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McGfll. B.C.—A Review       ... 16
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To the Students of
McGill University College of British Columbia.
I am indeed delighted to exchange greetings
with fellow students of British Columbia, being
already infected with the optimism of the west and
looking forward to the privilege of sharing in
the solution of some of its problems. You will
have much to teach me in respect to the rapid
development which has occurred in our home land
since I have been away.
I am looking forward with impatience to an
opportunity to meet you face to face. Until that
time, I wish you every success in the preparation
which you are now making for your share in the
improvement of the Province.  If I have understood
conditions correctly, we shall share the privilege
of initiating the development of a Provincial
University, and I shall esteem it a pleasure to
work shoulder to shoulder with you.
I am, Sincerely yours,
Jtt iHfettumam
Late President Alma Mater Society.
Drowned North Arm, May 24th, 1912
Amid these pages of references to students who have this year in sports,
or social and literary activities, brought credit to our college, remembrance
must be had of one good friend who has been taken from us. Because bis
disposition was kindly and he was little given to criticism, this man was
loved by all with whom he came in contact. Because his conduct was genuine,
he won also their esteem. We elected him last year to our highest office, and
he made us glad in our choice by performing all the duties conscientiously
and without ostentation. He was above all else a student, and as such, a
leader in his classes. Yet to help his friends with their studies and their
other college business, he took much time from is own school work.
Mr. Edward C. Muddell's short, self-depreciatory laugh was quite often
heard around our halls last year. His services were frequently in demand.
The ornate cards by the announcement board, bulletining football games or
debates, were the results of intrusions upon his good nature. Part of the
preparatory work, and much of the arduous after-work of our dances was
left to him. He cheerfully paid for the honour of being one of the watchdogs of our treasury by roaming the streets to pay our bills. The resources
of his pacific nature had frequently to be searched to reconcile opposing
opinion in the Alma Mater Society. All things he did without assumption
and without complaint.
"Ed." at the time of his death was probably more prepared than the
rest of us to fight the battle of life. His quietness and shyness was not
weakness. While most of the rest of us preferred to branch into more flowery
paths now and then, he kept his goal constantly in view. And examination
time usually proved the wisdom of his course. His scholarship was of a very
high standard. Formerly a member of Arts '12, in which he took three years
of his course, he entered Science '14, and would have graduated in that
year, B. A. and B. Sc.
It is good to remember Edward Muddell. Although he has gone into higher
service, the fragrance of his life and its faithfulness will live in the hearts
of his friends. He was good all through, and our hearts are sore that he
has gone.
We are glad to have the opportunity of extending our deepest sympathy
to his bereaved parents and friends.
C. 0. S., Arts '14. Freed at last from the ignoble strife with, "original articles," frenzied
finance, and proofs, the editorial mind relaxes, and having suffered patiently
suggestions, advice, instruction and other afflictions for the past three
months, this day is ours and this opportunity. "Semper ego auditor tautum?"
We are indebted to everyone: to generous friends of the college for
financial "encouragement," and to the students and faculty who have given
us of their talents, their time, and their half dollars. "We can but mention
in passing, and offer our thanks, but their courteous support has added much
pleasure to the work of the "Annual" Board.
The Almighty Dollar has pursued us unrelentingly, and we have returned its chase. Those watchdogs of our revenue, the Business Manager
and his satellite, are, even as we go to press, prowling about, with zealous
eye, seeking whom they may devour.
The Art Department, in charge of Mr Agabob, Arts '16, will attract much
interest. The cover design is new and striking, as are the cartoons throughout. The farewell to Alma Mater is particularly apropos, in view of our entrance into the University of British Columbia next year. To the untiring
enthusiasm of the Art Editor much of the Annual's interest is due.
Mr. LeMessurier, Arts '16, has contributed to this department also, and
his effective forecast of "The End" is irresistible.
The Editorial Staff has been a tower of strength to the Editor, and the
quest of the Business Manager has been most creditably pursued. We thank
everyone, and anticipate for the "Annual" a cordial welcome.
Two months ago a notice appeared on the bulletin board to the effect
that the "Annual" would give two prizes of two dollars and a half: (1) For
the best original article, (2) For the best local verse.
We regret to announce that the Board Secretary did not have a rush
of mail thereupon. Only two articles were received; of these one was written
with pencil and literally "chucked" at the Secretary. The "Annual" Board
decided that the prizes could not be awarded.
It does not speak well for the student body that this offer evoked so
little interest. It shows a distinct absence of enthusiasm in the Annual which
cannot to say the least, be encouraging to the "Annual" Board.   This is not Top Row—H. Northrop, G. W. Scott,
Middle Row—J. H. Buchanan,
F. H. Buck, S. F. Moodie (Business Manager), Miss N. Hardy, Miss L. White. C. E. Cairnes
W. J. Agabob, Miss D. Currie (Editor-in-Chief), C. Duncan (Sec'y). Miss S. Chaloner
Bottom Row—Miss G. Story, Miss L. Greggs McGILL  ANNUAL 13
our "Annual," it is yours, and unless the one hundred and eighty students
in M. B. C. feel a personal interest and a personal responsibility, then the
"Annual" is failing in its purpose.
The fifteen students who make up the Board have given their time and
attention to the "Annual," and have made strenuous efforts to pay its bills.
This has taken hours of hard work and hard thinking. The least the others
can do is to take an interest in the work we are doing—perhaps it is not too
much to expect from them a few contributions for our columns.
After the subscription list had gone the round of the student body (one
hundred and eighty students, remember) the Business Manager hopefully
counted the subscriptions — one hundred and ninety-two "Annuals"
sold! At fifty cents, that makes ninety-six dollars from the student body, to
meet the expenses of the "Annual," which, as the last "Annual" of M. B. C.
we have made a special number!
We need not say that we expect more than that. We expect to sell
twice that number, and if every student who has subscribed for ONE copy,
buys TWO, (only one dollar) the "Annual" will pay its expenses. Then the
students will feel they have done something for their "Annual," instead of
smiling quietly and wisely at the explanation of an overworked Business
Manager, who reports a deficit.
W. E. G. MURRAY, Rhodes Scholar Elect
The election of Mr. W. E. G. Murray, Arts '12, as Rhodes scholar for
McGill is very good news to McGill, B. C. Mr. Murray is one of our own boys,
having taken his first year in the little old red college." Our interest has fol-.
lowed him throughout his course, and our expectations were high, nor have
they been disappointed. In addition to his college work last year Mr. Murray
held the responsible office of editor in chief of the "McGill Daily," and, notwithstanding, maintained a high standard of scholarship. An oration on
"Vancouver" given by Mr. Murray in an oratorical contest in Montreal attracted the favorable attention of Sir Chas. Tupper, who recommended its
publication to the Tourist Association for promulgation on the Continent.
We congratulate our alumnus, and wish for him every success. 14 McGI LL  AN N U AL
The announcement that classes in the Provincial University will open in
the fall has been received by our student body with much satisfaction. The
dream of British Columbia is almost a reality, and next year we will be enrolled
in that much talked of institution, the University of British Columbia.
If one can believe the current reports, the President, lately announced,
is the right man in the right place. Dr. Wesbrook comes to us from the
University of Minnesota, but his sojourn in the Southern Republic has taken
nothing from his Canadian loyalty; rather, it has given him breadth of experience and cosmopolitanism of ideas which are essential in a University Head.
Amid the blare of trumpets which will usher in the new regime, we do not
forget our kind foster-mother, McGill, nor the faculty, who have worked so
faithfully for us and with us. They have always been strong supporters of
student interests, and never did we find them indifferent to our problems. We
hope to meet them again, in the university halls.
Arts '14 will have the distinction of being the first graduating class from
this new University, and we hope they will set a standard of scholarship, not
unworthy of the honor.
The establishment of a University so near to Vancouver should awaken
in Vancouver people a deep interest, not only in higher education, but in the
students of higher education. McGill, B. C. is to many people in this city an
almost unknown quantity, and consequently our college life has not been
developed on all sides. We must have the moral support and the heart interest of the citizens of Vancouver, if we would make our college life the best. It
is to be hoped, however, that British Columbia, and Vancouver particularly,
will interest themselves in a personal and close way in their University
students. Top Row—N. Kemp, J. A. McDonald. G. Scott. C. H. Ferguson, D. Ross, C. Muir,  W. S. Taylor (Sec'y), R. M. Miller
Middle Row—C. E. Cairnes (Treas.), Dr. Davidson (Faculty Rep.), S. F. Moodie (Pres.), F. H. Buck (1st Vice-Pres.), Miss L. Pirn (2nd Vice-Pres.), B. H. Howell
Bottom Row—Miss D. Currie ("Annual"), Miss N. Hardy (Asst. Sec'y), Miss N. Wilson, Miss L. Greggs 16 McGILL   ANNUAL
cTHcGILL,   B.C.
A Review
The Editors in issuing the present number of the McGill Annual can scarcely help feeling that this
is destined to be the last of its kind, for though there has been no official announcement of the closing of
our college, or the opening of the new there are signs in plenty that both announcements may be looked for
shortly. Under these circumstances it has seemed natural that there should be some account of the career
of McGill University College of British Columbia.
As far back as 1891 educationalists and others had busied themselves with
the establishment of a University in the Province of British Columbia. Unfortunately local jealousies made their efforts of no avail. No University at
all was better than a University in the wrong place, that is in the other place.
The movement was silently dropped, and it was left to the High School staff
in the City of Vancouver, to find other means of satisfying the demand for
University Education. In their efforts they met with the cordial co-operation
of the board of Trustees of the time.
It was decided to apply to the Legislature for power to do university
work in the High School in affiliation with a recognised Canidian University,
which body, determining the curriculum and conducting the examinations,
would guarantee the effectiveness and thoroughness of the course given. The
legislation necessary was promptly passed in the House, and after some
negotiation, the facts of which are obscure and disputed—for correspondence
was not carefully filed in these days—affiliation for the first year in arts was
granted by McGill University in Montreal which thus as a result of local
solicitation, began its work in the Province. At this stage the staff consisted
of Principal Shaw, Messrs Robinson and Henry and Miss Hunt. In 1901
Messrs J. S. Gordon and Lemuel Robertson joined the staff.
The development of the work made it necessary to apply to the university
for power to do second year work, while the success of the experiment had
been such that the application was readily granted. It was soon found that
university work could not be satisfactorily carried on as an extension of High
School work. The burden of teaching, five hours a day, most of the time
doing university work, was too great for the staff, and two standards of
labour were more or less unsatisfactory under the same roof, and there were
many more considerations which pointed in the same direction.
During the winter of 1904-5 the local staff proposed to university authorities the propriety of replacing affiliation by the establishment of a college
of McGill University in Vancouver, supported in part by the School Board,
in part by friends who might be induced to co-operate. The proposal met
with complete favor in Montreal, and more or less favor in Vancouver, less
rather than more in circles where Machiavellian designs upon our Provincial
autonomy were suspected, more rather than less where no attempt was made
to look below the surface. In the session of 1906 the Provincial Legislature
passed measures establishing the McGill University College of British Co- Rejected M.S.S. Promptly Returned. McGILL   AN N U AL 17
lumbia. In the fall of that year, thanks to the munificence of Sir William
MacDonald, who for three years gave the support so essential in the early
stages of our history, of Hon. F. Carter Cotton, our Chancellor, Hon. Jas.
Dunsmuir, Mr. A. C. Flumerfelt, Mr. R. P. McLennan and Mr. Malkin, work
was commenced with thirty-three students in Arts and fifteen in Applied
Science. The staff as then constituted consisted of Messrs T. C. Shaw, Principal, G. E. Robinson, J. K. Henry, Lemuel Robertson, Henri Chodat, James
Henderson, H. K. Dutcher, J. G. Davidson and D. B. Johnston.
Seven uneventful years have passed since then. Of the staff the Principal
Mr. J. C. Shaw, a man of scholarly interests and a finely tempered gentleman,
soon died, worn out by labours too great for his strength or indeed for
any strength. The others who are still with us were joined from time to time
by Messers G. E. Piper, whose untimely decease will be so long lamented by
his colleagues, A. E. Boak, D. W. Muir, R. E. McNaghten, G. R. Kendall, C. J.
M. Gordon, E. E. Jordan and Miss Isabel Maclnnes.
The enrolment has increased by regular steps from forty-eight to one
hundred and ninety. In Arts the courses offered have been extended so as to
give greater options in the first and second years and to make theoretically
possible all of the six subjects of the third and fourth years demanded
for degree standing—though as a matter of fact no more than three have ever
been taken by any one student, the remaining three being invariably taken at
one of the Eastern Universities. In the session of 1905-6 classes in First Tear
Applied Science were opened and a year later those of second year.
Seven years ago the University College was founded. To one section
of the community it gave a rallying point, to another a target. In either
case it helped powerfully to crystallise sentiment and bring to a decisive
head the inarticulate longings of the people for Higher Education. Not only
so, but it gathered together the nucleus of a University, so that the University
of British Columbia when it comes will find a large student body to fill
the classes of every one of the four years, and to give it a respectable graduating class in the first year of its existence. 18 McGILL   ANNUAL
Principal Robinson was born near Charlottetown, P. E. Id.
He studied at Prince of Wales College and afterwards at Dalhousic
University, Halifax, where he specialized in mathematics under Prof. McDonald. While mathematics had a particular fascination for him he did not
confine himself to so narrow a course of study. His natural taste for literature
led him to absorb much of the culture of the classics and of modern letters.
This taste has remained with him, and even now while ably filling the chair
of mathematics he is an ardent student of literature and considers it the most
important and cultural part of the course.
But-there is another phase of college life, the athletic. It is hardly necessary to remind you that Principal Robinson was half back, and a star of what
was then practically the best Rugby team in Canada. His remarkable coolness and ability to think and act simultaneously made him an ideal half back.
But the Rugby field is not the only place where his presence of mind has
served him. One who knows him says that he has camped, climbed, rowed
and worked with Principal Robinson and has never seen him "phased" or
excited yet.
On leaving college he taught at Charlottetown and became supervisor of
schools there. In '93 he came to the coast with his friends Dr. Robinson and
the late Principal Shaw of Vancouver Highschool. On the death of Principal
Shaw he succeeded to his position. When it was decided that there "should be
a McGill B. C. he was selected as the man best fitted to be its head. Any
eulogy of his in this connection is unnecessary. He solves each new problem
of management as it comes along, with the same precision and the same correctness with which he unravels the mysteries of sine and cosine. D.
