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THE : HESPERIAN
.of better training and more interest in oratory.
He beleived the nation is now in a position
to test the metal of the most judicious and
reflecting students. But he did not believe a
war, if it must come, would put us back a
quarter of a century, but that the cause of
humanity and the progress of civilization
would probably be quickened.
The business session of the delegates, like
our national congress, ' was somewhat turbu
lent. After President Roper had drilled the
convention over an hour, J. F. Boomer was
put in the chair where he made a record for
prompt and impartial rulings.
Doane's proposition to refuse to hold the
interstate contest in Nebraska next year was
lost by three to one.
The convention was. called to order at 2:45
by President Roper, la Doane Collide chapel,
and the business session was not adjourned
until ; p. m. There were delegates repre
senting Doane, Grand Island and Bellevue
colleges besides, the University of Nebraska,
The delegates from Lincoln were O. W.
Meier, chairman, Boomer, Pearson, Deal,
Hawxby and Perry.
After the report of the executive commitx.ee
an important amendment to the constitution
providing for the payment of expenses for
judges and officers before paying out anything
for delegates was adopted. Because of scarc
ity of funds the prize io the winning orator
was reduced from 50 to $25.
Then the matter of protests against J. D.
Denison was taken up. Two had been filed,
one by Grand Island and the other by Doane
College. The convention went into the com
mittee of the whole with J. F. Boomer in the
chair to consider these objections. After the
complainants had presented their charges, on
the grounds of being a post-graduate and a
professional student, J, D. Denison was given
an opportunity to speak in his own behalf.
Hia defence was clear, able, manly and con
vincing. His very accusers shrank from his
earnest glance and squirmed under the weigbt
of his argument He didnotappeal for mercy
but merely asked for justice. Hib speech
sbowed clearly that he was entitled to contest
both from the letter and spirit of the constitu
tion. The University delegates met every
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charge presented and demonstrated their de
termination to fight for right and justice.
But in oi-der to settle the controversy ami
cably the University delegation finally agreed
to support an amendment to the constitution
providing that hereafter, no graduate of an
institution whose course of study is equal to
any college in the league should be allowed
to contest. But the committee did not rise
until after both protests were withdrawn.
The session adjourned a few minutes before
S o'clock after the Lincoln partv had filed
into the little chapel headed by Chancellor
3IacLean and Mrs. Manning.
N'OTES ON THE UNPI.EASAnTXES3.
The contrast of the Chancellors was a mat
ter of pride to the University delegation.
Institutions are known best by their pro-
And of the fragments, were gathered up
Nearly sixty from the University attended
Joe" Boomer is the Tom Reed of Nebras
ka. Even the opposition were ready to con
A Committee of the Whole" is like a little
learning, a dangerous thing a very dangerous
thing. It is much like a submarine torpedo.
Hawxby never allowed a cliauce to slip by.
To say that his pointed remarks i-imply per
forated the enemy would be putting it mildly.
Pearson and Perry are today the only real,
genuine, bona fide rivals of V. Voluminous
Had our representative not liad io undergo
the excitement and fatigue of the -convention-there
is little doubt but he would have won
A comparison of the University delegation
with the other delegations reveals the secret
of how the "unholy triple combination' was
overcome and right once more vindicated.
The legal logic of Haivxhy; the calm dip
lomacy of Deal; the iron fortitude of Boomer;
the strong sense of Pearson; the serene states
manship of Meier coupled with the masterly
methods of Roper made the rout of the iiTripfe
Alliance1' an assured fact
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