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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA.
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, FEB. 17, 1896.
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30ARD OF EDITORS.
O. H. ALLEN - - Editor-in-Chief
H. E. NEWBRANCH, - - Editorial
P. H. THOMSON - - Literary
LULU W. BURROWS - - - Literary
CLINT M. BARR - - - Athletic
J. W. SEARSON .... Local
C. E. MATSON .... Local
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JOE BOOMER .... Alumni
L. J. ABBOTT, Jr.. 1
NED: C. ABBOTT f Business Managers.
"When you throw a stone into a pack of
dogs,1' said a certain wise man, "the hit dog
howls." The Hesperian, in its last issue,
told a few plain truths about fraternity poli
tics and politicians, and incidentally under
took to cast some light upon Mr. L. C.
Smith's sore spots. And now the Delta
fraternity, that strictly moral and religious
home of claseics and literature is dinning
pandemonium about our devoted ears.
Under the nom deplume of "F. T. Riley"
this brotherhood says all manner of horrid
things about ye wicked scribe. Wo aro an
"idiotorial writer," have "loBt all sense of
honor and veracity" that we "may have
possessed," we abound in "littleness and
personal spite" and "gross exaggerations,"
we are "degraded below the level of self
respect," our "editorial" was a "scurrilou3
compendium of spite and untruthfulness,"
etc. , etc. , ad infinitum.
Truly, there is hope for western journal
ism so long as the Arizona Kicker and "F.
T. Riley" abound. The ability to sling
epithets and call names has not yet departed
from our midst. That marvellous develop
ment of gray matter which suggests "you
aro a horse thief!" as a complete reputation
to all the argument of an adversary, gives us
room for pride in western resources and
The Hesperian ventured to remark that
fraternity politics were a disgraceful com
bination of the methods of the ward "heeler"
and the professional spoilsman, or words to
that effect. We did so because wo knew of
votes contracted for, bartered, and the
instruments signed, and of contracts broken;
we knew of combinations and rings that
were a disgrace to the University, hold
together simply by "the cohesive power of
plunder. " So wo ventured to say a word or
two about this condition of affairs. TJie
Nebraskan and the Tammany crowd behind
it answers everything by calling names.
The Hesperian stated facts. The Nebrashan
Such methods of "argument" may be very
well suited to the capacities and limitations
of Deltaism; indeed, when all the circum
stances aro considered, it is hard to see how
any other lino of argument than "villian"
and "cut-throat" could have been adopted.
But such gauzy subterfuges will not decoivo
disinterested parties. The facts aro un
deniable, fraternity politics are a disgrace
and a contamination. They should bo handled
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