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T H K II K S P E It I AN ST I! I) E N T.
TI1R HESPERIAN STUDENT.
Published ecml-nionthly by the Mudontm of the
Nebraska State University.
Tuusday, .Ionic, lo. 1880.
KD1TOKS IN CHIEF.
Ma H. Faiufikm, U. V. Hauuinoton
AvmiOIATK EDITOR Miss WlI.l.lAMS
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.ectcd Invariably in advance. Adxcrtisomonts
Wo have good reason to bo proud of t lie
class of '80. Without any detriment
whatever to the preceding classes till will
agree with us in saying it is on an aver
age the best class ever graduated from
''o University. Space will not allow us
make a review of all the orations,
' Mch we wouldbe glad to do, although
! :ould do little else than reiterate the
'' Ises with which Ihe statc papers have
I een prontsc. "iVcrc was nothing tcdhfus
in the exercises; the orations were brief
nuu spirited, the music excellent, the flor
al offerings which attested the apprecia
tion of the numerous friends of the class
were manv and beautiful. We deplore
the near approach of the time when the
size of the classes will necessitate a
change from the requirement of orations
from each graduate. The election of the
orators from the class to appear on the
commencement programme would be at
tended with many; difficulties and the
omission ol them altogether would be tin
satisfactory. Many remarks were made on the simi
lavity of thought in each of the produc
tions. Docs it indicate a moulding influ
ence resulting from the nature of the stud,
ios pursued? We think not. Does it in-
dicate an influence of the current of
thought at the present time, derived from
au impartial reading of the thinkers and
philosophers of the day? We think it
does. We And pleasure in the conclusion.
There is a conflict of opinions in our day,
the broadest and deepest the world has
ever known. To say that we do not feel
the effects of this, would be to admit our
olvcs to be laggards in the progress of
thought. Each oration on Commence
ment day attested afull appreciation of the
attitude of the leading minds of the day,
yet an individuality of expression that
shows independent thought.
A graduating oration is expected to in
dicate something of what the mental work
has been, hence it is natural that the fun
damental line of thought based upon gen-
oral reading and observation would be
similar among the member of the same
class. Instead, therefore, of its being
an adverse criticism that the oxer,
ciscs wore without exception dovUod to
the different tendencies of modern
The llrst exercise of Commencement
was the Baccalaureate discourse by the
Chancellor. Sabbath cvcnlne The sub.
thought, it speaks well for the unlnuiMJccl WJW ,.T0 W,8(J m)m ,g sll.ong
moiled spirit of education at the linker- cll!Ulccllo,. Frtirffold possesses in a ro
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tiosi. The address abounded in good ad
vice lo the graduating class and tin ex
That a want of elocutionary discipline
was manifest in the class cannot be de
nied. Yet there was scarcely one promi-
prcssion ofau opinion in regard lo mnny
uon. mini in me uc.ivciy o. any u. (f tho vitiil (piesliont, which Imvi? shaken
graduates that careful training would not j io woj.,d (,m,mg am, Ini? con-
have removed. Oratory is an art and ' lnrjeg
ought to be cultivated more carefully
than as yet wo have any means of dci'ig
We snail miss the class of '80 deeply;
yet wo bid them God speed in whatever
way thoy may severally direst their labors
and will rejoice at cacli new success
which attends them.
We observe with pleasure that class dis
tinctiou is beginning to awaken among
us. It will be a now tie that shall bind
together more closely, those who are as
sociated directly in their work. It will
often serve as an incentive lo stronger ox-
ertion in keeping up the regular studies
in one of the regular courses. It is not
necessary that there should be incessant
warfare among the different classes, but
the word classmate should bo the "Open
Sesame" to the inner chambers of the
heart, and guarantee mutual assist 'hc
among those who bear it in common.
The junioric Senior class seemed to be
entirely ignorent of what was due from
them to, the ai'iuluming ( o&. Wcbope
hereafter that the Senior class will not be
oblidgcd to decorate the hall for Com
mencement exorcises black their own
boots etc., which according to all prece
dent is work that belongs to the Juniors.
Monday evening, Juno 7, at an early
hour, the Opera House was crowded with
an intelligent and appreciativc
audience intent upon listening lo
tho wit and wisdom of the representatives
of the Palludiun society. Space does not
permit any but a baie mention of each
The Overture by tho University Hand
i was well received. JNexl came tho Invo-
cation by Rev A. C. Williams. Eugene
Montgomery then appealed with n criti.
cism entitled "Edgar Poo and his Critics."
It abounded in much strong argument to
show that Toe has been a much wiouged
man. He paid a line tribute to the in
corruptible character of his writings,
showing that he never was actuated, as
his contemporaries, by mere venal gain.
The gentleman is a fine writer, one of the
best on the programme.
