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THE : &ESPEBIAN
The Colorudo-NetxaNictt Ielate.
Am the Burlington train steamed out of thu sta
tion a weuK ago Wednesday evetiiug, it carried
three University students whoso pitiful attempts at
gayety wore but ghastly betrayals of their quaking
hearts. Tliey wum U. S. Baker, Bertha Stull and
11 K. Sacketl, on their way to Colorado to uphold
the scarlet, and cream In debate with Colorado col
lege, of Colorado bpiings On their arrival at the
latter place they wire most cordially welcomed by
the Colorado College reception committee, who
escorted them to the delightlul quarters provided
for them. Friday afternoon President Slocum and
wife, of the local college, gave a reception in honor
of the Nebraska delegates, at which the college aud
t iwnspeoplu vied with each other in making the
contestants forget, their agony of spirit for the time,
and enjoy .he royal hospitality with which they
were, entertained. During the reception. President
Slocum read a telegram from Nebraska University
alumni at Denver, announcing their arrival in Col
orado Springs at U p. m to "stand up for Nebras
ka." The cheering effect of this news was heigh
tened a the alumni stepped from the train, their
fact limining with ciilhuMtiMii, their scarlet and
cream ribbons gaily tluUering. They were Mr. and
Mr.-. C. E. Straiioii, Mr. aud Mrs. E. J. Churchill,
Dr. K, It Pill.sbtiry, Mr. Bigelow aud Miss McKay.
The opera house was tastefully decorated with
the Colorado College and Nebraska University
colors, with banks of palms on the stage. The
house wa tilled with an enthusiastic and appreciat
ive audience. The Denver alumni placed them
selves in the front ranks, aud though they were
few in number they were mighty in lung power.
The Nebraska delegates will not soon forget the
inspiring sight of Mr. Stratum's cauo with its scar
let and cream streamers, waving in time to their
applause. Each Nebraska debator was presented
with a magnificent boquet ot red and white roses by
the Denver people. With such backing,, and the
hearty support which the Colorado College people
gave, the Nebraskans felt that nothing could excuse
a failure to acquit themselves with credit. Then
the kindly words of President Slocum and Govern
or Adams made them feel that they were among
sympathetic friends, aud not strangers in a strange
land. Strange how the, uplifting influence and
bracing air of the grand old mountains will sudden
ly affect onel The Nebraskans had not noticed this
effect till these words fell from the lips of Judge
Vnilc, "The judges' decision is unanimously in
favor of Nebraska." The Denver alumni forgot
that they were dignified men and women and joined
with Nebraska's debaters in promenading the
streets, while "U-U-Uni!" "reverberated and re
echoed back from tne Rocky Mountains," in truth.
It was 2 p. m. before they had finished their im
provised banquet aud returned to their hotel. Part
of the alumni remained over the next day to enjoy
the sights of Colorado Springs with the University
people. They attended a very delightful picnic
given by Colorado Collego at Cheyenne Canon, ono
of the most beautiful spots in that region.
Monday the Nebraska contestants bade a rogret
ful good-bye to Colorado College, feeling the deep
est gratitude for the great kindness with which they
had been met on all siocs.
The three debaters were motat the Denver station
by Mr. Stratton, who escorted them to his beautiful
home, where they were entertained while in Denver.
Mr. and Mrs. Stratton took great care that their
visitors should see all the interesting sights in the
city. Monday evening Mr. and Mrs. Churchill gave
a reception, which was also a Nebraska University
reunion, whore about twenty live University people
of Denver, wtth throe from Lincoln, compared ex.
periences in college, victories and defeats of the
past, until a late hour Daiuty refreshments were
The Nebraska representatives felt that their en
joyment both of their Colorado trip aud their victo
ry was greatly enhanced by the enthusiastic interest
manifested by the Denver Alumni, and their open
hearted hospitality. Truly the University of Ne
braska may well be proud of her graduates in Den
ver. Those who had the honor of bearing Nebras
ka's banner will ever remember with keenest pleas
ure and gratitude the people of Colorado and Color
do College. h. B. S.
The Colorado Springs Gazette says: "Mr. H. S.
Baker opened and rebutted for Nebraska. Ho spoke
very earnestly and forcibly and had his debate well
in hand. Miss Bertha Stull, the second Nebraska
debater, is a credit to her sex and has excellent self
possession on tbo platform. Mr. H. E. Sackett dis
played great ability and warmed up to his subject in
manner which impressed his audience. The Ne
braskans were all eloquent."
Mr. J. R. Thompsou opened for Colorado, Mr. S.
L. Goodale spoke second and Mr. A. E. Holt closed
for the negative. The Colorado disputants were
strong individually but lacked team work and con
tinuity of argument.
Our victory is more than we expected. Although
we did anticipate success, yet no one believed that
our victory would be such an overwhelming defeat
for our silver-tongued neighbors. Colorado has been
making elaborate preparations for this debate. She
put forth every effort to win. We are proud of our
victors, first, because they won; and second because
they won a unanimous decision. The judges were
Captain Emerson, of Kansas, Attorneys Vaile and
Patterson, of Denver.
Word was received from Gov. Holcomb Tuesday
morning that he would not accept the company
which was to be organized in the University. It is
rumored that Gov. Holcomb received orders from
Secretary of War Algers not to accept a University
company as he did not think the need was urgent
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