A happy 130th birthday to the Iowa State Daily! To celebrate, here is the complete first issue, dated 7 August 1890. Included are the actual pages and the text to every story.
First, some quick thoughts after reading it… So. Many. Periods. In headlines. Though women were on staff, there were no female pronouns when talking about student life and achievements after college. A lot of the writing is dry, recapping event activities in chronological order, which is especially visible in the baseball game recap. (The writing style can take some real getting used to.) The mission statement is on the second page, not the front page. Only one story, a tribute/obituary, has author initials on it, the other stories are done without a byline —a practice that’ll go on for decades.
I’ve corrected some of the grammatical and punctuation errors; some I’m not sure about and there don’t seem to be any rules for comma usage, which can be a challenge — sorry, copy editors. The newspaper also had no guide when it comes to titled works, as it uses both title case, italics, and quotation marks. I could make notes on some of these stories to give them historical context, including the story that hints at the Dinkey, the military notes piece, and the literary societies, but maybe another day. This is already quite long.
Quick links to each page and some story highlights
Page 1: Are college students worked too hard? And editors urge students to join a literary society
Page 2: Mission statement and what life at IAC is like during a school year
Page 3: Recap of several literary societies’ meetings and blurbs on various alumni
Page 4: Stories about the new YMCA/YWCA organization on campus, making sure you’re right to be attending IAC, and blurbs about athletics
Page 5: Advertisements
Page 6: Freshmen baseball game recap as well as one of a music program and ice cream social hosted the Christian Endeavor Society
Page 7: Library improves its card catalog and student plans for a railroad connecting Ames and the college
Page 8: Words of wisdom and silly observations and blurbs about sports, events, students, faculty, staff, and college life
What’s on this page? 1) The masthead and staff list; 2) a recap of a session between all the literary societies; 3) an examination about if IAC students are worked too hard; 4) editors telling freshman they should join a literary society
The I. A. C. Student.
Issued Fortnightly During College Year.
Intelligencer Job Print, Ames, Iowa.
Subscription 50 cents per term. Single Copies 10 cents. On sale at Book Stores. Advertising rates made known on application.
Contributions Solicited. All communications should be addressed to
THE I.A.C. STUDENT.
G. H. SCHULTE. Bus. Mg’r. Ames, lowa.
F. E. Davidson ’90,
G. H. Schulte ’90,
Miss Kate Stevens ’90,
E. S. McCord ’91,
J. E. Spaan ’91,
Miss Clarice McCarthy ’91,
F.C. Stewart ’92,
W. H. Cochran ’93,
Miss Ella Curtis ’93,
R. H. Fairfield ’93,
E. E. Faville ’93,
A. M. Harvey ’93.
THE JOINT SESSION.
An Interesting Program Presented to an Appreciative Audience.
In obedience to a custom of many years, the five literary societies of the college held a joint session in the college chapel on Saturday evening, July 26th.
The audience was not as large as might be wished, as many of the students spent the evening elsewhere. The great difficulty in preparing a creditable program is the very short time available for preparation. It is a fact that our joint sessions do not rank with the average literary society session either in interest or merit. However the last was the best we have heard for some time.
Mr. Meredith acted as chaplain of the evening, reading a very interesting chapter of the scriptures. For a change we would like to hear a simple earnest prayer from one of the students, as an introduction to our literary sessions, instead of the scripture readings.
Messrs. Minchen and Adams rendered a very choice selection of guitar music, and were loudly encored. Their reputation is well established as two of our best musicians.
Mr. Bishop in behalf of the various societies welcomed the audience m a few appropriate remarks.
“The Little Red Hen” was next delivered by Miss Charlotte Barrows. Miss Barrows was fortunate in the selection of a declamation. Her delivery is simple and uneffected.
The next performance was an oration by Miss Kate Stevens entitled “Physical Culture.” She reviewed the standards of manhood and womanhood of all nations; clearly showing that all united the ideals of beauty, strength and power. She pointed out the tendency in America to-day, to cultivate the intellect to the exclusion of the body, clearly portraying the results necessary to follow if a halt is not called to this unsystematic development. Miss Stevens is one of the ablest students of which the I. A C. can boast. She is a clear thinker and always thinks to a purpose.
The song by Miss Ward was well rendered and duly appreciated by the audience.
The debate was “Should the National Election Bill Becomes Law?” Mr. Hodson opened the debate in a brilliant manner. Mr. Graham led the negative. It was at once apparent that he was prepared to debate. He looked at the question from a conservative point of view, clearly portraying the evils which would necessarily follow should the bill become a law. Mr. Starkey, the second speaker on the affirmative is a radical partisan, and of course, thought the bill ought to pass. Mr. Thomburg replied to the arguments in a telling manner.
Mr. Hodson in his closing speech waxed eloquent, and brought down the house. Mr. Graham closed the debate in his quiet characteristic matter. He being a senior having passed up Polit. and Psych. of course made the best debate.
After music by Messrs. Minchem and Adams, Mr. Clyde Jones told us of the “Behring Sea Controversy.” Mr. Jones has a very earnest manner of speaking and held the attention of all the audience, not excepting a few smart (?) folks who had been giggling and passing notes during most of the entertainment.
Impromptu speeches were next in order. Messrs Stewart, Dyer and Olmsted and Miss Alice Mann responding. The speakers were well prepared and got off some good takes on the audience.
Mr. Lovejoy sustained his well known reputation as a declarmer when he rendered Ingersol’s Vision.”
G. H. Schulte next told us of “Ilis Experience in Courtship.” It will be remembered Mr. Schulte won first honors in the decathlon contest in ’88. His rendering is direct and forceable. He was frequently interrupted by bursts of applause.
The vocal duet by Messrs Morton and Cochran was one of the best we have heard in some time.
The Parody by Miss Elmira Wilson was well written and distinctly read. In prophetic language she told of the future of the I.A.C. girls.
Mr. Dean next favored the audience with a very fine sketch of our Departed Hero,“ Dr. Welch.
