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title her to exemption, attends school regularly and carries her baby with her." There may be odd features connected with the enforcement of the law, still, for the general good, we will take a few oddities.

SNOW, snow, snow, nothing but snow, all must have felt as they looked out on our campus clad in white for now nearly two months. We have heard many of our old folks talk of the "oldfashioned" snows, when they were young, and we were too, we judge, for many of the times about which they speak we have not a glimmering of recollection-snows up to one's neck and a whole winter in continuance. We are half inclined to believe that thethought-exploded theory of the ancients-that event moves in cycles—was not so badly burst up after all, for here we are back again to old times in winter's snows; and now, should an old-fashioned spring and summer follow on, we are afraid the conclusion, "that things look that way," would be rather hard to resist. Keep your eyes open for the next development, and don't let your prejudices cheat you; remember that facts are stubborn things.

THE Day of Prayer for schools, seminaries and colleges, has come and gone, gladdening the hearts of all students. Some rejoice in the thought that at many firesides they are especially remembered on this day, and at many family altars fervent prayers are made for blessings upon them. If there are any who have no pleasure in such thoughts they can at least find comfort in the fact that study is not required on this day, and thus, as before said, all are made glad. The observing of this day by a continually increasing number of christian people is one of the most hopeful signs for the prosperity of American educational interests, and ultimately of American institutions. The number in our various institutions of learning is estimated at eight millions. Here are represented the public opinion of the future; all commercial, manufacturing, literary, political, and religious enterprises; the future ministers, lawyers, physicians, statesmen, teachers, engineers, scientists, authors, the leaders and controllers of society. Their ideas and principles will determine the character of our institutions. If these are to be pure, noble, and progressive, such principles must be implanted in the plastic minds of those in the process of instruction. To those who believe in the power of prayer these considerations will appear sufficient to insure the observance of the Day of Prayer. The day

was observed at Lafayette by class prayer meetings at eight o'clock in the morning, a meeting of faculty and students at eleven, a students' prayer meeting in the chapel at one P. M., and the usual Thursday evening lecture by the President. Attendance upon all these meetings was voluntary this year. At the eleven o'clock meeting, when the Rev. Mr. Banks was speaking, a feeling of sadness came over us to think that most likely we should not again hear his familiar voice on such occasions. Mr. Banks, during his residence in Easton, has shown his deep interest in his Alma Mater by being present at such times as this, and by his geniality and earnest exhortations has endeared himself to many. But he has resigned the pastorate of the Brainerd Church, and will soon leave Easton. He will be missed by many, and not least by many at the college.

A NUMBER of our subscribers in town have failed to get the MONTHLY, through some defect in the management of the postoffice at this place. From what we can learn there certainly is need of a reform here. We suppose that a post-office is designed for the convenience of the public and not of the postmaster or his assistants. Either our supposition is wrong or else there is something wrong in the Easton office. Let us illustrate what we are trying to get at. Box rents are exceedingly high. Your purse is rather low, so you will do without a box. You inquire at the general delivery for your mail. You get nothing. "That's strange," you say to a friend, "I certainly should have received a newspaper." Your friend asks whether you inquired especially for the paper. You go back and try it, and behold you get your county paper. Now, certainly some arrangement should be made by which you can get your papers and magazines as well as letters without calling for them by name. We are glad, however, to notice one improvement, that of keeping the Lock Box department open till nine P. M. Let us have some more reforms. The grievance above mentioned is not the only one that might be given. If any of our subscribers hereafter fail to get their magazines, perhaps a special request at the postoffice will produce them.

WE wish to encourage all efforts to gain an honest livelihood and should be sorry to injure unjustly any one thus engaged, especially if they belong to the other sex ; but we are strongly tempted to

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say that the way in which a couple of women have plied the trade of bookselling about college is "borous," at least. We were going to use a stronger term, but refrain. At all hours of the day and night they knock for admittance to our rooms. When once they have gained an entrance, no matter how hard pressed by study, (and we are all hard pressed at such times), no matter how strongly you insist that you don't wish to buy, or that "dead broke," they insist upon selling you something, if nothing else at least a Christian Almanac. Many find it impossible to resist the tones of female eloquence, and promise to buy, with the vagne hope of getting the money in some way, how they know not, by the time the book is delivered. We hear of one who was taken to the amount of twenty-four dollars. We sympathize with him. He cannot even console himself with the thought that it was an act of charity, for objects of charity they do not claim to be. We here it whispered that a few (we hope their number may be very small indeed) do not intend to accept the books when delivered. We must condemn such conduct. For, while we agree with you that under the circumstances you were hardly responsible for subscribing, yet we must say that if you had not the nerve to resist the importunities of a woman, you should suffer the consequences, and not cause her loss and trouble after she has "toted" the books up the hill. Take your book and pay for it, or else compromise with her.

