Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, June 15, 1887, Image 1

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Vol. XV.
LINCOLN, NEB., JUNE 15, 1887.
Issued semi-monthly by the Hesperian Publishing Associ
ation, of the University of Nebraska.
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This year for the first time, the art reception was made a
part of the regular commencement exercises. There was an
innovation in the form of a literary program preceding the
usual reception.
Mrs. Curley read an admirable essay 011 Durcr and German
art. This was marred by the manner in which it was deliv
ered. Mr. Hunt then read Keat's Ode to a Greek Vase. Excel
lent music was a pleasant feature of the evening. Mrs. Man
att's solo accompanied by flute and violin pleased the audience
so much that they recalled her. The audience then adjourned
to the studio where was exhibited the work done by pupils
during the year. That executed by the children in black and
white was particularly creditable to their teacher. Across the
hall three rooms were fitted up with the legends inscribed
over the doors: Wealth, Health, Wisdom.
"Wealth" was a sell and contained plats of Lincoln sub
urbs, Omaha, etc. In "health" there were refreshments,
whilein "Wisdom" there was the Delphic oracle and a priest
ess who gave the visitors an oracle. The whole affair was
unique and a success.
The close of the University school year has again brought
forth the customary literary exhibitions of the societies. These
are to r certain extent the gauge by which the public measure
the amount of work done in a literary way, during the year.
Preparations have foi a long time been going on and many
wishes for fine weather were expressed. Friday, June nth
was the Palladian's evening and everything bade fair for it to
be the most successful exhibition ever given by that society:
but before the appointed evening arrived one of those long
continuous rains set in and by Friday afternoon the prospects
for a financial success were indeed gloomy. Notwithstanding
this the class was greeted by an audience of four or five hun
dred. The program opened with a piano, violin and violincello
trio by Miss Cochran and Messrs. Adolf Webber and Fritz
Toenniges. The performers proved themselves masters of
their instruments and the hearty rounds of applause bespoke
the appreciation of the aud ence.
W, N. Fletcher was the first orator of the evening. His
subject was "Charlemagne and his Bequest to Posterity."
The speaker traced the rise of modern nationalism to Charles
the Great. It was in Rome that the elements of our civiliza
tion aud government were found. To Charles must be given
the credit of the centralizing idea. When the western empire
fell there arose from its ruins a civilization that flourished.
The speaker has a commanding personal appearance and ap
pears perfectly at ease before his audience. He spoke slow
ly and distinctly without any attempt at show. He has a
powerful voice and gave evidence of much reserved force.
Mr. Fletcher was followed by a soprano solo by Mine. A.
Weber. The lady is well known to Lincoln people and her
appearance was greeted with hearty applause. "Caro Nome"
was delightfully rendered, and a ringing encore was respond
ed to by the rendition "Annie Laurie."
Mr. Howe next appeared and read a very instructive essay
on bridge building. He dwelt upon the speed of present
transportation compared with that of our forefathers, yet
danger still exists and we have a right to ask the reason for
such. Falling of bridges is the chief cause of accidents.
Lately the structure of these have been changed from wood
to iron and steel, the strength of which had not been thor
oughly tested. The weight of engines and cars have been
constantly increased and accidents are the result. Late in
vestigations by engineers will enable bridges to be built in the
future that will be safe. Mr. Howe has a thoroughly common
sense style and is one of the society's best essayists.
The instrumental quartette that followed could not have
been improved upon. The performers were Mesdamcs Ray
mond and Hartley, and Misses Doolittle and Cochran.
The debate was an excellent one, the speakers showing
good judgment in selecting the live question, "Should Rail
road Pools'be Legalized." D. D. Forsythc appeared for the
affirmative. He argued that pooling would end a part of the
controversy at least. Unlegalized pooling has given some sat
isfaction and as it is impossible to prohibit it, it is best to le
galize it. Competition without some restraint means disaster
and hence should be restrained. Pooling'is the best way to
accomplish this. Give proof that the future will be secure and
managers of railroads will work for the interest of the people
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