A tableaux closed the entertainment, and the joint session was once more a thing of the past.
Are our Courses too Heavy.
We have heard many students complain that too much work was required of them. They make comparisons between the work required here and at other schools, which do not require more than one-half as much of their students as is required by our faculty. This is no argument against our course. If these same grumblers will but look at the records of I. A. C. graduates and compare their success with those of the graduates of these other schools they will find the odds all in favor of the I. A. C. It does seem however that students of some of our courses have more required work than others.
15 hours without laboratory work is hardly on & level with 16 hours, and 7 laboratories.
We think however that instead of the latter course being made easier the other should be made more difficult.
That as much work should be required to obtain a degree in the general as in the engineering courses.
[Join a literary society, freshmen]
To the new students we would say: You cannot afford not to be a member of one of the college literary societies. Do not put it off until next term, but join at once, and go to work. No matter if you cannot debate like the seniors or orate like the juniors. They were once freshmen, but by hard persistent effort have secured that greatest of all attainments, the power to speak readily in public. No matter if you do not expect to follow a literary profession. There are times in every man’s life when it will be hundreds in his pocket if he can clearly and readily state his thoughts in public. A thorough knowledge of parliamentary law and usages is as essential to a thorough education as a knowledge of mathematics. The literary society fills a place in our educational system which can be filled by nothing else. It is a place where character is formed, where wit is sharpened, where thought unfolds in its grandest magnificence.
Observe the society workers, those who seem to carry their society in their mind and heart continually Those who are considered the best literary workers. Follow them after they have left college and have mingled with the world, and we will venture the assertion that 99 times out of 100 you will find them the most successful men in life. No matter whether they graduated with honor or were “voted over.” Marks do not make the man. It is the ability to hustle, to move men, and things that gives them this advantage over their competitors. See to it then that you not only have a trained intellect, and a large fund of useful knowledge, but the ability to hustle in this hustling world.
What’s on this page? 1) The newspaper’s mission statement; 2) a long piece about life at IAC during the course of a year; 3) a recap of Philomathean‘s first meeting of the school year
THE I. A. C. STUDENT.
The succession of events that break the routine of college life is now specially marked by the appearance of a paper that will make a complete record of their [occurrence].
THE I. A. C. STUDENT now comes to the Students, Faculty, Alumni and Friends of the institution for the first time. The policy of its managers is simple and easily understood. We shall try and publish a College Newspaper. THE I. A. C. is our field and we shall endeavor to advance the institution in every manner possible. We shall not attempt to run a scientific or literary Magazine, and we doubt if there is a demand for our ideas on politics or religion. It is our object to create a genuine college newspaper, one free from all [alliances], and in this work we invite all the [friends] of the institution to help us.
Passing in Panorama.
“History repeats itself.” Nowhere is the truth of this saying so clearly shown as at the I. A. C. Not that we are working in a rut, our students are as enterprising as the students of other colleges. But human nature is always the same, and under similar conditions manifests itself in similar ways. In the main each year is a [repetition] of the previous one. The Freshmen are always green, the Sophomores always boastful.
The first week of the term is characterized by trunks, handshaking, introductions and general miscellaneousness. At the President’s office, candidates for Freshman standing are telling the President how smart they are—how they’ve passed up algebra and geometry, and that they think they ought to be admitted without an examination. The Sophomors, Juniors and Seniors would “like to see you a moment, privately, President Chamberlain.”
Soon come the skip-tum-a-loo pig-in-the-parlor socials where all are expected to be as if they had been acquainted with each other all their lives, instead of an hour.
Toward the latter part of April little knots of Sophomores may be seen here and there talking earnestly. This is an indication of the coming of the Freshman picture and the great Freshman-Sophomore “scrap” attending it.
Them follows the reception. The Sophomores spout and strut while the Freshman stares admiringly and says to himself, That’s Fine. He informs his neighbor, “that when a man gets through this college he knows something.”
At this period the toughs of the Freshman class, begin to come into prominence. The nights on Freshman floor are now hideous. Next day the salute is, “Been to see the President yet?”
The Freshmen organize a ball team and try tilts with each of the three upper class nines successively. Perhaps they are successful, perhaps not—it makes no difference. No more is heard about ball during the remainder of the term. All have turned their attention to tennis and mashing.
The first of May brings the book-agents. They tell tho boys beautiful stories about pleasant vacations of travel, golden crops of suckers and the immense value of the experience acquired.
The Freshmen and Sophomors are wondering where the [battalion] will spend Decoration Day. Some say at Boone, others Marshalltown, and Nevada, etc, etc.
Up to this time nothing has been heard of the Juniors. All seem to think that they are for ornament only. But, behold! the time of the junior ex, draws nigh. The animal making that unearthly noise in the next room is not a demented bovine, but only a Junior ex, speaker rehearsing his oration.
With the fare days of June, comes the event of the year—Col. Lincoln reception to his officers and Co. G. captains, lieutenants and sergeants—how they scramble. Here’s a little advice boys, On such occasions adopt this motto, “send your mail early and avoid the rush.”
The closing days of the term are days of hurry and hard work. The last Sunday finds many vacant seats in chapel. The sophomores are making out their surveying plots, the juniors are wrestling with engineering and literature, while the seniors are preparing for Monday’s examination in psychology.
Vacation is to short. In four weeks the trunk act must again be performed, while the freshmen come swaggering along, puffing and sweating in these heavy uniforms. (Been showing off on the the train you know). First of all, the social must be attended to. Then all eyes are turned toward the orchard. Emigration sets in toward the west, and the sentiment of the times seems to be, “Go west young man, and fill up with apples.” The season advances and the President forbids the indiscriminate appropriation of fruit. Then it is that apples are hauled in by the sackful in the wee small hours of the night; then it is that Jerry and the proctors spend sleepless nights.
When the grapes are ripe, the orchard loses its charm, and the vineyard becomes the center of interest. Before, grape-time came the class picnics. They are very pleasant affairs, but like the Colonel’s reception are apt to cause the boys some anxiety.
