The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 16, 1902, Image 1

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The Daily Nebraskan
VOL I, NO 70
Colonel Vifquain Oontrasts the Two
Proposed Waterways De
clares the Panama Route
the Better.
Colonel Victor VlTqualn discussed
yestorday at convocation tho n civ in
ability of completing the old LJnnama
canal instead of carrying out the
Nicaragua project.
Colonel Vifquain was consul at
Panama for eight years and has had
amplo opportunity for obtaining In
formation concerning tho canal,
which is of much value.
In speaking of the elect which
British interests in tho Suez canal
might have upon tho building of an
Amorican canal, Colonol Vifquain
said tho owners of the Suez
canal recognize the construction of an
Amorican canal as Inevitable, but it
will bo their policy, IT possible, to
influence legislation in such a way as
to have a canal conbtructed whore it
will least hurt their Interests. Thus
tho question of where the canal shall
bo built resolves itself into a question
of English and American interests.
I Tho agitation of the Nicaraguan
project, said the speaker, began in
1888 when a party of Now York capi
talists obtained a concession from
Nicaragua and went to work. This
waB after tho failure of tho Panuma
canal. Two million dollars were
spent In making a harbor at Grey
town and tho work was droppod.
Colonel Vifquain mentioned several
points In favor of tho Panama routo
as against the Nicaraguan route. 2 Tho
only argument that can bo advanced
by tho promoters of the Nicaraguan
route is that Greytown is 350 miles
" closer to New York than Colon is,
and consequently it would take less
time to go from New York to San
Francisco by way of Greytown. Ac
cording to Colonel Vlfqualn's know
ledge, tho facts are that It wouid
tako threo aays to co through a canal
at GrovtOAn, whereas the Panama
canal couldbe passed In twelvo hours;
and after considering the distance
from Greytown to Colon tho Journey
from Now York to San Francisco
would bo one day shorter by way of
Colon. Thotcllson tho Panama canal
would bo lower beoauso of its short
ness. Thero are 50 curves on the
Nicaragua canal route ana only 28 in
the Panama routo. These curves aro
much shaparon tbeNloaragua canal,
and this fact, together with the
leugth of tho canul would make the
danger of wrecks so groat that tho
Insurance on vessels would have to bo
exceedingly high. That a Panama
canal would have a large business Is
shown by the fact that even the Pan
ama railroad, which Is 40 miles In
longtb, last year declared a dividend
or $8,000,000.
Colonel Vifquain oelleves that
there is danger of lubbylsm in canal
legislation, which will be unfavorable
to American Interests.
"Basket ball is tho only sport that
has the whylo support of this school.
Wo are coming with yolls and songs.
Wc will show the State how to root,'"
said the manager of tho Wesloyan
basket ball team yestorday in refer
ence to the coming contest. Indica
tions point to large attendance from
tho Methodist institution.
Tho II no-up for the game as glvon
out is as follows:
University. Weslcyan.
Hagonslck R. F. Gcarhardt
Cortelyou L. F. Fisher
Pllisbury C. Smith
Raymond R. G. Milllson
Koehler L. G. Knutson
The opening of tho season has
been simowbat delayed on account
of tho unusual amount of material.
Last night Captain Koehler an
nounced that the team was In tho
propor condition to begin tho first
contest of the year which has been
anticipated a successful one.
The contest Saturday evening will
bo fast and Interesting Tho best
material in tho squad will be select
ed to compete with Wesloyen's crack
athletes. The remainder will take a
try at tho high school men who were
outplayed last week by tho Metho
dists. The 'varsity ilvo will proba
bly appear In their new uniforms
The Junior laws have recitations
In Aaenoy twice a week and In
Domestic Relations once.
The fuOtball schedule for noxt
season is now beginning to assume
some tangible shape and within a
weok It is very probable that arrange
ments for the threo largo flames will
havtj been definitely made. At
present Professor Wycr is correspond
ing with Minnesota, Wisconsin and
Northwestern Universities In ordor
to reaoh some dofirlte conclusion as
to tho time and place of these games.
Beforo these have beon definitely
fixed it will bo Impossible to arrange
tho games with Kansas. Missouri,
Ames and tho other smaller contests.
From present indications it appears
thut it will bo almost Impossible to
play the Minnesota game on tho
home grounds. Minnesota having
two games away from home In No
vember refuses to consider a proposi
tion for a third game away from home
in tho Barae month. So It Is very
probable that Nebraska will play her
at Minneapolis on November 1.
Whilo nothing definite, has been
settled with Wisconsin, word is ex
pected at any time to close tho con
tract for a game at Milwaukee on
October 25. This will be In accor
dance with tho oontraot ontereo Into
last fall which stipulated that tho
game was to tako place in tho above
city after the third weok in Ootober.
Tho Thanksgiving. game is practic
ally assured with Northwestern Uni
versity on home grounds. Nebraska
will thus secure oneTof the three' nor-
I thorn games.
