NY Times, 6 June 1882, pg. 5
head-mosey a oppo-nta- THEM-j brain-tangler. oeremo-nlee a I mul-lioned hair-llft-lag Harns-pex, cotapari-soa Eighty-sixth S CADETS GOOSING STUDIES TEE, AleSUAL EJAMIXATI0SS AT .; i WESTroiNT.X , THE FIRST CLASS PKEPARIXQ FOR GRADtA-TI0X A eKjKMISH DRILL BEFORE THE 5 BOARS OF iVISrTORS QCEBTIOS8 FOB i T.H.J nrvxrrioATORs to .bolvk. West Ponrr, June 5. Thlrty-tir young nea stood before blackboards in the examinationr rooms of the United States Military Academy today- and chalked sad talked aa they were bidden by the censors of their profloteney in the arts of war. Tbe graduating class numbers 87. but one of its members. Cadet Charles P. Elliott, of South Carolina, Is confined in the hospital and cannot sp-pear in the regular examinations. He was thrown from his bone Deooratioa Day : and received severe Injuries tibout tbs, bead. He It ex amined ia the hospital and wOl be Judged: with bis class the same as though nothing had happened to him. The young men. while being; questioned, stand before the blackboards like statues, with a piece of chalk In one white-gloved baud and a long wooden pointer in tbe other to Illustrate their remarks. They wear white linen trousers, with expanding bottoms, and gray coats, the tails' of which are cut something after the fashion of a garden spade. Tbey do not apeak except when spoken to, and go through tbe forms with the systematic stiff oest of automatons. , The class hi the smallest ef any th has been graduated since 1H54. Tbe one "In thi yetr numbered S7. The largest class. numberic78. waa graduated in 1877. The present class, of which every member will be graduated, is composed as follows. Tbe names' are given in the order of merit as shown by tbe records of the Institution : 1. Burr. Edward. Ma S. Beach, Lena's H.. Iowa. 20. Elliott. Charles s, 8. C. SL AWord, BenJ., Jr D. & rs. Beacom. John Ohio. S3. U elahTk C. Penn. . WeetTB. St.. Ky. -a. Rage. Win. H.. at Urge. to. Patten, George H., Me. 27. Mciver. Geo. K. C. rs. Stevens, Cbas. J.. N. Y. 29. Forsyth. -u. m. W Oa. SLCroaby. Oscar T.. xttita. - 4. 8pencr. Eugene J.. Mo. 6. ntcn. u. D.. at large, a. Kewcb. W. P.. at large. 7. Treat, Charles O., WU. 8. Llsaak. ormond M-Cai. 8. Carbaugh. H. C' 111 lO. Benatm, Harry C, Onia 1L Barney. George Fr, Vt. 12. Millar. Edward Ar. Ky. IS. (-ronkklte. A, Arizona. IS. TbomnsoBL, Jonn TU Ky. 3a Irwin, F. a.. Jr., Teniu 8L Hollls, Msgnus O. (ia. Xi. Good in. Janies A.. Ky. SS. Ueary. W Oregon. H4. Oreen. Jamea G Wis. 3i. Allaire. William H III. MoColllna, C. ll, at large. 37. Ahernaeorge . P . Y. i ioudk, a. w l. tan. 14. Bodmaa. S., Jr., Haas. it. Slot tier, v. r, conn, IA Allen. Henry T Ky, . If. Dugan, Thomas B., ild. 'The oldest members are' John H. Beacom, of Oblo, and Barrlngton K. West, ot Kentucky, tbe age of each of whom it S5. Tbe others range from ,21 to 24. Wblttaker, the colored Cadet, wat In thlt class until 187ft when be was turned back on account of hia Inability to keep up in tbe studies. The class has been -regarded all along as a somewhat unpromising and uninteresting one, but tne examinations prove K to be entitled to rnorecredlt I for proficiency than has been accorded It To" esl gmeertng particularly it has developed surprising strength. The tame may in a great measure be said of It . lu ordnance and gunnery, philosophy. , mathematics, and roigltsh studies. Eugineerirnr and the English studies, which should hare been concluded earlier, were aot finished until this noon. Chemistry, mineral orT and geology, and French were taken up thla afternoon. The remaining examinations will be briefer, and tbey will be completed within the allotted time. Tbe examinations began June 1. and this will be the last week. Monday next tbe exercises ef the graduating class will take place, and tbe life of the members at West Poiat will end. The class Includes Cadet Alvord, a son of ex-Pay-matter-Gtineral Alvord, snd Cadet Treat, s son Df Gen. Joseph B. Treat, of Wisconsin. When the class entered there were 10S applicants for admission. Some failed to pass, others were turned back, snd of the original number only 26 remain. The other 11 are Cadets who were reduced from higher clasaet. The Cadets are youthful in appearance for the most part, but tbey bear tbe name of having striven hard at tbeir books and exercises. Tbe year bas passed Uneventfully. There have been no disturbances, no bazinga, and, in short, peace has reimed almost oadisturbed. The Cadets claim, and some of tbe Professors admit, that the stndies and duties are almost too hard. At the tame time, it ia not deemed advisable to prolong tbe course from, four to five yean. An Instructor remarxed to-day that the Cadets did not have enough out-door exerci.ie, and that tbey were cot nearly as well develoned as the boys at tbe Naval Academy at