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

 - Class of 1896

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ig sssesasss SBBSsfsss ii ®UtS£ W)xxt x;Q ONCE more the fleeting months in their headlong course complete the circle of the year and another September with its balmy breezes and golden harvests has called us back to our college work, and we are Seniors. This is the last time we shall be called upon to send a communication to the Index, and it is with a feeling of sadness that we now make our final appearance. How could it be otherwise, when we think of the happy hours we have spent in the class-room, of the pleasant gatherings in which we have participated, the contests on the campus, the victories and defeats we have experienced. All these have now passed into history, and the time will soon come when we ourselves, like our predecessors, will go out from the sheltering arms of our Alma Mater and, as a class, be known only by dim historical tradition. Mingled with feelings of sadness come also feelings of satisfaction, when we think of the work we have accomplished, of the books we have mastered, and of the hard grind of study now so nearly over. Surely we ought to be prepared to enroll ourselves among the world ' s workers. The degree to which a class is historic is measured by its patriotic contributions to the college and its welfare; therefore ' 95 is truly a historic class. Have not " Bobby, " 38

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Sn Omnia Paratus. LASSMATES, as the southern eagle Wings his flight o ' er sea and land, As the North wind from our mountains Brings down leaves on every hand, So the years of Youth are passing Swiftly by to ne ' er return, So our college days are fleeting, While we work, or play, or learn. Two long years and more we ' ve striven For the honor of our class, Worked to make her always foremost, Keep her so as time should pass. ' Tis not a path of thornless roses We have trod from first to last : Countless trials and disasters We have overcome and passed. In the class room, on the campus, You may find our gallant band Working for our well-loved College ; Not alone for class we stand. When the gods of war and victory On Aggie ' s flag their pleasure fix, Who so quick to show their interest As the Class of Ninety-six ? O ' er our mountains and our valley Swift the seasons roll along, Soon with swelling hearts of sorrow We shall sing our parting song. Let us then improve our chances, Quickly e ' er they pass away, Be a band of loyal comrades, Help each other ' s onward way. 37



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" Sully, " " Stubby, " and " Edile " contributed greatly to the glory of Aggie on the base- ball field? Are not " Jasper, " " Fairy, " Warren, Ballou, and " Charlie " worthy foot-ball men? Cannot Wright and " Dan " run to beat the cars? Did not " Fairy " break the record on the pole vault and " Charlie " throw the hammer almost out of sight Field Day? and is not Stephen Peter the college athlete? These are some examples of individual ability, but what have we done as a class ? Freshman Year. — Not much of interest occurred in this year. We did, however, institute a reform Freshman Night which made it the gala event of the whole year. We presume that ' 96 and ' 97 were heartily in favor of this change, as they followed our example. We won from ' 94 in base-ball, but lost to them in foot-ball and rope-pull. Sophomore Year. — This year was characterized by victories in athletic contests. We met ' 96 on the campus, won the rope which decorates our rooms, and carried off the laurels in base-ball and foot-ball. A little grove in the ravine and a class tree stand like milestones to mark the progress of our college course. Sophomore Mountain Day is another event which will always call to mind pleasant memories. This period of our college course passed rapidly away, and before we were aware of it the Juniors ' seats in Chapel were vacated for us. Junior Year. — This was, perhaps, the most eventful year of our college course. It makes all of us smile when we think of the sleigh-ride to De(a)rfield and the gathering of all the fair maidens of the historic town under one roof. Oh, how they sang! We will never forget it. The Junior trip was a great success, and ' 95 will always be firm friends of Dr. Fisher and Mr. Andrews. We would not fail to mention here that the flowers in our pathway have had their share of thorns. For instance, one unlucky morning the prize speakers were chosen, and of course it was their duty to " set up " the class, so we adjourned to J ' s for refresh- ments. Ten, twenty, thirty minutes passed very rapidly, and we had almost forgotten that there was such a thing as recitations, when some one suggested that we had better adjourn; so, with hands full of J ' s best, we hied ourselves over to the " Chem. Lab. " (laboratory) a full half-hour late. I forbear to tell the rest, it was too humiliating. Senior Year. — The Freshman ' s ideal of all human honor, dignity, and happiness. At its beginning, one of the many questions which confronted us was, " What studies shall we elect? " This was not an easy one for some of us, for we were ambitious. One of our number thought he could carry six electives and run a soda fountain, but 39

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