The Free lance. (State College, Pa.) 1887-1904, April 01, 1894, Image 11

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    have fair and pleasant dreams made to order, by
opening the shutters a trifle to soft Luna's rays, or
by allowing old Sol to intrude upon a morning
nap. Without a doubt, many if not all, of the
heavenly visions with which religious enthusiasts
of all ages have been favored, were inspired by
just such material facts. So Gibbon (History of
Rome V-538) writes of Peter the Hermit:—"ln
this austere solitude, his body was emaciated, his
fancy was inflamed; whatever he wished he be
lieved; and whatever he believed he saw in dreams
and revelations."
Again, the native light of the retina (the "eigen
licht" as the Germans say) is a fruitful inventor
of dreams. Close your eyes in a dark room and
waiting for some minutes for the after images to
die out, study the retinal field. A veritable
kaleidoscopic array presents itself, which in the
land of Morpheus serves as bricks and mortar for
dreamy castles. A beautiful illustration of the
"eigenlicht in dreams" is given by Prof Ladd in
a recent issue of Mind.
The duration of dreams is much less than is
usually supposed, the average being from two to
seven minutes. There are, however, well
authenticated cases of dreams extending over a
period of five or six hours, and even of being re
sumed in the following night where the thread
had been dropped previously. On the other
hand, Mohammed is said to have wandered in a
dream "over all the earth and the heavens" in
the time it took a plate (which had begun to fall)
to 'complete the distance from the table to the
floor. The tale, although given in all gravity in
the Koran, should doubtless be taken cun► grano
salis, as also the express affirmations of Heroditus,
Locke, Lessing, and Butler, that they never once
dreamed during their life-time.
Still the question of why we dream might be
pressed. Our reply, 'to furnish each individual
a fresh chapter in his knowledge of himself.' If
you would know what sort of a being you are,
study your dreams. Every nook and corner
(from cellar to garret) of your mental Mansion is
ransacked during successive dream-life. A sort
of inventory is taken, and you can see how your
past life, that is, your character, acts in relation
to the growing experiences. Unvarnished, naive,
and 'real,' are our reactions in dream-life; and
if you would know what you are in yourself,
minus all the objective glamour and manifold in
trusion of the eye, sound and touch-world of wak
ing life, then study your dreams. R.
The college team played its first game of the
season, with the University on April 16th.
The game was remarkable chiefly for the time
required, and for the number of errors which our
boys were able to pile up.
Neither team manifested anything like spirit
throughout the game. The feature of the play was
the heavy hitting of the University team, every
man in the team finding the ball and hitting safe.
ly. For State the batting was done .by Atherton,
Thomas, Stuart and Robison, the last two hav
ing each a home run to his credit.
Atherton, behind the bat played his usual game,
his throwing to bases being exceptionally fine.
In the field, Goeckle carried off the honors for
the University, while Mackey did the same for
State, the latter's one-handed catch of Contrell's
liner, being the star play of the game. The score :
R. N. 0. A. ,
Thomas, of .3 2 1 0
Hollister, ss 2 3 2 3
Control I, 2b 3 2 4 1
Goeok le, lb .3 3 7 2
°Albert, rf 1 1 2 0
Coogan, a 2 2 9 4
Reese, p 0 0 0 1
Dickson, p 2 2 0 2
Blakeley, 3b 3 8 1 2 •
Blair If 2 1 1 1
Totals 21 19 27 10
Earned runs, Pennsylvania 7, State 2. First base on balls, Thom
as 2, Hollister. Goeokle 2. Dickson, Blair 2, Miles 2,'Atherton 2,
Thomas, Emory 2, Carpenter, Robinson and Hodson. First base
on errors, State 1 Pennsylvania 3. Left on bases, State 9, Pennsyl
vania 6. Struck out, Gelbert, Coogan, Dickson 2, Blakeley, Blair,
Mattern, Rice 3, Robinson and Hodson. Home rune. Thomas
U. OF P. vs. STATE
Mattern, of IIL 0
0 2
Mlles, 2b 1 4 0 1
Atherton, 3b 0........0 6 4 2
Thomas, rf 0 1 0 0
Stewart, lb 1 11 0 0
Moekey, as ,
If 0 0 0 2
1 4 0
Carpenter, a 1 2. 0 0
Robinson, ilb 1 1 4 8
Hodson, p 1 0 2 2
Totals 0 27 14 10
4 0 5 1 8 0 2. 2 4-21.
1 9 1 0 1 0 0 0 0— 6,