Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, December 01, 1882, Page 7, Image 11

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T H K H K S P K R I A N STU D 1? N T .
Hut in .speaking of woman's inlcllcctiml inferiority let u
undci'Btnntl one nnollier. The most, Insane ami bigoted
old bnchclor docs not dream that the most brilliant
woman is in mind the inferior of the stupid man, that
Olcopatra, Sappho, Madame de S'ncl and Mrs Soniervillo
did not outrank by far in mental strength the great ma
jority of the ablest men of their day. The comparison
must lie a fair one. Suppose we divide men in accordance
willi their intellectual merits Into one hundred classes and
women likewise Then would class one of the women
pair with class one of the men ? Would the ablest repre
sentatives of womankind compare favorably in mental
vigor "with Thales, Pjthagorns' Plato, Newton, Bacon
Kant or Hamilton ? "Would not class thirty of the women
pai.i perhaps with class forty ot the men? If man be the
stronger minded of the two itafilrms that ho is tho wiser
.not tho better. If ho has received ton talents from heaven
let him thank heaven for them and not credit himself; let
him mark well to honor tho trust, but not plume himself
upon tho possession. There is no mnro excuse for self
glorification because one is endowed with rich mental
gifts than because one possesses physical strength, noble
blood or great wealth. He may well rejoice in gifts so
precious, but should in no wise grow vain over them. If
providence had given humble Mr; Brown Shakespeare's
talents and surrounded him with Shakespeare's circum
stances Mr. Brown would certainly have written a second
Hamlet. What better right therefore lias Shakespeare to
grow vain than Mr. Brown? Tho great poet began life
with natural advantages incomparably grander than Brown
why should lie not excel? But men have been entrusted
with a special mental strength to enable them to fulfil
their special mission and we have seen that in every sense
these possessions aro but gifts and therefore in no sense
tho just occasion of pride. There Is yet another consid
eration that interferes with man's proclaiming himself
tho superior of woman. She upon her part possesses pow
ers that are denied, in any like, to men. The beauty of
person nnd face, tho indescribable clinrm of manner, tho
sprightliness ofmion, makes tho Cleopatra and Madamo
do Stael of the world exercise an influence and a power
over her subjects that a mere intellectual supariority rare
ly obtains. And tho voice of woman ! so divine is tho
song of.our prima donnas that bo they as Jenny Lind,
with a character as chaste, as stainless, as charitable as
an angel's, or be they like M. Putti, with a reputation
blasted, alike they sway the heart, arouse tho soul to
raptures and ecstasies and with a melody that is heavenly
as far as tho earthly may judge, weave the spell of the
enchantress. Such powers Demosthenes and Cicero
would have envied to exorcise. Therefore let us recog
nize all factors in the problem and not declaro man
superior m toto became his mind is stronger, bnt hasten
to gladly and proudly acknowledge her equality and recog
nize in her mind, heart, character and life the supple
ments of man's. D. II. W. Jr.
Owing to constant progress inscienco, a continual mod
iflcation of former, theories is nccossnrary. How ever it
is not often Unit established theories are demonstrated to
bo wholly false; they may bo defective in some of their
details, but in essential particulars thoy are usually in
accord with observed facts before they receive the endors
ment of scholars, scientists and investigators. H6nco sen-
satioual annuoneeinents of tliscoverlcs subversive of
current theories should not be accepted readily without
proof or question. Investigation, demonstration, and
lime, are important If not Indispensable factors in deter
mined tho truth or falsity of theories. Therefore now
theories should be presented as tentative and probable,
not as absolutely true and immutable; and our judgement
upon them should be suspended until we aro able to
render a deliberate and intelligent opinion as to their
Concerning tho constant evolution ol theories nseien
lifio exohango says : Professor Huxley gained a biilliaut
reputation, which lie still maintains, by announcing that
he has discovered protoplasm to bo tho source of all
organic life. But soon after Dr. Lionel Beale, tho great
English Microscopist, denied the truth of Professor flux
ley's theories, and asserted that bioplamm must be put
in tho place of protoplasm.
The oulogies over Mr- Darwin's grave arc yet fresh.
They lifted him to a place among tho immortals, for his
wonderful discovery of progress in creation by the law of
natural selection.
But now comes a Mr. To who, who has for years been
studying with the best naturalists and biologists of Eu
rope and announces that lifo is not due to protoplasm, but
to atomized charges of electricity conducted into tho sys
tem by tho oxygon of respiration. "Variations, ho says,
aro caused not by natural solectlon, bnt by tho action of
electricity on reproductive germs. Mr. Towno holds to
the theory of evolution, but not to the form which gave a
world-wide reputation toIr. Darwin. Tho famous Prof.
Ilelmhollz, one of llio higlicst authorities iu Europe, is
said to agree with Mr. Towno. When tho scientists dis
agree, time and investigation must decide Quido.
Canto i.
Canto ii.
Success Is labor's prize,
Work Is tho mother of Furao,
And who on a 'boom" shall rlso
To tho height of mi houost namoT
Tho bco by industry reapoth
Tho Btoros which enrich tho hives;
Ml that is thrifty creopcth,
For loll Is tho law of llvos.
And ho who reaps without flowing
a btttor harvest reaps,
Tho law of gradual growing
Is a law that never sloops.
The State University Collogo Association of Minnesota
at Miuueapolis, opened Tuesday, November 10th, the
closing day of tho week of prayer. Tho meeting was
long and enthusiastic. At tho close one gentleman
offered $100. for a building for the University Association