Nearly fifty young women received their degree of A. B. a few weeks since at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
The Boston Daily Advertiser
, in mentioning this fact, makes a proper criticism on the trivial names often borne by the young ladies who appear oh the list.
Unfortunately it goes too far in its form of statement, and with that hastiness which sometimes marks even masculine journalists, launches a boomerang that recoils upon the favored youth of its own pet institution, Harvard University.
With just disdain it thus speaks of the young ladies: “No doubt each had properly qualified herself for this distinction.
But when one finds among the names of these graduates Nellies and Carries and Jennies, and even a Virgie and an Annie, it does not seem as if the grave letters A. B. will well become their owners.
One does not see Georgies and Freddies in the list of those graduated at Harvard College
(The italics are my own.)