Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, April 05, 1883, Image 2
HESPERIAN STUDENT UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA. Vol. XI. LINCOLN, NEB., APRIL 5, 1883. INo. X. MISCELLANEOUS MENTION. Exaggeration, it is said, is 11 characteristic of American humor- Our people Ilka to talk, and who lias a better right? Wo nro bounded on tho cast by the Orient and on west by the Occident and on tho north by the Aurora Boroalis and, therefore, it is expected that we should use tall speech. Tho following addressed to Napoleon I, has lately been found in Germany. "Vatlclnor tlbt, quod navnlls lauroa clngct Tompora, ucc magna spos mnco dontltuot, DoJIclut tuagenn c'unctos, nee Gnllla vlctrlx Doniqito franltur lltus nd Alblonom, Bora bona, non mala eors concludot proollaqiinrc Tcmpora to dlcont: pari) bona, non mala pars.1' Now read it backwards and observe the opposition in meaning. Sum hav advizd that tho cor ov edoturz of tho Hes. tkiiiun Stubunt adopt the fonctik slstum of speling. In this thar wood be several advantijes: furst, it wood kuvcr a multiludo ov crura under the garb ov reforms; sckond, thar wood be no knead to correct tho proof; and thurd, thowurk Isolrcdy begun and henco shood bo pusht for wurd with ol spedo. Tho cditurz ar urncstly rekwested tu give thar atenshun to tills iniporluut blzncs. Who hath warmed tho frozen river? Who hath cured the old oak's shiver? Who hath shorn the world of suow? Who hath calmed the wind's wild blow? Juno Thaw, Who hath warmed the atudonta' toes? Spattered mud upon his clothes, Who dotli make the slolji-bolls Jlnglo With the chirp of co-eds mingle? Juno Thaw. Do what you believe to be right under nil circumstances, but romombor that, if you try, you can convinco yoursolf that almost any thing is right. What you honestly be liovo you aro not accountable for. This is the most coin fortable religion in the world. If you arc asked a question you ennnot answer, don't hear it, if you can help it, but if you can't help it, get somebody to answer it for you, if you can. Stand up for tho right, if right is in tho majority; if it is not, prudence will command you to keep still till it is. When any causo triumphs always bo on that side, and bo Biiro to make people believe that you wero the original starter of it. Always tell tho truth, if you can; if you 'cannot, tell no moro lies than you can help. The question of elementary education attracts great attention, at the present time, in every country of Europe. Philosophers arc busy working out the unsolved proplcms connected with human culture and development. States men aro considering the ways and means of increasing national strength and prosperity by making education universal, and teachers aro discussing courses of study, and methods of improving instruction. European teachers are, as a body, more learned than ours. They have mrdo more special preparation for their work. But they do not cviuc that natural aptness as Instructors of youths, which Is characteristic of American teachers. Thoysoom, to be to slow, to heavy, wanting in vcrsitllity of talent, in mental Hexibllity,aud ready sympathy. Thinkers are very scarce. Some persons think in a one sided way. They get one idea into their heads, and it be ing so small, fills the entire cavity almost to bursting. On all occasions they talk about it, explain, argue, write, and try to convert every body to their belief. Thinking poisons are disgusted, but shallow and small brained per sons aro converted. Tho broad, generous, roving brain woll bal'inccd and counterpoised, is capable of taking in many ideas in weighing, comparlug, and inwardly di. gestmg them. The result is wiso conclusions, solid argu ments and generous convictions. Such brains like the great mountains recive most of tho sun-light of common sense. They stand as landmarks of tho centuries, clear iu their grandeur and memorable among minor changes. Wo instinctively worship great mountains and great bnins. A good fool wo despise, hut a great knave wo toN orate. It is useless to try to prove that any ono study should receive exclusive attention in our schools, neither should any ono branch of learning monopolize moro than its deserved share of time, but while these two propositions are true, it is also clear that every study should re ceive as much thought, time and labor as its importance :lomauds. The mathematical branches aro studied as throughly as they ought to be, and it is thought by some that too much time has bcou given them, moro than the good of this practical age demands. Tho world needs investigation in what will bo for tho good of mankind, iu what will minister to its efficiency and wealth. Tho investigating spirit, stimulated by tho study of the nats ural sciences, is full of sympathy with tho bold, aggres sivo spirit of tho nineteenth century. Never before in tho history of tho world has mind reached out so tar boyond what the oyo can see. This activity stimulated by vas search and investigation, cannot fall iu being useful in tho highest degree to the mental powers. Instead of plodding through tin intricacies and contradictions of human speech, the mind is brought into direct relation io the speech of tho Creator. Indead of attempting to liar moulze discordant opinions of men, !t is callud-.upqn to classify and second tho magnificent thoughts' of 3od. Tho natural soleucoa should occupy a prominent place in our collego courae.