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Two or three incidents, illustrating the character of Agassiz, have recently come under our notice. A lady tells us that, on his way to the Museum, he often stopped to exhibit his most valuable specimens to her little children; these he was in the habit of carrying to and fro in an old soapbox.
It is wonderful, not long ago a Professor remarked, how much a man of my age comes to know. That Agassiz estimated his own learning but small is clear; fishing with a friend, to an inquiry he said, while confessing his ignorance, that his lifetime hardly offered a beginning for the labors his science demanded.
Conversing on literary matters, he remarked that though he had often attempted to read Milton's Paradise Lost he could not endure it. Shakespeare he liked exceedingly.
"As the altered Chapel was found to seat as many persons as the church of the First Parish, the exercises of Class Day and Commencement were held last June in the Chapel instead of in the church. Then disappeared the last trace of the official connection between the College and the First Parish, - a connection which had been maintained in various forms for more than two hundred years." - President's Report.
"IN the College expenditures great economy had been enforced before the fire on account of their excess over receipts in the previous year. This, together with the encouraging increase of income from tuition fees and rents of dormitories, has brought the year's expenditures in this department, including the payment of a part of the debt previously incurred in altering Boylston Hall, within the year's receipts." - Treasurer's Statement.
MANY of the undergraduates have often expressed a wish for a vacation in the spring. It is understood that if the students petition in a body for some definite plan, stating that they are willing that the two weeks or one week granted should be taken from the latter portion of the long vacation, such a petition will probably be granted. One student, at least, has expressed his willingness to do the necessary work to start such a petition. In these circumstances it becomes every one to consider whether he really wants a spring recess on such terms.
THE Durers on the stand in the Library have given place to a set of Rembrandts about fifty in number. There are also half a dozen prints from Rembrandt's immediate followers. Many of these engravings are very beautiful, and it is interesting to know that most of them are Rembrandt's own work, and that he has, very probably, handled the very paper on which they are printed.
MR. FERRY, of Yale, recently obtained a subscription of nearly a thousand dollars for boating purposes among the graduates of that College in Chicago. At Wesleyan, Middletown, Conn., in order to raise funds for the crew, two concerts are to be given, and, in addition, a lecture by James T Fields.
THE reading for the Lee prizes took place on the evenings of the 3th and 14th. To F. H. Garrett, J. W. Walker, J. W. Page, R. Tallant, and A. Gooding were awarded first prizes. To F. C. Hatch, T. N. Cutter, E. H. Strobel, H B. McDowell, W. N. Swift, were awarded second prizes.
AT a meeting of the Sophomore Class, January 14, Mr. E. C. Hall was elected Captain of the crew; Mr. H. P. Jaques, Treasurer: Mr. R. W. Curtis, Secretary; Messrs. Kittredge and Nickerson the Executive Committee.
MR. NOTMAN has commenced a building in Frisbie Place, in which he will work during the coming spring and summer on the photographs for the Senior Class.
AT the recent examination in French, for Freshmen, fifty-seven men passed successfully, and will not be required to take it during the Sophomore Year.
"NEXT year the John Thornton Kirkland Fellowship, founded by Hon. George Bancroft, will be available for the first time." - President's Report.
THE Convention of the National Rowing Association of American Colleges will be held at Hartford, Wednesday, January 21.
THE University crew will be substantially the same as last year. Among the candidates - in fact, the only one who is professedly so - is a member of the Law School. It is to be regretted that there is so little interest exhibited among the lower classes. Not only have none of them supplied any candidates, but, in addition, the subscriptions, particularly from the Freshman Class, have been miserably small. It has been one of the most cherished wishes of the University that a new crew should take their place at the next regatta, but that appears now to be impossible. t is frightful to think what will be the condition of affairs when the present members of the crew graduate.
The President of the oat Club has lately received a circular from the Saratoga Rowing Association, calling attention to the numerous advantages that exist there.
A BOOK on Athletic Sports, of three or four hundred pages, is soon to be published at McGill University, Canada, and will find its way here about the middle of March. It is to contain a chapter on Boating, with articles from Oxford and Cambridge. Yale, also, will probably supply some information, and a letter has been received by the President of the Boat Club here asking for a contribution to the chapter from Harvard.
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