The spring term opened here on the 13th with quite a full attendance for this time of year.
The weather has not brought out many light suits as yet, April having evidently made a mistake and gone on a regular blow-out.
The nine made their first appearance on the campus this season on the first Saturday of the term, playing a picked nine from the college and easily defeating them. A strong nine to practice with is one of the great wants of the college, as in playing with a team who have never played together, and who have been hastily picked from the college, looseness of fielding and batting is apt to result.
As a whole, the college express their entire satisfaction with the result of the nine's trip during the spring recess, and expect to see closely contested games here this spring.
A few improvements have been made on the grounds, a new back-stop has been put up, and the catcher's and pitcher's positions have been filled, while other needed things will be done before the games occur.
The commencement marks of the seniors have been given out, and the general fineness of distinction and finesse of the marking system may be seen from the fact that second place is distinguished from third by about one-thousandth of a point, a difference which only a very subtle mind can comprehend, and only then when an earnest study of infinitesimals has been made.
The seniors this year will probably have a very fine commencement, and the Daniel Webster celebration occurring at the same time will materially add to the interest and the crowd always present at these exercises.
An amphitheatre is now under construction in the college park, where the ceremonies of class day will take place.
Senator Bayard has signified his acceptance of the invitation to deliver a speech, and the American Band of Providence has been engaged for the exercises.
The juniors are now holding their society meetings, for the purpose of nominating the Dartmouth editors for the ensuing year, and the usual amount of quibbling and fighting is taking place.
A committee from the class is also receiving bids from various artists for the position of class photographer for next year. A number of bids have already been handed in, but it is probable the work will be given to Pach, whose photographs of the present senior class are liked very well.
One or two changes have been made lately in the faculty. The chair of English Literature is now being filled by Prof. Brown, late president of Hamilton College, who now is engaged in hearing the juniors. Prof. Sanborn, instructor in Anglo-Saxon and English Literature, who is now engaged with the seniors, has resigned, his resignation to take effect at the end of this college year. In his retirement the college loses an old and valued instructor who has remained with the institution for many years.
A decided interest is being taken in lawn tennis this spring, and several courts have been laid out on the campus. At almost any hour of the day one can see a game going on, while in the afternoon the nine practising and watched by a crowd of spectators, makes a lively scene on the field.