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invaluable one so far as the Class is concerned. I can only say that I am glad to be here, and to
meet you all. There is a brotherly feeling amongst us; you can walk up to a man and feel
that you can call him Tom, Jim or Dave, no matter how high he may stand in the world. It
seem? to me that our record is one that we should be proud of, and I only hope gentlemen, that
it will continue to improve, and that we may all be permitted to meet here again five years from

Mr. Flanders : — Prof. A, .S. Clark, of the Hartford Deaf and Dumb Asylum,
has been engaged for more than a quarter of a century in the effort to instruct the
unfortunates in that institution, and I will ask him to speak to us to-night.

Mr. Clark : — Mr. Chairman and Classmates, it has been said here to-night that an
Englishman has no sense of humor. Now I wish that Senator Wetmore. who, with myself,
has the honor of being a native of England, were here, for I am sure that he would be able
to demonstrate that a person born in England can see as far as anyone through a brick wall
with a hole in it. Another thing. I am sure that an Englishman of the right sort always
knows a true man when he sees one. I certainly can appreciate the manly qualities of mem-
bers of '67. Entering College as I did. with a poorer preparation than most of my classmates
had. and being limited in other ways. I can yet testify that I have uniformly received from
my classmates courteous treatment and consideration. I am also proud of the fact that mem-
bers of this class have done and are doing not a little to foster and increase a feeling of good
will between America and England.

Reference was made by Burrell to the marked advance our Class has made in the past
five years. I was about to speak of the same thing. The fact gives reason for rejoicing. I
believe that every man in the Class is dominated by a noble purpose to make the most of him-

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self, and to do some distinct good in the world. Some years ago, when it seemed as if a
slight had been placed on the class, I said to Prof. Northrop (whom we all with good reason
admire) : "The class of '67 will be heard from yet." As a class we have perhaps been slow
in showing what we can do, but the class is warming to its work, and the next five years will
witness a degree of achievement far greater than that of the past five years.

I rejoice in all the success that has come to so many of my classmates. Some attained al-
most at once a point of vantage, from which they have ever since exerted a powerful and in-
creasing influence for good. Others have been gradually attaining to positions of honor and
influence. It has been to me a matter of frequent regret that I have been able to do so little
to win renown for the class; but for myself and for others who can do nothing remarkable
there is comfort in the thought that a man is greater than any work he can do, and that,
though he may not achieve greatness, he may fill the position in which God has placed him
with fidelity, perseverance and honor.

Mr. Flanders : — I would like to hear from Mr. Turrell, a prominent and pros-
perous lawyer in the City of New York,

Mr. Turrell : — Classmates, perhaps the first thought in getting on my feet is one of
relief, for I began to feel nervous, for I thought perhaps the Chairman had mistaken my profes-
sion, and was reserving me for a benediction. Perhaps I might relieve my mind by telling
why some of us New York lawyers think there are no lawyers in the West ; when you find
there are seven thousand lawyers in New York City, it makes one apt to think that there are
no other lawyers in the country. I will refer to the youthfulness of '67. If I recollect right,
five years ago we adjourned at i o'clock, when some of us thought it should be 12.30. This
year the fact that we can keep awake so late is an evidence of the youthfulness of the Class of
'67. I can only re-echo the sentiments already expressed. I shall not undertake to reiterate
anything that has been said here to-night. If I did I should be endeavoring to speak in a cer-
tain sense without a subject, and I should violate the great rule of modern eloquence
never to make a speech unless you have something to say, therefore I can only reiterate, ap-
prove, and adopt as my sentiments what has been so satisfactorily said.

Mr. Flanders : — Having exhausted the clergy, we still have some representa-
tives of the profession of teaching among us. Let us hear from Nolen.

Mr. Nolen : — I am a very humble member of the profession. I have kept closer perhaps
to the academic work than almost any other member of the class. My work is wholly teach-
ing the Greek and Latin. I was struck with one remark made by Dodd, and that is that we
are just beginning to be men, to act our parts as men, and in connection with that remark, I
remember a speech made at the sixth anniversary by our friend Wild. He said : "When we


came together at our third anniversary we were boys, but now we are men ; we have been out
in the world: we have been jostled about, and now we come back men at our sixth anni-
versary." I think we have learned something since then. I came across, on the campus,
an old fellow who asked me, "Are you one of the older graduates?" I told him perhaps I
might be called so. "Well," said he, "I belong to the class of 1830. I was looking for
somebody in my Class, and I cannot find anybody, and I thought you looked as gray as any-
body I had seen." I remember that Prof. Woolsey made the remark once that he wished
he might be his own grandson.

