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£. ' pee ' «.. ■ _- -5 s a »f • a MuA: ' COL. E. W. NICHOLS . igo4 THE BOMB EDITORIAL. It is an old saying that " Truly, man- kind is a strange species of creature, and in- corrigibly apt at being tooled. " But no one seems to fool other people quite so suc- cessfully as the man who first fools himself. We believe this is the best Annual we have ever published, and if our readers think so then we feel that " ' tis better to have lived. " We have catered to the cadets ' taste, and if we have not impressed our critics as being Macaulay propositions, we hope they will be charitable enough to say, " They did not aim so high. " THE BOMB Vol. XX Inari of Sittora. H. B. WORDEN, Editor-in-Chief R. Ragland, Assistant Editor J. E. MORT, Business Manager G. W. Headley, Assistant Business Manager T. C. Gordon, Advertising Agent A. P. Upshur, Assistant Advertising Editor F. T. Wood, Illustrating Editor Associate Editors. C. E. Pennington W. C. McChord J. E. Biscoe C. S. Dawley E. C. Caldwell S. A. Loughridge C. N. Hancock L. C. Leftwich THE BOMB Vol. XX ®I|f Utrgima iUtlttarg ilnatttutp. Founded November 11th, 1839. Colors ; Red, White, and Yellow. Yell: Rah! Rah! Rah! Vir-gin-ia! Military Institute! Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! Hoo! Ri! Rah! Hoo! Ri! Ri! Ri! V. M I.! igo4 THE BOMB InarJi of HtHttnra. His Excellency A. J. Montague, GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA, Inspector, E.x-Officio. Hon. J. M. Hooker Stuart. Va. Hon. Lloyd T. Smith Heathsville, Va. W. T. Shields, Esq Lexington, Va. Hon. Alexander Hamilton, President Petersburg, Va. Col. Francis L. Smith Alexandria, Va. Capt. James L. White Abingdon, Va. Dr. J. N. Upshur Richmond, Va. Hon. Phil F. Brown Blue Ridge Springs, Va. Thomas W. Shelton, Esq Norfolk, Va. Members of the Board, Ex-Officio. Gen. W. Nalle, Adjutant General Richmond, Va. Hon. J. W. Southall, Superintendent Public Instruction Richmond, Va. T H E B M B ' ol. XX Arahpttttr tafif. General SCOTT SHIPP, LL. D. Siifcriiitcmlcnt Colonel JOHN M. BROOKE Emeritus Professor of Pity sits and Astronomy Colonel THOMAS M. SEMMES Professor of Modern Languages Colonel E. W. NICHOLS Professor of Alat iemafics and Meelianirs Colonel R. A. MARR Professor of Engineering and Draioing Colonel HUNTER PENDLETON. M. A., Ph. D. Professor of General and Affiled Chemistry Colonel N. B. TUCKER, C. E., B. S. Professor of Geology and Mineralogy , and A.ssociate Professor of Cli, Colonel FRANCIS MALLORY, C. E. Professor of P iysies and Astronomy Colonel H. C. FORD, B. S., Ph. D. Professor of Latin and Englisli Colonel L. H. STROTHER, Major 28th U. S. Infantry Professor of Military Science, and Commandant of Cadets THE BOMB Vol. XX Major C. W. WATTS, C. E. Ailjiind Professor of Mathematics Major H. P. HOWARD, M. D. Instructor of Spanish Captain H. E. HYATT, B. S. Assistant Professor of Chemistry Captain H. STOCKDELL, Assistant Professor of Latin and English Captain J. L. CABELL, B. S. Assistant Professor of German, English, and Tactics Captain T. S. CARTER, B. S. Assistant Professor of Drawing and Tactics Captain D. M. BERNARD Assistant Professor of Mathematics Captain P. A. TILLERY, B. S. Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Captain T. A. DEWEY, B. S. Assistant Professor of Engineering, Mineralogy, and Tactics Captain J. B. SINCLAIR, B. S. Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Tactics Captain J. PAUL Assistant Professor of Elnglish and Tactics E. W. BITZER, M. D. Gymnasium Instructor SUB-PROFESSORS 1904 THE BOMB 17 lattaltnu i ' taff. C. S. Dawley Lienlenant and Adjutant W. W. LaPrade Lieutenant and Quartermaster R. A. Owen Sergeant-Major H. W. Bowles Quartermaster-Sergeant Co. " A. " Co. " B. " Co. " C. " Co. " D. " Captains. R. Ragland, ' W. Couper,- ' T. C. Gordon, ' ' E. H. Johnson. - First Lieutenants. D. C. Pearson, ' . L. C. Leptwich,- ' W. C. McChord, J. W. Crowdus. ' Second Lieutenants. R. B. Claggett ' S. a. Loughridge, ' ' G. W. Headley, S, K. Funkhouser.- R. James, ' First Sergeants. K. S. Perkins,- ' C. H. Loop, R. J. Martin. R. Y. Conrad, ' J. A. Merritt, ' H. Carlton,- ' G. R. HoBsoN, ' Sergeants. H. T. Eglin,- ' J. O. Wharton, ' L. C. LaMont, " W. T. Willis, ' J. M. Marshall, ' J. A. Herman, W. Booker, ' - ' J. N. Perry, ' " M. L. Craighill, " F. B. Steele, " R. A. Morison, " " R. S. HUDGINS. ' Corporals. J. C. Snead, ' W. R C. C0CKE,5 E. R Sutherland, ' A. B. Taliaferro, ' ■- B. Lyerly. " J. R. T. ylor,- ' ' W. R. Nichols, ' W. H. Doyle, ' E. M. Barron, " T. B. Goodloe, ' A. G. Campbeli L. H. Phister, ' ' ' T. Ellett, ' ' A. H. Moss, ' " L. S. Nottingham, ' ■■ ' R, B. Burroughs, ' - ' S. B. Buckner, ' ' E. A. Saunders, " IL F. Ayrbs,- C. C. Smoot, " M. T. Jones, " ' R. S. DoDSON, ' G. A. Blow, ' " H. W. Davant. ' THE BOMB Vol. XX (ElaHB nf 1904. Colors : Maroon and Old Gold L. C. Leftwicii. President S. K. FuNKHOuSER ' ice-President Ellis C. Caldwrll Historian D. C. Pearson " Secretary E. H. Johnson ' aledicloriiin Members. BiscoE. John E. LaPrade. W. Waverley Calcutt, Harry C. Lathrop, C. Barksdale Caldwell, Ellis C. Leftwich, Lewis C. Camp, P. Ryland Loughuidge, Sidney A. Claggett, Ralph B. McChord, William C. Clarke, Bailey T. Mahone, William CoNLYN, T. Bryce Marshall. Gilbert Couper. William Mort, John E. Crowdus. John W. Newman, John W. Currier, William P. Noland, C. Poa ' ell Dawley. Claude S. Orme. James B. L. Doyle, E. Fitzger ald Owen, Charles H. I ' -asley, James S. Page, Nat B. Fletcher, Oscar W. Pearson, D. Cecil FuNKiiousER, Samuel K. Pennington, Cameron E. Gordon. T. Choxton Quigley, Thomas Hancock, C. Nathan Ragland, Reuben Hardwicke, Clii ' ford G. Risser, R. Eugene Harris, Nicholas C. Roby, Thomas W. Harris, Weaver Smoot. Arthur H. Headley, George W. Thomson, Paul j. Howard. Clyde S. Upshur. Alfred P. Hundley, AValler M. Wilbourn, Arthur E. Johnson, E. Hammond Williams, J. Stuart Kennon, William G. Wood. F. Travers WoRDEN. Horace B. igo4 THE BOMB 19 OIlasH 3S0U. BiscoE, John E Washington, D. C. " Jack; " ' ■ ' Shorty. tall and handsome Mr stands highest in his cl; his motto is, " Never w about him is that he h; and has not acquired a " boning. " AlKthe girls speak of him as " that Biscoe. " With only one exception he iss. He is always bright and happy and orry. " - ,.But the most remarkable thing ■s been a cadet at the V. M. I. four years single bad habit— not even the habit of Calcutt, Harry C Dyersburg, Tenn. " Harry. " The prince of our " happy-go-lucky " or " happy- go-broke " set. Believes that the responsibility for the conduct of the world is too great a burden for any one of us to carry, and doesn ' t mind taking some one else ' s load on his shoulders. Thinks that the clock has struck twelve as far as his military ability is concerned. And talking about luck, well. Harry is luck ' s center of gravity. THE BOMB Vol. XX Caldwell, Ellis C Ethelfelts, ' a. " Buzz. " First came into notice when a Rat, on account of his ability to hide " growley. " With decorous reluctance, he admits that he hails from " Stop, Va. " Is very fond of croquet, flinch, and trained nurses. Possessor of great Uterar - ability and is a good all-round man. In fact, he can do almost anything. being capable of running a day nursery, an infant school, or a mothers ' congress. Apprentice to Mr. Currier. Camp, P. Rvland Franklin, Va. ■ ' Betsy; ' " " Fats; " " Br ' c ' r Brinkle. " The last of the Dinosaurs, found on the outskirts of the Dismal Swamp and sent to the V. M. I. to be civilized. A man of imUmited capacity. Would have pleased Julius Crrsar. The very deuce with the ladies. Got the worst of it in a furious fight with five hundred oysters. The poem, " Brinkle. Brinkle, Little Star. " has been dedicated to hini by his admiring classmates. igo4 THE BOMB Claggett, Ralph B. ' ' Clux ; " " Artistic. ' ' Our champion of the celebrated quotation, " Well, what do yoi One of the finest " gim-buckers " ' 04 has produ fied himself that Caucasian women are a false, i month will try to win a Filipino bride. Thi result of a pessimistic disposition — always looks of life. Lexington, 111. , and author ink of that. " Has satis- ; set. so next i merely the the dark side Clarke, Bailey T. . . Owensboro, Ky. " Bailey T. " Dapper and depreciative. Desires to be inconspicuous, but a Scotch accent prevents him. Spends most of his time climbing the tree of knowledge and shaking the fruit on his professors ' heads. Plays " Pit " and writes a number of " fudge " letters. Hasn ' t decided what to do after graduation, but would like to chaperone Carrie Nation. His appearance would never indicate that he hails from the State where the moonshine flows. THE BOMB Vol XX CoNLYN, T. Bryce Baltimore, Md. " Chimpanzee " Bryce. Captured on the banks of the Congo. Gaze, gentlemen, gaze at the specimen on the left. There you have Darwin ' s missing link — complete in all its minor links and kinks. In the Congo he is known as Boarzobamba — the pride of the Ashtabulas. Returns to his native land in July, when he will assume the duties of corporal in the Congo Guards. In order that any of his classmates who may visit the Free State will be able to recognize him there, we have repro- duced elsewhere a photo of " Chim. " in native corporal ' s uniform. CouPER, William Norfolk, Va. " Skipper; " " Billy; " " Cupid. " A charter member of the " Woman Hater ' s Club. " Finds the social whirl a dull, dull life, and is the hermit of 1904. In his leisure moments he takes great delight in teasing a guitar. . We will not be so unkind as to say he had better be taking lessons on a steam-drill. Has a very shy and dimpling blush which has caused the ladies to characterize him as " That cute Mr. Couper. " Takes great interest of late in mineralogical experiments and especially in the ores of iron which are exposed to weathering. 1904 THE BOMB 23 Crowdus, John W Dallas, Tex. " Iky; " " Jay. " A compound of Texas and Georgetown. Like the rest of us. has had his troubles with the ladies. Says Virginia doesn ' t agree with him as the air is too hot. Was once inclined to be literary, but asked a calico at one of the hops if she read much, but lost all inclination when she gushed: " Yes, I ' ve just finished ' Dovey Wovey. ' Have you read it? It ' s a perfectly lovely book— so artistic and just so deep! " Currier, William P. Design, Va. ■ Cabbage ; " " Eggplant ; " " Pa . " A mild-mannered look- ing man with a deprecatory aspect. Plas made himself " solid " with all the professors by reciting as all professors would like to have their pupils recite; the following is a type of his recitations; " Mr. Currier, what is the nose for? " " For holding on eye- glasses, sir, " and " Pa " gets a " max. " An ardent advocate of " New Woman " and " New Man, " and has invented an ex- cellent soothing syrup. Would like very much to meet his " Mrs. Wiggs " of the cabbage patch. THE BOMB Vol XX Dawley, Claude S Dallas, Tex. " Jim; " " Dooley. " The " ladies ' own. " Has been pro- posed to forty-seven times during the present leap year, but owing to a " slump in securities " is waiting for cereals and breadstuffs to advance. The greatest ' ' strutter " of us all. Neat at all times, but is often heard to inquire " Are my gloves on straight? " After leaving Virginia, will probably open a correspondence school for those who desire to learn the " Art of Love. " Doyle, E. Fitzgerald Norfolk, Va. " Rube; " " Frog; " ' " Schwink von Schwein; " " Mervin. " Our only Amphibian representative. Possessor of a low, lan- guid ' voice, which would indicate that its owner is well satisfied with the monotony of the present. Knows what it is to have loved " down by the sea, " but says he has ceased to wonder what the " sad sea waves are saying. " Has prepared an exten- sive treatise on " Parasols, " and his " heavenly " conversational ability is best seen to advantage when he gets on this subject. 1904 THE BOMB Easlry, James S Houston, Va " Sunny Jim ' " Skeeter. " The Ward McAllister of Hous- ton, Va. With all the breeziness, all the grace and ease so charac- teristic of the dashing inhabitants of that gay metropolis, the present James, Duke of Halifax, completely charmed. crushed, and trampled upon the feminine hearts of staid, quiet, old Lexington. A youth of the debonair type; hopes some day to learn to smoke and say danni with a Bowery accent. Fletcher, Oscar W Jenkins ' Bridge, Va. " Schwein; " " Oscar; " " Gurgen; " " Flortch. " A thorough thinker. Had just as soon see a rattlesnake as a book. Re- ceives Christmas and birthday cards from some lady friend in Lexington, but will not divulge her name. Has the time of his life on circus days, when he gets heavenly intoxicated on peanuts and red lemonade. The future holds great possibilities for " Flortch! " Will wind up as Senator, President, or a Salva- tion Army captain. 26 THE BOMB Vol. XX FuxKHOUSER Samuel K. Harrisonburg, ' a. ' ' Sammy ; " " Funk. ' ' One of many who have felt the effects of Virginia College. The indifference of some men is simply beyond belief; this is natural to him, however, as he is so well acquainted with the land of (Broken) Promise. Relates a wonderful stor ' - of a " Keg, " and how its " heart was broken in ten thousand pieces. " Has had greatness thrust upon him, now being a Major — in Virginia, too, where they are all Colonels. We wonder whv Richmond is his favorite citv. Whv, Sammy ' Gordon, T. Croxton Richmond, Va. " Rabbit. " The shocking proposition of io8 — takes elec- tricity, you know. Would like to win fame as a mandolin soloist, but has lost all ambition since his lady instructor told him musical proficiency is a matter of give and take. " Give and take what? " he asked. " Pains! " was her reply. " Rab- bit " has now turned to the literary world as the place to flood, with his genius, and will shortly publish his first work: " She Loved, but He Moved Away. " Sometimes is so rash as to chew gum and use such maidenly expressions as " It ' s fierce " and " Hot air. " 1904 THE BOMB 27 Hancock, C. Nathan West Appomattox, ' a. " Major; " " Dummy; " " Kittie Puss. " This is a ferocious wildcat, captured when very young near West Appomattox, Va. His claws and fangs have been extracted but he still retains the general feline characteristics. After four years ' persistent efforts to tame him we give it up and turn him loose to prey upon the unlucky cadets of Hoge Military Academy. Hardwicke, Clifford G Sherman, Tex. " Clifford. " The " mail " man. Like the " Kedets " at H. O. Dold ' s, he is always sure of a hearty welcome. The author of a song, " My Dainty Little Evehna, " which he dedi- cated to a girl who weighs two hundred and several odd pounds. When not engaged in the restful recreation of studying elec- tricity, " Clifford " religiously reads all the woman ' s magazines and " Brink ' s " last batch of love letters. THE BOMB Vol. XX Harris, Weaver Nashville, Tenn. ■chitects. Arri -al; " " Wiffer. " One of our few chemical iows more reaction than Dr. Remsen ever wrote, ell on what page and line to find them. We can not ,vhy his brain has not become callous by his different subjects pressing against each other. Frequently visits Hol- lins but lays it all on a ver - close relative. Would make a charming chaffeur; has shown his fondness for horseless car- riages by presenting a little Lexington girl with a toy cart. Frequently refers to " arrival " as " comer. " Headlev, George W. Lexington, Ky. " Chesty; " " Baron Munchausen. " His mission in life is to make Kentucky better known. Of great good humor and quite a sport. Displays his executive ability by organizing hops in conjunction with Loughridge. Startled the mineralogy section by informing Col. T. that it snowed gold in Kentucky. Has a wonderful smile which he uses on the slightest provoca- tion, and is an all-round favorite. Has had some amazing experiences. 1904 THE BOMB 29 Howard, Clyde S Pine, Va. " Jasper; " " Maple Shade. " Famous as being well versed in ancient history by personal experience. Has seen twenty- four Summers and Lord only knows how many Winters. Can talk ' olumes on " Maple Shade Inn " and Pulaski County. The idol of Pulaski ' s swains and his V. M. I. training in affairs of the heart makes him come off always a winner. Can shut his eyes and by its presence tell you the number of grains on an ear of corn. Will probably be Virginia ' s next Secretary of Agriculture. Hundley, Walter M Farmville, Va. " Waldo. " Came to the V. M. L to escape the pen. Is sorry he escaped. A very conscientious young man. Has lately blossomed into quite a calic ' s man and has given out dark hints of what he is going to do finals. Endeavored to overcome Col. S. by the power of his logic, and. on the Colonel not proving amenable to reason, took up physical culture. Intends to rival Daniel Webster some day. 30 THE BOMB Vol. XX Johnson, E. Hammond Norfolk, Va. " Sluey; " " Hammond; " " Little Johnson. " Came to the Institute to play football, and. incidentally, to learn reactions. Holds first Jackson Hope in the athletic line, and as a student—- " Hush, " says Johnson. An exceedingly coy, graceful, young Tiian, and would like to be instructor in " Feminine Grace and Carriage " at Virginia College. Has a voice gentle and soft as a cooing dove in the Springtime ; his petiteness of voice is well matched with his correspondingly small foot — No. 12. Chil- dren ' s size? Of course. Kennon, William G Subletts, Va. " Dutchy. " A fair, flaxen-haired sort of youth. One whom Pope Gregory would have called an angel instead of an Angle, had . " Dutchy " lived at that time. When reciting, has a terrible frown, which often bears a striking resemblance to a thunder cloud in action. Has more mirrors than any one else in barracks. Uses all his spare time in arranging his hair, which curls about his temples despite his frantic efforts to make it lay flat. igo4 THE BOMB 31 LaPrade, W. Waverlev Otlerdale, Va. " Mrs. Chuck; " " Pring; " " Lord Chesterfield. " Fresh from the peanut fields of Chesterfield County, Va. Four years at the Institute has not improved his rural walk. Has cornered the gold-brick market and can talk exceedingly well on the temptations to be found in Lexington. Knows the ropes of city life, although on the day of his arrival at V. M. I. attempted to build a fire in a radiator and to blow out the electric light. Unfortunately, failed to accomplish the first, but succeeded in kicking out the latter. Lathrop, C. Barksdale Richmond, Va. ' Clem; ' Burlv Understudy to Joe Pennington. Greatest ambition is to shine ii Would like to become a preache that his chief function in life is eternity ; with this end in vie- earth the place below where w L the black 400 of Jackson Ward. r but hasn ' t the means, so decides to warn the race of the terrors of he will attempt to portray on e need no Winter clothes, by en- gaging 1 . the coal busi ; at Richmond, Va. 32 THE BOMB Vol. XX Leftwich, Lewis C Dallas, Va. " Slip. " Another problem from Texas. Realizes that " for vigor of conception " he must know the value of hyperbole. His use of this figure is not prompted by the " vigor of " reali- zation, " but rather by a desire to uphold his Texas reputation. His conversation often assumes a humorous turn, especially when he is in competition with Mr. Headley and Mr. Mahone. His artistic verbal productions inspire a nervous unrest in his auditors, but " Oh! how soft they are! " LOUGHRIDGE, SIDNEY A " Syd; " " Cockington. " Lexington Ky The pride of his native heath he is kno an invento ;Tho ; A. Edi- and has barracks. Ran enormously American Beauties, and Attar of Roses perfitr This generous genius is ever ready to help ked all the machinery aroimd debt for complexion w ash. during Easter. lers along, but wants so Ta! Svd! to ■ help him definition of love •Ta! 1904 THE BOMB ? McChord, William C Springfield, Ky. " Pat; " " Irish. " One of the best natured men in ' 04. Very graceful and of a retiring disposition. Having much ex- perience in raising children, he intends to spend his Summer lecturing to mothers ' clubs. He points with pride to Upshur and Worden as examples of his art. The only man in barracks who can wear Slewey ' s shoes. Mahone, William Petersburg, Va. " Vots; " " Billy; " " Money. " The " shark " of 1904. Has been the principal in more financial transactions than Pierpont Morgan ever dreamed of. . Has a secondary accomplishment, also ; believes that story-telling should be a profession and with this end in view, he is anxious to join and gain the prestige of Mr. Headley along this line. His Munchausen proclivities would make him an admirable journalist; but as the country is over-run with the " yellow peril, " he will probably content himself with his local reputation. 