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THE NEBRASKA N
Vol. III. No. 20.
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA, LINCOLN, FRIDAY, MAY 10, 1805.
PmcK Five Cents.
THE ENGINEERS' EXHIBIT
THEIR BUIUD1NQ WAS MADE INTO
A FAIRY LAND.
Surprising; Results Manifestod toy
Moans of the Myatorious Power A
Variety of Fhonomann Notos.
Last Saturday ovoning great
numbors of people could bo soon
wending thoir way to iho north
sido of the campus. Tho occasion
was the first annual exhibit of tho
Socioly of Electrioa' ouginoors.
On approaching tho electrical
laboratory tho arm of an old
fashioned windmill carrying in
candoscont lamps with changing
colors beckoned tho visitor to tho
troat in store within.
Entering tho building tho first
object of interest was tho applica
tion of tho electric current to tho
iron -worker's art. Hero was seen
tho electric welding of iron and
steel, and near by tho bucket
forgo, in which iron was raised to
n red boat by plunging it into a
pail of water. In tho same room
tho magnetic blow out was shown
by which tho intense flame of tho
arc light was deflected or blowu
out at will.
Passing to tho adjoining room
the visitor saw tho telephone and
its various parts. A lino was in
operation by w.hich music from a
distant room could be plainly
Tho microphone, an instrument
for magnifying faint sounds and
sending them to a distance, was
to be seen. With this instrument
tho tread of a small bug or the
flutter of its wings could be heard
a great distance away.
Here a stairway led to the de
partment of domestic heating.
Tho visitor was immediately at
tracted to a table presided over
by several charming young ladies
who served cocoa and cakes cooked
by electricity, At another table
a young man entertained the lady
visitors by ironing their hand
kerchiefs and curling their hair
by tho aid of tho mysterious fluid.
Tho boating and cooking ap
pliances wore furnished for tho
occasion by tho "Western Electric
Heating Co., of St. Paul, Minn.
The articles were finely finished
in nickel and constituted a great
attraction in themselves.
After this display of heating
apparatus tho guests wore cooled
by dishes of ice cream, while a
refreshing breeze came from au
On passing out the induction
heater was shown. This was a
large magnet at which water, cop
per rings aud pieces of iron were
heated by induction.
Near this was a glass of water
which was boiling violeutly.being
heated by a current passing
through a gorman silver wire.
There was also a flat iron taken
apart to show the principle upon
which all tho heating appliaucos
Two street car hoators fttr
nishod by tho local stroot rail
way company woro displayed il
lustrating the application of oloc
tricity to tho warming of rooms.
Descending to the dynamo
room which was vory prettily
docorated with incandescont
lamps amid festoons of scarlet
and croam, tho first glance was
drawn to a large monogram, com
posed of tho lottors E. E., tho
badgo of tho society, in colored
Those lottors woro traced out
by tho successive lighting of 125
An attractive oxhibit was that
of tho eloctro-plnting whore wero
shown tho processes of gold, sil
ver, nickel and copper plating.
Neat souvenirs in tho shape of
silver plated stick-pms woro pre
sented to tho visitors.
Judging from tho fact that
about 1000 of these woro given
out and many could not obtain
them on account of tho crowd it
would bo safe to ostimato tho at
tendance at least at 1500.
Electralysis of water was shown
and the sharp report caused by
exploding tho gases was tho
source of no little fear to the la
dies and much pleasure to tho
Passing the busy whir of en
gines and dynamos, tho next at
traction was au electric soldering
Rev. H. W. Kuhns, fathor of
John Hay Kuhns, of Omaha, was
At a spcoial mooting of tho
Sooioty of Electrical Engineers a
voto of thanks was oxtonded to all
who had assisted in tho entertain
ment, and especially to tho young
ladios who served in tho cooking
Thanks are also oxtonded to
Profs. Richards and Hampsen for
tho uso of thoir rooms.
DECISION AWARDED TO KANSAS
BY THE JUDGES.
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little wires running to tho handle
were tho only visible source of
This appliance was supplied by
the Metropolitan Electric Co., of
Chicago, and is a novel and useful
An electric reduction furnace
completed the oxhibit. Horo the
reducing of metals from their
ores was illustrated.
By placing in tho furnace a
mixture of coal and lime a pro
duct was obtained which when
put into water formed a gas, that,
it is said, may soon become a
rivul of ordinary gas for illumin
ating. "While the oxhibit was confined
to those few branches of electrical
science, it afforded an interesting
and instructive entertainment for
the many visitors who thronged
tho building throughout the ovon
ing. Visitors wore present from
many parts of tho state and carried
away with them a high regard for
the university and the work being
done in tho Electrical Depart
ment. ELECTRICAL NOTES.
