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COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1908.
WILL BE BUILT
City Attorney W. H. Rothwell
Thinks Work Will
LAW ON POINT UNMISTAKABLE
City Need Only Serve Notice
on Proper Official to
City Attorney W. H. Rothwell told
a reporter for the Unhersity Missourinn
toduv that ' c eioing over the Wa
bash at Machir Place would be put
"We will "et the crossing," said At
torney Rothwell, "anil I do not antici
pate any unnecessary tiouble in doing
so. While in Moberly yesterday 1 met
W. A. Hopkins, district assistant pas
senger and freight agent for the western
liw-iun. lie said that he would be in
Columbia within the next few days to
look into the matter of putting in the
crossing at Maehir Place, and that he
would be glad to meet the business
men of Columbia and talk with them
in icgard to matters about which they
.are mutually concerned.
Expects No Further Delay.
"I do not think there will be any
further delay in the crossing matter
after .Mr. Hopkins has investigated it.
The crossing should be there, and if
the Wabash does not put it in willing
ly, the city can force it to do so.
"If it Incomes necessary for the city
to force the construction of this cross
ing, there is ample law to cover the
case. The city needs merely to serve
written notice on the proper railroad
official stating the necessity for the
eio-sing. Then if the crossing is not
put in within thirty days, the city can
proceed with the work under Us own
direction, and it can recover from the
.iinm.iiiv nn amount of monev doub'c
4 the amount of the expenditure.''
Must Improve Station.
"I do not know what the sanitary
conditions are at the Wabash station,"
continued Mr. Rothwell, "but the board
of health laws cover that matter. Most
assuredly the company can be compelled
to keep its station in a sanitary con
dition." Mr. Rothwell was questioned about
this following complaint by AV. B.
Novell alKHit the Maehir place crossings.
This complaint has led to others re
garding the Wabash service, including
the statement that its station here is
COW, SEEING COLUMBIA,
BAFFLES HER PURSUERS
IN COW-BOY DRAMA
Bossy Explores Lawns of University
Avenue Homes To Her
Pedestrians along University avenue
yesterday, were amused by the antics of
a tow. eluding two horsemen who en
deavored to capture her.
Bossy had a rope tied around her neck,
hut neither of her pursuers could quite
make connections. Always the bit of
hemp spiang tantali.ingly out of reach.
Then they went into executive session
and formed a new plan of attack. From
two sides, with whips cracking and yells
of "whoa,"' they charged. It seem
ed as though I!oss must be caught.
Spectators thought th'j cowboy drama
jH was over until lo! a cloud of dust, a
.streak of brown, and Bossy stood chew
ing her cud in the shade of the horticul
For a while she circled about the
building with the horsemen in pursuit
hut finally abandoned these old fashion
ed tactics, for the wider field of the
street. Being of an inquisitive nature,
she decided to explore the back yards
of the University street homes.
A man who attempted to shoo Bossy
out of his yard was forced to make an
Wnen hist seen, Bossy was starting to
wards Broadway. Her destination was
the State cattle pen, until she decided
o break loose and see Columbia.
Interested in Journalism.
Russell Stanhope, British Consul for
Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas
and Tennessee, vrith office in the Chemi
cal Buildhv,', c-t. Louis, writes that his
goeuimc'it would be interested in a re-
of the School of Journalism of the
Iwrsity of Missouri and requests the
nurtinent to furaish a sketch of the
nn and scope of this most interesting
NEW CAROL CLUB
T BflHnT t 'BE sSfcCy-V 5tfr 3H
PRO!'. W. II. POMMER.
FOB CABOL CLUB
Prof. Pommer Wants Twenty
of Best Voices in the
PLANS AN OPERA IN COSTUME
Twice a Week Voices Are
"Tried Out" for the
Prof. W. II. Pommer "tries out" the
girls for the Carol Club every Wednes
day and Friday at 4 p. m. The altos
and sopranos are caroling blithely and
Prof. Pommer is sorting the elect from
Discussing plans for the club, Prof.
Pommer said to a reporter for the
University Missourian :
"I want twenty of the best voice
in the University of Missouri. Out ot
500 girls there ought to be splendid ma
terial. The girls should have college
spirit enough to make the Carol Club
rank in importance with the Glee Club,
and they can do so if every girl, who
thinks she has a voice or whose friends
thin she has a voice, comes out and
lets me test it.
"Don't Be Timid, Girls."
"The girls need not be timid as 1
only test them for quality of voice
and a true ear."
