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umversity mtssoukian, freday, October 16, 1908.
An evening newspaper published at Columbia,
Me., every schiolday by the Department of
Journalism of the Unnersity
Entered at the pottoffice at Columbia, Mo., as
second-class mail matter.
SUBSCRIPTION-Imarlafaljr in Adiance:
By Mail or Carrier:
School Year, $3.00; Semester, $1.35.
Single Copies, Two Cent.
Office Room D, Academic Hall, University ol
Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
Department office, 377.
Newsroom, 274 and 714.
Only Approved Advertising Accepted,
Jtatet on Application,
Address all communications to
Football Missouri vs. Iowa.
Debate Union Literary So
ciety, Academic Hall, at 7
Debate Athencan Literary So
ciety, Academic Hall, at 7:30
Meeting of Executive Board,
p. rn., Academic Hall.
Lecture in University Audi
torium, 2:30 p. in., on "A
Fast Young Man."
Football Missouri s. West
minster. International Sympliony Club,
Football Missouri vs. Ames.
Football Missouri vs. Wash
ington. Lecture by George Z. T.
Lecture by John T. McCutch
Lecture by Lorado Taft, auditorium.
AN HONEST NEWSPAPER?
"Can a newspaper tell its readers the
plain, unflattering truth and pay its
way!" This is the opening sentence of
an article by "a New York editor" in
the Atlantic Monthly for October, enti
tled "Is an nonest Newspaper Possi
ble!" The majority ot newspapers do not
receive from their circulation an income
large enough to cover the cost of the
paper upon which they are printed.
Therefore, it becomes necessary for the
newspaper to look to its advertisers to
make up the deficit and to pay all
legitimate profits. And then comes the
rub. Can a paper afford to print "sto
ries" derogatory to the interests of its
advertisers? The immediate answer is
if that paper is absolutely de
TOLD ACROSS THE
"Hurrah for the Co-eds," shouted the
football man, sitting down at, the ta
ble. i'And the 'Katy,' " the man who reads
the Missourian added.
"Columbia has grown to be an im
portant place, but it takes the railroads
a long time to find it out Something
had to happen to uphold the dignity
our paved streets gave us."
"The Co-eds who painted the back
stop ought to write an account of it
for future reference," the red-headed
Soph managed to say in a pause in his
attack on the beefsteak.
"They could call it "Done and Undone
in a Night,'" the wag added.
"Thanks to the ungallantry of the
Engineers," the solicitor for the Oven
began, "I think the Engineers should
have been sportsmen enough to let the
girls' sign stand."
"Perhaps it didn't come up to the
artistic standard in backstop signs,"
the football man hazarded.
"Don't you believe it," said the Junior
Medic. "I won't be mean enough to
insinuate where the dear girls learned
the art but I'll bet it was good enough
to stand inspection any time."
"I am going to devote myself to a
serious study of the English classics,"
the Freshman remarked, feeling he ought
to say something.
"Then vou don't want that McCutch-
eon noel jou asked me for?" suggested
the Art student.
The talk drifted to the new school
song, composed by a teacher.
"Wonder if it will take the place of
'Old Missouri?'" some one asked.
"Don't see why it shouldn't," the
Freshman said. "The air of 'Old Mis
souri' is adapted from another Bong,
while 'The Columns' is original both in
words and tune."
The Junior Medic looked severely at
the speaker. "Young man, you speak
of the matter altogether too lightly.
When you have been here a few years
like the rest of us, 'Old Missouri' will
come to mean a little more to you,
and when someone talks about chang
ing it, you won't be so ready to speak
THIS IS THE STATELY DOMED BUILDING
FROM WHICH MISSOURI UNIVERSITY GRE
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Three-Story Brick Structure Was Until 1885
the State's Chief School Into Its Cellar
Eugene Field Made Famous Wine Raid.
While filing out of the room a little
later, the Art student felt a tap on
his elbow. It was the Freshman. Look
ing carefuly around to see if any one
would hear him, he said to his friend,
"Say, would you mind giving me that
pendent upon its advertising columns
to pay expenses. But, on the other
hand, if a paper has a large working
capital and complete publicity can be
secured only by advertising in its col
umns, then that paper can afford to
tell its readers the "plain unflattering
truth and pay its way."
The paper pursuing such a' policy
might at first lose a large amount of
its advertising patronage, but if it con
tinued to pursue a policy of honesty,
the people "will see a light" and the
circulation of that paper will be doubled
and the advertisers will be forced to
use its columns in order to give pub
licity to their announcements.
