The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, October 15, 1893, Image 5

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    THE BATTALION. College Station, Texas.
the military department throughout the College. Breaches of
discipline are punished by confinement to room aud guard
room; extra tours of duty; demerits; suspension and dismis-
’he aptitude of the students for military instruction is
The following have shown special apt tude for mil-
rv service; Cgclet Captains B. C. Parsons and W. H. Mitch-
eTf/and Cadet Lieutenant and Adjutant J. W. Hawkins, all of
whom are desirous of entering the army as second lieutenants
by civilian appointment. Their general standing in studies is
good and they arPlipparently physically sound.
The College campus furnishes an excellent drill ground.
There are no facilities Iot indoor drill. The ordinance and
ordinance stores on hand, all of which are the property of the
United States, consists of 230 Springfield cadet rifles, caliber
45, and 230 sets of accoutrements, and are properly cared for
under the direction of the military professor. The rifles
are in excellent condition, but the accoutrements are old
and worn and should be replaced. None of the stores are un
fit for use. The full allowance of ammunition has been drawn
from the United States. The commandant’s office is in the
main college building, and was found to be in excellent condi
tion. The quarterly report has been regularly rendered to the
Adjutant General of the army and copies of all reports and corre
spondence are retained for transfer to the officer’s successor.
A morning report book is kept for each company and a consol
idated morning report book for the battalion. A guard report
book, order book and delinquency book are also kept. I re
ceived a view of the battalion of cadets, which was command
ed by First Lieutenant B. C. Morse, 18th Infantry. The cer
emony was well rendered and the battalion presented a fine
appearance. The review was followed by an inspection of the
battalion. The uniforms were neat and well fitting and the
arms in excellent condition. The accoutrements were clean,
but the leather Isold and not susceptible of polish. The num
ber of cadets present at inspection was 178; absent, 37. The
battalion was subsequently drilled by the commandant. The
drill embraced most of the movements in the school of the bat
talion and was highly creditable. The battalion drill was fol
lowed by company drills, each company being commanded by
its cadet captain, and the exercises concluded with a very
handsome drill by the select company. The excellent con
dition of the battalion reflects great credit upon the very ca
pable instructor, Lieutenant Morse. I visited and inspected
the dormitories, Mess hall, kitchen, etc., all of which
were found to be in good order. Very Respectfully,
P. D. Vroom, Major Inspector General.
Alexandria, La., May 25th, 1893. ^ -
R Tuuowfninute Oration. J j
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Mr. Chairman, Members of the Convention:—r-
Mr. Bocock, as the gentleman would haW-you believe, is a
wonderful man—born in Dog-days, reared in the wilds of Wal-
laho swamp. He was captain of a “chicken and watermelon”
club, whose motto was “Boys, have fun.” He was teacher in a
town ball team; also judge in a Kangaroo court, sometimes act-
ingas prosecuting attorney—in case the gentlemen who regu
larly filled that position was absent. So it is all through his
boyish days we observe him exercising a dominant influence
over his companions. I might go on enumerating many points
exhibiting the wonderful genius with which he is undoubtedly
endowed. He is now First Lieutenant and Quartermaster for
the “Ross Volunteers,” vice president of the Calliopean society .
and secretary and treasurer of the Fatman’s Club. As you
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have been told, the crisis is upon us and the only way we can
extricate ourselves from this great calamity, is to send men to
congress who have a copious supply of originately men, whose
heart and soul is with the people he represents. 1 feel assured
that there is not a man in this democratic assemblage, who
can say that he has ever been unloyal to those time honored
principles of “Personal Liberty,” “State Rights” and “Tariff
for Revenue only.”
Then, fellow democrats, if he is mentally and morally qual
ified to fill such a position, the next question is, “Is he the
man the masses will support ?” Why, if you should go out
among these Bohemians and hear how confident and familiarly
they speak of “Old Doc,” you would unhesitatingly say Yes.
My hearers, it gives me great pleasure to have the privilege of
seconding Mr. Bocock’s nomination, and X call upon'you in the
name of love of Peace, Happiness and Prosperity to cast your
vote and use your influence for Bocock for congress.
The Literary Societies-
Calliopean Society.
On September 23rd the society assembled in the Callio
pean society and had a good attendance present. President
Ross’ countenance was seen beaming above the desk. All
of the new members were initiated without further formal
ity, after which the society proceeded to take up the pro
gramme; which was both pleasing and interesting. Music
was delightfully rendered b^v Messrs. Polk, Cohen and Dechi-
man, for which the society very appropriately extended
thanks to the performers. On Saturday night, September
30th, the society was called to order, President Ross in the
chair. The society then proceeded to the election of officers
for the next three months. Those elected were:—
E. L. Bruce, President; J. H, Bocock, Vice President;, Har
per Speer, Critic; Massenburg, Recording Secretary; Polk^
Corrksponding Secretary; Mayes, Censor; Gilbert, Librarian;
Seweil, Assistant Librarian; Leary, Sergeant-at-Arms; Belden;
Assistant Sergeant-at-arms. After the officers were elected the
society proceeded to take up the programme. The following is
a short summary of the programme:—
Mr. W. M. Luckett favored the society wfith an oration
■which was much appreciated by all.
Mr. Mayes held the attention of those present completely
for a short time.
Tlm^essay by Mr. Beldin was good and well read.
,The society then proceeded to debate. Question—“Resolved
,H^iat Texas should maintain her militia.” The affirmative
side w r as very ably represented by Messrs. Gilbert, Japhet and
Leary. The negative, by Messrs. Bruce. Ross, F. and John.
All the speeches were short but to the point. The President
opened the debate to volunteers, w r hen I’m Dan Cushing in de
fense of the negative made a very telling speech which was
answered by A. M. Todd on the affirmative.
The Tribunal decided unanimously in favor of the affirma
tive, after which the society transacted some business of minor
importance and adjourned.
Austin Society.
Society Hall, Sept. 23.
Society was called to order at the usual hour, President
Pittuck in the chair. The society opened with a full attend
ance and an -interesting program was carried out. Quite a
number of new men were declared members of the society and
many more were initiated. The society is building its found
ation firmer at every meeting. The programme was carried