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THE TllIAD OK 1874.
On "Wednesday, June 24tli, the second
class graduated from the Nebraska State
University. This class, consisting of
three members, was the Jlrst graduated in
the regular Scientific course.
' This event was a matter of great mo
ment to all lovers of our noble Institu
tion of learning. The hour when these
young men departed from hei fostering
yare, was one of deep interest and earnest
Boliciludc, as well as pride, to their alma
mater in her young maternity. An hour
of joy and pride, because her progeny, re
joicing in tho full vigor, elasticity, lofty
aspiration, and hope of intelligent, cul
tured young manhood, were now about to
enter the broad arena of life's contest,
with the peculiar devices she had taught
emblazoned upon their shields, as her rep.
rescntatives, to labor and achieve in her
Like as a fond mother watches with
troubled eye the departure of the beloved
son of whom she is most proud her hearts
dearest ideal to assume his proper sta
tion among men, so this hour also, in
some respects, was one of solicitude and
anxiety. These young men would go
forth empowered to nlllx the seal of their
University to their every acf. in the field
of letters. The cause of their brilliant
achievements and their blunders, of their
successes and failures, their futuro glori
ous fame or abhorred obloquy, would be
traced by many, justly or unjustly, to the
source of their intellectual culture the
teachings of tho maternal halls.
After leaving the protecting shade of
those walls, would they sink and quail
beneath the fierce glare of the unshelter
ed meridian sun? "Would they succumb
to the noon-day heat of active life, though
exposed to the blighting sirocco of unjust
reproach, envenomed slander, and malic
1ous pci s?cution? Or would they stand
firm in every scorching blast, true to the
precepts of virtue justice and right, to
uphold, tho standard of universalprognjss
in,roliglon,:lotters, science, and upl jtios,
against Combined legions of fanatics,' big--otiffnnd
If they should entCr the field of letters,
would they adorn every thought and lino
with the rich outpourings of true hearts,
permeated with a desire to ameliorate
the lot of their fellow men, and make the
world purer and better? Or would they,
as many literati and "makers of books"
have already done, prostitute their genius
and betray their generous Benefactress)
by distilling moral and intellectual poi
son, and breathing forth pestilence to de
stroy the souls of men, and clog the arter
ies of progress?
If they should enter tho pulpit, would
they bear the standard of pure, unselfish
religion, in the footsteps of thoirRodcem
er, as a priceless o tiering to all conditions
of men ? Or would they wrap themselves
in a cloak of bigotry and narrow illibcr
ality and try to organize a monopoly get
up a "corner" on religion, founded on
their own selfish dogmas and pet beliefs,
and then nickname it Christianity 1
If they become politicians, will they
teach tho world that the scientist, the man
of culture, has a proper place in politics,
and that he can enter and still be pure,
honest and generous? Or would they be.
come barnacles, feasting upon the nation's
life, vile tricksters, and selfish, unprinci
pled demagogues, actuated by no emotion
but personal greed, and possessing no nob
ler desire than thirst for power at any cost?
If they become statesmen, will they labor
for the public good alone, and legislate
with this great object in view ? Or would
they become " Salary-grabber," and slaves
of "Credit Mobilier" monopolists?
And yet, however they depart from
their teachings, whatever they do or be
come, in the eyes of the world, the Uni
versity will be honored or dishonored
will rejoice or sorrow. But in this in
stance the hope that our Institution has
sent forth a band of able representatives
and noble champions, eclipses all fear or
We now propose to write a short bio
graphical sketch, giving the mental and
physical characteristics and the attain
ments of each member of the class. Let
no one hint, however, that we are actuated
by a mercenary motive. We arc painful
ly sensible that we are incompetent to the
task, and that a severe or unjust criticism
or a grave blunder on our part would be
perilous, for who knows but that, when
our time comes to step upon the stage,
our advancement in public station may
depend upon the patronage and favor of
some one of these gentlemen that now
bid us farewell, who shall then have as
sumed the insignia of honor, and pu( on
the chaplet of fame ?
KItANK I'. IIUUI)
wasborn in Jerseyville Illinolso, Oct. 10,
1832, being now a little over twenty-one
years of age. Mr. II. is of medium bight
slightly but compactly built, with sinews
firmly knit, light complexion, light and
curly hair. II. has a purely sanguine
temperament. Accordingly, as we would
naturally expect, he possesses an easy and
agreeable manner, a disposition always
sunny and pleasant, seldom disturbed by
the frowning clouds of petulance or an
ger, without extreme provocation. He
obtained his preparatory education nt tho
Jefferson Liberal Institute, Jefferson Wis
consin. Ho removed to Nebraska in the
summer of '71, and, at the opening of the
University in tho fall, entered the Scien
tific Department of tho Institution, -where
he, attended without interruption until ho
In his career as a student H. manifest
ed a greater versatility of tasto in the dif.
ferent branches of the course than either
of his classmates. Ho did not develop a
decided preference for any particular de
partment of science', but judging from
the productions of his pen, and an inti
mate acquaintance with him, during the
last year of his course, we arc led to think
that his tasto naturally inclines to English
Literature and Metaphysics. 11. was an
earnest and faithful member of the Adol
ph inn Literary Society, of which he serv
ed as president one term.
During the first yearo of his course, as
lit himself confesses, he did not take a
very active part in tho discussions, and
oilier literary exercises of his society;
but during his senior year he more clear,
ly realized the importance of tills kind of
mental training and earnestly improved
every .opportunity of speaking and writ
ing. As a consequence, he made surpris
ing progress. Tho stylo of his produc
tions is decidedly philosopic and general.
