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O. C. D.
We .somctiims sec mi argument made
liy gentlemen of tin enthusiastic turn of
mind, who believe thai universal sull'ingo
is tin euro of till evils, for compelling the
:ttteiuhinee of every legal voter at the
polls nil occasions, whether lie be
willing or otherwise.
In reply to such, it should bo enough
to say that if their view could transmute
into law, our country would at once be.
come a despotism. Men would he free
no longer. They would be forced to con
tinual ticlion, contrary to Interest, convic
tion, and duty lor there 'ire other duties
than political, and the whole country
would be tinnsformcd inio one great and
seething cauldron of civil hostilities.
I wish, in brief, to net down sundry
objections to compulsory voting: ,
lst.'T'lie' cafuty, in the long run, of ul).
civil governments, u-sls in the fact that
Hieieisa large element in every nation
that is not permanently identified with
dther of the two strongest political pur
ties, and that vacillates between them;
now givimr victory to one side, now to
the other. This i lenient, which some
times voles, ttiid quite us often does not
vote, i composed of the most moderate,
cultivated, and religious, class, in the
nation. The fact that thoy do !isl always
vote, prevents their identification with ail
the schemes of a party, and admits of a
freedom of opinion impossible to the
mere parti.un. It is from this class tiiat
all beneficial changes air to besought;
but if the)', too, might be dragged into
permanent party relations, a victorious
party coiiiu never be checked ; there
would be no disentangled "third estate"
to appeal to. The ty runny of the major
ity would then become fixed and imperi
ous. If all men vote, on all occasions, they
will inevitably be shut up into one of two
grout parties It s thu duty of every
thoughtful man to prevent such a calam
ity, mid encourage an element that no
"ring" can long rule, and no limitation
2d. The best men in the country are
not iilwayb certain how they want to vote.
A person of imperfect education and no
very wide mental horizon, can iii.xko up
his mind on any subject, In short time;
and never afterward bo plagued with
A mere partlzan, too, will always vote
"the ticket," and the party policy, no
mailer what may be the result.
Hut a pewm of large reading am"
capable of seeing Ihe complication ol
n-lations and tho far-away results of par
ticular actions, if he is trmtbbd wilh a
, conscience, will many (iino find himself
j in n paint ul dilemma. To force such a
1 man to vote lor one of two policies, neither
of inhicfi if ttwlfi appwwx, is to make
'him violate Ills own convictions, unci do
i moral injury to himself and the country.
, In". The object of human government
is, mainly, human protection. That is
i the best government that governs least;
that makes itself least felt ; that passes
fewest laws; thai leaves people to find
liappiuisi in their own ways, provided
timc icauii nr not rieiou or criminal.
Xot cver man, by any means, wants to
I become a politician or have to do with
politics. There are higher objects for a
reasonable soul than voting or holding
otllce. There are men who ask the privi
lege of uninterrupted existence; the priv
ilege of getting and spending money; the
privilege of sludyiug literature and art;
' and ot following out the bent of religious
.devotion: these, the.) ask at the hands ol
i their fellow men, that they may bring
themselves into the best relation wilh
t whatever is noblest and purest, and pave
Ihe way for transient nee to the eternal
I woilu. These men aie not going to mix
up in even squabble tor town constable;
I in every coullici ot rings lor plunder; In
I every discussion ol coarse politicians
I upon whom their liner theories would be
lost. They will vote whenever they see
any real necessity lor voting; but so long
! as things run on about as usual, mid so
lo:ig as time, temper, and voting perhaps,
will be wasted in small and unsatisfac
I tory conflicts, they may certainly be ex
cused liom mingling in matters wherein
i they have no heart.
I We fancy that many a voter must often
i find names on his ticket that inspire (lis
IgiKsi, and that it distresses hi.n to vote for.
I Those names get there through influences
, that he is powerless to oppose. Which,
then. Is the more manly; (I) for him to
' "go the ticket anyway," with its unstom
I aehable names, (2) or to scratch the
ticket and permit the opposing candi
dates, who may be equally objectionable,
1 to be elected ; (Ji) or to stay at home, and
, keep away from all tho unsatisfactory
business v For ourselves, we may claim
that the last is the better part. Let those
run small elections who will; and let
', those stay al home who will.
0. 0. D.
I While we appreciate Lincoln Univcr
, sity and are thankful for the educational
j advantages the State of Nebraska has
given to its youth, and highly respect and
lonor the Professors and Regents, yet,
I when we see a rule that we know to hi
I letrimental to every student, though t
was made by our superiors, wo too much
love tho cause of education, and have toe
strong a deslro to see tho young storing
their minds with useful knowledge, to bt
dlcnt concerning it.
We would call tho attention of oil"
carters to the rules of our library. Stu
dents can go two hours each afternoon
and three hours Saturday, to read; but no .
student must take away books; the pro
fessors can take them out when thev
choose. Those that made these rules!
doubtless think them g.iod ones, and some ,
say they are the rules that governed their i
library when they attended college. Let I
us keep in view that the world is progres-1
sing; and though they may have had
such rules, it is no reason we Bhould. !
