Whispering Pines: Written by Himself

Whispering Pines

The man called “America’s first political satirist” and Abraham Lincoln’s favorite humorist was born in a log cabin in Buckfield, Maine, in 1792. Seba Smith had a hardscrabble childhood. After the family relocated to Bridgton he worked in a brickyard and an iron foundry and also taught school. Thanks to support from a “generous and philanthropic relative” in Portland, he entered Bowdoin at the age of twenty and graduated at the top of his class in 1818.
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Whispering Pines: The Scholar and the World

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“The scholar and the world! The endless strife,
The discord in the harmonies of life!
The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books;
The market-place, the eager love of gain,
Whose aim is vanity, and whose end is pain!”

– from “Morituri Salutamus” (1875) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Whispering Pines: ‘Those Who Do the World’s Work’

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Earlier this month, as Hurricane Matthew left a path of destruction across Haiti and eastern Cuba and threatened the Atlantic coast of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas, US Coast Guard personnel prepared for the worst, tracking the hurricane, warning residents, preparing for search and rescue missions by air and water, and coordinating efforts with local and state officials.

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Whispering Pines: Their Lives in Front of Them—The Class of 1866

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One day in the fall of 1864, twenty-one members of the Class of 1866 posed for a photograph on the steps of the Chapel, sporting the various styles of chapeaux that their status as juniors entitled them to wear on campus. Then, as now, it was not unheard of for students to be admitted to a class, leave for financial reasons or changes in family circumstances, transfer from (or to) another college, be dismissed for academic insufficiency or breaches of conduct, or have their studies interrupted by military service. As a result, the class roster for varied a great deal from year to year, especially during the Civil War years.

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