"Policy and Positiveness" by Miss May
Tho audience then greeted one of Lin
coin's favorite songsters with great ap
plause. Mrs. Hates rondei ed a solo with
Iter usual pleasing style both of voice and
manner. She deserved and received a
"The Legend of tho Organ Builder" was
rendered by Miss l.ola Williams In a
laultlcss manner. The lady posossos in
addition to hci natural line voice and
queenly bearing the advantage of having
received a most thorough elocutionary
training, li seldom falls to our lot lo
hear even a professional elocutionist en
ter so fully into ihi soul of her piece.
1 The exhibition was one of the best
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wnicn lias over oeon given oy uiu raun-
dian society, and she may well fool proud
of the literary merits ol'lhe participants.
Tho person who supposes gross humor,
ality to bo hidden under every form of so
rial relation that does notVhanee to meet
his approval, will almost invariably be
foundiito be a living example of his own
creed. The Democrat breaks forth with a
remonstrance against tho ladies of the
University attending society exhibitions
with their beaux as it chooses to call the
gentlemen who attend them. It is more
proper, as that worthy thinks, for young
ladies to attend such places with their
parents. But let it bo remembered that
most of the students are awav from their
parents, and that they are not children
but men and women who know how to
think and act for themselves. No one
can point to a community of people among
whom there is a higher standard of mo
rality than among the students of the Un
i versify. The cause of this is perfect free
dom of thought and action, and the high,
cr idea of what is due to true manhood
and womenhood prevalent among the stu
dents. When the one is hampered the
othor will bo lost. We hope therofore
that when the Chancellor needs advice in
regard to the best method of managing
the students, ho will not seek it at the
hands of the State Democrat.
The Unions should have held llieir ex
hibition Sattmhy evening, but on mc
couitl of tho heavy wind and rain storm
it had to be postponed until Tuesday
morning at 10 o'clock. But notwith
standing this drawback the Opera House
was tolerably well filled by a choice col
lection of the elite .f the city.
The Invocation was offered by Row
Miss Sophie Schwab, Lincoln's favorite
instrumental soloist, then gave ono of
her most charming peiformanccs.
An essay eiritled "The Nation, its fu
lure" was then read by Wm. A. Hackney.
The author showed that he had given the
subject much earnest thought. He held
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tree limn me tormer nut imintcu with the
lntlcv. It wns MJsp F.'s ninstcrpictte. "Site
thinks that 'positiveness' is fast giving
way to 'policy.'
The vocal solo "Once Again" oy Miss
Lillic Peck was so highly appreciated by
the musical that she was loudly eticored.
Ed. Rich then made his first appear-
mice before a Lincoln audience with an
Hcattackodjhojhcory jhal jeljmatic in
tiucnecs affect character and mind.
Will N. Hawley delivered an oration
entitled "The strife between tho living
and the dead." It was finely written and
showed the eminent practical sense ol its
author. He held that the true principles
of every art should he known but that
essay, "Disraeli-An unpopular view," i ""' wicugo snouiu go tanner than
which merited and received high praiso. ' mcl(' xhi'ovi'- TlltJ fiKtlomim had a very
Miss Emma Smith's oration, "Social ' PIe,MS M'l'iance on tho -stage and in
Inconalitv rcrxus Progress " was .mil.. I CV01T w,lv conducted himself with credit.
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short and to the point. She came to the
conclusion that the present is the period
of greatest social equality. The lady did
credit to herself and to the society she rep
resented. The duqt by Miss Gerrans and .Air.
Smith retained the high musical lcputa
tion which they have justly earned.
The eulogy on the "Good old Times"
by Miss Florence N. Jones abounded,
from beginning to end, iu most sparkling
and original wit. It was a delightful
change from the usual affected style of col
liege pieces. She said that the only thing
she Wondered al was thai tile good lit
tie children of tho "good old times" who
learned their catechism and wore so good
did not die young as the Sunday School
books dispose of children who are too
good for this life. Miss Jones appeared
to be the favorite with the audience.
The oration, "History a physical, not a
moral science," by E. P. Unaiigst was a
strong argument to disprove the theory
that divine intervention changes the
world's history. He held that physical
discovorics are the great stopping stones
to a higher civilization.
I Tho fillcstimi (iiv dnlintfi wne " l?nJ,J
That the thinker is as practical as the
actor." Miss Jessie Parker championed
the all'., and iu every way proveda worthy
champion. Her arguments were brought
forth with clearness and force. She
showed conclusively that all our advance
ment is due to the thinker's brain, and
that Ihe actor is a mere tool in the hands
of the thinker. Miss Parker fully sus
turned her reputation as a writer.
S. V. Mallory, who championed the
neg., labored under a great disadvantage
in coming directly after such a masterly
debater. But lie did great credit to him.
self, notwithstanding. He held that men
j who live by their wits arc too numerous,
ignoring the fact that only actors can live
by their wits. He unquestionably had the
unpopular side of liie question, but most
of his arguments wore sound -uid logical.
"The mission of Genius" by Miss Mat
tie Hawley was a thoughtful and beauti
fully worded essay marking out what is
tho true ond and aim of genius. "Tho
powsr of acquiring what others have
evolved, is talent. Genius cannot be
trained." This was the ground taken.
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