The author sums up his article with
the following as a reason for an hon
"Here then is what the public wants;
a newspaper which treats its readers
not as a child, or a sage, neither as
a Nero nor a fool, but as a person of
natural good instincts and average in
telligence, amenable to reason, and one
to be taught tactfully to stand upon
his own feet, rather than to take his
principles ready made from his teacher.
What an ideal! A paper which gives
the senator and the shop girl what they
both want to read and are the better
for the reading. A comic cut, if its
moral lebson is true, is an editorial
with the blessing of God."
Study is not the only object in a well
rounded college life. The habitual
grind, his nose screwed down to his
looks, gets only one phase of .this
many-Mded life the drudgery plrnsc
On the other hand, the man who lives
for high life alone and does not let his
studies interfere in the least with his
education, loses really more of the real
pith of college life than the grind. There
is alo the student who indulges
in a certain amount of society, plays at
times and yet who, when the time
comes, is willing to take his share in
digging. Such a student comes out of
college with a goodly amount of learn
ing, physically fitted to -work his way
through the world, with a happy dis
position and many good friends.
Subscription to the Usiversitt Mia
soubxax is $2 for the school term, $1.25
a semester invariably in advance. Sub
SOMETIMES there are dramatic fea
tures to the universal trust in
stenographers. One day a secret
service operative employed by a Kansas
railroad wished to write a report to his
superiors, it was to be a long one ana
filled with detail. He did not know a
stenographer in Kansas City. He chanc
ed upon a young woman who was a public
stenographer and "officed" with a firm
of lawyers with her name and vocation
on the office door. The letter the secret
service man dictated to the young woman
was a scheme he had , planned for the
capture of a gang of bandits robbing
trains. The plan was given in detail.
It told how the detectives were gather
ing evidence against the bandits, the
information they had as to their num
bers, their names and where they had
The secret-service man left the build
ing with the letter in his hand unaware
that the leader of the bandits sat in the
next office consulting a member of the
legal firm which had the same offices as
the public stenographer. The stenogra
pher knew the bandit. She also took dic
tations from the' lawyers in the office.
She could either have told the secret-
service man of the presence of the bandit,
whose name was given in the letter, or
she could have told the bandit of the
plan formed for his capture.
The young woman did neither. She
held it was her business to write let
ters and get paid for it. So she left the
future serenely to itself, giving fate a
chance to settle between the pursuer and
the pursued. The strange coincidence of
the law and the lawless meeting so close
ly together would have been one that
would have impelled many persons to
talk of it.
Another young woman stenographer in
Kansase City carried on correspondence
in the absence of her employers in a
deal which meant millions. Her letters
showed such a grasp of the vital matters
in the deal and were phrazed in such a
diplomatic way that the negotiations were
put forward aggressively. Her employ
ers had dictated to her before their ab
sence so much of the detail of the plan
and she had written of the proposed deal
fiom so many viewpoints, as dictated to
her by the various persons concerned.
that the entire plan was in her mind with
When the company was formed one of
the men in the deal, who had been deeply
impressed by the young woman's work,
proposed that she be made secretary of
the company. The others laughed away
the suggestion. The reason? They said
she was a woman. But in that office, at
least, the members of the company, now
knew that a stenographer is a thing of
flesh and blood and not to be confused
through custom with the typewriting ma
chine and the office' desks.
The six majestic Ionic columns that
stand upon an elevation in the center
of the University of Missouri Quad
rangle are not the tombstones of the
six dead presidents, as Freshmen are of
ten told, but are all that remains of
the first building erected upon the
campus. A more beautiful monument
to the work and the manhood of the
early days in this state could scarcely
have been builded.
The fire-scarred columns for years
supported the roof of the portico of
the only building at the State's chief
school. This classic hall contained
three stories and built of brick. It was
an imposing structure, crowned by a
The corner stone was laid July 4,
1840, almost seven decades ago. The
ceremonies were conducted by James L.
Minor, who made the address of the
occasion. He was a distinguished citi
zen, who has been almost forgotten in
recent years. The building was not
dedicated until three years later.
Lake Then on Campus.
They builded slowly but well in those
early dajs. The building faced the north.
To the northeast was St. Mary's, an
artificial lake, which added a peculiar
beauty to the campus. Xo change was
made in the external appearance of the
building until wings were added at the
ends in 1885. For more than forty
years one small building accommodated
all the students of the University of
No electric lights, no gas jets, no
radiators and "no hot-air registers were
in this schoolhouse. Candles were used
for light in the early days but the
kerosene lamp came into use before its
ruin. The building was heated by wood
stores. One janitor fed the fires, swept
the rooms and cared for the entire
A 'Gene Field Exploit.
