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and financial support. An excellent opportunity is
here offered to Professor Howard to devote his
attention wholly to the subjects to which he is now
attached. We would be selfish indeed to ask him to
remain on the pittance we have to offer. We have
never supported Professor Howard as we should have
done. His department has always been cramped for
means. He has lacked the absolute necessaries in
his department, often having to use his own funds to
supply them, while the scientific departments have
been supported with a lavish hand.. Is it any
wonder that the bright propects of Stanford uni
versity are able to draw him away from his alma
mater in whose welfare his whole soul must be bound
up? A word to the wise should be sufficient.
Professor Howard has won the admiral ion and deep
est regards of his students and may rest a-sured that
his name and kind deeds will never fade from their
The question of dividing the Interstate Orator
ical association is now being considered by the differ
ent states composing it. At the last convention of
the association, which was held at Des Moines, la,
May 7, a committee was appointed to confer with
the state associations with regard to the matter, and
to report" the result to the next annual convention.
The reasons urged for such a division are worthy
of consideration. First, the association is now too
large. A program of ten oration is too long. The
last speakers labor under a manifest disadvantage
besides it makes the contest a bore -rather than a
pleasure to those in attendance. Again tl e associ
ation covers so much territory that the expense of
attending is necessarily very gieat. There are two
special reasons why the western colleges should favor
the division, 'lhe first is, that we cannot as a
general thing, cope with the older Eastern insti
tutions where much more attention is given to ora
.tory than can be given in the vest for some time to
come. 'I hen, too, in western colleges the bar
barians are usually in the ascendency. This would
put the control of the organization into their hands.
As it now is the fraternities control everything.
It is certainly desirable especially to the western
college to divide the association in the near future.
In the opinion of the delegates to the last coiiven
lion the western association should consist of the
states of MisFouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Minne
sota, and Colorado. The Eastern association, of
Ohio jndiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Kentucky
Kentucky has already applied for admission to the
association. Colorado has thought very seriously of
joining the Pacific association. This would leave
each association with five states, which is certainly
If the inter-state association should be divided
their would then be five such a asociations in the
United States; besides these two there are the Pacific
association, the Northwestern league, and Southern
association. Now it is proposed that the five associ
ations be united into a National association, in
which the winnejs in the several inter-state associ
ations shall compete for national honor. The plan
is certainly worthy of careful consideration.
The question of the division of our association,
and of farming a national association should be
considered by the colleges of the state association,
and delegates should be sent to the next state con
vention' instructed as to the wishes of the colleges in
regard to the matter. Without some such action the
inter-state association will be powerless to act.
The treatment accorded our players at the state
tennis tournament, was the subject of much unfav
orable comment among the students. Incon
veniences, such as lack of accommodations, are to be
expected in a small town, but the boorishness exhib
ited by those having the tourn ament in charge is
inexcusable. Not only did the reception committee
fail to carry out any of the promises of entertainment
made to our association, but those having the tourn
ament in rharge, neglected to make even the most
necessary arrangements. Such a thing as a regu
lation ball could not be obtained, and the games had
to be played with cheap, under-sized balls. No
provisions had been made for a competent umpire,
but one was furnished whose efforts to be fair were
seriously handicapped by a lamentable ignorance of
the game. The management of the entire affair
reflects no credit on those having it in charge.
Kulglit I'rlto Emmy.
To one who is able to appreciate lieauty, it is a never fail
ing source of pleasure. Such a person beholds the beauty of
eaitli and sky with the admiration that only a Xiet can e.picss.
There is to the poet or to the painter the added pleasure of
describing toothers the lieauty that is a source of delight to
In order to do this, he must study beauty. Jt is not enough
for him to say that a tree is beautiful. lie must be able to
point out speclie beauties; such as the shape of the tree, grace
ful waving branches, color, shades, and tints of the foliage,
lie must know what constitutes beauty before he can arouie
in others feelings similar to those which he experiences.
This study of what is beautiful may be pursued by every
one. Hy n careful study of the beautiful in nature, to which
every one has access, certain principles may be discovered
upon which beauty depends.
A winter landscape, which is almost devoid of color, is a
fine study in which to observe the effect of light and shade.
Whether there are hills and valleys with rQcks, and trees, or
far stretching plains; whether the earth is bare and brown or
white with snow; it will be discovered thnt nearly all the
beauty of such a scene is produced by the lights and shades.
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