It can be heard far and near because of its high elevation, and when its long continued
ringing is heard, be sure that in some athletic contest the Tufts boys have won. At its installation elaborate services of dedication were held in the chapel.
The college magazine1
says of it—
Professor Lewis grasped the dramatic possibilities of a dedicatory service in which the bell itself should play a speaking part.
The program began with an invocation, and the class song was sung by Frank Lincoln Pierce
, who sang it on the ‘98 Class Day. The president of the class, John Albert Cousins, next presented the bell, which was accepted by President Hamilton
The ode was by Clara Ransom
of ‘98, for Tufts
was then co-educational.
Passages from Schiller
's ‘Lay of the Bell
’ were next sung, and at the words, ‘She is moving, sways, sways,’ the first stroke of the bell was given by the college president.
Then followed the
Act of Dedication—To Prayer, to Mourning, to Work, to Jubilation, and as the Voice of Alma Mater
by the president.
At each pronouncement there was response by the choir and bell
. During all the exercises the audience had been seated.
It now arose and joined in singing a stanza of the college song, pausing before the final sentence, when the pealing of the bell was heard.
We were somewhat startled a few months ago on reading in the morning paper that this bell had fallen ‘to the stone floor of the chapel,’ owing to the vigorous ringing of the Jackson College girls
, in jubilation about Tufts
' victory over Bowdoin
in the foot-ball game.
But like other newspaper reports, a slight accident was much overdrawn.
The girls had two strings to their bow, i.e
., the bell rope and the cord of the tolling hammer, and the two do not work properly together.
The composition of this bell is seventy-eight per cent.
copper and twenty-two per cent. imported