NOTRE DAME SCHOLASTIC.
The Laetare Medal - Presentation.
t HE pleasant task has fallen to
my lot to open the proceedings
this evening with a few words
True Worth s Reward.
VI 0 tropin' this by vain ambition won,
No glittering blazon of an empty fame,
No spurious mark of Flattery’s false acclaim,
_ Nor badge of deeds in selfish striving done.
HP °f explanatory preface and also This is the guerdon of a course well run,
Jr to introduce the Very Reverend Fit token of a hTe ’ s cxaited aim;
U r • A • , _ r Fair meed of toil in Charitv’s sweet name,
V Andrew Morrissey, President of r . T1 . , ’
- 1 I lie crown ol vears lor Trutli and Right begun.
the University’' of Notre Dame, Indiana, who
is the bearer of the Laetare Medal which, Upon whose breast is laid this emblem rare,
this vear, has been awarded to a highly- in Virtue’s ways has fixed. life’s daily plan;
. . i ^ .1 v i • r -n , To Faith and Conscience loval; wearied ne’er
esteemed Catholic business man of Boston, , T ~
' in ^sacrifice tor bod and lellow-man.
Mr. Thomas B. Fitzpatrick. The Laetaie Such onlv may this joyous symbol wear,
Medal is so called because the announcement To honor and to bless life’s waning span,
of the selection is made on Laetare Sundays Michael J. Dwyer.
on which day of Midlent the Church relieves
the strain of the long penitential season by a more joyful liturgy 1 ;, organ music, and
floral decorations of the altar. Perhaps the founders of this medal may have had also
in mind the joy it would bring to the worthy recipient and his family and friends.
Heretofore it has been conferred mostly', on Catholics of both sexes who had attained
to some distinction in the learned professions or in the field of literature or the fine
arts, such as , the historian, John Gilmary Shea, Doctor Thomas Addis Emmet,. Mrs.
Anna H. Dorsey and the Hon. Charles J. Bonaparte. .More recently it has been
thought well, occasionally at least, to confer this decoration on successful business men
who, in addition to exemplifying the value of industry*, honesty’, skill and tlnift, have,
by their character, lives, deeds of piety’ and charity’, deserved well of the Church and
humanity. This is the class to which the recipient of this y’ear belongs. That he deserves
this honor is .well known to y’ou all. I venture to make only’ one remark in this
connection. Though conducting his mercan- distinguished and flourishing universities of
tile concerns . on strict business principles, learning of the middle states, and no doubt
the brightness of his success is not tarnished will place Mr. Fitzpatrick on a footing of
by’ any of the unfair ' devices which are fraternity’ with the thousands of its alumni
only too! common in modern commercialism who are found everywhere, in the United
and financial 'manipulations. On behalf of States and even in Mexico and the republics
the clergy I congratulate Mr. Fitzpatrick of South America.: If he ever becomes rich
on his -good fortune; on being selected enough to found : a charitable institution,
as one worthy to wear this ornament of endow a . college chair or make a large
the high esteem he has won in this com- donation to the. Propagation of the Faith,
munity and of his reputation for integrity .no body of trustees, college faculty’ or, board
in business, and zeal and liberality in various J of bishops need have, any scruples of con-
lines of charitable and religious work, which • science in accepting, it. / ;
has extended at least over half this con- I have the pleasure of presenting 'Very
tinentrrithat is, . to 'the University .’ of Notre Rev. 5 Andrew Morrissey, President j of the
DameffinUthe State of Indiana. •.University’. of Notre Dame, Indiana:
Although this honor carries with it no ? ^ Nr'~ . ' -v,
academic! significance qr.^seal / of 4 scholastic A : ; : i 'f y -"5 'N J -A A A
erudition, :;it: ris/coMerre^ oftfhe^^^P ’ AtNAL Vv
*,Bv KgfitSReyerehdiWflliain''Byf5e,'.i). T).,A r . G.yati i -Jv ^-R • ~ ,histoi"y' of - the
Hotel. Somerset, Boston, Thursday evening, jVla\' 25. ' ‘ Laetare . Aledal — — Notre * Dame’s supreme
t Rev. Andrew Morrissey, President of Notre Dame. distinction .^annually’ . conferred- Upon : a con-
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spicuous member of the Catholic laity of
America — recipients of the honor have stood
for eminence in some specific field of litera-
ture, science, or art; or for notable achieve-
ment in the sphere of broad philanthropic
effort. Without at all lowering the standard
of excellence originally fixed as the minimum
upon which, she would set the seal of her
highest approval, our University turns this
year to a field of human activity hitherto
neglected in the bestowal of her Midlenten
tribute, and chooses her medallist from the
commercial world. Any one of the larger
sorts of legitimate and honorable business
is unquestionably, in our day, a vocation
offering ample scope for the most varied
intellectual powers, furnishing a splendid
test of the righteousness that is based on
religious motives, and exercising a wide-
spread influence, beneficent or otherwise,
throughout the community in which its
functions are performed. Among hundreds
of notable Catholics engaged in business
in these United States, Notre Dame takes
especial pleasure in signalizing one whose
name is synonymous with spotless integrity,
unblemished honor, and the highest sense of
religious duty; a Catholic whose influence
is uniformly exerted for the uplifting of
younger neighbors and the betterment of
his fellow-citizens generally; a benefactor
whose hidden charities are largely in excess
of what is credited to his public generosity;
a faithfully, consistent son of the Church
and a promoter of every religious work ;
an illustrious representative, in short, of all
that is worthiest in the ideal Catholic
business man. It affords me unqualified
pleasure, Air. Fitzpatrick, to salute you ; as
the Laetare Medallist for 1905.
Response of Recipient,,
THE HOX. THOMAS B. FITZPATRICK.
It is my first and most pleasing duty
this evening to welcome the Right Reverend
and Reverend Clergy, and the kind ladies
and gentlemen of the laitv who honor, this *
occasion with their presence. In this con-
nection, I desire to express in an especial
manner mv sense of deep obligation to our
venerable Archbishop, who is so worthity
represented here by the Right Reverend
Monsignor William Byrne. I greet the rep-
resentative of His Grace, not only on
account of his official capacity, but also
in consideration of his own splendid
personality. . I
To the distinguished President of the
University of Notre Dame, the Very Reverend.
Andrew Morrissey, I bid most cordial wel-
come, and beg him to accept for' himself
and those of his friends who are here
to-night the assurance of our deep-set and
tenderest regard. . .
I know something of the long distances
they have travelled, and the inconveniences-
they have incurred so as to be with us - at
this time, and I regret that all I can offer
in return for these - signal favors is- the'
tribute of a grateful heart. '-/V s -.’
The atmosphere of this room is made
additionally joyous by the presence of so
many of my kind friends of the clergy and
laity who live in this vicinity, and whose
courtesy in attending this presentation -is
but one of the many generous testimonies
of regard I have received at their hands.
Especially gratified would I be, were I
permitted to make personal acknowledgment
here to those whose kindly sendees have so
often been enlisted in mv favor, and notablv
in this instance. They will be -good enough,
I feel sure, to accept the will for the deed.
As the recipient of the Laetare Medal
conferred by the University of Notre Dame,
and formalty presented to me through its
honored President, I'beg leave to say that
no words at my command can adequately
express my sense of appreciation for this
great honor, or do justice to the sentiments
which my heart bids, me speak. . -
Shall I, therefore, be silent and depend
upon the charity and intuition of the learned
President and Faculty of the University
to read my. thoughts and -anticipate the
words of thankfulness I would fain utter?
