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UNIVERSITY MISSOURIAN, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1908. 1 mm ms t i .? T 3SJ5 I iffli &t I lift fSistt 13 University Missourinn An evening newspaper published at Columt Mo., every schoolday by the Department of Journalism of the University of Missouri. Entered at the postoffice at Columbia, Mo., as second-class mail matter. SUBSCRIPTION Invariably In Advance: By Mall or Carrier: School Year, $2.00; Semester, $1.25. Single Copies, Two Cents. Office Room D. Academic Hall, University ot Missouri, Columbia, Mo. Telephone Numbers: Department office, 377. Newsroom, 274 and 714. Only Approved Advertising Accepted. Jtates on Application. Address all communications to University Missourian, Columbia, Mo. UNIVERSITY CALENDAR Nov. 3. Election day, Legal holiday; all classes excused. Meeting of Illinois Club, Room 24, Academic Hall, 8 p. m. Lawrence County Club, Room 44, Academic Hall, 7 p. m. Football, Seniors against Soph omores, 4 p. m. Football, Seniors against Fresh men, 4 p. m. Football, Juniors against Soph omores, 4 p. m. M. S. U. Debating Club, Room 53, Academic Hall. Athenacan Literary Society. Nov. 4. Nov. C. Nov. Nov. 14. Football Missouri vs. Wash ington. Atlicnaean Literary Society. Lecture by George Z. T. Sweeney, Auditorium. Athenacan Literary Society. 4 p. in. to Nov. 30, at 8 a. m. Nov. 19. Nov. 21. Nov. 25. Thanksgiving Holidays. Dec. 4. Lecture, John T. McCutcheon, Auditorium. Dec. 18. Lecture, Lorado Taft, Audito rium. FIT UP LOVE PARLORS. "Marjorie, have you made a date for the dance tonight ?" "Say, George, I'm just dying to meet that girl over there that one in green." "Gee, but I hope it won't rain tonight, for we've got a dance at the house tonight, you know." "Say, I think that little fellow over there is just too cute for anything." Thus we have the ordinary conversa tion at the daily ten o'clock reception that is held in the library of the Uni versity of Missouri every morning. It may not always be at ten o'clock, but it is sure to be held at some time dur ing the morning, for was it not for this reception how would "Marjorie" and "George"' get to make all of their dates, and how would "Charlie" get to meet the girl in red? These receptions are very interesting, in fact, they are so interesting that they cause the persons who attend them to forget everything except themselves. They usually take possession of two or three of the reading tables, in the library, preferably situated in the cen ter of the room, and it is usually an hour before they bid each other a fond and affectionate good-by, and depart for their various classes. These receptions doubtlessly do a great deal of good, for it is altogether probable that friendships made at this time often result in "Freddie" and "Helen" becoming engaged, or who can tell, they may get married, and live happily ever after that is after gradu ation, but this brings up the thought, that sinca fthee .receptions or daily socials are so liable to result seriously for the persons concerned, would it not le better to hold them in another place? The University library is a pub lic place, and it is not very interesting for a student who has no "Marjorie" to be industriously studying his history, or economics, and have his train of thought suddenly distracted from some obtruse economic question, by hearing some girl tell "Earl" how she enjoyed that dance la-t night. The person who goes to the library to work, can per haps not appreciate the circumstances of the cae, but at any rate a love affair look1 silly to an outsider, so would it not be better to liavo the Uni ersity authorities et aside a room for the use of these people, that is, those a. ho have love affair-, or who are desirous of having such. A room of this kind could le fitted out ery appro priately. Suppo-e that it be fitted out with drooping palm, shady bowers, and splashing fountains. Suppose that it be placed in some quiet spot where the twilight faintly filters through the win dows, with an atmosphere of perpetual moonlight. It i- certain liat such an arrangement would be superior to the present conditions not only for those who are -o affected, but for the person who goes to the library for a legitimate purpose. TREATMENT OF CRIMINALS. The advent of new economic condi tions is making a new class of criminals a class which, with present methods of correction, society is unable to han dle. This situation should impress the necessity of knowing what is the na ture of crime and how far we should go in punishing the authors of it. lljp crime justifies the punishment of the one who committed it. The fact that a boy has told a lie does not give the parent grounds for whipping him. Only the expected benefit to the child justifies the whipping. Any punishment that is not for the good of the recipient, or others of his class, or is more than a just and real compensation for harm that he has done, is demoralizing to the people that inflict it. In other words, any part of what we commonly term punishment that is inflicted as a punish ment is brutalizing in its reaction. A good deal is to be said about pro tecting society, but if the best that can be done is done for the dangerous men and