The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 19, 1913, Image 5

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HOW TO BEA HUMORSfT
Some Advice, 8erlous and Otherwise,
by 8. E. Klsor of Chicago.
S. E. Klsor of the Chicago Record
Herald tells In The Writer's Magazine
for September "How to Be a Humor
ist." Mr. Klser Is remembered in Co
lumbia as one of the most entertain
ing speakers of the last Journalism
Week. His article follows-
The public has two dominant desires.
One Is to get rich and the other Is to
be amused. Hence there are stock ex
changes and picture shows. It would
not be fair to say that all people who
are rich got their money In the stock
exchanges, and It Is equally certain
that the picture shows do not furnish
all the amusement that may be gained.
Many of the people of the present day
depend upon the newspapers and the
magazines to amuse them, and this ac
1-uiiiuh fui ilm fuel Him ma uuuuiry IhHcU about k you Bec
full of humorous writers and becoming
fuller every day. It has become almost
impossible for any one to succeed as a
writer without being humorous Even
the essayist has found that he must
sweeten his philosophy with humor.
The sermon ho preaches or the truth
he has to tench will be heeded if he
ran hand out a laugh with it. Other
wise his effort Is likely to be wasted.
It is this general demand for amuse
ment that has made It necessary for
nearly every newspaper to maintain a
humorous column. The production of
newspaper humor has become one of
our most important industries. Never
before in the history of the world were
there as many working humorists as
there are at this time If all the jokes
that are written in a single day could
be pasted upon one strip It would be
long enough to encircle the earth at
the equator and there would be enough
left to tie a loop around the state of
Texas.
May I be permitted here to say a
word in reply to those superior critics
who insist that newspaper humor is
not humorous? There are self-styled
academicians who insist that the news
paper humorist is a pitiful clown or a
shameless imposter who is drawing his
salary on false pretenses. The truth Is
that the newspaper humorist has no
reason whatever to be ashamed of his
calling. It has been graced by almost
all of the successful humorists of our
country. The list includes Mark Twain,
Artemus Ward, Bill Nye, Eugene Field,
Petroleum V. NaBby, Bob Burdette,
Josh Billings, Mr. Dooley and George
Ade.
A curious thing about the humorous
column is that it owes its development
not to the great newspapers in the
large cities, but has. In a way, been
forced upon them. Such papers as the
Burlington Hawkoye, the Danbury
News, the Toledo Blade and the De
troit Free Press were furnishing hu
mor for the masses long before the
metropolitan journals began to be in
terested in it. The humorist column,
like the cat upon the roof of the shed,
has worked Its way up. Cleveland was
a small town when Artemus Ward be
gan his work there; Denver was little
more than a village when Eugene Field
began to gain public attention through
his contributions to one of its news
papers; Bill Nye had to get his repu
tation at Laramie; Burlington had only
a few thousand inhabitants when Bur
dette made the Hawkeye famous, and
Mark Twain's career as a humorist
was begun at--Virginia City, which Is
represented by a small dot upon the
map of Nevada.
Gradually the big newspapers have
been compelled to yield to the demand
for humor. In New York there is one
prominent daily that continues to ex
clude humor from its columns, but It
Is not improbable that the owner of It
will bo hurrying home from Europe
beforo long to engage In a frantic ef
fort to secure the services of a humor
ist. For the benefit of those who are In
clined to engage In the business of
conducting humorous columns It may
be said that the work Is very easy and
simple much more so than painting
flag-poles or deep-sea diving. It Is
nothing more than conscientious re
porting. The world is so full of funny
things and people are bo comical in
their habits and their aspirations that
the humorist has only to describe what
he beholds and write down what he
hears, adding the touches that are nec
essary to give such humorous effects
as may be desired. There is nothing
But there is one thing that must be
guarded against always. If you In
tend to be a writer of humor never on
any account let yourself be persuaded
to use a funny story that is Imparted
to you by a friend. As soon as It be-
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EDITORIAL
Wu do not need the editorial
columnB of any newspaper to fight
k our fight. We enter Into competition
with no school except on the basis of
merit. The advantages of this school
are education. Our Instructors do not
need to go abroad for further study
they are now Finished Artists.
Aloys C. Kremer Is acknowledged by
world masters to bo America's Great
est Pianoforte Interpreter.
Dr. F. A. Delano Is endorsed by the
world's great artists as one of the Few
Great Teachers of Voice.
COMPARI80N8
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of the faculty of any other SCHOOL
In Lincoln.
Wo will sing one of Dr. Delano's
students on Four Weeks' Notice
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$100.00, if this Is accepted as a chal
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WHY CAN WE DO THI8?
Our Instructors are artists in the
Art of Teaching, Singing and Playing.
The Artist's Way Take a Lesson
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comparisons.
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