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by the Class. Morse was appointed Class Secretary. It was voted that the Class meet in 1873 to celebrate
its Sexennial. An adjournment was then taken until 8.30 P. M.

At that hour the Class again met at the same place, and, after singing a few songs, marched to the
New Haven House, where an excellent and bountiful supper had been provided.


At 1 1 P. M., supper having been finished, the doors were thrown open and the room was immediately
filled with a brilliant audience of ladies and gentlemen to witness the presentation of the Silver Cup.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Warren, with the Class Boy, then entered the room, accompanied by three lady
friends of the family. Mr. Spencer, the President, made an address of welcome; the Class then sang the
Cup Song, composed by P. B. Porter, after which the President introduced Hedge, who made the Presenta-
tion Speech. (This was by far the finest speech ever delivered at a Cup Celebration.)

Mr. Warren replied, thanking the Class on behalf of himself and Mrs. Warren and their son Walter,
and assuring them that both he and Mrs. Warren would see to it that the boy should learn to love and re-
vere '67, and hold himself responsible to us just as he would be to his parents.

The president then pronounced the "benediction," and the audience withdrew. The Class, resolving
itself into the Committee of the Whole, proceeded to respond to the


I. "Alma Mater," Taft; II. "The Class of '67," Payne; III. "Theology," Dexter; IV. "Law," Lamb;
V. "Medicine," Porter; VI. "Teachers," Jennings; VII. "The Married Men," Merriam; VIII. "The
Bachelors," H. W. Walker; IX. "The Business Men," Brother; X. "The Absentees," Goodman; XL "The
Class Dead," Dunning; XII. "The Non-graduates," Sprague.


Then followed the "irregular" toasts, in which the Secretary introduced the Faculty, followed by
short addresses and remarks by most of the members present. Nine rousing cheers and a vote of thanks
were given to Elliott for his efforts in regard to the Triennial, and at 4 A. M. the meeting adjourned. The
Class then marched to the Library, and, gathering round the Ivy, sang the old Ivy Song to the tune "Oft
in the Stilly Night," by Elliot. After nine rousing cheers for '67, the Class dispersed.


The Sexennial meeting of the Class was held in the City of New Haven, Conn., June 25, 1873, in ac-
cordance with the vote of the Class at their Triennial.

At noon on the 25th, a business meeting was held in the Athenaeum. Reynolds was called to the
Chair. The Secretary not being present, Elliot made a few general remarks in regard to the evening's ex-
ercises and nominated Lamb for President of the evening. The Class ratified this and then adjourned.


The Class Supper was held at Redcliffe's, corner of Chapel & Temple streets. The following members
were present:

Graduates. — Adee, C. L. Allen, Betts, Cannon, Davenport, Drake, Elliot, Hart, Ingham, Jennings,
Lamb, Morgan, Morse, Nolen, Partridge, Payne, Porter, Reynolds, Skeels, Tallman, H. W. Walker, Warren,
Wetmore, Wild — 24.

Non-Graduates. — Bacon, Benedict, Bliss, Hobson, Huntington, Spellman — 6; making in all 30.

After an interchange of College greetings, the Class sat down to a well-spread table. Grace was in-
roked by Rev. J. W. Partridge.

The Class Boy, Walter Chester Warren, recited a piece of poetry prepared for him, after which the
President called the meeting to order and made a few opening remarks, which were followed by short ad-
dresses from the different members present.

The meeting was entirely informal, with the exception of Elliot's speech. Jokes and College remi-
niscences, interspersed with songs, enlivened the meeting. The Class voted to meet again in New Haven in
1877 to celebrate its Decennial. At 3.30 A. M. the Class adjourned to the Ivy, where, after singing a song
and embracing "Hen" Walker, the members dispersed.


The Decennial meeting of the Class of '67 was held in the City of New Haven, Conn., June 27, 1877,
in accordance with the vote of the Class at their Sexennial.


The Class met at noon in the President's Lecture-room. There were about 25 or 30 members present.
The meeting was called to order by the Secretary, who nominated Elliot as Chairman of the meeting, which
was carried. The Secretary moved that G. P. Sheldon be appointed to preside at the Class Supper in the
evening. This motion was seconded and carried. A tax of $10 was then levied to defray the expenses of
the supper and the publication of the Class Record.

