San Francisco Examiner, Thursday morning, Oct. 26, 1899
University Alumni the President's Hosts.
Banquet to Benjamin Ide Wheeler Seasoned with College Cries and
The Alumni Association of the University of California greeted the new President of Berkeley, Benjamin Ide Wheeler, at the banquet given by them in his honor at the Palace Hotel. With college yells and college songs these former students, some of them dating as far back as the class of '65, testified to their love of their alma mater, their interest in its welfare and their desire for its success under the new chief. In boisterous, boyish manner the old-timers and the most recent graduates fraternized and gave Mr. Wheeler a graphic idea of what they meant by "the hot time in the old town," of which they sang.
He, the object of it all, was equal to the occasion. He enjoyed the fun, addressed them in the same spirit of camaraderie which they displayed, and made such an excellent impression that before the evening was over the alumni had vociferously pledged their unswerving support to the new President.
About three hundred found seats at the four tables of the Maple room, which was decorated in the usual graceful style. Dr. d'Ancona sat at the center of the principal table with President Wheeler on his right and President Gilman on his left, and there were perhaps a dozen ladies present, including the wives of the university presidents.
A graver company never sat about the board while the oysters were served; but before the soup, described as a consomme d'Orleans, had been dispatched a change came over the company. First there was a rather timid call, "What's the matter with Wheeler?" and the lower end of the table near the interrogator responded somewhat meekly, "He's all right," while the men of the classes of '65 to '80 looked up from their plates and realized that they were once more among college men. As the diners made their way down the menu their spirits rose and one yell after another was given until the whole hall seemed moved by a common impulse to shout. The University Glee Club was on hand and never failed for a hearty chorus whenever a popular melody was started. The whole list of coon songs was gone through from top to bottom and back again. Stanford, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Brown, Cornell and Yale were cheered and the college cries of each were taken up, echoed and re-echoed and shouted again. So with singing and cheering and eating and drinking the banquet progressed and the time for toasts arrived.
"In a republican government like ours," began Dr. d'Ancona, the toastmaster of the evening, "a university must of necessity be a reflex of the institutions that are the basis of the national government. It must rest on a profound respect for human nature and a deep regard for the rights of man. Our university in particular, in fact, all State universities, must reflect the love for humanity which is at the base of our Government. In the effort to so influence public opinion as not to over-estimate mortal glory we must remember that though he who dies for his country is a patriot, he who lives for his country is a still greater patriot. We have the task of training men to live for their country; of bringing them up with that appreciation of humanity which should be the guiding principle of all our instruction--making men who will live for their country.
"To-day we are celebrating a new era in our university. We have our new leader with us to help in the task we have to perform, and to him we wish to do honor. And so, gentlemen, I propose the toast, 'President Wheeler--may his life be long and happy and his work successful among us.'"
The toast was drunk standing and was followed with the U.C. yell and the familiar "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow." Mr. Wheeler spoke in a conversational tone, with easy manner and ready wit. In part he said:
I thank you with all my heart for your greeting and the warmth of your cordiality here and everywhere since I came into the sunshine. I am trying to find out what it is to be President of a university, but so far have only succeeded in keeping account of where I take luncheon and whether I shall catch a boat in time enough for dinner; in fact, I am eating and running and living from hand to mouth. I have been thinking how President Gilman and President Jordan would act in the same capacity, for like them, I want to be a great man, too, some day. I have never been a President before. I have always been one of the boys, but I had to buck them to-day. I was trying to speak at the inaugural when I heard a football yell over my left shoulder and I had to talk against that. I have bucked against one side, but never before against the whole game, and I hope you gentlemen were spared my effort.
Mr. Wheeler told some good stories of his student days and how he felt when he confronted the president of Brown University for the first time. Incidentally in discussing the case of a fellow student charged with drunkenness, he said some of the trustees measured intoxication by ounces of alcohol and others by themselves. Continuing, he said:
"I see you are all intensely enthusiastic over educational matters here, for I read everywhere in the cars tributes to your leaders, such as 'Drink Kellogg's whisky,' and 'Visit Jordan's museum.' Yes, you are perfectly crazy about education. You know all the college yells and you want everyone else to know them.
