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HESPERIAN STUDENT UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA. Vol. XIII. LINCOLN, NEB., OCTOBER 17, 1884. No. II. "Do what yau ought let como what may.' "The hardest life a man can lead on earth, the most full of misery is to be always doing his own will nnd seeking to please himself." A few years ago the women of India were not allowed to learn to read. Now there are 120,340 girls attending schools established for them. Mr. Moody says London is the most religious city in the world. The Sabbath is observed better than in any American city. This ho attributes largely to the revision in the Church of England. It is more christian than it was ten years ago. In referrunco to tiie tempcr aucn cause the Evangelist says: "It is a liurd thing to argue when such men as Spurgeon, Canon Parrar and Canon Wilberforce had wine nt ihc table, where it form ed as much the part of a meal as the bread or meat; but when these great ministers donned the blue ribbon and advocated the cause from the pulpit, it was a great vic tory. There are members in the Houo of Parliament to day who attend the sessions with the blue ribbon in their lapels." The Boston Advertiser has an article to show that while the man with but one idea may be a social power he who has only the half of several ideas may be a danger aud is an actual nuisance Upon this subject of semi educaton the Advertiser says: The typical New Engend er of former days had few books and convictions, but his, books were well read, his convictions profound, and he was, in every true sense of the word, a better educated man than his more versatile successor, who lives in nchaos of books, magazines and uows-pupers. The general diff usion of superficial and fragmentary information lias given rise to a multitude of half educated writers, who, some times for money and sometimes out of mere vanity, are anxious to instruct the world in theology, philosophy and politics, or prepared to amuse it with attenuated fiction. How much better honest ignorance, or wholesome unpre tentious dullm-Bi than the self-deluding conceits of the parlor metaphysician or the painful introspections of the fashionable novelist Selfded One of the stono masons engaged on the Washington monument told a reporter that the summit of (lie monu ment is a terrible place to bo during a thunder storm. He had seen the lightning Hush lug about, above aud be low hint, while the thunder peals almost knocked him from hid feet. "I have seen," ho said, "a great flash o.f lightning blaze aud cruckle among the iron worn above my hsa'd, and then follow the girders through the inside t tii gfouad, brilliantly illuminating the dark interior for an instant and filling the air with a strong sulphurous smell.' The Washington monument will be the highest work of man to be found in the world. It has a height of over 484 feet and the enormous weight of 00,000 tons. The highest point reached by man so far is the Bpire of the cathedral at Cologne, which is 520 feet high, and was nompleled in 1882. The Washington monument will be 555 feel high when completed. The tallest of the great pyramids is only 480 feet in height. The monument will bo capped witli a pyramidal peak 55 feet high. Visitors will ho allowed to look throu&ii iargd windows on each of the four sides 400 feet from the iirouud. Selected From a brief speech made by GurQeld to (lie students of Hiram college, we learn oue of the secrets of his great success in life. One mind, he says, h not greater than another perhaps, but its margin is greater. This idea he made plain by means of globes used to represent minds with living prin. ciplcs at their centres which throws out its tcutacle-llkc arms in every direction as If to explore for knowledge. The one goei a certain direstion and stops. It has reached its maximum of knowledge in that direction. The other sends its arms out and reaches a quarter of an inch farther. So far as the tint mlud Is able to tell, the other has gmo infinitely beyond it. Many minds you may consider wonderful in their capacity, and yet they may be able to go on'y a quarter ot an inch beyond you. What an incentive this should be for thestudeut to work to make his margin as gre-it or if not greater thau that of his follows! I recall a good illustration of this, adds Gar. field, "When I was in college a certain oung man was leading the class in Latin. I thought I was studying hard. I could not see how he got the start of us all o. To us ho seemed to have an infinite knowledge. He knew moro than wo did. Finally one day I asked him whuu he learned his latin lesson. "At night," he replied. I learned initio at the same lime. H s window was not far from mine, mid I could see him from my own. I had finished iny lesson the next night as well as usual, aud feeling sleepy was about, to go to bed I happi'iiod to saunter to my window and there I saw my classmate bending diligently over his book. 'There's where he gets the margii on mo' I thought. 'But he shall not have it. for once,' I resolved. 'I will study just a little louger than he dors tonight." So I took down my books again and opening to the lesson went to work with renewed vigoi. I watched for the light to go out in my classs mate's room. In fifteen minutes it was all dark. 'There is his margin" I thought. It was fifteen mjnutes moro time spent on rules and root-derivatives. How often, when a lesson is w ell prepared just five minutes spent in perfecting it will make one of the best In his class. Here the margin is very small, but all important.