On motion of Mr. Cannon, it was voted to hold the next meetine of the Class during Commencement
week in the year 1882.

The Secretary informed the Class that the supper would be held at the Tremont House at 9 o'clock, and
urged a prompt attendance. After singing "Bingo" the meeting adjourned.


By a vote of the Executive Committee of the Faculty, Rev. Charles T. Collins represented the Class
at the meeting of the Alumni on the morning of Wednesday, the 27th.


Promptly at 9 o'clock the Class assembled at the Tremont House and, headed by the President and
Secretary, marched into the dining-room and took seats around the well-spread table. The following mem-
bers were present :

Graduates.— Adee, C. L. Allen, Allison, Baldwin, Beecher, Betts, Bishop, Brainerd. Bruce, Cannon,
Carrington, Cartwright, Coe, Collins, Comstock, Davenport, Dexter, DuBois, Dunning, Eddy, Elliot, Gamble',
Harding, Harper, Hartshorn, Ingham, Lamb, INIann, Merriam, Morse, Porter, G. P. Sheldon, Stedman, J. A.
Swan, Tallman, Turrell, Vincent, Wetmore and Wild — 39.

Xon-Graduates. — Bacon, Spellman and Sprague — 3. Total — 42.

Grace was said by Rev. Boyd \'incent, after which the Class paid attention to the supper.

The toasts were almost entirely informal, old reminiscences were recalled, and a very enjoyable even-
ing was passed.

Among the items of interest in the Secretary's report was a letter from Payne, written from Paris,
which was listened to with the deepest attention. At its conclusion the following cable dispatch was an-
nouced :

"Vale College, Xew Haven.
To Morse:
"I join in drinking Vale and '67; we appreciate better to-day the worth of both: "Payne."

Elliot delivered an obituary tribute to the late Henry Weyman \\'alker, and Merriam spoke in regard
to Alexander Johnston. Bishop delivered a poem. A vote of thanks was extended to Elliot and the Secre-
tary for the manner in which they had performed their duties and for the services they had rendered the
Class. Short addresses were made by the different members present. The Secretary introduced the Faculty,
and, after the singing of College songs, the meeting broke up at 4.30 A. M. The Class formed and
marched through the Green to the Lyceum and around the Library Building, and halted in front of the Ivy,
sang a song composed by Porter, entitled "The Dear Old Class," to the tune "Those Evening Bells." Nine
rousing cheers for '67 and the members separated.


Our Quindecennial meeting was held at Savin Rock, at "Hills' Homestead," on Tuesday evening,
June 27, 1882. The meeting was wholly informal, some twenty-five members being present. Adee presided.
Hartshorn spoke for the Clergy, Mann for the Doctors, Spellman for the Law, Bruce on Literature, Morgan
on Business, Dexter on Yale, Davenport for the Married Men, and J. A. Swan for the Bachelors.

Some pleasant interchanges were had with '76, who were celebrating their Sexennial in an adjoining


The Class voted to meet again in 1887, and the meeting broke up at 12 M.


In pursuance with the vote of the Class at their Quindecennial, in 1882, the Vigintennial meeting
was held in New Haven, Conn., June 28, 1887.

At noon on the 28th the Class met in Divinity Hall, some 35 members being present.
The Secretary called the meeting to order and nominated Brooks as Chairman:


The Secretary announced that the Committee had selected Hedge to preside at our Class Supper in the
e'vcning, and moved that the apjiointment be ratified by the Class. Seconded and carried.

Adee moved that a committee of five be appointed by the Chair to draw up resolutions of sympathy
in regard to those of our classmates who had recently died, and that a copy of the same be sent to the
relatives of the deceased. Adee, Baldwin, Elliot, Lamb and Vincent were appointed to serve as such com-
mittee; after some discussion in regard to the resolutions, it was moved and carried that the Committee
report through the Class minutes and transmit a copy of the same to the families of the deceased members.

The Secretary informed the Class that the supper would be served by Delmonico in "Brothers" Hall,
and urged the Class to be promptly on hand at 7 P. M.

After an interchange of Class greetings, the members adjourned to Battell Chapel, and listened to
an oration by Burrell on "The Thinker" and a poem by Bruce, subject, "A Nooning; Yale, 1887."

