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TliU Great Hnll Will Bo Inaugurated
mi October 1 In llio 1'rci.enco ot
lllzln-M DliriillnrlpsiitttioCliurcliln
America ami Willi Illes.liisH of His
Holiness, Pope Leo.
phy, tin Tuesday, October 1, marks an era
In the educational history if Washington.
It will also be the occasion of the greatest
pomp and ceremonial ot the Catholic failli
ever witnessed here. Mgr. Satolll, the
papal delegate, will make the opening
address, and Cardinal Gibbons, fourteen
archbishops and nearly a thousand priests
will take part in the sen id's.
On this date the Catholic Universlty
tbrows opens to the world her philosophic,
scientific and social schools and thus the
event marks the assumption or rull univer
sity status b this great institution. Here
tofore it has merely been a dilnlty college
ot a high order, Ihcu It w ill be a unci ersity
invested with authority aud equipped with
facilities, apparatus and lecture halls
second to none in the world. It will aim
to advance scientific research In connection
nnd competition with the other great
universities of the age; and It will strive
especially to lead Catholic thought upon
the western hemisphere.
The opening of these classes is the most
Important event of thecentury for Catholics.
It crowns the first century of the labors.ot
their hierarchy in this republic. The foun
dation of this institution has engrossed
the thought and has been planned since
the second plenary council of Baltimore
In 1G6; but it was not until the council of
1S84 that the Idea was considered prac
tical. At about this date the munificence
ot Miss Gwendolln Caldwell and her sister,
the Baroness vm Zedtwitz, by gifts of
$300,000 and $50,000, gave an air of
practical possibility to the project.
On May 24, 1888, the Divinity Hall cor
ner stone was laid, and on November 25,
1889. it was formally dedicated to Its
particular use. Tor two j cars afterwards
this was the only school. On April 27,
1892, through the princely donation of
Uuv James McMahou of nearly half a
million dollars, the corner stone of the hall
bearing his name was laid, and the vista
ot a true university career opened for this
institution Tlie event, to-day chronicled,
Is its consummation, and the Catholic
University sees before It a wide field of
useful labor, a career of honor, and a
hope of permanence for its work.
The Catholic church In this country, ex
cept through Its great teaching orders, the
Jesuits nnd others, has never before been
clsely identified with the progress of learn
ing In fact, it is popularly supposed that
Its tenets are not compatible with the ad
vanced theories ot science. Cardinal Gib
bons, the head of the American church, re
plies to this charge in ui.mistakable lan
guage: "The church does not ask science to
furnish proof of tier tenets, nor does she
pretend to fix the principles and methods
w hlcli science shall follow, but in return she
claims to use her authority concerning
things which properly pertain to her mis
sion ns teacher. When we consider the many
lypotheses or suppositions which during a
single century are put forward as the ulti
mute conclusions of science we have reason
to be thankful that the church does not
forthwith pronounce in their favor. First
ot all, learned men themselves are not in ac
cord Why should the church sustain one
Tiew and condemn the other? Again, a
glance at the history of science will show
that what Is received as irrefragable theory
In One generation is shattered sometimes by
i single discovery in the next.
"It is the church's earnest desire that
ruth should be made known as far as pos
slhle For this purpose the Catholic Uni
versity has been instituted, and It Is In the
furtherance of her plans that Mi Ma lion Hall
with, its wonderful laboratories and mag
nificent ncademies Is shortly to be thrown
open to the public.'
For this end neither time nor study nor
expense has been spared to equip McMahon
Hall with all that is modern or requisite
for the study of phjlcal science Dr.
Greene, the professor of botany, expressed
his surprise at the minuteness and care
lavished ou the biological department He
says it is the finest of Its kind possessed
by any educational institution In the
world, and Is equaled only by the labora
tories of the Drills) Museum.
In choosing the personnel of the facul;
ties of the new hall the widest tolerance
has been eterclsed. Ability alone has
been the touchstone.
Tope Leo XIII has not lavished Ills
favor on this university without pur
pose He has overreached all rational so
cialists by his utterances on labor. Hold
ing that the status quo Is right, be has
maked the evils of the present and fore
shadowed the remedies. In politics he
has raised a barrier against the divine
right of kings by prohibiting his clergy
from interference with tiie French repub
lic. He Is the most astute diplomat now
In Europe, and his every act shows a
policy shaping Itself with the rising
power of popular rights.
