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such a passionate admiration for smart sayings, that we often overlook the subtle poison conveyed by the sprightly words. For all this, the remedy is most obvious. We must begin to have a higher respect for a sensible and true saying, than for a smart utterance tainted with impurity. We must abstain from, and frown upon the slightest approaches to the hateful, pestilential topic. In regard to the grosser violations of the great law of purity, we have facts in our possession which we should not dare to publish, but which would startle the most careless of us into anxiety for the reputation of our Alma Mater, and the welfare of the present and coming generations of young men within her walls. We have no right to be indifferent to such things. The delinquent, who frequents the house where the memory of mother or sister cannot be carried, should in kindness to him, be a marked man in the community, and be made to feel the lashings of an outraged public sentiment.
In all these respects and many others we believe that as a community we are far from having a sufficiently elevated moral standard. Nothing has been said of Christian sentiment or Christian obligation, because it did not enter into our design, and more properly belongs in other places. Comparison has been made in only one instance, of the state of morals now prevalent with those of other times. The facts appear as they are at present, and our course of action ought not to be greatly affected by that of those who have long preceded us in circumstances greatly different. We have not presented any encouraging circumstances in our moral condition, which might easily be found, partly because some of them are of more importance in appearance than in fact, and more from the conviction that the dark side of the picture, if true to the reality, ought to secure the serious attention of at least one sitting.
We need to cherish and manifest a bigher type of manliness, to have a more thorough appreciation of the dignity of our position and pursuits, to attach a higher value to moral principle and moral practice, to more often lend the kindly helping to our returning brother, and to throw the mantle of charity over his past course, while we frown more decisively upon the determined evil-doer. We must learn to call things by their right names, to scorn the screening of iniquity lest it cause offense or unpopularity, to look at conduct in the light of its permanent results rather than its temporary ones. The moral sentiment of our community is a precious jewel entrusted to our care We shall wrong the worthy men who have preceded us, we shall wrong ourselves, and those who come after us, if we are false to the VOL. XXVIII,
trust. Amid the reflections and resolutions of the closing hours of the term, may not the purpose be definitely fixed in the mind of more than one of our fellow-students, to individually contribute to remove these spots from the fair fame of our community, and to cherish that treasure as a precious legacy ?
C. W. F.
Died at sea, off St. Helena Island, on board of Southern Cross, Feb. 11th, 1863, George HERBERT EDWARDS, formerly a member of the Class of 1864.
In the very intimate relations of nearly two years of College life, we were all led to admire and love him for his superior talents, his genial disposition, and his manly heart, and when, one year ago, be was obliged to leave College, on account of ill-health, he left behind him here many strong friends, and many earnest well-wishers. He sailed from Boston, in March, 1862, on voyage for his health, and as we occasionally received news of his improvement, we all hailed joy. fully the good tidings. His friends had already begun to anticipate, with great pleasure, his safe return, when the sad announcemont of his death suddenly came to us.
We think it appropriate to the solemn occasion, in behalf of the Junior Class, to extend to his bereaved family and relatives our heartfelt sympathy, and to assure them, that while we deeply mourn his early death, far away from the comforts of home, yet we rejoice in the blessed knowedge that he was prepared for his departure, and that he has already entered upon the nobler and blessed Life of Eternal Peace in the Kingdom of his Heavenly Father.
T. K. BOLTWOOD,
Society Elections. The election in the two Literary Societies took place Wednesday evening, April Ist, as follows:
Occurred on Wednesday, April 8. The following is the Order of Exercises :
AFTERNOON. 1. Music: Marche de Sacre.— Meyerbeer. 2. Latin Oration, "De Reguli Virtute,” by WILLIAM HENRY PALMER, Stonington. 3. Oration, “Mental Culture,” by WILLIAM MCAFEE, Greenwich.
4. Oration, “ Political and Religious Liberty in Italy,” by JAMES PHILLIPS Hoyt, Coventry, N. Y.
5. MUSIC: Bolero, Vêpres Siciliennes.— Verdi.
6. Oration, “Grounds of Encouragement under National Trials,” by FRANCIS ENGLESBY LOOMIS, New Haven.
7. Dissertation, “Dr. Kane,” by GEORGE FREDERIC LEWIS, Bridgeport. 8. Dissertation, “Mirabeau,” by CHARLES HENRY BURNETT,* Philadelphia, Pa. 9. Music: Glorioso Galop.--Helmsmüller.
10. Oration, “ Present and Future of American Literature," by John WILLIAM TEAL, East Durham, N. Y.
11. Dissertation, " The English Puritans,” by WILLIAM PACKER BELLAMY, Chicopee Falls, Mass.
12. MUSIC: Duetto, ' I would that my love.”—Mendelssohn.
14. Oration, “Dignity and Importance of Independent Action,” by HORACE DANIEL PAINE, Woonsocket, R. I.
15. Oration, "The Legislation of Lycurgus,” by RALPH WHEELER, Stonington. 16. MUSIC: Fort Federal Hill March.-Helmsmüller. 17. Oration, " The Battle of Tours," by JOB WILLIAMS, Worcester, Mass.
* Prevented by ill-health from speaking.
