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

 - Class of 1896

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bridegroom, as a river giveth up its waters to the ocean, so Massachusetts proudly gives her best and her noblest for the benefit of her country and humanity. Classmates : Here in this valley which has been formed of the granite hills of New England has Massachusetts placed this college, our Alma Mater. Here for four years we have worked for knowledge, but the true heart is never satis- fied. There is always a longing to know the unknown, a reaching after the un- attained and the unattainable. As we look into the future there is a hope that that which we have acquired may be of use to ou rselves in gaining that priceless attribute of life, wisdom, and may be of use to mankind in the upbuilding of the nation. As Massachusetts has given to us, so should we give to humanity. How can I better close than by the use of those words which have been sanctioned by the highest authority of the State ? " God save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. " 129

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With the steel of the sword had we been severed from the mother country, with the blood of her children had our fields been fertilized ; and deep in the soul was implanted a new organism, a conscious growth, which was to stretch from ocean to ocean. From the schools and colleges, which had sprung up with mar- velous rapidity, the sons of Massachusetts, with the same restless, eager, brave, and enduring spirit which had characterized their fathers, were pushing out into the unknown paths of the West ; and on the shores of the Great Lakes, along the course of the Ohio and the Mississippi, was heard the shout of the school-boy ; and there arose again the spires of New England, bringing all their associations and endearing ties. Who can measure the influence of Massachusetts in those years before the Civil War? Who but God can measure the influence of great minds and noble souls ? The influence of Webster, potent as it was in his own day, has moved as many people since his death as before. As Adams and Hancock and Otis had spurred the people on in the clays preceding the Revolution, so Garrison and Phillips and Sumner aroused the people to the wrongs of slavery. They pictured with colors too true to suit the slave-holders the misery and wretchedness of those under the yoke of bondage, under the lash of the master. And because of their teachings it was Massachusetts who sent the first soldiers in response to Lincoln ' s call, and on the streets of Baltimore gave the first blood in atonement for a sin which had blotted our history for nearly two centuries and a half. Rome gave but one of her sons to close up the opening which threatened the city ; but the sons of Massachusetts, the sons of North and South, were sent to fill the gulf which had opened, and not until filled with the blood of their children could it be closed. Not until innumerable homes North and South had felt the cold hand of death was the atonement complete. And in the years that have followed, the money and the teachers of Massachusetts have been at work ; throughout the South and the West the influence of the Pilgrim is felt to-day, and through the efforts of their children, North and South, East and West, have been bound to- gether with rails of steel, have been united by an electric force which can bring the whole world into unity. Was it of Massachusetts that I was speaking ? Proud may she be of her deeds and her sons, but she cannot hold them. They have passed on, and have become not the property of a State, but the inspiration and the hope of a country, — yes, of a world. Her educating influences are hers no longer, but have been ab- sorbed by one greater and more powerful than she ; and as a bride cometh to the 128



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Quotations. " A bold, bad man. " — Ch-n-y. " When shall we find his like again. " — P—tt—r. " I ' m always in haste but never in a hurry. " — H-m-?iw-y. " Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined. " — J. H. J-n-s. " I do not think a truer gentleman is now alive. " — Prof. L-ll. " He that makes shoes goes bare-foot himself. " — H-mm-r. " Was shapely for to been an alderman. " — C-l-m-n. " A noble youth with toil prodigous, His fault, — he ' s almost too religious. " — B. K. J-n-s. " Something between a hindrance and a help. " — Cribs in Trig. " What rage for fame attends both great and small, Better be d d than mentioned not at all. "

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