After the picnics are over, all are talking about the State Fair. Are we going? When? How long to stay? Is Co. G. going? The same questions and the same indefinite answers. Why can’s people vary their conversation some? This Fair question is a dry chestnut.
The Fair comes. It is over. O how tired! O how sleepy next morning, when the jingle rings.
The year’s work now rapidly draws to a close. The seniors are “burning midnight oil” over their theses. We come to commencement week. Decoration of the chapel is in progress. The upper classes do their work quietly and with dispatch, but the freshman can’t agree on what they want to do, nor how to do it. They waste the so much time that they have to finish up while the rest are at supper.
During the exercises of the week, every fellow sticks to his best girl, having in mind the fact that a four month’s vacation is close at hand. The final day comes. The noble seniors march upon the platform for the last time. How grand to distinguish one’s self by forgetting his oration! How awe inspiring the scene! How relieved the audience when it is over, and cramped limbs and poisoned lungs are permitted to gain their normal condition! Congratulations come now, Tears flow freely, Tis over. We are off for four month’s vacation. Goodbye.
The Philomatheans held their first regular session of this term Saturday evening the 2nd, inst.
The society was called to order at the usual time and after devotional by the Chaplain, the president Mr. Howard, was installed.
The outgoing president, Mr. C. D. Davidson, in his usual pleasant manner thanked the society for the honors given him, and gave the members a few valuable hints which we hope will be remembered.
Next on the program came the debate. The question was: “Should Congress have appropriated $5,000 for the benefit of the Pan-American Congress.” The question was ably debated by Messrs. Faille and Fairfield as leaders and Messrs. D. A. Thornburg and Jackson as assistants.
Miss Lane read a very amusing parody which was not only amusing but also interesting. The subject has been for the past two or three weeks, an all absorbing theme in the I. A. C.
Mr. Roddis then gave a selection from Will Carlton, “Making an Editor Out’n O’Him.”
The two minute speeches by Misses Walley and Stevens and Mr. Reynolds were nothing very weighty, but “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the best of men.”
The voluntaries by Miss Stevens and Mr. Wooding were very good indeed, and were enjoyed by all. Miss Stevens pictured very beautifully the story of a “Union Spy,” and Mr. Woodring rendered the familiar but none the less amusing poem, “The Snack in School.”
Mr. Peterson, of Des Moines, then addressed the society, giving some reminiscences of his school days and some ideas as to the value of society work.
The literary part of the program was interspersed with some charming selections of music.
During the business session Mr. Brown was initiated, thus adding another good member to the society.
What’s on this page? 1) A recap of Welch society‘s meeting; 2) a recap of Crescent society‘s meeting; 3) a recap of Cliolian society‘s meeting; 4) a note about a train accident in Nevada; 5) blurbs on various college alumni; 6) a brief about a frugal man at Harvard
Saturday evening when the society boll ceased ringing the Welch boys quietly settled into their chairs and prepared themselves for the intellectual feast of the evening. They were complimented by the presence of a number of visitors.
An address of welcome by President F. E. Davidson opened the evening program, and the work of the term.
During the session declamations were rendered by Messrs Kent, Raymond and Rickets. An interesting essay was read by Mr. Waterhouse, and a medley of splendid merit by Mr. O’Niel.
Mr. Christie’s speech on Mexico, showed us its political history; and possibilities for the future, as well as a glimpse of its resources, and geographical peculiarities.
Mr. Emerson spoke on the question of American fisheries and presented a reasonable solution to this perplexing problem.
An able debate was given on the question “That longer terms of office and less rotation, would be a benefit to the United States government.” Messrs McCord and Jones handled the affirmative and Messrs Angus and Henry the negative. The debate was given to the affirmative.
An oration on James A. Garfield was next delivered by Mr. Bramhall. It was a production of excellent merit and was highly spoken of.
Several excellent declamations were given as voluntaries.
The society is to be congratulated on having added to its list of members, the names of Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Lewis.
The society was called to order by the Vice President, R. M. Dyer, Miss Quint being appointed secretary. The roll call by Mr. Spinny showed that many were absent from the room.
The question for debate was:
Resolved: That, a two-thirds.vote should be sufficient to convict in a trial by jury.
Mr. Spinny the first speaker on the affirmative showed that in reality a majority vote rules in case of trial by jury, and that a law to that effect is in force in some countries.
Mr. Dyer the first speaker on the negative holds that there is no balance between right and wrong, and a man is either wholly right or wholly wrong. He further makes the remark that, if he should ever be so unfortunate as to be called up in court for trial, for stealing watermelons or chickens, he wants the unanimous vote of twelve jurymen to convict him.
Mr. Beyer, attacked the watermellon argument. Mr. Peterson volunteered. He is in favor of the jury system as it is, but states that he would rather be judged by a judge than by a jury under present conditions. In speaking of the possibility of bribing one or two members of the jury, he says that it is done and often a criminal is set free in that way, but under the present system, it does not often happen that the innocent are convicted. He holds that it is better for fifty or one hundred, or any number of criminals to go unpunished than to convict one innocent person.
Mr. Cory in his oration reviewe four gov’t. He holds that the American theory is the solution of the problem of gov’t.
Miss Nichols showed in her oration that he is radically opposed to foreign emigration.
Declamations by Misses Williams and Ward were well delivered.
Mr. Shaul in his five minutes speech discussed the Moroal Progress of the ninetenth Century.
The different pieces of music were well rendered, and the crescents may be proud of their own quartette.
The Cliolian Society met August 2, with the attendance not as large as usual.
Owing to the “tennis party” some of the members were absent; among them our president and vice president.
Miss Jennie Morrison was chosen to preside during the evening.
Miss Sadie Barrows favored the audience with a pleasing piano solo, after which Miss Garth read a touching poem—The Bridge Keeper’s Story.
Miss Boyd’s essay, “Abilities and Opportunities,” was well read and showed much thought and careful preparation.
The question for debate was:
Resolved: That an International copyright should exist.
