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THE HESPERIAN STUDENT.
Issued semi-monthly by the Hesperian Student
Publishing Association of tho University of Nebraska.
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All communications should be addressed to tho Hes
perian Student, State University, Lincoln, Nebraska.
During last spring term we read an article in the
"N. Y. Tribune," describing the Harvard Student's
Cooperative Association. Its object was to enable
its members tc procure whatevr they needed, from
text books to senior hats, at wholesale prices. Any
student could become a member by paying a small
fee. It is about time that some such association
should be established in the University of Nebraska,
and that we declare our independence of such book
sellers as will agree to furnish a class with books at
eighty cents but when the books come, often three
weeks late, a dollar is charged for them. If any
one has presumption enough to suggest that the
Looks were to cost only eighty cents, he is politely
told to "allez au diable," or get the book somewhere
else-, which of course cannot be done, as said book
seller now has a monopoly. Students can easily find
out two or three weeks in advance what books they
will need, and, by ordering a large number at once,
can get them at wholesale prices. Let us agitate the
matter, and if we do not order our own books we can
at least buy them from those who deal in a
Some of our students think that if a person belongs
to either literary society "patriotism" requires him
to place his society work first and his regular studies
second in the scale of importance. We must ac
knowledge that our "patriotism" is so weak that we
think otherwise. We believe that the society was
made for the student, and not-the student for. the-so-ciety.
We believe that an active part in public lit
erary exercises'may be of as much value to the stu
dent, andj5omctimes even more, than an equal
amount of other work, and yet a student's circum
stances may be such that he cannot take an active
part. In our regular college course we are required
to do a given amount of work in a given time. We
may be able to accomplish that and have time to
spare, or we may not. Now the question hinges on
this does a student's duty to his society require him
to neglect his studies in order to give him time to
prepare an essay or an oration? We think not. A
student who joins neither society does neither any
injury. If he joins one and pays his dues he helps
to the amount of his dues. If he is an entertaining
writer, speaker or musician, and chooses to take part,
he benefits himself and the society so much. If he
docs not choose to take part, no one except himself is
at all affected. We admit that when a student has his
name on the list of active members, and as such the
secretary places his name on the program, "patriot
ism" demands that he should notify the secretary of
his inability to perform, in time to procure a substi
tute. It is natural for a persoiilo be partial toward
his own society, and to do all in his power, both with
his money and his ability to make it prosperous, but
if he is unable to do "his share" of the literary work
no blame should be attached to him.
Horack Mann will be remembered chiefly on
account of his labors in the cause of education, but
none of his efforts were so profitable to the masses as
the lectuie-system, he was instrumental in founding.
His aim was to make it the medium for conveying
instruction and entertainment to the masses. At
first twenty-five cents would secure a "reserved seat,"
and from twenty to fifty dollars wonld be considered
a high price for a good lecturer. In this age of im
provements we have risen above all that, we now
pay two dollars for a seat, and often as high as five
hundred per night to the speaker. It olten happens
too, that the merits of the lectures follow some of the
laws of physics they are in inverse ratio to the cost.
Lecturers, like every other modern thing, are under
the control of monopolies. Opera house managers
engage them of a third party. The consequence is
that in lectures we have the counterpart of the drama.
We have the comedy in "The Rise and Fall of the
Moustache, and to gratify the taste of the largest
class of patrons we have the sensational Dr. O'Leary
lecture, as well as the sensational play. We have
numbers of good lecturers in the field, but aside from
those who already have a national reputation, it is
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