The Nebraskan. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1892-1899, October 08, 1897, Image 1

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Vol. VI. No. i.
Pkiok 5 Cknts.
Pershing Rifles Indulge in a Bitter
Political Scrap.
Personal Feeling Very Strong anil Some Bit
ter La n silage Detuils of the
The political not, which for two
weeks has been browing, culminated
Inst evening In the election of the ofll
cors of the Pershing Rifles by one of
the hottest political fights known for
years In this University.
The meeting was called at 7 p. m.
nnd each of the factions, headed by
Schwarz and Onry, came prepared for
a battle royal. There were those pres
ent who had not drilled in the Ililles
for years and some who had never had
a rifle in their hands. Even Parm left
his high school at Beatrice and came
up to defend his record as treasurer,
which was being attacked by the
Schwartz faction, and incidentally to
cast his vote for the winning ticket.
The principal fight of the evening
nnd one on which the whole contest
depended was concerning the member
ship list of the Rifles. This list con
tained the names of forty-three men,
said to constltuto tho membership of
the Rifles. This list was certified to
as the official roster of the Pershing
Rifles by H. C. Parmelee, who, last
year, was treasurer. It was this list
which tho faction headed by Schwarz,
Phllbrick and Shuff, tried to discredit.
They said it was padded and doctored
up to suit the other side. They also
insinuated that members who had
paid were not on the list and also that
" the" dues of s6mc oTthlTpersohs whose"
names were on the roster had been
paid out of the pocket of Parmelee
and Oury so as to obtain as many
votes as possible. Of course this drew
forth a warm reply from Parm and a
lively tlit followed between him and
Morrison, In which the He was passed
and several other exciting things were
It was well known that if the roster
furnished by Parmelee was acceptod
that Oury was sure to be elected and
hence the other side bont all its en
ergies to defeating Parm's report.
The Schwarz faction had a tempor
ary advantage in having Phllbrick In
the chair. When everything was
ready and Shuff had surveyed his co
horts with a swooping glanco of his
oagle eye, the meeting was called to
order. Morrison Immediately moved
that the by-laws be suspended and a
committee of five be appointed with
power to act on credentials. A half
an hour's wrangling followed this mo
tion, in which points of order, harsh
epithets and other endearing terms
flew thick and fast. In spite of the
fact that the room was filled with out
siders, A'hom both aides admitted, they
were allowed to vote. Oury scored
the first victory by tabling Morrison's
motion by a vote of 41 to 34.
Ilitnhmnn then moved to adopt the
treasurer's roport, and this precipi
tated another wrangle. In vain did
Shuff try to block proceedings by tho
use of his matchless oratory, but all
to no effect. Tho motion prevailed by
a vote of 44 to 25.
This much done, the battle was won.
Oury was nominated for captain by
Weeks and Morrison nominated
Schwarz. Seeing that his side was
beaten, Shulf nomlnntod Weeks, hop
ing to split Oury's vote. Before the
vote was taken Phllbrick, Schwarz and
Oury each gave a short talk explain
ing tholr position. Of all that thoy
said no one could complain of any
ambiguity of language. In fact they
were dolightfully frank. Phllbrick
looked Oury squarely in tho face and
accused him of representing dirty pol
itics in tho University, while Oury
calmly Informed Phllbrick that a man
who would make such a charge as that
without being able to substantiate It
bad a soul which would fit in a nut
shell. Schwarz took his turn at it,
and Bald ho came to tho meeting with
tho express purpose of knocking out
Oury. After each of theso men fin
ished their talk and Hondy had had
hlB "llttlo say so," a vote was takon,
Oury receiving 31 votes nnd Schwniv.
Aftor Oury's election tho rest of tho
slate was put through with llttlo op
position, Jim Fcchct facetiously re
marked that If It wouldn't lnterforo
with tho ticket ho would like to pro
pose the name of "Judgo" Cooloy for
laucc corporal. Shuff added to his
distinction already gained by being
the only one to oppose a motion to
make Oury's election unanimous.
The rest of tho ticket was as fol
lows: First lieutenant, C. W. Weeks;
second lieutenant, S. W. Plnkcrton;
first sergeant, Hastle; sergeants.
