which you probably all read.
These exercises commenced at three o'clock. The graduating class had the usual salutatory in Latin followed by reading in French, German and Spanish, English essay and the valedictory, while the other pupils aided to the best of their ability.
Then came award of prizes, given by some of the visiting committee, and the presentation of a gold medal to each graduate.
If the reunion came in June, and the weather permitted, a collation was served under the trees in the garden, and a number of pupils showed their proficiency in horsemanship.
In the early evening there was a concert given by the pupils, which was followed by social enjoyment and band playing.
I have made mention of the possession of ears and eyes by the small fry. The following is what they heard and saw on one Saturday afternoon. It was the usual custom for the principal to go to Boston
on that day, and some of the Harvard
members of the Alliance
thought it an excellent opportunity for calling.
On this particular Saturday, however, for some reason or other Mrs. Smith
had remained at home, and word reached her that there were visitors for certain young ladies.
The principal received the visitors with a very gracious manner, and asked of what service she might be. One stammered out, ‘We have come to inspect the institution.’
‘Delighted,’ was the reply.
They were taken over the various rooms of the school and studio, and entertained until they showed flagging interest, when, with thanks for the courtesy, they took their departure.
Mystic Hall Seminary only existed in West Medford from February, 1855, to June, 1859.
In the winter of 1858, Mrs. Smith
, having influential friends there.
This was before the strenuous life in America
, and she believed that the time had come in that city for an educational school on the basis of Mystic Hall Seminary.
This plan was carried into operation, and in the fall of 1859 she opened her school at the capital.
Two or three of her graduate teachers accompanied her. She could not have chosen a more unfavorable time.