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adapted to the special requirements of agriculturists. To-day the civilized world accepts the truth of the visions they beheld. Half a century ago no country of Europe had introduced the study of agriculture to the pupils of its public schools. The system is now fast beconaing universal. It is barely a generation since the first agricultural college in the new world was strug- gling into a feeble existence; to-day every state in the Union has placed its sanction upon the movement then inaugurated. See to it then that when called iipon to assume your position in the sphere awaiting you, no opportu- nity whereby you might have been better prepared, has been allowed to pass unimproved. Another thing we would suggest. The limit of knowledge can not be reached in four years ; therefore, whenever practicable, give post-graduate study to your chosen profession. Other pursuits demand it, why not agri- culture? But be your life-labors in the realm of Ceres, or as far removed therefrom as thorium is from hydrogen, advantage is sure to accrue from additional time spent in professional work, or in broadening your views with a more extended culture. Both you and we are embarked on a craft which, though she has safely encountered many a storm, has not yet reached her haven. Though we have unbounded faith in the hands that hold the helm, remember that officers efforts can avail little except when supplemented by exertions of the crew. We are the standard by which the merits of the M. A. C. are ultimately to be estimated. Let, then, no fault of ours deti-act from her glory. Our college mother naturally comes in time to depend on her sons; hav- ing done her best to prepare us for the responsibility, she is entitled to our aid. May we ever show ourselves a brotherhood united in the faith, and strong in the teachings of our common parent. Alma Mater. Alumnus. 100
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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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