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appointed hour, and the patient was moved with many groans to the straw bed in the corner of the room.

“Do you feel the electricty?" asked McPersons.

"No,” said Mr. McManus's spouse, weakly. What remains to be told took place in less time than it takes tell it. Dr. McPersons struck a match and set fire to one corner of the straw, and, holding back the excited husband with one hand, coolly awaited results, which were not long in taking place. As soon as Mrs. McManus felt the “electricity” she uttered a terrible scream which will forever dwell in the memory of her astonished husband, and bounded down stairs and out into the street. With a pitcher of water McPersons succeeded in turning off the “electricity.” Mrs. McManus was still running in the distance as he departed, a moment after.

The cure was not permanent, for, after eighteen months, Mrs. McManus' old trouble returned. And the only consolation that McManus could get from the doctor was the opinion that the same method would again be successful, and the information that he had given up making cures by “electricity."

R. S. W.

· The first naval battle in America was a modest affair. Its result did not hold nations in suspense ; a statue of the victorious commander does not grace our public squares, but it is, none the less, an interesting event. In it were employed all the tactics of modern naval warfare. In the year 1635 John Gallup, who was sailing from Connecticut to Boston, discovered off Block Island, the vessel of John Oldham, “an honest trader.” Seeing Indians on board, his suspicion was aroused and he hailed her, but without reply. Gallup was a bold man; though he had with him only a man and two boys, he bore down upon her and fired buck-shot so thick among the Indians that he soon cleared the decks. Then he stood off, and running down upon her quarter with a brisk gale, nearly overturned the craft, and so frightened the Indians that six of them jumped overboard and were drowned. Having met with such brilliant success, he made a second attack, “bored her with his anchor and raked her for and aft with his shot." But finding this method less effective, he drew off for a third assault. This time he gave her “so frightful a shock” that five more Indians jumped into the sea, and the gallant John

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and his force, “with much contention and bloodshed,"

“ boarded the vessel. He recovered the body of John Oldham, whom the Indians had killed, and taking the remaining Indians prisoners, towed his prize towards home. But as the gale grew fiercer he was compelled to throw the savages overboard one by one to lighten the craft. Despite all his endeavors he found it impossible to bring her to port. He cast the vessel adrift with the few remaining prisoners, and so ended the first naval battle in America.

W. A, D.

Gosh, Joe, that young devil of a superintendent 'll kill me yet, that's sure. Maybe them bloods in the sleeper would feel easy if they knew the engineer'd been on duty thirty-five hours. If I ever get to Kalamazoo, I'll lay over any way. I won't pull Number 10 for no pay, not to-night, you see.

I don't like this wild cat way o' runnin' things. Ike told me at the junction that them blamed strikin' switchmen got hold of 8, and he'd be blowed if he was onto where she was. There's no telling what's ahead. Kick me hard, old man,

if

you see me goin' off.”

The man who uttered these words felt a pride as great as his fatigue. Though it was past midnight, and though he had been racing over the rails since the day before, the “Central people" trusted him still further. It was a reliance and confidence in his steadfastness as engineer, rather than a heartless demand upon a subordinate. Henry Wilkinson knew this, but he also knew that he was “hauling” an express train over a single track section of a great trunk line ; that the switchmen's strike had put things in a fearful muddle-expresses running as specials, freights off their sidings, train despatchers overworked, and conductors paralyzed. He dared not sit upon the narrow ledge which made his seat. Sleep would surely come on the moment he did so. He stood erect, his hand upon a lever to balance himself as the great machine swung around short curves, twisting itself like an iron serpent, among the shrubs and bushes which lined the track, and then leaping out again over a clear and level expanse. Unconsciously he must have rested upon the lever, for his back lost its straightness, and his eyelids drooped; but his eyes were not shut. A ball of yellow light, far ahead, shot its mellow beams along the track, past the head-light, and into the cab, burnishing the metal work, coloring the smoky windows, and finally burying itself in the blackness of the tender. Wilkinson's back was rigid. A quick motion reversed the engine so that the great drivers fought against their own momentum ; another movement sounded a wistle of alarm, shrieking loudly enough to deaden the chant of an army of crickets in chorus over the prairie.

When Wilkinson revived, instead of finding himself laying out upon the ground, or sheltered by a temporary hospital and operated upon by one of the company's surgeons, he was in his cab, on his seat, and taking brandy from Joe, the fireman. The same light cast its rays with even greater intensity.

“Many killed ?" moaned the engineer.

“Killed,” snarled the firemen, “killed by what? Don't you know the moon from a head-light? How long have you been on the road ? You'd better turn nuts in the shops, you had. You ain't fit to run an engine. Now pull yourself together and start her up, or I'll do it myself. Ike's back there wavin' his lantern like mad, don't keep the man out, signal him back, and shove her along. You're all right."

