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H dFacult (WicctiwQ. IT was Thursday evening. The church bells were pealing forth their melodious notes, calling the faithful to worship, and though the night was dark and rainy, many were obeying the summons, but others there were, intent on business of a far different nature, for that night there was to be a Faculty meeting at the house of President Goodell ; the accustomed brief notices had all been taken from the post-office, and each worthy professor was hurrying on his way to the place of meeting. The darkness and gloom of the night but added, by contrast, to the cheeri- ness of President Goodell ' s ordinarily attractive mansion. At a table in the sitting-room the President sat busily writing, as if bent on improving every moment while awaiting the arrival of his guests. Presently there was a sound of footsteps on the piazza ; the door-bell rang, and in a few moments Lieutenant Dickinson, Professors Fernald and Mills, and Dr. Walker entered the room. After an exchange of greetings : " Well, gentlemen, this is promising, " said President Goodell, " when four of you arrive at once on such a night as this. " " At first I thought I would not venture out, " said Professor Mills, " as I have a very bad cold ; but then it occurred to me that some of the others might be away, and there would not be enough here to conduct business, so I finally decided to come anyway. " " As for me, " remarked Professor Fernald, " I simply said to myself, ' I ought to, I must, I shall, ' and so I started out, and as good luck would have it, was picked up by Dr. Walker in his buggy. " Here the conversation was interrupted by the entrance of Dr. Goessmann and Prof. Brooks. ' • Goot efening, shentlemen, " said the former ; " how ' s peezness ? " No one ventured to report the state of business at the time, but all were lavish in their attentions, inquiring anxiously after the Doctor ' s health, and that of his family. After some time spent in general conversation, the President began to make inquiries concerning the absentees, and having found that Dr. Page was out of town, and Professor Maynard was discharging his duty to the college and the state by guarding the fruit-cellar from the attacks of night marauders, was about to call the meeting to order, w hen a heavy tread was heard in the hallway, and Professor Warner came limping into the room. He apologized for his lateness by saying that he had become so engrossed in 94
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Leader. Eugene H. Lehnert. Drum Major. Perley E. Davis. Edwin C. Howard Tuba. Albert F. Burgess Trombone. Amos H. Mason 2d Alto. Charles H. Higgins • • • Solo Alto. Eu(;ene H. Lehnert . . . . . . . . . • Baritone. Edward O. Bagg Solo B Flat Cornet Walter B. Harper Solo B Flat Cornet Guy a. Hubbard B Flat Clarionet. J. Harry Putnam Piccolo. William C. Brown Snare Drum. Merle E. Sellew Bass Drum. John H. Jones Cymbals. 93
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Professor Sylvester ' s latest work on Infinity that he had forgotten all about the faculty meeting, and probably would not have thought of it at all if he had not happened to finish the book. Without more ado, the meeting was called to order, and the minutes of the last meeting were read and accepted. The President then stated in a few brief words that the business of the meeting was to arrange the schedule for the next term ' s work; that this matter had usually been left until vacation, when it was attended to in a hurry, and consequently errors were often the result, but that this time he proposed to have the business well done, and so had brought up the matter in good season. Scarcely had he finished speaking than some one was heard hurrying along the piazza, the door-bell rang violently, and a moment later, a short, thick-set man, who would have made a valuable addition to the foot- ball team, rushed breathlessly into the room. It was Dr. Wellington. " Why, man ! man ! " said the President, " this is monstrous ! this is terrible ! " " There ! was afraid I ' d be late ; but knew that if 1 did n ' t get here tomor- row morning, J ' d be here tonight, sure, " said the Doctor. " I ' ve been to Boston ; had a smash-up on the train coming out, and came through on a special from Oakdale. " This statement of the trials to which the worthy Doctor had been subjected, subdued the President ' s wrath, and made Dr. Wellington the hero of the hour. Many were the questions asked and answered concerning the details of the accident, and the fate of the other passengers, and for fully half an hour nothing else was thought of. At last President Goodell succeeded in calling the meeting to order again, and having restated the business of the meeting, asked if any changes were desired in the schedule from that of the corresponding term last year. Thus invited. Professor Brooks arose : " It behooves me to say, " he observed, " that having taken everything into consideration, and given to each point its proper weight, I feel that I am justified in asking for an additional three hours a week this winter with each class. The branch which I am teaching is the one in which, above all others, it is essential for an Agricultural College to give thorough instruction, and it is necessary that, in order to cover the ground thoroughly, I be allowed more time. " Here he was interrupted in his remarks, which promised to be quite lengthy, by Professor Warner. " I would like to ask, " said the latter, " what Professor Brooks proposes to do for me in his new arrangement. I think we have grad- uated as many civil engineers as farmers from this college, so you must not let the Mathematical Department suffer. " 95
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