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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA.
LINCOLN, NEB., OCTOBER 15, 1883.
The American Nolo Books give n clue to Hawthorne's
success ns a writer. Constant, untiring perseverance
made him so perfect a master of the pen. All great wrl.
tcrs have been great workers
Important discoveries have been made in Greece by the
recent excavations. According to Mr. Waldsleiu, it will
lead to a change in the conception and interpretation of
some of the productions of Greek art.
Susan B.Anthony and Mrs. Elizabeth", Cady Stanton
are in England laboring for their sex. The youngest
nation on the globe is becoming the leader in education
and reform. Tim cast is learning of the west.
George lEliottsays "no one th'ng is as true an index of
one's culture as the kind of wit he appreciates." What
each one finds ludicrous is an unfailing test of his attain
ments. If this is so, it reflects somewhat severely on col.
lege students whose height of enjoyment is in "hazing"
and class "melees."
nenry Ward Beechcr is making considerable stir
among the ministry of onr country by his open views.
Many arc afraid that such liberal tenets proclaimed over
the couutry will undermine tha people's faith in religion.
But there is no danger of this, no truth can be demolished
by criticism. The greatest enemies of religion, thus
far, have been its supporters. They sought to keep it out
of strife, but that is contrary to nature. The principles
of truth, like plants, arc more vigorous when they arc
kept stirred up.
Carlyle says "the true past departs not, nothing that
was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness
realized by man ever dies or ever can die.'. The radicals
would do well to remember this. Because a thing is old
is no reason why it is false. The weakness of the con
servative is, not because he holds on to old truths, but
the garment of old truths. All principles arc eternal,
bui ihej change their external appearance to fit the
wants of each generation. Many things we deemed true
in our childhood, appear differently in a more advanced
age, but the principle remains unaltered.
Charles Frances Adams Jr. says in his address before
the Phi Beta Kappa society, that the Greek he studied in
college impaired his reason. He attributes the diflculty
he has had in his R. R. calculations tc this cause. But
ho afterwards asserts that he had only a little smattering
of that language, had read a few lines of the Iliad, etc.
This admisson vctos his right to criticize Greek. The
logical inference would be, if he had acquired a thorrugh
knowledge he would not have experienced such diflcul
ty. This illustrates a large chus of the opponents of the
classics, they cither have only a superficial mastery or
have not studied them at all.
The question as to whether or not the University of
Nebraska should introduce eastern college customs, has
been decided by the late "cane-rush." This will now be
an established contest. If it is carried on in good humor
as was the late one, it will be a good thing. Such con
tests stir up a college spirit as nothing else can. While
"hazing" should be forbidden, a few strifes such as this
are no detriment. There lias been a lack of interest to
ward the University thus for. The students need waking
up. A few more college enterprises would aid very
much to increase the attendance. Many people in the
state do not seem to be aware of the fact that there is a
University at Lincoln.
There seems to be a lack of moral earnestness on the
part of the American people in regard to politics. Al
though under a Republican form of government, where
it would seem that all would take an active interest in
public affairs, yet there is a fecliug of indifTcrancc in this
direction. No combinations arc made to secure fit men
forofliccs. As a consequence conventions and caucuses
are control'cd almost exclusively by political "bosses."
Olllces arc bought and sold like hogs and cattle. We
have heard Nebraska politicians boast, that give them so
much money and thev will secure an' office in the state.
There is a great deal of truth in this, and the people are
to blame for it. They should take more interest in, aud
have more to do with campaigns.
The tendency of Americans, as has often been remark
cd, is to superficiality. This is particularly noticable in
our educational institutions. A large class of our stu
dents seem to be unwilling to lay a broad, solid founda
tion by earnest, hard labor. In colleges they take the
easiest aud shortest course, the otic that will cost them
the least ellort. In this Uunivcrsitv the majority of stu
dents are in the Literary course, Now this would be a
good supplement to one's education after a thorough gen
eral training. But as a disciplinarian it is one-sided, it
is almost exclusively history. This is a very important
study, but it does not cover the whole ground of educas
ttou. A man whose learning consists entirely ol facts
gleaned from otiiers, is like a patent music box, he can
sing the tunc that has been beaten iu him, but he is pow
erlcss to create one of his own. Some claim that history
studied philosophically gives a training equal to the
classics, but crude, undeveloped minds are not able to
take it up in this way. Wliat discipline they gain from it
is principally strength of memory. The report of the
Faculty of the German Universities shows conclu
sively the advantages of 'gymuastic training."
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