Mr. Flanders : — It may be true, as Turrell says, that there are seven thousand
lawyers in the City of New York, but there are certainly not seven thousand as
clean cut lawyers as we have here in this room, and I call upon Ernest Stedman
to talk to us.

Mr. Stedman: — Mr. Chairman. I cannot agree with you that this is the shank of the
evening. It is now a little after 3 o'clock, and the next sawbones who speaks here will cor-
roborate the statement that this is the hour of the night when the human system is at its low-
est state of vitality. I am inclined to agree with Spellman in what he said. I came back here
because I delight in coming back here. I delight in the old friendships that we formed at
Yale. I delight in the associations of this old town, in the old buildings, and the new build-
ings, and I think our class, of all classes, is the last one to find fault with the iiew buildings,
and I hope we will have more buildings. I would propose a toast, a paraphrase of a toast that
I heard a student say last night : Here is a toast to the old buildings that are spared ! Here is
a toast to the new buildings to come.

Mr. Flanders : — We would like to hear from Mr. Chapman.

Mr. Ch.\pm.\n : It is almost too late for me to add anything to what the rest of you
have said. You ask me how I have been, and I say to you I have been up, down, and
all around. I do not know what more to say except to second Andy Swan's motion to

Mr. Flanders: — We would like to hear from Mr. Comstock.

Mr. Comstock : — I think we got out a three-quarters of an hour speech from Andy John-
son once. You will remember he came out with the two words "ad eundem." I think we are
in that condition perhaps, and I want to say that we afe pretty nearly through. I went out
from the College with a reasonable amount of Yale spirit. I also want to say that I have
inspired my own family to that extent that while one son graduated here some years ago
I have a daughter who says she will get her degree of A. B. here yet. I will say that 1


have enjoyed the reunion as well as the others we have had. If the Class goes on for
the next five years, and our standard is raised a little bit higher, what will we be then?

Mr. Flanders : — To one member of this class every member of the Class of
'67 is indebted, and that is to Mr. Wild, of New Haven, from whom we wish to

Mr. Wild: — My classmates, this has been a delightful reunion. Tears of joy come to
me, and prove to me that I love my classmates more than ever. I have two sons, and I trust
that I shall live to see them graduate from Yale. I live here in New Haven, and I hope that
my life will be spared to meet you here five years hence. I am proud that I belong to '67.
In regard to the pictures, Mr. Morse has the addresses of the class ; if those who want them
will send word to him he can send the names to me. The price will be $1 a picture.

Mr. Flanders : — George Brainerd will now speak to us. The best part of the
feast is kept until the last.

Mr. Brainerd : — Mr. Chairman and classmates, thank you for the very kind expression
you have just given utterance to in regard to myself. It is certainly a great pleasure for me
to be present. I think it was Prof. Gibbs who said, regarding a member of our class,
that it was not safe for him if he washed to make a good recitation to trust to the inspiration
of the occasion. Now, that does not apply to our meeting to-night ; there is certainly inspira-
tion enough in the meeting of this class to give words to everyone. It is too late to enter
largely into those feelings and thoughts which naturally arise, but to look into the eyes and
faces of my classmates here is one of the pleasures of life. It is one of the pleasures to each
one of us here that we have been associated in the past so intimately with one another. The
class of '67 has certainly made a mark for itself. We are in the very prime of manhood.
We may look forward to a noble activity in the ordinarv course of nature. We know not
how long for any individual, but the progress will be greater in the future than in the past.
Yale College has a great place in our lives. It always will have. It has a great place in this
country as an educational institution, and I hope that the spirit which has pervaded the students
here, and the graduates wherever they have been, will still continue to be what it has been
in the past. I do not keep in touch with the undergraduate life perhaps as much as some of
you do, but I hope that any prediction or any fear that there shall come into the undergradu-
ate of this institution any other than the true manly democratic spirit, which existed in our
day, will prove false. Now. it is indeed a noble ambition to live and work in the world. It
is indeed a noble ambition to do that which shall reflect glory and honor in any way upon this
institution. We are not all permitted perhaps to take any specially prominent place, but we
can shine with some borrowed and reflected light. I am sure we are ever ready and ever joy-


