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There were many to care for him. All -was done that could be done. Most especially will his Class always thank their member, Mr. Everett B. Bragg, the most intimate friend of Clay ' s last year, who before and after the sad death was ceaseless in helpful thought and action. He did every- thing, and the constant presence of so devoted and close a friend must have made the last days far more endurable. The character of the man we mourn was a rare one ; it combined ele- ments seldom found united ; though only in their union may f uU manhood exist. Clay was naturally gifted with a quick intellect and a mature, relia- ble judgment; but still more naturally was he an executor; to think a thing was to do it. His will was simply infallible; determination, constancy, per- formance were his natural gift, and he never fell out of it. The combina- tion of firm will with keen perceptive power is infrequent enough among men, whose failing it generally is to be able to do without knowing how, or to know how without being able to do; but yet more rare is the addition to these of an affectionate, tender temperament, making the true gentle-man. Clay invariably inspired the same quiet regard that he showed to all; his heart was very genuine, and simple, sincere friendship— too sincere for words— was its native attitude to those about him. Thus he was kind, he was clear-headed, and he had a will that clung to its purpose through sor- row, through peril and despair, and hard pain and dull monotony, as the iron ring clings to the sea-wall, through weather foul and fair, until the storms wash down the imbedding rock. Sometimes, way off on little New England farms, among the hills, are born men with stuff for Cromwells in them. Like the dark Lombardy poplars that grow by their homesteads, they point to the past, to the stern Pui ' itan days when life was in earnest; they seem a message from sober ancestry to these careless days. Such a man was Clay. He is gone from the class, from the fraternity that loved him, and they find their regard too genuine for words. He was a quiet man himself, say- ing but little since he felt so much. So they must bear their regret silently, treasuring always a sad admiration for their vanished friend, whose influ- ence yet endures. Classmates. 104
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JABEZ W. CLAY. M. . C, ' 75. (P 2 ' K Jan. 24th, 1852. Oct. 1st. 1880. J lli i iTnw »mm«!u»mgc=»3aimBlMiK ji»uiMa3g; Memorial. jHEN, in the Fall of 1871, the strong and brave Class of ' 75 came to their ■work, the strongest and bravest member was Jabez W. Clay. This ascendency, a native gift, knit with the most thoughtful and kindly temperament, he maintained (in the consenting love rather than the defeated competion of his classmates,) thro ' all the four college years ; and then, after graduation, he rose steadily to the highest position in trust and remuneration held by any member of the class. From every one who met him. Clay invited the most truthful regard ; yet nothing but the death of so quiet, so unostentatious a man could ever reveal to friends the depth of their attachment. And now he is dead. Last winter Mr. Clay had declined a professorship in the Japan Agricul- tural College, preferring to remain in charge of the extensive business for the Bowker Fertilizing Co., which he had built up in New York. In the Spring he met Miss Mary J. Evans of New York, to whom, some months later, he became engaged. Miss Evans, a truly gracious and capable lady, was in every way worthy of Mr. Clay. The wedding-day w as fixed in Sep- tember, but the day before that appointed he was attacked suddenly by hemorrhage at the lungs. He hastily made his wiU and wrote words to those dear to him. But a physician brought relief. The next morning even his terribly strong will almost broke down under the hard fate which had come upon his faithful life ; calling a trusted friend to him, he sobbed from the bed, " I had expected this to be the happiest day of my life. " Knowing in what stern mastery Clay held his emotions, his classmates can never forget these words. The marriage took place, however, and for a few days he rallied; then pneumonia set in severely, and rapid decline followed. To the last he suppressed his suffering, which was great. Life was inestimably precious to him; he had won his way frona boyhood against every obstacle, he had never allowed gloom to affect his actions, and at last he had succeed- ed, at last he commanded the future ; the revs ard for twenty long years of faithful struggle was now to begin. Clay felt all this acutely, and set the strength of his long-trained will upon living; yet in the end, when the end became inevitable, .he died peacefully, resignedly, hopefully. 103
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(3( 1 1 1 Vl i44 i S ta I i tlC5 OLA.SS OF " M RESIDENCE. OCCUPATION. G. H. Allen, A. L. Bassett, W. P. Birnie, W. H. Bowker, L. B. Caswell, H. L. Cowles, E. A. Ellsworth, J. F. Fisher, G-. E. Fuller, F. W. Hawley, F. St. C. Herrick, George Leoiaard, R. W. Lyman, J. H. Morse, L. A. Nichols, A. D. ISTorcross, J. B. Page, S. H. Richmond, W. D. Russell, Edwin Smead, Lewis A Sparrow, G-eo. P. Strickland, E. E. Thompson, G. H. Tucker, W. C. Ware, William Wheelei " , P. Le P. Whitney, Winfleld, Cowley Co., Kan., Agent, Adams Ex. Co. Clerk Vt. C. R. R. S. S. Co. Conductor, Conn. Central R. R. President Bowker Fertilizer Co. Civil Engineer and Farmer. Farmer. Civil Engineer. Local Freight Agent, F. R. R- Farmer. Farmer. Lawyer. Lawyer. Civil Engineer, Civil Engineer. Lawyer. Farmer. 45 Milk St., Boston, Editor, office Ma ss. Ploughman. Montague Paper Co., Turners Falls, Chemist. 83 Edmonson Ave., Baltimore, Md., Dealer in coal. Boston, Chemist, Bowker Fertilizer Co. Stillwater, Mich., Machinist, Seymour, Sabin Co. East Wejrmouth, Teacher. GrandiD Farm, Dakota Ter., Farmer and Sheep Raiser. Portland, Me., Manager Boston Portland Clothing Co. Concord, Civil Engineer. Chelsea, Nursery Business. N. Y. City, Springfield, Boston, Athol, Hadley, Northampton, Fitchburg, Hadley, Methuen, Springfield, Belchertown, 251 Essex Street, Salem, Santa Fe, N ew Mexico, Monson, Conway, 105
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