THE supper of the Magenta Board and their friends took place at the Maison Doree, on the 8th of May. The presence of Professors Bocher and Palmer added greatly to the pleasure of the evening. Conversation went on very gayly, and there seemed to be no flag in the entertainment. At last, when the strawberries and ices appeared, the President, Mr. Warren, rose, and after cordially welcoming the guests, proposed as the first toast of the evening, "Our Alma Mater." To this Professor Bocher replied briefly, speaking of the future of our University and of our paper. Professor Palmer was the second to speak, in response to a toast to the Faculty. He spoke with much warmth of the need of a better understanding between professor and student, pointing out the fact that the feeling which still exists, though yearly diminishing, is due quite as much to the student's idea that his instructor is not a student like himself, only at an advanced stage, as to the attitude of his instructor toward him. He reminded us that we are too likely to think that by laying aside for the time being his position as professor, a man must sacrifice in some degree his dignity, and that the manner in which a student approaches his instructor often hinders a congenial feeling. He thought he fairly represented the Faculty in saying that it was their wish that we might meet, not to decide the marks to be given for recitation, but to discuss a lesson for the sake of the knowledge contained in it.
Mr. Curtis, '75, who represented the Advocate, responded to a toast to that paper, calling to mind the very friendly feeling which has always existed between the two periodicals, and assuring the Board of the best wishes of his colleagues and himself for their future prosperity. To a toast to the Boston Press, Mr. J. C. Goodwin, '73, responded in an interesting speech. After a humorous account of a little misunderstanding at a dinner of the Press, at which he replied to a toast intended for "some other fellow," he gave some sound advice to those young journalists of the company who looked forward with pleasure to the Editor's Easy Chair, remarking that the profession is one which offers splendid rewards, but at the same time the best opportunities for work, and that one must begin, as the old saying is, "at the bottom of the ladder," and prove his right to a high position before he can claim it.
"Our Contributors" was responded to by a short speech from Mr. Elwood, and was followed by a toast to the "'Varsity," which was represented by a letter from the Captain, Mr. Goodwin, who gave as excuse for absence the daily row that alone can win us success next summer.
Mr. Tyler responded for the University Ball Nine, and Mr. S. B. Clarke replied for the old Magenta Board. He gave a brief review of some of the reasons which induced its founders to start the paper, and related several instances of the troubles which it encountered.
After Mr. Stetson, '77, had responded for that class, Mr. Higginson replied, in behalf of the Ladies, in a highly satisfactory manner.
Last of all, the glasses were filled to "The Magenta," to which Mr. Van Duzer did ample justice, speaking of its general success, and the unexpected favor with which it had been received during the single year of its existence.
At an early hour the company broke up, well satisfied with the first Annual Magenta Supper.