Arts '15.  MissN. HARDY
Mr. C DUNCAN J^El£«!<g
It has often been laid to the charge of the Literary and Debating Society
that it lacks initiative and progressiveness. Yet it must be said in fairness
to the Society that the difficulties with which it is confronted are by no
means few or small. Debating is not what might be called a popular art. It
has its own clientele, but it does not appeal so strongly to the students in
general as fobtball or athletics. Thus, while Rugby and field sports flourish,
the Literary Society languishes. It drags out a bare existence from term to
term supported by the efforts of a small minority of the student body.
Dying it may not be, but in a state of coma it certainly is.
The society exists for all, and can only be successful to the degree in
which all are interested. If the students were alive to the possibilities of
the meetings no doubt the attendance would be larger and more enthusiastic.
Interest would be increased and less trouble given to the executive in securing regular debaters. But so long as the attitude adopted is one half suspicion
and the other half supineness, the executive cannot be sure that their efforts
will meet with the commendation they deserve. For though the attitude
of the student body may reflect the spirit of the society, it is no less true that
the attitude of the society is a reflex of the general opinion.
The above is not to be looked upon as a brief in defence of the Debating
Society—its aims are defence enough—but as the under statement rather
than the over-statement of fact. This must also be borne in mind when
reviewing the activities of the past session, that the executive do not seek
to palliate their own shortcomings. They expect criticism, but criticism of
that helpful kind which leads to betterment. Some of them at least have
hopes of a bright future for debating under the wing of the new university.
Perhaps it is not too much to say that a great union such as exists in Oxford
and Cambridge, and in many of the large universities of the East, may yet
be established. A union before which the foremost men of the day will be
pleased to speak, and where discussion on a high plane will take place. It
cannot be brought about in a day but "a word to the wise is sufficient."
Unfortunately the debate scheduled with Columbian College has been
finally cancelled. The latter could not come to terms as to a suitable date,
and now examinations make the meeting impossible. This is regrettable, as
McGill wished to retrieve themselves after last year's defeat and carry off
the final debate between the two colleges. Etfrrarg
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Top Picture—ladies' literary and debating society
Standing—Sybil Chaloner, Laura White, Marjorie Denton, Hazel Shaw
Sitting—Lena Trembath. Gladys Story (Sec'y), Delia Currie (Pres.), Olive Cousins (Vice-Pres.),
Netta Hardy
Standing—R. M. Wilson, W. A. Dawe,  W. L. Frame, A. M. Grant (Sec'y), J. H. Buchanan
Sitting—Miss P.Chapin, G. W. Scott (Pres.), Miss D.Curry (Vice-Pres.) McGILL   ANNUAL 21
In the city league McGill debated against the Law students and McGill
alumni, while Dundas St. defaulted one. A report of the Law debate will
be found elsewhere in our columns. The subject of discussion with the
Alumni was: "Resolved that Britain should adopt compulsory military
training." As it happened, Moodie, who was our leader, could not be present
and Agabob was deputed to act in his stead. Our team, A. McLean and A.
Mclver, in addition to Agabob, argued for the affirmative. It was early
seen that the debate would be keenly contested. Agabob led off with a
carefully reasoned and well worded speech in which he defined the limits
of the subject. Considering that he was standing in the breach for Moodie
he deserves every credit for his display. McLean had shown his mettle before in debate, but was hardly as convincing as usual. So far the issue was
doubtful. But when "Mac" rose to his feet it could be seen that the opposition were in for a hot time. He had lost none of his old time fire and
ability to score off his opponents. The faces of the McGill supporters
beamed after he had finished, for they thought that Holland must need put
up a strong case in order to win the debate. He did not disappoint them. In
fact it would not be saying too much to affirm that his speech won the
debate for the negative. With all due respect to his colleagues, Messrs.
Croft and EJnowling, Holland turned the tide. As far as style is concerned
McGill probably led, but the judges felt justified in granting the debate to
the Alumni.
The usual inter-class debates for the "mystical" championship shield
were held in the college. Two brawny theologues represented Arts '14
against a similar team from Arts '15. The Coal Question which has recently
agitated the housewives of Vancouver occupied their attention for the evening. Messrs A. McLean and F. Buck for the negative let loose a few tons
of "black diamonds" on the scales. When the dust and debris had been
cleared away the champions of Arts '15, Messrs. Mclver and Taylor, were
seen to be fatally injured. In his rebuttal Mac made a brave attempt to
overcome his wounds, but the "Djoctor" decided otherwise. Professors
Henry, Robertson, and Davidson acted as judges.
The final debate in this series took place between representatives of
Arts '14 and Arts '16. After the "Trusts" had been thoroughly vivisected
by Messrs. Northrop and Smith on the affirmative side, Messrs. Miller and
Wallace proceeded to reanimate the subject, and their supporters, by the
use of powerful adjectives. Their expletives proved very successful in restoring life to dead matter, at least the judges thought so. Much diversion
was given during one of the speeches by the "confidential wiggle" of the
speaker. Professor Henry in giving the decision commented on the mis-
pronounciations of the debaters, and advised them to pay more attention to
the form of their speeches. We must not forget to mention the debate between members of the Ladies' Literary and the more pretentious body. It
was of a scholastic nature in that the subject under discussion was "The
Study of Latin." The ladies made a very creditable showing indeed, and
"snowed under" the mere men. Misses Pirn and Dunton upheld the much
neglected classic against Messrs. G. Scott and Luckraft. The attacks of the
latter were in the nature of a forlorn hope, for who could hope to dislodge
Woman from her own castle, Argument? With a battery of quick firing guns
trained on the enemy, the ladies maintained their position and finally routed
their opponents. Miss White, who was one of the judges, had no hesitation in awarding the spoils of victory to the L. L. D. S., but hoped the defeated would live to fight another day. 22 McGILL   ANN U A L
(Extracts from that portion dealing with the school year 1912—13, revised and edited by a sophomore).
The consciousness of being well dressed gives to one of my sex a moral
support, the value of which can scarcely be over-estimated. Thus, the new
green garment in which I had been invested enabled me to face without a
qualm the strange and motley horde of newcomers, who thronged the halls
on October 1, 1912. Many years of experience have trained me to an immovability of countenance, necessary to one in a position of such prominence. I
must confess, however, that I was almost betrayed into a smile. Short and
tall, stout and thin, serious and frivolous, a more heterogeneous gathering than
the freshman class could not have been imagined.
In spite of the many rude shocks attendant upon the opening of the year
(for after a summer of idleness, I find that thumb tacks and pins, stuck at
random in my anatomy, are not conducive to bodily comfort,) I resolved to
bear all with philosophical equanimity. My first duty as official newsvendcr
was to announce to the freshmen that an enterprising sophomore desired to
dispose of second-hand books at half-price. The freshmen class, being an impecunious bunch, no doubt appreciated this offer.
Notices of meetings of the Alma Mater and various affiliated societies,
published by me, indicated that college life was in full swing. None of these
societies imposed upon me to such an extent as the L. L. D. S. Their first
inter-class debate "Resolved, that Lectures should not be abolished, because
they lend by contrast a greater zest to those activities for which one really
comes to college", was won by the juniors. Succeeding announcements bore
the magic word "Refreshments." No doubt these meetings were well attended.   The L. D. S. might profit by the example of the ladies.
The mighty foot-ball squad did battle several times a week. I trust that
results have justified this activity. It is most annoying for me to bear the
announcement of a game, without the reward of hearing the outcome. No
doubt, I might gather information from those who congregate daily to read
my news, were it not that to one of my academical standing the language
of the present generation is almost untranslatable. I hope to occupy the summer months in studying a hand book of modern slang.
I am well acquainted with those of influence in the college world, for they
make me the confidante of all their plans, trusting to my communicativeness
the publication of same. What I appreciate less, however, is the fact that
they use me as a go-between in unpleasant matters. The conversat: To be or
not to be, that was the question which, for a time, was daily discussed upon
my surface. Other things even less pleasant I was forced to bear with that
"philosophical equanimity" afore mentioned. Of these, I shall mention one
species: namely, the "Lost and Found" notices which endeavored to be
humourous. Truly, I am only too pleased to be of service, but I strenuously
object to the somewhat forced witticisms of which I have been forced to be
the purveyor.
In closing my comments on the year past, I wish to say that I appreciate
the great interest the students take in me. From many signs, I judge that my
news is more pleasant than that conveyed by the bulletin board across the hall.
Surely, it is a great tribute to me that one of plebeian extraction should prove
more attractive than the aristocrat.
L. H. M. WHO'S
/. GRAHAM   BRUCE, well known as a mathematican.
2. BILL   WILSON, whose little body lodges a mighty mind.
3. PETE JOHNSON, a familiar figure in the Smoking Room.
4. THE GIBSONS. H. G. and T. I., being zealous patrons of Mrs. Woodside.
5. JIMMY LA WRENCE. travelling companion to Ladies' Basketball Team.
6. The Secretary of the "Annual" Board—C. DUNCAN. McGILL   ANN UAL 23
Ladies' Literary and Debating Society
This society celebrated its fourth birthday on October 10th of last year.
The first meeting was of a business nature and was called to explain to the
large number of Freshmen, who had just been enrolled, the attractions of the
society. The advantages to be gained by becoming a member and the universal scorn incurred through not doing so were hinted at by the President, Miss
Currie, in the humorous address she gave by way of introducing the Freshmen
to the society.
Introductions over, the society retired en masse to the reading room where
refreshments were provided by Arts 14 and 16 for the further delight of the
Freshmen. There has been four inter-class debates arranged this year, for
the winning of the cup, and such is the brilliancy of the Arts 14 orators that it
seems likely that they will carry it off in triumph before the end of the season.
Shortly before the last meeting of the Autumn term rumors were afloat
that the third year girls (who were to be responsible for the entertainment that
afternoon) intended to give papers on Prominent Canadian Women. If certain unlucky wights who gaily entered the meeting that afternoon had had
any suspicion of who those prominent Canadian women would be they would
doubtless have had pressing engagements elsewhere! But, if any feelings
were outraged at that very interesting meeting they must certainly have been
calmed, when, later, Miss Maclnnes, Honorary President of the Society, very
kindly invited all members down to the library for ice cream, cakes and candy.
On February 9th, Mrs. Farris, President of the University Women's Club
gave an address on "The Inheritance of the Canadian Educated Woman." All
the members were present at this meeting and judging from the applause at
the close of the address it was evident that they all fully appreciated Mrs
Farris' kindness in devoting an afternoon to them.
During the first week in February, great curiosity was aroused by an announcement on the bulletin board, to the effect that on February 6th the members of Arts 15 would entertain the Ladies' Lit., with "Local Colour." The
meeting had not progressed very far before it became evident that the
"colour" was certainly very "local" indeed, restricting itself largely to members of the audience. Refreshments were served later by Arts' 15; the lemonade—being quite an innovation to the usual form of post-prandial refreshments
—was greatly enjoyed.
This meeting went off so well, the members of Arts' 15 being celebrated
for the dash and spirit into which they go through life and college, that even
those unfortunates who had attracted so much of the local colour into themselves, admitted that this last afternoon had been "not half bad, rather nice in
fact." For the last meeting of the Ladies' Lit. the members have arranged
to have a magazine; all contributions to be read out aloud, either by the proud
authors themselves, or, should their modesty forbid this, by the editorial staff.
It is hoped that beyond being an interesting form of entertainment this magazine will succeed in bringing into the limelight all those poetesses and authoresses who up to the present time have certainly "blushed unseen", perhaps
themselves unconscious of possessing those great thoughts which once brought
forth would cause the world to stir. 24 McGILL   ANNUAL
On January 9th, the L. L. D. S. girls had the pleasure of hearing an address
on the above subject. Mrs. J. W. de B. Farris was the speaker, and she pointed
out the opportunities and the responsibilities of Canadian college women in a
very clear and interesting address.
In reference to the new Provincial University, Mrs. Farris said that the
Womens' University Club had many attractive plans for the B. C. co-eds. She
also informed us of the work the women of Vancouver were doing in their
various clubs and associations, and made each of us long for the happy day
when we too could go out from the exigencies of the lecture room and join
forces with our University Sisters of the Women's University Club.
We were all much delighted with Mrs. Farris and her subject and look
forward with pleasure to hearing her again.
It is a most remarkable thing that amongst all the subjects that are
taught in our modern schools, the one most important subject of all finds no
place in the curriculum. What can be more important than the art of living!
We are not all going to be teachers or mining engineers, nor are we going to
administer physic or sound doctrine, but we are all going to live. We have
all got our parts to play in the grand drama of life. Surely, therefore, it behoves us to play those parts well. Surely, therefore, it is important to learn
the principles which govern the greatest of all arts—the art of living.
Although the study of this is all important, it would nevertheless be a
great mistake to include it as a fit subject on which to lecture boys. The fact
of the matter is this; the boys know more about the subject than the master.
A true boy is always happy. He unconsciously carries about with him the
touchstone that turns all into gold. He has a deep well of happiness, a fountain from which the springs of his youth come, and about which the master
has little more than reminiscences of the past. It is useless therefore to hope
that youth ever benefits by such tuition. The boys ought to be the tutors, and
the masters ought to sit at their feet and learn.
Boys are true philosophers. Their's is the philosophy of the heart rather
than of the head. They do not sit down to think about it, on the contrary, it
wells up as a joyful feeling within the heart. It is the philosophy of an attitude rather than that of a code.
When King Edward was a boy, having on one occasion spent all his money,
one of his schoolfellows magnanimously gave him the large sum of threepence. It is more than probable that he rejoiced more over the receipt of that
three-pence, than he ever rejoiced when receiving a yearly salary of £350,000.
But on this occasion, having quickly spent his three-pence, he was for a whole
week without any money at all.    But did this penuriousness take all the joy PEN PORTRAITS—Arts* 14
BBZTJ. K. HOWEI.Ii, President.
"A man must serve his time to every trade."
After much' wandering in Ontario and the prairie hinterland, Ben
found a resting place for his placid heart in North Vancouver. Here,
Bred by Coleridge, he cultivated a taste for the muse, which could
only be satisfied by a university training. On his way up the
slopes of Parnassus he was enticed by a stout carle into the devious
ways of sience and, while he felt that he could not altogether
forget his youthful ambitions, the tintinnabulations of the wireless
were too strong to be resisted. Henceforth this conscientious soul
must be sought among the grisly crew who form the bodyguard
of Vulcan. To remind him always of the double course he pursued,
Ben has adopted the following crest: A book of poetry and a dry
"Tighter than wax did he stick to the Ten Commandments."
