7[)e Prize Gompapy During the first part of the fall term, 1889, the plan of forming a company to drill against Company K was advocated; soon 20 men were chosen and Company K challeng- ed for a prize drill, to take place Dec. loth, the prize to be a stand of colors. On the 18th of November, most of the company went to Springfield to see " The Peabody Guards " drill. After this the company drilled daily from one to two hours, also two evenings in College Hall, in preparation for the contest with Company K. On the night of the trial, Dec. loth, the company left the college about 630 o ' clock, marching down town, preceded by the drum corps, which proved later in the evening to be a valu- able addition to the drill. The judges of the contest were Col. Clark, Lieut. Cornish and Rev. J. B. Dr ennan. Company A formed and reported to the judges at about 8.30 o ' clock. The drilling of the company was very good. Of course some mistakes were made, it being the first public drill of the company. The loading and firing were especially fine. After a selection from the drum corps, Company K took the floor and performed the movements upon the schedule. Then followed a selection from the orchestra, after which the judges rendered their decision, which was unanimous in favor of Company A, and the flag was presented to Capt. Barry amid the applause of the audience and three cheers from Company K. After the companies were dismissed, preparations were made for the dance, which was very enjoyable. During the winter term, several companies were challenged but all declined except The Father Mathew Cadets of Pittsfield. Arrangements for a drill were nearly complet- ed, when about two weeks before it was to take place, they withdrew, much to the disgust of our company. Company A appeared at two other times in College Hall during the winter, once on Feb. 17th and again Feb. 21st. On the latter date, the company gave an exhibition and sabre drill, and also a prize drill in the manual, for the benefit of the Base Ball Associa- tion. The gold medal offered for the manual drilling was won by R. P. Lyman of the class of ' 92. Although this was the last exhibition drill that was given, yet Company A continu- ed intact until commencement. All who were members of the company look back on their experiences without regret for the extra time they gave to it, as well as with kind regard for Capt. Barry, who so faithfully trained them. 81
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