Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, June 13, 1884, Page 7, Image 7
THE HESPERIAN STUDENT. by going to tho telephone, but tlio lightning kept things in such a danco that no reply could bo obtained. Tho class this Juuo consisted of six members inatoiul of tho usual eight, nnd with the music it was abundantly long. Tho University orchestra did well (so nnisicianj tell us) in the overture and closing piece, l)Ut they were a lilllo too long. Vocnl solos by Misses Leonard and Dillon and a piano solo by Miss Doolittle also added much to tho evening's entertainment. The first of the literary exer cises was mi essay on Thomas Carlylc by Chas. S. Allon. Mr. A Ihn has long boon recognized as careful reader and llilnlvi r, hut his delivery on this occasion was a surs prise k) all and left little to bo desired In that particular. Th'j Journal criticises him, and perhaps justly, for too mnny quo ations 0. S. Polk's oration on "Religion among the Greeks and Romans" was also well delivered, but possibly tho connection between tho different points of tho production were not so welt brought out as they should have been. Miss Talbot's recltotlon, "Tho Bridge of Tay," was rendered in a manner somowhat too studied, but yet effective. The debate by J. J. Ilalllgan and Paul F. Clark on tho question, "Is Private Property in Land Unjust?" was well sustained on both sides, though the first speaker hesitated at times and made those who were listening forgot tho lino of argument while fearing that ho would breakdown. Miss Fisher's oration on "Our Indebtedness to Stoic Philosophy" began with the hoiri ble announcement that this was an age of progress. Af ter the audience had recovered from this announcement they waked up to the fact that this oration was the most striking and interesting performance of tho evening. During tho first two nights of commencement wcolc Providence did not seem to bo doing the fair thing by the University of Nebraska. She sent a dust storm for those attending tho Palladian exhibition to go in, and then tried to strike an average by sending floods of rain to cheer them while on thoir way home. To prove that she had no special arudge against this society she filled up Sunday afternoon and the foro part of tho evening with a melancholy, dejected kind of a drizzle that kept all but some two hundred heroic souls away from tho Chancellor's baccalaureate address. This was given in tho University chapel and tho Rev. Lowis Gregory pastor ol the Congregational church of this city assisted in tho services. We have not space to give a synopsis of tho ad dress nor would it be satisfactory to do so; it appears in the State Journal in a form which will bo of vast ly more interest to any who desire to peruse it, than in any synopsis wo could give. Tho number attending the Union cxhibtion was n o reduced by bad weather and the ten hundred cliuirs were nenrly filled. It was apparent however, that the non cantral position of the capitol had its effect in keeping people away and wo aro glad to know that a belter place will hereafter bo available. What wo really need and must have before many years is a chapel that will meet all of our requirements. Tho U of N orchestra performed as It did for tho Palladians. The first of tho 1 Horary ex orcises was an essay by Miss Kathleen II earn entitled "AuldLang Syne." A somewhat scared appearance which hurt Miss Ream's delivery at first, wore off beforo the end, and si u was able to give full effect to an essay that was rather powerful, although slmplo in its style, and bcarly escaping common-place In its thought. Next came an .ration "Tho Crusades," by Miss Soplm Myers. It was short, but compact, pointed, and avoided exaggora ton which is a very comm on vice in treating such a sub ject. Tho debate was on the question "Aro the Aims and Methods of tho Russian Nihilists .Justifiable." Mr. J II. Holmes maintained the affirmative in an animated manner by saying Unit the Rnsian Government did not contain tho priuciplo of reform, and something were best done be foro the lives of oven another generation had been was ted. A. A. Munro in replying said that tho government wns wil-ing to reform and thai sudden and volcanic changes do more harm than good. (It ically seems to us that both of our societies ought to bo able to train debaters who could spuak off hand, enven on the June class, and so break up too monotony of committed debates.) E.J Churchill noxl gave an oration entitled "A Mexican Prince." The career of Montezuma was rapidly and strongly sketched. Mr. Churchill has a peculiar habit of giving his many emphasized words in a key Iiihger than tho others, which mars an otherwise fairly good delivery. Tho essay on 'Henry David Thoreau" by Miss Nora Gago clearly written and clearly rendered, Iroaied of a man who is not as well known as ho should be to American students. Tho last performance was the recitation of "Torqucmada, by LiskaSlillmaii. This recitation, excellently given, mndc a most pleasing close to the literary exercises. The audience was favored during tho evening by a vocal duett by Misses Hattio and Fannio Patmore, and by piano olos by Miss Zado Rector and Mr. Frank J. Benedict (We almost forgot to mention that all the class got lots of posies.) The ddrebs of Prof. B. B. Andrews was attended by a highly appreciative and cultured audience. It was scholarly, showed depth of thought and careful preparation. Hiamyuti Hifitrds. E. O.Letvls, of our graduating class c,mo in from tho south on Saturday. Now is the time of dissipation. Collossal fortunes are spent upon soda-water and ice-cream. Tho Sigma Chi fraternity has just issued a song book. It is neatly got up aud Is a credit to Its publishers. The cadets arc all enthusiastic about tho way in which Lieutenant Townloy mauaged tho oncampmont at Mil ford. Many of tho students will travel for pleasure this sum mer, taking a book or a picture to amuso themselves with. Two more circuses are coining tu Lincoln but.so late in the season that there will be no students to molest them or make them afraid. Tliero have boon many strange events this year and not the Ici'St of these is tho fact that the High School gradu ates did not attack tho subject of procrastination. Surely theso aro times of prodigies.