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I have thought it prudent to make myself known, and perhaps save mutual embarrassment, by these few words of introduction; a ceremonial, by the way, upon which popular sentiment, or conservatism, lays much stress to-day.
A noted lecturer is to speak to-night, in a western city. He is a man of world-wide reputation. His books are on the shelves of every library, his best thoughts the household words of every family in the land. He has been heard, on former occasions, even in the same house, by most, if not by all of the house now awaiting him. For ten days his name and fame have been blazoned in halfyard letters by the bulletin boards. He enters; is greeted by the audience with tumultuous applause, and takes the seat provided for the speaker. Then a voice comes ambling to the footlights and tells the audience, what every sane person in it knows already, that " we are to have the pleasure to-night of listening to the Rev. Dr. Slungshot."
This strange custom prevails, even in private life. Persons may be each intimate friends of a third; may have learned, through this source much of the mental habits and worth of each other; and yet, if thrown together for days, can only address each other at the sacrifice of a false etiquette, and, if of opposite sex, to the horror of Mrs. Grundy.
A further observance of this formality, and one which, to a dull bird like myself, seems to border even more on absurdity, is seen in the large schools of the east/ It is, I am told, not uncommon for a young lady and gentleman to enter college in the same class, pursue the same studies, spend from four to twelve hours a week in the same classroom, under the mental sympathy which must exist between all true students engaged under an enthusiastic teacher, in the same study; to have, I say, all this of common interest, and yet to pass each other daily in the buildings or upon the streets, without the slightest courtesy, and in the end to graduate strangers.
This seems to me utterly wrong, and the fault of both parties, though due, in great measure to the cast-iron interpretation of, or fastidious stickling for, a ceremony in itself necessary to society. On the one hand, a gentleman should not be con
sidered as offending if, under the circumstances I have described, he observes the courtesy of recognition; while, on the other, the lady should not be considered as forward, or detracting in the least from true ladyhood, who should take the initiative in such a recognition. There need be, often there could be, no acquaintance, and frequently none is desired; but such simple acts of ordinary politeness as the passing bow and lifted hat, acts which cost nothing, should compromise no one, and would furnish a solution to one of the most embarrassing problems of college-life.
HIS SAD FATE, AND HIS REASON WHY.
In a beautiful little village situated on the shore of Lake Michigan there lives a young maiden of wondrous beauty and high attainments. Her winning ways were the means of almost com pletely dissevering the tender heart strings of a worthy Junior of our own classic shades. When he had finished his Sophomore year in college, and having the customary audacity of such self-conceited individuals, he thought that he had arrived at an epoch in his existence when he deemed himself equal to the emergency of asking for the hand and heart of his lady love, and thus sealing his fate forever.
It was on a Sunday afternoon. The sun was slowly descending in the west, and the drops of rain were pattering against the window pane, causing Evelyn Ashton to depart somewhat from the reverie of her thoughts.
She had been thinking all day long how good Ernest Montrose had been to her, and how she could ever compensate him for the hard-earned money that he had spent in taking her on pleasure trips and excursions—money that Ernest had earned, battling against bull-dogs and infuriated husbands in trying to sell his "new thing in the book line."
Little did Evelyn Ashton think that her own true Ernest was coming up the street, with his commercial-like gait, holding under his linen duster a premature Junior plug, while in his manly heart was beating the true and devoted love for his dear Evelyn.
As Evelyn saw him coming up the walk, her heart gave a sudden leap for joy, and rushing to the door she lovingly welcomed her ideal hero.
When Ernest entered, Evelyn saw by the double barrelled glance of his eye, that he was more ex cited than usual.
Going up to him she quietly asked him "if he had been having an altercation with any irate dog that molested the calm serenity of his existence in selling his ' new book.'"
Ernest thinking that this was a pretty good place to begin, pulled up his celluloid cuffs and said: "No, Evelyn, your suspicions are groundless, but I have been thinking of late that we ought to be more to each other than friends. I, who have loved you so many years, desire to be something more to you than I have been. When your father was on his death bed, years ago, when we were children, his last wish that he expressed was that we should marry when we arrived at a suitable age. Oh! Evelyn, I have worked so hard during my summer vacations, in earning a sufficient amount of money to give myself an education, and try and make myself worthy of you. I who have chanced even my life at the mercy of the hired man's pitchfork to sell a single copy of my book to the family. If you have any feelings for a loving friend, you can not surely say no, to what I am going to ask. Yes, Evelyn, I came here to-day to ask you—you to be my wife."
