If junior dinners have always been like the Ninety-six dinner at the Vendome last night, class feeling at Harvard is not so much of a phantom as it has sometimes been thought to be. A class which has always been conspicuous for its active interest in every department of the College life, Ninety-six more than lived up to its past record last night. The many expressions of good-fellowship and of loyalty to both Alma Mater and to the class were received with an enthusiasm which was inspiring to all and especially to those whose opportunities for convivial gatherings as classmates have in the past been few.
There were in all over two hundred men present and the three large dining rooms of the Vendome which had been thrown into one were filled almost to overflowing. It was very soon after seven o'clock when the men filed in and took their places at the long tables. President Fairchild introduced the toastmaster, E. M. Hurley, who called first upon E. R. Mathews, who spoke for the College Press. The speeches which followed were made between the courses. Gott's orchestra furnished very good music in the meantime, playing occasionally popular songs in which the class joined with a will. A double quartette of Ninety-six men from the 'Varsity Glee Club sang, "Johnny Harvard" and the "Wah Hoo Medley."
The second speaker of the evening was J. R. Bullard, Jr., who spoke for the 'varsity crew. He outlined briefly the course of training up to the present time, emphasizing especially the faithful services of the coach, Mr. Watson, and of E. H. Fennessy. He spoke very hopefully of the prospects of the crew this year.
The next speaker was J. A. Gade, who spoke for the literary interests of the class. He was followed by H. E. Addison, whose subject was "Any Old Thing." In the absence of A. H. Brewer, who was kept from the dinner by illness, C. Brewer spoke for football. He reviewed the athletic achievements of Ninety-six, and said that whether there should be 'varsity football next fall or only class football, the class would be sure to keep up its preeminence in the game as it had done in the past.
The poet of the evening was R. M. Townsend whose account of Baron Sahara and The Great Thirst, written in excellent rhyme, was full of humorous allusions. Other speakers were Captain Griffin of the class nine, Captain Forbes of the class crew, and A. Borden. The dinner ended with the singing of Fair Harvard by the whole class and cheers for Harvard and Ninety-six.
The committee of the class who arranged the dinner was composed of J. C. Fairchild, R. B. Williams and H. R. Storrs, to whose management the success of the dinner was very largely due.