“Oh God," muttered Wilkinson in a broken voice, raising himself

upon his elbow, “I'm the blessedest man on this earth. I thought sure-I'd 'a sworn-it was 8."

C. C. H.

MEMORABILIA YALENSIA.

Yale-Harvard Debate

Took place Jan. 26, in Sanders' Theatre, Cambridge. The question was “Resolved, that independent action in politics is preferable to party allegiance.” Affirmative-Yale: J. W. Peddie, '95, L. S.; W. H. Cox, '95, L. S.; W. H. Clark, '96. Negative-Harvard : H. I.. Prescott, '94 ; A. S. Apsey, L. S.; A. S. Hayes, L. S.

The debate was presided over by Col. T. W. Higginson, and the judges were Gen. F. A. Walker, Mr. Carl Schurz, and Prof. James. The decision was in the negative.

Junior Appointments Of the class of 1895, are as follows:

PHILOSOPHICAL ORATIONS—Beam, Bingham, C. Clarke, Elmore, Gibson, Harrison, High, Holden, Jacobus, Kellogg, Kent, Lewis, Lobenstine, Nutting, Skinner, Thurston, Weller.

High ORATIONS-H. Baker, Beardsley, Eggleston, Elliott, Evans, Everitt, Jones, Kimball, W. Parsons, T. Peck, W. Richards, Shepley, S. Tyler, Whinfield.

Orations–E. Baldwin, Beattie, Burns, Crane, G. Darling, S. Darling, DeForrest, Driggs, Dunn, Finch, Galacar, Henderson, Hunt, Mason, J. Moore, Schermerhorn, Stevenson, Street, Talcott.

DISSERTATIONS—Bumstead, Carlson, Clemons, Clough, Frissell, Gleason, Hewlett, Hubby, McGregor, McLane, Melick, W. Moore, Sloane, Snyder, Swan, C. Wheeler.

FIRST DISPUTES – Buckingham, Burge, Chivers, Cooper, , Cox, Hill, Hone, Levy, McKee, Marks, Perrin, Sadler, Scoville, Stevens, E. Taylor, Walworth, Wardwell, Warrington.

SECOND DISPUTES-B. Allen, W. Allen, R. Baldwin, Cheney, Corwin, DeBevoise, Ferris, Gavin, C. Halbert, G. Hamlin, Hendrick, Hobart, Hooker, C. Hyde, D. Mitchell, J. Mitchell, E. Osgood, Rawson, Starr, H. Thomas, Tuttle, Wadhams, White.

FIRST COLLOQUY-Alvord, Beard, Brewster, G. Bryant, Carpenter, Church, Comstock, Denison, Foote, Gale, Goodwin, H. Hyde, Ives, Lockwood, Miller, A. Osgood, Payne, J. Peck, G. Phelps, Reynolds, Scarborough, Solomon, Spock, Talmadge, Thayer, G. Thomas, W. Thomson, Tucker, F. Tyler, Vanderbilt, W. Wheeler, Witherspoon, Wilkinson.

SECOND COLLOQUY—Adee, Bassett, Beadleston, Buckner, Buttrick, Chandler, Dwight, Franklin, H. Halbert, Hutchins, Kingsley, H. Lee, J. Lee, McCann, Paynter, Z. Phelps, Remington, Richmond, Stauffler, Warnick.

The Annual Glee Club Concert

Was held in the Hyperion Monday evening, January 29.

The Sophomore German Took place in Warner Hall Monday evening, January 29, directly after the Glee Club Concert, and was led by A. E. Foote, '96. The patronesses were : Mrs. A. P. Stokes, Mrs. Burton Harrison, Mrs. Henry M. Day, Mrs. W. W. Farnam, and Mrs. Eli Whitney, Jr.

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The Senior German Was held in Alumni Hall Monday evening, January 29, and was led by Alonzo Potter, '94. The patronesses were : Mrs. Perkins, Mrs. Noyes, and Mrs. Tod.

Junior Germau

Was held Tuesday evening in Alumni. About 60 couples participated, led by F. B. Harrison, '95. The patronesses were : Mrs. Burton Harrison, Mrs. G. A. Adee, Mrs. John Sloane, Mrs. Geo. Farnam, Mrs. W. W. Farnam, Mrs. A. P. Stokes.

The Junior Promenade Came off Wednesday evening, Jan. 31, at the Meadow Street Armory. The committee were : Wm. Sloane, F. B. Harrison, G. K. B. Wade, F. S. Butterworth, C. Vanderbilt, Jr., T. M. DeBevoise, G. T. Adee, A. M. Beard, R. B. Mason, L. Hamilton.

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