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“There is nothing," said Miss Cribbs, “ that I like so well as a good horseback ride. I used to ride a great deal in the country, where I could go without ceremony. But in the city one does not like to ride alone, and I have no one to attend me, or I should ride very often. My pony needs more exercise than he gets.”
I never have made up my mind as to whether Miss Cribbs intended this last speech as a hint to Spriggins or not. I am inclined to think she did. At any rate, he took it as such, and said
“I should be most happy to accompany you any time that you might wish to ride."
“ Whenever you could make it convenient-next Wednesday afternoon ?" said she, inquiringly.
“As well then as any time,” replied he.
So it was settled that they take a horseback ride the next Wednesday afternoon.
Ah, Spriggins, truly said you, " as well then as any time.” You knew that you were altogether ignorant of the art of equitation, save some faint reminiscences of childhood days, when you mounted behind the farm-boy, Jack, on old Tom. You knew that for ten years you
had not bestrode a horse's back. Why allow your politeness to lead you astray ?
But Spriggins was enamored of Miss Cribbs. It is allowable for persons in love to make fools of themselves. If she had told him to climb the flag-staff on the Green, and, when he reached the top, stand on his head, I believe he would have attempted it. The offering of his services as cavalier a cheval implied an equal amount of temerity.
The eventful Wednesday afternoon arrived.
Spriggins had taken the precaution to ride out the evening before that he might test his knowledge of horsemanship. He succeeded very well in managing bis horse. He sent for Hazard's Manual of Horsemanship, and "crammed” all the rules. He felt a sort of trembling confidence in his success.
But when he went for his horse, the hostler informed him that the one he had the evening before was engaged.
" But we've just got a new one:” said the hostler, “splendid saddlehorse; 'reg'lar two-forty if you whip her up, and just as gentle as a kitten. She's been in Disbrow's riding school all winter.”
“She's quiet, you say?" asked Spriggins.
“ As a lamb,” replied the hostler. “Disbrow kept her 'specially for females as were consumptively inclined. But since the girls have given
Came off on Monday, April 9th, one day earlier than usual. Notwithstanding the inclemeney of the weather, in the afternoon, a fair audience was assembled, while the pleasant evening brought together, at an early hour, a rare selection of New Haven worth and beauty.
A noticeable feature in the performances of the speakers was their improved style of delivery. This was owing to the commendable efforts of our new instructor in elocution, Professor Bailey. His method of instruction is somewhat novel, but, upon the whole, we think correct. A fundamental principle with him is to adapt the delivery to the specific sentiment of the piece. The inculcation of this principle is elevating the standard of excellence in speaking, and its tendency is to introduce the Student of Oratory at once to the study of nature. The opinion has been too prevalent that every production—a philosophical essay even-should be spoken with the thrilling power appropriate only to a revolutionary harangue. If men can think and feel like Patrick Henry, in all conscience let them adopt his fervid manner. But if their thoughts are cast in the mould of the dry, abstract thinker, let them beware lest they remind us of the
Signifying nothing Professor B. has another aim equally important and fundamental--to develop each speaker's peculiar power. This is the training that every young speaker needs. He should know wherein his strength lies, and thus he will be enabled to bring himself out to the “utmost he can come to.” It is the extreme of folly to attempt to make a class of a hundred students pattern after their teacher or any distinguished speaker, with the slightest hope of success. The variety of nature is infinite. No Webster can be dwarfed down to the twang and tone of an auctioneer. And no man whose phlegmatic temperament fits him only for the function of a town-cryer can be made to assume the spirit-stirring enthusiasm of a Preston. And it requires, on the part of the elocutionist, the highest discrimination to detect in the crude efforts of the unpracticed declaimer his forte. But when he points out his faulty mannerisms—shows him wherein he can best succeed, and cheerfully and patiently aids him to cultivate bis most befitting and expressive style, he does all that the elocutionist can do, and vastly more than
many accomplish. We are happy to add that Professor B’s method of instruction meets with the hearty approbation of the College world.
The following is a list of the speakers and their subjects :
ORDER OF EXERCISES.
