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received and entertained. Mr. White then said he thought it would be eminently proper for the alumni to thank the citizens of Troy for their abundant kindness and hospitality, and accordingly offered a resolution of thanks to that effect, calling upon Professor E. N. Horsford, of the class of '37, to respond.
Professor Horsford said that Professor Eaton counselled the pupils in his day to remember two things; one was not to talk without they had something to say; and the other was to stop when they had said it. He recalled the days of the Institute when he was a student, and spoke feelingly of some of the old and particular friends of it, Dr. Brinsmade, John Wright and Uri Gilbert; the kindness of the latter to the boys of his class, he said, could never be forgotten by any of them. His reference to Dr. Brinsmade was peculiarly feeling. He also referred to the conclusion of one cycle of the existence of our Institute, and the fitting memorial stone set up to Professor Amos Eaton. He made a comparison of Bernard Palissey, the discoverer of porcelain and the adornment of it with gold, and likened the efforts and devotion of Professor Eaton in behalf of the Institute, to Palissey giving his wife's wedding ring into the crucible in his experiments for the carrying out of his purpose. Eaton gave his heart's blood to the school with which his name would be ever connected. Another fine comparison was made of the bird plucking the down from its own breast to cover its young.
Rev. Mr. Brinsmade made a feeling response to the remarks which had been made complimentary to his brother.
Professor George H. Cook, State Geologist of New Jersey, and Vice-President of Rutger's College, responded to calls, and spoke of Dr. Brinsmade as one of the oldest and firmest friends of the Institute. He sometimes felt old himself when in the field, but never would he feel that the Institute was old; it was in its prime, gaining strength and power. He recalled the names of various classmates and teachers, and feelingly remarked how much the pupils in his time were obliged to Professor Eaton's wife and daughters, who seemed fully competent to instruct and answer abstruse questions for them. The Rensselaer Institute is one of the leading ones of the country, and must be sustained. He thought that the alumni and trustees should take active measures to secure an endowment, particularly in view of a bill which is before Congress at the present time, and provides that money obtained from the sale of Government lands should be appropriated to needy educational institutions. The proposition was received with applause.
Norman Stratton next spoke to the resolution telling of the warm interest the citizens of Troy always showed in the Institute during his stay there. He also gave interesting reminiscences of his classmates and teachers.
The resolution was then passed with a generous and responsive aye.
Professor Nason, on call of President White, responded for the ladies to a toast proposed to them.
A. S. Pease volunteered to respond to the resolution of thanks to Troy, in a short address.
A recess was taken here, while Lander's orchestra gave some selections of music.
In the meantime Dr. J. G. Ambler, of the class of '33, was requested to call on his classmate, Dr. Alexander Van Rensselaer, the last surviving son of the patroon and founder of the Institute. Dr. Van Rensselaer came over from Congress Hall and was introduced to the alumni and friends present, and a very interesting social time was enjoyed to the close of the day.
HARMONY HALL, 8 O'CLOCK, P. M.
CONCERT PROGRAMME, i. Ouverture—Maurer and Schlosser, Auber.
2. Fesche Geister Waltz, Ed. Strauss.
3. Potpourri La Forza Del Destino, .Verdi.
4. Friihling Klange Polka, A. Schmidt.
5. Serenade—Gute Nacht, Abt.
Auld Lang Syne.
ORDER OF DANCING.
1. Waltz—Wiener Bluet J. Strauss.
2. Lanciers—No. 11, Weingarten.
3. Galop—Touristen, Zikoff.
4. Promenade—Blumenlied Fantasia, Kofipitz.
5. Quadrille, J. Strauss.
6. Waltz—Ball-Promessen, Ed. Strauss.
7. Lanciers—No. 2, Weingarten.
8. Promenade, Selections.
9. Waltz—Autograph, y. Strauss.
10. Quadrille, Strauss.
11. Galop—Von Hause zu Haus, Zikoff.
12. Lanciers—Grande Duchesse, Offenbach.
13. Waltz—Schonen blauen Donau, y. Strauss.
Committee Of Arrangements.
H. B. Nason, Jas. W. Burden, Geo. V. Shepard,
Wm. P. Mason, Jas. L. Breese.
The music was furnished by Doring's Band, and the refreshments by C. F. Lucas, Esq.
A very large number of letters have been received from all parts of the world, from graduates, and others once connected with the Institute. These letters are not only filled with words of heartfelt interest and encouragement, but also contain many valuable hints to the future management and prosperity of the Institution.
Although these were mostly private letters, we take the liberty of making a few extracts, regretting that we have not space for more.
From letter of Strickland Kneass, of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and President of the Association of Graduates of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for 1874, addressed to Wm. Gurley:
"I had hoped to be with you, and now thank you for your kind invitation. I should be most happy to meet you on our old battle ground, and possibly meet old friends. I see Stratton's name and should have been pleased to renew our acquaintance. I did hope that in my official position so kindly voted me last year, I might say something to the new graduates, impressing upon them the true appreciation of the advantages which they had over us of '39. Yet, if we in '39 had what these boys of to-day have, I fear we would have been ahead of time, for we were ready for our places, and have done some service, working up by drudgery in field and office, with the times as they progressed. If these boys of to-day, were where we were in '39,1 fear their chances for rapid promotion would be discouraging. But you have much to do yet, to keep up with railroad advances. I had a short conversation with Professor Nason when here,