No. I must trespass- by briefly' defining
my position. The cohsciousness that mo
merits of mine in the past deserve such a
distinction, is only equalled by what T trusty
is a pardonable fear of my inability , to
measure tip to its requirements in the future:
But I must not appropriate this corny;
pliment to myself personalty. Its presW
entation has a more comprehensive meaning/ /
and in this respect happily lessens • my -
embarrassment. . - - - . • yV y-
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I feel safe in interpreting the action of the
University as desiring to show its kindly
solicitude towards the commercial sphere,
and its disposition to dignify it with the
seal of its approbation. In the presentation
just made, I regard myself simpfy as the
incident through which this expression of
good will is betokened to thousands of
business men evervwliere, and to the varied
fields of usefulness in which they are
In their name, and in my own, I thank
with all my heart the President and his
associates for this generous consideration,
and for the magnificent compliment ex-
pressed in the presentation of this superb
The value of this compliment, to whom-
soever granted, can best be understood by a
knowledge of the significance of the Laetare
Medal, and the intent of its promoters.
Reference to its character in this respect has
been ably presented in the remarks of Right
Reverend Monsignor Byrne and the Very
Reverend President of the University. A brief
outline of , its original purpose is also printed
in the souvenir. I need not therefore repeat
The Universitv of Notre Dame in its mag-
nificent spirit of liberality and democracy is
not content to award its degrees to scholar,
teacher and scientist, and its Laetare Medal
to eminent men in the arts and professions ;
it looks out over, the broad fields of human
endeavor, arid recognizes on every side vast
armies of workers in industrial and com-
mercial pursuits. It sees smoke issuing from
the tall chimneys of ten thousand workshops,
and listens to the hum of busy looms and
countless , spindles, giving employment to
millions of men and women. It measures
the capacity of immense storehouses in our
cities, and observes that these are the repos-
itories and trading marts for the products
of land and sea, for mine/ and manufactory.
It takes note of the millions and tens of
millions of deposits fin our banks, and the
countless wealth represented in . municipal,
state, railroad, and other corporate securi-
ties. .It sees the land covered with a network
pfr ail ways, and the;, oceanwhite with sail,
bringing states ; and nations '/into /. closer
relationship, through a constantly increasing
, system of commercial intercourse. fy, ; y
The great Universitv is not unmindful of
the meaning of this spectacle. It recognizes
in it the fact that this is the great
mercantile age, and that the business man
is a responsible factor back of these mighty
forces of industry'-, organizing, directing, and
The happiness of millions of workers
depends upon the character and quality of
this control. Is it healthy or otherwise? It
is healthy when the application of technical
business knowledge and the use of capital are
directed by an intelligent conscience,- and a
sense of moral responsibility on the part of
the business man in his dealings with others.
It is unhealthy, • irrespective of the amount
of moneys made in a commercial enter-
prise, when the conscience of the operator
is silent, and his regard for this moral
responsibility' is ignored.
Far-reaching are the injurious effects of
such an abnormal system. As a insult of
greed for wealth, regardless of the means
employed in obtaining it, the individual
worker is impoverished, the home is robbed
of its rights, society- is disintegrated, and
the safety of the state is imperilled.
Well might such a condition suggest the
immortal lines of Goldsmith:
111 fares the land, to hastening ills a prey/
Where wealth accumulates and men decay'.
Wealth is surely, accumulated- to-day r in
this glorious land of ours, and centering,
perhaps,, in fewer hands than the judgihent
of conservative men would favor; but yet,
thank God, we are happify free from the
appalling spectacle of the decadence of men.
The great agencies upon which we must
depend to preserve our men from decay, and
our government from- becoming demoralized,
are the Church, the School, the College, and
the University. These are the luminaries
through which the gospel of Christianity is
diffused and civilization . promoted.
If it is true that commercialism is the
most pronounced ; characteristic of our day
and . generation, it fis incumbent on the part
of Church and School and University, to
guide, restrain and dignify it, through their
healthful teaching, arid beneficent influence.
That this is the part taken by the Catholic
Church s and Catholic college no one conver-
sant; with their mission and teaching will
deny. . Our catechism has taught us that,
among other marks of divine authority, the
Church is universal. It adapts itself to all
ages, and climes, and conditions of men.
The ministrations of its clergy and schools
and universities are applied with equal zeal
and devotion in the interests of laborer,
mechanic, business man and those .engaged
in professional life.
Exemplifying this principle, the University
of Notre Dame magnanimously extends its
courtesy and encouragement not to me, as
I said before, but, in a grander and broader
sense, to the business calling that I so
I am pleased, Very Reverend President,
to accept it in this spirit, and thus under-
standing' its representative character, again
respectfully repeat not only my own obli-
gations to you and the faculty, but -feel
warranted in bespeaking the cordial thanks
and lasting appreciation of business men
throughout the country for your generous
compliment to commercial pursuit.
May the great institution of learning
over which you preside long continue its
ministrations for the good of religion,
home' and society, and may the name of the
University'- of Notre Dame become more and
more a household word in its sublime mis-
sion of serving the glory of God, the purity
and enlightenment of the individual, a
constant inspiration to patriotic American
citizenship, and a tower of strength to the
state and* to the nation!
* * '
Address on Behalf of the Laity. ~
The ceremony which we have just wit-
nessed is worthy of our best thought and
meditation. .It shows us the act of a great
university, established for the education of
voung men on Christian lines to the end
that they may become citizens of the best
type, going still further in its beneficence
and reaching out into the ranks of manhood,
to indicate by the stamp of its approval
the quality of citizenship that should form
the truly Christian nation. . .
The University'- of Notre Dame says in
- effect to its hundreds of students and to the
. outside world : “ The prime object of our
endeavor is. to turn out for the glory of God
* By Patrick J. Timmins, M: D, - • i-
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and the welfare of society men with the
qualities of heart, mind and soul like unto
those we are pleased to honor with our
capital prize — the Laetare Medal.
Refreshing as the green spot in the- desert
is. this yearly placing before our eyes of a
proper sample of humanity'. For too many,
even among professors of Christianity', are
navigating life’s ocean by the guidance of
a purely pagan chart. The Father of Chris-
tendom has found it necessary to speak out
and warn the faithful concerning “the pre-
vailing ignorance about divine things,” in
consequence of which it happens that many
men are not eating bread in the sweat of
their own brows, as the Lord commanded,
but in the sweat of other men’s brows, and
that hard taskmasters, not satisfied -with
robbing the masses of a large portion of
their earthly 1 - goods, are leaving them little
time to think of the truths necessary' for
How timely 1 ' it is then for those who are
on the lookout, and whose calling is that
of teaching, to turn their attention to the
field of commercial activity where, such sins
are most seen, and to point out the workers
therein whose example it is safe to follow.
This, I take it, is the meaning that underlies
the present bestowal of the Laetare Medal.
The University of Notre Dame is entitled to
the highest credit for creating such a badge
of honor, an honor which is exceptional in
this respect: that it always seeks the man.
instead of the man seeking it. So much for
the donor of the medal, which we may
rightly' praise for establishing this signal
reward of merit. ;
It is a more . delicate matter to speak of
the recipient of this honor in his presence.
