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Tiiu ii;i'i:niA student.
MARCH, 1878.
TnK Hesveiuan Student, a Collcno paper
Eubllshed monthly by tho students of the No
raska Stato University. Terms 50 conts per
year, In advance Subscriptions will bo received
at J. F. Adams1 News Stand, next door north of
Post Ofllco.
Communications aro solicited from all tho stu
dents and our friends in general. Address the
Hesperian Student, P. O. Box GOO Lincoln, Ne
braska. II. K. ME I CALF, Editor-in-Chief.
Q.A.Watbow,, Aoo!.to.
Some excitement has prevailed for some
time, with regard to the instability of our
University building, and-an Investigating
commitee was appointed as that is the
order of the day .just now in this country
composed of architects, who made a
careful examination. The 'result of their
examination is generally known, viz: that
the north wing, which contains the Chap
el, Cabinet and Palladian Hull, is not en
tirely safe, as the foundation walls were
found to be crushed and settling in sever
al places; but that the main part of the
building is perfectly secure.
Since the report of tho architects was
made, everything lias been done by the
Faculty to rrnove all apprehensions as to
the safety of the students. The north part
of the building has been locked up, so to
remain until the necessary repairs can be
made. This causes but little inconven
ience, however, except to those students
who had suddenly found an excuse to lo
absent from chapel exercises, as these are
bow conducted in the Library. In this
we find even an advantage, as it enables
many of the students to look upon the gay
covers of the books which otherwise they
would never see at all. It is a question,
however, whether the bare walls and
blackboards of a recitation room will call
forth the same eloquence from the society
boys as the influence of their own hall
Would do. At all events it is not so pleas
ant and we would hasten the time when
WO may return.
A meeting of the Board of Regents has
been called and we have no doubt they
will fully provide for the exegincies of
the case.
We are a little behind with this issue
of the Student, owing partly to our en
fjagement in the affairs of the Palladian,
und partly to the unwonted slowness of
our contributors. We regret the necessity
of omitting our artlcie "Modern Cul
ture"from this number; the conclusion
will appear in our next, however.
These Ciirls.
The early life of woman is like a stream
of. water, above a cascade. What a merry,
heedless, romping, joyous time, is this
girlhood I llun the waves go dancing and
babbling and jostling each other,impatient
eager for the reckless leap over the falls
of marriage; then after tho headlong
(v t i?e comes a turbulent commotion, an
ab'4? r lifting of white hands, some rebell-
,sm stream sun-kissed with peace, or
'Suerings, and finally a silent drift-
with sorrow. But it is of These
to Bpeak, not of this everlast-
"stream of life."
comes the real,live,intelligent
,10 beauty, for who can look
face, and poetic eyes,
hly.ipres8cd with tho
toul? She is
ond her
thinks-hersclf-to-be-talented young lady.
She has a bold front, gray eyes and is
sprightly, and sometimes oven dazzling
for a time. She has much temerity, no
real modesty. Is ready to speak on all oc
casions, causing all sensitive people un
speakable anguish by her numberless
grammatical errors. She is in misery
when not herself tho most conspicuous per
son in the room. She never walks out, or
goes into an assembly, that she does not
imagine herself to bo the "observed of all
observers," and that people are remarking
upon her extraordinary ability. Sho advo
cates "womans rights" or uny thing'that
will bring her into notice. She detests men
yet sho has a remarkably original way of
showing her detestation, for her eyes have
an ungovernable habit of for ever turning
in their direction. But who is this light
hearted, hoydenish girl, careless of her
appearance, yet always fresh and lovely,
with her beaming face, laughing eyes and
exquisitely beautiful complcction? She
spoils your curls, tears your clothes, and
prances you arouud whenever she pleases.
