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Day
27
Month
June
Year
1888
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Public Domain
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Frlday last was the day and 10}4 o'clock i. in. the hour, and University hall the lace set apart for the Commeneeinent txercise of the class of '88 of Ann Art)or's high school. The day was a lovely mt warm one, being only slightly tempered by the ijrand lain of the evening preyious. and for once be itsaid that the sxercises commenced ou time, though some of the audience wern't there to liear the bezinning. The great auclitorum was well tilled with people who, when uothiiifr flse oectipied their attention, Siizoil at the very tasty decorations npon the stage and draperies around the aller y front. The cliiss motto, " Bsw Quara Videre" arched over the figures 't8, and over them all was draped folds of pale blue and iimize bunting, to tlio rear of the stage. Then the Idea of running a hedge fence of evergreen around in front of the footltghts, surmounted liere and Diere by beiiutiful foliage or blooming plauts w"as a capital idea, as it simt off the gnze of the public from the numerous pairs of feet upon the stage, many of which were nervous, as thelr bashful owners could readily testify. The two front rows of seats were reserved for the dray loads of boquets and presentí that camo to the gradaittai from rclatives and fiiends upon tliis, one of the grentest occasions of their lives. The exercises were oponed w itli inusio by the Chcquamegonp, followod Wlth prayer ofl'ered by Kev. S. Kurp. The flrst speaker, W'm. Hlalr, of Chamborsburg, Pa., had somethlng to say about the class of people In Hits country, who belng too lazy to work, and too much soured to be reapectable, presumed to ask the questlon: "Are we Free?"and thls Is a country without royalty, arlstocray or the tltled noblllty wblch nearly all otlier natlons possess; and In a country whoHe constttutlou secures to every cltlzen freedom and equallly. The speaker then proceeded to show up the absurd doctrines of the communeists, the socialista and tbe anarchlsts, the most erratio, unreasonable and dangerous belng the anarchist, whowould conflscate all property, do away wlth all laws and all goverument ; put the scholars on a level wlth the base and the lgnorant. and turn thiDgs upslde down generally. Uut the fall of the trap that ushered lnto eternlty the Chicago Anarchlsls was the death knell of that dangerous class In freo America. Hannah M. Anderson, of Greene, Iowa, sald that 100 years agu the glrls were not allowed tollft Iheireyesbeyond the home with lts bakiug, and sewliig, and knlttlug, and splunlnK, and weavlng, and general home dutles, but to day every avallable occu pation was open to them. To be sure the glrl could noldolmposslbllltles; could uot ralse tullps from dandel lons; but must be lead by her natural abllltles and attainments. 8he must flrst find out what she has a talent for dolng, and develop the qualitles that predomínate. We must learn to know ourselves andlhen bulld oursalves up. The essay was a plaln, sensible statement of facts, showing how the gentier sex had progressed wlthtn the past century and how they mlght Btlll keep going lörward. " The Luw of the Conveutlonal," was the theme of Llzzte M. Balley, Ann Arbor. There are Innumerable and Invisible webs that hedge the world about and bind ttie feet of men. Clvlllzallon Is a Gordlan knot that no man has uutled. In the civil law a man obtalns office through the vote ol the people, In theconventloual lt Is not so oblamed, but everybody Is a inember of thls body by divine electlon. The essayist drew some very sensible conclusión, nud had a paper of real excellence but did not allow her volee suftlclentforce to make herself understood. Her closing statement wan that a lilghsenseof honor never ral Is In the euforcemeul of conventlonal customs. Nellle Cutler, of Fislier, Mlch., en tltled her cause In thls court " Koot