34 THE BOMB Vol. XX Marshall, Gilijert New Orleans, La. " Slip; " " Marcellus. " Our joke doctor. Could instruct Mark Twain when it comes to wit. His sweet smile and winning way make him the idol of New Orleans ' fair daughters. It requires the effort of his life to escape them. Has a bad memor ' and thinks every one else is afflicted the same way; always cautioning " Remember, that ' s a promise. " Also imagines that some of the " subs " are jealous of his beard. Has made many experiments trying to find a solution which will produce beards on " subs ' " faces. MoRT, John E Bristol, Va. " Death; " " Dead Man; " " Johnny. " Not as dead as his name would indicate. When it comes to hustling. " Johnny " shows himself to be as potent and resourceful as Lycurgus. Made a fine record in the academic department when a " Rat; " but found a student ' s life too " strenuous " and seceded. Now he is one of the true first-class privates, and always turns deathly pale at sight of a text-book. His thoughts rise in the Bomb. flow in a westerly direction through a football game, and enipt - into the latest novel. 1904 THE BOMB 35 Newman, John W Maryville, Va. " Johnny. " Should have been called " Little Dimples. " Another one with a large heart, A good advertisement of Pears Soap, and is — to use the feminine expression. " Oh, so sweet! " Of late, has done some very shocking things. Oh, no! nothing serious, only one of the electricity aggregation. Will bend all his energies toward establishing a " Society for Sending Shoe Buttons to the Indians and Summer underwear to the Esquimaux. " NoLAND, C. Powell Middleburg, Va. " Powell. " The man with a heart. Distributes his love as freely as Col. Tucker hands out 3 ' s in minerals. Would make an admirable editor of a matrimonial paper — at least, that ' s what his girl friends say. Spends one-half of his time in reading " Beauty Culture, " and you see the result. Will probably settle down as an amateur skirt-dancer or a Chinese Sunday- school teacher. 36 THE BOMB Vol. XX Orme, James B. L. Washington, D. C. " Booth Tarkington; " ' " Jemmie; " " Milord Gad. " Chief of our diplomatic corps. Has passed the august age of eighteen, and is also a member of the " Patriarchs ' Club. " " Milord " is killingly humorous, and his storage battery still runs when his dynamo gives out. He will enter theatricals next Fall in that soul-stirring melodrama: " Tommie Teadles on a Toot, " or ! ' Larry from London. " " HingHsh, " did you say? Owen Charles H Denniston, Va. " Dr. Buttinsky ; " " Dynamite. ' A high explosive of inert base. Is still guessing why Col. Strother asked him to recite in " Dynamite. " Would much rather be called " Gun- Cottun, " although he thinks the title would suit Mr. Loughridge a good deal better. Came to V. M. I. to rest after a hard life- campaign against the weaker sex of Halifax County.- Will pose next year as a living example of pure food — " Force. " 1904 THE BOMB 37 Page, Nathaniel B Boyce, Va. Di: " Butter. " The real cause which inspired Tha to write " The One Woman. " Prefers camp life to a dull exis- tence in barracks. A lady once anticipated leap year a little and paid him an evening call. It didn ' t take as it should have done, however, and Nat. shuns the sex now. Addicted to the use of the broad a, and " Bah Jove, it ' s great. " Pearson, D. Cecil Pearisburg, Va. " Danny O ' Cecy; " " Deacon. " It seems somewhat para- doxical, but this is a " Deacon " who is a " Devil. " Has the time of his young (?) life wherever he is. and is everybody ' s favorite. Says he doesn ' t believe in hell, because it would be foolish to have two places so much alike as Pearisburg and " Paradise Lost. " Finds life one sweet dream, and, in order not to disappoint so many women, will reside in Utah. THE BOMB Vol. XX Pennington, Cameron E. . . Pennington Gap, Va. " Gap. " From Pennington Gap. Can do a see-saw on a banjo which would make the inventor of that instrument blush with envy. Introduced the square dance at V. M. I., and is leader of the " German Band. " Doesn ' t chew, smoke, or drink, although he once entered a combination bar and restaurant and ordered a ham sandwich. Never attempts anything worse than flinch — Pennington Gap ' s " National Game. " Will inject a little martial spirit into the Hoge Militar - Academy boys next QuiGLEY, Thomas Paducah, Ky. " Quig; " " Tom. " He was bred in old Kentucky, where the breweries are not so few. He is a walking bureau of general information, but his specialty is bridge building. He has lately been accused of breaking a Washington girl ' s heart and he is expecting to be arraigned before court for the cruel act. We hope, however, that he will escape the " pen. " igo4 THE BOMB 39 Ragland, Reuben Petersburg, Va. " Rube. " The darling of the gods. Hails from Peters- burg. Not a countryman, though one would be led to believe so by his name and looks. Second only to the immortal Brinkle in the number and fervor of his love affairs. Carries on a vol- uminous correspondence with Roanoke. Has been correspond- ing with the Seven Sutherland Sisters for some time, but has about given up in despair. Will be one of the attractions at the St. Louis fair next October. RissER, R. Eugene Calvert, Tex. " Eugene. " The " Little Breeches " prodigy of ' 04. Re- lates monstrous tales of " Texas and the girls, " and frequently poses as the Colgate Perfume Company in miniature. A post- graduate in the art of love-making and is now coaching " Brinkle " in that branch of the service. Eugene and " Brink " will enter vaudeville in a one-act sketch entitled, " Through Thick and Thin. " Likes commercial life and hopes to succeed as a dealer in pasteboard and ivory. THE BOMB Vol. XX RoBY, ThoiMas W Norfolk, Va. " Spider; " " Barometer Tube; " " Mercurial. " A perfect example of columnar structure. On account of his slight avoirdupois, he can, with ease, chase an eel up a three-inch creek. Was once mistaken for a barometer, but the only thing that causes a rise of temperature in him is when he doesn ' t " max " his subject. Has an excellent sense of humor — particu- larly when ic cracks a joke. Once tried to induce Col. Strother to believe that horses were ten feet in height. Will soon publish a charming little ditty entitled, " Lewis and I. " Smoot, Arthur H Richmond, Va. " Long Tom; " " The Oak. " A tall young man with flaxen hair. Given to phenomenal streaks of luck when visiting 62. Dodges every time it thunders for fear he will be taken for a lightning rod. Very fond of sugar and girls. Looks after Nat. Page ' s morals and is very careful of him. ' Very good natured. unless some one asks him how it feels to look like a clothes pin. Has been known to eat cocoanut pie. 1904 THE BOMB Thomson, Paul J Summit Point, W. Va. " Rouge ' " Red; " " Pinky. " Our " burning and shining light. " A strawberry blonde, and great favorite with the girls who all wish his name were Elizabeth Ann. Once posed as a member of the Glee Club; loves to play baseball and football, but his father says he is at his best in instrumental music- playing on the parental cash register. Once asked a young lady " Was that you I kissed in the conservatory? " and wondered why she got mad. An excellent advertisement of an auction, or an emblem for a German singing society. Upshur, Alfred P. . Richmond, Va. " Willy Pete; Acquired renown Sergeant Upshur, assuming. Has r ' " Peterkin. " From down on the " Jeems. " ,vhen a Rat on account of being a brother of Another member of " 04 who is quiet and un- ;ver loved but once, although he " has sighed to many. " Ver ' fond of the ladies, and v " There ' s No Love Like the Old. " He. ali rowing tales of life at the " Old Sweet produced thi s issue of the B om b . eeps over the song, o, can recount har- One of the few who 42 THE BOMB Vol. XX WiLBOURN, Arthur E Lexington, Va. " Arthur. " From the backwoods of Lexirigton, and came to the Institute to learn the ways of moderns by contact. Like sonie of the rest of us exhibits traces of having aspired to shine in the military firmament — that is. if we may judge from the threads of former chevrons. Is deliriously fond of milk choco- late and, in citizen ' s clothes, wears a white carnation habitually. Williams, J. Stuart Lexington, Va. " Stoti; " " Sweet Marie. " A very coy young person whom life at the V. M. I. has been unable to spoil. Sports a very sweet smile if you can catch him off his guard. , His lair is in the library and he very seldom ventures out unaccompanied by Wilbourn, his chaperone. His book, " The Terrible Tale of an Ammeter, " will be out in a few months. igo4 THE BOMB 43 Wood, F. Travers Richmond, Va. Alias " Dimples; " Dreamy Eyes; " " Towser; " " Wood Hite. " Jessie James ' right hand man — bold and bad. Would like to be a debutante and frequently attempts to have dreamy eyes. Doesn ' t have much success at the latter, however, as he bears too strong a resemblance to the Katzenjammer Kids. Not succeeding with the ladies, he has decided to drown trouble either by becoming a tonsorial artist or writing " Jesse James " and " Diamond Dicks " for Street Smith, publishers. WoRDEN, Horace B Missoula, Mont. " Micky. " The original " Yellow Kid. " Believes in the supremacy of the Irish. Perhaps the smallest " Irish " of us all, and shows his fighting blood by becoming a paymaster in the U. S. Navy. Was caught in the rain once, got his head wet, and his hair rusted. Very bright and wears the smile which made Roosevelt famous. Would like to be a hero like the boy who " stood on the burning deck. " Wouldn ' t you, Mick? THE BOMB Vol. XX T. B. CONLYN 1904 THE BOMB 45 (§ur lEx-QIlafifimatfa. Allport, R. B. Caffee, M. W. Arnold, T. J. Carroll, J. V. Barrett, G. M Best, W. H. BOUTAY, W. N. Borden, P L. BovD, R. E. Boyd, T. M. boykin, n. y. Byrne, C. K. H. HuDGINS, R, S. Humphreys, O. L HuTTON, A. P. Hyatt, F. K. Jester, H. C. Jones, G. R. Kinney, A. W. Langhorne, W. H. LuM, E DlLLARD,W. W. Elstner, W. H. Farintosh, H. E. Flowers, U. G. Gantt, C. W. Glenn, W. Hagan, C. D. Harris, R. L Heafer, R. L. Hollingsworth, C. W Clem, J. L., Jr. Colbert, C. Collier, C. F. Cunningham, T. B. Dalton, M. a. Dargan, J. T., Jr. Dennis. N. C. Di Giorgio, S. Macfarlane, G. Mann, E, Marshall, H. McCORMICK, W. B. MURPHEY, A. F. Norton, C. H. Pace, S. A. Page, E. R. Potter, J. R. LuPE, J. H. Purman, D. O. 46 THE BOMB Vol. XX Richmond, W. F. Robertson, C. C. Ross, G. E. ROTTMAN, S. E. Sample, A. N. schwabe, h. a Scott, H. L. Scott, T. S. Semmes, T. M. Shelton, H. W. Shropshire, J. K, Sloan, J. Smoot, F. L. B. Taylor, H. S., Jr. Thomas, P. Vaughan, G. F. Watts, L. R. Weaver, W. White, H. S. Whiting, E. M. Whittle, H. D Wright, C. Yelverton, p. igo4 THE BOMB 47 3 xat (UlaaB Hftaturg. IT is absolutely impossible for me to " boil down " to the narrow compass of a few pages a complete histor}- of the Class of 1904. Such a chronicle would deservingly fill the space of volumes, and would, if carefully compiled, become one of the greatest literary productions of the age, a work which would prove a fountain of inspiration to the youth of America, arouse the admiration of all book-lovers at home and abroad, and exert a most salutary effect over the cannibals and Malays of the far East. It is hoped this achievement may be accomplished in the near future. However, since my time is limited, my space shortened, and my literary powers wanting, 1 can only touch, in a very feeble way, the most salient points in the career of the Class, leaving out many important occurrences, and happy reminiscences. 48 THEBOMB Vol. XX The advent of 1904 into Institute life was indeed stormy. Her mem- bers came together for the first time at a season when the comfort and happi- ness of all upper-classmen depended in a very great measure upon the indus- trious labor and never-flagging supply of amusement furnished them by the plebeian element, the Rats. For five long months these aspirants for military glory groaned under the weight of the broomstick and ramrod ; they worked long and diligently upon the rusty guns, slimy " dykes, " and scratched plates of their friends ; they traversed the fourth stoop many times each day from 105 to 120 in search of stamps, " Calic " paper, smoking material and various other articles which the old cadet chanced to need; they performed the services of chambermaid for every room in barracks each morning; they recited, sang, danced to the tune of " Jesus Lover of My Soul, " and per- formed many dramatic feats with an exhibition of rare talent. Antiquated exploits, these all ! How peaceful and serene the life of the Rat in this later day of reform and rectification ! What thrilling emotions of pride and satisfaction filled the breasts of ' 04 ' s members when at last the pains and aches of rathood came to an end; and they were clothed with the privileges and jurisdiction of third classmen ! It is a great day for the cadet when he takes this first long step in the ascendency and reaches the exalted ( ?) station of pompous gait, lordly airs, and deeds of daring. It is here the zenith of his self-importance, of his superiority, of his glory, is attained ; the dreams and ambitions of his Rat days are realized. As third classmen, the men of 1904 upheld past traditions in day-dreaming, parade-strutting. Rat-worrying, noise-making, " sub " -vex- ing, and various other exploits characteristic of newly-made and unenlight- ened old cadets. With age and experience these fancies and delusions dis- appear and are regarded as frivolous vanity, as idle conceit. It was in the third year of its growth and development that this Class exhibited the qualities which have already made it conspicuous, and which indicate that in the future its name will become famous in song and stor)-. At this stage, all nonsensical visions and youthful whims had vanished. The various achievements of this body of young knowledge-seekers in the sciences of Engineering, Chemistry, and Electricity, in the arts of gym. -fak- ing, recitation-bluffing, max-making, and block-running, need no comment. Everybody is familiar with the shock delivered to the sporting world by the gridiron battle between the rival Class teams, the " Snow P.irds " and the " Dew Drops. " The noble manner in which ' 04 won the championship over igo4 T H E B M B 49 other classes on the diamond is still an interesting topic of conversation in Lexington circles. I might mention another branch of strategy in which these men pos- sessed unparalleled clevereness. This natural inclination, just as essential to their existence as the presence of light and air, was the propensity to captivate, to charm, to hold the reins of absolute yet tender tyranny over all fair hearts with which they came in contact. Nothing short of the skill and foresight of future generals could possibly have wielded such undis- puted sway over all feminine fortresses. I come now to the narration of some of the incidents that have happened in the career of this heroic Class during the last and most momentous stage of its existence, during the period of its Seniority, of its supremacy as the First Class. The first classman is deservingiy the sovereign prince of the little realm in which he exists. Not only is he an object of awe and admira- tion in the eyes of the Rat, but he commands the reverence and adoration of second and third classmen as well. The plume, the sash, the drawn sword, the blues, the cape, the white paletot, the Saturday and Sunday night priv- ilege to visit in Lexington, these are symbols of his rank. As he looks back from this height of dignity upon the stepping stones — once mountain high in his path — and recalls the scenes of former difficulties and ordeals in his cadet life, he feels his efforts have not been in vain. The balmy breezes of September, 1903, found every member of ' 04 at his post beginning the struggle for the mastery of Geology, Crystallography, Bobbyology, Ratology, and Monkology. Some even went so far as to take up the subject of Boozology, in which science they became eminently dis- tinguished. The Class just here came under the mighty influence of a most enchanting Sunbeam, which had won great renown for its soothing and pacifying effect upon the idolaters and pagans of Cuba and the Philippines The radiant shower of reflected light from this pillar of strength, as it was firmly enthroned in a garden of misrule and " bad discipline, " shone forth like the glittering rays from a towering light-house on a stern and rocky coast. No one ever felt the influence of light emissions from this wonderful source more than did the privates of the Class of 1904. They felt it in the wee small hours of night when informed by the cheeky corporal it was time to go on guard ; they felt it in the severe and exhausting exercise of " Butts Manual ; " they felt it on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, when, instead of enjoying an exciting game of ball or paying their respects to their lady loves, so THE BOMB Vol. XX they spent the while gently pacing up and clown on those delightful ( ?) penalty tours, crooning softly to themselves : " Sunbeam, Sunbeam, thou hast no charms for me ; How I wish thou wert back across the sea ! " The furlough which came in October was greatly enjoyed by 1904, though her members regretted very much the cause of separation, and. above all, the condition of one of their number who was left behind. All turned out well, however, and the Class returned in November, once again to take up its duties. Christmas soon rolled around, and the First Class celebrated by giving the dreamy little town of Lexington a good old- fashioned serenade on Christmas-eve night. Then came the banquet at Hotel Lexington on the night of December 31st, an occasion wdiich shall ever live green in the memory of all participants. The Intermediate Re- views — but I will not recall their privation and hardship. Shortly after the work of the last term of the last year was commenced, the lives of these gallant lads were greatly cheered by the staying limits of a number of young ladies from A irginia College. No living man of science can compute the volume of tender emotions inspired within manly breasts and the momentum with which fair hearts were shattered upon this occasion. It is indeed a difficult matter to forecast the final results of complications which are not infrequently the outcome of Cupid ' s magic spell. This writer attempts noth- ing of the sort. But, dear reader, if vou should happen sometime to read in your morning paper of the happy culmination of a