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A steamer is being fitted up with electric lights and dredging apparatus for next summer's scientific expedition of Williams students.

The Bicycle Club at Yale is being thoroughly galvanized and proposes to take up hare and hounds and other runs in the spring, with old-fashioned Yale enthusiasm.

The poet of the Williams Argo views with hilarity the prospect of the reform of the civil service and the introduction of "competitive examinations." He explains his little scheme as follows:

Then civil officers will be

Competitively granted,

A trifle, bagatelle, for me,

To get securely planted.

To crib the ex., to gain a place, -

Big pay and easy duties, etc.

The Boston Herald editorially expresses its belief that compulsory attendance at chapel is a relic of the Dark Ages. It says that "religion cannot be thrust down men's throats."

A former schoolmate of Gladstone at Eton says: "I recall him as a good looking, rather delicate youth, with a pale face and brown, curling hair - always tidy and well-dressed - not given much to athletic exercises, but occasionally sculling, playing cricket and hockey."

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