The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899, May 14, 1901, Image 1

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Vol. 9-30. No. 34,
Five Cents.
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Missouri Debaters Victorious in Fourth
Annual Contest Excellent Dis
cussion on Both Sides of
Nicaragunn Question.
Nebraska was again defeated in the
annual debate with the University of
Missouri. The contest was held last
Friday evening in the old chapel.
This is the fourth time the two uni
versities have met in debate and the
fourth time the Tigers have won. One
of the judges favored the negative.
The question under discussion was,
"Resolved, That the United States
should construct, own, operate, and
fortify the Nicaragua canal." The
Missouri team, consisting of W. T.
Nordin, M. C. Burk, and W. Burch,
held the affirmative; G. A. Lee, C. J.
Berkey and M. J. Cronin for Nebraska
opposed the proposition. Owing to a
difference among the members of the
team, which could not be amicably set
tled, C. B. Craft did not appear as had
been intended. His place was taken
by Mr. Lee, who had but four days in
which to prepare his argument. This
change, coming so late, weakened the
team work somewhat.
Owing to a conflicting date, V. J.
Bryan could not be present and in his
stead Mayor Winnctt was introduced
as chairman.
W. T. Nordin spoke first for Mis-
souri. He said that a ship canal across
the isthmus was of viral importance to
the United States especially because
it would double the strength of our
navy. Heretofore we have depended
on private capital, but nothing has
been accomplished because the trans
continental roads oppose it and are
powerful enough to prevent the float
ing of bonds. We must look to some
government. A foreign government is
not to be considered. There is but
one way left, the construction by the
United S:ates government, not for
mercenary reasons, but for national de
fense and the general welfare. Our
western slope can not compete with
Argentine and South Africa, because
the latter are 8,000 miles nearer the
market. The fruit and grain industry
of the western states have been stunt
ed'by commercial isolation. China and
Japan are ready to receive our manu
factured goods if we can p.npete with
G. A. Lee said that the operation of
this canal would plunge the United
States into an enormous indebtedness.
By the Clayton-Bulwer treaty the
United States and Great Britain prom
ised to stand behind privato capita'
yet private capital has not seen an ad
vantageous field for investment It is
only necessary to reaffirm this treaty
and private capital will take it up.
Government ownership and aid open
the way to endless scandal and fraud
and ban proved a failure in every coun
try that has tried it The Nicaragua
constitution prevents the cession of
land to a foreign nation, and without
this the canal could rot be fortified.
M. C. Burk followed, Privato capital,
backed by the government, has always
failed. There is no way to prevent its
falling into the hands of foreigners, as
the Panama company fell into tlio
hands of England. The railroads
would get control of the tonnage as
they have that of the Panama railroad,
and would prevent competition with
trans-continental lines. Government
control would give the best service
both to the world and the individual.
The government has failed to control
trusts and it would fail to control the
canal company. There are only two
routes possible, Panama and Nica
ragua. Ownership is possible only in
the latter case because of the opposi
tion of the former.
C. J. Berkey, after taking up the ar
guments of the affirmative point by
point, discussed the two possible
routes. The Panama canal could be
operated at a saving of $2,000,000 per
year and would require twenty-one
hours less to pass through, hence it
could control the traffic of the isthmus.
There would also be a saving of ?28,
000,000 in original cost.
W. Burch, for the affirmative, made
three propositions. First, an interna
tional treaty would not bo suitable
protection for the canal. War suspends
treaties. The treaty would either be
ineffectual or it would subject the
wholo Pacific coast to -vage. Sec
ond, military control is necessary to
preserve nationality. Both a navy and
fortifications would be required to
properly protect the canal. Third, the
canal is necessary for the commercial
development of the United States.
M. J. Cronin contended that it was
impossible, according to international
law, to construct the canal. The Clay-
' ton-Bulwer treaty has not been abro-
I gated and is still considered to bj in
j force. A change in conditions has not
annulled it. It is also undesirable for
the United States to construct the
canal, because of the difficulty of de
fending it. Military authorities do not
favor fortifications, but naval defense
or neutrality.
W. T. Nordin made the rebuttal
speech for the affirmative and M. J.
Cronin for the negative. After the
arguments closed, W. J. Bryan, who
arrived late, was called on and spoke
A mass meeting for the purpose of
stirring up enthusiasm for the Mis
souri debate was held Wednesday
morning in chapel. Rev. Luther P.
Luddcn presided and addresses were
mode by Dr. Ross and Congressman
Rev. Ludden, with bis usual vim,
succeeded in arousing the Interest of
those present and a large number of
tickets were pledged by the fraterni
ties and societies. Dr. Ross, on being
introduced, laid stress on the benefits
to be derived from training in public
speaking. One of the defects of the
old time college man was a lack of
this art Debating tests a man along
more lines than any other department
of college training, the Intellect and
imagination as well as physical
Congressman Burkett told several
Incidents of his college life to illus
trate the advantages oil debuting. Ills
talk ;vas received enthusiastically by
the students. He related an incident
when he was a contestant to show the
value of student support He closed
wih an appeal to the stud" "iirn
out to the debate.
Kansas Wins in Singles, Nebraska in
Doubles Base Ball Team Loses
Three Games Preliminary
Field Meet Records.
