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of the Stale for six years and it is almost with regret that vc
contemplate the change from the old to the new. The whole
system is, however, so well established that a change of
superintendent will not involve any serious break in our pro
gress, so we may look forward to a new administration with
equally bright hopes. That they may be realized issomc
thing in which we arc all interested, and for which we should
Prof W. P. Jones, well known as an enterprising and suc
cessful educator and journalist, died suddenly of heart dis
ease at FullcrtQii, Neb., August 3rd. Prof.. Jones was the
first principal of the female seminary in Evanston, which af
terward became the Woman's College, and laid the founda
tion for a flourishing and prosperous school; was appointed
fiom htfrc by President Lincoln as United States consul at
Amoy, China; subsequently connected with the editorial stall
of the Chicago Inter Ocean', and for the past two years has
been filling acceptably the presidency of the normal school
at Fremont, Neb. Services were held at Fremont, Neb., and
at Roschill cemetery, where he was buried. Northwestern.
York college has changed its entire facnlty. In fact, every
thing is changed but the building. We also understand that
there arc only a few over a hundred students in attendance
t hus far this year. A.changc has also been made in the facul
ty at Crete. New names are found at the heads of the depart
ments in Art and Music. 'I he preceptress is Miss Margaret
E. Thompson of Doanc '86. No change has been made
among the gentlemen instructors. So the good work goes
on. York though suffering a temporary check will soon, with
their new corp of instructors, inaugurating an entirely new
ami better policy, enjoy a prosperity which it has as yet nev
cr known. Doanc with renewed strcnth is better able to do
her part of the work of educating Nebraska's sons.
It is true that fine buildings, vast libraries, the personal
presence of a large faculty of world renowned men, arc advan
tages not to be scorned. The thoughtful, wcll-bnianccd student
finds here opportunities not to be surpassed; but those only,
who are unusually far advanced can select from the imposing
array of courses of study, that which would be the most
beneficial to him. The boundless stores which literature and
science are able to offer arc not to be appreciated by every
one; those only who, through systematic work have mas
tered their own faculties arc capable of making such a choice.
What the young student needs most is to ncquiic thoiough
and efficient habits of study. To acquire which habit it is not ,
necessary to attend eastern colleges. 7'Jtorough, earnest
practical students there arc in plenty in our Nebraska colleges
and their tendency towards individual and original work is
thevcry best of drills for a scholarly or business life. The
building of a manly character, too, is more apt to be accom
plished here than in the larger institutions of the erst, vheie
a high morality is not made a requisite for graduation.
All in all, we can deliberately say that the young men and
women whom Nebraska can prepare for college will find in
our institutions those opportunities they arc best able to utilize.
Nebraska colleges are representative of Ncbiaska culture
They arc our own. They breathe the free spirit of the broad
wild prairie. They partake of that sturdy independence pc.
culiar to our western culture. Why then arc they not fit to
form worthy, intellectual homes for Nebraska girls and boys?
Is not the benign adjustment which offers to all, treasures of
science and literature, duly appreciated? Would it not be
better to cast our offerings at our own shrine than to under
take distant pilgrimages and worship at foreign ones?
Hut in our day the sneer of the scoffer is hurled at our new
and comparatively poor institutions. Ours, have no four and
a half millions endowment, no library of two or three hun
dred thousand volumes, no costly figure heads, but we have a
fair endowment, a fair library and a set of men at the head
of our departments who arc active and learned. Graduate tu
tors do not teach us; we arc brought in daily contact with men
of broad culture and worthy character, the professors them
The phrase "fresh water colleges" has entirely disappeared
but western institutions arc yet, to some, mere low class col
leges; not fit to educate a person of more than ordinary aspi
rations. To dispel this illusion Nebraska has striven long and faith
fully. Has not her efforts been crowned with success?
Many of the leading Nebraska statesmen, many able divines,
and many who have proven their ability in the various profes
sions claim for their alma mater Nebraska institutions. Do
we need any more telling proofs that Nebraska can educate
HEARD IN 7VIE HALLS.
"I know not what the truth may be,
I tell the talc as 'twas told me."
Jones lLsfor the State Journal.
Where is Lobingicr's moustache?
Where, oh, where is our athletic association?
Miss Hattic Curtis has donned the golden key.
Frankforter mixes drinks in the new laboratory.
McMillan is spreading himself at Johns Hopkins.
Force has been lost somewhere in the wild north.
Miss Fisher, formerly of '90, is teaching at Geneva.
Miss Ruliffson is teaching three miles from the city.
Wiggenhorn was a prominent lobbyist so he thought.
Allen represents himself as president of the Northwestern
A. L. Frost will be nt Johns Hopkins the coming year,
Miss Lantz, last year in the U. of N., is teaching in the city
schools this year.
Miss Edna Bullock, '89, is tcacning school 111 district 99 in
Everybody says "What a uicc moustache Harrctt has but
how out of place."
Miss Stratton and n great part of the library went down
to Ashland last week.
It takes Matthcwson to figure out hours. He has n great
head in that direction.
Heavens! How wise Dave looked at at the reporters' desk
during the convention.
Quite a number of the students were with engineering par
ties during the summer.
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