The leaders on both affirmative and negative being detained at the tennis party on account of the rain. Misses Morrison and Thornburg handled the question with marked ability.
The judges decided in favor of the affirmative.
Our thoughts wandered to home and Mother for a few minutes, while Miss Garth sang “Some Day I’ll Wander Back Again.”
“A Railroad Episode,” by Burdette, was nicely rendered by Mable Owens.
The current events arranged by Misses Freed and Porter covered a wide range of subjects.
Miss Charlotte Barrows and her assistants demonstrated in an amusing pantomime, that it is better to let well enough alone[.]
Miss Doolitle read a beautiful essay entitled “Mary and Martha,” which was [written] by one of her former pupils.
Miss Justas rendered “Boat Song,” by Mendelsshou, after which the society adjourned.
[Railroad accident in Nevada]
A young man named J. P. Oleson working with a bridge gang at Nevada, tried to board a moving train, and missing his hold, had his foot crushed so badly that it had to be amputated, Dr. Fairchild performing the operation and brought the boy to the sanitary building where he is now getting along nicely.
’87. C. F. Curtis, of Nevada, Sundayed with friends at the I. A. C.
’83. Attorney O. C. Peterson, of Des Moines, was a welcome visitor at the college.
’85. C. S Bowie is superintendent of the electric light system at Tacoma, Washington, and draws a good salary.
’88. W. L. Thomson and E. K. were recent visitors at the I. A.C.
’89. C. H. Stearns, Professor of National Sciences in Drake University, is rusticating among the mountains of Colorado.
’84. T. F. Bevington is city attorney of Sioux City, an exceedingly lucrative position
’87. F. W. Mally has resigned his position in the University of Illinois, and accepted an appointment in the U. S. Entomological commission.
’88. Besides being professor of agriculture in the Texas Agricultural College, Geo. W. Curtis has lately been made director of the state experimental station.
’89. M. W. Thornburg is taking a post graduate course at the college, and has charge of the preparatory class in physiology.
’89. P. H. Rolfs principal of schools at Lawler, Iowa, is spending his vacation at the I. A. C.
’89. B. T. Green has left the college for a needed vacation preparatory to entering upon his duties as professor of mathematics in the Presbyterian college at Fort Dodge
’76. Mr. J. F. Hardin and wife (Mamie Carpenter of class ’77.) have just departed from a two weeks visit at the I. A. C. Mr. Hardin is engaged in law and real estate business at Eldora, and makes an annual pilgrimage to his Alma Mater.
’84. Miss Mannie Wilson, recently graduated from the normal college at [Framingham], Massachusetts. She will teach in the Bay state the coming year.
’82. Geo. W. Catt is a bridge engineer at Seattle, Washington, and is reported to be worth half a million.
’84. E. J. Nichols, when last heard from was engaged in engineering at Texaskania, at a [salary] of two thousand.
Miss Sloan, daughter of C. H. (’84) and Emma Porter Sloan (’85) will enter the I. A. C. as a student in 1906.
Fred Faville, the orator of ’87, has resigned a very lucrative position with the government at Baltimore, M. D. During his stay there Fred devoted his spare hours to the study of law, and will enter the senior law class at Iowa City in September.
[An Iowan at Harvard?]
A young man graduated at Harvard Law school last June, who had completed the four years collegiate course at Harvard, followed by three years in the Law school, and has supported himself throughout the seven years, coming out with a balance of $5,000 in his pocket. When we remember that the expenses at Harvard is not far from $1,000 per year, we are led to believe that the gentleman was either a Des Moines boodler or an Iowan book agent.
What’s on this page? 1) Notes and thoughts on the new YMCA/YWCA; 2) stating the YMCA/YWCA is here for the betterment of campus; 3) briefs on a new student, a professor’s party, and updates on the decoration sessions; 4) making sure you’re at IAC for the right reasons; 5) recap of the YMCA/YWCA opening reception; 6) notes on mail call and an upcoming concert; 7) blurbs about athletics at the college, which were still in their infancy; 8) a recap of the Veterinary Medical Society meeting, which included discussion of Anthrax.
Christian Association Notes
The Y. M. and Y. W.C. A’s of the I. A. C. are the last societies organized here, but not the least. They are destined, here as in other colleges, to become prominent factors in the affairs of the institution. They will, as nearly as possible, take the place of the church, which the student enjoys at home, but of which he is deprived here. They like the church bringing up the standard of morality in localities, will raise that standard at college. Then as the standard of morality rises, the need of strict rules becomes less. A little observation among different colleges, will show how much more pleasant for both faculty and students it is when the students are governed by the desire to do right, rather than by proctors and ironclad rules.
Although these associations may not in every respect take the place of the church, as one of the principal means of growth in spiritually, they surpass the church. A splendid opening is here afforded for active Christian work.
To confine ourselves to our own associations, we may say that they have made a good start in their work. They organized near the close of last term, the Y. M. C. A. with a membership of 92, which has since been raised to 116, and the Y. W. C. A. with about 60, which has also been increased.
A full set of committees have entered upon their work. The Wednesday and Sunday evening meetings have opened with good attendance, which should however be increased.
In truth, the associations have taken up with ready hands and hearts the work which destiny has designed they should advance. THE STUDENT wishes them Godspeed.
[YMCA/YWCA proven worthwhile]
When the Y. M. and Y. W. C. A’s were talked of here, some were opposed to organizing, preferring to run along awhile in the old rut. They doubtless think differently now.
Receptions, like the one given at the opening of this term, are just what we need, and should have at opening of every term. They are just formal enough to be worthy of an intellectual and moral set of students, and informal enough to gain with ease the object of their inauguration.
[Social notes and updates]
Freshman Hewstreet of Ames, who was at Cornell last year is with us this term.
Prof. Knapp gave a Lawn Tennis party Saturday evening at Woodward Place. Those who were so fortunate as to be invited reported a most enjoyable time.
In the LATE report of the decoration sessions held at the I. A. C. we noticed that an oration by R. F. Hodson, entitled Eulogy on Abraham Lincoln, and also one by F. E. Davidson, entitled, Our Destiny, were by mistake left out.