A new feature of the Carol Club this
year will be a simple opera in costume,
to be given the second half of the pro
gram. This summer Prof. Pommer has writ
ten the words and music to a new Mis
souri song, '"The Columns." It has the
advantage over "Old Missouri" that its
music is not adapted from another song.
RESULT OF STRIKE
Chauffeurs Are Blamed for
Rioting in New York
Little Damage Done.
By United Tress.
NEW YORK, Oct. 14. A bomb
thrown today in the enclosure at Eighth
avenue and Fifty-seventh street, where
hundreds of taxicabs are stored, caused
a panic in the neighborhood, but little
damage, was done. Striking chauffeurs
are blamed for the outrage.
Despite the police guard, the strikers
today attacked the Victoria Hotel and
buried rocks through the windows,
throwing the guests into a panic.
Elected to Debating Board.
Herbert Smith, of the M. S. U. De
bating Club, W. F. Woodruff, of the
Athenean, and J. S. Summers, of the
Union Literary society, were elected
student memlers of the Debating
Board at a meeting of the Debating As
sociation in the Law- Building last night.
E. W. Stephens to Speak.
E. W. Stephens will deliver an address
Wednesday evening, Oct. 28, on "The
Church and the Fraternity." at the Sec
ond Baptist Church in St. Louis, in con
nection with the dedication of the new
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AMERICAN SYSTEM OF TEACHING
ENGLISH DEFENDED IN COLUMBIA
I Dr. Ramsav Thinks British
upmion or jyietnou
MAGAZINES MAKE AN ATTACK
Editorials Declare Students
Here Don't Learn to
Teachers of literature in Columbia in
stitutions of learning deny the charge,
made editorially in the Saturday Even
ing Post and Sciibner's Magazine, that
students in the United States fail to
acquire proper love for literature in
studying it : that the instructors tJiem
sclves frequently don't love it as they
.should; and that in England the sys
tem of "grinds" in Latin and Cieck
accomplish results not even approxi
Opinions gatheied by reporters for the
University Missourian, from instructors
in English in institution of learning
here, and from others interested in lit
erary work, follow:
"Distressing if True."
Dr. Hubert L. Ramsay, instructor in
English, including the course known as
"Journalism English," author of "The
Principles of Modern Punctuation," pub
lished by the Department of Journal
ism: "The accusation, so often brought in
one form or another, that there is some
thing radically defective about our Am
erican training in English literature
and in the writing of English is dis
tressing. Such times come, for instance,
in the experitnee of every teacher of
English when it seems true, if it is dis
tr.ssing. Such times come, for instance,
when lie receives confessions like the
following frank statement of a Missouri
'"I studied Shakespeare's Macbeth
and read several of his other plays.
I also studied in class Milton's poems
and Burke's speech on America, and
read the De Coverley Papers, Silas Mar
ner, the Vicar of Wakefield, some of
Macaulay's essays, and the Canterbury
Tales. My favorite authors are Opie
Read, .lack London, and McCuteheon.
I do not care for poetry.'
"The state of mind here revealed,
the teacher remembers, is probably far
more common than the candid admission
of it ; and he begins to wonder whether
the editor is not right in finding some
thing rotten in our state. Of course
the question arises whether the boy's
instructors weic altogether to blame for
his curious mental blindness. But no
English teacher who knows the condi
tions will dare to maintain that our
system is ideal or that all our problems
Opens a Mental Kingdom.
'"What he is trying to do is to make
the student reasonably familiar with
the dozen or so English writers and the
hundred or .so English books that, as
all agree, are indispensable to any cul
ture worthy of the name. What he
would like to do at the same time with
each of these authors and each of these
books is to open just so many closed
gates in the student's mental king
dom, through which, of his own accord,
he may pass to the pleasant lands be
yond. Of course when he attempts to
teach books in which he is uninterested
himself he fails; but that is so obvious
ly true of any subject, English or what
not, that the Saturday Evening Post
might have proved it in less than a par
agraph. Perhaps he has arranged his
books badly in some cases. Burke's
Conciliation speech, with all its merits,
certainly demands an unusual teacher
to make it effective in the high school;
and Macaulay's Essay on Milton, with
its crude and Philistine doctrine about
poetry, is positively dangerous in the
hands of the American school boy. Per
fiaps he makes his worst mistakes by
over-crowding his students' courses,
and so actually hindering instead of
helping them to acquire the all-important
love of reading. Too often it is
true in our American colleges that the
student can get the best out of his edu
cation only by a wise neglect of his
Demands of Patriotism.
