Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, January 01, 1876, Image 5

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THE HESPERIAN STUDENT.
Thi' love of money Is the root of all
rVil " but the love of power is the root of
a good. It is H noble aspiration. Man
being the highest typo of creation, the lm
jigcof his milKur' iiiiwtal, what can ho
5 higher aim than to labor for man. How
Ij power to bo obtained? Many ways.
Hut like all tho faculties of man it is a
cift, and with each individual, has Its
limits It is your duty to improve this
gill. Perhaps the influence you might
exert Is lying dormant, unused. If so,
rouse it to action. Bury no talent.
First, your power will depend upon
jour natural endowments, lor no one has
miy great respect for an inferior. You
must he possessed of somo superior tal
ents or your power will be limited. Over
this you have no control, for your talents
arc such as God Ins given you and with
iliein you must be content. But suppos
ing nature has done enough, we will pass
is the next consideration. The simple
factor possessing talent will secure no
powei If it becomes evident that your
abilities will bo made subservient to evil
insteiul of good, it matters not how gifted
you may be, your power will be weak.
You must prove to the world that your tal
ents will be employed for the general good
anil not for selfish ends. "What proof can
be ollered V Character, nothing else. Life
u mi opportunity to test one's power ; char
aeter the result. Then next to natural en
ilowment we would place character. But
men of tine natural qualifications, and of
irreproachable character often pass
through life exerting but little influence,
simply because they disregard some minor
but essential element of power. A hearty
shake of the hand, a reasonable interest in
others' welfare, a courteous bearing toward
all, are small things, but are often the
points upon which hinge one's whole ca
recr. Tii gain power, to control men, you
must study men. Discover the motives
which control their acts, and how to place
these motive before them. By some it is
claimed that selfishness lies uMhu founda
tion of every act. Without entering into
any discussion, this fact is clear, that with
a large class no consideration is so oll'cet
ive as personal advantage. Then make
that class as large as possible vho would
think your increase of power their indi
viiluul gain.
Another considerable source of power
lies in organization. This is one of the
chief elements of power. Its importance
might be seen by sending an unorganized
mob of men to oppose an equal number,
ncll drilled, and commanded by skilled
ofllcirs The whole secret of some men's
powir consists in their capacity for organi
zation while the lack ol inlluence exerted
la home classes can bo directly traced to
uir unorguni.cd state. As a remarkable
inctuiice nf this we might point to the ag
ru nihilists; they outnumber, by far, any
uil i t lass, and yet we know of no other
duns but exert a greater inilueiico on so.
uety Organized, they would bo the con
trulling power. Many other examples op
the -:un- kind might be mentioned.
Then study the art of organizing. Man
Una is capable of many divisions: they
muj be divided with respect to their race;
their nationality ; their political opinions ;
liie-U icligious views; thoir Idea on the
ilifliu-m social rejourn.; in fact, with rof
cam i t anything In which there is adif
fi'i.ii.r iimuig men. ISnoh division is
ii piil.le of being organized Into a par
t), and party is the lulcrutn of power. By
lu aid m individual, by securing control
of tho party, embodies in himself the
combined powors of tho members that
compose tho party. To become a party
leader may not bo esteemed a very noble
aim, but In a country like ours, where
party controls everything, tho man who
seeks for power through any other chan.
nel will seek lu vain. We do not mean
by this that it is necessary for a man to
become a political trickster, or that his
success depends entirely upon his ability
as a wire-puller. But besides talent and
character, an absolute knowledge of how
parlies are organized and controlled is re
quired to compete successfully with those
who are tricksters or wire-pullers.
"While wo have glv'n our view of what pow
er, or the control of men, In itself, consists ;
namely, natural endowment, character, and
abllly to organize, there is yet one element
the lack of which would render of no ad
vantage whatever other faculties might be
possessed: this is work, This element of
labor enters Into almostevery question and
too much importance can not be attached
to it. The prosperity of every enterprise,
whether public or private, depends upon
the energy with which it is conducted. If
power is what you are seeking, although
you may have lino natural gifts, a good
character, and know how to organize your
forces, unless you use theso gifts, prove
your character, and prepare your forces
for the contest, you will llnd that when
the time comes to test your power it will
fall far short of your expectation. Then
we say to all, labor, allow no advantage to
escape simply from lack of energy.
