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Gt Fresfyricm ' s Diar?. September 4. Papa has just given me this pretty diary, and wishes me to keep a real nice record of all my doings, and to put down every cent I spend while I am away from him and ma. I have written my name on the first page; and now I am going to put it in my inside coat pocket with my Bible, which contains a lock of my dear Susie ' s hair. Oh, I am so tired ! but before going to bed I must keep my promise to papa. I left Gill at seven o ' clock, after bidding my mamma and papa good-by. I found Susie waiting for me at the depot. It was a sad parting; and as I was kissing her good-by I could feel her warm heart beating against my breast. That was a joyous moment. Would that it had lasted forever! " Swipsey dear, " Susie said, " don ' t feel bad ; perhaps you will come back a drum-major or a corporal in your Junior year. " This thought consoled me. The conductor shouted, " All aboard ; " and with a parting kiss and a tight squeeze I left Susie and Gill behind me. I got very hungry before I got half way, but fortunately mamma had stuffed my pockets with gingerbread and cookies. As I took out the last doughnut I began to cry. The conductor was passing, and said to me, " What is the trouble, my little man ? " I said, " This doughnut makes me think so much of home that I can ' t help crying. " Then I tried to cheer up and think about the examinations I must take when I got to Amherst. Then some one stuck his head in the door and shouted, " Amherst! Amherst! " So much has happened and I am so homesick that I can ' t write any more tonight, but will go to bed and try to be bright tomorrow. September 5. It has been an awful hard day. I have made up my mind I shan ' t like that man they call Professor Washburne one bit, though every one does speak so highly of him. I haven ' t had anything fit to eat all day. Everything mamma gave me is all gone. I wish I had a piece of pumpkin pie. I spent my first money today for a stove. They tried to sell me the paper on the wall in my room, but I thought I had better wait and write to papa about it and see if he thought I needed it. Oh, if I only had my pet calf, Snowball, here ! He would be so much company. I must write home and have them send me my napkin ring, which I forgot. I am so glad that papa came up last week and fixed up my room for me. If he hadn ' t I do not know what I should have done. September 6. I woke up early this morning, and as I was going down-stairs I heard some pretty loud talk in one of the rooms on the second floor. So I rapped, and was told to come in if I was good-looking. I went in, and found myself in the dining room of what is known as Hotel Hayward. The proprietor asked me to have some breakfast; and things smelt so strong and I was so hungry I sat down and ate a lot of what he called " froppe, " but what seemed to me more like thick milk and potatoes. During 117
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COMPANIES. Captain, Company A Captain, Company D Captain, Company B Captain, Company C First Lieutenant, Company A First Lieutenant, Company D First Lieutenant, Company B First Lieutenant, Company C Second Lieutenant, Company A Second Lieutenant, Company D Second Lieutenant, Company B Second Lieutenant, Company C First Sergeant, Company A . First Sergeant, Company D . First Sergeant, Company B First Sergeant, Company C Henry A. Ballou. Franklin L. Warren. Morris J. Sullivan. Robert S. Jones. Stephen P. Toole. Herbert S. Fairbanks. Charles W. Crehore. Walter L. Morse. Harold L. Frost. George A. Billings. Clarence B. Lane. Wright A. Root. Patrick A. Leamy. Ralph L. Hayward. Robert P. Nichols. Frederick H. Read. Sergeant, Company A Sergeant, Company B Sergeant, Company A Sergeant, Company D Sergeant, Company C Sergeant, Company D Sergeant, Company C Sergeant, Company B Corporal, Corporal, Corporal, Corporal, Corporal, Corporal, Corporal, Corporal, Corporal, Corporal, Corporal, Company A Company C Company B Company D Company A Company C Company B Company A Company B Company C Company D Horace C. Burrington. Benjamin K. Jones. Harry T. Edwards. Frank P. Washburn. William L. Pentecost. Frederick B. Shaw. Henry W. Moore. Merle E. Sellew. James L. Marshall. Albin M. Kramer. Seijiro Saito. Sastre de Veraud. Charles A. Nutting. Isaac C Poole George Tsuda. George R. Mansfield. Charles A. King. George D. Leavens. . John M. Barry. 116
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breakfast Mr. Hayward told me lots of stories about what he did when he was a fresh- man. From what he said I think he must be a great man about college. He said there was a man that kept a hotel down at the foot of the stairs, where I could probably get dinner. He said they had more style at the Hammar House but less to eat. Here, he told me, they took in regular boarders, and had some tony ones too. Among the dis- tinguished guests was General Warren, of the Meteorological Department. This seems to be a land of hotels, if one only knows where to find them ; for there was one on the same floor with Hotel Hayward, called the " Lame Bear Cafe, " run by Ballou Bemis. But this was closed for the summer. After breakfast was over I told Mr. Hayward that papa and mamma would be very thankful to him, and that if he ever came down my way to call and try some of mamma ' s flapjacks. I felt good after this, and started to finish my examinations. The first one this morning was Geometry, thirty propositions to do in one hour. I had just finished two when Professor W. quietly remarked, " You have five and a quarter minutes more in which to finish your papers, gentlemen. " My heart came up in my throat, and it seemed the shortest five minutes T ever saw. I guess I didn ' t pass that examination. Then I had to take Physiology, Algebra, and finally Latin under Professor Mills, who seems like a nice, fatherly old gentleman. This finished the examinations ; and I hurried to write a letter home, telling papa and mamma that I had passed in all but one. I took this letter down town to post it, and on my way back I bought three sticks of candy, one of which I gave to Mr. Hayward on my way to my room. It has been a long day, and now I will go to bed. September 7. I was so tired last night that I couldn ' t go to the Hash House to supper, but took my first meal there this morning. How I longed for some of mamma ' s flapjacks and fried mush ! I guess no one will ever die of over-eating who lives at that place. About eight o ' clock I heard what I thought was a fire bell ringing, and rushed out to see what was the matter. Every one seemed to be going towards the little meet- ing-house. I went in with the rest, and was told to take a seat up front, which I did, but was quickly hustled out of there by the same fatherly old gentleman who had given me my Latin examination. After all had joined in singing a song, every verse of which ended up with the words, " Lead me on, lead me on, " the minister got up and prayed for everything and everybody in general but no one in particular. Being in church reminded me of Susie, for we always used to go to Sunday-school together, and then I wondered if they had Sunday-schools here. The rest of the morning was spent in going t o lessons and drill. This drill was the most terrible thing I ever saw. Why, one of those fellows they called Corporal M 1 had me and two other freshmen, giving us what he called " setting-up exercises. " He stood out in front of us and stretched out his arms and told us to do just as he did. I knew he was making fun of us, so I went to the man they call the Lieutenant and said to him, " Look here, mister, that chap over there is trying to make fun of me. " He didn ' t have a bit of sympathy for me, but spoke up real sharp, and made me feel so bad I cried a little. Then he made me go US
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