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Photos from a Centennial Exhibit at the M.I.T. Faculty Club
Institute students in the 1800's made Ellis meter measurements at Lowell. The instrument measured the flow of water.

a certain amount of land is to be secured for a site in a locality approved by him, which must be as convenient as possible to Copley Square...
"The will of Mrs. William Barton Rogers provides that the residue of her estate after paying certain legacies to relatives, shall revert to the Institute. The newspapers state that this amount will approximate $500,000. 
"The Institute will also receive from the estate of the late Francis B. Greene the sum of about $600,000, from a trust fund created five years ago and which was only recently made known to Institute officials. The income from this fund is to be used entirely for scholarships..."

75 Years Ago...
"THE ALL-ABSORBING topic it present in the local affairs of the city is the horse-railway problem," commented the editor of The Tech. "The daily papers contain many accounts of the wrongs and nuisances committed by these corporations.

"Our own little grievance, at the Institute, is the failure to always induce a car to stop when signalled. The drivers, acting, we suppose, upon the supposition that everybody here is a young athlete, and perfectly able to jump on the car in motion, drive by our building at full speed. 
"The trouble comes when, on a rainy night, with a drawing board under one arm and a bag and umbrella under the other, a man is expected to catch a car on the fly. 

"We happened to notice, one evening some months ago, a couple of fellows descend the steps of Rogers and invite, in a perfectly distinct manner, a passing car to stop. The conductor declined the invitation, and stood in the doorway of the car with a very expressive grin on his face, evidently enjoying the race, for the two gave chase. The latter won, but not until the car had reached Arlington Street. This conductor was probably a trusted and honored servant of the road by which he was employed, for he was seen on the street, a few weeks after, promoted to the dignity of a car-starter."

In an adjoining column appeared the following:
"Now doth the weary and over-worked senior nose around in search of a subject for a thesis that will insure him a degree with the minimum amount of work."

The annual battalion prize-drill was held in the large hall of the Charitable Mechanics Building on the afternoon of May 15, 1886. According to The Tech, "an enormous crowd of spectators, including officers of other school battalions, and many ladies, was present. 
"The line was formed promptly at 2 o'clock for a half hour's battalion drill; and this was followed by the company drill for the prize flags, in which each company was allowed 15 minutes. The sabre squad under Major Fiske next had the floor, and gave a good exhibition. Then came the guard mounting, with Captain French as officer of the day. . . .
"After the dress parade, in which the drum corps were quite noticeable, President Walker awarded the prizes. . . ."

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