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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (June 10, 1891)
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COM M EGEMElSrr.
Seven Very ' Interesting Programmes
Professor Canflcld the University Orator
A Testimonial to President Dungan of
Cotner Alumni Proceedings.
THE UNION ORATORICAL CONTEST.
As last year, the Union exhibition was the regular society
oratorical contest. The program opened by a well rendered
'selection from the university orchestra. Mr. Sheldon as first
speaker began his oration, "An Unsolved Problem." To
those who knew that Mr. Sheldon had written and committed
his oration within a week,' his delivery was a -surprise.
When Mr. Sheldon had finished, Mr. Lehmer entertained
'with a whistling solo an appreciative audience to whose
encore he responded.
'A Defense of Our Public School System, " an oration by
Mr. Trojer followed. Mr, Troyer's production was really
good, but was marred, as was his otherwise easy delivery, by
hesitation. Mr. Gustav C. Menzendorf followed with a very
skillluly performed and very entertaining violin solo.
Miss Louise Pound came befoie the audience, whose
genuine applause she won with an oration entitled the "Last
of the Epics." If a finer written production than the "Last
of the Epics" has been delivered from the university rostrum,
many do not know it. Miss Pound's delivery and gesticula
tions were free from the usual faults of student orators. That
she should lose first place on account of a strained tone of
voice, when her production so easily excelled, disappointed
not a few. Mr. Seamark so pleased his hearers with a solo,
that he was obliged to respond to an encore.
When Mr. Quaintancc was announced to speak upon
"The Suffrage Franchise," evciy one supposed they had
aheady heard the winner of first place. But they were
mistaken a very little. With a vciy well written production,
and an excellent delivery, Mr. Quaintancc made it necessary
to rcsott to general averages to decide whether he or Miss
Pound had first honors. He won, as tile markings of the
judges below will show. Mr. Quaintancc surprised even
his intimate friends. While a committee was arranging the
markings of the judges, the university orchestra entertained,
and the college yells detained the anxious people. When
the decision was announced, Mr. Quaintancc was tossed,
and the audience dispersed, satisfied, and dissatisfied as
usual vith oratorical contests,
Sheldon Troycr Pound Quaintancc
LOWEST NUMIII'.R OP RANKS.
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THE DEI.IAN SOCIETY
held their second annual June exhibition, Friday evening
June 5. The night was very stormy, and as result the audi
ence was not as large as the excellence of the program
The first number on the program was an instrumental
solo by Mjj F. M. Gibeault. The audience showed their
appreciation by demanding an encore, which was responded
Mr. John B. Fogarty, the first orator of the evening, then
spoke on "Two Theories of Government." Mr, Fogarty's
name is enough to guarantee that the oration was well
received by the audience. He spoke in his usual free and
Mr. R. O. Williams tbpn rendered a vocal selection
"Ehrcn on the Rhine," and responded to the hearty encore
with "The old Sexton."
Miss Nettie Forehand then gave a recitation "King
Volmer and Little Elsie." The selection was well rendered
and appreciated by the audience. Miss Lura Stockton with
an oration on "The Puritan a Factor in American Litera
ture." The subject was well treated and the oration was
well delivered. Professor Gibeault then rendered another of
his fine piano solos, and as the audience demanded another,
he responded with "Home, Sweet Home."
Miss Carrie Brown then gave a recitation, "Sent Back by
the Angels." Although she did not have the selection per
fectly committed to memory, it was so well rendered that her
few pauses were immediately forgotten.
Paul Pizey followed with an oration on "Wendell
Phillips." The subject was well eulogised by Mr. Pizey.
The oration was well written, but as the orator was not famil
iar enough with his production, the delivery was somewhat
The Delian quartette then gave a selection "Lady Nellie"
and were twice recalled by the audience. This closed the
program for the evening and the audience was dismissed for
a short reception.
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was held in the university chapel, Saturday evening, June 6.
Despite the ram and mud a good s'i7ed audience greeted the
the members of the program. About 8:45 President Fletcher
announced the first number on the program. Miss Gray read
an essay, "Man is What Nature Makes Him." She was
perfectly at home on the platform and read in an easy and
pleasing manner. At the close of this essay, Miss Maude
Hammond executed a piano solo, and was encored.
Mr. Ralph Johnson came next with an oration, "The
Universal Spider." No synopsis would do justice to this
oration. Mr. Johnson showed a thorough knowledge of his
subject, and spoke in a clear full voice, that at once com
manded the attention of the whole audience. When the
applause had subsided, an essay by C. C Marlay was
announced. This ess.a, "Man is What Circumstances Make
Him," was a reply to the ideas advanced by -Miss Gray. Mr.
Marlay was thoroughly familiar with his manuscript and spoke
so that every necould hear what he'said.
Mf. Barnaby came next with a vocal solo; At the. close he
received a perfect ovation but could be induced anbj to bow
his acknow ledgements.
Miss Minnie DePue ' appeared next with a.bumorous reci-
itation that held the audience probably better than anything
else on the program. Miss DePue's delivery was. in her usual
characteristic style, and well merited the attention' and
applause she received.
Mr. Ernest Pollard, the last member of the class, had.for
his subject, "A NeedcdiRetonrf.3' -Mr. Pollard has appeared
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