NOTES ON EXCHANGES.
We now for the first time complacently
seat ourselves at the exchange table for the
purpose of reviewing tho Interesting and
instructive papers of our neighboring col
leges. This is a duty which we shall
greatly enjoy, however much we may be
unable correctly to discharge it. For what
can bo more pleasant and desirable to a
student than spending a half-hour now
and then, in looking over the interesting
and attractive journals of our distant col
leges: by so doing we can easily observe
the developomont and growth of minds
which are far from us: but minds that nev
er fall in exercising a common sympathy
In the cause of education.
Of course our college journals arc cal
culated to be fair exponents of the respec
tlve institutions which they represent. In
our review we shall notice tho more attrac.
tlve features of our exchanges, and if per
adventure we should make a lemark or so
as to the questionable merits of the vari
ous journals, wo sincerely hope it will be
received all In good part. For we do not
desire to wound the tender hearts of our
brethren if wo havo any belonging to htat
"genus."
The liistexchange that comes under our
cognizance is the Union Gollego .Uagatinc,
Vol. XIV, No. I, which has an exceeding
ly interesting prize essay on Samuel Tay
lor Coleridge, by .1. C5. Lansing. Such an
essay we cannot help but admire for the
just picture drawn of the old lake poet.
We also porubed "A Senior's Experience at
Niagara Falls" with more than ordinary
interest. We heartily congratulate you,
Mr. Gieenc, on your eminent success in
foiling the con.! iuod genius of those dia
bolical hackmen that linger about the
Falls. We think, however, you'll soon do
to come west.
We havo received the Dec number ol
the University Reporter, of tho Iowa State
University. Have read It with considera
bio risibility. It Is chuck full of locals,
which speaks volumes for tho combined
genius of its seven editors.
Tho Dec. number of the Adrian College
liecord Is received. Wo have examined
Its contents and must say that tho Record
Is a welcome visitor.
The College Olio makes tho valuable
suggestion for tho fraternal group of col
lego paper editors, that It would bo an ex
cellcnt opportunity for the respective edi
tors of eacli and every college journal to
meet at the Centennial. Wo think, Mr.
Editor, that you havo struck the key-note.
We, for one corps, will agree to meet you
there for a genial shake. AVe see no rea
son why an cntcprisc of tills nature could
not be effectually carried out, for, as you
say, the commencement exooises of the
majority If not all the colleges will take
place sufllclcntly early to admit of an ox
curslon of that kind. And so what say
you, let us do our part in bringing about a
concurrence of that description.
No. 2, Vol. 8, of the Packer Quarterly,
is received and has furnished us a half
hour's diversion in perusing its commend
able contents. "The Marble Faun" espec
ially attracted our attention, and wo must
say the author has the happy faculty of
showing up his subject in an exceedingly
interesting manner.
The Dcnison Collegian greets us with a
hearty welcome. We have perused you,
Mr. Collegian, with no small degree of in
terest, as well as with considerable benefit.
Wo like the way you talk. Your sugges
tions on "College Training as a Prepara
tion for Business," were duly considered.
We think that a production worthy the at
tention of any ono who desires to make
his business relations a success during
life.
The Lawnnce Collegian, in a production
entitled "Homely People," says, "the with
holding of a pleasant good morning by a
beautiful (female) friend from a homely
individual makes deeper cutting wounds
and more incurable by far, than the gold
en studded sceptre of Ulysses." Mayn't
we enquire, dear Bro., arc you a member
of that unfortunate (homely) family?
We are the recipients of the University
lieoicwer for Deccember, and we must say
we llnd it unusually interesting. As a col
lego paper it successfully puts foi th much
that is very readable. Wo are glad to oh
serve its sound productions, its humorous
locals and fine editorials.
Tho University Missouriin for Dec. lies
on our table. We spent a portion of our
time in perusing it and think we havo
boon well paid therefor. The Jfissourian
is alive paper.
