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THE HESPERIAN STUDENT.
l'UW-ISHED MONTHLY IJY THE
HESPERIAN STUDENT PUBLISH
ElMTOlMN-CHIKF, G. E. IIoWAlU).
Associate, .... Ada" Ihwin.
Local, .... Amos. E. Gantt.
W. JI. Neediiam, Business Manager.
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1 copy per college year
1 " six niontlis -Single
TERMS OF ADVERTISING.
1 column one insertion . . $4.00.
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All mtlclus Tor publication tdiould bo nddresfud
Editor IIksi-kman Stuiikxt, Stiito UnlverMty,
Lincoln NubniskH. All subscriptions, with the
address, should besont to the Business Manager.
Subscription1) collected invnrlnlily in ndvimco,
Advcrtlscinonts collected innntlilr.
All liail, blustering New Year! Wel
come to these latitudes, thou boisterous
cherub, though thy hoary beard shakes
many an icicle, and the harsh breath rushes
from thy frosty nostrils somewhat too fierce
ly for an infant's! Bear with thee, as thou
recordest another pulse of Time, joy and
happiness to all who span eternity with
thee. For our dear friends and patrons, we
invoke thy kindliest blessings. To the
world deal out with unusual bounty the
annual gifts of knowledge from Nature's
mysterious domain. Drag far onward the
car of progress, before in dying thou usher
est in another yeai ! Let thy touch be gen
tic and thy smile loving and tender to the
"weary and heavy laden", that duty may
not be unperformed through thy harsh
But we have little time nor talent for
apostrophe. We have taken our seat in
our lonely sanctum once more to-night to
begin the labors of another year. Before
us lies the last year's Student 111c. We
lay aside our Faber No. 2 and glance them
over. As our eyes hasten from column to
column varied are the memories awakened.
Here is an editorial written one night when
perplexed and weary, in response to the
cry of the inevitable and inatiabfe typo
for "copy". Of course it 1m angular, cross
grained, weak and insipid. Even an editor
cannot grind out "ideas immortal with
glowing thought" from an Impaired and
unwilling machine. Here is anolhei in the
preparation of which much time and labor
were spent. We pass it by, while our
heart glows with a little satisfaction and
pride. Hope spreads her wings anew,
warmed by the fires of aspiration.
In this corner is a quib" which recalls
some ludicrous circumstance in college
life. We indulge in a chuckle at the recol.
lection, Imt suddenly hush ourselves in sad
ness, ns our eye lights upon a column drap
ed in mourning In Memorlam. Silent,
we sit with bowed head for a moment, and
think how hard it must be for aspiring
youth to bow to inevitable fate. We dash
nway tho starting tear that the memory of
our departed friend wrings from our cal
ous heart for we have not been an edi
tor long enough to quench out all feeling
while Will strives to shake oil' Memory.
Haeyou ever, Reader, when some sad or
some repulsive recollection icould In
trude itself upon you all unwelcome and
unbidden, mentally straightened yourself,
and tried by a mighty effort of the will to
tear it from your bosom, or with the will's
iron hand quench it into oblivion ?And
did you succeed? Who has not had some
such experience, which ever causes him
to loathe ond hate himself at its recollection y
Happy he whose will can banish the
hateful visitor! But where do I wander V
Hero In this column is a friendly contro
versy with some of "our exchanges," which
like a contest between lawyers at the bar,
leaves us better friends for the slight tilt of
arms. Pleasant indeed has been our asso
ciation with the college press during the
year. Ah ! here we have a piece with which
we had taken special pains, from which
what little point and beauty it possessed
have been ignominiously knocked out by
some monstrous typographical blunder
the editor's bane. How our llesh creeps
and crawls, how we shudder each time we
think of that article! And over us come
thronging the recollections of the very em
phatic, nearly ( y) profane murmurs that es
caped our puritanical lips, when we discov
ered it too late for reparation. Alas! how
many hours have we spent in penance in
our lonely closet, Bible In hand, mourning
with bleeding heart over the dire sins thus
committed. But why dream longer over
the successes and failures of the pasty
The future demands our attention, and we
resume our pencil. We pause upon the
frosty threshold of the year and contem
plate the labor before us with feelings of
pleasure, not unmlngled with dread. The
duties of the editor of a college journal
are grave. No other institution connected
with our University will tell so much upon
the public. How deliberate, then, should
be our every act. How carefully written
should be each line. With what earnest
thought should each idea be prepared, in
order that the influence of our paper may
protect our best interests as a school.
We have an ideal college journal which
we shall strive as nearly ns possible to real
izo. First, we shall aim to make the Stu
dent a literary journal. Wc shall endeavor
to present to our readers u variety of gener
id literary articles as excellent iL quality as
may be. We do not believe that a college
journal should be devoted to the discussion
of college topics alone. It should be a me
dium of securing a broad literary culture
on the part of students. Our University
paper should become, in tune, the literary
magazine of the west. It should be a reflex
of college life, tmd an exponent of the lit
erary talent of the Institution. Secondly,
we shall make our paper the index of tliu
University. I-Mitorially we shall defend tiie
peculiar principle upon whioh it is found
ed, and as the students' paper, we shall pro
leel their interests. Our ideal paper should
contain all the valuable college news; also
it should possess a refined vein of wit and
jiumor. Like the gods f Olympus, col
lege papers, as some are, should not be too
grave and awful to allow a little fun. But
this last is a dangerous thing to meddlo
with. To prepare a really humorous or
witty item requires much taste and thought
Better none than an insipid article.