The basement was small and used
for a storage room. Yet it is a famous
cellar. Into it Eugene Field made his
wonderful midnight raid and got wine
for himself and comrades. His poetry
I about the adventure appeared in the
.students's publication of the day.
The chapel was on the first floor. It
was semi-circular in shape with the
rostrum on the south. In the rear was
a small gallery. This auditorium seated
about 500 and easily accommodated all
crowds except at commencement times.
It was really a chapel, as religious ex
ercises were held eery day and the
students had no choice about attending.
On this floor was the President's office.
The University library was on the
second floor. Here the students were University of Missouri.
expected to keep study hours as is da
in many present-day high schools.
Only One Laboratory.
The remainder of the building
divided into class. rooms which did
materially differ from class rooms
the present. A large one on the ti
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poses. One room was set aside for i"
laboratory. Here the rudiments of aci-'
ence were taught while the profe
made all the experiments.
The building was destroyed by fire
1892. The columns did not fall ai
through the efforts of the alumni, va
had learned to love the old build
they have been preserved to this darj
They are the most striking and
acteristic thing about the Unive
campus. They fill the Freshman
awe, the Senior with pride, the alu
with memories and the stranger i
The photograph from which the
companying cut was made is the pr
erty of Registrar Irvin Switzler of
ARLE PEARSON, business mana
ger of The Wesleyan, writes from
University Place, Neb.:
"Our first copy of the Missourian was
received yesterday and I wish to ex
press my thanks for your kindness in
making the exchange. We have an ex
cellent exchange list; are receiving over
thirty of the leading college and uni
versity publications in the central west
but of these none is more interesting
to me than is yours. I count your
paper a model newspaper for college
men and women. I am sure it is ap
preciated by a host of friends. I would
congratulate you on its splendid worth.
"The work of producing college jour
nals has of itself come to be a great
undertaking; a work that, as it grows
and expands, will soon require the ser
vices of none but men trained in jour-
uaiisiiu worK. icour scnool is excep
tionally fortunate, then, in producing re
sults in this undertaking that are of
tne Highest possible order. It
splendid recommendation for
The Natiopal Printer-Journalist, of
Chicago, organ of the National Edito
rial Association and the International
Typothetae, devotes two pages of its
October number to an appreciative re
view of the work done bv the Depart
ment of Journalism of the University
of Missouri. The Printer-Journalist
says, among other things: "We con
sider this school, the facts connected
therewith and the instructive, subbest
ive and inspiring thought contained in
its bulletin of sufficient worth to .all
newspaper makers and to all who ex
pect to engage in journalism to justify
the publishing of the same in full."
(The TJnlTenlty MlMourtan tnTites eontrl
butlons. not to exceed 200 words, on mttteri
or umverMtj interest. The name of the
writer should ccompanr saeh letter, but win
not be printed unless desired. The DniTer
flty Missourian does not express approral nor
disapproval of these communications by print
Whose Opinion Shall it Be?
To the Editor of the University Missourian:
William J. Bryan struck a keynote
with reference to journalism when he
said to a reporter for the University
Missourian at Moberly some days ago,
that the great need in journalism to
day is for editors to express their own
jtroi. a. jj. iiart gives expression
to the same idea in his late work,
"National Ideals Historically Treated,"
when in regretful comparison to the
journalists of half a century ago he
shows 'that the editor has ceased to be
a leader or director of public opinion,
but rather has come to be the servant
of a money-grabbing proprietor.
The plea of all intelligent and dis
interested men is for a journalism that
will be sincere, for editors who will
write their own convictions and not be
the servants of money-getters. G.
L. F. Childers, center and guard on
the Tigers 1903-1905, Delta Tau Delta,
a former assistant in Horticulture.
That Iowa Harness.
To the Editor of the University Missourian:
It is said that the players on the
University of Iowa team wear a har
ness under their jerseys by which they
are pulled and hauled along by their
teammates. This may be permissible
and altogether according to rules; but
if the two teams should engage in a
tug-of-war over one player, it would
be rather uncomfortable to him, to say
the least, in spite of the rules. Foot
ball and tug-o'waf are two different
games; therefore, let them be treated
as such. B.
Likes Dr. Hill's Crusade.
To the Editor of the University Missourian:
I think President Hill is in the right
: i.: i i n . .
fmm rn.Mi -f ,t. , ? -i usttuu against me social side
Missouri Normal Sthool: ''& " dune the yoir
'I have some sample copies of j-our
paper, and am pleased with it and wish
to place my subscription with you.
Every success to the University Missourian."
F. M. Crunden, secretary of the Pub
u'c Library, St Louis, writes expressing
thanks for the University Missourian
and adds: "The former students who
see it here enjoy it very much and wish
it all success."
instead of numerous small ones.
