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, AVlth Htrlfo and weary cares left out.
And there forever shall It stay,
Till memory, too, shnll pass away;
An over present Hourco of Joy,
Which time nor enro shnll over cloy.
What mntter If, with school-days o'er,
Wo find a stormy son before?
For four long years wo'vb rigged the ship
Tlmt wo might safely make tho trip.
Twns built to wenthor roughest hoiih,
To plow a stormy main with ease.
Tomorrow la the launching day.
Tho Ocenn murmurH, "Up I nwnyl"
If success should fall our trip to crown,
With tljiug colors we'll go down.
What mutter If, with school-work done,
Wo find iv life-work just begnn?
For this tho long yearn' work was given,
Wnrp inndo, that life's web might bo woven.
If 'tis colored fair nnd tho woof Ih truo
Tho pattern may bo old or new.
Tho weaver mny novor tho pattern know.
For tho right side only to God will show.
Wo aro rendy today to bo up and away,
Far distant to stray
From tho scenes wo lovo best;
With no thought of sorrow,
No care for the morrow.
For all tho glad earth Is by beauty caressed.
Thero'H u race to bo run, wenry work to be done,
Perchance prizes for nono.
Wo may no'or reach tho goal,
Hut, when Ufo'a fitful fever and trials nro over,
Wo Bhall rest, though tho nges still past uh shall roll.
A single thought wo think today
The rustling leaves the words recnll,
'TIs writ on every friendly face.
It echoes through tho silent hall.
Tho words In every nook wo trnco,
Hut words shall fall tho tnlo to tell.
Dear college friends, and college days,
TIs only this, " Farewell, farewell."
The audience showed their appreciation of '808 poetic
ability by very hearty applause.
An oration by T. S. Allen closed tho program. This
was a line production, finely delivered. Wo givo tho
main points of it below.
Human history never wenrles In covering with Imperishable prnlso
the deeds of Its heroes. Tho post. Is adorned with n galaxy of names
whose sincerity of purpose, excellence of charnuter, and devotion to
country. mndo possible our prcseutclvillzntlon. Hut thepresent civ
ilization Is ouly one link In tho chain of progress. There aro prob
lems demanding solution to-day as momentous as any since the
world began. National prosperity Is threatened nnd Individual
rights aro endangered. Tho ago Is demanding reforms. It domauds
for tho masses an equal participation In tho natural advantages of
tho onrth. It demands that tho lines of progress shall bo extended,
and that the last relics of barbarism shall bo eradicated. And under
tho same Irresistible law of progress that has been the guldlngpriu
clplo of our liberties, It demands freedom of Intercourse among na
tions. Itdemuuds laws thatwlllunltecapltalund labor imil thereby
silence forever tho socialist and tho annrchlst. Thero should be no
conflict tietwocon these two productive forcos. The ono Is tho cor
ollary of the other. Hut wo 11 nd differences and conflicts, and until
theso two onomlca agree to work for ono common interest, all tho
difficulties cannot bo settled. Will that time over come? To-dny
masters of Industry rulo. They treat their employees as machinery,
whoso vnluo Is proportionate with tho nmount of work each ono Is
able to do. And the protecting wlngof thegovernment Is over them
with tho oxcuso that It Is all for tho "general welfare" of tho people.
