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' Till, worst of all, from Warner ' s class he bolted, Carrying the itinocents in like shame enthralled. Then ' twas a trying hour, when all the powers supreme Sate in high conclave, until, as verdict final. They bade the culprit leave; and though his class entreated, ' Twas in vain, — the edict had gone forth And naught could disannul it. This should suffice to quell all conduct baneful, But when the seeds of mischief are well strewn. Long is the process of extermination. This was proved true, when on the chapel walls Was found, " No Smoking. " There were looks aghast! Such desecration! Who the deed would dare? Still, quiet did predominate. Until that well-remembered morn. When at the chapel door a mighty rush ensued. The Sophomore and the Fresh thought of naught else Save the stupendous onslaught. Ye who have ne ' er beheld such human conflict Know nothing of its fury; e ' en nature ' s wildest spasms Bear but a tame resemblance; volcanoes. Earthquakes, tidal waves, and cyclones Dwindle to insignificance before a rush terrific. ' Twere vain to interpose; they still surged to and fro. Nor ceased till sheer exhaustion did compel. Then, after all was o ' er, terror of retribution Struck to their vitals. What would transpire? They had not long to wait, for soon by high command Into the august presence they were ushered; The magnates stern, inexorable, with indignation incensed. Waited to pass judgment. As ] y-Stone in the rout, one was suspected, — A ready writer and a scholar apt, of his ability perhaps too well aware, - Yet he, the class historian, trembled among the guilty. Then Marulehead ' s handsome son, the Second Gregory, 47
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l ' aradise Kosb. Assist, O lofty muse, that didst inspire The bards of old, when they the deeds of men Sought to portray: For this momentous theme Consummate skill requires — That, framed in language fitting, It a warning mute may stand To all, who on devising mischief seem intent. A second Eden was the place in mind, With naught to tempt to disobedience; Sure, Holyoke ' s lofty dome would frown. If, gazing down, it should behold Aught to displease the gods; nor chance is there For ignorance, since here if anywhere doth stand The tree of knowledge, which, unlike the tree of old, Is free to Adam ' s sons, as it was judged, forsooth. That knowledge, if possessed by them alone, Was safe and harmless. So, in the days long past, Tryptolemus, the need beholding, Grafted a choicer branch, which wide doth spread Its shade o ' er all the field of science. Such the surroundings, such the dizzy heights Of moral atmosphere through which these fell. Baldus, the regal drummer, who at games of ball Had also won renown, was first found guilty, And for minor sins placed on probation; 46
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Who, unlike Skipper Ireson with heart of stone, Is much admired and loved by womankind, And Capt. Woodbrey, who for book-lore thirsted not. In military tactics deemed most skillful, — These three were all found wanting, when from the high tribunal They were dismissed. O mishap dire and dreadful! Full well they knew that justice ' s stern awarding Meant only banishment — that saddest blight That could befall; yet ' mid the dregs was found One sweet, alleviating: Comrades would not forsake, But for them crave a pardon. Once more they plead To have a fallen brother reinstated; But ears were closed and hearts became as adamant, The higher powers remained austere, inflexible, — 7 " im- infant food was " Edwards on the Will. " So these departed, and gates closed upon their heels. And, being quite shut out, they disappeared among the common herd; Woodbrey to the paternal roof himself betook. Stone in the nearest haven sought a shelter. While Gregory by the ordeal was so scorched and withered Naught but a tropic clime could he endure. So sped he to Columbia, S. A.; with prudent policy the rush foregoing. Within a government so new, he may receive appointment. But list ye once again! Poor " Slim " ' s among the missing. He who could play " full back, " a most tremendous kicker. The pride of the base ball ground, yet tripped he on chemistry. Tripped and fell headlong. Still Aggie stands unmoved, secure upon New England rock. And her surrounding mountains downward look. Bespeaking calm approval. And in the days to come, Among her sisters through our broad land scattered. May she stand first and foremost.
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