What Are You Here For?
No doubt most of our students would answer, if asked this question—work. But would not some at least think that their object in coming to college a very vague one. When we see students trying to shirk their work or selecting an easy course, we have serious doubts of their success. They seem to be seeking a good time, little dreaming that they injure no one but themselves. Were you sent here, or did you come? Are you searching for a royal road to learning, or are you willing to toil weeks, months, and years, in training and developing those faculties which nature has most bounteously bestowed upon you? This is no place for idle dreaming, but a place for effort, for work; sincere, honest and faithful work.
[YMCA/YWCA reception a success]
The Y. M. C. A. and Y. W. C. A. gave their first reception on Friday evening July 25th, to which a most cordial invitation was extended to all the students.
The reception was held on the first floor of the Main Building.
The balls were elegantly decorated, and the artistic arrangements of the decorations made them more inviting than ever before showing the taste of the ladies of the Y. W. C. A.
The reception committee were Misses Morrison, Mills and Roberts assisted by Messrs Reynolds, Norton, Merrill and Shoemaker and the hearty welcomes which were extended to all, insured each one, of other than an unpleasant time.
The principal feature of the reception was the tendency on the part of everyone present to be entertaining, and in this way all were made to enjoy a pleasant evening. An appropriate program was carried out consisting of the following:
Recitation, Legion of the Organ Builder, G. W. Randiett.
Sextette, Miss Mills and Mr. Norton, accompanied by Misses Nichols, Chamberlain and Messrs Norton and Reynolds.
Reading, A Tale of the Two Cities, Mrs. Chamberlain.
Piano Duet, Mrs. Barrows and Mrs. Owens.
Monologue, Auntie Doleful’s Visit, Miss Curtiss.
Recitation, The Soldier’s Death Dream, E. E. Faville.
Vocal Duet, The Pilot, Messrs Cochran and Norton.
Address, J. C. Norton.
[Notes on mail call, vocal music]
We are much pleased to see the tear of the “want-a letter-student,” quickly dried up, as he rushes out for his noon day mail, all on account of the promptness of our mail cart.
The next attraction is the cantata “Ruth the Moabitess” to be given in the chapel Saturday evening, August 9. All lovers of vocal music look [forward] to this coming event, expecting a treat. The societies will give way to it and a large attendance is expected.
The I. A. C. A. A., is out of debt and is in a prosperous condition.
Trotter and Chicago. run a 100 yard race the other evening, Chicago won by several yards making it in 17 seconds.
The new vaulting polo costing $6.50 is in constant use up to date. Foster, Davidson and Strong seem to be about equally skillful in using it. Look out for a record of 10 feet this fall.
Prof. Weihe has kindly consented to teach a class of athletically inclined students to use the bars. The boys like to see the faculty take an interest in student matters.
Quite a number of the boys have purchased running shoes and suits. Some good records will be made this fall. Davidson is reported to have made the 100 yards in 10 5-10 seconds last week.
In the state field of Michigan, Burnette of the M. A. C. won 10 first prizes and two seconds.
Yale’s noted sprinter, Sherrill, lowered his 100 yard record 10 1-5 to 10 seconds at the spring meeting, May 12. Another Yale man, Williams, broke the inter-collegiate 120 yard hurdle race, his time being 16 3-5 seconds.
The best record ever made in any intercollegiate meeting on throwing the ball was made May 17, 1879, by R. H. Treman of Cornell University N. Y. He throwing 379 feet 6 5-10 inches. W. Zmunt, of the I. A. C., last term beat this record by several feet, on the I. A. C. grounds in the presence of some fifty spectators.
Our boys must bear in mind that if they expect to do anything in the next state field day that they must begin to train at once and keep up their training, one cannot get in condition to make records without severe training.
The Vets. Hold an Interesting Session.
The Veterinary Medical Society held a very interesting session at their hall, August 1, 1890.
The following responded according to program.
First a speech by Mr. Whitbeck, subject “Fistula.” The subject was ably discussed by all present.
Next was a speech by J. Replogle on the subject of Caponizing. His talk was interesting and instructive.
Following this was a paper by Mr. Sorenson on the subject of Anthrax, which was readily discussed by the society on account of its being one of the most complex diseases that a surgeon has to treat.
Mr. Ingmand then spoke of The Out-look for Veterinary Practitioners, which was well received by the society. Volunteers were called for Messrs Heck and Austin responded.
Several new members were initiated at the business session and became regular members of the society.
The Society with Professor M. Stalker as president is enjoying great prosperity and cannot help but benefit its members.
What’s on this page? Advertisements from Ames and Des Moines businesses
- H.S. Hoot, photographer
- Frederick A. Field, shoe store (Des Moines)
- The Ames Intelligencer, newspaper and printing (Ames)
- J.J. Grove, grocer (Ames)
- G.D. Loud, furniture (Ames)
- Hamilton & Co., fruits and candies (Ames)
- Westerman & Arnold, drug store (Ames)
- C.E. Hunt, dentist (Ames)
- West House, rest stop and eatery (Ames)
What’s on this page? 1) An inning-by-inning recap of the freshmen baseball game, the latest sports craze sweeping the campus; 2) a recap of the Engineering Society‘s meeting; 3) a recap of a music program and ice cream social hosted the Christian Endeavor Society, a Congregations Church program; 4) advertisements from Ames and Des Moines businesses.
The Freshmen Goose Egged.
The game between the Freshmen on one side and The World on the other was called at 10:30 a. m. last Saturday. Mr. Richardson being the Umpire. At the end of the the 5th inning the score stood 5 to 0 in favor of the nine picked from the four “skrub” classes, outside of the Freshman class. The freshmen take the field with [Benjamin] in the box and Strong behind the bat.
Ashford is first to bat, making a base hit. He is followed by Beyer who makes a two bagger and runs Ashford in, Foster next lines out a two base strike giving Beyer a chance to make his score. Thomburg, Graham and Haven take up the bat and strikes out in succession, meanwhile Forster makes home on a pass ball.
