
colored a violent red or green at three and two cents a glass, brands 01 
cigarettes named in honor of Karl Marx, Ferdinand La Salle, and othei 
socialist leaders, newspapers and novels published in Yeddish, thequeei 
jargon of the Ghetto, and other highly spiced and seasoned wares. 

* Based on Eleventh Census figures. The district in which the University Settlement is located ii 
probably the most densely populated in the world. Dr. Tracy, of the New Yort Board of Health, esti 
mated the density of Sanitary District A, which includes 32 acres of the Eleventh Ward, a little to the 
northeast of the settlement, at 986.4 to the acre. (1894.) The nearest approach to this is shown by 1 
district of 46 acres in Bombay, which had a population of 759.6 to the acre in 1881. In Bnrope the 
densest small section is the Josefstadt of Prague, which had 485.4 to the acre. (1894.) According to the 
estimate of the Health Board of New York, the Tenth Ward, in which the University Settlement is 
located, had an average density of 626 to the acre in 1894, a much greater density than that of the Josef- 
stadt, which covers an area only one-fifth that of the Tenth Ward. It must be remembered, however, 
hat the greater height of tenement houses in New York City allows a greater cubic air space to each 
tenant than is the case in Asiatic cities. 


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Such in brief outline is Delancey street. Fill in the background with 
overty and ignorance if you will, but remember that the poverty is re- 
eved by an industry so untiring as almost to constitute a vice in itself, 
le ignorance by a craving for instruction that leads parents to embrace 
igerly every opportunity for self improvement and to endure every pri- 
ation that their children may have a better start in life than they en- 
)yed. The miserable inadequacy of school accommodations on the 
last Side makes it impossible to fully meet this demand. The recent 
^form administration deserves great credit for undertaking the erection 
f two large school buildings, now nearly completed, in the neighbor- 
ood of the Settlement. Tammany has signalized its advent by holding 
p the small park improvement so much needed by the East Side. The 
tracts, which are now the only playgrounds accessible to thousands of 
^ast Side children, are fairly well lighted and cleaned, though here also a 
eterioration from the standard established by Colonel Waring is mani- 
est. Irregular employment furnished the fathers of families in the gar- 
ment making and other industries which prevail in the district frequently 
nakes it necessary for the children to leave school and go to work at an 
:arly age. There is reason to believe that the law restricting child labor 
s frequently evaded. These are but a few of the aspects of the complex 
)roblem that confronts the settlement, a problem that would be im- 
neasurably more difficult were it not for the strong element of self help 
hat characterizes the people of the neighborhood. Bearing this factor 
:onstantly in mind, the University Settlement found that its best work 
s a//M the people, not/i7rthe people. Perhaps in this point lies the 
iistinction, too infrequently drawn, between philanthropists and philan- 

It is the first and indeed the whole duty of a resident at the Univer- 
sity Settlement to become a citizen of the district in which he lives. 
Ke must learn something of the economic, social and political status of 
:he neighborhood as a condition precedent to his usefulness. Informa- 
:ion derived from previous academic study will be of the greatest assist- 
mce to him in this task, while a better supplement to such study than 
:he investigation of actual social facts in the tenement district of a great 
:ity could hardly be devised. University Settlements have abundantly 
demonstrated their advantages as social observatories. Charles Booth 
received valuable assistance from residents of Toynbee Hall in the prep- 
iration of his monumental work on the Life and Labour of the People in 
London; the volume of Maps and Papers prepared by Hull House resi- 
lents is an excellent example of a thorough social study of an interest- 
ng Chicago district. Residents of the University Settlement of New 


York City have frequently undertaken careful scientific inquiries into 
wages, hours of labor, recreation, sanitation, housing conditions, etc., 
on the East Side, the results of which have been of great utility to legis- 
lative investigating committees and to charitable organizations. Indi- 
spensable as are statistics in the study of social facts, they may some- 
times prove misleading or unintelligible unless supplemented by a closer 
and more sympathetic observation than the ordinary enumerator can 
give. The location and attitude of University Settlements admirably 
qualifies them for interpretation of this sort, as well as for the gathering 
of facts not capable of statistical expression. 

But the work of the resident must be something more than mere 
social vivisection. Guided by the most accurate knowledge of sur- 
rounding conditions which can be obtained, it is the aim of the settle- 
ment to cooperate with every effort for progress in its district. Only by 
such a policy can its work be made widely effective. Although the Uni- 
versity Settlement reaches directly through the internal activities of its 
Delancey street home, three thousand five hundred men, women and 
children — a surprisingly large number considering its cramped facilities 
— its work would nevertheless be but a drop in the bucket if confined to 
the settlement house. The Tenth Ward has a population of seventy- 
five thousand, which may be reached in part at least by intelligent out- 
side work. 

The University Settlement has been singularly fortunate in this re- 
spect. Its relations with leaders of organized labor on the East Side have 
been most cordial. The advice of the head worker of the settlement 
has been frequently sought and given when industrial conflicts were im- 
minent, and in more than one case arbitration suggested and partici- 
pated in by the house has succeeded in averting strikes. The settle- 
ment has not hesitated to raise by public appeal and to apply funds 
for the relief of the families of strikers in cases where justice was 
thought to be on their side. In return, the settlement is under great 
obligations to representative laboring men of the district for advice and 
assistance in carrying on its work. The plan for the most effective of 
all its charitable activities, the relief of evicted tenants during the win- 
ter of 1896 and 1897, was drawn up by Mr. Meyer Schoenfeld, leader of 
the Garment Makers' Union of the East Side. In addition to special 
relief of this sort, the settlement also lends its assistance to the work of 
the United Hebrew Charities and the Charity Organization Society in 
its district. 

In politics the settlement has done much to procure an honest ballot 
in a ward formerly notoriously corrupt, its residents frequently serving 


as election inspectors and judges. Every effort is made to cooperate 
with the officers of the school, health, police, street cleaning and other 
departments of the city government. Residents of the settlement indi- 
vidually have taken an active part in the work of the Good Government 
Clubs of the neighborhood and in the local organization of the Citizens' 
Union. The various young men's clubs which meet in the settlement 
house take the keenest interest in economic and political affairs generally 
and with the assistance of the residents have been very successful in 
obtaining able representatives of all shades of opinion to address them. 
As examples of the subjects recently discussed may be mentioned the 
direct employment of labor by municipalities, the garment making 
industry, house furnishing on the installment plan, pawn shops and 
provident loan societies. In order to secure the fair presentation of 
such questions it is the custom of the clubs to invite representatives of 
all interests involved. Thus, in discussing the garment making trade, 
manufacturers, contractors, trade unionists, factory inspectors and uni- 
versity professors were invited, and each received a fair and courteous 

The educational and social privileges provided within the settlement 
itself appeal not only to all sorts and conditions of men but to all ages 
and both sexes as well. There are few rooms in the house that are not 
occupied every hour of the day and evening by clubs or classes of one 
sort or another. Instruction has been given during the past year in 
kindergarten work, sewing, embroidery, kitchen gardening, cooking, 
first aid to the injured, gymnasium work, music, including mandolin, 
choral practice and a course in musical literature, drawing, dancing, 
German and history, including courses in general political history and 
the history of New York City. Besides the formal instruction of classes 
frequent lectures and concerts given in the house by friends of the set- 
tlement are always well attended. Residents of the settlement have 
always taken a deep interest in the work of the public schools of the 
neighborhood, which has been reciprocated with mutual profit. Mr. 
James B. Reynolds, the present head worker, was for a time trustee of 
the schools of the Tenth Ward and is now a school inspector for the 
district. Among the other educational influences of the house may be 
mentioned the Penny Provident Bank, in which 2,060 children of the 
neighborhood are financially interested. If the sums to the account 
of the little depositors are small it is to be hoped at least that valuable 
lessons of thrift are inculcated. 

The library of about four thousand volumes belonging to the settle- 
ment, is one of its most powerful instruments for good. Its circulation 


for 1897 aoiounted to 46,511. One characteristic feature of the library 
work is the demand for works on American history, a demand which its 
three hundred volumes on this subject is utterly inadequate to supply. 
Coming from children of foreign birth or parentage this is a most sig- 
nificant and hopeful fact. A volume on American history or politics 
could scarcely have greater potentiality in the making of American citi- 
zenship than on the shelves of the settlement library. 

There has grown up in the Settlement House since its foundation, a 
hierarchy of clubs from the Tenth Ward Social Reform Club whose 
members are the staid fathers and mothers of families in the neighbor- 
hood to the Daisy Chain and Order Clubs composed of girls and boys 
just out of the kindergarten. Each of these clubs pursues some object 
adapted to the needs of its members, generally recreation in the case of 
the younger clubs, educational in the case of the older ones. Many of 
the young men and women of the neighborhood have been connected 
with the settlement through these organizations ever since its establish- 
ment and are now able to give valuable assistance in the conduct of the 
boys and girls clubs started recently. The strong development of the 
feeling of brotherhood and goodfellowship in the settlement clubs re- 
minds one of the spirit that prevails in well regulated fraternity chap- 
ters, and is perhaps due to the work and influence of former residents 
who were members of fraternities during their undergraduate days. 
Frequent entertainments, social, dramatic and musical given at the Uni- 
versity Settlement by these various organizations lend it an air of life 
and activity strangely in contrast with the dullness and solidity, caused 
doubtless by long hours of labor, which envelopes Delancey street like 
a pall at night. 

How is a work of such magnitude maintained? The University Set- 
tlement Society, composed largely of citizens of New York who are 
interested in this movement for civic betterment, raises by subscription 
funds sufficient to cover the cost of rent, fuel, lighting, equipment and 
incidentals. Residents at the house meet the expenses of the common 
table and pay rent for the rooms which they occupy. A small sum is 
also realized from the various clubs and classes, but all charges of this 
sort are nominal and are made solely that those using the house may do 
so with a feeling of independence and responsibility. By far the larger 
part of the work of the house is carried on by voluntary and unpaid 
workers. Some of the residents are able to devote the whole of their 
time to it, others, who are engaged during the day in professional or 
business pursuits in the city, can give only a part of their time. The 
residents are assisted by a large body of non-resident workers who give 


one or two evenings a week to the instruction of classes or direction of 
clubs. Most of the residents are young university men whose academic 
work led them to take an interest in social conditions and reform move- 
ments. During the past year Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, Prince- 
ton, Andover, Trinity, Dartmouth, Indiana, California and Leland 
Stanford, Jr., were represented by residents. At the settlement house 
they meet congenial spirits and find an opportunity to employ their 
spare hours in studying the life of the most cosmopolitan part of New 
York City, and in active work for the uplifting of their neighborhood. 
There is no posing among the residents as self sacrificing martyrs to a 
social need, nor is there anything monastic in the life of the house. On 
the contrary, the sympathy and friendship between residents and neigh- 
bors, the keen interest and active participation of the settlement in the 
stirring movements of the day, the hospitality of the house which gath- 
ers about its board university professors and radical reformers, large 
employers and labor leaders, in short, men from every walk and condi- 
tion of life, all these combine to make residence at the University Set- 
tlement broadening and inspiring in the highest degree and attract to it 
trained and capable residents. The government of the settlement is 
vested in the Head Worker who is chosen by the University Settlement 
Society. He is assisted in his duties by an advisory council composed 
of residents and representatives from the older clubs, known as the 
Guild Committee. 

It is perhaps too early in the history of the University Settlement 
movement to attempt an estimate of its work or a forecast of its future. 
The great extension of settlement methods of recent years indicates 
abundant success in widely different fields, and at least may be said to 
afiord sufficient basis for a hopeful outlook. It is much to be desired 
that with larger resources and an increased number of workers the move- 
ment may be able to avoid the spirit of institutionalism and to preserve 
the simplicity that has marked it heretofore. The value of the educa- 
tional work accomplished by the settlements is unquestioned ; it is 
highly practical in character and is, moreover, provided when the need 
is greatest. Indeed, some critics would have the settlements restrict 
their activities entirely to this field, in spite of the fact that hitherto they 
have consistently avoided a formal and didactic attitude. As an instru- 
ment of social reform the movement has been attacked from widely dif- 
ferent standpoints. The radical, who is able to construct a whole social 
philosophy on the basis of the axiom that a straight line is the shortest 
distance between two points, and who is familiar with the only royal road 
to the economic New Jerusalem, impatiently denounces the University 


Settlement as a miserable patchwork palliative expressly designed to 
distract attention from his infallible social nostrum. On the other hand, 
the extreme conservative is apt to regard it as a meddlesome attempt to 
break down social distinctions and to interfere with the benevolent work> 
ings of laissez faire. The settlement has not allowed theories of either 
sort to hamper its activities; it is broad enough to offer a free forum for 
the discussion of all questions before all men, strong enough to stand 
fearlessly for the recognition of the social duties of culture. In spite of 
our vaunted theories of political equality, lines of social cleavage seem 
to be growing more sharply defined. The settlement voices a protest 
against this development, a protest which, if recognized, can not fail to 
be far reaching in its consequences. It represents effectively and em- 
bodies in concrete form the claims of a true democracy, nobly expressed 
by Canon Bamett in words that have come to be recognized as the 
motto of the University Settlement movement. ''Vain," he said, "will 
be higher education, music, art, or even the Gospel, unless they come 
clothed in the life of brother man." 

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By Gordon Randolph Houston, Z^eta, '98. 


In the County of Rockbridge, in the ''Old Dominion," picturesquely 
situated between the Blue Ridge on the east and the outposts of the Alle- 
gbanies on the west, is situated the village of Lexington, not far from 
the great wonder, the Natural Bridge, from which the county is named. 
By no means pretentious, with its crooked, dusty, straggling streets and 
old-fashioned brick houses, reminding one of the pictures of New Am- 
sterdam two centuries ago, the town enjoys a unique renown in the 
south as being the mecca toward which every loyal southerner wishes to 
make a pilgrimage before he dies. For here, only separated by a few 
feet, Washington and Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute 
pursue their work of helping to educate the youth of Virginia and her 
neighboring states. Here lie all that remains of the two great military 
leaders of the "lost cause." Here, beneath an imposing bronze statue 
erected in his honor, lies Thomas J. Jackson, better known by the name 
'' Stonewall,'' given him at the battle of Bull Run. Here, in the chapel 
of the University, in the mausoleum containing Valentino's masterpiece, 
the recumbent statue, of which a picture is here given, rests the body 
of Genetal Robert E. Lee. 


Any institution of learning which dates its existence as far back as 
1749, must of necessity have an interesting history, and Washington and 
Lee has a story intertwined with her ivy grown walls which is replete in 
this respect. The germ from which the University grew was a school, 
The Augusta Academy, established in 1749, by Robert Alexander, near 
Greenville, Virginia. ''It was the first classical school in the Valley of 
Virginia." Robert Alexander, A. M., Dublin University, a Scotch- 
Irishman, and brother of Archibald Alexander, President of Princeton 
Seminary, continued as principal until 1760, when he was succeeded by 
Rev. John Brown, D. D. During Dr. Brown's administration the school 
was successively removed, first to Old Providence, then to New Provi- 
dence, and "shortly before the Revolution," to Mt. Pleasant, in Rock- 
bridge County. Under the presidency of William Graham, in 1777, in- 
cited by the spirit of the day, on the first meeting after the Battle of 



Lexington, the trustees changed the name, entitling the institutiori- 
''Liberty Hall." At this meeting a library was started and the begin — 
ning of a physical laboratory was made, and another move was ordered^^^ 
this time to Timber Ridge. From this location the academy was agaii 
moved, in 1785, to near Lexington, where to this day stand the crumb- 
ling remains of Old Liberty Hall, burned in 1802. In 1803 the fins 
move was made to the present site, where for nearly a century the youthaB^ 
of the south have come to drink at the fountain of knowledge. 

The first large donation to the institution was made by George Wash- 
ington, who in 1797 gave to Liberty Hall Academy one hundred shan 
in the James River Canal Company. This endowment still brings ii 
{3,000 annually to the university, and because of it the name was 
changed to Washington. The example of their commander-in-chiei 
prompted the Society of the Cincinnati to agree that, when death had 
so depleted its ranks as to practically dissolve the society, its funds 
should go to Washington Academy. This sum amounted to about 
{25,000. In 1826 the college received a still larger bequest, also due to 
Washington's example. This was the estate of John Robinson, a sol- 
dier of Washington, and amounted to {46,000. A modest monument 
now stands on the campus in his honor, and the Robinson chair of Ge- 
ology and Biology serves to perpetuate his name, as also three Robin- 
son medals. With these endowments the college prospered, every year 
marking an increase in the number of students who sat at the feet of its 
six or eight professors. 

Then came the war. As far back as 1840 the letters <'C. S. A." are 
attached to the names in the catalogue of alumni. Out of a little over 
seven hundred graduates between 1841 and 1864, 318 entered the Confed- 
erate army, and of these one-fifth laid down their lives. Five generals, 
two of whom fell at the head of the Stonewall Brigade in action, a large 
number of surgeons and chaplains, and two whole companies — the Rock- 
bridge Artillery and the Liberty Hall Volunteers, the latter composed of 
the class of '61, and led by their beloved Greek professor. Captain J. J. 
White, were some of the men whom the college furnished the south. In 
1864, Hunter's raid was the cause of the destruction of the scientific 
apparatus and the pillaging of the library. 

The war ended, the trustees met to take an inventory and form plans 
for the future. The inventory consisted of four professors, a handful of 
students, some badly damaged and looted property, and no ready money. 
Their first task was to find a president. The name of Lee was men- 
tioned by Colonel Bolivar Christian only to be dropped, as the position 
was not thought good enough for so great a leader. After further con- 


sideration, however, it was determined to ask him to fill the position. 
General Lee, after a careful consideration of the subject, accepted. 

On the 1 8th of September General Lee rode into Lexington upon 
''Traveler/' the same fine horse that had carried him through many a 
battle, and borne him, overcome with sorrow, from the house at Appo- 
matox through the lines of his vanquished army. 

What the trustees had hoped for occurred. The five years' incum- 
bency of General Lee was a season of decided growth and prosperity. 
A small loan was made on the personal credit of the trustees in order to 
pay arrearages of salaries, repair the war-defaced buildings, and pur- 
chase necessary apparatus. Things having been put on a running basis, 
agents were sent far and wide in order to solicit donations to the endow- 
ment. The many friends of the college responded generously, so that 
the authorities were enabled to greatly enlarge the course of instruction. 
The attendance reached high-water mark during General Lee's occu- 
pancy and before his death, in 1870, great improvements had been made 
along every line. In 1871, not a year after his death, the General As- 
sembly of Virginia changed the name of the institution to its present 
title, ''Washington and Lee University," blending the names of the 
great benefactor who had placed the institution on a solid basis, and the 
president who had resuscitated it after the ravages of war. 

General Lee being dead, no more fit person could have been found 
to fill his place than his son. General George Washington Custis Lee, 
who was then a professor in the Virginia Military Institute. General 
Custis Lee occupied the chair until last year, when, on account of fail- 
ing health, he was obliged to resign. Always a liberal supporter of 
every student enterprise, ever having the welfare of the students and the 
institution at heart, he leaves many valuable tokens of his atfection, 
among which are his farewell gifts, a scholarship which will pay I360 a 
year, and two portraits which once were the property of George Wash- 
ington. One shows Washington dressed in the uniform of a Continental 
colone], the only portrait made of him before the Revolution now extant. 
The other is La Fayette, made at Mt. Vernon at Washington's request. 

At the opening of the present term, amid imposing ceremonies, Wil- 
liam L. Wilson was inaugurated tenth president. By his kindly man- 
ner, by his progressive spirit, by the interest he takes in every enter- 
prise. President Wilson has won his way into the heart of every student. 
As yet it is too soon to say what will be the outcome of President Wil- 
son's administration, but, if hard work coupled with discretion, scholar- 
ship coupled with executive ability, good judgment coupled with the 
determination to adhere to one's principles, if these will make success, 
Washington and Lee is assured of it. 



The rivalry between the University and the Institute is very severe 
in all branches of athletics, but even in this, custom seems to make an 
almost inviolable rule. It is a settled conclusion, when the two elevens 
meet, that the Virginia Military Institute shall be victorious. In 1896, 
for the first time in the memory of even the oldest student in the gradu- 
ate school, Washington and Lee was victorious in football against her 
neighbor. The event so disturbed the equilibrium that the two elevens 
have never met since. Washington and Lee is equally sure of success 
in baseball. The only time she has neared defeat in this branch was 
in 1894, when the cadets forced the students to play an eleven inning 
game, which was only won by a ball being placed over the parapet at 
the right time. 

The event of commencement is the boat race between the Harry Lee 
and Albert Sidney crews. The upholders of the crews are not divided 
by any distinct line, fraternity, class, or political. Each fellow must 
choose his crew for himself, and one of the first questions asked a man 
is: ''Are you red or blue?" The course is a pretty, winding back-water 
on North River, prettily shaded by the high cliffs on the south bank. 
The crews begin to train in February, and by May the interest has 
grown sufficiently to cause the upholders of the different boats to display 
their colors from the house tops, or if he be so inclined one may try his 
luck at painting the wooden figure of Washington which stands upon 
the tower of the main building. This is a difficult job at best, as the 
faculty don't furnish the ladders and brushes, but the real hard time 
comes when the two sides try to paint <<01d George" on the same night. 
Robbing opponent's flags is also a feature which often brings about cer- 
tain knots on people's heads, and a sprained ankle or blacked eye are 
often caused by this sport. On Monday of commencement every vehi- 
cle in the county is engaged, and the island from which the race is 
viewed is crowded with rigs filled with a gay, ribbon-bedecked lot of 
young ladies with their escorts, long before it is time for the race to 
start. As they wait, the excitement, great before, grows to a feverish 
heat, being increased every now and then by small boys from the cliffs 
above giving false alarms of the start. At last, however, there is no 
mistake, for around the bend is seen a ripple and then a bow, and in a 
minute or two the race is won or lost, amid the shouts of the adherents 
of the winning crew and mutterings of the losers. 


Among the student publications the oldest is the Southern CoUegian^ 
the monthly magazine. It is gotten out by the two literary societies. 



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he Washington and the Graham- Lee. It has always held a high posi- 
ion among college publications. Next in age is the annual Calyx, its 
ditor being elected from the student body at large. The youngest stu- 
lent organ is the Ring-turn Phi, a sheet which appears every Saturday. 


Fraternity life at Washington and Lee shows more rivalry among 
he chapters represented than any other institution. With a roll of 
bout two hundred, she has twelve fraternities, yet, as strong as the 
ivalry is, it is not often that a chapter makes the mistake of taking in a 
'sorry" man, preferring generally to live on with three or four better 
len, than to have a large chapter of '<rudes." 

Until the war. Phi Kappa Psi and Beta Theta Pi were the only fra- 
ernities represented, but shortly after its close Lexington became a 
avorite spot for placing charters, so that, in a few years, quite a number 
f fraternities were on the ground. Of the older chapters which have 
leld their ground are Phi Kappa Psi, 1855; Kappa Alpha (southern), 
865; Alpha Tau Omega, 1865; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 1867, and Sigma 
Ihi, 1866; also. Phi Delta Theta may be reckoned with the older chap- 
ers, as her chapter absorbed the chapter of Kappa Sigma Kappa which 
7as founded in 1867. Of the later chapters are Phi Gamma Delta, 
868; Kappa Sigma, 1873; Sigma Nu, 1882, and Pi Kappa Alpha, 1891. 
Vhile the comparatively new ones are Delta Tau Delta, which absorbed 
he local chapter of Phi Theta Psi, and Mu Pi Lambda, a fraternity 
^hich was founded in 1895. 

Zeta chapter was chartered in the fall of 1866, one year after the 
;ollege had resumed work. At that time, J. P. Billups, of Eta, entered 
Washington College. After making a good observation of the local 
hapters, he saw that that was lacking in them which marks a good 
:hapter of Sigma Chi. He saw that this was the place for a chapter of 
>ur Fraternity; so, after a vigorous correspondence with Dr. J. J. Wea- 
ker, Theta, his plans for the establishment of a chapter were carried 
tut. The names on the charter number nine, and this has been the 
isual limit of the chapter in size, but, though the numbers have always 
)een small, yet the prophecy of Billups, that the chapter would < 'reflect 
xedit upon the Fraternity at large," has yet to be proved untrue. The 
:hapter records have always been brilliant with success ; her life has 
>een pleasant, though uneventful. At times the chapter roll has grown 
hort, but there has always been warm hearts ready to bring the chapter 

tack into its grand highway of successes. At present, Zeta stands with 
ny fraternity at the University. Her eight men are as congenial a lot 
s will be found anywhere, and it is only the wish of her members that 
he may maintain her past record. 



There have been other conventions of the Second Province, and 
doubt they were great times with the '<Sigs'* of the Old Domiiiioa aoAt 
the Old North State; but those gatherings are so far ofE in the past Aali 
the records merely show them as moss-covered mile stones, their in- 
scriptions erased, scattered at unequal distances along the highway of 
Sigma Chi history. Whether the former conventions were succesies or 
not is unknown to us, but of the Annual Convention of '98 we can sajr 
that if it were not a success, we have misunderstood the meaning of that 
word. [We are pardonable for using the word ''Annual" here, since by 
a plan proposed by our Grand Praetor, Trinkle, they are to be held 
€very year.] 

The Virginia Creeper^ of March the third, had the honor of bringing 
ten loyal Sigma Chis from the University of Virginia to us, and later in 
the evening the Huckelberry Express brought representatives from Hamp- 
den-Sidney, University of North Carolina, and Roanoke College. 

After supper at the Lexington the party went over to the University, 
where, in the hall of the Washington Literary, the business of the Con- 
vention was transacted. 

The Convention opened with Brother Gordon Houston calling iat\ 
nominations for chairman. This was just a formality, however, as e^] 
eryone knew that our Grand Praetor was the only man there to fill thi, 
position. The Convention now having such a fit chairman, soon began, 
to shape itself into a permanent organization. Brother Maicomb Griffin 
was made treasurer, Houston, secretary, and William Brown, doorkeepQl« 
who said, as he took his post, that he would rather be a doorkeepsT 
in this House of Lords than to dwell in the tents of the barbarians^i] 
Brothers Roy Williams and Norman Fitzhugh were appointed a 
committee, and the organization was completed. 

Brother Alban Snyder then delivered the Address of Welcome^ 
which he expressed the pleasure which Zeta experienced in well 
such a band of <<Sigs" to her mountain home in the Valley of Vii 
where Jackson taught and where Lee helped to mould the character 
many a noble southerner, and where they both now rest. Bi 
Trinkle responded for the visitors, thanking Zeta for her kindness i 
inviting the Convention to meet with her, and expressing his ph 
at seeing so many representatives present to enjoy the gathering. 


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Following Brother Trinkle, Brother Wm. Brown read a well-prepared 
>aper on ''The essential characteristics that should govern in the selec- 
ion of members of Sigma Chi." The paper took up the several points 
o be considered, giving clear, concise opinions on every phase of the 
ubject. The reading was followed by a general discussion of the sub- 
ect by every one who had ideas to bring out. This feature added greatly 
o the interest taken in all of the subjects brought up, as one felt that 
le was learning everything that was known in the whole province on 
hat point. 

Brother Stuart then reported for Sigma Sigma, and his account 
howed her to be in the pink of condition. She gets a lion's share of 
lonors, is rarely if ever bested by her opponents, and seems to be doing 
veil all around. 

Brother George Frazer next read a paper on ''Methods of making 
uccessful and for perpetuating the Annual Conventions of the Province." 
n the discussion which followed various plans were suggested. Some 
wanted the meetings to be held always in some central town; some 
wanted the place of meeting to be at the various chapters taken in rota- 
lion, but no decision was made. Brother Trinkle next offered a sug- 
gestion that each member of the province be assessed some amount each 
Qonth for the purpose of raising money to help pay men's expenses to 
he future conventions, and that a Province Quaestor be elected to take 
;harge of all money raised in this way and refund it to the chapter at 
he next convention. This plan was put in the form of a motion and 
arried. Brother Frazer was then elected Quaestor. 

Brother Ran Tucker's report of Zeta Chapter showed her to be in 
[ood shape. His report should have been followed by a paper on 
' Literary work in the Chapter," by Brother A. C. Southall, of Gamma 
jamma, who was unable to attend, so instead of the paper an open par- 
lament was conducted with this as its subject for discussion. Tau ap- 
peared to be the only chapter in the province which was well informed 
in this subject, the other chapters preferring to pass their time of meet- 
Qg in some more jovial way. 

The report of Psi by Brother Samuel Sayers showed that he and his 
ssociates at Virginia are doing what they can for the White Cross. 
Another open discussion was then put in order. This time the subject 
iras: "Chapter government," in which it was urged that the chapters 
lold meetings as often as possible, some of them at present meeting 
>ut fortnightly. The chapters were also advised to be more strict in 
nforcing their regulations, it being evident that a man has more respect 
3r a chapter that sees that its by-laws are obeyed than for one which 
oes not. 


After Tau's report, which was made by Brother John L. Logan, 
Brother George Frazer spoke on the subject, <' Honors achieved by 
Sigma Chi." He told us of many of the choice plums of political and 
classical life that had been won by the wearers of the Cross; and, if we 
were all as well up on the achievements of our alumni as Brother Frazer 
we would make better rushers than we do. 

Brother William's report for Alpha Tau showed that though we have 
a bad luck number, thirteen, in our chapter at Carolina, yet our badge 
is as becomingly worn there as it is elsewhere. 

Letters of regret were read from many of the chapters, and members 
of the Fraternity, some of whom were: Grand Consul, W. L. Dudley; 
Grand Annotator, H. C. Arms; Grand Quaestor, J. C. Nate; Grand Prae- 
tor, F. L. Pierce; Grand Praetor, Douglas Forsythe; Grand Praetor, L. 
A. Ireton ; Grand Praetor, Justin Bowersock ; Henry A. Christian, 
Gamma Gamma; O. B. Bailey, Phi Phi ; Will J. Price, Zeta Zeta, to- 
gether with a large number of the active chapters. 

The order of business being over, discussion was invited on any point 
that might be of interest, and the matter of initiations was the direction 
which the talk took. The advisability of public initiations, the degree 
of solemnity to be observed, etc., were the questions that received the 
most attention. Some of the more sedate were of the opinion that the 
whole initiation should be done in a dignified manner, but the greater 
number were of a more trivial frame of mind. They had eaten their 
breakfast from the mantel, and they were loth to see the custom aban- 
doned. It was decided, that whereas, there is a time for all things, yet 
the first hour of the initiation is not the time for moping, but a time for 
action. At last, after a long session, the meeting closed with ceremony, 
and the fellows went out on the campus to give a yell for Sigma Chi, 
ere they went to get a little rest for the next day's pleasures. 

Directly after breakfast on Friday, the Convention had its picture 
taken, and a trip to Natural Bridge had been planned to follow; but the 
weather was too blustery to make such a trip enjoyable, so the party 
satisfied themselves by taking a tally-ho ride over the town, visiting the 
Virginia Military Institute, Jackson's tomb, and the Lee mausoleum. 
At eleven o'clock President W. L. Wilson received the boys at his 
house. Here are a number of the Washington pictures are to be seen 
(the property of General George Washington Custis Lee), as well as some 
of those of the Lee family, and the pictures belonging to President 
Wilson are hardly less interesting. 

At six o'clock Professor Charles A. Graves, Zeta, '69, gave a recep- 
tion at his house on the campus. Here the delegates had the pleasure 


of meeting the young ladies of the town. The house was tastefully dec- 
orated in Sigma Chi colors, the chandeliers bedecked with ribbon, lam- 
brequins in blue and gold, and draperies in the colors made a pleasing 
impression upon the eye. Miss Graves, our charming hostess, saw that 
everyone enjoyed himself to his fullest, so that eight came all too early. 

At ten at McCrum's Hall the banquet was served. The tables were 
arranged in the shape of the badge, and here too we saw the blue and 
gold blended tastefully. Here for five or six hours the fellows enjoyed 
themselves until it was time for the early morning train. The banquet 
was a feast fit for a king, nor like the Princess Louise, was it all for 
Lome. The joke, the story, the song, the toast, together with speeches 
and a lecture or two by Brother Bob Anderson, kept the whole company 
amused till cock crowing. 

That the Convention was a time of highest pleasure to both guest 
and host expresses all too feebly the thoughts of those present, and all 
praise be to Brother Trinkle who worked so arduously to make the Con- 
vention what it was. Those present were : 

David T. Stuart, Sigma Sigma, Wm. A. Brown, Tau, 

T. H. Wyly, Sigma Sigma, LeRoy Williams, Alpha Tan. 

John L. Logan, Tan, G. A. Allen, Psi, 

S. R. Sayers, Sigma Sigma, Psi. H. McG. Robertson, Sigma Sigma, Psi, 

Malcomb Griflin, Psi, P. P. Steptoe. Psi. 

W. A. Moore. Psi. George A. W. Frazer, Psi. 

Robert T. Anderson, Psi, W. A. Martin. Psi. 

£. Lee Trinkle, Sigma Sigma, Psi, Norman S. Fitzhngh, Zeta, 

G. R. Houston, Zeta, G. Benoist Shields. Zeta. 

J. Wm. }ones. Zeta, }. Ran Tucker, Alpha Omicron, Zeta, 

Alban G. Snyder, Zeta. }ohn K. Graves. Zeta, 

William O. Bonnie, ZeU. 

Gordon Randolph Houston, Zeta, '98. 
Lexington, Va., April, 1898. 



By Walter Malooe, Etm, "87. 

Long: yean have passed since first I read your lays^ 

A weary schoolboy at a tiresome task. 

And learned of Lydia with her winsome ways. 

And flavors of your old Falemian Gtsk* 

I often long^ed to take your own advice. 

To seize the day, and in no morrow trust, 

To revel in a youth that comes not twice, 

To snatch sweet kisses ere my lips are dust« 

You said ^O youth, slay Sadness at her birth. 

Espousing: Gladness in her morning: g:low, 

When your young: sweetheart's mouth is curved with mirth. 

And Love's pink blossoms in her cheeks still blow. 

When warm blood bounds within thine ardent breast. 

Take then laug:hing: maiden in thine arms; 

For she is willing:, boy, to be caressed. 

And waits for thee in all her Spring:time charms* 

^O Maiden do not drive thy swain away 
With frowns, reproaches, childhood's foolish tears, 
For lovers such as he g:row scarce some day. 
Such kisses will be rare in coming: years* 
Give to his lips carnations of thy cheek. 
Let trembling: fing:ers, interlacing:, wed. 
Ere thou shalt vainly for a lover seek 
And sig:h for sometime beauties thou hast shed* 

'^O sordid miser, bending: o'er thy books. 
In dusty chambers back from dusty streets. 
Seek thou the wild woods and the mossy brooks. 


The daisies dandng: in their gfreen retreats; 
Seek thou the pastures of the browsing: sheepf 
The hives with overflowing: honeycomb^ 
The cows in dandelion meads knee^deep^ 
The peace, the quiet of a rustic home« 

^ sagfe, that longfest for a laurel wreath, 
O soldier, mad for fortunes and for fame. 
Your honors soon shall be a gift to death. 
Oblivion soon shall cover every name* 
Shed no more blood save that of luscious grapes. 
And read no books save in thy loved one's eyes. 
Ere Pleasure like a wild-winged bird escapes. 
Ere Love in all his roguish beauty dies* 

^For soon this boy shall feel his blood grow cold. 
This lassie seek another lad in vain. 
This soldier perish, though his heart be bold. 
This sage behold his genius on the wane* 
Before the fruit decays, pluck thou the peach. 
Before the young fawn passes, be her mate. 
Take thou the rose that still is in thy reach. 
And claim thy damsel ere it be too late I 

^There are no smiles, no kisses after death. 
No bubbling goblets quaffed beyond the tomb ; 
Thy face shall feel no more thy sweet girPs breath. 
Thine arms no more embrace her in that gloom* 
Beyond the Stygian river, no one loves, 
And no one carols old-time lover's tunes 
In bloomy forests, with the coo of doves, 
Or trysting places under mellow Moons*'' 

So thou hast spoken, Horace, and I sigh 
To think how many joys I failed to take. 
How many fawns unheeded passed me by. 


What fruhi tinpluckedt thougfh tipenmg: for my take* 
I long: for roies withered on the italk^ 
That opened tinder stsmmer skies for me» 
Sweet eyes that watched me in my hmely walk. 
Fair hands that beckoned when I would not see* 

Yet^ HoracCf in that land which men must treads 
I cannot help but hope that all is weU^ 
That )oys we lost have not forever fledy 
That dear love dies not with our funeral belL 
Mayhap while listening: to these very lines» 
Our vain re8:rets are subject of thy mirths 
And with thy Lydia, under fruitful vines^ 
Thou pluckest pleasures that were lost on earth! 


i-^ ■■ i 


Rev, Samuel Anqerson Cornelius, Beta. '82. 




The Rev. Samuel Anderson Cornelius, Beta, '82, was one of the most 
active and worthy members of that chapter in the early eighties, and as 
an alumnus his interest in the development of the Fraternity and of his 
own chapter has not abated. He has achieved marked success as a 
clergyman in the Presbyterian Church. The appended biographical 
sketch is reproduced from The Journaly a Danville, Pennsylvania, publi- 
cation devoted to current and professional topics : 

''Mr. Cornelius was bom near Mt. Jackson, Lawrence County, Pa., 

of Dutch-Irish parentage, and was the youngest of a family of ten 

children, among whom were the late Rev. M. N. Cornelius, D. D., of 

Washington, D. C, and the Hon. William Cornelius, now a leading 

citizen of Youngstown, Ohio. 

" He attended the country schools in his native village, and then en- 
tered the Academy at Poland, Ohio, where he graduated in 1877. It 
may be a matter of historical interest to note here that President Mc- 
Kinley attended the same institution. Mr. Cornelius then went to 
Wooster University in Ohio, where he was gi^duated in 1882. That 
institution conferred upon him the degree of A. B. upon graduating and 
A. M. since. Mr. Cornelius then went to New York City, where he took 
a course in theology in the Union Theological Seminary, and was grad- 
uated there in 1885. He then became pastor of the First Presbyterian 
Church at Philipsburg, Pa. This church had been for years struggling 
for existence. He, however, by means of strenuous efforts, increased 
the membership from 89 to nearly 200, and left it in excellent working 
order. He stayed at this place nearly five years. He then became 
pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Santa Cruz, California, where he 
lived for two years. In 1891 he was called to the pastorate of the Sec- 
ond Presbyterian Church at Oil City. This church is located on the 
corner of First and Reed streets. The parsonage, just in the rear of the 
church, is a new structure, erected during the pastorate of Mr. Cornelius 
at a cost of $5,000. The church property is the prettiest located in the 

"The Second Presbyterian Church now has a membership of some 
400 people, having very largely increased under the present pastor. 