During the afternoon most of the Class attended the Yale-Harvard ball game, some remained
on the Campus, and a dozen or more, who had brought their wives and children with them, introduced
them to the Class, and this proved one of the pleasantest features of the occasion.

Promptly at 7 o'clock the Class gathered under the tent in front of Alumni Hall and ascended the
familiar steps leading to "Brothers," where the banquet had been prepared. The tables were arranged in
the form of three sides of a hollow square and were beautifully decorated. Fifty-eight were present, as
follows :

Graduates: Adee, Baldwin, Beard, Beechcr, Bissell, Bishop, Brainerd, Brooks, Bruce, Burrell, Car-
rington. Chapman, Chittenden, Clark, Coe, Comstock, Davenport, Dexter, Dodd, DuBois, Elliot, Gamble,
Goodman, Greenwood, Harper, Hartshorn, Hedge, Ingham, Lamb, Mann, Merriam, Morgan, Morse, Nolen,
Peck, Porter, G. Sheldon, H. Sheldon, Skeels, Stedman, Swam, Tallman, Turrell, Vincent, Weston, VVetmore,
Wild, Wilson, Wright — 49.

Non-Graduates: Bacon, Benedict, Bigler, T. H. Edwards, Hazard, Marks, McKinney, Spellman,
Sprague. — 9. Total, 58.

At the close of the repast the President, Thomas Hedge, made one of his characteristic speeches, in
which the glory of the old College Fence was enlarged upon. Speaking on this subject, he said: "And
don't you agree with me, boys, that we learned how to be men, how to be truthful, how to be square, how
to be honorable, how to give value received, right on that fence? I think the best education we got in
College was what we got from one another. That is what I value about Yale College, and that is what I
came here to suggest, that the big thing about Yale College is the life that used to be on the 'fence— the
influence that you and I used to have on one another."

The only regular toast of the evening was delivered by Burrell, "The Class of '67." Speeches were
made by nearly all those present, and the meeting was unanimously conceded to have been one of the best
'67 ever had.

One of the pleasant features of the meeting was the large attendance — the largest '67 ever held,
except the Triennial. We had lost 17 by death and yet out of a possible 87 we had 58 present.

The dinner was the best we ever had, and many members of the Class so reported to the Secretary.
For this the Committee was worthy of all praise— particularly Adee, for his personal efforts in attending
to this part of the programme.

It is but just to say right here that great credit was due to Wild for his untiring and prompt
assistance. He was delegated to provide accommodations in New Haven for all of the Class who desired
them. This duty he fulfilled with rare good judgment and ability. Other members who rendered excellent
service in communicating with the Secretary about absent members were Baldwin, Peck and Vincent.

The Secretary moved that the Class meet in 1892, which motion was seconded and carried.





At noon, on the 28th of June, 1892, the following members of the Class as-
sembled in Old Chapel ; Baldwin, Bissell, Burrell, Butterfield, A. S. Clark, Corn-
stock, Dexter, Dunning, Davenport, Carrington, Chittenden, Lamb, Merriam,
Morse, Nolen, Perkins, Small, Spellman, Stedman, Turrell, Wright, and others.

The Secretary called the Class to order, and nominated Mr. Davenport for
Chairman of the meeting. This motion was seconded and carried.

The Secretary then stated that the Class Committee had seen fit to select Mr.
Burrell to preside at the dinner in the evening, and moved that the Class ratify this
appointment. This was unanimously carried. Mr. Dexter then brought to the at-
tention of those present the matter of the Alumni University Fund, after stating
that a circular letter would be sent to each member of the Class.

Mr. Comstock moved that Mr. Dexter be requested to present the matter of
subscriptions to this Fund ; at the dinner in the evening, this was so ordered.

Mr. Lamb then moved that Mr. Dunning represent the Class at the Alumni
dinner to-morrow afternoon. This motion was seconded by the Secretary, and

The Secretary stated that the dinner would be held in Brothers' Hall, at 7
P. M., and asked that the Class be promptly on hand at that hour. The meeting
then adjourned. WM. H. MORSE,


During the afternoon some of the Class attended the Yale-Harvard ball game.
Some strolled around New Haven exchanging experiences with one another, and
some took it quietly at the New Haven House.



