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The Tar Heel,
. University of North Carolina.
Walter Murphy y. :v
, "A. C. Ellis, - .
w. p. wooten.
J, C. Biggs,
A. H. McFadyue.
Editor in Chief "
Charles B askerville,
A. H. McFadyue.
Thursday, March 2,893.
WASH I NGTON'S BIRTH
DAY EXERCISES AT THE
Address of Welcome, A. B. Andrews, Jr.
The Watch on the Rhine, Glee Club.
Extracts from Washington's Farewell
Address, Mr. Fordyce Harding.
A dramatic description of Washington
Resigning his Commission, i
Mr. Howard Rondthaler. 1
Introductory Oration, Mr. W. B. Snow.
The Oration, Mr. Victor Hugh Boyden.
' " :- MARSHALS. , " '
E. W. Myers. W. R. Robertson.
The 22nd of Feb. , the anniver
sary of the birth of Washington,
is always appropriately observed
by the Uuiversity. The exer
cises on the day just past, were
never more appropriately and in
terestingly observed than those
which took place in the Dialectic
Hall last Wednesday. The pres
ence of the Glee Club and the ex
ceptionally fine manner in which
they rendered the various nation
al hymns, was a source of delight
to all present. ; The exercise op
ened with Mr. A. B. Andrews, Jr.
in the Presidents chair. He, in
a few well chosen words extended
a hearty welcome to the many
people, students, villagers and vis
itors who completely filled the
beautiful and historic Dialectic
hall. After the singing of the
national hymn of the fatherland,
by the Club, Mr. Fordyce Harding
read 'extracts from Washington's
Farewell Address" and comment
ed upon the same in an able and
scholarly manner, this in turn
was followed by the rendition of
the Marseillais hymn by the Glee
Club. After this, ':. Mr. Howard
Rondthaler, read a dramatic de
scription of Washington resign
ing his commission, from Wash
ington Irving. This was enjoyed
by all present. Mr. Rondthaler
possesses a peculiarly clear voice
and is a eraceful and forcible
reader. Mr. W. B. Snow then
presents to the assemblage, in a
happy appreciative manner, the
orator of the day, Mr. Victor
Hugh Boyden. The subject of
Mr. Boyden' s oration, was "The
origin of the formative principles
of our constitution." These he
showed to be our heritage from
two civilizations, or the national
idea, germain to the Rpmana
and Teutonic races. Starting
with the recent celebration by
the Frence Republic, of the
twentieth anniversary t of the ex
istence of their present form of
government, and giving a graphic
picture of the Panama scandal
with its turbulence and secret at
tempts to overthrow the work of
twenty years, touching upon their
restless changeful, nature, cit
ing them as an example, with
Spain and the Latin Republics of
South America, of the unstable
ness of the Romana government
compared with the stability and
solidity of the English, German
and American governments, when
intrusted with the boon of a re
publican form of government. He
showed their natural tendency
was always towards centralization
and that the two principles of our
constitution were so evenly
balanced and equally blended in
the hue in whose honor we had
assembled, that, when after, the
confusion and disorder of factional
jealousy and avarice succeeding
the revolution, Washington took
the rains of an unorganized gov
ernment, not even his enemies
could say . with truth he leaned to
one side or the other, either to
wards the Romana tending to
wards centralization or the Teu
tonic tending towards free insti
tutions. We quote the following
from the ; introduction : 'The
grateful murmurs of Patriotism
and prayer should be of thanks,
that the unrestful phantom of the
French nature, is not our herit
age; that the shining serpent of
Spain's tyrrany has not left the
traces of its evils across the foot
prints of the Pilgrim Fathers.
That it crossed the north of South
j America, instead of Virginia and
Massachusetts. ''' Congratulating
America, on the fact that ,1'Saxon
and Norman and Dane are we.
Saxon because of our heritage of
free institutions, and Norman be
cause of the restraint, checking
the excesses of those institutions.
