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Literary Class President's Address

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Fellow Classmates: The finger. of Time marta the near approach of the day to which for four years we have been patiently looking forward, We stand today apon the threshold of a new life, and as the sunset of our college days sheds its last lingering raysof golden radiance around us, hope bide us read in its splenidors the prophecy of a neu" dawping. It seems but a short time since we assembled here from the fonrquarters oí the globe to enter new scènes, new relations, new companionships ; but that period lias been replete with rare opportunities, which perhaps we never so fully appreciated as we do now on the eve of our last sad l'arewell. In a few hours we shall have received the blessings of our Alma Mater and dèparted whenee we carne. Our college days wijl then be but a memory. Many of us shall never see each other again; but we cannot but leel that during the brief period that we have been associated logether as studente, we have received milch mutual íit. Represen ti ña as we do n nwny shaftes bf thonght, our association and coiítact with each otlier have broadened. moulded, refíned and polished our characters. We have learned lessons of tolerance and mutual forbearance. We have gamed a knowledge of men and affairs, and we have liad impressed upon ys the fact that'itis notbirtli. wealth,politics,or creed thatmakes the man. We have learned to concede to each the right to his honest opinión, to judge the man by his works, and not to pronounce him wrong because his ideas do not coincide vvith ours. We have learned to appreciate more than ever be tb re the common brother hood of man, and to appreciate also, that notwithstanding differences of condition, opinión, or belief, " a mon's a mon for a' that." As a class, '94 has made a record of which she may feel justly proud, for in whatever íield oí' action she has striven, she has shown that energetic perseverance and steadfastnessof purpose which is always essential to true success. In athletic and in intellectnal contests we have attained high distinction, wbile in social recreation we have participated wirh an entlmsiasm and a brilliance that has tightened the bondsofgood fellowship among us, and kindled a class and college spirit which, I trust, will bear good fruit in days to come. Not least araong our achievements is the establishment of a scholarship, - a thing which our most energetic predecessors have failed to accomplisli. True, we have had defeats and disappointments ; but adversity has it advantages, and from failure we may learn the wayto success. He who builds upon the experience of success alone, builds upon a foundation unsafe, untrustworthy ; but he that builds upon success tempered with failure, builds upon a foundation stable, trustworthy. eternal. We have had occasion during our college course to deplore the apathy of our alumni toward the needs of the University. Then when we enter our new sphere of life, wherever we may be called, let us remember our doublé responsibilify. While we are npholding our individual honor and interests, let ns neglect no opportunity to repay our everlasting debt to our Alma Mater. All she asks of us-in return for the bounteous favors that she hasbestowed upon us is to be true men and women; to act well our part; to perform wiselr the larger duties of American citizenship soon to be thrust upon us. But we may do more. We may sometimes rende active assistance and do our share towards keeping her in the place she so well merite in the forefront of American institutions of liberal learning. My friends, to all thiings earthly there must be an end ; and however strong may be the ties that bind us together as a class, stiil those ties must be sevëred. We must leave the oíd familiar scènes and enter the active walks of lite. And as we give the friendly hand a parting grasp " Our lips may wear a careless smile, Our words may breathe the very soul of lighttoess ; But the touched heart cannot but feel tlio while That life bas lost a portion of its brightness." Whatever trials and differences of opinión we may have had, they havo vanished hefore tlie sunshine of kindly fellowship, and we shall remember our college days as the brightest and best period of our lives. Let us enter the future with lirin purpose, determined upon success, remem bering " IIow sinall of all that human hearts endure That part which laws or kings can cause or cure ! Still to ouTselves in every place consigned Ourown felicity we niake or find." Found at 'last'' - Shoemi'.kers.


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