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would allow synopsis of the essays
for every one Svas a gem and de-
serves special mention.

Miss Belle Price read the poem
Maude Muller with adjectives sup-
plied. She did her part well, and
her ingenuity in supplying adjec.
fives was wonderful. "Thanks, said
the Judge, a greener draft, From a
steeper hand was never quaffed,"
will show some of the incongruity
in supplying words at random — hit
or miss.

The music was excellent. Messrs.
Hall, Sitton, Richardson, Williams
and Holland furnished delightful
string music. Thev call themselves
the "Mob" — certainly a talented

The piano^was recherche. Misses
Anna Lewis and Mamie King, and
Mesdames W. S. Wilson, H. H.
Perry and A. S. Reid performed
with fine touch. Songs were ex-
quisite — amid such excellence who
can discriminate? Miss Anna Lewis
sang Twijieuham Ferry with its joy-
ous yo hoi-he-o-hoi in inimitable

Miss Pauline Patrick, of Green-
ville, S. C, sang Robin Adaii- beau-
tifully — gloriously. Her voice is
marvelous and her control of it

When the Flowing Tide comes In,
by Miss Belle Pi'ice.and \M1i9pe1ing

Hope, by Misses Belle Price and
Sue A. Chamberlin, were finely

The medals Tfill be awarded to-
day and all did so well that we
think every one has a chance for tb«

The audience was quiet and or-
derly and we congratulate our peo-
ple that they can show so much ap-
preciation of an excellent entertain-
Long live the Corona Hedsera.
Crown of tttj, appropriate wreath
for noble brows! Our college is
blessed with such a crown, and who
shall say which member shines with
the most lustre? All are undimmed.
4 — •— ♦


9 o'clock. — Examination. Survey-
ing, by Prof. Wilson.


10 o'clock. ■ I .1 u
E. J. Perry, Newton. ^

W. B. Jaynes, Richland, S. C,
Find the right and then maintain it.

L. O. Fisher, Maz«ppa, Duty.

J. B. Stribling, Richland, S. C,
Pause and Reflect.

J. M. Cavender, Ringgold.

Chas. T. Standard, Marietta.

R. E. Junkin, Valley Stores tSicX:
and excused. _, ,

10:30. — Piize drill in mnnunl

11 o'clock. Address to the Corona
Hedsera Society by Dr. P. H. Mell.

Alumni meeting.

3. Delivery of Teachers' Licenses

I Delivery of Prize Medals.
I Frank P. Rice Medal by H. F.
I Wilson, Savannah. t> * < ■ c- ,
I Will F. Jones Prize Medal for
Science. " ' ' "" ' 'M'

I 6 o'clock. — Battalion drill and re-
view by Col. John A. Stephens,
Adjutant General of Georgia.
7:30 o'clock. Champion Debate.
Decora Palaestra and Phi Mu So-

Pres't, Walter S. Coleman, D. P. -,

S., Talking Rock, Ga. - ^

Secretary, Joseph W. Boyd, P. J

M. S., Dahlonega. C

President joro tern, -[7mir,M>vJ *•

Subject: "Should Pardoning ^

Power be Vested in the Chief Ex- -3

ecutive of a State?" sa



AiSrmative — D. P. S. — Henry L. •- "
Brannon, BKckory Flat, Ga.; Nelson^
G. Canning, Flowery Branch, Ga. -T^

Negative— P. M. S.— Frank 0.
Wilson, Egypt, Ga., E. ^. Copelaod,
Dahlonega, Ga. - ^ . - f tUtw uow vua


I ^ Sutton & Son, Publishers.

|Vnblished Daily during Commencement
f N. G. A. OoUege.



Ell. Worley.

FOR THE faculty:

Wni. F. Crusselle.

PHI MU society:

iloRcph W. Boyd.
JuiiicH A. Warcllaw.


"Williiiin C. Martin.
Walter S. Colemau.




