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

 - Class of 1890

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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.

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Respites. TVT OT least among the pleasures of the " Aggie " student, are the visits © i to the annual cattle shows, which occasions are hailed as gala days, in the midst of the dreary routine of college life. During the present year we have been more highly favored than in previous ones, as to the number and quality of shows exhibited. Of course, we had a day off to attend our own county show at Amherst, and despite the dampening effects of rain, and a postponement, it proved to be one of the finest exhibits the society ever held. " Later on " we were pleased to accept a cordial invitation, sent us by the committee in charge, to attend, as a military company, the cattle show to be held at Belchertown on Oct. 2nd; the number of men to be limited to fifty, the expenses of coming and going to be defrayed by them, and a dinner to be furnished free of charge. Of our entertainment there we can speak only in the highest terms. A prominent feature was the turkey dinner, served by the ladies of the M. E. Church. Words fail us in our attempt to express the satisfaction we experienced while partaking of the abundance there provided, either as to the quality of the viands, the manner in which we were served, or the refreshing glimpses of the intelli- gent and attractive faces of our entertainers, that we occasionally caught as they moved about among the tables and to and from the kitchen while waiting upon us. In the afternoon we were to have given an exhibition drill, but owing to the inclement weather nothing but dress parade was at- tempted. After supper we fell into line, the company was put in motion, and to the tune of " The Girl I Left Behind Me " turned our backs to the scene of the day ' s pleasures, with a mixture of feelings, the predominant one being that, despite the disagreeable state of the weather, the day had been an enjoyable one. Six days after this trip occurred the nee plus ultra of our anticipa- tions, namely, a trip to Springfield to attend the second exhibition of the 174)



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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)

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