Last Journal Letter: Notes on Events, May 1889-June 1891

(Printed in The Mount Holyoke, vol. 1, June 1891, pp. 13-14) 


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Our alumnae will naturally turn to the pages where they will find news of their old home and glimpses of the life there. We will tell you what we can, though much has occurred since the date of our last journal - in 1889 - of which we cannot now speak. 

You will like to know a little more about recent improvements in our buildings and grounds. The reception rooms would at once draw your attention. They were beautifully refitted a year ago, through the efforts of the class of '90; the inner room, partly hidden by a portière, is particularly cozy and homelike. 

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Other friends added pictures and the like; a handsome French clock on the mantel, purchased with money sent by the Worcester alumnae, softly counts the flying minutes. Passing on, you enter the familiar "seminary hall." A new carpet in soft shades of brown has just been laid, but little else is changed. You pause to look at three new portraits of old friends: Mrs. Pease, Miss Brigham, Miss Shattuck. On your way toward that well known door that used to admit you to "the office" when you wanted a permission, you discover that the south window on tile east side of the chapel has given place to a door; passing through it, you find yourself in our post office. A few steps before you are long rows of lock-boxes bearing the mystic "U.S." on the bronze frame of each little glass door. Our post-mistress is Miss Helen Flint, who has been teaching some years at Northfield Seminary, and is now about to take the degree of A.B. Our present office, as some of you know, was once No. 146, the room next the dispensary. The "teachers' parlor" was made in the summer of 1889 by removing the partition between the south-wing parlor and the former office. It is a bright, cheerful room, handsomely furnished and decorated by the thoughtful kindness of some of our trustees. It is just large enough for faculty meetings, and for "after-dinner coffee." 

Our President has her private parlors next door, two rooms having been connected. 

In the court you see how the Japanese ivy is spreading over the walls of the gymnasium; while the woodbine politely makes room for its foreign neighbor. The wistaria on the tower has its own way completely, as it is quite too big to be controlled. 

The botanical garden is stretching eastward, and an artificial pond within its borders is nearly ready to be stocked with various aquatic plants which require still water. 

Our usual lecture courses have been given; that on political science by Prof. Clark of Smith College during the fall; Prof. Young's in the winter term, and part of that on the history of art by Prof. Goodyear. The latter suddenly decided to go abroad and left the lecture course unfinished, much to our disappointment. Prof. Kimball's course in physics was given in April. The Seniors are having lectures in Christian Evidences, given by Prof. Gillett of Hartford Theological Seminary. Among other lectures we may mention two of much interest oil historical subjects, from Prof. Woods of the University of New York. Our friend and trustee, Mr. Williston, who was last fall prevailed upon to tell the school of the shipwreck and rescue of himself and family in July, has since given us an interesting and valuable lecture on banks and banking. From time to time during the year, many friends have addressed us, all of whom we would like to name, did our limits allow. On the day of prayer for colleges, Rev. Dr. Burnham of Springfield spoke both morning and evening, with much earnestness and power. Mrs. Gulick was here that day and in the afternoon described her school for Spanish girls at San Sebastian. 

Last term a Christian Endeavor Society was organized, the meetings of which take the place of those formerly held on Sunday evening. The active members number between two and three hundred, including both teachers and students. 

We regret that so much must remain unsaid which we could tell you if you were here. But you will learn many little items from each other about our daily life, and especially in regard to various pleasant entertainments which we have not room to describe - the receptions in honor of Mrs. Mead; that of the Seniors to the Freshmen early in the fall, and those of other classes from time to time, as well as Mrs. Mead's afternoon tea for her old: friends in town. Doubtless our college paper will hereafter keep you well informed. 

MARY O. NUTTING. 


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