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cause he would not accede to their desires he was reviled and
execrated, lhichanan was true to his duties as he under'
stood them, and it is therefore unjust to accuse him o( wish
ing to shirk his duties. His public acts before entering upon
his term of office had always been approved by the nation at
large, and that he did not give satisfaction after he became
president. was entirely due to the circumstances which sur
rounded him. One of the strongest as well as most frequent
accmntions brought against him was that he did not protect
the public property in South Carolina. Had he taken radi
cal measures to do this, it would have given the south just
what they wanted an excuse for beginning hostilities.
Miss Daley succeeded in impressing her auditors by the
earnestness of her manner, and brought out some of the most
important points wiih telling effect. The speaker threw con
siderable sarcasm into her tones when replying to some of the
preceding speaker's attacks.
A piano solo was then given by Miss Edith Doolittlc. This
selection, Liszt's "Vcnezia a Napoli," was rendered with a
great deal of expression, and was highly enjoyed by the au
dience. The next number was an oration by Mr. Everett H. Eddy,
entitled "What Shall We Read?" This most important ques
lion is one which is always presenting itself to the public
mind. It is important because man's development intellect
ually depends largely upon the quality of the matter which
he reads. A man is just as surely known by the books he
reads as by the company he keeps. But there is a serious
difficulty to encounter. The range of good reading is so wide
as to make it exceedingly difficult to select only what will
bring the most benefit. Several excellent authors were cited
by the speaker as being particularly worthy of earnest and
careful perusal. The speaker concluded by saying that if
proper methods are pursued in reading historical, scientific,
and English classical works, the reader cannot fail to receive
valuable discipline and immense benefit therefrom.
Mr. Eddy's frequent appearance before an audience contrib
uted to rendering him at home on this occasion. His voice
was good, and enunciation distinct.
Miss Mary E. Perry closed the literary portion of the pro
gram by a recitation entitled "A Royal Princess." Miss Per
ry seemed quite self possessed, and recited with ease and ac
curacy, drawing her hearers into thorough sympathy with her
A soprano and contralto duct was then sung by Mesdames
Weber and Baker. The ladies appeared to fully as good ad
vantage as on the preceding evening. The selection chosen
was a duet from "Martha," which was so much enjoyed as to
call forth an enthusiastic demand for an encore. The ladies
who.by the way, are sisters kindly responded, singing a
pleasant and catching little song, "Der Wasserfall." This
had been rendered on the preceding evening and an urgent re
quest had qeen made for its repetition.
Miss Dell Stratton presided during the programme and
gracefully fulfilled the duties of presiding officer. The whole
programme was very well carried out, and the Philodiceans
have every reason to congratulate themselves upon the suc
cess ot their entertainment.
On Sunday night the Rt. Rev. Bishop Worthington preach
ed tlie Baccalauieate address to a crowded house. Profound
and scholarly, the discourse received well merited attention.
Thetgraduates received plenty of wholesome advice, and the
citizens of the state were urged to support their institution
with more zeal than ever before.
The field day exercises, which were advertised for this day,
had been looked forward to with an unusual degree of inter
est, an interest heightened by the fact that this was to be the
first real effort made by the students toward stirring up an en
thusiasm in college athletics. Early in the morning the weath
er was by no means propitious, and the hearts of the prospec
tive participants sank accordingly. The genial young man
whose duty it is to dispense cyclones and hot winds from the
University roof however undertook to set things in working
shape and at 10:30 a. m., the weather had cleared off suffi
ciently to allow the sports to begin, although the ground was
somewhat wet and soggy.
Messrs. White, Barber, Hicks, Hodgman, and Geisthardt
had been chosen judges of the day but the three first named
gentlemen failed to appear, and Messrs. Hodgman, Geist
hardt and Cox managed proceedings. Quite a large numb.r
of ladies and gentlemen were present during the day, but their
number sank into insignificance when compared with the vast
army of kids, who graced the occasion with their preserce,
and with their usual self confidence succeeded in putting them
selves in everybody's way. However, the small boy is a nec
essary evil and we are not disposed to complain.
For the running race, the first one announced, there were
ive entries: A. M. Troyer, C. B. Newcomer, L. Bryan, C.
W. Bigelow and T. S. Allen . The course was the path on
the cast side of the University building, and was 100 yards in
length. The boys started about even but Troyer got the lead
and came in winner, with C. B. Newcomer a close second,
and L. Bryan third. The prize was a Dunlap hat offered by
W. R. Dennis. Time i seconds.
The standing jump without weights came next. Messrs.
Williams, Newcomer, and Troyer were the contestants. Three
trials were allowed each man and the contest was very close.
Williams led in the first two jumps but weakened in the third,
falling short of Troycr's jump by nine and one eighth inches,
Troyer thus winding the prize. This was an athletic suit, pre
cnnlnrl liv tv5r. Following are the records (riven in order-
First. Second. Third.
Williams 9 ft. 3 in. 9 ft. 4 in. 8 ft. 8 in.
Newcomer 9 ft. J in. 8 ft. 10 in. 8 ft. 7 in.
Troyer 9 ft.i in. 9 ft. 5in. 9 ft. ij in.
A high jump and running jump were next in order but as
no prize had been offered the boys doubtless considered it "a
waste of timeto go in on these and they were declared off.
After the cadet band had discoursed delicious(?) music for
a short time the next number was announced. This was a
wrestling match, one round, catch-as-c-'ch-can, three points
down. Newcomer and M. I. Bigelow first sidled into the ring
and went to work. Firs, down for Bigelow. Almy and Woods
then engaged and Almy secured first down. Newcomer and
Bigelow again went at it and Bigelow won a second time. Al
my also lowered Woods gently to the ground. The victors
in these preliminary rounds squaied off. The first round re
suited in a draw, but Almy secured the second and third and
thus secured the match. The struggle between these two was
very obstinate, the boys beirig almost evenly matched, but
Almy's greater weight gained him the victory.
The wheelbarrow race then came off, there being five en
tries: Schofield, M. I. Bigelow, C. W. Bigelow, C. B. New
comer, and F. Woods. After being blindfolded, they were
given the start and Woods got nearest the pole, the others
trailing off in nearly every direction but the right one. The
prize for this was Rawlinson's ancient Monarchies, offered by
A. T. Leming. '
The tug of war between the Freshmen and Juniors ended
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