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  • WHITALL, TATUM & GO. MANUFACTURERS OF

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    ORITURI TE SALUTAMUS," deal'reade",and,debpitethe

    fact. that you are one of OUI' exeeutioners, we wioh that

    you may find much LO enjoy in this volume. vve clearly see the fate that avvaits us. No power on earth

    can save us fron,. it. Fop months vve have spent 'anXl-

    ou .. days and sleepless nights, have racked Our vveary brains, and dragged our

    uchiny limbs Rbout, in endeavors to make this H Eccentrie" nil that Our fancy

    painted it, as it ought to be. And for vvhat is all this toil? That vve may be set

    upart as marked men, boycotted by common consent, untIl from very misery of

    loneliness vve give up the ghost and lie rotting ,n the Elysian Fields, a prey to

    (hose harpies-our fellovv.students. Already'Ne hear the rustling of their vvings

    as they gloat over their prospective feast. VVell, they will find us poor eating.

    VVhnt though the fat of the land has been placed befol'e us in the Hobol

  • 6 ':THE ECCE {;'(T"1?IC.

    hien, and vvhere vve thought he needed correction, have applied it in fevv but

    fitting 'W"ords. "We have spared neither rank nOl~ station. Like the l( Pale Death "

    of Horace, vve have" knocked vvith impaPtial step at the hovels of the poor and

    the palaces of the rich." But it is your innings novv, dear readers, and bitterly do

    vve reflect that you are good for several base hits. 'Ne do not ask you to spare us-

    it would be useless. \/Ve ourselves have nssi.::;ted at the oiJse(luieti of those vvho

    have filled thi" position before our turn came, and vvell do vve recall the devill"h

    u1ee 'W'ith which 'W'e tope them limb fl'om 111'-lh, Hl1d wnllowed In their gOl'e. No,

    vve die like brHve mell, and AS -w-e yo ltke Jat'nb"-t to the !;Inughler, not. a rnUJ'rnl,lI'

    will be heRrod frOlYl QUI' lips. We do not even ask pity from the prebent genel'utioll

    for our hard fate. 'W'e look to posterity fol' OUP laurels. VVhen futupe generationb

    or Stevens men find OUI' bones where they Jie vvhitening in t.he sun, Jet us ll'Ust

    that they vvill not pass them by vvith careless kick, nor yet colleet them anel sell

    them to a fertilizer factory, but ,,"viJl moisten them 'WIth a revel"ential tear. w-hile

    they reflect upon the ingpatitude that truly gpeat men buffel' at the hands of their

    o'Wn generation.

    AND no'W", dear readers, vve Jeave you to plunge into the vvild excitement of the follovving pages, stopping only to gIve you one caution: Do nqt Jose your-

    selves in the intricacies of the plot. After you have safely emerged from it, and

    "With -w-rath in youP souls hJ.lve 'Wreaked your vengennce on us, your victims,

    pause a moment to reflect upon the bitterness of Our fate, nod W'hen you ex_

    amine our "W'ol'k in your calmer;' moments-

    " Still ld some m,ny i/l. youI' bOSIJIIIS "Vi', AJ/d if :;'011 call't app/ami, ullrilst fi,rgi"-'l .'''

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    TIlE RCCR.\'Ti\.f('.

    IIENRY MORTON, Ph. D., 1\0.4 River Sl., Ilobokcn. l'resitlL'lll.

    ALFRED M. MAYER, I'h. D., South Orange, "1. J. I'''!/t'ssort!/ I'lly,i,.,.;.

    Ih. VOLSON WOOl), .\.:'IT., C.E., Boonton, :-\. J. l'ruji.Is,1I if fllcchtllliL,\LBERT R. LEEDS, Ph. D., corner 9th and 1I udson St:)., IIobokcn. /)rr!fi'.Hor I!I (,/lelllistry.

