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

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have the least chance to show to the world his wonderful power of applying the theoretical to the practical is a matter to be most sin- cerely regretted by all who wish to see a strong union between the science and the practice of Agriculture. In addition to his regular duties as Professor of Agriculture and Instructor in Biology, Dr. Miles has this year instituted a very interesting series of experiments, involving extensive and accurate measurements of every man in Col- lege; Dr. Tuckerman assists Dr. Miles in this work. The Horticultural department is now better supplied with assist- ants and workmen than formerly, and is in a very prosperous con- dition. It is blessed this year with a handsome new barn and store- house. The President ' s house, so beautifully situated on the hill east of the Plant house, is an ornament to the place and affords a suitable residence for our President, at a convenient distance from the Col- lege. The general condition of affairs is excejDtionally favorable to the rapid advancement of the College. Ample means are now afforded here for a thorough scientific education and college training at a moderate expense, and we feel confident that, was the exact condi- tion of this institution more thoroughly understood, there would be more to enter each year than the College could accommodate. We " believe that a great change has been made within the last few years. Although all useless class-work has been abolished and only that which is most useful retained, yet the agricultural part of our train- ing is under such a thorough and skillful Professor that it is now one of the most instructive and popular branches in the course, as the experiences of the past year have shown conclusively. The Military department has been restricted to three drills a week, but it still seems too much to require of each Senior Class that it be obliged to spend about one-third of its time on military studies and drills. The last year of the course is far too valuable for literary or scientific work to be thrown away upon military. Athletic sports have been well sustained during the past year; our base-ball and foot-ball teams have been quite strong, although from lack of time we have played but few games. We can also boast of good tennis players and riders of the wheel. Our lack of a properly 13

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Perhaps the greatest misfortune which has befallen the College since the death of President Chadbourne is the resignation of our highly esteemed Professor of Mathematics. During his short stay with us, Professor Basset has gained such an unbounded respect, admiration, and affection from every student as lies in the power of but few men to command. His patience and kindness, his untiring- efforts in our behalf, have made him a model which all must desire to follow. In leaving his professorship here to pursue higher studies, we can assure him that he will always hold a place in the heart of every man who was in his classes, and that each and every one wishes him the best of success. Our best wish for our College shall ever be that he may sometime return to fill an honored place among the fac- ulty of this institution. We shall miss Professor Goodell, who has been called by a large vote to represent this district in the Legislature. Beside his usual duties, which are always so thoroughly performed. Professor Goodell has attended to the purchasing and recataloguing of the books of our rapidly increasing library. Professor Goessman ' s department, containing as it does the over- sight of both the College and Experiment Station work, has been steadily growing until he has finall} ' been obliged to relinquish the recitation of the lower classes to Professor H. E. Stockbridge, attend- ing only to the upjDer classes and work of the laboratory and station. Besides Professor Stockbridge, whom the College has been fortu- nate in securing and we hope may succeed in retaining, we have during the past year received instruction in Physiology from Dr. Tuckerman of ' 78, and in Mathematics, Professor C. D. Warner of ' 81 has assumed the chair left vacant by Professor Basset. To all these we extend a hearty welcome, and hope their connection with the College may be a long and pleasant one. Of Dr. Miles there is need of much being said which it does not become us to say. That his services were secured by our late Presi- dent Chadbourne with the intention that he should hold a prominent place in the direction of the Farm and Experiment Station was a well-known fact. That he is most eminently fitted to fill such a place has been thoroughly proven to all unprejudiced minds. That it is the one place wherein his vast stores of knowledge and experience 13



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arranged Gymnasium is strongly felt, especially during the winter term. There are many other matters which might be commented upon either to praise or to criticise, but we will forbear. The new Chapel is too large a subject to be treated of in as short a manner as would be necessary if undertaken here; its description will be treated of further on. Suffice it to say that it is a source of great rejoicing to see such a fine structure really making its appearance where it is so greatly needed and where it will be so thoroughly appreciated. It will be a fit place for the library, which, through the liberality of the Alumni and friends of the College, has obtained such a good start. The chapel building will furthermore be an honor to the place, and we hope that the end has come to the erection of cheap buildings on the College grounds, and that in future all may be substantial structures worthy of the State which builds them. Thus it is with great rejoicing that we record the progress of events. Thus, as in all progress, something must be left behind in the onward rush, and we assure you, dear reader, that it is with the greatest possible pleasure that the ' 86 Index Board drop out of the line and fall back into the regular duties of our course. In leav- ing this volume to your tender mercies, we would once more pray you to tread lightly above our ashes. 14

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