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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The close of the War (search)
e so. This naive confession made his audience like him. It is a curious geneological fact that Professor Pierce had a son named after him who would seem to have been born in mirth, to have lived in comedy, and died in a jest. He was a college Yorick who produced roars of laughter in the Dicky and Hasty Pudding clubs. Another son, called affectionately by the students Jimmy Mills, was also noted for his wit, and much respected as an admirable instructor. Doctor Holmes says, in Parson Turell's Legacy: Know old Cambridge? Hope you do.- Born there? Don't say so! I was too. (Born in a house with a gambrel-roof,-- Standing still, if you must have proof.-Nicest place that ever was seen,-- Colleges red and Common green, Sidewalks brownish with trees between. This describes Cambridge as it was forty years since. In spite of its timid conservatism and rather donnish society, as Professor Child termed it, it was one of the pleasantest places to live in on this side the Atlantic.