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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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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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INDEX. The new Experiment Station Iniilding has been occupied for some time bj Professor Goessman and his assistants. The plot of land east of the station has been broken in and underdrained. Professor Warner has piloted us through the mazes of Trigonom- etry and Civil Engineering, and has brought us to a state of equilib- rium in the midst of our course in Mechanics. The study of Calculus, Avhich comes in the Senior year, has been made optional, and several other changes have been made in the College curriculum. Dr. Walker, formerly at South Amherst, is a welcome addition to the Faculty, assuming, at the commencement of the year, the office of Instructor in Rhetoric and Psychology. Dr. Walker also occupies the pulpit on the Sabbath. Our students are considerably interested in Athletics, and would be more so if the College would expend the necessary few hundred dollars in the equipment of a gymnasium in the drill-hall or elsewhere. It seems as if this boon ought not to be denied the students. The foot- ball team has done fair work this fall, winning each of the two match games plaj ' ed. We welcome the Class of ' 90 as one of the largest that has entered college for several years. Let our young friends realize at the begin- ning of their course what they are here for ; and may they improve to the fullest extent the opportunities which shall develop for them while they are here. The four years spent in college, form one of the most cogent formative periods of a man ' s life, and one may often attribute his successes in later life, — or his failure,— to habits contracted while he sojourned among the halls of his Alma Mater. Classmates: Having added our due to the line of " Indexes, " we fall back into our places to plod onward toward our graduation day. If the book pleases you, we are satisfied; if not, let it become a forgotten thing of the past, without too harsh comment. At all events, we wash the ink from our fingers, and thank our stars that the trial is over.
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