There are 275 scholars in the Sunday school, of which E. B. Sanford is 
the superintendent. 

''There are various organizations, all in active operation, including 
the Missionary Society, composed of both ladies and gentlemen, and a 
flourishing Men's League. 

''The church is one of the living religious societies of the city, and 
has a hold upon many of the best families in the community. 

"Mr. Cornelius preaches 'strong and eloquent sermons, full of the 
truths of the Bible. He was brought up in the staunch faith of Presby- 
terianism, and although the liberal teaching of the Union Theological 
Seminary gave him broader views of religious life, he is as steadfast in 
his faith as when a boy. He has done considerable work as a lecturer^ 
his principal lecture being 'Shots at Shams and Shoddy.' While a res- 
ident of New York City, he was prominently identified with mission work 
for three years, and saw much of the poverty and suffering of that great 
city. In matters of church organization, he has done much to extend 
the cause of Presbyterianism, and on three occasions was a member of 
the Pennsylvania Synod. In 1889 he was a delegate to the General 
Assembly of the church in New York City. In college he was a mem- 
ber of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Mr. Cornelius is a skilled musician, 
and for many years was a choir leader. He has done a great deal of 
general reading, making a specialty of Egyptology, and is a member 
of the American branch of the Egyptian Exploration Society. He has 
an interesting family, consisting of a wife and three children. Mr. 
Cornelius is one of the strong men of his denomination, and has made 
a marked impression upon the community wherever he has labored." 



The opening articles in this issue of the Quarterly call the attention 
{ the Fraternity to the late ex-Grand Consul Reginald Fendall, to whose 
eath we were able to make but brief reference in the February Quar- 
ERLY. The hand of death could have dealt no heavier blow to our 
■"raternity. Reginald Fendall was devoted to the highest ideals which 
ispire a cultured gentleman, and he realized in his own character that 
»urity and refinement for which all true manhood strives. Indeed, he 
tarted from the vantage ground of exceptional home privileges and 
lagnificent native talent, but his completed life exhibits an example of 
uccessful self-culture which will forever adorn one of the proudest 
»ages of our Fraternity history. The dignity of true manhood, the 
atuitive courtesy of real refinement, ambitious achievements in his 
profession, and the popularity of self-forgetful service in society crowned 
is life. To his associates and to the community in which his life was 
pent, he gave conclusive proof that a worthy life includes not only 
be possession of exalted purposes, but also that devotion to them by 
irhich alone they can be made to ennoble individual character and 
aspire humanity. 

To the Fraternity he left the legacy of a character, rich in all those 
ttributes, which he, who would be a Sigma Chi in the best sense, must 
igilantly endeavor to perfectly incorporate in his life. Is it not fitting 
hat each member of this order, which Reginald Fendall loved and pro- 
QOted, highly resolve that he will more earnestly adhere to those prin- 
iples which cement our brotherhood? We may, to our great advantage, 
tudy his life closely, not to become imitators, but to absorb manliness. 

Fraternity chapters are primarily social organizations, but they build 
heir right to be on a broader foundation than mere social advantage. 
Repeatedly during the year, by chapter letters and other communica- 
ions, our attention has been called to the fact that a few Sigma Chi 
hapters meet but fortnightly, and that perhaps a larger number conform 
o no distinctive idea in conducting meetings. It is not our place and 
(re disclaim any desire to preach through the pages of the Quarterly, 
lut let us think together seriously for a moment. Fortnightly meetings 
rgue lukewarm friendships, a decrease in real congeniality, and the 



dissipation of the strength of the chapter. Irregularity, indefinitness 
and lack of preparatory planning of chapter meetings, indicates, on the 
part of those chapters which admit of such characterization, a failure to 
appreciate the real dignity and purpose of Fraternity life. Unusual 
circumstances may at intervals interrupt the regular weekly meeting of 
the chapter, but an adjourned meeting may be held and the interruption 
may thus be made to enhance the appreciation of the regular meeting. 
However, the whole question is determined by the character of the 
meetings. Define some interesting feature of the meeting in advance as 
often as possible. Have a program which will mean to many of the 
members broader ideas about a particular thing in art, literature, science, 
history, politics, or some other specific field of investigation. Read the 
history of the development of our own and other fraternities. Study 
our constitution. Discuss the significant official actions reported in the 
Bulletins, Use ingenuity and common sense in arranging programs to 
avoid dry subjects and insure variety. Bear in mind that membership 
in a real live chapter of Sigma Chi may be made the richest source of 
culture accessible to undergraduate life. The chapter has a social life 
within itself which is quite as important as the standing of the chapter 
in the estimation of external society. Undue emphasis given to the 
latter may develop a deceptive surface polish, while devotion to the 
former will establish that esprit de corps which is an essential in chapter 
life. % 

There is a dual danger which threatens the life of chapters in small 
colleges. The fact that large institutions are putting forth more ener- 
getic efforts to increase their enrollment, and are thus robbing the lesser 
schools of much of their best Fraternity timber, together with the es- 
tablishment in small schools of a larger number of fraternities than the 
present or prospective enrollment of those schools can hope to success- 
fully perpetuate, lead to serious apprehension regarding the future of 
the chapters thus effected. In such small schools as maintain a high 
standard of instruction there will continue to be a most excellent, al- 
though necessarily a restricted field, for Fraternity activity. How shall 
this desirable territory be occupied? Is it wise for a strong Fraternity 
to concede the field to a weaker one, as soon as a multiplication of chap- 
ters in a given school results in the division of the eligibles so that their 
infiuence and the high standard they would establish is submerged by 
the narrow ideas, and the surface of mediocrity which predominates? 
These are portentious questions, and the answer must be forthcoming 
in the years of the immediate future. Local considerations of more or 


less significance will add to the difficulty of deciding in any given case, 
but the general similarity of all cases will admit of the adoption of a 
fixed policy in the matter, and to determine what this policy shall be is 
the problem just ahead. 

The constitution adopted by the Twenty-third Grand Chapter of the 
Fraternity, at Nashville, last August, provided for the incorporation of 
the Fraternity, and established the "Endowment Fund." The incorpo- 
ration provision was completed by amendments adopted early in March, 
which made it specific. These two steps bid fair to mark an epoch in 
the progress of the Fraternity, and a careful student of the history and 
growth of the Fraternity declares, " I may safely say," referring to the 
Endowment Fund, "that it is the greatest in importance, and in its 
promise for our future welfare as an organization, of any effort we have 
ever made in our half century of progress.'' It was decided, after due 
investigation, and on the advice of the Fraternity's ablest legal talent, 
that the most effective and least cumbersome plan of incorporation 
would consist in making the Grand Council of the Fraternity a body 
corporate under the laws of the State of Illinois, such body corporate to 
act as trustee to collect, hold, and disburse the Endowment Fund in 
strict accordance with the Fraternity's constitution. By this plan the 
careful conservation and proper use of the fund are insured to all sub- 
scribers, and it was promptly and unanimously ratified by the Grand 
Council and the active chapters, and the necessary constitutional amend- 
ments adopted. The required legal steps have been taken, and the 
Grand Council is, therefore, now a body corporate, and is enabled to trans- 
act business as such. The three purposes for which the corporation was 
formed are concisely stated in its by-laws, as follows: (a) "To serve 
as the cestui que trust of all property now or hereafter acquired by the 
various chapters of the herein named association known as the Sigma 
Chi Fraternity." (b) "To hold in trust all funds accruing to what is 
known as the 'Endowment Fund' of the said Sigma Chi Fraternity, 
and to collect, hold and disburse the same in accordance with the laws 
of said Fraternity." (c) "To perform such other executive duties for 
and on behalf of said association, namely, the Sigma Chi Fraternity, as 
may be prescribed by the laws of said association." 


"Sigma Chi Songs" is a book of 173 pages, and contains 72 songs, 
most of which are new, and all which well deserve to be learned by 


every faithful '<Sig." The arrangment of the songs and the typography 
of the book are entirely satisfactory, and the substantial binding and 
pretty cover still more strongly commend it. Certainly the great care 
and the cultured taste which the completed book clearly indicates, will 
be duly appreciated by the Fraternity. Grand Annotator, Herbert C. 
Arms, the editor-in-chief, and all who assisted him, either in his editor- 
ial work or as contributors, have placed the Fraternity under a lasting 
obligation, and it should not be forgotten that there is an excellent op- 
portunity to acknowledge this obligation by immediately ordering copies 
of the book. It is a matter for great congratulation that the purpose 
first expressed at the Eighteenth Grand Chapter, held in Washington, 
D. C, in November, 1890, and ever since adhered to with great tenacity, 
and with fond anticipation of success, has been so satisfactorily achieved. 
From very many chapters enthusiastic expressions of approval of 
''Sigma Chi Songs" have already been received, and it is undoubtedly 
true that the publication of our best songs, together with the music, in 
such an admirable book will do more to promote the enthusiasm and 
devotion of the active chapters than any action previously taken. Every 
chapter should be provided with a sufficient number of song books for 
the convenience of all its members. We feel assured that a general dis- 
tribution of "Sigma Chi Songs" among the members of the Fraternity 
will be sufficient guarantee that the songs will be learned and sung. In 
a very enthusiastic letter, which was received too late for publication in 
full, Brother Fred Steigmeyer, Omicron Omicron, '97, says: *«The re- 
cently published ' Sigma Chi Songs' is undoubtedly the best book of its 
kind. From 'Carmen Amicitiae' to 'The College Widow,' the manuscript 
is faultless and the verse attractive. * * * There are hymns, sere- 
nades, waltzes, marches; old tunes, new tunes, in all kinds of flats and 
sharps, in no flats and sharps; solos, quartettes, choruses, for profes- 
sionals» for beginners, for the gray-haired, and the Neophyte. 4" ♦ « 
Sigma Chi can never be too thankful for having entrusted the editing to 
Brother Arms. He is one of the most enthusiastic and constant of our 
members. Besides being a musician and critic of recognized ability, 
he is a thorough business man. The assistants were extremely compe- 
tent. The Fraternity has Miss Clara Louise Arms to thank for the 
correction of scores and harmony — a tedious task, voluntarily performed. 
Brother Charles Baker Burdick, the assistant editor, was an untiring 


IietteiTS fiTom Retive Chapteirs. 



Again are we about to complete another term, having passed a pleas- 
ant though uneventful year. Changes about the 'varsity have been 
few and little out of the ordinary has occurred. More college and class 
spirit has been in evidence, however, the latter culminating in the usual 
riots, much to the dismay of the authorities. 

Through hard work on the part of the Athletic Association, of which 
Brother S. A. Blackburn is president, Brother J. Lewis Riggles, secre- 
tary and treasurer, and Brother H. C. Cobum, a director, the University 
has at last obtained possession of one of the finest athletic fields in the 
South. The 'varsity has never before had a field of its own and this 
marks an era in our athletic life. 

The chapter, though small, stands well with faculty and students 
and is in touch with every 'varsity enterprise. We believe that num- 
bers alone do not make a chapter and it is at the advice of all our 
alumni that we have held off from initiating any of the year's material, 
knowing it to be not up to the standard. Still, we are holding up our 
end in college life. Brother Reed Clarke, besides being president of 
the senior class, is business manager of the Colutnbiad^ while Brother 
Edwin K. Cutter is art editor on the same stafi. He was also on the 
staH of the ' Varsity Weekly^ but had to resign on account of lack of time. 

On other pages of the Quarterly will be seen notices of the death 
of our beloved Brother Reginald Fendall, one of Epsilon's charter mem- 
bers, and a brother to whom we were in every way indebted up to the 
time of his death. His love for everything Sigma Chi and his deep 
interest in the affairs of his old chapter and the Fraternity at large 
imbued us all with love and respect for him, 'and at his death we felt 
that we had lost a brother indeed. 

Washington, D. C, April 20, 1898. Harry C. Coburn. 


Since our last letter we have initiated three men. We wish to intro- 
duce to the Fraternity, Louis Oscar Young, Howard Boylston Young 
and Joseph Nisley Lauman, all of Middletown, Pa. The former two 


are brothers of Brother De Lanson Young. All are fine fellows and 
will prove an honor to Sigma Chi. We have also pledged two men, 
whom we expect to initiate during commencement week. 

Theta has again had the pleasure of extending her hospitality to a 
large number of her friends, and prides herself on having carried to a 
successful finish the most brilliant social event of the college year. On 
the evening of the 15th of April the chapter received, in Sigma Chi 
lodge, in honor of Brother and Mrs. John B. McPherson. The hall 
adorned by potted plants appeared even more beautiful than usual, and 
with flowers, music and a large number of guests both from our own 
town and from a distance, it was a gala evening. Above a hundred 
persons had been invited and very many accepted Theta' s courtesy. 
After refreshments had been served, the rugs were removed and the 
minutes were tripped gaily away until the "we sma' hours.'' It was a 
perfect evening, and our only regret is that you were not there. 

Our baseball team in the first game far exceeded all expectations. 
The season was opened on Saturday, April i6th, in Carlisle, with the 
strong team of the Carlisle Indian school. The game resulted in a tie, 
2-2. Brother Farnham pitched a masterly game, allowing the In- 
dians but three hits and retiring ten of them on strikes. Brothers C. 
B. Loudon and Dale, at first and second respectively, played splendid 

We are from time to time adding to the furnishings of our lodge. 
The last addition is a large quartered oak book case, which, indeed, 
greatly improves the appearance of our hall. 

We were happy to have with us at the reception Brother B. H. 
Trimmer, of Kappa. Wm. G. Leisenring. 

Gettysburg, Pa., April 20, 1898. 


Since the last letter of Kappa chapter to the Quarterly the students 
have been treated to a few surprises by the faculty, several acts have 
been passed making all courses harder, causing some consternation. 
Not the least among these new rules is the one in regard to fraternities, 
which appeared under the title of "An Act for the Improvement and 
Regulation of Fraternities in General." The part of the act which 
caused the most comment is that which requires students to complete 
successfully one year's work and receive a permit from the faculty 
before becoming a fraternity man. The fraternity found disobeying 
these acts will be placed under interdict for the first offense and expul- 
sion for the second. Class fraternities have been entirely abolished. 


The baseball season was to have opened with a game with State 
College, Saturday, April i6th, but was postponed on account of rain. 
The game will be played next Monday. The manager has arranged an 
excellent schedule for this season and the "fans" are looking forward to 
good sport. 

A quarter-mile cinder track has just been completed and is one of 
which all Bucknell may be proud. The track team goes to the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania on April 30th to contest with Gettysburg, Frank- 
lin, Marshall and Dickinson. Bucknell won this event last year and the 
indications are favorable for a second victory. 

A dual meet in field and track athletics has been arranged with State 
College, to take place the latter part of May. This is BuckneU's first 
effort in a dual meet with its old rival and the outcome remains to be 

We are glad to notice that Brother Samuel Wittenmyre, ex- Kappa, 
has made the freshman crew at Cornell. 

We have had visits from many of our alumni since our last letter. 
We are always pleased when they come to see us; for what crowd of 
*'Sigs" can not have a good time when they get together? 

Lewisburg, Pa., April 21, 1898. Bruce H. Trimmer. 


Since our last letter many events have transpired both fraternal and 
national. Three of our brothers have left college and joined the mili- 
tary corps. Boyle and Overfield, of football fame, have become mem- 
bers of Battery A, now en route for Newport News. Ed Bailey has 
attached himself to the hospital corps of the twelfth regiment. 

We have initiated one man since January, Mr. Curtis S. Foster, of 
Marion, Pa. Brother Foster is a typical "Sig" and a worthy repre- 
sentative to wear the White Cross. 

Our baseball team is in excellent condition and bids fair to do credit 
to old Pennsylvania. We have lost but one game and that one by the 
close score of 3-2 in ten innings. Brother Houston played center-field, 
and his hitting has done much toward winning games. Our track team 
is hard at work and we all look forward to another victory for Pennsyl- 
vania this spring at Mott Haven. 

We loose several men this year by graduation, but will have a good 
nucleus to begin our fall campaign. '^Exams'' are hard upon us and 
every one is trying to make hay. With best wishes to sister chapters 
from Phi Phi. Perry Wentz. 

Philadelphia, Pa., May 10, 1898. 



The Easter vacation has passed, and Alpha Rho returned with one 
less than was her membership at the beginning of the term. Brother 
Anderson has left college and intends taking up a business career; losing 
such a fine fellow and loyal <'Sig'' has been greatly felt by the chapter. 

Our baseball team bids fair to do very well before the end of the 
season. On the southern trip we won all except two games, those with 
Virginia and Georgetown, the latter being very close. Brother Homer, 
who was recently elected president of the Intercollegiate Athletic Asso- 
ciation, of Pennsylvania, represents us on the team. The series of 
games with Lafayette will undoubtedly be very close this spring and we 
expect to win from Cornell and Princeton. 

In lacrosse we expect to turn out our usual championship team. 
The first game is with Harvard and the harder games with Hopkins, 
Stevens and Crescent A. C. are played later in the season. Brother 
Edgar, who played at centre last year, will probably play third attack 
this year. 

A university Glee Club was recently organized and Brother Robert 
Farnham, Jr., has the distinction of being president. There are three 
^'Sigs" on the club and we have one on the Mandolin Club. 

We have been favored with short visits from Brother Tukal and 
Brother Miller, Alpha Rho; also Brothers Farnham and Rosenteile^ 
Theta; and Brother Whitney, of Theta Theta. 

Bethlehem, Pa., April i8, 1898. George A. Horne. 


We opened the Spring session with ten members and anticipate a 
very pleasant term. Since the opening of the term we have initiated 
Brother James Coburn Rogers, *oi, of Belief onte, Pa., whom we take 
pleasure in introducing to you as an all around "Sig." We also have 
one man wearing our pledge pin. 

Brother Davis, '98, accompanied the Mandolin Club on a trip during 
vacation. Brother Diehl, '98, represents us on the Senior Assembly 

Our prospects for a good baseball team this season are exceptionally 
encouraging. From the many applicants the team was well chosen 
by our captain. Their first game will be with Bucknell University, 
April 1 6th. 

On the evening of March loth we royally entertained Dr. Lawrence 
M. Colfelt, Iota, '69, at our chapter house. We are indeed sorry to say 
that he has accepted a call from the Oxford church, Philadelphia, 


where he will be installed April 14th. His leaving * 'State" is deeply 
regretted by everyone connected with the institution, as he was promi- 
nent in social circles and is an eloquent preacher. 

State College, Pa., April 12, 1898. Wayne T. Dimm. 



Since our last letter we have undergone the fasting and pennance of 
Lent which consummated in Intermediate examinations and now a large 
majority of us are repeating that trite but true bit of doggerel, <<0f all 
sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest is: I've flunked again.'' 

But by the way, we have a ball team this year which under the able 
captainship of Brother Snyder is steadily carving its way to fame if not 
to fortune. On the 28th of March we played our first game of the 
season with our old friends of the Virginia Military Institute and admin- 
istered the defeat which they have come to expect from years of repeti- 
tion to the tune of 8-6. On the 2nd of April we played the Boston 
National League team at Lynchburg and made a remarkably good 
.showing, the final score being only 6-1 in favor of the bean eaters. 
On the 6th we defeated Maryland Agricultural College by a score of 
17-8 and were defeated by Lehigh on the 8th by the score of 14-8, 
which was only due to the fact that our team missed a train and had to 
drive 40 miles over bad roads to meet their engagement. 

^^The Calyx^^^ our college annual, promises to excel itself this year. 
Brother Snyder is business manager and Brother Fitzhugh, assistant 
business manager and an illustrator. 

The past week has seen the boat crews on the river after months of 
hard training in the ''gym." Among the many candidates are Brothers 
Bonnie, Fitzhugh and Tucker, while Brothers Houston and Shields are 
£ghting each other for the position of coxswain. 

We were glad to meet Brothers Reed and Home who came over 
with the Lehigh baseball team. We have also had a visit from Brother 
Allen, of Psi. J. R. Tucker, Jr. 

Lexington, Va., April 10, 1898. 


We wish to introduce Brother Stephen Russel Mallory Kennedy to 
our sister chapters. Brother Kennedy is our fourth man this year. We 
have been very careful in the choice of men and may boast a chapter 


worthy of any college. Brother Boogher reentered college for the secoDd 
term. Brother Griffith left college on account of his health but we ex- 
pect him to return in September. 

Brother James M. Liddell, Eta, who did so much to found Tau, will 
speak here in June. It will be a great pleasure for the members of re- 
vived Tau to meet the founder of the old chapter. 

Roanoke will soon publish the first volume of an annual. Brothers 
Paca, Kennedy and Logan are on the editor's staff of this volume. 

The College ball team has not played many games but it hopes ta 
meet all college teams of Virginia before the season ends. 

Tau sends her sister chapters greetings and best wishes for a pleas- 
ant vacation. John S. Logan. 

Salem, Va., April 26, 1898. 


Old Psi is Still prospering. We have representatives in everything, 
and lead in almost all. We now consider ourselves in better condition 
than we have been for years, which is saying a great deal. 

We would like to introduce our two new brothers: George Ambrose 
Allen, Jr., Erie, Pa., and John Adams, Lynchburg, Va. Brother Allen 
is substitute pitcher on the team. Brother Adams played center on the 
second football team. 

Our baseball team has been very successful so far, having beaten 
Lehigh, Lafayette and Yale whom we beat 9-0, besides several unim- 
portant games, all of which we won. Brother Wm. A. Martin plays 
short-stop. He also played end on the football team and is considered 
the best all-around athlete in the university. Brother Philip P. Steptoc 
plays third base and is considered one of the best men we have ever 
had here. 

At our gymnasium tournament Brother A. W. (Sandow) Moore was 
captain of the "gym" team. Brothers (Sandow) Moore and E. Lee 
Trinkle are on the Glee Club, of which Trinkle is the manager. He is 
also manager of College Topics^ our weekly. Brother P. H. Drewry is 
our representative on the annual ** Corks and Curls.'* 

We are well represented in all the clubs and societies here. Our 
chapter has eighteen members of which at least twelve are coming back. 

We held our province convention at Zeta chapter, Washington and 
Lee University, and we wish that all our provinces may have as suc- 
cessful a one as we did. George A, W, Frazer. 

Charlottsville, Va., April 11, 1898. 



Again we are delighted to announce to our sister chapters that every- 
thing is running very smoothly at Gamma Gamma. Owing to scarcity 
of good men we did not attempt to enlarge our number the second half, 
and now do not hope to report any initiates before next session. We 
have very bright prospects for the future. The miajority of our men 
expect to return and every one with the resolved purpose of making 
Gamma Gamma one of the foremost chapters in the Sigma Chi world. 

Our baseball team has been very unfortunate this season. We have 
had rain almost continually and good, systematic practice has been out 
of the question. In the two games we have played we were defeated, 
first by Fredericksburg and then by the Maryland Agricultural College. 
Brother James Hugh Neville represents us on the team in right field. 
We hope for better days. 

The annual debate of the Washington Literary Society took place 
Friday night, April 8th. Everyone is very much interested in the joint 
commencement to be held in Lynchburg, Virginia, June 6th to loth. 
The five Randolph-Macon institutions combine for a joint celebration. 
We hope to make it the biggest thing of its kind ever held in the state. 
The Field Day will be one of the most prominent features. 

Quiet reigns supreme in fraternity circles here, and the year has 
been especially marked by the splendid feeling between the different 

Wishing all of our sister chapters the greatest success. 

Ashland, Va., April 13, 1898. Henry Lyman Johnson. 


Since our last communication nothing has occurred to mar the hap- 
piness of our members, and now with the approach of commencement 
and all its gaieties we feel that soon our delightful intercourse with 
one another will be brought to a close. Our chapter will lose only one 
by graduation and our prospects for next year are very encouraging. 

The baseball team has not met with much success as yet, but with a 
new pitcher and third baseman, we look for better luck in our approach- 
ing games. Captain Henden at second base and Wyly and Somers- 
ville as subs represent us on the team. 

Track athletics have never been given much prominence here, but 
this year great interest has been awakened and a number of men have 
gone into training for the contests which come off in May. Brother 
Stuart is manager of the track team. 


At last the chapters of the second province have had a convention. 
Failure after failure has characterized every previous attempt and this 
meeting is entirely due to the efforts of Grand Praetor Trinkle, whose 
noble zeal and untiring, loyal devotion has surmounted every obstacle 
and passed triumphantly through every storm. We had a glorious time 
and one never to be forgotten by the participants. A detailed account 
will be found elsewhere. 

Brother Trinkle paid us a visit about two weeks ago, which was 
greatly enjoyed by all. 

Theta Nu Epsilon, by mutual consent of its members, has been 
dissolved and is no longer in college, but other local clubs and organiza- 
tions are springing into prominence. 

Should any "Sigs" be passing this way, our doors are cordially 
thrown open to them. D. F. Stuart. 

Hampden-Sidney, Va., April ii, 1898. 


Since our last letter to the Quarterly nothing worthy of note has 
transpired to disturb the even tenor of our way. 

Our record on the diamond so far has been: Lafayette vs. Univer- 
sity of North Carolina, 19-9 and 7-9; Johns Hopkins vs. University of 
North Carolina, 0-20; University of Pennsylvania, 0-4. 

Thanks to the hospitality of Zeta Chapter, the provincial conventioD 
last March was a great success. We have many thanks to shower on 
the boys of Zeta for the cordial welcome which they gave us and we 
hope some day to have the honor of reciprocating it. But we must not 
forget to mention Brother £. Lee Trinkle, a whole host in himself, a 
genuine enthusiast, whose enthusiasm is of a most contagious kind, nor 
must we fail to congratulate him on the success of the convention. His 
name shall be great in Israel. 

There are other things worthy of mention, other notables to praise 
and we must give the others a chance, but ere we close our columns 
Alpha Tau would like to wish you one and all a safe and speedy trip 
across that ocean of academic woe — Spring examinations. 

Chapel Hill, N. C, April 13, 1898. Charles E. J. Jones. 



We feel that at this period we may as safely predict what will be the 
close of Alpha's year, as to sum up all the success and achievements 


ince last September. Everything is running along with the same spirit 
ind attending cheerful prospect that has constantly attended us. Next 
une will find us closing one of the most successful years in all of our 
listory. The number of active members at this time is 14. We also 
lave two pledges. Since our last letter we have pledged Mr. Reader^ 
)f Dayton, O., 1901, a good student, who has already made a particularly 
^ood showing in track athletics. 

Brother George M. Hayner has accepted a position in Dayton and 
KTill not be with us the rest of the year. 

Brother Ganett, '98, our Worthy Consul, has been ill for the past 
our weeks with typhoid fever, but at present is some better and we 
lope to soon have him with us again. 

We have but one man in the graduating class, however that has this 
lecidedly pleasant feature, that we will have a good strong membership 
)ack at the opening next year. 

Plans have been discussed and decided upon for a sumptuous ban- 
quet here during commencement week. A large number of our alumni 
<rill be here and the event will be a brilliant affair, such only as the 
estive fraternal "Sig" can give. 

Brother C. Flint Kline, '00, of Portsmouth, Ohio, has not returned 
rom his spring vacation, on account of illness. From recent reports he 
dll soon be with us, however. 

Serenading time has come and we hope to soon be in the field with 
11 ''kinds of music" at "all kinds of times" and keeping up our estab- 
Lshed reputation, which is the best in school. 

Oxford, Ohio, April 11, 1898. G. W. Sullenberger. 


As spring kindles into life and opens all the hundred gates of her 
>aradise, we find the Gamma boys shaking hands, and the frank and 
erene friendship of last term bursts forth anew. We are too modest to 
lish up our own encomiums but certainly we are deserving of many. A 
lew piano graces our hall and if a wanderer would have passed our way 
he last evening of last term, he would have been convinced of the fact 
hat the '<Sigs" were drinking in draughts of pleasure. The reception 
A that evening to our lady friends is one treasured in memory. One 
ancied himself in dreamland as he tripped the light fantastic and in- 
laled the air perfumed with fragrant flowers. Every apartment was the 
cene of transient gaiety and characterized by elegance, bespeaking a 
lelicate and graceful taste and a disposition to the highest enjoyment. 

We are suffering this term from the loss of four of our old members^ 


yet the "new adjuncts" seem more than a compensation. We take 
great pleasure in introducing to the general Fraternity, Brother C. E. 
Neil, for he is the embodiment of those personal qualities that will ever 
win. His natural genius finds its home in impersonation, and the va- 
rious characters whose similitudes are reproduced by his skill, are 
standards and a resource for subsequent aspirants. He is the Professor 
of Oratory in Dennison University and also an assistant Professor of 
this college, and Gamma considers herself honored as she looks upon 
the "White Cross" that adorns his person. Brother Thornhill com« 
to us from Alpha Iota. We find him very congenial and must tender 
our thanks unto our sister Fraternity for this brother, who has the 
inherent qualities of a true "Sig." 

As we scan the ball field we see Brothers Thalmans and Thornhill 
throwing the ball with the grace of a professional. They are good can- 
didates for the positions for which they are striving and if the fates are 
propitious we hope to have them as our representatives on the team. 
We are sanguine in our expectations for this term and when we say we 
are at the top in the Fraternity atmosphere of this college, we are not 
practicing self-praise. From many sources have issued the words, ''the 
^Sigs* are the people,*' and the ones from which they came can not 
be classed as sycophants. When a brother comes to our city he will 
always find the latch string hanging out. May Sigma Chi prosper and 
become the acme of fraternities, is our hope and the ultimatum toward 
which we strive. D. H. Leas. 

Delaware, Ohio, April 13, 1898. 


Since our last letter we have had the pleasure of initiating Frank 
Wright into Sigma Chi. Brothers Jones, Lacey and Allen, of Alpha 
Gamma, were over and assisted in the ceremony. Brother Wright is a 
member of the class of '01, is a good athlete, and is already taking & 
high rank in his classes. He gives promise of becoming one of the 
leaders in our school life. 

Brother Canby has been chosen as one of the four speakers for com- 
mencement day and Dwight Sample, one of our pledged men, is valedic- 
torian of the graduating class of Doane Academy. This honor comes 
as a reward for receiving the highest average grade during the past two 

Our ball and track teams have been hard at work during the past 
two weeks and hope to make a good showing this spring. Brother 
Howard Lewis is assistant manager of the ball team, while Brothers 


Wright, Sample and Struble are candidates for positions. Brother 
Hutson will probably hold down second base. 

Our commandant, Capt. Chas. £. Rockefeller, has been ordered to 
report at headquarters on account of the unpleasantness with Spain, 
and during his absence, Brother Colby, captain of Company B, is prac- 
tically in charge of affairs. Brother C. A. Wiltsee, Mu, '97, has received 
a commission from the Secretary of War, at Washington, and may possi- 
bly see some active service in case volunteers are needed. The cadets 
have been eagerly looking forward to going into camp in May, but the 
prospects now are that their encampment will have to be abandoned. 

The attendance this term is slightly greater than that of last term 
and work in all departments is progressing nicely. The new Shepard- 
son Music Hall was opened to the public last Monday night by Professor 
Engwerson, Director of the Shepardson Conservatory of Music. It is a 
beauty and will be of great service to the musical department. 

Granville, O., April 20, 1898. 


During the winter months everything has been very quiet in College 
but with the spring the boys have begun practicing for the ball team. 
We have games with all of the largest colleges in Kentucky and a very 
good chance to win every game played. 

Brother Ernest Van Winkle, a younger brother of Dickie Van Winkle, 
who played third base for five years on the college team, is trying for 
right field and his chances are good. 

Since our last letter we have not taken in any new men as we thought 
it advisable to have only the best men in College and not men that the 
other fraternities would not have. 

Brothers Emerson, Mize, Bell, Cheek, Corn and Swango, all old 
Zeta Zeta men, have visited us this year. 

The senior class of '97 issued a college annual called the **Eccentric.** 
The class of '98 will issue another this year and it promises to be even 
better than the one of last year. 

The laboratory and electrical department have been greatly improved 
in the last two years. One of the class of '96 came back to take a 
course in electricity this year. 

Our Law School under the supervision of ex-Governor Proctor 
Knott is the finest law school in Kentucky. 

Zeta Zeta sends greetings to all sister chapters. 

_ .,, _. ... Q - Ernest Smith. 

Danville, Ky., April 11, 1898. 



The active chapter has inaugurated a series of meetings occurring 
the first and third Saturday evenings of each month. At these meet- 
ings from fifteen to twenty of the alumni are always present. After 
mingling socially together, an informal address is delivered by some 
one of the prominent **Sigs" residing in the city. At the first meeting 
Judge Ferris, whom all know to be a true blue and gold Sigma Chi, told 
some of his experiences while a ''Sig" at Dennison and then gave a 
glowing description of what a Sigma Chi and a Sigma Chi chapter ought 
to be. At the next meeting Professor Sproul of the university gave us 
an address upon the influence of Sigma Chi on the college and vice 
versa. The third meeting. Chaplain R. R. Springer, of Ft. Thomas, 
who has had a close connection with the inner life of the Fraternity for 
many years, gave us a thorough review and explanation of the secret 
work of the Fraternity. 

The members of the active chapter have been trying their catering 
abilities upon their brothers with varying success, but as yet no one has 
succumbed to any of the marvelous combinations which have been got- 
ten up. The meetings always end in a rousing round of Sigma Chi 

Brother Robert P. Toban, '96, Cornell, paid a visit to the chapter 
several weeks ago. Brother John A. Caldwell, Jr., '99, Cornell, also 
spent several days with the '*Sigs" while at home for the Easter 

The chapter spent a very pleasant evening at the home of Brothers 
George and Ernest Diehl, Friday, April 8th. We had the pleasure of 
meeting a number of **fair" Sigma Chis and hope the pleasure was 

On Saturday evening, April 9th, we accepted the cordial invitation of 
Brother Springer to spend the evening at his home in Ft. Thomas. 
After a thorough review of the secret work, we returned to the city, 
much refreshed in mind and body. Louis B. Blake more. 

Cincinnati, O., April 15, 1898. 


It is with no small degree of pleasure and gratification that we can 
again report to our sister chapters the continued and unbroken progress 
of Lambda Lambda. We believe her every member is worthy of the 
esteem and love of the entire brotherhood — not because of fame achieved 
or victories won, but because of sterling worth and noble endeavor — 
the truest marks of real manhood. 


Since our last letter another of the sons of our college has cast his 
lot with ours — Brother Arthur Vane Lester, '00, of Williamsburg, Ky. 
It is not too much to say that he is in every respect the peer of any of 
any of our faithful band. 

Brother James H. Wells, Delta Delta, now assistant Professor of 
Mechanical Engineering in Kentucky State College, has accepted the 
position of Dean of the Engineering Department in Montana University. 
It is with deep regret that we contemplate his departure from our midst, 
but our loss is Montana's gain. We certainly wish for him every possi- 
ble success in his new field of labor, and he will carry with him our love 
and esteem. 

Kentucky State College continues to enjoy a healthy growth. Re- 
cently it has been decided to remove the headquarters of the State 
Geological Survey from Frankfort, Ky., to the college, and it is proba- 
ble that a new chair of Mining Engineering will soon be added. 

The baseball season has begun in earnest and a large number of the 
boys are taking an active interest in this healthful and popular sport. 

On Friday night, April ist, the annual contest of the State Intercol- 
legiate Oratorical Association was held at the opera house in this city. 
Scores of students from the several colleges outside of Lexington were 
in attendance, and among them were Brothers Swango and Van Winkle, 
of Danville, whom we were delighted to see. F. D. Bullock. 

Lexington, Ky., April 15, 1898. 


Firmly intrenched in her own chapter house, Mu Mu stands seven- 
teen strong. Fourteen of the **01d Guard" still in service and three 
new recruits. The three initiates are A. G. Tait, '99, Morgan town, W. 
Va., A. W. Smith, '00, Philippi, W. Va., and H. A. Garrison, *oi, 
Wadestown, W. Va. We know that all who may ever meet these bro- 
thers will find them, as we have found them — worthy. In the chapter 
house, called our **Home,** we find comfort, freedom, and all the bene- 
fits that close association of **Sigs" can bring. Our **Home" is a 
conveniently located brick house of eleven rooms, and first sheltered us 
"Greeks" March the third. 

During the first few days after we had established ourselves in these 
new quarters, the Sigma Chi girls were busy; and now beautiful curtains 
and dainty bureau covers add greatly to the comfort and beauty of 
''some" of the rooms. Your humble scribe begs leave to say that his 
room is not so beautified, and that the above statement was made in 
justice to those whose windows were curtained and whose bureaus were 


covered in the manner related. He supposes, that as his room is located 
in the back part of the building, lace curtains are not needed. But, 
however, Mu Mu challenges any sister chapter for better proofs of the 
loyalty of "Sig" girls. Since the "Settlement/' March 3, we have re- 
ceived visits from Brothers Miller, Beta, '93; Haught, Mu Mu, '96, and 
Yost, Mu Mu, '97. We learn that Brother Yost will coach the Univer- 
sity of Nebraska football team next fall. He is one of our most active 
alumni, and we are sorry that he will be so far away. But our loss will 
be to Alpha Epsilon, a gain. On the baseball team we are sure of hav- 
ing one representative. Brother McWhorter, whose position is third 
base. Brother Romine is arranging a fine football schedule for '98. 
We will play Virginia at Charleston, November 14th. Several of the 
boys will remain here during the summer quarter. Brother Knutti, '97, 
Professor in Fairmont Normal, will also attend the University this sum- 
mer. With best wishes for sister chapters and a glad welcome for aU 
"Sigs" who come to Morgantown. Bernard H. Trussbll. 

Morgantown, W. Va., April 9, 1898. 


Sigma Chi at the Ohio State University is at present in a better con- 
dition than she has been for several years. At the beginning of this 
year we had seven men. During the year we have initiated six men. 
Since our last letter we have initiated Loyd P. DeGolley, of Mt. Gilead, 
Ohio; R. S. Frame, Jr., of Cambridge, Ohio, and Louis T. Peck, of 
Staunton, Va. Brother DeGolley was compelled to leave school on ac- 
count of sickness. We regret this very much, as he was a worthy 
brother. He had received bids from three of the leading fraternities 
here before we bid him. Brother Frame is one of the leading members 
of the freshman class. He plays the euphonium in the Cadet Band, 
which is the leading musical organization of the college. Brother Peck 
possesses all the humor and congeniality for which southern boys are 
Justly famed. He is one of the best musicians in the institution. He 
will, in all probability, coach for the 'varsity this spring. We will be 
represented in track athletics by Brother Jones in the shot and hammer 
and by the writer in the broad jump. 

