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Meyer, Wallace (ed.) / The Wisconsin magazine
Volume XIII, Number 5 (February 1916)

H. R. W.
The coward,   pp. Thirty-Thirty-one


Page Thirty


THE WISCONSIN MAGAZiNE
casion of Athenae's anniversary. There
was some opposition to the giving of
prizes, indicating a state of mind
which the modern student finds it hard
to understand. There was also much
opposition to the system of intercolle-
giate oratorical contests which came
some years later. But the desire for
the pleasure of winning was a part of
the new college spirit, and the conser-
vative followers of the old order found
it necessary eventually to accede.
  Little knowledge of the student
stunts" has come to us except in the
minds of a few surviving students of
that day. A few contemporary records
still exist however. One of the most
interesting is that of the burying of
Homer. The 1875 class history tells of
the event as follows: "It was a murky
night in October, when, under the glim-
mering light of a greasy torch marched
the entire classical department to the
'squealing of a wry-necked fife' appro-
priately decorated in Chinese mourn-
ing, the bard of Svmrna on the bier.
The sorrow of the class in parting with
the greatest of all poets was expressed
in an
"Oratio soDhomori classis prima habita
         in cam-o
 iUniversitatis Wisconsinensis'
 'Nunc requiescat in nace'
 and witlh the usual benediction the
 bard of seven cities was entombed to
 the singing of an arrnrouriate renuiem
 in Latin and English Macaronic."
   Just how long this custom was con-
 tinuied is not mentioned. Similar cere-
 monies used to be held in other insti-
 tutions, such as the burying of Euclid
 at -Yale, so Wisconsin can scarcely
 claim originality in this matter. Class
 badges were used in the early seventies
 and possibly before. The members of
the class of 1873, for instance, wore tall
white hats, while other styles were
adopted by other classes. The student
body was not very different perhaps,
from the student body of today.
  During this period the University
had several presidents, none of whom
showed himself the leader who was
needed to crystallize the new elements
in student life and student tendencies.
At last, however, in 1874 a president
wvas found who was an executive, a
teacher, and a man. With his coming
came the culmination of the upward
movement which characterized the pe-
riod after the war, and during his ad-
ministration the foundation was laid
for many of the things which have
made Wisconsin great.
           THE COWARD
           By H. R. W.
                  I.
   The arclight under which the out-
cast stood, sputtered feebly in the fall-
ing snow. A young woman, muffled in
furs and lugging a heavy suitcase,
made her way past him through the
storm.
   "Was that smile for me?" lie thought
 as he stopped shivering long enough
 to pick up the little black glove she
 (drf-ped.
   Shle turned, and seeing she was being
 followed, lastened her gait. The out-
 cast broke into a. run to overtake her.
 Out of the shadow of *a do-rwav, a
 lheavy hand jerked him to a halt.
   "Well, I got va this time," said the
 patrolman. "I'll learn you bums to ga
 scaring women. Wot's this-A black
 glove. She dropped it? Well, ya can't
 prove it by her; she's beat it. Shut up
 now. Ya kin tell it to th' judge in
 the morning."
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