"Perhaps no other symbol or part of the University of Missouri campus is so well remembered by those who have attended the University as the six columns which stand in the center of Francis Quadrangle. Since they were erected as a part of the north portico of the original university building in 1840, now for over a century they have witnessed the daily events in the lives of thousands of young men and women,-wars and peace, romance and duels, comedy and tragedy, and air the many hundreds of other events which have gone to make up the daily lives of students at the University of Missouri. Visitors to the University of Missouri always ask, "Why are these columns standing in the center of the campus? What do they represent?" and similar other questions. The purpose of this little bulletin is to answer some of those questions."