We have been unfortunate that during the year five of our number 
have been compelled to drop out of school, four of Ihem permanently. 

At our last meeting we decided to extend an invitation to the chap- 
ters of the Third Province to hold the provincial convention in this city. 
We do not intend this invitation as a mere formality, but we have made 
arrangements among the brothers and resident alumni for the entertain- 


ment of the visiting delegates. We have selected May 20th, high-school 
day as most convenient for us. 

At present we have nine members and are not particularly anxious 
to materially increase our numbers. Alpha Gamma has always been 
conservative, and we believe a chapter should resemble a family rather 
than a club. With best wishes for all sister chapters we are yours in 
the bonds of Sigma Chi. Edward H. Allen. 

Columbus, Ohio, April 11, 1898. 



Brothers Ahl, Cooper, Kline and Whetsel did not return this term. 
That leaves us with eleven men. But we have our eyes open and will 
introduce some new **Sig'' brothers in our next letter. 

Our new athletic field was dedicated Saturday, when Indiana defeated 
the State Normal team, 24-5. Brother Rodney Willson plays short- 
stop. Brothers Hill and Bordner may be on the team before the end 
of the season. Brother Heyn is assistant manager, Brother Sembower, 
manager, and the writer, official scorer. With the return of an old pitcher 
we expect to win the state championship. This year we meet our old 
rival, DePauw, a week from Saturday. The prospect for a track team 
this year is very good. There is to be an interclass meet, and the men 
to go to the state meet will be selected from those participating in the 
class contests. 

There have been 720 students enrolled this term, making a total en- 
rollment for the year 1,035. This is the largest enrollment the Univer- 
sity has ever had, and this is the best year of its history. 

Our chapter has been prospering and keeping pace with the college. 
We expect to attend the Provincial Convention in a body. 

Bloomington, Ind., April 16, 1898. M. C. Bradley. 


The third term at De Pauw opened with a slight increase in attend- 
ance; Xi chapter, however, was unfortunate in losing three of her men, 
Brother Charles Hamrick and Brother McFadden, who remained at 
home this term, and Brother Williamson, who is in school at Butler. 

Baseball is the all-absorbing topic at present. The prospects for a 
good team at De Pauw are brighter than ever before. Brother Haynes 
is captain, and covers center-field in great shape. On April 19th, the 


Indianapolis Industrial Training School was defeated 13-4; on April 
i6th, University of Indianapolis went down by a score of 7-4. Pur- 
due was defeated on April i8th, 16-6. If the team maintains its 
present good record it will again hold the state college championship. 

We acknowledge visits from Brothers Walton, Darnall and William- 
son of Butler, and Brother Slicker of Purdue. 

Greencastle, Ind., April 21, 1898. Fred M. Starr. 


Providence has been unusually kind this year, and together with our 
seven pledges we now number fourteen men. You may judge of the 
strong local pull we have when we are able to report eight out of the 
fourteen live in either Irvington or Indianapolis. 

Brother Earl Williamson, a well known **Sig" dropped in unexpect- 
edly this term and entered school in time to help spike Mr. Otto Dar- 
nell, 1900, of Lebanon, Indiana. We initiated Mr. Darnell on the 8th, 
Brothers Schleicher and Burdette, of Delta Delta, being with us. We 
have also pledged Mr. Edmund Weeks, '03, of Alexandria, Ind., who 
promises of the best "Sig** material. 

For the first time in years the *'Sigs" have gotten into college poli- 
tics, with the result that Fred Barrett, a pledge, is captain of the base- 
ball nine while Brother Walton plays center-field. Brother Powell is 
also manager of the freshman team, which is the best in the state. 
Brothers Walton, Duvell and Sweeney represent us on the Glee Club, 
and Brother Sweeney was appointed by the faculty as one of the editors 
of the Collegian. • Brothers Walton and Powell were on the Washington 
Birthday committee, which is about the only elective honor left since 
athletics have been put into the hands of a board of control. Brother 
Sweeney was selected as Chairman of the University Day Celebrations, 
at which affair there were several thousand people. 

We have just completed the improvements on our new hall, which 
is now by far the handsomest at Butler. As all the boys dance, the 
new hardwood floor is quite a welcome addition. We gave our opening 
dance on the fifteenth, and a large number of our alumni were present. 
I hope our sister chapters will enjoy the same fine time we are -antici- 
pating this spring. Joseph Irwin Sweeney. 

Irvington, Ind., April 19, 1898. 


It is with great pleesure that Chi once more communicates with her 
sister chapters. Since our last letter, life at Hanover has been quiet, 


lot only for the students, but also for the inhabitants of the town ; at 
he present time all is an uproar, as war has been the means of stirring 
ip the people, and their former motto, <* let us have peace,'' has been 
:hanged to, "let us have war." Regardless of all this turmoil, the loyal 
mbjects of Sigma Chi, ever mindful of the tie that binds us all in one, 
lave a motto which is the same yesterday, to-day, and forever, namely, 
* Let brotherly love continue. * * 

The past term was spent in good solid work, and we all feel greatly 
benefited by it, having performed our duties faithfully. With the close 
)f the winter term and the opening of the spring term, the mind of the 
student turns to thoughts of out-door recreation, and as a result of this, 
ve have a baseball team of which Hanover may well be proud. The 
)rospects this season are very bright, and it is with great pleasure we 
innounce to our sister chapters that our pledged man, one who will some 
lay add new lustre to our White Cross, George Heckman, of Fort 
iVayne, Indiana, is captain of the team. 

As to college honors, Chi has her share, but not satisfied with these 
»mall mercies, we press on toward greater things. Our chapter house 
las now become home indeed, as we are eating in it, and with Phi Phi 
^e can say, ''there is nothing like it." 

Hanover, Ind., April 11, 1898. John Boden. 



Since the February issue of the Quarterly, Omega has lost four 
cien: Brothers Wing and McGrew and C. C. Sloan and F. M. Condit. 
Mother Wing has entered the Law Department and Brother McGrew 
las a fine position in the Chicago Public Library. While the loss of 
hese men leaves Omega with but ten active members, our strength is 
mdiminished and we still hold our rank, which is first, among the fra- 
emities at Northwestern. 

Brother Pendleton has covered himself and the Fraternity with glory. 
ie was awarded second place in the preliminaries for the Northern 
)ratorical League Contest, to be held in Evanston in May, and won the 
lage Prize for extemporaneous speaking; two of the greatest honors in 
he University. 

The joint meetings of the active chapter and the alumni have now 
ecome established events in the life of Omega. Papers have been 
sad by Brothers Bross, Booth and Dr. Davis, and each one was greatly 
ppreciated and enjoyed by the hearers. 


The 'varsity Glee, Banjo and Mandolin Clubs will end a very suc- 
cessful season by giving a concert at Wheaton, 111., Saturday, April 
23rd. Brother McGrew is on the Banjo Club and Brother Cleveland on 
the Glee Club. 

Brothers Rawlins and Cleveland are on the cast for the freshman 
<<Trig Cremation" and Brother Rawlins is captain and third baseman of 
the '01 baseball team. 

We have two men pledged who will be in eVery way honors to Sigtna 
Chi, whom we hope to introduce next year as brothers. They are 
Loring Calkins, of Evanston, and Clare Hester, of Chicago. 

Omega still holds first place as a social ''frat" and despite the fac- 
ulty rule of "one party a year," we have given several very enjoyable 

Doctor Dudley visited the chapter a few weeks ago and was voted by 
all, who had the honor of meeting him, a "royal fellow." 

Evanston, Illinois, April 21st, 1898. Paul W. Cleveland. 


Theta Theta can not open her letter better than by introducing to 
her sister chapters Brother John Frederick McLean, 1900, of Menomi- 
nee, Michigan. Brother McLean is considered one of the best all- 
around athletes in the University and his popularity is shown by the fact 
that at the recent Athletic Association election he was chosen as one of 
the directors by the highest vote cast for any candidate. 

Since our last letter we have received visits from William A. Niles, 
Alpha Pi, and Hugh Law, ex-' 99. During the session of the Michigan 
Schoolmaster's Club, the Classical Conference and the Michigan Acad- 
emy of Science, we made the acquaintance of George W. Loomis, Smith 
Burnham and W. S. White, all old Aplha Pi men. 

On January 28th the chapter gave an informal card and dancing 
party. On February 2^ Mrs. Professor F. M. Taylor, Omega, '76, enter- 
tained very pleasantly the upper classmen of the chapter and their 
young lady friends, and on February i8th the junior hop took place. 
The following afternoon we gave an informal card and chafing dish 
party at which the ladies were presented with Sigma Chi souvenirs. A 
full dress dancing party was the order of the evening and Sunday was 
spent in music and driving. 

The Freshman Glee Club, led by Brother Magby and managed by 
Henry Danforth, a pledge, gave a very successful concert and hop. At 
the coming freshman banquet we are fortunate in having Brother Kittle- 
man on the reception committee and Brother Howard Richardson to give 


a toast. On the sophomore hop committees we received the office of 
chairman of the reception committee, which was filled by Brother 

In athletics Michigan has a good outlook this Spring. The baseball 
team has been playing well in its practice games and the track team is 
rapidly getting into shape under the guidance of trainer Tom Cox. A 
relay team is to be sent to Philadelphia to compete in the national 
intercollegiate relay race. The 'varsity tennis prospects are also excep- 
tionally bright. 

Ann Arbor, Mich., April 10, 1898. Charles F. Delbridge. 


Kappa Kappa now has an active membership of twenty-five men, 
having lately initiated Frank T. Sperry, '98, of Champaign, Charles 
Chamberlain, '01, of Hoopston, Otto Webb, '00, of Bement, and George 
John Grifl5th, '99, Savannah. Besides these valuable additions, Brother 
George Bassett Williams, Washington, D. C, Alpha Rho, '99, has 
entered the University and has affiliated with the chapter. **Slim" is 
certainly a fine fellow and a loyal '<Sig.'' Our local alumni have been 
strengthened by the return of Brother Burnham, and Brother Carson 
has deserted a St. Louis bank and reentered the University. 

Illinois' baseball prospects are indeed bright, having defeated North- 
western easily, although we lo€t to Michigan in a very close ten-inning 
game. We are represented on the team by Brothers McGill and Joy, 
catcher and pitcher respectively, while Brother Adsit is a thriving can- 
didate. The Rock Island team, which was engaged for a series of 
twelve games, have furnished good practice, and have placed the team 
on a winning basis. 

We have recently purchased a billiard table, and expect to enter 
new quarters next fall. 

We acknowledge pleasant visits from Brother Mills of Theta Theta 
and Brothers Beadle, Hudson, Cross, Nye, Lewis and Stone of our own 
alumni. Fred H. Wilson. 

Champaign, 111., April 17, 1898. 


Since our last letter a few changes have taken place in our ranks. 
Brother De Graff having received his degree has accepted a professor- 
ship in Highland Park College, at Des Moines, Iowa. He carried with 
him our combined regrets, congratulations and blessings. The addi- 
tions to our roll comprise one transfer. Brother MacCarthy, from Omega, 


and one initiate, Warren Mclntire, of Miles City, Montana, whom we 
are proud to introduce. Both are freshmen. We have another man 
pledged, and expect to pay our respects to him in a week or two. 

But the greatest change we have to record is the removal of Brother 
Newman Miller to Albion, Mich. His departure is a source of regret to 
the entire chapter. 

We have had the pleasure of entertaining a number of the Beloit 
"Sigs" who came here with their ball team. They gave us glowing re- 
ports of the condition of Alpha Zeta, and considering them as samples, 
we readily accepted their tales of success. Through Brother Opitz we 
also heard from Nu Nu. "Doc" reports them strong in numbers, 
royal good fellows and loyal **Sigs." 

We hope that the coming athletic season will bring many "Sigs*' 
here from our sister chapters. We will not be satisfied unless all such 
hunt us up. The address is No. 5716 Kimbark Ave., and we have the 
door decorated with a gold aad blue sign, so you can't miss the place. 
With greeting to all **Sigs." M. E. Coleman. 

Chicago, 111., April 16, 1898. 


Since our last writing we have passed through the winter term with 
its examinations, and all of Alpha Zeta's members reported at the be- 
ginning of the spring term, last Tuesday. 

Our chapter is in flourishing condition. Our number, 20, is the 
largest it has ever been, and we expect to add three more in a week or 
two. We lose a larger number than usual, with '98, and are look- 
ing ahead a little. February 5th we received into the chapter three 
men in every way worthy of the honors conferred upon them, and 
are glad to introduce to the Fraternity at large. Brother Elbert E. Loch- 
ridge, '98, Elkhorn ; Edward B. Brown, '01, Beloit, and Edward A. 
Purdy, '01, Waukon, Iowa. 

The upper story of our house is now being finished and we have 
fifteen men living there this term, with plenty of room for any brothers 
who may visit Beloit. 

Alpha Zeta has been prominent in every branch of college activity. 
Brothers Moore and McCuskey won first and second places at the Home 
Oratorical Contest, and Brothers Hecox, Moore and McCuskey received 
the honor of oratorical appointments for commencement. Brothers 
Lyman, Mussey and McQueen and one of our pledged men were elected 
to the Preliminary Oratorical Contest for next year and Brother Lyman 
is one of the leaders of the Knox-Beloit debate, which occurs at Gales- 


burg, April 15th. Brother Mussey had the star part in the Greek play 
presented by the sophomore class, March 4th. Brother McCuskey 
managed the successful trip of the Musical Clubs, on which Brothers 
Fenton and Riggs had positions. We also have eight men with the 
baseball team, which visits Purdue, Ann Arbor, Wisconsin, Minnesota, 
Northwestern, and De Pauw Universities on its trip. 

The Interstate Collegiate Oratorical contest will be held in Beloit, 
May 8th. Brother McCaw, as Vice-President of the association, has 
the affair in charge. 

We have received very pleasant visits from Brother E. H. Pence, 
Chi, '89, who is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at Janesville, 
and Brother E. W. St. John, Omega, '96, of Rockford. Brother H. A. 
Ruger, '95, and George Greene and G. F. Loomis, '96, have also made 
short stops at the house. Of the other two fraternities in college, Phi 
Kappa Psi has ten members, and Beta Theta Pi eighteen. 

We have not yet seen the Grand Praetor, and would be glad if he 

might find time to run up in the near future. _ t- 

T5 1 % xxr A 1 Q o Edmund Enright. 

Beloit, Wis., April 11, 1898. 


Interest at the Illinois Wesleyan has begun to center about com- 
mencement week. For some time the thoughts of the faculty and stu- 
dents have been turned toward it, and now the time of action has ar- 
rived. Committees have been appointed to arrange various phases of 
the work, and plans are being formulated rapidly. This year will mark 
the beginning of a new epoch, for during commencement week the Rev. 
Doctor Smith, the president-elect, will be inaugurated. It is intended 
to make the combination commencement and inaugural one of the 
grandest affairs in the history of the college, and the week beginning 
June i2th will be filled with good things from beginning to end. 

Sigma Chi will lose five by graduation, viz.: Brothers N. R. Wil- 
liams and J. B. Colwell from the literary, and Brothers James Riley, 
W. L. Martin and R. S. Dyas from the law. Each of these depart- 
ments will graduate a class of about twenty. 

Society here during the season of Lent has been very quiet, but now 
that that is over it is expected that the social advocates will whirl the 
faster to regain the lost time. The spring season is always one of great 
activity for Wesleyan "Sigs,** and although it is yet a little early for 
such we have begun to project numerous picnics and excursions to take 
place when the season shall become favorable. 

Manager Hoblit, of the Wesleyan team, was unable to arrange a 


schedule of games, owing to a delay in the organization of the team, 
and the team has disbanded, so we will consequently have no rep- 
resentative in the field. Tennis is in great favor this year, and a tourna- 
ment has been arranged with the State Normal School, to be played 
this spring. 

The attendance at the Wesleyan seems to grow less and less. Great 
things are hoped for in the advent of Dr. Smith, but should they not 
be realized and the attendance continue on the decline, frankly, we 
see no hope for its long life. The "Sigs'' have done no aggressive 
work. There is a woeful lack of material, and while we who are inside 
the veil, have kept our lamps trimmed and brightly burning before the 
shrine of the White Cross, we have not been able to add new and worthy 
knights to our retinue. But perhaps I grow pessimistic, and a favora- 
ble time is really drawing near. ^ ^ r^ 

Ol • * Til A 1 Q o J- ^- COLWELL. 

Bloomington, 111., April lo, 1898. •* 


Since our last letter we have initiated two fine fellows, and we take 
great pleasure in introducing to the Fraternity, William £. Finnegan, 
law, '00, of Green Bay, Wis., and Tracy Bunker, '01, of Woodstock, 

We regret very much that Brother Kalvalege, '01, will not be with 
us the remainder of the year. He has accepted a position in Milwau- 
kee, with his father. 

At the time of the ''Junior Prom" we enjoyed short visits from 
Brothers £. M. Dexter, Alpha Lambda, '92 ; Ross Cornish, Alpha 
Lambda, '97, and John Schempf, Alpha Alpha, '97. Since then wc 
have had short visits from Brothers Fenton, Alpha Zeta ; Martin Rein- 
laub, Alpha Lambda, '96, and Gustav WoUeager, Alpha Lambda, law, 


The chapter is elated over the success of Brother William C. Leitch, 

Alpha Alpha, law, '96, who was elected Mayor of Columbus, Wis., at 

the last election. 

Wisconsin has produced the finest baseball team this year that she 
has had in several years, and we expect great things from it before the 
season is over. Last Saturday, April i6th, we played Northwestern, 
beating them 15-6. 

Fraternity circles have been widened by the addition of a new 
sorority. Delta Delta Delta was installed with a charter membership of 
nine, just before the Easter recess. 

Fraternities are looking forward to the annual interscholastic meet, 


which is to be held here in May. It is always a very advantageous time 
to do some "rushing" and Alpha Lambda hopes to capture her share ' 
of men. 

The new song books have arrived and are liked very much by the 
chapter. We expect to have many a jolly evening now singing the new 
•*Sig*' songs. 

Alpha Lambda's chapter house at 19 Mendota court, is always open 
for any "Sigs" who may happen to come to Madison, and we sincerely 
hope that none will come without giving us a call. 

Madison, Wis., April 22, 1898. Stuart H. Sheldon. 


The history of Alpha Pi, since our last letter, has been one of pro- 
gress in college circles, and although we have not given the **Sig" grip 
to any new men we are presenting a solid front to the enemy and are 
prepared to take advantage of every opportunity of adding to the glory 
of Sigdom in Albion College. 

The martial spirit o{ the times finds our patriotism of the firmest. 
The stars and stripes, together with the blue and gold, are floating above 
our chapter lodge. When the Cuban resolutions were reported from 
Washington the '<Sigs'' armed themselves with muskets and sent up 
the large flag over the Central Building, firing the American salute of 
twenty-one guns as it unfurled to the breeze. All the fellows are ready 
to proceed to the front when such action is needed. 

College athletics have taken new vigor with the beginning of the 
spring term and we are determined to hold our leadership in the coming 
intercollegiate field sports. Brother Neil Hamblen, '00, captain of the 
baseball team, is giving the best of satisfaction in his position, while 
Brother Nufer, *oo, will aid in defending the Relay Cup won by Albion 
at last year's meeting. Brother Fred Ferine, '98, represents us in the 
tennis court and is the champion player in the inter-collegiate. 

We also have representatives in the oratorical preliminaries for the 
annual interclass horn contest, which occurs in May. Brother Will A. 
Niles, '98, is president of the Erosophian Literary Society. 

In a social way we enjoyed some jolly parties during the last term, 
and have our plans well under way for our annual spring banquet, given 
during commencemMt week. 

The Second Annufc, May Festival, under the direction of the Con- 
servatory of Music, occurs May 23-25. Five concerts will be given 
and the following artists of a world-wide reputation have been secured. 

The new "Sig'' song books have been received and our satisfaction 


with them is complete. The committee cannot receive too much praise 
for the result of their efforts. 

All brothers sojourning in this district will receive our hearty wel- 
come as often as they may choose to call. 

W. Jay Beazan. 

Albion, Mich., April 26, 1898. 


The spring term has begun at **01d Ski-U-Mah" with new zeal and 
after a week's vacation the fellows are all back to work for Sigma Chi. 

The only excitement has been a few rushing parties and an initiation 
of two fine fellows, Kent Nelson and George Gallagher, of '00. Both 
have proven themselves true "Sigs" in the short time since their initia- 
tion, and Alpha Sigma takes great pleasure in introducing them to her 
sister chapters. Nelson is a member of Nu Sigma Nu, Medical Fra- 
ternity. Gallagher played a good end on our football team last fall al- 
though a freshman, and is now trying for the track team. 

Brother Finlayson is out for hammer and shot, and the **U" expects 
great things of him this year. * 

Brother Benedict is a howling success as business manager of our 
annual, the Gopher. 

Our baseball team is showing up well and we expect it to put up a 
swift game. Brother Chilton is on the team and is doing good work. 

Alpha Sigma held a ** smoker,'* at her rooms, the latter part of Feb- 
ruary. A number of the alumni were present and everybody had a 
good time. Songs and stories, with card playing, were the feature of 
the evening. Later, refreshments fitting the occasion, were served. As 
the **Sigs" departed for their little cots they woke the echoes of the 
neighborhood with a "Sig'* yell. 

The Junior Ball was the social event of the year. The armory was 
artistically decorated with the junior class colors and the whole party 
was very enjoyable. George F. Brooks. 

Minneapolis, Minn., April 19, 1898. 



As the close of the college year approaches. Alpha Epsilon closes 
one of its most prosperous years. 

Five of our members graduate this year — Bischof, Halstead, Bur- 
grit, Belnap of the academic, and Teshne of the law school. Brother 


Bischof will enter the law school next fall ; Brother Halstead will do 
**post" work. 

Since our last letter we have initiated two men, Almond Beverly 
Wells, Jr., of *oo. Fort Meade, South Dakota, and Earle Albert Wehn, 
of '01, Beatrice, Nebraska, whom we take pleasure in introducing to 
the Fraternity. 

Brother Wells is the favorite on the baseball team. Brother Wehn is 
a member of the Glee Club and Philharmonic Orchestra. 

President Schurman, of Cornell University, gave us a chapel address 
a short time ago. Cornell is well represented on our faculty, there be- 
ing twelve of our instructors graduates of that institution. 

The Senior Promenade will take place at the Lincoln Hotel, April 
29th. Brother Belnap represents us on the committee. 

The annual Pan Hellenic Ball will take place next month. 

Brothers Montgomery, Fichet and Foster have left school this 

semester. Brothers Montgomery and Foster expect to be with us next 

The inter-frat baseball league opens its series of games next Thurs- 
day with a game between Phi Kappa Psi and Sigma Chi. 

The intercollegiate track meet has been arranged to take place at the 
Trans-Mississippi Exposition, in August. 

Our University is fortunate in receiving recognition from the Trans- 
Mississippi Exposition. Professor R. B. Owens, of the electrical en- 
gineering department, has been placed at the head of the electrical 
department of the Exposition. Brother C. R. Richards, Delta Delta, 
Professor of Mechanical Arts, has charge of the machinery department. 
Professor Kimball, of the University School of Music, is director of 
music. Professor Taylor, of the Agricultural School, has charge of the 


The sorority. Kappa Kappa Gamma, will hold its national convention 

here in August. The chapter has received visits from Vernon, Alpha 
Zeta, Pugh, Alpha Xi, and Hawksworth, Saxton, Dubrava, Alpha Ep- 
silon. The chapter has received its copies of the song book, and con- 
gratulates the Fraternity on the excellent publication. 

Lincoln, Neb., April 13, 1898. L. R. Ewart. 


Alpha Xi has passed a most prosperous year and without doubt 
stands without an equal in Kansas University. Our new men, now two 
loyal Sigma Chis, have done us much service. 

We take pleasure in introducing Brother Arthur Symms, 1900, of 
Lawrence, Kansas. 


Our annual party was given April 15th, and was pronounced a grand 
success. Many of the old boys were with us. Brothers Harry G. 
Clark, Dana McVicar, George Rising, Fred Speak and Claude C. Stan 
ley graduate this year. 

Brother Spes^k is captain of track athletics and manager of the state 

Much interest has been taken in baseball, and a good schedule has 
been made. We have been handicapped, as Brother Will Stanley, 
captain of last year's team, was ruled out on account of professionalism. 
In inter-fraternity games, however, we stand good chance of winning 
the pennant. 

We are represented in the play to be given by the Kansas University 
Dramatic Club by Brothers C. C. Stanley, Speak, and Green. 

Brother Rising is manager of the Senior Play. 

We have indeed appreciated the visit of Brothers Whiffen and 
Means, of Kansas City. 

Although we have had beautiful and commodious apartments this 
year, we are now planning for a chapter house. 

And now Alpha Xi bids you all godspeed and great success. 

Lawrence, Kansas, April 25, 1898. Wm. H. Stanley. 


Since our last letter we have had quite a commotion on account of 
an attempt to break up a freshman banquet, which resulted in a number 
of suspensions. But quiet reigns again; the unlucky ones have returned 
from their vacation; all are now busy preparing for final examinations, 
and the events of the night of that freshman banquet are saved from 
oblivion only by the presence of a dummy freshman seated in a high 
baby chair upon the top of one of the old columns in the middle of our 

In athletics our prospects are good. In the recent contest for the 
best all 'round athletes some good records were made. The contestants 
for field day honors are in hard training. Our baseball team bids fair 
to make an enviable record. It won an easy victory in its first game, 
April 3d, defeating Kemper 11 to 3. The inter-fraternity baseball 
games which were inaugurated by Sigma Chi are arousing much interest 
and enthusiasm in the different fraternities. The first game of the series 
will be played tomorrow between Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Chi. 

Our young lady students are becoming interested in athletics and 
have twice defeated Christian College in basketball. 

It is with great pleasure that we introduce to our Sigma Chi brothers 
Mr. M. F. Highley, '99, of Farmington, Mo. 


Sigma Chi is fairly well represented in University offices. Brother 
Arnold is local editor of the Independent, Brother Highley is President 
of the New Era Debating Club, one of the Missouri representatives in 
the debate with Nebraska and local editor of the Independent, Brother 
Hansen is President of the Engineering Society and Cadet Captain of 
Company C. Brother Shultz will represent the Athenaean Society in 
the declamatory contest. Brother Kleinschmidt is President of the 
Athenaean Society and associate editor of the Independent, 

Columbia, Mo., April 9, 1898. Sam R. Halstead. 



Since our last letter we have passed the period of intermediate ex- 
aminations, and are now looking hopefully 'toward the closing term, 
inspired by strength and confidence gained from past successes, Sigma 
Chi is the acknowledged leader among the fraternities of the University. 
We are strongly represented in all lines of college activity, and our 
standing in society is conceded. 

Brother J. E. Holmes brought much credit to Sigma Chi recently, 
by winning the place of anniversarian of the law class, over two strong 
and able contestants. The subject of Brother Holmes' oration was — 
"The Model Citizen." Judging from the all 'round excellence of his 
effort we expect an unusually fine anniversary occasion. 

The annual meeting of the Gulf States Intercollegiate Oratorical 
Association will be held at the University on the 29th of April. Your 
scribe has been chosen as representative for this institution. 

Our baseball team commenced the season by playing the annual 
game with St. Thomas Hall, a week ago, winning by a score of 8 to 5. 
The manager has arranged a full schedule of games for the season. We 
are represented on the team by Brother Gibson. 

The University Symphony Club, of which Brother H. F. Fisher is 
the manager, has made quite a reputation by its splendid programs re> 
cently rendered. Extensive preparations are being made for field day; 
we will be represented in the sports by Brothers Jones, Morgan, and 

We have enjoyed visits recently from Brothers J. O. S. Sanders, H. 
T. Buie, and N. W. Campbell, all alumni of our chapter. We were 
also favored with a very cordial and encouraging letter from Brother E. 
E. Brougher, of Hughes Springs, Texas. We highly appreciate such 
manifestations of interest from our alumni. 




Eta Chapter is striving toward the erection of a chapter house. If 
any of our brothers, who have had experience in such work will be kind 
enough to write us of plans that proved helpful to them, their kindness 
will be highly appreciated by the chapter. 

Oxford, Miss., April 15, 1898. Landrum P. Leavell. 



Alpha Nu Chapter is gradually regaining her former strength, and 
takes pride in introducing to the Greek world, Olinthuss Ellis, Jr., law, 
'99, Lockhart, Texas, and Walter S. Amsler, '01, McGregor, Texas. 
The chapter has lost a loyal member by Brother Hugh Prather, '99, 
withdrawing from the University. 

Last week we were honored by a visit from Brother E. Dick Slaugh- 
ter, Alpha Nu, '95. He is the same loyal "Sig" of old, and his pres- 
ence was enjoyed by all. We are glad to note that Brother I. Marion 
Law, Alpha Nu, '96, marries Miss Francis Mann, of Galveston, Texas, 
on April 20th. And it is with much regret that we note the death of 
Brother Joe Abbott, Jr., Alpha Nu, '92, at his home, Hillsboro, Texas. 

The finals of '97-^98 are drawing near, and Alpha Nu expects to close 
the year with a suitable social function. The writer has the honor of 
being President of the Final Reception of the University of Texas, and 
would be glad to entertain many visiting "Sigs." 

Austin, Texas, April 17, 1898. Alex Camp. 


At present, the principal thing in which our interest centers is the 
Pan-hellenic Baseball Games. The Greek letter fraternities at Tulane 
met and organized a baseball league. Thus far, six games have been 
played. Sigma Chi won from Phi Delta Theta; Delta Tau Delta won 
from Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Kappa Sigma won from Alpha Tau Omega; 
Kappa Alpha won from Sigma Nu; Sigma Chi won from Delta Tau 
Delta, and Kappa Alpha will play Sigma Chi on the i6th of April. The 
games have been very successful, in that they were well attended and 
there was no unnecessary wrangling. 

The game between Sigma Chi and Kappa Alpha will be the best of 
the series. The teams are very evenly matched and both are sanguine 
of success. The "Sig" team has played very well considering the great 
lack of practice of many of the players. The feature of the "Sig" 
games was Brother Monette's pitching. Our success was in a great 
measure due to him. 


The Tulane Athletic Association spring games will take place on 
the 30th of April, and we hope to be able to report a good showing. 

It is with a great deal of pleasure that we learn that Brother Wirt 
Howe, Alpha Omicron, '95, has been appointed associate editor of the 
Harvard Law Review, R. M. Murphy. 

New Orleans, La., April 20, 1898. 


Naturally, the only topic of permanent interest at Vanderbilt and 
among the members of Alpha Psi at present, is the war. Battleships, 
cruisers, torpedo boats, ultimatums, and international law are discussed 
on all sides, and it is only when the combined knowledge of all present 
on such matters has been wholly exhausted, that the conversation turns 
to subjects of merely local interest. From among these latter topics, 
we can pick out our long looked for baseball games with the University 
of Pennsylvania. The results were lo-o and 7-3 in favor University of 
Pennsylvania. A defeat is, of course, always disappointing, but even 
out of defeat we can get some comfort when we know that we ''died 
game." Such knowledge in this case, however, is wanting, our 'varsity 
simply surrendered without a struggle, and instead of a brilliant contest 
the whole thing was a very tame affair. 

Since the advent of Dr. Acton (who has so successfully coached our 
football team for the last two years), our prospects in track athletics 
have brightened up considerably. We have our own annual field day 
here May 6th, and we will send a team to Atlanta May 20 and 21 to 
take part in the Southern Intercollegiate meet to be held there at that 
date. Brother D. I. Miller, '99, is manager of the team. 

Brother George £. Vaughn, '98, is playing short-stop on the baseball 

team. Hugh H. Miller. 

Nashville, Tenn., May i, 1898. 



Greetings again to the Sigma Chi world. The time since the Feb- 
ruary letter has been in some ways monotonous, in others momentuous. 
Baseball opened in February, and as in football, everything has come 
our way. Not once has the first nine, with Brother Hiram B. Tebbetts 
in the box, met defeat in a college game. Brother Austin Martin has 
done star work at first base and is very nearly, if not quite, at the top of 


the batting list. The only regret is that it has been impossible to get a 
game with our most prominent athletic rival, Pamona, due to injuries 
to their pitcher early in the season. 

We have won our usual victory over Pomona and Occidental Col- 
leges, Brother Ernest B. Bradley representing University of Southern 
California and securing five first places and a second out of a possible 
six. The fellow^ celebrated the victory with an oyster supper and a 
four-mile walk home, after the cars had stopped running, on the night 
of the contest, and Mr. and Mrs. Bradley royally fed the chapter at their 
home a couple of evenings later. 

We were glad to have with us at these gatherings Brother Sampson, 
of Omicron Omicron. He is a royal good <<Sig" whom it is a pleasure 
to meet. 

Brother Brumback is in the city for a few weeks, and a banquet in 
his honor will be given next week. 

A tally-ho picnic with the co-eds is on the boards for May 7th. 

Athletic interest just now centers in the annual intercollegiate field 
day on April 30th. Brother Martin represents the University in the high 

Of course, the topic of all topics now is the war. Alpha Upsilon bids 
fair to be sadly depleted. All but two of the ten *'Sigs" in the Univer- 
sity have enlisted in the volunteers, and if the call comes to move to the 
front, probably not one of the fellows will be left behind. Should the 
fortunes of war cost any of our brothers from eastern colleges into the 
struggle, just keep your eye open for a few White Crosses in the South- 
ern California Cavalry Regiment of Volunteers. _, 

r A 1 #- 1 A -1 Q o Philo Jones. 

Los Angeles, Cal., April 23, 1898. *' 


The approach of the end of the semester causes some speculation as 
to our prospects for the coming year. We shall in all probability occupy 
the same quarters as this year. We will lose but one member by grad- 
uation. Brother Davidson, to whom we wish much success in his new 
work. We have several new men in view, and will do our best to secure 
them. I think I may candidly say the outlook is very bright for another 
prosperous year* 

With spring comes baseball. A number of the fraternities have 
teams and games are arranged between them. We played the Delta 
Tau Deltas last Friday, and were beaten by a score of lo-ii. We are 
now looking for a game with the faculty. 

We were pleased to receive a visit from Brother Burnham, of Kappa 


Kappa, a short time ago, and also one from Brother Sampson, of Omi- 
cron Omicron, last week. Their visits were necessarily brief, but we 
should like to have seen more of them. We are always interested in 
meeting eastern "Sigs"who can give us the news direct from head- 

T> 1 Au^ n \ K -y Q Q Ernests. Williams. 

Palo Alto, Cal., April 19, 1898. 



Hobart College has just closed for a ten days' vacation and the 
brothers are enjoying visits to their respective homes. Brother Knapp 
is in Warsaw, N. Y., Brother Beard is in Port Huron, Michigan, and 
Brothers Hannahs, Ackley and Braithwaite are in Adams, N. Y. 

When College opens again it will find Brother Gunnell, the star base- 
ball player, holding down third base. Brother Falkner expects to try 
his luck at the hundred-yard dash. 

Brother J. C. Jagar is business manager of this year's Echo of the 
Seneca. Brother White is editor-in-chief of the same. Brother J. C. 
Jagar has also been elected manager next year's football team. 

Alpha Alpha now numbers ten men. A class of fifty freshmen is ex- 
pected to enter at Hobart next year. This year we have initiated seven 
men, and next year we expect to find ourselves a flourishing chapter of 
about sixteen. Austin S. Humphrey. 

Geneva, N. Y., April 10, 1898. 


Since our last letter, we have taken into our chapter three men, a 
freshman, Herbert Washburn Hovey, St. Johnsbury, Vt. ; a sophomore, 
Michael Henry O'Maliey, Clinton, Mass., and a junior, Owen Albert 
Hoban, Winchendon, Mass. Brothers Hoban and O'Malley entered 
this fall term from Holy Cross College. These three men are especially 
bright and very good fellows and Eta Eta feels that she has done a good 
thing to take them in, and wish to introduce them to the rest of our 
*'Sig" brothers. After the initiation of these men we held an informal 
spread in our hall at which time all three of the newly made brothers 
expressed their thanks for their very warm reception. 

Brother Pillsbury, '97, has recently taken a position with Swift & 
Co., in their New York office. Brother Thayer, '00, left College at the 
end of the winter term. He will enter with his class next fall. 


Brothers Folsom, Chapman and Hancock are on the baseball squad. 
Brother Hutchison wrenched the ligaments of his knee about a month 
ago; as a result of his injury he will not be able to train with the track 
team this spring. 

The Buskin, college dramatic club, gave their annual play, entitled, 
''Lend Me Five Shillings," besides the second scene of the first act of 
' ' The Rivals. " The show was held at the ' 'gym, " and was listened to by 
a large and enthusiastic audience. 

Our baseball team remained in town during spring vacation. 

Hanover, N. H., April 8, 1898. J. B. Hutchison. 


Spring has arrived again and it has brought its pleasant and un- 
pleasant features — unpleasant in that it has brought lots of grip and 
other ills to distress us at Columbia, and pleasant in that it has caused 
a revival of our enthusiasm in athletics and a desire for intercollegiate 
honors. For example, on March 25th our strong debating team, on 
which are Proskaner and Wheaton of our '97 team which defeated Har- 
vard last May, won a brilliant victory over the University of Chicago. 
Again, on April 2d, our 'Varsity Nine played the Tigers at Princeton in 
a spirited game in which we put up a remarkably strong fight, but finally 
succumbed to the tune of 8-3. Fischel, '98, pitched a strong game, 
but Columbia was weak in batting. Our fencing team won a brilliant 
victory at the Racquet and Tennis Club, on April 5th, over Harvard 
and Cornell. The Blue and White team won 12 of the 18 bouts ; Har- 
vard won 10 and lost 8; Cornell won 5 and lost 13. This was a brilliant 
showing for Columbia when we consider the fact that Harvard has held 
the championship for four years. It now passes into the hands of Co- 

Our 'varsity baseball nine met the New York League nine last Sat- 
urday, and though the Blue and White put up a hard fight they were 
defeated by the score of 17-1. The game was rather ragged and slow. 

The crews went into quarters about a week ago. Both crews and 
substitutes have been on the water for about a month and are making 
rapid progress. Mr. Cowles, our coach, predicts great things at the 
intercollegiate regatta for us next June. Recently a pair-oared work- 
ing boat was presented to the University Boat Club. 