"But it is one thing to confess our
own shortcomings in America, and an
other to own that the English have
Iteaten us. Not to admit the latter as
long as we can help it is of course our
patriotic duty. And at least we can
point out that the English claims to
superiority in the study of the litera
ture and language are not always con
sistent in themselres. and that they are
sometimes disputed by competent au
thorities. Usually we are told, as we
(Continued on Third Page.)
STUDENTS DON'T LEARN TO LOVE
LITERA TURE, EDITORS COMPLAIN
It is not for want of express inculcation that the American eol!ee
graduate knows less of English literature than the English "every
school-boy." He has abundant "courses" in it. Whereas the English
school-boy, as certain English educational reformers are busily pointing
out, has no express teaching of English literature at all. Given a regular
"grind" in classics, the English system assumes that the needed knowl-
edge of English literature, and even the needed capacity of writing Eng-
iish, will "rub off" and come of itself. And it has to be said that, upon
the whole, the English system is justified of its children and the American
system is not; that, in fact, "something is rotten in the state" of Am-
eriean literary education. Editorial in Scribner's Magazine, October.
We arc familiar with the charge confessed by many educators that
instruction in English literature in high school and college is painfully
barren. The pupils get the lessons, but do not read the books; they la-
boriously do their stunts in the Elizabethan drama and Victorian novel,
but by no means turn athirst to the pages of Shakespeare and Marlowe,
Thackeray and Dickens.
Now comes the charge that the professors don't read the books either;
they no more turn athirst than the student does. Like him, they dully
perform the allotted grind on Hamlet or Copperfield; then hurry off to
do something that interests them perhaps, to read Meredith or Anatole
France, or to prepare an essay upon the imperviousness of the young
modern mind to the charm of the classics. We recall a high school in-
structor who remarked that he never gave a class the prescribed address
upon the importance of reading Burk's great '-Conciliation" speech with-
out a vexatious sense that he was lying, and another who was quite
blue over the necessity of having to wade half through Dickens again
in the van of his devoted pupils. 0
Unless instruction in literature brings interest and an enthu-
siasm for good books it is obviously of precious little worth. That an
instructor to whom Milton or Scott is a bore can arouse enthusiasm
for those authors seems rather doubtful. We should like to see the in-
structor in every case, whether in high school or college, given complete
latitude to select those books which he personally felt enthusiasm for.
Then at least one party to the transaction would be interested. Editorial
from Saturday Evening Post, Sept. 26.
GIRLS PAINT "CO-ED"
Mean Engineering Students
Efface Word and Restore
WORK IS DONE IN DARKNESS
One of Four Daring Misses
So Tall That No Ladder
Four Freshman girls of the University
of Missouri, all alone, journeyed out to
Rollins Field last night with paint
buckets and brushes, smeared cream
colored paint all over the Engineers'
numerals on the baseball backstop and
substituted the word "Co-eds" in big
black letters. Two mean Engineers saw
them at work and this morning the
pretty sign had been removed and the
Engineering numerals restored.
This is the first time in the history
of the school that the girls have so
asserted themselves. They did the best
job of painting ever done on the back
stop, as the Engineers who removed
the sign testified.
Clad in Long Aprons.
The work began at 9 o'clock when
four shadowy forms in long aprons hur
ried across Rollins Field and began
painting the backstop. No ladder was
needed, for one "co-ed" was tall
enough to paint the top of the sign
while the others worked on the lower
The work was but half done when
two lxys ran around the cinder track
and passed the backstop. In a few
minutes they returned and attempted
to converse with the girls. They were
baffled, however, until they took a mean
advantage and threatened to tell. Then
they were bribed with the promise of
candy and other sweets not to report
the deed to the Engineers.
The loys proved treacherous. No
sooner had the "co-eds" left the field
than they ran to gather the followers
of Saint Patrick. Before long about a
dozen boys, four times the number of
girls who had painted the sign, and up
per classmen at that, were at the back
stop. One Man is Gallant.
One gallant Freshman tried to pre
vent the destruction of the girls' work,
but the less chivalrous fell to with
scrub brushes and plenty of soap.
They had underestimated the ability
of the girls. After Several hours of
scrubbing the sign was still visible.
Even then they would not let the girls
have their little triumph, but heart-
I lessly covered up the letters with green
Five Balloons Are Thought
to Have Fallen Into
AMERICAN ENTRY IS IN SAFE
England, With the Banshee,
Wins the International
Br United Press.
BERLIN, Oct. 14. Five of the bal
loons which started in the International
long-distance balloon race are still miss
ing. Little doubt is felt here that they
have fallen into the North Sea or the
Baltic and that the aeronauts have been
The English balloon Banshee, piloted
by George Dunvielle, is believed to be
the winner of the race. It landed on
the coast of Denmark, about 300 miles
America II Lands Safely.
