The next morning another novel thing occurs-that is a freshman's first morning at prayers. The freshmen are assigned seats in the body of the chapel, under the back gallery; the seniors sit in front of them, and the sophomores and juniors on either side. Sometimes a freshman is sent up front by some fun-loving upper-class man, but he is soon ejected. It is an old custom at Yale for the seniors to rise in their seats and salute the president as he passes down the aisle, at the close of chapel; but the freshmen are expected to leave the chapel at the close of the last prayers; but often in their ignorance, seeing the seniors bow, they think that it is their place to do likewise, and so they remain.
President Dwight often says that the freshmen class do not like him, as they have not bowed to him since the first day at prayers. At four o'clock in the afternoon they meet in the chapel, where they are assigned seats and divided into three or five divisions, according to their entrance examinations. They have three recitations a day with the exception of Saturdays, when they have one and a lecture by the president upon "Common Sense and Righteousness." Sometimes during the first three months the freshman class is given a reception by President Ewight. About this time the freshmen begin to long to sit on the fence, but we are told that they cannot do this until they have beaten the Harvard freshmen at base-ball. There is one freshman society, called the Gamma Nu. It is a debating club, and meets every Saturday night and generally has about forty members. The new men are initiated by the sophomores, and the society turned over into the hands of the freshmen shortly after term begins. There are a few freshman secret societies, but they are not recognized by the faculty. The next thing of any importance is flag-raising. This has ceased to be an active custom, but is sometimes observed. The freshmen try and raise a flag with their class numerals on it, the night of the Glee Club concert. The sophomores stand watch and try and prevent this, but the freshmen often succeed. The freshmen cannot carry canes until after Feb. 22d, when they appear with canes about six inches in diameter at the top and from three to four at the base. These are called bangers and are carried by means of a leathern handle. The class generally marches in procession with a band of music. After the second base ball game with the Harvard freshmen, if the Yale team wins, the whole class rushes in from the field headed by their glee club and after cheering each class in succession, they make a grand rush for the freshman fence. The last public ceremony of a freshman's life is receiving the sophomore fence, each class has a fence orator and preceding the ceremony seniors form a line, four abreast and followed by the other classes in their order, they march around the campus and cheer each building. Then they march to Pres. Dwight's and receive a short address from him, then to ex-Pres. Porter's where the same ceremony occurs, then to ex-Pres. Woolsey's where they simply cheer. Then they return to the campus. The sophomore orator speaks first, giving their fence to the freshmen and the freshman orator responds in a fitting manner and the class go and sit on the fence. This closes their career as freshmen.