18. Philosophical Oration, “ The Influence of Theory in the Growth of Astron. omy,” by CHARLES GREENE ROCKWOOD, Newark, N. J.
19. MUSIC: Duetto from Aroldo.- Verdi.
EVENING. 8. Music: Chorus and March from Tannhäuser.— Wagner.
2. Greek Oration, "'O 'Etapelvávdas Év onßals TohLTEVÓLEVOS," by ISAAC PLATT PUGSLEY, Binghamton, N. Y.
3. Oration, “ Character developed by Emergencies,' by JOHN WILLIAM STERLING, Stratford.
4. Oration, “The Suppression of the Knights Templars," by CHARLES LARNED ATTERBURY, New Albany, Ind.
5. Music: Duetto, " Fly, my skiff."-Kücken.
6. Dissertation, The Educational Value of Popular Institutions,” by ARTHUR PHINNEY, Gorham, Me.
7. Oration, "Warren and Lyon,” by DANIEL LATHROP Coit, Norwich Town. 8. Music: Hinkley Galop.-Helmsmüller.
9. Oration, “Milton as a Republican," by HENRY PAINE BOYDEN, Worcester, Mass.
10. Dissertation, “Popular Conscience,” by MOSELEY HOOKER WILLIAMS, Terryville.
11. Music: Quartetto, Rigoletto.- Verdi.
12. Oration, "The Partition of Poland," by CHARLES PHELPS TAFT, Cincinnati, 0.
13. Oration, "Socrates,” by SAMUEL CARTER DARLING, St. Stephen's, N. B.
14. Oration, Adversity the Test of Power," by LEWIS FREDERICK WHITIN, Whitinsville, Mass.
15, Music: Student Songs.
17. Philosophical Oration, “William Pitt,” by GEORGE SPRING MERRIAM, Springfield, Mass.
18. Music: Frühlings Klänge Waltz.-Kühner.
And so at last, pen in hand, we are ready for the monthly gossip. Brevity shall be our motto, for we are not of that happy number whose good-natured volubility is always overflowing, and always charms and interests, even while fatigues. This filling an Editor's " Drawer” is, to be sure, very much like writing a chatty, rambling letter-it involves the rarely-attained art of saying nothing, or next to nothing, in the most delicate and approved way. The good letter-writer is like a
genial, companionable friend, who is ever ready to talk on any subject that naturally and pleasantly suggests itself, but who never afflicts you with the learned results of previous deliberate "cramming." In this wholesome view of the art of letter-writing, the Novelist, Cooper, insists that letters should be written, as agreeable conversation is carried on, in the informal, unpremeditated style, for thus only can be secured the dash and sparkle, without a sprinkling of which, society loses its charm, and friendly correspondence becomes distasteful, if not profitless. How easy it is for many to write and talk, but how difficult to find readers and listeners ! This, we suppose, is because almost everybody would like to make a sort of monopoly of the privileges of speech, but nobody knows how to do it. Still, we must continue to regard the inveterate talker, or the voluminous writer, as invaluable members of society, for the former can always ensure to the bashful man-poor fellow-the priceless luxury of keeping silence, while the latter may often remove from the modest and the lazy, the unwelcome necessity of writing, when they are sure they have nothing to write.
But here we are, actually commencing a dissertation. This may not be, for theme-writing for us is over. Thouglıts of coming "disputes," as well as visions of copy-demanding printers, no longer haunt us. We, at last, to whom has not been vouchsafed “the vision and the faculty divine,” need no longer attempt to poetize, to dissertate, or sermonize.
And what, you now make haste to ask, have we to record of the doings and events of the College world? Assuredly, very little. The College world is plod. ding-repeats itself every day—its history, like staple conversational topics, or subjects discussed in rural, perhaps College Lyceums, is threadbare and commonplace. Our Chronicles, if any we make, may not be “metrical,” for the PoetMember is indisposed; they cannot be romantic, for the days of pranks and escapades, of Saturday night adventures, of unheard-of love-follies and love-matches, of marvelous and victorious encounters with the "Townies,” of rout and revel and masquerade, are mostly past at Yale. Neither may we sound the war-like strain, for though we live in a time
"When lion-mouthed war with brutalized force prevails," yet these halls of learning are peaceful as were e'er the Academic groves of ancient Greece.
Whither has fled that fiery, patriotic spirit, which, eighteen months ago, shalled in arms," and sent to the daily drill every Yale student, from grave Senior to nascent Freshman? It has been chastened, doubtless, into a soberer, deeper feeling, but we are not to forget that, naturally, in the ceaseless routine of absorbing College duties, the most stirring excitement soon dies away. The student of necessity ignores, in great measure, outside events, even though they be of the most startling character. His life is among books—in the Past, and this, coupled with the influence of the esprit de corps to which he is subjected, will scarce allow his fancies or his thoughts to wander beyond the precincts of Alma Mater.
But if the Muse Editorial refuses to be inspired by Poetry, Romance, or War, then, despairingly, we turn to Love and Politics. Ah! Love, ejaculates the sentimental Senior, about to step forth from beneath mother Yale's protecting ægis, to face the dry duties of his chosen business or profession, be thou my solace and delight! Do thou alleviate and idealize the prosiness of life! Cupid, send thy dart!