The several orations which he delivered
during his last year evinced a considera
ble power of generalization and abstract
thought. His productions show more
rhetorical and real literary characteristics
than those of his classmates.
Asa friend II. was generous, Frank,
and true-hearted. As a member of socie
ty, his genial disposition, agreeable man
ners, and unfailing good nature made him
universally loved and respected.
(In fact, just between you and me,
Reader, in a strictly confidential manner,
which you must solemnly promise not to
mention, I will just hint that Frank was
a special favorite with the girls, who do
ted upon tho " curly-headed" youth, and
we are prone to believe that ho reciproca
ted to a considerable extent.)
In regard to tiic future vocation II. has
chosen we cannot speak with certainty,
but, for the time being, he has once or
twice hinted that he intended to don the
granger's checkered " warmus," and ru
ralize for a time.
UHIAII II. MAI.ICK
was born near Van Wert, Ohio, March
10, 1851, being now a little over twenty,
three years of age. M. is somewhat above
the medium hight, rather heavily form
ed and strongly built, with light complex
ion, and curly light brown hair.
M. has rather a mixed temperament.
We would classify it as bilious, sanguine
approaching slightly to tho lymphatic.
Accordingly we find him more reserved
and taciturn in hismannerthanMr. Hurd.
Yet wo must not, as might be expected
from an extreme bilious temperament, in
fer that Mr. M. is a morose, or unsocial
being. On tho contrary he loves society,
enjoys vivacity, and is an exceedingly
agreeable social companion, though not
given to lengthy speeches, and is seldom
guilty of perpetrating pretty compliments
and fashionable nothings.
M. obtained his preparatory education
at his native place Van Wert from
which place, a number of years since, ho
removed to Miu broad prairies of Nobra
ska, then wilt' and sparsely settled, but
exhaustloss in resource, and ollbring a
vast field for labor and usefulness, to a
young man of aspiration and talent. M.
wisely determined to fit himself to take
advantage of these propitious circum
stances, and with this object in view, on-
tered tho University at its first opening,
where ho remained until ho graduated.
M. is peculiarly a scientific scholar.
His whole mind seems to bo bent in that
direction, and ho has never shown miuh
taste or predilection for language or clas.
sic literature. M.'s special forte Is mathe
matics. In this he excels, standing at
the head of his class, and we believe, tak
ing the lead in this department of science
of all students that have yet entered our
As would be expected from uhat we
have said, his literary productions have
all been upon scientific questions.
Like Mr. Hurd, as well as Stevenson,
M. until within the last year of his course
did not engage very extensively in the
various exercises of his literary society
tho Adolphian. But during the senior
year, he produced several good orations,
and published one or two excellent pa
pers in tho Hksi'Kuian Sitdi.nt, la
which considerable originality and
breadth of thought were apparent.
31. lias chosen the profession of Civil
Engineering for his life work. We not
only think that he has chosen a vocation
for which he is eminently qualified, but
one that offers many ricli inducements to
the western man. We have no fears, but
that the near future will reveal him wear
ing tho laurels of a faithful workman's,
merit and success.
WALLACE M. 8TEVKNS0N,
the junior member of the class, is a na
tive of the Old Keystone State. (We do
not mean to insinuate that he is a Penn
sylvania Dutchman Steve is very sensi
tivc on that point.)
S. was born in the town of Mount Picas
ant, Wayne county, Pcnn., April 8, 1853,
from whence, at tho age of seven, he re
moved with his parents to Nebraska City
Intlic latter city has been his homo ever
since. He entered the Scientific Depart
ment of the University at its opening.
S. is rather tall, slender, and slightly
built, dark complexion, hazel eyes, dark
brown hair almost black. His tempera
ment is rather of a mixed character bil
ious.nervous. During his course in college S. hus
been a diligent student. It was his mis
fortune to possess a weak constitution, so
that ho frequently brought sickness up
on himself, by over-taxing his energies in
study. 8. is one of that class of students
whose whole soul is imbued with a lovo
of learning, who studies to gain knowledge
for itself alone, and not for a diploma, or
other transient honors. During the great
er part of his sojourn in the University
S. evinced rather a reserved disposition,,
indeed was thought to lie a little bashful
and ditlident in Ills manners.
This idea, however, we have reason
to believe is erroneous. In fact it was
founded upon the notion of certain young
ladies, who imagined S. to be rather coy,
and wanting the requisite assurance in
their bewitching presence. But, by dili
gent research among old and new reccords
and various musty documents published
in the Hksi'Kiuaji Student, and divers
Incidents handed down by tradition, wo
have concluded that whatever bashful
ncss he may have manifested was unnat
ural , for we hear from good authority,
that in the extreme latter end of his course
ho was discovered gallanting numerous
fair damsels, oft limes and in divers pla
ces, in the most improved modern style.
But, as the astute Joscphus would observe,
lot every man form his own opinion as t
this matter, but as for us we opine that S.
lovetli the girls " just tolerably well."
S. was universally loved and respected
by tho faculty and his fellow students.
His scrupulous care in his habits, and his
candor and frankness in his dealing with
others, were matters of frequent romark
and the cause of constant praisp and ad
miration, ' ,.
In his studies S. also showed n,vers.atil
ity of taste. Ho was foiid of the natural
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