Even if it were in my' power to give
adequate expression to the friendly' senti-
ments entertained for hiin by his clerical
and secular friends, a mere moiety of whom
are represented here, I should only wound
his sensibilities by r doing so. I- can not,
however, stifle the spirit which struggles
within this breast to say that it has always
felt itself elevated, purified, and rejoiced by
contact until our friend who Is honored
Most people draw their comparisons from
their ownVfield of labor, and taking advan-
tage of mine I will venture to expressfyonr
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judgment as well as my own in tliis way : —
We recognize in our friend, Mr. Fitzpatrick,
not only a distinguished specialist in some
of the Christian virtues, but a good general
practitioner in all of them. No one who
knows him will say' that he is not fully'' tip
to the standard of the Laetare Medal. May-
God continue to enable him to maintain
this high level. So far as merely' earthly-
incentives should aid him, he must reflect
that he is now more than ever a marked
man, destined to illustrate the adage —
Noblesse oblige. It will be harder for him
to do wrong* in the future. Indeed, I have
heard one sinner commiserate him on being
thus inhumanly’* bound to monotonous
rectitude. -This will entail no hardship in his
case, because, to perpetrate an Iiibernicism,
it is easy to put off habits that have never
been put on.
No one I think fears that this honor will
spoil him. If anyone for a moment thought
of such a thing there was time enough for
that one to lodge an objection since the
publication of the bans over a month ago.
As no protest has been raised it iS fair
to conclude that to-night’s > nuptials are
The word “nuptials” reminds me that a
married man shares his honors with his'
wife, as well as transmits them to his
children. And it is only just that she who
is to be constant in his ills should be joyous
in his joys. Not only’ does the wife share
her husband’s honors, but the ideal wife
helps him to win them. Conscious of this
fact, and looking so many* of her ' fair sex
in the face, I feel bound to say that we are
to no small extent indebted to her whom
chivalry calls his better-half for being
to-night the happy guests of our honored
friend, — Thomas Bernard Fitzpatrick.
We shall soon have the opportunity’- of
tendering him our .individual congratula-
tions ; but before we do so, I may be
permitted to express the prayer that is in
all our hearts : that God may’ be pleased to
The Rise of the Flood.
ALEXANDER W. VCEARLAXD, ’ 06 .
Although I had never been put to a severe
test, as a young man I had always felt that
I was as strong of nerve, or at least no
bigger coward than the average run of
men. But just as I reached my majority’
I met with an adventure that, I believe,
shortened my- life fully’ a decade. Even now,
after these many’ years, I can not think of
that night without a shudder of dread and
terror. It is well known that the fear
induced by’ imagination, uncertainty’ and
suspense is the most severe; and tliat the
intensity’ of our perception is augmented by’
the facilitation and attention • with which
we receive them. These facts, coupled with
a nervous temperament, nearly’ proved my
undoing one night in my’ early’ manhood.
I had an uncle, my’ mother’s brother, who
though not mentally deranged displayed
such strange actions and eccentricities that
I, as a boy’, had al way’s felt an uncanny’
and mortal dread of the man. When I grew
older, I learned that he had been accused
of murdering his y’oungest sister, though
the charge was never proven. Many’ other
manifestations and tales of his “queerness”
served only’ to increase the aversion so
strongly’ acquired during childhood.
When I was still yroung he went to the
Orient, and after a long lapse of ten years
-returned to his old home with an immense-
fortune which he had amassed in the East.
He at once built a magnificent house, set
up a grand establishment, and settled down
to enjoy’ life.
With age came wisdom to me; and, as I
wished to ingratiate my’self in the favor of
my rich uncle, I calmed the fears of my’ youth
and began to cultivate his friendship. I had
never visited, the new mansion, so when I
received an invitation to spend a week there,
it was with great expectations, yet with
misgivings, that I accepted. My
had always feared my’ uncle
since the murder incident, dreaded to have
me go, and before parting had by’ her worry-
ing worked me into a nervous and excitable
condition, y: .: y A
-J-.-.did.' not . reach my uncle’s place until
prolong to a ripe old . age the years of ; our some
friend, and keep him to the last what he mother whc
appears to our eyes — a fine . type of the
: One never th or ouglily realizes his mortality
Spalding. \ v
, so long as his mother.lives
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about ten at night. My mother’s suspicions
of my uncle’s intentions and my own foolish
fears had wrought me into a high state of
mental disorder. It was with a strong
premonition of an impending evil that I
arrived at the house. In short, I felt that
my uncle wished to murder me ; yet strange
as it may seem, I never thought of turning
back to my home.
The house appeared foreboding and gloomy
as I drove up to the door. My uncle greeted
me in person with a hearty 'welcome.
“Things are going wrong to-day’. I hope
y r ou are not responsible for it all,” said he.
I deposited my baggage and then as he
led me through the halls and rooms, which
were dark, he said, by way T of explanation:
“A wire burned out a few minutes ago
and there’s onlv one candle, our sole light.
So I think the best thing we can all do is
to turn. in. — And by the way, Ed, a couple
of bankers came over late this afternoon
and the\ r have the spare rooms; but I
have had a place fixed for you to-night, and
to-morrow you can go to your own room.
We can talk over family affairs and other
news then. I’m sorry’-, but I shall have to
take you to your room in the dark unless
you have a lighting plant with you. Follow
me; your luggage is up there already.
My uncle seemed so pleasant that my r
foolish fears were calmed for the moment,
and I felt that I would have an agreeable
visit, despite the first night’s inconveniences.
He led me up a flight of stairs to a landing,
opened a door and led me down another
shorter flight. Neither of us had matches but
we could feel and soon distinguish objects
in the gloom. Stating that I would be all
right till morning, my uncle left me. I
undressed and retired. As I was doing so
I felt the wall. It was lined with tile. The
floor although covered with rugs was tile
also. My foolish fit of terror again seized
me. However, I tried to console myself with
the thought that no foul play' would befall
me while those bankers were in tlie house.
In a short time then I fell into a sleep
broken by fitful dreams.
I awoke suddenly with a cold sensation
in my back. As I gradually came to con-
sciousness I stuck my r hand over the edge of
the bed and it plunged into water. Instantly
I was awake and sitting up in bed. As I
listened I could hear the gurgling, and could
feel the water rising over the bed. I was
right in my suspicions. The strange tile-
lined room, the absence of light, the fiction
of the bankers — all was a dastardly plot to
I at once began to think of getting out
of this tank, for I could not swim, and
already’- the water was rising fast. Stepping
off the bed into lukewarm water (probably'
at that temperature to lessen the chances
of awakening me) I started towards what
I thought was the stairs and door. At
least if I was locked in I could stand on the
stairs and if the door was not waterproof I
could thus escape drowning. I came to the
wall and began to feel along it as. a guide
to the door. As I progressed around the
edge of the room I suddenly crashed my' head
against some object. Stunned, I sank to the .
floor, but the water on my r face revived me.
More cautiously^ I again started my journey
around the. room. I counted four walls and
came to no steps. Had they been removed ?
My terror increased as I saw each detail of
the murderous plot worked out. The water
was now neck deep and as one knows, who
is unaccustomed to water at that depth,
it is no easy': matter to keep balanced. I
might have crept back to the bed and stood
on it till help of some kind came, but I did
not know the. location of this haven of
safe tv, and I was afraid to. leave the wall
to hunt for it. . I was lost in my own room.
I was fast becoming weaker. The water
began lapping at my chin ; I felt that T must
sink in a moment— rather a quick final
plunge than this eternal creeping of ’ the
water over my face. Words can not describe
my feelings. The realization that I was being
murdered seemed to rob me of my strength,
and to pull me- down, into the water.
I had almost lost consciousness when I
heard a door open. I gasped out a cry. I
heard a splash; some one seized me, dragged
me up the stairs and out onto the landing.
Help was brought and I was soon revived.
