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6 > Image 6 of The State College cadet, vol. 7, no. 7, April 1897

Part of The State College cadet

lite! : __ _._4__ _ V . g - . THE orinnr. . A THE WAY IT ALL HAPPENED. it It was a serious question, and long and seriously I Y pondered over it. I am a professor of mathematics and lf, ` astronomy and am generally considered an earnest and Q- I thoughtful young man, but it was no question of shift- Q _ L ing stars or the hypothenuse or legs of a triangle which if , now so engrossed my time and attention. No, it was Q I my own legs I was thinkingof; I was considering how I it should best clothe them; whether I should wear the ,3 aged and rather dilapidated suit which had done me 'L - service in the school-room and out of it for the past six ii months, or don the natty spring costume which my `_3 s tailor had just sent home. It was enough to perplex I . the wisdom of a Solomon. I let my folding bed down ; and spread the suits out, side by side, as an aid to judg- 1, ` ment; then the only available spot being the coal bucket (my room is not the largest), I stood in that to il get a good view of them. The one was an old friend, quite an old friend, in fact alittle too old, for clothes. like L people, do not always improve on acquaintance. I was Y I so familiar with it that I could tell where every button _) (of which, by the way, there were no two alike) came from, and could repeat the history of each stain and * I spot. There were the shiny elbows and baggy knees, and the large dark spot half way down the coat, that 1 . was where one of my pupils, a fair young girl, had, in a . spirit of innocent and gleesome sport, hit me with a piece of buttered bread. This last decided me. I could not pr0 _ pose over the ancientre1nains of bread and butter. I had forgotten to state that the cause of my unwonted inter- ` I est in matters of dress was that I had determined to let ~ this night settle my fate. I dressed with great care, giving to the selection of my tie, the consideration due a ` matter of such importance, and finally, arrayed in my glory, I sallied forth. A\\_ jj