Prof. Bertram Harry, of the Doniphan
public schools, writes: "We wish to
thank the authorities of the University
of Missouri for the University Missou
rian. We have it in our library where
it is read daily."
Tigers as Holdbacks.
To the Editor of the Unive-sity Mlswsriaa:
. It is very thoughtful of Iowa to bring
her harness tugs with her for the game
tomorrow. Missouri will repay her
kindness by furnishing eleven men who
will serve as very efficient holdbacks.
To tl Editor of the University Missourian:
Some students should show them
selves to be" more gentlemanly and not
force the young ladies off the sidewalks
of the campus. This is being done ev
ery day by a group of men who are
"pitching pennies at a crack." Let's
have it stopped. N.
POKING FUN AT
There is going to be a washout in
the Missouri river.
Now, don't laugh and ask how there
could be such a thing in a sandy boule
vard that looks like a cross section of
the Sahara desert.
There isn't enough water up there to
float a cork, but they're going to take
some up on a boat.
There you go again, asking questions.
How, you say, can they take water up
the river on a boat when there isn't
enough water in the, river to float a
That's the mystery. It's just put in
to make the puzzle hard.
The known facts are that the Mis
souri, a United States snag boat, is
high and dry on a sandpile half a mile
above where the mouth of the river
is in wet weather and that the steamer
J. F. Silber is going up to wash the Mis
souri off the bar. With a seltzer bot
tle? Who knows.
It isn't officially stated whether the
Silber is a touring car or a runabout.
Maybe it's a limousine or a taxicab.
It must be some kind of a fourwheeler;
otherwise how could it go up the Mis
If there was water enough for the
Silber to go up why shouldn't there be
water enough for the Missouri to come
down? That's it. If the Missouri goes
up the Missouri will come down. But
the Missouri -went down while the Mis
souri was going up. The boat and the
river, are all tangled up. Don't try to
ngure it out. Jjigunng won't get it
out. It must be washed out
The J. F. Silber is on the way with
a donkey engine and a fine hose.
By a strange oversight the Missouri
river has never been fitted with auto
matic sprinklers. If it had been the
Missouri boat might have been off by
i..o nine. . it is tne steamers which
navigate the river run only off and on.
And it is easier to run on a sandbar
than off it. When a boat runs on it's
A man driving, down the channel of
the river in a liay wagon Thursday sig
nalled the captain of the Missouri and
asked him when he expected to get off.
inc captain held up both hands,
palms outward, indicating that he
thought he would be on his way Oct
'Aha," said the farmer, "those are
date palms." St. Louis Post Dispatch.
R. WILLIAM THOMPSON
LEY, a University of
alumnus, and Miss Elsie Est
McCloud, daughter of Mr., and
Charles A. McCloud, of York, Neb.,
married at the home of the bride's
rents yesterday evening at 6:30.
Conley is President of the Ceat
Bank. Mr. and Mrs. Conley -will be i
home in Columbia afte'r a short wedd
tour. Mr. W. E. Smith went to
with Mr Conley to act as best man.
The date of the marriage of
Sallie Pierce and Mr.- William H. 6a
tar has been announced for Tue
Oct -. The ceremony will be soh
nized at the home of the bride's si
Mrs. F. W. Niedermeyer, 1101 Unit
Written for the University TiH i'W
'No, Duke, it cannot be;
The fault lies not in me,
Nor you, my Duke.
There is a custom strong,
And it hath ruled for long;
Not even in a song,
My gentle Duke,
Has lord of your degree
Married a maid like me
We might defy the earth
And accident of birth,
3Iy loving Duke;
But you would miss your own
Birthright and high renown,
And even lose a throne,
My royal Duke.
I would not for your sake
Have you make this mistake.
Back to your sunny clime,
Return while yet 'tis time, ,
My .venturous Duke.
In noble works employ
Thy days and years with joy,
Thy pleasures ne'er alloy,
My manly Duke,
With thoughts of one whom Fate
Hath doomed to my estate.
Farewell, dear Duke. R.
Why Noi; a Smith Club?
Only twenty-two Smiths are enrolled
in the University of Missouri this year.
This of course does not include the
Schmidts, Smids, and so forth. Some
of the Smiths are asking why those of
that name don't organize a club or cho
"College is Life."
"College is not a preparation for !
it is life," declared President JudsoatJ
Chicago University. "What
men need more than anything
confidence, one in the other. The
dent also cannot afford to overlook
value of these qualities. There
absurd distinction drawn betweem.
lege and life, which, in realitv, does f
...J. a ... - .
MBh reputation .for honesty
integrity is as much needed in
as in the life after."