Next morning I investigated my strange
experience without mentioning my suspicions
to anyone. These suspicions turned out to
be false, for all was true about the lights
and the visiting bankers. Pressed for room
my .uncle had: fixed me a bed in his swim-
ming-pool., One of the servants, ignorant of
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my presence, wishing to take a plunge had
turned on the water which nearly- resulted
in my death. It was this servant’s arrival
at a most fortunate time that had saved
me. My inability to find the steps I
explained that I must have turned back in
my journey around the room after I had
bumped my head, and in that way failed to
make a complete circuit.
I . soon grew to know and like my uncle
very much. Now whenever anyone boasts
of nerve I remain silent, for I have been
tried; but I never let my imagination run
away with me as it did on that almost
(Anacreon. Ode 31.)
'Twas midnight when the sullen bear
Rolled down to meet Arcturus fair,
And weary mortals lulled to sleep,
Buried ' their cares in slumbers deep.
An infant at that midnight hour
Came sobbing to my silent bower,
Came to me shivering, and wept
While all the world in silence slept.
“And who are you?” I softly' said
When all my midnight dreams had fled.
“0 master, open, it is I,”
I heard an infaut voice reply';
“I wander through the lonely' night,
The clouds have hid the moon from sight,
And all is wet and cold and drear.
0 master, open; do not fear.”
And when I heard these words . I rose;
Trimm’d nry low lamp, and donn’d my clothes,
Opened my' cottage door, and lo !
An infant entered with a bow.
’Twas Love; I knew him. by; his quiver.
The midnight breezes made, him shiver.
1 placed him near the dying flame
. And warmed his hands, and feet, and ; frame,
• And pressed the water from his hair,'
Half frozen by' the frosty air ; ’
And when the; embers’ soothing ray'. ,
Had put all cares and;- fears away', ...
“Come,” said he, “let. me try my bow;
I fear my' arrow wall not go, ...
For d, have wandered through the gale'
. . Until niy' bow is stiff with '.bail.’’ - ’
- He drew tiis bow, and swift; The dart - > "
.- ' _ Came flying to ; my .very heart; 'V. . .
- - , ;The. prick was.sliarp, keen .was the pain,
And Cupid wandered. off’ again. : ; . -
“Farew r ell, my friend,” I heard him sayy
= “ , As .joyftilly he wdnged his way ; ; ‘ Aw.-y' -
. “The raih-has not relax’d !my bow r , L A”
, Nor -do; my aiyoyvs.;i±ayH'::sl6w'; yyy-y; f ...
; . ' c This,' thou; thy .heart. ; .
. : Wherein is planted Cupid’s dart,” T. E. B.
Decoration Day Address.
CAI’T. J. J. AUERCKOM IUE, OF CHICAGO.
Rev. Fathers, Comrades, young gentlemen,
and friends: — More profoundly than for
many winged y'ears does the pathos of our
Memorial Day 7 " exercises appeal to me as
I look aniong this gathered remnant of
cherished .comrades, and scan the faces of
well -loved friends of Notre Dame to search
in vain for the face of him to whom I
listened with affectionate pride (it seems
as though but yesterday), while he "recited
’‘Lincoln’s Address at Getty' sburg” as part
of your memorial exercises but six short
3 'ears ago; and in this community of sor-
rowful reminiscences I am brought to realize
more keenly the great multitude of vacant
places in our ranks where only' a day' gone
by', as it were, there marched with touch
of elbow a gallant comrade. . And as I close
mine ey'es visions of the swift approaching
3 'ears warn me of the departing day'. Voices
of the night chant solemn requiem for the
passing boy' in blue, and dreams reminiscent
of tender melodies thrill my' heart-strings
as come again the soft low voices of the
past with childhood’s song and hymn that
fade away to final voice in the inimitable
love song to our “Captain King:”
Abide with- me, fast falls, the even tide,
The darkness, deepens, Lord, with me abide.
• -• • • - • •
Swift to the close ebbs out life’s day,
Earth’s joy r ’s grow dim, its glories fade away'.
To save the nation there .went forth from
the Northern States, 2, 77S, 304 - soldiers:
56,000 were killed in battle; 35,000 wounded
died in hospitals; lS4, 000 from disease.
Nearly 300,000 in all laid down their lives
that you of the present generation might
possess the land. '
It was Wellington himself— the great
“Iron Duke” — who said : “That the contem-
plation ; of a battlefield was sufficient to
inspire the wish that, never would there be
a war.” And you who have been of it and
in it can echo his words. )
How came the Union soldier to be called
the “ Boy in Blue ? ”. Of the nearly' 3,000,000
enlisted for the Union, 1,151,436 were IS
f years’ and under— of 24 boys of lS years
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and under to every man of 25 years and
over; stalwart, strenuous boys who became
grim fighting men, impetuous and irresistible,
shaped in the fiery forge of the God of War.
And as I look on the fresh and ruddy faces
of these boys around me my heart leaps
within me in prophecy that no nation can
overcome us while you remember the Boys
in Blue whom you are here to-dav to honor.
In the twelve months just tom from the
calendar of } r ears almost fort}' -five thousand
survivors of the Civil War have joined their
regiments after life’s brief furlough ; and as
I ponder on the vast army of our some-
time comrades who have taken their places
in the shadowy battalions — whose camp is
spread along the further shore of the
Ultimate River — from out the silent space
thei'e comes the faint, mellow bugle call —
“Put out . your lights; good night; good
night!” — to tell the nation of the passing
of the last of her bor^s in blue.
Rome has its Pantheon in which is buried
its heroes ; Paris has its Hotel des Invalides,
and London her Westminster Abbey; but
America has erected a Pantheon wherein the
tablets are the hearts of the people, whose
dome is the blue sky above the broad land,
whose walls are lapped by the waters of the
Occident and the Orient, and within whose
confines are spread the fertile fields and
broad acres, where rise the humble mounds
that mark ’ her heroes’ resting-places, made
fragrant and beautiful with flowers and
wreaths by myriads of her people, gathered
in multitudes of places to-daY r .
The Master, too, has covered with ' his
grass and blossoms, and made brilliant
with the verdure of summer, the crimson
spots that some time stained the land ; and
beneath peaceful skies the Blue and the Gray
at last unvexed by strife, have passed the
green threshold of the common grave,
whither all footsteps tend, whence, none
depart: , •
. 0 sun, that wakened all to bliss or pain,
0 moon, that lavest all to sleep again.
Shine- sweetly, softly, where they rest!
They fought, not for fame or glory' or
king or potentate, but for belief and principle,
as- location and surrounding .had shaped
their views. To us in the providence of God
was given at : last the victory, so that , all
men who should gather beneath the folds .
of our Starry banner, should have equal
rights and equal liberty to earn a livelihood
without the whip of the master to drive \
him, or the ban of the mob to terrorize him.
As our most estimable and revered ...
comrade, Archbishop Ireland, has said :
“The Republic of America was a supreme
act of confidence in man, a confession, such '
as never before had been heard, of human
dignity and human ability. And never was
the republic so strong in all the elements ’
of life, so entrancing- in beauty, so menacing
to all the foes of democracy, as when the
setting sun of Appomattox shone on her
banner and revealed upon its azure field the
presence of the full galaxy of its stars.”
