The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 11, 1909, Image 1

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VoL IX. No. 51.
Price 5 Cents.
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Nebraska Debaters Did Not Convince
Judges of Lack of Revenue
Under Present
In tho annual debates of the Central
Debating League bold last night Ne
braska lost both contests. At Lincoln
In tho debate with Minnesota tho
CornhuskorB woro defeated by a two
to ono doclslon, and at Iowa City
agalnBt tho Hawkoyes, the Nebraska
team lost by tho Bamc decision.
Tho question which was debated at
all flvo of tho debates botween tho
dlfforont stato universities of which
the debating league is composed was
"Resolved, That a graduated lncomo
tax with an exemption of Incomes un
der $5,000 per annum would bo a de
sirable modification of our system of
fddoral taxation." On tills question
Nebraska had tho afllrmatlvo side at
Lincoln and the negative sldo at Iowa
Tho (i-bato at Lincoln was so close
that in. '' tho decision of tho last
judge had oen read by Governor
SJiallonbergfi who presided, tho re
sult was In doubt, although the larger
portion of tho audience was firm In
the belief that Nebraska had won tho
dobato with easo. Outclassing their
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tho present system tho wealthy man
has a chance to escape debt. We
have this In tho present Injustice of
tho stato personal property tax, and to
remove this Injustice we have the
modern graduated lncomo tax. A new
source of revenue is also needed. As
a proof of thlB President Roosevelt
declared that it was desirable, and
also In tho last congress tho feeling
. , .' , , .... ., . of the need of an lncomo tax was so
opponents In oratory and delivery, tho o , ,.
Nebraska men wero easily counted as
tho victors, and a disappointed audi
once received tho announcement of
tho judges' decision.
'Tho dobato last evening was holdln
Momorlal hall and a largo and en
thusiastic audience was present. The
subject of tho Income tax, com
ing when t did at a time when it Is
to l)q one of the Important questions
under discussion among tho members
of the variousatato legislatures Bervod
to lncroaso tho Interest, and an in
tensely Interested audience listened to
tho arguments put forth by the mem
bers of tho contesting teams.
Outsiders Present.
Many of tho secondary schools in and
near Lincoln attended this dobato and
thoy wero very enthusiastic In their
praise 6t tho excellence of tho argu
ment Many were present from Wos
Ioyan and Cotnor and also from the
Lincoln high school.
P.rIor to tho dobato tho university
cadet band favored tho audience by
several selections and shortly after
the debaters wero seated Chancellor
Avery Introduced tho presiding officer
of tho evening, Governor ShaljQnbor
$or, who favbribd tho audience with a
short address while tho decision of
tho Judges was being awaited.
Following "tno'iwelyo minute argu
ment speoch, each of tho six spodko'ra
was glvon. a fiy.o-ralnutc robWtal
speech. The judges of tho d,obato
woro Professor Prank H. Garvor, pro
feasor o history of Mornlngsido Col
J98f "" 5?f?aBK Henry 0 Stancliffo,
nrofeBBor of nolltical science of Cor
nell College, and Professor Elmer A.
Wilcox, professor law of tho Iowa
8,tato University.
Thq Nebraska representatives In
tho debate were Herbert W. Potter,
1010k; John L. Rice, Law 1?10, and Jo
seph T. Votava", Law 1911. The Min
nesota debaters wero Charles Rodoen,
1910; Norman A. Houclc, Law 1910,
and Fred R. Johnson, Law 1911.
Potter Opens Debate.
For Nebraska, H. W, Pottor opened
tho argument and defined tho ques
tion, and then launched forth into the
argumont of, t,ho question. Ho declared
(hat tho; present need was that a tax
strong that a resolution providing for
an amendment to the national consti
tution levying a graduatod tax was
passed and this amendment is at pres
ent seeking ratification in the stato
legislatures. That the income tax
should bo adopted for the three fol
lowing reasons: That it is Just, and
that it is expedient, and that It has
a sound precedent
'Were Opposed.
