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While sentinels near the entrance way Are pacing to and fro. Anon a cannon ' s distant boom, A rocket leaps on high; But hark! there is another sound, A flash upon the eye. A rumble as of heavy load Being rolled across a floor, And a lantern dark, was seen to pass Near the old chapel door. " Is everything all ready, boys? " " All ready " ' s the answer given. " Then let her go, " and suddenly Silence with thunders riven. A crash, a crack and a rattle And thirty lights of glass Are scattered in broken fragments. Their career is ended, alas! For they have long been useful In keeping the outside air From being polluted with H2 S, And other sweet odors rare. Which are found in the vicinity Of — ahem — tri-colored cats, So who mourns more sincerely Than one by the name of Wratz. Echoes have scarcely died awa) ' W hen one hears the cannon wheeled Out from the building into the gloom By dusky figures concealed. The charges being well rammed home Set classic walls resounding As volleys came from the cannon ' s mouth The faculty ' s dreams confounding. Seven round charges fired fast, Each louder than before. Till, as at Jericho, the seventh Burst forth in a mighty roar. The scene is changed; this time appears Upon the chapel stairs, A gaping group with questioning look,. 93
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♦Professor of Dignity. Bv Wratz, Esq. On July second, in the morn, The hour was seven nearing, When on the grounds a stir was made By Canavan ' s appearing. In vain he asked the question o ' er, " Has ' Lieut. ' been here this morning? ' Secure the guns with lock and key, ' Was ' Lieut. ' s ' most solemn warning. " But none could tell, so back he went, And later he was seen Among a little company Assembled on the green. The cannon must be moved that day, So men and oxen came, And in the talk one often heard Professor Cooley ' s name; For he was there to help secure And place in safe retreat. The cannons under chapel walls And loyalty defeat. For patriotism found no room In " Lieut ' s " pretentious skull. Helped by Professor Canavan No Aggie man should gull. Three men from town each long dark night The cannons well should guard, To brave the loaded guns of these Would sure be very hard. The days and nights passed quietly; His scheme was working well E ' en on the morning of the Fourth, Still nothing new befell; The day was safely ushered in. Those old Napoleon guns Had never seen such lonesome days For many, many suns. But hold! The evening darkens down And lights are burning low, 92
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Wry clothes and tumbled hairs. A form is seen approaching, A low voice heard to say, " Help us to put the cannon back About the break of day. " But subsequent events occurred Before the rise of sun, And work of putting back the guns By other hands was done. Again the scenes are shifted, This time Lieutenant goes A hurrying on towards " Prexy ' s " house, Sniffing for prey, his nose. How could they find who fired the guns; At last he made " Prexy " think That the very best way to do it Was to kick up a great big stink. To the dormitories he hastens. Of inmates having a list, But is surprised as he trots around To find that all is v hist. But they surely must give greeting, And, rousing, one takes the lead, By saying with plucky ardor, " Get out, you old hay seed. " But " Lieut. " ne ' er thought of going Till his errand he has done. The President wished a meeting, At the library, one by one. The interview was short and prompt, The questions put quite plain; But as for getting any news. These questions were in vain. Some really knew no news to tell. But others I have heard. Knew all too well, yet strove to be Quite honest in their word. So these stood bravely at the bar, Cross-questions did not rattle, Of fellow-students they would scorn To be the one to tattle. 94
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