vs. Blossom," and argued quite well for both defendaut and plalntlfl', wltti the heaviest welght of argument decldedly in favor of the plalntlff. She clted many authorltius, and clothed hrr "Rilef" In beautlful linguage, over which no jury could dlsagree and to which no Judge could note exceptions. Root Is Uie cliaracter and Ufe Is the blossom; the grandeur and beauty ofthe one Isentirely dependent upon thequallty ot the olher. How sore our dlsappolntment at times when we tlnd the true -h:iracter not what the blossom ludicates, butsimply a sham wlth the best quallües on the outslde when thev should be upou the luslde Uke the hidden root. Ueaullful garments raay lose thelr lustre, beautlful blossoms fade and perlsh, but a beautlful heart becomes more lovely by the flight of time. Ifany doubt ever exlsted that the great 11 Want" of the day and age Is " Men," it was most surely dispelled In the mlnds of those who heard Douald O. Douglas's statement of the case. lu the bezinning God creuted the hearens and the eai th. He theu dlvlded the waters from the earth and creattd btrds and bt'iisls ui il tKh h inutiuierable; and last lic created man, endowlng hlm wlth high motives and noble powers- [Tlils is not In accord wlth the Darwlulan theory, lt will be nollcedj. But to-day there Is a demand for men. Men ol high moral courage are needed everywhere. In RW .{ftïir(fl" ¦jfi.Vi'.Vii.fili'in, ilio roslrum. In fact In every walkofllfe. Men are wanted who will notsell thelr votes to the blgbeat bidder, öuch men are wanted In business, also, where we have too many Bharpen. Honest men are wanted for our bankt, as casillero especlally where there appears to be a great scarclty, and as dlructors also, who will attend to the business of the bank and not allow r.undreds of thousands to be stolen. Fewer Jahe Sharpe's and more Phll Armour'g are needed. we want mea who will observe our Sunday as the Ijord lntended lt should be observed, and not degrade the day and themselves by patroulzlng beer gardens. We also have the perulclous Hunday newspaper lo help degrade [not a partlc'e of work on one of which is done on Sundayj public moráis. WanU-d. men In Washington to ihrottle the Inilux of thls lawleu forelgu element, and loglveus laws inlended for the people's beneüt, and uot merely to strengthen the party. Better men are wxnted lu our state governmout aud leglslatures; men who are BUfBcienlly wlse to pass laws that are constltutlona! ; in our city councll men are not wauted who set themselvc up hlgher than our courts and law-makers, and pass in Judgment upon the constltutiouality of laws emicted lor Hiel rguldance; our policemen should be men nol blind when a saloon Is open after hours or on Sunday. Men are wanled everywhere who, while courageous enough to do rlght, will strlve 1) look lettlently on a brotliers' faults: men who will deal justly and walk humbly before God. Mr. Douglass delivered hls speech In an excellent marnier, and was one of the few to make hlmself heard In tbe big hall. "Liberty s gift to the Old orld," was what Hattle V. Haviland discoursed upon. AlUi ough admllUng tliat Araerlcan'8 were gtveu to boasllng, vet she thought they bad mucli loboastof, The llberty ofthecitlzen of thls natlou is a boon tj the people of the world aiul they tlorl; here In great nurnbers, and In that way alone this country exerts a imghty lnfluence. Nations groplng nnder despotlim are looking to us anxlously, aud our InHuence has penetrated even to the dlsmul and cruel Htbertau prlsons and mi nes. In our lorm of government respousiblllty rests wlth every oue; wlth the old nations there is but one responslble. She then spoke of the acholar and student who held hlmself aloof from exerclslng hls rlghts as an American cllizen because he came In contact wlth people and methods distusteful to hl m, and aserted tbat such actloos was not brave aud patrlotic. He is no Citizen of thls natlon who does not fulflll hls obllgatlons as acltizen, and haR no rlgtit to demand the protectlon of