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vout believers in the written Word, as witnesses to the truth that there is no necessity, or even strong tendency, in true scientific culture to prejudice the mind against belief in the religion of the Bible?
IV. The last moral fruit of true science I can mention, is charity. If science teach men humility and the fear of God, it must also bear the fruit of benevolence. It was a vain and atheistic culture that uttered this selfish sentiment of Lucretius, " 'T is a pleasant thing, from the shore to behold the dangers of another upon the ocean * * from which you yourself are free; 't is a pleasant thing to behold the contest of warfare arrayed on the plains, without a share in the danger ; but nothing is there more delightful than to occupy the elevated temples of the wise, well fortified by tranquil learning, whence you may look down upon others, and see them straying in every direction, and wandering in search of the path of life." It is a grand perversion of mental culture when it exalts a man, in the conceit of his own wisdom, above his fellows, retires him from sympathy with the toiling, ignorant masses of mankind, makes him indifferent to their woes and errors, and content to enjoy his own light, and nurse in solitude his delicious loves and dainty tastes. Too much of this high-minded, exclusive culture there is, I know. But unless learning makes a man compassionate of the ignorance of others, and prompt to spread his knowledge, and go down into the plain where the toiling millions are struggling, and teach them how to live, and help them to bear their burdens, he surely knows nothing as he ought to know.
Gentlemen—I have pointed out the moral uses of true science. Its legitimate fruits are humility, religion, benevolence. As knowledge is means to these high ends of character, they are superior to it, and give to intellectual culture all its permanent worth. The understanding is rightly employed, when it gathers nutriment to feed the will and the affections, to quicken and refine the moral sense, to inspire the sentiment of worship, and build our souls upward towards God, and outward in all generous loves to men. Science, though not religion, as some seem to think, may and should be the fore-court and vestibule of its temple; in its highest elevations, a shining summit like the Delectable mountains, "in the sight of the city, and on the borders of heaven." He who knows any truth has light to guide him in doing the will of God, and attaining a divine manhood, which is the one business of life. Science is thus an ally of faith. The student's calling is a consecrated one. His mission is to stand for truth, and duty, and God, against all shams and expediencies, and mammon-worship, and every false thing that exalts itself against the purities and dignities of life. Such men the times are in urgent request of; men who are ready to stand for ideas, for principles; men who, raised above the consideration of mere material well-being, and all narrow utilitarianism, are ready to consecrate their lives to the service of the True, the Beautiful, and the Good. Next in inconsistency to the selfish and worldly-minded saint, I set down the time-serving, mercenary, undevout scholar.
MONDAY, JUNE 15.
READING OF THESES
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AT THE INSTITUTE HALL.
1. Review of the Wrought Iron Girder Bridge, over the
Hudson River, at Troy, N. Y. Harry D. Pattison,
2. Review of a Jonval Turbine, at the Ogden Mill, Cohoes,
N. Y. William J. Fabian, Lake Forest, 111.
3. Review of the Verrugas Wrought Iron Viaduct, on the
Lima and Oroya Railroad. Enrique C. Zegarra, Piura,
4. Review of the Collective System of the Brooklyn Water
Works. William P. Mason, New York City.
5. Review of the Locomotive Engine, "No. 59," of the
Union Pacific Railroad Co. George W. Carnrick, Troy,
THE INSTITUTE REGATTA.
At 4:00 P.. M., the annual Tub and Shell Races for the championship of the Institute, took place on the Laureate Course, Hudson River, above the dam. A large number of the friends of the students gathered on the banks of the river, and in the various boat houses.
The following gentlemen took part in the Tub Race:
W. L. Fox, Class of '75, J. Bushnell, Jr., Walter F. Crosby, H. B. Duane, H. N. Elmer, H. R. Griffin, Charles G. Griffith, G. E. Ingersoll, W. A. Nicholson, H. Stutzer, C. G. Williams, A. Underwood, F. A. Yeager, of the Class of '77.
The distance rowed was from the shore to a boat anchored out in the river about seventy-five feet, and return. A start was made punctually on time, and for a half hour the spectators were greatly amused by the ineffectual attempts of the contestants to reach the boat. Some who reached this point were unable to turn around, but Mr. Bushnell finally succeeded in this and in returning. He was declared winner of the race, and was awarded the prize.
THE SHELL RACE.
There were three entries for this race, viz: j. A. Hutchinson, Jr., Class of '75, A. G. Baker, Class of '76, and B. B. Newton, Class of '77. The course was three miles with one turn. The Judges were A. J. Swift, graduate of '73, and J. Bushnell, Jr., Class of '77. Charles Nash, Esq., President of the Laureate Club, acted as Referee.
Time made was as follows: Hutchinson, 25:49; Newton, 26:30; Baker, 27:20.
The water, although in tolerable condition, was too rough for fast time.
R. P. I. SEMI-CENTENNIAL CONCERT. BY THE INSTITUTE GLEE CLUB.
RAND'S HALL, JUNE 15, 1874. 8 O'CLOCK, P. M.
PROGRAMME. PART FIRST.
My Home by the Sea. . Chorus
Peter Gray Mr. Zegarra And Glee Club
Piano Duett Messrs. Breese And Lay
Solo—Parting Mr. Ford
Butcher's Dog Mr. House And Glee Club
Quartette Messrs. Zegarra, House, Davis, Mclean
Rig-a-Jig-Jig [new version] Chorus
Quartette « Messrs. Kay, Aldrich, Fox And Chapin
Sweet and Low Chorus
Duett—Larboard Watch Messrs. Ford And Aldrich
Noah's Ark Chorus
Evening Bells Chorus
Duett—Violin and Flute Messrs. Hirst And Geuder
The following notice of the Club accompanied this programme:
The want of an organization on a good basis for the improvement and systematizing of what musical talent could be found in our institution, had been felt for many years. Quartettes and small Choruses were formed among intimate friends, which, from the lack of system, soon died out. On the 25th of October, 1873, a meeting of a few students was held and the foundation of our present Glee Club was laid. For some time we studied a few pieces for our own amusement, and the improvement of what talent we possessed; and not until the following March was a thought entertained of our giving a public entertainment. Our Boat Club had