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THE HESPERIAN STUDENT.
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"Count ill Cuvour. Each speaker was
greeted by it perfect whirlwind of bouquets
from the young ladies.
Wo are prone to confess (hat the con
templation of the scene throughout filled
uh with envy, and we found ourselves
wishing we were among the honored on
The conferring of the degrees by Gov
oner Furnas, and the presentation of the
diplomas by the Chancellor, closed the ex
ercises of the hour.
Notwithstanding the excessive heat and
the indications of an approaching rain
storm, the largest audience of the week
assembled on "Wednesday evening to list
en to the Palladiun exhibition. The chap-
el had been tastefully adorned with pic
tures, ornaments etc., from the Pallndlan
Every ell'ort had been made to make the
entertainment an agreeable success. The
whole literary entertainment proper was
much enhanced by the line vocal and in
strumental music furnished by Mrs. Slier
Wood, Mrs. Wlu-eler, Col. Alford and Mr.
Wheeler. The exercises were intoduced
by a quartette, followed by prayer. We
think it proper to state before comment
ing upon the literary exercises of the ev
cnlng that, on account of our misfortune
in not securing a situation near the stage,
avo wore- unable to hear several of the
productions of the evening, and conse
quently can oiler but little criticism;
perhaps, with one exception, this was
caused by the indistinct utterance of the
The salutatory was delivered by Mr. C.
II. llolimnnn. Although the address was
delivered in a clear voice and with fine
expression, on account of the confusion
from the constant arrivals, we heard but
little; but we feel justified in saying that
for delivery, aptness and the thought
evinced, the salutatory was a superior
production. It is the opinion ol those
who heard the whole address, that Mr.
Ilohmann even surpassed himself on tills
Mr. E. II. Woolley then delivered an
oration on the subject of " Happiness."
Mr. W. speaks with a firm and manly
voice, and occupies a good position while
addressing his audience. His oration on
this occasion, showed the evidence of
much originality and thought, but he in--dulgcd
in some very radical and unwar
ranted statements which lie failed to sub
stantlatc and which weakened the force
of his argument.
He stated, in effect, . that the civilized
enjoyed less real happiness than the sav
age. That the more ignoruut and grovel
ing a race, the more enjoyment and happi
ness posesscd. That the greater and wis
er a man becomes, and the more ho poses
bos, the greater cause for wretchedness
and misery he has. Of course theso state
ments were not very well substantiated by
Mr. W., but as a whole the address con
talned much original good oenso, and
sound arguments. Mr. Woolley Is one of
the most talented and energetic members
of the Palladiau.
A rocitatlon by Mr. Hobbs of the hum
orous poem, " Aunt Fanny," was the next
feature of the entertainment. Mr. H.
showed a keen appreciation of the hu
morous and recited the poem with good
expression. His voice lacked a little in
Tolume and his recitation was somewhat
too long to Insuro the hearty reception the
speaker's rendition merited.
The debate on the subject, " Aro wo In.
debted more to the moderns than the an
cients for the present condition of the arts
and sciences?" was, in some respects, one
of the very best performances of the ex
hibitlon. Mr. A. A. Cummings, who afllimed the
question, spoke in a voice too indistinct
to be heard by the whole audience. Mr.
C. writes In a strong, argumentative stylo
as lie doubtless did on tills occasion, but
as we were unable to take notes, we are
compelled to forego the pleasure of glv
ing a synopsis of his argument, which wo
should be glad to do.
Mr. A. W. Field, in the negative, main
tained that we are especially indebted to
the ancients for the beauty and excellence
which modern art possesses, indeed mod
ern fine arts are merely patterns of an
cient genius, falling far behind the origi
nals, md that the foundation stone of each
important science was laid by the philoso
pliers of old. No exercise of the even
ing excelled the production of Mr. Field.
Ho elicited much praise for his fine do
lively. We feel that the most just com
plimcut we can give Mr. F. is to say that
he showed a great improvement in all re
spects over his Ills past efforts. Mr. F.
adorned his argument witn many inci
dents am1 references to the history of an
cient art and architecture. He avoided
the common error of simply citing an ar
ray of historical facts and examples with
out deducing therefrom the principles in
volved, but he made strong and logical
application of each example.
Tho oration of Willis Sweet subject,
"Character vs Policy" was a very excel
lent production. Mr. S. has a philosoph
ic and analytical mind, and his manner
of delivery is very pleasant and entirely
natural. Ho wins the favor of his audi
ence from his first sentence. On this oc
casion Ills oration was n scholarly discus
sion of the temptations liable to delude tlie
young man entering upon public life and
the requisites necessary to form character.
He said that in the first place a man
should have a deep and earnest con
victlon of duty; and In the second place
that lie should have the manhood under
all circumstances to express his convic
tions. These are the elements of true
The audience seemed to be highly
pleased with tho address, and often inter
rupted the speaker witli hearty applause.
Mr. William A. McAllister recited a
humorous poem on " Tho Suffrage (Jues
tion," In good style. Willie rendered the
brogue with " illogance and precision"
and brought down the house in repeated
rounds of laughter and applause. The
recitation served greatly to enliven the
Tho valedictory by G, M. Sturdcvant
wus one of tho best features of the enter
tainmont. Mr. S. spoko with great ills
tinctness and due deliberation. His vale
dlctory was a worthy conclusion of tho
Our province should bo that of a critic
to some extent. Wo do not desire to as
cribe undue praise. But wc think tho
two society entertainments the best liter
ary successes yet achieved by ihem. If
we were called upon to compuro tho mor
Its of tho two exhibitions, wo would say
this Tho best productions of each wore
of about equal merit. But tho Palladlans,
as a whole, showed that they had been
more zoalous and diligent in the prepara
tion of their various exercises, and, ac
cordingly, they wore rewarded with a cor
June, 8, 187-1.