The eastern colleges at the pre-ent time,
or many of tlieni, do not now have such
rules, and it la the students here from
eastern colleges that are complaining
against this library system.
As we pass through the halls of the
University we continually hear com-
plaints concerning our library system, j
One says, "what a shame! the Professor
has given me a subject for an essay, and t
says, 'go to the library and you will Hud
there a book in which you can obtain
some information.' Poor consolation. I
Why did lie uot say 'send to New York i
and buy one' I might as well. 'I cannot '
go uflurnoons and read. 1, must bo at
Home-, mil u rnau it an ring ine evening
I'might obtain the help I desire."
Another says, "I so much would like u
good book to read, next Sabbath. I "wish
we could geUlibrary books; but I guess,
thev are keeninir them for the third and
fourth genllratlons after us to look at."
"Come Saturday and read It is so con
venient," say some in a tone of irony.
"Saturday is a splendid "time," is the
reply; "I have nearly two hours I might
read Saturday had I a book at home, but
were I to go to the Uniuersity and back,
one hour of my time would Lo spent, and
leave me nearly an hour to read. Library
economy that is. Robbed of an hour's
reading In the day, and have to go homo
with no book 10 read Saturday evening
and Sunday. Some of the Prolessors say
to the students, "we dare not let you take
tho books home, for fear you may keep
them or return them Injured." We would
like to know if we are to judge the slu
dents any more likely to injure them than
the teachers. The Professors have fami
lies, and a book would as likely be In
jured by their own children as by any of
tho students brothers or sisters. No per
son should any more have the right of
keeping a book from the library, that is
for the benefit of all, any longer than
another. And is it any worse for a Pro
lessor with his head full of knowledge,
to wait a few days for a book to como in
than for a student who is just gathering
.lis, knowledge, and each llying moment
trying to pick up what ho can, to wait for
,i book to go through tho Professor'o
Let us ask, what is tho library for, If not
r tho benefit of the students? If for a
how, tho money thoy cost had better
.ieen saved for a better purpose. If it is
xcluslvely for tho benefit of the Profes
ors, let us call it tho Professors Library,
ay tho students have none, and make an
ppeal to the generous people of Ncbras
.a who are interested in tho education of
aeir sons and daughters, and thus got one
tor the students. 'M.
Wo aro glad to welcome among us
Prof. Hitchcock, who will occupy the
Mathematical chair, and Prof. Thompson,
who will conduct the Agricultural De
partment of our institution. Both gen
llemen are old and experienced teachers
and come from positions in well-known
and established institutions of ihe east.
The students of the University may well
congratulate themselves on the new addi
tion to our faculty.
Prof. Augtiey spent his vacation with
friends in tho East. He brought back
a number of geological specimens that
will bo a great addition lo .the large col
lection we already have.
Hon. J times M. Woolworth's address,
delivered at the first Commencement of
our University, upon the subject "The
duty of the State to provide the higher
education," was an effort worthy tho rep.
utution the gentleman sustains as a thor
ough scholar and as a thinker. A model
orator and a clear and concise composer,
and being possessed of a mind accustomed
to taking comprehensive views of dittcr
ent subjects, he presented an address that
should of itself convince a frccthlnklng
mind of the entire utility of thchigher
education and tho necessity .of uniting
the educational system to the State. Tim
eulogiuni congratulated tho people of
the State upfin'-Uhcir possession of an in
stitution such.ns burs at this early day in
their history and advancement; ending
with an enthusiastic and beautiful proph
ecy regarding tho future of tho University,
with a few congratulatory remarks to the
Chancellor and his associates in the work
that their initial year had proven tho ex
pediency of the early organization of tho
He began the address with a vigor ci
style and force of expression that was
sustained during its entire delivery. The
recognized worth of tho gentleman must
be greatly enhanced in the opinions of all
who either heard or read the address.
The Palhullan Society held its first an-
nual exhibition at the end of the spring
term. It was creditable at once to the
society and to those taking part, and
showed a marked progress of the students
In literary affairs sinco tho opening of tho
Tho salutatory, by Miss Fannie Mct
calf, was well delivered. Tho essay of
Miss Gracio Benton, "Tho Modern Rip
Van Winkle," was spirited and interest
ing, and well read. Mr. Kuhlman's essay
on "National Education," though rather
long, was well received. Mr. Beechcr did
himself credit in his declamation.
The debate, upon tho question "i?e
solved, That tho ono term principle should
be established," was the'fprinciplo feature
of tho evening. ''Tg
Tho debaters Affirmative, J. S. Dales,
Negative, W. II. Snoll, evinced much
spirit in tho discussion, and both handled
their respective parts with "skill. Firu:
music was furnished by Misses Bentol. r'
and Funko. Tho valedictory of Preai-!
dent Road wns very good.
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