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About The Nebraskan. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1892-1899 | View Entire Issue (March 18, 1898)
A Weekly Newspaper Issued Every
Friday Noon, by the Student of
the University of Nebraska.
Entered ns Second Class Mall Matter.
I - i i .1-
A. K. Parmeleo Managing Editor
I. S. Cutter Editorial
C. I. Spencer News Editor
C. E. Mntaon Ass't. Editorial
Kate Snow Walker Sororities
Olive Chambers.' Local
Miss Kathcrlne Hughes Local
Edith Schwarz .Ass't Bus. Mgr
The Ncbraskan will be sent to any
address upon receipt of tlio subscrip
tion price, which is one dollar a year,
or fifty ccnta a semester.
Contributions arc solicited from all.
News items Buch as locals, personals,
reports of meetings, etc., aro espe
cially desired. The Ncbraskan, will bo
glad to print any contribution, rcla
tivo to a general University subject,
but the name must accompany all
Considerable indignation seems
have been aroused by that little
lt is ncedlcH to urge the students to
go to the University tonight. Wo
couldn't keep them away if wo tried.
If there arc any, however, who have
the faintest Idea of not attending, let
thcin glance nt the program on anoth
er page of this issue and consider it
they can afford to miss such a collec
tlon of coon songs.
ing. Tho expectations of thoso inter
ested have been woefully dlsnpplont
ed. Tho students have shown that
they have no interest in such, contests
and any incentive which might fori
nicrly have existed to enter such a
contest has disappeared.
It is a lamentable fact that in tho
only great institution of learning that
exists in Nebraska, there seems to be
no place for oratorical contests or in
terest in oratory.
Such is the situation, however, and
it must be confronted.
A pay telephone in the hall of the
main building of the University
seems contrary to tho spirit of an in
stitution of learning. Ono would just
as readily expect to see peanut aud
banana men stationed along the halls
aa tliis box a vender of flvc-minuto
conversations. The University halls
arc not tho place for tho private indi
vidual or the corporation to carry on
In spite of the fact that duo (?)
warning was given to tho Btudcnts to
remove their books there still re
mained and now remains the pla
card posted in the library inform
ing students that "All Btudents' prop
erty will be found in the book-room
at tno rignt or the uoor. ' Ol course
the placard did not mean what it
said. Doubtless it was intended to
convey the iderf- "that tho students'
property would be found in tiie base
ment at the foot of tho stairs. How
stupid ot the students not to know
that the placard posted in the library
did not mean what it said.
One of the most striking instances
of petty meanness which has recently
come to light is tho action of certain
parties in tearing down the placards
advertising tho minstrel show tonight
and substituting an advertisement for
another entertainment which 1b to be
given in the city. Itcalizing that such
an excellent performance ns tho ladies
minstrels promises to be, will materi
ally decrease the attendance nt their
entertainment, these persons have
stooped to such low means to injure
tho minstrel show and at the some
time add a few dollars to their own
It is needless to say this attempt
vrlll not bo productive of any great re
sult. Such methods never could and
never will accomplish their purpose.
The University oratorical contest
took place in the Chapel last Friday
Three orations were delivered which
wcro exceptionally fine efforts. Be
sides the orations ther was a musical
program prepared which should have
attracted attention anywhere. Tho of
ficers of tho association have workeil
for days to arouse interest in the con
The eyeB of the University public
have been for days confronted by pla-
carus announcing the contest. The
business houses down town had been
thoroughly canvassed. In fact it is
wuuukiui wneiner mere nau ever
been as good a program presented,
whether any set of offlccro ever
worked as hard as the present incum
bent and whether any contest had
been so thoroughly advertised.
And yet, what was tho result? Ono
member of the faculty, not over ten
fraternity people, perhaps fifty liter
ary society members and may be thir
ty or forty others. Not over 100 people
In all were present;
In the face of such facts can it long
er be successfully denied that inter
est in oratory is dead in the Universi
ty of Nebraska? It had been hoped
that this year the only thing remain
ing to make the contest a great suc-
-tho crowdwould not bo lack
Perhaps the students of this Uni
versity are here merely to furnish
amusement for tho "powers that be."
Perhaps they have no rights which
aro to be respected. Pcrhnps their
property is to be treated with no con
It would seem that the authorities
nt the library think so at nny rate.
The wilful destruction of student
property such as occurred yesterday
morning is certainly an indication of
It seems that the librarian notified
the students in the library reading
room, in a short speech, to remove all
their property from tho various
shelves. Probably not more than one
fourth of the students knew anything
about, tho order.
We know, nt any rate, that the first
that a large, majority of the students
knew of such a proclamation was on
Thursday morning when they found
their books, papers, and other prop
erty henttcred around in unutterable
confusion on the oor of the basement,
if it had been the desire of the li
brary board to have the student prop
erly removed why was not a bulletin
posted with such a notification instead
of announcing it in a speech which at
tracted no attention whatever.
It may be amusing to see students
mourning the oss of books which they
could ill-afford to buy. It may be
amusing to see the notes which have
cost ho many hours of hard labor scat
tered around in such an indiscriminate
manner. It may be amusing to ose
credit on account of missing note
books which were ost in tho hetero
geneous mass of matter ying at tho
foot of the library steps, nut it's a
queer kind of humor and a kind not
appreciated by tho average tudent.
