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labored for some time under serious embarrassment, and had tried every means in their power to keep their heads above water. To keep out of debt was as much as they found it possible to do. The Glee Club embraced many members of the Boat Club, and as we. grew to have confidence in ourselves, faint murmurs were now and then heard regarding our competency to give a concert to help the Boat Club along. The members of the Boat Club encouraged us by repeated assurance that we would find a lenient public, and probably an enthusiastic audience, consisting as it most probably would of students and their friends. A concert was decided on, to take place about the first of May, but as arrangements for the programme of the Semi-Centennial Celebration were being made and we were invited to take part in it (thus adding a new and pleasant feature for the old graduates, who, under the influence of familiar College songs, will revive old memories of happy days passed at Alma Mater), the time of the concert was changed to June 15th.
Since commencing the sale of our tickets, we have found many outside taking an interest in our concert, and are thankful to them for thus subscribing to an enterprise of whose merits they knew comparatively nothing. Our repertoire embraces no really scientific music, and indeed we have had no time to study and practice music of a very high order; but wTe aim to please in what we have selected, common though it may seem, trusting to the kind indulgence of our friends, who, we think, will not regret having assisted us in a worthy undertaking.
I. G. CLUB.
TUESDAY, JUNE 16.
READING OF THESES
Or^JJ^lDTrj^rrX15TGr CLASS OIF 1874, AT THE INSTITUTE HALL.
6. Review of the Wrought Iron Girder Bridge, over the
Schuylkill River, on Girard Ave., Philadelphia, Pa.
7. Review of the Lake Tunnel of the Cleveland Water
Works. Frank L. Ford, East Cleveland, O.
8. Review of a "Standard Passenger Locomotive Engine,"
Constructed at the Grant Locomotive Works, Paterson,
9. Discussion of the Principal Methods of Constructing
Foundations in Water. Lyman E. Cooley, Canandaigua, N. Y.
10. Review of a Floating Derrick, Department of Docks,
New York City. Alexander P. Gest, Philadelphia, Pa.
A large number of visitors were present at the Reading of the Theses, and among them Chancellor J. V. L. Pruyn, Secretary Woolworth, and Hon.' Martin I. Townsend, of the State Board of University Regents.
The drawings made during this past term by members of various classes were on exhibition, and consisted of topographical and bridge drawings, maps of railroad, hydrographical and compass surveys. The collections of -plants which the members of the class in botany are required to make, were also exhibited.
Hon. and Mrs. J. M. Warren gave a reception to the graduating class, their friends and the alumni, at their residence on Eighth Street, at i o'clock, p. M. The attendance was large, but the ample provision generous hospitality had made within doors, together with the beautiful grounds and charming views without, left nothing wanting for the enjoyment of those present.
OF THE SIXTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE
ASSOCIATION OF GRADUATES,
And Semi-Centennial Celebration of the Institute.
The meeting was regularly organized in Institute Hall, at 2:30 p. M., on Tuesday, June 16th.
In the absence of President Kneass, Vice-President Boiler took the Chair, and after calling the meeting to order, addressed the Association as follows: Gentlemen of the Alumni Association:
In the absence of the President of our Association, it becomes my duty to call this meeting to order and to welcome the Alumni of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, to the scenes of earlier days. The pleasure of any meeting of this character, is tinged with a shade of sadness, as the quickened memory spreads out in panoramic view, the events of the years gone by. The pictures are of varying length, according to our years, but they are all blurred more or less with anxiety and care, disappointments and deferred hopes. Neglected opportunities and unfulfilled resolutions flit by in a ghostly procession, and almost seem for a time to chill the sunnier aspects of the picture.
The story of our undergraduate life comes back to us with almost startling vividness. Our classmates, in eager, hopeful and good natured rivalry, we recall with the alphabetical precision of the Catalogue. How ambitious we all were, and how important we felt. Armed with the degree of Alma Mater, the climax of our Institute life, we felt that we were engineers indeed, with the whole world waiting for our advent. We went forth to conquer, little dreaming that the world judged us by other standards than our own. It no doubt took a longer time with some than with others, to be brought to a realizing sense of the fact that we were barely on the threshold of professional life, when we received the coveted parchment from the hands of the dignified " President of the Board of Trustees." Sooner or later we learned that the only road to success was the old, old one, of commencing life at the beginning, to take the bitter with the sweet, and learn to labor and to wait. So closely linked with our student life, that to speak of one recalls the other, are the Professors, whose dignity it was often our pleasure to ruffle, and whom student fancy christened with names not to be found in the Catalogue. The responsibilty of their office looked differently to us then, and a painstaking discharge of duty on their part was too often regarded as imposing unnecessary restrictions upon us. Such of us who formed intimacies with members of the faculty, had privileges we did not then appreciate, and which now in after years form one of the most delightful pages of our reminiscences.
According to the circular of invitation, you will notice that this is the Semi-Centennial Anniversary of the Institute's life! A half century of work has been accomplished, and to what good purpose, let the speaking pages of the records bear witness. Limited, comparatively speaking, as has been the number of its graduates, hardly a State in the Union but has felt their influence. Few public works of any magnitude now in progress are without Institute representation, and it has a remarkable share in contributing to the material development of the country. Standing alone for years this pioneer school of science has struggled and lived through discouragements of no ordinary character. It has not only had to educate scientific students, but it has also had to educate the public, so far as it could reach, to the idea that theory and practice were not antagonistic, but supplementary