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Editor Nobraskan-IIesporlan: T no
tico in your Issuo of Deco'jbor 12 a
clipping from tho Stato Journal which
conveys a vory erroneous impression
regarding tho condition of foot ball at
Missouri university. Now, if yoli will
kindly permit mo tho use of your col
umns for a fow moments, I shall cor
rect tho ono main error contained in
tho artlclo and show wherein its pal
Tho writer dwells at considerable
length on tho fact that tho supporters
of tho gamo at Columbia have tired of
their misfortune on tho gridiron and
havo resolved to ask tho legislature
for an appropriation of ?5,000 to help
defray tho expenses of "getting up a
'winning team' next year." Tho first
portion of this I admit to bo probably
true, but when tho writer comes to
speak of "getting up a winning team"
ho has evidently failed to understand
tho purpose of tho appropriation. The
?5,000 is wanted, not to assemblo pro
fessional foot ball players from all
over tho country in tho educational
center of Missouri, but simply to en
able the university to securo tho ser
vices of a regular coach, such as Iowa,
Northwestern, Chicago and many other
universities have. Instead of promot
ing professionalism, it is tho final step
in the successful attempt to completely
abolish this kind of athletics.
Besides, since 1895 long before
many of our western universities even
dreamed of tho practicality of such
an act tho faculty o the University
of Missouri has waged an incessant
war against impure foot ball. Though
tho team has been overwhelmingly de
feated every season except tho one just
passed, the "clean" standard has been
maintained, so that finally the para
doxical stage has been reached in
which tho Tigers are not only good
foot ball players, but excellent students
Now, to suppose that the authorities
of the university are going to render
all this labor vain and especially
when It has proved a success is ridic
ulous In tho extreme Tho fact Is that,
although the regulations regarding
foot ball players havo been very strict
in the past every member of the team
being required to m' taln an excel
lent class record tho intention of the
faculty is to make them still more se
vere in the future.
So, in taking this all-important step
in athletics, Nebraska may feel as
sured that she will receive the hearty
co-operation of her friend and ad
mirer, tho University of Missouri.
JOHN L. GERIG.
Lincoln, December 19, 1899.
montal. Tho University of Nebraska
is Isolated; it is practically without
competitors; thoro aro no private
schools of any Importance drawing
students from its territory; neighbor
ing stato universities offer no competi
tion on tho north, cast, south or west.
In Wisconsin tho caso Is qulto differ
ent Inducements tiro held out to stu
dents from almost every point of the
compass. It Is for this reason that,
whllo tho Wisconsin university is nl
most twice as old as tho Nebraska uni
versity, it barely outranks Nebraska
In enrollment. Tho Nebraska univer
sity has grown so rapidly as to entirely
outstrip tho more slowly developing
generosity of tho stato legislators. It
Is for this reason that Wisconsin can
boast of university buildings, tho mag
nlficenco of which probably eclipses
anything that Nebraska chancellors
and regents ever dreamed of In their
Thero is a marked difference in tho
characters of tho two student bodies.
Tho Wisconsin student Is not given to
drudging, as is the Nebraska student.
Ho takes life with an ease which as
tonished mo; and yet he seems to ac
complish a great deal during his col
lego course. Whllo tho librarian
yawns behind a book and wonders if it
really pays to keep tho library open
for a mere handful of readers, tho lake
shore is lined with counles wieldlnc
fish-rod and line; the lake itself is
dotted with sail boats and row boats,
or with Ico boats and skaters; the balls
are moving stubbornly over the links
and the wires are ticking off reports of
tho Yale-Wisconsin foot ball game or
telling of Wisconsin's prowess on tho
( Having mentioned libraries, I am re
minded to say that Madison is very
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You Want the Finest
We Have it
Editor Nebraskan-Hesperian: En
closed you will find a postal note for
?1, with which sum you will kindly
credit ma. The good results of the
combination of tho two college papers
are decidedly noticeable. You seem to
get all of the news and you give It
without attempting to color it up. I am
glad to see that you Una room in your
columns for students who have some
thing to say, regardless of who they
aro or what sentiments they wish to
express. If the students realized what
unselfish efforts your paper is putting
forth to fan the spark of college spirit
into flame, and what a great part col
lege enthusiasm nas to play in univer
sity life, how intimately it is connect
ed with the development of the indi
vidual student, they would certainly
feel a keen gratitude.
During the few weeks that I have
been in Madison I have found my chief
diversion in comparing the University
Wisconsin wit the Nebraska unl-
University Book Store.
Crane's, Weston's, Whatman's.
All sizes and varieties.
All kinds. Try the Blaisdell
paper covered pencil, 5c.
A full line of
Waterman, Remix, and Lakeside.
All Supplies Constantly Kept on Hand.
University Book Go.
South 11th St.
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versity. While, on the whole, the two
institutions are similar, there are dif
ferences which are more or less funda-
is past and all stu
dents will need a ton
of Excelsior Nut at
Office 109 So. Uth Street,
Send for Catalogue of Photo supplies.
D. E. De PUTRON3
117 North ElcTpntli Street
0.ONlte Ne ItlchardN Klock LINCOLN, NEB.
At it Again....
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