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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The close of the War (search)
oy and exhilaration. To many it was the happiest day they had ever known. President Hill was seen holding a long and earnest conversation with Agassiz on the path towards his house. The professors threw aside their contemplated work. Every man went to drink a glass of wine with his best friend, and to discuss the fortunes of the republic. The ball-players set off for the Delta, where Memorial Hall now stands, to organize a full match game; the billiard experts started a tournament on Mr. Lyon's new tables; and the rowing men set off for a three-hours' pull down Boston harbor. Others collected in groups and discussed the future of their country with the natural precocity of youthful minds. Here, said a Boston cousin of the two young Lowells, to a pink-faced, sandy-haired ball-player, you are opposed to capital punishment; do you think Jeff. Davis ought to be hung? Just at present, replied the latter, I am more in favor of suspending Jeff. Davis than of suspending the law, --a