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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 29, 1896)
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storv was that of a man Irish without
doubt who claimed to bo an American
citizen, but who ineidontaly told that his
mother was in Dublin. Now the man
had already told that he was a native of
New York. Said t he consul . ' When did
your mother go back to Dublin!''
''Sure, she has never been out of Dublin
all her life," answered the Irishman.
Then the speaker told of the land of
the FroiK'h. "Franco is the most beau
tiful country I have ever yet seen, and
no matter how much time you spend in
travel, every day it will seem more
beautiful, every day it will seem more
sublime. The color of that part
of Prance (which contains Mont Blanc)
could never be described in any way."
With a word about the economical streak
in the frenchman's make-up, and about
the abiding character of the French .Re
public, the venerable chancellor conclud
ed with the statement that, after all, he
could think of scarcely any laud where it
would be so desirable to live and end
one's days as Nebraska.
The address was received with much
pleasure by the entire audience. All
were interested and instructed and old
friends were glad to see that Jhancellor
Fairfield still was in the prime of life. A
short account of the address is given
here, in place of the full text which it
was hoped to print, owing to the request
of Chancellor Fairfield and his intention
to publish it later as a magazine article.
The Oratorical Contest.
CHAPEL, FRIDAY MOUXINli.
It has certainly never been the good
fortune of any one to see more of the
really impressive and supremely ridicu
lous combined, than were united in the
exercises in the chapei, Friday morning.
Very indefinite announcements had been
made. There was to be well, something
after chapel, likely to prove more delight
ful than class work or bench work. So
ovorybody came to soe what was up.
Manv alumni and old friends of Chan-
collor Fairfield were present, but the
student body was not the least abashed.
By pro-arrangement, Chancellor Mae
Lean and his honored iruost came in late.
To fill in the time, eah Professor who
took his place on the platform received
something like an ovation. Prof. Ward
mentioned the suggestion of Chancellor
MacLoan that the students give the
university salute when tu old Ohancollor
When at last the Chancellors appeared
all talking and laughing ceased, the
student body rose as one man, and gave
the good old yell as it had never been
given before. Oratorical or foot-ball
victories have never aroused the impres
sive, thorough display of true college
spirit let loose on this occasion.
After the first yell you might almost
have heard a pin drop for a few moments
while the old Chancellor stood looking at
the great student body. Then another
roar of the cannon and the students took
their seats again.
The chapel exercises wore conducted
by theold (Jhancellor and wore most im
pressive and fitting. After the song
"Blest be the Tie that Binds". Chancellor
Mac !-ean made a few very fitting remarks
speaking of the significance of anniversa
ries, especially of this one, the virtual
anniveisary of the opening of the Uni
versity's doors to students. Ee urged
all to make the holiday a real holiday.
He recalled the fact that all of the
chancellors of the University are still
living, and are men who have been of
use to their country in various ways. Ho
spoke of Chancellor Fairfield's long and
great record of services both before
and after his term of six years as (Jhan
cellor, and urged the students to appre
ciate the sacrifices made for the Univer-
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