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The College of Ag-riculture is pre-eminently a college of the natural sciences, and even if we modify its plan to the scope of a liberal scientific education, the sciences related to Agriculture must still constitute the leading lines of study. We sincerely hope, therefore, that the day is near at hand when Chemistry, Botany, Geology, Zoology, and Physiology may be represented by departments of first and equal importance in the course of instruction. English should be taught first, last, and continually, as an incessant drill, so that at ' least the graduating theses may be written correctly and expressed clearly; and, finally, as an aid to advanced scientific or literary study, let the modern languages receive thorough consideration. These suggestions seem to us to be in harmony with the acknowl- edged educational tendencies of the times, and with the plan and scope of the College. In conclusion, we offer to College, faculty, and students, in behalf of former pupils and associates now scattered through our own and foreign lands, hearty and sincere greetings, with wishes for your highest prosperity. ALUMNUS. 1 86
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gained many friends and more acquaintances, and it goes without saving, that every intelligent person who has become even in a slight degree familiar with the College, finds much good in its aims and efforts. This state of affairs is the most natural thing to be ex- pected. There is a growing appreciation of all advanced ideas in agriculture, of which the College aims to be the exponent. The labors of devoted men in the past are beginning to bear fruit, and over two thousand copies of every bulletin from the Experiment Station sent to actual applicants are oft recurring reminders of what the College exemplifies. The increasing numbers and influence of the Alumni are working for the College to a degree hard to estimate. Each individual has an influence on the popular view of the College, and a greater one than he realizes. In distant villages the whole community has an interest in the young man who has graduated from the farmers ' college and come back to toil among them, and their views of the institution will be modified by their unconscious estimate of his character in after life. It behooves every alumnus, therefore, to first realize his responsibility in the matter, and then live up to it. And so from all the sage advice which we are sup- posed to offer you as students, we only urge you to be loyal to the College that has fostered and educated you, after you have borne away her last gift. As Alumni we watch with gladness the tangible evidence of growth at our college home, — the new buildings, free scholarships, new instructors from the ranks of graduates, and the realization of Alumni efforts in the new library. At last comes the assurance of Alumni representation upon the board of trustees, a progressive step, but one for which it would seem the time had arrived. The confidence thus displayed in our body will not be misplaced. None can act with greater interest or sympathy in the affairs of the Col- lege than its graduates. The radical changes in the curriculum during the past year do not meet with our approval. They practically make the study of Agri- culture in the abstract optional, allowing the student to substitute History and Languages. One who wishes to make agricultural science a life work, finds himself obliged to choose a course which shall omit Agriculture, or omit French, German, Mineralogy, and Microscopy, any or all of which are essential to his progress. No student can escape military exercise, but all can reject Agriculture. In short, the very feature which should lend individuality and char- acter to the College is bereft of its importance, and even relegated to a secondary position. At this time, however, we only criticise in a general way, and endeavor to point out what seems to us an un- wise change. 85
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- ALUMNI ABBDCIATIDN - OF THE MASSACHUSETTS AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE. OFFICERS FOR 1884-5. President. J. F. Barrett, ' 75. Vice Presidents. E. E. Thompson, ' 71. J. Hibbard, ' 77. L. L. Holmes, ' 73. C. O. Lovell, ' T8 J. B. Miner, ' 73. C. P. Smith, ' 79. D. G. Hitchcock, ' 74. ' A. H. Stone, ' 80. J. A. Barri, ' 75. H. Peters, ' 81. J. E. Root, ' 76. C. E. Beach, ' 82. C. H. Preston, ' 83. Corresponding Secretary. S. T. Maynard, ' 72. Recording Secretary. C. F. Deuel, ' 76. Treasurer. Atherton Clark, ' 77. Executive Committee. W. H. BowKER, ' 71. C. F. Deuel, ' 76. S. T. Maynard, ' 72. Atherton Clark, ' 77. L. Myrick, ' 78. Auditing Committee. E. A. Ellsworth, ' 71. H. P. Otis, ' 75. T. E. Smith, ' 75. 87
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