In nothing is his foresight better shown
than in his encouragement of the Catholic
University. It is not within the limit of
possibilities that it should ever fall, even
In the slightest degree, under Governmental
control. The republic Is sure to stand and
Its cornerstone is non-interference with
religion. It will be seen, therefore, that
tlie unh ersity founded here is under the very
best auspices, and these facts had a large
"pfludice upon his decision to erect it at
Washington, rather than In a commercial
jnctropolis, where possibly the financial
necessities would be more surely supplied.
Troperly speaking buildings do not add
to nor detract from the valup of a uni
versity. The faculty makes it worthy.
Borne of the greatest In existence are of
a dingy aspect and cramped In their quar
ters. Hut McMahon Hall presents a state
ly If not nugnlflccntappearanec. With the
Divinity building it is designed to face
upon a heart-shaped central campus. Mc
Mahon Hall is the base. Upwards of a
dozen other structures will sweep from
it towards the present entrance of the
grounds. It is of granite, rough and asli
tnlored. The central portion Is 105. feet
deep, and the front extends 2C0 feet. Tile
two w lngs are 70 feet deep.
Three lofty stories lend light and dignity
to its appearance. The interior finish
is in harmony. Massive iron flights of
slalrs lead to the upper floors. The en
trance hall, 19 feet wide, opens on a clear
f pace of CO by 04 feet, from w blchspacious
quadrangle ascend the stairways. On
each side of the first hall are the adminis
trative offices, the rector's on the enst
and the secretary's on the west. Back- of
tbese, and from each side of the great
wain hall, runs a transverse corridor 10
leet wide. The arrangement of the upper
Home of Science "
- -)! fc
- owning of McMahon Hall of
the New Catholic University
floors is practically the same. In all there
are over DO large rooms in the building,
rangliigjn tlzu rrom 30 bj 40 to 14 by 25
feet It is lntcrdcd that, besides the 6tudy
hall or laboratory memory for each aca-
1 dcnilo branch, the professor in every one
shali hae a private room for his personal
studies, or til be shared at his plcnbure by
his pupils. The basement floor is ial
with concrete and the main floor is In
mosaic The partitions are of solid brick
masonry, nnd all the floors have been
properly deadened ro tl at the i.oise of one
class shall not disturb another during
lecture or labnratorj work Tie building
is completely wired for electric light, and
piped forgas, steam and water. Electricity
and heat will be supplied from dynamos
and furnaces outside the building, and
which will furnish ls bei.efits to all
the halls of the university
The hall is in a modified renaissance
stjle, sonietmes .called Romanesque or
Neo-ItallaiL It Is notable for the perfect
balance of its tarts, aud eo harmonious is
the whole that the Idea of great size is
not oppressive to the observer. It only
seems proper and fitting.
A feature of the arrangement Is that the
lecture halls are separate from the scm
lnaria or academies, as they arc called In
university parlance. The former are in
the extreme northwest and northeastern
corners. if the structure,. Eachseminarium
will contain a small library made up of
those volumes most" frequently consulted,
by the student or. his, specialty. The scm
luarluni or academy Is the most important
feature of the university. Its use is dis
tinct from the lecture hall or laboratory.
It applies laboratory methods to those lines
of study which have books and documents
for their apparatus. Ill the lecture mom
the student absorbs knowledge through
demonstration and criticism. In ihefeinl
narium he is put on his own resources,
and by personal search after Tacts and prin
ciples he Is compelled to examine, select
and produce his own conclusions, or rcpro
elucc In his own way the ascertained re
sults ot -standard rrnrhtritles. In these
the student Is expected to conquer his own
difficulties, and to solve his own prob
lems; but llmprofessors are always at hand
to encourage or to guide.
The plans df McMahon Hall were drawn
by Messrs. Baldwin & Pennington, ot Balti
more, the same architects who designed
Divinity Hall, and the building was erected
under contract by Mr. Edward Brady, of
The cost or building and equipping this
great hall is.estlmated fit $300,000. The
expense of the scientific fittings and ap
paratus necessary equalled the cost of the
building proper. Ordinarily lecture halls
are Eupposed to be complete with a black
board, a platform, proper ecats and a piece'
or chalk. In this case these rooms are not
only supplied with fixtures for the projec
tion of dissolving views by lime and elec
tric light, but complete apparatus Is sup
plied for electrical experiments of any
character. The appointments of the labora
tories arc on the same adequate scale.
Curious gas and electric burners, baths,
tables, scales and instruments abound.
The idea Is that eacli student shall have a
separate outlft for his work.
There is no accommodation in this hall for
dormitories. It is designed for work, not
rest or recreation. All of the spacious
apartments are for the purposes of study
or the necessary administration of offices.
The students must find accommodations
for board and lodging outside of Us pre
Men who have taken a degree at any
recognized college will be admitted to
membership, or If a degree has Lot been
taken and the applicant is willing to stand
examination for the degree of A. B., soon
after admission, be will be received on
probation or conditions.
