The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899, January 08, 1897, Page 8, Image 8

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.State Teachers Meet.
During the holiday recess when most
of us were enjoying the delights of home
and friends once more, we imagined the
university as a lonely deserted place,
the hum of industry stilled, the life and
vigor gone. But wo returned to find
that the old school has been transformed
into a scene of teacher activity, that the
student hive could be but little more
active than the teacher delegation which
possessed the University and grounds
without reserve during the Fourteenth
annual session of the State Teacher's
Association, Deoombor twenty-eighth to
thirty-first inclusive. Auxiliary to this
association were hold during this time
the regular annual sessions of the Ne
braska Library Association, Nebraska
Academy of Science, Association of the
Nebraska Teachers of History, and the
Nebraska Society for Child Study.
Wesleyan University established head
quarters in room 15, University Hall,
where many friends and visitors were
cordially welcomed. Ootnor University
had similar headquarters in room Hi.
Ovor a thousand teachers besides hosts
of patrons and friends of the public,
schools of the state were in attendance.
Resident students of the university, as
well as many former students n j,v dig
nified with the title of "Prof." in the
various cities in the state were in ovidonco.
On Monday evening at 8 p. m. the
Educational Council hoard and consid
ered special reprorts on state course for
High Schools, tho trend of county insti
tute work and school legislation. This
council is tho most important initiative
body in the state on matters of school
reforms and legislations.
A special feature was introduced in
the form of an opening reception to tho
touchers at tho Capitol on Tuesday even
ing, Old friendships wore renewed, now
friendships formed and the esprit-do-
corps of Nebraska teachers more fully
Dr. Krohn of the University of Illi
nois delivered an address in tho Lansing
on "Child Study, its Relation to the
Home and School" to a large, appreci
ative teat her audience, to whom his pop
ular address on a scientific subject was
extremely interesting at this stage of
child-studv work in the state.
By far the most exciting part of the
session was the adoption of the revised
constitution presented by Chancellor
MaLean chairman of the revising com
mittee. Touchers. .like students and
children, somotimos qn-UTel and a master
hand is needed to quiet the tumult. Fac
tion against faction, wh g od natu redly
but emphatically 'nutting that the'r in
terests should be primarily subserved in
any change made. But by reason of the
wisdom and go. 1 natnrod justice and
the masterly constitutional speech of the
Chancellor, the constitution was adopted
substantially as re id, an I tin !iten lims
factions were duly quieted and satisfied.
On Thursday evening that peerless
southern leader, Henry WaUei'son of
Kentucky, gave i he teachers a rare treat
in his forceful reminiscence presentation
of Abraham Lincoln. Polished, yiujv
ful, easy, clear, he held hi audiono as
if by a spell from tho birth of tho "Great
est hero of modern times" until "Oj'I
struck down Lincoln in the moment of
victory to destroy the viwy i leal of sla
very." Tho entire session was characterized
by 'sustained interest nry.1 enthusiasm
an 1. tho various reports and papers from
teachers in the heat of tho stri'V show a
marked progress along all lino of the
Prof. ,7. W. Crabtreo, a former student
of tho University, and ono of the ablest
and most efficient supporters tho Univer
sity has had among tho state teachers
was almost unanimously chosen president
of the association for the coming year.