Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, October 15, 1888, Page 4, Image 4
iv,l ' nil 'I S1 T"r; I IIIWMWMMMMMMMlMtMMiiig 1 THE HESPERIAN heeded and his woik stnnds to-day as he left it, the pillar of a gieat temple the temple of international lnw. One of the greatest chaiactcristics of the Amciican people is the sympathy they have for othci people's stiiving foi independence. This seems to be a popular Amciican ti ait which is not found among the people of any Kuiopean nation. It can not be accounted for by the fact that our nation was struggling for freedom only a centuiy ago; foi othci nations have passed through the same experience, England wrested absolutism from King Edward III and cast the shadow of libeity in Magna Chnita. The reform bills of 1833 and 1884 extended suffrage to all classes and oppiessiou is a thing of the past. Napoleon scattered the pi inciples of liberty over Fiance and other European countries, yet nowhere in these countries do we find so waun a sympathy among all classes in tavor of home rule in Iicland and freedom in Russia as in our own; jut now our people arc beginning to have a tender feeling foi the so called nihilists in Russia, a class composed of ihc edueotcdand most lcfiucdof Russia, who aic woiking haul to free themselves from the shackles of an ignoble and illegitimate despotism, to break the prison doois of Siberia and letuin the inmates to their lightfnl places -the guardians of the people's heritage. Surely there is something genuine about the American as a sympathizer. The love of freedom is not borrowed from mother countries but is ttuly an outgiowth, a development akin to our civilization. The place of a liteiary society in an institution like this is a subject w 01 ill) of our emulation. We believe too much praise cannot be bestowed upon them. In all ageb of the woild's histoiy and in eeiy land beneath the sk)s which has attained that degree of civilization to permit the estab lishment of schools and colleges, the literary society has been, and )cl is, one of most impoitaut functions of such in stitutions. In all colleges in our own countiy the liteiary society lias been one of the most important factors in mould iug the minds of men and preparing them for active and independent life. The object of a college education is to increase the mental power and knowledge of the individual. The work of the liteiary society suppoits that of the college by giving to each student an opportunity to use his powers independently, and hence the facts and figures gleaned from text books become moie firmly lived in the mind. 'Ihc liteiaiy society is also an instiuctor in the art of sell government. Evciy member knows and feels thai he has an equal chance with his associ ates, and eeiy one is here taught the lesson of submission to the will of the majoiity. In shoit I may say that society woik is indispcnsible to all students, both old and new. Many students cntei college, select a course of study to puisne, never thinking of the most important pail of thcii college education the work of the liteiaiy societies. They plod along through seveial years of their college course before they begin to icalize what there is in thcin, and many fail to to appieciate their full worth until they are thrown among the active and tiained men of the world, then it is thai the) see their mistake. They are not able lo cope with, 1101 have not the individuality and independence of the men, who have been tiained in the liteiary society. This particulai piece of the editoiial staff believes that the man who has been rcaied in the literary society is bound to be the superior of his friend who has not had this tiaiuing. We belice, indeed assert, that the society one meets in the society hall is the veiy best. It is the best because there is no caste based upon wealth and standing and family icla lions, but a caste based upon brains, and evciy student will do his best to stand the peer of his associates, and for this he is univei sally respected. Let all students make it a point to join a literary society and do their shaie ol the woik, so that when they come to look back over their college caicer they will be the wiser for the oppoitunities they weic permitted to enjoy and can say with the old patiiot '! did my whole duty." SKh TCIIES. I do not bet on elections I know bettei, by experience. Hut I have a few ducats to wager on the tiuth of a certain statement. To wager anything on this cei tain subject may be irrevctenl; but the holdcis of the bet may decide that when my proposition is pioved false. To ictuin to the subject, however. I am not afraid to risk a few dollars on the truth of this declaration. That when Gabiicl blows his ti innpet loud and clear the contractor of the new industiial building will be busily engaged in laying brick and hoisting iortar on the University campus. Any takeis? When she shuts the door on I'Yiday nights, she knows not the trouble that I shall know; for I hasten homeward Friday nights with fear and terror in my soul. The way is dark and wiappcd in gloom, and the sidewalk planks have nevei been there. The copper waits on the comer for me and bids me hustle to my waiting 100m. I hear the tomcat wailing in those boms of night as he walks the fence with savage giowl, while the bulldog chants a mournful hymn and concludes it at times with a savage bile. The slugger waits in the alley dim, with his stocking of sand and padded foot. He thumps me beneath my plug hat tun and gobbles my moneythe blamed galoot. A baby's squall fills the mid night air, the town clock strikes with a mournful stroke, the mosquito sings in his hidden lair, and my ears aic filled with the staitliug roar. With quaking heart I reach my 100m, I look 111 the glass with aimous eyes; my checks aie white as the lily's bloom, and my hair is streaked with gray. Hut I am going to the land where I belong, wheie fearful terrors may never abide, where the sluggeis cease to tioublc and the wicked forevei lest. Shadows sometimes fall upon the pathway of a student. You have often thought, though never exprenscd it, that you weie a poor, lonely, homesick mortal with moie than the average amount of moodiness persistently clinging to you. Time hangs heavy upon youi hands now and then. In paiticulai, Sunday evenings weie nlways attended with an old lashioned leveiie, from which you came forth with the thickest cloud of despondency around you that one ever felt. You always attended chinch. You do still. Hut in the cailiei days of your student life you weie in the habit of filling up the old cob pipe and beginning to wish that you were licini', You knew that the folks had all been to church, that your sister as well as somebody else's sister had been to chui eh also -yes, there was the trouble. That was I he reason you, felt gloomy. Then afrei you pictuied lo yourself the scene at home, you suddenly awoke and began to estimate how many Hunks weie in stoie for you tomorrow. Then you took consolation in the fact or theory, that a biilliant student always Hunks on Monday morning. When you looked at the fire and saw that it was out, you felt still "bluer". Hy the time you weie ready to sleep you never i '