women, protection will take care of itself. The commandment "Judge not that ye be not judged" is not so much a threat as a piece of wholesome ad vice. Not even the state has more than an assumed rieht to punish anyone. Its duty is to protect not punish. The great recent innovation in the control of criminals is the system of paroling them. It is the fear of publicity that docs most to prevent crime in the first place, and as long as the man who has broken over once feels that the author ities have a "spotlight" on him, he is likely to walk pretty straight. The question now to be solved is what method of correction will best influ ence "hardened' criminals and also this new class of dangeious men who are in telligent, resourceful, and powerful and who do not consider themselves enemies of society. What is the matter with men that thev are criminal? Is it not the fault of their training or education? If it is, the remedy must be one of instruc tion. Who knows but, when we get far enough along for it, our penitentia ries may become departments of our state universities, and the only require ments for graduation be the ability to make an honest living and the desire to be a good citizen of the state and country. Then the Tigers would be able to play a team of their fellow stu dents from Jefferson City as well as one from Rolla, and it is not at all sure that these former criminals would not make the very best of sportsmen if they were appealed to in a sportsman like manner. SOCIETY T HE Beta Theta Pi fraternity gave a pretty Halloween dance at En tertainment Hall Friday evening. The Halloween idea was carried out in a canopy of autumn leaves suspend ed from the roof and pumpkins and fodder in the corners. Eighty couples were present. The patronesses were Mesdames J. B. Carter, L. Ml Defoe, Mary B. Har ver, Curtis Hill, I. O. Hockaday, B. F. Hoffman, J. C. Jones, Walter McNab Miller, D. A. Robnett, C. B. Rollins, G. B. Rollins and F. H. Seares. After the meeting of the Literary club of the Teachers College High school Friday night, the girls invited the guests to the parlors, where a Hal loween party was held. The decora tions were brooms, corn-stalks, and leaves. Paper witches and cats were strung about the room, and jack 'o lan terns grinned from every corner. In a bower of autumn leaves the fortune teller made promises of the future. Witches on broom-stick horses served the refreshments and furnished the program. THE NATIONAL TICKET Some 'lowed as they was doubtful onc't, And some is doubtful still; But as for me, my mind's made up, I'm going to vote fer Bill. Some says he's sugar-coated stuff, Some says, a bitter pill. I guess that stomach's squeamish some That cannot swallow Bill. Some boosts the University, Or schoolhouse on the hill; This time I picks a college man, And casts my vote fer Bill. Some says that he won't bust the trusts. And some says how he will: I take no stock in hot-air talk, I'm going to vote fer Bill. Some says how trade is bound to boom, Some, business will stand still; Nobody's business how I vote, But I shall vote fer Bill. Some puts their surplus in the bank, Some drops it in a till; I'm looking now to double mine, And so I vote for Bill. The laboring man is plum dead sure His dinner pail to fill; Campaigners swear he's got a cinch, If he will vote fer Bill. Some says the country's prosperous now, Some says it's going to h 11; I don't know where the country's go ing. But I am going fer Bill. A DECIDED VOTER. VIEWPOINTS . (The University Missourian Invites contri butions, not to exceed 200 words, on matten of University Interest. The name ot the writer should accompany such letters, but win not be printed unless desired. The Univer sity MIssourian does not express approval nor disapproval of these communications by print ins them.) Irrigation Engineering. To the Editor of the University MIssourian: Salina, Ut., Oct. 20. In the University Missourian of the 22d of October, there appeared under the heading, "Engineers build a weir on Creek," the statement, "It will tell how much water is necessary to irrigate a given amount of land." While this statement may have passed -without comment from most readers, it at once caught my eye. It should be corrected, whatever the reason for its appear ance. The amount of water "necessary" to irrigate a given tract of land has noth ing to do with a weir, and depends upon locality, soil, crop and proper or im proper use of water by the irrigator, personal equation the latter might be called. The amount of water necessary once determined, a weir will measure it more accurately tlran any other de vice requiring the same amount of care and subject to the same amount of rough usage. For instance, suppo-ing that it is desired to have 1 cubic foot per second pass through a ditch, by regulating the inflow until the depth of water over a weir indicates that it is discharging the required amount, the headgatc of the ditch is fastened, and as long as the water remains at the proper depth on the weir, we know the required quantity is in the ditch. I am glad to see that the Engineering Department is taking up Irrigation En gineering. While there is but small opportunity for observing the practical application of water for irrigating in