If you write her a sentimental note, in
confidence, about some of your lovers, she
laughs at it, and repeats little snatches of
it before the others, keeping you in a con
tinual flutter of anxiety, lest she will let
the whole secret out finally, but she never
docs. When you first know her, you try
hard to detest her, but that is impossible,
and afterwards when you aro sick or in
trouble, and she ministers to you, and you
realize how sweet uud good and tender she
can be, you are thankful that it was im
possible. And in school, how she learns!
She sometimes has five studics'and plays
all day, yet she recites Letter than anyone
in her class and is always ready to prompt
others. I take leav.u of this girl with re
grets ! And n.w comes hor-opposlte the
one to whom, at first, you are drawn, so
gentle and perfectly good she seems. She
is always ready to weep witli yr.u and
wrings your girlish secrets out of you as
easily as sho does the tears from her eyes.
Before young men, she is fond of saying
"Would you think her so much older than
myself " ? This girl is ambitious, persever
ing md treacherous.
In this garden of girls all are not either
useful or poisonous plants Oh no! here
are crowds of pretty perfumeless blossoms,
only made to dunce on their stalks and
nod coquettishly to the winds. This is
that class of simple, gay, good-natured,
pretty, fashionable flirts, placed on thi8
old earth to embellish it, as we place
sprigs of myrtle or evergreen around the
dishes on our tables. I know one of these
with the blackest eyes and hair, and most
dazzling olive complexion, who can wear
a blue dress, scarlet sack, with blue ribbon
and scarlet flower in her hair, and would
not strike one as being untustefully attired,
cither. The tout en semble has the efl'ect of
a bouquet of bright autumn flowers. Such
girls are not harmful, not to bn despised
for their ignorance their aimless lives.
They never profess to know any thing more
than music, perhaps, and that indifferently.
They belong to this beautiful world as
much as the butterflies or humming-birds.
Yet one seldom sees a girl of. this class
whose sweet unthinking heart is utterly
barren of noble aspirations ; and these will
undoubtecMy ripen in God's good time.
It may be that trouble and responsibility
are necebsary to bring out the woman in
her but when the time comes, depend
upon it, she will weild the broom as grace
fully and vircourously as she now does tho
croquet mallet. A, A. 0.
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BFat ' . ;'"WWr
SpMJPa 'nFf
Krrt r -n irBiTf - VJHnflHHr,
Horace Iff ami.
No. 2.
Then, too, this young man of thirty
years conceived and consummated an en
terprise as beneficial in its results as it
was humane and beautiful in conception.
Institutions for the higher education were
numerous. Massachusetts had her own
lneompurable Hurvurd, besides many oth
ers. Churches were found in every town
and hamlet; but nowhere in all America
could there be found an asylum for the
care and treatment of tho insane upon
broad humanitarian principles. Mr. Mann
prepared with great care a Bill for an In
sane Asylum, pleaded eloquently for It,
curried it through tho Legislature unaided,
despito the opposition of old and able
conservatives ; was then appointed Chair
man of tho Commissioners for building it;
afterward chairman of the trustees for ad
ministering it, and today the noble struct
ure at Worcester, nay, all similar struct
ures throughout the land are the enduring
monuments of his noble humanity, wis
dom and worth.
Aftof having been for ten consecutive
years a member of the Legislature, dur
ing four years of which he had served as
President of the Senate, discovering in
this responsible position murvelous tact
and knowledge of parliamentary rules
having never been at a loss or almost nev
er at fault, ho found himself unexpectedly
invited to another and very dlll'erent field
of lubor. This new field for exertion har
monized exactly with tho benevolent, phi.
lanthropic instinct of his generous nature
and he entered upon it at once, though ho
had to sacrifice his ambitious as well us
relinquish a most lucrative legul practice
for the paltry recompense of a thousand
dollars a year. It was in 1837. Massu
chusetts hud just crcuted a state Board of
Education whereof thut most accomplish
ed Statesman and Scholar, Edward Ever
ett, wus president. Associated with him
were such eminent men as tho Historian
Jared Sparks, the genial und eloquent
Robert Runtoul, Dwight, Newton, Putnam
und others.
