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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 15, 1893)
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WASTE BASKET WAIFS.
It makes one exceedingly weary to hear
people object to foot ball because it is brutal.
Of course it is brutal. So is Homer bru
tal, and Tolstoi; that is, they all alike appeal
to the crude savage instincts of men. We
have not outgrown all our old animal in
stincts yet, heaven grant we never shall!
The moment that, as a nation, we lose brute
force", or an admiration for brute force, from
that moment poetry and art are forever dead
among us, and we will have nothing but
grammar and mathematics left. The only
way poetry can ever reach one is through
one's brute instincts. "Charge of the Light
Brigade," or "How They Brought Good
News to Aix," move us in exactly the same
way that one of Mr. Shue's runs or Mr.
Yont's touch downs do, only not half so in
tensely. A good foot ball game is an epic,
it rouses the oldest part of us, the part that
fought ages back down in the Troad with
"Man Slaying Hector'j and "Swift-footed
Achilles. M We still have the old instincts
in us, and it is well for us that we have.
Poetry is great only in that it suggests ac
tion and rouses great emotions, and all great
emotions are essentially animal. The -world
gets all its great enthusiasms and emotions
from pure strain of sinew. Gothic art, the
greatest art of all time, has bei going for
centuries just on the brute momentum it got
when the old Goths used to throttle polar
bears with their naked hands.
A new and unique method of revenge has
come into extensive use in the University.
If one lady for any reason becomes angry at
another, she straightway goes and cuts her
enemy's name upon everything in the Uni
versity that is soft enough to be indented by
a knife. If you come upon any name or
names cut upon cloak room windows, walla,
'or tables, do not imagine thut the artistic
carving is the work of the person unfortun
ate enough to bear that name. She proba
bly lias no yearning after publicity, but
know that it is the work of malignant hatred
such as only nice young ladies are capable
of. It is certainly an artistic and effective
method of vengeance, as the proverb re
garding the names of a certain class of indi
viduals is so trite that the observer must form
uncomplimentary opinion of any one who so
desires her name to be immortalized. No
doubt the University will one day be very
proud of those names, and have them put in
glass cases and the nations of the earth will
come to do homage to them, but still it is
only natural that persons should prefer to
carve their names on the pillar of fame them-
If the "good student" is less offensive
than the "broad student," it is only because
his imbecility is of a much milder and asser
tive character. The good student is the pro
duct of all educational systems of the great
nineteenth century. The educational prob
lem, when reduced to its lowest term, means
simply this, how to cram the largest amount'
of matter into a given head in the shortest
period of time. The "good student" is
given to the world as the answer to this
problem. The good student is above all in
dustrious, he allows nothing to come be
tween him and his work. Nothing can per
turb that well balanced mind of his. His
father may die at nine o'clock, but at ten
the "good student" recites his Latin and his
tears do not prevent his recognizing a pos
sessive dative. The good student has no
very intimate friends; friends have a way of
unconsciously absorbing one's time and
thoughts as well as one's affections, and that
would be bad for his mathematics. He
never wastes time loving or hating any one.
Perhaps, though he never missQs a Greek
construction, the "good student" misses
something after all.
He is a student and nothing else. He
cannot converse, for he never speaks aloud
except to recite German verbs. He has
neither opinions nor convictions upon any
thing but ' sodium compounds. The good
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