The Freshmen then take the bat with Beyer behind them and Thornburg in the box. Duroe and Strong both take up the wood but can not find the leather. Hariman next makes a [foul] bit, and on the third strike, through some bad playing on first makes two bases. Benjamin now lines her to the short stop, who puts her to third putting Hariman out.
In the second inning Emery fans, Day is hit by pitcher, not holding first he is put out on second. Lovejoy takes base on balls. Ashford then bats and Lovejoy is put out on second. Or the Freshmen, Day sends the leather to second. McCarthy and Lewis both fan out. The Freshmen in the next inning change their battery to Strong and Duroe. Ashford gets to first, Beyer strikes a one bigger, Ashford making a score. Foster bats a fly which is caught by left fielder. Thornburg and Graham both make out on first.
Of the Freshmen, Earnest makes first, McKee fans and Earnest dies on first. Duroe makes a one bagger and gets to third on passed balls. Strong next fans and Duroe dies on third.
Haven bats first in the fourth inning, Emery and Day both fan out, Lovejoy takes bat. Haven makes score on passed balls, Lovejoy fans out.
Hariman of the Freshmen lines her to second and is out on fly. Benjamin sends the leather to first and is also out on fly. Day strikes and is put out on first. Ashford is first man to bat in the fifth inning, he sends out a fielder good for three bases, being certain of a score he is put out before be touches home base. Beyer fans out. Foster is hit by pitcher. Thornburg sends her to the left field for a two bagger, but is out on a fly.
The Freshmen then take the bat and McCarthy, Lewis and Ernest each fan out.
It being very hot and noon drawing nigh the game was brought to a close at the end of the fifth inning.
August 1st, the Engineering Society held its first regular meeting in the Philo. Hall. The attendance was slim, but those few that were there announced it one of the best sessions held this year.
A paper by Mr. Dickenson, on the manufacture of hand made files, was very instructive and was followed by a short discussion.
The Journal Reviews by Messrs. Hinds and Millburn, gave short accounts of the important inventions and engineering works [occurring] in the past few weeks.
The discussions by Messrs. Ashford, and Shawm, on the selection, construction and strength of different kinds of foundation was very minutely discussed. Mr. Dyer’s talk on the construction and use of the steam engine indicator card, was well worth the time of all our engineering students, as the principles were clearly defined.
Mr. Davidson’s paper on [transition] R. R. curves was interspersed by the ringing of the warning at which the society adjourned.
Every student taking either engineering course should become a member of the society, and take an active part as the advantages of studying up new projects and inventions, and delivering them to the society, are [incalculable]. The work obtained in this society arrives at the same result as the Literary Societies, and fits the engineer better for his work to follow.
The Christian Endeavor Society Entertainment.
The Christian Endeavor Society of the Congregational Church at Ames gave a concert and ice cream sociable at the church Friday evening, August first.
The concert, with the exception of two pieces, was given by college talent.
A bus load of our best singers, under the charge of Miss Pike, carried out the following program.
First a duet entitled The Pilot Brave by Messrs Norton and Cochran. The piece was nicely rendered and throughout was well received by the audience.
Next came a vocal solo Ave Maria, with Cello Obligato, by Miss Stella Bartlett. Miss Bartlett has a fine sweet voice and her rendering shows careful training.
Following this came a duet, When the evening breeze is sighing, by Miss Mills and Mr. Norton, with vocal accompaniment by a quartette of the following voices: Miss Chamberlain and Nichols and Messrs. Reynolds and Shoemaker. It was the same piece that Miss Mills and Mr. Norton sang at the reception on the evening of July 25th and was rendered in the same fine style.
The next piece was a solo entitled Calvary, by Mr. Cochran. This is the first time Mr. Cochran has appeared in public as a soloist. He has a very rich well trained voice and is one of the best singers in college.
Rev. Wells next rendered Schubert’s Serenade upon his cello. He showed himself to be master of his instrument, and the prolonged applause expressed its appreciation by the audience.
O Swallow, happy Swallow, by the Misses Mills needs no remark, as they are well known as two of our best sopranoists.
The last on the program was the ice cream and cake participated in by the entire audience, as well as the singers. This was decidedly the feature of the evening. The concert was pronounced a success by all present. Our singers did justice to themselves and all showed the effects of Miss Pikes careful training.
- L.B. Abdill, books and paints (Des Moines)
- Bigelow & Smith, dry goods (Ames)
- L.M. Bosworth, drug store and magazine subscriptions (Ames)
- Canier Bros. & Herman, shoe store (Ames)
- Geo. G. Tilden, clothing (Ames)
- W.G. Randall, rest house (Ames)
What’s on this page? 1) Happenings about the military arm of the college; 2) a recap of the Science Club’s meeting, including a look at a meteor; 3) the Library improves its card catalog and its usefulness to students; 4) a recap of the Bachelors‘ meeting; 5) creation of the tennis association has stalled (tennis will soon be the big sport on campus); 6) junior civil engineers work on plans for a railroad to connect Ames to the college
The officers and non commissioned officers have guard mount every Thursday evening at seven o’clock. By this plan guard mount can be more thoroughly learned than if taken on regular drill days, while it also leaves more time for brigade drill.
Chief trumpeter Goldsmith not having returned to college; Mr. Henry has been promoted to that position.
The military dept. has bought a new drum.
Miss Belle Gaston has resigned as Capt. of Co. G, and Miss Kate Porter is now in command of the company,
By order of the trustees, the students rooms must be inspected each morning, by the steward or persons appointed by him. Col. Lincoln has turned over the work to the Captains and first Lieutenants, who take their turns, as officer of the day. There is already a marked improvement in the appearance of the rooms. The plan meets the approval of the students; why not go a step further, and abolish the present procter system. Make the officer of the day, responsible for the good order of the school, this is in part a military institution, and certainly military decorum would not be to severe on the boys.
The officers of the day report that the sanitary condition of the old college needs attention.
The new students form a [separate] squad under the command of Lieut. Dean.
