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2 THE HESPERIAN.
high school. This was the result of a lack of prep
aration, for among us there are plenty of men of
agility and strength. As an excuse for our poor
records it was urged that they were due to our
disadvantage in having no gymnasium and no in
struction in gymnastics; but these facts should not
have prevented the development of good men in the
essentially out-door sports. Now, since our gymnas
ium is soon to be a reality, we should find excellent
athletes in every department except rowing and
swimming. Aside from pleasure, the improved
bodily health and vigor could not fail to be a more
than sufficient reward tor the time occupied in
training. Even in mind work, everyone knows that
the best results can not be attained unless the phys
ical man is in prime condition.
There is probably a reason for the existing con
dition of the campus; but if such there is, we are
wofully far from discerning it. Now we have no
desire to advocate extensive conservatories and
flower gardens, ever playing fountains, artificial
lakes and rustic bowers; but we do have an intense
longing to see an old man with a scythe out in the
tall weeds and j.rass on the west side of the campus.
Of course the time will someday come when the
University grounds will be the prettiest place in
Lincoln we are willing to wait for ihat but this
fact gives us no warrant for permitting it to remain
the most unsightly part of the city at present. To
change the point of view from the artistic to the
hygienic; possibly it may not be the most invig
orating and healthful thing imaginable to be required
three times a week to breathe the disagreeable dust
of those same weeds, as it is raised by a long line of
cadets. Drill is drill at best; but it might be made
less uninviting by a very simple process.
UK. WI I.I.I AM A. MAMMON It,
The world famed specialist in mind diseases, says: "I am
familiar with various systems for improving the memory,
including, among others, those of Feinaiglc, Gouraud and
Or. Pick, and I have recently become ; cquainted with the
system in all its details and applications taught by Professor
I.oisctte. I am, therefore, enabled to state that his is, in all
its essential features, entirely original; that its principles and
methods are different from all others, and that it presents no
material analogies to any other system. I consider Professor
l.oisctte's system to be a new departure in the education of
the memory and attention, and of very great value; that it
being a systematic body of principles and methods, it should
be studied as an entirety to be understood and appreciated;
that a correct view of it cannot be obtained by examining
isolated passages of it. William A. Hammond."
New York, July lo, 1888.
Teacheis during vacation; farmers- sons when work is
slack on the farm, and any others not fully and profitably
employed, can learn something to their ndvantage by apply
ing to I). F. Johnson 8c Co., 103 Main street, Richmond, Va,
It is rumored that an august dignified Senior was noticed,
the other day, snugly ensconced in .1 window discussing ihc
philosophy of love with a dark eyed co-jd. Although it is
well known that such a study is often chosen by the Seniors
as an elective, and ntoie often pursued under difficulties, still
fair warning is given that such discussion as the one men
tioned must be held only on Sunday nights.
The continuity of customs is very remarkable.
Over two centuries ago. in New England the people
attended divine services very regularly. They were subject
to fine in case Micy did not. When they attended worship
a cast iron regulation required that the women should be
scaled on one side and the men on the other. The boys and
girls sat in the gallery. Certain officials regulated the be
havior of the worshipers. This arrangement wa. admirable
from one point of view only the sinner as well as the saint
had to attend church.
These old time customs in part seem to be reproduced in
our own chapel exercises. When I was a Freshman I heard
the edict, " Hereafter the young ladies shall upon the west
side be seated; the young gentlemen upon the cast side."
That edict surely icvivcd an antiquated custom. Hut the
students look in vain for the tithingman with his brass-tipped
pole, ready to rap some sleepy student over the head; or to
tickle under the ear with a hare's foot in case the offender be
one of the gentler sex. Where also is his companion whose
business was to keep dogs out and children in? Why are not
the younger students sent to the gallery as ol old? If an
old time custom has been partly brought to life again, why
not resurrect it entire? Students iniustitutional history have
an unexpected field of investigation near at hand.
Flowers may cease to bloom, these western winds may cease
to blow, the dust may no longer fly, sidewalks may be
mended, streets levelled and the water of Lincoln made
sweet, still I can forget such events. The idol of my Fresh
man affection and the guardian angel of my Senior wander
ings may vanish from my memory; the friends of college
days may forsake me, and the recollections of broken
slates may rise up in reproachful aspects and haunt me for a
time, but I shall soon east them nil aside and forget, forget.
I may forget the grade I received in French, the Hallowe'en
night of my Junior year, and the slipper of my early youth.
Perhaps I shall forget how kind and gentle my mother was
to me, how patiently and carefully she wielded her influence
over me, and how cheery was her goodbye said every lime I
left the house. I may forget the most pleasant scenes, the
dearest faces and the closest friends, all these I may some
time forget. Hut I will never, no, never, forget how amazed
Dr. F appeared when he realized that a prep, boy in
stead of a Senior girl had kissed him on the :hcck.
"Have you read 'The Quick or the Dead?' "
Certainly, and I think it is horrid."
'Why, what is horrid about it?"
'Everything. The idea of that fellow getting down
and covering the girl's shoes with kisses, and then the idea of
a man twenty-six years old uttering such a prayer as 'Dear
God, make Jock a good boy.' That's what you call realism
is it? And Miss Rives shows such a remarkable knowledge of
human nature for one so young?"
O. "No, 1 don't know that I care to let that stand as a
sample of realism, or to take Miss Rives as a great delin-
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