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T II K II 12 S P B HI A N S T U D E N T.
Wo congratulate the lady on her happy
power of expression.
Miss Mettle I. DeCon's recitation "The
Bride of the Greek Isle" was rendered the
most simply and unaffectedly of anything
we ever heard Tito lady Is a nnturol 1.
ocutionist. Her description of the burn
ing ship was rendered with a sublimity
seldom heard. Her appearance on the
stage was full of grace and simply per.
feet. She deserved the admiration of
every lino man and woman in the audi
ence. "English Politics" the oration deliver
od by N. '., Sncll was pregnant with
strong practical common sense. Mr.
Snell's voice is nearer what an orator's
voice ought to be than that of any other
student of the University. He was calm,
self possessed, eloquent. Ilia comparison
between Gladstone and Disraeli was ele
gant and decidedly In lavor of the former.
He scorned the policy of Christian En.
gland protecting Turney, the persecutor
of Christians. The gentleman shows
great promise of making an orator of no
The Union society need not feel
ashamed of her chosen representatives.
They acquitted themselves In a manner
deserving of the highest praise.
The University addresses for the past
three years have not been quite up to the
standard. This year was no exception to
the rule. The subject was well handled.
It was a dry subject,and could only inter
est those who have made considerable ad
vancement. The average student coulJ
not got interested. Wc heard somo very
tlattcrlug comments upon the address.
We should judge that Chancellor Ham
mond is an eminent man, in his position,
but doesn't seem adapted to interest a pop
ular audience. It is to be hoped that the
officers who have it in charge will after
this see to it tint this part of the Com
mencement exercises is on a more popu
ORATIONS OF THE GRADUATING CLASS.
At t( o'clock 'Wednesday morning a
procession of students and citizens form
od at the University and marched to the
Opera House, which was soon densely
crowded. The orations surpassed our
most sanguine expectations. They
abounded in wisdom such as to show
that the graduates are prepared for life's
The first one who appeared was How
ard V. Caldwell. His oration, "The
scholars mission," showed that he fully
realizes what is to be expccteit of him.
He made a very pleasing appearance and
received the highest praise. His is a well
balanced mind and we much mistake if
he duos not make a mark in the world.
Sum I). Cox made binisrlf perfectly at
homo on the stage. He had a very digni
fied bearing and showed peculiar earnest
ness in depicting "The extreme tenden
ciusofthe age." His anangement was
logical and his views came strictly with
in the range f common seuse. His dis
posal of the "woman question" was par
ticularly indicative of u well .wrought
"Beginnings of H'story" by Warren
TiOiee showed that the gentleman had
been an attentive student of Darwin and
Herbert Sponeer as well as a thinker of
his own accord. His voice was pitched a
little too high but further than thl j his de
livery was good.
David H. Mercer was greeted by hearty
applause, thus showing that the audience
was on the 71t ctrr for something good.
They were not disappointed. His delivery
was forcible and earnest. A slight un
easiness on the stage as well as imperfect
committal of hu production told against
him. His analysis of "Social forces"
showed that, his mind has been well train
ed. The only lady graduate, Miss Emma
Parks, proved to the most fanatical that
the higher education of woman has
been a success in her case. Mtss Parks'
sulyccl, "The tendencies ol modern
science," was a hard one but she showed
herself perfectly competent to dispose of
it. Wc pronounce it one of the bust writ
ten productions wc have ever heard in
"The individuality of the citizen" by
Chas. E. Stralton, took Issue with the
practical value of the usual college cur
riculum, holding that the tendency is to
destroy the students' individuality. The
oration was a good one but we noticed a
little too much affectation in the delivery.
Naturalness is an indication of Individ
uality ; perhaps, however, this affectation
was only assumed to piovc his point
against our curriculum.
Harry K. Wolfe spake on "Philosophy
and Christianity." His style was entirely
different from the others. He was cool
and deliberate. He shught R show that
the Greek plllosouhy is the foundation of
modem Christianity. His tribute to Soc
rates was beautiful, more so, we think,
than Socrates deserves.
-Freedom, Hie basis of history" was a
strong plea against hl-toiy being desig
nated a physical science, James 11.
Worlcy was the speaker. The gentleman
appeared in a little too great n hurry to
get through, but the oration was sprightly
Much credit is due the Episcopal choir
for music during the exercises.
As usual the annual reception at the
Chancellor's was a social treat. Nearly
all the students were there anil they were
all firmly resolved that it should he no
stifi'kid.gloved affair. The Chancellor
and hisladv have a natural talent for hos
pitality. The citizens and state officers
seemed to enjoy themselves just as well
as the studonts. May this custom be perpetuated.
The grandi'mifo of the Commencement
exercises was hold down on Historical
square last Thursday. An immense au-
dience was present, composed chiefly of
alumni and students. The performances
were roplete with litoray excellence. At
least we suppose so, or none oH the stu.
would have been there
Give us a rest.
