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Temperance In The University

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Another temperance meeting of the students of the University was held on Wednesday evening, at which the report of the committee on organization was received. The report, as amended and adopted, is as lollows : AETICLES OF ASSOCIATIOtï. Abticle 1. This organization shall bc called ' The University Temperance Association." Akt. 2. The object of this Association shall be to promote temperance in the University, and to obtain and encourage recreation in proper places. Akt. 3. Any member of the University becomes a member of this Association by signing the following resolution : We will at all times, during our connection with the University, abstain from the use oí any intoxicating hquors as a beverage, and use our mfluence in favor of temperance. Abt. 4. The Association shall elect a committee of three from each class of the several departments, a lady and two geutlemen. These class committees shall constitute a general committee. Abt. 5. The General Committee may appoint from their number auy officers they may deern necessary. Abt. 6. The occasions upon which the committee aliall meet shall be optional with themselves. Abt. 7. They shall consider and lay before the Associatiou any measure they may deem necessary or desirable ; and to this end may cali meetings of the Association. Art. 8. They shall, however, take no important action without ascertaining the views of the Association and the Faculty. Upwards of 40 students immediately signed the tibove resolution, andmany more expressed their willingness to sign it at the next opportunity. The resolution will be actively circulated until the next Monday evening. The association hopes to keep up an interest among the students for the cause of temperance, by means of lectures, socials, entertainments, etc, and will endeavor, with the aid of the Faculty, to furnish some permanent means of proper recreation. The Courier made liaste last week to censure and assault Mayor Beakes for the manner in which he-constituted the standing committees, and in fact for constituting them at all, and put in a claim that " the sole authority to elect these committees rests with the Common Council." Now, the Courier may be right in its statement or position, and ïf right can readily point us to the section of the charter which gives such " sole authority " or any such authority to the Council. It must have rested its assertion on knowledge, if so let the public be enlightened. Perhaps it can get the Mayor to give the citation (as it asserts he has looked up the law) and save ltself the labor of investigation we know to be onerous. As to Mayor Beakes he needs no defense for assuming to appoint the usual or regular standing committees. He did only what has been done by every Mayor preceding him, - regardless of the politics of either Mayor or Council, - and what is done by the presiding officer of every legislative body or Council, tlio Senate of the United States alone excepted. As to the construction of the committees by the Mayor that is a matter that should satisfy the Courier if itdoes the Council, and that body could have reversed the practice had it any desire to do so. Therefore, we must conclude that our neighbor has made "a great ado aboutnothing." We don't vouch for the truth of the conversation given below, by a " local " correspondent, but it is good enough to teil: " The following dialogue is said to have taken place on Monday, between two of our distinguished fellow citizens of African descent, while that drove of students was parading the streets and disturbing the usually pervading peace with their 'owlings : " Mose. - I say, Jeff, I'se got wat de wite folks calis a conundrum. " Jeff. - Well, wat am he ? anyting to eat. a Mose. - No ! How am dat drove of students like cow-belU ? " Jeff.- Well, Mose, you's too much for dis chile. I gives 'cm up. How is da. " Mose. - Da has more tungs dan brains ; and more brass dan tungs." We are indebted to Bro. Eounds, of Chicago, for the April number of his Printen' Cabine a capital publication, full of current infonnatio and valuable instruction for both the employin and the practical printer. We always enjo looking over its neatly printed pages and reac I ine its spicy paragraphs.


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