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listened wo wore convinced how much in
tills world depends on little things. S. D.
Cox's Invective, "The Goddess or Jus.
tice," was quite a happy hit, while such a
production requires no little skill in ion.
during. Mr. Cox seems to have mustered
the style to perfection, and hurled many
strong bolls of irony at the present man.
nor in which our laws are administered.
The Oration, by Miss Elma Hawloy,
" Good Old Times," was treated in a very
pleasant manner, and we were pleased to
know that young ladies now days don't
think the "good old times" begin to com
pare with the "times now days." Wo
were sorry that she could not ho heard in
all parts of the hall, yet her beautiful ap.
pearance on the stage may make up some,
what for that defect. Tho debate between
Mr. P. M. Hall and Helen Judkius was
ono of tho finest wo have had the pleas
uro to listen to. Mr. Hull is ono of our
young lawyers, and tho ablo manner in
which ho handled his subject and tho
spirited style of his deliveiy presages the
triumphs he is destined to make in his
chosen profession. His fair opponent,
Miss.Tudkius, astonished all her friends
by tho remarkable way in which she do
fended her side of the question. She
spoke in a very clear, pleasing voice,
showing no little care and naturalness on
the stage, and any young gentleman must
look well to his laurels when she con.
tends against him. Perhaps no exercise of
tho evening was better enjoyed and
more roundly aplauded than the essay,
"Tho March or tho Intellect," by Miss
Kate Hall. The Valedictorian, II. W.
Harrington, treated his subject, "The
Teachings of Nature," in a very acceptable
manner. lie did not speak loud enough,
but remedied that defect when he fully
entered into his subject. He has a very
fine voice and is free and natural beforo
an audience. Tho words or parting and
council to those he leaves behind him
formed ono pleasing fcaturo of his pro.
duction. Too much praiso cannot bo
said in regard to the music of llio evening.
Tho solos by Miss Kate Gillette, Mrs A.
S. Raymond, and Mr. Alford wero all
very finely rendered. The Quartettes by
Misses Gerrans and Sessions, Messrs.
Jones and Alford were well applauded,
and we are of the opinion that if singers
only knew how much inoro appropriate
such songs and ballads arc than some of
tho Operatic music generally sung on
such occassions they would bo greeted
with tho same token of pleasure which
they received on that occasion. I need
not add that one of the pleasant features
of the evening was the tasty manner in
which our, already heatiful, chapel was
decorated. Tho ladies and gentlemen
showed considerable taste in the decora
tion. On Wednesday morning the students,
Paculty, Regents and others assembled at
tho University. The marshals of tho day
to assist Lieut. Dudley were J. O. Slurdo
vant, D. II. Mercor, Warren Loree, and
Miss Adah J. Irwin. At 0:110 the proces-
sion was formed; the band going' first,
the cadets next; then followed the other
gentlemen students, tho ladies, Pacully,
Seniors, Alumni, Regents, and citizens.
After reaching the Opera House, tho first
wo noticed was tho motto, " Animi Gultus
Ilumanitutus Ct&i.s," which was bcauli
fully worked in cvergcon on a light'back
ground, and hung over tho stage. Tho
first on the programme was Wayla'nd
Bailey, subject: " Free Thought." Mr.
Bailey labored to show that free thought
was as consistent with tho advocates of
Christianity as with those who are trying
to undermine tho whole Christian struct
ure. Science does not attack the bible,
but rather confirms it. To prove this
he gives Agassiz as authority. Next ap
peared Miss Mollle Carter with an essay,
subject: "Lessons of History." During
the time she occupied the Moor she held
tho entire attention of the audience. She
quoted from Sidney Smith tho following
instructive sentence: "Be what nature
intended you to be, and you will bo sue
cossful." She dwell not so much on the
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