MiHS Belle S. Price.

lAHMNEGA, Ga., June 11, 1884.

To-Morrow We Die.

With to-morrow's issue closes the
ihorfc but brilliant career of the
Daily Sional. We shall go up into
lO high mountain, after the example
if Aaron, and taking off our robes
ie down and die, but shall bravely
eet our doom right here in Dah-
lonega where we were born.

We have found life ewtet — court-
Bd and flattered by the brightest
md best of the land — sought after
j,nd bought by beauty and chivalry
nd intellect — and we cannot say
but we are loth to 'give up a hold
an existence. But it is the common
lot of all things earthly, and we
yield to the decree of fate. We
lave fulfilled our mission. We have
erved our purpose on earth. Wo
fo hence, but not without the hope
of a future existence — a "better day
,0 come."

We thank those kind artd gcner-
•us gentlemen and ladies who have
o cheerfully aided us by their pat
ronage to accomplish the end of
lur existence; and especially do we
wish to bestow our pai'ting blessing
upon the heads of our zealous, un-
tiring .special reporters, Messrs.
J. Ed. Worley, W. S. Colemau, W.
C. Martin, J. A. Wai-dlaw, J. W.
Boyd, Professor W. F. (^russelle

and Miss Belle S. Price. May they
live long and die happy, every one
of them! !

Our estate will be wound uj^ by
our executors. Messrs. Sutton &
Son. If you owe us anything,
please call on them and settle it. If
we owe you, you will find our estate
solvent, so call and get your pay.

And now dear readers, we must

bid you good bye. To-morrow we

will be too full and you'll be too


"Fare thee well, and if forever
Still forever, fare thee well!"
«-♦ *■



A very fine crowd assembled at
the Chapel yesterday morning.

The i)rogramme for the original
speeches was temporarily postponed
in favor of the prize drill. 14 of
the cadets had been chosen for the

The drill was long and tlie con-
test stubborn. Three quarters of
an hour found Holland, Smith, 0,
and Cobb, H, alone, and an horn-
decided the contest for E. B. Hol-
land, and he was awarded the medal.

At 11 o'clock the Corona Hedaera
Society entered the Chapel, and
were addressed by Chancellor Mell.
The synopsis which we had prepar-
ed would, unless made too lengthy,
fail to do justice to the speech,*and
would give no idea of its simple
beauty to those w'ho did not hear
it. To those that heard it the im-
pression is lasting.

Then came the awarding of medas
by President Lewis. The medal
for best essay was awarded to Miss
M. Belle Sutton. The medal for
best recitation was a-.varded to Miss
Sallie W. K. Price.


At 4 p. m. came the original
speeches. The first, J. B. Teny,
of Murray, subject: Truth and vir-
tue point the only way to true great-
ness. His speech was a splendid
one, and showed considerable talent.
He is impressive, has a fine voice,
and with proper training will make
an orator.

Next, E. J. Perry, Newton, sub-
ject, Seeing the unseen. He handled
his subject so well that it would

have done credit to a more expe-
ried speaker.

Then came W. B. Jaynes, Rich-
land, S. C. subject: Find the right
and maintain it. He is small in
statue, but not in ability and talent.

The fourth sjjeaker, L. O. Fisher
of Milton, subject, Duty. He has
long been known as one of the best
speakers of the college, and very
successfully sustained his reputa-
tiDU. We would be pleased to give
a synopsis of his speech, but time

J. B. Stribling, Richland, S. C,
subject. Pause and reflect. He
plainly showed how all our knowl-
edge of mathematics, science, and
the beauties of nature, depend upon

After the speaking Hon. W. P.
Price came forward to deliver the
teachers' license: Before he com-
mencsd he read a letter from Gen.
Toombs, explaining why he could
not attend. All regret very much
that his health would not permit
him to be with us.

The sjieaker then proceeded to
deliver certificates to fiftp-nine
young men and ladies. He then
gave an account of the history of
the College, showing the vast deal
of good that the institution has
done the state.

