North Carolina Newspapers

Improvements in Scholarship and
Instruction Some University
The prosperous condition of the
University of North Carolina during
the presnt collegiate year calls for
especial comment. Taking every
thing into consideration this has
been the best year the institution
has ever known. The number of
the students is one of the obvious
indications of progress. Seven
hundred and ten were registered
during the first term and very close
to 500 of them are in the regular
academic ' department. The pro
fessional schools are keeping pact
with the development of the college.
According to the 'judgment of
the heads of the departments the
students, as a rule, work better
now than they did live or ten years
ag0 that is, they know more
quickly what they want to do and
go about doing it more directly and
definitely. One reason for this is
that the students, are better pre
pared for entrance, but the chief
explanation lies in the growth of
the departments of applied science.
College men like to prepare them
selves for paying1 positions and con
sequently many men go each year
directly from the University into
good positions in electrical engi
neering, chemistry and geology.
In the. chemistry courses of the
University alone over 400 students
are enrolled. The departments of
electrical engineering and geology
also attract large numbers, al
though both of these departments
are smaller.
The recent record of the Univer
sity of North Carolina in inter
collegiate debates upholds the tra
ditions of the literary societies, the
Dialectic' and Philanthropic. In
the pa?t few years Carolina has
won six out of nine debates with
Georgia, three out of three with
Vanderbilt and two out of two with
Johns Hopkins. At present de
bates are being arranged with
Georgia, Virginia, and George
Washington Universities for this
spring, and one is being arranged
with the U n i ve rsi ty of Pen nsy 1 va
nia for next fall.
The faculty is unusally active in
scholarly work. During the fall
Professors McGehec, Smith, Raper,
Hamilton and Bruner published
books; and during the holidays
Professors Wheeler and Cobb have
read papers before the American
Association for the Advancement of
Science, in New York, and Profes
sors Smith and Bruner before the
Modern Language Society at New
Haven. President "Venable held
last year the highest position with
in the gift of the American Chem
ists president of the National Association.
Tar Heel Among Prominent Amer
icans Honored By Peace
Mr. Hayne Davis, of New York,
was among the prominent Ameri
cans recently honored by theInter
national Peace Commission, in re
cognition of their part in promoting
international good-will and comity.
Mr. Davis is a member of the class
of 1888. He is the son of the late
Capt. E. Hayne Davis, of States
ville, and the grandson of Chief
Justice Pearson, of the North Car
olina Supreme Court. The other
Americans who received medals are:
Elihu Root, Andrew D. White,
Seth Low, Nicholas Murray Butler,
and Richard Bartholdt.
Mr. Davis is engaged in the prac
tice of, law iu New York city. The
question of international arbitration
has been a subject of study with
him ever since his graduation. In
1903 he established at the Univer
sity a prize known as the Interna
tional Medal, to be awarded, for the
best essay on the following subject:
"The right' relation, of nations to
each other under twentieth century
conditions, in the light of changes
which have occurred throughout
tlfe world in the relation of political
organisms since the revolt of the
American colonies. "
Special Service.
Dr. Smith will address the stu-j
dents in Gerrard Hall Sunday night j
at 7:30. His subject will be "The
Advantages of Bible Study." The
DKoven Quartette will furnish
music for the occasion. The resi
dents of the village are cordially
invited. '
Celebration of Lee Day.
J. W. Bailey, Esquire, of Ral
eigh, who was expected to address
the student body in Gerrard Hall
on the evening of Lee Day, Satur
day, the 19th, has been compelled
to cancel his engagement on account
ot injuries received from a fall from
his horse last Saturday. Conse
quently the exercises will not be
held, as announced last week.
Instead, appropriate exercises will
be held at the regular meetings of
the two literary societies. Mr. C.
C. Earnhardt has been chosen as
orator of the evening by the Di's,
and the Phi's have selected Messrs.
W. A. Jenkins and W. H. S. Bur
gwyn, Jr. Mr. W. S. Bernard,
also, will address the Easterners.
At noon Saturday the local chap
ter of the Daughters of the Confed
eracy will hold in Gerrard Hall ap
propriate exercises1 in celebration of
the 100th anniversary of the birth
of Robert E. Lee. Professors Gra
ham and Bernard, Dr. Hume, and
President Venable will make short
Fourth Series Opened Onr Record
Against Georgia Other De
bates in View.
