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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 20, 1904)
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A CHILD'S IMAGINATION.
In childhood magic and mystery lie
close around ub. Our world 1b filled
with Btrango, unfathomanlo thing
that pique tho curiosity, bo strong in
tho clilia mind. If our fancy bo di
rects, our fantastic Imagination pic
tures for ub wild and uncanny crea
tions from mere shadows, or exagger
ates Insignificant details into gigantic
and terrible portents. One moment de
lightful enchantment and charm Biir
round us, tho next we are heeeiged
by omens and signs of tho most alarm
Tho child views everything with the1
eyoB of wonder. How very little aftei
all Is required to catch the childish
fancy! Little incidents, trivial hap
ponlngB, to us utterly without conse
quence, become to him circumstances
of tho utmoBt significance. Who but
tho child can toll how many genii
how many ImpB, how many fairies, are
contained in a pipeful of grandfather's
tobacco? Who but 'hlniBelf can appre
ciate tho deep Import of tho old trunk
in the garret, or tho old cabinet In tin
hay-loft? What conjecture can you
make as to tho number of bold Spanish
pirates, with long, black, f erocloue
"moustachlos" and high, buckskin
boots, that have boon slain by that
dirk that hangs on tho wall of fath
er's library? Imagine, If you can,
the numborh'BS palaces of Aladdin tha
every tall, white cloud contains, of a
summer's day. But they are thoro, for
the child sees them.
The world Is now to tho child. What
tho eye does not discover for him tho
Imagination must supply. When, In
his everlasting reaching out for more
knowledge, things do not moot his
idea (or Ideal) of tho fitting the gap
muLt bo supplied, and his fancy must
do the trick. For him, tho very ab
sence of romance is an incentive to
romanticism. The world is fairyland,
whether or no let's all bo gnomes and
For, mark you, if It isn't falrleB,
it's gnomes. If the child can discover
nothing beautiful in his surroundings,
ho must go to tho other extreme and
depl t to himself beings of untold hor-',
ror. And sometimes he even prefers
tt do so. Just as, now, wo all like to
bo "scared" a little; so it Is with
tho child, only he will stand no half
way measures. With him It must ho a
genuine fright. Ho will have It so. -One
evening when grandfather had
gotten out his pipe and had drawn up
close to tho fireplace, l iounu my
drawing book and began to draw pic
tures. Ouisldo, tho wind was howling
and crlng, and onco in a while a fierce
gust would find its way down tho chim
ney and moke the burning logs crackle
suddenly and sharply, and twist their
smoko into curious figures. Funny
shadows dancea on tho wall, and
grandfather's presence became very
comforting at times. But I wont on
with my drawing.
. I drew houses, and roosters, and
cows, and trees. But they were very
tamo. Soon I foil to watching the
smoke In the fireplace, and presently I
thought I recognized one my old
friends, tho imps, in it. Tho next mo
ment there was no doubt of it, and I
set to work at once to draw his por
trait. I gave him a hoof on one log,
and n legitimate foot on tho other. He
had a long, black, anchor-pointed tall.
HIb eyes were very largo and glaring.
He had long scaly claws for hands,
nd two pointed horns on his forehead.
Ho was very dreadful. I gazed at tho
picture in nwe. A veritable Franken
stoin, as you shall see.
Suddenly he winked his right eye at
me. HIb teeth showed In a diabolical
rin. HIb claws began to twitch in a
truly dovillsh fashion. O horror! I
could stand it no longer. In an In
stant grandfather's pipe waB dashed
from his mouth nnd I was crying and
nobbing in his arms for him to save
me to drive tho fearful thing away.
It 'shows what a child's fancy will
do. The mystery in the poorly lighted
room, the magic of the curling smoko
In tho fireplace, the shrieking of the
wind in tho chimney, tho loneliness of
the place you see, they all demanded
In my childish Imagination some sprite
of fairyland. I had to scare myself
It was Inevitable. After all, much
of what we Bee, we see only in imagina
tion. The thing is only a little strong
er in the child than In us. To ua, the
novelty of the world haB, to a great
extent, worn away, but to the child
everything Is novel new mysterious
It was imagination, of course, that saw
the imp In the fireplace; It was imag
ination that put him down on paper;
It was imagination that insisted on my
so fiightenlng myself. But how man)
times a day. do you do the same thing,
only in letter degree?
The HotlWaffle Man.
Or,e of the roost notable examples
Of bushiest Bucress achieved' by courte
ous treatment of patrons and a close
attention to their needs is that of
Pani We-stcrfield, whose portrait ap
pears below. Perhaps few business
men ar more widely known and re
Bpeitcd !.i long University podple than
Mr. Wchterfleld, as ho has always been
jjHtBfrft ft i
a friend to the students and paid es
pecial attention to their wants. He
Is the man who Invonted the famous
waf fie. wh'ch has drawn him so much
trade, and which can only bo-found at
"Sam'B Cafe," as the students expreBB
Mr. Westerfleld has long been ac
quainted with University people nnd
has drawn much patronage from them
which ho duly appreciates. Ho has al
ways sought to treat the students
squarely and it Is conceded that he
has always done so. Ho was an en
thusiastic rooter for tho success of
our great football team, and showed
his enthusiasm in a substantial man
ner last fall by giving tho boys a ban
quet that could hardly bo surpassed in
excellence. Ho has loyally supported
University enterprises and always done
right by tho students. His success is
an oxamplo of what a keen-sighted
business man ca ndo by making use of
honest methods and courteous treatment.
Yt THIREENTH and N STREETS j
" We make a specialty of
filling orders for Ice
it Cream, Ices, Punches,etc J
Box of cigars'-given away overy day
at Powell's OllvorjLlfCjatro building.
Lincoln Local Express, 11th and N.
Tel. 787. Baggage hauled.
EWING CLOTHING CO.
Has been far beyond expecta
tions A larger crowd than ever
Come Early! Come Early in the
Day, Come Early in the Week
R. H. GILLESPIE
J524 O Street, J Lincoln
The Old Reliable
Brown Drug &
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THE SWAN fQUNTAIN PEN
Has no superior.
127 South II Street.
We Carry Only
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for women. Swedish
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genuine unless stamped
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SucooBHorH to Webster & Rogers
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tho remedy that cures a cold In one dy
' Our number Is 210 So. 12th St. Our
business is- wholeBalo and retail bar
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brushes, cosmetIcsr toilet1 articles of
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