It is with justifiable pride then that we,
who contributed to the ~ victories of that
republic, set aside a day in each year that its
memories may be revived and its glories be -
recited in honor of those who have passed
from amongst our ranks. Ours was indeed
an army of the republic. It was no praeto-
rian band, but the people in arms and in a
righteous cause; and because of this when
its appointed work was ’ accomplished the
veteran of yesterday’s battles was impatient
to exchange the sword once more for the
plowshare and the bayonet for the pruning
The character of our soldiers illustrates
most strikingly the difference between our
militarism and that of other days ’•= and
continents. At their country’s call they left
partisan zeal, business absorption, and. the -i. -
comforts of home to fight for the American
idea of citizenship, freedom, and humanity.
In the heart of the fiery furnace of that four,
years’ Civil War; New England andAVestem,
Celt and Teuton, Scandinavian and Slav, , /
were fused in a new amalgam never again .
to be , dissolved. . .
No such army was ever organized in any ’
land. T hej- were men of reading and thought,
almost tmiversally, and every bullet they.,
fired was backed by an intelligent idea.
Freedom, justice, and humanity, was that
idea, and it was gained before the i war
commenced by discussion on the farm and
in the workshop ; and that discussion was
continued everywhere until every man knew: :
exactly why he was fighting, and what he ;
was fighting for ; and from that discussion
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NOTRE DAME SCHOLASTIC
Notre Dame Scholastic
Published every Saturday during T erm Time at the
University of Notre Dame.
Entered as second-class matter at the Post Office. Notre Dame. Ind.
Terms: SJ-50 per Annum. Postpaid.
Address: THE EDITOR NOTRE DAME SCHOLASTIC.
Notre Dame, Indiana.
Notre Dame, Indiana, June 3, 1905.
Board of Editors.
STEPHEN F. RIORDAN, '04
MICHAEL J. SHEA, '04 JOHN M. QUINLAN, ’04
HENRY II. KEMPER, ’05 CHAS. L. O’DONNELL, ’06
WILLIAM D. JAMIESON, ’05
JOHN F. SHEA, ’06 EUGENE P. BURKE, ’06
BERNARD S. FAHY, ’05 WILLIAM A. BOLGER, ’07
, ROBERT L. BRACKEN, ’07.
Graduates’ Day at St. Mary’s.
Members of the Class of 1905, at our sister
institution on the bank of the St. Joseph,
have doubtless felicitated themselves and
been congratulated by their friends on the
fact that their graduation synchronizes with
the Golden Jubilee of their Alma Mater. Not
less cordially, however, is St. Mary’s to be
congratulated on having, at this epoch-mak-
ing date, a graduating class so accomplished
and so thoroughly representative of all that
is best in the higher education of woman.
The consummate flower of perfect maiden-
hood, the “ queen rose of the rosebud garden
of girls,” is undoubtedly, in this twentieth
century, the typical convent pupil ; and those
who were privileged to enjoy, on Sunday
last, the brilliant and symmetrical pro-
gramme of Graduates’ Dav at St. Marv’s
will be loath to believe that there can be
found anywkhere a more efficient or more suc-
cessful staff of gardeners than the. Sisters of
the Holy Cross. Paraphrasing the statement
of Dr, Boteler whom Izaak Walton quotes,
‘ ‘ Doubtless ; God could have made a better
berry, than the : strawberry, -but , doubtless
God never did,”- we are inclined to affirm :
that while the blessing of .Providence supple-
mented ^Creligious; devotedness, thprough
scholarship, and notable executive* ability
could possibly have built up a better high-
class educational institution than St. Mary’s
Acadenrv, it certainly, in this country at
least, has never done so.
We have no intention of commenting on
the individual excellences of the programme
presented. Of the musical numbers, indeed,
airy criticism we could write would perforce
consist of glittering generalities. If, however,
the vocal and instrumental selections that
charmed the audience were artistically on a
par with the essays and poems, in judging
which we felt more at home, then the singers
and players are exceptionally gifted and
skilful. For the essays and poems were, of
distinctly superior merit, and several of
them would assuredlv- attract attention
even if delivered as post-graduate work in
the most noted of our American universities.
These young ladies of the Class of 1905 have
beyond all question acquired the capacity to
form definite ideas and sound judgments, to
deduce conclusions logically from premises,
to weigh evidence and estimate the value
of proof, as well as to clothe their thought
in fitting words and increase its effectiveness
by a lucid, chaste, and individual style. Their
papers furnished superabundant proof that
the}' have been taught “to think and to
reason and to compare and to discriminate
and to analyze,” have during their under-
graduate course refined their taste, formed
their judgment, and sharpened their mental
vision until at present they have become not
merely cleverly instructed, but well-educated
and highly-cultured young women. Listening
to them on Sunday afternoon, one felt
prompted to add a couplet to Wordsworth’s
quatrain, and characterize each as
-‘A perfect woman nobly - planned,
To warn, to .comfort, and command, .
, And vet a spirit still and bright
With something of an angel light” —
To gleam for are a lustrous gem
In fair St. Mary’s diadem. *
— This week we had the honor and pleasure
of entertaining the Rt.. Rev. Bishop of Fort
W ay ne . : Bishop . Alerd ing came to administer
the Sacrament of Confirmation on Ascension
Thursday. Lack of space prevents us doing ;
full justice to tlie ceremonies, until next issue.
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Formal Presentation of Laetare Medal.
“The most distinguished gathering ever
held in this city,” is wliat the Boston Pilot
styles the brilliant crowd of over five
hundred representative prominent men and
women who had come from far and near
in order to attend the presentation of the
Laetare Medal to Mr. Thomas B. Fitzpatrick,
Notre Dame’s choice for 1905. As befitted
the occasion the grand ball-room of. the
Hotel Somerset, the scene of the impressive
ceremonies of Thursday evening, May . 25,
was elaborately decorated, and a select
orchestra in the balcony enlivened with
choice music the time spent in waiting for
the arrival of the guests.
Precisely at nine o’clock Mr. Fitzpatrick
and the other principal figures of . the evening
appeared upon the stage, and the exercises
were forthwith opened by Rt. Rev. William
Byrne, Vicar -General of the archdiocese of
Boston, who, as acting representative of
Archbishop Williams, presided over the
After a brief address in which he explained
the character and meaning of the Laetare
Medal, and congratulated the recipient of-
such a signal honor, Mgr. Byrne introduced
the -Very Rev. Andrew Morrissey, President
of Notre Dame,- who had come to represent
the Faculty of that institution.
Before pinning the medal on the breast
of Mr. Fitzpatrick, Rev. President Morrissey
paid him a glowing tribute in -words of
unfeigned cordiality and friendship— hailing
him as “an illustrious representative of all
that is worthiest in The ideal Catholic
To this the medallist responded first of all
with a hearty welcome to his assembled
guests, and then proceeded to express in. a
most admirable manner his deep -set appre-
ciation of the honor which he unselfishly
attributed to his profession- rather than to
himself. His speech, which is given in full
elsewhere in this issue of the Scholastic,
was . indeed a worthy “ tribute of a grateful
Dr. Patrick J. Timmins, , of South Boston,
and a personal friend of Mr. Fitzpatrick, in
behalf of the laity, next replied with senti-
ments of worth and wisdom. In the
course of his remarks he took occasion to - . :
extol the foresight of those who established
the Laetare Medal, and to eulogize Mr.
Fitzpatrick for his virtues, and for his
Perhaps the most unexpected and A'et one
of the most .-thoroughly enjoyed features of
the evening was Mr. Michael J. Dwyer’s
reading of an original sonnet of his own, ;
a reprint of which we have the honor of
publishing on our second page this week.
Some of the reverend gentlemen present
-were then called upon; Right Rev. Denis
O’Callaghan, of South Boston, responding
with a few words appreciative of his friend,
Mr. Fitzpatrick, followed with a brief
felicitous address by the Reverend Father
McGarry, C. S. C., 'of Washington, D. C.
