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UNIVERSITY of NEBRASKA.
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, OCTOBER 15, 1888.
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A few years since, Mr. A. G. Warner left the
University as one of its most promising graduates.
Since that time his record has been one that may
well cause pride to thv institution where was laid the
foundation of his success. As an original thinker,
and as an able reason er from. the platform and by
the pen, he has attracted the attention and won the
approval of the most eminent specialists in his line
of work. Last May the degree of Ph. L). was con
ferred upon him by Johns Hopkins University. The
students are pleased to learn that Dr. Warner will
return to Lincoln soon after the first of January, and
that he is to fill the recently established lectureship
in political and economic science.
A lectureship in philosophy lias been established
also. No definite and final arrangement has yet
been made for filling the position, but there are
strong probabilities that a man who has long been in
the minds of faculty and regents can now at last be
The founding ot lectureships is an important step
in our politics. It will enable us to secure young
men of marked ability who are engaged in original
work, and who consequently do not feel free to give
more than half their time to instruction. The Uni
versity needs just such men.
It is said that Yale men are intensely afraid of
overstatement This is one of several ways that
fear conies to be praiseworthy; and it is a matter of
comment that 0111 University is manifesting the same
fear. For example, the catalogue has heretofore
stated that veterinary science is taught in the agricul
tural course. Now the time given to .he entire
course is little more than sufficient to gain a fair
knowledge of veterinary science alone. The regents
have therefore decided to substitute the more modest
declaration that students may receive instruction in
the "physiology and hygiene of domestic animals."
This is precisely what has been taught heretofore,
and it is surely better to bound our promises by our
ability to make them good.
It will certainly do no harm to glance backward
to last year's field day. The recollection may" not
be particularly agreeable, but it ought, at least, to
be wholesome. A past blunder if kept well in
mind can hardly be repeated; and the day mentioned
was the occasion of a series of blunders that cannot
easily be paralleled in the history of the University,
and that will, let us hope, never be approached in
The first blunder was the total neglect of all
preliminary arrangements except the securii.g of a
few prizes and the preparing of a program that no
attempt was made to follow. In the morning when
the judges and the spectators came, it was found that
not a measurement was taken; and it was over an
hour before contestants enough to begin the program
arrived. It is not strange that the judges expressed
an inclination to return to their offices. We are not
prepared to say whose fault all this was; but it is
certain that if any half dozen energetic students had
begun in time and had worked with a will, the day
would have been much more entertaining. If the
committee on arrangements did not have time for
everything, they should have asked for help.
In two or three cases the contests were interest
ingly close and the records were good; but as to the
rest, it Would have done fairly well for the average
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