Thursday, Nov. 94. In school. While in the Short hand class in the evening some boy handed me a note in the window to Mr. Trussel for me. It was from Mr. Reed asking for my company to the Lecture that evening. Had to decline because I had a previous engagement with Mr. Hodges. In the evening went to Col. Bain's• Lecture. Enjoyed very much. A little excitement cause by the fire bell ringing which was only an explosion of a lamp in Mr. Lions room. Mr. Hodges came in for a few minutes after we came home. My room mate was in the room.
*George W. Bain was, according to newspapers of the time, "a gifted Kentuckian who has won national fame as a lecturer." His lectures were described as "bright, entertaining and eloquent and will prove a pleasant evening's entertainment." Project Gutenberg has a copy of Eight Popular Lectures available for online reading.