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THE SUMMER SESSION of the University is conducted primari-
ly in the interests of the public school teachers of the State, (traduates
of the University who are engaged in teaching will he interested particu-
larly in the (iUADUATE WORK that is ottered during the Summer Ses-
sion. Former s^tudents of the University who have not Keen able to
attend the regular sessions long enough to earn their degrees will lind
many courses offered during the Summer adapted to their needs. Full
credit toward Bachelor's and Master's degrees is given for Summer-
Session work.

All high-school teachers of Illinois, and all other teachers of the State
who are (lUaliTHMl to enter the University as regular students are granted
scholarshii)s e.\cnii)ting them from the payment of tuition in the Summer

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Our Nestors

Edmund J. James 5

Doings at Illinois in '91

C. A. Kiler, '92.. ..9

Peggy Cuts a Date

Miriam Gerlach, '11 16

Football Practices


Studies and Other Things

Thomas ArlJe Cla)-l\ '90 24

Illinois Loyalty S9NG (A Verse for the Home-Comers.)

.' TJiacher Hoivland Guild 32

The Day of the Rose

Gertrude Fleming, '12 34

Student Activities
"Or if You Win"
"The Loves of Billy


E<(lpli Tieije, '10 46

Margaret Bupuy, '12 54









It is a great privilege for an educational institu-
tion to have in its faculty men of long experience and
thorough knowledge of local conditions.

It is. of course, a still great privilege when these
nestors of the University are men of strong person-
ality, and of great mental and moral power.

Such has been the privilege of the University of
Illinois. Today, more than forty years after the open-
ing of the institution, we still count among our num-
bers, as vigorous, active, influential forces, two men
who began their work when the University opened its
doors. Samuel Walker Shattuck came to the Univer-
sity of Illinois in the autumn of 1868 as assistant pro-
fessor of mathematics and instructor in military tactics.
Thomas Jonathan Burrill started his career as teacher
in the University of Illinois on the 20th of April, 1868,
somewhat more than month after the first class was
called to order in the University and three months
later he was made assistant professor of natural history
and botany.

Professor Shattuck entered the Union army during
the Civil War, in the summer of 1863 and served with
the Eighth A^ermont Infantry until it was mustered out
of service in June, 1865. He was appointed full pro-
fessor of mathematics in 1871 in the University of
Illinois. In those early days the professor of mathe-
matics had many things to do besides teach mathematics.
He taught civil engineering. For many years he did
the surveying for the University. He was acting presi-
dent for six months in 1873. and was the first vice-
president for two years. He has had practical charge
of the business affairs of the University since 1873


and as business manager and comptroller he has. in
addition to his service as a teacher, rendered most ef-
ficient help to the University. Dr. Draper, in whose
administration Professor Shattuck was appointed to the
position of comptroller, has well said that the real
financial manager of a great and growing institution
must necessarily be a man of sense and outlook and of
nerve. He must be much more than a custodian or a
bookkeeper. If something which needs money most
be done he must find the money. He must pay the
bills when due and guard the credit of the institution.
He must at the same time keep his balances on the safe
side of the ledger. He must keep graft out. He must
be ready to make a statement of balances every day.
He must be able to explain every detail at any minute,
and he must never fail to appear to be more anxious for
an examination of his books than for his dinner. If
the university is a state university he needs to know
about men and afifairs, politicians and statesmen as well
as about sciences and philosophies and students and
professors. He added further that for more than forty
years Samuel Walker Shattuck has been giving his re-
finement of character, his native dignity of bearing, his
learning, his knowledge of men, his interest in students,
his habit of taking care, and his unostentatious trust in
God to the making of the University of Illinois. It has
all been marked by the spirit of the teacher, the pre-
cision of the soldier and the good judgment and the
dignified bearing of the independent man of affairs
that he is. It is doubtful if the University has ever
had a greater gift.

I can heartily re-echo these sentiments. I have
found Professor Shattuck, during the six years of my
administration, a most safe and trustworthy adviser,
and one whose conduct of affairs has been in every
respect a model.

There are some men into whose presence you can
never come without standing up a little straighter,
throwing your shoulders back a little further, looking
up a little higher, and out a little further, — in other
words in whose presence you experience a real moral
uplift. Samuel Walker Shattuck is one of these, and



the University of Illinois is to be congratulated upon the
fact that such a man has spent forty years in its service.

