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Lrr nil the students patrolzo tlioso who
advertise in the Student.
Tiik Academy nt Crete was greatly In
jured by the stonn passing through that
place last month.
1'jioi-'. S. II. Manlky will deliver the ad
dress before the State Normal School the
ifith of this month.
A Piioi'iwson of our University has de
clared the "imitation of contagious terri
tory to lio beneficial to our government."
JSksidks the personal contributions to our
museum, we received several boxes of
patents from Washington a few days ago.
These will be of incalculable worth in the
future to the students in mechanics.
Hon. J. M. WooiAVonni will deliver the
Jlrst annual address before the faculty and
.students on the 20th of this month. The
Chancellor, at the same time, will oiYor a
A Gkuman writer, complaining of the
difllcultlcs in the pronounciation of the
English language, cites the word Bo,, which
he says is pronounced Dickens.
A Frenchman by the name of M. Dupuy
do Lome has succeeded in getting up a
balloon that is at least manageable. The
machine- is elongated In form, its greatest
diameter horizontal and in a line with the
propelling power. It has a screw propeller
250 feet in diameter, worked by four men,
and is capable of being run at the rate of
live miles per hour.
The apparatus has a buoyant power of
:i tons, and its lading of machinery and
bauds weighs '& tons; hence a not buoy
ancy of Yi a ton. 7
As its moving power is only live miles
per hour in a calm, it could not make way
in the face of an ordinary wind, and a
Nebraska gale would drive it along like a
oloud of smoke, in spite of the counter
working of its machinery. Successful nav
igation of the air will not be effected until
:i power is brought into use that is genera
ted without great weight, and that is cner
go5c in its operation. Human muscles are
too heavy, work too slow, and are deficient
in endurance. Steam has the energy and
the endurance, but the necessary weight of
fuel, water and heavy machinery mako it
for aerial navigation, an impracticable
Some futuro (cuius will develop a new
forco that will yet drive an atmospheric
ship through wind and storm with greater
speed, and as much safety as wo now travel
by ears or by steamers. 'lint it must be a
power without the detracting adjuncts of
.fuel, water and boilers, as In the case of
steam, and it must have moro forco and
omluranco than can be furnished by human
strength. Man-power would bo luefllcient
in working n vessel against a ten mile cur
rent, and it would be still more inclllolcnt
in driving a balloon against a ten mile
storm, because the comparatively enormous
slzo of the balloon would increase the resis
tance to bo overcome in propelling it forward.
WHEEE THE MEN COME PEOM.
Anticipating that a reply may bo made
to the little article I lately published under
the above heading, I am lead to anticipate
the argument, and to make use of tills occa
sion the only one I can have in the Studknt
until next autumn to say what I presume
should be said.
I oxpect to sec an array of tho names of
Unitarian ministers, as, for instance, those
of that dull old man, It. W. Emerson, the
Channings, and other social disorganizes;
also an array of useful pedants and machine
book-makers, as, for example, Webster and
Worcester, of dictionary fame. Perhaps
some of tho New England College Presi
dents, and men of local respectability may
bo cited. But the names of men who were
tho peers of Jefferson, and Hamilton, and
Madison, and .lay, and Webster, and Clay,
and Benton, and Chancellor Kent, and
Livingstone, and John Marshall, and Roger
B. Taney, etc., etc., will not be cited. Nor
will names equal to Hawthorne, and Long
fellow, and Bryant, and Edgar A. Poo be
cited. No llrst rate names will be thrust
out into daylight; but quite a number of
second and third rate names are to be
expected in the lists of colleges as old as
Harvard, Yale and Michigan.
I am, moreover, prepared to see the names
of certain historians men plodding and
patient, but never brilliant.
I anticipate it may be said that a higher
social clement an element too wealthy to
desire success attends Harvard and Yale
than may be found in other colleges. But
this cannot for tho instant be admitted.
Tills would bo to say that the Unitarian
element that mostly patronizes Harvard,
and tho Congregational and Unitarian fam
ilies that mostly patronize Yale, are supe
rior In tho gifts of fortune to tho Episcopal,
Presbyterian, and other .orthodox people
that oommonly send their sons to safer
places. The fact is, tho young men who
arc too wealthy to desire a career, are moro
likely to bo found at Columbia, Princeton,
Rutgers, Washington and Lee in Virginia,
and several others of like grade. Few peo
ple now-a-days, who aro not pretty loose
In theological opinion, will trust their sons
in Harvard, or Yale, for the leading spirits
who come forth from those dangerous stalls
of nurture, aro seldom wholly and soundly
the children of faith. They are poisoned
as badly as the dweller in a marsh.
Tho points I made last mouth were these :
1st. Harvard, Yale, Michigan, etc., pro
duce few, if any, names of tho highest class.
2d. Those Institutions produce imprac
tical men, whom we rarely, If ever, find in
place outside of New England. The west
is being moulded by the graduates of col
leges that have less self-admlratlon and
more real vitality.
3d. The secret of the failure of Harvard,
etc., to manufacture noble practical men is,
that those institutions have no earnest
faith; believe little, or nothing in particu
lar; are Insincere because unorthodox;
have no higher conception of conscience
than as a guide in making money, writ
ing books, and being generally human
itarian and fashionable. Harvard, etc., aro
not at all In earnest to make God-fearing
men ; they aro satisfied merely to educato
in a certain curriculum. They would
rather unsettlo faith than deepen it; or, If
they would Inculcate- a faith, it is a faith In
man and science, rather than in God and
4th, Infidel Institutions cannot make men
of enough forco to bo formidable, while
they remain within tho bounds of ordinary
decency. Only when they leap over into
Coinmun isin, and go to burning and
killing, or otherwiso become aggressive, do
they become influential. Earnest men
come from positive and earnest colleges. A
religion of tho soul rather than of tho
mind, alone can produce strength, man
nth. Classical influences mould abler and
more cultivated men than scientific.