ful in the success of any Yale man, and when we hear of the promotion of any man in this
institution we are always very glad, but we are especially glad when we hear that that man
belongs to '67. I hope it will be my privilege to meet you men many times in the future.

Mr. Flanders : — There are quite a number of men in our class who have been
and are lawyers, and perhaps more who have been and are business men, but I
think that there are few men who have been business men and lawyers at the same
time, and our friend and classmate, Tallman, from Hartford, comes under that
description, having made a success in his life work, and having identified himself
with the institutions of that city.

Mr. Tallman : — When a committee has been appointed by a corporation, and it has per-
formed its functions, it is usually the privilege of some one to move a vote of thanks upon dis-
solving or discharging that committee. I feel as if you, my classmates, had been acting as a
committee of the whole in entertaining myself and all my classmates this evening. It has
been my privilege to attend all the class meetings. I can truly say that I have enjoyed this
meeting fully as much as any of them. The one thing which has added to the pleasure of
this meeting to myself, and I have no doubt to each of you, has been the presence of those
who have never met with us before. You may remember, some of you. at the quindecennial
meeting when we heard Chairman Collins, whom we all loved, and who in his short life added
much to the fame of '67. and whose memory will always be dear to the class of '67, speak of
those members of the class who were absent, and who wanted to be with us. but who were
detained for various causes owing to the ill success they had met with in life, and who on
that account did not want to be with those who had been more successful. The period of
thirty years is long or short according to the point of view that we get of it. I have been
reminded to-night of the class of 'zi when they celebrated their thirtieth anniversary on the
eve of our graduation. My father was a member of that class, and at his invitation I accom-
panied him to a meeting at Prof. Goodrich's. Who is there of us to-night that feels that we
are old, that feels that we have lost any portion of our usefulness in life?

Mr. Morse : — I just want to say one word to those who have never before at-
tended a class meeting. I want to ask each of them if they do not think it is worth
while to come to the next meeting. (All assented.)

Mr. Allen stated that Mr. Newlands had sent a telegram to the effect that he
expected to be here, but could not get away from Washington.

The Class then sang "Auld Lang Syne," and the meeting adjourned at 5
A. M.



Alumni Hall, New Haven, June 29th, JO A. M., J 897.


I wanted, Mr. President, to hear more of the older graduates sound the praises of their
classes before I should take the opportunity to say anything about the Class of 1867. It is a
great honor to be born in New Haven. There is no city in the world like New Haven, with
its elms ; there is no university like Yale, and there is no Class that ever went out of Yale
like 1867. I am sure if all these Classes speak, as my friend Dr. Chapin spoke of the
Class of 1847, it will take the heart out of the younger graduates who are here. I felt that
way, gentlemen, when he was speaking of his old Class, but they are not comparable, gentle-
men, with the members of the Class of 1867. Every one knows of the Class of 1867. There
was only one thing in Yale that we were not thoroughly equipped with when we left Yale Col-
lege — we were not properly equipped with wind instruments. The Class of 1867 also was illus-
trious for two or three things, as Dr. Chapin said of his. The Class of 1867 was illustrious —
not to say notorious — for its democratic spirit. We were all in the Class of
1867 on the dead level of calm superiority. There were no leaders among us, but we were all
fighting for the leadership. I see some of the members of 1867 who have been fight-
ing; for leadership ever since. There was Bishop Vincent, Wallace Bruce and George
Adee, but they were nobodies when we were in College. At the senior elections they took
the names of the whole class in three hats, and then drew out forty-five names. I am not
sure that that was not a better plan than prevails to day. I am quite sure they got better men.
.\nd so it was with the Townsends. The Faculty then just put in the names of the whole
class and drew out sixty-seven. It was a great day for '67 when the President announced
the Townsends. That is the way the Townsends were given out. There never was such a
.scramble for leadership in any class in Yale or anywhere else. There was never anything
like it until the combining of those great powers of Europe, which we have marked to-day.
Another characteristic of 1867 was its ambition. We were all fighting for honors all the way
through. We did not all get honors, but the only reason was that there were not honors
enough to go all the way round. We were pretty much all of us defeated for something.
Pretty much everybody got defeated in 1867, because they were all running. We had a tre-
mendous democratic spirit in our Class. The old practice of hazing died out, I think, with us.
There was another practice that came in after hazing went out. It was called "heeling."
That is the very spirit of Uriah Heep. I wish the young men would protest against it. If
the young men of Yale had some of the democratic spirit of hazing they would not bow the
knee to any man. God deliver the fellows of Yale from heeling. One thing more, and I
suppose then my time will be up. Our boys were characterized by the Yale spirit. We came
before new Yale, but we ushered it in, and there was never a class more loyal than 1867.


