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R C ROPER
Inter-state Oratorical Contest.
The Interstate oratorical contest took
place at Columbia, Mo., Thursday even
ing, May (5. Perl I). Decker of Park
College, Mo., won first honors with an
oration on the "Basic Law of Progress,"
C. T. Bell of Colorado second. L. N.
Booth of Minnesota third, C. E. Greg
ory of Ohio fourth and R. 0. Roper of
Nebraska fifth. The other stases repre
sented were Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, Wis
consin and Illinois.
Only the rank of the first three was
announced the night of the contest. It
was unofficially given out that Nebraska
won fourth and studi a report reached
the university. It is to be regreted that
the report was not true. But even fifth
place in an interstate contest, where ihe
best intellects often states met, is not
an iucreditablo showing for a Nebraska
freshman. If fact fifth is as high as the
university has ever ranked in an inter
state contest. Nebraska is justly proud
of the showing made by her representa
tive. The subject matter of Mr. Roper's
' The Author Hero of the Revolution" is
known by all readers of the 1Ii:sim:uian
to be an able defense of Thomas Paine
.s to Mr. Roper's delivery the Missouri
Independant has the following to say:
"As a speaker Mr. Roper will be n sup
cess. He had no manneiism, and evi
dently had never heard of the Boston
cult-norma) and abnormal natural
ness. The speaker's posture and gestures
were graceful, his voice very strong and
the audience listened attentively. It is
but just to say that Mr. Roper was actu
ated by the right conception of oratory,
when he selected such a subject for his
first trial in such an important occasion."
Mr. Roper has a most enviable repu
tation as a speaker. Ho is but a fresh
man and scarcely of ae. Yet he won
first honors in three home contests and
acquitted the inter-state contest most
Rev. MacAgeal Will Talk.
Kev. II S MaeAgcal of Oinuha will address tlu
Political Economy Club Tuesday evening May ,8
on the "Christian Elemeut iu Politics." K'v
MacAgeal is one of the most brilliant cleryinen
the suite, lie was chaplain of the state M'nate in
1891 anil is now pastor of the Plymouth Congiega
tioual Church of Omaha. Ho has always taken an
intense interest in current events a close studeut
of cause anil effect The club is fortunate iu semir
ing one so well qualified to talk to the students.
The lecture will be given in Room 23, library
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