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  • Vol. 1. JYO. 1.

    One Revolution per Ann urn.

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    HOBOKEN, N . J. l. H. KE ND RIC K, Steam Book and Job Printer, 26 Washington Street.

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    r/CrOff:l Allf1~fr COLLECE LIFE;

  • INTRODUCTION. For a. long time the publication of a paper of

    some kind, has been spoken of among the students, but it is not until within a very few months that any decisive steps have been taken towards the ac-complishment of a project, which, until then, had existed only in the minds of a few, and in the most vague and undetermined fOl'm. When at last it was decided that a pamphlet, appearing annually, should be published by the junior class, the most important question which arose was: what should be the character of this pamphlet?

    The opinions of the students were widely l1ifferent on this point. To say nothing of those who were opposecl to the publication of a paper of any kinc1, there were three classes of opinions expressed. Some held, that as a scientific school, a paper pub-lished by us should treat mainly of scientific sub-jects, and were oppospd to, what they termed, "filling up the pages with lists of names." Others there were who, on the contrary, wished the "Ec-

    cE~Tmc" to be what su('h a paper as publishecl in most colleges usually is, or in other words, to have what may be calleel a local character. There were still others, who, although opposed to the publica-tion of a scientific journal, were in favor of treating subjects of geneml interest.

    "\Ve shall not attempt to discuss these opinions, there is a great deal to be said for and against them all, but it is not for us to do so. No doubt the char-

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    acter of the ECCEXTRW will be local, the charac-ter of any paper of the same type, must necessarily be such; and indeed we see no objection to this; the circulation of such a publication is limited. to the students, and those interested in them, tLncl con-sequently we address ourselvefl to such only as can understand and al)preciate the local item::; spt before them. Still, it has been our endeann' to aclapt our-selves, as far as possible, to all opinions, being, how-ever, fully convinced by so cloing we huy(' inculTPcl the risk of being in accordance with nOlH'.

    Thus, the scipntific nmn will be intel'E'st('cl in pe-rusing our published list of instrument::; anel appa-mtuR; the antiquarian or the elas~ical "tudent if; particularly referred to the fragmentary tl'an::;la.tion of the" Vision of Leviticus," rect'ntly discovered in the catacombH of Gotham, and sent us by a spe-cial correspomlpnt; again, the literary man will, 'we have no doubt, find something to interest him, in some of our riunwrous al'ticlps, on varion" sub jPcts; the 10\'('1' of arts will gaz(' with admiration upon our frontispiece, (5opi('el from Olll~ of the old masters by our special al'ti::;t ; allel finally all tho::;e specially inten'sted in seeing t]l('ir nalllt's in priut, will undoubtedly have good l'pason to be satisfieel with our labors.

    But enough of this, om- mod('sty if 80 it 1w, that editors were ever possessed of such ~t quality, fol'-bids our sounding our own trumpet. Thenfore we leave tho "ECCENTHW" to spea.k for it~elf, and cloBe our introduction here, believing that when the im-mortal 'William wrote

    't we're well It were done quickly.

    ( 111acbeth, Act I, Scene VII.) he meant it, as well of an introclnetion, as of a murder.

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    SALVETE! SALVETE! As the transit of Venns is lookpd for on earth; As the heir of a kingdom is hailed at his birth; As tlw conqueror's welcome floats out on the breeze; Is the hope of the Cla,S::l, that these pages will please. Eccentric in fact and E('(Jl':wI'RIC in name, To fulfill what we pledgt is our ultimate aim: To have boldness in action and freedom of mind, rro be clifferent insooth, from that part of mankind Who think they'll gain nothing, and even may lose, By leaving the tracks of their grandfathers' shoes; 'Vho old theories accept, and reject all the new, Because some old ancestor thought they were true! The task is not ours to untiringly seek For rrhucidides' thoughts in Original Greek! Or to burden the senses and weary the brain, To make Metaphysics more simple and plain! But to Science and Nature our efforts to lend, Encoura,ged by hope of reward at the end. Could the spirits of those who gave Science its

    worth, Be called from the shades of the past back to earth, The sights that would meet their astonished old eyes vVonld impress them with wonder and boundless

    surprise. \Vith what words would Sir Herschel express his

    delight, At the strange fluoresence discovered in light ~ What would Galileo, so wise in his day, That far-seeing sage, were he living now, say, Did he know as we do, of what are composed Those spots on the sun, his rude glass just disclosed ~