The Science Club held their first meeting for this term last Friday. Although they had no regular program, yet they had a very interesting session. Mr. Henry Rolfs read a paper on the crossing of con, deduced from experiments begun by Prof. Crozier in ’87. Prof. Osborn presented for examination some pieces of the meteor which fell in the northern part of this state. These pieces were donated to the college museum by trustee Secore.
Prof. Pammel gave the result of a study of the seed coats of the genus Euphorbia to determine the species; and also mentioned the recent experiments in sterilizing milk in order to destroy tuberculosis bucilli. Considerable interest was taken in discussing these papers. The club appointed a committee to select a scientific periodical which shall be donated to the college library. The next meeting of the club will be held on Friday, August 14. All interested in science are invited to attend.
The club is doing excellent work, and the students in the scientific course can not afford to slight the meetings. Devote an evening to the science club and you shall be well paid for your time.
The latest improvement in the library is the labeling of the books upon the outside. Each book is to have, and most of them already have, a label upon the back showing at once the class to which it belongs and the number of the book in that class. The books in any class are arranged alphabetically according to the newest approved system. This will be a great aid to those wishing to find books. There is already a catalogue of cards containing, both the titles and the names of the authors arranged alphabetically. These cards give the class and the number of the book in the class and the directory on the door gives the alcove in which that class is found so that any one with a little practice can find any book there.
The library contains about 8000 volumes. Each department contains the best books on that subject. The departments in science and engineering are especially strong and new books are being added every year. Yearly all the leading magazines are taken and have been bound and an index secured 80 that articles on any subject that has been discussed in them can be readily found.
Few students appreciate until they have visited other colleges the advantages they may enjoy in the library here. The opportunity it offers, by giving them access to a large collection of books not largely novels or histories but just what every student needs to supplement his text book if he is to do thorough work, should not be overlooked by those deciding what college they will enter or students in recommending their college to others.
Four of the leading dailies and a large number of weekly papers and scientific journals are taken giving full information on the leading events of the day.
It opens at 10 o’clock in the morning and remains open during the study hours of the day except from 1 until 2 in the afternoon. During the time it is open any person is at liberty to use any book or paper in the library but are not allowed to take them from there without a written order from the professor in the department to which the book belongs.
The Bachelors opened by roll call and quotations, the chaplain not being present. After this Mr. Branvig favored us with the selection “Rock Me to Sleep Mother.”
The next exercise was [an] essay in which Mr. Kanfman told us of the “Sub-Treasury Scheme.” He presented in an able manner the stand of the Farmers Alliance and pointed out the [impracticable] points of the “Ware house plan.”
The next on the program should have been an oration but the orator was “not present or accounted for.”
There being some misunderstanding about whether the old or the new music committee was to procure musicians, the president called in vain for music.
The question “Resolved that the state should have absolute control of the liquor traffic within its borders” was advocated by Messrs. Eaton and Swift, and opposed by Messrs. Brandvig and Steel. Messrs. Oggel, Scott, Ballreich and Bishop responded to the call for volunteers, so that the subject was discussed in all its phases to some extent. It was decided in favor of the affirmative. The debate was followed by a by a five minutes speech in which Mr. Dewell ushered us into the affairs of [Newfoundland].
This was followed by a solo, “Some Day I’ll Wander Back [Again],” by Miss Garth.
In the two minute speeches, Mr. Ballreich did not loose anytime on the subject “Mr. Blaire’s proposed Reciprocity Treaty.” Mr. Armstrong made a big speech for such a little man, about the “Summer Vacation.” Mr. Graham was at a loss to know how much he could tell us about “The tennis party” without getting into trouble with the boys. Mr. Muhs in talking upon “The prospects of the I. A. C. said the present senior class would be a benefit to the world when it graduated.
The closing exercises was an oration by Mr. Chamberlain entitled, “Spain in America.” He said “the Spaniards, the real explorers were justly entitled to the rights of such, but while other nations sought to settle for humanity’s sake she came for the wealth of the country. Mexico and [Peru] will ever stand as monuments to show the treachery, cruelty and deceit of the Spaniard. They came not to settle but to conquer. Her treachery betrayed herself. Thus are visible the causes of the fall of Spain in America.”
[Tennis association stalls]
An attempt was made by two or three of our wide awake students to organize a lawn tennis association. A meeting was held, a constitution adopted and everything seemed favorable for the new association, but for some explainable reason no officers have been elected, and nothing further done. It seems as if the rule is true here, as well as elsewhere, that in all such enterprises two or three must do the work, while the rest enjoy the fruits of their labor. But if for any reason these leaders of industry drop out of the ranks, there seems to be no one able or willing to take their place, consequently the enterprise usually entirely ceases.
[Railroad desired to connect Ames, college]
The Junior Civils are at work in laying out a railroad to Ames. There has been much speculation upon the advisability of putting in a motor line between the college and town. The first cost, it is true would be rather great, but think of the advantages of a rapid transit line. We believe if such a line was constructed and properly managed, that the [attendance] of the college could be easily doubled, provided, that students were given the option of rooming in Ames or at the College. Again, this would result in more friendly relations between the people of the city and school; under the present system, they know little and care less for college matters; because they know but little about them. Three hundred students boarding in town would change all this. It would change Ames into one of the most enthusiastic college towns in the west, and we would no longer be regarded as the inmates of some charitable Institution.
What’s on this page? 1) Odds and ends about other colleges and words of wisdom and silly observations; 2) a proctor trying to locate students up to no good; 3) a tribute and obituary to alumni Charles J. Cotey; 4) why a successful freshman can falter in schoolwork; 5) blurbs about sports, events, students, faculty, staff, and college life
Scraps from our waste Basket.
Castles in the air do not bring in any rent.
The light that never was on sea or land must be a skylight.
The trouble with justice is that she does so little besides holding her scales.
After you have weighed your neighbor in the balance, drop a nickle of fairness in the slot of self examination and ascertain your own moral avoiurdupois.
The Boston school of technology had over one thousand students on its roll books last year.
