Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, January 15, 1884, Page 3, Image 5
THE HESPERIAN STUDENT. R J s The New York Evening Post tried to run with three co-ordinate editors but did not succeed. The Hesperian Student has been trying to run with six or seven co-ordinate editors and is failing in th e attempt to have things move harmoniously. We judge that our past experience has been much like that of other college journals. At first it was thought that the paper would be mainly filled by articles con tributed by the students, but as it was found to take more time to tease the students to prepare copy than for the editor to write it himself it came to pass that nearly all the writing was done by members of the board and so the number of editors had to be increased, and each was given as his part of work a ertain amount of space to fill. The result ofths cdivision of labor is that there is no one responsible for the general appearence of the paper. The differ ent departments argue back and forth about any mat -ters in which the several editors may happen to be interested; the locals admit matter that creates hard feelings and is at times absolutely indecent; the medical man puts in a lot of stuff that is as interesting to the average reader as a Sanskrit work on theology written backwards; the proof is often carelessly read and the whole paper bears the marks of negligence. What we want is a managing editor, and the easiest way to get one seems to be to have the President of the Association fill the place ex-officio. This shall be done if there is no preventing providence, or nwt jority. he tud$uin cyip goeh, RIVER OF LIFE, JOHN RI0HA1W GHMtiN. Tho more wo live, more brief Appear Our life's succeeding etngei; A day to childhood seems a year, And years like passing ages. The gladeomo current of our yonth, Bre passion yet disorders, Steals lingering liko a river smooth Along its grassy bordor. Bnt bb tho careworn .cheek grows wan, And sorrow's shafts fly thicker, Ye stars, that measure life to man, Why aeon your courso quicker? Whom Joys have lost their bloom and brath, A life itsoli is rapid, Why, as we near tho Fall of Death. Feel wo its tdlo moro rapid? It may be strango, yet who wonld change Tlmo'a courso to Hlowor speeding, When one by one onr friends have gone And left our boeoms bleeding? Heaven gives om years of fading strength Indemnifying fleutness; And tlioso of youth, a seeming length, Proportional to their sweotness. Tjiovah IHllrBlLT,, Tho true way, porhapi, to critclso or eulogize a literary man is to road carefully his works, taking into consider ation tho circumstances under which thoy were wrltton and tho motives or underlying principles that cruised thorn. This modo very often necessitates long and tedi ous labor. Green, though almost unheard of until within tho last ew years, has como to be acknowledged ono of tho load ing historians of our day. Born at Oxford, and nbo edu cated thoro, ono would suppose that ho would bo over ready to uphold Oxford and its ancient institutions; but on tho contrary lie seldom speaks of them and then not always with ptaise. Nothing scorns to ailed him in any way that would tend to keop him from a thorough investl gation of his subject. In England ho was an Englishman, in Italy tin Italian, and in Franco a Frenchman; ahviys adapting himself to his situation. Ho possessed that fac ulty of standing, os it wore, in tho footprints of tho men of whom ho was writing and of seeing tilings as thoy saw them. But Freeman says his greatest faculty, and that in which ho was superior to 'ill other historians, wus his keen perception of tho topography of a country aid the relation it bore to tho events that had transpired iu it Ho took ono of the principal steps to prove that history is a science. Ho could go upon tho old battle fields, or trace he settlements of his country, tho invasion of it by tho Danes and Normans, and could point out accurately the reasons where there were anyfor every movement. His History of tho English people is not a simple recita of tho facts as thoy occur, although he lias few superi ors iu making a fact interesting and attractive to tho careless reader as well as tho careful student, of history, but ho associates cnUbO and eifect so carefully that after a thorough study of his history the student can under, stand tho reasons for tho once blind appearing acts of some of its subjects of his history. Yet his work is not without defects. Wo can hardly see in tho his'ory of England tho time of which ho speaks when tho people became so powerful and prosperous that tho lowest of them had to bo degraded to participate in tho follies and vices of Kings. He portrays beautifully tho chauge of English rule from west to east which followed the inde pendence of tho American colonies, and show? that Eng land is so jealous of her eastern subjects, became her treasure is thoro, and where tho treasure is thero will the heart bo found also. While yet an undergraduate ho wroto his "Oxford in tho Eighteenth Century," which has attracted considera ble attention in othar counlrios as well as his own. HU paners on Dunstan and Stoven were received as the best productions regarding these men over written. Green had a power of creating an intorest in his pu pils that low men possoas, and many look back to him, not only as tho most clmrmlug of friends, but also the most earnest and inspiring counscollor, Not contented with tho noblo work he was doing with his pen, he turned his attention to the ministry, and iu eighteon.hun. dred sixty began preaching; yet never for a moment thinking of abandoning his historical work. Tho greatest fault with which he has beon charged, is hisBtylo. In this respect Green has shared tho fate of Mncauley,who, it is admitted, as a croat nolhlnn num.