Dr. Thomas Jonathan Burrill has been the other
pillar of strength on whom the University has leaned
for these many years. As professor of botany Dr. Bur-
rill has won a distinguished place for himself and for
the University in the ranks of scientific men. His first
published paper was a report to the board of trustees
in 1869, and from that time numerous papers and ar-
ticles on various topics have appeared in scientific and
other periodicals as well as in the collections of the Ex-
periment Station. Some of these papers are upon a sub-
ject which he was the first to discuss on either side of
the water, namely, the bacterial origin of diseases of
plants and trees. His deductions were scouted for some-
time by foreign investigators, but have since been ac-
cepted everywhere as a notable achievement, to the
credit of American scientists. In the volume on diseases
of economic plants, published in the present year by
the MacAIillan Company, the statement is made that a
series of papers begun by Burrill in 1873 and followed
up by other authorities, contributed to the knowledge
of plant disease and served especially to awaken inter-
est in the problems and to attract students to this field
of- research. In 1879 Burrill, working upon the blight
of the pear and the apple, was the first to attribute to
plant disease a bacterial origin, and in a list of import-
ant events in plant disease and history, it is noted that
in 1869 was made at the University of Illinois the first
University publication in America regarding plant bac-
teriology, and that in 1873 plant pathology was first
taught incidentally with botany in America, by Burrill.
Also that in 1879 ^ 1880 Burrill furnished the first
satisfactory proof of bacterial disease in plants.

These achievements place Dr. Burrill in the very
front rank of American scientists, for large view, wide
outlook, careful and precise investigation.

It was a great loss to the scientific world, but none
the less a gain to the practical world, when Dr. Burrill's
time was so largely mortgaged for administrative duties
in the University of Illinois. He has not only been act-
ing president during the absence of the president or


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(luring the time when n<» proitlent has hecn in -trvKc.
but as (lean of the College of Science, and dean of the
(iraduate School, and vice-president of the institution
he has given his time and strength in large measure to
advancing the general interests of the University. I
know from what jirevious presidents have told me that
his advice, counsel and assistance were indispensable to
them in the performance of their duties, and as for my-
self I do not know how I could have even ap])n>ximately
performed with efficiency the duties which have fallen
to my lot since Ijccoming ])resident of the University,
if I had not had in Dr. lUirriil an unusally wise and loyal

I am sure, however, that my testimony to the part
which these men have played in the life of the Univer-
sity of Illinois is after all of far less significance than
the affection their colleagues and the many generations
of students which have come and gone since they began
their work, have felt toward these Xestors of the insti-
tution. May we be able to live up to the standards of
efficiency and fidelity which they have set for our emu-




C. A. KILER. '92

It is very pleasant to one who fought, bled and
died on the battlefield in and around the old Alain Hall
in the days when class rivalry absorbed the lives of the
students, to be given a chance to recite recollections of
the stirring events of those times. It often falls to my
lot to tell these tales at dinners, parties, and gatherings
of students, so it is with pleasure that I accept this invi-
tation to tell a few stories of the period when life was
young at the University of Illinois.

In my time- University tradition, called

Class upon the Sophomores to break up the Fresh-

ScRAPS man sociable, called for the dumping of the

University cannon into the Boneyard on Hal-

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low'een, and for bogus publications of tlie " Sopho-

Freshmen were told of the terrible things that had
happened to other classes as soon as they reached the
University, but this did not keep each Freshman class
from planning its sociable or from trying to carry out
its plans. As soon as the class was organized a com-
mittee was appointed to arrange for a dinner, with a
program of toasts, followed by a dance. Great secrecy
was observed in making these plans, and w^eeks before
the event each Freshman hid his best suit of clothes, so
the Sophomores couldn't steal them, and arranged to get
out of his room and into these clothes before the so-
phomores could capture him.

The Sophomores would kidnap Freshmen and lock
them up until the party was over. They would take a
barrel of sorgham molasses to the top of the steps of
the hall where the party was to be given, and break the
barrell in such a way that the molasses would run down
the steps and make it impossible for the girls to go up
without leaving their slippers sticking in the oozy

They frequently dug a hole down to a gas main,
then bored into the main and took turns blowing into
the hole until they had forced all the gas back into the
main, thus leaving the hall and the Freshmen in dark-
ness. They would throw the terrible "eye-water," bad
eggs, and l^ottles of hydrogen sulphide into the hall and
make it impossible for any one to stay. I can illustrate
all of this wickedness by telling the experiences of my
own class and it's sociable.