They were to appoint a Secretary who
was to be really the agent und factotum
of the Board, churged with the most im
portant duties. At their first mooting, they
chose Mr. Mann, "deeming him," says
Mr. Everett, "of all men in the Common
wealth of Massachusetts," for his zeal and
fidelity, for his enthusiasm in the cause of
education, for his clear perception of.
things desirable and possible, "the best fit
ted to discharge the interesting duties of
his trust."
For eleven years, from 1837 to 1847 in
elusive, he devoted to thiB work, without
the respite of a day or an hour, all his
physical and mental energies. Fifteen
hours a duy of hurd labor, was what he
averaged during those eleven years. A
single engagementonly did he fail to meet,
and that from sickness.
As Secretary of the Board of Education
his duties, us prescribed by the law, were:
"To collect and arrange information of
the actual, condition of tho common
schools and other means ot popular cdu
cation throughout tho state; to diffuse as
widely us possible throughout every part
of the commonwealth, information of the
most approved und successful methods of
urranging the studies and conducting the
education of the. young.
To accomplish the first of these objects,
he may be said to have at onco made al
most a personal examination of the 8,000
common schools then supported by the
people of Massachusetts.
Ho went from county to county, every
where culling together tho friends of cd
ucutton, holding tho first series of Teach
er's Institutes ever held In America, giving
Instruction In methods of teaching all day,
while in tho ovonlng ho lectured to throng,
cd houses drawn together by his magic
eloquence und glowing enthusiasm.
In this way he Infused a new spirit into
the work of education and prepared tho
way for the radical reforms ho had in con
templatlon. The inefficiency of the teacli
ing he determined to remedy first, as ho
felt that without competent teachers all
olhor appliances were nearly useless. For
immediate relief, he devised the Instltuto
of which wo have spoken ; but for perma
nent and thorough reform, he planned and
secured the adoption of a System of Nor
al Instruction for teachers. G. E. C.
(To bo continued.)
Starved Minds.
There are persons whom wo often meet
with large, stout physical frames, and wo
at once oc they have been well fed with
the food that goes to make up bone and
muscle. But we talk with them awhile;
and poor souls ! wo find they have' not
been fed with that mental food that goes
to make up thought und sentiment. Their
minds ure lean und perishing; starving to
death for want of intellectual nourishment.
There are two classes of these starved
minds. One class is constantly reaching
out und crying: give us Knowledge; this
hunger is gnawing upon our vitals ; but
life's circumstances prevent our obtaining
negessury food. For s'ucli there Is hojjc.
They reulize their condition, and some
benevolent heart will ofFor them assistance
and they will gladly accept it. But the
other class alas! their case is almost
hopeless. They have drunk of the poison
stimulants of pride, fashion and love of
money, until they are so Intoxicated, tliey v
feel not their need of pure mental food.
Their minds will probably never grow
any more, but soon die and sink them
into bigotry or crime.
How many common figurative expre ,
sionS in our languuge are borrowed fron
the art of carpentry, may be seen from tho '
following sentence : " The lawyer who
filed the bill, shaved the note, cut an ac
quaintance, split a hair, made an entry; $
got up a case, framed an indictment, im
paneled a jury, put them into a box, nail
a witness, hammered a judge, and bored
a whole court, all In one day, has since
laid down law und turned carpenter."
The following anecdote of Profs. Adans
and ShurtlefF, of Dartmouth College, is
us good as any narration of Irish wit:
Prof. ShurtlefT was obliged to bo very
cureful about going out without his hat,
lest ho should take cold ; and Prof. Adams
was obliged to bo equally careful about
wetting his feet, for the same reason, "It
seems," said Prof. A. to Prof. S., one day,
"that your head, and my feet, are our weak
est parts."
"Our most sensible ports, would bo tho
way that I should phrase it," was Prof.
ShurtlolFs quick and happy retort.
Always take the part of an absent per.
son who is censured in company, so far
as truth and propriety will allow.