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throw out n man. Tho cadets did not fall out as rapidly
as is usually tho euso. They gradually dwindled in num
ber however, and when the loadings and firings were
given more mistakes woro made. Those who loft tho
ranks wore unmercifully guyed by their fellows. At 1:45
but two men woro left, Sergt. Murslund and Private Ea
ger. Rain began to fall, but the interest was too great
for it to drive away tho crowd. They closed in until
there was scarcely room for the judges. Tho two bravo
soldiers went through the movements commanded.
Twice, errors made by both simultaneously, prevented
either being thrown out. At last Eager made an error
which gave Marsland tho first place.
In the afternoon occurred the artillery drills. Three
detachments contested, "C," "A," and "11." Detach
ment C under Communder Walter, with Corp'l. Tliurber
as gunner, cnmo first. They gave a very smooth and
skillful drill. They had the mostexiericncedcommnnder.
Detachment A then went through tho schedule. Sergt.
Peterson was commander and Corp'l. Nelson gunner.
They were scarcely inferior in excellence to tho first de
tachment. Detachment B, under Sergt. Almy, with
Corp'l. Schell as gunner came last. Only one bad error
was made, a limbor carried tho wrong way.
Tho individual artillery drill was next in order. Two
detachments wero formed of tho contestants. Ono de
tachment began the schedule, the men changing places in
rotation. As the men made errors and fell out, their
numbers wero filled with men from tho second detach
ment. At 4:40 but two men wero left, F. F. Almy and
S. D. "Wheeler. Wheeler making an error, Almy took first
On the arrival of Governor Thayer, who was to be
stow tho prizes, a saluto of seventeen guns was fired by
the artillery. The rain poured in torrents but tho vali
ant soldier-boys stood at their posts and finished the
saluto. On account of the rain, dress parade was given
up, and all adjourned to tho armory. There was con
siderable delay before tho awarding of prizes, but the
time was pleasantly passed in soeinl converse, listening
to muBic by tho bund and choice renditions of the college
At last the companies fell in on the two sides of the
drill-hall, with tho bund ranged across thceud. Adjutant
Stephens rend tho decision of the judges. In the infantry
drill, company C received 7.00, company A, 7.70, com
pany D, 7.64, company H, 5.25. In tho artillery cotn)c
tition, detachment C was graded 7.87, detachment A,
7.02, detachment D, 7.40. The sword and belt for the
captain of tho largest and best equipped company
throughout tho year was awarded to Capt. Webber. The
first prize, individual infantry drill, a lino gold medal,
was awarded to Sergt. T. II. Marslaud ; tho second prize,
a silver medal, to Private F. 1). Eager. Sergt. Almy was
awarded the gold medal forbestdrillod cannoneer, Corp'l.
S. D. "Wheeler, tho silver Becond prize medal.
Governor Thnyer, accompanied by Adjutant General
Cole, and Sergeant-Mujor Walter, bearing the prizo flags,
then advanced toward tho four medal winners nnd tho
two compnny representatives who were to receive tho
flags. With brief, appropriate remarks, tho Governor
bestowed tho medals, tho company flag, nnd tho artillery
guidon. His Excellency then addressed the batiallion as a
whole, expressing his interest in tho cadets and gratifica
tion at thoir proficiency. With three cheers for tlie Gov
ernor, the cadets broko ranks. Tho wholo affair reflects
great credit on tho department and its head, Lieut. Grif
fith. Tho judges expressed themselves as moro 'than
pleased with tho skill and soldierly bearing of thocadets.
A very fair audience assembled Monday evening, Juno
10th, to hear the first attempt of tho new Delian society
to give an exhibition. The appearance of tho stago had
materially changed since tho last program. Green Cot
tonwood boughs covered tho sides of the rostrum, palms
and other plants flanked both sides of tho stage, smilax
was twined around the lamp pedestals, aud a pyramid of
plants formed the background.
Tho program began with a literary production, an
essay entitled, "A Hindrance to Progress," by H. P.
Kerr. Dissatisfied with what ho possesses, man over
reaches out for something higher and better; yet tho
history of inventions shows one continual struggle
against prejudice aud conservatism. With tho masses,
love for the old is strong as desire for improvement.
Only daring geniuses are willing to uphold popular inno
vations, to endure the finger of ridicule. They have
taught the world its errors. They conquered tho world,
not to enthrone a man, whose dominion ends with death,
but an idea, which is immortal. These inventors have
moved the world and in the right direction. Wo of to
day are too rtady to pass hasty criticism on original
thinkers. Let us examine before we condemn. After in
ventions have proved useful, years art' necessary before
their adoption. Each man wishes the other to take tho
initial step. Thus has tho world's progress been hin
dered. Tho years of delay aro just so many years of hes
itation before the next step forward. Hod men been h-es
conservative, all the inventions of to-day would bo obso
lete and far better ones would replace them. The hesita
tion serves a purposoin preventing mistakes, but oftener
the error is in the opposite direction. Each man may bo
conservative or progressive. Selfishness chooses tho for
mer, desire to serve others, tho latter. Man owes more
to himself than to bo an imitator; more to tho world
than to be self-supporting. Ho should aid humanity to
advance. Mr. Kerr read distinctly and impressively.
The program was continued by a vocal solo by Mine.
Weber, with Miss Cochran at the piano. Mr. Mcuzendorf
rendered a violin oblignto. Tho selection was "Dio
Sproedo" AiloK Weber, aud was sweetly and artistic
ally rendered. To an encore, a plaintive and feeling mel
ody was sung.
Alfred Pizey treated of "The Past and Present" in an
oration which was delivered in a straightforward and
forciblo manner. Some hesitation was the result of im
Ho said in substanco: The anniversary of Washing
ton's inauguration furnishes much that is worthy of
thoughtful consideration. It marks thedivision between
tno oui ano tlie new. Uur country's growth has been
marvelous. Invention has mado all men neighbors.
Bonds of lovo and homo-ties unite all sections. Peaco
watches over un, but tho lessons of war must not be for
gotten. The advent of profound pence is attended with
dungor. "Tho treo of liberty must be relreshed from
time to timo by tho blood of patriots and tyrants."
There is a great chasm between tho thought at the be
ginning and. afc the close of tho century. With slavery in
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