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Unpleasant as it is to be continually nagging the
authorities of the University, we must ask fov more
complete fittings for the ladles' cloakroom. It is no
secret that this room has a lack not only of comforts
but even.necessities. As near as can be learned with
out invading the sacred precincts, all that the place
contains in the way of furniture is a couple of old
recitation benches, a few books, a broken mirror, and
a wealth of pencil decoration. When we consider
that at least one hundred young ladies have no other
place to store their wraps and no other refuge when
they wish to arrange their toilet, it will be seen at
once that in its present condition the cloak room is a
failure of the most pronounced character. If it can
not be fitted up as the necessities of the case require
the door should be nailed up at once. The Univer
sity cannot afford to allow the young ladies to con
tinue the ii?e of that "woodshed" one week longer.
CHARTER DAY POEM.
Ours is no feast where hoary memories rise
To,pass in grave array before our eyes,
No feast where we may summon up the names
Of sr.ges gone and their enduring fames.
Scarce more than four times four, the earth has sped
Around the sun and reeled a circling thread
into the skein of time, since dawned the'rny
That brought this Institution's natal day;
No marvel if this festal hour must be
Yet more a feast of hope than memory.
And well it may, for ample vistas ope
With many a glorious promise to our hope.
'Upon these plains unending, which of late
were but a desert, waste and desolate,
Soon millions of a thrifty race shall dwell,
Soon shall the sun, while coursing o'er our land
And looking blithely down upon the grand
Horizon-bounded prairie sea, behold
One stretch of prosperous homes and waving gold
Adorn each sloping vale and gentle swell
From where Missouri's turbid billows flow
To where the Rockies lift their peaks of snow.
And in the midst of all the surging throng
Shall then this fabric rear its walls a strong,
A lofty Pharos, pouring blessings forth
To west and east alike, to south and north,
Then shall it also do its ample pari
In the domains of Science and of Art,
And Time's recording genius write its name
And noble feats into the scrolls of fame.
'Were this too bold a dream, yet youth must glow
With lofty aims, lest manhood reach too low.
And this needs be no dream, if all that ought
The guiding few, the teachers and the taught
With one accord of will push bravely on,
Until the good we seek be fairly won,
Till we have centered in this beacon tower
With earnest purpose the electric power
Of Science and of Culture, both combined,
That these may kindle pure and brilliant rays
And guide and gladden many a yearning mind.
God grant us strength to work for that alone,
And when in time the last foundation stone
Of what was built lies crumbling in the dust,
Shall still our work be potent, as we trust,
For though all earthly forms decay and die,
Yea, though the sun be stricken from the sky,
And' though a million stars be mown
Fronvthe eternal fields where thqywcre sown,
Yet living truth, eternal and sublime,
Shall not be blasted by the breath of Time.
"Oh! what is yon star thnt we see in the west,
All so clear and so fair in its beaming;
Some beacon which flames from the land of the blest,
And rejoices all hearts with its gleaming?
All eyes which look upward arc watching its bla7C,
The benighted gaze at it in wonder,
And many read comfort and hope in its rays:
Oh! pray tell us what star is this yonder?"
That star which thou sccst sercnest and best,
Looking forth whence thou wilt at its beaming,
Is our lamp of new learning set up in the WcsV
And all lands shall be lit of its gleaming.
That star shall shine on from its place in the sky,
With its smile two horizons ndorning:
Till time is no more shall this Hesperus vie
With the stars and the Sons of the Morning.
WORDS FROM CHARTER DAY.
The celebration of the seventeenth anniversary of the pas
sage of the act creating the Univctsity was of a character to
justify extended notice in these columns. We enn give 'no es
timate of the good done on that occasion and can but 'feebly
describe the enthusiasm, but we can reproduce many of the
words that were spoken and let the reader judge of the effect.
After the vendition of an anthem by the choir the Chancellor
introduced the first speaker, Mr. Will Owen Jones, who ap
peared IN liKIIAl.F OF THF. SENIOR CI ASS.
This Charter Day is an appropriate time for the University
to pause from regular work to look backward for a moment
and to look forward long and steadily. One who represents
the students cannot go back to the beginnings of our history,
for the length of a course is but a small part of the life of the
institution. Nevertheless the class graduating in 1886 has
seen changes that might well be mentioned on this occasion.
We have seen the University pass through a crisis that
threatened to destroy its usefulness if not its very existence.
We have seen factions among all parties from the student
body to the state legislature wrangling over questions of 'in
ternal government and quarreling over places in the faculty
and board of regents with a fierceness that showed too clearly
a disposition to ruin if unableto rule. We have lived under
one or two years of almost impotent college government,
years in which the opposing elements in our administration
fought for power, while students were under no restraint and
could with impunity jeer at the faculty, as was done in this
room four years ago tonight. We have seen the return to
strength and growth after the causes of weakness had been
pruned away. The courses have been enlarged and made
more liberal; a definite policy of government by the manhood
of the student has taken the place of the old vacillation be
tween license and petty tyranny.
Above all, we have seen an astonishing change in the moral
tone of the whole University. We have not seen all the
needed structures building in this campus, nor yet the ;pur
chase of more than meager equipments; but we have welcomed
from time to time during the last four years men worthyof
places in the best institutions of the United States. As stu
dents we have often complained of the slow progress during
these years of the dearth of comforts and the lack of appa
ratus. We now sec the wisdom of investing in brains rather
than showymaterial improvements, and feel that although slow
ourigrowthlhas been most sure.
Wheifuture promises still'better things; but while'the Univcr
sityis erecting new buildings, .purchasing books nnd appara.-