Some selections from the January 21, 1879 edition of the Argus:
Quite a number of student staid here during vacation. With skating, calling, etc., the time passed rapidly away. Judging by the number of New Year’s calls some claim to have made, the city must be larger than we had previously supposed. The skating on Pameacha was unusually fine for a few days, and was well improved by the students remaining here and by the young people of the city. One student, we hear, paid but a single visit to the pond. On his way thither, skates in hand, the irrepressible gamin shouted after him, “Say, fresh, where are you going with those double cutters?” Our friend says his feet are not really large, but he cares nothing about skating.
Middletown has been enjoying a season of unusually fine sleighing. Every afternoon the pleasure seekers have made the streets lively. During the evenings the double cutters have carried the merry loads from High street to the river. Old and young alike gave made coasting one of their principal employments. The more timid confined themselves to William street, but those who were brave enough to risk sprained arms and “barked shins” found a much more exciting field on College street.
In general the selection of papers for the college reading-room is excellent. There is, however, what seems to us a marked deficiency. We have no first-class Democratic daily. To be sure, nine-tenths of the members of the college are of the opposite political faith, but should not some considerations be paid to the wishes of even a small minority? Besides, there are few of us who would not like a chance to read both sides; still fewer whom such reading would not benefit. Let us have at least one of the best Democratic dailies.
With this number we wish our readers a Happy New Year. If yours is already a happy one, then for sympathy’s sake, if for no other reason, ask yourself if your Argus subscription is paid; if it is, well and good; if not, then make the Business Manager’s new year also a happy one, by remitting to him certain moneys. Though naturally of a jovial and happy disposition, we can see that the cares of his office are beginning to wear upon him. Remember, that he who removes a pebble from the road helps on humanity, and if that pebble is an Argus bill, don’t let it lie.
The preceptress of a ladies’ boarding school, not a thousand miles from here, remarks that she cannot have the Argus in her house any more, it is so coarse. After deep and prayerful meditation, the Board of Editors have decided to continue the publication of the paper, at least for a short time longer.