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

 - Class of 1888

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INDEX. ditopial THE four pleasant years of our college life, so full of unique and never-to-be-forgotten experiences, are rapidly gliding away, and the finger of time now designates the Class of ' 88 as the one destined to give to the Avorld the eighteenth volume of the " Index " of the Massachusetts Agricultural College. We do not claim great literary excellence for our book ; but it is our hope that its perusal may give entertainment to those into whose hands it may fall. Since the publication of the pi-evious edition of the " Index, " the group of divinities entrusted with the care of the College has been con- sidei-ably rearranged. At the close of the summer term of ' 86, President Greenough tendered to the Trustees his resignation from the service of the College. His place is occupied by Professor Goodell, who is meeting the needs of the institution with excellent judgment. Major Alvord, formerly connected with this institution as instructor in military science and tactics, now fills the chair vacated at the close of last year by Dr. Miles. Mr. Alvord is vigorously at work making many and necessary changes in the stock and equipments of the farm, and in the cultivation of the land. A new and capacious corn-crib has been erected dii-ectly west of, and in contact with, the farm barn. The large tract of swamp land in the valley west of the " campus " has been drained and bi-ought into a tillable condition, and the assortment of live stock has been much improved by the elimination of the poorer animals and the purchase of better. The College has been presented with a valuable Jersey bull, " Edithson " (8948), by Mr. Lawson Valentine, of Houghton Farm, New York. " Edithson " was sired by " Ramapo, " fourth son of " Eurotas " (2454). " Eurotas " gave 778 pounds of butter in eleven months. The dam of " Edithson " was " Lass Edith, " which gave six- teen pounds and fifteen ounces of butter in seven days. A fine young



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JX£ E. . Guernsey bull was a ijift iVoni Mr. Mkkri am. of WcstDU. The laiul, implements, etc., of the (arm have been carefully inventoried. Professor Alvurd is endeavoring to give us a comprehensive ami intelligent course in agriculture; but this subject is one which can be but poorly and incompletely mastered in the class-room, where we spend so much of our time in the weighing of theories and the adoption of conclusions. The Massachusetts Agricultural College cannot make a farmer of a man, — nor can any other college, — but it can give him a liberal, yet scientific and practical education, by virtue of which he may become a successful farmer in after years, and an honor to the commu- nity. Still, it must be that many who graduate from this College shall not become farmers. The Horticultural Department has completed another successful year under the careful supervision and direction of Professor Mayx.xrd. The ortice of foreman is held by Mr. Green, a graduate of the College, in place of Mr. Kingm. n. who recently accepted another position. One of the latest acquisitions of this department is a young alligator, which revels among the gold-fish in the aquatic room of the plant-house. We are glad that the professor of Zoiilogy and some of the kindred sciences is now a regularly-installed member of the Faculty, instead ot a visitor from some other college, as he formerly has been. The insti- tution has been so fortunate as to secure the services of Professor 1 " ' i:r- NALD. late of the Maine State College, at Orono, as instructor in these branches of science. We hope that the cabinets of natural specimens belonging to the Massachusetts Agrii ' iiltural College, which were so seriously disarranged at the burning of the old South Dormitory, will soon be rearranged in their proper form. The Cadets, under the supervision of Lieutenant Sacjk. are pursu- ing the usual course of study and drill. There are but two comjianies in the battalion as organized this year. The mortar drills have been rcndereti the mf)re interesting because the Cadets have had o] ] orluiiity to use the mortars in actual practice, throwing the shells down ' into the pastures west of the retioubt. New butts have been constructed at the rifle range, aiul the facilities for target |iractice are excelK ' iit. I ' nder the direction of Professor Wkli.incjto.n, the old Laboratory hat. been remodeled, so that very perfect opportunity is oflered the stu- •lentH for individual, jiractical work.

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