Our chapter elections were held several weeks ago, and the results 
are entirely satisfactory to all. Brother J. F. McClelland is now at the 
helm. The rushing committee is busy on several promising candidates 
whom we hope to present to the Fraternity before long. 


Brother F. Hedley Jobbins, Nu Nu, '95, is with us again after a res- 
idence of twenty-four years in the west. He is not in college, but is in 
New York on business. 

Brother Wm. L. Tillotson, Nu Nu, '00, is in Chicago. His address 
is 601 Dearborn street. 

We were glad to have with us recently, Brother Stevenson, of Phi 
Phi, and Brother Pitz, of Omicron Omicron, who was here on govern- 
ment business. 

Nu Nu sends best wishes and extends a hearty welcome to all wan- 
^ dering **Sigs" who may be in Gotham. Wm. M. Weaver, Jr. 

New York, N. Y., April 12, 1898. 


Since our last letter to the Quarterly we have initiated three new 
men, all fine fellows, and men of whom we are justly proud. We take 
pleasure in introducing Joseph Dean Evans, '01, of Lowell, Mass.; John 
Walls, '99, of Louisburg, Penn., and John Elliott LeBosquet, '01, of 
Des Moines, Iowa. As good material, especially in the freshman class, 
has been very scarce this year, we consider ourselves very fortunate in 
having secured from the different classes eight of the best men here. 
We now have twenty-two men in our chapter, and, as we shall lose but 
four by graduation, our prospects for next year are very encouraging. 

We have lost an active member by the withdrawal of Brother Hola- 
bird from the Institute, but we hope to have him with us again next 

On the evening of March 19th we held our sixteenth annual banquet 
at our chapter house, 11 16 Boylston street. Several of our alumni were 
present, and we succeeded in making the occasion one of the most en- 
joyable in the history of our chapter. 

Our baseball team has been in almost daily practice, and, under the 
careful training of its captain. Brother Ferguson, it is constantly im- 

We are represented on the class teams by Brother Collier, '00, and 
Brother Woodhull, '01, each of whom holds an enviable position on his 
respective team. 

In track athletics we are represented by Brother Magee, who is set- 
ting a heavy pace against all rivals on the track. 

Trusting that our sister chapters have spent as pleasant and as prof- 
itable a year as has Alpha Theta, we extend to all our best wishes for 

the future. Barton Haselton. 

Boston, Mass., April 10, 1898. 



Since the last issue of the Quarterly, we have gone through the 
throes of our winter term examinations. We bob serenely up, however, 
and are again jogging on toward the close of the University year. Dur- 
ing the winter term the chapter lost two members. Brothers Aldrich and 
Piatt. The latter returned to his home in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., while 
the former is now in Alaska. 

At this season of the year, athletics form the principal topic of inter- 
est among the students. Our baseball team is doing well. An interest- 
ing schedule of games has been arranged, and we are assured of a suc- 
cessful season. Everybody is watching, with anxious eyes, our Varsity 
and freshman crews. Brother Raymond is rowing with the second 
'varsity crew, and Brother Wittenmeyer is pulling an oar with the first 
freshman combination. Brother Tappan is trying for the 'varsity la- 
crosse team, the first one Cornell has had in several years. Brother 
McLaughlin has resigned the football captaincy for next year, owing to 
the fact that he will be unable to attend the University. 

The new song book, ordered by the chapter, arrived a few days ago. 
Alpha Phi wishes to extend to the editors her compliments upon, and 
thanks for, such an admirable book. It is something the Fraternity has 
long needed. 

On the twenty-second of February we were pleasantly surprised by a 
visit from Brothers Edgar, Reed, and Wright, of Alpha Rho. They 
stopped at Ithaca, on their way to Niagara, where they were going, with 
their class, to inspect the electrical plant. They expected to leave 
Ithaca on the early afternoon train, having come in the morning, but 
the instructor accompanying the party failed to appear at the appointed 
time, and his non-arrival prolonged what was for us a very pleasant 
visit. We also received a visit, on the second of April, from Brother 
James Parker Hall, Cornell, '94. Many of the members of the chapter 
were home, since it was vacation, and so missed seeing Brother Hall. 
He is practicing law in Buffalo. Joseph B. Weed, Jr. 

Ithaca, N. Y., April 21, 1898. 


Atnong the Alutxini. 


Meeting and Reception of the Washington Alumni Association. 

One of the pleasantest reunions ever held by the Washington Alumni 
Association of the Sigma Chi Fraternity took place on March 2nd at 
the residence of our president, Rev. Dr. Wallace Radcliffe. It being 
the annual meeting, Dr. Radcliffe kindly invited the Association to 
accept of his hospitality. The weather was very disagreeable, being a 
rainy night, hence many were prevented from attending, who would 
have otherwise done so, still we had a goodly turnout. Dr. Radcliffe pre- 
sided, and the election of officers being the most important business, 
the following were elected for the ensuing year: President, Dr. Wal- 
lace Radcliffe; vice-president, Theo. W. Noyes; secretary, F. W. Mc- 
Reynolds; treasurer. Dr. Reginald Munson; historian, A. Y. Bradley. 
Additional members of the executive committee: Andrew B. Duvall, 
Maj. Sam. H. Walker and Dr. Robert Farnham. The absence of the 
late Bro. Reginald Fendall was keenly felt by all present. Brother 
Duvall paid a high tribute to Brother Fendall as a man and a Sigma 
Chi, and feeling remarks were made by Brothers Bradley and Walker. 

Brother Farnham being called upon, gave an account of the last 
Grand Chapter and told how well the chapter was represented, being 
the most successful and best represented convention he had ever at- 
tended. Brother Acker being a bachelor, gave an account of the grand 
reception tendered by the ladies to Sigma Chi. The doctor was very 
eloquent in describing the southern beauties and the grand time we 
had. Brother McReynolds spoke about Grand Consul Dudley, telling 
the boys what a grand, good fellow he was, and how nobly he entertained 
us all while in Nashville. Brother Biscoe, Epsilon delegate, spoke of 
the business that was transacted and of the new ritual and constitution. 
Speeches were also made by Brothers Coburn, Clarke, Riggles, Swem 
and Noyes. At ten o'clock we repaired to the supper room, where the 
host's charming wife assisted Dr. Radcliffe in doing the honors. Col- 
lege songs and reminiscences of old chapter days wound up the even- 
ing. Among those present were: 

Dr. G. N. Acker, Theta. F. L. Biscoe, Epsilon. 

Wm. J. Acker. Theta. Andrew Y. Bradley, Epsilon. 



Henry C. Coburn, Epsilon. 

Reid P. Clarke, Epsilon. 

Andrew B. Duvall, Epsilon. 

Chas. T. Earle, Epsilon. 

Dr. Robert Farnham, Epsilon. 

£. H. Fowler. Eta Eta. 

E. K. Fox, Theta. 

Theo. H. N. McPherson, Iota. 

Dr. Louis Mackall, Psi. 

Washington, D. C, April 4, 1898. 

F. W. McReynolds. Delta Chi. 

W. E. McMillan, Theta Theta. 

Dr. R. Munson, Beta. 

Theo. W. Noyes, Epsilon. 

Rev. Dr. Hex Swem, Xi. 

Dr. J. D. Thomas, Sigma Sigma. 

C. R. Unger, Theta. 

Maj. S. H. Walker, Epsilon. 

Robert Farnham. 

Banquet of the Chicago Alumni Chapter. 

Grand Consul W. L. Dudley— Present. 

Over forty Sigma Chis met at the University Club on the evening of 
Friday, March 25th, to enjoy the banquet of the Chicago Alumni Chap- 
ter. Although several sumptuous dinners are given by this chapter 
during the season, the mid-winter affair is the only one generally digni- 
fied by the name of banquet. On this occasion the name was certainly 
a fitting one, for it was a feast warranted to please the most fastidious 
of epicures. As the last course was lazily disappearing. President 
George P. Merrick, as toastmaster, arose with comfortable deliberation 
and addressed the brothers assembled. With Petronius-like wit he 
kept his listeners in amused attention as he introduced in happy vein 
the various speakers of the evening. 

That the Grand Consul, Dr. William L. Dudley, of Vanderbilt Uni- 
versity, was to be present, added very materially to the anticipation and 
subsequent enjoyment of the evening. This affable and distinguished 
gentleman as guest of honor was first to be called on and was warmly 
welcomed by old and new friends alike. He first gracefully acknow- 
ledged the honor so unexpected and gratifying to him, of his election to 
the office of Grand Consul and then told of fraternity life at Vanderbilt 

Dr. Dudley advocated the non-admission into the Fraternity of class- 
men under sophomore year. He also clearly pointed out the mission 
of the alumni chapters and the beneficial effect of their taking a lively 
interest in the make-up and doings of the active membership. His 
remarks were very interesting and received hearty applause. 

Judge Lorin C. Collins, of political famoiand influence, extemporized 
pleasantly for a few minutes, his main theme being that the alumni 
gatherings of Sigma Chi should be more largely attended. The Judge 
was enthusiastic in his expressions of enjoyment of Sigma Chi evenings. 


John H. Hamline, one of Chicago's ablest lawyers, after indulging 
in a number of pleasantries, reminisced tenderly of old associations* 
He declared that the friendships made in college are apt to be dearer 
and more lasting than any formed later in active life. 

George Ade, the rising young short story writer, after telling of his 
'^Stories of the Streets and the Town," spoke of Brother McCutcheon 
and the delightful cruise he is taking around the world on the revenue 
cutter McCuUoch. (Doubtless nearly all of us have read with great 
interest Brother McCutcheon's terse and graphic account of the battle 
of Manila.) 

•'The Bar," ''Therapeutics," and "The Clergy" were the subjects 
of the set speeches of the evening. 

Frederic F. Norcross dealt with the first named subject in a master- 
ful way, while some of the mysteries of "Therapeutics" and other medi 
cal technicalities were elucidated by Dr. E. Wyllys Andrews. 

Reverend Walter H. Reynolds, of the Third Presbyterian Church, 

related many interesting tales of the varied duties devolving upon the 

Robert W. Stevens expressed his sentiments through the medium of 

the piano in a very musicianly way. He also played the accompani- 
ments for the "Sig" songs that were interspersed throughout the even- 
ing. Following is the list of brothers in attendance including a number 
from out of the city: 

William L. Dudley, Zeta Psi, 'Si, Nash- W. B. Greenlee, Alpha Phi, "95. 

ville, Tenn. Louis R. Moore, Alpha Zeta, '98, Beloit, 
George P. Merrick, Omega, '84. Wis. 

Walter L. Fisher, Chi, '83. Chas. A. Cowan, Alpha Zeta, '93. 

Frank T. Andrews, Omega, '81. George Ade. Delta Delta, '87. 

Walter H. Reynolds, Beta, '86. James Todd, Chi, '87. 

Lorin C. Collins. Omega, '72. W. T. Alden, Omega, '91. 

John H. Hamline, Omega. '75. Frank L. Grant, Theta Theta, '92. 

Charles Ailing, Chi, 85, Theta Theta. '88. Joseph C. Nate. Alpha Iota, '90. 

Edward M. Dexter, Alpha Lambda, '92, Mason Bross, Omega, '84. 

Milwaukee, Wis. Newman Miller, Alpha Pi, '93. 

A. C. Wilkinson, Alpha Lambda, '94. Arthur C. Mortland, Alpha, '99. 

H. G. Spensely, Alpha Lambda, '94. J. H. McCortney, Phi, Alpha Theta, '85. 

J. Frank Sperry, Kappa Kappa, '99, Cham- William M. Booth. Omega, '78. 

paign, 111. E. Wyllys Andrews, Omega, '78. 

H. F. Rader, Mu Mu, '96. A. D. Matthias. Xi, '94. 

F. B. Cozzens, Omega, '91. Wm. F. MacDonald, Omicron Omicron, 
Frank A. Early, Omega, '77. '98. 

Conrad B. Kimball, Kappa Kappa, '94. Marcus M. Plowman, Omicron Omicron, 
Victor A. Matteson, Kappa Kappa, '95. '99. 

Harry E. Ambler. Omega. '95. B. C. Taylor, Eta Eta, '97. 

Chas. T. Wilder, Kappa Kappa, '94, Cham- Jo)in V. Norcross. Alpha Zeta, '88. 

paign, 111. • Frederick F. Norcross, Alpha Zeta, '87. 

Chas. E. Keener, Kappa Kappa, '98. Robt. C. Spencer, Alpha Lambda, '86. 
Robt. W. Stevens, Omega. 

CoNRAD B. Kimball, 
Chicago, 111., May 11, 1898. Secretary Chicago Alumni Chapter. 



Beta — Wooster University. 

Clifford and Harry Burrows, '89 and '90 respectively, have recently 
formed a partnership for the cultivation of cane on the Shady Side 
Plantation, Bayou Sale, St. Mary's Parish, La., and their postoffice ad- 
dress is Centreville, La. 

Rev. L. L. Overman, '79, has recently accepted a call from the Sec- 
ond Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, Mo., to become its assistant 

Rev. D. O. Ghormley, '76, now stationed at Moscow, Idaho, was 
honored by the Synod of Washington by unanimously electing him to 
the moderatorship at its last session. 

D. L. Brumback, Beta, '83, who for a number of years has been the 
cashier of the Van Wert National Bank at Van Wert, Ohio, was recently 
elected to the presidency of the bank. This position had been held by 
his father, J. S. Brumback, recently deceased. O. S. Brumback, Beta, 
'76, was at the same time elected to the place in the directorship of the 
bank made vacant by his father's death. 

Frank Rochester, '79, of the State Hospital of Athens, Ohio, recently 
entertained a party of "Sigs." 

Eta — The University of Mississippi. 

Thomas James, '81, is a successful planter, living at Sharkey, Miss. 

Dr. James R. Berry, '77, is practicing medicine at Hebron, Miss. 

Thomas Enochs, '93, is engaged in the lumber business at Jackson, 

Fletcher Enochs, '92, is a lumber dealer located at Fern wood, Miss. 

John D. Miller, of the sophomore class of 1897, is now engaged in 
mercantile business at Roseneath, Miss. 

Theta — Pennsylvania College. 

The Rev. David B. Lady, Theta, '69, is now pastor of the Reformed 
Church in Greenville, Mercer County, Penn. 

Rev. W. C. Shaffer, Theta, *66, has been elected vice-president of 
the Board of Charities in Savannah, Ga. 

The Rev. Charles R. Trowbridge, Theta, '82, has been recalled to 
his old pastorate in Evanston, Penn. 


Lambda — Indiana University. 

F. I. King, '97, has taken a position on the Wabash, Indiana, Plain 
Dealer^ as city reporter. 

J. M. Murphy, '93, has been nominated on the republican ticket for 
>rosecuting attorney of Wabash County, Ind. Nomination means elec- 

Walter S. Bend, '97, is now the instructor of mathematics of the 
Wabash, Ind., high school. 

Mu — Denison University. 

H. S. CoUette, '90, is now with the Central Union Telephone Com- 
pany as special franchise agent, with headquarters at the Telephone 
Building, Indianapolis, Ind. 

Geo. S. Austins, ex-'99, has announced his engagement to Miss 
Elizabeth I. Lasher, of Cincinnati. The wedding will occur in the near 

Gamma Gamma— 'Randolph-Macon College. 

Wallace W. Bennett, '89, is studying medicine in Richmond, Va. 

R. T. Watts, '93, is with the National Exchange Bank, L3mch- 
burg, Va. 

Messrs. Woody W. Dickerson, '94, and W. Russell Winfree, '94, 
u:e with the Peoples National Bank, Lynchburg, Va. 

Evan A. Edwards, Gamma Gamma, '94, Alpha Psi, '95, is preach- 
ng at Goshen, Maryland. 

Messrs. Henry A. Christian, '95, Howard Fletcher, '95, and Stephen 
Hurt Watts, '96, are at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. 

Albert H. Lickleder, '97, is principal of Hickory Neck Academy, 
Toano, Va. 

Delta Delta — Purdue University. 

James B. Milner, '91, has been appointed United States Consul at 

Walter Ford, '91, has lately been appointed city editor of the Marion, 
ndiana. Morning News. 

R. C. Richards is appointed special commissioner in charge of the 
Mechanical Department at the Trans-Mississippi Exposition. 


Zeta Zeta — Center College. 

Carl Mize, '97, has just finished a business course at Lexington, Ky. 

James Swango, '93, is practicing law in Memphis, Tenn. 

<< Dickie" Van Winkle is practicing law with Charles Rhodes, a 
very prominent lawyer of Danville, Ky. 

Carl McKnight, '97, is traveling for a firm in Chicago, 111. 

Lewis Humphery, '96, is busy writing war news for the LouisvilU 

Claud King, '93, is farming about six miles from Danville, Ky. 

Peter Knoot, ex-'98, is in the insurance business at Lebanon, Ky. 

Zeta Psi — The University of Cincinnati. 

Wesley Hubbell, '99, has recently removed to New York, where he 
is engaged in business, and in the pursuit of his musical studies. 

Joseph P. Ratliff, '99, has graduated from the Ohio Dental College, 
and is now residing in New York, carrying on his musical studies. 

Daniel Lawrence, '97, has just been elected the Republican Mayor 
of Reading, Hamilton County, Ohio. This is a signal victory for 
Brother Lawrence, as the people of Reading do not know what a Re- 
publican officer looks like, never having seen one before. 

Dudley 6. Miller, '96, has entered the life insurance business inOt- 
tumwa, Iowa. 

John D. Isham, '96, has been promoted to the position of Contract- 
ing Agent on the West Shore Freight Line. Brother Isham is to be 
congratulated upon his good fortune. 

Theta Theta — The University of Michigan. 

William Love, ex-'98, is now stationed in Mississippi. He holds a 
civil engineering position with the Illinois Central Railroad. 

Orville S. Brumback, Beta, '76, Theta Theta, '79, of Toledo, Ohio, 
is in the South for his health. 

Alpha Gamma — The Ohio State University. 

T. J. Smith, ex-' 98, has charge of the electric light plant at New 

Loyd P. DeGolley, ex-*oo, is in New Orleans, recuperating. 


Alpha Gamma — The Ohio State University — Continued. 

Thomas Y. McCray, '00, is at his home in Mansfield, Ohio. He is 
eading law in an office. 

D. M. McDonald, '98, was called home by the sickness and death of 
lis father. His address is Wellsville, Ohio. 

Alpha Epsilon — The University of Nebraska. 

D. W. Hawkswarth, '97, is employed as draftsman by the Burling- 
on, Missouri Railway, at Plattsmouth, Neb. 

L. R. Packard, '97, has been attending the Medical School at North- 
vestern University, Chicago. 

R. C. Saxton, '97, is engaged in the mercantile business at Edgar, 

G. M. Spurlock, '89, is now serving his second term as judge of 
3ass County. 

W. H. Wheeler, '90, is Clerk of the Committee of Public Lands and 
Buildings, Washington, D. C. 

H. W. Dubrava, '97, is with the Wagner Electric Co., St. Louis, Mo. 

G. H. Risser, law, '97, is now practicing law with the firm of Stevens 
md Cochran, Lincoln, Neb. 

Alpha Zeta — Beloit College. 

J. G. Randall, '95, graduated from Hanemann Medical College this 

John V. Norcross, '88, has formed a partnership with his brother, 
Fred F. Norcross, '87. Their law offices are in the Marquette Build- 
ng, Chicago. 

Alpha Lambda — The University of Wisconsin. 

John Kalvalege, '01, has accepted a position with the Billings Ho£f- 
nan Mfg. Co. of Milwaukee. 

William C. Leitch was elected mayor of Columbus, Wis., at the 
ecent spring election. 

Alpha Pi — Albion College. 

Samuel Schultz, '93, who is a junior in the medical department of 
:he Northwestern University, has been appointed on the hospital corps 
)f the First Illinois Cavalry. 


Alpha Pi — Albion College — Continued. 

Carmi R. Smith, '86, of Niles, Michigan, was a member of the spe- 
cial session of the Michigan Legislature called by Governor Pingree to 
consider tax measures. 

Albert J. Roberts, '96, returned in April from Germany, where he 
had studied one year at Halle, and one year at Leipzic. 

Alpha Rho — Lehigh University. 

E. W. Miller, '96, is with the New Jersey Zinc Co. 

Messrs. C. W. McCalla, '96, and F. W. Sykes, '94, are with the Gen- 
eral Electric Co., of New York. 

R. E. Laramy, '96, is instructor in the Moravian School at Bethle- 
hem, Pa. 

Alpha Chi — Pennsylvania State College. 

W. Ray Thompson, '97, is employed as electrical inspector by the 
Borough Manhattan Electric Co., 43 Gold St., New York. 

C. K. Spence, '95, has recently accepted a position as chemist with 
the New York and Pennsylvania Paper Co., of Johnsonburg, Elk 
Co., Pa. 

P. C. Haldeman, ex-*oo, is employed with the Pennsylvania Electric 
Co., of Marietta, Pa. 

Alpha Omega — Leland Stanford, Jr., University. 

Willis C. Noble, '97, is in business in San Diego, Cal. 

Harry W. Morse, '97, is a chemist for the Golden Cross Mining 
Company at their mines at Hedges, California. 

Norman B. Rofeer, '96, a graduate of the Mechanical Engineering 
department, is with the Union Iron Works of San Francisco. 

James A. Pauly, ex-'98, is deputy assessor of San Diego, California. 


Walter Malone, Eta, '87, formerly of Memphis, Tenn., is now lo- 
cated at 29 East Twenty-first street, New York City. His literary work 
is meeting with very flattering success: He has recently had poems 
and sketches accepted by The Arena^ The Book Buyer, The Independent, 
The Outlook, and The New Orleans Times -Democrat. 


Professor F. M. Taylor, Omega, '76, of the political and economic 
iepartment of the University of Michigan, has been appointed to the 
:hairmanship of a committee of five on currency reform, established at the 
ast annual meeting of the American Economic Association. Professor 
Taylor has accepted the position and will be assisted by the following 
gentlemen: Professors F. W. Taussig, of Harvard University; J. W. 
[enks, of Cornell ; Sidney Sherwood, of Johns Hopkins, and David 
iCinley, of the University of Illinois. The report of this committee will 
)e made at the next annual meeting of the association held at Yale Uni- 
rersity, between Christmas and New Year's. 

The Rev. D. B. Lady, Theta, '69, of Greenville, Mercer County, has 
>een elected Secretary of the Sunday School Board of the General Synod 
>f the Reformed Church of America. 

M. H. Gerry, Alpha Sigma, '90, formerly of Minneapolis, Minn., has 
;one to Helena, Montana, to superintend the construction of an elec- 
rical plant. Before going, Mr. Gerry successfully opened a burglar- 
>roof safe without starting the alarm. It was a test for which he re- 
;eived a purse of $600. 

The Rev. Morris E. Swartz, Omicron, '89, has been assigned to the 
Methodist Church in Shippensberg, Penn, 

Archibald S. Lybrand, Alpha, — , has been nominated for Congress 
)y the Republicans of the Sixth Ohio District. 

N. G. Rogers, Xi, '97, is Vice-President of the Parkhurst Willow 
Bark Company, of Horton, Kan. Brother Rogers was Xi's delegate to 
he Twenty-third Grand Chapter. 

Brother Bowersock, Alpha Xi, is practicing law in Minneapolis, and 
las done much for Alpha Sigma by his presence and hearty support. 

S. A. Niles, Wabash College, '93, is now a member of the firm of 
he St. Joseph Manufacturing Co., located at Mishawaka, Ind. 

W. A. Heath, Kappa Kappa, '83, has been elected a director of the 
^irst National Bank at Champaign, 111. He has been cashier of the 
»ank for several years. 

Hugh C. Smith, Theta Theta, '94, now serving his second term as 
'ity Attorney of Trenton, Mo., has been nominated by the Republicans 
3r Prosecuting Attorney of Grundy County, Mo. Brother Smith was 
efeated for the nomination two years ago but made a very creditable 
ampaign against big odds, and this time had no opponent in the pri- 
lary. The county has a Republican majority of i>200r 


At the Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Ma- 
sons of Kansas, held in Wichita, February i6th, Alexander A. Sharp, 
Omicron, '83, now of Lamed, Kansas, was elected Deputy Grand High 

Hon. Oscar H. Montgomery, Chi, '81, will be a candidate before the 
ensuing Republican State Convention of Indiana for the nomination for 
Supreme Judge. The Madison, Ind., Courier ^ of March 30th, said: 

" Mr. Montgomery was City Attorney of Seymoor for ten years and has acted as 
special Jadge in a nnmber of important cases. Residing in a Democratic County and 
District, and being devotedly attached to his profession of the law, he has not filled 
political ofi&ces. The place be now seeks is in the line of his life-work, and no man can 
bring to it a finer record, a better equipment, superior industry, or a more splendid 

Hon. Charles Ailing, Chi, '85, Theta Theta, '88, member of the 
Chicago Common Council, has been appointed^n the Streets and Alleys 
and the Civil Service Committees. 

Rev. W. C. Schaefier, Theta, '66, is to have one of the best parishes 
in the Southern Lutheran Church. His Sunday School recently pur- 
chased a fine piano, listed at ^i,aoo. 

Chi Chapter, Hanover College, entertained the Annual Convention 
of the Fourth Province, May 12, 13 and 14. 

Alpha Gamma Chapter is to entertain the Convention of the Third 
Province May 26-27. Brothers Walter M. Fickes, George Whittemore 
and Edward Allen constitute the committee in charge. 

P. Merrill Griffith, Omicron Omicron, '97, has just been appointed 
consul to Matamoras, Mexico, by President McKinley. The Senate 
has confirmed the same and Brother Griffith is soon to go to his new 
field of labor. 

R. B. Levy, Jr., Tau, '84, has been mustered into the service of the 
United States as captain of the Longview Rifles, the position he held in 
the Texas Volunteer Guard. 

Fritz Hadra, Alpha Mu, '88, has been appointed by Gov. Culverson 
as one of the regimental surgeons to go with the Texas Volunte^^. 

Earle Brougher, Eta '90, was selected as one of the delegates from 
Cass County to the Democratic State Convention, which meets at Gal- 
veston, Texas, August 3rd, 



Chas. M. Lewis, Kappa Kappa, '96, was married April 21st to Miss 
Marion Wright, daughter of Judge F. M. Wright, of Urbana, 111. The 
bride is a member of the University of Illinois Chapter of Kappa Alpha 
Thetft, and the wedding was the occasion of much celebration on the 
part of the local chapters of the Fraternity and sorority. The local 
alumni and the active chapter gave a bachelor dinner for the groom on 
the Monday night preceding the wedding, and a linen shower given by 
Miss Nell Trevett occupied the attention of the Thetas the same night. 
On Tuesday night Miss Trevett gave a dinner for the bridal couple and 
the wedding guests. The wedding on Thursday night at the First 
Methodist church in Urbana was a most elaborate affair, and decidedly 
an event in Kappa Kappa's history, as is shown by the fact that the 
church that night held 49 <<Sigs." The groom's best man was R. J. 
Hotchkiss, ex-' 97, of Peoria, and the other <<Sigs" in the bridal party 
were Tom Beadle, '97, of Kewanee, Carl Nye, '97, of Moline, Isaac 
Hudson, ex- '97, of Cairo, George Frederickson, '94, of Anna, and C. 
T. Wilder, '94, of Champaign. 

Robert W. Rogers, '96, was married March 30th to Miss Mabel 
Tyler, of Wauwatosa, Wis., in that city. Mr. Rogers is on the staff of 
the Milwaukee JoumaL 

James Lester Sexton, Alpha Zeta, was married at Savannah, Ga., 
April 14th, to Miss Margaret Dickerson Branch. The Savannah News 
of April 15th said: 

"The wedding was one of the prettiest ever celebrated in Savannah, and the decora- 
tions were particnlarlj effective. The chancel was brilliantly lighted, and on the altar 
were vases of Easter lilies. Tall, waving palms formed an arch, beneath which the 
oeremoBj was performed. Aronnd the lectern and pulpit were arranged smilax and 
potted plants and the organ was concealed behind palms, interlaced with bamboo. Mr. 
and Mrs. Sexton left daring the evening on their bridal tour, after which they will go to 
their home in Charlotte, N. C. Mr. Sextoo is in business there with the Robbins Cotton 
mills, of which he is secretary and treasurer. He is a young man of great ability and 
character, and worthy of the lovable woman that he has won. The many friends of 
Branch regret that she is leaving Savannah, bnt all rejoice in the happiness that 

before her.'* 

E. K. Fox, Theta, ex-'94, and Miss Florence Eyster Weaver, the 
daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jacob J. Weaver, of Uniontown, Md., were 
married on Feb. 2nd, '98. 

Charles N. Marsteller, Delta Delta, was married on Feb. i6th to 
Miss Grace H. Hull at Lafayette, Ind. George Ade was best man* 


The marriage of Thomas Grahm, of Grahm, New Mexico, to Miss 
Ida Marsh, of Lewisburg, Pa., took place April 14. The groom and 
all the ushers were "Sigs." The bride and bridesmaid each wore the 
pin. Kappa attended the wedding and reception in a body. Taking it 
all in all, it was a "Sig" affair from start to finish. 

I. Marian Law, Alpha Nu, '96, was married to Miss Frances Mann 
of Galveston, Texas, April 20. 

The Lafayette, Ind., Evening Courier of March loth, under the cap- 
tion <'A Matrimonial Surprise," gives the following regarding the mar- 
riages of Clarence M. Bivins, Delta Delta. Mrs. Bivins is a sister of 
Mrs. Charles R. Richards, wife of Professor Richards, Pelta Delta, '90, 
of the Nebraska State University: 

' 'This morning LaFayette was surprised to learn that two of her most prominent 
young people had been married yesterday in Louisville, and none was more surprised 
than each member of the bride's family. Clarence M. Bivins, the popular business 
manager of the Herald company, and Miss Sarah Pauline Beardsley, the beautiful 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George T. Beardsley, were united in marriage in the parlors 
of the Chestnut Street Baptist church, Louisville, at noon yesterday, the Rev. Joseph 
Weaver officiating in the presence of his own family. A week or so ago they informed 
the bride's parents and one or two friends that they intended to go away and get married 
some day, but no one thought them to be in earnest. Now the happy bride and groom 
are laughing at the friends who doubted. Mr. Bivins is a Purdue graduate and a promi- 
nent Sigma Chi man, while Mrs. Bivins is a graduate of the high school." 


Dr. J. R. Jordan, Zeta, '80, a prominent citizen of Montgomery, 
Alabama, died March 27, after a lingering illness. Dr. Jordan was 
born in Lexington, Va., on March 4, i860, and went to Montgomery 
about fifteen years ago to practice his profession. 

Rev. Bloomfield Edson, Chi, '93, died in April at Kaut, Ind. Brother 
Edson did valuable work for the Fraternity in editing the supplement 
for the Catalogue in the July, '91, Quarterly. 

George R. Freeman, Theta, '76, died of peritonitis at Meadville, Pa., 
April 12, 1898. He was at the time a professor in the Unitarian Divin- 
ity School at Meadville. 

Alpha Nu Chapter adopted the following resolutions regarding the 
death of Joseph Abbot, Jr., '92 : 

Whbrbas. It bath pleased Almighty God, in his wisdom, to remove from our midst 
our beloved brother. Joseph Abbott, Jr., Alpha Nu, '92. and, 

Whbrbas. His brothers in Alpha Nu Chapter. University of Texas, deem it fitting 
to place on record some testimonial of his services and loyalty as a Sigma Chi, be it 

Resolved, That in the death of Joseph Abbott, the Sigma Chi Fraternity loses a tme 
and zealous brother and one who was ever devoted to its teachings, and be it 

Resolved, That the members of Alpha Nu Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, 
hereby tender their heartfelt sympathy to the family of their deceased brother in this 
their hour of bereavement, and be it further 

Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the Sigma Chi Quartkrly, and 
that a copy be sent to the bereaved family. Albx Camp, 

Olinthus Ellis, Jr., 

April 17, 1898. Committee. 


The Sigma Chi Quarterly 






JULY, 1898. 


Directory of the Fraternity. 

Grand Qmsul, — Dr. William L. Dudley Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. 

Grand Atmotator, — ^Hbrbbrt C. Arms 54x0 Washington Ave., Chicago, 111. 

Grand Tribune ^ — Charlbs Alling 706 Tacoma Bailding, Chicago. 111. 

Grand Quaestor ^ — Joseph C. Natb 1237 Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago. 111. 

Grand Editor, — Nbwman Millbr Albion, Mich. 

Grand Historian^ — Frank Crozibr Portland Block, Chicago, 111. 

Grand Praetor — First Province, — Thomas R. Fibld, loth and Market Sts., Philadelphia. 

Grand Praetor — Second Province, — E. Lbb Trinklb, The University of Virginia, Char- 
lottsville. Va. 

Grand Praetor — T^rd Province, — Louis A. Irbton 5 19 Main St., Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Grand Praetor — Fourth Province, — Josbph R. Voris Bedford, Ind. 

Grand Praetor — Fifth Province, — Robbrt C. Spbncbr Stein way Hall, Chicago, 111. 

Grand Praetor — Sixth Province, — Justin D. Bowbrsock, New England Bailding, Kansas 
City, Mo. 

Grand Praetor — Seventh Province, — Douglas Forsythb. P.O.Box 1008, New Orleans. La. 

Grand Praetor — Eighth Province, — Georgb Sinsabaugh, 307 South Broadway, Los An- 
geles, Cal. 

Grand Praetor — Ninth Province, — Frank L. Pibrcb. Room 63, 31 Milk St., Boston. Mass. 

Grand Quastor, — ^Josbph C. Natb. Chairman. . 1237 Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago. 111. 

Grand Annotator, — Herbert C. Arms 5410 Washington Ave., Chicago, 111. 

Grand Praetor — Fifth Province^ Robert C. Spbncbr Steinway Hall. Chicago, 111. 


Namb. Locatiow. Tribums. Addbbss. 

Alpha Miama University G. W. SuIIenberger Oxford, Ohio. 

Gamma The Ohio Wesleyan Univer8ity....D. H. Leas Delaware, Ohio. 

Epsilon Columbian University Harry C. Cobnrn Washington, D. C. 

Zeta Washington and Lee University. .Gordon R. Houston Lexington, Va. 

Eta The University of Mississippi.... L. P. Leavell Oxford, Miss. 

Theta Pennsylvania College Will G. Leisenring Gettysburg, Pa. 

Kappa Bucknell University B. H. Trimmer Lewisburg, Pa. 

Lambda Indiana University M. C. Bradley Bloomington. Ind. 

Mu Denison University Harry W. Amos Granville, Ohio. 

Xi De Pauw University Fred. M. Starr Greencastle, Ind. 

Omicron Dickinson College Blake Irvin Carlisle, Pa. 

Rho Butler University Joseph I. Sweeny Lexington, Ind. 

Tau Roanoke College John S. Logan Salem, Va. 

Chi Hanover College John Boden Hanover, Ind. 

Psi The University of Virginia George A. W. Frazer Charlottsville, Va. 

Omega The Northwestern University Paul W. Cleveland Evanston, III 

Alpha Alpha Hobart College AqsUb S. Hnmphref Geneva, N. Y. 

Gamma Gamma... Randolph-Macon College Henry L. Johnson Ashland, Va. 

I>elta Delu Pordue University Roy C. Rickley La Fayette, Ind. 

ZeU ZeU Centre College Ernest T. Smith Danville, Ky. 

ZeuPsi The University of Cincinnati L. B. Blaekmore Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Theta Theta The University of Michigan Charles P. Delbridge Ann Arbor, Mich. 

Eu Eta Dartmouth College James B. Hutchison Hanover, N. H. 

Kappa Kappa The University of Illinois Fred H. Wilson Champaign, 111. 

Lambda Lambda .. Kentucky State College F. D. Bullock Lexington, Ky. 

Mu Mu — West Virginia University A. Lee Post Morgantown, W. Va. 

No Nu Columbia University Wm. M. Weaver, Jr NewYork City. 

XiXi The University of State of Mo Sam. R. Halstead Columbia, Mo. 

Omicron Omicron..The University of Chicago Marcus M. Plowman Chicago, III. 

Sigma Sigma Hampden-Sidney College D. P. Stewart Hampden-Sidney, Va 

Phi Phi The University of Pennsylvania . . . Perry Wentz Philadelphia, Pa. 

Alpha Beta The University of California W. Wilberforce Williams... Berkley, Cal. 

Alpha Gamma Ohio State University Edward H. Allen Columbus, Ohio. 

Alpha Epsilon.....The University of Nebraska L. R. Ewart Lincoln, Neb. 

Alpha ZeU Beloit College Edmund Enright Beloit, Wis. 

Alpha Theta Massachusetts Inst, of Technology. Barton Haselton Boston, Mass. 

Alpha Iota The Illinois Wesleyan University. J. B. Colwell Bloomington, 111. 

Alpha Lambda The University of Wisconsin Stuart H. Sheldon Madison, Wis. 

Alpha Nu The University of Texas Alexander Camp Austin, Texas. 

Alpha Xi The University of Kansas W. H. Stanley Lawrence, Kansas. 

Alpha Omicron ....Tulane University R. M. Murphy New Orleans, La. 

Alpha Pi Albion College W. J. Beaaan Albion, Mich. 

Alpha Rho Lehigh University George A. Home Bethlehem, Pa. 

Alpha Sigma The University of Minnesota George P.Brooks Minneapolis, Minn. 

Alpha Tan The University of N. Carolina.... Chas. E. J.Jones Chapel Hill, N. C. 

Alpha Upsilon The University of S. Calif omia...Philo Jones Los Angeles, Cal. 

Alpha Phi Cornell University Joseph B. Weed, Jr Ithaca, N. Y. 

Alpha Chi Pennsylvania State College W. T. Dimm State College, Pa. 

Alpha Psi Vanderbilt University Hugh H. Miller Nashville, Tenn. 

Alpha Omega Leland Stanford, Jr., University.. Ernest S. Williams Palo Alto, Cal. 


Nbw Yobk. 

Dr. Francis A. Scratchley, President, 36 W. 33d St. J. C. S. Weills, Vice-President, Sing Sing, N. Y. 
Francis E. Brewer, Secretary. 117 W. 73d St. Roderick P. Fisher, Treasurer, 14 Nassau St. 


Dr. S. Lewis Ziegler, President, 1509 Walnut St. Thomas Field, Vice-Pres., xoth and Market Sts. 

Voorhees S. Anderson, Sec., 233 Cooper St., Camden. Albert P. Willis, Treasurer, 1336 Pine St. 


Rev. Dr. Wallace Radcliffe, President. Theodore W. Noyes, Vice-President. 