Oh, general welfare, what sins have been committed Inthynnmol
It was for theo that monnrchs In ngcspnst ruled without morcy ; for
theo that religious fanntics persecuted with Are and sword; It Is for
theo that tho prisons of Siberia are filled with the best citizens of
ItusHln; for theo that 7,000,000 Irishmen aro debarred from the rights
of u homo parliament nnd denied tho privileges of citizenship, and nt
thy behest to-day iv largo number of American citizens aro held In
bondage by tho taskmasters of Industry. Class legislation, which Is
always dangerous, oxlsts. It destroys tho vitality of law and en
dangers tho growth of national Institutions. It tends towards sec
tional strife as now Industries como Into existence. Tho few rule nt
the expense of tho many. If you deslro national unity mnko overy
man n freeman In deed nnd In fact, for no nation can live In pence
unless tho citizen shnll bo n man nnd not n slave. If you mako laws
thnt elovnto ono class and degrade another, you smooth tho way to
anarchy. Men will not always bo held In subjection by arbitrary
laws. Tho cries of famishing chlldron and tho prayers of starving
women to a merciful .lohovnh find an answer In tho clnsh of bravo
men's bnyonots. History confirms tho fact that In every Instance
whore ono class has flourished nt tho expense of another, revolution
ultimately followed. To avert this danger, then, our nation must
guard tho equality of her citizens. Not nlono tho political equality,
but tho Industrial equality as well. An idle and Ignorant class must
not bo allowed to grow up from which Invincible armies can be con
structed. Tho Institutions of our country nro too dear to bo thus
trampled upon. Instituted by tho swords of our fathers, defended
by patriotic men In trying wars, hallowed by tho tears of sympa
thizing and anxious mothers, shnll they fall?
Nations mny battle against nature, but tho truo rulo which de
mands for nil mon "liberty, equal rights and Justice" must eventu
ally prevail. Give the laboring man tho snmo privileges Intholndns
trial world that ho enjoys In tho political. Unfetter Industry and
encourage chnrlty nnd brotherly lovo, and the destiny of tho Amer
ican laborer will bo socure.
Tho monuments of other civilizations were destroyed by tho mis
taken nnd greedy policy of plutocrats; baton the broken structures
have been erected others whoso shadows fall upon nil quarters of the
world. Will tho now monument bo enduring or will they, like the
parent stocks, bo severed from tho truo path of duty and crumblo?
It Is for us, tho men nnd women of to-dny, to soy. hot us not stand
Idly by whon courageous and patriotic hearts aro needed. Our na
tion Is hi tho march of progress, but It Is yet In its Infancy. Tho first
centonnry lias but pnssod. The highway of our civilization is yet
untrod. Let. uh step upon Its pavement and follow Its course, gath
ering by tho waysldothat prurience, which Is thopnrt of wisdom, thnt
vigilance, which Is tho price of liberty.
My clnsamntes, yon have chosen mo to expressyoursentlments to
riuy. My lips almost refuse to speak when I remember that collego
life Is over for us forever. Our collego years nro now history. The
old chronicle Is now before u-t, and tho sedate miiso from her graven
tablets dictates for the future. Wo have long been Joined together
lu alms nnd Interests so often worked and planned togotherin har
mony f()r our common good that to separate Is like breaking the
tissues of united strength. It Is with sadness that, wo leave theso old
halls, but with a sadness brightened by many pleasant memories.
Wo go forth to meet our destiny with that feeling which sincere grat
itude nlono Inspires, nnd wherever tho future shall And us, however
high our names may bo Inscribed on the roll of fame, lot us never
forgot thnt the opportunities lien-afforded mndo It possible for us to
succeed. We cannot recall tho past; It bus gono forever. Hut be
fore us the path of duty lies. 1'ursulng It confidently, calmly, cour
ageously, we can each and nil reflect on our nlnm mat er noblo
honors. Lot this ono thought bo tho guiding star of tho class of '&!)
destiny, as wo say to her and to oach other, faro well.
ThoclasH then .adjourned to tho reading room and cn
enjoyed a social dinner in their own select company.
May '00 have as interesting a "Class Day."
FIELD DAY SPORTS.
Saturday, Juno 8, was sob apart for tho annual display
of athetotics. Tho ground was wot and more rain thrdat
oned, but in tho morning an attempt as mado to carry
out tho exercises. Frizes had been secured for all but ono
of tho oxorcises, and a ropo kept back spectators. So
much improvement over Inst yoar.
Professor Shimok, Professor Emory, nnd G. II. Frank
fortor woro tho judges. G. B. Frankfortor noted as
Tho 100 yards dash was won by A. M. Troyor in 10
secondB, Nowcomor Becond. Prizo, $4.00 shaving not. "Of
tho threo contestants in tho half mile run, Geo. Hall carno
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