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we greet you. That the restrictions of our studies have denied us a more intimate acquaintance with you and the professors of the literary department, we keenly feel it to be our loss, but on this account our devotion to the University has been none the less ardent, and now as alumni, we pledge you and our Alma Mater our loyal support.
"Classmates, hard indeed is it to take leave of those we have grown to hold in affectionate regard; but harder still is the leave-taking when that regard is cemented by long and intimate associations. For three years we have worked and striven together, and to-night we lay down the burden of student-days, which we now too well realize was, at most, but the burden of a song, to take up the sterner burden of a professional career. Joyous years; full of song and jest and boyish pranks, yet they have not been wholly unmixed with sorrow. All too well we remember that autumn day when we returned to find a familiar face missing-Callender, the profound scholar, the eloquent teacher, the suberb gentleman, the kind friend, had crossed the valley, and his going cast over us all a gloom and left in our hearts a memory softened by grief. Other things, too, have occurred to make these years eventful to us. We have seen the Medical Department of the University of Nashville reorganized with a splendid Faculty; we have taken part in building up its new corporate life, and we are the second class to graduate under the new regime. These events have had no little to do with the enkindling of our zeal and devotion to the profession of our choice, and with making us loyal to our College, our Faculty and our class. And now we go, never to meet again as a class; some of us, perhaps, never to meet again any of our classmates; but we go with the kindliest feeling and regard for all, which time can never chill.
"Fellow-classmates, I bid you, one and all, a fond farewell."
Prof. L. B. Graddy, M.D., delivered the charge to the graduating class. The address of Dr. Graddy should be very helpful to the young M.Ds.' starting out, as Gov. Taylor puts it, "upon a helpless world." (Dr. Graddy's charge to the class will be found in full in the first part of this number under the heading of "Original Communications.")
The graduating class consists of the following gentlemen:
Andrew Jackson Allen, Tennessee; Simeon Smith Amerson, Alabama; Humphrey Bate, Jr., Tennessee; Charles Bailey Bell, Tennessee; James Edgar Bell, Tennessee; Charles Mabry Blair, Texas; Walker Bell Brock, Georgia; Christopher Greenberry Cate, Tennessee; Walter Eugene Clark, Mississippi; Samue Barclay Claypool, Kentucky; Maximilian Cohen, Tennessee; James Robert Collins, Virginia; Samuel Emerson Cooper, South Carolina; James Allen Crafton, Tennessee; Archileus Crump, Illinois; John Bigelow Cummins, Texas; Albert Gallatin Donoho Jr., Tennessee; Allison Herbert Foster, Jr., Mississippi; Henry Earnest Fraker, Tennessee; William Guy Frierson, Tennessee; William Henry Frizell, Jr., Mississippi; Uriah Monk Gibbs, Alabama; Fleetwood Gruver, South Carolina; Beynard Lawton Harris, South Carolina; Claude Milner Harris, Louisiana; James Monroe Harris, Tennessee; Bev Harrison, Texas; James Chriesman Hatcher, Tennessee; George Thomas Hendrix, Tennessee; Alberto Hudson, Alabama; Maurice Langon Hughes, Tennessee; John Gartarell Johns, North Dakota; William Franklin Keller, South Dakota; David Terry Kimbrough, Tennessee; George Harvey Lowe, Tennessee; John Donald McRae, North Carolina; Merrell Monk, Louisiana; Moses Alexander Morrison, Georgia; Edwin Leftridge Myrick, Texas; William Berkey Pruett, Indiana; William Ward Rucker, Tennessee; John Lytle Scales, Louisiana; David Carah Shelton, Tennessee; Frederic Lawrence Siler, North Carolina; Percy Lee Smith, Tennessee; Robert Lee Taylor, Tennessee; Thomas Weaver, Tennessee; Elizabeth White, Australia; Joe Cephas Woodard, Tennessee.
Dr. Ewing, Secretary of the Faculty, then announced the honor men. John L. Scales, having made 1066 per cent. out of a possible 1100, takes first honors and receives the University of Nashville medal; Maurice L. Huges, having made 1064 out of a possible 1100, receives the Alumni Association medal; James E. Bell, having made 1044 out of a possible 1100, the W. K, Bowling medal. Dr. Scales receives the hospital appointment for the ensuing year.
The following gentlemen having received an average of over 85, are entitled to "honorable mention" in the order in which their names appear: Frederic Lawrence Siler, William Guy Frierson, David Terry Kimbrough, Robert Lee Taylor, Percy Lee Smith, Andrew Jackson Allen, Thomas Weaver, Alberto Hudson, Uriah Monk Gibbs, William Henry Frizell, Jr., James Monroe Harris, William Ward Rucks, George Thomas Hendrix, Charles Bailey Bell, Allison Herbert Foster, Jr., Merrell Monk.
