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College graduates more prominently before the public, both in scientific and literary, business and political lines. Another point which we hear brought out continually, is that there has not been enough advertising. This, it seems to us, is perhaps as potent a factor as any in determining the size, not only of this, but of all the classes. Whatever the cause may be, whether any of the above or all in combination, which we are inclined to think may be the case, it will surely do no harm to advertise more liberally and in a broader and more thorough manner than has been done in the past. Here we have eighty free scholarships provided annually, and this year not a fifth part of them are taken. The remaining four- fifths are, so to speak, running to waste. There are, we venture to say, scores of young men in our cities and towns, who, if they only knew and realized in full the advantages offered here, would not hesitate, but enter at the earliest opportunity. When judiciously used, printer ' s ink is a great stimulus to popular demand for education as well as anything else. The local papers in all parts of our State should be plentifully sprinkled with notes from our college, and also contain advertisements of the same, and thus keep prominently before the whole Massachusetts public the fact that the Massachusetts Agricultural College is a live institution, and that it is doing a great and growing work in the lines of practical, scientific, and agricultural education. This is comparatively a young college, and as yet has its reputation to make. What is needed here for the next ten years is a large, enthusiastic, earnest class each year, gathered from every part of the old Bay State. We believe that advertising will bring them. After that, when there are M. A. C. graduates in every city, town, and farming community, there will no longer remain the need of advertising. The men that have gone out from here will be sufficient evi- dence of the desirability of having this college for an Alma Mater. In conclusion, we would give a little fatherly advice to our successors. In the first place, dear young friends, fix firmly in your minds the fact that the biggest i47
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Much might be said on this subject, perhaps with profit; but we leave its further consideration to the judgment of our Faculty and Trustees, and to our Honorable Legislature, trusting that they may take the necessary steps in the matter, and very early make our hopes for this project a realization. This term brings in the smallest Freshman class of any for more than a score of years, and, while above the average in excellence of material, yet its limited numbers would seem to call for some attention on the part of the Index. We bear the welfare of the college deeply at heart, and therefore are much grieved that so few have entered with ' 98. Very naturally the question arises, " Why so small a class this year ? " The answer is not so easy to give as at first it may seem. The subject must be considered in various lights in order that a complete and satisfactory conclusion may be reached. To begin with, it must be borne in mind that while the standard of scholarship has been raised, that fact was announced two years or more ago, so that those intending to enter have had ample time to prepare for so doing. The Two Years ' Course in Agriculture has also been added to the curriculum, and has taken some men who doubtless would have gone into the Four Years ' Course had not the shorter one been available ; yet this can be said of but a very few. The protracted business depression from which our State, in common with the rest of the country, has been suffering for the last year and a half, may, possibly, have had something to do with the falling off in the number of ' 98 men ; but this would hardly seem to have prevented two-thirds or three-fourths the usual number entering, as the farmers and middle class, from which most of our students come, are probably not so deeply affected as to necessitate the post- poning of the education of their children, and especially their sons, who can hardly earn enough at the present rate of wages and lack of work to pay for remaining at home. Some claim that there has been a reaction against Agricultural College education, yet this hardly seems possible when every year brings Agricultural 146
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job you ever tackled in your short lives now claims your undivided attention. The more this becomes impressed on your minds, the better book will you get. Secondly, put away all party dissensions and jealousies, and work together with all diligence for the one great end. Remember that your book will reflect not only on its editors, but on their class and college as well. And last of all, we would most solemnly exhort you to begin work right away, and never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.
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