number of roiuantic courtships in which the names of Virginia College maidens and ' . M. I. Cadets of the Class of 1904 are freely mingled. I hope you will not be mystified. However much or little the fact mav be realized or thought about, the Cadet career of 1904 is rapidly drawing to a close. For the fourth and last time her members are seeing the grass become green, the buds swell, the flowers bloom, and the aroma of Springtime nestle down over Lexington and the Institute. A few more weeks and they will be no longer cadets but alumni, no longer soldier lads but citizens of a great country, with the joys and sorrows of school days replaced by the grim responsibilities and perplex- ing problems of industrial occupations. The tides of fortune will drift them far apart, yet not so far that they will not still be bound by the insoluble ties of fraternal comradeship into one endless chain, joined with one proud link to 1904 THE BOMB 51 their noble old Aluia Mater. Their future is unwritten and unknown. With bright prospects and under an auspicious star they will begin the voyage on life ' s perilous sea. May the Sun of Glory shine around them and the gates of plenty, honor, and happiness be open to them ; may they ever adhere to the principles which have now been wrought into characters, and, in after years may they be pointed out not only as representative men of the alumni of the Virginia Military Institute, but as men commensurate with the greatness of the American Republic. wmmMi THE BOMB Vol. XX (Ulaaa of 1905. Colors: Old Gold and Royal Purple. C. H. Loop President H. T. Eglin Vice-President J. M. Marshall Historian Booker, Woodpin Hampton. Va. Bowles, H Ward Detroit, Mich. Camp, John M Franklin, Va. Carlton, Harry Centralia, Va. Conrad, Robert Y Winchester, Va. Craighill, M. Langhorne Lynchburg, Va. Eglin, Henry T Lewinsville, Va. Hagan, Carroll D Richmond. Va. Herman, J. Allan . . . . ' Danville, Va. HoBsoN, George R Ashland, Va. HuDOiNS, Robert S Hampton, Va James, Russell , Danville, Va. LaMont, Louis C Quanah, Tex. Loop, Chester H. Chattanooga, Tenn. Marshall, Joseph M Norfolk, Va. Martin, Rorer J Axton, Va. Matthews, R. Leslie Bowie, Tex. Merritt, James A Vallejo, Cal. MoRisoN, RuFus A Gate City, Va. Owen, R. Alex L}nichburg, Va Perkins, Kenneth S ■ ■ • Norfolk, Va. Perry, J. Newman Washington, D. C. Steele, Frank B Keystone, W. Va. Via, J. Thomas Woolwine, Va. Wha-rton, John O Dallas, Tex. Willis, W. Taylor Gordonsville, Va. 1904 THEBOMB 55 il iatorg at 1905. WELL, here we are again and although we have lost, we regret to say, some of our best men in going through it, we have come out on top twice, and it is only a few months ' time before we put on our blues and become men of the mighty First. After having looked forward to that pleasure for nearly three years, it hardly seems possible that the time is reall} ' coming. There is not much to write about in this history, except hopes of soon to be — but what is the use of riding again on that same old broken-down wagon. In athletics, this year 1905 has come out better than ever before. Our men have stood well when compared with the men of the other classes. In football we were represented by Steele, Conrad, James, and Merritt, and they all did their part toward holding up the colors of V. M. L Although we lose this ' ear most of our best men, we hope to make the team of 1905 a success. In baseball we were not so lucky ; the only man who went out was Conrad. On the gymnasium team we had Craighill, Morison, Wharton, and James. They are all good men in the gymnasium and stood up in the best places on the team. Among the names of the track team, another new feature this year, we hope to see the names of Merritt and Conrad. With this representation in the Second Class we feel that we will come forward next year and bring glory to the Institute of which we are so justly proud. Having laid aside all childishness and now taken up a more settled and dignified course, we look back upon our celebration of December 9, 1902, as a pleasant memory ; but long will the memory of the doings of that night remain with all of us. Each and every member of old ' 05 is proud to say that they helped, when their help was needed, to make it a perfect success. We gave up all such frivolities upon leaving the Third Class. Although not having a reputation of being a hard-working class, we all agree that there has been more work done this year and less failures than in the two pre- S6 THE BOMB Vol. XX ceding years. I tell you we are coming, and our expectations tend toward great things for next year. Nothing of more than passing interest has happened this year in our Class about which I care to write. We started to work early in September and are still at it, giving out the best we have. We were as glad as any one to get the furlough in October, and I expect had as good a time as any one else while away. Dear reader, I do not know how I can further wear out your patience, so, as Mr. Miller says — " Here ' s to you. " Historian. M iW |Wp;H ulmfv f jjuiOiiKMUAT ' n Si il! J Q Imm wFk i jfflpHft ffl ■ m M tB M J l m 1904 THE BOMB (EkHH nf lane. Colors : Silver-Gray and Maroon M. T. Jones Pi-esident W. R. Cocke Vice-President J. W. Peyton Historian Allen, A. Holmes Summit Point, W. Va. Angle, James M Towanda, Pa. Atwill, Charles B Kinsale, Va. Avres, H. Fairfax Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Bain, Thomas A Norfolk, Va. Barron, E. Murdock Goldsboro, N. C. Bell, Archibald H ; Mt. Sidney, Va. Bell, Caleb B Shawboro, N. C. Belt, Haller Dallas, Tex. Blakely, Albert T Griffin, Ga. Blanton, Frank S . Farmville, Va. Blow, George A. Gloucester County, Va. BoGART, Robert D Little Rock, Ark. Brooke, Frank C. Warrenton, Va. Buchanan, John P Marion, Va. Biii KNER, S. Bolivar Rio, Hart County, Ky. Burroughs, R. Bernard Portsmouth, Va. Burruss, Eugene L Norfolk, Va. Caffee, Mahlon W Carthage, Mo. Campbell, Arthur G Lexington, Va. Carr, Harrison F Newport News, Va. Chewning, a. Garland Roanoke, Va. Clement, Joseph T Charleston, S. C. Cocke, William R. C Bremo Bluff, Va. Cox, Robert W Huntington, W. Va. Davant, Harry W Roanoke, Va. Davant, William T Roanoke, Va. Dewey, Ernest M Goldsboro, N. C. THE BOMB Vol. XX DoDsoN. R. Stearns Norfolk, Va. DosTER, John Topeka, Kans. Doyle, Walter H Norfolk. Va. Dykeman, Conrad F Brooklyn, N. Y. Ellerson, W. Roy Richmond, Va. Ellett, Tazewell, Jr Richmond, Va. Eraser, W. Gerard San Antonio, Tex. Fudge, Caleb S Chicago, 111. GooDLOE, Tavenor B Big Stone Gap, Va. Gunnell, George F Louisa. Ky. ■ Hess, Raymond V Sioux City, Iowa Jackson, Charles S Parkersburg, W. Va. James, Jules Danrille, Va. Jamison, Peyton T Roanoke, Va. Jones, Marshall T Everett, Pa. Judd, M. Hubert Dalton, Ga. Kahn, Lucian L Cincinnati, Ohio Kimberly, Allen Fort Monroe. Va. Leftwich, Will H Dallas, Tex. Leon, J. Waldo . . ■ Key West, Fla. Lyerly, Ballard Chattanooga, Tenn. Maeder, William A Pittsburg, Pa. Marston, D. Warren Toano, Va. Mecredy, H. Edwards Roanoke, Va. Montgomery, William M Frankfort, Ky. Moss, A. Hugh Lake Charles, La. Nash, John Portsmouth, Va. Nichols, W. Robert Petersburg, Va. Noble, Edward M Montgomery, Ala Nottingham, Lucius S Sea View, Va. Otey, Kirkwood Lynchburg, Va. Pace, Homer E Corsicana, Tex. Peyton, James W Charlottesville, Va. Phister, Laurance H Maysville, Ky. Polk, Lucius J., Jr Galveston, Tex. Rankin, Roger Kansas City, Mo. RoELKER, Edward P Washington, D. C. RoELOFS, Henry V. du H. Philadelphia, Pa. Ross, Jack F., Jr Mobile, Ala. Rountree, Harry H Sherman, Tex. Ruckman, Douglas J Monongah, W. Va. Saunders, Edmund A Richmond, Va. Schneider, Carl G Ortonville, Minn. Smoot, Charles C Alexandria, Va. Snead J. Cleland. Lj nchburg, Va. 1904 THE BOMB 61 Sparks, James D Spragins, William E. . . Sprague, Henry H. . . . Stafford, Fred D. . . . . Sutherland, E. Ross . . Tabb, Paul .... Taliaferro, A. Barclay Taylor, John R Wall, Stanley West, Harrington K. . , Whiting, G. W. Carlyle Whitney ' , G. Harold . . Wilson, Gary R Wilson, Fred W Winchester, Thomas H. . Wise.Byrd D WoLFSON, William . . . Yost, Howard McC. . . - . Fort Smith, Ark. . . Huntsville, Ala. . . Scarsdale, N. Y. . Chattanooga, Tenn. . . . Marmora, Va. . . . Hampton, Va. .... Nasons, Va. Fredericksburg, Va. . . Buck Lodge, Md. . . Lexington, Ky. . . . . Marshall, Va. . . . Lexington, Ky. .... Norfolk, Va. Chattanooga, Tenn. Macon, Ga. . New York, N. Y. . . Key West, Fla. . . . Massillon, Ohio -.- ■--- g mlBi% V. ' 1904 THEBOMB 63 tBtnrg at 1905. OUR arrival this year was hailed with no small delight ( ?) by the Corps and all others in authority. The " Rat " has dropped his tail, but methinks the stump remains, as we find it hard to accustom our- selves to the habits of that superior individual known as the " Old Cadet. " Our enrollment has slightly diminished since last year. Some stayed away on account of a too abundant harvest of 3 ' s of last year ' s crop ; others probably sought for regions more suitable to lovers of ease ; and one or two remained at home because " all of us can ' t be cor ' p ' rals. " These probably didn ' t appreciate the glory in that much-abused maxim — " It ' s the man be- hind the gun who does the work. " However, we have been reinforced from several unexpected but entirely welcome sources. Fifteen very respectable Rodents and seven of last year ' s third-class roof-garden party have joined us, so we are not so small as might otherwise be expected. The third-classman is primarily a strutter ; wherever he is, whether at drill, dress parade, or penalty-tour, he struts. If he can ' t get out to show himself to others, he will strut in his room. Wherever he is he will make himself heard and appreciated ( ?). This description almost affirms that the third-classman is conceited — and he is. He reminds one of the historical fly who, seated on the wheel of Caesar ' s chariot, exclaimed, " What a dust i do raise. " Secondarily, the third-classman is a devil incarnate. His chief occupa- tion consists in performing various experiments on unsuspicious, sheep-eyed Rodents. Dog tails and tin cans are magnets toward which he is drawn with irresistible force. Sky-rockets and bombs explode whenever he happens to be near them. But enough of this. Third Class histories are usually nothing but ac- counts of pyrotechnic displays and other ceremonies of a like nature, so I 64 THEBOMB Vol. XX will spare the reader as much as possible by not entering too much into detail. In athletics we furnish our full quota of men, being well represented in baseball, football, g_vmnasium, and track teams. Amateur athletics are also great sources of fun for us. Two stalwart teams, the Grays and Maroons, had a ver}- fierce game of football one rainy afternoon. I had the honor of belonging to the Grays, playing the respon- sible position of right-guard. During the first half, however, I was igno- miniously carried .to the side-lines amid the jeers of the spectators, and my position was filled by a substitute. Soon afterward, however, I was again smiled upon by fickle Fortune. One of the Grays was lifted about ten feet into the air and deposited in the lap of Mother Earth. Her lap happened to be holding a rock at the time, and the hapless youth, falling in her lap, natu- rally coincided with the rock. I was now reinstated and supported (?) my position until the end of the game. We retired from the field covered with victory, to say nothing of considerable Rockbridge County mud. And so passes the time. In this maiden attempt at a literary production I have expended much labor and not a few good old English " cusses. " I have endeavored to give a clear idea of a third-classman ' s life at the Institute. Our relations with the Rats have not been told here, but that is an old story and may well be omitted. Except in shooting a few bombs and indulging in one or two very inartistic paintings we have not engaged very freely in third-class antics, and we are now looking forward to the time when our weight in the school will be more significant. Hoping that you may experience as much pleasure in the reading as i have the alternating pain and despair in the writing, I am ■ Yours, very weary. Historian, ' o6. 1904 THEBOMB 6s aikHH of mr. Colors : Light Blue and Gold. William E. Riley • ■ ■ ... ■ ■ President Chas. G. Paul Vice-President Leb Dekle Historian Adams, Holcoimbe C Lynchburg, Va. Adams, Mayrant Jackson, Miss. Albert, H. Greenway Baltimore, Md. Aldridge, J. Howard Dallas, Te.x. Armfield. Dennis F .-. Fayetteville, N. C. Armistead, M. William Churchland, Va. Armstrong, Reuben C Vicksburg, Miss. Barksdale, Wistar W Brooklyn, Va. Barrett, Robert C Smithfield, Va. Barry, Arthur P Fort Monroe, Va. Beard, Carl G Millpoint, W. Va. Beckner, Hickman Winchester, Ky. Beverley, J. Gray Winchester, Va. BoAZ, J. Irving Covesville, Va. Boselly, Chester I Brooklyn, N. Y. Brevard, R. Joseph .... . Charlotte, N. C. Campbell, Moncure Amherst, Va. Carney, W. Bruce Churchland, Va. Charlton, S. Allen Dallas, Tex. Church, Louis M. Washington, D. C. Claggett, S. R Lexington, 111- CocKRELL, Monroe F Dallas, Tex. CoRDz, D. Henry . , Birch Tree, Mo. Curtis, Le Grand B . New York, N. Y. Daniels, Frank B Goldsboro, N. C. Davenport, A. Rutherford Richmond, Va. Dekle, Leb Thomasville, Ga. THE BOMB Vol. XX Dexter, George L Dallas, Tex. Dunbar. R. Battaille Augusta, Ky. Duncan, Jack G. . . Columbus, Tex. DuNLAP, Ross Whittier, Cal. Dunlap, W. Allan Lexington, Va. Early, Jubal A Lynchburg, Va. Effinger, Williams L Baltimore, Md. Ellerson, Douglas G Richmond, Va. Etheridge, David M Norfolk, Va. Field, Scott Calvert, Tex. Fisher, Ralph A Pensacola, Fla. Frey, H. Mast Springfield, Ohio Fulton, George H Nettle Ridge, " a. Gay, Julius B Montgomery, Ala. GiFFEN, D. Everett Wheeling, W. Va. Gill, William H Round Hill, Va. Gombert, James G ■ - • Houston, Tex. Gordon, John M Bryan, Tex. Graves, Henry L Atlanta, Ga. Greer, Joseph E Peoria, 111. Hancock, Ammon G Lynchburg, Va. Harrison, Gunyon M Fredericksburg, Va. Harvey, Harry H Huntington, W. V a. Harvey-Elder, Dudley . Los Angeles, Cal. Haskell, T. Sheafe Derby Line, Vt. Hundley, J. Phillips Lebanon, Ky. Hutchinson, D. Osborne Pittsburg, Pa. IR VIN, Reginald F ' Philadelphia, Pa. Jamison, Stanford C New Orleans, La. Johnson, William P Petersburg, Va. Johnson, William R Crescent, W, Va. Jones, Alc;ek Dallas, Tex. Kaim, Charles E Dallas, Tex. Kinder, Warren L Bridgeville, Del. Langstaff, James D Paducah, Ky. Loop, John E Chattanooga, Tenn. Lowe, Russell L Baltimore, Md. Lyerly, Charles A Chattanooga, Tenn. McCoRMiCK, Howell B Uniontown, Pa. McFerren, William Hoopeston, 111. McKusick, John C Bemidji, Minn. Major, Julian N Mitchells, Va. Manry, Herbert C Courtland, Va. Markham, Fred S Houston, Tex. Marshall, R. Allen Norfolk, ' a. ujiKi T H E B M B 69 MoxTG(.).MEKv, James VV Frankfort, Ky. MoKKis, Eu(;i;xE Watseka, 111. Nash, James H ■ Charleston, W. Va. O ' Reilly, J. Devereux New Orleans, La. Parker, Miltox Bryan, Tex. f ATTox, George S Los Angeles, Cal. Paul, Charli:s G. Harrisonburg, Va. Perkixs, Edwarh C Mexico City, Mex. Polk, Hakmlvg Fort Worth, Tex. PuTXEV, Stei ' hex Richmond, Va. Raxkix, Earl Kansas City, Mo. Rhodes, Jonx I Riverlon, Va. Riley, Villl .1 L Bloomington, 111. Rose, Philii ' L Yonkers, N. Y. RowE, Irvixg a Troy, N. Y. RoYSTER, Tho.mas H .... Norfolk, Va. Serrell, Tho.mas E Norfolk, Va. Sl(i( i.Mi ' ., C. Dewey Goldsboro, N. C. S.MiTH, Calvix M Rogersville, Tenn. S.MITH, J. mes M, ....... Pocahontas, Va. Stevexs, Owex B Atlanta, Ga. Stras, Beverly W. . Tazewell, Va. Stude, Alphoxse J Houston, Tex. Sydxok, Leslie W Staunton, Va. Tai ' .ii, Hexry a Roanes, Va. Taliafirro, T. Carsox Charlotte, N. C. Tate, William P . . ' Pulaski City, Va. Taylor, R. Pierce Lake City, Fla. Thaxter, Alax . . . . . ' Portland, Me. Towxes, Joh.x E Petersburg, Va. Wells, Edward L. , . Charleston, S. C. White, J. Stuart Warrenton, Va. WiLLi. Ms, Roy R Columbus, Tex. WiLi.iAMsox, Paxton G Mt. Jackson, Va. WiLsox, William V St. Louis, Mo. WixsTox, G. Otis Washington, D. C. ZuFALl,, S. JoHX Meycrsdale, Pa. IQ04 THE BOMB 71 iftHtorg of i9nr. To me has been given the honor of portraying the fortunes and mis- fortunes of the Class of ' 07, which I am sure some one else could do with greater facility than I. But as fortune favors, and with a prayer to the Muse of history, I will thus begin : With the advent of the scholastic year of 1904, a new class was entered into the dear old V. M. L, which is destined — if it follows in the footsteps of its predecessors, the present first class — to rank with one of the best ever turned forth from its Alma Mater. From a motley assembly of Rats gathered within her portals, she has transformed them into very respectable looking cadets, though it must be added that upon arriving we were a set of very green ones — so green that the surrounding turf was filled with envy. A few little incidents will tend to produce a livelier realization of this fact. During the last part of September, while at supper roll-call, the first sergeant of A Company (as is usually his custom) read out the guard detail for the following day, adding the word " supe " to the last man mentioned. This a Rat had noticed for the past month, and was heard to exclaim, when rest was given: " Gee! that Mr. Supe certainly does have to go on guard a lot. " Also of one who, when questioned by his corporal what he should do if an automobile came through the arch, answered " He would come to charge bayonets and puncture the tire. " The one occurrence which marred the peaceful existence of the Class happened on a calm night in January, when, as if by chance, all had to go forth on errands of importance. Imagine the hubbub and medley of sounds caused by the reports being made at the same instant, and, as Fate would have it, the matter was investigated and decided w holly unnecessary and not a strange coincident after all. This decision brought a few unwelcome tours to most of our members, who took them with stoical indifference, explaining that it gave one such nice appetites to take little constitutionals. THE BOMB Vol. XX In athletics " 07 has done remarkably well, considering its vouthfulness, having furnished members to all the teams during the present season, and it is hoped that it will continue this good record and, with the coming years, give its share to the mainstay of the V. AI. I. We are also proud to state that in our Class are contained many who have advanced well in the sciences, but more especially renowned are those who have made it famous in the distinction of having mastered the difficult art of riding the gim, this being done so remarkablv well that it puts any hitherto unblemished record to shame. In conclusion, I would like to state that we are greatly indebted to our professors for the kind assistance rendered us in our work, and it is earnestly hoped that the Class will always meet with fortune (but not her daughter) and that guardian spirits of the V. j I. I. hovering over its annals, may, in after years, point with honor and favor to those inscribed under the head of ' 07. Historian, ' 07. 1904 THE BOMB ISprapttulattnn. Virginia Texas Kentucky West Virginia ... . . North Carolina Tennessee ■. District of Columbia ... 