State Historical Society Concludes
its Meetings Archaeology and
Railroads Topics for
The concluding program of tho
annual session of tho rjobraska Stato
Historical Society was glvon in
Memorial Hall last night. Aftor
the reading of tho minutes of tho
session of 1001 by Secretary Caldwell,
Proslaent Morton Introduced E. E.
Blrfckman, thosoclety's archaeologist.
Mr. Blaokman by tho aid of a
specially prepared map gavo an In
teresting description of different
points In Nebraska of Interest to
tho archaeologist. Thus far tho
society, with Its limited means sot
aside lor this purpose and In tho
short years of tlmo devoted to it,
has been able to mako investigation
at but eighteen points. Hovrcvor,
enough has been found hero to con
vince oven tho most dubious that
Nebraska has wonderful archaeo
logical specimens buried beneath its
surface. Specimens or Indian rollcs,
said Mr. Blackman, have boon, found
which aro without equal anywhere
in the world. It is only a matter of
time when the society will oe ablo to
make some highly Interesting re
ports along these lines.
The address of Mr. Blackman
was to havo been followed by a
paper by G. L. Laws, ex-membor of
the Stato Board of Transporta
tion, Mr. Laws not being pres
ent, this part was omitted. J.
n. Ager then read a paper on Ne
braksa Politics and Nebraska Rail
roads. Tho early influences of the
railroads In Holdrege. Nebraska, was
discussed, and their connection with
Btato politics. Mr. Agor said that
their Influence in stato politics was
greatly exaggerated. The aim of
the railroad was to keep out of
politics. A notable fact was the
absence of railroad men in the state
legislature of the past fifteon vcars.
E. L. Sayre, of tho Union Pacific
taw department then followed with
an exceedingly interesting account of
Nebraska country boundaries. Mr.
Sayre has give this question consid
erablo study as well as much
tlmo to tho preparat ion of a large
number of maps showing the evolu
tion of Nebraska from tho early
territorial beginning soon after the
Loulsana purchase to Its present
highly organlzod form. The area
covered by the original counties was
surprising to menv. Tho early mis
understanding of tho real geography of
Nebraska, tho location of the rivers
and streams, have been largely
cleared up by Mr. Sayre.
Boforo . tho mooting last night a
banquet was bold in oonnotolon
with tho Horticultural booloty, at
tho Llndell. Covers were laid for
Thouubject or plmlcal culture is
attracting more gonoral attontlon at
t'to present tlmo than ovor bofore.
Men and womon aro beginning to poo
that through It not only Is tho power
for work and, theroforo, fur earning
money Increased, sickness avoided
and lite lengthened by oxorclso, but
that physical development and
strength aro to bo desired for-their
own sakes. Whilo womon aro bene
fitted Injnuch tho same way and by
the samo oxerolses as mon, thero nro
certain cssontlul differences botwoon
tho soxos which must bo considered
In order to attain tho highest degreo
of physical and montal development.
Tho Fobruary Delineator contains
tho opening artlolo ot a valuable
scries on athletics for womon, under
tho heading, Physical Culturo at
Goorgo W. Woodruff, W&t well
known root-ball coach who recently re
signed from tho University of Pcnn
svlvanla, has been selected by Phila
delphia's new postmastor as finance
clerk. Ho is a graduato of Ynlo Ool
lego and the, Lnw Department of
Pennsvlvania. and was admitted to
tho bar In 1895. From 1892 to 1901
ho had charge of foot-ball at tho
University, bringing Ponn up to tho
highest standard In that sport.
A coal famine came near playing
havoc at Michigan Univorslty, dur
log tho holidays. Owing to a scar
city of cars and the suddon cold tho
snap University authorities found
themsolves at two o'clock in the
murnlngj without a' shovel ful or
fuel In their bins and tho moroury In
tho thermomotor standing disagree
ably cIobo to tho bulb.
Just what the effoct would havo
been had ( the famine continued
would bo hard to estimate. It Is,
probalo that damago to tho extent of
thousands of dollars resulting from
burstcd water-pipes in the laborator
ies and other buildings would have
resulted, and the danger to the pati
ents In tho hospital could not bs es
timated. Luckily help arrived just
at tho nick of time, in tho shape of a
carload of (foal. '
Appropos the- goneral discussion
among railroad men of means for
tho prevention of wrecks, E. F.
Bliss, 02', has written an article for
last Sunday's State Journal on auto
matic signals. Mr. Bliss is especially
Interested In this subject as he hab
seen service in the signal department
of the Pennsylvania Railroad and is
at present makjng it tho Bubjeot of
his thesis.
W. M. Mundorf, tho long distance
runner on last year's track team, is
in Lincoln. He expects to take up
work again in tno University next
The department of civil engineer
ing has installed eight expanded
metal lookers fpr protection of the
surveying instruments. The Instru
ments may now be stored without bc
ing removed from their tripods, and
no time uced be wasted in opening
doors for inspection.
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