The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 17, 1917, Image 2

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Oincial Paper of the
University of Nebraska
Associate Editors
Fern Noble Katherine Newbranch
WALTER BLUNK. .Business Manager
Asst. Bus. Mgr
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Business, Haseim'nt Administration uiui,.
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under the act ol congress ui iu.inu o,
After blaming the war on Russia,
England and Belgium, the Kaiser
might complete a quartet of parties
responsible for forcing him into this
war of conquest by pointing an accus
ing finger at the tomb of Napoleon.
The Kaiser himself, and in a greater
degree his son, who is a powerful fac
tor in determining the foreign policy
of the Wilhelmstrasse, is a great ad
mirer of the gloomy-eyed Corsican,
Former Ambassador Gerard, in his ar
ticles on Germany and the war, men
tions the wonderful collection of rel
ics Napoleon possessed by the
crown prince, and tells of the prince's
confession of a dream to emulate him.
Historically Napoleon may be con
nected with the present war in a
number of ways. The German govern
ment and the German school system
learned much from Napoleonic re
forms and organization in France.
The kaiser has his debating club, the
Reichstag, just as Napoleon had his
legislature. NapolOQn also furnished
the kaiser with wonderful examples
of press censorship and the distri
bution of propaganda. Looking at an
other angle, the far-peaching influence
of the first Emperor of the French has
contributed indirectly toward making
the present situation possible. It was
Napoleon's iron heel, which trampled
on all the numerous petty sttaes com
prising the present territory of the
German empire, that first made German-speaking
people see the need of
forming a close consolidation against
their neighbors on east and west. His
insulting disregard for Prussia and
high-handed manner In dealing with
the once proud house of Hohenzollern
kindled the sparks of patriotism and
the longing for a strong, unconquer
able fatherland which have made the
present German military and political
system psychologically possible. Such
instances as these are numerous, and
all of them may be believed with more
or less reason to have contributed to
the forces which plunged the world
into conflict. If, failing in his attempt
to fix the blame on the governments
he has so far accused, the kaiser
should decide to charge Napoleon
with the responsibility, he would find
other advantages besides those facts
he would not have to contend with an
answer from Napoleon, and he would
be choosing a man whom the world
has become accustomed to blame for
most everything wrong that has hap
pened since his time.
Nebraska has so far escaped from
that dangerous malady, unwise econ
omy, which takes the form of pinch
ing the proverbial penny. At one
time last spring it did look for a while
that the campaign for economy in food
and resources wodld bring with it a
tightening of the purse strings, but
fortunately summer came, and with it
quiet and time to see things clearly.
We know now that hoarding money is
dangerous; that saving unwisely for
a rainy day may bring a cloudburst
that will sweep all away. Economy,
like all virtues, can be practised in
such a way that it is harmful. This is
of course a time when we do not
care to spend our money foolishly
for superquities, but it is surely a
time when we should subscribe free
ly, within our means, to all the many
worthy causes which the war has
brought. Nebraska students have
snorn during the summer more and
more interest in this sort of giving,
and less and less in foolish spending.
It would be fine if Nebraska Univer
sity could back up the record her sol
diers are making with a record for
hearty financial support of every war
enterprise that looks for voluntary
subscription for support.
By Ernest Poole
If you believe that on this war de
pends the strength of democracy in
the world for generations to come; if
you want to see America go, in hard
wit hall her resources; if you want
to do your utmost yourself and get
others to do the same look about
you for the quiet men. They are the
ones who will help you most, for they
will be the real Fighters here. In the
training camps and out with the fleet
and on our destroyers over the sea,
it will be easy to find such men, for
they will be the predominant type.i
But if you are to be one or tnose wno
render service in this war in the thou
sand and one activities which are so
vitally needed here, both to back up
the men at the front and to make this
struggle in very truth count , for de
mocracy everywhere, then it will not
be so easy to find the men and women
whom you need, the ones who are will
ing to work day and night. For they
will not be so conspicuous as the Self
advertisers and Haters who will arise
on every hand.
To hear such folk inveigh against
Germany, you might think they were
the fighters hre, Rut in Europe it
has not been so. I remember a woman
in London who was like many now
in New York. She told me in a voice
quivering with bitterness that even
when the war was over she wanted
nothing but evil to come to every man
and woman and child in the German
empire. Meanwhile, so far as I could
find, she was doing nothing for the
war. She took it out in talking. In
London there were not many like her.
for the English are not good Haters.
But in Berlin there were thousands.
I remember, one evening in Beethoven
Saal, looking down from the low gal
lery upon a throng of well-dressed
people listening to an actor who was
reciting the "Hymn of Hate." The
little man was hysterical; he tore his
rage to tatters; his hatred of the peo
ple of England was to endure to the
end of time. And those people rose
and cheered him until the great hall
seemed to rock with the noise. I
was told by one of them that night:
"We Germans now all feel like that.
You will hear the "Hymn of Hate'
sung by the boys in the trenches all
along the Western front."
But I went to the boys in the trench
es and found them big stolid German
youths, standing out there in the
drenching rain and quietly fighting for
Germany. They had no time for hat
ing. And from all the correspondents
I know I have heard it is the same
in the French and Fnglish trenches.
They are too busy killing Germans to
hate them. And so it is, all over Eu
rope. As you leave Berlin or Vienna.