Declaring that they were opposed,
to the lncomo tax as it was provided
for In tho question, Charles Rodeen
opened tho argumont for tho negative
and declared for threo reasons ho was
opposed to tho lncomo tax. First, that
It was unnecessary. Second, that it
would prevent a scientific manner of
taxation, and third, that it was not
expedient Mr. Rodeen then put forth
five decisive reasons why tho govern
ment did not need tho income tax.
In short and striking sentences J.
L. Rico stated that the income tax
was backed by a strong precedent
and that it was Bound In theory and
that the government needed more rev
enue. That tho present method of ob
taining revenue was not 'flexible
onough under tho (arlff and if this
was abolished that it would be re
placed by tho income tax, which could
do reguiaieq to a Doctor advantage.
Tho second speaker for the nega
tlvo was N. A. Hbiick, who emphasized
the points which the first negative
speaker had made and drove to' a fine
point tho argument that the pres
ent method vofo o btalnlng revenue
for tho maintenance of the govern
ment was, needful of no change and
he also pointed out the fact that the
income tax would not lessen the bur
den o'f tho poor man as tho Nebras
ka men claimed. He declared further
that tho income tax would enroach on
tho taxation mothods employe'd by tho
various etates and allow tho federal
government to accumulate more rev
enue than it needed, which at the pres
ent tlmo was not necessary.
8tudents Unable to Reregister for the
Work Next 8emester Will Re
ceive the Money Paid
In for Fees.
Scientific vs. Just.
J. T. Votava, tho last speaker on
the afllrmatlvo, declared, that his op
ponents had declared that the incomo
tax would not be a scientific method
be loyied.'which would bo of an equal I of taxation and that this was not tho
ratio for the poor and tho rich. Under ' Continued on Pago 4 '
Owing to a delay In the arrival of
apparatus the new mechanical en
gineering laboratories will not be
opened this semester. This means
that tho students registered for the
work in mechanical engineering 1, 3,
and 5 Will not be given this semester.
This decision was reached yester
day after a careful canvass of tho sit
uation. As tho greater part of tho
semester is now ovor, tho beginning
of these courses this semester would
accomplish very little good and might
work a positive Injury. Tho delay
comes through no fault of the depart
ment whatsoever, but is merely tho
combination of unavoidable circum
stances. The apparatus necessary for
tho opening of the laboratories, trans
formers and the like has not yet ar
rived and tbero is no alternative for
tho department but to accept tho sit
uation 'and defer tho opening of the
laboratories untl next semestfir.
No Additional Fees.
While tho postponing of this worjc
may work a slight hardship with some
of tho Btudents registered for tho
work every effort will bo made to al
leviate this as much as possible' Stu
dents who reregister for tho courses
next semester will not have to pay
any additional laboratory fees. Those
who find it impossible to reregister
for the courses next sqmestor will
have 'their, laboratory fees ' refunded.
Thus the only difficulty which' has not
been removed is the loss of time on
tho students' part, for which tho fac
ulty of tho department can In no way
be hold responsible.
The courses for which tho engineers
may reregister for next semester aro
li 3, 4, 5, and 6. This leaves prac
tically only one course which cannot
bo given next semester. Ths is 2,
which will bo given tho second semes
ter of next year. ' ' Jj 1
Your car faro wpuld pay for a nico
lunch at tho Boston "Lunch. Why go
Annual 8econd Year Dance Will
Draw Good Crowd at Lincoln.
The sophomore hop will bo hold at
tho Lincoln hotol tonight The ticket
sale, under the direction of Chairman
W. M. McGowan, has progrossod sat
isfactorily and up to last night tho
sale had been large. It Is expocted
that there will be about ninety couples
on tho floor.
Ward M. Rubendall is master of
ceremonies of tho dance. Walt's or
chestra will furnish tho music.
Oxford Denoted as One of the Nar
rowest of Modern Schools
American Attendance Not
( to Be Encouraged.
Phllathea and Baraca Classes to Hold
a Unique 8,tunt Tonight.
