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Editorial. IT is said that every year the Index grows poorer in quality. Perhaps the present issue will help confirm this opinion, yet we present this to the public hoping it may be found as nmch better as it is larger, than our immediate predecessors. Our labor has been arduous, with trials such as losing two members of our board in the midst of our work, but we shall feel amply repaid if our critics decide that the perusal of this, the twentieth volume of the Index has been one of pleasure and perhaps of profit. Our purpose has been to prepare a book containing something more than a mere compilation of facts, and in this endeavor we have made a few, perhaps radical, changes from previous issues, among which we may mention the simple style of cover we have adopted. It was thought more fitting to spend our time and money on the inside rather than to expend so much on a fanciful cover, to the beauty of which, but few would give a second thought. Our college has been unusually prosperous the past year, and has taken a long step in the front rank of Agricultural institutions. The faculty, with one exception, remains unchanged. Prof. Alvord, the for- mer Professor of Agriculture, resigned at the close of the winter term to accept the position of President of the Maryland Agricultural College. Ex-President Stockbridge kindly consented to take his chair until a new professor could be secured, and many have expressed the wish that he could be induced to remain permanently. During the first portion of the year, the instruction in Agriculture was necessarily much broken, but now all seem to feel that they have received so much valuable and practical information during the short time that Prof. Stockbridge has been instructor, that it is hard to be reconciled to the thought of having to change to a new professor in January. Prof. Brooks of the Agricultural College of Japan has been secured by the Trustees to take the position vacated by Prof. Alvord, and he is expected to assume his duties in January. (5)
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THE INDEX Many improvements have been made on the farm during the year, though the work has been much hindered by the lack of a permanent head. The land in the valley west of the campus has been cleared of stumps and seeded to grass, while the land on the border of the creek running through the farm, has been ploughed for the purpose of growing corn next season. A substantial wire fence has been built by the edge of the road on the western side of the farm and the land graded, giv- ing it a much more finished appearance. Under the efficient supervision of Mr. Wright the farm is fast approaching a state which may make it a model for all good farmers. Prof. Maynard is still filling our minds with horticultural knowledge and yet finds time to steadily improve the appearance of his department. W. M. Shepardson ' 88 now holds the position formerly held by S. B. Green, ' 79, who resigned, to become Prof, of Horticulture in the Minneso- ta Agricultural College. New varieties of fruit are constantly being add- ed and thoroughly tested as to their value. A new plant house has been built near the site of the old rose house, one part of which is to be devoted to experimental work under the direction of L. F. Kinney, ' 88, and the remainder to the general work of the department. Prof. Fern aid steadily holds us spell-bound as he discourses on the strange behavior of certain animals called Protoza. The only fault we find in relation to his department, is that we can only be instructed by him three hours a week, when we would all prefer a dozen. Uuder the direction of Prof. Wellington, we have been endeavoring to get the principles of mineralogy into our brains, though to many it seems as if they knew less and less about it each day. We could work to much better advantage in the " Lab " if we could have two hours a day for a part of the week instead of working one hour every day. We no sooner get fairly under way in our tests than we hear the sound of " Johns " No. 10 shoes as he crosses the " Gym. " giving us warning that the bell is about to ring. With Prof. Warner ' s help, and by our many noble efforts at the end of each term, we have passed with honor (?) from Algebra through Sur- veying and are now " dissipating our energies " in attempting to under- stand the " composition of forces " which constitutes the wonderful sci- ence of Mechanics. Dr. Walker, our college pastor, is laboring hard to convince us that a knowledge of the art of Rhetoric should be the chief aim and end of man. Yet, thus far, it appears as if each man considered the calcula- tion of whether he was going to be so fortunate (?) as to be called upon to recite, a far more important consideration than the knowledge of the art itself.
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