8 Pennsylvania .... R Illinois T Missouri ... New York Georgia f. Maryland • ■ e Alabama California Florida Ohio Arkansas Mississippi Delaware . . . Iowa Kansas Michigan . . ! Montana Vermont Total 286 74 THE BOMB Vol. XX W. W. LaPRADE. igi 4 THEBOMB 77 A ilpminiBrpttrp. To a fellow who has been playing a game of deviating chance with the counter forces of adversity and prosperit}-, and who, in the three vears that have elapsed since he kicked a hole in his dress hat and donned the dike of a civilized human being, has not seen the scenes of early militarv servitude, a visit to his Alma Alater is a treat worth many times the expense of making it. After serving a short apprenticeship at a famous knowledge factory located in the moimtains of Tennessee, where mv duties required that 1 should be the general spiritual adviser, executioner, and teacher of some one hundred and thirt} ' young reprobates ; after becoming thoroughh ' convinced that the art of pedagogy, though noble, was the long suit of some one else, and taking myself to chasing the butterfly of newspaperdom, then leaving that and plunging into the bottomless pit of law and politics, I had occasion, in the Spring of this year, to be called on business to the National Winter resort for American statesmen on the banks of the Potomac. Business being completed there, the idea entered my head to drop by the village of the im- mortal Lee, Jackson, and Shipp, and see again the places where I once trod the paths of glory — in the court-yard. Experience as a lawyer, accompanied by reading of the works of famous detectors of crime, has convinced me that criminals will invariably return to the scenes of their early misdeeds. After a lapse of several vears, they very often return, drawn by an irresistible fascination, and gloating over the place where they took a life or committed a daring robbery, are captured and brought to justice. This is true of a ' . M. I. Alumnus, for, although I fancied that the castle-like structure held but little in which I was interested, I could not resist the strong impulse, the overwhelming desire, and the deep wish to return and go over the familiar ground again. In manv of mv doings I have but little time for thought. Perhaps, if I had more, I would 78 THEBOMB Vol. XX not have gone three hundred miles out of my way, but with me it is usually a wish, an action, a success or a defeat. I went to Lexinsfton. The Union Station at the metropolis, into which the " jerk-water " B. O. pulled, had not changed a particle in the past three years. The same three or four Negroes were hanging aroimd it, the same employees of the road, and the same vehicles were there. I smiled as I thought of the time when, some seven years before, I had ridden to town in the hotel bus, feeling ver} ' much like some of the French politicians felt when taking a trip in the tumbril to seek the solace of Madame Guillotine. I walked this time to the Institute. A colored citizen of the town carried my belongings. Things were familiar to me. The streets especially were so well known that I felt out of place being out of barracks. I rambled on, through the turnstile at the church, across the grounds of the White and Blue aggregation, and around a walk to the office of mv friend the o-ood old General. " Ee, come in, " was the familiar response I got. I knocked at the door of the holy of holies timidly, I must confess. I went in and found the man who presides over the Institute. Unchanged, except perhaps by a trifling streak of gray around his forehead, he extended his hand, but it was not the " Old Billy " I once knew, and who knew me so well, because, as he once remarked, he " saw so much of me. " No, things were different. I saw only the friend, the instructor whose learning I had heeded not, the foster father whose advice I had scorned, the commander whose orders I had not obeyed. Then R. E. Gret paid me his respects. It is a peculiar thing that when one meets his old teachers he finds that all the time he spent in knocking them would have been valuable if he had used it in some other way, and that they were right and he was wrong, and what great things he could have done, — well, experience, and hard ex- perience at that, is the only school where any sense is knocked into an body. I found that I had a friend in the man I never knew until I graduated. 1 saw for a moment his responsibility, realized his situation and left him. feeling that I was a better man and knowing that up in the mountains of igo4 THEBOMB 79 the Old Dominion State I had a well-wisher who followed all of " his boys " with affectionate pride, and that none who ever left his custody could " do things " without his feeling a paternal interest in what they did. God bless the old man ; may he welcome many alumni back, and may his years be as long as the number of graduates who love and revere him. I hadn ' t seen the statue before. It looked well and proves a fitting ornament, showing a wealth of genius in sculptural design and a fitting tribute to the boys who gave their lives for a discussion to whose settlement the arbitrament of the sword was resorted, and who lost, though fame shall ever cherish their names on the highest rolls of honor of the courageous, tlie brave, and the noble. Through the arch; the court-yard; the man on " quarter. " Lord, my mind commenced traveling back three, four, five, and six years, at an aston- ishing rate. It was the same old court-yard. Paths of glory, which led but to the dissolution of well-earned demerits, loomed up as if to invite my stalwart tread again. I almost wondered if I would have to walk any more before I went home. I looked around the quadrangle, and I nuist confess something arose in my throat that made me straighten my tie. Memories flooded over me, and then I looked again, and although fancied forms were flitting from door to door, all I loved seemed gone, never again to return. Barracks was an empty tomb, a monument to forgotten heroes, a sepulchre of pleasant days and happy ones, too. I missed my classmates. I missed faces of those who were gone, God knows where ; I saw the empty playhouse, but the actors were missing. I swallowed the lump, and almost wished I had stayed at home. " But, " I reflected, " these fellows, though since added, are at heart the same crowd. I ' 11 be a cadet again. " I drifted into several rooms. Not one I entered but whose walls brought back a tender memory of the happiest days of my life ; not one but, had i So THEBOMB Vol. XX time to tell them, I could have related to the occupants stories which would have kept me at work for a week. I climbed up to the third stoop. Down the never-to-be-forgotten gallery, whose doors and railing seemed to smile a wel- come and invite me to again live in the quadrangle, I roamed into my old room — 78. Seemed natural, too, and I could almost imagine that I was com- ing in from class to see if I couldn ' t outvote the crystal element and attempt to bluff Colonel Xs. out of at least a six. I entered the room hurriedly, for I could fancy that the Rat in the court-yard was thinking in his mind ' s eye that he could get a good corp by socking it to me for standing in the doorwa}-. Natural ? Well. I should say. I could see the place where dust would invariably accumulate at S. M. I. ; I could see where " Xat " Goodwin put his cot ; could see a thousand things, where loved articles were kept ; then I blew into the back room and met the occupants. They were good fellows. They couldn ' t have been otherwise and had those old walls looking down on them ever • da •. The - didn ' t mind my sitting with them, so I drew a chair up to the window and looked out across the mountains, seeing the places where Xat and I rambled on Sunday afternoons, and even other afternoons for that matter. As I looked, mv cigar chopped from my hands ; a mist seemed to sur- round everything, and even the clock on the wall seemed to be performing strange antics, its hands revolving backward at the rate of a million revolu- tions a minute. I became momentaril} dizz}-, then the mist began to clear. I looked at myself. Even I was changed. The frock coat I had worn there was no longer black. Its place was taken by one of the art dc la mode pro- ductions of my old friend Adams. Nly trousers had become gray and a black remnant of a stripe adorned each side. I couldn ' t realize it, but I had undergone a wonderful change. I almost shouted. I was a cadet ag-ain. Frizzly-pated " Nat " was bustling around cleaning up. He was a regu- lar old maid, and was too fond of working to ever call in the neighbors, as I had (lone. ? Iy bed was still down, for being a first-class private in the good old days, I had cut B. R. C. cold, and had not made the acquaintance of the igo4 THE BOMB 8i seductive reveille. It seemed about eight-thirty. A neglected engineering book lay on the table, and I was wondering what Bobby would do to me when I told the sad, sad story. Gosh, I had been reading- a novel all the night before, and Colonel- Ns. had given a terrible bunch of impossibilities in niinerals. Bang ! bang ! bang ! Some one w as knocking at the ceiling of the room below. It came again, and a deep voice calls : " Come to the window in seventy-eight. " I respond, and Irish McCabe looks up, with a sn-iile, and says : " Say, Peck, what ' s the lesson in Minerals to-day? " " Damfino, Irish, " I reply : " why the deuce don ' t you fellows down there take a day off occasionally and mark your lessons. Tell Muchetta Godfrey and Eddie Cannon I say come to the window. " They con-ie. " You folks got any tobacco? " I ask, and, upon a reply in the affirmative, the - fill a tin box I let down to them on a string, and I an-i happy for I ' ve got my morning smoke. It " s most time to wash up and go to class ; in fact, I see Johnny standing in the arch with his bugle, so I commence to prepare for Bobby, wondering all the time if we can ' t get him to lecture. A bump on the wall above from io8 jars us, and a sleepy voice calls out : " Peck, come to the window. " Now, I know that among all of the occupants of that room, only one voice can sound as sleepily as that. Only one man, I know, has slept through breakfast, only one bummer up there can hit the floor like that. " Woolly sheep " Sheppard is a captain ; he didn ' t stay from breakfast. It would have broken Shep ' s heart to have had some one else give comn-iands to his com- pany. " Ruck " Rucker was too fond of feed to shake breakfast, for Xat had just told me that " Ruck " was boned for catching the battalion on the way to the mess hall. I have no doubt in my mind at all who the voice be- longs to as I open the window. It is as I expect. The unbrushed hair, long and wavy ; the sleepy eyes, the bath-robe, belong to " Jawn " Cabell, a most commendable private, possessing all of the cjualifications for slackness which characterized the shoulder-to-shoulder element who did business together in 1901. " Why the devil didn ' t you come clear through the floor, " I enquire. The voice of " Jawn " gets eloquent : " Peck, " he says, " I am a starving n-ian. I detailed seven Rats to bring me my breakfast, and there didn ' t a d — d one of them show up. Did any of your Rats bring you anything? If they did, for God ' s sake divide up. " 82 THE BOMB Vol XX ■■ I am surprised, " I remark. " that yon keep such lax disciphne in your camp. My Rats brought enough to feed the corps. Pass }-our clothes-bag down, and your life is saved. " I see the blue clothes-bag suspended. I see the hungry waiting to be fed. I see the dishevelled hair. The picture is so real that I proceed to comply with his request, and even reach for a bottle half filled with coffee, which was placed on the radiator by that Rat Dawley. I proceed to administer to his relief, when — I rub my eyes. A tap on the glass door of the front room brings the occupants of the room to their feet. I am no longer a cadet : I had been losing myself in reminiscences. Ye gods, I am nothing but a plain citizen, and — " Caf ' tain John Cabell has inspected as O. C. " I gaze at his retreating martial form, and I can hardly help saying " 1 11 be . " Time worketh many wonderful changes. Henry Peck Fry, Class of iQOi. n :h • mi S4 THE BOMB Vol. XX R. RAGLAND. igo4 THEBOMB 85 1. iH. 31. Jablea tit B»lattg. FABLE THE FIRST. (The old gag about the Hare and the Snail, or the story of Percival and WilHani.i At a military joint located in a most God-forsaken part of a certain old State where no " second families " were ever known to exist, and where everybody is kin to some- one, and all used to be the whole cheese, even if they are only the wrapper at present, there blew in one September morning, on the Archaic relic known as a railroad train, two young men. This pair wished to be thrown into the bunch of folks, there to either be made useful to the sawbones fraternity or to be heroes and wise guys. The first of the twain was a large, barrel-like young man, who, in default of a better name, will be called Percival, although fond parents had called him Percy. Percy was fond of getting busy with his lamps and learning all the books had in them. He was a wise offshoot of a brilliant man. Percy was sent to the place to study and lay the foundation for future greatness. The other specimen was named William, and had been transported to the military-knowledge factory because he had already passed a fine examination in cussedness, and could tell you every time what beat a straight. He also knew a high ball from a psalter. This pair arrived, and after going through the experiences common to long-haired animals at the prison they settled down, Percy to study hard, William to break the rules and enjoy life. Percy soon took the front rank, doing all kinds of stunts with calculi, and the way he could sling Old Bobby ' s board full of figures was something to make you sick. Percy led his classes, and was soon a brilliant student. William got found every year, and was in the bull section in everything. Percival boned. William got it done to him. Percival ran zero. William didn ' t do that except in his classes. Percy was a high officer. William spent most of his leisure time in the courtyard trying to see how far it was from the sentry box to the first stoop, and calculating how many pennies somebody knocked down on shoe leather. Each in his line made good and handed out a good package of the merchandise. Finally the game broke up. Both of the two were thrown on the cold world. Percy knew all about mathematics, William got a dip by the grace of the Lord and the oversight of the Faculty. Percy secured a position as teacher in a school at thirty per. William got a small job, then a bigger one, got into politics, learned how to call everybody by his first name, chew tobacco, kiss a baby and say grace at the same time He could carry a church on one shoulder and a barrel of soothing syrup on the other, and, in short, became a good citizen. Percy kept on teaching, and soon was the most brilliant teacher in the place at sixty per. Bill went to Congress, helped steal a railroad, and, retiring with several millions, was known as a captain of industry and Napoleon of finance. When last heard of he endowed the school Percy is teaching in for several thousand to establish a chair of political economy. Moral. — The guy with a head full of higher mathematics often can not turn them to the price of a ham sandwich. THE BOMB Vol. XX H. C. CALCUTT. 1904 THE BOMB 89 1. il. 31. 19fl4-(!Ikaa lanqupt. Thursday, December 31, 1903, Ten O ' clock. Hotel Lexington. OYSTERS OM HALF-SHELL SWEETBREADS FRIED OYSTERS QUAIL ON TOAST GREEN PEAS SHERRY PUNCH MILITAN CRANBERRIES TOMATOES WITH MAYONNAISE TOKAY POTATO STRAWS HOT ROLLS MUSHROOM PATTIES SARATOGA CHIPS CELERY SALAD ALMONDS CAKE CAFE NOIR OLIVES ORANGES CHEESE PICKLES NESSELRODE PUDDING NUTS RAISINS CRACKERS BEATEN BISCUITS CIGARETTES go THE BOMB Vol. XX ulnaata. Toastmaster, L. C. Leftwich Alma Mater Reuben Ragland Subs Captain Paul Our Class Samuel Funkhouser Ladies T. Croxton Gordon Dips W. C. McChord Athletics E. Hammond Johnson The Woes of the First Class Private G. Marshall Original Poem Nick Harris Past, Present, Future E. C. Caldwell Auld Lang Svne. 1904 THEBOMB 91 U- ii. a(. 1904— (ElasH lanquFt. The custom of First Classmen performing some common deed by which to render the incoming of their graduating year imperishable in the memory has very happily been firmly established in the Institute. Preceding classes, on New Year ' s eve, have given grand pyrotechnic displays, or in some other appropriate way have observed and celebrated the dying hours of the old year and welcomed with rejoicing the first moments of the new. But per- haps few classes in the history of the school have commemorated this event more patriotically and more merrily than has the Class of 1904. Promptly at ten o ' clock on the evening of the 31st of December the entire Class, with the exception of the unfortunate officer of the day and three members who were on furlough, assembled in front of barracks attired in blue uniforms and capes and, with songs and cheers, began the march to Hotel Lexington. Upon reaching their destination, entrance was at once made into the spacious dining room, which had been put in perfect order for unrestrained indulgence in the good things of life. Seats were taken around the great festal board, upon which the most delicious and appetizing viands obtainable were served. The fast, which some of the men had been keeping for several days in anticipation of the event was here broken, and it is need- less to say everybody did full justice to his appetite. Great was the glee and hilarity manifested. Hearts dilated in proportion and spirits rose in equal ratio with the rapid consummation of the delectable dishes. Between courses, the Class President and Acting Toastmaster, in a very graceful manner announced the speakers and their subjects. Each toast was responded to in a most happy and a most eloquent vein. Interspersed with the eating and the speaking were heard the harmonious strains of the V. M. I. Post Band and the enthusiastic singing of Class songs. Immediately after the clock struck twelve, three rousing cheers were given for Nineteen-Four. The echoes resounded through the hotel like peals of thvmder and were borne awajr on the midnight air, reverberating like the roar of a distant earthquake. At quarter to one, though the merry party was by no means weary or 92 THE BOMB Vol. XX the enthusiasm in any degree waning, the Class arose and joining hands formed one great circle, after which all united in singing " Auld Lang Syne, " closing with the doxology " Red, White, and Yellow float on high, etc. " After this the jubilant band, still singing and yelling, marched back to bar- racks where the circle was reformed in the court-yard, the Class songs sung once more, and the ' . M. I. yell given with great spirit. When the clock in the town struck one, the ring was broken and the men quietly dispersed to their rooms, unanimously agreeing that the happiest incident in the career of the Class of 1904 had just passed into history. igo4 THE BOMB 93 G. W. HEADLEY. t ' ii- l S 1904 THE BOMB 97 Qlfltttpattg " A ' Miss Julia Prendergast, Sponsor R. Ragland, Captain D. C. Pearson, First Lieutenant R. B. Claggett, Second Lieutenant R. James, First Sergeant Conrad, Merritt, Booker, Sergeants Snead, Cocke, Sutherland, Taliaferro, Lyerlv, Taylor, Corporals Armstrong Beverly Bell Carr Caldwell Campbell Camp Claggett Curtis Daniels Davant, W. Dexter Ellerson Gambert GUNXELL Harris Hancock, A. Hancock, N. Herman Hundley Irwin Jackson KiMBERLY Lathrop Loop Privates. Lyerly Marshall Mecredy McCormick Montgomery NOLAND Page Patton Perry Polk Rankin, E. Rankin, R. Risser Riley ROWE Smoot Schneider Spraggins Stafford Stevens Tabb Wall Wells Wilson Wood 98 THE BOMB Vol. XX (Hompang " 1. " Miss May Payne, Sponsor CouPER, W., Captain Leftwich, L,, First Lieutenant Loughkidge, S., Second Lieutenant Perkins, K., First Sergeant Eglin, Steele, Morison, Hudgins, Sergeants Nichols, Barron, Dodson, Goddloe, Nottingham, Buckner, Wise, B., Corporals Privates. Adams, H. Albert Aldridge Atwill Belt Blakely Blanton Boaz Brooke Buchanan Carney Dayenport Dunlap, R. Dunlap, W. Easley Effinger Fraser Fudge Fulton Griffen Graves Greer Harris, N. Harvey Hundley, W. Hutchinson Jamison, S. JUDD Kain Leon Lo ve Maeder Major Marston Marshall, R. Montgomery, W. McFerren Morris 0 VEN, C Paul Perkins, E. Peyton PUTNEY Rhodes ROELKER Rountree RUCKMAN Smith, C. Thomson Taliaferro, T. WiLBOURNE Winchester Winston Yost Denotes men who have resigned or been dismissed. 