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The Daily Nebraskan
VOL. 1, NO. 95.
LINCOLN, NEB., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1902.
COMMENTS ON CHOICE.
Tie Boloction of Booker T. Washing
ton Brings Forth Favorable
Opinion An Extreme
The report which was set on root
some time ago that tho senior class
of tho univeisity was divided in its
attitude towards oxtendmg to Booker
T. Washington an invitation to ad
dress it at tho next commencement
has gono all over the union and as a
result newspapors have cummontea
on the matter to no small extent.
Not alone have tho newspapers been
ooncorued with giving their opinions
but Indivinuals havo written personal
letters to various persons connected
with this institution.
The oninlons vary from those ex
pressing the greatest disgust hecauso
of tho invitation extended, to chose
which ar'3 full of words of Dralso for
so wise a selection. The former are
without exception from persons living
in tha South especially (Jeorgla.
Letters havo been received from
oastern states fn which tho popu
larity or Mr. Washington as a recog
nized speaker is set forth at length.
Not only In tho East whoro tho
peoplo are naturally more keenly
alivo to such matters is the action
of the seniors attracting attention
but throughout our own state. Be
cause of tho reports which wore sent
out fiom Lincoln regarding tho
situation a largo number of poople
are laboring under a false impression.
There is a prevailing opinion that
tho class was divided on this matter
This howevor is not so. From inves
tigation it seems there is scarcely any
objection to Mr. Washington whatso
ever. At tiio class meeting there
was not the slightestappearance of
aoy feeling against tho action of the
committee which haa acted. When
it is burne in mina that at the most
there wero not more thau Ave mem
bers in tho class who had any serious
objection to inviting Mr. Washington
while tho rest of the olass was as
one in its opinion it may with Jus
tice be said that no other available
speaker could havo been Invited
with such unanimity on the part of
tho class in "extending it as did
Booker T. Washington.
Tho two Jotters printed below well
Illustrate tho two siaes taken by tho
peoplo of tho North and some in the
South. "I cannot rofrain from con
gratulating you as class president and
others who have been with you in
the matter of securing Booker T.
Washington to deliver an oration.
Race prejudlco or any other should
not deter us from recognizing ability,
real merit or scholarly attainment
at all times and at all places. And
so 1 repeat I am proud to note that
your class haB advocated right and
with such men as Roosevelt brush
away the 'color line.' "
The foregoing oxtraot is from a
prominent educator in Nebraska.
The following letter shows clearly
the misapprehension under which
penplo are working. The faculty did
not extend the invitation but tho
sonior class. Tho gcntloman from
Georgia evidently tnlnks that the
seniors feel that they havo been im
posed upon which, is not at all the
"It was with much surprlso and
disgust that I read in tho Atlanta
Constitution of tho 14th that the
faculty of your institution had
chosen Booker Washington as com
mencement orator. I cannot ex
press my supremo disgust at such
aotlon of tho faculty of tho Univer
sity of Nebraska."
"Booker has been onco too of ton
in the White House and the insults
offered our southern women bocauso
of that and Bimilar inoidonts aro too
numerous to mention. Your (dis)
houorablo faculty aro either blind to
this fact or wish to add insult to in
Jury on tho negro question. So long
as a member of the brutish raco is
entertained as Booker has been,
though lie be above the ordinary, we
cannot but expect the enmo which
is generally punished by Mr. Lynch."
"There is no doubt that if your
faculty should live where I live for
dno year they would treat tho negro
as ho should be treated. Booker's
school Interests have suffered already
from his invasion of tho White House
and no doubt in will suffer raoro In
proportion as ho continues such
policy. The whites are much more
to balmo than ho."
"I certainly sympathize with tho
senior class and our people aro hoping
that you will not tolerate tho negro
orator." "Rebel and resist It."
Your southern friend,
W. n. All.
MISS HOW ELL RECITER AT
Miss Allco Howell instructor in
elocution gavn a recital at the stu
dent convocation yesterday morning.
Tho announcement that Miss
Howell would glvo a series ot read
ings brought out au unusually large
The first reacting was a long and
dllliculb selection by W.H.H. Murray
entitled "The nonor of the Woods."
Tho pleco consists of an animated
description of u boat race on the lake,
between six contestants, three of
whom are professionals, and tho re
mainder aro hunters and guides, who
as typical men of tho woods struggle
to maintain their supremacy with
Miss Howell Interpreted the selec
tion very effectively, bringing out
strongly tho details of the thrilling
contest at the finish. The Impersona
tion of tho old trapper was beauti
She responded to a liberal applause
with "Lifo's MJrror" as an encore.
A. A. Miller, 08, 1b making an ex
tended visit with his parents in the
WORK IN CUBA.
