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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA.
LINCOLN, NEB., DECEMBER i, 1882.
A Russian lady has jitbt bestowed 50,000 roubles upon
her country women, to bo applied to giving medical train
ing to those desirous of becoming physicians.
Regent Fifleld will not bo present at the Christmas
meeting oi' the board. Regent Powers, it is said, will re
sign alter this meeting, as lie has received the honor of the
Teachers who arc inclined to talk too much will do
well to heed Southey's admonition: Ro brief, for it is
with words as will; sunbeams, the more they are con
densed the deeper they burn.
It is understood that an attempt will soon ho made here
to organize a law department in the University. If Judge
Savngo is made chancellor a bettor opportunity could not
bo oil'orod to institute a law rourse, and under so distin
guished n jurist such a ooursojoould itot bo but an cnii.
The Longfellow Memorial Association has issued a cir
cttliir to the "children of America," inviting ten cent sub
scriptions toward the fulfilment of the plan of the Associ
ation for the erection of a memorial statue in front of the
poet's late residence. Contributions should bo sent to
John Rarllclt, treasurer, P. O. Box lfiOO.Boston, Muss.
Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes has resigned tho professor,
ship of anatomy in tho Harvord University medical
school. Tho retirement of Dr. Holmes from the office ho
has hold thirty-flve years was induced by a desire to givo
ills attention more- particularly to literary pursuits. Ho
will contribute several articles to the Atlantic Monthly
during the coming' year.
Students sometimes ask if it is not a waste of time to
spend so many hours in preparing for society exorcises,
exhibitions, etc. Wo would answer by asking another
question in tho words of Whipple: "Do you want to bo a
memory; a word-cisHorn, a bower, or a man?" Jf to devel
op tho powers of thought is tho one groat object, cortain
ly no one tiling is moro valuable than tho work of titc lit.
Some lour years ago tlioro was introduced by Prof.
Sproul into the University of Cincinnati a course of study
in tho Shemotlc language, witlt special attention devoted
to tho Arabic, Tho number of students taking tho course
lias avornged from eight to twelve. Tho course will bo
made moro attractive this year by a scvics of lectures on,
the "Distinctive Features and Literature of tho Shomotic
Ex-Supt. W. T. Harris, in a lecent address at New
Haven, declared that in his experience of examining sov.
oral hundred applicants for tho position of teachers in tho
public shonls he hud always found those who were pro
licient in the study of grammar the best teachers.
A thorough system of physical training has been intro
duced in Wollcsly College under tho direction of D. A.
Sargent of Harvard College. Tho gymnasium lias been
filled up witlt apparatus similar to that at Harvard, and
will bo conducted on a strictly scientific basis: tho
amount and manner of exercise being proscribed and di
reeled according to the need of eaclt individual. How
long before we will havo something of tiio kind here.
Three plans aro now being considered by the citizens
of Concord, Mass. for a lilting memorial of Ralph WaJdo
Emcrsoi:. Ono is to build a handsome driveway running
from tho Emerson mansion on Lexington St. to Sleepy
Hollow Cemetery whom Mr. Emerson's body is interred
and on the rising ground outside tho cemetery, which site
ovorlooks the slreet and residence, erect a handsome mon
ument to his memory. Tho other plan is to placo a
statue of Mr. Emerson in the Concord Free Public Li
brary building or in the yard outside. None of their
plans is as yet fully matured.
The life of tho late Thurlow Weed almost spans tho
history of this coi ntry under its present Constitution.
He was born before Washington died ,and when Webster,
Calhoun and Clay were making their reputation lie had
edited several county newspapers and fought in tho battles
of his country. Ho was alive during the darkness of tho
French Revolution. Ho lived and 'wot ked witlt tltreo
generations of public men. Benjamin Franklin died
seven years before Mr. Weed was born. Tito lives of these
two journalists take tho world back into tho reign of
Lkwis xiv. Another such would very nearly reach tho
time of Sltakespoare.
According to tho United States School Commissioner's
recent published report, tho total school population of tho
United States in 1890 was 15,55 1,875 ; number enrolled in
public schools,0,080,403 ; avcaago daily attendance, 5,7-14,
188; number of teachers employed, 280,034 ; averago sal
arlcs paid men, from $25 in South Carolina to $101 in
Nevada; to women, fiom $17 in Vurmrnt to $77 in Ne
vada. The total school income was $83,040,239. Tho ox
penditures per capita of scltool population was 00 cents
In Alabama to $1401 In Massachusetts. Women vote iu
mauy Slates at school meetings. In Maine tho pupils do
crcased; less monoy was expended. In Now Hampshire
and Vermont, and Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, like
state of tilings. Connecticut increased and so did the
other States generally.
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