Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, December 09, 1923, Page 2, Image 2

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Margaret Morrison
Night Editor This Issue
George Belknap
Winter Days
Down, down from the ethereal vault sweeps the wind of
early winter. Blowing, breezing, swinging, wandering from its
heavenly vent to stir men from their gentle autumn myopia,
that lethargic sleep of Indian summer by which they are in
troduced to the season's bleakness, the chill blast announces
itself. The leaves rustle in the air.
A shudder. A shadow' fades to a grey nothing. Clouds,
rain, a puddle at the curbstone, and the sound of water pouring
into the drain. Redundant the drops splash on the roof’s shin
gles. A morbid solemnity settles about the grounds.
The dark visage of winter stares at us from beyond. Blurred,
black and uninteresting seems the type of the printed page.
A murmur from our hearts tells us of gloom in store for us.
Now our teachers will grow despotic. With dismal threats
they exact our dynamic energies and blot out the remnant of
vigor we had. We would like to sleep, but we are prodded and
Winter hurries on. Soon we will be overtaken. Then shall
we resign ourselves to that long season which brings with it
work. Long labour, and little loveliness for us.
Again the chill blast. The dampness settles. We shiver.
The last impression of sunshine fades from view. Yes, w'inter
River Travel in 1862
Out there on the Willamette where
the bottom of tho river may be
reached by a dragging paddle, a
steamer once plowed her way. But
that was long ago -in ’62—and only
one or two pioneers are left, to toll
tho tale.
She lumbered past with her cargo
of merchandise. Cautiously, even
hesitatingly, tho steamer nosed her
way up the Willamette river. Tho
signals were set. An anxious crew
watched carefully. They were past
the present sight of tho University
and wore approaching the falls. If
waB the first time that a steamer
had ventured the trip to Spring
“In ’62 in the last of December,
the steamer ‘Relief,’ manned by
Captain J. W. Cochran, went through
to Springfield—the only boat that
ever went past the rapids. The
river was high at this time, and
the course was confined to a nar
row channel. It was at least one
third to one half as narrow as at
present. No timber had been cut,
and the banks wore not washed
away.” So F. M. Wilkins, one of
the first settlers of Lane county,
told the tale.
The steamers are almost a thing
of the past. The gallant white
boats which ran between Eugene
and Portland have withdrawn in
favor of their rival the railroad ‘
engine. Among those who made the
| Letters to the KMERALIl from stu
j dents and faculty members are
! welcomed, but must be sinned nud
J worded concisely. If it is desired, the
j writer's name will be Kent out of
’ print. It must be understood that the
j editor reserves the nr. lit to reject
I communications.
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“And 1 always believed that yon
could read people’s character by the
shapes of their heads,” said a Soph
omore Girl, as she walked thought
fully down the steps from the psy
chology lecture room, “and now he
tells us that it can't be done—and its
so hard not to believe it anv more.’’
So saying, the intellectual Philistine
went on her way murmuring, “You
e-an’t read their character you can’t
One of the striking dissimilarities
between American and European stu
dents noticed by an Oregon dean dur
ing a recent trip abroad was ttio dif
forence in the mental attitudes of
the two groups. “It is a pleasure to
last, stfind in the eighties was a
boat “The Eugene.”
“After the railroad was built, the
rates wore unreasonable in the
estimation of the merchants here.
Captain Isaac Gray, once a Missis
sippi steamboat man, thought he
would raise money and build a boat
to run in competition to the rail
roads. A company was organized
and stock sold. With due ceremony
‘Tho Eugene’ was christened. Spoil
ed an awfully good bottle of cham
“s‘The Eugene’ made two or three
trips on tho river, then struck a
sand-bar near Oregon City. Later
she was salvaged and taken to
Puget Sound, to run between Seattle
and Alaska. Sumo say that she is
still on duty,” he went on.