Mr. Bpyden, dropped descriptively
back past the province of Anda
lusia in Spain, in the year of i486
i to England, showing how the
t result of the several - invasions j
1 had moulded the spirit of the
j English people, and describing
' the two political ideas of nation-
1 ality permeating the Romana and
Saxon . civilizations, together
with the allusion that the Nor
man French were of Romana ex
traction. He showed that, the
two tendencies of our 'constitu
tion, the one liberal and the other
strict in construction- were the
direct result of the ingrafting of
the Feudal system on the English
people, founding the first great ,
party of Baron' and people, the
one consisting of the Norman
French, the other of the enslav
ed Saxon. Through the muta
tion of over 800 centuries and
the growth 'of the English people
he traced these two elements of
Romana and Teutonic spirit, to
America; showing their presence
in the councils of the Revolution
and afterwards in the adoption of
constitution. He showed how
the wise, . prudent, unerring j
and impartial hand of Washing
ton had brought them safely
through those perilous stages by
the influence of his character and
grand patriotism, and that their
peaceful existence in our legisla
tion, moulding the nature of our
national life was mainly due to
Concluding with the following
striking tribute to Washington
and the future of these constitu
tional forces, Mr. Boyden said,
alluding to election, "Where is
there another such example? In
which of our sister Republics
will the same be found? In many
of them, the presence of large
military forces are necessary on
such occasions. Not so with us;
for too well has the solution of
party diferences been" taught us.
We are one people, sharing
the glory of one national
life. We are not North
Carolinians but Americans, and
as we stand to-day, again in the
dawn-light of the birth of Wash
ington, in the broad glare of a
new and proud era, in the pres
ence of the sisterhood of states,
it seems that I can see him join
ing hands of the two opposite
spirits of our. constitution, in
peace and harmony and leading
them far down, into; the distant
future from the troubled past.
We should commemorate this da',
if not with offerings of Fra,nk
insense and Myrrh, with gratful
recollections, warm to the appre
ciation of patriotic services, for
when we regard the , progress of
the two forces aunimating our
legislation; now so evenly bal
anced in the hearts of the people;
their achievements in the past un
der great difficulties and their
M.iiiJmn if. Birri-rtnurn ilinn n i '
boundless future, protected and
fostered by a great system of ed
ucation and under the1 care of a
united, devoted and patriotic peo
ple. Our 117 years of life as a
nation seems but a chrysalis state,
and "times" noblest offering is.
yet to be the best. '
! : The universal opinion in regard
to Mr. Boyden's oration, seems
to be that it was one of the finest
efforts that has ever been made on
such occasions at the university.
Dr. Battle, in speaking of it, said
he thought it was one of the best
speeches he had ever heard, on a
similar occasion, since he has been
connected with the university.
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Prompted no doubt with a de
sire "for fun" oftentimes students
commit follies, which in their
soberer moments they repent of,
also follies are liable to be carried
to far. The extremely youthful
and puerile performance "of last
Friday night merited the universal
condemnation, freely given, of the
entire student-body. It is sin
cerely' hoped that the offenders
will in time be discovered and the
proper punishment meted out to
them. - .
SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS
Y. M. C. A. HALL, SOUTH BUILDING
Sunday Mornings at 9 o'clock,
Dr. Battle's Bible Talk.
Monday, March 6th, Topic:
'Character Study, ' ' Leader, Car
penter '95. ,
Tuesday, March 7th, Leader,
F. C. Harding, '93.
. Wednesday, March 8th, Bible
Reading, R. T. Wills, '96.
Thursday, March 9th, Pastor's
Talk, Rev. N. M. Watson.
These meetings begin prompt
ly at 6:45 P. M., and continue
15 minutes. Drop in on your
way up from supper.
The foot ball management at
Yale have decided to give two
trophies to the members of the
'Varsity team. A small gold
foot ball will be given to the men
who played in the Princeton
game, while a large picture of
the team framed in oak will be
given to all of the men on the
'Varsity eleven. Ex.
Several very fine buildings are
being buil t at Princeton. A com
mencement hall costing $300,000
is to face the campus. A new
gymnasium with swimming tank
shower and plunge 4 baths, 1, 000
lockers, etc., is ncanng comple
tion. A new dormitory, to house
about seventy-six students, is also
well under way. -Ex. .