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1884 Eccentric

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  • ~EVOuU1l1ION NO. XI.



    OF THE

    HOBOI\EN, N. J.

    AP~Iu, 188~.

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    .. For 'I.ym 'Was levert "ave at Twenty bookes, clad it, blakor reed, Titan robes riche or 'iltlte/~ or gay sautrie."

    \\'[ITTE, RTOKES, & ALLEN, Publishers,

    102 FIFTH ArE"", NEW YORK


    CRAS. F. P ArumR, Chai1'man.

    J. H. STEWART. Jos. S. MCCOY.

  • SAl.-Uf AfORY ,

    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: But little more than one hundred years have elapsed since James

    Watt so perfected the steam-engine that it might be used economi-cally, and by so doing made for himself an immortal name. From that time the age of the steam-engine may be said to have begun, and to-day, as we look about us, we see it driving the machinery of thou-sands of om' factories; by means of it we are drawn over the ground at a rate never dreamed of a century ago, and with its aid, voyages which formerly took several months to perform are now finished in as many days.

    But while the steam-engine does so much for us, like almost all servants it requires to be continually watched, and unless constant vigilance is exercised, it becomes a source of danger.

    That great engine called the Stevens Institute of Technology is no exception to this rule, and so once every year all work is stopped and each part critically examined. If anything is found in a dan-gerous condition, it is repaired or replaced, and if any improvement can be suggested which will make the machine work more advan-tageously, it is added.

    This examination of the various parts of this engine is conducted, however, in a very methodical way ; each one is assigned his part in it, and to us has been given THE E CCENTRIC.

    Just one year has passed away since it made its last revolution, and many things, some serious, others comical, have taken place during that time. While the engine has stopped and the others are busy with their parts, let us glance over these pages and see for ourselves those things which have adhered, as it were, to THE ECCEN-TRIC during the past year. 'Ve hope that out of all the matter herein contained our readers may finel a little that is amusing, if not in-structive, and we shall feel more than repaid if the perusal of THE ECCENTRIC for 1884 brings back to our alumni pleasant memories of their College life, or causes om' undergraduates to forget for the moment their severe routine of studies.

    And now we are ready to begin. Bll t stay-we had almost forgotten


    the dedication; and no work would be complete without that. Mark Twain says that whenever a book is dedicated to anyone, that person is sure to buy at least one copy. Therefore we dedicate tbis book-

    Finl-To John Smith, and we promise that if every John Smith in this world buys a copy, we will present the Athletic Association with as handsome a gymnasium as any in the country.

    Second-To the Faculty, and we hope that with their consum-mate wisdom they may devise some method of making our study hours a minimum, our leisure hours a maximum, and turning us out as good engineers at the same time.

    Third-To our lady friends, warning them at the beginning not to believe all they may read in the follmving pages.

    FOllrth-andlast, but assuredly not least-To Olu' fellow-students, with the sincere wish that they may never, like us, be put in a posi-tion where they must write something humorous for THE ECCENTRIC, with the consoling thought that they are going to "flunk" next day on account of it.




    HE...~RY }\fORTON, PH.D .............. .4 River Street, Hoboken. President.

    ALFRED M. MAYER, PH.D ....... . ..... South Orange, N. J. Professor of Physics.

    RoBERT H. THURSTON, A.M., C.E ...... 324 Hudson Street, Hoboken Professor of lIIechanical Enginem-ing. Director of the JJIechanical Laboratol'Y.

    DE VOLSON WOOD, A.M., C.E ......... Boonton, N. J. Professol' of lIfathematics and 1I1echanics.

    CHARLES W. MACCORD, A.M .......... 6 Tenth Street, Hoboken. Professol' of Mechanical Dmwing.

    ALBERT R. LEEDS, PH.D .............. "The Trenton," Hoboken. Professol' oj Chmnistry.

    CHARLES F. KROEH, A.1\! .... ......... Orange, N. J. SeCl'etary of the Faculty and Profess01' of Model'n Languages.

    REV. EDWARD WALT", A.M ............ 12 Ninth Street, Hoboken. P1'Ojessor ~/ Belles-Lettres.

    JA;\1ES E. DENTON, M.E ............. 253 Garden Street, Hoboken. Projessol' of Experimental jJIechanics and Instructor in Shop-work.

    CLARENCE A. CARR, Ass'T ENG'n, U.S.N., .170 Hudson Street, Hoboken. Professol' of l1fm'ine Engineering and Instrudor in lIfathematics.

    'YILLIAlII E. GEYER, PH.D ....... , ... .4 River Street, Hoboken. P7'ojesi;or of Applied Electricity.

