The Historical Society held its first meeting this term Thursday evening in 19 Holworthy. Several professors were present, and Mr. Ross and Mr. Smith of Cambridge were guests of the evening. Professor Norton and Mr. Arthur Gilman were also invited, but were prevented from attending the meeting.
The subject discussed was the life and art of Benvenuto Cellini. Mr. Colby and Mr. Ruland had worked up the subject together, and read extracts from Cellini's very interesting autobiography, and comments on his works by Symonds. The meeting was entirely informal. and Mr. Ross and others often added some interesting word or anecdote to the accounts of the regular speakers. A very fine book of plates illustrating Cellini's most noted works was kindly loaned by Mr. Kiernan from the library. This work is edited by Eugene Plon and is very valuable. The other books used were translations of Cellini's Memoirs by J. A. Symonds and T. Roscoe, and Symonds' Renaissance in Italy, Vol. III.