The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, December 22, 1900, Page 2, Image 2

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    and disastrously. The professor I am
talking about reads of real life and
takes as much personal interest in
commercial catastrophies as he does
in the defeat and retreat -of the-
10,000 Greeks under Xenophon about
400 B. C. His income is fixed and he
is freer than a farmer, doctor, lawyer
or Indian chief. His absolute free
dom from any hampering consider
ations in regard to the frank expres
sion of opinion is illustrated by the
impertinent lectures to the undergrad
uates of Professor Ross at Leland
Stanford Jr. university. Although
the university was built arid slip-"
ported by the Southern Paci He Rail
road, Ross made frequent occasion to
express bis disapproval of that road
as a monopoly. The natural infer
ence is from Professor Ross' lectures
on the Southern Pacific that the least
.vice of the owners of the road was
Now the founder of Stanford uni
versity was an old man very confident
of certain doctrines, among which
was the benefits of the gold standard.
He was war governor of California
and'one utHhemenwhoinsisted.upo.u.l
keeping a gold standard in.Callforjiia.
during the inflation of the currency
in the Civil War stress.
He saw great possibilities for Cali
fornia, if it were connected with tbe
rest of the world, and was one of tbe
four to build tbe first railroad con
necting, the East with the West. As
labor" was veryscarceand'veYy'dearr
he believed that California supremacy
needed laborers to carry oa the indus
tries of the state, and was one of the
first to introduce the Chinese coolie
into California. When he founded
the University he put very few re-
strictions upon it in any way, but he
'did insist that the university never
should throw its influence in favor of
any one church or creed, or in favor of
any one political party. Mrs. Stanford-
idolizes her husbaDd, and be
lieves tbat all be did was wise and
right, and she has been most heroic
and self-sacrificing in carrying out
his wishes concerning tbe Univer-
"Mr. Ross began Ills career," siys a
friend, "as a teacher at Cornell. He
is a pleasant, kindly, loveable fellow,
very brilliant, very young, and with
very little judgment, and not too
much common sense. His lack of
judgment alienated from him, while
he way at Cornell tbe best element in
the faculty.although almostevery
body liked him personally. There
was much relief expressed here when
he went from there to Stanford.
. "Tbe next thing that Professor Ross
did was to declare in favor of free sil
ver at 16-to-l, when Bryan was nomi
nated for the first time. He did this,
as be did everything else, with the
blare of trumpets and wide publicity.
Last year he made an attack upon tbe
Chinese laborer ;n California, as a
great danger to our economic condi
tions. He did all these things from
the eminence given him by his posi
tion as Professor of Sociology in the
University. Mrs. Stanford naturally
concluded that his teachings were
undermining all stability, financial
and social, but 1 still think she would
nut have insisted upon his removal
had it not been for his boyish way of
giving to the world his half-thought-out
opinions as the final result of re
search. She felt: he was too erratic
and too full of vagaries to hold so im-
.portani) a position in tbe University.'
(Taken from a letter to the St. Louis
' Mirror.)
It is admirable tbat only-theexcep--tional
professor is emancipated from,
propriety and from tbe consciousness
of tbe stress and struggle as well as the
man-making advantages of the com-
petitive struggle for existence, carried dicks and Mr. Thompson there is a hazing is good fur pampered boys and
on by their fellow men. The atmos- striking parallelism. The phrenolog- it may be that it is. But it is not
pherc of veneration which surrounds ical aspect of both men exhibits an good for the hazers. Hazing may not
a popular lecturer is as difficult to re- abnormal development of vanity and hurt the hazed but it increases the
sistas,that.wuich,rnakes a monarebran absence of those indications which. naturally.cruel and , bullying-tenden-dizzy.
SofarasI know this flagrant" phrenologists ascribe1" to. well 'tilled fcies "of "youthrAnd "-healthy -joung
breach of manners and propriety by depots of iotegnty and morality, animals might as well be fed some-
Professor Ross is an unique example
of bravado.
His dismissal from Stanford is not a
blow to Lehrfreibeit but to Rossfrei
beit. Stanford university is a monu
ment to the humanity of Leland
Stanford. To allow a man to stand
on tbat monument and denounce
everything her. husband "believed- in
and wrought was more than we can
yet expect of Mrs. Stanford or of any
other woman.
