University of Massachusetts Amherst - Index Yearbook (Amherst, MA)

 - Class of 1890

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University of Massachusetts Amherst - Index Yearbook (Amherst, MA) online yearbook collection, 1890 Edition, Page 103 of 160
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Page 103 text:

THE INDEX. 79 Many times they started moving, But some sudden noise would stop them. Rich, was hindered by his best girl Prom retiring to his slumbers At his usual early hour. But at last all was auspicious And the time for action coming, Gently back — the door — they pushed it, Fearing, lest the creaking hinges Should disturb the peaceful slumber Of the unsuspecting Freshmen. Seized they then the brazen field piece, Seized they every one upon it, And with greatest care, preventing E ' en the slightest sound escaping Rolled they it upon the greensward. Then the line of march was taken Down the roadway, towards the barnyard, Round the corner by the sheep-pen Where they stopped, and gathered quickly All the implements for digging. Then, within the sheep-pen going, They commenced their task of labor. Soon a grave was dug as deeply As would hold a class of Freshmen. Then " dismounting piece, " they laid it Gently in the grave ' s wide bosom. Back again, they took the limber, Quietly placed it in the Armory And the other piece they drew off, Which they put with its companion In the grave prepared so well there, In the sheep-pen by the barnyard. Carefully they threw the earth back, Scattered straw with skill upon it, Stamped it down, then drew the sheep-rack O ' er the place of excavation, Lest the Freshmen, in their searching, Should discover signs of burial. To destroy all trace of wheel tracks, Went those men into the milk-room, Took the hose and sprinkled water, O ' er the earth for yards about there.

Page 102 text:

78 THE INDEX. PART II. ' Twas a Thursday eve in June time, Dark and foggy were the heavens; All the students there were sleeping, And the Freshmen, ail were dreaming Of the way they ' d beat poor ' 90 ; When, a little after midnight, Each on tiptoe softly stepping, Noiseless forms passed down the stairway, Out across the campus glided To the Armory, barred and bolted, Where was safely placed the cannon. Jack was out and so was John S ; Marblehead was represented, Hadley, Berlin, Westfield, Dedham, Ashby, Littleton, and Cuba. All the towns that could be thought of, Had sent out a delegation. Quickly to a window went they, Raised it up and then they entered, Tried the door, and soon it yielded To the unknown code of tactics Which the men had come prepared with. Softly now a few went in there By the side of the lone cannon. While without , the rest were watching, Lest some poor belated student Should by chance come wandering by there.



Page 104 text:

JO THE INDEX Now at last their labor ended As the dawn was coming fast. To their bedrooms they ascended And again all slumbered sound. Thus it was that ' 90 " got there, " And, with skill no craft could beat, Spoilt the " racket " of the Freshmen And returned in peace to sleep. PART III. Gleefully arose the Freshmen, Thought they then with great delight Of the way they ' d saved their cannon By the Juniors ' good advice. Soon they started out for breakfast, They must eat strong food to-day, For to-night ' s the celebration, And their strength must be kept up. As they walk along the campus Lo! they see one piece is gone, But of course the other ' s ready, Kept by two or three strong locks; Still they think they ' ll take a peep in Just to see how nice it looks. But one glance has made them shiver, For they see their cannon ' s gone. Consternation rises quickly, Where? How? When? What shall we do ? Are the questions that come pouring

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