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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (June 7, 1902)
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Paul Smith and Wlllard Gorton, who
will do clay modeling, making: exact
representations of noted men with
lightning rapidity. The Edlaon enter
tainers are also down on the program
to feature the great wizard's latest
model projecting: kinetoscope.
The officers of the association are:
President, B. H. Begole; vice president,
M. V. JJIchols; secretary, F. B. Shel
don; treasurer, W. W. Duncan; direc
tors, B. H. Begole. F. B. Sheldon. W.
V. Duncan. M. V- Nichols, J. T. Har
den, O. E. Webster and J. A. Weaver.
President Begole says that the pros
pects for a successful meeting: were
never better. The grounds are In good
condition and have been much im
proved. The people of the state are In
vited to attend the Chautauqua and
the people of Lincoln are given a most
cordial invitation especially. When
the worth of the attractions and the
beauty of the grounds Is once appre
ciated. President Begole thinks the
Beatrice Chautauqua will be one of the
best patronized Institutions in the '
S$mt 0? them an Wmtn
"Pardon me. but I must ask you for
a favor. I want to go to David. City
and have the money for my fare with
the exception of a quarter. Could you
let me have It? Some day, perhaps, I
can return It."
It was a well dressed, middle aged
woman riding towards the city on a
suburban street car, who did the talk
ing. The oration she aimed at one
of Lincoln's solid and substantial busi
ness men. Meanwhile she was em
barrassed, apologetic, apparently burn
ing with mortification.
He handed out a half dollar and re
marked that he used to be a buffalo.
A representative of the Courier hap
pened "to be' on the same car. The face
of the woman seemed to be familiar,
so a trip was made to the depot where
the passenger prospective flitted into
the ladles' waiting: room. She placed
her grip beside her and tarried just ten
minutes. Then she embarked on the
South Seventeenth street car line and
put up a shrewd talk about just get
ting in on the train and needed some
one to pay her carfare to the house of
a friend in the south part of town.
How long she had worked the David
City dodge no one can say but the po
lice have orders to see that she doesn't
do it again.
Another peculiar case of "conning"
was unearthed a few days ago. A
young lady had been reported at the
police station for begging money.
When interviewed she promptly con
fessed. She said she was a member of a fam
ily of moderate means. One evening she
was down town. It began to rain and
she had -spent all her money. Walk
ing into a drug store she negotiated
a loan of five cents from a clerk to pay
her fare. He Immediately forked it
over together with a little good natured
She thought the matter over and sev
eral times when she had spent all her
money she used the graft. After a time
it -was Havelock she wished to visit
and of course she got a dime.
Finally she got reckless and struck
the same man not twice but three
times. Then the case was reported.
She promised she would never never
do it again.
Female begging, except In the forbid
den district, is almost unknown in Lin
coln and the two Instances cited above
are the only ones noted by the oScers
of 'the law for some time.
Archbishop Ryan was about to take
a train for Baltimore at the Broad
Street station when a young man ac
costed him. saying: "Tour face Is fa
miliar. Where in hell have I seen
"I really don't know." said the arch
bishop, blandly. "What part of hell do
yoa cone iron?" Chicago Journal.
BY SARAH B. HARRIS
Protestor VooAerry at Columbia
Professor George Edward Woodberry,
who has on two separate occasions
been at the head of the department of
English In the state university, is
In trouble at Columbia. Professor
Woodberry appears to be an amiable
man. But this appearance is only to
the casual acquaintance. In reality he
is somewhat difficult and exigent. In
Nebraska we know very little of the
faculty and president of Columbia, but
the Nebraska state university faculty
has had two memorable experiences
with the professor who is now making
trouble for President Butler of Colum
bia. President Low was long suffering,
slow to take offense, mindful of the
services and talents of a teacher even
though the teacher was occasionally in
solent and always disobliging. Be
cause Professor Woodberry has stayed
so long at Columbia his Nebraska ac
quaintances concluded that President
Low was a man of supernatural pa
tience and unselfishness.
President Nicholas Murray Butler, as
all the world knows, has just ton In
ducted with much ceremony Into the
presidency of Columbia. The most dis
tinguished men in America, including
the President of the United States,
were present at the Inauguration. It is
quite likely that as a new man he de
sires to do his best and to maintain
the dignity of his position unimpaired.
Not knowing how often his predecessor
had drawn upon his store of patience
and Christianity in order to maintain
cordial relations with the professor m
question the younger man must .hays
made up his mind to administer the af
fairs of the whole university without
regard to the eccentricities of any
member of the faculty.