“The Star Spangled Banner,” rendered by
the attendant orchestra, marked the close of
the formal program, after which the guests
formed in line, and after personalty congrat-
ulating- their host were introduced to Rev.
President Morrissey, to whom they then .
paid their respects. The informal reception
being ended, refreshments were served, and
with this the evening’s entertainment closed.
Decoration Day Exercises.
Memorial Day is unique in the catalogue
of national holidays in so far as it is the
onlv occasion on which our. government
blends the spirit of patriotism with the
vital breatli of religion. - On the annual
celebration of our proto-president’s birthday
and of our country’s independence we feel
the warmest esteem and sincerest -gratitude
for what our forefathers, did to establish
and safeguard this mighty, progressive and
ruling republic. The same tongues that;
then sing . the praises of colonial heroes ,
offer prayers of thanksgiving at the co tu-
rn en'cement of winter in acknowledgment :
of the many favors God continualty showers
upon this land. On the thirtieth dar' of-
May the heart-strings of lo\ r al Americans
vibrate with a double accord in the unison
of religious demonstration and patriotic,
display. It is indeed proper that one day .
be set apart to repay with protestations of
gratitude the price at which so many valiant ; . ...
heroes purchased the preservation of the ; “
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Union whose singular privileges we now
enjoy. • The inestimable debt- can never be
wholly effaced, but it must needs be honored :
not Iw the cold expression of an indifferent
eulogy, but by our suppliant intercession
to the all-just Rewarder of every deserving-
deed. Nothing save the invocation of God
can transcend the tomb and benefit the souls
of the departed brave.
It was in the conviction of this Christian
belief that the Memorial exercises were
opened at Notre Dame with the Sacrifice of
the Mass celebrated by the Rev. Stanislaus
Fitte. From the church the students betook
themselves to Washington Hall where the
patriotic element of the festivity was not
neglected. Notre Dame is distinguished
above all American universities in having its
own Grand Army Post — a slowly-thinning
company that is formed almost entirely of
members of the Holy Cross Congregation.
This illustrious band numbered within its
ranks some of the most renowned chaplains
that served during the War of Secession.
What these priests achieved in the camp
and on the field while performing their
sacerdotal duties was perhaps equaled by
the telling fire of their secular confreres,
many of whom now rest in undisturbed
slumber in the cross-spotted bivouac, tented
by the starry blue under which they fought
the battles of their coiintrv and of their
God. The eleven crusaders whose survival
continues the existence of Notre Dame’s
veteran -post are ably commanded by
Bro. Leander who holds a merited place in
the affection of the- students as was recently ^
demonstrated when his friends of Corby
Hall . presented him * with an expensive
That the boys fully appreciated this
unwonted, privilege of sitting with such a
dauntless band of soldiers was clearfy mani-
fest from their expressive countenance, and
indicative attitude especially during the
initial performance, “The Star Spangled Ban-
ner,” splayed by the University band. The
succeeding number on the programme was
the reading- of Governor Hanley’s Memorial
Proclamation by Air. Kemper. -Then followed
the national air, “ Columbia, the. Gem of The
Ocean,” sungjwith a. lusty yoice bythe
. collective audience. This -being concluded ,
' Air. Jamieson recited, with proj)er force and
trained expression, the well-known classic,
Lincoln’s Address at Gettysburg. In contrast
to this rousing appeal came the pathetic
and descriptive poem which Air. Clarence
Kennedy read. His interpretation was
heartily applauded by the audience, who, in
turn, sang the impressive, untiring strain:
“A!v Country, ’Tis of Thee.”
Captain J. J. Abercrombie’s address, the
final number delivered in the Opera House,
was in itself superior to the totality of all
the others, which is assuredly no mean or
extravagant praise. His speech is printed
elsewhere in the Scholastic and stands" on
its own indisputable merits. The Captain
had enlisted in the 127th New Yorkers when
but a boy, and rapidly rose to his high
position lw dint of that military pluck and
prowess which made his father the far-famed
general. If he feels honored in his patriotic
peerage (far better than chance nobility) we
can b\ r no means blame him, but rather
regret all the more keenly that God had
not spared him his only son to pursue the
Exactly six years ago when Captain
Abercrombie favored us with a speech in the
Community cemetery, his d early-beloved son
read Lincoln’s... Address at Gettysburg. As
the orator was on the point of commencing
last Tuesday the remembrance of his docile,
affectionate and grateful Joseph, pictured
the angelic face of an absentee to his pater-
nal e 3 'es vainly scanning the audience, and
awakened an emotion in his fatherly heart
that well-nigh choked him. His talk was
very instructive and /warmly , appreciated in
particular because it differed so widely from
the general tenor of Alemorial addresses. He
exhorted the boys ;to cherish the patriotic
survivors whose very presence among them
is an inspiration to all that is beneficial
to country and meritorious of heaven. In
eulogizing Father Cooney the speaker paid a
passing compliment to our journal for which
we express oiir; grateful n acknowledgment.
The concluding exercises were the raising of
the flag and the decoration of the graves
of our- G. AT R. members while the college
band played the mournful hymn, .“ Nearer
My. God ’-t o : Tliee. ’ L C onsery ati ve critics who
have witnessed * m any I a ; Decoration Day at
Notre iDanie saytyhatyTnesday’s^ celebration
was pnty6Lthe45est' ever beld:%-' " H. AL K.
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( Continued from page 541.) *
had further developed a creed -that in the
creation and preservation of the American
Republic the hand of the Almighty appeared
from first to last; that His will begot it and
that the consummation of all their efforts
would be but God’s promise redeemed ; and
out of their sentient faith in this creed was
born the Greater America of to-day r .
It was not the stimulation of industry
directly (as the result of the war) that
counted most in the growth of our nation;
but rather the effect of war training in devel-
oping captain’s qualities among our citizens.
Our soldiers were not mere reckless dare-
devils, but grim, determined men, struggling
not for war, but for peace; certain that, if
knowledge brings its sword, knowledge takes
the sword away. From private up to general
they learned the arts of command and self-
repression; they learned adaptability; they
learned to aim high and win.
Let the memory of these soldiers and
patriots who kept your state in liberty and
protected the institutions that have made
your republic the educator of the world in'
true interpretation of freedom and humanity,
be your care as you go on through life;
for the nation that cherishes the graves of
its defenders and assembles to honor them,
is the nation that preserves and enlarges
its national life. And you of a later gen-
eration who stand before me to-day null
live to see American ideas and American
civilization dominate the world. To you
may come the opportunity to follow her
star of destiny to the furthermost parts of
the earth. If then you would have your
nation achieve the life that leads to honor
and success mark well the lessons of true
patriotism and high citizenship that perme-
ate every 7- instruction tendered you by these
gracious, kindlv men chosen to “Allure you
to brighter worlds and lead the way.”
Turn we now to those who sleep around
ns. We cherish with highest regard the
fragrant, memory - they leave behind them of
battles valiantly fought and work well done.
Americans in. manhood and in brotherhood
such as were contemplated by the founders
of our republic, we honor them and mourn
their passing -from: among * us; not from
official station, not from great -wealth, not
from , any of these usual sources of power
(Let it be an inspiration to you, my boy's ),
but through the love and confidence they'
inspired ; through their truth and love of
justice, and, best of all, through their
comradeship in the Glorious Army' of the
“Captain King” and the brotherhood of
peace and Christian love.
