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M. A. C. Class of ' 85 5 CEEMATION OF- MISS TRIGIE NOMETRY FKIDAY EVENING, JUNE 15, 1883. EXERCISES. PROCESSION LEU BY HIGH PRIEST. AGGIE DRUM CORPS. HEARSE. MOURNERS. ORATION AT FUMERAI PYRE. SINGING OF THE DIRGE. 72
THE CREMATION OF MISS TRIGG1E Itijl t HE night was sad, wierd ! All nature seemed to weep ! In the dark, Jl gloomy hours sacred to Erebus and the inmates of Hades, ye glorious ' js ' ' ' 85 came together by the mournful light of torches to perform the last 1, sad rites over the body of their lamented friend. The procession, starting from North College, was an imposing one. First came Cutter, the High Priest, resplendant in his robes of office ; next, the great Phelps, seated upon the hearse, filled the multitude with awe. Then Leary, the master of ceremonies, bearing aloft in the air the sacred incense. Next Allen and Whittemore, the vestal virgins, their brows bound with holy fillets. Then the band, sending out their solemn strains through the funereal darkness, mingling with the moaning of the pines. Then the long line of ' 85, wearing stovepipe hats and white togas, smiling sadly at the mutability of human affairs. The route was a long one, past Johnny Clark ' s thence to Prof. May- nard ' s, cheering as we went along for the whole Human Race ; to Dr. Miles, back by North College to the funeral pile. Along the route, immense sup- plies of Greek Fire, Roman Candles and Pin Wheels were burned to the great amazement and admiration of the sheep and goats of ' 86. Arrived at the pyre, the High Priest, attended by the vestal virgins, walked slowly around and incensed it, while the body of Miss Triggie was placed upon it amid deathly groans and stifled shrieks of agony. The pile was then ignited, the fitful flames rise through the mist, the campus becomes a lurid crimson, it rises to the roofs and even seeks the lofty stars ! Chadbourne then mounted the rostrum and delivered the oration consigning the soul of Miss Triggie for ever to the mercy of Father Zeus, Jupiter and Apollo. The choir then sang the dirge : — Around this mournful pyre we stand, With dismal signs on every hand, This lonely night we ' ll shed a tear Upon Miss Triggie ' s funeral bier. 73
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