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The Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1943-1946, March 02, 1893, Page 2, Image 2

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The Tar Heel, . University of North Carolina. .EDITORS. V Charles Baskerville, Walter Murphy y. :v , "A. C. Ellis, - . w. p. wooten. Perrin Busbee, J, C. Biggs, A. H. McFadyue. Editor in Chief " Charles B askerville, Managing Editor, Walter Murphy, Business Manager, A. H. McFadyue. Thursday, March 2,893. WASH I NGTON'S BIRTH DAY EXERCISES AT THE UNIVERSITY. PROGRAM. j 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 Washington. 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. X ; '"' " . . i . ' - '. 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. .

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