F. W. McReynolds, Secretary. Dr. Reginald Munson. Treasurer. 


George P. Merrick, President, Equitable Building. George C. Purdy, Vice-Pres., Groveland Park. 
Conrad B. Kimball, Sec'y, x6oo Auditorium Tower. Herbert C. Arms, Trees., S4io Washington Ave 


Judge Howard Ferris, President, Court House. Geo. D. Harper, Secretary, 16 Carew Bnfldiag. 

Merrill Moores, President, State House. Geo. C. CaWert, Secretary. 

New Oklbans. 
R. J. Perkins, President. John Dymond, Jr., Secreury. 





Bltlnge Elmore, President, Germania Building. Edward M. Dexter, Sec'y, 310 Montgomery Bldg. 

Kansas Citt. 
H. P. Wright, President, 730 Delaware St. H. H. WhifBn, Secretary, 4sa Whitney Building. 

Publications of the Fraternity* 

SiS^ma Chi Songs. .. Edited by Hbrbbrt Clarkb Arms, assisted by Charlbs 
Bakbr Burdick. a collection of fraternity and college songs, with music. Ele- 
gantly bound in cloth. Price, per volume, $1.00. The first edition is now ready 
for distribution. 

The Sigma Chi Bulletin.. • Edited by Charlbs Alung, by authority 
of the Grand Triumvirs. A strictly private newspaper, published in the months 
of October, December, January, March, April, and June. Contains announce- 
ments of all official actions of the Fraternity, private communications of officers, 
etc. Sent free of charge, on request, to all members of the Fraternity who are sub- 
scribers to the Sigma Chi Quartbrly. 

The Sigma Chi Quarterly... Edited by nbwman millbr. a jonmai of 

college and fraternity life, established in 1881. Contains illustrated articles, poems, 
biographies, chapter letters, personals, etc. Published in the months of Novem- 
ber, February, May, and July. Subscription^ per annum, S^-Oo; single copies, joc. 

Members of the Fraternity are invited to contribute articles, news items, 
verses, sketches, and especially personal notices of alumni members. 

All exchanges and communications concerning editorial matter should be 
addressed to Mr. Newman Miller, Albion, Mich. 

All business communications, including remittances, requests for information re- 
garding any of the foregoing publications, etc., should be addressed to Mr. Joseph C. 
Nate, 1237 Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago, 111. 

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Long Walk and Chemical Laboratji 

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Campus in Winter. 



Vol. XVII. JULY, 1898. No. 4. 


By DuRAND W. Springbr, Alpha Pi, '86. 


In iSiythe Territorial Government of Michigan passed an act estab- 
lishing the University of Michigan. Amendments were made to the act 
by the legislatures of '21 and '37, and it was under the provisions of the 
law of 1837 that the work began. The first building was completed in 
the spring of '41, and the fall of the same year marked the opening of 
the Department of Literature, Science, and the Arts. In connection 
with this department there has since been established a graduate school 
wherein are enrolled all those who are working for Master's or Doctor's 
degrees. A legislative act of '91 authorizes the faculty of this depart- 
ment to issue a Teacher's Diploma to any graduate who has elected five 
courses in pedagogy. This diploma shall serve as a legal certificate of 
qualification to teach in any of the schools of the State. The Depart- 
ment of Medicine and Surgery was opened in 1850. The Department 
of Engineering dates from 1895, although work was done in this line in 
'53, and degrees have been conferred since '60. The Law School was 
established in 1859. Beginning with 1900 the entrance examinations 
will be made to conform to those required in the Department of Litera- 
ture, Science, and the Arts. The School of Pharmacy was opened in 
1868. Since the year 1870, the University has been co-educational. 
The Homeopathic Medical College and the College of Dental Surgery 
were made Departments of the University in 1875. Special professional 
courses of six years are given in the Departments of Medicine and Law. 
For four years a summer school has been conducted in connection with 
the Departments of Literature and Law. The total enrollment for the 
current year is 3,223, of which 1,868 come from Michigan. Previous to 
this year, each Department has had a separate alumni organization but 
with a grand total of 14,000 alumni it was deemed expedient to concen- 


trate their energies in a single association, and make a determined efiort 
to extend the influence of their alma mater. 


The Board of Regents is the governing body of the University. It 
consists of eight members, two being elected by popular vote every other 
year. Each department has its special faculty, the executive head of 
which is styled the Dean. The combined faculties contained the past 
year, 191 members. Of this number, eleven were women. The Uni- 
versity Senate is a body representing all the faculties and considers 
questions of common interest. 


The University Campus is a tract of forty acres centrally located in 
the finest residence part of the city and surrounded by a double drive- 
way, separated by rows of lofty elms and spreading maples. It is a 
wondrously beautiful spot with broad, shady walks, well kept lawns, 
and beds of lovely flowers. The new Botanical Gardens will in time 
greatly improve the scenic beauty. The campus contains seventeen 
buildings, all heated and lighted from a central plant. Eight of these 
buildings may be considered modern in their architectural structure, but 
even these show that the authorities have been compelled to study econ- 
omy rather than style when providing the room necessary to accommo- 
date the continued growth of the University. Half a mile to the north- 
east of the Campus, the State purchased ten acres of land upon which 
were erected two well appointed hospitals, one for each school. These 
hospitals are kept open the year round, and about three thousand pa- 
tients are annually treated. The Observatory is located on a high ele- 
vation of ground a short distance south of the hospitals. The tract 
contains eight acres. The Athletic Field of ten acres is located half a 
mile south of the Campus, and has been provided with the necessary 
appliances for successful athletic work. 


While it is true that judged by its buildings alone Michigan wonld 
be compelled to take a lower rank in the educational world than it now 
enjo3r5, it is equally true that its equipment for practical working pur* 
poses is second to none. The aim has been to supply the needful at 
the expense of the artistic. The combined libraries of the University 
contain over 110,000 volumes, 20,000 unbound pamphlets and i^aoo 
maps. Seven hundred periodicals are taken. The library is open four- 

Main Buildin 

Waterman and Barbour Gvmnasium. 


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I.if:m.\l Colleg?". 


teen hours each day during the school year. All the works of art 
belonging to the University are located in the Library building. The 
two largest collections are the hundred original casts of the works of 
Randolph Rogers and the six hundred and fifty paintings and forty 
pieces of statuary received from Henry C. Lewis. The Museum con- 
tains the collections usual to such a place, and the Chinese exhibit sent 
by the Government of China to the New Orleans exposition and after- 
wards presented to the University. The four departments of Natural 
History are represented by more than 150,000 specimens. The Water- 
man Gymnasium, named in honor of the late Joshua W. Waterman, of 
Detroit, provides all the necessary indoor facilities for the physical 
development of the male students. The main room is 90 by 150 feet, 
and is well supplied with modern gymnasium apparatus. The gallery 
around this room contains the running track, 375 feet in length. The 
Barbour Gymnasium, named in honor of ex-Regent Barbour, adjoins 
the Waterman and opens into it by means of two sets of large double 
doors. This building contains in addition to the gymnastic features, a 
hall for the lectures and meetings of the Woman's League and sufficient 
parlors to make the student life of the girls more pleasant. 


While it was intended by the founders of the University that there 
should be furnished to the youth of the land a chance to obtain a lib- 
eral education, it was deemed wise that a small fee should be exacted 
from all who accepted the opportunities offered. In addition to this 
source of revenue, the University has a small permanent endowment 
,r fund obtained from gifts and land grants. The largest bequest or gift 
^J to the University has just been made by Miss Elizabeth H. Bates, of 
:;:J7' Port Chester, N. Y. According to the provisions of her will, $125,000 
^\ goes to the Medical Department of the University, to be used in estab- 
gT'- Isshing a chair of the diseases of women and children. There is levied 
\'^ r And collected for its support a sixth of a mill tax. These three sources 
1.^/ J provide a revenue of about $400,000 per year, an amount which in spite 
^f - -of the tnost rigid economy has not been sufficient to enable all the 
)^-r. : desired improvements to be made. It is hoped that the extra appro- 
priation allowed by the last legislature for the new electric lighting 
plant, is but the forerunner of a more liberal policy on the part of the 


Several of the associations organized and officered by students have 
such a direct influence on college life that they should be named in any 

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write-up of the University. The Students' Lecture Association provides 
an annual course of twelve numbers, at a cost of $2.00. Its aim has 
been to bring persons of note, many times regardless of their ability to 
lecture. The Choral Union furnishes a course of ten musical entertain- 
ments at a cost of $3.00. Five of these make up the May Festival, 
given on three successive days and attracting persons from all parts of 
the United States. These entertainments are held in University Hall, 
a structure capable of seating 3,000 people, and containing the cele- 
brated Columbian Exposition organ. The Students Christian Associa- 
tion owns and occupies a large and beautiful building called Newberry 
Hall, situated across the street from the campus, and directly in front 
. of University Hall. The association has about 800 members at present. 
The University Oratorical Association has enjoyed eight seasons of pros- 
perity. The annual oratorical contest is held the latter part of March, 
and the winner represents the University in the Northern Oratorical 
League. During the eight years the League has been in existence, 
Michigan has secured first honors seven time. Michigan has also scored 
several triumphs in the debating arena. 

The Woman's League was organized that the work of making the 
women students feel at home amidst their new surroundings might be 
carried on systematically. The faculty ladies are especially active in 
this organization. 


Social functions are frequent enough to relieve the monotony of 
student life. During the entire school year the churches and the Stu- 
dent's Christian Association vie with each other in trying to make the 
students feel at home. During the first semester the Freshmen Spread 
is given. This is strictly a "co-ed'' affair given by the upper class girls 
to their freshmen sisters. The informal at homes given during the year 
under the auspices of the Woman's League are followed in the spring 
by a general reception. No stated "stag" parties occur but the frater- 
nity houses are the scenes of many informal social gatherings to which 
only the male sex are invited. 

For some time past, owing to a division in fraternity circles, two 
Freshman Banquets have been given. The social event of the Univer- 
sity is the Junior Hop. For several years the management was in the 
hands of the Palladium fraternities. The outside fraternities and the 
independents became strong enough to demand participation in the 
management and failing to secure it to successfully operate a second 
and rival dance. Last year an agreement was entered into by the 



various factions whereby it is to become a class affair and all parties 
will be represented on the board of managers. The Senior Reception 
is the farewell attempt on the part of those who have survived four 
years of hard work, to "drive dull care away." Because of the many 
other engagements incident to commencement time, it is followed by 
fewer extra functions than the Junior Hop. 


Michigan furnishes a good field for the amateur journalist The 
U, of Af. Daily was founded by the Independents but now its editorial 
ranks are filled by a series of competitive examinations and contain 
persons of every shade of political, intellectual, moral, social and re- 
ligious belief. The Wrinkle is a humorous magazine and is issued 
whenever enough jokes and cartoons have accumulated to warrant the 
attempt. The Inlander is purely literary in character, while the object 
of the Alumnus is indicated by its name. The Bulletin is published 
by the S. C. A. and contains reports of the addresses delivered before 
that body. Both the Engineering and Dental Schools publish techni- 
cal journals. The Senior Annual is styled the Michiganesian, It is 
managed by a board of twelve editors, four of whom are elected by the 
Senior Independent Lits, four by the Seniors in the Literary fraterni- 
ties and four by the Senior Laws. Previous to last year each of these 
groups had a publication of its own. 


For years Michigan has been a leader in athletic sports. The 
prominence which athletics have assumed in the college life naturally 
carried with it some of the evils attendant upon sports and practices 
sprang up which could not be tolerated. Educators talked about them 
and condemned sports. Being theorists mainly, no good resulted from 
their ravings. Michigan's faculty was one of the first to act. A Board 
of Control was organized with power to enforce its orders. Rules were 
adopted looking to raising the educational qualifications of the contest- 
ants. The latest step in the solution of this problem, the barring of 
the professional from participation in college athletic contests, has had 
the temporary effect of weakening the teams of those schools who have 
faithfully carried out its provisions. It must, however, be admitted 
that so far as Michigan is concerned fraternity politics has had much 
more to do with the poor showing made by our teams than have any 
rules formulated by the Board of Control. Plans for a graduate man- 
ager have been formulated and it is hoped that this step will entirely 


relieve this evil. The Athletic Association has just established an An- 
nual Field Meet for the High Schools of Michigan. 


The fraternity system was early planted in Michigan soiL As at 
other schools, so at Michigan, the fraternity man is the one who most 
enthusiastically supports those institutions in which college life and 
college spirit are fostered. There are fourteen fraternities in the Liter- 
ary Department, three in the Department of Law, and seven in the 
Departments of Medicine and Dentistry. There are eight sororities. 
The total student membership in the fraternities is five hundred thirty- 
eight, and in the sororities one hundred and forty-eight ; the total in 
both being twenty-two per cent, of the entire student body. Focty-jonr 
per cent, of the faculty are fraternity men. The aggregate property in 
Ann Arbor owned by the fraternities is appraised at ^4,000.00, which 
would make its real value in the neighborhood of $120,000.00. 


This article has been but a feeble attempt at outlining a picture of 
the University of Michigan. Its growth has been phenomenal. It is a 
standing example of what western push will do. It has not had suffi- 
cient money to bring prominent men to its faculty. It has succeeded, 
however, in maintaining a working faculty and many are the teachers 
who have attained distinction by reason of the work done while here. 
Who can tell of the many hours of patient toil which the professors, 
past and present, have passed in their endeavors to instruct coming 
generations. Who can write concerning the example which noble men 
have set day by day not only in the class room but on the streets and 
on the campus? Who can number the men and women whose lives 
have been made better and who have been a blessing to civilization 
because of the inspiration received from faithful instructors? These 
and many others are the standards by which schools should be judged. 
Not numbers enrolled but influence exerted should be the basis of com- 
parison. Time only can determine the absolute value of anything. 
Relative values are more easily discerned. If asked to name the chief 
factors that make for the welfare of our great commonwealth, no one 
would fail to give an important place in the list to the University of 




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By F. H. Yost, Mu Mu. '97. 

Education is a growth. Its fullest and completest benefits are ob- 
tained only after years of continued application and healthful effort. 
The student who realizes this primary fact and tries to subdue and rule 
his faculties accordingly will succeed. Any height of scholarship can 
be achieved upon a proper observation of this rule. Man's faculties 
are divided into the physical, the mental and the moral. Naimai Vive- 
kanandi is simply reiterating the old Grecian idea of education when he 
says that the physical man is the substratum upon which man ought 
and must base his development of mind and soul. The enjoyment of 
mind concentration and moral strength attends him who cares for his 
body by giving it proper exercise. The mental and moral attributes Of 
intellectuality, courage and ambition are strongest in him who has care- 
fully and assiduously trained the body. 

In view of these facts the past few years have witnessed a great re- 
vival of open-air games, in our colleges and universities. The inven- 
tion of the modern football game has filled an important. place, and 
bids fair to become the most generally practiced game in the catalogue 
of college games. The reasons for its growing popularity are apparent 
when we consider its advantages, benefits and results. 

It affords an excellent opportunity to all students to develop and 
strengthen man's trinity at one and the same time. The muscles of the 
body are unitedly and separately called into quick action. The human 
body needs such exercise. If the body is strong and healthy, it is nec- 
essary to keep the springs of action alert and ready-trained ; if the body 
is weak and invalid it is necessary to crown the diligent labors of the 
anxious gymnasium student with a test of his strength and endurance. 
Football offers these opportunities, besides the great benefit of contin- 
ually breathing the purest air the climate affords, and the best light the 
eye obtains. To excel on the footfall field is an indication of labor, a 
mark of strength, and a sign of health. 

Physical education requires a strenuous examination to ascertain its 
completeness and ability as much as the mental and moral. This game 
provides such a test and earnestly solicits the attention of a scrutinizing 

If restrictions are needed, they can be made ; if improvements are 


recommended, they can be adopted ; then why should there be such 
sentimental howl about its brutality and danger? 

This game trains the mental power^. Sense-perception is devel- 
oped to an exceedingly high degree, for the player sees with an eagle's 
eye, and listens with a hart's ear. The avenues of knowledge are ever 
open in order to reach a quick and accurate conclusion of the coming 

The dull, slow student never is a good player until he has trained 
his mind to alertness, quickness and precision. It often happens that 
a player has to train alone for weeks and is obliged to play for years 
before he obtains that mental power necessary to brilliant success. 
Many never succeed for lack of mental quickness and alertness. So 
many combinations of human strength and artifice are possible that the 
player must do independent mind-action and hold himself ever ready to 
modification and change. Therefore it cultivates intellectual rapidity 
and good judgment. 

The game is one of severe moral standards. It cultivates masterful 
courage, fosters abiding self-control, creates enduring self-reliance and 
encourages relative and absolute self-dependence. Loss of temper 
never wins a game but very often loses a victory. Sufficient will power 
to resist the petty designed provocations of the opponent is absolutely 
necessary. To unbalance, annoy and provoke the player and to make 
him lose a quiet, calm state of mind is always attempted. The very 
moment the players lose their temper, that very moment they become 
practically useless to their own side and an easy prey for their op- 

The players must be moral, as only then can the best results be 
obtained. Foot-ball players are abstemious, temperate, honest, cour- 
ageous, liberal and forgiving. More than that, they are usually among 
the best students in their classes and most successful in after life. 

This game has had a phenomenal growth in popularity in the West 
within the past few years. All the leading colleges and universities of 
the Great West have adopted this game, and have employed thorough 
coaches of the East, until now the West is rapidly taking the lead in 
advancing, improving and spreading this popular game. 



Some men are more in sympathy with each other because they are 
possessed of characteristics which are common to each of them. This 
condition is the result of the natural unfolding of the individual dature 
as it comes in touch with its environment. This disposition serves to 
make men better and the world better by their having lived in it. We 
are '<Sigs," and we are possessed of a nature common to all of us. It 
is that which makes us '*Sigs.'' When we touch each other in the com- 
motion of society, that touch rebounds and we are immediately con- 
scious of a sympathy in Sigma Chi, that is in the possession of all of us. 
We are possessed of one aim in life, — "fjl" — and in this purpose is our 
life. The loftiness of our purpose and its purity serves to make us bet- 
ter "Sigs," and Sigma Chi better by our having been "Sigs." This is 
the spirit that permeated the convention of the Fourth Province, and 
all present at that convention realized more than ever before how dear 
Sigma Chi is to every one of us. 

The annual convention of the Fourth Province was called to order 
by the Grand Praetor, J. R. Vooris, at eight o'clock p. m., Thursday, 
May 12, 1898, in Chi Chapter House, at Hanover, Indiana. Brother 
Vooris was nominated for temporary chairman, and Brother Bordner, 
Lambda, for temporary secretary. The convention then proceeded to 
a permanent organization, and a committee was named to select the 
permanent officers of the convention. Grand Tribune Charles Ailing, 
Chi, Brother C. W. Valentine, Delta Delta, and Brother Nathan Powell, 
Chi, constituted this committee. The report of the committee was 
unanimously adopted, and the permanent officers of the convention 
were: Consul, Joseph R. Vooris, Chi, '87; Pro-consul, C. W. Valen- 
tine, Delta Delta, '98; Annotator, Ira Bordner, Lambda, '98; Custos, 
Harry T. Graham, Chi, '98. 

Brother Vooris gave an address of welcome to the visitors which was 
rich in Sigma Chi spirit and enthusiasm. Brother Valentine spoke for 
Delta Delta, and Brother Bordner spoke for Lambda, and both gave 
an expression of the prosperous condition of their chapters and the 
good fellowship existing for the sister chapters. 

A telegram had been received from Rho in the afternoon and was 

read to the convention: 

Irvington» Ind., May 12. 1898. 

J. R. Vooris, Hanover, Ind. — Can't send man. Chapter enlisted. Horrah for 

Dewey. Swbbny. 


Enthusiastic cheering and applause followed the reading of this tel- 
gram, and Rho's patriotic response to our country's call received the 
approval of the entire convention. 

A committee on the order of business for the Friday morning ses- 
sion was appointed, composed of Brothers Bordner, Harry Graham and 
Charles Ailing. A committee on resolutions was appointed, composed 
of Brothers Valentine, T. Graham and Hense. A discussion of the new 
ritual was next commenced, and it was decided to practice the secret 
work at the next session of the convention, Friday morning. The hour 
was already late, and the convention adjourned informally after being 
entertained by a delightful talk from Brother Nathan Powell, whose 
amiable disposition and charming manner are well fitted to inspire the 
soul of every Sigma Chi. 

The next session of the convention was called to order at ten o'clock 
Friday morning. The committee on the order of business reported that 
it had appointed committees to draft resolutions for the consideration 
of the convention. The report was accepted and the drill on the secret 
work of the ritual followed. An hour was thus occupied and a thorough 
acquaintance was formed with the ritualistic work. 

The committee on resolutions reported the following resolutions, 
which were adopted: 

Be it hereby resolved. That this convention tender a vote of thanks to Grand Prae- 
tor Joseph R. Vooris and those instrumental in its arrangements, and to the Grand 
Council. Chi, Lambda and Delta Delta Chapters for their delegations to the convention. 

Be it hereby resolved, That we extend a vote of thanks to Chi Chapter for their 
bountiful hospitality. 

Be it hereby resolved. That we extend a special vote of thanks to Brother Nathao 
Powell for his generous attentions and loyal good fellowship toward the convention. 

Be it also hereby resolved. That a vote of thanks be extended to our grand officers, 
whose energetic loyalty is doing so much to promote the success and glory of Sigmi Chi. 

The following resolutions were reported by committee, appointed by 
the committee on the order of business, and were adopted: 


By Brother Schlby, Chi. 

Be it resolved. That we express our complete satisfaction with, and our high appre* 
ciation of the new song book, recently published by the general Fraternity. We feel 
that there is and should be a high regard among the members of Sigma Chi, for the edi- 
tor and his assistant, and also the committee on publication. We would also recommend 
that the book be in the hands of every chapter, and 'the individual members, and that 
they learn the book as a whole, and not a few selections to their own liking; otherwise 
they will miss the true spirit of the work. The work, both as to mechanical design and 
subject matter, is all that we could wish for as a fraternity song book, and when the 
present issue is exhausted a new one should be produced to meet the demands of all 
chapters and members. 



By Brother T. Graham. Chi. 

Be it resolved by the Chapters of the Fourth Province in convention aesembled, That 
they do anqoalifiedly indorse the Endowment Fund plan as suggested by our Grand 
Quaestor and recommend the chapters and individaal members, alomni and active, to 
pledge their financial assistance. 

By Brother I. Bordner, Lambda. 

Resohed, That it is the expression of this convention, that: Each Province of the 
Fraternity shall hold a convention once in each college year. 

That it shall be the duty of the Grand Praetor, and he shall have the power, to reg- 
ulate the proceedings and afifairs of the convention of his Province. 

That each chapter in a Province be represented by a delegate at each Provincial 

Be it further resolved^ That the Grand Praetor be required to visit each chapter in 
his Province once during each college year. 

Be it further resolved^ That each chapter provide in its by-laws a rule to determine 
whether a Sigma Chi from another chapter shall affliate with that chapter as an active 
member, and it is here suggested that a three-fourth vote of the chapter be required to 
elect any such Sigma Chi to active membership. 

Be it further resolved. That each chapter consider with due regard, the advice of 
any Sigma Chi, alumnus, or other chapter regarding the character of a man and his el- 
igibleness to become a Sigma Chi. 

We believe that such provisions will contribute much to relieve the chapters of any 
feeling of isolation from the General Fraternity and produce more intensive internal 
chapter work and a more strict adherence to the ritualistic work. 



By Charles Alling, Chi. 

Resolved, That this convention urge every chapter historian to do systematic work 
in securing and preserving full information concerning the alunmi and active members of 
his chapter. 

We recommend that the date and place of birth of every initiate be entered in a 
suitable record book immediately upon his initiation; that such data also be compiled 
concerning all members of the chapter and alumni; that the date of entrance into col- 
lege and the institutions attended before entrance be stated, together with the college 
class of the member and date of initiation; that degrees conferred and the date thereof, 
or date of leaving college, also be recorded. 

We recommend that such as the following facts be recorded as to alumni: Institu- 
tions attended after leaving college, with dates and degrees there received; with subse- 
quent occupations and places of residences and dates; all honors received and names of 
organizations entered; date of marriage and place with full maiden name of wife; list of 
conventions attended and offices held in the general Fraternity; date and place of death 
and burial and name and residence of nearest relative. 

We urge upon our chapters the securing and preservation of pictures of alumni, and 


dippings from newspapen concerning them. To this end we believe that every chapter 
shonid own an albam for pictures and a scrap book in which shall be pasted all memo- 
rabilia concerning the activities of the chapter and its members. 

We trust that the means may be secured by the general Fraternity to pay a Grand 
Historian to devote suitable time and energy to the direction of this work and provide a 
uniform system of record books for all chapters. But until the Fraternity is able to un- 
dergo such expense we urge each chapter to provide for the preservation of its own data. 

We call attention to the necessity of every chapter keeping complete bound copies of 
the Bulletin and Quartbrly and the local college publications for the chapter library. 
We urge chapter historians to attend at once to the binding of the Quarterly and Bul- 
letin at the close of each volume thereof. 

We believe that such a sjrstem will increase the knowledge of the chapter concern- 
ing its alumni and lead to a renewal of their interest in their chapter, and greatly facili- 
tate the collection of biographical material for the next edition of the Sigma Chi Catalogue. 

We believe that the action of the last Grand Chapter concerning the catalogue was 
opportune and that the chapters and grand officers should push preparations for a new 
catalogue of membership as fast as possible. 

We recommend that a blank form embodying the above information concerning in- 
itiates be prepared for signature in duplicate by every initiate: one of said forms to be 
preserved in the chapter archives and copied into the chapter record book and the other 
to be sent to the Grand Historian. 

The time and place of the next convention being left in the hands of 
the Grand Praetor, such time and place were not settled upon, and the 
convention adjourned "sine die." 

Since your Annotator was a visiting delegate, and a guest, no hesi- 
tation is felt in expressing the complete success of the convention. 
True, "Sig" hospitality and brotherly love characterize our Chi Chapter. 
Situated as they are in their beautiful chapter house, in a high, roman- 
tic spot, on the hills overlooking the Ohio river, where nature is profuse 
in her adornment, they are enabled to entertain a visitor in a manner 
gratifying to the most idiosyncratical mind. Thursday afternoon and 
evening were given up to getting acquainted. The air was full of Sig- 
ma Chi spirit and the walls of Chi Chapter house reverberated the echo 
of Sigma Chi songs from the new song book and merry sounds and 
voices. A delightful and sumptuous dinner was the indulgence of the 
evening, and and a happier and gayer assemblage of "Sigs" never 
graced the borders of the festal board. The well known punch bowl 
was a favorite harbor, and thanks to Brother Nathan Powell for its right 
disposition. A "quiet night" in Chi Chapter house, and we were ready 
for the festivity planned for Friday. Rev. D. W.Fisher, D. D. LL. D., 
President of Hanover College, Mrs. Fisher and Miss Fisher contributed 
to the pleasure of the visitors by an elegant dinner at one o'clock on 
Friday. Brothers Charles Ailing, Vooris, Valentine and the writer were 
afforded the opportunity of appreciating their kind hospitality. 


It was a merry company that left Chi Chapter house Friday after- 
noon to drive to Madison, and the new "Sig" songs and yell rang out 
loud and clear over the hills as we descended to Madison. This drive 
of six miles is a beautiful one, and, to a lover of nature's work, ample 
food is afforded for the imagination to feast upon; the foliage green, the 
sun in its brilliancy, and the music of the woods and hills made the mind 
tingle with pure sentiment, as the eye surveyed the majestic Ohio, 
winding among the hills in sombre silence. The effect of such scenes 
is a happy possession, and the memory of the convention of the Fourth 
Province will perpetuate it in the minds of all present on that occasion. 

On arriving in Madison, Brother Valentine and Brother Bradley, 
Lambda, and the writer were turned over to Brother Nathan Powell, 
and the feast of the scenes on the Ohio continued. We were driven be- 
hind his fast team in a stylish trap through North Madison and vicinity. 
Returning, Brother Powell set forth in that hospitable manner which 
characterizes the generous nature of a Southerner, a delightful and re- 
freshing toast to the inspiration of the inner man, and after further so- 
cial indulgence, we returned to the Madison Hotel. 

The banquet and dance at that good inn followed in the evening. All 
'^Sigs" appreciate the character of a ''Sig" banquet and dance; let it 
be said of Chi Chapter their effort to '<do it right" was crowned with 
success; substance for the inner man in plenty and good nature galore. 
The adornment dear to every '*Sig's" heart — the "Sig" girl — graced the 
occasion. Chi Chapter can well be proud of her "Sig" girls — pretty, 
witty, graceful, and congenial and "Sig" to the core. They all are pos- 
sessed of the requisites necessary to assume the responsibility of a 
'^Sig's" care; to share his joys, his sorrows, and go down with the river 
of life 'till the chill waters dampen his feet, his life is spent and to 
Sigma Chi has been added new lustre by his life in her life. 

Ex-Grand Praetor Powell, as Master of Toasts, was brilliant and 
scintillating all evening. He set a high standard of wit and eloquence 
and the following respondents kept close to the pace, making the intel- 
lectual features of the banquet far above the average: 

"Our Province," Joseph R. Vooris. 
"Oor Sister Chapters." C. W. Valentine. 
"The Loving Cup." Charles Ailing. 
••The •Sig' Girl," Ira Bordner. 
•'Our Loyal Band." M. C. Bradley. 
"Sigma Chi Swells," Dr. A. B. Graham. 
"The White Cross." George S. Taylor. 
"The Sober Brothers," T. J. Graham. 
•'The Goat." Albert S. Ailing. 


Many of the new and old songs of Sigma Chi interspersed the course 
of the banquet and the list of toasts, and were heartily sung in the par- 
lors of the hotel by the ladies and gentlemen who were not dancing. 

The wee small hours of the morning saw the company break away 
from its pleasure, each feeling that Sigma Chi was dearer to him than 
ever before. 

Now the Fourth Province sends greetings to all sister provinces and 
wishes for you as pleasant an occasion at your convention as we had at 

The following Sigma Chis were present at the sessions of the con- 
vention: C. W. Valentine, Delta Delta, '98; M. C. Bradley, Lambda, 
'99; Ira Bordner, Lambda, '98. 

Chi Craptbr. 

Nathan Powell. '84. Aognstos T. Schley. '00. 

Charles Ailing, '85. Theta Theta. '88. Herbert D. Britan. '00. 

Joseph R. Vooris, '87. Lewis D. Needham, '01. 

Dr. Alois B. Graham. '91. Frederic C. Ailing. '01. 

Thomas ]. Graham, '96. Thos. B. McGregor. '01. 

Harry T. Graham. '98. Melville H. Keil. '01. 

Clarence L. Banta, '99. John Boden, '01. 

Evan C. Totten, '99. Spencer K. Norton, 'oa. 

Edward O. Hense, '00. John Graham, '02. 

In addition to these the following pledged members of Chi Chapter 
were present at the banquet: Raymond Keil, '02; George C. Heck- 
man, '03; James Markley Wright, '03; Chauncey B. Lewis, '03. 

The following alumni were present at the banquet, in addition to 
those who attended the convention: Albert S. Ailing, Chi, '82, a mer- 
chant of Madison, and George S. Taylor, Chi, '86, the new Superintend- 
ent of Jefferson County's schools. 

The following ladies were present at the banquet: Mrs. D. W. Fish- 
er, Misses Edith Fisher, Jessie Young, Effie Morse and Nellie Britan, 
Hanover, Ind. ; Misses Anna Friedley, Mary Powell, Althea Wymond, 
Maud Grayson, Margaret White, Blanche Fenton, Nellie Roberts, Char- 
lotte White, Frances Scheik, Rebecca Drake, Florence Glaser, Mary 
Glass, Nellie Taylor, Mrs. Albert S. Ailing, Madison, Ind.; Miss Jessie 
N. Stewart, College Corner, O.; Misses Jessie Miller and Mayme Brew- 
er, Greenwood, Ind.; Miss Julia Penn, Bedford, Ky. ; Miss Mary Tor- 
rence, Terre Haute, Ind.; Miss Maud Harold, Petersburg, Ind.; Miss 
Jessie Miller, Greenwood, Ind.; Miss Cornelia Parker Ailing, Chicago, 
and Miss Norma Fisk, Vevay, Ind. 

Ira Bordner, Lambda, '98, Annotator. 

INITIA TES FOR THE YEAR 1897-^98. 295 




Total initiates for the year. o. Total initiates for 1896-97, 5. 

Name of Initiate and Class. Home Address. Date of Initiation 


Total initiates for the year, 5. Total initiates for 1896-97, 8. 

Calvin B. London, '02, Altoona (Juniata), Pa. Tan. 8, '98. 

DeLanson ]. Young, '02. Middletown. Pa. Jan. 8, '98. 

Louis A. Young. '03. Middletown, Pa. Jan. 22. '98. 

Howard B. Young, '02. Middletown, Pa. Jan. 22, '98. 

Joseph M. Lauman, '02. Middletown. Pa. Jan. 22, '98. 


Total initiates for the year, 4. Total initiates for 1896-97, 5. 

Simon P. Wolverton, Jr., Sunbnry. Pa. 

Ernest Magee, Clarion, Pa. 

Edward Caldwell, Milton, Pa. 

Frank W. Ward, Ridgeway, Pa. 

Total initiates for the year, 4. Total initiates for 1896*97, 8. 

P. D. Overfield, '99. 

Eugene B. Wilkins. '01. Washington, D. C. 

John T. Engeman, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Curtis S. Foster, Marion, Pa. 


Total initiates for the year, z. Total initiates for 1896-97, 4. 

Thomas W. Wright, '01, Philadelphia, Pa., May 18. '98. 


Total initiates for the year, 7. Total initiates for 1896-97, 5. 

Arthur Loudon Campbell, '01. Port Royal. Pa. Sept. 24, '97. 

David Lloyd Eynon, "ox, Philadelphia, Pa. Sept. 24, '97. 

John Hnnsicker, Jr., '01, Lebanon. Pa. Oct. 9, '97. 

Wayne Thompson Dimm, '00. Dimmsville, Pa. Nov. 5, '97. 

James Cobum Rogers, '01, Bellefonte, Pa. Apr. zi. '98. 

George Newton Campbell, '02, Sunbury. Pa. June 14, '98. 

Ralph Vinton Little, '02. Cumberland. Md. June 14. '98. 

Total initiates in First Province. 21. 

Total initiates in First Province in 1896-97. 35. 

*No report. Statistics taken from chapter letters. 




Total initiates for the year, 3. Total initiates for 1896-97, a. 

* John K. Graves, Lexington, Va. Sept. 8, '98. 

Wm. U. Bonnie, Looisville, Ky. Sept. 15. '98. 

John W. Jones, Law, Blackfoot, Idaho, Sept. 24, '98. 


Total initiates for the year, 3. Total initiates for 1896-97. 5. 

Paca Kennedy. Charleston, W. Va. 

Wilbor H. BaUlie, 'ox, Salem. Ohio. 

Oscar C. McNab, 'oz, Salem, Ohio. 


Total initiates for the year, 5. Total initiates for 1896-97, 6. 

Robert T. Anderson, Greenville. Ohio. Oct. 15. '97. 

Philip P. Steptoe, Raccoon Ford, Va. Oct. 15. '97. 

George A. W. Frazer, Nashville, Tenn. Oct. 15, '97. 

George A. Allen, Erie, Pa. Feb. 10, '98. 

John C. Adams. Lynchburg, Va. Feb. xo, '98. 


Total initiates for the year, 4. Total initiates for 1896-97. x. 

Jesse N. McClees, Special. Wichita, Kan. Oct. 9. '98 

James Duval Adams. '00, Lynchburg, Va. Oct. 9, '9^ 

Henry Ljrman Johnson, Special, Lynchburg, Va. Oct. 9. '98< 

Joseph Hugh Neville, '99, Portsmouth. Va. Oct. 9. '98. 


Total initiates for the year, 3. Total initiates for 1896-97, 5. 

J. W. Somerville, '00, Mitchells Station, Va. Sept. aS, '97. 

R. L. MiUer, 'ox, Wytheville. Va. Oct. X5. '97 

H. L. Stephenson. '00. Roanoke. Va. Nov. 23. '97* 


Total initiates for the year. 6. Total initiates for X896-97. 3. 

Charles H. Weir. 
John M. Hayes. 
W. S. Vaught. '00. 
R. A. McEcheam, '00. 
T. Winfield Jones, '00. 
Willis P. M. Turner. '00. 

Total initiates in Second Province, 24. 

Total initiates in Second Province in X896-97, 2a. 

* No report. Sutittlcs taken from chapter letters. 




Total initiates for the year, 2. Total initiates for 1896-97, 7. 

Campbell, '01. 
Thackwell, '01. 


Total initiates for the year, x. Total initiates for 1896-97, 7. 
C. E. Neil. 


Total initiates for the year, 3. Total initiates for 1896-97, 5. 

John Harmon, '01, Warren, Ohio, Sept. 17, '97. 

Percy L. Wiltsee, '01, Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 30, '97. 

Frank Wright, '01. Granville, Ohio, Feb. 4, '98. 


Total initiates for the year, 7. Total initiates for 1896-97, 5. 

Sydney Green, '00, Springfield, Ky. Sept. ao, '97 

Ephriam Pennington, '00, Stanford, Ky. Oct. a, '97 

Sam Chiles, '00, Frankfort, Ky. Oct. 12. '97 

William Berry, '01, Yazoo, Miss. Oct. za, '97 

Waller Rodes, '00, Burgin, Ky. Oct. 23, '97 

Ernest Van Winkle, '99, Danville, Ky. Oct. 30, '97 

Clay Goodloe, Danville, Ky. May a4, '98 


Total initiates for the year, 7. Total initiates for 1896-97. 5. 

Otis M. Stock, '01, 
James S. Richardson, '01, 
Louis B. Blackmore, 'ox, 
Ernest Diehl, '01, 
Charles Kinsey, '01, 
Grear H. Baker, '01, 
Francis Hnston, '01, 


Total initiates for the year. 5. Total initiates for 1896-97, 6. 

Charles Blessing, 'oo, Carrollton, Ky. Oct. 2, '97. 

William E. Dowling, '01, Lawrenceburg, Ky. Nov. 13, '97. 

John A. Parlin, '01, Newport, Ky. Nov. 13. '97. 

James G. Scrngham, '00, Lexington, Ky. Nov. 13, '97. 

Arthur Vane Lester, '00, Williamsburg, Ky. Feb. 19, '98. 

