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

 - Class of 1893

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Up, up they climb, past hall and gallery. Upstairs they pass, with cautious step and slow. Till from the archway high above the ground, They see the lonely campus far below. On the black clock-face now their work begins ; Their task it is to get it out of place. Out of its setting, and to lay it where Our figures can be painted on its face. The tackle now on hand comes into use ; The face is lowered to the archway floor. And these four youths the paint-brush they apply. And on the clock-face paint their figures o ' er. When daylight broke great consternation reigned ; Questions were asked and bold conjectures made As to the way in which the thing was done, And what the means they called in to their aid. But Cannavan, with ever-watchful eye. Finds ladders hidden (?) in the grass close by, And hastens his discovery to tell Of how those figures were placed there so high. As if in confirmation of his words, A ladder from the roof to archway leads. While the whole college catches breath, aghast At the brave daring of such reckless deeds. Time, passing on, has viewed our early pranks. And fleeting years go rolling swiftly by, But Ninety-Three alone the honor claims Of painting figures on the clock ' s black eve. 133

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3{igH rt The sun had sunken to his bed of rest, His last rays glanced from off Stone Chapel Tower, The glow had faded from the gilded west, And naught disturbed the calm, still, evening hour. In Aggie ' s halls the sound of slumber deep Reverberated loud from wall to wall. And on the echoing, concrete, college walks Not one belated step is heard to fall. But look ! from out the dormitory doors Four figures steal with careful steps and slow. As if the fates of worlds depended on their deeds. And waiting empires paused, their works to know. One moment spent in consultation grave, They scatter to all quarters of the farm To seize or plunder articles of need. But all are careful not to give alarm. They meet once more ; but this time better armed. For now, assembled ' neath Stone Chapel Tower, They carry weapons destined well to strike The greatest consternation at the morning hour. But now the work begins with earnest zeal, And up the chapel stairs they hasten on, With paint-pots, tackle, ropes, and willing hearts. To do the deed ' ere break of comins: dawn. 132



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Editorial iJtems. N our return to college last August we were pained to hear that President Goodell ' s health had not improved during the summer, and that he had been compelled to seek restoration of health by a complete separation from the cares and duties of the college. While we regret very much the necessity of his absence for so long a time, yet we realize that this was necessary in order that he might continue his work in the interest of the college. We are pleased to learn that complete rest and the European climate are gradually having their effect. It is now assured that it is only a matter of time when we shall be able to welcome him back. We voice the sentiment of the college when we wish our President a speedy and complete restoration to health. May he return to us with renewed vigor to resume his official duties. We feel it due to the editors of Aggie Life that we should make mention of the suc- cessful manner in which the paper has been edited during the past year. The students generally do not realize the difficulties under which the editorial board work in pub- lishing a paper of this character, and keeping it up to the standard which every college periodical should maintain. The Ag ie Life is no longer in the experimental stage; it is an acknowledged success. We could not do without it today, so important a factor of college life has it become. And now that we have a paper that compares favorably with similar publications of other colleges, let us give it our hearty support, both literary and financial, realizing that it is only by the cooperation of the students that the editors can secure the best results. Among the most pleasurable events of college life are the class trips, which are occa- sionally taken for educational purposes or recreation. Several of these trips have been made during the past year. The two most extended were the Seniors ' visit to West Point and the trip of the Juniors to the large market gardens in the vicinity of Boston. The Seniors left on the evening of September i6th, and were away three days. The trip was very enjoyable, although one of the party had a narrow escape — he blew out the gas. The Juniors were allowed two days for their trip, starting on the morning of Sep- tember 15th. They visited Arlington, Helmont, and Fitchburg, besides the exhibition of the Horticultural Society in Boston. According to what we have heard, these visits were not only a means of imparting considerable information, but were also the sources of pleasure and recreation. 134

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