The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899, April 23, 1894, Page 6, Image 6
1 6 THE- HESPERIAN II i 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 once. 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.