Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, June 01, 1888, Image 1

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Vol. XVII.
Issued semi-monthly by the Hesperian Publishing Associ
ation, of the University of Nebraska.
C. F. ANSLEY, Editor-in-Chief.
G. W. GERWIG, '80. - - - Literary.
O. W. FIFER, '89. - Miscellany,
T. S. ALLEN, '89. - - - - Comment.
II. PETERSON, '90. - Local.
W. W. ROHERTSON, '89. - - - Exchange.
Husiness Manager
- Geo. H. Tinker
E. E. Gillespie,
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Address all communications to The Hesperian, University
of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.
The present nine of the University has the idea
that it can play ball. The University thinks so too,
and we, as an insignificant part thereof, agree. But
a trial should be made of the skill of the nine, for, if
it is as able as we think it is, the knowledge of an
honorable victory would more than cheer us; and if
it falls short of our expectations the lesson of a
defeat would be a wholesome dampener to our ill
founded pride. So far there has been no difficulty
in winning every game from our opponents in the
other colleges of the state; but it should be remem
bered that this is hardly a severe enough test to
furnish ground for self congratulation. What we
need is comparison with other western universities
of equal, or approximately equal, rank. Now, the
report has reached us that Iowa City and Lawrence
have good ball players; and it is safe to suppose that
Cornell college, at Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and some
others, are not very far behind. Of course it is too
late to attempt the formation of a western intercol
legiate league this year, but something of the sort
should be not only attempted but done next year,
before several of the best of our players take their
degrees. Now, it is needless to state that the con
dition of the purses of the U. of N. students is not
such as to make any extended ball playing tours pos
sible, but we could surely afford one trip to Iowa
City. If the clubs of Cornell and the other colleges
of Iowa would do this, a tournam int of great interest
might be held. It might be more courteous to await
an invitation from Iowa City, but then it might not
be so safe. Then again, the Lawrence nine and the
nines from the western Iowa colleges could meet
here,! a, an intermediate point, and a second tourna
ment could be held in this way. This is certainly
a bold scheme, but we ought to begin to play ball in
earnest next year, if ever, before, as we have already
said, some of our best players leave us, and while our
chances of victory are yet good.
When an experiment has been tried and the result
is successful, the experience is usually taken as an
incentive to further efforts in the same line. But,
strange to say, the eminently creditable annual of a
few years ago bids fail to be the last and only one of
its kind. Those who have seen the Sombrero and
have compared it with the annuals of other colleges
and universities will agree with us in assigning it to
a high place among its species; and nothing but lack
of enterprise prevented the publication of as good a
one this year. When all else is ready, surely western
students ought to be able to furnish the requisite
amount of "push." This is not too soon to begin
active preparations for next year's annual, if there is
to be one, for the editors, should be chosen either
this term or the very first of next, so that they may
be on the lookout for items all the year, and may
write up the happenings before the enthusiasm has
The classical and scientific clubs of the University
are now so prosperous that lasting success is no
longer doubtful; and the time is not far distant when
they will be regarded as important features in Uni
versity life. A short time ago, when these organiza
tions were only prospective, the schemes were
thought extremely visionary. It was said that the
students were given enough of the classics and the
sciences in the recitation room and the study. The
wise few, however, maintained the theory that there
may be recreation as well as work in the studies of
the curriculum; and this theory has been satisfactory