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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (March 25, 1898)
The Dclian society elected the following of
ficers for tlic spring term. Prcs. R. B. Pajne,
Vice Pros. Miss Editli Lathrop,Rec. Sec. Miss
Jessie McCullum, Cor. Sec. F. E. Fdgerton,
Critic, Harriet Packard; Musical Sec'ys, Miss
Nora Davis and O. T. Reedy; Slate Bearer,
Ralph McCullum. The opening program for
the spring term will be given this Friday eve
ning. On Saturday evening last, the English Club
held a more than usually interesting session
at the home of Mr. George Bartlett. Papers
were read from the xens of Miss Grace Rush
ton, '99, Miss Grace Reynolds, '00, Mr. Clyde
Jeffords, '9S, and Mr. Ilalstead, '9S. After
due discussion and the customary formalities,
these four were declared active members.
Verses were read by Schuyler Miller and Miss
The burial of the roelc monument of the
Class of '92 was a violation of the usual col
lege law and custom governing inter-class
relations. It is a new departure in class wars.
According to the unwritten law and tradition
in 'most colleges and universities, anything is
legitimate in war between classes still in col
lege, but when a class leaves an institution its
rights are to be respected and not infringed
upon. The class out of college is not in a
position to defend itself. The right of a clas3
to leave behind it a monument oi remain of
its once supposed glory, is a right equalty be
longing to all classes, and as such equally
deserving their protection.
There are two radical extremes taken in
regard to therumpus in thelibrary lust Thurs
day morning. One extreme is naturally on
the side of the students, the other on the side
of the Librarian and Library Board. In the
one case, those students who hud a hand in
tearing up note books are not justified. It
was simply destruction of property, which is
never justifiable. On the other hand, 'the Li
brarian did not give sufficient notice, and even
if sufficient notice had been given, there was
no excuse whatever for placing the books like
go much rubbish on the floor, witli littlo chance
of a student finding his books without rum
maging over the whole pile. It seems as
(though proper care might have been taken to
ravbidfluch an inviting temptation for whole-,
sale plundor as was to bo seen early Thurs
day morning. Then too, the suppry of room
for the accomodation of the students' books
was simply astounding. Twenty-seven small
boxes for fifteen hundred students!
Whereas, it has pleased God in llis infinite
wisdom to call to her eternal rest the mother
of our friend and fellow Palladian, Roy M.
Be it resolved that Ave extend to him and
the family our heart-felt sympathy in this sad
hour of bereavment.
Be it also resolved that a copy of these res
olutions be sent to the college papers, and
spread upon the rolls of the society.
Some people never learn the value of the
old precept that suggests, when we become
men, we cast oil" childish things.
The element of destructiveness appears to a
remarkable degree in the motive force which
sometimes leads overgrown boys into senseless
activity. Muscular energy, uncontrolled by'
a lieal thy mind, is never a factor of safety in
any communit'. "When it is impelled by a
derelict brain to spend itself in defacing the
class mementos upon our campus, it is a pos
itive sourc3 of harm which should be opposed
by all our living force.
The motives which led some gang to Imry
the class rock of '92, the other night, were
undoubtedly of the same order as those which,
several years ago, stimulated a few irrespon
sibles to daub red oakum over the statue of
John Harvard. When the memory of John
Harvard was ihus insulted, the wave of in
dignation that swept across the country
showed how instantlj' the sons of Fair Har
vard resent such vandalism.
It is to bo noticed that such energy remains
to the last supreme in its selfishness. Van
dals don't destroy their own productions. If
they did, few would object; but they direct
their forces against the creations of others.
When the spirit that does reverence to the
Alma Mater is insulted, let those who -claim
to be "her sons domandthe instant punishment,
upon detection, of the wantons. '
Jos. A. Saugent.
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