London, Paris, Petrograd, Rome, and
travel toward the battle-lines, the
shrill, hysterical cries of the Haters
die away; and you come upon the
Fighters, the quiet men who are work
ing hard at the business of war, en
during privations, exhausting toil, and
sucering and disease and death, and
taking it .all as a matter of course.
They fill in their leisure hours with
jolly little songs and games. Fighters
have no time to hate.
And so over here as we enter the
struggle, if you engage in any one of
the numberless tasks that are needed
to back up our allies abroad and later
our own armies in France, you will
have no time for hatred. You will
need all your strength and all your
time, you will give yourself heart and
soul to this cause, you will do your
share in that hard, clear laborious
thinking and planning and working
without which this war will be of
little or no avail to mankind.
Shall it be a useless slaughter or
a great blood sacrifice, out of which
shall emerge a world more brotherly
and tolerant, more liberal to everyone,
more safe for democracy? How avoid
waste and blunders? How make the
strength of America tell to the very
utmost to bring the war to such an.
end a.-- will mean a real vic tory for our
principles? How rid ourselves of the
shams and lies that are bound to c reep
in? How clear up our minds all over
the land. East and West and North
and South, and unite on a few preat
purposes, simple, honest and sincere?
What peace terms are we to ask?
To such thinking hatred is no ally
but an inveterate enemy. The Haters
are interested in revenge and all the
resulting bitterness that can lead to
other wars and fill this world for gen
erations with distrust and wholesale
death. The Haters do not especially
care to see a new Germany on earth,
with the Kaiser and Its Junkers and
its Militarists deposed, its menace
destroyed and its good retained. The
Haters, as one of them said to me,
want "the whole damned German na
tion wiped right off the planet'."
These was once a big American
whose attitude toward an enemy land
was expressed in these words: "With
malice toward none; with charity for
all; with firmness In the right, as God
gives us to see the right, let us strive
on to finish the work we are in; to
bind up the nation's wounds; to care
for him who shall have borne the bat
tle, and for bis widow, and his orphan
to do all which may achieve and
cherish a Just and lasting peace
among ourselves, and with all na
The Haters have little use for 6uch
talk. They have something different
to say. They will say it so loudly and
insistently that you will grow used
to the din of their voices and will
come in time to treat such noise like
the shrill wrangling notes of spar
rows. And you will go steadily on
with your work, which is to wage such
a war to the end as will destroy root
and branch all autocracy everywhere,
all arrogant pretensions to world dom
ination by German Kultur, all ruth
less oppression of the weak, and will
end in a peace that shall at least be
another milestone passed in the long
weary march of humanity up the
great road of progress which leads to
the brotherhood of mankind.
Has there any old fellow got mixed
with the boys?
If there has, take him out without
making a noise.
Hang the almanac's cheat and the
catalog's spite!
Old Time is a liar! We're twenty
We're twenty! We're twenty! Who
says we are more?
He's tipsy Young Jackanapes!
Show him the door!
Gray temples at twenty. Yes! White
if we p.ease,
Where the snow flakes fall thickest
there's nothing can freeze!
Was it snowing I spoke of? Excuse
the mistake!
Look close you will see not a sign
of a flake!
We want some new garlands for those
we have shed,
And these are white roses in place
of the red.
We've a trick, as young fellows, you
may have been told,
Of talking (in public) as if we were
That boy we call "Doctor" and this we
call "Judge";
It's a neat little fiction of course
it's all fudge.
That fellow's the "Speaker", the one
on the right;
"Mr. Mayor," my young one, how are
you tonight?
That's our "Member of Congress," we
say when we chaff;
There's the "Reverend" what's
his name? don't make me
That boy with the great matehemat
ical look
Made believe he had written a won-!
derful book
And the Royal Society thought it was
So they chose him right in a good
joke it was, too.
There's a boy, we pretend, with a
three-decker brain,
That could harness a team with a
logical chain; ,
When he spoke of our manhood in
syllabled fire
We railed him "The Justice," but
now he's "The Squire."
And there's a nice youngster of ex
cellent pith;
Fate tried to conceal him by nam
ing him Smith!
But he shouted a song for the brave
and the free
Just read on his medal, "My coun-
try...tis of thee!"
You hear that boy laughing? You
think he's all fun,
But the angels, laugh, too, at the
good he has done.
The children laugh loud as they troop
to bis call,
And the poor man that knows him
laughs loudest of all. j
Yes, we're boys, always playing with !
tongue or with pen,
And I sometimes have asked, shall
we ever be men.
Shall we always be youthful and
laughing and gay,
Till the last dear companion drops
smiling away?
Then here's to our boyhood, its gold
and its gray!
The stars of its winter, the dews of
its May!
And when we have done with our life
lasting toys,
Dear Father, take care of thy chil
dren, the boys.
Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Given as a toast at the thirtieth re
union of the Clasw of Harvard, '29.
In Days Gone By
Six Years Ago Today
Arrangements were being completed
for beginning work on the Varsity de
bate contests. The question for the
year was that of "Ship Subsidies."
The big grand stand on the athletic
field was Just nearing completion.
Five Years Ago Today
Everett N. Bowman, first lieutenant
Fourth infantry at Fort Crook, was
assigned to duties as commandant of
the University cadet battalion left
vacant by Captain Yates.
Two Years Ago Today
Chancellor Samuel Avery addressed
all new students on "The Opportun
ities of a Student in the University of
Nebraska" at convocation.
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We like to help you.
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