All day yesterday students were
searching for missing property, the
loss of which will seriously handicap
them for the remainder of the year.
There Is absolutely no excuse" for
the negligence displayed in the lack
of proper notification.
It is no wonder that the students are
arounscd against the constituted au
thorities from i.me to time when so
little attention is paid to their rights
Not only was no proper notifica
tion given, but no place was provided
for tho keeping of the student proper
ty, for the few shelves provided were
filled before the students knew of the
it is difficult to understand any rea
son whatever for the steps taken, if
the person or persons rcsponsibe have
any defense to mnke an attentive au-
uicncc can oe secured lor any
plnuntion that might o given
Last Friday night witnessed two
University event the first annual
hop of company F, and the tenth an
nual contest of the oratorical associa
tion of the University.
The oratorical contest was the only
event of like nature during the col
The hop was one of probaby twenty
of equal importance.
The oratorical contest was held un
der the auspices of the oratorical as
sociation, an organization embracing
al departments and all students In the
University. The hop wan given by
company F, one of the six compan
ies of the regiment, from a depart
ment which is only one of many oth
ers. Tho oratorical contest was for
the purpose of deciding who was to
represent the University in ltd strug
gle with the other schools of tho state
and perhups of deciding who should
represent Nebraska at the Interstate
The hop was given for the purnoBc
of furnishing an evening's amusement
to the company and its friends.
The cost of tickets to tho oratorical
Contest was 25 cents. Tho cost of
tickets to the hop was 75 cents.
And yet tho attendance nt tho two
places was practically the same.
There is only one conclusion to bo
drawn dancing is on the rise: ora
tory is on the decline. Those persons
who have spent days and nights in the
endeavor to write orations which may
win them fame and glory, have made
a sad mistake.
The time spent in ouch preparation
might better have been spent under,
tho tutelage of a dancing master, for
dancing is on tho rise and oratory ou
Thoso hands 'which were to add
vividness and Hfo o their word pic
tures are now to clasp my lady's hand
or welld her fan to the music of the
Thoso arms with which they had
thought to add force to their words
by fitting gestures and graceful mo
tions have n new and higher mission
to fulfill. Jn the future they arc
merely used to nclrclo my lady's
wnlst during the strains of the waltz.
Those feet which they hnd thought
might bo useful to emphasize their
remarks on the stago arc hencefor
ward called to tho new and higher
sphere of doing the "glide net" in tho
intrieles of the five-step.
There's no doubt of it. Tho only
Important thing is dancing. There's
no question but that tho dancing
qualification, will be tho basis on
which our future statesmen will be
It is well wo hnvo learned the truth
in time. Dancing is tho only thing.
Let every one learn to dance, for
oratory is on tho decline and tho
danco is on the rise.
You old hnysceds who thought to
get through lifo without this all-Important
knowlcdgc,chnngc your course
Learn to shako thoso awkward
limbs of yours. Thorw away those No
12 plow shoes and incase those deli
cate feet of yours in No. 8 patent
leathers, Rcplnco that suit of linnrt-me-downs
with n swallow tail.
Change that iudeuendent ambitious
look for the bored expression of tlte
There's no uso in talking, we must
keep up with tho times .
Don't Rack Yottr Brain
But go to Paine & Warfel's the v
"will tell you what kind of a sprm
suit to buy. s
Disaster In tho Library
At nn early hour yesterday morning
ing n terruic explosion was heard in
the vicinity of the library. Closer In
vestigation proved thnt the explosion
took place within the library itself.
When the doors were opened ut 8
o'clock, a terrible scene of destruction
met the students' eyes as they pnssed
down the stairs leading to the base
ment. The iloor was strewn with books
of all sorts, note books, pads, loose
sheets of paper and everything else
in the stationery line
As soon as the disaster occurred a
Ncbraskan reporter waa Immediately
detailed to ascertain the cause thereof.
He immediately set to work and was
soon able j state positively that the
explosion came from the interior aud
no outside agency was a factor in the
wreck. The proof that the explosion
came from within is that the books
and papers were all blown outward
and downwnrd out through the door
and down into i.ie basement. Further
investigation showed the explosion re
sulted directly from the fact that
somebody in tho vicinity of the li
brarian's office was wrought up to a
high pressure and got over-heated.
Hence the explosion.
All day long students gathered in
the basement to view the mass of de
bris which almost obstructed passage
through tho hall. Groping blindly
through this pile were students look
ing longingly for lost note books
which contained all their work in cer
tain studies for the whole year. Fresh
men, who are registered for European
history, were especially conspicuous
in exploring the ruins. Silently they
waded through the wreckage till, t..cir
eyes, suddenly falling on some pages
on Thueydidcs, they grasped them
eagerly and pressing them fervently
to their breasts, continued their sor
rowful search It was for them a
grand hunt for evidence and their joy
at exhuming original manuscripts was
Later reports received today all go
to prove the theory that tho explosion
was from some Interior agancy . The
shelves on which the books were orlg
innliy placed have all dlsapjeared.
Doubtless they wercUown into atoms.
So far as. is known no lives were
yost in the avalanche of books but It
is thought that those students who
lost In the uvnlanehc of books, but it
the work for the ryear, will not ur
vlvo the shock and will undoubtedly
flunk Jn the final exams.
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