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Hobart herald. (Geneva, N.Y.) 1879-1942, November 01, 1892, Image 19

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EDITORIAL. 113 15 h a v e often th o u g h t du r in g our co llege course that th e tim e set for beginning the Fall Term was most inauspicious, and have wondered that the student body has not made some move to have it changed. The middle of September is, as a general rule, (this year being a notable excep­ tion), the hottest, meanest part of the year. There is no vitality in the at­ mosphere, it is next to impossible to shake off the laziness acquired through two months of loafing, and professors and students alike take up their year’s work with an irresistible apathy which, especially in the case of the incom­ ing class, is a bad way to commence earnest work. Now it seems to us that all tlfings, and all reasons point most clearly to the fact that it would be better for the whole college from the President down to the 1 ’ Jan,” to com­ mence work in October; that beautiful month wThen nature by her bright warm colors and her bracing air tells us, ‘ 1 Nozv is the time to be up and doing.” We should like to see this subject discussed. W e open our columns willingly to all those who have anything to say in regard to the subject, and invite a general discussion, bet the subject be brought before the student- body so that some action may be taken before the new Catalogue aud Calen­ dar is issued. W h y would it not be a good plan to give tip a week of tlie Christmas vacation and so recompense for the week taken away in Septem­ ber ? This plan suggests itself to us and we have reason to think it would not he distasteful to the college authorities. “ Come forward, men, and lift yonx voices high with glad acclaim.” I F America owes Columbus a debt of gratitude for a n y one thing in partic­ ular it is that he so arranged it that the four liundreth anniversary o f his discovery fell on the year of a Presidential election, and the papers have been able to give their readers something else than dissertations on the merits of Mr. H. and the vices of Mr. C. or vice versa. But while the spirit of sentiment has penetrated all classes aud conditions of men its em­ bodiment has not always been felicitous. Some of the speeches made in Chicago contain expressions creditable to airy period o f American literature, the fire, the patriotism, the eloquence seenred to permeate everything but

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