There will bo a "county fair" hold
this evening in tho now" Wilkinson
building at Sixteenth and O streets
by tho members of tho Phllathea and
Baraca classes of tho First Lutheran
church. It is promised that thoso
who will attend will be 'affordod a
jgood time. The committee in charge
have arranged for a number of events
particularly attractive to Nebraska
students. Among them is to bo a box
ing exhibition and an artistic little
pantomime entitled "Betsy's Three
Lovers," put on by an experienced
cast and a baby show which is also
unlquo and amusing.
Member of the Forest 8ervlce In
Porto Rico 8ends Magnificent
Cane of, Native Woods.
George L. Pawcott, 1905, who at
present Is in to forest service In
Porto Rico;, has presented to Dr. B4es-
Bey of tho department of botany a
magnificent cane. This cano has. been
manufactured by a native of tho Island
ana is composed of one hundred dif
ferent kinds of" wood. These woods
aro put Into the cane in rings varying
in light and dark wood. Tho handle
of the cane is composed of a dark
wood in which a largo amount of light
colored wood Is laid in minute
squares. The cano Is exceedingly
handsome, and accompanying the gift
was a char.t compiled by the' native,
workman giving an accurate list of the
different woods in tho order In which
they aro put into tho cane.
, Another, pleasing feature of this gift
is that tho cano is Identical with one
w"hich tho members of the forest bu
reau of Porto Rlc6 presented to Presl
dent Roosevelt some time ago.
Professor Goorgo Elliott Howard of
Lincoln, Nebraska, and Dr. Georgo C.
Parkins of London, England, do not
agroo In thorr opinion of tho rolatlvo
provinclallBin of Amorican and Brit
ish universities. -Dr. Parkins de
clares ropoatodly that tho AmorlcanB
aro provincial, through nnd through.
Dr. Howard states just as emphatical
ly that tho English systom Is rho
provincial method and that Oxford is
tho very acme of narrowness.
Dr. Howard's remarks wore mado
before a class In sociology 15 in tho
courso of a comment upon tho state
ments of Dr. Parkins in hiB two ad
dresses to university studonts. Dr.
Parkins In thoso speeches oxaltcd the
British mothods as oxompllflod At Ox
ford nnd declared tho Americans pro
vincial. Howard Objects.
To thoBO ideas, Professor Howard
objects. Ho doclaroq tho English, Ox
ford systom narrow in Its essontlal
thoory. It fits for no prnctjcal lfo
work, says tho Nebraska teacher save
perhaps somo of tho fields in which a
strictly academic education along the
old-fashioned linos is all that can e
had. It does not encourago those
practical courses which aro concolved
by the modern school to be most val
uable to tho youth.
Dr. Parkins expressed his wish that
more and more Americans might find
tholr wajf to England as Oxford stu
dents. ' "I ehoultf consider it a groat
calamity," says Dr. Howard, "if any
considerable uumbor of our Amorican
youth should ovor bo lured into at
tendance at the English school repre
sented by Dr. Parkins."
Germans Better.
Tho Gorman universities aro tho
better of tho two, thinks Dr. Howard.
Ho discussed at length tho compara
tive liberality df mothods In England,
Germany, and America,' much! to no
detriment of the flretnamoo country.
Americans aro going to,LQormany In
constantly Increasing numbers, thor
oughly recognizing tW value of 'the
t, according to ti
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juugiiBiinuui 10 go eisownere.
Members of the Engineering Society
Who Will Issue the Nebraskan
President Dyo of tho Engineering
Society has announced tho following
committee to have chargo ot tho No
braskan next Friday t'6".JN. Munn, ed-itor-in-chiof;
H. L. Fiqke, managing
editor; cw. Mongol and' A. TJ.' Btan
cllffo, associate editors, and"W. J.
Wohlenberg and D. P. Smith. W. A.
Jones, the present business manager,
will be business manager of the- en
gineering edition, o'f tho Nebraskan.
Tho, engineers last year' issued ono
of tho numbers of tho Nobraskan and
it was, such a success that It was de!
elded' that this would bo an annual
ovent, and the members of tho com
mittee who havo charge of tho ent
gineerlng number promiso 'that' this
edition will bo the bWthat Has been'
issued. '
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