1. Latin Oration, “De Horatio Coclite stationem ad pontem sublicium agente," by Timothy KEELER Wilcox, New Haven.
2. Dissertation, “ Ideal of an American Citizen,” by WILLIAM ALDRICH BUSHEE, Worcester, Mass.
3. Oration, “ Venice,” by CHARLES Mann, Utica, N. Y.
5. Oration, “Lycurgus as a Lawgiver," by JAMES LYMAN RACKLEFF, New Haven.
6. Dissertation, “Kossuth and Liberty,” by EDWARD Orson Cowles, North Haven.
7. Oration, “Cultivated Intellect in Public Life,” by NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, Hardwick, Mass.
8. Dissertation, " The Mob,” by EDWARD ALFRED SMITH, New York City.
9. Dissertation, "The Dreamer and the Worker," by CHARLES TAYLOR CATLIN, Brooklyn, L. I.
10. Oration, “Men, not Principles,” by SAMUEL Fay Woods, Barre, Mass. 11. Oration, “The Salem Witchcraft,” by HENRY EDWARDS PARDEE, Trumbull.
12. Oration, "The Author in the Heart of the Reader,” by BENJAMIN DRAKE MAGRUDER, Jackson, La.
13. Philosophical Oration, “ Conflict of Thought with Authority, by EDWARD CORNELIUS Town, Batavia, Ili.
1, Greek Oration, « Οι Μεσσήνιοι, υπ’ Επαμεινώνδου καταγόμενοι, εν Ιθώμη 'Aploropévny cykwuácovoiv,” by William Harvey WILLSON CAMPBELL, Chelsea, Mass.
2. Oration, " Longings for Excellence as a motive to Action,” by HENRY BILLINGS Brown, Stonington.
3. Dissertation, “ The True Basis of Peace for Europe,” by EDWARD ASHLEY WALKER, New Haven.
4. Oration, “The Moorish Dominion in Spain,” by LEWIS RICHARD PACKARD, Philadelphia, Pa.
5. Dissertation, " The Heroic in Action,” by Isaac CLARK, South Coventry.
6. Dissertation, “ The Hudson and its Legends,” by CHAUNCEY MITCHELL DEPEW, Peekskill, N. Y.
7. Poem, “ The Last King of Atlantis,” by THERON Brown, Westford.
8. Dissertation, “ The Influence of Christianity on the Progress of Liberty," by HASBROUCK Du Bois, Fishkill, N. Y.
9. Philosophical Oration, “The Hero Statesman," by LEVY LEONARD PAINE, East Randolph, Mass.
10. Oration, “Shrines and their Uses,” by GEORGE CHESTER ROBINson, Wellsboro', Pa.
11. Philosophical Oration, “A Plea for the Literature of Sentiment," by Phineas Wolcott CALKINS, Corning, N. Y.
CHARLES M. TYLER.
W. R. WOODBRIDGE.
E. F. WILLIAMS.
H. M. DUTTON. At a regular meeting of the Linonian Society, May 16th, an Oration was delivered before the two Societies, by J. H. ANKETELL, of the Senior Class. Subject—"Action and Repose.”
THE NAVY LIST.
The Yale Navy is again afloat with some additions and improvements. We are glad to observe the renewal of the United Organization to inspire unanimity of feeling and action. Of all seekers after health and pleasure we envy most these “Paramours of Ocean's fairest daughters.” Another Regatta is expected during Commencement week.
The following is a report of the boats with their Officers and Crews :
Class of 1856. Built by James, of Brooklyn, in 1853. Flags, at bow, streamer with name in gilt letters ; at stern, American ensign. Uniform, light grey shirts, with red shield on breast, trimmed with white.
L. R. PACKARD, Captain ; J. D. CHAMPLIN, First Lieutenant ; A. W. HARRIOTT, Second Lieutenant; S. E. MORSE, Purser.
J. M. Brown, G. W. Buehler, J. O. Denniston, C. M. Depew, L. L. Dunbar, F. Fellowes, T. P. Hall, F. S. Hoppin, B. D. Magruder, C. Mann, J. Monteith, F. H. Peck.
