The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899, March 17, 1899, Image 4
THE HESPERIAN THE HESPERIAN Issued Weekly by The Hespeuian Association of the Univeksity of Nebraska. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION: Ono Copy, per College Year, in advance $1 00 Ono Copy, ono Semester 00 Advertising Rates on Application. Alumni and Ex-Students. Special endeavor will bo mado to make Thb Hespeuian Interesting to former students. Ploaso send us your subscriptions. Contributions thankfully received. 'Subscriptions on our books will be continued until ordorcd stopped. Address all communications to Tnic Hkspkuian, Unlvorslty of Nebraska, Lincoln, Ne braska. Entored In the Post Office at Lincoln as Second Class Matter. BOARD OF EDITORS: . F. E. Edqeuton Managing Editor J. J. Plowhead Assistant ASSOCIATES: ,.L . , R. C. Roper Editorial F. G. Hawxby News Bertha Johnston News Frank Miller : News G. W. Kline Literary W. H. O'Connol Debates Sam B. Sloan Fraternities Lee Berry Athletics For aomo time many complaints have come to the Hes perian that papers and notes have been taken out of the mail box by some unscrupulous wretch. We have refrained from making mention of the fact, bocause we thought that such dis honest work would soon stop, but it continued. Suspicion pointed to a young man prominent in University affairs, and he was forced to return a note which was taken from the box. Anyone who would do such an underhanded deed should be published far and wide, but for the present wo withhold all names connected with the affair. is the fooling that every contestant had, all along, of her trs interest in each speaker, and her decided impartiality to none. Not the least suspicion of impartiality to any individual is ex pressed by any of the contestants. The same is true of the helpful suggestions and aid given by Mr. Miller in every instance. For several weeks, out of hours and in hours, ho has spent his time in suggesting and pointing out defects or depicting merits in each ono of the orations. In nearly all cases ho has gone over the manuscripts several times with the authors, and helped plane off the rough edges or fill up the depressions, and in all instances his efforts have resulted in more polished productions. Not only has ho labored on the manuscripts, but ho has in several cases and whenever so de sired, hoard the individuals rehearse. His suggestions have been practical and to the point. The Hesperian is glad of the chance to commend the work done this year for debating and oratory by the heads of the departments of Elocution and Public Speaking, and to prophesy that with the continuation of the joint efforts of these two de partments the University of Nebraska will soon assume a more deserving rank in the art of public speaking among institutions of its kind. Many of our students are inclined toward literary matters of which the Kioto and other publications bear evidence. But, the groat bulk of the student body does not know what is go ing on in the stato legislature, saying nothing of affairs in our national congress or our foreign relations. The classes in journalism and public speaking are exceptions. Tho students in these classes are required to keep informed on the issues of the day A University man often fails on current evonrg in a teachers' examination. Thoro is no excuse for such indiffer ence to tho library advantages in the University and tho city of Lincoln. Tho sacrificing efforts of Mrs. Manning and of Mr. Schuyler Miller in tho interests of public speaking in our University, and especially in bo far as tho recent local contest is concerned, dosorve, and not only deserve, but, wo believe, receive tho sincere appreciation of those receiving their instruction and training. Mrs. Manning was diligont and faithful in her labors with each and every ono of tho contestants and helped them wonderfully in their manner of delivery, as was very 'apparent in those who participated in either of tho two contosts "hold prior to tho local. She drilled them daily for tho last two or throe weeks, and many times sacrificed her own 'interests for theirs. And what speaks still better of her work, Tho Oberlin Review thus explains a recent defeat in de bate: "Last Friday evening Oberlin mot Ohio WeB loyan in debate and was decisively defeated. Although tho result was due to a combination of circumstances, with duo credit to all other elements in the contest, the battle was won by Miss Mary Boal. Coming into the debate at at opportune moment, without finding it necessary to extemporize a rebut tal, she delivered a finished and well worked out oration in such a winning and tranchant manner that sho won a hostile audience, confused her opponents and captured tho decision of tho judgos. But to leave out personality it was the same old story- form won. It has been a lesson of every dobato in the league so far that not so much depends on what is said as how it is said. It is only a common sense recognition of tho fact that tho mind can bo appealed to on tho side of tho emotions as effectually as it is compelled through tho intellect by arrays of fact. Under a just intropretation of tho question Oberlin presented tho more solid argument, and yet when tho judgos wore called upon to decide which team had done the most ef fective debating they had but ono choice to make. Oberlin has gained ono dobato through oratorical form and has lost two bocauso tho greater form was on tho other side. In this lies a suggestion for tho future." Nebraska can furnish a sim ilar testimony. Thoro is no question but that tho speaker who has an easy and graceful bearing on tho stage will, as a rule, receive a bettor mark from tho judges than will ho who con fines himself to simple facts, paying no attention to his deliv ery. With tho numerous facilities that wo have in tho shajfy of debating clubs, literary societies and classes in public speak ing and elocution, there is no excuse for anyone who neglects his manner of delivery. Wo do not want sot speeches in do bato but wo do want careful and forceful ennunciation, easy and graceful gestures.