Promptly at 7 P. M., the Class met at Alumni Hall, and, headed by D. J.
Burrell, the president-elect of the evening, and the Secretary led the way to the
dining-room in Old Brothers, in Alumni Hall. Here the Class sat down as
follows :







G. P. Shelden.


C. S. Walker.








A. S. Clark






B. Smith.









N. A. Chapman.






Just before the dinner was over, 'yy, who were celebrating their fifteenth re-
union in Linonia Hall, paid a visit to '67, and through their representative, Mr.
Chapin. made a short speech, presenting the Class with two bottles of Mumm.

Dr. Burrell replied for '67, followed by short speeches from Geo. Adee and
Tom Hedge. Later '67 returned the visit of 'yy, and Davenport presented them
with two bottles of Apollinaris and the good wishes of '67, which were accepted
bv Mr. Barnum.


ADDRESS BY THOMAS HEDGE, '67, at the Alumni Meeting of Yale
University, June 28, J 892.

Gentlemen of the Alumni:

I suppose, Mr. Chairman, that it was in the mind of the Committee, in selecting me to
represent the Class of '67, that, being situated as I am geographically, farthest away from
this College, and during our College course also figuratively, most of the time, on the edge of its
jurisdiction, that if I should respond and be here, the rest of the class might be considered as
present or accounted for. I represent that part of the Class, Air. Chairman, which occupied
a sort of conservative position — far enough from the high oration and prize men to gaze upon
them without smoked glasses, and near enough to those reposeful souls, those philosophical
souls, below first or second dispute, who were always in dread of that dislocation and deposi-
tion which was imminent. Being somewhat experienced in the presentation of excuse papers,
fervent and sometimes effectual, possibly I may be able to say something that will contain a
measure of truth concerning this Class of '67.

It is true, gentlemen of the Alumni, that we have a feeling of perhaps a little less of
charity than that entertained by our distinguished friend of the Class of '52, as we come back
to New Haven — a little grain of jealousy for those who are now in possession. We feel that
we are the only true supplanters, the original Jacobs, and that this is our .place. We have
the same sort of feeling that might have actuated the other son, who was not the prodigal,
when he found the best appropriated by those not less deserving, but younger. We regret
to miss that fence — (applause) — not merely on account of its architectural beauties, but it
represented to us the line of demarcation between the just and the unjust, the elect and those
not yet saved. By it we calculated the lines of longitude and the great circles of the whole
solar system. That was more than a Rubicon to the man who had not yet entered. It
seemed as those heights that veiled the Pacific might have seemed to Balboa, or as that coun-
try which he could not enter might have seemed to Moses ; although we were not Moses, and
the New Haven House was not Pisgah. We miss also the State House, and the Legislature
that used to meet every April at the New Haven House and vote unanimously for shad. I
say we miss those gentlemen, but I was pleased to find that their deliberative functions were
now assumed by the colored waiters. I miss particularly that clock that used to be. on the
old Chapel. I remember how Pitt Holmes and I, one evening — a foggy evening — our
watches being in the custody of Shoninger — for in those days not only salvation was of the
Jews, but they provided for our more conscious and immediate wants. Pitt lighted a match
to see what time it was up there, sixty feet above. It has seemed to me, Mr. Chairman, since,
that we two boys were a type of old heretics and heresy hunters, who tried to make out and
measure the eternities with a brimstone light. We were like them. We were out too late.

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We miss also Professor Loomis' anamometer, that used to be above these towers. The
unsophisticated thought it was meant to measure the direction of the north and east and
various other winds that passed New Haven. We know it was intended to measure the force
and virtue of the prize debates.

But, Mr. President, here we find very little change. In fact, I have somewhat the same
feeling that I had the other two times that I entered Alumni Hall — somewhat remote and cut
off from my base of supplies. I had some interest how in the world I was ever going to get
out. I feel so now.

But. more than all, we miss the old familiar faces — not only those of the hundred and
one of our number who graduated with high hopes twenty-five years ago ; but the urbane,
manly and great-hearted Thatcher, the gifted, many-sided genius, Hadley; that President
who in his place here served his God and country all his life more excellently and faithfully
than his Cardinal namesake ever served his king — the head master of clear thought and plain
expression — our Woolsey — (applause) — and the homely and benignant presence of the old
Governor of the second division (Porter), whose abounding grace far exceeded our abundant
shortcomings and misdemeanors ; whose daily life was illustration and proof of the pleasantness
of wisdom's way and that her paths are peace.

