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LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, APRIL 15, 1S9S.
rJ?o Strn-tlivivviouH' Violin..
At Easter time in fading sunlight dim,
The violinist, sad, with bowed head,
Sent soft and humble tunes to holy dead,
Transforming the gloom of high cathedral grim
Visions celestial as they came to him
Omaha College. College yells and partisan
songs made the opera house quake at frequent
Mr. Emery W. Ellis of Doane, the first con
testant, delivered a well written oration on
"The Spirit of Brotherhood." His produc-
By violin tones thro' heavy air there spread; tion showed careful thought and the expres-
With angelic power the bow was led aion was earnest and effective. But his
To roll the splendor in divinest hymn delivery was somewhat mechanical.
0, Stradivarious, so frail, so strong, Mr. Hannan of Bellevuo gave a spirited
Homo of gladness, sorrow, tears and song. oration "The Nation's Peril." He contended
Oh, magic thing whence comes thy potent spell that the pievailing negligence of our citizens
To soothe and calm the heart of pleasure's rife toward the ballot was the greatest danger of
To find deep love, sweet joy and liberty
Thy words thy tones the language of a life.
loiiiNOii an 12 any Winiiei.
THREE VIRSTS ON MAVUSORITT. WON UY TUFTY
THREE POINTS. PROTESTS OVEROOME.
The Mth annual Nebraska Collegiate Ora
torical Contest was held at Crete, Neb, last
Friday evening, April Sth.
The University of Nebraska was again vic
torious in the oratorical contest, and J. IX
"Denison was an easy winner over able com
petitors from "Doane, Grand Tsfland and Bolle
the Republic Mr. Hannan threw himself
into the spirit of his production and succeeded
in carrying the audience with him.
Miss Martha Johnson, of Grand Island,
was a general favorite because of her earnest
and forcible delivery. She has a strong voice
but not the best control of it. Her oration on
'American Ideals" was a popular discussion
of the influence of our government on other
The last contestant, Mr. J. D. Denison.
with his oration on "The ISvolntion of Gov
ernment" captured the audience as well as
the judges. The power of his delivery carried
conviction with every sentence. The key
note of his theme was to emphasize the fact
The marking of the judges ranked the
speakers as follows: .T. IX Donison,of thotJni. tlmt Democracy is ffolchm mean between
vorauy urai.. ixo immy ih-uwh m m-wirou despotism and anarchy. The responsibility
points having tnroo. turns on manuscript, of man as an individual was cloarlv broucht
Miss Mart ha Johnson of Grand Island, second.
Ellis of !Xane, third; and Hannan of Bollo
The program was not begun until 8:45 on
account of the afternoon convention running
over time, because of the unusual amount ol
business to be transacted.
The president, ft. C. Roper, in opening,
made a few appropriate remarks, noting that
out-. The fact that Mi-. IXonison received
throe firsts on manuscript shows that he
had an easy load over the other contestants.
While the markings of the judges wore be
ing summed up, Chancellor MacLcan mode a
very appropriate and short address. He com
plimented all of the colleges represented in
affiliating together in oratory. The increas
ing zeal for college athletics, debating and
the main contest had taken place during the oratory is an indication of more genuine col
afternoon. Inspiring music was provided by lege spirit in all lines of college work. Ho
(fine (Prof, of Mnsio in Doane College and by contended that debating had taken a greater
Mr. W. H. Kerr, a son of the 'Chancellor ot impetus this yoar partially through the effect
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