1904 THE BOMB 99 (Eompattg " (E. " Miss Frances Coupek, Sponsor Gordon, Captain McChord, Headley, Lieutenants Loop, First Sergeant Marshall, J., Wharton, LaMont, Willis, Sergeants Campbell, Phister, Ellett, Moss, ISurroughs, Saunders, Corporals Privates . Allen Angle Barry Brevard Calcutt Clarke Cockrell Dewey Dekle Doster Dunbar Field Frey Gay Gordon, J. Harrison Hardwicke Hess Hagan Johnson, R. Johnson, P. Langstaff Mort Markham Newman Nash Orme Polk Pennington Quigley Ross Sydnor Smith, J. Stras Sebrell Slocumb Sparks Taylor, P. Townes Via Wilson, W. Wilson, C. Williams White Whitney THE BOMB Vol. XX (Eompmtg " S. " Morgan Pendleton, Sponsor. E. H. Johnson, Captain J. VV. Cuownus, First Lieutenant S. K. Funkhousek, Seeond Lieutenant R. J. Martin, First Sergeant T. M. Craighill, H. Cari.ton, Sergeants Avers, C. C. Smoot, W. H. Dovle, T. M. Jones, Blow, W. H. Davant, Corporals Privates. Armfield Armstead Bain Barrett Barksdale Beckner Bell, C. Biscoe Bog art BOSELLV Caffee Camp, J. M. Charlton Church Clement CONLVN CORDZ Currier Doyle, E. F. Duncan Etheridge Fletcher Gill HOBSON Howard Jamison Jones, A. Kennon Kinder Leftwich, W. Mahonf Manrv McKusick Nash, J. H. O ' Reilly Parker Roelofs ROYSTER Studie Tate Thaxter Upshur Whiting Williamson Zufalls igo4 T H E B M B 103 ®Ijp look of (Sraftfra. Being excerpts copied by the prophet with much care from the sacred writings of a certain tribe of w wlio dwelt in the land of Shipp (Swiped in turn from the prophet and hocked to this publication as an awful warning to the unwary who, by chance, might come to dwell by the shores of the Nile, " ' neath the shade of the sheltering towers. " ) BOOK THE FIRST. 1. Now, it came to pass that in tlie season of the year when the leaves turneth brown, and the trees begin to don their Wintry dress, and all the world enjo3 ' eth a good time, there came a certain band of ferocious warriors, and they did dwell by the banks of the Nile. 2. And they digged them a foundation stone, and raised a house { their descendants raised many a rough one afterward ) and they decided to live in it and serve the king. 3. And many years did they sojourn in the land of Graft, for such was the name they were called. And they raised their animals which hath long ears, and they trained them to do all manner of things, and they did. And the people prospered, and for over three score and five years did they live in the house. 4. And it came to pass that they were at length governed by a mighty warrior after his kind, a most learned man, who teacheth them the laws of the place and giveth much wisdom and direction. 5. Now the people of the land of Graft were heap much savage, and many were the rules which this mighty vessel of wisdom did lay down for them, and many were the horrible tortures which he did devi ' e for his serv- ants when they failed to obey the same. 6. Now the name of this chieftain soon became a terror to all his people, and he who speaketh it to this day doth so with fear and trembling, lest he should have it socked to him verily for disrespect. 7. And it came to pass that the chieftain gathered together all his war- THE BOMB Vol. XX riors, ami he divideth them into four groups, and he sayeth to the first group, Ye shall be the bearers of burdens, yea, verily, ye shall be the tribe of Rodents. 8. And he calleth the next group, and he sayeth. That since ye shall be often up against it and the bull tit shall be sucketh by you, ye shall be called the third class, for it hath been written that they shall be of all others the bull aggregation. q. And he saith unto the next group. Ye shall be the second class, and with my beloved children, the first class, shall govern the two lower classes, and many must be the good examples ye must set for them. 10. And he put a mark on each of them that he might know them, and he chose leaders among each tribe, except the Rodents, that he might get out of doing any hard labor himself. 1 1 . And it came to pass that he prescribeth raiment for each of them. 12. He saith that in the Fall of the year they should wear unto them a coat of gray, which hath black stripes around the neck, and he ordereth that a stripe of black ( half a cubit) should go around each arm. 13. And he ordereth trousers of gray and a stripe did he order down their seams. And it was so. 14. And he saith unto them. Let there be a full dike, lest the Rodents have no hat plates to shine, and nothmg to wear while running ; and he ordereth a straight- jacket of gray, with the most of same taking all duty, there being only a pendant in the Eastern part when the wearer was going West. And verily it was so. 15. And he ordereth that the cadet-gray overcoat should be worn when in Winter quarters, so that the Rodents could have some raiment the which to carry feed from the mess hall to their friends, and that the lazy third- classmen might not have to wear the regular raiment of their kind to rev. And it was done. 16. And he armed them with Springfields, and maketh rules about how they should be cleaned, and many was the experience the Rodents derived. And all was well. And around their waists did he gird a cross belt of white, and a plate which, on the running man, was as bright as gold ; and over each shoulder did he sling a cross-belt, and a breast-plate adorned the center of the breasts of the tribe. igo4 T H E B M B 105 BOOK THE SECOND. 1. Listen, my children, to the wisdom of the prophet, and walk in the ways that are not laid down in the regulations. 2. For it came to pass that after they had been at the house of the great commander, there was much weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, and many were they that were up against it. 3. For the place wherein they dwelt was n ot the same which their paternal ancestors had provided. The house was long and in the shape of a square, and it did have four stories, in which the tribes dwelt each according to its class. 4. And it came to pass that the rooms of the house made prison cells look like thirty cents, for many were the people which did say so, and the rooms had naught in them but space, and the warriors slept on cots, and often did the Rodent rise from his in the middle of the night and hit the ceiling. 5. And in the center of the room did rest a table, and many were the reports which were made to the chieftain that the same was not kept as it should be. And in the corner, for those who desired to use water, was a stand, having a bucket, which the Rodent filled, and a bowl of earth did rest on the stand, 6. And on another side of the room was a receptacle which containeth the raiment of the gang, and many were the tinies when each did wear the other ' s dikes. 7. And a light did hang from the ceiling, and did shine round all of the room, and many were the times when there was much wailing because some Grafter swipeth the globe of the Rodent, or getteth boned for running the light after the forbidden hour, for it was written that there was nothing doing for the studiously inclined after 10 o ' clock. 8. And on the top of the house reposeth two towers, and a flag-staff did rest on each, and the insignia of the Nation furleth from one, and that of the lesser sovereignty from the other. And each did go out of business for the day when the evening gun went off. 9. And in front of the house did the warriors form when they goeth to feed, to class, and to drill, and in the center was a statue of the individual which serveth as a model for the tribes, tor he " ' could not tell a lie. " And oftentimes did he get cold, and many were they which donned him with a coat, and many were the brilliancy ot his raiments, and many were the hours THE BOMB Vol. XX which were walked by they who were tound putting it on him, for charity was not known to the high chieftains of the tribes. 10. And down the line were certain low dwellings, where many things were done, and diversified were the different games there. 11. And in one house dwelt a bad robber, who taketh away the coin of the realm which the tribes getteth, and many were the articles which went forth from his shop. And the name of this robber was Homitz, of whom it was written that he did intend to retire from the game and cease blowing himself in a short time, for vast was the worldly goods he did accumulate. 12. And there was the place where each did get his measure taken for a new dike, and there was the storehouse of all the tribes which getteth them in the hole, and there was a department of the exchequer where each did lay up his coin, and which the treasurer guardeth. 13. And there was the house of the department of digestion, which was a long structure, and in this house did all the tribes gather to feast on all the good things of the land, and many were the spreads they did enjoy, and many were the various dishes they didn ' t get. And all was well, and many of the children of Graft hved and waxed exceeding fat. BOOK THE THIRD. 1. Now many strange habits had these warriors. Many strange things did they do, and did not do. 2. In the morning, when the dawn riseth across House Mountain, the chieftain sent two players to the door of the archway, and strange noises did they make, each upon his instrument, and gradually did the tribes gather to the front of the building. And it often came to pass that the music grew faster, and many were they who dressed as they came down the stoops, for fear that they should run a late, for it was written that he who runneth a late shall walk late. 3. And it came to pass that some of the tribes did not go to the early morning receptions, and the O. D. boneth them, and they goeth to the guard- house at five-thirty. And it was so. 4. And it came to pass that when the reception was concluded, each of the tribes wendeth his way back to his cell, and there prepareth for the day ' s duties by putting up a bluiT at going into the bowls which were commonly igo4 T H E B M B 107 filled with earth, and it happened that there were many which went to bed and sleepeth till B. R. C. 5. And the musicians gathered themselves together, and playeth again and all the tribes were happy, and goeth to the arch and falleth in and marcheth to feed themselves. And the first class officers runneth their com- panies, and the rest of the tribes goeth in ranks, and the Rodent finneth out, which meaneth that he walketh with his hands glued to his stripes, and the file-closer hitteth him if he doth not fin. 6. And the battalion reacheth the mess hall, and the first captain, of the tribe of A Company, causeth them to take their seats, and oftentimes some one sneaketh into the hall, and getteth boned therefor. 7. And when the battalion finisheth its huge repast, the first captain maketh them to stand, and they do stand, and they fall in the ranks, and he marcheth them to barracks, and they march. 8. And it comes to pass that as soon as he breaketh the ranks, the music plays again, and the warriors who hath sentry duty to do gird up their loins, and betake themselves to the front of the building, and the adjutant, he of the soft job and the easy task, doth mount the guard, and he selecteth from the ranks of the guard the cleanest warrior, and he giveth to him the Orderly, for it is written that such shall be done, and often many people cut for the Orderly, but the Rodent getteth cut out, for verily the old warrior of the first, second, or third tribe rolleth the Rodent, for the Rodent beareth the name of the E. Z. mark. 9. And after half an hour doth the music play, and the tribes gather each to its kind, and march to its classroom ; and many are the threes the warrior maketh, though often doth he max everything in sight. 10. And every hour doth the music play, and each tribe goeth up against it good and hard, and many are the bodies of the slain who flunketh and bust in their classes. BOOK THE FOURTH. 1. And it happens that while the warriors are in their classrooms each of the principal officers doth inspect his division, and many is the man who is caught napping, for the sub socketh all he sees. 2. And it comes to pass that at the noon hour, the tribes go to the mess hall and there repeat the same performance which taketh place in the morn- ing; yea, even at all times of the day doth it take place. T H E B M B 1 ' ol. XX 3. And in the afternoon doth each tribe take himself to the classroom, and fearful are the efiforts of some. 4. And at 4 o ' clock doth the recall sound, and the heart of each is ex- ceeding glad, for no more classes doth he attend that day. 5. And a rest doth each enjoy until harsh strains strike the air, and he goeth to drill, and worketh for an hour. 6. But it sometimes cometh to pass that it looketh like rain, and each of the tribes standeth on the stoop, and beseecheth the rain to come on down, and often it cometh and all are glad, for none liketh to drill anyway. 7. And after the drill cometh the B. P., when the tribes put on their full dikes and each goeth to the hill and there sporteth each man, and the running man strutteth, and the calic man seeth the calic, but many times he getteth boned for turning his head in ranks. 8. And it comes to pass that one of the tribes falleth out of the ranks and fainteth, and rideth the gim for the same. 9. And after the B. P. is over, and the gun goeth oS, and the tribes march off the hill, it comes to pass that the corporal of the guard beateth the drum and he summoneth all to the evening feast, and he turneth out the first relief, and the tribes do sup, and half an hour have they of liberty thereafter, and then beateth the sturdy drum, and each must go to his cell, for it is written that he who visiteth shall be boned, and he who becometh boned walketh penalty tours. 10. And the evening passeth in study and meditation, and some clean up for the next day ' s guard, while others circulate and see the sights of the large house. 11. And some others do wait until the mail drum beateth, for many are the - which expect a remittance from home, but few realizeth and maketh a touch. 12. It happens withal that many get coin, and they go to the sutler ' s and each bloweth in his share, and, if possible, runneth his face for all he can, until Krause telleth him that he can put no more upon the records which he keepeth. 13. And at nine-thirty the music soundeth and each doth hie himself to the tattoo, and in twenty minutes beateth first taps, and all of the tribes vacate, and each hiketh to his joint. 14. The (lav of this strange people is wound up by the nuisic which 1904 THE BOMB 109 Johnny bloweth upon the ram ' s horn, and each of the tribe putteth out his light and goeth to bed, for it is written that such shall be done, but the records in the office of the chief scribe show that none literally obeyeth the order, but nmneth his light for profit and amusement. The Prophet. THE BOMB Vol. XX D. C. PEARSON. ig04 THE BOMB fttttrnfttt. The editors allotted me Some twenty pages for poe-tree. Now, if my muse is not loquacious, Remember they were quite too gracious In leaving me that space to fill. Which I can ' t do, but try I will. Sentiment ! and twenty pages, A task that well might bluff the sages ! But come, let ' s take a kindlier humor. And say it ' s in the good old Summer. (A thing it ' s hard to do, I ' 11 swear, When snow is flying through the air.) But we ' 11 suppose that time is here, It ' s night, the moon is shining clear. The fragrant air is very still. The katydid is whistling shrill, The water from the distant vale Is gurgling forth its happy tale. And hark ! the band is starting now And music fills the midnight air. But why comes to my heart despair? I ' m ' fraid she ' 11 leave me ? Yes, ' t is so, I ' m ' fraid that she will want to go ; For sure the music sounds entrancing Calling couples forth for dancing. And what is all this lovely night Without that little girl in white? The lovely moonbeam is not fair, THE BOMB Vol. XX Did not it gild her golden hair? The million stars I would not see. Did they not Iigl t two more for me — Those eyes of blue, O wondrous eyes ! Which rival yon moon, stars, and skies ! Beneath the ballroom ' s searching light. My arm went round that waist of white, I danced — but seemed to float through space — Beside me e ' er that angel face! But now, beneath the moonbeam fair, I ' m ' fraid to touch that golden hair. I can not think, I can not speak, I only watch her lovely cheek — The color there from our late dance. I note her beauty doth enhance. Why grows a lover ' s tongue so still. And fails to speak what he swears he will? Upon my arm she placed her hand And said, " O Jack, its simply grand, This lovely night, you will not mind If we sit this out, the moon ' s so fine! " I would not mind ! she spoke the truth : In all the world there ' s not a youth Who would have minded ! But now grown bold, I drew her close unto my soul, And from her lips a long kiss stole. I ' 11 say with her, " It sure was fine ! The moon was lovely, and oh ! so kind ! " And that was sciitiinciit, indeed. Or Love, poor mortals, we ' 11 not heed Their different depths or analyze Them, let us leave that for the wise. But if that ' s sentiment then I claim That twenty pages can ' t hold the name. And twenty volumes could not tell The thoughts which in mv soul did swell ! igo4 THEBOMB 113 But editors, you ' re turning white ; Fear not, for I ' II not try to write Tliose volumes now, I plainly see You only want what ' s asked of me. I watch the snow, now falling fast. And find my humor can not last. What makes it change? I do not know, I only look and find it so. One moment past my mind was bright. My heart was filled with Hope ' s fair ligh But now it ' s flown, and reigning there I sorrow find, and grim despair. Perhaps because, unknown to me. My mind, the Past again did see. The man who backward turns his sight And doesn ' t see in letters bright. Written on a marble white. Above a mound, " The Hopes of Youth " Is blest by God ! I speak the truth ! Btunzns. Ever down, ever down, falls the snow Upon the ground. Playfully it whirls around, while yet more Is coming down ! How the trees are overladen With the snow. While the breeze, which now is fading. Comes again and hard doth blow ! How the snow doth laugh and play. Whirling round. Like school children, bright and gay. Thoughtless bound. THE BOMB Vol. XX See the people passing by. Heads ducked low, Which the snow, from out the sky, Strikes as they go. Watch it strike the raven hair Of the boy. Like Winter come while Spring is there — Sorrow touching Joy. See the old man ' s hair so white. Silver hair. Covered, too, with snow so light — Natural there. Little flakes from out high heaven. Pure white snow, From your home above is driven Here below. Are you sent to warn the youth That age comes fast? Teach your lesson, preach your truth. While youth doth last ; So that he can drink his share Of Pleasure ' s wine, Age comes, and in that liquid rare. No joy he ' 11 find ! Perhaps you ' re sent to warn the man With silver locks That on his Door of Life the hand Of Death