Next came the delivery of medals.
The Frank P. Rice medal was won
by Mr. S. S. Pearce. of Rockmart.
This medal was given for the great-
est progress in Latin. It is a per-
fectly beautiful medal, costing one
hundred dollars.

The Will. F. Jones Science medal
was awarded Mr. J. M. Cavender,
Ringgold. Both medals were pre-
sented by Mr. H. E. W^ilson, of

The battalion drill at 5 p. m. was
witnessed by a large ciowd.

The president, W. S. Coleman, of
Talking Rock, introduced Miss Jennie
White, Dahlonega, who charmed; the
audience with a recitation entitled Mc-
Lane's Child. She assumed the tragic
with effective grace and was seated amid
tremendous applause. This formed a
sort of prelude to the event of the
evening — the Champion Debate.

The president then introduced' Col.
R. M. Johnstone, of Bidtimore, Md., as
president pro. tes«. The secjtary, J W
Boyd, Dahlonega, read {he question;

Should pardoning po yet be vested in
the chief executive of a state.

H. L. Brauuon, Hickt ry Flat, opened
for the affirmative with .i synopsis of the

argnmen't for bis side. If himself and
colleague could succeed in proving that
the chief executive possesses the ability,
the honesty, the integrity, if he felt the
responsibility of his duty in t*>e dis-
charge of the functions of pardoning
power, he would claim the question. It
would be the attempt ot the affirmative
to demonstrate that reason, experience,
history, and philosophic observatiou
pointed with unerring certainty to that

F. C. Wilson, of Egypt, was first on
the negative. He did not propose to
maintain that there should be no pardon-
ing power. In many instances pardon
was humane, just, God given; but in ft
regularly organized board selected for
uprightness of prmciple, integrity of
character, honesty of purpose, and the
knowledge of human character and the
law, should be vested the powerto grant
mitigation of punishment. The State
of Georgia convicts over 308 criminitls
annually. Of these a great number ap-
ply for pardon. Can it be maintained
that with all the other duties pertaining
to his office that the executive has the
time to bestow upon each petition care-
ful consideration that a man's life and
liberty demands? One man is more
likely to abuse the power than a set of
men. It is far ea ier to corrupt, pollute
and bribe one man than a number of
men. Expense should not be considered.
Good government should be enjoyed re-
gardless of cost. One man is unable
and incompetent to exercise that discreet
and sound judgment which would re-
sult from a board. The executive is not
always chosen from those skilled in law.
The pardoning power should be vested
in a body thoroughly conversant with
law. Reason indicates that it is but a,
relic of despotic and barbaric monarchy
for pardoning power to be vested in the

N. G. Canning, Flowery Branch, fol-
lowed for the affirmative, and after dis-
posing of the arguments of the negative,
cited the Mosaic Law as sustaining the
affirmative. Also Russia, where the
Czar construes and executes law. Bluck-
stoue holds that monarchy is best, and
there the pardoning power has ever been
in the crown. English government is as
sound and stable, notwithstanding the
crown has been vested with this power
throughout what is almost a past eter-
nity. If the executive needs restraining
let legislation restrain him — if he needs
advice, advise him. When the State
Senate was vested with pardoning power
there were cases of its gross abuse. No
body should be allowed to exercise it
when politics and corruption bold sway,
and favoritism is encouraged. The
larger the body the more likely to ba
govorned by politics. In drafting the
constitution by which pardoning power
is vested, the best intellect in the state
was employed, and it ill became the
negative the deprecate an institution
which had ben handed down through tUe

The negative was closed by E. S. Cope«
land, Dahlonega. Heferring to the hs''

policy of placing this power in the le(;is-
lature, he said he did not want it th«re.
He agreed that in such hands it was un-
safe. He wanted it placed in a boird
with the sole duty to perform this busi-
ness. Fuller and more complete inves-
tigation can be given to each case by a
boird with that duty to perform. let
to one man his volition is more likely to
be be contrary to the wishes of the people
than than that of a board. Bullock, as
governor, pardoned a corrupt friend in
anticipation of conviction. Collusions
between the executive and the offli ers
who have charge of the state fiuaujes,
are dangerously probable. The specker
read from Blackstone and Story, one
showing the inconsistency with democ-
rary to vest the power in the executive,
the other showing it equally inconsistent
with aristocracy.