Governor R. L. Taylor made the speech conferring the medals. The Governor said:
"Another year, freighted with its hopes and fears, its joys and sorrows, has come and gone from the earth forever. The class of '97 of the University of Nashville are here to start face with the cold waters of life. You are about to enter upon a battle which will not end until you are in the grave. Victory will not consist in the number of people you kill, but in the acts of your life. Fame not in the number of pills you administer, but in results and receipts. You have had many a festive hour in the dissecting-room, where you have practiced the healing art by the cold cadaver. I doubt not that many a spirit, when watching your nightly work, has said: 'I thank God that I am not still in the flesh.' Now you will cease your post-mortem practice. You go out into the world to practice your chosen profession; God pity the world.
"I bid you God speed, everyone of you. I beg of you that you heed the words of him who delivered the charge to you. Let your aim be high. Do not be a quack. Go forth and win not only medals of gold, but medals more precious than goldmedals of popular opinion for work done in the world."
THE ALUMNI MEETING.
Some time before the last annual commencement it was decided by some of the prominent Alumni to form an association of the medical graduates. The society was formed at the com
mencement, and has already grown beyond the expectations of the originators.
The annual meeting opened its first session Tuesday night, March 23rd, at which the following programme was rendered: Address of Welcome-By Prof. C. R. Atchison. Response-Dr. J. Berrien Lindsley.
Annual Address-By the President.
Address-Dr. M. G. Buckner.
Dr. Atchison's address and the response by Dr. Lindsley showed the most hearty feeling of good will between those who have gone out from the walls of the grand old college.
Dr. M. G. Buckner, who took first honors last year, and has since been interne at the City Hospital, gave a very amusing and interesting account of his experience in that office.
In the voluntary addresses Drs. Lindsley, Hill, Roberts, Neal, and others, who long since began their noble work as physicians, gave splendid talks, in which some of their experiences were related and some facts about the early history of the college brought out.
Dr. Cain's address was such a splendid effort that a synopsis is given as follows:
"Away back over time's well worn course, when the good century, now in the gloaming of its eventful career, had but reached its meridian period, so long ago that a generation has come upon the stage of existence and passed to the forgotten beyond; so long that but few who were old enough to participate in the events of that period, like your speaker, are left with the sacred memories undimmed and the bright picture of the occasion unclouded by time's oblivious touch; the series of events which culminated in the organisation of the institution which we claim as our Alma Mater were enacted and an institution was born into the world which has made its impress upon the age and generation which has come and gone, and which stands out more promnent to-day than at any former period of its history.
At the time to which I allude the University of Nashville was even then an old and honored institution of learning, which had its origin in a grant from the parent State of North Carolina. It had long previously passed the semi-centennial milestone of its career, and had done much superb educational work
in the early history of the State; it had passed through the various phases of academy and college, and by an enactment of the State Legislature, had been declared a university, and as such competent to receive into its bosom the various departments which constitute the makeup of a university.
At that crisis several medical gentlemen of our then little city of Nashville, surveying the field and seeing but two or three institutions of medical learning south of the Ohio River, the chief of which was located in the city of Louisville, to which place the old Translyvania School had just been removed, conceived the idea of starting a medical college in Nashville, and if possible incorporating it into the University of Nashville.
The project met with favor with others, and with doubful forebodings from others. The gentlemen who were in the enterprise, however, were not to be deterred or turned from their purpose. They called into their councils and confidence other medical men from adjacent localities and soon sufficient interest was awakened to offer a goodly number of volunteers from whom to select a Faculty for the new Department.
The organization being effected and the terms of agreement entered into, a medical Faculty, consisting of seven members, including the demonstrator of anatomy, was elected on the 11th day of October, 1850. Of that Faculty and all who composed, as well as all who elected it, but one solitary member survives, to whom I will have occasion to refer later on.
That first Faculty, to which we are greatly indebted for the success of our institution, was composed of the following medical gentlemen: John M. Watson, Professor of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children; A. H. Buchanan, Professor of Surgery; W. K. Bowling, Professor of the Practice of Medicine; Charles K. Winston, Professor of Therapeutics and Materia Medica and Clinical Medicine; Robert M. Porter, Professor of Anatomy and Physiology; John H. Lindsley, Professor of Chemistry and Pharmacy and Dean of the Faculty; William T. Briggs, Demonstrator of Anatomy.
Before opening the first course of lectures, on the first Monday in November, 1850, Paul F. Eve was called and accepted the chair of surgery; cheerfully yielded, for the good of the school, by Prof. Buchanan, who then took the chair of physiol