In accordance with this policy. Har
per's Weekly says that "A course In
English given by Professor Woodberry,
and very popular with the students,
was dropped from next year's list be
cause of a lack of funds to pay an as
sistant. There followed a great outcry
by the students, and an explanation
by President Butler, who said that Dr.
Woodberry"s labors were highly appre
ciated, and explained why the change
was made which the students so much
disliked. Forthwith Mr. Flagler comes
forward and offers funds to pay an as
sistant in the dropped course for three
years, but Dr. Butler declines the offer,
and other offers to the same effect.
Dr. Woodberry then makes a statement
regretting President Butler's action.
The acceptance of Mr. Flagler's offer,
he says, 'would have allowed my old
work to go on unimpaired; the students
' would have been satisfied with the re
moval of the cause of their complaints;
I should have been delighted, for I had
lost all hope of saving my department
as created and safeguarded under
President Low's administration.' To
this statement President Butler has as'
yet published no reply, and so the mat
The ability to get along with one's
associates is what no university can
bestow. The most valuable qualities
are not acquired in college but by
treating on the same plane with one's
fellowmen day after day for years. The
professor In his lecture talks down to
Individuals, younger and more ignorant
of the subject under discussion than
himself. He gets Into the habit of en
lightening and of having auditors when
he speaks. Other men of equal attain
ments and character are obliged to get
an audience, if they desire one, by main
force, build their own dais and go out
and collect their audiences by using
their magnetic drawing power. Other
wise, if so be they have an Important
message, they will deliver it to the clr
eamsiBMeat air or to four walls.
There are hundreds of professors who
have successfully resisted the seductive
Influence of worshiping eyes raised to
theirs, and the sound of their own in
spired thinking, year after year. But
Professor Woodberry is a victim of hi
environment. Neither years nor ex
perience have changed his profound
conviction that the president of the In
stitution, in which he chances to be
lecturing on the subject of English lit
erature, can have nothing Important to
say about that department. The rela
tions in this case are especially com
plicated because the man who is now
president was but recently a member
of the faculty, and the two men have
had opportunities of acquaintance in u
As a teacher of English literature
Professor Woodberry Is inspired by a
love of literature and sound scholar
ship. His teaching has certain definite
and invaluable effects upon the stu
dents who attend his lectures. He re
fines and cultivates the taste of the
students. They get a definition, which
abides with them for life, of the object
and spirit of literature. They see vul
gar things as vulgar and common, and
they lose, if they have it, their taste for
parodies and for the unclean and
hobbledehoy writing that pleased them
aforetime. No student possessing
Imagination and latent germs of
civilization can listen to Professor
Woodberry's lectures on English
and allied subjects without being
inestimably benefitted. His lan
guage is a pure well of English unde
fined. His reasoning Is clear. HLj
Judgments of books sane. He does not
especially care to Influence students.
On the contrary he appears to ignore
and cherish something like contempt
for them. But he does influence them.
Students of the Nebraska university
who were In his classes possess a love
of literature and a clean discrimina
ting taste that they owe to the teach
ings of Professor Woodberry. The so
lace they receive from books, the judg
ment to select the clean from the un
clean, the poetic from the trivial, the
capacity for the joys of a library, these
students owe to the tuition they re
ceived from Professor Woodberry. It Is
ungrateful, perhaps, to recall the char
acteristics which prevented his living
harmoniously with the chancellor or
faculty of this university, but a teach
er is a public character and editors dis
cuss him with frankness and with all
the knowledge at hand.
Much knowledge Is a weariness of
the flesh. 'Dr. Sarah Hackett Steven
son, a member of the woman's club
of Chicago, recently said to the club,
many members of which have begun to
realize the futility of the unceasing
pursuit after knowledge for its own
sake, that knowledge Is a delusion,
club-life a fraud, clothes unhealthy,
and finally that the habit of walking
and Btandlng upright puts the heart
in an unnatural position and causes
indigestion. Dr. Stevenson, who Is an
oracle to Chicago club habitues, did
not advise her audience of any remedy
for the evils which the use of two in
stead of four feet cause, nor of any
cure for the deleterious effects of cloth
ing. The doctor wears very stylish and
elegant gowns herself. To give them
up for the blanket which she advocates,
would be the only way to secure fol
lowers, and the correspondents do not
state that she appeared before the
Chicago woman's club In the costume
of the aborigines.
"Man, as an animal. Is suffering
degradation at the hands of civiliza
tion." (Why will club women talk
about the hands and feef of civiliza
tion?) "The hair Is disappearing fronr
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