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THE HESPERIAN STUDENT.
VUM.lRHKU MONTHLY 1IY TJIK
IIBSPB11IAN STUDENT PUBLISH-
Eoitou-in-chikf, G. E. Howahd.
Afsociatk Editor and Ri:vikwkh,
Emma L. Williams.
Local, - . W. A. McAllistkii.
U. II. Wilson, Business Manager.
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There is an element which ought to en
tcr into the constitution r.ml make-up of
every mini's character, which will excuse
Co or two gratuitous remarks. An ele
ment, in fact, which docs enter into the
highest lypc of character. We should de
flue it as magnanimity in small things.
It is an easy matter to finJ heiocs for
all great deeds. The standard of mag
nanimity, or heroism, in the great trials,
and episodes of life, is easily determined
it i universal. But a great many pur
eons, who think the po$so all the neces
sary qualities and constituents of true no.
bility, seem to think magnanimity in the
trivialities of every day ox'stonco beneath
their dignity, or even in antagonism to it.
It is easier to And a martyr to perish
with lire and faggot, for his religious
creed, than it is to find one who will place
liis body, encased in broadcloth or silks,
beside a mendicant, a fallen woman, or
one of Africa's despised children, in the
pew of some tony congregation.
It is less dilllcult to find a woman to
burn her hand off, for her faith, or a Joan
of Arc to lead the armies of her country
to victory, than it is to find a lady of high
social landing, who will acknowledge an
humble and shabbily dressed acquaintance
in the fashionable thoroughfare, or over
Mep the sacred precincts of aristocratic,
focial etiquette, to do some act of human,
ity, which her conscience tells her is right,
but which all the world says is improper.
It is easier to find a Curtius to leap full
armed into Death's yawning abyss, for his
country, at the command of the gods, or
nn Empedoclcs, to fling his body into the
rrater of Etna, to gratify his vanity and
cheat posterity into believing him a god,
than it is to find a man to give his last
" two mites " to thestarving washerwoman,
or to do tho private net of kindness, which
men would never know, or knowing, scofF
att as quaint and eccentric, but which
would show him really to possess the spir
it of a righteous God.
It requires more goodness and humani
ty to pour the box of precious ointment on
the head oi humblo Necessity, or give tho
glass of cold water to the little child, tho
outcast, the despised, than It does to found
a hospital, endow a college, or establish a
Smithsonian Institute. What good sister
and thrifty housewife will not toil night
and day for a week, and bring out all her
treasures and goodies, to onlerlatn and de
light the new preaoher, already sated with
courtes'ics and spring pullets? But what
good and virtuous matron will jeopardize
her spare bed, draped in snowy linen and
warm coverlets, by placing therein tho
sick beggar, at whom Death grins, and
nothing but care will rescue? Ho would
probably bo allowed to occupy tho kitch
en or garret floor; for, you know, " mendi
cancy must not be encouraged," and
" charity begins at homo," etc. It is these
little things that try men's souls. The
great ones frequently carry their own re
wards, and their inducements with them.
Peoplu generally like to obtain areputa.
lion for superiority, for bolduess, for man
liness or womanliness; but it is painful,
ami yet ludicrous, to sco what makeshifts
arc resorted to, in order to effect this de
I have known young men, who wanted
to purchase a reputation, for boldness of
thought, for intellectual strength, liberal
ism, to Llasphemo their creator, scoff at
the Bible and all things holy, and declare
themselves atheists, who had never read a
dozen chapters in the Sacred Word, nor
studiid the first principles of the doctrines
they profess to believe, as laid down by the
leaders in " advanced thought."
I have known persons whoso souls lair
ly boiled over with excess of patriotism,
and who could speak eloquently about
"rending the shakles of the bondman and
the oppressed," who would join their
sneers and disdain to the popular persecu-
conirollng himself and of experiencing
the emotions of pltv, sympathy, even pain
nder such circumstances, exhibits into
greatness, allows the noblest magnanimity.
It is generally necessary to make groal
sacrifices or perform groat deeds of hero
ism and fortitude, in order to meet great
crises to satisfy great emergencies, which
arc almost always caused by the existence
of some portentous social evil or calamity.
If there were moio oaro taken to be cour
ageous, heroic and magnanimous in tho
mlnuthu of life, there would be fewer great
evils, fewer crimes, and, consequently, lit
tle occasion for the mighty deeds, the ter
rible sacrifices, and tho prodigies of int.
man martyrdom, with whose stories all
history is filled and disfigured
In a few days tho present official year of
tho IIesi'Kiuan will close. The present
board of editors will descend tho tripod,
inako their bow, and give placo to others.
And it is of the coming election that wc
desire to say a word, trusting at the same
lime that tho exigencies of tho case, and
our favorable situation to observe them,
will bo a sulllcient excuse for touching
upon this subject.
The forthcoming election will be the
first under the new regime, and without
doubt, tho most important in many re
spects. The successful continuance of
the paper, perhaps its life, will depend
upon tho ability, nerve and intereslcdness
of tho men who shall gain the control of
affairs. Through the magnitude of the
labor and cost of publishing a twelve page
journal, the pressuie of tho times, and in
part, mismanagement, the Studkst has
led a very precarious existence during tho
entire year, until very recently. Our
finances have continually- been in a cramp
tion in the village school, to force colored cd and embarrassing condition, and life
children to yield up thoir privilege of
gaining knowledge. This species of so
cial bimdagc is tho crudest of all slavery
its chains canker the deepest. Race
prejudice is the most contemptible passion
which can mar an otherwise bunutitul char
I have know young men of high reputa
tion, who had not the courage to bear the
company of a bore, tho unpopular oddity,
or butt of the college, for an hour, rather
than wound his feelings by rudeness. I
have also known young ladies, who would
rudely insult audi an one for any attcnipl
ed mark of admiration, rather than endure
the jokes of he.' associates, or for the sake
of enjoying their empty encomiums for
smartness and daring.