Eurrons Hksi'Kuian Stimiknt:
lkv Mr: By order of Com. on reso
lutions, I am instructed to request you to
publish the enclosed list of resolutions.
Mr. B. was drowned while bathing,
Mav, 2d. The body was Jbund about
an hour after. Please insert and oblige,
T. W. BLACKiuntN.
HBHOt.UTIONS ADOI'TKI) 1JY TIIK I'HU.OMA
THKAN SOCIKTY OK NOHMAI, SCMOOI,.
Whkhkah, Death has suddenly taken
from among us in tho full strength of ear
lv manhood, our friend and brother, W.
S Black, therefore,
ltcsolml. That, while deeply lament
iiitf the sudden termination of a life so
full of promise, yet we recognize our
Father's hand in the stroke, and bow In
humble submission to the Divine will.
Jtcsoteed, That to the stricken parents
of our fallen brother, we tender our sin
cerest sympathy in this sad hour of lie
reaveinent, and' for consolation would re
peat to them his last words to us in nrny-er-mecting:
"The promises of God are
sure; tlioy never fail."
ItfHohal, That to our fellow-member,
the bereaved brother, who is thus depriv
ed of brotherly counsel and companion
ship, we tender our earnest sympathy,
with the assurance that wchull ever hold
in remembrance the manly character and
Christian virtues of our departed friend.
Jlesohal, That it is our public tostlmo-
iny, that in this sad event our alma mater
I has lost one of her worthiest sons; the
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an able worker; the Christian church a
faithful and earnest supporter.
Jicsvited, That as an additional token
of our respect and love, the Society hull
be draped and the members wear the usu
al badge of mourning for the period of
Jiauhed, That these resolutions lie
published, and that copies of the same be
sent to the bereaved mends.
T. W. Blackburn.
OUH COLLEGE NEWS.
lli:v. J. M. Taggart of Palmyra informs
us that a splendid brick school house is
being erected in Palmyra cost $3,000.00.
Tun new Agricultural farm contains
!J20 acres, 100 acres meadow the rest in
cultivation. It lias thereon a largo he use
which will servo as dormitories for a
number of students, and also a large or
chard. Tin: most lamentable spectacle of hu
man depravity we have witnessed lately
was on the occasion of the Sunday School
excursion to Neb. City. Wc beheld u
group of University boys gently hover
ing around a basket of cates and knick
knacks which some good brother hud left
confidingly in their midst. While thnv
discoursed of Natuo's beauties, a chap of
extensive procerity, very slight rotundity
and no pudlclty at all, went for that bas
ket. Tho boys didn't need much dinner
that day. Tho hotels profited thereby
"No groat evil without a little good."
The, Board of Regents at ita last meet-
ing transacted a largo amount of impor
tant business, tendinc to enlarcro tho work
of tho University. Among these items
nono aro more Important than the follow
Tho purchase of a valuable farm near
tlie University tor tho uso of tho Agricul-
mrai uouege, on winch work may bo done
bystudonts in payment for board, and
whore board will bo furnlshod at a very
Also tho furnishing of dormitory rooms
for students of tlie Academic Department
at a nominal price, and providing board,
ing in a club, in which boarding may bo
made so low as to be within the means of
nearly all; and supplying rooms for such
as wish to board themselves.
There was also elected an assistant Pro.
lessor in Chemistry, etc., G. E. Bailey of
Chicago. Tlie assistant will enter on his
work at the beginning of tlie fall term,
which opens Sept. 10, 187-1.
Appropriations were also made for in.
creasing the library, for collecting an en
tomological cabinet, and for making ml
(Utions to tlie chemical and philosophical
apparatus. All these additions will add
to the efficiency and the advantages of
the University, and aro indications of the
progressive spirit that animates the Board
of 1 logon hi and the Faculty.
Tim: following was the lament of a
" temperance" student, tlie eve of a " beer
bout," to be held in ills sanctum:
(For tho llesporlnn Student.)
My pencil, my pencil,
.The devilish utensil.
Too short ! 'twas once too long,
Ne'er right, 'tis always wrong.
There's my essay to write,
And the boys to invite.
They'll be sure to "get tight,"
'Nation take frolic night.
They will smoke, sing and drink,
Ten to one spill my ink,
On '.lie wall or the door,
While they spit on -the floor.
Very much do I fear,
That the odor of beer
To our breath will adhere,
And betray our good cheer.
For we'd rather folks know,
That we never drank so.
But, icith doves, we may be
Strictly abstem'ous, you see.
C. V. M
June Si), 187-1.
Ed. Holmes is still in Lincoln.
Willis Sweet orated at Yankee Hill on
U. II. Mallck has gone on a surveying
trip with McBroom.
Amos E. Gantt made us a pleasant visit
J. S. Dales and lady have gono to Ohio
on a visit to their relatives. .
A. W. Field is grangering out on his
father's farm at Yankee Hill.
Prof. W. II. Snell flow tho " fowl" high
at Valparaiso, Saunders co., on the fourth.
T. H. Worley delivered an address on
"tomporanco" at Valparaiso on tho
II. H. Wilson is revealing tho suporlor
merits of " Common Sense Addition" to
tho people of Nob.
II. McBroom has charge of a govern
ment survey In tho northern part of tho
Btato. Wages $100.00 per month.
Prof. Thompson is assisting State Supt.
McKenzie in his State Normal Institutes
this Summer. They aro now at Oroto.
J. L, Shank has gono homo to Red Oak,
Iowa. Ho says he will either " play it
alono," or ' draw to a pair" this Summer.
Hurd and Stovcnson romained in Lin
coln a wcok or two. They did not want
to sovor tho bonds which hold thorn horo
ifwhtin' i null titiw
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