Uils government. The gooa cllizen should be thoroughly educated ïn heart, mlnd and body, and ever hold aloft the flag of thlsnation as a beacon Ught of llberly to the oppressed of tbe earlh. "The New West," a portrayed by Anstln C. Uormley, of Ann Arbor, Is a wonderful country wlth lts resources, lts capabllltles, Hh grandeur, but Just starled on the rond to development. It seemed slrange to him that thefouuders of thls natlou hadsollttle conception of the possibllltles of these western terrltorles. Thls Northwestern terrltory, the lUOth annlversary of whose settlement is being celebraled thlg year, Is already the very heart of the natlon, y et to themlndsof inany the west is the same west that lt was 50yearsago. But what a wonderful transiiiriMiiiinii has been worked out In tlmt perlod! Of the 22 stiltes and 10 territorios composlng thls great west only three are as smal] as all Neiv JKngland. It has more than twlce the room and resources of the eajt, and Is bound to soon have twice the lnfluonce and power. It was Bishop Bvrkley who saw tlie mlghtystar of empire taklng lts way westward, and told the people that 'Trom Ureat Brltuln the scepter Is passing." There Is no farther west, for beyond I lus comes agaln the Oriënt. To-day thls great west Is an In faut, but to-morrow 11 wlll be a glant In whose limbs wlll unlte the strength of many natlons. The fuion ol the blood of the east and the south, whlch has been blended in the people of this west, has glven a strong, sturdy, tiealthy race. that Is maklng the wllderness and the deserts bloom as the rose. He beUeved that all the terrltorles havlng the proper populallon should be admltted to the slsterhood of states at once, and released froro colonial rule. Exoept, for the closlng gesture Mr. Oormley's dellvery was excellent. Itwasaqualnt and curlous story, wlth a sad yet happy refraln running through lt, that Manida A. Neumann, of Ann Arbor, told of "The Mlsslon of the Bella. ' Tho.se dear old bellH, we love them all.though we know not why, froia the 11 tile tlnkllng bell of the meadow to thedeep-tooed calhedral bell of the city. The cliurou bells brln;s us tldIns of another world we unow not of; they are Uod'n servants; what though t lui r creeds may dlffer they teil the same beautlful story. The essayist then lmltated in a pleaxlngmanner the melody of the bella as they called us in different tonos to worshlp. The brldal bell wlth lts ttdlngaof happlness; Ihesolemn tolling of the bell that says there Is no rose without a tliorn, and tells of the Borrow that death brlngs; and the (1 re bell wlth lts terrors, [were all portrayed In an Ekgreeable manner to the llsteners. Miss Neunian left a lavorablelmpreslou upou the Etudlence. Fred C. Kent, of Dundee, nrgued that "Ureat Occasions raake Oreat Men," and svldently dld not feel much lncllned to the propoalllon that great men make great occasions piissiiiii'. Uolug bact to Martin Luthers time he asserled that the Oreat Itefonnatlon made Luther, not Luther tha Itefonnatlon. The Keformatlon wasactlvely n progresa wheu Luther was bom, and by lt ie became eminent. It was the great French Itevolution that made Napoleon Bonaparte wliftt he wat. Oeorge Washington was mude groHlny thu Aiiii-rli-n BeTolllBon, Mí J fmportint venta tnl -lusi..,-,-. ... m that perlod. The UBI as tro Llncoli aiid Uraut, tliay required greatiieiK throiigli the Important perlods of time In whloü they lved It was a law tliat had becotne generally reeognlzed nd adraltted tliat real occasions make great raen. The facts told about "Toneues," by Roba Pulclplier, were entortaliilimly told. The trlteold maxImtliHt apeecb Is Hilvrr umi sllence Rolden liad beon Hatlslactorlly demosstrated over and over agaln. and 1h especially appruclated whcn we meet one of the clans of peoplcofwhom it 1 naldthatthel r tougues arehung In the mlddle and wags both ways. The prattllng tongue, wlth mlschlef Id lia wake; the scoldlng tongue wlth lts unpleasant lmpreeBlons; the witty tongue wlth Iib plensant