Almost six years have passed since Archie left the "lone shieling
on the misty island" in search of adventure. As was natural in one
brought up on porridge and the Shorter Catechism, he turned his
eyes Westward. One bright morning, therefore, he set out for pagan
Canada with a Bible in one hand and a tin trunk in the other.
After much matriculating he entered these classic halls to prepare
for the ministry. It may be said without violating any confidence
that, though Gaelic has no terrors for him, Greek has been thd
cause of many a nightmare. Debating possesses greater attractions
for him. Who will blame his choice? The family motto runs thus:
"Ceud mille gailte," which is, being interpreted, "Don't tread on
the tail of my kilt."
"The pen is mightier than the sword."
The strong ozone of the Atlantic proved too much for the
delicate constituion of Scott, and his doctor advised him to take a
trip to the Pacific slope. The balmy air of B. C. proved so nutritive
to his genius that he decided to remain. In course of time the
family leanings toward journalism induced him to undertake the
publication of that much lamented weekly known to by-gone generations of students as "Mah-Gil." How we all miss its scintillating
articles, sparkling with the wisdom of the East! But, though
Mah-Gil is seen no more, we are glad to know that its editor still
remains as a sanding example of Greely's maxim, "Go West, young
man, go West."    Family motto: "Let us have proofs."
"For my part I do challenge no praise of learning to myself,
but I have worn a gown in the university."
Much communing with Nature will either make a man a poot
or a philosopher. Moodie owns to the soft impeachment of being
born amid the primeval stillness of our hill3. !fet we hesitate to
label him as one or both of the above. Perhaps it would be truer to
pay that he has a little of both in his composition. At any rate,
he makes a good business manager. As a result of his labours the
editor has been able to buy new penwipers for the staff and a pot
of milk for the office cat. In addition to his work along these
lines, he has found time to take a prominent place in his classes.
And we have reason to believe that his Alma Mater will yet feel
proud of him.    Motto: "Give me an ad." PEN PORTRAITS—Arts'14
"The world is out of joint.    O cursed spite
That even I was born to set it right."
Though born in Nanaimo, John has few insular prejudices.
This freedom from narrowness he doubtless owes to the hereditary
traits of his freebooting Highland forefathers, which led them to
look upon their neighbors' possessions as their own. As you may
have guessed, his ancestral tree has its roots in the Highlands of
Scotland. Thus, even in debate, he prefers the broad sweep of the
claymore to the more studied parry and riposte of the rapier. His
faculty for searching out the joints of his opponent's armour will
no doubt make him a successful lawyer. Motto: "Lemo me impune
"A prayer book now shall be my looking glass."
Many moons have passed since Buck shook the dust of Missouri
off his feet. One day while wearily hoeing his way through the family cabbage patch he lifted up his eyes and saw a "ship of the
plains" standing out towards the glowing West. Hastily bundling
up his glad rags he boarded the hurricane deck of the ancestral
mule, and started in pursuit. The voyage was a long and stormy
one; but, at last, a favouring breeze carried him to the safe harbour of 4th Ave. On the trip he had learned some strong nautical
terms as sailors will do. Deciding to put his now greatly enlarged
vocabulary to the best possible use he began to study for a Sky
Pilot's certificate. On his arms he has tattooed the following
strange device:    A "dog collar" and a mitred hat.
"Methinks  I  hear,  methinks  I see
Sweet music, wondrous melodie."
In stature emulating Little John, the leader of the newly-formed band has little use for the weapons of his famous prototype.
He prefers the no less deadly bassoon to the quarter staff and the
long bow. Every Saturday evening he may be found wrestling with
a sonata in G minor, or striving to produce harmony among a discordant blare of instruments. Little fat, fussy foreigners are generally associated with the leadership of orchestras, but here, as in
other things, we are original. Herbert is neither fat, nor fussy.
His calm soul, raised so much above the common level, disdains
to lose its equilibrium, even in conflict with dyspeptic musicians.
Motto: "O listen to the band."
"His   youth   'gainst   time   and   age   hath   ever   spurned   and
spurned in vain."
Three years' companionship with the chastened spirits who seek
mental pabulum in this majestic institution has not dimmed the
lustre of his eye, or stolen the peach-like bloom from his cheek.
While others wilt under the stony glance of unsympathetic Dons, .ie
remains ever green. Nature has bestowed her favours bountifully
upon him. Among other gifts she has endowed him with a large
heart—large enough, be it whispered, to hold the image of many a
fair "Freshette." His peaceable disposition is an heirloom from
those ancestors who fought for the House of York; his legal learnings are an inheritance from the same men. Men who were constitutionally against interfering with matters of state. Motto: "A
court wig argent over a Yorkshire pudding." PEN PORTRAITS-Arts'14
"I would not endure again the country conversation to be the
lady of six shires."
And there arose a mighty commotion in that island, for the
King had decreed that all mental pabulum should be gathered together in one barn on the mainland to the East. So the young men
and maidens from Victoria even unto Comox journeyed to that
country to seek knowledge. And there travelled with them a certain maiden from Nanaimo named Netta. When she had sat at the
feet of the wise men for six months she returned to her native island
with much store of wisdom. But the inhabitants thereof found no
favour in her eyes, for they were rough and lacking in understanding. And she returned again to the home of "cultuah." Here her
fame grew and spread and she was a mighty force in the land.
"Who is it that says most? Who can say more
Than this rich praise—that you alone are you?"
From the East—That source of many good things, in 1911 she
came to us, and saw and conquered. All the way from U.N.B. into
the Westland she came cherishing one weakness which despite the
earnest warnings of her friends, she would indulge. Greek lay at
her feet, the secrets of chemistry were hers to command—but no—
her daring spirit followed the gleam even into the mazes of math.
Behold her now owning even Euclid as an intimate friend! A girl
of wide interests, she is extremely popular throughout the college—
and, above all, she is a born leader; we could not do without her.
"Come  down  O  maid  from yonder  mountain  height
Cease to move so near the heavens."
This native daughter's ambition soars to literary heights. "She
has written several things in the native tongue—rare and useful
of their kind," and if this dream should prove a mere will-o'-the-
wisp she has a secret taste for the stage. How did we discover
this secret? Have we not seen this maiden striking the attitude of
let us say ia cynic proclaiming to the world at large that "there;
was something rotten "in the state of Denmark?"—that there is
really "neither joy nor love nor light, nor certitude nor peace, nor
help for pain"—all thii if you please, with such fearsome aspect
that it was not till lately we discovered that she was merely practising on us. What if we are sheltering in our midst another Ellen
Levy? No one can safely say what glory will yet redound to old
M. B. C.    In fact, as Shakespeare says, "You never can tell!"
"I am a Scotchman, touch me and you will find the thistle."
Pages of the encyclopaedia are covered with the glories of men
bearing this illustrious name—respectable fellows all of them and
yet for the most part Scotch. So since a man with such a name
has blossomed' out in her halls, naturally M. B. C. lays claim to
some real prestige. Her significant history In fact may be said to
date from the time of his arrival. Like so many well-known figures from Knox to the inevitable Celestial about our Western
streets he too answers to the name of John. Happy omen! Thrice
blest is that congregation destined to gaze upon him week by week
as he stands before them in all the dignity of a "black Geneva'
gown.    Crest: A Scotch Haggis PEN PORTRAITS—Arts* 14
"A pill! A pill!! Give the knave a pill!!!"
Its a long time since the sun shone on Doug's natal day. A
mere glance at his chin wpuld convince anyone that he has left
the callow days of youth far behind. As we steal a glance at it
now and then, for he is very sensitive on that score, we are reminded of the Arabian couplet:
"How can thy chin that burden bear?    A beard like thine—
where shall we find it?"
Furthermore, he has his eye on a lucrative medical practice
among the inoffensive natives of Fairview. The stars at his birth
foretold that he would be a benefactor of his race. So, in order to
make up for the sleep he will lose while mixing rhubarb powders, he
now lies abed till the sun is high in the heavens. Crest: An alarm
"He raved and grew more wild at every word/'
A dreamer of dreams in this prosaic age is something of a
rarity. We are therefore the more blest in that we can count
upon Smith to supply our deficiencies in this respect. Nurtured far
away from the "madding crowd's ignoble strife," his gentle soul
took on a visionary tinge, and he was able to see "sermons in
books; stones in the running brooks." So far the social attractions
of college have not been able to woo him from his life of quiet
contemplation; but, now that he has yielded to the blandishments
of debate, we hope soon to see him shine as a social light. Motto:
"Peace, knaves, peace."
"It is  a pretty youth,  not  very pretty;  he'll  make  a proper
One of these much travelled Englishmen is Mac. Born in foggy
England he lived under the Southern Cross for a time, then finally
migrated to our verdant shores. His chief recreation, apart from
books, is hockey—the green variety. Last season he vainly endeavored to inculate a love for that classic game into the students
of McGill. They found it too exhausting after the milder forms of
sport to which they had been accustomed. Besides, some of them
had only one pair of shins, and these they refused to hazard, even
for the sake of the crooked stick. Thus the game met an untimely
fate, but its promoter still remains under the aegis of McGill. His
device is: "Hockey stick rampant on a green field."
"I  am no  huckster,   I."
Eager to escape from the effete civilization of Bruce County,
and find greater scope for his commercial abilities, Vic. turned his
eyes to the Land of the Setting Sun. Behold he saw a land filled
with all that his heart desired. Taking unto himself a dilapidated
carpet bag, he quickly boarded a passing hay wagon and drove to
the nearest railway depot. Since that day he has never looked
back to the flesh pots of Ontario. He finds too much pleasure in
vending his aluminum wares in the backwoods of our province, and
incidentally, in learning a few Latin roots at college. We have it
on authority that he has chosen the following coat of arms: A
stewpan couchant on a blazing fire. PEN PORTRAITS-Aru * 14
"She   still   coveted   more   and   more  knowledge;   and   in   this
particular alone, she would often say it was a sin to be contented   with   but   little."
The  only  girl  in  'li brave  enough to  undertake  a pilgrimage
into the mystic realms of Physics—that land from which no traveller returns—unscathed.    Through this whole year Luella's allegiance
has wavered between the interests of SPORT and those of Plato's
"Republic."      Since   these   kindred   interests   make   very   pimUar
claims upon  her loyalty  she  naturally  finds it hard  to  decide between them.    Lately however she has been noticed raptly absorbing
the contents of some suspicious looking publications, and I suspect
she will solve  the difficulty by lending all her  enthusiasm  to  the
question   of Woman   Suffrage.    With   Luella  to   cheeri them  on   to
victory,  the suffragettes would surely triumph.
"Less of sentiment than sense."
Can that youthful head bear the glory of the first graduating
class in the new university? Will the laufrels of victory bier too
heavy for that tender brow? Only time will tell! Meanwhile she
is husbanding her strength by coming not too early in the morning. Her unprejudiced opinion is that 9.15 a.m. is a reasonable
hour at which to arrive for a lecture. She comes from the silent
spaces of the prairies and is a quiet girl, rarely getting warmed up
to conversational flights except in Ethics hour. In an hour of inspiration she vowed to live laborious days "careless of man kind."
Buoyed up with this noble aspiration, may she flourish as the
green bay tree. PEN PORTRAITS—Science'15
Turn o'er, turn o'er, those glittering pages past,
And marvel at time's register unrolled.
Oh, skeptical reader, seek not with mere worldly wisdom to unravel the skein woven by the
unerring fates in cruel and cunning manner, nor doubt that the writer of these brief biographies
has been painfully conscious of the failing a3 well as highly enthusiastic over the virtues of the
senior class. The individual sketches must needs be short, but s'urely no pains have been spared
in obtaining the exact information from the very mouths of the protesting members themselves,
or supplying it where their memories seemed for the moment to fail them, or their modesty
prevent. For the absolute accuracy of such slight emendations we cannot vouch but leave the
result to your own more perfect judgment and the approval of those scientists whose histories are
for the first time herein recorded.
C. MUIB, President.
"Society, saith the text, is the happiness of life."
A surpassing appetite for adventure has led him from the milder
seclusion of the East to the freer haunts of British Columbia,
where he finally located in this flourishing institution. His
scientific imagination on the football field has gained for him the
glorious honours of captaincy, while his engaging manners and
athletic standing are responsible for his success in the social circles
of the college. He would find it impossible to exist without one
or two scraps a day, and fortunately he finds employment whenever
his irascible nature requires the reactionary tonic.
"You're all wrong; now watch me."
After the prerequisite time for calculation he has arrived at the
significant conclusion that this city of the West rained down on
his natal day. Mr. Perry agrees in the majority of cases with the
editors of the text books he uses in college, but suggests a few
improvements in the more involved problems in the calculus, kinematic, etc. He prefers, on the whole, to instruct rather than receive
information from his associates on the subject in hand, and believes
his own methods will stand criticism.
"I don't see the necessity of it."
Fraternally connected with aforesaid B. R. but paddles his own
canoe. He readily forsakes his books for a surveyor's cap and
boots, and a good "show" (? ?) seldom escapes his personal attention. Athletics, too, prove especially attractive to him, while he
contends that a few "sups" each year are quite to be expected in the
natural course of events. PEN PORTRAITS-Science'15
"The atrocious crime of being a young man."
Was born (as near as he could remember at the time) in one of
the primeval villages of Missouri. His superior intelligence induced
his astonished parents to send him to college where he might learn
something. As a result of their conclave the unsuspecting Bill was
hurried out West, and when the noise of transit quieted down he
found himself a Freshman. Somewhat rattled at first, he mistook
the Art's path for the Science crossing and discovered his mistake
a year or so later in time to start all over again. Acknowledged as
one of the near pianists of his age and as a connoisseur of talcum
powder, he holds a unique position in his class.
"What I gained by being in France was learning to be better
satisfied with my own country."
Educated to the Western atmosphere, he was unable to endure
the more rigorous climate of "Old McGill," and returned to his own
again. He is remarkable for the ease with which he moves his
lower jaw, accompanying the same with sundry discordant sounds
at the most inopportune periods. At the games he is one of the
standard rooters, and is a recognized authority on the "personal"
of each of the players. He could "specialize" on sports or dancing
but was never known to show any great affection for a long
a. Y. K. SKUEN.
