With a few who are designated as "alumni subs" we began our freshman
year with about seventy-eight, hale, hearty and hard working men destined
to make a worthy population; some as farmers, lawyers, doctors, politicians,
and great statesmen. Few periods in the past annals of this note¬
worthy institution of learning have witnessed a more promising body of students;
even though some did have the "moss still growing on their backs and the
cobwebs in their manifold colored locks." For we must necessarily remember
that some of our country's most famous men were of this description, consequently
we have hopes; and, as it is generally known, "Father Time" reveals many
secret surprises, good as well as evil; hence we have no doubt that when he
unfolds his manuscript we shall see above all the names of our classmates; men
whom we shall be proud to claim as our fellow students.
In athletics we held our ground excellently considering the fact that we
were merely Freshmen. But on to the field of study. Never have we been
equaled, being composed of stars that slept at night and shown forth by day;
mathematicians who worked out the problem of what is familiarly known as
"boot-licking"; logicians who concluded that college life was a non-studying
experimental theorem; theologians who proclaimed that Franklin was one of
the twelve tribes of Israel: and finally members of the "Sine-cure Club," whose
motto was "No work between meals." With such a band of men as this it may
easily be conceived to what degree of superiority we attained. And at last,
with our ups and downs, struggles and victories, we reached Sophomore class.
It was with no little regret that on our return to assum? Sophomorical duties
we found some few of our beloved classmates had for diverse reasons remained
at home. Happily, however, some had plunged into the shackles of matrimony,
and now in a little cottage of their own "two hearts beat as one" and the sound
of pattering feet and the chuckling of a tiny voice fills to overflowing the love-
throbbing hearts. But in return for those who have left us we were not disap¬
pointed in those who have taken their places.
The class now numbers sixty-six; and truth demands me to say that the class
of this year, is, if possible, superior to the one of last year. Most of the fuel
ignited last year is now burning fires and flaming lights; unfortunately, however,
seems to have been "unignitable" and in that part are those who love "Trig"
some of it and "Analyt" so well that they will continue to pursue them for
another year or so.
In the field sports this year we are surpassing everything. Just naturally,
we make the "diamond" glitter and the football field tremble under our "Iron¬
sides." There is no doubt at all but that we have the baseball pennant safe
under our protecting shield.
It is useless to say that a class of "all-wise Sophs" never miss the opportunity
of visiting their fair female friends, Midway and especially Cov. being famous
Sunday resorts for the "love and society-seeking gentlemen." Entertainments
and various other social functions are not infrequent affairs; and we occasionally
see a "swell Soph" out driving with the lady of his choice.
And on we go through pleasures, toils and snares wending our weary way
until finally with joyous hearts and souls full of ecstacy we reach our goal, the
end of our diplomatic pilgrimage.
P. H. C, Historian Class 'io.