Excerpt from The Kaleidoscope, 1914, Vol. 20
In that Sophomore Class, there was only one student who had been a Freshman the year before, unless my memory is sorely at fault; and so we all had to get acquainted with one another as we began our Latin, Greek and Mathematics, each study coming five times a week. There is hardly any better way to indicate the difference between the studies then and now, than to say that when the dozen of us stood before Doctor Atkinson in June, 1869, to receive our diplomas, every one of us had studied everything that every Professor taught! No wonder you open your eyes in amazement! But we had only five Professors. We had no French, no German, no English, no History (not even in the Latin and Greek), and no laboratory courses of any kind. Rev. Dr. Atkinson, our noble and honored President, taught us Mental Philosophy in the Junior year, and Logic, Political Economy, Butler's Analogy and Moral Science in the Senior year. Professor Holladay taught us Chemistry when we were Juniors, and when we were Seniors he taught us Physics, Astronomy and Geology. In those days the chemical symbol for water was ho. Since then the Hydrogen part Of the combination has somehow sneaked up on the Oxygen, even though Oxygen is so sharp, and so h.o is now and has long been, the symbol for water in chemical language.
How about the athletic side of college life at that time? Well, to begin with, we had a gymnasium. It stood on the campus under the big oaks near the south corner of the Fourth Passage. It consisted of a horizontal bar, one pair of parallel bars, and a high frame from the cross-piece, from which there hung two ropes, with an iron ring at the end of each. That constituted our gymnasium, in which various stunts were performed, and from which we derived much pleasurable exercise.
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