Amoug tho guests from abroad
Mr. E. F. Schurig, City Electri
cian, and Dr. J. J. Saville, Health
Commissioner, both of Omaha.
They expressed themselves as well
pleased with th display.
Hoi for St, Louis.
From prosont indications tho
chances are that the Nebraska
Stato University will be roprc
sontod in the inter-state competi
tive drill to bo hold at St. Louis.
Energetic measures are now being
taken to got up a company of
good men the understanding be
ing that they will not bo required
to purchase a new uniform. Pe
titions are being circulated, stat
ing that tho undersigned pledge
themselves to go to St. Louis,
paying thoir own oxpenses, and
that they will drill as often as
Lieutenant Pershing, or the officer
ill charge, may deem necessary.
They aro being generously signed.
Tho general feeling seems to be
in favor of going if it is necessary
to march down, and drill in shirt
It has been estimated that it is
possible for one company to take
8,000 in prizes. This glittering
amount has a strong effect in
gaining signers to tho petitions.
Monday evening tho girls of
Dalla Gamma wore invited to a
"house warming" by one of their
number, Mrs. Faunio Woods
Grainger. Tho house is a dainty
little cottage on J and Twenty
seventh streets, prettily furnished,
and the girls went into extacios
over it Elaborate refreshments
wero served, aud as Mrs. Grain
ger is a charming hostess the
evening passed most delightfully.
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fra
ternity gave a most enjoyable
tally-ho drive to Cushman park
on last Wednesday evening. The
coach was decorated with purple
and old gold, the fraternity col
ors, and the young ladies of the
party also wore the colors. After
a delightful drive out there an
olegant lunch was spread and tho
young people did ample justice to
it Two colored men were taken
along and they furnished music
for the dance that made the latter
half of the evening enjoyable.
Those who composed tho merry
party wore: Misses Watkins,
Williams, Harley, Haughtor,
Ricketts, Farwoll, Risser, Lau,
Case and Messrs. Haughton,
Johnston, Morrill, Hewitt,Sawyer,
Roy Sawyer, Miner, Parmelee,
Marine and Martin, Mrs. J. H.
Harley and Mrs. John Hewitt
i chaperoned the party.
Kansas Admits Bho was BerUen Wanted
to Mivko a Tlo.bnt Figured Wronff
The first Kansas-Nebraska de
bate took place in Lawronco,
Kansas, Friday, May 3rd. The
question was "Resolved, that less
weight should bo givon to preced
ent in legal decisions." The
affirmative was takon by tho Uni
versity of Nebraska, whose rep
resentatives wero E. B. Sherman,
A. J. Weaver, and E. McNoal.
Tho University of Kansas had tho
negative and was represented by
T. J. Madden, J. E. Little, and F.
Tho sides took entirely different
positions. Tho affirmative argued
that precedent is now givon tho
weight of law, and gavo as proof
citations from legal writers and
from decisions. They then showed
numerous absurdities and in
justices resulting from giving
precedence the weight of law, and
said that these would be avoided
if it woro usod as only evidence
of the law. Tho negative were
not expecting this position, and
without overthrowing it, treated
tho subject in a different way.
Thoir arguments were of an ab
stract, general nature, alleging
that harm would come in the.
nature of uncertainty of law, if
precedent wore given less weight.
The speeches of tho negative,
with the exception of the closing
debate of Madden, were written
aud committed orations. Very
flowery language was exhibited by
Little and Brady. The affirma
tive, on the other hand, spoke off
hand; and devoted all their time
to argument, with entire disregard
As the third judge was absent,
the decision was made by Prof.
Buchanan, of Kansas City, and
Chancellor Cook, of Illinois State
Normal. Tho Kansas City man
voted for Kansas, while Chancel
lor Cook voted for Nebraska.
This tie should have stood for the
decision, according to tho agree
ment that the judges alone were
to make up the decision. The
committee in charge, however,
helped the judges figure up marks
and at the end of over an hour
announced that Kansas was
Whatever doubt may exist in
regard to the decision, thero is no
doubt as to which side deserved it.
Professor .Adams, who was pros
ont, is authority for tho statement
that Nebraska defeated Kansas in
the debate; while Chancellor Can
field, who was in Lawrence on tho
next day, says that the professors
and students of Kansas University
admit that Nebraska should have
had the decision.
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