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THE- : HESPERIAN
eoino is a matter of prido to the friends of the
University. "We hail the Victors and congra
tulate them as stalwart "Sons of Nebraska"
on the honor they have won!
of the 'art of speaking' are most careful to
smooth out the roughness of their delivery
when the critical time comes.
Stylo in. Debate.
In debating, manner is hardly secondary to
matter. Stylo is nearly as niuch to be con
sidered as material. The man who is known
as a 'logical talker' has his reputation as
much from his logical manner of speaking as
from the. logical arrangement of his argument.
"We believe that, in a majority of instances,
men are known as debaters from their method
of speaking as against things said.
"It isn't oraiions written so well
But the 'get up and yell'
That makes men sell."
There is more in the above doggeral than
is apparent at first sight. Wo speak of Pat
rick Henry as "fiery and eloquent," of Daniel
Webster as "ponderous and heavy" and
James G. Blaine as "mugnetic." Now all of
these appellations apply to the manner of
speaking and not to the matter of the speech.
They are known for their fluency, their fire,
their slowness or their magnetism. A speaker
is judged more by how he says a thing than
by what ho says. The eyes are more acute
than the ears and more often used in forming
the mind, from which information a conclu
sion is drawn.
"Wo are very attentivo to the words in which
an argument is clothed; why should we be
less attentivo to the machinery employed in
putting the argument forth? If wo have any
thing worth saying, is it not better that it be
said well than illy? Should not the manner
of the collegian bo superior to tho manner of
the farmer? Is not an argument much
stronger if presented in u pleasing manner?
Is mere argument tho only thing to be con
sidered in a debate? Between two men, equal
in argument, should not tho one having the
better delivery bo ranked first? Wo are de
cidedly of tho opinion that tho man who fails
to prepare his manner as well as material will
ultimately fail in debate. Tho world will not
listen to a man with ever so good thought
who does not also possess some graces of ex
pression. And wo have this to observe that
those who are loudest in their condemnation
J. Cecil Graham '95, now of St. Louis, was"
in Lincoln Thanksgiving week.
Mr. Thayer '95, of Denver visited friends
in the city last week.
Mr. 0. H. Allen '97 has returned to the
University to take up the study of law.
Dr. Roscoo Pound, '88, made a short
speech last Friday evening at the Thanksgiv
ing Feed of tho Union society.
Mr. Augustus Chapman '91, is just recov
ering from a four weeks' siege of typhoid
Miss Eva O'Sullivan '97, who is now teach
ing in Creighton, Nebraska, spent the Thanks
giving recess with friends in Lincoln.
Herbert Reagan '97, came to Lincoln from
Chicago to attend his sister's wedding, which
took place Thanksgiving evening.
Miss Jessie Wolfe, '89, was married on
Thanksgiving 'day at Butte, Montana, to Mr.
John McKay, tho principal of the Butte High
School. The wedding was to have taken
place in Lincoln, but owing to Mr. McKay's
illness, which rendered it impossible for him
to come to Nebraska, tho ceremony was per
formed in Butte.
College oi'LttAV NotCM.
The necessary outlay for books reminds all
that a now law term has begun.
Several of tho boys went 'home' Thanks
giving to eat turkey with "her."
Members of tho '98 digest board will prob
ably bo elected this week.
D. W. Lamb '98, who has been on tho sick
list the past week, is again able to attend
Tho Junior class finally perfected an organ
ization by electing T. F. Harmer, president;
Mrs Orckctt, vice president and F. L. Gibson,
Tho Senior class is having 'fun' with moot
courts. Tho Dean helped tho boys out Mon
Tho Juniors are now studying Elementary
Law, Contracts and Agency. Tho Seniors
have Evidence, Equity and Personal Property.
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