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About The Nebraskan. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1892-1899 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 7, 1896)
Vol. IV. No. 17.
UNIVJ3USITV OF NEBRASKA, LINCOLN, KBimUAttY 7, 1800.
PlHGK, fi CkM'S
MR. E. LEWIS BAKER LE0TURE8
Former Vloo-Oounsol of tho U. B.
Duonos Ayron Tolls of tho Nowb
At Mio request of Mr, W. O. Joiioh, E.
IjoavIh Bnkor, former United States vice
consul lit HuunoH Ayres, siwko before
Mu JounmllHin class Thursday iiiornlntT
on tin newspapers of tho Argentine re
public. HIh talk win very Interesting
imtl much appreciated by tho embryo
soi-lbes. Mr. Baker talked rapidly for
nearly the whole hour, covering much
ground. At the close be responded to
questions on different details of tho
manner and methods of conducting a
newspaper hi the city which has been
his residence for such a long time.
Mr. Hnkor said that tho press of Ar
gentine republic nmy bo represented by
a typo which ho look from Buenos
Ayres, a city of over 700,000 population,
atfd' considered the newspaper centre
of tho country. The newsimpers pub
lished In this city are printed in ten dif
ferent languages, the greater number
being In Spanish, while there arc three
English dallies. They nil seem to ay
IlimaicUilly and prove good Ibuslnoss
Tliey aro carefully edited and man
aged with good Judgment, tho odltorlnl
page dealing .mostly with imtlonal af
fairs, displaying some sound opinions.
Everything Is Inseitted only after
careful consideration, while tJve news
columns are most conscientiously edited.
Sensationalism Js avoided. Tho copy Is
carefully edited as regards truth and
Is Inserted' without undue elabora
tion. Extreme caution Is observed In
the mentioning of private matters. Am
the libel lawn aro bo severe, oven a slip
of the pen or thoughtless clause might
make tho writer subject to 'their pen
alty. Tho Naclon and Prensa (meowing
press) nre the two principal Spanish
morning dailies. Each have their for
eign correspondents In London, Madrid,
etc. The letters from theBO occupying
much Bpaoo In 'the Sunday paperB. Their
cable Bervlce Is good, printing about
(two columns of foreign news each day,
tho bulk of which comes from Kurope.
The cable tolls average 11.50 n word,
but the press gets three-fourths off. So
fho telegrams are skeletonized when re
ceived In uhe Buenos Ayres olllco. The
circulation of the morning dollies
amounts to about 15,000. There aro two
or throe good afternoon dallies, each
printing two editions, one at 2 o'clock
and the other at 4 o'clock, while In times
of excitement an edition alt G o'clock Is
run off. The afternoon dallies have a
slightly larger circulation than the
morning papers. They contain mostly
local news, with whait telegraphic mat
ter they can get hold of. The market
reports are made a specialty, with close
attention given (to the prices of sold.
The afternoon papers aro .much read,
being Issued at 2 o'clock, the time when
most of tJhe merchants aro taking a
noon recess. The later edition Is more
complete and has a good circulation
All the papers rank well In art and
dramatic criticism. Not much Action
Ib printed, as the people have not yet
UveloKd a literature of their own.
What is printed Is mostly translations
fr.im the French, 'though the editors and
Journalists aro authors to some extent.
Good critics are employed to edit the
iut and dramatic columns and the right
mn are paid good salaries.
Thu editorial policy Is opposed to the
administration. This 1s true of all the
lmpf-rs, not even a single organ of the
iwty In power existing. An attempt
which was made to establish a paper
favorable to tho administration failed,
and tho expensive equipment was sold
at auction. Tho government controls
everything. It dictates who shall be
tho next president, has the polls guard
ed by police and army, do tho people
Practically have but one way to vote.
The reason the administration news
paper failed is because the people do
not trust tho government. The people
are not bulllt of tho right stuff to assert
their rights, so there is much corrup
tion and malfeasance In ofllce.