I say, Mr. President, though we came here with .something of a feeling of jealousy, there
is over it all and conquering it all a feeling of brotherhood and of filial affection. As has
been said by every one so modestly, our Class of '67 was not a remarkable class, except in the
smallness of its numbers. We were only one hundred and four. We have had two poets.
They still live, not very actively, but they are still buzzing among the bees. We have gov-
erned Rhode Island — the smallest State, to be sure, but those of us who have paternal ex-
perience will remember that the smallest is always the hardest to govern. We have one
Bishop. We have sent one minister from Dubuque, by the way of Minneapolis, to New York,
to rivet the shaking faith of the Knickerbocker Presbyterians. More than all, we have
the best example, the best proof, that the college athlete can become the full round American
citizen (Adee), a man of affairs, alert, alive, active, sympathetic with old and young, the realiza-
tion of the ancient stanza, "Mens sana in corpore sano. atque rotundo." And to show how dif:^
ficalt it is to get the equation of a college boy, I remember one who was a dropped H, a
forlorn and rejected aspirate, because he could not be equal to Day's Mathematics, who
shortly after, by the vote of an opposing party, was elected and re-elected chief engineer of the
Empire State, and by his maintenance of that great highway which the genius of Clinton
opened, added new lustre to a name already illustrious in American annals. And as for our
lawyers, though I had the gift of tombstones, Mr. Chairman, I should not be able to set forth
the solidity of their merits and the deplorable magnitude of their success.

We alone, Mr. Chairman, can tell how much we love and reverence old Yale. We
rejoice in its prosperity; and whether you call her College or University, whether you call
her queen or empress, we are still her children and her loyal subjects. How much we may
bring her honor by bright achievement, by fair endeavor, by honest life, we can never know.
It remains for those that follow. For in this sea of human life that from generation to gen-


eration shines and surges in this New Haven, the energy and vital swing of this Class of '67
cannot be weighed or measured while its sweep is onward, and never shall be until its
whitened crest shall fall, and, dying, leave its final mark on the ranks of time. (Applause).

REMARKS BY A. E. DUNNING, %ly Alumni Dinner Commencement, J 892.

Mr President: The class of '67 cannot address you as the President of their College
days, and some of our members have waited a quarter of a century before taking their degrees
in order that they might receive them at your hands. They have been slow to insist on the
truth as to their deserts in this matter, perhaps because the truth needed to be reinforced by
loyal service in the walks of business and professional life in order to justify their appeal.
But, sir, you should have heard the sublime confidence expressed at our reunion last night
that in you and the present members of the corporation mercy and truth are met together;
and if the well-earned honors of our class are now impartially bestowed, you will see how
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.

We revere our own noble President Woolsey, whose portrait now looks benignly down
on us. We honor the memory of the great-hearted President Porter, but our ears have always
been open to the march of coming events and the tread of the coming man ; and we have done
what we could to prepare the way for your splendid administration. Long before it was
settled, except in our intuitions and our vision of the finger of destiny pointing to you as
the leader to bring Yale College to the front as a great University, we nearly all married and
arranged for large classes of boys to be placed under your care. We appreciate your efforts
to reward us by providing that the wives of our boys shall receive honors from our Alma

Our class has done no discredit to Yale. Its work in the world as representing the serv-
ice which educated men render society is more varied and comprehensive than we anticipated.
It has adorned the professions, it has made honorable place for itself in the world of traffic,
and it has opened new lines of business. We have also men who have honored the executive
office, who have served in our legislative halls, who preach and practice and guide public
opinion through the press and who value their country's honor more than their own success.

We are glad also to be able to claim for our class some special service in behalf of this
University. Since our day the intellectual guidance given and attainments acquired in order
to obtain a degree have been increased, and provision has also been made for better bodies
with which to do this work, and our class has a hand in this. We are proud that the blue
of Yale has floated in triumph over many an athletic field, and prouder still that her triumphs
have always been fairly won by superior strength and skill, and that one of the class of '67 —
Mr. George Adee — has been able to do so much to create and foster this enthusiasm for ath-
letic sports, to help erect this splendid gymnasium, and build up the spirit which expects to win
success in life and strives for it against all odds. Manhood is developed in this growing de-

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