In November 1828, William Tell Steiger wrote in his notebook that he had presented his beloved Anna Maria Shriver with an anagram: “O evil here I am at.”
He continues, “she deciphered it and returned an anagram in answer containing the following: ‘That love deserves to be returned.'”
Three years later, the couple married on September 20th.
We leave you to puzzle out the first anagram (which you can find in our Steiger-Shriver Family Papers). And yes, Anna Maria Shriver was the great-great-great aunt of journalist and First Lady of California Maria Shriver.
What with all of the cold and the snow, RBMSCL folks have been craving warming beverages. Luckily, the Nicole Di Bona Peterson Collection of Advertising Cookbooks (which contains over 1800 cookbooks!) has come to our rescue. We thought we’d share this Hot Toddy recipe from Fine Cocktails Made Easy:
This past Saturday was the deadline for applications to Duke University’s undergraduate class of 2014. We thought we’d mark the occasion with a look back at a time before Scantrons and SAT prep courses, when students seeking admission to Trinity College (the forerunner of Duke University) might be asked to take a rather perilous entrance examination.
Administered to students without records of study from approved schools, the results of the examination determined which curriculum and class the student would join. The Annual Catalogue of Trinity College for the 1900-1901 school year presented prospective students with “Specimen Entrance Examination Questions” to help them prepare for the July examinations. Here they are, slightly edited for length.
Let us know how you do. We’ll be in the stacks, reading up on Silas Marner and the Battle of Buena Vista. History.
1. Describe the English explorations in North America.
2. Say what you can about the career of Capt. John Smith in America.
3. Compare the life of the Southern and the Northern Colonies.
4. Discuss the Navigation Laws.
5. What were the policies of Hamilton, Jefferson, and Calhoun?
6. Describe the battles of Saratoga, New Orleans, Buena Vista, and Gettysburg.
7. Who were Lycurgus, Plato, Cicero, and Solon?
8. Give outline of the Persian wars against Greece.
9. Say what you can about the Reformation.
10. What part did England take in the Wars against Napoleon?
I. Decline it, who, goose, man-servant, heir-at-law.
II. Indicate possession in the following expressions by means of the possessive case instead of the phrase:
1. The armies of Lee and Grant.
2. The army of neither Lee nor Grant.
3. The property of Mr. Brown, book-seller and publisher.
III. Discuss all errors in the following:
1. This is his most favorite expression.
2. He is wiser than all men of his age.
3. He walked as if he was flying.
4. I wish I was in New York.
5. He promises to earnestly try and do better.
6. You feared you would miss the train.
V. Questions on the Required Reading:
1. What part do the Witches play in Macbeth?
2. Give an account of the Banquet scene.
3. Write a paragraph on the character of Macduff.
4. Comment on the following words in Macbeth: Obscene bird, benison, addition, seeling night, speculation, surcease, a modern ecstacy.
5. Give the story of Comus.
6. What authors are mentioned in L’Allegro and Il Penseroso? What landscapes are described?
7. Comment on the following expressions in Milton’s Minor Poems:
Yet once more, O ye laurels.
Sisters of the sacred well.
In Heaven yclep’ d Euphrosyne.
How faery Mab the junkets eat.
All in a robe of darkest grain.
Ennobled hath the buskined stage.
8. What does Macaulay say of the Puritans in his essay on Milton?
9. What reasons does Burke give for the love of liberty in America?
VI. Devote an hour to writing a paper on one of the following subjects, making special effort to give the story accurately, and to express it correctly as to spelling, punctuation, use of capital letters, and division into paragraphs:
1. The Tournament Scene in Ivanhoe.
2. The Story of Silas Marner.
3. The Spectator Club.
4. The Woman’s College in the Princess.
State what books in Mathematics you have studied and the amount of work done in each.
1. State the Latin authors you have read and the amount from each.
2. Translate—Cæsar, De Bell. Gall. iv, 15.
Construe fully each word in section I.
3. Cicero In Cat. iii, 4, ll 1-11. (Do not translate).
Select and decline one noun from each declension represented in the section.
Locate the verb forms, explaining the subjunctives.
4. Translate Vergil, Aen., v, 13-25.
5. Write the Latin for the following: The Belgians, who inhabit one of the three parts of Gaul, are the bravest of all the Gauls, because they do not import wine.
(The following sentences are taken from Woodruff’s Greek Prose Composition).
Translate into Greek:
69. 5. Tarsus is a large and prosperous city, at which the Cilician queen arrived five days before Cyrus. When the inhabitants of this city heard that Cyrus was coming, they fled to the mountains.