There is a growing disposition among
an Influential body of the faculty to ad
mit women to the full courses It even
seeing that they are In a majority. This
question will come up for settlement be
fore the board of din-dors, which meets
on the day1 of the dedication ot this hall.
Tljf board Is composed of the fourteen
archbishops of the United States. What
their decision will be can hardly be Vre
shndowed. but, as heretofore fully stated
In The Times, It will be strongly and
favorably urged upon their consideration.
The advocated of the new woman back
up their arguments by many historical
prco-dents. They claim that the ancient
universities under Catholic rule never
The Mnln Stlurwuy.
sought to bar women from their classes,
and they cite many Instauces.-notably that
of Bt. Theresa, of France, who took the
degreeof D. D. at the University of Padua.
What the views of such a man as Cardinal
Gibbons arc it is hard to guess. He delights
to quiz her, saying that "the new woman,
God bless her, Is not new at all. She is as
old as Athens." It is probable that his tol
erant nature and catholic, taste -win org
him to stand her friend now, even if he re
fuses her a patent of novelty.
The Hall of Philosophy is Intended to ac
commodalcslx great branchesof knowledge,
viz , the departments of philosophy proper,
letters, mathematics, phjslcal sciences,
technology and biological sciences Each
of these sclentvs will be specialized to the
utmost, because It Is no longer bclleed
that one man can be expert In all branches
of knowledge. It Is the specialist whose
work Is valuable in original research Stu
dents, therefore, will lie encouraged in cery
way to 'choose a specialty, a hobby, as It
Is popularly styled. In this and Its cognate
or related tclenevs be will be expected to
perfect himself. He must learn not only
what has been ascertained, butmust devote
himself to personal and original research,
so that at the end or his university career
he will have added something, little or
much, to the gc'Lcral fund.
Sociology is glen the honor of a special
school, which will devote itself to the
imestlgatlou or all social problems that
Interest organized society, under its three
great heads or social dev clopmenl. political
institutions and economic adjustments.
With this latter the school or Jurispru
dence will be Intimately connected. The
philosophy or the development or law in
the civilized world will largely engross
the attention of the students.
The preparations made for tlie lnvcsti
gatloa of social ami psychic problems
stamps the university ns broad minded.
These comparatively new sciences are ex
erting great influence In the world. The
university intends that its students shall
be adepts in both theory and practice.
Besides the Divinity and McMahon Halls,
the building and equipment or which cost
upward or $500,000, the university had
A Group of
invested at the date ot its last financial
report, $425,910.80. Tins sum has been
placed In different Investments by Mr.
Thomas E. Waggaman, of this city, who
Is the financial agent of this Institution.
During the past year about $150,000 has
been received aud npproprtialed to the
uses or the donors, details or which have
appeared Irom day to day in The Times.
Tlie splendid girts or the Misses Cald
well, Mr. Eugene Kelly and Mgr. Mc
Mahon or courso are the bulk or tlie bulld
lugandinvestedlunds. Theseof themselves
amounted to nearly a million ot dollars.
There Is some curiois but reliable f-fl-sip
afloat about Mgr. McMahon's gilt. It
was not ahvajs his intention to endow
the university. Atonetlnielt wassupposed
that fie would leave his fortune, to the arch
diocese or New York, and at another period
lie made definite mcrtures to the Jesuits
to endow a college for them. His condi
tions were very similar to those imjipsed
on the university, that half his fortune
should remain under his control until de.-th
and that he should have a congenial home
tor his declining years to pursue hlsstudles,
aud that the college erected with his means
should bear his name.
To the surprise ot every one the gift
was declined. Tlie rules of the Jesuits
forbid that their colleges should be narupd
for any living man, and, further. If he had
entered the Jesuit order his vow of pov
erty would have prohibited him owning
a slnglo dollar in his own name. Mgr.
McMahon, according to Dame Rumor, is
nc of the few men who have had the
unique experience of dlfllculty In giving
away a fortune; but "There Is J destiny
that shapes our ends, rough hew them as
wo niay."
Two definite plans of extension arc al
ready under consideration. One contem
plates an adjunct ball to the ivcscnt school
of philosophy. The other proposes to
build a southern wing to the Dhlnlty Hall.
The. great library, which now occupies
the basement chapel, will be transferred
to this wing, while the basement will be
thrown Into thirteen altars. The divinity
studei.ts are all priests, and are obligated
to say mass every day. There Is scant
accommodation for their large number in
the present chapel. Hence the contem
plated enlargement, which will be actively
pushed as soon as the faculty and adminis
tration can spare time from the present
pressing affairs.