In the last fifty years only 4,468 students out 6,669 appointments have been admitted to West Point, and of these only 2,305 have graduated.
At Rutgers three hours work in the gymnasium is required of freshmen and sophomores, and all the students are tested and special lines of work are recomended.
Considerable attention has been attracted by Cornell’s “Congress.” One of the professors is elected “President of the United States,” and the students compose a congress which holds weekly meetings.
Callanan college of Des Moines, has about 100 students in its school of science. Liberal advertising is what did it. Who knows how many are taking the summer course of science at the I. A. C?
Highland Park college of Des Moines is putting in the finest electrical laboratory and testing machinery in the west. Pres. Longwell is a most successful business man, and his name alone insures the success of the new college.
A number of seniors have already secured positions which they will occupy soon as the term closes. There is always a demand for our boys. Some will go to Michigan, some to Texas and some to California. Thus it is that the influence of the I. A. C. is felt throughout the breadth and length of the land.
What made the sea-sick?
Why was the water-pail?
What did the hob-punch?
How did the ginger-ale?
How is the milk-maid?
When did the cow-slip?
What did the mutton-chop?
Where did the cat nip?
Why did the gun-whale?
How does the ocean squall?
When did the sea-mew?
Why did the base-ball?
[Strange noises in the night]
Last week, one evening while Mr. Schoemaker, the head proctor was absent from the building, the newly initiated proctor found it quite difficult to watch both floors. Noises arose from different quarters which the inexperienced proctor could not locate definitely. Shorie the next evening, when the same noises arose, resolved to spot the boys, and “hand them in,” after watching patiently in the dark halls for an hour or so it was given up as a bad job.
Tribute to Chas J. Cotey, ’87, Late Professor, Dakota Agricultural College.
In a few years our silent friend mastered business principles and acquired business facilities rarely [equaled] and seldom excelled in this age of industrial and business pursuits. Along the journey of his brief life, he stamped upon his fellowmen his peculiar fitness, tact or genius for manipulating the finer and more [important] business machinery. It is said he worked with ease and held his ideal of justice always uppermost in all his transactions. He believed that
“All are not just because they do no wrong; But he who will not wrong me when he may—
He is truly just.”
He remembered his friends at all times; he thought of the sick in their affliction; he had a charity that extended sympathy and the open hand; he was reserved in manner to a modest degree, yet he quit himself like a man in contact with his fellowmen. His power over self was a characteristic most golden as he stood in a manner dumb on many trying occasions. An expert in business, a lover of justice, the students’ sincere friend, a faithful husband,—he died battling with disease.
C. A. C.
[Why successful freshman can falter]
We have often heard the question asked why it was that students who made the best records during their Freshman year often make but average or poor records further on in the course.
Usually these students are in advance of their class when they enter and need not devote much time to their studies in order to make good recitations. Such a course instead of developing the mind, rather tends to cause habits of carelessness. Consequently when new studies are taken up, these students often find themselves out-ranked by students who entered with but little preparation, but who by habits of careful study, during their first year’s work, can now readily lead their class. If you are ahead, don’t waste your time, but devote it to library or society work that you may not fall behind.
[Social notes and more]
The National Game at the I. A. C. is saved from an untimely death, and is in a fair way to recover its usual vigor. The freshmen have a strong nine and they know it, consequently they are anxious to play any body. “Scrub” games are the rage now. Last Friday evening the junior and soph’s played the freshmen and prep’s on the cottage diamond, the study bell found three innings played and the score 10 to 6 in favor of the higher class men. Richardson acted as umpire. During the game Mitchell hurt his hand so badly that it had to be sewed up.
The seniors are wrestling with Theses.
Problem 1. Given, apple orchard, main building, Jerry, to locate the Prep.
Problem 2. Converse of problem 1. Given main building, prep. Dr. Fairchild to locate choleramorbus.
Hereafter there will be drill twice per week.
There is a fairly good attendance at the Sunday morning breakfast, which is given at seven o’clock.
Mr. Shaul is now our proctor at the cottages, while Mr. Schulte sits as ruler among the freshies and preps, in their heavenly realm.
Some of our seniors find it hard work to comply with the present ruling of the faculty. That is to get up all their back studies but five hours recitation per week.
A number of Cottagers inspired by the Base ball mania, made up a purse and purchased a base ball outfit. They may now be seen batting muffs and tieing up dis-located joints.
During the first week of the term a large field of grain lying north of North Hall was partly destroyed by fire supposed to have originated from a spark from a passing locomotive.
One of the members of the “soph.” class, Mr Raymond, has become quite prominent as a bugologist, having made certain discoveries in the life history of one species of saw fly.
John Wood our janitor is now the happy possessor of a horse and buggy. He now rides like a “gentlemen.” Boys, get a “stand in” with John and you may get a chance to take his bay out some day.
During the vacation the third floor of the New Cottage was partitioned off into six fine rooms. The boys, successful in securing these rooms were in luck and now put on more style than is in vogue on the second floor M. B.
A meeting of the Freshman class was held last Thursday evening, and the following officers were elected: A. M. Harvey, Pres.; Miss Flora Nelson, Vice Pres.; W. H. Cochran, Sec.; and E. E. Faville, class Historian. At the close of each election the newly elected officers made short speeches.
There is a great improvement in the condition of things at the cottage dining-hall this term. The meals are so well prepared that the boys can scarcely wait until the jingle rings. They crowd in the hall calling on the name of Austin the dining hall proctor, begging him to ring the jingle. But it is too bad that the boys can’t keep from “scrapping” right at the table.
The French gutters of the main building have been patched and painted. The prep. as well as the freshie is requested to keep his pedal extremities out of the same, lest perchance, a misplaced [banana] peeling cause him to knock some of the cornice off of the stone finish about the windows below, in his descent, in which case he would be held responsible for injury to college property.
Freddie Muhs, our enterprising comanche comrade is making his way through college, it is said, by flipping pennies. Such boys are sure to make their mark in the world. We like to see the enterprising self-made man.