retort; the dreadful sarcastlc tonino wlth lts keen hafta of steel plerclng us to the qnick. wlilch every mm dreads; the mean tonoae, Klng Ihrough thu world un.! poisniiliiKour plfimiro; tlie flatterlng tongue wiili-li weall Imvpn weknM for thnugli fow ndinlt It, eacli eam lo tor a vivid portrayal.aiid the eloquent longues 0lOed t lie list wllhlls powerful lor gooü or evll as its owuer may employ It. David McMorran.of I'ort Hurón, hacl fnr hN auhjecf'Should Science be raade PopulftrT" He contended that It shonld be, and that failures to make It so In the past were more the result of mlsstatemeuts by lecturers and others, who, takinR it for ranted that tlie public woulü not know the dlfforence, made statements to Bult tneir purposes regardless of fucts. Wliat a tilesslng It would be to the larmer dld he underatand the revelatlons of sclence relatlve to the fertilizaron of hls fleldí, etc. How many thousands of dolían could besaved by those explorlng for as or olí, or mluerals. could they be familiar wlth the prlmary tencblngs eveo, of geoloy. He reclled the upward ordownward tendeacy oí sclence la England, Krance imd Cíermany, and plead earnestly for a more general dltfuslon of sclentlflc kuowledge amoiiK the people. "Oommlssioner Atklu's Order." was Krederlck B. Ryder'H subject, a subject that was a mystery to probably 99 out of every 100 present, unlll It was explalned that the famous order referrea to the education of ludían youths by the government and others. Thls order had been aublect to aome crltlclsm on the ground tliat It ulctated the lancuage to be taught and methods used, but Mr. Ryder thouglitasthegovernmentowned the Indiana and the land, and that the church mlsslous were there only on the sufferance of the government, that the order was all right, in whlch opinión the audlence undoubtcdly colncideu. The cIosIiik esay was by M. EloiiC Walker, of St. John, and "Gullty or not Qnlltj?" was the theme. The hUtory of the metliods pursued by governments to ascertaln the Kuilt (r lnnocence of people accused of commlttlng crime was rehearsed and concluslons drawn. It took a long time to secure trial by Jury, but lt was lo be hoped that we might look forward to better measures still for ascertalnlng whether or not people accused of crime were gullty or not gullty. Tlms endei tlie intcllecual menu. Diplomas were tlien presen teri to the followlng graduates: CiRADUATING CLA8S. CI.ASSICAL COCUSK. Hannah M. Anderson.Prederlck D. Green, ('arl D. Perry, Gertrude M. Bundy, Jacob Morrlson, Frederlck B. Kyder, John K. Earp, Frank Morrison. M. Elolse Walker, John B. Mlller. LATIX COURSE. Henry L. Blrd. Austln C. Oorraley, Elsle M. Sheldon, Mzzle M. Bailey, N. Fay Leas. Frederick B. Sturm. KnleCramer, Wllllam K. Murray, Charles F. Vauehn, Julia F. Ehrman, Marión (i. Paul, Cari C. Warden, GeogeC. Slater. ENUMSH COURSE. Flora H. liourns, Nellle Catler, Iris Carr, Martha M. Drake, Donald O. Douglas, Kussell H. Hemley, HattleV. Havllaud, Agnes M. Leas, Kmiiiii C. IjMz. Olga B. Laubengayer, Matllda A.Neumann, Clara E. O'Toole, Roba Pulclplier, LeRoy Southmayd, Chas. O. Whllcomb. Ray J. McColl, Fannie C Gardner. BOIXMTIFIO COURSK. EUM. Bruah, Wllhelmine L.Bender Frank W. Clay, Ruth B. Durhelra, Cari W. Hertel, Beulah B. Johnson Frpd C. Keut, ;ci.A.Kalzenberger. Virginia Law, Eugenia Mogk. Davkl MoMorran, Vatllda A.Nenmann, LeRoy Snuthmayd, Vernon B.Sherrod, Allle O, Tolcharil. Margarette 0. Ulber, Mary E. Vauglian, Cari C. Warden, Walter J. Kent, Carrle R. Owens, KXaiN'KERINÍi COURSE. John R. Alien, Wm. H. Dorrance, Clinton I'.Mc Al laster, Wllliam Blair. Edward M. St. John. (OMMKlll-IAI. COURSK. John Bradley, Geo. 8. Donahm Mabel M.Gormley, Lewls R. McCardy, Martin R. Hoar, Edward sharp. Wllllam F. Fisher, Henry W. McNally. Wliile the band discouraed ïniisic the audicnce rctired, after which tlie innu merable boqueta ml bnoks and present were distributed to the trraduntcs fortu unte enough to have frionds of siiffiden li bersility to remerober tliem so klndly.