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T H R H K S P 15 R 1 A N S T UDI5N T .
But In speaking of woman' intollootual infoiioriiy Id n
iiiidci'Hlmul ono another. The most Insane ami blgolctl
old bachelor does not dream Unit tho most brllliunt
woman is In nihul tlio infeilnr of lliu stupid niun, that
Cleopatra, Sappho, Madame do S'nol and Mrs Somorvillo
did not outrank by far In montal strength the groat ma
jority of the ublosl moil of their day. Tho comparison
must ho a fair ono. Suppose wo divide men In accordance
with thoir inlelloo.tual merits into ono hundred classes and
women likewise. Then would class one of the women
pair with class ono of the men? Would the ablest repre
sentatives of womankind compare favorably in mental
vigor with Thnles, Pthngorns' Plato, Newton, Bacon
Kant or Hamilton Y Would not class thirty of the women
pui.t perlmps with class forty ot the men? If man be tho
stronger minded of the two ilaflltms that he is the wiser
not tho bolter. If ho has rocoived ton talents from heaven
let him thank heaven for them and not credit himself; lot
him mark well to honor tho trust, hut not plumo himself
upon the possession. There is no more excuse for self
glorification because one is endowed with rich mental
gifts than because one possesses physical strength, noble
blood or great wealth. Ho may well rejoice in gifts so
precious, but should in no wieo 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 has Shakespeare to t
grow vain than Mr. Brown? Tho great pool began life ,
with natural advantages incomparably grander than Brown I
why should ho not excel? But men have been entrusted J
with a special mental strength to ounhle them to fulfil I
their speciid mission and wo have seen that in every sense
theso possessions are but gifts and therefore in no sense
the just occasion of pride. There is yet another consid
eration that interferes with man's proclaiming himsolf
tho superior of woman. Sho upon her part possesses pow- (
era that arc denied, In any like, to men. Tho beauty of ,
person and face, tho indescribable charm of manner, the
sprlghtllucss of mien, makes tho Cleopatra and Madame
dc Stael of tho world exercise an influence and a power i
ovor hor subjects that a mere intellectual supariority rare- i
ly obtains. And tho voice of woman! so divine is the
song of our prima donnas that be they as Jenny Lind,
with a character as chaste, as stainless, as charitable as
mi angel's, or bo they liko M. Patti, with a reputation
blasted, alike they sway tho hoarl, arouse tho soul to
raptures ami ecstasies and with a melody that is heavenly
as far as the earthly may )udgo, woavo the spell of the
enchantress. Such powers Demosthenes and Cicero
would Itave envied to exorcise. Thorcforo lotus recog
nize all factors in the problem and not declare man
superior in Mo because his mind is stronger, but hasten
to gladly and proudly acknowledge her equality and recog"
nizo in hor mind, heart, character and life the supple
ments of man's. D. H. W. Jr.
PllOailESS IN SOIENOE.
Owing to constant progress In science, a continual mod
mention of former theories is necessarary. How over it
is not often that established theories aro demonstrated to
be wholly false; thoy may bo defective In some of their
details, but in essential particulars thoy aro usually in
accord with observed faots before they receive the endors
mwit of scholars scientists and investigators. Honco son-
, salional annuoncomonts of discoveries subversive of
current theories should not bo accepted readily without
proof or question. Investigation, demonstration, and
time, are important if not indispensable factors in dolor
mined tlio truth or falsity of theories. Therefore now
theories should ho presented as tentative and probable,
not as absolutely true and Immutable; and our judgement
upon them should bo suspended until wo aro able to
render a deliberate and intelligent opinion as to their
Concerning the constant evolution ol theories a scion
liflo exchange says: Professor Huxley gained a hi llliant
reputation, which ho still maintains, by announcing that
ho has discovered protoplasm to be tho source of all
organic life. But soon after Dr. Lionel Boalo, tho great
English Microscopist, denied tlio truth of Professor Hux
ley's theories, and asserted that bioplasam must bo put
in tho place of protoplasm.
Tho eulogies 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.
But now comes a Mr. Towne, who has for years been
studying witli tho best naturalists and biologists of En.
rope and announces that lifo is not duo to protoplasm, but
to atomized charges of electricity conducted Into tho sys
tem by tho oxygen of respiration. Variations, ho says,
aro caused not by natural selection, but by the action of
electricity on reproductive germs. Mr. Townc holds to
the theory of evolution, but not to tho form which gave a
world-wide reputation to Mr. Darwin. Tlio famous Prof.
Ilolmhollz, ono of the highest authorities in Europe, is
said to agree with Mr. Towno. When the scientists dis
agree, lime and investigation must decide Guide.
Succt-HS 1 labor's prize,
Work Is tho motlior of Famo,
And who on a "boom" ehull rlso
To tho height of an lioiiunt nama!
Tho boo by uiduntry ronpeth
Tho Btorus which onrlch tho hives;
AH that 1h thrifty crcopeth,
For toll It tho law or lives.
And ho who reaps without how big
a blttor harvest reaps,
Tho law or gradual growing
In a law that never sloops.
The State University College Association of Minnesota
at Minneapolis, oponcd Tuesday, November 19th, the
closing day of tho week of prayor. Tho mooting wns
long and enthusiastic. At the close ono gontloman
offered $ 100. for a building for the University Association.
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