was one of the attributes which ‘beckon on to joy and God’) we had calisthenics, using first a wand, then swaying graceful movements with arms and hands to the piano accompaniment of the Russian March
This selection was invariable, the air was never changed.
Embroidery was taught by the resident German teacher.
There was cross-stitch on canvas worked so finely that it resembled tapestry.
There were ottoman covers worked on broadcloth, chenille embroidery that very few attempted, and the height of all ambition, the working of a large figure picture in tapestry that could be framed.
The favorite subject of this composition was a Highlander and a lamb.
We had our secret societies with badges and letters that were exasperating to the uninitiated who could not discover their significance.
There were the ‘L. G's,’ with knife and fork engraved on their buttons.
Lazy Geese they were called by the younger girls, in retaliation for the name of ‘small fry,’ which had been applied to themselves.
The ‘C. C's.’
bore a sunburst, and were dubbed the ‘Celestial Captivators.’
The ‘R. D's,’ said their letters meant Reform Dress, but as we could not see any reform in dress or manners, we gave them silent contempt.
The seniors had a resplendent button, with the Greek letters phi, sigma, phi, that silenced us. Such learning was beyond criticism!
All these minor societies were eclipsed by the Mystic Alliance
, which included all that were eligible by age, sometimes otherwise.
It was termed a literary society, and issued a monthly paper called, The Mystic Wreath
. One or two young Harvard sophomores were allowed to join the Alliance
I only know of one now living, and he is a well-known writer and educator.
The ‘small fry’ were not recognized by these haughty college men, but the ‘small fry’ had eyes and ears, and they used them to advantage.
At the end of the term (there were two terms in the year) there was a reunion.
I saw in the Medford
paper to which I have referred, a copy of an order of exercises