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A Parallel.
On the first day of January 1901 the
Delaware legislature will assemble.
Like Nebraska the Delaware legisla
ture will attempt to elect two sena
tors. One is to succeed Senator Ken
ney and the other is to serve four
years of the term which was left un-
Mr. Addick's methods of securing an
election to the United States senate
are exactly like Mr. Thompson's.
Both men are sure that the place can
be bought if haggled for long enough.
thing to increase their appetite as
allowed to haze weaker and younger
lads. That so many gentle and fine
men and officers are graduated from
West Point is due to the discipline
The reasons urged by bis followers and in spite of this abandonment of
why Mr. Thompson should be elected
to the senate are peculiarly irrelevant.
Did he not advance twenty thousand
dollars to bring the volunteers from
tbe Pacific coast? Did be not take a
hundred or more tired mothers on a
picnic? His supporters do not claim
that, he is honest, or disinterested, a
patriot or a statesman. They assert
that in spite of his record, in spite of
bis auction sale of himself to the fu
sion is ts, he is a suitable representa
tive of Nebraska in the senate, and if
he goes there, be is. Men who can be
bought deserve to be sold.
Delaware on the Atlantic coast and
Nebraska fifteen hundred miles in-
the frightened, unused freshmen to
the torture ot sophmnoreijullies.
Cowardice is intolerable at West
Point but'some nf'tbebrewestj'ofrlcere
have gone into battle with quivering
limbs and stayed by the flag until it
was capture- or planted on the
enemy's ground. Cowardice is con
stitutional. The testimony shows
tbat Booz was a coward and a tale
bearer, neither one manly attributes.
He was detested by his classmates,
who subjected him to contumely as
well as to torture. He inherited cow
ardice, it may be from a remote ances
tor, as well as his tuberculous tend
ency. The tabasco sauce, the fieriest
DTfvi(led- for bvthelast -legislature
Itis-ratcettainranyemoretban-ifc.i8 la'noVWill cntfer-armBstaslmurtaeousvcoQtfnient.m3nufactured, was forced
in Nebraska tbat a senator will be "" on a tr-a ' tne Dre ' eacn sat- down his throat, skinned it, and
elected the opposition is sodeterm- Mr. Thompson's election means, for tuberculosis developed there. As an
ined and one candidate for tbe place at least four jears tue domination of alyzers of character, as judges of those
so opposed to all patriotic party or a boss of the same culture, character who are lit to live, eighteen-year-old
ethical considerations, which might Weals and methods as Croker. But In boys are disqualified. They worship
Induce a better man to sten aside, for spite of the foreign population In New force and force alone. Ihey have
another. The Delaware ipii9M,ri York Croker could not be elected to reached thestagi
another. Tbe Delaware legislature
will-consist' in joint sessl6hdf -twenty-nine
republicans and twenty-three
democrats. Twenty-seven votes will
be necessary to a choice. Prophets,
heretofore reliable, claim to know
that there are from six to eleven re
publicans who will not, under any cir
cumstances, vote for Addicks, one of
the senatorial candidates. Just as
there are said to be in Nebraska a cer
tain, safe number of republican legis
lators who are pledged not to go into
a caucus with Thompson as the pos
sible choice of it.
Mr. Addicks, the Delaware candi
date, made a fortune in gas and real
estate in Philadelphia. Boston and
tage of development of
the senate in a New York legislature, tbe American Indian. Such boys
They know the animal and' hls'dispo- nearly-killed' Coteridger- ChaSrLamb,
sltion diet, and cruel Instincts better Keats, Shelley and hundreds of other
there, than in Nebraska.
Mr. Thompson's crude energy, ego
tism, undiluted by ethics, and unscru
pulous use of what- powers he has,
has secured him a certain noisy fol
lowing. The hope of citizens who
object to the peculiar kind of politics
necessary to elect Mr. Thompson Is in
the legislator, not from this district,
who is not accustomed to respond to
a machinist
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The Hazing of Booz.
Investigation into, the death of
writers whose school life is recorded.
