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THE HESPERIAN STUDENT.
rUIIMSMKD MONTHLY 1IY THK
HESPERIAN STUDENT PUBLISH.
ElHTOlMN-CHIKK, . A. W. FlM,U.
Assooiatk Editor and Rkvikwku,
J. L. Shank.
LocAii, ... W. A. MoAmjbthh
W. UaiijKy, - Business Manager.
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Subscriptions collected Invariably in advance.
Advertisements collected monthly.
Studknt, during our control, absolutely
the work of students.
Asking that you bo lenient in your criti
cisms, and liberal in your contributions,
we make our editorial bow.
Friends and Patrons: Another turn in
the wheol of fortune has placed your pa
per in other hands, whether for its weal or
woo remains to be seen. Yet be assured
of this, that if it is in the power of those
whom you have honored with its manage
ment, its advancement will bo certain.
No labor will be shunned that would tend
to its prosperity, and with your hearty co
operation we entertain no fears concern
ing its future.
The labors of our immediate predeces
sors have been eminently successful. The
size and general appearance of the paper
lias been steadily improved, until, instead
of a four-page sheet, you have a neatly ar
ranged twelve-page paper. In literary
murit it compares favorably with other
college journals. With regard to party
strife, the retiring board, though perhaps
not entirely blameless, has made the paper
as free from this charge as could havcrea
sonably been expected. Of the work of
Mr. Howard while editor the Association
may well be proud, for to him more than
to any other individual is duo the present
condition of the paper. If during the
present administration an equal progress
can bo maintained, we will think our ex
crtions have not boon in' vain.
To our exchanges wo would say, that in
our intercourse with eacli other may our
relations bo both pleasant and profitable.
To accomplish this it is only necessary
that in our comments and criticisms we
adopt a manly and courteous tone.
Some may have expected that in this,
our salutatory, we would lay down the'
plan on which we propose to worn, or
give a description of what appears to lis
the ideal f a col'ec paper While there
may be certain things which we consider
requisite for a lirst.elass paper, before ad
voeating too strongly we would wish io
apply to thorn the test of practicability.
However, this is certain, that one object .if
a paper is to give students an opportunity
to improve themselves in composition ; to
do thu 3011 must write. Nothing would
give us greater ploasiue than to make th
According to the resolution passed by the
Hoard of Regents, those studonts in tho
college years oonstltutoiho present Paper
Association. Without intending any un
fair criticisms, we cannot but consider this
arrangement detrimental to the best inter
ests of the paper. A largo number of able
studonts are in tho preparatory classes; wo
need both their literary and financial aid.
liy our constitution any student subscrib
ing for the paper became a member of the
Association. Thus the double induce
mentof securing tho paper and obtaining
a voice in its control was offered. The
wisdom of the plan became evident at tho
approach of each election by the certain
additions to our finances. In time tho in
terests of the paper will demand some
such provision as the resolution provides,
and without doubt, its control will cvontu
ally be placed in the hands of one of tho
classes, but it will be some lime to come.
At present, such a move is obviously pro
mature, for with the support of the whole
school the paper lias had, at times, even
within tho last year, rather a precarious
existence. It would seem, at this time, a
dangerous experiment to cut oil' a large
number from whom wo have derived much
What are the other considerations in fa
vor of the resolution ? We have heard
but one argument worthy of mention, that
is, that its ollcct would be to do away with
the strife that heretofore has bcensodetri
mental to the paper. The last election
proves the fallacy of this reasoning, there
being as much of strife and ill-feeling as
at any previous meeting or the Associa
tion. It might be said, that the resolution
was originated for party purposes, as the
framers themselves acknowledged, but
this is no argument either for or against
its utilitj-. Having shown some of the dis
advantages of working under the rcsolu
tion, and failing to discover any benefits,
wo would ask tho Regents to consider the
justness of rescinding it. Such an act wo
think would bo in accord with the wishes
of a large majority of those interested in
til o welfare- of the paper.
No class of men receive tho praise and
tho censure, are made the subject of high
sounding eulogies, or tho object at
which to hurl low and degrading
epithets, to an equal extent witli tho
bolter. How strange that men who
defend the principle of bolting, who are
ever exerting their fellows to make use
ol this their undoubted right when tho
public interest would be advanced there
by, who make it the cure-all of every politi
cal disorder: how strange, when the test
of honesty is applied to those men by
MJino independent spj.it 8tnmUng ,,.
from an organi.uiion with which they are
cmnacted, that they u,e ready to impugn
the bolter's motive, ttIltl bm!ll, ,,,, W m
"uigratc" ami a "villlun," a "sorehead"
and a "traitor."
It matters not what the party, or how tie
furious thu schemes he may have refused
to sanction, if lt. leadcrsof the party, .l,t.
originators of the schemes, be of doubtful
mtcgrih, he who has the manhood to re
u.so his support must expect that his ae
tions will be ascribed tr motives in keep.