Noyes, A. L. Brown, Roddy nnd Rain;
president, Korsmeycr; vlco president,
McCrccry; secretary, Van Vnlln; treas
urer, Hondy.
At the conclusion of tho meeting
the victorious side, represented by the,
Phi Delta Thetas, Delta Tau Deltas.
Phi Kappa Psls and part of the Beta
Thetn Pis, accompanied by a few
barbs, went down town nnd celebrated
their victory by eating Ice cream at
Captain Oury's expense. The Alpha
Tau Omegas, Kappa Slgmas, Sigma
Chls, Sigma Alpha Epsllons and the
rest of the Betas nnd barbs sought con
solation elsewhere.
The regents of the University held
a meeting on last Wednesday after
noon and evening, and one of tho
principal things accomplished was tho
letting of the contract for tho wing of
the Mechanic Arts building, of which
the University is in such need. The
erection of this building has been con
siderably delayed on accountjof. some
difficulty in tho contract which was
let last spring and then thrown up.
This caused the loss of a great deal of
time and necessitated tho letting of a
new contract.
Of the bids received for the work,
that of $2G,000 submitted by Grace &
Kelly of Lincoln was the lowest and
the contract was awarded to them. It
Is now hoped that the seventh large
brick building of tho University will
soon be erected on the campus and re
lieve the overcrowded condition of the
department of mechanic arts.
An extension to the state farm barn
will also bo erected.
The bids for the coal for the Univer
sity during th" winter wore awarded
to various local dealers.
The regonts chose a successor to
Miss Mary L. Jones, who was librarian
last year, in the person of John D
Epos, who will bo acting librarian of
this University. Mr. Epos comes here
from St. John's college, Annapolis,
whoro ho held the position of librar-
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A board of administration for the i taken part in University athlotlcs from
iv uuuiu ui uumuiioiiuuuu iu L""i
uurary lias noon createu in uruvr iui
oxpedito tho purchases of the library.
The museum received quite an addi
tion by tho gift of a collection of fos
sils from tho United States geological
dcpartmentw hlch waB thankfully ac
cepted by tho regents.
The regonts also accepted tho kind
offer of $250 by W. J. Bryan. This
will bo Invested and tho proceeds bo
given annually to tho wrltor of the
bcBt essay on tho science of govern
ment. Miss Flora Bullock was appointed
as assistant In the class In Journalism.
Mr. Fobs and Mr. E. V. Capps were
olectod scholar and fellow respectively
in tho dopartmont of phyBlcs.
Tho regonts also made several other
appointments and some minor appro
priations for miscellaneous purposes.
Tho complimentary opening party
of Mr. Albert Tenpln's dancing school
will be given at 1132 N street this
(Friday) evening, October 8.
Iowa played her flrBt game of the
season last Saturday, defeating Wilton
by a score of 22 to 4,
The studentB of Northwestern Uni
versity sing ono of their college songs
in chapol after each morning exerclBo.
The Results Obtained Were Only
A Fall Number ot Scunon Tickets Sold The
Team Plos at Ames, j , .
The announcement of a foot ball
mass meeting drew out a large num
ber of students Thursday morning,
who came to chapel cither out of In
terest in the foot ball team or from
ldlo curiosity. Judging by results, the
mnjorlty of those present were there
simply from curiosity. Tho meeting
was called primarily to raise money
for the foot ball team by tho sale of
season tickets, but tho greater num
ber of students seemed to think that
It was held to give thorn an oppor
tunity to escape from goinc to class
and to hear some of the witty
speeches by the professors and alumni.
However, these remarks do not ap
ply to all. A fair number of tickets
were subscribed for, but not as many
ns there should have been. The boys
did fairly well, but is the young ladles
who come In for considerable crit
icism. No sooner had It been an
nounced that subscription lists would
be passed through the audience than
the young ladles, as if by preconcerted
arrangement, rose from their seats
and loft the room in a body. Such a
"frost" as thlB could not fail to
dampen what enthusiasm existed, and
it was no doubt due to thi3 fact tha.
the meeting was not a complete suc
cess, Instead of being only partially
successful. .,
In order to get the meeting under
way Professor Hastings was elected
chairman and addressed a few re
marks to the students. He made a
strong plea for a strong second eleven.
