The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899, April 23, 1894, Page 6, Image 6

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the Local Oratorical Association of the,
University of Nobraska the next morning,
which was Friday. Lute Friday afternoon
Charles Jones, Secretary of the Oratorical
Association, wont to Rakestraw 's house to
got his markings, when ho found out that
they had already been sent. That evening
Jones and Fisher, the president, decided
that Fisher go to Rakestraw with the onvo
lope to find out whether it had been tam
pered with, and that Jones should got the
contestants to moet at the University at
When Jones came to McMullon's room
on his rounds informing the contestants of
the meeting, McMullpn wont to the meeting
of the contestants at the University. When
Jones called at McMullon's room I was
there, and so was W. M. Johnston, or else
Johnston came in a moment later. While
the meeting of the contestants was going on
at the University, Johnston advised me to
go out and see Rakestraw and see what had
been done and said. I went out and found
"he was in bed and decided to return without
seeing him. I returned to McMullon's
room, and he came in from the meeting at
the University about the same time. Will
Johnston came in a little later. I told thera
I had not seen Rakestraw that night. Mc
Mullen excitedly said "You must go out
tonight. Our whole reputation depends on
it." And the Johnston boys said that I
must go; that "the University is wild; they
are raising H 1 up there." I reluctantly
consented to go and Will JohnBton wont
with mo. Wo went down to 16 and O,
then to P, then to 28th on P, then to R,
then to 30th and R, where Rakestraw
lived. Wo walked in the middle of the
street from 16th and' P to 28th and R.
Johnston, said "By Gd, Tallmadge, I
wouldn't have anybody see me going down
here for $600." Johnston walked up and
down R street while I went in and saw
Rakestraw. It was about midnight. I
saw Rakestraw, explained to him the furore
at the University, the feeling that would
result from the .exposure of my part of the
business, and earnestly solicited him for the
sake of his long continued acquaintanceship
with myself, not to disclose the part I had
in the matter. After some consideration
he said that ho would not disclose my
identity because ho did not wish to do any
thing that would put mo in a bad light, and
ho saw no good that could come at so late a
stage in giving mo away or the , men I
represented. Johnston and I came back,
taking the middle of the street to 27. A
street car was passing toward the city, and
I insisted on taking the car. Johnston re
prehended mo for being so careless about
beiug seen. So we walked on down town
taking the middle of the street as before to
16th and P. Wont to 1327 O stroet and
there went to Johnston's room and went to
sleep. 0. L. Tallmadge.
, '" , Subscribed and sworn to, before
j seal I mo this 18th day of April, 1894.
. R. S. Mookett,
Notary Public.
Owing to the determination of the
student 8 to ferret out this matter and to the
comments of the press and the cowardly in
sinuations and the villainous attacks made
on mo by McMullon aud his "gang" in
their attempt to humiliate mo and shield
themselves from the scorn and contempt of
the students, I am compelled to make
public the above statement. I do it to show
that the "gang" McMullon, Johnston
and Weaver who pose as paragons of
virtue in this institution aro in f act( the
basest of hypocrites. In the last issue of
their organ they invite the spreading of
these matters before the public gaze. In
their effrontery they say "the Hesperian is
badly mistaken if it thinks tho 'Johnston
gang' is afraid or ashamed, of anything it has
over done in college politics." T suspect
they know no shame. Tho Devil fell from
grp"3 and was not ashamed to tell it. I
would not say tho Devil is one of the
"gang" but he is surely their patron saint
and advisor, be it said to his dishonor.