The America II, piloted by J. C. Mc
Coy and Lieut. Vogsmann, landed safely
in Mecklenburg, but a short distance
from the starting point, with no chance
to figure in the prize money.
Among the balloons missing since
Sunday arc the German entry, Busley,
the Swiss balloon Helvetia and the
Spanish Castle. It is not likely that
they are still aloft and it is thought
impossible that they could have landed
without the fack being known. Two
small German balloons are alo miss
ing. A report from Heligoland says the
balloon, "Castle," fell into the North
Sea. The crew was rescued with great
difficulty by a patrol boat which was
watching for the missing balloons.
100 KILLED, 200 ABE
ENTOMBED IN MINE
Survivors in Austrian Disaster May
Perish Before Aid Comes.
By United Tress.
VIENNA, Oct. 14. One hundred men
are reported to have been killed in an
explosion and fire in Koenig's coal mine
Two hundred others are entombed. It
is feared they will be burned to death
liefore rescuers can reach them.
Emmett Moore Improving.
News from New York is that Emmett
Moore, a Columbia boy who is ill there,
is improving. Col. W. P. Moore, his
father, has received a letter saying his
recovery is expected.
"KATY" BUYS SITE
FOR STATION; TO
Handsome Brick Structure
Will Be Built on Kehr Lot;
Yardage Will Be Doubled,
Freight Service Bettered.
TWO NEW DAYLIGHT TRAINS
SOON TO BEGIN RUNNING
Official Says Growth Road's
Business Here Justifies
The Missouri, Kansas &. Texas rail
road, by the purchase last night of a
strip of land two blocks along Fourth
street, front 73 feet on Broadway, ob
tained a site for a new station in Co
lumbia. The improvement is to cost
about $23,000, including the site.
The station will be a substantial
building of brick, equipped with modem
improvements. It will front on Broad
way, east of Fourth street, and the
tracks for passenger trains will run east
of it. It is estimated that the station
will cost 12,000 or $15,000.
The brick house owned by George
Kehr, at 400 Broadway, and the land
with it, was bought for this purpose.
The price was not made public. The
work of wrecking the building will be
gin in ten days or two weeks, and the
construction of the station will begin as
soon thereafter as is possible.
Better Freight Service.
The strip of laud runs to within about
50 feet of Locust street on the south
and is about 40 feet wide at that end.
This will double the yardage of the
"Katy" in Columbia, and will make pos
sible a freight service of increased ef
ficiency. For months the railroad has
found it difficult to handle this business,
owing to insufficient trackage.
The "Katy" is preparing to put on
two daylight trains to run between St.
Louis and Galveston. These trains will
pass McBaine, the road's mainline sta
tion where connections are made for
Columbia, about the same hour daily,
and branch trains will meet them. The
schedule has not been determined, but
the train for St. Louis will leave Co
lumbia about 7:30 a. m., reaching St.
Louis at noon, or at 1:30 p. in., arriv
ing there at G p. m.
New Trains Planned.
Cars for these trains are now under
construction and an effort will be made
to complete the station by the time the
new trains begin running.
One small plot of land remains to be
purchased for the station. "Katy" of
ficials say they will condemn it if nec
essary. It faces on an alley between
Broadway and Locust street, and is
about 70 feet square. A negress, who
owns it, has so far refused to consider
offers for it.
II. L. Wilson, "Katy" agent in Co
lumbia, told a reporter for the Uni
versity Missourian this morning that
the railroad had long been endeavoring
to obtain this land.
Work to Begin Soon.
"Ofiicials of the railroad, appreciating
the fact that Columbia is growing rap
idly, and that the increased business
here entitled the town to better facili
ties, have long lieen endeavoring to ob
tain land for the station," he said.
"Plans were at first drawn for a frame
building, but these have Iwcn abandoned
for a handsomer structure.
"We have been hampered in handling
freight by insufficient ardage. but this
difficulty will now be remedied. No
time will be lost in building the sta
tion, in order that patrons of the linn
here may have the improved service they
"Wc will not ask that any streets be
closed for these improvements. Traffic
can continue along Fourth and Cherry
streets as heretofore."
FAIR WEATHER ROAD
WILL BUILD STATION
IN COLUMBIA AT ONCE
Official Fotecast Promises Sunshine
Tomorrow, Higher Temperature
The Fair Weather Railroad Company
has decided to replace its old station
in Columbia with a new, strictly mod
ern one. This will be a great improve
ment and residents here are grateful to
the company. The following official
announcement was made in regard to
"Fair tonight and Thursda.v; warmer