knocks. And Time the door ' s unlatching " fast ! Old man, then cease your hopes, Prepare your grave ! Death ne ' er doth pass The door Time opes ! ig04 THE BOMB 115 Oh, pure white flakes of heavenly birth, Which now I see, Some day you ' 11 whiten a mound of earth. Where I ' 11 then be. Perhaps within your fold I ' 11 find. When under ground, That Death is not near so unkind As Life I ' ve found ! But come, for this will never do. It wearies me and tires you. We ' 11 have to talk in lighter vein. So here it goes — we ' 11 try again. To draw a picture which will be A stimulant to memory — The memory, not of any sorrow, For we ' ve decided not to borrow Fro: a out the Past a single care. But rather Pleasure — pictures fair; So come unto my willing brain And let me live it o ' er again — The memory of some happy scene ! Some years ago there lived a boy For whom the world was wondrous kiml And Life for him held naught but Joy And Pleasure everywhere he ' d find. A little girl with golden hair And sparkling eyes of blue, Whose face was beautiful and fair. He loved ; she loved him too. THE BOMB Vol. XX Tlip day to them, the rising sun. Were sent to give them pleasures new, And when that orb its course had run, They slept as sleep the few For whom the angels vigil keep All through the lonely night. To guard them in their slumbers deep - And save their hearts from fright. Alas ! that Youth should ever pass — The fairest thing to mortals given. It seems to me should ever last ; But earth would then be heaven ! To picture heaven I can not find, A scene to make that joy complete, Unless there comes into my mind The vision of that face so sweet — Those golden locks, those sparkling eyes. And laughing dimples, fair to see. And somewhere near in Paradise I worship that divinity ! But here on earth, since Youth hath flown. And Age brought Knowledge in his train That Joy I ' ve found I ' 11 never own — That Pleasure ne ' er ' 11 be mine again ! She lives ; I live, and yet I know That more than friends we " 11 never be, And why? The God decreed it so. And man must bow to His decree! So little maid, I truly pray — To save your heart the blight I ' ve known- Your love for me may fade away Though worlds I ' d give could I it own ! igo4 THEBOMB 117 Now pardon me for this last time — No more I ' 11 bother you with rhyme, If you ' 11 but listen to this lay The last few words I ' ve got to say. I sing a song of other years, Of scenes which ever bring their tears, But make me raise my head up high And glory with old V. AI. I. NEW MARKET. From Louisiana Stannard came Unto the martial V, J I. I., To learn to carve a hero ' s name. Or, if the Southland called, to die. Too young to join the noble band Of heroes warring for om " Right, He came to teach his willing hand How best, at duty ' s call, to fight. Here at Virginia ' s school he found Three hundred youths whose hearts did thrill. Whene ' er they heard the booming sound Of cannon from some distant hill Where battle raged. And when they learned Of some repulse to Southern arms, ' T was then, indeed, that each heart yearned - To fight, yes die — to save from harm The South, baptized in bloody tears. Too young to fight they still were taught How, when the now forbidding years Were passed, their battles w ould be fought ! iiS THEBOMB Vol. XX But Stannard had another cause To make him long for martial fame — He wished t o risk, in bloody wars, His life — to gain a hero ' s name To offer to a maiden fair, A daughter of Virginia ' s land, A girl for whom he ' d gladly dare To risk his life to gain her hand ! When first he saw that laughing face Beneath its crown of sunny hair — A girl with all a woman ' s grace, A woman with a girlish air — He felt a struggle in his heart. A feeling which he couldn ' t name, For Cupid had let fly his dart — And Cupid doesn ' t miss his aim. His letters home his love did tell Although he tried the truth to hide, His mother wrote, " John, love her well, When school is through bring home your bride. " I know she ' s good, or else my boy His love to her would never give. You know your joy is mother ' s joy. So if she loves you come and live " Here at your home, with mother dear, ' Neath Southern skies, where flowers blow And birds make music all the year Where Alississippi ' s waters flow ! " What pleasure had that letter given ! O God ! a true and loving mother. Is far the noblest gift from heaven, A gift surpassing any other 1 ipo4 THE BOMB 119 Since reaching " school a year had flown. Now eighteen Summers told his age. To Mary Lee had he made known The love which in his heart did rage ; And planned how, with his school days o ' er, They ' d journey to his Southland fair; And told of joys life held in store, The thousand pleasures they ' d rind there. How sweet the plans of hopeful youth. Those castles built within in air ! The lovers use the glass of Truth, Which makes the future bright and fair. Alas ! these dreams were cast aw ay ! One night an order came which told Those boys to march at break of day To help the Southern ranks to hold In check the army of our foe. How busy were the boys that night — All writing home before they go. Last words that many e ' er would write ! At dawn they started forth to war, Three hundred boys, whose average years Was just si. teen. The gods ne ' er saw A scene more worthy of their tears! They passed through Staunton on their way. Where schoolgirls watched them marching by And cheered the lads in Southern gray. The lads from Southland ' s V. M. I. As Stannard ' s Company passed on through The streets, a girl he couldn ' t see Said, " Jack, my dear, I ' 11 pray for you ! " The voice was that of Mary Lee. THE BOMB Vol. XX On, on, they marched with wearied feet, But ever ringing in his brain Was heard those words in accents sweet — Those words fond memory spoke again ! That eve they reached the httle town New Market, wrapped in shades of night, ' T was here the enemy ' s troops were found, ' T was here, to-morrow they would fight ! New Market ! You but little thought, While nestling in the shades that night. That on the morrow would be fought A battle which would throw the light Of history ever on the spot And bring you fame, which to the end Of Time will never be forgot While Bravery ' s deeds are known to men ! The morning came, and battle ' s cry Broke on the calm of Sabbath day; The little boys from V. M. I. Stood waiting there in suits of gray. While Colonel Shipp came riding by And told them when the order came " To charge " to know the V. M. I. Expected them to save her name ! They saved the name — they brought it glory ! And how they charged that wondrous morn Is sung in song and told in story. The gift to ages yet unborn ! They dashed across the ripening grain To take a battery belching thunder ; The shattered ranks closed in again To fill the place shells tore asunder. 1904 THE BOMB Brave Shipp was wounded, for a ball Had early struck him in ihe head. And v hen they saw their leader fall, Cadets, believing he was dead, Cried, " Let ' s avenge our brave Shipp, boys, " And madly for the battery tore. To them the cannon balls were toys Which could not check the gallant Corps ! They took the battery; when the night Descended on that Sabbath day And stopped the armies in their fight Those guns were manned by boys in gray ! When darkness with her sable shroud Descended on the bloody plain The lads in gray were then allowed To search all through the trodden grain To claim their dead, still laying there. O God ! it was an awful sight To see those boys — that morn so fair — Now ghastly in the pale moonlight ! E ' er here and there a lad they ' d find, A smile upon his face so white. As though he thought Death not unkind That found him in the thickest fight ! One body more the searchers found — In death one hand had clutched the dirt, The other from the gaping wound Within his breast, had torn the shirt THE BOMB Vol. XX And rested in the blood and gore Which clogged upon his bosom fair. How dear that victory cost the Corps ! Thonght friends who found young Stannard there. Through Staunton now the dead were brought To get them back to V. l. I. A woman came with heart distraught, But not a tear within her eye. And gazed upon the marble face Of Stannard, lying white and pale, And yet so fair — death left no trace To tell his agonizing tale. A little crowd of ciils drew back And from the dead did slow depart. They seemed to recognize the fact That they beheld a broken heart I Long, long she gazed on Stannard there ! What vision did that woman see? Perhaps she saw the future fair That Stannard planned for ] Iary Lee. The future, which had seemed so bright. But which she now would never know. For death had borne away the light And in its place supplanted woe. LTpon his lips she pressed a kiss And sadly left the dead boy ' s side. Wondering why a woman ' s bliss So soon the dreamless grave should hide ! They buried the boys at V. M. L And here their graves may still be seen. And here, beneath Virginia ' s sky. Their country ' s tears will keep thom green. igo4 THE BOMB Each fifteenth day of every May Their names are called in ranks again Some one appointed then doth say, " Sir, at battle they are slain. " That eve the Corps marched to their grave, The cannon booms its loud salute, Three rounds are fired for the brave Still sleeping there, so still and mute. A woman comes there on that day, A stranger, dressed in mourning deep, And drops a tear where Stannard lay. Unheeding in his silent sleep. Here, at this School, the great oaks stand, With sheltering boughs above their grave, As if to guard with zealous hand The spot where sleep the Southland ' s brave. A statue stands above the spot And overlooks that sacred bed. Those boys will never be forgot While there " Virginia Mourns Her Dead. " (A description of the Statue, " Virginia Mourning Her Dead, " made and pre- sented to the Institute by Sir Moses Ezekiel, member of the Corps which fought at New Market.) A woman with a face as proud As Juno, a face that speaks Of Venus, though a shroud Of unseen tears is on her cheeks. Minerva breathes from out the whole, But Art another charm doth weave. You see a woman with a soul, A mother for her sons doth grieve. THE BOMB Vol. XX Her children have been called to fight Her bloody war, and lying dead The mother ' s heart doth mourn the sight And proud Virginia bows her head. You look upon this work of art And see her as she stood that eve. Gazing on her dead — her heart — Viiginia ' s heart doth deeply grieve ! 1904 THE BOMB (Ela00 Prnblpma. Loudest Man Pearson Social Success Noland Class Runt Worden Whitest Man Tie between Gordon and Crowdus Spooniest JMan Dawley Craziest Man Hundley Sleepiest Man Mort Class Baby Camp Hardiest Man Q " i ley Bellicose Man Funkhouser Class Cupid Howard Class Monkey . . ' . Conlyn Most Musical Man Claggett Model of Propriety Gordon Man of the orld Lathrop Hothouse Plant Clarke Class Bean Pole Roby Fattest Man Camp Greediest Man Headley Solemnest Man Williams Wittiest Man Pennington Laziest Man Wood Best Singer Hundley 128 THEBOMB Vol. XX 1. M. 31. JabbH in i lang. FABLE THE SECOND. (The fable of tlie wise young Rat who wasn ' t going to do things.) Down in his part of the country, Clarence Higgins was some sort of insect of great magnitude. Clarence had never done any work in his life, and his fond parents were possessed of an idea that their boy should not have to do any work unbecoming a gentleman. They figured it that all they had to do would be to stake Clarence to a four years ' rest at a good education mill, and he would have the merchandise in enor- mous quantities to hand out to his friends. Accordingly, Clarence ' s youngest living ancestor on the paternal side of the game sent for many catalogues, and among them that of a warlike corral up in the mountains of the State of T. Jefferson. They had uniforms there, and Clarence, when he turned his searchlights on the chromos of the soldiers, could hear his auricular organ beat with martial pride. He had Grant and all of them skinned several rural miles. Clarence immediately began to tell his folks what he was going to do. " I certainly do not intend to be made a guy of, " he said. " I will go so far and no further. " Well, Clarence got sent up for his term. Papa went with him and looked the ground over. He didn ' t like the looks of things, but, of course, they wouldn ' t make Clarence sleep on a cot, or deprive him of a rocking chair. They couldn ' t treat a son of his any way but to the good. The old man went home. Clarence began to lose his nerve. Although he had told them what he wasn ' t going to do, the objections he made to extending his fins wasn ' t noticeable enough to attract any particular attention as far as the mess hall. The members of the class who run the school in their little cocoas, when the two upper classes are not looking, didn ' t do a thing to Clarence. Thirty cents would have been a stack of chips in the Steel Trust compared to what he looked like when they got through with him. Clarence was the most artistic choo-chooer in the outfit. He soon learned to clean five guns before S. E. I., and then get his own stuff hiked. He could carry water for two stoops, and told the old cadets he really liked the exercise. He didn ' t mind bringing food to his friends, and as a supplier of stamps he kept the Post-Office Depart- ment busy printing them. The Tobacco Trust also had a heavy run to keep Clarence supplied with enough smoking material to hand out when his friends demanded it. In short, in about two weeks, there was no Rat in barracks who could beat Clarence in the game of being to the good with what he was told. He soon became a fine Rat, never established a reputation as a Kid McCoy, and graduated through a mistake of Col. N. ' s in four years. Moral. — The rat who doesn ' t mean to have things done to him is usually at home when he turns on the heated-atmosphere furnace. ■TYPHOID FEVER GERM FROM CADET STANDPOINT ' ig04 THE BOMB All the World ' s a Military School. All the world ' s a military school, and men Are subs, and cadets. Some run the game, and by their Talents navigate the calf o ' er less fortunate brethren. Some men get offices ; some work hard, and oftentimes Are favored. Some work, and slave, and grind along, And get it in the neck. We learn our lessons and recite In experience ' s school. Some learn them well, but Many taking duty, either fake the Gim or Walk out punishment with life ' s penalty tours. Many of us fail and bust on simple studies ; others pass With flying colors. We have our friends, our joys. Our sorrows, too ; then finally exams, we pass, and Each, in graduating, gets wooden sheepskin, and Adds his name to those who have gone to live in Spiritual realms of heavenly existence. Shakespeare, Jr. 13° THE BOMB Vol. XX J. S. EASLEY. igo4 T H E B M B 131 SPRING. The buttercup doth bloom anew, The lily rears its modest head, And things I numbered with the dead Are glistening through their tears of dew. And Spring, the glorious Spring is here. With all its birds and pretty flowers, And sun and cloud and rain and showers — The happiest time of all the year. The sun doth higher mount the sky. And nature glows again with bloom, So late returned as from the tomb; It seems but hard that man must die. But now my life is in its Spring, The future shining e ' er so bright, I think not of the coming Night, When pleasures all have taken wing. I now forget how birds do fiy. And flowers wilt in Winter ' s night ; Then Death would be the soul ' s glad flight From care to happier climes on high. N. C. Harris. THE BOMB Vol. XX Is Love Passing Away? Love and I in garden green. Such as Hearts have seldom seen, Romped all throtigh a Summer ' s day, After Love ' s old fashioned way. Wily tear did dim her eye, Wondering, I asked her why — Why that pledge of mortal woe Trickling down her cheek so slow f Spoke she words of purest truth, ' Ome I had immortal youth. Everlasting youth ivhcn given. Like all things which come from heaven. Lasts as long as it is needed. Now that I ' m no longer heeded Youth is passing fast away. Bftsiness, money, claims the day. Proudly once I held that sivay. Now, that Golden Dollars shine, They the hearts of mortals bind. Love is passing out of fashion. Money is the riding. passion. People now do pass me by. All that I can do is — die. " Sadly did I watch her face. One so lovely, one so chaste. Taking her into my heart Where she never more may part, Gently do I hold her hand. World ! O World ! Yon help her stand! Nick Harris. igo4 THE BOMB Zi WILLIAM C. McCHORD. 134 THE BOMB Vol. XX Yells. Oskiwow, wow! Skinny, wow, wow ! V. M. I.! V. M I I Wow ! (Slowly.) Chilli ! Chilli ! Cheha ! ha! ha ! (Smith, Jones etc.) Hulabaloo, Rah! Rah! Hulabaloo, Rah! Rah! Who Rah? Who Rah? V. M. I.! Wah! Wah! igo T H E B M B 135 Football Songs. (Tune : Down Where the Wurtzbuvger Flows.) Take it down by down, now Cadets, till you win that We are with you, men, with all our heart and soul. We love each who works for the dear Institute, As he risks life and limb in his tri-colored .suit ; So strive not for fame, but to uphold the name And glory of old V. M. I. Hike It, V. M. I. (Tune : Chorus of I.aid Away a Suit of Gray, etc.) Old V. M. I. is out to die or win where ' er she goes, She ' ll forge her way at every play toward the goal-post of her foes ; She ' 11 show her grit and never quit till in the dust she lies ; She will show them all how to play football — Now, " Hike It, V. M. I.! " (Tune: In the Sweet Bye and Bye.) Sometime when " ' 04 " has left here. Fond memories will bring back this day. We ' 11 think of our classmates - lirst one, then another — • To meet them again we ' 11 pray ; 136 THE BOMB Vol. XX So in order to see them and tell them Of all that has passed since this time, Let ' s have a great Class Reunion, In the year Nineteen Hundred and Nine. Chorus. In ihe year Nineteen Nine, in the year Nineteen Nine, Each one who loves all his classmates here Come back, see his roommates, and all who are dear. In the year Nineteen Nine, in the year Nineteen Nine. If God wills, once more then the Class of " 04 " Will unite in Nineteen Nine. Red, WMte, ond YeUow. (Tune: Long Metre Doxology.) Red, White, and Yellow float on high ! The Institute must never die, So now, " Keydets, " with one voice cry. God bless our team and V. M. I. ! ATHLETICS igo4 T H E B M B 139 Atl|lrttr WfCuttB, Athletic Executive Committee from Faculty. N. B. Tucker President H. C. Ford Vice-President M. B. Corse Secretary-Treasurer H. P. HowAiiD Medical Adviser E. H Johnson, ' 04 R. James, ' 05 M. Jones, ' 06 J. Nash, ' 07 Foot Ball. E. H. Johnson, ' 04, Captain VVm. Mahone, ' 04, Manager L. Craighill, ' 05, Assistant Manager W. W. Roper (Prin.), Coach Base Ball. VV. p. CowPER, ' 04, Captain T C. Gordon, ' 04, Manager R A. Owen, ' 05, Assistant Manager W. W. Roper (Prin.), Coach Gym. Team. L. C. Leftwich, ' 04, Captain D. C. Pearson, ' 04, Manager E. W. BiTZER (U. Va.), Instructor Track Team. J. B. L. Orme, Captain Wm. Mahone, Manager E. W. Bitzer (U. Va.), Coach 140 THE BOMB ' ol. XX Athlpttrs. X the Institute, participation in the various forms of athletics necessarily means some hardship to the men interested and takings part in them. Mien we consider the little time that is given for practice, the lack of active interest sho.wn by the authorities, and remember, too, that our teams are all composed of cadets, to whom no inducement to participate is offered, we see that the part our school takes in intercollegiate contests is due entirely to the unceasing efforts of the cadets themselves. To speak of that branch of athletics which has hitherto taken the most prominent part, we can say that football is hard work, and when we take into consideration the fact that no inducement is offered to play it, and that it entails relief from no other duties, we can readily understand the hardship it brings to those who do play. Cut the fact that no visible reward is offered to try for the team only serves to. bring forth the highest praise for those members of the Corps, whose devotion to the welfare of our Institute is so deep-rooted that they give their best efforts in keeping the school in the prominent place to which it has attained in this department of college life. It is well to be a scholar ; it is something to be proud of to be a first-stand man. But all the stands and degrees ever gotten by the hundreds of cadets who have graduated from the Institute have not been to the school of the same benefit as the victories of its athletes. As much as anything else have our teams contributed to the reputation which the Corps has for bravery, loyalty, and that indefinable something which men call " nerve, " and for all of which its fame is deserved. It is a wide-spread opinion that at most colleges the men who participate in athletics are either too lazy or incapable for the work that is necessary to academic honors. This idea, it is useless to say, is erroneous, and cer- tainly as regards the Institute nothing could be more unfair. Briefly stated, the fact is that participation in athletics, bringing with it the hours of practice that it does, is hard work, and since it does not lighten academic work, the most unstinted praise and support is due those men who labor for the success of our various teams. 