And your chief counsellor, philosopher and
guide, who too sleeps here amidst these
peaceful surroundings wherein he wrought so
well and dwelt beloved and honored of men.
Dear Father Corby! — how longingly do we
recall those sunny summer day's, when all
the world seemed bright and glad, as side
by r side we walked and fought the battles
of our war-time days again in delightful
His ready smile a parent’s warmth exprest.
Your welfare pleased him, and \-our cares distrest;
To you his heart, his love, his griefs were given.
But all. his serious thoughts had rest in heaven.
Hail and farewell, then, beloved friend and
comrade, the passing y - ears shall only' serve
to add gracious harmony to the loving
memories we hold so dear.
And on this, a fresher mound so lately^
risen in this peaceful city of the dead,
what wreath from memory’s garden could
I weave, what chaplet of loving thought
could I prepare, more tender and complete
than the eloquent tribute of sympathy r and
affection that has been tendered by' your
student body in their journal of scarce three
weeks ago. In our hearts they' find a loving
response, and I may but quote the closing
lines - of Arthur Barrv O’Neill to bid , a
last fond farewell to dear Father Cooneyq
Comrade and Friend :
Full many a soul, the memory will keep
Of him who in the Lord late fell asleep.'
In farewell thought,' then, Reverend and
dear Fathers, young gentlemen of Notre
Dame, mv bo vs all, let me charge vou : lead
in kindly friendship and regard along life’s
narrowing highway this little band of
comrades who yet abide among you. Cherish
them graciously and with loving, care, for
just beyond; clear in the light of the setting
sun, looms the hither, shore of the Eternal
Sea. Life’s declining day has already
enwrapped them -in its fading ray's; soon
shall it be to-morrow for the last gallant
comrade — for them and for me:. • ,• '
. And with the mom those Angel faces smile
. Which we, have loved and lost awhile.
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. The Senior Banquet.
The concluding weeks of every scholastic
r-ear are noted for their many social
functions which aim to dispel the sorrow
of parting friends and to celebrate the
prolonged adj ournment of college organiza-
tions. Of all student fraternities there is
none more prominent nor more cordial than
the graduating class, which, being welded
by four years of intimate relations and
mutual interests, is on the eve of disbanding.
This brotherly spirit is deeply rooted in the
class of 1905 and made their final gathering
all the more significant. In true business
wise the Seniors met one night to consider
the question of their banquet, and early the
following morning had the immediate prep-
arations perfected. The Senior banquet was
not only successful beyond the pale of crit-
icism, but was an added instance of the
speedy determination and resolute persever-
ance that characterize the ever -fortunate
although anomalous band of thirteen.
With the chiming of the vesper hour the
unfledged graduates- proceeded towards
town. And as the appointed time was
slowly drawing near the restless company
of banqueters paced about the Turkish room
of the Oliver Hotel, whetting their appetite
with eager anticipation. Their dignity — let
that be the word— would not suffer, them
to be a second late. A veritable bed of
carnations graced the board and scented
the air with the richest fragrance. Nothing
was wanting to the jovialty and festivity
save the genial presence of our Very Rev.
President, Father Morrissey.
That there was a continued outpour <jf
humor and laughter may be readily surmised
when we reflect on the jolty crowd that
grouped about the round table. An erudite
pestle-grinder could have informed any T. A.
of the quantitative analysis of' the first
course. Those who decry the nomenclature
of Jacques Bonhomme when confronted with '
a French menu rested at ease in the assur-
ance’ that one of their comrades could give
^ the Parisian accent to every dish advertised,
' and, what is more, the obliging monsieur
never hesitated to supplement his knowledge
of orthoepy with an ingenious translation.
Despite their barbarous terminology, the
viands fully agreed with the epicurean
feasters. Chicken broth, turkey', vegetables,
ice-cream, strawberries, dash, and double-
dash followed one another in rapid
Then as the “soft blue veil of the vapor”
began to cloud the atmosphere, Mr. Salmon, .
President of the class, and toastmaster of
the occasion, arose to deliver the first of
the after-dinner speeches. He chose for his
subject the very fitting quotation: “Speak
the speech I pray you.” In concluding he
called uiDon Mr. J. C. O’Neill to respond
to the toast “Our Future.” The latter
acquitted himself very creditably, gratifying
his auditors with flattering prophecies and
amusing them with mirthful anecdotes. Mr.
Worden succeeded him with a serious and
scientific dissertation on art, particularfy
the prevailing school of art called “impres-
sionism.” His interesting and instructive
speech was keenly appreciated and led the
hearers to anticipate an equally enjoyable
talk from his classmate, Mr. Clarence J.
This talented scholar of no mean dramatic
fame was equal to his comrade’s expecta-
tions. The Muse of poetry inspired him
, to. parody the “Boy's” of Oliver Wendell
Holmes.’ His clever version of that popular
composition provoked a hearty applause.
Seer-like he read into the future, foretelling
the glorious career of the “Bovs of 1905.”
He sang the praises of his colleague in
medicine, Mr. Worden; the celebrity of liis
theatrical rival, Mr. Jamieson ; the exploits
of the enterprising O’Neill, and in the same
tone made happy allusions to every'- member
of the class.
No sooner had the bard resumed his seat
than Mr. Stevens arose to profess his grati-
tude and admiration for all the “Faculty”
had done for himself arid his fellow-com-
panions. Thereafter the toastmaster called
upon Mr. Kemper who, as poet of the class,
recited a coriiposition written for the
occasion and expressing his fanciful simile
on the “Gold and 'Blue.” Mr. Jamieson, the
official . , chronicler of hard facts, brought
the assembly back to terra, firm a by sum-
marizing the “ History of the Thirteen
Immortals. n : - . .
In speaking of tlie Seniors’ reunion this
. session he expressed his sincere regret' for
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tlie absence of Messfs. Cullinan, Sherry and
Record. Waxing more enthusiastic with the
recollection of delightful memories he recalled
the presentation of the flag, rehearsed the
all-absorbing question of the Easter ’dance,
spoke of the fitness of a similar function at
Commencement, and lastly suggested that
his companions unite in spirit ever}’ 27tli of
May by sending one another at least a
The toastmaster deferred all immediate
discussion by resuming the engaging business
on hand, and again “set the ball a-rolling”
with a story he had heard from an Eastern
collegiate. The incident served as a fitting
prelude to Mr. Fahy’s well-selected toast
on “Good Fellows.” As orator of the class'
and holder of the elocution medal he vindi-
cated his reputation by his brief, pointed
and delightful talk on a subject with which
he was abor r e all able to deal, for all it
required of him was to make objective his
own true self.
Next, the Iiistorv and Economic class
arose en masse and divined the vacillating
issue of “Our Future Politics.” The pro-
spective statesman, Mr. O’Connor, reminded
his confreres that they were soon to tread "
another path leading not to the gilded
dome surmounted bv the statue of’ the
Blessed Virgin, 'but to a greater dome over-
spread with the national emblem of which
the heavenly Mother is the chosen pro-
-tectress. Not wishing to relinquish his fond
aspirations to the presidency, he conde-
scended to leave the opposition to one of
his comrades; but we would lay no wager
on the latter’s chances, for Dan is an
Mr. Rayneri who presided over the recent
Cuban banquet, had ample experience in
after-dinner oratory, with credit demon-
strated the benefit lie derived from it in
responding to the toast “Forward.” His
speech was in the main characterized by
his usual traits of precision, brevity and
force. The drift of his exhortation centred
about the Miltonic line: “Awake! arise!
or be forever fallen.” Mr. J. W. O’Neill chose
for his toast the very fertile topic, “Gleam-
ings from a Gilded Dome.” He purposed to
show by- what golden links we are bound
in an infrangible chain to the endearing
seat of our four years' life of happiness.
