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1847, in which year Mr. Mitchell also began to
Ftudy law. But his health worrying him he
again wont to tlurope, and was in the Paris out
breaks of IS4B, which he described In his next
volume, "The Battle Summer," published the
next year.
Then tame the years in 'Tk Marvel's" life
■which have probably given him his most lasting
reputation, tin? years of the "Reveries of a
Bachelor" and "Dream Lift-." He had come
b:tck to New-York by thai time and engaged in
the editorship of a weekly paper of a humor
ously satirical nature, which was famous In its
day, "The Lorgnette." In this periodical, which
was carried on anonymously, Mr. Mitchell
amused himself and New-York people by a se
ries of tailing, but g i natured, satires on the
fashionable Foibles of the day. To his own con
tributions to this paper Mr. Mitch. -II signed ],j. s
fiist mini de plume, John Timon.
Still desirous of retirement, Mr. Mitchell then
published his "Reveries of a Bachelor," a small
volume of the tire side study type, which a 1 once
became widely popular, and which is still being
printed for each new generation of nailers, in
the first preface to it "Ik Marvel," as he then
dubbed himself, has this to pay about what he
had written: "I have, moreover, a kindly feel-
Ing for these reveries from their very private
character; they consist mainly of just Buch
■whimsies and reflections as a great many
brother bachelors are apt to indulge In, but
which they arc too cautious or too prudeni to
lay before the world. As l have in this ma, ter
Shown a frankness and naivete which are un
usual. I shall ask a corresponding frankness in
n:y reader; and I can assure him safely that this
is eminently one of those books which were
•never Intended for publication.' "
When the second edition of the "Reveries"
Was issued. Mr. Mitchell says that he began to
revise- the- be.e.k, and then, because revision
would have completely changed it, left it as it
was. He once wrote as to this: "The children
who sat for my pictures are- grown; the boys
that I watched at their game of taw, and who
clapped their hands gleefully at a good shot,
are buttoned into natty blue frocks, and wear
little- lace- bordered bands upon their shoulders;
ajiel ov< r and over, as I read my morning paper,
I am brought to a sudden pause, and a strange
electric current thrills me-, a.s 1 come upon their
boy names printed in the dead roll of the war.
The- girls who wore the charming white pina
fores and a wild tangle of flaxen curls have
now netted up all those clustering tresses into
a stately pompadour headdress; and they rus
tle past me in silks and do ne,t know ire-."
A.s to the way in which the "Reveries" came
to be published, Mr. Mitchell says that the
weekly papers in "The Lorgnette" were printed
In two small volumes by a small bookseller up
Broadway, "at the centre' of what was then the
fashionable shopping region." Th.ir anonymous
character produced much discussion, and the
booksell. r kept a diary of the remarks made
upju it by the- fashionable people who bought it
o\ei his dusty counter, "a diary," says Mr.
Mitchell, "which is still in one- e.f my pigeon
holes, scored with underlinings and radiant
with notable- New-York names of thirty years
since," row half a century gone. To <li ve-rt a
growing suspicion as to the authorship, Mr.
Mitchell tlie-n published under his own name the
fust "Reverie" of the- future volume, and which
came- e>ut in "The Southern Literary Messen
ger," then a leading literary periodical, printed
In Richmond. This first ''Reverie" was reprinted
In one of the first issues of "Harper's New
Monthly," then appearing. Mr. Pit Ids, of the
Boston house of Ticknor & Fields, declined the
ensuing chapters, and "Scribner's" then pub
lisheel the- entire book, "though," strange to say
at this time, "with only moderate hopes of its
SUCCeSS." The- beieik at uliir became widely pop
"Dream Life" followed in lS. r »l a book only
second In popularity tt < • the- "Reveries," and then
Mr. Mitchell married and went t « > Venice, ap
pointed by President Pierce a.s consul at that
place. In LSSS he- returned to this country and
Sibley College student who died from the effects of
too severe exertion in a thesis test.
retired to his farm at Eelgewood, near New-
Haven, where he has sine*; lived.
"Ik Marvel" Is still, at the age of eighty-three,
a steady student. He gives his mornings en
tirely to his library, and is never disturbed.
After his noon luncheon he takes a nap, and then
walks about his farm, or drives to the city or
through the Woodbridge Hills. Since he has
been at ESdgewood he has given much of his
time to landscape gardening, to the cultivation
of hedges and lawns and to general outdoor
beautifying, and with notable results. His es
tate is remarkable for Its shrubberies.
One Sibley College Man Dud lic
cently from Overwork.
Itha< a, X. V., May 1.".. It was at< rrible sh( i k
to the students and faculty of Sibley College,
Cornel] University, when the death '>: Ralph
Goldsmith Young, '01. a brilliant young post
graduate and instructing engineer, was an
nounced after that twenty-two-year-old \<<utr;
bad established a re< ■ ring stead
fastness in scientific research in-\
at th>- university. He was a realist, a I hi
sacrificed his lit" with an unusually promising
career to the furtherance of collegiate n
Health and limb had often i- i - ••
the work which is now making Cornell Univer
sity famous throughout this country, but life -
that was a different matter. A feeling
sprang up in tlje hearts of the tv." hundred stu
dents and faculty members of the Sibley En
gineering *'<>1 !>ge a feeling that will !•
by every man until time wears away the keen
edge of sorrow.
Toung waa not only an exceptionally enthu
siastic worker in the i ollege, but aimed to es
tablish new ideas, to discover new theories, and
h>' worked tirelessly to realize these ambitions.
It was whili • ngaged in a week's thesis test and
supervising the work of twenty young
that he overtaxed his strength and was e>\.:-
Toung worked for ninety hours in the
of the Genera] Electric Work-- of ConneUsville,
I'enn., with only six hours for sleep and rest.
During that time he spent six hours in water
a foot deep, while the thermometer registered
near the freezing point. Pneumonia followed
the exposure, and Young died in three days.
At the word every wheel of the big Sibley
machine Bhops stopped, books were laid aside,
instruments and tools wen dropped, and as one
man the students met without the doors of
the college, when the body was borne to the
station that day two lung tiles of Studei
professors marched beside the bier, and as the
coffin was placed upon the train to be taken
to Athens-on-the-Hudson for burial two hun
dred throats joined In singing "Alma Me ter."
It is probable that t tablei
th<- college to V
It will not be 1 for a tablet
of bioi se i mivei $
building in i

