Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, November 03, 1880, Image 2
THE HESPERIAN STUDENT. r v . w guo did for a moment l'altur lot him stand forth and say It ; if there he throe in all your company dure face mo in tho lyco urn hall, let them come on. And yet I was not always thus, a willing advocate, a nulling chief of a still more ranting sisterhood. My early life ran quiet as tho wheel by which I spun, and when at noon I spread the family board and blow the dinner horn, there was a friend, the son of a neighbor, to join me at the gar den gate. Together wo sought the foui leaved clover and pluckod'thc wild rod rose. One evening when the meal was ended, and we were all seated beneath the Cot tonwood that, shades our cottage, my graudamc, an old woman, told of Anthony and "Woodhull, and how in old Connect icut a little band of Smith sisters, in de fence of their rights, had defied the tax collector. I did not then know what "rights" were; but my cheeks burned, 1 knew not why, ml I clasped the knees of that venerable woman, until my father, parting the hair from oil' my forehead, kissed my throbbing temples, and bade me go to rest, and think no more of those old maids and shrewish wives. That very night the Suffragists convened in our town. I saw the eyes of my mother flush with a new-awakened sense of bondage; and the guilty gaze of my father us they hurled their burning denunciations upon him. To-day I vanquished a man in the con veution; and when lie dropped his head and shrunk into his seat, behold! lie was my friend, lie knew me, smiled faintly, gasped, and wiped the perspiration troni his brow; the same sweet smile upon his lips that I had .narked, when, in auda cious boyhood, he asked if he might sec me home from spelling school. I told the president that the defeated man hud been my friend, gallant and devoted; and I begged that 1 might grasp him by the hand and loll him I meant not the half I said. Ay! upon my knees, amid the sneers and jeers of the convention I beg ged that poor boon, while all the assem bled men and boys, and the graceless rabble they cull "hoodlums," shouted in derision; deeming it rare sport, forsooth, to sec woman's fiercest advocate turn pale and tremble at the sight of that piece of masculine humanity! And the picsident drew buck as I were a lunatic, and sternly said, "Let the dull creature fret; there are no noble beings but women !" And so, sister-women, must you, and so must I, steel our hearts to the shafts of cupid. 0 Nebraska! Nebraska! thou bust been a tender nurse to inc.- Ay! thou hast given, to that poor, gentle, timid, domes tic maiden, who never knew a higher as piration than to wed some man, cheeks of brass and a heart of flint; taught her to drive away all thought of love; to gaze into the beseeching eyeballs of the ar dent, pleading suitor, even as a boy upon his little sister! And she shall pay thee back, until thy senate halls are filled with a noble band of women, and in their tender care thy prosperity lies assured! Ye sit hero like Ami.zons as ye are! Strong-mindedness marks your every teature;but tomorrow home love speak, ing Adonis, breathing sweet ilattery from his deceitful soul, shall profess to lay his heart at your teet, and you'll "tumble to bis racket." Hark! hear ye yon youth swearing in his rage? 'Tis three days since he has met a woman's smile; but tomorrow he shall feast his eyes upon yours, and the greater fool you'll bo! If ye are slaves, then sit here l'ke brainloss creatures waiting for the coming man! If ye are woman, follow me! Strike off the chains of man's tyranny, gain the ballot, and there do noble work! Is Xantippa dead? Js her old Grecian spirit frozen in your veins that ye do bow and smile and say "Yes, my lord?" 0, sisters! women I Sullragists! if we must love, let us love our tetea&l II we must smile, let us smile in scorni If we must wed, let it be with the understanding that our side of the house shall represent the family politics! SrAitTAcnsA. THE HESPERIAN STUDENT. Published semi-monthly by the students of tho Nebrnka Stato Unlvondty. WEDNESDAY, NoVEMHEII, 8. 1880. KDITOItS IN CHIEF, May 1). Faiiifield, II. W. Haiuunoton Ahsociatk Editou Minnik Williams Local Kiutoii, 11. 15. Davis liUSINKSS -MANAUKH, 1). W. 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Consequently a half-learned oration is stumbled through, a warmed-over essay is hastily read, or Shakespeare is murder ed and Byron sentimentally quoted and the evening is considered to have been spent in an appropriate literary manner! Wo have no patience with the advocates of such class gatherings. The members bud better be at home engaged in reading or writing than making themselves ridic ulous over such entertainment and calling it literary! A student who does his duty during the month lias a surfeit of literary work and needs at least one evening in the month for something else. Let us then have plenty of fun at our class meet ings. Music and dancing and jokes and nonsense. Those who try to be always literary and stately and as a consuquencc arc insufferably stupid are fortunate if thej' never know how many of the good tilings of this common, work-a-day, but after all gay world, they miss. Culture and the encyclopaedias, J. S. Mill and Balfour on Philosophic doubt are all woll enough in their way, and indeed very necessary but have no business witli a student's horrs for recreation. MANNKKS. True dignity is one of the rare gifts of nature. It will always assert itself when occasion requires, and in just that degree most suitable to the place and circum stance. It is as sure an indication of the true character, as the clear ring of the coin ii thai its metal is gold. Never is it entirely wanting in the truly noble na ture however contaminating the influ ences have been from youth up. But the same principle which preserves the ex cellencies that nature has given, against the circumstances of lite, provides tho best ground-work for manners. As the polished coin