If this boy Booz had been more kindly
entreated, emulation and imitation
might have developed manlier quali
ties. Anyway we are all afraid or.
something. A few are afraid of
ghosts. Millions more are afraid to
invariably tell tbe truth, and other
millions are afraid to admit what they
really think, about people who may
or may not vote for them. Several
other millions are afraid to sign their
names to newspaper articles or to let
ters. No vice is so universal as cow-
New -York. -Like M Thompson of 'Booz, the-West'-Point'cadet- has not aidiceand if the West Point cadets
Lincoln, after he bad accumulated a
little money, and influence in ward
politics, the effect of the elation, his
torically experienced by the nouveau
riche, stirred Addicks to induce men
to put a public seal on hisself-ap- States.
proval. He wanted to sit in the hall
where Webster, Clay,. Sumner .and
wbere-all tbe greatest Americans have
sat and spoken to an attentive nation.
Addicks looked over Pennsylvania,
Massachusetts, New York and Dela
ware and decided to select tbe small
est and poorest state, for reasons not
bard to surmise.
After hanging about Dover for
awhile and discussing his chances
with the politicians and offering
money to accomplish a republican vic
tory, Gas Addicks induced a few men
who needed money badly to take him
discovered anything new about tbe
treatment of plebesor freshmen by
upper classmen at the institution sup
ported by tbe national government
which means the people of the United
justify killing Booz because he was a
coward, it is fortunate for growing
boys in America that not many of
tbem can get into West Point, and
that other people are debarred because
of sex or age.
West Point is tbe most aristocratic
school in this country. This is curi-ous-because
- the- undergraduates are
charity scholars, that is their clothes,
their books, their accoutrements, etc.,
are furnished them by the govern
ment. The mothers and fathers of
the cadets come from all ranks of life,
but few rich men's sons enter West
Point. In' general" thts -cadets come
from tbe lower middle rank, taking
wealth as tbe basis of classification.
Yet the tendency of this school sup
ported by tbe people is aristocratic.
There are more rich men's sons In
Mr. Thompson and the Arrow-Head.
Tbe originality, power and truth,
as well as the sincerity and strength
of character of the cartoonist, Herbert
Johnson have given the Arrow-Head
where his cartoons are printed a dis
tinction never before attained by a
university periodical." It is charac
teristic of the bowstring methods of
the Thompson people that when they
found out tbat the publication was
really attracting attention to Mr.
Thompson's history, features, expres-
and his ambition seriously. In the Harvard than in any other school in sion and plans they should threaten
campaign of 1895, six of the nineteen the country, yet the well-bred, mod- tbe head of the state educational in
republicans admitted that he helped est Harvard man is but as a digger stitution with the loss of the bien-
them get elected and through their
assistance he was able to prevent the
election of any other man to the
United States senate from Delaware.
Two years ago Addicks controlled
fifteen votes, and he needed-twenty-'
six. There was a dead-lock, but on the
last day of the session the "Addicks
or nothing men' appeared with a vic
torious expression prepared to elect
their man with tbe aid of the demo
crats. After three democrats bad
voted for Addicks tbe crowd on the
floor showed sucli destructive" wrath
that the other democrats were driven
back from their flop and there was no
senatorial election in Delaware.
Between the character of Mr.Ad-
and ditcher in the eyes of a West
Point cade., whose very clothes are
presented to him by tbe people. It
bas been very difficult to secure ap
propriations from congress for the
national academy. The effect of the
nial appropriation unless the Arrow-
Head was throttled.
a. member of tbe delegation from
this county made tbe same sort of
threat to tbe editor of The Courier
.shortly before election. lie said:
West Point regime upon tbe cadets Lincoln would better look out. ah
is so obvious tbat committees made these state institutions want appro
upof plain congressional represent- prlations and if the delegation is
atives of the people after visiting elected in spite of the opposition in
West Point have been struck by the Lincoln, the delegates will remember
haughty bearing of their proteges it when the institutions apply for
and have failed to be convinced that their regular biennial grant." In
further luxuries would develop better other-words, if this man represents
manners. his colleagues, the delegation from
In no other school in the country is Lancaster is willing to cripple state
liazing so cruel and so long persisted In. institutions, which educate the
It has been repeatedly asserted that young, treat and harbor the insane,