NOTES AND COMMENTS.
Professor in Physics : "What becomes of a ray of light on passing through a crystal of calcite?" Junior : "It is paralyzed, sir." - [Ex.
Rev. Robert Collyer is to deliver the oration before the literary societies of Dickinson College at the commencement this month, which will be that college's one hundredth.
A French engineer, after a series of experiments with a loaf of bread baked by a Vassar College girl, now announces that the project of tunneling Mont Blanc is entirely practical. - [Ex.
The Review says that the life of Jefferson in the "Statesmen" series was to have been written by President White, of Cornell, but that his duties at the university compelled him to give it up.
"Should a man shave up or down?" asked Augustus. "That depends," replied the barber. "When I shave you I always shave down." The emphasis on that last word nearly broke Augustus' heart. - [College Cabinet.
A college president says that every student should thoroughly understand three languages - English, German and French; and an alarmist wants to know what will become of the three b's - boating, boxing and base-ball - if English is taken up. - [Ex.
Gov. Butler has been invited to attend the Williams college commencement, but his excellency has not replied to the invitation. No doubt a cordial letter of acceptance was written last night, as the governor says in an interview that he now regards the Williams degree, "with the deepest sensibility." [Springfield Republican.
Dr. F. H. Hedge, preached at Cornell on Sunday last. The Sun gives the following sketch of his life : "Dr. Hedge is now an old man. He was born, the son of a Harvard professor, in 1805. Among the friends of his boy-hood was the historian, George Bancroft, in company with whom, in 1818, he went to Germany, where he studied for several years before returning to take his own course at Harvard. His university and theological course completed he entered at once with all zest into the work of the Unitarian ministry, and during the thirty years ensuing gave to it, in various cities of New England, the best vigor of his life. . . . In 1857 he was made Professor of Ecclesiastical History in Harvard University, and held this chair until his transfer to that of German Literature in 1872. This was the most active part of his literary life, during which he wrote many books besides a number of remarkable magazine articles. The best known of his works are his "Prose Writers of Germany," his "Primaeval World of Hebrew. Tradition," and his "Reason in Religion." He has published many translations from the German, and is besides a poet of no mean order, and the author of many beautiful hymns."