Evelyn listened very attentively to this painful recital, and with tears in her eyes, falling on her knees beside her friend said: "My dear Ernest, I have always loved you with the true devotedness. I have often been greatly troubled when you were in Ann Arbor, fearing that some beautiful "coed" would captivate your heart. But, Ernest, hear me. There is an insurmountable barrier that will keep us apart forever."
My heart feels a pang of sorrow when I think of it, but alas, it is too true. Ernest Montrose, we can never marry."
During this painful recital Ernest's heart beat sorrowfully within his would-be manly breast. Replacing his linen duster on the floor to keep his ice cream pants clean, he knelt on the floor before Evalyn Ashton, and the past came before his thoughts like a dream. He thought of the many dishes of ice cream that he had bought for her, of
the car fares and matinee tickets, and saw that his ideal of womankind had duped and deceived him. He bent down his head, and with eyes blinded with tears, sobbingly rebuked Evelyn with the following:
"Evelyn, you have done me a great wrong. Why did you not tell me that another was dearer to me than you? and— "No," cried Evelyn, " I have loved you truly, and have never given another a place in my heart. I have already told you that there is an insurmountable barrier that will always keep us from marrying. I ought to have told yeu before, but I have tried in vain to overcome the great bane of my existence, you know—"
"Speak but one word," said Ernest in a faltering voice, looking up at her with his blue Ann-Arbor-club-boarding-house-milk-colored eyes. "Tell me the eause of our sad fate. Surely you do not love A—s?"
"No, Ernest; I have already told you that I do not love another; but do not break my heart. Leave me forever. It can never be as you desire."
"Do not ruin me, Evelyn, but let me know why we must part."
"Alas! Ernest, I cannot, I must not tell you."
"But my dear Evelyn—"
"Oh, Ernest, forgive me, leave me. It can never be, / have cold feet."
There is talk of a Freshman periodical to be published annually by a committee of the Freshman class. The name of it is to be the "Delphian." Editors will be elected at once and steps taken to have the class coming from the High School elect a committee to prepare an issue for next year. The " Delphian " is not to make war on any existing publication, and its projectors wish to have the fact known so that the first number at least will have a smooth path. There is obvious need for such a publication, for the freshman class is not fairly represented in any college paper while the sophmore class is in possession of an organ. The " Delphian " will take a neutral stand in politics, both national and collegiate, and its chief end and aim will be to make itself a financial success, until such time as it feels strong enough to attack the faculty. Freshman.
RECENT issue of the Providence Journal contains an article on the University of Michigan, in which the great work now being done in the University, and the administration of President Angell are spoken of with most unsparing praise. Coming as it does from a paper published in a section of the country which abounds with educational institutions and in which education has made great progress, this article must be a source of great gratification to the friends of the University and to the inhabitants of Michigan. One of the greatest proofs of the stand the west is taking, is the fact that her colleges are being compared with those of the east, and suffers nothing by the comparison. The Journal congratulates the University on the support it receives from the state and also from individuals. Michigan certainly stands at the head of the west in educational matters and as the Journal says, is one of the most intelligent states in the Union. The article also speaks of the standing of our professors, many of whom have acquired national reputations. The portion of the article published in the Free Press was read with a great deal of pride in Ann Arbor and Michigan.
ROFESSOR D'OOGE has been appointed a director of the American Classical School at Athens, to succeed Professor Harkness, whose term expires at the end of the college year. This appointment is a worthy mark of appreciation, not only for Professor D'Ooge's ability but also for the interest he had always taken in the welfare of this institution. Prof. D'Ooge's selection as a director is still another proof of the progress that the University is making and of the recognition which the abilities of its faculty is receiving by the whole country, and especially by the educational world This recogninition coming so soon after the Professor's speech before the Philological Society, which was commented on very favorably by the eastern press, and was published in the New Englander, must be very gratifying to himself as well as to his friends. Prof. D'Ooge has not yet accepted, but if it offers a larger field of usefulness, together with the facilitiesit offers for pursuing his particular branch, it is altogether probable that we shall lose him for a year or two.
HE Lecture Association are to be congratulated in having at last found an ent* rtainment that can really be called popular. The Twain-Cable entertainment certainly struck the right cord, and the Board came out with money in pocket. While Ann Arbor audiences are slow to appreciate many worthy attractions, there can be no doubt that there are some things on which they have made up their mind. Whether the large audience was drawn thither by the double star combination, or by Mark Twain, will probably never be found out, but certain it is that when Mr. Cable was here a year ago the entertainment was a financial failure, and the Bicycle Association under whose auspices it was given, instead ef replenishing its treasury were obliged, to call for an assessment from its members. Again, it is hardly possible that a man with even such a world-wide reputation as Mark Twain has, would have drawn such a large audience as greeted the "moral combination." The Ann Arbor audience is gregarious, as most audiences are, and it takes a crowd to draw a crowd.
