Daily Californian, Tuesday morning, April 18, 1899
A Daytime Rally
Yesterday morning E. J. Brown came out to college with the ax that was taken from Stanford last Saturday. Its arrival on the campus was the signal for the beginning of one of the most enthusiastic rallies of the year.
It was entirely impromptu. After taking a number of photographs, those in charge of the ax moved out to the Senior C, where a crowd gathered. Someone called for nominations for the office of "Grand Custodian of the Ax." "Loll" Pringle was elected by acclamation. Prof. Soule happened to pass at this moment, and was met by earnest requests to be excused from drill for the purpose of having a celebration in honor of winning the baseball championship and capturing the ax. He consented at once, and organization was completed by election Brown master of ceremonies.
By 11:15 several hundred people gathered around the C. The band was called for and a procession formed. The band led, Pringle followed with the ax, and about four hundred students came behind in a long chain-gang.
The procession marched down through the grounds to Center Street and Berkeley station, singing and yelling; Stanford's former yell, "Give 'em the Ax," was much in favor, it being conceded that Palo Alto would have no further use for it after the occurrence last Saturday.
The procession then came back to the campus. In the meantime the Freshman had gathered wood enough to make a pile fifteen of twenty feet high. This was fired and the procession marched around it, finally halting near the bleachers. The band and the custodian of the ax took seats on the top rows.
Schwartz and Tully sang two or three popular verses. Speeches were then called for.
Eckart, Kaarsberg, Mein and Brown spoke in turn. Brown gave the history of the capture. Carl Hayden, one of the Carnot debaters, left the game carrying the ax and surrounded by five or six Stanford men. Brown and eight others came upon them, captured the ax and made off with it. The Stanford men followed and there was a running skirmish for a mile or more. Finally when the Stanford men had been out-distanced, the ax was taken into a store, the handle cut off and the blade given to Clinton Miller, the only one who had an overcoat. The crowd then boarded a car, rode to the ferry and crossed to Oakland.
The names of those who first captured the ax were Everett Brown, James Hopper, Jack Magee, Paul Castlehan, Fred Dorety, Archie Cloud, Harry Morrison, Irwin Muma, and Charles Pringle. Drum came up with others after a short time, and carried the ax for a long distance.
James Hopper spoke next and told how the ax was taken across the bay. When they reached the ferry they found a number of Stanford men accompanied by several policemen, waiting for them. They stopped to consult. When almost at their wit's ends, a young lady friend of Miller's passed the group. With a sudden inspiration, he said good-bye to the others, walked up to the young lady, and passed through the ferry gate with her without being questioned. The others kept the policemen busy talking, finally making an unwilling admission that the ax was in Golden Gate Park.
Miller and Chesebrough then made speeches. As a grand finale the band played and the crowd sang "Palms of Victory."
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