"That man's the best cosmopolite
Who loves his native country best."
Born somewhere in China or thereabouts, this energetic Celestial
has proved himself to be an intellectual gymnast. He admits that
the English alphabet has its advantages over the more elaborate
thousand letter one he learned to say backwards. Still he occasionally finds difficulty in differentiating some of the more elaborate
Saxon idioms. He has reduced his name to the lowest possible
volume, its previous capacity being capable of measurement ouly
by the higher mathematics.
"A quiet mind my kingdom is."
Now in the third year, in the reign of the great sheik, the wise
Seuriac said to himself, "I am aweary of much work; Latin, Prose,
and Drama have made me sick. The hand of the professor is upon
me and examination lieth in wait." And the physician, being sent
for, came and felt his bumps, and looked into his glassy eye.
"Calculus" (for it was by this oath that he swore), "of a truth thou
must have change. Go thou up out of the land of Arts into thej
country of the Mechanics. There thou wilt find a tribe after the
manner whereof I told thee." and in the morning, while it was yet
night, he arose and came to that country. And there he abode, for
it seemed pleasant in his eyes to draw circles, and !right-<angled
triangles, even till the setting of the sun. And he waxed fair and
of a good countenance in the land of the Mechanic's. PEN PORTRAITS—Science M 5
"One  ruddy  drop  of  manly  blood
The surging sea outweighs."
A Western youth, from the line "scratch" he follows in perfect
order and arithmetical progression his dozen or so other brothers
who claim McGill as "theirs." As a full-back in the college team
he is "guaranteed correct," playing always a sure and steady game.
He has a reputation which many may envy but all admire. Good-
natured to a fault, he is the Chesterfield of his class.
"O! let me howl some heavy note,
Some  deadly dogged howl."
Not exactly a mistake but the answer is omitted. Westham Island
(vide, latest edit., Ency. Brit.) is his happy home, where he grew
in strength and stature from his earliest years. He had originally
4n tended to take a stroll through the seductive paths of Art, but
lost himself in the labyrinthian passages and, concluding that his
judgment was not infallible, decided in future to become something
more tangible. When discussing the difficulties, of his course he
seldom fails to speak strongly and in support of a holiday, his
eloquence is astounding. The fancy foibles and frivolous folly of
fickle society are quite beneath his notice, although he wouldn't
object to wearing overalls at a full-dress carnival or masquerade.
j. a. Mcdonald.
"Why should the Devil have all the good tunes."
We feel more certain where he's going to than where he came
from. Born in the 'eighties, he has spent most of his time growing,
but latest bulletins claim that he has stopped. Never satisfied with
his own company, he is always "next" when Society throws open her
reception halls. Sure death (?) to the fair ones, he takes his conquests as a matter of course and looks for more. A ragtime artist
whether on the fiddle strings or ivories, and a staunch devotee of
Terpsichore and her wiles, he believes he was born tto live and
therefore can't help it.
"I am come among you unmuzzled."
Lived his first few years a few hundred miles north of Cape
Nordkyn, Norway, where he first learned to swim. He feels convinced that Webster has omitted some very expressive words in
compounding his "Universal," and is a past master on certain
occasions at inventing strange and uncouth, yet brilliantly suggestive sounds which, varying under the circumstances in shade and
intensity afford him great satisfaction on their emission. He feels
quite at home at> the draughting table, but prefers a sledge hammer
to a drawing pen. As captain of the basketball team he frequently
plays basketball. PEN PORTRAITS-Science ' 15
"If he had two ideas in his head they would fall out with ore
A native son of Vancouver with anything but a Pacific coa~t
nature. A strong-armed youth who gathers great amusement in
practicing the strangle hold on tho^e whom he imagines may be
harbouring retaliatory designs upon him. His exercise in this line
! hould make him invaluable on the rugby line-up were it not that
throttling your victim is generally prohibited even in Western
"I don't recollect anything that I've forgotten."
Hails from the fields of clover, where he gathered in sn extensive fortune on a breezy chicken ranch. He has a decided opinion
that second year work cannot be done in your leisure moments and
prefers, on the whole, one subject to two. He may be interviewed
at any hour of the day on the top floor, where he continually manipulates set squares, pencils, and sandwiches, with the grace and
dexterity of his ancestors.
F. D. HONEYMAN, Secretary-Treasurer.
"They say best men are moulded out of faults
And, for the mo=t, become much more  the better
By being a little bad."
Bern, it has been suggested, on the cacti plains of Te>:a \ he was
essentially a cow-puncher and culti\ated after year.-, of practice
his famous "bovine grin." It was hi-, consistent clutch on the
pommel of saddles on restless cayuses that enables him new in
later life to hang on to the football in any position (direct or reversed). His checkered career as an outlaw in his native state
for which (<ome whisper) he narrowly escaped Sing-Sing, compelled
him at length to retire with all due honours to the North. His fund
of jokes  are now  becoming extinct,  but  their  effect  remains.
"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come."
Just exactly how he happened to get into McGill was a subject at
one time somewhat disputed. He can explain the matter very
nicely though should you make the enquiry. He has written several
articles (rot extant) on the "Science of Delu-ion and Practical
Joke-Making," which, unfortunately were exterminated before publication. He is new engaged on a more comprehensive work which
he expect3 to finish sometime in the future.  ■■V
isCill UnwersityCo/fe
flfcteVANCOUl/fy^  QBSfl
On the photo of Mr. Chas. Wells, in the Arts 16 (Men) Group, appears the name of Mr. Peake.    This was corrected on
the original too late for publication. McGILL   ANNUAL 25
out of his heart? Did he go moping round the school-courts as though there
were nothing left to live for? Do you find him singling out some shadowy
corner into which he might retire, and where he might mournfully remind himself of the opulence of the past? Yet this is precisely what grown-up people
do. They are either worrying about the joys of the past, or the anxieties of
the future. They look at the glories of the past through the magnifying glass
of time, and so beautiful and pleasant do these seem, that by comparison, the
present glories are but an idle dream, an empty boast, a vain delusion. But
the boy knows nothing of this philosophy. His unconscious philosophy
teaches him to live in the present. The father loses what he has by vainly endeavoring to grasp what is beyond his reach. The boy enjoys and possesses
what he has, because he never allows the witch of the past nor the fairy of the
future to rob him of his present possessions.
0 youth be my teacher!; be my philosopher!, for with you as my tutor, I
shall learn to posses what I have, I shall learn the most important of all arts—
the art of living.
"Alas poor Dutch, so long and tall,
Sport of every wanton squall,
Whence and whither dost thou fly
Neath this bleak and wintry sky?"
"Well, you see, on Mills, I fell,
And he promptly uttered—well,
The sky grew black, the thunder rolled,
And imps, miles high, went rushing by, as green as emerald.
And I, you see, got kind of scared,
At the way poor Lennox fared;
For a spirit, grisly, grim,
Laid his talons upon him.
Then it was, they vanished quite.
Oh!   It was an awful sight!
That was why he "skipped" J. K.
In the English class today.
Moral—If you'd avoid all earthly cares,
Abjure the boy who always swears.
You have heard of Lennox' fate,
You've still a chance, 'fore its too late." Editors
The season of 1912-13 has been most successful. So far, in the City Intermediate league, we have an unbeaten record. This fine showing is in great
measure the direct result of efficient coaching. Early in the season the committee secured the services of Mr. C. Worsnop, and his able tuition is reflected
in the unbroken series of wins our team has maintained.
We have also to record the encouraging news that the number of students
turning out to practice during the fall term was a great increase on that of
former years. Just lately, however, there has been a slight falling off, due
no doubt to the fact that final exams are now within hailing distance. As a
result of the above enthusiasm a series of inter-class games were arranged in
which Science '16 proved their superiority to the rest of the college by a score
of eight points to none.
In speaking of our successes this year we must remember that the calibre
of the teams in the Intermediate League is much below that of the seniors, and
that had we entered the latter, our progress would not have been so much in
the nature of a triumph. Of course our team is much too young and light to
cope with the heavy seniors. Still with a little more experience and study
of the finer points of the game we feel sure McGill could give even the city
champions a hard tussle for victory. In another year or two, provided that
the men we presently have remain with us, there should be no difficulty in
mustering a fifteen able to hold its own with the best.
As most of the men comprising this year's team had been with us in former
years we were hopeful as to the outcome in the league. We have not been
disappointed. From the beginning McGill showed an understanding of the
game and of the principle of team work approached only by the Y. M. C. A.
In the season's engagements, as was remarked above we, have been uniformly
successful. The team as a whole has worked with a smoothness and harmony
which was lacking in previous years, and this is what has made them the only
unbeaten team in either of the leagues.
Some of the work during the season has been positively brilliant. Our
three-quarters have been quick to seize every opportunity for combination, 28 McGILL   ANNUAL
while the forwards consistently proved their ability against much heavier
backs. At half and full-back positions we have also been very well served.
Where all did so well it would be invidious to single out individuals, and we
close our naturally brief survey of the season's work by hoping that future
B. C. University squads will enhance the game of college athletics.
McGILL vs. Y.M.C.A.
The preceding games of the schedule had demonstrated the prowess of the
"Y" team, and it was with a grim determination to do or die that the red and
white brigade took the field for the crucial game of the series. Each team
had won all its previous engagements, some of them by huge scores, and the
fate of either hung on the result. There was a large turnout of rooters wearing the colors of their chosen side. In this respect McGill were the more fortunate for a large number of the fair co-eds graced the struggle with their
From the inital whistle that set the game agoing it was evident how eager
the "Y's" were to annex the first try. But the grand defensive work of
McGill backs kept the score sheet blank. We were never so thankful for a
safe pair of hands as in the first quarter-hour of that game. Gradually our
men began to find themselves, however, and it was the "Y" who were called
upon to find touch for safety. Both teams were grateful when half-time arrived with no score.
A different complexion came over the game after the resumption, McGill
seemed to have taken on a new lease of life. The ball was heeled out more
quickly, and large gains were made by the fine running of the threes. In one
of these Eckhardt, following up a lofty punt, caught the ball which Stewart
of the Y. M. C. A. had fumbled, and drew first-blood for the McGill. Framp-
ton converted. There was no holding of our men now. Time after time the
forwards dribbled the ball into the Y. M. C. A. twenty-five only to see Pringle
or Stewart send the ball into touch. But the pressure was bound to tell.
Ferguson securing the ball from a line out dashed across the line for McGill's
second try and Frampton again majorized. The score now stood McGill 10
points, Y. M. C. A. nil.
Only the steady work of the "Y" backs now kept the total from being
swelled. Their forwards seemed demoralized. But, when the referee decided
against McGill, on what seemed a perfectly fair score by Muir, they plucked
up heart. Raines, their husky centre, made a forty yard run through the whole
McGill, team only to be brought low by Underhill. From the ensuing scrum
one of the half-backs grounded the ball for the first Y. M. C. A. score. The
resultant try was converted by Priest. They kept up the pressure and Baines
rolled-over the line for another try. All eyes were now on Priest as he took
the kick, for the issue hinged on its success. As soon as Stewart grounded
the ball, McGill boys, taking no risks, charged, and Priest, kicking almost
at their feet, failed to secure major points by a few inches. This was the last
score with McGill winners by ten points to eight.
Though many of the champion teams were in the antipodes with the cadets
the High School team made a fine record this year. They were only beaten
twice, once by Y. M. C. A., and once by McGill.    So a good game was looked Top Row—PIummer. Duchesnay. Ferguson, McDonald, Eckardt, Cameron, Scott, Helene
Middle Row—Honeyman, Sutton, Rosebrugh, C. Worsnop (Coach), Dr. Davidson (Hon.Pres.), Muir, Magowan, Taylor
Bottom Row—Frampton, Kemp, Ross, Underhill, Debrisay McGILL   ANN UAL 29
for. But we were rather disappointed at the poor showing of their team.
McGill seemed too strong for them, and, as a result a fairly large score was run
up. Muir, McGowan, Ferguson, Boss, Rosebrugh and Helme all scored tries
apiece. Of these one or two were converted and final score read McGill
22, High 0.
McGILL vs. J. B.A.A.
In November McGill entertained the James Bay's on Brockton Point
grounds. The day was clear, the turf springy, and a fine game was looked
for. The spectators were not disappointed. At the sound of the whistle James
Bay took up the running. In a few minutes after some fumbling work among
our backs, Mills touched down near the corner flag. The angle was too acute
and he failed with the kick. McGill now began to assert themselves to some
purpose and McGowan after a dashing run equalised the scores. The try was
not converted. Soon afterward the fleet-footed Muir finished off a fine bout
of passing by scoring well in, but Frampton could not extract full point. After
some mid-field work McGowan who had been distinguishing himself by his
clever play, scooped up a low pass, and evading the opposing backs scored a
brilliant try. Before half-time Eckhardt plunged across from a scrum close
to the line for another try.     Score, McGill 12; James Bays 3.
After the interval James Bays pressed hard but without avail and it was
left to Rosebrugh to start the scoring movement. Making a splendid run
through the whole James Bays defense he passed the ball to Frampton almost
on the line. The try remained unconverted. The result was now a foregone
conclusion for the J. B. were seldom in the picture. Towards the end our
boys slackened off and allowed Gongdon to cross their line well out. This
proved the final score.    McGill 15; J. B. A. A. 6.
Throughout the game the place kicking had been very poor and we would
impress upon McGill the importance of this feature of rugby. Many a game
has been lost, not through poor play in the field but by the ineptitude of the
players in place kicking. McGill have lacked a dependable man in this department all season, but we trust that more practice will help to solve the difficulty. .
Following the usual custom, a couple of teams travelled to Victoria at
Thanksgiving to fulfil the annual engagement with James Bay. On the way
over the teams, supported by a number of enthusiasts, contrived to spend a few
pleasant hours on deck and around the piano. As it was Sunday, but a slight
public demonstration marked the arrival of the two score students in the capital. Had it been any other day, the native calm of that city must have undergone a startling chance.   But, as we remarked, it was Sunday.
On Monday morning at 10 o'clock the junior team lined-up against the
Victoria High School at Oak Bay. Our boys, contrary to the general opinion,
gave a very good account of themselves. In fact they gave as good as they
got and with a little more luck might easily have won. Our boys opened the
scoring by dropping the ball over from a penalty mark. A few minutes later
Victoria equalized by a finely executed three-quarter rush. This was all the
scoring in the first half. 30 McGILL  ANNUAL
Early in the second period our threes scored twice but neither try was converted. Victoria quickly retaliated with a penalty goal. They further added
to their score and were now on equal terms. When full time was called the
score sheet read McGill 9; Victoria High School 9.