    ADAM RIESENBERGER, M.E ............ Union Hill, N. J. Instructor in lIIechanical Dmwil1g.

    EDGAR EVERHAR'l', PH.D ............. , 170 Fourth Street, Jersey City. Instructor in Chemistry. THo~1As B. STILLMAN, PH.D ........... "The Trenton," Hoboken.

    IIlStI'Uct01' in Chemistry.

  • 1 911TH the appearance of our monthly college paper, The Indica-~'t tor, during the past year, THE ECCE~Tmc, in its annual revo-

    lution, finds its legitimate province somewhat curtailed; and the discussion of current Institute topics and comments on matters pertaining to the course anel discipline would now properly come within the range of The Indicator, thus necessitating a slight change in this permanent feature of THE EccE~Tmc. At the risk, however, of repeating what has already found expression through other chan-nels, we venture to submit a few observations upon the current top-ics which interest the College community.

    First of all, let us welcome The Indicat01' as the most important enterprise of the students which has characterized the past year. Now that we have a monthly paper, it is only surprising that Ste-vens could do without one so long. Judging from the very flatter-ing reception which was accorded to it by all connected with the Institute, and the manner in which it has since been supported, it is quite evident that The Indicat01', like THE ECCENTRIC, is certain to be-come one of the important and recognized permanent institutions of Stevens.

    We note with pleasure the accession of the Uu Chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity to the already large circle of College Fraternities which constitute so important a feature of undergraduate life here. We regard the new Chapter as a decided acquisition, and bid it welcome to a prosperous career.

    We further note with satisfaction the marked revival which has occurred during the past year in the athletic interests. With the impetus given by an unusually successful foot-ball season, and a prospective base-ball season which promises good results, there is no reason why Stevens should not be able to hold its own against other small Colleges in general athletics. The leading articles which f01-


    low give a-good 1'ei;ume of what has been accomplished in the vari-ous branches of athletics, and will, we think, merit perusal.

    Nothing, perhaps, on the social side of student life here has been so much appreciated as the very enjoyable receptions which Dr. and lVII's. Leeds and Prof. and Mrs. Thurston have held during the past year; and although the acknowledgments of these social favors are properly matters of individual concern with the students, we feel that THE ECCE~TRIC would be an unfaithful exponent of the sentiment of all, if some acknowledgment of the courtesy and kindness of Dr. and Mrs. Leeds and Prof. and 1\1rs. ThUl'ston were not made here.

    Tmning now to matters more directly connected with the Insti-tute itself, we desire to express our appreciation of the excellent work which is being accomplished in the newly formed Department of Applied Electricity. 'Ye cannot more than inadequately express the thanks of the students to President Morton for his munificence in providing the means for inaugurating and conducting this young-eat, though by no means least important, department; and we think that the interest which is being shown on all sides in this depart-ment is an ample justification of the ,,-isdom ,,-hich prompted him in his liberal act.

    "Where are we to haye our Commencement this year?" is a question which is frequently asked by the members of the. Senior Class. For the past three years the Commencements haye been held in the hall of the German Club, but owing to the large size of this year's graduating class, we fear that its friends cannot be accommo-dated there. We trust that the Committee appointed will secure a suitable place.

  • CL.-ASS OF '84,


    E. B. RE~WICK ................. PI"I'sidelit. KE~;;;ETII TORnA~CE ............. Vi('e-Prel3iilent. C. L. G.\TELY .................. Rre. 8eClelary. ,Yo O. B.Ul~ES ........ . ........ ('0)". 8ecreta1Y VI'. H. BRIHTOL ..... , .......... . Tl"easlll'er. C. F. P I11KEll ...... IIi~I01iall. D. S. J .\conrs ..... , ............ Fool-ball Captain. H. R. REA ................ , ... . ]]ase-ball Captain, H, DE B, P .mSOXH ...... , , . , .. , .. Chaplain.

    'YILLI ... ,\[ SLEEPER ALDRICH .. , . , , , .. , . , .. , , .. ,Burlington, N. J, JA)IES STnO~G ALDEX, , ... , .. , ... , .......... Passaic, N. J. WILLI.nI OLIn:R B.UlxE:'l, B.0.rr .............. Paterson, N. J. J\IES BEATTY, JR., B.0.II ............... . .... Baltimore, l\Id. JOHX ~l)EnSO~ BE~SEL, .l.T.A ......... , ..... New York City . .ALLEN WJNG Bn.UXARD ................. . .... Brooklyn, N. Y. WILLIAM HENRY BRISTOL . . . . ............ , ...