The Sophomores divided themselves into commit-
tees to watch the movements of the officers of the Fresh-
man class and to capture them and those others who
might be apt to appear on the program. It fell to my
lot to be both a speaker and an officer, so I knew
that trouble was headed my way. T lived in Urbana.
but had hidden my " other " suit of clothes — my best
suit — in a friend's house on Park street in Champaign.
because the young lady who was going with me lived
in Cham])aign. \'ery few Freshmen attended classes
•on the (lav of the sociable and none of those who were



managing the party dared to show themselves unaccom-
panied by a member of the Faculty.

I spent the day arranging for the dinner which was
to be given in the Columbian Hotel in Urbana — we were
to dedicate the new hotel, which was then called the
"Caldwell" House, and did not leave until after dark;
I then rode to Champaign in a delivery wagon, put on
my "other" suit, and started after my girl. A carriage
had been ordered to be in front of her house at eight
o'clock, but it would never do for me to go in the car-
riage, so I walked and as I looked east down the street
toward her house, a demon Sophomore was peering at
me from behind each tree. I ran to the alley and then
down the alley to the house. Back of the house was a
"barn, a coal shed, and a hog-pen full of hogs. The coal
shed and barn were locked, so I jumped over the fence
into the hog-pen and lit on one of the hogs ; there was
no time for apologies or explanations, so I hopped out
and ran through the grape arbor into the kitchen — reach-
ing it just in time to hurl curses on the heads of three

Great commotion existed in the house, for it was
filled with Seniors who were making bets as to whether
I would reach this goal of safety or not. Two of the
biggest of these Seniors had promised to get me into the
carriage if I reached the house, so up to now it looked
good. Armed with heavy canes they escorted the scared
girl and the " scareder " boy out to the waiting car-
riage, but when it's door was opened we were nearly
knocked down by the fumes of the " eye-water " with
which the cushions had been saturated. The Sopho-
mores had beat me to that carriage and going to Urbana
in it was impossible.

The stalwart Seniors agreed to put me on a street
car. so we started for the Doane House, which stood
near where the Illinois Central Depot now stands, to get
a car. In those days we had a horse car every half hour
between the towns. Fully a dozen Sophs were follow-
ing, but they did nothing but talk of what they intended
to do to me later. To my intense relief a couple of ladies
boarded the car just before it started — they had been
to a Baptist sociable and one of them had a carving



knife and a huge fork. She was a friend of mine, too,
so I knew that Dick Chester, Jerry Boiiton and others
woukl hterally have to climb over some one's dead body
to get me.

The Sophs threw eye-water in the car and we were
l)Hn(led by it. They tried to throw the car off the track,
but the conductor was a real fighting man- and we finally
reached the Columbian Hotel — odoriferous but happy.
Friends let us have clean clothes and we commenced to
hear the stories of the rest.

Billy Butler was soaked by having a Inicket of
water thrown on him as he went uj) the steps to his
girl's house. He ran away from the Sophs in waiting
and hid in a wagon shop under a pile ofwagon wheels
while the Sophs searched every other spot in the neigh-
borhood. After they had given him up. he went back
for his girl and as his carriage was gone had to use the
street car. Arriving in front of the hotel he ran a gaunt-
let of Sophomores who soaked him with " eye-water "
and just as he entered the building some one threw a
peck measure filled with flour over his head. Imagine a
combination of " eye-water," real water, and flour, and
you will begin to realize what it meant to be a Fresh-
man in the old days.

Jimmie Steele was worried almost to death for fear
he had killed a Sophomore. He was attacked as he was
leaving the home of his girl. He pulled a loose picket oft'
the fence and hit one of his assailants on the head with
it — not knowing it had a nail in the business end. He
heard the scream of agony, saw the red gore come from
the wound, and ran as fast as his girl could run, getting
away — but the .Sophomore was not killed, as some of us
hoped he might l)e — they always got well. We sat down
to the dinner amid all kinds of smells and in all kinds of
clothing — Prep suits, overalls, some without coats, some
with black eyes, but all very happy.

The following year our class determined to show
the Freshmen a good time ; we were going to do away
with the horril)le custom of 1)reaking up their party and
start a reform by giving them a social)le and protecting
them. We went to Danville on a special train and had
dinner in the Aetna House, but when we went to the hall



where we were to dance it had been visited by the Ju-
niors and was filled with the deadly fumes of "eye-
water." We opened the windows, sent out an invita-
tion to the contemptible Juniors to come in and help us
start a new era in University life and went on with the
party. It was of no use, however; the path of the re
former is always strewn with thorns. They kept up a
running fight on us all night. The orchestra was com
posed of "men, women and children," as one of the Ju-
nior girls described it, and was unused to college rowdy-
ism, so they got scared and left us with nothing but a
piano for music. We then and there decided to give up
all hope of reform and to get even by breaking up the
" Junior Ex " — the annual exhibition of the talent pos
sessed by the Junior class.