The senior game was called at 2:30. As the teams lined up it was clearly
seen how large a handicap in weight our men had to overcome. Still they
were confident of giving the Bay a hard run for victory. Our men more than
held their own in the scrum for a long time, but weight finally told. It was only
in the closing minutes of the first-half that Victoria managed to score, so well
did our men perform.
The second half was in the nature of a series of forward rushes, a ding-
dong struggle in fact. As in the earlier period, weight counted, and our men
received rough handling from their heavy opponents. Muir especially suffered,
as in making a spectacular run he was brought down with sufficient force to
stun him and keep him out of the game for some time. From a general mix-up
James Bay again scored and the whistle sounded with the score at six points
to nil in their favor.
In the evening a banquet was given to the senior team at the Balmoral
Cafe by the members of the J.B.A.A. The rest of the boys went to the Empress
theatre where they had a hilarious time. The whole crowd boarded the 11:45
p.m. steamer for home and a few were wide enough awake to preserve their
equanimity in class next day.
It cannot be said that the past term has been very successful at M. B. C.
from the standpoint of men's basketball, although matters have improved a
good deal since the fall term. Before Christmas football claimed the major
portion of our time and the result was that very few practices were held and
only one game was played.     This was lost to the Y. M. C. A. second team.
After Christmas the heavy snowfall made Rugby impossible and the men
had more opportunities to play basketball.
About the middle of January we again played the Y. M. C. A. 135th team
The game was the closest of the season, the score being 23-22 in the "Y's" favor
after five minutes overtime.
Perhaps our fastest game was played on the last day of January when
we again met our old friends, the Mount Pleasant Presbyterians. But this
time the tables were turned. After a struggle of which rapid passing and
close checking were features, we emerged victorious at last, by a score of 34-29.
The team is at last getting that much to be desired "combination" which
is necessary for a winning team and it should give a good account of itself in
the near future.
The great interest taken in basketball during the enforced relegation of
rugby to the background was responsible for a number of highly exciting inter-
class contests. The aspiring Freshmen of Arts '16 challenged their wiser (?)
brethren of Arts '15 to a game.     The challenge was accepted and the Fresh- Luella Greggs, Muriel Brockwell, Jean Macleod
Muriel Carruthers (Captain), Grace Bollert
B. P. Johnson, H. A. Eckardt, H. R. Kirkpatrick
F.A. Boyle
N. Kemp. J. P. C. Southcott M cGILL   AN NU AL 31
men made good their boasting, defeating the sophomores by a score of 26-23.
Friendly games were held also among the other classes. Science '16 defeated
their more sophisticated comrades of Science '15 by the score of 18-16. The
Freshmen Arts upheld the cultured side of the college by defeating their fellow
Freshmen of Science '16 by the score of 12-8.
The Normal School also participated in these inter-class games and the
youthful pedagogue? showed themselves no mean opponents. Arts '15 defeated them by a score 21-20. The Science boys then tried to overcome them,,
hut in vain.
The final outside game was played with our ancient foes the Y. M. C. A.
The game was well contested and a few minutes before time McGill was four
points ahead. However, the fates were against us. Priest and Putnam
(themselves old McGill boys) pulled the game out of the fire for the Y. M. C. A.
by a few timely baskets. The final score ended 25-22 in the "Y's" favor.
The enthusiasm among new students in taking up the game augurs extremely
well for a winning team to represent our new University next year.
The ladies of the college began the term in an enthusiastic spirit, nowhere
better shown than in the athletics. Before two weeks had elapsed a general
meeting of the ladies was held, at which Dr. J. G. Davidson was unanimously
elected Honorary President, Miss L. Greggs, President and Miss J. MacLeod,
secretary-treasurer. The re-organizing of the association having been accomplished, the athletics began in earnest.
The girls, with one accord, elected Miss K. Rogers as captain of the hockey
team.    Elsewhere the reader will find a full history of that gallant band.
Basketball, on the other hand, had a decided advantage over hockey for being an indoor game neither rain nor snow could daunt our enthusiasm. Our
captain, Miss Muriel Carruthers, was untiring in her efforts to make a successful year and much of the team's success was due to her. We can not fail to
mention the splendid work done by our competent coach, Mr. Kemp. Under
his management our team was transformed and we became a dangerous rival
of the other city basketball teams.
The opening game of the season was played with the first team of the
Normal School; Alas 1 the result was disastrous to our high hopes, for we met
defeat by a score of 38 to 8. This merely seemed to arouse the girls and they
began to practice steadily with the aim of wiping out this blot.
The result of practice showed in our next match, which was played with
Britannia High School, our girls defeating them by a score of 32 to 16. This
success raised our courage to such a pitch that we challenged our old rivals,
the King Edward High School. The full account of this game may be seen
on another page.
The next fact in our history was a challenge from Y. W. C. A. girls.
As our team lined-up for the game, it was with feelings of awe that we recognized in two of their players, McGill Alumnae, notable basketball players even 32 McGILL  ANNUAL
in our high school days. But on this occasion it was our team, who were
fighting for the honor of the M. B. C, and we came off victorious with a score
of 8 to 2.
Directly after the Christmas vacation, the team began to practice with the
prospect of a trip to Victoria. We began by challenging the second team of
the Normal School (for our courage had not yet arisen to the point of attacking
their first team). The game was played in the High School gymnasium and
to our surprise we gained a decided victory of 33 to 9. After this success,
we played their first team and met a defeat of 9 to 4. The next match was
played with the Britannia High School, in their gymnasium. Although in a
strange gymnasium (in which an artistic post graced the centre) nevertheless
we won the game by a score of 15 to 6. This was our last game before the
Victoria trip. Elsewhere in these pages is recorded the full and authentic
account of that memorable visit, by our special reporter.
On the whole the Ladies' Athletic Association is to be congratulated on
their successful year. And we feel that athletics has as strong a foothold, as
in previous years, among the ladies of M. B. C.
It is a regrettable fact that neither rubber boots nor snow-shoes are conductive to good hockey, as otherwise there is no doubt that the Girls' Hockey
Club would have had a most successful year. Much creditable enthusiasm was
displayed in October, when some twenty girls signified their intention of turning out for practices, and Miss Kathleen Rogers was unanimously elected captain of the team. In spite of many other demands upon her attention, Miss
Rogers' efforts on behalf of the team were untiring. Unfortunately, a number of those who had intended playing hockey found that the work entailed
by the courses they had undertaken precluded the possibility of their indulging
in any further activity, such as the one under discussion. Thus the ranks of
hockey-players were reduced one-half, but to those who remained faithful,1
enough praise can not be given. The record of the games played, three in number, is soon told. The first two were with King Edward High School, and the
High School girls showed the advantage of regular practice and coaching. As is
so often the case, the scores were no indication of the play, and for that reason
will be omitted from this account. In the match with the Normal students,
which was the third and last, our opponents were held to a score of 1-0, and
we were accordingly hopeful of success in the second term. Alas! A change
of weather shortly after Christmas left the campus covered with snow, which
remained throughout the month of January. Thus we were forced to relinquish regretfully all hopes of trips either to Victoria or New Westminster and
to content ourselves with wistful glances towards the corner in which the
hockey sticks lay idle.
The McGill girls met, for the second time this season, the High School basketball team. To put it mildly the game was exiting. The enormous audience;
consisting of Bill Beverly and two other vociferous gentlemen, was completely McGILL  ANNUAL 33
carried away with enthusiasm and overcome by weakness, had to be carried
out on stretchers. Less than half an hour after scheduled time Mr. Southcott
threw up the ball. The McGill centre secured it, and dribbled to Miss Greggs,
who shot and nearly scored, in fact, the ball just missed the edge of the basket.
The High School defence, by a fast combination play, then scored. From centre
Miss Brockwell passed to Miss Carruthers who fell on the ball, just saving a
try Southcott ordered a scrum and High School got possession. Their hefty forward charged the length of the floor and was tackled by Miss MacLeod. It was
a case of an irresistible force versus an immovable object, and the result was
quite interesting. When High School's spare was equipped for battle, the game
proceeded. Just before half-time McGill scored twice, thanks to the superb
shooting ability of her forwards.
After a short intermission the struggle recommenced with the score 4-2
for McGill. After a few lively rushes Miss Bollert made a beatiful flying
tackle and nearly strangled a player. The applause was so uproarious, that
the referee could hardly make his whistle heard. Finally he called a foul,
and High School scored. When the audience had rescued Southcott from the
ladies, the game proceeded. In spite of a stone-wall defence on the part of
McGill, their opponents scored again, and with five minutes to play the score
stood 5-4 for High School. Then McGill rallied. A brilliant combination
play between Miss Carruthers and Miss McLeod gained four yards. Miss
Greggs secured the ball, scored from centre, and collapsed from astonishment.
When the referee had resuscitated her, the final scrap took place. With the
score 6-5 in their favor McGill arose and shone. Time and time again McGill
scored, shooting from all angles, and when the whistle blew the score stood
8-5 in our favor.
In response to a challenge from Victoria High School the ladies' basketball team of McGill set out for the Capital City on Saturday, February 15th.
They were accompanied by Dr. and Mrs. Davidson and a few fans who were
of the opinion that the ladies needed vocal support.
Some photography was attempted in the morning but no decent pictures
were obtained owing to the dullness of the day and, mirabile dietu, the ladies'
refusal to stand in the rain more than ten minutes. They were saved by the
dinner gong and for the next twenty minutes there was "washing and wiping
and gnashing of teeth" enlivened a little by one of our players' persistent
flirtation with the waiter. To save our young Captinette, we left the table after
going over the menu only once. Consequently we were rather dejected for the
next hour and this feeling was increased by the fact that there was only one
copy of the Saturday Evening Post and Dr. Davidson insisted on reading "The
About 2 p.m. Victoria was reached and the ladies were quickly rushed off
to the Empress Hotel. The rest of the afternoon was spent in dissipation
and riotous living on the part of the girls who went to the moving pictures
all afternoon, greatly to the astonishment of the natives who gasped at such
unwonted extravagance. A light tea was partaken of at the Empress and then
everyone set out for the Y. M. C. A. where the game was to be held. McGill's
lineup was the same as usual except for the absence of Miss Bollert in the forward. Her place was taken very ably, however, by Miss Cameron. Miss
Carruthers and Miss McLeod played defence, Miss Brockwell, centre, and Miss 34 McGILL  ANNUAL ___
Greggs and Miss Cameron, forwards. At half-past eight the whistle blew and
the ball was put in play. For a while the teams seemed to be testing each
other but gradually McGill drew ahead until, mainly by Miss Greggs' ability
in free shots, the score stood five to four in their favor at the end of the first
The second half started in even faster than the first and McGill with difficulty kept down their opponents score. The downfall came about the middle
of the half when Miss Carruthers was forced to retire and although Miss
Chapin, her substitute, played splendidly, the team was unnerved by this
calamity, and as they were worn out by the strenuous play and the long trip on
the boat they became disorganized and the Victoria team scored rapidly. The
whistle blew a few moments after and the score stood ten to six in favor of the
V. H. S.
We returned home that same night, defeated it is true, but inspired by that
cheerfulness and optimism which is always so much in evidence among the
wearers of the red and white.
McGILL vs. V.H.S.
On Saturday night, March 8th, a good crowd of rooters wended their
way to- the V. H. S. Gymnasium, where teams from the High School were to
meet their elders (in wisdom) from McGill.
The Girls' game which came on first, was very closely contested. Misses
Bollert and Greggs were the scorers for McGill and Misses Hawe and Fadden
starred for the High School. Full time saw the score a tie 8—8. The teams
agreed to play for five minutes longer. McGill scored early and the hopes of
the Collegians were high as the minutes wore on, only to be dashed to the
ground when Miss Hawe tied the score for the High School, just as the time
was up. They then agreed that the first score should decide the match. For
three minutes both teams struggled hard, each basket being constantly in
danger, until Miss Hawe by a splendid shot won the game for the High School.
The Second Team.
The game between the men's second teams of both institutions was very
fast, but the combination and shooting of McGill was much the better.
Kirkpatrick in particular seemed to be able to find the basket from all parts
of the floor. Taylor and Boyes also played well. The score ended 32—10 for
McGill, which indicates the way the play went.
1st Teams.
Both schools having won a game, the final match between the first teams
was eagerly anticipated. The High School team, fresh from their victory
over Victoria, looked very formidable in their natty uniforms, while McGill in
red, with the white looked just as businesslike.
Boyle started the scoring for McGill with a beautiful shot, but the High
School worked in a splendid combination and added 9 points to their score MeCILL.  ANNUAL 35
before McGill woke up. Then with five minutes to half time Boyle scored 4
baskets in quick succession, the half ending with the score 9—8 for the High
School. The second half plainly revealed the superiority of the High School
team in both combination and shooting. The McGill forwards were off-colour,
except Boyle, who scored no less than 7 times. The game closed with the
score 27—18 for the High School.
The fact that the High School team was considerably strengthened by the
Cadets who had returned from Australia, made the prospects for a close contest exceedingly bright. The result was not quite up to the expectations of
the enthusiasts who lined the Bridge street grounds on Mareh 6th. The High
School boys were outweighed in the scrum and their speedy three-quarter
line could not break through the McGill defense. Rosebrugh scored for
McGill by breaking away on the blind side of the scrum and dashing over
for a score behind the posts; Frampton converted. McGill 5, V. H. S. 0. This
ended the scoring for the first half. When the game was renewed, the High
School strove desperately for a score, Grimmett and Lord made dash after
dash only to the hauled down by Underhill or his assistant backs. At last
McGill worked the ball up to the other end, and Rosebrugh again scored for
McGill.   Frampton failed to majorize.   McGill 8 V. H. S. 0.
The High School boys were giving out owing to their inferiority in weight
and from now on McGill scored almost at will, McGowan and Helme being the
bright particular stars. The game closed with the score 18--0 for McGill.
The score does not indicate the play which was for the most part very even.
Y.M.C.A. vs. McGILL
The second game between our college and the Y. M. C. A. was anticipated
with much interest, owing to the close contest in the former encounter. The
match was played at Brockton under the watchful eye of referee Patterson.
