The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899, February 12, 1897, Page 8, Image 8

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Technical Education and the State,
A little consideration of the conditions of modern
life will show that economy in the production of raw
material, its conversion into useful form ami tho
cheap and quick distribution of substance and intel
ligence are tho prime requirements of out present
civilization and without which nineteenth century
culture would lapse into mediaeval barbarism
Most of us also know tho part America has played
in the solution of theso problems Yet industrial
and technical education in America cannot for a
moment he compared with such training in Germany
for example. How then are wo to explain America's
industrial promin-nco? Evidently the explanation
is to be found in her recent splendid outburst of
reserve power power drawn from an Anglo Saxon
ancestry and developed by two centuries f contact
with tho new conditions of a new continent, and
which excited to incandescent heat by the Civil war
has in the last thirty years spent itself in those mar
vclous achievements for minimizing lab r that give
a brilliancy to the close of this century not before
known But this reserve power can not 1 ist indef
ninatcly nor can any artificial stimulet be perma
nent. We gloiy in the genius of an Edison but let
us not be lulled into a sense of security by those
who toll us that "Yankee ingenuity" will ever be a
match for tho industrial armies of Europ.i, trained
as they are in her polytechnicums and armed with
all that experience and science teach. The sucee-B
ful sally of a partisan leader may be br:ll;ant but it
counts for uothing as against the measured tread ol
well trained troops. If it is believed that America
does not feel the effect of tho world's competition
tho last four years confute it. and now as perhaps
never before in this state and in the country at large
tho problem of meeting such competition is felt.
Layiug aside tho various infantile nostru us some
times proposed, all thinking persons agree thai the
final and effective method is in education Buibineo
the competition is an industrial one it must bo met
by an education shaped to tho desired end. En .land
which so Ion? has hold to the old apprenticeship sys
tem is awakening to the necessities of the new con
ditions and thegraduates of her recently e-tablished
techuical schools are instilling nev life into her
industries. Even Cambridge has added a fully
equipped engineering laboratory under the able
direction of Professor Ewing.
What is true of a section possessing a diversified
industrial interest is doubly true of a trans Missouri
state like Nebraska where a single hot wind may
obliterate the efforts of twelve months of labor ami
just because tho interests of tho state are to-day so
largely agricultural does it become tluwe who have
her welfare most at heart to make a strong patient
effort to educate her sons along lines tending to
diversify such interest.
Nor must it be supposed because Nebraska is
poor in deposits of carbon that manufactories can
not be successfully established here. Recent im
provements in power machinery hnvo reduced tho
power item to a small percent of operating expenses
in many lines an I the water power of tho si Ue Is by
no means small. That the .ibovo considerations
are not new t the people of tin- st i is evinced by
the fact that a out one sixth of al th ivg liar un
dergiadnatc male Mudcnts in the university are
rouistoicd for one of tho two technical
offered, showing a demand for technical work prob
ably not paralleled by any simil ir in-titut on Givei.
adequa e facilities for technical instiu tiou and tno
saniu class of young men as are now in our engin
eriiu c mrses, no fua need bo folt for the industrial
future of the state. Thanking you, Mr. Editor, for
the request to say something on technical education
itt this time lam &o U B Oyvuns
Charter Day,
Charter day since the twentyfifth anniversary in
1891, lias been the gala day of the university. This
year is to be no exception The best tiling is to ho
the 'barter d;iy oration by President Franklin far
ter of Wiiliams college. Hi aldress wi 1 ta'e
place at the Lan-ing Tuesday evening on "Tlioi g'Hs
on University Training." Every building on the
campus will lie thrown open to tho public Every
department isprepiring to mike -peuial exhibits
The electrical display will probably bo the most
novel. The society of ele tricil engin ers has al
ways made a line showing and this year it has labor
ed longer and tried harder than eve before, and
therefore the display is expected to bo very t laborate
and complete
Tho lairy school is to bo open for inpution
The battalion will bo inspected by Gov Hole mh
and staff The Pershing llillu. will put up an e hi
lion drill ami the gymnasium o hi'.iith.n .vM be
given in the armory TheP.d Beta Kappa will give
a rec ption to President alter at tlie 'ha olio '
residence Tiii sday Morning N -.v m-mb r will '.
welcomed. Monday evening reo ptio nil' '
given ti the members of the legislature in Un- lib i
ry building by the regents the l.aucellor and tin
faculty We have made a reputation i
Lincoln for handling every! hinff
now and original in Valentino nitd
we believe you will agree with us if oU
examine our goods We have Comic
Valentines not the cheap ones to be
seen in almost every dealers window, but
new and bright ards wit h good hits? and
comic verses, which wo sell at 5 and 10
cts each; lace Valentines for 1-2 ct. each
to 10 cts. Cards at lc. to 25c. Novel
ties in elluloid, etc, at 12c. to $2.0".
Etchings on satin, from 50c. upwards.
Our prices as usual are made at lowest
possible margin. Book Dopt., Hcrpol
sheimer & Co,