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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (March 5, 1897)
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p?t gallery row. They all sal, still. Tho
minister talked on a Wont tho "young
And tins was the gospel of Him 'who,
put to death ,'H a malefactor, answered
not a "word !
illVom. the mosaic of the high, round
window, the grant white sunlight dropped
'in sickly greens and reds over the heads
'o'f'lihe worshipers, t blurred iny eyes
and made figures on the snow as 1 went
out and passed the slcy-blne young wo
man on thp poster, looking straight at
the sun. .X.
Wp think il a strangp and solemn thing
to die; thorp is a wonderful mystery in
Uhis sudden cutting away -of all things
earthly, a blind awful ness. "We shudder
atlhe thought of murder; we cannot un
derstand how anv maiiciui kill his sister
or Ihis father. How terrible the remorse
'he must suffer! His inhumanity!
IBut liow infinitely more inhuman il is
to 'kill with deliberation. And it is just
this which most of us. oven we who have
Written 1ml a little, have done again -and
again. Tn half of our stories some ohar
.aeterdies, usuallvthe hero or heroine.,
and 'sometimes, 'very often, both... Of
course it is not unnatur,althat sometimes
-our heroes should ,dio., not at all. What
ismnnatural, and what we cry against, is
that they should .die unnecessarily. A
terrible sorrow falls upon our hero; ilie
sueounibs .toil,; in short, wo kill him.
That is whore our gn ill, comes in. Wo
nave not g'rven our hero his just right to
conquer his sorrows, his perplexities; we
have not permitted him to prrvvohisin
etfpaoity; we have not even g'rven him
till ft opportunity to prove that he can fail.
!l)f we would only ilet .our characters Hive,
woishould ifradHshal their lives 'would have
aigreat deal unore reality ;amd interest
than their deaths.
"What, indeed, is our excuse for ihis
wholesale murder? An excuse so shallow
as to brand us more criminal than the
basest cutthroat. He kills for a purse of
coins; we, from utter laziness. We an
cowards; in order to extricate our hero
from the complexity of life-action into
which we have drawn him, Ave areoblitfwl
in 'Order to save ourselves-the selfish
shame of it- to escape by the one broad
way open the death of this troublesome
hero, his death without vindication.
A. V. B.
Merchant's Barber Shop. Good work
guaranteed. Brace Block.
Superintendent Todd of the Beatrix
schools was in the city this week.
Ben. Mathews is again manager of tin
North Eleventh street boarding club
Clod TJoed, a Beatrice high school stu
dent, was a caller at the university this
The general astronomy class has been
doing a good deal of "star-gazing" the
past week while learning 'the constella
tions. 'ID. T. .'Smith, jeweler M4(M) street,
'gives a liberal disoo'mit -to a'11 students
trading with him. Watch repairs a
The senior class held a meeting Tues
day and discussed theimportanl question
of invitations, pictures, and the senior
The March rvoviewof Ooviews contains
a reproduction of the 'eleven western
college presidents who recently convened
at Madison, Wis. The likenesses of Ex
'Ohanoollor Cunfiold and 'Oban col lor Mn"
Loan are excellent.
Saturday evening the !U. IB. (D. C. de
bate the question, resolved ""That tli
State-Script bill recently passed by the
House of Representatives is inexpedient''
Affirmative, Meier and Archer; negative
Rhodes and Brookings.
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