Tho speaker referred to these condl
tlonsln response to questions from
mci t-rs of tho class. Returning to his
fiubjodt, he Bald: There are three dally
English papers, iheir circulation run
ning about 3.0Q0 copies. The English
Population In Buenos Ayres Is about
15,000, yet the iEngllsh papers apparent
y 'flourish land pay itbellr irnanogera
well, Tho Standard ihns stood for flfty
fl ve years, and lit Is now mannered by tho
flmmoun M til ball Bros. Tho English pa
porfl aro Very eoiiBorvatlve, often re
malnlng neutral on a question. They
publish chiefly commercial news. There
nro so many foreign agencies In Buenos
Ayres representing outside Investments,
that this klml of nows Is very valuable
to thorn. The Standard Ihbuoh oj special
uMt Ion every two weeks for the pneket
steamer, containing n resume of ini
news published In the dally during this
period. Another English pnper, tho
Herald, edited by Lowe, Is a censor of
public morals and roasts the govern
There aro two German and twu
French papers, besides many weeklies.
Each dnlly publishes a weekly which
olrculates among the provincials, very
much the same as our own papers do.
Tho provincial papers aro minor and
local, without much Influence and hard
ly over heard of outside of their own
As a rule 'tho government does not
Interfere with tho running of tho
newspapers, except In tho time of a rev
olution, .when much care has to be
exorcised by the editors. The Naclon
was closed up and the building guarded
ut orno time for not observing tills Im
plied law. A press club exists and the
members meet for mutual social and
business benefits. An annual banquet
given by the press Is it he society event
of the year.
The newspaper bulldlnsrs do not
amount to much and have not that
structure and elegance which charac
terize American ofllces. The equip
ment Is good, however. The morning
papers are eight pages with sixteen on
Sunday, printed by perfecting presses.
Linotype machines are also now being
put In and modem methods In every
way employed. Jn one way do those
papers fall short of American produc
tions. That Is In the make up. Tho
editors do not display that dash and en
llvenment In the headlines, so charac
teristic of American newspapers. The
first two pages are generally devoted
wholly to advertising maltter, of which
there Is a great amount, while the ar
rangement of news and editorial mat
ter Is not of the best.
At the close of his remarks, Mr. Baker
showed several copies of the different
papers printed In Buenos Ayres, which
were quite (Interesting to momlers of
the class. The absence of cartoons and
Illustrations was conspicuous.
FOB A COLLEGE SETTLEMENT.
Ever since the speech of Professor
Hodgman last fall at the reception of
the Christian associations tihe matter of
a college settlement has been agitated.
Some member of tiho faculty took up the
matter and considered the advisability
of n college settlement In Lincoln, A
committee consisting of Professors
Wolf, Fling and Hodgman were ap.
pointed to Investgate. After looking
over the field they reported that n real
college settlement was not needed In
the olty. Tho report was accepted and
the committee continued with power to
arrange for work thoy thought prac
tical. In the meantime tho students had
been doing some work Independently.
Some ten of the students had takon
classes In tho Sunday school held In tho
school house at Ninth and 55 Sunday
evenings. Some of tho membors of the
Y. M. C. A. gave talks. Their work had
been successful. The Sunday school
has grown until dt has an attendance of
125. The evening meetings are' well at
tended. Usually tho seating capacity
of the house Is taxed.
It was suggested that the faculty and
students could co-operate in some kind
of college settlement work. Plans
wore proposed for flt'Ulng up a reading
room and rooms for amusements. Tho
faculty committee agreed to raise tho
money to defray the expenses If tho
students would do the work.
The members of the faculty con
tributed liberally. Nearly $75 (has been
pledged along with much of the neces
sary furniture. A neat cottage has
beon rented at Eighth and W streets.
It will probably be In readiness to open
some time next week,
The microscope club met Wednesday
evening and elected officers as follows:
President, Dr. C. E. Bessey; vice-president,
Professor Barbour; treasurer, J
Stuart Doles; secretary, Roscoe Pound;
executive committee, Dr. Phllbrlck, F.
