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T H 12 H E S V 12 RIAN.
ally solicited by Mr. Ferguson to such contest, ami waived
any supposed right by stating clearly that he neither had the
right to demand, nor desired such arrangement. " When
Tiik IIksvkki an read the article, it was incredulous, knowing
that Mr. Ceilings had said he was willing to contest if Mr.
Ferguson proposed it. The following telegram was accord
ingly sent to Mr. Collings:
Lincoln, Neb., May 25, 1890.
Dari.ky R. Com.ings,
Did Ferguson invite yon to a sec
ond contest after the state contest? Please answer by wire.
John 11. Foc.artv.
In reply to this came the following brief answer:
Neligh, Neb., May 26, 1S60.
John B. Fogarty,
State University, Lincoln, Neb.
D. R. Cominos.
Think of the EccriUan, the representative of a Christian
college. Hut there are several more statements as inconsist
ent with facts. In the April number of the exponent of Wcs
leyan morality, appeared the following: "According to the
Hesperian, the ball under the direction of the inter state ex
ecutive committee will take place at the intcr-statc contest, not
withstanding the protests of all the colleges of Nebraska, with
the one exception of the U. of N." Again, "It now appears
that the students of the Christian colleges of Nebraska presum
ed Joo much when they supposed good sense, decency, and
sobriety would mark the action of the State University upon
this matter. We will be slow to recommend the above institu
tion in the future when moral issues arc involved. Wc trust
it is not the intention of the State University of Nebraska to
join hands with the same Godless elements which manage pub
lic entertainments in the State Universities of Iowa, Missouri,
and Ohio." You never found such "news" in The HssrER
ian, Eccritfan. All that is wrong with the first statement is
that it never was decided by the students of this Univesity to
hold a dance in connection with the contest, The Hesperian
never said so, and, thirdly, the U. of N. was not "the one ex
ception" in not protesting against the dance. At the first
proposition from the committee, the dance was done away
with, and at two subsequent meetings the action was sustain
ed. You desire to contrast yourself with the "Godless cle
ment" of certain slate universities. Really, there must be a
a leaf torn out of your Bible, for you repeatedly violate the
commandments which forbid lying and stealing.
Hut let us turn to the Eccritean for May. "For days,
Hrown of the U. of N., one of the state executive committee,
haunted the Wesleyan, and tried to get some action taken jk
the local association towards removing our orator before ftp
had even been informed of the charges-much less had an
swered them." Mr. Hrown was at the Wesleyan on two dif
ferent days, and for a short time only each day. He never
spoke of Mr. Ferguson to any Wesleyan except Mr. Stuff. He
made no attempt to get the local association to remove their
orator. How truthful is the LccrtteanX
"Hrown should have been debarred Irom sitting upon the
executive committee. He had personally worked against Mr.
Ferguson, and to sit upon his case as judge was the height oi
impudence. His vote against Mr. Ferguson was predicted cor
rectly, hours before it was made public." 'Brown' had not
personally worked against 'Mr. Ferguson.' As regards the
prediction that Mr. Hrown would vote against acquitting Mr.
Ferguson, everybody knew that Mr. Stuff would vote for 'ac
quittal.' Seeing that there were only two ways to vote, and
"predictions" were made both ways, it is not ?o very as ton-
ishing that some of them turned put "correctly." Hut vcally
we are growing weary ol correcting the false statements of
the EitritcdH. Wc have devoted considerable space to giving
sonic of the lacts of Mr. Ferguson's past life, and also to show
ing hmv much dependence can be placed on the statements
of the EirritMH, We should much prefer not to make these
disclosures, but the false asssertion that wc had worked to do
Mr. l'crguson harm, together with the abusive language which
the Wesleyan paper hurls against us, has compelled us to
furnish these "cold facts." Wc advise the faculty of the
Wesleyan 10 examine carefully the career of Mr. Ferguson.
Let them search the truth, and do justice accordingly. Let
them remember that' by permitting such glaring falsehoods
to appear in '.he college paper, and allowing it to shield
dishonesty, they arc injuring the reputation of the Wesleyan
In conclusion, wc advise the EctriJean to be careful in
the future how it attacks the State University. Wc advise
Mr. l'crguson to muzzle his over-zealous friends. Let the
man who has stolen speeches in the whole range of literature
from the orations of Ingcrsoll to the sermons of Talmagc, be
ware lest his career be more fully brought to light. Let him
lay the blame for the disclosure of these "cold facts" upon
friends who trusicd too much in his honesty.
George S. Peter, president of the academy of fine arts, in
Philadelphia, Pcnn., lately deceased, bequeathed the sum
of $1,067,000 to be divided among public institutions; the most
of it to be used for the benefit of education. This is only one
of the numerous legacies that arc being left, to advance edu
cational interests. With all the funds available, and with
the vast sums tlvct arc constantly oeing added from outside
sources, to advance the great cause of education, it would seem
as though our system of enlightening the human race should
be the very best. Hut is it? The defect is not a lack
of funds, surely. What then is the trouble? It is the fact
that education docs not reach all the people. Under our pre
sent system one does not need to attend school unless he so
desires. The shools arc, however, open to all, and it is the
fault of each individual if he docs not take advantage of this
opportunity. There is too much indifference on the part ol
many. They do not care whether they obtain an education
or not. The result is they grow up without knowmg homr K ''"'
read or write. They know nothing about the world outiftwc'
of a limit, perhaps, of twenty miles square. They are unable
to sign their names to any legal document, or to read and un
derstand it for themselves, thus becoming easy victims for all
sorts of confidence men. The best interests of the state, as
well, as the best interest of the individual, cry out against
The situation is bad enough, in the country, among native
born citizens. It becomes much worse on account of the im
migration of foreigners to our shores. The chairman of the
House committee on immigration said, in his report, that the
inspection of immigrants at Castle Garden was nothing but
a farce. Instead of the undcrsirable clement decreasing it is
increasing, and the quality of immigrants is deteriorating
while the quantity is rapidly growing. If then it is impossible to
prevent these hordes from landing, it is just as impossible to
keep them from settling upon portions of this fertile country
of ours. If they are allowed to build up homes for themselves
it will not be very long before they become citizens. But are
they desirable citizens? In a majority of cases they arqignor-
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