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The “ Ficrians ” held their usual fortnightly meeting last Sunday. There was a full attend ance of the members in anticipation of the interesting debate on Civilization. The members had prepared themselves by looking up different authorities and the debate became so warm it was necessary for the president to rap for or der. The members of classes A and 15 seem to have the best of the argument thus far, so come forward fellow students, and at our next meeting present your views on this interesting sub ject. The following is the PROGRAM: SONG. -• He Knows." Circle. KKI’OKT. A Familiar Topic. Class A. KKPOItT. Greek Architecture. Class B. It Kl’OltT. Consular Service. Class C. KKI'OKT. Theban's Greatness. class E. KKPOItT. Evidence and Fact. Class F. I’APKIt. Honor to Whom Honor Is Due. Class C. PAPKK. Gri'ek Civilization. Class A. A WORD ON A FAMILIAR TOPK (Report for Class A by R. S. D.) There has been quite a little discussion in the circle of late, over the rival merits of ancient and modern civilzation. and. as one may as well be out of the world as out of the fashion. I will present a thought that occurs to me in this con nection. It is true that our ideas on very many material points of that time so long ago. are a trifle hazy; yet, enough has come down to us to impress us with the fact that as poets and artists, workers in marble and statuary they were far advanced; this may have come from development, or from the voluptuous dreamy age and climate in which they lived. Certain it is that their statu ary and their poets to-day hold foremost place, even in our progressive age; but that they are convincing proofs of a higher civilization is not so clear. A great many years have passed since then. Mighty nations have come and gone, and with the grow th of mankind have grown their wants. These have been supplied as fast as the needs of the hour demand it. Those marvelous ; inventions and discoveries that have character- i ized our lath century, have been but the natural results of an increasing and overflowing popula tion: and a corresponding demand upon the cre ative and inventive faculties of its members. These again are not positive proofs of a higher civilization. We must look for a much loftier plane, a more decided and softening influence than any of these material issues. The world is peopled and governed by two beings, Man and Woman. Man has always been the greater factor in the struggle for existence. Woman has held her place by the fireside and ministered to the wants of her lord. Vet how varied her con dition at different stages of the World's history. As we note her changed surroundings, we note the advancing strides of civilization. From the time when as the drudge of the hut. her presence and influence were practically nil. until now when all the masculine world is at her feet, her evolution has marked the march of refinement and culture. No doubt she was but a factor in that march, but how important a factor we can imagine. Men toil and accumulate wealth that they may pour it into the laps of their loved one. All earthly joy. all earthly pleasure, all worldly desire centre about woman. Take her away and what is there left to live for - .' As she has been elevated, as she lias been refined, as she has been lifted up and civilized so lias the world pro gressed. 1 might fill pages with descriptions of her charms, from the rustle of her skirt to the egg-shell of a bonnet she wears, and occupy your time indefinitely singing her praises, but we are familiar with them all; and whether she wears silk or cotton, bustle or crinoline, we all know her and love her. To be sure 1 may strain the jioint in laying too much stress upon this, and upon that influence, but it really appears to me that we yet have a long ways to go. or we have come a long ways. When we look back down the ages long gone, we can trace innumerable evidences of a higher, wider civilization than we have any idea of. What were their knowledge of the arts, the sciences, and how profound their intelligence we can only surmise, but when they leave such a monument of their skill and power as the Pyramids, we are lost in wonder and can only gaze in awe. Herodotus tells us that Ra meses 11. one of the Ptolomies, or Kings *f Egypt, made repairs on the Pyramids over 6000 years ago. If he made repairs on them then, how long ago were they built, and who built them, and how? Where did they get the stone, how transport it, how put it in place? What race of men carried out this work? Indeed we may justly--ay with the poet : ‘••There are more things in heaven and earth. Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Good Slang- and Bad A writer in the Contributors’ Club in the March Atlantic draws a sensible distinction between good slang ami bad: The distinctive test of good slang from bad is that it has a real meaning. Bad slang has no meaning; it is simply a succession of sounds which, because they come trippingly from the tongue, impose on the ignorant imagination of the hearer. When the mathematical professor silenced the fisli-wife by calling her a “scalene triangle,” a “ parallelepiped,” and a “ hypothen use,” he used this weapon. As a rule, the slang of the very low classes, the thieves’ Latin, the "argot,”the “ flash language,” is not inexpressive. Not only is its meaning clear enough to the initiated, but there is apt to be a vigorous and picturesque felicity in its terms when once their history is disclosed. For instance tile word “socdollager,” once quite current, was manifestly an uneducated man’s transposition of “doxologer,” which was the familiar New Eng land rendering of “doxology.” This was the Puritan term for the verse of ascription used at the conclusion of every hymn, like the “ gloria”at the end of a chanted psalm. Everybody knew the words of this by heart, and on doctrinal grounds it was proper for the whole congregation to join in the singing, so that it became a tri umphant winding up of the whole act of worship. Now a " socdollager” was the term for anything which left nothing else to follow, a knock-down blow, a decisive, overwhelming finish, to which no reply was possible. There is a slang of great cities which owes its whole life to senseless repetition. Its phrases are like the unsavory missiles caught up from the gutter, dead rats, old shoes, battered tins, which street Arabs throw at one another. To this order belong most party and national nicknames, class appellations; and such slang may be describ ed as the quintessence of vulgarity. They have their brief run in a city, get a place in the leaders of a daily journal or two, where they appear in quotation marks, as a pickpocket in irons before the court of police, and then disappear forever. .Snell terms as "in the soup,” “boodle,” the bar’l." “fat-frying.” etc., belong to the more re cent unsavory imbecilities of politics. Good slang is idiomatically expressive, and has a narrow escape sometimes from being poetical. An English traveler had a quarrel with the mate of a Mississippi steamboat, and the case came into court. The counsel for the plaintiff, in his opening address to the jury, thus stated his cause of action; ” The first offleeu, of the Bella Richards addressed my client in most violent and peremptory terms, and threatened him that if he did not immediately remove his personal effects from the entrance way of the steamer he would precipitate him into the raging flood be low." The evidence of the bystanders as to the mate's words was as follows: " Look here, stran ger. if you don’t tote your plunber off that gang plank right smart. I’ll spill you in the drink. Words and Their Meaning A woman who has time to consider things ob jects to the misapplication of quotations in com mon use. Familiar quotations, with whose pedi gree every one ought to be familiar, are wrenched from their context and made to serve purposes that their authors could never have sanctioned. For example, the glib assertion that “ The pen is mightier thanthe sword ” irritates her beyond measure. Bulwer never said it, never meant it. What lie did say was that in the hands of men that were truly great the pen was mightier than the sword which is a manifestly different state ment. Another quotation more frequently misused is, “The poor ye always have with you.” When Jesus said this He was in fact sustaining wlmt His disciples regarded as a reckless extravagance. When the woman broke the alabaster box of oint ment she was rebuked by the disciples, who con tended that it should have been sold and the mon ey given to the poor. “ The poor ye have always with you.” said Jesus, meaning only that His own stay was brief and the woman’s extrava gance consequently warranted. An even more remarkable example is the senti mental perversion of a sign set up between two men to guard against each cheating the other. When Jacob and Laban came to divide their goods in their natural distrust they set up a pillar calling God to witness if one should ever take advantage of the other. 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