    CH,\RLES F. KR()[IJ. A.I\1., Orange, N. J. I'r,0's.IIII'I!I ,lfodolll.lllIJ':H

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    All the doubts that were expressed about his suc-cessor, when it was understood that the Institute was really going to lose Professor Thurston, have been set at rest by the characteristically systematic and practi-cal manner in which Professor Wood has taken hold of the Course in Engineering, We would suggest, how-

    ever, that though the Text Book of Materials of Construction is a very hand-some book to have upon one's shelves, it seems rather a costly investment considering the amount of use we make of it. For the course we pursue is an exceedingly expensive one as to books, and it seems very hard upon a student to ask him to huy books that he uses during a very brief part of his course and then lays aside never looking at them again. This is especially true of Rankine's Machinery and Millwork, a book of 600 pages, which is bought every year by the Junior Class in order that they may study less than IOO pages.

    When we add that after the Junior becomes a Senior he has to buy a Ran-kine on the Steam Engine which contains, with the exception of a few pages, exactly the same matter that he has previously bought in the Machinery and Mill-work, it would seem that something ought to be done to prevent this use-less expenditure.

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    N ext year it is to be hoped that the Junior Class will not be put into the Machinery and Millwork before they have learned the first principles of Me-chanics as was done with the class of '87, for the work was thereby rendered much harder.

    The Course in Chemistry has been much improved by Professor Leeds' new system of giving out a certain number of questions covering tbe most im-portant points in the text at each recitation, and then examining the Class upon them at the recitation following. We are very glad, however, to see that the system of commenting upon each other's recitations by the members of the Class has been stoppell, as it m.et with general disapproval from the Classes. The custom of requiring a physician's certificate in the case of illness, that exists in this department) seems to be rather a.n unjust one. For a stuclent may be confined to the house by an illness so slight that it would not warrant his going to the expense of calling in a physician, which he would have to do in order to prevent the lowering of his standing in class. Why cannot the Classes, or at any rate the Junior Class, be allowed the same liberty in this department that they have in Professor Wood's? They do Dot abuse their privileges there, and they certainly would not do so here.

    The introduction of Bloxam's Metals as a text-book has been very accept-able to the Junior Class.

    The Department of Belles-Lettres has also taken a step forward. Instead of devoting themselves entirely to the study of Shaw's Manual of English Literature, the Sophomores have been spending the greater part of their time in the reading of Chaucer, and the systematic study of Shakespeare's best plays and Bacon's Essays. This change not only makes this department far more interesting to the student, but it also gives him an insight into much that he has hitherto only touched upon in a very general manner. It is to be hoped that this plan will be continued and if possible extended.

    In the Department of Mathematics there seems to have been some little trouble a.nd dissatisfaction owing to the fact that a new professor, with new ways and methods of teaching had come among us, but this appears to have all passed away now and things are progressing very smoothly.

    We are glad to see that the new catalogue is out so e:uly this year, and to notice that the Faculty have further raised the standard of admission by the addition of French to the requirements. This gradual increase in the require-ments for admission should be continued till the Institute finally becomes what it should be now, viz: a post-graduate school devoted entirely to the study of Mechanical Engineering.

    We wish to express our thanks to Professors Morton and Mayer for permit-ting us to use the Physical Laboratory as a. ball-room in which to hold the Ger-mans given by the S. S. S.

  • ".THE ECCEO'(T'l(IC. II

    C. R. COLUNS .. _ .. _. _______ .. __ . __ . _____________ ___ President_ E. M. COTIART ________________ .. __ . _____ . _ .. ________ Vice-President. H_ B. EVlcRHART. __________________________________ _ Secretary. J. S. MER R [1''1'. ___ . ____ . ________________________ . ___ Treasurer.

    WILUA~L FUCHS_ ..... _ .. c __ __ ____ ______ . _______ _ Historiall.

    ANTONIO AGUILERA, JR., 2 . .Y. ____ ... _____ . _. _ . ____ . ______ .. _ .. _____ . ____ . ____ Cuba. JOHN THOMPSON ARNOLD_. __ ._ .... ____ _ _________ ___ ______ . ___ .. Cheyenne, Wy. Ter. EDWARD TRACEY BIRDSALL, Ll. lC. 1'_' .. __ .. _. __ .. ____ .. ____ . ___ ... ____ .NtrdJ YO/,k City. CORNELIUS DEVERE BLAUVELT .. _____ . ____ .. ____ . ____ . ___ . _______ . _____ O,'adell, N. J. WILLIAM SIDELL CHESTER, Ll. T. Ll ____ . ___ . __