As for Michigan University, it was char
tered in 18U7, and has been at work gradu
ating Its students for a wholo generation.
If Its work were the equal of the work in
any eastern college whatever, it ought by
this timo to be turning out somebody whoso
name would be heard beyond county boun
daries, and whoso general character would
command a position above that of Justice
of the Peace.
To remedy this aiinlcssness and unfitness
for life which our education leaves our
youth, we need moro cvuft schools, where
boys can become practical engineers, chem
ists, printers, machinists, and even fanners.
The machinist would be none the worse If
ho should spend his evenings over Euclid
instead of lager; the blaeksniith,lf he knew
how to drive home and clinch an argument
in'mctaphyslos as skillfully as a horse shoe
nail; or the dentist, if lie could extract
hidden Greek roots with tho same facility
as grrpmbling molars. Educated men
would i ilgnlfy any of these employments,
and male them sought and not shunned by
those vorthy to fill them. A man who
wants t run an engine ought to bo educat
ed for Is business, just as a lawyer for his
profcisuion. We aro inpatient and long
sullcring people, or He would never permit
ourselves to- be blown up by hundreds by
Ignorant engineers, who know nothing
more of the monsters which they control
than enough to feed them wood and water,
and oil up their creaking joints; or suffer
ourselves to be sent to our graves by strip
lings in short jackets, who give us arsenic
for paregoric, and strychnine for tho cxllir
of life. The time is coming, sud we trust
not far distant, when all these positions
of responsibility will be filled by men of
education, and can be filled by none others ;
when Ignoramuses will bo obliged either
to fit themselves for their proposed labors,
or seek other employments. 0. 11. Durch
avd, in Scribnev's for May.
The Dayton Journal says: "Among tho
funny incidents that happoncd yesterday on
tho s'trcct railroad, was one of a countryman,
who handed tho driver a dollar bill. Tho dri
ver politely gave him ono fifty cent packngo
and two quarter packages. Verdant, (stretch
ing hlinsolf at full length) 'Sco hero, Mister,
I've traveled too much around this 'ere world
to have you pass a lot of garden seeds on me.
No, sir'ee ; give mo my change."
Stiulent, (little faulty in pronounciation)
" Did you over read the story of Psyche, miss V"
Miss "Oh, yes! You mean Bill, that
horrid character in Oliver Twist. Wasn't It a
pity about his dear little dog?"
A broom witli a heavy liandlo was sent as a
wedding gift to a bride, with tho following
"This trilling gift nccopt from mc,
Its two I would recommend;
In mtnshlno ubo iho brushy part,
In "storm tho other end."
Glass windows were first used in 1180
Chimneys in houses, 1211(1
Lead pipe for convoying water, 1255
Tallow candles for light, 121)0
Spectacles Invented by an Italian, 121)!)
Paper first made from linen, 1H02
Woolen cloth first made In England, l.'J.'ll
Art of painting In oil colors, 1410
Printing invented, 1440
Watches made In Germany, 1477
Variations of compass first noticed, 1510
Pins first used in England, 151 H
Circulation of blood dlsc'd by Harvey, 1G01
First newspaper pub'd in America KJ.'K)
First steam engine invented, . 1041)
Steam engine improved by Watt, 17(57
Stereotyping invented in Scotland, 17S5
An'l magnetism discoved byMesmer, 1778
First Sab. school in Yorkshire, Eng., 178!)
Elcctro-mag. telegraph by Morse, 1SII2
Daguerreotype process invented, 18tfi)
GOLD and SILVER WATCHES,
JEWELRY, SILVER WARE,
SPECTACLES, CUTLERY, &c.
AT FACTORY PRICED.
A Fine Selection of ih'i
CELEBRATED SETII TIIOAfAS CLOCKS
Watches, Clocks and Jewelry ropalred by experienc
ed workmen. Engraving neatly executed.
Itomumbcr thu place HALLETT'S,
O street, between 10th and Itth, south side.
University of Nebraska,
Tho University of tho State was opened Inst Septem
ber under favorablo conditions, and thus far has been
prosperous and succossAil.
The Faculty, at present, Is composed of llvo Profes
sors, skilled in their several departments of Instruc
tion. To these thcro will bo added two moro at tho
opening of tho next College year.
Students of both eexes aro admitted to tho Univer
sity, on passing examination in tho common English
branches, If entering thu Lntln 8chool; or in studios
of advanced classes, if claiming an advanced standing.
Tuition In all departments Is FREE. There is an
entrance feo of $5. Books aro furnished at cost.
The Institution la liberally supplied with Apparatus,
Cabinet, Library, and all needful facilities lor Illus
trating tho subjects taught. Tho Philosophical and
Chemical Apparatus Is especially largo and valuable.
AGR ICULTURAL COLLEGE.
It Is proposed by tho Itcgonts to open tho Agricul
tural College at tho earliest tlmo practicable probably
at tho opening of thu next College year.
Hoarding is obtained nt reasonable rates In private
families, or by routing rooms tho expense may bo
reduced to $'2 or $3 por week. At present boarding lu
families Is from $4 to $ft per week.
The Spring Term will begin Thursday, April 4, 18?J.
Tho Full 'form will begin tho second Thursday or
Correspondence lu solicited by tho Chancellor from
thoso intending to enter College.
Tho health ofour Btato aud tho facilities offered In
tho University, should bo strong inducements for
thoso seeking health and advantages for education.
For Circulars and other Information respecting tho
A. R. BENTON,
Chancellor University of Nob.,
M ( H.
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