E. Clements. There ore over twenty
members in the club and meetings are
held tho last Wednesday evening of
THE CHARTER-DAY TICKETS
WHEN THEY WILL BE ISSUED
To Aooommodato All a Bpoolal Arrange
mmt la Nooowinry Program of
Charter week will be celebrated Mil
year with many elaborate events, Tho
Inauguration of the chancellor's comlnR
nt that -tlmo will mako
thp week one of micro
than UHual Intorost and magnificence
Tho following program for the week
will show how woll tho coinmlttoo on
arrangements worked to mako every'
Committee on arrangements Lucius
A. Sherman, chairman; James T. Lees,
Erwln 11. Harbour, Fred Morrow
Fling, Robert Uowlo Owens, secretary.
Tuesday, February 13.
Lecture "Development of Power of
Niagara Falls," 8 p. m.; Mr. T. C.
Martin, Now York cltj.
Friday, February 14.
Tho Inauguration 2:30 p. m.
Collation 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Chancellor's reception 8 to 11 p. m.
Electrical exhibit 8 to 11 p. m.
Charter day, Saturday, February 15.
Inauguration of the Alpha Chapter of
Nebraska Phi Beta Kappa 10 a. m.
Exhibition drill by the Pershing
rlflc3 3 p. m.
Departmental receptions and exhibits
2 to G p. m.
Reception by the city federation of
women's clubs 8 to 10 p. m.
Immediately after tho exhibition drill
on Saturday throe swords will be pre
sented to the ofllcers of the Pershing
rifles. They will be presented bv Lieu
tenant Pershing. Chancellor MocLean
will make the presentation speech.
Car tain Gullfoyle has offered the ser
vices of tho cadet battalion to escort
the chancellor, the 'regents and dlstiu
gulshed visitors from the Lansing the
atre to tho collation at the Lincoln.
There is always iC'lgrwat ihub-bub about
getting tickets for events of this sort
and the following routine has beon
mapped out: Tickets for Inaugural ex
eroises will bo given out next week as
Monday and Tuesday, 9 to 12, alumni,
graduate Btudents, laboratory and divi
Monday, 2 to 5, seniors and juniors.
Tuesday, 2 to 5, sophomores and law
Wednesday, 0 to 12, Invited guests
Wednesday, 2 to fi, freshmen.
Thursday, 9 to 12 and 2 tti . pmpara
tory and special students.
Thursday, 4 to C, public.
PHI BETA KAPPI.
A charter of Phi Beta Kappl has
been granted to the state university of
Iowa, under tflie name of Alpha Chap
ter. The history of Phi Beta Kappl is
Tills sockity was organized In Decem
ber, 177C, at the College of William and
Mary, and was the first of the college
societies to assume a Greek name or
Many names Illustrious in the history
of the early days of the nation are
among Us earliest promoters, and from
Its very beginning Us practice was to
admit only those seniors to membership
who were recognized leaders In litera
ture and classic lore.
In 1781 the meetings of the society
were suspended because of the approach
of 'the British armies, and tho papors
of the Bocldty were given Into Individual
hands to safely keep, and the parent
chapter ceased to exist.
Prior to this, however, namely In 1779,
Ellsha Parmele, who had been a student
alt both Yale and Harvard, went to
Virginia, and was given an election.
Returning subsequently to New Eng
land, he established the Alpha of Con
necticut iat Yale, and tho Alpha of Mas
sachusetts at Harvard, this latter chap
iter being established after the parent
chapter had become defunct.
For many years the Alpha chapters
granted (In their respective states, char
ters to such colleges as were deemed
worthy, and from the very first, only
those 'institutions In Whioh the anolent
languages and literature received tho
greatest attention were favored.
Tho society halng Its origin as a
somlor society, and basing Its elections
upon high scholarship, was favored and
fostered by the authorities and as a
natural consequence, it has long since
passed Into full control of ithe members
of the organization who are connected
as professors with Uie colleges In which
It Is located,
In 1881 tho society was reorganized
by bringing the existing chapters into
closer relations and by vesting tho
power of granting charters and tho
general management of tho associated
chapters In a national council, which
meets every three years and which Is
composed of not more Ithan three dole
gates from each chapter. During tho
Interval between tho meetings of the
council, n senate, comiwsed of twenty
membors, divided Into two olnssos,
whoso terms of ofllce expire at tho ml
Journment of alternate regular sessions
of tho naltlonnl council, has the man
agement of itho affairs of tho society.