the Battle!
Brown . jje
•>' s " " -ests of
- class
■ ' . • swe red

was <!• .■ • . ..\ce ol
his duty.
. 9M Of
. rring !n
the liv( --. The
.'. pains
itruggle for
i ■ .
.sks of
n ith the :■ i thefir
Tests «if mammoth gas engines bring the young
students in touch with the most dangerous
operations. An imperfection in the material of
which the machine is made would mean the loss
of arm or limb to some student and perhaps an
even graver injury. In the electrical testing
departments there lurks an unseen danger. Only
recently two upper class men, whose identity Is
withheld, received from a misplaced snitch the
full current which carries power to a number of
small motors. The current passed through tha
bodies cf both men and entered the ground at
their feet. While in the position which they
occupied tht-rt- was no way of breaking the con
tact, and neither could move. Another student
saw the accident and for an instant watched
with horrified eyes. Then, after weighing h!s
own chances against those of his two friends, ha
jumped in the air and struck the first a glancing:
blow with his knees as he fell to the floor. The
young man was knocked down and away from
the dangerous switch, while the friend escaped
injury through his quick judgment in first free
ing his own body from the contact with the
earthen floor before touching the body of h?3
imprisoned coworker. The task of liberating
the second student from the switch was or.Ty
the work of a moment. Although none of the
trio suffered serious or lasting effects from the
electric shock, the two were unable to pursue
their regular university work for several d.iy%
James O'Xeil, 'SO, to-day wears one empty
eve while at his work in a Western mining
camp, because he once attempted to prevent a
companion from getting caught in a shafting:
O'Xeil was a senior, and. with a companion, was
"working off time in shop," when his companion
stumbled into a large belt. To save h!n from
being pinched O'Xeil threw his own arm ag-ilnst
the belt. The speed of the machine drew tha
arm between the belt and the pulley before It
stopped. His arm was so badly crushed thai
amputation of the injured member was nece^
sary a short time later.
While a class
working in 1
sity ramp:,- *-
i Mcl
Butte. M • •
He waa saved 1 I to
the cr
although o
cure his position A - '-.
hydra:: ! '■
ov. r the rocks by a ro] 1
Cutler from further I I
lowered, :' % r •• ■
of Cutl<r. and th<
safety befoi t
was n • .
had loosened the r
lowered Just In time to save the t ra from a
fall to the v.
A class b hydrau
tion at the new Tau- 1 power sta-
English, French Etchings
12 West 28th St GEORGE BUSSE

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