Ing with the character of his Judges; that
thu attack against him will be maintained
with all the fierceness of disappointed
Hecause a man falls to co-operate witli a
party of which ho is a member, neither
proves him a saint or a knave, that act like
ail others must bo determined by examin
ing the motives that led to it. The signers
of the Declaration of Independence and
tho originators of the Southern Confeder
acy were equally rebels and traitors, yet
each is honored or despised according cs
the motives which prompted the act are
hold in credit or discredit. It is not our
purpose in this article to oppose or defend
tho principle of bolting, but rather to urge
that you bo honest in judging of the mo.
lives of those who may bo considered in
this class There can bo no conduct more
despicable than to impute improper mo
tives to a blameless act Remove tho
beam from your own eye if you would see
clearly tho moto in another's. In forming
your estimate of a person's character,
judge not from the great pretentions lie
may make. When interest dictates, the
devil assumes the character of a saint.
Pure thoughts and noble principles are
often uttered by corrupt and time-serving
men. Hut be not deceived by words.
Wait patiently until an opportunity is pre
sented for testing the genuineness of the
declarations of the individuals whose char,
actors you would determine. If then his
acts are consistent witli his formerly ex
pressed views, fail not to give him the
credit due an honest man. Rut if on the
other hand you llnd him acting a part in
direct opposition to principles that he has
previously maintained, fail not to brand
him as aliyocrite.
No class do so much to destroy the con
fidence of man in his folio w-men as that
class who are ever seeking to invent un
worthy motives to account for tho actions
of men. Hotter err on the other side, im
puling honorable causes to acts perhaps
not altogether free from selfishness. This
would have a tendency to awaken lofty
sentiments, stir up to noble manhood, and
bless instead of curse the race.
Why can we not, as a school, bo favored
with an occasional lecture? The L. L. U.
lias exhibited commendable zeal in mak
ing an effort to supply this need ; but it is
not of lecturers from abroad that wo
would speak. The Lectukb Association
commands better talent, and probably fur
nislies a course superior to any the stu
dents would bo able to give. But wo have
homo talent that is highly esteemed
throughout the Stato, and this should bo
pressed into service at home We say
pressed, not because we think they would
be unwilling to appear before tho students,
for we believe the only reason for their
not doing so before to bu the want of an
invitation. It is very proper for tho socio
ties to take this matter in hand, and much
more in keeping witli their object, litcra
ry culture, than giving socials, which has
been the rage of late, though socials arc
very good in themselves. In the course of
a term's study the student finds many in
teresting topics, that can 011I3 m- partially
developed, for want of time, in the class
room. If this could bo made the subject
of an evening's discourse, much valuable
knowledge of a more general kind than
we would otherwise gain would be the iv
suit. If the societies do not sic Jii to take
hold of this matter, then lot all unite and
if necesKary set aside society work one or
two eenings ol each term and devote the
time to tins Rinit ot culture. The adviui.
tages that would arise from such a eour?o
aro manifold. From every lecture wo
learn something of tho manner or aiialyz.
Ing it subject methodically, In fact, mo
tiling of everything Unit pertains to tho
art of speaking well. Hut it 111113 bo vU
hat this demand is fully met, and tlmi
there is enough to attract the student's ,.
tentlon from tho work ho has in hand
student can form no opinion more detii.
mental to his true interests, than that of
thinking liis only duty while at school to
be the preparing of the work ghen him
in the class-room, and that nothing outside
of this can have any claim upon his time.
The result of such an education would l)C
a man with narrow, contracted views, ami
of no practical knowledge of the world.
Our object hero is intellectual improve
ment, and while the mastering of the dif.
ferent subjects which present themselves
during tho course is our first duty, still
anything that helps to secure this object
has a claim upon our time. "We know of
nothing that will give a greater return for
the time expended than listening to a care
ful ly prepared lecture. Resides those im
mediately connected with the institution,
who would willingly respond to a call of
this kind, we might call upon our gradu
atos, and doubt not, but they would give
tho dlffeieut societies, of which they were
members, an occasional address, as cir
cumstances would permit. Such a plan,
besides adding a very interesting reaturc
to society work, would greatly encourage
those who are still plodding on in the low
or ranks and give them a new stimulus
to continue on persevering to the end. We
are required to prepare orations as a part
or our rhetorical exercises, and also tho so
cieties make an occasional demand or this
kind; and we find one of our greatest dif
Acuities lobe, our inability to present our
thoughts on any subject in a clear and log
ical manner. It would be a great aid it'
we could have continually placed before
us the models of those who have had ex
perience in work of this kind. II our
opinion is correct, that an invitation is all
that is wanting, suppose we remove this
objection, and enjoy a few good lectures
from our home talent during the term.
Men love power. To obtain it there is
nothing they will not sacrifice. Ease,
wealth, and sometimes honor is bartered
to secure but a draught from this alluring
fount. Knowledge is power, hence men
seek knowledge. Wealth is power, there
fore men labor to acquire wealth. Char
acter is power, and this consideration lies
at the foundation of many a character It
is what all are seeking. The devout di ine
feels that his labor for his church, lor his
religion, depends upon the power he .hi
oxort over ills congregation ; so ho petitions
for power from above. The lnuw-r is
most happy, when before a jury of his
fellow-inen, hie power has saved a client
We are all advocates, pleading our own
cause; the world is the jury. Tho verdict
will be final Let us appeal to the eiy
best advantage, exerting our every power
to its utmost. Rut what is power? And
why so desirable? The word p,ci has
many definitions, but we know of no bet
ter way to express the meaning we would
convey by its u-c, than to say, it is that
which enables in 1111 ( cnnlrol men. All
desire it because it is considered the mairic
wand by which every desire can he rati
fied, and so it is. Success depends 111,011
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