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University Missourinn
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.
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. 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,
Dec. 18. Lecture, Lorado Taft, Audito
"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
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.
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
Some 'lowed as they was doubtful
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
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
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
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
Some says it's going to h 11;
I don't know where the country's go
ing. But I am going fer Bill.
. (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
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,
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
The girls take as much interest in
athletics as the boys and should be en
couraged instead of held back in their
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.
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.
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.
. 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."
bassador, on "Re-ponsibilities of Citi
zenship" at Yale have attracted wide
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!
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,
"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.
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
White sends with his communication
the following from the Anaconda Stand
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
" '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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