Linwood, Ohio. 


a. '97- 

Glendale, Ohio. 


a. '97- 

Avondale, Cincinnati, 



2. '97. 

Avondale, Cincinnati, 



2, '97. 

Wyoming, Ohio. 


2, •97- 

Cincinnati, Ohio. 


2. '97. 

Avondale, Cincinnati, 



27. '97. 

* No report. Statistics taken from chapter letters. 



Total initiates for the year, 4. Total initiates far 1896-97. 8. 

Chas. N. McWhorter, '01, Lewisburg, W. Va. Dec. 2. '97. 

A. G. Tait, '99. Randall, W. Va. Feb. 25. '98- 

J. A. Garrison, 'ox, Wadestown. W. Va. Feb. 25, '98. 

A. W. Smith. '00. Philippi. W. Va. Mar. 18. '98- 


Total initiates for the year, 7. Total initiates for 1896-97, 7. 

T. J. Smith, *99, New Lexington, Ohio. Sept. 30. '97. 

Loyd P. De Golley, '00, Mt. Gilead, Ohio. Sept. 30. '97. 

Thomas Y. McCray, Jr., '00, Mansfield, Ohio. Nov. 24, '97. 

George Foster Whittemore, '01, Kenne, Ohio. Jan. 4, '98. 

Rollo S. Frame, 'ox, Cambridge. Ohio. Feb. xo. '98. 

Louis F. Peck, '00, Stanton, Va. April xo. '98. 

Louis Fibel, 'ox, Hillsborough. Ohio. May 17. '98. 

Total initiates in Third Province. 36. 

Total initiates in Third Province in x 896-97, 53. 



Total initiates for the year. 3. Total initiates for 1896-97. 6. 

Edwin C. Hill. Aurora. 111. 

Everard N. Wetzel, Indianapolis, Ind. 

Thomas I. Ahl, Moweaqua. 111. 


Total initiates for the year, 8. Total initiates for 1896-97, 9. 

Paul McFadden, Bainbridge. Ind. 

George C. Fisher, Anderson, Ind. 

Charles Hamrick, Belbilie. Ind. 

Horace Hanna. Plainfield. Ind. 

Harry Messer. Charleston. 111. 

Thomas Chambers, Charleston, 111. 

Edward Call, Greencastle. Ind. 

Elmer Stoll. South Bend. Ind. 


Total initiates for the year. 3. Total initiates for X896-97, 7. 

Earle Showers, Special, Bloomington. Ind. 

Otho Darnell, '00, Lebanon, Ind. 

John Williams, 'ox. Co. H. X59th Reg., Indiana Infantry. 

* No report. Statistics taken from chapter letters. 


Total initiates for the year, 4. Total initiates for 1896-97. 5. 

Fred. C. Ailing, '01, Madison, Ind. Sept. 24, '97. 

Thomas B. MacGregor, '01, Madison, Ind. Oct. z, '97. 

John Graham, '02, Madison, Ind. May 7, '98. 

Spencer Norton, '02, Bedford, Ind. May 7, '98« 


Total initiates for the year, 4. Total initiates for 1896-97, 11. 

W. A. Atkins. '01, Indianapolis, Ind. May z6, '98. 

C. D. Barrett. '01, Fort Wayne. Ind. May z6, '98. 

C. G. Fowler, 'oz. La Fayette. Ind. May z6. '98. 

J. Andrews, 'oz. Seymour. Ind. May z6, '98. 

Total initiates in Fonrth Province, 22. 

Total initiates in Fourth Province, Z896-97. 38. 



Total initiates for the year, 8. Total initiates for Z896-97, 8. 

Lucian E. Smith, '00, Evanston, 111. 

S. C. Rawlins, '01, Chicago, 111. 

W. W. Cumnock, 'oz, Evanston. 111. 

C. A. McCarthy, 'oz, Chicago. 111. 

W. L. Eaton, *oz, Chicago, 111. 

A. L. Leonard, *oz, Clinton, Iowa. 

Paul W. Cleveland, 'oz, Evanston, 111. 

V. Pike, 'oz. St. Joseph, Mo. 


Total initiates for the year, 10. Total initiates for z897-98, 13. 

Floyd Arthur Wilson, '00. Ann Arbor. Mich. Oct. z6, '97 

George William Magly. 'oz, Cincinnati, Ohio. Oct. z6, '97 

Chester Orville Jordan, 'oz, St. Joseph, Mich. Nov. 6, '97 

William Wick Kittleman, 'oz, Detroit. Mich. Nov. 6, '97 

Howard Richardson, 'oz, Saginaw, Mich. Nov. 6, '97 

Waldo Botsford Bach, 'oz, Ann Arbor, Mich. Nov. 6. '97 

Frederick Charles Mellish. 'oz, Saginaw, Mich. Dec. zz, '97 

Jesse Jay Ricks, 'oz, Taylorville, 111. Dec. zz, '97 

Walter Herbert Mills, 'oz, Decatur, 111. Dec. zz, '97 

John Frederick McLean, '00, Menominee, Mich. April 8, '98 



























Total iDitiates for the year, iz. Total initiates for 1896-97. 14. 

Edward C. Van Dozer, Rockford. 111. 

Edward Bochanan, Paris. 111. 

Roy Davidson, Champaign, 111. 

Andrew O. Jacftson. '00, Lake Forest. 111. 

Rnel C. McGill. 'oz. Chicago. 111. 

Dale S. Harrison, '00, Sterling. 111. 

Burt Adsitt, 'oz, Hooperston, 111. 

Frank T. Sperry, '98. Champaign. 111. 

Charles Chamberlain, 'oz. Hooperston, 111. 

Otto Webb, '00. Bement. 111. 

George J. Griffith. '99. Savannah. 


Total initiates for the year. 6. Total initiates in Z896-97. zz. 

John P. Moran, *oo, Vincennes Ave.. Chicago. Aug. 3, '97- 

Marcus M. Plowman, '99, Dallas. Texas. Aug. 3. '97* 

Lawrenc«$ DeGrafif. '98^ Dec. 3. '97- 

Ray Prescott Johnson. '00. Muncie, Ind. Dec. 3. '97- 

Warren Maclntire, 'oz, Miles City, Mont. April 3. '9^- 

Guy Bell, '00. Fort Wayne, Ind. April 3, '98- 


Total initiates for the year. 8. Total initiates for Z896-97. 8. 

Charles E. Read. '98. Jacksonville. 111. Oct. 9> '97 

James L. Whitney, '00, Beloit, Wis. Oct. 9. '97- 

Elbert E. Lochridge, '98, Elkhom. Wis. Feb. 5. '9S- 

Edwards B. Brown, 'oz, Beloit, Wis. Feb. 5* '9^- 

Edward Purdy, 'oz. Waukon, Iowa. Feb. S' '9^- 

Wilfrid A. Rowell, '99, Mondovi, Wis. April 23. '9^ 

Harry D. Snyder, 'oz, Kilbourn, Wis. April 23. '9^- 

Von Ogden Vogt, 'oz. Chicago, 111. April 23, '9^- 


Total initiates for the year. 4. Total initiates for Z896-97, 5. 

Jas. C. Riley, '98, Bloomington, 111. Oct. 27, '97- 

Wm. L. Martin, '98, Camie, 111. Oct. 27, g?- 

Richard Shelledy, '99, Paris, 111. Oct. 27. '97- 

Bernard Landes, '99, Mt. Carmel, 111. Nov. Z9. '97. 


Total initiates for the year, 6. Total initiates for Z896-97. 8. 

Evans M. Nye, '01, Lancaster. Wis. 

Charles A. Cryderman. '99, Milwaukee, Wis. 

* No report. Sutiatics taken from chapter letters. 

INITIATES FOR THE YEAR 1897-' 9%. 301 

March F. Chase. '60, Mineral Point. Wis. 

Harry L. Kellogg. '99. Oconomowoc, Wis. 

William £. Finnegan, '00, Green Bay, Wis. 

Tracy Banker, 'oi, Woodstock, 111. 


Total initiates for the year. 3. Total initiates for 1896-97, 9. 

Harry C. Bortles. 'oz. Albion, Mich. Oct. 2, '97. 

Fred R. Dart, '01, Mason, Mich. Oct. 14, '97. 

Corbin P. Birdsey, '99, Osseo, Mich. Dec. 15, '97. 


Total initiates for the year, 6. Total initiates for 1896-97, 4. 

Warren Knowlton, '01. Minneapolis. Minn. 

Fred Poehler, '01, Henderson, Minn. 

Leo Chilton. '01, Howard Lake, Minn. 

John Burgess. Winona, Minn. 
Kent Nelson, '00. 
George Gallagher, '00. 

Total initiates in Fifth Province, 62. 

Total initiates in Fifth Province in 1896-97, 98. 



Total initiates for the year, 5. Total initiates for 1896-97, 10. 

Othoniel Gaylord Home, '01, Syrocuse, Neb. Nov. z, '98. 

Harry Dewitt Landis, '99, Milford, Neb. Jan. iz, '98. 

E. Wendell Foster. '00, Lincoln, Neb. Jan. zz, '98. 

Almond Beverly Wells. Jr., '00, Fort Meade, So. Dak. Feb. zz, '98. 

Earle Albert Wehn, 'oz. Beatrice, Neb. Feb. zz, '98. 


Total initiates for the year, 6. Total initiates for Z896-97, 7. 

William H. Stanley, '99. Lawrence, Kan. 

Dana Mc Vicar, '98, Topeka, Kan. 

Elwood Kennedy, 'ox, Lawrence. Kan. 

Roy Henley, '01, Lawrence, Kan. 

Arthur A. Green, '98. Lecompton, Kan. 

Arthur Symms, '00, Lawrence, Kan. 

* No report. Statistics taken from chapter letters. 



Total initiates for the year, 6. Total initiates for 1896-97. x8. 

Arnold. Joplin, Mo. 

Steinkampt, St. Loais, Mo. 

Kleinschmidt, St. Louis. Mo. 

Edward Water worth. '01, St. Louis, Mo. 

Claude H. Thomas. '01, Albany, Mo. 

M. F. Highley, '99, Farmington. Mo. 

Total initiates in Sixth Province, 17. 

Total initiates in Sixth Province in 1896-97. 17. (Xi Xi in Fifth Province in '96-'97). 



Total initiates for the year. 9. Total initiates for 1896-97, 8. 

}. Elmore Holmes, '99, Law, Plum Point, Miss. Nov. 15, '97. 

Amand B. Leavell. '01, Oxford, Miss. Nov. 15, '97. 

Robert H. Sultan, '01, Oxford, Miss. Nov. 15, '97. 

H. R. Spite, *99, Law, Ripley, Miss. Nov. 15. '97. 

John B. Ryley, '01. Hebron. Miss. Nov. 20. '97. 

R. Henry Lake. '99, ' Memphis. Tenn. Nov. 20. '97. 

Monroe G. Morgan, '01, Hernando. Miss. Nov. 20. '97. 

Robert H. Longino. '01. Hebron, Miss. Nov. 20. '97. 

N. R. Drummonds, '00, Hebron, Miss. Nov. 20. '97. 


Total initiates for the year, 3. Total initiates for 1896-97, 9. 

Hugh Prothergy. 

Olinthuss Ellis, Jr., '99, Lockhart, Texas. 

Walter S. Amsler, '01, McGregor, Texas. 


Total initiates for the year, 2. Total initiates for 1896-97, 3. 

Leeds Enstis, '01, Dec. zo, '97. 

Paul Mcllhenny, '01, Dec. 21, '97. 


Total initiates for the year, 2. Total initiates for 1896-97, 4. 

Marvin Mclntyre, '01, Simpson ville, Ky. Oct. 4. '97. 

William Foote, '01, Louisville. Ky. Oct. 4. '97. 

Total initiates in Seventh Province, z6. 

Total initiates in Seventh Province in 1896-97, 24. 

* No report. Statistics uken from chapter letters. 





Total initiates for the year, 5. Total initiates for 1896-97, 3. 

Ernest B. Bradley, '99, Los Angeles, Cal. 

Edgar D. Hiller, '00. Los Angeles, Cal. 

Harry W. Mclntier, '00, Los Angeles, Cal. 

Frank J. Scott, '00, Los Angeles, Cal. 

Samuel Moulton. '00, Los Angeles, Cal. 


Total initiates for the year, 6. Total initiates for 1896-97, 2. 

Harry Balch Penhallow, '01, San Francisco. Cal. Sept. 8. '97. 

Homer Fletcher Pitman, '01, Palo Alto, Cal. Sept. 8, '97. 

John Alfred Givens. '01, Blackfoot, Idaho. Sept. 8, '97. 

Guy Luke Cuzner, '01. Los Angeles, Cal. Oct. 2, '97. 

Edward Briggs Partridge, Jr., '01, San Francisco, Cal. Oct. 9, '97. 

Frank Waite Bennett, '01, Phoenix, Arizona. Apr. 27, '98. 

Total initiates in Eighth Province, 11. 

Total initiates in Eighth Province in 1896-97, 8. 



Total initiates for the year, 8. Total initiates for 1896-^, 3. 

Charles Breck Ackley, '99, Oconomowoc. Wis. Sept. 24, '97. 

Francis Harold Beard. '01. Port Huron. Mich. Sept. 24.. '97. 

Henry Stanley Falkner, '01, Leroy, N. Y. Sept. 24. '97. 

Wm. Angus Braithwaite, '01, Yonkers, N. Y. Oct. i, '97- 

Geo. Rivers Walker, 'oi, New York City. Oct. i. '97. 

Edw. Morley Huson Knapp, '98, Danville, Pa. Nov. 19. '97. 

Harry Gunnell, '00, Beaver< Pa. Jan. 14. '98. 

Eugene Luther Jagar, '01, Charleston, S. C. Jan. 14, '98. 


Total initiates for the year, 10. Total initiates for 1896-97, 14. 

Edward S. Calderwood, '01, Boston, Mass. 

William W. Cheever. '01. Nashau. N. H. 

Emett M. Stevens. '01, Nashau, N. H. 

Edward F. Gibbons, '01, Hingham, Mass. 

Herbert C. Denett, '01, Amesbury. Mass. 

George L. Hancock, '01, Franklin Falls, N. H. 

Julian D. W. Orcutt. 'ox, Wollaston, Mass. 

Herbert W. Hovey, 'oi, St. Johnsburg. Vt. 

Michael H. O'Malley, '00, Clinton, Mass. 

Owen A. Hoben, '99, Winchendon. Mass. 

* No report. Statistics taken from chapter letters. 



Total initiates for the year. 6. Total initiates for 1896-97, zi. 

Raffard Pitt, 

John Telfair, 

Frans Schimfer, 

Paul H. Ringer, 'oi, New York. N. Y. 

William -U. Moore, 'oo, 

Henry J. Mills, 'ox, Brooklyn, N. Y. 



Total initiates for the year. 8. Total initiates for x896-97, 4. 

Charles R. Woodhull, 'ox, Monroe, N. Y. Oct. 8, '97 

Ralph Shepard. 'ox. Newbury port. Mass. Oct. X5, 97 

Clifford R. Hammond, 'oo, Buffalo. N. Y. Jan. X4, '98 

Charles F. Harwood, '99. Warren. Mass. Jan. X4, '98 

James S. Gill, "99, Ludlow, Vt. Jan. 22, '98 

Joseph D. Evans, 'ox, Lowell. Mass. Feb. x8, '98 

John Walls, '99, Louisburg. Penn. Apr. x, '98 

J. Elliott Le Basquet, 'ox, Des Moines, Iowa. Apr. x, '98 


Total initiates for the year, 6. Total initiates for x896'97, 4. 

Roland A. Woodyat, 'ox. Chicago, 111. 
J. W. O'Leary. '99, Chicago, 111. 
R. A. Mcllhenny, 'ox, Avery's Island, La. 
Lloyd Smoot, 'ox. Washington, D. C. 
Judson Creary, '00, LaFayette, Ind. 
Gregory, 'ox, Albion. N. Y. 

Total initiates in Ninth Province. 38. 

Total initiates in Ninth Province in x896-97, 36. 

Grand total for the year, 247. 

Grand total in 1896-97, 331. 

NoTB. — That the statistics of some chapters are in some respects incomplete is doe 
to the fact that the blanks sent out by the editor of the Quartbrly. which stated spe- 
cifically what information was desired, were not filled out and returned. In such cases 
the most accurate statistics obtainable from the letters of such chapters to the three 
issues of the Quartbrly already published have been sought. The notable decrease in 
the grand total of initiates of the past year as compared with X896-97 is partly accounted 
for by the fact that several large chapters were established, and others re-instated in 
X896-97. However, when all necessary weight is given this circumstance, it remains the 
most obvious indication of the Fraternity's statistics for the past year that Sigma Chi 
has been very conservative. — Editor. 

* No report. Statistics taken from chapter letters. 



This number concludes volume XVII of the Quarterly, and we 
suggest that one of the first duties of the active chapters when they 
reassemble for next year will be to provide for the binding of this 
year's volumes of the Quarterly and Bulletin^ so that they may be 
given a permanent place in the chapter library. Apropos to the excel- 
lent resolution, regarding the work of the chapter historian, presented 
by Grand Tribune Charles Ailing, and adopted by the convention of the 
Fourth Province, which is printed in full in the report of that conven- 
tion in this issue, we call attention to the following plan which was 
brought to our notice some time ago. Inasmuch as all, or nearly all 
of the chapters have begun permanent libraries it is fitting that an offi- 
cer, or better, a committee, be added to the chapter's administrative 
equipment. The best method of doing this that we have in mind is ac- 
cording to the plan referred to above. A permanent committee of two, 
one of whom shall be the chapter historian, is elected by the chapter to 
hold office two years, the members being chosen on the alternate years. 
To this committee, which is called the "Library Committee," is dele- 
gated the care and improvement of the chapter library. A work which 
involves in detail the preservation in suitable binding of complete files 
of the Quarterly, the Bulletin^ and all the publications of the institu- 
tion where the chapter is located, as well as an accurate accounting for 
all books, which become the property of the chapter. Aside from the 
general impression of neatness and good taste which should be the fea- 
ture of every chapter hall, lodge or house, there is nothing over which 
an alumnus will become so enthusiastic as a well kept chapter library- 
containing the publication indicated, and any guest of the chapter will 
gain a better impression of fraternity life from such a library, than a 
casual visit could otherwise give. Moreover, in such a rich mine of 
recorded actions, there may be found material for discussion at many 
enjoyable and profitable chapter meetings. Then, too, valuable ideas 
looking to the development of literary tastes will be suggested in con- 
nection with such a collection of books. 

There can be no more appropriate theme for the summer thoughts- 
of the college fraternity man than an attempt to determine what stand- 


ards of action and of judgment shall govern in the rushing season which 
the first few weeks of the opening school year will witness. As to 
the methods employed and considerations of time the prevailing cir- 
cumstances at the various institutions will largely determine. In all 
probability it will not be possible to escape in some cases those features 
of haste and importunity which often seriously interfere with the wisest 
action. Where such conditions obtain, a previous careful study of the 
ear marks of eligible men will be found to be invaluable. And as it is 
quite likely that the higher class men in the chapter are better able to 
form accurate judgment of a freshman's eligibility it is usually wise to 
allow their opinions precedence. But when it is possible, all the time 
necessary for deliberate action should be taken. It often happens that 
first impressions are not trustworthy, and occasionally a rival fraternity 
earns our everlasting gratitude by taking a man whom we have too 
hastily decided to "bid." In any event there should be a candid dis- 
cussion of each man proposed, and every member of the chapter should 
take part. Too much emphasis should not be given to the obviously 
strong points in favor of the candidate, and a few minor objections, 
which appeal to the prejudices of some one or two members of the 
chapter, should not be magnified into a prohibitive objection. The 
first essential to success in the fall campaign is that the members of the 
chapter possess approximately the same ideal of a qualified initiate. 
This they are supposed to have gained by the discussion of candidates 
on previous occasions, and by that instinctive appreciation of gentle- 
manly qualities which characterizes every fraternity man. This much 
is certain that if each member of the chapter has a worthy ideal, and 
keeps it ever in mind, creditable work will be done in spite of the nec- 
essary haste. Set aside such considerations as intellectual talent, social 
adaptability, athletic prowess, ambition, financial prospects, etc., until 
you have decided this one thing: What is his character? Or in other 
words: Has he the instincts of a gentleman? Will he be congenial? 
Then take up the others in order. 

We have become thoroughly convinced that local, class, and inter- 
fraternity organizations, calling themselves fraternities are a serious 
menace to the inception and development of right fraternity ideas. 
There is little excuse for the local variety of such organization, less 
excuse for the class variety, and no excuse at all for the inter-fraternity 
organization. It seems presumptions for local or class organization to 
assume the dignified and hitherto significant title — fraternity. But 


their right to pervert the true significance of the term, will doubtless be 
stoutly maintained, and the only course open, to opponents of such 
action, is endurance. The inter-fraternity organizations, such as Theta 
Nu Epsilon, are instituted for the purpose of affording the leading 
members of prominent fraternities facilities for having what may be 
literally designated as a '<hot time." If the sophomorical tendencies of 
certain members of various fraternities must find expression occasion- 
ally, and meetings of such individuals for such a purpose must be 
dignified with a named organization; then we submit that the degree 
of warmth attained by such functions will not to any extent depend 
upon the name of the organization. And, this being true, we submit 
further, that a decent respect for those sacred principles which have 
endeared the word — fraternity — to thousands, would lead these frolic- 
some young men to designate their hilarious organizations by some less 
dignified and significant term. Such an organization is not in any 
proper sense a fraternity, and the great damage that masquerading 
under such a title may accomplish is obvious. We hope to see the 
day, and we confidently believe it will come, when Sigma Chi will take 
remedial action, to the extent of prohibiting its members from identify- 
ing themselves with such organizations. 

The Second, Third and Fourth Provinces have held conventions 
this year, and in each case a remarkably enjoyable and beneficial occa- 
sion has been reported. Why may not an annual convention become 
the custom in each of the nine provinces of Sigma Chi? These conven- 
tions certainly bring together a body of undergraduates, few of whom 
ever have an opportunity to attend a convention of the general Frater- 
nity, and afford them a delightful opportunity to meet each other and a 
few prominent alumni. Attendance upon a province convention cannot 
fail to stimulate enthusiasm, breed more intense loyalty, and contribute 
a fund of practical information regarding fraternity life and work. Ob- 
viously it is not the intent, even if it were possible, to cover the breadth 
of discussion which distinguishes the general convention, but questions 
of familiar acquaintance and more immediate application may be con- 
sidered at length. The Fourth Province did the Fraternity a great ser- 
vice by putting the conclusions reached by its discussions in the form 
of concise resolutions suitable for publication in the Quarterly. These 
resolutions are suggestive and instructive, and the convention report 
shows that the large amount of creditable work done did not in any 
way interfere with the social functions incident to the convention. 



Since the reports received from the chapters were not sufficiently 
uniform and complete to afford data for an accurate showing of the 
prominent part Sigma Chis are taking in the present war, it was thought 
best to allow the facts which were at hand to appear in connection with 
the other news from the chapters. However, sufficient information ha& 
been gained to warrant the conclusion that Sigma Chi is doing her 
whole duty in the matter. Tndeed, it could hardly be otherwise in this 
or any other fraternity, for the primary fraternity idea is friendship, 
and there never has been in the history of civilization a more exalted 
example of friendship than that which the United States is proving 
claim to by her immense outlay to relieve the desperate and well nigh 
hopeless Cubans. 


The Fifth Edition of William Raimond Baird's "American College 
Fraternities" was delivered to subscribers at commencement time. In 
cover, binding and typography it is a distinct advance over the Fourth 
Edition, issued in 1890. The arrangement of the subjects treated is 
most excellent, and two innovations — statistical tables for 1883, 1890, 
and 1898; and a list showing the geographical distribution of the chap- 
ters, strongly commend the new edition, which has 438 pages, 86 more 
than the work of 1890. A copy of this valuable work should find its 
way into every Sigma Chi chapter library at once. It is a book which 
every wide-awake fraternity man should possess. 


IietteiTs fiTom Active Chapteirs. 



An unusual amount of interest was taken in athletics this spring, 
especially in baseball and tennis. At the beginning of the season the 
outlook for the ball team was far from encouraging, but by persistent 
and faithful work a team was gotten together, which was a credit to the 
institution it represented. The season was ended by a game with the 
Carlisle Indians lit Gettysburg. The game was exciting throughout and 
resulted in a victory for us by the score 6-2. Our representatives on 
the team were Brothers Farnham, pitcher; Dale, 2d base, and Loudon, 
Jr., ist base. In the inter-fraternity tennis tournament. Phi Kappi Psi 
won the cup. It was held last year by Alpha Tau Omega. 

The exercises of the sixty-sixth commencement were interesting 
throughout. Thirty-one seniors were graduated and the graduation of 
this number indicates a large attendance of parents and friends. The 
chapter loses this year by graduation Brother Erdman, who has been 
very active and much interested in the welfare of the chapter. We are 
all very reluctant to lose him. We hope to begin the next school year 
with eight active members; but will soon increase that number, as we 
have two pledged men to initiate then. 

Last May, at the first call for volunteers, two of our most active and 
influential members. Brothers Keith, '99, and Dale, 1900, left college to 
enlist. They are now with Co. H, 5th Reg., 2d Brig. Penn. Vol. Inf. at 
Chickamauga, Ga. Two of our alumni also responded to the first call. 
They are Brothers Frank S. Leisenring, '97, and Augustus M. Bixler, 
ex-' 98. The former is with the 8th Penn., Co. C, at Camp Alger, and 
the latter with the 5th Maryland at Tampa, Fla. 

The chapter has been honored by the conferring of the degree of 
Doctor of Divinity upon Brother Chas. M. Stock, '74, by Gettysburg, 
and upon Brother W. C. Schaeffer, '66, by Newberry College. Your 
scribe has been fortunate enough to take the freshman prize for best 
general scholarship. 

We all enjoyed the short stay of Dr. Robert Farnham, Epsilon, '64, 
who, in company with his wife and son, spent May 30th in Gettysburg. 
Brother Riggles, Epsilon, also accompanied Dr. Farnham, and we found 


him a true "Sig." We also enjoyed having with us for several days 
Brother Magee, Kappa, who is a member of the Bucknell ball team, 
Gehr, Theta, '91, and Damuth, Theta, '92, the latter two during com- 
mencement week. Wm. G. Leisenring. 
Gettysburg, Pa., June 15, 1898. 


The college year of '97-'98 ended successfully for Kappa with one 
of the best and most congenial symposiums they have had for some 
years. The banquet was held as usual in the chapter rooms, which 
resounded with the laughter of the older members over the pranks of 
bygone days when with much di£Bculty the historical Kappa was kept in 
school, but subrosa. Vinton Liddell, of Charlotte, S. C, was toast- 
master. Wm. I. King, '65, gave a pleasant response on "Fellowship 
of Sigma Chi," J. Thompson Baker followed with the '^Lewisburg 
Members," and the Hon. Ward R. Bliss reviewed the "Object of Sigma 
Chi" in particular. Many other toasts were responded to in good style, 
and at the last three cheers were given with a vim for our loyal Brother 
Trimmer, who was absent at Camp Alger. We were pleased to have 
with us Brothers J. A. Hyatt, '91, Geo. L. Megargee, ex-'96. O. £. B. 
Bailey, of Phi Phi, and also a member of company A, 12th regiment 
The year has been fairly successful for Kappa. We expect to have six 
men to return next fall, a stronger showing than for some years. 

Lewisburg, Pa., June 15, 1898. Rush H. Kress. 


Vacation is again here and Lehigh students have settled down for a 
long rest. Commencement time was this year a grand success, and each 
event passed off with a smoothness seldom met with. The cremation of 
Calculus, Saturday evening, June nth, opened the exercises, and in 
spite of a shower during the evening the exercises were enjoyed by sev- 
eral thousand people. Class day on the following Monday was likewise 
a treat, and the yells given by '98 were sent echoing through the camp- 
us. Brother Edgar represented the White Cross on class day and held 
up the post of class poet with credit. The other exercises were of the 
the usual order. We, the members of Alpha Rho, were doubly blessed, 
for beside having the pleasure of opening our house to the guests and 
relatives of our seniors, we were the happy hosts of Brothers MacCalla, 
'96, and Miller, '96, who came back to their alma mater to see their 
brothers and to have a dance. 

Our prospects for next year are fair. We open the house in the fall 
with six members, but we hope soon to have our membership swelled to 
twice that number. E. T. Satchell. 

South Bethlehem, Pa., June 23, 1898. 



The college year has closed and the members of Alpha Chi congrat- 
ulate themselves on their fine record during the year and their fine pros- 
pects for next fall. Nine of us expect to return, and with this number 
and our two alumni, Pond, '92, and Dunkle, '93, we hope to make ours 
the leading chapter at < 'State." 

Commencement week was a lively one, and in social circles Sigma 
Chi was well represented. We closed the week with a dance at our 
chapter house, which was pronounced a great success by all and as fine 
as any of the week. 

Alpha Chi loses, by graduation, Brothers Davis and Diehl, both of 
York, Pa. In them we lose two warm-hearted and loyal brothers, who 
worked hard for the welfare of Sigma Chi. Our best wishes for their 
future welfare go with them. 

Since our last letter we have initiated our two pledges, George New- 
ton Campbell, '02, 310 Arch St., Sunbury, Pa., and Ralph Vinton Lit- 
tle, '02, 79 Bedford St., Cumberland, Md., who were introduced to our 
Billy and instructed in our mysteries on the night of June 14th. They 
are both promising men and leaders in the incoming freshman class. 

We were glad to have with us during commencement Brothers 
George K. Spencer, '95, and J. M. Keichline, Jr., ex-'99, who helped to 
enliven the week. Brother Duncan, an old Kappa man, also dropped 
in on us for a few hours. 

Brother Lawrence M. Colfelt, Iota, '67, delivered the Baccalaureate 
sermon on June 12th. Wayne T. Dimm. 

State College, Pa., June 20, 1898. 



Commencement with its gayeties is a thing of the past; the last grip 
has been given, and Lexington is left to desolation and the few students 
who cannot get away. We lose by graduation this year Brothers Hous- 
ton and Snyder, the former of whom, however, has obtained a school in 
the neighborhood and will be with us some next year, we hope. One of 
the features of the "finals" with us is the annual boat race between the 
Albert Sidney and Harry Lee boat clubs. The races are rowed in four- 
oared shells, and we were represented on Albert Sidney by Brother 
Tucker at No. i, and on the Harry Lee by Brother Bonnie, No. i; 
Brother Fitzhugh, No. 3, and Houston, coxswain. In spite of the pre- 


ponderance of ^'Sigs'* on the Harry Lee crew, the Albert Sidney won 
after a close and exciting race. 

The Calyx^ our annual, is out and is a very creditable book. Brother 
Houston represented us on the board, while Brother Snyder was busi- 
ness manager and Brother Fitzhugh assistant manager. 

The tennis tournament this year was all our own way, the singles be- 
ing won by Brother Graves, and Brother Snyder being one of the win- 
ners of the doubles. Brother Bonnie was recently elected treasurer of 
the general athletic association, while Brother Tucker was given the 
position of secretary. 

The board of trustees has created a chair of Political Science, which 
will make our course in this branch about the best in the South. 

Our chapter has splendid prospects for next year, and we are deter- 
mined to maintain our position at the top of the ladder. 

Lexington, Va., June 20, 1898. J. R. Tucker, Jr. 


The last quarter passed without anything of special interest, except 
for the University at large, which was the dedicating of the new build- 
ings, the University literally being born again, as it was completely de- 
stroyed by fire in '95. 

We graduated two men in medicine, Brothers Morrison and Sperow 
and in law Brother Trinkle, our esteemed Grand Praetor of the Second 
Province. Brother Trinkle won first moot court prize, consisting of 
^250 worth of books. Brother Martin was elected captain of the base- 
ball team for next year. 

We had visits from Brothers Douglas, Forsythe and May, of New 
Orleans; Brother Watts, of Lynchburg; Brothers Royster and Julian 
Thornley from New York; also Brother Smith, an old Psi man from 
Columbia, Tenn., who was here in '59. We enjoyed his tales of old 
times very much. 

We hope to start out the year with thirteen men at least out of 
our eighteen of this year, and it is a fine, enthusiastic crowd. 

George Augustine W. Frazer. 

Charlottesville, Va., June 23, 1898. 


Our chapter was broken up this year by four of our fellows leaving 
college before the close of the session, two having been called home on 
business and two of us volunteering for service in the Virginia Zouaves, 
Co. E., 2d Va. Reg. U. S. V. Hence we have no regular chapter letter. 

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Our chapter this last year, though small in numbers, more than made 
p for it in quality, and we now look back to many, many pleasant even- 
igs spent together in our rooms, and everlasting friendships formed, 
xamma Gamma has always been noted for the congeniality of its mem- 
bers, and is held in the highest esteem by both faculty and students, and 
7e hope to keep it up. 

It is impossible to tell anything of the prospects for next year, but if 
/e are enabled to return by the beginning of the session, every effort 
(rill be put forth to again put the chapter on a firm basis. 

Jacksonville, Fla., June 24, 1898. Henry L. Johnson. 


Commencement was very gay this year and finals passed off very 
uspiciously. Quite a number of alumni and '<old boys" were present, 
o say nothing of the pretty girls who came to grace the occasion. We 
lad the pleasure of seeing again Brothers Morton and Sydnor, both of 
he class of '96. 

No addition has been made to our chapter roll, but we expect a very 
uccessful rushing season next fall, as six of our number return. 

The Kaleidoscope came out just before finals and is considered the 
est we have ever had, some going so far as to class it above any in the 

Our stand in college affairs has not been lowered, but rather in- 
reased, of late. We held the president of the general athletic associa- 
ion, with one member of the advisory committee, while Brother Hern- 
Ion was again elected captain of the baseball team. In the recent 
thletic day. Brother Stephenson carried off first prize in all three bi 
ycle races. The writer was final president of the graduating class — an 
onor which Sigma Chi has had for the past three years. Smaller hou- 
rs have also been taken, but need not be mentioned. 

Hampden-Sidney, Va., June 20, 1898. D. T. Stuart. 

(In the Sigma Sigma chapter picture opposite this page the names 
re, beginning at the left, top row, J. W. Somerville, R. L. Miller; 
liddle row, T. H. Wyly, H. L. Stephenson, T. R. English; bottom 
ow, D. T. Stuart, E. B. Herndon.) 



Since the last issue of the Quarterly, we have gone through the ag- 
nies of our spring term examinations. We bob serenely up, however. 


at the thought of our twelve weeks vacation. Gamma has just closed 
another comparatively successful year. Although we part, only six in 
number, and having no brother to graduate, we will have all our broth- 
ers back ready for the rushing season next fall. Brother Leas is spend- 
ing the summer in Delaware, O. ; Brother Hofiman at Malta, O. ; Broth- 
er John Thalman at Batavia, O. Brother Thornhill will amuse himself 
with the sphere, which he so gracefully handled for the 'varsity team this 
spring, at Richwood, O.; Brother Neil will pass away the time at his 
favorite work, teaching elocution, and the writer will rusticate on his 
father's farm in ''old Clermont county." 

Since our last letter it became our solemn duty to sever our connec- 
tions with two of our brothers. £. O. DeVore was expelled from the 
chapter early in the term, and F. A. Bennett, who was affiliated to us 
from Omega Chapter, was found to be an unworthy bearer of the White 
Cross, and consequently was expelled. 

After September 15th, Gamma's door will be open to all ''Sigs" 
who may wander our way. Jos. L. Thalman. 

Delaware, Ohio, June 29, 1898. 


Since our last letter much of interest has happened in our chapter 
life. We have been actively engaged in all branches of college work. 
Brother Struble occupied the box for our ball team this spring, and 
Brothers Wright and Lewis held down first and third bases respectively. 
In the competitive drill in May, Brother Canby won first prize in the in- 
fantry and Brother Wiltsee secured first honors in the signal corps. 
Eight of our number attended the Third Province convention held in 
Columbus, O., and enjoyed the session very much. 

Earlier in the spring Brothers Massie and Amos attended the inter- 
state oratorical contest, which was held in Beloit, Wis., as delegates 
from Ohio. Our Beloit brothers received them in royal '<Sig" style and 
made their short visit one of the most enjoyable occasions of their lives. 
The Beloit "Sigs" are leaders in every line of college life and it is a 
delight to be with them in their elegant home. 

Commencement at Denison was a grand success this year. Brother 
Canby was one of the four speakers and reflected much credit upon the 
school and Sigma Chi by his effort. Many of our alumni were with us. 
Brothers McCann, of Dayton; Dorsey, of Chicago; Austin, of Cleveland; 
G. D. B. Hutson, of Cincinnati; Rev. Hutson, of Pittsburg; Wiltsee, 
of Cincinnati; Jones and Lacey of Alpha Gamma; Davis, of Newark, 
and Keeler, of Cleveland, helped to make things merry. Brother Keel- 


er delivered an excellent address before the graduating class of Doane 

We lose, by graduation, Brothers Colby and Canby. Brother Colby 
sails for Europe in July, where he will spend a year in study and travel. 
Brother Canby will study in Harvard the coming year. Old Mu has 
sent her share of men to the front for the glory of our flag. Brothers 
Brown and Sample are now at Santiago, and Brother Wagner is on his 
way. Although it is hard for us to part with our seniors and soldier 
boys, we say God bless them, and may our White Cross gain new lustre 
by their lives. H. W. Amos. 

Granville, O., June 25, 1898. 


College is out and the old town deserted once more, but Zeta Zeta 
has tried to do her share of work in the year past. The writer is the 
only one out of a chapter of seven to graduate. We expect at least five 
members back next year to start on. A president was chosen for Centre 
College in June. He is Dr. William Roberts, and it is hoped that he 
will improve the college and bring in a nice lot of new boys this fall. 

Brother Joyce, '92, was here during the commencement season. 

The chapter has been without a hall for over six months, but hopes 
to have a suitable hall by next fall at the latest. 

Brother Hubert Shearin, one of last year's members who has been 
teaching school in Virginia, has returned to his home near Danville, Ky. 

Some of the alumni of Zeta Zeta have joined the army, but the writ- 
er has not been able to find out what regiments they are in. 

Danville, Ky., June 26, 1898. Ernest Smith. 


