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as they should have dono without promising.
But Cotner voted for Johnston, the nominee
of the president of the state oratorical
association, of the Johnston firm, and of
the minority of the University delegation.
And in return for this great sacrifice of its
principles(?) Cotner was promised tho
presidency of the inter-state association
next year. Just how that is to be accom
plished cannot be explained. But doubt
less all things are possible to the great
triumvirate. And Mr. Essert, chairman of
tho Wesleyan promised on Saturday also,
the vote of his delegation for Fislier if
Doane voted for him. This was done in
the presence of four University boys. Yet
Monday afternoon Wesleyan voted for
Johnston and seemed very proud of itself.
It must be a very peculiar system of morals
they teach out east there, if one judges
from practice. Throe of the Wesleyan
delegation are ministers, and they entered
right into the deals and counter deals with
real ministerial vigor. Wo would be very
glad to teach our denominational friends a
few lessons in honesty if they cared to
learn, but venture the hope that the student
body of each of the colleges docs not need
it ro badly as do some of their representa
tives. The supreme innocence with which those
representatives accepted the false state
ments of the "gang1' as to its power in the
University, the immense number of
signatures to its petitions, and its ability to
get them any oilicc or honor in the
oratorical association, was almost amusing.
If they knew anything at all of University
affairs the) would know that the Johnston
faction controls just about one-twentieth
part of the student body of the university,
and that it is not at all so omnipotent as it
The Weslcyans and Ootners proved very
easy dupes. Tho most charitable construc
tion to be put upon their conduct is that
thoy didn't know any better. But this con
struction is hardly possible in view of their
The culmination of all these deals came
Monday afternoon. The Wesleyan chapel
was full of people long before Adam Mc
Mullen decided that his man would win and
therefore called the meeting to order.
Weaver and Jim Johnston kept up a con
tinual procession from the chairman to
Wesleyan and Cotner and back again.
Weaver sat with his brotherly arm around
Mr. Essert and told him just what to do.
Every vote was a tie, and the chair calmly
announced the deciding vote. Perfectly
constitutional of course. Nobody expected
anything better. Mr. Win. M. Johnston
will represent a handful of people, at
the iuter-statc contest, perhaps. Mr.
Mallalicu is vice-president of the state
oratorical association and people will be
given a chance to find out who ho is.
The Nebraskan says that now the tight
is over the sooner it is forgotten the better.
Yes, undoubtedly it would bo a very good
thing for the Johnston crowd if all feeling
on the matter could be dropped. But it
is not for that side of the house to make the
proposition. Unfortunately, too, their rc
pinings for forgetful uess are not likely to bo
gratified. Their unscrupulousness has
made such an impression that it cannot be
forgotten. There was a time when they
some of them did not seem to think thoy
owned the University. But now
" :n the names of all the gods at once,
Upon what meat doth this our Cajsar feed,
That he is grown so great?"
The Fisher side, on tho other hand, acted
fairly and honestly from beginning to end
of the fight. They made no deals; thoy
told nothing but tho truth; thoy did not
promise presidencies, vice-prosidoncios,
foot-ball captaincies, etc. They gainod all
promises of support (frail promises they
proved to be) by honest argument. They
are perfectly willing to have all that they
did known to every one.
Dr. Hodgeman's dontal parlors are in
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