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themselves during their college course, they are apt to forget that their health, in future vears, will be of more value to them than the money they can earn at present by too con- stant toil. If it was not for the military training, which straightens the back, and forces back the shoulders, thus giving the heart and lungs room to act and perform their func- tions properly in nourishing the body, they would leave college with the same mental edu- cation perhaps, but lacking the physical strength to put the knowledge they have worked for and gained to any practical use. Some few would get this physical training voluntari- ly, in the gymnasium, but the number would be small in comparison with the whole number benefitted by the compulsory attendance at military drill during certain hours during the week. But the physical benefit from the drill, is not all that the Military Department confers upon the Agricultural College graduates. In the senior year, just previous to passing out into the world to make their own place, which in this age every mari must do for himself, the students are placed in positions of more or less authority, where it is necessary for them to throw off the boyishness of younger years and put on the dignity of men. They learn while yet in college to so comport themselves as to demand the respect of those by whom they are surrounded, and, having obtained this, to become leaders among their fellows, and not followers. They learn also lessons of restraint, thus becoming able to control others, and when they leave college, and go out into active life, the desire to be- come leaders among their fellowmen, and not simply to follow in the beaten tracks of others, has already been implanted in their minds. Still other benefits are derived from a military training: Punctuality, promptness, respect to superiors, and also obedience to those under whom they may be placed. These are all valuable acquirements which have a high market value among business men. A young man possessed of them, will find it easier to obtain employment, and more lucrative positions will open to him, than to those lacking in these most essential qualities of a successful man. L- w. c. n
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The iDenefibs o?i a Militciry Traininc]. Of what benefitis it to a young man who does not expect to enter miltary life, or make the study of arms a profession, to pass through a course of military training? This is a ques- tion that is often asked, and unless the matter is looked at in all its different phases, one that is hard to answer satisfactorily; yet looking at what is desired in the way of practical results from a college education, no other department has a more general and all pervading influ- ence on the after-life of a college student, than the military. In 1862, the National Government gave large grants of public lands to different state institutions, with various conditions attached, one of which was that a military department be instituted in the college benefited by the appropriation. It was seen that it would be of incalculable benefit to the Government to have a large body of young men sent out yearly from our institutions of learning, well educated and prepared to take the place of leaders among their fellow citizens, who had had a military training and consequently were fitted to take the positions of officers, in case this country should again be obliged to call upon its citizen soldiery During our late war the material for private soldiers was practically inexhaustible, but the scarcity of men fitted to become officers, able to instruct the men under their com- mand, and control them under the strict discipline made necessary by the war, was one of the causes which prolonged the rebellion to such an extent. The officers had to be edu- cated in their duties before they could successfully perform them, and this took a large amount of valuable time, when it could least be spared for such a purpose. The soldiers themselves recognized the lack of proper knowledge among their officers, and consequent- ly failed to feel that reliance in them that soldiers must in order that the best results may be attained by their efforts. If the necessity again arises tor the national Government to call for volunteers for its protection, the supply of men who can command companies, and fill the important places of subordinate officers intelligently and well, will be equal to the demand; this will be due to the present system of military instruction in our colleges. So much for the return which the Government expects to receive for its large outlay. Now of what practical benefit in every-day life as a private citizen is this branch to the student himself? First, the physical training is excellent. In our Agricultural Colleges where so many young men are using every moment that they can spare from their studies, to help support 71
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Personal lAefleobiops. Johnson, ' 91 — " Where is the museum? " CuRLEY — " What are grades — thoroughbreds? " Prof, Maynard — " Mr. Deuel, what can you say of Ladies Sweet? " Mr. D " Rather acid. " CowLES to Fowler— ' ' Hello, Bub. " Fowler — " My name isn ' t Bub, it ' s Fowler. " [Nevertheless, ' twas Bub thereafter.] Alderman, looking at the thermometer-house on campus — " Is that the target? " RuGGLES, hearing band in old chapel — " When I hear a band, I feel just like hugging a girl. " Lage — " Why don ' t this heifer have teeth on her upper jaw? " Prof. Warner — " Do you see through it now? " Freshman — " No. " Prof. W — " Well, you will if you live long enough. " Beals, drilling Freshmen, — " At the command about face do so " . Captain Co. B., to ist Sergeant — " It is not necessary to have them count fours, I shall march them over on end. " Gay, at Fair, looking at dish washer — " What is this, an incubator? " Dr. Walker to Field ' 92 — " You ' re a daisy. " Ranney — " Some men think the} ' are bigger than others. " Prof. Fernald to West, who is playing — " I shall have to get where I can watch the west end of the class. " Beals wants to know if the M. A. C. boat crew practiced on Mt. Warner. Tyng 1st — " Say fellows, I have got a dandy quotation; I made it up. " Perry to Rogers, — " We have got three dandy polo players in our class. " Rogers — " Who are they? " Perry — Lehnert, Jim Gregory and - and - me. 73
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