This year has been quite a prosperous one for the chapter here. At 
the end of the last school year the chapter had died out, owing to the 
fact that several strong men had graduated and others had left the uni- 
versity. Our two contemporary chapters, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and 
Beta Theta Phi, with ill-concealed delight, hastened to offer their sin- 
cere condolence upon our painless demise. But their actions were pre- 
mature, for during the summer the alumni "buckled to" and worked like 
Trojans. They succeeded in capturing seven freshmen, and McMicken 
still has a chapter of Sigma Chi. The new chapter rose, like the Phce- 
nix of yore, out of the ashes of the old one, and rose, we hope, to a life 
of renewed activity and usefulness. We are at present engaged in the 
delicate operation of skimming off the cream of the graduates of the 



three Cincinnati high schools. These high schools graduated over three 
hundred pupils this year, and many of these come to the university. 

Since our last letter, Brother Grear Baker, of the active chapter, has 
enlisted in Troop G, of Dayton, ist Ohio Vol. Cav. The best wishes of 
Zeta Psi follow "Grear" into the campaign, and may he always remem- 
ber the • 'Snow- White Cross" and its war record of the past. 

A chapter of Phi Delta Theta has recently been organized at Mc- 
Micken and is now in full blast. We welcome this addition to our num- 
ber. "The more the merrier." 

Your scribe and Brother Otis Stock have been elected business man- 
ager and treasurer respectively of The McMicken Review^ and are about 
to try their fortunes in a journalistic career. 

Cincinnati, O., July 4, 1898. T. B. Blakemore. 


Commencement of Kentucky State College was the finale of one of 
the most prosperous years of that institution. As there were none of 
our members in the senior class. Lambda Lambda did not lose a man 
by graduation, and next year we will all be back again, with the possible 
exception of Brother Charles Blessing, who may go into business, 
though this is doubtful. 

Since our last letter to the Quarterly we have initiated one man, 
and take great pleasure in introducing to the Fraternity Brother Arthur 
Vane Lester, '00, of Williamsburg, Ky., son of Inspector Lester. He is 
a fine fellow and a hard student, and will no doubt prove an honor to 
the chapter and Fraternity. 

Owing to the prevalence of war with Spain, State College will not 
have a United States military commandant next session, but the place 
will be filled by a member of Lambda Lambda, Brother Madison Boyd 
Jones, '94, formerly adjutant of the battallion. 

The next item of interest is the marriage of Professor James Richard 
Johnson, Lambda Lambda, '93, to Miss Nancy Smith, of Cynthiana, 
Ky., on June 29th. Quite a number of **Sigs"from Lexington attended 
the wedding. 

The convention of the Third Province, held at Columbus, O., was 
attended by Brother John A. Parlin, delegate and Brother John B. 
Johnson. They reported a most profitable and enjoyable meeting, and 
were delighted with the hospitality of Alpha Gamma. 

Lexington, Ky., July i, 1898. Fred D. Bullock. 



As Sigma Chis stand first in all things, Mu Mu would have felt that 
she was not up to the standard of the White Cross if she had not won 
some of the honors of commencement week. The highest honors of the 
university year were won by Brother C. F. Holden. After winning the 
preliminary contest between the two literary societies of the university, 
he also received first place in the inter-collegiate oratorical contest of 
Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The inter-collegiate associa- 
tion consists of eight colleges. Brother H. M. White has been elected 
president of the association for the year 1898-99. 

In the inter-society contest Brother Smith, '00, Phillippi, W. Va., 
was awarded the decision for the essay. Brother Post delivered the 
class oration. We are glad to announce that Brother Post has been 
awarded the fellowship in chemistry, and so will be with us again next 
year. In the field day contest Brother Krebs was awarded two gold 
medals. The first was for hammer throwing and the second for putting 
the shot. Brother Mc Whorter was awarded the gold medal for the 100- 
yard dash. Brothers Romine and Holden were the editors of the Uni- 
versity Daily published during commencement week. On the baseball 
team this year we had two representatives, McWhorter, whose position 
was third base, and Pratt behind the bat. 

The chapter wishes to acknowledge a highly appreciated gift from 
the "Sig" girls. It is a beautiful regulation Sigma Chi flag. The chap- 
ter is very grateful also for an oil painting presented by one of our alum- 
ni, Justin M. Kunkle. It is a bunch of Fraternity roses, with "Sig" 
colors fastened in a bow by a *'Sig" badge. We acknowledge pleasant 
visits from Brothers "Private" Dalzell, Nu, Washington College, and 
Thornhill, Gamma. 

Several members remained at the chapter house for the summer 
quarter, and they extend a welcome to any "Sig" visiting during the 
summer months. Bernard H. Trussell. 

Morgantown, W. Va., June 29, 1898. 


Another year of our college life has passed. Alpha Gamma has had 
a very prosperous year. She started in with seven men, and during the 
year we initiated seven more. At the close of the school year we num- 
bered ten, all good fellows, whose fondest hope was for the success of 
our Fraternity. 

Since the close of school our members have scattered widely. Some 
have gone to their homes, others remained in the city, and Brothers 


Herbert I. Jones and Fred Jefiry have enlisted in the cause of humanity 
and are now on their way to Cuba. We lost one by graduation. Broth- 
er Will C. Dakin. We hope to start the year with eight of this year's 
chapter and two or three who will affiliate with us from sister chapters. 
We are expecting Brother McCray to return and with him Brother Run- 
yan, both of Mansfield. 

We entertained the brothers who attended the convention of the 
Third Province, and the boys all seemed to enjoy themselves. At least 
all expressed themselves as being glad they were alive. Brother Haas 
kindly furnished a part of the refreshments, and to him one and all ex- 
tend hearty thanks. Our ride to and from the park and our little feed 
will remain in the minds of Alpha Gamma men as pleasant memories, 
and we hope that the visiting brethren will give us another call, as we 
always are ready to extend a hearty welcome to any ''Sig" who may 
visit us. 

As a chapter we are proud of our success during the past year. We 
have repeatedly taken men who were being rushed by all the leading 
fraternities. In several cases we merely extended an invitation and al- 
lowed them to decide without bringing any influence to bear. In fact 
many say that Alpha Gamma has not rushed a man this year, yet she 
has been very successful in getting men. Such facts are more conclus- 
ive than words in proving the prosperous condition of our chapter. 

Edward H. Allen. 

75 West loth Ave., Columbus, O., July i, 1898. 



If you ask any member of Lambda Chapter which is the only Frater- 
nity in college, he will tell you Sigma Chi. Cool persons who are dis- 
interested do not believe this, but cool persons do believe that Sigma 
Chi stands where she has for a long time stood — in the front rank. We 
lost several men at the beginning of the term for one reason and anoth- 
er; but the dozen of us who were left grew in enthusiasm as the number 
grew few. So we had a good spring. 

Brother Morton C. Bradley will be the business manager of next 
year's college annual; and it is worth while to note that the man who 
nominated him and gave him his heartiest support was a leader of the 
< 'barbs," which shows that Lambda is Catholic in her sympathies. 

The best time of the year was the round-up. How the old ''Sigs" 


did roll in! Gray -headed old chaps whom none of us youngsters knew, 
and brown-headed fellows whom we all knew and were tickled to see. 
There was Peak, King, Murphy, Gers, Holland, Liebhardc and Atkin- 
son, and Brooks, who was on his way to Europe with a travelling fel- 
lowship from Cornell. Brother Ernest Lindley also returned from three 
years' study in the East and on the continent, and took his place in the 
university as associate professor of psychology. Gatherings of that sort 
make you glad that you are a Fraternity man. 

You want to know something about the university. She is moving 
along as steadily and merrily as ever. One proud day this spring she 
registered her thousandth student. Another proud day she won the 
state championship in baseball. You will find some persons who will 
tell you that she didn't deserve it; but they belong to the colleges which 
were beaten. A third lucky day she won from DePauw in the track 
games at the dual meet. 

The glee club is away on an extensive summer trip, which takes in 
Tennessee and Maryland and Bay View. Indiana no longer discusses 
as to whether she deserves a place among the wide-awake colleges. She 
has arrived. Frederick Smith. 

Bloomington, Ind., July 11, 1898. 


Commencement day is over and after a year of unprecedented success 
in every venture in which Sigma Chi participated, the members of Xi 
Chapter parted to meet again at the opening of the next term of school. 

That Xi was without a rival is shown by her success in < 'spiking," 
losing only one or two "spikes" during the entire year. 

The initiated were Brothers Fisher, Hamrick, Hanna, McFadden 
Chambers, Call and Stall, all live, energetic men who have proven 
themselves worthy "Sigs" and an honor to our beloved institution. 

Our graduates this year were Brother A. J. Hamrick, who was presi- 
dent of the senior class, and Brother Levi A. Biern, both of whom will 
be greatly missed by the student body in general as well as by the mem- 
bers of Xi. 

Our number was also decimated by the enlistment of Brothers Starr, 
McFadden and Stall to fight beneath the starry folds of Old Glory for 
the liberation of Cuba. No order of the many fraternities at De Pauw 
proved themselves so loyal to Uncle Sam. 

Our baseball team, captained by Brother Haynes, finished a very 
successful year, winning the state championship for the second success- 
ive year. 


Short visits have been received from brothers accompanyiDg the 
baseball teams from Alpha Zeta, Rho, Delta Delta, Lambda and Alpha. 

We were very glad to have Brothers Thomas and Krewel with us 
during commencement. Edward L. Morgan. 

Greencastle, Indiana, June 35, 1898. 


Rho closed a very successful year on the night of June 23d by a 
moonlight dance and steamboat ride at Broadripple. This term has 
been unusually enjoyable on account of the large number of parties, 
having given one at the Country Club and two at Broadripple, besides 
a great many informals in our newly furnished hall. 

Our pleasure was greatly marred, however, by the absence of Bro- 
ther John Williams, who left us to join the i6oth Indiana volunteers 
now at Chickamauga. Brother Braden, ex-oi, is bugler in the 158th, 
and as he has always been a leading feature of our social events we 
miss him greatly. 

The faculty recently objected to our pledging "preps," so from now 
on Rho will only have active members. One of our pledges, Ovid 
Butler, son of President Butler, is going to the University of Minnesota 
next year and we sincerely hope our "Sig** brothers there will look out 
for him. However, we expect all our old active boys back, and as a 
large increase in attendance is assured, we feel that next year's pros- 
pects are very bright. Joseph Irwin Sweeney. 

Irvington, Ind., July 4, 1898. 


The long looked for commencement is now a thing of the past. It 
was one long to be remembered by all who attended, but especially by 
Chi, as she was not without honor. Brother Edward Hense won the 
scholarship prize given in the sophomore class, Brother Melville Keil 
won the one given in the freshman class, and our pledged man, Ray- 
mond Keil, won the Potter gold medal given for scholarship in the 
senior '*prep" class, and Brother George S. Taylor, of the class of '87, 
had the degree of M. A. conferred upon him, and Chi does indeed con- 
sider herself honored by being crowned with such laurels on commence- 
ment day. 

It is with a mingled feeling of joy and sorrow that we inform the 
Fraternity of the graduation of our loving brother, Harry T. Graham; 
joy at the thought that his long years of preparation in our college have 
now ended, and that he is almost ready to start on his life's work; and 


sorrow at the thought that his presence shall never again be felt in our 
mystic circle, as in the days gone by, and his kind words and kind 
deeds of which his life was so full, not only towards his brothers in 
Sigma Chi, but to all who came in contact with him, shall be greatly 
missed, especially around our chapter house, which has been his home 
for many years. As he departs from our midst, we bid him "God 
speed," and we feel sure that in the years to come, as in those gone by, 
the White Cross of Sigma Chi shall gain new lustre through his name. 

We take great pleasure in introducing to the Fraternity, Brother 
John Graham, of Madison, Indiana, and Spencer Norton, of Bedford, 
Indiana, who we know will prove a credit to our Fraternity. We also 
take pleasure in stating that at the athletic meeting last term Brother 
"Commodore" Schley was elected as the worthy president for the ensu- 
ing year, and at the literary society election, Brother Herbert Britain 
was chosen as the man to hold the gavel for the first term of next year 
and many of the other offices were secured by the brothers. 

Our hearts swell with pride as we state that Brother Applewhite, 
'98, is on his way to Cuba as captain of company G, ist Regiment, In- 
diana National Guard. Hurrah for Brother Applewhite ! 

Hanover, Ind., June 20, 1898. John Boden. 


Delta Delta celebrated the close of the twenty-third, and by no 
means least prosperous year, of her existence on the evening of June 
8th with one of the swellest stag banquets ever given in the city, so say 
the LaFayette papers. 

Besides the active chapter and many of the local alumni we had the 
presence of Brother Kintner, Delta Delta, who is now connected with 
Alleghany College. 

We have been especially successful this year in securing new men 
and are counting on a large class of freshmen, of which we expect there 
will be much "Sig" material, in the fall, as the Mechanical Engineering 
Department is now being greatly improved. An addition is now being 
made to the Mechanical Laboratory for experimental purposes and 
Purdue will open the year with the finest Railway Engineering Course 
in the West. 

We hope that in our next letter we will be able to tell of our new 
hall which we go into about the opening of the term. It will be a great 
improvement over our old one and will be the finest fraternity hall at 

*An excellent letter was received from Delta Delta May 14, too late for the May iaiue. 


We lose this year six brothers and they will be greatly missed. 
Brothers Fernald, Valentine, Rumley, Earhart and McGaffry enter 
business. Brother Bryan also graduated, but he expects to return 
and accept the position of assistant chemist at the U. S. experimental 

We have had short visits from Brother Kihtner, Delta Delta, and 
Brother Thomson, Delta Delta. Roy C Rickley. 

LaFayette, Ind., July 6, 1898. 



The close of the school year at Northwestern found Omega with ten 
active men, two of whom graduated and two more who will go to Cor- 
nell University, leaving us a nucleus of six men to begin the new year. 
These six, with two pledged men, will make a very cozy chapter to start 
with. The last month has been an uneventful one in Northwestern, as 
every one has been ''boning" for his "exams" which began June ist. 

The '*Sigs** took a very active part in the exercises of commence- 
ment week. On senior "class day" a "Sig" was prophet, and in the 
freshmen event the cremation of "Trig," Omega had the manager and 
two members of the cast, composed of seven men. Carlton H. Pendle- 
ton was the "star" member of the graduating class, for in addition to 
the honors and prizes mentioned in our previous letter, he was class 
prophet and was one of the three Fraternity men elected into Phi Beta 
Kappa. Omega is very proud of her "Curly," and we are sure that the 
Fraternity at large must feel it an honor to know that such a man is a 
"Sig." Paul W. Cleveland. 

Evanston, 111., June 17, 1898. 


We leave Theta Theta this year in a good condition. Our prospects 
for next year are very bright. All the room in the house has been bid 
for, and we have a considerable surplus to start the new year on. We 
have had more than our share of athletic honors this year. The latest 
honors came in the election of Brother J. F. McLean to the captaincy 
of the track team for the coming year. Brother R. Danforth succeeded 
in winning the university tennis championship. He also won the tourn- 
ament silver trophy cup. 

We enjoyed a house party since our last letter. Brother W. Mills 


entertained at a pretty little negligee party at Granger's Academy also. 
We entertained four Adrian boys during the inter-scholastic meet. 
We acknowledge calls from F. B. Phiphead, '86 law, of Oswego, N. Y., 
and Emmet Sullivan, '86, law, of Detroit, Mich. Mrs. J. W. Ingreosen, 
Cherbon, la.; Z. D. Wines, '74, and Miss S. K. Wines were among our 
recent callers. 

The New York Voice^ in a recent number, scored the Fraternities in 
a disreputable way. It ended by saying the Sigma Chi and the Psi 
Upsilon are the only Fraternities at Ann Arbor which have drinking 
laws and live up to them. C. F. Delbride. 

Ann Arbor, Mich., June 25, 1898. 


The twenty-sixth annual commencement of the University of Illinois 
was held June 8th, in Military Hall. The address, ''Education for 
Leadership," was delivered by Dr. William H. Maxwell, of New York. 
Two ''Sigs" were graduated, Joseph Hunter Marshutz and Fred H. 
Wilson, and one, D. Hobart Carnahan, received his second degree. 
The graduating class numbered 104 and was one of the largest in the 
history of the institution. 

The chapter held its third annual reunion and alumni banquet on 
the evening of June 8th, at the Beardsley hotel. Thirty- two "Sigs" 
were present, and as "Papa" Heath was toastmaster, the spirit of the 
occasion was not lacking. 

We are indebted to Brothers Arms, Means, Coey and Chatten for 

visits. , F. H. Wilson. 

Champaign, 111., July 2, 1898. 

The spring quarter of the University of Chicago is over and the week 
of vacation is begun. The greater part of our chapter have left the uni- 
versity for their homes or summer resorts to spend the entire quarter, 
but nearly all have expressed their determination to return next fall and 
push forward the cause of Sigma Chi. Not that we feel that this year 
has been a failure, but we believe in the adage: "there is plenty of room 
for improvement." As we look back over the past year and note the 
work done by other chapters in the university and see the men they 
have initiated, many of whom are "not worth the asking,'' Omicron 
Omicron feels that she is justified in following out the old "Sig" rule of 
initiating quality rather than quantity. We have taken into our chapter 
during the past year only six men, and all are men whom we are proud 
to call brother, all of whom have been introduced to the brothers 


through these pages, with the exception of Guy Bell, of Fort Wayne, 
Ind., our latest initiate. Having been brought up in a Sigma Chi town, 
there was no great trouble in getting him, notwithstanding he was "bid" 
by every good "frat** in college. 

Sigma Chi has been in touch with all college affairs and has had at 
least one representative in most all important events. Our 1898 Cap 
and Gown, on which staff Brother MacDonald was Fraternity editor, is 
just out and is considered to be the best publication since '95. We 
were represented on the * 'Junior Prom" committee by Brother Johnson. 
Brother Roby and Brother MacCarthy both distinguished themselves 
in our inter- fraternity athletic, which was held on Marshal field two 
weeks ago. 

Although our members have been greatly thinned out by the broth- 
ers leaving for their summer vacation, we expect to keep our chapter 
house open at 5716 Kimbark Ave., and will be glad to welcome all visit- 
ing "Sigs" or those intending to do summer work. 

Chicago, 111., June 24, 1898. Marcus M. Plowman. 


Alpha Zeta needs no megaphone to swell her song of triumph this 
commencement. A more successful year has never been recorded in the 
history of this chapter than that which closed today. 

I mentioned in my last letter our representation of eight with the 
baseball aggregation, and our five men on the oratorical contest. Our 
November letter showed our men to be mainstays on the eleven, and 
officers in all student organizations. During the past week, however, 
we have reaped a harvest sufficiently indicative of the comprehensive- 
ness, as well as the quality of our work. 

We had three honor speakers in the senior class. Brothers Moore, 
Hecox and McCuskey, one other '-Frat" man being among the ten. Of 
nine possible prizes we took the following six: Brothers McQixeen, '00, 
and Vogt, '01, were awarded the prize declamations in their respective 
classes; Brother Rowell, '99, won the missionary essay and the Rice ex- 
temporaneous speaking; Brother Riggs, '98, won the Logan prize for 
the best contribution to the museum, and Brother J. L. Whitney, '00, 
won the Emerson prize in Greek. We had competition, of course; the 
prizes were no sinecures; but in no case was a "Sig" beaten, except by 
another '<Sig,'' we having more than one representative on some of the 
contests. Two members of one of our rivals succeeded in capturing 
prizes, and the other fraternity failed to get any. All had representa- 


In the recent elections, we put two men on the board of control for 
athletics, and Brother Rowell was made editor-in-chief and Brother 
Mussey, '00, associate editor of the college weekly, The Round Table* 
Brother Riggs, '98, has been captain of the track team this spring for 
for the third time, and his colts defeated Lawrence University 56-45, in 
a dual meet, June 3d. Our five representatives succeeded in winning 
36^^ points, taking six firsts. 

Not the least of our successes was the initiation on April 23d, of 
Brothers Wilfrid Asa Rowell, '99, of Nondovi, Wis. ; Harry D. Snider, 
'01, Kilbourn, Wis., and Von Ogden Vogt, *oi, of Chicago. We take a 
great deal of pleasure in introducing these men to the Fraternity at large 
as worthy **Sigs** in every respect. 

We have been congratulated by the other Fraternities upon our suc- 
cess in all lines, especially when we took everything in sight commence- 
ment week, and we hope we proved to our alumni present that our se- 
lection of men has been along the right lines. The writer is almost the 
only one who failed to win some prize or other, and therefore feels it his 
especial privilege to toot the chapter horn. 

It is with great regret and yet a great deal of pride that we send 
forth our eight graduates with our best wishes for their future success. 
They are Brothers Hecox, Kinsley, Lockridge, McCaw, McCuskey, 
Moore, Riggs and Warner. We shall miss them very much in the life 
of the chapter, of which they have been the most loyal supporters. The 
life of our chapter during the past term has been most happy, and we 
trust we shall be favored with the same prosperity next year. Brothers 
Matheson, '90, Whitney, '91, Russell, '89, Dowd, '92, Woodward, '94, 
Randall, '95, and Loomis and Greene, '96, were present during com- 

During the term we met Brothers Chilton, Alpha Sigma, and Haynes 
and Fisher, Xi, who were with the nines of their respective universities, 
and we also enjoyed visits from Brothers Amos and Massie, of Mu, and 
Nye and Tollman, of Alpha Lambda. Our fellows who accompanied 
the nine to Madison were royally treated by the boys of Alpha Lambda, 
and our boys on the baseball team were delighted with the entertain- 
ment furnished them by Delta Delta. 

We have waited patiently for a call from the Grand Praetor, and we 
would warn him to keep his weather eye out for Alpha Zeta **Sigs." 
Should any of the brothers run across Brother Spencer, kindly "head 
him off " our way. 

We feel we ought to beg your indulgence for our wordiness, but we 
never had better reason for it, and we could not resist the temptation to 
* 'spread** ourselves. Edmund Enright. 

Beloit, Wis., June 22, 1898. 



The Illinois Wesleyan has just passed through a commencement 
week of which it may well be proud. The exercises from beginning to 
end were one succession of successes. Eighteen graduates from the 
literary school, twenty-six from the law, and a goodly number from the 
music, art and preparatory schools, and five young ladies from the 
school of oratory. 

The greatest interest was felt in the inauguration of the new presi- 
dent, Dr. Edgar M. Smith, of Montpelier, Vt. Enthusiasm and confi- 
dence are in the air, and the coming of Dr. Smith seems very auspicious. 
He has gained the trust and love of the students already during his short 
stay, and the attention of the public has been drawn to the Wesleyan as 
never before. It certainly has a bright future before it, and I desire to 
retract my pessimistic words in my last letter. 

Alpha Iota has been passing through a crucial period, as well as the 
school, but with the prospect next year for the school and with some of 
the old men coming back to enter the law, there is much to be encour- 
aged over and no reason why a strong, aggressive chapter shall not be 
in the field and gather more honor to our beloved Fraternity. 

Bloomington, 111., June 19, 1898. J. B. Colwell 


The desire to meet our new president resulted in a large increase in 
the attendance of alumni and friends during commencement week at 
Albion. Happy college memories of past years were recalled at the 
many reunions which were held on this occasion. 

Alpha Pi parted with four loyal wearers of the White Cross who 
went out with this year's class. Brothers Roudenbush, Niles, Ferine 
and Miner. Brother Roudenbush expects to continue his studies at 
Yale during the next year, and Brother Miner will enter Boston Uni- 
versity this fall. Brothers Niles and Ferine are undecided. 

We also lose a loyal Sigma Chi, and the college a valuable man, in 
the person of Brother Smith Burnham, '92. Resigning his position in 
the faculty of the college where he held the Henry M. Loud professor- 
ship of history, he has chosen to take up a new field of labor and has 
accepted a similar position with the State Normal College at West 
Chester, Pennsylvania. The presence and influence of Professor Burn- 
ham will be greatly missed in the chapter, toward which he always 
showed a true and energetic interest, both while in active membership 
and as an alumnus of the same. His services are a part of the history 


of the chapter, every member of which wishes him and his wife abund- 
ant success in their new field. 

The crowning social event of the year occurred at our lodge Tuesday 
evening of commencement week when we gave our twelfth annual com- 
mencement banquet. The usual supply of good cheer was not wanting 
either at the banquet table or in the excellent toasts which followed. 
Brother Will A. Niles, '98, of Albion, was toastmaster, and the follow- 
ing brothers responded in a happy vein: ''Our Organization/' Newman 
Miller, '93; "Our Guests," Corbon P. Birdsey, '99; "Reveries of a 
Bachelor," Frank N. Miner, '98; "A Year in the World," Harvey G. 
Pearce, '97. 

Our active chapter for next year we expect will begin with six mem- 
bers, and while we will feel the loss of the members of this year's class, 
we look forward to the work of next year with confidence, since each 
one of the remaining members knows the individual responsibility of 
himself to the chapter and will return for the fall campaign with a 
haversack full of enthusiasm which will mean victory for Sigma Chi. 

Albion, Mich., July 15, 1898. W. Jay Beazan. 


Since our last letter very few events of importance or of interest to 
our sister chapters have taken place at Minnesota. Everyone has been 
talking war and the question of enlistment has been uppermost in the 
minds of most of the young men. An attempt to organize a company 
composed entirely of university students was unsuccessful, nevertheless 
fifty or more of the boys are now in the ranks — among these being 
Church and Eaton, alumni of this chapter, and Gallagher, one of our 
men initiated this year. 

Of course, commencement is now a thing of the past. This year an 
innovation in the matter of speeches was introduced. Instead of the 
three or four rather long and tedious orations formerly delivered at 
commencement, this year seven or eight three-minute speeches were 
delivered and this arrangement seemed to be very satisfactory to all. 
The number of graduates from all departments was 310 — an increase of 
14 over last year. This chapter lost none by graduation. 

Now in regard to baseball this year, Minnesota showed great im- 
provement over the last two years, but she lost both of her big games — 
those with Beloit and Wisconsin. Yet if a like advance can be shown 
next year, then Minnesota will be able to stand in baseball along with 
the rest of the western colleges. 

At the intercollegiate track meet at Chicago we received third place 


and although disappointed somewhat, we contented ourselves by saying 
that ''Third was better than fourth." 

Next year without doubt there will be another national fraternity in 
the field, as for some time there has been a rumor — and one with good 
foundation — that Zeta Psi has granted a charter to a local society here. 

The faculty will be very much strengthened next year by the call of 
Dr. Richard Burton, of Boston, to be Professor of English Literature. 

The prospects for Alpha Sigma appear to be brighter than for 
several years and we trust that in the next Quarterly our letter will be 
able to give some substantial proof that these prospects have become a 
reality. John Burgess. 

Minneapolis, Minn., July i8, 1898. 



Commencement has come and gone and with it has closed the most 
successful year of the University of Nebraska. Two hundred and eleven 
degrees were granted. Of these forty-two were from the graduate 
school, eighty-six from the academic, fourty-four from the industrial 
college, and thirty-nine from the law school. This exceeds previous 
years by one-third in the number of undergraduate students and more 
than double the number of candidates for higher degrees. 

Alpha Epsilon has likewise closed a very successful year and now 
her members are widely scattered — some to spend their summer vaca- 
tion, others to take up their life's work. The chapter lost five members 
by graduation this year: William L. Halstead and Arthur A. Bischof 
with the degree of Bachelor of Arts; George Burgert, Jr., Bachelor of 
Science; LaMonte J. Belknap, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engi- 
neering, and Cleon W. Tishue, Bachelor of Law. 

Five members enlisted in the service of their country at the first call 
for volunteers, and we are proud to say that Alpha Epsilon contributed 
her share of the ninety-seven students who enlisted from our university. 
The members who enlisted are James E. Fechet, '99, troop D, 6th U. 
S. Cavalry; Roy D. Montgomery, *oo, Co. H, ist Regt., Neb. Vol. Inf.; 
Almond B. Wells, Jr., '00, U. S. Vol. Cav.; William L. Halstead, '98, 
Co. F, 2nd Regt. Neb. Vol. Inf.; E. Wendell Foster, '00, Co. H, 2nd 
Regt. Neb. Vol. Inf., and Stephen C. Langworthy, Jr., '90, Co. F, and 
Regt. Neb. Vol. Inf. This loss will be felt heavily by the chapter, but 


we shall return next year with nine men ready to carry on the work of 
the chapter and to do battle for Sigma Chi. 

The senior class play — the class event of commencement week — ^was 
not only a decided success, but was conceded to have been the best 
class play ever produced by any graduating class of the university and 
showed marked ability and originality on the part of the class. Bro- 
thers Burgert and Bischof represented the chapter in the play by taking 
leading parts. Brother Belknap was prevented from participating in 
the play by reason of sickness. 

The Senior Class Annual^ the first publication of its kind in the 
university, made its appearance shortly before the close of the school 
year. Brother Burgert was chairman of the publication committee and 
through his untiring efforts contributed largely to the success of the 

The annual competitive drill between the companies of the univer- 
sity regiment was not held this year on account of the large number of 
cadets that enlisted at the outbreak of the war. 

Athletics, though somewhat effected by the war, has shown advance- 
ment. The baseball team closed a successful season, but tennis was 
given little interest. Brother Bischof, manager of the football team, 
has arranged a schedule which, with the material <4n sight" for next 
fall, will insure success in that branch. 

The Trans-Mississippi Exposition at Omaha, Neb., attracts much 
attention in our section and is proving a grand enterprise. We are now 
arranging for a provincial convention to be held there about September 
the first. All ''Sigs" intending to visit the Exposition should corres- 
pond with Brother Justin D. Bowersock, Grand Praetor, Sixth Pro- 
vince, New England Building, Kansas City, Mo., or with myself, and 
*'bide his time.*' 

The chapter is unsettled as to quarters for next year. The house 
which we occupied was sold shortly before the close of school and con- 
sequently put an end to our plans for keeping it next year. However, 
we expect to be settled early next fall, in either a house or halls, and 
shall be glad to welcome all <'Sigs" who may be in our midst 

Lincoln, Neb., July 7, 1898. L. R. Ewart. 


Since the writing of our last letter many events have transpired, 
both fraternal and national. One company of the 22nd Kansas Volun- 
teers was recruited from the colleges of the state and with it went three 
loyal ''Sigs:" Brother Geo. H. Rising, '98, is adjutant 2nd Bat. a2nd 


Kansas, and 2nd lieutenant of Co. H; Brother A. A. Greene, '99, is 3rd 
sergeant of Co. H; and Brother R. Wilhoite Cates, '00, private Co. H* 
Alpha Xi sent more men than all the other chapters here combined and 
is justly proud of her record. Besides these men Alpha Xi is repre- 
sented by Brother M. A. W. Shockley, '96, captain Co. C, 6th Missouri 
Vols, (recruiting), and Albert C. Goodrich, '97, ist sergeant Co. D, 5th 
Missouri Vols. We hear from the boys often and if they make as good 
soldiers as they have "Sigs," Uncle Sam will hear more of them. 
Alpha Xi loses five men by graduation this year: Brothers Harry G. 
Clark, C. £., Geo. H. Rising, A. B., Dana C. McVicar, L. L. B., 
Claude C. Stanley, L. L. B., and Fred Speak, L. L. B. Most of them 
will locate near by and will be ready to aid us in the fall. 

The senior play came off as usual the ist of June. Brother Rising 
wrote most of the plot and your scribe also paraded before the assem- 
bled audience. Brother Stanley also had the principal part in the play, 
"Money," given by the K. U. Dramatic Club. 

Brother Speak will return next fall to reap new laurels on the grid- 
iron as full-back on the 'varsity. 

The K. U. track team had a very successful year under the guidance 
of Brother Speak. Brothers Cates and Smith were also members of the 

We come back next year with eight men and each one of us has a 
man to bring with him when we return, so taking all into consideration 
our prospects are excellent. Brothers Osborne, '98, and Nelson, ex-'99, 
will also be with us. 

We hear from our boys at the front that there is serious talk of 
reviving the famous "Constantine" Chapter. We all hope that it will 
go through. 

We have had visits from many "Sigs" this year and have had the 
pleasure of having most of them at our bi-weekly parties given in our 
rooms. We hope to make all who visit us have a pleasant time, so 
come and bring your baggage and stay a while. 

Lawrence, Kansas, June 30, 1898. Harry G. Clark. 


The past year has been an unusually prosperous one for the univer- 
sity in every respect. The enrollment has reached the high water mark 
of 818, despite the raising of the admission requirements in all depart- 
ments. One satisfactory feature has been the marked increase in class 
and college spirit which has been made evident by several lively affairs 
between classes. 


The graduate association of the university has been admitted to the 
American Federation of Graduate Clubs. Chairs of Journalism, Archi- 
tecture and Sanitary Engineering were established. A splendid new 
dormitory has just been completed at a cost of {30,000 and aids mater- 
ially to enhance the beauty of the campus. 

This spring was marked by a series of intercollegiate victories for 
Missouri State University. We beat both Kansas and Nebraska in the 
great interstate debates, and as Nebraska had previously vanquished 
Colorado, Missouri undoubtedly holds first place in the middle west. 
Brother Highley was one of the victorious debaters with Nebraska. 

Our baseball team made a splendid record, defeating Nebraska twice 
and Iowa once. 

War spirit has run high here and on May 12th we sent a company of 
university boys to the front amid the greatest enthusiasm. Three brave 
'<Sigs" were among the number and if they ever get at the Spaniards 
they will be heard from. Brother Phillips is a sergeant in the 4th regi- 
ment Missouri Vol. at Camp Alger and Brother Arnold is with the same 
regiment. Brother Stewart is with the 5th Missouri at Chickamauga. 
Brother Hansen has been appointed ist lieutenant in the engineer corps 
of the U. S. army, and Brother Highley has organized a company in 
south Missouri, of which he has been chosen captain, for the 6th Mo. 
infantry. The White Cross is well represented at the front. 

Fraternities continue to grow in popularity and power at the Mis- 
souri State University. Kappa Sigma installed a chapter in April, but 
with their present material they will be slow to get a standing. Alto- 
gether there were 103 fraternity initiates this year, the total member- 
ship being now 145 out of a possible 575. Fraternity men practically 
control all lines of college work. 

Sigma Alpha Epsilon abandon their chapter house this fall and Beta 
Theta Pi enter one. 

Sigma Chi has had a most successful year in all respects, and now 
stands in the very foremost rank. 

Of the four fraternity men on the staff of the Independent^ three are 
"Sigs." Brother Arnold has been elected local editor for next year. 

We are fast coming to the front in social lines. Our dance of April 
29th was the talk for some time, and unanimously voted the most suc- 
cessful affair of the season. 

We initiated six men this year, raising our chapter to seventeen. 
We lose five by graduation and two by the war. At the commencement 
in June, Brothers Adams and Phillips received sheepskins in the Acade- 
mic Department, Brother Hansen in the Engineering Department, and 


Brothers Halstead and Shultz in the Law Department. Brother Adams 
took second place in the Bryan essay contest, Brother Shultz second in 
the declamatory contest and Brother Halstead was one of the four out 
of a class of 54 to receive his L. L. B. cum laude. We shall miss these 
five men greatly — they were our oldest members and our stand-bys. 
Nevertheless we shall open next fall with a strong chapter of niney and 
fully expect to maintain the high standard set this year. Our members 
arc enthusiastic, full of the "Sig" spirit and can be depended on to 
make things hum. 

Our St. Louis members are engaged in forming an alumni chapter 
there, which will be of great benefit to Xi Xi. 

St. Louis, Mo., June 22, 1898. R. Kleinschmxdt. 

Hn the Xi Xi chapter picture opposite this page the names run as 
follows: Beginning at the upper left hand corner and reading diag- 
onally upward from left to right, first row, O. E. Shultz, '98, Mercer 
Arnold, '00, T. H. Wilcoxen, '99; second row, S. R. Halstead, '98, 
K. H. Hansen, '98, Murry Phillips, Jr., '98, W. Halliburton, '00; third 
row, W. D. Steinkamp, '99, J. D. Rippey, '99, R. A. Kleinschmidt, '99, 
W. R. Scudder, '00; fourth row, E. B. Waterworth, '01, W. B. Stew- 
art, '00, C. H. Thomas, '01, G. P. Adams, '98.) 



The session 1897- -'98 closes with Eta enjoying the satisfaction 
that comes from a successful session's work, yet a little sad because of 
the loss, by graduation, of seven of our brothers. Our farewell meeting 
was one not soon to be forgotten. In parting with our graduates we bid 
them, truthfully and tenderly, God's speed, and wonder if we will ever 
know their equals in sterling character and noble manhood. 

Of our graduates Brothers Morrison and Fisher have secured posi- 
tions to teach; Brewer and Jones will study medicine at Tulane Univer- 
sity; Watkins and Knox will practice law. Brother Watkins distin- 
guished hin:s If by winning first honor in law, his average being 99>(. 
While we regret the loss of our brothers who graduated, we feel that in 
the graduation of Miss Anna Vineyard, of Vineyard, Ark., we have sus- 
tained an irreparable loss. Miss Vineyard has rendered so many kind- 
nesses to our chapter that our admiration for her is unbounded, and our 
most extravagant wishes for future happiness go with her. 

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tiie university, because of yellow fever, the past session has been one 
of splendid work and good attendance. 

In athletics our record is good. The baseball team has a record of 
liothing but victories, winning from Tulane University and Jackson, 
Tenn. Field sports were good, and the gymnasium team gave its an- 
nual exhibition. 

- Sigma Chi has taken a good share of college honors, winning first 
honor in law, the anniversarianship of the law class, first and second 
medals of Phi Sigma society, the representative to the Gulf states ora- 
torical association, the first prize in Shakespearian debate, the prize for 
best grade in advanced English, the mile and one-half mile run on field 
day, beside several other events, and we are represented on the gymnas- 
ium team, the baseball team and the university orchestra and glee club. 
We look forward to the coming session, confident of success. 

During our commencement we were visited by Brothers M. G. Evans 
and W. T. Pate, of Moss Point, Miss,; W. H. Monette, of Deasonville, 
Miss.; J. H. Simrall, of Vicksburg, Miss., and H. P. Sanford, of Mem- 
phis, Tenn. Brother Sanford was accompanied by his sister, Miss 
Beula, who is a <<Sig" of first water. L. P. Leavell. 

, Oxford, Miss., July 3, 1898. 

(Includes report of New Orleans Alumni Chapter election.) 

On May loth Alpha Omicron celebrated the twelfth anniversary of 
her establishment. In honor of the occasion there assembled in the 
same hall in which the first banquet of the chapter was held a large 
number of Sigma Chis, both active and alumni. 