The query for the first of the
fourth series of three debates be
tween the University of North Car
olina and the University of Georgia
has been decided upon. It reads
"Resolved, That the ownership and
operation of interstate railways by
the government would subserve the
best interests of the people of the
United States." Carolina has the
This debate will be held in Ath
ens, Ga., on April 12th. It is the
first of a new series of three de
bates that, has been arranged be
tween the two institutions. Out of
the three series already debated
Carolina has won six delates,
losing one out of the three series,
and winning all three of the de
bates in the last one.
Negotiations are new pending
with George Washington Univer
sity and the University of Virginia
for two other debates to be held
this spring. A debate has already
been arranged with the Philoma
theanj Society of the University of
Pennsylvania, to be held late in
Gymnasium Work.
A large number of students are
working daily in the gymnasium.
The floor has been recently oiled,
and the building wired for lighting.
Two new boilers have been placed
to furnish hot water and many new
pieces of apparatus added.
Punching bags and medicine balls
are very popular. Much work is
being done, also,-on the horizontal
bars and mats. Johnson, McLain,
Royster, Mason and .Ward law are
lively workers and have about com
pleted their work for N. C. jerseys.
It is reported a treat to see Mason
and Rovster do their stunts on the
mats, so if you want to see a "whole
show" and not go to Durham to
see it, drop into the gymnasium any
afternoon between four and six.
Ladies . are especially invited to
visit the gymnasium on Tuesday
and Friday afternoons of each week.
Historical Society.
The Historical Society met in the
History Room, Old Kat Building,
Monday night. Dr. Battle presi
Dr. J. de R. Hamilton read a re
view of Dr. James Ford Reeve's
"History of the United States,
Volumes V and VI," and Dr. C. L.
Raper reviewed "From the Cotton
Field to the Cotton Mill," by Hol
land Thompson, Associate Professor
of History at the College of the
City of NewYork. Mr. Thompson
is an alumnus of the University
and wrote this book for his doctor's
University, Instead of Raleigh, the
Place of Examination As to
the Scholarships.
The examinations incident to the
Rhodes scholarship are to be held
here at 10 A. M. today in the
Alumni building, instead of at
Raleigh as stated in the last issue.
The change of place has been
made in order to lessen the expense
of holding the examination. M;r.
Benjamin R. Lacy, son of State
Treasurer Lacy, and a student of
Davidson College, is the only appli
cant. .-The present examination is the
third held in the state. For the
first examination in 1904 there were
7 applicants, for the second, in 1905
none, Mr. Henry Trantham of
Wake Forest, who stood second at
the first examination, being ap
pointed to fill the vacancy in that
North Carolina is not behind the
other states in the matter of candi-'
dates for the Rhodes scholarships,
as only about three fourths of the
scholarships due the nation are now
The Shakspere Club.
The Shakspere Club met'TiiP.
day night in Dr. Hume's study with
a full attendance, indicative of much
llie papers read were: "The
Self Realization of Juliet," by Miss
W. V. Lambertson, "The Dramr.
and the Novel," by Dr. Thomas
Hume, Shakspere 's Jesters and
their Pre-bhaksperian Lini nf
Descent," by Mr. W. H. M. Pitt-
Dr. Hume then gave a discussion
of "Some Half-disguised Relations
of the Jester" and Mr. S. Rae
Logan spoke briefly on "New Platb
and their Stage Reprcson tac
Quartette and Reader.
The DeKoven Male Quartette
accompanied by Miss Estelle Van
Horn, reader, will appear in Ger
rard Hall, Monday evening,'' the
21st, under the management of the
college Y. M. C. A. Both quar
tette and reader come to the Uni
versity under the highest recom
mendation and deserve the patron
age of the students on their merits,
as well as on account, of their ap
pearance under the auspices of the
Y. M. C. A.
Mr. I von H. Blackman, the
second tenor, is an accomplished
musican, and from 1895 to 1901
was secretary of the Y. M. C A
at Norwich, N. Y., giving- a part
of his time to lyceum work.
This is the first of several at
tractions that will be brought to
the Hill by the Y. M, Q, A. this

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