The first thing which Professor Hast
ings noticed in regard to toot ball at
this University was that wo lacked a
strong second eleven. The reason fo"
this 1b that a man expects to make
the team the first year. Such a thing
is unheard of In eastern colleges. A
man ought not to expect such a thing
If he has never played before, and the
first team should be so Btrong that a
new man could not make It right
away. In conclusion Professor Hast
ings said that tho policy of tho man
agement this year would be to get out
a strong second oloven which would
be woll organized nnd for which reg
ular games would be scheduled.
Profossor Caldwell next made a
short talk. He naturally dwelled on
the historical sido of foot ball in this
n vnra fv 'run nrmncenr en i no nnrii
-- uuBiwiwib, unu d u memum u
our first base ball nine. While not u
foot ball player, ho claimed to bo an
adopt In what he said was the pro
genitor of foot ball tho game of
prlsonor's base. Thoro could bo no
doubt but that this game was tho pro
genitor of foot ball, because bruises
and broken bones wero requisite to
the playing of each. He graphically
described some of the collisions which
took plnco between himself, Professor
Howard, Congressman Morcer and
various other celebrities in the play
ing of this juBtly celebrated gamo, and
the bruises which resulted thereby.
Professor Caldwell strongly urged
tho men to come out to practice. He
Bald there waB much to be said in
favor of foot ball and the only objec
tion now is that more men do not play
It. At tho close of IiIb remarks the
professor said that he, as a member
of the Athletic board, would strongly
protest against anybody going once to
class and being given a place on the
team to tho oxclusion of legitimate
Roscoe Pound spoko on the financial
Bide of tho foot ball question. Besido
the expenses to bo met for thlB year,
was a deficit of $300 from last year.
The unpaid plodgeo of a year ago
amounted to $225, which, If paid,1
would nearly wipe out tho back dobts.
There are many oxpoitBcs to bo mot
this year. Tho grounds arc being
scraped, tho coach must bo paid and
also suits must bo pnld for. To meet
theso expenses tho plan Is to sell sea
son tickets to tho games for $1.50. Mr.
Pound mndo an appeal to the students
to purchase tickets instend of watch
ing the games through tho foiuu.
Tho subscription lists wero then
passed around nnd something over a
hundred tickets were subscribed for.
At this point of the proceedings the
girls made tholr famous retreat, leav
ing the whole west side of the chapel
Professor Ward closed the meeting
with a short address. He said he ex
pected to see Nebraska win the chnm
pionshlp this year and asked that the
team might receive proper support.
Coach Robinson nnd thirteen men
left yesterday for Ames, Iowa, to play
the first game of the season with the
State Agricultural college today. As
the Ames mon have been practicing
most of the summer the outcome of
the game Is, to say the least, doubtful.
However, the hard work of tho last
week has gotten the men in pretty
good shape and they will endeavor to
give the "farmers" a run for their
The team has been greatly handi
capped in its practice by the lack of
new foot balls, which should have
been here'the first of the week, but
have not yet arrived.
Manager Oury did not go with tho
team, but left the management to
Coach Robinson.
The men were out Thursday at
chapel time practicing signals.
The following men were selected by
the coach to go on tho trip, with the
probable line-up: Benedict, left end;
Stringer, left tackle; Hansen, left
guard; Hisey, center; Hayward, right
guard; Pears.;, right tackle; Wiggins,
right end; Halstead, full back; Will
lams, left half; Shedd, right half;
Cowgill, quarter; substitutes, Tukey
and Montgomery.
The class In political economy has
grown so large that the band room,
in the basement of the armory build -
ing, is the only one that can be found
to accommodate it on Wednesdays,
On Mondays and Fridays the class re-
cites In Professor Caldwell's room.