The first to arrive were the musically inclined brethren, who imme- 
diately surrounded a piano and proceeded to make the old hall resound 
with echoes of their melodious voices exercised upon Sigma Chi songs. 
As a preliminary to the more serious business of the evening, the crowd 
gathered round a little ^able, and when the landlord had filled the flow- 
ing bowl, so to speak, the momentous question arose as to whether the 
first toast should be to Sigma Chi or to Admiral Dewey. Brother R. J. 
Perkins, '89, cut the knot by proposing to compromise upon the com- 
mittee that had arranged for the banquet. It subsequently developed 
that this committee, which was composed of Brothers Mcllhenny, 
Westfeldt and Forsyth, was deserving of all praise. 

As a result of his diplomatic suggestion. Brother Perkins was called 
upon to preside over the banquet. Brother J. B. Monroe, '99, occupied 
the opposite end of the table, and thus the two extremes represented 


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the beginning and the end of a decade of the chapter's history. The 
table was very prettily decorated with flowers, ferns and ribbon, in 
which Sigmi Chi colors were everywhere conspicuous. There were no 
set speeches, but the subjects nearest to all '<Sigs" were treated by the 
various speakers in a way that showed that the subjects themselves were 
inspirations to eloquence. The toasts to the absent members were re- 
ceived with great enthusiasm. There were jokes and jibes and numer- 
ous stories, while not a few interesting anecdotes were told of events in 
the chapter's history. 

During the evening a regular meeting of the New Orleans Alumni 
Chapter was called to order and the following officers elected: Presi- 
dent, R. J. Perkins; secretary, John Dymond, Jr.; treasurer, Douglas 
Forsyth. It was enthusiastically agreed by the whole assemblage that 
nothing whatever should prevent a repetition of the banquet upon the 
same date next year. It only remains to add that it might have been 
noticed by an acute observer that the active chapter was congratulating 
itself upon its splendid collection of alumni, and that the older men 
were no less pleased with the younger generation. With these feelings 
of mutual esteem, the banquet broke up. J. B. Monroe. 

New Orleans, La., July i, 1898. 

(In the picture of Alpha Omicron chapter opposite page 333, reading 
from left to right the names are, top row, Eustis, Forsyth, Krumbhaar, 
Parker, Logan, Monroe, Mcllhenny, Murphy; bottom row, Labouisse, 
T. M. Logan, F. A. Monroe, Haywood, Westfeldt, May, Grant.) 


Alpha Psi, although small in numbers, has maintained the high 
standard set by the chapters of former years. As a result we have been 
represented with credit in every branch of college life. In scholarship 
Brother Carr^ captured the medal in the Theological Department, 
while in athletics we were represented on every one of the 'varsity 
teams. Brother Goodson has been elected football captain for next 
year. Our prospects for next year are extremely bright. 

Nashville, Tenn., July 12, 1898. Fred Diefenbach, Jr. 



With this letter we should like to introduce as our latest member, 
Frank Waite Bennett, of Phoenix, Ariz., who was initiated April 27thy 


making the sixth we have taken from the class of '01. Brother Bennett 
gives promise of becoming a good addition to the 'varsity track team. 

In the inter-collegiate track team meet during April with the Uni- 
versity of California, Brother Williams, '99, took third place in the mile, 
thus securing the coveted 'varsity sweater. His time was 4:43, the 
race being won in 4:38!. Brother Bennett, '01, also represented us, his 
event being the high jump. 

The last college month (May) saw a commotion in the inter-class 
''frats." The local chapters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Rho Eta, 
Sigma Mu and Chi Psi severed their connections with Phi Upsilon 
(freshman society); Theta Nu Epsilon and Sigma Sigma (junior). 
Brother Noble, '99, was one of three initiated into Sigma Sigma, the 
other two being representatives of Zeta Psi and Delta Tau Delta, re- 
spectively. Brother Gray, '99, has recently become a member of Phi 
Delta Phi. 

As soon as college closed (May 21st) the boys left for their homes. 
But three of us. Brothers Noble, Partridge and Nichols, are yet here 
taking care of the house, and also incidentally taking care of a few of 
our neighbors' chickens. 

On June 26th we received a pleasant call from Brothers Lloyd and 
Christy, of Alpha Upsilon, who are members of Company C, 7th Cali- 
fornia Regiment, stationed at San Francisco before embarking for Ma- 

The coming year promises to be a prosperous one for us. We will 
have ten men back, and in our present condition we feel that we will at 
least get our due share of the incoming class. 

Palo Alto, Cal., June 26, 1898. Bernard C. Nichols. 



The college year closed with commencement exercises on June 23d, 
and although a vacation is very agreeable to us, yet we feel sorry to part 
with one of the brothers who leaves us this year. This is Brother 

A number of our alumni were present during commencement week, 
and their presence gave the fellows additional Fraternity spirit when 
they saw the sort of men that have left Hobart in bonds of Sigma Chi. 
Among the alumni present were Brothers Blackford, Young, Milne and 
Van Kluck. 


If all the men who expected to return next year do, we shall begin 
the year with eight men, and as a large freshman class is expected to 
enter, our prospects for the coming year are comparatively bright. 

When college closed the fellows scattered to their various homes. 
The two Brothers Jagars are spending vacation at their home in Charles- 
ton, S. C. Brother Jagar, Sr., has been manager of the Echo of the 
Seneca for 1898, and is manager of next year's football team. Brother 
Gunnell was elected captain of next year's baseball team. 

Although the fellows have been embarrassed by debts this year, we 
have kept steadily at work and through all our difficulties in hoc signo 
vinces has been our watch word. Austin Stowe Humphrey. 

Geneva, N. Y., June 26, 1898. 


College is over and the brothers have separated for the vacation. 
We lose by graduation Brothers J. A. A. Le Prince, E. H. Daly, E. J. 
Farley and Webster Wagner. Brothers Sandy and John Irving are tak- 
ing post-graduate courses in medicine and geology, respectively. 

This spring was a very successful one for Columbia and for Nu Nu. 
In baseball we played Princeton, Yale, New York University, Cornell, 
and several others, and though we did not always win, we made a good 
showing. Our hockey team, a new branch of athletics, made a fine 
stand against Harvard and New Jersey athletic clubs. 

Our good work in the chapter resulted in introducing Brother J. 
Wilson Carey, of Denver, Col., to the "Sig" world. He is one of the 
finest fellows we have taken in for a long time, and we are very proud 
of him. 

We expect to meet the Cornell "Sigs" at Saratoga on the 28th and 
July ist and hope to show them what our crews can do. 

Nu Nu is determined to get into a house next fall, and she is going 
to make a success of it. Any '<Sig" who contemplates coming to Col- 
umbia, or who knows of one who will do so, should write us at our pres- 
ent chapter address, 371 W. 117th St. W. M. Weaver, Jr. 

New York, N. Y., June 26, 1898. 


ntnong the nlixtxini. 

Pittsburgh Association's First Annual Banquet. 

A small, but characteristically enthusiastic gathering of the Alumni 
Members of Sigma Chi residing in Pittsburgh and vicinity, took place 
at the Hotel Lincoln on the evening of June 3d. Sixty or more invita- 
tions were issued and while only seventeen were present, regrets from 
as many more served to show that future occasions would meet with a 
heartier response. But there was no lacking in enthusiasm on the part 
of those present. With but few exceptions all were strangers to each 
other, but **the bonds" soon removed an otherwise sure formality and 
long before the evening was half gone one could easily have imagined 
that old friends had met for the first time in years. 

Kappa Chapter was represented by no less than seven members who 
were: W. P. Beaver, Carl C. Law and Ralph M. Strawbridge, all of '85, 
H. H. Null, '93, C. C. Sandells and Geo. O. Barclay, of '97, and H. 
Burns Smith, '98. Then there were C. P. Krauth, Theta, '68 and W. C. 
Shaw, Iota, '69, who of course lent much dignity to the occasion. The 
others were: W. L. Kauffman, Omega, '82, R. E. Withers, Zeta, '83, 
Eliot A. Kebler, Zeta Psi, '83, J. T. M. Stoneroad, Beta, '87, Alfred 
Ludwig, Zeta, '83, E. G. Crozier, Delta Delta, '96, H. Stewart, Alpha 
Chi, '96, J as. Francis Burke, Theta Theta, '92. C. P. Krauth was the 
honored toastmaster and very gracefully did he fill the position. 

Everyone present was radiant with enthusiasm and an alumni gather- 
ing of a single chapter could not have been more enjoyable, so congenial 
are Sigma Chis wherever and however they are found. Each had some- 
thing bright and spicy to say, for which the menu, introduced by Dewey 
Cocktails and interspersed by Punch a la Sigma Chi, was in nowise 

At a proper hour, the banqueters adjourned but not until the success 
of the First Annual Banquet of the Sigma Chi of Pittsburgh was drunk 
and C. P. Krauth was elected President, Ralph M. Strawbridge, Vice- 
President, J. T. M. Stoneroad, Secretary, and Eliot A. Kebler, Treasurer, 
of the permanent organization, and who were also made a committee to 
consider the advisability of forming an Alumni Chapter. 

.Pittsburgh, Pa., June 23, 1898. J. T. M. Stoneroad, Beta, '87. 



Zeta — Washington and Lee University. 

Robert F. Wendel, '95, is representing the American Water Works 
and Guarantee Co., of Pittsburgh, in Little Rock, Ark. 

J. R. Guy, Jr., '94, is a hardware clerk in Bedford City, Va. 

Henry Holt, '89, is a captain of the Echols Rifles, of Staunton, Va. 

Lindley A. Hickman, '96, is located in Shelb3rville, Ky. 

Omicron — Dickinson College. 

George M. Hays has been elected chairman of the Cumberland 
County (Penn.) Republican Committee. 

Rev. George C. StuU, '82, of Butte, Mont., is chaplain of a Montana 
infantry regiment which was sent to the Philippines. 

Alpha Gamma — Ohio State University. 

H. J. Crawford, '96, led his class in law at Adelbert this year and 
received the highest grade at the bar examination out of a class of 215. 

Herbert Q. Jones, Mu, '99, Alpha Gamma, '00, of Columbus, has 

kindly contributed the following regarding the Sigma Chis in Ohio 

regiments : 

••Brother H. S. Wagner, Mu, '99, is in Co. B, 5th O. V. I. The 5th is at Tampa, 
but Co. B has not joined its regiment yet. There are nine companies here at Camp 
Bushnell waiting to be sent to the different regiments to which they belong. This pro- 
visional regiment is under the command of Colonel Burke, and Brother Wagner has 
been appointed Acting Sergt. Major. Company B will be forwarded to Tampa on Sat- 
urday, July 7th. Brothers N. W. Brown and Hubert Sample, also of Mu, '00. are in 
Co. I, 8th O. V. I. The 8th Ohio is now on her way to Santiago, having embarked on 
the St. Paul at New York the early part of this week. Brother Sample's father is an 
old ••Sig" of Mu Chapter and wanted his boy to go to the front. Hubert is just eighteen. 
Brother John Sample went to see Maj. Bryan of the 8th Ohio and obtained a place for 
his boy in Bryan's batallion. I was over to the Denison University commencement last 
June and while the active and alumni members of old Mu were getting ready for a chap- 
ter meeting — ^a regular •'family reunion" — a telegram came from Sample's father telling 
him to come to Camp Alger and enlist in the 8th. Brown decided to go with him. so 

when chapter meeting was over the boys packed up, went to bed and in the morning 
took the train for Camp Alger. Sample's brother graduated from the Doane Academy 
at the head of his class. He will be mitiated into Mu in the fall. 

"Brother Phil Hay ward, Zeta Psi, now in Cincinnati Law School, is in Co. B. ist 
O. V. I., camped at Tampa. Fla. Two 'Sigs' from Gamma Chapter, but whose class 
and first names I do not know, are in Co. K, 4th O. V. I., Camp Thomas, Chickamauga 
Park, Ga. They are Lieut. Koepple and Sergt. Casler. When the third convention 
met at Columbus I learned from Brother Kline, of Alpha, that eight men from his chap- 
ter had enlisted, but he did not mention their names." 


Xi — De Pauw University. 

Colonel John T. Bamett, '75, of the 159th Indiana Infantry, has 
attracted considerable attention by reason of the strict discipline he 
enforces, and the excellent care he gives his command. Brother Barnett 
is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and 
is thoroughly conversant with practical military affairs, having served in 
the regular army at Fort Russell, Wyoming, and Fort Brown, Texas. 
Investigation has shown that Colonel Barnett is absolutely guiltless of 
a charge of cruelty in punishing a soldier, which some reckless Wash- 
ington correspondent made against him. In referring to this matter 
the Madison Courier^ of Madison, Ind., says : 

"Colonel Barnett is a gentleman of the kindest heart, easily approachable, and 
exactly the opposite of the hard, cruel man correspondents have pictured him." 

Oscar J. Craig, '81, has just completed his third year as president 
of the University of Montana. He was chosen president at the time of 
the founding of the institution, and his administration has been to a 
marked degree successful. The enrollment has reached 108, and im- 
posing new buildings will be ready for occupancy this fall. 

Delta Delta — Purdue University. 

H. C. Buschmany ex-'gG, is traveling for Lewis Meier & Co., of 
Indianapolis, manufacturers of canvas and duck goods. 

. James M. Wells, '91, has been elected Professor of Mechanical 
engineering in the University of Montana, at Missoula. He has also 
been elected a member of Tau Beta Pi, the honorary fraternity. 

Ronald Dawson, '96, will graduate this spring from the law school 
of Union University, at Albany, N. Y. 

Alva O. Reser, '82, has been nominated by the Republican party for 
State Representative from Tippecanoe (Ind.) County. 

Geo. A. Jamison, '79, was renominated for County Auditor by the 
Republicans of the same county. 

L. A. Downs, '94, is superintendent of division for the Illinois Cen- 
tral, at La Salle, 111. 

Louis C. Smith, '96, is drafting for the Bradford Milling Co., at 

Harry S. Badet, ex-*99, is located with the South Bend (Ind.) Toy 
Mfg. Co. 


Delta Delta — Purdue University — Continued. 

John L. Roe is with the General Electric Co., at Schenectady, N. Y. 

Justin Griess, Jr., '96, is junior partner in the firm of Kaltenbach & 
Griess, engineers, at Cleveland, O. 

William H. Baird, '96, is general manager of the Norfolk (Neb.) 
Beet Sugar Co. 

Thomas J. Barnes, Jr., ex-'99, is assistant ticket agent for the 
Wabash R. R. at La Fayette. 

John D. Thomson, '94, is practicing law in Indianapolis, Ind. 

Edwin M. Allen, '96, is assistant mechanical engineer for the Cambria 
Iron Co., at Johnstown, Pa. 

S. Hardie Mitchell, ex-'94, is manager of the Bell Telephone Co., 
at DeKalb, 111. 

C. Russ Richards, '90, F. Paul Anderson, '90, and James C. Wells, 
'91, have been elected to membership in the honorary engineering frater- 
nity, Tau Beta Pi. Out of all the alumni before '85 only five were 
chosen and three were *'Sigs." 

Frederick C. Schenck, '93, is Professor of Modern Languages in 
the University of Montana. He is secretary of the faculty. Brother 
Schenck takes a very lively interest in the building up of the University, 
and the progress made during the three years of the institution's life 
give promise that his most ambitious hopes will be realized. 

Chi — Hanover College. 

George S. Taylor, '87, had the degree o| M. A. conferred upon him 
at commencement. 

Joseph T. Britan, '97, who has been teaching school for the past 
year at Anna, 111., is now at his home in Hanover, Ind., where he 
expects to spend the summer. 

Ralph B. Applewhite, '98, is now captain of company G, ist regi- 
ment, Indiana National Guard. 

J. R. Laughlin, '74, is in the real estate business in St. Louis at 811 
Chestnut street. 

Nathan Powell, '84, made himself immortal with the Fourth Pro- 
vince "Sigs" by his hospitality and good cheer at the time of the 
province convention at Hanover, Ind., in May. 


Thita Theta — Universitt or Michigan. 

Horace L. Dyer, '94, is practicing law at St. Louis. 

Francis G. Higgins, '86, of Missoula, Mont., is captain of troop F, 
3rd Vol. Cavalry. 

Edson M. Rowley, '84, is chief clerk in the office of the Chief Com* 
missary, headquarters second army corps. Camp Russell A. Alger, Falls 
Church, Va. 

Matt Parmaeter, '90, is with company C, 2nd regiment, Ohio Volan* 
teer Infantry. 

Bemans, '90, is surgeon in one of the Illinois regiments. 

Carl S. Kennedy, Waldo Bach and Will Love are with Co. I, 31st 
regiment Michigan Volunteers. R. Danforth, a pledge, is also in this 

Lloyd Wilson is with Co* D, 34th regiment, Michigan Volunteers. 

Kappa Kappa — University of Illinois. 

D. Hobart Camahan has left for Paris, where he will study for a 

Herbert C. Arms, '94, Grand Annotator of the Fraternity, has en« 
tered the employment of the Central School Supply House of Chicago 
as a traveling salesman. He will sell scientific apparatus. 

Alpha Sigma — University of Minnesota. 

E. B. Gardiner, '92, is advertising agent for the <<Grand Leader" in 
St. Louis. 

Moses Greenwood, Jr., is in the real estate business in St. Louis. 

Alpha Zeta — Beloit College. 

John G. Randall, '95, is now practicing medicine in Monroe, Wis. 
He received the degree of Master of Arts from Beloit June 22nd. 

Albert W. Whitney, '91, who has been Instructor in Mathematics in 
the University of Nebraska during the past year, will fill a similar posi- 
tion in the University of Michigan next year. 

H. P. Hinckley, ex-'98, was married to Miss Clara Mussey at Atkin- 
son, 111., June 25th. Miss Mussey is a sister of H. R. Mussey, Alpha 
Zeta, '00. 

Roy Rockwell, ex-'96, will be married in July to Miss Alice Brittain, 
of Beloit. Brother Rockwell is with the Chicago Record. Miss Brit* 
tain is very well known in the society circles of Beloit. 


Alpka Iota — Ilunois Wesleyan University. 

Jas. C. Riley, '98, is one of the stars in the Bloomington, 111., base- 
ball nine. 

Corporal Scrimger, of Co. D, 5th 111. Inf., came up from Chicamauga 
' Park last week to recruit the company. ** Scrim *' is an Alpha Iota boy 
graduating in '97. £. N. Heafer, Alpha Iota, '00, returned with him 
as one of the recruits. 

Harry L. Fleming, ex-' 99, but now of Alpha Omega, has returned to 
his Bloomington home for the summer. He will return to Leland Stan- 
ford next fall. 

Dr. Will Young, ex-' 97, has located at McLean, McLean Co., 111. 

W. W. Whitmore of the law firm of Whitmore & Barnes, Peoria, was 
over to attend the commencement of his alpa mater and exchange grips 
with the boys of Alpha Iota. 

Alpha Xi — University of Kansas. 

M. A. W. Shrokley has been appointed Captain of Company C, 6th 
Missouri Volunteers, and has been given authority to recruit his company 
at Carthage, Mo. 

Guy Cramer has been the staff correspondent of the Chicago Daily 
NewSf at Camp Thomas, Chicamauga Park, since April. 

Alpha Omega — Leland Stanford, Jr., University. 

Watson Nicholson, '92, has been principal of the Redlands (CaL) 
High School this last year. 

Robert Morris Drake, '94, a charter member of Alpha Omega, is a 
civil engineer in the employ of the Southern Pacific R. R., with his 
headquarters at Sacramento, Cal. 

Walter Winship, '95, takes his doctors degree in mathematics in 
Germany this year. 

Al. Jarman, ex-'97, University of Michigan, '97, is building up a fine 
law practice at San Jose, Cal. Brother Jarman is one of Alpha Omega's 
most loyal alumni. 

J. £. Alexander, '95, is trying his fortune in the northern gold fields. 


Eta — University of Mississippl 

T. C. Kimbrough, '94, is practicing law at West Point, Miss. 
Harry P. Sanford, '94, is a promising physician in Memphis, Tenn. 
Paul Gnien, '91, is in the U. S. Revenue Office at St. Louis. 
Robert Friend, '90, is in the commission business in St. Louis. 

Alpha Nu — University of Texas. 

Madison H. Benson, '96, and Alex. Camp, '99, are spending the 
summer at University of Chicago. 

E. Dick Slaughter, '96, when last heard of was increasing his fortune 
by "cow punching" in western Texas. 


Robert C. Brooks, Lambda, '96, who has been holder of the Presi- 
dent White Fellowship in Political and Social Science in residence at 
Cornell during the past year, was reelected in June to the same fellowship 
which has been made traveling for the year 1898-99. This is the first 
instance that a fellowship has been repeated in this department at Cor- 
nell. Mr. Brooks sailed for Antwerp on the Red Star Line Steamer 
Kensington July 13th. The greater part of his year abroad will be 
spent at the universities of Halle and Berlin. Returning he will visit 
France and England. 

A. H. Culver, Alpha Mu, '89, received the Democratic nomination 
for the Legislature from Grayson and Parker counties, Tex as. 

Karl Kimmel, Xi Xi, '97, is practicing law in St. Louis. 

George P. Merrick, Omega, '84, was elected assistant secretary of 
the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University at the recent com- 
mencement of that institution. 

For some time past the St. Louis Alumni, urged on by active mem- 
bers from Xi Xi Chapter, have been considering the formation of an 
association. The names of twenty St. Louis "Sigs" were finally se- 
cured, and on June 28th a preliminary meeting was held. Much interest 
and enthusiasm was shown and it was resolved to effect an organiza- 
tion. Brother Kleinschmidt, of Xi Xi, was chosen temporary secretary 
and another meeting was called for July 7th at the home of Brother 
Dyer, of Theta Theta, at which time permanent officers were chosen. 


William G. Brotttnan, of Beta, who has for the past few years 
been located with a prominent law firm in Columbus, Ohio, passed the 
last bar examination recently. 

The engagement of Brother Justin D. Bowersock, Alpha Xi, to Miss 
Mildred Mathison, of Kansas City, Mo., is announced. Brother Bow- 
ersock is with the firm of Dobson & McAme, lawyers, at Kansas City, 
and is also Praetor of the Sixth Province. 

Harris New Hart, Eta Eta, and Phi Rho Sigma at the University 
of Michigan, has left for Europe. 

Rev. A. J. McKelway, Sigma Sigma, is editor of the North Caro- 
lina Presbyterian. 

Thomas Spight, Sigma, '62, was nominated for Congress by a Demo- 
cratic primary in the Fifth Congressional District of Mississippi to 
succeed Hon. W. V. Sullivan, appointed to the U. S. Senate. 

P. M. Griffith, Omicron Omicron '97, has received the appointment 
of U. S. Consul to Matamorus, Mexico. Brother Griffith's term of 
office begins July 25th. 

F. H. Yost, Mu Mu, '97, will coach the University of Nebraska 
football team at Lincoln, Neb., this fall. 

The engagement of Brother George H. Rising to Miss Rosalind 
Watson, of Lawrence, Kansas, is announced. Miss Watson is a mem- 
ber of Kappa Alpha Theta, and Brother Rising is adjutant of the 2od 
battalion of the 22nd Kansas. 

Rev. Charles M. Stock, Theta, '74, was recently elected Junior 
Warden of the Knights Templar, Grand Commandery of Pennsylvania. 
The Philadelphia Press referred to his election as follows: 

"There was but one contest for office, the others being progressive, bat that contest 
was the longest in the history of the Grand Commandery in Fennsylvania. The election 
was waged vigorously over three ballots for the office of grand junior warden, which 
pats the winner in line for promotion toward the grand commanderahip. 

"There were three candidates — The Rev. Charles M. Stock, of York Commandery, 
pastor of the Lutheran Church at Hanover; John F. Laedlein, of Baldwein II, Williams- 
port, and Joshua L. Lyte. of Lancaster. While considerably in the lead. Stock did not 
nave a clear majority of the more than four hundred votes in the conclave on the first 
ballot, and a second ballot was ordered. The Harrisburg Knights supported him to a 
man, while the Philadelphians were said to be working for Lyte, Stock's closest com- 

"On the second ballot Laedlein 's friends withdrew his name. Thb ballot was 
undecisive, neither candidate, owing to absentees, having a majority of all the delegates. 
On the third ballot Stock was chosen amid great applause. 

"Immediately the successful candidate was congratulated, and from Gethsemane 
Commandery, of York, came a large bunch of roses. Subsequently Mr. Stock held a 
reception at the hotel Russ. headquarters of the York delegation. 

"The Rev. Mr. Stock is one of the brightest and most popular members of the 
Grand Commandery, and has demonstrated his ability as a public speaker." 


Dr. Ira A. Shiroer, Alpha Rho, '91, house surgeon at St. Luke's 
hospital, Bethlehem, Pa., passed with honors the examination for ad- 
mission to the United States Army Surgical Corps, and has reported at 
Washington for service. Of the class of eighty that passed. Dr. Shimer. 
stood first, and had the honor of being first appointed. The examina- 
tions took place at Washington. Dr. Shimer is a graduate of Lehigh 
University, class of '91, and of the University of Pennsylvania Medical 
School, class of '95. 


Lane MacGregor, Alpha Sigma, was married June 28th to Miss 
Anna G. Williams at Duluth, Minn. 

Frederick H. Muhlenberg, Phi, '86, was married June 2nd to Miss 
Mai-y Rick at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles 
Rick, of Reading, Pa. Rev. Dr. Good, dean of Ursinius College, per- 
formed the ceremony. The bride was attended by her sister Grace, and 
Miss May Sternberg. Paul D. Millholland was groomsman. 

Jesse Van Valkenburg, Alpha Sigma, '95, was married to Miss 
Minnie May Cook, of Rochester, Minn., at that place June 29th. 

The Orange and Blue of Bucknell University for April 19th devoted 
conspicuous attention to the marriage of Thomas Graham, Kappa. We 

"A very pretty and fashionable wedding occurred Thursday evening last, at half, 
past eight o'clock, in the Presbyterian Church of this place, when Mr. Thomas Graham 
and Miss Ida Davis Marsh were united in marriage. The bride is the grand-daughter of 
Mr. Franklin Davis, and is a handsome, winning and accomplished young lady, always 
prominent in society, and a general favorite. Mr. Graham is associated with his father 
in gold and silver mining enterprises in New Mexico, being now located at Graham; 
New Mexico, where he and his bride expect to make their home. He was formerly a 
student at Bucknell, and has a host of friends at this place." 

George B. Shattuck, Theta Theta, '89, of Chicago, was married 
June ist to Miss Jennie £. Otis of that city. The Sigma Chis present 
were J. R. Sutton, Theta Theta, '90; S. T. Mather, Alpha Beta, '87; 
and Rev. W. Francis Irvine, Chi, '87. The following report of the 
wedding is from the Inter Ocean: 

"The Otis-Shattuck wedding in Kenwood last evening was of much interest to the 
social element of Kenwood and Hyde Park. The bride was Miss Jennie Edith Otis, a 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gould Otis of No. 4508 Lake avenue, and the groom 
George Brace Shattnck, also of Kenwood. The marriage rites were solemnized at the 
home of the bride's parents, Rt. Rev. Charles Edward Cheney, D. D. , officiating. The 
bride bad but one attendant, Miss Marguerite Otis. The groom was supported by ]. R • 


Sattoo. of Hillsdale, Mich., and the ashen were W. Inring Otis. Thomas G. Otis. Jr.. 
Fred H. Rawson. and Philip L. Marshall. 

"The decoratioos at the hoose were tastefnllj arranged, cmtsistin g chieflj of pahns 
and lOies in the drawing-room, while the dining-room was done in pink. The bride was 
gowned in a rich costnme of white corded sflk. with tnlle overdress. A fischn with ends 
which reached to the bottom of the skirt was one featnre of the trimmings and she wore 
a tulle veil. The booqnet she carried was of the shower variety, and was composed of 
sweet peas, maiden hair ferns and orchids. Miss Marguerite Otis wore pink mull over 
taffeta, with skirt mflSed to the waist and edged with pink satin ribbon. Her gown was 
cut decollete and her bouquet was of pink bridesmaid roses and maiden hair ferns. 
Little Belle Brown was a flower giri and wore a pretty frock of white mull, and Burdette 
Otis, a nephew of the bride, was a page. Music was furnished by an orchestra com- 
posed of mandolins and a harp. 

"A reception lasting from 8:30 until 11 o'clock was attended by the intimate friends 
and relatives of the bride and groom. Mr. and Mrs. Shattuck will be at home in Octo- 
ber at No. 4438 Sidney avenue.** 

The marriage of Clarence A. Fiske, Alpha Pi, '90, ex- Praetor of the 
Fifth Province, and Miss Clara L. Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
George H. Miller, will occur at the home of the bride's parents in 
Kansas City, Kansas, July 30th. Mr. and Mrs. Fiske will be at home 
in September at 327 Twelfth street, Alton, 111. 


To our late Brother George R. Freeman, Theta, '76, to whose death 
reference was made in the May Quarterly, the Outlook gave the follow- 
ing appreciative notice: 

"The tudden death from heart failure of Profeseor George R. Freeman, at Meade- 
ville, Pennsylvania, on the zoth inst., is a distinct loes to Biblical scholarship in this 
country. Prof. Freeman began his career in the Congregational Church, where he made 
many friends. His interest in Old Testament literature was especially strong, and his 
work in this field became so notable that he was at length appointed Wilder Profeaeor.of 
Hebrew, the History of the Old Testament and the History of Religions, in the Meade- 
ville Theological School, a post that he has filled for the last ten years with great ability 
and success. As a scholar he was distinguished for his thoroughness of research and 
accuracy of statement and a fearless acceptance of whatever truth the facts were found 
to point to. He was a clear and independent thinker, fully dominated by the scientific 
spirit, and always kept abreast of the progress of the modem critical school. His gentle 
aod modest disposition did not bring him as much before the public as other workers, 
but his candor and conscientiousness commanded the entire respect of his pupils and 
fellow Professors, and bis sweet and unassuming spirit endeared him to all who came to 
know his sterling worth." 



Address of Welcome — J. J. Stowe ii 

Convention of the Second Province — Gordon R. Houston 2x8 

Ex-Grand Consul Reginald Fendall 195 

Football in the West—/*. H. Yost 287 

Grand Chapter Notes .- 27 

Nnmerical Progress for the Year iSgy-'gS 294 

Response to Address of Welcome — Robert Farnham 14 

Reverend Samuel Anderson Cornelius 225 

The Oration — George P. Merrick 18 

The Convention of the Fourth Province — Ira Bordtier 289 

University Settlement — Robert C. Brooks 203 

University of Michigan — Durand W. Springer 281 

Vanderbilt University — Theodore II. Bre%ver 107 

What and Who We Did at Nashville— ^aw. R. Ireland, 3 

Walter Lowrie Fisher — Charles Ailing 119 

Washington and Lee University — Gordon R. Houston 2x3 


Singing a Sigma Chi Song — Orville S. Brumback 35 

Summer Days of "56 at Old Miami — General Ben. P. Runkle 103 

To My First Love — Fred Steigtneyer 174 

The Odes of Horace — Walter Malone 222 


"American College Fraternities" 308 

The Endowment Fund 39 

The Song Book 40, 229 

General 37, 123, 227, 305 


Alpha 52 137 238 — 

Gamma 53 138 239 3x3 

Epsilon 42 127 231 — 

Zeta 47 133 235 3" 

Eta 73 163 257 332 

Theta 43 128 23X 309 

Kappa 44 129 232 3x0 

Lambda 59 145 245 3x8 

Md 55 X39 240 3x4 

Xi 59 147 245 319 

Omicron — 130 — — — 


Rho 60 X47 246 310 

Tau 48 133 «35 — 

Chi 61 X46 248 310 

P*i 48 135 236 31a 

Omega 62 150 247 3" 

AlphaAlpha 77 169 261 335 

Gamma Gamma 50 135 237 3x2 

Delta Delta 62 149 — 3" 

ZetaZeta 81 140 241 3^5 

ZetaPsi 56 141 242 3^5 

TheU Theta 63 150 248 3*2 

Eta Eta. 78 170 261 — 

Kappa Kappa 64 152 249 3>3 

Lambda Lambda 55 142 242 3<^ 

Mu Ma 57 142 243 3^7 

Nu Nu 80 171 262 33^ 

Xi Xi 72 162 256 33® 

Omicron Omicron 65 133 249 3^3 

Sigma Sigma 51 136 237 30 

Phi Phi '45 130 233 — 

Alpha Beta 74 167 — — 

Alpha Gamma 58 144 244 3^7 

Alpha Epsilon 70 z6o 254 3^ 

AlphaZeU 66 155 250 3^4 

Alpha Theta 79 172 263 — 

Alpha Iota 67 156 251 3*^ 

Alpha Lambda 68 157 252 - — 

Alpha Na — 164 258 -^ 

Alpha Xi 71 x6i 255 3^ 

Alpha Omicron 1 74 165 258 333 

AlphaPi 69 158 253 3«* 

Alpha Rho 46 131 234 310 

Alpha Sigma 69 159 254 317 

Alpha Tau 52 137 238 — 

Alpha Upsilon 75 167 259 — 

Alpha Phi 80 173 264 — 

Alpha Chi 46 132 234 311 

Alpha Psi 74 166 259 334 

Alpha Omega 77 169 260 334 


Lbttbrs from Alumni Cbaptirs and Associations. 

Alumni Meetings 9^ 

Chicago 176, 266 

Central Ohio .• x8o 

Kansas City 178 

Milwaukee X77 

New York X75 

Pittsburg 337 

Washington 265 

Engagements 93, x8g 

Litermry Notes 98 

Marriages 93. X9o. 275, 345 

Miscellaneons 186, 272, 343 

Obitoary ^ 96. 191, 276, 346 

Personals 83, 189, 268, 338 





Chapter Illnstrations. 

Alpha Omicron Opposite 

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Dr. William L. Dudley 

Group of University of Michigan Buildings 

Harry Beach Carr^ 

Interior of Washington and Lee Chapel 

John S. Alleman 

Map of the City of New York 

Robert Famham. M. D 

Reginald Fendall 

Rev. Samuel Anderson Cornelius 

Statue of ' 'Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt 

"Sigs" Present at the Convention of the Second Province 

The Twenty-third Grand Chapter 

The Paresis Club 

The Astronomical Observatory, Vanderbilt University 

The Medical Building, Vanderbilt University 

University Hall, Vanderbilt University 

University Settlement House, New York 

University of Michigan Campus Scenes 

University of Michigan Main Building and Gymnasium 

University of Michigan Library and Dental College 

University of Michigan' Museum and Hospital 

Vanderbilt University Campus Scenes 

Vanderbilt University Gymnasium 

Walter Lowrie Fisher 

West Side Row, Vanderbilt University 

Wesley Hall, Vanderbilt University 

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Wiishin^^ton and I^e llnivorsity — Gordon Randolph Houston 213 

Convention of tht* Second Province — Gordon Randolph Houston 218 

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The Odes of Horace — Waltn- Maiom 222 


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Lambda 245 

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Gamma Gamma 237 

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Theta Theta 248 

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Nu Nu 262 

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Alpha Kpsilon 254 

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Alpha Theta 263 

Alpha Iota 251 

Alpha Lambda 252 

Alpha Nu 258 

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Alpha Omicron 258 

Alpha Pi ?!53 

Alpha Rho 234 

Alpha Sigma 254 

Alpha Tau 23S 

Alpha Upsilon 259 

Alpha Phi 264 

Alpha Chi 234 

Alpha Psi 259 

Alpha Omega 260 


Lfticrs from Alumni Chapters and Associati(ms. 

Wasliiniildii 265 

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Kf-i'-i.iii l-'-n ;:i!l Fronti<;piece 

1 m: .• r^ir-, .*^. 11!. r:i'n! I huisr. Now York Opposite pace 203 

M.i|- ..f \\w C\\\ -l N.\. Vi.rK " •• 206 

Ir.t* r:. : I • \\ a-^liin.v:!« >n .i:i:l I.'-r I'hnpr-l " • • -jn 

M.'iin r.-uliiinq • W I'-hini.'K.'n ;in»l L«:i' •• *• 217 

• Sii,>' ] \K >\ ni it thi' ron\'pntie»n .if thr* SeC'^.nd Province " •* 218 

l\i". "^ ir^iij'l And"r>v>n (.'onu'liiis •' •• 22s 


Vol. XVII. 

JULY, 1898. 

No. 4. 


Sigma Chi 




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Tnivcrsiiy of Michigan — Purnntt W. Sprin:^er 

Football in the West—/-'. //. )V»c/ 

The (Convention of the Fourth Province — ha HorJncr, 
Num»frical Progress for the Year 1897 -'9H 

2 89 


f fcmiral • 305 

• 'American College Fraternities " * 308 



(vamma 313 

Kpsilon — • 

Zeta 3x1 

Kta 332 

Theta 309 

Kappa 310 

Lambda 3x8 

Mu 3x4 

Xi ., 319 

Omicron — 

Kbo 320 

Tau — 

C!hi 320 

Psi 312 

OmPKA 321. 

Alpha Alpha 335 

Gamma Gamma 3x2 

Delta Delta 321 

/eta Zeta 315 

Zeta Psi 315 

Theta Theta 322 

Eta Eta 

Kappa Kappa 323 

Lambda Lambda 316 

Mu Mu 3x7 

Nu Nu .*. .336 

Xi Xi 330 

Omicron Omicron 323. 

SiKma Sigma... 313 

Phi Phi — 

Alpha Beta — 

Alpha Gamma 3x7 

Alpha Epsilon 328 

Alpha Zeta 324 

Alpha Theta — 

Alpha Iota 326 

Alpha Lambda — 

Alpha Nd .../.. , 

Alpha Xi 329 

Alpha Omicron 333 

Alpha Pi 326 

Alpha Rho 310 

Alpha Sigma ....*.... 327 

Alpha Tau — , 

Alpha Upsilon 

Alpha Phi . . .'. — 

Alpha Chi 311 

Alpha Psi ^34 

Alpha Omega 334 


Pittsliur^^h Assciciaiion's First Annual i:$anquet 337 

Personals 33.S 

Miscellaneous Notes 343 

Marria^Ms 345 

( )bituary ; 346 


I iinvtTsity of Michigan Campus Scenes r. .F>ontispiect» 

I hiivrrsity of Mic ij^an Main iiuiUling and Gymnasium Opposite page 282 

" •• 285 

•• " 286 

•• " 320 

•• '• 332 


riiiv»r«itv '»f Michij»an Library and Dental College 

( iitiUfi <»f I iiivr-rsity of Michigan liuildings 

I'riivjT.ity "f Michigan Museum anfi Hospital 

Sii^rna Sigrn.i C.MiapttT 

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