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INDEX. the acts to see a man, but it would beer nimpossibility to say whether they did or not. Some visited the dime museums, where thej gazed with aston- ishment upon the objects and objections on exhibition. Many wandered about the streets, dazzled by the glare of the electric light, till called to their senses by the echoing of the midnight chimes through the squares and by- ways of the city. Then, with a nice perception of locality, they set out in ex- actly the wrong direction to find the barracks, and continued wandering till informed of their error by some lucky circumstance. Once at the barracks, they proceeded to retire for a quiet night ' s rest. But alas ! it could not be had. No sooner had the tired cadet begun to doze, when down upon his phiz came the pillow of his neighbor with a dull " cickinn " thud. This treatment naturally aroused his belligerency, and for the next few minutes there is a white mist of pillows, feathers, bedclothes, etc., obscuring that portion of the hall. Finally quiet is restored, — the referee declares the set- to a draw and pockets the stakes, — whereupon the whole community in- dulges in a free difterence of opinion. That ceases, and all is, for a time, so quiet that you might hear a cannon-ball drop. Then some one essays to sing: instantly the sound is smothered, as its owner is buried under a mattress. Soon one of the beds gets up on its white wings and commences to walk off to a remote corner of the hall. A careful inspection reveals the presence (underneath the bed) of a pair of legs, presumably the motive power. The engineer of this apparatus evidently designs to find quieter quarters. And so the circus continues till morning, when the cadets rise refreshed from their dreamless slumbers, ready to commence the work of the day. This sort of thing continues to the end of the story. The return trip to Amherst is a repetition of the other ride, except that it is a little more vociferous, so to speak. The next day the routine of college duties recom- mences, and the students compose themselves for work during the rest of the term. The afl ' air is voted a success, and the hope is expressed that a similar one may occur some time in the not-too-distant future.
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INDEX. was only fifteen minutes late, so we were satisfied; and after waiting for two people to come from Pelham to take a ride, we started off at a break- neck speed, running as much as twenty-one miles an hour, in order to make up for lost time. The engine was seriously fatigued by the unusual strain, but hopes are entertained of its ultimate recovery. After a ride of less than one hour we arrived at Palmer, where we disembarked, to await the coming of the Boston train. Soon we heard a voice announce the arrival of the accommodation, throughout the length of Avhich we were soon scat- tered. The passage to Boston was uneventful, and for the most part quiet, although a few fellows in the last car indulged in a little singing for the edi- fication of the other passengers. We announced our arrival at Woi ' cester, by whispering to each other ou r college yell in stentorian tones. ■ As soon as the train stopped at Columbus Avenue we all alighted, and proceeded to make a systematic search for the armory of the Boston Cadets, where we were to have our headquarters during our stay in the city. At last some one struck the right trail, the wandering ones were recalled, and the procession wended its weary way to the building. There we found a large hall — partially occupied by about eighty cot beds — where were to repose the tired forms of the students when darkness, overcast the earth and the electric lights were blown out. Valises, overcoats, etc., were deposited in places of safety, and the crowd departed to assault a neigh- boring restaurant, where each imbibed that sustenance for which he had been longing since morning. At 3 p. M. the battalion re-assembled at the armory for the purpose of receiving instructions from the authorities, and that each cadet might be given the ticket with which to deadhead his way into the exhibition build- ing. Then the corps was dismissed with the injunction that each individ- ual should take good care of himself — not stay out late, etc. — and turn tip promptly at nine o ' clock the next morning. Before the battalion left Am- herst, each cadet had been given a schedule of duties, to be performed each day at stated hours. At nine o ' clock the next day the duties of the day commenced, and the va- rious classes, under the guidance and paternal care of the several professors, examined with great interest and open mouth the various divisions of the exhibition. The fruit department was especially attractive, — the (sour) grapes and things there located awakening a wish in the minds of some of the fellows that the juicy products of nature were in a place as remote from civilization as the vineyard on the hill at M. A. C, or that the darkness of night might enshroud them for a few moments from the gaze of the observ- ing multitude. A band of wind-jammers strained sweet music from the tor- tuous mazes of their instruments at one end of this hall. ■ When the day ' s work was over, most of the students started down town. In the evening many of them took in the theater, where they had a real lovely time, you know. It is to be hoped that they did not go out between
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INDEX. w.. PERAMBULATION. CONTEMPLATION. ,fe3«i,H .; 5 a . INTERRUPTION.
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