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THE HESPERIAN, .
in the insurance business, and seven percent in civil
engineering. The remainder are engaged in miscel
From these few figures, it is clear that the num
ber of teachers is in proper proportion to the number
of graduates. Although the legal profession has more
than its share of graduates it must be said that every
one stands high in the profession. The other pro
fessions are not so well represented as they should be,
There is food for reflection in the above statements.
The mercantile interests are scarcely represented at
all. Above all others, college graduates should make
sagacious business men. In the east a large number
of college graduates enter mercantile pursuits. Why
this is not true of the University, is difficult to ex
plain. The attention of future graduates is respectfully
called to the foregoing comparison.
V THE resignation of Dr. Billines is rermverl with
regret by the faculty and students. It is almost use
less to comment upon the policy of those who by their
malicious attacks have caused this resignation. There
has been a general misunderstanding in regard to the
position of Dr. Billings, He is employed under the
provisions of the Hatch bill. Not one cent of the
University funds goes to the support of the experimen
tal station. The only relation that Dr. Killings bears
to the University is that his investigations, are under
the immediate direction of the boafd of regents. Yet
the enemiesofDr. Billings, have made the University
the object of their attack in order to vent their per
sonal spite. Rather than that the University should
suffer, Dr. Billings has stepped aside. His course has
been as manly, as the course of his enemies has been
Demagogues and false economists ignorant of the
relation that Dr. Billings bears to the state have fol
lowed a course of persecution in regard to the exper
imental station. Such persecution, blind and unjust,
is a disgrace to the intelligence of Nebraska.
The policy of the enemies of the experimental sta
tion is simply this: unable to interfere with the work
of Dr. Billings; unable to hamper him in the least, they
have directed their enmity against the University.
To prevent the University from becoming even
the object of attack, Dr. Billings tenders his resigna
tion. The loss must be attributed to the short sight
ed policy of certain legislators and the malice of the
enemies of the experimental station. l order to
strike down a certain man, or slight a certain city or
district, some persons seem to be willing to sacrifice
the interests of higher education in Nebraska. The
University is proud of the work of Dr. Billings. He
has done a grand work for the state; and the renown
of the University in scientific circles is owing not a
little to his industry.
It is rumored that Dr. Billings will not discontinue
his researches in regard to the swine plague, When
the farmers of the state come to pay a round price for
a vaccine for the prevention of hog cholera, which
they might have had for nothing, the course which
has caused Dr. Billing to resign will be regretted.
THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYITCH.
Though in many respects resembling the author's more
finished efforts, the narrative of Ivan Ilyitch is, on the whole ,
destinctively unlike anything else that has yet appeared from
the pen of Count Tolstoi. Lacking in an eminent degree,
that careful polish which is the result of painstaking and
laborious composition. Ivan Ilyitch is still perhaps the best
representative of Tolstoi's bold and rugged style, and while
replete with the author's characteristic simplicity is strangely
dignified and graceful. The author appears to scorn the
long established and well worn rules for guidance of expres
sion, and, impatient at their triteness, seems to constitute
and develope a style of his own, equally forcible though man
Tolstoi has demonstrated that there still remain avenues
of escape from slavish adherence to precedents, despite the
popular assertion that the days of originality are past. In
different to praise or condemnation, he has given to the lit
erary world in Ivan Ilyitch a production peculiarly his own.
Who can estimate the depth of thought and observation
displayed in those few papers, and yet all is as unimpasstoncd
and severe as if the author were analyzing some familiar
trait of human nature, and not one of the most intricate
problems that ever disturbed the brain of metaphysician.
Count Tolstoi's understanding of the emotional nature is
truly marvelous and includes every conceivable phase. This
provokes the involuntary discussion. "Is this faculty an in
spiration or is it the essence of a long continued and profound
observation of humanity?" Whatever may be the source of
his power, it is evident that his intuitive ability is remark
able and is an unmistakable manifestation of unique genius.
Ivan Ilyitch, the pleasure-loving official, prostrated by
lingering disease, excites in the reader an irresistible feeling
of sympathy, while the hcartlessness of his so-called friends
induces a spontaneous sentiment condemnatory of all the
sham and hypocrisy here displayed with such intense real
ism, but the existence of which one is at first reluctant to
Ivan Ilyitch with'all his surroundings is true to nature, one
whose phantom has appeared to every one whether notice
ably or not. As for the others, with their perfidy and their
Pharisaic exterior, assuredly they are not creations of the
author's fancy nor are they scornful caricatures executed by
a hater of mankind.
Loth as we are to confess it, all these are not strange to
us, nor are they overdrawn and-distorted. Count ToUtoi, in
Ivan Ilyitch, merely unites with his keen and unerring per
ception a boundless and genuine sincerity and while surprised
by his audacity one can but admire the ease and independ
ence that characterize Count Toilstoi's authorship and ren
der his work a remarkable literary curiosity.
W. G. D.
R. C. Manlcy always has a full line of candy, fruits, and
nuts, and does right by students.
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