1904 THE BOMB The athletic departments of large schoools, and especially those of the Northern colleges, are financially great successes. With us this is impossible, and it is very little to do to contribute as generously as possible to the fund for the payment of coaches and other necessary expenditures. What is written above is only a summary of conditions existing at the Institute, and in no sense a criticism or appeal. The Corps has always been proud of its teams, and with that loyalty to be expected of a M. I. cadet, it has stood by them to the end. We can have no retrogression in this branch of our school life ; we have forced the Institute to a place in athletics which has been attained by persistent and unselfish eflfort, and the last effort of all cadets must be, and will be, exerted to keep her there. With our present system as to the management of our teams, and unflagging interest taken in athletics, our prospects were never brighter. Once again we would ask the Corps to support our athletes as it has always done. Do all you can, be it ever so little, for their success, and re- member that the men who try to keep our teams at the top are deserving of all the praise that can be given them for their unselfish efforts. They work for the welfare of the one place on earth that is more than deserving of our best eiiforts — the Institute. THE BOMB Vol. XX FOOT BALL ®pam. 19n3-19n4. ' E. II. Johnson, ' 04 Captain Wm. Mahone, ' 04 Manager L. Craighill, ' 05 issislant Manager W. W. Roper (Princeton ' ) .............. Coach I. B. Johnson, ' 02 T Paul ' ot, v . . . Alutnni Coaches J. B. Sinclair, ' 03 ) Line-Up. W. CowPER, ' 04 Left End W. C. McChord, ' 04 Left Tackle S. A. Pace, ' 04 Left Guard H.Pace, ' 06 Center A. J. Studk, ' 07 Right Guard R. Y. Conrad, ' 06 Right Tackle F. B. Steele, ' 05 Right End E. F. G. Doyle, ' 04 Quarter-back R. B. Claggett, ' 04 Right Halfback E. H. Johnson, ' 04 Left Halfback S. K. FuNKHOusER, ' 04 Fullback Substitutes. J. W. Crowdus, ' 04 C. P. Noland, ' 04 W. G. Kennon, ' 04 J. A. Merritt, ' 05 T. B. Goodloe, ' 06 M. T. Jones, ' 06 W. R. Cocke, ' 06 J. Nash, ' 07 Ethridge, ' 07 Graves, ' 07 THE BOMB Vol. XX BALL Wmm, 19114. W. CouPER, ' 04 ...... Captain T. C. Gordon, ' 04 Manager R. A. Owen. ' 05 Assistant Manager H. P. Howard • • ■ Medical Adviser T. W. RoBY, ' 04 Official Scorer W. W. Roper (Princeton) Coach T. B. GooDLOE, ' 06 Catcher M. B. Parker, ' 07 1 Pitchers E. H. Johnson, ' 04 j A. B. Taliaferro, ' 06 ; Short-stop W. CoupER, ' 04 First Base W. G. Fraser, ' 06 . Second Base C. B. Atwill. ' 06 Third Base R. Y. Conrad, ' oc; Right Field T. E. Sebrell, ' 07 Center Field J. W. Crowdus, ' 04 . . Left Field T. B. Conlyn, ' 04 Substitutes. W. C. McChord. ' 04 S. Claggett. ' 07 146 THEBOMB Vol. XX ( vxxm xnm. ©pant. 1904. L. C. Leftwich, ' 04 Captain D. C. Pearson, ' 04 Manager E. W. BiTZER. Uni -ersily of Virginia Instructor R. A, MoRisoN, ' 05 J. O. Wharton, " 05 C. S. Dawley, ' 04 L. Craighill, ' 05 R. James, ' 05 W R. Nichols, ' 06 L. L. Kahn, ' 06 F. S. Markham, ' 07 J. Loop, ' 07 D. J. Ruckman, ' 06 1904 THE BOMB 149 W. W. LaPrade President R. J. Martin I ' icc-Prcsidcnt R. S. HuDGiNS Treasurer F. S. Blanton Secretary ®l)r f nung Mms (ElirtHttan Asaortattnn. THE Young Men ' s Christian Association is a movement of sixty years ' growth. In 1844, in London, England, through the agency of George Wilhams (a clerk in a store), the first organization was effected. Seven years later, at Montreal, Canada, the first association was established in North America. From the beginning the noble work has grown and flourished until it now extends into almost every country on the globe, em- bracing a sum total of about six thousand organizations, with over six hundred thousand members. The first student Young Men ' s Christian Association was put into opera- tion at the University of Virginia in 1858. There are now in the United States and Canada 635 organizations with a membership exceeding 40,000 ISO T H E B M B To . A ' A ' college young men. This movement is " more extensive than any other intercollegiate organization, whether athletic, literary, fraternal, political, or religions. " Having for its watchword " The evangelization of the world in this generation, " and, among its purposes, the upbuilding of strong Christian faith and symmetrical Christian character, the assisting in the many and subtle temptations of student life, the extending of Christ ' s kingdom through- out the world, and the placing of young lives where they can best serve their generation, this great organization is, possibly, a greater force for good in the lives of college men than the church itself. This work was introduced at the Virginia Military Institute in 1883. The military school has greater difficulties to surmount in carrying on an association successfully than perhaps any other sort of an institution, because of the more arduous and more exacting duties required of its students. With daily drill, parade, and numerous classes, with guard duty, inspections, and gymnasium, all of which he iniist meet, the cadet finds it almost impossible to give this important adjunct of school life the attention it deserves. At V. M. I., the only time that can be utilized for the meetings of the Association is the half-hour recreation period after supper. After having gone through the routine of a day ' s work, and being restricted to thirtv minutes in which to become refreshed for the grinding study-hour at night, it is no strange thing that many religiously-inclined cadets fail to spend this short while in a chapel service. Then all the other obstacles of a student association must be met and coped with — obstacles, some of which, undoubtedly, have greater magnitude here than in the majority of schools. However, notwithstanding hindrances and impediments of all kinds, the Association has progressed, increasing in usefulness and in membership year by year. While it may boast no brilliant achievements, and while its light may not shine as brightly as that of other associations, yet no brain can compute the good that has been accomplished, directly or indirectly, tlu-ough its agency. The records this year show the total membership to be two hundretl and twenty-eight. Of this number, forty-seven are active members. Increased interest and better attendance has been characteristic of the meetings. The Sunday night services are usually conducted informally by cadet leaders. On Tuesday nights Doctor JNIcBryde, of the Episcopal church, lectures on the lessons of the Bible-study course in the " Life of Christ. " From time to time prominent speakers address the body. This year the Association has 1904 THE BOMB been entertained by Doctor Forrest, of the University of Virginia ; Doctors Whaling and Manly, of Lexington churches ; Hon. Frank Glasgow, of the Lexington bar ; Messrs. Coulter and Hubbard, of the State Executive Com- mittee ; Doctor Morrison, of the Congo Mission, and several leaders of the Washington and Lee University Association. The V. M. L Association was represented by Messrs. Gordon, Martin, Hudgins, Blanton, and Townes at the State Y. M. C. A. Convention, which met in Richmond, March 1-3. These delegates report the condition of the Y. M. C. A. throughout ' irginia most prosperous and growing rapidly. 152 THE BOMB Vol. XX WILLIAM WAHONE, JR. igo4 THE BOMB 155 (EatiPt Italprttr IGitprarg ortptg. N. C. Harris President R. S. HuDGixs I ' icc-Prcsidcnt S. B. BucKNER, Jr Secretary A. Jones Treasurer TO the public at large I may as well explain that the above-named literary society is the one source at the Virginia Military Institute from which cadets learn to make such good use of their tongues — for, from the efifect they have on the numerous girls we have here at Easter and Final dances, I am led to believe that their tongues are used to advantage. For a number of years there were two societies here, but about eight years ago it was thought advisable to merge them into one society, whi ch should take the name of the oldest, best patronized, and most successful one. This was done, and the Cadet Dialectic Literary Society is the result of the union — a result which has subsequently proved the wisdom and foresight of the presidents and members who made the change. In the years since, their weekly meetings have been fairly well attended and their final celebrations could well stand a comparison with any similar society in the State. There are many men, of undoubted ability, who have first learned the use of their rhetorical wings vmder the sheltering halls of this society, and who, at the final celebrations, have put those wings to the test and proved to the public that they had been well trained. I have heard a cadet captain at the Institute this year advise a friend of his, a new cadet, to join the Society. He said to his friend that it would do him good, it would help any man, and added that he had always regretted that he had not joined when a Rat. The captain of whom I speak became a member when a second classman. Such is the opinion of those who know the Society, But it should do a iS6 THE BOMB Vol. XX greater work. It is capable and wishes to benefit even a larger number, and would if they would only allow themselves to be benefited. At the final celebrations there are medals awarded which any one would be proud to win, and I appeal to the Corps of next year that you give the Society better support, and take to your hearts the advice of the captain I mentioned — for it comes from a man on whose advice you may safely rely. N. C. H., 04. 1904 THE BOMB 157 HfumnrtfitttH. We have received the following books for our library : Reveries of a Bachelor. — Major Howard (after Spanish recitation) Old Curiosity Shop. — Room 92. If I Were King. — Ragland. The Merchant of Venice. — " Money " Mahone. The Story of An Untold ( ?) Love. — " Crick " Gordon. Much Ado About Nothing. — Hammond Johnson. Les Miserables. — Willy Wood and Claggett. The Proud Prince. — Claude Dawley. Wanted : A Chaperon. — Room 62. Seats of the Mighty.— The Staff Mess. The One Woman. — Nat Page. The First Violin. — " Chuck " LaPrade. Bleak House. — Barracks. A Portion of Labor. — First Class Geology Papers. Never Too Late to Mend. Wig. Jungle Tales. — " Koko " Conlyn. A Change of Heart. — Jay Crowdus. We Two. — Headley and Longbridge. Wild Animals I Have Known. — Risser. When We Were Twenty-One. — " ' Slip " Lcftwich. A Study in Shadows. — " Spider " Roby. Smith ' s " How to Grow Vegetables. " — Currier. The Fairy. — " Brink " Camp. Current Events. — Colonel Mallory. The Light That Failed. — " Red " Thomson. What Manner of Man. — " Long Tom " Smoot. The Strollers. — Orme and An Enemy to the King. — Johnny Mort. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. — Headley. A Treatise on High Explosives. — C. H. Owen. , Physical Geography of N. A. — Lathrop. The Bridge EJuilders. — Noland and Quigley. Ten Nights in a Barroom. — Pearson and Loughridge. Innocence Abroad. — Jim Easley. 15S THEBOMB Vol. XX (i»rtnJiiB- L. : " Why is 92 like the forest primeval ? " T. : ■ ' Give it up. " L. : " It ' s the home of the oak. " Captain S. : " Mr. H.. why is the word opportunity feminine in French ? " Cadet H. : " Don ' t know, sir; guess it ' s because it ' s so often missed. " Cadet S. ( ' 04) : " Hello, Corp. " Corporal L. : " How are you, Private? " Cadet S. : " Oh, first class. " " Why is that flighty Katherine Bowmar like a garnet ? " " Can ' t guess. " " Because she ' s a sillv Kate. " Captain H. : " You men will find all reagents needed, and not on your desks — on the table near the sink. " Cadet B. (after looking on desk and table) : " Captain, 1 can ' t find the H2O anywhere. " Colonel T. : " What color do you get with that compound in a soda bead in the oxidizing flame, jMr. C? " Cadet C. (desperately) : " Red. " Colonel T. : " Yes, sir ; while it s red hot. " Colonel M. : " What is the Sprengel air pump used for. Air. ? " Cadet V. : " To pump air out of a vacuum, sir. " IQ04 THEBOMB 159 Colonel T. : " Where is Labrador, Mr. L. ? " Cadet L. : " South of Alaska. " Colonel T. (next day) : " Gentlemen, I think it is due to Mr. L. to tell you that he corrected his mistake of yesterday. Labrador is between Nor- way and Sweden. " Cadet (eating a wenie) : " What sort of animal is this, Homitz? " Homitz : " A small piece of ground-hog. " Old Rat ; " Mr. H., in the experiment on the volumetric composition of water, what is the name of the tube the gases are put into? Eudi — " Cadet H. : " Don ' t know, sir. " Rat: " Don ' t you remember when we exploded the gases, etc.? " Cadet H. : " Oh, yes, sir. Oxyhydrogen blowpipe. ' Citizen : " Hello, S. Have you taught your dog any new tricks lately? " Stocky : " Yes ; I ' ve been teaching him to eat out of my hand. He ate a big piece out of it yesterday. " First Cadet : " When does Freddy remind you of Old Nick ? " Second Cadet : " At lectures, when he is figuratively speaking. " i6o T H E B M B Vol. XX Slip 3(mpmal AsHonalton far tl|r Sfnwrattgattnn of Qlhfmt- ral uIrutI|B. Officers. His Excellency Honorablt; Laboratory -Jim, President, and Demonstrator of Assaying. Der Herrschajt Oberst Rat Pendleton. First Vice-President and Lord High Administrator of " Threes. " Grandly Noble Nutz Tucker, General Superintendent and Chief Overseer of Stunts. Members And Means of Identification. Claggett — " Yes indeed. " The artistic finisher. Johnson, E. H. — " Wonder what he give me? " Caldwell — " Doggone if I see that. " Harris, W. — " Swear I ' ll get a three. " Kennon — Smasher of apparatus and warden of H. S bottle. Orme — Treasurer of diplomatic relations and arbitrator of Rat ' s threes. Motto : Pleasure before business ; never trouble trouble till trouble troubles 3-ou. (Greatest Achievement Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Mess Hall Growley Percentage of Composition (Official). Per Cent Carbon Bisulphide 14.02 Sulphurretted Hj ' drogen 9.05 Dibromphenylenediamine S.65 Cinnamylidenemalonic acid 6.oq Benzalsulphoethylmalonic acid q.qq Cinnamylideneacetophenone - - S.73 Orthoparadibrombenzophenone 10.06 Dianilmodibroneorthobenzoquinone 6.16 Parabromorthocyanbenzenesulphoric ether 12.07 Tetrabromorthobenzoquinonemythylhemiacetal-ch loride Svibstances unnamed 6.Q0 Total, per cent 100.00 1904 THE BOMB i6i B ' unbag. iKpmbrr Z7, 19114. " The congregation will please stand on their feet and sing four verses of hymn Number 532 — hymn 532. Sing four -erses of hymn 532, omitting the second and third verses. " " He was a bright and shining ' Light. ' " Hymn Number 532 has 0T y foicr stanzas. i62 THE B MB Vol. XX Jl tnal (Efkhralinna. Calendar. Opening Hop, Friday, June 17 .Society Hop, Saturday, June 18 Final German, Mondaj June 20 Alumni Banquet, Tuesday, June Final Ball, Wednesday, June 22 - " V igu4 THE BOMB i63 iFtnal (i»?rman. Leader : G. W. Headley C. P. NOLANU Assistant Leaders : S. A. LOUGHRIDGE D. C. Pearson Opening Figure G. W. Headley C. P. NOLAND S A. LOUGHRIDGE D. C. Pearson C. S. Dawley R. Ragland C. B. Lathrop T. W. ROBY W. M. Hundley J S. Williams C. H. Owen A. P. Upshur J. E. BiscoE W. Mahone J. S. Easley T. C. Gordon F. T. Wood J. B. L. Orme R. B Claggett J. W. Crowdus W. W. LaPrade A. H. Smoot L. C. Leftwich N. B. Page P. J. Thompson O. W. Fletcher S. K. Funkhouser R. E. Rissei J. E. Mort W. Harris B. T. Clark N. Hancock i64 THE BOMB Vol. XX 3 m lall. M. L. Craighill President F. B. Steele Vice-President Opening Figure. R. James K. S. Perkins C. H. Loop J. M. Marshall R. Y. Conrad J. Wharton R. A. Morison L. C. LaMont J. N. Perry R. J- Martin TWO SOULS WITH BUT A SINGLE CAPE igo4 THE BOMB 165 H. M. 31- JablpB tn g ' lattg. FABLE THE THIRD. (Tlie fable of the long-haired animal who put on a lion ' s skin and went abroad in the land frightening the people, and how he got it in the neck afterward.) At an ancient temple of Mars, located on a hill, at which certain young men are taught how to secure enougli martial information to enable them to hold down a job under an imperialistic government, there dwelt once a slack soldier, a private, whose appellation shall be Blank. He lived in one of the double rooms on the second stoop and, when not engaged at his regular occupation in the courtyard, made figures on the board of Col. M. ' s classroom, vainly endeavoring to get straightened out. This Napo- leon was a member of a tierce bunch of fire-eaters known as Company D, where he had been for many years, trusted and promoted at the end of the first year from the rear rank to the front of the same for gallantry on the field of cussedness. Private Blank was exceedingly slack. He was constantly getting boned for something, and there was no regulation he had not smashed, and no punishment he had not received, except reduction to ranks, and he had never tried to have that done to him. Happy Hooligan had to go to the seat in the rear and give way to this man when it came to running afoul of hard-luck tales. One man in particular was the bane of Blank ' s military existence. A sergeant, who was a file closer, seemed to have the idea fast screwed in his cocoa that first-classmen should not slouch, should not ask ques- tions about the weather in ranks, and should be as good soldiers as Rats. One cold day in January, when by chance he happened not to be under arrest or taking exercise in the courtyard. Blank ran across the dike of an officer who had been careless, and putting it on went on duty and imagined that as O. D. he had them all skinned a mile. He boned everything in sight, ran the place so military that people thought he was really an officer. He socked it to the sergeant for many things and if the demerits this official should have received had been his, he would have been in ranks next day. However, in the afternoon, Blank forgot about running things mili- tary and, starting a ball game in front of barracks, was having a " place-for-departed- spirits-of-a-time " when one of the Subs, came along. " Come off, Slack man, " he remarked, " you may fool the devil out of the under-classmen, but you can ' t rub it into me, take off that dike and go to your room under arrest. " Sadly the slack man was deprived of his glory, and when he became a private again all the corps and sergeants he had boned got busy, took courage, and put the blocks to the gentleman, so that parties passing along that way late in April found him still walking. Moral. — Don ' t play with a machine unless you ' ve got a regular job as engineer. Hqn.Leland StanfdrdsYineyard MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA. PURITY DIRECT TO CONSUMER, EXPRESS PAID BY us, ? 