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Judge Cheever's Lecture

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The law lecture room was well ] filled last Friday night to hear Judge Cheever, who spoke under the pices of the Campbell Club upon , Past Recollections." He confined j imself to the years between '59 and , 65 and spoke mainly of the , on and its effect on the University. , When the news came announcing , he fall of Ft. Sumpter, there was [ie wildest excitement, and the reonse in behalf of civil liberty neary emptied our schools and univerities. The U. of M. boys responded nobly and under the efficiënt drill of jibrarian Vanee, many well drilled officers and soldiers were sent to the ront. Why should we mourn the lack of opportunity for distinguishing ourselves to-day? The evils of society are as great now as in the days of 61' and to remedy them, to keep society advancing, the young men must put their shoulders to the wheel. This is opportunity enough. An amusing anecdote was told of Wendell Phillips, who attempted to speak at Ann Arbor in the spring of '61. H could obtain no hall because of the toughs who had resolved te rotten egg him on sight, so the old Congregational church was engaged. The class oí '6i, indignant at this, determined to uphold the right of free speech and to protect him, so arming themselves with hickory clubs they marched to the scène of action. Now these lads were rough, broad shouldered chaps who perhaps did not possess as much social culture as we find among the students of to-day. They wore no corsets neither did they sport bangs, and during the entire length of Mr. Phillips' fiery speech only one faint hiss was heard, but this was quickly silenced by Mr. Cheever and his sturdy colleagues with their six-foot clubs. Judge Cheever's stories of college life in the earlièr years were very witty and caused much amusement. Much interesting information was given upon the former aspect of the campus. He closed his talk with a touching description of Lincoln's funeral, of which he was an eye ness.