The Free lance. (State College, Pa.) 1887-1904, April 01, 1894, Image 5

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Published monthly during the college year by the Students
of the Pennsylvania State College.
W. M. WHITTEN, ' l.
.15. R. L. MACDONALD, '95
H. A. KullN, '96. Lit. G. F. W. FIAWLNY, '96. Loc
F. A. HEAtrutrA, '96. Ex. C. W. HARDT, 07. Lo.l.
E. IL HEILto, '97. Per.
Business Manager, DUNHAM BARTON, '95
Assistant/11411(7,1;er, ALBERT C. HOY '96.
One Volume (9 mos.)
Single Copies, .
Payable in advance.
Contributions of matter and other information are requested
from all members and ex.members of the College.
Literary matter should be addressed to the Editor.
Subscriptions, and all business communications, should be ad-
dressed to the Business Manager.
Entered at State College Post Office as second class matte,
AGAIN the FREE LANCE has passed into
the hands of a new staff. We refer to this
from no egotistical desire •to make promi
nent the bare fact, but merely to give us a chance
to stop and review a year's work on the college pa
per. From a business point of view, the year has
been far more successful than any of the three im
mediately preceding it, and this can be traced to
no other cause than a most efficient and careful
business management. That the heavy debt
which overhung the LANCE at the beginning of
the year• just passed has been reduced to almost
one•half, and the current expenses during the
year also paid, is a statement which speaks for
istelf, especially when we recall that the period re
ferred to was one of financial difficulty everywhere,
and that the LANCE is supported by only a
small majority of the body which it is supposed to
represent. Another statement can be made which
may open the eyes of a few of our friends. There
is enough money due the management of the
LANCE from subscriptions and other sources,
which, if it could be collected, would pay off the
remainder of the debt, issue the paper for a year
and leave a small surplus in the treasury. We
want to ask some of our alumni if this is a striking
way of showing your loyalty to old State ? We
acknowledge that there have been mistakes in one
business managership, that the literary standard
of the paper has fallen considerably, and the is
sues appear irregularly and after time, but what is
more conducive to such a state of affairs, than the
discouraging aspect presented above. We cannot
give you the paper for nothing, and you do not
excect it, so why persist in such an unreasonable
course ? Some of you say that you have received
no statement for a certain length of time, as to
your standing on the books of the LANCE and
wish to enter the plea of ignorance. Truly, it is
a bad oversight on the part of our management
where such is the case, but the remedy is easily
found by glancing over the first page in any issue
you may receive.
Let no one who has read these previous words
misconstrue them into a last wail of distress, or
the death rattle of a mortally wounded organiza
tion, but rather-take them as they are intended, a
plea for your honest support, or a warning before