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our Tvay to the metropolis. On board the cars military restrictions were somewhat lightened, and all went merry as a marriage bell. Stopping at Huntington Avenue, and falling into line, the battalion marched off to the lively music of the drum corps, to the barracks, where it arrived about ten o ' clock. After assigning the men resting places for the night, and the necessary posting of sentinels, taps were sounded, and directly every man was supposed to have been wrapped in his blanket and stretched out on the floor. It was some time before the novelty of the situation wore off suffi- ciently to allow all to sleep, for long after the lights were out the musical voice of a cat, and the soothing bark of a dog, greeted the ears of the weary cadet, while now and then a wandering dumbell chimed in with a rolling strain, making the harmony more effective. In spite of the imprecations of the officer of the day and the vigilance of the sentinels, it was not until toward morning that quiet was fully restored. Breakfast was served the next morning about eight o ' clock, after w hich a careful inspection was made of the equipments and general §,pj)ear- ance of the companies ; this over, opportunity was given for a little exer- cise in the streets. At half past ten the assembly was sounded and the battalion passed out to join the procession. Headed by a band of thirty pieces and followed by the Medford Artillery, the corps took its position in the Third Division, in the immediate rear of the Boston School Regiment and School Boys of 1830. At precisely twelve o ' clock one gun was fired, the signal for the head of the procession to move. When the battalion made its first wheel into Columbus Avenue, cheers filled the air, and in short there was not a single wheel made throughout the whole line of march that did not reflect credit upon the cadets. The cheers which at first seemed to send a thrill through every man ' s frame, were well kept up along the route, and finally reached the climax in the three hearty ones given us by the Boston Cadets while the battalion was passing in review. During the occasional rests along the line . of march, quantities of fruit were showered upon us, being as gratefully received as given. At half past four P. M., tired and hungry, we marched to the barracks and were soon ready to dispatch the hearty dinner awaiting us. Permission was then given all who desired it to spend the remaining time as they liked, provided that no one would by any act disgrace the college colors. Places of note in and about the city were visited, and all highly appreciated the efforts of the Boston people to make everything pleasant and agreeable. Precisely at three o ' clock on Saturday, the battalion, headed by a posse of police, left the barracks for the Boston Albany depot to take the four o ' clock train for Amherst. Owing to the numerous excuses granted men who wished to spend Sunday with their friends, we reached Amherst with well thinned ranks, indicative of the return of troops from battle. With 76 T
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vdyvvt oi thc a cvz . — V — r — ERE we have to record an event which will ever remain fresh in jff 1 the memories of those who were participants. We refer to our • ' " 5 trip to Boston, on the 17th of September, 1880, to take part in the great procession in honor of her two hundred and fiftieth anniversary. The idea of this undertaking was started at the close of the Spring term, because of the generous offer made by ex- President Flint and Mr. Farns- worth, to pay the transportation of the battalion to and from Boston, should everything convene to favor its going. Having received an invitation for the Cadets to occupy a position in the procession, Lieutenant Morris at once commenced the necessary preparations for the trip. Circulars were sent to all the students during the summer vacation, in order to get the general sentiment and their co-operation in the matter. On our return, at the beginning of the term, our hopes were some- what dampened by the appearance of so small a Freshman Class, as well as by the fact that the Faculty had not as yet decided the matter. But all doubts have an end sooner or later, and those on the latter score were soon sent to flight by the announcement in chapel one morning — that all exercises would be omitted, and leave of absence for three days given the battalion. The drill hall at the Institute of Technology was kindly offered us for barracks during our stay in the city. With these incentives before us all set to work with an unusual vigor to perfect themselves in military tactics, ample opportunity being given in the extra drills. The Freshmen made rapid progress, and, with but few excep- tions, w ere soon assigned places in the companies. Suffice it to say, that at the end of three weeks of constant application, the whole battalion blossomed out into a well drilled corps of cadets, fully equipped for ev ry emergency. At quarter of four on Thur sday afternoon, September 16th, the assembly was sounded, and a little later the battalion might have been seen on its way to the depot, every man with burnished arms and a neatly packed knapsack, marching in the same order that was to be observed in the procession the following day, being as follows : The Drum Corps, consisting of six drum- ers, at the head of the column, four yards in rear of which marched the Lieutenant, followed by the four staff officers. In the rear of the latter marched the two companies, A and B, at their respective distances. On reaching the depot we boarded the train in waiting and were soon speeding 75
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steady step the battalion passed through the town, reaching the college about ten o ' clock, where, after three hearty cheers for Lieutenant Morris, the companies were dismissed. Thus ended the much anticipated trip to Boston ; a trip of which we may all feel justly proud, as it was fraught with such great success. And all the more may we take pride in it, since, for our military bearing and appearance, the chief marshal of the day considered us second only to the Twenty-third N. Y. Regiment. Let us not, however, rest contented on our laurels, but keep on in well doing, constantly striving for perfection in this important branch of our college course. !• 77
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