Now the steamboat traffic is
done. The gay crowds no longer!
gather at tho landing place to wave
farewell to those who took tlio three
day trip to the city of Portland. The
roustabouts no longer sing their
chanteys as they loaded the grain
in the holds. But to keep the old
traditions, to cling tenaciously to I
the things that were, the old pioneers
gather yearly on a steamer, and the
old days, pleasant in memory and
in reminiscent tales are revived. The
mellow steamboat whistle blows.
Once again "The Relief” is going
over the rapids. Once again she
reaches Springfield. Hut this time
the trip is made in verbal reeollee
t ions.
teach American students,” he said,
“because they are so obedient.”
American students, it seems, have a
tendency to swallow bait, hook and
sinker, and then chew hungrily on the
line, of any type of “lamin’’ that
is handed mtt to them,
European students are apparently
not so hungry they have the nudn
city to doubt. The Sophomore Girl
didn’t think of doubting. Why
should she? Aren’t professors paid
to tell students the truth? Yes,
surely, yet the truth they teach is the
truth as they see it, and not neces
sarily as others see it or as it reallv
Cains Julius Gump was a Roman
who lived during the reign of CIndius.
You’ve heard of him, have you? No,
mid neither lias anyone else. He be
lieves everything that was told him.
But you have heard of Fulton and
Columbus and Lntlier and Darwin.
They didn’t believe everything that
they heard—they went out of their
way to disprove a few things.
A recent Emerald editorial joy
fully heralds the arrival at Oregon
)t a “thinking campus.” Yes, per
Literary Gossip
The last issue of Smart Set, i
under the direction of H. L. Men
cken and George Jean Nathan, is
on the stands. The two editcws are
leaving the magazine after 15 smart j
years of service. In the last num->
ber, under the title of “Fifteen
Years,” Mencken reviews the turns i
of American fiction since he began
his criticism in 1908. This little es
say, perhaps, is a key to all the pub
lished criticism of the man, as it
neatly reveals all his motives and
his very evident methods—the heart
of what the older critics call “Men
ckcnism.” Besides, of course, there
is his summary re-valuation of many
American authors. Poe, he says,'
was neither poet or short story
writer of any note—but he was a
most wonderful critic! This is only
a re-statement of one of his earlier
essays in a line. Are the poor men:
discouraged? Heavens, no. The
Knopf company is publishing a.
magazine entitled “The American
Mercury,” the first number to ap
pear in January. Mencken and
Nathan are the editors.
If one knows the chemical pro-j
perties of mercury, the physical i
properties flf America, and the
dynamic possibilities of Messrs.
Mencken and Nathan, he will await i
the first issue of the “American
Mercury” with the eyebrows ele
vated in anticipation. Although i
mythology is nearly all Greek to j
us, as we remember it, Mr. Mercury j
has never been considered a particu- j
larly slow gentleman. The “Mer-j
cury” will precipitate the American J
opinions on art, letters, philosophy, |
criticism, science, etc., etc.
Twenty-five years ago O. Henry
was running a column in a Texas
newspaper. Everything, it seems,
that the man ever wrote has been
haps the rising standards are forcing:
students to begin thinking about les-1
sons—about whether or not they have |
memorized the rules set down for
them. And most of the graduate
students and a few of the upper
classmen are doing some thinking
aside from the mere memeory work
of class routine.
But to say that the undergraduate!
body of Oregon is a thinking group!
—well, perhaps a certain instructor I
was justified when his smile had;
much the appearance of a blush when j
ho read tho statement.
However, tar be it trom tne writer
to ask you to take his word for it.
Find out. for yourself—tell the aver
age underclassman that “to doubt
is the noblest function of the human
intellect” and see what response
you get.
The Liberty theatre in Portland
is showing this week, pictures of
the Homecoming game with O. A. C.
The lettermen are shown marching,
around the field, the rooters doing
their stunts, sections of the grand
stand, and many of the plays by
the TJ. of O. and O. A. C. teams.
