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the young men again marched away with ensigns spread and got
ready the tables for the young ladies in the students' dining hall. It was
nearly two o'clock when they returned, and formed lines, the two
Societies facing each other, while the young ladies preceded by the
banners and the band, marched three abreast between them towards
the dining hall. As the house was several hundred yards distant, as
soon as the last of the young ladies had passed their lines, the young
men would make a swift evolution and again stand facing one
another, and again the slowly moving young ladies would march
between the lines much to the pleasure of the youthful actors. "With a
gallantry worthy of the most refined days of chivalry," says the writer
quoted above, "The Societies marched and countermarched on either
side of the fair ones who were formed into a procession, consisting of
from one to two hundred, who may well lay claim to be called the
Flowers of the Forest." On reaching the dining room the standard
bearers draped their silken banners over the door that the young ladies
might pass beneath them into the dining room. Here they were served
by the young men. The scent of rose water was in the air, and it was a
time of youthful gallantry and shy glances.
After dinner the young people were allowed an hour or two in the
grove, where they found a "feast of raisins and a flow of lemonade,"
in the language of the student who wrote the account for the Biblical
Recorder. They also had prunes and almonds .7
In 1836 the celebration of the Fourth of July was even more
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7 The following is from the Records of the Euzelian Society under date of
August 3, 1835. It shows the half of expense that was its part:
"Your committee to whom was referred the arrangement of the celebration
of the Fourth of July, beg leave to report:
That they did their best to render the day interesting and pleasant. The expenses
incurred for the occasion are as follows,
Half box raisins ......................................................... $2.50
Half box prunes ........................................................... 1.50
Six lb. Almonds ........................................................... 1.50
Half bottle rose oil …………………………………… .30
Half jug lemon syrup ................................................... 2.30
Total ..........................................................................$8.10
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