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“ [48] picnics, sailing parties, and household soirees, in all of which these brilliant literary lights took part. Helen Hunt and Kate Field were often of our company, and Colonel Higginson was always with us.”

Among the frolics of that summer was the mock Commencement, arranged by her and Professor Lane.

I acted as President, Colonel Higginson as my aide; we both marched up the aisle in Oxford caps and gowns. I opened the proceedings by an address in Latin, Greek, and English; and when I turned to Colonel Higginson and called him “fili mihi dilectissime,” he wickedly replied with three bows of such comic gravity that I almost gave way to unbecoming laughter. Not long before this he had published a paper on the Greek goddesses. I therefore assigned as his theme the problem, “How to sacrifice an Irish bull to a Greek goddess.” Colonel George Waring, the well-known engineer, being at that time in charge of a valuable farm in the neighborhood, was invited to discuss “Social small potatoes: how to enlarge their eyes.” An essay on rhinoscopy was given by Fanny Fern, the which I, chalk in hand, illustrated on the blackboard by the following equation:--

Nose+nose+nose =proboscis.

Nose-nose-nose = snub.

A class was called upon for recitations from Mother Goose in seven different languages. At the head of this Professor Goodwin honored us with a Greek version of the “Man in the Moon.” A recent Harvard graduate,

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