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UNIVERSITY of NEBRASKA.
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, DECEMBER i, 1893.
Issued semi-monthly by the Hkspkrian Association of the Univer
sity of Nebraska.
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The time is at blind when the wail of
Rachael and Jeremiah lamenting the condi
tion of things is about to bo heard in con
tests in oratory. Lot the voices of youthful
reformers rise and tempt the heedless people
to reform. "Wo think we can undergo the
ordeal, now that we have been sufficiently
calloused by former events of similar nature.
It is our firm belief that an oratorical contest
is from first to la6t a trial and tribulation to
all who participate. It is something, more
over, that is wearing out. Eastern colleges
now have joint debates where something
more than the spectacular is exhibited.
There may still be a demand for oratory and
orators in the old sense of the word, but it
seems that where one orator will find means
to exist on his artificial elequenco, twenty
debaters will fetch down the persimmons
with the product of a healthy brain.
The Maxwell Club of the law school has
again challenged the Union Boys Debating
Club to a joint debate. The last; debate was
so successful and the sides were so evenly
matched, that it will require another, or per
haps many more contests to decide which
club has the best debaters. Lawyers, whoso
business it is to bo eloquent, will never con
sent to being classed second in any forensic
combat they may enter. Students whoso
business it is to be learned and brainy will
never believe that they cannot be eloquent
if there is only occasion for eloquence. But
these debates bring out something besides
oratory. The men who have minds full, of
facts have a great advantage ovo' their op
ponents whoso storehouses of knowledge are
small. The great lesson taught in these de
bates is the need of broadness in education.
It never should bo necessary to call into
question the honesty of our students. Ev
eryone who attends the University is sup
posed to' be upon a moral plan high enough
to recognize that the best policy is not dis
honesty. It is vdishonest to steal: There
has been altogether too much pilfering going
on in our halls of late. Tho lower corridor
in University Hall is lined with hats and
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