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About Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885 | View Entire Issue (July 5, 1885)
The society cxibitions oi this year were not glittering finan
cial successes. The Palladians were the only ones who mana
ged to clear expenses and have a small balance remaining.
The University now has excellent fire protection. City
hydrants stand all around the campus, ready at a moments
notice to flood the building. In addition, a supply of patent
chemical extinguishers has been purchased.
Two large rolls of newspapers from the city library seized
tutor Caldwell under cither arm one day last weelt and brought
him up to the University. They are to be sliced up for the
clipping department connected with the library.
The Chancellor is to be congratulated on his energy in
bringing Mr. Funke of the Opera House to reasonable terms.
There is no reason why the University should pay exorbitant
rates when fine halls are offered them for nothing.
This business of ringing the fire-bell every time some one
wishes to test the water-woiks is decidedly to be condemned.
A couple of hundred students object to being sent down town
every day or two on an entirely bootless errand.
The Co. B. cast-iron cannon was hauled down to Oak Creek
to assist in the recovery of a body. When some of the Co. B.
boys saw that their artillery was missing they went almost
frantic until they were assured that it was safe.
The ladies of K. K. G. gave a royal entertainment to the
Phis and Sigs. The ceremonies took place at the residence
of Mrs. F. M. Hall. Delightful refreshments were served
along in the evening and the boys did great justice to them.
All went home with renewed affection for the Kappas, indi
vidually and collectively.
We fear that "Kleine" Polk'is becoming demoralized. At
the Chancellor's levee he was presented to Hon. C. II. Gere,
who, thinking he had before him Mr. C. S. Polk of the Pal
ladian school land debate, complimented him highly on "his' '
production. The young man accepted the taffy without wink
ing and is now engaged in retailing it to his big brother at ex
Quartermaster Sargeant Allison has been exerting himself
for the past few days in the erection of a small shed back of
the University building. The new structure is designed to
keep the heaving tempests from rusting the cannons used by
the cadets. The campus now looks much less like General
Herat's works around Fort Abdurrahman Kahn, in the Kom
eroff territory, than formerly.
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"0, Mr. fHHk- aren't you afraid you'll take cold?" "No,
deary, I never catch cold," was heard on the night of the com
mencement concert as two forms were slowly crossing the cam
pus, at or near the witching hour of midnight. The fact that
the gentleman's coat was thrown over the shoulders of the fair
one and his strong right arm was in active service, added zest
to the enjoyment uf the mischievous campus prowlers.
JHto has suddenly concluded to go to Coloiado where the
wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest.
A "feed" at the Commercial brought to a most agreeable
close the work of the Palladian society for the closing year.
The commencement week being already full to overflowing
the last Friday evening of the society year was fixed on as a
family jollification. After a special program at their hall, the
members of the society formed by twos to the number of sixty
and marched down town to the great trepidation of certain
stray policemen. A neat badge bearing the inscription "Re
ception to the P. G. D. C," was the ticket of admission to the
banquet hall. Considerable speechifying was done by active
and alumni members, and the Commercial parlors were full of
enthusiastic and happy Pals, till one o'clock.
The Commencement season of the year 1884-5 was us
ered in on Friday evening June 5th, with the first exhibition
of the Philodiccan Society. A fine audience comfortably fill
ed the lower part of the house, and as usual manifested appro
val of the exercises in abundant and hearty applause. A
"mixed quartette" was the opening number. The mixture
consisted of two gentlemen members of the society, assisted
by a tenor and a basso from the city. Their selection was good
and well rendered, but we feel constrained to remark that had
the original quartette of the society been retained the music
would have been fully as satisfactory. Mr. G. B. Frankfortcr,
the first orator on the programme, advanced to face the au
dience in a self-possessed manner, but unfortunately the glare
of the foot-light blinded him for a moment and caused him to
stumble on the opening sentence'. He recovered himself,
however, and gave an earnest discussion of the merits of
Wagner and his musical theories, concluding with an unre
served endorsement of the school of the great Master. Mr.
Frankforter holds a high position among the rising orators of
the college. His delivery is always nervy and forcible. Oh
this occasion his nervousness and slight haste that was notic
able were entirely caused by the unexpected brightness of the
Miss Mary L. Jones followed with an essay on Milton. This
young lady is known as one of the most pleasant performers the
University can produce, pleasant to look upon and pleasant to
hear. A slight unfamiliarity with her manuscript or inability
to articulate marred the first few paragraphs, but this passed
away and the paper was finished in a creditable manner.
A vocal solo, "Buy My Flowers," by Miss Stevenson was
then announced, after which came the debate, between Mc
Millan and Clark, .on the "Influences of Luther." The fact
that the gentlemen interested the audience with such a ques
tion is in itself sufficient to stamp them as debaters of strength
and genius. Mr. McMillan opened almost as soon as the audi
ence caught sight of him and seemed angry when the time
came to leave the floor. Originally his speech was twenty
minutes long. When it was cut down to ten, the class having
decided to limit the exercises to that length, the connections
were so altered that it was impossible for the speaker to call up
all his points. To add to the gloom his prompter failed to
make himself heard, and once or twice Mr. McMillan seemed
on the point of leaving the stage to castigate that low voiced in
dividual. He restrained himself however, and with a cool
ness that was remarkable under the circumstances, completed
an exercise that was marked for literary merit as well as strength
as a debate. Mr. Clark had a hard task when he undertook to
prove that Luther's influence has not been salutary, but he
went at it with a will, and brought forward more than the aver
age man would think could be said on that side of the question.
A few of the arguments were necessarily a trifle far-fetched and
the prompter was still afraid to speak distinctly, but the pro
duction as a whole was the most finished yet given by Mr.
Clark in public. Miss Minnie Cochran showed her marked
ability as a pianist in an exquisite rendering of "L 'Africane,"
a composition as brilliant as it is difficult. She was followed
by Miss Minnie Lattawho recited "The fall of the Pembertoa
Mill" in so artistic and interesting a manner a to charm the
audience and hold their attention through the twenty or thirty
minutes that the selection requires. An oration on "Richelieu"
by Fred E. Shephard closed the literary part of the programme.
This gentleman has oratorical powers of a high order, and
this occasion vas the first on which he has exerted himself
to give a striking exhibition of them. He eulogized tlie
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