  • From his seat on Parnassus might Dante look down, And rpjoice at the fruit of the seed he had sown; And Goethe sublime, the man without peer, Know the sound of that language he loved well to

    hear. But in this progressive and liberal a.ge, ,Ve forbear to seare h further on History's page, \Vhen the actions of those who a.re living to-day, Stand boldly before us in brilliant array. There are regions unopened, and fields yet untilled, There are niches in Science that soon must be filled, And her walls be illumined ere years shall have

    flown, With as glorious names as of those who are gone. Then a word in good friendshi.p pray kindly accept; Let it never be said, that a student has slept When such lessons of worth, opportunities teach, That are scattere(l profusely within his own reach. An

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    MHR. E. A. STEVENS, WM. ,V. SlIIl>l'EN, REV. S. B. DOD.

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    ALFRED M. MAYEH, PH. D., P?'ojesso)' 0/ Physics. ROBT. H. Tm.' RsToN, C. E.,

    DENoI,SON "\VOOD, C. E., C. W. MACCORD, A. M., REV. ED. WALL, A. M.,

    Prof. of Engineering. Prof. (!f !I[athernatics. Pn;f.o/ Mech. Dmwing. PTo/. of Belles LettTes.

    CHARLES F. KROEH, A. M., P1of. of Languages. ALBERT R. LEEDR, A. M., P1of. of Ohemist?y.


    P. PORTER POIXn;n,

    HRNRY 'V. PO~T, tFJ"OYD S. TJuYJm,



    Je?'sey Oity Heights.

    JlIendota, Ill.

    SPECIAL STUDENT. Fmm. GAHRE'l'BON, M. D, Hoboken.

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    " Ne quid nimis."

    The year of 1874 was, and still is, in 8cie1dific c'ircles, regardecl as an event of more than ephemeral inter-est. During its earlier l,art, and a little previous to that perhaps, Pl'of. Tyndal had had time to recuper-ate bis energies, from the effects of the supper ten-dered him, by the savants of Hoboken, and the rest of North America ; which recovery was short-ly followed by his remal'kable discovery in C11Ol-eric;-that the Americans do not hate the English. Its enunciation, as is well known, was followeu by H, heated discussion and its experimental verifica-tion, ( e. the dinner table, as in the case of his other memoirs on Hea-t, was also criticised. This time by a rival "diner out," the brazen-tongued Goldwin "Hello Smithy, oltl boy."

    Scarcely, etc., etc., etc. , when appeared that then lInexampled slwcimen of N . Y. Herald enterprize; the spl>ctacle of a New York daily newspaper criticising a planetary theory, the novelty of which attracted the attention of the \Vorld.

    No less popular, though perlu.q.s of less impor-tance, was the ohservation of Veuus eclipse by various pa,rties of interested individuals, stationed at different l)oints on the surface of the civilized ancl uncivilized world. 'rheir object being, com-

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    not on the Lavinian shores, but in a province of Germany called Hoboken; where, notwithstanding the shocks (electrical, etc.) which it experienced, it took root and has continued to sp(r)out there 6ver since. The next seed which fell upon this lo-cality, grew into a more advanced species of vege-table, viz: a post. In a not very great space of time he could hardly be caned vegetable, but rather a vegetarian, especially at noon times, when he formed an exeedingly good illustration of the class "fruges consumens nat." Bat not alone to him was progressiveness confined, for in an incredibly short time the other member, by the instruction of the Prof. of Physics, became eminently fitted to cultiva.te cabbages.

    The Historian has here to perform a sad and solemn duty. The hitherto dual charact.er of the class, was about Christmas ronncled out by the pre-sence of Mr. F. S. Thayer, whosE' unohtrusive and quiet manllPl' won him there::;ppct of his associates. 'Vith his uutirrH')Y end the studpnts 3,1'e familiar, the flags being flown at half-mast in consequence. Grim death plucked from our trio a major-third, to render more complete the harmouies of Heaven. *>f.)(-

    The next increment, by no means infinitesimal, which '74 received, was caused by the dropping in its midst of a star of the second magnitude, no less than the second prize star of his class in Bethlehem. The second advisedly, for he said, "the other chap was a damned mean cuss who studied like thunder." He was an Israelite indeed, in wholh there was no guile, which will be patent to anyone, when they hear that he went to the Vienna Exposition, of 1873, with the U. S. Board of Commissioners. Yet like Disraeli, he expects to rate as a gentleman, at least we suppose so, from the way in which he uses

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