ball had not yet been regulated according to the rules of Rugby and Harrow.
The last of the pernicious foot-ball fights between Sophomores and Freshmen took place in September, 1863, and commenced in quite a sanguinary manner.
A Sophomore named Wright knocked over Ellis, the captain of the Freshman side, without reason or provocation, and was himself immediately laid prostrate by a red-headed Scotch boy named Roderick Dhu Coe, who seemed to have come to college for the purpose, for he soon aftts, the Freshmen won the game.
It was the first of President Hill's reforms to abolish this brutal and unseemly custom.
The New York game of base-ball, which has since assumed such mammoth proportions, was first introduced in our colleges by Wright and Flagg, of the Class of ‘66; and the first game, which the Cambridge ladies attended, was played on the Delta in May of that year with the Trimountain Club of Boston.
Flagg was the finest catcher in New England at that time; and, although he
attended the Buffalo convention, in 1848, and helped to nominate Martin Van Buren for the Presidency.
He was, however, doing more effective work by assisting Elizur Wright in publishing the Chronotype (the most vigorous of all the anti-slavery papers), both with money and writing; and in a written argument there were few who could equal him. He appears to have been the only person at that time who gave Elizur Wright much support and encouragement.
In 1850 Bird was elected to the State Legislature and worked vigorously for the election of Sumner the ensuing winter.
His chief associates during the past two years had been Charles Francis Adams, the most dd William S. Robinson fell into the habit of dining together and discussing public affairs every Saturday afternoon. It was not long before they were joined by Elizur Wright and Henry Wilson.
Sumner came to dine with them, when he was not in Washington, and Dr. S. G. Howe came with him. The Kansas excitement brought in George L.
op the New York ferry-boats.
Meanwhile, as Mrs. Wright was too ill to be removed, he purchased an is not half as bad as it is represented.
Elizur Wright went and returned with the emphatic reply:ur wager.
Webster then gave him his card, and Wright returned it by writing his name on a piece of looked carefully through them, congratulated Mr. Wright on his good fortune, and handed him two hundizur Wright on the sidewalk and said to him: Mr. Wright, you could have afforded to lose that wager ressmen, and it was a power in the land.
Elizur Wright's services as editor of the Chronotype gavh companies were expelled from the State.
Mr. Wright's insurance reports brought him such celebrimon impulse make a formidable impression.
Mr. Wright, after arguing his case with the insurance c companies then withdrew their business from Mr. Wright and thus reduced his income from twelve thouinsurance company.
As it was a pleasant day Mr. Wright invited his visitor to Pine Hill, where they[55 more...]