The Athletic association mot last
Saturday with the purpose of conduct
ing the election of olflcors in an un-'
constitutional way. A motion wns
made to go into the committee of tho
wholo to consider the constitutionality
of tho previous election. This mo-
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' tion was otod down. The reading
of the minutes caused a slight stir to
tho parties on both sides. Mr. Pace
moved the minutes bo corrected to
road, In regard to a motion that had,
been recorded at tho first mooting,
"that tho constitution bo suspended
and election of ollicers be conducted
I by rising vote." Then ho moved to
road the rules instead of the constitu
tion. As thore are no rules, tho point
of order waB raised that the motion
was out of ordor. This caused con
siderable debate. On a point raised!
by Mr. Perry it was, aftor great effort,'
ruled that as there wore no rules itl
was well taken. Later, by vote, it was
curried. i
Tho meeting adlourned with no I
changes and no new business being
At a meeting of the senior cluss,
hold last Tuesday afternoon, after
some discussion it was decided that,
the boys of the class procure caps and
canes in order to distinguish them
from tho lower classmen. The cap de
cided upon is a seu 'brown golf cap,
with the monogram U. of N., '98, on
the front. The cane adopted 1b a
handsome silver-mounted walking
stick, calculated to preserve tho dig
nity and health of the seniors.
Prof. Hastings Gives a Definition of
the Term.
(lives a Clear and Spcclllc Talk Upon College
Amateur Athletics- A Plea lor
Pure Athletics.
By request of tho Athletic bonrd,
Dr. Hastings, last Monday morning,
delivered an address In tho chapel on
"Tho Collogo Athlete." Tho chapol
wns crowded and close attention was
given Dr. Hastings throughout the ad
dress. He said in part: Tho advan
tage which a university derives from
its athletes is no Utopian idea, but
really exists. A college athlete brings
honor nnd mnterlal benefit to n uni
versity, but to do this he must bo an
amateur as well as an athlete, and not
a professional who makes athletics a
secondary consideration. A wavering
policy in regard to professionalism Is
disastrous to true athletics in the uni
versity. But we will command respect
In the university world when we have
clean athletics.
An amateur is one who engages In
sports for its own snke, one who has
never competed for money or for a
prize with a professional. On tho
other hand, ho who goes into tho sport
for tho dollars there is in it is not an
amateur. The fundamental difforonco
is the amateur contends for sport, tho
professional for material gain. Hence,
if wo allow professionalism to enter
into university politics by this waver
ing policy wo will lose all command to
There ar.o,-manjrprepfintberejvho
lack interest in this subject, and In
theso I would address a few remarks
on the advantages of athletics and
physical training. It must be ad
mitted that Rousseau was right when
he said tho "stronger the body, tho
stronger the mind."
Athletics nre a necessity to men of
scdontnry positions, and who perform
a great deal of brain work. Physical
exercise develops constitutional
strength, and it excites the Intellectual
faculties as well as the muscular pow-
1 eis. It was through the introduction
of gymnastic training that tho Ger-
man army was raised from compara-
tlve insignificance to one of the
strongest armies of Europe.
Athletics Is the secret of English
and American vitality. England bus
always followed purely natural forms
of Bport. Outdoors has been rec
ognized as the place to train, and often
half-holidays are allowed for sports.
Has England been the loser by this
policy? For answer name a countrj
which has such pluck and vitality as
The value of outdoor sports was
fully recognized by the ancient Greeks,
anil as a result the Greok sculpture of
tho perfect athletic figure has never
boon equalled. But Greek sports de
clined because professionalism crept
in. It was an age of luxury, and largo
purses wore put up aB prizes and In
terest in the games was lost. Mon
of character had no wish to compote
with hirelings.
Such has always been the olfect of
the entrance of professionalism into
, athletics. It is the same today as
I it used to be. Professionalism gives
I rise to unfairness and brings in tho
brutal element. The paid athlete is
I not the man who can be depended
upon for the greatest development of
sport. Ho Ib Interested in money first
and athletics afterwards.
Shall we Americans, who beliovo in
fair play, permit to live thiB viper
of professionalism which destroys a."
honor in athletics? Shall we ha'rboi
among us a man who would take a
hundred, or ten, yes, even ono paltry
dollar in college athletics? Is there
among us an Esau who would sell his
athletic birthright for a mess of pot
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