shows best the true charac ter of tho metal, so good manners simply removes the rude, actions and awkward ness that would hide tho real value of the individual. An easy, graceful, self-poised manner, just deference enough not to cast a doubt upon one's independence, or to obscure his self-confldenee, are unmistak able evidences of good breeding. Tho highest attainment of art is the ability to conceal the existence of art, and the best milliners are those thai make the little formalities of society appear natural. Trilling as these forms, considered in themselves, may seem, tho fact that tlicy receive the sanction of the best, in all classes of society make thorn imperative. They become a factor of civilization. No one but a genius can afford t. be eccen tric, and lie who affects odd manners in order to appear distinguished, seldom de ceives anyone but himself. The place where one would naturally expect to find the best manners, is among those who are spending a series of a cars together, bli the purpose of culture. The dignity of) their manners ought to correspond with the dignity of their common pursuit. It Is not always to be found thus; a tact that has been forced upon our observation of late. Let each one who observes this statement apply the test of self criticism to find how far it is true. Tho Student's suggestion lias at length been carried out and wo are to have a con test once more. It seems to be the gen eral wisli of the students that there should be some decision rendered upon the mer its of the literary productions other than the former verdict of the judges which resulted in a tie. To insure a decision one way or the other the orators should be pitted against each ether, tho essayists against cacli other, and so on through the whole class. This would compel the judges to decide for one or the other. It would be a personal decision and the re sult a personal honor. In former con tests the judges have been left to make their decision upon the evening of the contest, having no knowledge previously of the productions they wore to hear. It seems to the Student that it would bo well if the judges were given the produc tions beforehand and allowed to mark them upon style and thought and thus make their final decision to depend upon the delivery of the evening. This would make three points upon which a decision must be based and would be more just to those who are to participate in the con test, as some would have an advantage in delivery and others in style or thought, and by taking all these into consideration each one has u chance, by his excellence in one way or another, to redeem his fail ure in the other direction- It is to be presumed that each society will put on its best members allowing no party and conse quently trivial reasons to prevent the se lection of those who will be most likely to win and thus secure to their society an honor which will last until the next con jest may transfer it to the other. It was a good suggestion of one of the Seniors that a silver cup be purchased which shall be given to the succssful society and kept by it until the defeated society should send a challenge to them for another con test the following year. It would thus inaugurate a pleasant custom of having a literary contest eacli year and the Stu dknt trusts for tlio sake of good feeling and the host results that if lhe plan is eventually adopted the cup will bo trans fored each year. "May those tilings be." The Student has always been deficient hi what has becu a very interesting part of other college papers: a column of com munications upon upon subjects of inter est and importance to the students, a place to discuss the live questions of the college, giving all a chance to commend the fair ness or complain of tlte injustice of reg ulations, customs, principles current in the school. Our first page we are com pelled to fill up with an old oration which someone lias kindly lent us, but which no one hut the author ever thinks of reading, and not iinfrequently the Student taxes tho good nature of its readers by publish ing poems (?) which are enough to make even the ancient shade of Shakespeare rise in protest. The students should take an in tcrest in this matter and send us in short breezy articles upon subjects which inter est them atul probably would us too. "We know that we are reiterating the old cry, but in another key, for copy, more copy The Student as at present constituted is by no means an index of the thoughts and opinions of the students, but is simply the expression of ideas belonging to the ed itors of the different departments. It Is as though the students said, when the pres ent editorial corps was chosen, now that we have elected you, you are for one year to write everything for our paper, express our opinions and give your own ideas of things as though they were the sentiment of tho whole school. The Student is be- coming more and more what the editors make it and the students as a class let the paper entirely alone. A college paper should be the expression ot the views from all students as far as possible and not simply an opportunity for the editors to air and publish at no expense to them selvse their favorite theories and possible one-sided views. liWinQ8. Dartmouth published she first college paper in 1800. Harvard lias made recitations for the Sophomores elective. During the 242 years of its existence, Harvard lias turned out 14002 graduates. Cambridge College, England, has decid ed to drop Greek from the list of required studies. Oberlin lias 1000 students; Michigan University, 4308; Harvard, 1350; Yule, 1003, and Columbia 1430. Prof. "Whutdo you make it?'. Prop. I make it next." Prof. '.'Come into the ante-room after class and I will make it clubs." Columbia has added to her numerous departments a school of Political Science' and lias also abolished the grading system She is growing merciless withal. Out of one hundred applicants for admission, only twenty entered without conditions. I.