The first gentleman called on was Gov. Ames, who said that Yale University was "so peculiarly a New England institution that it seemed almost to belong to Massachusetts." He congratulated the university on its brilliant record and its glowing future. Lieut. - Gov. Brackett and others then followed.
President Dwight, who was next called upon, was received with three cheers and a tiger. The speaker said he had taken some part in the changing of the name of Yale College to Yale University, but he asked all present to remember Prof. Fisher. He felt that he had reason to look back on his experience with credit, for this was the 10th alumni dinner he had attended, and he had four more to attend. The speaker said he believed we were passing into a new era at Yale, as well as at older universities, and he had felt the time had come to assume the name which belongs to the reality of things. In this they had a friendship for other universities, but in their own community they felt most for their own university. He felt that in the future all those at Yale would feel more for the common mother.
"Lux et Veritas" called Prof. Geo. P. Fisher to the front, and he said he was glad to have been able to bring their new president to the board. The gentleman deprecated publicity to many things which are to-day given forth, and he felt that it would be good to seclude men from every phase of life where young men ought not to go.
The chairman read a letter of apology for non-attendance from President Eliot of Harvard.
Prof. Goodwin, whose bright face brought out a loud welcome, after thanking the gentlemen for their kind reception, said he could not sit still and hear these statements. The gentleman entered on a humerous speech, and, after creating repeated laughter, went on to say that 30 years ago five teachers were sufficient to teach Latin and Greek. Now the whole is elective, and ten men work harder than those five did. They gave only 28 hours a week in new instruction, and then, perhaps, half of them were not actually devoted to new instruction, and now 87 hours were given in new instruction, so the elective system had worked. But in mathematics and physics the students went for it. He thanked the gentlemen for their invitation.
The chairman then read other apologies for non-attendance, among which were letters from Presidents E. G. Robinson of Brown University, Julius H. Seeyle of Amherst, Franklin Carter of Williams, Chief Justice Morton, Hon. O. W. Holmes, Jr., John Fisk, Rev. Phillips Brooks, Senator Dawes, Senator Evarts and Hon. Chauncey M. Depew. In his letter of apology, Senator Dawes said: "I am filled with admiration of him [President Dwight] and the new field of work on which he enters with so much zeal and with such a common consent of alumni and the entire public. The future of the university must be assured, and every alumnus of the institution must feel a pride in it that has never been equalled even in the most prosperous days of the past,"
Rev. Increase Tarbox read an original poem on the Dwight family, which was well received.
Prior to the dinner the annual meeting was held in one of the parlors of the Parker House and the election of officers took place with the following result: President, W. W. Crapo; secretary, Marcus Morton, Jr., 1883; treasurer, W. J. Badger, 1882; vice-presidents, Samuel J. Elder, 1873; Samuel C. Darling, 1864; Prof. E. J. Hincks, 1866; Dr. F. I. Knight, 1862; F. W. Kittredge, 1865. - Extracts from Boston Herald.