The High School [hall [was crowded Friday morniug with people iqterested iu watching the gradnation of the 79 pupils who formeel the class of '97. The hall had been lavishly deoorated by the inembeis of the junior class and presented a handsome appearance witb its drapings of green and white, the senior class colors, black and yellow the junior class colors, and tnaroon and yellow, the High school colors. The platform was aleo deoorated with a taseful array of palms and potted plants. On the platform were seated the school faculty, niembers of the school board and the gradnating class. As the members of the class flled in they were greeted with mucb a'pplause. Promptly on tbeir entrance the program opened with a selection by the Ann Arbor orchestra nnder the leadership of Prof. R. H. Kempf. Rev. J. M. Gelston offered prayer and Freddie Daley sang the beatifnl "Ave Maria" in a most charming mannér. Prof. Pattengill, who acted as master oí ceremonies, tben intioduced Miss Mary L. Bradshaw, who took for her subject "Cobwebs. " She said the epider represented the literary man. lts web the creations of the author's mind. As the spider casts bimself loose from his fine spun thread, so does the literary man cast himself off from his friends. The spider's only thought is of self-protection, but the literary man seeks to elévate aud help others. Miss Florence Bowen's theme was "Queen Victoria" and she found it a fruitful one, eulogizing that noble wornau in the highest manner. She spoke of the queen's great power of ïnind and chatacter and said that her childish resolve "I will be good" was the secret of her success. The moral tone of the English nation has been elevated by her inflonecé and she is both great and good. Harry R. Brown had for the subject of his essay "Laugh and GrowFat." The young gentleman is a shiuiug exarnple of the truth of his theory and his humorons essay was in keeping with the title and kept the risible muscles of his bearers in constant ruotion. Bnt, the laugher who grows fat must not be a "giggler" as some yonng ladies are, the laugh on which to grow fat must be a hearty, whole souled laugh. A selection by the orohestra was followed hy Miss Bessie E. Cordley's essay entitled "In Bebalf of My Grandmother. " The essay was a well worded defense of our grandmothers, to whom the vvomen of today owe a debt of gratitude. Grandmother, she said, tiever borrowed any of grandfather's clotb.es, not even a necktie or a cuff button. Clarence W. Hughes dealt with "The Deatb of Heimes." He desoribed the effect on the world at large that the death of the god of lying would have. There would then be no more book agents, no big fish stories and no lawsuits. He advised his hearers to keep Truthfulness as their watchwoid through life. Miss Emma M. Kapp spoke on "Commencement. " The general idea seemed to be tbat ccmmencement day is the end of school. It is the commencement of life when we beoome dependent on ourselves and not upon others. The essay was a good one and was well received. "Finn," the mythical nero of the Irish nation, was the subject of Miss Lucia Lyons' essay. She spoke of him as the ideal of the Irisb nation in all that is good and kind, so also be is the embodiment of all that is best and noblest in all nations. Miss Camille Ryan's essay on "Harmony Kestored. " was one of the best uumbers on the program. lts story was of a mnsician who having lost his daughter, flnally bas her restored to him through the instrumental ity of a stiain of music which tbey two alone knew. It was well received and warmly applauded. The final essay by Theo. Zimmerman, "A Herald of Libetty," dealt with achievements of Karcissus Lopez, the UDIU UI IUC1U5I UlJdU lUHUriOlllJUU, VI1U gave his life for the canse of liberty. Tbe United States should aid Cubau liberty by a recognition of their rights s belligerents. The presentation of the diplomas to the students of the seven courses was then prooeeded with by Supt. Peny and Principal Pattengill, and afterwards the numerous gifts of loving parents, relátives and friends were distributed to the graduates. The benediction aud another selection of musio closed the high school graduating exeroises of 1897. Over fifty of the olass stepped into the office of the president of tbe nnversity in a body on Friday afternoon and matriculated as stndents aruid great enthusiasm.