Missouri, the theory of the subject will be of great help to those who con template coming West. The great de velopment of this part of the country depends on irrigation, and there will always be room for a few more Mis sourians. Yours very truly, H. S. KLEINSCHMIDT, Eng. '03. Needed Gym for Women. To the Editor of the University MIssourian: Nothing is needed more at the Uni versity than a new gymnasium for the young ladies. The room over the li brary which they now use for this pur pose is not nearly large enough or well equipped. The apparatus is scant and what there is is not the best of its kind. All the games have to be played aiound the four large posts down the middle of the room and more than one poor unfortunate has had her head cracked on the said obstructions. When the "quick step" is called out the girls go spinning around the two by four room positively made dizzy from running round and round in .such a small space, while the people in the li brary are fairly crazed by the constant thud, thud overhead. The classes are quite large and there is not enough room for all to play the games at once. Half the class is made to look on while the rest play and ice versa. In this manner the gill get only half the exercise they should. Alwut three hundred girls take gym nasium and there are only 1!)8 lockers. As many as three have to use the same one and besides being an inconvenience it a great loss of time which is a most valuable thing in the University of Missouri. The girls take as much interest in athletics as the boys and should be en couraged instead of held back in their interests. Girls, show that you arc a power and make that power felt. CO-ED. Wants Papers Earlier. To the Editor of the University Missourian: Why is it that the daily St. Louis newspapcrs that arrive in Columbia at 1:30 o'clock daily, are not accessible on the paper racks in the University li brary until almost 4 o'clock in the af ternoon? Students like to read the news when it is news as well as other people, and there seems to be no rea son why the daily papers should not be placed on the racks before they 1m? come ancient history. P. Half or None. To the Editor of the University MIssourian: The President of the University should be slow about granting two hour holidays. This time breaks into the day's work and benefits only a few students. The time taken may be as much needed for study as it is for rec itation and the holiday does not lessen the work in the undismissed classes. On the other hand, it increases the work. Give half holidays or none. 11. The Passing of the Rocks. To the Editor of the University MIssourian: Some of those projecting rocks, those acrobatic rocks, those rocks that make one think he is again back on the old farm and leaping from one rock to another to cross the pebbled creek, those tombstones on West Broadway crossings are finally being sunken to earth, and a sort of a submerged stone wall crossing is triumphing in their place. J. S. A. NRS! J . WEST GOODWIN, one of Mis souri's veteran newspaper men, writes from Sedalia: "The Uni versity Missourian is a pronounced fype of a daily newspaper with all the clean news of the country. I am looking forward to the Department of Journal ism putting up to the newspapers of the country experienced reporters. Oh, how many times in the years past have I wished for such a literary foundry as the Department of Journalism, where 1 could secure a reporter who could be trusted to write and dig out good, mer chantable news without blackmail and without prejudice and the reporter ar rive on time not smelling of 'booze.' Teach cleanness, industry and faithful ness as well as how to write a news item and teach some things beside. As literary news makers they ought to bo taught to write topical stories." Bobbs-Merrill &. Co., Publishers, In dianapolis, Ind., write: "We observe in a copy of the University Missourian your experiment in the practical news paper line with a very great deal of interest and will be glad to help in any way we can to make your review department siicces-ful." NOTES FROM OTHER SCHOOLS bassador, on "Re-ponsibilities of Citi zenship" at Yale have attracted wide attention. A Woman's Suffrage League has been formed at Barnard College. Mrs. Philip Snow den, an English suffragist, was speaker at the first meeting. A triangular debating league has been agreed upon by Harvard, Yale and Princeton. One debate is to take place at each uniersity on the night of March 1!. The 130 students of Hill's Business College of Sedalia have been transferred to the Business College of Chillicothe, because of the financial failure of Hill's llu-ine-s College. Chancellor MtCiaeken of New York University has threatened to abolish class rushes as an unlegitimate student activity. If such a step is taken a stu dent riot is expected. The pamphlet of J. G. Hart that has just leen issued gives some interesting sidelights on Harvard. From a thorough investigation he says that the self-supporting student -pends on an average S450 a year but the other student $500 a year. He gie- facts to show that a man should not ionic to Harvard unlesS he has money to take him through hi- first year. Tutoring, he says, is more piolitable work than tending furnace and