The editor of this department earnestly requests the active co-operation of every alumnus and undergraduate In obtaining material for the Personal columns. In sending material for these columns, please state department, class, business, and anything else which you thine will Interest the alumni and students of the University.
We would call the attention of the Chronicle subscribers to a change that will be made in the personal department next issue. Beginning with No. VEI, every personal item will be preceded by the year of graduation, or the class to which the person belonged, so that by glancing down the list one can see in an instant the class personals that he may be interested in.
C. H Knapp, '87, was married last summer.
J. W. Alexander, law, '66, is practicing at Sterling, 111.
A. L. Lewis, of '86, has gone into business at Toledo.
Mis9 Sweetzer, lit, '83, is teaching at Port Huron, Mich.
G. W. Crosby, medic, '83, is practicing at Tallman, Mich.
Henry King, medic, '83, practices at Onekama, Mich.
F. A. Register, law, '83, is practicing at Bismark, Dakota.
Harris, medic, '79, of Midland, Mich., was in town last week.
Dr. Obetz and family spend the holidays at Columbus, Ohio.
Flora P. Hasley, once of '86, is teaching at Ludington, Mich.
D. S. Harley is with the Fowler & Harley firm, attorneys at law.
Dr. A. C. Wright, medic, '81. has gone to San Jose\ Cal., to practice.
Ed. M. Bailey, law, '84, is "laying for" clients at Waynesburg, Ohio.
P. A. Randall, '71 lit, and '73 law, is practicing law at Ft. Wayne, Ind.
"Sub "(Reed, '87, is attending the Rush Medical College.
H. J. Hensikfeld, medic, '83, is married, and practicing at Fulton, III.
B. B. Rowe, formerly of '86, is running a skating rink at Alma, Mich.
W. B. Cady, lit, '82, has a lucrative land business at Sault St. Marie, Mich,
F. C. Ford prefers traveliug for a Detroit Arm to TJ. ofM. work with '87.
W. S. Walkley, medic, '79, is practicing at La Monte, Mich., with fair success.
F. Frolich, '85, will graduate with '86. His dropping out last year causes this.
Main, medic, '84, who is practicing in Jackson, was in Ann Arbor on the 10th.
D. C. Schemm, of '86, has become a three year man and will graduate with '85.
H. Z. Brock, lit, '84, goes home to Holly, Mich., today, "for good," as he says.
E. L. Parmenter, once of '83, taught for the last two years. He will graduate with '86.
O. L. McMurray, of '84, until the end of his sophmore year, will graduate with '86.
J. E. Beal, lit,'82, proprietor of the Ann Arbor Courier was east last week on business.
A. H. Holmes, of'88, will enter Bryant AStratton's Detroit Business College next year.
Levy P. Wilcox has decided to leave the list of " Selects " and will graduate in June '85.
E. N. Smith, of '83, is not a Minneapolis lawyer, but is in his father's bank at Romeo.
Dr. Kleefuss, of the medical class of'82, was in from Detroit last week to visit Prof. Wehner.
G. H. Fletcher, lit, '81, is in the law office of Tarrence & Fletcher, at Minneapolis, Minn.
V. J. Teflft, lit. '77, is proprietor of the Ingham County News, published at Mason, Mich.
A Covel, lit, '87, went home to Napoleon, Mich., on the 15th, prostrated with typhoid fever.
Miss Isadore Thompson, lit, '84, was in town last week, the guest of her sister Gamma Phi's.
A. E. Jenkins is taking work in the dental department together with his regular '85 lit work.
Neg. Cochran, lit, '86, of the local staffof the Toledo Commercial Telegram, was in town last Sunday.
A. S. Petit, lit, 79, was in business with A. J. Whitehead in Denver until recently, when he sold out.
Wyllys C. Ransom, lit, '48, deputy railroad commissioner at Lansing, was in Ann Arbor on the 10th.
On Nov. 20th, Dr. Mayo, of the class of '82, was married to Miss Hattie Davison at Rochester, Minn.
W. A. Kreider, '87, is on a Mississippi river survey in the South. He will return to college," Some day."
Mrs. Merrill, librarian of the Michigan State Agricultural College, at Lansing, is studying in our library.
Van Hook, '84, is in Chicago attending the Rush Medical College.
.. C. L. Sheldon, law, '68, is master in chancery at Sterling, 111., where he has practiced since leaving college.