It would appear that the numerous
and spacious chambers of McMahon HaU
QuS. VTScxtS
would afford space fuf jill time for the,
aeparinieius now m-cupying it. nut al
ready there Is a cry Jor rioni. The law
school wants a buildlng,jinct the biological,
psychological and physical laboratories
and museums arc crowded. Plans for the
erection of a new buljdtng are being laid.
It will be to (tieeast and south of McMahon
Hal), and on a scale " ."W1 magnificence.
Dr. Pace, dean ot tbo faculty of McMahon
Hall, has announced iieperal terms that
the public lectures qp topics or popular
Interest will bo mora generally supplied
now that the new ball Is available- He Is
not jet able to announce the courses, but
will undertake their arrangement immedi
ately arter tho university .classes settlo.
down to work.
Among these, the lectures or Hon. Carroll
D. Wright, who will occupy the chair or
economies, and those or Judge Robinson,
dean of tbo law school, are attracting
considerable speculation. Mr, Wright's
utterances on social ethics will have great
weight on this leading question, and Judge
Robinson, coming as he does, from Yale,
with twenty jears experience there, will
revolutionize tho District law course.
The Catholic University Is under a pecu
liar government. By request of the plenary
council, IhePope, In erecting thcuirvlersitj',
specially provides thaL it shall never pass
under the control of any religious order,
but should remain under the control ot the,
archbishops and bishops of the United
States, Consequently the board of directors
consists or Cardinal Gibbons, chancellor;
and the following archbUhnp-and bishops:
John Joseph Williams, or Boston; Patrick
John Rjan, of Philadelphia: Michael
Augustine Corrlgan, or New York; John
Ireland, or St.PauI;Pl.icldcLou Is Chappelle,
or Santa Fe; John Lancaster Spalding, or
Peoria; John J. Keanc, titulary bishop or
AJasso; iM. Martin Marty, ot St, Cloud;
Camillus Paul Maes, ot CovlrgUm; John
S.Foley, of Detroit; IgnailusF.Horstmann,
of Cleveland, nnd Right Rev. J.M.Farley,
Ticar general ot New York. To these have
been added Rev. Thomas Lee, pastor of Sr.
Matthew's, and Mr. Thomas E. Waggnnian,
both of this city, ami Mr. Michael Jenkins,
of Baltimore. Bishop Keano Is the rector
and Very Rev. Philip J. Garrigan Is his
assistant, and the executive officer of the
Of thcee two latter gentlemen little has
been cald In this article. Their work is
too well known here to neesl comment. They
have both rtrongly identified themselves
with local affairs, mid "the people know
and esteem them. On matters of public
moment that conic within their pur
view, they have often sixken In no uncer
tain terms. Their work- Is their monu
ment nnd their glory. In telling of it
The Times tells best of the men. Suffice
it to say that they make the motto of tba
unlverelty theirs "Dcus. lux mea" God
is my beacon.
Another man Intimately connected with
the public affairs of the unl ersity Is Rev.
Alexis Orban, the librarian. Dr. Orban is
a man of books, and to -tti scientific world
around Washington, lie is what Librarian
Spofford is to the general puWlc.Dr. Orban
is a native ef France, nnd a student or the
great Sorbonne. He coxae to this country
IiijjlSTC, and was a proles sor at the Sulpl.
tlan Seminary at Montreal. In 18S8 he re
turned to France aud was engaged in the
university at Sorbonne when he received
his present position. I)?. 'Orban has rnany
warm friends In nil classes, 'but jiartlcu
larly among tho lcgntfons',;!M. Pattnotre In
particular being his intimate friend.
The man to whose munificence the unl-
versify owes, so much deserves more than
passing notice. He is so rescn e-d and mod
est that, although now a resident of Wash
ington for more than three jears, he Is
scarcely known except by his works,
but in those he is honored. He Is a man
of rare ability, a ripe scholar and a cul
tured gentleman. His life has been spent
in good works.
Rev. James McMahon was born in Ire
land in 1815. He was educated at May
nootb, the celebrated divinity college near
Dublin. His uncle, Rev. James McMahon,
was for many years president' of" this col
lege, nere at the early age of twenty-five.
Father McMahon 6htwed the great finan
cial ability which hag distinguished his
later life. Inheriting- a niode-st fortune
from bis father, who was a merchant in
Dublin, be increated his store by literary
work and lectures, and at the cost of $30,
000 erected at Maynootb a memorial hall
or letters in honor or Jils deceased parents.
