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Page 100 text:
Tale of the Cannon Racket. IN THREE PARTS. PART I. You whose hearts are full of mischief, While your College life are living, Who believe that in all ages Each and every heart is human, That in every student ' s bosom There are longings, yearnings, strivings, To put up little rackets On the simple, silly Freshmen. You, who once have felt these yearnings, Though your College life ' s completed, You, who now start in upon it, Listen to this simple story; Listen to the " Cannon Racket. " In a peaceful, placid valley, Where a pleasant water courses, Lies a quiet little village; And about a mile beyond it Stands the grand old Aggie College. There it is an honored custom (76)
Page 99 text:
THE INDEX. 75 Bay State Agricultural Society. At seven o ' clock on the morning of Oct. 8th the assembly was sounded, and the battalion formed in line, then marched to the Central Massachusetts station and took the train for Spring- held, via Northampton. On board the cars military restrictions were relaxed and our trip enlivened by many an old " chestnut " college song. We arrived at Springfield about ten o ' clock, and falling into line the bat- talion marched to Hampden Park to the lively music of the drum corps. After stacking arms near the grand stand the battalion broke ranks, a guard was detailed to take charge of the equipments, and we were at liberty to ramble at will about the grounds, examining the fine stock, machinery, etc., on exhibition. At two o ' clock the assembly was sounded, the battalion formed and marched to the track in front of the grand stand, where dress parade was formed under the inspection of Gov. Ames and staff, followed by a sabre drill, which was well applauded by the spectators. Then came the long tramps through Horticultural Hall, which were enjoyed and appreciated to a greater or less extent by all. As we looked at the dis- play of fruit from the " Aggie " farm we could not help wondering from what part of the college domains such enticing looking fruit had been gathered, for, during our rambles over the farm, we had never met with anything half so tempting. Of course, not having made special search for anything of the kind, such an oversight on our part is excusable; still, we could not help " wondering " for all that. In the evening some went to see a presentation of " McKenna ' s Flirtation " at the Opera House, while others visited with friends in or about the city. The next day, after visiting various points of interest or taking another look at the exhibits, we boarded the train at about five o ' clock and were, all too soon, obliged to wend our way back to our college quarters. Thus it is we enjoy the short respites from the tedium of college routine, and for the sake of those that come after, we earnestly hope that trips to various points of interest, as a college, will become an established custom in the years to come.
Page 101 text:
THE INDEX. 77 For the Freshmen, ' ere the year ends, To attempt a celebration. Now the reckless Sophs, who dwell there Do not wish to hear the booming Of the Lieut ' s two big brass cannon, As they echo o ' er the campus At about the hour of midnight. So one Wednesday, ' ere the term closed All the Freshmen got together, And the Juniors came to help them, To prepare a mighty scheme there, Which would balk the class of ' 90 In the bold, bad undertaking Which ' twas thought they would engage in. ' Twas the stealing of their cannon That the Freshmen wished to hinder. When the hour of drill was over They were gathered on the campus. Quick they seized upon a cannon, Braced their muscles all together. Billy Pond was head director With the help of Woodbury Junior, And the line of march was taken Bapidly across the campus To the Armory, barred and bolted. Deacon Gay was there, with glasses, Watching, lest that class of ' 90 Should make one last, bold endeavor To obtain the sole possession Of, at least, the sponge and rammer. But the Sophs, were out of hearing Quiet all, as on a Sunday. So they pushed it through the doorway, Ruggie heaving on the rear wheel, Long-legged Carpenter assisting. Even Kizer, Mike, and Tutsy, Came around to do the bossing. And at last they rolled it in there, Saw that all the locks were fastened Then departed, well contented That the Sophs, they ' d circumvented By this easy undertaking.
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