Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, December 02, 1889, Page 3, Image 3

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    THE HESPERIAN.
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any one, in the face of existing facts, can be so
bigoted as to think that no one can oppose fraterni
ties from principle, and because he believes them
evil, is beyond our comprehension. Of course it is
much easier to try to throw discredit on the motives
behind an attack, than to meet that attack squarely,
and manfully. We have noticed a general tendency
in fraternity men to avoid any argument on the fra
ternity question. One prominent Greek informed
us that "it wouldn't do to show forth the beauties of
a fraternity publicly, because everyone would want
to join and we can't take in everybody." When an
organization gets so lovely and holy, that it will not
v v do to have its loveliness generally known, it is about
time for it to be translated to a higher sphere. So
far as 'we have been able to discover, this cry of
"sorehead" is simply another such flimsy excuse to
get out of answering arguments which strike too
close for comfort. Our attention has just been called
C) to this practice of crjing down opponents rather than
proving statements false, by a squib in the University
Review directed personally against us. We care
nothing for the opinion of the Review, especially
since it is founded on utter ignorance. The article
quoted from The Hesperian, ascribed to the
editor-and-chief, was in our exchange department.
The exchange editor derived the information on
which the item was based, by residence in Kansas,
and acquaintance with the persons of whom he
spoke. The Review is decidedly rash in branding
the exchange editor as a liar. We the editor-in-chief
have no personal acquaintance with the situ
ation at Lawrence further than that obtained from
the various papers coming from that institution dur
ing the last four or five years. Judging from these,
we should say our exchange editor has not even ex
aggerated the ill results from the numerous fraternities
at Lawrence, much less lied outright as is charged.
Talking about making statements on partial knowl
edge, on how much "personal acquaintance" do
you base your statement that "the best students of
the Nebraska University are in the fraternities,'" Mr.
Review man? In order to make a comparison, ac
quaintance with both sides should be had. You de
"" test "a fraternity or an anti-fraternity crank," and
don't understand "why an allwise Providence per
mits cither to live." Allow us to remark that we
have tenfold more respect for an out-and-out frater
nity man than for a weak-brained fence-straddler
such as the Review man seems to regard as the ideal
man. A "crank," ordinarily, is simply a man who
has opinions of his own, and, furthermore, the man
hood to express them fearlessly.
LITERARY,
Dr. Garten, eye, ear, nose and throat specialist. Glasses
fitted. 1 1 15 O street, Lincoln, Neb.
The Quarterly Reiiiew has an article on Cavour that is
particularly 'commendable. The work of the great writer of
Italy, his relations to the new formed nation, his motives and
his successes arc clearly and entertainingly discussed.
And now the Cosmopolitan comes forth with an illustrated
article on the "Opening of Oklahoma." The pictures arc
especially of interest. Everyone has heard enough of the
great scramble for real estate; now some of it can be seen.
The December Harper's will contain an essay on fratern
ity by the editor of the "Easy Chair." Then there may be
an opportunity for readers of The Hesperian to sec the dis
tinction, clearly pointed out, between fraternity and fratcrn
itics.
The New England Magazine for November, besides a
large number of other entertaining topics, contains an excel
lent article on Francis Parkman. The noted historian's his
tory is traced briefly, while several very good engravings lend
interest to the sketch.
The November Magazine of Western History contains an
article on Manitou Springs, Colorado. The style of the arti
cle is not particularly admirable, perhaps, but the place de
scribed is one of the most beautiful on the American contin
ent, and cannot iail to be of interest to all who have seen the
place, and to a great many who have not.
Time, which is said to heal all wounds and to cool all
loves, has, no doubt, gone by at a sufficiently rapid pace to
enable those who read the "Romance of Pollard" with pleas
ure to bear with a word or two against the story. Those that
were not pleased with Mrs. Cathcrwood's tale have lost
enough of their dislike of it to be cool-headed in judging it.
Not that any excuse is needed for a statement of the iaults
or virtues of the story, far from it. Dealing as it docs with
one of the most heroic of New France's many heroic deeds,
"The Romance of Dollard" becomes public property, and
judgment of it a right. The readers of The Hesperian are
familiar enough with the story to render more than the mer
est outline, unnecessary.
The story opens at Quebec in the year 1660. The "Gib
raltar of America" is a hundred years old. Montreal is
younger and of less importance, but already beginning to
make those advances which have placed her where she is
today, at the head of Canada. The opening chapter of 'the
story is devoted to the description of a "marriage market"
in Quebec. A ship load of 150 maids, some young, some old,
has just arrived from France. They are destined to become
the wives of the settlers and of the "couriers of the- woods."
As in Virginia the home government took this means of ren
dering permanent the still precarious settlements in the New
World. The coureur dn dot's, though of inestimable benefit
to New France, had lived his day, and now what was needed
was a sober, diligent, industrious farmer class. To this end
the royal government of France offered to every man who
would marry, a wife, a certain amount of live stock and farm
produce. There can be no better commentary on the char
acter of the English and French settlers in America. The
Virginians, longing for something like home life, were will-