The character of tho society may be
further attested by examining tho list
of colleges upon Its chapter roll, and
by reviewing tho names of those who
tire Us general ofllcors.
Ab to tho latter Bishop Honry C. Pot
tor of New York Is president, Hon.
John A. Deltomor of Schnoctady, N. Y
Is vice-president, and Rev. Dr. E. B.
Parsons of Williams college is secre
tary and treasurer.
Tho chapter roll comprises tho fol
lowing Institutions: Harvard, Yale,
Dartmouth, Amherst, Brown, Williams,
Wesleyan, Bowdoln, Vermont, Middle
bury, Colby, Tufts, Union, Trinity,
University City Now York, Columbia,
Cornell, Rochester, College City Now
Yoik, Colgate, Hamilton, Syracuse, Ho.
bart. Rutgers, University of Pennsyl
vania, Dickinson, Lehigh, Lafayette,
Swarlhmore, John Hopkins, William
and Mary, Weaiorn Reserve, Ken yon,
Marietta, Do Pauw, Northwestern,
State University of Iowa, Kansas, Min
nesota and Nebraska. Ex.
E. E. NOTES.
Admission to Professor Martin's lec
ture Februray 13 will bo by ticket only.
These tickets may be obtained from any
member of the electrical engineering
society. Mr. K. C. Randall may bo
found In tho laboratory any afternoon
from 3 to 5 o'clock, from whom tickets
may be obtained.
The plating committee announces Uiat
any young ladles " wishing hairpins
plated gold or sliver will please leave
orders for the same the fore part of next
The automatic electric welder fur
nished by the Thomson-Houston Elec
tric company has arrived.
The automatic corn popper Is getting
a shake on Itself.
Franklin's kite Is progressing rapidly
and the lightning may be seen seeking
the key by means of the tall of tho kite.
The noon and evening classes In ath
letic practice have been very success
ful the past week. The attendance at
the noon hour has averaged fifteen and
at the evening hour over seventeen.
Thus far aside from routine work with
Ughit wooden bells and heavier Iron
bells there las been class practice In
running starts, positions (In shot throw
ing and In fence vaulting.
The following men have agreed to go
in for the all-round gymnasium contest
tho last of March: Aden, Fisher,
Jewett, Henry, Johnson, R. W. Melford,
Patch, Peters, Plnkham, L. S. Ryan, F.
B. Ryons, Smoyer, Warner Wessel, J.
D. Wilson. These entries Insure a good
Tho events of tne contest will be run
ning high Jump, fence vault, pole vault,
potato race, and probably, though not
surely, shot threw, twelve pounds.
Charles B. Newcomer, '89, is In the
unlevrslty of Berlin. He hears lectures
on Herodotus, Clcoro, Oerman drama,
etc., and tls an active member of Profes
sor Hubner's philological society. He
says that Americans aro thick. Brug
ger, '92, and Gerard, '94, are there.
Peterson, '90, was thore, but went to
LelpSlc where he will make his doctor
degree In August and then bring home
a German bride. Faurot, '91, called
often. He has gone to Wittenberg.
Newcomer recently witnessed two pro
motions. He stayed to hear the Latin
thesis discussed. "Smiles circulated
when the new doctor with great pomp
and scorn felled foils (coached) op
ponents." E. R. Tlngley, '89, is now teaching In
..ew Mexico. His health is good. His
wife says he eats four meals a day. He
studios Spanish and pradtlces It. He
says that he hears a preacher who
preacher on his way to churdh Baw throe
months' schooling, and does well. This
preacehr on his way to ohurch saw three
deer. Ho lot the pious wait, went home,
got his rifle, followed tho deer and
bagged one. Mr. and Mrs. Tlngley will
be back here for a while in tho spring.
COLLEGE SOCIETY EVENTS
IN READINESS FOR THE PROM
Prof Barbour Bntortains- PoHUonl Econ
omy Club Enjoys Prof. Taylor's
Prof, and Mrs. E. 11. Barbour on tor.
talned a merry party nt whist Frlda
ovonlng. Five tnblos competed for
honors, and at tho closo of the games
It was found that Miss Pound and Mr.
