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which was $63.46½, "by the unknown hand of Philomelia, suggesting
a very appropriate emblem for one side of the banner, for the noble
purpose, no doubt, of elevating our minds and giving us a more
exalted view of the greatness, goodness, and benevolence of our
Heavenly Father." The central design of this banner shows an angel
bursting from the clouds and flying over the earth, a trumpet in his
mouth and a scroll in his hand. On this scroll are written the Greek
letters which mean "The Everlasting Gospel," taken from Revelation,
13:6, which verse evidently inspired the painter. Hence the picture
proclaims to the world that the Philomathesian Society has for its
ruling purpose the giving of the everlasting gospel to the world. The
banner of the Euzelian Society has two designs, one on either side. On
the obverse is an inspiring, breezy portrait of Mother Euzelia,
standing resplendent in the sunlight and inviting her sons to the fair
fields of Literature and Science. On the reverse is the Temple of Fame
with all its suggestive challenge to the ambitious youth to scale the
rough paths that lead to its serene heights. The ground color of the
Euzelian banner is blue; that of the Philomathesian banner as first
white was soon changed to red, probably after four years when the
Societies had new banners
made.11
To the Societies is to be accredited the excellent library facilities
the students had in the days of the Institute. From the first each
Society had its own library. When in 1837 they got into their new
halls they provided shelves for their books around the walls and made
regulations for lending them to their members. Brooks tells of the
interest among the students aroused by the receipt of new books. On
one occasion they received more than eight hundred dollars'
worth.12
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11
Records of Eu. Society.
12
Brooks's Diary for August 22 and 23, 1836; "Books for our Society arrived this
evening, but did not get to see them, in consequence of the great crowd of students
around the box, before it was even opened.... After I got up my Livy lesson, went up
to Mr. Armstrong's room; saw a splendid assortment of books, eight hundred
dollars' worth. Our Society books are very elegant, some first rate works."
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