The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899, March 12, 1897, Page 5, Image 5

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l'UE LIES I' 10 R I AN
Roper and Den iso n the Winners.
The ninth iinmiiil oratorical contest of the local
association ocourcd last Friday evening. No ono
can how say that oratory in tho university of Ne
braska is dead. It is not. Scarcely a seat in tho
lower part of the chapel was unoccupied, Old time
enthusiasm was there. For half an hour before tho
contest college songs and yells kept tho old chapel
It was nearly half past eight when President Gra
ham called order and announced that tho lirst num
ber was music by tho ldea4 Mandolin (Jlub Re
sponse was made to an eucoro
K C Roper now stepped forward as tho lirst con
testant lie had a look of lirmness and genuine
Mnecriiy. His subject was, "Tho Author Hero of
tin Revolution." The production was au able effort
to show that Thomas Pniuo hae been done an injus
tice by oritur and tho public generally. Tho speak
or thought it all due to the fact that Tom Paino was
eamliil ami outspoken No effort was made to justi
fy Pnliiw's religions views It vas simply a plea that
us lulif-ious liberality should not Keep us from giv
ing bim credit for being what ho ii,,tho author hero
Uhu revolution. Mr. itoper employed fow gestures.
Hi) lacked animation. But Ids directness, clearness
auti earnestness made his hearers feel tlmi he was
sincere in every word ho uttered
MUs Esther Smoyer followed Mr. Roper. Iler
snbj.'ct . as, "llicr btuli Ich " It was au impressive
l"g' ot Martin Luuier tho linn, uuroloutiug, per
wjvoring Ucrman reft), mor Tho subject was treat-
. ,l 8trlkB Hturary uiamiHi Mi.S3 Smoyer was
aMimateil, her stage appearance graceful.
A L. Deal was the next eontestant. lie chose for
" -""'J ect the "Practical Truth of Theosophy." The
"eminent ot the subject showed careful thought nud
"eparation. Mr De:d suffei oil from rather nn im
pelled delivery.
After u vocol solo by Miss Hnrunby, Mr. U O.
M ? ",T,ko uu- ,,Joll Adams - Tho production
veil historical research and power of discrimi-
". Mr. Urown's delivery was somewhat uiiiin-
h. llager was the next speaker. His oration
1, l) t,)l fu" "Municipal Reform." Mr. liager
"jngly denounced the corruption found in our city
to is closing with a plea for all the better citizens
men" vi" 'lt'SL f ,,otl n,uiU)al govern
lilsii.'ii. XlxfA stugu appearauco was the best,
" lfh very forceful.
Jtet 1Jei!,8UM lhu ,ttSt 'Uor, chose for his sub
a i-u'mni, JriuniMl,ttnt UeuiuiTuoy." His oration was
or 2 mfl5ha f lhu nW ol Plo "Pinion
J "rf," Ul0gy of Ul0d mocraoy. To
"B"t, climnxes, stage appearance and gestures.
Ho was a favorite with tho audience from tho lirst.
When he closed his Uelian and law lriends were
After several selections by tho Ideal Mandolin
Club, President (iraham camu forward and announc
ed that the judges had awarded Mr. Roper lirst
prize and Mr. Denison second, Tho lirst prize is t5l)
and the lienor of representing tho university in the
State contest. Tho second is $2o and chairmanship
of tho di legation to tho state convention.
Judges on manuscript were: Prof. 11. K. Wolfe,
Prof. L A. Sherman and Will O Jones; delivery:
Prof J. T. Lees, Judge A. W. Field and 11, 11. Wil.
son. Air. Denison led, on grades by per cents. Hut
Mr. Roper led, on grades according to rank, by two
thirds ot ono ratiK and hence was declared tho winner
P. B, D. C. vs Wesley an.
The joint debate between the Pallndian boys de
bating club tuid iheEvorot literary society ot Wes
loyau uuivor.-ily occurs tomorrow ovening. Tho
debate will be held in the W'osloyau chapel. S. H.
Sloan, J K. Peaisou and (J. E. Matsou will repre
sent the P. U. D (J. They have the negative of the
questiou, "Resolved, that denominational eollo-es
and universities are contributing more towaid civi
lization than similar state institutions," A delega
tion of iJaliadi.uis will accompany the debaters with
a full supply of songs and yells.
Union Alumni Program.
Piano Solo Selected - Harry Hriggs
Greetings from Absout Alumui
Vocal Solo "The Quaker"
"Incidents of Gorman Life"
Piano Solo Selected
Story "Mandy"
"Why wo go to Germany to Study"
11. C. Peterson, 8U
Violin Solo Selected Walter Uhriutanson
Grace Reynolds,
H. A. Sentor, '93
Harry Hriggs
Anna Prey, '90
On Saturday night tho D. H. D. C. will discuss tho
question Resolved: that the ameiidmoiit to the con
stitution ot the U. S. onlranobishig the negro should
not have been adopted. Leaders, allirmative, E. It.
Vandersliee, U. H. Warner; negative, It. li. Payne,
R. Simpson.
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