From Maynootb he went to Paris, where
be entered the order or Bt. Sulpicc and
studied for some timpTqt tb Sulpitlan
seminary. He came YrjATrjerica In 1840,
and was first located with the fathers of
his order In MontrlillHaving formed
the acquaintance of Bishop .JIughes, of
New York, Father McMahon decide o
sever his connection wlth'the Sulpitlan s,
and he became ailiated'with the secular
clergy of the United Suites in 1843. His
first mission In New YorjTcity was that of
assistant pastor or SfvMiTry's, Star or tho
Sea, near the battery! Ii 18C0, he was
appointed pastorof the Church of St. John,
Ear ( kyil
I J QjC& -"Ulli" yV
JToar Famous Prelates and. Teachers.
Mgr. McMnlion.
the Evangelist, and here Father McMahon
laid the foundation of his future vast fortune
by purchasing at a low figure a large tract
of land near w-bat is now Riverside Park,
and other lots adjacent to Fifth avenue
and the present site of the great New York
Cathedral aud of the famous Vanderbllt
palaces. Father McMahon was pastor of
St. John's for over twenty-five years, and
was greatly beloved by bis people, who
always found In blm a wile conseilor and
a generous friend
His management was tempered by kind
ness and Justice, and when he turned his
parish over to Archbishop McCloskey In
1876 he left his affairs In a most flourish
ing financial condition. The parish of
St. John's having been tnken In by the
new cathedral, the archbishop appointed
this able -priest pastor of St Andrew's
a most Important charge, as the church
was heavily in debt and its re-sources very
scant The same success attended all
Father .McMahon's efforts, and his specu
lations in real estate tune Increased so rap
Idly that he had become one of the wealth
iest clergj men In the United folates
In 18U0,aithe advanced ageof seienty
slx. Father McMahon decided to give up
the nctUe life of a pastor and spend his
declining years at the seat of Catholic
learning near Washington He there-"
fore made the magnificent donation of
nearly all bis fortune. $400,000, to Bishop
Keane, asking in return only a quiet re
treat for the evening of his life. He has
lhed since that time at. the university, the
slmplc, unostentatious life of a fervent
priest and a devoted scholar.
Almost every day since work was be
gun on the great hall which will make
bis name famous In the centuries to come
Father McMahon has been an Interested
observer of lis progress. Although In his
eightieth year, he is a grcatpede-strlan.and
Is a familiar figure In the numerous coun
try walks surrounding the university
As a scholar Father McMahon has a
brilliant record. In 1848 he published
an entirely new version of the New Testa
ment, founded on Challoner's version of
the old Douay. He has also edited critical
works of great ability, notably the Hay
dock Bible, publishe-d in 1875. He has
devoted considerable time and study to
the" Hebrew language, and his researches
are of the utmost Importance In this
branch. To quote the words of Bishop
Keane. In speaking of the venerable bene
factor of his institution, "he Is no t only our
edification in priestly virtues, but our
spur In scholarly research and accuracy."
Music Is especially the solace of.Fathcr
McMahon's life. He Is fully creed In the
ecclesiastical masters, and has revised
many selections of church rnusle. He
Is very proficient in the manufacture of
m os kill instruments, aud lias patented
sc eral Improvements In the modern church
-organ. In his apartments ai ine university
Father McMahon has quite a collection of
musical instruments, and he can be heard
practising sometimes hours at a (line.
ne is particularly fond of Moore's melodies,
which he performs with great sweetness
and pathos.
On November 29, 1894, his Holiness
Pope Leo XIII, wishing to confer some
particular honor on this generous priest,
made him monslgnor, or a niemlier of his
household. The Tope bestowed the title
through his ablegate. Monslgnor Sa
tolll, who gave a sumptuous dinner at his
residence on I street. Cardinal Gibbons,
Bishop Keane and the entire raculty or
the Catholic Uni ersity were present on
this auspicious occasion, and the Papal
delegate inade a very beautiful address,
praising the 7eal and generosity of this
encrable priest. Monslgnor McMahon
will be one of the most notable personages
in tlie notable assemblage gathered to
witness the dedication or the hall on Octo
ber 1, and after the official precedent
always accorded the Cardinal anJ the
Papal delegate, he will be the guest or
honor on that occasion.
It Is noteworthy or this venerable man
that twice during his active priesthood
when his church was destroje-d by fire
te rebuilt It out or his own means The
fortune which he has so lavished on good
works Is the result of wise investme-nt
or his patrimony and the emoluments of
his literary labors and patent rights
While ever giving from his funds, again
and again they have been returned to
him a hundred fold.
