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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 16, 1898)
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BOARD OF EDITORS.
F. E. Edgerton Managing EdMor.
J. J. Plowhead Assistant.
I. W. Pearson Business Manager.
R. C. Roper Editorial.
F. G. Hawxby News.
G. W. Cline Literary.
With this issue, The Hesperian begins the school year of '98-'99.
'Thanks to the able managemement of Messrs. Perry audi Mumford
of last year, the paper is on a firm financial basis and has a reputa
tion for editorial ability and fairness found with few college papers.
The university may well feel proud of the record made by tlhc Hes
perian. It has been the uncompromising advocate of all that is true
and honest in university life. It has been feaTless in its denunciation
of any evils or mismanagement. It -lias been a representative paper of
the UNIVERSITY, not of some clique of faction. The present man
agement "hopes to keep up the stamlaird of the paper's excellence and
asks for the co-operation of its friends and patrons.
The size of tlhc Hesperian has been changed and it is now the equal
of any college paper printed Tins increased size will furnish space for
better and more comprehensive reports of University doings. The
school year that is now opening up promises to be a prosperous one.
More than two thousand students are expected to attend. Among
these will be found many kinds of people. The Hesperian will not
aim to please them all. It snail be fearless an giving censure where it
is 7nerited, nor shall it hesitate to bestow praise on whom it belongs.
No one need complain of unfair and unjust treatment.
Last year and including a part of tlhe year before, the library lost
something like 500 books. This number cannot be accounted for.
Perhaps tihey have been borrowed for a snort time, but the indSea
tions arc to the contrary. Five (hundred books would make quite a
library, even for several ersons, but it is hoped the studcwls supplied
with the splendid library which the university affords, have not been
the chief criminals concerned. The oitide public is free to use the li
brary at all hours, and is is reasonable to assume that many, in fact,
a majority of these loks may hove been taken by outside pairties.
A peculiar fact in the matter, and one which leads to this conclusion,
is that In the department of American history, (and the same may Imj
true in other departments), the greater nirmlcir of the look stolen
were Iwwks which were not much used in ckiwj work, and1 many of
them were scarcely known to be in the library, they being used so
little. But surely not nil tflic books lost were taken by outsiders.
And so it behooves ail students who really appreciate the great ad
vantages and privileges which they enjoy at thc hands of the state,
to lc foremost In giving iiwslr loyal support and co-operation to any
just and practical scheme which may Imj devised for those less fortun
ate members of society who persist in abusing these privileges which
arc placed within the reaeli ol every student free of cost, Lot us all
unite as one to matte a better showing the coming year, nmd reduce
the number of lost books to the smallest minimum.
Th5s year the interstatcorottorical contest will be held in Lincoln.
We must make it a success. Ten states, from' Ohio to Colorado, and
from Minnesota to Missouri, will lc he.rc, and the University of Ne
braska, and Nebraska, must carry oft the laurels. We stand the best
chance to do so because the con-test is to le at home. We have an
officer of the Inter-state Association here with us, and one who will
do everything in his power to push the work along and make the con
test a great success. Mr. MaGuire, vice-president of the Inter-state
Oratorical Association, is well known in the University as one thor
oughly interested in public speaking and the development of the art
in the University. lie will add vigor and interest to oratorical mat
ters, and what now is necessary to make debating and public speak
ing in the University a great success is the loyal support of the stu
dents who are interested in this line of education and development.
We cannot expect the support of those who arc not interested, but
there are enough students who desire to gain benefit in tliis line of
work to make enthusiasm if they only apply themselves to it. Let
each society and debating club take the initiative step to aid in the
good work by appointing, at once, special committees to confer with
like committees from other societies and clubs to work out a scheme
to be followed in this work the coming year. -v
The results of the three into--states held last year show that
Nebraska has plenty of timber which needs polishing and working 'jjj
ciown a mtie. Colorado college was an easy victim for Nebraska uni
versity representatives. Missouri won by three points and Kansas
won an easy victory.
There was no lack of enthusiasm nor energy among the debaters.
In the prcliminariestherewercfifty-cight who registered and forty-six
actually participated in the contents. The nine successful debaters
in the final contests were all workers and thinkers. In each of the in-.
tr-tnte debates our representatives had plenty of argument; but
there was often a lack of force and effectiveness in delivery. The
Jay-Hawkers and Missourians beat Nebraska in delivery rather than
There is a remedy for these defects in delivery. Mrs. Manning vol
unteers to offer a special course this year for debaters. She will spare
no pains to give the aspiring deleters the required training. Then, "
there are four debating clubs, which meet every Saturday night and
discuss practical up to date questions. Three of these clubs are open
to new students and are glad to welcome them.
The debating association has a membership of over sixty. It i
still in debt about $10, but will settle all accounts oftcr the first meet
ing. There is a committee appointed to arrange for an inter-state j
debating league between Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska uni,--4
vcrsities. If this plan is perfected there will be more system about
the contests and a Greater Incentive to mifor tho lAb.itH.
There is no reason why Nebraska, with her two thousand studcntMpI
can not find the right kind of material to defeat both Kansas and Mis
souri debaters this year.
At the close of last year, June 11th, Miss Mabel Tnttle, who for
many years served the university so well as executive clerk, was pre
sented with a fine set of John Ruskin's works, twenty-six volume
together with WashSngton Irving's "Conquest of Granada," in two
handsome volumes, Aga.pida edition These gifts were given her b.)
the students of the university, who took this way of expressing to
her their appreciation for her many kind acts and sim-crc loyalty
to the interests of the whole student body during her night years
service in the university. Miss Tutflo has gained for herself the
lasting friendship of every student, who knew her, because of her
intimate Interest hi each and every one. She was always the stu
dent friend, and as such she xvlfl nlwnys lie so remembered.
The books wore Iwught by the money scoured from a popular subscription-
circulated among the entire student body, the amount
subscribed being definitely fixed at ten cento each., Dims making it n
general expression! of the feeling of all students Several hundred
names were on the Ksts. Upon Ulio cover of the books were stamped
in gold letters: "Miss Mabel TuMlc, Presented by the studento of
the university of Nebraska." mun.
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