Annapolis. He pointed to a weary-looking boy with a colorless face before the blackboard in proof. The bon looked as it he wat overworked and-aga-eoiifuKed by the questions, but he managed to get through. Clad in their spotless white trousers and cloe-fitting coats, the battalion, to the number of 180. marched out on. the plain at 5:30 o'clock, for a skirmish dril. Lieut. -CoL Henry M. Lazelle, the Commandant of Cadets, was in command. Skirmish lines were formed and the straggling force sent out opened fire on an imaginary enemy. The Cadets fired while lying on the ground, while running, and ia every attitude, keeping up a constant fusillade. Al last the skirmishers anneared -toJie driven back, -the rear Iineafvanced to toeir support ana opened nre. and the air rang with yie rattle of musketry. For nearly aa hour and a half) the drill was kept up. The alignments were precise and pretty. During the drill a shower sprang up, the white trousers of the Cadets were, bedraggled and their oeata were saturated and wrtpkled. but tbe rain was not allowed to Interfere with the movements. When the shower ended and tbe sun came out, a rainbow spanned the South Kedoubt Mountain across tbe river. Later a second shower ensued, and when it ended a double and brilliant rainbow hung over the North Redoubt To-morrow morning a bareback drill may be ordered, as it Is the wish of the Cadets. At 5:30 s tinge battery drill wllttuke place. Tbe candidates for admission to the new. or Fourth, class, 157 in number, will begin te arrive tomorrow. The color, line, to all appearances, fat drawn at tightly here as ever It waa. There ia not at present a colored Cadet in tbe Academy, and the Cadets are greatly excited lest there ahriaSflie. one among the candidates. The feeling among tbe Cadets appears to be so deep on this point tbat the lot of a-negro In tbe Academy would be made an unhappy one. In conversation this afternoon, the question waa discussed by several "facers of tbe Institution. Major-Gen. Howard, who ia In coo-mud, aaid that the Cadets would be treated alike, without respect to race or color. He did not know that there was a colore.! boy: among the candidates, and. after all. the fears of the Cadets may pe unnecessary. composed as follows, are here, with the exception . .. w , ... , v., , lauui siuiu - of Messrs. Blackburn and Cams: Gen. Horace Porter, President, New-York; Joseph G. Chapman, Secretary. Missouri ; Clifton H. Moore. Illinois; Gen. Morris Schaff. Massachusetts; the Hon. James D. Tillman. Tennessee; Joseph B. Treat, Wisconsin; the Hon. Marcus L. Ward. New-Jersey; the Hon. Benjamin Harrison, Indians; the Hon. James L Pugh, Alabama: tbe Hon. Joseph C 8. Blackburn, Kentucky ; tbe Hon. John U. Camn, New-York; tbe Hon. George RvrDavis, Illinois. Mr. Davis arrived to-night. Tbe board is busily engaged - in inspecting tbe different departments. Tbe question of keeping the classes full will be one with which it will have to deal. The examination for entrance is severe, and in It may fail. Gen. Howard has suggested monthly examinations for new applicants from the time of the first up to the be-ginnlog-of the academic year. Sept 1. It ia noteworthy tbat few are found to be deficient after leaving mathematics at the end of the first year, and the board may take into consideration this fact Many of tbe Professors lament tbat German is not introduced as a study. The Mexican war was the ; means of introducing Spanish in 1857. and French is taught, for one reason, in order that the Cadets mar be able to read French works. Tbe Cadets do not attain fluency in either language. Not a few regret that it ia necessary to teach what mar almost be termed the rudiments of the English tongue, but it was ssid to-dsy that a majority of the Cadets oame to The Academy veirimperfect in this branch Gen. Sherman texairrarha that he will' be here Snnday nlebt President Arthur, Secretary Lincoln, and Gen. Drum are expected the latter part of the week. Yard Icy - Warner, a Ouaker prominent for bis efforts in educating the freedmen, snd tbe President of the. Warner Institute, a normal School at Jonesboroiym. Tens., came to-day. Gen. Alatsrre aad Gen. &cnavidee. of Mexioo, arrived to-night Tbey otme to meet Gen.: Sherman. There are very few visitors at West Point as yet. at-thougb the prost)ecWre that by Wednesday night the hotels will be fulL Tbe enlied men wbo take Care ef tbe grounds snclp xl menial work are-mowing aad raking and apadlur and preparing for the brilliant seenes that are to be enacted the latter part of the week. Additional barracks, the offioers say, are needed for the enlisted men. It it necessary to march tbe stablemen half a mile to and from their work, and Gea. Howard will ask. tn hia Coming report, to bare barracks for them erected near the stables. -Stat-su ' dis-. -has ! .