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THE HESPERIAN STUDENT.
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All communications should be addressed to the Hes
perian Student, State University, Lincoln, Nebraska.
The joint exhibition of the two societies shows
that it is possible for them to unite their exercises
with no appearance even, to contest. This meeting
and the entire harmony that prevailed, indicates a gen
eral good feeling among the students which we hope
will be long continued.
For a little time after the beginning of the new
regime thejlatform chairs in chapel were filled with
a unanimity theretofore unheard of in faculty meas
ures. As time rolls on, however, those "vacant
chairs" emerge one by one until the platform looks
almost natural once more. The Student isn't at all
surprised at this; it only wonders what they came for
when they did come. Have any reasons for absence
appeared which have not always applied with equal
There is a rumor, coming apparently from the
"powers that be," to the effect that a better library
room than the present is a thing of the near future.
It is suggested that the upper story of the chapel
would be an excellent place for this purpose and as
there is light from three directions probably no room
in the building would be better. Among other meas
ures which would accompany or follow this change
would be are-arrangement and better classification of
the books, and in time a card index of the whole.
Thackeray puts forth the idea in one of his novels
that one's allegiance to a party often is not a matter
of principle so much as whether his father, grand
father and best friends were in it. This is true in
many cases. Personal likes and dislikes are fre
quently the real causes of our alliance. We are Dem
ocrats or Republicans just as we receive better treat
ment from the members in the one party than from the
other. Social ties are generally the strongest of all,
and they have more influence than we think. They
fasten themselves to us in our earliest years when we
are most open to prejudice, and prejudice is a wall
that very few climb over.
A news-paper bureau in connection with our library
is one of the things in prospect. The plan is to sub- .
scribe for a large number of papers, state and
other, which shall be read by persons to whom the
duty has been regularly assigned. These persons
will carefully index the matter contained in the pa
pers to be kept on file, and make clippings from the
others. The clippings will be classified and kept in
drawers for future reference. This is a plan that has
been adopted in Johns Hopkins, and in some other
eastern schools and will certainly prevent those en
gaged in such work from "getting behind the times,"
a fault that has been much talked about by those
outside the colleges. We hope that the experiment
will betried, and believe that it can be a success.
It is a singular fact in the history of the world that
many enterprises undertaken for purely selfish pur
poses have been the means of working out the interest
of all. The quarrel of Henry The Eighth with the
Pope led to the establishment of Protestantism in
England, although Henry acted simply to spite the
Pope. The desire of conquest and gain led to the
discovery of America, which has resulted in the
founding of a nation to become the greatest and most
influential the world has ever known. The greedi
ness of Great Britain in seizing India, brought about
the discovery of Sanskrit and, opening to scholars a
rich field of hitherto hidden knowledge, it revealed
the connection between races never dreamed of be
fore. In the higher sense of the word all things work
together for the general good, although it is not al
ways as apparent as in those cases.
There is nothing like pushing yourself forward if
you want to get up in this world. If you lay claim
to a place, nine people out often will grant it to you.
It is mucti like going into a post-office crowded with
people all wanting their mail; if you hold .back, your
'PBfey gy '".
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