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About Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885 | View Entire Issue (March 1, 1877)
1ml if I wanted it, I would have to .wail
until another apportionment luul tilled
thfir depleted treasury before I could re
receive the larger portion of my pay.
I was now desperate enough to accept
almost any terms as readily as u lightning
rod agent duns his unhappy customers. I
could now rest in peace; and thus the
time passed until the day before I was to
return to college. Hut imagine my dis
may, as I then received intelligence that
the district in which I was expecting to
teach, had been sued by the builder of
their new schoolhousc, and condemned to
pay heavy costs. They were thus forced to
dispense with their winter school, and I
was left adrift.
" Never mind," said my sanguine uncle,
" the schools are not all engaged yet. I
will sec the County Superintendent in a
few days. You can go to college and I
will find you a school."
In the hopeful state of mind inspired
by these words, I returned to college. I
watched the mails closely for several
weeks, and at length the long-wished-for
message came. It read as follows:
" I have Ingaged for you tlio big preyrlo ecliulo
Timothy Buncombe director $W will begin the
last monday In Nov. IIezekiah Jinks."
I was enough familiar with uncle's way
of doing business to decipher the above,
and so it was perfectly intelligble to mc.
The message proved, contrary to my
now shaken credibility, no false alarm,
but I returned in due season and kept the
f ".liool. Perhaps I may be desired to add
a word wiih reference to my success in
teaching, but I forbear.
And now, after passing through the
scenes which I have tried to narrate, I
feel like giving a word of brothorly ad
vice to all would-be pedagogues.
Set about to engage your school at least
a year beforehand; agree to accept low
wages; offer to board around if they
speak about it, but rest contented with no
doubtful guarantees; make, if possible, as
surance doubly sure.
I hope that this will be taken in good
part, as it comes from one who
through the mill himself.
THE SOUTH. .
AVc who live in the North are accus
tomed to look upon Southern affairs in
rather a narrow and one-sided manner,
When wc hear of broils and massacres in
the South, we find that republican news
papers cast the blame upon the white pop
ulacewhile democratic papers claim that
ihc negroes arc at the bottom, and wc ncv
er stop to consider anything except the
Let us pause and take into account the
condition not only of the proud and
haughty people which has been so terribly
humbled, but also that of the vast multi
tudes of inactive and ignorant negroes,
(and we mean no disrespect in speaking
thus, for no one will deny that they are or
could be otherwise.) The southern peo
ple, from their climate, position and
breeding, could not look upon the institu
tion of slavery in the same light as we,
living in the North beyond the direct in
lluences of the merciless institution.
I have no doubt but that the majority
of them conscientiously believed that
slavery was right and just. They thought
we were pompous and dictativc in asking,
and afterwards in demanding, them to
give up their cherished institution, and
necessarily they came to look upon us as
their bitter enemies. Our terrible civil
war followed. They were overcome and
cowed physically, but were no more con
vinced than before that thuy were in the
wrong. They looked upon us as usur
pers, as their tyrants, and sulkily obeyed
the mandates laid upon them as a whipped
cur would his master.
Then began the worst phase in all our
history. A vast multitude of ignorant
and imbecile beings was, in a singlo day,
lifted from the degraded position of mere
brutes to a level with their old masters.
The only way in which we could exper
ience a tithe of what the feelings of this
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