Mr. Branuon then re-appeared and
amplified the skeleton which he had pre-
sented at first. Why should the execu-
tive be deprived oj this power? Does it
require more ability than the other duties
of the office? The very fact that ht has
been exalted to his high position is a
clear demonstration of the fact that the
people have reposed confidence in him,
and deemed him possessed of the nnces-
sary qualities. Mr. B's argument was
exhaustive throughout, and at its ^lose
the president pro. tem. rendered his de-
cision for the affirmative, and spread
joy in the camp of the Decoras.

The Phi Mus accepted their defeat


9 o'clock. — Examination. Chemis-
try, by Prof. Gaillard.

10 o'clock. Address by Colonel
Samuel Barnett, Washington, Ga.,
subject, Popular Education.

11 o'clock. Address by Colonel
Richard Malcolm Johnstone, of
Baltimore, Md. Subject, Lift: and
Character of Governor Alexandjr H.

Artillery Drill.

7: 30 o'clock. Opening praj er.
Exercises by the gi'aduating class.

Walter S. Coleman, (2d honor)
Talking Rock, Genius. I i

Elnathan W. Coleman, Talking
Rock, rNilQI ^EAPrc >N. |

WiJham C. Martin, Spring Place,

James A. Wills, Jefferson, Si'ience
of Agiiculture. |

James A. Wardlaw, LaFayette,
Ask of the Ages.

Joseph W. Boyd, (first I.onor)
Dahlonega, Lnprove the Pesent
Time. I

Confemng of Degi-ees an 3 pre-
sentation of Diplomas, by P. H.
MeU, D. D., LL. D., Chance lor of
♦hf University of Geoi'sria.


F. C. Hunt, of White, i i here. I

To-day is Commencement Day proper |

John Berry, of Nimblefrill, is at the I

Thos. B. Bell, of Atlanta, was in town

Millard Hunt and lady, of White, are !
in the village.

"Every dog has his day." This un's
havin' his night!

— D. G. Hutcherson, of Cherokee, is
among the visitors here.

Sherman Riley, an old student from
White', came in yesterday.

Miis Harriet McRary, of Hall, is
among the many lady visitors.

Douglas Wikle, of the Cartersville
American, is here taking notes.

Back numbers of the Daily Signl can
be had by calling at the office.

v. B. McGinnes, of Stilesboro, father
of Cadet McGinnes, is in town.

Visitors came in with a rush yesterday
to attend the graduation exercises.

Mr. Frank Asbury and wife, of Pleas-
ant Retreat, are at the Burnside House.

(Jharlie Wikle, of Cartersville, a form-
er student, is smiling around among the

Luther P. Stephens, from Sewanee. an
old student of the college, is in attend-
ance here.

Jesse R. Lumsden, Esq., and wife, of
Nacoochee, are here to see the closing

Capt. R. R. Asbury and wife, of
Pleasant Retreat, came over yesterday

Joseph A. Richardson, Henry Starr,
and Misses Tattie and Alleue Starr, all
of Nacoochee, came in on yesterday.

Yesterday was a good day for medals.
A majority of the medals awarded here
during the last ten years were said to be


SoTTON & Son, Publishers.

Published Daily dttring Commencement

V. G. A. College.



Ed. Worley.


Wm. F. Crusselle.

PHI MU society:

Joseph W. Boyd.
James A. Wardlaw.


William C. Martin.
Walter S. Coleman.