Ail U well that ends well.
Did you pass In German ?
Nobby Straw Hats at Kwlng & Co.'s
Commencement hoquets have withered.
Straw Hats in groat variety at the now
Vistl Ewiiig'Vfc Co,'s"umpoifuin for Hue
Nobby Scarfs and White Vests at Ew
lug & Co.'s. .
Straw hats worth from iocts to $5.00
at the new hat store.
The new installments oT the Alumni
are becoming initiated.
Visit Ewing & Co.'s tor Hats and
A utll line of Gents' Furnishing Goods
at the new hat store.
For a clear Havanna Dime Cigar call
at Wholtemade and Wolf's.
The very latest styles of neckwaro at J
the new hal store.
Manilla Hats Mackitia Hats, Milan
Hats, French Chip, and Laca Edge Hals
at the new hat stoie.
Remember Your Friends !
Buy your groceries, cigars and tocaccos
of W.JV. EnglisJuon UthSj. near N.
If you want a Havana-tilled five cent
cigar, call for the celebrated "W. W."
manufactured by Woltemade& Wolf.
Call on Wilbur Snow for ice cream,
confectionery, cigars, etc.; also a good
circulating library. Opera House build
ing. We were greatly surprised that the
Regeutis should dispense with the services
of Prof. Palmer, instead of complying
with his request higher salery.
Boys! Visit It. Hermingliaus and try
the University and Capitol Cigars. He
makes a specially of fine tobaccos, smok
The largest assortment of Meerschaum
and Briar pipes, and a full stock of
looking and chewing tobacco at Wolt
emade & Wolfs.
G. E- Woodbury, who taught in the
University three years ago, Imi been re
called 10 take the piofessorship of the
Celtic languages and Rhetoric.
Dont forget that Heimance & Cook
have reduced prices on Groceries from
five to ten per cent. Call at once to got
is not there something in the Book,
News, Periodical, or Toy line to-day If
so Clason can supply Call on him South
Side O St. bet. 10 and 11.
That "Short Metre" Prep spoken of in
last issue has been promoted to the Soph
omore class. He desires us to say that
this comes solely from beating a senior in
Several members of our Alumni vlsiled
us during Commencement. Their bright
and joyous faces look as If they did not
find the world such a cold and stern
place after all. They look less care-worn
than the students themselves.
Quite a number of our students have
embarked into commercial pursuits for
the summer. Some of them soil maps,
others, the "Life of Znoh Chandler,"
others still have turned insurance agents.
Good people of the stale, unohaln yom
Several of the professors have adopted
the method of giving each student a copy
f the examination question so 'hat they
can have them for future reference. This
is a little inure wor k for the professors,
but it is greatly appreciated by the stu.
The students all assembled in Chapel
laot Tuesday morning to hear their fates.
The reports of the term's work showed
that the students have been a little like
the ten virgins spoken of in sacred writ.
Some were wise, and some were other
wise. It is amusiu'g to note the financial anx
iety of many of the newly ushered in
Freshmen. One of them came up to a
last year's Freshman and with sorrow In
his face, and trcmulo 111 his voice, and
tears in his eyes asked : "Does It cot
very much more to be a Freshman
Will we have to give up our 'Prep cigars
and smoke 'nickclers' V
Tiie reception of the alumni this year
was held at the residence of Miss Mollie
Carter, '78. Quite a number were presen
niul it whs hnppy ivmiron. A gram,
banquet was served after which several
very witty and pointed toasts were given.
One of these was on the "Hkspkuian
Stouent difficulties," by H. II. Wilson,
'8. It abounded in much sly humor at
the expense of us undergraduates.
The circus was very instrumental in
developing the etymological powers of
the students. The word "Oasanovia" down
by the side-show caught the attention of
a Senior and a Junior the other day. Sen
ior (a Lutiu scholar;. "Casanovia," nociu
means new. Junior, (a German scholar)
And use means cheese. New cheese. I won.
dor it they charge ten cents just to look
at new cheese. These circuses are frauds
The Commercial was favored the other
evening with a serenade. Ej .dilations
like, "How much they have improved!"
were freely used by the listeners. Mr.
Imhotl', like the rest, was very favorbly
impressed with the skill displayed by the
musicians, mid he sent them down town to
gel some ice-cresm. The next day he met
the leader of the city hand and thanked
him for the serenade The leader was not
sharp but said, "we did not play last night.
It must have.been those University boys."
Let it be distinctly understood that
this is our pai ting thrust at the Senior
class; and lei the gentleman not think
thai tiiis is the "most unkiiidest cut of
all." A certain Senior roomed up staiis
iu a house in which a lady and hcr
daughter also lived. It happened also
that this Senior and this voun-r ladv
J wore very good friends insomuch that the
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