When the whistle sounded McGill at once took the offensive and pressed the
Y. M. C. A. hard. Ferguson crossed the line once from a few yard scrum but
was called back for a knock-on. For 15 minutes the play did not leave the
Y. M. C. A. 25 yard line. Gradually however they forced the ball towards
the McGill goal. Priest almost got over twice, but each time spoiled his
chances by knocking on. At last he scrambled over from a throw-in within
the McGill 25-yard line, with Underhill clinging to his neck. The try was
not converted. The McGill forwards carried the ball back with a rush, but
could not break the "Y" defence. The half closed with the game 3—0 for
Y. M. C. A.
The second half from the point of territory was McGill's game throughout
but the boys simply could not score. Frampton was given a penalty kick directly in front of goal but he failed to put it over. Sutton made a plucky dash
through the whole Y. M. C. A team only to lose the ball, when actually over
the line. McGowan and Muir played good games but Stewart and his fellow
backs were successful in keeping the game for the "Y". Eckardt was the
same reliable worker in the three-quarter line but even he could not do the
damage he generally does, owing to the careful marking of the Y. M. C. A
three quarters. The McGill forwards were undoubtedly the superior of the
Y. M. C. A, but the "Y" back line was a shade better. The game closed
with the score still 3—0, both teams battling desperately for victory. Miss L WHITE Miss G STORY
Among the noteworthy events of the past year, a prominent place is held
by the organized expedition of February 28th, headed, under the management
of Arts' 14, for the wild fastnesses of the north shore. Considering the serious nature of their undertaking, it was a very jovial party, which stood amid
the merry tooting of the steamers whistle and watched the familiar shore fade
into the night. It may have been that anticipation, roused by the discovery
of a large supply of coffee among the provisions, dulled the pain of parting.
A lengthy report of the party's program seems unnecessary. Sufficient to
mention that the dangers of pitfalls, etc,, of the roadway were triumphantly
overcome, and the explorers arrived, bedraggled, but jubilant, at their goal,
the distant home of our isolated compatriot, Mr. Howell.
In joyous celebration of their achievement the heroic hand enjoyed a
famous evening. A contest, designed to test their artistic ability produced
startling evidence of talent. The Histrionic Art, too, was not neglected, for the
guests were called upon to act a nursery rhyme, a proceeding which awakened
the childish instincts even of our staid philosophers.
Another brain racking contest concerning eatables was succeeded most
appropriately by refreshments. The inner man satisfied, the outer derived
benefit from the delightful art of dance. At this point, Messrs. Duncan and
Taylor could no longer restrain themselves, and flinging dignity to the winds,
joined the giddy whirl. But it was left to Mr. Grant to maintain the reputation already trembling in the balance. He stood by, firmly resolved, and with
a salt tear glistening in his eye, mournfully witnessed the gyrations of Taylor,
who was performing a sword dance over two crossed handkerchiefs. It was
with unwilling haste that our intrepid band turned their faces toward the
homeland. No accident marred the return journey. Note must be made,
however, of the scientific research carried on by a party on the upper deck in
the how- Their observations of the moon on a cloudy night will probably
throw light on the green cheese problem, thereby contributing greatly to the
success of what was really one of our most enjoyable functions. 38 McGILL   ANN U A L
The members-of ArtsJi5 beld"their-first class party on Hallowe'en at the
beautiful home of Miss Laura Pirn, Shaughnessy Heights. According to the
time-honored custom the junior and ex-members of Arts '15 were invited. The
party was a great success; the entertainment consisted of a track meet at
which five colleges competed for the honours, which were won by Toronto University. Supper was served in the billiard room; the appropriately decorated
tables were set in front of a roaring grate-fire. After a jolly repast and toast
list, the guests danced and played games until the timely warning came that
the last car was about to leave. Amidst rousing cheers all departed to their
separate homes to dream of the jolly time they had had.
On the evening of the twenty-fifth of October, I was fortunate enough to
be detailed by the Editor of the "Annual" to cover the Freshman Class Party.
I arrived at the home of our hostess, Mrs. Harvey, a little bit late, and found
the large crowd of students inhaling various perfumes from bags suspended
about the room. The object was apparently to identify the substance which
these bags contained by their different odors. I smelled the cayenne pepper,
and when I recovered the contest was over. For a short time the students
gathered around the piano and we had a few songs. Messrs. I. Gibson and
Sexsmith showed much talent in this line.
Another contest was announced, and in two minute conservations, we tried
to extract the answer "yes" or "no" from our various partners. Every time
we said the forbidden word, we had to forfeit one bean from a scanty supply
which had been given us. The excitement was intense and the final whistle
blew just as Mr. Lawrence was removing the last handful of beans from the
When we had secured new partners, by a simple gambling device, we were
allowed to imagine that we had eloped with them, and had to write back an
explanation to the fond parent. Of course, Mr. Wesley Thomson easily won
this contest.
Then came the event of the evening, the supper. Here the girls, who
provided the repast, most certainly excelled themselves. When supper was
over, even Mr. Kearns being almost satisfied, we were entertained by Miss
Hawe, our popular elocutionist, to two splendid recitations. Then we danced
for a while. And when the time for leaving had arrived we declared unanimously through our President, Mr. Miller, that we had had the time of our lives.
A hearty vote of thanks was passed to Mrs. Harvey for her kindness in entertaining us, and after singing Auld Lang Syne, we said good-night, and issued
forth with the partner we had chosen for this, the last—and, as it fortunately
proved, the longest event of the evening.  McGILL  ANNUAL 39
The Freshmen held their Second Class Party on the evening of January 31,
at the home of Messrs I. and H. Gibson. This was the date of the proposed
Conversazione, but at the last moment it was postponed and the First Year
executive arranged for a party. In spite of the short notice, the affair was a
huge success. The programme was carried through without any delay, and
every event seemed most popular with the guests. First we had a very exciting
contest in which we invented names of authors, these names being suggested to
us by descriptive sentences. Some of the students thought up very pretty names
which filled the bill exactly and which any author would have taken a pride
in owning.
Then Mr. Jordan, our honorary president, gave a very neat speech which was
heartily applauded. This was followed by a couple of selections by our accomplished Triple L Orchestra. Mr. Le Messurier played the violin; Mr. Lett, the
flute, while Mr. Low accompanied them on the piano. Mr. Agabob then gave
us a little advice gleaned from his own experience with girls. The girls were
shocked, but the boys took minute notes on the speech.
The next contest was in the poetic line. We became for the time budding
poets, and discoursed on our partners' dresses in sonnets, epics and odes. Some
budded more successfully than others, but everyone made a more or less brilliant attempt at it. Supper was then served, and, when we had disposed of
many excellent sandwiches, cakes, etc., we were able to stand even a speech
by G. W. Scott, who was, with difficulty, induced to leave off eating long
enough to express his sentiments. Mr. Wallace entertained us with two songs
which were enjoyed by everyone.
Finally, having demonstrated our skill as students and poets, we were permitted to dabble in art. We were asked to illustrate popular songs, and were
cautioned to be sure and label them. Mr. W. Thompson won this contest. We
do not wonder that Mr. Thompson attends all the class parties, such things
being considered.
Since it was long past midnight the programme was now brought to a close.
A vote of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Gibson was heartily endorsed, and we set
out for home. 40 McGILL  ANNUAL
It is very fortunate as events have turned out that our Fifth Annual Dance
was a complete success, for it is the only outside function of McGill for the
session 1912-13. The guests, who began to arrive at an early hour at the hall
on the memorable twenty-ninth, were received amid a dazzling array of college
penants, from all over the wide world, interspersed with sundry of McGill's
implements of war, arrayed in battle order. But the eyes of the gentlemen,
at least were soon busy with other attractions as fair Freshettes and Sophs.,
began to arrive in all their splendor, and the evening began with the usual
joyous "scrum" with the programs "in play."
The music, that all important detail of the dance, was even more inspiring
than usual, so much so indeed that some of the fair ones could not refrain from
assisting the orchestra and lifted their voices in song.
Light refreshments were served in the supper-room which was resplendent
with streamers and shades of McGill red and white, and in spite of the efforts
of certain sordid individuals to monopolize the cake, the guests returned to the
ball-room, greatly refreshed. The orchestra was here very kind and furnished
several "extra extras" which in spite of their somewhat disconnected character were one of the features of the evening. At the far too early hour of 2:30
o'clock the merry-makers departed and special cars awaited their convenience without. A determined effort on the part of the employees of the company
to tax their passengers, was suppressed with characteristic promptitude by certain of the members of the dance committee and all sought their homes with
pleasant memories of what will probably be our last Alma Mater Dance. This
last effort on the part of the committee was only an instance of the care and industry shown by them in making the function a success. The members were:
Misses Pim, White and Greggs.   Messrs. McDonald, Muir, Ross and Moodie.
The members of our faculty were well represented by Miss Maclnnes,
Profs. Robertson, Munn, Robinson and Dr. Davidson. Our "Doc." rendering
invaluable assistance in the matter of lost partners.
The patronesses who kindly officiated were: Mrs. Robertson, Mrs. Davidson and Mrs. Robinson, McGILL   ANNUAL 41
It was the steamer Adelaide,
That sailed the wintry sea,
And the girls had taken Jimmy L.
To bear them company.
Now see amidst the rain's downpour,
High on the ship's fore-mast,
With terror-stiffened pompadour,
The valiant James clings fast.
'' Come down! Come down!'' the maidens cry,
'' That is no place for thee;
We brought thee on this goodly ship
To bear us company.
Then up the lee-side ratlines,
They swarm, a motley band,
While Jimmy, from his pinnacle
Looks anxiously for land.
And Jimmy glanced below with dread,
And soared another yard,
"Have pity, maidens fair," he cried
"Your footsteps pray retard."
I came not on this goodly ship,
To bear you company,
But to see a maiden aunt of mine
In Victoria, B. C.
A shout of righteous wrath burst forth,
From that goodly company
And they threw him from his pinnacle,
Into the wintry sea.
Take warning, fellow-students,
From Jimmy's awful fate,
And never sail the wintry sea,
To get a four-bit rate.
And never sail the wintry sea,
When females are on board,
Lest you, like hapless Jimmy L.
Fall victim to the horde!
Mr. Duryea to Billy Wilson:—Now raise your head, little man.     My!
,t eyes!   They remind me of Dolly at the Panama.
What eyes 42 M c GILL   ANNUAL
ARTS '15
A Scotchman was once asked what sort of wife he had. He replied,
"She's someone's handiwork but I wudna like to say she's a masterpiece."
Now on the other hand although Arts' 15 may not be the handiwork of the
faculty, it certainly is the masterpiece. This sophomore class, beloved by professors and revered by fellow students, has spent a profitable year in "following knowledge."
The class organization is under the supervision of very worthy officers. Mr.
Kemp, "a gentleman and scholar in his teens" with a more marked predisposition to athletics than to studies, is president. The vice-president, Miss Bollert,
plays a star game in the basket ball forward line, and "She's modest as any
and blithe as she's bonny." Mr. Duncan, altho' "he has a reputation for more
multifarious knowledge than any man of his time," still finds time to write-up
the minutes of the more or less stormy meetings, but'' I suspect his knowledge
does not amount to much. Prof. Robertson, M. A., holds the sinecure—honorary president. And that reminds me that English Politics are in a precarious
position at the present time and that Athenians did more for the world than any
people since, isn't that so? But to return, it may well be said of him, "This
is a man."
Arts' 15 is composed chiefly of girls, boys and theologues. The girls "are
noted as the handsomest young women in the country" and "if worst come to
worst will make incomparable old maids." The boys—"Fit to bear the
weight of mightiest monarchies." There remain the theologues: "A class
of modest divines who affect to mix in equal proportions, the gentleman, the
Christian and the scholar."
Time does not permit that we should record to you the excellencies, the
eccentricities and glories of all the noble band, but perforce a few must be
Lennox Algernon Mills; logician, metaphysician, bard; Miss Pirn, school
boss and second vice-president of the Alma Mater; Mr. Sutton, rugby player,
"Oh call it not fat"; Miss McDonald "Languid Lennie; Miss Brockwell,
basket ball centre and voracious eater; Mr. Clark " a dark Saturnine youth
with raven locks"; Mr. Newton, a literary light; Miss White noted for her
proficiency in chemistry and her extensive though somewhat 'eccentric' vocabulary; Mr. Gilchrist, "with angel look;" Mr. Bruce, "with his courtly bow;"
Mr. Craig, an ardent patron of the "Wrigley Spearmint Co."
But space forbids further mention. Suffice it to say that should its present line of conduct be continued, Alumni and Professors will look back with
pride on this class "which knew its work and did it." T»v©     VI Df»!      ©f    Thl       OWCHGSTB* QOCSliet*. 44 McGILL   ANNUAL
In past years the necessity of some sort of musical organization was keenly
felt by those who were in any way interested in the success of literary meetings, debates, and other social functions about the college. Two years ago an
attempt was made to bring into being an orchestra as an adjunct to the Literary Society, but "The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft a-gley" and
the effort spent itself without any immediate results. Ever since that time, how
ever, there has been a latent desire in the minds of a great number of the
students for such an organization and at the beginning of this term without
any fanfare of trumpets an orchestra entered the college world.
Ever since the Christmas vacation they have been practicing faithfully
and under the leadership of Mr. H. M. Drost have made marked progress. This
fact was evident to those who attended the literary meeting on the evening of
March the 7th, when the orchestra had its First Night before a college audience. Their initial performance came in the way of a mild surprise to the
doubting Thomases who always smiled when the word orchestra was mentioned, but now all misgivings as to the success of such an undertaking have
been dispelled, and the orchestra has at once become a potent factor in the development of a healthy college spirit.
With the continued good will of the student body and the Alma Mater
this movement will be placed on a firm basis by those responsible for its origination, and it is expected that pioneer work will be done next year in the New
University. It is the intention of the executive to extend their constitution
so as to include the culture of the vocal as well as instrumental talent in the
The personnel and instrumentation of the orchestra as in the presented
halftone is as follows:—Messrs. E. Le Messurier, J. A. McDonald, H. Galloway,
violins; S. Lett, flute; R. Creery, clarionet; K. Rosebrugh, cornet; J. J.
McLean, cello; H. M. Drost, bass and conductor; H. Nicholson, drums; W. L.
