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THE : HESPERIAN STUDENT.
(Fur tliu lluspoilitn ytuilunt.)
lie's sitting b bistable,
llumllng o'er (liu classic page,
IJut scarce tlio words beforu hint
Ills btifty thoughts engage;
For fancies llko to fairies,
A bright nntl mystic train,
Aru trooping till about him
Anil occupy his brain.
They sit upon his oye-llils,
They rustlu In his hair.
Anil whisper lit his llst'nlng our,
A tiilu Unit's bright ami mlr;
Anil oft they poise, about him,
On bright, gossamer wing,
While in low and sortcst strains,
A siren song they sing.
His open book they rustle,
As soft they come and go,
Ami their breath Is on the lamp
Which now la burning low.
Thus he sits by his table,
Until near the opening ilay.
But alas! to little prolU
His thoughts are far away.
B. P. Taylor.
For years the sujeet of this notice hus
been sought utter as a lecturer East and
West and not once merely, but repeatedly.
During the lecture season he is never idle.
His hearing is never large but is always
respectable in numbers and unexception
able in character. Those whom he pleas
es once, he always pleases ; those whom
he full to attract at lirst, he never attracts.
He is ever the same. lie never surprises
by any remarkable outbursts of eloquence ;
he never falls below his level ; equally re
moved from surprise or disappointment.
His speaking is not so much omtory as
omtorw. It consist of an uninterrupted
series of pictures, strung together on the
very frailest thread of argument. He
sees only the poetic or pictorial aspect of
things; and while in his painting he is
unsparing in the use of his colors, he
uses them with taste and judgment. His
paintings are never daubs.
In his recent lecture in this citv on
'Motive Powers," his peculiarities as
well as his powers were finely exhibct
ed. lie ignored the philosophic condi
tions and bearings of his subject, while
in a brilliant series of pictures, he showed
us these forces in action.
It was not his fault if his audience oc
casionally forgot the purpose for which
the picture was painted in their admira
tion for the picture itself. In the moral
or religious teacher wlure prime purpose he does not hesitate to give it as his
is, or is supposed to be, the teaching of opinion, that our present orthography is
truth and rtue th's might be a fault, but , Ull unmitigated evil." He considers the
in the lecturer, whose object is not so only remedy for the evil is the abandon
much to enlighten to inspire, not so much ment of our present system and the adop.
to enforce truth as to enkindle aspiratiwns, J tion of something better. While the nr-
it is not only not a laull, but ratlier the , tjcit. contains some good things well said,
The hooting of the Owl is by no means
hideous to us we rather admire his voice
in fact, and are beginning to anticipate
with pleasure the advent of his open
countenance. This Owl is an eccentric
bird of his genus, and, we judge, does
most of his sleeping In the night, like
other folks; at least he is seldom caught
We have received the first number of
the Jierkdeyan, University of California.
This journal is the result of a union of
the Neolwan Jieciew and WniccrnUy Echo,
and presents a very genteel and proposcss
ing appearance. It Is ably edited, and
full of good readable matter. We give
the Jierkdeyan a hearty welcome and
rank it with the eremc do la crane of our
The Chronicle, Mich. University, is as
full of sense, vim and cheek as ever. A
writer, In a well written article, attempts
to vindicate the character of the Universi
ty from the frequent charges of excessive
immorality among the students. Some of
his arguments smack more of policy than
principle. That prosperity which is pur
chased at the expense of loose morals and
an unhealthy tone of society, is certainly
questionable, and apt to be short-lived.
He is quite correct in believing it necessa
ry to rise anil explain. We trust for the
sake of the University and its influence
upon the Nation it may be done satisfac
torily. We heartily endorse the ideas ad
vanced by the writer on raising the stand
ard for admission to the medical depart
ment, as applicable to the professional
schools throughout the land.
The Harvard Adcocale Is a model of ar
tistic arrangement and beautiful typogra
phy. The issue of Jan. 23d, is unusually
interesting, containing, besides plenty of
other good matter, two beautiful poem?.
That " Harvard Romance" is replete with
genuine wit. While we can not endorse
fully the conclusions of the writer on
" Debating," the article contains facts that
might be read with profit by most of our
own society disputants."
The Central Collegian, Fayette Mo., is
one of our best exchanges. We admire
the editorial ability, and the taste display
ed in the arrangement of its columns. A
writer in the January number, takes our
somewhat unaccountable English orthog
raphy severely t task He observes that
NORMAL SCHOOL, PERU, NEMEHA COUNTY, NEBRASKA.
not, as students of either school, institute
an exchange of kindly civilities and pleas
ant social and literary courtesies which
will be profitable and agreeable to us both ?
We are gratilied to know that Gen. Mor
gan heartily seconds us in this desire to
create a warmer feeling between the two
State institutions. In a letter of recent
date, addressed to us, he writes : " 1 sym
pathize fully In your desire to unite the
Normal and University more closely."