125. 2. Clearchus first spoke of the oaths which they had taken in the name of the gods, and said he would not count the man happy who was conscious that he had violated them. He said the Greeks would be insane, if they should kill Tissaphernes, for he was their greatest blessing.
1. Translate into good English: One page selected from the texts the student may have read.
2. Give the disjunctive pronouns in full.
3. Explain the partitive constructions in full.
4. Give the principal parts of: Etre, dire, aller, pouvoir, faire, tenir.
5. Translate the following phrases:
Ces chevaux-la sont a Paul.
Je me mets a lire.
Nous en serons-nous alles.
Il vient d’apparaitre dans la rue.
6. Translate into French: I see a book on the table; whose is it? It is your brother’s. Take it to him, if you please. I will give it to him when I see him this evening. At what o’clock do you think he will come? I think he will not come before eight or nine. My house is larger than yours, but yours is finer than mine. Have you read the paper this morning? No, I have not yet read it; I am going to read it immediately.
1. Translate into good English:
One page selected from the texts the student may have read.
2. Inflect in full:
Der kleine Bruder.
Diese schoene Frau.
Kein kaltes Wasser.
3. Inflect in full:
4. Give the principal parts of: Entlassen, befehlen, geschehen, ausbringen, kennen, denken, studieren.
5. Translate the following phrases:
Es wurde viel getanzt.
Er soll sehr reich sein.
Das kind kam gelaufen.
Wie lange sind Sie in Berlin gewesen?
6. Translate into German:
In the room we found three little girls who had beautiful flowers in their hands.
When will you go to Paris? I wanted to go to-day, but now I shall be obliged to wait till (bis) to-morrow.
If he had taken the book with him, he would have told me so.
He looks (aussehen) as if lie were sick.
His younger brother said that he had arrived (ankommen) in town.
He claims to have read the book.
I did this in order to see if he could speak German.
The letter has not yet been written, but it will be carried (tragen) to the city this afternoon.
Come at half-past six and drink a cup of tea with us.
Tell him he is to go and get (holen) me some bread.
1/4 lb. American cheese 1 small cream cheese 1 cup mayonnaise 6 maraschino cherries 6 green mint cherries 1/2 pint cream
Grate the American cheese. Add cream cheese, and mayonnaise dressing and beat thoroughly. Fold in 6 maraschino cherries and 6 green mint cherries, chopped fine, and 1/2 pint cream, beaten stiff. Freeze until set. Remove to serving dish and sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped nuts or paprika. Serve with salad course.
To those of you brave enough to make this, please send us photos. Yum?
Also in honor of this Saturday’s football game against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we bring you this poem from the November 1893 issue of the Trinity Archive.
A Girl on Foot-Ball
A girl is not allowed to play foot-ball And to revel in the delights of a game. It is only for boys, large, strong and tall To win for themselves glory and fame.
And when the Trinity foot-ball team in honor roll They proudly exclaim, “The girls aren’t in it here,” But if they could see the “NORMAL” girls climb a ten-foot pole They’d conclude that they were up it there.
At Trinity the boys all think they know The reason the girls can’t play; Just let them look in the “gym.” room door And I guess they’ll believe what we say.
They say that we’re afraid to play Because we can’t kick the ball aright But I tell you don’t believe a word they say For, if we chose, we could kick it out of sight.
But though we do not choose to play, We can shout and wear the blue And be able from the depths of our hearts to say To Trinity we’ll always be loyal and true.
Three cheers for the boys who beat the “N. C. U!” Long may they be champions of the State And a girl that wears the Trinity blue May they finally choose for their mate.
We wonder what the author of this poem—it’s signed “Anon.”—would have thought of 1935’s Pink Pants by Ralph Y. Hopton. This novel tells the story of Brünnehilde “Pussy” Downing, the Amazonian star of Bowlby University’s football team. Wearing pink sateen pants, she single-handedly decimates Harvard’s team, finishing her pummeling of each linebacker with her trademark cry, “I think you’re me-ee-an!”
(N.B.: Established in 1887, The Archive is one of the oldest continuously published literary magazines in the United States and the oldest student publication at Duke.)
From the Duke University Archives, a 1951 photo of the Duke University Chapel fondly known as the “ghost chapel” photo. The staff of the RBMSCL wishes everyone a safe and fun Halloween! (And feel free to bring us candy!)
For more photos of Duke, visit the University Archives on Flickr!
Dispatches from the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University