Harvard in the West.
DINNER OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN CLUB.
"One of the most enjoyable and informal club dinners ever sat down to in Denver, was that given last night, at the Albany Hotel, by the Rocky Mountain Harvard Club. About 8 p.m. the Harvard graduates at present in the city, were called together in the main parlor, and a permanent organization effected. Joseph N. Baxter, '75, was chosen president, and the Rev. Thomas Van Ness vice-president, and Chambers Baird, '82, secretary. After the constitution of the club had been adopted the members, with their guests, repaired to the elegant dining room, which was fitted up with neat floral designs, and the crimson color of the college.
About thirty plates were set, and after the menu had been served, the toast master, Mr. J. N. Baxter, called for the speeches. Joseph A. Sewall, President of the State University, spoke eloquently of Harvard. The grand old school, he said, was never old and never would be. Its history was rapidly reviewed and the leading part its students had taken in all great National movements. At its close, Rev. Thomas Van Ness made some humorous remarks on the various characteristics of Harvard, ironically referring to those 'fresh water colleges' which did not enjoy the advantages of an old and heavily-endowed school. This brought out a bright reply from Judge Wilbur F. Stone, to the effect that most of the statesmen and men of affairs had come from interior colleges. Other speeches taking up the general line of thought that men equipped with a college education could wield great influence in the new West and establish here an ideal empire which combined all the best of the older States, were made by the various speakers who followed.
It was long after midnight before the company dispersed with a roaring cheer for old Harvard and the singing, with clasped hands around the table, of the 'Auld Lang Syne.'"
Of this dinner the Denver paper also remarks editorially: "The Rocky Mountain Harvard Club, which was organized prior to the first annual dinner of the Association, will surely exert an influence for good in the New West. Its first Banquet was a success in every way - a delightful 'spread,' and particularly entertaining in the social speeches which followed."