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NOTES AND COMMENTS,
Professor Caldwell in constitutional
history class, Mr. McKlllup, gave
soma of tho principal centralizing in
fluences in our history, during tho
present century. "Scotty," Tho pres
ent century? (Great confusion.)
But was that not a natural mistake.
It is extremely difficult to break off
tho habits of speech of tho nineteenth
century with such abruptness. Unless
wo wcro told not ono would obsorvo
a difference between tho two centuries
or notice that the old and now had
been rung out and in, respectively.
This is probably duo to tho fact that
very few people have had sufficient
opportunity to compare centuries just
where they join. It takes lots of ex
perience and practice to make a good
judgo of centuries.
At tho ends which Join there is no
perceptlblo difference between the
Nineteenth and the Twentieth centur
ies. Both have the same general char
acteristics and arc almost identical in
contain particulars, to-wlt:
Peace In the Philippines.
Boer war ended.
Cape Colony invaded.
take tho applauso to hlmsolf, ho no
ticed that tho taculty was not as well
represented as usual and wondered
dimly whether ho would bo obliged
to conduct tho exercises, but his mind
was really off some whero in tho south
west corner of infinity.
Tho laughter and clapping continued
until, when d program was almost
ended, tho Mathematics Man for such
no was descended from his lofty seat.
Now tho point is this, tho students
informed Professor Mor tho Name
less Professor, I should say, that ho
was In tho wrong pow, but would It
not havo been more respectful If they
or some of them had said "Como off
your perch!" or something of that
sort which would not havo kept tho
professor guessing? I should think.
Thero is much more difference be
tween tho beginning and tho middle of
tho same century than tho adjoining
ends of different centuries.
Frinstance, at the beginning of the
present I mean the last century there
were no steam cars or telegraphs, by
1850 these had all been successfully
Would It not be a good plan to make
the century division whero tho real
difference Is and make it mean something?
There was not such a discussion
this year about when the century ends
as thero was last year.
Tho 1900 'ers wero satisfied that the
century was a year old and so said
nothing, as a matter of course.
The IDOliots talked about the change
and because the others kept quiet
thero was no chance for argument.
I am glad that a new century comes
but once' a hundred years. I won't
need to write about this subject again
for a long time. Perhaps by 2001 I
will think of something worth writing.
TVait for It
Tho complaint is sometimes made
that children and young people of the
present day are lacking largely In that
respect for older people and thoso in
authority, which used to bo so gen
eral. An example of this was seen in
chapel last Friday during the musical
program. Now it must bo remembered
that when a program Is given tho pro
fessors are accustomed to flit on tho
floor of tho chapel (on chairs of
course) and leave tho stago or dais
vacant for tho musicians.
Now it came to pass that laBt Friday
a certain Professor, who shall remain
nameless hero for over more (because
I tako work under him and am afraid
that it may como to pass that I will
not como to pass if I don't watch out)
That sentenco is too long about
right for kidnapping.
Anyhow tho nameless Professor
took his usual scat on tho throno and
kopt it a long tlmo amidst tho ap
plauso, and laughter of tho multitude.
' Tho nameless P. was too modest to
A kind friend has donated tho fol
lowing gem of thought to this depart
ment, we cheerfully give it space.
So tho Arrow-Head our esteemed
contemporary has mado for Itself a
reputation, and reputations aren't bo
easily mado cither. But the Arrow
Head has maligned D. E. Thompson
until it has actually made people stop
and think when its name is mentioned.
What a wonderful feat and how it
makes one hesitate to become a great
man! It isn't hard to bo a great man.
Of course not. But It is hard to keep
striving young candidates for fame off
your back when you have become
great. Just think what hideous pic
tures one is likely to havo drawn about
himself just as D. E. Thompson has!
Even the Arrow-Hcad has never point
ed to any actual misdeed or bit of
naughty behavior on tho part of our
friend Mr. Thompson. Perhaps they
didn't know of anything. It didn't
matter anyway. D. E. Thompson was
being looked at by everyone and could
the Arrow-Head get a perch somewhere
about him, it couldn't help being seen
too, you know. Its a mighty clever
trick you know. There's no doubting
tho fact. And by tho way all ye law
students aspiring to fame take heed
at this warning, we may never repent
it. Suppose when you have been ad
mitted to tho bar you should begin
way down at the bottom of the ladder
say sweeping out Whcdon's offices
and by dint of your own earnest ex
ertions and your splendid native abil
ity you should pass rapidly up the
stops, from the divorce case to the
defence of tho wronged republic, say
think what would bo in store for you.
Some new aspirant for famo would
do Just what tho Arrow iiead has been
doing with Thompson, when you be
came a candidate for tho senate. Re
member Thompson began just as you
will without a single cent and hungry.
Tho difference is Thompson began 30
years ago and Instead of sweeping
Whedon's ofllco ho began trucking
freight for tho Burlington at 75 cents
a day. He has succeeded, has made
money, lots of It to bo sure and mado
It honestly too. If ho hadn't tho Arrow-Hcad
or tho World-Herald would
certainly havo said so. Now ho Ib a
candidate for tho senate aud a roost
ing placo for our dear friend tho Arrow-Head.
What's the use of going to
nil this trouble of climbing up liko
Thompson has. Tho Arrow-Head's
way of getting famo is a-way-much
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