Let us reflect upon It it is worth of
consideration. I would call attention to
the advertisement of the Normal School
on the eight page.
The State Normal School.
The Qui Vice appears as fresh and in
structive as usual.
The Iowa Classic, Mt. Pleasant, has a
good article on "American Poetry "
The College Journal has some choice
literature. One of our most welcome ex
changes. The smiling face of the Vassal Jfineel
lany, Poughkeepsie N. V., has again en
livened our sanctum with
highest possible merit.
Though not an orator like Castelar or
Wendell Phillips, who comes inspired
with ti subbhnc moral purpose of combat
ing and overthrowing some gigantic
wrong that menances the very existance
of society, not an orator like these, able
by a few masterly touches of the highest
genius, to rouse into a white heat the
grandest emotions of human nature ; yet
in n minor sphere, by no menus unimport
ant, Mr. Taylor occupies an enviable po
sition, does a good work and does it so
faithfully and well, Hint he never falls of
interested, delighted, and benefited hear
we are inclined to think his remedy im
practicable. Does not the great evil after
all, exist in the manner in which spelling
We suggest the adoption of better meth
ods of Instruction, such as the "-word
method," or the "word," "phonic" and
object" methods combined, as a better
remedy for the difficulties encountered by
the child, in learning our orthography.
They that deny a God destroy a mau's
nobility; for certainly man is of kin to
the beasts by his body; and if ho is not
kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and
ignoble creature. Bacon.
Students of the Uuiverglty should feel
under some obligations to patronize our
dvcrtisers- Especially every member of
the Association, before making a pur
chase, should at least give them a fair
No. You will not bo infringing your
self-interests! You will be simply exer
cising true economy. Those who adver
tise witli liberality will deal liberally and
honestly. With them you will get your
The State Normal School, located in
the town of Peru, Nemaha county, is one
of the two leading educational institu
tions of the state. On account of its
thorough orgai.atiou, the efficiency of the
instruction imparted, an.l the large num
ber of students attending, it is equal in
influence and efficiency to any Normal
School in the west. Especially in
number it yet takes the lead of the
The Normal has experienced many vi
cissitudes. There have been frequent
changes of faculties and systems of gov
ernment! Yet it has been steadily and
surely gaining ground until, with its three
hundred students, its beautiful buildings,
and experienced and talented faculty, it is
indeed a pride of our State.
Gen. T. J. Morgan, its present prin
cipal, is a gentleman of rare scholarly at
tainments ami great experience in educa
tiinal affairs, especially in that depart
ment of instruction over which he is now
called to preside. During the period of
his administration the prosperity of the
school has been great, and the growth tru
The University and the Normal sustain
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i..L-..,.(ii.i.io .riutiii,. o., u aiiuu, vol.it ionsliiM tn fiinli ntlier. TIi
sensible journal-,, little too heavy for u Nonna, aims ,() ; , IMirticullir .m(l
social visitor. Jlore variety ami vim , ,1(1 form o. instructioil wh,ch alway,
would be a decided improvement. j keeps , vew md ,mp,k,s ,,. m)WC1. of
We have received the first number of j imparting to others the knowledge ac
the Mute Journal of Nebraska, published vulred. The purpose of Normal instruc
at the Nebraska Institute for the Deaf ; tion is to mould and perfect the systems
and Dumb. It is a creditable journal. ! of instruction in the common and the
We welcome It to our files.
The University Ueporter, Iowa State
University, for January, has a full report.
That acrostic on the first page is a fine
production. The editorial columns of
the Ueporter are always full, and ably
A writer in the Targum, Rutgers, N. J.,
indulges in a melting effusion over, oh !
woman ! He appeals to the " boys" of Rut
gers th usly: "Why should New Bruns
wick's fair ones be made mere toys for
students, while in some other sphere
abides the object of their real affections
! Ho certainly hft3 a very ex
alted opinion of Rutgers' students, or a
very poor opinion of New Brunswick
girls. If the exquisite gents of Rutgers
would come to Lincoln, they would be re
lieved from their dilemma. Our girls aro
none of your second rate kind ! lie who
once feels the sweet thrnlldom of their
fascinating charms, hath no desire "to
fling them ruthlessly aside." You have
our heart-felt sympathy, boys.
graded schools of the State. Its influence
reaches every child in the State. The
University aims to lay the foundation of a
more general and comprehensive educa
tion to broaden the views and expand
the mental faculties of sttulcuts graduated
in the grrded schools and academies
thus preparing them for the general duties
of men prepared to take high stations
in society. In these respects the Normal
and University are complements of each
other. Both created and fostered by the
State, these institutions are held together
by the most sacred bonds of cousanguiui
ty. This being the case, there ought to
exist a warm sympathy and an intimate
relation between them. But how is it?
Have we not, as students at least;' been en
tlrely indifferent to each others welfare?
Have we not been almost unconscious of
each other's existence ? This ought not to
be so for the nhitunl benefit of both
schools it ought to be otherwise. Can wc
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