University of Massachusetts Amherst - Index Yearbook (Amherst, MA)

 - Class of 1885

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SUMMER IN AMHERST. %-! -a ITUATED in the valley of the Connecticut, and surrounded on every side JiL by beautiful mountains, the town of Amherst is one of the most pleasant ■ jflp ■ places in New England to spend a quiet and social vacation. It is a col- sj| lege town, and for the greater part of the year the students are the life of I the ' place. No sooner, however, are the commencement exercises com- pleted and nearly all students have departed to various resorts, than another scene is introduced. The merry song of the student and the gay conversation in the English tongue are engulfed by foreign forces, and one is puzzled to know whether he is in France, Germany or Italy. Everything is swallowed up in the profound depths of philology. It is the Sauveur School of Languages which draws this vast assembly of scholars, old and young, of every class and condi- tion, who during the Summer months keep alive the usual vigor and business. For the student of human nature, there is perhaps no better field for observa- tion. The characters are many, and it is impossible to become fully acquainted with them unless versed in several languages. The type most frequently met with are the ladies who may have voted on questions pertaining to schools for several years. We see them taking their daily constitutional, and recognize them by that air of unconscious consciousness which is so characteristic of this class. It would be useless to attempt a description of all these persons. They can be better imagined than described. The amount of knowledge acquired by these seekers of words is only equaled by their pleasures and amusements. The many beautiful chives in Amherst and adjoining towns are relished by all. Enjoyed as much by the driver of a one horse shay as by the millionaire whose shining horses sparkle in the bright moonlight. One of the first excursions we take, is to Mt. Hdlyoke. A short drive through Hadley and Northampton — each full of interesting sights — brings us to the mountain. We may ride up or we may walk the long flight of steps to the hotel on the summit. Then does the beauty and vastness of the situation burst upon us. There is the Connecticut river winding its way through the valley. With W

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COMMENCEMENT. S early as Saturday, June 16th, the hotels and boarding houses around Amherst began to be filled with guests who had come, many of them, s tK= a from a distance to witness the Commencement exercises of the Mass. 8 t|| s State College. The exercises began the ' following Monday evening, with J4 the speaking for the Farnsworth Rhetorical Prizes, the speakers being chosen from the Sophomore and Freshman classes. Tuesday morning the public examinations of the graduating class, for the Grinnell Agricultural Prizes, were held in the Mathematical Lecture-room. In the afternoon, of the same day, the Military exhibition was given, and this is a feature of which no other College, except the State, can boast. As is rastomary, large numbers gathered to wit- ness the drills, and immediately following these, was the reading of the two prize military theses, by the successful members of the Senior class. In the evening the Alumni held a public meeting in the Hall ; were addressed by the Hon. G-eo. B. Loring, and also later in the evening by His Excellency, the Gov- ernor, who had arrived, accompanied by his staff, while the exercises were in progress. On Wednesday, the graduation theses were spoken by the members of the Senior class, after which the diplomas were presented. The Hon. head of the department of Agriculture then addressed the audience, and he was followed by the Governor. With this the exercises closed, and once more we began to think of going home, most of the students intending to return in September, but a very few who were not to come back. 63



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the telescope we note the towns laying among the hills and the interesting fea- tures in the landscape. A picnic dinner, music and social dancing, and it is t ime to retrace our steps. But surely we are not going to miss the setting sun, so we linger awhile and see the glorious orb sink beneath the horizon, which, had we seen nothing else, was a sufficient reward for our trip. A brisk drive in the moonlight brings us home again, more than satisfied with the day. We remember with pleasure the excursions to Mt. Toby and Sugar Loaf. Thus the summer passes, study alternating with pleasure. But the vacation ends, and we behold huge walking sticks on which are carved the achievements of the Summer, es- corting the young ladies to the tram. They surely seem happy as they revel in the knowledge of a few French sentences. Au revoir. 5

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