Jones held the honors, for which the
received pretty souvenirs, and Miss
Rlghtcrand Mr. Pound wore the lowest.
An elegant supper was florved, tiftvr
which dancing was Indulged In until a
late hour. Those present wore: Misses
Loulso Pound, Mary Jones, Mary Rob
bins, Clara Concklln, Mabel Tuttle,
Mario' ,aore, Ellon Ellison, Alice Rlgh-
tor n d Stolla Klrker; Messrs. J. B.
Becher.Ch'arlos Jones, Mux Wester
mann, Dr. White, Dr. Wolcott, Professor
Owkmib, Professor Moclood, Will Wester
mann and Roscoe Pound.
Tho Palladlan society of tho state
university celebrated the conclusion of
examination week with a party lam
ovonlng at tho home of Miss Elizabeth
Thomson, 538 North Twonty-Iifth strti t
The rooms wore prettily decorated with
smllax and lights shaded with scarK t
and green paper. Miss Pollard and
Miss Davison sang for the entertain
ment of the guests. The refreshments
wore ices and Palladlan glrlB' cake,
than which there Is none bettor. All
hod a royal good time, with "John
Jonos" and the Palladlan yell to wind
up on. "
Those present were as follows: Misses
Anthony, Auman, Lulu Burrows, An
nie Burrows, Butler, Bullock, Cleve
land, Cook, Day, Davison, Gray, Helse,
Hagoy, Johnson, Joyce, Matthews,
Morton, McPhee, O'Oonnoll, Phllbrlck,
Pollard, Redford, Sundoan, Stanton,
Sadie Smith, Florence Smith; Thom
son, Woods, Walker, Wallace; Messrs.
Banghart, John Boose, Will Boose,
Corey, Campbell, Congdon, C. A. Fisher,
Piper, Pinkerton, Piorson, Hunt, Hunt
ing, Sloane, Smith, Tucker, Taylor,
Pollard, Grant, Loiavltt, Martin Spin
cer, Stewart, Wilkinson, Moore, John
ston, Fair, Matson, Jones, Matthews
and G. F. Fisher.
One of the pleasantest events of the
week In university circles was a lunch
eon given by Miss Laura Houtz to lur
Kappa sisters, Saturday afternoon
Those present were: Misses May Whlt
Irg, Mabel Richards, Eva Rlckeits,
Nana Lowe, Maud Rlsser, Ella and
Frances Gore, Anna Broady, Nellie
Griggs, Coia Cropsoy, Stella Elliott,
Nell Law, Jessie Jury, Grace Lemlng,
and Sallle Groh.
The English club had a most enjoy
able mooting Saturday evening with
Ned and Keeno Abbott at the hospital
for tho insane. About twenty-live
members were present. The program
was ono of tho strongest given by the
club this year. A paper on "Jane
Austin," by Miss Morrlssoy, and ono on
"Origin," by H. E. Newbranch. were
read. The iwipers were both well writ
ten and contained matter tim
must have required a great deal of
study and thought.
Miss Hellman read a sketch entitled
Etchings From Rembrandt." It was
urlglnal and was most enjoyable be
cause of its originality. "A Runaway"
was the title of a story, well written
and full of Intense Interest by Miss
Esther Smoyer. Ono of the most dar
ingly original stories on tho program
was read by Keone Abbott. It was
vory strong, crude in some ways, but It
has tho elements of a story that com
pares favorably with some of the stories
turned out by a good many American
After tho literary part of the pro
gram refreshments wore served. Dr
and Mrs. Abbott and other mombeiis of
the family besides guests of ithe family
helped 'the boys Jto entertain, and the
club as a whole feel that It has not been
more elegantly entertained this year.
Prof. John Howie, who taught mathe
matics 'In the university last year, whll
swimming In a sanitarium in Madison.
Wis., received some experlonco with
electricity which will last Mm the rest
of his life. He was standing on an iron
ratling and reached an iron trapeze
which had been thrown over an electric
wire and received a shock of fifteen
hundred volts, which knocked him to
ground. He was badly bruised, but
managed Ito teach his classes the next
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