The tennis meet with Kansas re
sulted in victories for each institution.
On Friday Wilder, the Kansas repre
sentative, won from Farnsworth in
singles, and on Saturday Farnsworth
and Senger got back at the Jayhawk
ers by winning a decided victory over
them in the doubles. The contests of
both days were very pretty exhibi
tions of the game.
The singles were played on Satur
day in a storm of wind and dust, which
prevented a very skillful exhibition of
science and made good placing impos
sible. Neither of the Nebraska play
ers was in good condition, and it is
this, probably, that caused the defeat
The preliminary matches were played
between Senger and Wilder on the
last court and Farnsworth and Shar
rard on the west couTt for the best two
out of three. Two sets sufficed to de
cide the contest between Senger and
Wilder, the latter winning by a score
of 6 1 in both sets. Farnsworth beat
Sharrard by scores of 6 1, C S, and
In the finals Wilder, who is an en
durance man on the Kansas track
team, woro Farnsworth out The
scores in the finals were as follows:
Wilder 4 8 7 1 14 1 4 4 46
.2 6 5 4 16 4 0 2 23
Wilder 0 14565314 43
Farnsworlh ...442343542 24
Friday was a better day, although a
strong wind was blowing. The game
was much better from a technical
standpoint than those of Friday. The
team work of the Kansas men was su
perior to that of the Nebraska players,
but they made a number of fatal er
rors which cost them the victory. The
Nebraska men had a habit of playing
close together, which left parts of the
field unpro:ectcd, and this fact was
taken advantage of by their opponents.
Farnsworth played a fast and snappy
game. He allowed very few balls to
pass him. Senger is too large to play
a very swift game, but be is especially
strong in serving. In the last set,
when the score stood 5 0 in favor of
Kansas, his swift serving turned the
tide Jn Nebraska's favor, and the re
sult was seven straight games for the
home team. A little more practice to
gelher would give Nebraska a team of
remarkable strength. The score in de
tail was as follows:
Nebraska .5 4442412-445 47
Kansas ...3 6064144223 25
Nebraska .7 4244422351 05
Kansas ...5 1406044534 47
Nebraska 4 44400342 46
Kansas 2 0214 85 24 04
Nebraska .13 15 15 4 4 5 4 4 47
Kansas ...45474320302 15
Throe successive defeats in us many
days following two easy and complete
victories was the record made by the
baseball team last week. The team
was unable to keep up the magnificent
work of the first of the week. The
long night ride from Iowa City to
Notre i
Notre Dame Is no doubt purtly respons-
ir the change.
On Monday Simpson College was the
victim. Between 'the umpire and the
crowd the score was kept down to a
low margin. At one point the spec
tators left their seats and vented their
wrath on the Nebraska players by
throwing mud and sticks at them. But
the Cowboys were Invincible, and in
spite of all opposition succeeded in
running up five scores to the Method
ists' four.
Tuesday afternoon Iowa, the self
styled leaders of western athletics
Iowa, who has come to look with dis
dain on anything in the college line
coming from the west, trailed her ban
ner low in the dust Nebraska won
from her by a score of 5 to 2. From
all reports Iowa was outplayed at ev
ery point. Gaines and Finley held
the places in the box and behind the
bat respectively. After the game ex
Chancellor MacLean tendered a recep
tion for the victorious team. The
Nebraska 2 0111000 05
Iowa 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 002
Hits Nebraska 7, Iowa 6.
Errors Nebraska 5, Iowa 7.
Batteries Gaines and Finley, Moss
and Strubble.
The first defeat In an intercollegiate
gamo came Thursday at Notre Dame.
The institution bears the reputation pf-
having the best -college -team"-iu tne"
middle west The Nebraska team had
ridden all night and was in no condi
tion to play. In spite of this they suc
ceeded in running in twelve scores,
but the home team raised them a few
points and landed sixteen.
Friday and Saturday it was the
same story. On the former day oc
curred a cleanly played game with In
diana at Bloomington. The score, 5
to 4 in favor of Indiana, was kept
down by team work.
Saturday it was Purdue. Nebraska
started in strong and prevented the
Indiana men from scoring until the
fourth inning, when they made four
runs. From this point the tide turned.
The Nebraska boys failed to tally,
while their opponents ran in five
more. The defeat was due to errors
at critical points and inability to find
the ball. The score:
Nebraska 10201000 04
Purdue 0 0 0 0 4 3 1 1 9
The schedule for this week is as fol
lows: Monday and Tuesday, Missouri
State at Columbia; Wednesday, Mis
souri Wesleyan at Cameron; Thurs
day, Kansas State at Lawrence; Fri
day, Washburn at Topeka; Saturday
forenoon, Sf Mary's at St. Mary's,
Kan., and Saturday afternoon, Man
hattan at Manhattan, Kan.
On last Saturday was held the track
preliminaries, with the end In view of
gaining some idea of the strength of
the different men. Coach Booth ex
pressed himself as pleased at the im
provement which has been made, but
ho still hopes for better results in
some of the events. The men who will
compete In the inter-colleglato meet
at York next Saturday will be the re
sult of the showing made last week,
but this selection of the team is by no
means final.
Following is a summary of tha
100-yard dash: First, Heynolds;
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