J. L. Ly tie Tolls of His Duties With
tht Military Engineering
Servico A Trip to
In a letter to E.M. Swain, wrltton
on board tho "Conception," enroutc
to Santiago do Cuba, James L. Lytic,
'00, tells of tho naturo of his work In
that Island. Owing to its general
interest tho letter Is reproduced in
Your lotter reached me a few days
aao Just as I was leaving navana for
Santiago by tho south coast. I am
on my way to Santiago, tho placo
whoro our President and his Rough
Riders made their name. I go thore
to mako asurvoyand tako typography
of the roads in that province for the
military service. I havo some men
with me and there I will draw some
non-commissioned officers from tho
U.S. Regular cavalry statloced thero.
I will havo quite a party when I get
them organized. I expect I shall be
over In this end of tho Island for a
couple of months at least.
Mr. Sargent received tho package
all O. K. and I got my Uni colors. I
havo thorn fastened upon a couple of
class canes on my wall.
I had a pretty good time X'mas
went out In society considerable. But
I guess for tho next' couple of months
I will be con lined to a bluo shirt,
campaign hat and a cavalry outfit.
Our party will have a detachment of
cavalry detailed with It and wo will
live on government rations and be
Lough in general.
I havo been on this coasting vessel
three days nuw and It will be one
more before wo reach Santiago.
During the first part of tho trip we
were almost all Americans but now
they are all Cubans "but about four of
us. We have ono of the subjects of
JUdward VII on board and ho is cor
tulnly a cockney Englishman. We did
have an Irish steam fitter from Pitts
burg who was a regular wit but ho
got off last night.
The seventh recital of the season
was given by tho students of the
university school of music in Memorial
hall last night. A largo and very
appreciative andience was preset and
hoartily applauded tho dlfforeb pro
ductions. Tho following program
Piano Solo Sonato C minor Op. 10
No. I. Beethoven, Allegro molto.
Soprano Solo "Traditional Bal
lad' Arr, O.V. Stanford, Ana iO,
Thou Belovod," Gluck.
Piano Solo Sonato D Major Op.
28, Bedtovon, Allegro.
Contralto Solo "Cradle Song"
Flora Belle Sceiner
Piano Solo Nocturne r flat Major
Op. 27 No. 2. Chopin.
Soprano Solo "Tell mo, my
Heart," II. R. Bishop.
Piano Solo Gondollora, Liszt.
Soprano Solo "Como wo'll Wan
dor," Potor Cornelius; "Sorenado
to Zanotto," Massenet.
Piano Solo-Andante and Varia
tions F minor.
Piano Solo "Tho Dragonfly," A.
Buzzl Pocola: "Tho Swallows,"
Piano Solo Fantoiso C minor,
DEAN REESE SCORES LAW
Dean Reese of tho law school took
occasion at last night's mooting
of tho clacs to scoro severely those
students who had been guilty of
bringing into tho leoturo room tho
obnoxious chemicals. Tho law room
still had no inviting utmospbero and
this gavo tho dean an Incentive to
those words of warning wbloh ho
might otherwise havo lacked. Tho
action of tho certain students in
filling tho building with this odor
was, he said, evidence of their uttor
lack of honor and respeot for othors'
rights. Ho further stated that were
tho parties who committed tho deea
known to him, ho would nob hesitato
to suspend them from the privileges
of tho university.
Some or tho studontB in tho olass
who aro soriously opposca to any
jokes of this naturo havo decided to
investigate tho matter and bring the
suspectod parti cs to account before
tho class authorities. Ono of tho stu
dents said, last night, that thero
was cousidorablo circumstantial
evidence against two members of the
class already and that the class act
ing as a court would soon try thorn.
The outcome of this will doubtless
bo vory much the same as tho recent
impeachment trlai.whluh was finally
dropped after having been exteslvc
WISCONSIN TRACK TEAM WINS
Wlcsonsln defeated Chicago S&tur
ay night in tho indoor meet by a.
scoro of 47 to 30. The Wlsconsi n
athletes got soven firsts and four
soconds, and Chicago men took three
firsts and four Sbconds. Four records
were broken. Malony for Chicago
broke tho Chicago gymnasium accord
in the forty yard hurdles, making tho
distance in 5 1-5 seconds. Bredsteen
broke the reoord held by Bliss of Chi
cago and established a aew xecord of 4
minutes 47 1-5 second, Tho two-mile
was a Wisconsin sure thing, and Car
penter did th trick in 10 minatos 14
3-5 seconta, which not only broke the
track record fcnt the western indosr
record ot 10 minutes 15 ,3-5 seconds, by
Bredsteen in "the exposition fast year.
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