The Turgum, the good old 'largum next
meets the scrutiny of our optics. We
grasp it, we search its columns, wo rend "A
Query," we ponrse a "Venerable Graduate,"
and then somewhat rejuvinated pass on to
"Camping out as I found it," and enjoy tho
many jokes thcroin. But, bro. Turgum,
we lay this down with deep regrot. not
howovor because you hnvn't entertained
us, but becouso wo have turned the last
leaf and drank in tho entile contents of
your excellent shoot.
Wo acknowledge tho reception of the
Central Gollcgion: it contains much valu
able reading mattor. Tho poetry entitled
"The old Cider Mill" is quite humorous
land would be excellent to illuminate a
moluuchoy countenance (hat is provid
ing (lie mug wasn't empty.
In runuiiigovcr oitrcxeli ingcs, we Hud
it a greater task than what wo lli-i m let
paled, on account ui ilie cccdin!' I mn
number. Wo hImi rlml ' our Inured
space that we shall lii' o,.ini m.in.on.
lug many gems of Hum li !iii sp-uiilo
with tho daz.liiiit .r'iun ii i -liakpear,
or that disclose Hie iu-'iioumI lioiini of a
sublime .Milton We ,i ii m m iiimi to
oration, drinking in iNi onn-ni- ni-otiinhly.
Kssny after esstiv s peiui l nel tlicv all
disclose such an caltfd deuee of culture,
that it would he Inn d I'm us in tell who
has been most successful in li milling his
subject. Hill we venluie one u mink that
they are all highly seasoned with thougnts
which eminate from well equipoised
minds, no one willdein. And thus llro.
exchanges, with thenc few tcinark- wo
remain your conteiraneoiis Coicmpouiry
Reviewer.
EDUCATION, A MKANS TO AN END
The results sought by ed neat .on m-ciu to
be the elevation of mankind, mid I lie bet
ter fitting of each individual lor the oceii.
pation in life, which such individual shall
determine to bo his choice.
Those countries that clovale the stand
ard of education, and place i lu means of
acquiring knowledge within the i ieh of
all, make nipjd strides towards future
prosperity; while countries that keep their
subjects in ignorance, assume a despotic
form where the life of a human being is
an item of little or no consideration, when
it is in opposition to some fanciful whim
of the monarch, and such a country can
only make retrograde movements in the
matter of civilizaiion.
Considering that education butler tils an
individual for the pursuit of his occupa
tion in life, there ar) di lien m causis nr
systems of education marked mil lm the
student, but rctlooting a moment, wc are
compelled to say that our pr eni m; iim
of education do not fully hear nut our
idea of what they should lie. In this
country we lose all distinction ot easte,
and lie who has been compollxl in limn a
trade is as worthy as the in. in who, by
reason of his wealth, can spend his h.e m
being what we formerly termed a gentle
man, and now define to be a gentleman
of leisure. If a student who lias anixeil
at that point in his education when he is
ready to enter college, designs to follow
some particular pursuit in life; lie should
be educated with a view to make him bet
tor tit for tlie business. Suppose a young
man deires to enter the battle of life in
the mercantile busine-s, wo deem it pm
or that he should receive such an ilui
tion as will acquaint liini with the line of
duty that ho will follow in commercial
life. We have colleges designed foi Hie
fitting of a man for ihe profession ol u
physician, and to learn the technicalities
of trade, he must learn in the rigid school
of experience. However, the schools n
the day am beginning to appreciate ibis
necessity, and we are given the privilege of
enrolling ourselves in what is leimed the
select course in our colleges And as soon
as any individual settles to his own satis,
faction the particular business f.u- which
lie Is best fitted, wo deem it his duty to di
rect all his energies in that direction, and
if he perse voringly plods along, ever keep
ing his avocation in life as his heudliLlit,
he cannot tall shoi tut being one ot t' .i
leaders In that division of the duties of lite
But to reach our goal we must rcmcinlu i
tho means by which we can leach the de
sired end, and it surely seems high al to
assert that the sooner wo start in 'the jour
ney, the sooner we will pass thioiigh Iho
hem of the travel. Paul