waiting on the table. t'o-niopolitan Clubs are attracting great interest in many universities be cause f the inei easing number of for eign student-. Teacher's College of New York leports an organization of thirty siv member-, the School of Commerce of New York Unixer-ity boasts twenty four member-, ten of which are from Tokio. The University of Illinois has a Cosinopoitan Club with a membership of 100 and mo-t of them live in one room houses. China has eleven, Japan seven, India live. What a harmonious familv! What a conglomeration! TOLD ACROSS THE BREAKFAST TABLE WAKE nior AKE up fellows, " began the Ju- Medic' after a gloomy si lence. "Next time we won't think Ames easier than Iowa because the game is a quarter cheaper." "Well, I'm feeling pretty pessimistic about everything today," replied the Art student. "Something like the Ice land Standford professor must have felt when he called marriage the "sui cide of love.' " "Guess he had to get up at 5 o'clock in the morning artd build the fire, be cause the cook left," grunted the solic itor for the Oven. "I see the State of Missouri has no seal nor colors," began the man who reads the Missourian. "There is a dis agreement as to whether the bear on the seal should be white or a grizzly." "Last week I'd have suggested mak ing it a tiger," said the red-headed "Soph" with the wart on his nose, in a hopeless tone. "I see all of you received your trans portation and started for home after the game," mocked the solicitor, look ing up and down the table. "At least we made an effort to do our duty as citizens," defended the Junior "Medic." "It wasn't our fault the passes didn't come. "And what a lot of Sunday night en gagements with best girls had to be broken because the dutiful citizens didn't arrive," continued the solicitor, placidly. "And that would have been only in cidental" said the Art student hastily. "It's the women of a country who make its presidents," philosophized the "Soph." "And its precedents," added the wag. TH A ORIGIN OF PENN-YAN BILL LIGHT is thrown on tne prouu origin .of Eugene Field's Verses, "Penn Yann Bill's Wooing," in a communication to the University Mis sourian from "Phineas" Crawford E. White, a graduate from the Universit of Missouri in the class of '9!, now practicing law in Butte, Mont. William G. Buskett, named in the story, and a graduate of the School ol Mines at Rolla, has an office next to White's in Butte. The friendship be twecn him and Field began in 1873 Ten vears later Field went to Chicago. and soon afterward Buskett went tt Montana. Field was a member of thi Phi Delta Theta fraternity in the Uni versity, but Buskett was not a "fraf man. White sends with his communication the following from the Anaconda Stand ard: ANY persons have undoubtedly read the verses entitled 'Penn- 1 Yi fan Bill's Wooing,' which were written by Eugene Field in Chicago Oct. 15, 1887, but it is a question whether anyone outside of William C Buskett and a few of his intimate friends knew the motive that prompted Field to indite them. While not found ed entirely upon conditions that really exi-ted at the time, the lurking sus picion in the mind of Field that they did exist was the incentive. "William C. Buskett and Field were fast friends. They had known each other almost from boyhood, and were boon companions when their avocations did not make their paths diverge. Years ago Buskett came to Montana, leaving his old friend in the East to pursue his profession in the pasture of literature, which at that time was broader than the far West for a man possessing the genius of Field. They corresponded regularly, and never lost track of each other. Eventually Field was called from earth, leaving a wife and children and many staunch friends to mourn his early death. "The verses in which reference is made were dedicated to Buskett. Although Field published a book of his poems, "Penn-Yan Bill's Wooing" was omitted from its pages at the request of Bus kett himself. LV ACK of the title 'Penn.-Yann' there is a little story. In 1385 Buskett located a quartz claim about three miles north of Wickes, Mont. He did not know what to call it at first, but finally decided upon Penn-Yan, which is the name of a town in the state of New York. Before naming it he called upon Judge Dean, then postmaster of Wickes, and consulted him about it. Judge Dean had a postal guide in his office and Buskett asked him to open it, adding that the first name at the head of the left-hand page would be the name of his claim. It was Penn Yann. This name was placed on the location notice and the claim has been known bv it since. LV USKETT worked the claim and made two or three fortunes out of it. The fame of the Dronertv as a producer of high-grade mineral became widely known, its wonderful resources being heralded throughout the country. Field saw many of the no tices and smiled with satisfaction when he learned that his old friend Buskett owned the mine. Buskett was not only engaged in the mining business then but was also conducting a large mer cantile house in Fhilinsbunr. Mont. His business often called him east. In October of 1SS7 he made one of his (rips and met Field in Chicago. He had a woman friend in Kentucky; or, rather she was a friend of the entire