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character abroad and bring us into communication with other institutions. With the increased number of students, this matter should be no longer put off. It is a pleasure to welcome a large Freshman class, but even yet we would ask for more. The wants of the college are many, but the public-spirited men are few. Many thanks for what we have received, but still there is a wide range for improvement. A hall for public exercises, combined with suitable rooms for the library and cabinet, is absolutely essential. The Library, so much needed, seems at last to be forthcoming. We would earnestly ask the reader ' s attention to the appeal to the Alumni and friends of the M. S. C. , for the improvement of the Library, which we print in full. It is with pleasure that we relinquish- the editorial pen and resume our usual college duties. It has been the design of the editors to make the Index in reali- ty what it is in name ; an index of student life, to make it of interest to all, --to the students and to their friends ; to represent as perfectly as possible the meth- ods and theories by which we live and move.
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The Horticultural Department, which has been one of the most beautiful as well as instructive features of the institution, has suffered a serious drawback to its success by the burning of the Durfee Plant-house. Many rare and valuable plants were destroyed, and these will be with difficulty replaced. A new build- ing has been completed, and we soon hope for the old time beauty. The Military, always the subject of censure and complaint, is regarded more from personal prejudices than from the actual benefit derived from it. Under its present commandant, it forms one of the principal branches of our education. The college student has always a dislike for anything which approaches tyranny, but we should be willing to endure it for its training. For what else develops us more, either physically or mentally ; what else gives us more precision, accu- racy, the ability to instruct and to command. We notice the growing interest in all our professors to advance their respec- tive departments, and the only question that remains is, What will become of the student when they have reached perfection ? It seems to us that there is much time spent which might be better accounted for. There is little or no time for the outside reading which should accompany every study. We hope for the time when class-work and the continual copying of lectures shall give way to solid reading. The long wished for Experimental Station has at last become a reality, and under the direction of Profs. Goessman and Miles, we shall expect gratifying results. That great benefit will be derived, there is no doubt, both by the peo- ple in general and especially by the students. The formation of the Natural History Society, during the past year, has made the study on this subject of much interest. It is now in a flourishing condition, and the excellent work which it has done will be its own advocate. With so little time at our disposal, we cannot hope to take a prominent place among the colleges in athletic sports. Sports, always popular, are perhaps as necessary to flhe development of a college and its popularity, as the intellectual standard. It is hoped that with the entrance of larger classes, the interest and enthusiasm shown in former years in boating, foot ball, etc. , will be revived. Lawn Tennis is one of the growing sports with us. This affords all the exer- cise and science of base ball or foot ball, while it is entirely free from the quali- ties so injurious in the latter. Gymnasium practice should be increased, as this is indispensable in the support of strong teams, and a short time each day spent in such exercise would not be lost to anybody. Among other things necessary to the growth of an institution is the publica- tion of a college paper. Besides being a literary training in itself, it will give us
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CORPORATION. MEMBERS EX-OFFICIIS, His Excellency, GEO. D. ROBINSON, Governor of the Commonwealth. J. C. GREENOUGH, A. M., President of the College. JOHN E. RUSSELL, Esq., Secretary Board of Agriculture. Hon. JOHN. W. DICKINSON, Secretary Board of Education. MEMBERS BY ELECTION. Hon. MARSHALL P. WILDER, Boston. Hon. CHARLES G. DAVIS, Plymouth. HENRY COLT, Esq , ........ Pittsfield. PHINEAS STEDMAN, Esq . . . ■ Chicopee. JAMES C. GRINNELL, Esq., Greenfield. GEORGE NOYES, Esq , . Boston. Hon. DANIEL NEEDHAM, ... . Groton. HENRY L. WHITING, Esq., Cambridge. Hon. WILLIAM KNOW LTON, ...... Upton. Hon. JOHN CUMMINGS, . . . . ' . . . Woburn. EDWARD C. CHOATE, Esq., Southborough. O. B. HAD WEN, Esq., Worcester. BEN J. P. WARE, Esq., Marblehead. JAMES H. DEMOND, Esq., Northampton.
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