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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (March 7, 1900)
The dedication of Ponn's magnlfl'
cent now law building this past week
has been -tho oyont, of , ha season in
university circles. It brought men
prominent in tho legal profession from
nil over the country; while nearly
.overy university in tho states as well
as Oxford and Cambridge in Englanu
.sent representatives. Addresses, re
ceptions and ceremonials wore the or
der of tho day. But among them all
nono attracted and none deserved,
'more attention than tho speech of the
Chinese minister to the United States
Wu Ting Fang which was given at
the academy of music on Washing
ton's birthday as a regular university
.function, but this year added import
ance attached to the occasion owing
to the opening of tho law building and
the assemblage of eminent men drawn
together. The academy long the'
most famous house of music in Amer
ica seats about three thousand, and
standing room was at a premium.
The parquet was given up to the col
lege, and the second and third galler
ies to tho professional schools, tho
balcony boxes and stage to guests and
officials. The array of the latter was
something impressive; the cap and
gown is a part of university dignity
here, and as tho black robe Is embel
lished by bands and chevrons red or
blue or yellow or green or variegated
according to the office and department
of tho wearer, tho display is not with
out spectacular eloquence. But the
robes of provost and dean wore quite
obscured by the splendid array of the
orator of the day. His Excellency the
Chinese minister, was attired in a
flowing robe of golden-yellow satin
figured with conventionalized foliage
of the east. Over it was a tunlc-llko
garment, satin again, which (I speak
in doubt) the co-ed. might style bird's
egg blue. A fur trimmed outer gar
ment of steely hue was laid aside be
fore tho speaking began. We must
not forget, either, the black red
crested cap such as you have seen In
Chinese novelty stores with a glitter
ing mandainis button at the front.
The blue tunic was a sleeveless won
der. At first sight it seemed an inno
cent splendor. But as time passed it
proved to be more commodiously
stocked than Hermann's plug hat.
Books, manuscript, handkerchief, fan,
what not? appeared from Its mag
ical concealment when occasion re
quired, as readily as smiles upon the
placid face of the minister. And the
smiles came often for the students
loved to roll the celestial syllables of
his name is rhythmic tongucings. Wu
Ting Fang! It was the yell of a life
time! And His Excellency was not
-wanting in courteous recognition.
But he has a tongue of his own too.
His English would have done credit to
a foreigner whoso native speech was
far more congenial to ours than
Chinese. And as for the substance of
his talk well, he paper styled It "a
brilliant and scholarly oration." I do
not think it was properly speaking
.either brilliant or scholarly, but it
was witty, keen and 'taking.' In fact
Wu Ting Fang has taken Philadelphia
by- storm, and his witticisms are be
Perhaps the best point in his ora
tion was his suggestion that since
.Americans are now land-holuors in
Asia, wo should extend the Monroe'
doctrine to that continent. It is evi
dent, I think, that His Excellency 1b
fully allvo to tho political importance
of his position; and certainly ho is
winning friends for his country.
Among the episode of the day was
an effort on tho part of the 'dents.' to
force tholr turn into the academy (the
students marched thither In depart
mentally divided bodies) and obtain
pick of seats. A row with the 'med
ics.' was tho consoquonco; but neither
sldo could claim a, victory. Earlier In
tho day .there had been rumors of-an
impending 'scrap': between 'the 'mod
ics.' and the 'laws ovor precedence In
tho lino of march, but a full police do
tall overawed any such project.
In tho early days, departmental
rows and fouds woro common; but
since the opening of Houston hall a
spirit of unity and fellowship has su
perseded the old hostility. It Is not
In accordance with fitness nor pros
perity to -chat or smoke or play bil
liards with a man in the afternoon,
and with tne shades of night go on
tho war-path for his scalp.
I venture to say that Houston hall
Is the centre, as tho dormitories and
Franklin's Field may be considered
tho clrcumrerence, of Ponn's "college
spirit." Houston hall is tho students
club house, and It Is the scene of so
cial converse, political, .wire-pulling
class and college function alike.
Tho hall itself is ono 01 tho hand
somest buildings In the campus. For
description of it I cannot do hotter
than quoto from the members' cluo
"It is designed in the style which
prevailed in England at the time of
tho transition from the Gothic to. tho
Renaissance. The body of the walls
Is of a light gray stone, which comes
from tho quarry In long, flat pieces.
The" building has, therefore, a highly
stratified appearance and the painting
being done in a oroad, old-fashionea
manner, tho sone-work has an effect
of great stability. Tho mulllons, tran
soms, sills, copings, etc., are of In-'
diana limestone, used in sufficiently
liberal quantities to avoid the meagre
effect which often results in American
renderings of the Elizabethan style.
Carved detail has been sparingly used
and is in evidence only In a few
shields bearing the arms of the donors
verslty and the initials of the donors
at various parts of the exterior.
Broad terraces paved with marble
tiles and surrounded with stone bal
ustrades extend in front of the door
ways, and afford convenient meeting
places for students in fine weather.
And within the huge doors at either
entrance is a roomy vestibule finished
with a high wainscoting of paneled
oak and surrounded with seats of the
same substantial material. From
inner doors ono enters the central re
ception room. It is massively deco
rated in solid oak, uniform with the
tables, chairs and easy seats. Wide
fire-places at either end make the
largo space doubly Inviting In cold
weather by their fires of blazing logs.
At tho east end of this reception room
are two widely-arched doorways which
lead into the reading and correspond
ence rooms. Tho heavy oak pillars
and tho mantel-pieces over tho fire-
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