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■ THE FREE LANCE.
THE FREE LANCE.
Published monthly (luring Ilia oollogo ycnrby tlio Students
of Tlio Poniisylvniilu Stato Collogo,
WILLIAM P. FISHER, JR., ’B7.
\ , ' ASSOCIATE EDITORS I
WUIL'F .'WHITE, 'B7. GRIFFITH J. TIIOMAS, ’BB.
GEORGE sI'JpX>BS®NING, *BB. W. B. N. HAWK, ’B3.
CURTIN G. GEORGE R. MEEK, ’03.-
jXIuSS C. MOCK, ’O3.
business Manager i JOHN F. L. MORRIS, ’SO.
Ass’t. Business Manager: 11. WALTON MITCIIEEE, ’OO.
Terms—Olio College Year
I’AYAIII.E IN ADVANCE.
Coiitrlhiitions of matter and other Information aro re
quested from all members and ox-members of the College.
Idtornry matter should bo addrossed to tlio Editor.
Snbsorlptions, and other business communications,
should be addressed to tlio Business Munngcr.
THIS issue is delayed beyond the time
set for its appearing, owing to in
convenience in procuring the services of
a publisher. Hereafter the publication
will be issued near the middle of each
IF there be anything in the history of
this institution that admits of re
proach, it is the lamentable fact that the
students, notwithstanding their credita
ble rank,in so many other respects, have
never exhibited sufficient enterprise to
publish a journal. We shall offer no
apology for unintentional conservatism.
The case illustrates the force, the inertia
of precedent—a thing particiilarly no
ticeable in groups of isolated society.
STATE COLLEGE, PA., APRIL, 1887.
Some of our students of journalistic
proclivities have more than once agitat
ed the question of printing a monthly,
but, being loath to disturb the easy mo
notony of daily study, were content with
the notion to push the project at “some
future time.” It was not until the two
literary societies by a joint committee
proposed a definite plan that substantial
steps were taken, . followed by the elec
tion of an editorial staff from the college
classes, and now it devolves upon this
“To give to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.”
With this our first issue we are not
altogether free from embarrassment lest
we be found wanting in the proper dis
charge of the duties assigned us. Nev
ertheless, it shall be our aim to sedu
lously represent to our readers the
status of our College, an institution
which enjoys, against a sometimes fault
ed past,, a prosperous present and the
assurance of a most successful future.
To our Contemporaries we say we
are glad to join the ranks. We say
ranks, because Student Journalism is
surely a fixture of the American univer
sity. From the portals of our institu
tions step editors, as well as lawyers,
physicians and technicists, prepared to
face the competing world. If the grad
uated student be not a compendium of
both principles and practice it is no fault