"My university, I feel already at home among you, and the sound of that Cornell yell, which Mr. Jordan and I stood up to honor, seemed to me already to come up out of the remoteness of the past. I am glad to meet the alumni, glad to be with the university which has such a great work to perform. A university does not live by statutes, nor consist in emoluments, nor flourish by formalities and functions, but in the lives of those that love it. Is a State university owned by a State, controlled by a Legislature? No. A university is owned by its alumni because they love it. In the long run, no matter what may be the law, that will be the fact. You must feel the obligation and responsibility; don't think the work ends with graduation. The labor for your alma mater ends only in death. Stand then as a loyal guard about this university and it must rise."
[caption to illustration in right-hand corner of page:] Dr. A. A. d'Ancona presided at the banquet of the Alumni Association to the new President, Benjamin Ide Wheeler, last-evening.
Dr. d'Ancona pleasantly remarked:
"There is with us to-night a gentleman who reminds us how very broad our land is, and yet that the East and the West may join hands in the cause of education. I refer to President Gilman and propose his health."
The head of Johns Hopkins was given a rousing cheer, and in responding to the toast declared that he was the patriarch of the assemblage. He said:
Boys and girls, let me use that phrase instead of the ordinary more formal address, I am glad to say one word more to you. A week ago I was at New Haven when Arthur T. Hadley was inaugurated President of Yale University. From there I went to Chicago and saw the wonderful things doing in that imperial mart of the nation. In all that I have heard and in all that I have seen nothing has impressed me so much as the words which have fallen from the lips of your President to the effect that a university consists not of buildings and endowments, but of the men it sends forth--the men who will cherish and honor it by their lives and do all they can to reflect credit on it and to aid it.
A great State must have a great university, at whose banquet many dishes must be prepared fit for a great variety of men to be sent forth fit and well prepared for the particular callings they propose to follow.
The pleasant relations between Stanford and Berkeley were referred to by the speaker, and he declared that the friendliness would help both universities. Mr. Gilman referred to the earlier days of Berkeley twenty-five years ago, and talked of some of the men who then lived and labored for it. Continuing, he said:
The intellectual force of the East was never more quickened than when you sent us Josiah Royce with his wonderful mind, and he has added honors to your university by being selected from the philosophers of this country to deliver for two years the Gibbon lectures at the University of Glasgow. We of the East tried to even up by sending you a fine man, even though less well known. I refer to Professor Keeler, now the head of your magnificent Lick Observatory. Though all the astronomers from the time of the shepherds who watched their flocks by night at Bethlehem to Galileo, and down to our time saw the Polar star, it remained for Keeler to discover that it was not one, but three stars.
There is no shadow of doubt that this country around the Golden Gate is to have in the next fifty or one hundred years the most powerful influence, not alone on the islands of the Pacific ocean, but on the development of Asia. The Golden Gate is to be the portal not only of trade and commerce, but the avenue through which shall flow the ideas of civilization and humanity and good government that go out to the Oriental lands.
Professor David Starr Jordan made a witty address, gently twitting the Board of Regents of the State University, and then giving some good advice as to how the new president should be helped instead of hindered, and suggesting in conclusion the passage of an act by the State Legislature to permit of the election of one or two Regents by the resident alumni.
Eloquent speeches were made by Ex-Mayor Glascock, who spoke for the alumni and pledged their support to Mr. Wheeler, and by General Barnes, who responded for the Board of Regents.
Mayor Phelan was the last speaker called upon. The Mayor is not a graduate of the university, and as an alumnus he could not speak, but in his capacity as Mayor of the city he extended a greeting to the new president of the university.