Miss Belle S. Price.

Dahloneoa, Ga., June 1^, 1884.



The programme ojjened at the
Chapel yesterday morning with the
. usual The following was
Buug by the boys:

Ho. bo! V.icatiou days are here,

Hurrah, hurrah' hiirriihl
The Chaucellor he tools here,
Hurrah, linrrnh, hurrah!
The Chancellor he's a good old man,
But he's too fat, uo doubt of that.
For the Chancellor, for the Chaucellor.
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!

Ho, ho! Vacation dav.s have come,
Hurrah, hurrah, htirrab! i

The Chaucelior he too has come.
Hurrah, hurrah, hu.xab!
He loves good boys and we are that,

And we love him, and that's a fact.
Tor the Chancellor, for the Chancellor,

Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!
The first thing of importance was
the addi-ess of Col. Samuel Barnett,
of Washington, Ga., on the subject of
popular education.


My talk to-day comes like molten
metal out of the depths of my
heart. Although popular educa-
tion is my theme, I fear the treat-
ment is not popular. It came out
of my brain — hot, powerfully con-
densed, and this is the first draft.
I ask attention, close, fixed, concen
trated, but not protracted. I see
men of thought among the students.
I throw myself upon you, I trust
you. The subject can be announc-

ed in few words: Needed in Georgia
and the South an Educational
Ground Swell. A deep seated move-
ment as of the solid,eaith itself, its
very body, its rock ribs and moun-
tains with all then- power. It should
be all pervading. The movement
should be molecular, involving the
action of every atom and particle of
society, not merely physical or even
chemical; but physiological and
psychological, of the body and soul
of society. A living, vital, persis-
tent energy is needful. We need
in the South instam-ation magna a
reward of learning. The difficulties
in our way are numerous; we should
appreciate them to be stimulated by
them. They are poverty, a scatter-
ed population, indifference on the
subject, ignorance, political and re
ligious apprehensions. The country
needs to be literally set on fire,
roused, agitated to feel the need;
the platform, press and pulpit
should echo to rouse the people and
secure their co-operation.

Why is education needed? Do
we need argument? Perhaps not,
except to stir up our minds by way
of remembrance. There are in hu-
man life too factors, blood and
breeding. Nature furnishes one,
art the other. Nearly every influ-
ence flelt by man will array itself
on one side or the other. Without
underrating either, we must say
that breeding, training, is the more
important because it alone is man-
ageable. The object of education
is to fit man for life. Life is but a
constant adaption to relations, and
this adaptation is dependant upon
knowledge, and knowledge is but
experience — even self knowledge
is limited to experience. And so
education largely consists of trans-
ferred experience: tranferred by
tradition, word of mouth, by books
the great reservoii' of human experi-
ence. This principle underlies edu-
cation — to fit man through an expe-
rience 1000 times superior to an in-
dividual experience for the mani-
fold and complex life he is to lead.
Even the great factors, blood or
bii'th, is in the long run wonder-
fully affected by training. The
child as born is but a residuum of
ancestral habits, formed by educa-
tion of the ancestors. Develop-
ment IS the chief fsetor. Without
training, the child ^ U die; without
physical training it vill be a dwarf;
without mental traij ug an imbecile.

Without training Napoleon, Alex-
ander the Great, and Csesar, cut off
from civilized man, would but have
reached the statiu'e of a savage

Advancing civilization demands
education: the tendency of the
uneducated is towards barbarism.
Savages cannot live among civilized
people — the Indian races attest the
tendency to extinction. Educate
the children. Education will not
convert an oak into a hickory, but
without it it may be stunted. Edu-
cate the children, the little rills that
make the mighty river.

We have seen the need, difficul-
ties and importance of education;
now the means.

