The College Echo. (Austin, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 2, Ed. 1, October 1891 Page: 2 of 14
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THE COLLEGE ECHO.
ger number of students than ever before. We do not wish
to decry legitimate advertising, but this “scholarship”
booming of insignificant institutions so far away from home
does not speak] well for the institutions that resort to it.
We may reasonably suppose that if they really excelled our
Texas colleges or academies they could teadily secure pat-
rons nearer home, or by the ordinary methods of advertis-
—The following, from the Port Lavacaen, appeared in a
recent Sunday issue of the Austin Daily Statesman:
“A visit at this season of the year will convince anyone that Austin
is not only the capital, but the Athens of Texas. Students'are to be
seen by the hundred, and the State University and other educational
institutions are in a flourishing condition, and will compare with
those of any State.”
This item from thePort Lavacaen was no doubt gratifying
to the business people of Austin. It was, we believe, the first
intimation that they had in print—in their home paper, at
least—of the prosperity of their local educational institu-
tions. “How is St. Edward’s, or the University, or St.
Mary’s Academy getting on?” were not uncommon ques-
tions day after day on the streets and in the business houses
—We are pleased to state that we have received from Rev.
President Hurth a promise that—time and the many press-
ing duties incidental to his office permitting—he will favor
us and the College Echo with an account of an interesting
trip lately made to the capital city of our sister Republic—
Mexico. Rev. President Hurth—we may say in passing—
is a close observer of men and things, a pleasing and forcible
writer, and if he find time to pen the result of his observa-
tions along the route of the Great Northern and Mexican
International Railway to the City of Mexico, it will be some-
thing worth reading. With his multifarious duties, we can
hardly expect such an article at present, but we hope at no
distant day to present the result of his observations to
—In response to inquiries lately made by the editor of
American Notes and Queries, (619 Walnut street, Philadel-
phia), as to the pronunciation of the word “advertisement,”
four hundred and eighty-six answers have been received.
Of these, 250 are in favor of “adver?A(?ment”; 230 prefer
“advertisement”; two use both without distinction, and
one says “advertisement.” Analogy is in favor of “ad-
vertisement.” The word comes from the old French ad-
vertisement (modern French aveStissement), in which the
antepenultimate syllable is accented. Ash, who published
his dictionary in 1775, states that the verb “advertise,”
from which the noun is derived, was formerly - accented on
the penultinate syllable, “adver'tis,” — hence his prefer-
ence for “advertisement.”
—A noteworthy addition has been made to the College
Faculty this year in the persons of Bro. Andrew Corsini,
Bro. Gilbert, and Prof. Edward R. Adelsperger. Prof.
Adelsperger is a graduate of the Classical and Scientific
courses of the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Bro.
Andrew Corsini was, we are told, graduated with signal
honor at the University of France; besides the usual branch-
es of a liberal education, in which he is no mean proficient,
we have it on good authority that he is a linguist of extra-
ordinary attainments, having mastered some fifteen or twen-
ty of the ancient and modern languages. Bro. Andrew
taught for some time at the University of Oxford. In ad-
dition to the foregoing, the services of Bro. Mark and Bro.
Feo have been secured for the coming year.
—The N. Y. Scientific Times says: “One of the most use-
ful accomplishments that a young man of the present day
can have at command is the art of shorthand writing. It
is called for in a thousand different walks of life, and those
who are thorough masters of it can always command large
salaries in one capacity or another.” This is true, but on
one condition. The editor of the Times should have added
that shorthand, in order to be of any practical use, must be
supplementary to a good English education. There are
thousands of shorthand writers in the United States to-day
who for want of proper training in English composition are
shut out from the higher and more lucrative grades of
work. Prospective students of shorthand would do well to
bear this in mind, and prepare themselves accordingly.
—We publish elsewhere in this number of the Echo a
proposal that we think will please our subscribers and
friends,—a proposal that will certainly be to their advan-
tage if they choose to avail themselves of it. Through the
kindness of Mr. John Brisben Walker, the proprietor and
editor of The. Cosmopolitan—one of the best of the illustrated
magazines now published in New York—we are enabled to
club the College Echo with The Cosmopolitan at a re-
duced rate, and to throw in almost gratis the original pub-
lisher’s edition of “Grant’s Memoirs,” of which 650,000
copies have been sold at the subscription price of $7.00.
Under the clubbing arrangement, the “Memoirs” will be
furnished for 50 cents, exclusive of postage. (See the ad-
vertisement, and read it carefully.) This is not a cheap re-
print of the “Memoirs;” it is printed on the best paper,
handsomely bound in cloth, green and gold—the same edi-
tion that has hitherto been sold at $7.00, and of which
650,000 copies have been sold. Such an offer constitutes
an event in book publishing. It has never been made be-
fore, and probably will never be repeated unless some
of'the older magazines should likewise aspire to build up
their circulation to half a million copies. Remember that
$4.80 will obtain this work, postage paid, and also the Cos-
mopolitan Magazine and the College Echo for one year.
—Death has been busy in literary circles of late. Only
a few months ago we received the announcement of the
death of Mrs. Augustus Craven, the author of “ Fleur-
ange,” a story which on account of its literary merit was
awarded the prize of the French Academy. Mrs. Craven,
nee de la Ferronays, was a most accomplished woman, a
forcible and piquant writer,—one of the few really good
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The College Echo. (Austin, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 2, Ed. 1, October 1891, newspaper, October 1891; Austin, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1005216/m1/2/: accessed June 20, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting St. Edward’s University.