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ant when, they come licvo. Their only object is to make
money. A great ninny of them arc successful in this, but,
with their pockets full of money, they arc no better citizens
than they were before. The only way to make good citizens
of them is to educate them. They will then be in a condition
to appreciate their citizenship, and will do all in their power
to advance the welfare of the country. A great many immi
grants that land on our shores desire an education. These
will take care of themselves in that respect, and will soon be
come honored citizens in their adopted country. To those
that arc indifferent the faculties for obtaining an education
arc thesam as for the others, but they will not, take advantage
of them. Hence, we maintain that education, in this coun
try, should be compulsory. That during the early period of his
life every individual should be compelled to attend school for
a definite number of years, and for a certain specified time each
year. This would do away with a great amount of the illiteracy
so prevalent today, and enable each person to enjoy life' bet
ter, in his more advanced years.
It may seem unjust that one man should compel another
man's children to go to school, but any fairc.indcd person
will readily see that it is 'lor the best interests of all con
cerned that this should be. Tf an officer is appointed, or elect
ed, to enforce such an ordinance he will have no more trouble,
in so doing, than any other officer has in performing his duty'
By enacting a law compelling children to attend school a
least twelve weeks, every year for a certain number of years,
Wisconsin has declared hcrsclfin favor of compulsory educa
tion. This, no doubt, will prove a wise step. Other states
should follow, as soon as possible, in order that the illiteracy
in this country may be lessened, and it may be said that the
United States is the most enlightened country on hc globe.
There has been quite a movement throughout the state
which has resulted in the American flag being placed upon a
large number of the school houses. This is a very good
scheme for the university to encourage. As the head ot the
educational system of the state, it would be well for us to en
dorse the movement by placing flags upon all the university
buildings. We will lose nothing by showing pride in the flag
of our country. Since the Post master-General has ordered
flags placed upon post office building, there has been a growing
tendency to fly the flag from other public buildings. With
out entering into a discussion of the influence upon the pat
riotism of the rising generation of such a movement we will
state ourbeliefthat its influence will help to keep inour minds
the thought that we have the honor of a nation to uphold;
and perhaps will aid in teaching us to guard that nation's
honor by our political actions. It seems especially impoitant
that a flag should be placed upon the Grant Memorial Hall.
This is the headquarters ol the military dcpartment,and stands
as a monument to one of America's greatest generals. Would
it not be appropriate for a flag tc float over this building?
The university is first in the West to test the new Westing
house arc lamps. The perfection of this system marks anew
era in the history of electric lighting. It has always been an
insurmountable objection to electric lighting that one dynamo
and circuit could not be made to satisfactorily supply both arc
and incandescent lamps. Arc lamps are generally admitted
to be better for street lighting, while incandescent are usually
preferred for indoor use. In order to supply this demand
quite a number of ingenius methods have been used, but all
have been far from successful, the usual difficulty being that
the incandescent lamps were unsteady or were quickly burntfl
out. The Wcstinghouse Electric Co., now comes forward
with a new style of arc lamp to be used upon the alternat
ing current circuits. This is the first really practical arc-lamp
ever used upon an alternate current system, and has many
points of superiority over the old style of continous current arc
lamps, the principal one being its adaptability for use with
the same current that supplies the incandescent lamps.
These lamps arc intended for use with converters in the same
manner as the Wcstinghouse incandescent lamp, so that one
converter may be attached to the main circuit, which will
supply any desired number of arc-lamps while from another
converter, of somewhat different style, may he obtained a
current to supply the incandescent lamps. The new lamps arc
supplied also with wide, flat caibonsthat will last forty hours,
thus making it necessary to trim the lamps but one sixth as
often as the old lamps, and cutting down the expense of keep
ing the lamps in order at lc?s eighty per cent. The dynamo
designed for use with these lamps is with the exception of a
important tcchwical differences the same as used with the
Wcstinghouse incandescent system. One economical differ
crencc is the lower speed, the arc-dynamo running at the
speed of 750 revolutions per minute, while the incandescent
The advent of this new system is of special importance to
the western cities. In the towns and cities of the West electri
city has entirely superseded gas as an illuminant, but there has
been the insuperable difficulty that when an arc system is in
stalled it is not suitable for commercial and residence use, while
on the other hand incandescent lamps arc inferior to arc for
street lighting It is now possib 1c to furnish street and com
mercial lights simultaneously with a single dynamo and the
problem of municipal lighting is practically solved. The two
lamps received by the university arc of the pattern known as
the "long" lamps and have been tested in direct circuit with
the dynamo recently patented by Professor Brace. We did
not receive converters with the lamps and hence have been
ablcto test the lamps in only the direct circuit, butsuch ex
cellent results were obtained in this manner that we feel con
fident that the converter system is a success.
A COLLEGE SONG.
The following song has been handed in for publication.
The Hesi'F.rian is alwajs please to received contributions
from the students aud wishes to recommend this song to the
consideration of those who desire either a university song, or
an intercollegiate song for the colleges of Nebraska.
Gather in a elrcTc boys, we'll have a college sour.
Come and sing together with voices loud and strong.
Let the old halls echo an the music rolls along,
lllp. hip, hurrah for Nebraska.
Hnirah. Hurrah, Nebraska leads the way.
Hurrah, Hurrah, Nehiaslca wins the day.
So we'll sing our chorns and thont aloud and say,
Hip, Hip, Hurrah for Nebraska.
Here we've had our many joys and also our mishaps,
Some come out successfully and some have flunked perhaps,
ltut wc are always ready to fling aloft our caps
And shout, hip, hip, hurrah for Nebraska.
Uthci states have colleges for hoys and men alone,
We admit the co-eds and arc proud of them, we own.
And they will Join with us and sing, in clear soprano lone,
lHp,hlp,hnrrah for Nebraska,
What we do in collego we'll remember all our life.
Here wo get onr knowledge and some oi us a wife,
Here it's University before all party strife,
Hip, hip, hurrah for Nebraska.
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