Weeks were spent learning the details of this "Ju-
nior Ex" and in carefullly choosing the committees who
were to do the work. The Chemists among my class
"broke into the old Chemical Laboratory (now the Law
Building) every night, by climbing in through a transom
and made quantities of "eye-water" — they made it ex-
tra strong, too. This dreaded "eye-water" attacked the
tear ducts in the eyes and caused tears to come very
much against one's will. The next day one's eyes were
red and swollen. Bulbs were made so that we could fasten
them on the front part of the heels of our shoes and
break them on the rounds of chairs without being dis-
covered for we knew we would be carefully watched.

Plans were made for kidnapping the speakers and
locking them in the horse stalls in the old fair grounds,
which occupied the land where the Deke's, the Pi Phi's,
the S. A. E.'s and others now have their homes.

It fell to my lot to go after Tommy Howarth, the
■class orator. He lived on Fourth street in Champaign,
near the Marquette school. It was winter, the roads
were very rough and there were no pavements, so we
knew we had to tie our man hand and foot or he could
not be kept in a carriage while we slowly and painfully
bumped over the mile that lay between his room and the
fair grounds. W'e had plenty of rope, but tying Tommy
was easier to plan than it was to execute. Three of us
invaded his room where he was dressing for the show



and a^kt'<l liini to coiuc along quietly. a> \\c (»utnunil)crc<l
him three to one. Did Tommy come? Xay. nay. Tom-
my went.

He went through a window on the second floor to
the frozen ground below — after hurling a soap dish at
my head. All three of us went after him, and captured
the fighting Junior in front of the Marquette school.
He fought with his fists, his feet, his teeth, his head
and every other hard part of his body. The Marquette
school had not taken up and a million kids surrounded
us. yelling, "A scrap, a sera]), a scrap." They had it
sized u]) right, too. Women came to the front p(»rche>
with their dish aprons on. for it was about one o'clock,
and demanded tliat we let Tommy go and threatened to
call the police.

Personally, I was very willing to let him go. but
Tommy seemed to prefer to stay where he had fastened
his teeth into me and where he could land short body
blows on my ribs. We finally got him into a waiting car-
riage but saw several members of the Faculty coming,
so we got out and ran for the fair grounds, leaving
Tommy in the hands of friends.

Only one Junior was taken to the fair grounds — our
plans were all right, but rough roads, vigilant professors
and a street car accident spoiled them. Xear the corner
of Second street and Springfield avenue, a horse car
filled with people going to the "Junior Ex." ran oflf the
track. A number of ])eople were l)adly hurt, and the
accident was charged up to my class. This charge was
the natural assumption of those who didn't know that
our class men were all busy elsewhere.

The exhibition was held in the chapel in University
Mall — all the performers were there and responded to
the roll call — Tommy Howarth responded. "A l)ird in
the hand is worth two in the bush." He should have
said. "\ bite in the hand is worth two pokes in the
head." Right after the roll call the "eye-water" com-
menced to get busy ; one by one the boys broke the bulbs
and uncovered the Inittles. As the finnes arose and the
audience wept, one old gentleman ])ut his overcoat over
a register from whence came much that smelled and this
made everybody laugh and cry at the same time. The



Juniors gave sort of a program, l)ut tlie Sophomores
were content.

The first color rush occurred in the fall of '91. I
don't know just how it got started, but it was a good one

while it lasted. The Library was then on the
First second floor in the west wing of the University
Color Hall, and it was the headquarters of all classes.
Rush A Freshman. Eddie Quinn by name, had the

temerity to appear with his class colors, and,
of course, this was the signal for a fight. It started in
the Library but got out in the Hall and a hundred husky
boys fought until their clothes were in shreds. A much
beloved Professor tried to stop the fight, but was badly
upset as well as entirely unsuccessful. One of my
friends was thrown down the winding stairs in the west
end of the hall. By some means the fight got to the
lower hall at the main entrance and the crowd was
wedged in so tightly that our great and good friend,
George Hufif. was pushed up above the heads of his fel-
lows. He was always in the center of every scrap — find-
ing himself up in the air, he commenced to swing his
bands to keep his balance, and thus got hold of the gas
fixture that hung above him. Pulling himself up over
the crowd, he broke the gas pipe close up to the ceiling
and the friendly George landed his two hundred and
fifty pounds, together with the gas fixture on the heads
below. This stopped the Color Rush, and likewise stop-
ped the University careers of a number of promising
young men — most of whom are. nevertheless today,

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