They are good clear pictures.
A close-up is taken of Bill Hay
ward sitting on the side lines be
tween Shy anl Bart. Bart is sit
ting still, watching the plays, but
both Shy and Bill are nervous. To
relieve his nervousness, Shy re
moves his hat, scratches his head
and replaces his hat again, while
Bill takes a quick look around, i
changes his position, expectorates a
large quantity of tobacco juice in
characteristic fashion and resumes!
his watching the game. When he
spit the theater audience thought it
was funny and there was a loud
C. E. WAGNER, ’01. j
At the Theatres
Wherever the Marcus Show has
played this season, the press has
been unanimous in proclaiming the
“Hell.) Prosperity” girls to be the
prettiest, “peppiest,” portrayers of
pulchritude, that have toured the
country in a decade. The Marcus
Show is not just a beauty show, for
in addition to a beauitful chorus,
there is a real plot running through
the snappy travesties, that can be
foilowe I easily from beginning to
end. Manager Marcus has spared
no expense in mounting his show
in the most lavish manner, and his
display of many changes of elabor
a'e costumes serves to form a com
plete i ieture that leaves the audi
ence little to desire after witnessing
a performance of “Hello Prosperity.”
It will play at the Heillg Wednes
day night.
Kenneth Harlan was selected for
the hero of “April Showers,” to be
shown at the Rex Monday, because
of his athletic, ability as well- as
for his looks. It was necessary for
him to handle "the gloves exnertly
and Ire learned the art by spending
practically all his waking hoar- at
it for a few days. Now profession
tls respect his ability in the ring.
published except the contents of |
this little column. Now this, col- j
lected and edited, will appear in a j
volumn entitled “Postscripts.” It
ought to be completed before Jan
uary. It may be that the book
will not be an important addition
to his work, but it will be a link
to connect his newspaper work with
his later fiction. It is to contain a
good deal of poetry.
They’ve also collected the news
paper essays of Lafeadio Hearn.
Hearn worked on a New Orleans
paper (before his Paris days) and
turned out some rather entertaining
essays on • Oriental literature and
literature in general. Hearn is
studied (in American Lit as the
author of “Chita.” Huneker gives
him' a rather so-so place among the
“organic writers,” although, as es- j
sayists, the two men have more
than one thing in common.
* * *
Balzac didn’t have newspaper
stuff to get published, so some one
discovered an old manuscript in
stead. Paris publishers have just
put out a “new” novel by Balzac.
The French author, no where in
his correspondence or any other
place, mentions that he has written
it. The book has just been “over
looked.” Translators are working
on it now and the American public
will probably be able to read it next
spring or fall.
Those who did not like John Dos
Passos’s “Three Soldiers,” are able
to say “ I told you so” after read
ing “Streets of Night.’ It is a
terrible tea-fighting affair with a
most desultory and stupid triangle.
Walter Hampden has made such a
hit in New York with Brian Hook
er’s adaptation of a version of
“Cyrano de Bergerac” that the play
has been published in book form.
There have been heavy sales in
New York.
Alfred Kreymborg, editor and
founder of “The Broom,” has an
other book of poetry', “Less Lonely,”
to his credit. The fact that in
this book Kreymborg has '“taken
up form” for the first time, i3 in
dicative of a tendency among the
modern poets, for Kreymborg was
one of the pioneers of the “free”
poets in America. His versatility
goes but a short distance beyond
the sonnet.
Pleating and Buttons.
Pleated skirts a specialty.
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means even more than just
[t means an hour spent in a
cheery place where open
fires and ‘ ‘ atmosphere ’ ’
make friendships flourish
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For a number of years we have been the students’ head
quarters for shoe shining. We clean, dye and shine any
color shoes. Orders for repairing taken.
(Next Rex Theatre)
Something New!
for serving at dances
or to take home.
Fancy Sundaes
in sanitary cups
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