Frame, pianist. COLLEGE  ORCHESTRA
Top Row—N. Nicholson. J. R. Galloway, J. A. McDonald, K. Rosebrugh, S. Lett, H. M. Drost
E. Le Messurler, W. L. Frame, R. H. Creery, J. J. MacLean Editor—Miss GLADYS GREGGS. B.A.
ARTS '10
The members of Arts' 10, V. L. Manning, A. C. Skaling and R. G. Phipps
formed the pioneer third year class of McGill, B. C.
V. L. Manning is at present following the teaching profession, being
assistant principal at the Macdonald School.
A. C. Skaling is studying law in this city with the well-know firm of
Taylor, Harvey, Baird and Grant.
R. G. Phipps is studying law with McEvoy,, Whiteside and Robertson.
Miss Olive McWhinnie of Arts' 10 took two years of her course at Old
McGill and on her return married Mr. Neville Smith, a former M. B. C. man
and graduate of McGill.
ARTS '11
Of the graduating class of Arts '11 at McGill there were a goodly number
from British Columbia: J. V. McLeod, J. B. Boyd, A. J. Knowling, G. Lindsay,
S. D. Meadows, G. S. Selman, A. R. Thomson and 0. J. Thomas, M. Dixon, L.
Howell, L. Letvinoff, H. E. McLeod, E. L. Paterson, M. Smith, J. W. Willet.
Miss Edith Paterson, took a post-graduate course at McGill last year in
economics and received her Master's degree. She is at present studying law
at Osgoode Hall, Toronto, and doing brilliant work.
Miss L. Howell received her M. A. from McGill in 1912 and is now at her
home in North Vancouver.
Many of the graduates of this year are doing active work in the teaching
profession, either on the city staff or in South Vancouver. In this
worthy occupation we find H. E. McLeod, M. Dixon, M. Smith, J. T. Willet, S.
D. Meadows, G. S. Selman and 0. J. Thomas.
Miss Mabel McKeen, a popular member of this year, took her last year at
McMaster University, Toronto, and is at present teaching in the city.
But the shadow of mourning fell upon '11. Miss Lena Letvinoff, after
teaching for a few months in the Hastings School, was called away from us.
Her sudden death was a great shock to her many friends and fellow students,
by whom she is sincerely mourned. 46 M c GILL   ANNUAL
ARTS '12
Among the graduates in this year we find the following names from M.
B. C.: Ethelwyn Harris, Erna Papke, Edna Lehman, Gladys Greggs, R. Rowe
Holland and W. E. G. Murray.
Miss Ethelwyn Harris graduated with honors in Modern Languages and
at present is perfecting herself in that branch of learning.
Miss Erna Papke graduated, "in absentia", being forced by illness to leave
before the Convocation exercises.     She is now traveling in Germany.
Miss Edna Lehman is teaching in Victoria in the Fernwood Public School
Miss Gladys Greggs is teaching in the Macdonald School.
Mr. Rowe Holland is studying law in the city, and is the energetic President of the McGill Alumni.
Mr. W. E. G. Murray for the past few months has been doing journulistic
work in the East. We have received the pleasing news that he has been
awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for this year. He is the seventh Rhodes
scholar from McGill University.
Mr. John Turnbull, another member of '12 graduated from McMaster
University, Toronto, and is now teaching in the city.
Miss Elta Beckman is teaching in Kitsilano Public School.
Miss Annie V. Mills (the devotee of Latin), is teaching in her home town,
Miss Alice Corry, a member of the third year of '12 is at present teaching
at Naden Harbor, Queen Charlotte Islands.
Miss Christine Buchanan, who took her second year in '12 at M. B. C. is
teaching in Rossland, her home town, but there is a rumor that she intends
joining the Vancouver teaching staff.
Mr. Wilson is teaching in South Vancouver.
ARTS '13
In Montreal we find many of our old friends. In the R. V. C. we meet
S. H. Munro, G. A. Bolton, A. M. Keenleyside, A. A. Schwengers, B. Beattie.
All are completing their course in Arts and we feel confident they will graduate with flying colors in May.
In different faculties we meet the men of '13: H. A. Barrett and S. G.
Balwin have deserted Arts and joined the ranks of the gay medicine men. In
Arts we find E. A. B. Kirkpatrick, E. M. Des Brisay, E. D. Busby, A. S. Reid,
E. C. Davidson, D. S. Forster, R. G. Dunbar.
Miss E. E. Austin took a Normal course last year and is teaching in the
upper country. McGILL  AN N U AL 47
Miss G. C. Schwesinger took a short course at Normal and is expecting to
join the teaching profession.
Miss Annie Letvinoff is at present living in California.
Mr. R. Sargent is working with a survey party on Vancouver Island.
ARTS '14.
Several Arts '14 people are at Old McGill this year. In R. V. C. are:
Glady Rogers, Clovis Morgan, Margaret McNiven, Isabel Bodie, Nettie Lingle,
and Hazel McArthur.
Charlie McTavish is the lone man of Arts '14 who deemed it wise to leave
Vancouver's seat of learning.
Bertha Hosang took a business course this year at the Vancouver Business
Institute, where she was awarded a special prize for her accurate work.
During the 'Xmas rush, Mr. J. H. Buchanan paid a flying visit to Vancouver Island, including Parksville, where for the past year he has been taking a
tutorial course in school management.
Ethics Class.—Monday, after Arts 14 party and the football game, Mr. Buek
seeks light on the high cost of living, also predestination.
Miss Story.—(After Arts 14 party, at which so many were disabled.)
Well, I know now that there are two fruits which don't go well together—
a soft pear and a gooseberry."
In explaining this to the Board, our special reporter states that at 2 o'clock
Saturday morning following the party, Miss S. in company with two others,
prominent in college circles wended her way over Cambie bridge. In the
gloom of the early morning he thought he could distinguish the athletic figure
of the ladies' basketball coach, but we accept no responsibility for this statement.
Miss V-r-i-y-a|—"Well, if I had not gone to that party, nothing would have
happened.  & DRAMA & \
[Being a sketch of the late college play, which was to have taken place
in March.]
(Based on the prompt book of James Lawrence, that matinee idol, who
took a trip to Victoria once.)
Scene:   Skating arena.
Time:   Saturday morning.
''Music:   "No wedding bells for me!"
Enter G. W. Scott and Miss J. M. McLeod.
G. W. S. (Skating backwards, more or less gracefully): "Isn't the
weather charming this morning?"
J. M. M. (Skating frontwards, more or less likewise): "Yes, isn't the
ice lovely I"
Enter young child directly behind G. W. S. who frantically endeavors
to scratch his left ear with his right foot and at the same time keep his
J. M. M. (Clasping him fondly about the neck—or necktie):
"Save me, Gording, or if we must die, let us die together."
(She sinks gracefully to the ice). G. W. also bites the dust, but less
After the Greek Style.
Dramatis Personae:
Prof. K.—Leader of the Chorus.
Chorus—Chemistry Class with the exception of the Misses Pirn and
Miss Pirn—A mute (incredibile dictu).
Miss Ewin—Heroine of the play.
Scene throughout—Chemistry Lab. Room.
Ladies of the Chorus:
—"Oh! H, it is a gentle gas
Until its mixed with air
O'er C u 0, you let it pass.
But, girls, you must take care!''
!!BANG ! !
Body of the Play-
Chorus (in unison):
"0, to Miss Ewin, let praise be given,
She nearly sent us all to Heaven!" 50 M cC ILL   AN N UAL
On the West Pacific coastline
Fair Vancouver city lies,
She has beauty, power and riches,
Buildings towering to the skies.
But, of all her great possessions,
Ever dearest best shall be
Her new seat of higher learning
The University to be.
On a far flung, rocky headland
Sea in front, tall trees behind,
Stretching, spreading, growing ever;
Is this workshop of the mind.
Arts with its beloved branches,
Medicine, the art of art
Science—may it live forever!
These are but a little part.
Law and architecture flourish
By the side of dentistry,
Theologues stroll around the campus
Musing o'er divinity.
Midst these students, young or ancient,
Sports, true sports, in favour stand,
Rugby, basket ball or hockey
In some game each takes a hand.
O'er this vast domain of culture,
Rules a dean both learned and wise,   .
Doc. Mclver, M. A., B. X.
Working havoc with his eyes.
There's a residence for ladies
Guarded by a matron grim
Her watch-word is Constitution,
In old days we called her Pirn.
Gown and cap of the Professor
Hide the soul of that young clip,
As he wisely speaks on Drama, '
—College days his name was "Rip".
Spouts he Latin to the students
He whom we did Lennox call,
French is taught by maiden lady,
Cousin ('s) she was to us all.
Sacred writ in Greek and Hebrew,
Preaching and haranguing too,
Buck. Luckraft, and thee, oh Taylor! j
It has all been left to you.
Agriculturist is Moodie,
And he lectures on the "weed";
Tells how first men did discover
This great balm of every need. McGILL   AN N U AL 51
In the laboratories fitted
With all apparatus new,
Wee Luella and friend Douglas,
Generate, and boil and stew.
Mid'st the draughting and the drawing
Muir is grinning as of yore.
By his side, runs Rolph and questions,
Asking, quizzing evermore.
Mingled these with many others,
Ever leading bold and free,
Are these clever represents,
Of the old McGill B. C.
"Ideas" says an authority no other than the present writer, "are the coinage of the intellect." Let the exchange act as a treaesure house for the financing of future literary expeditions undertaken by our budding "Shakesperes."
The McMaster University Monthly has one fine article on Persian poetry
which makes one wish to know its author. Especially to be noted also is the
front page on which appears a short poem over the old familiar name of R. G.
The Sheaf—Univ. of Saskatchewan.
This magazine deserves special mention, as it has only recently appeared,
the first number coming out in November, 1912. It is already the model of a
college journal. Rather unusual and interesting are the agricultural articles.
The poetry commends itself. Here is a chaste extract, labelled "Irish's Evening Prayer."
"Now I lay me down to rest,
To study hard I've tried my best,
If I should die before I wake,
Then use me up for college steak."
The Gateway—Univ. of Alberta.
Another youthful paper, in its third volume, with not quite as much promise
perhaps as the "Sheaf" but nevertheless "going strong." It has solved the
problem of the knowledge of events by a regular article appearing each month
under the title of the "World at Large." Their optimistic outlook appears in
this little remark in the January number.    "Only 355 days until Christmas!"
Manitoba College Journal—Deservedly one of the best exchanges. It is
now in the 28th volume. Articles like these show that a magazine is a live
wire: "Choosing a Profession", "Itinerating in Spain", "Why am I a
Teacher", etc., and the humorous side is not neglected.
The Queen's Journal—published twice a week—Let us hope for something
like it in a B. C. University Daily.
Also to hand a Christmas number of the Lux Columbiana which, as well
as good material possesses a "goodly outside," in one of the finest cover designs we have met with. -an*
Prof. L. Rob—t—n—Pray, who is that a-coughin'?
McCreery—No, sir, its just me.
A policeman's like a cannibal,
He lives upon his feet
You see, my dears, he uses them,
In  covering his  beat.
Miss Wa—ne—"But I am really trying to get ahead.
Prof. H—r—y—Goodness knows, you need one.
Prof. Henry.—Probably you all know what Napoleon's soldiers did when
they reached Moscow.
Miss Taylor—Yes.    They ran away.
Prof, (with sarcasm)—"Ran away", is that precisely the term you would
Student—Oh!     I know, they beat it.
Mac (Science '15)—Say, fellows, here's a good story I want to tell you.
Exit the fellows.
Prof. Robinson (at the Alma Mater dance)—Can you imagine what a young
fellow surrounded by all those pretty ladies reminds me of?
Doc.—Give it up.
Prof. Robinson—A point in Geometry having position but no magnitude.
Prof. Jordan (entering during second year science draughting period)—
What is that suffocating odor prevading this room?
Prof. Mun.—Oh! Some of the class are "salting" their drawing.
Prof Jordan—I see, I thought they had shifted the chemistry room.
Dr. Davidson to Fitz-Henry who wakes up 20 minutes too late to answer
a question in Mechanics.
"Now, Mr. Fitz-Henry, you had better stay on this little wagon of ours
and not get off and run by yourself."
Sayings of Prof. Dutcher—1. Lecturing on Concrete.—"We made a dandy
dam once"; 2. On Surveying.—"It is necessary to put your mind in a kind of
dreamy state to do this trick."; 3. On Graphical Statics.—"Now watch me"
dashing down a dozen or so lines at all angles—"that's how its done—that
will be one problem.    It's easy." McGILL   ANNUAL 53
A gentleman (as defined by a junior).—A man who when a Latin exercise
is not done says: "That's all right".
Miss Pirn was heard to cry aloud in an unguarded moment: "I'm the
human ostrich, pass anything to eat right along".
Inery.—If 'Mills' can grind, can "White" wash?     No—but 'Dun—can'.
Prof He—y.—Gilchrist, discuss the subject: "Wide awake girls at college".
G—st.—"Don't know anything about the subject, sir."
It is expected that Mr. Newton who made his debut as a lecturer, in a recent literary event, will make a brilliant record for himself.
Miss Story.—No. I don't think C. 0. Scott and I could ever be affinities.
We're too much alike.
Prof. Robertson.—"Where did they get those Oysters, Miss Hardy?"
Miss H.—"From the Mountains, sir."
D. Ross.—"The last time I played football I remember my face got so
knocked about—wasn't like a face at all. In fact I thought it would never
get better.
Miss White.—"And did it? I mean, er, of course, I see it didn't, er—I
mean ''	
She meant well.
Prof. Henry to class in second year arts.—In discussing the topic "Dogs",
we will, of course, include the whole class.
Luckraft, translating.—The body of Hector was taken apart and washed.
Prof. Henry.—The meaning of words are constantly changing. Take for
example the word "soused". Formerly the word "soused" had to do with
salt, and its real meaning is "pickled";
Prof Robinson.—Robertson, I believed you and Sexsmith laid your heads
together in doing this Trigonometry.
"Robertson.—Please, sir, I didn't lay my head together.
Prof. Chodat, to Miss Shaw.—The passage is simple.     It means "he took
up a dancing posture."  Do you dance Miss Shaw?
Miss Shaw.—No, sir.
Prof. C.—Oh, you are a Methodist?
Miss S.—Sir, this is no place to discuss religious subjects.