A better Idea of the eourses of the uni
versity can be had by some biographical
mention of the men who are to conduct
them than by noting the dry list of studies.
The array or talent Is imposing, including
as it does some or the most notable names
among the school men of the world.
Rev. Edward A. Pace, dean of the new
faculty, is one of the votingcst members
Of this distinguished body or teachers. Dr.
Pace was born in Staarke. Fla , on July 3,
18C1. He attended the public schools un
til his sixteenth jear, when he entered
St. Charles' College, in Elbcott City, Md.
In 1880 the president or the college, recog
nizing the superior talents or this young
seminarian, sent blm to Rome to pursue
bis studies in higher philosophy and the
ology. Five jears aiterward he entered
the famous theological seminary at Lou
vain, Belgium, where he took the degree
ofD. D.
Being from his earliest jears interested
In the newly-developed science of psy
chology, Dr Pace determined t make
this branch a subject of especial research,
and with this object In 'view he became a
member of tlie Academy of Experimental
Psychology at the University of Lelpslg.
In 1889 he took Hie degree of Ph. D.,
graduating with the highest honors of
his class The Father Mathew Total Ab-
lj6'Be,S " iswuV P-
stlnence Society haVTuenelowecI " a" chair'
or psychology at the Catholic University,
Dr. Pace came from Germany to fill this
mportaut position, and bos been connected
with the divinity hall since 1891. In De
cember, 189J, be was selected dean of the
McMahon Hall faculty, with the additional
honor or occupying the chair or higher
Dr. Face is best known In Washington
as a lecturer on the popularthemes or
hypnotism and mesmerism, ami his ills
courses on these subjects ure-f-grcat in
terest in the educational world.
Dr. Daniel Qulnn, president of the
Academy ot Hellenic Arts, Js a native
or Yellow Springs, Green county, Ohio.
Dr. Qulnn first acquired tC lovfl of Greek
from his tutor, Dr, Engberhspf,.Cincln
natl, and at his suggestion, went to Mount
St. Mary's, atEmmlttsrjtrrg7MdrAfterordl
natlon, in 1887, Dr. Qulnn went to Europe
to avail himself of the great facilities of
the University at Athens. Here he Joined
the American school of archaeology and
was for some yean) Its president. On his
return to this country, he became professor
ot Greek at his Alma Mater, Mount St.
In 1891, Dr. Qulnn jccelvcd tho. sum
mons to fill the chair otGreclc In the
future McMahon Hall, and in the 'same
year he again went to Europe, the more
thoroughly to equip hlmseir for this work.
He once more entered the University ot
Athens, and in 1893 he took the degree of
Doctor of Letters, and of Philosophy,
being the first and only American on
whom tills honor has been conferred.
Dr. Qulnn returned to ibis country
a Tew weeks ago, bringing -with him one
ot the finest Greek libraries on the conti
nent, anil the type Tor the Greek Journal,
"Tlie Nike," Greek for Uctory, which he
will edit aud publish lu his academy.
Tills will be the first Greek college Journal
ever published In .America. ......
Tlie ancestry of the professor or botany,
Edward Lee Greene, werearrjing the early
colonists or what Is now the State or Rhode
Island, having settled there Irom England
before the middle of the seventeenth cen
tury. Prof. Greene was. born nearJTopkiiv
ton, In that State, In 1843.
Removing with hts parents In early boy
hood to Southern Wisconsin, he obtained
his literary and Bclentiflc education at
Albion Academy, from which Institution
he received the de-gree of bachelor of phil
osophy In 18G6.
After the completion of his college
course, Mr. Greene engaged for a few years
In teaching, ttKjugh continuing tbepurEult
ot eiiccial botanical studies; a branch
of science in which he had been deeply in
terested, and which he had pursued zealously
almost from childhood.
In the beginning ot the year 1870 he
made a Journey to theltocky fountains of
Colorado, having chiefly In view the bo
tanical exploration of that new and In
viting field for research. Eteieil years
later he was called to give a winter course
of lectures on botany in the University ot
California, and In 1880 he was invited by
the Board-of Regents to assume charge
or the department of botany in that insti
tution. This professorship, after ten years of
eminently euccessful occupancy, he has
resigned recently to accept the chair of
botany In the Catholic University of Amer
ica. Prof. Greene iB a member of various
learned societies In leading cities of
America and Europe, and the following
are among the number or his somewhat vo
luminous botanical writings. "Pittonia,"
"Illustrations o! West American Oaks,"
"Flora Franclscana" and "Tbo Muual
or the Botany of the Region of San Fran
cisco Bay."
Thedegrce of LL. D., was conferred upon
Prof. Greene by the University or Notre
i lie Librarian nt Work.
