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T II E U Ii S P li R I A Ar .
Issued semi-monthly by the IlKsrilKlAN Publishing Associ
ation, of lliu University of Nebraska.
W. S PERRIN, EDITOR.-IN-CIUEF.
I. K. CI.ARK, VS7. FANNIE A. HAKER, '89.
A. II. IUGELOW, 'S7. C. S. LOIJINCIER, 'So.
Husinkss Manager - - - - R. S. Mockktt.
SUP.SCKIPTION AGENT - - - O. II. POI.K.
TERMS OH SUBSCRIPTION:
One copy, per college year.
One copy, one half year,
able administration of Prof. Bessey. Represented by
one member of the class of '89, two '90, two in the
first year of the Latin School and one in the New El
ementary course, the Agricultural department bids
fair to be eventually one of the leading courses of our
University. Not only should the University be proud
of the advance made, but our Nebraska farmers should
join in hailing the dawn of thorough and scientific
agricultural training for their sons. Too much praise
cannot be bestowed upon the new administration for
their efforts in that direction.
ADVERTISING RATES ON APPLICATION.
Address all communications to The Hesperian, University
of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.
The first number of the Hesperian appears, accord
ing to all precedent, about a week late. The board of
editors are not, however, without some excuse this
time. Every preparation had been made and a lack
of printers alone caused delay. Printers are alarming
ly scarce and the best efforts of the manager could
not secure the services of an extra one for this number.
The elective system lately adopted at Harvard is
pronounced a success by the authorities of that insti
tution. We are very much inclined to think with
them that the principle involved and the theory set
up arc right and deserving of all due encouragement,
but we cannot think with them that the system lias
proved an unquestionable success. One year's trial
cannot determine tl c worth of such a system. Fif
teen or twenty years will scarce suffice to niove it be
yond a reasonable doubt.
In accordance with the express wish of the stu
dents, as published by the Hesperian, a new', and
withal, satisfactory mail service has been instituted
in the University. The improvement over the old
system is so vast tliat we hesitate whether or not in
justice we should ask for anything more. But would
it not still fin titer expedite matters could certain
definite hours be determined upon when one could
be assuied of receiving his mail? Two such appoint
ments per day would save the students much incon
venience. A great loss of time is sustained, as at
present arranged, by the necessity for repeated calls,
before the student can finally succeed in finding the
Steward in Iris office. Let such hours be chosen and
announced, and we will thereby remove another
source of annoyance from the full list of the already
The increase in the number of students, the com
pletion of the chemical laboratory, the new division of
work among the instructors, the improvements about
the old building, everything points to a year of un
precedented work and prosperity for the University.
But the attendance is not as large as it should be.
Moreover, the legislature meets this winter; conse
quently our future, though most flattering, b not
wholly determined. Indeed, these things are in our
own hands, our work is but begun.
The Agricultural Course Jakes an almost unprece
dented start this year, which is, no doubt, due to the
Among the many misfortunes incident to student
enteqirises, the graduation of those fitted to fill posi
tions of responsibility, are perhaps the most common
and the most destructive. The Hesperian has sur
vived many such losses; and while lamenting them,
moved on in the line of duty as if nothing had hap
pened, barring the fact that some little time is gen
erally lost in calling a meeting of the Association for
the purpOEe of new elections. While regretting the
the loss of Mr. E. R. Holmes who is taking a year's
vacation, and also making excuse for the consequent
delay in the appearance of this number, we yet con
sider ourselves fortunate in securing an able success
or in the person of Miss Fannie A. Baker. Miss Ba
ker will have charge of the exchange column, and
though unused to journalistic work, will doubtless
acquit herself and her sex in a most creditable man
ner in the management of that department.
The new library arrangements do not seem to be
giving entire satisfaction among the students. Order,
a very desirable thing indeed, lias been secured by
the change; but we question whether that one gain
can recompense the students for the many losses they
feel themselves to have sustained. It is part of our
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