Shame on such modes of showing su
periority! It is given as a reason, why
the Irish ' shoulder hitter" hates the No
gro, and persecutes him with such mur.
derum ferocity, thai ho U afraid that, un
less here, he will find none so base, as to
be ranked beneath him. A great many
people appear to bo actuated by similar
And right bore, allow us a word, apro
pos to the etiquette of a few young men
and women who sometimes frequent our
literary societies. They belong to tho
genus nuisance, as we have heretofore
classified them. When a beginner at
tempts to perform his part in tho literary
exercises, and stammers, looks awkward,
hesitates and ridiculously falls, these per
sons seize the opportunity to Bhow tlieh
superiority. They sneer, and laugh, and
looK around for applause, perhaps leaving
a lasting aud cruel wound in the spirit of
tho victim, which will discourage him In
all future attempts. Ho who Is capablo of
itself has been dubious. It is n matter of
genuine gratification, therefore, that under
our present business management, the
gracious light of pecuniary liberty is be
ginning to dawn. At present, the monthly
income not only meets the current
expenditures, but a portion of the back
indebtedness lias been liquidated. How
important, then, that a prudent and jeal
ous regard bo had for our future finan
cial prospects in the coming campaign.
Our present good fortune is owing, in n
great measure, to tho liborality of tho bus
iness men of Lincoln. It becomes us,
therefore, to placo men at tho head of af
fairs whose knowledge of buMness and
business etiquette will retain their patron-
The choice of an able corps of editors
is a mailer of no less import ancc. Our
position forbids us to refer to tho past ed
itorial management; but, with others, we
are deeply Interested in the future welfare
of tho IIkrim'.uian, and arc very anx
ious that the literary character of tho
work upon which wo have so long been
ongaged, be greatly elevated in the future.
This can easily be effected, if wc choose
wisely tho best men for the p'sitlou. Wc
don't want men (and when wo say men,
let it be understood, that wo wish to em.
brace the lae'les) who represent party, but
those who represent talent, and a talent
which will enable them to wrlto easily
And right hero, Ladies, a word with
you. It becomes you to shako off your
lethargy, ceaso to bo sleeping partners In
this concern, and tako a hand In tho man
agement of affairs. There is no Interest
connected with tho University which con
cerns you more, or in attendlug to which
you can gain more real profit to yourselves
or render more aid to others limn tlila.
You say you have executive ability,
tho faculty of self-government; you
niand equal rights, as you ouhMit; you
don't want to be pels, but partners- you
don't want lo bo led and diricted In all
things, but to lead. Now then, hero Is
splendid opportunity to show 3 our power
Have you no ambition ? Women arc Mid
to delight in intrigues here is ft fiDf
chance to get up a female ring. Who are
your candidates? Shall a male or female
ho editor-in-chief, or associate? In short,
girls, lie women, and lot us lay our hcadi
aud hearts together In tlilsniattcr--flgnrt
lively speaking, of course and glorlom
success will surely bless the happy uplou.
A subject which seems to demand the
consideration of the IIkspeuian, ns the
exponent of the college opinions and de
sires, is our Library. It is not our pur
pose to be querulous or to complain of
tho present management. Let us simply
have a social talk, and reason together
concerning the matter for a moment
Admirable wisdom and discretion hare
been exercised in the selection of our lb
lied number of volumes. But, though
limited, the collection is choice, and
amply sulllcient for the present i.cetls of
the University; yet a good library is of
very little ; value for shelf-ornament. To be
profitable it must bo used, handled, not
locked up as a fine exhibition to tho fac
ulty, or chance visitors Under the prc
out rule, bocks can be taken from the li
brary on certain days, by the college ttv
dent.1. There arc two objections to this
plan which we think worthy of consider
ation. First, under existing circumstnn
ces, many of our best students, even sonic
of the most mature in mind mid the most
capable of grasping and appreciating the
culture which the literature of the library
would afford, are in the Latin Scliool
Theoretical ly, perhaps, the regular college
students may know how to take better
care, and make better use of the books,
than the younger students of Ijwer grade
but the true nnd only practical philosophy
is, to conMdorNwhat ', not what ought to
be. But wo iwe not willing to admit, that
even tho preparatory students, less mature
in mind, should be denied theprivilcgoof
taking books from the library. It is es
tablishing an invidious discrimination,
which lias not been productive of tho best
results heretofore. It ispossible that even
the justice of this measure may reason
ably be questioned. As long as we have
a preparatory department, let us have nn
equality of interests and privileges. Wc
are laught by the same instructors and re
cite together in the same rooms. Let us
have no intellectual noiutoeracy, nor tattt
In the second place, the library will be
most useful, when jt is available, at all
times for the odd moments. The most
good is not derived from tho books which
we select lo rend at our leisure, but from
our reading In the spare hours, class inter
vals, etc., when tho exigency, the occasion,
or tho spirit promptB. There is a world
of knowledge to be gained by posting
up on points of history, authority, or tast
ing an author's style, just when tho Inspi
ration moves us and the time and occasion
permit, which is absolutely lost, if the op
portunlty, Is or must be neglected.
Therefore justice would seem to demand
these two charges in tho library regula
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