The old Yale spirit pumps against our ribs more than it ever did before when we come back
to celebrate our thirtieth anniversary; 1867 has Supreme Court Judges, Senators and Repre-
sentatives. We have Consular representatives; we have distinguished ministers and bishops
and doctors, so many that time will not permit even to mention any of them. We are thinking
about the boat race. I want you to think about the influence of our class on boating. Nothing
but modesty prevents me from going into particulars. I want to keep my class in the back-
ground as much as possible. (Laughter.) We are talking about the Bob Cook stroke. God
bless the Bob Cook stroke and Bob Cook. That is a good prayer for any Yale minister to
utter. We don't care about the country colleges. We came in all right at both races. We
didn't import any boat. We didn't import a stroke. W^e didn't import a trainer. We didn't
import a college cheer, "'Rah, 'rah, 'rah, Yale; God save the Queen." We simply
gave a good Yale cheer, but we got there before Harvard did. If Mr.
Lehman is going to receive a degree from Harvard I want to nominate now a man who
has had a more beneficent and gentlemanly influence on Yale athletics than anyone else, that
modest member of 'd"] who stands behind Bob Cook, George A. Adee, for a title one of these
days. (Applause.) I suppose I ought to sit down now, but not without speaking a word
more about our Class. I heard of a man who was speaking of Omnipotence, and he told of
how Omnipotence was able not only to do great things, but to stoop to the most minute par-
ticulars. The minister said : "He made the grass of the fields ; then he made Behemoth ; then
he made the cataract, the mountains, the rivers and the brooks to go babbling by; he made
man, he made me, and when he made me he made a daisy." (Cheers.) That is what I was
going to say of the Class of 1867. That is all.







3(pte — The star (*) prefixed to a name indicates a deceased member

"We started when the fields were bright,
And shadows all behind us lay ;
From noontide now, till fading light,
The shadows fall the other way."

— Bruce.



*Arthur Herman Adams, eldest son of Herman S. and Sarah Maria (Brooks) Adams,
was born at Florence, Ohio, November 24th, 1847. Died November 24th, 1879, en route to
Japan. He entered the preparatory department of the Delaware University in Ohio, and
remained there three years, finishing the Sophomore year of the regular course. He then
transferred his college connections to Yale, and entered the class of '67 at the beginning of
Junior year in the Fall of 1865.

His father was a druggist in Sandusky, Ohio, for many years. Removing to Cleveland.
Ohio, in the early seventies, he became a partner in the firm of Adams & Fay, importers and
manufacturers of inks.

At the time of his graduation he was undecided as to his future calling, and he spent
the first two years as a teacher of Natural Science in the Delaware Literary Institute at
Franklin, New York. He then entered the Yale Theological Seminary, where he remained
during the years 1869- 1872.


During the years 1872- 1874 he attended the Yale Medical College, and at the same time
taught in Gen. Russell's School, New Haven, Conn. After completing his course at the
Yale Medical School he sailed October 31st, 1874, from San Francisco, Cal., for Japan, as
a Medical Missionary of the A. B. C. F. M. At the time of his death he had been laboring
for several years both as a Missionary and as a physician at Osaka, Japan; was the
head of a benevolent dispensary and the backbone of a drug store; was also Treasurer of
the Mission. In a letter received from fiim in 1877 by the Secretary he wrote that he was
then stationed at Kioto, Japan ; that he had yet to own to himself any share in the decrease
of his patients, but that he believed that he was attaining a reputation that would in time tell
for the advancement of Truth and Righteousness and Christ.

