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UNIVERSITY of NEBRASKA.
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, MAY i, 18SS.
(II ESl'ERI AN STUDENT.)
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B : far the greater number of the people of our
new West look to the eastern states as their early
home or as the home of their fathers, and when one
mentions the short comings or aberrations of our
eastern cousins, one's remarks are almost certain to
meet with a chilling reception. We suppose that
what has already been said, in this and other depart
ments of The Hesperian, relating to those delicate
subjects has fallen far short of securing for us a
warmer place in the hearts of our western readers,
and we remember a number of balls of down-east
mud that have, from time to time, been thrown our
way. All this was looked for, and prudence would
have silenced us before we began, had we not believed
that there was much anti-western prejudice that
should be done away with, and many wrong im
pressions of the East to be righted, and that an audi
ence of students is one which is as inspiring as one
could be desired to be. There is certainly a marked
difference between the people of the two sections, but,
we believe, the exact nature of this difference has
been wondrinilly misunderstood. Beyond the Alle
ghenies the noun "West" commonly cails to mind
the adjective "rowdy," although gentlefolk,- oi
'course, are too well bred to pronounce it. Here
the fancy sometimes pictures to us a far-off land of
taste and culture ideas, indeed, suited to fancy
and we think we see the image of the East. Mis
taken ideas arc oft times pleasant, and, when they do
no harm, we are not for disturbing them. But we
fear this matter has already gone too far, and we
propose to lift our humble voice against it; not, in
deed, in the hope of accomplishing anything directly
by our own talk, but trusting that what we say may
come to the notice of some abler thinker and writer.
We trust that this will sufficiently explain a few
things we have said in the past and many things we
intend to say in the future.
When future historians come to investigate the in
stitutions and peculiarities of the last fourth of the
nineteenth century in America, the most prominent
fact to be noticed will probably be the lack of any
thing approaching a just recognition of intellectual
ability in any line. To a certain degree, this lack
may be said to be one of the characteristics, of the
time the world over, but in no other place, we be
lieve, is it so disgracefully apparent as in America.
Our country is not without its share of truly great
minds, but how few of their possessors' names are
ever heard by the masses. If Virgil were alive in
our now, it would not be necessary for him to take up
an alley to avoid being pointed out with admiration
as "the man." He would be left to suffer from
hunger and cold, as did our Poe,or would be supported
by foreign chai ity, as Walt Whitman is said to be even
now. We have no lucrative sinecures,such as European
governments are accustomed to bestow upon men of
literary ability, and the idea of granting a pension to a
writer would cause many a smile.
Some time ago there seemed to be a common
complaint among the students at the lack of the
cordial hatred which, it was said, should exist recip
rocally between the classes and between the various
other organizations of the University. In response
to this demand the students soon began to make
frantic efforts to do something, and poor enough
were the attemps. Yet they were sufficient to form
the beginning of the better order of things now existing-
It would be a curious study to trace the de
velopment of college spirit in this, or any other sim
ilar, instution; but the subject is too light to treat
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