Princeton has just experienced a season of festivities which, for pleasure, class rivalry and social interest, is second only to commencement week itself. The celebration of Washington's birthday was ushered in Monday evening by the presentation of "Our Boys" by the Dramatic Association. The play was by far the best the association has yet put upon the stage. Every man acted his role with telling effect; especial mention should, however, be made of the hits made by Adams, '88. McAlpin, '88, and Gray, '89.
The play was followed by the junior cotillion. Many ladies were present from New York, Orange, and Philadelphia, who by their rich costumes enhanced the scene of the ball-room. Credit is due the committee in charge for their success in making this cotillion the best ever held in the history of the college.
Tuesday morning saw a large gathering of ladies and gentlemen assembled in the old chapel to listen to the time honored orations of the class-orators. F. Palmer, Mass., represented the freshmen; T. W. Hotchkiss, N, Y.. the sophomores, and T. N. McCarter, N.J., the juniors. These gentlemen reflected much credit on themselves and their respective classes by their efforts. F. E. Reid, Ohio, was the senior orator. His oration, by custom long established, was of the witty and humorous type. His thrusts were keen and heartily appreciated, especially by the undergraduates, to whom many of the jokes were not so obscure as to the strangers present.
The winter meeting of the P. C. A. A. took place in the gymnasium at 2.30 p.m. The crowd was enormous, all the available room being occupied by the spectators. The following are the records made in each event: Standing high jump - F. Spaulding, '87, 4ft. 8in.; W. Spaulding, '87, 4ft. 7in. Putting the shot - Cook, '89, 34ft. 10 1/4in.; Wagenhurst, '88, second. Tug-of-war - in the first pull '89 and '90 tied, and in second, '90 won by two inches. '88, who drew the bye, won this event by pulling '90 20 inches. Running high jump - F. Spaulding, 5ft. 5in.; W. Spaulding, '87, 5ft. 4in. Light weight wrestling - first heat Denny, '87, threw L. Rice, '88; second heat Horne, '90, threw Goldie, '90; final heat won by Denny. Pole-vault - won by F. Spaulding, '87, at 8ft. 4in.; Chapin, '90, second. Middle-weight wrestling - won by Black, '88, who threw Miller, '90, Hitch and kick - by Moore, '89, 7ft. 11in.; W. Rice, second. Feather-weight wrestling - Leach, '90, threw S. Dodd, '87. Spring-board jump - won by Moore, '90, at 8ft. 6in.; F. Spaulding, '87, second. White, '88, and Terhune, '89, gave exhibitions on the balancing and flying trapeze.
By the generosity of the class of '76, Princeton was enabled to add one more to her already long list of oratorical contests and competitive debates. The debate was between four men, one from each class, for a prize of $50, known as the "Class of '76 prize for debate in Political Science." The contestants were: Affirmative, R.E. Speer, '89 and F. H. White, '87; negative, J. J. Charlton, '90, and G. E. Scott, '88. The debate was spirited and very close. The judges gave the prize to G. E. Scott, '88.