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Page 22 text:
221 I str. Jonivfs
tion that the'President deemed it a
wise course to 'have the cannon re-
moved. . y
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It would 'seem well that at the
close of this volume we should look
back over the history of the college
to some of the illustrious names that
have emblaioned .its iecord. Such
recollections can awake' in the
younger sons of St. John's renewed
affection and interest in our.Alma
Matcix- We 'can feel that we may,
with very pardonable pride, refer to
her famed ancient alumni. that have
departed from the scenes of life and
who, during their lives, did, so
much for State and Nationin her
time of great trial. It is a long and
glorious list to ponder over and our
heart swells with pride and love for
old St. JOl1117S as we linger over each
naine. Howe ver, we propose here to
reproduce simply a little of the life
history of him who holds the honor-
ed position of the oldest of the living
of the alumni of St. Jolinis. Some
days in fine weather we may see a
venerable form moving slowly on
the streets of the ancient town.-
Uuriosity at once lills us as we 'be-
hold his interesting countenance and
we inquire who this kindly old gen-
tleman may be, we are told that he
is William Howard, who heads the
living list of the sons of St. John's.
Born December 24, 1809, he early
began his connection with the history
of the institution. I-Ie was gradua-
ted in 1827, with the degree of B. A.,
and with the lirst honors of his class.
He was also captain of the military
company at the college. ' After
uation he studied law-under
der Contee Magruder, and a Wasi-ad?
mitted tothe bar. He scion after
abandoned the lawiinnorderi to 'dt'
himselfifor teaching, and 'soon after
'heuwas honored by his Alma Mater
with -the M. IA. degree- In 18-'73 he
was elected one of the Board of
Visitors and Governors,-of the college,
and was for a while secretary of that
body. He still continues his great
-interest in the ,college by serving as
a member of the board. In his 'fRe-
ininiscences of -old St. -John's," in
the f'St. .Iohn's Bookf' compiled by
President Thomas Fell in 1893, and
from which we quote, by permission,
give us some interesting data re-
lating to the early events in connec-
tion vvith the college. M He tells us of
the enmity that was incurred among
the leading party of the State, in the
collegeis early years, and of its effects.
I-Iequotes these words of Francis
Scott Key, in his appeal to the Leg-
islature, ffThirty yearsiago If stood
within that Hall, with the compan-
ions andl guides of my yonth, and
'bade farewell to them, to our- revered
instructors, and received the parting
benediction of that beloved and ven-
erable man, who 'ruled the ,institu-
tion he had-reared and adorned, no
more by force of authority than of
affection. In a few short years I
returned, and the companions and
guides of my youth were gone. The
glory of the Temple of Science,
which the wisdom and piety of our
fathers had founded, was departed.
I beheld in its .place a .dreary ruin,
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ST. JOHN,S COLLEGIAN. 2-20
Burns who instead of being allowed
to use his excellent powers in litera-
ture had to collect taxes on intoxicat-
ing drinks and afterwards was ruined
himself by drinking. Spenser may
have chosen this kind of life, and it
is not unlikely he was forced to it, for
financial reasons. Spenser did not
appear to enjoy thoroughly the gay
life of the times, he liked better the
quiet life and beautiful scenery of
Kilcolman castle. Whenever he
went to England to attend to the sale
of books, he always returned after a
short stay. He had many friends but
only a few were intimate ones, and
he did not seem to suffer by the ab-
sence of social pleasures. -
Spenser must have been a typical
Englishman of the time. At any
rate he was hated by the Irish who
found at last revenge. They were
goaded to desperation by the injus-
tice of England and attacked Spen-
ser'ig house. He escaped, but an in-
fant child perished in the flames.
Spencsr returned brokenhearted to
England and died within three
months. By serving his country in
arms, which many could have done
as well, he never completed the Eaery
Queene, which he alone could have
done. C. JARBOE.
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While speaking to an alumnus the
other day, he inquired if the old
cannons were to be replaced by guns
of newer type. We are sorry to say
that artillery tactics have practically
been abandoned. We are sorry, not
so much on account of the artillery
drill as for the fact that we have no
way to appropriately celebrate victor-
ies. Time was when' every victory in
foot-ball and base-ball was made the
subject of a 4th of July celebration,
but now, owing to the absence of the
cannon, such a thing is an impossi-
bility. One celebration we distinct-
ly remember, that on the occasion of
the victorious Southern trip of the
foot-ball team in '9O. Our worthy
President, in endeavoring to put a
stop to the exhibition, became him-
self considerably mixed up in the
pyrotechnics. On that same occa-
sion the gunner unwilling to lose a
charge of powder by the President's
interference, fired the cannon with
the lin-rod sticking in it, where
the assistant gunner had leftit upon
notice of the President's arrival.
The lin-rod sped through two fences,
knocked the bark oif a tree and lin-
ally buried itself in the earth. It
was a short time after this celebra-
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I wandeied ow ei that beautiful and
silent green, no longer saci ed to the
meditations of the eniaptuied stu
dent, vocal mth the Joy ous shouts of
youthful meiilment I sat donn on
those mouldeiing steps and beneath
like me, seemed to lament its lo t
companions, and I mourned over the
madness that had wiouoht this deso
lation Ihese woi ds which M1
Harwood so aptly iepioduces, we
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can not do better tnan offer to the
Alumni of St. John's in general as an
encouragement fand exhortation to
them to revive and aid their Alma
Mater with renewed endeavor.
We have received information of
the sudden y death of Edward A.
Welch, eldest son of Dr. Albert G.
Welch of this county which took
place a few days ago in Fluvanna
county, Va., where he resided. He
was about iifty-eight years old. He
was a graduate of St. John's College
in the class of '55. At the breaking
out of the late war, he Went South
with a number of young men from
this city and joined the Confederacy,
and was la corporal in company "C"
Second Maryland Infantry, in which
he distinguished himself as one of the
bravest'of'dcers of the war. He leaves
several relatives in Annapolis.
Among the visitors to the college
in the past month. was Mr. John H.
Waller, ,93 of Salisbury Md. Mr.
Waller is now successfully pursuing
the practice of the legal profession.
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the session of 94 5 by our foot ball
and base-ball teams, and we may say
with pardonable pride, that, consid-
ering the disadvantages under which
the Athletic Association has labored,
our men have done work equal to
any and second to none. Of the iive
foot-ball games which we played in
'93, we lost but one, and although de-
feat in any form is humiliating, yet
the fact that our opponents in this
game were much older than ourselves
and vastly superior in size and prac-
tice, forms extenuating circumstan-
Although our base-ball record up
to date is not so brilliant as our foot-
ball record, at the present writing
the season is not over, and it is im-
possible to predict the result with
accuracy. It is safe to say, however,
that we will do our best, and if we
do lose any of theseveral remaining
games on the schedule, it will not be
through any fault of our own.
We regret to state, that by gradua-
tion, the Athletic Association will
lose Messrs. Jones, Fechtig, Stine and
Ridgely. These men have been,
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