Soon after his graduation on August 31st. 1874. he married and with his wife went to
Japan, and the two labored together in the missionarj' field until June, 1878, when owing
to his wife's health he temporarily left Japan and took her to Southern California. It was
just after leaving her there and on his return to Japan in the Steamer Ciiy of Pekin that he
died, at the age of thirty-two, on November 24th, 1879 (his birthday), of typhoid fever,
which he had contracted in San Francisco, Cal.

In a letter from one of the missionaries to Dr. Adams' parents appears the following:
"Dr. Adams was beloved by us all of every mission, and had a great influence through the
Japanese physicians for the advancement of Christ's Kingdom. God has highly honored you
that He has permitted 3'ou to give such a son to such a cause."

Anothrr states: "As a physician he won for himself an enviable reputation for wisdom
and skill, and, above that, he took hold of our hearts when he came into our families with
an inexplicable power. He was peculiarly dear to every member of the Osaka Station."

Another, writing, says : "This dear young servant of God had started on a career of useful-
ness which, if only prolonged, would have made him eminent, ranking him among the fore-
most of missionaries — those foremost men of the Church of Christ. He had the intellectual
abilities and culture, the business and social tact, the rare enthusiasm that laughs at difficulties
and the consecration which gives everything to Christ and the upbuilding of His own king-
dom in a chosen field, which makes the man of mark, whether at home or abroad."

He married on August 31st, 1874, at Stevensville, Fa., Miss Sarah C. Thomas, daughter
of Rev. Mr. Thomas, and had two children.


Sarah, born Osaka, Japan. March 13th. 1877; died Stevensville, Pa., February 21st, 1883.

Arthur Herman, born Nordhoff, Cal., August 8th, 1879.

.Arthur Herman studied for two years, 1895-1896. in the Lycee Jansen de Saille of Paris,
France. He graduated in 1897, from the Lawrenceville Preparatory School, New Jersey, and
is now a student at Princeton, being a member of the Class of 1901. He is in his eighteenth
year. His mother resides at Wyalusing, Pa.


Linonia, Philosophical Oration, Phi Beta Kappa, 4th in Class.


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Robert Henry Alison, son of Robert Alison, M. D. (University of Pennsj'hania, 1819),
and Elizabeth (Aitken) Alison, was born in Jennerville, Chester County, Pa.. June 8th, 1845.
He was prepared for College at the West Chester Academy, West Chester, Pa., at Peekskill
Military Academy and at Fitchburg, Mass., under a private tutor. He entered '66 in the Sum-
mer of '62; he left that Class at end of second term, Sophomore year, and entered '67 at
beginning of Sophomore year, graduating with the class.

His father, Dr. Robert Alison, was the son of Dr. Francis Alison, Jr. (University of
Pennsylvania, 1770, Department of Arts), a surgeon during the Revolution and grandson of
Rev. Francis Alison, M. A. (Hon. Yale, 1755. Coll. N. J., 1756. D. D., Glasgow, Scotland.

Elizabeth Aitken, his mother, was a daughter of John and Jane Aitken, and Jane Aitken
was a daughter of Captain James and Sarah (Gettys) MacDowell. They were all residents


of Chester County, Pa., and were of that Scottish people which came from the North of Ire-
land to this country early in the eighteenth centurj'.

The subject of our sketch studied medicine, after graduation, at the University of Penn-
sylvania, and received his degree on March 13th, 1869. Was resident physician in the Penn-
sylvania Hospital from j\Iay, 1871. to October, 1872; Port Physician at the Port of Philadel-
phia from February, 1883. to November, 1884, when he removed to Ardmore, Montgomery
County, Pa., where he resides, practicing his profession.


Delta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Phi, D. K. E. and Scroll and Key.



George Augustus Adee, son of George Townsend and Ellen Louise (Henry)

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