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University of New Brunswick (1903-1905)


Saturday. Nov. 28, 1903 I went to prayer meeting with Mr. & Mrs. Colter. They had moose meat for tea, which was delicious.   The Wed. before that was our first debate. Subj. "Resolved that old bachelors are more use in the world than old maids."

Yesterday was a skating holiday. I spent it "skating" through Physics, Psychology, etc. . . . .

F'ton, Jan 8, 1904. The exams were the last week of the term. I made 1st. division in Latin, Greek, English, Physics, and Chemistry. 2nd. In Economics and Psychology. On Christmas Eve I went with Papa to New Bandon to a Christmas Tree. The tree was pretty, & a good program was given by the Sunday School. On the way home the sleigh upset, and I got my nose cut, but not seriously. Christmas was very quiet.

Sat. Feb. 27, 1904. . . . I led the affirmative at Debate last Monday and Jessie Weyman led the negative and won 21 to 13 points. Subject: Resolved that coeducation is a benefit to U.N.B." I thoroughly enjoyed it and was not so nervous as I feared I would be.

April 26, 1904 After debate most of us started to go out . . . . Some of the girls sang as we went along the street, and attracted more attention than they intended to. They are quite mortified about it now. I was ashamed to be in the crowd, though I did not help to swell the chorus.

May 2, 1904. Last Friday evening we had election of officers at Y.W.C.A. and I was unanimously elected President. I feel it is a great responsibility, but I am glad of the privilege of doing the work for the year. May God grant that I shall be faithful.

Oct. 18, 1904. . . . . Last Friday night we succeeded in organizing a Y.W.C.A. amongst the Normalites. Miss. Lucas was there, and was a great help.

Dec. 19, 1904. Our Exams finished on the 15th. I have been busy trying to sell Y.W.C.A. calendars.

March 8, 1905. . . . . I went to a book party at Dr. Bailley and had a fine time. I represented "The Traveller," wore my hat, carried my coat, valise and timetable, and had a Toronto street car ticket pinned on my waist . . . Then we had charades. About 11 they started a dance, and I departed . . . .

May 15, 1905. In the evening we had our farewell meeting of the Debating Society. Subject: "Resolved that the cow is more beneficial to mankind than the horse." The affirmative won. I was on the winning side. The debate was very animated and interesting. Then came the prophecies. They sent me to India as a Missionary but, oh horrors, they married me to a Hindoo . . . .

May 21, 1905. This afternoon we had the Seniors Farewell in Y.W.C.A. There was only Tillie and I to say "Farewell." Tillie spoke splendidly. I spoke on . . . the opportunities of the College girl, "Behold, I set before you an open door."

May 31, 1905 Yesterday afternoon was the Seniors Farewell banquet. There were only a dozen of us girls there . . . . we had tea and the farewell speeches on the verandah. Then we went in the house and sang College songs.

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Violet's graduation photo.

I have graduated in 1st. Division after all. I made 1st. in Greek, Latin, and English, and 2nd. In Philosophy and Physics.



In a publication called The University Monthly
they printed the following:

The following is a list of the '05 graduates. In bidding them farewell in this manner we wish them all a prosperous journey through life and hope they will continue their zeal to the Alma Mater, of which they are such creditable members.

Miss Violet Goldsmith: Miss Goldsmith . . . was a diligent and painstaking student, graduating in first division . . . She was a pillar of the Y.W C.A. and a leading light in the Delta Rio, from both of which Societies she will be greatly missed. Miss Goldsmith has gone to the wild and woolly west where she has undertaken the arduous task of imparting her knowledge to the youth of Stockholm, Sask.


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