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HISTORY OF 68.
HIs'roRrAN's DEN, Some Time Ago, 1887.
Jlfy Dear Amelia Amanda jllalzfina 17172011671-f0Ilf5 .-
It is quite a long time since I wrote you my last letter. Perhaps you have begun
to think I had forgotten you altogether. But be assured, I still have a corner for you
in my memory. While rummaging about the materials for a history of our class, I
came upon your sweet image and presently determined to tell you about the class to
which I belong, viz: the juniors.
Now, my dear, you must not expect too much from me. If you will take the
trouble to sit down and try to write me a full account of all that l1as happened to you
during the past year, you will at once see how dillicult it would be for me to write a
complete history of the junior class. l
Juniors at one time were Sophomores. Between you and me, the Sophomore year
was an interesting one. It was the time when we studied two noteworthy branches.
The first is called Analytic Geometry, a very " tough " study, so called. A few years
ago there was a Sophomore class in college whose love for Analytic Geometry was
very cold. But let me tell you, Amelia Amanda Malvina Fitzallen Jones, that class
made it hot for " Ana," as they called the study. As you no doubt have access to
books written for the purpose of telling people about such capers, it is unnecesary for
me to say anything more about the fate of " Ana."
The other branch of study, my dear with a long name, about which I wish to tell
you something is Botany. Perhaps you do not know just what Botany is. Well, it
is a science which tells people how potatoes grow and onions shoot. It has some-
thing to'say too about wild flowers. This latter function of Botany is a very valu-
able one, because it gave the professor an excuse to send us out into the country to
hunt wild flowers. In this way, you may be sure, we had lots of fun. I would like
to tell you about some of our trips for hunting a very swccl-smelling plant, which
the smart people call simplocarpurfrelidus. It would take too much time, however,
to tell you all these little things, and besides I want you to know something about
our trip to the renowned municipality of Smithville. On a certain morning the
professor led us to the railroad station, where we took the train for Pequea. From
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HISTORY OF '88,
Pequea we walked to Smithville, gathering wild flowers on the way. The last named
place may be described as a place where our class took dinner and were amused by a
certain Corporal Kelley, who tried to collect a quarter from our " crowd " for friend-
ship's sake. Arriving by a detour at Reftou, the class played ball until the cars were
ready to take them back. It is a great pity, Amelia Amanda Malvina Fitzallen
jones, that you cannot go to college like the rest of' us and go botanizing too.
As you may not be aware of the fact, I wish to tell you that in the lives of our
students there are three important epochs, viz: their admission to college, Sdpho-
more " test," and graduation. Since you received my last letter, our class has passed
the second epoch. Now it is a common thing for junior historians to write about
" test " in their class histories, and you might think it superfluous for me to refer to
it again. I desire, however, to tell you confidentially that " test " is the ordeal which
determines who of the Sophomores shall become Juniors and who shall 'e' go into
business." It is the winding up of the first half' of the college course. You will, no
doubt, be very glad to learn that your favorite juniors have passed the ordeal and are
" pretty well, thank you."
So important a year as the Sophomore is usually regarded as worthy of some
suitable way of celebrating its completion. Our class had no such celebration at all.
We held class meetings and tried to hit upon some way of artinguishing ourselves as
Sophomores, but nothing came of the movement. As for holding a cremation, that
was a dream that was not realized. Perhaps, then, it was thought, it would be a good
plan to get up a mock contest in oratory after the juniors had held their Oratorical
Contest. This scheme was not even attempted, and we finally made a feeble effort
to practice for a Sophomore concert. The concert, however, proved to be one of
those things which we didn't have. No cremation I No mock contest! ! No Sopho-
more concert I ! ! Alaek ! Alas I !
There was one thing, however, my dear Amelia Amanda, etc., which we did have.
Some of us formed an embryonic German society, the object of' which was to give
us practice in German conversation. And we did converse in German too, you'd
better believe. You just should have heard how nicely we learned to say "ja, mein
Herr " and " Neiu, mein Herr." That's something, anyhow. The society was finally
disorganized and disbanded, because so much time was needed for botanizing. Per-
haps at some future time t' Die Deutsche Gesellschaft " will be heard of again.
It is now time to close. Be assured that '88 is doing well. I trust that your admira-
tion for our class is as ardent as ever. That Amelia Amanda Malvina Fitzallen jones
may be preserved in health and forever enjoy the esteem of' the-Iuniors is the humble
wish of their HIs'roRrAN.
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