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from home, prevailed upon the father to start my college career at this excellent Methodist institution, which is only an hour's ride from Chambersburg.

With entrance into College, however, a new epoch in my life was begun. Leaving my native town, I soon realized that I had left my childhood's home; and, ere long, I knew that childhood, as well as the home of childhood, had become but a treasured memory.

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CHAPTER SECOND

OF COLLEGE DAYS

1. At Dickinson College. In almost every relationship, life at College came to me as a novelty. It necessitated more or less changed ranges of thought and ways of living. I had never before been separated from direct parental care and the companionship of solicitous relatives and long familiar friends, except for part of one year. In my thirteenth year, because of prolonged absence of my parents from their home, I was put in charge of the Moravian School at Lititz, Pennsylvania. But I was there cared for as a member of a family. At College, however, I became immediately personally free, and personally responsible, in the midst of wholly unfamiliar surroundings. I was one among hundreds of other boys, strangers thitherto, gathered from many widely separated parts of the country; reared under many kinds of social, intellectual and religious influences; nearly all, like myself, separated for the first time from their homes, and compelled to meet and to adjust themselves to a norel environment.

Almost inevitably, under these circumstances, important changes in one's mental and sccial manner of living would be wrought. But, so far as my religious experiences were concerned nothing of radical moment occurred. The Carlisle community was much like that of Chambersburg,

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