ONE of the nicest features of college life is college songs and college singing. Nothing, perhaps, will enliven a crowd of students more quickly than the striking up, by some one of their number, of some familiar song. Every one, whether he can sing or not, joins in. The music is not always very artistic; but each one feels more cheerful for his effort, and this we take it is the true end of music. Some of the most pleasing reminiscences of college life will no doubt be recalled by hearing in the future some of these simple songs. What we would like to see here is some organized effort to advance the musical interests of the college. We have some musicians among us, and when they happen to come together they indulge to a limited extent their love of the art. We believe, however, they have no organization, and of course no stated times for practice. Besides, it is said that some of our former poets have written songs that would compare favorably with those of other colleges, but no effort has been made to collect them. If we had a musical organization these might be collected, and cultivated voices would make our halls resound with the productions of our own and other colleges. What say our musicians?

OUR Seniors who chose Elocution as their elective study are highly delighted. They have been doing preliminary work thus far, but now take up selections from authors that furnish good exercise for drill. They are now reading the trial scene from Pickwick.

WE Seniors may be thirsty, gentlemen of the faculty. You granted us additional elective studies at our request, and here we are still crying for more. Can't we have lectures on the Fine Arts next term? We have been having our ideas of the beautiful rubbed up lately, and now come to you with a request for the lectures proposed by way of a finishing touch.

We do not like to find fault, and especially with anything connected with our own college. The management of most of the departments thereof is commendable. Perhaps we are too young and inexperienced to criticise; but after a stay of nearly four years, during which time we have tried to keep at least one eye open, we cannot dispel the conviction that the management of the department of grounds and buildings might be improved. We shall not specify what reforms we think are needed. They are patent to many; to some even among the faculty, if we may judge from certain words let fall now and then. No harm at least would be done if those in authority should take measures to investigate this subject.

A CATALOGUE of Alumni, which has been in course of preparation for some time, will soon be ready for publication.

We look to our subscribers to come forward with their subscriptions. Printer's bills are due, and "the wherewithal" not on hand to meet them. Don't forget us then, but as you see this notice put aside $2.00, and mail to our Secretary, who will be happy to acknowledge all receipts. The following subscriptions have been received since our last issue :

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Howard Smith, R. Jameson, R. J. Wright, L. B. Walker. James Bacon, J. W. Wilson, C. P. G. Scott, M. L. Cook. W. Springer, Turner, Carey, T. C. Galbreath, W. E. Thomas, J. B. Robinson, Frank Boyle, J. Besson, Rumer, C. Parke, Aug. Raymond, H. M. Struble, Dr. Eckard, E. H. Andrews, Shipman, S. W. Shadle, Kin Kead, Crawford, Frank E. Miller, H. T. Lee, Mrs.

R. Williams,
Jackson, M. Bixby, A. A. Richards,
Sullivan, T. McNinch.

Manly, St. Clair, J. M.
W. H. Armstrong, E. Emmons.

LAFAYETTE AND EASTON.

PROFESSOR JAMES H. COFFIN, LL. D.

The following sketch we have taken from the Easton Free Press, having carefully revised it and corrected a number of errors.

James Henry Coffin was born at Williamsburg, near Northampton, Mass., Sept. 6, 1806, and was sixty-six years and five months old at the time of his death. Being left a poor orphan, he went to live with his uncle, the Rev. Moses Hallock, under whose care he was educated. He graduated at Amherst College in 1828. After leaving college he engaged in teaching in Massachusetts, entering upon a profession in which he continued until the day of his death. established one of the first manual labor schools in the country, at Greenfield, Mass., which was known as the Fellenberg Academy. While principal of this academy he published his first book, a volume of fifty-two pages, on Book-Keeping. This was the first of several valuable volumes, which from time to time, throughout his long and useful life, have been given to the world. Leaving Greenfield in 1835, he went to Ogdensburg, N. Y., to take charge of a school there. Here he remained till 1838. His scientific life dates from this time. Here he became interested in Meteorology. Among other labors in this directiou he was employed by the State of New York to investigate the subject of rain fall along the Erie canal. In 1838 he left Ogdensburg to become a tutor in Williams College, where he remained five years. Here he published a work on the mode of calculating lunar eclipses, which was extensively used. During the same period he devised the erection and superintended the building of the Greylock Observatory on Saddle Mountain. In this observatory he placed the first combined, selfregistering instrument to determine the direction, velocity and moisture of winds, ever constructed. An improved instrument for the same purpose he recently presented to the Emperor of Brazil. Dr. Junkin, of Easton, assisted in the construction of this latter instrument. Leaving Williams College in 1843, he spent three years in teaching at Norwalk, Conn. In 1844 an acquaintanceship began, which continued up to the time of the rebellion, between the Professor and Capt. M. F. Morey, U. S. N. Capt. Morey is well known for his investigations into the subject of oceanic cur

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