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THE Yale papers contain a good deal of news. The Courant prints the following:-
"Faculty Decision."Resolved, That no member of the present Freshman class, nor of future Freshman classes, shall become a member of the present Sophomore secret societies; nor shall any secret society hereafter be formed or exist in the Sophomore class.
"BY THE FACULTY."June 2, 1875."The Record has a long account of the summer regatta. The Law School won the barge race in 1309; Kennedy won the single-scull in 15.21 1/4; and Cook and Brownel won the pair-oar mile-race between members of the University crew in 7.05 1/2.
The new Boat-House was dedicated on the 9th, with a good deal of ceremony.
'77 men are not to be permitted to study both French and German during their Junior year, at which '77 is enraged.
THE accuracy with which College news is sometimes reported may be perceived from the following extract from an exchange:-
The Harvard students have rejected magenta and selected red and blue as the Harvard colors, so that Union can now have magenta to herself."
Two of our exchanges this week contain letters from abroad, both of which are so thoroughly flat, and one of which is so glaringly inaccurate, that they really deserve a notice. The first and worst is a letter from Sicily, which fills nearly three columns of the College Mercury.
This article teems with misprints: Van Dyck is Vansyke; spezzi is spezzos; signor, meaning "sir," is accorded a final e, which we do not remember to have previously seen; and, worst of all, Catania is called Catonia no less than four times, -the writer having apparently derived its name from the Roman Stoic, instead of from its old Greek name Karava.
As examples of flatness, we may quote the statements that "Columbus is dead"; that " the Cathedral [of Pisa] is built in the form of a Latin cross,"-nothing more being said of the building; and that " before me lay Naples, while on the right, old Vesuvius was sending forth its dense columns of white smoke." Of the Bay of Naples no further mention is made.
Arrived in Sicily, the author grows worse and worse. Our space will allow us to correct but two misstatements. The first is that "facilities for transportation in Sicily are about three hundred years behind" those of any other civilized country. We personally know that the railway between Syracuse and Messina is fully as good as any in Southern Europe; while the Florio steamers which ply along the Sicilian coast are decidedly the best, as far as accommodation and table go, that we have found upon the Mediterranean. The other misstatement is that Sicilian hotels are so dirty that you cannot sit down to dinner without washing your plate. The large hotels of Palermo, Messina, and Catania are among the best in Italy; while even the small Italian inns, such as the "Locanda del Sole" in Syracuse, are as clean, neat, and inviting as one could wish for.
The other communication of which we wish to speak is a letter from President Andrews of Marietta College to his wife, which has been dragged into the columns of the College Olio. It purports to be a description of Oxford University; it is in reality a "home" letter of the most commonplace sort. As a private communication we refrain from criticising it; but we cannot commend the taste which places such a document before even the limited portion of the public who read the College Olio.
THE ''ivy Day Poem" in the Bowdoin Orient is one of the best college productions that we have ever seen. Real wit and real poetry are shown in no common degree.
AN examination paper in chemistry has the following: Sulphur has been known from remote antiquity and shall probably continue to be known throughout eternity. -University Herald.
THE Blackheathen gives an account of the athletic sports at Blackheath School, which is very creditable to the boys. The 120 yds. hurdle-race (for boys over 15) was won in 17 sec; and a half-mile race (under 15) in 2 min. 36 sec. A boy under 12 ran 100 yds. in 14 1/2 sec.; and a boy under 11 the same distance in 18 sec. Finally, after a number of races of various sorts, an "Old Boys' Race" of 440 yds., which was won in 55 1/2 sec., concluded the sports.
THE Alfred Student has clipped from the N.Y. Commercial Advertiser an anecdote entitled " Py Shiminy! Ish Dot So?" While we recognize the drollery of this article, we cannot but express our surprise that it should have been selected for publication by an editor who had felt in co-education the " refining influence of woman," and who knew that his paper would fall into the hands of a number of fair classmates.
THE Yale Courant has blossomed out in a most gorgeous, patent, back-action poem, with a button-hole attachment. It is entitled " All on a Summer's Day"; but the caption is delusive, for we find no rhythmic suggestion of the boom-jing-jing. It begins with forty lines of descriptive verse, when suddenly the lovers appear on the scene, and the author abruptly turns from Wordsworth to Dante-Gabriel Rossetti. Having fitted up his paradise, he introduces Eve; and we should infer from the following lines that lilacs, and not fig-leaves, were at present the correct thing:-
"That he told her he loved her, I know very well,
For I saw through the lilacs her proud bosom swell,
And he drew her the nearer, close up to his breast;
There lay mosses and curls like an oriole's nest."
But the end of the poem is so grievously bathetic that we forbear further comment.
"But alas! for my pleasure; the hour was nigh
When her wants. Madame Nature bids man satisfy;
And the dinner-horn's call, ringing clear in my ears,
All poetic thoughts quenched, but replaced them with fears
Lest belated I have not a strawberry-cake.
So I hurried away my long fasting to break."
THE Yale Freshman Nine are working vigorously. They lately beat the Anchor Club of New Haven by the score of 21 to 1. The Courant says that the audience at the Prince-ton game, played at Princeton, seemed to appreciate the talent of the home club only, as their good plays were the only ones applauded. As this was by no means the conduct of the Princeton audience when our Nine visited them, we are inclined to think that the Princetonians, when they are entertaining " Romans, do as the Romans do."
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