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About Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 1, 1876)
.ImeriVjiii AViM of'Plucti.
that the student wishing Id pursue these
cMi.do an by hlnwlf afterward." Wo
think It u goucrnl truth, however-, that
when earnlug a maintenance, n' person
has.nolthcr the time nn'r ha good an oppor
tunity -as thq college .ought to give him.
American, students, unlike those of Eu
rope, arc very often compelled to work
their own why through college. It Is,
therefore, only- natural that they .should
desire, full -and substantial reward Tor
their hard labor.
Then"! abridge the disproportionate time
that is allotted to the-study of thu e'lastdcs.
Let it be shortened t leijst a year, and let
only the choice portions-of the host and
mostjinstruetlve classical authors-be read,
lift Mu remaining lime ho-' devoted to
topics 'f Interest and pryelieality. A
more general culture, would thus 'be af
forded, -and thu well foirided objections to
classical education would lose much of
their weight. We would not ho under'
stood as wishing that thu classics might
be done nwty with. On tin other hind,
we fully ad.ult their j-rout utility, yet we
contend thai. they now receive a dispro.
portionntu share of attention. Scientific
and othif.studies are now claiming more
attention, thiui hitherto, and ir we would
have true liberal culture, we inu.-t accord
to them tiiu place which their merits dc
mnnd. .. . ,,
American Names of Places.
What a si, ikjjng lack r originality our
people vxliihil'ln naming oiri les.'vilhi.
gesandeonntie.s! L'.ok over maps and
gazette., and (mnt, if you ca. the Btr.
lius, Minnas, CIiwim and It , -lies ;,
nru PCjyjeni.1 prnfulj ,,.,. ,,. 03U,r...
T"l. -. .. . .
iubjhimv,.! nmiiwuhiuh our pc p!e
would M-ein to ihwji-ks. induces thtm to
appropriate diserjininately mid of'en
ridieuUiiy u. u.f , ;. U()Sl
incm plne.eM in tl,e. Old. World. A rail
road Mnlion, composed uf n few dwcl ling
houses, blacksmith lo,,s, whiskey sa
loonu, and dirofmiUyjis'storus" isclign! .fled
by the name, perhaps, of Parte Or Pal.
myiV, while the iunc name may bo
found applied 'do some I'mvn or vitiligo In
nearly every State in the Union.
And how do these names appear In com
parisonb Would the nVme of Oeorge'
Washington, or Thomas JolVers'oil; give
dignity to a street rowdy, or a drunken
debauchee? As well should a inagnill
cent gateway be erected at 'the entrance to
o turnip patch. And yet this Is a parallel
ease. New cities and towns are constant
ly springing up on our borders, and re
delving the oft repeated application of
transatlantic names, until there Is scarcely
one of the latter but has Its scores of '
namesakes in our inlds't. And still the"
practice goe3on. What Is the need of
this? Why not retain the aboriginal
names a) far as practicable, and then ex
erclsc ourorlginallty a" Utile In devising
The State of Michigan, some years ago,
enacted a law to retain the native" nnmes
of places aslhe mementoes of nrncc now
so nearly extirpated. By this arrange
ment, thertf Would be no Naples and Al
cxandrla within ten miles of oach other, '
and no insignificant village in the back
woods bearing thV imposing name ol Pc-"
kin or Cairo.
The'names with which" the Indians des-
ignatcdlheplae.es they "frequented wdre
appiopriate and expressive. It Is tar
more fitting that we should retain them,
since we have pushed theft-" originatdVs
from our path, than that we should in-
crerse thcmisuii'd and roughly handled
n, imcs w havo imported, until they be
cov 'ie threadb-ir ittid their number defies
com 'nation. When the former resource
fails, leuippropi no name-i be invented.
Many, 'm,,, 'mvo ,H-'cn produced from this
source, ''N' the prac tice is mniMi less com
mon that 't ought to be. The first occu
pipits of ov. tv conntn derived their iinnifs
(preach lot ility from somo'''pecuHarlty
connected wi.'h it.
Many old p.'nccs liavc Vetnined their
names for so ljn41 a time tlfat their import
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