Dame, which recently celebrated its gold
en Jubilee, Junf 12, 1893.
Rev. George M. Se'arie. the head of the
mathematical aud engineering department.
Is the well known astronomer and author.
He was Iwnfiu England, butcame to this
country at an early age He graduated
at Harvard in '75, and for some years was
Instructor in mathematics At the United
States Naval Academy. Having obtained
great eminence as an astronomical calcu
lator, he was appointed In the United
States Observatory, and ten jears ago,
becoming a convert to the Catholic faith,
he Joined the congregation of the Paulist
Fathers lu New York City. Dr. s'earle
has been associated with the Catholic Uni
versity since its opening; in 1890. He is
the author ora geometry which Is a familiar
tcxt-lmok lu colleges. Last summer he
published a work explanatory o! Catholic
doctrines, entitled "Plain Facts for a
r.ilr Mind." which has made, a stir in
non Catholic circles.
Rlnl du Saussure. the associate of Dr.
Scirlc In the mathematical department.
Is a nativcof GeneSa, and comes rromthe
celebrated family of Du Saussures, who
have contributed eminent scientists to
Switzerland for generations past. He
Is a graduate of The Polytechnic, of Paris,
where he took the degree of C. E. He
lias lioen a professor In Johns Hopkins for
some time and Is a Ph.D. or that Institution.
Dr. Henri Hyicrnat, president ol tlie
Academy or Semitic Languages, is one or
the most distinguished linguists that the
century lias produced, and has been honored
by tlie French Academy for his ast and
valuable archacloglcal researches. He
was born near Lyons In 18Ti8, and wascdu
cated at tho Petit Seminalre or St. Jean,
near that city. He was ordained a priest
In 1882, and went to Rome to become chap
la lnorthcChurch"St.Louis-or the- French."
In 1883 he was appointed professor of
Oriental languages at the Apolllnalre and
Interpreter athc Propaganda, "or Roman
College. Here he was a theological pupil
of Mgr. Satolll. In 18S9 he relinquished
the Important position he held In Rome
and liecame one oUlienJwsuxjtroXessirs
of the Divinity Ball, being one of Un
original four who -left- Europe for this
Dr. Hyvcrnat is also a great traveler, and
has spent much timoliiRtudyingthe dialects
of Armenia, Babylonia, India, Egypt, and
the Coptic tongues. Two years ago, he
siient a summer among aba different tribes
of Rocky mountain Indians, and is prepar
ing some text books on their languages.
Doctor Hyvcrnat has. closely Identified
himself with American customs and insti
tutlons, and is gTeatly beloved in the
fields of missionary labor.
Rew Daniel Shea, fills the Important
chair of physics He is a New Erglardcr
and a graduate ot Harvard, where he
taught the physical sciences for some
years. Lately he has been at the head ot
the fame department In Itc StaSi- Univer
sity of Ulltols, at Chan-rcgce;
Rer. John Joceph Grf'ls, ir fe. tr
or chemistry, is a BoMorlnn. Di, Grilfin
studied at the public schools, aLd early
evinced a love for the department of
science. In whieli he has beccme to em
nent. He received bis collegiate educa
tion at the University of Ottawa, bat
studied also at Harvard For tie I,- Ft focr
years he has been devoting bis time to the
development of practical chtmfctry at
Johns Hopkins, and In June, It 915,1 etcel:
the degree Ph D In tlat itttitutlcn.
Dr. Frank Kenneth Cameron, the aeso
claWprorecsor or Dr. Griffin la the depart
ment of chemistry, wa3 born In Baltimore,
In 1809, and received his preparatory edu
cation la the public schools of that city.
He entered Johns Hopkins and received
thedegreeA.B. in 1891, and Ph. D lnl894.
Dr. Cameron held the cage fellowship at
Cornell from '94 to '95, and was a member
or Sigma XL Dr. Cameron Is the youngest
member ot the faculty, being only in his
24th year.
Charles Warren Stolldard, who will be
professor of English literature. Is the well
known newspaper correspondent of the
San Francisco Chronicle, who became fa
mous by his writings on Hawaii.
Mr. Stoduard was born in Rochester, N.
Y., August 7, 1843. He received his edu
cation in Columbia College, New York
city, and also studied at the University of
Prof. Edward Lit? Groeno-
Calirornla. In 1864 he Hrst went to the
Hawaiian archipelago and reeided trere
lor Eome jears. His writings on the lives
and customs or these islanders are the most
valuable extant. Among his works the
beet known are a series or ittems called
"South Sea IdylB" and "The Lepers or
Molokal," a history or the Taraous labors
or Father Damlcn.