We earnestly hope that we shall rccoive
the willing aid of all the students of the
University in trying to realize our ideal
A UNIVERSITY PRINTING OFFICE.
Wo desire to call tho attention of our
readers and especially the authorities of
tho University to the practicability of
opening a new industrial department in
A department In which students could
learn the art of practical printing, we be
lieve, could now be established in tho
University, with very little expense com.
pared with the great benefit which would
As most of our readers are aware, we
already have a student's printing and
publishing association in tho University,
under whose control tho Hespeuian Stu
dent is published. The benefits already
realized by a number of the students,
from actual experience In our small of.
lice, have not been trivial. All tho typo
graphical work on tho Hespeuian is done
by students. Under our present form,
employment in type-setting is allbrded to
three persons a large portion of each uics-
afforded by it, receiving for their labor
nearly sufficient compesation to meet nil
expenses of board and incidentals.
In this new enterprise only a comparn.
lively small sum need bo expended, while
many more would receive the benefits. Al
least fifteen students from the very com.
mencemenl would willingly accept em.
There is no more instructive art than
tho printer's; certainly none more useful
and necessary. As a means of mental
discipline it is Invaluable. No better
school could be devised Ibi a person en
tering upon a literary life than a two
year's drill in a well conducted printing
oillce. Hero punctuation, orthoginphy,
taste in stylo of composition, would bo
acquired. To bo an expert proof-reader
or type-setter would be a valuable posses
slon to a literary man. Tho value of this
art aa a life profession places it among
the most lucrative and desirable Indus.
month. The skill and cllicicncy already
acquired in the printer's art by those
whose experience has been confined main
there would be another source of
practical bencll't in tho enterprise. An
establishment of this kind must be car-
ly to the Student oillce may be learned ' ridon systematically. Everything must
by noticing tho typography and the
"make-up" of the journal.
T'lorc arc now nt least twelve students
in tho University who understand some
thing of type-setting; as many more
would be glad of an oppprlunity to learn,
especially, If by so doing, they could earn
something to assist them through their
But we have no press, and but a limited
amount of material, even for our present
We have long felt that a printing oillce,
provided with good presses andjunplc ap
pliances, could be established in the Uni
versity on sufllciont) large a scale to al
low all the printing of the Institution,
including catalogues, circulars, letter
heads, addresses, the Hesperian, &o to
be performed therein, at a great savlug of
cost to the State ; besides conferring many
benefits, as an industrial school. Wc
were much gratified to learn recently that
Prof. S. R. Thompson had already par
tially matured a plan lor carrying a pro
ject of this character Into effect. In re-
be done in a business-like, methodical
manner. In fact, an opportunity would
be allbrded of learning tho practical man
igement of a printing establishment in
all its minutiae. There could be no bet
tor means of acquiring a business educn
lion. Wo believe, from actual knowledge,
that a printing ofllco such as we have de
scribed, could be controlled and man
aged within the University itseir, without
employing professional aid, within less
than three months from Its organization.
It would not only be a great advautage
to many students practically and theoret
ically, but it would attract s'mlents to the
school, and be anothei upward step in
raising our University to the lirst rank.
THE PRESENT LEGISLATURE.
Tho history of the past has led us to ex
pect no groat exhibition of sagacity, or
wisdom In our legislative bod . Seldom
have tho chambers of the Capitol re
echoed with the oloquoncool a modem Ci-
spouse to his request, we have made a cero.or tho wisdom of a Nebraska Peri-
careful estimate of the material and ex
pense necessary to establish a printing
cles. A stranger observing some of our
grave law-makers in tho past, would have
oillce on the following plan : A room will Igined( i) from their costume and bear-
be fitted and furnished in the basoment;
type and fixtures procured sulllclent to
keep ten typos constantly employed, with
ing that thoy were bettor lilted to (lis-
cjurse the gentle variations of the Paw
nee war-whoop, or frame a moral code for
the design of furnishing employment j controlling a herd of American bison,
from tho llrst io ttccntt students, working ! ll'' l play the role of Nestor 'Whose
by relays, eacli student laboring a certain I speech sweeter than honey was flowing"
number of hours each day; a good power
press also to bo procured ; the work per
formed to comprise all tho University
printing, including the Student, and in
all probability, a largo Journal connected
with the Agricultural department, pub
llshcd semimonthly; in addition, "lob
i work" could be done.
The approximate cost of the whole os.
tnblishinent would be about $2100., in.
eluding a $,250. power press.
It seems to us almost unnecessary to
advocate an enterprise which on its face
promises so much.
It would be economical for tho State.
We now have one industrial department
connected with the University the Agri
cultural College. It is doing a good
-vork; but many thousand dollars wore
expended in its establishment. Four stu
dents aro now enjoying tho ndvniUages
or prescribe laws for an intelligent and
growing common wealth.
Wo do not feel inclined to boast of our
pasi Nebraska statesmanship The mor
al and intellectual tone of our legisla
tures have not been such as to furnish tho
greatest incentives to young men of
lofty motives and exalted ideals of Poll
tics and statesmanship, to induce them to
aspire to such hon.irs. They have rather
felt Inclined to shun them until less dan
gerous opportunities wore offered. We
do not desire to derogate any one. Wt
have been fortunate in possessing many
good men-men of ability and honor
among our legislators, of which our un
paralleld advancement as a state, in nurt.
There has been corruption among our
public men, but probably no more, all
things considered, than in oastern states,
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