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Page 34 text:
Class Colors. Brown and Gold. Class Yell. Boom-a-laka ! Boom-a-laka ! Siss-boom-ah ! Ric-a-raka Rah! Rah! Rah! Ninety-seven ! ®l 3;3 ! i rH+ YEAR has passed since we first entered these classic walls, and it becomes our duty for the second time to send a communication to the Index. As Freshmen we were a success in every way, and wishing to make our class immortal in the college, we resolved to win all the class contests, but before our plans had matured the games had been played, and I fail to remember of our winning a single one We accomplished a great deal, however, when we eluded the vigilance of ' 96, according to the newspaper reports, and arriving in Springfield without losing a man. We met in the banquet hall, after having spent a pleasant afternoon in the Springfield Armory, and enjoyed a feast fit for the gods. After making night hideous with our yells and songs, we retired, and our Freshman days were o ' er. 28
Page 33 text:
TresH U men. 1 P from noisy city streets, and from the quiet plain, The verdant tide of Freshmen has risen once again ; They come from care of parents, from sister ' s fond embrace, With footsteps slow and faltering, to run the college race. Fooled by wily Sophomores, they soon begin to see Things are not exactly what they often seem to be ; They hear strange sounds ; mysterious signs, discovered here and there, Warn them that in midnight hours of " Owls " they must beware. Tricked again, they stand alone beneath North College stair, Waiting patiently to find the elevator there. Reaching Hamp, they see the sights ; ' tis late e ' er they get back, And set their boots outside the door for Canavan to black. Now, ere long, the gentle goat, with his attendance kind, Drives all thoughts of other things out of the Freshman ' s mind ; Fellowship with loyal hearts, the finding of new friends, Brings sweet content, and to his life a new found pleasure lends. Thus the path of college life is often smoother made, And the sure foundation stones of future greatness laid ; Fighting battles all alone, on self he must depend, And finds that honest, faithful work in true success will end. 27
Page 35 text:
We began our Sophomore year with resolutions similar to those of our Fresh- man year, and like those resolutions they have availed us nothing, for in the rope-pull contest between ' 97 and ' 98, the latter won by a few inches. " Soc " said he could n ' t help it, so we will have to let it go. One morning, early in October, we started for Mt. Holyoke and the Notch. Going up to the Prospect House, we viewed the magnificent scenery which lay stretched out before us. After seeing everything possible, we took lunch and started for the Notch, where we found many valuable specimens. We arrived home about six o ' clock after having a most delightful ride, and a very fine lime. Our class excels all others in one particular at least. What other class has a Barry, the son of an alderman ; a Cheney, who can sing, play the banjo, walk, high kick, and who will make the college base-ball team next year; or a Pop Millard, the last end of a misspent life ? We have also in our class something which no class has ever had before, and which no class will ever have hereafter, a Cap Colby ! Do not think for a moment that we are good for nothing, for we have men on the Glee Club, Band, and the Foot-ball Eleven, and hope to see several on the Base-ball Team. Classmates, do not be disheartened by this tale, but strive all the more earnestly and zealously to reach the top of the ladder, and to get the most good from our college course, so as to be prepared to meet the world half-way in our future life. E. 29
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