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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 26, 1896)
A U. of N. Alumnus at Harvard.
Some of the readers of the Hesperian
will remember G-eorge W. Botsforrl of
the clas of '84-. He hns won much prai so
for excellent work since his graduation,
niul especially within the past 'two years
for his splendid monograph on "The De
velopment of the Athenian Constitution,"
which was commented on very favorably
by G-ermaii scholars. This letter, or part
of a letter to me, under the date of Nov.
15, will interest his friends.
Jay Amos Barrett.
"1 am giving a course this year Har
vard University in Athenian Constitu
tional History to graduates, and a course
in Roman history to undergraduates.
Both are by lectures and both new. 1
have again to work up a lecture every
'v in Ihe week. This keeps me hust
ling. Then I had to work up a special
'ture on the Roman Historians for a
more public occasion, and this has taken
u enormous a. Yiount of time, but it is
now off my hands. Then 1 had to got
quite n long article ready for the press
on the Alcmeonidae and the Cleis
Uienian Constitutional reforms, and am
now looking over proof. It will appear
in this year's Harvard studies in classical
philology. I have also jusfc nnjRi1Ga a
W'viow of a Greek historical monograph
by Wiible-y, for the American Historical
Keview. fo, js u s),01.t rmrjew but took
lots of time. So you see how crowded 1
an- 1 like my work much better than
anywhere 1 have ,eon before, tho' T have
to work harder.
I should like over so well to come out
w Nebraska, but 1 know not when 1 can
eomt. f I eail getia'fpW ,nill,s 0Ht nt0
country for a few weeks nexi summer
will be all we can expect to do soon.- 1
" sppiid a considerable part of vaca-
see us. 1 always set my heart on
living in the west, but fate has brought
mo farther and farther east almost against
toons for a i
ow years in working up my
"OJPcte, as thi. will relieve me a good
You must plan to come and
The vocal solo contest of the Union
society was a success from every point of
view, except, possibly, the musical. Our
musical critic has not yet recovered so
we can do no better than quote briefly
from the decision of the judges".
Mv. Kinton gave first place to Miss
Mickey; second to Mr. Kuhlman; Mr.
Shreve marked Miss Dempster first, Mr.
Searson second; Miss Prey gave Miss
Monroe first place, Mr. Rhodes second.
The judges defended their decisions with
elaborate argumentsespecially "Mr.
Shreve from whom we quote:
"Mr Searson did so well I hardly know
Avhat to say. lie seems to be able to
carry a tune with great ease and smooth
ness but falls down somewhat in unload
ing it. His voice is metallic ; indeed
the metallic in his voice is very noticable
giving evidence of much brass in his
constitution and a good deal of irony in
his fervent efforts. Mr. Searson's volume
and expression would have moved stones
arid things and broken window glasses.
His slurs, accents, swells, rests, breathing
tone-coloring and other things were
above criticism. I should give him first
place on effort, at least. His efforts were
The Palladians -had an exceptionally
good program. Miss Phil brick read an
artistic sketch and Mr. Tucker discussed
the ins and outs of college life, Miss Al
derman captured the audience by her
recitation. -The V.ision of Monk Gabri
el." Miss A'dermau has elocutionary
abilities of no secondary order. The fea
ture of the literary program was the de
bate on the foot-ball question. Mr.
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