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About Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 15, 1884)
THE HESPERIAN STUDENT.
Th New York Evening Post tried to run with
three co-ordinate editors but did not succeed. The
Hispkrian Studint has been trying to run with
sir or seven co-ordinate editors and. is failing in th c
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 of th s
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 bm
RIVER Of LIFE.
Tho more wo live, more brief appear
Our life's succeeding stages ;
A day to childhood seems a year,
Aid years like patting ages.
The gladsome current of oar youth,
Kre paction yet ditorderi,
Steala lingering like a river smooth
Along Its grassy border.
Bnt ai the carcworn'cheek grows was,
And sorrow's shafts fly thicker,
To stars, that measure life to man,
Why seen your couras quicker?
Whoa Joys have lost their bloom and brath,
A4 life Itsoll Is rapid,
Why, as we near tho Pall of Death.
Feci wo Its tdlo more rapid?
It may be strange, yctwho would change
Time's course totlower speeding,
When one by one our friends have gone
And left our bosoms bleeding?
Heaven gives oui years of fading strength
Indemnifying fleet ness;
And those of youth, a seeming length,
Proportional to their sweetness.
JOHN RIOHA1W UHKbSN.
The true way, perhaps, to critciso or eulogize a literary
man is to read carefully Ills works, taking into consider
ation the circumstances under which they wero written
and tho motives or underlying principles that cauccd
them. Tills modo very often necessitates long and tedi
Green, though almost unheard of until within tho last
ew years, has come to be acknowledged ono of tho lead
ing historians of our day. Born at Oxford, and also edu
cated there, ono would suppose that ho would bo ever
ready to uphold Oxford and its anciont institutions; but
on tho contrary he seldom speaks of thorn aud then not
always with piaise. Nothing seems to aflect him in any
way that would tend to keep him from a thorough invest!
gation of his subject. In England lie was an Englishman,
iu Italy an Italian, and in France a Frenchman; nhviys
adapting himself to his situation. Ho possessed that fac
ulty of standing, bb it were, in the footprints of tho men
of whom ho was writing and of seolng things as thoy saw
them. But Freeman says his greatest faculty, and that
in which ho was superior to ill other historians, vt19 his
keen perception of tho topography of a country aid tho
relation it bore to tho events that had transpired iu it
He took one of the principal steps to provo that history
is a science.
He could go upon the old battle fields, or traco ha
settlements of his country, tho invasion of it by the
Danes and Normans, and could point out accurately the
reasons where there were anyfor every movement.
His History of the English people is not a simple rccitti
of tho facts as thoy occur, although ho has fow superi
ors in making a fact interesting and attractive to the
careless reader as well as tho careful student, of history,
but ho associates caubc and effect so carefully that after
a thorough study of his history tho student can under,
stand the reasons for tho once blind appearing acts of
seme of its subjects of his history. Yot his work is not
without defects. We can hardly see in tho hls'ory of
England tho time of which ho speaks when tho pcoplo
became so powerful and prosperous that tho lowest of
thorn hud to be degraded to participate in tho follies and
vices of Kings. He portrays beautifully the change of
English rule from west to cast which followed tho Inde
pendence of tho American colonics, and shows that Eng
land is so jealous of her eastern subjects, became her
trcasuro is there, and where tho treasure is I hero yrll! tho
heart bo found also.
While yet an undergraduate lie wrote his "Oxford in
the Eighteenth Century," which has attracted considera
ble attention in othar countries as well as his own. Hit
pancrs on Dunstnn aud Steven were received as Ilic bust
productions regarding these men cvor written.
Ureen had a power of creating an interest in hl.s pu
pils that fow men possess, and many look back to him,
not only us tho most churnilug of friends, but also the
most earnest and inspiring counsellor. Not contented
with the noble work he was doing with his pen, he
turned his attention to the ministry, and iu eighteen. Iiuns
drcd sixty began preaching; yet never for a moment
thinking of abandoning his historical work.
The greatest fault with which ho has been charged, is
his style. In this respect Green has shared the fato of
Macaulcy,who, it is admitted, as a great politico hlstori-
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