In 1885-66 he taught English literature
In the University of Notre Dame. In 1890
Mr.'Stoddard.accepted the place of lectur
er on English In the Divinity Hall of the
Catholic University, which position he re
linquishes to become a member ot the new
faculty of philosophy.
Maurice Francis Egan is one of the most
familiar names In modern Catholic liter
ature. He Is a native of Philadelphia, and
was born In May, 1652. He first be
came prominent as the editor of the Free
man's Journal, having In 1881 succeed
ed that brilliant if Irascible Journalist,
James McMasters. In 1683 he was ap
pointed professor of English literature
at the Notre Dame University, a position
which he filled with great brilliancy.
He leaves this university with the uni
versal regret of his associates to accept
tlie chair ot English philology In the Mc
Mahon Hah. Mr. Egan is a voluminous
prose writer and a poetol marked ability.
His "Lectures on English Literature" are
used extensively as a textbook.
Rev. Thomas J. hhahan. who will teach
lu the Academy ol Latin Studies, is from
Hartford, Conn , and has occupied the
chair of ecclesiastical history in the Hall
of Divinity .since '92. Dr. Shahan's tame
has also been prominently connected with
the chair of ancient Celtic literature,
which the Ancient Orderof nibcrnians pro
poses to endow Dr. Shahan, however,
still occupies a position of the diviulty
faculty In connection with his acaelemy
work, and he has thecrtorc renounced all
idea of representing Gaelicin the Philosophy
The directors have lately opened cor
respondence with thcRev Henry Heucbury,
or England, who has slcmried his willing
ness to accept this chair Dr. Henebury
Is a noted scholar, and taught for some time
at Oxford. He Is now doing mission work
near Liverpool
Will He Celebrated To-dnj- With T"n
u-uully Fine ilu-dc.
The feast of St. Matthew occurs on Sep
tember 21, but will be ctlebrated in the
new St Matthew's Church to-day. The
services will be at the usual hours, marjes
at 7, 9, and solemn high mass at 11
o'clock a. m., and ve-pcrs at 4 p. m.
The following is the programme of the
music specially prepares! for the occasion:
At the solemn high mass, "Asperges Me."
by Pecher; "Kyrle, Gloria in Excclsis, Credo
In Unum Deum, Sanctus et Eciicdlctus, and
Agnus Del," comprising the celebrated
Ilummel's mass In E flat, being one of the
Host difricult, classical, and beautiful
masses sung in tlie Catholic Church. At
tlie Gradual, "Benesllcta es tu," by Silas;
iefore the sermon, "Venl Creator," by
Wlegand; at tlie orfertory, "Alma Virgo,"
soprano solo and chorus, by Hummel, and
arter mass a grand organ voluntary by Pro
fessor John Toner Lawrence.
At the 4 o'clock service. Vespers, by
Eduardo Marzo and the following hymns:
"Alma Virgo," Hummel: "Sahe Regina,"
a bass solo arranged for Mr. John 11. Nolan;
-O Salatarls," Chcrublni; "Tantum Ergo,"
by Saent Saen, and "Laudate Domlnum,"
by Cassarlnl.
The solo parts at both services will bo
sustained by Madams Zaulce R. Smith,
soprano, and M. N Martin, alto; Wllliatl
H. Burnett, tenor; and John II. Nolan,
basso. The choir will be assisted on thie
occasion by the principal members or St
Patrick's choir. Including Prof. Mama,
Messrs. McFarland and Rjan, and from
other choirs, making a chorus of about
forty voices, which with the great acoustic,
properties of St. Matthew's new church,
will render the music In an unusually ef
fective manner. Prof. John Porter Law
rence will preside at the organ, antl Mr.
L. E. Gannon Is director.
A Case ot Identification.
A prominent uptown man tells the follow
lng story on himself. He says:
"I was in Chicago a short time ago,
and, knowing that I would receive througi"
the- postoffice a money order within the
next day or two, I went around to the post
office to Identify myself to them in advance.
" I am expecting a money order to the
amount of ,' I taid to the clerk in that
division, 'and my name Is .' I showed.
him come letters addressed to me from
other parts. 'Now,' I continued, 'If I am
not the man I claim to he I must have killed
him, and am now imiwrsonatlug him. Tho
clerk laughed, but I thought that visions of
more Holmes murders were floating through
his mind.
Well, the order came on time, anil when t
the desk. He took one look at me. sized me
np and without more ado counted out the
yes; you're the fellow who murdered the
money and handed It to me. saying. "Ob,
calledto get the money tbeEame clerk was at
man. "Philadelphia Record.
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