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About Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 22, 1886)
We can stand most anything, but when a man comes down
to this office and deliberately asks our compositor whether
his stool is an 'heirloom, or a Waterbury,' we draw a line
there; and assuming all the dignity we can find laying around
loose, we would gently inform that inquiring friend that the
office stool is a famous Waterbury, and is wound up for him.
While on her way to call on a near neighbor a few evenings
since, Miss Smith, our librarian, slipped and fell from the
sidewalk, breaking both bones of the leg just above the ankle.
Her physician tells her that she cannot be about again under
the most favorable circumstances for at least six wccks.Mean
while she has our sympathies and sincercst wishes for a sure
The news has just reached us of the sickness of Dion II.
Culver, a graduate of the U. of N., and formerly tutor in
German here. Mr. Culver had been teaching in Colorado
until a short time since? when he was called home to attend
his mother who was very low with a fever. Mr. Culver has
now contracted the fever and when last heard from was in a
very critical condition. The Hesperian wishes him a speedy
Our compositor sings:
"I have a friend, O, such a friend,
Who eats my apples without end.
I ne'er have had, since I was born,
So true a friend as Wiggenhorn.
He comes to sec me every day,
And whiles the time with me away,
And stays till all my "feed" is gorn,
My own, my loved one, Wiggenhorn.
The idea has been spread abroad by the announcements in
our daily papers of several cases of sickness and some of
death, with typhoid fever here, that there is something radi
cally wrong in the sanitary condition of our University build
ings and also of the city of Lincoln. Such is not the case,
however, and in all cases of sickness among our students as
in the cases where death has resulted, the fever was contract
ed before coming here. The majority of our students art
boasting of excellent health, and the general health of the
city has seldom been better.
It isn't generally known around these classic halls that we
have a student among us who is soon to publish a book of his
own writing. Your editor has been taken into the confidence
of the new author and has the permission to announce to all
interested that E. C. Wiggenhorn will soon publish a treatise
cntstled "The Modern History of the Law of Nature." He
acknowledges the idea to have been suggested to him by the
excellent way in which Sir Henry Maine has treated the same
subject, and that he has seriously thought of publishing this
fuller treatise only since his last review exam, on that topic in
the Ancient Law class.
The work on our new sewer system progresses rapidly. The
town is not at all sparing of money spent to secure good pro
tection against fires. The question of street paving is not
lost sight of in the general rush and boom. Lincoln real es
tate and property in general, is steadily advancing. Alto
gether, Lincoln continues to boom, and will certainly prove
to be the first class city we have always predicted that she
would, but aren't we University students to have reduced
rates in car fare on the street railway, some reduction, some
favor at the hands of Lincoln's business men in general? We
deserve them and what is more we need them.
Miss Allie L. Mercer, whose death has just left a vacant
place in the freshman class, was a resident of Harvard. Four
years ago she with her parents came to that place from Illinois,
She graduated from the Harvard high school with the class
of '85, and the following fall she came here and took her
place among the class of '90. Faithfully she worked among
us during last year, and her record needs no comment. This
fall she returned to continue her work, being then unwell.
After only a few days she was compelled to return home,
where she died on Saturday morning, October 16th. Her
funeral was held from the family residence on the following
Sunday afternoon, Rev. Southworth officiating. The expres
sion of the community only deepens our regard for her who
has been held in such high esteem by her classmates. The
whole village came to pay the Jast tribute to her memory
and showed that during her stay there she had endeared her
self to them.
The coffin bore the inscription "20 years," and was deco
rated with the floral tributes of her friends. Among them
were those from the college a floral pillow bearing the let
ters, P. G. D. C. in immortelles fiom her associates in the
Girls' Debating Society, and a floral star with 90 in the cen
ter, from the Freshmen class.
During the funeral the chancnllor made appropriate remarks
of her life among us, and read the resolutions offered by the
Falladian society and by the Freshman class.
The family and home in which there is now a vacant chair,
is filled with sorrow, and the loss sustained by the community
about Harvard in the death of Allie L.Merccr,was attested not
more by the funeral procession of sixty or seventy carriages than
by the deep grief that was manifest on the laces of all who
We knew her as a most gentle and amiable character; the
witness of those at her home only intensifies and deepens our
The following lesolutions were adopted by the Freshman
class of which Miss Mercer was a member.
Whkkkas, We the class of '90, of the University of Ne
braska, sorrow at the loss of one of our most beloved and
cherished members, Allie L. Mercer; be it
Resolved, That we tender our, most sincere sympathy to
the bereaved family; and we would express in this way the
grief we feel at their loss which is also our own.
Saka Schwaii, Secretary. Frank F. Ai.mv, President.
It is with a sad heart that we announce the death of our
friend and fellow-student, Frank L. Wheeler. Frank was one
of the most promising students of the Senior class, and one
whose death has cast a deep gloom over our institution, and
the surrounding community.
The deceased was born in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, April
17, 1867. His father, Daniel H. Wheeler, was one of the
pioneers, settling in Plattsmouth in 1857, and ever since la
boring to advance and upbuild the interests of this new
country . His mother, Mrs. Charlotte Wheeler, is a highly
educated and refined lady, and to her children has ever been
a true and devoted mother. Frank was the fourth in a family
of five boys. In early youth he showed superior intellectual
powers; and while yet a mere boy bought with his own earn
ings a printing press, and became the editor and proprietor of
a paper called "Our Hoys," which the people of Plattsmouth
greatly encouraged, both because of its merits and also to re
ward, in some manner, the enterprising though youthful ed
itor. Frank graduated from the Plattsmouth high school in
1882. The following fall he entered the second prcpratory
year of the University. Having earlier acquired an excellent
musical education, he immediately became an important mem
ber of the Cadet Hand, and to his energy as business manager
was due in no small degree the success with which it was
iinccting at the time of his leaving; it was then one of the best
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