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JULY, 1 9 0 6
URING the month just past the schools have been holding both closing and commencement exer
cises. When a student completes a course of study in a college or university he or she is ready for commencement, to begin real life, to go forth to apply to affairs the theories and principles which they have been conning for a few years with the aid of books and teacher.
It is indeed a commencement, although he says he has finished his education. As a matter of fact he is not yet educated at all. His diploma shows that he has been instructed along certain basic lines. Now he is to apply this instruction and thus become educated, unfolded in power and capacity.
great deal more than others. This delusion is rudely dissipated, however, the first time they run up against one who has what he knows from practice, has been trained in the school of experience. The lawyer who knows human nature will win over the one who knows only the law.
In June we had a very pleasant experience. I had not attended a commencement occasion since I graduated from the Missouri University. So Mrs. B., Ralph and I went. I wished Ralph to have an introduction to the place where he is to go by and by to finish his edu
cation after he gets through the High School here.
We all had a most enjoyable time. Friends met us at the station of the beautiful, flowery woodland college town and took us to their home, the home of Dr. Ames, one of the Professors in the University. (I will explain here that at a great university the title “Doctor" does not mean one who gives drugs, or pulls teeth, or preaches.) Dr. Ames is a Ph. D., doctor of philoso
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phy. He and his lovely wife, my cousin Linnie, made our visit a most delightful one.
The Baccalaureate sermon was preached by Bishop Talbot of Pa., who recognized me in the audience as an old acquaintance and came to me afterwards. This was very pleasant. His sermon was broad and eloquent and full of helpful thoughts. It was entirely free from all the little sect follies of earlier days. It had much new thought in it.
After the sermon I went around on the rostrum
and ran up face to face with two of the professors to whom I used to recite. One of them hugged me right before everybody and said, “God bless you, Abe; I am so glad to see you." The other would say every time he met me, “You don't know how glad I am to see you." One old school mate, a son of Major Rollins, one of Missouri's grandest men, said, “I saw you in the audience and first said to myself, “That's Barton.' Then I said, 'No, Barton is an older man than that.'” Then he added, “I am delighted to see you. All of my recollections of you are very pleasant."
All of this made me happy. Would it not you?
I wandered about the familiar campus and the great buildings with childish delight, meeting old acquaintances and being introduced to new ones. Ralph has given you in the accompanying sketches a glimpse of part of the grounds. There are many great buildings on a beautiful campus of 400 acres of ground.
We had other addresses, the awarding of degrees to the many graduates and conferring of the honorary title of LLD. on Gov. Folk and two others. Then we, the Alumni, about 300 of us, gave a grand banquet. It continued from 1 to 5:30 p. m. We had speeches by Gov. Folk, President Jesse, Dr. Schweitzer and others. While only graduates and guests of honor were admitted, our rules permitted us to bring our wives. So Mrs. B. was with me and we enjoyed it all immensely. Ralph could not come in, but he said he did not wish to. Ralph is naturally inclined to avoid crowds of people.
We also visited Stephens Baptist College where Mrs. B. graduated the same year I did at the University. It is in the same town, Columbia. The school there had closed a week before, but some of the teachers lingered yet.
One day Ralph and I took a stroll out on the “Classic Hingston” where I had so often climbed the bluffs