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NDEX. 45 Prof. M . — " What is the tent caterpillar? " Student. — " The male is a moth, and the female a beetle. " Prof. — " That ' s a peculiar arrangement. " Prof. W . — " Mr. Bl r, there is something very interesting about this, isn ' t there ? " B . — " Yes, sir. " Prof. — " What is it ? " B . — " I don ' t quite see. " Prof. Ai.-d. — ' • Mr. D-v-s, how much does a pound of clover-seed weigh ? ' ' Sh-m-r. — " Stakes his digestion on toast. " S-ND-RS-N. — " Never mind — : wait till to-morrow. " Prof. M (to B-sh, looking through the microscope) •What do B-SH. — " Two little bugs chasing each other. " Sh-m-r (just back fi-om Trinity game). — " I never felt better in my life. "
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44 INDEX. Prof. — " What kind of a globule ? " ' Mr. H. — " a liquid, I think. " Prof. — ' ' Was it malleable ? " ' Pl-mb. — Half ripe. Eames. — Digestive powers inversely proportional to his height. Prof. C. D. W. (speaking of the beneficial effects of railroads). — ' •When the new railroad (the Central Mass.) gets thro ' , it will not be so far to Northampton as it is now ; and people will draw their chairs nearer together. " Gr-G-ry (to a Senior). — " Is there any prize offered for the best herba- rium of bugs? ■ ' Student (to Prof. W-11-ngt-n). — " How do we know that heat travels faster than cold ? " Prof. — " Because you can catch coldr Prof. Al-vd. — " Yes, and what else is the barometer used for? " H-LL. — " I think it is used to find latitude and longitude at sea. " Prex. — " Mr. , where is Mr. S-nd-rs-n.? " Mr. . — " Sick in bed. " Prex. — " Tell Mr. S he better wear an overcoat the next time he goes to Hamp. " Prof. W-lk-r (to H-ch-ngs). — " Mr. H., what is the difference between a hen and a horse? " H-CH-INGS. — " One has two legs, the other four. " Prof. M . — " Mr. B-sh, how do you obtain the seed of potatoes? " B-SH. — " By squeezmg them. " Scene. — By moonlight in Lover ' s Lane. Open watch. He (illustrating). — " The big hand goes round this way : little hand goes this way ; my hand goes round this wav — m — m — m " She. ■ : Br-ks. — " And when I ope my lips let no dog bark! " Prof. W (class in surveying). — " Mr. S-ll-w, how can you find the Polar Star? " S-LL-w. — " Two stars in the handle of the Great Bear point to it ! " Prof, (class in mensuration) to a student whispering. — " Mr. S , are you crazy? " Mr. S . — " Yes, sir: I must be. I got two of your formulse in my head at the same time. "
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46 INDEX. — The Library — IN a preliminary report made by President Chadbourne, before the open- ing of the college, we find these words : " The very liberal offers made by Amherst College in regard to the use of its library, give the students of the Agricultural College advantages which they could not have for many years from the institution itself. " It was confiidentlv expected that these advantages would prove adec uate for the needs of the students. But it was soon found that practical difficulties lay in the way. Distance from town and the interruption of afternoon duties, prevented attendance during hbrary liours, and it was felt that a library nearer home must be secured. With characteristic energy, Colonel Clark set himself to the task of securing donations of books. By his personal efforts during the first three years, gifts of over 600 volumes were made, besides $150 in money. Promi- ' nent among the donors were Albert Fearing of Boston, Allen W. Dodge of Hamilton, H. K. Oliver of Salem, and Samuel Batchelder of Cambridge, whose gifts in the respective departments of horticulture, agriculture, api- culture, and the arts, formed the nucleus of the valuable collections of to-day. These books were placed in the reading-room of old South College, under the care of a student, but no attempt was made at classification, and no catalogue was prepared. The income from the fund generously provided by the Messrs. Hills of Amherst, for the maintenance of the botanical department, now became available, and from time to time, books pertaining to the studies of that dej)artment were added by purchase. Still the library increased but slowly. The woi ' ks were mostly of a technical character and did not interest the general reader. The two societies, the Washington Irving, and the Edward Everett, were meanwhile endeavoring to supply tliis deficiency and liad started libraries of their own. In 1875, a " Catalogue of the libraries of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, and its literary societies " was prepared, the former numbering 1,099 volumes, including its duplicates, and the latter about 600. No attempt was made, however, to increase its efficiency till the
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