Those who sat at table with President Benjamin Ide Wheeler were Dr. and Mrs. A. A. d'Ancona, Mrs. Benjamin Ide Wheeler, President and Mrs. Daniel C. Gilman of Johns Hopkins University, President and Mrs. David Starr Jordan, James D. Phelan, William C. Armes, Irving O. Allen, C. A. Arents, Alden Anderson, W. H. L. Barnes, W. A. Beatty, C. L. Biedenbach, the Rev. W. A. Brewer, P. E. Bowles, C. W. Beattie, Everett J. Brown, A. R. Baldwin, James H. Budd, J. E. Beard, Bernard Bienefeldt, Thomas F. Barry, John E. Budd, Frederick T. Bioletti, D. L. Beard, Thomas P. Bishop, J. V. Bakewell, W. B. Cope, W. M. Carpenter, D. E. Collins, F. G. Cottrell, G. T. Clark, George E. Colby, J. L. Caittendon, J. G. Conrad, Mabel Clare Craft, A. A. Canson, H. E. Clayburgh, W. Cheney, Mrs. W. Cheney, Professor Christy, George M. Cummings, H. S. Dutton, F. Dunn, Frank H. Denman, William R. Daingerfield, Clinton Day, Dr. James F. Dunn, William R. Davis, Arthur Dachman, E. A. Denicke, George E. de Golia.
A. G. Eells, George Edwards, George C. Edwards, Milton H. Esberg, Sidney M. Ehrman, Oliver Ellsworth, Nathan H. Frank, J. R. Freud, D. T. Fowler, D. B. Fairbanks.
Charles S. Greene, John H. Glascock, Harry Graham, Warren Gregory, J. B. Gould.
Fred H. Huffman, H. Hus, L. E. Hunt, J. F. Houghton, C. E. Holmes, E. S. Holler, Henry M. Holbrook, E. F. Hane, John G. Howell.
W. L. Jepson, M. E. Jaffa, W. C. Jurgens, W. C. Jones, L. H. Jacobs.
T. R. Kelley, W. I. Kip Jr., E. G. Knapp, J. W. Le Conte, G. R. Lukens, G. D. Linderback, Lang.
Marsden Manson, Fremont Morse, P. L. Miller, J. K. Moffitt, H. E. Miller, H. B. Montague, B. A. Melvin, F. W. Morse, John S. Merrill, Seth Mann, A. F. Morrison, H. W. Meek, Anna McNeil, May Moore.
Edmund O'Neill, W. J. Osterhaut.
Eugene Pitcher, W. S. Palmer, George C. Pardee, Cutler Paige, Franke H. Powers, George W. Pierce.
H. S. Randall, Charles A. Ramm, H. J. Russell, Arthur Rodgers, T. W. Ransom, H. B. Rathbone, George H. Roos, L. T. Roos, J. C. Rowell, Emmet Rixford.
George W. Reed, J. B. Reinstein.
M. W. Shinn, W. B. Storey, James W. Smith, E. W. Stadtmuller, C. D. Stuart, W. W. Sanderson, A. L. Stone, Sarah T. Shuey, James Sutton, Sheffield S. Sanborn, Lloyd N. Scott, B. G. Somers, Henry Senger, R. Stewart, George A. Sturtevant, F. D. Stringham.
Wallace I. Terry, Anrew Thorne.
Carey Van Fleet, H. P. Veeder.
H. M. Wright, Maurice S. Woodhams, G. T. Wright, E. A. Walcott, James A. Waymire, A. L. Whitney, Charles S. Wheeler, Dr. B. P. Wall.
H. A. Yeazell.
Fred W. Zeile. Mrs. Wheeler, wife of the President of the State University,
and Mrs. Gilman, wife of President Gilman, were the guests of honor
at a dinner served in the University Club last evening. The hostesses
of the occasion were the wives of the Regents of the State University
and the ladies of the Alumni. The banquet was served in the dining-room
on the lower floor. The table was beautifully and artistically decorated
with chysanthemums and delicately perfumed flowers. About fifty-five
ladies partook of an elaborate dinner.
Mrs. Wheeler, wife of the President of the State University, and Mrs. Gilman, wife of President Gilman, were the guests of honor at a dinner served in the University Club last evening. The hostesses of the occasion were the wives of the Regents of the State University and the ladies of the Alumni. The banquet was served in the dining-room on the lower floor. The table was beautifully and artistically decorated with chysanthemums and delicately perfumed flowers. About fifty-five ladies partook of an elaborate dinner.