The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899, February 01, 1893, Page 9, Image 9
THE HESPERIAN 9 i In view of nil this mul of other considera tions mentioned, the "Ragout's estimate for u museum building is far too low and the onil of the coming bionium too fur off. A museum building with proper equipments for carrying on all work connected with a museum is needed, not two years hence, but now. F. C. Ken yon, '5)2. EXECUTIVE EXCERPTS ON " OilATOHY. " All friends of the University, and of sound sense and sound training, rejoice in the pluck and grit with which N. U. students hold to their own stylo of oratory. Under many discouragements, and in the face of many defeats at the hands of those who be lieve in " Oratory " with a big O, and who play to the grand-stand rather than play good ball, our own strictly conversational stylo is never abandoned oven for moment ary applause, much loss to win favorable markings. And wo are right, and in the long run we are sure to win. Even if wo continue to lose, we are right. The Darius-Green- and-his-flying-machine business is emphatically of the past. .1 udged by any sound standard say Booth in the drama, or Joe Jefferson in comedy, or Phil lips or Beecher on the platform the Spar tacus-Catiline-Regulus-Absalom style goes down like lead in water. Bathos and roar and rumble, with wind-mill attachment, is unendurable to those who have ever hoard any oratory of excellence or enduring fame. Of course, people who are so unfortunate as to never have seen anything but chromos and bill-boards will find Turner coarse, the old mastore not enough given to details, and modern impressionists " unfinished." But that judgment does not distress the art world in the least. The best style is the conversational style just sufficiently fortified and strengthened to adapt it to a large audience. The best way to secure this stylo is to carefully commit the oration to memory, and then "talk it" to a friend each sitting near the other, in usual conversational and tete-a-tete fashion. If tho "talker " varies at all from tho tone, stress, inflection, that is usual in his best social mood, tho listener should at once check him and point out tho error. Keep at this practice till the whole address runs oasily from tho tongno. Then try tho room in which tho work is to bo done, once and once is enough. On the eventful evening, during your first few sentences select a listener pretty well back of the center; one just above this, in tho gallery; and one on each side of tho platform, above and below. With no regularity as to order in time, hub with certainty and some frequency, turn to each of these, and talk as though he wore your only listener. The voice will instinct ively adjust itself to tho distance, and of course will roach all that intervenes. Chang ing your outlook in this way, to six different points of the house, will give about all the movement that is necessary and will leave you at least apparently in easy command of the situation. Contrary to a general belief, the most dif ficult task in public speaking is this being natural. It is very easy to imitate, to .acquire a "style," to take on manner and mannerisms. But to be simply yourself, and at the same time to make yourself roallv worthy to be; that is the rub. To write the simplest prose or poetry is tho most diffi cult attainment. Tho effort to paint nature just as it exists has created an entirely new school in art. Because nature is perfect, the natural is perfection. Awkwardness is not natural, in any true sense of the word. To be natural is to have all faculties and powers of body, mind and spirit, working freely and harmoniously. Training is needed in order to secure this, but it will always be a train ing that brings tho greatest individual ease and freedom; and hence the greatest individ uality. Stately carriage horses have an acquired ( arch of tho neck maintained by the check roin! and a pompous, dignified, "impres sive" gait that attracts the open-mouthed admiration of the passing throng. But every true horseman recognizes Nancy Hanks as she flies by, curbless and checkloss and free; and knows that she will come under the wire an easy winner by lengths. Stick to the University style. i !li II !T i.