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THE HESPERIAN STUDENT
ors who customarily onhablt tho city during commence
Hurrah for Blalull) Wnooi. The students of llio
University will colebralo on Wednesday evening on the
campus. Two bonfires will, bo cntitlcdyBlain tho peo
ples choice" and tho other will be conspicously lablcd
'.'The Old Ticket" or "Tilden and Reform." .They will
bo ignited at 12 o'clock sharp and tho police will posi
tively not attend. Every one intrested in politics is in
vited to attend, and an enjoyablo time is guaranteed.
Another good thing dependant upon the nomination will
be the huge contorlional gxmnastlcs performed by all
the Arthur, Sherman and Logan newspapers In tho couns
try to get over to Blaino papers and to show that they
wero Blaino papers all tho time. Politics are enchanting
when tho man that you are betting on comes out ahead,
if the man who wero talking JArtbur to the Drifter will
please set up the cream iiiinudiatolly it will save a great
deal of trouble and inconvenknee.
For unadulterated enjoymer.t a man ought tolblcn
through tho key-holo of the uhapcl door while our teacher
of elocution is drilling an oration into an average Senior.
The amount of dessicated oration that reverberates sen
tence by sentence through other peaceful ohoperatmos
phcre is startling 'beyond compare." The Drifter while
engaged in this hazardous occupation was tortured with
something like the following: "The eagle of progress is
flaunting its wings in the face of conservatism and is
gazing into" "This world is not a delusion, its aims
arc""At lasi we must'leavc you and humbly thank our
honored faculty" and then with a weep, wop, wail the
melancholy orator sobbed himself intohystorics and died.
Our Seniors this year were obliged to deliver their
orations in a hall very ill adapted to the purpose. The
representative hall in the statu home has accoustic pro
perties as bad as the worst and its distance lrom
the centre of the town midc it seem that per
haps there would not be the usual lar:c audience. The
class however, had practiced faithfully; those interested
made the necessary pilgrimage, (and all things were as
satiefacloryus was possible under the circumstances. For
the first time in the h'story of our school there was an or.
chest rn made up of our own stu-lents, and the music for the
programme was all furnished by this organization. Prof.
Eastcrduy deserves great credit for the work he has done
upbringing out the latent talent of the boys. Synopses
of the orations prepared by the Seniors are given below.
ANNA D. ALDIUCH.
Oolcrlihje: As each succeeding century rolls around, we
see in literature some new phase ot verse or prose. The
18th century is not behind the others in literary develop
ment, although during tfic early part the outlook was dis
couraging. Through Colcdridge philosophy wai spiritu
alized. The vexed problems, "how did things have a be
ginning?" and "whither are wo bound?" had been long
in solving, lie had powers fully adequate to the task; a
piercing insight into the dcptiis of the human soul.
He was not unaffected by the Romance movement, bui
blended the surprising, strange and wonderful wttli mys
tery and eternal Truth. The Poet's mind dwelt ever in
the Beyond. Apart fiom tho world of senses Coleridge
combined unlimited imagination with great command of
language and deep fooling.
In accordanco'.wilh tho spirit of tho ago, which prompt
cd not to further, progress after great accomplishments
but tociilui retrospectlof what had been obtained, Cole
ridge after traversing all Holds of knowledge-, and cspoe
ially investigating every system of Philosophy , commun
icated (o admiring worshippers what; h had acquired.
All tho stores of learning, ancient and modem, were un
folded, showing the extensive research and brilliant
scholarship of Hie possessor. Before tho hearers' mental
vision a glorious panorama stretched, doited by the sun
lit spots f fancy and, the harvest of ripened thought,
while above all pealed the music or his voice. Entranc
ed they listen, none so willing to hear as they; lie, ready
to impart. Tho mellow tones have long been silent, but
the pleasant remembrance lingers still.
"The dark side of tho pillar is turned;
Hut ho who mourns Is not ns ono bereft
Of nil hu loved; thy living truths aro loft.
A. A. M0N110.
Foreign Influences on English Literature: No country
lpis produced a literature more extensive, or generally ex.
celletii, than Juigland. Iii.commeiccand tho Industrial
arts, she has always taken the lead; but in fashion, tho
flno arts and literature, lias distrusted her ability to origi
nate anything. English letters properly Ibcgin with
Chaucer. Then Italian literature was attaining its full de
vi'lopnient, and ever since lias continued to be the source
of inspiration for European writers. The works of Chau
cer, Spencer and Milton may beldivided Into'twoor nioro
periods, marUcdlby the, source fivm which they copied
at different limes. The Jatcr and best period ol each
bears the slamp.of Italianjiillucncc. With) the Restora
tion France,tlic,least poetic nationof Europe began to
make her influence felt. This it the beginning of the nr
liflcial metaphysical school of Cowley and Waller, which
attained its perfection in Pope ai.d Dryden. Scotland,
although of small political importance, has always had an
original, individual literature. The spirit of patriotism
and national feeling was kept up ly a conliiiV'd struggle
for national life. Hence tho themes of tho Scottish po
etsScottish freedom and scenery. This quality of tho
Htcraluro of Scotland was; broughl?(to perfection in
Burns and Scott. Theywcre mainly instrumental in
changing the frigid, metaphysical school ot Pope and
Dryden to the simple naturalness of Wordsworth.
E. .1. IIOIIINSON.
A Social Problem: A proof nfthc advancement of
modern society is the pl.ice Itjiccords labor. Yet there
Is everywhere manifested a feeling of discontent, arising
from the unpleasant relations between labor and capital.
Political Economy declares that the interests of thesejtwo
aroiin harmony, but labor believes itself oppressed and
seeks relief. The social, moral and intellectual improve
ment intlic condition of tho laborer has given him new
wants to be satit-lled. The problem is to unite maximum
production with equable distribution, a solution of which
is the goal of hocial and economic science. All socialis
tic and communistic schemes a:o in conflict with the
laws of our being. The cooperative system is impracll
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