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certainly my something for the support
of such efforts. Think it over during
vacation ami come hack in the Fall with
plans matured for carrying out something
of the kind. Do not let us he behind all
the colleges of the country in such enter-prises.
At an early hour on the evening of
June 8th, the Opera House was filled
to overflowing with an appreciative audi
ence to listen to the Baccalaureate Ad
dress of Chancellor Fairfield. Most of
churches in the city had been postponed
because of the occasion, and the Opera
House became the centre of attraction for
young and old, religious and patriotic.
After a prayer by Rev. Lewis Gregory,
and the usual excellent music rendered by
the Glee Club, the Chancellor entered
upon the discourse of the evening.
Throwing himself into the true spirit of
an American, he first disclosed the con
tending elements in the higher and lower
social circles. Following out this idea
he showed the responsibility that rests
upon the student in choosing and main
taiiiingthe principles of civil and religious
reform. Above all national progress was
dependent upon the elements that com
prised the nation. Banish the soothing
balm of religion, and harsh and revolu
tionary measures must' be an immediate
consequence. Not only the purity of so-
cicty, but the virtues of our political insti
tutions, would then be tarnished.
The original style of the Chancellor,
added to his graphic and sublime descrip
tion, caused the exclusive attention of the
audience throughout. More thai: once
although the heat of the evening was op
pressive, the fans were seen to lfe motion
less in the hands of an enraptured audi
encc. Music rendered by the Glee Club closed
the exercises of the evening; and the aud
ience broke up, each and all comment
ing upon the rare abilities of the Chancel
lor, and the fidelity and integrity with
which he had ever executed his several
duties in connection with the University.
A distinct feature of the address noticed
by all, was the rejection of much abstract
and metaphysical thought, and the sub
stitution of practical and civic ideas.
Considering the relations of the Universi
ty to the State, this change in itself ap
pears highly commendable. For the
student reared by the Slate, is expected to
render some service to the State, and an
address imbued with such a sentiment
must properly represent the true spirit
that should pervade the University.
The eight annual Commencement of
the Nebraska State University has come
and gone, and the institution has sent
forth five more able representatives to
mingle with the busy world.
At the appointed hour on Wcdnesda'
morning, the Stale, County and City offic
ials, the Board of Regents, Faculty and
Alumni, Graduates of other Colleges and
citizens from abroad, together with a
large body of Students formed a proces
sion on the University campus, and
marched to the Opera House, prccceded
y the Lincoln band. Every street was
lined with an anxious throng; and the
friends and patrons of the University
from all parts of the State wended their
way to the Temple of Oratory. We noticed
one new and pleasing feature in the ar
rangement of the procession. The diflcr
cut class organizations assembled ui a
body and formed the van. Each member
of the Junior class wore a neat budge
upon which was printed the college rank.
It was crowned by i handsome button
hole bouquet. The Sophomore class
wore an elegant white satin beau, and
the Frcshics bore the insignia of their
class. As the procession uearcd the Op.
era House, the command "Open order"
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