12 QUARTS marks fo indical ' e conl-en sjor $ 599 b CLARET, PORT, SHERRY, TOKAY, HDCK,HDCKHEIMER, SWEET CATAWBA, ANGELICA. I FINE EXPRESS PAID BY us. 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MANILA-SISAL W JUTE CORDAGE 65 all g tM jlieto fork Every Engineer or Student of Engineering should know Rope Driving. " A Little Blue Book on Rope Transmission, " covers the entire field in a few practical words COPY SENT FREE UPON REQUEST SOUTHERN EXPRESS CO. MONEY ORDERS This Company sells Money Orders at all Its offices, payable at all express offices In the country, and in Havana, Cuba. Rates on these Money Orders are as low as the lowest. They can be obtained in the most convenient manner, and if lost money will be refunded. No application is required. Affords the most convenient way of remitting money to cadets, or for incidental expenses. Operating on 30,000 miles of first class routes in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Mis- souri, North Carolin3, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and W«st Virginia, and to Havana, Cuba. SOUTHERN EXPRESS CO. ± 2l0utB i nutI|hiF0t rn %. M, U fjezas U rain A NEW FAST SERVICE RECENTLY PUT ON BETWEEN St. Itouis and exns SUPERBLY EQUIPPED MODERN COACHES : : CHAIR CARS Pullman fe lrcpfrs auD SDining Cars Write for Illustrated Folder, describing tliis New Service, and for Time-Tables, Cost of Tickets, Etc. E. W LaBEAUME, G. P. T. A., L. O. SCHAEFER, T. P. A., St. Louis Southwestern Ry., St. Louis Southwestern Ry., St. Loui.s, Mo. Cincinnati, O. •A- BEST PASSE.NGER. SERVICE. | IN TELXAS . IMPORTANT GATEWAYS - No trouble to answer questions. We can ticket yoii through Memphis, Shreveport, or New Orleans, from Texas points to VIRGINIA HANDSOME RECLINING CHAIR. CARS -SEATS FREE SUPERB PULLMAN SLEEPERS WRITE FOR NEW BOOK ON TEXAS — FREE E. P. TURNER, Gen ' l Pass. Agt.. DALLAS TEX. J. H. WORD, No. 8 Pryor St., ATLANTA, GA. WORLD ' S FAIR SCENIC ROUTE ON THE GREENBRIER RIVER — CH ESAT EA KE OHIO RAILWAY HANDSOME VESTIBULED TRAINS OF DAY COACHES, PULLMAN SLEEPERS, DINING CARS AND OBSERVATION PARLOR CARS OF THE LATEST PATTERN BETWEEN NEW YORK BALTIMORE PHILADELPHIA WASHINGTON OLD POINT COMFORT RICHMOND VIRGINIA HOT SPRINGS CINCINNATI LOUISVILLE ST. LOUIS CHICAGO DIRECT CONNECTIONS FOR. LEXINGTON, VA. Through the Most Picturesque and Historic Region of America Mountains, Rivers, Canons, Battle-fields, Colonial LandroarHs, Health and Pleasure Kesorts and Suraraer Homes in High Altitudes FOR ILLUSTRATED, DESCRIPTIVE PAMPHLETS, ADDRESS H. W. FULLER, General Passenger Agent, WASHINGTON, D. C. SOUTHWEST INFORMATION about the M. K. T. and the country throu, ih which it runs, will be cheerfully furnished by H. F. BOWSER, Distrift Passenge ' Agent 408 Tradion Building, Cincinnati, Ohio THE TEXAS ROAD The International and Great Northern Ry. Reaches in quickest time, by direft through car service from St. Louis, in connexion with the Iron Mountain Route; trains leaving St. Louis 2:21 p. m. and 8:20 p. m., Houston, Galveston, Waco, Austin, San Antonio, and Mexico City, via Laredo. For any desired information, write Second Vice-President General Passenger and General Manager and Ticket Agent David M. Lea Company :: Virginia Female Institute FOR GIRLS Situated in tlje cMountains of %)irginta Preparatory and Elective Courses Cobacco and Cigar Boxes Packing Cases and SJiooks I-, 2- and 3-lb. Thin Wood Boxes for Plug Tobacco a Specialty 61S Session Ivgiiis September i tli Miss Maria Pendleton Duval Principal :: :: Staunton, Virginia Siu-ec-ssor to Mrs. Gen. J. E. B. Stvakt RICHMOND :: ' I R G I N I A X C. I. RIEFLE President. J. E, SMITH, Treasurer, M X I. E, RIliGER, Vice-Pres. C, W. GARDSER, Secretary. X ■JUFACTURING CrcKcnt C nay iZompany | X X X X X DEALERS IN X X AND JOBBING CONFECTIONERS Foreign Domestic Fruits | Cakes, Crackers, Nuts, Etc X X X 112 SOUTH HOWARD STREET x X BALTIMORE, MD. X X X X X I APOLLO CHOCOLATES | I Well! Well! We Yell— g Darnell-Beckham, too ! ft Programs, menus, Tntfltations thty ' re Colleac Stationers Traternity Paper Dance Programs Darnell Beckham 924 Arch Street, Philadelphia xxxxxxxxjesxxxxxsecxxxxxxxxsec XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX5CXXX xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx X X LA ROWE ' S xmst MiiimthB txnh fool Parlors in tl|? HalUg Efstauratit nnh Momixn I JEFFERSON STREET LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA p xxxxxx?cxxX)jcxXirCXXXXXXXywvX)oofvxxxxxx xxxxssnX xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx VISITING OUR PLACE You will find an up-to-date line of ready-to-wear Clothing, Shoes, Shirts, Underwear, Neckwear, Hats, Etc. Is the only one in town that is up-to- date in every particular. We make all of our clothes on the premises. We guarantee fit, style, and workmanship. LYONS CLOTHING COMPANY " Tailors, Clothiers, and Gents ' Furnishers AGENTS FOR ARTHUR JOHNSON CO. ' S ATHLE.TIC SUPPLIES COR. MAIN AND NELSON STREETS. tbe nowlan Company 3ewelcrs RicDinona, Uirglitia ESTABLISHED 1866. L. G. JAHNKE CO. Successors ro L. G. Jahnke, DEALERJ " IN DIAMOND WATCHEJ § CLOCK AND JEWELRY Manufacturers of College and Society Badges. Repairing Fine Watches a Specialty. LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA NO DANGER Of being " Rammed " if your work is done at cbe ' model " Barber Sbop CLKANLINESS, ELABORATE FURNISHINGS, AND POLITE AND EFFICIENT SERVICE Make it a favorite witii Cadets. Everytliin: and up-to-date H. A. WILLIAMS Proprietor Main Street -:- -:- Lexington, Va. Next door to Bank of Rockbridaie n. 8. Spalding Bros. Largest Manufacturers in the World of OfficiaUylthletic Supplies Baseball, Lawn Tennis, Golf Official Athletic Implements % nd Blue Prints of Gymnasium Parapher- nalia furnished upon request Spalding ; Catalogue of all Athletic Sports mailed free to any address A. G. SPALDING BROS. New York Philadelphia Baltimore Minneapolis Boston Buffalo V ' -S I enter my fifteenth year of busi- ness and social relations with V. M. I. Cadets, I have no change to announce. In the future I will, as I have in the past, do as I wish to be done by. My policy will be as it has been — honest merchandise, fair prices, courteous treat- ment, no faking, and no misrepresenta- tion. On this platform I have always stood and there you will find me for all time to come. All old Cadets know me, all deal with I. All new Cadets will follow in line after the first visit. handle nothing but the BEST in Eating, Smoking, and Chewing m- ipoia Uanover ' s Caller Shop CLEANING and PRESSING H. L. BISCOE i olcjsale lumlicr anti lumber Com mijSjsion jWierci ant BiscoE ' s Tenth Street Wharves ] a6!)ing:tan,©.C Breast and Belt Plates Polished by Machinery GUNS CLEANED AND SKATES SHARPENED 1 MONTICELLO CITY BANK ROOM 10— BARRACKS fiicbmonb ESTABLISHED 1818 BROOKS BROTHERS BroaiJtoa , Comer 2 2D feit., jl fto orfe Clothing, Liveries, Automobile Garments, and Requisites English Furnishings, House Garments, Leather Goods, Etc. Fine Clothing, ready-made and to measure, ranging in price from the medium to the more ex- pensive CATALOGUE CONTAINING OVER J 50 ILLUSTRATIONS WITH PRICES MAILED ON REQUEST IMA. H. FETTING f MANUFACTUKER OF ( vnk IC tl r Jrat rntty J fo lrg J Temporary L,ocation t i 21 N. Liberty St. BALTIMORE, MD. I f § f t I Memorandum Package sent to any Fraternity Member Z through the Secretary of the Chapter. Special Designs and 4 @. ° _ _ ° ®. Estimates furnished on Class Pins, Medal, Rings, Etc. !. « § §. @. $ $ g. @. @. . § W. C. STUART OBoofijejellcr anti Stationer f i LEXINGTON, VA. I f and all goods belonging to the stationery business I FURNITURE! I OF QUALITY | § $ Sydnor Handley RICHMOND, VA. Marine Bank Main, Corner Bank Street NORFOLK ::: VIRGINIA Capi ' al $110,000 urplitB, 110,000 SanUitaiUcl! JOrnfitB, 61,000 W. H. Taylor, President Richard C. Taylor, Cashier Geo. R. Atkinson, Jr., Asst. Cashier City Bank Richmond RICHMOND ::: VIRGINIA Capital, $400,000 Surplus, 100,000 THIS BANK OFFERS ITS SER- VICES FOR THE TRANSACTION OF LEGITIMATE BANKING PHILADELPHIA DESIGNERS AND MANUFACTURERS OF STICK PINS :: CLASS RINGS CLASS PINS :•. BADGES CLASS STATIONERY Designs and estimates of cost mailed on request Jg 5S 5S No obligation incurred jHonttcello Finest Hotel in the South NORFOLK ::::: VIRGINIA CHAS. H. CONSOLVO, J hvmgcr I OLD VIRGINIA 1 1 mebtcal College I Pure Preserves, Mince- 1 | of Piratnta i ' meat and Ag c z ||ESTABLisHED isss; I THE FINEST AND B ST M J DEPARTMENTS of MEDICl " i i i DENTISTRY and PHARMACY 8? i g S S The Sixty-Seventh Session will com- % Si mence October i, igo4 m 11 1 g IT Well equipped Laboratories, splen- gt g SS did Hospital Facilities, and abundant p = % Clinical Material, afford excellent op- y M O K 111 ClllCCnCtl % portunities for practical work. :: 1$ Son Company : 1 . 0.. . . .... .. ,, ,, |jj »J ■VVi v vi» ni 7 « ■« X CHRISTOPHERTOMPKINS,M.D.,Z)c 7« i Wheeline :: West Virginia % Richmond, Virginia HE growth of the (HUtbCV ltV COl ' - lege Of CDicme of Richmond, Fa., has been remarkable — like- ivise its success. Not perfeftion, but superiority of teaching meth- ods (eminently personal and prac- tical) is claimed. The Official records of State, Army, Navy, and Marine Examining Boards strongly empha- size the faft — 7ione higher. Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy are taught by sixty-eight teachers, n " M fi % JAMES E. IKVINE dothier bailor an6 Men ' s urnishcv Charlottesville, Virginia 524 NINTH STREET, S. E. WASHINGTON :: :: D. C. CONCERT MUSIC DANCE MUSIC Raymond D. Sc John C. Schroei . . Coiidu or Aist. ConduBor . . Secretary 1 The leading society orchestra of Washington ; composed of the best talent, and equipped with all the latest music. 5S 5S 5i Si SS 5S SS Of all the Decorators LEXINGTON % Si- VIRGINIA has no equal in the business IT The Ball Rooms of thi Virginia Military Institute and the Washington and Lee University show this conclusively, iis ii ' yJi i4: H Decorations for Bazaars and Fairs a specialty. IT Always with a full line of Decorations, ii;- ig SS Cut Flowers at all times i ick Work and PerfeB SatisfaSiion are Guaranteed I THE P r r r r ??. 5?; S2 r n r, n r r r r r r S3 ?3. r, r r lllilkr Supply Cctnpany HUNTINGTON, W. VA. I Mine, Mill, Furnace, I Railroad Contrac- i tors ' Supplies Branch House: BLUEFIELD, W. VA 32??? " " ? " T " " " ' ' ' ' " ? " " " ' " " . . ( - - GIVE US A CALL Cigars, Cigarettes, Fruits, Etc. ALSO ANY MAGAZINE, PERIODICALS OR NEWSPAPERS id in the city A r. • I r -I B LIS H ED i . j fA u I l ll5aU0CK (ibO» I u u u w „ . U Eauinments U u n H uniiorms, i iievrons, i_aps, Lrioves, m U Suoids, Belts, Shoulder U c. T.-.„ n u u i itiatjocfe S, Co. l u fatturcr, . Cadet Uniforms and Equipments Cexington news Gcmpany r Next dooi ' to Lyons Clothii Uniforms, Chevrons, Caps, Gloves, Swoids, Belts, Shoulder Stiaps, Etc. h f nppi I of the Virginia Military hi tilute Cadets 112 J ourtb JCllE., J EtU gotft IF WORN BY A SOLDIER WE HAVE IT 3a 3?? " ? " " " " " " " " " " ? " " " " J. A A A Our Printini WILL SELL YOUR GOODS PROVIDED, OF COURSE, YOUR PRICES ARE RIGHT. AT ANY RATE, WE CAN BRING THE INQUIRIES. THEN IT ' S UP TO YOU The Stone Printing Mfg. Co. EDWARD L. STONE, President iio-,i2-ii3 N. Jefferson Street ROANOKE, VA. 53 S 55 V ' 59 V ' 5 ' 5 r ' ' y}Sy ' " ' CiK ( ' C S OFFICE HOURS 9 A. M. TO 2 P. M. 3 P. M. TO 6 P. M. DENTIST OFFICES ON MAIN STREET CORNER NELSON LEXINGTON :: :: VIRGINIA •Phone, Call 29 DEALERS IN BEDDING, CARPETS, SHADES, ETC. AT LOWEST PRICES CORNER JEFFERSON AND NELSON STREETS I.EXINGTON VA. i. lEiratta $c (Ufl. Manufacturers of Fine Quality Gilt, Silver and Nickel-Plated BUTTONS PLAIN :: FANCY :: army :: navy MILITARY :: POLICE :: livery CLUB :: STEAMBOAT :: RAILROAD INSTITUTIONS :: ETC. :: ETC. p. O. BOX 6 Attleboro Falls Mass. At all times, you can get any repairing done, and any kind. I am also equipped to do such as skate sharpen- ing at short notice. Tl I also do fine Watch Re- pairing, and carry a line of WATGHE3 isTEWELRY AND 3bUVENIR3 JEWELER OPPOSITE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH LEXINGTON :: :: VIRGINIA »aa s aai d»§ § saaa:» a ' assa a §i II Tlie highest grade of Drawing and Sur- veying Instruments for University and College use ; also T Squares, Tri- angles, Scales, and Drawing-Boards, and Drawing- Papers of all SEugene I9ieta:gen (IHompang descriptions m m m lH " 9 West 23d Street, NEW YORK CHICAGO SAN FRANCISCO NEW ORLEANS IF you wish a fine i©iamnn or tfoJotfti iJBem, a fine atcl), a dainty piece of ICcWElrp, a fine Clocft, piece of Cftina, €ut:iSiW0, or any article made of . ifticr, ybr Table, Toilet, or Desk. % % ' U BE SURE AND SEE OUR STOCK Medals, Badges, and Class Rings, for colleges and schools made to order WEDDINC PRESENTS A SPECIALTY laiclsfi Bro. Co. 5 E. Baltimore, near Charles St. JAS. M. Davidson President Benj. Huger .... General Manager CAPITAI. STOCK $25,000 CbeRuder=Davi(l$on= Sale £otnpdnv ' 3% INCORPORATED UNDER LAWS OF THE STATE OF VIRGINIA Wholesale Grocers BOARD DIRECTORS Benj. Huger J. mes M.Davidson William A. Davidson E. A. Sale Montgomery B. Corse LEXINGTON :: :: VIRGINIA L. F. YOUNG Ames Sword Co. JHercf)ant Ctjtcoprc, S ass. Cailor MANUFACTURERS OF Regulation anc Presentation Sword and Belts Cor. Washington «« Jefferson Sts. ik LEXINGTON, VA. T Have a Nice Stock to Select From s s 4 .s sl?4 osyder Highest of all in leavening strength. Latest U.S.Gove RNME NT Food Report. Wade, Masters Co. LEXINGTON, VA. WE CARRY A FINE LINE OF Candies, Cakes, and Crackers Canned Meats, Tobac- cos, and Cigars, Fruits, c. S. G. PETTIGREW DEALER IN Confectionery, Tobacco Cigars, Canned Goods c. PICTURE FRAJIING A SPI-XIALTY Opposite Lexin on Hotel ESTABLISHED i8g2 Stephen Lane Folger Artistic Memorials Marble and Granite LARGEST STOCK IN THE SOUTH ISO SroaUtoap, Brto pnrfe WATCHES, DIAMONDS, JEWELRY CLUB AND COLLEGE PINS AND RINGS GOLD AND SILVER MEDALS Catalogue and Prices up: n application The Couper Marble WorKs 1S9-161-163 Bank Street ESTABLISHED 1S4S) SAMPLE ROOMS FOR TRAVELING MEN, AND BUS TO AND FROM STATION THE LEXINGTON F. H. BRO KE NBR AUGH, Proprietor MAIN STREET - LEXINGTON - VIRGINIA SPECIAL FACILITIES FOR CADETS AND THEIR PARENTS RATES S2.00 AND S2.50 PER DAY V. MINOR WOODWARD STEWART M. WOODWARD Woodward Son lumber ZHcrcIiants Subscribe for the Rockbridge County b efo re leaving fo r home YELLOW PINE WHITE PINE HARDWOODS MAH OGANY % ROUGH AND DRESSED Largest general assorted stock in the South -Yards covering seven acres :: ;: :: :: ;: :: :: :: :: Main Office, Ninth » Arch Sts. RICHMOND " .VIRGINIA Gives all the news about the V. M. I. and lyexington O U E REPRESENTATIVE CALI, S AT THE V. M . I . AMBROSE PERRY Illcrcl]ant bailors 1 224 WEST FAYETTE STREET NEAR HOWARD BALTIMORE, MD. W. S. Hopkins President W. C. Stuart Cashier BanK of RocKbridge LEXINGTON -VIRGINIA Accounts of Cadets solicited Capital . Surplus . CADETS ■ ILL find at my store many items young men at the Institute are likely to want; sucli as 2 ablp Cobfi ' s, SDraprrics for their wardrobes, S oiDdS, Cposicrv, tElnnrrtorar, etc. C. Also big stock o{ Lowney ' s and other CanDieg, etc :::: :::: :::: :::: J. McD. Adair LEXINGTON HUGH WRIGHT, Proprietor First -Class Teams and Special Rales to Commercial and Traveling Men Stables in Rear of Lexington Hotel ■Phone 61 Jackson Jackson lEonsortal Hrtists LEXINGTON -VIRGINIA TIVO STORES Main Street, Adjoining Hotel Nelson Street Two of the Best Equipped Barber Shops in the South. Call once and you will call again. WRITE OUT YOUR ORDER, BOYS! " BOB " ALEXANDER WILL FILL THEM PROMPTLY Chicken, Game, Confectioneries, and especially Cream Puffs on Saturdays for Cadets ORDERS DELIVERED AT ANY HOUR GIVE ME A TRIAL R. R. ALEXANDER Nelson Street LEXINGTON, VA. We Have Them ! Teams that you would be proud of All the style that you can stand. All the safety that you want. Speedy, well-matched teams, that you would not be ashamed of if you had some other fellow ' s sweetheart with you and were to meet him. Our buggies are not the rattletrap kind, but light, strong, new and kept in perfect order. We call at residences for trunks at any hour and meet all trains. Hold your checks for our prompt delivery of baggage. Palace Livery Stables JOHN J. SHERIDAN, Proprietor LEXINGTON :: :: VIRGINIA At GORRELL ' S About Your DRUG STORE " WASH " NELSON STREET You are interested in gettmg Ecxinoton, Virginia your linens laundered in the best manner, satisfactory to Can be found a Large and Well Assorted Stock of Medicines, Toilet Articles, Stationery, Fancy Goods, and Perfumery. you and saving to the gar- ments. We have careful methods and do not use injurious chemicals, and thus we make CHOICE SODA WATER your linen last longer. COCA-COLA Lexington ■Phone 70 Steam Prescriptions Carefully Compounded by Competent Pharmacists ' Phone 41 Electric Night Bell " li ' ZZ Laundry H. KRAUSE THE McCRUM HEADQUARTERS FOR DRUG Jfftite (Cnnffrlintiprg, (fiannri) (gautiB, COMPANY 3lrf-(!Irpam. 331iatagrapl]s, Etr. ▲ -w % You Alumys Get Your Moncfs Worth and Never Get " Skiuned " Shop Open 10:30 to n;30 a. m.. Main St., Lexington, Va. and 8:30 to 9:40 P. M. M. B. CORSE, Proprietor SAM ' L B. WALKER, JR. Real Estate, Rental, and Insurance Agents REPRESENTS The National Life Insurance Company OF VERMONT The best Life Insurance Company in the woz d The United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company OF BALTIMORE PATRONAGE OF CADETS AND EX-CADETS ESPECIALLY SOLICITED J. L. McCOWN liotosrapljrr OPPOSITE COURT-HOUSE LEXINGTON, VA. Grades of work to suit the trade AMATEUR WORK DONE NEATLY SPECIAL RATES TO CADETS Hotel Roanoke A MODERN UP-TO-DATE HOTEL BEAUTIFULLY LOCATED IN THE HEALTHFUL SECTION OF VIR- GINIA. ;: :: :: :: :: A DELIGHTFUL RESORT FOR SPRING AND SUMMER GOOD WORK ONLY YOUR PATRONAGE SOLICITED FOR TERMS, ETC., ADDRESS PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDENTS AND CADETS ARE RESPECTFULLY RE- aUESTED TO INSPECT THE SUPERIOR FINISH OF PHOTOGRAPHS AT TwKNTY-NINE YeARS PHOTOGRAPHER TO Graduating Class of V. M. I. Also Photographer for Half- tones IN THIS Volume Reduced Rates to Students and Cadets Special Terms to Fraternities, Classes, and Clubs R. L. BRUCE LEXINGTON MmX market LEXINGTON, VA. % l ammotKl Campbell DENTIST OFFICK First National Bank Building SECOND FLOOR V. M. I. Class iSrs GRAHAM COMPANY ALL THAT PERTAINS TO GENTEEL DRESSING IS HERE New Lasts and Toes in Russia, Calf and Patent Leather Shoes Latest Fads in Stiff and Straw Hats Endless Variety of Neckwear " New Styles in Collars and Cuffs Agents for A. G. Spalding Bros. ' Sporting Goods Up with the Times in Quality, Styles and Prices LIKE TO MAKE YOUK ACQUAINTANCE OPPOSITE LEXINGTON HOTEL We want to sell or make you a Ult of ClOtl)C0 or a }Bair of iaantjs We Sell HATS :: SHOES GENTS ' FURNISHINGS TRUNKS AND VALISES COME ANDSEE US The G. D. Clothing Co. OPPOSITE COURT-HOUSE

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