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endurance, Industry, education, rollglou. Ho hock upon his nldo tho
honrtn and tongues of a vast multitude of loyal men and women,
who aro ovor arrnyed against Injustlco nnd Iniquity pious, ChrlH
tlmi hearts thut beat In unison with tho pulsations of frocdom In his
lironst. Ho cnlls up before him that long lino of hcroon, who frooly
poured out tholr blood that, tho troo of liberty might bo nourished.
Tho volics of Harriet llcochcr Stowe, of Wondell l'hllllps, and of
Abraham Lincoln nro still echoing In his ears, urging 1dm on totho
contest nnd to victory. Then, In n transport of thelmnglnatloji,
ho Is carried forwnrd to tho end of tho struggle. Tho smoko of bnt
tlo elenrs nwny, nnd thoro sprcuds out before his vision n sceno that
glnddons his weary heart. Upon every lilll nnd plnln of his bolovod
country, ho sees his proplo living In hnppy homos, beloved nnd lion
orod by nil. Ho henrs tho hum of mighty Industries, nnd sees his
brother tnklng nn honornblo Mi nro In ovory branch of production.
Tho lnnd Is llllod with schools nnd churches In which nil mlnglo Joy
fully, without respect to rnco or color. He tees tho principle of tho
unlvorsnl brotherhood of man triumphant. Ho has won for himself
a UHi'tul nnd honornblo position In tho government nnd lu socloty.
In this flight of tho Imagination, ho hus already reached tho goal.
Ho lives In tho high noon of that glad day of victory, and looks
back with pride upon tho long weary years of his struggle, upon the
miseries ho hns suffered, nnd tho obstacles ho has overcomo His
soul ovorflows with gratltudoto tho DIVINIi SHAVER, of tho dos
liny of nations.
And this Is only nn Idlo dronm ? Ah, no, my trlonds. This vision
will becomo a reality. For, In tho Negro's stormy passage from
savagery to civilization, truth and right are at tho helm, God Is
captain of tho ship, nnd all will bo well.
Next Mrs. Jensen favored the audience with a soprano
solo and received great applause. Mr. Quaintancc, one of
the orators of the evening was absent from the city and did
not arrive in time to take part in the contest. Rev. E. II.
Chapin next rendered a bass solo and with such good success
that the audience insisted upon recalling him.
The last oration was hy Mr. N. B. Barr. Mr. Barr spoke
upon "American Politicians." He was very distinct and de
liberate, perhaps too deliberate. The following is an outline
of his oration:
The principles of our government if stoutly advocated and
maintained woujd produce the results the founders of the
government intended they should. But leaders in American
politics have become political tricksters. They have ceased
to try to promote peace, prosperity and equality. They arc
as much traitois to our government as was Arnold. New
laws arc made and old laws changed before they become old
in the vain hope that the social and political evils will be
remedied. But laws arc of no cfTcct for the fountain of
life of law, government, and politics, is a cesspool. The
best laws are of no avail with politicians at the head of gov
ernment. The poorest laws would be a. source of blessing
were statesmen in control. Leaders in politics realize that
fact, but they arc unwilling to set aside personal ambition for
the welfare of the nation. Until leaders in politics, become
statesmen, people and government will be at the mercy of nn
oligarchy of political tricksters; and social and political evils
will continue to menace our republic.
The final number was music by the university double
The second annual exhibition of the Delian society was
given in the chapel Friday evening, June 6. The audience
was, perhaps, larger than that which attended the exhibition
of any other society. Music was furnished by Mr. J. W.
Seamark, Mmc. Adolf Weber and by a string quartet com
posed of Messrs. August Hagenow, Charles Hagenow, J. G.
Saycr and Dr. Geo, E. Andrews. The program began with
a tenor solo by Mr. Seamark. After which came the oration
"Samuel Adams," by Mr. C. D. Schcll. Mr. Schcll appeared
a trifle overconfident and lacked slightly in earnestness. His
gestures were few but forcible. The debate followed; Messrs,
Pccry and McNitt were the debaters nnd they spoke upon
the "Dcmonitizalion of Silver. Mr. Peery spoke on the af
firmative and maintained that silver should not have been
demonntized. Mr. Pccry's delivery was good although a few
more gestures would hnvc been nn improvement.
Mr. McNitt was equally logically, but in delivery he 7oas
much less forcible He spoke entirely too rapidly and his
voice was too low. The program ros ended by music from
the string quartctc.
The next number was a duct by Mr. Seamark and Mmc.
Weber. The audience was delighted and insisted upon more
music. Then followed the recitation of the evening, " Cladius
and Cynthia," by Miss. L. M. Green. Miss Green was entirely
self-possessed. Her gestures were many and graceful, but her
voice was at times not sufficiently distinct. After music by the
string quartet the second orator of the evening, Mr. F. A,
Rockhold, was announced. Mr. Rockhold had chosen for his
subject, "The Tendency of Combinations in Trade." When
he came upon the platform his face wore look of determina
tion. His delivery was marked by great earnestness. Mmc.
Weber then sang a vocal solo and received an encore.
The Philodiccan exhibition this year was a musicalc, or
nearly so. There was a recitation by Mss Scothorn. The
recitation was unusually good. The novelty of the evening
was the whistling solo by Miss Wilson.
A large audience assembled in the chapel Monday evening,
June 9, to hear the commencement concert given by the music
department of the university. The program was a treat and
did credit to those who had charge of it. The first number
was a selection "With Sheathed Swords," by the university
chorus. The next was a piano duct, "Hungarian Rhapsodic
No. 2," by Miss Louise Pound and Miss Helena Lau. It
was well executed and met with hearty applause. Following
was the violin solo, "Berceuse," by Edith Lewis. The audi
ence seemed to appreciate very highly this selection. Miss
Nellie M. Scott then sang a soprano solo, "Prayer and Aria
from Der Frcischutz," which received a large amount of ap
plause. The "Polka Concertantc," two violins, by Mr. Men
zendorfandMr. Frankforlcr followed. "Peaceful Slumbering"
by the university chorus, was the next number on the pro
gram. After which the "Spanish Dance" was rendered by
the university orchestra. This latter selection 7tas one of the
features of the evening and met with and encore. A voral
solo, "Star of My Life," by Miss Olivia Pound. The lady
7oas heartily applauded. Next 7tas "Capriccio Op. 22," by
Miss Alma C. Benedict with orchestral accompaniment on a
second piano by Miss Cochran. This 7tas followed tenth a
soprano solo, "'Ttoas no Vision," by Miss Dena Loomis. The
final number, "The Magic of Spring," 7tas by the university
chorus and orchestra.
The alumni banquet was held in Nebraska hall, Tuesday
evening, June to. A large number of members were present
and spent the evening in feasting and speech-making. Mr. H.
H. Wilson delivered the annual address upon the subject,
" The Reign of Law." It was an able and eloquent produc
tion. Many of the members responded to toasts. Wc regret
that space prevents us from giving a more extended notice of
the alumni banquet and several other important affairs.
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