It was rumored that some members of the class waited for an hour and
twenty minutes while Ian Gibson was having a panorama taken. 54 McGILL  ANNUAL
Freshettes on the whole are bumptious. This section of Arts '16 is no exception. The President of the class, Janet Wilson, a lass from the land of
Scot and Burns, has apparently been unable to curb their rebellious spirits. The
secretary is Isobel McMillan, a lady "pleasant to talk to".
As a whole the class is well represented in athletics. Muriel Carruthers
a former member of Arts '15, is captain of the B. B. team. Jean McLeod,
although "her jaw works like a loose shingle in the wind" plays a splendid
defence game and shoots a few baskets by way of diversion. She also holds
the position of secretary of Girls Athletics. Katheleen Rogers is captain of
the Hockey team which would have been had weather permitted.
Zella Hawe, a talented elocutionist, also graces the class, while Edna Taylor excels in Latin and various other things
Taken on the whole, with a little training they may all develop well.
When our reporter first surveyed the chubby maps of the latest addition to
the shining ranks of Science, did he have thoughts akin to those of Antony as
he faced the mob at Rome ? Most certainly not. Our reporter is more careful
of himself. Let Antony give to Science '16 what he gave to the Roman patriots
and he would forthwith derive benefit from the refreshing, though artificial
rain of the shower-bath downstairs. Our reporter knows as well as Shakes-
pere that "some goodly apples are rotten at the heart". How improving, one
would say to see their touching interest as they gather round and gaze upon the
mighty works of physics, with child-like wonder. But the touching interest
becomes less ethereal and more corparal, when the child-like ones, roused by
the discovery of an alien thumb-print on their pennant, proceed to determine
the vibration frequency of an Arts man's back-bone by rail-roading him up
and down the stairs.
Yes, in very truth, the Science '16 man is a bold, bad roughneck.
Approach as he recklessly matches nickles, like any magnate on the Stock
Exchange. Be a bird's-eye witness of him (for safety's sake) as he scatters
his feet over the polished floor at Lester's. Observe him as he devours, with
frightful voracity, the contents of "Life," while keeping a wary eye on the
door, lest some unfortunate, careless of life, should dare to inform him that his
presence is humbly requested in the draughting room. Do all this and
you shall gain insight into those times revived by Darwin, when might was
right and the fittest survived. Warned by a sudden stir, our discreet journalist seeks a point of vantage, whence he may view the slow line of departing
Freshmen. First of all that gallant band is Fergy—a hasty search of memoranda produces this information—Ferguson "Swede", our only original
blonde, other lesser distinctions:—Pres. Science '16; member, rugby team, etc.
Next arrives a long lank and brown specimen, whom a rapid glance at the
Rogues Gallery marks down as "Dutch" Eckardt, a notable character who
excels in various sports.   He is Sec. Football Club; member Rugby team; McGILL  ANN UAL 55
plays basketball and grins excessively. A terrific din now assails the reporters ears, and fingers in ears, he turns to discover the cause of the uproar. But
there is no necessity for alarm, it is only two of the loud-voiced specimens of
Science '16 discussing the elections. More search, and he discovers Rastus—
description—one huge smile—and again Beverley: praenomen extinct:— description : full moon, with out-growth of bristles at one of the poles. Intensely interested in their discussion, but scarcely able to get within hearing distance on account of an obstruction which he carries on his temples, probably
an exaggerated form of what is known as the "pomp"; comes the youth
known as Smithson whom we find marked down as Sec. Science '16.
But just here our reporter pauses to confess his error and offer apologies,
for owing to an unpardonable blunder he had neglected one of the foremost
celebrities. What he had hitherto regarded as one of those long iron rods,
necessary to Physics experiments suddenly moved and to our reporters' intense
mortification revealed itself as "Art" Taylor. Only the most abject apologies
can ever make reparation for such a mistake. Soon, however, a determined
movement began and the great men moved towards him with such rapidity
that he was only able to briefly note down such outstanding men as Kirk with
a grin to rival "Rastus," Reid (how came a "high-brow" to the Science ranks?
"Fitz" one of the few noble products of our fatherland, and Helme, may he
always as now, prefer the leather to the leather bound. With a final surge
and a parting roar, Science '16 vanishes.
Now bent studiously over their books, at peace with the world and even
with one another; now in earnest pursuit of the devil and his works; now
seeming themselves devils incarnate, with yells and crazy whoops exciting
direful attention from the Faculty: here calmly cogitating how to win debating
championships, there furiously rushing after basketball honours: sometimes the
quietest class in our college; often far the noisiest; the largest in size, and the
most varied in intellect: the summit of attainment in regulated mobs: the first
year class in Arts.
Arts '16 has by no means a monotonous life. With a most deliberate
man crying caution at one end, and a waffle-consuming wild man of Borneo
at the other, is it any wonder! Especially when its secretary-treasurer has
contrived such splendid schemes for its entertainment.
As president, R. M. Miller has conducted the meetings very capably, as
debater he has brought honour to the class, and as after-dinner speaker has
earned laurels for himself.
Although "Jimmy" Lawrence has rarely modulated his voice to the placidity of an after-dinner speech, he has frequently made it heard in other
directions. He is our Marshall. He is present in uniform in the boys' basketball matches, and in voice at the girl's games. An all-round true sport, he is
popular with both sexes.
Merrill Desbrisay, better known as "Debby", has a double office on
the executive, one perpetual and one periodical. He keeps our records, and
what money he is able to collect, and whenever an entertainment is ordained 56 M cGI LL  AN N U AL
by the class, he does two men's work on the social committee.   Best of all,
perhaps, he is one of the few of our class, who have made the football team.
"Billy" Wilson, one of our executive, is a man with an appetite in inverse
proportion to his size. He is one of Mrs. Woodside's most ardent admirers.
He is the smallest, but by no means the least, of the basket-ball team.
Another of the committee, Mr. Menzies, might be called its theological representative. His agreeable manner and readiness to work make him a pillar of the executive.
From Wesley Thompson, the last member of the executive, the class
will probably hear more than is usually expected from a rather diffident man.
It is rumoured that Mr. Thompson will bring us high honours in the next
track meet.   Good luck to him!
Turning from class organization to sport, we naturally think of basketball, because its chief exponent in our team, Ernie Boyle, is also counted the
best player in our college aggregation. More goals have been registered to
him than to any other.
Another of our players, who has attained to the college team is Southcott. With York as brother-guard he has done much towards bringing the
championship to Arts '16.
The last member of the team is Le Messurier, who bids fair to become
almost as well-known a basket-ball player as he is a violinist and cartoonist.
Mr. Agabob, master of several trades, claims our attention. When not
playing for McGill senior team, he captains the second. His eloquence
has led him to be chosen for the debating team, which was to have represented
McGill against Columbian College. As Art Editor of this Annual, Mr. Agabob
deserves much credit.
Mr. Wallace, another exponent of theology, is also a class representative
debater. With Miller he annexed the final victory in the inter-class legaue. Mr.
Wallace is also renowned as a singer.
G. W. Scott holds the presidency of the Literary and Debating Society,
is a member of the rugby team, and serves on the Annual staff.
We cannot help but make final mention of one other notable character,
namely "Mountain" Gibson. He is the most versatile man in the class He
sings, pole-vaults, joins vehemently in class discussions, and more vehemently
in the Rooter's Club, plays football, and stars at eating contests. With this
wide range of opportunities, he must certainly make a great name for himself in the world. McGILL   AN NUAL 57
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back in 1908. "The women of Britain, accompanied by chariots, used to
pursue crows on the top of walls by night.''   This has never been equalled.
It is reported that W. Beverly had a corking good time at Victoria on the
first trip. Several great minds have come to the conclusion, that if he had
been with J. Lawrence on the last trip he would have at least fermented.
Prof. Kendall.—"Mr. Douglas Ross, will you please remove your feet from
the desk so that I can see the boys in the rear seats.''
Scott (hungrily) in Spencer's delicatessen department to Lawrence.—
"What do you like best here?" Lawrence, "I don't know her name."
Ritchie, at Lit. meeting.—"Mr. Chairman, may I ask you a question?"
Chairman.—'' Certainly''.
Ritchie.—"What time is it"?
Robertson at close of Class Party, to Miss Hutchison.—"May I see you
Miss H., after turning down five others.—"Why certainly!"
Mr. Buck, translating.—It is a wicked thing to cast away the head.
Prof. McN.—Yes, indeed Mr. Buck, I should think it would be.
Miss 0. E. J. Cousins may be heard in the reading room at any hour in
her chronic exposition of "Platonic Friendship."     Is it possible?
Miss Pirn has another attack of spring fever.
Arts '15 had been congratulating itself on getting its president safely
through another year. But alas for human hopes! He has heard the voice of
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"Have you seen our College?
Awful   pretty  sight
Maybe you have passed it?
Noticed what its like?
"On the hill you'll find it;
Stands there all alone;
Looks quite plain and roomy,—
(Ancient  Doric  tone.)
Four square corners on it;
Full three stories high;
Co'vered with brown shingles;
Pleasing to the eye.
Maybe its not fancy,
But  its   big  enough,
Hundreds  study  in  it,
(Lessons always tough.)
"All the fellows enter
By the basement door.
Quite a classic entry!
Couldn't ask for more.
"Walk into the cloak room,
You'll And nails to spare.
On your right's the lunch room;
There you'll find a chair.
Or the biggest part of one,
Strong   enough   to   hold
Your suspicious conscience.
Can't stand more I'm told.
Two big tables in here
Made  of Douglas  Fir
Couldn't tell the diffrence,
(Stop your grumbling, sir).
"Maybe they are wobbly;
'Need  a brace or  two;
Long as they can stand up
Surely they will do."
"Over them are scattered
In a playful way
Dailies, weeklies, monthlies,
"Lit'ry place,"  you say.
"Up the stairs we go now,
Stop on the first floor.
On the right's the stairway
Facing the main door."
"Overhead's the time piece;
(Never  right  somehow)
Rings  twice every hour,
Makes  an  awful  row.
"See! the walls and ceilings
(Plaster's nearly white)
Can't find any  pictures?!
Guess you must be right.
"But such decorations
Proficiency  disdains;
For we come to college
To ornament our brains.
"Perhaps the doors are shaky
Mayhap the walls have cracks
But the student body
No atonement lacks."
"On your left the Physic's
Departmental stores
Really will amaze you
Push  those  swinging doors.
"Note the concrete tables;
Shelves nailed round in rows
Covered up with curios
Only "Doctor" knows.
"Tangent galvanometers;
Balances and weights;
Copper calorimeters;
Insulated plates;
Boxes full of corks and nails;
Thermometers   galore;
Compasses and tuning forks;
A hundred "ceils" or more.
"But we've got to hurry
There are other things to see
Down the jabbering hall again—
Come along with me.
"Here, the awful faculty
Keep  their rooms in  state,
Guide the reins of Judgment,
Deal the cards of Fate.
Here the ruthless registrar
Labors o'er his scrolls,
Keeps  up  correspondence,
Handles our bank rolls.
"Let's climb up another flight
(Don't stay longer there.)
Odors strong of chemicals
Greet you on the stair:—
Mysterious concoctions;
Combinations vile;
Horrible ingredients;
Mixtures full of guile;
Perfumes from infernal realms;
Colors ghastly green;
Corrosive sticks and red hot bricks
And molten acid's spleen.
H»S and NOi;
Bromide,  chlorine  and  all;
Gaseous flames with  Latin names
Explosions that appal.
Take the elevator quick
Get away from here,
Loitering about this hall
Is like to cost you dear.
Top flat is monopolized
By the Science throng,
Listen to them chattering
As we pass along.
Differential   Calculus;
Mechanics of Machines;
Analytic Geometry;
Interrupt such dreams:—
"Peacherino,  ain't she  Bill?
'Coming  to  the  Pan'
Great show at the Orpheum
"Going if I can!
Can't climb any higher
Got to stop alright.
But you've seen our college—
Isn't it a sight?
Listen to our Freshman—
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High is the goal towards which our conscientious student must set his
face, ifet with such mighty climbing, how great shall be his attainments!
He shall be able to read French eloquence with passion, and Latin eloquence
with sonorousness, English poetry shall he have at the tip of his tongue, and
mathematics at the roots of his hair. He shall mix compounds by his sense
of smell, and three other senses shall prove the undoing of physics. High up
in the altitudes of knowledge, he shall seem to us as a star in a starless heaven.
Yet up on his pinnacle such a student would miss some interesting sensations which, while he is still a weary pilgrim here below, are not wanting
to him. To be a perpetual agreeable surprise is the pleasing duty of the model
pupil. And thus for one tiny iota of time the evening before a Latin lecture,
he foregoes the pleasure of translating, to ramble through the maze of latest
politics. When Greek prose is in prospect, old English sonnets or modern
English rhetoric beckon. The dinner hour preceding a first year composition
period is spent in the application upon his colloquial vocabulary of the kal-
somine of the higher culture in language. Tam-o-Shanter extracts and certain musical Scotch lyrics are muttered on the way schoolward, to philosophy
or third-year composition classes. But he finds an interesting little problem
surrounding his practice for the morrow's English literature hour. Just
where, he wonders,lies the border-line between respectful silent attention and
mental vacuity? Perhaps not until the time for the eager perusal of his examination paper has arrived shall he know just what has been his attitude,
in the lecture room, on Spencer, Wordsworth, or Shakespeare.
In the calm upper atmosphere of knowledge this student would be without those invigorating little whirls of doubt which encircle him today. At
first he is positive that forwarding slips of paper during a lecture period is reprehensible. He is disposed to criticize that person who lately photographed
a professor at work. He even heaps scorn on the unpedigreed canine who recently turned aside from the accustomed path (hurrying nowhere very largely) and, wandered into an upstairs classroom where he tried to voice appreciation of Spencer's periods. In later years he knows he has been right
but meantime there comes a slight perplexity whether the paper may not contain what to one man is literature, and the photograph what to a certain
pupil is an addition to his knowledge of science; and whether the dog was
not acting from inherited motives, accentuated by his method of bringing up.
A qualm, similar to that tightening of heart most of us feel on attaining the
correct answer to a physics question, for a moment causes him to doubt his
conscience.   But soon the interval is passed and the climb recommenced.
We sometimes wonder how many of the students (?) here enjoying
themselves with their little troubles, will get to the top of even one of those
low peaks. There are probably one or two Rhodes Scholars and a Provincial
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preacher, and it is not entirely incredible that we have a great scientist. Within a few years we shall all have set up in something. In "Elsie Venner",
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