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Washburn, F. E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Vol. 5, No. 2 (May 1901)

Randolph, Isham, et al.
Memories of Prof. Whitney,   pp. 127-145


Page 130


1O <'1 The 11isconsin< Eginyeer .
tle, andl he escaped in the visible darkness of the street, leaving
us laughing heartily at his discomfiture.
  The Societv which he honored bids me bear its message of
condolence and sympathy to votn. When our next roster is pub-
lished, there will be a star opposite the name of N. 0. Whitney,
as there is opposite the names of our many past officers who
have entered into their well earned rest, and some of tis when
we see it will think a thought borrowed of scripture, "another
star in glory."
  I have spoken for my society and his; words unworthy to per-
petuate our feeling for him,-but how shall I speak for myself?
"I would that my tongue could utter the thoughts that arise in
me" as I long for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound
of a voice that is still." True friendship is among the priceless
things of life; wealth cannot buy it, influence cannot make it;
it is born of subtle affinities of mind and heart which are some-
times mutuallv discovered in the very alpha of acquaintance; in
other cases the full recognition comes onlv as the result of long
intercourse; but in either case, unless there comes a loss of those
elements which create the affinities, the friendship goes on until
the omega of life is reached. And who shall say that it will not
endure in unending joy in the life which is beyond the grave?
Alv friendship for him dates back to the days when he was en-
gineer of the Pennsylvania company in charge of its engineering
works of projection, construction and maintenance in the vicin-
ity of Chicago. Our meeting came about through one of those oc-
casional interruptions to the continuity of home life growing out
of changes of residence or some domestic upheaval which sun-
ders the relations of mistress and maid. Both of us were driven
to seek the scanty comfort, to those of home affections, of a
boarding house, and it so chanced that a happy circumstance sent
US to the same dispensary of daily sustenance. There we met
and I saw a man whose gentle demeanor and modest air attracted
me. We became acquainted and I found that the surface out-
croppings were a true index of the worth and kindliness of the
man. The vears have made no halt for him or me since then;
"the valley of Ajalon" has gazed up at no standing moon,
and
science has marched on with rapid stride, laying nature's store-
house uindler contribution, but no shadow has fallen upon the path


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