"Wadsworth, law, '83, is with the L. A. Wordsworth Lumber Co., at Wellington, Ohio. He is to be married soon.
Willard Beaker, law, '83, owner and editor of the Adrian Daily Evening Record, spent last Sunday in Ann Arbor.
The marriage of W. C. Beckwith, law, '85, and Miss Morgie A. Gaylord is announced. Place, Detroit. Time, Dec. 25th.
John D. Chambers, lit, '71, was a medic of '74, and since graduation has been practicing the healing art at Ft. Wayne, Ind.
E. J. Stillwell, '88, went home on the 12th, to help his father in the furniture business through the holidays, at Big Rapids.
W. D. Crosby, law, '83, has been practicing since graduation. He was defeated in the circuit court commissioner race this fall.
L. G. Johnson, a non-graduate of the class of '68, law department, has practiced law and been master in chancery at Morrison, 111.
Edwin K. Whitehead, of'80, is in the real estate and insurance business with his brother, A. J. Whitehead, of '78. The latter is married.
J. H. Cotteral, freshman president of '87, is at his home in New Castle, Ind. He will probably be an ornament to his class again next year.
B. S. Waite and wife, nee Miss Ismene Cramer, of Ann Arbor, both lits of '80, are living at Menominee, Mich., where Mr. Waite is practicing law.
J. J. Reed, lit, '79, is proprietor of the Washington Boulevard skating rink in Chicago. Three years ago he married Miss Mamie Hiscoek, of this city.
T. J. Ballinger, of '87, entertained Rutherford P. Hayes, son of ex-President Hayes, who, with his mother, was visiting at Mrs. Balliuger's last week.
Dr. W. H. Hubbell, homeop. of '83, is superintendent physician of the order of Red Cross of the District of Columbia, with headquarters at Washington.
Ed. C. Pitkin, '84, is on the civil engineer corps of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, at the extreme west end of the road. He expects to be back again after Christmas.
I. N. Wattles, lit, '74, of Kalamazoo, is predicting an open winter, and the Courier accuses him of judging the winter by his mouth, because he is laying for some Kalamazoo office.
R. T. Chandlee, lit, '79, has returned from Europe, where he has been making a specialty of the modern languages. P. O. address, American House, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
O. F. Hunt, '81, is in a Detroit law office.
Harry Forbes, '84, ex Chronicle editor, is at his home in Rockford, 111.
Dr. R. W. Kitchen, '84, of Ann Arbor, has settled in Allegan to practice medicine.
Galnsha PenDell, '68, is living at St. Johns, Mich. Was elected State Senator at the recent election.
H. O. Crane, '84, has gone to Kansas City.JJMo., where he will be located for the present, at least.
Ralph Brown, '81, is in business at his home in Rochester, Minn. He is mourning the loss of his wife who recently died.
S. D. May, '84, is at his home in Belvidere. 111. He has been in poor health since graduating, but is reading Kent and Blackstone.
Will. Cady, '82, was a candidate for Circuit Court Commissioner at Sault St. Marie, but the other fellow got there by sixty majority.
Robert T. Gray, lit '82, who graduated last year from the Harvard Law School, is practicing with his brother, William J. Gray, lit '77, in Detroit.
F. W. Gregory, '81, is at his home, 130 Penton St., New Orleans. "Greg's" experience as a Chronicle editor will make him an attraction for Exposition visitors.
Donnell Davenport, of '88, has been troubled a gre»t deal with his eyes for the past month. It is doubtful whether he will be able to continue with his college work after the holidays.
W. F. Schirmer, of '83 for two years, and since then in an East Saginaw jewelry store, is now the proprietor of a store of that kind. He has enjoyed wedded happiness for a year and a half.
Walter Stager, law, '68, has practiced at Sterling, Ills., since leaving college. He has been states attorney of Whiteside county, since November, 1880. Is the author of Stager's Road and Bridge Laws of Illinois.
L. E. Holden, of '58, has lately purchased the Cleveland Plaindealer. Mr. Holden went to Utah shortly after graduating, where he became the owner of a large and profitable interest in silver mines, and amassed a large fortune.
Oliver N. Downes, law, '83, practiced in the Indianapolis courts for one year after leaving college. For the past year he has been practicing at Knoxville, la. On Sept. 17th, 1884, he was married to Miss Lulu Goodrich, of Ann Arbor.
Miss Mary Hegeler, lit, '82, after leaving college superintended her father's zinc works at La Salle, III., until last September, when she went to Freiberg, Saxony, where she will study in the school of mines for at least two years.