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32 " INDEX. Good fellowship is such a glorious characteristic that we love the man who possesses it, even though he is his own worst enemy. It is not the dissipation nor the folly of the good fellow that we love. We lament his errors, but in spite of his sins and wickedness, we join the good Father in loving the prodigal more than we respect his elder brother whose cruel heart made his rehgion of no effect. But is it not too bad that in this world any good fellow should come to grief. ' ' There is no need of it. There is many a good fellow who has taken the prizes in college and out of it. The culture of the heart may go on side by side with the development of the body, of the will, and of the intellect. It is this many-sided culture that makes a royal good fellow. There are many advantages of a college education, but of them all, none is of more worth than the privilege of spending four years in class-room and field in intimate association with a royal good fellow whose genial manners and hearty ways, whose enthusiasm and zeal, whose unflinching earnestness and true friendship, whose ' real ability and genuine manliness excite the ad- miration of youth, and inspire the young soul with visions of the possibilities of achievement, and the determined resolve to make the most of one ' s highest self. Wise trustees, an able president, a learned faculty, the mechanism and government of the institution, a good base-ball ground, and a lawn tennis court, are all of value to the modern college, but nothing after all is of more real worth than that each and every class should have at least one real good fellow whose character shall give inspiration and hfe to all his mates. W.
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INDEX. 34 — i A Good Fellow - - HAPPY is the college class that numbers among its members a real good fellow. No two classes are alike. It is said that the last class that graduates is always the best till the next one comes upon the stage. But, flattery aside, classes differ in ability and in other characteristics the same as individuals. They are dull or bright, famous or of ill repute, jollv or morose, as circumstances and natural development combine to make them. The character of the class is largely due to the influence of a few of its leading spirits who create the esprit du corps. If these men are studious the class ranks high in scholarship ; if they are mischievous, the class is a torment to faculty and town: if they are fond of athletic sports, the college makes a record in base-ball. Now whoever controls the leading spirits of the leading class, controls the college. If his voice is for war and commotion dire, there is no j eace ; if it be raised in behalf of discipline and good order, heaven ' s tirst law is the law of student life. As sunshine brings light, so true is it that a real good fellow is the leader of the choice spirits of his class, and so is an uncrowned king. He is no politician, he pulls no wires, but where he goes the rest go. He demands nothing, he wants nothing for himself, but all the boys are deter- mined that the man who has plotted and schemed to get the phim, shall not have it, but that the real good fellow who does not want it shall have it in spite of all his protestations. Good fellowship is like the flavor of rare old wine ; it is something that improves with age but which no skill can counterfeit. The genuine is recognized by all; imitations cheat no one. We forget it may be in the course of years who took the valedictory, but no old alumnus when he returns to Alma Mater to the fiftieth reunion of his class, ever forgets that real good fellow whose genial mirth and cordial ways were ever the inspira- tion of the enthusiasm of all the boys. Good fellowship is the outgrowth of a good heart. It comes of sympa- thy and enthusiasm. It is born of self forgetfulness. He is not a martyr, for the martyr is always self-conscious. The good fellow becomes so absorbed in making the other fellows have a good time that he never stops to think whether he is getting left or not. Since he never has time or incli- nation to take care of himself, it comes to pass that every other fellow in the class appoints himself a committee of one to see to it that he is well takfen care of.
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