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Commencement Week

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The notes of preparation for Commencement Week are being sounded. The schedule of ex ercises, as offtcially issued, is as follows : Satxtrday, June 20M - 9 a. M. Examination of candidates for adraission. Sunday, June 2st - 4 p. M. Baccalaureate Address (in University Hall) by President Angelí. Monday, June 2'2d - 9 A. M. Examination of caudidates for admissïon. 8 P. M. Concert under the direction of the Senior Class. Tiiesday, June ÏZd- 10 A. M. Class-Day Exerciaes. Oratiou by C. T. Lane ; Poem by T. H. Johnston. 1 1-2 p. M. üration before the Alumni by Hon. Duane Doty, of the class of 1856. 3 p. M. Class-Day Exercises. 6 p. M. Alumni Sapper at Hangsterter's. 8 p. M. Reeeption by the Senior Class. Wednesday, June 2ítk - THIETIETH ANNUAL COMMENECMEXT. 8 a. m. Business meeting of the Alumni in the Chapel. 9 A. M. The procession will forin in front of the Law Building. 10 a. M. Commencement Exercisea. 2 P. M. Commencement Dinner for the Alumni and guests of the University. 8 p. M. President's Eeception at the residence of President Angelí. We hear a story of how one of our prominen citizens- an ex-j ournalist, lawyer, author, etc- " put his foot in it," which is entirely too good to keep. It runs something like this : Citizen, (luring a recent visit to lieavenwortn, ü.ansas (in the interest of a gas company which is controlled here), had occasion to meet in a business way several Leavenworth men whose names are knmvn far and wide.bothas politicians and speculators, and we might say as speculators in politics. The introduction (given by the local agent or superintendent of the aforesaid gas works) was : ' Mr. S : Mr. C , Judge C , and Mr. S. " Business progressed and was flnished. and the Leavenworth gentlemen commenced fishing for compliments for their city, by iuviting comparisons between it and other western citiea recently visited by our citizen, and were astounded at being told " in language that's plain," that, " Leavenworth ia well euongh, but that its reputation has been ruined by its public men. Why, there is that infamous man Caldwell who liought up a Legislature and a seat in the U. S. Senate, from which he was driven in disgrace; there is his agent, Len. Smith, and their attorney, Judge Crozier. Such corrupt men would ruin any city or State. You can't expect to thrive under such lead." Wiuking and wincing, with the writhings of the agent, failed to attract our fellow-citizen's attention, and he bore down barder and harder, and when asked where he got such infonnation, assured his iuterested hearers that the facts were notorious, known to " all the world and the rest of mankind." and not to be disnuted. When the sion ended and the charmed circle was broken, ur fellow-citizen was the astonished party and lis superintendent the astonisher. This was the questiouthat opened his eyes: "Mr. S. didu'tyou notice that I introduced you to Mr. Caldwell, Len. Smith, and Judge Crozikr 'i" " What ! hat Senator Caldwell and his friends ?" was the ouly response, but the tone was enough. Disgust mantled his brow, and he meditated in sience. The public exercises of the Alpha Sigma Soiety of the High School, held on Friday evenng last, were well attended, and were creditable to the society and the school. The " . y " was reatl by J. H. Scott, which was folowed by an essay by Miss Adelaide V. ord, " ïhe Race is not with the Swift." It was well read and contaiued some good thoughts ,'he question of the evening, " Is it right for ' ur (Jovernmeut to permit Chinese ' iou '(" was then discussed, H. (ï. Myers and B 3. York maintaining the affirmative and makng out a very good case for the " Heathen Chinese." Aura Smith, Jr., and G. H. Chipman ook the negatire and pointed out the many 1 vils to flow from unrestrained Chinese í gratiou. The speakers all did themselres credit, 1 and the speech of Mr. Chipman was really a fine ' eitort. Kate Jv Comau read au essay, " One Stick will liever Burn," but we heard too little of it to get auy iiea oi lts cliaracter. S. P. Youngs recited an original poem, " The Fall of Richmond," wbich boiled down half (it was 16 minutes long) would have been better for the occasion, but which, nevertheless, showed some facility at rhyming. Miss Lizzie Wilson read the Lyceum paper, and read it well. She had, howcver. admitted (like some real editors) too much of mere personality. Topics and not inividuals should be wntten up for lyceum paers, and it is in very bad taste to hold fellow upils up to public ridicule. The closing address vas by J. F. H. Harrison, upon the " Mortalty of Government," and was very good. The music of the evening, furnished by members of he school was excellent. The society is but a few months old, numbers hirty-five members, and is in good working ondition. A few members of the audience -in our viinity - did n't care to hear or to let others hear. The Philoinathian Society of the High School ïeld a " Public " on Tuesday evening, which was largely attended. The exercises included an oration by H. O. Wanty, whose subject wat ' The Free Thinker," under which title he inludedpolitical, rehgious and scientiflo progresïonists, reformers or discoverer3, the men who are in advance of their age, both in thought and action. It was a good production. Miss Hisie Wines read- and read well-" A Child's Dream of a Star," with which beautiful story nany Argus readers are no doubt familiar. The debate of the evening followed, the quesion being, " Is American Statesmanship De. lining ? " D. S. Allen and R. G. Depuy mainaiued that it is, citing in proof the names and ame of the statesmen who laid the foundations of our nation broad and deep, who served and lonored the country in the position they filled, ather than enriched themselves. G. F. AUmendinger and F. D. Mead maintained the credt of the statesmen of to-day, citing prominent ïaines and leading events in recent history. ?he speech of Mr. Meai was, perhaps, the best of the four, though it really had the least to do with the subject under discussion. Nellie Truesdell read a very good essay, " Pass t On," which was followed by the (so-called) jyceum paper, Olla Podrida, read by Will W. Cone, who was also programmed as editor. As a paper showing skill in composition or proficiency in scholarship it was a failure ; as a vehicle of personalities, refiections upon teachers, and abuse ot fellow scholars ; in the writing up of incidents which should have been forgotten, and in "jokes" at the expense of young ladies, t was a success. In short, it was a disgrace to -he editor and bis contributors, to the society and school, and Prof. Perry did well in stoping the reading. If it was or is the High School scholars' idea of what a lyceum paper should be, it will be well if no future opportuïity be given for such mistaken ideas to bud, blossom and fruit. Better na lyceum than such iroductions. The music, both vocal and instrumental, was good.


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