Class of 1856. Built in New Haven, by Brooks and Thatcher, in 1852. Flags, at bow, blue with letter “U” surrounded by stars; at stern, American ensign. Lights, larboard, blue; starboard, red. Uniform, white shirts with blue facings, with letter “U” and “56” on breast. White pants.
M. H. Arnot, Captain ; E. A. Eakin, First Lieutenant ; R. O. DUNBAR, Second Lieutenant ; Donald Shaw, Purser ; G. A. LEMEE, Clerk.
R. M. Baker, A. Dickinson, W. T. Kittredge, J. W. Swayne, R. L. Brandon, S. Conditt, H. M. McIntire, L. C. Fischer, S. L. Pinneo.
Class of 1857. Built in New York in 1854. Flags, at bow, blue with name inscribed ; at stern, American ensign. Uniform, blue shirts, with American shield, letter “A” and figures " 57" on the breast. White pants.
CHARLES S. BLACKMAN, Captain ; ALFRED L. EDWARDS, First Lieutenant; Geo. M. WOODRUFF, Second Lieutenant ; H. S. Huntington, Purser.
E. W. Blake, L. Bradner, J. S. Burnet, F. E. Butler, J. B. Cone, J. C. Day, S. D. Doar, D. S. Dodge, D. C. Eaton, S. H. Hyde, J. C. Jackson, H. E. Pratt, S. O. Seymour, A. H. Strong, E. M. Wood.
NAUTILUS, Class of 1857. Built by James, of Brooklyn, in 1854. Flags, at bow, white jack with red border, with letter “N” in blue; at stern, American ensign. Uniform, green shirts, with orange shield, collars and cuffs. Letter “N” and figures “ 67” on breast. Pants white.
W. Boyd Wilson, Captain ; SAMUEL SCOVILLE, First Lieutenant; A. T. GALT, Second Lieutenant; ALFRED Hand, Purser.
R. H. Brown, S. F. Douglas, E. J. Evans, H. L. Foules, J. P. Green, L. D. Hodge, J. M. Holmes, N. C. Perkins, D. G. Porter, L. E. Profilet, H. M. Seely, W. K. Southwick, M. Tyler.
Class of 1858. Built at New York in 1851. Bought of the Class of 1855. Painted light yellow, with a vermilion stripe ; inside, peach blossom. Uniform, white shirt, blue collar, shield and cuffs ; black belt and white pants. Boat 30 feet in length ; crew limited to 16.
THATCHER M. ADAMS, Captain ; MATTHEW CHALMERS, First Lieutenant; MARTIN S. EICHELBERGER, Second Lieutenant ; GEORGE M. Boynton, Purser.
William N. Armstrong, Addison L. Clarke, Sanford H. Cobb, Nathan C. Folger, Henry A. Grant, Frederick C. Hewitt, Edward C. Porter, Normand Smith, Addison Van Name, Thomas G. Pallock, Moses M. Green wood.
Class of 1858. Built by James, of Brooklyn, in 1855. Cushioned, flags of silk. Boat 40 feet in length; chocolate color, with scarlet stripe. Uniform, blue shirt with scarlet shield, inscribed “Yale, '58, Nereid;" collars and cuffs scarlet; trimmings white. Pants white.
William P. Bacon, Captain ; G. E. DUNHAM, First Lieutenant; William D. MORGAN, Second Lieutenant ; L. H. Pierce, Purser.
E. F. Blake, D. G. Brinton, R. H. Cutter, G. M. Franklin, L. Howe, L. Janin, C. S. Kellogg, R. Moore, R. Morris, A. W. Nicoll, T. A. Perkins, H. Royer, E. R. Stevens, F. W. Stevens, G. W. Trow, C. H. Woodruff.
Class of 1858. Built by Darling, in New York, in 1854. Painted, outside, a dark green, with gold stripe ; inside, rose color and dark blue. Uniform, tarpaulin hat; blue shirt with white shield, collar and cuffs ; shield on the breast having the name Rowena" and figures " 58" in blue.
Flags, at the bow, blue, with white trimmings, bearing the name and an anchor; at the stern, national colors.