547; yV V
Another senior distinguished himself* in the *-
person of Mr. Trevino whose speech on . • •
“Friendship” was perhaps the best prepared
of the day. He recounted the many, advan-
tages of an amicable relation at college; :
regretted that his own intimacies must soon •
discontinue, and assured all that his kindly
feeling towards them would never diminish ,
by absence nor grow cold by distance. ;
Last but not least of the orators was :
the illustrious John R. The considerate Mri v - "
Voigt fearing that “The Others” were not
allotted an equitable share of .encomium
took upon himself the 'responsibility - of ,
equalizing the difference. In his thoughtful-
ness he even went so far as to toast the
valedictorian of -another generation whose
name it would have been superfluous to
mention. Then, too, John is no misogynist
and manv a mademoiselle would have sunk - r
beneath the weight of compliments he -
heaped upon the weaker sex. His unqualified
panegyric provoked an answer from Mr.
Kemper, who, in consequence, had to restore
the tranquillity of the company by recit-
ing the ill - starred adventures of an
Mr. Jamieson seconded this attempt in
elocution by entertaining the class with the
difficult selection entitled: “She Wants to
Learn Elocution.” The recitation of this
piece won for him the Barry prize a fortnight
ago and showed with what ease and skill
he could handle the most complicated and
diverse parts whether in classical dramas
or dialectic monologues. His readings from .
Shakspere were particularly praiseworthy;
but they were not quite so racy as his •
interpretation of Robert Burns, inasmuch
as Mr. Jamieson yras born in Scotland and : '
its dialect is as natural to him as it was , ,
to the Ayrshire plowman.
The climax of the evening came with
Bernard Fahy’s incomparable recital of
“The Face on the Bar-Room Floor.” •
Though he had not seen the poem for many
months all who heard him on this occasion
agree in saying that he surpassed himself by-
far and that he had never before drawn such : -
a -wealth of feeling out of that pathetic J -
composition. It was assuredly a worthy end
to a function that proved a constant source a A
of growing- amusement to the members of
the class of 1905. IT. M. K. - - V
NOTRE DAME SCHOLASTIC.
STATE TRACK MEET.
The University of Indiana won the State
Meet held in Bloomington last Saturday.
Purdue finished second, and Notre Dame
third. The feature of the meet was the
work of Sampse of Indiana and Glover of
Purdue in the pole _ vault. Both men cleared
11 feet 9 inches. The bar was then raised
to 12 feet 2 inches, but both failed in the
attempt to break the world’s record. Glover
appeared to have the best of it as he
missed but one try up to 11-9, and that one
was the first attempt. At 12-2 he went
above the bar in his third attempt, but came
down upon it and pulled it off.
Sage of Purdue and Draper of Notre Dame
each broke the record in the discus. Sage
hurled it 121 feet 7 inches and Draper 120
feet 3 inches. Sampse of Indiana came within
a quarter of an inch of the state record in
the high jump, clearing the bar at 5 feet
9 Yo inches. Verner of Purdue was the highest
point winner of the meet, and this year was
easily the “star.” He won all three of the
distance runs; breaking the record in the
half-mile, -which was really the best race
of the day. In this event Keefe ran second
and forced Verner to smash the record to
win, the time being 2:01 1-5, as before it
was 2:01 3-5. Keefe took the lead and ran
the best race of his life. He led up to the
last sixty yards, then Verner who had
been running second crawled up and finally
passed him, coming in about four ior- five
feet ahead of Keefe -who finished in 2:01 4-5.
“right,” as he limped when going at full
speed . He won his heat in the high hurdles
and also in the lowv But the heat and
semi-final of the hundred had his ankle in
a bad way for the final heat of the high
hurdles which he lost to Seward of Indiana;
and Buckley of Indiana beat him out for
Scales won second in his heat in the high
hurdles, won the semi-final, and was in the
lead when fie fell, over the third hurdle in
the finals. Even though he might not have
won, he would have surety been placed.
His work in the high hurdles for this his
first year is good, and is certainty full of
promise for the future. Coad won his heat
in the 220-yard dash, but i'an out of his
lane and was disqualified.
Draper won the .shot put, shoving out the
weight for forty-one feet three inches; won
second in the discus, and third in the high
and low hurdles, making ten points in all.
O’Shea ran second in the quarter, and Keefe
second in the half, and to these three men we
owe our sixteen points in the meet.
Keefe’s race puts him in a class with the
best half-milers in the country and in another
year he will do two minutes.
100-yard dash— Joseph, Indiana, first ; Kcrcheval,
Indiana, 2d; Lee, Rose Polytechnic, 3d. Time, 0:10 2-5.
120-yard hurdles — Seward, Indiana, first; Buckley,
Indiana,, 2d; Draper, Notre Dame, 3d. Time, 0:16 3-5.
Discus throw — Sage, Purdue, first; Draper, Notre
Dame, 2d ; Banks, Indiana, 3d. Distance, 121 feet 7
inches. Old record, 117 feet. v
One-mile run — Verner, Purdue, 1st; Rutledge, Purdue,
2d; Barclay', Indiana, third. Time, 4:36 4-5.
440-yard run — Thompson, Indiana, first; O’Shea,
Notre Dame, second; Tillette, Purdue, third. Time,
0:51 2-5. Breaks state record of 0:52 3-5.
In the quarter-mile another state record
was upset ; Thompson going the distance
in :51 2-5 and breaking 'the old record of
:52 3-5. O’Shea of Notre Dame ran second,
and although Thompson defeated him by
a good margin,, O’Shea easily out-classed
the rest of the field and ran the fastest he
has ever , gone in liis life. .
Ill the last two years, Draper has without
any- trouble, been' the “star” all-around
man, and, this . year the . same was conceded
to him ; , and. had his ankle permitted . him
to. do anything near what he is .. capable
of doingj he would undoubtedly have . added
another ' medal , to his list. It. was evident
from the start that he was anything but
Shot put — Draper, Notre Dame, first; Banks, Indiana,
second ; Ray, Indiana, third. Distance, 41 ft. 3 inches.
High jump — Sampse, Indiana, first; Miller, Indiana;
Clark, Purdue, and Dappricli, Purdue, tied for second.
Height, 5 feet 9M> inches.
Half-mile run — Verner, Purdue, first; Keefe, Notre
Dame, second ; Thompson, Indiana, 3d. Time, 2:01 1-5.
16-fb hammer throw—' Thonias, Purdue, first; Banks,
Indiana, 2d ;. Hurley, Purdue, 3d. Distance, 156 ft. 2 in.
. 220-yard dash— Turk,. Rose Polytechnic, first; Joseph,
Indiana, 2d; Kcrcheval, Indiana, 3d. Time, 0:22 4-5.
. Pole vault— Sampse, Indiana; and Glover, Purdue, tied
for 1st; Van Dorman,' Purdue, 3d. pleight, 11 feet 9 in.
Broad jump— Turk, Rose Polytechnic, first ; Kcrcheval,
Indiana, 2d ; Sparks, Wabash, 3d. ; Distance, 22 ft. 1 in.
Two-mile run— -Verner, Purdue, first; 1 Reed, Wabash,
second; 'McKinney,'.. Wabash, ;tliird. Time, 10:33.
220-y r ard hurdles— Buckley', Indiana, first; Seward,
Indiana, 2dj Draper, Notre Dame,- 3d. Time, 0:26 4-5.