The family relation is the basis
of all civilization — here is the foun-
tain head of education. With limit-
ed means, the best use to be made
of them is to develop the latent
forces. Here occurs a paradox.
Educational supply increases the
demand. Establish a school, and
you establish an appetite for edu-
cation; one child goes, a neighbor
child follows. Send one boy off to
colloge, you have a neighborhood

What should be our aim? Should
it be to teach a maximum number
the rudiments of knowledge, oi to
carry a few lo the tip top of learn-
ing, or to do both? Teach the many
tlie rudiments; some will go on.
The larger thf number taught, the
larger the ambitious number. Give
the keys of knowledge to aU— some
will leaeii tlie penetriilia. Not that
the means of higlier education
sliould be neglected — 1 ut lh«y will

This is now an ftablished maxim
— the means of lower education
si ould be diffused, while that of
higher education should be concen-
trated. I. e , many schools, few
universities. This is adapting tiic
supply to the demand. The diffi-
culties of diffusion are peculiarly
great. Our condition as a people
varies from the sparce population
of some rural districts to the dense
population of the citv. There is
infine room for adaptation. Fortu-
nately at the head of the state de-
partment of education we hsT* a
clear and long bead and a patriotic
heart whose voluntary work, out-
side of his office duties, is of great

The speaker beautifully referred

to the great educators of Georgia
and their adjutants in the c«u<^e.

God bl< 8s him and his labor?,
and may be ever look to DahlonegA
and her mountains, knowing that
the educational idea here is erer
ready to heave up and shake the
earth in support of his correct prin-
ciples and bis set-on-firc zeal.

At the close of Col. Barnetts ad-
dress. President Lewis, in a few
well chosen words, introduced Col.
Richard Malcolm Johnstone, of
Baltimore, Md., whose subject was
the Life and Character of GoTirnor
Alexander H. Stephens. Col. John-
tone was the intimste friend of
Got. Stephens, and bis chosen bio-

The intimacy between the two
fitted the speaker for bis respoau-
ble position. His knowedg* of the
character of his fiiend was grcatlj
aided by a powerful command of
langu.ige, and his hearers were
well paid for their good attention.
The speaker in graphic language
porlraj'ed the early life of Mr. Ste-
phens. How strong feelings of
love were casketeJ in a feeble body,
which was a source of humiliatior.
to him. His early orphanag", and
his struggles and bittf-r irinls of
early life. His y utiiful attach-
ments, so beautiful and ardent,
were .it last crowned with the pur-
est of all — the love tor a noble wo-
man. In vain he struggled and
foiisht his ho|>elc8R passion, only
to n'flke it stronger, and at last
tied fto n the presence f)f the one he
oved, without declaring his ()n8-
sion. In the politicol ticld he
sought coiBfort, finding honor but
no solace.

Later on in life came the lore of
mature j'eare. How strong and
ardent it was, only those who knew
him intamately can conceive. This
affection, too, was undeclared.
When in later years the speaker
asked him why bis passion was un-
declared, his answer camr in a
shrill whisper, almost a hiss:

He could not conceive how a wo-
man could look upon his pigmy
frame with admiration or affection.
His sensibilities were too keen to
bear a woman's scorn.

This keen sensibiiitj went with
him through life. He often sas-
picioned bit political compeers of
regarding hira with piiy ortoc-

«ORi,.p^ liia J. •' - • - "

y nature writhed in the
{ such a feeling. And but '
thing this suspicion, which '
•n ill founded, would hare
bim into the most malig-
men. Alexander Stephens
coward. He eould not hate
et, and he could not hale
without avowed cause,
.hens' whole life was one of
nd affec'ion, ot mental and
tal anguish. He spent his
helping others. His chaii-
were indiscriminate — more
reus than he himself could
His hospitality was unequal-
ii companions unbounded,
■w grand and self-sacrificing
■fe! How fitting that he should
IS he did, on the bosoms of
1 eloved people.

e wish we could devote more
and space to this just tribute
V noble man.

'.'• failed to get the Bynopsis we

ectei, and this feeble attempt

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