Buskett family, and Field, knowing this and suspecting that he might have matrimonial intentions, joked him a bit on the subject. A? FTEU walking through the city an hour or two they adjourned o Buskett's room in a hotel. where they sat down and talked over old times, the Penn-Yann mine and future prospects. "Look here, Buskett,' said Field, suddenly breaking off the old reminis cences, 'you were back here about six months ago and I suspect you.' "'There is absolutely nothing doing, Gene,' replied Buskett, 'Now, I want to write three letters, one to my house in Montana, one to my mother and the other to my lady friend in old Ken tucky, for whom I have brought some trinkets from the West, and I intend to send them by express. You sit down and be good while I write, and after it is all over I will ! with you again.' "Field sat down on the bed, propped himself up with a pair of pillows, drew out his paper tabc and pencil and be gan to write, too. Both finished their work about the same time Buskett, the three letters and Field 'Penn-Yann Bill's Wooing.' Here are the verses: "'In gallus old Kentucky, where the grass is very blue, Where the liquor is the smoothest and the girls are fair and true, Where the crop of Be-Gawd gentlemen is full of heart and sand And the stock of four-time winners k the finest in the land, Where the Democratic party in Bourbaa hardihood For more than half a century unterri- fied has stood, Where nod the black-eyed Susans to th prattle of the rill There, there befell the wooing of pena Yan Bill. " 'Down yonder in the cottage that fo nestling in the shade Of the walnut trees that seem to W that quiet little glade, Abides a bonny maiden of the prettr name of Sue -As pretty as the black-eyed flow'rs and quite as modest, too; And lovers came there by the score of every age and kind, But not a one (the story goes) waa quite to Susie's mind, Their signs, their protestations uj their pleadings made her ill, When all at once upon the scene hoTe Penn-Yan Bill. "'He came from old Montana and rode a broncho mare, He had a rather how-dy-do and rough-and-tumble air, His trousers were of buckskin and his coat of furry stuff, His hat was drab of color and its bra was wide enough; Upon each leg a stalwart boot reached just above the knee, And in the belt about his waist his weapons carried he A rather strapping lover for our little Susie, still She was his choice and he was hers, was Penn-Yann Bill. "'We wonder that the ivy seeks out the oaken tree, And twines her tendrils round him, though scarred and gnarled he be, We wonder that a gentle girl, unused to worldly cares, Should choose a mate whose life had been a constant scrap with bears Ah! 'tis the nature of the vine, and of the maiden, too, So when the bold Montana boy came from his lair to woo, The fair Kentucky blossom felt all her heart-strings thrill Responsive to the purring of Penn-Yann Bill. " 'He told her of his cabin in the moun tains far away, Of the catamount that howls by night, the wolf that yelps by day; He told her of the grizzly with the au tomatic jaw, He told her of the Injin that eats his victims raw, Of the jawhawk with the tawdry crest and whiskers in his throat, Of the great goshawful sarpent and the Rocky Mountain goat A book as big as Shakespeare's or as Webster's you could fill With the yarns that emanated from Penn-Yan Bill. "'Lo, as these mighty prodigies the mountaineer relates, Her pretty mouth falls wide agape her eyes get big as plates, And when he speaks of varmints that in the Rockies grow, She shudders and she clings to him and timidly cries "Oh!" And then says he, "Dear Susie, I'll tell you what to do; You be my wife, and none of these 'ere things shall pester you!" And she she answers, clinging close and trembling yet, "I will" And then he gives her one big buss does Penn-Yan Bill. "'Avaunt, ye poet-lovers, with your wishy-washy lays! Avaunt, ye solemn pedants with your musty bookish ways! Avaunt, ye smirking dandies, who air your etiquette Upon the gold your fathers worked so long and hard to get, How empty is your nothingness beside the sturdy talcs Which mountaineers delight to tell of border hills and vales Of snaix that crawl, of beasts that yawl, of birds that flap and trill Tn the wild egregious altitude of Penn Yan Bill. "'Why, over all these mountain peaks his honest feet have trod So high above the rest of us he seemed to walk with God; He breathed the breath of heaven as it floated pure and free From the everlasting snowcaps to the mighty western sea He's heard the awful silence that thun ders in the ear; "There is a great Jehovah and his bid ing place is here!" These these the solemn voices and these the sights that thrill In far-away Montana of Penn-Yan BilL " 'Of course she had to love him, for it was her nature to, And she'll wed him in the summer, if what we hear is true The blue grass will be waving in that cool Kentucky glade Where the black-eyed Susans cluster in the pleasant walnut shade, Where the doves make mournful music and the locust trills a song To the brook that through the pasture scampers merrily along, And speechless pride and rapture in effable shall fill The beatific bosom of Penn-Yan BUI."" 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