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S ■we gaze through the haze of years at events characteristic of the hves of our pilgrim -ancestors, hallowed and rendered less obtru- sive by time, none presents a scene of more interest, or appears ' " more deeply wrought with romance, thaji the picture of the stern puritan eagerly scanning the horizon for the appearance of the infrequent vessel from the mother country, the arrival of which, laden perhaps with the necessities of life; certainly freighted with that often yet more dearly prized — news from home — tidings sent by friends in old England to absentees in the New, filled the quiet colony with excitement, and called forth from its inhabitants the remnant of poetry in their austere natui ' es. Not always was the burden a wholly joyous one, but often, aye, very often, sorrow came to some member of the band which so anxiously watched the incoming sail, as the one link connecting the new life in the west with the old life across the sea, and uniting in thought friends separated perhaps forever. And now, when called upon to supply the usual Alumni contribution for the Index, this simile is irresistably presented to us ; perhaps the more for- cibly that these pages so often recalling only pleasant memories, will probably bear to many an Aggie Alumnus his first tidings of the death of a friend and brother, one whose memory will be ever cherished, whose loss we must, and the world might, mourn; and of whom each affirms: " A manlier man never lived. " We, graduates and students, have entered upon a new pilgrimage, are devoted to a creed whose adherents are comparatively few. The belief in a new agriculture is ours, the principles for which our Alma Mater was created are ours; and tfiatthey are destined to accomplish the elevation of the " art of arts, without which, man is a savage and the earth a wilderness, " is the work in which we are engaged. We have already entered upon the life in a world for whose strifes you are still preparing. And the Index is the one ever recurring and returning vehicle through which we, who a few years ago filled your places, are in thought brought back to Alma Mater, there to re- new the friendships formed in college, and form new acquaintances among those who now tread the paths from which we have but just emerged.
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The graduate too frequently receives his only news from college, i artic- ularly concerning its graduate life, through the annual appearance of this Junior publication. Is it strange that its yearly presence is eagerly watched for by many a busy man, and that when a% last the long awaited pages lie before him, all care is for a while forgotten in perusing tidings from the old college home, and recalling many a long passed scene suggested by some remembrance thus brought to mind. r That the reunion sought be most complete, it is exceedingly fitting that jd we as Alumni occupy a few lines in the publication bearing your impress as students. This, we believe, is the thought in your minds, and nothing more is either expected or desired of us. As we glance over the period that has elapsed since we as students re- ceived the first Alumni letter, the time seems wonderfully short, and we are impressed with the youth of our college, and with the absurdity of attempt- ing the offer of sage advice, or of relating the experiences of times. Indeed, gray hair is a thing of th% future among us, for the oldest alumnus is still a young man. Look upon us, therefore, as brothers seeking your welfare, and interested in the prospects before you, because you are, with us, sons of the M. A. C. We kQow you ai ' e deeply anxious for her success, and that of the princi- ples of which she is the exponent; let us remind you that the way in which you can most certainly advance her cause, aid in her work, establish those P principles and accomplish that for which she was founded, and for which | you have ' been received to Her halls, is by availing yourselves of every ■ ' opportunity she offers for increasing knowledge or affording discipline, even ; though now failing to see the end, or unable to appreciate the reason. You | will hardly have passed from the protecting arms of Alma Mater ere you n encounter some obstacle more easily overcome, but for an opportunity ne- ■ i| glected, or an advantage allowed to glide by unheeded during your under- | graduate career. :| Gradually, but nevertheless constantly, America is espousing the princi- ; pies to which our college is dedicated ; compelled by the irresistable force of ; ' necessity, our country stands ready to welcome the men educated in the ,j great principles which govern all nature, in the elements of the art on w hich i prosperity rests, and from which all industries draw life ; and possessing a ,| knowledge of practical affairs. These are the w eapons your college offers you; your future depends on the ability with which you wield them, | and will be just what you make it. No mean place in history awaits men instructed in the union of theory and practice, in the application of true science to daily vocations. This position is yours if you care to claim it. Are you fully conscious of the near approach of the end toward which we urge you to strive ? A hundred years ago and not an institution in the world even professed to bestow the slightest attention upon the study of agriculture, and only dreamers thought of the possibility of an education
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